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from the Five Parishes' Magazine



Churchwarden Jane sends grateful thanks to the members of the church committee and supporters for all their hard work during the year in keeping the church clean, for all the cups of coffee, for the wonderful flower arrangements and musical support from the choir and to Philip for looking after the churchyard for us. She looks forward to seeing you all at the Carols by Candlelight service on Sunday 21st December. She and the whole team send their best wishes to everyone for a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Peaceful New Year.


The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 11th December 2009 at 8.15 pm in the Village Hall. The Council welcomes members of the public to its meetings. The minutes of all Council meetings are posted on this website. This website also contains a wealth of local information and links to other useful websites.


Christmas Party

A final reminder about the annual children’s party which will be on Sunday 14th December from 3.00 till 5.00 pm in the Village Hall. If you haven’t booked your children in yet, for information please contact in the first instance the Magazine editor on 01371 872894.

Carol Singing

The Community Association will be hosting the carol singing this year in the Village Hall on Friday 19th December. Carolling starts at 7.00 pm and there will be refreshments. Get your Christmas celebrations off to a rousing start by joining friends and neighbours for this most popular annual event.

Grateful thanks go to the members of the Association for picking up the reins following the closure of the Prince of Wales and also to the director and members of the Five Parishes choir for their support.


A reminder that the SSE cards and calendars can be purchased locally from the Chapel End Nursery.


Another annual quiz to raise funds for SSE is being organised. The date is Saturday 28th February, 2009 at 7.00 for 7.30 pm in Broxted Village Hall. Teams of up to 8 people are invited to enter, the price is £10 each to include supper, but please bring your own drinks. Space is always limited, so please book your team as soon as possible. For information please contact in the first instance the Magazine editor on 01371 872894.



The Magazine team of Angela, Claire, Duncan and Andrew send very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all our readers, contributors, village correspondents, distributors and advertisers. Thank you everyone for the contribution you made during 2008, be it help with distribution, feedback or encouraging words. This support makes the production of our Magazine so worthwhile and ensures its on-going success.


Please note the amended copy date for the January issue. Because of Christmas schedules, your contribution for this issue, both editorial and advertising, should be with us by latest first thing on Monday 5th December. This will mean that items going to village correspondents should be with them by Saturday 3rd December. Thank You.


Norman Mead MBE

We were all saddened to hear that Norman Mead, SSE’s Deputy Chairman, died on the 2nd November following an aneurism the day before. He was 81. Norman was the first Chairman, from 2002 to 2004, and before that he had led the campaign against the expansion of Stansted airport as General Secretary of the North West Essex and East Herts Preservation Association (NWEEHPA), a post which he held from 1986 to the present day.

We send our sincere condolences to his family and also to his colleagues at SSE. He will be sorely missed.

Little Easton SSE Committee’s Name That Tune Music Quiz

Many thanks to all who made the musical evening such a success. About 80 people enjoyed the musical questions and a hot, two course meal. £500 in donations was taken during the evening and, together with the proceeds from tickets and the raffle, a sum of just over £2,000 was raised for the continued fight against expansion at Stansted Airport – a truly princely sum.


A full congregation gathered in Broxted where this year the Five Parishes service of remembrance was held. The roll call for the villages of Broxted, Chickney, Little Easton and Tilty and Duton Hill were taken and wreaths laid. The service was conducted by Sally Rippon, a reader from Dunmow church, who in her address gave a poignant account of her experiences when working for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Some fifty people were at the afternoon service at the Great Easton War Memorial. This was led by Michael Goulding OBE with members of the local British Legion in attendance. The Bishop of Colchester was amongst the congregation and gave the blessing.

The collection at Great Easton amounted to nearly £200 for the Poppy Appeal. The Poppy Appeal benefited by a similar amount from the morning service, where donations were taken on behalf of the Appeal, augmented by a donation from Broxted church committee.


Our PCC chair and Music Director are both very keen to keep alive the tradition in the Five Parishes of singing carols in our pubs. All are welcome, please bring children and family . The following dates have been agreed with our landlords:

Tuesday 16th December at The Stag, Little Easton; Thursday 18th December at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill; Friday 19th December at Broxted Village Hall and Tuesday 23rd December at The Swan, Great Easton.

Sadly at the time of writing the Prince of Wales is closed so Broxted’s evening will be in Broxted Village Hall. All the evenings will start at 7.00 pm and will last about an hour. We look forward to seeing you.


To finalise the 2008 show, the team met in October at the Farmhouse Inn for a buffet supper. Yet another magnificent all-time record profit was announced. With a few bills yet to be received, the final amount will be between £25,500 and £26,000 from which each of the four churches of Broxted with Chickney, Tilty, Little Easton and Great Easton will benefit by £5,000.

The team send their grateful thanks to all those who helped in any way with the show, either beforehand, over the two days or afterwards. The continuing success of the show depends on this help and anyone who would like to be involved would be most welcome. Sometimes small amounts of time are invaluable to the smooth running of the show. At the next meeting a contact point for volunteers will be established but, meanwhile, contact 01371 874793 to talk about it.

Thanks go too to the local and wider communities in this rural area of East Anglia for their generous support by coming to the show. It was pleasing also that our friends from neighbouring churches were able to share in this success. Finally, thanks go also to the residents of Great Dunmow for their patience in coping with the traffic.

The team meet again in January to commence arrangements for the 2009 show which takes place on the 30th/31st August.

2008 Craft Stalls

The report from our Craft Stalls organizer was not available for our October issue, so it is featured now:

“Again this year my stalls were spread out across the showground from the Barn, Manor Driveway, Craft Marquee, and around the arena. There was variety: local, natural, traditional, recreational and foreign crafts. And weren’t they fantastic!

“There were stallholders raising money for different charities ranging from one of Britain’s favourites, The British Legion, without whom we would not have freedom in the way we know it today; to several smaller charities: Shoe Boxes, Wood Green Animal Shelter, Open Doors, Children’s Holiday Fund to name a few. It’s so rewarding to give charities a stage to raise money, to spread the feel-good factor of our show across the globe, not just in support of our local churches.

“I would like to thank each and every one of our stallholders for their support again this year, we are lucky to have such a colony of people who love our show as much as we do – I hope they all had a successful weekend and are eager to come back next year! I must say, very short but ‘sweets’ – Fred: we missed you, please come next year if possible, we need your homemade fudge-n-honeycomb to keep us going. Our best wishes to you and your wife. And also best wishes to Chris from Sawbridgeworth who was unable to be with us in 2008.

“And thanks, too, to the ground crew (myself included!) who worked exceedingly hard to set up, and clear away ,and to the refreshment and catering stalls for keeping us going.

“Finally (last but not least) I would like to thank Alf for his wonderful collection of local photographs. A few years ago, I moved Alf from his regular spot just inside the Manor gates, to fill a gap on the stage in the Barn. I’m glad to say he is at home there now, I hope too, that he continues to enlighten all who take a look at his records of the area’s recent and distant history. Take care – see you next year?”


The Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday 17th December, 2.30 pm at Easton Farm by kind permission of the owner. There will be the usual singing of some carols, a little light entertainment, a Christmas raffle and of course, a special tea. Friends are invited to join members for a happy afternoon. For information please contact in the first instance the Magazine editor on 01371 872894.


The Friends Evening of Magic & Mystery on the 31st October was again a great success and considered by all to be one of the best, judging by the amount of letters already received. The show was organised again by Brian and Audrey, together with other members of The Magic Circle. During a very enjoyable meal supervised and arranged by our head chef and her team, table magic was provided which included a unique trick-or-treat tombola with fabulous array of prizes which had all been donated and which in itself raised £562.

Guests left having had a great evening knowing they had contributed to the significant sum of £3,000 which had been raised. The chairman and members of the Friends committee send a big thank you to all their sponsors.


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 2009. The odds are better this year though the prize is smaller! Please send your cheque, made payable to ‘The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club’ to the promoter. For information please contact in the first instance the Magazine editor on 01371 872894.


Last month the speaker was a young lady representing Billington’s Sugar who was very keen to talk everyone into baking or bread making. She showed samples of their sugar, all of which is produced in Mauritius and follows the Fair Trade code. November’s meeting is the AGM while December is the Christmas lunch. January brings a new programme.

The WI meets at Great Easton Village Hall on the 2nd Thursday in the month. For information please contact in the first instance the Magazine editor on 01371 872894.


This month’s Talking Gardens is on Wednesday 3rd December by Dr Jill Raggett, Senior Lecturer and Reader, Writtle College, under the intriguing title Taking a Frippery Seriously – Japanese-style Gardens in England. An explanation of how the gardens of Japan took root on ‘strange soil’, including the one created for Easton Lodge.


Once again, this coming 21st January 2009, there will be a LEPRA Coffee Morning in Little Easton Memorial Hall, 10.00 am to 11.45 am. There will be a raffle, bring and buy, cakes and produce. Please do support this very worthy cause.


On Saturday 31st January there will be an opportunity to hear a different sort of church music when the Norfolk Gallery Quire will give a concert at Tilty Church. The Quire will be performing some of the lively music used in East Anglian village churches in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

The word ‘quire’ is an inclusive one, covering not just singers, but also instrumentalists – often the same people who played for village dances – so the concert will include some country dance music and song from the same period.

There will also be an opportunity for some local people to take part. If you are a singer or instrumentalist (strings or woodwind) and would like to take part, there will be chance to join in with a workshop and rehearsal in the church on Saturday afternoon and perform some of the items with the quire in the evening. You will find details in the display advertisement.

Either as performer or audience, you can look forward to some lively and interesting music to cheer up a January evening.


The next meeting is on Tuesday 2nd December at 7.30 pm at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People when the subject of Alan Smith’s demonstration will be Season’s Greetings.


The service in Chelmsford High Street is on Friday 5th December at 7.00 pm, congregating outside the Cathedral at 6.45 pm for the procession to the tree.


The singers will be performing a Traditional Christmas Concert on Saturday 13th December at St Mary’s Church, South Woodford, E18 2PA. The programme will include carols for choir and audience from all over the world. For tickets and details of special offers please call the box office on 0208 8550 7481. For further information and on-line booking visit www.meljon.org.uk.


This popular group brings an evening of festive Christmas Music to Thaxted church on Sunday 14th December at 7.00 pm. Contact Cantate on 01376 331160 or the Festival Office on 01371 831421.


A multi-agency forum will be held on Thursday 8th January 2009 at The Mountfitchet Mathematics and Computing College, Forest Hall Road, Stansted Mountfitchet, doors opening at 7.15 with the meeting starting at 7.30 pm (parking available at school). This is your opportunity to hear and discuss issues in your area with Uttlesford District Council Councillors and Officers, Essex Police, Essex County Council’s Highways Department and West Essex Primary Care Trust. Everyone welcome.


I mentioned last month that our youngest two classes would be visiting Colchester Zoo as part of their work on animals. The 53 children and 13 adults had a lovely rain free day at the zoo, the highlight of which was feeding the elephants. Below are some extracts from the children’s writing about the day – they were all Foundation and Key Stage One age which means they are between 4 and 7 years old.

“First we saw the zebras, they were stripy. We had lunch by the lake then we went to feed the elephants. Next we saw the giraffes, they had long necks”

“At the zoo we saw the tigers and the white one was sunbathing”

“I saw a cheetah, it walked away from me and then it pounced at me. I got a tremendous shock, it was so surprising”

“I saw a monkey doing acrobatics, it made me giggle”

As December approaches the atmosphere and excitement levels gradually build up as the festive events and activities that make primary schools such a special place at this time of year start to take place.

Our assemblies will start to take on a Christmas theme with traditional carols and stories shared with the children. Our Advent calendar and the Advent wreath will once again be displayed in the hall, along with Christmas trees, decorations and the Nativity scene. The term will culminate with Mrs Wiffen and her team cooking Christmas dinner for the whole school and the end of term PTA Christmas discos.

Also we will be holding our very popular Christmas service at Great Easton church. This year’s service will be held at 10.30 am on Thursday 18th December and will be led by the Revd Cilla Hawkes. It will include traditional hymns and readings and our Year 1 children will be sharing the Nativity through the story of the fourth wise man. Seeing the church so full at our recent Harvest celebration was lovely and I do hope as many of you as possible are able to attend what I’m sure will be a wonderful community occasion.

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

Damian Pye


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

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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