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NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY

from the Five Parishes' Magazine

DECEMBER 2007

THANK YOU

The Broxted Churchwarden would like to thank the members of the church committee and supporters for all their hard work during the year in keeping the church clean, in maintaining the churchyard in such good condition, for all the cups of coffee, for the wonderful flower arrangements and musical support from Peter and the choir. Last but not least her grateful thanks go to the Rector for all her efforts during the year.

She sends thanks also to everyone who has supported the church at its services and activities during the year and looks forward to seeing you all at the Carols by Candlelight service on Sunday 23rd December. She and the whole team send their best wishes to everyone for a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Peaceful New Year.

BROXTED CHURCHYARD

There is a problem in the churchyard caused by people fly tipping and dumping large bags of dogs' mess. Not only is this a health hazard but it is costly and causing the people who try to keep the churchyard tidy unnecessary work. They would be grateful if this would stop and, if anyone sees the culprit(s), perhaps they would have a word with someone from the church committee.

CAROL SINGING AT PRINCE OF WALES

As detailed in News for All Parishes, the carol singing evening in Broxted will be on Monday 17th December from 7.00 to 8.00 pm. Do go along, take your friends – Peter and Louise are very much looking forward to welcoming you.

PARISH COUNCIL

The Council does not meet in December so the next meeting will be on Thursday 10th January 2008 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.

UDC COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Council is delighted to announce that its Chairman, Jenny Oliveira, has been awarded an Uttlesford District Council Community Achievement Award. Jenny has been a Parish Councillor for 28 years, 14 of them as Chairman, and has been involved in every facet of village life for even longer. The award is well merited.

BROXTED & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Children's Christmas Party – 16th December

A reminder that 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 till 5.00 pm in the Village Hall, Brick End.

The party, which is free of charge, funded by events the Community Association holds throughout the year, consists of games, an entertainer, tea and a visit from Santa. All that is asked is that parents provide an item of food or drink for the party tea. If you haven't booked in your children yet, please do so straight away by calling in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.

Dunmow Christmas Street Fayre

The Community Association will be running its usual Cake Stall at the Street Fayre on Friday 14th December. Contributions of home made cakes would be very much appreciated as the proceeds from the stall helps to fund the Association's activities. If you can provide a cake please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.

PRINCE OF WALES FUN QUIZ

There will be no quiz in December so the next one will be on Tuesday 8th January 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.

FIREWORKS

Many thanks to the Prince of Wales for the magnificent fireworks display on the 4th November. It was very much appreciated and offered the perfect opportunity for villagers to get together.

NEWS FOR ALL PARISHES

STANSTED AIRPORT EXPANSION PROPOSALS & THE FIVE PARISHES

SSE Variety Show

Derek Connell, Irene Jones, Brian and Audrey Miller, Peter Riding, Alan Spinks and Sasha Wilson have taken on the mammoth task of organizing SSE's evening of entertainment at the Barn Theatre on Saturday 19 April 2008.

We understand they have heard from plenty of people with technical skills but are still a bit short on performers – they were hoping to shape the programme by the end of November but if you have comedy, dancing, singing, dramatic or musical skills – or another talent – contact Derek Connell at the Three Horseshoes on 01371 870681 or Irene Jones on 01371 870464, irenejones2@yahoo.co.uk or the Campaign Office.

Little Easton SSE Committee's Lunch

Lord Hanningfield, Leader of Essex County Council and the Conservative Party's spokesman on transport in the House of Lords was guest of honour at a special lunch organized by the Little Easton SSE Committee. The team raised a staggering £1,387 for SSE's second runway fighting fund from the roast gammon lunch, attended by some 75 people.

Lord Hanningfield, whose family has farmed in Hanningfield for over 400 years, was invited as guest speaker by Frank Bennett who knew him from their Young Farmers days. In his after-lunch address Lord Hanningfield spoke of the continued commitment by Essex County Council to opposing a second runway at Stansted and a determination to do everything possible in conjunction with its local authority allies to overturn the threat to wide swathes of Essex and the counties beyond.

HARVEST SUPPER AND SERVICE

The Little Easton Churchwardens and Church Committee would like to thank everyone for their marvellous support for these events. They write:

“Seventy attended the supper and enjoyed delicious cottage pies, followed by apricot and pear brioche tarts, our grateful thanks to all the chefs.

“The entertainment was thoroughly enjoyable. Although a few performers withdrew in the week before the supper, their unavoidable absences were more than amply filled and we send our thanks to everyone concerned. Sid Walker sang throughout the evening and then the choir led us in an old fashioned sing-along enjoyed by all, again our thanks for your talents. The raffle was a great success and many thanks for the generous donation of prizes. We raised a grand total of £1,350 and had a splendid evening too. Also our thanks to everyone who helped to tidy and put the church back in good order ready for Sunday.

“The Harvest Festival Service was as always well attended. We enjoyed another rousing rendition of the familiar harvest hymns, Gillian delighted us with an interesting collage for the children and her usual thought provoking service and afterwards we all enjoyed a glass of wine and savoury nibbles, more thanks to chefs and donors (different ones to the supper!). The collection of £520 was sent to George and Marion Mills for their charity British Aid for Deprived Children that looks after and treats those affected by the continuing consequences in the Ukraine of the Chernobyl disaster. We have received a very lovely note of thanks and we pass them on to you all with our gratitude for your support and generosity.”

PARKING OUTSIDE LITTLE EASTON CHURCH

Since the Council placed kerb stones around the grassed area outside the church gate, car parking has become a little more awkward. The entrance to Little Easton Manor is sometimes being blocked by cars parked in the roadway leading to their gates. We would ask all visitors to Little Easton church to take care not to obstruct those wishing to enter the Manor. There is ample parking on the grass on the other side of the road opposite the church, outside the Rectory, where visitors are very welcome to leave their cars at any time.

CAROL SINGING IN THE PUBS

The programme this year is:

Tuesday 11th December The Swan, Great Easton
Thursday 13th December The Stag, Little Easton
Monday 17th December Prince of Wales, Broxted
Thursday 20th December The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill

Carol singing is one of the loveliest traditions of Christmas, and is especially so in the pubs of the Five Parishes, with children welcome and refreshments on offer. Do come along for a joyful evening.

CHURCHES CALENDAR 2008

The Five Parishes calendar for 2008 is still available. Costing £6 each or £10 for two, 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

At a recent meeting of the Show team, a magnificent all-time record profit was announced. At £23,000, this is the highest ever for the Show and reflects the crowds who came to support the Show in glorious sunshine after a long spell of miserable weather. £20,000 has been divided equally between the four churches in the parishes of Broxted with Chickney, Tilty, Little Easton and Great Easton, giving each church £5,000. This means that each church has £1,000 more than they have ever had. The balance will be retained for the Show's contingency fund.

To indicate how vital this revenue is to the churches: in 2006 their expenses were over £81,000 or £222 per day. The current year is running at a similar level and, as 2008 approaches, they face some major repair work: to the stained glass windows in the Bourchier chapel at Little Easton and belfry repairs and other works at both Broxted and Tilty highlighted during recent five-yearly architectural inspections.

The Show team send their grateful thanks to the many volunteers who helped them this year and to the local and wider communities in this rural area of East Anglia for their generous support. Angela Harbottle, who retires this year as Show Treasurer, reflects that this is a glorious note on which to end and thanks the team for their efforts to make this year such a success. It was pleasing also that our friends from neighbouring churches were able to share in this success.

Show Treasurer Required

The Show team send their grateful thanks to Angela and Annie who are both standing down after many years of looking after the show's finances. They are looking for someone numerate, with accounting experience, to help with this aspect of the Show. While being show treasurer means that a lot of time is spent in the background, having an involvement with this worthwhile event and helping it to become more successful in the future, will prove to be a fulfilling experience. If you would like to come forward, talk to Angela on 01371 872894.

MOTHERS' UNION

The Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday 19th December, at 2.30 pm at Easton Farm by kind permission of Bob Trembath. There will be the usual singing of some carols, a little light entertainment, a Christmas raffle, some exchanging of cards and, of course, a special tea. Friends are invited to join members for a happy afternoon. For more information please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.

THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES

The fifth Evening of Magic presented by The Friends in October in Great Easton village hall raised over £2,600 towards the fabric of the churches of the Five Parishes. Organised once again by Brian and Audrey Miller, the evening was considered by all to be a resounding success. Compèred by Brian, the stage show featured three acts, the first a performer who had flown in from New Zealand, followed by Geoffrey Durham of Countdown fame, closing with a Japanese act, Tensai.

The rest of the evening's entertainment included close-up magic at the dinner tables by stars of the Magic Circle, delicious food and a unique trick and treat tombola with a fabulous array of prizes resulting in the sale of approximately 1,200 tickets. Personal thanks from Brian and Audrey to the team and in particular to our cook, to all the celebrities and to those who gave prizes for the tombola and supported the evening by being there.

THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB

It is not too late to join the 50% club. The club raises funds to help our churches in the Five Parishes. A cheque for £9 will buy a subscription until the end of August 2008. Have you considered buying a subscription for the children or grandchildren this year? The odds are better than the lottery though the prize is smaller! For more information please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.

EASTONS & TILTY WOMEN'S INSTITUTE

For the November meeting members gathered together for a soup lunch followed by the AGM. There were no changes to the committee this time and all were thanked by the President for their commitment in 2007. The President went on to say that during the year ahead – and for Easton & Tilty WI to survive – a new president and secretary must be found for 2009.

The December meeting is the Christmas lunch. The speaker for the meeting on 10th January at Great Easton Village Hall is jewellery specialist, Diana Boutwood. New members and guests are always welcome.

THE GARDENS OF EASTON LODGE

New Appeal

News comes of the Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust's need to raise a sum of £25,000 immediately to ensure the continuation of opening the Gardens next spring after the snowdrop season and then a further £250,000 towards the restoration of the Peto design to its full glory and improved visitor facilities. The Trust is preparing bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other potential funders but most of these will require GoEL to provide match funding.

So the Trustees are inviting support: a donation of £400 enables you to become a patron or, if you feel you cannot become a patron, then they ask for a donation to help keep the Gardens alive. Details from Jim Gillies (Trustee), GoEL Preservation Trust, c/o Warwick House, Easton Lodge, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 2BB telephone 01371 876979 or e-mail enquiries@eastonlodge.co.uk.

Christine Walkden – The Making of the TV Series

Christine will appear at The Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow on Saturday 26th January 2008 at 2.30 pm and 7.00 pm. Tickets £10 in person from The Arts Centre, Haslers Lane or by post from Warwick House (as before). Proceeds to the Appeal.

THE EVE APPEAL

The Dance for Eve was a fantastic evening raising over £6,000 for The Eve Appeal. The event was sold out three weeks in advance and 200 people attended. The Groove Monsters and DJ Swingshift did not disappoint – there was dancing from the moment the doors opened. The organisers send a big Thank You to everyone who supported them in so many different ways – for more details of the evening go to website www.danceforeve.fusiveweb.co.uk.

THAXTED FLOWER CLUB

The next meeting is on Tuesday 4th December at 7.30 pm at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People when the subject of Nick Grounds' demonstration will be Christmas Carols.

NATIONAL RALLY/MARCH FOR ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

A rally and march takes place on Saturday 8th December as part of a global day of action designed to put pressure on those involved in the UN Climate Talks in Bali, Indonesia to take real and meaningful action.

Organised by The Campaign Against Climate Change (see www.campaigncc.org), the march will assemble on Millbank (nearest tube: Westminster) at 12 noon and then proceed to the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square where the rally will commence at 2.30 pm. Speakers will include environmentalist George Monbiot and Caroline Lucas MEP.

Stop Stansted Expansion are organizing a coach leaving at approximately 9.30 am from Takeley and returning at about 6.00 pm. The cost will be £10 per head and places can be reserved (on a first-come, first-served basis) by contacting the SSE campaign office on 01279 870558.

STANSTED VILLAGE MUSIC CLUB

The Guildhall Strings, directed by Robert Salter, will be performing a pre-Christmas concert in Stansted on Sunday 9th December. Tickets are £10 each, children £3. Children and grandchildren accompanying members pay £1 at the door. Tickets available at the door or from Stansted Carpets, Chapel Hill, Stansted; Nockolds Solicitors, Market Square, Bishop's Stortford; or Sonia Levy, 31 Chapel Hill, Stansted tel 01279 815282. More details at www.villagemusicclub.co.uk.

QUEEN'S ANNIVERSARY

Our apologies for the error in last month's Magazine. Our source, Parish Pump, had given the date of the Queen's wedding as being the 25th November 1947. This should, of course, have been the 20th. Thanks to our keen-eyed readers for noticing this – Parish Pump have extended our subscription to make amends!

GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL

It will very soon be a requirement that all Primary Schools have produced a ‘Disability Equality Scheme’, the aim of which is to promote the equality of opportunity for disabled people.

We are currently reviewing how well we support disabled members of our community who have used our premises. We would be grateful for any feedback from you regarding your experiences at Great Easton Primary School. All viewpoints, whether positive or negative will be welcomed. We are also looking for members of the local community to join our disability working party. If you have any comments or would like more information on joining the disability working party, please contact the school on 01371 870219 or admin@greateaston.essex.sch.uk.

Recently we held a meeting of the PCC (Parochial Church Council) here at Great Easton Primary when I was very pleased to show nearly 20 PCC members around the building. Opportunities like these are important for both the school and the local community and help to reinforce the role of the school as a part of the community.

December is always one of the most exciting and also busy times at any Primary School. As the month passes the children (and adults) gradually get more and more excited as the thought of a visit from ‘the man in red’ becomes ever nearer! In the lead up to the festive season, all the children will be engaged in activities with a Christmas theme. Each class will have their own party, our cook and her catering team will be cooking Christmas dinner for the whole school and the PTA have organised an end of term Christmas disco and karaoke for the children.

It is also important that the true message of Christmas is not lost amongst all the other festivities. On Friday 7th December the children will be taking part in the evening Advent service at Thaxted Church and I would like to invite you all to our Christmas Service which will be held at Great Easton Church on Tuesday 18th December at 10.00 am. The service will include traditional hymns, readings and some of our youngest pupils will be giving their representation of the Nativity.

Finally I would like to wish all members of the Five Parishes community a peaceful and relaxing Christmas.

Damian Pye

Head Teacher

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

CHRISTMAS SECTION

The Lonely Tree

‘Oh dear’ said the little tree

Lonely and forlorn,

All the other trees had gone

And it was all alone.

The supermarket manager

Said ‘Throw this last one out’

‘OK Guv’ the young man said

‘I'll see to it no doubt.’

‘Look Daddy that poor lonely tree!’

the little girl exclaimed,

‘Let's take it home for Christmas,

It's just the tree for me.’

‘Help yourself’ said the young man,

‘if you would like that tree.

It needs a home and would be gone

if it was left to me.’

So they took it home to mother

who trimmed its branches green.

After which they all agreed

‘It's the best we've ever seen!’

And so it was that Christmas Day

very plain to see.

The centre of attraction

was that lovely little tree.

Shirley Jones

CAROLS

Taken from an article written by the Revd Jack Filby for the December 1993 issue.

Although today we associate carols entirely with Christmas, in the middle ages carols were not only about Nativity, but also dealt with other subjects, such as politics, agriculture and allegory.

From 1350 to 1550 the carol was a musical drama, with the story told in the verses and interpreted in the dancing chorus. Thus, the two earliest elements of music (dance = rhythm, and melody = song) were combined in the carols or ‘singing dances’, known as ‘ring dances’. Some were fast dances, others slower ‘lullaby’ songs, such as Away in a Manger. There is also a third type of Christmas carol, more solid, and in fact really a form of hymn, a good example being Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

The history of the development of carols has left us with a wonderful legacy of fast ring-dances, slow lullabies and medium hymns, and with this great variety it is no wonder that carol singing is now so popular.

A HOUSEWIFE'S PRAYER

O Lord, as Christmas comes we are busy about many things in preparation: the making of cakes and puddings; the anxious search for presents. We have aching hands and feet. And so we pause and think about the first Christmas when history turned upon its hinges as your Son became a man, born into a family, to experience our life and to bear our sin. Help us to make the real preparations for Christmas by taking time to contemplate the wonder and the beauty of your Son's birth, O Lord, and to see our lives in the light of it, for your tender mercy's sake. Amen.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Saturday 24th November Social Evening, Little Easton
Friday 30th November Christmas Bazaar at Great Easton School
Thursday 6th December Ivy Club Christmas Dinner
Tuesday 11th December Carol Singing, Great Easton
Thursday 13th December Carol Singing, Little Easton
Friday 14th December Dunmow Street Fayre
Sunday 16th December Broxted Childrens' Christmas Party
Sunday 16th December Carols by Candlelight at Tilty
Monday 17th December Carol Singing, Broxted
Tuesday 18th December Great Easton School Christmas Service
Tuesday 18th December Senior Citizens' Dinner in Duton Hill
Wednesday 19th December Mothers' Union Christmas Party
Thursday 20th December Carol Singing, Duton Hill
Sunday 23rd December Carols by Candlelight at Broxted

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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