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The Council does not meet in August, therefore the next meeting will be on Thursday 9th September 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 Community Association will be again be running its very popular crockery smashing stall at the Countess of Warwick’s Country Show, but is desperate for some more help. If you can spare an hour or two on either Sunday 29th or Monday 30th August, please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.


Please note that the weekly walking for health will be moved from Mondays to Wednesdays as from the 4th August. All are welcome to come along, meeting at Broxted village hall at 2pm. Why not join in for a leisurely walk which lasts about one hour. All enquiries in the first instance to the Editor on 01371 872894.


A Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support is being held on Friday 24th September between 10am and 2pm at Oakmeads, Brick End Broxted. Please don’t wait for an invitation – just turn up, preferably with your own mug, and bring along a friend for a cup of something and a slice or two of home-made cake. Always a relaxed, jolly affair, this will be the 8th coffee morning that Sarah has held for this much deserving charity. Please do pop along, new faces are always welcome. For more information in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.


Book Saturday 9th October now for a Supper and Race Night in aid of Stop Stansted Expansion in Broxted Village Hall.

If you’ve never been to a Race Night before, it’s great fun: films are shown of horse races and you can bet on a Tote to win money. You can also ‘own’ a horse for the night – the winning ‘owner’ receives a bottle of champagne! There will be eight races, with eight horses in each. Tickets are £7.50 to include a buffet, please bring your own drinks. Doors open at 7 pm.

To sponsor a race (£25) or purchase a horse (£3) – whether or not you can attend the event – and for tickets, please contact the SSE Campaign Office at 01279 870558 info@stopstanstedexpansion.com.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 4th and 18th August, arriving at Cranham Road at 10.40 am, departing 11.00 am and arriving at the Prince of Wales at 11.05 am, departing at 11.25 am. It will be at Molehill Green Post Office on Fridays 6th and 20th August at 1.50 departing at 2.05 pm.


Monday7.30 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
Wednesday2.00 pm Walking for Health starts here
Saturday8.00 am Keep Fit Class



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

I am amazed at how quickly the 10th of each month comes round, even when a month has 31 days it seems no time since I was writing the last letter, and here we are heading towards August.

School holidays, hot weather, farmers harvesting the fields, all too aware of smaller crop yield than last year’s, and of course August brings us the Countess of Warwick’s Country Show, in its 21st year since Revd Jack Filby reinstated it as a means of fundraising for the churches in the parish.

I am so impressed with, and proud of, the Committee who organise the Show and work throughout the year planning and preparing. The Show website gives up-to-date information www.countessofwarwickshow.org. Thanks Paul for all your work on this.

We are very aware that in the current economic climate costs go up and people have to think twice about how they will spend their money. The Show offers a spectacular day out and we hope that you will want to support us financially. Every organisation needs money and that includes the church. In 2009 the four active churches received £5,000 each from the proceeds of the Show.

We are inheritors of ancient and historic buildings and they all need repair work to be carried out. In addition to their day-to-day running costs, each church faces major maintenance work. Great Easton and Broxted Churches have just received quotations for repairs in the region of £14,000 each. Tilty has just completed repairs to the Cupola at a cost of £11,000. All these churches have other major repairs that need to be carried out.

Little Easton Bourchier Chapel windows cost £40,000 to restore in 2009, and they received a gift of £10,000 from The Friends of The Five Parishes towards the cost. The Chapel needs underpinning which will be very expensive and the pointing of the south wall of the church will cost £8,000, so you see we do need your support.

The Show begins this year with an open air service on Sunday 29th at 12 noon, by The Rectory Lake.

I look forward to seeing you at the Show.



What Does The Future Hold Now?

Sir Alan Haselhurst MP and Uttlesford District Council are pressing for a more definite closure to the possibility of a second runway. At his first Prime Minister’s Question Time since standing down as deputy speaker, Sir Alan said that blight and uncertainty still hung over the communities closest to the airport and asked if the Prime Minister could give assurances and take measures to cease the blight for future generations. Mr Cameron answered that the Stansted situation would be looked into and he hoped to end the blight and uncertainty.

UDC wants a meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport at which it will impress upon him the impact of the airport on the local community and environment. One aspect is to get support to force BAA to sell back the properties it purchased as part of the second runway scheme. The Council also wants a 50 year moratorium on any new runway plans. BAA have stated that it will adopt a “responsible approach” to the situation regarding the selling back of properties but “there are lots of issues to consider”.

A concern expressed by SSE is the stated desire of BAA to use the existing facilities at the airport more intensively – something which would have far reaching effects for those living under flight paths not only in Essex but in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

Hallingbury Hike Highlights Airport Blight Around Stansted

SSE is staging the Hallingbury Hike, a special four mile circular walk, on Sunday 26th September to highlight the blight which still lingers over the beautiful north west Essex countryside in the wake of the withdrawn plans.

Hikers will set off from 2pm after a commemorative photo at the village hall in Great Hallingbury. There is no charge for taking part. Refreshments will be available from 1pm to 5pm for departing and returning ramblers and route maps will be provided. See the Coming Events section of the SSE website at www.stopstanstedexpansion.com or by calling 01279 870558.


At the service in June to celebrate Ivy’s 25 years in Parish Ministry, £685 was raised in support of the work of the Anglican Church in Haiti. A cheque for this amount was sent to The Rt Revd Chilton Knudsen, Bishop of Maine (retired), for her to take with her on a visit to Haiti. Having now returned home, she writes:

“I have just returned home from a program of stress-debriefing for the Haiti clergy and families (it went very well). I heard stories that overwhelmed me – stories of injury, loss and deprivation. Many of the clergy are living in tents, either because their residences were destroyed in the quake, or because those residences were undermined such that they are not safe to occupy. The concern extended by other Anglican folks throughout the world is so very welcomed. Those concerns assure them that they are not alone or forgotten. They are such resilient folks. Their hope is simply a divine grace; nothing in their daily circumstances would give cause for hope, yet hopeful they are. They were inspiring for all of us who served on the team offering this stress/wellness event.

“As I told them about the various and generous efforts made in England – about the kids sleeping rough in a fundraiser for Haiti for example – many of them wept. Everything we do for Haiti gives them cause for hope. Thanks to the generosity of folks in the Five Parishes (and the Women Clergy), I was able to give cash gifts to clergy, right into their hands in the moment, for their immediate needs – for protein bars, for diapers, for vitamins, for antibiotics, for ‘charge’ for their cellphones and so much more. They were so grateful. On their behalf I extend my deepest thanks.

“I will go to Haiti again in September. Meanwhile, my prayers and thanks to you all on behalf of our loved ones in Haiti. Keep those prayers flowing! Stay in touch and know of my love and appreciation...+Chilton”


The Confirmation of Election of Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell by the Archbishop of Canterbury will be held on the 6th October (not the 2nd September as previously notified to the Diocese). The Confirmation will take place at St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, London EC2 at 4.30 pm. Bishop Stephen’s Homage, when he will be welcomed by Her Majesty The Queen, will be on the 11th November. The Bishop will be Installed in Chelmsford Cathedral on the 27th November at 12 noon (admission by invitation only).

However there will be an opportunity for you to meet him on Monday 6th December when Bishop Stephen is visiting our Deanery. He plans to come at 11am and spend two hours with the clergy and have lunch. The programme is yet to be considered but he would like to see or do something which will give him a view of the Deanery. As mission is at the heart of his ministry he is willing to do something which might help our mission in the area.

In the evening he hopes to lead a service to which everyone is invited and then be available to chat over coffee. Do keep the evening free; time and venue to be decided.


Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 29th/30th August

It’s Show Time again and this year’s Show promises to be another not to be missed. The Show is open from 12 noon to 5pm both days, with the official opening by Canon Ivy at 1pm. On Sunday at 12 noon she will be conducting an Open Air Service by the Rectory Lake – do go along and join her. Other details can be found on the website www.countessofwarwickshow.org. See also the separate advertisements. Other specific aspects that you may need to know about in advance are:

Companion Dog Show

An innovation this year that promises to be very popular. Full details are shown in the accompanying advertisement but entries will be accepted on the day from 1pm, with judging at 2pm. There is an entry fee of £1.50 per class. The organisers do emphasise that although it is a Kennel Club registered show there will still be novelty classes for anyone to enter on the day with their much-loved pets, pedigree or no pedigree! There will be a prize for first place in each class and rosettes to fourth place.

Ploughing Competitions

Entries have been buoyant this year for the Vintage Ploughing Match, Best Restored Tractor and Stationary Engine competitions, with many familiar faces and several first time entrants. This is one of the earliest ploughing matches of the year and provides the first opportunity for many to test their tractors and ploughs for the coming autumn season. The main ploughing match is on Sunday. On Monday the novice match takes place. Tractors and stationary engines are at the Show on both days and are judged on Monday. Please feel free to talk to any of the owners and ask them about the restoration and running of their machines. Most date from the 1940s and 50s, and consequently need continuous attention, although they were extremely well built!

Horse ploughing is back this year and Keith Williams from Latchingdon will demonstrate this ‘pre-tractor’ method of cultivation. After the Second World War tractors began to take over and horses became a much less common sight in the fields.

Scarecrow Competition

Please give your scarecrow a name and display it clearly! Entries need to be delivered to the showground (outside the horticultural marquee) on Sunday 29th August before 10.30am and collected on Monday 30th after 5pm. Entries must be able to stand/sit for display purposes. Judging will be split into children’s and adults’ sections where warranted by the number of entries. Entry forms can be obtained from the show website or from Lisa Smith and should be returned to her at Hyfields, Duck Street, Little Easton, CM6 2JG no later than 23rd August.

Fun Run

Entry forms were given to Great Easton School before they broke up and also are available in the churches.

Tug of War

James Rea is organising the tug of war event this year and anyone interested in taking part can contact him on jalrea@hotmail.co.uk.

Crockery Smashing Stall

If you are moving or just turning out some cupboards and have any unwanted china or crockery, the Broxted and District Community Association will be pleased to hear from you! To offer old crockery suitable for smashing, or to offer help on either of the two days, please contact Roger Clark on 01279 850638 or any member of the committee.

SSE/CWCS Book Stall

Unwanted books will be most gratefully received by the team from SSE. They had a huge variety of books last year and with your help hope to be as successful again this year. Please contact Phyllis Clark on 01279 850638 or SSE on 01279 870558.

Horticultural Show

The schedules are available in the churches and pubs in the Five Parishes, in our advertisers’ shops and nurseries, on the website and also direct – please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.

Cake/Produce Stall

As mentioned last month this is run by St Mary’s Church, Dunmow and they will warmly welcome contributions of cakes, jams, fruit etc. These can be taken to the stall on either day.

Grand Draw

Tickets will be available once again with the first three cash prizes of £1,000, £500 and £250. 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.

Art Exhibition

Entry forms are available from 01371 821953 or cofw@eeco.fsbusiness.co.uk.

Bottle Stall

As we go to print, plans for this are not yet finalised. Please look for a separate flyer which will contain details of any arrangements that may be made in your village for the collection of contributions to this stall.

If you are not planning to take part in any of these things, come along anyway to enjoy the many attractions which include a dressage display; birds of prey; new displays in the animal area and a children’s area with a host of activities to keep them amused. Plus, of course, the Five Parishes Bar and a range of refreshment stalls offering new and exciting things to take care of the inner you!


The Charity Lunch in June was a happy occasion and raised £540 for the two MU funds. The team catered for 61 people (including helpers) and are grateful to and give thanks for being allowed to use the Garden Room. This lovely venue encouraged so many people to come. Thank you also to all those people who came and supported us and those who provided the food and worked so hard.

The group does not meet in August.


Following his participation in the London to Paris Cycle Ride, Bob Carter writes:

“Dear All: A great big THANK YOU for all your generosity and support with both your money and with your prayers. I am really amazed that you have donated a total of £1,220 to support the forthcoming essential maintenance work needed by our four beautiful church buildings. Added together with a refund of tax under the gift aid scheme, The Friends will receive in excess of £1,500.

“Your prayers also have been keenly felt and supported me during my fundraising activities, during my training and during the ride. A special thank you to all those of you involved in prayer.

“The ride was a real adventure, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was good to ride with my son who was very encouraging towards his old dad! And it was really good to join up with Liz, Sarah and the two boys each evening for a family dinner. The four days were not without incident, but we cycled nearly 300 miles and the sense of achievement was great. To read the full story from three points of view, and to see the full photo gallery, please visit our website www.thecarterslondontoparis2010.net. Also, by clicking on the pictures of the churches at the bottom of the web page, you will link to The Five Parishes website to get all the news about your church in this area. Thank you once again. Bob Carter”


The application forms for the new Club year were sent out with the July Magazine. Many people have already renewed their subscriptions and Fran has been delighted to welcome new members willing to take a chance and support The Friends fundraising. Money raised goes towards the maintenance of the churches in the Five Parishes. 50% of the income of the Club for that month goes on the monthly prize and with a few overheads; the rest goes to The Friends’ funds. If any reader would like more information or has lost their application form, please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.


The August meeting of the Eastons & Tilty WI will be held on Thursday 12th August in Little Easton Village Hall as Great Easton Village Hall is not available on that date. Members meet at the usual time of 2.15 for 2.30 pm and are looking forward to hearing Miss Tina Boreham, plus dog, who will tell them about the lives of guide dogs. The change of venue is only for this one meeting and as usual everyone is welcome to come along and meet with members.


Open Day at The Gardens of Easton Lodge this month is on Sunday 22nd August. 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.


Please see below the developers’ latest letter. It will be of interest to anyone who drives along the Dunmow/Thaxted road.


Dear Neighbours

Thank you for the positive feedback following our first open letter to you in the last issue of your parish magazine.

As we explained then, ISG Jackson is responsible for the development work going on at The Moat House, a Retirement Villages Ltd site on the fringes of Great Easton. Together we are keen to ensure you are kept up to date with what is happening on your doorstep, hence this letter to you.

A lot of the ground work has now been completed on the site and construction work has begun in earnest. Over the coming weeks you will notice the new building – a 60 bed care home with demential facilities – start to rise out of the ground.

Inevitably this will mean an increase in the amount of construction traffic on the main road to the Moat House. Mobile cranes will be coming to the site regularly and you will also see some rather sizeable lorries bringing materials to the site. We have in place a wheel wash system ensuring mud is kept on site. Any that does get onto the roads will be cleaned as a matter of priority.

When planning the build, we set aside space on site for car parking. We anticipate needing further spaces over the coming months as the number of workers on site increases and are making arrangements for a remote parking facility to ensure contractors’ cars are not left on the verges or road.

We will endeavour to keep you updated throughout the building work, 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.


For some weeks the bell tower of Tilty church has been covered in scaffolding to enable repair work to be carried out. Before beginning the work, the church committee had to discover whether there were bats living in the church and, as they are now protected, how to have the building repaired without disturbing them. The result of the bat survey gave the builders a window of opportunity between May and October for the work to be carried out.

When the work was finished but before the scaffolding was removed, the church committee treasurer was invited to go aloft and look at the work and the view. He was impressed with both, and the committee are delighted that this part of the building plan is now complete.

The next repair work on the church will include masonry but before this be commenced the church committee will have to ask the advice of conservation experts.


The annual Flower Festival will take place at Tilty Church on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd October. Please put the date in your diary now.


A worried parent has noticed small patches of Giant Hogweed (giant cow parsley) growing in the Five Parishes and children in particular are warned not to touch the plant as contact with the leaves, stem or root can lead to phytotoxicity (severe skin inflammations). The plant may be found growing in hedgerows, waste-land or along river banks.


There is no meeting in August.


The Hospice Outreach Project will be in Tesco’s car park in Dunmow on Tuesday 31st August 10.30 am to 2.30 pm.


St. Mary’s Church in Elsenham is continuing its celebrations of the 900th anniversary of worship and witness in the village. The next event is a Medieval Day in and around the church on Saturday 14th August. There will be a host of stalls and activities for all, especially children. Guided tours of the church building will be available, as will a tea tent. The fun starts at 2pm. For details please contact in the first instance the Editor on 01371 872894.


Responsibility for the English Bus Pass changes from District Councils to County Councils from the 1st April 2011. To allow Essex Council to deal with the change, they are holding a public consultation from the 1st July until the 30th September 2010 using a questionnaire which can be obtained by calling 08457 430430, from libraries and online at www.essex.gov.uk/buspass/.


Last month I wrote to you with news of our ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED inspection. As a Church of England school we are also subject to a SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools) and this took place at the end of June. A SIAS looks specifically at ‘How distinctive and effective is the school as a Church of England School’. During the course of the day the inspector spoke with children, looked at children’s work, met with governors and parents, observed RE lessons and an assembly led by Revd Cilla Hawkes and, of course, met with Canon Ivy and myself. Below is a sample of the report which, like OFSTED, grades Great Easton as an outstanding church school.

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Great Easton as a Church of England School are outstanding

Deeply rooted Christian values enable all pupils to flourish in a wholly inclusive and very friendly learning environment. Relationships across the whole school community are excellent. The superb physical environment supports pupils’ learning and promotes spiritual development. A dynamic and very well established link between the school and the churches underpins the whole community, with worship at the heart of daily life.

The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.

Children are happy and enthusiastic in school. They explain clearly the church nature of the school and enjoy hearing the church bells across the fields. All children are valued and enabled to succeed academically. The themed curriculum affords opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in a variety of ways. Children value Celebration Assemblies in which any pupil can share success outside school, for example in sport and music. They like to be on the Celebration Assembly Tree display in the school hall. Christian values underpin the very caring and open atmosphere, which values friendship. A child said, ‘Everybody has a friend here’. Another child said that on going to secondary school she would miss knowing the name of every pupil in school. Relationships across the whole school are excellent and parents value the accessibility of staff. Parents and children have welcomed the presentation of a Children’s Bible to every child in the school, and a full set for in-school use, a gift from the church. Recent building work has enhanced further the school environment and children enjoy using the new facilities, especially the beautifully refurbished girls’ and boys’ toilets, designed by children themselves. The natural environment is used to the full and children explained how a quiet area had been made into a sound garden, still allowing space ‘to be’. The school is very much at the centre of the local community – almost every child had attended the recent school fête. A parent governor spoke of a ‘symbiotic relationship’ between church and school. Children are proud of the money they raise for charity.

The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding.

Collective Worship is at the centre of the life of the school. Children enter the hall for worship in relaxed anticipation. They make respectful use of space for quiet at the start and end of worship. The termly programme is well planned around the church year and themes, and all teachers, classes, and local clergy, lead worship. Children especially value the worship led by clergy as they enjoy taking part by acting out stories of Jesus. In one act of worship every one present was involved as twelve children went among those assembled acting out Jesus healing people. A child said of the clergy, ‘they have an impact on us … they explain things… and we can ask them anything’. Hymns are well chosen to fit the theme and children sing beautifully and with obvious enjoyment. Children speak with pleasure about taking part in writing the school prayer, and they all know it off by heart. They clearly enjoy worship time. Pupils and parents both say that they value going to church for special services, such as Christmas and Harvest. Parishioners also attend these services, strengthening links between school and church.

This fantastic report highlights the strong links between the school and the Five Parishes community and was very much the ‘icing on the cake’ of a very successful Summer Term at Great Easton Church of England Primary School.

Damian Pye


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


Saturday 31st July The Flutes of Love Concert in Barnston Church
Sunday 1st August SSE Lunch at Broxted
Wednesday 4th August VJ Sports Day in Little Easton
Thursday 12th August Eastons & Tilty WI temporarily at Little Easton
Saturday 14th August Medieval Day at St Mary’s, Elsenham
Saturday 14th August Champagne Picnic in Little Easton
Sunday 22nd August Gardens of Easton Lodge open
Sunday 29th August Open Air Service at The Rectory Lake
Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 29th/30th August Countess of Warwick’s Country Show
Friday 24th September MacMillan Coffee Morning in Broxted
Sunday 26th September SSE Hallingbury Hike


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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