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from the Five Parishes' Magazine

JUNE 2009


The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 11th June at 8.15 pm in the Village Hall. All meetings of the Council are open to members of the public, and this is an opportunity to come and make your voice heard about life in our village.

Minutes of all Council meetings are posted on the notice boards. Whilst the parish web-site is being refurbished you can receive a copy of the minutes by e-mail on broxted_parish_council@hotmail.com.


Broxted Bazaar

The Broxted Bazaar on the 9th May attracted a large number of stall-holders, but disappointingly few customers. About £100 was raised for the Community Association funds.

Annual General Meeting

This takes place on Wednesday 24th June at 8pm in the Village Hall. Please come along to find out what the Community Association has been up to over the past year. Whilst new committee members are always welcome, there's no pressure to join and you emphatically will not be forced on to the committee just for showing up! We do welcome people to the AGM if only to provide some feedback and perhaps a fresh outlook on what we do. There will be wine and cheese afterwards, as an added incentive for your attendance.

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


The rubbish skip will be in the car park of the Village Hall, Brown's End Road on Saturday 6th June from 8.30 to 11.30am.


The good news is that the Prince of Wales has a new owner and will be re-opening very shortly. This facility has been sorely missed by a certain section of the community, and they are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to visit ‘their local’ again!


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 10th and 24th June, 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 12th and 26th June at 13.50 departing at 14.05pm.


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



Airport Noise Related Leaflet

Whilst Stop Stansted Expansion's focus is on fighting expansion at the airport, they are also involved with current noise levels and the problems that can be caused by overflying aircraft. To this end we are enclosing with this issue SSE's latest leaflet which sets out to information on noise infringement regulations, making complaints and how SSE can help. We hope that this leaflet will be helpful to our readers.

SSE can be contacted at info@stopstanstedexpansion.com or PO Box 311 Takeley Bishop's Stortford Herts CM22 6PY or 01279 870558.


A wonderful evening of rejoicing, expectancy and celebration of God's faithfulness was how Canon Ivy described her Licensing Service in Little Easton church on the 14th May. The Licensing of the Revd Canon Ivy Crawford as Priest-in-Charge of the Five Parishes was conducted by the Bishop of Colchester and her Installation by the Ven Annette Cooper, Archdeacon of Colchester. Her appointment as Diocesan Continuing Ministerial Education Adviser was also confirmed.

In his address, Bishop Christopher saw the dual role as bringing benefits of sharing—a shared involvement, shared resources and a shared journey with a growth in maturity and stature for the parish and its new Priest-in-Charge.

The Bishop was accompanied by priests from the Rural Deanery of Ongar where Canon Ivy had previously served as minister and Rural Dean and the congregation was joined by parishioners from her previous parishes of Stondon Massey and Blackmore. After the service a reception was held in and around a marquee next to the Rectory where delicious refreshments were served and a wondrous flower arrangement enhanced the surroundings.

Canon Ivy's grateful thanks go to everyone in the Five Parishes involved with the organisation of the evening: from the car parking onwards, the very professional ushers who comfortably seated more than 200 people without a hitch and superb service sheets, with the service beautifully led by Peter Smith and the choir. She is especially grateful to PCC lay chair, Frank Bennett, and to the churchwardens who master-minded the evening's arrangements as the finale to their work in keeping the Five Parishes in such good order during the interregnum.


This anonymous letter has been received for publication and, whilst we do not normally accept anonymous entries, the writers are known to the editor and we are sure that all our readers will agree with the sentiment expressed.

“On behalf of all the parishioners and congregations of our four churches, we convey a huge, heartfelt Thank You to our churchwardens to say that we are full of admiration for their amazing capacity in making sure our churches carried on so efficiently during the interregnum. Not only did they make sure that we had a Priest for each Sunday, but they also coped with the many christenings, weddings and funerals that took place.

“We just wanted them all to know that these efforts did not go unnoticed and are very much appreciated. We include in this appreciation the amazing Parish Profile that they put together which has been approved by the Bishop and used for guidance to other parishes in similar circumstances.”


Thefts of money and lead have occurred in Little and Great Sampford churches recently. Please help us to protect our churches by calling the police on 0300 333 4444 to report anything suspicious that you see.


Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 30th/31st August

Keep this date free in your diary and come along for a great day out. Queries can be directed in the first instance to Tim Turner on 01371 874793 or go to their fantastic website www.countessofwarwickshow.org for further information.

Grand Draw

The Draw promises to be a great attraction once again. The fantastic first prize of £1,000 cash is being repeated this year, backed up with generous cash prizes for the 2nd and 3rd prize winners too. Full details of the rest of the prizes will be announced in the July issue.

Following the sad death of Duncan Willoughby, Angela Harbottle and Brian and Audrey Miller are sorting out the lists of those people who in the past have kindly taken tickets to sell in advance of the show. If you would like to help with this, please call 01371 872894.

Bottle Stall

We are very pleased to learn that some kind people have come forward to run this stall — so please start saving bottles for them. Details of collection points etc will follow in later issues.


Lovely weather is hoped for when members meet at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 17th June at Easton Farm by kind permission of Bob Trembath. It will be their special Summer Tea meeting with strawberries and ice-cream among other things. Weather permitting, Bob's lovely garden can be admired as members take a stroll around. For information, in the first instance, please contact the editor on 01371 872894.


The Friends team were pleased to be at the Duton Hill Fun Day with their friends from SSE looking after the raffle which raised £200 for SSE funds. They send a big Thank You to everybody who generously supported them by buying tickets.


The 50% Club year is drawing to a close and, although there have been slightly fewer members than last year, the Club managed to give the Friends of the Five Parishes a cheque for £850 for the general fund which helps any church with money for repairs. The new draw year begins in September but the application forms will be going out with the July magazine.


The May meeting was held too late for comment in this issue. Our apologies for giving the wrong date in the last issue. Meetings always take place on the second Thursday of each month, in Great Easton Village Hall at 2.30 pm unless notified to the contrary. For information, in the first instance, please contact the editor on 01371 872894.


The Granary, Maysland Farm

After its first opening on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May,this garden will be open for the second time this summer on Sunday 28th June from 2pm until 6pm. Entrance is £3.50. Teas and cakes will be available and everyone is welcome. The proceeds of these open days go towards the charities supported by NGS.

Church Lodge, Little Easton

Vivienne writes: “Last call! My garden at Church Lodge, Park Road, Little Easton will be open for charity on Saturday/Sunday 4th/5th July between 2 and 5pm, entrance £2.50. The percentage of the takings the NGS allows me will be given equally between Little Easton Church and Dunmow Catholic Church. Now for the begging bit! If you have any cuttings/plants I can sell to boost the proceeds please do not forget me. Many, many thanks.”


As shown in their separate advertisement, Little Easton church committee invite you to while away a summer Sunday lunchtime on Sunday 5th July from 12 noon in Mill End, Little Easton visiting the gardens of Elmbridge Mill, Elmbridge House and Elmbridge Barn. Tickets at £8 per person to include delicious eats and a first glass of wine. Proceeds will go to Little Easton church. For information, in the first instance, please contact the editor on 01371 872894.


A reminder that this event takes place at Little Easton Manor on Saturday 4th July. Performers' details were in last month's issue but ticket prices are £26.50 before 1st June and £28.50 after that date or £35 on the night (subject to availability). To book contact the Ticketline 01279 815464, info@classicgoldevents.com, Dunmow Travel on 01371 872234 or TICs in Saffron Walden, Bishop's Stortford, Braintree and Chelmsford.


On Sunday 5th July Dunmow United Football Club will open their new ‘home’ at Laundry Lane, Little Easton. The ground is currently being turned into a specialist home ground for training and matches. All the teams will train at the ground and the teams from Under 7's through to under 12's will play their home matches there. The Under 13's and men will play their games at the Burns playing field, Duton Hill.

Pitch preparation is being carried out by JGA Services and the pavilion is being refurbished by the DUFC committee members, who are trying to source all materials from kind donations by local businesses — if anyone would like to contribute please contact chairman Andrew Askew on 01371 8742622.

The 5th July will be the registration day for all current players and any new players keen to join the Club. There will also be a chance for everyone to try out the new pitches. Full details will be found at www.dunmowunitedfc.co.uk. Please feel free to come along on the 5th July and join in the re-opening of Laundry Lane grounds.


Following the very successful Great Easton School reunion three years ago, another gathering has been planned for Wednesday 26th August. It will be an even more lively occasion held in The Stag, Little Easton with a buffet provided by Rose and music from the famous Earl of Essex. Please come from 7.30 pm onwards and tell all your friends. This is a reunion for those who attended the school as pupils or teachers or who worked at the school.

For information, in the first instance, please contact the editor on 01371 872894. She will give you the contact should you wish to attend so arrangements can be made for the buffet etc.


The meeting on Tuesday 2nd June will be a Club event. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.


Having donated £58,000 to local organisations earlier this year, SACT is ready to consider the next round of grants. They want bids from community and voluntary groups in parishes within a 10-mile radius of the airport. For details/application forms contact SACT PO Box 11 County Hall Chelmsford CM1 1LX or e-mail cllr.susan.barker@essex.gov.uk. The closing date is 31st August 2009.


On Saturday 6th June there will be an Open Day at the Centre in Dunmow Road, Thaxted (opposite the tennis courts) from 10am to 12 noon. Some of their members will be there to show what they do. Everyone is most welcome to pop in, see what the Centre is all about and enjoy a cup of tea.


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.


Another fantastic occasion is promised on Sunday 7th June from 1pm until 4pm. Taking part will be the Brownies and Guides with their tombolas, the Pre-school Bush Tucker Trial, the Friends of Elsenham School Coconut Shy, the Tennis Club and Bowls Club. Also there will be the Elsenham Youth Football Club BBQ, face painting, plants, books, home made goods as well as traditional dancing and a Punch and Judy show. The Essex Bee Keepers Association and the Cats Protection League have a mass of interesting information. For those feeling tense, the Stop Stansted Expansion Stall is for you as they will be plate smashing all afternoon!


St Mary's church, Great Bardfield offer a delicious afternoon tea with relaxing classical music on Sunday 7th June at 5pm. For information, in the first instance, please contact the editor on 01371 872894.


The De Merc Choir from Harlow is making a repeat visit to St Mary's Church, Elsenham on Saturday 13th June at 7.30 pm. Its previous concert was described as ‘magical’, ‘enchanting’ and ‘delightful’. The programme will include music based on the works of Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robbie Burns and ABBA — so there is bound to be something to suit all tastes! If you want to hear unaccompanied singing at its very best in a delightful setting this is a concert you will not want to miss. Tickets at £8 (concessions £6). For information, in the first instance, please contact the editor on 01371 872894.

Further details about the choir can be found on its website www.demerc.org.uk.


On Sunday 14th June at 7pm the Society presents Handel's Dixit Dominus, Kodaly's Matra Pictures and other items in the new Barbara Karan Auditorium at Felsted School. For information, in the first instance, please contact the editor on 01371 872894 or www.felstedchoralsociety.co.uk.


The HOP mobile service bringing care, support and information to local people affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses will be in the car park of Dunmow Club on Monday 8th Juneand in the Tesco car park on Tuesday 23rd June from 10.30am to 2.30pm.


There are vacancies for a Partnership Governor and a Community Governor on the Governing Body of Great Dunmow Primary School. There is also a vacancy for a Partnership Governor on the Governing Body of The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre.

For full details of those eligible and for a nomination form please contact Mrs Julie Coates, Clerk to the Governing Body of Great Dunmow Primary School and Clerk to the Governing Body of The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre at jcoates@helena-romanes.essex.sch.uk or call 01371 872560. Nomination forms must be returned to Mrs Coates by noon on Friday 26th June 2009.


Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre is acting as a box office for 2009's superb season of picnic concerts at Audley End House. Visit www.picnicconcerts.com for full details of this year's exciting programme, which includes Will Young and Russell Watson. Call 01799 524002 or e-mail tourism@saffronwalden.gov.uk.


The Fairtrade Foundation has announced that Cadbury Dairy Milk, the UK's top-selling chocolate bar, is to achieve Fairtrade certification. The move is expected to result in the tripling of sales of Fairtrade cocoa for farmers in Ghana.


A slightly shorter entry this month as I am currently on ‘new dad duty’ or paternity leave. A few days ago my wife gave birth to our second daughter so sleepless nights and nappies are currently dictating events in the Pye household. Of course, life at Great Easton continues as normal and I have left the running of the school in the more than capable hands of my deputy head and the rest of the senior leadership team.

June will be yet another busy month for the staff and children with numerous events and activities taking place. The building work remains on schedule and the first major event in June will be the completion of the project. You can check out the progress so far on our school website www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.

During the first week of the month our Year 6 children will be on their annual residential trip and spending the week at Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. During their time away the children will visit Dudley Canal, spend a day as a Victorian, design a unique tile, design and build a bridge, climb a Wrekin, visit a blast furnace, go bowling and visit the zoo! Whilst our eldest children are away the rest of the school will be ‘Stepping Outside’ and taking part in our Maths Champions event. All through the week the children will take part in a range of mathematical activities and challenges such as maze building, orienteering, sculpture and creating mathematical music. All these challenges will be set in and around the school grounds and during the course of the week we will be visited by staff and pupils from other local schools. The week will culminate with a chance for parents and families to visit and take part in the challenges along with their children and we will announce the winners of our ‘Design a mathematical garden competition’.

Later on in the month nearly 100 of our children will be visiting the London Aquarium, our year 5 children will be spending 3 days working with the Southbank Sinfonia as part of the Thaxted Festival and all the children will take part in their annual sports mornings.

Finally, on Saturday 27th June our PTA will be holding their annual Bouncy Castle Fun Day. This is an event for the whole community and as well as bouncy castles there will be various stalls, BBQ, bar and light refreshments, crazy golf, owls and even the chance to throw a wet sponge at the Headteacher! Hope to see you there!

Damian Pye

Head Teacher

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


Sunday 25th May NGS Garden Open, Maysland Farm
Saturday 6th June Craft Fair & Nearly New Sale, Great Easton
Saturday 6th June Open Day at Thaxted Centre for the Disabled
Saturday 6th June An Evening of Music in Dunmow
Sunday 7th June Elsenham Fete
Sunday 7th June Time for Tea at Great Bardfield Church
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
Sunday 5th July Little Easton Gardens and Lunch
Sunday 5th July Dunmow United Football Club Open Day
Wednesday 26th August Great Easton School Reunion
Sun/Mon 30th/31st August Countess of Warwick's Country Show

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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