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Stop Stansted Expansion


from the Five Parishes' Magazine

JULY 2010


The next meeting of the Council is on Thursday 8th July 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


The rubbish skip will visit the village on the morning of Saturday 4th July from 8 am until 11.30 am and will be sited in the car park of the Village Hall, Brown’s End Road. It will be supervised by Uttlesford District Council to ensure that no inappropriate items are dumped. The skip will make a second visit in the autumn when it will be at Church End. Please note that no garden waste can be put into this skip. Remember, a Green Skip visits Great Easton Village Hall every Saturday between 1.30 pm, and 2.30 pm and you can dispose of your weeds, grass cuttings and hedge trimmings there.


The Broxted Sports Day will be held on Sunday 18th July at Broxted Hall Farm. Starting at 2.30 pm this year’s event will contain all the traditional races and some new activities too. Even if you don’t have any children do come along and enjoy an afternoon in the sun. Refreshments will be available.


Please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894 for details of a resident who is taking part in the Race for Life at Epping on Wednesday 21st July, raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of her sister who died of the disease in February. She is not planning to break any records over the 5km course but would be very grateful for any sponsorship for this most worthy charity to encourage her to keep going.


On Sunday 1st August from 12.30 pm, SSE are holding a delicious summer Sunday lunch in the beautiful setting of the Broxted garden created by artist Humphrey Waterfield in 1936 for his house and studio built by modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger. Restoration of the gardens in Church End is now being undertaken after they fell into neglect in the 1960s, but the quality of the plantings and landscaping still shines through and will be a joy for lunch guests to tour.

The menu will include a sumptuous range of home made pies (including vegetarian options) and puds, cheese and biscuits and coffee with table seating under marquee cover in case of burning hot sunshine – or summer showers – though you’re welcome to bring picnic blankets if you’d prefer informal dining.

Tickets cost just £15 to cover all the food and there’ll be a licensed pay bar. Children free (up to two per paying adult, must be advised at the time of booking). To book, please send a cheque (payee SSE) to SSE, PO Box 311, Takeley, CM22 6PY, with details of children numbers if relevant, and any special dietary requirements. Queries to the Campaign Office on 01279 870558 or info@stopstanstedexpansion.com.


A date for your diary. Please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894 for details of another Race Night in aid of SSE in Broxted Village Hall on Saturday 9th October. More details later – but book the date now!


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 7th and 21st July, 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 9th and 23rd July at 1.50 departing at 2.05 pm.



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

The message of this month’s letter is short and simple. “Thank you God for bringing me to The Five Parishes”, and “Thank you to the people of The Five Parishes for the welcome I have received here.” I have just celebrated my first year of ministry (14th May) and also 25 years in parish church ministry – Collier Row and Havering-atte-Bower, Harlow, Blackmore and Stondon Massey and now in The Five Parishes. The day before I wrote this, 13th June, a celebratory service was held in Little Easton Church. Those of my past parishes and of the present, gathered to join me in thanking God for the people, places and situations he has led me to over the 25 years, sharing in their joys and deep pain, sharing laughter and tears…

But it wasn’t all looking back. Those in the church service heard me express my thankfulness for the enthusiasm of the welcome over a year ago which the community of The Five Parishes gave me. Also my thankfulness to the church community for their openness, willingness and love for God’s work that is enabling us to connect more, do more, and love more in God’s service, in this parish, in the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Thank you for the many expressions of congratulations and good wishes that I have received around this special anniversary time. They all confirm daily that God is at work here, and I am very much in the right place.

With thoughts and thanks and prayers for you.



SSE has launched the final stage of its campaign against major expansion at Stansted Airport. The key message is ‘NEVER AGAIN … but we’ll settle for 50 years’ with the objective to secure a commitment that no additional runways will be permitted at Stansted until 2060 at the earliest.

SSE wants this commitment to be included in the Government’s new National Policy Statement on airports, due to be published in draft form early next year. This will largely determine the long term future for Stansted and will be finalised following public consultation in 2011. The new SSE campaign is designed to raise local awareness so that as many people as possible respond to that public consultation.

SSE will also be aiming to enlist support from all relevant local authorities in the vicinity of Stansted Airport as well from local MPs and all East of England MEPs. SSE will also be meeting Government Ministers and other leading politicians to press its case on major expansion at Stansted Airport. There is already a precedent. In 1979, BAA gave a legally binding guarantee that there would be no second runway at Gatwick for at least 40 years. It’s now Stansted’s turn.

Pies, Puds And Plonk In An English Country Garden

See details in Broxted News of this lunch on Sunday 1st August in the beautiful garden created by artist Humphrey Waterfield.

Duton Hill Once Again Shows Community Commitment

The proceeds of two recent community fundraising activities staged in Duton Hill were officially presented to representatives of SSE and the Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust on the 5th June.

The donations followed the May Day Funday Sunday and a special quiz which together raised a total of almost £1,600. Cheques were handed over by the master of ceremonies from the Funday, to representatives for SSE and the Gardens. They were joined by volunteers who had made both events a success and members of the Thaxted Morris Ring.

SSE Chairman Peter Sanders was also present and spoke warmly of Duton Hill’s wonderfully generous support over the last eight years which had provided significant resources for the fight against the major airport expansion proposed by BAA, culminating in the withdrawal of the second runway application on 24th May.


Sunday Funday, an innovative interactive service, takes place in Great Easton Church on Sunday 18th July at 4 pm planned with the younger people in mind although everyone is, of course, welcome to attend. Included in the service will be songs, activities and bible stories following a theme, this month’s being Noah’s Ark. Anyone wishing to be involved with the service in any way or who would like to request a favourite hymn or song should contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894. The activities will be followed by drinks and a snack.


The Annual Reports to the Diocesan Synod 2009 covering all aspects of diocesan and deanery activities resulted in an operating surplus of £343,000 in general operations compared to £16,000 in 2008. Income held up during the year, at £100,000 over budget, while expenditure was under budget, mainly due to an unusual pattern of clergy recruitment during the year. The parish share percentage collected increased again from 95.2% in 2008 to 95.7% in 2009. The net amount collected increased by over 3.5%. This financial outturn goes some way to rebuilding reserves after the deficits of previous years.


Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 29th/30th August

Tim Turner writes that preparations for this year’s show are progressing well. While many of the usual favourites will be there, events this year will include for the first time a Dog Show. This will be affiliated to the Kennel Club and entries will be accepted on the day. Please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894 for further details. There will be a dressage display and birds of prey flying from the arena. New exhibits in the animal area will include bees with a beekeeper explaining the process of making honey. Another new feature will be a children’s area with a host of activities to keep them amused!

The schedules for the Horticultural Show are available in the churches and pubs in the Five Parishes, in our advertisers’ shops and nurseries and on the website or contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.

The team from St Mary’s Church, Great Dunmow will be running the Tea and Refreshment and Cake Stalls once again. They would welcome as many cakes as possible from their friends in the Five Parishes – collection points will be notified in the August issue.

In addition to the first three prizes of £1,000, £500 and £250 in the Grand Draw, other prizes include a voucher for £100 from The Starr Restaurant, Dunmow; a Car Radio/CD Player; a 3-course meal for 2 with wine at The Saracen’s Head Dunmow; £50 to spend at The Green Man, Great Easton; a case of mixed wines from Luckin’s Wines, Dunmow; a Marks & Spencer Christmas Hamper and a bottle of Sparkling Wine from Guildhall Stores, Thaxted. Grateful thanks go to those who support this aspect of the show so generously. Tickets will be distributed to those willing to sell them as normal towards the end of the month.

Keep up to date with arrangements for the show by visiting its website www.countessofwarwickshow.org or contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894. See also the separate advertisements in this issue and add to your enjoyment by volunteering to help for a couple of hours. In 2009 the show provided funds for our four churches of £5,000 for each church – money that is much needed for the maintenance work they are currently undertaking.


This month members are ‘away from home’ for their meeting on Wednesday 21st July. They shall meet in Takeley Church and enjoy the interesting surroundings of a different venue. They plan to take and share a picnic. If you would like to join them please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.


Congratulations to our churchwarden and his son for completing the 250-mile sponsored bike ride from London’s Hyde Park to The Louvre Art Gallery in Paris. Bob did this to raise funds for The Friends and we understand as we prepare this issue that over £1,400 has been raised. Matt was riding for the Willen Hospice situated near his home in Newport Pagnell and hopes to raise a similar amount.

The Friends have made grants to our churches of some £43,000 since its inception but major maintenance work is being undertaken this year which will require further help. So the Chairman and his committee send their grateful thanks that The Friends were included in these endeavours and for raising such a magnificent sum.


It is nearly the end of the Club year and with this copy of the magazine you will find an application form for new members to join and for old friends to renew their subscription. There are two more draws before the beginning of the new year in September. Just £12 per year buys a chance a month throughout the year until the end of August 2011; fill in the form to join or to renew your subscription and send your cheque and the form to the promoter at the address on the form.


The next meeting of the Eastons and Tilty WI on Thursday 8th July will be the Garden Meeting and will be held at the home of Treasurer. Everyone looks forward to a sunny and happy afternoon, starting at 2.30 pm as usual and thanks go to both the host and her husband for hosting this meeting.



Dear Neighbours

As you may be aware, work is now well underway on the development of a state of the art extension at The Moat House, on the fringes of Great Easton. Retirement Villages Ltd owns the site and the work is being carried out by contractor ISG Jackson. Together, we are keen to ensure you are kept up to date with what is happening on your doorstep, which is why we are writing this open letter to you via your local parish magazine.

You may have noticed at the beginning of June some extra noise and vibration from the site, unfortunately unavoidable as the piles for the retaining wall were drilled into the ground. They are now firmly in place.

Over the coming weeks you may notice some extra traffic movement to and from the site. During July and August we will be moving a substantial amount of soil and waste spoil out and materials will start to arrive.

The new access we have built into the site means that there should be minimal disruption to traffic as vehicles can turn directly into and out of the site. And we will, of course, aim to keep vehicles off the road during particularly busy commuter times. We also have in place a wheel wash system to ensure mud is kept on site. During and after wet spells we will regularly assess the condition of the roads and clean them when necessary.

We will endeavour to keep you updated throughout the build, which is expected to take until next summer. If you have any concerns or would like to discuss any element of the build please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Best wishes

Jami Puckering, Development Director, Retirement Villages Ltd

Gerry Roseblade, Senior Site Manager, ISG Jackson Tel: 07791 151016.


Open Day at The Gardens of Easton Lodge this month is on Sunday 18th July. Work continues to the Italian Garden under the supervision of Writtle College horticulture student Robert Hanchet and, in addition, we are promised a marvelous array of Old English roses, notably the very special and much loved Belle de Crecy rose. The season continues with Sunday openings on 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.


On Saturday 14th August the stars at Little Easton 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.


At the meeting on Tuesday 6th July Catherine Smith will demonstrate on the theme The Commercial Florist. Enquiries contact Judith Martin on 01371 831495.


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. The Archbishop will speak on the theme Who is my Neighbour?

The timings of the Pilgrimage are as follows: 10:45 am arrival; 11:00 am opening service at St Thomas, Bradwell-on-Sea followed by a two-mile walk to St Peter’s Chapel; 3:15 pm closing service at St Peter’s Chapel. More information: www.bradwellchapel.org; location: www.bradwellchapel.org/spmaps.htm.


A jumble sale takes place in Rickling and Quendon Village Hall on Saturday 10th July at 2pm, entrance 30p. There will be a tombola and teas. The hall will be open from 6 pm to 9 pm on the 9th July and from 10 am to 12 noon on the 10th July to receive your unwanted items. Tombola prizes would also be welcome!


On Saturday/Sunday July 10th/11th Debden Parish Church will combine a traditional Flower Festival with two exhibitions. One exhibition will examine the history of the Elsenham and Thaxted Railway, which passed through the parish of Debden at Sibleys, billed as the station for Chickney and Broxted. The line closed in 1951 but evidence of the railway still exists on the ground in many places.

The second exhibition draws on research undertaken by Michael Barton, a resident of Debden, who has investigated the WW2 defence line which ran from the Essex coast to Chelmsford and passed through Debden on its way to Saffron Walden and beyond. Pill boxes and gun emplacements are still evident.

In addition to the exhibitions and floral displays, youngsters can operate model trains or make paper flowers. Teas, cakes and ice creams will be available. The Flower Festival and exhibitions will be open from 10am on Saturday and from 11am on Sunday after the Songs of Praise service at 10 am.


Concerts in this year’s festival continue until 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.


Please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894 for details of the garden being opened in The Endway, Great Easton, from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 17th July, for a coffee morning in aid of the Centre for Disabled People in Thaxted. There will be refreshments and stalls, including a tombola and a raffle. Entry £1.50, children free. Please pop in to support the valuable work of the Centre.


Stebbing Church are hosting a concert by the singing Ride and Striders from St Thomas, Brentwood. Songcycle sing a wide range of music from Bach to Beethoven via The Beatles! This will be on Saturday 17th July at 8 pm. Tickets are £5. Please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.


The Hospice Outreach Project will be in the car parks of Tesco’s on Tuesday 6th July and The Dunmow Club on Monday 26th July from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm.


There will be an evening of music at St Andrew’s Church, Parsonage Lane, Barnston on Saturday 31st July at 7.30 pm. The concert is entitled The Flutes of Love and the music will be provided by a quartet called Mean Time. Tickets at £10 each, which includes refreshments (drinks and fresh fruit delights) – please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.


“This is an outstanding school”

“All pupils develop excellent personal and social skills and grow up as confident learners”

“Relationships are outstanding and help to create a harmonious community where pupils are safe and secure”

“Pupils behaviour is exemplary”

“All groups of pupils across the school are making good progress”

“Pupils thoroughly enjoy all areas of their learning”

“They are fully involved in their local community”

“The curriculum is very well organised and provides pupils with high quality learning experiences”

There is only one place to start my report this month and that is with the result of our recent OFSTED inspection. Above is just a small selection of quotes from the report which, for the second inspection running, has graded Great Easton as an outstanding school.

From September 2009 the framework used by inspection teams has changed and it is now a far more rigorous process with some additional judgements that were not made previously. Since the new inspection arrangements were introduced only 6% of Primary Schools have been graded as outstanding, so we are now part of a very exclusive group of schools.

For two days in May, lessons were observed, books read, data analysed, policies reviewed, meetings held, children interviewed, parents surveyed, assemblies visited and judgements were made.

The final outcome is deserved recognition of the hard work and commitment shown on a daily basis by all of my staff, pupils and governors. The report also recognises the important role parents and the local community play in making the school so successful.

Personally it was my first inspection as a headteacher and in the days before, during and after the visit I experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. (As well as missing my first FA cup final for about 25 years!) However the pride that I felt when I was able to tell the staff and children how we had been judged was a feeling I will never forget. The inspection also reinforced just how much of a fantastic team we have at Great Easton and what a special place it is to work and learn.

Meanwhile the normal summer events continue! On Thursday 8th July we will be holding our final family communion service of the year in the school hall at 9 am. The evening of Friday 16th July will see the grand finale of our art week with an open evening for parents and Five Parishes friends. Then finally at 11am on Wednesday 21st July we will be saying goodbye to our Year 6 children with our traditional leavers’ service in Great Easton Church.

After 7 years at the school our 20 oldest pupils are leaving and moving onto Helena Romanes, Newport or Hockerill. I would like to thank Year 6 for all their hard work and effort during their time with us and wish them good luck and continued success when they begin the next stage of their learning journey in September.

Damian Pye


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


Sunday 27th June Garden Open, The Granary, Great Easton
Saturday 3rd July Bradwell Pilgrimage
Thursday 8th July Communion Service at Great Easton School
Saturday 10th July Rickling & Quendon Jumble Sale
Sat/Sun 10th/11th July Flowers, Trains and WW2 Defences at Debden
Friday 16th July Art Week Open Evening, Great Easton School
Saturday 17th July Garden Open at Aegastone in Great Easton
Saturday 17th July Songcycle Concert in Stebbing Church
Sunday 18th July Sunday Funday in Great Easton Church
Sunday 18th July Broxted Sports Day
Sunday 18th July Open Day at Gardens of Easton Lodge
Wednesday 21st July School Leavers’ Service, Great Easton Church
Wednesday 21st July MU Away From Home day at Takeley
Saturday 31st July The Flutes of Love Concert in Barnston Church
Sunday 1st August SSE Lunch at Broxted
Saturday 14th August Champagne Picnic in Little 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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