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from the Five Parishes' Magazine



As the Rector explained last month, this year it was the turn of Broxted church to host the Five Parishes Harvest Festival service. And what a wonderful service it was! Thoughtfully arranged by the Revd Gillian, with the traditional hymns, it was attended by some 130 people of all the ages, the youngest being two-week old Beth Aris, who received a very special welcome!

Members of Broxted church committee always provide beautiful decorations and this year special thanks go to Mike Coates who, with the help of Andy Bell, so admirably picked up the reins with the organisation of the flowers, fruit, vegetables, corn, straw, hops and insects while Michael Goulding was in hospital. It was especially good to see Michael amongst the congregation following his return home.

Thanks go to everyone who helped with the floral arrangements, with the provision of coffee, wine, sandwiches and apple crumble which were so enjoyed at the lunch following the service, to those from the other churches who helped at the service, for the generous support of members of the congregation and, particularly, to those who cleaned up behind the flower arrangers and cleaned and cleared the church afterwards. This is always an unseen and often an unthanked task.


The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 8th November at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings. The minutes of the Council meetings are posted on the village notice boards, and can be viewed on this website.


The Community Association will be holding another of its popular quizzes on Saturday 25th November in the Village Hall at 7.30 for 8.00 pm. Tickets are priced at £6 which will include a hot supper, but please bring your own drinks. Teams of 6 to 8 are invited to book with Jenny Oliveira on ***** *****.


If the driver of a blue Subaru Impreza would like to claim those sections of the car which were left in the rubble that was once a bus shelter opposite the Prince of Wales public house, he or she should contact Jenny Oliveira on ***** ******.

It was fortunate that nobody was waiting for a bus at 10.45 pm on Thursday 21st September when the Subaru driver lost control, bounced the vehicle off a kerb and hit the brick bus shelter so forcefully that it collapsed.


Do Broxted residents want a village hall or should the building be abandoned? Few people use it regularly and it costs more than a £1,000 a year just for insurance. Broxted Parish Council is considering taking responsibility for the maintenance, management and weekly running of the hall since the four people who form the hall management committee no longer want that sole responsibility.

But before any decision is made on the future of the hall, parish councillors want to know what residents think. To find out a public meeting has been called for Wednesday 1st November starting at 8.00 pm in the village hall. Come and have your say about the hall: Do you want to keep it? Do you want to help to maintain it? What should your parish council do?

Table Tennis

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 ***** ******.


All children of primary school age and under are invited to Broxted's annual Children's Christmas Party which this year will be on Sunday 10th December at 3.00 pm in the village hall. There will be a children's entertainer as well as party games, tea and a visit from Santa Claus.

There is no charge for the party which is funded by Community Association events throughout the year and all children within the relevant age group are welcome to come, with or without their parents. All the organisers ask is that parents donate an item of food for the party tea.

Please put the date in your diaries now and call Rachel on 01279 850047 to let her know if you are planning to come.


The regulars at the Prince of Wales were very sorry to see Chris and Jacky leave the pub in August, but are very pleased to welcome Peter and Louise as the new landlords. We hope that they will quickly settle into village life, and wish them every success.



  • to Jo and Tim Cowell and William and Lucy of Tudor Cottage on the birth of Jemima.


  • We pleased that Michael Goulding is home again after a short spell in hospital and hope he continues his recovery by taking things a little easier.


  • Geoff Barrow's daughter, Clare, Linda's stepdaughter, was married to Martin Haverty at the Mount Lavinia Hotel in Sri Lanka on the 23rd September. The wedding included traditional dancers and an elephant. Family and friends were there to celebrate with the couple.


Reports are still coming in from people who much enjoyed their visit to the Show this year. A renewed thank you from all concerned with the Show for everyone's support and interest. A report on the financial outcome will be featured in next month's issue but, meanwhile, this message was omitted last month:

Jane and Molly would like to thank all those people who donated cakes, preserves, produce and their time to the cake stall at the Show. The stall is always popular and goods sold out on each day of the Show. Jane, Molly and the team have been running the stall for some years now and are hanging up their aprons, jam jars, mixing bowls and sticky labels. If there is a group of friends in the area who would like to run the stall next year, please contact the Rector on 01371 872509. It is good fun and you are always busy!

Please put the date of next year's Show on your calendar — it will be on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 26th/27th August. While many of its members are working already on their section of the Show, the team as a whole does not meet until January when various outstanding matters will be considered.

One aspect where you our reader might be able to help is with the mundane problem of Dustbins. It wasn't until the eve of this year's Show that it was discovered that the bins we thought we had were not there! Now that everyone has wheelie bins, some of you may still be wondering what to do with your old bin. If you have a clean plastic bin and would like to donate it to the Show, please phone George on 07850 087886 and he will arrange collection.


Annual Service of Evensong

This takes place on Sunday 19th November at Great Easton church at 4.00 pm. The address will be given by Past Bishop of Colchester, the Right Reverend Edward Holland. Bishop Edward is now an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of London and, as chair of the Quiet Garden Trust, recently opened the Quiet Garden at the home in Dunmow of Canon Rosemary Drew.

The Friends are well known for the excellence of the refreshments they provide and tea after this Service is no exception! Anyone helping by bringing sandwiches or cakes will receive a special hug. During tea there will be a Christmas Hamper raffle. It is not necessary to be a member of The Friends to attend this service — everyone is assured of a warm welcome.


The first draw of the New Year took place on the 24th September and the winner was Mrs Allen of Little Easton. Membership is still growing and new subscribers are very welcome. Half the total monthly subscription raised goes to the prize cheque and the remainder towards maintaining our churches within the Five Parishes. If you would like to join, please send a cheque for £10 (to cover your subscription until August 2007) made out to ‘The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club’ to Fran Woodrow, Windy Ridge, Duton Hill, Dunmow Essex, CM6 2DX.


Due mainly to lack of time, the Five Parishes 2007 Calendar has been put on hold. Who said the older you get the quicker time passes? How right that person was.


Ann Craigie sends this report:

"Thank you to everyone who turned up at The Stag in Little Easton on 30th August for our first Great Easton Primary School Reunion. It was a lovely evening, meeting up with old friends and staff although we all agreed that we had not changed much! Lots of photographs were taken and I was impressed by the local paparazzi who did not want to miss out on this rare occasion. I hope you all saw the articles written in the local papers and the tremendous photographs clearly showing what a lot of fun we were having.

"It was interesting looking at the photographs taken in the 60s and 70s which ‘Sir’ brought along, showing how the school has changed in the intervening years.

"We all agreed that this reunion should not be the last and we hope that George will put up with us all again next year. Thanks to George and Rose for a lovely buffet. Watch this space for the date when we also hope to have The Earl of Essex providing music of the times."


Uttlesford Community Travel urgently requires drivers for the hospital car service which provides transport for local people who need to get to hospital. Drivers are reimbursed at 40p per mile. If you can help, please phone 01371 875787.


Cats Protection has a limited number of free vouchers to cover the cost of this operation for male and female cats performed by local participating vets. Stop unwanted kittens! A neutered cat is less likely to fight and less likely to be run over (most cats killed on the road are un-castrated toms). Don't delay — ring now on 01992 579539.


The I Count Event

Stop Climate Chaos, the UK's largest coalition of environmental and development organisations, unions, faith, community and women's groups, has responded to the threat to our environment by organising the biggest climate change gathering in the UK. This takes place on Saturday 4th November from 1.00 to 3.00 pm at Trafalgar Square, London. There will be live music, inspirational speakers, special celebrity guests and more. To find out more and let them know you are going, contact WWF-UK at wwf.org.uk/icount or call 01483 426333.

Incidentally, we were sorry to learn that of twenty-four people killed in a helicopter crash in Nepal in September, seven were WWF employees, including two from the UK.

Buying Heating Oil? Save Money, Save the Planet

Coincidentally news comes in of a local service which not only considers this worrying aspect but also offers a money-saving incentive when buying heating oil. Choosing the best supplier can be a frustrating, time-consuming occupation for a variety of reasons. However, a single phone call or e-mail to EECO, the Dunmow based Environmental Energy Company, could help you.

EECO is offering domestic and commercial consumers the chance to participate in an oil buying syndicate. Being completely independent of any oil company or distributor, EECO regularly compares prices from the twenty-two distributors supplying heating oil to homes, schools and businesses in Essex, negotiating the best deal every time. By grouping together individual orders, from the same local area, EECO can buy heating oil by the tanker load; reducing delivery road-miles, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, saving the distributor time and money. EECO then shares these savings with each purchasing member.

EECO also guarantees that any profits made from running this service will be used to develop its other activities — developing and installing renewable energy solutions and technologies, such as ground source heat pumps, solar thermal water heating, small-scale wind turbine and energy saving technologies.

If you would like more information, or would like to see how much EECO could save you, without obligation, please contact Neil on 01371 870917, or send an e-mail Subject: ‘Info’ or ‘Quote’, to heating@eeco.fsbusiness.co.uk


As our school continues to thrive we are privileged to share our good practice with others. This term we are working with four student teachers from Cambridge who are doing the first part of their Post Graduate Certificate in Education with us. It is a great joy to mentor and coach new entrants to teaching. Our staff also supports teachers from other schools and many teachers have visited us to learn more about our Enrichment programme and school meals provision. As I write this we are preparing for two groups of Swedish teachers who will spend two days with us to learn about the English system. All these visitors keep our School Council members busy as they act as guides for our guests. The children are very good ambassadors and are proud to talk about their achievements and what we do at school.

If you have never entered our building and are curious about what it looks like and how children learn, there is an opportunity for you to find out this month. On the afternoon of Tuesday 7th November from 2.00–4.00 pm, and the evening of Wednesday 8th November from 7.00–9.00 pm we are opening our doors to prospective parents and members of the community. All you have to do is drop in and we shall give you a tour of our school and answer any questions you may have about educating primary aged children. You don't have to have a pre-school child in order to attend; grandparents, friends and neighbours are also very welcome.

There is another opportunity this month to visit your local church school: on the 1st November we are hosting a Five Parishes Holy Communion service at 9.00 am in the hall. We do hope that you might be able to come and worship with our older children at this time. The service lasts just half an hour and there is an invitation to stay on for coffee afterwards if you have time.

Gill Hopkins


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


Tuesday 31st October PCC Meeting, Gt Easton School
Wednesday 1st November Broxted Village Hall Public Meeting
Wednesday 1st November Communion Service at Great Easton School
Thurs/Fri/Sat 2nd/3rd/4th November Last Greville Theatre performances
Saturday 4th November The I Count Event, London
Sunday 5th November Service of Remembrance for Loved Ones, Tilty
Friday 10th November Table Tennis Practice Night, Broxted
Wednesday 15th November The MU Enrolment of New Members
Saturday 18th November Pre-Christmas Sale, Thaxted Disabled Centre
Saturday 18th November St Clare Hospice Dunmow Craft Fayre
Sunday 19th November The Friends' Annual Evensong, Great Easton
Saturday 25th November Quiz Night, Broxted
Sunday 26th November Felsted Choral Society evening
Thurs/Fri/Sat 30th Nov/1st/2nd December Bardfield Players Sweeny Todd
Saturday 2nd December Christmas by Candlelight in Thaxted Church
Friday 1st and 8th December Light Up A Life Ceremonies
Sunday 10th December Broxted Children's Christmas Party
Tuesday 19th December Senior Citizens' Christmas Party, Duton Hill
Saturday 17th March Race Night in Little Easton

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