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from the Five Parishes' Magazine

APRIL 2010


A reminder that the usual Good Friday service will take place at 2pm in Chickney Church. After the service a warm welcome awaits you all for tea and hot cross buns in New Chickney Hall. Hope you can join us! Please do not park in the lane as parking is available through the gates on the grass on the right hand side of the drive. Please keep the area outside the church clear for disabled parking.


The next meeting of the Council is on Thursday 8th April, at 8.15 pm in the Village Hall. All meetings of the Council are open to members of the public; the Council always welcomes villagers and is keen to hear their opinions and ideas.

Minutes of the meetings can be viewed on the notice boards and on the Council’s web-site at broxted-pc.gov.uk. Other information about the village is available on this site, www.broxted.org


The Annual General Meeting takes place on Thursday 29th April at 8pm 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 absolutely will not be forced on to the committee just for showing up!

Members of the Association do welcome people to the AGM if only to provide some feedback and perhaps a fresh outlook on what they do. There will be wine and cheese afterwards, as an added incentive for your attendance.


With the snow hopefully all but gone, and the bulbs pushing through, the start of the 2010 cricket season is fast approaching. Molehill Green Cricket Club is currently preparing for the new season, which will see them participating in Division 4 of the Herts & Essex Cricket League each Saturday, with ‘friendly’ cricket played on a Sunday.

They are a small, traditional village cricket club and are always keen to hear from players or supporters, no matter of their ability, age, experience or gender, who have an interest in playing or supporting the club in other ways. They have a great deal of ‘spare’ kit – so don’t let your lack of gear put you off.

For further details or a chat please contact Secretary, Colin Craig, email colincraig100@hotmail.com or telephone 01317 852141


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 14th and 28th April, 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 16th and 30th April 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

As I write, we are in the season of Lent, so it is difficult to leap in one’s mind to the celebrations of Easter Day when there is so much of the journey to be travelled over these next weeks.

There are the celebrations of Palm Sunday (28th March) where we hear again of the crowds cheering as they ripped branches from the trees to wave as banners, shouting with enthusiasm a version of “God, you’re great!” They had seen Jesus do some really amazing things.

Then we head for Good Friday (2nd April) with its solemnity and sadness and incomprehensible activity, with the execution of an innocent man, given the go ahead by a cheering crowd shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Jesus headed to the Cross without so much as a word of protest to claim his innocence, because “there was no other good enough to pay the price of sin … He died that we might be forgiven, he died to make us good, that we might go at last to heaven, saved by his precious blood”. He died for you and me, so that we could not only believe there is a God, but we can know him as our friend and saviour.

The accounts of events surrounding Good Friday do not make pleasant reading; the events were dominated by hatred, envy, mockery, cowardice, injustice and extreme brutality. We read of the dreadfulness of the day, highlighted by the fact that the victim was totally innocent. And then our emotions change direction as we look to the glorious muddle of the different take, and different emphasis, on the story of the resurrection on that first Easter morning as recorded in the four Gospels.

We cannot put ourselves into anyone else’s shoes to know what his Mother, brothers and friends were going through. We cannot move on to the amazement of that first Easter morning when the followers of Jesus rushed to the grave and found that Jesus was alive, without recalling the events of Good Friday.

For those who have waited and watched a love one die there is numbness and disbelief even when one knows it is going to happen. Even when people have faith to believe that death is not the end, sadness emerges from the numbness, and a muddle of emotions which cannot be articulated. Even with the knowledge of a future hope, we still have to go through the pain and disbelief before comfort and peace arrive.

The resurrection of Jesus does not deny the reality of grief and suffering, but it does point us to a greater truth – that God’s love overcomes the very worst that the human condition can experience. God’s love and forgiveness, seen in the life of Jesus, could not be destroyed.

More than ever today we need to hold fast to that future hope. Let us not forget that the Son who dies for us and was raised from the dead is alive and stays with us. Accept his love, know his presence.

And now unto him

who is able to keep us from falling

and lift us from the valley of despair

to the bright mountain of hope,

from the midnight of desperation

to the daybreak of joy;

To him be power and authority

for ever and ever. Amen.

We look forward to welcoming you to the celebrations on Easter Day 11am at Tilty Church.

With prayerful good wishes for a hopeful Easter.

Ivy Crawford


See our Services section for details of the Good Friday Meditation at Chickney Church and the Easter Day service at Tilty. The Good Friday hour is always very meaningful in the quiet surroundings of Chickney and you will be sure of a warm and friendly welcome afterwards at Chickney New Hall and at Tilty Church on Easter Day.


This important date in the administrative calendar of The Five Parishes takes place on Sunday 25th April in Great Easton church at 12.15pm after the morning’s service. Everyone is welcome to attend but only those on the Electoral Roll will be able to vote.


Preparations continue for this year’s show, despite it seeming a long time away. Please make a note of the date: Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 29th/30th August, and keep up to date with show arrangements on its website www.countessofwarwickshow.org or telephone Tim Turner on 01371 874793 for further information.

Queries about stand space should be directed to 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. Details will be available a little nearer the date for those wishing to enter exhibits in the Horticultural Marquee and the Art Exhibition.


This month’s meeting is on Wednesday 21st April at 2.30 pm at Easton Farm, Little Easton when there will be a talk about the running of the Thaxted Disabled Centre. Do go along if you would like to learn about the Centre and would like an afternoon with friendly people and a cup of tea and some cake. There will be a Bring and Buy.


St. George’s Day Dinner

If you haven’t already booked your tickets for this event there is still time to do so, with just a few left, why not treat yourself to a great night out by being part of this unique occasion to celebrate all that is English?

Each country has its own famous places, people and objects associated with them. Images associated with England are the Flag of England (St George’s Cross), the red rose is widely recognised as its national flower, the three lions crest (usually seen as a badge) and of course the Oak which is the national tree of England.

There will be a champagne reception, three course superb English menu, a guest speaker and a feast of entertainment to make this a patriotic occasion.

Available tickets for this fundraising event are obtainable from Brian or Audrey on 01371 870927 at £48 each which will also include wine on the table. Evening wear and black tie preferred or smart lounge suit.

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


There are just five more chances to win in this round. The Club exists as a fundraising arm of The Friends of the Five Parishes and all profit goes towards maintenance of the churches.


At the next meeting of the Eastons & Tilty WI on Thursday 8th April Andy Malcolm will be giving a history of The Fisherman’s Mission. By all accounts this promises to be a highly entertaining afternoon – so please come along. Usual time: 2.15 for 2.30pm at Great Easton Village Hall.


As the Greville Theatre Club moves into its next 50 years of producing drama for The Five Parishes and beyond, it is proud to present, for its spring production:

KATHERINE HOWARD a historical drama by William Nicholson

Opening on the wedding night of Henry VIII and his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, and closing with the execution of his fifth wife, Katherine Howard, found guilty of adultery, William Nicholson’s play takes a slice of Tudor history and turns it into pure theatrical magic. A touching May-to-September romance; political intrigue, plots and betrayals; a pointed and sometimes comic portrayal of women’s lives in Tudor times: all these, and more, are elements of this entertaining, thoughtful and intelligent play from the author of Shadowlands.

Thursday 27th May at 8pm no supper £7.50
Friday 28th May with a ploughman’s supper at 7.30pm before the play at 8.30pm in aid of Stop Stansted Expansion £12.00
Saturday 29th May with Greville two-course supper at 7.30pm before the play at 8.30pm £14.00
Thursday 3rd June at 8.00 pm no supper £7.50
Friday 4th June with a ploughman’s supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30pm £11.50
Saturday 5th June with a two-course supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30pm in aid of Great & Little Saling Churches £14.00

The new box office opens on 26th April. Please phone 01371 872640, after 9am, for further information and tickets.


On Saturday 19th June there will be an evening of musical extravaganza with over five hours of entertainment with gates opening at 4.30 pm and the concert starting at 6pm. Starring from the 60s and 70s will be The Merseybeats, The Alan Price Set, Love Supremes, The Glitter Band, Peter Sarstedt, Gwen Dickie of Rose Royce plus Evan Grant and The Midlife Crisis.

On Saturday 14th August with gates opening at 4.30 pm and the concert starting at 7pm, in a flashback to the Eighties, the stars will be Alexander O’Neal, The Blockheads, Tight Fit, Wham!Duran and Glenn Jackson.

Contact Classic Gold Events on 01279 815464 for details of ticket prices, booking space for your own gazebo or hiring gazebos, tables and chairs.



We are pleased to announce the launch of the new website for The Five Parishes, which has been designed and donated to us by Cathy Charles of SYRO Designs. We are exceedingly grateful to Dot and Geoff Parker for designing and maintaining our previous site over many years, and appreciate their help in the setting up of this new one.

Not only has the design been changed, but many features and more content have been added to the site. We trust that you will find the additions beneficial as you and your family and friends look for information about The Five Parishes.

Available to our visitors is important information, such as Church Services, Daily Prayer, Say ONE for me – the opportunity to ask for prayer – initial contacts for baptisms, weddings and funerals as well as lots of relevant information about the wider community in the Our Community section.

We would appreciate your feedback on the website content. If you should have any questions and/or suggestions, please click on the Contact Us page of www.thefiveparishes.org.uk. Thank you in advance for your continued interest in The Five Parishes website.


The meeting on Tuesday 6th April will be a Club night. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome at £4.


The skip will visit Great Dunmow Chequers Lane car park from 9am to 3pm on Saturday/Sunday 3rd/4th April and every weekend until the end of October when it reverts to Saturdays only.

It will alternate weekly between Stansted Lower Street car park and Thaxted Margaret Street car park, commencing at Stansted on Saturday/Sunday 3rd/4th April and Thaxted on Saturday/Sunday 10th/11th April.


St. Mary’s Church in Elsenham is continuing its celebrations of the 900th anniversary of worship and witness in 2010 and here are two more dates for your diary. On Sunday 18th April there will be a Songs of Praise in the church at 6pm. Over the weekend of 21st/23rd May there will be a Flower Festival, also in the church.


The Society’s next concert is on Sunday 18th April at 7.30pm in Felsted School Chapel when they will present Dyson’s Nebuchadnezzar, conducted by Roger Lawrence. The story so far: wicked ruler Nebuchadnezzar, against health and safety regulations, throws Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into a fiery furnace. Will the Choral Society pull these old chestnuts out of the fire? Book your seats early to be next to the fiery furnace!

The programme will also include Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Serenade to Music. Seats at £12 (children/students FREE) include a programme and interval drink.


The Society’s information day in Saffron Walden Library this month will be on Tuesday 27th April from 10.30 am till 3pm. A staff member from the Society will be available to help. People are welcome to just drop in or arrangements can be made for a home visit. For more information contact the Alzheimer’s Society Uttlesford Branch on 01371 872519.


The Centre will hold a party with an Auction of Promises at Easton Farm, Little Easton on Friday 30th April. The evening will start at 6.30pm and entry is £10 including a glass of wine and refreshments. There will also be a bar. There will be a raffle as well as the Auction and a pianist will entertain. Please come along and join in the fun and help raise much needed funds to enable the Centre to continue its work.


The Archbishop of York, Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, will be taking part in the Bradwell Pilgrimage on Saturday 3rd July. This annual event takes place around the village of Bradwell on Sea and St Peter’s on the Wall in Essex. Organised by Churches Together in Essex and East London (CTEEL), the Pilgrimage attracts more than 500 people each year to tread the same path as St Cedd down to the sea wall.


As you are reading this the staff and children will be away from school on their Easter break. Two thirds of this academic year has now passed and the return of the children on the 20th April will see the start of the summer term!

In assembly recently when discussing Lent, one of the children commented that she would like to ‘give up being cold’ and over the last few days we have actually seen some sunshine in the playground so it might just be that the summer term will see spring finally taking over from the bitterly cold winter we have all experienced.

Our Year 5 (9 and 10 year old) children will certainly be hoping for some warmer weather in April as at the end of the month they will be going on the first Great Easton residential trip of the year. 25 children and 3 staff will be off to the Danbury Outdoor Centre for a two night/three day outdoor and adventurous activity based visit. The children will be staying in log cabins and the activities (all lead by qualified instructors) in which they will take part include mountain biking, an obstacle course, climbing wall, tree top walk, archery, team building and orienteering. The children will also travel to nearby Woodham Walter for half a day’s canoeing along the river Chelmer. Catering will be provided by the Danbury catering staff and the evening activities will involve a choice of sports, nature walks and a final night barbecue.

April will also see the school teams playing their final football and netball matches of the season and the summer sports rounders, cricket and athletics taking over. We have had our most successful season in terms of the number of netball and football matches won but, more importantly, all the children have approached every match with such an enthusiastic and positive attitude. Many of the schools we have visited have commented on the friendly and sporting nature of our children, another feather in the cap for our pupils!

Finally a reminder about our end of term Easter Service. Although not strictly an ‘April’ event the service takes place at Great Easton Church at 10am on Wednesday 31st March and Canon Ivy and Reverend Cilla have promised an Eggstra special Easter Eggstravaganza!

Damian Pye


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


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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