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Stop Stansted Expansion


from the Five Parishes' Magazine



The safe in Broxted church appears to have been tampered with recently. We do ask people to keep an eye open out for unwelcome visitors and contact either the churchwardens (see inside front cover) or the Police. Having said that, it is stressed that the safes in our churches do not contain valuables as such. Records of baptisms, marriage and funerals are kept in them as these are documents are kept not only as a legal requirement but for the benefit of everyone who may be researching their family history, etc.


The next meeting of the Council is 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 our village.


Tickets are still available for the Supper and Race Night in Broxted Village Hall on Saturday 3rd October. A Race Night is great fun. Films are shown of horse races and you can bet on a Tote to win money. You can also own a horse for the night – the winning owners receiving a bottle of champagne! Tickets are £7.50 to include a buffet. Licensed bar applied for.

To purchase a horse (for £3) – whether or not you can attend the event – or tickets or other information in the first instance please contact the editor on 01371 872894.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 2nd, 16th and 30th September, 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 4th and 18th September 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

Carol Barbone sends a big thank you to all those in the Five Parishes whose help made the Gardens of Easton Lodge open day on 9th August such a big success. After this Magazine put out a call for help, the many cakes which parishioners so kindly donated to the refreshment stall were greatly appreciated by many of the 2,000 people who attended the special 2009 summer opening, adding to their enjoyment of the day.

It was a glorious afternoon in the tranquil Edwardian gardens designed for “Darling Daisy”, Countess of Warwick, reminding so many what a beautiful and precious amenity we have in our midst. It really was a day to remember.

While the Gardens of Easton Lodge have been and will remain closed for most of this year, it’s clear there is still tremendous support for them to be open on a regular basis and it is hoped that, with volunteer help, this will become possible in 2010 starting with the Snowdrops in February.

SSE Heritage Hike

SSE’s ramble on Sunday 20th September is a Heritage Hike in association with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. The four-mile circular walk passes many of the 35 historic properties threatened with damage, decay and demolition by BAA’s second runway plans. There will be a BBQ from 1pm to 5pm on Molehill Green by kind permission of Takeley Parish Council and the walk commences after a commemorative photo at 2pm. The event is free but forms for optional sponsorship are available from the Campaign Office.

Sunday Lunch with Terry Waite

SSE Patron Terry Waite CBE will be the guest of honour at a special lunch on Sunday 29th November. See Little Easton News for details.

Christmas Cards and Notelets

A robin in Hatfield Forest is featured on this year’s SSE Christmas card costing £6 for a pack of 12 with a range of prices for bulk or personalized orders. A new 2009 notelet is available, featuring local scenes in colour also £6 for a pack of 12 with envelopes. Previous cards and notelets are still available. The 2010 Calendar is also available. If you are able to sell these items in the community, please contact Ken McDonald on 01279 813226 or teskey@btinternet.com who will be pleased to explain what is involved.

Campaign Office

See Coming Events section of the SSE website at www.stopstanstedexpansion.com or call 01279 870558 for details of sponsorships, bookings etc or write to PO Box 311, Takeley, CM22 6PY.


The next meeting is at Easton Farm by kind permission of Bob Trembath at 2.30pm on Wednesday 16th September. This will be the AGM and suggestions for future meetings will be much appreciated by the committee. There will be the usual tea and cake. Anybody interested to learn about the MU is very welcome to attend. For information in the first instance please contact the editor on 01371 872894.


An Evening of Magic and Mystery

Following on from the previous successful Magic evenings, Brian and Audrey Miller are producing another fun packed night to entertain you on Friday 30th October, all in the aid of charity.

Tickets are now available: adults £22.50; children (6-12 years) £12 each. Included will be a welcome drink, a superb two course meal, close-up table magic and a chance to win one or more of the fantastic prizes in the ‘magic tombola’, followed by the stage show featuring international artistes.

The fancy dress competition is always a fun part of the evening, and this year the special theme is PIRATES using black, gold and red as a colour scheme. Whilst it is not compulsory, you can join in the fun by wearing eye patches, bandanas, or even a parrot on your shoulder, or being a ‘glam’ or spooky pirate or even come as Long John Silver (please don’t have your leg cut off, it is not that serious, despite the money prizes). Let’s have a good turn out this year. For information in the first instance please contact the editor on 01371 872894.

Magic is still fine in 2009


The new round of draws for the 50% Club begins at the end of September when the first cork of the new session is drawn. Have you joined yet? The applications were sent out with the July magazine, but if you have lost your form, worry not, just send your name, address, with post code please, and a cheque for £12 to Fran Woodrow c/o Angela Harbottle, Old House, The Broadway, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 3BH. The cheque should be made out to ‘The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club’. Cork Sunday is usually the last Sunday of the month when the lucky number is drawn.


The annual garden party was held in Pat Coe’s lovely garden. It was a fine afternoon and a delicious strawberry tea was enjoyed by all. The speaker for August is Miss Francis showing slides and talking on Mexico. The Matching Handbell Ringers will be at the meeting on Thursday 10th September. Why not join them for the afternoon?

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


The Friends of Essex Churches Annual Ride & Stride takes place on Saturday 12th September. Sponsorship forms will be available in the churches or from the churchwardens (see inside front cover) but it is also possible to make donations direct by using the online facility Justgiving – an easy and secure way of giving to charity.


Ks Andrzej Foryś MS, the priest responsible for the care of Polish Catholics in the Brentwood Diocese, has a website www.dpbrentwood.co.uk giving details of Polish priests and services (Msze po polsku w...) in the Diocese. There are two Polish masses in Harlow every month. For further information or if you have difficulty getting to services in Harlow and would like him to provide an occasional service closer to home (e.g. in Takeley or Hatfield Broad Oak) please contact Fr Andrzej on 01279 426017 or the Revd. Teresa Wynne on 01279 870376. If there is enough demand he is willing to arrange it.


GEGOM (Great Easton’s grumpy old man) writes: “This is not the first time that I’ve had to write about this subject and it upsets me that I have to raise the subject again. What is the problem with our local residents? Do they not know that the figure “30” in a round road sign means that this is the maximum speed at which they should be driving? Of course they do – but they are so arrogant they think it does not refer to them. The thirty miles an hour limit should be observed by everyone. How long before a local child or adult is injured (or worse) by an irresponsible driver? You know who you are! Please do the decent thing and OBSERVE THE LIMIT!


Get fit or improve your current level of fitness: classes run at Great Easton Village Hall on Tuesday evenings can help you achieve your fitness goals. The 6.15 pm class will help you tone up and improve your strength and mobility. The 7.30 pm class is designed for those with some fitness who want to improve their cardiovascular and core fitness and general strength.

The classes are popular so if you want to come along to the first session after the summer break on the 8th September, please ring Sarah McLagan (Personal Trainer) on 01371 870483 to find out more and secure your place.


Henham Parish Council invites people from its own and nearby parishes to attend a public meeting with Stop Stansted Expansion on Tuesday 15th September at 7.30 pm at the Old School Community Association to learn more about the draft Noise Action Plan on which BAA is currently consulting and to show how local people can add their voices to the call for stronger action on noise than currently planned.

Aircraft noise is a major problem across the area already, and the prospect of more flights on the existing runway brings with it the threat of even greater noise nuisance. However, far from setting targets and limits, BAA is proposing little meaningful new action. The consultation runs until 2nd October and guidance has already been prepared by SSE to help with responses to the consultation questionnaire. Further information from SSE on 01279 870558 or Henham Parish Council (Monica Pennino) 01279 851123.


On Tuesday 1st September Nick Grounds will demonstrate on the theme Flotsam and Jetsam. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.


Buffy Bus is a playbus designed to bring to the under fives an opportunity to paint, play and socialise in a playgroup environment. The new timetable from 7th September is now available, our nearest points being the Bardfield Road, Thaxted 1.45 to 3pm on Tuesdays and the layby, Stortford Road, Dunmow 11.45 am to 12.30 pm on Thursdays. Suggested donation £2.50 per family, per visit. For information ring Rosie on 01799 522130; email: info@buffybus.co.uk; or visit website: www.buffybus.co.uk.


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 earth moving, 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 information contact 01371 830949.


A concert tribute to Percy Grainger in the form of a piano duet will be given on Tuesday 15th September at 7.30 pm, tickets £10. Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir at 4pm on Wednesday 23rd September will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Details from the Cathedral Box Office on 01245 294486.


Director Roger Lawrence invites you to the Barbara Karan Auditorium at Felsted Music School on Thursday 10th September at 7.45pm to start rehearsing the November programme. No audition, Roger will beat a beautiful sound out of you if it kills him. Friendly choir of 80+. Further information Tony Baker 01371 821621

The Society invites you to a Come and Sing on Saturday 26th September in aid of the Felsted Playing Field Funds. No audition, just come and enjoy yourself. Registration at 1.30pm for 2pm start. Singers £8 including music. Audience £5 at 5.30pm. For more detailed information telephone Tony Baker 01371 821621.


The HOP mobile service bringing care, support and information to local people affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses will be in the Tesco car park on Tuesday 1st September and in the Dunmow Club car park on Monday 28th September from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm.


When was the last time you did something life changing? Have the adventure of a lifetime on the Great Wall of China Trek in aid of St Clare Hospice in September 2010. Discover a landscape steeped in over 2000 years of history, mythology and ancient traditions. Encounter sections of the Wall which date back to the Ming Dynasty, off the usual tourist trail.

To join the Great Wall of China Trek you will need to pay a registration fee of £290 and then pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship target. In return your flights, food, accommodation, guides etc will be provided. All profits will support the work of the hospice. For more information contact Sally on 01303 862996 or email stclarechinatrek@googlemail.com


Staff and children are currently enjoying their well earned summer break, but only after a very busy end to the 2008-2009 year. Firstly, all the children took part in our end of term concerts Commotion in the Ocean. Each one of the three performances took place in front of a packed school hall.

Our new building was officially opened by Canon Peter Hartley in one of his last tasks as Diocesan Director of Education before his retirement at the end of term. The opening was attended by representatives from the Diocese, the Governing body, PCC, the building company and, of course, the staff and pupils.

We also said goodbye to our 20 Year Six children with a lovely leavers’ service which looked back at the children’s memories from their time at Great Easton and also looked forward to the fresh challenges they will face at their new schools in September.

Although we are officially closed during the break, the school very much remains open. The second phase of the building project is due to be completed and the children will arrive back to the brand new toilets which were chosen and designed by our school council. Our planned programme of classroom refurbishment continues with one room being redecorated and another having new carpet fitted. The hall and kitchen will have a high-level clean and the grounds will be prepared for the autumn term. The school is also being used for two multi-sports courses and I am sure staff will be busy preparing their rooms and planning for the new term.

Term starts for the children on the 3rd September and during the first few days we will be welcoming 25 new children to our school and I would like to welcome all our new pupils and their families to Great Easton.

Damian Pye


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


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
Tuesday 15th September Stansted Noise Action Plan Meeting
Sunday 20th September ‘Car-less’ Boot Sale, Duton Hill
Sunday 20th September SSE Heritage Hike
Wednesday 23rd September Carpet Bowls Open Evening, Great Easton
Sat/Sun 3rd/4th October Harvest Flower Festival, Tilty
Saturday 3rd October Race Night and Supper, Broxted
Friday 30th October Evening of Magic and Mystery
Sunday 29th November Sunday Lunch with Terry Waite, Little Easton

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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