NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
ANNUAL MEETING OF BROXTED CHURCH
The Annual Meeting of Broxted church will take place on Tuesday 10th March at The Old Vicarage beginning at 7.30 pm. All parishioners are welcome, but only those on the electoral role are able to vote. Please call 01279 850251 if you will be attending.
If you would like to have a lily put on the altar of Broxted church in memory of a loved one, please contact Angela on 01371 872894.
The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 12th March, 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.
BROXTED AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Is the Credit Crunch beginning to bite? Do you have lots of things you want to sell? Do you need things for the home or garden but cannot afford shop prices? This could be the answer! The Community Association is holding a Bazaar on Saturday 9th May in Broxted Village Hall from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. You can hire a table top for just £10 to sell your unwanted items, or browse amongst the many other stalls. These will be selling books, toys, bric-à-brac, cakes and plants. Refreshments will be available. For details contact in the first instance the Magazine editor on 01371 872894. Donations of items to sell would be gratefully received.
BROXTED VILLAGE HALL – VOLUNTEERS WANTED
Volunteers are being sought to join a small rota of cleaners who care for our village hall. If you could spare a few hours from time to time, please contact in the first instance the Magazine editor on 01371 872894.
BUS ROUTE No. 318
While Broxted residents enjoy the convenience of the hourly Villager No.5 bus service, some may not be aware of route 318. This service operates on Thursdays only and is designed for shoppers travelling to Bishop’s Stortford on market day. It is due to be in Church End, Broxted at 9.45am arriving in Bishop’s Stortford at 10.30am. There is just one return journey leaving Bishop’s Stortford at 1.00 pm. Since it does not go into the airport, Hatfield Heath or Broad Oak, it is a shorter journey than the No. 5. The 318 is under review by Essex County Council and could be dropped unless more people use it.
CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX OPENING
The boxes will be opened at a Coffee Morning to be held at Yvonne’s home, Fistral, Brown’s End Road, Broxted on Friday 13th March from 10.00 am until noon. Do go along, even if you don’t have a box. If you have a box but cannot attend please contact in the first instance the Magazine editor on 01371 872894 and she will be happy to arrange for it to be collected.
CHERUBS AT BROXTED
A separate advertisement features a Bring-&-Buy Sale to be held on Saturday 4th April. Please do support Broxted’s Mother & Toddler Group by donating and/or going along. They urgently need to raise funds to cover their insurance premium for 2009 and to enable this much needed group to carry on.
WEEKLY SESSIONS IN THE VILLAGE HALL
STANSTED AIRPORT EXPANSION PROPOSALS
Showtime at the Civic
An evening not to be missed: Saturday 4th April at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start at the Civic Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford CM1 1JG. A fantastic team of professionals and amateurs have joined forces to put on a fun-packed variety show of comedy, singing, dancing, magic, music and juggling. If you attended the previous show at The Barn in Little Easton you’ll know just what a great evening it will be – and all in a good cause.
Tickets £15 (£12 concessions). Book by phoning the Civic Theatre box office at 01245 606505 or online (where you can also see a picture) at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=16362. All profits to go towards Stop Stansted Expansion’s fight against a second runway at Stansted. Further information from email@example.com.
Second Runway Public Inquiry
If you’d like to speak at the forthcoming public inquiry into the second runway application to give your views, register as soon as possible, but certainly by the 10th March. Contact the Inquiry Manager, Carmel Edwards on 0117 372 8453 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. While those presenting technical evidence have to observe specific dates for the submission of written evidence, individuals wishing to speak need only supply a written copy of their presentation on the day of appearance. Carmel Edwards can advise further, but we urge you to register to speak as soon as possible to ensure a slot in the inquiry programme.
The inquiry is currently scheduled to begin on Wednesday 15th April and, while the venue is yet to be finalized, it is very likely that it will take place at Endeavour House, Stansted Airport, as per the 2007 inquiry. Join SSE before the inquiry opens to show your feelings to the media at their photocall. More details to be advised later. Further information from SSE at 01279 870558 or email@example.com.
NEWS FOR ALL PARISHES
THE ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
This meeting is a significant event in the life of the church. Do try to come along to support the church officers and to find out what they have been doing over the last year. If you are on the electoral roll of any of the churches this is your chance to comment on our activities and to vote. The meeting is on Sunday 29th March in Tilty church after the All-Age Worship service.
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Mrs Joan Goode will be the speaker at this year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer service on Friday 6th March. Taking place at St Mary’s church, Dunmow, the service is at 1.30 pm, followed by light refreshments, and all are welcome.
THE MONDAY GROUP
The Lenten series of meetings commence on Monday 9th March at 8.00 pm at The Falcons. During Lent the meetings will continue on a weekly basis.
GETTING TO KNOW THE BIBLE COURSE
All those who attended the Bible Course (and anyone else who is interested) run by the Rev’d Cilla Hawkes is invited to an Informal Bible Study with Andrew Knowles, Canon Theologian at Chelmsford Cathedral, on Wednesday 22nd April at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Room, Church End, Dunmow. The subject is Vain or Vindictive? Why is God of the Old Testament so unlovable? If you would like to attend, contact Cilla on 01371 856480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE COUNTESS OF WARWICK’S SHOW
The show team have arrangements well in hand for this year’s show which takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday/Monday, 30th/31st August. Further details will follow next month.
“Thank you” to those people who supported the LEPRA Coffee Morning in January. Just over £300 was raised which has been sent to support this worthwhile cause. The next meeting is on Wednesday 18th March at the usual time of 2.30pm at Easton Farm. Visitors are welcome. For information contact in the first instance the Magazine editor on 01371 872894.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
Brian and Audrey organised a great evening out for a few friends to the SSE Burns Night held in Birchanger village hall. The SSE committee laid on a superb Burns meal which was followed by an evening of entertainment. After the more formal renditions, guests were able to make their own individual contributions and Audrey and chairman Michael both read amusing and relevant pieces to celebrate the Scottish Bard’s birth. SSE made nearly £2,000 towards their fund and send thanks to all the wonderful people who supported them. If space had been available, they could have sold nearly double the number of tickets.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
The regular monthly draws will continue until August. If you would like to take a chance, please contact in the first instance the Magazine editor on 01371 872894.. Our ancient churches need constant attention and all funds raised by the Friends, including those from the 50% Club, are put towards maintenance and improvement of the churches.
EASTONS & TILTY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
The February meeting was too late for a report to be included in this issue. The planned February talk was cancelled due to illness but fortunately it was possible to replace it with a talk on the history of teddy bears. Mr Peter Lawrence, who is one of the best speakers around, will be at the March meeting, his topic being Essex at Sea People and Places. Go along and join members for the afternoon. Everyone is most welcome. Eastons and Tilty WI meet on the second Thursday in the month, in Great Easton Village Hall at 2.30 pm. For information contact in the first instance the Magazine editor on 01371 872894.
THE GARDENS OF EASTON LODGE
This month’s Talking Gardens is on Wednesday 18th March at 7.30 pm at the Art Centre, Dunmow. Owner of Warwick House and restorer of the Gardens to date, Brian Creasey will give a fascinating and personal account of discovery and recovery of a forgotten garden.
NORFOLK GALLERY QUIRE
January 31st 2009: On this cold Saturday evening at Tilty church the audience were warmly entertained with a varied programme of choral singing, unaccompanied song, readings and instrumental playing all under the title ‘Old Winter’. The Norfolk Gallery Quire with The Fall of Eve English Folk Band and The Minister’s Vision were augmented by other performers, including members of our own Five Parishes Choir and instrumental players. A highlight of the evening was to hear the playing of a hammered dulcimer, an old instrument which is rarely heard nowadays. The evening was most enjoyable and gave an opportunity to hear music and song as it would have been heard 150–200 years ago. Thanks must go to the organisers for masterminding the event.
ADVANCE DIARY ALERT!
Little Easton church committee will be holding a social gathering on Sunday 5th July, at Little Easton, linked with open gardens at Elmbridge Mill. They are also planning a Bridge Drive on Wednesday 4th November. Please put these dates in your diaries and watch out for details.
POLICE &THE FIVE PARISHES
Aviation Security Team
Essex Police have a new Aviation Security Team working from Stansted Airport. This team will be aiming to raise awareness about aviation security and associated terrorist matters. You may live, work or travel under the airport flight paths and for this reason could be best placed to know what is normal and perhaps, most importantly, what is not within your area. There is no intelligence, locally or nationally, to suggest any increased threat to aviation. However, we would ask that you contact Essex Police in the event that you see anything unusual within your area, or within the vicinity of the flight paths.
For non emergencies please telephone 0300 333444. For emergencies please telephone 999. If you would like to talk to a member of the new team, please call 01279 680298 or email us on email@example.com
New Neighbourhood Specialist Officer
Pc Tom Bastendorff has taken over from Pc Jo Jeggo as Neighbourhood Specialist Officer (NSO) for the Stansted North area which includes the Eastons. As part of our local neighbourhood policing team, he wants to know what community issues matter to you. He can be contacted on the neighbourhood policing team mobile 07801 461666 or on Essex Police’s non-emergency number 0300 333 4444.
THAXTED FLOWER CLUB
The next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd March with a demonstration by Dulcie Lofting entitled Much Ado About Nothing. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.
THE MELJON SINGERS
The next Meljon concert is on Saturday 7th March at 7.30 pm at Holy Trinity church, Hermon Hill, South Woodford. Entitled The Auld Alliance it will be a celebration of choral music from Scotland and France. The programme will include 16th century works by Carver and Mouton, folk songs and examples of modern works by James Macmillan and Judith Weir. Box Office 020 8550 7481.
The Henham and Ugley School Jumble Sale will be held on Saturday 7th March from 2.00 to 4.00 pm. The entrance fee is 50p.
Saturday 14th March at 7.30pm in St John’s Stansted is the date, time and place for the final music@stansted concert of the 2008/9 season, a recital by Erdem Misirlioglu, this year’s winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year (piano section). Erdem will be playing a fantastic selection of music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov, including Beethoven’s Moonlight and Pathetique Sonatas and Chopin’s Ballade No 4. It promises to be a wonderful evening of favourite classics!
Tickets: Adults £12, Students and Children £3. 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.
HENHAM OMEGA CLUB (RUNNERS AND WALKERS)
A merry band of rather unfit but keen men and women will once again be taking to the highways, byways and footpaths around Henham for a run/jog or walk on Monday evenings from Monday 30th March. Route plans and direction fish should hopefully be out by 6.00 pm on Monday evenings and walkers and slower runners may choose to set off from then. Keener runners are encouraged to be at The Cock by 6.20pm for a prompt 6.30pm departure. The start time will be moved as the evenings get lighter.For information contact in the first instance the Magazine editor on 01371 872894.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Shutting the school is never a decision that we would take lightly but recently we have been forced to close due to adverse weather on three separate occasions. Snow, ice and flooding have all contributed to unscheduled ‘days off’, but being in such a rural location we have to consider the safety of the children and staff, many of whom have to travel across untreated, narrow roads in order to reach school.
When we have been here we have seen the building project really begin to take shape with the large temporary tin roof dominating the skyline (and also providing an ideal vantage point for some fantastic snow and flood pictures!) The frame and roof is now almost complete and over the next few weeks the internal work will begin. This will mean temporary homes for the office and staffroom but lessons will continue as normal for all of the children.
Although it is now a few weeks since the Christingle service, I would like to say what a lovely occasion it proved to be. It was so nice to see so many of our children taking part and once again illustrating the strong links between the school and the Five Parishes.
During February we said goodbye to one of our longest serving members of staff who is now enjoying her well deserved retirement. Joan started her time at Great Easton working in the kitchen and in recent years has been part of our excellent team of teaching assistants. Joan is well respected by staff and much loved by the children and I am pleased to say that we haven’t lost her completely as she has agreed to continue helping with our enrichment activities on a Wednesday afternoon.
On the 17th March we will be hosting our termly communion service at 9.00am in the school hall. This is always a well attended service with children, parents and members of the local community taking part. Reverend Cilla Hawkes will once again be leading proceedings and I am also very pleased to announce that Reverend Ivy Crawford will also be in attendance. Ivy will be spending the morning in school, joining us for communion and then spending time meeting the pupils and staff. If my normal bribe of coffee and a biscuit after the service doesn’t work, then perhaps the opportunity of a glimpse of the new vicar may tempt even more of you to join us on the 17th!
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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