NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The next meeting of the Council 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.
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, whose telephone number can be obtained by ringing 01371 872894.
BROXTED & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The Community Association will be holding another of its popular quizzes on Saturday 17th November in the Village Hall at 7.30 for 8.00pm. Tickets are priced at £7 which will include a hot supper, but please bring your own drinks. Teams of between four and eight are invited to book as soon as you can - please contact in the first instance telephone number 01371 872894.
PRINCE OF WALES FUN QUIZ
The Prince of Wales is re-starting its very popular quiz nights on the second Tuesday of each month. The first will be on Tuesday 11th September at 8.00 pm. Come as a couple or make up a team – everyone is welcome. Entry is just £3 a head, and there are prizes for the winners. All proceeds to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
SSE RUNWAY RAMBLE 2007
Will Self will lead the 5-mile sixth Runway Ramble on Saturday 15th September at 10.00 am in Hatfield Forest. 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.
STANSTED AIRPORT EXPANSION PROPOSALS
CORRECTION to Public Inquiry Timetable
Last month we said that the Public Inquiry into BAA's application for expanded use of the existing runway at Stansted recommenced on the 4th September at Endeavour House at Stansted Airport. This is incorrect in that the first session on the 4th September takes place at Sudbury Town Hall (2pm and 7pm start). Various parties will be giving evidence, commencing with Jenny Oliveira representing Broxted Parish Council. Sessions return to Endeavour House at Stansted Airport on the 5th September, with others in Ware and Little Hallingbury on the 6th and 12th respectively. Representations will be made on Wednesday 12th September by Duncan Willoughby and Derek Connell – see Tilty & Duton Hill News.
The Inquiry continues through to the 19th October. Check www.stopstanstedexpansion.com/r1_public_inquiry.html for the latest timetable. Sessions run from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm, except Friday when they end at around 3.00 pm.
EVERYONE BACK TO MY PLACE!
As explained in the Rector's letter, on Sunday the 30th September the Five Parishes will participate in Back to Church Sunday. While our churches always do their best to make everyone welcome, this is a day when churches make an extra special effort to be user-friendly. Do come along to Broxted at 11.00 am and join us.
HARVEST FESTIVAL IN LITTLE EASTON
This year it is the turn again for these Five Parishes festivities to be held in Little Easton. Please make a note in your diary now of the Harvest Supper taking place on Friday 19th October and the Harvest Festival Service on Sunday 21st October. For more information please contact in the first instance telephone number 01371 872894.
GETTING TO KNOW THE BIBLE
In addition to our Rector's Bible study at the Monday group, the Revd Cilla Hawkes is running a course on getting to know the Bible. You may be interested if you have ever asked such questions as: If it was written so long ago can it be relevant today? And anyway, can a lion really lie down with a lamb? What did Noah's neighbours say when they saw the ark being built? And why are there four biographies of Jesus?
If you are interested, contact her on 01371 856480 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will let you know where and when the next course begins. It will last for six weeks, 2 hours at a time, either in the day or the evening depending on numbers.
COUNTESS OF WARWICK'S COUNTRY SHOW
In anticipation that this issue will be out before the end of August, we remind readers that this year's Show is on Sunday 26th/Bank Holiday Monday 27th August, opening at 12 noon with arena events commencing at 2.0 pm.
THE MOTHERS' UNION
This month's meeting is at 2.30pm on Wednesday 19th September at Easton. It will be the AGM with the usual short service, a cup of tea and a friendly chatter.
This month members need to pay £6 for a year's supply of the Home and Family magazine. It will be possible to order MU Christmas cards and other items from the catalogue. Non-members wishing to go along for the afternoon are very welcome.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
The Friends at the Show
The Friends will be at the Countess of Warwick's Country Show and look forward to welcoming all their friends to their usual stand.
Gathering in the Garden Room
This event provisionally set to take place on the 22nd September has been postponed until the spring. Whilst Friends' chairman is continuing to make very good progress after the operation to his foot, he does not expect to be back to his normal sprightly self in time to be actively involved in an event of this kind. The Friends send apologies to all their supporters who were counting the days to the Gathering. Meanwhile, the chairman and his committee look forward to getting together with their friends again at the Annual Service of Evensong on Sunday 18th November.
An Evening of Magic and Mystery
Preparations are well under way and early indications are that many tickets are being reserved for this most popular annual event taking place on Friday 26th October.
Stars of The Magic Circle will perform magic at your table and will present a stage show to amaze and mystify. There will be a two-course scrumptious seasonal supper with wine available and a ‘magic’ tombola will give you all a chance to win one of the many fabulous prizes available. As a change to last year the fancy dress theme is RED & BLACK and if you feel like dressing up you could win one of the amazing cash prizes on offer.
Seating is limited at Great Easton Village Hall so if you haven't already got your tickets please contact in the first instance telephone number 01371 872894. Prices are £18 for adults, children (6-12 years) £8.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
The new round of draws for the 50% Club begins at the end of September when the first cork of the new session will be drawn. Have you joined yet? The application forms were sent out with the July Magazine, but if you have lost your form, worry not! Please contact in the first instance telephone number 01371 872894. Cork Sunday is usually the last Sunday of the month when the lucky number is drawn. Each subscriber's number is written on a cork, hence cork Sunday.
EASTONS & TILTY WOMEN'S INSTITUTE
The President welcomed members and friends to the August meeting. The trip to the Chocolate Lady in November was confirmed and members were reminded of Style Days and workshop, the Thanksgiving service at Saffron Walden and the autumn county meeting, all on offer in the Essex WI magazine. The guest speaker and told of the history of street names around Dunmow. This was so interesting that members could have listened all afternoon. Three birthday posies were given.
The speaker for September will relate memories about her smallholding. Eastons & Tilty meetings are held the second Thursday in the month at Great Easton Village Hall at 2.30pm. For further information please contact in the first instance telephone number 01371 872894.
NEW DUNMOW CENTRE FOR CHRISTIAN STUDIES
See the Rector's letter for details of this opportunity to explore the Christian faith with others. The Course can now be attended at a new venue at The Old Friends Meeting House, High Street, Stebbing on Tuesday mornings. For further information contact Liz Watson on 01245 294449.
FRIENDS OF ESSEX CHURCHES SPONSORED RIDE & STRIDE
This year's Ride & Stride event takes place on Saturday 8th September. Please support this event, which raises money for both the Friends of Essex Churches and your own church. For more information (including sponsorship forms, posters and badges), please contact your local churchwarden.
DANCE FOR EVE
A dance in aid of The Eve Appeal for Ovarian Cancer takes place in the Foakes Memorial Hall, Great Dunmow on Saturday 20th October from 7.30 to 11.00 pm. More detail will follow in the October issue but it promises to be a great evening, with The Groove Monsters (so popular at recent Country Shows) and top DJ Swingshift. Tickets at £8 in advance only. Ticket hotline on 01494 864309, e-mail email@example.com, website www.danceforeve.fusiveweb.co.uk.
THE GREVILLE THEATRE CLUB'S AUTUMN PRODUCTION
Following its acclaimed performance of Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Greville Theatre Club is proud to present, for its autumn production, J B Priestley's farcical comedy When We Are Married.
The play is set in Clecklewyke, a small town in the West Riding of Yorkshire in the early years of the twentieth century. Twenty-five years ago, the Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts were married on the same day by the same clergyman. When they gather at the Helliwell home to celebrate their silver wedding, the new chapel organist tells them that he recently met the parson who conducted the triple wedding ceremony, and realized that he was not authorised to do so. Pandemonium breaks out when these pillars of society believe that they have been living in sin.
The box office opens on the 24th September. Please phone 01371 872986, after 9.00 am, for tickets.
THAXTED FLOWER CLUB
The meeting on Tuesday 4th September will be the Braintree Flower Club visit.
J F KNIGHT VINTAGE WORKING EVENT, THAXTED
This 17th Annual Vintage Working Event takes place at Copthall Lane, Thaxted on Sunday 2nd September from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Exhibits include threshing, ploughing, cultivating and earthmoving, vintage tractor and vehicle static display and parades. Local history, photograph and church organ building displays. Grand Raffle and refreshments. And much more! Everyone welcome! All proceeds to local good causes. For further details, please contact in the first instance telephone number 01371 872894.
CHRISTIAN AID TEA TIME
On Friday 21st September people all over the country will come together to have a cup of tea and raise money for Christian Aid. To order a free event pack telephone 0870 076 776 or order online from www.christianaid.org.uk/teatime.
An Auction is being held on Saturday 29th September at 7.30 for 8.00pm to raise money for Henham and Ugley Primary and Nursery school. A catalogue will be available from the school with full details of all sponsors and ‘lots’ for auction. Please contact Stephen Inkley on 01799 540401 if you wish to contribute in any way to this event. Licensed bar and nibbles available. Golden Envelope prizes during the interval – everyone is a winner!
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
As usual the last few days of the summer term were a busy time for everyone at Great Easton Primary. Firstly we held our open evening, where the children were able to share their work with parents, families and friends. It was pleasing that so many people were able to attend and I was able to observe some very proud children showing off their work and classrooms to our visitors.
We also said goodbye to our Year Six children with a lovely service at Great Easton church and ended the term with a special leavers assembly for all the children and staff who are moving on to ‘pastures new' during the summer.
Officially, during the holidays the school is ‘closed’ for six weeks. But in fact during the summer the school remains very much open. At the start and end of the holidays the teachers will be busy preparing their classrooms for their new classes and throughout the break our caretaker will be working hard, undertaking various maintenance tasks and cleaning work. Also we are hosting two weeks of sports coaching and activities where the field and playground will be used by up to 50 local children participating in a wide range of different sports.
The summer is also an ideal time for larger building and maintenance tasks to be undertaken and this summer we have four large scale projects running. The parent and visitors car park is being fenced off from the main school field, two large and very old water tanks are being replaced with more modern examples, our reception classroom is being completely redecorated and re-carpeted and our decking area is having a large PTA funded sun shade sail fitted.
Term starts for the children on the 4th September when we will welcome over 20 new children and 1 new teacher to our school. Even though all our new pupils and staff have had the opportunity to visit the school during July, the first day for anyone in a new school or job will always be an emotional occasion full of anticipation when many lifelong memories will be made.
I would like to welcome all our new pupils and their families to Great Easton and hope to see as many of our school community, both old and new at our re-arranged PTA bouncy castle fun day on Saturday 22nd September.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
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