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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

September 2019

Dear Friends

There has been a lot of debate and controversy about bridge closures in our little corner of Essex recently. From Elsenham to Bardfield, Finchingfield to Stebbing, Essex Highways Department seem to have developed an obsession with fixing up broken bridges, come what may. Then again, maybe many of these bridges are about the same age, a product of early 20th century engineering campaigns, so we shouldn’t be surprised that they all need repairing at the same time. Nothing, after all, in this life, lasts forever.

Anyway, all this talk of bridges and diversions has caused me to reflect on the impact they have on our lives – when a bridge is shut and you can’t get to where you want to go as easily as you are used to, life becomes difficult, and a whole community may suffer if buses, refuse collectors and postal deliveries are affected as well. We rely on bridges to keep our life simple, to get us to where we want to be, but we perhaps only appreciate their importance when they are taken away from us, even for a few months. “You don’t miss your water,” they say, “until your well runs dry”. And don’t get me started on the diversions!

But you know, there may be a spiritual lesson to take away from all this. In the Christian faith, we use the metaphor of a bridge to describe what the cross of Christ achieved, in restoring the connection between God and humanity, a connection that had been cut off by human fallibility and sin. In the death of Christ on the cross, and in his glorious resurrection from the dead, the chasm between God and humanity has been bridged. Because of these things, we are able to enter into relationship with God, an intimate close relationship with a loving, compassionate God, not a shouting match across a great impassable divide with a remote and disinterested god.

When our pets die, we sometimes talk about them crossing the rainbow bridge. I’m not sure where that comes from (I thought it was a Jimi Hendrix album), but I do know that as Christians we do not have to wait until death to cross the bridge into God’s presence, into his Kingdom, his family. That can happen as soon as we put our faith and trust in Christ, the one who restored the bridge that connects heaven and earth. It’s not a real bridge, but the consequences of its repair for each of us are real, and they last forever.

So, if your life is blighted by bridge closures in the coming weeks, try to stay calm while you take the diversion; perhaps reflecting on the bridge that Christ has built will help you on your journey, both geographical and spiritual!

With best wishes Tim

Rev Tim




The Salings (GS: Great and LS: Little)


1st September
11th after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion

11am BCP Holy Communion @ GS

11am Morning Prayer
3.30–5pm TOTS

8th September
12th after Trinity

9.30am Morning Prayer

11am Morning Prayer @ LS

11am Holy Communion + Kids Connect

15th September
13th after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion

11am Family Service @ GS

8am BCP Holy Communion
11am Morning Prayer
Stebbing Fayre

22nd September
14th after Trinity

9.30am Family Service

9.30am Holy Communion @ LS

11am Holy Communion + Kids Connect

29th September
15th after Trinity

9.30am Harvest Festival

4pm Harvest Festival @ Parkes (tickets: concert/food)

11am Outreach

6th October
16th after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion

11am BCP Holy Communion @ GS

11am Harvest Festival
3.30–5pm TOTS


Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) continue to seek the backing of members with financial support during the coming year as they focus on:

  • Continuing the challenge to Stansted Airport’s 2018 application for further expansion.  The legal challenges underway by SSE ask the High Court to require the planning application to be determined at national level rather than locally by UDC.
  • Making representations to the Department for Transport on an ongoing series of consultations on future aviation policy, on the need to introduce fairer taxation on air travel and on the need to control aviation carbon emissions.
  • Making representations to the Civil Aviation Authority and National Air Traffic Services on matters relating to flight paths.
  • Continued pressure on Manchester Airport Group to pay fair compensation that is long overdue to local residents whose properties have been blighted over the past 20 years of expansion at Stansted Airport.

For further information, contact



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 walk commences 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.


Ron Gilder sends thanks to everyone who has enquired about having a stall at the Christmas Market at Little Easton Manor on Sunday 8th December.  He assures everyone that he has all your details and will come back to you with price details and a booking form soon.  If anyone else is interested in having a stall, please let him know by calling 01371 874842 or e-mail him at


Brian Miller writes: The penultimate draw of the current term took place in Great Easton Church on Sunday 28th July.  Cork No. 14 matched the names of Andrew and Sharon Wise as the lucky winners and a cheque for £50 was sent with our good wishes.

With one more draw to take place in August, we would love you to renew your subscription for the next term which starts in September through to August 2020.  £12 will cover you for 12 months and the more that sign up, the greater the prize will be.

Please send your details and payment to the promoter: Brian Miller, Springate Cottage, Radleys End, Duton Hill, Dunmow, Essex. CM6 3PT.  Telephone 01371 870927 e-mail  Cheques should be made payable to THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES but can also be made online to TSB Bank, Dunmow, sort code 30-92-76, account name The Friends of the Five Parishes, account No. 00785483.  Please quote your surname as a reference and notify me of this method of payment.  This is particularly important if you are joining as a new member because I will need your details to send you your winnings!


As stated in the August issue, this month’s meeting will be on Thursday 12th September when the speaker will be Ross Stewart from the Wethersfield Air Base Museum.  For further information please contact either President Doreen Hart on 01371 870830 or Secretary Christine Chalkley on 01371 852180.


Jill Goldsmith writes:  What a year we’ve had so far – with warm sunshine in February, a heatwave in July and then a little rain.  Our visitors have enjoyed seeing the changes at the Gardens and the walled kitchen garden which is in full production.  They readily snapped up our vegetables.

It has also been a good year so far for butterflies, with white admirals spotted for the first time and peacocks hatching out in large numbers.  We will find out on Friday 6th September how the bats are faring.  Steve and Frances, from Essex Bat Group, will be leading a bat walk with detectors in the Gardens.  Start time 7. 30pm – why not join us?  £1 donation.

We know, however, that our bees have not been very happy – they have been enjoying the lavender, but they have made little honey and there are few of them.  Michelle, our beekeeper, will be at the Gardens for our Apple and Bees day on Sunday 22nd September and will be able to answer all your questions about why it might have been a hard year for the bees.  We will also be joined by apple experts, including those from Cressing Temple Barns, and we will be juicing and tasting the fruits of the Gardens.  Bishop’s Stortford Ukelele Society will be strumming away and, as usual, there will be free children’s activities.

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, locally sourced bacon rolls and cheese rolls, hot and cold drinks and our usual wide selection of homemade cakes.  For more information and news, see our website or find us on Facebook.


The Greville Theatre Company is proud to present for its 2019 autumn production at The Barn Theatre, Little Easton Manor:

LIFE AND BETH by Alan Ayckbourn

It is Christmas and Beth Timms is mourning the recent death of her husband, Gordon.  Beth’s sister-in-law Connie and son Martin have come to stay, to try and ensure that she should have a stress-free Christmas.  Only David, the local vicar, provides Beth with any comfort.

Evening performances and prices:

Thursday 10th October no supper – tickets £12

Friday 11th October including a specially-catered two course supper – £27

Saturday 12th October including a specially-catered two course supper – £27

Tickets will be available from Monday 9th September 2019 via website, as will further details regarding timings etc.  In the meantime, if you would like any further information, please contact the Greville Secretary, Lynda Shelverton, on 07702 721293.


Cllr Amanda Brown writes:

Dear Residents of Dunmow and Surrounding Villages: I wanted to let you know that Great Dunmow Town Council are embarking on the work of producing a strategic plan for the future of the Town.  This could be for three or five years, but this has not yet been decided, and also decisions are still to be made as to whether this will contain an action plan (hopefully it will).  Discussions will take place in September to start drafting the plan and so I want to gather the thoughts of people affected as to what they would like to see included.

If you have any thoughts regarding infrastructure, services, communication or our open spaces, please let me know.  I can't promise that something will be included at this stage, but it is worth putting ideas forward.  Cllr Amanda Brown,


On Tuesday 3rd September 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.  Easy parking and disabled access are available to the meeting room.  Annual subscriptions £36, visitors £5 per evening.  All welcome.


On Monday 30th September Nick Dobson’s theme will be The very best 50 small trees for small spaces.  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.


Broaden your horizon and study something new with the WEA!  Join at Great Dunmow for some fascinating adult learning courses.

Literature: Language, Lore and legend – the story of English with Graham Platts

Examine the development of English from the fifth century AD.  Towards the end of the course, you will be able to consider English at the present time and where it might be heading in the future.  The course takes place at The Rowena Davey Day Centre, Chequers Lane, Dunmow CM6 1EQ commencing on Monday 16th September.  The lectures start at 2.15pm, finishing at 3.45pm followed by a 15 minute coffee break.  The course consists of ten sessions, costing £57.75.  If you wish to enrol, e-mail or call 0300 303 3444 quoting course reference C2226668.


Henry VIII and all that

The last meeting had a hilarious visit from Henry VIII (alias Tony Harris).  He kept the audience in fits of laughter and it was interesting to hear well-known history from the point of view of the King himself!  Tony has been rebooked for next year as Winston Churchill.

The U3A aims to keep members fit in body and mind and during the next year reports will be given on individual groups.  This starts with the Cycling Group which meets twice a month to do a 10-20 mile ride along as many backroads as possible around the area, including a coffee stop.  Last month, rides were to Finchingfield and along the Flitch Way to Rayne.  While the pace is slower than your average cycling club, it is at a good pace appropriate to the age and fitness of the mostly retired riders.  Electric bikes are very welcome providing they do not go too fast.

If you are interested in joining U3A and any of the groups, please go to website


The Society welcomes all new members, with or without experience, to join a great friendly society of 80-plus singers.  Rehearsals start on Thursday 5th September with Roger Lawrence and Christopher Weston in the Felsted Music School (BKA), Stebbing Road, Felsted, CM6 3JG.  Librarian Marion will be issuing the music for Berlioz Child of Christ and Finzi’s In Terra Pax.  Doors open at 7.45pm, rehearsal commences at 8pm.

There are no auditions, just bring your voice, follow the crowd and be welcomed at the door.  For any further information call Tony Baker on 07799 413191 or 01371 871658.


Are you living with or caring for someone affected by Dementia/Alzheimer’s?  Would you like to get out and talk about it with others?  Then why not pop along to the Dementia Café and enjoy companionship, support, information and advice, activities and, of course, refreshments.  This is a new initiative which meets every Friday morning at The Garden Room, Hill Street, Saffron Walden, from 10am until 12pm.

Why not drop in or, if you would like to find out more, call 01799 510525 where Volunteer Uttlesford will be able to help.


Uttlesford voters are being asked for their views on the polling districts and polling places that are used for elections in the district.  Like every local authority, Uttlesford District Council (UDC) is required to review their polling districts and polling places every five years.  As part of the review, they would like to hear from residents about their thoughts on the current polling districts and the suitability of the buildings and rooms used on election days for polling purposes.


You can view the current polling district map, polling scheme listing the current polling places, and some statistics for each of the districts on the UDC website

The feedback period runs until Monday 7th October.  Take part online, via, by e-mail to, or write to: The Returning Officer, Uttlesford District Council, Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4ER.  Feedback received will be acknowledged, considered and published, with a decision on the final scheme made in November.


CONGRATULATIONS – AND AN INVITATION! We would like to send our congratulations to Mary Squibb and Chris May-Miller, who will be getting married in Little Easton church on Saturday 14th September.  Although the reception is for invited guests only, Mary would be delighted to welcome friends from throughout the Five Parishes to the church service, which will be held at 1pm.


This tasty dish uses store cupboard ingredients and takes 5 minutes to prepare and 35 minutes to cook.

Mango Chutney Chicken - Serves 4

4 chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat; 2 onions, sliced; 2 tbsp mango chutney; 4 tbsp single cream; 200g (7oz) basmati rice; 1 tsp olive oil; juice of 1 lemon; 28g pack coriander, roughly chopped; 4 salad onions, sliced on diagonal; 2 tbsp toasted flaked almonds

Preheat the oven to 200°C, Gas Mark 6.  Place a large frying pan over a medium to high heat.  Season the chicken and add to the pan, skin side down.  Brown for 5 minutes, then transfer (skin side up) to an ovenproof dish.  Cook in the oven for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, spoon all but 1 tablespoon fat from the frying pan and cook the onions for 10 minutes until softened.  Add the mango chutney and cream to the pan and stir until combined, then pour over the chicken and bake for a further 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the rice according to pack instructions.  Once cooked, toss with the oil, lemon juice, coriander, salad onions and almonds.  Serve with the chicken.

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


With the School being on holiday as this issue goes to press, we wish everyone – teachers and other staff and all the children – a very happy time and look forward to their return on Monday 2nd September.



From the desk of the Chairman:  Residents may have noticed that the Easton Park opposition signs and banners have now been taken down following the conclusion of the Uttlesford Local Plan Examination in Public in July.

The examination inspectors visited each proposed site as part of their preparation for the public hearings and the purpose of the signs was to demonstrate our opposition to the proposal for a new town of 10,000 homes at Easton Park ahead of the enquiry.  The signs did have an impact and were commented on by the inspectors at the examination.

To leave the signs up permanently would reduce the impact of the message so they will now be stored until needed again in the future.  In an ideal world, none of us would wish our beautiful village to have so many signs, but we need to ensure that the District Council and other decision makers remain aware of the significant local opposition to the proposals.

Your Parish Council, along with Great Dunmow Town Council and the Stop Easton Park group participated in the two-week Examination in Public and made many representations opposing the plans.  The inspectors will now consider all the evidence and plan to write to Uttlesford District Council (UDC) with their initial findings and next steps in the examination at the end of September.

If anyone is interested in listening to what was said at the hearings, the recordings can be accessed on the UDC website through the following link:

From the desk of the Clerk:  Sadly the summer Fun Day was cancelled for this year.  Our apologies to those who were looking forward to some picnic fun on the playing field – there will always be next summer!

The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Wednesday 28th August.  The calendar on its website shows the dates for this year’s meetings plus the minutes and much more besides, so please do take a look.

The Council is seeking grant funding to help boost our funds to improve the playing area surface and equipment.  The fencing surrounding the area is being repaired but it, too, is quite old and needs to be factored into our strategy come budget time.

Finally, UDC are considering options to upgrade car park ticketing machines with those that allow cashless and cash payments.  We await the outcome of their deliberations.


“We as residents of Little Easton would like to congratulate the Memorial Hall Committee and Trustees and the Little Easton Parish Council on working together to resolve the problems of the antisocial behaviour and abuse of the Memorial Hall car park and village green.  This was by agreeing to install a gate and lock and closing the gate at night-time.  There is a permanent open access to one side of the gate allowing all dog walkers, pushchairs, disability scooters and children to the playing field.  A much safer arrangement for all our residents.

“Also a notice board is being installed for forthcoming events etc.  A wonderful solution for our pretty village in which we are all lucky to live.  Thank you.”


The Knit and Natter Club which is held at The Stag on alternate Wednesdays of the month.  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.

The monthly gatherings of parishioners continue on the last Thursday of the month from 7.30pm until late.  Do go along and enjoy this social occasion to catch up on all the local news.


The service will be at Butchers Pasture on Thursday 19th September, 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



The Church welcomes the return of SongCycle on 16th November 2019

Formed in 1996, this group of choristers have raised copious amounts of money for charity by cycling from church to church throughout Essex singing a capella.  They have a wide variety of styles à la The King’s Singers and their repertoire ranges from sacred motets and canticles, to popular music from contemporary composers.  All are members (past and present) of the Parish Choir in Brentwood and guarantee good professional entertainment.

Please make a note in your diaries not to miss this evening’s entertainment, for which more detailed information will appear next month.


The next meeting of the Parish Council 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 dates are Saturdays 7th September and 21st September 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 email


The Great Easton Community Association would like to invite all the over 65s in Great Easton to a Christmas Lunch, to be held on Thursday 5th December 2019 at 12.30 for 1pm at The Swan.

If you would like to join them, please contact Julie Neale on 01371 870481 by Tuesday 5th November at the latest.  There will be a reminder in the October and November issues of the Parish Magazine.  Members of the Association look forward to hearing from you.


The service at The Moat House Residential Care Home on Monday 23rd September at 10.30am will be a Harvest Festival. 


The Parish Council has put in place a safety mirror opposite the house called Bridgefoot.  If you stop and look up across the road, you will be able to see in the mirror the traffic coming down the hill.  Please tell your children this so that they can safely cross the road on their way to school.


This service will be at the Great Easton Village Hall on Friday 13th September, 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: It is announced that Gwendoline (Gwen) Pickford passed away at The Moat House, Great Easton on 31st July 2019.  A tribute to Gwen will be found in the In Memoriam section.



The theme for this year’s Tilty Flower Festival on Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th October will be A Day to Remember.  Tilty Church will be open from 12noon to 5pm both days, with the usual country market, stalls and games in the Churchyard.  Full details of all that is on offer can be seen in the separate display advertisement.  The organisers very much look forward to welcoming old friends and new visitors alike. 

Flower Festival Art Competition: Great Easton School

This will be the third year Tilty team has worked together with the children of Great Easton School, aided by Mrs Jackman and her fellow teachers.  If previous years are anything to go by, we can very much looking forward to seeing this year’s artwork, which will be based on the Festival Theme of A Day to Remember.  Each year group will be involved, and all entries will be on display over the weekend of The Flower Festival.  Revd Tim will have the difficult task of judging ‘Best in Year’ and a prize will be awarded to each winner at the School Harvest Festival in October. 

Flower Festival Evening Concert: Joanna Eden

The organisers are delighted to welcome the return of acclaimed singer-songwriter Joanna Eden who will perform a solo concert in Tilty Church on the evening of Saturday 6th October.  Joanna, who lives in Saffron Walden, is one of the UK’s leading jazz singer-songwriters, with a career spanning 20 years.  Described as ‘bloody marvellous!’ by Dame Cleo Laine, she is a recording artist in her own right, and has supported Jamie Cullum, Buena Vista Social Club and Ronan Keating to name a few.  A regular at Ronnie Scott’s, she has also featured on Radio 2, with Sir Michael Parkinson urging his listeners to “seek her out”.  She is an accomplished vocal coach with international singing star Sam Smith a former pupil.  Her style is jazz and folk and, for her concert at Tilty, will perform familiar classics from artists including Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell.

The concert will begin at 7.30pm and will comprise two parts, with an interval for refreshments.  The Headless Monk Bar will also be open from 6pm serving pre-and post-concert refreshments together with food from The Friars Tuck Food Stall.

Tickets are £15 and are on sale now.  Please phone Fiona on 01371 870091 or e-mail


The next General Meeting will be on Tuesday 10th September in The Club Room at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill, starting at 7.45pm.  There will be a visiting speaker at this meeting: Clare Mulley, a lecturer, researcher and award-winning biographer, with a talk based on her book The Women who Flew for Hitler which tells the story of two test pilots who ended their lives on opposite sides of history.  Clare is a regular contributor to TV and radio, and also lectures in London and Paris on Britain’s wartime female special agents. 

Non-members may attend the meetings (non-members fee is £2.50), and new members are always welcome.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Group and its activities, its website address is


The Annual General Meeting of the Duton Hill Community Association will be held on Tuesday 1st October.  The venue is 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 weekend on Friday 8th May 2020 in the main street of Duton Hill.  Please come along, meet your neighbours and have a natter.


As they are moving, Davina and Dan are no longer able to distribute the magazine in Cherry Street and we are looking for a new distributor.  This involves delivering 15 copies door-to-door each month.  Davina and Dan have been doing this since February last year.  We are most grateful for all that they have done and send best wishes for the future.  If a new distributor does not come forward, then this batch will be left at The Three Horseshoes where residents of Cherry Street can collect a copy during opening hours.



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 Russell will talk about his work and show a selection from the 300,000 photographs in his collection.  He will also give tips and advice to help you improve your wildlife photography.  This is an evening really not to be missed!  Saturday 28th September in Broxted Village Hall at 7.30pm.  Tickets, which will include light refreshments, are £8, with accompanied children free.  Contact Phyllis and Roger Clark on 01279 850638, to reserve yours, or you can pay at the door.


Next Parish Meeting

The September meeting of the parish council will be on Thursday 12th September at 8pm in the committee room of the Broxted Village Hall.

Planning Application for Caravan Site at Brick End

On 8th August the Parish Council was notified of a new application (made on 19th July) for planning permission for a caravan site at Brick End.  The Parish Council will be objecting to the development because it believes the site is completely unsuitable.  However the decision will be made by the planning authority, Uttlesford District Council.

The application is for two residential caravan pitches and two touring pitches, and an associated utility room/dayroom and stables.  The covering letter (Planning Statement) explains that the pitches are intended as “residential family gypsy pitch[es] with utility/dayroom, to meet a recognised need for such facilities in the area to facilitate a gypsy lifestyle”.

This is very similar to an application made 18 months ago (for the same piece of land).  The fact that the last application was refused does not mean that this one will be.  The main difference seems to be that the Applicant claims to have identified the extent of the contamination of the land and undertaken to deal with it.  All other reasons for objecting to the application remain valid.

Last time, a big factor in defeating the application was the large number of objections UDC received from local people.  If you objected last time, please do the same again.  Anyone can make comments, whether you live in Broxted parish or not, and every individual in a household can put in a separate objection.  You will need to give your name and address.

Objections need to be relevant to planning issues.  There is a separate leaflet in this Magazine which lists some of the planning concerns you might want to raise.

Any comments or objections must reach UDC by 17th September 2019.  Reference UTT/19/1777/FUL must always be quoted.

Time is short and the Parish Council believes it is important for UDC to receive views from as many people as possible.

If you objected last time, your comments will probably still be on the planning portal under the previous application’s reference UTT/18/0112/FUL.  Your previous comments will NOT be transferred automatically to the new application – you will need to enter them again.  There will be further information on the Broxted Village Facebook page.

How to object:

Online: Go to  Enter the reference number in the search box to see a summary.  Here you can see the comments others have made.  Click the button “Make a Comment” and you can type in your objection, or paste in a Word document (this avoids being timed out while you are still typing!).  E-mail: Send to  Quote the reference.  Write: To Uttlesford District Council, London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4ER.  Quote the reference.


Village Coffee Morning

The regular Coffee Morning this month is on Wednesday 18th September 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.


The annual Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support takes place on Friday 27th September this year and Sarah Cousins will once again be opening the doors of Oakmeads, Brick End, Broxted as she has done for many years now.  Everyone is welcome to pop in for a tea or a coffee and a slice or three of homemade cake.  Bring your friends, neighbours, relatives – the more the merrier – and let’s raise lots of money for this amazing cause whilst having a good old chinwag!  Doors open from 10am until 2pm so please do try to come along.


The Quiz this month is on Thursday 19th September.  As usual, the quiz is at 8.15 for an 8.30pm start.  This evening is always very popular, so if you are planning to eat before the quiz it is best to book a table.  Call Karen or Terry on 01279 850256. 


The Parish Council has placed a bench in memory of Dick on the footpath opposite Garrolds Farm, towards East End Wood.  It will be officially unveiling a plaque on the bench at 11am on Saturday 14th September.  Everybody is welcome to share this event with Dick’s family.


This service will be at the Prince of Wales on Thursday 19th September, arriving at 10.35am and leaving at 11.05am.


To hire the hall, contact 01279 850638



Pilates Class



The Wednesday Walk

Third Wednesday

10am to 12pm

Village Coffee Morning


There is no Quiet Day in September, the next one being on Tuesday 8th October when the Revd Neil Broadbent will be the speaker.  More details next month.  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


Almost every parish within the Hundred Parishes has a church of great antiquity. Each one is different. The most notable external feature is often the tower, erected originally to house a bell or set of bells, raised high so their sound would travel above the surrounding rooftops to summon parishioners to prayer or for a special occasion. Almost all our church towers are square with just two being round: Bardfield Saling and Bartlow.

Some churches have a spire, usually extending upwards from the square tower base and tapering to a point. The combination of tower and spire may be called a steeple.  The shapes of spires vary greatly; tall and thin styles are often referred to as ‘Hertfordshire spikes’ although they are not confined to Hertfordshire.  The tallest local steeples are at Saffron Walden (193 feet) and Thaxted (181 feet).

A few churches have a bell cote, where one or two bells hang in a small frame above one end of the roof. Several of these were erected to replace a collapsed bell tower.  Wimbish seems to be our only parish church with no tower, spire or bell cote, following the demolition of its tower in 1883.

A few churches have unusual towers or spires including Little Dunmow’s separate thin turret, Wareside’s octagonal bell tower and High Wych’s thin circular spire.  The spires of two churches in adjacent parishes, Ickleton and Hinxton, each have a ‘sanctus’ bell, high up on the outside of the spire – an uncommon design feature.

Next time you are out and about, please keep an eye open for the rich variety of local church architecture. A picture of each parish church appears amongst the thousand photos in the Society’s book, The Hundred Parishes: An Introduction, available in tourist information centres and libraries.