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The Parish Council does not meet in August, so the next meeting of the Council will be held on Wednesday 20th September at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings.

At its recent meeting the Council appointed its officers for 2006–2007. They are:

Mrs Oliveira
Vice Chairman
Mr Clark
Community Association Rep
Mrs Kesterton
Village Hall Rep
Mrs Oliveira
Footpaths Rep
Mrs Oliveira
Public Transport Rep
Mrs Oliveira
Tree Warden
Miss Collinson
Website Editor
Mr Rixson
Emergency Planning Officer
Miss Collinson

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.


This Trust has recently taken delivery of a new community bus for use by organisations within a 10-mile radius of Bishop's Stortford. Biased towards the elderly or disabled, it has a tail-lift fitted for wheelchair access and is available for regular group shopping trips or for outings by organisations working for the young, elderly or communities. For further information about its hire, or to volunteer as a much-needed driver, contact the Trust on 01279 652274.


In Memory of Pieter Kraay

"Pieter died on the 6th February 2006, the worst day of my short life. For just over a month I was in mourning, an absolutely dreadful time. I had never experienced such a time of utter loss in all my life. However, now it is all over, I have good memories but, of course, I miss him. I thank all my personal friends who helped me through that time.

"Pieter is in a better place now. No more weakness, no more frailty, no more of the earthly characteristics but all the heavenly ones. No more of the body of time but of eternity. There is a difference between our present bodies and the body we shall have. St Peter in I Corinthians ch.15 said:

We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

"Jesus said to Martha:

I am the resurrection and the life: he who believes in me will live even though he dies. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

"So, you see, Pieter is not dead, he just is not with us any more."

Ingrid Kraay

Thank You From Terry Reed

"Just a note of thanks to everyone for their good wishes and prayers. The operation on my leg went well and I am back on the road to recovery. Kind regards."


Don't forget that the team from Broxted Village Hall needs books for its Book Stall (contact John Rodliffe on 01279 850355) and the Community Association will need crockery for its Crockery Smashing event (contact Rachel Kesteron on 01279 850047).

As the Rector says in her letter, the emphasis this year is on children and animals. Many of the regular features will be there once again. Details for anyone wanting to take part and some stop press news about various events are:

Children's Fun Run

A final reminder about this new event at the Show: on the first day, Sunday, there will be a 1 km fun run for children in three age groups: seven to nine, ten to twelve, and thirteen to fourteen years. The run will commence promptly at 2.05 pm. Entry forms are available from each of our parish correspondents (see village sections) and are in each church. Entry forms and fee must be returned by midnight on Saturday 20th August to: Mrs Lisa Smith, Hyfields, Little Easton, Great Dunmow, CM6 2JG.

Grand Draw

By now those who receive tickets in advance should have their batch. If you want more, or would like to help for the first time, ring Duncan Willoughby on 01371 870396. The first prize is 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 two cash prizes of £200 and £100, car radio, generous vouchers for meals at The Starr Restaurant in Dunmow and the Whitehall Country Hotel in Broxted and a Christmas Hamper from Marks & Spencer.

The Bottle Stall (both days)

The Bottle Stall this year will be run by Alan and Doreen Hart of Merrifield, The Endway, Great Easton. So that we can keep up Bert's great tradition please can you give a bottle of anything for this stall. The earlier you can get them to the collection points the better in order that tickets can be put on the bottles. Please ring to arrange collection if that is more convenient for you. Collection points will be:

Great Easton:
Alan Hart, Merrifield, The Endway 01371 870830
Duton Hill:
The Three Horseshoes 01371 870681
The two Michaels, The Old Vicarage 01279 850251
Little Easton:
Andrew Connel, Little Easton Lodge 01371 872185

Cake and Produce Stall (both days)

A huge supply is required to keep this stall running for both days of the Show. Home produce of all kinds – in addition to cakes – is sold, including eggs, jams, marmalade, pickles. Enquiries and offers of help should go through Jane Askew on 01371 831653. Collection points are at:

Little Easton:
Brenda Smith, The Perch on 01371 870335;
Yvonne Rodliffe, Fistral, Browns End Road on 01279 850355;
Duton Hill/Tilty/Great Easton:
Molly Warboys, Long Munns, Radleys End on 01371 870220 and Fran Woodrow, Windy Ridge on 01371 870579.

Please ring Jane or Molly if you would like your cakes to be collected and, if you deliver to the Show, please ensure that you do go to the Five Parishes stall where you will find Molly, Jane, Fran and other members of the Five Parishes team and The Mothers' Union.

Horticultural Show (both days)

Schedules are available in the churches and all usual outlets. Entry forms at the back of the schedules should be returned to Jim and Jan Brown, The Old Post Office, Great Easton telephone 01371 870234 by 8.00 pm on Thursday 24th August. Enquiries about the Horticultural Show should be routed through Joan Boulton on 01371 870392.

Art Exhibition (both days)

Once again there will be an open, selling art exhibition in the church. Entry forms are available in the churches or can be obtained from Jan and David Faithfull, Bushwood House, Little Easton telephone 01371 870468. Entry forms should be returned to them by Thursday 24th August at latest. Any volunteers to help with stewarding would be welcome.

Exhibitors are asked to remember to take their pictures to the church on Thursday 24th August between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm or on Friday 25th August between 10.00 am and 12 noon.

Art Exhibition Private Preview

A Private View of the Exhibition will be held on Saturday 26th August at 12 noon to 3.00 pm. All those who are involved with the Show (and who are normally too busy to see the pictures) are invited to join the artists and their friends for a glass of wine, some refreshments and, maybe, a purchase or two. For catering purposes, please let Jan and David know if you will be attending.

Arena Events

will include new displays including animal parades, dog agility, dancing and motor cycle skills as well as regular equestrian events.

Bric-à-brac (both days)

Barbara Staines and Shirley Holden will be looking after this stall once again. Items should be delivered to the Show ground on Show days, before 11.00 am, or on the Saturday only by prior arrangement with Shirley/Barbara. If you cannot bring all your offerings on the Sunday, don't worry, they will be gratefully received on the Monday but, again, please deliver before 11.00 am! Shirley can be contacted on 01371 872361 and Barbara on 01371 876649.

Anyone interested in taking the unsold things either for another charity event or for a charity shop should contact the Site Manager on 01371 870674.

Vintage Ploughing Competition & Best turned-out Vintage Tractor and Plough

For information about the Vintage Ploughing Competition and Best turned-out Vintage Tractor and Plough contact Tim Turner on 01371 874793 (home) or 01279 817778 (office).

Vintage Car Display

The Vintage Car Display sponsored by Messrs P & A Wood takes place on the Sunday. On Monday the display will feature exhibits from the Essex Austin Seven Club and the Morgan Sports Car Club.

Open Sporting Clay Shoot

An Open Sporting Clay Shoot will be held on the Sunday run by the Stansted Clay Shooting Club. Please see the accompanying advertisement for full details or contact 07956 130087.

Programme Selling (both days)

Extra help is required for this important role, involving as it does the opportunity to meet and chat to so many nice people. Contact the Rector on 01371 872509 or Charlotte on 872840. The programme has been given a new look this year and visitors will be queuing up to buy their copy!

Catering (both days)

As last year, a variety of refreshments will be available. The licensed Bar will once again be in its prominent position, ably managed by Glenn and Donna Weekes. The hard-working team on the Barbecue Stall will offer their appetising range and other refreshments will be available in the Turkey Barn and around the Show grounds.

Pony Rides

Pony Rides will be offered by the teams from Shahzada Riding Stables and Bridgefoot Stables.


Please do have even more fun at the Show by joining our team of volunteers! There are all kinds of ways in which you could help, from the moving of tables etc to sitting at the entrance gates of the Manor Gardens to take money from those wishing to visit the gardens.

For Car Parking help, please contact Steve Farrow on 01371 875583. For details about General Stalls, Transport, General Labouring (vital at both the beginning and end of the Show) and any other queries, please contact the Rector on 01371 872509 or Charlotte on 872840.


Members' Evening at The Old Vic

Members and friends enjoyed a wonderful evening in June when they joined hosts Michael Goulding and Michael Coates to celebrate the Queen's official 80th birthday. With fine weather, good company and sumptuous food, a good time was had by all. During the evening six commemorative cups and saucers were raffled, then auctioned, resulting in some £1,200 being raised for The Friends. Grateful thanks go to the two Michaels for their generous hospitality and to everyone who attended for their equally generous support.

A Night of Magic and Mystery

Having become a firm favourite in the village, this show is back by popular demand and is produced once again by Brian and Audrey Miller. The previous three events have been a resounding success and this year looks like being another great evening.

The line-up for the show is now complete and the colour scheme this year for the fancy dress is red, white or blue, or preferably all three. This is not compulsory but you could win one of the fabulous prizes on offer for the best judged costume.

There were people last year who left it too late to obtain tickets, so put this date in your diary to avoid disappointment: FRIDAY 27th OCTOBER at Great Easton Village Hall. Watch this space for finer detail and sale of tickets. Magic still ticks in 2006!


The application forms for the new club year were sent out with the July Magazine. Many people have already renewed their subscriptions and Fran has been delighted to welcome new members willing to take a chance and support The Friends fund raising. Money raised goes towards maintenance of the churches in the Five Parishes. 50% of the income of the Club goes on the monthly prize and, with a few overheads, the rest goes to The Friends' funds. If any reader would like more information or has lost their application form (they are a handy size for shopping lists!), please contact Fran Woodrow on 01371 870579.


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 mid-day.


August events include the Teddy Bears Picnic on Sunday 6th August, a family day organised by SSE – for tickets and competition details ring SSE on 01279 870558. The Garden Opera Company returns on Saturday 12th August with Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutti, tickets £23 in advance, £25 on the night. From 25th August to 15th October, the Gardens' 2006 Big Draw event happens every Friday to Sunday from 12 noon to 6.00 pm. An exhibition and puzzle trail follow the theme of maps and travel and provide great fun for all. Normal admission prices apply.

Details of all these events are obtainable on www.eastonlodge.co.uk or from the Box Office on 01371 876979.


The Champagne Picnic at Little Easton Manor on Saturday 12th August will feature from America Viscount Oliver's Legendary Four Tops and also Earth, Wind & Fire and the Barry White Show tribute. Tickets £20.50.

Picnic concerts at Little Bardfield Hall (near Thaxted) continue the Classic Gold summer with The Way It Was featuring the Glenn Miller Sounds of Swing Orchestra on Saturday 19th August. On Saturday 26th August stars from West End musicals present an evening entitled Musicals under the Stars and on Sunday 27th August Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen entertain along with Eric Delaney and Rosemary Squires. Tickets £15.50 in advance, £20.50 on the night.

Tickets from Dunmow Travel, local Tourist Information Centres or from Classic Gold Events on their credit card ticket hotline 01279 815464 or 09064 700899 (calls charged at 60p per minute) or by post from them at Bayley Walls House, Stansted, CM24 8SP.


Don't forget the reunion of all ex pupils and staff of Great Easton CoE Primary School on Wednesday 30th August at 7.30 pm onwards at The Stag, Little Easton. If you are interested in attending, please contact Ann Craigie (née Staines) on 01604 787503 so that she can organise catering.


Previously known as just the Bike Ride, this takes place on Saturday 9th September. The Ride & Stride day is a good opportunity to have a day out together, raise money and get fit. Cyclists and walkers go from church to church (or chapel), choosing their own route and raising money for each place visited through generous sponsorship. Half the money raised goes to the church nominated by the participant, the other half to the Friends of Essex Churches.

FEC makes grants to churches to help with vital repair work and in 2004 gave grants totalling £1,994,000 to 735 churches. Last year the winning area in the Diocese of Chelmsford was Brentwood with an amazing £8,876. Only a very small number of people raised funds for the Five Parishes – please help us to do better in 2006! Forms will be available through the churches.


Notice is received that their current round of grants closes on the 15th August. In April they awarded £44,000 to local community and volunteer groups in parishes within a 10-mile radius of Stansted Airport. Applications for grants of up to £2,000 will be welcomed from sports clubs, churches, village halls, scouts, guides etc for items of a capital nature such as repairs, disabled access, heating systems, cricket nets. Contact them for application forms on 01245 430233, at SACT, PO Box 11, County Hall, Chelmsford, CM1 1LX or by e-mail at cllr.susan.flack@essexcc.gov.uk.


As I write this we have just two weeks to go until the summer break. In that time we shall be having our Class Changeover afternoon when the children meet in their new classrooms with their teacher for September, our Open Evening for families and friends, our Leavers' Service and Lunch, our Fun Day and Parent Teacher Association Disco. We shall also be holding a special assembly for the award of certificates for achievements with times-tables, attendance, topic books, special projects and the graduation of our new Play Leaders. We are also celebrating an excellent set of results in the national tests that indicate that we continue to go from strength to strength. These reflect the hard work of all our staff and children and the support given by parents.

When you read this, the children and staff will be enjoying a well deserved rest from their studies and activities; hopefully the sun is still shining, although we also need some rain. The children will be beginning to look forward to the next academic year and the teachers will be planning their new topics. The builders will also be at work: this time installing modern wash basins in the main toilet areas, erecting three glass panels for the playground shelter, remodelling a classroom, installing new windows in the Reception/Year 1 classroom and replacing timberwork at the kitchen end of the school. This is in addition to our usual maintenance work of decorating a classroom and cleaning carpets! We have much to look forward to.

Early in the autumn term we shall be holding our Parent Teacher Association Snail Race. Tickets will be available from the Office in September. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who support our school. We had a large number of sponsors for our Bouncy Castle Fete who enabled us to hire top quality inflatables to entertain the children. We also have many parents and friends who run our daily walking bus, our library and a variety of groups for our weekly Enrichment Afternoon. If you would like to share a hobby or interest, or some time with our children, please contact me at school on 01371 870219.

I wish everyone a relaxing and peaceful summer break.

Gill Hopkins


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


Thursday 3rd August Tricia's Day, Broxted
Sunday 6th August Teddy Bears Picnic at Gardens of Easton Lodge
Wednesday 9th August VJ Sports Afternoon, Little Easton
Saturday 12th August Lakeside Champagne Picnic, Lt Easton
Saturday 12th August Cosi Fan Tutti at Gardens of Easton Lodge
Sunday 20th August Last entries for Children's Fun Run
Sun/Mon 27th/28th August Countess of Warwick's Country Show
Wednesday 30th August Gt Easton School reunion
Saturday 9th September Friends of Essex Churches Ride & Stride
Saturday 16th September Buster Brown Fun Run, Great Easton
Friday 29th September Antiques Roadshow, Little Easton
Friday 27th October Friends Night of Magic and Mystery

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