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Stop Stansted Expansion


from the Five Parishes' Magazine



The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 8th January 2009 at 8.15 pm in the Village Hall. All meetings of the Council are open to members of the public, and there are opportunities to make comments and suggestions. The minutes of Council meetings are posted on this website. This website also contains a wealth of local information and links to other useful websites.


Jenny Oliveira would like to thank the team which has given time to cleaning Broxted Village Hall throughout the past year. The team started out with eight people and finished up with five which meant adjustments to the rota and a little more work for those who were able to stay the course for the whole time but they all helped to improve the appearance of the hall and their efforts are appreciated.

More volunteers are needed for 2009 to replace those who have left the team and to spread the load. Please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894, if you can help.


Jenny also invites people looking for a completely free and enjoyable way to improve their fitness in 2009 to join the Broxted walkers who meet every Monday at 2.00 pm outside Broxted Village Hall unless it is pouring with rain. Each Monday the walkers spend an hour along the lanes and footpaths of the village taking a circular route wherever possible and adopting a comfortable pace. All are welcome — for further information please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.


Another of the annual quizzes to raise funds for SSE will be held on Saturday 28th February 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 further information please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.


The schedule for the Mobile Library has been changed, but visits to Broxted are unaltered. Starting on 7th January, the library will visit every other Wednesday from 11.00 to 11.15 am at Cranham Road, and between 11.25 and 11.40 am at The Prince of Wales. It also visits Molehill Green on Fridays in the same week between 13.50 and 14.05 pm. For further details call 0845 603 7628 or visit answers.direct@essexcc.gov.uk.



Angela, Claire, Duncan and Andrew send best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and above all Prosperous 2009 to our readers, contributors, distributors and advertisers. Thank you for your on-going support during 2008, this is greatly appreciated. Without it, the Magazine would not function.

As is our custom at the start of the year, we ask those people who do not live in or worship in our parishes to contribute towards the cost of the Magazines that they receive each month. An amount of £15 would cover the current printing and postage costs for a year — cheques should be payable to The Five Parishes and sent to Old House, The Broadway, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3BH. Thank you.

To our advertisers we repeat our appreciation for your support but, with the growing difficulty in obtaining payment from a certain few, we regret we now have to say that no advertisements will be accepted without prior payment. Not only do we want to be fair to those on the waiting list but we are not in a position to operate a formal credit control function and Angela has been deeply distressed of late having to consider resorting to the Small Claims Court as a last resort to obtain money due to our churches.


The SSE Burns Night Supper

By popular demand, the SSE Burns Night supper is taking place once again in Birchanger in the Village Hall on Saturday 31st January 2009, 7.30 for 7.45 pm. Last year this event was a sell-out success so if you are planning to go and have not yet booked, contact SSE on 01279 870558 to check on availability.

The traditional menu will be served, with some improvements on last year. The haggis will be ceremoniously presented by Pipe Sergeant Scott Davidson from the Essex Pipe Band with the traditional Address to the Haggis with toasts and poems throughout the evening.

Tickets at £22.50 include a bottle of red wine, a bottle of white wine and a half bottle of Famous Grouse Whisky for each party of eight.

SSE Funds

SSE has lodged an appeal with the High Court on the Government’s recent decision to approve an extra 10m passengers and additional aircraft movements on the existing runway at Stansted. Having to raise the funds for this is a major challenge, so if you can help by donating to their G1 Appeal Fund, your help will be greatly appreciated. Donations already made towards their Second Runway Fighting Fund are ring-fenced for that purpose so will not be used in this regard. Contact the Campaign office on 01279 8570558, on email at info@stopstanstedexpansion.com or www.stopstanstedexpansion.com.


Members are hosting a coffee morning for LEPRA World Leprosy Week at Little Easton Memorial Hall on Wednesday 21st January from 10.00 am until 11.45 am. There will be coffee/tea and biscuits, a raffle, a cake and preserves stall and a bring-and-buy cum bric-à-brac stall. Do come into the warm and bring friends for a chat to raise funds for this worthwhile cause. Everybody is welcome. Please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.


Little Easton church provided a warm welcome for Canon Dr Ronald Blythe when he led the Friends’ Annual Service of Evensong on the 16th November. It was a particularly poignant occasion for him as he had been confirmed in that church many years earlier. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, a splendid tea was laid on, copies of Ronald’s latest book Outsiders were available to purchase as were raffle tickets for two superb Christmas hampers. In all, the afternoon contributed over £800 to the charity’s funds and the support for this event is so very much appreciated.

The Executive Committee Chairman and his colleagues thank everyone for their friendship and support during 2008 and send best wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2009.


Make a resolution to join the 50% Club. There are plenty of chances to win this year and new members are always welcome. A cheque for £8 will give you a chance every month from January until August. The money raised helps to maintain the churches in the Five Parishes. Please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.


The November AGM began with a delicious soup lunch. The one change to the committee was that of secretary. The December meeting always takes the form of the Christmas lunch. The speaker for January is Mrs Coote, talking on the Alexander Technique.

New members and friends are always very welcome — why not go along for an afternoon? Meetings are at Great Easton Village Hall on the second Thursday in the month at 2.30 pm. For further information please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.


This month’s Talking Gardens is on Wednesday 28th January by Wol Staines, owner and director of Glen Chantry Garden. The subject is Notable Snowdrops and Plant Associations, giving a wonderful insight into the plant that heralds spring. Plants will be on sale.


To compensate for the doom and gloom of the current economic situation, there is at least one thing we can look forward to this year, namely the 50th anniversary of the Greville Theatre Club which will be celebrated in May. Further details will be revealed in the February edition of the Magazine and, subsequently, in the local press. Supporters and friends can start building themselves up into a fever of excitement!


In an earlier issue we featured the South Community Forum. Questions and answers from the September session have now been published by Uttlesford District Council. One questioner asked why the meetings were not more widely advertised, adding “... in the Five Parishes Magazine — is that all?” The next Forum is on Thursday 8th January 2009 in the main hall, Mountfitchet Mathematics and Computing College, Stansted Mountfitchet, starting at 7.30 pm.


There is no meeting of the Club in January.


Everyone at the Centre would like to thank all those who supported its sale in November. Thanks to your support £1,126 was raised towards the work of the Centre, which is very much appreciated.


Upbeat is a free electronic magazine (e-zine) designed to keep the public up to date with policing news from their neighbourhood. Sign up and each month you will receive all the latest news from your area as well as details about your local neighbourhood officers, opening times of your local police station and crime figures for your neighbourhood. Each issue comes with the times and dates of your local community meetings and the community priorities for your area.

All you need to sign up is an email address and your postcode — Upbeat does the rest and automatically sends you information relevant to where you live. Visit www.essex.police.uk/upbeat


St Clare Hospice is arranging a marshalled 5km countryside course that is easy to follow with hot soup in the Hospice dining room afterwards. By seeking sponsorship you will be helping to raise vital funds for the Hospice as well as walking off some of those Christmas excesses!

Taking place on Sunday 25th January, adult entry is £10 and 15’s and under £5. For more details contact Lindsey on 01279 773750, email fund@stclare-hospice.co.uk or visit www.stclare-hospice.co.uk.


The first concert of 2009 is on Sunday 18th January at 3.00 pm when Benedict Nelson (baritone), accompanied by pianist Marc Verter, will be performing a recital of Lieder, Chanson and English songs. Tickets at adults £12, students and children £3 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.


I hope that you all enjoyed the Christmas holiday and I would like to wish all of the Five Parishes community a peaceful and healthy New Year.

Recently, I was very fortunate to be able to accompany our school choir to London and share the day they spent participating in the Barnardo’s Charity Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Thirty of our children had been very busy throughout the autumn term learning a variety of songs ranging from Queen to Take That to The Lion King! The children and three other staff all met early one Sunday at school and by 11.00 am were sitting on stage at the Albert Hall along with over 1,200 children from forty other schools from all over Essex. The majority of the day was spent rehearsing and practising — this was the first time that all the choirs had actually met and had a chance to sing together.

The concert itself began at 6.30 pm, by which time the Albert Hall was full to capacity. Included in the audience of over 5,000 were many families and friends from our Great Easton choir. The concert itself was a great success and our children once again enhanced the reputation of the school with their fantastic singing and impeccable behaviour. There are not many people who can say they have performed at the Royal Albert Hall, but our children and staff now have a special memory they will be able to treasure forever.

Meanwhile in school I have spent several assemblies working with all the children on producing a school prayer. Firstly the children came up with a list of key words and phrases they would like to include and then they decided on an order and how to structure the verses. The prayer is now on display in the school hall and in each classroom. It is used at least once a week, normally during, or at the end of an assembly. Below is the prayer which includes ideas and contributions from over 20 of our pupils, our youngest contributor was 5 and the oldest was 11. I would like to stress that the whole prayer was written fully by the children themselves and every word, phrase or sentence was contributed by one of our pupils.

Dear Lord,

This is our school, this is our community.

Let peace live here,

let friendship flourish here,

let learning fill our day.

May every room be full of happiness

and love be all around.

Love of one another,

love of all people

and love of life and living.


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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