NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
GOOD FRIDAY AT CHICKNEY
Over seventy people crowded into tiny Chickney church for a service of meditation on Good Friday afternoon. Some well chosen readings, prayers and hymns provided the opportunity for a reflective period on this special day in the church calendar.
Afterwards Terry and Sandra Reed invited members of the congregation to Chickney New Hall for a more social interlude with tea and hot cross buns. Two raffles were held, one for general Easter goodies and the other for a magnificent Simnel cake.
Overall some £480 was raised during the day from which a donation will be sent to the Churches Conservation Trust, the organisation maintaining Chickney church, the balance going towards the upkeep of Broxted church. Special thanks go to Sandra and Terry and their family and friends for their hospitality and to everyone who gave so generously.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be the Annual Parish Assembly, where members of the public are invited to hear reports on what the Parish Council has achieved in the past year and its plans for the future. This will be held on Wednesday 10th May at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall, and will be followed by the Annual Meeting of the Council. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings.
The minutes of all Council meetings are posted on the village notice boards and they and much other useful information can be viewed on this website.
CIVIC AMENITY SCHEME
The rubbish skip will visit the village on Sunday 21st May from 12.30 to 4.00 pm in the car park of the Village Hall, Brown's End Road. It will only be there for the time stated, and will be supervised by Uttlesford District Council to ensure that no inappropriate items are dumped. The skip will make a second visit in the autumn.
There will be a fundraising lunch for J's, which is an organisation trying to provide a hospice for 18 to 40 year olds, on Tuesday 16th May at 12.30 pm for 1 o'clock at Barnards Farm, Snow Hill. Tickets cost £10 for a two-course lunch. For tickets please contact Jean Duke on 01371 870862, Fran Woodrow on 870579 or May Ferris on 870580.
Only 30 tickets will be sold so don't delay - it's first come first served!
THE COUNTESS OF WARWICK'S COUNTRY SHOW 27th/28th AUGUST
The management team still has a few spaces for stalls of all varieties, from craft to trade and commercial. For a copy of the rate card and booking form contact 01279 850025 for craft stalls and 01371 878157 or 01371 872894 for the others. As detailed last month, volunteers will be required at show time so if you will have a little time to help out with some amenable people on either or both of the two days, please contact the Revd Gillian Greenslade on 01371 872509, leaving your name and contact number and details of how you would like to help.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
The Gathering in the Garden Room at Easton Farm in April was a pleasing opportunity for friends to meet with friends. Mary Tayler and her group provided background music while a raffle gave guests a chance to win an attractive range of prizes including Easter hampers and commemorative china for the Queen's birthday and raised £295. Grateful thanks go to Bob Trembath for making the Garden Room available to The Friends for the evening.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
The 50% Club has just four more monthly draws before the last draw of the Club year in August. The new application forms will be going out with the July Magazine so do look out for them. Half of the subscription goes in prize money and, after expenses, the rest towards the upkeep of our churches in the Five Parishes. If you are interested in joining please contact Fran Woodrow at Windy Ridge, Duton Hill, Dunmow Essex. Recent winners have been Annie Tooth and Lesley Holt.
DRESS UP TO MAKE YOUR POINT AT THE FIFTH ANNUAL RUNWAY RAMBLE
Residents of the Five Parishes are invited to make known their feelings on expansion of the existing airport runway and the proposed second runway at the fifth annual Runway Ramble organized by Stop Stansted Expansion, to be held on the morning of Saturday 10th June. (Don't worry, you'll be home for the England World Cup match that afternoon!) The application for expanding the use of the existing runway was expected at the time of going to press.
The two circular walks of 5 and 7.5 miles will be preceded by a media photo-call at Church End, Broxted, at 10.30 am for which participants are asked to dress up to make their point about the various impacts that expansion of the airport would have on the community. Anything goes, from representations of noise and climate change impacts, to countryside and heritage loss, destruction of homes and community, increased traffic and pollution.
Ideas already being put forward by those interested in taking part range from full fancy dress to show what is under threat, to token accessories including ear defenders to make the point about noise impacts, surgical masks for health, lifejackets or rubber rings to show the impact of climate change on water levels. Prizes will be awarded to the best adult and child in fancy dress.
Advance registration for those planning to attend is encouraged to give the organizers an idea of numbers and intentions to help with media planning and to assist those who would like to dress up and/or who would like to borrow accessories for the event. Contact Stop Stansted Expansion on 01279 870558 or email email@example.com.
A couple of fundraising events are being held in aid of the Buffy Bus, which has become a regular feature in the Five Parishes. The first is a Fashion Show (women's, men's and children's fashions) on Friday 12th May at the Millennium Barn, Wendens Ambo, Saffron Walden 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm. Tickets £8 to include a glass of wine. On Saturday 13th May a Barn Dance suitable for the whole family will be held at the same venue, 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Tickets £10. For more information contact Rosie Juhl on 01799 522130.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
We are now well into the summer term which is always a very full one in a Primary School. This year is no exception. Our weekly Enrichment Afternoon continues on Wednesdays and as well as activities such as chess, tennis, athletics, touch typing, Italian and sewing, the younger children are visiting the Leisure Centre for weekly swimming lessons and Year 6 children are learning how to use their bikes safely. We are taking full advantage of our splendid rural location for out-door sports, nature walks, pond dipping, exploring the countryside and inspiration for art and music projects.
We are involved in four arts projects during the term: this month an out-door artist will help us produce a mural on the ‘yellow wall’ on the edge of the playground, a textile artist is working with the staff and children to make a wall hanging for our new entrance area, Year Five and Six children will be working with musicians from the Britten Sinfonia as part of the Thaxted Festival in July, and finally, some of the children will be working with musicians as part of a project at the Gardens of Easton Lodge. Learning for the children will be further enriched by visitors from the community such as a Justice of the Peace and a visit to a local farm to learn more about the crops that are grown.
As you can see, a lot is happening at our school. We have discovered that our Walking Bus is one of the few still operating in the county; indeed, it is now in its fifth year. We are into the fourth year of providing healthy school meals cooked in our own kitchen. We are very fortunate to have such supportive staff, parents and governors who share the vision for giving our children an excellent start to their learning journey in a Christian environment.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
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