NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
The carol service on the 18th December was very well attended – in fact the church was packed! Everyone enjoyed the lovely Christmas readings and much-loved carols led by the Five Parishes Choir conducted by Peter Smith. The Hand Bell Ringers were in attendance and their performance of Christmas music added to the enjoyment of the evening.
After the service mulled wine and mince pies were served, following which everyone returned happily to their homes to prepare for their own Christmas celebrations.
CAROL SINGING IN BROXTED
The 19th December saw another full house when carols were sung for an hour in the Prince of Wales. The eager carollers were again aided by the Five Parishes Choir led by Peter Smith. Hosts Chris and Jacky kindly provided some delicious refreshments and grateful thanks go to them for making everyone so welcome.
A collection was taken for the Children's Society raising the sum of £64. Many thanks to those who contributed so generously.
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 and tombola. All with the added bonus of a real log fire! 11 am to 2 pm. Donations of produce and bring-and-buy items will be welcome. Do come along and enjoy a pleasant occasion among friends on what will probably be a typical chilly February day.
A note on parking: please be aware of the narrow entrance to the drive and, once inside, please park on the grass.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 8th February at 8 pm 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.
BROXTED & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The Community Association held its very popular Children's Party on the 18th December. About thirty beautifully behaved children enjoyed the entertainment from a magician, games, a splendid tea and, of course, a visit from Father Christmas. Many thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the party.
The Association also once again presented welcome gifts of groceries to the ‘oldies’ of Broxted who have asked to express their sincere thanks through the Magazine for these generous and welcome gifts. An added bonus was the fact that the gifts were delivered by two pretty girls – Sarah and Emma! Thank you so much.
There have been sightings of a big black cat in and around Broxted. If you think you have seen this beast, please report it to the local representative of the British Big Cat Society, Jenny Kemp, on 01279 508954. Their website at www.britishbigcats.org contains details of local sightings.
SSE QUIZ NIGHT
Phyllis and Roger Clark will be holding their annual Quiz in aid of the Stop Stansted Expansion Campaign on Saturday 4th March in Broxted Village Hall. There are a limited number of tables available and you are invited to book your team of six as soon as possible. The price is £8 a head to include supper, and you are asked to bring your own drinks. Book now with Roger and Phyllis on 01279 850638, firstname.lastname@example.org, or with the SSE office on 01279 870558.
Another date for the March diary: Yvonne will be having a Coffee Morning on Thursday 9th March from 10 am to 12 noon when the opening of the Children's Society boxes will take place. Do come along, even if you do not have a box, everyone is welcome.
In her letter, the Rector mentions the problems experienced with break-ins to the wall safes in three of our churches. Whilst the amount of money stolen is not large, the time and repair costs will be costly to the churches concerned. Can you help prevent it happening again? Do you remember someone paying for something with lots of 5p pieces and 1p and 2p pieces who might be a suspect? Anyone with any information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the Police Station in Great Dunmow on 01371 872208.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
Those attending services recently will have noted that the new sound system has been installed in the churches and, subject to some on-going adjustment, is now functioning well. This is the latest gift to the churches from The Friends of The Five Parishes and will be of great benefit to everyone in the months and years to come.
Why not join and help with future preservation of our church buildings? Membership costs £10 annually or £100 for life for individual members and £25 annually or £250 for life for families. A range of social events takes place during the year, giving members much to enjoy whilst they help to preserve the heritage that surrounds them.
Whilst the charity values the work of the 50% Club and the valuable contribution it makes, membership of the 50% Club does not give automatic membership of the charity itself. Membership application forms are available by calling 01279 850251 or 01371 872894.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
The 50% Club has now grown to 133 members - the biggest list ever! It is not too late to join! From February there are still seven chances to win. Just send your cheque for £7 to Fran Woodrow at Windy Ridge, Duton Hill, Dunmow , Essex, CM6 2DX. Please make your cheque payable to The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club. The winner of the December draw of the 50% Club was Lesley Holt.
GARDENS OF EASTON LODGE
As interested readers will know, The Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust was formed two years ago to secure the Gardens' future and to allow Brian and Diana Creasey to take a well earned retirement in two years' time after more than 30 years or tireless work in the Gardens. Catherine Mummery is the Trust's secretary and further details of the Trust (its trustees, aims, restoration projects, membership details etc) can be obtained from her.
The Gardens open every day during February and March when the snowdrops are in bloom, from 12 noon to dusk. Contact Catherine for a snowdrop update by e-mail at email@example.com or telephone on 01371 876979 or 859767.
SSE PERIMETER MOTORCADE
On Sunday 19th February the SSE Perimeter Motorcade will tour the countryside and villages under threat from BAA's proposed expansion. The Motorcade will assemble at Birchanger Services at 10 am. SSE Organiser Stuart Walker says that the more vehicles that join in the merrier, particularly vintage/classics. Decorated vehicles will be especially welcome. There will be photo opportunities at the start, on the route, and at the finish.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
As part of our assembly programme we have introduced a philosophy session for every class. This is proving to be a valuable way to encourage the children to ask questions and think. It also achieves objectives for RE and personal and social education as well as further developing speaking and listening skills for English. Each class has established learning targets that set the scene for the topic to be investigated. Sometimes, a picture is used as a stimulus to generate questions. An adult then scribes what the children are asking and the class agrees an area on which to focus. The younger children have pursued responses to questions such as ‘What if there were no stars?’ and the older children have looked at pictures of the Space Shuttle and Nativity as well as philosophical questions. The teachers then display the responses and questions in the classroom so that everyone can continue to think and reflect about them. As the children become more experienced, they are able to debate between themselves without adult intervention. No one is forced to speak but everyone is given opportunities during a session so that the more vocally inclined do not dominate. If you meet children from our school, do ask them about philosophy.
The rehearsals are now under way for our concert that will take place at the end of March. We are going to perform our own version of a well-known story involving singing, dance and drama. Every child in the school will be on stage for the whole performance. Year 6 children are auditioning for the main characters and each class will have a special part to perform. We are going to record a CD of our songs with a recording company and this will be for sale to parents and friends. If any one is interested in sponsoring our concert please contact me at school. We would like to provide a T shirt for every child as part of their costume and we also need to boost the funds for additional staging and lighting.
I am holding a Coffee Morning on Monday 20th February at 10 am for parents of children who are due to start school in September 2006 and have put us down on the Essex application form as one of their preferences. If you have not yet received an invitation, or maybe you have not completed an application form, please ring us on 01371 870219 as we would love to see you.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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