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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

A Google search on my computer just now offered me 905 million hits for the phrase “Come Home for Christmas”. From this mere fact I conclude that a) there are lots of versions of a song with that name and b) coming home for Christmas is an important thing for people all over the world.

So, are you going home for Christmas, or are your family coming home to you? Often, we answer that question differently depending on our age, and what generation of our family we are in. Where, indeed, is home? Is it where you live, where your parents live, where you were born, or where your ancestors come from? Different people will use these different definitions, and in their own way they are all valid.

Famously, of course, the Holy Family went home for the first Christmas – Joseph and Mary had to travel to Joseph’s ancestral town of Bethlehem for the census. It makes me glad ours are done by post or over the net these days! Because of course upon arrival ‘home’, Joseph and Mary couldn’t find any accommodation so Jesus was born among the farm animals and slept in a manger.

Although he was in one sense born “at home”, Jesus was actually born homeless, and would spend much of his ministry wandering, without permanent accommodation. Many people today are rather rootless too, moving frequently for work or because of family circumstances. Sometimes it is hard to work out where home is, and we can easily become like Marvin Gaye (or Paul Young if you’re under 50) and say “Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home”.

But, for the sake of a stable (no pun intended) emotional and physical life, having a place to call home is very important for us. At Christmas it is appropriate for us to pause and remember those in our society who are homeless – and please remember to support the Foodbank when you do your Christmas food shopping.

However this year, I’ll be thinking a lot about what it means to “come home for Christmas” in a spiritual sense. I believe that God is calling us to be his family, his children, and to come to him in faith, not just at Christmas but for all of our lives.

On Thursday 10th January 2019 in St Mary’s Church, Stebbing, the next Alpha Course, for all residents of the Pilgrim Parishes, begins at 7pm. So, if you want to know more about coming home to God, please call Angie on 01371 856696. In the meantime have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

With every blessing, Tim
Rev Tim











Five Parishes

Sunday 2nd December Advent Sunday

6.30pm The Coming of the Light

3.30pm ToTs
5.30pm Christingle Service

11.00 Joint Advent Service at Great Saling


Saturday 8th December


7.00pm Carols By Candlelight


Sunday 9th December

9.30am Christingle and Crib service

1100 Holy Communion
7.00pm Carols By Candlelight

11.00 morning Worship at Little Saling

9.30am Holy Communion at Broxted
5.00pm Carols at Broxted

Sunday 16th December

9.30am Holy Communion
4.00pm Carol Service

8.00am Holy Communion
11.00 Informal Worship
7.00pm Christmas Rocks

11.00am Family Service at Great Saling
4.00pm Carol Service at Great Saling

11.00 Holy Communion at Great Easton
5.00pm Carol Service at Tilty

Sunday 23rd December

9.30am Morning Worship

11.00 Holy Communion

10.30 Chris-tingle making workshop

11.00 Holy Communion at Little Easton

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve


4.00pm Crib Service
11.30pm Christmas Communion

3.30pm Christingle Service at Little Saling
11.30pm Christmas Communion at Great Saling


Tuesday 25th December Christmas Day

9.30am Holy Communion

11.00am Family Service

10.30am Holy Communion at Little Saling

11.00 Holy Communion at Great Easton

Sunday 30th December

9.30am Morning Worship

11.00 Hogmanay Lunch


11.00 Holy Communion at Tilty



Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has expressed dismay and disappointment that on 14th November Uttlesford District Council (UDC) Planning Committee granted approval for Stansted Airport’s planning application to grow to an annual throughput of 43 million passengers per annum.  If this approval is allowed to stand, it would mean that Stansted could increase its flights by 44% and its passenger throughput by 66% compared to last year’s levels.

The UDC Planning Committee, comprising ten elected Uttlesford councillors, split down the middle with five in favour of the application (including the Planning Committee Chairman) and five against.  Where there is a split vote, the Chairman has an additional (casting) vote.

In an announcement at the start of yesterday’s proceedings, which surprised most of those present, UDC’s lead planning officer, Nigel Brown, told the meeting that the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government had instructed UDC not to issue a decision notice until he had an opportunity to consider whether the application should be called in.  However, this announcement did not come as a surprise to SSE because it was fully in accordance with written assurances that had already been given to SSE by the Secretary of State’s office.

SSE will now submit further representations to the Secretary of State asking him (again) to call in the application.  These further representations will include additional reasons for this, including evidence relating to the nature and conduct of yesterday’s meeting, for which there is a complete audio recording.

SSE will also be discussing possible next steps with its legal advisers.  However, it may not be necessary for any further legal steps to be taken by SSE depending on the High Court challenge which SSE is already pursuing in relation to this application.  If this legal challenge succeeds, the approval granted by UDC would be overturned without the need for further legal proceedings. 



Please note the earlier copy date for the January 2019 issue to comply with the printer’s Christmas schedule. The final, repeat final, date for receiving contributions will be Friday 7th December. This means items going to village correspondents should be with them by Thursday 6th December.   Information received after these dates will not be dealt with.  If you have your contribution ready earlier, please do not wait for the final date but send it through as early as possible.  Thank you.



It is all systems go for the Christmas services in our churches (well, that will be the case at Broxted after their Festival of Angels!)  Services in the Five Parishes are detailed on the front cover as always but additionally this month these details are repeated in the table of services in the rest of the Pilgrim Parishes.  This information is given in the hope that it will make it easier to decide where to go!  Whichever church you come to you, you will be assured of a Christmassy welcome.  And to those who we will not see, we send best wishes to you and yours at this time.

The Magazine team also send their best wishes for a very Happy Christmas to our readers, distributors, advertisers, village correspondents and last but not least everyone at our printer, CZ Design & Print in Bishop’s Stortford.  Thank you for all your support during the year, without anyone of you, this magazine could not function.


Frank and Carolyn Bennett, supported by keyboard player Peter Smith and members of the Five Parishes Choir, invite you to join them in singing your favourite carols at one (or more) of the local public houses:

Monday 10th December at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill
Thursday 13th December at The Swan, Great Easton
Tuesday 18th December at The Prince of Wales, Broxted
Thursday 20th December at The Stag, Little Easton.

Each evening starts at 7pm and finishes at 8pm, with a break for some light seasonal refreshments half way through, kindly provided by our hosts.  Children are most welcome.


Warwick Newbury writes:  The Countess of Warwick Show Committee is hoping to see all helpers at the Revd Tim’s Christmas Show party in the Manor Barn on Wednesday 12th December at 6.30 pm in the Manor Barn by kind permission of Andy and Mel.  PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE – this was originally planned to be in the church.  During the carols and the mulled wine there is the much anticipated annual handing over of the big (but not as big as last year!) fund raising cheque to The Five Parishes by the Chairman of The Countess of Warwick Committee, Tim Turner.  All helpers, their other halves and also those interested in joining the fun of helping next year are very welcome.  Please, however, confirm your attendance to me if you have not already done so.

Happy Christmas and thank you, Warwick Newbury


Chairman Warwick writes:  It is coming up to that time of the year when both the regular congregation and those that only join us occasionally come to church to enjoy our Christmas services. All four of our churches will be decorated to reflect the celebration of Christmas and as you sing carols or listen to the Christmas message please reflect on just what it takes to keep our historic churches in good order. Your contribution as members and those that have purchased items at one of the events when our Friends stall has been present does make a difference.

On behalf of the Committee of The Friends of The Five Parishes thank you and Happy Christmas.


Brian Miller writes: The second draw of the year has taken place and the lucky winner is Karen Newbury with cork number 26.


From the Committee: The next meeting of the Eastons & Tilty WI will be on Thursday 13th December in Great Easton Village Hall at 12.30pm for 1pm. This is the occasion of our Christmas lunch and entertainment will be provided. For further information, please contact either our President, Doreen Hart, on 01371 870830 or our Secretary, Christine Chalkley, on 01371 852180.


Jill Goldsmith writes:  This topsy-turvy year is finally coming to a close … snow, followed by the Beast from the East, the summer’s drought, one or two gales and then a pretty dry autumn with a few downpours, all have challenged the Gardens.  But the snowdrops, cowslips, daffodils, dahlias and daisies have delighted thousands of visitors (and their dogs!)  And, the kitchen garden has been at its most productive since the 1950s, with Steve and the Saturday team producing huge quantities of summer vegetables, squashes and pumpkins.  Now the Gardens have once again returned to their winter tranquillity, with planting underway for next year and honey being extracted from the comb.

Our dogged volunteers have made the Gardens the special place it is – raising plants for us, gardening, doing carpentry, cake making, serving in Daisy’s, car park attending, providing music and other entertainment and much, much, more.

Our thanks go to all our volunteers and visitors for making 2018 such a good year!  Our 2019 Calendar is available for last minute Christmas shoppers – by mail order or by leaving a message on our enquiry line 01371 876979 or our website


Broaden your horizons and study something new with the WEA!  Join in Great Dunmow for a fascinating adult learning course.

Post War World 1945-1973

Gain an understanding of the events that shaped the modern world in the years 1945 to c.1973.  Learn about this critical period in history, looking at the cold war, middle-eastern conflict and the end of European empires with tutor Stephen Corley.  10 sessions start on Monday 14th January at 2.15pm to 3.45pm, course reference C2225656.

This course takes place at Great Dunmow Day Centre, Chequers Lane, Great Dunmow, CM6 1EQ and costs £54.75 (if you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to a free course).  Enrol at or call 0300 303 3464 quoting the course reference number.


At their recent meeting, in preparation for laying a wreath at the War Memorial, U3A members signed a book of condolences, remembering family members and friends and paying respect to all those who have given their lives in active service.  Then they enjoyed a visit from the musical duo, Fools Gold Acoustics, who gave a touching tribute and history of the First World War through the eyes of one soldier, using their own particular brand of songs and music.  An excellent afternoon to commemorate the Centenary of World War I.  Members also celebrated their third anniversary and an ever-growing membership, now over 500.

General meetings are always held on the last Wednesday of the month at ET Foakes Hall at 2pm and newcomers are always welcome.


A distinctive gold chain with a lion head pendant has been recovered and Essex Police are keen to try and locate the owner.  This follows the arrest of two boys from the Dunmow area on suspicion of a number of offences including robbery, assault, attempted theft and burglary.  A 22-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs and handling stolen goods.  He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.  Anyone who recognises the chain should call Braintree CID on 101.


Audrey Carmichael MBE writes:  As many of you know, we have been searching for the last few months for someone to replace me as the manager of the Centre due to my retirement at the end of this year.  We are pleased to be able to announce that Judy Weavers has come forward to take on the role, so saving the Centre from closure.  Janet is a retired social worker who has worked at Essex County Council for more than 30 years and has been visiting us regularly for the last few weeks.  She will be taking over in January.   We are sure that she is the perfect person to become the new manager and will do a great job.

May I take this opportunity to thank all those in the Five Parishes, particularly those who have become Friends of the Centre, who have supported me over many years and I hope that you will continue to support the valuable work the Centre does in the future.


The Club meets at the United Reformed Church, Bolford Street, CM6 2PY at 7.30pm.  At the meeting on Tuesday 4th December Jane and Amanda will demonstrate on the theme Christmas Sparkle!  Easy parking and disabled access to the meeting room.  Visitors £5.


There is no meeting in December.


A reminder that this festival takes place on Saturday/Sunday 1st/2nd December, at St. Mary’s Church, Elsenham from 10.30am to 5pm each day.  If you have not visited this festival before you really should.  There will be over 50 Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated by individuals, groups and local business, creating a truly magical atmosphere, especially as it gets dark and the beautiful Norman church is illuminated by a myriad of fairy lights.  Admission is free and refreshments are available.


In the early hours of 24th October the Foodbank experienced a break-in at their warehouse/office.  Thieves removed the fireproof data safe, loaded it into their van and drove away.  Neighbours and insurance companies have been wonderful and a hire van was delivered to them that same day and thankfully no food was stolen.  However, as part of their contingency processes, backup of their computer records was kept in the safe.  One of the files held on this backup drive was their church and regular donor database.  This was protected by their own password but anyone with any concerns should e-mail Mrs Maggie Drewett at  

Since April the Foodbank have fed 2,367 people (993 of them children) which is the equivalent of 21,303 meals.  They saw 65% more clients during the first six months of their financial year than in the same period in 2017, distributing over 26.5 tonnes of food against 27.5 tonnes donated.  They send grateful thanks for the generous support from Harvest Festival services when almost 10 tonnes of food was received from churches and schools.

Items that the Foodbank urgently need are:

Fruit juice (llt Longlife); Longlife milk; cereal bars; instant mash; sponge puddings; tinned tomatoes; tinned rice puddings; packet soups; custard packets (to be made with boiling water); chocolate bars; biscuits; tinned fish; tinned fruit; sugar (500g bags only); cold meats; coffee (small jars); cereal (700g); pasta sauce; tinned spaghetti; jam; packet rice.  Also toiletries, e.g. toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, shampoo, toilet rolls and pet food.

PLEASE: No baked beans (they have full stocks); small pack sizes only (larger packs make bags difficult to carry home and for hygiene reasons cannot be split); only goods that are no less than 6 months of their “use by” date.  At the Great Easton Harvest Festival goods were received that would have been out of date for the 2017 service!


Each month the Society’s secretary Ken McDonald sends us details of items of interest to be found in our parishes.  If you need inspiration for a Christmas present, please consider their book, The Hundred Parishes: An Introduction.  It can be purchased at local Tourist Information Centres and some local bookshops.  As principal author, Ken will be on hand to sign copies at Saffron Walden TIC on Saturday 1st December between 10:30am and 12:30pm.  Printed by Lavenham Press and costing £25, it introduces the reader to the rich history of each parish and paints a picture of life up to the start of the 21st century.  


Uttlesford Citizens Advice is a charity created to serve the local community.  They help around 3,000 clients each year with problems relating to benefit entitlements, debt and budgeting, housing, relationships, employment rights and health and care needs. 

They are looking for volunteers to join their next adviser training course, beginning at the end of January.  You don’t need specific qualifications or experience; advisers receive full training and always have a supervisor available.  Your initial training will take around six months.   You’ll meet new people, gain new skills and experiences that could enhance your CV, challenge yourself and achieve great satisfaction!  Applications from all sections of the community are welcomed.  For more information please email or call 01799 618840. 


In December 2012 The Guardian published an article by George Monbiot that is still valid today.  On the subject of pathological consumption at Christmas time, he demonstrated how we buy presents for people when there’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want.  So we buy presents that seem amusing on the first day of Christmas, daft on the second, embarrassing on the third.  By the twelfth they’re in landfill.  For thirty seconds of dubious entertainment or a hedonistic stimulus we commission the use of materials whose impacts will ramify for generations.

Researching her film The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard discovered that only 1% of materials flowing through the consumer economy remain in use six months after sale.  Even the goods we might have expected to hold onto are soon condemned to destruction through either planned obsolescence (breaking quickly) or perceived obsolescence (becoming unfashionable).  Rare materials, complex electronics, the energy needed for manufacture and transport are extracted and refined and combined into compounds of utter pointlessness.  

This Christmas bake them a cake, write them a poem, give them a kiss, tell them a joke, but let’s stop trashing the planet to tell someone you care.  All it shows is that you don’t.


Years ago, chestnuts were used in cooking much more than they are now, and these creams are based on a very old recipe. They are rich but would make a rather indulgent alternative to Christmas pudding.  Strictly adults only!

Chestnut and Rum Creams (serves 6)
Tin of unsweetened chestnut purée; 50g (2oz) caster sugar;250ml (half pint) double cream; Juice and rind of 1 orange; 2 sherry glasses Jamaican rum

Dissolve caster sugar in rum over a low heat and allow to cool. Beat in chestnut purée. Whip cream together with orange rind and juice. Fold into rum-flavoured purée. Taste and add extra sugar if required. Pipe or spoon into individual glass serving dishes and chill well. Just before serving, decorate with lightly sweetened, rum-flavoured whipped cream.  Serve with sponge finger biscuits.

If you have a favourite recipe, seasonal or otherwise, which you would like to share, please e-mail it in the first instance to the Editor.


Owing to pressures of work at the school, there is no report this month.  However we do have the lovely opportunity to see them all in Great Easton Church on Wednesday 12th December at 2pm for the School’s Carol Service.  Everyone is welcome to come along.

Meanwhile we send our very best wishes to the teachers and staff, pupils, governors and members of the PTA for all God’s blessings at Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Brian O’Leary reports: The late October sun has set; the warmth has long departed.  The night closes in; darkness consumes the light until all that remains is the eerie green glow of the lights of Great Easton Village Hall.  Within its walls, for the 16th year, a night of magic and mischief is about to get underway.

The guests arrive in a variety of attire from business to casual to fancy dress.  After the guests’ appetites are sated with a wonderful meal, Michael Carr, Paul Clancy and Barry Hicks entertain with some close-up magic.  But soon it’s time for the house lights to dim and the stage lights to come up as the stars from the world of variety begin their shows.

First on stage is gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo.  To detail Mat’s act is to veer into spoiler territory so instead I’ll dance around it without giving too much away.  Mat used all the tools of a gentleman juggler’s trade: a fully set table, laden with all that a man might need to throw a dinner party.  Brazilian single edged blades, so dangerous that no man, nor woman should dare to handle them, let alone juggle them.  Cigar boxes and martini glasses.  And his signature impossible closer that I’ll not spoil here.

Between acts Brian Miller entertained us with some funny witticisms and unusual church notices.  Then on to the second act: Mandy Muden.  Mandy, with her refrain of “magic, magic” entertained us with cucumbers, disappearing bottles, eggs and high-quality pyrotechnics.  All wrapped in jokes and gags that kept the audience laughing.  

Next, all the way from Spain we had Eduardo Galeano.  Eduardo produced a wonderful manipulation act.  Cards appeared and disappeared; grew and shrunk, were there one moment and gone the next.  It was a wonderful display of dexterity and showmanship and audible gasps could be heard from the audience with each production.

Rounding out the night was Paul Zenon.  Paul took the unusual step of cutting his microphone cord in half just to prove a magical point.  Not content with that he then decided to cut a hole in a member of the audience’s jacket to prove that quantum physics is true.  Your humble reporter is not qualified to tell you if Paul’s maths was correct, only that the audience loved it.  There were others who were somewhat less impressed when he put a full pint glass in a snooker triangle and swung it violently over their heads.  But it was all in the aid of science and who are we to inhibit the progress of knowledge.

Mischief complete and with the ghouls of Halloween knocking faintly on the door, the patrons filed out into the night, never to be seen again.  Or at least, not until next year.

I understand a cheque for £4,500 has been sent to the Simone Cowland Trust in aid of Cystic Fibrosis sufferers, so an enormous thankyou to those who supported these two magical evenings.



As we approach the end of another year it is an opportunity to say a big thank you to all you amazing volunteers that have ensured another successful year for Little Easton Church.  None of us are getting younger but your support makes it possible for me to accept the challenge of being your Little Easton churchwarden albeit relying very much on the wonderful Church Committee.  However we could do with more young blood if there are any volunteers?

There are so many of you involved in the running of our historic church who arrange our flowers, clean the church, do the service refreshments, keep the churchyard tidy and safe, distribute the Five Parishes magazine, organize parking, help with funerals and weddings, play the organ to mention a few of the tasks and then there is fund raising … ! Whatever you kindly do for the church is much appreciated – thank you.

Revd Tim, who leads the Pilgrim Parishes, has understandably had to come up with a new services rota considering his seemingly mission impossible of being the Priest-in-Charge for 8 churches.  Happily, for us Tim is supported by a wonderful team of priests – John Sibson, Cilla Hawkes, Helen Pelly as well as his curates, Sue and Janet – thanks to all of you and, of course, to Caroline Wildgoose in charge of Admin.  Her organisational and communication skills are very much in demand.  Last but not least thank you to you the congregation for your support.

Wishing you a Very Happy Christmas, Warwick


Christmassy Gathering – 9th December

Please join us at the Memorial Hall from 3-5pm on Sunday 9th December for a village get-together!  There will be a toddler play zone, craft table, seating for tea and chatting and bring your own bottle for the bar!  A mince pie and warming mulled wine is included in the £3 ticket price.  Under 5s free!  All ages welcome!  Prizes for the raffle would also be appreciated.

Please contact the Editor in the first instance for tickets.


For some time, the Memorial Hall Committee has become concerned at an increase in anti-social behaviour in the car park at the Memorial Hall, particularly overnight.  As it is so secluded, unauthorised users are parking here to sell drugs and boy racers are driving round and round churning up the surface.  Drug paraphernalia, fast food containers and beer cans are left lying around for children to come across.  Needless to say, this has to be cleared up.  It has also been filled up by visitors to the Countess of Warwick’s Show looking for free parking.  With a large open entrance, the car park and playing field are also at risk from travellers parking their vehicles thereon creating a situation similar to Parsonage Downs, which has been commonly repeated in several villages across the country.

Legitimate hirers of the hall have sometimes found it impossible to get their cars into the car park for their booking due to unauthorised people parking there and complaints have been received.  The Committee now feels that action needs to be taken to keep the car park open for legitimate access to the hall and playing field.  Gating the entrance to the car park is now being considered with only authorised users being allowed entry.  Easy access by foot for local residents will still be available.

It has also been brought to the Committee’s attention that the unmetalled section of Manor Road is classified as a bridleway by Essex County Council and, as such, it is illegal to park vehicles on here.  Any so parked may be removed by the Council.


The next Stag party night for Little Easton parishioners, along with residents from all the neighbouring parishes, will be held on Thursday 27th December from 7.30pm till late.  It will be the opportunity to extend the Christmas spirit with Glen and the Stag team; please bring a sprig of mistletoe!


A big Thank You to the organisers and to everyone who supported the recent quiz night at the Memorial Hall which raised almost £600 for the children’s play area at the recreation ground.  Special thanks to two people who made generous donations to the cause, also to the ladies who assisted with catering on the night.


If you happen to know of anyone who is likely to be alone for the first time this Christmas, please contact Michael or Brenda Smith on 01371 870335 who will endeavour to ensure that they are not forgotten.


The service will be at Butchers Pasture on Thursday 6th December, 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



In thanking everyone for their support during 2018, the Church Committee members send their very best wishes for a Christmas filled with God’s blessings and a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2019.

They are most grateful for the leadership, help and advice given by Revd Tim Goodbody and his ministerial team, particularly Revd Janet Parker in the still early days as a full priest.  We are always so grateful to the Countess of Warwick Show team for their hard work in making the Show so successful.  Thanks go also to our choir members and supporting musicians, the bell ringers, those who look after flower arranging, church cleaning and serving refreshments, to our two stalwarts who maintain the churchyard and to our clock winder.  Hearing about the work of the Explorers Group for Children is a delight and the services for Great Easton School are always a wonderment.  The work that Caroline Wildgoose does is proving to be invaluable to the churches.


A sunny and reasonably warm afternoon saw a large gathering on the Village Green for this year’s extra special Remembrance service.  A There But Not There Tommy silhouette had been erected next to the war memorial as a permanent memorial to the fallen in both wars.  This complemented a seated Tommy in the garden outside The Swan.  After the service refreshments were enjoyed in the church and much interest was shown in a display giving the background of the fallen from Tilty, Duton Hill and Great Easton.  The research for this had been carried out by the Tilty Archaelology & Local History Group and grateful thanks go to Maggie Stevens.  The project remains on display in the church.


The Parish Clerk writes: There is no meeting of the Parish Council this month.  The next meeting will be on Thursday 31st January 2019 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

Great Easton and Tilty Parish Council would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

If you need to contact the Parish Clerk please e-mail

Salt and Grit

In case of need at times of snow and ice, supplies of salt and grit are held by the Council in the village.  Contact the Parish Clerk as above.


Christmas Wine Tasting

Members of the Association are hosting a Christmas Wine tasting on Saturday 8th December at 7pm at The Swan Public House.  Tickets are limited, so to avoid disappointment please book early. The cost is £15 a head to include a bread and cheese supper.  This event promises to be a non-pompous, non-pretentious affair so come along and enjoy the evening.  Please contact David at the Swan or Peter Neale for tickets.

Carols around the Christmas Tree

Carols round the tree on the village green will be on the evening of Sunday 23rd December starting at 6.30pm.  Do come along and enjoy this lovely evening.


Moat Park hits a high note at its 1940s flavoured open day

Moat Park retirement village added a flavour of the 1940s to its most recent open day welcoming many new visitors and existing residents.  Music and songs from the wartime era – performed by the Boogie Woogie Gals – provided the backdrop for an afternoon of entertainment, and allowed the village to showcase just what is on offer.

Visitors were able view the stunning new show home and find out about the selection of luxury cottages, as well as chat with existing residents about Moat Park’s unique lifestyle.  There are only a handful of the new two-bedroom dormer cottages remaining for sale at the Meadow View development, which feature modern kitchens, complete with appliances, and spacious lounges with feature vaulted ceilings.

And don’t forget the next open day is a Christmas themed event on Thursday 6th December from 11am to 2pm where guests will be able to see a demonstration on how to create the perfect table decoration.

For more information about the village or to book your place at the open day, please contact village manager Kerriann Brill on 01371 870192 option 8 or email


This month’s service at The Moat House Residential Care Home will be a Christmas Communion on Monday 24th December.



This service will be at the Great Easton Village Hall on Friday 21st December, 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


10am to 12 noon

Five Parishes Toddler Group


9.30 to 12.30pm

Upholstery class and
except for half term weeks



Churchwarden Paul Rutterford sends his very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone who has supported St Mary’s during the year.  As always, the Flower Festival was a very special event contributing much needed funds.  Many thanks go to the Tilty team for their organisation and particularly to the flower arrangers for their magnificent displays.  Thanks go also to those who support the church throughout the year, the regular flower arrangers, those who provide the refreshments, clean the church and maintain the churchyard so immaculately.  Your support is so very much appreciated.  Thanks go also to the Show team and for the funds they raise for us.


Duton Hill Community Association, in conjunction with the Parish Council, have arranged the installation of six new pieces of playground equipment in the playing field.  These will replace some of the old equipment which has become rather “tired” and “past the sell by date.”  We hope the new playground equipment will give the children of the village many hours of enjoyment and pleasure.


The DHCA Senior Citizens’ Christmas Dinner will be held on Tuesday 18th December at The Three Horseshoes.  If you are a new Senior Citizen living in Duton Hill village or have celebrated your 65th birthday since last Christmas, please inform Audrey Miller on 01371 870927 or Derek at the pub on 01371 870681 to ensure you receive an invitation.  Please reply as soon as possible or at the latest by 10th December so that the organisers know how many to cater for.  Thankyou.

Happy Christmas from all at The Duton Hill Community Association.



Churchwarden Terry writes: It has been another good year for Broxted and by the time you read this the Festival of Angels will have taken place.

Broxted continues to be open due to generous help and support from a very loyal and hard working committee and other helpers who give up so much of their time.  We are grateful that we receive regular monthly giving from many people who are able and want to support us in this way.

The Five Parishes are very fortunate to have a number of people always working, supporting and reminding us of various things that need to be done to keep us all going in the right direction.  You know who you are!

The Countess of Warwick show committee and all the volunteers produce a really successful and enjoyable family country show for thousands of people within the area.  Thank you all for this work you undertake.  It provides funds not only for Broxted and the other churches but also many other local community groups.

Molly Maid generously continue to support us in providing us with their cleaning services.

The Five Parishes choir sing so well and enhance our worship with their presence at a number of services.  They will be singing at our 5pm Carol Service on Sunday 9th December.  We have also received musical support and send grateful thanks to the musicians and to all the choir members.

To everyone who reads lessons or prayers and supplies us with extra food, cakes or raffle prizes when a plea is made, your help is very welcome.

To Revd Tim Goodbody and all his ministry team, you are so great in your commitment to us and all the Pilgrim Parishes churches.  With Canon Cilla Hawkes, Robin King and Canon John Sibson we are very fortunate indeed.

All of us at Broxted send our good wishes to you, your family and friends at Christmas and throughout 2019.


The Parish Council does not meet in December, so the next meeting of the Council will be on Thursday 10th January 2019 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.  Members of the public are always welcome at meetings of the Council.


The present Clerk, Phyllis Clark, is retiring at the end of the year, and will be succeeded by Kate Rixson, presently a Councillor, from 1st January.  This will create a vacancy on the Council, which it is able to fill by co-option.  If you feel that you might like to join the Parish Council, or would like more details, please e-mail the Clerk on


Village Coffee Mornings

Our Christmas Village Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday 5th December in the Village Hall from 10am until noon.  At this event the usual free raffle is suspended and instead the raffle will offer a number of festive Christmas hampers made up from donated items.  The Coffee Morning is for everyone and children are very welcome. 

Christmas Village Get-Together

Now an established fixture in the village calendar, the Community Association is holding its annual Christmas Get-together on Saturday 15th December, in the Village Hall from 6pm to 8pm.  Drinks and nibbles will be provided and the whole family is invited, so whether you are new to the village or a life-long resident do come along and join the party.


The next quiz is on Thursday 6th December and this will be the Christmas Special.  There will then be a break until Thursday 17th January at 8.15 for an 8.30pm start.  You don’t need to book a team, just come along and enjoy the fun.  If you are planning to eat that evening it is best to book a table.  Call Karen or Terry on 01279 850256.


This enormously popular event is being held on Tuesday 18th December from 7pm to 8pm.  Absolutely everyone is welcome, especially children.  To ensure you start your Christmas Festivities with a rousing sing-a-long make sure you are there!


This service will be at the Prince of Wales on Thursday 6th December 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 Wednesday 5th December The Revd Stephen Need will lead a Quiet Day for Advent looking at St Paul as a mystic.  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


Mistletoe has become a symbol for the festive season.  Large clusters of pale green mistletoe are revealed as leaves fall in November from the branches of apple, hawthorn, lime and poplars.  This semi-parasitic plant takes water and some nourishment from the host tree.  Clumps producing the sticky white berries are often guarded by mistle thrushes as the berries attract other species eager to eat them.  The seeds are spread from tree to tree as the birds try to remove the sticky flesh from their beaks and wipe them on a suitable branch.  Germination is slow, but once established the clumps grow larger year on year and in some cases seem to overwhelm the host tree.

Sensitive to the chill of winter, mistletoe is rapidly becoming well established in the eastern regions of England as our winters tend to become warmer.  Festoons of mistletoe on suitable trees can be seen in our local area including Hatfield Forest, Saffron Walden, Quendon, Newport and other villages.