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NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY

from the Five Parishes' Magazine

JANUARY 2006

FUNDRAISING MORNING FOR BROXTED CHURCH

Linda and Geoff welcome you to The Barn, Old Mead Road, Henham on Saturday 4th February for refreshments, a bring-and-buy, raffle and log fire! 11am to 2pm. Donations of homemade produce and bring-and-buy items will be welcome. Do come along and enjoy a pleasant occasion among friends on (probably) a chilly February day.

BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL

The Parish Council did not meet in December, the next meeting being on Wednesday 11th January at 8pm in the Village Hall. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings. The minutes of the Council meetings are posted on the village notice boards, and can be viewed on this website.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Once again, the Lewell family lit up their home in Broxted for everyone to enjoy. This is now an annual occasion, much enjoyed, particularly by the local children, and all donations are given to the animal rescue charity in Bishop's Stortford a really worthwhile cause.

SSE QUIZ NIGHT

Phyllis and Roger Clark will be holding their annual SSE Quiz on Saturday 4th March in Broxted Village Hall. This quiz is always a sell-out so you are invited to book your team of six as soon as possible. The price is £8 to include supper, and you are asked to bring your own drinks. Book now with Roger and Phyllis on 01279 850638, clarkatbroxted@hotmail.co.uk, or with the SSE office on 01279 870558.

PEOPLE

BEST WISHES

  • to Jenny Oliveira following her recent operation. We hope she will enjoy her convalescence and make a full recovery.

THE COUNTESS OF WARWICK'S SHOW 27th/28th AUGUST 2006

The management team had its first meeting in December when its modus operandi was agreed. They meet again in January to arrange between themselves the duties of getting the main sections of the Show sorted out and booked. Anyone involved in running something in the past should stand by for a call! If you would like to volunteer an idea or your help, in the first instance please contact the editor (see last page). She will put you in touch with someone on the team representing your village.

THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES

The year's activities were rounded off with the Annual Service of Evensong in November followed by yet another wonderful afternoon tea provided by the committee and their friends.

The address was given by a very favourite friend, the Revd Peter Street. Starting with the analogy of the scenery around the remains of the earliest church in Essex, St Peter's Chapel, with its neighbouring power station at Bradwell, he went on to the special role of our church buildings. He likened them to places where heaven and earth meet, being like power stations for us to use, places where we can meet with one another and where we can worship. Together with their best wishes for 2006, the Friends send grateful thanks go to everyone who attended and who donated some £470 for the trust's funds.

THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB

When you are making your New Year resolutions it might be the opportunity to think about becoming a member of the 50% Club. New members are always welcome and there are still plenty of chances to win this year. A cheque for £8 will give you a chance in the draw every month from January until August. Make the cheque out to ‘The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club’ and send it to Fran Woodrow at Windy Ridge, Duton Hill, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2DX. The money raised helps to maintain the churches in the Five Parishes. The winners of the October draw were Mr and Mrs Green.

GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL

Everyone at the school wishes the readers of this Magazine a peaceful 2006. The Staff returns to school on the 4th January from a well deserved Christmas break to work on our new School Development Plan, while the children return on the 5th.

As I write we have just had the termly Five Parishes Holy Communion service in school. It was very well attended by parents and members of the Five Parishes, as well as all the children in Years 5 and 6. Earlier in the week Revd Gillian visited the older children in school to prepare the prayers for the service. As a church school it is good to join with members of the Five Parishes and parents for a service. It is also very helpful for the children to learn about and participate in something that is central to the life of the church. Many commented on the stillness during the service and the opportunity to reflect on God at the beginning of the day. Attending church on Sundays can be difficult for some families so this mid week service offers an alternative opportunity to come together and worship. Perhaps your New Year's resolution might be to try out Holy Communion at our school.

As part of their Design and Technology work the older children have made an altar frontal for use at school services. Every child designed a panel based on Christian symbols and then stitched the images. These have been sewn together and two panels were saved to put onto a matching stole. They should be ready for use at the next service in school and we are hoping that they can be used in the churches as well. This has given us further ideas for banners and pottery work. Watch this space!

I hope that you will be able to come and admire and use our new front entrance area in the near future. It is certainly worth the upheaval encountered during the building phase. Thank you to everyone for being so patient and understanding when visiting the school last term.

Gill Hopkins

Headteacher

See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Saturday 31st December New Year's Eve Party, The Stag, Lt Easton
Thursday 12th January SSE Public Meeting, Rhodes Centre, Bishop's Stortford
Saturday 4th February Broxted Fundraising Morning, The Barrows, Henham
Saturday 4th March SSE Quiz Night, Broxted Village Hall

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