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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

November 2019

Dear Friends

Tim has invited me to write the November letter. My name is Claire Robertson and I am currently curate at the Two Rivers Benefice based at Steeple Bumpstead. I was ordained priest last year and am now in the final stages of training to be a vicar. I have just arrived on placement here and will be with you until after Christmas.

Before I started my theological training for the priesthood at Ridley Hall Cambridge, I taught piano at two schools in Cambridge and I am also a concert pianist – giving piano duet and two piano concerts with my twin sister, Antoinette.

Music continues to play a big part in my life and I really enjoyed being at the Great Easton School Harvest Festival Service and the Deanery Evensong. I am looking forward to visiting the school this month to coach a children’s choir to sing at the Tilty Carol Service on 15th December and at a Christmas Crib Service at Great Easton Church on Christmas Eve at 3.30pm, which my good friend Revd Janet Parker and I will be leading together.

In this month of November we remember our loved ones who have died, and give thanks to God for their lives. We also remember all those who have suffered and died as a result of conflicts around the world. We invite you to join us in one of the Remembrance Services in The Five Parishes as we honour those who have died and pray to God for peace in our homes, our lives and countries around the world.

I look forward to meeting you around The Five Parishes in the coming months.

With blesings Revd Claire







The Salings (GS: Great and LS: Little)


3rd November
4th before Advent

9.30am Holy Communion

4pm All Souls @ GS

11am Morning Prayer
3.30–5pm TOTS

10th November

9.30am Remembrance

10.45am Remembrance @ LS

10.45am Remembrance

17th November
2nd before Advent

9.30am Holy Communion

11am Holy Communion @ GS

8am BCP Holy Communion
11am Morning Prayer + Kids Connect

24th November
Last before Advent

9.30am Family Service

9.30am Holy Communion @ LS

11am Holy Communion + Kids Connect

1st December Advent

11am Joint Advent Service at Great Easton
Guest Speaker: Revd Professor Paul Beasley-Murray



Stop Stansted Expansion Community Calendar

The 2020 calendar is now available from Stop Stansted Expansion, priced at £8.  If you would like to buy copies, please use the order form available at or visit one of the many community outlets in and around the Five Parishes.  As always, it features a selection of superb photos from across Essex and Hertfordshire, the cover photograph is of Chrishall church.



Curate Revd Janet Parker writes: November is the month of remembrance – the month for remembering.  It opens with All Saints’ Day when we are reminded that we are one with all those faithful followers of Christ who have gone before us.

We also have All Souls’ Day, a special day when we can come together, to remember before God, and give thanks for all those whom we have loved but no longer see.  The remembering is not without its pain, but that pain is perhaps in some way eased by a sense of thanksgiving.

This year we are holding our In Loving Memory Service at 3.30pm on Sunday 3rd November at Tilty Church.

Then later this month is Remembrance Sunday when, as a nation, we remember with gratitude all those who have fallen in the course of human conflict.  Both through the centuries and, sadly, it is still happening in our own day.

Remembrance Day Services, this year, are on Sunday 10th November at Broxted Church, starting at 10.45am and at Great Easton War Memorial at 3pm.

On Sunday 1st December the Church starts to look towards the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day.  Amongst the busyness of Christmas preparations, we can take time to stop and reflect what it is we celebrate on that day.  During the morning, at the Advent Service we will light the first of four candles on our Advent Wreath, in a countdown to that celebration.  In the afternoon, many will come together again to think about what Jesus means to us at The Coming of the Light Service.  Jesus is the light of the World who came to show us our way to God. 

Also during December we have a Posada.  In the Posada we ask local families to host models of Mary, Joseph and a donkey for a few days then pass them on.  This enacts the journey the parents of Jesus took as they travelled to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. 

The models are then returned to us at a Crib Service on Christmas Eve.  This service is a new venture to be held in Great Easton church at 3.30pm.  We would love to have as many Marys, Josephs, shepherds and kings as possible filling the church!

In the run up to Christmas there will be Carol Services around the Five Parishes and also carol singing in our four public houses.

In this busy time of the year it is good to take some time out to unwind and refresh ourselves so please do feel free to join us for some fun-filled but also meaningful time.  Full details of all these will be in our Parish Magazine.


Frank and Carolyn Bennett supported by members of the Five Parishes choir invite you to join them in singing your favourite carols at any of the local public houses:

Tuesday 10th December at The Stag, Little Easton
Thursday 12th December at The Prince of Wales, Broxted
Tuesday 17th December at The Swan, Great Easton
Thursday 19th December at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill

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.


We are privileged to have four beautiful well cared for church graveyards in the Five Parishes.  Places of quiet and reflection where friends and loved ones are buried.  Before a recent funeral three lots of dog faeces on the path between the church door and the burial plot had to be cleaned up.  Everyone is very welcome to come into and enjoy our churchyards.  Dogs are also welcome but, if you do bring a dog with you, please, clean up any mess it may make.  Thank you.


Photographs taken during walk-arounds on both days can be found on the Show website,


Just a reminder that this new initiative for the Five Parishes in association with Little Easton Manor takes place on Sunday 8th December and includes carol singing at 2.30pm.  Details in the separate display advertisement.


Brian Miller writes: Here we go again: a new term has started and on 29th September cork No. 25 was drawn from the bag containing 108 members’ corks.

Christabel Thake was the lucky winner and £50 was gratefully received.  It is all a bit of fun and at the same time the surplus monies goes to help fund the fabric of our four beautiful churches.  Here’s to the next monthly draw.


The November Meeting of the WI will be the soup lunch at 12.30 for 1pm.  The speaker will be Eric Smart from Broomfield Hospital Radio.  Visitors are always welcome.  For further information please contact either President, Doreen Hart, on 01371 870830 or Secretary, Christine Chalkley, on 01371 852180.  All are welcome to attend.


Jill Goldsmith writes:  By the time you read this we will have closed up the Gardens and tidied away the tables and chairs to protect them during the winter.

What a season it has been.  It started with record numbers to see the snowdrops in February, in that amazing warm spell.  The Gardens and our vegetables have been much appreciated through the spring and summer.  The Apples and Bees Day was our second busiest September Open Day.  Despite the horrible weather forecast, by the end of the day our visitor total already exceeded our best ever year and we are hoping for a busy October day with the Ukes of Hazard to round off the season! 

We have cleaned the lily pond; the stone steps have been restored; the mosaic tables look as good as new after cleaning and restoration; the far end of the walled kitchen garden is back in productive use; and we have returned Japanese features to the Gardens.

The winter gives us time to recover and get onto new projects.  We also offer talks about the Gardens through the closed season.  For more information visit us on Facebook or


A plea has come from Revd Tim and Revd Janet.  When you hear of someone from the Five Parishes going into care, or being housebound and receiving care at home, they would be pleased if you would let one of them know so that they may continue to maintain contact.


As always, there is a lot going on at Little Easton Manor; do keep a lookout for entries in the Diary at the back of this magazine.  This month, you will also find display advertisements for special events on page 11 and page 22.


Public Consultation

Bus Service 313/313A operates Monday to Saturdays with financial support from Essex County Council (ECC).  The contract is operated by Stephenson’s and is due to expire on 25th July 2020.  ECC have advised that the service is currently failing their cost-per-passenger journey support and therefore they are considering withdrawing this service with effect from July 25th 2020.  

The 313/313A service stops at Butchers Pasture in Little Easton, in Great Easton and Duton Hill and the withdrawal of this service has the potential to impact residents across the five parishes.

ECC is carrying out a public consultation regarding this proposal for six weeks between 23rd September and 4th November 2019.  If you feel you would like to take part in the consultation, a copy can be found online at

A copy of the ECC passenger letter and the consultation can also be found on the LEPC website which can be printed off, completed and returned to ECC.  All consultation responses must be received by ECC no later than 4th November 2019.


If you require transport for a hospital appointment, whether locally or elsewhere (including specialist hospitals in Cambridge, Colchester or London) and can get in and out of a car with assistance, there is now a reasonable alternative.  Contact Michael Smith on 01371 870335.


The Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 5th November.  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.


The speaker at the meeting on Monday 25th November is yet to be confirmed.  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.


Guest speaker in September was Dr Nick Barratt, a historian and consultant on the popular TV series, Who Do You Think You Are?  He described the show as being about the social history of our country by telling the stories of our ancestors, in a way that interests everyone.  Celebrities are used to improve the interest and thus ratings and for their professional way of dealing with cameras.  It takes three months to research the stories of ancestors and then they film for 100 hours, which is edited to only one hour.  Dunmow U3A has its own Family History Group which can give help and advice to anyone wishing to research their family history. 

Open meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 2pm at the ET Foakes Memorial Hall and all are welcome to attend. 


CONGRATULATIONS: to Mary Squibb and Chris May-Miller who were married in Little Easton Church on 14th September. Revd Tim conducted a lively service, and a number of Mary’s friends from the Five Parishes joined the congregation.  We wish Mary and Chris all the very best, both for their married life together and for their move to Beijing for the next couple of years.


Now the days are getting shorter and there is a chill in the air, this warming casserole is just what is needed. It is served with light herby dumplings, which are cooked on the top of the dish and absorb lots of the delicious flavours.

Pork in Cider with Herby Dumplings

Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil; 675g (1.5lbs) lean boneless pork, cubed; 1 onion, sliced; 2 tablespoons plain flour; 1 litre (1.75pints) dry cider; 2 carrots, chopped; 2 eating apples, cored and sliced; 1 bouquet garni; 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard; 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce; Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Herby Dumplings:
115g (4oz) self-raising flour; 50g (2oz) shredded beef or vegetable suet; 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, sage and thyme or 2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs; Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the pork until browned, then remove and set aside.  Add the onion to the pan and fry for 5 minutes until lightly browned.  Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then gradually stir in the cider until smooth.  Return the pork to the pan with the carrots, apples, bouquet garni, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce and season well.  Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the herby dumplings: mix the flour, suet, herbs and seasoning together.  Add 3–4 tablespoons of water and mix lightly to a soft dough. Shape into eight balls and add to the casserole, slightly apart.  Cover and simmer for a further 15–20 minutes until the dumplings are risen and light.

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


We have had an enormously busy half term at GEPS.  You may have seen our year 5 children cycling around Great Easton as part of their Bikeability training.  This is the modern equivalent of cycling proficiency.  It is so important that children learn to be safe road users, especially with the amount of traffic on the roads and how quickly everyone seems to drive.  If you see any children on their bikes without helmets, remind them they should be wearing them whenever they cycle!

Year 5 have also been on a three-day residential trip to Danbury Outdoor Pursuit Centre.  They took part in low ropes, bush craft, mountain biking, zip wire, climbing wall, obstacle course, archery and high ropes.  They stayed in the centre for two nights and enjoyed sharing a room, funny stories and sweets with their friends!  The teachers were much more excited about returning to their own beds than the children.  They did not want to go home!

We have also had a very successful Harvest Festival where we collected items for the Braintree Foodbank.  Each class shared some of their learning from the half term so far.  Miss Govey and Mr Curtis’ class talked about the importance of saving water, Miss Miles’ class talked about climate change and Greta Thunberg’s campaign to plant more trees and stop burning fossil fuels, Miss Wilson’s class told a story about seasons and crops at harvest time and Mrs Delaney’s class sang a song about the farmers and their tractors at harvest.  There was some wonderful singing and a large congregation too which was great to see.  It was our Reception children’s first time in a school church service which is always a special experience.

We have half term soon, so hopefully everyone will return refreshed and ready for our busy build up to Christmas.

Thank you for reading.
Holly Miles, Year 4/5 Teacher, Assistant Headteacher



From the desk of the Parish Clerk:  The next and final Parish Council meeting for 2019 will be on Wednesday 27th November.


Invitations of interest from residents in forming our village Speedwatch group is repeated.  Cllr Sarah Keefe is happy to liaise with interested residents to ensure we have lift-off, please contact the Clerk for more details.

Substance Misuse

Residents are asked to remain vigilant.  If you spot what you believe to be drug or substance misuse activity, please contact the Police in the first instance; under no circumstances put yourself at risk, but please share your observations with the Council via the Clerk.

Friendly Neighbours

The Neighbourhood Watch Scheme provides a platform through which residents can help ensure a safer environment for us all to live.  Your awareness of something out of the ordinary, however innocent it may ultimately prove, is a useful tool in helping ensure the security of yourself and your neighbours.

Uttlesford Community Travel

Please spare a thought and a dime for the marvellous and essential service UCT provides our community.  Link to their website:

To contact the Clerk please e-mail


Please note the item in News for all Parishes regarding the Essex County Council’s public consultation concerning their proposed withdrawal of the Bus Service 313/313A which stops at Butchers Pasture in Little Easton as well as in Great Easton and Duton Hill.


The monthly gathering of parishioners will be held on Thursday 28th November from 7.30pm until late.  Please mention it to your neighbours and friends in the other parishes and invite them along.  Glen kindly provides some nibbles to keep everyone sober for the drive or walk home!

The Five Parishes Knit and Natter Club is held at The Stag on alternate Wednesdays of the month.  For more information contact Glen or a member of his staff on 01371 870214.  Keep knitting, ladies, it will soon be Christmas and your Parish Correspondent is hinting he could do with a pair of woollen gloves for the winter!


The service will be at Butchers Pasture on Thursday 21st November, 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



Everyone is greatly looking forward to the SongCycle concert on Saturday 16th November.  7 for 7.30pm.  Tickets £12 including a glass of wine.  Available from Sheena Ward on 01279 850442 e-mail  Hope to see you there!


The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 28th November 2019 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 2nd November and 16th November between 9 and 10am. Please note this will be the last one of the year.

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 e-mail


Please note the item in News for all Parishes regarding the Essex County Council’s public consultation concerning their proposed withdrawal of the Bus Service 313/313A which stops in Great Easton, Little Easton and Duton Hill.


Last call for putting your name down for the Great Easton Christmas Dinner on Thursday 5th December.  Please telephone Julie Neale on 01371 870481.


The next service at The Moat House Residential Care Home is on Monday 18th November at 10.30am. 


This service will be at the Great Easton Village Hall on Friday 15th November, 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



A weekend of mixed weather but a glorious array of flower arrangements greeted our many visitors to the picturesque Tilty Church on the first weekend of October.  The theme this year was A Day to Remember, and our many arrangers – 18 in all – were certainly inspired.  Arrangements depicting weddings, christenings, holidays, birthdays, the Queen’s Coronation, Poppy Day, the moon landing, and many more proved a very successful theme and visitors wandered round the church with their description guides (many thanks to Maggie Stevens for this), in amazement at the interpretations of this theme.

Tilty Church Committee would like to thank all the arrangers for their time and skill in making the church look and smell so wonderful.

Throughout the sunny Saturday and rather wet Sunday, the various stalls were busy.  They included jams/chutney and honey, cakes and produce, bric-à-brac, books, plants, raffle, tombola and games, with a welcome BBQ and Pop up Bar.  Light refreshments were served inside the church and one of the comments overheard was “this walnut cake is the best I have tasted in Essex, well done to the cook”.

The Archaeology Society was represented in the church as well as the stall selling items from The Friends of the Five Parishes.  A festival atmosphere was helped on the Saturday by a visit from Thaxted Morris Men and on the Sunday a Ukulele Band from Bishops Stortford.  The Saturday Evening Concert by singer songwriter Joanna Eden was well supported and rounded off the first day of the Festival in great style.

The Sunday Service was well attended and led by Janet Parker.

The sum total of this great weekend was that £4,300 was raised to help keep Tilty Church in good order.  Thank you to everyone who helped in any way or who attended to make this weekend such a success.  Audrey Miller, Tilty Church Committee Member


Please note the item in News for all Parishes regarding the Essex County Council’s public consultation concerning their proposed withdrawal of the Bus Service 313/313A which stops in Duton Hill, Great Easton and Little Easton.


75th Anniversary VE Day Street Party

Next year’s early May Bank Holiday will be moved back by four days for the whole of the UK to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  The Duton Hill Community Association usually host a Fun Day on this Bank Holiday, but this year instead they will be hosting a VE Day War Themed Street Party on Friday 8th May 2020.

The first planning meeting is due to be held at The Three Horseshoes on Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 7.30pm.  They invite all residents of Duton Hill and surrounding areas, anyone who would like to be involved in helping to plan this event.  The purpose of this initial meeting is simply to identify any volunteers.  Community events like this rely on the support of individuals, so they look forward to seeing as many neighbours there as possible.


The next General Meeting will be on Tuesday 12th November, in The Club Room at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill, starting at 7.45pm.  There will be an external speaker at this meeting: Dr Sam Stevens, lecturer, researcher and film-maker, with a presentation on the 1930s Film and Photography Group, whose secretary was the Revd Hugh Cuthbertson, vicar of Tilty (1940–1961).  The presentation will include film-clips from the 1930s, including some taken in local places such as Thaxted.  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



Festival of Angels

The sixth annual Festival of Angels will be held on Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th November in the church.  As before there will gifts to buy, and refreshments, including the soup lunch that proved so popular last year, and, of course, lots and lots of angels.  Open from 11am to 4pm on both days, there is plenty of parking and a toilet has been ordered.

If you would like to run a stall (with a small donation to church funds), help with refreshments, or have any ideas as to how we can still further improve this magnificent event, please do get in touch,  Displays of any sort (as long as they include angels, of course) would be particularly welcome from local groups, businesses and families. 

Russell Savory Evening – 28th September

Although poorly attended, those who did take the opportunity were treated to an evening of absolutely marvellous photography from one of the nation’s finest wildlife photographers.  Russell also explained how he managed to take some of the pictures, this included sitting in a ditch for three hours at a time to gain the confidence of a water vole and lying in a field from before dawn to snap young hares as they awoke.  The evening was full of wonderful stories and fascinating photographs.  Of particular interest was the re-beavering project at Spains Hall near Finchingfield.

Traditional Carol Service

A date for your diary: Broxted’s Traditional Carol Service is on Sunday 8th December at 4pm.


Planning application for caravan site at Brick End

This planning application has been refused.  The grounds for refusal can be seen on the Uttlesford District Council website under reference UTT/19/1777/FUL.  Thank you to everyone who lodged comments including other parish councils – local support is very much appreciated.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 14th November at 8pm in the Village Hall.  Notice and the agenda will appear on the parish council website in early November.  Meetings are public and start with an opportunity for local residents to raise anything of concern.


Village Coffee Morning

The regular Coffee Morning this month is on Wednesday 20th November 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.

Christmas Gathering

Get your Christmas celebrations off to a flying start by coming along to our annual Christmas Gathering.  Held from 6pm to 8pm in the Village Hall on Saturday 14th December this is the ideal opportunity to meet your neighbours and enjoy drinks and nibbles provided by the Association.  Children are especially welcome and there will be games and activities especially for them.


The Quizzes this month are on Thursday 7th November and Thursday 21st November.  As usual, the quiz is at 8.15 for an 8.30 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. 


Sarah Cousins writes:  This year’s Macmillan Coffee Morning event held at Oakmeads resulted in a tremendous £445 being raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.  I was delighted at the turn-out and the generosity of friends, family and neighbours who popped in for a cuppa, a piece of cake and a good old chin wag.  I am also very grateful to those who donated despite not being able to attend.  I would like to thank every one of you for contributing to this fantastic amount, and send a heads up to you all to put Friday 25th September into your 2020 diaries – same time, same place.  See you there!


On a beautiful late summer morning in September a group of around thirty people, family members and friends of Dick, gathered on the footpath opposite Garrolds Farm to inaugurate a bench placed there in his memory by the Parish Council.  After a few words by Roger Clark, a former Chairman of the Parish Council, and a response by Stephen Knowles, Peggy was presented with a bouquet of flowers and then enjoyed the first formal sit on the new bench.


This service will be at the Prince of Wales on Thursday 21st November, 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

Joan Pickford

13th March 1922 to 27th August 2019
The funeral service took place at Chelmsford Crematorium
on 26th September 2019

Joan was born at Tingates Cottages, Broxted to George and Ada Barker, a sister for Leonard.  She attended Broxted Primary School, and was presented with a set of poetry books for being best in class by Daisy, Countess of Warwick at her annual show.  Joan was the first girl from that school to go to Herts and Essex High School, Bishop’s Stortford.  By then, living at Cold Arbour Villas, Tilty and still a young child, Joan had to cycle four miles each way to Elsenham Station in all weathers to go to school.  She received a diploma in art, but her parents were unable to pay for her to pursue her love of art.

After a short time as a cook for neighbours, at the suggestion of village postman Mr Goody, Joan became a GPO telephone operator in Bishop’s Stortford.  She lodged with Tony Pickford’s auntie at what is now Rhodes Museum, paying thirteen shillings and sixpence for her weekly lodgings whilst earning fifteen shillings.  She spent time at Bletchley Park.  Wanting to join the WRENS, the GPO would not let her go and so she joined Dunmow Post Office.  After marrying Tony, she transferred to Duton Hill Post Office as sub-postmistress, then postmistress, for eighteen years, during which time she also kept livestock.

Joan first met Tony when she was fifteen and they married in Tilty church on 8th April 1944.  In the interim Tony was in the navy until transported home from South America with a burst appendix.  They lived in rental property or with Joan’s parents, until Tony bought two army huts from the Americans when they left Easton Park.  He rebuilt them on land adjacent to the Post Office to become their new home.  In the late 1950s, they came across Stone Hall, Easton Park, derelict with no roof, which Tony renovated and extended with the help of Alfie Wright and Cyril Monk while Joan worked on the garden.

Tragically, in 1980, Tony was killed in a road accident.  A great loss but Joan never considered leaving Stone Hall: it was her destiny to continue looking after her garden and her family of dogs, cats and a parrot and wildlife including feeding deer, pheasants, squirrels and foxes.  She never felt frightened or lonely at Stone Hall: she said the animals protected her.  Joan was undoubtedly a very strong, remarkable lady with a great sense of humour.  Stone Hall is now a Grade Two Star listed building, a legacy to be proud of, which, without her and Tony, would probably have been lost.  Although a very private person, she collected many friends, some who were very kind to her in her later years, including Rachel, Jo, Mike, Brenda, Tony and Peter.