NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The next meeting of the Council is on Thursday 13th January 2011, at 8.15 pm in the Village Hall. All meetings of the Council are open to members of the public. The Council always welcomes villagers and is keen to hear their opinions and ideas.
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
BROXTED AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
This brand new event, held on the 13th November, was a great success. A large number of people brought along ‘things’ that they no longer wanted – and other people took them away! At the end of the four hours the hall was almost empty and what was left was then passed to a charity shop for others to make use of.
The event will be repeated in the spring, so look out for the date, and look out those things you no longer want, but that others might find useful!
THE MOBILE LIBRARY
This service will visit Broxted on Wednesday 5th and 19th January, 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 7th and 21st January at 1.50 departing at 2.05 pm.
WEEKLY SESSIONS IN THE VILLAGE HALL
NEW YEAR WISHES FROM THE MAGAZINE TEAM
Angela, Claire, Phyllis and Andrew send every good wish to our readers, contributors, distributors and advertisers for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2010. We thank you all for your on-going support during the past year, this is greatly appreciated. Without it, the Magazine would not function.
As is our custom at the start of the year, we ask for a contribution towards the cost of the Magazine from those people who do not come to church regularly or who receive it each month by post. Postage is now either 51p or 81p second class, depending on size, and due to increase again in April. £15 would just cover printing and postage costs for a year – cheques should be payable to The Five Parishes and sent to Old House, The Broadway, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3BH. Thank you.
To those potential advertisers waiting on advertising space becoming available, we say thank you for your interest in our publication and for your patience. We hope to be able to offer you something very soon now.
JANUARY LETTER TO THE UNITED PARISH
Canon Ivy writes from The Rectory, Park Road, Little Easton 01371 872509 firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 approaches! It will bring something different for each one of us. The New Year, as always, will bring its joy and its sorrows. Each of us will have our particular angle as we anticipate its arrival.
My approach to a new year is usually optimistic, confident and hopeful. Sometimes I even go so far as to think I can be in control of most of what happens to me as the year begins. Whatever the day brings I will aim to handle it in a better way than I did in 2010, but you and I know that the reality is that life will get in the way! Not everything will go according to plan, and people will not always respond the way we had hoped. The day still only has 24 hours so there isn’t enough time for my optimism to fulfil itself. In short, I can’t do it!!
It’s great to have optimism, confidence and hope, but I have discovered that for them to work, they need God’s power and influence. God doesn’t make everything alright overnight, but He is the reason to be optimistic and confident and have hope when we find ourselves in situations which seem hopeless. Why? Because He is the one who supports and nurtures us through difficulties, hard times and joyless times. We need to trust Him to be there in all circumstances, and for each day to be faced with our hand in His, able to say to Him ‘I am afraid. I am tired. I am worried. What now Lord?”
God will give substance to our optimism and he will give confidence in the hope that the next hour, the next day can be better than the last. God empowers us in all our circumstances but he needs our trust, that allows Him to work, and he needs us to give him our hand for him to hold to stop us falling.
To help us, we have been given the Bible to guide us, encourage us, sustain us, and keep us hopeful. 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Authorised Version of the Bible. To mark this milestone people are being encouraged to take up the E100 Bible Reading Challenge. The leaflet enclosed with this Magazine explains more…
Some people have read bits of the Bible, but don’t know how it all fits together. Some people would like some help to understand it better to see how it applies to our daily lives. It may be that you are someone who has never read it, but would like to find out more of what’s in it.
If any of these comments sounds like you, then the E100 Bible Reading Challenge is for you. It is based on selected short Bible Passages – 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from The New Testament, to help us get a good understanding of the overall Bible story from Genesis to Revelation, without getting bogged down. The ‘E’ stands for essential and each of the Essential 100 readings ranges from a few verses to a few chapters which could be read in under 10 minutes. You decide whether to read it over 100 days or over the year. Find a bible that is easy for you to understand. Set aside a special time and a place to read it. Are you up for the challenge?
If you would like more copies for family members, or to pass to a friend, I have copies. There are also copies for the taking, in the porch of each church.
If you would like to have a copy of the Essential 100 Guide which gives a comprehensive overview of the Bible, including introductions for different sections, and notes on the 100 readings, I have copies at £5 each.
May 2011 be the year in which your hopes and hand are firmly held by God.
To find out more look on www.chelmsford.anglican.org/2011-400th-anniversary-of-the-king-james-bible.html.
STANSTED AIRPORT NEWS
When the immediate threat of a second runway was removed, Stop Stansted Expansion consulted on the type of organisation (if any) that should succeed it. The feedback amounted to a strongly held belief that SSE should remain, continuing the campaign to achieve some form of long term protection against the threat of a second Stansted runway and making representations on ongoing issues associated with current operations.
Similarly, the Magazine will continue with this Airport section, albeit renamed, aiming to bring to residents’ attention major items of news relating to the Airport as they affect the community.
SSE Celebratory Party
Thanks to everyone involved with the organisation of the Christmas party. The evening was enjoyed by everyone who attended, the menu was delightful and the scrambled photographs competition frustrating but novel!
Stansted Airport Community Trust
The Trustees would welcome applications for grants up to £2,000 from community and volunteer groups in parishes within a ten mile radius of Stansted Airport for its next round of grants. The closing date for this is the 31st January 2011. Contact SACT at PO Box 11, County Hall, Chelmsford CM1 1LX or email the chairman at email@example.com for an application form or advice.
Broxted Quiz Night and Supper
One of the staple events in the SSE programme, the well-established supper quiz takes place on Saturday 5th March, 7pm for 7.30pm in Broxted Village Hall. Ticket price held at £10 per head to include supper, but please bring your own drinks. To book for a table of 8 or individually, please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894.
NEWS FOR ALL PARISHES
THE BISHOP OF CHELMSFORD
The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell the new Bishop of Chelmsford made a very welcome visit to St Mary’s Church, Dunmow on the 6th December to meet with representatives from the parishes of Dunmow and Stansted Deanery. He sends this New Year message:
“Before we leave Christmas completely behind us for another year let us have one last look at the wise men. They are an interesting bunch. And anyway they probably arrived at Bethlehem a long time after Jesus’ actual birth.
“They follow a star. It leads them into unknown territory. They abandon their own judgement and let the star lead the way. But as they get closer to where the star is leading they start trusting their own judgement more. Believing that the star signifies the birth of a king they rely on human wisdom and go to a palace where they might understandably expect a king to be born. But they are mistaken. By choosing their own destination they end up in the wrong place. The star has settled over a cowshed in Bethlehem, and a very different sort of king awaits them.
“Other stars are arising to guide us in Essex and East London today. Despite the gloomy state of the world, cuts for Christmas and more cuts for the New Year, the perils of climate change, warfare, instability and violence, there are bright lights shining that tell us it is possible to live differently and to find a different future. But this will mean change, and it will mean travelling to destinations that we wouldn’t necessarily choose ourselves. But in Jesus the world is shown a way to live in peace with each other and with the whole of creation. It only takes one visit to have the course of your life changed, but I recommend regular exposure. Then the light will shine out for all the world to see.
“The wise men learnt not to rely on their own wisdom so much. This is a lesson we could all usefully learn. Anyone for star gazing?”
Please support LEPRA Coffee Morning to be held on Wednesday 19th January at Falcons, Little Easton. Drop in at any time between 10am and 12 noon for coffee, tea and a biscuit. There will be a home–made cakes stall, an unwanted Christmas gifts stall, and a raffle. For more information please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
The Friends Annual Evensong
The Friends Annual Evensong was held this year in Broxted Church on the first Sunday of Advent with Canon Ivy as Celebrant and Preacher. She explained perfectly how important the Friends are; indeed, our Friends organisation is a huge asset to the Five Parishes. Canon Ivy emphasised the fact it only has 109 members and we need to recruit many more new friends from our local villages as many non church goers still enjoy seeing the wonderful historic buildings. A real festive atmosphere could be sensed with the church lit by candles, with fir decorating the window sills and a splendid tea to top it off.
The committee have worked hard throughout the year to keep raising money. Three wonderful Christmas Hampers were raffled on the night which, along with the collection, added another £600 to funds. Thanks go to Peter Smith and the Five Parishes Choir who enhanced the service by leading the singing and also with a superb rendition of Schubert’s anthem Holy Holy Holy.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
Make it a resolution to join the 50% Club in the New Year. The Club lottery raises funds to help to maintain our churches in the Five Parishes. A cheque for £7 will buy a subscription from February 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.
EASTONS & TILTY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
At the January meeting of the Eastons & Tilty WI you can all have a go at carpet bowls. Those who have played before will be able to demonstrate their prowess. The meeting is the usual venue, Great Easton Village Hall at 2.15 for 2.30 pm, on Thursday 13th January. The committee look forward to seeing you all and, as usual, any one who wishes to come along for the first time will be very welcome. For more information please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894.
FITNESS CLASSES FOR ALL LEVELS OF FITNESS
Whether you have little or no fitness and want to improve or you are pretty fit and looking to get fitter, Sarah McLagan’s activity and fitness classes at Great Easton Village Hall on Tuesday nights can help. As spaces are limited, give Sarah a ring on 01371 870483 to book your place and find out more.
MINERAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
News on the forthcoming gravel extraction site at Easton Lodge: There will be a drop-in session at Great Canfield Village Hall on Wednesday 12th January from 11.30am to 6.30pm. Members of the public can discuss on a one-to-one basis with officers the Minerals Development Plan and the documents and proposals for Sites A22 & A23 Little Bullocks Farm, Canfield, Site A24 Easton Park, Great Dunmow and Site A26 Frogs Hall Farm, Takeley.
Sessions for other sites close to home are:
Henham OSCA Hall on Monday 17th January from 11.30am to 6.30pm for Site A25 Elsenham Quarry, Elsenham.
Ugley Village Hall on Thursday 27th January from 11.30am to 6.30pm for Site 27 Land at Ugley.
Saffron Walden library: An un-manned display for Site A33 Armigers, Thaxted.
This is part of an Essex County Council consultation programme Minerals Development Document: Preferred Approach running for ten weeks from the 9th December 2010 to the 17th February 2011. Those sites shown in bold represent preferred sites in the document; the other sites are not preferred sites at this stage.
The document sets out what has emerged as the Preferred Approach to future mineral supply following previous consultations and consideration of over 3,000 responses and outlines the sites preferred for future mineral extraction and mineral transhipment.
It is a very important time to have a further say on the proposed approaches. Comments at this stage will inform the next stage of the document, the Submission version, due to be available at the end of 2011. For further information see the Essex County Council website www.essex.gov.uk/MDD-consultation.
THAXTED FLOWER CLUB
The Club does not meet in January.
WEA DUNMOW BRANCH
Spring Term begins on Monday 10th January 2011 for ten sessions to be held at the Rowena Davey Day Centre in Dunmow at 3pm finishing at 4.45pm (including a tea break). The subject this term is Vienna: Centre of Musical Excellence. The tutor will be Peter Goodwin. You can attend the first session without commitment to see if the course would be of interest to you. For more details ring 01371 872496.
The first concert in 2011 is on Sunday 30th January at 3pm in St John’s Church, Stansted and will be given by Victoria Sayles (violin) and Martin Cousin (piano). Their programme will include Handel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor Op 1 Nr 6; Brahms’ G major Sonata Nr 1; Sarasate “Zigueneweisen”; and also music by Ravel and Elgar. The concert is being generously sponsored by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, who are sponsoring the cost of hiring the piano, and The Countess of Munster Music Trust. Tickets at Adults £12, Children £1 from the normal outlets.
THE J’s HOSPICE
Last month we referred to Richard and Barbara Pickford’s donation to The J’s Hospice. We thought this update regarding the hospice would be appropriate.
The J’s Hospice is an emerging hospice, developed through the drive and vision of the local community, to see enhanced support for young adults aged 18 to 40 with life limiting conditions by offering them the choice to receive the care and support they need in the comfort and security of their own home. Money is also being raised for the charity’s own building which will offer in-patient beds. There is currently only one hospice in England catering for this group, based in Oxford. The J’s Hospice will provide an uplifting and supportive environment where young people will be encouraged to live life to the full, however short their lives.
The J’s@Home service is now up and running, providing hospice and respite care in the comfort of the patient’s own home with a small team of trained nurses and health care assistants providing practical nursing care, specialist advice and support. They will work closely with the patient’s GP, district nurse and other carers and can provide a holistic approach for the whole family. Started in September, the service is costing £250,000 a year to run. Thank you so much for your support and if you would like to learn more or would like to offer help please go to website www.thejshospice.org.uk.
ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST
Councillors from the Five Parishes, Great Dunmow and Thaxted were given a talk by the Essex Wildlife Trust about forming a group to take on projects linking and enhancing wildlife areas in the Upper Chelmer area. This group is looking for volunteers and anyone interested in finding out more can contact Jackie Deane on 01371 870059 or any parish councillor.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
I am writing this article two thirds of the way through our Christmas Performances, this year’s title being The Magic Toybox. So far nearly 300 parents, family and friends have seen the Sugar Plum Fairy bring bears, dolls, kites, trains and puppets to life. It is one of the nicest parts of my job seeing the performance finally come together after weeks of writing, singing and rehearsing. All 146 of our pupils are taking part and it’s great to see the 11 year olds, 4 year olds and all ages in between on stage and performing together as a team.
The recent cold snap has seen frozen grounds, a lost property box overflowing with scarves and gloves and numerous school sporting fixtures cancelled. But due to the hard work and dedication off all my staff we were able to stay open during the ice and snow of late November and early December.
The children return to school for the start of the spring term on the 5th January and a new term will see new topics for all of the classes. In the upper school the children’s work will be based around the theatre. The lower school children will be using the Allan Ahlberg book The Jolly Postman as a stimulus for their Great Easton Village Study. Meanwhile our foundation stage children will be looking at Dinosaurs and life ‘On the Farm’ (perhaps this topic will include a trip to Jurassic Park!)
We are always looking for ideas about how we can make our school more friendly for people with disabilities. If you could contribute ideas we would welcome you onto our disability awareness group. This group meets every two terms. Please get in touch with Lin Holme at the school if you think you could help.
As part of our on-going Eco-Schools work we are looking to extend our fresh food growing programme. If you live in the local community and are interested in gardening or could lend a hand with planting and growing fruit and vegetables, please contact Julia Metson at the school.
www.greateastonprimary.co.uk – This is the address of our brand new school website which has just been revamped and relaunched. Take a look!
Finally, this month I would like to mention the Christingle service which will be held at Great Easton Church on Sunday 30th January at 11am. Last year Canon Ivy and I were joined by over 30 of our pupils for what is always a friendly family service with lots of interaction and involvement for the children.
BRIAN AND DIANA CREASEY
We are most grateful for this contribution containing a history of the Creaseys’ time at Warwick House and a tribute to their magnificent work there.
Brian and Diana Creasey left the Five Parishes in August after spending almost 40 years at Warwick House in Little Easton. The house had been developed by Charlie Wearn from the last remaining section of the old Easton Lodge mansion but when Stansted was designated as London’s third airport he sold up, without completing the development work, even leaving unconnected radiators in every room! Brian and Diana took over, turning Warwick House into one of the most desirable houses in the county. Diana’s skills in interior design and furnishing complemented Brian’s who created an impressive and beautiful garden from a wilderness. They raised four children and played their part in the community too. Diana helped for many years to run Meals on Wheels and they gave active support to the Countess of Warwick’s Show in its early years with Brian’s vintage cars on parade. Diana was chairman of the Good Companions from 1990 and regularly hosted their tea parties.
Brian was passionate – he used the word obsessed – about reviving the Easton Lodge gardens as they had been in the heyday of Daisy. To this end he sold his van hire business in 1990, enabling him to devote all his time and energy to the project, spending many months personally clearing acres of undergrowth and fallen trees etc to enable the outlines of the gardens, its walks and vistas to emerge. Not least was the huge area of snowdrops and daffodils which had been hidden for decades and which now delight us all each spring. Much new planting was done and many students and garden enthusiasts were enlisted to help in this huge task.
The threat of new runways came as a nasty shock and Brian and Diana organised publicity and fundraising events in support of SSE. It is ironic that this threat should recede just as they left.
Realising that they could not go on for ever, Brian and Diana set up The Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust and management passed to them. It was a sad but sensible further step to decide to pass on Warwick House itself and to move elsewhere.
We are indebted to them for all they did in bringing the Gardens back to life so triumphantly and for the many entertainments they organised – from operas via Shakespeare plays, nights of dancing and jazz to Teddy Bears’ Picnics in the afternoons.
We wish them a long and happy retirement. At the same time we bid a warm welcome to the new owners Paul Abrey (whose family is widely known to farmers in the area) and Paul Macneil. They have wasted no time in starting to make their own mark on Warwick House and its garden and we wish them many years of happiness amongst us.
RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
For residents who wish to recycle their real Christmas trees and green waste, refuse vehicles will be available on Saturday 8th January from 9am to 3pm in the Chequers Lane car park, Dunmow, Lower Street car park, Stansted and Margaret Street car park, Thaxted. A similar collection will be available in Great Easton Village Hall car park from 1.30pm to 2.30 pm on Sunday 9th January.
HOUSEHOLD NEW YEAR COLLECTIONS
The household waste Recycling Centre at Thaxted Road, Saffron Walden will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day but open every other day from 8am to 4pm except Christmas Eve (open 8am to 1pm).
The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following: A card posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them is a scam. DO NOT call the number 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number) given on the card as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.
BBC’S BIBLE MARATHON
BBC Radio 4 is going to broadcast a day of readings from the Bible this month in order to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. On Sunday 9th January BBC Radio 4 will broadcast 28 readings of 15 minutes each, lasting a total of seven hours. Jim Naughtie is presenting a series of three documentary programmes on the 3rd, 4th and 5th January from 9am to 9.45am on BBC Radio 4 entitled The Story of the King James Bible.
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. Cicero – in 55 BC
Some time when you’re feeling important,
Some time when your ego’s in bloom,
Some time when you take it for granted,
You’re the best qualified man in the room,
Some time when you feel that your going,
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow this simple instruction,
And see how it humbles your soul.
Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hands in it up to your wrists,
Pull them out - and the hole that remains;
Is a measure of how you’ll be missed.
You may splash all you please when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you’ll find in a minute,
That it looks just the same as before.
The moral of this is quite simple,
Just do the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself, but remember·-
there is no Indispensable Man.
MAKING PLANS FOR 2011?
You can never plan the future by the past. Edmund Burke
What we look for does not come to pass. God finds a way for what none foresaw. Euripides Alcestis
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in his way. Psalm 37:23
The number of plastic bags given to supermarket customers for a single use has fallen dramatically in recent years, dropping by 43 per cent from 10.6 billion in 2006 to 6.1 billion in the year to May 2010, according to the British Retail Consortium.
WHEN THE SNOW FALLS.... DO’S AND DON’TS TO CLEARING IT
A detailed government guide to coping with heavy snowfall, including advice to clear a path, use table salt and how to get the sun to help you, is now available at www.direct.gov.uk.
The guide reassures people that if they clear the path outside their house in a responsible way, they will not be sued if someone slips. The guide advises people to shovel the snow off BEFORE it gets impacted by heavy feet. It is stressed that you should NOT use hot water to clear the snow – it will only melt and then refreeze into black ice – thus increasing the risk of injury.
Looking over the log book kept by the computer support staff at my office, I noticed several entries stating the problem was PICNIC. I asked one of the technicians what PICNIC meant. He laughed as he told me it meant Problem In Chair, Not In Computer.
A thought for all church councils as the New Year begins: “To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a committee.”
Chaos, panic, despair. My work here is done.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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.
The Maltings and Moor End from Hook Corner, 18 August 2005
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