NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
A CELEBRATION OF GOD'S WORLD IN SUMMER
A special summer service was held in Chickney church on the 30th July. The readings were based on the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful and all the hymns, which were led by the Five Parishes Choir, followed the same theme. It was a delightful service which was followed by most of the congregation joining together afterwards in the peaceful churchyard for a picnic lunch.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
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.
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 be visiting Broxted on Sunday 15th October from 12.30 to 4.00 pm, and will be sited at Church End. This facility is only to be used for non-recyclable items, and no hazardous waste will be accepted. Remember, a green waste collection vehicle, for garden waste, visits Great Easton Village Hall every Saturday from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
THE OLD VICARAGE, BROXTED
Sadly, after 65 years the walnut tree in the front garden of The Old Vicarage had to be felled due to storm and wind damage which left the tree beyond repair and unsafe. On the advice of a dendrologist it was felled. The tree was planted by Arnold Willis to commemorate the birth of his first daughter and will be sadly missed.
Janet and Stephen Spivey would like to thank everyone who attended and otherwise contributed to a successful Tricia's Day on the 3rd August. Special thanks go to the sales team sheltering in the garage and the members of the kitchen crew. £1,110 was raised in total and has been donated to East Anglia Children's Hospices. Janet and Stephen are grateful to all concerned.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
A Night of Magic and Mystery
Tickets are now available for this special magic evening on Friday 27th October in Great Easton Village Hall. Space is limited, so don't delay, book today by telephoning Audrey Miller on 01371 870927. Adults £17, children (6 – 12 years) £7 each.
Once again Stars from The Magic Circle will be appearing in the stage show and to perform close-up magic at your tables. There is a special surprise in store and certainly one not to miss, so bring your cameras.
As in previous years, the Friends ‘Master Chef’ Fran Woodrow together with her helpers will be concocting a seasonal supper for your delight. The old favourite, the Magic Tombola, will provide you all with the chance to win one or more of the fantastic prizes. One of the highlights of the evening has always been the fancy dress and the theme this year is Red, White or Blue or preferably all three, although this is not compulsory. You could win one of the fabulous prizes on offer for the best judged costume.
Don't forget FRIDAY 27th OCTOBER – 7.30 for 8.00 pm – Magic still ticks in 2006.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
Welcome to the New Year. At the end of September the first cork of the new 50% Club year will be drawn. Have you joined yet? The application forms went out with the July Magazine, but if you have lost your form, panic not! Just send your name, address and phone number to Fran Woodrow, Windy Ridge, Duton Hill, Dunmow, Essex CM6 2DX with your cheque for £12 made payable to ‘The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club’. The July draw was won by Frank Bennett.
GARDENS OF EASTON LODGE
The Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust is looking for volunteers and trustees. Without greater local community involvement these wonderful gardens may not be able to stay open to the public. The Gardens are of national significance for their association with the figures and events of the 1880s until 1918, and for the extraordinary formal gardens created by the leading designer Harold Peto. Having devoted nearly sixteen years to saving the gardens, Brian and Diana Creasey plan to fully retire at the end of next year and to hand over the management of the Gardens to the Preservation Trust, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.
The Trust wants to develop the role of the Gardens as a community resource as well as carry forward the Creaseys' vision to restore them to their former glory. The Trust is looking for three to four people to become trustees, people who have experience in marketing, finance, fundraising, arts, heritage and community education. The Trust would also like to involve more people as volunteers in, for example, running family events; helping to improve the wildlife habitats and getting involved in the next exciting stages of the restoration programme. Volunteering there has its own rewards – giving time and experience is paid back by having that sense of ownership beyond that of the everyday visitor, developing a personal relationship with a place. To find out more please contact Catherine Mummery, Secretary, Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust, Warwick House, Easton Lodge, Great Dunmow, CM6 2BB telephone 01371 859767 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovery Day – 24th September
Make your journey to the Gardens of Easton Lodge part of the fun of your day out. In the hope that many will want to get to the Gardens by all means other than by car, arrangements have been made with local cycle groups for some great walks for you to join or follow in your own time. Even if you have to resort to using your car, you can still take part in some fun Discovery Activities at the Gardens. For more information please call 01371 876979.
FRIENDS OF ESSEX CHURCHES RIDE & STRIDE
Don't forget the date of this year's fundraising event, which helps both the Friends of Essex Churches and the church of your choice. 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. Forms will be available in the churches or from the churchwardens or from organiser John Hoskins on 01376 552350 or on email@example.com.
The Antiques Roadshow in aid of SSE will take place on Friday 29th September at 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall, Little Easton. Tim Trembath will be on hand to value the items brought along. Tickets cost £10 and include supper and one free valuation. Various other diversions include a ‘Guess the Age’ test and a raffle. Tickets are available from Shirley Holden on 01371 872361, Church Cottage, Little Easton, Dunmow, Essex CM6 2JN or firstname.lastname@example.org or from SSE.
WINDMILLS AND WATER MILLS
Darren Stone is researching the history of the windmills, watermills and millers of Great and Little Easton, Tilty, Broxted and Lindsell. If anyone has any information that may help, he would be very pleased to hear from you. Darren can be contacted on 07742 689839, by e-mail email@example.com or by post at Treetops, Duton Hill, Dunmow, CM6 2DT.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
As this issue is put together to go to the printers, Headteacher Gill Hopkins, her staff and pupils are having their well-deserved summer holiday. We echo the sentiments in the Rector's letter, wishing them all a very happy holiday and may they return for the autumn term refreshed and rarin' to go!
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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