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Many thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to the various stalls. As usual, Broxted produced some wonderful cakes, and items for the bottle, bric-à-brac and book stalls. All of your contributions were very much appreciated.


The service for Remembrance Day on Sunday 11th November will take place in Little Easton. If any Broxted resident would like a lift to Little Easton, please contact in the first instance 01371 872894.


The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 11th October 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 Parish Council has taken advantage of a number of grants and bought ten new tables for the hall, some trolleys and some new plates. In the autumn it is hoped to make a start on completing the refurbishment that was started some years ago.


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 – for booking details please contact in the first instance 01371 872894 or email angela.harbottle@virgin.net

Once again the Krazy Kitchen stall at the Countess of Warwick's Country Show was a great success. Almost £400 was raised over the two days, and a smashing time was had by all!


This year's party for all children in the village aged from about 2 years old to 11 will be held on Sunday 16th December from 3.00 pm till 5.00 pm in the village hall, Brick End.

For anyone who doesn't know, we hold a Christmas party every year for children of primary school age and under. It is free of charge, funded by events the Community Association holds throughout the year and consists of games, an entertainer, tea and a visit from Santa. All we ask is that you provide an item of food or drink for the party tea. To book a place please contact in the first instance 01371 872894 or email angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


The Prince of Wales is holding a fun quiz on the second Tuesday of each month. The next will be on Tuesday 9th October starting at 8.15 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.


As the Rector says in her letter, October is the time of two major events in The Five Parishes – the Tilty Flower Festival weekend and the Harvest Thanksgiving festivities.

Full details are contained elsewhere in the Magazine of the Tilty Flower Festival on Saturday/Sunday 6th/7th October, with its popular floral displays, Country Market and festival service on the Sunday. This is followed a fortnight later by the Harvest Supper in Little Easton on Friday 19th October and the Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 21st October in Little Easton church.


This service, which gives us the opportunity to remember especially those family members or close friends for whom we grieve, will take place this year on Sunday 4th November, 3.30 pm at Tilty Church. This quiet reflective service, where you may like to light a candle, has become one of our traditions in the Parish. Do come along if you feel it would be helpful and tell others about it. There will be a cup of tea afterwards.


The Five Parishes are offering a calendar for 2008 featuring 12 pages of colour photographs of the churches which have been taken by Mike Perry of David Lipson Photography and others. The size is a handy 17 ins x 6 ins to hang in those smaller places and comes with an envelope so that it makes a handy Christmas present. The cost is £6 each or £10 for two. They will be available at the Tilty Flower Festival weekend, the Friends Annual Service of Evensong on the 18th November and at all services during November and December. Alternatively they can be obtained from Angela by calling 01371 872894 or email angela.harbottle@virgin.net or by passing a message to her through any of the churchwardens.


The Rector's letter gives a marvellous overview of the Show weekend which cannot be bettered – there is not room to comment on all the deserving aspects, except perhaps the lead in with Donna's appearance on BBC Radio Essex, the greyhounds that seemed to be everywhere, Peter Jackson's foal, the kids on the bouncy castles, the list goes on. As always it is too early to say in this issue how much was made but finances are not the only object – it is for people to come and enjoy themselves whilst appreciating what some traditions of the countryside are all about. That this succeeded is evidenced by the many tributes from visitors and stallholders alike, some particularly relevant excerpts from which are reproduced here:

“Our team said it was the best one yet and we were delighted to have been part of the event.”

“…and my kids certainly enjoyed themselves.”

“It was the first time I had been to the show and was impressed with the numbers attending …!”

“We did have a great time and always enjoy the atmosphere, which no other events we have attended even come close to it. It is the one event we all look forward to in the year more than any other … congratulations on an excellent show.”

“I just wanted to thank the organisers for a lovely weekend … a good atmosphere with plenty of people on both days. I would really like to come back again next year …”

And then there was that wonderful letter from a visitor obviously from the south of the country in the Dunmow Broadcast, unfortunately with the name and address withheld, but it was a glowing report of a seven year old girl from a town who for the first time touched and fell in love with horses, the father who was fascinated by the tractors and vintage cars and finally fell too – for the very special beers brewed by Saffron Brewery based in Henham!

Five Parishes based stall/event organisers have sent their own contributions to this report and they follow, in no particular order other than how they appeared on our editor's e-mail log!

Car Parking

Steve Farrow sends a big Thank You to the car park team for their invaluable help in parking some 2,500 vehicles over the two days, an increase on last year. It is a vital and tricky task to keep everything moving. Also grateful thanks to Speedy Hire for the loan of their road cones, again a vital piece of equipment for this mammoth task. Many thanks to you all. Steve says he could not do it without the support of a large team.

Grand Draw

Duncan and Angela would like to thank all those who helped the Grand Draw to its best ever result! With prizes being donated by some wonderful people and some tremendous local businesses, we expect to achieve a profit of over £1,800. Our grateful thanks go to all those who donated prizes – to Thaxted Dental Centre, to Steve for the car radio, to the Starr Restaurant, the Green Man and the Whitehall Hotel for their vouchers, to the Guildhall Stores, Stockton & Marlow, Sweetland and Stokes who offered prizes, and especially to those who donated cash prizes. Thank you to all who sold tickets to relatives, friends and colleagues. Thank you to Brian, Audrey and Gill for their hard work at the Show. And special thanks to all who took part by buying tickets. Well done everyone, we really appreciate your help. Hearty congratulations to all those who won prizes, and commiserations to all those who didn't – let's hope next year is your lucky one!

A list of winners can be obtained by contacting 01371 872894 or email angela.harbottle@virgin.net.

Show Bar

Thanks go to everyone for all their help over the weekend at a very busy bar – your help was so much appreciated, thank you. Thanks also to the horticulture ladies who made sure they were well looked after.

Bottle Stall

The organisers of this stall write: “This year the bottle stall was once again a great success. We raised £1,384, slightly more than last year. We received over 700 bottles for which we would like to say many many thanks. Without your generosity we would not have reached this target. Here's to 2008!”

Horticultural Marquee

Organiser Joan writes: “I would like to thank everyone involved in this part of the show, after a dismal ‘summer’ and although entries were down on our record of last year, we were still able to put on a grand display in the marquee. John P made a welcome return to form and swept the board with his superb vegetables; the entries in the fruit section were super, Joan D won the cup; the flowers and plants were superb with Eddie Lexcelling with his Best in Show exhibit of White Chrysanthemums; floral art was very well supported this year, Glynis S won both the trophies in the section; although the number of entries in the handicrafts section was disappointing those we did have were of a very high standard, with Deborah F winning one trophy and newcomer Alison A winning another for her beautiful glass panels.

“The domestic classes were again well supported and full of delicious looking cakes and preserves; the men's cake class was very well supported and will be in the schedule next year. The number of entries in the children's classes continues to grow and results in our judge having to work hard to choose from the super exhibits. Congratulations to all our entrants and especially to the winner of with two trophies.

“I am, as ever, very grateful to our sponsors: Langthorns Plantery of Canfield; Perry's of Broxted; David Lipson Photography, Pulfords Animal, Pet and Garden Supplies, Delicious Delicatessen, Lloydwaters Haberdashery & Linens, Stacey's Flowers, all from Great Dunmow; Stable Yard Livery and Power Construction of Little Easton; Carl Fisher Estate Agents of Thaxted and finally Millway Stationery Superstore from Stansted. For your support we thank you very much.

“Our judges give of their time and expertise generously and to them and my stewards I send my heartfelt gratitude. The Auction of Produce was held in the marquee and we thank Tim Trembath for his skilful efforts.

“My hugest thanks again go to my incredible team, my heartfelt thanks go to each and every one. Finally my sincere thanks to the Reverend Canon Gillian Greenslade for presenting the cups and trophies to the happy winners. I look forward to seeing you all again at the 19th Show next year.”

St Mary's Cakes and Teas

The team from St Mary's church, Dunmow say how running this stall was a venture into the unknown for them but with hard work, goodwill and prayer, they “got there”. They send their thanks to all the ladies of the Five Parishes who helped in various ways and say how good it was that the parishes worked so happily together.

Other appreciations appear throughout the Magazine – not only in the Village News sections but also as a special display item from the Quadrille team.


The meeting this month is on Wednesday 17th October, 2.30pm at Easton Farm. An MU speaker, Mrs Elsie Salmons will give a talk entitled Autism Explained. Anybody wishing to come along will be very welcome. There will be a Bring-and-Buy stall and the usual cup of tea. Information can be obtained by contacting in the first instance 01371 872894 or email angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


The Friends at the Show

Michael, Andrew and Mike thank all their many friends who visited the stall at the Show. They very much enjoyed seeing everyone and Michael is now happy to report that he has had his plaster removed and is getting back to normal. The stall with the Churches Calendar will next be at the Tilty Flower Festival weekend.

An Evening of Magic and Mystery

As reported in last month's Magazine, the early indication that tickets were being reserved has been proved correct and all tickets for this popular event have now been sold.

There is a growing waiting list for cancellations and whilst it is nice to have a full house, we are sorry to disappoint those without tickets. Even as magicians they can not work miracles!

Annual Evensong

The next Friends event will then be the service of Evensong on Sunday 18th November at 4.00 pm in Little Easton church and more information will be given in the next issue. However, the address will be given by the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend John Gladwin, so do put a note in your diary now so that you do not miss this opportunity to hear him talk here in the Five Parishes.


You may have missed the first draw of the club year but subscriptions are still welcome. A cheque for £11 will buy a chance a month until the end of August next year. Make sure that you send your name, address, post code and phone number too. A list of winners can be obtained by contacting 01371 872894 or email angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


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 01371 872894 or email angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


The Big Draw weekend takes place on Saturday/Sunday 13th/14th October from 12 noon to 4.00 pm each day providing creative family fun led by professional artists with a range of arts workshops and activities linked to ideas surrounding trading and faces. Activities suitable for those aged 4 to 104. Refreshments available, normal admission prices with a small donation for workshop activities. Contact 01371 876979 for more information.


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. The Groove Monsters will perform jazz, jive, boogie, swing and soul, and top DJ Swingshift will play a selection of tunes from 1920 to 1960. Tickets at £8 in advance only. There is no bar but take your own drink, with plastic glasses. Smart dress only please. Ticket hotline on 01494 864309, e-mail danceforeve@yahoo.co.uk, website www.danceforeve.fusiveweb.co.uk.


The Royal British Legion door-to-door poppy collections will take place between 29th October and 9th November. Help is required to assist in collections in Great and Little Easton. If you are able to assist please phone The Stag on 01371 870214 or call in to the pub. Unfortunately, due to Law of Assisting, if under the age of 16 you must be accompanied by an adult.


As featured in last month's issue, the Greville Theatre Club's autumn production of J B Priestley's farcical comedy When We Are Married begins this month with performances on:

Thursday 25th October 8.00 pm, no supper – £7.50
Friday 26th October with supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm in aid of Uttlesford MIND – £14
Saturday 27th October with usual Greville two-course supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm – £14
Thursday 1st November at 8.00 pm, no supper – £7.50
Friday 2nd November with ploughman's supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm – £11.50
Saturday 3rd November with supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm, in aid of Dunmow United Reformed Church – £14

Please phone 01371 872986, after 9.00 am, for tickets.


A Beginners' Fitness Class on a Tuesday night at 6.15pm for an hour in Great Easton Village Hall and there are a few spaces available. The class is aimed at people with little or no fitness and is designed to improve their fitness levels, help with toning and mobility and motivate them to take more exercise. If you are interested please contact in the first instance 01371 872894 or email angela.harbottle@virgin.net.

A class for people with some fitness who want to get fitter or stay fit is also being held. Currently, this class is fully subscribed but if you would like to go on the waiting list for a place please ring her on the above number.


Mrs Mary Griffiths will be the guest demonstrator on Tuesday 2nd October.


Autumn term begins on Monday 1st October at 3.00 pm in the Rowena Davey Centre, Chequers Lane, Dunmow. The subject will be Myths and the Mediterranean. This is a new day and time; it is hoped that more people will find themselves able to attend. The first meeting is free so do go along to see if you would like to join for the term. Information on 01371 873248.


There will be a musical evening on Saturday 6th October at St Mary's church in Great Dunmow. The programme will be varied and will feature music by Gershwin, Pergolesi, Elgar, Jim Parker and others. Tickets are available at St Mary's church or by post from David Ainge at The Vicarage, The Charters, Great Dunmow, CM6 2SJ. Tickets are £7 each and cheques should be made payable to St Mary's PCC. The concert will begin at 7.30pm.


St Clare Hospice are holding their annual Christmas Craft Fayre on Saturday 10th November at the Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Come along and browse amongst the stalls for original presents, stop and enjoy a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich. There will also be a raffle. Entrance and parking is free. Come along and support your local Hospice.


Public Inquiry

The Public Inquiry into BAA's application for expanded use of the existing runway at Stansted continues through to the 19th October with representations by “Interested Parties” including local councils, organisations and individuals. 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.


It's hard to believe that we are already into the first few days of the new school year. As I write this article I am looking out from school onto fields which are bathed in sunlight – finally it seems as though summer has arrived!

This term we have welcomed 23 new children and their families into our school community and our current school roll stands at a very healthy 141. Reverend Gillian recently visited us for the first of her fortnightly assemblies and explained the importance of planning carefully and wisely for the journey ahead which is something the staff have already been working very hard on in their first few days back.

The whole of Key Stage Two (94 children and 10 staff) are off to the British Museum as part of this term's work on Ancient Egypt, the highlight of which I am sure will be a visit to the mummy exhibition! Year One and Two will be visiting the Toy Museum at Bethnal Green and all the children will be collecting pasta, rice, flour and sugar as part of our Harvest Festival celebrations.

We have also introduced lunchtime and after-school clubs into our timetable and are able to offer the children a range of extra curricular activities including netball, football, tennis, ICT, handbells and French.

During October we will also be holding a book week in school and hosting a book fair for the Scholastic Company. Book week will begin with a visit from the well known children's author An Vrombaut whose books include Dear Dragon, Georgina the Giraffe and Smile, Crocodile, Smile. An is also the creator of the popular BBC children's programme 64 Zoo Lane. During her day here An will lead assembly and spend time working and reading with each class. The visit has been funded by our PTA whose continued support we are very grateful for. Book week will culminate with a dressing up day in which children and staff will all dress up across a common book related theme, so if you see Harry Potter or Lions, Tin Men and Scarecrows walking towards the school, don't worry!

Damian Pye

Head Teacher

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


Sunday 30th September Back to Church Sunday
Sat/Sun 6th/7th October Tilty Flower Festival
Saturday 6th October Musical Evening at St Mary's, Dunmow
Tuesday 9th October Quiz at Prince of Wales, Broxted
Friday 19th October Harvest Supper, Little Easton
Saturday 20th October Dance for Eve, Dunmow
Sunday 21st October Harvest Festival Service, Little Easton
Thursday 25th October Greville Theatre Autumn Production starts
Friday 26th October An Evening of Magic & Mystery, Great Easton
Sunday 28th October Little Easton SSE Lunch with Lord Hanningfield
Thursday 1st November Greville Theatre Production continues
Sunday 4th November Remembrance of Loved Ones Service, Tilty
Saturday 10th November St Clare Hospice Christmas Craft Fayre
Saturday 17th November Broxted Community Association Quiz
Sunday 18th November Friends' Annual Service of Evensong, Little 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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