NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The election for the Parish Council on the 3rd May was uncontested. The new Council consists of Jenny Oliveira, Rachel Kesterton, Clive Rixson, Sid Perry and Roger Clark. The Council is taking steps to fill the two vacancies that exist.
At its Annual Meeting on the 9th May Jenny Oliveira was elected Chairman for 2007/8, and Roger Clark was elected Vice-Chairman.
The Parish Council now meets on the second Thursday of each month. Therefore the next meeting will be on Thursday 14th June at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall.
MOLEHILL GREEN CRICKET CLUB
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. To book your team contact in the first instance 01371 872894.
THE COUNTESS OF WARWICK'S COUNTRY SHOW
The Show takes place on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 26th/27th August 2007. If you can be available to help for a couple of hours, before or after the Show, please talk to the Rector.
The Art Exhibition
The Art Exhibition in Little Easton church, with the capacity to display approx 300 pictures, has become a ‘must see’ for anyone interested in the creative arts, with more than 60 artists of all standards, ranging in age from 5 to 95, exhibiting and selling their work to an appreciative public. After 17 years of hard work, David and Jan Faithfull, founders of the Exhibition, are pleased that some new blood has been found to continue their legacy for the coming years, as they take a well-earned break.
The Rector Revd Gillian Greenslade said, "We would like to express our sincere thanks for the invaluable contribution David and Jan Faithfull have made to the success of the Exhibition, and the funds their work has raised for our churches in previous years. We hope that David and Jan will continue their association with the Show, but in a less stressful role. We are very pleased that Cara and Neil Bookless have agreed to co-ordinate the organisation of this year's Exhibition, with the continued support of the many helpers from previous years."
Application forms have been circulated to all previous exhibitors. If you have not received yours or have not exhibited before and would like more information, please contact in the first instance 01371 872894.
Grand Draw Prizes
The final list of prizes will be announced in the next issue but we are delighted to say at this stage that the list will include major cash prizes plus a whole host of other prizes including cosmetic dental treatment, in-car music system and opportunities for wining and dining. As always, books of tickets will be issued in advance of the Show, so if you want to go on the list contact in the first instance 01371 872894.
As announced last month, 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. The winning entry from each parish will go through to the final which will be held at the Show on Sunday 26th August 2007. Age groups will be: 5 to 7 years; 8 to 10 years; 11 to 14 years. The competition is open to children from the five parishes, namely: Broxted, Chickney, Tilty, Great Easton and Little Easton.
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, commence training soon!
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
At the Annual General Meeting on the 10th May, chairman Michael Goulding and his team were so pleased at the number of members who went along to support them. During 2006 grants totalling £11,554 had been given to the churches of the Five Parishes, making a grand total of £26,834 since the charity's inception in December 1996. While seven new members had joined during 2006, the importance was recognised of an on-going membership recruitment drive. The 50% Club had donated another £800 and the support of all the participants in this was most gratefully acknowledged. Members of the Executive Committee remained unchanged.
Unfortunately, owing to unforeseen circumstances, the Gathering in the Garden Room planned for the 16th June has had to be postponed to September. More information in due course. Meanwhile other 2007 dates confirmed were the Magic Evening on Friday 26th October and the Annual Service of Evensong on Sunday 18th November.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
Since the 50% Club was formed nearly 10 years ago it has raised almost £5,000 for The Friends of the Five Parishes who support our church committees with their repair and maintenance bills. Half the proceeds of the draw go to prize money so as more and more people join so the prize increases in value. For the last two years there have been 134 subscribers – while the prize may not meet the national lottery you do have a greater chance of winning.
The new draw year begins in September but the application forms will be in the July magazine. The draw is taken in church at the last All-Age Worship of the month.
The Editor has received the following from the self-styled ‘Great Easton's Grumpy Old Man’ (name and address supplied):
"Having just been harassed again in Little Easton by a vehicle driven by a well known (and respected) member of our community, that approached the boot of my car at a speed well in excess of the 30 mph limit, I am writing once more to ask that all local residents observe this speed limit where it is in force in our villages. As in a previous letter may I remind readers that the speed limit applies to all drivers – and does not exclude those with a personalised registration number and those with expensive ‘gas guzzlers’. If we locals do not observe the limit what chance is there that non-residents will?
"Yours truly, G.E.G.O.M."
THE GARDENS OF EASTON LODGE
The Father's Day Treasure Hunt takes place on Sunday 17th June. The gates open at 12 noon and the event starting at 2.00 pm includes a children's entertainer, a bouncy castle and prizes. Picnics welcome, refreshments available. Adult/child £4.20, concessions £3.80, family (2+2 or 1+3) £15.
With the retirement of Brian and Diana Creasey, the running of the Gardens is passing into the hands of the Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust. As part of the on-going events organised by members of the Friends of the Gardens, Liz McCabe has organised a second-hand book stall for visitors to browse and buy from. If you have good quality books you would like to donate, they would be particularly keen to receive gardening, history, fiction and children's books. For more information contact Jacquie Fanchette on 01371 876979, firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS AT GREAT EASTON SCHOOL
Great Easton Primary School will be providing super refreshments at the Tilty Hilly Race on Sunday 3rd June. Take a pleasant stroll from the race start and car park in Great Easton up to the school playground where you will find a range of freshly filled rolls, home made cakes and hot and cold drinks.
The popular bouncy castle fun day takes place on Saturday 30th June. This unique event attracts a wide audience giving sponsors some great advertising so if you would like to support our friendly village school, please contact in the first instance 01371 872894.
CHAMPAGNE PICNIC AT LITTLE EASTON MANOR
This year's annual Lake side concert features Boney M (Rivers of Babylon, Brown Girl in the Ring), The Real Thing (the UK's No 1 Soul Band) and Heat Wave (Boogie Nights, Always and Forever). Taking place on Saturday 30th June, the concert starts at 7.30 pm, gates open at 5.00 pm. Picnics welcome, refreshments and fun casino also on site. Tickets at £20.50 or £22.50 on the night from The Tourist Information Centres in Saffron Walden, Bishop's Stortford, Braintree and Witham or from Dunmow Travel, 8 Stortford Road, Dunmow. Also by credit card (with a £1 service charge) from 01279 815464 or the 24hr hotline 09064 700899. By post on the order form available from outlets throughout the area. Car parking charge of £2 will be donated to local charities.
THE FINAL BUS STOP FOR BUFFY BUS?
The news of the closing of the Buffy Bus service will come as a devastating blow to the children that clamber aboard so eagerly to paint, play and socialise in this safe and unique setting, guided by qualified play leaders. As many as 120 under-5s and their parents or carers visit Buffy each week at 13 different stops in the district.
A registered charity, Buffy Bus was awarded £199,000 in 2003 by the Big Lottery Fund, enabling them to buy and equip a replacement bus. The new bus was launched in July 2004, and a 5 day week service has been run ever since. Lottery funding ceased in January 2007 and Essex County Council also withdrew their funding at the same time.
Despite their own best efforts and small grants from parish councils and local organisations, the loyal and active members of the charity are unable to keep pace with the level of funding required. It costs over £800 per week to keep Buffy Bus on the road. However, they are initially trying to raise enough money to keep going until the summer.
ELSENHAM TENNIS CLUB
This friendly village tennis club, with a warm welcome for players of all ages and abilities is looking for new members. To find out more go to website www.elsenhamtennisclub.co.uk where is lots of news and information.
ELSENHAM VILLAGE FÊTE
FELSTED CHORAL SOCIETY
On Sunday 17th June in Felsted School Chapel at 7.30 pm, the Society will be performing Monteverdi's Beatus Vir and John Rutter's Requiem, sopranos: Joanne Gardner and Sarah Barfoot. This will be followed by the Brandenberg Concerto No 4. Violin: Susanne Henwood, recorders: Anne Skinner and Karenza Allin-Garner. Tickest £12, concessions £10, children and students free, cost includes a programme and interval drink. For further information check www.felstedchoralsociety.co.uk.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
As you are reading this month's issue of the Five Parishes Magazine, the children and staff will all be enjoying their much earned half term break. It seems incredible that I am already writing my third article as headteacher. My first six weeks have been hard work, but thoroughly enjoyable, and I really appreciate the way in which I have been welcomed into the Five Parishes community.
Our Year 5 children really enjoyed their week long residential trip to Bradwell Outdoor Education Centre where they were all able to go sailing, crabbing, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing and working as teams in such lovely weather. I was fortunate enough to be able to join the children for one day and take part in the canoeing activity along the river Chelmer. (Next year I will definitely take a towel with me though!)
As soon as we go back after the holiday, it is the turn of our Year 6 children to take part in their residential trip which is based at Ironbridge in Shropshire. Neither trip would be possible without the help of our teachers, teaching assistants and governors who are willing to leave their own families and be deprived of sleep for a whole week!
It is always unfortunate when a teacher decides to leave the school. Due to her forthcoming marriage and relocation to Kent, Miss Tancock will be moving on at the end of July. However, I am delighted to say that after recently interviewing a very strong field of candidates, Miss Bonich will be joining the Great Easton team in September.
Another important event takes place on Saturday 30th June at 12.00pm. Our hardworking PTA will be holding their Bouncy Castle Fun day on the school field. As well as the bouncy castles, there will be a variety of stalls, activities and displays throughout the afternoon and a wide selection of refreshments will also be available. This is an important fundraising event in the school calendar and I hope many of you are able to come along and join in the fun.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
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