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from the Five Parishes' Magazine

MAY 2010


Good Friday

The Good Friday service, held as usual in Chickney church, was well attended. Canon Ivy led the congregation through the days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus with a number of readings read by members of the congregation. The hymns were led by the Five Parishes Choir. After the service the congregation followed the cross to the lovely warm home of local churchgoers, where it enjoyed tea and hot cross buns. Our hosts do this every year, and we would like to thank them and their family for giving everyone such a warm welcome.

Confirmation Service

See News for All Parishes for details of the Confirmation Service which will take place in Broxted Church on Sunday 9th May. Everyone is welcome, please do come along.


Annual Meetings

The next meetings of the Council are the Annual Meeting and the Annual Parish Assembly and they will be held on Thursday 13th May, starting at 8.15 pm in the Village Hall. At these meetings the Council will be reviewing its activities during the past year, and this is a good opportunity for those who wish to comment, praise or criticize the Council to attend to make their views known.

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


At this time of the year the litter on the road-sides and in the hedgerows is very obvious, and Broxted seems to get more than its fair share, being on the busy route to and from Stansted Airport. Uttlesford District Council recently sent its litter-pickers to Brick End and they have been asked to visit Church End too. In the meantime, the Council would ask everyone to do their bit by keeping the stretch of road near to your home clear of litter. Thank you.


The sum of £624.14 was raised at the Box Opening which took place in March at the home of Yvonne and John. Yvonne would like to thank everyone who keeps a box in their home, and her team of counters, Christine, Jenny and Linda, who have done sterling work for years. Also thanks to John ‘A’ for his coffee and tea making expertise on these occasions.

This is the last year that Yvonne will be the local representative for The Children’s Society, and she is pleased to say that Linda will be carrying on in her place.


Starting on Saturday 29th May, Bob Carter (Churchwarden at St Mary’s, Broxted) and his son, Matthew, will be cycling from London’s Hyde Park to The Louvre Museum in Paris. Their route takes them through Dover, Calais, Abbeville and Beauvais, arriving in Paris on 1st June, a total of approximately 250 miles. The “back-up team” have promised them a large glass of wine, carefully selected after much sampling, at the end of their journey.

Bob is riding to raise money for The Friends of the Five Parishes. The Friends’ mission statement is: “The Friends of the Five Parishes is a registered charity dedicated to help preserve the fabric of the church buildings of Broxted, Tilty, Great Easton and Little Easton in good order for current and future generations”. They have given over £43,000 in grants to the four churches and are expecting requests for more as their renovation work for 2010 gets underway.

To learn more and join Bob’s sponsors, visit www.thecarterslondontoparis2010.net or contact Bob on 07787 162652.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 12th and 26th May, 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 14th and 28th May 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

I have been mulling over what to write about this month … there is so much happening in the month of May. On Sunday 9th six people are being confirmed at Broxted Church. On 14th May I celebrate the first anniversary of my licensing as Priest-in-Charge of the Five Parishes and what an amazing year we have enjoyed. Also 9th-15th May is Christian Aid week with “Poverty – Let’s end it” being their slogan this year. Do we seriously want to make things better for the poor peoples of the world, or are we so entrenched in the affairs at home that we haven’t time to worry about others?

With the general election on the 6th those of us aged 18 and over have the opportunity to vote, to embrace the responsibility which is ours to make use of the democratic processes which we are privileged to have in this country. Whatever our views on the decisions made in Parliament and in the House of Lords on our behalf, and whatever our thoughts on the behaviour of our elected representatives, it is often easier to blame “them” for the decline in our society, when we have helped create the society in which we live. The British statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke (1729-1797) said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” He also said, “Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little”.

You and I know we ought not to opt out of our responsibility, even when we can only do a little … so what can we do?

St Paul in writing to Timothy as recorded in I Timothy chapter 1 said this: “I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; for sovereigns and for all in high office, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence towards God and with proper conduct. This is good and it pleases God…”

By the time you read this we may have gone in to overload with news reports being dominated by the latest predictions about which party will win and by how large or small a majority. We will have toured the country by coach, train or aeroplane, depending on which of the three major parties grab your attention. We may even know most of the content of the various party manifestos, and find ourselves retaining something of former attitudes of disquiet and mistrust of those whose motive for entering the political arena was because they genuinely wanted to make a difference. It might, however, be that by the time you read this you will have decided not to listen to any more of the rhetoric.

Paul reminds us that it is our duty to pray for our political leaders. No matter what we may think of politicians we have a duty to pray for them. We need to pray for wisdom and guidance for our political leaders as well as for the integrity of those who stand for election.

No matter where our political allegiances lie, let me encourage you to spend time in prayer for the leaders and potential leaders of our nation, as well as in praying for wisdom for those of us who have the responsibility to use our vote. “This is good and it pleases God”

With prayerful good wishes.

Ivy Crawford


Whose Line is it Anyway?

Funded by the taxpayer and costing £1.3m each, 120 new Electrostar rail carriages are currently on order for the region and the present intention is to give priority to the Stansted Express by replacing all its existing rolling stock with the new carriages and lengthening these trains from 8 to 12 carriages. With current operating schedules, this proposal would see all 120 new carriages allocated to the Stansted Express, leaving none regularly available for local commuter rail services between Cambridge and Liverpool Street, other than during off-peak hours and at weekends.

However the Department for Transport is currently looking for a new train operator to replace National Express from next April and is asking for views on the priorities to be set for the new operator. SSE has endorsed the action of local Parliamentary candidates Sir Alan Haselhurst and Mark Prisk, who have written to Lord Adonis, the Secretary of State for Transport, arguing for greater priority to be given to local rail users and for a fairer allocation of the 120 new Electrostar carriages.

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.


The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Reading, has been nominated by Her Majesty the Queen as Bishop of Chelmsford to succeed The Right Reverend John Gladwin. He will be the tenth Bishop of Chelmsford.

Bishop Stephen Cottrell said: “I was born and brought up in Essex, and it is still the place I think of as home. Now I have been invited to return to this large, diverse and richly varied diocese to serve as your bishop. It is an immense privilege.”


As you will see from the cover, a Confirmation Service is to be carried out by Bishop Christopher, Bishop of Colchester, in Broxted Church on Sunday 9th May at 11 am. There will be six candidates from our parish. At this service the confirmees will make for themselves the promises made for them by their parents and god-parents when they were baptised. It is a cause for great celebration and, like all our services, it is open for anyone who wishes to attend. Do come along to support those being confirmed and to welcome Bishop Christopher.


The Churchwardens who have been chosen by the four churches for the coming twelve months will be admitted to that office at a service on Thursday 25th May known as the Archdeacon’s Visitation. The service will be held at St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden at 7 for 8 pm and everyone is welcome to go along to support our Churchwardens. They are Bob and Liz Carter (Broxted with Chickney), Jane Askew (Tilty), Alison Rumbold and Angela Harbottle (Great Easton) and Carolyn Bennett and Warwick Newbury (Little Easton).


It’s that time of year when many of you are no doubt collating all those pieces of paper for your annual tax return. Anyone who requires details of donations gift aided to the Five Parishes should contact Angela on 01371 872894.

In this connection it is timely to say how grateful the PCC and members of the church committees are to all those who support their work during the year with donations, whether these be via service collection plates, as regular pledged donations, as support given at fundraising events or in appreciation of that cup of coffee! Without you, they could not continue to look after our churches: in 2009 the day-to-day running costs (our parish share, heating/lighting, insurance, care of the churchyards etc) of the four churches amounted to £197 each day. By including in the calculation the cost of building maintenance and major restoration work, this figure rises to £320 each day, so you can see why your support is so valuable.

If in the light of this information you would like to consider increasing your gift, or would like to become a regular contributor to the running costs of our churches, contact Angela for a pledge form or pick one up in one of the churches and then send it to her for onward transmission to the PCC treasurer. Forms can also be accessed in the Giving Section of our website www.thefiveparishes.org.uk. Thank you for giving this your consideration.


Did you know that by shopping online you can donate to The Five Parishes without it costing you a penny? Login to www.easyfundraising.org.uk, 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 2,00+ 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.uk, 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.


To keep up to date with arrangements for the show on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 29th/30th August go to its website www.countessofwarwickshow.org or telephone Tim Turner on 01371 874793. Queries about stand space should be directed to Jo Davies, by email at jodavies40@msn.com or on 07789 884340.

Details of prizes for the Grand Draw will be announced in the next issue but its organisers would always welcome offers of prizes – maybe a painting of someone’s house by one of our many talented artists or a week’s holiday in a holiday villa – contact Angela on 01371 872894.


On Wednesday 19th May at 2.30pm the meeting will take place at Easton Farm. On Wednesday 16th June M.U. plan to host a Charity Lunch and hope to have the support of friends from the Five Parishes and beyond. Please book this date now.


Annual General Meeting

This meeting takes place this year on Thursday 20th May 2010 at 7 pm and will be followed by light refreshments. It will take place in Tilty Church by kind permission of Churchwarden Jane and the church committee. The agenda, Annual Report and Accounts will be sent to members in advance but everyone is welcome to be in attendance.

Duton Hill FunDay

The Friends will be at this fundraising event with their stall and look forward to welcoming friends on that occasion.

London To Paris Bike Ride 2010

See Broxted News for details of this undertaking by Bob Carter (Churchwarden at St Mary’s, Broxted) who, together with his son, Matthew, is setting out on Saturday 29th May, to cycle from London’s Hyde Park to The Louvre Museum in Paris, a total of approximately 250 miles. Bob is riding to raise money for The Friends of the Five Parishes. Chairman Michael and members of the committee send him every good wish for a successful and safe ride and thank him for his generosity in raising sponsorship for The Friends. To learn more and join Bob’s sponsors, visit www.thecarterslondontoparis2010.net or contact Bob on 07787 162652.


The Friends 50% Club year ends in August so there are four more chances to win. Application forms for the new club year will be in the July Magazine so do look out for them. Half the subscription money goes in the prize and, after expenses, the rest towards the upkeep of our churches in the Five Parishes. Currently, all our churches are facing the prospect of major work, and the subsequent bills, so the help of The Friends will be called upon during the next year.


The next meeting of the Eastons & Tilty W.I. will be on Thursday 13th May in Great Easton Village Hall at 12.30 for 1 pm. The earlier start this month is because this is the Club’s Faith Lunch meeting followed by Resolutions and a social afternoon. As usual, everyone is welcome to join them if you feel like being “social”.


As featured last month, for its spring production The Greville Theatre Club is presenting KATHERINE HOWARD, a historical drama by William Nicholson. Tickets are available from the new Box Office number 01371 872640, after 9 am, for performances on:

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 gardens at The Granary, Maysland Farm will be open on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May from 2 to 5 pm and on Sunday 27th June from 2 to 6 pm in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. Entry is £3.50 with children free. Tea and cakes will be available.

Vivienne will be opening the garden of Church Lodge, Park Road, Little Easton twice this Summer: on Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th June for the National Garden Scheme and on Saturday 19th June for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). On all three days teas and refreshments will be on sale; entrance is £2.50 children under 15 free.

The percentage that Vivienne is allowed to award to the charity of her choice from the takings will be divided as usual between Little Easton Church and Dunmow Catholic Church. She looks forward to seeing you and having successful and happy Garden Open Days.


The Gardens will be open on Sunday 23rd May from 12 noon to 6pm. Tickets cost just £2.50 for adults, children enter free. Further information is available from the recorded information service on 01371 876979, online at www.eastonlodge.co.uk or by emailing enquiries@eastonlodge.co.uk.


As featured last month, there are to be two musical events this year at Little Easton Manor, Park Road, Little Easton. Starring on Saturday 19th June 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 the stars will be Alexander O’Neal, The Blockheads, Tight Fit, Wham!Duran and Glenn Jackson.

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



On the 21st March Lesley run a half marathon for The Stroke Association in memory of her mother. She sends this report on how it all went and to say thank you all for your very kind donations.

“A nice sunny day and the nerves were getting the better of me just before the run started but once the starting pistol went off, so did I. For the first seven miles I had a stitch which didn’t help, but then it disappeared. Nine miles in and the mind started to tell me I wasn’t going to do it, but thankfully that passed. Hitting the 12 mile marker I thought ‘Great, not long now’. Then it seemed to go on and on but I was determined and managed to get an extra bit of energy to keep going. Finish line in sight, I ran over it with a real sense of pride but forgot to look at the clocks to see my finishing time. I found out later that it was 2 hours 18 minutes which apparently isn’t bad. All in all, a thoroughly fantastic day.

“I’m pleased to say also that my target of £1,000 was exceeded, the final total being £1,100. So a huge big thank you to each and every one of you for your very kind and generous donations and for helping me achieve this dream, thank you so much!

“Thank you also to my lovely husband Simon, for helping me with my training and doing the run on the day at a much slower pace just to stay beside me and keep me going.

“One final word of thanks, is for my lovely mum, Ellen. For all the love and encouragement over the years, and who gave me the inspiration to do this. It was an absolute honour to run in your memory. Thanks Mum, we did it together!”


At the time of going to print Little Easton resident Lisa is about three weeks away from taking part in her first marathon – London 2010. By the time you are reading this it will all be over and Lisa will hopefully have completed the 26.2 miles and raised her target of £1,000 for local charity MEDICS. See www.justgiving.com/Lisa-Smith3 for more information and to make a contribution which would be most gratefully received. Many of you may have seen Lisa, particularly on Sunday mornings, running the roads of the five parishes in preparation for the event. She would like to say a huge thank you to all who have sponsored her and to some special people – Sarah for her advice and encouragement, Sharon Williamson for sticking with her through all the training. She says there is no way she could have attempted this event without the support of these two good friends. Love and thanks also to Reece, Josie and Emmie for backing her all the way. Thanks to Trevor for ruining his toes to get her through her first 16 miler and best wishes to Sue, Lisa hopes you’ll be back running soon.


Don’t forget to look at the new website for The Five Parishes, not only to see what is going on, but to take advantage of the few moments of prayer and tranquillity that it provides or even just to look at the pictures! One of the many attributes of this new website is the facility to access it in a larger text size – look either at the foot or the side of a page for AAA.


At the meeting on Tuesday 4th May David Wright’s theme will be My Secret Garden. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for Disabled People at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome at £4.


Over 50 houses are taking part in this sale on Saturday 8th May at 12 noon in aid of Great Bardfield After School Club (registered charity No.106215). There are many bargains on offer. Entry is free with a free map and parking is available; have a great day out; look for the red balloons; and visit the Sale’s sponsors Angie and Dell at The Bell in Great Bardfield. Details at http://www.greatbardfieldgaragesale.btik.com.


The singers will be performing a concert entitled Renaissance! on Saturday 22nd May at Holy Trinity Church, Hermon Hill. The programme includes 16th and 17th century works exploring secular and sacred connections between the music of England, Spain and Italy. The Box Office number is 020 8550 7481 or book online at www.meljon.org.uk.


St. Mary’s Church in Elsenham is continuing its celebrations of the 900th anniversary of worship and witness in 2010 and here are some dates for your diary. There is to be a Flower Festival in the church from Friday/Sunday 21st/23rd May. Elsenham church is home to at least three varieties of bats, and at 7.30 pm on Saturday 22nd May there will be a ‘Bat Evening’ with members of the Essex Bat Group. This will provide an opportunity to hear all about bats and, with luck, witness some of them as they flit around the church and churchyard at dusk.


Community Development Officer Sue Hayden reports that the next Forum will take place on Tuesday 25th May at Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow at 7.30 pm when the theme will be community safety initiatives.


In what is hoped to be the first of regular NPT reports, the Team advise that although Stansted and its surrounding villages continues to be a safe area in which to live, a number of house burglaries have taken place recently.

Two thirds of burglars get in through a door and a third through a window, so making sure your windows and doors are secure is vital. Keep your doors locked even when you are at home. If you have a uPVC door, be sure to lock it properly: many burglaries are committed by entry through uPVC back doors. These doors have a number of different locking mechanisms; some can be locked by simply lifting the handle; in others, lifting the handle drives across a closing bolt, but a key is needed to actually lock the door. Recent victims found when they thought they were locking their doors, they were in fact just closing them, with the result that the door could still be opened from the outside. Please make sure you know how your locks operate so that when you are locking up, you are, in fact, locking up! If you need any assistance as a result of this message, please contact crime reduction officer Peter Caulfield on 0300 333 4444 who will be happy to advise you.


Now that gardening time is here, please remember that the Council’s mobile garden waste unit visits Great Easton Village Hall every Saturday between 1.30 and 2.30 pm. Please do not leave your rubbish unattended. There is a unit available every weekend in Dunmow Chequers Lane car park and on alternating weekends in Stansted and Thaxted from 9 am to 3 pm.


Ahoy, mateys! The summer term has now officially begun with the new topics for the children being Pirates in Foundation and Key Stage 1 and Journeys in Key Stage 2.

Between now and July we will be undertaking 2 residential trips, exam week, induction days, 2 sports mornings, writing reports, attending athletics, cricket, rounders and swimming tournaments, organising an art week, a bouncy castle fun day, a communion service, leavers’ service and an open evening! More details, reports and hopefully comments from the children will follow in the next few editions of the Five Parishes Magazine.

Whilst April has only just gone we have already received the names of the children who will be joining us in September and our Year 6 children have all known for a few weeks which Secondary schools they will be attending in the Autumn. In fact one of the last jobs we did before the Easter break was submit our admissions criteria for September 2011. So don’t worry all you two and three year old readers – we are already planning for you!

Recently the school continued to develop its strong links with the Five Parishes at our Communion and Easter services. Being so close to Easter the theme for communion was very much based around the period of Lent and the last supper. Our Easter service was very well attended and as it was held just two days before Good Friday, Canon Ivy and Reverend Cilla were really able to bring the Easter story alive. Those of you nearby the church during the service would have probably wondered why there were 60 pairs of wellington boots in the porch, you would have stopped to listen to over 200 people making donkey noises and pretending to rip trees from branches and the 200 voices shouting Hosanna in the Highest!

Finally, thank you to those who continue to send in vouchers to school. We are currently collecting a range of tokens from different organisations including Tesco, Sainsburys and Nestlé. These vouchers are collated, counted and then exchanged for computer and sports equipment and books for the classroom. Each of these schemes is due to finish during the summer term and I will keep you updated on final totals and the equipment we are able to order as a result of all your collecting.

Damian Pye


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


(A report by Great Easton Parish Clerk)

Once upon a time a man was sorting out his barn when he came across some treasure – this may be the beginning of a fairy story, but it actually happened near Duton Hill.

Andy, of Abbey View, rented a barn for his business from Joe Steele, and when he was clearing it he came across a large box covered with cobwebs and years of dust. On closer inspection he found that it was full of books documenting the rents and rates paid on behalf of all the homes in Great Easton, meticulously filled in by hand, containing the names of the owners and tenants of the premises dating from 1836 to 1914. A real treasure trove indeed.

Joe Steele was a member of the Parish Council and he had stored these old records for years and had forgotten all about them.

It was decided to hand the box over to the landlord of The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill as he was interested in history. He thought the best home for all these historic documents was with the Historic Recorder of the Parish.

And so it was on the 27th February that Derek invited a group of residents, who had lived in the village all their lives, to a ‘Handing Over’ ceremony. About 20 people gathered to hear Derek tell the story of how they had been found and James spoke of the importance of keeping these items as a record of the area’s history. The next two hours were filled with people reminiscing and searching for their family ancestors, some had brought their own photographs along to show how the village had changed, even in their life time.

A big thank you to Derek for organising and hosting the event, thank you also for his hospitality supplying drinks and refreshments (despite the myth it was found that the Three Horseshoes does do food).


Sunday 25th April APCM, Great Easton Church
Thursday 29th April Great Easton/Tilty Parish Council AGM
Thursday 29th April Broxted Community Association AGM
Friday 30th April Auction of Promises, Easton Farm
Sunday 2nd May Duton Hill Fun Day
Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May Tilty Church Spring Lunch
Saturday 8th May Great Bardfield Garage Sale
Sunday 9th May Confirmation Service in Broxted Church
Thursday 13th May Broxted Parish Council AGM
Thursday 20th May The Friends Annual General Meeting
Saturday 22nd May Meljon Singers concert, Hermon Hill
Sunday 23rd May Gardens of Easton Lodge open
Wednesday 26th May Little Easton Parish Council AGM
Thursday 27th May First night of The Greville Theatre Club
Bank Holiday Monday 31st May Garden Open, The Granary, Great Easton
Sat/Sunday 12th/13th June Garden Open, Church Lodge, Little Easton
Wednesday 16th June MU Charity Lunch, Little Easton
Saturday 19th June Garden Open, Church Lodge, Little Easton
Saturday 19th June Champagne Picnic with Music, Little Easton
Sunday 27th June Garden Open, The Granary, 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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