Magazine Editor: Angela Harbottle, Old House, The Broadway, Great Dunmow,
Essex CM6 3BH tel 01371 872894 fax 872370 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The March issue of The Five Parishes Magazine contains the
following editorial content. For various reasons we are
unable to publish the names, telephone numbers etc of
private individuals. However if you require further
information about any of the events mentioned, the Editor,
Angela, will be happy to help you. Her contact details are
MARCH LETTER TO THE UNITED PARISH
Canon Ivy writes from The Rectory, Park Road, Little Easton 01371 872509
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spirits has been replaced by quick fixes that are so typical of junk food.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
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.
STANSTED AIRPORT NEWS
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
email@example.com to make arrangements for handover.
NEWS FOR ALL PARISHES
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
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.
THE FIVE PARISHES ELECTORAL ROLL
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
THE BISHOP’S LENT APPEAL 2011
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 MONDAY GROUP
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
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
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
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.
THE COUNTESS OF WARWICK’S SHOW
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE FIVE PARISHES WEBSITE
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.
THE FIVE PARISHES MAGAZINE
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.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
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
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.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
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.
EASTONS & TILTY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
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
BROXTED SUPPER QUIZ 2011
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.
BIBLE CLUB REUNION PARTY
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 email@example.com.
THAXTED FLOWER CLUB
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
MOLEHILL GREEN CRICKET CLUB QUIZ
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
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
HEALING SERVICE AT ST MARY THE VIRGIN, LINDSELL
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
“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.”
KIDNEY RESEARCH UK
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIVE PARISHES FARE – YOUR FAVOURITE RECIPES
If you perhaps overspent on the stilton cheese at Christmas and are keeping forlorn
pieces in the depths of the freezer, then this is a good way to bring it out for one last
fanfare. I enjoy altering the variety of apple in this recipe: Bramleys sit well against
the tanginess of the cheese, while Granny Smiths bring out more of the sweetness.
Dessert apples are, I think, preferable.
Apple and stilton strudel
You will need:
1 packet of filo pastry
5 dessert apples, or 4 Bramleys if used
450g (1 lb) stilton cheese
125g (4 oz) white breadcrumbs
approx. 4 tbsps vegetable oil
approx. 2 tbsps melted butter
Pre-heat the oven to 200oC, 400oF, Gas Mark 6. Separate five sheets of filo pastry
and brush each with oil before laying them back on top of each other. Scatter the
crumbled stilton liberally on top of the pastry, leaving a small margin at the edges
free. The apples should be peeled and chopped into small chunks and then spread
over the cheese, finally adding a handful of the breadcrumbs, sprinkled over the top.
Roll the strudel up as tightly as possible, taking care not to split the pastry. Place on
baking paper with the edges tucked underneath, brush with the melted butter and then
sprinkle over the remaining breadcrumbs, which will make the strudel nice and
crispy. Bake for around 30 minutes. Delicious as a light meal served with a salad.
An optional extra would be to add walnuts to the filling.
If you have a favourite recipe, seasonal or otherwise, which you would like to share,
please contact in the first instance Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894 or
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
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
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.
LITTLE EASTON NEWS
ANNUAL MEETING OF LITTLE EASTON CHURCH
The Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday 20th March in Little Easton Church at
12.15pm. 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 in memory of a loved one, please
contact in the first instance Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894 or
LITTLE EASTON PARISH COUNCIL
The next meetings are on Wednesday 23rd February and Wednesday 30th March,
8pm in the Memorial Hall. Please call Jackie, the Clerk, on 01371 870059 for any
Parish Council enquiries.
LITTLE EASTON’S GOOD COMPANIONS
Many thanks to Rose, George and Linda for another great „Christmas‟ lunch at The
Stag. The food was delicious, Rose, and the care members received from George and
Linda was second to none. It was good to meet up with the hosts and hostesses and to
meet with each other after a two-month gap. The next meeting will be on the second
Tuesday in March (the 8th March). See you there.
THE MOBILE LIBRARY
This service will be at Warwick Close in Little Easton on Friday 4th and 18th March
arriving at 10.55 am, departing at 11.15 am.
WEEKLY SESSIONS IN LITTLE EASTON MEMORIAL HALL
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)
GREAT EASTON NEWS
ANNUAL MEETING OF GREAT EASTON CHURCH
The Annual Meeting takes place on Sunday 27th February in the church beginning at
12.20pm after the morning service. 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 in memory of a loved one, please
contact Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894.
The Great Easton team are grateful to Damian Pye, his colleagues and pupils from the
School for their contribution towards this service, and particularly for the Christingle
oranges. The service was attended by 116 people, including 28 children. The
collection of £415 was donated to The Children‟s Society.
The first Sunday Funday last July proved to be very successful so another will take
place on Sunday 6th March at 4pm. The theme will be Jonah and the Whale and will
offer the children a chance to get involved with various activities, enjoying some
refreshments and generally making a bit of a noise and a mess! Grandparents,
parents, aunts and uncles, elder brothers and sisters will be welcome.
GREAT EASTON & TILTY PARISH COUNCIL incorporating DUTON HILL
The Council were pleased to announce at the January meeting that the new goal posts
had been erected in Great Easton Playing Field. New trees had been planted on
Brocks Mead open space, to replace the ones which did not survive the dry
spring/summer of last year and a grit bin had been installed in Duton Hill.
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be held on: Thursday 24th February and
Thursday 31st March (to be confirmed). Minutes of the January meeting can be
viewed on the notice boards in Great Easton, Duton Hill and Tilty. Meetings are held
in Great Easton Village Hall commencing at 7.30pm. Members of the public are
THE IVY CLUB
The February Ivy Club speaker was a Scout Leader of over 30 years standing who
gave a varied and interesting talk with lots of photographs. It was her first talk to a
club, and I am sure she will be asked to do many more. The next Ivy Club meeting
will be on Thursday 3rd March at 7.30 p.m.
The organiser writes: “I would like to thank everyone who attended for their support
of my recent quiz night. I raised a significant contribution towards the cost of
attending the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden this summer. I especially would like
to thank the quiz master for another excellent example of their quizzical provision
and the kin donors of. Worthy winners were The Winner Takes It All from Dunmow,
with wooden spoons going to the Braintree/London/Steeple Bumpstead contingent.
Many thanks again to all who supported me.”
AN OPEN LETTER FROM RETIREMENT VILLAGES LTD AND ISG
Thank goodness the weather has warmed up – for the moment anyway. After weeks
of sub zero temperatures, the end of January and beginning of February have felt
positively balmy at The Moat House, in Great Easton!
Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved, we have already managed to claw
back some of the time we lost as a result of the snow and ice at the end of last year.
The roof steels are now completed and the last of the cranes have left site. The roof
should be finished in March and the building is already virtually watertight which is
good news. This also means that most of the work from now on will be inside the
building so there should be very little noise disturbance. In fact, the plasterers have
already started work on the interior walls. We‟ve got almost 60 contractors on site
most days now. The remote parking facility we have in place is pretty much at
capacity but is working well for us – and we hope for you too.
During February work will begin on reshaping the landscaping around the building so
that, when the scaffolding comes down in early April, visitors will see the building
emerge in all its glory.
There are still some big deliveries to come for the internal fit out but we will continue
to monitor the roads around The Moat House to ensure they are kept mud free. As
ever, if you have any concerns or queries please don‟t hesitate to contact Gerry on his
Jami Puckering, Development Director, Retirement Villages Ltd
Gerry Roseblade, Senior Site Manager, ISG Jackson Tel: 07791 151016.
THE MOBILE LIBRARY
This service will be at Great Easton Village Hall on Friday 4th and 18th March at
11.25 departing at 11.45 am.
WEEKLY SESSIONS IN GREAT EASTON VILLAGE HALL
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
TILTY & DUTON HILL NEWS
ANNUAL MEETING OF TILTY CHURCH
The Annual Meeting of Tilty Church will take place on Tuesday 22nd March at Tilty
church beginning at 7.30pm. 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 Tilty Church in memory of a loved
one, please contact in the first instance Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894 or
‘CELEBRATION’ SPRING LUNCH
This year‟s Tilty Spring Lunch will be at Great Easton Village Hall on Bank Holiday
Monday 2nd May, 12.30 for 1pm. (Please note change of venue). There will be
some changes this year to make it more attractive to encourage people to bring their
friends, enjoy a wonderful buffet lunch and to sample the famous Tilty deserts,
prepared as always by our committee and the good friends of Tilty.
As it is highly unlikely that any one of us will receive an invitation from Buckingham
Palace, we will use this occasion to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William
and Katherine. There will be one or two surprises to ensure an enjoyable time will be
had by everyone, and all this for a modest cost of £18 per person which will include a
glass of champagne on arrival. The bar will also be open for wine and soft drinks.
Tickets are available from any of the Tilty Church Committee or contact in the first
instance Angela Harbottle on 01371 872894 or email@example.com. Cheques
payable to „The Five Parishes‟.
DUTON HILL FUN DAY
The Duton Hill Community Association invites everyone to the Duton Hill Fun Day,
a day packed with entertainment and amusement at the Three Horse Shoes Public
House garden, on Sunday 1st May. The day starts with the Street Parade at 11.30am,
followed by the Grand Opening at noon. Join in the royalty themed fancy dress
(think outside the box) you may even a prize for your efforts.
Sample the BBQ and drinks to keep you going whilst you explore the many stalls:
bric-à-brac, cakes, face painting, smash a plate, plant sale amongst many others.
Bring your dog and compete in the fun dog show or just come along and enjoy the
Maypole and other dancing displays. Whatever you fancy it will be a fun event,
come along and join in. All enquiries to the chair of the DHCA on 01371 870758.
NOTICE TO DOG OWNERS
Again it has been reported that dogs‟ mess has not been cleared up. The area around
the telephone kiosk is particularly bad and there is a dog bin situated close by.
Children use this area to play and the Parish Council urges owners to be responsible
and dispose of their pets‟ mess in the correct manner.
HARRY GREEN ON CD
Older residents will remember folk singer and reciter Harry Green who lived in Tilty.
At the age of 93 in 1967, his classic ballads were recorded and these are now on a CD
compilation along with works by four other traditional Essex singers. Entitled The
Fox & the Hare, the CD is available from local shops or mail order at £12.99
including postage and packing from Veteran Mail Order, PO Box 193, Stowmarket,
Suffolk IP14 3WZ or on line at www.veteran.co.uk.
THE MOBILE LIBRARY
This service will visit Duton Hill Three Horseshoes on Friday 4th and 18th March 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.
BROXTED & CHICKNEY NEWS
ANNUAL MEETING OF BROXTED CHURCH
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
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
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 Council‟s website at
www.essexinfo.net/broxted. Other information about the village is available on the
village web-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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!)
PRINCE OF WALES QUIZ
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.
THE MOBILE LIBRARY
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.
WEEKLY SESSIONS IN BROXTED VILLAGE HALL
Monday 7.30 to 8.30 pm Country & Western Line Dancing
8.30 to 9.30 pm Partner Latin & Ballroom (Beginners)
Tuesday 7.00 pm Ladies Latin Line Dance Class
Wednesday 2.00 pm Walking for Health starts here
Saturday 8.00 am Keep Fit Class
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
A READING FOR LENT
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”.
PARENTS’ EVENINGS - WHAT THE TEACHER REALLY MEANS
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
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.
SO YOU THINK ENGLISH IS EASY?
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 CHILD’S VIEW!
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