NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
BROXTED CHURCH ANNUAL MEETING
The annual meeting of parishioners takes place on Tuesday 13th March at 7.30 pm at The Old Vicarage, Broxted by kind invitation of Michael Goulding and Michael Coates.
If you would like to have a lily put on the altar of Broxted church at Easter in memory of a loved one, please contact Jane Askew on 01371 831653.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The Council's insurers have given the go-ahead for the rebuilding of the Brick End bus shelter, and it hoped that work will commence shortly.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 14th March at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings. The agenda and minutes of the Council meetings are posted on the village notice-boards, and can be viewed on this website. This website also contains a wealth of local information and links to other useful web-sites.
BROXTED & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The Community Association held another of its popular quizzes on the 10th February in the Village Hall, under the masterful guidance of Roger Clark. Five teams took part and, in a close contest, the winning team gained victory by a margin of only 7½ points.
Yvonne will be holding her usual Box Opening/Coffee Morning on Wednesday 7th March at Fistrals, Browns End Road from 10.00 am to 12 noon. Do go along, even if you don't have a box, for a cup of coffee and a chat. If you do have a box but are unable to bring it along, could you please let Yvonne know and she will be pleased to collect it from you. Call her on 01279 850355.
THE BROXTED SSE QUIZ 2007
Phyllis and Roger Clark are organising another of their annual quizzes to raise funds for SSE. The date is Saturday 10th March at 7.30 for 8.00 pm in Broxted Village Hall. Teams of six are invited to enter, the price is £9 each to include supper, but please bring your own drinks.
Space is limited so please book your team as soon as possible with Roger and Phyllis on 01279 850638, or at email@example.com.
PRINCE OF WALES FUN QUIZ
There will be a fun quiz in the pub on Tuesday 20th March at 8.00 pm. Just come as a couple or make up a team – everyone is welcome. Entry is just £3 a head; there will be refreshments in the interval and prizes for the winners. All proceeds to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
GOODBYE TO MRS GILL HOPKINS!
Here in the Parish we are very sad to lose Mrs Gill Hopkins as Head of Great Easton Primary School. Under her enlightened headship links between the School and the Parish have been much strengthened and we have all been enriched by working together. We wish her well in her next job – that of Curate in the Wickford Team Ministry. Whilst goodbyes are sad we also look forward to getting to know Mr Damien Pye and welcoming him to the Parish and community.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
At their January meeting, the trustees confirmed dates for the 2007 Members' Evening which will be on Saturday 16th June in Bob Trembath's garden; the Magic Evening on Friday 26th October and the Annual Service of Evensong on Sunday 18th November when the Right Revd John Gladwin, Bishop of Chelmsford, will give the address. The Annual General Meeting is on Thursday 10th May. Full details of these will appear in The Friends own newsletter and in later editions of the Magazine.
A further grant was agreed, to help with the cost of the new carpet in Broxted church. This brings to almost £27,000 the amount that The Friends have given to our churches. If you would like to join The Friends, application forms are available in the churches or from the secretary on 01371 872894. You don't need to be a churchgoer; all you need (apart from the subscription!) is a desire to help the churches continue to add their special impact to the beauty of your locality for years to come.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
The regular monthly draws for this year will continue until August and the winner of the January draw was Mrs Walker of Broxted. If you would like to take a chance, please contact Fran Woodrow on 01371 870579. Our ancient churches need constant attention and all funds raised by The Friends, including those from the 50% Club, are put towards maintenance and improvement of the churches.
With much in this issue about giving, one avenue for giving financial help to a church (or any other charity) is, of course, by including a bequest when making or updating your Will. By leaving a legacy you would know that it would be of permanent benefit to future generations.
In the particular case of a church, it is important to clearly identify the parish (there are many churches dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, two in the Five Parishes!) and to give a contact point. It is always advisable to state that the bequest may be used for the general purposes of the church at the discretion of its officers. To have a sum of money tied up for one restricted aspect, the organ perhaps or the churchyard, can lead to a situation where the churchwardens are unable to use it for years to come.
WILL YOU SPONSOR THE SCHOOL?
Great Easton Primary School is looking for sponsors for the popular bouncy castle fun day which will be held on Saturday 30th June this year. This unique event attracts a wide audience giving sponsors some great advertising. If you have a company or event to promote and would like to support our friendly village school, please contact PTA chairperson Ann Howard on 01371 875860.
TRY WALKING IN 2007!
If you would prefer some healthy exercise, then walking is the most natural and simple form of movement, and an excellent all round mode of exercise. It can help you to get and stay fit, control your weight and helps protect the body from many illnesses and conditions. For more information see www.walkinginessex.co.uk or phone John Harris on 01920 822887.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
I am writing this one day after receiving the draft Ofsted report, following an inspection that took place just before the February half term break. As you read this, the report should be with parents and on the internet. I am delighted to be able to tell you that our school fulfils our aim of ‘Personal excellence in a Christian environment’. As a result of this we have been judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and this makes us one of the top ten percent of schools in the country.
This recognition is very special to me as I prepare to leave the world of education for full time ministry in the parish of Wickford and Runwell. When I was appointed headteacher of Great Easton School in December 1999, the school had been judged unsatisfactory by Ofsted. I remember writing in my letter of application that I had a vision to make our village school one of the best in Essex. I was able to share this vision with the staff and governors and together, over the last seven years, we have made our school a place of excellence where our children receive a first class education. Our links with parents and our local community have also been very important in fulfilling this aim. Please take time to visit the Ofsted website to read in detail what they have to say about us. I believe that all this has only been possible because we recognise that our school community is part of God's creation and not just a source of statistics.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the valuable support that they have given to me whilst leading the team at Great Easton Primary School; the staff, governors, parents and children, members of the Five Parishes PCC and friends of the school. The Five Parishes will always be a very special place for me and I have had seven very happy years being associated with it. Mr Damian Pye, your new headteacher, will be introducing himself in next month's Magazine. I wish him and everyone continued success in the future.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
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