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Five Parishes magazineThis magazine is published monthly and is distributed free to every household in the Five Parishes.
For editorial and advertisement sales in the Five Parishes Magazine contact Mrs Angela Harbottle, 8 St Edmunds Croft, Dunmow, CM6 3AZ on 01371 876707 or via Email.

The latest edition 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.  Contributions for the Magazine should reach her by latest 10th of the month prior to month of publication.


Revd Tim Goodbody writes from The Vicarage, 7 Ruffels Place, Stebbing, CM6 3TJ
Telephone 01371 856080 /
07708 660162 Email

Dear Friends,

What does it mean to you to be British?  There are probably as many answers to that question as there are readers of this magazine.  The summer is usually a time of Test Matches, Wimbledon, and Village fêtes, Music Festivals, weddings and graduations.  These things are all examples of how we express our cultural identity and our family or community pride.

Yet this year, though the things on that list have all been in my diary and on my Facebook feed, they have been slightly tempered with a shadow; the shadow of London Bridge, Borough Market, Manchester, Finsbury Park and Grenfell Tower.  Not only have these atrocities and tragedies deeply affected our country (and the world), but they have also left us with questions about our national identity, and the very structure of our society. 

Some of those questions have been answered with a positive, such as the spontaneous outbreaks of singing at vigils for the victims of the Manchester attack, expressing a strong sense of community solidarity and inclusion, and a desire for peace (they sang “Don’t look back in Anger” by Oasis).

Other questions have brought out a less optimistic viewpoint.  Questions arising from the management of the Grenfell Tower, and the aftermath of the disaster have exposed deep divisions in society; divisions between rich and poor, powerful and powerless, indifferent and angry.  I noticed some comments during the Wimbledon fortnight along the lines of “The world is falling apart, and the quality of the grass on centre court is front page news?”

Sometimes, rather than dealing with such issues, our media thrive on distracting us with trivia, and we usually fall for it.  However I have been very struck with the “More in Common” campaign which, in memory of Jo Cox, the murdered MP, seeks to bring together different groups and factions in society and help them see that we do indeed have more in common than the things that divide us.

Out here in rural Essex we may not have to deal with Islamic extremism or the dangers of high-rise housing, but there are still matters that present us with challenges, from housing developments to difficult neighbours, to racial or cultural prejudice.  When faced with such challenges Christians often ask the question “What would Jesus do?”  There are certainly lots of example in the New Testament of Jesus’ interactions with those who wished him ill, and those who were culturally different from him, so that is a valid question and can help us deal with some of these things. 

However I sometimes prefer to ask “What is Jesus doing?”  If we believe that God is at work in the world today (which I do – how about you?) we do need to reflect on some of the matters I’ve mentioned in the light of this question.  Very often there are no easy answers, but that doesn’t mean we should give up asking the question, and trying to find the answer, so that whatever Jesus is doing, we can join in.

With every blessing





The Salings (GS: Great and LS: Little)


6th August Trinity 8

9.30am Holy Communion

11am Morning Prayer GS

11am Morning Prayer

13th August Trinity 9

9.30am Morning Prayer

11am Baptism  LS

11am Holy Communion

20th August Trinity 10

9.30am Holy Communion

11am Holy Communion GS

8am BCP Holy Communion
11am Morning Prayer

27th August Trinity 11

9.30am Morning Prayer

9.30am Holy Communion LS

11am Family Communion with Baptism




Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has produced a two-page information sheet entitled “What’s the Rush? What’s the Truth?” to challenge the airport’s claims that the proposed increase in flights and passenger numbers would have “no significant adverse environmental effects”.  See website

Stansted currently handles 25 million passengers per annum (mppa) and has permission for 35mppa.  Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has submitted an EIA Scoping Report to UDC signalling the start of a planning application that would see passenger numbers rise significantly over the next 12 years to 44.5mppa.  This would mean almost 20 million more passengers and an extra 104,000 flights a year, compared to today.  On average it would mean a flight every 85 seconds during the day, compared to every 2¼ minutes now.  

SSE launches 2017 Fighting Fund

“We’re counting on you so you can count on us” says SSE as it launches an appeal for its Fighting Fund to tackle the latest threat from Stansted Airport.  Support is needed to enable SSE to examine every detail of the airport’s plans as they emerge.  If you wish to make a donation please go to:



On the 2nd July the Rt Revd Roger Morris, Bishop of Colchester was at St Mary’s Church, Dunmow to ordain as priests six ordinands from the Colchester Deanery, among them Revd Sue Hurley.  The church was full of members of their families and friends for a most moving service.  Sue will continue her ministry in the Pilgrim Parishes, working with Revd Tim Goodbody and the team to continue her curacy.  We send her our best wishes. 


Revd Tim Goodbody asks that enquiries regarding advertisement rates etc are not directed to him.  All enquiries, be they advertising or editorial based, should be made of the editor, Angela Harbottle, on 01371 876707 or e-mail  Please remember that the very last day for contributions is the 10th of the month prior to month of publication.  If that falls during a weekend, then by the preceding Friday at the very latest.  Earlier submission is always preferred!  Please also respect the volunteer nature of this role and do not phone her at meal times or after 5pm.  Recently she had six calls while cooking/eating her evening meal!


On Saturday 19th August the walk will be a circular walk hosted by St Katharine’s Church, Little Bardfield CM67 4TZ G/R 656 307.  Contact Peter and Marian Wood on 01371 856382 /  Walkers meet at 9am and walk until between 10 and 10.15am, returning to the church for coffee and a short service.  Suitable footwear is recommended and dogs are welcome.  Also particularly welcome this year are people from other denominational churches.


The Show team write:  With the Show now just a matter of weeks away the Committee have all been working hard to make sure everything is in place for this year’s Countess of Warwick Show to be the best ever.  It is on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August starting at 12pm each day and we are keeping a close eye on the weather reports and hoping that for the second year in a row we will have glorious weather for the Show.

We have kept the car parking charge this year at £10 per vehicle which does include a Show Guide giving full details of all the arena events and attractions with all the timings as well as information about catering and all the other facilities around the Show ground.

The Show Guide can also be bought separately at just £2 but if you have a free car park pass provided by the Show then the Show Guide is not included.

We have a wide range of Arena events over the two days with lots of new attractions all listed in the Show Guide but, as always, we are pleased to have many of our favourites who have supported the Show for many years.  Peter Jackson and his family, who have been exhibiting at the Show for 21 years, will again be displaying their wonderful Heavy Horses in the Show ground and Peter’s granddaughter Heather will also be giving a display in the Arena. The Dog Show is always a great favourite with lots of audience participation as well as the Animal display – hopefully this year with Teddy the bull making a reappearance.

The Show wouldn’t be complete without the display of Classic vehicles and Rolls Royce cars on the Manor Side organised by Georgina Wood on behalf of P&A Wood who are such great supporters of the Show.  There will be the usual music events on the Manor Side and the Art Show in the Church.

We say this every year but the Horticultural Marquee really is one of the main highlights and Sunday morning in the marquee with all the wonderful exhibits looking their absolute best is a joy to behold.  Don’t forget that the Horticultural Schedule is now available to download from the Show website and in all the usual places and it’s not too late to enter.

It’s never too late, even at this late stage, to get involved in the Show and if you are interested in volunteering to help then please call Chris and Helen Audritt on 01371 879086.

The Countess of Warwick Show is a traditional country show and is a marvellous event for the whole family to enjoy but it also raises much needed funds for the Five Parishes and for many local charities who participate in the Show.

So please come along, support the Show and have a great time.

Bottle Stall

There is still an urgent need for bottles for the bottle stall, be they spirits, wine, beers (including homemade brews), honey, jam, chutney, pickles, toiletries etc.  With very many thanks in anticipation of your help with this request.  Drop off points in all the villages are:

Broxted: Roger and Phyllis Clark, Chitlands, Browns End Road, CM6 2BE, 01279 850638

Little Easton (Park Road area): Andrew Connel, Little Easton Lodge, CM6 2BB, 01371 872185

Little Easton (Mill End, village); Victoria Saunders, Easton Spring CM6 2JB, 01371 879950 and Victoria Newbury, Elmbridge Barn, CM6 2HZ, 01371 872143

Duton Hill: The Three Horseshoes, CM6 2DX, 01371 870681

Great Easton: Doreen and Alan Hart, Merrifield, The Endway, CM6 2HQ, 01371 870830


The Annual Thanksgiving Service of the Friends will take place at 11am on Sunday 17th September in Little Easton Church.  More details next month.


As Brian Miller wrote for last month’s issue, he is taking over as promoter of the 50% Club when its new year starts in September.  If you have not yet joined and wish to do so, please send your renewal form and cheque for £12 made out to The Friends of the Five Parishes to him at Springate Cottage, Radleys End, Duton Hill, Dunmow CM6 3PT.  If you need a form, contact him on 01371 870927 or the editor on 01371 876707.  


The next meeting of The Eastons & Tilty WI will be on Thursday 10th August in Great Easton Village Hall at the usual time of 2.15 for 2.30pm.  The speaker will be Peter Layzell talking on My Time on the Beat.  For further information in the first instance please contact the editor on 01371 876707.


An update on this development follows later in the issue.


Their contributor writes: Many of our volunteers are keen naturalists and we have been working to chart the biodiversity of the gardens.  We have a list of birds seen in the gardens, including a historic record of a sighting of a golden eagle in 1877, at a time before the Countess of Warwick built up her aviaries.  At her death these contained 330 species of birds.  Recently we identified a chicken of the woods (a fungi, not a bird!)  We have also seen a grass vetchling alongside our bank of common spotted orchids; had visits from a hummingbird hawkmoth and a kite; and found a lovely contorted skeleton of a grass snake.

To help with bats, Essex Bat Group set up detectors and identified seven species in four days.  The Group will be at our Open Day on Sunday 20th August.  The gardens will open at 11.30am and we will welcome Woodwind from Bishop’s Stortford.  As usual bacon rolls and seasonal homemade cakes will be available.  Our website at has links to our Facebook page.  

Opening of the Peto Tree House

The tree house looked magnificent on the 29th June when the ribbon was cut at the opening ceremony by Vincent Thompson, local resident and former High Sheriff of Essex.  Vincent Thompson praised the work of the trustees and volunteers in restoring the gardens, a cherished part of the local community.  The tree house, built largely to Peto’s original design by High Life Treehouses, was made possible by funds raised from the hard work of volunteers and trustees and was dedicated to the memory of Jim Boutwood, a historical architect and early trustee of the Gardens.

The tree house was a great favourite of the Countess of Warwick who was fond of asking her friends to take tea in the ‘crows’ nest’.  Further information is available on  To enquire about volunteering, hosting a talk or arranging a private group tour e-mail or leave a message on 01371 876979.


There is no meeting in August.  The next is on Tuesday 5th September.


At the June meeting demonstrations by the various interest groups included line dancing, golf, spinning and flower arranging.  Activities in which to participate were bridge, canasta, mah-jong and scrabble, wine-tasting and a literary quiz organized by the book club.  Also featured were art work, crafts, photography and card-making and details of walking and cycling activities, creative writing, luncheon groups, ancestry, Spanish and Italian lessons.  The next meeting is on Wednesday 27th September with a talk by Peter Parker, a wheelchair surfer.  All general meetings are at 2pm at the E T Foakes Memorial Hall.


The Foodbank is short of coffee (small jars only please); tinned or microwaveable sponge pudding; cereal bars; chocolate bars; longlife milk; longlife fruit juice; tea bags (40s only please); instant meals; instant mash; tinned meat pies (eg Fray Bentos); rice pudding; tinned fruit; packets of custard (to be made with boiling water).  They also need disposable nappies (all sizes).  They have full stocks of other items at the moment.  As always they can accept only freshly-bought, unopened and undamaged goods which are at least 6 months within their “use by” date.


Citizens Advice warn that with subsidies now removed from school bus services in Uttlesford, families not entitled to free transport are likely to face significant fare increases from September.  These can be difficult for families to manage.  Low income families and those with extenuating circumstances may be entitled to help with the cost of transport; for more information contact Essex County Council.  Post 16 students may get help from their school or college.  If you are worried about money, Citizens Advice can help with budgeting concerns, call 01799 618840 to make an appointment.

Parents applying for new school places should read the current school transport policy carefully, as the ranking of choices may affect entitlement to free transport.  This is available on the Essex County Council website.  Any bus service and schedule changes effective from September can be checked on


Essex County Council is running a public consultation during August 2017 to create an updated map of superfast broadband availability in the county. The Council will publish an online interactive State Aid map showing all Essex premises and their current classification (superfast broadband available or planned/superfast broadband under review/no superfast broadband available).  

From launch date – Monday 31st July – residents and businesses are invited to check their broadband status on the map and confirm or otherwise the broadband status allocated to your address.  Full details will be available on the same ‘What’s happening next?’ page of the Superfast Essex website with the interactive State Aid map.  The map being consulted on will be used to decide whether properties are eligible for public subsidy in the future. This is different to the interactive rollout map which is separate to this consultation.  The outcome of this consultation will form the basis for future investment by ECC to improve broadband access, with the ambition to ensure everyone in the county has a superfast connection by 2020 at the latest.

Residents in areas with poor connectivity are encouraged to visit libraries or use workplace computers to complete their feedback, as the team would like to hear from them in particular.  If you agree with the status of your property on the map, you do not need to take any further action, although ECC would welcome your feedback via the public consultation form to confirm the map is correct.


Royal British Legion

The Dunmow & District Branch of the Royal British Legion are a friendly group, of varying ages, who meet on the second Wednesday of each month in comfortable surroundings.  Keen to expand their Branch, they would like to hear from anyone who is interested in joining them.  An annual subscription costs 34p a week which includes the quarterly magazine.  Anyone over 12 is welcome and it is not necessary to have been in the Services.  For more information, please contact the Branch Secretary, Kevin May at or 01371 499158.

Braintree Male Voice Choir

If you are male and enjoy singing, why not join the Braintree Male Voice Choir?  The choir sing a variety of songs from opera to songs from the shows and pop songs.  The new term starts in September.  Rehearsals are for two hours in Braintree on Wednesday evenings.  You do not have to be able to read music, you will not have to audition nor sing alone.  Contact choir secretary Ian Whiteside on 01376 321908 for details or go to the choir’s website, and fill in the contact form.


The TV production company Ricochet, makers of the BBC Two Series The Repair Shop, is looking for people with objects in need of repair such as family heirlooms and objects with community value that have fallen into disrepair.  For example: memorial plaques, eroded statues, snapped weather vanes, broken sun dials, cracked gargoyles, fading carvings, or antique village and pub signs.  Objects need to be taken to their workshop in Chichester to be repaired by a team of master craftspeople, so must be transportable.  To find out more go to or contact them at or call 01273 224829.


These cookies really easy to make.  They are sugar free and wheat free and are a good way of using up overripe bananas.  I am sure children would love to help – perhaps on a rainy day in the holidays – but obviously they should be supervised when using the hot oven!  

Chewy Banana Cookies

You will need:

3 ripe bananas

180g (6.5oz) chopped dates

160g (5.5oz) rolled oats

80ml (3fl oz) sunflower oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and line 2 baking sheets.

Mash the bananas in a large bowl, then add the dates, oats, sunflower oil and vanilla, mixing well.  Leave the mixture to stand for 20 minutes or so, for the oats to absorb some of the liquid.

Drop teaspoons of the mixture onto the baking sheets and flatten with the back of the spoon. They don’t spread much, so this will be the shape of the finished biscuit.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.  They are best eaten on the day they are made.

If you have a favourite recipe, seasonal or otherwise, which you would like to share, please contact in the first instance the editor on 01371 876707..


As our school year draws to a close we have many things to be thankful for: our wonderful children have grown in confidence, challenged themselves emotionally, physically and intellectually; new friendships have developed; teeth have been lost and new ones have sprouted.  We have said goodbye to some families and hello to new ones; our PTA have organised a year of fundraising extravaganzas.  Miss Jackman has given birth to her first daughter Orla; Mrs Delaney and Mrs Lawrence are doing a great job at growing their first children, both due in September; Mrs Bingham-Wallis has left our school after 16 years of teaching to concentrate on being a mum to her two daughters and finish growing number three.  Our fabulous student teachers have finished their training year and both have jobs for September – Miss Wilson will stay with us for another year; our three apprentices have secured teacher training places at university for September.  Finally Year 6 children have worked their socks off and are ready for the challenges awaiting them at their secondary schools.

Teaching is an extremely rewarding job.  We are privileged to form strong relationships with children and their families and help guide them through a year of their life.  It is exhausting at times, but when you reach the end and can look back on the incredible achievements of every single person in the school, it is impossible not to feel proud.  We are so lucky to have a wonderful school in such an amazing community.  Events like Cookie Fest show the strength of the community in Great Easton, and for our school to be in the heart of it is very special.

This term, we have also had a visit from Ofsted.  The inspector was impressed with our school and even more impressed with the children.  In her report, she quoted a parent who had written that GEPS ‘is a special, rich and encouraging environment for children to go to school’ and one from a child who said ‘when you walk into the school, you know it is safe’ and added that the school was like ‘one big family’.

We wish our oldest family members (year 6) the very best of luck at their new schools.  Work hard, believe in yourselves and please come back and see us soon.  We are also ready to welcome the newest members of our school family in September, our Reception children.  We can’t wait to get to know you better and watch you learn and become confident, grown-up school children.  Have a wonderful summer holiday everyone.  Be safe and have lots of fun.

Holly Miles

Year 1/2 Teacher/Assistant Headteacher


On 11th July Uttlesford District Council (UDC) approved the release of their Draft Local Plan as the basis for a Public Consultation lasting until 5pm on Monday 4th September.  Full details, including the draft plan are given on

Members of Little Easton Parish Council (LEPC) and the Stop Easton Park (SEP) attended the UDC meeting and spoke against the proposals for Easton Park.  See website

Three new towns, known as Garden Communities, are planned including one on Easton Park, see paragraph 3.15 on page 19 which states that Easton Park “…..will comprise 10,000 new dwellings of which a minimum of 1,800 homes will be built by 2033…..”.  This is the scale of the problem being faced. The proposed development of Easton Park will fundamentally change the nature of Little Easton as too the surrounding villages and Great Dunmow.

SEP will oppose the plans for Easton Park.  Having arranged an exhibition of the proposed developments on Wednesday 26 July at the Little Easton Memorial Hall, they have opened preliminary discussions with lawyers since a formal response to the Consultation will require legal input.

However, individual responses are absolutely key and they need as many individual responses as possible.  Instructions on how to respond are given on the UDC link above and SEP will in due course issue further guidance.

Meantime, it is imperative to spread the word as far as possible.  Any new recruits to the SEP mailing list should register with  Any comments are welcome to



Churchwarden Warwick writes: The Little Easton Church Committee would like to thank all of you who attended the Summer Mingle at Elmbridge Barn on the 25th June.  Thanks to your support and generosity we raised a much needed £1,238 for our historic church.


From the Clerk’s desk – The resignation of our long serving Chairman, Chris Audritt, has produced a need to co-opt a new member onto the Parish Council to join our friendly, hard-working team of councillors.  I would urge anyone to contact the Clerk (see website) who might be thinking that would be an interesting, varied and worthwhile contribution he/she could make to the community.

The proposed Easton Park “Garden Community” continues to exercise the parish, with a team combining councillors and members of Stop Easton Park being heavily involved in ensuring the proposition is challenged at every turn; questioning and mounting arguments during the round of recent meetings with UDC.  Further related meetings were scheduled for 6th and 11th July.  A public consultation commenced on 12th July and runs to 4th September, with a Public Inquiry pencilled in for March 2018. 

A grant has helped with the transformation of the War Memorial gardens and paved area.  Replanting of the garden area is soon to follow.  The donated benches continue to provide a welcome rest for those visiting the memorial.

All interested members of the parish are invited to collaborate with council members to help review the future of the Play Area.  Having secured a grant to improve the area it is time to ask users for their opinion.  Please contact the Clerk in the first instance to express your interest in joining that review, date and time to be advised.

A report on the Council’s meeting on 19th July will follow next month.  There is no meeting in August.  For Parish Council enquiries contact Ian Brown, Parish Clerk, on or via  Alternatively leave a phone message on 01371 871641.  Please respect the part time nature of this role and only telephone the Clerk after 7pm or over the weekend if it is very urgent.

Family Sports Day

The Parish Council will be hosting another Family Sports Day on Sunday 13th August from 1pm at the Recreation Ground.  Please bring your own picnic and join in an afternoon of fun races and a Treasure Hunt.  Small children may bring a smartly dressed bear to be judged and races will be for all ages!  Further details can be found on the village website and Facebook page.  See you there!


Our Correspondent writes: Our July meeting was held in the home of Cilla and Grahame.  It was great that we had Elsie and Betty back with us but we were sorry that Evelyn was unable to come.  We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with Cilla who had prepared a lovely tea and sat with us while we chatted around the table.  As always it was about old times.  We especially enjoyed Joe’s reminiscences of his childhood.  We sang birthday greetings to Edie and Betty and Cilla was thanked for another great afternoon.  Our August meeting will be held in the home of Diana and Vincent.  We look forward to it.


A reminder that Jenny and Ken will be running their Tombola Stall at the Countess of Warwick Show.  If you have any ‘good as new items’, unwanted gifts or discarded treasurers, in the first instance please call the editor on 01371 876707 for help getting into your loft or for the collection of items.  Proceeds from this stall go to Little Easton Memorial Hall.

Bottles are still required for the Bottle Stall – please see News For All Parishes for details of drop off points.


This service will be at Butchers Pasture in Little Easton on Fridays 11th and 25th August, arriving at 10.35am, departing at 10.55am.


To hire the hall, contact Jenny Green on 01371 870402. For more details see the hall website at

Monday  8.00pm to 10.15pm Carpet Bowls
Tuesday  7pm Dog Training
Thursday 10am to 12noon Art Club
Thursday 7pm Dog Training



The Parish Clerk writes: Since Friday 30th June, a new DaRT journey has been arranged to give local people from Great Easton the opportunity to enjoy the Luncheon Club at Cutler’s Kitchen, Thaxted on Fridays.  Pick up is at Great Easton at 10.30am, return at 1.30pm.  Please book the journey in the usual way by contacting Essex DaRT on 01621874411.  The journey will only be available to customers who pre-book.  For details of the Luncheon Club, and to book your place, please visit or telephone 01371 830094.

Minutes of the July meeting of the Parish Council will be posted on the notice boards in Great Easton, Duton Hill and Tilty or can be viewed on the website:


This race takes place for the second year running on Saturday 2nd September.  With the theme Best of British up to 40 carts made from recycled materials will compete for prizes for the fastest and best designed.  The race will be for three age groups.  There will be entertainment during and after the race at the Recreation Ground with stalls, traditional side shows, BBQ, bar and live music.

The event starts at 11am with scrutineering and viewing of carts.  The race will take place between 12noon and approximately 3pm.  Entertainment will continue until 8pm.

A temporary road closure will be in place from 11am until the completion of the race from west of Rebecca Mead to the river, with parking for visitors and temporary parking for residents located behind the village hall.

Further details and application forms are available at The Swan, via Facebook and by e-mail

Volunteers are required and if you can help, with marshalling, moving bales, side shows, car parking etc please do let the organisers know via Facebook or e-mail.

Proceeds from the event with go towards the village community funds and a local charity.

Pre-Loved Clothes Stall

Good quality, clean and pressed adult and children’s clothes are needed for this stall which will be held on the day.  In the first instance please contact the editor on 01371 876707.


Congratulations to Katie and her team on such a successful event.  At last count the proceeds in aid of Cancer Research UK were certainly over £17,000 and hopefully will be nearer £20,000.  Grateful thanks to everyone who helped, gave a donation and went along to support the event on the day.


The Communion Service at The Moat House Residential Care Home will be on Monday 7th August at 10.30am.


This service will be at Great Easton Primary School on Tuesdays 8th and 22nd August from 11.15am to 11.45am and then at the Village Hall at 11.50am, departing at 12.15pm.


To hire the hall, contact David Chalkley on 01371 852180

Monday 6.30 to 9.30pm Dog Training
Tuesday 6.15pm Keep Fit | 7.30pm Circuit Training
Wednesday 10am to 12 noon Five Parishes Toddler Group
Thursday (except last in month)  7.15pm Modern Jive dance class | 8.30pm West Coast Swing dance class
Friday 9.30 to 12.30pm Upholstery class AND    1 – 4pm except for half term weeks



The Festival takes place this year on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October from 12noon to 5pm.  The Five Parishes Harvest Festival service will be held on the Sunday at 11am in conjunction with the Festival.

To make the Festival a success, churchwarden Fiona and her team ask for your generosity and support!  For details of the help required in the first instance please contact the editor on 01371 876707.


This service will visit Duton Hill Three Horseshoes on Tuesdays 8th and 22nd August, at 12.20pm departing at 12.40pm.



The Church’s Summer Fete on Saturday 8th July took place in amazing summer weather, warm and dry and the threatened rain not materializing.  A steady flow of visitors smashed plates, splatted rats, rolled pennies and enjoyed bacon rolls and tea and cakes.  A little over £600 was raised for church funds.

The next event is the Festival of Angels, which will be held slightly earlier this year on Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th November.


The Council does not meet in August so the next meeting will be on Thursday 14th September in the Village Hall at 8pm.  The agenda and minutes of all meetings are posted on the village notice boards, and can also be found on the Council’s website at, where you can also find all the other information that the Council is obliged to publish. 

Vacancy for a Councillor

The Council still has a vacancy for a councillor.  If you are interested in what goes on in your village, and would like to be involved, please talk to the Clerk, Phyllis Clark, 01279 850638 about what being a councillor involves.


 Village Coffee Mornings

The next Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday 16th August, in the Village Hall from 10am to noon.  Do come along, meet the neighbours, have a chat and enjoy the cakes!

Countess of Warwick Show

The ever-popular crockery smashing stall will again be at the show.  Do go and see them there, and if you could spend an hour or so helping to man the stall they would love to hear from you.  Please contact Rachel Kesterton on 01279 850047.


 There are no quizzes in August as the Question master is taking a well-earned rest.  The next quiz will be on Thursday 7th September, in the pub at 8.15pm for an 8.30pm start.  If you have not been before – do give it a try.  It costs just £2 a head and there are cash prizes.  You don’t need to arrange a team, just go along with a couple of friends.  If you are planning to eat before the quiz it is best to book a table.  Call Karen or Terry on 01279 850256.


We are still looking for volunteer(s) to deliver this magazine in Woodgates End and Chapel End.  If you can spare an hour once a month please get in touch with Roger Clark on 01279 850638.  In the meantime you can still pick up a copy from Perry’s Nursery.


This service will visit Broxted on Tuesdays 8th and 22nd August, arriving at Cranham Road at 1.25pm, departing 1.40pm and arriving at the Prince of Wales at 1.45pm, departing at 2pm.  It will arrive at the site of the old Molehill Green Village Store at 2.05pm and depart at 2.20pm.


To hire the hall, contact 01279 850445

Tuesday 9.30am Pilates Class
Wednesday  2pm The Wednesday Walk |  7pm Dog Training Class
Third Wednesday 10am to 12pm Village Coffee Morning