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from the Five Parishes' Magazine

MARCH 2010


The Annual Meeting of Broxted church will take place on Tuesday 16th March at The Old Vicarage beginning at 7.30 pm. All parishioners are welcome, but only those on the electoral roll are able to vote.


If you would like to have a lily put on the altar of Broxted church in memory of a loved one, please contact Angela on 01371 872894.


The next meeting of the Council is on Thursday 11th March, 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


The Annual General Meeting of the Association is on Thursday 29th April at 8 pm in the Village Hall. Please come along to find out what the Community Association has been up to over the past year. Whilst new committee members are always welcome, there’s no pressure to join, and you emphatically will not be forced on to the committee just for showing up!

People are welcomed at the AGM, if only to provide some feedback and perhaps a fresh outlook on what is done. There will be wine and cheese afterwards, as an added incentive for your attendance. If you want any further information before the meeting, please call Rachel on 01279 850047 or email her at rachelkesterton@aol.com.


The boxes will be opened at a Coffee Morning at Fistral, the home of John and Yvonne Rodliffe, on Friday 12th March from 10 am until 12 noon. If you are unable to attend, arrangements will be made to collect your box - please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894 email angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 3rd, 17th and 31st March, 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 5th and 19th March 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



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

FAIRTRADE logoFAIRTRADE guarantees a better deal for Third World Producers. The Fairtrade Foundation was set up in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft and the World Development Movement, with a simple idea for the manufacturers of tea and coffee to pay a fair price to the growers for the raw materials. They were later joined by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. Member organisations now also include Banana Link, Methodist Relief and Development Fund, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, People & Planet, SCIAF, Shared Interest Foundation, Soroptimist International, Tearfund and the United Reformed Church.

The first three Fairtrade products appeared on shop shelves in 1994 – now more than 4,500 products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark, including sugar, grapes, mangoes, avocados, dried fruit, cakes, jams, rice, herbs and spices, wines, beers, ice-cream, flowers, sports balls, clothing, homeware, Palestinian olive oil and cosmetics. Fairtrade bananas account for 1 in 4 bananas sold in the UK. Fairtrade products come from 58 developing countries all around the world. More than 7 million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America benefit from Fairtrade– farmers, farm workers, and their families.

In February 2006 the Parochial Church Council passed a resolution to use only Fairtrade tea and coffee at our meetings and activities. I want to encourage readers of this Magazine to support Fairtrade fortnight and to allow this focus to overspill into the other fifty weeks each year. FAIRTRADE PUTS THE HEART BACK INTO SHOPPING. When you buy Fairtrade products you know that the producers in the developing world (still referred to by many as the “third world”) receive a fair price for their skills, and you receive a unique quality.

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from the 22nd February to 7th March to highlight the variety of quality products now available. The Fairtrade mark is the only independent guarantee in the UK that farmers in the developing world get a fair deal for their products. We want good tasting food, and a fair deal for suppliers, so look for the Fairtrade mark on coffee, tea, sugar, honey, chocolate, cocoa, apples, avocados, bananas, mangoes, pears, pineapples, citrus, coconuts, grapes, and fruit juice, herbs and spices, preserves and spreads, nuts, snacks, snack bars and rice. In addition look out for the Fairtrade mark on cotton products, sports balls, flowers, wine and beers. Since the introduction of Fairtrade certified cotton in 2005, annual sales have risen from a humble 200,000 to a marvellous 7.79 million in 2008. There are some 175 suppliers, among them many of our chain stores.

Buy Fairtrade products and help farmers abroad have a fair price for their labours, enabling them to improve their lives, and their communities, and to protect the environment.

Traidcraft was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty. It is the UK’s largest fair trade organisation whose mission is to help fight poverty through trade. They believe that by paying producers a fair price, the whole community benefits. Together with Oxfam, they provide online shopping at www.traidcraftshop.co.uk and have links with stores including Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Co-op, Safeways, Iceland, Asda, Somerfields, Oxfam Fairtrade shops and Morrisons, as well as Blockbusters, independent wholesale shops, small retailers and cafés.

While some coffee shops have posters displayed to show they use Café Direct Fairtrade coffee, what people may not realise is that in some shops you have to specifically ask for Fairtrade coffee.

Look out for the trademark. Try a Fairtrade product this month. There is more information on their website www.fairtrade.org.uk. Buy Fairtrade and show that you want to help make a fairer world by fighting poverty.


Ivy Crawford



The Government Minister responsible for dealing with BAA’s plans for a second Stansted runway has asked the airport operator to state whether it still wants to continue with its current planning application.

John Denham, Secretary of State for Communities, has also told BAA that if it does still want the application to be considered, then the information provided almost two years ago will need to be updated. SSE say that the planning application documents stand more than ten feet high, which gives an indication of the amount of work that would be involved in bringing the information up to date.

This comes from an open letter sent on the 10th February by the Secretary of State to BAA, SSE and other interested parties. The letter also states that if BAA does still want its second runway application to be considered, the Public Inquiry cannot start until after the next General Election (which must be held no later than 3 June). Significantly, both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats are pledged to drop any plans for a second Stansted runway.

Little Easton SSE Committee

The committee will provide supper at the performance of the Greville Theatre on Friday 28th May. Proceeds will go towards SSE funds.


See our front cover for details of two very special services in March, on Mothering Sunday at Broxted and Palm Sunday at Great Easton. You will be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.


Facilities were provided at church services during January for donations to be given to help those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti, resulting in a sum of £650 being sent via Christian Aid.

A separate collection taken at the Christingle service in Great Easton for the work amongst children by the Children’s Society, raised £275.


The Group’s Lent Meetings continue weekly on Mondays at 8pm at Falcons, Park Road, Little Easton.


As mentioned in last month’s issue, there will be an opportunity at church services during Lent to donate to the Bishop’s Lent Appeal. This year the Appeal is supporting USPG Anglicans in World Mission in their community development work in the Anglican Diocese of the Amazon; the funding of technology for the library at St Andrew's College in Kabare, Kenya and the charity Friends of the Poor in South India who work in helping to establish micro-credit schemes for local communities.


Booking forms, details of price structures, etc are now available for stall holders. If you are interested in having a stand in the crafts section, or a trade stall, please contact Jo Davies, by email at jodavies40@msn.com or on 07789 884340. Her address is Bramble Cottage, Mill End, Spains Hall Road, Finchingfield, Essex CM7 4NH. Alternatively the show team can be emailed via the website www.countessofwarwickshow.org, just click on the Contact button.

Generally, Tim Turner says that preparations are well under way for this year’s show, despite it seeming a long time away. He asks everyone to make a note of the date:Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 29th/30th August, and to keep up to date with show arrangements on its website or telephone him on 01371 874793 for further information.


A big Thank You is sent to the people who supported the Coffee Morning held in January at which £302 was raised for the LEPRA Society.

This month’s meeting is on Wednesday 17th March, at 2.30pm at Easton Farm. Speakers, Peter Baker and Sue Seabon, will describe their visits to Kerala State, South India for a Social Work Trust called The Banyan Tree. Members think this sounds a fascinating talk and that it would be good to have visitors join them for the afternoon. For further information please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894 email angela.harbottle@virgin.net. There will be the usual tea and cake.


St. George’s Day Dinner

Final arrangements are taking place to make this an evening to remember. The Friends of the Five Parishes believe in giving good value for money and you will not be disappointed. The early bird catches the worm and whilst there has been a great demand for tickets, there are a few left for those looking for a great evening out. There will be a champagne reception, a superb English Menu, a Guest Speaker and a feast of entertainment to make this a unique occasion. This is one event you will not want to miss.

Tickets can be obtained from 01371 870927 at £48 each and will also include wine on the table. Cheques should be made payable to The Friends of the Five Parishes. Evening wear and black tie preferred or smart lounge suit.

Friday 23rd April 2010, Great Easton Village Hall, 7 for 7.30 pm prompt.

Membership Subscription Renewals

The first batch of reminders for 2010 has gone out and members are asked to kindly remember that subscription rates increased on the 1st January from £10 to £15 for an individual annual membership and from £25 to £30 for a family. Thank You.


The regular monthly draws continue until August and it is still not too late to join! A cheque for £6 will buy you six turns in the draw. Send your cheque, made out to The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club, and your name with address, post code and telephone number to Old House, The Broadway, Dunmow CM6 3BH. Our ancient churches need constant attention and all funds raised by The Friends, including those from the 50% Club, are put towards maintenance and improvement of the churches.


At the next meeting of the W.I. on Thursday 11th March at 2.15 for 2.30 pm, Peter Lawrence will be talking on The Lost Mansions of Essex. Peter Lawrence is an entertaining and well informed speaker – an afternoon not to be missed. For further information please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894 email angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


There might just be time to book a team for this annual quiz on Saturday 6th March at 7 for 7.30pm in Broxted Village Hall. Teams of up to 8 people are invited to enter, the price is £10 each to include supper, but please bring your own drinks. To find out if there is space and to book your team, please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894 email angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


The next production will take place from 27th May to 5th June at the Barn Theatre in Little Easton when the play will be Katherine Howard by William Nicholson. Full details will be published in the April edition but meanwhile please note the dates now.


We thank all those generous people who have made a donation towards the cost of receiving their monthly issues. Please remember to help with the cost of this if you are outside the parish and particularly if an issue is posted to you. Issues cost 47p or 76p to post, and rates will increase in April. Thank you.


On Sunday 21st March spare a thought for our local girl Lesley, from Mill End Green as she runs the Brentwood Half Marathon to raise funds for The Stroke Association in memory of her mum.

Sadly, Lesley lost her mum to a stroke last year and whilst a day doesn’t go by that she doesn’t think about her, Lesley says it is now time to do something to repay all the love and encouragement she received over the years by raising money for a charity whose sole concern is to combat stroke in people of all ages. Not being a runner, this is a major challenge for Lesley. Not only giving up her time to go training, she has also given up alcohol in preparation, which according to her friends is in itself a major achievement.

Derek Wyeth, Fundraising Director of The Stroke Association: “Each year around 150,000 people across the UK have a stroke and for many their normal everyday life becomes a distant memory as they have to learn to rebuild their lives. We applaud the efforts and enthusiasm of Lesley which will not only raise vital funds for the charity but will also raise the profile of stroke. We would appeal to as many individuals and local businesses as possible to come forward and sponsor her efforts.”

So come on, give this local girl some encouragement to pound those streets and to reach her target of £1,000. If you would like to support her, donations can be made either on-line at www.justgiving.com/formymumellen or by posting a cheque payable to The Stroke Association, to Bell Mills, Mill End Green, Great Easton, Essex, CM6 2DN. By the middle of February, in spite of icy road conditions, Lesley had twice run the 4.2 miles set for that week and donations had reached 52% of her target. Let’s help her reach that £1,000.


Did you know that by shopping on line you can donate to The Five Parishes without it costing you a penny? Login to www.easyfundraising.org, enter “The Five Parishes PCC” as your chosen charity (don’t forget the “PCC”), then by going to Amazon, Waitrose, Viking, Staples or any of 600+ other retailers, you will raise up to 15% for The Five Parishes from each purchase you make. The Five Parishes PCC has been registered with them, so this will not give you a problem.

Extra funds will be raised by accessing www.easysearch.org, their associated innovative charity search engine, instead of Google/Yahoo etc. Every time easysearch is used to search the web ,they will give 50% of the fees paid by their advertising sponsors to The Five Parishes PCC.


On Tuesday 2nd March Anne Bell will demonstrate on the theme From Me to You. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome at £4. For further information please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894 email angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


With a General Election due to be held within the next few months, now is the time to check that your name is on the Register of Electors. Each Parish Council Clerk has a copy of the Register, or you can simply ring Uttlesford District Council on 01799 510431 or 510432 to check that you are registered to vote, or to obtain a form to have your name added to the Register.


A Consultation meeting on the Local Development Framework will take place on Tuesday 2nd March at Helena Romanes School, Parsonage Downs, Great Dunmow commencing at 7.30 pm. See www.uttlesford.gov.uk/corestrategy for further information.


In an evening of comedy, dance, drama and song, the Players present a Variety Music Hall on Thursday/Friday/Saturday 4th/5th/6th March at 7.30pm in the Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow. Bar available. Tickets at £12 including ploughman’s supper, are available from the Box Office on 01371 875093.


The Meljon Singers will be busy this month with two concerts: the first on Saturday 6th March is entitled A Suitable Job for a Woman and will feature music from the 19th to the 21st century, all by women composers. The second on Saturday 20th March is entitled Raising the Roof. This will be an hour long programme celebrating The Singers’ long association with St John’s Church, Seven Kings. The programme will be followed by a buffet supper. Contact the Box Office on 020 8550 7481 or www.meljon.org.uk.

music@stansted have their final concert of the 2009/10 season on Saturday 6th March at 7.30pm in St John’s Stansted. The Coull String Quartet will perform the Haydn Quartet in E flat Op 33 No 2 “The Joke”; the Shostakovitch Quartet in D Op 83 No 4; and the Mendelssohn Quartet in E minor Op 44 No 2. Tickets at £12 for adults and £1 for children are available from their usual outlets. Information from www.musicatstansted.com.

The Harlow Chorus will perform Fauré’s Requiem plus works by Bruckner, Tippett and Elgar at the church of St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall on Saturday 13th March at 7.30 pm. Information from 01277 362440.


As one of the events to celebrate the 900th anniversary of St Mary’s Church, Dr Todd Wood will give a talk entitled Science and the Supernatural in Elsenham Village Hall on Tuesday 16th March at 7.30 pm. Dr Todd is Professor of Natural Sciences at Bryan College in Tennessee and is a well known creationist and lecturer. His 2010 UK tour includes engagements in Salford and Cambridge, as well as Elsenham. It is bound to be a fascinating lecture, to which entry is free. For further information please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894 email angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


A Murder Mystery Evening in aid of St Clare Hospice will be held on Saturday 20th March at Easton Farm. Tickets are £15 including supper. For further information please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894 email angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


The Society has an information day in Saffron Walden Library on Tuesday 23rd March from 10.30am till 3pm. A staff member from the Society will be available to help. People are welcome to just drop in, but where a more in-depth discussion is required, arrangements can be made for a home visit. For more information contact the Alzheimer’s Society Uttlesford Branch on 01371 872519.


The public are being asked for their opinions on Uttlesford District Council’s plans to overhaul the allocation of council houses. The Government recently published new statutory guidance for local authorities on social housing allocations aiming to address the lack of awareness and understanding about allocations and to tackle misconceptions.

According to the Council, many prospective tenants are unhappy with the current “difficult and complex” points system and it is keen to use a housing allocations policy that works for everyone and best meets local needs.

By taking part in the consultation you can help choose a fair system that will prioritise housing for those that need it most and strip away any confusion. The discussions will last until the end of April, with a new policy in place by May. Visit www.uttlesford.gov.uk/allocations to take part and in due course view/comment on the draft policy. You can also contact Nicole Shephard-Lewis on 01799 510571 if you would like more information.


I am sure everyone has seen and was affected by the horrific scenes of devastation caused by the recent earthquake in Haiti. This was clearly the case in school as I was approached by the children who wanted to do something to help the people there. In assembly we watched some news footage about the disaster and discussed what we could do to help. The children decided that providing clean, fresh water was an important priority and something that they could help to buy. During February the children collected ‘6 litres’ of coins (three empty bottles full). This was sent in the form of a cheque for Haiti with the help of the Samaritans Purse charity. The large empty outline map of Haiti in our school foyer was covered in messages of support and prayers from pupils, staff and parents. These messages have also been sent to Haiti and help to illustrate why Great Easton really is such a special place.

Recently three of our Year 6 pupils took part in the Helena Romanes Public Speaking competition. This involved the pupils planning and delivering a talk, using persuasive language on a topic of their choice. Our team chose the Stansted Expansion as their subject and obviously impressed the judging panel as they returned to school with the trophy for first place – a fantastic achievement.

A few weeks ago six children spent the day with me in London at the BETT exhibition at Olympia filming and starring in a commercial for a new mobile Science Trolley (now showing on Teachers TV).

March will see our Key Stage 1 children off to Hatfield Forest to be ‘explorers’ for the day, whilst Key Stage 2 children will take part in a China day here in school. On this day they will be involved in a series of workshops, assemblies and lessons, all delivered by Chinese teachers from the The Essex Jiangsu Centre. Also during March we will be taking part in Boys’ and Girls’ football tournaments, Hi 5s netball tournament and the Essex Cross Country Championship.

Following the success of the recent Christingle service, March will see another two joint church and school services. Our termly communion service in school will be at 9am on Thursday 25th March and the end of term family Easter service will be in Great Easton Church at 10am on Wednesday 31st March. Those of you who are able to attend the Easter service will see our ‘buy one vicar get one free’ offer as the service is being led jointly by both Canon Ivy and Revd Cilla!

Damian Pye


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


Chief Inspector Joe Wrigley, Uttlesford District Commander, Essex Police writes about the concerns that people have regarding parking of vehicles on pavements and verges, and why the police are now asking communities to take the lead in reducing this.

Local UDC parking attendants have no power to deal with cases of obstruction nor is it currently possible for any Chief Constable to grant these powers. There are powers that police can use in relation to unnecessary or wilful obstruction and these have been and will continue to be used. There is currently no national legislation banning parking of vehicles on the pavement.

In looking for a “community solution”, while it is for police to lead on this, a staged initiative has been set up to deal with this issue.

Neighbourhood Teams are mapping where the problems are and police are responding to obvious and overt breaches of the law by knocking on doors and asking for vehicles to be moved. If they are not or the circumstances dictate, then Fixed Penalty Notices will be issued. A media strategy has been developed to widely advise the community of this activity, to help them to comply with the law and, hopefully, avoid a fine and the wrath of their neighbours. A leaflet is being developed which will encapsulate the views of all agencies this affects.

There will then be a period of enforcement where any vehicle deemed to be causing an obstruction will attract a Fixed Penalty Notice. If a vehicle is found to still be in contravention of the law, then the police will seek to prosecute the offender through the courts, in some circumstances applying for confiscation of the vehicle.

Please look at where you are parking your vehicle. Does it inhibit movement along the footway? Might a visually impaired pedestrian injure themselves on it? Can a fire engine get through? Is it necessary to park it there? If your vehicle is parked so that it is possibly causing an obstruction please move it somewhere else!

To make your Neighbourhood Team aware of any problem of obstruction our local contact points are: Thaxted and Newport Neighbourhood on 07779 085615; Great Dunmow Neighbourhood on 07989 174801; the Felsted and Stebbing Neighbourhood on 07779 085616.


Thurs/Sat 4th/6th March The Dunmow Players
Saturday 6th March Broxted Supper Quiz
Sunday 7th March Snowdrops at Gardens of Easton Lodge
Thursday 11th March Great Easton Church Annual Meeting
Friday 12th March Opening of Children’s Society Boxes
Sunday 14th March Mothering Sunday Service at Broxted Church
Sunday 14th March Snowdrops at Gardens of Easton Lodge
Monday 15th March Little Easton Church Annual Meeting
Tuesday 16th March Broxted Church Annual Meeting
Tuesday 16th March Talk at Elsenham Village Hall
Saturday 20th March Murder Mystery Evening, Little Easton
Wednesday 24th March Duton Hill Funday Meeting
Thursday 25th March School Communion Service
Sunday 28th March Palm Sunday at Great Easton Church
Monday 29th March Tilty Church Annual Meeting
Wednesday 31st March School Easter Service in Great Easton Church
Friday 2nd April Good Friday Meditation at Chickney Church
Sunday 4th April Easter Day Service at Tilty
Friday 23rd April St George’s Day Dinner, Great 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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