NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
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 01371 872894 in the first instance, so that this can be arranged.
BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY
Regular members of the congregation were delighted to welcome a pleasing number of visitors at the Broxted service on Back to Church Sunday and hope to see them all again soon. Nationally it is estimated that about twenty thousand people across the country took this opportunity to respond to the invitations issued in an effort by the Church of England to pack the pews in around 2,000 participating churches.
The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 8th November 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.
CIVIC AMENITY SCHEME
The rubbish skip will be visiting Broxted on Saturday 17th November from 8.00 – 11.30 am and will be sited next to Chestnuts at Church End. This facility is only to be used for non-recyclable items, and no hazardous waste or garden rubbish will be accepted. Remember, there are skips for garden waste, wood and metal in Thaxted and Stansted on alternate weekends.
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 contact 01371 872894 in the first instance.
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY
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, a Christmas party is held 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 that is asked is that you provide an item of food or drink for the party tea.
Please call 01371 872894 in the first instance, so that the organisers can know if you are able to attend.
PRINCE OF WALES FUN QUIZ
A short Fun Quiz is held in the Prince of Wales on the second Tuesday of each month. You don't have to make up a team, come as a couple or just turn up and see who else is there. The next one is on Tuesday 13th November starting at 8.15 pm. Entry is just £3 a head, and there are prizes for the winners. All proceeds to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
STANSTED AIRPORT EXPANSION PROPOSALS
The final statements having been made at the Public Inquiry into BAA's application for expanded use of the existing runway at Stansted, the Inspector's report will go to the Secretaries of State for Transport and for Communities & Local Government in early 2008 for their joint decision. Meanwhile it is anticipated that during November BAA will be submitting its application for a second runway. A Public Inquiry into these plans will probably start in the autumn of 2008 and will run for some 12-18 months.
Those who support Stop Stansted Expansion will realise from the above that your support will continue to be needed. In the immediate term, they are offering their 2008 Community Calendar which is now available through the usual outlets. The sale of this Calendar, and indeed their Christmas Cards, is a vital part of SSE's fundraising programme.
SSE Variety Show
On Saturday 19th April 2008 SSE plan an evening of entertainment at The Barn Theatre, Little Easton to help raise funds. If you have any talent you would like to share with them, auditions will be held on Saturday 26th January. You are invited to contact Irene Jones on 01371 870464 or e-mail her on email@example.com to express an interest and to find out more.
NEWS FOR ALL PARISHES
ALL SOULS - REMEMBRANCE OF LOVED ONES
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 services for Remembrance Day on Sunday 11th November take place this year in Little Easton with an earlier start time of 10.45 am for All-Age Worship and Great Easton at 3.00 pm. Little Easton alternates with Broxted as the venue for morning service each year and if anyone from Broxted needs a lift to Little Easton, this can be happily arranged. Please contact the Rector to organise this.
CHURCHES CALENDAR 2008
The Five Parishes calendar for 2008 will be available at the Friends Annual Service of Evensong and at All–Age Worship services until the end of the year (or stocks are sold!). The cost is £6 each or £10 for two. Alternatively they can be obtained from Angela by calling 01371 872894 or by passing a message to her through any of the churchwardens.
COUNTESS OF WARWICK'S COUNTRY SHOW
Members of the show team were due to have their debriefing meeting after this issue was prepared. It is only after that meeting that the financial result is announced, appearing in the local press and then the December issue of this Magazine. The signs are that it has been another record year, so watch this space as they say!
THE MOTHERS' UNION
The next meeting is on Wednesday 21st November at 2.30pm at Easton Farm by kind permission of Bob Trembath. Members hope to have Elsie Salmons with them talking about autism this month – she was unable to be present in October. There will be a Bring-and-Buy stall and the usual cup of tea. For information please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
Annual Service of Evensong
This regular event in the Friends' calendar takes place on Sunday 18th November at 4.00 pm in Little Easton church. As the Rector says in her letter, everyone is greatly looking forward to the visit of the Rt Revd John Gladwin, Bishop of Chelmsford to give the address. You do not need to be a member of the Friends to come along to this service and an invitation is extended to everyone to come and give him a truly Five Parishes welcome!
As always where the Friends are concerned, food is included with afternoon tea being served after the service. Any contributions to this will, as always, be greatly received.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
The first draw of the New Year took place on the 29th September and the winner was Mrs Pedley. Membership is still growing and new subscribers are very welcome. Half the monthly subscription raised goes to the prize cheque and the remainder to maintaining our churches within the Five Parishes. If you would like to join (and it's never too late) please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance.
EASTONS & TILTY WOMEN'S INSTITUTE
Barbara Britton was the speaker for the Eastons and Tilty WI September meeting. Although entitled My Life On A Small Holding, Barbara told of starting life as the daughter of a Thames lighterman from Southend, getting married and moving to London and then coming to a smallholding on the outskirts of Romford. There she and her husband became self-sufficient growing their own vegetables and fruit, having goats which provided milk, pedigree pigs and flocks of chickens and ducks. Both their goats and pigs won prizes at county shows and Barbara had everyone laughing when she described some of the antics the animals got up to.
Members were brought up to date on a future visit to Denman College and outline plans for a trip to Bluewater. The speaker for October would be Mr Leich talking on antiques. Eastons and Tilty WI meet on the second Thursday in the month at Great Easton Village Hall. New members and guests are always welcome. For information please contact 01371 872894 in the first instance.
THE GREVILLE THEATRE CLUB'S AUTUMN PRODUCTION
As this is prepared, we understand that there are still a few tickets left for the Greville Theatre Club's autumn production of J B Priestley's farcical comedy When We Are Married on the evenings of:
Please phone 01371 872986, after 9.00 am, for availability/tickets.
THAXTED FLOWER CLUB
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 7th November at 7.30 pm at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People.
THAXTED DISABLED CENTRE SALE
Thaxted Centre for the Disabled are having a sale on Saturday 10th November at the Centre from 10.00 am to 12 noon. Plenty of stalls – please go along and support them.
ST CLARE HOSPICE FAYRE
A reminder that the St Clare Hospice Christmas Craft Fayre is 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.
THE MELJON SINGERS
On Saturday 17th November the Meljon Singers will be performing at St Mary's Church at South Woodford. The programme entitled Inheritors will include work by Rheinberger, Stanford, Holst and others celebrating the classical and romantic traditions in music. For tickets please ring 020 8550 7481.
The Players will be presenting Season's Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn at the Town Hall, Great Bardfield, on Wednesday/Saturday, 21st/24th November. Curtain up at 8.00 p.m. Tickets (£4 Wednesday, £5 Thursday, Friday and Saturday) from The Co-op, Brook Street, Bardfield telephone 01370 811836.
FELSTED CHORAL SOCIETY
On Sunday 25th November the Society is organising a programme featuring Brahms' Requiem and Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs at 7.30pm in the Felsted School Chapel. A programme and interval drinks are all included in the price of £12. Concessions £10, students and children are free. For more information please telephone ticket hot line 01371 821621 or visit web site www.felstedchoralsociety.co.uk.
LIGHT UP A LIFE IN 2007
Once again both Farleigh and St Clare Hospices are running these appeals for sponsorship, an opportunity for local people to come together and remember a loved one by lighting lights on a Christmas tree. Both Hospices have ceremonies in several venues. The nearest event, and indeed their main one, for Farleigh will be on Friday 30th November at Chelmsford Cathedral, meeting at 6.30 pm then processing down the High Street to the Town Sign for 7.00 pm. St Clare's event in Dunmow is on Friday 14th December at 6.30 pm outside The Starr Restaurant.
For sponsorship forms and other details contact St Clare on 01279 773700 and Farleigh on 01245 457300.
STANSTED VILLAGE MUSIC CLUB
The Guildhall Strings, directed by Robert Salter, will be performing a pre-Christmas concert in Stansted on Sunday 9th December. More details will be found in our December issue or at www.villagemusicclub.co.uk.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Recently our PTA held its AGM at the school and the main topic of conversation was our recently reorganised summer fair (held in the autumn due to the wet summer!). I was very pleased to learn that thanks to the hard work of many parents, staff and friends of the school and excellent support on the day from the local community, the event raised in excess of £2,600.
During the last year or so we have been able to spend almost £10,000 raised directly by the PTA at their various fundraising events. The money has been spent on some large projects such as the walking bus shelter, sun sail shade, equipment and books for the children and has also funded a variety of visitors into the school. The school council (whose ages range from 5-11) are currently working hard to organise the redecoration of the toilets (phoning for quotes, choosing paint schemes and meeting with building companies!). This is another project funded by the PTA. We are very lucky in a school our size to have such an active PTA who raise an incredibly high amount of money. Please try to support their next fundraising event, our Christmas Bazaar which will be held on Friday 30th November.
I mentioned last month that nearly all the children in the school would shortly be taking part in their first educational visit of the year. All 94 of our junior children and 11 staff, governors and parent helpers recently spent the day at the British Museum as part of their work on Ancient Egypt. All the adults have commented to me on the children's impeccable behaviour during the day and a teacher from another school even said that she wished her children behaved as well as ours.
I will leave you this month with extracts from accounts of their day at the British Museum written by our Year 3 children.
"When we got to the museum we saw lots of artefacts from the Ancient Egyptians. We saw some interesting jewellery and lots of statues. After that we went to the mummy room, which was very exciting."
"Next we had lunch; there were posh tables for us to eat on."
"Then we went to the cinema and saw film clips about mummies, that was my favourite part. I learnt that the most important part of making a mummy was to dehydrate the body."
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
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