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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.


Revd Tim Goodbody writes from The Vicarage, 7 Ruffels Place, Stebbing, CM6 3TJ
Telephone 01371 856080 /
07708 660162 Email

Revd Tim was indisposed as this issue was being prepared.  Instead of his usual letter, we are offering you these excerpts from Bishop Stephen’s diary of his four-week pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella in September/October 2016:

Day One:  I believe one of the things to be learned on pilgrimage is trust.  Life slows down.  You have to travel light (my backpack is about 8kg).  You have to work out what you need and what you don’t.  You have to rely on the hospitality of strangers.  You have to find the way.  I am trusting that the road ahead has much to teach me.

 Day Six:  Deers and dramatic scenery: A deer crossed my path this morning.  It was just fifteen or twenty feet ahead of me.  We looked at each other for a moment.

The walking has been hard today.  Steep climbs and lots of rain.  I stopped at Unquera for a coffee, bought my two bananas: one for later and one for tomorrow’s breakfast.  I also bought a tin of sardines.  This has now become my emergency rations.

At about mid-morning I crossed the river Deva, the natural border between Cantabria and Asturias.  Just before the river is a chapel where for many years a hermit lived providing light and guidance to pilgrims.  Today, it is locked.

I am enjoying a pared down life.  Shelter.  Warmth.  Food.  These are what matters and I am learning to be a bit more thankful.  There is so much I think of as ‘things I need’.  Very few of them are actually needed.  I am part of a culture of plenty and an expectation that plenty is my right.  Walking, eating, sleeping.  I am discovering a new joy in what matters.

At noon the sun came out.  A little band of Latvian women directed me off the main path of the Camino to a wonderful detour alongside the coast.  The scenery was dramatic and beautiful.  Imagine walking the coastal path in Cornwall with the sea on one side but the Pyrenees on the other and you get some idea of the landscape.

I walked for seven hours then stopped at Pendueles.  The welcome at the Albergue has been astonishing.  There will be dinner.  And breakfast.  All prepared by the man who lives here and whose life and work is welcoming pilgrims.  He is also washing our clothes for us.  They will be ready when we set off in the morning.  There is no charge for any of this.  He has just asked us to leave a donation, whatever we can afford.  The dinner was lovely, the wine flowed, and the multi-European conversation round the table turned to Brexit after a while.  Everyone is mystified by our decision.  So am I.  Especially with so many young people here, of different nationalities, and yet all European, and glad of it.

The hospitality this evening has been humbling.  The company delightful and challenging.





The Salings (GS: Great and LS: Little)


1st October Trinity 16

9.30am Holy Communion

11am Morning Prayer GS

11am Harvest Festival

8th October Trinity 17

9.30am Morning Prayer

11am  Morning Prayer LS

11am Holy Communion

15th October Trinity 18

9.30am Holy Communion

11am Holy Communion GS

8am BCP Holy Communion
11am Informal

22nd October Trinity 19

9.30am Morning Prayer

9.30am Holy Communion LS

11am Holy Communion

29th October last after Trinity/Bible Sunday

9.30am Family Service

4pm BCP Evensong

11am Informal Service



SSE Calendar

The 2018 Community Calendar is now available by mail order and at outlets across Uttlesford and East Herts.  A regular favourite, the calendar once again highlights many stunning locations in the shadow of Stansted Airport’s operations which would be impacted by expansion plans.  These include Ashdon, Berden, Bishop’s Stortford, Ickleton, Linton, Little Bardfield, Long Melford, Matching Green, Roydon, Saffron Walden, Waltham Abbey and Ware.

The A3 format calendar is priced at just £7 and is available in sixteen local outlets, as well as from the SSE office in Molehill Green and from their volunteer sales team.  Mail order and gift copies (including those for overseas addresses) can be organised using their online form.  Details from the Campaign Office on 01279 870558 and



TaizeIn 1940 a young man called Roger bought a house in the French village of Taizé where he provided shelter for refugees fleeing from the war.  From this small beginning grew the monastic community of Taizé, which today has more than 100 brothers and welcomes thousands of visitors every year.  Members of the community come from many different nationalities and Christian denominations.  Their aim is to live as “a parable of community”, a sign of the love of God and of reconciliation between divided and separated people.

Short, simple songs, using just a few words were developed by the Taizé Community to enable people of different nationalities to pray and worship together.  These songs have become popular around the world and many people enjoy singing and listening to them, finding them a helpful way to pray.  You can read more and listen to the songs on the Taizé website

Songs from Taizé will be sung at the Deanery Service in High Easter Church on Sunday 22nd October at 6pm.  The service will include singing, prayers, readings and silence and there will be an address from the Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral, Nicholas Henshall.  Afterwards there will be refreshments and time to meet and mingle with people from across the Dunmow and Stansted Deanery.  Do go along – you would be most welcome.

“Since my youth, I think that I have never lost the intuition that community life could be a sign that God is love, and love alone.  Gradually, the conviction took shape in me that it was essential to create a community… who would always try to understand one another and be reconciled… where kindness of heart and simplicity would be at the centre of everything.” Brother Roger.


On Saturday 21st October, the walk will start and end at the parish church of St Mary, Church Lane, Birchanger CM23 5QH G/R 507 227.  The walk will start at 9am.  Suitable footwear is recommended and dogs are welcome.  Queries to Revd Paul Wilkins at e-mail or 01279 812203.

This will be the last walk of 2017.  Yet again there has been some glorious walking with lots of support from walkers and host churches which was very much appreciated by everyone involved.


As I write this there is still three weeks to go before my ordination on the last day of September.  You may indeed be reading it before then.  So I am not in a position to say what a wonderful and happy day it was but from the way I saw so many of you making Sue Hurley’s priesting, just a few weeks ago, a really special day for her, coupled with the response I have already received, I really am looking forward to the day itself.  

Charles and I, and our three generational family, moved into Great Easton only fifteen months ago although we had been worshiping here for about three years since I became the Visiting Chaplain to the Moat House Care Centre.

This is a lovely part of Essex with several diverse and very active communities.  The two consecutive weekends with the Countess of Warwick Show and the Great Easton Soapbox Race are testament to that.  Each village also has a beautiful and much loved church – a place where generations of people have gone to pray and worship God and where they have collected at times of celebration and also at times of sadness.  Our churches are always open for anyone wishing to visit whether for regular or occasional services or just to enjoy the building or to have a quiet time to reflect.  But the Church is much more than the building.  God’s Church is the people who live, work and play within our communities.  And, as I grow into the role of a Curate, it will be wonderful to work alongside them serving you all both inside the church building and in the wider communities of the Five Parishes.

God’s blessing on you all, Janet


The Show Team write:  For once we could look at the weather forecast leading up to the Show and be assured that we would be blessed with good weather.  The sun shone and the crowds came out in huge numbers to give us a record attendance and an absolutely fantastic Countess of Warwick Show which we are sure will be remembered for years to come.

Revd Tim started proceedings with a short service in the arena and then Agricultural Chaplain Revd Janet Nicholls accompanied by Teddy the Red Poll bull opened the Show.  This heralded the arrival of the gracious Victorian era team of horses from Audley End who gave a full costume display of side saddle riding and told the story of a day in the life of the residents of Audley End in the 1880s.  Milo, pulling a governess cart, stole the Show!

This made way for the first of the children’s games, the egg and spoon race, which is always a great favourite and very well supported by children and their parents.  The Canine ‘Musical Sit’ has become a real show must-see, with the final round owners also having to ‘sit’.

Rachel Skeffington performed a perfect dressage display on Saltarin and Peter and Patricia Jackson paraded their heavy horses.  Peter’s granddaughter thrilled the audience with her galloping and jumping.  The dog racing was great fun with a soft toy panda being pulled up the arena followed by dogs of every shape and size.

We paraded several of the farm animals in the arena, including Teddy and the Valais blacknose sheep, who stayed in the arena afterwards for close encounters with children and parents.  P Tuckwell Ltd demonstrated their latest half combine in the arena which was very impressive and the local quarry brought in a huge yellow dumper truck.

There was a great demonstration of ‘one man and his dog’ skills by Jerry Moloney who successfully penned the sheep, bar one which escaped to great hilarity.  The Essex Foxhounds looked and sounded spectacular when they paraded in the arena on Monday and the presentation of prizes for the ploughing and best restored tractors provided a marvellous line up of colourful vintage tractors.

As usual the Arena provided a whole range of entertainment for all tastes over the weekend, ably marshalled by Tim Turner.

We say this every year but the Horticultural Marquee really is one of the highlights of the Show and looking in there on Sunday morning with all the exhibits on display is a real picture of beauty.  The results of all the competitions in the Horticultural will be published on the show website.  A special thank you to everyone who helped and took part.

The Animal Marquee contained the usual range of animals of all shapes and sizes and it was particularly good to see Teddy the Red Poll bull back after a couple of years’ absence.  We also had a mini zoo in the Animal Marquee for the first time featuring very interesting animals including meerkats, chinchillas and even spiders.  A great addition to the Show.

The Art Show in the church was a lovely haven from the heat with a whole range of wonderful art on show and seems to be going from strength to strength.  This year also saw the addition of an Artisan Marquee alongside the Arena which proved a great success with demonstrations and displays of a variety of things from bee keeping to flower arranging.

On the Manor Side there was the usual mixture of classic cars and beautiful Rolls Royce cars all wonderfully organised and provided by Georgina Wood of P&A Wood who are such great supporters of the Show.

The Manor Side is always a great place to relax and have a drink and listen to the music which this year was provided by Odyssey Blues and Soul Band on the Sunday and Fox, Wiggle and Sass on Monday.  Both bands put on a great show and were really enjoyed by everyone in the fantastic weather, no doubt washed down with a lovely glass of Pimm’s or Prosecco.

The Five Parishes raffle was a great success and the bottle stall surpassed all previous records with nearly 800 bottles collected.  A big thank you to Jenny and Chris and the Saunders family and to everyone who helped and donated.  The Friends of the Five Parishes were delighted with the Show and Andrew Connel was even taking orders for Christmas cards.

Obviously the Show is very important in raising much needed funds for the Five Parishes but it also provides a great opportunity for other charitable bodies and organisations, such as the St Mary’s Church, Dunmow Cake Stall, the Takeley/Little Canfield churches BBQ, Little Easton Memorial Hall and a wide variety of others to also raise funds to support their individual causes.

It is impossible to describe the whole Show in this article but a really great indication is to look at the photos taken by our official photographer Paul and now available on the show website

We say this every year but the Show just could not happen without the full support of a wide range of people from the landowners and farmers who allow us to use their land, during what is their busiest time, to the volunteers who help in setting up, running and breaking down the Show and the sponsors who so generously support the Show.  This year was no exception and we would like to say a huge thank you to them all who for once had to worry more about sun cream than wellies.

Next year’s Show is on Sunday 26th and Monday Bank Holiday 27th August.  Put it in your diaries – we’ve already started planning.


Christmas Cards

A leaflet is enclosed detailing the Christmas card that The Friends launched at the Countess of Warwick Show.  The leaflet incorporates an order form for packs of ten cards costing £5 per pack.  Proceeds from the sale will go towards the funds that The Friends make available to help the churches of the Five Parishes meet their building maintenance expenditure.  It is hoped you will want to put some of these on your shopping list!


By the time you read this the September draw will have taken place but do not despair, there is still time to subscribe to the 50% Club by sending a cheque for £11 to cover the next eleven months up to the end of August 2018.  Why not join in this little bit of fun, it helps towards raising funds for the upkeep of our churches.

Cheques made payable to the ‘Friends of the Five Parishes’ and sent to Brian Miller, Springate Cottage, Radleys End, Duton Hill, Dunmow, Essex CM6 3PT.


This month’s meeting of The Eastons & Tilty WI will be on Thursday 12th October in Great Easton Village Hall at the usual time of 2.15pm for 2.30pm.  At the time of going to press the details of the entertainment that day have not been finalised but it is sure to be up to the usual standard.  For further information please contact either President, Doreen Hart, on 01371 870830 or Secretary, Christine Chalkley, on 01371 852180.  If you wish to find out more about the WI please come along.


Jill Goldsmith writes: Can it be the end of the season already?  Hallowe’en is upon us and Sunday 15th October will be our last open day of 2017 and will showcase our pumpkins!  The pumpkins have taken over one end of the walled kitchen garden and are swelling so should be a good weight for our traditional guess the weight of the pumpkin.  Our Saturday volunteers have done us proud this year, also growing a range of vegetables, which we have been picking and selling at our open days.  And at our Apple Day we featured our herbs as well as our apples.

Children’s activities will be ‘Hallowe’eny’!  We have croquet for those wanting to play – did you know that the game probably dates back to the early 17th Century?  Samuel Johnson’s 1755 dictionary referred to the game of ‘pall-mall’ as ‘A play in which the ball is struck with a mallet through an iron ring’.  Croquet then became fashionable and current rules were set in Victorian times, so we are still very much playing the game as the Countess of Warwick and her guests would have done on her lawn.

The treehouse will, of course, be open and will provide a good vantage point for autumn colour in the lime wood.

Gates will open from 11.30am, with last entry 4pm, and there will be warming soup (should that be needed!), locally sourced bacon and cheese rolls and homemade cakes.  For more information go to our website or Facebook page, where you can see more about what our volunteers have achieved recently.  


Brian Miller writes: It is the beginning of September as I pen this article in readiness for the October magazine.  With two months still to go I am pleased to announce that there has been a magnificent response for ticket applications.  The performance on Saturday 28th October is completely sold out but we still have a few tickets available for Friday 27th October at the time of writing.

As always, you will be treated to a drink on arrival and the two course seasonal supper is being arranged this year by our local caterer, Ian Barnard.  A licensed bar will be available followed by a world class stage show.  This is an evening not to be missed.

The proceeds are in aid of Cystic Fibrosis sufferers to raise funds for the Simone Cowland Trust.  For ticket availability please contact either Audrey or Brian on 01371 870927 or e-mail  Adults £35 each, children (6-14 years) £18 each, cheques made payable to Brian Miller.  The venue is Great Easton Village Hall. 7pm for 7.30pm.


A reminder that the Greville Theatre Club play readings at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill, telephone (01371 870681) are on the following Thursdays: 5th October, 16th November and 7th December at 8pm.  Anyone who would like to participate in these will be very welcome. 


The surgery of Kemi Badenoch MP will be at Thaxted Guildhall on Friday 27th October from 11am to 1pm.  For an appointment, please send an e-mail with your name and address to


The Club will meet on Tuesday 3rd October at 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church, Bolford Street, Thaxted CM6 2PY.  The speaker will be Linda Kingcott whose subject will be The Green Man and Friends.


The country dance sessions started again in September after the summer break.  The Club meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8pm at the Thaxted Church Hall next door to the Margaret Street car park, with live band and callers.  Dancers of all abilities are welcome.  A small cost of £2 per session is payable. 


At the Thaxted Gardening Club meeting on Monday 30th October speaker Mike Logan Wood’s subject will be The Secret Lives of Garden Birds.  The Club meets in The Day Centre off St Margaret’s Car Park in Thaxted.  Tea and coffee will be served from 7.15pm to enable members to ask questions and bring/collect swaps of unwanted plants and seeds before the talk begins at 7.30pm.  This is a small friendly group and new members will be warmly welcomed.  There is a charge of £3 per meeting and a raffle is held.  For further information contact chairman Alison Howells, on 01371 830318.


This team of young ladies are performing at the Dunmow New Street UR Church on Saturday 7th October at 6 for a 6.30pm start.  The concert will include songs of the Andrews Sisters, Glen Miller music and patriotic songs.  Tickets at £18 including refreshments and a raffle ticket are available from John Chiles on 01371 871949.


Ron Gilder’s next coach outing is on Tuesday 17th October, to Hampshire organised on behalf of The Probus Club of Dunmow and District.  A stop for lunch in Lyndhurst will be followed by a leisurely drive around the New Forest region drinking in the amazing autumn colours.  A second stop for tea is in the delightful village of Burley.  Provisional timings are departure from Great Bardfield 8am, Great Dunmow at 8:15am and departure from the New Forest area 5pm.  Cost depends on the number of people on the coach.  If you are interested, contact Ron by e-mail to or call 01371 873842.


The next performance will be at All Saints’ Church, Hockerill, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2DY on Saturday 11th November at 7pm.  Proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  Tickets cost £12 or £6 for under 16s and are available from 01279 506773 or e-mail  With the choir will be the Amici Cantate Chamber Orchestra and young singers from the local area including pupils from Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School and Summercroft Primary School.


This will be held on Friday 17th November from 1pm to 8pm in  the OSCA Hall and Henham Village Hall – two halls for twice the shopping experience!  £1 donation at entry will cover both halls and all proceeds will go to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and Cosmic (support for and research into serious childhood diseases).  Stalls will include art, candles, confectionary, cards, books, Christmas decorations, handbags, accessories, etc.


Victim Support is an independent charity supporting victims of crime.  Last year our team of trained volunteers and staff supported over 3,000 people across Essex.  They are looking for reliable volunteers with great listening skills, who have four hours or more to spare a week.  Successful applicants will have a place on a four day training course in Chelmsford on 3rd, 4th, 17th and 18th November.  Find out more by e-mailing or by calling the Essex Service Delivery team on 01277 357557.


When the weather is chilly, there is nothing like a comforting bowl of soup to lift the spirits.  This is a lovely golden soup with a gentle, spicy warmth to enliven the days of autumn.

Golden Autumn Soup

Serves 4
1 onion, sliced
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped
1 quarter teaspoon ground ginger
565 ml (1 pint) vegetable stock
100 ml (3.5 fl oz) orange juice
6 tablespoons single cream
Salt and pepper

Heat the oil in the pan and cook the onion and garlic until soft, without colouring.  Add the butternut squash and ginger, then cook gently for a further five minutes.  Add the stock and orange juice, bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes.  Blend until smooth.  Return to the pan, add the cream, then season to taste.  Reheat gently to serve.

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


Although at the time of writing we are only a few days into the new term, the staff and children have quickly settled back into the ‘school’ routine.  There are new shoes and uniforms, taller children and brand new ones too!  At the time of writing, the reception children are on their third morning at school – so far so good!  They look adorable in their tiny uniforms and they are having a wonderful time.  We have a busy transition period to help prepare the children (and their parents) for school.  After a morning’s visit and picnic in the summer term, everyone is invited to join our camping weekend and come along to sports day.  We then met for an afternoon on Friday 1st September, so the children could play in the classroom and familiarise themselves with their teachers, each other and the classroom.  It’s a great opportunity for parents to chat too.  In addition, I write to all of the children over the summer holidays to let them know how excited we are to see them.  On Friday 22nd September from 4-7pm we have our Family Fun Friday which is when we welcome our new families by having delicious food, lots of games and time to meet the children’s friends and their families.

Our worship assembly theme for this half term is ‘Courage’ and we will be looking at how basic to Christian faith is the claim that God is always present in every situation.  This belief has led to great acts of courage that have included facing danger and opposition, overcoming fear, making a stand for what is right and encouraging others to persevere.  In addition Revd Tim and I will focus our weekly worship assemblies upon people who through prayer have found the strength to help them be courageous.  The children play an active part in our assemblies and lead Friday’s celebration assembly.  Singing plays a key part and the children enjoy learning songs which also have actions and sign language – it really makes everyone smile!

Our topics this year are exciting.  The Reception and Key Stage One children are learning all about the world around us.  Meanwhile our Key Stage Two pupils are travelling back in time to study the ancient Egyptians.  It is going to be a fun-packed half term!

An important sign that autumn is here is Harvest, and you are all welcome to join the school’s celebrations which will be held at Great Easton church on Wednesday 18th October at 9.30am.

Claire Jackman



In Little Easton News the Parish Council confirms that their response was submitted by due date to Uttlesford District Council.

What happens next?  The decisions the Council will make following this consultation will set the context for new development over the next fifteen years.  Responses to the document will inform the Pre-submission Plan (Regulation 19) on which they will consult in the winter of 2017/18.  Following this consultation, the Plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State to be subject to an independent examination by a Planning Inspector.


1. The shape. Decide on the face you want to carve, and choose your shape of pumpkin accordingly.  If you like big toothy grins, better get a wide pumpkin!

2. The ripeness. Choose one with hard skin, which your fingernail will dent but not puncture.

3. The hollowing. At home, begin by laying out sheets of newspaper, because you have a messy job ahead.  Choose a medium length knife with a thin serrated blade, and cut out a hole near the top around the stem. As you cut, it will help if you angle your knife slightly upwards.  This makes the lid and hole slightly cone-shaped, which stops the lid from falling into the pumpkin later on.

4. The scraping. Dig out your pumpkin with a large spoon.  Make sure it is perfectly flat on the bottom.

5. The face. Use a crayon to draw on the face.  It can easily be wiped off if you go wrong.  Cut out the design, pushing out the pieces of pumpkin wall as you go along.

6. The preserving of your masterpiece! Vaseline does this well, it seals in the moisture and slows down the growth of mould inside.  Popping your pumpkin into the fridge each night will help.

7. The illumination. A small plain white votive candle in a glass holder works best.

8. The setting. Pumpkins need a flat, stable surface away from anything that can catch fire.  A table in a conservatory works well.  Make sure that curtains and blinds are well out of the way, and that the cat or kids won’t knock it off.



The LEPC Chairman writes: The Local Plan Regulation 18 Response – the Parish Council submitted a well argued, 98 page official response to the consultation and its suggestion that a new garden settlement of some 10,000 new homes could be built on Easton Park!  The outcome and the next phase of this process are awaited. Hopefully many of you reading this article made the time to submit your own comments too.

The Community Speedwatch team continue to seek volunteers to help assist in random speed surveys of traffic travelling through the village.  If you would like to be involved in helping to calm the flow of vehicles please contact the Clerk on for more details.

The War Memorial site maintenance continues to take shape with new planting and the paving being cleaned.  There are plans for the area at the front of the memorial to make it easier to keep it tidy and the grass mowed. Your children's Play Area is due some attention with the proposed purchase of a new piece of "activity centre" type equipment and some tlc for the remaining pieces.

A vacancy still exists on the Council so if you are interested in local community matters and have a small amount of spare time, not easy with the busy lives we all lead, then please do contact the Clerk for more details on this interesting, diverse and worthwhile role.  Come along to one of our parish meetings to see what we get up to.  The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Wednesday 18th October in the Memorial Hall, commencing 7:30pm sharp.



Jenny and Ken wish to record their sincere thanks to everyone who donated items for the tombola stall at the Show and are very pleased to announce that just over £500 was raised for Little Easton Memorial Hall fund.

Bottle Stall

Grateful thanks are also conveyed to Daniel Brewer for their very generous donation of a case of selected wines presented for the bottle stall.


This service will be at Butchers Pasture in Little Easton on Fridays 6th and 20th October, arriving at 10.35am, departing at 10.55am.


To hire the hall, contact Jenny Green on 01371 870402. For more details see the hall website at


8.00pm to 10.15pm

Carpet Bowls


10am to 11.30am

Iyengar Yoga Class


10am to 12noon

Art Club



Dog Training



The Parish Clerk writes: The garden waste skip will be visiting Great Easton Village Hall on Saturdays 14th and 28th October between 9am and 10am.

The next meetings of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 28th September and 26th October, commencing at 7.30pm.  Residents are welcome to attend to hear what your Parish Council is doing for you.  Minutes of all meetings are on the notice boards in Great Easton, Duton Hill and Tilty and can also be found on our website


The Soapbox Race Day

The Soap Box Derby on 2nd September  brought many visitors to the village for a great event.  Brian Miller gave a marvellous commentary, keeping up with all the changes!  Balloons have been found after their journey and Peter Neale will be awarding the prizes to the lucky people.  The magnificent sum of £6,750 was raised which will be divided between Together in West Essex Breast Cancer Charity and the Great Easton Community Association.  Thanks must go to everyone involved in this wonderful day, especially the drivers of the soapboxes and to all those people who came to support it.  Please make a note of next year’s event which will be on 1st September 2018.

Countess of Warwick Show

Thanks also to all the people who donated bottles for the Bottle Stall at the Show.  There was a last minute rush of donations which made all the difference and helped the stall to raise some 800 bottles in all.  It was most appreciated.


The Communion Service at The Moat House Residential Care Home will be on Monday 2nd October at 10.30am and will be a Harvest Festival.


This service will be at Great Easton Primary School on Tuesdays 3rd, 17th and 31st October from 11.15am to 11.45am and then at the Village Hall at 11.50am, departing at 12.15pm.


To hire the hall, contact David Chalkley on 01371 852180


6.30 to 9.30pm

Dog Training




Keep Fit

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


Upholstery class and

except for half term weeks



Tilty Flower Festival is on Saturday/Sunday 30th September/1st October from 12 noon to 5pm.  Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from the vestry and visitors can relax and enjoy the beautiful floral displays on show in the church, which will this year be based on the theme Harvest.   Inside will also feature local photographic and historical displays in addition to a stall hosted by The Friends of The Five Parishes.

Outside in the churchyard there will be a variety of stalls to include a country market selling home-made and home-grown local produce, a plant stall, raffle and games for all the family.  The Headless Monk licensed pop up bar will be open throughout the weekend, serving a selection of real ale, cider and wines complementing hot food served from The Friar’s Tuck BBQ and food stall.  The Thaxted Morris Men will dance at 2pm on the Saturday.

Check with Fiona on 01371 870091 or Cec on 01371 870297 or e-mail to see if there are tickets available (at £25) for the Clive Carroll concert on the Saturday evening at 7.30pm.


As notified in last month’s issue, the Annual General Meeting of the Duton Hill Community Association is on Thursday 12th October in The Upstairs Room of The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill at 8 for 8:15pm.  All residents of Duton Hill are invited, particularly the newbies 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.  Please come along, meet your neighbours and have a natter.


The Greville Theatre Club will be holding play readings at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill, telephone 01371 870681 on the following Thursdays: 5th October, 16th November and 7th December at 8.00 pm.  Anyone who would like to participate in these will be very welcome. 


This service will visit Duton Hill Three Horseshoes on Tuesdays 3rd, 17th and 31st October, at 12.20pm departing at 12.40pm.



The Angels Are Coming …

to Broxted a little earlier this year.  The Festival of Angels will be held in the church on Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th November.  If you would like to help with this lovely event by running a stall, decorating a window (or any other part of the church) or by helping with the refreshments, please contact Terry Reed at


The next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 12th October in the Village Hall at 8pm.    The agenda and minutes of all meetings are posted on the village notice boards, and can also be found on the Council’s web-site at, where you can also find all the other information that the Council is obliged to publish. 


Village Coffee Mornings

The next Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday 18th October, in the Village Hall from 10am to noon.  This is your opportunity to meet the neighbours, catch up on the local gossip and enjoy a cup of coffee and some scrumptious cakes.


The quiz in October is on Thursday 5th, in the pub at 8.15pm for an 8.30pm start.  If you have not been before – do give it a try.  It costs just £2 a head and there are cash prizes.  You don’t need to arrange a team, just come along with a couple of friends.  It’s not too serious and you might be surprised to discover how clever you are!  If you are planning to eat before the quiz it is best to book a table.  Call Karen or Terry on 01279 850256. 


A reminder that Sarah Cousins will be holding her annual fundraising day in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 29th September from 10am until 4pm at Oakmeads, Brick End, Broxted (01279 850887).  Do pop along to support this worthy cause if you can.


Did you know that the village, in conjunction with the Rural Community Council of Essex, runs a bulk oil buying scheme?  By having lots of members it means that the price paid for heating oil can be as much as 5p or 6p a litre less than you might pay otherwise.  For more details contact our local co-ordinator, Sarah Cousins, on 01279 850887.


This service will visit Broxted on Tuesdays 3rd, 17th and 31st October, arriving at Cranham Road at 1.25pm, departing 1.40pm and arriving at the Prince of Wales at 1.45pm, departing at 2pm.  It will arrive at the site of the old Molehill Green Village Store at 2.05pm and depart at 2.20pm.


To hire the hall, contact 01279 850445



Pilates Class




The Wednesday Walk

Dog Training Class

Third Wednesday

10am to 12pm

Village Coffee Morning