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Stop Stansted Expansion


from the Five Parishes' Magazine

JUNE 2010


The next meeting of the Council is on Thursday 10th June at 8.15 pm in the Village Hall. Members of the public are always welcome at the Council’s meetings.

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


Please see separate advertisement for the Bring and Buy Sale on Saturday 19th June in the Village Hall from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm to raise funds for this baby and toddler group which is still growing, although slowly, in Broxted. As the advertisement says, donations of cakes, biscuits and items for the raffle table will be very much appreciated. By hiring a table for £10 you will have the opportunity to get rid of all those unwanted items!


A resident is taking part in the Race for Life at Epping on Wednesday 21st July, raising money for Cancer Research UK. Any sponsorship received will be greatly appreciated.


A date for your diary. Another Race Night in aid of SSE in Broxted Village Hall will be held on Saturday 9th October. More details later – but book the date now!


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 9th and 23rd June, 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 11th and 25th June 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 can’t believe that already I am writing a letter for the June magazine. Where has this year gone? It seems no time since Christmas and Easter.

Time seems to go faster as we get older ... or as someone kindly reminded me, “No it doesn’t! When we get older everything takes that bit longer!” With that thought, I recalled 21st June as “the longest day” and wondered what we would do if we did have more time. Would we use it to stop and stare, smell the roses, or rush and try to fit yet another thing in to a very full day?

People sometimes say “I haven’t time!” We sometimes use it as an excuse. “I’d love to help you, but I haven’t time”, “I’d love to stay and chat, but I haven’t time”, “I’d like to pray but I haven’t time”, “I’d love to come to church, but I haven’t time”. These words are not exactly true because we can always find the time for the things we want to do!

We spend part of our lives running after time. We sometimes even go as far as thinking that God made a mistake in his calculations. The hours are too short, the days are too short, our lives are too short.

Time is a gift which God gives each one of us, but it is a perishable gift, a gift that does not keep. How will you use the time that is given to you? The hours of my days are mine – mine to fill, quietly, calmly. The hours of your days are yours – yours to fill, quietly, calmly.

You may like to take time to ponder on the words of this prayer and make it your own:

Lord, I am not asking you for time to do this and that,
but your help to do conscientiously,
in the time you have given me,
what you want me to do.  Amen.

Ivy Crawford


What Does the Future Hold Now?

While it’s good news that the coalition government is opposed to additional runways at Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick, Stop Stansted Expansion cautions that there is still a planning application for a second runway on the table which BAA is refusing to withdraw – and the new government is unlikely to face a need to make a decision on whether or not to approve during the current parliamentary term. What is needed now is a new policy commitment which overturns the 2003 Air Transport White Paper push for expansion at Stansted, safeguarding this community for years to come, and pressure to be put on BAA to withdraw an unnecessary, unwanted and unjustifiable development at Stansted. SSE has already spoken with Sir Alan Haselhurst MP who has agreed to help set up ministerial meetings to discuss the community’s concerns at the earliest opportunity.

Planning Application Refused

On the 5th May members of Uttlesford District Council’s Development Control Committee voted unanimously to refuse BAA’s planning application for permission to rent its surplus warehouse space to all-comers.

Having taken account of evidence submitted by BAA, plus objections by SSE, parish councils and members of the public, the Council could find no material reason for making an exception to its own longstanding policy of permitting only airport-related businesses to operate from within the airport site. It also disagreed with BAA’s argument that there was a serious shortage of warehouse space locally.

Call For Pictures

Stop Stansted Expansion is asking for good quality photos of houses, landscapes and landmarks across Herts and Essex and South Suffolk and South Cambridgeshire for its next Community Calendar and Christmas card. Landscape format is preferred and high resolution essential. Photos must be your own work and you must still own the copyright. Groups of pictures from the same village or town are especially welcome.

If you can help, please email digital pictures to info@stopstanstedexpansion.com with a short description of the location and any relevant information, and remember to include your contact details. If sending prints (not negatives) from film, please post them to Peter Riding at SSE, PO Box 311 Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford CM22 6PY (telephone 01279 870558) and include your contact details.

Reporting Noisy Aircraft And Aviation Fuel Smells

While many are aware of the system for reporting noisy aircraft using the SSE website, still more have been unaware that it’s also possible to report strong smells of aviation fuel which occasionally drift across the community. The increasing frequency of reports about these odours means the campaign is keen to gather as much information as possible about who is affected and when so that appropriate action can be taken.

As with aircraft noise, to log your concerns about fuel smells use the online form at www.stopstanstedexpansion.com (see link to ‘complain about noise/fuel smells’) which ensures that SSE receives a copy of your report to BAA and enables the campaign’s technical advisers to make its own enquiries too.


We send all good wishes to Canon Ivy as she celebrates her 25th anniversary in parish ministry. We hope she will have an enjoyable service on the 13th June and have many more years of ministry amongst us.


A Confirmation Service was held in Broxted Church on the 9th May when six members of the Five Parishes congregation were confirmed by The Bishop of Colchester, the Rt Revd Christopher Morgan. With members of their families in attendance and many friends in the congregation, it was a moving and joyful occasion. The collection during the service in aid of Christian Aid Week raised £425 and grateful thanks go to everyone for their support.


On the last Sunday in April in Great Easton Church, we said a sad farewell to Carol as she retired as organist at regular services in Great Easton and Tilty Churches. Presentations were made to her and husband John in recognition of all that they have done for us over the years.

Carol writes:

“I would like to thank everyone for the very generous gift on my retirement as organist. John and I greatly appreciate all the kindness shown to us over the years. It has been a great pleasure to play in the churches of the Five Parishes since I was ‘recruited’ by the Revd Jack Filby just before Cliff Richard’s visit in 1993.

“I started playing the church organ at the age of 12 at Bush End Church and this was followed by 25 years at Takeley Church.

“It is our intention to still be involved with the Five Parishes for many more years. Many thanks to everybody.”


The next meeting will be on Monday 7th June at 8pm.


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.

The first three prizes for the Grand Draw are the same as last year, namely, cash prizes of £1,000, £500 and £250 respectively. As we go to press the other prizes are being arranged and tickets will be distributed as normal towards the end of the month.


The Mothers’ Union invites people of the Five Parishes to A Charity Lunch on Wednesday 16th June, 12.30 for 1pm, in the Garden Room at Easton Farm. The Mothers’ Union charities for which they are collecting are Away From It All (AFIA) Holiday Scheme, which provides holidays for disadvantaged families in this country and also the Wheels Appeal. This raises money for MU work overseas where the transport budget has been cut by two thirds in the global recession.

The food and company will be good and payment for lunch will be by donation (generous it is hoped). There will be a raffle.


On a beautiful spring evening in our pretty village of Great Easton, members and friends gathered to celebrate St George’s Day. This very English of celebrations took place in the newly decorated village hall, painted cream and coffee with matching striped curtains.

The evening began in fine spirits with a champagne reception. Much admired were the posh tables and chairs specially hired for the evening, each table set with a white table cloth, a beautiful red rose centre piece and names depicting historical sites in London.

Dinner was announced and after The Friends chairman had said grace, a splendid three course dinner of smoked English trout, English roast beef and trimmings and dessert, followed by coffee and chocolates was served. This was accompanied by excellent red and white wines. Throughout dinner our chairman, who was in great form, proposed many humorous toasts. Guest speaker Michael Bailey, Past President of The Magic Circle, proposed the toast to The Friends with a hugely amusing speech.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening effortlessly guided the evening’s entertainment. As coffee was served an auction of fine English whisky took place and then a Punch and Judy show was given by John Styles. This involved much shouting of “It’s behind you” and “Oh no it isn’t”. Peace was restored with a quiz on Englishness which involved a lot of pencil chewing, whispered discussions and copying of answers. The winning table received bottles of wine to much applause. John Styles returned to the stage as a Chelsea Pensioner and gave a rousing performance of jokes old and new. The evening ended with community singing led by Janina Sweetenham draped in the flag of St George, everyone was in good voice and the roof was raised with Jerusalem and lots of flag waving. Midnight arrived and a great evening was had by all.

Not only was the evening a sell-out but, with the help of some very kind sponsorships, a healthy profit was made. Chairman Michael is thrilled with its success. He sends his thanks to everyone: the caterers for the delicious dinner, Sandra for her flair in producing the menus, the members of his Committee, especially Brian and Audrey, for all their efforts before and after the event and, last but not least, to everyone who came to entertain and who so generously supported the evening.

Many thanks go to Friends members for this write-up.


The 50% Club year is drawing to a close and Fran was delighted to be able to give the Treasurer a cheque for £825 for The Friends’ general fund this year. All our churches have plans for necessary repairs and The Friends of the Five Parishes are able to provide grants to help with this work. The first draw of the new year will be held at the end of September and the application forms will be found in the July edition of this magazine, so do look out for them.


At the next meeting of the Eastons & Tilty WI on Thursday 10th June, Mr Chris Winter will be giving a talk entitled Where There’s a Will There’s a Relative. As usual, the meeting is in Great Easton Village Hall at 2.15 for 2.30 pm and anyone is welcome to go along. You will be most welcome.


The last performances by The Greville Theatre Club of KATHERINE HOWARD by William Nicholson, will be on Thursday/Friday/Saturday 3rd/4th/5th June. Tickets are available from the new Box Office number 01371 872640, after 9am.


A ten-strong volunteer team has begun tackling an interim restoration project in the Italian Garden within the Gardens of Easton Lodge under the supervision of Writtle College horticulture student Robert Hanchet.

Two flowerbeds in the sunken garden designed a century ago by Harold Peto for Daisy, Countess of Warwick have now been cleared in preparation for a transitional planting scheme with perennial plants in mainly reds, mauves and silvers. Some of the plants which originally featured in the Italian Garden, described in contemporary Edwardian gardening journals, such as canna, dahlia and heliotrope, will be included in the current scheme.

In the meantime, visitors to the Gardens on Sunday 20th June are in for a very special treat as the marvellous array of Old English roses come into bloom, notably the very special and much loved Belle de Crecy rose. The season continues with Sunday openings on 18th July, 22nd August, 19th September and 10th October.

Entry to the Gardens is £2.50 (children free). Picnics are welcome and home-made refreshments are on sale during opening hours (12 noon to 6pm). 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.


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

The gardens of Church Lodge, Park Road, Little Easton will be open 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.


Don’t forget the 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 www.classicgoldevents.com or on 01279 815464 for details of ticket prices, booking space for your own gazebo or hiring gazebos, tables and chairs.


The meeting on Tuesday 1st June is the Club outing.


The organiser writes: “All of us at The Centre would like to convey a great big thank you to all who made our Spring Party with Auction such a success. Everyone agreed it was a great evening with lovely food and we raised over £3,400 towards the work of the Centre.

“In particular we would like to thank our host for so generously allowing us to use the Garden Room at Easton Farm and for providing the band, all those who supported the evening by coming along and joining in, those who were not able to come but were kind enough to send us a donation, the people who donated the auction promises and the raffle prizes, Mike Barnard’s band for providing a great musical background, everyone who helped to provide and serve such an amazing array of canapés, and all those who put in so much hard work to make the evening go so well.

“Thanks for helping the work of the Centre to continue.”


RESCU, the local charity that aims to provide respite and day care services in a residential environment for young people and adults with a disability, were granted recently planning permission to build a residential centre to provide this vital short-term care.

A major fundraising campaign has been launched to build this centre. A coffee morning will be held on Friday 11th June in Clarence House, Thaxted from 9am to 12 noon to inform those interested of events planned to contribute to the building fund. Please go along and join them. For further information about RESCU please contact Debbie Stephen on 0777 564 8003 or by email enquiries@res-cu.org.


Dunmow United FC are holding their annual trials day to search for new players for the 2010/11 season on Saturday 12th June at their Laundry Lane, Little Easton Ground from 10am to 12 noon.

As from 1st September, they will be running one new team for Under 7s, two new teams for Under 8s and are looking to add to their existing squads for Under 10s, 11s, 12s and Under 13s.

Dunmow United are in the strong position of offering two UEFA qualified Main coaches who are supported by twelve FA qualified coaches, thus giving the children the best football opportunity possible. They have their own ground at Laundry Lane, Little Easton which is dedicated solely to youth football.

If you would like further information please contact DUFC chairman Andrew Askew on 01371 874622 or email blamstershall@sky.com. Or alternatively just go along on the 12th June when you will be able to meet the Club’s coaches and committee members. Please also visit website www.dunmowunitedfc.co.uk.


St. Mary’s Church in Elsenham is continuing its celebrations of the 900th anniversary of worship and witness in 2010 with two exciting events in June. On Saturday 12th June the de Merc Choir from Harlow will be giving a concert in church at 7.30 pm. If you want to hear unaccompanied singing at its very best in a truly delightful setting, this is a concert you will not want to miss. Further details about the choir can be found on its website www.demerc.org.uk.

On Saturday 26th June there will be a free open-air concert on the Playing Field in Elsenham with the jazz group ‘jazzbomb’. This is a picnic concert, so feel free to bring your rugs and chairs and enjoy a summer’s evening of swinging music. Find out more about the group (and sample its music) on www.jazzbomb.com.

The Saffron Brewery in Henham has produced a special ‘900 Anniversary Ale’ to mark the occasion. This is on sale at The Cock in Henham and at the Henham Village Shop. It can also be purchased directly from the brewery or at any of the celebratory events.


The Hospice Outreach Project will be in Tesco’s Car Park on Tuesday 15th June from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm.


This well established event runs from Friday 18th June to Sunday 11th July. Programmes are available throughout the region in all the normal outlets or on www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk. The box office contact is 01371 831421.


Join with 2,000 women and men at the Water Gardens, Harlow on Saturday 19th June at 10.30 pm for a 10 km walk through the streets of Harlow to raise money for the work of the Hospice. Register on line at http://www.stclare-hospice.co.uk/midnightwalk, email midnight@stclare-hospice.co.uk or call 01279 773750.


There will be an evening of music at St Andrew’s Church, Parsonage Lane, Barnston on Saturday 31st July. The concert is entitled The Flutes of Love and the music will be provided by quartet Mean Time. The concert will begin at 7.30 pm and further details will be available in the July magazine.

Another date coming up is the Art Exhibition at High Trees Barn, High Roding from Friday/Saturday 17th/25th September. More details nearer the time but meanwhile contact Sarah Stevenson on 0788 922 6877.


Children playing rounders, no coats in the cloakrooms, hats and sun cream on the field at lunchtime, cricket matches – it must be summer! June also means the start of the football World Cup and we will be celebrating with a South African themed menu when the tournament starts on the 11th June. Hopefully I will still be talking about the World Cup in July’s edition when England have reached the quarter, semi and even the …….. anyway enough of my dreams, back to school!

Along with twenty year 6 children (10 and 11 year olds) and two other staff, I will be spending a week in June on our annual residential trip to Ironbridge. Our base for the week will be the YHA Hostel at Coalport and included in the week’s itinerary will be Legging along Dudley canal, a recreated Victorian school day, a trip along a tar tunnel, a climb up the Wrekin, bowling at Telford, a day at the zoo and a day mug making and tile glazing.

Our Year 5’s recently returned from their 3 days in Danbury – I spent one night with the children managing a whole five hours sleep! They really enjoyed the various outdoor and adventurous activities and below are a few quotes from the children’s diaries.

“On the obstacle course we had to do all different things. The instructor was wobbling the bridge; I fell off and got my plimsoll stuck in the mud”

“Today we did mountain biking. We got used to the bikes and then we were ready for the slopes. The most terrifying moment was going down a slope but everyone cheered me on and I did it”

“We did team building. It was so fun. My favourite bit was the spider web. We had to lift people through without touching the sides”

“Today I went to archery first. I was second in a competition of who could hit the target. We had to be careful when collecting our arrows and bringing them back”

Finally, a reminder about the PTA Bouncy Castle fun day which will be held at school on Saturday 26th June. Along with the children’s bouncy castles will be a range of stalls, refreshments, displays and activities. I hope as many of you as possible are able to attend what is always a lovely family event.

Damian Pye


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


Thursday 27th May First night of The Greville Theatre Club
Bank Holiday Monday 31st May Garden Open, The Granary, Great Easton
Saturday 5th June Thaxted Morris Men in Duton Hill
Friday 11th June RESCU Coffee Morning, Thaxted
Sat/Sunday 12th/13th June Garden Open, Church Lodge, Little Easton
Wednesday 16th June MU Charity Lunch, Little Easton
Saturday 19th June Cherubs at Broxted - Bring & Buy Sale
Saturday 19th June Garden Open, Church Lodge, Little Easton
Saturday 19th June Champagne Picnic with Music, Little Easton
Sunday 20th June Gardens of Easton Lodge open
Saturday 26th June Bouncy Castle Fun Day, Gt Easton School
Sunday 27th June Garden Open, The Granary, Great Easton
Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 29th/30th August Countess of Warwick’s Country Show


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.

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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