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from the Five Parishes' Magazine

JULY 2009


On behalf of the parish and its congregation, Broxted church committee welcome as Broxted’s new churchwardens Bob and Liz Carter and look forward to a long and happy association with them. Their contact details will be found in the inside front cover.

The committee also sends its grateful thanks to Jane Askew for all that she has done for the church during her time as churchwarden with them. Understandably she wishes to concentrate more on the affairs of Tilty where she is now the sole churchwarden.


Annual Meeting

At the Annual Meeting on the 14th May Jenny Oliveira was re-elected chairman, and Roger Clark vice chairman.

The Council is investigating the possibility of providing some doggie bins in the village, as there is a perceived need for them.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 9th July, 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.

Village Hall

The floor of the Village Hall has been sanded and resealed, made possible by a grant from the land-fill tax administered by Viridor, to whom everyone is most grateful.

An energy efficiency audit of the hall has been commissioned by the Council, and the report has now been received. The Council will now consider what action it needs to take.


Broxted Sports Day

The Sports Day this year will be held on Saturday 25th July at Broxted Hall Farm. Please see posters for details.


The Prince of Wales re-opened on the 5th June and it was good to see (and hear) the place humming again. Welcome to Patrick and Cliff, we hope your association with the village will be a long and happy one.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 8th and 22nd July, arriving at Cranham Road at 10.30 am, departing 10.50 am and arriving at the Prince of Wales at 11.00 am, departing at 11.20 am. It will be at Molehill Green Post Office on Fridays 10th and 24th July at 13.50 departing at 14.05 pm.


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



The uncertainty surrounding BAA’s plans for the Public Inquiry and the planning application for the second runway itself continues. Meanwhile concern grows for the properties that are lying empty, uncared for and vulnerable. Our area is noted for its number of medium-sized and smaller timber-framed structures dating from the middle ages to the 17th century. Many of the properties now in BAA’s ownership are listed as being of special architectural and historic interest.

SSE Postcards

To highlight this threat to our heritage and raise funds for the fight against the second runway application, SSE has commissioned a series of illustrated postcards from Saffron Walden artist Bruce Hyatt. They show four listed buildings at Great Hallingbury, Clavering, Broxted and Thaxted. Available in packs of eight (two each of four designs) with envelopes at £6 per pack including postage and packing. They are available from the SSE Campaign Office or at £5 per pack from our normal local stockists.

Birchanger Summer BBQ

The event on Sunday 5th July is in a garden setting and offers a full menu of grilled meats with veggie options, salads and puddings. Tickets are £15 and kids go free with advance notice. Details from SSE Campaign Office.

SSE Heritage Hike

SSE is holding a Heritage Hike, its eighth annual runway ramble, on Sunday 20th September. The event is free but those who want to seek sponsorship or make donations at the event are welcome to do so. More details will follow nearer the time but meanwhile information and a sponsorship form are available from the Coming Events section of the SSE website at www.stopstanstedexpansion.com or by calling 01279 870558.


Canon Ivy gives us wonderful news about the collection taken at her Licensing Service for the work of Christian Aid. With tax reclaimed £1,191 was raised and grateful thanks go to everyone for their generous support.


The Bishop of Chelmsford, Rt Revd John Gladwin, has announced that he will retire at the end of August after almost six years of leading the Church of England in Essex and East London. The ninth Bishop of Chelmsford, he has been the head of the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford since 2003, having been Bishop of Guildford for the previous nine years.

A farewell party is being held at St Peter’s Church, Coggeshall on Thursday 2nd July at 7.30pm and the Farewell Service in the Cathedral will be on Saturday 18th July. We join with everyone in the Diocese in sending our best wishes to Bishop John and his wife, Lydia, as they look forward to their retirement.


Keep Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 30th/31st August free in your diary and come along for a great day out. Queries can be directed in the first instance to their fantastic website www.countessofwarwickshow.org for further information.

With thanks once again to its truly generous supporters, the Grand Draw has some fantastic prizes: the first is a cash prize of £1,000 followed by second and third prizes of £500 and £250 respectively.

Other prizes include Dining at The Starr Restaurant, Dunmow; a Car radio/CD player; a voucher from The Saracen’s Head, Dunmow for a 3-course meal for 2 with wine; one case mixed Wines from Luckins Wines, Dunmow; Marks & Spencer Christmas Hamper; Jeroboam of Wine from Stockton & Marlow, Calais; a Bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne. We thank all our sponsors for their generosity. Tickets will be on sale at the Show with the draw at the end of the Show on Monday but also they are currently being distributed to those willing to sell (or simply buy their own) in advance of the Show. If you would like to help with this, please call 01371 872894 or 870927.

The team at St Mary’s church, Great Dunmow will need a large number of cakes for their Cake Stall and Tea & Cake Refreshments – see the August issue for collection/delivery points. The benefit from this stall to the Show last year was considerable and any help that the Five Parishes bakers can give will be gratefully accepted.

The Clay Shoot organised by the Stansted Clay Shooting Club will take place once again on the Sunday, commencing at 10am. Look for their advertisement in this issue for further details.


This month’s meeting is on Wednesday 15th July at 2.30pm at Easton Farm by kind permission of Bob Trembath. The theme will be Favourites and members are asked to bring along a favourite poem, prayer, hymn or story. Some of these will be shared and there will be the usual cake and tea. Bring and buy please. For more information please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


The annual general meeting took place on a warm balmy evening in May in a marquee in the grounds of The Old Vicarage. A newsletter giving details of the meeting will be sent out shortly to members. After the meeting members were able to wander around the beautiful gardens while enjoying some tasty refreshments. Grateful thanks go to the hosts for their kind welcome and generous welcome.


It is nearly the end of the Club year and with this copy of the Magazine you will find an application form for new members to join and for old friends to renew their subscription. There are only two more draws before the beginning of the new round at the end of September. Just £12 per year buys a chance each month throughout the year until the end of August 2010; fill in the form to join or to renew your subscription and send your cheque and the form to the promoter at the address on the form.


The May meeting began with a delicious Faith lunch. Robert Pickford spoke on the keeping of bees and the reasons for the loss of so many hives; a most enlightening talk, giving members an insight to all sides of beekeeping.

New members and guests are always welcome. The WI meets on the second Thursday in the month at Great Easton Village Hall. For more information please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


The 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 the owner will be given equally between Little Easton Church and Dunmow Catholic Church. Cuttings and plants to sell will be very welcome.


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 canapés and a first glass of wine. For more information please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894. Proceeds will go to Little Easton church.


To celebrate their fiftieth anniversary, the Greville Theatre Club has commissioned The Lord Chamberlain’s Men to perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a romantic comedy of mistaken identity, infatuation and broken hearts. This will be performed in true Shakespearian style with an all-male cast, on the lawns of the Barn Theatre on Friday 31st July 2009.

The Club invite you to join them on the 31st July any time from 5.30pm to enjoy a splendid performance by the country’s premier touring theatre company. Curtain up will be at 7.30pm. Bring seats, rugs and picnics! Tickets are £20 each and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please phone 01371 872986, after 9am, for further information and tickets.


This month’s meeting is on Tuesday 7th July when the subject of Jackie O’Hare’s demonstration will be Summertime. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.


There will be a Masterclass and Recital at 18.30 pm on Friday 3rd July by concert organist Margaret Phillips, organised by the Essex and East London Church Music Committee of the Royal School of Church Music as part of the Chelmsford Cathedral Choral Foundation’s 2009 music series. For further information contact The Cathedral Office on 01245 294499 or www.rscm-eel.org.uk.

music@stansted SUMMER SOIREE

Saturday 4th July is the date for the Summer Soirée featuring many outstandingly talented local young musicians in the church and gardens of St John’s, off Chapel Hill, Stansted. The first half of the concert will begin in the church at 6pm, with supper, licensed bar and jazz in the gardens during the interval.

Tickets, to be purchased in advance please for catering purposes, are adults £12, accompanied children £5, including food, available from: Stansted Carpets, Chapel Hill, Stansted; Nockolds Solicitors, Bishops Stortford; and Sonia Levy, 31 Chapel Hill, Stansted on 01279 815282. For more information visit website www.musicatstansted.com.


For your diary: The popular Open Day and Vintage Working Event will take place in Thaxted on Sunday 6th September. Details to follow in later issues.


Geoff Parker writes as Group Scout Leader:

“I am hoping this article will strike a chord with some adults who may have been in the Cubs or Scouts in their youth.

“Stebbing Scout Group have a Cub pack and a Scout troop. In September we are restarting our Beaver Scout colony with two new volunteer Leaders. As the Scout movement now accepts girls we will be looking for youngsters of both sexes to join. The age ranges are: Beavers 6–8 years; Cubs 8–10½ yeas; Scouts 10½–14½ years. However, in spite of these new Leaders, we are still short of Scout Leaders and need two more by October in order to carry on.

“As there is a very long waiting list at the Dunmow Group, Stebbing is the nearest to the Five Parishes and it would be a shame for it to close for lack of adult support, especially as the Stebbing Group has its own HQ, a minibus and trailer, plenty of good camping equipment, etc.

“The age range for Leaders, both men and women (yes we welcome both), is 18 years and upwards, so please consider offering your services and help young people to experience the challenge and adventure that modern Scouting can provide. Anyone interested can contact either myself or Dot on 01371 870435 or email: gvpdjp@btinternet.com.”


Readers of the article in our May issue will be pleased to hear that ResCU (Respite Care in Uttlesford) has received planning permission for an eight-bed facility to be built in Thaxted.


A terrific programme of activities and outings for the summer holidays is available at Barn Kids, Thaxted for children aged 4–14 years each week day 8am to 6.15 pm from Monday 20th July to Wednesday 2nd September. They do not stay inside if they can be outside, they get very wet and muddy but have tremendous fun! Activities include swimming, sports, games, river rambles to build a dambusters dam, outings, tennis and much more. For booking and fees information please telephone Barn Kids on 01371 831296.


English Rural Housing Association, landlord for the shared ownership housing built at Thaxted, is looking for a new purchaser for 40 Barnards Field, Thaxted. The homes are part of an affordable housing development designed to meet the needs of local people. Contact Steven Bland at the Housing Association on 0207 820 7937. A large set of photos and details of the house can be obtained from the editor.


July is always a month of mixed feelings in school. We are all eagerly looking forward to the summer holidays, but the end of term will be tinged with sadness as we say goodbye to our Year 6 children as they prepare to move onto Secondary school.

During June our Diocesan-funded building project finished on schedule and the children are already using the new teaching space and music room. Members of staff have been able to move into their new staffroom and the office refurbishment is complete. The official opening is on the 13th July and among those attending are senior members of the diocese education board and members of the PCC.

Despite all the building work, residential trips, induction days and assessments we will still be having an end of term concert. The theme Commotion in the Ocean fits around the current water related topics each class are working on and all 140 pupils will be involved. The concerts will be taking place on the Tuesday 7th July (1.45 and 6.30pm) and Wednesday 8th July (6.30pm). These will be closely followed by our leavers’ service on Thursday 16th July.

We were also recently visited by Canon Ivy who took her first official school assembly. The theme was Jesus calming the storm and as part of the story all children and staff made an origami boat. We eagerly await Ivy’s next visit!

The Maths Champions week I mentioned last month proved to be a great success and a very rewarding week. Over the course of the week the children took part in 6 different mathematical activities, all outside and all involving practical, investigative tasks. We were visited by nearly 50 children and over 20 staff from 14 other local schools and the Parents Open Morning at the end of the week was attended by 70 parents and relatives. For me this was the highlight of the week as children were able to work alongside their parents, share work and talk about Maths so enthusiastically.

Meanwhile our Year 6 children spent the week in Shropshire on their annual residential trip. Below is a selection of extracts from their Ironbridge diaries.

Today we went to Dudley Canal, legging in the tunnels was fun but surprisingly difficult.

I think the hostel is very comfortable and homely…I could live here!

In my Victorian costume I felt hot, but I felt really in character, like I was a Victorian child.

Going in the tar tunnel was scary because it was dark and tar was oozing out of the walls.

Climbing the Wrekin was difficult but the views were amazing.

I’d like to take the baby Meerkat home from the zoo.

Tomorrow we are going home and I feel sad but excited. The best bit of my residential visit was all of it, especially being with my friends.

Damian Pye

Head Teacher

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


Sunday 28th June NGS Garden Open, Maysland Farm
Friday 3rd July Organ Recital, Chelmsford Cathedral
Saturday 4th July Champagne Picnic, Little Easton
Saturday 4th July Summer Soirée at Stansted
Sat/Sun 4th/5th July Garden Open, Church Lodge
Sunday 5th July Little Easton Gardens Gathering and Lunch
Sunday 5th July Dunmow United Football Club Open Day
Sunday 5th July SSE Summer BBQ
Friday 31st July Greville Theatre Club’s 50th Anniversary Performance
Wednesday 26th August Great Easton School Reunion
Sun/Mon 30th/31st August Countess of Warwick's Country Show
Sunday 6th September Open Day & Vintage Working Event, Thaxted

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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