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from the Five Parishes' Magazine



Please note from the inside front cover a change of venue for Thursday Morning Prayers. For the next few months these meetings will be at The Old Vicarage, Church End, Broxted.


The next meeting of the Council is on Thursday 14th January 2010, at 8.15 pm in the Village Hall. All meetings of the Council are open to members of the public, and the Council always welcomes villagers and is keen to hear their opinions and ideas.

Minutes of the meetings can be viewed on the Council’s web-site at www.essexinfo.net/broxted. Other information about the village is available on this site, www.broxted.org


See the Stop Stansted Expansion section for details of the next quiz on Saturday 6th March to raise funds for SSE.


The January schedules are not available as we go to press. Telephone queries during January can be made to 0845 603 7628.


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



Angela, Claire, Phyllis and Andrew send best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2010 to our readers, contributors, distributors and advertisers. Thank you for your on-going support during the past year, this is greatly appreciated. Without it, the Magazine would not function.

As is our custom at the start of the year, we ask for a contribution towards the cost of the Magazine from those people who do not come to church regularly or who receive it each monthly post. Postage is now either 47p or 76p second class, depending on size, so £15 would just cover printing and postage costs for a year. Cheques should be payable to The Five Parishes and sent to Old House, The Broadway, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3BH. Thank you.

To those potential advertisers waiting for advertisement space to become available, we say thank you for your interest in our publication and for your patience. We hope to be able to offer you something ere long.


Canon Ivy writes from The Rectory, Park Road, Little Easton, 01371 872509, ivycrawford@btinternet.com

I did start this New Year Letter with I wish you but stopped in my tracks because somehow this sounded like a hollow and glib phrase. The Scottish rhyme which starts ‘If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride’ came to mind, so I Googled the definition of the word ‘wishes’ both in the dictionary and the thesaurus and came up with words such as Hope, Want, Aspire, Expect, Invoke and Prayer. So the word ‘wishes’ simply isn’t as hollow as I first thought. The meaning that stood out for me after the word prayer was the one in the American/English dictionary, and it was this: ‘To desire a different situation’. Isn’t that just what the New Year brings to all of us in one way or another?

We desire a new job or even simply to have a job. We desire better health for ourselves or someone close. We desire a better relationship with those we live or work with. We can desire to be thinner or more popular. It really sums up as ‘longing for something better’, either for oneself or someone else. Why? Because we think we will be happier, and so we are for a while, until the diet is abandoned, the job we wanted becomes a bore, our good intentions to work on relationships wear us out, and the good health we wanted and got becomes the norm, and gratefulness for it is forgotten.

Before Christmas a friend brought to my notice, avid newspaper reader that she is, that the papers were full of what was good for us, what we needed to make us feel better, look better and be a better person. This ranged from exotic holidays, designer purchases and anti-ageing treatments, to vitamin pills and endless £5.99 self help books. Wouldn’t we love to have all the answers, and be better, happier, more fulfilled people for £5.99!

But it isn’t that simple. I personally believe that we all have a deep longing and need (not a want) but a real longing and need for something deeper that transcends the ordinary and gives purpose and meaning to our everyday lives. Jesus came into the world that we might have life and have it more abundantly. He doesn’t want us to drift with the tide of life, when there is a rock that we can hold on to. We are fearful about today and tomorrow when we do not have to be. We feel inferior and sometimes unloved when we should not, and in the middle of sorrow and pain, alone, even though we are surrounded by people. Or life may be good but you know there is a gap, something is missing and you really desire a different situation, and a real change in your life in 2010.

Don’t go for the easy options that desert you when you run out of the energy to do it all yourself. There are more questions than answers about God and the part He plays in our lives, but we do have some of the answers. God sent His son Jesus that we might have life in the deepest sense of the word, and we have just celebrated His birthday on Christmas Day. Come to a church service, speak with me and find out more of the answer to your desire for a different situation in this New Year.

I look forward to my first New Year in The Five Parishes and thank you for the friendliness and the encouragements that I received in 2009. It just remains to wish you all:

Happy New Year.

Ivy Crawford


Transport Committee Report

The ‘Future of Aviation’ inquiry report published on the 7th December by the House of Commons Transport Committee concludes that the case for a second runway at Stansted Airport has not been made. The Committee’s conclusion is that the Government needs to revisit procedures for assessing the impacts of aircraft noise, compensation arrangements and the effective enforcement of noise regulations. It calls for a review of the adequacy of research into the effects of aircraft noise, particularly on human health, and for measures to improve air quality around major airports to be brought forward.

Broxted Supper Quiz 2010

Another annual quiz is being organised in Broxted to raise funds for SSE on Saturday 6th March. Teams of up to 8 people are invited to enter, the price is £10 each to include supper, but please bring your own drinks. Space is always limited, so please book your team as soon as possible at the Campaign office on 01279 870558.


Bishop Laurie, Acting Diocesan Bishop, has announced that our new Rural Dean from 1st January is Revd Cilla Hawkes. This is indeed good news and we hold her in our prayers as she learns the role. She will, we know, give a significant lead within the Dunmow and Stansted Deanery.


Members of the organising committee send best wishes to all their supporters for a Prosperous and Happy New Year. They look forward to welcoming you on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 29th/30th August 2010 at the next show. Meanwhile you can keep up to date with arrangements on www.countessofwarwickshow.org.


The LEPRA Coffee Morning will be held on Wednesday 20th January 2010, 10 am until 11.45 in Little Easton Memorial Hall. Please come and support this worthwhile cause and meet friends in the warm. Usual stalls: good bric-à-brac, cakes and a raffle. For further information, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


Chairman’s New Year Message

“We must not rest on our laurels after such a successful fundraising year. We must take ourselves forward hoping for a successful year to come, especially with our St George’s Day Dinner. All joy all round to all our supporters.”

Membership Subscriptions

New subscription rates for membership of The Friends become effective from 1st January 2010. Individual and Family Annual memberships are both increased by £5 to £15 and £30 respectively. Individual and Family Lifetime memberships are increased by £50 to £150 and £300 respectively. New members are always welcome for such a worthwhile cause.


Make a resolution to join the 50% Club. There are still plenty of chances to win this year and new members are always welcome. A cheque for £8 will give you a chance every month from January until August. Make the cheque out to ‘The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club’ and send it c/o The Editor at Old House, The Broadway, Dunmow, CM6 3BH. The money raised helps to maintain the churches in the Five Parishes.


At the meeting in January Esther Rowland will be giving an interesting account of her travels in the African Bush. Existing and new members are welcome. Meetings are on the second Thursday in the month at 2.15 for 2.30pm. Any enquiries, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894. A healthy and happy New Year to you all from the Eastons & Tilty WI.


A service to celebrate the full, faithful and rewarding life of the Revd Peter Street took place at St Mary’s church, Dunmow on Advent Sunday on the 50th anniversary of his ordination. A Cheshire man, Peter was involved not only with the Church but also with various teaching posts. He came to Essex in 1974 as a senior schools inspector. He retired for the first time in 1984 and, from then on, has been fully involved with many churches in the Colchester Diocese, as rector, curate and a great help during interregnums.

Representatives from all these aspects of his life filled the church. Local Funeral Directors Paul King and Daniel Robinson showed their support by generously providing the orders of service and refreshments respectively. The only missing person was Barbara, Peter’s wife and steadfast supporter. Unfortunately she was suffering from a seasonal bug and was unable to attend.

In a letter of thanks to those who attended from the Five Parishes, Peter says “I’m still amazed that so many thought it worthwhile to turn out on a cold wet November evening. In complete contrast to the weather, the warmth and affection brought by all who came made a totally unforgettable experience. Barbara joins me as I say to you: I must be the most fortunate of men to have so many good friends.”


The trustees state that, with the support of Brian and Diana Creasey, Land Securities and crucial volunteers, they think they are close to achieving their aim to re-open the Gardens to the public in 2010.

The beautiful snowdrops have always been a firm favourite and they hope to re-open for these on four or five occasions during February and March, probably on Sunday afternoons. Those dates will, as always, depend on the bulbs themselves and up-to-date information will be available on www.eastonlodge.co.uk and on their telephone answer message on 01371 876979. It is also hoped that the Gardens will open on the second Sunday of the month from April to October.


The Club does not meet in January.


Everyone at The Centre would like to thank all those who supported their recent sale at the Centre. They were able to raise almost £1,000 with your help, which will be a much needed addition to their funds.


The theme for the ten sessions commencing on Monday 4th January 2010 is Art in the Age of William Morris. Sessions are from 3pm until 4.45 pm at the Rowena Davey Day Centre, Chequers Lane, Dunmow and the tutor will be Graham Slimming. For further details ring 01371 872496 or 01371 874587.


Looking for a change of scene in January? On Saturday 9th January from 6.30 pm to 8pm you can enjoy the warmth of a blazing bonfire with the sounds of traditional wassail songs wafting through the trees at the historic Rivers Orchard site in Sawbridgeworth. This unique event is for all the family to go along and help wassail the trees and encourage a good harvest. There is no charge to attend but there will be an opportunity for donations to be made. Details from Hazel Mead on 01279 724503 or Kate Yarnold on 0788 776 3258 or at www.riversnurseryorchard.org.uk.


Members of the public will be welcome at the multi-agency Forum on Tuesday 12th January in the Main Hall of Mountfitchet Mathematics and Computing College, Stansted Mountfitchet at 7.15 for 7.30 pm. This is your opportunity to hear about, and discuss, issues in your area with Uttlesford District Council Councillors and Officers, Essex Police, Essex County Council’s Highways Department and NHS West Essex. For further information contact Sue Hayden, Community Development Officer on 01799 510563.


On Sunday 17th January at 3pm in St John’s Church, Stansted, Andrew Booth, one of the most exciting young guitarists in the UK, will give a recital sponsored by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Andrew recently completed his Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours at the Royal Northern College of Music where he is now a postgraduate student. His programme will include items from JS Bach’s Suite 995; some delightful twentieth century Spanish pieces by Vincente Asencio; Invocation and Dance (Joaquin Rodrigo); Roland Dyens’ arrangement of Cole Porter’s I love Paris; and other popular pieces.

Tickets at £12 for adults and £1 for children are available from Stansted Carpets, Chapel Hill, Stansted; Nockolds Solicitors, Market Square, Bishop’s Stortford; Sonia Levy, 31 Chapel Hill, Stansted on 01279 815282.


St. Mary’s Church in Elsenham is celebrating its 900th anniversary in 2010. As well as marking the age of this beautiful Norman building, the church is also celebrating more than 900 years of continuous worship at the site. A number of events are planned, the first was a hugely successful Christmas tree festival held on the 5th/6th December when the church was decorated with more than thirty trees, sponsored and decorated by local business and village groups.

The next event is a Quiz to be held in Elsenham Village Hall on Saturday 23rd January. For more details, or to book a table, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 872894.


A Quiz Night is being held by Uttlesford Community Travel (Book-a-Ride) on Saturday 30th January at the Foakes Hall in Dunmow at 7pm for 7.30 pm. There will be a ploughman’s supper, but please bring your own drinks. Tables of 8, tickets £9 per person from the office on 01371 875787.


The Herts Essex Energy Partnership (HEEP) is offering new grants to make your home warmer and cheaper to run. People on benefits and over 70 can get these measures free. Others could benefit from cavity wall or loft insulation at a discounted price of £99. Households in receipt of benefits can also receive grants for replacement heating systems and renewable energy measures that will help improve the energy rating of their home. Interest free loans, registered and repayable on the disposal of the property, are also available for other households to help them install measures such as solid wall insulation.

To find out more call HEEP free on 0800 980 6026 quoting UC1009 or visit www.heepgrant.org. (All works subject to technical survey, qualifying criteria and availability of funding.)


Why not make 2010 a year to remember and do something life changing? Sign up for the Great Wall of China Trek in September. Every step will raise money for St Clare Hospice and help local people with life limiting illnesses. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to trek along spectacular sections of the Wall rarely visited by tourists and experience the real China. To join, you will need to pay a registration fee of £290 and then pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship target. Your flights, food, accommodation, guides etc will be provided. All profits from the challenge will support the vital work of the hospice. For more information contact Sally on 01303 862996 or email stclarechinatrek@googlemail.com.


Firstly, on behalf of all the governors, children and staff at Great Easton Primary School may I wish all readers of the Magazine a Happy and Healthy 2010.

The children return to school on the 5th and the topics they will be working on are Stories from Other Cultures and Explorers. Lots of exciting lessons, trips and visitors have already been planned and I will explain some of these in more detail next month.

One important event that will occur early in 2010 is the establishment of our eco-committee. As a school we are currently trying to become both a leading healthy school and eco-school. We have already submitted our bid (written by the children) and put into place some of the actions. The overall focus for our bid is to increase the children’s awareness on global issues and reduce the carbon footprint of both the school and local community. Already we have had natural sheep wool insulation added to our new building and we recycle as much waste as we can including card, paper and rain water. Our new toilets are fitted with eco-flush cisterns and lights that turn off automatically when the room is empty. The next targets are to look into the possibility of using alternative energy sources, extend our use of the outdoor learning environment (more lessons outside) and try to grow some of our own food that can be subsequently used in the kitchen. Our committee will consist of children, staff, governors, parents, external advisors from the healthy schools team and hopefully members from the Five Parishes community. If you would like to get involved in the project we would like to hear from you. You don’t need to have any current connections to the school, just an interest in how current global issues have an effect on our community and a few spare hours each term. All potential members will be required to complete a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check. For more details please contact either myself or Julia Metson at the school (01371 870219).

Finally this month I would like to mention the Christingle service at Great Easton church on Sunday 31st January at 11am. This is very much a family service with lots of interaction and involvement for the children (last year Reverend Cilla was joined by nearly 30 of our pupils for part of the service). The 31st is also Education Sunday, so I and Canon Ivy would really like to share the service with as many of you as possible.

Damian Pye


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


Monday 4th January Dunmow WEA commences
Saturday 9th January Wassail at Sawbridgeworth
Sunday 10th January Copy date for February Issue
Tuesday 12th January South Uttlesford Community Forum
Sunday 17th January Music@stansted Concert
Wednesday 20th January LEPRA Coffee Morning, Little Easton
Saturday 23rd January Elsenham Church Quiz
Saturday 30th January Uttlesford Community Travel Quiz
Sunday 31st January Christingle Service at Great Easton
Saturday 6th March Broxted Supper Quiz

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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