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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

April 2019

Dear Friends

Easter is one of the traditional times in the Church’s year for baptisms. This year is no exception as 4 children will be baptised on Easter Sunday in various churches across the Pilgrim Parishes.

It is very encouraging that we are getting a lot of enquiries about baptism. There is in effect a “waiting list” as we have so many little ones (and some of their parents) wanting to be baptised. Therefore, if you are thinking of asking for baptism (it’s the same thing as christening) for your child please don’t delay – you can even make an enquiry before the birth if you like.

Baptism is the beginning of a journey through life with God. I saw a helpful video about baptism the other day in which the point was made that if you wanted your child to visit their grandparents you would travel with them; you wouldn’t put the baby on the bus on their own. It is the same thing with baptism, and with the life of faith; we want the best for our children, but if they are going to get the best, then we need to have it too. Baptism doesn’t make you a Christian – your own faith is what does that; that’s why little children have godparents, to express faith on behalf of their godchildren in the baptism service and to assist the parents in ensuring the children are brought up in a believing family.

Often I find parents ask for baptism without themselves fully expressing a Christian faith. Some vicars and churches would be reluctant in these circumstances to proceed with the service, but I feel that if parents are willing to make the declaration of faith in the baptism service on behalf of their child, they are surely also doing it for themselves.

So, you don’t have to be a regular churchgoer to ask for baptism, but it certainly helps. Easter is also the time of year when we celebrate the most important part of the Christian faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. So it is a good time to think about what you believe, and also what you might do about your faith. Do come along to church to share in our Easter celebrations.


With best wishes from Tim

Rev Tim




The Salings (GS: Great and LS: Little)


7th April 5th Sunday of Lent

9.30am Holy Communion

11am BCP Holy Communion @ GS

11am Morning Prayer
3.30–5pm TOTS

14th April 6th Sunday of Lent

9.30am Morning Prayer

11am Morning Prayer @ LS

11am Holy Communion.  Lunch. + Kids Connect

17th April Wednesday


7pm Seder Meal Gt Saling Millennium Hall


18th April Maundy Thursday



7.30pm Holy Communion

19th April Good Friday

4pm An Hour at the Cross

11am An Hour at the Cross (LS)

12pm An Hour at the Cross

21st April Easter Day

9.30am Family Communion

11am Family Service @ GS

8am BCP Holy Communion
11am Informal + Kids Connect

28th April 2nd Sunday of Easter

9.30am Family Service

9.30am Holy Communion @ LS

11am Holy Communion + Kids Connect



Easter is the most joyful day of the year for Christians.  Christ has died for our sins.  We are forgiven.  Christ has risen!  We are redeemed!  We can look forward to an eternity in His joy!  Hallelujah!  The Good News of Jesus Christ is a message so simple that you can explain it to someone in a few minutes.  It is so profound that for the rest of their lives they will still be ‘growing’ in their Christian walk with God.


During Lent we are joining with the Diocese to raise vital money to support St Andrew’s College, Kabare.  They need support for a number of projects to develop vocational training programmes for the people of the Mount Kenya Region, including books for their Chelmsford Library.  A collection basket is available at each of our services for donations.  If you have missed it and want to donate, call Angela on 01371 876707.


We send best wishes to friends who will leave the area as they prepare to undertake new roles in May.  Revd Canon Jenny Tomlinson, the Mission and Ministry Adviser for the Colchester Area, and Bishop’s Adviser for Women’s Ministry, has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Birmingham.  Revd Ruth Patten, currently Priest-in-Charge at Great Dunmow and Barnston, will become Archdeacon of Colchester replacing The Ven Annette Cooper. 

Also best wishes to Revd Sue Hurley, curate in the Pilgrim Parishes, who takes on the additional role of Adviser on Spirituality and Prayer.


Because of Easter, the April walk will be a week earlier on Saturday 13th April.  The walk starts from the entrance car park at Hatfield Forest (grid reference 547 203) and ends at Holy Trinity Church, Takeley.  If you are a National Trust member, go straight to the Forest car park (and don’t forget to take your membership card for free parking, otherwise it is £8).

If you are not a member, park at Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane, Takeley by 8.45am and you will be taken to join the walk.  References for the church are CM22 6QL and 555 217.

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.


The Annual Parochial Church Meeting of the Five Parishes will take place on Sunday 28th April in Great Easton Church after the 11am morning service/refreshments.  This is in effect the annual general meeting of the United Parish when church officers elected at the individual parish meetings are confirmed and other business conducted.  Everyone is welcome to attend but only those on the Electoral Roll may vote.  Please do come along and support your churches.  They have had a good year and want to tell you all about it.


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: The lucky winner for the February draw was Jim Hoynes from Wolsey’s Farm in Duton Hill with cork No.107 being drawn from the ‘magic bag’ full of corks.  A £50 cheque was presented to him on a lovely sunny day, which was gratefully received as he was taking a rest from a few hours grass cutting.  The daffodils were nodding their heads in congratulations.

If anyone feels they are missing out and would like to join, please contact Brian Miller on 01371 870927.


From the Committee: The March meeting of The Eastons & Tilty W.I. will be on Thursday 11th April in Great Easton Village Hall at 2.15pm for 2.30pm.  The Speaker will be Robert Burridge who will be talking all about The Titanic.  For further information, please contact either our President, Doreen Hart, on 01371 870830 or our Secretary, Christine Chalkley, on 01371 852180.


Jill Goldsmith writes:  We are now fully recovered from our record snowdrop Open Days – over 2,800 adults and children loved our snowdrops and kept us on our feet all day, so in April we are starting the season proper with over 1,000 more visitors than last year!  And we are on track to have the Italian Garden lily pond back to its best in time for April visitors – with the lilies divided and ready to multiply!

In April we are once again hosting the Helen Rollason fundraiser Rural Rambles on Saturday 13th April (the charity’s booking form can be found at  Our Open Day is on Sunday 28th April, when children from St Mary’s Primary School, Great Dunmow will be exhibiting their project work on the Gardens’ history, and singing. The gate will open at 11.30am.  For further details, see our website

We are working hard to finish our winter jobs and to prep for the spring – further plantings and sowing of seeds, particularly in the walled kitchen garden, which we hope will be every bit as productive as last year!  The blossom season was starting on some trees in early March and will continue through March and April.  The new spring bulbs are beginning to show.  And the bees are starting to come out for food.


A reminder of the Awareness Evening on Thursday 25th April in the Club Room of The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill from 7pm till 9pm.  The Community Heartbeat Trust will be demonstrating the use of defibrillators and explaining how the equipment can save precious minutes in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.

The more people that know how to use the portable defibrillators installed in our villages, the more chance there is of saving lives.  Everybody is welcome, no special skills are required, just your willingness to play an important role in the event of a medical emergency.  The evening is kindly being partly subsidised by Great and Little Easton and Broxted Parish Councils, so a fee of only £3 per person is required or less, if more people come, so bring your friends!  For more information contact Jayne Paul on 01371 870000.


Have you heard that this new Club has been formed in the Five Parishes which meets twice monthly on alternate Wednesday evenings at The Stag in Little Easton?  Perhaps this is an opportunity to replace the wonderful friendships previously enjoyed by members of the Good Companions.  For further information, please contact Glen or Abbie at The Stag on 01371 870214.


On Tuesday 2nd April the theme of Rekha Naidoo’s demonstration will be Festivals of India.  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.


On Monday 29th April the speaker will be Andrew Sankey on the subject Rethinking Your Garden.  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.


The Foodbank asked those who considered giving something up for Lent to donate 40p for each of the 40 days of Lent to enable them to keep their service running.  The total cost is £16 which is the amount it costs the Foodbank to actually supply the food parcels (excluding the food).  Your £16 will help them to keep their warehouse going, keep their delivery van running, support the office function and help them to continue delivery projects in 2019.  Alternatively they suggested giving an item a day.

Joining with the Trussell Trust’s More than Food campaigns, they will continue the Food in School Holidays (FISH for short) and hopefully the Eat Well Spend Less campaigns.  By taking part you really will make such a difference to families and individuals faced with food poverty through no fault of their own.

To donate your £16 search Braintree Area Foodbank and click on the red DONATE button or complete a standing order there.  Or send a cheque made payable to Braintree Area Foodbank Ltd to Braintree Area Foodbank Ltd, Unit 6 The Lakes Industrial Park, Lower Chapel Road, Braintree, CM7 3RU.


A Parish Council serves for four years and then a new Council is elected.  The date for the election of new Councils is Thursday 2nd May 2019.  Existing Councillors must seek re-election and new Councillors election to replace those not standing.  If you feel that you can serve your village and community on the Parish Council, you must be formally nominated.  The Clerk to your Parish Council has nomination papers or you can get a set by contacting the Electoral Services Department at Uttlesford District Council, 01799 510510.  If there are more nominations that seats on the Council, then a ballot will be held.  But time is short.  You have only until 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April to return completed nomination papers to the Council Offices in Saffron Walden.

If you are fed up with the way ‘they’ run things locally, this is your chance to try and make a difference.  But do hurry – or put up with it for another four years.

Elections are for all 39 seats on Uttlesford District Council, as well as the Town and Parish Councils in the District where seats are being contested.  Those who do decide to stand for election do, of course, need your vote on 2nd May!  If you are unable to get to your polling station on Polling Day, you can apply for a postal vote or proxy vote (voting by proxy means you give permission for someone else to vote on your behalf). 

To enable your application to be completed in time for 2nd May, your completed application form must be returned to the Uttlesford Elections Team by no later than 5pm Monday 15th April for postal votes and 5pm Wednesday 24th April for proxy votes.  Voting forms are available from the UDC website or by e-mailing your full name and address to or by telephoning 01799 510510.


Hope Alexander tells us about this company she has founded in Felsted.  They offer comfort and connection for people who are grieving, not through greetings cards or flowers but heartfelt gestures of support in the form of care packages.  Each Solace Box is thoughtfully curated to nourish the grieving soul and body, and provides practical tools to help those feeling lost to find their way such as suggested reading, journals and sketchbooks, sleep spray, seed kits, multivitamins, calming tea blends, and art prints.

They are devoted to opening up the dialogue of grief to help the bereaved rediscover the small joys in every day, and finish each one with a grateful heart.  To learn more visit the website at or on Instagram @solaceandcompany.


On Saturday 13th April the Clavering Village Hall is the scene of the Clavering Spring Fayre, held in aid of West Essex and East Herts charity St Clare Hospice.  This Fayre is said to be one of the best community fayres of the season.  Entry costs 50p.  For more information, or to donate items for sale, please contact Jean on 01799 550758 or Andrea on 01799 550425.


Organised by Uttlesford District Council’s Housing Tenant Participation Service, the multi-agency roadshow carries with it information on council housing services as well as advice from agencies such as the Fire Service, Essex Police, Council for Voluntary Services, Volunteer Uttlesford, Uttlesford Save Credit Union, Peabody Care Support, Neighbourhood Watch, Age UK Essex, Macmillan Cancer Carer Support, and Action for Family Carers.  On hand will be people to talk about fire safety, security and support for you in your home. 

The trailer will visit our area on Thursday 25th April, at 10am, when it will be at Bran End Fields, Stebbing CM6 3RN (also visiting Lindsell).


On Friday 26th April at 7.30pm Dicky Howett will reveal his work in the fascinating world of TV and movies with some of the props he has supplied for many productions including Call The Midwife, Dr Who, Stan & Ollie, The Crown, The Hour, Cilla, Heartbeat, The Royal, Bohemian Rhapsody, Inside No 9 and many others.  The evening is at the Catholic Church Hall, Mill Lane, Dunmow, CM6 2BG with profits going to church maintenance and Felsted Aid.  Tickets at £10 to include cheese and wine are available from Claire on 01371 873768 or Bernadette 01371 874395.


Carol Parradine of The Greville Theatre and two fellow actors are putting on locally their show Three Menopausal Maids which they took to the Edinburgh Fringe last year to sell-out success.  On Saturday 11th May they will be at Bolford Street Hall, Thaxted; doors and bar open at 7:30pm with the performance beginning at 8pm.  Tickets are £10 each, from Carol Parradine on 07952 964119 or


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CAROL PALLETT: News was received at Christmas about Carol who moved in December 2017 to a care home in Perthshire, some 10 minutes away from the home of her daughter Clare.  Clare and her daughter Louise take Carol for walks along the River Tay.  They also visit a tea room in Dunkeld owned by a Bake Off cook and go to Pitlochry.  Carol is getting used to the Scottish accents, loves the hills and trees and says the area reminds her of her beloved Cornwall and the River Tamar.


A brownie is an indulgent and delicious treat – dark, chocolatey and fudgy.  This recipe uses ground almonds instead of flour.
Gluten Free Brownies75g (3oz) butter, chopped;250g (9oz) plain chocolate, chopped; 15g (0.5oz) cocoa powder; 2tsp vanilla extract; 250g (9oz) caster sugar; 4 large eggs; 100g (3.5oz) ground almonds
Preheat oven to 180°C, 160°C fan, Gas Mark 4.  Line a 20cm (8in) square tin.Melt butter and chocolate together in a large pan over a low heat, stirring occasionally.  Take off the heat and whisk in cocoa powder, vanilla and sugar until combined.  Next, whisk in the eggs one at a time, before stirring in the ground almonds.  Pour into the prepared tin and level.  Bake for 25–30 minutes or until firm to the touch.  Leave to cool completely in tin and chill for at least an hour before cutting into squares.
To store – wrap in foil or in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.
If you have a favourite recipe, seasonal or otherwise, which you would like to share, please send it to Gill Willoughby at


This term the whole school team is working together on updating and refreshing our school vision and values. This is a very important task as it sets out and underpins everything we do at Great Easton C of E Primary.

So far, all staff have met to discuss the following key questions: Who are we?  Why are we here? And how do we live?  These questions are aimed at identifying our core values and purpose as a school within our local context.  We are proud of our school family and the amazing pupils we care for and educate every day.

On the first day back after half term we had a house team morning to work with the pupils to gather their ideas about why our school and community is so special.  The children then painted rocks and started #GEPSrocks whereby they hide rocks in the local community for people to find.  We have started a Facebook group but hope to use Twitter and Instagram as a way to follow where our rocks travel to!  The children chose words such as: community, love, friendship and kindness to describe our school.

Everyone’s perspective is important and valued.  During parent consultation week, there will be a board in the front entrance to capture the views and opinions of our parents.  The board will be organized under four headings/questions: What is the purpose of the school?  What are our core values?  What is our vision for the future of our pupils?  And what makes Great Easton school so special?  If you would like to contribute any thoughts please e-mail Sharon on

World Book Day is always a big occasion at GEPS.  Recognising the costs and work involved in providing costumes we added the option this year of coming in pyjamas with your favourite bedtime story.  It was a great day and the children raised money for Roald Dahl’s Pyjamarama campaign which suggests a £1 donation to BookTrust so that no child misses out on the magic of the bedtime story.  We also sold second-hand books and raised money for our own library.  Around 25 different people shared their favourite books with groups of children during a whole school story time.

The School is looking for a mid-day assistant for four lunchtimes a week.  If anyone is interested please e-mail Sharon on

Claire Jackman


At an inspirational afternoon on 10th March Graham Dowling set us on our Journey in Prayer.  He invited us to look closely at three aspects of prayer: silence, gratitude and praise.

Graham explained the difference between Prayer and A Prayer.  The latter are the words we offer to God whilst Prayer is more about celebrating where we already are – recognising the divine; paying attention to God.  Prayer allows us to slow down and see what God is already doing in the world – bringing things into relationship with Him.

Two thousand years ago Jesus’ disciples asked ‘how should we pray?’  These men were people of wealth, owning their fishing boats, they were not simpletons.  Jesus responded by giving them and us the Lord’s Prayer.  We were asked to consider what Our “Father in Heaven” meant to us.  Not just the father of Jesus or ‘my’ Father but ‘Our’ Father, a familiar friend for us all.

Thinking of silence, Graham encouraged us to be still with God to see for ourselves that sitting in silence enables God to speak to us, opening us up to receiving the word of God.  This helps to re-orientate us, allowing us to leave behind life’s perpetual spinning of the ‘hamster wheel’.  When we look and see what God is already doing, putting ourselves into the mind of God our Prayer becomes missional.

He suggested that we might all consider keeping a Gratitude Diary.  Reviewing each day and noting three things that we are thankful for.  Make a real effort to slow down and pay attention to our emotional response to those things, then choose one and pray from it, leaving ourselves looking forward to tomorrow.

Moving on, his third theme of prayer was praising God until we are an act of praise; he stressed the idea that when we draw near to God, God draws near to us. 

Many in this country say they pray in times of crisis or deep need and are sustained by it.  Huge numbers look to the Church at such times or when national disasters occur.  Our local churches are there for everyone and welcome everyone.  Over the next few months, in these Parishes, we will be paying special attention to prayer and everyone is very welcome to join us – whether out of interest, curiosity or a longing to know God better.  Please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Ministry Team for further details. 

Revd Janet Parker, Curate



Easter Lilies

For lilies to be placed on the altar in Little Easton Church at Easter time in memory of a loved one, please contact Joan Boulton on 01371 874512.


From the Clerk’s desk: I would urge you to consider adding your voice to the thinking, debate and decision making by joining your local Council.  The Election nomination process is open from 25th March until 4th April.  Contact the Clerk for more details.

The new speed limits are now in place, with signs advising drivers of those new limits.  Despite the signage there have been reports of drivers seemingly travelling well in excess of those new limits.

The next ordinary meeting of the Parish Council is Wednesday 24th April with the Annual Council Meeting of the newly elected Council on Wednesday 15th May when the chairman will be elected and Council representatives appointed.

On Sunday 14th April (weather permitting) there will be a Community Litter Pick, starting at 10am, bags, gloves, pickers and hi-viz will be supplied.  Meeting point to be confirmed.


Knit & Natter Club

See item in News for All Parishes about this new Club meeting twice monthly on alternate Wednesdays in The Stag.

Party Night

The next party night for Little Easton parishioners and residents from all neighbouring parishes will be held on Thursday 25th April from 7.30pm until late.  The number of residents attending is increasing each month so do come along for a drink or two and a natter by Glen’s warm welcome and fireside.


The service will be at Butchers Pasture on Thursdays 4th and 25th April, 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 SADNESS: It was with deep regret that we learnt of Dorothy Howarth’s passing on 1st March.  We extend our deepest sympathy to her daughter Carol and to Colin at this sad time.  Her funeral was held at Little Easton Church on 22nd March.



Easter Lilies

If you would like to have a lily put onto the altar in memory of a loved one, please contact Sheena Ward on 01279 850442.

Diary Date

There will be a Summer Jazz event with Strawberries and Cream and Prosecco on Sunday 23rd June at 2pm in the grounds of Great Easton Church.  Please put the date in your diary.


Essex Highways have issued a notice of a road closure from Monday 25th March to Wednesday 1st May in Great Easton.  Their map shows that the road will be closed from the church to P&A Wood’s premises (CM6 2HF to CM6 2DL).  The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council constructs a new footway.  The map and further information is available online at 

This means that access to the church will be from the cross-roads at the junction with the roads for Little Easton/Broxted/Duton Hill, that is, at the ford end.  Not from the Dunmow Road end.  However as we go to press it is not clear where the diversion will actually start – hopefully there will be parking at the village hall but space is not guaranteed.


Meetings of the Parish Council will be held on Thursday 25th April and Thursday 30th May 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 and Duton Hill, also on the website  Parish and District Elections will be held on Thursday 2nd May.  If you need to contact the clerk please e-mail


This ever-popular event will take place in Great Easton once again this year on Good Friday 19th April from 10am to 12 noon.  All proceeds from the day will go towards future Great Easton community events such as the Children’s Christmas Party.

Easter Egg Treasure Hunt

Starting and finishing at Great Easton village hall, this fun treasure hunt will wind its way around the village with a chocolate prize for every child!  Parents must accompany children.  There are a limited number of tickets costing £2.50 per child and, as the eggs have to be bought in advance, please buy early to avoid disappointment!  For tickets please call Claire on 07787 112235.

Community Café

There will be a pop-up community café serving delicious refreshments in the village hall throughout the morning (tea, coffee, cake and Easter treats!) so pop in for a cuppa even if you are not doing the treasure hunt – all ages welcome!


Save The Date For A Jazzy Event!

Moat Park Retirement Village is excited to welcome you into this fabulous community for a summer party.  Make sure you save Saturday 27th July from 11am to 3pm as we will be hosting a wonderful jazz event!  It is set to be an excellent day so be sure to invite your friends and family too.

In the meantime, to find out more about the village you can visit our Meadow View show home at Moat Park, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.  Sales consultant, Pip Phillips, will be ready to welcome you and fill you in on the details about the relaxing lifestyle on offer at Moat Park.

Our retirement village offers a range of excellent communal facilities in a central clubhouse.  You can choose from a range of privately-owned apartments and brand-new luxury cottages that sit within the gorgeous mature parkland grounds.

And good news!  It is now easier than ever to secure your dream property with a wide range of financial options including buying, rental – long term or rent to buy – and now part ownership.  Contact us if you or a loved one is looking for independent retirement living in a wonderful community in Essex.  Call 01371 852214 or email


A service of Easter Communion will be held at The Moat House Residential Care Home on Tuesday 23rd April.  The next Holy Communion service will be on Tuesday 1st May.


This service will be at the Great Easton Village Hall on Friday 19th April, 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




Easter Lilies

If you would like to have a lily put onto the altar at Tilty Church in memory of a loved one, please contact either Fran Woodrow on 01371 875399 or Maggie Stevens on 01371 870240.


 This year’s Fun Day takes place on Sunday 5th May 2019 at The Three Horseshoes public house Duton Hill.  The day starts at 11:30am with the parade by the Dunmow Majorettes followed by the official opening at 12 noon and finishing at approximately 5pm.  This year’s children’s fancy dress theme is “The Greatest Showman”.  Come along and dance around the May Pole and have some fun.  BBQ, tea and cakes will keep you fed and watered or maybe have something have stronger from the bar.

This year’s proceeds are going to the Anaphylaxis Campaign (supporting people at risk of severe allergies).  The Fun Day organisers welcome bottle donations for the bottle tombola – please contact Clare on 07974 436310.  Looking forward to seeing you all on the day.


For many years Ann and David Rowland have been involved with distribution of the Magazine within the Duton Hill/Tilty area and we are so grateful to them.  Now with family commitments in Cornwall they need backup help at the moment and ultimately someone to take over should they decide to move.

Each month, sometime between 22nd/25th, Ann receives a box containing 200+ copies, counts them into 12 batches which she delivers to the distributors who deliver them door to door in the various areas from Gallows Green to Snow Hill to Duton Hill to Cherry Street to Tilty.  She also delivers door to door 16 copies in Little Cambridge and it may be that someone in that hamlet would like to include this task while on one of their regular walks.

From the urgent calls received when a magazine does not arrive on a doorstep, this is a worthwhile community involvement.  If you are interested to know more, pleases contact the Editor Angela on 01371 876707.




A very enjoyable Quiz evening was held on 9th March with nine teams competing.  Grateful thanks go to everyone who supported the event, and to Roger and Phyllis and their team of helpers who made the evening such a success.  A total of more than £750 was raised for church funds.

Annual Church Meeting

The Parishioners Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday 14th April in church after the end of the 11am service and it is hoped you will be able to attend. 

Good Friday

For the 2pm service on Good Friday 19th April at Chickney church, car parking is, as usual on the grass on the right-hand side after passing through the gates.  Disabled parking is on the left in the lane before the gates.  After the service tea and hot cross buns will be waiting for you at New Chickney Hall.

Easter Lilies

Lilies at Easter – please call Sandra Reed 01279 850202 with the names of those you want remembered at Easter, or e-mail

Churchyard Maintenance

The churchyard is maintained by a small number of volunteers.  Anybody willing to donate a couple of hours a month to help with this work would be very welcome.


The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 11th April in the Village Hall at 8pm and this will be preceded by the Annual Parish Assembly at 8pm.  At the Assembly, reports are given on the activities of the Council for the preceding year.  The agenda and minutes of all meetings are posted on the two village notice boards, and can be found on the Council’s website at  The website also contains all the other information that the Council is obliged to publish.  Members of the public are always welcome at meetings of the Council.


The Keep Britain Tidy Group is organising the Great British Spring Clean 2019 between Friday 22nd March and Tuesday 23rd April and is hoping it will be the country’s biggest-ever, mass-action environmental campaign.  It wants to inspire 500,000 people to join forces to clear litter, including single-use plastic, from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.  If you cannot find an organised group to join you can still do your bit by cleaning up your part of the village, or by adopting a stretch of road where litter is an unsightly mess.  The Council can help by providing sacks, hi-viz jackets and litter-pickers.  Contact the Clerk, Kate Rixson, on or 01371 870711.  Thanks to all those who have already volunteered to do their bit.


 Village Coffee Morning

The next Village Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday 17th April in the Village Hall from 10am until noon.  If you are new to the village, the coffee mornings provide an opportunity to meet other villagers.  Please remember to bring a small item for the free raffle. 

Annual General Meeting

The next meeting of the Community Association will be its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 24th April at 8pm in the Prince of Wales.  Please come along to find out what the Association members have been up to and, possibly, with any suggestions you may have for their future doings.  They promise that you will not be co-opted on to the committee merely by attending.  Further information from Rachel Kesterton (07787 510640,


The quiz in aid of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance on 7th March raised £304.68.  Many thanks to all those who attended and contributed. 

The next quizzes are on Thursdays 4th and 18th April at 8.15 for an 8.30pm start.  If you are planning to eat that evening it is best to book a table.  Call Karen or Terry on 01279 850256. 


There have been reports of uncontrolled dogs annoying and attacking walkers and other dogs.  Remember, under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 you are required to keep your dog under control at all times.  If you have been involved in an incident concerning a dog please report it to Uttlesford’s Animal Warden on 01799 510328,


This service will be at the Prince of Wales on Thursdays 4th and 25th April, 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


WELCOME:  We offer a very warm welcome to Royston and Mussara Gray who have moved in to Millfields Cottage.  Royston grew up in the village and it is good to have him back.


On Thursday 25th April Valerie Quinlivan’s theme is Let Him Easter in Us, an explanation of what it means to live these days in Eastertide and in the whole of our lives.  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


The United States Army Air Force constructed many airfields in the Hundred Parishes when the USA became involved in World War II, while others date back to WWI.

Duxford was built towards the end of WWI, many of its buildings constructed by German prisoners of war, and it played a significant role in both World Wars.  It is now the location of Imperial War Museum Duxford, a fascinating site that includes a huge collection of military and civilian aircraft and other wartime exhibits.

Andrews Field was the first US air base in Europe, constructed in 1942/43 using rubble from the London Blitz.  Partly in Stebbing and partly in Great Saling, it is well used today by small private aircraft and has a tea room open to the public.  

Little Easton (also known as RAF Great Dunmow) was built in WWII as were others at Castle Camps, Hadstock (known as RAF Little Walden), Hunsdon, Matching (mainly in White Roding parish), Nuthampstead, Radwinter (known as RAF Great Sampford) and Stansted.  RAF Debden, constructed in 1937, is now the site of Carver Barracks.  Wethersfield airfield was built by the Americans and today is still used by the Ministry of Defence.