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from the Five Parishes' Magazine



The Five Parishes Summer Songs of Praise held in Chickney Church on the 8th July was an uplifting yet informal service. The service opened with the hymn O Worship The King and the rest of the service was based on this hymn with members of the Five Parishes congregation reading poems and prose, interspersed with other well known and much loved hymns. The Five Parishes Choir led the singing.

At the end of the service, most of the congregation gathered in the peaceful churchyard for a summer picnic. The weather was perfect, warm and sunny, and it proved to be the perfect end to a wonderful morning.


This year's Ride & Stride event takes place on Saturday 8th September. Each year a few tough bikers or walkers from our parish extract sponsorship from their family and friends and set off for a pleasant pedal or hike through our beautiful countryside, with the only object of reaching the next church – having reached that one there are always a few more! Actually, there are over 1,000 places of worship in Essex alone, but please don't try to do the lot in the one day!

Please support this event, which raises money for both the Friends of Essex Churches and your own church, so pump up your tyres or dubbin your walking boots, twist the arms of your friends and family into sponsoring you and prepare for an enjoyable day out – summer should be with us then!

For more information (including sponsorship forms, posters and badges), contact your local churchwarden.


The Parish Council now meets on the second Thursday of each month, but does not meet in August. Therefore the next meeting will be on Thursday 13th September at 8.15 pm in the Village Hall. Members of the public are always welcome at Council meetings, and are able to make comments and raise concerns.

At its meeting in June the Council formally co-opted Chris Bull from Cherry Green and Andy Cousins from Brick End to the Council, which now has a full complement of seven members.

At its meeting on 12th July the Council formally adopted the New Model Code of Conduct, which controls the way Councillors conduct the business of the Council. The Council is required to adopt the Code, in its entirety, and to publish the fact that it has done so. The Code is available for inspection by arrangement with the Clerk, on 01279 850638.


The hire charges for the hall have been simplified and are now just £10 an hour. Discounts are available for some bookings, contact the Booking Clerk on 01279 850445 for details.


A report comes from a reader who joined our Rector on the annual visit to Bradwell on the 7th July. The other Five Parishes event blessed with sunshine that weekend was the Summer Songs of Praise and picnic lunch at Chickney – see Broxted News for more about this.

“The annual pilgrimage to The Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall at Bradwell took place on Saturday. After days of heavy showers which had disrupted Wimbledon, picnic lunches, folding chairs and waterproofs were packed into cars and some dozen parishioners set off for Bradwell. We novices did expect some road signs guiding us along the road but they proved to be unnecessary as we just followed the stream of cars and buses.

“The event began with a short service in Bradwell Parish church before the pilgrims began the walk to the chapel. Open air services were conducted at 1pm and 3pm with time in between for a picnic lunch, a walk along the sea wall, a browse among the stalls in the marquee and some time selecting a piece of delicious home made cake from the tea stall. The speaker was Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor whose theme was Spiritual Ecumenism. The weather was kind with glorious sunshine and a stiff breeze. We all agreed that we had enjoyed the day and found the experience rewarding and we also had great admiration for the folk who had organised the day so well.”


Show Date

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, or to help with such things as Programme Selling, please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance.

Vintage Car Display

The Vintage Car Display sponsored by Messrs P & A Wood takes place on Sunday. Hopefully individual members of the Essex Austin Seven Club and the Morgan Sports Car Club will visit on the Monday.

Grand Draw Prizes

Support for the Grand Draw continues, the latest prize being a Jeroboam of wine from s.a.r.l. Stockton & Marlow in Calais (no, the winner doesn't get to go to Calais to collect it as one of the partners lives in Dunmow!) With a first prize of £750 cash, this is too good to miss this year!

As always, books of tickets are available in advance of the Show, so if you want some, please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance. 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.


A variety of refreshments as always will be on offer, from teas in the Turkey Barn and around the Show ground, to the Little Canfield BBQ and Hog Roast, the McKenzie's Le Crêperie stall, Giorgio's ice creams and much more. The Show Bar is being supplied by G & G Gallo Enterprises of Braintree with beers and lagers to choose from along with cider and Guinness on tap. The Mini Beer Festival is back with a selection of real ales to choose from, all supplied by our local Saffron Brewery based in Henham, including a new ale brewed especially for our Show called Tiddly Vicar. There will also be wine, spirits, Pimm's by the glass or jug and a variety of soft drinks.

Bottle Stall

Plans are well in hand for the collection of bottles of all shapes, sizes and contents for this stall which is one of those run totally for the benefit of Show proceeds and thus for the churches of the Five Parishes. A leaflet is enclosed with the Magazine giving details of the location in your village where bottles can be taken. Everyone has been so generous in previous years – please continue to help, the success of this type of stall depends on your support.

Bric-à-Brac and Books

Proceeds from these stalls form another welcome boost to the income generated for our churches. Any donations for these stalls will be gratefully received: bric-à-brac on the day before 11.00 am (but if you have a problem, ring 01371 872894 and we will get help for you). For books, magazines, videos, dvds, cds etc please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance. Thank you in advance.

Cake and Produce Stall

Following last month's plea for cakes to be donated to this stall, people within the Five Parishes have offered to receive cakes and any other produce available. For details please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance. The proceeds of this stall are to be shared between St Mary's Church, Dunmow and the Five Parishes.

Horticultural Show and Art Exhibition

Entry forms are now available in the churches and the usual outlets. Do make sure that your entries are submitted in time: for the Art Exhibition by the Friday 10th August and for the Horticultural Show by 8.00 pm on Thursday 23rd August.

An error in the Horticultural Marquee Schedule!

The mistake is in Handwriting Class 97, the set pieces for the age groups near the end of the Schedule. The classes will be judged by age categories 4 to 7 years, 8 to 11 years and 12 years and over, subject to sufficient numbers of entries. (See Rule 12).

With apologies to our young participants and many thanks to an eagle-eyed Daisy Copping for spotting our ‘deliberate’ mistake for this year.

Art Exhibition Private View

This will be held on Saturday 25th August at 12 noon to 3.00 pm. All those who are involved with the Show are invited to join artists and their friends for a glass of wine, some refreshments and, perhaps, a purchase or two. For catering purposes, please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance to say if you are coming.

Open Sporting Clay Shoot

The Open Sporting Clay Shoot will be held on Sunday – see Stansted Clay Shooting Club's advert.


There is no meeting this month but members are asked to make as many cakes as possible to sell on the cake stall at the Countess of Warwick's Show. If these need collecting see the Show section for help in this way.


The Friends at the Show

The Friends will be at the Show as always. Featured on their stand this year will be the new Five Parishes 2008 Calendar which is being sold in aid of the churches. Appearing first at the Show, it will be available throughout the rest of the year through the Friends and/or the churches.

An Evening of Magic and Mystery

This most popular evening returns once again and the date is Friday 26th October, 7.30 pm for an 8.00 pm start in Great Easton Village Hall. This will be the fifth show that Brian and Audrey have produced for us and the general opinion is that it gets better every year. Included in the ‘stage show’ will be a well known TV magician and firm favourite with those viewers who watch Countdown (no more clues).

The colour scheme this year is Black and Red, so if you feel like dressing up you could win one of the fabulous prizes on offer for the best judged costume – either way, come dressed in anything Red/Black. The Magic Tombola will provide you with the chance to win one or more of the many prizes on offer. A Seasonal Supper will also be provided and with wine available another great evening is predicted.

Tickets are available at £18 for adults, children (6-12 years) £9. Please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance. Don't delay, book today!


The application forms for the new club year were sent out with the July Magazine. Many people have already renewed their subscriptions and Fran has been delighted to welcome new members willing to take a chance and support The Friends' fundraising. Money raised goes towards the maintenance of the churches in the Five Parishes. 50% of the income of the Club for that month goes on the monthly prize and, with a few overheads, the rest goes to The Friends' funds. If any reader would like more information or has lost their application form please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance.


On Saturday 11th August for the first time, the outstanding Garden Opera Company will be presenting Puccini's much-loved La Bohème, the romantic story of bohemian Paris life, sung in English and brilliantly adapted for open-air settings. Bring a picnic, wine/bubbly to add to the occasion. Wet weather cover provided by marquee. Tickets £23 advance or £25 on the night. Booking helpful. Gates open 6.00 pm, event starts at 7.00 pm.

Stop Stansted Expansion Campaign are organising a family day – Polar Bears & Friends Picnic on Sunday 12th August. Bring along your polar bear or friends (ALL bears welcome!), a picnic and a rug, then enjoy fun entertainment with Punch & Judy, competitions and prizes. Booking helpful but not essential. Refreshments available. Adult/child £4.20, concessions £3.80, family (2+2 or 1+3) £15. Gates open 12 noon, entertainment from 2.00 pm.

Bookings from GoEL by telephone on 01371 876979 or e-mail enquiries@eastonlodge.co.uk.


A lunch with music, wine and an Auction of Promises takes place at The Granary, Maysland Farm, Great Easton on Sunday 12th August from 12.30 onwards. Auction prizes will be most gratefully accepted. Proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care and Diabetic Research. Tickets £35 to include lunch, beer, wine and soft drinks. Please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance.


A family picnic takes place on the village playing field next to the tennis courts on Friday 17th August at 11 a.m. The courts will be open and visitors will be very welcome. See their website www.elsenhamtennisclub.co.uk for news of other events.


Organised by Jeanne and Fred Knight with help from friends, this 17th Annual Vintage Working Event takes place at Copthall Lane, Thaxted on Sunday 2nd September from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. More about this next month but for further details, please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance.


For their sixth Runway Ramble on Saturday 15th September at Hatfield Forest, SSE joins with the National Trust to expose and highlight the threat to the Forest from any expansion of Stansted Airport. The eco-systems of the 1,000 year-old Forest are in grave danger of being devastated by massive increases in air pollution, and the tranquillity of the Forest could be lost forever. Well-known columnist and author Will Selfwill lead the 5-mile walk, commencing at 10.00 am.

Bring the family, bring a picnic, or eat at the café in the Forest. Entry to the walk is free, however donations to SSE will be much appreciated and car park charges will apply to non-members of the National Trust.

No pre-registration is necessary, but it would help with marshalling and media arrangements if you would let the organisers know if you intend to join the walk. Contact SSE on 01279 870558, or info@stopstanstedexpansion.com or Helen and Stuart Walker on 01279 850862, or brickhouse@keme.co.uk.


Public Inquiry Timetable

The Public Inquiry into BAA's application for expanded use of the existing runway at Stansted takes a break in August before recommencing on the 4th September at Endeavour House at Stansted Airport. 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.

Check www.stopstanstedexpansion.com/r1_public_inquiry.html for the latest timetable. 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.

Think Before You Fly Website

SSE supporters may be interested in checking out www.thinkbeforeyoufly.com launched recently by an SSE member, Peter Riding from Saffron Walden. The site has already been welcomed by Airport Watch, HACAN Clear Skies, OXFAM and Transport 2000. Peter is keen to receive feedback, particularly suggestions for more Useful Links. You can also make use of the “Tell a Friend” option.


As you read this month's article, staff and children will be enjoying their much deserved summer break. I only hope the weather is an improvement on the rainy June and July we have had to endure. On the subject of weather, it was unfortunate that last month myself and the PTA had to make the difficult decision of postponing the summer Bouncy Castle day. With rain predicted all day for the Saturday (and the forecasts were correct!) it proved to be the sensible choice. We have already rearranged the event for Saturday 22nd September and I hope as many of you as possible are still able to attend.

As promised in last month's article, the majority of the page this month is given over to our year six children. I asked them for their fondest memories of Great Easton Primary, what they would miss the most and what they are most looking forward to when they start their Secondary Schools in September. Below is a selection of responses from the children:

“My best memory was when I first arrived, I felt so happy and welcome.”

“I am looking forward to moving up to Helena Romanes but I will always treasure Great Easton.”

“I've really enjoyed primary school, especially Bradwell and Ironbridge and I will take many great memories away with me.”

“Although I am sad about leaving, I am looking forward to going to KEGS, but I'm a bit nervous about the homework.”

“I am really going to miss all the pupils and teachers, also I am really sad that I am not going to wear my comfy school uniform anymore.”

“My favourite memory is climbing to the top of the high wire at Bradwell.”

“I really don't want to leave primary school, I have been here seven years and I have so many great memories.”

“It will be great to make new friends at big school.”

“I've enjoyed all of the time at Great Easton and loved every minute here.”

“My best memory was when my name was called out to be school council chairman.”

“There are so many memories, I can't choose a best one.”

Damian Pye


See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.


Saturday 11th August La Bohème at GoEL
Sunday 12th August Charity Lunch at Maysland
Sunday 12th August Polar Bears & Friends Picnic, GoEL
Wednesday 15th August VJ Sports Day, Little Easton
Friday 17th August Picnic at Elsenham
Sun/Mon 26th/27th August Countess of Warwick's Country Show
Sunday 2nd September Vintage Working Event, Thaxted
Saturday 8th September Sponsored Ride & Stride
Saturday 15th September SSE Runway Ramble, Hatfield Forest
Sunday 22nd September Bouncy Castle Day, Great Easton School
Friday 26th October An Evening of Magic & Mystery, Great Easton

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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