NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
The Good Friday service of Meditation will be held once again in Chickney church commencing at 2.00 pm. Following the service everyone is invited for tea and hot cross buns afterwards. These two events in their delightful settings have become firm favourites in the Five Parishes calendar, providing as they do such appropriate opportunities to meet together at this poignant time in the church calendar. They will be followed on Easter Sunday by the 11 o'clock All Age service which will be held in Broxted church when you will be assured of an equally special welcome.
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 Angela on 01371 872894.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
Brick End Bus Shelter
At the time of writing the new bus shelter is almost finished.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 11th April 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.
Parish Council Elections
The seven members of Broxted Parish Council are elected to serve for a four-year term, and there will be an election for a new Council on Thursday 3rd May. Nomination papers are available from The Returning Officer at Uttlesford District Council, or from the Clerk, Mrs Clark, 01279 850638.
BROXTED COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The AGM of the Community Association will be held on Thursday 19th April at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall. The committee has consisted of the same people now for several years and they would dearly welcome some new blood. Please come along and find out what they have been up to over the past year.
Once again Broxted has benefitted from the industry of a group of people who a few years ago gave their time to planting daffodils around the village. They really have been a lovely sight. Thank you!
Yvonne would like to thank everyone who supported her coffee morning/box opening for the Childrens' Society. To date, the sum of £327 has been collected, with a few more boxes to come in. If anyone feels they can have a box in their home or office, please get in touch– it is amazing how our small change mounts up and you would know it would be going to a good cause.
SSE QUIZ NIGHT
The SSE quiz on the 10th March attracted 18 teams and the winning team scraped home by just half a point. Thanks to a number of very generous donations on the night the magnificent sum of £1,461 was raised for the campaign's Appeal Fund which is aiming to raise £100,000 towards the cost of experts and legal representation at the forthcoming Public Inquiry. The proceeds of the Quiz take the current level of donations and pledges received to date to £60,000.
Competitors puzzled over a wide ranging set of questions including three special papers testing everyone's knowledge of London and autobiographies as well as the ability to work out sequences. A most enjoyable supper was served and the evening ended with a huge raffle. The organisers are very grateful to all those who helped, all those who donated raffle prizes and especially to all those who took part.
HOLISTIC FAIR AT THE WHITEHALL HOTEL
Harmony for Life are organising a one day event for mind, body and spirit on Sunday 29th April from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm in the Whitehall Hotel's Barn Conference Suite. It is a beautiful and tranquil setting that is an ideal venue for relaxation and peace and visitors will be able to sample a “taster” of complementary therapy, experience deep relaxation, or simply find out more about reducing stress levels and enhancing one's own health and well-being. Admission will be £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.
STANSTED AIRPORT EXPANSION PROPOSALS
BAA's consultation period on proposed highway schemes and surface access for their proposed expanded airport runs until 5th June. Details of public exhibitions for viewing maps and plans in our immediate area are:
All open between 11.00 am and 9.00 pm. Further details on www.highways.gov.uk or from 0800 783 1764.
Supporters of SSE will be aware of their appeal for funds to help them at the appeal lodged by BAA against Uttlesford District Council's decision not to grant permission for extended use of the existing runway. Their address is PO Box 311, Takeley, Bishop's Stortford, CM22 6PY, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01279 870558.
Five Parishes Quizzes in Support of SSE
For those of you who support the work of SSE, there is a quiz being held in the Club Room of The Three Horseshoes on Friday 27th April at 8.00 for 8.30pm. Teams of six are required at £5 per head. The whole £5 will be donated to SSE. No food will be provided but you are welcome to take your own picnic! Take plenty of money too as there will also be a raffle and an auction. Space is limited so you must book in advance.
Barn Dance at High Easter
You are invited to SSE's Easter Barn Dance on Saturday 7th April at 7.30 pm at Maidens Barn, High Easter. Ticket including supper (choice of fish, chicken or vegetarian burger and chips): adults £17.50, children £12.50. Caller and Live Music: The Magogs Ceilidh Band. Bookings through SSE Campaign Office.
Posh Frocks Sale
The sale, to be held on Saturday 21st April from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm at SSE's Campaign Office at the Old School Building, Takeley, will feature dressy outfits from ball gowns to party dresses and ensembles fit for a day at the races or night at the opera – with hats, bags, stoles and gloves (in perfect condition, of course) to match. An alteration service will be available at the event. Over 100 gorgeous garments have already been donated towards the sale and SSE hopes to more than double this number– with your help. To donate, or to find out more, contact the Campaign Office.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
The Annual General Meeting is on Thursday 10th May. Full details will appear in The Friends own newsletter. Anyone wishing to attend will be most welcome – you don't need to be a member, although if not you will be unable to vote. It will be possible to join on the night, 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.
Another Gathering in the Garden Room by kind permission of Bob Trembath takes place on Saturday 16th June when hopefully the weather will be kind so that time can be spent in the lovely surroundings of Bob's garden.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
There are just five more chances to win in the 50% Club for this round. The Club exists as a fundraising arm of The Friends of the Five Parishes and last year gave £800 towards the upkeep of churches in the Five Parishes. The winner of the February draw was Tom Cowell.
LITTLE EASTON OPEN GARDENS
Under the umbrella of the National Garden Scheme, Dr Graham and Cilla Swan of Elmbridge Mill and Vivienne Crossland of Church Lodge, Park Road will again be opening their gardens between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm for charity on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 28th May. The combined admission will be £3.50 with children free. However sorry no dogs! A share of the proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support and home made teas will be served at Elmbridge Mill during the afternoon. So please do go along to support the causes and for a peek at the gardens and a friendly chat! You are assured of an enjoyable afternoon. The gardens will be well signposted.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
I'm sure that any of you who have moved or bought a house will understand that ‘wow’ feeling you get when you have found the home for you. This is exactly the same feeling I got on a rainy Wednesday afternoon in January when I made my first visit to Great Easton.
It is now with great pleasure I am able to write my first piece as the new Headteacher of Great Easton Primary School. It also seems appropriate to be writing this so close to Easter, a time when new beginnings are at the forefront of all our minds.
Firstly, I'm sure you would all like to know a little bit of background information about me. I was born and grew up in Chelmsford, gained my teaching degree at Anglia Polytechnic University and last year completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). For the last five years I have been the deputy head of Kelvedon Hatch Primary School, a rural school located on the outskirts of Brentwood. Previously I taught at Broomfield Primary School in Chelmsford.
As you are all aware, the school was recently graded as ‘outstanding’ in all areas by OFSTED, one of only a very few schools to be awarded this accolade. This achievement was directly due to the hard work and dedication of all the staff, governors, children and of course Gill Hopkins. I feel privileged to be able to follow in Gill's footsteps and will strive to continue to improve and bring the school forward.
After such an impressive OFSTED report it would be easy to sit back, relax and perhaps even become complacent. However, the staff, the governors and I are fully aware that there are still areas for improvement and I intend to lead the school in the future with the same enthusiasm and commitment as shown by Gill.
In next month's Magazine I will share with you some of the exciting events that will be taking place in school, during what will be a busy summer term. In the meantime I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible, whether as parents of pupils in the school, or members of the five parishes community. I wish you all a peaceful Easter.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
WILL YOU SPONSOR THE SCHOOL?
Great Easton Primary School is looking for sponsors for the popular bouncy castle fun day on Saturday 30th June. 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.
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