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Five Parishes magazineThis magazine is published monthly and is distributed free to every household in the Five Parishes.
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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.


Priest-in-Charge: Revd Tim Goodbody writes from The Vicarage, 7 Ruffels Place, Stebbing, CM6 3TJ
Telephone 01371 856080 /
07708 660162 Email
Curate: Revd Janet Parker

MAY 2018

Dear Friends,

Dear Friends,

They say April showers bring May flowers, so we should be in for a bright and floral month!

Do proverbs and sayings like that have an impact on your life?  Sometimes they can become superstitions, of which I am not the world’s biggest fan (though I still can’t seem to stop myself from counting magpies).  In other ways, however, the proverbial wisdom of the past, whether from family, cultural or religious roots, plays an important part in shaping who we are as individuals and as a society.

Many sayings from history have become out-dated – we had a swarm of bees in the garden one June, but no one offered me a silver spoon for it – and may therefore mean nothing to younger generations.  The original meaning of old sayings we still use can get lost because of a change of context; for example, can you remember why we refer to marriage as “tying the knot?”  Even when we’re not sure where sayings like that come from we still use them, and that’s mostly OK, but if like me you don’t believe in Tarot cards, it makes no sense to say that something is “on the cards”.

The Bible has a rich tradition of ‘wisdom literature’, mostly in the Old Testament.  It reads very differently from, say, a gospel or a narrative account, but simply by virtue of its poetic form it can often stay with us.  The Book of Proverbs (roughly halfway through your Bible, after the Psalms, is a treasury of couplets of wisdom, giving advice and counsel on relationships, community, family, culture and so much more.  What I find remarkable about it, given its ancient origins, is that the wisdom of Scripture seems to remain relevant even in the 21st century.  Why not have a look, and Tweet me your favourite Proverb @RockinRev66?

With best wishes





The Salings (GS: Great and LS: Little)


6th May 6th of Easter

9.30am Holy Communion

11am Morning Prayer @ GS

11am Morning Prayer

13th May 7th of Easter


9.30am Morning Prayer

11am Morning Prayer @ LS

11am Holy Communion with Kids  Connect (KC)

20th May Pentecost (Whit Sunday)


9.30am Holy Communion

11am Holy Communion @ GS

8am BCP Holy Communion
11am Informal with KC

27th May Trinity


9.30am Morning Prayer

9.30am Holy Communion @ LS

11am Holy Communion with KC


As a monthly publication, at the moment it is difficult to give you reports that are up to date.  There was concern about a financial agreement between Uttlesford District Council (UDC) and Airport owners Manchester Airport Group (MAG) and whether this is dependent on a commitment from UDC to meet target dates.  UDC have now published on their website a redacted (edited for publication) version of the Council’s Planning Policy Agreement (PPA) with MAG.  However the monetary sums have been blocked out whereas Government guidelines emphasise the importance of transparency in PPA agreements, and the importance of maintaining public trust.

There is still confusion and concern as to the need for the numbers of passengers per annum and aircraft flights being sought by MAG, the lack of information from UDC as to the PPA itself, the lack of information regarding meetings between UDC and MAG and the speed with which the process is moving. 

However, following intense pressure by SSE, parish and town councils and members of the public, the deadline for comment has been extended from 3rd April to 30th April.  If you are reading this before that date and have not already sent in your comments please do so now.

Stop Press News

From a Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) Press Release dated 16th April:  Stansted Airport is seeking to overturn legal conditions which for the last 15 years have prevented it from lobbying Government for more night flights.

The discovery has been made by SSE within the current planning application seeking permission for an annual throughput of 43 million passengers, an increase of 66% compared to the 25.9 million passengers handled in 2017.

The change being sought MAG is buried deep within the planning application in Appendix D of the Planning Statement.  This sets out proposed conditions that would accompany any approval of the application.  MAG wants to remove the present restriction which prevents Stansted Airport lobbying Government for more night flights.  The restriction is enshrined in a Section 106 agreement dating back to 2003 when Stansted was given permission to grow from 15 million passengers a year (mppa) to 25mppa.

The discovery by SSE of this hidden bombshell would not have been possible had SSE not insisted that more time was needed to study the 2,930-page planning application, which is being rushed through under a ‘fast track’ agreement between MAG and UDC.  In their publicity about this planning application, neither UDC nor MAG has ever made any mention of this hidden proposal aimed at increasing night flights.

The move has been branded by SSE as a clandestine attempt to betray the community given that thousands of local residents already suffer from the misery of sleep disturbance and adverse health impacts caused by night flights.

To keep up to date, visit UDC on line and also SSE.  If you support SSE’s actions and are willing to help, their Appeal for Funds form can be obtained online at or by contacting 01279 870558.



Halifax’s 2018 Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey was published recently.  Uttlesford has been named the best rural place to live in the East of England – and in the top ten for the whole of the UK.  Long may this situation continue.


The walk on Saturday 19th May will start and finish at St Mary’s Church, St Mary Road, Little Dunmow, postcode CM6 3HX, G/R 656 212.  The contact is Jo Pratt, e-mail, telephone 01371 821620.  Everyone is welcome.  As always, the walk will start at 9am; light refreshments will be available after the walk and a short prayer said for the church.  The walks do go across fields and open countryside so suitable footwear should be worn.  Dogs on leads are very welcome.


Please keep an eye on services as listed on the front cover.  Our churches have lots to offer you this month and you will be sure of a very warm welcome!


Warwick Newbury writes:  Countess of Warwick Show – now just 4 months away on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 26th/27 August.

GOOD NEWS: the Show goes on!  After enjoying 27 years of hospitality from the always generous Pedley family, Little Easton Manor now has new owners who have kindly confirmed that the Show may continue.  Very many thanks to them from us all.

All we now need is your help.  Please let me know if you are able to support us as we are still in need of more able-bodied volunteers on the Friday and Saturday before the Show to help with the setting up and on the Tuesday after the Show to clear up as well as more volunteers to fill one of our many car parking slots for an hour or two on either the Sunday or the Monday.

So many of you in The Five Parishes give what time you can to help for which we are all grateful and we all appreciate the £9,000 which the Show raised in 2017 for each of the four churches of The Five Parishes in Broxted, Tilty, Great Easton and Little Easton.

There must, however, be many more of you who receive this magazine who may well not attend church but never the less would enjoy being part of our team?

Please get in touch with me now by telephone or by email to find out more or to register your willingness to help.   My contact details are on the inside cover of this magazine. Thank you. Warwick Newbury


A reminder that the Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 10th May at Tilty Church at 7.30pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend but only members of The Friends may vote.  Papers for the meeting will be sent to members shortly plus, as always, a reminder for those who pay their subscriptions annually that these are due.  Also included will be The Friends’ privacy document which will be submitted for adoption at the meeting in line with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.


Cork No. 48 went to the lucky winner Kate Evans in the monthly draw for March. She will receive the prize of £60.


From the Committee:  The May meeting of The Eastons & Tilty W.I. will be on Thursday 10th May in Great Easton Village Hall at 12.30pm for 1pm for a Faith Lunch.  This will be followed by the AGM and we look forward to seeing as many of our members as possible.  For further information, in the first instance please contact the editor on 01371 876707.


Jill Goldsmith writes:  In May the Gardens should be lush, with wild flowers in the long grass and banks of foxgloves at the bottom of the Glade.  We were thrilled to welcome new recruits on our volunteers’ day in March – and with their help we have been quickly catching up on the gardening jobs we missed in the slow start to the spring.

At our Open Day on Sunday 20th May we will have our first fun day for dogs at the Gardens.  We will also welcome back the Rock Choir with their catchy take on a range of all-time greatest songs and we will have a fun trail and crafts for children.

The Countess of Warwick loved her dogs and at the time of her death had 13!  So we always welcome well-behaved dogs on leads and they very much enjoy a stroll around the Gardens.  But for our May Open Day we are also welcoming dogs which want to show off and test their agility!  We will have a number of classes, including Prettiest Bitch, Handsomest Dog and Best Puppy, and an agility ring.  There will also be displays by a husky team and a demonstration of heelwork to music and stalls.  For details on timings go to our website

The gardens will be open on the 20th May from 11.30 to 5pm and bacon and cheese rolls and homemade cakes will be served.  If you missed the volunteering day, but want to join us, contact us through our website or leave a message on 01371 876979 and we will get back to you.  


Following the recent public consultation by Essex County Council, changes to mobile library services came into force from the week beginning 2nd April 2018.  Notification of the new arrangements were not issued until 27th March and unfortunately our April issue used the delivery dates up to 18th April as given on the library services website as we went to print.

Under the new service, stops will be every three weeks instead of two.  Additionally stops at Cranham Road, Molehill Green, Great Easton Primary School and The Three Horseshoes, will no longer be served, as they do not meet the new criteria for the provision of mobile library services namely that:-

  • the stop is 1.5 miles or more from a library
  • the average number of customers (rounded to the nearest integer) is less than one
  • each community should have only one stop (the most popular and/or accessible stop will be kept)
  • the stops remain accessible to the mobile library vehicles

Essex County Council have been working directly with customers at local stops to find the best solution for each individual, so that they can continue to access library books.  The option for mobile library users are: using a local library, using a different mobile library stop, a Friends & Family card, or perhaps a visit from a Home Library Service volunteer.

So that they find the right solution to best meet the needs of each individual, they ask people to get in touch either by e-mailing or by telephoning 0345 603 7628.

Details of the new timetables are shown as normal in our village sections but are also at and following the links about mobile libraries.


As you will probably be aware, the law is changing and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on the 25th May 2018.  Both the Five Parishes United Parochial Church Council and The Friends of the Five Parishes hold personal details allowing them to keep in touch from time to time.  As charities, they are taking the necessary steps to ensure they comply with the new regulations.


This event being held by two of our colleague churches in The Pilgrim Parishes takes place on Monday 7th May at the Village Hall, Piccotts Lane, Great Saling, from 10am to 2pm.  Available for the keen gardener will be plants, shrubs and trees and refreshments for everyone.  All proceeds will go to the churches of Great and Little Saling.


A rare opportunity to manage a voluntary organisation which provides a service unique in Uttlesford, delivering care and support to physically disabled local people in a secure and enjoyable environment.  Our current Centre Manager, Audrey Carmichael, will be retiring on 31 December 2018, and we are looking for a community-driven individual to fill her sizable shoes!

Support provided
Administration - experienced assistant
Treasurer - maintains monthly financial reporting systemHours - Monday and Thursday each week – 9am to 2.30pm.  This is an unpaid voluntary position.
Location - Thaxted Disabled Centre, Dunmow Road, Thaxted, CM6 2LW Registered Charity No 289010.
For more information
Contact the Centre on 01371 830752 or see our website:


The Club meets at the United Reformed Church, Bolford Street, CM6 2PY at 7.30pm.  At the meeting on Tuesday 1st May Lorraine Scott will be the demonstrator, her theme not yet known.  Easy parking and disabled access to the meeting room.  Visitors £5.


On Monday 21st May the subject of Mike Day’s talk is Salads All Year.  The Club meets in The Day Centre, access via Margaret Street car park, at 7.15pm.  Cost £3 per person, raffle £1 per ticket.  There is a “bring any spare seeds/plants table” for you to make use of and refreshments are served at the beginning giving time for any gardening queries to be raised.  For more information contact Alison Howells on 01371 830318.


Eve Regelous entertained members of Dunmow U3A on 28th March with her talk on the 180-year history of Harrods, adding her own insight having worked there as an events manager for ten years during the time of Mohamed Al-Fayed.  She described it as ‘more than a shopping destination’.  All the owners have worked to create a luxurious experience, with an extraordinary range of goods and restaurants for all tastes, so that it is London’s premier shopping experience.

Her many interesting stories included the fact that, in 1883, fire gutted the shop.  The owner, Charles Harrod, hand-wrote personally to all his clients saying that there would be a delay of ‘a day or two’ for their orders to be delivered.  Harrods created the first store card (for celebrities only originally), had the first moving staircase, a leather conveyor belt, and was the first store selling exotic animals.

The May Meeting is on Wednesday 30th May when speaker Peter Lawrence will talk on the History of Essex.  General meetings are always held on the last Wednesday of the month at ET Foakes Memorial Hall at 2pm.  All are welcome.


A reminder that the Great Dunmow Soapbox Race will be held on Sunday 27th May, from 10am until 4pm at Braintree Road, Great Dunmow, CM6 1HT.  The races will start at 11am with proceeds going to Great Dunmow Round Table – a charity that supports the local community and people needing an extra helping hand.

There is a fee of £60 to reserve your place in the race and, once paid, you will receive an information pack including a race sticker and instructions on how to create an online sponsorship page.  It’s then time to get building your soapbox!  Go to to enter.


The Braintree Foodbank has an urgent requirement for these items:  cereal bars; tinned cold meats; tinned tomatoes, tinned sponge puddings, tinned rice puddings; cartons of fruit juice; chocolate bars KitKat/Penguin etc; long-life bags.  They have an abundance of baked beans, pasta, chocolate spread, peanut butter and toiletries, so please, no more at the moment.  They will let us know when they need them again.

Braintree Area Foodbank Ltd are grateful for your donations.  However, please note that they can only accept donations of freshly-bought, unopened and undamaged goods which are still well within their “use by” date (no less than six months).  They cannot use items which do not meet these requirements, and the donation is wasted. 


The period 1st to 30th June offers an opportunity to help raise funds for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, our local life-saving charity.  They ask for people to host a Very British Afternoon Tea to raise funds to help save lives – one cake at a time.  To get your local free fundraising pack, call 0345 5040 055 or e-mail


Rhubarb grows in two crops.  The first rhubarb of the year is harvested by candlelight in forcing sheds, where all other light is excluded, a practice that produces a sweeter, more tender stalk.  These sheds are dotted around the ‘Rhubarb Triangle’ between Wakefield, Leeds and Morley.  The second main crop rhubarb is grown outdoors.  It has a more intense flavour and a more robust texture than forced.  NB: Rhubarb leaves contain a poison, so should never be eaten – cut off and discard.

Rhubarb and Ginger Chutney
1.5kg (3lbs 5oz) rhubarb, chopped; 250g (8oz) raisins and sultanas, mixed; 1 tsp pepper; 2 tbs ground ginger; 100g (4oz) ginger, peeled and chopped; 450g (1lb) onions; 450g (1lb) dark soft brown sugar; 2 tbs salt; 1 tbs crushed mustard seed; 500ml (18fl oz) malt vinegar; Water

Wash rhubarb and put in a large pan and add all the other ingredients.  Pour in vinegar and some water and mix well.  Bring to simmering point and continue cooking gently (without covering) for one and a half to two hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.  Test for flavour when a rich brown colour is reached and the mixture is thick.  Pour into warm, sterilised jars and store in a cool, dry place for two to three months before using.

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


These glimpses of sunshine and the warmer weather make you want to be outside, even if it is doing jobs!  Our house team morning after the Easter holidays will be all about ‘One Team, One Dream’ and the focus is upon looking after things and being responsible.  We like the first morning back to be a bit different for the children, so they have something to look forward to after the holidays.  It is also a fantastic opportunity to launch new, whole school, initiatives.  The children also get to work together with other year groups so it is a wonderful chance to make new friends and get to know each other a bit better.

So we will be thinking about responsibilities, specifically about looking after things, property and equipment.  It is a chance to consider the damage plastics and rubbish does to the environment and to teach the children the importance of looking after the local and global environment.  We will be busy having a spruce up outside, Miss Cranfield will be getting the children involved in painting our football wall in the playground and we can make sure the garden areas are looking smart and loved.

We also have some exciting new equipment for the children to use at lunchtimes – a volleyball net and new tennis rackets, so it is a good time to remind them to take care of equipment and to put it away carefully so it lasts!

It is so important that we help children to appreciate how lucky we all are to live where we do and that we have responsibilities to keep things nice and look after them!  It should be a lovely day!

Claire Jackman, Headteacher


The Campaign team write:  It is now two months before UDC’s proposed date for the issue of its revised Draft Local Plan.  There is no indication that UDC has taken account of the many cogent arguments against the development of Easton Park, but that does not mean objections to this scheme should be ceased.  On the contrary, it is time to prepare for a robust response in the second consultation following the issue of the revised Plan.

What has changed?

MAG has submitted an application to increase the passenger cap at Stansted Airport from 35 mppa to 43 mppa.  In addition to being based on highly optimistic growth forecasts that lack credibility and are deliberately targeted to avoid scrutiny at the national level, there appear to be various agreements (not least financial) between MAG and UDC to encourage UDC’s support.  Furthermore, the unrealistic growth projections support equally unrealistic employment projections which in turn are used to support the Easton Park proposal.

The common interest between MAG, UDC and Landsec for development of the area is becoming increasingly apparent, quite possibly with the support of central government.  We are faced with wholescale industrialisation and urbanisation of this beautiful part of Essex.  We recognise the need for housing and the importance of economic development but let it be done in a sensible way, based on credible forecasts.

So what can you do?

First:  It is imperative to write to object to the MAG proposals. As indicated above, the two proposals are inter-related and the common interest is increasingly apparent.  Follow the guidance from Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) and copy your letter to your MP.

Then:  We need to continue to build our circulation and membership.  Please take the time to speak to your friends and neighbours and make sure they are signed up for our e-mail circulation list, and particularly try to encourage friends in Great Dunmow and the surrounding parishes to sign up.

Next:  We need to build our financial resources for the campaign.  Consider becoming a member at £10 per annum and making a donation. 
Membership subscriptions and donations will be used to raise awareness of the threat to our community and to help fund the costs of the experts we need to help us fight our cause.  The circulation and membership application forms can be found on SEP’s website  The circulation list is also available at  As ever, comments by e-mail are welcome to


26th April – 9th May Patricia Jackson
10th – 23rd May  Pat Hindley
24th May – 6th June Karen Newbury


May Patricia O’Gorman and Alison Armitage
June Shirley Holden


Notes from the Clerk’s desk: The Annual Council Meeting (AGM) takes place on Wednesday 30th May at 7:30pm.

Having completed a comprehensive Tree Survey, the Council is inviting quotes from suitably qualified tree surgeons to carry out the required maintenance over the next three years.

Residents will be pleased to learn that the process to introduce a 40mph speed limit through Duck Street is creeping ever closer, albeit very slowly.  The next step is for the proposal to go for public consultation; the Council has yet to receive confirmation of that consultation period.

Council members look forward to seeing you on a Wednesday evening at one of their month end meetings sometime soon.


The Committee would like to thank all those who kindly gave donations in memory of the late chairman, Roy Blackwell.  The amazing amount of £700 was collected at his funeral service held in January.


As mentioned in News for All Parishes, the service to Little Easton will now be three weekly, on a different day and at a different time.  We also apologise for having given incorrect dates in our April issue due to the fact that the new timetable was not published until the end of March.  The next visit is on Thursday 10th May, arriving at 9.35am and leaving at 10.05am.


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


8.00pm to 10.15pm

Carpet Bowls


10am to 12noon

Art Club



Dog Training



Jumble Sale

Grateful thanks go to those who generously supported this event by supplying lots of “jumble” and to those who came to buy it.  A satisfying amount of just under £300 was made for church funds.

Dates for your Diary

A reminder that a Car Treasure Hunt will be held on Sunday 15th July followed by a BBQ and a Quiz Night on Friday 16th November.


The Council writes: Regrettably visits of the mobile library service to Great Easton Primary School and The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill will no longer be available. (See separate item).

The visits of the garden waste skip to Great Easton Village Hall will be on Saturdays, fortnightly, time 9-10am, commencing on Saturday 7th April.  This is a facility being paid for by the Parish Council and it is hoped that local residents will make good use of it.

The new website is up and running: (created by Martin Astley) and our new parish clerk Wendy Hall has taken over her responsibilities as from 1st April 2018.  She is contactable at

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 31st May 2018. This will be the AGM commencing at 7.30pm in Great Easton Village Hall and immediately followed by the monthly council meeting.  All are welcomed.  Minutes of the meetings will be posted on the notice boards in Great Easton, Duton Hill and Tilty and also on the new website.


Moat Park Will Be Welcoming New Residents Soon

Our new development of luxury two bedroom cottages at Meadow View, Great Easton, is well underway with over a third reserved already.  The project is ahead of schedule and a ‘view home’ is expected to be ready by the end of May, giving people interested in this retirement lifestyle the opportunity to look around the cottages and see what the village has to offer.

We recently hosted a unique chocolate tasting event, inviting people to come and get a flavour of life in the village, along with a wonderful demonstration of chocolate tempering.  We had a positive response from people that attended, many of whom are interested in our retirement lifestyle.

Star Award

At Moat Park we feel it is important to recognise good work and are delighted to say that Domestic Assistant Linda Pegram was recently awarded a Retirement Village Star Award.  The award is given to members of staff who demonstrate excellent working practices and make an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of residents at the village.  Linda has been at the village for the last two years, having previously worked in residential care for more than eleven years, and was delighted to receive her award.

For more information about Moat Park retirement village, please contact Kerri Brill by telephone on 01371 870192 or by e-mail


This month’s services at The Moat House Residential Care Home will be on Tuesday 1st May and on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May.


As notified previously the Gardens Open Day is on Sunday 8th July and the Great Easton Soapbox Race on Saturday 1st September


As mentioned in News for All Parishes and the Parish Council item, the service to Great Easton Primary School is no longer available and the service to the Village Hall will be three weekly, on a different day and at a different time.  We also apologise for having given incorrect dates in our April issue due to the fact that the new timetable was not published until the end of March.  The next service to Great Easton Village Hall will be on Friday 4th May, arriving at 12.05am, departing at 12.35pm.  


A plea has been made via Facebook, the Parish Council and this publication for those driving through Great Easton to observe the speed limit and to be more cautious in their driving, especially at school run times, and especially at the bottom of the village near the park.  From the footbridge, to reach the pavement opposite, you have to cross the road in a position where visibility is limited.  You cannot see what is coming down the road until the vehicle is almost upon you.  If you are visually impaired or hard of hearing you are even more vulnerable.  If you are elderly or infirm you have little chance of being able to quickly move out of the way of a car bearing down on you too fast.

Please slow your speed down and pay heed to those who are more vulnerable than yourself before you seriously injure or even kill someone.


To hire the hall, contact David Chalkley on 01371 852180


6.30 to 9.30pm

Dog Training



Sarah McLagan’s Keep Fit
and Circuit Training


10am to 12 noon

Five Parishes Toddler Group

Thursday (except last in month)


Modern Jive dance class
West Coast Swing dance class


9.30 to 12.30pm

Upholstery class and
except for half term weeks



19th April – 2nd May Nicola Longman and Ann Rowland
3rd – 16th May Julia England and Daisy England-Drewett
17th – 30th May Maggie Stevens
31st May – 13th June Cecile Down and Jackie Dawson


Spring Lunch

There are still a few tickets left for the Tilty Spring Lunch which takes place in Great Easton Village Hall on Monday 7th May.  Tickets cost £20 and are available from Audrey Miller on 01371 870927.  The Tilty team will provide an excellent three course lunch with their wonderful range of desserts. 


This year’s Fun Day takes place on Sunday 6th May at The Three Horseshoes public house Duton Hill.  The day starts at 11.30am with the Dunmow Majorettes parade followed by the official opening at 12 noon and finishes at 5pm.  The children’s fancy dress theme is ‘Flower Power’ – Love and Peace, Man!  Come along and dance around the Maypole in celebration of our glorious countryside.  This will also be an opportunity to say “No” to further Stansted Airport expansion and “No” to the proposed 10,000 new homes at Easton Park new town.  Look forward to seeing you all.

Wanted – Cakes, Prizes, Volunteers for SSE

By kind invitation of Landlord Derek Connell of the popular Three Horseshoes public house in Duton Hill, SSE will be taking part in its annual Fun Day.  50% of the profit raised on the day will go to SSE.  They would be very appreciative of any donations of cakes, plants, bottles, prizes and games as well as volunteers to help on the day.  Please contact Maggie Sutton for further details or with offers of help on


The next General Meeting will be on Tuesday 8th May, in The Upstairs Room at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill, starting at 7.45pm.  There is an external speaker:  Ross Stewart, who will give a presentation entitled The History of RAF Wethersfield – My Journey.  Ross is a former MOD Policeman who worked at the Airbase and is now Curator of the Wethersfield Airfield Museum.  Wethersfield Airbase was used by the RAF and the USAAF during WWII, was operational during the Cold War years, and then became a training centre for the MOD. 

Non-members may attend the meetings (non-members fee is £2.50), and new members are also welcome (annual subscription remains unchanged at £12.00 for 2018).  If you are interested in finding out more about the Group, its website address is


Maggie Stevens, Secretary, Tilty Parish Meeting, writes: In agreement with residents from both parishes, Tilty was grouped with Great Easton in 2007 to form the Parish Council of Great Easton with Tilty.  It was also agreed that ‘Tilty Parish Meeting’ would continue as an entity in its own right, acknowledging that Tilty remained a separate civil parish and providing the opportunity to keep a very local focus for this small community.

Since then Tilty Parish Meeting has held one formal meeting a year, its Annual General Meeting, to conform with official requirements.  It has also organised successful social events over the years, which have usually been very well attended – particularly the splendid Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012!

However, after more than a decade it is perhaps time to review the situation.  The grouping of the Councils has worked well, and Tilty residents have effective representation on the Parish Council through local Parish Councillors (two of whom live in Tilty).  With just one annual formal meeting, the Tilty Parish Meeting is unable to contribute effectively to significant local issues such as the impact of Stansted Airport or the current debate over housing provision.

This year’s annual Tilty Parish Meeting is on Tuesday 15th May at Tilty Church, starting at 8pm – any resident of Tilty parish may attend.  The main item on the agenda will be whether or not Tilty Parish Meeting should continue.  We can discuss this question, take a vote, and then move on – or not – to other matters.  If you are not able to attend the meeting but have thoughts about it, one way or the other, then please do get in touch.

This seems a good time to review and/or revitalise Tilty Parish Meeting, so if any Tilty resident is interested in getting involved and keeping it going, or breathing new life into it, then do get in touch or come along to the meeting.


As mentioned in News for All Parishes and the Parish Council item, the service to The Three Horseshoes public house is no longer available in the new schedules.  We also apologise for having given incorrect dates in our April issue due to the fact that the new schedule was not published until the end of March. 


Churchwarden Terry Reed writes:  Even with the extra cold snap the Good Friday Hour at the Cross at Chickney was well supported with over 50 people in attendance.  Revd Janet Parker’s service of Twelve Stations of the Cross was well thought out, well delivered and very well received.

The joining of the Five Parishes within the grouping known as the Pilgrim Parishes is working well with good support provided by a reasonably large ministry team led by Tim Goodbody.  This was well demonstrated on the Sunday after Easter at Broxted’s services.  Helen Pelly took the 9am Communion with the sermon from Janet Parker and the 11am All Age Worship was taken by Susannah Lacon.  We are fortunate to have such good people.

The annual parish church meeting took place on Sunday 8th April.  Amongst other items the election of committee members took place.  The members of Broxted’s committee comprise John Aris, Phyllis and Roger Clark, Sandra Reed and Jenny Speller – additional members would be welcome.  I was nominated to continue to serve as your Churchwarden, which I am pleased to do.

I am very fortunate to have very good support from my committee as well as many other people either with their time or finances, or both!  It may sound a bit “management speak” but for Broxted it really is a team effort that works so well and I could not undertake my role without that team working with me.

You may receive this magazine just in time to notice our extra service on the last Sunday in April, when we will have Family Worship Holy Communion coupled with three Baptisms.  It will be good to welcome these additional members to the church family.

Hopefully summer may decide to descend upon us soon.  The grass cutting season certainly needs to start.


The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 10th May in the Village Hall at 8pm.  This will be the Annual Parish Assembly when the activities of the past year will be reviewed.  This will be followed by the Annual Meeting of the Council.  The agenda and minutes of all meetings are posted on the village notice boards, and can be found on the Council’s website at, where you can also find all the other information that the Council is obliged to publish.  All meetings of the Council are open to members of the public.

At the time of writing no decision has been made on the planning application to site two mobile homes, two touring caravans, a dayroom, hardstanding and stables on land in Brick End adjacent to the Prince of Wales car park.  There have been about 150 objections lodged against the application and the Parish Council is most grateful to all of those who have taken the trouble to make their feelings known.


Village Coffee Mornings

The next Coffee Morning is on Wednesday 16th May in the Village Hall from 10am to noon.   Everybody is welcome, so do come along for coffee, cake and chat!


The quizzes this month are on Thursday 3rd May and Thursday 17th, and this latter one will be the annual Lifeboat Mayday Appeal Special.  Entry for this quiz will be £5 a head and all proceeds will go the RNLI.  There will be prizes to be won.  You don’t need to book a team, just come along and enjoy the fun.   If you are planning to eat that evening it is best to book a table.  Call Karen or Terry on 01279 850256. 


Many thanks to all those who did their bit for Great British Spring Clean on the weekend of 7th/8th April by clearing litter from their part of the village.


As mentioned in News for All Parishes, the service to Cranham Road and Molehill Green is no longer available and the service to the Prince of Wales will be three weekly, on a different day of the week and at a different time.  We also apologise for having given incorrect dates in our April issue due to the fact that the new timetable was not published until the end of March.  The next visit to the Prince of Wales will be on Thursday 10th May arriving at 10.35am, departing at 11.05pm. 


To hire the hall, contact 01279 850445



Pilates Class



The Wednesday Walk

Third Wednesday

10am to 12pm

Village Coffee Morning



On Wednesday 9th May Dr Santha Bhattacharji will talk about the medieval mystic, Margery Kempe.  Santha has taught Old and Middle English at Oxford since 1989 and speaks widely on English mystics and related topics.  A former Anglican nun, she is currently Senior Tutor of St Benet’s Hall, Oxford.  Quiet Days start at 9.45am with coffee and conclude at 3.30pm for a 4pm departure and cost £20 to include the costs of the speaker, sandwich and fruit lunch, coffee and tea.  Bookings and queries to Rosemary Drew, 01371 872662 e-mail


The Church Monuments Society, a registered charity founded in 1979, encourages the study, care and conservation of funerary monuments. Many of our own local churches have elaborate memorials, usually to the rich and famous, erected over the centuries to honour and remember the deceased.  For instance the church at Little Easton contains a great variety of interesting memorials including a charming 20th-century bust of the Countess of Warwick and two windows dedicated to the American air crews who flew from Little Easton and lost their lives during WWII.

Memorials of particular interest can be found locally also in the churches at Arkesden, Little Dunmow, Great Waltham and Sawbridgeworth.  If you can’t get to these particular churches, photos of most of the monuments mentioned here will appear in the forthcoming book to be published by the Hundred Par