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NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY

from the Five Parishes' Magazine

OCTOBER 2006

BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL

The next meeting of the Council will be held on Wednesday 11th October 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 interesting 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.

BROXTED VILLAGE HALL

John Rodliffe will be running a Table Tennis Practice Night in the Village Hall on Friday 10th November from 7.00 pm. If you are interested, please ring John on 01279 850355.

THE COUNTESS OF WARWICK'S COUNTRY SHOW

Many thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to the various stalls. Some delicious cakes and other equally delicious “eatables” were made by the ladies – and the gentlemen – of Broxted for the cake stall plus, of course, bottles, bric-à-brac, books etc were also generously given.

This year's Show was absolutely fantastic and an enormous tribute to the hard work and enthusiasm of the new management team. As the Rector has been quoted as saying, the Show is very much a community affair with a lot of input from people in the villages. It has two main aims, to raise money to support our church buildings and to give enjoyment to the people of the community. It is a little too early to comment on the financial result but the following reports from team leaders certainly prove the success of the second aim:

Ploughing Match, Best Restored Tractors and Stationary Engines

Tim Turner writes that all entries in the ploughing classes were up again this year and all the competitors are keen to come to our Show as they regard it as one of the most enjoyable – a compliment indeed! On Sunday the ploughmen competed in the mounted and trailed classes and the judges were impressed by the overall high standard of the ploughing. There were 25 competing and the sight of so many vintage tractors of all colours and makes in one field was certainly well worth seeing. The mounted class was won by Francis Pring from Braintree with his 1952 Fordson Major. The trailed class was won again by one of the best ploughmen in the South of England, John Webb, in his 1940 Caterpillar D2. The following day saw the less experienced ploughmen at work in the Novices competition. This has proved a great success since its inauguration two years ago with 10 entries this year, well up on 2005. Four of the ploughmen from the first day assisted the ‘apprentices’ with setting up their ploughs and general hints on technique, which was much appreciated. Chris Murrells from Brentwood was declared the winner, in his 1953 Fordson.

The Best Restored Tractor Class had a good entry of 16 and was won by Paul Arlidge's 1964 MF 35 – a very fine restoration indeed.

13 stationary engines competed in their class, up from 6 last year, and the cup was won by Rob Hardie for his 1926 Crossley ID30 and Climax water pump.

All the tractors and engine used and exhibited over the two days require a high degree of maintenance and restoration to make them presentable. Many hours are spent in barns, sheds and workshops preparing them to come to events such as ours and the owners should be congratulated on the high standard of their work. Thank you both to them for taking part and to the judges who give so much of their time. Thank you also to the sponsors who so generously support this aspect of our Show.

Arena Events

Some welcome changes to the arena events this year brought displays by the Dunmow & District Dog Training Club, Centre Stage dancing school and a motorcycle display by Alan Joy. The equestrian events welcomed back Peter Jackson, daughter Alison Hobin and friend Clare Hitchins with Shire horses Magnus, Rosie and newcomer Bombardier. Bridgefoot Stables of Great Easton and Shahzada Stables of Little Easton gave their ever-popular displays and also provided pony rides on alternate days. Our thanks to them all.

Children's Fun Run 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners

7 to 9 years:
Megan Goddard, Matthew Kent, Rosie Coopersmith
10 to 12 years:
Mary Squibb, Melissa Davis, Jodie Boulton

Lyn Cox presented the winners with trophies donated in memory of her late husband, John Cox. This is a wonderful tribute to John by her and her family.

Art Exhibition

David and Jan Faithfull are once again most grateful to all those who helped before, during and after the exhibition.

“Lots of strong and wonderful people moved pews and shifted the screens – a massive task! Others kindly collected money at the door, served the wine and provided nibbles for the Preview. Our thanks also go to the artists who provided over 250 works for sale, and whose efforts were admired by about 2,500 people, not counting the smiling children (as well as a few adults who tried it on!). The buyers who dug so generously into their coffers to buy some £3,000 worth of pictures made it all so worthwhile. This year artists ranged in age from 14 to 96, with successful sales by both the oldest and the youngest – that's a new kind of record! The financial result was a profit of £1,100 for the Five Parishes.

“Thank you again to everyone who helped so magnificently, not only this year, but also over the past umpteen years we have been organising the exhibition. Next year the task will be in the very capable hands of Cara and Neil Bookless whose help over the past few years, but especially this year, has been so valuable.”

The Bottle Stall

“The Bottle Stall raised £1,374.20 at this year's Countess of Warwick's Show. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone in the Five Parishes and beyond who gave bottles and supported us on the stall. Everyone was so generous as we had over 700 bottles donated! Thanks once again.” Alan Hart and Bert Pickford.

Craft Marquee, Craft Stalls and Food Fare

Our craft stall star Sue writes:

“I would firstly like to thank each and every one of our stallholders for their support this year; and thanks, too, to the ground crew who worked exceedingly hard to set up, and clear away. This was my induction year to The Countess of Warwick's Show Committee. I have replaced Emma, who resigned, after many years of hard work for which we do sincerely thank her.

“The Essex Guild of Craftsmen provided us with a good starting point for our new stalls. We had local craftsmen, not only selling their wares but demonstrating their arts of pottery, wood-turning and fretwork, spinning, sewing techniques, jewellery creations and making corn dollies, to name a few. But I am also delighted to acknowledge the countless kind comments from many, of the success of these demonstrations and the arrangement of stalls.

“The stalls were spread out across the showground from the Barn, Manor driveway, Craft Marquee, fishing car park and arena area, giving me an intensive exercise regime for the weekend!

“Thankfully some of the many regular stallholders managed to contact me to ensure their own attendance, my apologies to any that have been seemingly forgotten, I can assure you that this was not intentional – please do get in touch for inclusion next year.

“The crafts were mainly ‘evicted’ from The Barn Theatre in order to make way for our mini Food Fare, which I am sure will be continued and expanded upon in the years to come with local produce, including Great Garnetts Pork, Cobblers Cottage Jams, Fred Pearce's Confectionary, and the wide range from Ashlyn's Organic Produce.

“Finally I would like to thank Alf Wright for moving his wonderful collection of local photographs and the Five Parishes Stall onto the Barn Theatre stage to make way for the craft demonstrations which took his usual position. For those of you that didn't find him this year, ‘My hands are up again’.

“I hope you all enjoyed our Show, and that you found the changes are good ones.”

Grand Draw

Angela and Duncan would like to thank all those who helped the Grand Draw to its best ever result, with record sales. Thank you all those who sold tickets to relatives, friends and colleagues, 64 of you this year! Thank you to those who made very generous donations. Thank you to all who took part by buying tickets – we've never sold as many. Thank you to Brian, Audrey and Gill for their hard work at the Show. And special thanks to those who helped with our prizes – to Bert who was instrumental in arranging the wonderful Moorcroft vase as our first prize, to Steve for the car radio, to the Starr Restaurant and the Whitehall Hotel for the vouchers. Well done everyone, we really appreciate your help. Hearty congratulations to all those who won prizes, and commiserations to all those who didn't – let's hope next year is your lucky one! The winners were:

1st Moorcroft Vase
Mrs S Parlane, Thaxted (Ticket No. 03383)
2nd £200 cash
J Quinn, Duton Hill (07147)
3rd Car Radio
Mr Nash, Takeley (11059)
4th £100 cash
Dr J Rawes, Little Easton (01585)
5th The Starr voucher
J Speller, Aythorpe Roding (03439)
6th Whitehall Hotel voucher
Mrs Brown, Great Easton (09652)
7th M&S Christmas Hamper
Ms Marsden, Canfield (09854)

Horticultural Marquee – a message from Joan Boulton

“The weather as always did its best to confuse us gardeners both during the run up and for the Show but our exhibitors and visitors are a resilient bunch and a fantastic Show was the result of all the hard work. We had many favourable comments and for those we are always grateful.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in our part of the Show, records broken again with over 830 exhibits, we welcomed some new exhibitors to all sections and always welcome the return of our stalwarts – if you were unsuccessful this time better luck next year. The superb vegetable and fruit sections were as always the backbone of our Show; the floral art and flowers were magnificent; the handicrafts section was well supported and we look forward to another increase next year, do come along and enter. The domestic classes were full of delicious looking cakes and preserves; we will be bringing back the men's cake baking class next year, so get practising boys! There were a record number of entries in the children's classes and long may it continue, congratulations to all our entrants. We are proposing to use Xanthe Thompson's award winning cover ideas for next year's schedule, remember to look out for it.

“My hugest thanks go to my incredible team and for fear of offending anyone by omission I will not even try to list everyone – you know who you are and what you do and my heartfelt thanks go to each and every one. Same time same place next year!!

“As with everything in life the cost of putting on our Show rises every year. I am therefore very grateful to our sponsors: Langthorns Plantery of Canfield; Perry's of Broxted; David Lipson Photography, Pulfords Animal, Pet and Garden Supplies, Delicious Delicatessen, Lloydwaters Haberdashery & Linens, Stacey's Flowers of Great Dunmow; Stable Yard Livery and Power Construction of Little Easton; Carl Fisher Estate Agents of Thaxted and finally Millway Stationery Superstore of Stansted. For your support we thank you very much.

“Our judges were local again this year: Brenda Scraggs judged the superb Handicrafts, Michael Goulding the fabulous floral art, flowers, pot plants and wines, Mike Perry the magnificent photographs, David Beedle the stupendous vegetables and fruit and June Steele the glorious domestic and home-craft classes and Lesley Wright judged another record number of children's entries. We would like to thank them all for their expertise and diligence in completing this difficult task.

“The Auction of Produce was again held in the marquee and we thank Tim Trembath for his skilful efforts; next year we will be on time.

“Finally thank you to Caroline Spurrier for coming all the way from Suffolk, when her dog was very poorly, to graciously present our trophies.

“See you all at the 18th Show.”

Photographic Exhibition

A message to Andrew Wright from his Dad: “Now that you have won the Mawbyns Photography Cup from me, please don't forget to clean and polish it.”

(Editor's comment: The Five Parishes Photographic Exhibition in its new setting with stage lighting was a delight. The display of Andrew's wildlife photos was a welcome addition this year.)

The Car Parking Team

Steve Farrow writes that he would like to thank the team of “car parkers” for their help and also those who helped mark out and clean up. Without all those people, the parking of some 2,000 plus cars over the two days would not have run as smoothly as it did, albeit that they ran out of spaces to park on the Sunday – a good problem! Having had concerns before the Show about the wet ground, luckily this was not a problem. Grateful thanks go also to Speedy Hire for the loan of the cones. Steve ends by saying “Here’s looking forward to 2007!”

Final Appreciation

Grateful thanks go also to those people not mentioned earlier, particularly those who came in their professional capacity, first aiders, firemen etc; to the volunteers who this year gave of their help in so many areas of the Show, willingly fitting into Charlotte's timetable; to the classic/vintage car drivers and organizers and the superb display of Rolls-Royce cars; to our skip provider Carr & Bircher and to the litter co-ordinators; to the providers of music and other on-going entertainment; to Stansted Clay Shooting Club for arranging a Clay Shoot on the Sunday; to the providers of the varied and tasty refreshments; to those who helped with signage; to everyone who gave so generously to the exit buckets; and, last but by no means least, a heartfelt thank you to those kind people who allow us to take over their land/fields/gardens – without you the Show could not take place.

And Lastly – Our Hero!

Often unseen and unpublicized are those who each year do guard duty at the show ground overnight Friday/Sunday. This year it was favourite son of one of the management team. About midnight on Saturday two school mates all dressed in black, wearing balaclavas and socks over their shoes paid a visit whilst he was doing his rounds. As they approached he took action and rugby tackled one assailant to the ground who then panicked and identified himself. No body was injured or mistreated during this prank but nevertheless it does prove how seriously people take the work they do for our Show.

THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES

A Night of Magic and Mystery

There are less than four weeks left for you to book your table for this year's show. There is a special surprise in store and certainly one not to miss, so do bring your cameras. As this is the last call, if you haven't already got your tickets, you must be quick as early indications are that ticket sales have gone extremely well. To avoid disappointment phone Audrey Miller on 01371 870927 for availability as space is limited. Tickets (to include supper): Adults £17 each, Children (6–12 years) £7 each.

One of the highlights of the evening has always been the fancy dress and this year's theme is red, white, or blue or preferably all three. This is not compulsory but you could win one of the fabulous prizes on offer. Close-up magic at the tables and a fabulous stage show will provide you with a wonderful evening of entertainment.

Don't forget Friday 27th October at 7.30 for 8.00 pm in Great Easton Village Hall. Magic still ticks in 2006

The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club

Last September at this time Fran wondered whether ‘the new year would be the best yet’. This proved to be true with 134 folks subscribing by the end of the year. So far this year in early September, the roll stands at over 100. The first draw takes place at the end of September, the winner being announced in the November magazine. Don't miss out! The 50% Club raise funds for the maintenance of all our churches and gives members a chance to win 50% of the current monthly subscriptions.

If you would like to join please send a cheque for £11 to Fran Woodrow at Windy Ridge, Duton Hill, Dunmow Essex, CM62DX. Please make your cheque payable to ‘The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club’ and don't forget to include your name, address with postcode and telephone number and good luck! The winner of the August draw was Gill Willoughby.

Five Parishes Calendar

Inspired by the stunning Show Programme designed by Pivotal Marketing Ltd of Little Easton, we are in the process of producing a 2007 Five Parishes Calendar. This will be a slim-line one, with a space to enter each day's appointments. It has the two-fold aim of fitting into the smaller kitchen and making an ideal Christmas present, coming as it will with an envelope.

For the Show Programme, Michael Perry of David Lipson Photography took a range of the more unusual photographs in and around our churches and these are being used for the illustrations that will appear on each month's page. The calendar will be available later in the month and more details will appear in the November issue. But you can ensure your copy as soon as you like by speaking to Angela!

PEOPLE

WITH MUCH SADNESS – we announce the loss of two friends of The Five Parishes:

  • David Lipson, founder of David Lipson Photography in Dunmow, passed away on the 27th August, aged 79. He will be remembered not only as a highly professional commercial photographer but also as a friend who took photos of many family members in and around our villages. He had lived in Dunmow all his life and we send condolences to his wife Sheila, children Andrew and Fiona and their families.

  • We also lost at the end of August William Lyall, aged 36 years, of Manor Nurseries, Wimbish. William will be remembered by many for the wonderful plants he brought to Five Parish events. His parents and sister are very much in our thoughts.

SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE FOR LOVED ONES

This annual service will take place this year on Sunday 5th November at 3.30 pm in Tilty church.

GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL

This time last year I wrote about the start of the project for rebuilding our front entrance. Many of you have now used this and will know that we are much more secure. The new space that was created is also proving most useful for both visitors and children. During the summer months it became a workshop for Susan Canfield, who is a member of the East Anglian Stitched Textiles Group. She worked with every child in the school to produce an amazing textile wall hanging that covers one of the entrance area walls. The design emerged in February when the children were asked to produce words and pictures that depicted the school. A common theme was Great Easton church and so this forms a central, large hexagon for the hanging. Smaller hexagons showing other aspects of our life as a school community are then attached to this. During its construction every child learned new skills, particularly how to sew. The older children also produced patterns from drawings to use in cutting fabric into the pieces that were stitched onto painted fabric backgrounds. Needless to say we are very proud of the final product. Do come and have a close look and better still ask one of our children to explain it to you. There is also a portfolio of books made by the children that show how the design was created.

It seems a long time now since we said farewell to our older children as they left for the next stage of their education. We are pleased to learn that they have settled in well to their new studies and routines. When the children left they received a copy of a modern translation of the Bible that was presented in Great Easton church. I would like to thank the Five Parishes PCC for making this possible by providing the funds as they have for the last four years. It is good that the children leave their church school with such a gift and hopefully they will be able to use it in their religious studies and personal lives. Whilst at primary school the children learn many of the Bible stories that provide them with a good foundation in the Christian faith.

The school Harvest Festival will take place on Thursday 5th October in Great Easton church at 10.00 am and visitors are welcome to join us. Our harvest gifts this year will again go to ‘Harvest for the Hungry’. We shall be sending plain flour and pasta in boxes destined for Eastern Europe. The churches in Chelmsford organise their distribution and it is good to be part of an Essex-wide effort to help others who have much less than us at this time.

Gill Hopkins

Headteacher

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

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sunday 24th September Discovery Day at Gardens of Easton Lodge
Friday 29th September Antiques Roadshow, Little Easton
Friday 29th September Charity Calendar Launch, Great Easton
Saturday 30th September Sing with Felsted Choral Society
Sat/Sun 30th September/1st October Tilty Flower and Harvest Festival
Wednesday 4th October Duton Hill Community Assoc AGM
Thursday 5th October Great Easton School Harvest Festival
Sunday 15th October Confirmation Service at Little Easton
Friday 27th October Friends Night of Magic and Mystery
Saturday 28th October Quiz in Duton Hill
Saturday 28th October Gospel Concert in Dunmow church
Saturday 28th October Stansted Village Music Club concert
Wednesday 1st November Communion Service at Great Easton School
Sunday 5th November Service of Remembrance for Loved Ones, Tilty
Friday 10th November Table Tennis Practice Night, Broxted
Sunday 26th November Felsted Choral Society evening

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