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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


Dear Friends

“It’s coming home, it’s coming home ...”

Of course, by the time you read this we’ll know how England got on in the semi-final of the football world cup, but as I write, the day after the quarter finals, all we can do is hope.

Our nation has been gripped by the World Cup this summer, in a way we haven’t seen for a while, and this is accurately described as the triumph of hope over expectation.  The English team have played well and at more than one village fête this past few weeks we’ve had the big screen up to enable the community to come together in our support of the national team.  Meetings were cancelled to enable people to watch matches, and even the General Synod of the Church of England took a break to watch the quarter final.

But when it is all over, even if we do win, what do we have left?  We haven’t played any of the games, but we’ve shared the pain of every miss and the joy of every goal.  We’ve yelled at referees in unison with our team, and we’ve celebrated every decision that went our way.

But what does the World Cup teach us?  That Hope is all we have.  The fate of our team is out of our hands, and firmly in their grasp, so we have to trust them to get the job done.

Some people, of course, have lost the passion for football, driven away by so many dismal failures in the past.  Their expectations are low, based on what they have previously observed.  My experience of low expectations is that they are usually met, and not usually exceeded.  If you’re not expecting much, that’s usually what you get.

So, keep hoping – and I don’t mean just about the football.  The Christian faith is founded on the hope of eternal life, a hope we can claim for ourselves at any time – it’s not just about when you die.  The hope of eternal life is about a quality of the life, not a quantity.

When the crowds sing that football’s coming home, they are harking back to the past, a past that is long gone.  Real hope is about living in the here and now with a secure assurance about the future.  I don’t know whether England can win the cup, but I do know that Jesus loves us and has acted decisively in history to ensure we’re not separated from God,

With best wishes





The Salings (GS: Great and LS: Little)


5th August 10th after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion

11am Morning Prayer @ GS

11am Morning Prayer

12th August 11th after Trinity

9.30am Morning Prayer

11am Morning Prayer @ LS

11am Holy Communion

19th August 12th after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion

11am Holy Communion  @ GS

8am BCP Holy Communion
11am Informal

26th August 13th after Trinity

9.30am Morning Prayer

9.30am Holy Communion @ LS

11am Informal

2nd September 14th after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion

11am BCP Holy Communion @ GS

11am Morning Prayer




This sponsored event to raise money for church repairs takes place on Saturday 8th September when half the money raised goes to the participant’s nominated church and the other half to Friends of Essex Churches towards the grants they give for church repairs in Essex and East London.  Entry details from

To place special emphasis on the importance of this event, Archdeacon Robin King is launching the Tour de Stansted Deaconry – an invitation to cycle with him all or part of the Archdeaconry boundary over the two days, Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th September.  A total of 152.2 miles, visiting 58 churches along the way.  More details next month or visit the above website, clicking on Events and then the Tour article.


The Deanery walk on Saturday 18th August will be hosted by St Mary’s Church, Braintree Road, Great Bardfield, postcode CM7 4RN, G/R 678 303.  Queries to Peter and Marian Wood, telephone 01371 856382 e-mail

As always, meet in the church car park for the walk commencing at 9am.  Light refreshments will be available after the walks and a short prayer said for the host church, aiming to finish at about 11am.  The walks do go across fields and open countryside so suitable footwear should be worn.  Dogs on leads are very welcome.


There will be an Ordination Service at St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden on Saturday 29th September at 3pm when Janet Parker will be Priested.  She would really appreciate support but as space is limited please let her know if you would like tickets.  Please continue to pray for her.


Warwick Newbury writes:  Countess of Warwick Show – on Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday 26th/27th August.  Website

Where has the year gone … suddenly the 28th Annual Show is now upon us and we look forward to seeing you all again on the 26th and 27th August.  A very big thank you to all of you who have kindly volunteered to help but it is not too late if you do now find that you have an hour or two that you can spare over the Bank Holiday weekend.  We are short of about six helpers as we go to print.  Please contact Warwick – details on the inside front cover.

Bottle Stall

If you have some bottles to contribute to the Five Parishes Bottle Stall, please do take them to one of the points below or telephone to arrange collection.  Any help you can give will be so greatly appreciated.  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

Art Exhibition

See Brenda Smith’s plea in the Little Easton section for volunteers to collect entry monies.


Brian Miller writes:  Cork No. 17 was pulled out of the bag in the draw for the month of June and a resident of Great Easton was the lucky winner. 

There are two more draws to go to complete my first year as promoter.  The new subscription forms available in your July magazine will give you the opportunity to join for another year starting in September.  For any queries please contact Brian Miller at the address on the form or email  Good luck.


From the Committee: As agreed, there will be no meeting of the Eastons & Tilty WI in August; we will resume again in September.  For further information, please contact either President, Doreen Hart, on 01371 870830 or Secretary, Christine Chalkley, on 01371 852180.


Jill Goldsmith writes: The drought and heatwave are taking their toll on the Gardens but our volunteers have been working hard to water them and keep them looking as colourful as possible.  The roses, salvia, helenium and phlox in the Italian Garden are coping with the heat, while the squashes, pumpkins and sweetcorn in the walled kitchen garden have quite enjoyed the conditions.  The lavender is also thriving and very much appreciated by huge numbers of small whites (butterflies) and our now resident honey bees.  At least the weather has meant that, unlike last year, we have not yet had to cancel any group visits and we have had visitors from a whole range of groups including Uttlesford Wild Flower Group, garden clubs, WIs and U3As and from the USA wishing to see where their relatives were stationed in the second world war. 

The Open Day on Sunday 19th August is an opportunity for visitors to dress up – as pirates!  We know we have no connections with the coast or smuggling, but we do like to have fun!  There will be a pirate trail for children, craft activities and prizes for the best dressed pirates.

Gates open 11.30am to 5pm, last entry 4pm.  Entry price is £4.50 and free for children under 16 years old.  There will be hot and cold refreshments. For more information and news, see website or look on Facebook.  


We make no apology for this month’s extended item following the revised Local Plan issued by Uttlesford District Council (UDC).  The implications of a 10,000 house development at Easton Park is one of the gravest our parishes have faced since Stansted Airport was first extended in 1991.


These clubs do not meet in August.


In June Dunmow U3A welcomed Jane Pearson with her talk on Essex Hospitals before the NHS.  Jane is an Essex University historian who has researched many records of life in the Victorian era, focusing on the lives of ordinary people.  There will be no general meeting in August, although many activities will carry on as usual.  For details please see website


To broaden your horizons and study something new, join WEA in Dunmow for two fascinating adult learning courses:

Beasts of the Early 20th Century – discover how explorers explained human and inhuman animals in literature with tutor Candice Kent.  Ten sessions starting on Monday 17th September 2018, from 2.15pm to 3.45pm.  Course number C2225824.

Post War World 1945-1973 – Learn about this critical period in history, looking at the cold war, the Middle East conflict and end of European empires with tutor Stephen Corley.  Ten sessions starting on Monday 14th January 2019, from 2.15pm to 3.15pm.  Course number C2225656.

Both courses take place at Great Dunmow Day Centre, Chequers Lane, Dunmow CM6 1EQ.  Cost for one course is £54.75.  If you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to a free course.  Enrol at or call 0300 303 3444 quoting the course number.


Grateful thanks have been received for the congregations of the Five Parishes for having donated 28.62kg during the year to 31st March 2018.  This enabled the Foodbank to provide 29,412 meals to needy people in Braintree, Halstead and Witham.

The Foodbank currently needs cartons of long life milk; hot meat snacks (e.g. hotdogs, tinned spaghetti bolognaise, beans with sausages, macaroni cheese etc.); tinned vegetables; tins of cold meat; tinned spaghetti; sponge puddings; tinned rice pudding.


Uttlesford Community Travel (UCT)

UCT is a dynamic and professional local registered charity providing transport solutions in Uttlesford.  They are currently seeking trustees to their already established Board, a position which would ideally suit people with business experience to oversee and give guidance.  Are you able to help by giving a few hours of your time each month? If this interests you, in the first instance e-mail their chairman,

Uttlesford Citizens Advice

Uttlesford Citizens Advice is a charity created to serve the local community, helping around 3,000 clients each year with problems relating to benefit entitlements, debt and budgeting, housing, relationships, employment rights and health and care needs.  Their advice helps to prevent homelessness and housing evictions, reduce use of NHS services and keep people in work – as a result they save society money.

They are looking for people with a wide variety of skills and a diversity of experiences but some knowledge of marketing/communications or human resources would be preferred.  The post of trustee is unpaid but provides new challenges, the opportunity to give something back and great satisfaction!  For more information or an informal discussion about the role, please contact Richard Armitage, chair, at or call Kate Robson, CEO, on 01799 526557.  For their latest annual report and impact report please visit


During the holidays, children will love to help with this savoury recipe as it is quick, easy and tasty. Maybe they could make it themselves, with supervision, of course, when using a hot oven.

Chicken Pasta Bake, Serves 4 people
3 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into bite sized pieces, grated Cheddar cheese, 1-2 tins of chopped tomatoes (the amount needed will depend on how much pasta is used), 200g pasta, approximately, cooked according to instructions, seasoning, eg mixed herbs, mild chilli powder etc.salt and pepper.
Put the chicken, pasta and tomatoes in an oven proof dish and add some of the grated cheese and seasoning and mix well.  Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.  Oven gloves on!  Place in a preheated oven at 180° C, Gas Mark 4, and cook thoroughly for approximately 45 minutes. Serve with a green salad.
If you have a favourite recipe, seasonal or otherwise, which you would like to share, please contact the Editor, Angela, in the first instance.


Our Year 6 residential trip in June went to the Isle of Wight.   We stayed in Shanklin, sharing our coach, hotel and a small part of our itinerary with Great Bardfield who only had nine children in their year 6 and needed a buddy school in order to have a trip.  These are excerpts from the daily blog:

Monday: A long trip, arriving at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for lunch and a tour around HMS Victory with the children’s usual thought provoking and deep questions: Is this our ferry?  How does the coach drive on there? How did it go to war when it is not on water?

Tuesday: After a morning run (with nine keen beans), a coach journey to Alum Bay for a visit to the sand shop and sweet factory where the children sampled and purchased.

Wednesday: After a morning run (with one keen bean), a morning of surfing.  The children were kitted out in wetsuits and buoyancy aids and then we got straight in the sea.  They started with some warming up games, then some relay races before being taught how to stand up on a surf board and they had brilliant fun just having a go.  We ended the session by swapping the surf-boards for two giant stand-up paddle boards on which we played slip and slide as the water was too rough to paddle. 

Thursday:  To Blackgang Chine for the water ride and the rollercoaster before exploring the amusement park. 

The children managed to spend their last pennies on really memorable things like 10 mini-doughnuts for £3, pizza shaped jellies and unicorn ice-cream for £2.50 (apparently excellent value as unicorns are very precious and therefore expensive to farm and milk!).  Oh and sweets.  Of course.  They did buy presents for those at home but even those with the best intentions of giving something edible, ate them to try to get rid of the sweats and body tremors suffered after a period with sugar!  It was a wonderful week!



Finally on 25th June, after some 12 years, UDC issued their Local Plan, their second since the first did not find favour with the Inspector in 2014.

After a five-hour marathon, Councillors finally voted at 11.55pm on Tuesday 19th June to approve the Plan by 23 votes to 13.  That a third voted against is indicative of the concerns raised by this Plan.  And the fact that the five Dunmow Councillors voted in favour notwithstanding the opposition of their Town Council colleagues to Easton Park shows how contentious the Plan has become.  Clearly party loyalties were enforced.  A proposal to defer approval to allow time to address some of the issues, notably the implications of the Inspector’s letter in relation to the North Essex Garden Communities Plan, was lost by the same margin.

STOP EASTON PARK (SEP) was set up in May 2017 to support Little Easton Parish Council in their opposition to the inclusion of Easton Park as a settlement for up to 10,000 houses.  We understand the need for new houses and that UDC is required to build new houses, but the question is where?  It is disappointing that UDC have not listened to our concerns, but SEP welcomes the opportunity to take its arguments to an independent Inspector whose appointment will be announced in due course.  As the first step in this process, SEP will join with LEPC and Great Dunmow Town Council in making representations to support our case prior to the deadline of 13th August.

SEP’s primary motivation is the preservation of a unique asset of incomparable value to future generations.  Easton Park has been in existence for 700 years and lies at the heart of one of the biggest concentrations of historic buildings in Uttlesford.  Its peace, tranquillity and space are widely enjoyed by those who come, often from far away, to walk, ride, fish, bird watch etc.  It is an exceptional haven for wildlife.  As a local resident has pointed out, UDC’s own conservation appraisal noted that “The historic environment cannot be replaced and is a resource that is both fragile and finite”.  We must preserve this unique asset for future generations.

Equally, it makes no sense to embark on building a major new town in this location.  The arguments used by UDC to promote its selection for their Plan are the very arguments that explain why it is not a suitable location:-

Proximity to the airport – why are UDC planning to build a major new town so close to a major airport and its flight paths when the health hazards are so well documented?

Access to the A120 and M11 – the weight of traffic from this proposed development would choke both these and access routes to Great Dunmow.

Single ownership – results in far too much power for Landsec which UDC will struggle to control.

Great Dunmow is already scheduled to expand from 3,800 to 7,000 houses during the 15-year period of the Plan.  Regardless of Easton Park, Great Dunmow will almost double in size and is making the biggest contribution to housing in the Uttlesford district.  How can it cope with another major development just a few hundred yards away?

Who will buy expensive houses so close to a runway?  It cannot be right to build affordable housing there given the health risks.  What builder will want to build on the quarry that accounts for a quarter of the site?  The employment figures derived from the Manchester Airports Group (who own Stansted Airport) are absurdly optimistic projections and are not credible.

A notable flaw in the Plan is the failure to adapt it following the Ministry of Defence’s announcement in November 2016 that they plan to leave Carver Barracks in 2031.  This brownfield site would come too late for the 15 years of this Plan but its probable availability for the next Plan should have influenced the strategy adopted for this Plan.  Are UDC planning to create FOUR new towns in this rural area?

Andy Dodsley, LEPC chairman asks, “Is it sound to build a new town right next to a major airport with aggressive expansion plans?”  Vincent Thompson, spokesman for SEP said, “This proposal is a white elephant built on a house of cards which would destroy a unique asset for those who will follow”.

This is the last chance that residents have to express concerns.  Do not miss the chance to protect this unique asset and to safeguard your future against permanent gridlock.  View the Plan and register your concerns at  The deadline is 5pm on Monday 13th August 2018.

Stop Easton Park Quiz Evening

On 25th May Vincent Thompson, SEP’s leading campaign coordinator, welcomed 72 attendees to a quiz evening in Little Easton Memorial Hall to raise vital funds to support their community action group.  It marked the start of Stage 2 of their campaign to save the 700 year old historical park from development.

Their next critical battle is the issue of UDC’s revised Plan.  The money raised from the quiz evening will go towards stepping up the campaign’s profile, then to the cost of lawyers and consultants.  Mr Thompson highlighted the powerful opposition: central government, local government and Land Securities.

He added, “I have always felt this plan can be stopped.  We have strong technical objections and there is the basic question: Does it make sense to embark on building a major new town so close to a major airport?  I think not.  We have more than enough housing blighted by noise and pollution and we know the damage this causes.  We must hope and expect that the Inspector will agree and Easton Park will remain a wonderful asset to be preserved for future generations to enjoy.”

Then for the next hour and a half, teams paid close attention to Chris Barnado’s carefully crafted questions whilst consuming good quality wine and beer (chosen and purchased by Colin Day).  By the time the last question was read out, the room had reached fever pitch.  Tummies rumbled loudly and were heartily satisfied with the scrumptious supper of shepherd’s pie (all prepared by Jennie Day) and a tub of Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

A raffle followed with some great prizes, then the winning team was announced.  Carl and Katy Mitchell’s ‘Nameless Wonders’ scored a credible 76 points, bagging six bottles of red wine.

The evening was a great success, raising a healthy £852.89.  The SEP Steering Group would particularly like to thank Colin and Jennie Day who arranged a wonderful evening and their band of helpers Katy Mitchell, Maggie Sutton and Louise Pepper.  They would also like to thank Chris Barnado who masterly conducted the quiz and Mike Smith for providing the PA equipment.  And lastly, the people who kindly donated towards the raffle and everyone who attended and supported this event.



Churchwarden Warwick Newbury writes:  Some of you have remarked on the fact that the grass in the Little Easton churchyard is not now being cut as regularly as before which is a fair point.  Sadly, John and Rose who kept our churchyard looking so spick and span for so many years decided that their retirement from this task was long overdue.

The churchyard is not the easiest of grass to cut as over very many centuries graves were built which make it difficult to mow around them so we have been struggling to find a local person prepared to take this on.

In the meantime, we are lucky to have found a contractor but of course this is much more expensive, and funds are limited, depending as they do on your much appreciated giving to our church, hence the longer gaps between cuts.

Do you know anyone who might be able to help us?


See separate advertisement for details of the Little Easton Harvest Supper to be held on Saturday 22nd September at 7pm in Little Easton Memorial Hall.  Please put the date in your diaries.


From the Clerk’s desk at  The planters at either end of the village are looking somewhat sorry for themselves and in need of some tlc, so the Council has agreed a schedule of work for their repair and refurbishment, returning them to their original blooming glory.  Volunteers are invited to join a "parish tidy party": contact the Clerk to express your interest.

The Draft Local Plan is moving towards its next phase, Regulation 19.  We are all encouraged to comment by 13th August.  Please do not hesitate to contact your Parish Council or Stop Easton Park (SEP) for advice or guidance.  For more information visit 

Dates for your diary:  Time to get your running shoes and picnic tables dusted off to join us at the Sports Fun Day on Saturday 4th August, 2pm onwards, for what will be a blazing hot day complete with cricket, fun races, prizes, afternoon tea with home-made cakes, bouncy castle and lazing about in the sunshine sipping something cool.  A flyer is enclosed with this issue.  Later in the year you will need to put on your thinking caps for our Quiz Night on Friday 12th October at the Memorial Hall at 7:30pm till late, complete with a ploughman’s supper.

Essex Highways have issued the Public Notice advertising the proposed speed limit amendments through the parish, primarily a reduction in the limit along a section of Duck Street to 40mph.  To see full details, enter into your search engine Essex Highways Traffic Regulation Orders or simply TRAF/6738. 


Art Exhibition

Brenda would appreciate some help with the Art Exhibition which is held in the church during the Show.  A few people are needed to collect entrance money at the door for one or two hours on the Sunday and Monday from 12 noon onwards.  If you are able to help on either day, please telephone Brenda on 01371 870335.  Thank you in anticipation of your offer of help.

Tombola Stand

Once again Jenny and Ken will be running the tombola stall at the Show in aid of the Little Easton Memorial Hall.  They would like any unwanted gifts or new items that could be used as prizes for the stall.  They can collect.  Your donation will be very much appreciated.  Contact 01371 870402.


The August Stag Party night for everyone to meet for a noggin and natter will be held on the last Thursday of the month, 30th August, from 7.30 pm until late.  Our hosts, Glen and Carolyn will be keeping us all in ‘merry mode’ supported by their staff whilst the maestro provides entertainment with keyboard and song.  Do come along and bring friends, especially newcomers to the village, and other local parishes.


The service will be at Butchers Pasture on Thursdays 2nd and 23rd 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


8pm to 10.15pm

Carpet Bowls


1pm to 2.15pm

British Lung Foundation Exercise Class


2.30pm to 4pm

Active Parkinson

Wednesday (first 3 in every month)

7.30pm to 10pm

Dunmow District Ring Craft Society


10am to 12noon

Art Club



Dog Training


WITH DEEP REGRET: We announce the passing of Evelyn Rowe, formerly of Butcher’s Pasture in Little Easton, who died in Broomfield Hospital on the 7th July.  Evelyn was a member of the choir at Little Easton Church and had lived with her late husband, Keith, in the village for many years.  We record our deepest sympathy to her son, Paul, and his relations in their great loss.

CONGRATULATIONS:  To Josie Smith from her family and many friends on achieving a 2:1 degree for history at Merton College, Oxford which she will receive at her graduation ceremony on the 27th July 2018.



The Parish Clerk writes: The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 30th August 2018 commencing at 7.30pm in Great Easton Village Hall.  All are welcomed.  Minutes of the meetings will be posted on the notice boards in Great Easton, Duton Hill and Tilty and also on the new website.  Green Skip dates are Saturdays 11th August and 25th August at Great Easton Village Hall.


In spite of the lack of rain, gardeners in Great Easton welcomed visitors on a very hot 8th July with some amazing displays in their gardens.  Sixteen gardens offered a range of delights, from the unexpected views, well-nourished plants ranging from roses and all the expected English garden favourites to the unusual and rarer varieties, as well as an upended boat, goldfish ponds and attractive vegetable plots (particularly a bed of different coloured lettuces). 

As if they hadn’t worked hard enough, some hosts provided welcome refreshments and the chance to rest a while.  The main refreshment stop was at Kellys Café at The Old Bell, offering a wide range of cakes and hot and cold beverages, all next to a tantalising swimming pool.  Other owners offering refreshments were Doreen and Alan as well as Sue and Alastair at The Garth.

Some visitors took the opportunity to look up family history in the church records that were available for viewing.

Many congratulations go to the organisers, Rae O’Malley and David Chalkley for their hard work in organising such a successful day.  Also to all those who opened their gardens, provided refreshments, baked cakes, sold tickets and did duty in the car park.  And special thanks to the visitors for their support.  As this is written, around £1,600 was raised for both the Great Easton Community Association and the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.




The organisers write:  A last reminder for our fantastic Soapbox Race taking place for the third year running on Saturday 1st September 2018.  11am to 6 pm, with racing from 12noon to approximately 3 pm.

To join the commemorations for the end of the First World War, this year’s theme will be All Things Military.  Up to 40 carts made from recycled materials will compete for prizes, for ‘fastest’ and ‘best design’.  There will be entertainment during and after the race at the Recreation Ground with craft and local interest stalls, and a variety of food and drinks stalls and bars.

A temporary road closure will be in place from 11am until the completion of the race from west of Rebecca Mead to the river.  Visitors’ parking (at £5 including programme) will be in the field behind the village hall.

Further details and application forms are available at The Swan, via Facebook, and by email at  There are two age groups, 8-16 and 16 years and over, not three as stated in earlier publicity.

Alongside many local craft stalls we will be running a pre-loved clothes stall and a new bric-à-brac stall.  Donations of clean, good quality and working items are welcome at The Garth, Great Easton (opposite the Green).  Collection may be possible: contact us on 01371 870646 or 07980 970809 or 01371 852136.

We are seeking auction items/raffle prizes.  Does anyone have something to offer like maybe a horse riding lesson, a ride in a Rolls Royce, photography lesson, history tour?  If so, please drop us a line. 

We’d love to hear from any potential local stall holders who would like a pitch and from anyone wishing to volunteer to help run the event.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the village community funds and the Royal British Legion.


This month’s service at The Moat House Residential Care Home will be on Monday 20th August.


This service will be at the Great Easton Village Hall on Friday 17th 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


6.15pm and 7.30pm

Sarah McLagan’s Keep Fit and Circuit Training


10am to 12 noon

Five Parishes Toddler Group

Thursday (except last in month)


Modern Jive dance class
West Coast Swing dance class


9.30 to 12.30pm and

Upholstery class
except for half term weeks


Iris Day writes:  Following the sad death of my husband Vic at the beginning of June, I wish to thank the neighbours for their kindness, messages of condolence and for the beautiful floral tributes displayed at Parndon Wood Crematorium.  The day of the funeral was both sad and happy.  Vic had a long life and a peaceful death.  What more can we ask?

Also many thanks to the special neighbours who helped me when I foolishly locked my daughter and myself out of the house, and the locksmith failed to materialise.  How fortunate we are to live in such a lovely village.  Thanks to you all. Iris.



We are delighted to say that the situation regarding deliveries of the Magazine in Cherry Street has been resolved.  Davina Steel and Dan Jennings who live in Cherry Street have very kindly taken over the distribution in this area.  We are most grateful to them and to Alan and Doreen Hart who helped out during the gap month.


WITH MUCH SADNESS:  We announce the passing of Douglas Angelo Prail on Saturday 30th June, aged 88.  Doug had lived in Duton Hill for most of his married life.  He had been a member of both Tilty Church Parochial Church Council and the Parish Council.  His working life included tree felling, 23 years working for farmer Joe Steele, then with John Salmon and C J Pryor of Harlow.  Doug’s brother officiated at his funeral service on the 17th July at The Three Counties Crematorium which was attended by his family and many friends.

Doug was a much loved husband and father of Shirley and sons Jeremy and Christopher and we send our sincere condolences to them and their families.



The Parish Council does not meet in August, so the next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 13th September in the Village Hall at 8pm.  The agenda and minutes of all meetings are posted on the village notice boards, and can be found on the Council’s website at, where you can also find all the other information that the Council is obliged to publish. 

At the time of writing the decision on Planning Application UTT/18/0112/FUL for the gypsy caravan site at Brick End has still not been determined.  Repeated requests to Uttlesford District Council for an update on the situation have been totally ignored.  Your Parish Council is, understandably, despairing of the contempt with which the District Council is treating your elected representatives and is making its feelings known at the highest level.


Village Coffee Mornings

Our next Village Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday 15th August in the Village Hall from 10am until noon.  This is the ideal event for meeting your neighbours and making new friends, and to enjoy some delicious cakes!  As it is the summer holidays children are especially welcome so do come along.

Crockery Smashing Stall

Our 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 is no quiz in August as your Question Master is taking a well-earned break.  Quizzes resume on Thursday 20th September.


Hello all, if you have not heard the news, Betterware ceased trading on the 13th April 2018.  Firstly I would like to apologise to any of my customers who ordered any goods prior to the 13th, as I did not receive any of the goods that I ordered.  Secondly I would like to thank all you valued customers who ordered from me and supported me in the 13 years of my Betterware career.  Paul Wasmuth, Elsenham.


We reported last year the death of Timothy Allen Osborne, 46, who was caught by a riptide while swimming off Long Island near New York City on 16th September.  The father of two, who was managing director of Singapore-based Moody’s Corporation of New York, grew up in Broxted and was educated at Great Easton Primary School and Newport Grammar School.

At his inquest in Ipswich in June, the assistant coroner said in his narrative conclusion “If lifeguards had been there, they may have made the difference.”  His father, Jeremy Osborne, who now lives near Hadleigh in Suffolk said the family felt strongly that this was an avoidable death.  Two people had drowned earlier that week but lifeguards were on duty only from 28th May (Memorial Day) to 3rd September (Labour Day) and he said that at least a notice banning swimming should have been displayed.


This service will be at the Prince of Wales on Thursdays 2nd and 23rd 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



On Thursday 23rd August speaker Valerie Quinlivan’s subject is Thomas Merton, a Post-Modern Mystic.  This Quiet Day will reflect on the essentials of Thomas Merton’s thinking and how this can support our own approach to contemplative prayer.  Quiet Days start at 9.45am with coffee and conclude at 3.30pm for a 4pm departure and cost £20 to include the costs of the speaker, sandwich and fruit lunch, coffee and tea.  Bookings and queries to Rosemary Drew, 01371 872662 e-mail


The Society is really pleased to confirm it has published its first book, The Hundred Parishes: An Introduction.  Printed by Lavenham Press of Suffolk it introduces readers to each of the Hundred Parishes with an outline of its history and a generous selection of photos depicting its heritage.  In all, there are almost a thousand photos.  The 400-page hardback book costs £25 a copy.  It can be purchased at the Tourist Information Centres in Bishop’s Stortford, Saffron Walden or Thaxted, at Great Bardfield’s bookshop, Between The Lines, or by contacting the author Ken McDonald on either 01279 813226 or


When leaving your car make sure you:

  • Think about where you park and choose a safe place where people can see any activity
  • If using a public car park try and use a Parkmark car park
  • Don’t leave valuables on display in the car, i.e. Sat Navs, cameras, expensive sunglasses, and money or designer clothes
  • Don’t leave a bag on the seat, even if it only contains your gym stuff, the thief does not know that until he has damaged your car to find out
  • Clean the ring off the window left by the Sat Nav cradle or any other evidence of a removable electronic device being in the car
  • Be aware of those around you when you park, is someone watching you hide something away?
  • Lock your car, and don’t rely on the remote, physically check that it has locked even when on your driveway.
  • Check your car is secure before you turn in at night in case a window was left open (it is also worth checking that someone has not left the interior light on, you don’t want to come out to a flat battery).