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from the Five Parishes' Magazine

MARCH 2011


The Annual Meeting of Broxted Church will take place on Monday 7th March at The Old Vicarage beginning at 7pm. The meeting is open to all members of the parish but only those on the Electoral Roll may vote.


If you would like to have a lily put on the altar of Broxted Church in memory of a loved one, please contact in the first instance Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894 or angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


The next meeting of the Council is on Thursday 10th March, 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 broxted-pc.gov.uk. Other information about the village is available on this site, www.broxted.org

Children’s Society Box Opening

The annual box opening will take place at 10.30 am on Tuesday 15th March. Please bring along your box and join them for coffee and biscuits. If you are unable to bring your box (or are in need of directions), arrangements can be made for it to be collected. For more information contact in the first instance Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894 or angela.harbottle@virgin.net.

Battery Recycling

We all want to do our bit to save the environment, and re-cycling batteries, which contain expensive metals, is an excellent thing to do. This has just got a bit easier, as The Shop in Molehill Green now has a re-cycling box which will accept all household batteries (but not car batteries!)


Quizzes now take place on the first and third Thursday of each month, the next dates being the 3rd and, 17th March and 7th April. The quizzes are great fun – you don’t need to organise a team, come as a couple or bring along a few friends. Entry to the quiz is just £2 a head, and there are cash prizes!


The recent rains have sadly brought flooding to some parts of the village. If you live with any kind of watercourse or ditch on or adjacent to your property, you need to be aware of the law surrounding your responsibilities. Information on this can be gleaned from the land drainage page in the Environment section of the local council website www.uttlesford.gov.uk. You can also sign up for flood warnings on 0800 988 1188 or on www.environment-agency.gov.uk.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesday 2nd, 16th and 30th March, 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 March 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)
Tuesday7.00 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

The Christian calendar is wonderful at focusing us on definite aspects of our lives, enabling us to review, change and be encouraged. Sadly, although society pays lip service to the Christian calendar, it reaps none of the benefits of its ability to aid reflection and renewal.

The world will, if we allow it, serve us up a diet of junk food. We can just sit back and soak in the negativity. We are rarely fed the positive and uplifting. The slow erosion of the Christian calendar and its positive effect on the seasons of our lives and spirits has been replaced by quick fixes that are so typical of junk food. It has no real sustenance, no positive effect on our minds and health, and it is very addictive. We have to censor the junk and eliminate the unedifying diet that is served up in movies, videos, magazines and the media. We have to provide a diet of healthy good books, videos and movies that are not filled with gratuitous sex and violence.

We need to steer ourselves, and families, away from themes that are dark and depressing. It calls to question the storylines of our most popular soaps. We need a good balance of recreational activities, activities that lift the spirit, e.g. walking, visiting art galleries and enjoying places of beauty. We all have something that moves us and lifts us to a higher plane.

St Paul said “Focus on those things that are good and true and pure.” May we all endeavour to do this during the season of Lent so that it is a positive, uplifting experience, where we learn more of the certainty of God’s purposes and plans for our lives.

Many people view Lent in negative terms, see it in terms of ‘giving things up’. Instead of focusing on giving things up this Lent, let us re-discover what we have been given. When Jesus emerged from his 40 days in the wilderness, it was with a message and ministry that transformed the lives of everyone who encountered him, and then he walked the path to the Cross.

This Lent could be for each of us, a season in the Christian calendar of personal spiritual renewal, and as a result herald a spiritual renewal for the church, that could transform the Five Parishes. Will you, this Lent, observe the spiritual discipline of discovering what we have been given by God?

I look forward to welcoming you at our services on Ash Wednesday on the 9th March which marks the beginning of Lent: 10am BCP Holy Communion and 7.30pm Holy Communion – both services at Little Easton Church.

May you know God’s blessing you as you re-discover the meaning of what you have been given in Jesus.

Ivy Crawford



Action on noise

Please continue to 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. Your complaints will be invaluable when concerns are registered about night flights in the forthcoming Night Flying Restrictions consultation which is expected in 2011 and will cover the period 2012 to 2017.

SSE Book Sale

SSE will hold another book sale on Saturday 2nd April and all books in good condition will be gratefully received. Contact SSE on 01279 870558 or info@stopstanstedexpansion.com to make arrangements for handover.


This important event for The Five Parishes takes place on Sunday 27th March in Great Easton Church at 12.15pm. Everyone is welcome to attend but only those on the Electoral Roll will be able to vote. Details of the individual church annual meetings are given in the relevant village sections.


This is currently being updated in preparation for the APCM. If you are not already on the Electoral Roll, please consider joining and thus helping to keep the church alive as a place of worship, welcome and service to the community. Forms are available in each church or via the editor, Angela Harbottle, on 01371 872894 or angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


This year’s Appeal will focus on Northern Kenya’s Marsabit Mission area, with the aim to fund motorbikes to help Kenyan clergy reach parishioners in extremely isolated communities. A huge area, mainly desert, about the size of England where, 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.

In our churches, the congregation will have an opportunity to donate during Lent. As in the past, there will be a collection basket in addition to the normal collection plate so everyone can give to either or both as is wished.


The York Lent Course commences on Monday 14th March at 8pm at Falcons, Park Road, Little Easton and new members will be made most welcome. This year’s course booklet is RICH INHERITANCE – Jesus’ legacy of love written by Bishop Stephen Cottrell.


A big “thank you” to all those people who so generously supported the LEPRA Coffee Morning in January, either by coming on the day or by donations. A grand total of £366 was raised.

The March meeting at the Thaxted Disabled Centre will be at 2.30pm on Wednesday 16th March. The speaker will be Deborah Stevenson who will talk about the Retirement Village project which is at present under construction at Moat House, Great Easton. This is sure to be of interest to many people in the district, so do go along. There will be a bring-and-buy stall and the usual cup of tea and cake. For more information contact in the first instance Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894 or angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


This takes place on Friday 4th March from 1.30 to 2.30pm at the Church of Our Lady and St Ann Line, Great Dunmow. The speaker will be Dick Maddon, Director of the Catholic Children’s Society, his subject being Praying for Chile. This will be followed by refreshments. Everybody, men, women and children, welcome.


Anyone wishing to enquire about booking a stall for this year’s show on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 28th/28th August should visit website www.countessofwarwickshow.org or for more information contact in the first instance Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894 or angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


In recent months we have been operating two websites but we have now condensed things so that our recognised site is www.thefiveparishes.org.uk. The website www.fiveparishes.co.uk is still owned within our parish, and anyone accessing that site will automatically be forwarded to the “org” site. The “org.uk” domain is recognised as being for non-profit organisations whereas the “co.uk” domain is for companies trading in the UK.


We send our grateful thanks to those who have given donations towards our production costs. We would be equally grateful if those who live outside the parish, are not regular churchgoers and who do not contribute in any other way would also pay for the cost of the magazine that they receive. Thank you.


Planned events for 2011 include two performances of the Evening of Magic on Friday and Saturday the 28th and 29th October. More details will follow nearer the time but this should enable the organisers to meet the demand for tickets which they have not been able to do in previous years. There will be a change too in the annual church service held by The Friends, this year being a Service of Thanksgiving to take place in September.

During 2010 grants were made of £8,000 to Tilty church and £5,000 to Broxted church for building repairs and restoration, bringing the total given by The Friends since its inception to £56,363. All the churches have major work to be undertaken in 2011 so further requests for help are anticipated. If you are not a member, please do consider joining and so help us to preserve the beauty and character of our villages. Contact Angela on 01371 872894.


Each church committee in The Five Parishes is facing the prospect of large bills for repairs and maintenance. The Friends of the Five Parishes raises money in order to help the churches with these expenses. The 50% Club is part of that fundraising and it takes the form of a monthly draw. There are six more draws in the current round and it is not too late to join. If you wish to join please send a cheque for £6, made out to The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club, with your name, address, post code and telephone number to Fran Woodrow, 11 Emblems, Dunmow, CM6 2AG.


This month’s meeting of the Eastons & Tilty W.I. will be on Thursday 10th March at 2.15 for 2.30 pm in Great Easton Village Hall. Peter Lawrence will be talking to members about appreciating Parish Records. Peter always entertains as well as educates and as usual visitors will be made welcome. For more information contact in the first instance Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894 or angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


Another of annual supper quiz takes place in March to raise funds for SSE. The date is Saturday 5th March, at 7 for 7.30pm in Broxted Village Hall, and there is just time for you to enter. Tickets are £10 each to include supper, but please bring your own drinks. Please book your team as soon as possible on 01279 850638, or at the SSE Campaign office on 01279 870558.


Were you amongst those primary age children who attended Bible Club, held in Great Easton Village Hall after school on Wednesdays?! After twenty one years since it started, it seems a good time to invite you all to meet again to catch up with each other. Free hot food, drink and with guest speaker, Andy Paine, Director of Christian charity Damascus Trust, (visit them on line at www.damascustrust.org). Bring friends and any photos of the time. The party will be on Saturday 2nd April, 7 – 9.30 pm. For more information contact in the first instance Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894 or angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


On Tuesday 1st March David Thompson will demonstrate on the theme Here We Go Again. The Club meets at the Thaxted Centre for the Disabled at 7.30 pm and visitors are always welcome.


Don’t forget the fourth and final concert on Saturday 12th March at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Stansted to be given by harpist Catrin Finch. 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.


The Club is holding a Quiz Night at the Takeley Silver Jubilee Hall on Saturday 19th March. The ticket price is £10 per head to include a fish and chip supper. A bar is available on the evening. For more information about booking for a table of up to 8, or individually, contact in the first instance Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894 or angela.harbottle@virgin.net.

This event is a part of the Club’s current fundraising initiatives to help facilitate the improvements currently being made to their pavilion, including roof repairs, dressing room extensions, a new kitchen and general renovation. Do go along and support them.


Revd Cilla Hawkes writes: “There was a healing service at St Mary’s last autumn which seemed to bring healing and peace to people who were there, so we are holding the service again on Sunday 27th March at 6pm. As I explained last time God brings healing to people in different ways including through the medical profession but sometimes in the quiet of this sort of service he brings healing to places ‘the other (beers) don’t reach!’

“Even if you do feel fit and well there may be part of you mentally or spiritually that is not at its best and none of us are perfect. Sometimes people leave with an issue resolved, a new freedom or an ache taken away and I would call God’s way of healing holistic – and I know he was doing it years before ‘holistic medicine’ became fashionable, so you could be healed in body, mind or spirit.

“Sometimes, healing is gradual and only after receiving prayer over time does it come. I know someone whose childhood had some sad things in it and every time she came to the service, she wept buckets but continued to be prayed for. Then one wonderful evening she said, ‘look no tears’ and that long, long sadness had been healed.

“Do come to the service which is quiet and meditative with gentle music. Feel free to come and go as you like and to receive prayer if you want to.”


By the time this edition reaches you, an announcement will have been made that a group is to be formed in north Essex to support patients who are currently suffering from kidney disease or have done so in the past. It is proposed that the support group will cover an area bounded by Colchester, Chelmsford, Bishop’s Stortford and the borders of Cambridgeshire.

If you know somebody, family or friend, who has had kidney disease or is currently having treatment for it, please ask them whether they would like to join the patient support group. For more information contact in the first instance Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894 or angela.harbottle@virgin.net.


Firstly this month thank you to all those magazine readers who responded to our appeal for local historians. The office has been contacted by a number of people offering talks, tours and a range of photographs and local historical documents. The children have already visited P & A Wood and in the coming weeks a visit to The Swan, a talk by Reverend Cilla and a guided tour of the village are also planned.

A major event in school during March will be our curriculum week which this year is focussing on books. The main aim is for each class to produce a book related to the current terms topic, in which every child has made a contribution (5 books, 144 authors). The week will begin with an assembly with all the teachers sharing an extract from their own childhood favourite book with the children. Each day during the week the children will have lessons based around the world of books. They will also swap classes and share their favourite book with a partner from a different class. We hope that each class will be visited by some ‘special storytellers’. Finally at the end of the week there will be a concluding assembly to give each class the chance to show their books to the rest of the school.

Another very exciting March event will take place on the 24th March. During the day Claire Harland and her choir will be joining thousands of children from all over the east of England at Wembley Arena. After a day of rehearsing, the Arena will then fill with thousands of family and friends as Great Easton’s choir participate in the 2011 Barnado’s Charity Concert. The children are currently working hard learning all the songs and in a few weeks many of them will be able to say that they have now sung on stage at both the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena!

On the 11th March our PTA committee have organised a Quiz and Wine Tasting evening at the school. The evening starts at 7.30pm and further details are available from the school office or the newsletter section on our website www.greateastonprimary.co.uk.

Finally I would like to invite you all to our Spring Term Communion Service which will take place at 9am in the school hall on Monday 4th April. This family orientated service will be led by Canon Ivy and includes all of our Year 5 and 6 pupils.

Damian Pye


See also www.greateastonprimary.co.uk.



Jesus turned to me and said: “When I was a stranger you welcomed me; when I was thirsty you gave me a drink; when I was sick you took care of me.”

And I said: “Lord, when did you ever need anything?” Jesus looked at me and said: “Whenever you did it for one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it for me.”

From Matthew 25


Today, I was in the bathroom at a popular coffee chain. Someone had written “What Would Jesus Do?” on the wall. Another person had added “Wash His hands”. Then a third person wrote, “And your feet”.


Your son James has a remarkable ability in gathering needed information from his classmates. (He was caught cheating on an exam.)

Karen is an endless fund of energy and viability. (your hyperactive monster can’t stay put for five minutes.)

Fantastic imagination! (He’s one of the biggest liars I have ever met).

Margie exhibits a casual, relaxed attitude to school, indicating that high expectations don’t intimidate her. (The lazy thing hasn’t done one assignment all term.)

Sue is a real athlete, with superior hand-eye coordination. (The little creep stung me with a rubber band from 15 feet away.)

Nick thrives on interaction with his peers. (Your son needs to shut up and start working.)

John enjoys the thrill of engaging challenges with his peers. (He’s a bully.)


The English test had only one question: Write an essay on ‘The Most Beautiful Thing I Ever Saw’. One of the students finished his essay in less than a minute. It read in its entirety: “The most beautiful thing I ever saw was just too beautiful for words”. He got the only A in the class.


The bandage was wound around the wound.

The farm was used to produce produce.

We must polish the Polish furniture.

It was only his just deserts that the soldier had to desert his dessert in the desert.

A sea bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

They were too close to the door to close it.

After going out after having done some sewing, a sewer fell into a sewer.

Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.


A little boy’s prayer: “Dear God, please take care of my daddy and my mummy and my sister and my brother and my doggy and me. Oh, and please take care of yourself, God. If anything happens to you, we’re gonna be in a big mess.”

The minister greeted a young lad at the church door one Sunday morning, and was impressed when the lad explained that though his father was going fishing, his father had insisted that his son come to church that morning. “And why is that, my boy?” The lad replied, “Dad said he didn’t have enough bait for both of us.”


You know it will be a bad day when it costs more to fill up your car than it did to buy it.


Friday 4th MarchWomen’s World Day of Prayer
Saturday 5th MarchSSE Supper Quiz at Broxted
Sunday 6th MarchInteractive Sunday Funday, Great Easton
Wednesday 9th MarchAsh Wednesday
Friday 11th MarchSchool PTA Quiz and Wine Tasting
Saturday 12th MarchConcert at St John’s Church, Stansted
Monday 14th MarchLent Course commences
Tuesday 15th MarchChildren’s Society Box Opening
Saturday 19th MarchMolehill Green Cricket Club Quiz
Sunday 20th MarchLittle Easton Annual Church Meeting
Tuesday 22nd MarchTilty Annual Church Meeting
Sunday 27th MarchAnnual Parochial Church Meeting, Gt Easton
Sunday 27th MarchHealing Service at Lindsell Church
Saturday 2nd AprilSSE Booksale at Takeley
Saturday 2nd AprilBible Club Reunion Party, Broxted Hill Farm
Monday 4th AprilSchool Communion Service
Sunday 1st MayDuton Hill Fun Day
Bank Holiday Monday 2nd MayTilty Celebration Spring Lunch

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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