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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

February 2019

Dear Friends

I saw an article online today about some archaeologists who found a flint arrowhead embedded in a mammoth bone, thus proving early humans hunted the animals. Those hunters certainly left their mark on history!

Our politicians are doing the same thing – as I write this letter (a day late) the House of Commons is debating a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister following the heavy defeat for the Brexit deal yesterday. Who knows where we’ll be by the time you read this, but some politicians will have cemented their place in history by then.

And how will you leave your mark? This year the Church of England is undertaking one of our regular electoral roll ‘resets’. We review the roll annually, but every 6 years it is wiped clean and everyone has to reapply. This gives us the opportunity to reflect upon what it means to be a Christian, to be a church member, in our villages today. Some of that is to do with how we worship together on Sundays, and some of it is to do with our private devotions and spiritual life, but a major part of it is to do with how we bring God’s love to those in need (and those in plenty). I often take time to read the epitaphs of our forebears on the memorials in our churches, as they often speak of the Christian love and character of the person commemorated, because of the impact they had on their community.

I do not necessarily think we should all aspire to be memorialised like that, but it would be good to look back in 25 years and remember a kindness or a campaign, or a special gift that someone did for us and for our community. When we remember these, we are also therefore remembering God’s love, for in such small ways it spreads throughout the world.

With every blessing, Tim
Rev Tim




The Salings (GS: Great and LS: Little)


3rd February
5th Sunday before Lent

9.30am Holy Communion

11am BCP Holy Communion @ GS

11am Morning Prayer
3.30–5pm TOTS

10th February
4th before Lent

9.30am Morning Prayer

11am Morning Prayer @ LS

11am Holy Communion + Kids Connect

17th February
3rd before Lent

9.30am Holy Communion

11am Family Service @ GS

8am BCP Holy Communion
11am Informal + Kids Connect

24th February
2nd before Lent

9.30am Family Service

9.30am Holy Communion @ LS

11am Holy Communion + Kids Connect

3rd March
Sunday next before Lent

9.30am Holy Communion

11am BCP Holy Communion @ GS

11am Morning Prayer
3.30–5pm TOTS


Part-time pub cook needed.  Must have food safety and hygiene certificate.  Please apply to Karen at

Sony Bravia 23" TV.  2008.  Freeview enabled.  In working order but Santa brought a new model.  £50.  Telephone 01279 850348. (Brick End, Broxted)


Update from Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE)

A motion was tabled with Uttlesford District Council Scrutiny Committee calling for an independent investigation into the Council’s handling of the recent Stansted Airport Planning Application.  As we went to press, the motion was due to be debated and voted upon at the meeting of the Scrutiny Committee on 15th January.  We hope to bring you details of the outcome in our next issue.



The first walk of the 2019 season will be on Saturday 16th February in the Stebbing/Lindsell/Salings benefice, starting at 9am at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Watch House Road, Stebbing, CM6 3SW, G/R 664 240.  Queries to Clare Kanharn at  As always, after the walk light refreshments will be available followed by a short service when thanks will be given to the host church.  Suitable footwear should be worn as the walks do go across fields and open countryside.  Dogs on leads are very welcome.

The theme for the 2019 walks is Celebrating God’s Creation which is not difficult when walking through our glorious Essex countryside!  Dunmow & Stansted Deanery Walks has a dedicated page on Facebook at where photos and news of the walks can be found.  Between 25 and 40 people (and several dogs) meet at these walks – why not come along as well?


Curate Revd Janet Parker writes:  The carols are sung, the decorations safely packed away, amazing firework displays have heralded in a New Year and the Magi have brought their gifts to the baby Jesus.  However you celebrated Christmas, I hope it was a pleasurable and lovely time.  I know, for some, it is a very difficult time.  For many, across the world, Christmas is no different from any other day – war rages, fear grips, the constant struggle for daily existence continues.  As we settle back into a less frenetic daily routine, often with new resolutions, the stories in the news throw up questions, some old, some new. 

House groups regularly meet across our parishes offering a safe environment to explore many of these and other questions that crop up in our lives.  If there are things you would like to explore, whether they appear to be of a Christian nature or not, or if you would like to learn more about the Christian faith you would be very welcome to join us.  For further details please contact me or any member of the clergy team (see inside front cover for details).

Whether we see you or not, we wish you a very peaceful and happy 2019.


Warwick Newbury writes:  Please Save the Date!  The next Show will take place on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 25th /26th August 2019.  The planning started at our first Committee meeting in January and, as ever, more volunteers are welcomed.

We finally put to bed last year’s Show with about sixty of us enjoying a wonderful evening of mulled wine and carols on 12th December in the beautifully decorated Manor Barn, so once again many thanks to Andy and Mel.

During the evening our chairman Tim Turner presented a cheque to the Revd Tim as the Priest-in-Charge of The Five Parishes so that each of our four churches received a very welcome donation of £5,000.  Many thanks to one and all. 


Brian Miller writes: The December draw took place in Tilty.  With a respectable gathering for the church service young Lilly did the honours and drew cork number 61.  Frank Bennett was the winner and a cheque is winging its way to him.  Four months of this twelve-month period have already gone and if anyone feels they are missing out and would like to join, please contact Brian Miller on 01371 870927.


The group making up the team of bell ringers at Great Easton church come from the parishes of Stebbing and Great Dunmow as well as The Five Parishes. 

On 27th November a quarter peal was rung at St Mary’s church, Stebbing to celebrate the 90th birthdays of John Gilbert and Frank Warboys.  The ringers were: 1. Gaynor Potter, 2. Peter Wood (Conductor), 3. Chris Watson, 4. Jim Brown, 5. Colin Holman, 6. Stuart Gilbert.  The method rung was plain Bob Minor, rung in 41 minutes with 1,260 changes.

The ringers practice weekly in any one of the parishes.  While the Alpha Course is taking place in Stebbing church, their practice nights are changed.  Instead of being in Great Easton every other Monday, they will be ringing there each Thursday evening until 8th April, after which practice will resume on alternate Mondays.

The Five Parishes are fortunate to be able to maintain this traditional aspect of country life in at least one of our churches.  Anyone interested in learning this skill should talk to the Great Easton tower captain, Jim Brown, on mobile 07817 583832.


From the Committee: This month’s meeting of the Eastons & Tilty W.I. will be on Thursday 14th February in Great Easton Village Hall.  As this is a soup lunch meeting, members are asked to be at the Hall at 12.30pm for 1pm.  Lunch will be followed by the speaker Tim Turner from Sworders who will be talking about antiques.  Members may bring along items for valuation – nothing too big though!  If you need more information, please contact either our President, Doreen Hart, on 01371 870830 or our Secretary, Christine Chalkley, on 01371 852180.


 Jill Goldsmith writes:  The new year is now well under way for volunteers at the Gardens, with a range of restoration and improvement projects in hand.  We are continuing to clear the far end of the walled kitchen garden, putting in more raised beds for vegetables.  We plan to make safe the rubbly areas around the good vegetable beds by covering them with grass – maybe including a camomile lawn area and one with clover in the grass mix to make a more diverse habitat.  We would be pleased to hear from anyone with experience to share of establishing a camomile lawn! 

Our clearing continues to unearth more snowdrops where they are not wanted!  So as usual we will be selling snowdrops in the green at the snowdrop Open Days on Sundays 17th and 24th February.  Gates will be open from 11.30am to 4pm (last entry 3pm) and hot drinks, soup and bacon rolls and, of course, home-made cakes will be available.  There will also be a plant stall.  The snowdrops are coming up on cue. This year visitors will be able to see our new Maynard stag bed amongst the snowdrops in the kitchen garden! 

We sell excellent value season tickets available on the gate or through the website which contains the initial range of activities planned for Open Days.


Snowdrops and aconites in bloom in 2018



Just to remind you that by courtesy of Andy and Mel, the new owners of Little Easton Manor estate, the Greville Theatre Company is presenting the following play for its return production at The Barn Theatre:

‘Day Of Reckoning’, a play by Pam Valentine

A committee meets on a winter’s night to arrange the summer village fete.  As protocol gives way to bickering and gossip, the personalities of those present emerge.  Six months later, the cathartic events of the fête are related with humour and pathos, and the up-beat ending affirms the enduring value of village life.

Thursday 21st February at 8pm – no supper – £12

Friday 22nd February at 7pm including a specially-catered two course supper before the play – curtain up at 8.30pm – £27

Saturday 23rd February at 7pm including a specially-catered two course supper before the play – curtain up at 8.30pm – £27

Please note that the profit from the Saturday performance will be donated to Andy’s charity Centre Algarve.

Tickets will be available from the on-line booking service TicketSource from 1st February 2019, using the web link  In the meantime, if you would like any further information about the Greville or the production please contact the Greville secretary Lynda Shelverton on 07702 721293.


Meetings are held at the United Reformed Church, Bolford Street, CM6 2PY at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month (no meetings in January or August).  Easy parking and disabled access are available to the meeting room.  Annual subscriptions £36, visitors £5 per evening.  All welcome.  The Committee will lead the meeting on Tuesday 5th February with the theme Fun with Flowers.


On Monday 25th February the speaker will be Mike Abel on the subject Soft Fruit.  The Club meets in The Day Centre, access via Margaret Street car park, at 7.15pm.  Cost is £3 per person and £1 per ticket for the raffle.


In the village news sections, mention is made of elections in May of members to Parish Councils.  In addition to the help that your local Parish Council will be able to give prospective candidates, the nominations process will be explained at a meeting of the Local Councils’ Liaison Forum on Wednesday 27th February.  This will be at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber at Uttlesford District Council, London Road, Saffron Walden.  Parish nomination packs containing information specific to parishes within Uttlesford will be available for parish clerks and candidates.

Anyone wishing to attend should please e-mail or telephone 01799 510510 and ask for Electoral Services.

For more information about local elections, visit  Further information about being a local councillor is available from the Local Government Association on which gives a step-by-step guide, e-learning module and case studies from existing councillors.  Guidance is also available from the Electoral Commission on what a candidate needs to do and how the election process works – visit 


The Foodbank experienced a high level of need in the last three months of 2018, seeing 28% more clients than in the same period in 2017.  With the current cold weather high levels are still anticipated and the additional food donated in December will be a great help.  The staff at Braintree send a big thank you for your help and best wishes for 2019.  Items that they require urgently are:

Fruit juice (1lt Longlife); Longlife milk; sugar (500g bags only); cold meats; hot meats; instant meals; coffee (small jars); tea bags (packs of 80 please).  Also toiletries, e.g. toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, shampoo and toilet rolls.

Please: No baked beans (they have very full stocks) and regrettably it is still necessary to repeat that they ask for small pack sizes only (larger packs make bags difficult to carry home and for hygiene reasons cannot be split) and only goods that are within no less than 6 months of their “use by” date and are unopened and undamaged. 


The organisers send a huge thank you to everyone who came to support their charity event.  The magnificent sum of £4,435.52 was raised for St Clare Hospice and Alzheimer’s Society.  The charity that was the public’s choice for support next year was Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust.


This is a cheery soup for midwinter and uses frozen peas which most of us have in the freezer.
Pea, Mint and Bacon Soup with Paprika - Serves 4
500g (1lb 2oz) frozen peas, defrosted, 50g (2oz) butter, 1 medium-sized leek, washed and chopped, 2 cloves garlic, chopped, 1 stick celery, chopped, 1 tsp ground coriander seeds, half tsp smoked paprika, plus extra to serve, 1 litre vegetable stock, boiling, 150ml (5 fl oz) crème fraîche, 4 tbsp fresh mint, plus extra to serve,  200g (7oz) smoked bacon, fried until crisp

Melt the butter in a large pan, and add the leek, celery and garlic.  Cook until soft, then add the ground coriander and smoked paprika.  Add the peas and cook for one minute, then add the stock.  Bring to the boil, then simmer for one minute.  Add the crème fraîche and mint and transfer to a blender.  Blend until you have the required consistency.  Taste and season if necessary.  To serve, shake a little paprika into the bottom of a bowl or cup, add some broken pieces of crispy bacon and a little chopped mint, then fill the bowl or cup with hot soup and sprinkle on some more paprika.

This soup can also be made with yellow split peas or chickpeas, if you prefer.

If you have a favourite recipe, seasonal or otherwise, which you would like to share, please send it to Gill Willoughby at


Happy New Year from Great Easton Primary School.

We have started back at a very fast pace!  We began the spring term with a fantastic visit from Mr Junk Orchestra who showed the children how to make different percussion instruments out of unwanted rubbish from home.  There was an assembly where all the staff were given different instruments to play and perform for the children, and then each class had a workshop session playing the instruments too.  The children were very inspired, and many went home and made their own instruments.

Our second day was all about role models.  We wanted to raise the aspiration of our children by inspiring them with stories of different people in the world who have achieved amazing things, overcome difficulties and have not been defined by their stereotypes.  People like Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee who swam a sinking boat full of twenty people to safety when she and her family had to flee their village due to war.  She had a dream to be an Olympic swimmer and achieved it in 2016, gaining a place on the first ever refugee team.  In the afternoon, children spent time in their house teams and continued their work.  We hope that we have raised the ceiling for the children and helped them broaden their minds and set braver and more challenging goals for themselves.

We will fill you in on more of our exciting action next month!

Holly Miles

Year 4/5 Teacher, Assistant Headteacher


After some delay and uncertainty, Uttlesford District Council (UDC) planned to submit its draft Local Plan to central government during January 2019 prior to a deadline of 24th January when new regulations were applied requiring a substantial rewrite of the draft Plan.

UDC had intended to submit its Plan in the autumn but critical comments from the Independent Inspector on the North Essex Garden Community proposal led UDC to rewrite certain passages in the draft which then required a further consultation.  The deadline for this consultation was 27th November.  The changes did not impact directly on SEP’s concerns so we did not submit any further comments.  

Further delay resulted from UDC commissioning an independent review of its Sustainability Appraisal, a key document underpinning the draft Local Plan.  The report prepared by Aecom and issued in mid-November was critical of various aspects notably relating to the process adopted for the selection of sites for new towns, a point made by multiple parties including GDTC, LEPC and SEP in both the Regulation 18 and 19 consultations.

UDC then commissioned Aecom to rewrite the relevant parts of the Sustainability Appraisal and the revised version is expected shortly.  This in turn will require further consultation.  UDC still contend that the public examination of their draft Plan will start in spring 2019 with the Inspector’s report due in autumn 2019.  

There is no doubt that the Aecom report is helpful to our cause but UDC seem determined to press on.  Once the Inspector is appointed, we will need to mobilise our forces rapidly with a primary objective of putting up as many posters as possible.  A visible display of local concern is likely to be noticed by the Inspector.  SEP will keep you posted on relevant developments but in the meantime our thanks for your support through 2018.  Get your friends to sign up on and get them to join our membership and donation scheme.

UDC plan for Easton Park New Town proposed development

SAY NO to Easton Park



Churchwarden Warwick Newbury writes:  I am sorry to remind you once again that if we value preserving our historic church, we all need as a village to raise our planned giving following the five-year inspection by the church architect who, despite congratulating us on the maintenance of our church, has identified about £30,000 of necessary expenditure.

This update is prompted by an enquiry just after Christmas from a local resident, but not a regular member of our congregation, who was disappointed that we had not had a Christmas tree in Little Easton church this year for the first time in living memory.

So just in case others were surprised I should explain that this decision was taken by our Committee because, being part of the Five Parishes rota, we had no scheduled carol service or Christmas Day service this year so we decided to save the money.  The church did still look wonderful with quite special flower arrangements for our December service.

If you agree that the long-term preservation and enjoyment of our church is part of all our responsibilities as local residents, do please consider making a small monthly contribution.  If every household gave just £5 per month that would be amazing.  Please e-mail me or telephone for a Direct Debit form.  If you are also interested in helping in any way, including decorating a Christmas tree next year, do please get in touch (details on the inside front cover).


From the Clerk’s desk:  Residents may have noticed work being carried out on the trees surrounding the playing field, this is part of a three-year contractual project to ensure the trees on parish land are maintained and kept in as safe and secure condition as possible. The trees will continue to be inspected throughout the year, particularly after any heavy winds/storm to confirm their condition.

It has been confirmed that your parish council will be seeking two new members at the May election, so if you are interested in becoming even more involved in your local community please e-mail the Clerk for more details on

The next meeting of the Council is on Wednesday 27th February.


See News for All Parishes for the announcement about the return of The Greville Theatre to The Barn at Little Easton Manor and their new production.


Shirley Holden writes:  It is with regret that a decision has been made to close this Club.  Numbers have dropped dramatically over the last year.  We have decided to meet occasionally at the home of Babs Staines just to keep in touch with those who are left. 

We would like to thank all hosts and hostesses for their hospitality over many years.  Our visits to their homes have always been enjoyed.  They made us so welcome.  Special thanks to Karen Newbury, our chairman, and Diana Thompson for raising so much money which paid for all our transport.  Without them the Club would have closed long before our numbers dwindled. 

It is the end of an era.


Percy would like to thank all those who gave so generously when he called on them on behalf of the Poppy Appeal.  You all raised £346.98 – a really great result.  The district total was £22,714.86.  Thank you all.


Do not forget the next party night for Little Easton parishioners, along with friends and residents from all neighbouring parishes, will be held on Thursday 28th February from 7.30pm until late.  Do come and have one or more pints and a chat.


The recent Christmassy Gathering was a lovely event in the lead up to the festivities.  Hot pigs in blankets and mulled wine were enjoyed along with some sweet treats.  The children made some crackers and iced biscuits and had fun playing with toys.  Jess Rush would like to extend huge thanks to Jemma Benstead and Gemma Armes for their ideas and help and to Nigel for manning the kitchen.


This March Emily Smith will be running the Bath Half Marathon, with Bath Raise and Give (RAG) and is seeking sponsorship.  Emily from Little Easton is currently at university in Bath.

She writes: “This is my first ever long-distance race and I’ll be training all through the winter in my gloves and snood, hopefully reaching my ultimate goal of keeping up with my mum for 13 miles! 

“RAG support four amazing local charities here in Bath with all the money they raise:  First Steps Bath works alongside children and families, to help enhance communities.  Headlight is the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s registered charity for people with mental health problems.  Julian House is a charity for the homeless based in Bath.  Finally Alzheimer’s Society, a charity especially close to my heart, which is a research and care charity, providing support for people with dementia and their carers.

“Donations may be made using website  Any and all donations are welcome and always appreciated.  Thanks for your support!”


The service will be at Butchers Pasture on Thursdays 31st January and 21st February, 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


1pm to 2.15pm

British Lung Foundation Exercise Class


2.30pm to 4pm

Active with Parkinson’s


8pm to 10.15pm

Carpet Bowls

Wednesday (first 3 in every month)

7.30pm to 10pm

Dunmow & District Ringcraft Society


10am to 12 noon

Art Club



Dog Training



Please see the item in News For All Parishes regarding the quarter peal rung recently to celebrate the 90th birthdays of Frank Warboys of The Five Parishes and John Gilbert of Stebbing.


The Parish Clerk writes: The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 28th February 2019 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

The Parish Council now have a Facebook page.  Please use the Like, Share or Comment options to comment on or pass on its information about Great Easton and Tilty Parish Council.

If you need to contact the Parish Clerk, please e-mail


ABBA Tribute

The Community Association are holding an ABBA tribute night in The Swan on Saturday 9th February at 8pm, with a delicious curry buffet.  Fancy dress if you dare!  Tickets are available from The Swan at £5 per head.


Plenty of opportunities to visit Moat Park Retirement Village!

Moat Park Retirement Village hopes everyone is having a fantastic start to 2019 and we hope to see some more readers and friends of Five Parishes visiting us in the near future.  For anyone wanting to get a real insight of what it could be like to live in a retirement village, then visit our Meadow View show home at Moat Park.

This stunning show home is now open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 5pm.  There’s no need to book an appointment, just pop in and have a chat with our sales consultant, Pip Phillips, who will be ready to tell you all about the wonderful lifestyle on offer and answer any questions you may have.  The luxury two-bedroom cottages are available for purchase or rent, so if you’re searching for your next property, Meadow View could be just what you’re looking for.

2018 was a truly great year at Moat Park, we’ve already begun 2019 with a hugely successful talk from Regional Sales Manager, Chris Buck, at the Probus Club of Dunmow.  He gave an informative speech on retirement options and the benefits of community living while providing facts and figures on the current status quo.

Don’t miss out on another amazing year at Moat Park.  Contact us if you or a loved one is looking for independent retirement living in an amazing community in Essex, just call 01371 852214 or e-mail


This month’s Holy Communion service at The Moat House Residential Care Home will be on Monday 18th February.


 This service will be at the Great Easton Village Hall on Friday 15th February, 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



Sarah McLagan’s Keep Fit
and Circuit Training


9.30 to 11.30am

Five Parishes Toddler Group


9.30 to 12.30pm
1.00 to 4.00pm

Upholstery class and
except for half term weeks



On 16th December Tilty Church was aglow with candles and lanterns for the Carol Service conducted by the Revd Tim Goodbody.  The church was warm and comfortable and adorned with flower arrangements and a sparkling Christmas tree with a colour theme of cream and gold, supplied by an earlier wedding.  The 75 people in attendance enjoyed a traditional glass of mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls at the end of the service.  Thanks go to Peter Ward for being the organist for this service.


The Annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Dinner took place on Tuesday 18th December at the Three Horseshoes hosted by Brian and Audrey.  27 guests met in the bar for a welcome drink and catching up with old friends.  Soon they were called upstairs to a splendidly decorated room and were received by Alan Spinks, chairman of the DHCA.

Downstairs in the kitchen Dot Parker with her team of helpers had prepared a superb three course Christmas dinner starting with home-made soup, turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and cream all expertly plated and served by Helen Baker.  Copious amounts of donated wine were on the tables.  When stomachs were full the proverbial quiz took place, testing their knowledge on the history of Essex with the winner John Lewis receiving the prize.  This was followed by a free raffle (thanks to those kind guests who had donated prizes).

The guests were then treated to entertainment by the Duton Hill Ukulele group with Christmas songs and carols.  After a most enjoyable evening they left for their journey home with either chocolates or a miniature brandy

Special thanks to Derek, landlord of the Three Horseshoes and the many helpers involved, and a big thank you to the many pub regulars who put their loose change into the ‘bar bottle’.



The church committee are holding a General Knowledge Quiz on Saturday 9th March in Broxted Village Hall from 7.30 for an 8pm start.  Teams of up to eight are invited to compete.  The cost is £10 per head which will include a ploughman’s supper, but please bring your own drinks.  To enter a team, please contact Quizmaster Roger Clark on or 01279 850638.


The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 14th February 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.


The Parish Council has a quantity of salt, donated to it each year by Essex County Council Highways.  If you are prepared to salt the road or pavement near you when the snow and ice comes, please contact the Clerk, Kate Rixson, on or 01371 870711 to arrange delivery or collection.


Village Coffee Morning

The next Village Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday 20th February in the Village Hall from 10am until noon.  Please remember to bring a small item for the free raffle.  The Coffee Morning is for everyone and children are very welcome. 


The next quizzes are on Thursdays 7th February and 21st February 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 17th January and 21st February 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


The Hundred Parishes Society, launched in 2014, is a registered charity, run entirely by volunteers aiming to increase awareness, enjoyment and care of the Hundred Parishes.  The area covered is approximately 450 square miles and incorporates 104 parishes in northeast Hertfordshire, northwest Essex and southern Cambridgeshire.  There are now 120 members paying a minimum annual subscription of £10.

Running the organisation is the responsibility of a small group of trustees who meet about every two months.  At the present time they would welcome an extra trustee, particularly one from Hertfordshire.  The main activities revolve around the spreading of information through leaflets, the website, regular magazine articles, member e-mails and occasional talks.  The website has details of 20 interesting walks, each starting and ending at a railway station.