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from the Five Parishes' Magazine



The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 10th February 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


Children’s Christmas Party

The party on the 12th December was a great success with over 30 children enjoying games, a magician and a splendid tea. As ever, Father Christmas made an appearance at the end of the afternoon with a present for every child who had managed to be good throughout the year. Being Broxted, of course, that was every child! Many thanks to those who organised the party and to the mums who provided the tea.

Pensioners’ Parcels

Once again the Community Association provided a small parcel of groceries to the older members of our community at Christmas. Many expressions of thanks have been received, including one which sums them all up. “The ‘oldies’ of Broxted would like to thank the Community Association for again delivering very welcome gifts of groceries. These gifts are very much appreciated.” Our thanks too to those intrepid souls who delivered the parcels in the treacherous weather we suffered just before Christmas.

Children’s Society – Box Opening

The new co-ordinator of the Children’s Society for Broxted has taken over and the annual box opening will take place on Tuesday 15th March. Please bring along your box for coffee and biscuits - please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894. If you are unable to bring your box, (or need directions), please call her and she will arrange for it to be collected. Any volunteers to count on the morning will be appreciated.

During the carol singing evening at the Prince of Wales, £50 was collected for the Society and grateful thanks go to Cliff and Jackie for allowing the collection to be made and for their warm welcome and hospitality.


An old Broxted boy reminisces about his early life and remembers his wonderful “mum” who cared for him from age 5 to 11.

Not many people will remember me living in Oakmeads, Brick End, Broxted with the late Lizzie Smith from January 1937 to October 1942. Ron Carr of Mole Hill Green will, as will Cyril Monk of Dunmow. However, this is not about me but to remind folk of the Five Parishes what a unique and wonderful lady Lizzie Smith was.

I have to say first of all that I, Robert George Winter, a Dr Barnardo’s boy, was sent to Broxted with another lad called Philip Hills to live with our new mum on 8th January 1937. According to Barnardo’s records, Lizzie was foster mum to at least twelve Barnardo children during her lifetime. Some were babes in arms and some, like me, a little older. Most of the children stayed until they were 14 years old and then Barnardo’s took the child away to be trained or sent for further education. Some were shipped to the colonies to start a new life in places like Canada or Australia.

Philip Hills and I left mum on 8th October 1942 because I had passed the 11 plus exam and needed to be placed in a grammar school. Philip was sent to Barnardo’s Naval School as mum had apparently reached retirement age. I was taken to Barnardo’s HQ in Stepney Causeway, London. World War II was raging and I had to wait to be accepted into a grammar school. Eventually, after being homed in several other London homes, including Boys’ Garden City, Woodford, I was taken to Moreton-in-Marsh and enrolled in Chipping Camden Grammar School. My presence there did not last long for fate took over in that I had a bow and arrow accident resulting in the loss of an eye. I attended two different boarding schools until I was 20 and ready to be trained for adult employment.

As I grew older I often thought about my early life in Broxted and in particular wondered how my mum felt each time someone came to her home and took away the child she had fostered, nursed, loved and cared for. She must have been a very special lady to cope with that time and time again. She was a fine lady, a church goer, kind, patient and a real mum.

I remember visiting her when I was about 19, arriving at lunchtime. She ushered me in and insisted that I tuck into the food she was preparing for her own lunch. That was typical of her.

On numerous visits to Broxted I have enjoyed telling folk about one of the nicest people I have known. Everyone agreed that she must have been a special lady to bring up so many children and lose them all. All of us must have wondered why we were being taken from the only real home we had ever known. Broxted should feel proud to have raised such a fine lady and as a tribute to her, albeit belatedly, I would like to include this note in the Five Parishes Magazine.

From a very grateful Barnardo’s boy


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesday 2nd and 16th February, 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 4th and 18th February 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’s contact details: The Rectory, Park Road, Little Easton 01371 872509 ivycrawford@btinternet.com

Dear People of the Five Parishes

As Canon Ivy has a busy work schedule in the coming months, she has asked the churchwardens to help with some of the letters for the Magazine and this will be the first one written by a churchwarden.

As I write this letter, it is the end of a busy Christmas season and we thank everybody involved in all the extra services, especially as we had to contend with such adverse weather conditions. The Christingle Service at Great Easton on the 30th January will mark the end of this special time in the church calendar.

February is the month that bridges the gap between winter and spring, with aconites and snowdrops appearing in gardens and woodlands. It is a busy month for those involved in the administration of the parish, with annual accounts and reports being prepared for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting which will be at the end of March.

Marriage Week UK runs from the 7th to 14th February and so includes St Valentine’s Day which will be celebrated in the Five Parishes at the service at Broxted on the 13th February. The aim of Marriage Week is to celebrate marriage as the basis for family life in the UK. It seems that marriage is still very popular – more than 90% of young people in the UK hope to be married at some point in the future, and the large majority will achieve this. Two out of every three first marriages will last until one partner dies, and one in two second or subsequent marriages will also last a lifetime. In the Five Parishes in 2010 twelve marriages were celebrated, equalling our highest number in the last ten years. Marriage is supported by The Mothers’ Union both nationally and in the Five Parishes and from the meeting on the 16th February their meetings will take place at the Thaxted Centre for the Disabled.

So far for 2011 six marriages have been booked and we hope that this trend will continue. Couples wishing to get married should contact Claire Squibb in the first instance, she will take basic details and send you a copy of the very useful Getting Married booklet. Her contact details appear on the inside front cover of the magazine.

The end of February sees the start of Fairtrade Fortnight on the 28th February. These days most of the supermarkets have a range of Fairtrade goods and there is now a specialist shop in Saffron Walden selling all the other products.

With every blessing from the Churchwardens.


In 2010, the airport handled 143,335 commercial flights compared to 146,500 in 2000. The number of passengers handled dropped 7% last year to 18.6 million passengers compared to 20.0 million passengers in 2009. At its peak in 2006/07 just over 24 million passengers passed through the airport. There were some unusual circumstances last year, including the Icelandic volcano problem in April and adverse weather both at the start and at the end of the year. BAA has told its investors that it expects a further decline at Stansted during the current year by another million travellers, with throughput falling to 17.6 million passengers in 2011 – half the level permitted on the airport’s single runway.

Action on noise

While the NATS consultation on the proposed airspace changes has been postponed pending a more wide-reaching review of flight paths across southern and eastern England, noise from current airport operations continues to be an issue of serious concern to many.

Please complain to BAA when you are disturbed by noisy or off-track aircraft so that a record is made. If this is done through SSE’s website www.stopstanstedexpansion.com (using the Complain About Noise link) its noise experts can follow up and use the complaints as leverage to press for improvements. Alternatively, call SSE on 01279 870558 for a copy of their explanatory leaflet about other ways to register complaints.

Your complaints will also be invaluable when it comes to registering concerns over night flights in the forthcoming Night Flying Restrictions consultation which is expected in 2011 and will cover the period 2012 to 2017.

New Managing Director for Stansted

In December BAA confirmed the appointment of Nick Barton as Stansted’s managing director. Mr Barton has been performing the role on an interim basis since the departure of former boss David Johnston at the end of November. He has six years experience at the west Essex hub, most recently as commercial and development director.

SSE Booksales

SSE will hold another booksale on Saturday 2nd April and all books in good condition will be gratefully received. The sale in November was a huge success, raising nearly £900 for campaign funds, so please help them to repeat this success. Contact SSE on 01279 870558 or info@stopstanstedexpansion.com to make arrangements for handover.

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 7.30 pm in Broxted Village Hall. Ticket price has been 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.



The Bishop’s Lent Appeal this year will focus on Northern Kenya’s Marsabit Mission Area. This is a huge area, mainly desert, about the size of England. Until 2010 there were no tarmac roads, but a new one is now snaking its way North. Resources are scarce and there is much insecurity among the people who struggle to survive. Rains have been poor in the past few years, with a major drought in 2009, when most of the livestock died. The late rains in 2010 have also been poor, and it is feared famine will again stalk the land. More details will appear in the March issue.


Meetings will resume on Monday 14th March for the York Lent Course. This year’s course booklet is RICH INHERITANCE – Jesus’ legacy of love written by Bishop Stephen Cottrell. For information about the meetings, please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894. New members will be made most welcome.


Members will meet at 2.30pm on Wednesday 16th February at their new meeting venue. This will now be at the Thaxted Disabled Centre and this time it will be a “settling-in” meeting with no speaker. There will be the usual short service, a bring-and-buy and a cup of tea plus a friendly chat. For more information please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894.


Plans are well under way for the 2011 show on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 28th/28th August. Anyone wishing to enquire about booking a stall should visit website www.countessofwarwickshow.org.

The profit from the 2010 show was split between the four churches of The Five Parishes, each church receiving £5,000. The churchwardens send their very deep gratitude to the show team for this magnificent contribution. It means so much to them as they face the building maintenance that has to be undertaken during the coming year.


The January meeting of the Executive Committee took place after this issue went to press, so details about events in 2011 will be given in a later issue.


The Club continues to grow and it is not too late to join. From February there are still seven chances to win. Just send a cheque for £7 to Fran Woodrow, 11 Emblems, Great Dunmow, CM6 2AG. Please make cheques payable to ‘The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club’. The winner last month was Lesley Holt. The money raised helps to maintain the churches in The Five Parishes.


The February meeting of the Eastons & Tilty WI will be on Thursday 10th February, in Great Easton Village Hall at 12.30 for 1pm as the afternoon will be started with a soup lunch. After lunch there will be the usual business of the day followed by a talk by Mr S Lester about auctioneering. He would be pleased to see any SMALL items you may wish to bring along. The afternoon promises to be very interesting and, as usual, visitors are welcome. For any further information please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894.


Liz Craig is proud to have been selected to attend the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden later this year as a member of the International Service Team. This is a volunteer staff team who make the Jamboree happen for the 40,000 young people from around the world.

In order to attend, each volunteer has to raise over £1,000. Liz’s latest effort to help with this is a Quiz Night on Saturday 5th February at 7.30pm in Great Easton Village Hall. Teams of 6, £10 a head to include chilli and jacket supper. There will be a raffle, but bring your own drinks. For more information or to book a team, please contact in the first instance the editor, Angela, on 01371 872894.


Are you a skilled coach, mentor, work consultant, reviewer, counsellor, group facilitator, supervisor? Ivy’s group is seeking to build a team of skilled people to contribute to the development and well-being of Clergy. If you believe you have the skills and motivation to work with them, or you know someone who does, please speak to Ivy.

There is an open evening at Chelmsford Diocesan Office on Wednesday 16th February from 7.30 to 9.15 pm. If you would like to attend, please confirm this by contacting Mary Kersys on 01245 294455.


On Tuesday 1st February Nick Grounds’ demonstration will be on the theme From Potting to Potter. The Club meets at the Thaxted Centre for the Disabled at 7.30 pm and visitors are always welcome.


The Dunmow Day Centre provides snacks and hot lunches on four days a week for those less able to cook or who would benefit from the social contact. This service is in danger of closing due to lack of support. Numbers have dwindled alarmingly in recent months and the service will soon run out of money.

If this service is for you, please do use it and tell your friends and anyone you know who would benefit from it. A home cooked two-course lunch costs £5 and is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Booking, before 10am on the day, is necessary to 01371 872874.


The concert on Saturday 12th March at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Stansted will be given by harpist Catrin Finch. Her programme will include amongst others Italian Concerto by Bach, Two Arabesques by Debussy, Hindemith’s Sonata for Harp, Liszt’s Le Rossignol arranged by Renie and Faure’s Impromptu.

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.


Sir Alan Haselhurst MP holds surgeries throughout his constituency that can be attended by anyone who wishes tohave time with Sir Alan to discuss issues which they have and with which they feel that he may be able to offer assistance. The next surgery in Dunmow will be on Friday 4th February at Foakes House, Town Council Office, 47 Stortford Road from 6.30 to 7.15 pm. No appointment necessary but if you require any assistance please ring 01799 506349.


Accuro is a registered charity providing a range of services to support families who have a child or an adult with a disability. Schemes included are Shared Care (family based short term breaks for children); Family Support Work/Sitting Service (care within the local community and the child’s home); Holiday Scheme (individual and group activities for children); Saturday Club (for children aged 6–16, runs 42 weeks per year); Under 19s Leisure Scheme (weekly social clubs, befriending & group outings); Parenting Support (individual and group support) and Adult Friendship Scheme (individual and group activities).

They have opportunities for paid and/or voluntary work within their schemes according to experience, availability etc. If you have any time that you could spare or if you know of anyone who would benefit from these services, then please contact them on 01279 433117 or 01279 433667, e-mail at enquiries@accuro.org.uk or go on line at www.accuro.org.uk.


Essex Fire and Rescue Service representatives are available to provide a home fire safety visit to your house. They give advice on safety and your emergency exit options and will fit free ten-year smoke detectors. Call 01376 349339 to make an appointment.


Crossroads Care Uttlesford is a charity which helps relieve the stress of people, whatever their age, providing help and support to their partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour. Caring may be a full-time activity or just keeping a regular eye on someone. Crossroads Care is dedicated to the carer and provides paid, fully trained care support workers to give carers a break.

The care is provided in the client’s home, always by the same support worker, and can include personal care, assistance with meals, shopping, or whatever is needed. This not only provides respite for the carer, but also avoids the need for admission to hospital or other caring institution.

For enquiries contact Heather Eldred, Scheme Manager on 01799 513496 or e-mail uttlesford@crossroads.org.uk, or go online to www.uttlesfordcrossroads.co.uk.


During February Canon Ivy and Rev’d Cilla will be leading assemblies about ‘Thanking God for Parties’ and ‘Making Choices’. Traditionally the February assembly rota also includes discussions about Shrove Tuesday and Lent. However, after some research and investigation, my assemblies will be based around the 4 day Shrovetide period. As well as pancakes, Lent and Ash Wednesday, I will also be talking to the children about Egg Saturday and Collop Monday! (If these terms are new to you, a simple Google search will uncover the lesser known days during Shrovetide).

The children are now working hard on their new topics. Our youngest class (Foundation Stage) are really enjoying their dinosaur work and to help them bring their topic to life we will be visiting the Natural History Museum’s dinosaur gallery. This will be the budding paleontologist’s first ever school trip and what better way to start than with a day in London with the Diplodocus, Stegosaurus and, of course, Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Meanwhile our lower school children (Years 1, 2 and 3) are working on their local study. During the next few weeks they will often be seen out and about in Great Easton village looking at the landscape, buildings and other key features. They are also interested in talking to any people with local knowledge of Great Easton and its history. If there are any David Starkeys or Simon Schamas reading this Magazine who live in or around Great Easton and would be willing to share their local knowledge with our children, please contact me at the school.

Finally our upper school children (Years 4, 5 and 6) are studying the theatre and during the term they will be looking at the work of William Shakespeare, including his play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. February also features St Valentine’s Day and I will leave you this month with one of the most famous quotes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind.”

Damian Pye


See also www.greateastonprimary.co.uk.


We thought this feature timely to mark St Valentine’s Day and Marriage Week

Couples wishing to get married in the Five Parishes should contact Claire Squibb in the first instance. She will refer any special circumstances to Canon Ivy (e.g. a previous marriage or foreign nationality) but will handle the day-to-day administration once any issues are settled. From an initial enquiry, she takes basic details and sends out a Getting Married booklet which gives helpful information and suggestions. Matters are progressed from there, usually by regular e-mail contact.

All couples are expected to attend a Marriage Preparation course, probably on two Saturday mornings in the spring. This covers a great deal of ground, including how to settle differences and to deal with them before they get out of hand. One attendee on the last course, who had been previously married, told Claire that his first marriage might have worked out if he’d had access to such a course first time round!

Couples need not be resident in the Five Parishes but those who are not must qualify for marriage here. Perhaps one of them was born or baptised here, or they or their parents have lived in the parish for a period. If there is no other connection, they can qualify by attending church regularly for at least six months before the banns are called, i.e. nine months before the wedding. In practice, this needs planning about a year ahead of the date. Attendance should be at least twice a month.

Unlike some parishes (it’s up to the priest’s discretion) Ivy is prepared to consider marrying people who have been divorced. She will interview them and decide whether she feels she is able to offer them the full marriage service. If not, they can still opt for a service of blessing after a civil marriage. Ivy does not, however, offer blessing services to couples resident outside the parish.

Contact Claire on 01371 870749 or by e-mail at claire@squibb.eu.



To my Dear and Loving Husband

If ever two were one, then surely we.

If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;

If ever wife was happy in a man,

Compare me with ye women if you can.

I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,

Or all the riches that the East doth hold...

From a poem by Anne Bradstreet 1612–72


How do you decide whom to marry?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the crisps and dip coming. – Alan, age 10

Unhappy in love

I think my girlfriend’s hallucinating. She keeps telling me she’s seeing other people.


Sunday 30th January All Age Christingle Service at Great Easton
Sunday 30th January Concert at St John’s Church, Stansted
Saturday 5th February Quiz Night in Great Easton
Thursday 17th February Re-arranged date Ivy Club Christmas party
Saturday 26th February Exhibition in Little Easton Memorial Hall
Saturday 5th March SSE Supper Quiz at Broxted
Saturday 12th March Concert at St John’s Church, Stansted
Monday 14th March Lent Course commences
Tuesday 15th March Children’s Society Box Opening
Saturday 2nd April SSE Booksale at Takeley


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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