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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

June 2019

Dear Friends

A Ship Is Safe in The Harbour by Gael Attal

A ship is safe in the harbour,
But that's not what ships are built for.

Because in the sum of our human gleams,
We have created the vessel for our dreams.

Its purpose: to retrieve the alien shore,
To scout, seek, achieve and explore.

A ship is meant to fly and fly,
To seize the horizon and capture the sky.

And the few of us with the intrepidity,
To brave the virulent vortex velocity

We are the wealthiest of men ever to dream
And ever to combat a sea or a stream.

And the harboured ships that fritter away,
Slowly begin to rot and decay.
Never has there been a greater waste of a day,
Than that spent harboured,
Than those of us who stay.

I went looking for the quotation from the opening stanza that I’d seen online, and when I found this poem, I thought I’d share the whole thing with you.  It speaks very powerfully into the situation we find ourselves in.  Yes this is another letter about change, and another situation in which I have no idea what might have happened, other than the fact that an English Team will have won the Champions’ League.

In times of uncertainty, we can get nervous and look around for something secure to hold on to.  This tends to be what we know, what we have always known, to be good, protective, reassuring and safe.  In church as we face some changes it might be a particular form of worship, or a particular book.  In the Brexit debacle it might be an attitude to outsiders that is intended to preserve our cherished identity but can spill over into xenophobia.  Either way, my observation continues to be that this uncertainty brings out the worst in us – and I include myself in that.  Oh, that it could be sorted out one way or another!

And in fact, as the poem shows us, holding on to safety, the known and the secure, is not what life is about.  We are meant to press on into the unknown, to explore new things, new ways of building community because, if we do not keep moving, we just rot away like ships stuck in the harbour.  There are some examples from nature to illustrate this, such as swifts who have to stay on the wing, and sharks who have to keep swimming, but I think perhaps the most encouraging image comes from the New Testament; in Luke 24, verses 13-35 we read the story of the Emmaus road, when two people walk all day with the risen Christ, not realising it is him until he breaks bread with them in their home.  This paints a picture of life as a journey, a journey we are accompanied on, even if we only recognise that our companion Christ was with us when we reach our destination.  That journey to Emmaus took place amid enormous uncertainty, yet it ends with great joy and encouragement.  Whatever your journey’s ups and downs I pray you know that you do not travel alone.

With best wishes Tim

Rev Tim




The Salings (GS: Great and LS: Little)


2nd June
7th Sunday of Easter

9.30am Holy Communion

11am BCP Holy Communion @ GS

11am Morning Prayer
3.30–5pm TOTS

9th June

9.30am Morning Prayer

11am Morning Prayer @ LS

11am Holy Communion + Kids Connect

16th June
Trinity Sunday

9.30am Family Communion

11am Family Service @ GS
Praying with Others @ GS

8am BCP Holy Communion

11am Informal + Kids Connect

23rd June
1st after Trinity

9.30am Family Service

9.30am Holy Communion @ LS

11am Holy Communion + Kids Connect

30th June
2nd after Trinity

9.30am Family Service

Village Fête – no service

Open Day


An Opportunity For A Fresh Approach

A release from Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) reported that the electoral tsunami which swept through Uttlesford District Council (UDC) on the 2nd May reflected the local community’s dissatisfaction with the outgoing administration and the controversial Local Plan.  Amongst outgoing members were five of the Council’s Planning Committee who voted in favour of the Stansted Airport application last November.

SSE Chairman Peter Sanders commented that he regretted the strain SSE’s relationship with UDC had undergone recently.  With a change of administration he was optimistic in hoping to once again have a cordial and business-like relationship with the Council. He saw it as an opportunity for a fresh approach.

At a meeting on 25th April the current Conservative administration had been prevented from rushing through final approval of the Airport planning application.


A reminder that the 54th AGM of the North West Essex and East Herts Preservation Association is on Wednesday 5th June at 8pm in Takeley Silver Jubilee Hall, Brewer’s End, Takeley CM22 6QX.  SSE is a working group of NWEEHPA and, as such, members of SSE are entitled to attend and vote at this meeting.



Just in case anyone has not seen the results, the elections on 2nd May resulted in a fundamental change at Uttlesford District Council with Residents for Uttlesford taking 26 of the 39 seats, the LibDems 7, leaving the Conservatives with 4 and the Independents with 2.


June Deanery Walk

The June walk on Saturday 15th June is in the Six Parishes where it will be hosted by St Mary’s Church, Great Canfield, starting at the church.  The postcode is CM6 1JT and G/R 594 180.  Please park on the green in front of the church.  The contact for any queries is Allison Ward 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 for country walking is advisable and dogs on leads are always very welcome.

Deanery Evensong

This year the Deanery Summer Evensong will take place at St Mary’s Church, Great Bardfield, CM7 4RN.  The theme will be An Elizabethan Evensong with members of the various church choirs in the Deanery taking part.  The date is Sunday 14th July and the start time is 6pm.

Pet Service - Celebrating Pets – Caring for All God’s Creation

All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing, Alleluia, Alleluia... 

This well-known hymn reminds us of the wonderful diversity of the world around us and, as a Society, we are becoming much more aware of the importance of taking care of our environment.  Many of us are privileged to own pets – they offer companionship, a reason to exercise, and encourage children to think about caring and responsible ownership.

Throughout history animals have been alongside us to our benefit including serving alongside military personnel.  Over the past few weeks those of us walking along local foot paths have had the delight of watching lambs gambolling and playing, rabbits scurrying, birds soaring and, maybe, even an indignant fox turning disdainfully away.

Animals bring fun, happiness and well-being to humans.  Petting dogs (even chickens and other birds) visit care homes, hospitals and hospices bringing a welcome respite and social engagement to residents and patients.  They help unlock memories, start conversations and bring people out of their shells.

At 11am on Sunday 30th June, in Great Easton Church, we will be holding a Pet Service to celebrate and give thanks for the important role and positive impact pets and animals have on our lives.

Please do join us.  If you are bringing your pet(s) please ensure they are appropriately secure.  Newspaper, buckets and disinfectant will be supplied!  (If you would like to bring a pony or a donkey, please will you contact Ron Gilder on 01371 873842 to make arrangements beforehand.)   God Bless, Janet


Since we prepared the May issue there has been a change in that the Praying with the Labyrinth event has been switched.  This will now take place at Tilty on Sunday 6th October while the Lectio Divina prayer event was switched to Great Easton Church on Sunday 26th May as part of the 11am Family Service. 


This year’s Show is on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 25th/26th August 2019.  Keep up to date on the Show’s website


Brian Miller writes: Will this excitement ever end!  As I write this, the arrival of a new Royal Baby bears no comparison to Peter Ward’s excitement winning the April draw in the 50% club with cork No. 15.  He says he has never won it before and it will go towards his holiday fund.  Knowing the kind of exotic holidays he enjoys with Sheena, I am not sure £50 will go very far, but as I always say you have to be in it to win it’.

With four more cork draws left in this term there is still those number of chances left to be the lucky one.  Good Luck to all those who have participated.


This fabulous mid-summer event takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd June from 2pm to 4.30pm with live music, strawberries and cream and Prosecco in the grounds of Great Easton Church, in aid of church funds.  To book your tickets please contact Geraldine on 01371 852220 or e-mail  Adults £10, child £5 (under 12) family ticket £25 (2 x adult 2 x child).


Claire receives so many messages in the course of her busy day, not least for this publication.  Please do note her new address claire.squibb@xyz (blame it on Brexit).


From the Committee: The June meeting of The Eastons & Tilty WI will be on Thursday 13th June in Great Easton Village Hall at the usual time of 2.15 for 2.30pm.  The speaker that day will be Kate Cole talking about the witches of Elizabethan Essex.  For further information please contact either our President Doreen Hart on 01371 870830 or our Secretary Christine Chalkley on 01371 852180.


Also, a reminder that on Sunday 2nd June the Greville Theatre Company is holding a Meet the Greville Open Day from 2pm until 5pm at the Barn Theatre, Little Easton.

In addition, the Greville Theatre Company will once again be gracing the gardens of The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill, (01371 870681) on Saturday 29th June and Sunday 30th June.  Further details can be found in Tilty and Duton Hill News section.


Jill Goldsmith writes:  We had a lovely sunny day for our June Open Day last year, so we are hoping for the same again on Sunday 23rd June for this year’s Fun Day for Dogs.

Annette Boreham, of Take the Lead, Essex dog training club, is helping with the organisation again, to build on the success of last year’s inaugural day.  The show will include classes to judge the best puppy, best veteran, prettiest bitch, handsomest dog, waggiest tail, and the dog the judges would most want to take home with them!  There will be an agility ring and stalls for gifts for dogs or their owners.  We are sure the show will be just what the Countess of Warwick would have liked, as she loved her dogs.  She was a breeder of collies and Japanese spaniels and actively supported dog shows in Warwick.

The Gardens should be looking at their best in June too.  The borders and the beds in the walled kitchen garden will have filled out and the foxgloves will be in full flower in the informal areas of the Gardens.  The first vegetables and soft fruit should be available for sale – and for fruit cakes too!

The gate will open at 11.30am and we will have our usual refreshments.  For further details, see our website


On Tuesday 4th June the theme of Julie Culton’s demonstration will be Out of Town.  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.


Monday 10th June is the date of the Club’s trip to Ashton Hall.  Normally 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.


Judy Weavers writes:  Audrey Carmichael recently retired from her position as manager of the Thaxted Disabled Centre following over 35 years of service.  Audrey was not only an integral part of the management of the excellent volunteers who support the Centre and the members who attended the Centre but also was the heartbeat of the entire operation.  On behalf of the volunteers, the members and also myself, I would like to express grateful thanks to Audrey for the enormous amount of hard work that she placed into the running of the Centre and everybody wishes her a long and happy retirement.

I was privileged to take over from Audrey.  Coming from a background as a Social Worker in many sectors of social care, including with older people children and those with learning disabilities, I believe that this Centre has the ability to not only hold its position as one of the best Centres within the local community, but also has the potential to develop into a Centre where everyone who attends not only benefits from the activities, enjoys the outings but also develops new and lasting friendships.

If anyone is interested in becoming a member or a volunteer, the Centre is open on both Mondays and Thursdays from 10am until 2.30pm.  Please feel free to call on 01371 830752.


Braintree Foodbank currently need Long Life milk, packet mash potato, sponge puddings, cereal bars, rice 500g, jam (small sizes please), tinned tomatoes, coffee (small jars).  Washing up liquid, washing powder/liquid, long life carrier bags (the 10p ones) are needed urgently, as are toiletries e.g. toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, shampoo, toilet rolls.  They still have full stocks of baked beans.


The second annual Soapbox Race organised by Dunmow & District Round Table will be held on Sunday 26th May on Braintree Road, Great Dunmow from 11am to 6.30pm.  A record number of entries has been received and a very big crowd is expected.


Solo Trek across Africa

The speaker for April was Fran Sandham, who entertained members with a talk about his 3,000 mile solo walk across the middle of Africa from the Skeleton Coast in Namibia to Bagamayo in Tanzania.  Armed only with his walking boots, sticks and rucksack, he trekked for a year across some of the most challenging places in the world, including deserts and jungles.  

Dunmow U3A continues to grow as an organisation for people no longer in full time work and offers over 30 different interest groups and interesting outings.  Newest groups are Croquet and Zumba Gold.

General meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at 2pm at ET Foakes Hall and all are welcome to attend.  They are also holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 15th June at the Hall.  Anyone wishing to attend, please contact Mike Best on 01371 872290.


Saffron Walden Museum’s summer exhibition Take Away the Walls explores the everyday wildlife of north-west Essex (25th May to 3rd November).  Discover how human actions affect the area’s distinctive plants and animals, for good or bad, and go home inspired to help protect them into the future.  For more information visit or contact Natural Sciences Officer James Lumbard

In addition, the Museum is appealing for funds to help acquire several items of archaeological treasure for the district: an exquisite medieval reliquary pendant from Farnham parish, a rare Saxon coin from Ugley parish, and two small rings – one prehistoric and one 17th century - from Lindsell parish.


13th May saw the start of this week when the spotlight was on ways of improving mental health and tackling potential problems before they develop into something much more serious.  This is especially true in the construction industry which is facing a mental health crisis with 1 in 5 work-related illnesses associated with stress, depression or anxiety.  Angela, our editor, was for many years involved as a volunteer in the administration of the charity for the construction industry, The Lighthouse Club, and still is a member.  Every single working day in the UK two construction workers take their own life and in January-March 2019, the Club received 587 requests for help and provided £458,605 to help those construction workers and their families in need. 


On Saturday 29th June there will be a charity ‘pop up’ tea room at Priors Hall Farm, Lindsell, CM 3QR from 8am to 4pm to raise money for FCN, The Farming Community Network.  Tea, coffee, cake and a light bite will be on the menu.


There will be a myriad of sensory experiences in the Open Gardens at Coggeshall this year as well as something for the whole family – their legendary teas, a chance to stock up on plants, learn how bees make honey, as well as two displays of model trains and of course ice-creams!

Open on Sunday 2nd June from 2pm to 4pm.  Tickets are £5 per person and children under 12 are free.  They are on sale in advance from The Chapel Inn and on the day in the Market Square.  Or visit their stunning website


Help and information at your fingertips is now a reality thanks to Frontline.  This is the pioneering new service launched by Uttlesford CAB in conjunction with Essex County Council and the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.  It’s at stressful times when finding the right help is all important.  But just where do you turn?

Giving you access to more than 150 services across Uttlesford, Frontline operates through an easy-to-use website  Broadly listed under Advice, Family, Older People, Mental Health, Transport, Disability, Addiction and Well-being, you can browse through a “library” of all the services on offer or hone down your search to provide information specific to your problem and where you live.  

Each service offers a printable fact sheet and many offer a call back facility.  Frontline is also available as an app called “Frontline Public”.  For anyone who doesn’t have internet access, Healthwatch Essex is available on 0300 500 1895.


We have been told that the item about dealing with heart attacks given in last month’s issue was incorrect.  We are hoping to feature a more in-depth retraction next month.


A fruity, floral sorbet that is perfect for summer dining.  Serve with extra strawberries and cream, if liked.

Elderflower, Rose and Strawberry Sorbet

Serves 6
150g (5oz) caster sugar; 500g (1lb 2oz) fresh strawberries, washed and hulled; 125ml (4.5fl oz) Elderflower & Rose Cordial; Juice of 1 lemon or 1 lime
Dissolve the sugar in a saucepan with 250ml (9fl oz) of cold water, then remove from the heat and leave to cool.  Whizz the strawberries in a food processor, then add the cordial and citrus juice and blitz again until well blended.  Add the cooled syrup to the strawberry, cordial and citrus mixture, mix well and chill in the fridge for several hours.  Spoon the sorbet into a covered container and freeze, removing it every hour or so to beat vigorously – this stops any ice crystals forming, so producing a smooth texture.  Repeat for another 4-5 hours until there is a scoopable consistency, then return to the freezer for at least an hour.  Take the sorbet out of the freezer 10-15 minutes before serving.

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


Our first day back after the Easter holidays was jam packed with excitement.  We were visited by Mike Mullen who is the UK BMX Pro Halfpipe Champion from 2014-2017.  He wowed the children with some amazing BMX stunts, including jumping in the air over 5 teachers who were lying on the playground!  However, his main messages were about growth mindset. 

As a child, he found learning hard and mostly avoided tasks by telling himself he couldn’t do things.  Then he saw a BMX programme on television and it inspired him to try something new.  It took him several attempts at a really basic trick before he was able to do it without falling off.  He had a lightbulb moment when he realised the reason he persevered with the BMX trick was that he wanted to do it; he was choosing to keep trying.  Everything else in life he was choosing to stop doing.  He described it to the children as having an ‘I can’ door in their head and an ‘I can’t’ door in their head.  People with a growth mindset teach themselves to choose the ‘I can’ door – they never give up, they are positive, open minded and want to improve.  People who have a closed mindset choose the ‘I can’t’ door.  They believe that they will never get better, there’s no point in trying and that success is pre-determined.  

Every class had a fantastic day, but year 4/5 and year 5/6 were extremely lucky because they also had a workshop learning how to do some BMX tricks.

The things that year 4/5 said they had learned from their day were to Come out of your comfort zone; Never give up/refuse to quit/keep trying; To have courage; Rise Above (rise above your fears and keep going); Flearn (learning from failure); If you fall down 7 times, get back up 8; Positive thinking; Believe in yourself; Look up to your role models; Always stay confident; Persevere.

Holly Miles
Year 4/5 Teacher
Assistant Headteacher


Timetable for Hearings

Since UDC submitted their Local Plan in January, it has triggered a legal process which is now in train.  This is the third and crucial stage of a process which started in April 2017 and we now look to the independent Inspectors to protect Easton Park for future generations.  The examination has been split into two stages, the first focusing on legal and procedural matters will be heard on 2nd-4th July and 16th-18th July.  The second, to focus on policies and site allocations, will only be set if the Inspectors decide after the first stage that the plan is legally compliant.  This is now a legal process and it is the professional lawyers and consultants who will present SEP’s arguments.  Should you wish to write and to address the public hearings, please contact SEP for details at

Fundraising – Target of £25,000

SEP’s primary concern is to raise funds to contribute to this representation.  To date costs have been covered by Great Dunmow Town Council supported by Little Easton and other Parish Councils.  They now need help.  SEP’s fundraising was launched at their Quiz and to date over 50% of this target has been raised.  However, the last half is always the hardest.  So please consider donating generously.  A membership/donation form can be accessed here, or you can obtain them from the e-mail given or you can donate via JustGiving

The next fund raiser is on 14th June at Little Easton Manor - an evening of live music - sure to be great fun in this beautiful setting - more information here

Banners and Placards

You are also asked to help by displaying placards which are also available from SEP via their e-mail address.

Together this battle can be won to stop an ancient park being unnecessarily squandered.  But not just those who have already joined – get your friends to sign up, join the membership and donate.



From the Clerk’s desk: We welcome the election result and the return of Martin Foley to his seat at UDC along with a new colleague, Mike Tayler.  We look forward to continuing the good working relationship with our District Councillors.  We warmly welcome Sarah Keefe to the council membership and wish her well in the varied and interesting work of our local Council.

Ten people turned out for the village Litter Pick and collected bags of rubbish from around the parish.  A big thank you to them all.

You will have noticed the Stop Easton Park signs popping up around the village – the Planning Inspector(s) should be paying us a visit before too long.

The August Summer Family Fun Day is to be repeated this year, please contact the Clerk for more details, any offers of support/organising greatly appreciated and received.

There will not be a meeting of the Council in June this year.  The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 10th July, again in the Church Chapel.  Then we return to some normality with a meeting on Wednesday 28th August in the Memorial Hall.


The Knit and Natter Club which is held at The Stag on alternate Wednesday evenings is proving a great attraction.  Don’t worry if you are not a knitter, just come along to have a natter and a drink or two and enjoy the best of good company.  For more information contact Glenn at The Stag on 01371 870214.

Don’t miss the next monthly party night gathering of parishioners, which is also open to residents from neighbouring parishes.  This will be on Thursday 27th June from 7.30pm until late.  Do go along and enjoy this monthly social occasion to catch up on all the local news.


Jenny would like to thank the residents of Manor Road who kindly donated to Marie Curie.  £62.22 was raised.


Jenny and Ken will be running the tombola stall again at the Countess of Warwick Show this year.  Proceeds will be in aid of Little Easton Memorial Hall funds and any unwanted gifts will be much appreciated.  Many thanks.  Please ring Jenny on 01371 870402.


The service will be at Butchers Pasture on Thursdays 6th and 27th June, 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

Great Dunmow & District Ringcraft Society


10am to 12 noon

Art Club



Dog Training


WITH MUCH SADNESS:  As we went to press we heard the very distressing news that Clare Rawes died on 13th May.  We send our deepest sympathies to James and her family.  A Thanksgiving Memorial Service for the life of Clare will take place at Little Easton Church on Tuesday 4th June at 11.30am.  Dress code is floral or garden.

GRATEFUL THANKS FROM JACKIE JARVIS: I would like to thank the new owners of Little Easton Manor for their kindness and generosity shown to a family who have a five year old son recently diagnosed with a brain tumour.  My husband Den and I, together with our daughter Jenna and her husband Lee, ran a charity egg hunt over Easter and raised £850 for the family to be able to spend some memorable days with their little boy.  When I contacted Little Easton Manor they didn't hesitate in offering the family a day at the Manor.  Thank you again Little Easton Manor.



Summer Swing Concert

This fabulous mid-summer event takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd June from 2pm to 4.30pm with live music, strawberries and cream and Prosecco in the grounds of Great Easton Church, in aid of church funds.  To book your tickets please contact Geraldine on 01371 852220 or e-mail  Adults £10, child £5 (under 12) family ticket £25 (2 x adult 2 x child).


The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 27th June 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 Green Skip dates are Saturdays 1st, 15th June and 29th June between 9 and 10am.

The Parish Council now have a Facebook page, please like and share Great Easton and Tilty Parish Council.

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


The 4th Soapbox Race to be staged by the Great Easton Community Association will take place on Saturday 31st August from 11am to 6pm.  Entries are now open.  Application forms are available from the Swan, Great Easton and to download from Facebook @GESoapbox.

The organisers would love to hear from local stall holders wanting a pitch on the Rec and from anyone wishing to volunteer to help out setting up, marshalling and clearing away. Please e-mail


More financial options available at Moat Park Retirement Village

When you discover a stunning retirement village like Moat Park, your first curiosity will turn to what type of retirement properties are there?  Prospective property owners enjoy the choice of one or two-bedroomed apartments, with the option of picking a brand-new or pre-owned property.  There is also a selection of luxury two-bedroom cottages available at Meadow View within Moat Park.

Once you find your dream property, it is not uncommon to feel disheartened when you discover there is a lack of financial options.  But that is not the case at Moat Park.  Not only do you get more for your money by benefitting from a community atmosphere and a range of excellent communal facilities inside the central clubhouse but you get a wealth of financial options too.  Potential residents can choose to buy, rent, rent to buy, part exchange and we now offer part ownership too.

Retirement Village Group residents Dr and Mrs Finnegan explained: “Part-exchange avoided the heartache and upset from chains falling through and we just didn’t want to be held up.  I’m really glad we made this decision.”

To find out more about the village visit our Meadow View show home at Moat Park, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.  And don’t forget to put in your diary Saturday 27th July from 11am to 3pm, when we will be hosting an exciting jazz event where you can join in the relaxing atmosphere and find out more about the village too.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in attending one of our open days or you want to find out more about the retirement village concept or you or a loved one is looking for independent retirement living in Essex.

Just call 01372 383950, e-mail or visit for more information.


Once again we have received a complaint about rubbish left in the park, most of it a danger to animals.  Please pick up your rubbish, there are bins in the park and it would be awful for someone else’s dog, or indeed any other animal, to get hold of any of this.


The service at The Moat House Residential Care Home this month will be on Monday 17th June at 10.30am. 


This service will be at the Great Easton Village Hall on Friday 21st June, 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


CONGRATULATIONS:  Many congratulations to Kelly and Trevor Hunter who were married on 4th May at Great Easton Church.  A lovely service was conducted by our Reverend Tim Goodbody.  The reception was held at Little Easton in The Barn.



The Duton Hill Funday, held over the early May bank holiday on Sunday 5th May in the Three Horseshoes garden, was a roaring success in fair weather.  The event was organised by Duton Hill families who this year are raising money for their chosen charities of the Anaphylaxis Campaign and the British Heart Foundation.  The day began with an impressive colourful parade led by the Dunmow Majorettes who performed various dance routines with their newer younger members venturing into their very first public performance.

The parade was escorted by a variety of classic cars including a 1926 Bentley, Daimler V8, 1923 Worsley, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, Ford Mustang and a military Land Rover.  Thanks to all of the stall holders and games masters, Jones’ BBQ, Jim and June’s Jams, The Badger Society, Bottle tombola, Ian and Irene’s plants, Mary’s Patch Work, the tea and cakes tent, the face painting desk and Karen’s art collection.  New fun addition this year was a traditional coconut shy and splat the rat.

Jo and Charlotte’s Happy Tails Dog Show was a howling success.  Best in show was awarded to Compo, a puppy Golden Retriever from Duton Hill.  Billy Evans, aged sixteen years, of Duton Hill entertained the crowd singing new and old songs accompanied with his guitar.

Thanks to all who donated gifts and vouchers making the raffle a great attraction.  On the day £1,205 was raised and divided between the two charities.  Everyone is looking forward to seeing you all next year.


The Greville Theatre Company will once again be gracing the gardens of The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill on Saturday 29th June and Sunday 30th June.  Curtain up at 7.30pm on both nights.  They will be performing three one act plays.  Tickets are £3 per person available on the gate.  Please bring your own low-backed garden chair/blanket/light snacks.

If you require any further information, please call Lynda on 07702 721293 or see web site

Arrive early for the best places in the garden and order your interval drinks at the bar.


IN MEMORIAM: A large number of family and friends gathered in Great Easton Church on 30th April for the funeral of Nora Harrison, aged 87 years.  And it was a truly family affair – her son Rod did the mechanical digging of the grave while her grandson completed it, decorating it with fresh flowers and her granddaughter was the undertaker.  She and her late husband, Doug, lived in Duton Hill before Nora moved to Cambridgeshire to be near her family.  Along with the cremated remains of her son Trev, Nora was interred with Doug. 

We send sincere condolences to son Rod, daughter-in-law Kim, grandchildren Karl, Kerry and Sam, and great grandchildren Jack, Kodie and Ella.



Following the elections the new Parish Council met for the first time on 16th May.  There are couple of vacancies – if you care about Broxted and helping to keep it a great place to live into the future, if you are interested in what goes on in the area, have a positive outlook and want to get things done, do contact the clerk, Kate Rixson, on or 01371 870711 to discuss this informally.

You would need to be comfortable working electronically and be able to attend most of the monthly evening meetings, but will be supported in the role and can undertake (free) training.  If you know someone who you think would make a good parish councillor, pass on these details to them and encourage them to get in touch.  You’re welcome to come along to see what goes on, without any commitment.

The next meeting of the Council is on Thursday 13th June at 8pm in the Village Hall.  Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings of the Council.  Parish Council minutes and other documents and information are on the Council’s website


Village Coffee Morning

The regular Coffee Morning this month is on Wednesday 19th June in the Village Hall from 10am until noon.  This is the place to be to meet friends old and new and enjoy a good natter and delicious cake.

Crockery Smashing

The May Bank Holiday Monday saw the team at the Matching Tye village fete in aid of St Clare Hospice.  It was dry and warm, but not as blistering hot as it was last year.  A steady stream of customers enabled the team to raise £173.07 for their funds.

The team’s next outing is to the Elsenham Fête on Saturday 8th June from 1pm to 4pm on the Playing Field, off Leigh Drive, Elsenham.  If you would like to come along and lend a hand for an hour or so you would be very welcome.


Quizzes in June are on Thursday 6th and Thursday 20th.  As usual, the quizzes are at 8.15 for an 8.30pm start.    This evening is always very popular so if you are planning to eat before the quiz it is best to book a table.  Call Karen or Terry on 01279 850256. 

The Quiz held on 9th May in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was a great success, with a total of £267 being raised for the Lifeboats.


This service will be at the Prince of Wales on Thursdays 6th and 27th June, 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 next quiet day will be on Wednesday 3rd July when the Revd Canon Rosemary Drew’s theme is Praising God in a suffering world.  We are exhorted to praise God in all circumstances but how is this possible with so much suffering?  This will be explored in relation to our own suffering to that of those around us and to that of the world.  Quiet Days start at 9.45am with coffee and conclude at 3.30pm for a 4pm departure and cost £25 to include the costs of the speaker, sandwich and fruit lunch, coffee and tea.  Bookings and queries to Rosemary Drew, 01371 872662, e-mail


Our local heritage is rich and diverse, including a rich vein of local history, culture, customs and legends.  Amongst the legends are a couple concerning dragons.

Henham’s dragon is commemorated on the village sign and in the name of its parish magazine, The Henham Dragon.  The appearance of this “flying serpent” was reported in a pamphlet published in 1669.  The creature was described as eight or nine feet long, having been seen by several men.  In recent times, the legend has been dismissed as a 17th-century hoax, while local Saffron Brewery produces a Flying Serpent beer to celebrate the story.

Where there were dragons there were also dragon slayers.  We all know St George, whose slaying of the beast has been painted and sculpted many times.  In Bartlow church conservation of a 15th-century wall painting revealed the dragon but not St George.  A local dragon slayer, Piers Shonks, died in 1086 AD and lies at peace in an ancient tomb within the wall of Brent Pelham parish church.   Do enjoy our local area – and keep an eye open for dragons.


The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has welcomed the recent publication of a report from the House of Lords Rural Economy Committee.  He said: “As we approach a post-Brexit landscape, we must be conscious how vulnerable our rural communities are and make sure their interests are protected in any future Government action.”


One who boasts of being a self-made person relieves the Lord of a lot of responsibility.

If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.

Try Jesus.  If you don’t like Him, the devil will always take you back.

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes?  Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?

As long as there are exams, there will be prayer in schools.

Go to church this Sunday – and avoid the Christmas rush.


Heaven is an English policeman, a French cook, a German engineer, an Italian lover and everything organised by the Swiss.   Hell is an English cook, a French engineer, a German policeman, a Swiss lover and everything organized by the Italians.  (John Elliot)


The minister was praising his church council. “Unlike others I have known, where half the council does all the work and the other half are hopeless, in this church it is completely the reverse!”