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from the Five Parishes' Magazine



The Council does not meet in August, therefore the next meeting will be on Thursday 10th September, 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 your village.

Minutes of the meetings can be viewed on the Council’s new website www.essexinfo.net/broxted. Other information is available on this website.

Vacancy for a Councillor

The Council is seeking to co-opt a new Councillor to fill the vacancy arising from the resignation of Clive Rixson. If you are interested in village life and feel that you might wish to serve in this capacity, or for more information on what is involved, please contact either the Chairman, Jenny Oliveira on 01279 850348 or the Clerk Phyllis Clark on 01279 850638 by 31st August.

Dog Bins

The Council has decided not to install a dog bin in the village at this time. The Dog Warden at Uttlesford District Council has advised that dog mess can be flushed down the loo, or placed in the black bins for collection with the normal rubbish. A supply of free biodegradable bags is available from the Dog Warden at the Council offices in Saffron Walden on 01799 510510.


The Association will again be running its very popular crockery smashing stall at the Show. If you have any old crockery suitable for smashing, or would like to help on either of the two days, please contact any member of the committee. For further details/information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


The unusual garden at The Hobbits, Church End, Broxted will be open on Sunday 23rd August from 10am to 6pm. This is in aid of Together In West Essex, a charity which supports and raises money for the Breast Cancer Units at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow and St. Margaret’s Hospital, Epping. Entry to the garden is free, although voluntary contributions for the charity will be gratefully received. There will be free car parking (follow the signs), refreshments will be available and there will be other stalls. Sorry, but dogs are not welcome in the garden. Please support this worthy cause.


Book the date Saturday 3rd October now for a Supper and Race Night in aid of Stop Stansted Expansion in Broxted Village Hall. More details follow in the September issue but to sponsor a race (£25) or purchase a horse (£3) — whether or not you can attend the event — please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 5th and 19th August, 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 7th and 21st August at 1.50 departing at 2.05 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



Special Summer Opening of The Gardens Of Easton Lodge

The only summer opening of the Gardens of Easton Lodge this year will be on Sunday 9th August from 12 noon to 6pm, with activities for children. Further information is available online at www.eastonlodge.co.uk, from 01371 876979 or enquiries@eastonlodge.co.uk.

Entry to the Gardens is free and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic but tea and cakes will be on sale. Members of SSE are helping by organising the refreshments and are seeking donations of home-made cakes and biscuits to sell in aid of the Gardens during the course of the afternoon.People can deliver these to Warwick House in the Gardens of Easton Lodge anytime over the event weekend. For queries, callCarol Barbone on 07775 523091.

SSE Heritage Hike

Details of the SSE Heritage Hike on Sunday 20th September will be in the September issue. See Coming Events section of the SSE website at www.stopstanstedexpansion.com or call 01279 870558 for details of sponsorships, making donations etc.

Supper and Race Night

See Broxted section for details of this event taking place on Saturday 3rd October in aid of SSE funds.


Don’t forget, let the police know if you see or experience anything unusual in your area, particularly near a flight path. Non-emergencies: 0300 333 4444, emergencies 999; the Security Team 01279 680298.


Everyone is admiring the beautifully restored windows in the Bourchier Chapel but are you aware of what this entailed? A member of Little Easton Church Committee gives us The Story:

“Little Easton church committee met one evening in 2004 and read a Quinquennial Report about the church in Little Easton. On the whole it was pretty good, no need to repair the roof, yet, the gutters and downpipes were OK, the lead valleys needed a bit of attention but (such a little word, but) the windows in the Bourchier Chapel were in dire need of repair and restoration.

“We decided to go to the top — the Cathedral Studios at Canterbury — and Dr. Sebastian Strobl carried out a survey in April 2004. Many meetings and discussions later, we got an estimate in the region of £32,000 which did not include odd things like fees and surveys, painting the metalwork, scaffolding, etc, etc, etc.

“The windows turned out to be of great interest within the stained glass fraternity and some members of the committee also now learned a great deal about stained glass! Doing the restoration seems to have been the easy bit but over the years the old method of sealing the restored glass inside double glazing had proved to be unsatisfactory, causing the old glass to in effect sweat and deteriorate. We needed to protect the glass from the ravages of modern pollution, the planes from Stansted not being the least of our worries, but how best could this be done?

“Then in October 2005 a blow as Dr Strobl left Canterbury to return to his native Germany. Dr Leonie Seliger became the temporary head, and has become a firm friend. It was she who came up with a design for clips to hold the old panes on to the existing metal framework, then to use old glass with the same pattern as the restored glass on the outside to retain the integrity of the windows from the outside and to look good from the inside when the light shines through.

“Now it was time to apply for the faculty (the Church of England equivalent to planning permission). The consent arrived in October 2006 but more bad news followed: due to recent storms and resulting damage, Canterbury Studios could not give us a start date.

“It was decided to work on the three windows needing the most work first and the day came for them to be removed: 30th October 2007. All went well and five months later the cleaning and repairs had been completed and a group of committee members went to see how they looked. Magnificent was the word that came to mind; we were amazed at the depth of the colours and their beauty. Then we had to wait for the newly restored windows to ‘settle’. This normally takes just a few weeks — almost eight months later, Leonie phoned to say at last they were ready to be returned.

“On 16th October 2008 the first windows were refitted and three days later the other three removed. In March the work was done and these had ‘settled’, deep joy as we were told they would be back the following month. But in April there was a problem with the fabricators, they had let Canterbury down and the clips would be another six weeks. Panic: Canon Ivy was coming in May and the committee really wanted them back by then. I went into begging mode, telephoned Leonie and explained again how much it would mean to have them back by 14th May. The Lord blessed us, the clips arrived and the windows in all their glory were returned on the 6th and 7th May, just in time for the Bishop and Archdeacon’s visit and the joyful service for Ivy. Now all we have to do is pay the account when it arrives.

“We have been lucky and busy and blessed, we think we are nearly there, after a lot of letter writing and fundraising and, with help from The Friends of the Five Parishes, we will manage to settle the account. However we must then raise money to replenish our funds ready for the next project, for there is bound to be one. Another Quinquennial Inspection took place in October 2008, actually on the day the first windows returned — a good omen?”


Lt Easton Church-Bourchier Chapel 1 Lt Easton Church-Bourchier Chapel 2

The two inscriptions for the windows read:

These windows were placed here by Henry Viscount Maynard in memory of his beloved wife, who departed this life on

22nd of October 1857

Beautiful her person but far more beautiful her virtuous life and Christian deeds of kindness and of charity


Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 30th/31st August

Don’t miss this year’s Show as it promises to be a good one! Our new Priest-in-Charge, Canon Ivy Crawford, will be opening the Show at 1pm on each day. Please note this earlier time, brought forward to allow for a new arena schedule. New this year is the Tractor Challenge and the Essex Police Horses demonstration of crowd control, so no misbehaving round the ring!

Grand Draw

Tickets will be on sale on this stand with the draw at the end of the Show on Monday. Don’t miss your chance to win the first prize of £1,000 cash or the second or third prizes of £500 and £250 respectively, plus a host of other items. We thank all our sponsors for their generosity.

Fun Run

The Fun Run for children will take place on the Sunday, commencing at 1.10pm. Entry forms will be available from each church in the Five Parishes from the 20th July. These must be signed by parents and returned by the 24th August. For further details/information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.

Horticultural Show

Schedules are available in the churches and other normal outlet points in the area. For further details/information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.

Art Show

Entry forms are now available. For further details/information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.

Tug of War

Last year’s competition produced some strong pulling and teams of eight fit and able-bodied people of any age are still welcome to enter this year’s event. For further details/information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894. There will be very popular pulling against a vintage tractor too.

Bottle Stall

Please do donate any surplus bottles you may have. For further details of drop-off points in each village, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.

Cakes & Produce

Cakes and produce for the stall run by St Mary’s Church, Dunmow can be taken to or will be collected at points in each village as usual. For further details/information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.

Book Stall

SSE will be running this and any books will be gratefully received. For further details/information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894. Profits will be split 50/50.

Crockery Smashing Stall

For further details/information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894 if you have any unwanted crockery you can donate.

P and A Wood will be showing a Rolls Royce Merlin V12 Engine and will run it at set times each day. There will also be a fly past in a vintage De Havilland Gypsy Moth in addition to their fine displays of Rolls Royces.

Please do look at our website www.countessofwarwickshow.org for further details of events and many photos of last year’s Show. See you all there!


The Mothers’ Union does not meet as a group in August but no doubt members will meet around the Five Parishes. To those the committee may not see, they wish them a happy and healthy summer and hope to see everyone again in September. For further details/information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


The Friends’ stand will be at the Show as always where friends will be very welcome for a chat and to see Andrew’s latest merchandise. The organisers will be on the stand selling draw tickets but after the Show will be involved with arrangements for the Magic Evening — so don’t forget to look in the September issue for details of tickets.


The application forms for the new club year were sent out with the July magazine. Many people have already renewed their subscriptions and Fran has been delighted to welcome new members willing to take a chance and support The Friends’ fundraising. Money raised goes towards the maintenance of the churches in The Five Parishes. The draw for the winner is made every month and 50% of the income for that month goes on the prize and, with a few overheads, the rest towards The Friends’ funds. If any reader would like more information or has lost their application form, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


The speaker at the June meeting was Mr Chris Winter whose talk was entitled Growing Old Disgracefully. This was most entertaining and brought plenty of laughter. A trip was made to the Stradsett Hall Garden Show and, although the day was extremely hot, everybody enjoyed the show. A report on the July meeting in Pat Coe’s lovely garden will be in next month’s issue.

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


Thanks to the wonderful support and generosity from across The Five Parishes, the organisers are delighted to have raised £800 towards the cost of the renovated windows in Little Easton church. Very many thanks to all those generous people who supplied the delicious food and the raffle prizes as well as those who gave up so much of their time to help during the day. The weather was glorious and a good time was had by all.


The garden owner writes: “I am delighted to report that with the help and inspiration of my dear friend, we managed to raise a magnificent sum for charity. I was able to give a respectable figure to each of the three charities, NGS, Little Easton church and Dunmow Catholic church. I would like to record my thanks for the loan of the precious village hall teapot, for the use of the church’s valuable hot water urn and crockery, for the superb signs and for the disposable glasses, stirrers, whiteners etc. Also to great friends for their generosity in giving me plants as well as visiting and supporting me during the opening. It was a double joy to raise the money and have a lovely weekend!”


The Friends of Essex Churches Annual Ride & Stride takes place on Saturday 12th September. Sponsorship forms will be available in the churches nearer the time but it is also possible to make donations direct by using the online facility Just Giving — an easy and secure way of giving to charity.


The Club does not meet in August — the next meeting is on Tuesday 1st September.


Thank you to everyone who attended the Open Day in June. The support of local people was very much appreciated, especially as three of the Centre’s staff are members of the Five Parishes congregation and two are on the Management Committee and over the years several of the congregation have been members. The Open Day gave everyone the opportunity to see what the Centre is about, how it works, and what the members do, especially, for example, how they repair your cane chairs. Please feel free at any time they are open to go along and see them.


These take place each Saturday throughout August at 6.30 pm. Tickets are £5 for a single recital or a series ticket is £20 (five recitals for the price of four). Details from the Cathedral Box Office on 01245 294486.


A sunshine garden at Farleigh Hospice will be open on Saturday 22nd August at 3pm. In conjunction with this, the Hospice has introduced Seeds of Life, to raise funds for future patient care. In May supporters were sent sunflower seeds to grow at home, and the sunshine garden will feature the sunflower, a cheerful, uplifting flower which, with its meaning of adoration, describes feelings towards those we have loved.


The Open Day and Vintage Working Event organised by J F Knight and Friends will take place in Copthall Lane, Thaxted on Sunday 6th September from 9am to 5pm. Attractions include vintage earthmoving, threshing, ploughing etc; tractor and vehicle display and parade; organ building; commercial clocks; Thaxted Railway and local history photographs. Tools and workshop equipment will be available for purchase as will refreshments and tickets for a grand raffle. Admission is £4 per person, proceeds going to local good causes. For further details/information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


With the opening of the magnificent new library in White Street in Great Dunmow (opposite the Co-op), the Dunmow Central Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) now hold their Beat surgeries there, on Tuesdays between 10am and 12 noon and on Saturdays from 12 noon until 2pm. PC Neville Hayden, Neighbourhood Specialist Officer for Dunmow Central will be joined by PCSO Glenn Braden and Neighbourhood Sgt Chris Sharp.


This month’s article has been written by our Year 6 children, who after 7 years at the school have reached the end of Key Stage 2 and are preparing for Secondary School in September. Below are thoughts, memories and stories from all of the children looking back on their time at Great Easton.

I’m proud that I went to Great Easton because I had the best ever friends and I always felt welcome.

My favourite part of being at Great Easton is the awesome Concerts which get better and better each year!

I’m looking forward to be moving on but sad to be leaving all the great memories behind.

As I’m going to Newport, I am leaving most of my friends behind and I will miss them so much!

I remember so much in reception the way that we were only allowed 2 people in the dolls house! I will carry all my memories in my heart as I leave Great Easton and go onto HRS!

I’m really going to miss my friends and all the teachers that have been brilliant to me so I would like to say thank you to all T.As and teachers and Mr Pye!

I’m looking forward to going to HRS but worried at the same time.

There’s just so many good memories that’s why I’m glad I came to Great Easton.

My greatest memory at Great Easton is when I went to the zoo with all my friends.

My most well remembered Memories are probably Bradwell and Ironbridge as my friends and I had such a Great time there.

I am going to miss Great Easton School because I have lots of friends here and a great big thank you to all the adults including Mr Pye and Miss Govey.

I have made memories here that will stay with me forever.

I will always remember Great Easton Primary School for all the memorable moments and happy memories it has given me.

I will miss Great Easton and Miss Govey, all the memories of this school and my friends that are going to Newport will be cherished in my heart forever.

I’m glad that I picked Great Easton as my primary school because it’s encouraged me to do so many things, I love Great Easton.

Great Easton primary school is the best school ever and I will miss all my friends when I go to. I will keep all the good memories with me when I go.

Great Easton is the best school I have ever been to out of all the schools when I go to Chelmsford I shall remember the school.

Great Easton is the only primary school I have ever bin to and the best I have more confidence in myself going to HRS. I will miss this school, I will come back and see everyone. My favourite memory is going to Colchester Zoo I will miss the school.

Year 6 2002—2009

Great Easton Primary School

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


Friday 31st July Greville Theatre Club’s 50th Anniversary Performance
Fri/Sat/Sun 7th/8th/9th August Greville Garden Theatre, Duton Hill
Sunday 9th August Gardens of Easton Lodge Open
Wednesday 12th August VJ Sports Day, Little Easton
Friday 14th August Mick West at The Stag, Little Easton
Sunday 23rd August Hobbits Garden Open in Broxted
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
Saturday 12th September Ride & Stride
Sunday 20th September SSE Heritage Hike

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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