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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 Telephone 01371 870920 Email

August 2019

Dear Friends

You probably know that we live in a world dominated by digital media; computers, ’phones, the internet etc dictate so much of how we communicate these days. When I get a handwritten letter (which is not nearly as frequent an occasion as it used to be) the contents are either a complaint or a thank you. Everything in between comes via text, e-mail or social media.

Ah, social media; blessing or curse? The Church of England recently published a digital charter for good communication on the internet, and they are worth looking up, and applying to our internet use.

I go through phases of discontent with things like Twitter and Facebook, but they do make communication easier; you’d be surprised by how much pastoral work happens over WhatsApp! Last night a lot of people turned up to an evening in the Pilgrim Parishes which was shared on social media.

On the other hand, humans were made to talk to each other, and the deprivation of personal communication and contact is a form of torture (solitary confinement). Living in the countryside, as we are blessed to do, means that communities are small enough to be able to greet most people as you walk down the street or into the pub or the shop. I think I’ve mentioned before that I get funny looks when I’m in London because I get eye contact with strangers and greet them with a smile, because that’s what I’m used to doing at home. Long may it continue!

When Jesus lived on Earth, he was God incarnate, God in intimate relationship and profound personal communication with humanity. I do think Jesus would be on Facebook if he lived a human existence today (but probably not to look up his old school friends). However his most effective message was the spoken word accompanied by acts of power. It is hard to experience miracles over the internet (though not impossible), and even though I use social media a lot in parish ministry, I know it cannot replace physical fellowship and geographical community – at least at the levels of technology we are at now.

I don’t watch TV cookery shows because I want to be able to taste what I can see. The Bible says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34 verse 8). You can’t do that over the internet!

With best wishes Tim

Rev Tim




The Salings (GS: Great and LS: Little)


4th August
7th after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion

11am BCP Holy Communion @ GS

11am Morning Prayer
3.30–5pm TOTS

11th August
8th after Trinity

9.30am Morning Prayer

11am Morning Prayer @ LS

11am Holy Communion + Kids Connect

18th August
9th after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion

11am Family Service @ GS

8am BCP Holy Communion
11am Informal + Kids Connect

25th August
10th after Trinity

9.30am Family Service

9.30am Holy Communion @ LS

11am Holy Communion + Kids Connect

1st September
11th after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion

11am BCP Holy Communion @ GS

11am Informal Sole Survivor
3.30–5pm TOTS


Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) report on a leading article published in June by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on the health impacts of aviation noise co-authored by two expert advisers to SSE and distinguished German cardiologist, Professor Thomas Münzel of the University of Mainz.

The article, entitled “The harms to health caused by aviation noise require urgent action”, drew heavily upon the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) new Guidelines on Environmental Noise published in October 2018.  These Guidelines, which took five years to complete and were compiled by worldwide leading experts, set out specific recommendations to safeguard the health of the population at risk from aviation noise impacts.

Atmospheric pollution engendered by a marked increase in road traffic in the vicinity of airports is likely to act in conjunction with aviation noise to induce pulmonary disease in children experiencing low air quality.  Also of major importance, but only recently highlighted, are findings which show that aircraft noise has substantial effects on cardiovascular disease including hypertension, ischaemic heart disease, heart failure and strokes.

As SSE states, these findings and guidelines should be the catalyst for revised policies and actions to ensure there is an equitable balance between economic benefit and the health and wellbeing of communities.  The cost and long-term consequences of inaction will be considerable.  As the WHO report stresses, noise is a major adverse environmental factor and atmospheric pollution is now being increasingly recognised.  Local authorities involved in airport planning decisions must scrutinise the WHO report carefully and take account of its recommendations since they have an overriding duty of care for the population they serve.



The Deanery walk on Saturday 17th August will start and finish at St. Katharine’s Church, Little Bardfield Hall, Little Bardfield, references CM7 4TT and G/R 656 307.  Queries to Peter Wood on

The walk on Saturday 21st September will be at Abbess Roding, a circular walk from St Edmund’s Church, references CM5 0PA and G/R 571 114, with parking at the Church.  Queries to Robert Parmenter on telephone 01279 876219 or e-mail at

As always, the walks commence at 9am and will be followed by light refreshments and 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.


Coinciding with a new rota based on a reduction in clergy available to take services in the Pilgrim Parishes, churchwardens of the Five Parishes and other lay members will be leading some services.  This started on 14th July at Broxted with an All-Age Worship very ably led by Terry Reed and Roger Clark.  It’s not the easiest thing in the world to stand up there and they need lots of support so please do go along to be with them.


A large congregation came to Little Easton church on Sunday 16th June to say goodbye and Thank You to Revd John Sibson as he officiated at his last service for the Five Parishes.  Having initially been asked by Revd Ivy Crawford to assist her by sharing our services, he has been coming to the Five Parishes almost on a monthly basis ever since. 

Revd John writes:  Yesterday was a truly memorable occasion not least because of the number who attended.  Thank you all for making it such a happy time with not only the service and wonderful final organ voluntary from Peter but the social time afterwards to chat.  Lesley and I really appreciated all the work that had been put into the occasion.  I have enjoyed the ten years that I have been involved with the Five Parishes and am grateful for that opportunity.  I shall miss my visits in a number of ways, not least the welcome and fellowship you have shared with me. 

May God bless you all as you continue on your journeys to serve him.  Lots of Love, John.


Warwick Newbury writes:  By the time that you read this there will be less than one month until this our 30th Annual Show on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 25th/26th August.  Too early to predict the weather for the August Bank Holiday weekend but not too late to join the army of volunteers. Give me a call.

Last year you will remember that we had a soggy Sunday and a stunning Monday.  However, those 400-plus visitors who did come in the rain last year enjoyed the part of the Show under cover including the famous Horticultural Marquee, the Art Show in the church, the Craft Marquee and the much-loved Animal Tent, so do please come whatever the weather.

There will be new attractions this year, in the ring and some new stalls, and we are very excited to be able to offer to our stallholders superfast Broadband for the first time for their payment machines.  This is thanks to the very generous offer by Andy Mahoney for the church to be connected to the Little Easton Manor Wi-Fi following his installation of a cable connection.

As ever, we are grateful to all our sponsors and in particular our main sponsor P&A Wood who again will be organizing their spectacular classic car show on the Sunday as well as enabling us all to ride in a classic or new Rolls Royce.  

Frank Bennett will again host the Vintage Tractors, thanks to the Trembath family, and of course we never forget that the Show could not take place without the very much appreciated support of Andy as the owner of Little Easton Manor, which hosts half of the show, on a weekend that might otherwise be used for a wedding.  As ever, we are also grateful for use of the Rectory field and to the Pedley family for the car parking field.  We look forward to seeing you.

Bottle Stall

This stall at the Show is operated on behalf of the Five Parishes so its proceeds go towards the churches.  It is hoped that this year with your donations even more bottles can be received – any kind: spirits, wine, beers (including homemade brews), honey, jam, chutney, pickles, toiletries etc.  With very many thanks in anticipation of your help with this request. 

Details of the bottle drop off points in all the villages are:

  • Broxted: Roger and Phyllis Clark, Chitlands, Browns End Road, CM6 2BE, 01279 850638
  • Little Easton (Park Road area): Andrew Connel, Little Easton Lodge, CM6 2BB, 01371 872185
  • Little Easton (Mill End, village); Victoria Saunders, Easton Spring CM6 2JB, 01371 879950 and Victoria Newbury, Elmbridge Barn, CM6 2HZ, 01371 872143
  • Duton Hill: The Three Horseshoes, CM6 2DX, 01371 870681
  • Great Easton: Doreen and Alan Hart, Merrifield, The Endway, CM6 2HQ, 01371 870830


Brian Miller writes: The lucky winner for the June draw, cork No 58, was Joan Francis from Thaxted who immediately signed up for the next 12 months which commences in September 2019.

All readers will have now received the new entry forms and at the time of writing many cheques for £12 have been received so let us try and make it a bumper year.  The more that sign up, the greater the prize will be.  GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE.


A production of Shakespeare’s magical and hilarious comedy takes place at Little Easton Manor on Sunday 4th August.  See display advertisement for details.


The organisers write:  By the time you read this there will be less than three weeks to go before the big push off on 31st August!  We are running up to 40 adult carts and 10 junior carts (up to 13 years old).  If you are thinking of entering please check our Facebook page ( as there may still be spaces. As well as what we hope will be a thrilling race with lots of slipping, sliding, jumping and bumping and maybe the occasional crash too, the rec will be packed with things to entertain you; live music by The Big Cheese, DJ Henderson, Gourmet Burgers, Vegan horse box, Donut wagon, Kebab shack, outside bar, freshly brewed coffee, fun stalls for all the family, cake tent, bouncy things, rolling things, sliding things, cork gun shoot, hook-a-duck, clothes stalls, ice cream vans, jams and chutneys, face painting, home-made candles and much more.

A fun day out is a prerequisite, however one of our other key objectives is to raise funds for charity.  This year it’s the 24x7 Special Needs Holiday Trust (  The Centre Algarve is mainland Europe’s only specialist holiday centre, which is fully equipped to allow people with special needs, young and old, to experience a wonderful holiday with their family or carers.

Now for the big ask!  Your help is absolutely vital; be it entering a cart, manning the car park for an hour or so, marshalling the racetrack, running the bar, setting up the course, flipping burgers, breaking down the course, clearing up, etc.  We really do need as much help as possible!  Please, please volunteer.  What’s more it’s a lot of fun too, not to mention the invite to the after-show party!  All you need to do is let us know; and Jeremy will do the rest!  If you prefer, e-mail us on


From the Committee: There will be no meeting in August and our September meeting will be on Thursday 12th September when our speaker will be Ross Stewart from the Wethersfield Air Base Museum.  For further information please contact either our President Doreen Hart on 01371 870830 or our Secretary Christine Chalkley on 01371 852180.


Jill Goldsmith writes:  The jamming season has started – and will now stretch through to September, when there may be plums to add to our usual range of gooseberries, currants, raspberries and mulberries.  It is a little-known fact that squirrels like redcurrants and not blackcurrants, but we have worked to thwart them by keeping them out of our fruit cages!  So, by the time of our Apple Day, we should have a well-stocked tombola of jams, jellies and chutneys!

For our open day on Sunday 18th August we are focusing on our Japanese garden heritage.  We have been returning Japanese style features to the Gardens – restoring the rill in the Glade and its bridge, and adding a small Japanese garden down by the Tenboudi looking onto the fishing lake.  We are working on further plans to be implemented over the winter.  Robin Whalley, who is an expert on Victorian and Edwardian gardens and has studied and published Peto’s travel diaries, is our Conservation & Historic Advisor and will be at the Gardens to tell visitors more about Peto and his designs. 

There will be an exhibition of bonsai trees, a plant stall and fresh produce from our kitchen garden; music from Woodwind of Stortford; and free children’s activities.  Gates open at 11.30am and last entry is at 4pm.  Entry price £4.50 and free for children.  Our volunteers will be serving bacon and cheese rolls and homemade cakes and visitors are welcome to bring picnics.  For further details, see our website


Colin Day is District Councillor for Great Dunmow South & Barnston Ward.  One of his responsibilities at UDC is as a member of the Essex County Council Travellers Unit Joint Committee.  Members of this Unit are probably the experts in any dealings with travellers, both on authorised sites and unauthorised sites as recently experienced in our local area.  They know many of the families by name.  They have a good “working” relationship with most but, like society in general, there are good, not so good and bad.  They have a responsibility to look after the travellers’ welfare, their safety, to assist with health matters and education of the children.  They too, like our police service, are overstretched but they nevertheless do a fantastic job in often difficult situations.

Within the Uttlesford District they will assist and advise the owners of land where any illegal encampment takes place.  Colin is also the Topic Lead at UDC for Police & the Emergency Services (namely the Fire & Rescue Service).  If you would like any further assistance on these matters, please do contact him.  His e-mail address is


The Club does not meet during August, the next meeting being on Tuesday 3rd September when Sandra Price’s demonstration will reflect Pot Luck.  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.


With no meeting during August, the Club’s next meeting is on Monday 30th September.  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.


Braintree Foodbank currently need 1lt Long Life juice, packet mash potato, sponge puddings, rice 500g, tinned tomatoes, coffee (small jars), tinned or packet custard, packs of Kit Kat/Penguins.  They also need nappies size 5 and 6 and particularly Longlife bags of which they use 500 per month.  They still have full stocks of baked beans.  Please, for hygiene reasons, do not give large packages and please remember they can only accept donations of freshly-bought, unopened and undamaged goods no less than six months within their “use by” date.  They cannot use items not meeting these requirements and so the donation is wasted.


CONGRATULATIONS: To Revd Susannah Lacon following her ordination as priest on 29th June in this 25th anniversary year of women’s ordination.  Much of her training took place in the Pilgrim Parishes and we send her our best wishes for her ministry in Thaxted, where she is the first woman priest for Thaxted Parish Church.


This sweet fruity sauce goes well with cold white meats or as a tangy addition to a cheeseboard alongside rich, runny Brie and salty biscuits.

Spiced Strawberry Chutney

500g (1lb 2oz) strawberries; 1 large onion, roughly chopped; 2 garlic cloves, crushed; 2cm fresh ginger, peeled and chopped; 75g (3oz) brown sugar; 50ml (2fl oz) red wine vinegar; 1 red chilli, chopped and deseeded; 2 teaspoons cumin seeds; 1 teaspoon each pink peppercorns, coriander and mustard seeds

Put all the ingredients into a large pan, season and set on a high heat until vinegar boils.  Simmer and leave to bubble uncovered for one hour, giving an occasional stir.  A wooden spoon drawn across the base should leave a trail for a few seconds.  Spoon into hot, sterilised jars, seal and leave to cool. Once opened, keep in the fridge for 3 weeks.

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


We’ve had a wonderfully busy final half term at GEPS.  Year 6 enjoyed an action-packed Isle of Wight visit, they have been on their transition days to their new secondary schools and, as we prepared to say goodbye to them, we welcomed the new Reception children who will start school full-time in September.  It is a time of mixed emotions.  We are extremely proud of the year 6 children and wish them lots of luck as they begin their next step, but we will miss them and cannot imagine the school without them.  For many families, it is their youngest child leaving the school and we say thank you for their many years of support and remind them that, even though their babies are now too big to come to see us every day, they remain part of our school family and we will always be here for them.

Here is an extract from the IOW blog:

A brilliant day today!  It started with a run/stroll along the seafront then breakfast before heading to Alum Bay.  We had a sweet demo making rosy apple sweets which were delicious!  The kids spent at least half their money on pick-and-mix in the sweetshop and the rest on slush puppies and/or ice creams the size of their heads from the nearby shop.  We walked up to the Old Battery for lunch and basked in the glorious sunshine.  We explored the Battery and went through the tunnel to the lookout point near to The Needles.

Then we walked back to Alum Bay and took the chairlift to the beach for an excellent boat trip on a really flat sea.  We had spag bol and arctic roll for tea, then went onto the beach for storytelling and swim time.  It was absolutely freezing, but some nutters managed to stay in for about half an hour!

We showered, ate biscuits, had some story time with bed at 10.45pm.  They are all asleep now, a record for night two!

As always, a great school year would not be possible without the incredible work from every member of staff.  They go above and beyond to give our children a fantastic education and try to make every day as fun as possible.  A big thank you to everyone for their dedication and time this year.

We look forward to seeing everyone in September in our new ‘activewear’ school uniform – it’s going to be so colourful every single day!  Have a wonderful summer holiday and stay safe.

Holly Miles

Year 4/5 Teacher/Assistant Headteacher


Whilst disappointed that UDC decided against acknowledging the shortcomings of the Plan, and the Sustainability Appraisal that underlies it, SEP welcomed the opportunity to make its case for the protection of Easton Park direct to the independent Inspectors.  SEP remains committed to the protection of Easton Park for future generations and believe the Inspectors will see the shortcomings of Easton Park as a location for a major new town and will recognise its enormous value as an amenity asset for future generations.  The final set of hearings were scheduled to take place after preparation of this issue. 

How You Can Help

Do please continue to encourage your friends to sign up to SEP mailings on and get them to join their membership and donation scheme or donate through



The Council still has a vacancy, so please do consider joining our small team.  You will find it interesting and rewarding.

We return to our usual venue, the Memorial Hall, for our next Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 28th August.  All dates, venues and timings are on the Council’s website, as is a whole host of other information.


Once again Jenny and Ken will be running the tombola stall at the Countess of Warwick Show in aid of funds for Little Easton Memorial Hall.  Any unwanted gifts or bottles would be greatly appreciated.  They can collect.  Many thanks for your kind offers.  Call Jenny on 01371 870402.


Well done and a big Thank You go to Jayne Paul and Dot Parker for organising an evening at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill to refresh in people’s minds how to use the defibrillators placed around our villages.  Jayne made the arrangements, Dot demonstrated their use and Derek at The ’Shoes provided the venue.  Thanks go also the Parish Councils for their contributions towards the cost of the evening.


The Knit and Natter Club which is held at The Stag on alternate Wednesdays of the month is continuing to prove a great attraction.  Don’t worry if you are not a knitter, just come along to have a natter, enjoy good company and a few drinks.  For more information contact Glen or a member of his staff on 01371 870214.

Please make a note in your diary that the next monthly gathering of parishioners is on Thursday 29th August from 7.30pm until late.  Do go along and enjoy this monthly social occasion to catch up on all the local news.


The service will be at Butchers Pasture on Thursdays 8th and 29th August, 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


JOHN TAYLOR (deceased):  In addition to the announcement in Great Easton News, residents of Little Easton join with all the parishes in extending sincere condolences to Joan and her family in the recent passing of John Taylor of Great Easton.  Apart from delivering milk to customers in the five parishes for many years, John will be remembered as a good friend who would help anyone to overcome a problem.  John will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

WELCOME:  We extend a warm welcome to Paul and Gill Shrosbree who have returned to Little Easton after a long absence from the village.  They used to live at Spade Cottage and can now be found at Millbank.  We look forward to their company at village events and, of course, the monthly meetings at The Stag where a warm welcome awaits them.



Summer Swing Event at Great Easton Church

The Team at Great Easton offer a massive thanks to the 80 people who came along to support their afternoon Jazz concert on 23rd June.  Visitors were offered a live band, together with a glass of Prosecco, and strawberries and cream.  The event proved a great success – when all was tallied up, they recorded a profit of £560 which will be added to church funds.  Of course, all events that the church stages are a team effort but it’s usually one individual that co-ordinates each one.  This time it was Geraldine Conner and her success was recognised by a beautiful bouquet of flowers presented by Revd Tim. 

Great Easton Pet Service

Team Great Easton write:  A great thank you to everyone who came on 30th June to what we think is the first pet service in our church.  Parishioners had brought along their furry and not so furry pets including dogs (several breeds), tortoises, and even goldfish (specially named after Revd Janet and hubby Charles).  Cats were not forgotten either although only as a photograph of Angela’s cat, Boysey.  Revd Janet created an amazing interactive service based around animals in the Bible.  Finally she blessed them all, individually, including Charles and Janet the goldfish.  One amazing picture emerged of the blessing of Alison’s dog which has been entered in a national competition arranged by our insurers of which the theme is What’s special about our church.  We think that event was very special. 


The Parish Council does not meet in August so the next meeting will be on Thursday 26th September commencing at 7.30pm in Great Easton Village Hall.  All are welcome.  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 days are on Saturdays 10th and 24th August 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


See entry in News For All Parishes giving full details of the Soapbox Race on Saturday 31st August.


Be part of the community at Moat Park retirement village!

Moat Park offers a range of privately-owned apartments and brand-new luxury cottages that sit within the gorgeous mature parkland grounds.  And it is simple to secure your dream property with a wide range of tenure options including buying, rental – long term or rent to buy – and now part ownership.

But aside from gaining an amazing property, it is the vibrant community and the luxury lifestyle that can provide you with the most value.  Moat Park includes a range of excellent communal facilities in a central clubhouse and residents are quick to praise the age-exclusive retirement village.  The village also features a 72-bed care home, which provides extra reassurance for your later years.

Ann Romain, who lives in a two-bedroom property at Moat Park, explained: “I know that I did the right thing in moving here.  I feel so safe and secure and I’m certainly not lonely anymore.  I love the fact that there are people around all the time.  It’s nice to know that if I want to talk to someone, I can just visit my neighbours.”

If you want to witness the community atmosphere first-hand, then visit our Meadow View show home at Moat Park, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.  Contact us if you or a loved one is looking for independent retirement living in a wonderful community in Essex.  Just call 01371 852214 or e-mail


The service at The Moat House Residential Care Home this month will be a Songs of Praise on Monday 19th August at 10.30am. 


This service will be at the Great Easton Village Hall on Fridays 2nd and 23rd August, 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


WITH MUCH SADNESS:  We were saddened to learn of the passing of John Taylor of Snow Hill on Sunday 30th June, aged 90.  John’s funeral service will be held at The Three Counties Crematorium, High Garrett (CM7 5PB) on Tuesday 30th July at 2.30pm.  John was a much-loved husband and father and we send sincere condolences to Joan and her family.  He will be remembered by residents of Tilty and Little Easton as well as Great Easton, if not the whole of the Five Parishes where he delivered milk for many years.

WELCOMEWelcome to the new family who have moved into ‘Sparrows’ in Great Easton. Ashley & Nikki with Charlie, Hallie and Bobbie.

CONGRATULATIONS:  Congratulations to Alastair Farr and Sue Perkins who were married at Great Easton Church on 22nd June.  Also to Darren Brown and Gemma Banks who married on 13th July.



The Tilty Flower Festival will take place this year over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th October.  Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from the vestry and visitors can relax and enjoy the fabulous floral displays on show in the church.  The inside will also feature local photographic and historical displays in addition to a stall hosted by The Friends of The Five Parishes.

Outside in the churchyard there will be a variety of stalls to include a country market, a plant stall, raffle and games for all the family.  ‘The Headless Monk’ licensed pop up bar will be open throughout the weekend, serving a selection of real ale, cider and wines complementing hot food and snacks served from ‘The Friar’s Tuck’ BBQ and food stall.

Free Entrance, Free Parking and Free Daytime Entertainment

As usual there is no entrance fee to Tilty Flower Festival.  On Saturday during the day, we will welcome the Thaxted Morris Men, and on Sunday we will be joined by the Bishop’s Stortford Ukulele Society.  In addition to this, various live acoustic musical acts will play in the area next to ‘The Headless Monk’ bar.

Tilty Flower Festival Evening Concert

For the evening concert at 7.30pm on Saturday 5th October we welcome the return of singer songwriter Joanna Eden, ex mentor to Sam Smith, and an established recording artist in her own right.  Jo’s style is jazz and folk, and her vocals sound amazing in Tilty Church.  Tickets can be pre-ordered now, but further details will be in next month’s magazine.

Can you help?

If you can help during the Flower Festival weekend in any way, please get in touch.  Please phone Fiona on 01371 870091 or Cec on 01371 870297 or e-mail


The Annual General Meeting of the Duton Hill Community Association will be held on Tuesday 1st October.  The venue is in the clubroom of The Three Horseshoes Public House, Duton Hill at 7:15 for 7:30pm.

All residents of Duton Hill are invited, especially new friends who have recently moved to the village.  There will be the formality of electing the officers followed by discussions of activities that are being organized by groups in the village, particularly the daytime Street Party, as part of the 75th anniversary of the VE Day commemorations.  This is planned for the bank holiday on Friday 8th May 2020 in the main street of Duton Hill.  Please come along, meet your neighbours and have a natter.



Gift of Bibles

Everyone associated with the church was surprised and extremely grateful recently to find that 50 copies of the Holy Bible (NIV edition) had been left in the church as a gift.  These have been donated to Broxted church anonymously and grateful thanks are extended to the generous donor.

An Evening with Russell Savory

Russell Savory is a renowned wildlife photographer whose work has featured on The One Show, Springwatch and Winterwatch.  He also made the acclaimed film The Secret Life of Owls.  During the evening he will talk about his work and show a selection of the 300,000 photographs in his collection.  He will also give tips and advice to help you improve your wildlife photography.  Make a note of the date – Saturday 28th September in Broxted Village Hall at 7.30pm.  Tickets, which will include refreshments, are £8, with accompanied children free.  Contact Phyllis and Roger Clark on 01279 850638 or to reserve yours.


As usual there will be no meeting in August, but the date of the next meeting will be in the September edition of this Magazine as well as on the Council website.  In the meantime please raise any Parish Council concerns with the clerk, Kate Rixson, on or 01371 870711. 

Planters at Brick End

With the support of the Parish Council, two Brick End residents have very kindly created and filled box planters and placed these on the grass verge on the corner south of the pub.  They have also planted the area around the road sign.  Their work is much appreciated and has transformed the appearance of this vulnerable kerbside at the entrance to Brick End.


The footpath that crosses the verge from Brick End Lane to the bus stop opposite the Prince of Wales pub is in a poor state.  Photos have been sent to local County Councillor Simon Walsh so he can include it in his “bid” for repairs this year.

Broxted Village Hall – change of contact number

From now on, please contact Phyllis and Roger Clark on 01279 850638 for all Village Hall bookings (existing and future) and enquiries.  The Parish Council is very grateful to Brenda Andersen who has dealt with village hall bookings for many years but is now taking a well-earned rest!


Village Coffee Morning

The regular Coffee Morning this month is on Wednesday 21st August 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 Stall

The next outing is to the Countess of Warwick Show over the Sunday and Monday of the August Bank Holiday weekend.  This is the biggest event of the year and one on which your Association depends for much of its income.  If you could offer to help for an hour or two you will be very welcome.  Please contact Roger Clark, 01279 850638, to offer your help.


There will be no quizzes in August as the Quizmaster is taking a well-earned break to research even more fiendish questions.


This service will be at the Prince of Wales on Thursdays 8th and 29th August, 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 theme of the next quiet day on Tuesday 27th August is Godly Play with Revd Lea Williams, curate in the benefice of Great Dunmow and Barnston.  Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture which invites listeners into stories and encourages them to connect the stories with personal experience.  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


Recent publicity has been encouraging us to spend time outdoors for many health benefits and as an antidote to the stresses of modern life.  The wide open, undulating and exceptionally beautiful agricultural landscape which surrounds the towns and villages of the Hundred Parishes provides an ideal starting point to do just this.

Whilst standing on a vantage point and viewing a landscape spread below, innumerable features can be seen.  Words on an Ordnance Survey map reveal the range of human impact: for example, grove, wood, park, plantation, common, green lane, moat, castle and spinney.  Willow stub or a pollarded ash or elm describe specific trees marking ancient boundaries, while place names such as Ford End in Great Waltham parish, Porridge Hall in Lindsell and Poor Bridge in Clavering intrigue.

Do explore the countryside of the Hundred Parishes, armed with an appropriate OS Map and ideally with willing companions.  See how many fascinating features you can spot.  To add to your enchantment of the day, experience the overhead foliage moving in the wind and making a suthering sound!  On your travels you may notice a socker, the rift in an oak caused by a lightning strike, or some frith growth of thorns or bramble spreading out from a neglected hedge.

If you are not comfortable setting forth without specific guidance, please take advantage of the suggested walks from railway stations that can be downloaded from



Many years ago, Pope John XXIII visited the hospital of the Holy Spirit in Rome, which is administered by a religious sisterhood.  The Mother Superior nervously introduced herself: “Most holy Father, I am the Superior of the Holy Spirit.”  The Pope smiled and replied: “Well, you are very blessed!  I am only the Vicar of Christ.”

Old Benedictine Habit

A Benedictine monk was returning from a conference abroad and, as is customary, packed his monk’s habit in a small case.  Arriving at customs the officer asked: ‘Anything to declare?’  The monk replied: “Only an old Benedictine habit.”  “Okay,” said the officer, “how many bottles?”


A very pretty church youth leader asked her class if anyone knew what a miracle was.  “Yes,” said one young girl.  “I do.  My mum says it will be a miracle if you don’t marry the new curate.”

Job vacancy

Advert that appeared in a church pewsheet:  Wanted:  Editor for the magazine.  Must have own computer, own paper, own printer, own ink, own car for monthly distribution, and a good sense of humour.


The story is told of how Queen Victoria was out walking one Sunday with her faithful servant John Brown.  They saw someone fishing from a boat on the Loch, and she said: “Fancy people doing that on the Sabbath.”  “But Ma’am,” protested John Brown, “the Lord Jesus was in a boat on the Sabbath.”  The Queen sniffed: “Well, two wrongs don’t make a right.”

Definition of a committee

A committee is a dark avenue down which good ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.


A bookseller e-mailed a Manchester firm for a dozen copies of Dean Farrar’s Seekers after God.  He received a reply: ‘No seekers after God in Manchester.  Try Liverpool.’