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from the Five Parishes' Magazine

JUNE 2006


As you may already be aware, Beth Harwood-Mann completed the London Marathon course in 4 hrs 18 mins, a time with which she is absolutely delighted. She would like to thank everyone on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre who has supported her both financially and otherwise. If anybody still wishes to add to the ever increasing total, which is fast approaching the £3,000 mark, any donations would be welcome. Please contact her on 01279 850665. Again, she sends her very grateful thanks to you all.

Beth's colleagues on the Broxted Church Committee and throughout the Five Parishes send many congratulations to her on a wonderful result. Well done, Beth!


The Annual Parish Assembly was held on the 10th May in Broxted Village Hall. The Chairman, Jenny Oliveira, reported on a busy year, with much time having been spent discussing the various consultations held in connection with the proposed expansion of Stansted Airport. Councillor Simon Walsh reported on his activities as our County Councillor, and Councillor Cecile Down on hers as our District Councillor.

The Annual Meeting of the Council was held after the Annual Assembly. Jenny Oliveira was re-elected Chairman for 2006–2007, and Roger Clark was re-elected Vice Chairman.

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.

The next meeting of the Council will be held on Wednesday 14th June at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings.


The Parish Council will be mounting a display of photographs of Broxted in the Village hall on Saturday 10th June. The Village hall is on the route of the Runway Ramble, and the display will be of interest to locals and visitors alike. Refreshments will be available.


Have you got any books for the Hall's book stall at the Countess of Warwick's Country Show? If so, please contact John Rodliffe on 01279 850355 who will be happy to collect them.



  • from Broxted Church Committee to Peter Smith, who, as mentioned earlier, is recovering following a hip operation. It was good to have him playing again on the 14th May and grateful thanks go to Carol Pallett for standing in for him at the Broxted organ while he was away.


This year it is planned to focus on a theme that will, as far as possible, involve children and animals. This will include some of the events in the arena. Look out for more details in the July edition of the Magazine and start getting excited!

As has been stressed in earlier editions, a large number of volunteers will be required to assist with various aspects of running the Show. If you are willing to give some of your time during the days of the Show, please contact Charlotte Chambers, PA/secretary of the Volunteer Bureau on 01371 872840. Don't put it off – contact Charlotte now. Your help will make a tremendous contribution and help to ensure another really successful Show.

Prizes for the Grand Draw are now finalised, the major prize being a magnificent Moorcroft vase, No 1 of a limited edition of 300, called Shimba Hills and featuring gorgeous giraffes in a wonderful African setting. This is valued by Moorcroft at £935 and is set to become a collector's piece. Other prizes include cash prizes, car radio, vouchers etc. Duncan Willoughby will be issuing books of tickets before the Show as in the past but, if you are not on his list, please contact him on 01371 870396.


At the recent AGM, a fond farewell was said to treasurer Annie Tooth as she retired, having held the position since the formation of the trust in 1996. In presenting her with a small memento, chairman Michael Goulding thanked her for all she had done and said how much she would be missed. Having said that, he was delighted to report that Brian Miller had accepted the position of treasurer. He, together with wife Audrey, were elected to the Executive Committee together with the other members standing for re-election.

Having recently provided first aid for the repair to church wall safes and the provision of a reinforced system in each church, just under £21,000 has been given by the trust to the churches of the Five Parishes since its inception. It remains in good heart, with funds available for further repair works that the churches have in the pipeline.

If you would like to become a member of The Friends and help them to continue helping the churches which form such an integral part of each village, please contact Michael Goulding on 01279 850251 or Angela on 01371 872894. Members will be gathering in the gardens of the Old Vicarage, Broxted on Saturday 17th June as guests of Michael Goulding and Michael Coates to celebrate the Queen's official 80th birthday.


At that AGM Fran was able to say, once again, that this year has been the best yet for the 50% Club – membership at 134 being the highest since the Club was formed. Fran thanks you all very much for your support and will take this opportunity to remind you that the application forms for the new year will be in the Magazine in the next issue in July. The draw in May will be at Broxted Church, which is after the copy deadline for the Magazine so the winner will be announced in the July magazine.

Membership of the 50% Club does not give automatic membership of the charity itself since all monies paid to the Club goes into the monthly draws. The winner each month gets half of the ‘pot’ whilst the other half goes to the Friends charity after expenses are paid.


On Bank Holiday Monday 29th May two gardens, Church Lodge and Elmbridge Mill in Little Easton, will be open for charity under the umbrella of The National Garden Scheme.

Do come along and support this event and enjoy the gardens, home made cakes and tea and a friendly chat. A warm welcome awaits you between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm. Entry to both gardens is £3.50 – children free. Sorry no dogs.


Two events take place in June in this glorious setting. The first is the Mosaic Workshop Weekend on Saturday/Sunday 3rd/4th June starting at 9.30 am with leading artist Anne Schwegmann-Fielding, costing £80 for the weekend or £45 per day, including materials, lunch and refreshments. The second is a Father's Day Treasure Hunt on Sunday 18th June. Gates open 12 noon and the event starts 2.00 pm. Much family fun including children's entertainer, bouncy castle and lots of prizes. Tickets £3.80 adults, £4 children, family group of 4 £14. Contact GoEL on 01371 876979.


On the morning of Saturday 10th June, SSE are holding their fifth annual Runway Ramble (don't worry, you'll be home in time for the England match!) and are hoping to bring as many people together as possible for the main event in their calendar. A choice of two circular walks (5 or 7.5 miles) is on offer, while a media photocall will be taking place at the start, at 10.30 am. This is a particularly important occasion for the community to come together to demonstrate concern over the planning application for expansion on the existing runway.

An (optional) sponsorship form is enclosed with this Magazine but further details of how to register in advance can be obtained from Coming Events on the SSE website at: www.stopstanstedexpansion.com/events.html.


Tricia's Day commemorates Janet Spivey's daughter, Tricia, and her commitment to doing all she can to help children with cancer. This year's event will be held on Thursday 3rd August in the gardens at Ashgrove House, Church End, Broxted. Admission will be £3 per person including top quality food. All proceeds will go to East Anglia Children's Hospices. Anyone who wants to help a worthy cause whilst enjoying themselves in pleasant surroundings and good company is welcome to attend. It all starts from midday.


This is the time of year when we meet the children who will be joining us for the first time in September. Starting school is one of life's milestones and we aim to make this a positive experience for everyone. We are expecting eighteen new children. We held a coffee morning for their parents in May after everyone had received a letter from the Local Authority confirming their school place. During the week beginning 26th June the children will spend an afternoon visiting the school to meet their teacher and teaching assistant and discover their classroom. They then return to school the following week to join in our Sports Day. On 14th July the parents are invited to meet the staff and find out more about what will happen in the classroom in September.

This year has seen a new system for Primary School Admissions similar to that for secondary schooling and we are anxious to ensure that no one has ‘slipped through the net’. If you know of anyone in the Five Parishes and local area who has a child who should be starting school in September but doesn't yet have a school place, please tell them to ring our office (01371 870219) as we still have some places available.

Everyone is invited to our Bouncy Castle Fun Day on Saturday 1st July. This is being organised by our Parent Teacher Association and all funds raised will go towards a child friendly kitchen and science area in our Resources Room. As well as a range of bouncy inflatables and side shows for the children, there will also be plenty of entertainment for adults. We look forward to seeing you!

Gill Hopkins


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


Sunday 29th May Gardens Open, Little Easton
Sat/Sun 3rd/4th June Mosaic Workshop, Gardens of Easton Lodge
Saturday 10th June SSE Photocall and Runway Ramble
Saturday 17th June Friends Members' Evening, Broxted
Sunday 18th June Father's Day Treasure Hunt, Gardens of Easton Lodge
Saturday 1st July School's Bouncy Castle Fun Day
Friday 14th July School's Snail Race Night
Thursday 3rd August Tricia's Day, Broxted
Sun/Mon 27th/28th August Countess of Warwick's Country Show

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