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from the Five Parishes' Magazine

APRIL 2009


Good Friday Afternoon Service at Chickney Church

The Broxted church committee hope you will join them to share in the atmosphere of this 1,000 year old church on Good Friday afternoon at 2pm. Following the service there will be tea and hot cross buns at Chickney New Hall. Please do go along if you can.

Easter Day

The 11am All-Age Communion service on Easter Sunday will be at Broxted church with the Revd Cilla Hawkes officiating. After the Lenten period when the church is traditionally bare of floral decorations, the Broxted flower team will be working hard to ensure a welcoming display on what is considered, for many, to be the most important day in the church’s calendar.

Easter Lilies

If you would like to have a lily put on the altar in memory of a loved one, please contact Angela on 01371 872894.


The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 9th April, at 8.15pm 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 Bazaar

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 2pm to 4pm. 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 call Rachel Kesterton 01279 850047 or rachelkesterton@aol.com. Donations of items to sell would be gratefully received.


The Quiz organized by Phyllis and Roger Clark on 28th February in Broxted Village Hall was a great success. Fifteen teams battled it out to be best of the evening, and the winners at the end were a team from Thaxted. A profit of £1,200 was made for SSE.


The next event in Broxted in aid of SSE will be a Race Night on Saturday 3rd October. Make a note of the date now, more details soon.


A Charity Ball in aid of this national charity is to be held in Bishop’s Stortford on Friday 26th June. Starring Broxted’s own chanteuse, Emily Jordon, the evening will also feature a DJ, raffle, auction and buffet. Tickets are £20 each and more details can be obtained from bryan.jordon@yahoo.co.uk.


At the Fun Day at the Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill, on Sunday 3rd May Roger and Phyllis Clark will be running a crockery smashing stall in aid of SSE. They would be grateful for any old crockery you may have for smashing. They are happy to collect – please call them on 01279 850638.


Now that the days are getting brighter the daffodils planted over many years by the Parish Council are again brightening up the village. This year there are new bulbs planted opposite Broxted Hall Farm and around the Village Hall. The whole village is grateful to the Parish Council for this welcome sign that spring is on the way.


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



Broxted community joins with the rest of The Five Parishes in sending their condolences to Gill Willoughby and family in their sad and untimely loss of Duncan.



Showtime At The Civic

Don’t forget, if you’ve not yet booked there is still time to do so for this event on 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, led by Derek Connell, have joined forces to put on a fun-packed variety show of comedy, singing, dancing, magic, music and juggling.

Tickets £15 (£12 concessions). Book by phoning the Civic Theatre box office at 01245 606505 or online 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 sse@webserve.co.uk.


The services in the Five Parishes commence with the Good Friday Meditation in Chickney church at 2pm followed by tea and hot cross buns at Chickney New Hall. The 9am Communion on Easter Day is at Great Easton followed by 11am All-Age Communion at Broxted.

There will be no Maundy Thursday service in the Five Parishes but everyone will be very welcome to join with the congregation of St Mary’s church, Dunmow for their service at 8pm. The Revd David Ainge looks forward to seeing as many of us as can attend.


The start of the Lenten series of five meetings was delayed until the 16th March. These continue until Easter week at 8pm at The Falcons, Park Road, Little Easton by kind invitation of James and Clare Rawes.


All those who attended the Bible Course (and anyone else who is interested) run by the Revd Cilla Hawkes is invited to an Informal Bible Study with Andrew Knowles, Canon Theologian at Chelmsford Cathedral, on Wednesday 22nd April at 7pm in St Mary’s Room, Church End, Dunmow. The subject is Vain or Vindictive? Why is God of the Old Testament so unlovable? Contact Cilla on 01371 856480 or cilla@hawkesfarming.co.uk.


The Countess of Warwick’s Show seems some time away, but the organisation of this year’s event, which will be on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 30th/31st August, is already in full swing. Booking forms must be sent out early to potential stallholders, horticultural show entrants, ploughing, tractor, stationary engine exhibitors and scarecrow builders among others. Marquees, Morris dancers, mummers, musicians and many more must be booked.

These are some of the pieces that must be put in place to build the two days of entertainment and the organisers are always keen to hear from anyone who might be prepared to help with the show. This year, for instance, we need someone to run our very successful bottle stall. This involves co-ordinating the collection of donated bottles in the Five Parishes and running the stall during the show.

We all find our efforts most rewarding when we see the enjoyment that our visitors derive from the show and the amount of money that is raised for the churches.

We have an excellent website: www.countessofwarwickshow.org where one can see what goes on and leave comments. A new ‘walk around the show’ photo gallery has recently been added, and further galleries of the horticultural show, ploughing and farm animals should soon be completed.

Please contact Tim Turner on 01371 874793 or go to the website for further information.


At 2.30pm on Wednesday 15th April, the meeting is at Easton Farm by kind permission of Bob Trembath. The speaker is Annie O’Toole from the Colchester and Tendring Women’s Refuge which provides crisis accommodation for women and children made homeless as a result of abuse. Visitors interested to hear her speak are very welcome to go along. There will be the usual cup of tea and cake and a bring-and-buy. More information from Molly on 01371 870220.


The annual general meeting will take place in May. The date has had to be re-arranged so please look in the next issue for details.


There are just five more chances to win in this round. If you would like more information please contact Fran Woodrow at Windy Ridge, Duton Hill. The Club exists as a fundraising arm of The Friends of the Five Parishes and all profit goes towards maintenance of the churches.


Once again the March meeting was too late for a report to be included in this issue. The speaker for the April meeting is James Merritt on water colour paintings. This meeting is also Bring a Friend day, so why not go along and join them for the afternoon?

Nine members attended the Essex WI annual evening at Towerlands where Terry Waite was the main speaker and George Mills thanked Essex WIs for their support of his clinics in the Ukraine.

Non members and guests are most welcome. Eastons and Tilty WI meet on the second Thursday in the month, in Great Easton Village Hall at 2.30pm. For further information contact Jean Duke 01371 870862 or secretary May Ferris on 01371 870580.


The programme of 2009 Quiet Days is displayed in each church. These take place at The Bowling Green, Great Dunmow, the home of Canon Rosemary Drew, with whom bookings should be made on 01371 872662. Generally Quiet Days start at 9.45am with coffee and conclude with tea at 3.30pm. A charge of £15 is made to cover costs, but this charge is not seen as something to prevent anyone from participating. The first speaker on Wednesday 6th May will be the Revd Canon Gillian Greenslade, whose subject will be Change – a Problem or a Blessing?


The Greville Theatre Club celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and to mark this event it is proud to present Hay Fever, a comedy of bad manners by Noël Coward.

Hay Fever was written by Noël Coward in 1924 and first produced in 1925 with Marie Tempest as the first Judith Bliss. Inspired by a weekend he spent at the house of the actor Laurette Taylor, Coward wrote the play in just three days. It is set in an English country house in the 1920s, and deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family and their outlandish and self-centred behaviour when they each, unbeknown to the others, invite a guest to spend the weekend.

Thursday 7th May at 8pm no supper £7.50
Friday 8th May with a ploughman's supper with desserts at 7.30pm before the play at 8.30pm, in aid of Uttlesford Community Travel £13.00
Saturday 9th May with Greville two-course supper at 7.30pm before the play at 8.30pm £14.00
Thursday 14th May at 8.00 pm no supper £7.50
Friday 15th May with a ploughman's supper at 7.30pm before the play at 8.30pm £11.50
Saturday 16th May with a two-course supper at 7.30pm before the play at 8.30pm in aid of Uttlesford Citizens Advice Bureau £14.00

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


Little Easton church committee will be holding a social gathering on Sunday 5th July, at Elmbridge House, Little Easton, linked with open gardens at Elmbridge Mill. More information will be given nearer the time.


Vivienne Crossland writes: “It will not be a grand affair this year. No teas, no cakes and no sitting and chatting but hey ho maybe with people’s kind contributions, please, I will have some plants for sale. So there we are – or more to the point here am I in Church Lodge, Park Road, Little Easton with my garden open for charity under the National Gardens Scheme on Saturday/Sunday 4th/5th July between 2 and 5 pm. Entrance fee £2.50, children free, no dogs. Please put the dates in your diary and do come along if you can. I would love to see you! My percentage of the proceeds will be shared between Little Easton church and Dunmow Catholic church.”


It is sad to hear that the gardens are closed due to lack of funds. Hopefully the Gardens Trust and their volunteers will be able to raise the resources they require to continue with the proposed restoration projects and that the gardens will re-open again in the future.


As featured last month, Little Easton church committee are planning a Bridge Drive on Wednesday 4th November. Please put this date in your diaries and watch out for details nearer the time.


The meeting on Tuesday 7th April will be a Club evening. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.


Chairman Andrew Askew tells us that Dunmow United FC have acquired a base they can call home for the 2009/10 season and beyond. They have taken on the excellent facility at Laundry Lane in Little Easton for a minimum 3 year lease from Great Easton Parish Council and United are very grateful for the co-operation of the Council in letting them rent the ground.

Nearly 2 acres in size,it has been unused for around a year so will need much preparation during the spring and early summer. It will provide a super base for age groups from under 7’s up to under 12’s. There will be room for three mini-soccer pitches and one 9 v 9 pitch plus room for a large training area. It also boasts its own pavilion with changing facilities.

Work will commence right away to get the pitches ready for use by early July so that Dunmow United can hold summer soccer camps and then be fully ready for the 2009/10 season. The pitch preparation will be carried out by the professional services of JGA Grasscare.

This development will only go to strengthen the position of Dunmow United, the leading provider of quality youth football development in the area under the guidance of head coach Scott Forbes. Visit website www.dunmowunitedfc.co.uk to see how the work progresses and for more information about Dunmow United FC.


The HOP is a mobile service bringing care, support and information to local people affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses. The service will be at The Dunmow Club on Monday 6th April and in the Dunmow Tesco car park on Tuesday 28th April from 10.30am to 2.30pm.


Christopher Weston of High Easter fame, is to give a Piano Recital on Friday 17th April at 7.30pm in the new Felsted School Music Hall. Music by JSBach, Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy are the main works. The evening is on behalf of The Friends of Holy Cross and funds raised will go to the new reordering of the Church. Tickets £15 to include interval refreshment. Contact Tony Baker on 01371 821418.

On Sunday 26th April The Felsted Choral Society’s performance Mendelssohn St Paul is at 7.30pm in the Felsted School Chapel. The programme and interval drinks are all included in the price of £12. Contact ticket hot line numbers 01371 821621 or 01245 360655 or their new website www.felstedchoralsociety.co.uk.


Henham and Ugley On Ice will be held at the school on Saturday 25th April from 12 noon to 4pm. A one hour session (including changing time and hire of skates) on the synthetic ice rink costs £4.50, 50p entrance fee for non skaters. Tickets must be pre booked on 01799 543217 to Nicola Keck. Suitable for children shoe size 8 and above.


Tennis players of all ages and standards are warmly invited to Elsenham’s Open Afternoon on Saturday 2nd May, 1pm to 4pm. For more information, please contact Petra on 01279 814667 or Jacky on 01371 870763 or email mail@elsenhamtennisclub.co.uk or visit website www.elsenhamtennisclub.co.uk to find out more about this friendly village club.


On Saturday 9th May from 12 noon onwards, spend a pleasant afternoon strolling around the village hunting for such bargains as antiques, china, clothes, cakes, plants, toys and brand new goodies! Maps will be available at participating houses with descriptions of items for sale – look for the red balloons on the day! For more information visit www.greatbardfieldgaragesale.btik.com.Proceeds go to the Great Bardfield After School Club (registered charity 1062159).


After the recent bad weather it is lovely to be leaving home in the mornings in daylight and driving home (most) evenings without the need for headlights. It also makes such a nice change to be opening windows rather than turning up radiators!

Our building project continues to progress on schedule. Over the last few days the panelling for the external walls has been added to the framework and the felt and slates added to the roof beams. Under the scaffolding and sheeting the second floor is now really taking shape. Downstairs we are back in our extended and redecorated offices and the first signs of a new staircase and lift have started to appear.

Meanwhile lessons continue as normal and recently we have welcomed the police, fire service and a Second World War evacuee into school to help the children with their current topics on ourselves and the Second World War. The junior children also recently visited Winston Churchill’s Britain and War museum in London and, judging from their comments, they clearly enjoyed the day:

“We saw lots of things but the Blitz experience was really good. It was very dark and there were lights flashing just like the Blitz. Later we went to a shop that had been bombed, it was full of smoke. I thought it was brilliant there and would definitely go again.”

During April our Year 5 children will be off to Bradwell for a week of climbing, sailing, mountain biking, archery and canoeing. Just before the end of term we will be holding our Easter service on Thursday 2nd April at 10am in Great Easton church. On display in church will be a floral arrangement from each class and during the service we will be sharing hymns, prayers and readings telling the Easter Story.

Finally an advance notice about an event in May: on the evening of Saturday 9th May our hardworking PTA will be holding a quiz evening in Great Easton Village Hall. The evening is advertised as a ‘quiz with a twist’, food is included in the price of the ticket and a bar will be available on the night. Tables are filling fast but if you would like to enter a team please contact the school office for more details.

Damian Pye

Head Teacher

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


Sunday 29th March Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Saturday 4th April Cherubs at Broxted Jumble Sale
Saturday 4th April SSE Showtime at The Civic, Chelmsford
Wednesday 8th April Duton Hill Community Assocn AGM
Good Friday 10th April Meditation Service at Chickney
Easter Sunday 12th April All-Age Communion at Broxted
Wednesday 15th April Second Runway Inquiry Begins
Wednesday 22nd April Informal Bible Study, Dunmow
Sunday 3rd May Duton Hill Fun Day
Monday 4th May Tilty Church Spring Lunch
Wednesday 6th May Quiet Day at The Bowling Green
Thursday 7th May The Greville Theatre commences
Saturday 9th May Broxted Bazaar
Thursday 14th May Ivy’s Licensing Service
Saturday 16th May The Greville Theatre last performance

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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