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from the Five Parishes' Magazine

MAY 2007


Easter in The Five Parishes was a particularly uplifting and special time, with a range of different services. On Maundy Thursday a service to commemorate the Last Supper was held in Little Easton church, with the choir performing excerpts from Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. Afterwards there was a watch until midnight, giving people the opportunity to meditate and pray.

On Good Friday, a Service of Meditation took place in Chickney church. In the peace and quiet of this very special place, lit only by candles (there is no electricity) and simply decorated with palm leaves and a few lilies, the service was very moving, with readings by members of the Five Parishes, relating events leading to the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. With no organ available, the choir led the singing. As the Service ended everyone quietly left the church and, led by the Rector carrying a simple wooden cross assembled during the service, processed to the home of a local supporter where a very warm welcome awaited them plus tea and Hot Cross Buns. It is a Five Parishes tradition to give from the day's collection a donation to the Churches Conservation Trust.

On Easter Day itself, Holy Communion was celebrated in Great Easton church followed by an uplifting and joyful Easter Day Worship in Broxted church attended by over 100 people. The church was decorated beautifuIly with a mass of white and gold lilies, gerberas and palm leaves interspersed with the occasional blue iris reflecting the stained glass windows. The lovely traditional Easter hymns were led again by the Five Parishes choir and during the service the children took part in a treasure hunt for chocolate Easter Bunnies. Having enjoyed a period of fellowship and refreshments after the service, the congregation left to make their way home in glorious spring sunshine.

Broxted and Chickney

It is appropriate in this section to send sincere thanks to everyone who came to the service in Broxted on Easter Sunday, for the hospitality at Chickney and also to the many people involved who had put such effort into making both churches so welcoming.


Anyone who has visited St Mary's church, Broxted recently will have noticed how well cared for it is especially with the new carpet and mats. Their small cleaning team keeps the church spick and span for all the services and events which take place during the year and we pass on everyone's grateful thanks to them all.

Occasionally, due to illness, holidays and unforeseen events they have to spread themselves very thinly to cover the rota. Is there anyone who could either join the team or who would be willing to help out in an emergency? The perks of the job are: an hour of peace in a beautiful old building, wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and a very grateful congregation!

If you can help, please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance.


Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 9th May will be the Annual Meeting of the Council and the Annual Parish Assembly. The meetings will start at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall. The Council particularly welcomes members of the public to these two annual meetings. The agenda and minutes of all 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 websites.

Stansted Airport Public Inquiry

The Council will be putting its case to the Inspector at the Public Inquiry, which starts on 30th May and is scheduled to run until at least the beginning of October.

Broxted Village Hall

The Parish Council has now formally taken over the sole trusteeship of the Village Hall charity, and is responsible for its day-to-day management.

At the public meeting held last November a number of people expressed an interest in being involved in the future of the hall. Another meeting is to be held on Wednesday 16th May, in the hall at 8.00 pm, to form a new management committee, responsible for the running of the hall, applying for grants and organising maintenance and improvements, as well as a list of ‘carers’ prepared to help with regular cleaning and maintenance.

The hall is a valuable asset of the village and it is hoped that, with the Parish Council now shouldering the financial burden of the hall, it can be given a new lease of life. If you are prepared to help in any way whatsoever – please come to the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting but wish to help, in whatever way, please contact the Clerk to the Council, Phyllis Clark, on 01279 850638.


The final figure collected in the Boxes and sent to the Children's Society in March, was £456.92. Thanks go to the four ladies who gamely spent the morning counting the contents of the boxes.


The Club will be holding a quiz on Saturday 9th June in Broxted Village Hall at 7.30 for 8.00 pm. Teams of six are invited to take part. The cost is £6 a head to include supper, but please bring your own drinks. For tickets please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance.


Please note: For next month ONLY, please send any items for Broxted directly to the editor on 01371 872894. If you have something of interest she will be delighted to hear from you. Latest date for items for the June issue is Thursday 10th May.


Scarecrow Competition

The plan to involve children in the Show each year continues. To this end, there will be an opportunity this year for children to enter a scarecrow competition.

Age groups will be: 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years. The competition is open to children who reside in EACH of the Five Parishes, namely: Broxted, Chickney, Tilty, Great Easton and Little Easton.

Entry forms will be available from each church from the beginning of June 2007. Entries must be received by the 31st July. Judging will take place in each parish on the 20th August. Prizes will be given for first, second and third placed entries in each parish. The winning entry from each parish will go through to the final which will be held at the Show on Sunday 26th August 2007.

So, children, get out your pencils and start planning your entry now. Remember that your scarecrow can be as large as you wish provided that, if you win your parish prize, it can be transported to the final at the Show on the 26th August. Help with transport can be arranged if necessary.

Children's Fun Run

This event, which was inaugurated last year, will be held on Sunday 26th August. Full details and entry forms will be available from each of our churches from the beginning of July. Meanwhile, children, begin training soon!

Grand Draw Prizes

As mentioned in the last issue, prizes for the Grand Draw are still required. If these ideas or any other ways of helping occur to you, please contact 01371 872894.

Show Date

The Show takes place on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 26th/27th August 2007. Please do give some serious thought as to how YOU can help, either before, during or after the Show. Volunteers are needed for all sorts of things – it is not always hard work, there is a lot of fun and laughter too! If you can offer a couple of hours, please talk to the Rector.

Bookings for Pitches

Booking forms are in circulation and all space must be booked – and paid for – by the 1st June. If you would like to book space for a Craft Stall or a trade stand, please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance.


The Annual General Meeting is on Thursday 10th May at 7.30 pm in Great Easton church. Papers for this meeting are sent to members about two weeks in advance of the meeting. Non-members wishing to attend will be most welcome although 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 Bob's Garden Room by takes place on Saturday 16th June when hopefully the weather will be kind so that time can be spent in the lovely surroundings of the gardens.


Just four more to go! The 50% Club year ends in August so four more chances to win. The new subscription forms will be going out in the July magazine so do look out for them. Half of the subscription money goes in prize money and, after expenses, the rest towards the upkeep of our churches in the Five Parishes.


A gentle reminder that the gardens of Elmbridge Mill and Church Lodge in Little Easton will be open for charity between 2.00 pm and 5.00pm on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May. Visitors in the past have always seemed to enjoy themselves and you will be welcomed enthusiastically and your support for the good causes much appreciated. Tea and cakes will be available in the splendid garden at Elmbridge Mill, so go along and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a spring afternoon in our lovely countryside! It is the only time this year these gardens are open. £3.50 per adult for both gardens, children free, sorry no dogs.


At the end of the Spring term, just before taking up my post I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the end of term concert which was based around the story of Noah's Ark. The hard work put in by the staff and children was clearly evident in the performance, which told the story of Noah through song and drama. It was lovely to see every child in the school on stage and involved so enthusiastically.

At the time of writing we are about to commence summer term but as many of you will be aware, primary schools, particularly in the summer term, are always a hive of activity and Great Easton is no exception.

Our Year 5 children and some of the staff go on their residential trip to Bradwell Outdoor Education Centre and our Year 6 children spend a week in Ironbridge.

At both my previous schools I have been fortunate enough to participate in, organise and lead similar residential trips. Unfortunately, not all primary schools now offer such experiences, which is a shame as I firmly believe in the numerous positive benefits such a trip can offer. Indeed for some children residential is the first time they will have ever been away from home. The pupils are given the opportunity to develop important life skills, work as part of a team, become more independent and experience a wide range of activities outside of the normal primary classroom and curriculum. Very often a child's fondest memories of their primary school years include stories and tales based around their residential trips.

On a final note, I would like to thank you for making me feel so welcome in this time of transition for both myself and the school. Events such as the end of term concert, the recent coffee morning and afternoon I held at the school and the service I attended at Great Easton church have given me the opportunity to meet lots of new and friendly faces, who I look forward to working with over the coming weeks and months.

Damian Pye


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 01371 872894 in the first instance.


Thursday 3rd May Parish Council Elections
Sunday 6th May Duton Hill Funday
Sunday 6th May International Dawn Chorus Day
Monday 7th May Tilty Spring Lunch
Tuesday 8th May Parish Monday Group meeting
Thursday 10th May Friends Annual General Meeting
Thursday 10th May Last day for Copy for June issue
Sunday 13th May Christian Aid Week starts
Thurs/Sat 24th/26th May Greville Theatre Club Spring Production
Monday 28th May Gardens Open in Little Easton
Fri/Sat 1st/2nd June Greville Theatre Club Spring Production
Sunday 3rd June Tilty Hilly Race
Saturday 9th June Molehill Green Cricket Club Quiz
Saturday 16th June The Friends' Gathering in the Garden Room
Sunday 30th June School Bouncy Castle Fun Day
Sun/Mon 26th/27th August Countess of Warwick's Country Show

Editor's note: where contact names are not given, please contact the Five Parishes' Magazine editor, Angela Harbottle, on 01371 872894 or by e-mail at angela.harbottle@virgin.net

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