NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The Parish Council now meets on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th July at 8.15 pm in the Village Hall. At this meeting it is hoped that a representative of Faber Maunsell, consultants working for BAA, will be present to discuss some proposals it has been working on with regard to local roads and rights of way following the development of a second runway at Stansted Airport. Members of the public are always welcome at Council meetings, and are able to make comments and raise concerns.
Following a consultation last year there have been some alterations to the mobile library service. In future the library will be visiting the village on alternate Wednesdays, stopping at Cranham Road between 11.05 and 11.20 and the Prince of Wales between 11.30 and 11.45 am. The change takes place this month, so the library visits will be on 11th July, 25th July, 8th August, 22nd August, and so on. There will be a further review of the service later in the year, so if you have any comments to make please let the librarian, or the Parish Council, have them. The library calls at other nearby villages in the area on Fridays. For further details call 0845 6037628.
A number of people attended the meeting on the 16th May, and a rota of cleaners was established. Several people have also volunteered their services to help with the maintenance of the building and grounds. If you would like to help, please contact in the first instance 01371 872894.
STANSTED AIRPORT EXPANSION PROPOSALS
Public Inquiry Timetable
The Public Inquiry into BAA's application for expanded use of the existing runway at Stansted continues throughout July at Endeavour House at Stansted Airport and then starts up again on the 4th September with sessions in various local communities. SSE are keen to show Inspector Boyland the very strong level of community opposition to BAA's application and are encouraging as many people as possible to attend the Inquiry sessions to watch the delivery of evidence and the related cross-examination.
SSE is due to give evidence from Tuesday 17th July to the end of July. The latest official timetable is on the SSE website. Morning sessions run from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm and afternoon sessions 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm, except Friday when the Inquiry sessions end at around 3.00 pm. If possible SSE would like advance notice if you are planning to attend so that they may know there will be a sizeable presence on all dates.
Will Self To Lead Protest Walk
Author and columnist Will Self will lead a five mile protest walk through Hatfield Forest on Saturday 15th September to highlight the threat to the 1,000-year old National Trust property from airport expansion plans. More details next month but meanwhile contact SSE for details. Their address is PO Box 311, Takeley, Bishop's Stortford, CM22 6PY, e-mail email@example.com, telephone 01279 870558.
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 of after the Show, please talk to the Rector or contact 01371 872894.
Grand Draw Prizes
Thanks to an extremely generous supporter of the Show, we are delighted to announce that the first prize in this year's Grand Draw is a magnificent cash prize of £750. The second prize is a Flexi Home Whitening Treatment worth over £300 donated by the award-winning Thaxted Dental Centre and the third prize is a car Radio CD donated by Broadway Electrical Services of Grays. The other prizes include yet another cash prize of £100; a voucher for £90 from The Starr Restaurant in Dunmow; a Christmas Hamper from Marks & Spencer; a voucher from the Whitehall Country House Hotel & Restaurant in Broxted; champagne donated by The Guildhall Stores in Thaxted and vouchers from Stokes Butchers and Sweetlands Butchers in Dunmow.
As always, Duncan Willoughby will be issuing books of tickets in advance of the Show, so if you want to go on his list contact him on 01371 870396. There will, of course, be a stand at the Show dedicated to the sale of tickets and the draw will take place as the Show ends on Monday, 27th August.
Cake and Produce Stall
The ladies from The Mothers' Union who ran this stall in the past, now need help from others and,in response to a wish expressed by St Mary's Church in Dunmow to be involved with the Show, it has been agreed that they will now run this stall, the proceeds to be shared between them and the Five Parishes. The success of this stall has always depended on the generous support of the many bakers in the Five Parishes and we do hope that you will continue to give cakes – and other produce – to the stall.
A central collection point has always been available in each village and we hope that this will also continue. Further details will follow in the August issue.
Horticultural Show and Art Exhibition
Do make sure that your entries are submitted in time – there will be more about these events in the August issue but entry forms will be available shortly in the churches and the usual outlets.
A Reminder for All Children
Information on the Fun Run and the Scarecrow Competition, together with entry forms, are available from each of our churches. If you are running, it's time to start training! If you are going to enter the Scarecrow Competition, get out your pencils and paper and get planning – there are only two months before the Show! Whoopee!
On a more mundane note, if you have an old-style dustbin you want to get rid of, please contact 07850 087886 – collection can be arranged.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
The trustees have had an abnormally quiet June this year while chairman Michael recovers from surgery to his foot. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his being fully back to normal before too long.
Meanwhile, a provisional date has been fixed for Saturday 22nd September for the Gathering in the Garden Room but more details will follow shortly. Other 2007 dates are 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
It's nearly the end of the Club year and with this copy of the Magazine you will find an application form for new members to join and for old friends to renew their subscription. There are only two more draws before the beginning of the new round at the end of September. Just £12 per year buys a chance a month throughout the year until the end of August 2008; fill in the form to join or to renew your subscription and send your cheque and the form to the promoter.
MAGAZINE SUPPORTS FAIRTRADE
Early last year the church committees agreed to support a Diocesan aim to acquire Fairtrade Status by ensuring that Fairtrade refreshments are supplied at meetings and activities. The Magazine is happy to be included, it now being printed on Fairtrade paper. Suppliers Moorgate Paper Company state that social responsibilities and environmental awareness are the core values behind their Fairtrade products. The mill has provided working opportunities and afforded its employees with housing, welfare care and education for their children.
Fairtrade sales in Britain in 2006 were up 46% from the previous year. According to Traidcraft, Britain has overtaken Switzerland to become the largest Fairtrade market. The Fairtrade Foundation's website is www.fairtrade.org.uk.
THE GARDENS OF EASTON LODGE
July sees a busy month at GoEL. Following the publication of his latest book The Great Edwardian Gardens of Harold Peto, author and Gardens trustee Robin Whally will be offering on Wednesday 11th July a personal insight into Harold Peto and his work. Tickets £5. On Saturday 14th July there will be a Complementary Therapies Taster Day. For both days, gates open 12 noon, booking helpful.
The ever-popular annual 1920’s jazz party, The Great Gatsby Party, is on Saturday 14th July with the Bright Stars of Jazz. Tickets £12.50 in advance, £15 on the night. Gates open 6.00 pm, event starts at 7.00 pm.
The Grand Union Orchestra will entertain from 6.30 pm on Wednesday 18th July. Tickets £6. Booking essential. Finally on Friday 27th July The Chapterhouse Theatrical Company make a welcome return with a delightful production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Take a picnic, rugs and low-backed seating. Tickets £12 plus concessions, available from GoEL or Bishop's Stortford TIC on 01279 655831 or See Tickets on 0871 2200 260.
HELENA ROMANES SCHOOL
At the All Age Worship service at Broxted in June, an engaging address was given by the Head of Humanities at Helena Romanes School. Central to the work of his Department is the belief in a lifelong commitment to learning and that a sense of community involves a sharing of something in common. A project with this latter idea very much in mind is being carried out by students in Year 8 who are investigating churches in the towns and villages in which they live. Another project is the setting up of an archives zone which will be open to the public and which will aim to be a reference point of local memories and history.
We hope that through future issues of this Magazine, the School will keep us up to date with these projects and also with events surrounding the 50th anniversary in 2008 of the School's foundation.
(With thanks to Geoff and Dot Parker and to Broxted’s Roger Clark for this item on the World Scout Movement as it celebrates 100 years since Lord Robert Baden-Powell held his experimental camp on Brownsea Island, Dorset)
From 27th July until 8th August the World will be coming to Hylands Park, Chelmsford where the 21st World Scout Jamboree is being held. The numbers involved in the Jamboree are quite staggering in that there will be some 40,000 young people attending. These figures paint quite a picture as to the success of a very strong youth movement – there are only six countries that do not have a Scout movement, namely North Korea, China, Cuba, Andorra, Laos and Myanmar(aka Burma).
With the theme One World – One Promise, there will be spectacular opening and closing ceremonies, and lavish entertainment each evening using the sound stage set up for the V2007 concert. It is open to the public on most days – visit www.thejamboree.org/dayvisitor for details and to book.
The Scout's promise to ‘help other people’ has not been forgotten. Operation Starburst will see 6,000 Scouts leave the site each day to perform some useful activity for charities and communities across the region. But the main purpose of the Jamboree is to enable young people to forge friendships with Scouts from across the world. It was Baden-Powell's vision that a truly international Brotherhood would make the world a better place and wars less likely.
Geoff and Dot say that they are very proud to have been members, each of them for more than 25 years, and still going strong. They both hope to be involved in some way with Jamboree, especially as it is almost on our doorstep.
The Centenary is being celebrated in many ways. A commemorative 50p coin has been minted, a special series of stamps is being issued on 26th July, and there is even a Jamboree song that may appear in the pop charts! Called ‘Jambo’ it can be purchased from Tesco, or downloaded from the internet at www.thejamboree.org/song.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
July in a school of course means the end of term for all of us, but for one group of children in particular it also signals the end of an era. When term finishes on Friday 20th July our Year 6 children will be leaving Great Easton School after what has been for many of them their seventh year here. We will be celebrating their many achievements and sharing some of their fondest memories in our leavers' service which will be held at Great Easton Church on Thursday 19th July.
During July the children will also be visiting their new secondary schools, ordering new uniform and getting used to the idea of learning to be the ‘small fish’ in a ‘big pond’ again. Going from a year group of twenty in a school of one hundred and forty to a year group of over two hundred in a school of over a thousand is a big step, which is why we work very closely with our colleagues in the secondary schools to ensure the transition between key stage two and three is as smooth as possible.
About half of the class will be joining Helena Romanes School, but this year we are also sending children to King Edward VI Grammar in Chelmsford, Newport Free Grammar, Saffron Walden County High and St Mary's RC in Bishop Stortford.
All the staff and governors wish the children good luck and continued success in their new schools and in August's Magazine I hope to include some of the children's memories of Great Easton.
Just before they leave, Year 6 will also be involved in an exciting project throughout July. Musicians from the acclaimed world jazz group The Grand Union Orchestra will be working with us to create a high energy and moving musical event for all the family. After three school-based sessions, the project will culminate in a concert taking you on a voyage around Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas. The concert will be held at the Gardens of Easton Lodge on Wednesday 18th July at 6.30pm. I hope as many of you as possible are able to attend. Tickets and more information can be obtained by calling the Gardens on 01371 876979 or e-mailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
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