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from the Five Parishes' Magazine

MAY 2009


The Annual Meeting and Annual Parish Assembly of the Council will be on Thursday 14th May, at 8.15pm in the Village Hall. At these meetings reports are given of the activities of the Council during the past year and plans for the year ahead discussed. All meetings of the Council are open to members of the public, and this would be a good opportunity to come and make your voice heard.

Minutes of Council meetings are posted on the noticeboards. Whilst the parish web-site is being refurbished you can receive a copy of the minutes by e-mail. Just e-mail the Council on broxted_parish_council@hotmail.com to request them.


The rubbish skip will visit the village on the morning of Saturday 6th June from 8.30am until 11.30am and will be sited in the car park of the Village Hall, Brown's End Road. It will be supervised by Uttlesford District Council to ensure that no inappropriate items are dumped. The skip will make a second visit in the autumn when it will be at Church End. Please note that no garden waste can be put into this skip. Remember, a green skip visits Great Easton Village Hall every Saturday between 1.30pm and 2.30pm and you can dispose of your weeds, grass cuttings and hedge trimmings there.


Broxted Bazaar

Don't forget the Broxted Bazaar on Saturday 9th May in Broxted Village Hall from 2pm to 4pm. There is still time to hire a table top for just £10 so that you can sell your unwanted items, or you can browse amongst the many other stalls. These will be selling books, toys, bric-à-brac, cakes and plants. Refreshments will be available. For details please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894. Donations of items to sell would be gratefully received.


The local organiser would like to thank all those who came to the Box Opening Coffee Morning, and those who continue to keep a box in their home. A total of £536 was banked.


The organiser sends a big Thank You to everyone who supported this Toddler group at their Bring & Buy Sale. They managed to raise enough monies to cover their insurance and grateful thanks go to all those who donated cakes, bric-à-brac and tombola items, and also to the people that turned up on the day to spend their money. Your support is very much appreciated.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 13th and 27th May, arriving at Cranham Road at 11am, departing 11.15am and arriving at the Prince of Wales at 11.25am, departing at 11.40am.

It will be at Molehill Green Post Office on Fridays 1st, 15th and 29th May at 13.50 departing at 14.05pm.


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 these and further details can be obtained from bryan.jordon@yahoo.co.uk.


Whilst the car park has been sealed off the recycling banks have been moved to the roadside. It is more important than ever that items are not left on the ground. If the banks are full please take your bottles away and try again later. Please note that the big container is for all other recyclables, including tins and plastic, as well as paper and card.


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




9th December 1942 to 2nd March 2009

This obituary of a much loved and much missed member of our Five Parishes community comes from his family:

Although Duncan was a Geordie by birth, he was a man of the Five Parishes by naturalisation. He and Gill arrived in Duton Hill with their young family in 1976, and Duncan always considered himself blessed that he had managed to find such a charming corner of the world to settle in. What brought him to Essex was his career in the world of advertising and marketing. He had been headhunted to agencies in London, eventually joining Lintas Brothers, then one of the top advertising agencies in the world, as a Board Director, handling accounts for many famous brands, from Volkswagen and Ford to Schweppes. Best of all – so far as his children were concerned – was his work for Walls ice cream, which even involved his thinking up ideas for new ice lollies. In recent years, Duncan had begun a second career as a lecturer at a number of universities and business colleges and as examiner for the national qualification in marketing. The extreme trouble he took over his teaching, and the sensitive pastoral regard he had for his students, meant that his charges always acquitted themselves superbly in their exams.

He was a strong man, physically robust, and his boyhood was spent with friends in the open air, hiking with the scouts (he was in the first cohort ever to receive the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award) and playing rugby, where he found a natural role in the scrum. Rugby was a lifelong enthusiasm, and he played for his university and then for the club side Northern, always with great gusto: his games usually ended with his being stretchered off the pitch!

His local patriotism produced two books: the first ever history of Duton Hill, published in the millennium year, and a book published two years later on the period between 1918 and 1931 when the artist Sir George Clausen lived and painted in the village. As churchwarden at Tilty, he sourced and organised the restoration work to the floor and the installation of heating with his customary imagination and efficiency.

Duncan was a man of enormous capacities: for friendship; for work; for community; for affection; for fun; for sacrifice. His dry wit was one of his most winning and charming attributes: he could find a joke in the unlikeliest places. He was tireless in whatever he set himself to do, and worked so effectively and so quietly that the effort involved was often invisible from the outside. He was a very even man, a very loyal friend, and a loving husband and father. In his work for Tilty, for the Five Parishes, for the parish council, for the wider community, that spirit of willing sacrifice which is threaded like a filigree throughout his life was always evident. He will be sorely missed.


Showtime At The Civic

Congratulations to all concerned with this event staged at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford on the 4th April. Presented by the Duton Hill Community Association, the event raised £4,500 for SSE's fund for their fight against a second runway at Stansted. The direction, staging, costumes and especially the performers were all superb and quite worthy of a professional London production.

What Next?

Following the decision by the Competition Commission that BAA must sell Stansted Airport and the postponement of the Public Inquiry originally due to commence on the 15th April, information is now awaited on BAA's latest plans. Hopefully this will come soon and put to an end one way or another the blight situation under which many residents in this area have been living.


Canon Rosemary Drew joined a full congregation in Chickney church on Good Friday for the annual service of mediation. She related the Last Hour at the Cross, reflecting on the Silence of God with some powerful and poignant stories. At the end of the service the congregation followed the Cross out of the church and then proceeded to Chickney New Hall. There a welcoming tea with hot cross buns was provided by Sandra and Terry Reed and family. Grateful thanks go to everyone who supported this very special time in the Five Parishes' Easter calendar.

On Easter Sunday, after early morning Communion at Great Easton, the full glory of the risen Christ was celebrated in a beautifully decorated Broxted church at All-Age Communion. The Revd Cilla Hawkes involvement of the children with the opening of Easter eggs, the singing by the Five Parishes choir of and the distribution of eggs to the congregation were all very much appreciated. Many congratulations to the team for their wonderful flower arrangements.


As has been mentioned in previous issues, the Licensing Service for Canon Ivy Crawford takes place on Thursday 14th May at 7.45pm in Little Easton church. The service will be conducted by the Rt Revd Christopher Morgan, Bishop of Colchester and will be followed by light refreshments. Everyone is most welcome.


May continues the season of Eastertide, and 40 days after Easter comes Ascension Day. It may seem crazy to call it Eastertide when Easter is clearly over – but these are the 40 days during which the Risen Christ appeared again and again to his disciples, following his death and resurrection.

The Gospels give us little of Christ's teachings and deeds during those forty days. Jesus was seen by numerous disciples: on the road to Emmaus, by the Sea of Galilee, in houses, etc. He strengthened and encouraged his disciples, and at last opened their eyes to all that the Scriptures had promised about the Messiah. Jesus also told them that as the Father had sent him, he was now going to send them to all corners of the earth, as his witnesses.


Don't forget to check regularly with the show website at www.countessofwarwickshow.org for details of this year's event on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 30th/31st August. As mentioned in the last issue, someone is needed to run the very successful bottle stall, an important feature of the show. This involves co-ordinating the collection of donated bottles in the Five Parishes and running the stall during the show.

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


This month's meeting is on Wednesday 20th May 2.30pm at Easton Farm. It is National Families Week, 25th to 31st May, so this meeting will concentrate on the theme of Families. There will be a Bring-and-Buy and the usual ‘cuppa’ and cake. Visitors are very welcome. More information please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


The annual general meeting will take place on Thursday 21st May at 7.30pm at The Old Vicarage, Broxted. Papers for the meeting will be sent to members of The Friends shortly. After the meeting light refreshments will be available and, because good weather has been ordered for that evening, hopefully these will be taken in The Old Vicarage garden.


Just four more to go! The 50% Club year ends in August so four more chances to win. The application forms for the new club year will be going out in the July Magazine so do look out for them. Half the subscription money goes in the prize and, after expenses, the rest towards the upkeep of our churches in the Five Parishes.


The president welcomed members and friends to the Easter meeting. The artist James Merriot demonstrated his skills by painting a delightful water colour of Tilty church.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 12th May at 12.30pm in Great Easton Village Hall and begins with a faith lunch. Afterwards a bee keeper will talk about the diminishing bee colony which is the subject of the 2009 Resolution which the WI Federation will put to the Government.

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


Tickets are still available for The Greville Theatre Club's fiftieth anniversary spring production Hay Fever, a comedy of bad manners by Noël Coward. Performances are as detailed below:

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

Please phone the box office on 01371 872986, after 9am, for further information on prices and tickets.


The Granary, Maysland Farm

These gardens will be open twice this summer, the first occasion will be on Bank Holiday Sunday 25th May from 2pm until 5pm. The second occasion will be on Sunday 28th June from 2pm until 6pm. Entrance is £3.50. Teas and cakes will be available on both days and everyone is welcome. The proceeds of these open days go towards the charities supported by NGS.

Church Lodge, Little Easton

The owner of this garden writes: “The garden of Church Lodge, Park Road, Little Easton (opposite Little Easton's historic church) will be open for charity Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th July from 2pm to 5pm. A reminder will be given next month.”


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.


This annual famous event takes place at Little Easton Manor on Saturday 4th July. The concert starts at 6.30pm with the gates opening at 4.30pm. Starring from the 60s and 70s are The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Heatwave, the American Four Tops Motown Show and the ABBA Fever Show. Presenters from BBC Essex will be Steve Scruton and Sadie Nine. Refreshments are available on site, picnickers are welcome, gazebo space available for hire when booking. A car park charge of £3 will be donated to local charities.

Ticket prices: before 1st June £26.50 and £28.50 after that date. £35 on the night (subject to availability) and one free ticket for a party over 15. To book contact the Ticketline 01279 815464, info@classicgoldevents.com, Dunmow Travel or TICs in Saffron Walden, Bishop's Stortford, Braintree and Chelmsford.


At the meeting on Tuesday 5th May Helen Bird will talk on A Passion for Flowers. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.


ResCU (Respite Care in Uttlesford) was formed in 1994 by a group of parents of special needs children appalled by the lack of facilities in Uttlesford; since then they have campaigned relentlessly for a local respite care facility.

After much searching and fundraising they were made aware of some land at Thaxted that could potentially be used for the centre. Thaxted is ideal as it enables easy access for Uttlesford residents and in turn enables users to continue with their normal day time activities locally, as well as offering many local amenities. With the help of local architect, Charlie Biss, a planning application has been submitted and the planners' response is awaited.

The primary support that family carers say they need is a respite centre that is safe, reliable and flexible, allowing a break from the caring role. The impact of respite on the caring capacity of the family is substantial and it is essential that this is delivered locally so that community services can continue to be available during respite. It also promotes independence and living at home targets set by the Government. Finally, the knowledge that there is provision for emergency support at a time of crisis is also highly valued by family members.

The Chair of ResCU who used to live in Duton Hill, writes: “I would like to take this opportunity (as I don't do it enough) to thank my fellow committee members for their support and continued enthusiasm even through the tough times when we seemed to be going nowhere. These are local Uttlesford residents (as well as REACH volunteers) some with direct experience of special needs, others with, quite simply, big hearts. We are so excited to have reached this stage but wait rather anxiously for others to decide our fate.”


The HOP mobile service bringing care, support and information to local people affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses will be in the Dunmow Tesco car park on Tuesday 26th May from 10.30am to 2.30pm.


In their 200th year, The Essex Yeomanry Band will present an Evening of Music from the Military, the Shows and the Last Night of the Proms at the Foakes Hall, Dunmow on D-Day Saturday 6th June at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 each and are available from Banana Travel, Lipson's Photographers and Wade & Davies, Solicitors. All profits are for the Royal British Legion Welfare Fund and Help for Heroes Fund.


Saffron Walden Town Council and The Saffron Walden Initiative have joined forces to fund the publication of a new Saffron Walden Galleries Guide. Originally the Tourist Information Centre's concept, the guide's aim is to encourage recognition of the fact that Saffron Walden has a great deal to offer to art lovers, with no less than seven galleries to suit every conceivable artistic taste.

Saffron Walden features in April's Country Living magazine as one of the six best market towns in which to live in the UK. TIC Duty Manager Rachel Thomas said, “It is wonderful that Saffron Walden has yet again received national recognition for its quality of life. We feel that the Galleries Guide, like the Antiques Guide produced by Anne Miller of Arts Decoratifs before it, is in keeping with this image, and will be an excellent way of encouraging the visiting public to appreciate all that the town has to offer art lovers, as well as the many other shops and eateries, and our excellent market.”

Copies of the guide are available free of charge from the TIC and from all participating galleries. It can also be viewed on www.visitessex.com/saffron-walden.


News of the latest attractions can be obtained from Laura Slater at The National Trust on 01279 874043, by email at laura.slater@nationaltrust.org.uk or on their website www.nationaltrust.org.uk. These include the start of a regular Health Walk, work on the Shell House in its 250th anniversary year and the return of the cattle.


The date this year is the 10th to 16th May. This year, in the face of the credit crunch, supporting Christian Aid and collecting the red envelopes is crucially important. The risk is that people will feel less able to give; yet because of the global recession the poor are more at risk and the need is greater. Christian Aid also wants to hear the views of the people who go door to door collecting donations. A collectors' survey is available online at www.caweek.org.


If you garden for three hours a week after the age of 50, it seems that you are likely to live two years longer than people who don't take exercise. A recent survey in the British Medical Journal has found that high levels of physical activity in middle age (defined as three hours of sport or heavy gardening per week) will reduce your risk of dying to that equivalent to people who have always been active. So, it's not too late to get planting!


The summer term has now officially begun and in between now and July we will be undertaking 2 residential trips, exam week, induction days, opening a new building, writing reports, hosting a Maths week, a bouncy castle fun day, a communion service, leavers service and end of term concert! These are just some of the events I will be writing about over the next few issues in what promises to be another busy term at Great Easton.

Recently the school reinforced its strong links with the Five Parishes at our Communion and Easter services. We were fortunate to be able to welcome Canon Ivy Crawford as a guest to our school for the spring communion assembly which included pupils past, present and future as well as members of the Five Parishes community. The Easter service, led by Revd Cilla Hawkes continued the recent trend of filling Great Easton church. As part of the service each class produced a floral arrangement that was displayed in church during the morning. Then rather than just leaving the flowers in school on their own over Easter, some of our eldest pupils took them to the residents of The Moat House Residential Care Home in Great Easton.

As the weeks go on our building work nears completion, the roof work is now finished and the scaffolding has started to be taken down. A lot of the work will now be completed internally as the new rooms are floored, plastered and then decorated. The completion date remains on schedule for the 1st June (in time for the children's return after half term) and we will be organising an official ‘opening ceremony’ later in the term with guests from the Diocese and PCC joining pupils, staff, governors and parents as the ribbon is cut!

Finally a thank you to all those of you who continue to send in vouchers to school. We are currently collecting Tesco, Sainsburys, Nestlé, The Times and Flora tokens! These will be used for computer, sports and cooking equipment as well as new books for the classrooms. When each scheme finishes I will let you all know how the vouchers have been spent and what new equipment and resources we have been able to provide for the children.

Damian Pye

Head Teacher

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

Teachers Reunited

A former headteacher sends news of other former teachers. Pupils at the School between 1977 and 1984 will remember Jackie Knight, now Mrs Rance, who produced the school musicals, took sports and went on all the extended educational visits to mention but a few of her duties. She will retire from teaching in Reigate and examining drama, in July. She and her husband have a narrow boat which was brought along the waterways to Bishop's Stortford at the beginning of April. Whilst moored she met with Mrs Bernice Boyton, now Mrs Boyton Corbett, former deputy headteacher, in the evening. The following morning she spent time with Eric Gentry before sailing again. Mrs Boyton Corbett is head of St. Margaret's Preparatory School, Gosfield.

Some may also remember Mrs Rosemary Goddard, who was at the school at a similar time. She has taken Holy Orders and is responsible for three parishes near King's Lynn, Norfolk.


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
Thursday 21st May The Friends' AGM
Sunday 25th May NGS Garden Open, Maysland Farm
Saturday 6th June Craft Fair & Nearly New Sale, Great Easton
Saturday 6th June An Evening of Music in Dunmow
Friday 26th June Charity Ball, Bishop's Stortford
Sunday 28th June NGS Garden Open, Maysland Farm
Saturday 4th July Champagne Picnic, Little Easton
Sat/Sun 4th/5th July Garden Open, Church Lodge

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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