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Broxted’s cyclist thanks all those who sponsored him so generously when he cycled in this year’s Friends of Essex Churches event to raise funds for Broxted church. He visited over 20 churches and chapels in a journey of some 40 miles. Of the money donated, half goes to the Friends of Essex Churches and the other half to the participant’s nominated church.


The meeting scheduled for the 10th September had to be abandoned because of the power cut that affected the village and was hastily re-arranged for the following day. The next meeting of the Council is on Thursday 8th October, 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 the meetings can be viewed on the Council’s website www.essexinfo.net/broxted. Other information is available on the village website, www.broxted.org.


Hobbits owners would like to thank family, friends, neighbours and complete strangers who attended and supported their Open Garden Day on Sunday 23rd August. During this long day approximately 300 people walked through their garden and £1,600.06 was collected for the Breast Cancer Units at the Harlow and Epping Hospitals. Also £150 was raised towards the building of an orphanage in Ghana, a project in which their grandson and his school are involved. They say thank you once again and hope that those who did come enjoyed themselves.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 14th and 28th October, 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 2nd, 16th and 30th October 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



Second Runway Saga Continues

BAA’s appeal against the Competition Commission’s ruling that Stansted must be sold will be heard on the 19th October. The public inquiry into a second runway was postponed until the outcome of that appeal. With a decision possibly by Christmas, this means that a public inquiry into the second runway could start in early 2010.

SSE Christmas Items

The 2010 Community Calendar is available at £6 with a small extra charge for postage. Also on sale is this year’s Christmas card featuring a robin in Hatfield Forest at £6 for a pack of 12 with a range of prices for bulk or personalized orders. A new 2009 notelet has been produced, featuring local scenes in colour, also £6 for a pack of 12 with envelopes. Previous cards and notelets are still available. For further information and details of sales points, plus an online order form see www.stopstanstedexpansion.com/calendar.html or call SSE on 01279 870558.

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.


There will be a meeting of the PCC on Monday 12th October at 7.30 pm at Great Easton Primary School.


As part of their Flower Festival weekend, Tilty are hosting the Five Parishes Harvest Festival service on Sunday 4th October at 11am. The charities supported at this service will be PlayPumps International and Women’s Refuges in Essex.

The plate collection will be donated to PlayPumps, a charity which enables individuals, governments and organisations to donate water systems completely free of charge to rural African communities and schools. With your help the Five Parishes will be joining with The Rotary Club of Dunmow and The Rotary Club of Honeydew Merlin, Johannesburg, South Africa to help improve the lives of children and their families by providing easy access to clean drinking water, enhancing public health and offering play equipment to children, many of whom have no other play facilities. They ride on a merry-go-round, and in doing so pump water into a 2,500 litre tank.

Did you know that 1.1 billion people throughout the world do not have access to clean water? This significantly contributes to 6,000 deaths per day; a child dies every 15 seconds because they do not have a clean water supply; approximately half the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-carried diseases. In many sub-Saharan countries, water carrying across many kilometres is done by children who are thus being prevented from going to school.

As last year, altar offerings will be given to Women’s Refuges in Essex and donations of tinned or dry food to make up light meals, coffee, tea etc will be most gratefully received on their behalf. Essex County Council helps to support five sanctuaries where those suffering from domestic violence can seek refuge: Basildon Women’s Aid: 01268 581591; Braintree Women’s Aid: 01376 321720; Chelmsford Women’s Aid: 01245 493114; Colchester and Tendring Women’s Refuge: 01206 500585; Harlow Women’s Aid: 01279 836611. Advice and enquiry centres for male victims of domestic violence are on 0845 064 680 or 0808 8010 327.

Do go along and enjoy the floral arrangements which follow the theme of World Harvest. Other details will be found in Tilty and Duton Hill News.


There are so many appreciations of yet another wonderful show that this spot is being given to our new Duton Hill correspondent whose contribution does, we think, say it all:

“If you managed to pop along to the show this year, I am sure you will agree it was just wonderful. It was blessed with gloriously hot summer sunshine and the effort put into the organisation and management of the show was quite magnificent and greatly appreciated by the crowds that attended. The wide variety of stalls and displays and performances offered something for everyone and the atmosphere was typically splendid of a traditional country show. Well done and thank you to all those that helped to organise and run the show, giving everyone in the Five Parishes and beyond such a happy and entertaining Bank Holiday treat.”

From the other side of the coin, the grateful thanks for donations, help and support are equally as fulsome: from the SSE team for all those books, the Broxted Community Association for the smashing crockery, the team from St Mary’s church for the vast array of cakes and produce, the Grand Draw team for the generous prizes, from John and Pat for all those bottles, the Art Exhibition organisers for the works of art, Little Easton Memorial Hall for the tombola gifts. Special thanks from the show team go to its sponsors, to the cars, the animals, the stallholders, ploughers, caterers, the Scouts who sold programmes, to those who helped in any way and, lastly, to all of you who came to support the show and thus helped to support the churches of the Five Parishes to whom the proceeds of the show go. More specific reports follow:

Horticultural Marquee

Organiser Joan writes:

“What a show! Fantastic is the only way I can describe it, not only did we beat our previous entry and exhibit records, we blew them away with just over 1,250 items on display! We had 20 (yes twenty) Victoria Sandwiches in Class 78 for the men. The judge commented on the very high standard of the entries: well done guys, we are planning to test you a bit more next year, so please continue to hone your cooking skills. The numbers were up in all the domestic classes and after a great year for plums there were lots of chutneys, as well as a record entry in the class for plums with the ‘Plum Queen’ at her first try entering our show.

“Details of the winners can be found in The Five Parishes Magazine. Congratulations to the entrants in all the classes and thank you for your endeavours.

“Every year we are supremely lucky that our judges generously give of their time and expertise and to them we send our heartfelt gratitude.

“The ever popular plant stall was there to support us and again asked me to pass on their grateful thanks to the donors of plants and, of course, all their customers.

“Our new produce sale was a frenetic affair, with lots of people wanting to buy the wonderful produce kindly donated by our exhibitors and, again, I thank all those who donated.

“To all our sponsors a huge Thank You, your generosity is much appreciated. My sincere thanks go to each and every one of my incredible helpers; I simply could not manage without their unstinting support. Thank you all. I look forward to seeing you all again at our 21st anniversary show next year.”

Car Parking

Steve writes:

“Despite allocating more parking spaces this year, we were full on Sunday and required further overflow on Monday. Everything ran smoothly, thanks to the expert team of helpers which was boosted this year by a team of Young Farmers. We believe that because of this the queues of last year were avoided. So, guys and gals, well done and a big thank you. Thanks must also go to the bucket shakers, to Speedy Hire for the use of the road cones and to those who helped me set up the site.”

The Arena

Michael writes on behalf of the show committee:

“An enormous thank you to all the wonderful people who gave assistance with the arena events. You were all magnificent and your efforts were greatly appreciated by the spectators. Sincere thanks to the Quadrille team from Bridgefoot Stables in Great Easton, to wonderful Shire horses which were, as always, a highlight of the show, to the children of the Essex North Pony Club who gave a display of their mounted games.

“Thanks also to all those taking part in the various competitions in the arena: the children in the fun run, the giants of the tug-o-war, the dog handlers from Colchester Dog Agility Club, the dancers from Scene II Theatre School, the marvellous young singers from the School of Performing Arts in Saffron Walden and the heroes of the tractor challenge. Your combined efforts provided wonderful entertainment for our visitors.”


We cannot stress too highly the part played in the success of this year’s show by the website and its creator. Over 6,300 hits were recorded during the period 24th/31st August (a full breakdown is available from the editor for those who are interested). It still contains much to see with photographs and other reports not included here, especially winners in the ploughing competitions, the classic car show, scarecrows, fun run and the horticultural show.

Grand Draw

Lastly we give below a list of these winners and, once again, send grateful thanks to the sponsors of the prizes, all of which were donated. Thank you too to all who took part by buying tickets – a record number again this year!

Congratulations to our winners whose names are given in the Five Parishes Magazine.


The next meeting is at Easton Farm at 2.30pm on Wednesday 21st October. The Revd Cilla Hawkes will give a presentation on her trip to the Holy Land. There will be the usual ‘cuppa’ and a piece of cake. Bring and buy please. Visitors are very welcome. For information ring Clare on 01371 872640.


An Evening of Magic and Mystery

Once more House Full notices are now in place as all tickets have been sold for this very entertaining evening and there is a waiting list for cancellations. Unfortunately it is not possible to accommodate more than 120 people sitting down for a meal, so the organisers regret they have to disappoint those unable to get a ticket.

But it is not all doom and gloom – if you would like to be with them in spirit and could possibly donate a prize for the tombola, they will be most grateful, just contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894 and they will collect.

For those of you who will be attending, this is a gentle reminder that the colour scheme for the evening and Pirate fancy dress competition is black/gold and a touch of red. Whilst this is not compulsory, it adds to the fun of the evening. Fabulous cash prizes for the winners, so let us have a good turn out this year.

Don’t forget: Friday 30th October 7.15 for 8pm in Great Easton Village Hall.

Magic is fine in 2009.

Annual Evensong

This year the Friends Annual Evensong is on Sunday 15th November in Little Easton church. Canon Roger Royle has agreed to give the address, his BBC commitments permitting. More details next month but please make a note of the date in your diary.


You may have missed the first draw of the Club year but subscriptions are still welcome. A cheque for £11 will buy a chance a month until the end of August next year. Please make your cheques payable to The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club and send it to Fran Woodrow c/o Old House, The Broadway, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3BH. Make sure that you send your name, address, post code and phone number too.


At the August meeting Miss Fox spoke about Mexico. With the slides and her knowledge of the country, this was a most interesting talk. It was great to see so many members for an August meeting. New members and guests are always welcome. The WI meets on the second Thursday in the month at Great Easton Village Hall. For further information contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


The Greville Theatre Club is proud to present for its 50th anniversary autumn production Educating Rita, a comedy by Willy Russell.

This play of only two characters is set in a room of a university in the north of England. Frank is a tutor of English whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to seek refuge in bottles of whisky he hides on his bookshelves. Rita is a forthright, young hairdresser who is hungry to find some meaning to life and “know everything”. With Frank as her tutor, Rita embarks on an Open University course and her education process begins. The effects are both amusing and serious when her fresh, intuitive approach becomes clouded and stifled, as she grapples with the problem of a formal education geared to the passing of exams.

Thursday 5th November at 8pm no supper £7.50
Friday 6th November with two-course supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm, in aid of Thaxted Church Trust (Restoration) £14.00
Saturday 7th November with Greville two-course supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm £14.00
Thursday 12th November at 8pm no supper £7.50
Friday 13th November with a ploughman’s supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm £11.50
Saturday 14th November with a two-course supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm, in aid of The Friends of Dunmow Maltings £14.00

The box office opens on the 5th October. Please phone 01371 872986, after 9am, for further information, prices and tickets.


The dog grooming service Barkers has moved to new premises and is now located in a renovated barn at Marks Farm, The Broadway, Dunmow – just behind the J F Moloney & Associates Veterinary Centre (on the B1057 Dunmow/Stebbing road). Barkers’ owner would like to record her sincere thanks to her many clients from the Five Parishes for their past support and looks forward to welcoming them to the new location. The telephone number remains unchanged at 01371 870934.


On Tuesday 6th October the subject of Christine Making’s demonstration is Story Book of Flowers. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.


The new season begins in October through to March in St John’sChurch in the centre of Stansted. The first concert is on Saturday 10th October at 7.30pm with a repeat visit by Catrin Finch, the world famous harpist. The organisers are grateful for generous support of The Rose & Crown, Bentfield Green towards the costs of this concert and take this opportunity to welcome the new landlords, Chris and Christine, and their family to Stansted.

Although still a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Catrin was the first choice of Prince Charles when he revived the post of Royal Harpist in 2000. Today she is a Visiting Professor at the Academy and at the Royal Welsh College of Music, and is international performing and recording star. She has revolutionised people’s view of what the harp can do, working with everyone from John Rutter to brass bands.

A season’s membership of music@stansted is £32 (concessions £30), while tickets for individual concerts are £12 each, children £1. If you would like to join, please send a cheque payable to “music at stansted” with your name(s) and address to The Membership Secretary, 105 Cambridge Road, Stansted, CM24 8BY. If you are not sure, you can join at the first concert by buying a ticket for the concert and paying the difference to join on the night.

Tickets are now available from Stansted Carpets, Chapel Hill, Stansted; Nockolds Solicitors, Market Square, Bishop’s Stortford; Sonia Levy, 31 Chapel Hill, Stansted on 01279 815282.


This popular choir performs on Saturday 10th October at Haileybury College Chapel to celebrate World Hospice Day. Tickets £25 each include wine and canapés at a reception in the Big School from 6 to 6.45 pm, followed by the concert in the Chapel at 7pm. There will be a raffle in aid of Isabel Hospice. Enquiries regarding tickets to 01707 382500 or email at maria.alexander@isabelhospice.org.uk.


Great and Little Saling churches invite you to Dance the Night Away on Saturday 7th November in the Village Hall at Great Saling with the multi-instrumental band Hogshead. Tickets £12 including supper from 01371 851124.


Although at the time of writing we are only a few days into the new term, the staff and children have quickly settled back into the ‘school’ routine. New shoes and uniforms, different classrooms, new teachers, fresh paint and clean carpets were all evident as autumn term 2009 began.

Anyone who visited the fantastic Countess of Warwick’s Show could have been forgiven for thinking that term had started early, as almost 100 of our pupils were in attendance. Not many people are able to boast having bouncy castles, shire horses, alpacas, tractors and a host of marquees and stalls in their back garden, but this is something that Canon Ivy was able to do on her first visit to school this term!

Our assembly theme for the autumn is stories from the Old Testament and every fortnight either Canon Ivy or Revd Cilla will be sharing another story with the children. Abraham and Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Samuel and David are some of the tales that will be shared.

As usual the majority of the children’s work this term is connected to a central topic. Our Infant pupils are looking at Celebrations and in the lead up to Harvest they will be visiting Thaxted Windmill. Meanwhile our Junior pupils are travelling back in time to study the Tudors and part of their work will involve (in full costume) a trip to Kentwell Hall in Suffolk.

Recently each class received a new video camera that we were able to order through the Tesco voucher scheme. Thank you to everyone who collected and sent in the vouchers. I’m sure lots of filming will be going on at both the Windmill and Kentwell Hall!

An important sign that autumn is here is Harvest, and you are all welcome to join the school’s celebrations which will be held at Great Easton church on Monday 5th October at 10am. Once again we will be supporting the Harvest for the Hungry charity and the children will be bringing in pasta, rice, sugar and flour. Last year we were one of 140 Essex schools that helped to collect 5,600 boxes containing 60 tonnes of food which were sent to orphanages in Bulgaria.

Damian Pye


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


Saturday 3rd October Race Night and Supper, Broxted
Sat/Sun 3rd/4th October Harvest Flower Festival, Tilty
Sunday 4th October Harvest Festival Service at Tilty
Monday 5th October School Harvest Festival Service
Wednesday 28th October Duton Hill Commumnity Assoc Meeting
Friday 30th October Evening of Magic and Mystery
Friday 5th November Start of Greville Theatre Autumn Productions
Sunday 15th November Friends Annual Evensong, Litte Easton
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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