Canon Ivy writes from The Rectory, Park Road, Little Easton 01371 872509

There is so much to include in my letter this month. The Countess of Warwick’s
Country Show was again a most wonderful success in bringing people together.
I am enormously grateful, as are the church members, to the organising committee
and the dozens of people who participated. We do not yet know what the profits from
the show are, but we do know that they are much needed for the ongoing upkeep of
the four churches in the parish. You may have read in the Show programme what our
maintenance bills have been so far this year and more money has to be spent in the
near future.

On the 2nd and 3rd October from 12noon to 5pm Tilty Church is holding its
annual and popular Flower Festival, with the theme of “Anniversaries”. There will
be a country market, light lunches, teas and cakes. On Sunday morning at 11am we
will be having our service of worship with something for all ages. We look forward
to welcoming you over the weekend.

On the 6th October at 10am in Great Easton Church, Great Easton School is
having its Harvest Festival Service, and our Harvest Celebrations continue on
the 17th October in Little Easton Church at 11am with a service for all ages.
This year we are combining to give our support to USPG, Anglicans in World
Mission. The churches in The Five Parishes have given financial support to this
organisation for many years, and the Church Council agreed that we would increase
our support by promoting its Harvest Festival Project. This organisation works in
over 50 countries to help strengthen and build communities through healthcare,
education, leadership training and action for social justice, thus helping poor
communities to reach their full potential and grow to support themselves. The
School will focus on a community project in Villa Felicidad, a small settlement on
the outskirts of Progreso in Uruguay, learning about life there, and at Little Easton
we will focus on the work in Tanzania.

Projects to date have included cookery workshops, kitchen gardens, the refurbishment
of a health clinic and a train station, a bread oven and a basketball court. USPG has
also helped set up vegetable garden and cookery classes in the local primary school to
show children how to grow nutritious food and eat healthily. The result has been an
enriched school curriculum and a strengthening of bonds among the church, school
and community.

USPG also offers training so people can start small agricultural projects, such as a
piggery, raising chickens, vegetable gardens, and tree planting schemes. Students are
taught practical skills such as farming, carpentry and tailoring. Sisters run mother
and child clinics, the setting up and running of kindergartens. The offering at both
our 9am and 11am services on the 17th will be sent to USPG. Our support will be
greatly valued and wisely used to help others become self sufficient, which is an
important aspect of caring for one another.

     £8 could help pay for a back-to-school kit for a young person
     £10 could buy 5 HIV test kits in sub-Saharan Africa
     £300 could help pay the salary of a community worker in Uruguay for a month
     £400 could help resource a medical team with vital equipment in Myanmar
On the 31st October we are holding our annual Service to remember in love those
who have died - 3.30 pm at Tilty Church. In our prayers I will read out the names
of those we remember, and candles will be lit.

I look forward to welcoming you at these services.

At the end of October/early November we will be inviting the community of the Five
Parishes to join with Great Easton School in supporting the Shoebox appeal. This is
the world‟s largest children‟s Christmas project sending gifts in shoeboxes to some of
the toughest parts of the world. For the majority of recipients, they receive no other
presents. I will write more about this in the November magazine. Visit or pick up a leaflet from the back of each
church to find out more.

Thank you for your ongoing support.




23rd August   Baby Alisha Anne Mason


7th August    Kelly Pratt and Mark Aldred

Newly arrived Au Pair (22 years) has experience with babies and primary aged
children. Living with local family, looking to earn some extra pocket money at
competitive rates. Available week nights and weekends; has own transport. Please
call for references 01279 850179.

                                FOR SALE
Canopy, fire grate, fire dogs and screen for ingle nook fireplace.         £250 ono.
Contact 01279 850070.

                        HOLIDAY LET IN TENERIFE
Looking for quiet holiday? This small complex is for you. Two bedrooms, two
bathrooms, fully equipped, nicely furnished, Sky tv, all linen provided. Two heated
pools, sea and mountain views. Very peaceful. Contact 01279 850070 or 07852

                             RUBBISH CLEARANCE
Mr Clearit. Rubbish cleared: garden waste, builders‟ debris, old cookers, scrap,
houses cleared. All unsalable items disposed of. Ring David 01376 325383.

                                   CAT SITTER
Catkins Cat Sitters will look after your cat while you are away, it will be pampered,
fed and amused. CRB and references available. Contact Sarah on 01371 870337.

                        CLEANING HELP AVAILABLE
Too Much Housework On Your Hands? Would you like a cleaning fairy?
References available. Call 0795 148 3218.

                         BABYSITTER AVAILABLE
Reliable Responsible 17 year old Babysitter Available! Has own transport. CRB
checked and First Aid Certificate and references available. Please call Nicola on
0795 074 2530.


Life after SSE
Chairman Peter Sanders says consideration will be given to the establishment of a
successor organisation to SSE, under the umbrella of its parent organisation, to carry
on representation of the community to ensure that the cessation of SSE would not
compromise the community‟s need for continued representation, aimed at containing
the environmental and community impacts of a single runway Stansted Airport. Even
without a second runway – and despite experiencing a 21% decline in passenger
numbers over the past three years – Stansted is still the UK‟s third largest airport.

They will be consulting in the autumn but meanwhile would be interested in the
views of members and the wider community. Is there a need for a successor
organisation and, if so, what should be its terms of reference/priorities/name?

Current Support
SSE still needs members‟ support as much as ever. Fundraising events will continue,
details will follow of the Christmas Party and their Community Calendar and
Christmas cards continue to be available.

Massive Second Hand Booksale
SSE will be holding a sale of 5,000 good quality second hand books at its Campaign
Office on Saturday 6th November, 9.30am to 3pm. Most of the books will be priced
at 50p for paperbacks and £1 for hardbacks. A wrapping service will be available if
you‟d like to offer them as gifts.

Race Night For SSE
Book Saturday 9th October now for a Supper and Race Night in aid of SSE in
Broxted Village Hall. Full details can be found in the News for All Parishes section.


We continue to pray for the new Bishop of Chelmsford as he prepares to take up
office this autumn. This process commences on the 6th October with his
Confirmation of Election by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St Mary-le-Bow,
Cheapside. On the 11th November at Bishop Stephen‟s Homage the new Bishop will
be welcomed by Her Majesty The Queen. His Installation in Chelmsford Cathedral is
on the 27th November.


The sum of £545 was raised at recent services for Christian Aid to help the flood
victims of Pakistan. £22 provides a family with a week‟s food and a plastic sheet for
temporary shelter; £52 gives a hungry family vital emergency food for a month; £91
an all-season tent and plastic sheeting for longer-term shelter.


Thank You
Another year has passed for the Countess of Warwick‟s Show and the team would
like to thank all those involved, especially all those people who came to visit our
Show in support of The Five Parishes. They were delighted with the turn out and
even with the slightly dubious weather the Show was as busy as ever. Thank you for
being part of our Show and everyone looks forward to seeing you August Bank
Holiday weekend next year!

The website will soon be updated with this year‟s pictures and write ups, so please
continue to go on-line at

Horticultural Marquee
Joan Boulton writes: “We did not manage the record entries of last year but with
nearly a thousand we put on a great show. The weather as always played a large
part in the fruit and vegetable sections, with not a cabbage to be seen. Somehow in
spite of the very dry weather the prize pumpkins just grew and grew, with Jodie
Teather again winning the class, and a very fit looking John Perry made a welcome
return to the winners circle for his vegetable collection and gladioli. Chris Rogers
won the Bennett Potato Cup and Heather Rogers triumphed overall winning the
trophy for the most points in the whole show.

“Congratulations to Helen Perry, a newcomer, for her lovely appliqué picture of a
local cottage and to Judy Barnard for her beautiful floral arrangement evoking a
country, in this case France, voted the Best Exhibit in the show. In the Children’s
Section, Louis Pickford grew an enormous pumpkin, Tia Jackson-Owens narrowly
beat Emily Smith to win the Jack Filby Award for the most points in section and
Rebecca Grymonprez won the cup for the best exhibit in the section with her
magnificent model of a dinosaur. I just mention a few but all the winners of the
trophies are on the show website

“Every year we are supremely lucky that our judges generously give of their time and
expertise and to them we send our heartfelt gratitude. Our thanks go to Jim and Jan
Brown for again taking in the entries so efficiently and running their popular plant
stall to support us. We are getting more organised for our produce sale and are truly
grateful to the exhibitors who donate things for us to sell. To all our sponsors a huge
Thank You – your generosity is much appreciated. Finally my sincere thanks go to
each and every one of my incredible team; I simply could not manage without their
unstinting support. Thank you all and I look forward to seeing you all again at the
Show next year.”

The Grand Draw
Many thanks go to all those kind sponsors who donated prizes this year and also to
the many people who bought tickets. Congratulations to the winners who were:
1st    £1,000 cash: Anon, Duton Hill (ticket number 2007)
2nd    £500 cash: Mrs Thomas, Gallows Green (4338)
3rd    £250 cash: K Knight, North Weald (3700)
4th    Dining at The Starr: M Coates, Broxted (3367)
5th    Portable Audio Player: R Clark, Broxted (2622)
6th    Meal at The Saracen‟s Head: T Davis, Chelmsford (2240)
7th    Voucher from The Green Man: Mrs Line, Dunmow (7157)
8th    Luckin‟s case of Wines: T Pigram, Little Easton (214)
9th    Marks & Spencer Hamper: Mrs Benterman, Gt Easton (7119)
10th   Bottle of Champagne: Diane, Stebbing (4119)
Once again the website contributed greatly to the Show‟s success. There was a short
time when the site could not be accessed, the massive amount of traffic that hit the
website having used all of the allotted bandwidth, despite it having been doubled
from last year. It has now been doubled again and has more bandwidth allotted to it
than any other site on the server.

The traffic stats are impressive. For the week 23rd/ 29th August (that is up to Sunday
night) they were: Total hits for the week: 7,147 with 2,165 being first time visitors.
The stats for Monday were: Total hits: 1,319 with 417 being first time visitors.


The October meeting is on Wednesday 20th October at Easton Farm by kind
permission of Mr Bob Trembath. The speaker will be the Revd Frances Drake who is
the Chelmsford Diocesan Unit Co-ordinator for Action and Outreach. She will talk
about the Mothers‟ Union worldwide. This should be very informative and
interesting. Non-members who would like to learn more are warmly invited to
attend. There will be the usual cup of tea and cake; also a Bring-and-buy stall. More
information from Clare on 01371 872640 or Molly on 01371 859822.


An Evening of Magic and Mystery
Wow! The demand for tickets this year has been amazing: at the time of writing this
article all tickets have been sold and a waiting list for cancellations has been
prepared. Brian and Audrey know that many of you without tickets will be
disappointed but they are, of course, restricted to numbers that the venue will hold.

A suggestion has been made that perhaps in the future the event could possibly be run
for two nights, Friday and Saturday. This will certainly be considered very carefully
to ascertain if that is feasible.

For those of you who will be attending, this is a gentle reminder that the colour
scheme and fancy dress theme for the evening is ‘fantasy’ in pink, silver and black.
Whilst this is not compulsory, it does add to the fun of the evening. Fabulous cash
prizes for the winners, so let us have a good turn out once again.

Don‟t forget – Friday 29th October 7.15 pm for 7.45 pm in Great Easton Village Hall.
                         Make ‘magic’ your friend in 2010

Christmas Cards and Cookbook
At their stand at the Show The Friends introduced their new Christmas cards and
Cookbook. The cards are of the five churches in winter and are available in packs of
either five mixed cards or five of any one church at a price of £2.50 per pack. The
Cookbook entitled Five Parishes Fare contains over 100 recipes that have featured
over the years in this Magazine and sells at £4.50. An ideal Christmas present!

An order form is enclosed for use by anyone wishing to make a purchase. Please note
that where it is not possible to deliver an order by hand, a charge for postage will
have to be made.


You may have missed the first draw of the Club year but subscriptions are still
welcome. A cheque for £11 will buy a chance a month until the end of August next
year. Please make your cheque payable to „The Friends of the Five Parishes 50%
Club‟ and send it to Fran Woodrow at 11 Emblems, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2AG.
Make sure that you send your name, address, post code and phone number too. The
winner of the August draw was Mrs Perry.


The October meeting of the Eastons & Tilty WI will be on Thursday 14th October in
Great Easton Village Hall at 2.15 for 2.30 pm. The title of the talk being given by Mr
Colin Anthony is To the Ends of the Earth. Anyone who would like to attend will
find a very warm welcome – a cup of tea, a biscuit and a chat are always thrown in!


Parishioners of Little Easton invite you to their Autumn Garage Sale which will be
held in a number of locations in the village on Sunday 10th October from 11am until
2pm. For details of the locations phone Lyn and Robin Hornsby on 01371 870572.

Coffee, tea, soft drinks and refreshments will be served in the Memorial Hall from
10.30 am onwards. Come along for a coffee and chat before embarking on your tour
of the village to view the numerous bargains which will await you.


Just to remind you that the Greville Theatre Club is presenting, for its autumn
production, THE female ODD COUPLE, a comedy by Neil Simon.

Thursday 28th October at 8pm – no supper – £8
Friday 29th October with supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm – in aid of The
J‟s – £15
Saturday 30th October with Greville two-course supper at 7.30 pm before the play at
8.30 pm – £15
Thursday 4th November at 8pm – no supper – £8
Friday 5th November with ploughman‟s supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm
– £12.50
Saturday 6th November with supper at 7.30 pm before the play at 8.30 pm – in aid of
The Dunmow Amalgamated Trust – £15

The box office is now open but is now on a NEW number. Please phone 01371
870561, after 9am, for further information and tickets.

On Tuesday 5th October, Lisa Howarth will demonstrate on the theme Shades of
Autumn. Meetings are held at the Thaxted Centre for the Disabled at 7.30 pm,
everyone welcome.


A friend of Ivy‟s, Revd Andrei Petrine, Priest-in-Charge of four churches in the
Ongar Deanery, is leading a pilgrimage to The Holy Land on the 15th/24th March
2011 with McCabe Pilgrimages. This will be a comprehensive 10-day pilgrimage
based in Jerusalem and the Galilee. For more information phone Andrei on 01992


The internationally renowned chamber ensemble London Concertante will give the
first of this season‟s concerts in St John‟s Church, Stansted on Saturday 16th October
at 7.30 pm. The group, who have recorded many CDs with prestigious labels
Chandos and Harmonia Mundi, will present three great works for wind soloists and
strings: the Horn Quintet by Mozart, the Clarinet Quintet by Brahms, and the Sextet
for Horn, Clarinet and Strings by John Ireland.

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.

There will also be the opportunity at this first concert to sign up for the whole season
of four concerts for only £32, saving a full 33%.


There may just be time to book tickets for the Supper and Race Night on Saturday 9th
October in aid of Stop Stansted Expansion in Broxted Village Hall. Tickets are £7.50
to include a buffet, please bring your own drinks. Doors open at 7.00 p.m. For
tickets, details of horse sponsorship etc contact Roger and Phyllis Clark on 01279
850638 or the SSE Campaign Office at 01279 870558.


Amici Cantate and Thaxted Primary School under the direction of Musical Director
Michael Kibblewhite will give a concert in aid of the Carver Barracks Injured
Soldiers Fund at Thaxted Church on Sunday 17th October at 7pm. Tickets £10
(concessions £8) available from Jill Jones 01371 830104, Kate Foxwell 01279
506773 or on the door on the night.


St. Mary‟s Church, Elsenham is continuing its celebrations of 900 years of worship
and Christian witness in the village. On Saturday 9th October there is to be a wine
tasting evening with local Master of Wine, Tim Carlisle, in Elsenham Village Hall.
There will be an opportunity to compare the wines of the New World (Australia,
South America, California) with the Old World (Europe). On Friday 22nd October
local historian Gordon Barker will be giving an illustrated talk on the history of
Elsenham, also in Elsenham Village Hall, 7.30 for 8pm start, price £5. Over the
weekend of 4th/5th December the church will be repeating its very successful
Christmas Tree Festival.

Details are available from Roger Clark on 01279 850638, or David Hill 01279


Sir Alan Haselhurst MP holds surgeries throughout his constituency for the benefit of
the public which he serves. Anyone can go along and have time with Sir Alan to
discuss issues which they have and with which they feel that he may be able to offer
assistance. Surgeries will be held in Dunmow on Friday 15th October and Friday 3rd
December 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.


The Hospice Outreach Project will be at Tesco‟s in Dunmow on Tuesday 19th
October from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm. This provides drop in information, advice or
support for anyone who is ill or bereaved or worried about someone who is.


Following on from the success of last year‟s joint study on the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the Ecumenical Officers of Brentwood and Chelmsford Dioceses have organised a
study morning entitled Questions of Morality on Saturday 20th November from 10am
to 12.30 at the Ursuline School in Brentwood. For details or to book a space contact
Revd Lee Batson on 01245 451087.


This family support charity is looking for people interested in becoming volunteers.
A new volunteers‟ preparation course starts on Tuesday 5th October and runs to the
14th December in Saffron Walden. For details contact 01799 520728 or 525403 or


Our Neighbourhood Policing Team gives this warning from Essex County Council
Trading Standards urging residents to be wary if they are contacted by a security
company called Crime Research UK (or similar) saying that they are working with
the Council on a „crime awareness week‟. Residents are told they have been selected
to receive a „free‟ alarm system and are then urged to arrange a visit from a „security
expert‟ to discuss it further.

The Council would like to make it clear that it is not working with Crime Research
UK and residents are reminded to be vigilant of any cold callers, either over the
telephone or at the doorstep.

If you are interested in having an alarm installed at your home, you can find a
Trading Standards approved trader by using the Buy with Confidence scheme at or by calling Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.
You can reduce the number of unsolicited telephone calls you receive by registering
for the Telephone Preference Service on 08450 700707 or


BEST WISHES – To the Revd Teresa Wynne who was licensed as Priest-in-Charge
of St Leonard‟s Church, Lexden on the 12th September. During her time at Takeley,
she became a good friend of the Five Parishes particularly when she helped to look
after us during our Interregnum.


This seasonal recipe makes an unusual, delicious cheesecake. If you have been
wondering what to do with your leftover pumpkin-flesh after carving out your
lantern, and are getting tired of pumpkin soup or pumpkin pie, then this recipe is for

Baked pumpkin and cinnamon cheesecake

Serves six:
400g (14oz) cooked pumpkin purée
900g (2 lb) full-fat cream-cheese
300g (10 oz) caster sugar
25g (1oz) plain flour
2 tsps ground cinnamon
5 eggs, beaten
100 ml (5 fl oz) lightly whipped double cream
2 tbsps rum

For the base:
100g (4 oz) crushed biscuits
5g (2 oz) melted butter

Pre-heat the oven to 160oC, 325oF, Gas Mark 3. Line a nine-inch, loose-bottomed tin
with baking-paper. To make the base, mix the ingredients together and press evenly
into the base of the tin. Put into the fridge to firm. To make the filling, mix the
cream-cheese with the flour, sugar and cinnamon and whisk until fluffy. Gradually
add the beaten eggs until smooth, whisking all the time, then stir in the rum. Stir in
the pumpkin purée and mix until smooth.

Pour the mixture over the base and bake in the pre-heated oven for about one hour or
until the filling is set. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Carefully remove
from the tin. Transfer to a serving dish and chill. To serve, spread whipped cream
over the top and dust with a little more cinnamon.

If you have a favourite recipe, seasonal or otherwise, which you would like to share,
send it to Gill Willoughby at The Warrens, Duton Hill.

Where did the summer go? October already, rain, wind, falling leaves and wet
playtimes are already upon us and we have only been back at school a few days!

Our assembly themes for the autumn are „Famous People in the Bible‟ and „Jesus‟
Ancestors‟ and every fortnight either Canon Ivy or Reverend Cilla will be sharing
another story with the children. Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, Jonah and David are
some of the tales that will be shared.

Right at the start of the month our Year 5 pupils (9 and 10 years old) and three staff
will be spending three days at Danbury Outdoor Centre. During their stay the
children will participate in a range of activities including canoeing, climbing, archery,
mountain biking and hopefully sleeping during the two nights of their stay.

As usual the majority of the children‟s work this term is connected to a central topic.
Our lower school pupils are looking at toys and during October they will be visiting
the Museum of Childhood in London.

Meanwhile our upper school pupils are travelling back in time to study the Romans
and part of their work will involve a trip to Colchester Castle. However, the transport
to Colchester will be provided by Don‟s Coaches and not the Queen Boudicca Bladed
Wheel Chariots that the children requested!

As a result of the recent supermarket voucher scheme, our laptops all now have new
headphones and mice attached and our outdoor play equipment box has been
replenished with a range of balls, bats, hoops and games. Thank you to all of you
who collected and sent in vouchers.

An important sign that autumn is here is Harvest, and you are all welcome to join the
school‟s celebrations at Great Easton Church on Wednesday 6th October at 10am.

Damian Pye


30th Sept – 13th October          Karen Newbury
14th October                      HARVEST FESTIVAL (All helpers please)
14th – 27th October               Sue Farrow


October                           Sarah and Ken Shields
November                          Annie Tooth

Little Easton Churchwardens and Church Committee look forward to welcoming
everyone to The Five Parishes Harvest Festival Service which will be held in the
church on Sunday 17th October at 11am. Refreshments will be served after the
service. As Ivy has detailed in her letter, the collection this year will go to USPG,
focusing on their work in Tanzania. Do come along and join us.


The Parish Council is still working on a solution for the site of a large electricity
substation near the church and has given further comments to Essex County Council
as they are near to a decision on a gravel pit on the old airfield.

Anyone with general or specific concerns regarding speeding in the village is asked to
phone the Clerk and be prepared to put something in writing, giving the police your
address and phone number so that the Police Community Support Officer can follow
up directly with the residents.

The next meeting will be held in the Memorial Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 20th
October. Please call Jackie, the Clerk, on 01371 870059 between the hours of 9am
and 7pm for any Parish Council enquiries.


The September meeting was cancelled due to illness but nine members enjoyed an
outing to Clacton. Although the sun didn‟t shine, at least it didn‟t rain! The next
meeting will be held in the home of Anne and Mervyn Osborne on Tuesday 5th
October. Everyone looks forward to meeting up again.


Jenny and Ken send their sincere thanks to everyone who contributed items for the
Tombola at the Show which raised an amazing profit of £305. On the second day, the
Sweet Shop raised £152, making a total of £457 for the Memorial Hall Improvement
Fund, a really excellent result. Thank you everyone for your kind support and


If you wish to de-clutter your loft or cupboards, the Little Easton garage sale will be
held on Saturday 10th October from 11am to 2pm at various locations in the village.
It will be an ideal opportunity to empty your loft and cupboards before re-stocking at
Christmas! To join the garage clearance group, please book a pitch (£7.50 to defray
cost of publicity etc) by contacting Lyn Hornsby on 01371 870572 by noon on Friday
1st October.


A reminder of the Hallowe‟en party and disco to be held at Little Easton Memorial
Hall on Saturday 30th October from 8pm to midnight. Dancing will be to the music
of AJ‟s Disco. There will be a licensed bar and raffle. Tickets are £10 each which
includes a light supper. Part of the proceeds will be donated to St Clare‟s Hospice
and the balance to the upkeep of the Little Easton Memorial Hall. Further details and
ticket bookings with Jayne on 01371 870000.

It‟s that time again! The 5th November falls on a Friday this year and as there is no
school the next day, the display will start at the later time of 7pm. There will be a
BBQ from 6.30 to 8 pm (the restaurant will not be open this evening). Again, it is not
possible to accommodate unaccompanied children and parents must accept full
responsibility at all times. The fireworks will be followed at 9pm by the welcome
return of Mick West (guitarist/vocalist) for the enjoyment of customers.
Unfortunately, children under 12 cannot be accommodated after 9pm.

Although there is no charge for this night, Royal British Legion collection boxes will
be positioned around the pub for voluntary donations towards the 2010 Poppy

George and Rose look forward to seeing you all for the fireworks and the evening
entertainment – your support is needed to maintain the "pub is the hub".


This service will be at Warwick Close in Little Easton on Fridays 1st, 15th and 29th
October arriving at 10.55 am, departing at 11.15 am.


Monday             8.00 pm to 10.15 pm    Carpet Bowls
Tuesday            6.45 and 7.45 pm       Dog Training
First Wednesdays   7.30 to 9.30 pm        Tai Chi Chuan
Thursday           10.00 am to 12 noon    Art Club
                   7.30 to 9.30 pm        Tai Chi Chuan
Last Friday        8.00 pm to 11.30 pm    Social Dance Evenings (contact Jayne
                                          on 01371 870000 or Jackie on 852148)


BEST WISHES – To Barbara Staines who has been quite unwell recently and as we
write this issue has been in hospital for two weeks undergoing a series of tests. We
share her family‟s concern and wish them to know that we are thinking of them all at
this worrying time. We join in hoping that she will feel much better and return home

CONGRATULATIONS – To Ken and Joan Borley of Church Row on the celebration
of their 65th wedding anniversary on the 8th September. We hope they keep well and
have many more happy years together.

CONGRATULATIONS – To Geoff Parker on reaching his 70th birthday and thanks
for sharing his celebration, particularly in church on the Sunday.


An advance warning to residents that due to forthcoming work to be carried out by
Highways on the road between the ford, Great Easton and Cox Hill to solve the
problem of excess surface water running down the hill, this portion of the road will be
closed during the school half term period 25th/29th October.

Date of future meetings: Thursday 30th September and Thursday 29th October 2010.
Meetings are held in Great Easton village hall commencing at 7.30 pm. All members
of the public are warmly invited.

Audrey Miller, Clerk


The September Ivy Club was back in the village hall, when the speaker was Tim
Turner from Sworders Auctioneers. Tim held his audience enthralled with some of
the history of auctions and brought along some fascinating antique items. The
October Ivy Club will be on Thursday 7th October at 7.30 pm when Peter Cooke will
talk about his recent travels to India and Afghanistan.


This service will be at Great Easton Village Hall on Fridays 1st, 15th and 29th
October at 11.25 departing at 11.45 am.


Monday            6.30 to 9.30 pm          Dog Training
Tuesday           6.15 pm                  Keep Fit
                  7.30 pm                  Circuit Training
Wednesday         10.00 am to 12 noon      Great Easton Mother and Toddler Group
                  7.30 to10.30 pm          Carpet Bowls
Friday            9.30 to 12 noon          Upholstery class


WELCOME – To Sarah Jeffrey and her sons Thomas and James who have moved
into Little Brocks House. We hope you will all be very happy living in the Five



7th –14th October               Cathy Beattie and Chris Jackson
21st – 28th October             Sandy Fuller and Ann Rowland


The annual Flower Festival at Tilty church will take place as usual on the first
weekend in October, Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd October from 12 noon until 5pm. The
theme is Anniversaries and we look forward to some colourful and creative displays.
The whole flower team will be needed and new arrangers will be most welcome.
Everyone is invited to the Flower Festival service at 11am on Sunday 3rd October.
The ever popular Country market will be held in the marquee on both days, where
refreshments, light lunches and teas will be served. There will be stalls, competitions
and special activities for the children. To help make the weekend a success, it id
hoped that everyone is busy making and collecting for the stalls: the County market
will be grateful for jams, pickles, cakes and garden produce; cakes are needed for the
teas; prizes will be welcomed for the raffle; and the Trash and Treasure stall is ready
for your unwanted treasures (please no rubbish). Join in and get the most out of this
important event in Tilty church‟s calendar

Offers of help will be welcomed as follows:-
Flower arrangers to Jane Askew on 01371 831653
Country Market to Doreen Tucker on 01371 830466
Cakes and catering to Fran on 01371 875399 or Gill on 870396
Unwanted treasures can be led to the marquee on Saturday morning (2nd October)
Raffle prizes can be given to Brian Miller on 870927
Volunteer church sitters please contact Jane Askew on 831653

Any offers of help or questions please ring Brian and Audrey Miller on 01371
870927. Many thanks everyone – the team look forward to seeing you at Tilty.


Congratulations to Bert Felgate who took part in the Ride & Stride Event on the 11th
September collecting funds for Tilty Church. And thank you to everyone who
sponsored him.


One and all are invited to attend the DHCA half yearly public meeting on Wednesday
6th October at the Three Horseshoes pub in Duton Hill at 8 for 8:15 pm.

Items that will be discussed include local issues and various other topics. Please
come along and contribute and have a say in what goes on in Duton Hill and the
surrounding area.


On Saturday 4th December the CBA is arranging a combined AGM for Mid Anglia
region members and a talk about the recent survey work in the Abbey Meadow. This
will include a tour around the site of the abbey. More details nearer the time but we
understand that the talk will be open to the public.


This service will visit Duton Hill Three Horseshoes on Fridays 1st, 15th and 29th
October at 11.55 departing at 12.10 pm. It will be at Church Cottages, Tilty on the
same day at 1.20 until 1.35 pm.


WITH SYMPATHY – It was with much sadness that we learned of the death of
Adrian Hadley who died – much too young – on the 24th August. We send our
condolences to his wife Teresa, his daughter Amber and sons Richard and Robert.
Teresa is, of course, our correspondent for news from Tilty and Duton Hill.
CONGRATULATIONS – To Emily Jackson and Matt Millington who celebrated
their marriage in a magical setting on Mallorca in July. Emily is daughter to Simon
and Chris of Tilty.


Congratulations to Bob Carter who took part in the Ride & Stride Event on the 11th
September covering some 50 miles and collecting funds for Broxted Church. And
thank you to everyone who sponsored him.


The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 14th October 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
website at Other information about the village is
available on the village website,


Countess of Warwick’s Country Show
The Association‟s crockery smashing stall was more successful than ever. Many
thanks to all those who donated all that crockery and gave their support by smashing
it at the show!

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

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

Quite a few families have moved into the village recently – this is a great way to get
to know everybody else. So please do come along! Please put the date in your
diaries and call Rachel on 01279 850047 to let her know if you are planning to attend.


This service will visit Broxted on Wednesdays 13th and 27th October, arriving at
Cranham Road at 10.40 am, departing 11.00 am and arriving at the Prince of Wales at
11.05 am, departing at 11.25 am. It will be at Molehill Green Post Office on Fridays
1st, 15th and 29th October at 1.50 departing at 2.05 pm.

Monday    7.30 to 8.30 pm            Country & Western Line Dancing
          8.30 to 9.30 pm            Partner Latin & Ballroom (Beginners)
Tuesday   10.00 to 11.45 am          Broxted Cherubs
          7.00 pm                    Ladies Latin Line Dance Class
Wednesday 2.00 pm                    Walking for Health starts here
Saturday  8.00 am                    Keep Fit Class



Walking in Essex is a website packed with useful
information for walkers, with more than 430 walks to download and print, free
including details of around 100 guided walks every month. Whether you want to
walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

Now its originator John Harris has taken the concept countrywide. Walking in
England has thousands of walks to download and print
– and all free of charge!


World Animal Day on the 4th October is not a recent addition to the calendar, it was
started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the
plight of endangered species.

Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated
in countries throughout the world. The date was chosen as it‟s the Feast Day of St
Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. It is intended as a day of celebration for
everyone in the world who cares about animals and is not restricted to any one
nationality, creed, religion, political belief or ideology.


All I want is to walk clean streets
Paths kept clear of the wraps from sweets
A world so fine and neat
Oh, wouldn‟t it be loverly?
Just to stroll on a pavement free
From old Coke cans and such débris
A sight so good to see
Oh, wouldn‟t it be loverly!

Oh, so loverly walking with no bloomin‟ care at all
Unconcerned by rubbish left by some bloomin‟ fool!

They drink energy from a tin -
You‟d think they‟d have the strength within
To reach the litter bin -
Oh, wouldn‟t it be loverly?
No more wrappers from chocolate bars
No more stuff they throw out of cars
I‟d have to live on Mars -
But wouldn‟t it be loverly!?   By Nigel Beeton

Whose fault is it, anyway?
In a small town a businessman put in planning permission to build a nightclub
complete with dancing girls. The local church started a vigorous campaign to block it
from opening, launching a petition and holding prayers in public. Work progressed,
however, right up until the week before opening. Then one night a bolt of lightning
strike hit the nightclub and it burned to the ground.

The church members were rather smug after that, until the nightclub owner sued them
all on the grounds that they were responsible for the fire. Loudly protesting their total
non-involvement and innocence, the church members were all taken to court. As the
case began, the judge looked over the paperwork and observed: “I don‟t know how
I‟m going to decide this. It appears that we have a nightclub owner who believes in
the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that doesn‟t!”

If only
Computer message I‟d like to see: „Smash forehead on keyboard to continue‟.

Bow wow!
"Doctor, I can hear all kinds of animals talk in my head."
"Well, don't worry," said the doctor. "You're just having Disney spells."

With Harvest in mind...
... it‟s strange to me
How very full the church can be
With people I don‟t see at all
Except at Harvest Festival. by John Betjeman

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