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Bob and Liz would like to take this opportunity to thank the Broxted Church Committee and other willing volunteers for all their support and hard work during the last year. Their commitment is really appreciated. They would also like to take this opportunity to wish everybody in the Five Parishes a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. They look forward to welcoming them at St Mary’s for the Broxted Carol Service on Sunday 19th December at 5pm.


The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 9th December 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


Children’s Christmas Party

A final reminder about the Community Association annual Children’s Christmas party in the Village Hall on Sunday 12th December from 3 till 5 pm.

There is no charge for the party which is funded by Community Association events throughout the year, and all children of primary school age and under 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. As usual, there will be a children’s entertainer as well as party games, a tea and a visit from Santa Claus.

For more information please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894 and she will pass on your enquiry to the organiser to let her know if your children are planning to come.

Pensioners’ Parcels

For very many years the Community Association has provided a small parcel of groceries to the older members of the community at Christmas, but it is concerned that not everyone who is entitled to a parcel may be receiving one. If you have parents, or neighbours, that you think should be a recipient please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 8th and 22nd December, 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 Friday 10th December 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

We spend so much of our lives waiting! Waiting for buses, the traffic to move, the bathroom to be free, the kettle to boil! We wait and we watch, and eventually what we waited for happens. The bus arrives, the shout of “bathroom’s free” goes up, we hear a key in the door, and the kettle finally boils.

As I write, we are waiting for Christmas, and although it is a few weeks away, just like the bus, it will finally arrive and we will jump on. The important thing is, what we do while we wait.

There are preparations to be made. Endless lists and phone calls regarding what is to be done, who will do it, and how do we seat seventeen for Christmas dinner around a table that is fine for six. Hustling and bustling, up to the very hour of Christmas, when the last shop has closed and the last present has been wrapped. Christmas preparations have been part and parcel of all our lives, from child to adult, with the excitement, and the expectancy in the waiting for the ‘Day’.

While we wait for Christmas, Jesus Christ waits for each and every one of us. He is very sure of what he waits for. He waits for us to give him some of our time. He waits for us to accept him into our lives as Saviour and friend. He waits for us to remember the reason why we have Christmas – to celebrate his birthday and his love for us.

The Season of Advent is a time of spiritual preparation in the lead up to celebrating the real meaning of Christmas – the birth of the Saviour of the world. Sadly many people see Advent as the countdown to Christmas time when they open their Advent calendar and collect a chocolate each day, thus missing the point of what Advent is really about.

A recently published pocket guide ‘Ready Steady Slow’ is an advent calendar to unwind to. (Our new Diocesan Bishop, Stephen Cottrell is one of the contributors.) For every day in December up to Christmas Eve, ‘Ready Steady Slow’ offers a short daily reading, prayer, and reflection. From 1st December there will also be an online video featuring churches and communities who have taken up the challenge to live more simply: go to www.readysteadyslow.org. If you would like a copy of this Advent calendar please contact me as I have a supply - £4.99.

In my letter in the November Magazine, I spoke of the importance of stopping, being still and listening, allowing God’s peace into our hearts.

May this Advent and Christmas time be special and relevant to each one of us as we find times of silence to prepare to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas … the arrival of the Saviour of the world – Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us, and that is not only for Christmas!

Wishing you joy and peace this Christmas


We look forward to seeing you in the pubs as we have our annual round of carol singing in the lead up to Christmas:

7 – 8pm

14thPrince of Wales, Chapel End, Broxted

16th – The Swan, Great Easton

21st – The Stag, Little Easton

23rd – The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill

We are delighted that members of Great Easton School Choir and hand-bell Ringers will take part in our Crib Service at Tilty on the 12th December. You will also see on the front cover some additional services this year, and we look forward to welcoming you over the Christmas period.

2nd Sunday of Advent
5th 9.00 am TILTY Holy Communion B.C.P.
  11.00 am TILTY All-Age Worship
3rd Sunday of Advent
12th 9.00 am BROXTED Holy Communion B.C.P.
  11.00 am BROXTED All-Age Worship
16th 10.30 am GREAT EASTON School Nativity Service
4th Sunday of Advent
19th 9.00 am LITTLE EASTON Holy Communion B.C.P.
  11.00 am LITTLE EASTON All-Age Worship
  11.00 pm LITTLE EASTON Carol singing prior to…
  11.15 pm LITTLE EASTON Holy Communion C.W.
25th 9.00 am GREAT EASTON Holy Communion B.C.P.
  11.00 am GREAT EASTON All-Age Worship
BOXING DAY – 1st Sunday of Christmas
26th NO SERVICESsee magazine page 15 for alternative arrangements



Appeal Court Verdict on Sale of Stansted Airport

On the 13th October Lord Justice Maurice Kay in the Court of Appeal ruled that BAA should sell Stansted Airport. The Court refused BAA’s application to appeal to the Supreme Court although BAA can seek to have this refusal overturned. This follows a market study launched by the Office of Fair Trading in 2006 into BAA’s dominant position in the UK airports market. In March 2009 a two-year study by the Competition Commission (CC) concluded that BAA should sell Gatwick and Stansted and either Edinburgh or Glasgow. BAA sold Gatwick but became involved in protracted legal proceedings challenging the CC ruling in respect of Stansted and Edinburgh/Glasgow.

SSE Celebratory Party

Don’t forget 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. Contact SSE’s campaign office on 01279 870558.


Everyone is invited to come and worship with Bishop Stephen, the new Bishop of Chelmsford, at St Mary’s Church, Dunmow on Monday 6th December. The Bishop wants to meet as many people as he can so coffee will be served at 7.15 pm before and after the service which will commence at 8pm. Please introduce yourselves to him.

St Mary’s hope that members of choirs from other churches will join their choir to lead the singing and to sing an anthem. Please get in touch with Pam, the organist, on 01371 878219 or pamandjo@btinternet.com if you are interested.


We regret that there will be no church services in The Five Parishes on Boxing Day, Sunday 26th December. However invitations have been extended to members of our congregations to attend services in these neighbouring parishes:

Dunmow benefice: Holy Communion at 10.30 am in St Andrew’s, Barnston

Stebbing benefice: 9.30am Common Worship Morning Prayer at St Mary’s, Lindsell

Thaxted Church will keep the day as “The Holy Family” with Mass at 8am (Said) and 10am (Sung).


Due to the Bishop’s visit on the 6th December, the Monday Group will now meet on Monday 13th December.


The collections for USPG Anglicans in World Mission raised £302 at the school service and £858 at Tilty and Little Easton Churches, a combined total of £1,160, to support their work in Tanzania helping poor communities to reach their full potential and grow to support themselves. Our grateful thanks to everyone who donated so generously.


On Wednesday 15th December at 2.30pm members will celebrate Christmas with some carol singing, exchanging of Christmas cards, light entertainment and a special seasonal tea. They look forward to friends joining them for the afternoon and would be particularly pleased to welcome all those kind people who supported their fund-raising lunch last June. (Please have a word if you intend to come to enable them to arrange seating and catering.)

This will be the last meeting at Easton Farm and members are very grateful for having been allowed to use the Garden Room for about the last five years. Thank you for the lovely venue and the generous hospitality– they have been so very much appreciated. For more information please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894.


A report on the Evening of Magic & Mystery submitted by one of the guests to whom we send grateful thanks:

“The Friends of the Five Parishes’ eighth evening of Magic & Mystery sponsored, organised and hosted by the tireless, inventive and inspired Brian and Audrey had sold out within minutes of its announcement. No surprise this, given the line-up of international acts that were gagging to perform before the most testing and discerning audience on the circuit – namely the good folk of the Five Parishes.

“The theme this year was PINK and the numerous interpretations made you realise just how many shades of this colour really exist and also that many men are colour-blind. Fancy-dress competitors strutted on stage with Susi Fielding as a pink pussycat in third place, an entire formation dancing team in second (yes, all ten of them),and popular winner Liz as Fairy Nuff (geddit?).

“British Sausage week provided the inspiration for supper, and while this was being enjoyed a tombola with one hundred and sixty prizes was run and Brian and his skilled colleagues dazzled us with close-up tricks at the tables. We’d seen them all before, but we still didn’t have a clue how it was done.

“After auctioning a Jeroboam of champagne, Brian introduced us to Scott Penrose, Stage Magician of the Year, whose act was a classic with white doves materialising, candles disappearing into scarves, and steel rings and playing cards behaving impossibly. Brian’s hilarious patter filled the moments leading to the next act – Antje Pode from Germany – who can juggle suitcases, shopping bags and oranges simultaneously with her feet. Truly. Just returned from cheering up our troops in Afghanistan was the larger than life comic magician John Archer – master of the painless insult, mind-reader, card trickster and appalling ukulele player.

“These evenings have added thousands to the tens of thousands raised for the parishes, and the sound of laughter will have been heard in all five of them on that dark Friday night.”

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 or look in your local church.


It is not too late to join the 50% Club. The Club raises funds to help to maintain our churches in the Five Parishes. A cheque for £8 will buy a subscription from January until the end of August 2011. For more information please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894.


Thursday 9th December is the occasion of the Eastons & Tilty WI Christmas Lunch which is being provided by Ian Barnard. This is always delicious and an occasion enjoyed by all who attend. So, don’t forget, turn up, and enjoy. As usual the venue is Great Easton Village Hall, 12.30 for 1pm.

On behalf of the WI, secretary May Ferris uses this message to convey their very best wishes for a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year. For more information please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894.


Dolcie Lofting from King’s Lynn will demonstrate on Anticipation at the meeting on Tuesday 7th December in the Thaxted Centre for the Disabled at 7.30 pm.


Thank you to everyone who joined in the sale at the Centre for the Disabled in Thaxted on the 6th November. With your help they managed to raise £892. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard and all those who gave the event their support.


If you wish to remember a loved one by lighting a candle to help our local hospices, contact St Clare Hospice on 01279 773750 or Farleigh Hospice on 01245 457300 for details.


Recently the children all took part in their first educational visit of the school year. Our lower school visited the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green to support their Toy topic and the Upper School enhanced their Roman work with a trip to Colchester Castle. Below are some quotes from the children’s follow-up work.

“We went to the workshop and talked about how to make toys. The next thing we did was make a windmill.” Year 2 pupil. “We saw a robot, we had to connect up all the cogs and then the robot moved.” Year 2 pupil. “We matched fragments of real Roman artefacts to their pictures. We built a Roman Villa and a Celtic Roundhouse. Later we went under the castle to the vaults, 2,000 years ago they were filled with sand! We were told that the Roman Temple would have been directly above our heads. We were also told the Boudica story.” Year 6 pupil.

December, as usual will be an exciting and very busy time for everyone at Great Easton as the build-up to the festive season begins. The Christmas activities begin on the evening of 3rd December when the school Choir under the leadership of Claire Harland will be singing in Dunmow High Street.

On 6th, 7th and 8th December all 147 of our pupils will be on stage and involved in our Christmas Toy production. Further details on tickets and times are available from the school office.

During the morning of the 10th December, Jack and his Beanstalk will be visiting the school with a pantomime performance for all the children. Sunday 12th December at 5pm will see our famous hand bell ringers once again taking part at the Tilty Crib service; this year they will also be joined by the school choir.

16th December gives some of our youngest pupils centre stage as all of our Year 1 children will be starring in the traditional nativity service, which as usual will be held in what is always a packed Great Easton Church. The service starts at 10.30 am and will include traditional hymns and some of our favourite Christmas songs. After the service the children all head back to school for Mrs Wiffen’s Christmas Lunch – local turkey and all the trimmings for over 150 children and staff, all served within an hour! Finally on the evening of the 16th the children will all return to school for their end of term Christmas Discos.

Of course the children will also spend some of December in class! December’s RE lessons will be based around the Christmas story and during assemblies we will be lighting our advent wreath. Term finishes with a final celebration assembly on Friday the 17th and we will all return refreshed and recharged ready for the Spring Term on Wednesday 5th January.

Finally to finish this month and on behalf of everyone at Great Easton Primary School, I would like to wish all members of the Five Parishes community a restful, relaxing and enjoyable Christmas.

Damian Pye


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


Please note the amended copy date for the January issue. Because of Christmas schedules, your contribution for this issue, both editorial and advertising, should be with us by latest first thing on Tuesday 7th December. This will mean that items going to village correspondents should be with them by Monday 6th December. We know this is very early but our priority is to have this issue distributed before the first church service in January. Thank You.


UK Last Posting Dates:

Standard parcels: Wednesday 15th December

Second class: Saturday 18th December

First class: Tuesday 21st December

Special Delivery: Thursday 23rd December

Remember, if your card is larger than 240mm x 165mm x 5mm, you need to use a large letter stamp, the minimum rates for which are 51p/66p second/first class

International Airmail Posting Dates:

South/Central America, Africa, Middle/Far East (inc Japan), Asia, Australia, New Zealand: Monday 6th December

USA, Canada, Eastern Europe: Friday 10th December

Western Europe: Monday 13th December


Tuesday 30th November Communion Service in School
Friday 3rd December School choir sing in Dunmow High Street
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
Monday 6th December Bishop Stephen at St Mary’s, Dunmow
Tuesday 7th December Final copy date for January Editorial
Tues/Wed/Thurs 7/8/9th School’s Christmas Toy Production
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 School Nativity Service in Gt Easton Church
Thursday 16th December Carol singing at The Swan
Sunday 19th December Children’s Christmas party, Great Easton
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
Friday 24th December Carol singing/Holy Communion, Lt Easton


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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