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from the Five Parishes' Magazine



On entering Broxted church for the Five Parishes Harvest Festival on the 12th October, one was struck by a blaze of autumnal colours. From the bronze of the chrysanthemums to the yellow of the sunflowers and the vibrant arrangements which transformed the pulpit, lectern and altar, the team there had surpassed themselves! Their ingenuity in displaying cabbages with tomatoes and making up the vegetable displays in the windows had to be seen to be believed! Congratulations everyone.

The Revd Ivor Moody, chaplain of Anglia Ruskin University, led the service and received the altar offerings which this year were for the Colchester & Tendring Women’s Refuge. After the service, many in the congregation stayed to enjoy a delightful harvest lunch in the church.

In all, just over £1,000 was taken on the day. Broxted’s committee will be giving a donation to the Refuge to augment the altar offerings and monies that were donated directly to the Refuge. Grateful thanks go to everyone who helped, by providing and arranging flowers and vegetables, by bringing and serving lunch and, especially, by giving so generously.


Our rider and his ‘pacemaker’ visited 22 churches and chapels on the 13th September. This was a fantastic achievement – well done to you both! They were well supported and would like to thank his many generous sponsors who enabled him to raise £450, half of which goes to Broxted Church.


The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 13th November 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.


The rubbish skip will be visiting Broxted on the morning of Saturday 22nd November and will be sited next to Chestnuts at Church End. This facility, which is supervised, 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.


A final reminder about the annual children’s Christmas party which will be on Sunday 14th December from 3.00 till 5.00 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 to 11 are invited to attend. There will be an entertainer and party tea. In addition, we confidently predict a visit from Santa.

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 further information please contact the editor in the first instance on 01371 872894.


A reminder that SSE cards and calendars can be purchased locally from the Chapel End Nursery, and from Sarah Cousins on 01279 850887.


We are sad to record that the Prince of Wales public house closed on the 6th October. We very much hope that new owners will soon be found and, in the meantime, wish Peter, Louise (and Max) our best wishes in their new venture.


The Community Association hopes to host the traditional Carol Singing evening in the village hall. Full details, and the date, will be in the December Magazine.


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



The Government’s decision to approve an increase of permitted passenger throughput on Stansted airport’s existing runway from 25 million passengers per annum (mppa) to 35mppa has been described by Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) as entirely predictable, cynical and unjustified.

However, the campaign group has warned BAA and its Spanish owners Ferrovial not to assume the matter is settled since initial readings of the Inspector’s report and Government decision letter indicate that there may well be scope for legal challenge. SSE has already referred the matter to its legal advisors.


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.

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.


This service, which gives us the opportunity to remember especially those family members or close friends who are no longer with us, takes place on Sunday 2nd November at 3.00 pm at Tilty church. This quiet reflective service, with the opportunity to light a candle, has become a tradition in the Parish. Do come along, a warm welcome will await you and there will be a cup of tea afterwards.


Following the pattern of alternating between our churches, this service on this, the 90th anniversary of the end of WWI, takes place at Broxted on Sunday 9th November at the earlier time of 10.45 am. If any residents in Little Easton would like a lift to Broxted, please contact the editor in the first instance on 01371 872894. The afternoon service at the war memorial in Great Easton will take place at 3.00 pm as is normal.


Monday Group meetings with the Rev’d Cilla Hawks were due to end on the 27th October. The date of the November meeting is not yet fixed but will be announced in church.

Christianity Explored continues on Tuesdays at Broxted Hill Farm, Great Easton at 8.00 pm. It is an opportunity to explore the person and claims of Jesus Christ. If interested, please contact the editor in the first instance on 01371 872894.


The team meet after this publication goes to press and so results will be announced in the December issue. In the meantime, we feature this thought from Frank Bennett:

“As one of those involved with the re-establishment of the show, I would like to say well done to everyone who helped once again this year. What a wonderful couple of days it was.

“I have recently had a chat with Roy Blackwell. His family and their team have contributed immensely to the organisation of the show. Roy raised the point to me that many of the helpers these days do not necessarily attend church. Perhaps, he said, it would be a good gesture if a donation from the profits could go to other causes in our villages. Roy had a fair point. My response would be that our four working churches have amazing histories. They are very expensive to maintain – this year alone Little Easton is spending £7,500 on a new boiler and £40,000 on restoring the beautiful and historic windows in the Bourchier Chapel; Broxted are spending between £5–£10,000 on their belfry tower; Tilty are spending £25,000 on repairs to the bell tower and the walls of the body of the church; Great Easton have earmarked £5,000 for new guttering and down pipes.

“The care that goes into the upkeep of these beautiful buildings can only happen because of the success of the Countess of Warwick’s Country Show, the fine efforts of The Friends of the Five Parishes and other fundraising events. All the churches are open every day. Read the visitors books and you will find that people have come to visit from all over the world. Tilty have recently held their wonderful annual flower festival – not all of those who come are necessarily churchgoers but the welcome they get and the superb floral displays to enjoy are memorable.

“Having said all this, I fully take Roy’s point and I brought up his thoughts at the recent Parochial Church Council meeting. Members were sympathetic. It was suggested that, once the result of the show is known, a sum should be paid to a specific local project, through the Parish Council. For example, Roy and others are concerned with the state of the brick work at the Little Easton war memorial. The wrong type of bricks has been used and these are crumbling badly. My thanks to Roy for bringing this up.

“We all enjoy being part of and living in The Five Parishes. Long may it continue.”


The November meeting is on Wednesday 19th November at 2.30 pm at Easton Farm by kind permission of the owner. The MU speaker will be Anne Ball talking on the MU in East Africa. Bring and Buy please. The usual ‘cuppa’ and cake provided. For more details please contact the editor in the first instance on 01371 872894.


The Friends’ Annual Evensong is on Sunday 16th November at 4.00 pm in Little Easton church. Everyone is looking forward to welcoming Dr Ronald Blythe who will be conducting the service and to hearing his address. In anticipation of his visit, excerpts from his books have been used in recent services of Evensong, the latest being in Great Easton church on Harvest Festival day when the very apt chapter Plenty was read from his book Word from Wormingford – A Parish Year.

As one has come to expect from The Friends, tea will be provided after the service. Any contributions to this will, as always, be gratefully received. Do go along to this service – you will be assured of a very warm welcome.


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 the editor in the first instance on 01371 872894.


There is no report this month. 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 information please contact the editor in the first instance on 01371 872894.


Last call for The Greville Theatre Club’s autumn production of Gaslight, a Victorian thriller by Patrick Hamilton. Please phone 01371 872986, after 9.00 am, for information on availability and tickets.

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


In their ‘Talking Gardens’ series garden designer, writer and historian Bella d’Arcy’s subject will be The Italian Garden in Edwardian Design. Taking place at The Arts Centre, Dunmow, on Wednesday 12th November at 7.30 pm, tickets are £10 with discounts for 3 or 6 talks. Contact GoEL on 01371 876979 or visit www.eastonlodge.co.uk.


The meeting on Tuesday 4th November will be the Annual General Meeting. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.


A big Thank You to all those who contributed in any way to the Macmillan Coffee morning at Oakmeads on the 26th September. Even though it was a gorgeous day the kitchen was fit to bursting with friends and neighbours sipping tea and devouring homemade cakes! A fabulous £203 was raised in three hours to help towards the Macmillan fund. A huge Thank You to you all. Here’s to next year.


The Centre is holding its annual pre-Christmas sale at the Centre in Dunmow Road, Thaxted, on Saturday 15th November from 10.00 am to 12 noon. There will be all the usual stalls, including bric-à-brac, cakes, good-as-new clothes and craft, with a tombola and a raffle and more. Entry will be 50p which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Please go along and support the work of the Centre.


The Players will be presenting Two of a Kind, a comedy by Hugh Janes, at the Town Hall, Great Bardfield, on Thursday/Friday/Saturday 27th/28th/29th November. Curtain up is at 8 p.m. Tickets £5 from The Co-op, Brook Street, Great Bardfield. Telephone 01371 811836.


It is hard to believe that we have reached November and that the first half term of the school year has passed already. Our Year 6 children have recently submitted their secondary school applications for September 2009 and at the moment I am very busy showing a constant stream of prospective parents and pupils around school as they begin the process of applying for reception places. Some schools have designated open days for new and future parents and pupils, but at Great Easton we firmly believe that every day is an ‘open day’ and I would encourage any prospective parents to make an appointment and come and have a tour of the school. A visit to a school during a normal working day will give any potential parents a really good idea of how the school works and runs on a day-to-day basis.

Visitors into school and trips out are both areas very much at the heart of our school ethos. During October our school hall was turned into a giant planetarium for the morning. As part of their work on Space, our junior children were visited by the Astrodome company, who, with the help of their Super Dome were able to take all the children on a space flight from earth to the outer edges of the solar system!

Our chair of governors, accompanied by some of his bees, recently visited our infant classes and gave a fascinating talk on beekeeping. During November all our infant children will be enhancing this term’s work on animals with a visit to Colchester Zoo.

Another regular visitor into school is of course the Revd Cilla Hawkes and the themes for her assemblies so far have been Matthew and St Francis of Assisi. During November Revd Cilla will be visiting school to lead the termly communion service for our Year 5 and 6 children, parents and Five Parishes community. The service takes place on the 18th November at 9.00 am and I hope that some of you are able to attend what is always a lovely community occasion. On display in the hall is our new school prayer which we have written together during assemblies and includes contributions and ideas from children and staff from across the school.

One last event to mention in November is our Christmas Bazaar on the evening of Friday 28th November. This event is organised by our PTA and is one of the major fundraising occasions of the year. I hope some of you are able to come along and support the event and maybe even pick up one or two early Christmas presents!

Damian Pye


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


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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