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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.


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


Dear Friends

November sees the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. As I said at the time of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of that war, back in 2014, it makes much more sense to me to commemorate the end of a war than the beginning.

However, over the past four years a number of remarkable things have happened in these parishes. Lindsell now has a war memorial for the first time, and the children of Great Easton School and Stebbing Cub Scouts have learnt about the lives of the men listed on their village war memorials. A poppy cross has been placed on the resting places of all except one of the men on the Stebbing memorial who are scattered across Europe (the one we couldn’t get to is buried in Gaza).

In short it has been a blessing to me to see how our villages have really taken these anniversaries to heart, and I’m confident that attendance of people of all ages at our many Remembrance services will once again be very good this year as we remember 100 years since the guns fell silent.

Today I buried a 101-year-old lady, whose father had been the vicar of Great Easton (yes, just Great Easton!) At the service we celebrated a rich and varied life, though actually we did not dwell too long on the past, but we looked instead to the future, for those who remain.

The First World War did much to shape Europe in the 20th century, and as we approach a time when our nation’s relationship with Europe will change, it is important to look once again to the future, however you feel about Brexit, but also keep one eye on the past, to remember from whence we have come.

So in this approaching season of Remembrance let us give thanks for the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the past for us, while also expressing gratitude to God for the future plans he has for us all (Jeremiah 29 verse 11).

With best wishes, Tim
Rev Tim




The Salings (GS: Great and LS: Little)


7th October 19th after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion

11am BCP Holy Communion @ GS

11am Morning Prayer 3pm TOTS

14th October 20th after Trinity

9.30am Morning Prayer

11am Baptism @ LS

11am Holy Communion with Kids  Connect

21st October 21st after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion

11am Family Service @ GS

8am BCP Holy Communion 11am Informal +Kids Connect

28th October Last after Trinity

9.30am Family Service

11am Morning Prayer @ LS

11am Holy Communion with Kids Connect


Update from Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE)

The airport planning application has ground to something of a standstill.  Uttlesford District Council (UDC) allowed more time for public responses to the application and SSE provided UDC with a detailed (175-page) submission at the end of April.  This can be accessed from the home page on the SSE website.

Thanks to the long hours worked by the SSE Response Team, the submission sent to UDC was a powerful rebuttal of claims made by MAG in its (2930-page) planning application.  One of the hidden elements in the application was a proposal by MAG to overturn a longstanding legal agreement with UDC which, for the last 15 years, has prohibited Stansted Airport from lobbying Government for more night flights.

Also included in the submission was that MAG’s assessment of the road traffic impacts of expanding Stansted Airport to 43mppa was wholly inadequate and amounted to a recipe for gridlock, especially when considered alongside the major housing development planned for the local area over the coming years.  This SSE analysis was largely endorsed by Highways England and by Essex and Herts County Councils and it is the principal reason for the planning application process having ground to a temporary halt.  MAG has been ordered to carry out further assessment work and it is anticipated now that UDC’s original deadline in July for determining the application will become an October deadline.

Meanwhile, SSE’s position continues to be that this planning application meets the definition of a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and as such should be determined by the Secretary of State, not UDC.

SSE continue to represent the community and their membership through the work of their volunteer team and strategic use of external consultants to supplement this where required.   If you wish to support them contact the SSE Campaign Office on 01279 870558 or e-mail



Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child

Deanery member Sue Gowlett has become the Deanery’s contact for this charity and Angela will liaise with her for the Five Parishes.  Organised by Samaritan’s Purse, this is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, with each child receiving a shoebox of goodies as an unconditional gift of love, based on need, regardless of their background or religion.  Samaritan's Purse is an evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization that provides aid to people in physical need as a key part of Christian missionary work.  The organization’s president is Franklin Graham, son of Christian evangelist Billy Graham.

The charity’s flatpack shoeboxes will be provided in the churches together with supporting leaflets detailing suitable gifts, packing instructions along with a request for a small donation (£5) to cover shipping costs, etc.  A separate display advertisement is featured in this issue, giving further details.  Or contact Angela on 01371 876707 who has access to extra boxes.

October’s Walk

The last walk of the year, on Saturday 20th October, will be hosted by St John’s Church, St John’s Road, Stansted Mountfitchet, CM24 8JP, G/R 512 250.  Queries to Paul Wilkin on 01279 812203 e-mail  As always, walkers meet in the church car park for the walk commencing at 9am.  Light refreshments will be available after the walks and a short prayer said for the host church, aiming to finish at about 11am.  The walks do go across fields and open countryside so suitable footwear should be worn.  Dogs on leads are very welcome.

On behalf of our Area Dean, Revd Cilla Hawkes, we send a big Thank You to all those who support these walks: those who organise the routes, those who walk and, most importantly, all those kind people who provide refreshments.  All very much appreciated.


The Thursday evening Home Group will meet on the first and third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, starting on Thursday 18th October.  Aspects will be explored of Justin Welby’s book Reimagining Britain, A Foundation for Hope.  All are welcome at Revd Janet’s home, Rowans End, Great Easton, CM6 2HH.  (This is behind Grange Barn)


Sadly “Manic Monday” was unable to make up for “Soggy Sunday” with only 200 cars parked on the first day of this year’s Bank Holiday Show.  The pouring rain did not seem to dent the enjoyment of those enthusiastic visitors who braved the inclement weather and who were able to enjoy the short service conducted by the Revd Tim in the arena before the official opening by Andy, the new owner of the Manor.  The vintage tractor ploughing was certainly well challenged by the weather.

The Animal Marquee is now established as a “must see” as well as the Art Show in the Church, the Horticultural Tent and the Artisan Tent, which included this year wine tasting of local Bardfield award winning wines.  All provided a welcome and interesting refuge from the rain.

Happily, the sun came out for manic Monday and set a new record for attendance on any one day with over 2,000 cars parked by our wonderful army of volunteers and the expert Air Cadets using all of the generous fields provided by Jane Pedley and the Trembaths.

Altogether another highly successful Annual Show over the August Bank Holiday weekend with substantial and much needed funds raised for our local churches as well many other charities who now participate in our Country Show.  Andy and Mel welcomed us all to Little Easton Manor and it was good to help raise funds for their Centre Algarve Charity providing holidays for those with special needs.

There were plenty of exciting new events in the Arena as well as some old favourites including a Dressage Display, brilliant Sheepdog working and of course the ever popular Jackson family’s Heavy Horse Display.  The highly competitive Dog Show produced record entries and the bottle stall sold out by 2pm!

Our main sponsors, P&A Wood, organized a splendid Classic Car Show for the Sunday although sad to see these magnificent cars all getting soaked in the pouring rain as well as this year’s display of one of the most important and valuable Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts in the world.

We were all spoilt by the most delicious barbeque including a splendid hog roast as well as a marvellous variety of food from various stalls.

A very big thank you to all of you who attended as well as the stall holders, the amazing volunteers and to Andy and Mel at the Manor, the Trembaths and the Little Easton Rectory. We look forward to seeing you all next August Bank Holiday.


Brian Miller writes The last draw of the year took place in the month of August and the lucky winner had cork No. 27. 

Here is the list of numbers which were drawn throughout the year: 97 - 118 - 81 - 27 - 50 - 38 - 48 - 13 - 66 - 17 - 115 - and once again 27.  These numbers bear no significance but it is purely a matter of luck which cork is drawn from the bag at a church service at the end of each month.  So thank you all once again for your support.

At the time of writing we still need some more contributors to match the number of this past year, so please give me a call on 01371 870927 if you wish to take part for the next 12 months.  I still have plenty of application forms.  The charge is £12, £1 per month, and each winner will share 50% of the total income.  Any queries please email me at


The second quiz organised by Peter and Sheena Ward for Great Easton church takes place on Friday 16th November in Great Easton Village Hall at 7 for 7.30pm.  Why not make up a table for 8 or come along with a friend for a fun evening and a little brain exercise?  Full details can be found in the separate advertisement.


From the Committee: The next meeting of The Eastons & Tilty W.I. will be on Thursday 11th October in Gt. Easton Village Hall at the usual time of 2.15 p.m. for 2.30 p.m. The speaker that day will be Sharon Gould with a talk entitled “East End to Essex”. For further information please contact the Editor on 01371 876707 in the first instance.


Jill Goldsmith writes And so the season comes to an end, with the last Open Day on Sunday 14th October

Bizarrely, the summer months have been the most disrupting for gardening that I can remember – in the winter we keep going, through the cold, warmed by wintry sun and many layers of clothes.  This summer, though, volunteers couldn’t work on a few occasions because of the heat or the August rains. 

But the rains have brought the Gardens back to life – so visitors have been enjoying the hylotelephium (that’s sedum in old speak!), penstemon, perovskia and Michaelmas daisies in the Italian garden and the new and very much refreshed dahlia border and spectacular triffid pumpkins in the walled kitchen garden.

So, why not join us on Sunday 14th October for an autumnal stroll?  The trees in the Glade will be beginning to show their autumnal hues and the view from the bottom over the fishing lakes is always rewarding in late season sunshine.  For children the Open Day is Halloweeny and there will be a trail and craft activities.  Local folk duo, Karen and Tony, will also help us all unwind and enjoy the day.

Gates open 11.30am to 5pm, last entry 4pm, and there will be warming soup (should that be needed!), locally sourced bacon and cheese rolls and homemade cakes.  For more information go to our website or look on Facebook, where you can also see from our blog what our volunteers have managed to achieve recently.  


Sid and Gerrie Perry have advised that as their son-in-law, Martin Westcott of Great Easton, has joined the business, the nursery is now open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, with plans to add Saturday opening in the New Year.  The garden centre is also gradually increasing the range back to most of the items that it formerly stocked, including trees.  Christmas trees will also be available in December.


On Saturday/Sunday 6th/7th October many local artists will be displaying their work over the two days and every exhibit is available to purchase.  There is a wealth of talent in this area and even if you are not looking for something to hang on your wall a visit will be well worth while.  A percentage of all sales will go the St. Mary’s Fabric Fund, which exists to maintain this historic Norman church building.  The show is open from 10.30am to 5pm on both days and refreshments will be available.

The poppies at the Tower of London captured the start of the national WWI commemoration – There But Not There will be the abiding concluding image.”  A quote by General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, Patron

There But Not There will be the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war, with Tommy models being installed where the men and women came from across the country, back in the communities they left behind.

As seen around the UK at Giant’s Causeway, Hearts FC, The Big Pit in Wales and The Tower of London, a 6ft version of the There But Not There logo is a poignant and affecting image which embodies the There But Not There message.  Weighing just 11kg and only 6mm thick, the hollow outline is cut out of lightweight aluminium giving it strength and durability and stands on a 500mm x 500mm base plate with four holes to allow it to be bolted or pegged into the ground.  It also includes a small hole to attach a Poppy.  

Tommy is a project of the newly formed charity Remembered and has been produced in support of and in participation with The Royal British Legion.  The 6ft model will be shipped in a commemorative Tommy box and can be installed at any time, but especially during the Armistice 2018 period.  It costs £625 plus £125 vat and is available online at https// or by telephone at 0300 303 3837.  Also available are Perspex models to sit in church pews at £42, 10inch Perspex models for other displays at £29.99 and lapel pins at £5.


Which? Campaigns have been actively working to get cold calls banned.  As we go to press they report that PPI and accident claims cold calling companies are now banned from contacting people who have not opted in to receive them.  Previously, you had to ‘opt out’ of receiving these intrusive calls but now companies will have to check they have your consent before calling you.  Rogue companies that break these rules could be hit with fines of up to £500,000.

Whilst these new rules are welcome, Which? Campaigns stress that the government must urgently deliver on its promise to hold big bosses personally accountable.  Only then will they not be able to dodge fines and be deterred from harassing people with these calls.  Which welcomes new members to help keep the conversation going online and they also have advice to offer on how to stop receiving nuisance calls.


The Club meets at the United Reformed Church, Bolford Street, CM6 2PY at 7.30pm, this month’s meeting being on Tuesday 2nd October.  Easy parking and disabled access to the meeting room.  Visitors £5.


On Monday 29th October Mike Petty will talk on the subject Pickwick’s Gardening Scrapbook 1838.  The Club meets in The Day Centre, access via Margaret Street car park, at 7.15pm.  Cost £3 per person, raffle £1 per ticket. 


A reminder of the concert taking place in Thaxted Parish Church on Saturday 13th October at 7.30pm.  The Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra will feature a centenary performance of Holst’s The Planets, The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Overture to a Comedy by Henry Balfour Gardiner.  Contact to book tickets or for information phone 07981 194470.


The Foodbank’s yearly Quiz Night takes place on Wednesday 24th October at Rayne Village Hall.  Teams of 6-8 will be welcome to help to raise funds for the Foodbank’s “warm packs” this winter.  Contact Maggie Drewett on 01376 330694 or e-mail her at

The Foodbank urgently need the following out of stock and low stock items:  long life juice; chocolate bars (e.g. KitKat/penguins etc); pasta sauce; cold tinned meats; tinned fruit; tinned spaghetti; tinned sponge puddings; tinned tomatoes; packet soup (e g Knorr or Cuppa Soups); sugar; coffee.

Other items for general stocks required are toilet rolls; nappies (all sizes); toiletries (shower gel, toothpaste, deodorant etc).  Pet food is also requested by some clients and if supplying washing powder could it please be non-bio.

Please note: Small packs are requested when larger packs would not fit into boxes, making it difficult for clients to carry home.  Also, the Foodbank cannot (for hygiene reasons) split large size or catering packs.   They have an abundance of baked beans, pasta, chocolate spread and peanut butter. They are always pleased to accept monetary donations.  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).  Items which do not meet these requirements cannot be used, and the donation is wasted.


Windfalls could be used in this recipe.  The warm spices, honey and apple makes this a special jelly, with a softer texture than jellies sweetened entirely with sugar.

Honey Spiced Apple Jelly

Cooking apples, coarsely chopped (no need to peel or core, but remove blemishes if using windfalls), Water (see method, below), Sugar (see method, below), Honey (see method, below), Cloves, Fresh ginger, Cinnamon sticks

Put the apples in a pan with 600ml/1 pint of water for every kilogram/2.25lbs of apples.  Simmer gently until the fruit is soft.  Pour the contents into a jelly bag suspended over a bowl and leave overnight in a cool place to drip.  Discard the pulp in the bag, resisting the urge to ‘give it one last squeeze’, as this will make the jelly cloudy.

Measure the juice in a clean pan.  For each 600ml/1pt juice, add 450g/1lb sugar, 100g/3.5oz honey and a muslin bag filled with 3 whole cloves, a small piece of fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick.  Heat gently to dissolve the sugar and honey, then bring to the boil and boil rapidly until the setting point is reached.  To test for a set without a thermometer, remove the pan from the heat and drop a little of the jam onto a cold saucer and push it gently with a teaspoon or your fingertip.  If the surface wrinkles, the setting point has been reached.  Discard the spice bag, and pour into sterilised jars, sealing with waxed discs and lids.  Store in a cool, dark place for two to three days before eating.  When opened, store in a refrigerator.  Use within a year. 

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


Well I can’t believe another school year has come and gone and we have just started another one.  When life is divided into three terms I am sure it flies by much more quickly.

For those of you involved with our little school you will know how lucky we are to have a wonderful team of staff, PTA and governors who work their socks off.  The children are our inspiration and we couldn’t be prouder of them – their academic achievements are impressive but their kindness, empathy and attitude towards each other consistently make us smile and remind us that’s what our school believes in.  We always refer to ‘our school family’ and that is exactly how it feels.

As I write the children are enjoying working in their house teams; they are working with children from Year 1 up to Year 6 and thinking about friendship and seeing things from others’ points of views.  As always we prioritise their emotional wellbeing and happiness and these themed days allow us to really focus on teaching valuable life skills.  Today it is empathy and trying to put ourselves in another’s shoes – something we all have to work hard to do.  Being mindful and considerate to our friends if we disagree can be challenging, but with support we hope the children will get better and this will help them to have happier friendships and relationships with their peers.

We will, once again, be supporting Tilty Flower Festival and each child will be submitting a piece of artwork into their competition.  Please come along to have a look if you are able.

If you would like to join us for our harvest celebrations in Great Easton Church, we will be there on Wednesday 17th October at 2pm.

I cannot wait for the adventures ahead for our next school year and I look forward to keeping you all updated!  As always, please do have a look at our school website to see pictures and find out more

Claire Jackman, Headteacher


The Domesday Book of 1086 lists just 50 markets across England.  During the Middle Ages the number increased dramatically and two thousand new markets were established between 1200 and 1350 AD.  From the 12th century, monarchs granted charters to towns and villages allowing them to hold markets on specific days.  A charter was a formal document and gave protection from rival markets which were prohibited from trading on the same day or within a certain distance.

The term market town originated in the Middle Ages and the Hundred Parishes has no fewer than four former market towns that still hold a regular market, albeit very different to the occasions when cattle and sheep were traded.

Newport had a flourishing market until 1141 when Geoffrey de Mandeville was granted the right to move the market to Saffron Walden.  This was about the time the church and the castle were built and nearby Walden Abbey was founded.  Chipping was an old name for market and the town was then known as Chipping Walden.  Today Saffron Walden holds a market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Market day in Thaxted is Friday.  Its charter was granted in 1205.  Thaxted’s guildhall has an open ground floor where part of the market could be held under cover.  In 1253 King Henry III granted Great Dunmow the right to hold a market.  Today, it is held on Tuesday mornings. 

Buntingford was allowed a market in the 14th century by Edward III.  It still holds a market on Mondays.

Barkway, Hatfield Broad Oak, Linton, Puckeridge and Standon were also once classed as market towns.  The wide high streets of Barkway, Linton and Standon suggest that these were the market locations.

An exploratory visit to any of the parishes mentioned is thoroughly recommended.

Information about the Society can be found at or by contacting the secretary, Ken McDonald, on 01279 813226 or at



From the Clerk’s desk at  Dates for our diary: Details of the Quiz Night are shown as a separate item.  All Parish Council meeting dates are available via the Parish Council website along with plenty of other information – see

A repeat of the request for VIGILANCE – a number of “suspicious vehicle” activities has been noted around the village.  Residents are asked to keep an eye out for any vehicle they feel is acting suspiciously, one or two congregating in quiet corners, that sort of thing.  Please note down the registration number and share that with the Clerk and or the Police direct.  If a pattern emerges we can press for further investigation.

Also, apologies for the non-running of the zip wire and the football goal during the holidays.  A recent inspection highlighted faults which could have compromised children’s safety, but it is hoped to get these fixed soon.

LEPC Quiz Night

LEPC are hosting a Quiz Night on Friday 12th October at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall to raise much-needed funds for the repair and upgrade to the children’s play area equipment and surfacing.  Tickets are £10 each and include a ploughman’s supper but please bring your own drinks.  They can be obtained from Jess Rush 01371 874229 and Doug Wyatt 0137) 859239.  A raffle will be held with some great prizes.   It is very much hoped that lots of you will be able to come.


Tombola Stall

Sincere thanks are conveyed to everyone who kindly donated items for the Tombola and to the two volunteers who kindly assisted on the stall during the Show.  The total raised for the Memorial Hall fund was almost £600, a magnificent result.

Ploughing Competition

Congratulations to Jayne for taking part in the ploughing competition on the Ferguson tractor in memory of her late father, Geoff.  Those of us who share memories of Geoff are sure he will have been watching you from above, Jayne!


Stag Party Nights

It is good to report that the Stag party nights are growing in popularity and it is hoped that those who have not yet had the pleasure of sharing the companionship of fellow parishioners will come to the next occasion on Thursday 25th October, from 7.30 pm until late. 

Nanny June’s Jams and Chutneys

Supplies of Nanny June’s home-made jams and chutneys are now readily available at a very reasonable price from The Stag.  All the proceeds from the sales are donated towards the fight against cancer.  Please support Nanny June by purchasing some of her produce and helping this very worthy cause.


The service will be at Butchers Pasture on Thursdays 4th and 25th October, 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


8pm to 10.15pm

Carpet Bowls


1pm to 2.15pm

British Lung Foundation Exercise Class


2.30pm to 4pm

Active Parkinson

Wednesday (first 3 in every month)

7.30pm to 10pm

Dunmow District Ring Craft Society


10am to 12noon

Art Club



Dog Training



The second quiz organised by Peter and Sheena Ward for Great Easton church takes place on Friday 16th November in Great Easton Village Hall at 7 for 7.30pm.  Why not make up a table for 8 or come along with a friend for a fun evening and a little brain exercise?  Full details can be found in the separate advertisement.


The Parish Clerk writes: The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 25th October 2018 commencing at 7.30pm in Great Easton Village Hall.  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. 

Green Skip dates are on Saturdays 13th October and 27th October at Great Easton Village Hall.

If you need to contact the Parish Clerk please email




3rd Great Easton Soapbox Race – The sun shone and smiling faces beamed

Twenty-eight karts took on the 3rd Great Easton Soapbox Race on Saturday 1st September, including the new bone-jarring and wheel-buckling ‘Mighty Mogul Field’ for the 24 senior karts.   21 survived the first run and got to do it all a second time with 17 making it to the finish line twice.

The event supported the Royal British Legion in the centenary year of the ending of the First World War, with proceeds to be split between the Legion and the village’s community association.  The coins are still being counted and expenses tallied – the total raised will be announced shortly on

Many teams responded to the theme of ‘All Things Military’ with a splendid array of designs, including an aircraft carrier, the Red Baron and a British biplane, tanks, jeeps and a military ambulance.

Alastair Farr, chair of the organising committee, reported ‘The generosity of local businesses, particularly our platinum sponsors Little Easton Manor and transport company 24x7, was staggering.  The sponsorship and supply of materials and equipment allowed us to cover the major upfront cost before the day kicked off, maximising the profit raised for charity.’

Carpark takings were similar to 2017 indicating over 2,000 spectators and it is hoped the £12,000 raised in 2017 will be surpassed.

Before the racing began, the Last Post was played, a wreath was laid at the village war memorial and a minute’s silence was observed to commemorate the ending of the First World War.


‘All that jazz!’ at Moat Park

Residents and guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of jazz at a recent event at Moat Park retirement village.  As well as soaking up the musical tones of the Viscount Jazz Band and taking in the idyllic surroundings, visitors also had the opportunity to explore the wonderful facilities available at the village which include a restaurant, bar, lounge and library.

Interested visitors were taken on a tour of the newly completed Meadow View development where two more of the luxury two-bedroom cottages were reserved.  With only three properties now remaining, if you or a loved one is interested in purchasing a property, time to view is of the essence!

The event also provided residents who have recently moved into the village with the opportunity to socialise and meet their neighbours in an informal setting, with a delicious finger buffet and drinks.

If you would like to know more about Moat Park and Meadow View, or to book a viewing of one of the remaining cottages available, please contact Kerri Brill by telephone on 01371 870192 or by email:


This month’s service at The Moat House Residential Care Home will be on Monday 22nd October.


This service will be at the Great Easton Village Hall on Friday 19th October, arriving at 12.05pm and leaving at 12.35pm.


To hire the hall, contact Audrey Miller on 01371 870927


6.30 to 9.30pm

Dog Training


6.15pm & 7.30pm

Sarah McLagan’s Keep Fit and Circuit Training


10am to 12 noon

Five Parishes Toddler Group


9.30 to 12.30pm

Upholstery class and
except for half term weeks



As we write long term plans have come to fruition for the Tilty Flower Festival which takes place over the weekend 6th/7th October, from 12 noon to 5pm.  Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from the vestry and visitors and the floral displays in the church will follow the theme Memories of Childhood.  Local photographic and historical displays will be featured, in addition to a stall hosted by The Friends of The Five Parishes.  Revd Tim Goodbody will lead the Festival All Age Worship service on Sunday morning at 11am.

Outside in the churchyard there will be a variety of stalls including a country market selling home-made and home-grown local produce, a plant stall, raffle and games for all the family.  The ever popular Headless Monk licensed pop up bar will be open throughout the weekend, serving a selection of real ale, cider and wines complementing hot food served from The Friar’s Tuck BBQ.

The Thaxted Morris Men host a side on Saturday 6th October at 2pm outside the church.  In addition to this, there will be various live musical acts playing over the course of the weekend in the area next to The Headless Monk Bar.  Work produced by the children from Great Easton School for the art competition held in conjunction with the Flower Festival will be on display in the main tent at the Flower Festival


Tickets are still available for the concert by The Bishop’s Stortford Ukulele Society (BSUS) on the evening of Saturday 6th October commencing at 7.30pm.  Please phone Fiona on 01371 870091 or Cec on 01371 870297 or e-mail for tickets at £10.  The Headless Monk Bar will also be open from 6pm serving pre- and post-concert refreshments together with food from The Friars Tuck Food Stall. 



Festival of Angels

The fifth Festival of Angels will be staged on Saturday/Sunday 24th/25th November in the church.  If you are able to run a stall (with a small donation to church funds), help with refreshments, or have any ideas as to how this magnificent event can be still further improved, please do get in touch,


The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 11th October in the Village Hall at 8pm.  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.  Members of the public are always welcome at meetings of the Council.

Vacancy for The Clerk to The Council

The Clerk, Phyllis Clark, has notified the Council that she plans to retire at the end of the year, after 35 years’ service to the village, and the Council is now seeking a replacement.  This is a salaried position, based on the number of hours worked and the national pay scale, and full training is available.  

If you have an interest in the village and think that this is something you could do, please contact the Clerk or the Chairman on for more details.

11th November 2018

The nation’s commemoration of the end of World War I is called The Battle’s Over.  A number of events are planned across the country for that day, starting at 6am when thousands of Scottish pipers across the country will play Battle’s O’er, a traditional lament.  At 6.55pm The Last Post will be sounded across the UK and the Commonwealth, at 7pm beacons of light will be lit and at 7.05 church bells across the land will be rung.  Sadly, Broxted Church’s bells can no longer be rung, but we will be lighting the beacon in the car park of the Prince of Wales.  Is there anybody in the village that could play The Last Post for us?  Please get in touch if you can help.


Village Coffee Mornings

The next Village Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday 17th October in the Village Hall from 10am until noon.  If you are new to the area you will be especially welcome as this is the ideal event at which to meet your neighbours and make new friends, as well as enjoying some delicious cakes!  Please bring a small item for the free raffle.

Committee Meeting

The next meeting is on Wednesday 10th October at 8.15pm in the Prince of Wales.  The Association desperately needs new members with new ideas in order to function.  It doesn’t matter if you are new to the village or a life-long resident, young or old, male or female your participation will be very welcome.  For more details please contact the Secretary, Rachel Kesterton, on 01279 850047 or


Quizzes in October are on Thursday 4th and Thursday 18th at 8.15 for an 8.30pm start. 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. 


This service will be at the Prince of Wales on Thursdays 4th and 25th October arriving at 10.35am and leaving at 11.05am.


To hire the hall, contact 01279 850445



Pilates Class



The Wednesday Walk

Third Wednesday

10am to 12pm

Village Coffee Morning


On Wednesday 10th October with Revd Canon Rosemary Drew taking a look at some of the many examples of God revealing Himself now.  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