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The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 11th November 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 www.essexinfo.net/broxted. Other information about the village is available on this site, www.broxted.org


The rubbish skip will be visiting Broxted on the morning of Saturday 20th November between 8am and 11.30 am and will be sited next to Chestnuts at Church End. This facility, which is supervised, is only to be used for non-recyclable items and no hazardous waste or garden rubbish will be accepted.


Freecycle Event

Here’s a novel way to help in these straitened times. On Saturday 13th November the Association is holding its very own Freecycle Event in Broxted Village Hall. Put simply, it is like a Bring & Buy sale, but without the buying. Just bring along your unwanted items and take away anything you see that you could make use of. No money changes hands. This is a good time to clear out shed/workshop/playroom and get rid of those things you no longer want, but which could be of use to someone else.

At the end of the day the Association will re-cycle or dispose of anything that is left.

The event will run from 11am until 2pm, and there will be tea and cake available to fortify you during your browsing. For more information please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894.

Children’s Christmas Party

As in previous years the Broxted Community Association will once again be hosting its free Christmas party for all children of primary school age and under in the village (or with grandparents in the village). This year it is on Sunday 12th December at 3pm ‘til 5pm.

There is no charge for the party which is funded by Community Association events throughout the year and all children within the relevant age group are welcome to come, with or without their parents. All that is asked is that parents donate an item of food for the party tea. This year there will be a children’s entertainer as well as party games, tea and a visit from Santa Claus.

Quite a few families have moved into the village recently – this is a great way to get to know everybody else. So please do come along! For more information please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894. She will put you in touch with the organiser so that she will know if you are planning to attend.

Macmillan Coffee Morning at Oakmeads

The organiser sends thanks to everyone that attended or contributed to The World's Biggest Coffee Morning on the 24th September. Her kitchen was full to bursting with friends and neighbours drinking coffee and eating scrummy cakes, all with the aim of raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Sarah was able to bank an amazing total of £253.50 for Macmillan – a brilliant result, thank you to everyone concerned. And don’t forget: put the last Friday of September 2011 in your diaries.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 10th and 24th November, 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 12th and 26th November 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

Do you find as I do that the phrase, “I remember when …” slips off the tongue more frequently as you get older? Sometimes we use it to compare our youthfulness with that of the youth today, sometimes to compare today with the days that were sweeter and cheaper! Then there are the times that remembering is bittersweet – the faces and laughter of those we have loved and lost, those who we want to be with us in body and not just mind.

As Remembrance Sunday approaches we remember the sacrifice of millions in the World Wars and the wars more recent and ongoing. Many will have tangible memories of WW2: ration books, austerity, the pulling together of communities and the relief of our parents that it was all over.

On Remembrance Sunday on the 14th November people will gather in cathedrals, churches, halls and clubs all over the country. Some will sit in the solitude of their homes. What binds us all together in our different places is the remembering of those who protected and continue to protect the peace and freedom we have in this land.

Fear is a terrible thing to grow up with. Many will remember the fear that WW2 brought and there will be some who fear for those they know who are fighting a different type of warfare in Afghanistan or Iraq. The baby boomers born in the late 40s and 50s feared the nuclear bomb; and in the 60s we feared that the button would be pressed. Now we have the unseen enemy, who lives and works amongst us, and plots to destroy, with fear of bombs, as we go about our daily lives. We cherish the peace we have in our land and because of this we fight and aid those in countries where war prevails and tyranny reigns.

But what of the peace God wants us to have in our everyday lives? His peace, where fear has no grip on how we function or live; the terrors of what might or might not happen are left with Him. The two minute silence on Remembrance Sunday offers us an answer as to where to start the process of accepting the gift of God’s peace. We are always so busy, so active in body and mind that often there is no room for God to get a word in because we do all the talking and all the thinking. We hear God best in silence.

So stop, be still and listen. Let peace into your heart, and rest in the moment, just you and God, and nobody is talking. We may feel a lot of emotions sitting there in the unaccustomed silence and may find that we are bringing lots of problems into that circle of silence. But sit and do nothing, and gradually the mind rests and the anxiousness leaves. The problems are still there but we are able to view them from afar. Simply sit and accept them in those few quiet minutes of being with God. This prayer of silence helps us to observe that which makes us fear, and frees us from the muddle we live in.

It is a daily progression towards having God’s peace, because if we are prepared to do it regularly we will find that we have everything within us for life’s spiritual journey. Be still with God in the silence.

With thoughts and prayers for you in this season of remembering.



9am BCP Holy Communion Service in Little Easton Church including a two minute silence as an Act of Remembrance

10.45am Re-dedication of the recently refurbished Little Easton War Memorial in the village centre, followed by the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial

11.15am Service for all ages, continuing the theme of Remembrance, in Little Easton Memorial Hall

The collection from the 9am and 11.15am services will go toward the cost of the repair of the Little Easton War Memorial

3.00pm Service of Remembrance at Great Easton War Memorial on the village green

3rd before Advent 9.00 am TILTY Holy Communion B.C.P.
7th 11.00 am TILTY All-Age Worship
14th 10.45 am LITTLE EASTON WAR MEMORIAL Re-dedication of War Memorial / Act of Remembrance
  11.15 am LITTLE EASTON MEMORIAL HALL Morning Service of Worship continues
  3.00 pm GREAT EASTON WAR MEMORIAL Service of Remembrance on village green
Next before Advent CHRIST THE KING 9.00 am BROXTED Holy Communion B.C.P.
21st 11.00 am BROXTED All-Age Worship
1st Sunday of Advent 11.00 am GREAT EASTON All-Age Holy Communion
28th 4 pm BROXTED Friends’ Annual Evensong
Tuesday 30th 9.00 am GREAT EASTON SCHOOL Family Communion Service
2nd Sunday of Advent 9.00 am TILTY Holy Communion B.C.P.
5th 11.00 am TILTY All-Age Worship



Massive Second Hand Book Sale

Stop Stansted Expansion will be holding a massive sale of 5,000 good quality second hand books at the Old School House by the Four Ashes crossroads, Takeley, on Saturday 6th November between 9.30am and 3pm. Most of the books will be priced at 50p for paperbacks and £1 for hardbacks. A wrapping service will be available for books in really fine condition or from amongst the rarer editions section if you’d like to offer them as gifts. More information is available from SSE on 01279 870558 or info@stopstanstedexpansion.com.

Celebratory Party

While SSE still has important unfinished business to complete to obtain long term security against the future threat of airport expansion, they will be taking time out to celebrate the successes of the year. All are welcome to join the celebrations at the annual Christmas party which this year will be held in Great Easton on the evening of Saturday 4th December. Tickets must be booked in advance (£10 per head), to include supper with a licensed pay-bar. For more details or to book, contact SSE’s campaign office on 01279 870558.


Visit to Dunmow & Stansted Deanery

After his Installation in Chelmsford Cathedral on the 27th November, Bishop Stephen will tour the Diocese, coming to the Dunmow& Stansted Deanery on Monday 6th December when he will preach at a united service for the Deanery that evening, time and location to be decided. After the service he will be available to meet people, answer questions and have conversations. More detail next month.

Book Signing

Bishop Stephen will be signing copies of his new book HOW TO PRAY: Alone, With Others, At Any Time, In Any Place at the Diocesan Resources Centre on Friday 5th November at 12 noon until 2pm. The book is a third edition, previously published under the title Praying Through Life, and is available from the Resources Centre at £8.99.


The popular carol singing evenings in our village pubs will be taking place this year as usual. The dates are Tuesday 14th December at Prince of Wales, Broxted; Thursday 16th December at The Swan in Great Easton; Tuesday 21st December at The Stag in Little Easton and Thursday 23rd December at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill. Each evening will start promptly at 7pm, finishing at 8pm, with a quick rest break in the middle.

As always at these events, children are very welcome, to help chose the carols, to maybe provide one or two group performances or just to be there! Grateful thanks to all the landlords and their staff for their generous hospitality: Karen and Dave, Derek, Cliff, Jackie and Jo, and Rose and George.


Last month Ivy told us about Great Easton School support for the Shoebox appeal. This is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project sending gifts in shoeboxes to some of the toughest parts of the world. For the majority of recipients, they receive no other presents. Visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk or pick up a leaflet from the back of each church to find out more.

How the project works

Wrap a shoebox in Christmas paper, the lid and the box separately. Decide if your box is for a girl or a boy, age 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 and mark that on the lid. Fill your box with gifts that are ‘new’ items: Toys: soft toy with CE mark, finger puppets, jigsaw, yo-yo, building blocks, small musical instruments, truck, cars, (nothing battery operated), dolls etc. Educational supplies: felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, eraser, colouring book, notepad, picture or puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers etc. Hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hairclips, bar soap, flannel, etc. Other items: gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces, clip on earrings.

No liquids, no guns, soldiers or knives, no medicines or vitamins, no food. Only non chocolate sweets with sell-by date at least March 2011. No sharp objects, no hand-knitted stuffed toys without a CE mark, no novels.

If you are able to make a donation of £2.50 as well as filling a box, that will go towards transportation costs. Secure the lid with a rubber band. Drop off your shoebox – leave it in the back of Broxted, Tilty, Great Easton or Little Easton Churches and we will deliver them to the school by Friday 12th November. Thank you for supporting this school project.

“Help Bring A Smile To A Child’s Face This Christmas”


This month’s meeting is on Wednesday 17th November, 2.30pm, at Easton Farm. This will be a meeting without an outside speaker and run by Branch members. There will be the usual Bring-and-Buy and a cup of tea. For more information please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894.


The Annual Service of Evensong

The Friends’ Annual Evensong is on Sunday 28th November in Broxted Church at 4pm. Canon Ivy will give the address. As always, the service will be followed by tea, sandwiches and cakes and any contributions of sandwiches or cakes will be most gratefully received. There will also be a raffle of a Christmas hamper. It is not necessary to be a member of The Friends to attend – everyone is assured of a warm welcome.

Christmas Cards and Cookbook

These are still available. If you have lost the order form that was in last month’s issue, contact Angela on 01371 872894.


It is not too late to join the 50% Club. The club raises funds to help our churches in the Five Parishes and currently all our churches are arranging to have essential repair work carried out. A cheque for £9 will buy a subscription until the end of August 2011. Please send your cheque, made payable to ‘The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club’ to Fran Woodrow, 11 Emblems, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 2AG.


The Eastons & Tilty WI will meet in Great Easton Village Hall on Thursday 11th November, but this time the meeting is at 12.30 for 1pm. This is because there will be a soup lunch followed by the AGM, and if previous occasions are anything to go by the soup can be highly recommended! Hope to see you all there.


Just to remind you that the last days of the Greville Theatre Club’s autumn production, Neil Simon’s THE female ODD COUPLE, are on Thursday/Friday/Saturday 4th/5th/6th November. For further information and tickets please contact the box office on 01371 870561, after 9am.


The meeting on Tuesday 2nd November will be the Annual General Meeting at the Thaxted Centre for the Disabled at 7.30 pm, everyone welcome.


The Centre’s Annual Sale is on Saturday 6th November, from 10am to 12 noon. There will be the usual array of stalls, including cakes, good-as-new clothes, bric-à-brac, a tombola and raffle as well as craft items made at the Centre and many other things. Please go along and join them for tea and biscuits and a look round the stalls. All will be made most welcome.


We felt it timely to give this reminder of a good source in Dunmow of local fresh produce. The market is open every Thursday from 9.30 to 11.30 am and is held in the Catholic Church Hall in Mill Lane, Dunmow. Stalls sell cakes, plants, eggs and crafts and seasonal flowers and vegetables as available. Coffee and biscuits are served.


Pulfords of Dunmow would like to let customers, present, past and future, know that the construction work in The Co-op car park and in front of the new library is now completed. The old access to the car park by The Boar’s Head has been permanently closed and the new access is at the new traffic lights by HSBC bank and opposite the war memorial, via White Hart Way.

The vehicle access to the rear of Pulfords goes across the new town square: go between the Access Only signs and drive round in front of the new library, following the designated driving area (it’s in a different colour!) across the new paved area between the library and the public toilets. White Street is entered at the top of the paved area by turning right to go past the rear door of The Co-op and past Gallery on the Park.

Customers should note that they can park anywhere adjacent to our rear doors, even inside the No Waiting white lines, provided goods are being collected. If we can be of any further help, do please call on 01371 872829.


The Bardfield Players will be performing Nobody’s Perfect, a comedy by Simon Williams, at 8pm at the Town Hall, Great Bardfield on Thursday/Friday/Saturday 25th/26th/27th November. Tickets £6 from The Co-op, Brook Street telephone 01371 811836.


The second concert this season will be on Sunday 5th December at 3pm at St John’s Church, Stansted. The concert will be a piano recital by the internationally famous pianist, Charles Owen.

Charles is a Professor of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He began his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Seta Tanyel and continued at the Royal College of Music under the guidance of Irina Zaritskaya. He has performed with celebrated orchestras and, as a solo recitalist, has played for numerous concert societies and established festivals both here and overseas. He has released several CDs to outstanding critical acclaim. His programme is expected to include Bach’s Partita No 6 in E minor, Debussy’s Images Book 1, Schumann’s Papillons Op 2 and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin.

Tickets at £12 for adults and £1 for children are available from Stansted Carpets, Chapel Hill, Stansted; Nockolds Solicitors, Market Square, Bishop’s Stortford; Sonia Levy, 31 Chapel Hill, Stansted (01279 815282) and at the door. Also see website www.musicatstansted.com.


Santa Fun Runs

Join the dash to raise cash for Farleigh Hospice by taking part in the Santa Fun Runs on Sunday 5th December in Chelmsford and Sunday 12th December in Maldon. There is a £10 registration fee for adult Santas and a £5 fee for children under 16. This includes a Santa suit for adults and older children and a Santa hat for younger children. The last registration dates are the 24th November for Chelmsford and the 1st December for the Maldon Run. Visit www.farleighhospice.org/santa to register online now, or contact the events team on 01245 457408, or via email at events@farleighhospice.org.

Hospice Outreach Project (HOP)

The Hospice Outreach Project will be at Tesco’s in Dunmow on Tuesday 9th November and the car park of The Club on Monday 22nd November from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm. This provides drop in information, advice or support for anyone who is ill or bereaved or worried about someone who is.


Essex Works’ consultation The Waste Development Document has now begun and runs until the 2nd December. Have your say, visit the road shows or book your space at a local workshop by calling 0845 603 7624 or visit www.essex.gov.uk/wdd. The Roadshow has been to our area but there is a workshop in Braintree on the morning of Monday 22nd November.


Aimed at safeguarding children and young people, a diocesan training day is available for anyone who works with young people, has children, is a young person, or just wants to knowhow to keep themselves safe whilst using the internet. It takes place at St Mary’s Parish Rooms, Church Path, Saffron Walden on Monday 29th November, 7.30 to 9.30pm, £5 per person. Bookings at email colchesterareayouthadviser@googlemail.com.


Police are appealing for information and witnesses following a number of thefts of catalytic converters from high clearance vehicles in Braintree and Uttlesford districts between the 6th and 9th September.

Also a Bogus Caller Alert has been issued about men calling on households in the Chelmsford area, claiming to be from the Water Board. In one case the callers managed to steal a sum of cash from inside the elderly owner’s house. They do not work for any Utility company and appear to target older residents, presumably in the hope that they will be more likely to be granted entry to the property.

Although these latter crimes have not been committed in Uttlesford (so far), it is very possible that this team will move around. Please be on your guard and warn any elderly or vulnerable neighbours not to open the door to anyone with whom they have not made an appointment. If you have any information which you think might be of help to Essex Police, please call 0300 333 4444.

(Editor’s note: I learn something new every day: the Police call this type of crime an artifice burglary. So if you see a crime referred to as that, you will know what it means!)


In last month’s Magazine I spoke about our Harvest Festival Service that was due to take place in Great Easton Church on the 6th October. As usual we had arranged for extra help in walking the children down to the church and our local PCSO was ready to help 147 children cross the road at the village hall. The children were all in their coats and lined up ready to leave school when at 9.30am the heavens opened! The route to church was already muddy and this, combined with the rain and the fact that some of our children only started school a few weeks ago, meant we had to change venues at the very last minute.

With the help of our text messaging service, Angela Harbottle in the church and our soaking wet PSCO at the village hall, we managed to spread the word and by 10am the school hall was full with over 250 children, relatives, staff and members of the Five Parishes.

Canon Ivy started the service by saying “It’s the people who make a church, not the building”. This was certainly true, as for 45 minutes Great Easton School Hall was transformed into a ‘temporary’ church and we listened, sung, said thank you and prayed. Clocks inside trees, Robin Cook and the Chef of Nottingham, the Parable of the Sower and Life in a Tanzanian Village School were all included in the service! I am delighted to report that the school was able to contribute over £300 collected by pupils and parents to the Five Parishes Harvest Appeal in aid of the USPG’s work in Tanzania.

During November there are a further two opportunities for Five Parishes friends and families to visit the school. Reverend Cilla will be leading our first Family Communion service of the school year at 9am on Tuesday 30th November and on the evening of Friday 26th November the PTA will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar.

The PTA work extremely hard and for a school our size raise a vast amount of money. Over recent weeks we have been very fortunate to be able to have a new all-weather adventure playground installed for the children to use at break and lunchtimes. The equipment and surface cost in excess of £11,000 and was funded directly by the PTA through events such as the Christmas Bazaar, Summer Fête and the many events they organise during the year.

In next month’s issue I will include reports from the children on their upcoming visits to the toy museum and Colchester Castle.

Damian Pye


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


A reader’s contribution on a recent visit to Italy

I set off recently to Chieti, Abruzzo, in Italy, with Pat, who was very interested in seeing where her late husband, Frank, had spent time as a prisoner of war in 1942/3. Frank was a captain in the 2nd/5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. He was captured in North Africa by the Germans in 1941 and taken to Chieti, where he was interned for 15 months. Frank had kept a diary of his escape in a notebook, so we were able to visit various villages and countryside that he traversed before being reunited with the English on their front line.

We started at the railway station in Sulmona and it was easy, even today, to imagine lines of troops being herded by the Germans on to the railway trucks. We found the embankment he and a fellow officer slithered down and the small river they waded through to escape up into the hills beyond Sulmona. From there they were helped by young shepherd boys, local girls, villagers, Slavs, New Zealanders, sympathetic to the English. They crossed extremely rugged lands, hills and mountains, along ancient sheep and goat tracks, to tiny communities – Salle Vecchia, Caramanico, and on to Pennapiedimonte, via an old monastery, Santo Spirito a Maiella, tucked away along a very narrow road on the side of a steep ravine – before crossing the river Sangro and reaching Sambuceto and safety in the English headquarters on the front line.

Frank was 24 years old then, and obviously a very fit young man, as much of the terrain would be beyond the capabilities of many of us today. Most of the villages have war memorials to their dead and Frank was told stories of the males, from the ages of 15 to 65, being taken away by the Germans to work on fortifications. We don’t know if they ever came back. Sulmona War Memorial 1940-45 bears reference to 812 killed, 15 gravely injured, 549 mutilated and injured.

This was a history lesson for me, a great privilege to be able to read Frank’s diary and to bring some of it back to life, 67 years later. I now understand much better just what all these young men and women did for us to give us a free life.

We will remember all of them.



Bottled water contains more bacteria than tap water. Some brands harbour as much as 100 times more than the permitted limit for drinking water. A team of scientists in Canada found that 70% of popular bottled water brands have ‘revolting’ amounts of bacteria in them. As one scientist observed: “Unsurprisingly, the consumer assumes that since bottled water carries a price tag, it is purer and safer than most tap water.” But this is not true. There is “no need to drink bottled water in the UK” because tap water “is so good”.


Fewer than half of British adults have ever fished, started a campfire or even ridden a horse. A third of us have never even gone hill walking, swum in natural water or stood on top of a mountain. The research, undertaken by the retailer Go Outdoors, urges: “Any kind of outdoor activity is good for you, whether walking, running, climbing, or fishing. Being adventurous is a great way to forget about the stresses and worries of everyday life.”


Do you know the names of your neighbours? If not, you are not alone. You are more likely, it seems, to socialise with people online that those next door, according to a recent poll by Legal & General. 70% of us do not know our neighbours’ names, and would not even recognise them in the street. Four out of five of us do not share house keys with a neighbour.


Sunday 31st October Remembrance of Loved Ones Service, Tilty
Friday 5th November Fireworks at The Stag, Little Easton
Saturday 6th November Sale at The Thaxted Centre for the Disabled
Saturday 6th November SSE Book Sale, Takeley
Wednesday 10th November Last day for copy for December issue
Saturday 13th November Freecycle Event, Broxted
Sunday 14th November Remembrance Sunday services
Thurs/Fri/Sat 25th/26th/27th Bardfield Players production
Friday 26th November PTA Christmas Bazaar at School
Sunday 28th November The Friends' Annual Evensong
Monday 29th November Internet Safety Training, Saffron Walden
Tuesday 30th November Communion Service in School
Saturday 4th December CBA/English Heritage Walk at Tilty
Saturday 4th December Talent Evening, Little Easton
Saturday 4th December SSE Christmas Party, Great Easton
Sunday 5th December Concert at St John’s, Stansted
Sunday 12th December Children’s Christmas party, Broxted
Sunday 12th December Children’s Christmas party, Little Easton
Sunday 12th December Tilty Candlelit Crib Service
Tuesday 14th December Carol singing at Prince of Wales
Thursday 16th December Carol singing at The Swan
Sunday 19th December Broxted Carols by Candlelight
Tuesday 21st December Carol singing at The Stag
Tuesday 21st December Duton Hill Senior Citizens’ Christmas Dinner
Thursday 23rd December Carol singing at The Three Horseshoes


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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