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The Five Parishes Harvest Festival will be celebrated at Broxted on Sunday 12th October at 11.00 am. The service will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch and sale of produce. Please bring a plate of sandwiches enough for two people and the committee will provide puddings and drinks. Donations of tinned or dry food, coffee and tea to be given during the service will be sent to Women’s Refuges in Essex.


Thanks to everyone who donated books to the book-stall at the show – your generosity was astounding. The organiser would also like to thank everyone who helped him over the two days on the stall and before with moving books. Thank you everybody who worked so hard.

Many thanks too to the ladies (and gentlemen) of Broxted who made and donated so many delicious cakes for the cake stall, donated bottles and gifts for tombolas etc. These were so very gratefully received.

The Broxted & District Community Association had a most successful show with its Krazy Kitchen, so much so that it has almost completely depleted its stock of crockery! It collects china throughout the year, so if you are changing your dinner service or have any old plates, ornaments, cups etc it would be very grateful for them. Collection can be arranged. For more details please contact in the first instance the magazine editor on 01371 872894.


Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 9th October at 8.15 pm in the Village Hall. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings. The minutes of all Council meetings are posted on the village website at www.broxted.org. This website also contains a wealth of local information and links to other useful websites.

Dog Mess

There is not much of a problem in Broxted with dog mess, but complaints have been made about the state of the footpath from Church End through to the church. Remember, it is now an offence not to clear up after your dog anywhere where a 30 mph speed limit is in force, including footpaths and road verges.



The Community Association will be holding another of its popular quizzes on Saturday 11th October in the Village Hall at 7.30 for 8.00 pm. 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 – for more details please contact in the first instance the magazine editor on 01371 872894.

Christmas Party

A date for all children of primary school age and under in Broxted: the annual children's party will be on Sunday 14th December from 3 till 5 pm in the Village Hall. As usual, it is completely free (funded by Community Association events throughout the year) and all children in the village from about 2 years old till 11 are invited to attend. There will be an entertainer and party tea. In addition, a visit from Santa is confidently predicted.

Parents are welcome to stay if they wish, but need not. All that is asked is that you provide an item of food for the tea. For more details please contact in the first instance the magazine editor on 01371 872894.


The Prince of Wales is re-starting its very popular quiz nights. The next will be on Tuesday 21st October 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.


Monday2.00 pm Walking for Health starts here
 7.30 to 8.30 pm Country & Western Line Dancing
 8.30 to 9.30 pm Partner Latin & Ballroom (Beginners)
Tuesday10.00 to 11.45 am Broxted Cherubs
 7.00 pm Ladies Latin Line Dance Class
Saturday8.00 am Keep Fit Class



Little Easton Quiz

A Name That Tune/Music Quiz to raise funds for SSE will be held in Little Easton Memorial Hall on Friday 24th October. More details will be found in Little Easton News.

SSE’s Latest Fund-Raising Items

The 2009 Community Calendar featuring 40 stunning photos of North West Essex and East Hertfordshire is now available at £6 from selected sales outlets and from SSE volunteers. SSE also offer three different Christmas cards as well as notelets and postcards. If you need help finding a supplier, contact SSE on 01279 870558 or ask our editor – she has the list of sales outlets. Orders for personalised Christmas cards must be with SSE by the 10th October.

Joining SSE

If you would like to support SSE and are not yet a member, you can join them with a minimum donation of £10.


Harvest Festival will be celebrated at Broxted on Sunday 12th October at 11.00 am. The service will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch and sale of produce. Please bring a plate of sandwiches enough for two people and the committee will provide puddings and drinks. Donations of tinned or dry food, coffee and tea given during the service will be sent to Colchester & Tendring Women’s Refuge.


Having started in September, these meetings continue and anyone still wishing to go along will be most welcome. The Revd Cilla Hawks is talking to the Five Parishes Monday Group about pastoral care. Dates beyond September are not yet fixed but these can be obtained from the editor.

Christianity Explored runs from Tuesday 30th September for 10 weeks at Broxted Hill Farm, Great Easton at 8.00 pm. It is an opportunity to explore the person and claims of Jesus Christ. For more details please contact in the first instance the magazine editor on 01371 872894.


Crowds in their thousands came to Little Easton once again this year. Whilst the financial result is not yet known, its success is not measured purely in financial terms but especially in the enjoyment it gives and the goodwill it engenders, reaching areas far outside the Five Parishes. The publicity in the local papers certainly bore this out and the editorial comment in the Herts & Essex Observer was particularly apt: there is nothing quite so nerve-wracking as organising a bash for those who work tirelessly for months behind the scenes. Their comment also paid tribute to the public for taking the trouble to actually go, not just to our show but also to other events in the area.

The show team heartily endorse this comment and, in addition to thanking everyone who came to support the show, send their grateful thanks to the site manager’s team, the exhibitors both large and small, our neighbouring churches, the entertainers, the sponsors, the owners of the land, ploughing and machinery competitors, judges and, most importantly, to the volunteers who helped before, during and afterwards. Without you the show would not take place.

Special thanks appear in the village sections to those generous people who made cakes for the cake stall and who donated tombola prizes, bottles and second-hand books for the other stalls. So much was needed and so much was given and was most gratefully received.

Some individual reflections follow.

P & A Wood – A report based on their website news

Having sponsored the show for many years, this year P & A Wood celebrated the launch of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé. Positioned on the front lawn of the Manor overlooking the lakes, their customers were able to enjoy champagne and strawberries in the gardens whilst admiring the new fixed head Coupé. It was a very successful weekend with an order for the car being placed.

To help raise money for the churches, rides were given in a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and, by comparison, a new Rolls-Royce Phantom, raising over £700. They also auctioned off a special Rolls-Royce cake that had been made for the day for an impressive £160.

Andrew Wood provided some overhead entertainment flying P & A Wood’s own 1930 De Havilland Gypsy Moth with thanks to Stansted Air Traffic Control. Both days had clear weather and the display went well, lots of waving and cheering from the crowds as the little old aircraft flew past.

With more than 30 cars on display, this was the most ever brought to the show, including the very first 4 ½ litre Birkin Blower Bentley ever built in 1929, a 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost fully restored by P & A Wood and a line up of a Rolls-Royce Phantom I, Phantom II and Phantom III. Among all of the Rolls-Royce and Bentleys were Paul Wood’s collection of little cars including his 1901 Decauville and Morgan Super Sports MX2. His daughter, Georgina Wood, displayed her 1903 De Dion Bouton.

A huge Thank You goes to P & A Wood for making this year’s show so very special.

Animal Corner

Thanks to Charlotte for her dedication in obtaining the Defra licence and for sourcing owners willing to subject their precious animals to the gaze of hundreds of people, this new innovation was a wonderful success. Thanks too to Paton & Lee for their veterinary advice and attendance (a requirement of the licence). There must be so many people out there who are now smitten by alpacas!

Grand Draw

Angela and Duncan 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, a profit of over £3,500 is expected – almost twice as much as last year. Their grateful thanks go to all those who donated prizes. They are especially grateful to the wonderful people who gave the magnificent first prize of £1,000 and the second prize of a week in a villa in Tenerife, who prefer to remain anonymous: thank you for helping make this a record total.

Thanks go also to Thaxted Dental Services, to Broadway Electrical for the in-car CD Radio, to the Starr Restaurant, the Guildhall Stores, Stockton & Marlow, and Gill Arnold. Thank you to all who sold tickets to relatives, friends and colleagues - you did a wonderful job this year. Thank you to Brian, Audrey and Gill for their hard work at the Show – the stand has never been so busy! And finally special thanks to all who took part by buying tickets. Well done everyone, your help is really appreciated. 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!

The list of prize winners is available on request from the magazine editor on 01371 872894.

We are pleased to publish this letter of appreciation regarding the first prize:

“After visiting the Countess of Warwick’s Show on both days over the bank holiday weekend with various members of our family, and putting entries into the sloe gin and cheese scone competitions, my wife and I felt that we’d had a pretty good weekend. However, after a surprise phone call to tell us that we had won the top prize in the grand draw competition, the weekend suddenly got a lot better.

“We have only been married for ten weeks, with our wedding reception being held in Little Easton Barn Theatre, and we are currently saving for a deposit for our first home. So we just wanted to express our thanks to the person who anonymously donated the generous amount of money and to the organisers of the draw. We feel so lucky to have won and are so pleased to be one step closer to the housing ladder.”

Horticultural Marquee

The organiser writes: “Once again our part of the show was a great success. After another disappointing ‘summer’, we were still able to put on a grand display in the marquee. The list of prize winners all of whom triumphed over the elements can be obtained from the magazine editor.

“Floral art was again well supported, with the Best Exhibit won by Gems in a Jewellery Box. Our handicraft section had more entries this year and we hope this will be a continuing trend. The domestic classes were well supported and full of delicious looking cakes, tarts and preserves. The men’s cake class had several delicious looking entries and next year we will challenge them to make the perfect Victoria sandwich! The number of entries in the children’s classes is always a pleasure to behold and the judges were amazed by the beautiful dot picture of a fox, made using coloured paper and a hole punch which won the Children’s Best in Show trophy. Congratulations to the entrants in all the classes and thank you for your endeavours. We hope to see you all again next year.

“Every year we are supremely lucky that our judges generously give of their time and expertise and to them we send our heartfelt gratitude. The plant stall was on display to support us, even with alterations and much decorating to do in the home of the exhibitors. They asked me to pass on their grateful thanks to the many donors of plants and especially for those left anonymously.

“Our new produce sale was a frenetic success, with lots of people competing to buy the wonderful produce kindly donated by our exhibitors and we will therefore continue this innovation.

“To all our sponsors a huge “Thank You”, your generosity is much appreciated. My sincere thanks go to each and every one of my incredible helpers, I am not naming them because they prefer it but I simply could not manage without their unstinting support. Thank you all. Finally, thank you to Team Blackwell for their muscle power!

“I look forward to seeing you all again at the Show next year.”

Car Parking

Head of team writes: “Judging by the number of cars parked this year (around 3,000 over two days) this was another successful show. I extend a huge thank you to ‘the Team’ of parkers. They know who they are. The task of parking such a large volume of vehicles is not easy by any means but despite fewer helpers than last year we coped – just! I would also like to extend a huge thank you to Speedy Hire for supplying the vital road cones again this year. Their continued support is gratefully received by all. Again, many thanks to all – here’s to 2009.”

Show 2009

Bank Holiday falls on the 30th/31st August next year. Don’t forget, you can keep abreast of show news on its new website: www.countessofwarwickshow.org.


On Wednesday 15th October the meeting will commence at the earlier time of 2.00 pm at Easton Farm. It is hoped to hear the latest news from Felsted Aid for Deprived Children with details of how members’ knitted goods are delivered to Chernobyl. All are welcome and if you are one of MU’s knitters you may be especially interested to join them for the afternoon. There will be the usual cuppa and a Bring and Buy please. For more details please contact in the first instance the magazine editor on 01371 872894.


An Evening of Magic and Mystery

‘House Full’ notices are now in place as all tickets have been sold for this very popular evening and there is a waiting list for cancellations. Regrettably it is not possible to accommodate more than 120 people sitting down to a meal etc. so the organisers regret they have to disappoint those unable to get a ticket. But it is not all doom and gloom – if you would like to be with them in spirit and could possibly donate a prize for the tombola, they would be most grateful. Please contact in the first instance the magazine editor on 01371 872894 and she will arrange collection.

For those of you who will be attending, this is a gentle reminder that the colour scheme for the fancy dress competition is orange/red/black. Whilst this is not compulsory you could come as anything spooky, ghoulish, ghostly or as wizards and witches. Cash prizes for the winners, so let’s have a good turn out this year.

Don’t forget: Friday 31st October, 7.15 for 8.00 pm in Great Easton Village Hall.

Magic is still great in 2008

Annual Evensong

The Friends’ Annual Evensong is on Sunday 16th November in Little Easton church. It is being held there to make the guest speaker, Dr Ronald Blythe, feel particularly at home since he has preached there in the past when he used to stay with an earlier vicar who was a personal friend. More details in the November issue.


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. Please make your cheques payable to The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club – the address to which it should be sent is available from the magazine editor on 01371 872894. Make sure that you send your name, address, post code and phone number too. The winner of the August draw was Dennis Parker.


The July meeting was held in Debden. The rain held off and a delightful strawberry tea was enjoyed by all. A wine tasting resulted in another enjoyable afternoon in August when the ladies could choose their favourites. September’s meeting was ceramic painting demonstrated by Shaun Murphy. A representative from Billingtons Sugar will be the October speaker – this is an open meeting and all are welcome.

Eastons and Tilty WI meet on the second Tuesday in the month, in Great Easton Village Hall at 2.30 pm. New members and visitors are always welcome. For more details please contact in the first instance the magazine editor on 01371 872894.


See Little Easton Village News for details of the Race Night on the 18th October, the Music Quiz on the 24th October and the Social Dance Evenings on the 10th and 31st October. These take place in Little Easton Memorial Hall and a warm welcome awaits you.


The Greville Theatre Club is proud to present its autumn production Gaslight, a Victorian thriller by Patrick Hamilton.

Jack Manningham is slowly and deliberately driving his wife, Bella, insane. While he goes out on the town each evening, she cowers alone in her room, lit by a shadowy gaslight and listening to the mysterious footsteps overhead. He has almost succeeded when help arrives in the form of an ex-policeman, Rough, who knows all about Manningham. Will Bella go mad or will Rough be able to help her overcome her husband’s tyranny?

Thursday 6th November at 8.00 pm – no supper £7.50
Friday 7th November with two-course supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm – in aid of J’s Hospice £14.00
Saturday 8th November with Greville two-course supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm £14.00
Thursday 13th November at 8.00 pm – no supper £7.50
Friday 14th November with ploughman’s supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm £11.50
Saturday 15th November with two-course supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm – in aid of Dunmow United Reformed Church £14.00

The box office opens on the 6th October. Please phone 01371 872986, after 9am, for further information and tickets.


The next meeting is on Tuesday 2nd September with a demonstration by David Thomson entitled Divertissement. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.


A reminder that the first concert in music@stansted’s new season is on Saturday 4th October at 7.30 pm in St John’s church, Stansted. The Barbirolli String Quartet have a wonderful programme of music by Haydn, Beethoven and Debussy and Folk Music by Joe Cutler. Tickets at £12 for adults, £3 for children are available from Stansted Carpets, Chapel Hill, Stansted; Nockolds Solicitors, Market Square, Bishop’s Stortford; Sonia Levy, 31 Chapel Hill, Stansted on 01279 815282 or at the door on the night.


The next concert by the Meljon Singers will be on Sunday 12th October at 7.00 pm at the Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue, Hermon Hill, Wanstead. The programme will range from Baroque to Tin Pan Alley. For tickets contact the box office on 020 8550 7481.


I’m writing this article a few days into the new term; everyone has returned refreshed and recharged after the August break and our new children are starting to settle into their new classes. However, I’m not exactly sure what happened to the summer this year! Those of you fortunate enough to have holidayed abroad will no doubt have enjoyed far warmer weather than those of us who braved the British summer!

A new term also means that all the children are undertaking new topics. I’m sure you are all aware that at Great Easton we teach a skills-based curriculum based around a central topic. Teachers carefully plan work so that Maths, English, Science, ICT, Art, PE, Music, Design Technology, History, Geography, RE and PSHCE lessons are all linked under one theme. This term our infant (4-7) children’s topic is Animals, whilst our Junior (7-11) children are journeying into Space! For a more detailed breakdown of these topics visit www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk and click on the curriculum page. Also new for this year is the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) which is the new statutory framework that our Reception age children are following.

All around school signs of autumn are appearing. The leaves on some of the trees are already starting to change into a multitude of reds, oranges and browns. The athletics, rounders and cricket on the school field have been replaced with football, netball, hockey and rugby and the cloakrooms are once again filled with jumpers, coats and umbrellas.

Another sign that autumn is here is harvest, and you are all welcome to join the school’s celebrations which will be held at Great Easton church on Tuesday 14th October at 10.00 am. Once again we will be supporting the Harvest for the Hungry charity and the children will be bringing in pasta, rice, sugar and flour. Last year we were one of 140 Essex schools that helped to collect 5,600 boxes containing 60 tonnes of food which were sent to orphanages in Bulgaria.

Damian Pye


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


This poem was the subject of an email between two farmers during the very wet harvest we experienced this year. It lifted the spirits!


January brings the snow

Makes your feet and fingers glow

February’s ice and sleet

Freeze the toes right off your feet

Welcome March with wintry wind

Would thou wert not so unkind

April brings the sweet spring showers

On and on for hours and hours

Farmers fear unkindly May

Frost by night and hail by day

June just rains and never stops

30 days and spoils the crops

In July the sun is hot

Is it shining? No it’s not!

August cold and dank and wet

Brings more rain than any yet

Bleak September’s mist and mud

Is enough to chill the blood

Then October adds a gale

Wind and slush and rain and hail

Dark November brings the fog

Should not do it to a dog

Freezing wet December then

B***** January again!

© Flanders and Swann


Tuesday 30th September Christianity Explored Course starts
Sat/Sun 4th/5th October Tilty Flower Festival
Friday 10th October Social Dance Evening, Little Easton
Saturday 11th October Broxted Commumnity Assoc Quiz
Sunday 12th October Harvest Festival at Broxted
Saturday 18th October Race Night at Little Easton
Tuesday 21st October Quiz at Prince of Wales
Friday 24th October Little Easton SSE Music Quiz
Friday 31st October Friends’ Evening of Magic & Mystery
Friday 31st October Social Dance Evening, Little Easton
Sunday 2nd November Remembrance of Loved Ones at Tilty
Wednesday 5th November Fireworks at The Stag
Thurs/Fri/Sat 6th/7th/8th The Greville Theatre
Sunday 9th November Remembrance Sunday services
Wednesday 12th November GoEL Talking Gardens
Thurs/Fri/Sat 13th/14th/15th The Greville Theatre
Saturday 15th November Centre for Disabled People Sale, Thaxted
Sunday 16th November Friends’ Annual Evensong
Tuesday 18th November Communion Service at the School
Friday 21st November Social Dance Evening, Little Easton
Friday 28th November School Christmas Bazaar
Friday 28th November Quiz at The Three Horseshoes
Sunday 14th December Children’s Christmas Party, Broxted
Tuesday 16th December Duton Hill’s Senior Citizens’ Christmas Dinner

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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