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Recent tampering of the safe has resulted once again in Broxted church committee expending precious funds and time on its repair. The safes in all of our churches simply house safely the registers and other historical records that have to be kept of births, marriages, deaths etc. None of the safes ever contains any cash – and the wall safes are emptied daily. Valuable ornaments are kept in bank vaults or at museums. Anyone with any information to offer is asked to pass this on, to the police, churchwardens or anonymously through this Magazine.


The next meeting of the Council is on Thursday 12th November, 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 at website broxted-pc.gov.uk. Other information about the village is available on the village web-site, www.broxted.org.

Children’s Play Area

The Parish Council has been seeking, for some time, a small plot of land that it might lease in order to provide a play area for the youngsters of the village. Thus far this search has been unsuccessful, so if you have a piece of land that might be suitable, or know someone who has, please speak to the Chairman on 01279 850348.


Children’s Christmas Party

The Community Association invites all children of primary school age and under living in Broxted (or with grandparents in the village) to the annual Children’s Christmas party in the Village Hall on Sunday 13th December from 3 till 5pm.

There is no charge for the party which is funded by Community Association events throughout the year and all children within the relevant age group are welcome to come, with or without their parents. All that is required is that parents donate an item of food for the party tea. This year there will be a children’s entertainer as well as party games, tea and a visit from Santa Claus.

We know that quite a few families have moved into the village recently, and this is a great way to get to know everybody else. So please do go along! For information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.

Pensioners’ Parcels

For many years the Community Association has provided a small parcel of groceries to the older members of Broxted’s community at Christmas, but it is aware that not everyone who is entitled to a parcel is receiving one. If you have parents, or neighbours, that you think should be a recipient, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


The rubbish skip will visit Broxted on the morning of Saturday 21st November between 8 and 11.30am and will be sited next to Chestnuts at Church End. This facility, which is supervised, is only to be used for non-recyclable items, and no hazardous waste or garden rubbish will be accepted.


A huge Thank You to everyone who came along to or contributed in some way to the Coffee Morning held at Oakmeads on the 25th September in aid of the MacMillan nurses. It was lovely to see so many regulars and lots of new faces. The morning raised £203.71 for MacMillan Cancer Relief, a fantastic result for a few cups of coffee and a piece of cake! Thank you all and put the last Friday of September 2010 in your diaries now!


Henham Parish Council is asking local residents to take part in a public consultation: Essex County Council has included Elsenham Quarry as one of the possible sites for expansion in its Mineral & Waste Planning documentation.

Should permission be granted the site would reach to within a couple of hundred metres of Pledgdon Green, and extend down to the B1051. Maps and details can be viewed at the Essex County Council website www.essex.gov.uk/MDD-consultation quoting site reference Schedule A Site A2. The public consultation period closes on the 12th November. Responses, quoting the site reference, can be made on the above-mentioned web site; by email to mineralsandwastepolicy@essex.gov.uk; by fax to 01245 437213 or by letter to:

Head of Environmental Planning,
Minerals and Waste Planning,
Essex County Council,
Freepost CL3636,
County Hall,
CM1 1QH.


A reminder that the SSE cards, notelets and calendars can be purchased locally from the Chapel End Nursery, and from Sarah Cousins on 01279 850887.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 11th and 15th November, 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 13th and 27th Novemberat 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




Woodland Trust joined recently with SSE for the autumn tidy up of the SSE Wood at Broxted Hill. A team of 20 cleared grass and weeds across the woodland floor to ensure the trees continue to thrive. Planted in 2004 on land sought by BAA for its second runway, it is a symbol of SSE supporters’ determination that the expansion plans never go ahead. Some 700 trees, all native species, have developed considerably, with the inaugural oak planted by SSE Patron Terry Waite CBE now almost 20 feet tall.

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.


The Five Parishes Harvest Festival service was held this year in Tilty church as part of their Flower Festival weekend. The church was superbly decorated by their talented team of arrangers who had created magnificent displays depicting the theme World Harvest. They provided a colourful welcome for a large congregation which included the Rt Revd Chilton Knudsen, Bishop of Maine (USA) and Archdeacon Annette Cooper and their husbands.

From the collection at the service and a “top-up” from PCC funds, a donation of £1,000 was made to PlayPumps International, a charity supported by The Rotary Club of Great Dunmow. These pumps provide a reliable source of clean water in African villages with the power provided by children playing on the roundabout above the well. The altar collection was of packets and tins of foodstuff which will go to provide emergency supplies to a women’s refuge.

A moving sermon by Canon Ivy provided a mass of information about the bottled water in our stores compared to the “cocktail” available in drought-ridden areas of the world where the water collected from nearby and not-so-nearby streams contains human and animal urine, mud, bacteria etc.


A Holy Communion Service is held in Great Easton Schoool every term and on Tuesday 17th November at 9am Revd Cilla Hawkes will lead the service with the theme Family Life. Revd Cilla says they will be thinking about and thanking God for our families and offering a prayer for all family members, near and far. If you would like to join in, along with other members of your family, do go along and celebrate the joys (and some of the frustrations) of family life.


Whilst not all accounts are in yet, the anticipated profit for this year’s show is £23,000.


The next meeting is 2.30 pm on Wednesday 18th November at Easton Farm. Canon Ivy will be the speaker. There will be the usual light refreshments and a Bring-and-Buy please. For information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894. Non-members are made very welcome.


Annual Evensong

This year the Friends Annual Evensong is on Sunday 15th November in Little Easton church at 4pm. Canon Roger Royle has agreed to give the address (his BBC commitments permitting) which promises to make the service an interesting experience.

As always, the service will be followed by tea, sandwiches and cakes and any contributions of sandwiches or cakes will be most gratefully received. There will also be a raffle of a Christmas hamper. It is not necessary to be a member of the Friends to attend – everyone is assured of a warm welcome.


It is not too late to join the 50% Club. The Club raises funds to help our churches in the Five Parishes. A cheque for £9 will buy a subscription until the end of August 2009. For information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


The September meeting was a very lively afternoon. Matching Green handbell ringers kept everyone entertained and later all were invited to try their hand at bell ringing. The November meeting begins with a soup lunch followed by the AGM.

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


A reminder that The Greville Theatre Club is presenting for its 50th anniversary autumn production Educating Rita, a comedy by Willy Russell, on the dates shown below. Please phone 01371 872986, after 9am, for tickets.

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


During the first ten days of November, poppy appeal collectors will be calling throughout the villages. The collectors are all volunteers and donate their time freely. If your home is missed, you may donate and collect a poppy at any of the five pubs (what a good idea and excuse for a walk).


Our admiration knows no bounds for those brave people within our community who stretch themselves by taking part in sponsored activities:

Alison took part in September in a two-day 80-mile rowing event involving 30 locks along the River Thames in aid of Cancer Research and Kingston Grammar School Foundation Boat Club. As we go to press she has raised over £1,500 as well as several blisters! She sends her grateful thanks to all those generous people who sponsored her.

Suzanne, Sharon and Lisa completed the 13.1 mile Great North Run in 2 hrs 15 mins, ahead of a tree but behind Scooby Doo! They raised just over £1,000 in aid of The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity and are overwhelmed by the generosity of their sponsors. They trained hard, but say that nothing could have prepared them for the scale of the event – it was truly an unforgettable experience. As well as their sponsors they would also like to say a huge Thank You to Sarah at Active8 Personal Training who kept them on track with a great training programme, lots of advice and tons of encouragement – they couldn’t have done it without her!

As we write this article, Chloe is preparing to take part with other pupils from Helena Romanes School in a sponsored run on Friday 23rd October in aid the School and Teenage Cancer Research in memory of Abi.


The organiser sends her grateful thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored and helped on the 14th September at her Bridge day held in the Garden Room. The magnificent sum of £4,060 was raised for St Mary’s Church Roof Appeal (Lindsell), Essex Air Ambulance and Spinal Research.


Arrangements are now completed for carol singing in the pubs this year. The dates are Tuesday 15th December at The Stag, Little Easton; Thursday 17th December at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill; Tuesday 22nd December at The Prince of Wales, Broxted and Wednesday 23rd December at The Swan, Great Easton. Timing 7 to 8pm each evening. Everyone will be welcome, please bring the children and all the family.

Grateful thanks to landlords Rose and George, Derek, Cliff and manageress Jo and Karen and Dave who will have a hearty welcome awaiting us.


A reminder that, by popular demand, a New Year’s Eve Dance will be held at the Memorial Hall, Little Easton. There will be a live band, a superb supper, licensed bar and a big raffle. For information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


The Annual General Meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd November at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.


(Adapted from a notice in the Thaxted Parish Magazine for Harvest 2009)

The Centre, on the left as you drive into Thaxted, is keen to make its facilities more widely known (not just in Thaxted!). A charity run by voluntary staff, it provides for physically disabled people the chance on two days a week to get out of the house, to enjoy other people’s company and to “have a go” (not necessarily to be expert) at various crafts. At present there are 32 members from around the district, including some from Dunmow. There is space for more people and from some parts of the area transport can be provided. If you are physically disabled and think you would like to join, please telephone 01371 870752 and speak to the Manager.

On Saturday 14th November there will be a sale of members’ work, with coffee and cakes; your interest to see what is achieved and your support would be greatly appreciated.


The off-peak return fare from Stansted Airport to London Liverpool Street by the Stansted Express has been reduced to £19. Residents with railcards and evidence of their identity and address can get a further reduction, bringing the fare down to £12.55 – but only if you ask for it! MP Sir Alan Haselhurst had lobbied National Express East Anglia for some months for a local residents’ discount.


Great and Little Saling churches invite you to Dance the Night Away on Saturday 7th November 7.30 to 11.30 pm in the Village Hall at Piccotts Lane, Great Saling. Dancing will include Country, Jive, Square Dancing and Waltz! Music will be provided by Hogshead. Licensed bar. Tickets £12 including supper. For information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


Bardfield Players are putting on a pantomime (oh yes they are!) at Great Bardfield Town Hall on Wednesday/Saturday 25th/28th November at 8pm with an extra matinée on Saturday 28th November at 2pm. Tickets £6 from The Co-op, Great Bardfield 01371 811836.


BEST WISHES – To the Revd Laurie Bond who has been appointed Priest-in-charge of Sible Hedingham and Castle Hedingham, his last service for Takeley and Little Canfield being on the 22nd November. As Rural Dean, Laurie has become well known to us, particularly for his help and support during our Interregnum, and we wish him and Dawn well in his new benefice. Our prayers and good wishes go also to Takeley’s Curate, Revd Teresa Wynne, and her colleagues as they face their own Interregnum.


Here we are in November and the first half term of the school year has passed already. Our Year 6 children have recently submitted their secondary schools applications for September 2010 and at the moment I am very busy showing a constant stream of prospective parents and pupils around school as they begin the process of applying for reception places. Most schools have designated open days, but at Great Easton we firmly believe that every day is an ‘open day’ and I would encourage any potential parents to make an appointment and come and have a tour of the school. A visit to a school during a ‘normal’ working day will give future parents and pupils a really good idea of how the school works and runs on a day-to-day basis.

The past few weeks have been very busy; many of you attended our harvest festival held at Great Easton church and parents have had the chance to meet with the teachers at the recent parent consultation evenings.

Visits and trips are a key part of our school curriculum and, as I mentioned last month, the first trips of the year were due to take place in October. Our Year 1 and 2 (first and second year infants) children visited Thaxted Windmill which fitted in nicely with their ‘Celebration’ topic and work on Harvest.

“We went to Thaxted Windmill and went up lots of stairs. I saw the stones and I went right to the top. We walked around mill and looked at all the olden day objects.”

Meanwhile, nearly 100 of our junior children and staff spent the day at Kentwell Hall in Suffolk. All the children and staff were dressed in Tudor costumes and it was very amusing watching people drive past the staff car park slowing down and taking a second look as the ‘Tudors’ arrived for work! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day, visiting the various rooms and meeting the authentic Tudor characters who helped bring the past to life.

“In the bakery they were cooking the bread. They made brown bread and white bread. The gentry ate the white bread and the servants ate the brown bread.”

“In the dairy they made butter and cheese. They packed the curds and whey into a cloth. Next they tied up the cloth to separate the curds and whey. Then whey dripped out and left the curds to dry and turn into cheese.”

Finally this month I would like to invite you to two events at school during November. On Tuesday 17th November, Revd Cilla will be leading our first Communion service of the year, this starts at 9am in the school hall. The service is attended by our Year 5 and 6 children, parents, staff and, of course, members of the Five Parishes community. Then on the evening of Friday 27th November the PTA are holding their annual Christmas Bazaar. This is an important fundraising event and you will have the chance to take part in traditional stalls and games, pick up a few early Christmas gifts and for our younger readers there will be an opportunity to visit a certain ‘man in red’!

Damian Pye


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


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


Written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD, Canadian Army (1872–1918). Moved by the death of a former student, he was inspired by the profusion of wild poppies in the nearby cemetery.


In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high,

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

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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