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Published by markratcliff, 2017-10-11 03:20:25

November 2016

Hatfield Heath Village Magazine November 2016

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N O V E M B E R 2016 THE MAGAZINE THAT KEEPS YOU IN TOUCH Est. 1893

Hatfield Heath Wildlife Area - Have a look and enjoy

The Hatfield Heath Parish Council have cleared an area to and from the pond between the Church and
Pond Lane so you can walk round the pond via the dip which has a bridge and creates a nice area for
you to enjoy the Wildlife Area even with children's prams.

The Island has also been cleared so come Spring 2017 you can encourage your children to pond dip
and learn about the wildlife on their doorstep.

Various areas have been cleared to encourage more wildlife which is explained on the information
boards on the church side and Pond Lane side. A couple of mounds have been created one each side of
the pond so wildlife can hide and hibernate in the winter.

We hope you enjoy the Wildlife Areas and look forward to seeing you over there sometime.

Best wishes from Hatfield Heath Parish Council.

[No Parish Council Minutes available this month at time of going to press].

The Hatfield Heath Tea and Coffee Stop needs your help

From Monday to Friday each week, volunteers serve tea and coffee in the Institute
next to Holy Trinity Church. It is open to everyone from 10-12.00 and is even visited

by people from Little Hallingbury and Sheering.

They have a valiant group of volunteers who have given up

their time over many years but for a variety of reasons their

numbers have reduced over the months and they are 1st November
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weekly, fortnightly or monthly, please contact :- Raffle, Bring & Buy all in

Eileen 01279730610 aid of the British Legion

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DIANA WHITE 1936 – 2016

Diana was born in London to parents Donald and Mary in 1936 and was brought up,
along with younger brother Peter, in Kelvedon, Essex. She first attended school in
Witham, before moving to the Friends School at Saffron Walden in 1948, where she
was a boarder. This was not something she particularly enjoyed doing, so she made
sure she joined all the sports teams so that she could leave the school to play in the
away matches and tournaments.

Diana left school in 1952 and worked briefly at Dr Barnados and then St Marys School in Colchester, looking
after children. In 1954, she went to Chelmsford Tech college where she trained as a nanny. This is where she
met John. He was studying motor mechanics. Rumour has it that she was attracted to him as he was the only
student with a car!

After leaving college, Diana went to work at Brooklands Convalescent Home in Coggeshall, where she was
nanny to the owners 3 children; they have remained lifelong friends and have very happy memories of Diana.

John and Diana married in 1960; they lived at Brooklands for the first year before buying a house in Coggeshall
in 1961. John had started his business in Hatfield Heath in 1959, so commuted to work every day. Eldest
daughter Nicola was born in 1965, followed by Sarah in 1967.

Diana started childminding in 1974, looking after a number of children over the years, several of whom still
keep in touch. Also during this time, Diana helped John with the garage paperwork. Once she gave up the
childminding towards the end of the Seventies, Diana drove for the local taxi firm for a few years, moved to
work in the local wine bar in 1983 and then went to a café on the A12 near Kelvedon to work as a counter
assistant.

Granddaughter Melanie arrived in 1987 and she and Sarah lived with John and Diana from 1990. In 1995, the
family moved from Coggeshall to Hatfield Heath. This was difficult for Diana as her life had been in
Coggeshall, but she quickly got involved in local life, joining the WI, keep fit, Leisure Hour and attending the
United Reformed Church. She worked at Briggens Hotel and Golf Club for a few years, before moving to work
at the Cock Pub at Sheering.

Diana loved sport and was a keen badminton and tennis player; she loved watching sport too, Wimbledon being
a particular favourite. John and Diana also had a great love of motorsport and often use to go and watch the
British Grand Prix. She even had a brief dabble herself, competing in Autocross and Rallying and proved to be
quite competitive.

Diana also had a lifelong love of animals, with many treasured pets over the years, but the one who held a
special place in Dianas heart was Ella the boxer; I’m sure many people will recall seeing them walking together
on the Heath.

Diana had a great love of music and enjoyed a wide variety, from Il Divo to Snow Patrol. She could also tell
you who the lead singers of Slipknot and Iron Maiden were too!

Diana was the central pivot of our family, the “go to” person, whatever the crisis she knew what to say or do.
She was intelligent, caring and devoted to her family. Diana was incredibly determined, no more so was her
determination needed when fighting this dreadful illness.

Diana was truly a lovely lady, a caring lady, devoted wife, mother and Nan, who had high moral standards but
had a great sense of fun, a sociable lady who touched the hearts of many. We miss her terribly and treasure the
happy memories and legacies she has left. We know that she will always be the candle lighting the hearts of our
family.

John, Nicola, Sarah, Melanie and family.

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You could be doing something for Hatfield Heath that you would find really satisfying............

Becoming a Victim Support Volunteer might be just
right for you

Learn how to give emotional support and practical help to fellow villagers who have suffered from
crime

Spare just four to six hours each week in return for full training and out of pocket expenses - it won't cost
you a penny

You should be at least eighteen years old (no upper age limit) with good IT skills and an enthusiasm to help
others

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Julie Binstead, Victim Services Delivery Manager
at [email protected]
OR
Parish Councillor Colin Skyrme
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and we can take it from there.
Come and help make your Village even better!

My Volunteer Experience

.

A couple of years ago, with a grown up Son and being recently divorced, I found that I had some time on my
hands. The novelty of that wore off very quickly, and I decided to look for volunteer opportunities with my
local Volunteer Service. This is when I first became aware of Victim Support.

Having left an abusive marriage, the role of Community Supporter appealed to me. I felt that somehow I
could help other people through difficult times in their lives — almost give them some of the strength that I
had..

Soon, I had been for a friendly and informal interview, been offered a position and found myself on the
Core Training Course. I remember being so nervous! I hadn't trained for a long time, and had worked by
myself at home for about 15yrs. This was all new. I needn't have worried as the courses were friendly and
designed to allow everybody to integrate. I really enjoyed it and learned so much. I later trained as a
Specialist Supporter of Victims of Sexual Violence, and largely worked in this area.

I've learned so much from my time as a Supporter. I learned to listen — really listen, to empathise at a new
and deeper level, and patience! I could draw upon my existing skills of being a good communicator and I
knew my way around a computer, so that was a bonus.

My time at Victim Support has made me grow as a person in ways I would never have imagined. I have had
the privilege to work with a diverse section of people and met some of the nicest, kindest people that I would
never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. No two people and no two experiences are ever the same
— each client created a new challenge and needed specific, individual support. Through this, I have built up
a large network of contacts for the future and also learned a lot more about my local community and its services.

There is something deeply humbling about being invited onto someone's life when they are at their absolute
rock bottom. It's equally as thrilling when I see that once broken person walk out a stronger more resilient
version of themselves. I always had this image in my mind of a Mother bird seeing their fledglings soar for
the first time. It is deeply rewarding.

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Message to our Advertisers Hatfield Regis Local
Without your advertising paying the printing costs and expenses we would History Society
not have a magazine published monthly and delivered free to 850 recipients. has published several
So you are really important to us. The magazine is managed, edited and books and leaflets
distributed by a small band of volunteers who have a slick operation
that gets the magazine compiled, printed and delivered promptly by the The War Memorials of
beginning of the month. But we need your co-operation on something. Hatfield Regis £5

In the past few years a lot of time and energy has been used chasing late Addendum: The Mis-
payments for advertising; not always successfully. The number of bad debts remembered Men £1
in the past is significant and is increasing year on year.
At the 2016 Magazine AGM it was resolved that payment for advertising P.O.W Camp 116 £5
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The Stag £5
To keep it simple we now require payment for advertising in the next
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which is the 16th of the preceding month. If you have paid you are
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Village Diary HEALTH WALK

NOVEMBER Fridays 10am outside the surgery in
6th 08:00 Holy Communion - 1662 HT Broomfields.

09:30 Family Service HT Monday 10.30 Little Hallingbury Village
10:30 Family Service - Jim Allen URC Car Park
18:00 Service at The Close
18:30 Evensong HT We are delighted to present the 2017 calendar
7th 11:30 for 12:00 Luncheon Club URC from Stop Stansted Expansion.
9th 10:0 Holy Communion at The Close If you'd like to buy copies,
14:00 Leisure Hour URC please visit one of the many
supporting community outlets
11th 10.45 Act of Remembrance at War listed below.
Memorial with school & nursery children Featuring a selection of superb
photos from across Essex and
13th REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Hertfordshire, this is the
09:30 Holy Communion HT fifteenth calendar in the series.
09:45 Family Service of Remembrance with The photograph on the cover is
Communion URC of Felsted Mill overlooking the
River Chelmer.
10:45 Act of Remembrance at War Memorial
16:00 Service of Memory and Hope The pictures reflect the variety and depth of the
HT historical heritage of the area which lies in the
shadow of Stansted Airport. They show why we
19th 12:00-15:00 Holy Trinity Bazaar H continue to campaign actively to mitigate the
20th 08:00 Holy Communion - 1662 HT ongoing impacts from the 'airport in the
countryside'.
09:30 Matins HT
10:30 Family Service – Rev Erica Begber SALES OUTLETS
Bishop's Stortford: Barnes Flooring, 72 South
URC Street
18:00 Service at The Close Hatfield Broad Oak: Broad Oak Stores
Little Hallingbury: Post Office (Monday to
23rd 11:30 for 12:00 Luncheon Club URC Thursday, 8:30am to noon)
23rd 19:45 Gardening Club H Sawbridgeworth: Nisa Local (formally The Tuck
27th 09:30 Holy Communion HT Shop)

10:30 Family Service – John Ellis URC
29th10:30 Holy Communion -The Haven

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Children’s Clubs . Bridge Club 723948
. Luncheon Club for senior citizens 730581
. Pre-school - 2-5years 730354 . Open Coffee Morning at the Institute 730288
. Little Friends – Mother,baby & toddler . Gardening Club 730425
Thurs 9.45 Term time in Village Hall . History Society- Ivan Cooper 730275
Michelle :-07762 083 355 . Royal British Legion 730042
Elle:- 07976 592 364 . Bell Ringers 730526
. Jo Jingles – 6mths- 7yrs Tel: 868410 . Choir 730390
. School Football Club :- 812586 . Leisure Hour 730465
. Scouts:- 812586 . Talking Newspapers 651270 or 653925
. Cubs – Chris Hancock :-731646 . Heath Players – Mark Ratcliff 503174
. Brownies – 734391
. Sunday Club – 9:30 Holy Trinity Chrissie Richards 864536
. Italian Language – Michelina 07786 341 754
Tel 730288 . Spanish Language – Ann Whale 731288
. Junior Karate – 01992 575679 V. Hall . Mobile Library – Fortnightly on Wednesdays
. Friday Club at URC (7-12yrs)
Other contacts
Tel 739218

Sport & Fitness Groups . Farmers’Market 07956 563 710
. Visiting Optician 443181
. Karate – 445539 - Village Hall . Neighbourhood Watch
. Cricket Club – 730674 [email protected] Tel 730281
. Football Club – 730212
. Keep Fit for over 50s – Village Hall . Uttlesford Badger Group- Derek Barry
on Weds – 9.30am 07776 221 975 On call 24/7 503332 or 07941 185 171
. Bootcamp – Village Hall, Mon & Fri Men
& Women all ages, shapes & sizes Websites of Groups, Clubs & Institutions
07775 663 742
. Bowls – Village Hall -Richard Way 730066 . Eden Surgery – repeat prescriptions etc
Afternoon sessions:- 724833 Broomfields www.hatfieldheathsurgery.co.uk
Evening sessions:- Broad Oak www.hatfieldbroadoaksurgery.co.uk
. Health Walk in Hatfield Heath Fri 10.00am . School www.hatfieldheath.essex.sch.uk
Meet outside H.H surgery 731434 . H.H Cricket Club –
.Health Walk in L.Hallingbury Mon 10:30 www.freewebs.com/hatfieldheathcc
Meet at L.H Village car park 899451 . H.H Football Club - www.facebook.com/hatfieldfc
. Heath Players www.heathplayers.org and
Air Training Corps – 309 https://www.facebook.com/groups/246923642002
(Sawbridgeworth)Squadron; 583/ [email protected]
ATC HQ Cutforth Road, Sawbridgeworth;
(Email) [email protected]; .BridgeClub...www.hatfieldheathbridgeclub.or
g.uk
www.aircadets.org . Parish Council www.hatfieldheath.com
. Footpaths
Email: [email protected]

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NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MOBILE LIBRARY

URC Hall Wed 9th November 7:30pm Visits Fortnightly on Wednesdays
www.hatfieldheath.com
Broomfields Arrives Leaves
PARISH COUNCIL The Close 14.45 15.35
Parish Clerk - Ernie Fenwick.................. 730 770 The Heath 15.40 16.00
Email : ............. [email protected] 16.05 16.35
Mark Lemon Chairman ........................... 730 581
(District Councillor) LUNCHEON CLUB
Vice Chairman -David Parish ................... 730 573
Robert Jones................................................ 730 741 At the U R C Hall
Nigel Robley............................................... 730 568
Chris Overton........................................... 731 036 Monday 7th November
Colin Skyrme............................................. 730 480 Wednesday 23rd November
Ian Fitzgerald ..............................................730 036
Mark Bissell ................................................ 730 376 11.30 for 12.00 noon
Geoff Owen……………………………… 444 988
All over 55s welcome
Transport available.
Ring Judy 01279 730 581

PHONE NUMBERS OF Registered Charity Number 1051491
POLICE, DOCTORS, SAMARITANS
www.buffybus.co.uk
SCHOOL & CHURCHES
PCSO Simon Horne Buffy Playbus visits
Email:[email protected]
Essex Police Non Emergency.................101 The Heath, HATFIELD HEATH. CM22 7EB
Emergency ............................................. 999
PARKS ON CENTRE OF VILLAGE GREEN
DOCTORS Broomfields........................ 01279 730 616 TUESDAYS 9.30am - 11am
DOCTOR Broad Oak............................ 01279 718 245
DOCTOR Sawbridgeworth.................. 01279 603 180
THE SAMARITANS.......................... 01920 464 099

HATFIELD HEATH C.P. SCHOOL.....01279 730 382
PRE-SCHOOL....................................... 01279 730 354

HOLY TRINITY To send your letters /articles/ reports /photographs
Vicarage Office....................................... 01279 730 288 Email :- [email protected]
CHURCH WARDENS
Eileen Ashworth ..................................... 01279 730 610 Or contact the Editor
Diane Barnett .- PCC Secretary............... 01279 730 425
Editor : -Mary Stewart 01279 731 319
URC Rev Sam - Phone........................... 01279 453 781 Treasurer: - Mel Sullivan 01279 731 434
URC Secretary - Betty Bennett.............. 01279 508 455 Secretary: - Jean Clarke 01279 730 667
Village Volunteers when you need help..07944 748 478 Distributor- Michael Hockley 07976 801 062
Chairman - Brendan Carrig 01279 730 549
If you would like to advertise in the Printed by Cornerstone 01279 437 851
magazine, choose the size that best suits
Please note that the Hatfield Heath Magazine is a
your needs and contact us.
non profit organisation and everyone involved in

its production works on a voluntary basis.

To find out about our rates, please see DISCLAIMER: The Editor and Printers do not
page 6 for details. take responsibility for the information given or
views expressed in the Hatfield Heath Village
Magazine. Nor is any culpability accepted in
work carried out by any of the advertisers.

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LOCAL PLOUGHING MATCH
I’m not sure how many of you have ever been to a ploughing match, but as our local one (Ongar and District ) was
at White Roding this year, I thought I would toddle along. Kindly hosted by Gerald and Jane Haigh at Marks Hall
Farm, the 50 acre field which they had generously left uncultivated for the match provided perfect conditions for
the competition. After a long dry spell the, the 30+mm of rain on Friday 16th September had been nicely absorbed
down to ploughing depth by match day the following Saturday, the 24th.
There were seven different classes of ploughing: Vintage Mounted, Vintage Trailed, Trade, Classic, Worldstyle
( I never did discover what that one was!), Reversible 2-4 furrows and Reversible 5 + furrows. There was also a

Novice class for anyone wanting to have a go, and a Straight Furrow
competition.
Judges were looking for such things as burial of weeds, firmly packed
furrows, neat entries and exits at each end, consistent depth(between
seven and nine inches), soil made available for seedbed, and
straightness of whole plot. No artificial aids are allowed such as GPS,
satellite guidance, laser, radio signal or other such technology that we
rely on and take for granted in this modern age.
I think there were over seventy competitors altogether, and everyone
has to complete their plot in three hours. Start times are staggered for
the different classes to enable entrants to have a look at other classes and to put less pressure on judges and
stewards (not to mention the lunch tent where all ploughmen are invited to “refuel” themselves!)
As always, an event like this doesn’t just “happen”. An awful lot of people give so generously of their time in
preparation and on the day. Judges, stewards (the marking out of the site and all the plots is a job in itself), the
ladies who put on the lunch for nearly 250 people, the secretary who organises the entries, those who tidy and level
the site afterwards.
Perhaps I look at this event through rose tinted spectacles, but I thought it was a wonderful day celebrating a real
skill, which is as relevant today (with all the problems we are having controlling blackgrass at the moment) as it
was a thousand years ago.
PS – Hot off the press- apparently the Vicar of Aythorpe Roding won the Straight Furrow competition; I think this
lays down a challenge to our own lovely new Vicar, Dawn, don’t you?.............
Michael Hockley

THE HUNDRED PARISHES SOCIETY

The Society held its annual general meeting in September at the Forge Museum, Much Hadham. The
formal business was preceded by a most interesting guided stroll around Much Hadham, led by museum
curator Cristina Harrison. There is much to see all along the High Street and inside the church. Much
Hadham became an important place almost a thousand years ago when the first palace was built here
for the Bishop of London. It was used by the bishops for hundreds of years and Edmund Tudor was born
there in 1430. His son became King Henry VII in 1485, the first of the Tudor dynasty. The current palace,
dating from the 16th century, still stands beside the church. It is no longer used by the bishops and has
been converted into private houses.

After the short formal meeting, members of the Hundred Parishes Society explored the excellent small
museum, built around the forge which is still used. There was an added bonus as Cristina explained the
museum’s fascinating Elizabethan wall paintings. They have been there for some 400 years and were
hidden beneath several layers of paint until their recent restoration.

There is a surprising number of museums within the Hundred Parishes, covering a whole range of
interests and all staffed by enthusiastic people. Most have now closed for the winter, but a few remain
open. These are: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, and Saffron Walden Museum are open most days,
whilst Linton Zoo, Great Dunmow Maltings Museum and Ashdon Museum have limited hours. To check
their opening times, and perhaps be prompted to visit somewhere new, please follow the links from the
Attractions pages on www.hundredparishes.org.uk.
Ken McDonald, Secretary
.

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Uttlesford Citizens Advice Bureau Friday Club.
www.uttlesfordfrontline.org.uk Friday Club is as the name suggests, a club
run on a Friday evening for the young
has a library of over 100 health and well-being people (7-12 years old) of Hatfield Heath
services operating in Uttlesford. The service is and surrounding villages.
available to everyone; users can print off pdf It is held Friday evenings 7pm – 9pm in
information sheets about services, self-refer (request the URC Church Hall, Chelmsford Road,
a call back) or comment on a service to help other Hatfield Heath. Its nightly membership is
£5.00.
users. Tracy Sykes
The system also has a number of information sheets Club Leader
Telephone: 07803 273083
on subjects including advocacy, help for the Email: [email protected]
housebound, victim support, care options and
transport. Please find attached an abridged version of Leisure Hour at the URC Hall
the transport fact sheet, which we hope you may be
able to use in your publication. Further information Wednesday 9th November 2.00pm

on other topics will follow. A talk on the RSPB
Please do let us know if you think there is a particular
Given by Derick Gibbon
topic area that you would like us to cover in the
future. Tea, coffee, biscuits and raffle

With best wishes, New Members Welcome
Jo Hancock Details Jean on 730465

Office Administrator, Uttlesford CAB

Please note my working days are Tuesday and Wednesday

Telephone number: 01799 618846

Barnards Yard, Saffron Walden. CB11 4EB

GOOD NEWS FOR “LITTLE FRIENDS”

We are pleased to say that we now have volunteers
to help out at our Little Friends Playgroup which
takes place on Thursday Mornings (during term
time) in the Village Hall 9:45-11:30 am.

Do come and join us!

Hatfield Heath Football Club.

The club’s changing rooms were completely
destroyed by fire in the early hours of Saturday
morning 17/9/2016.

Photographs by Terry Jameson. Wednesday Meeting

Theft from a poorly elderly gentlemen Wild Flowers by Barry Kaufmann-
“In the beginning of October an elderly gentleman from a Wright
bungalow in Broomfields was very poorly in hospital.
During this time someone stole his stone bird- bath from his At the Village Hall 7:45pm
front garden, this has massive sentimental value to my
friend. KEEP FIT TEACHER WANTED
I'm asking that the thief or thieves return this item to its Keep fit teacher required to take over an
rightful owner.
If anyone has any information or has had an offer of a stone established, good fun,
bird- bath, please contact me through the paper.” 'Over 50s' class in Hatfield Heath.

Very disgusted resident We meet once a week, preferably Wednesday
mornings.

There are between 12 and 18 members.
Please ring Sue 730741 or Carol 730568 for more

details.

CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE

Heating Oil

As it comes to the time when you are thinking about topping up your heating oil tank for winter, with the
value of fuel it is worth considering its security. In the more isolated parts of the countryside it is primari-
ly domestic properties that have been targeted by the heating oil thieves, but we have also seen such
thefts at farms and other businesses.

There are a number of security devices available that will protect your fuel supplies - details of which
can be found via your fuel supplier or local plumber’s merchant. One such system is “GPRS Fuel-Oil
Alarm” from www.compoundsecurity.co.uk and Tank Commander - www.commandersecurities.co.uk
which have “Secured by Design” accreditation; these products will detect a dramatic drop in fuel and
calls you on the telephone. There are also other systems that will add on to an existing intruder alarm
system, whilst others protect the filler cap and there are of course the conventional locks.

Another consideration would be defensive planting around the tank, concealing it and restricting access
to it by gates or fencing, and where possible locating the tank under lighting in view of lived in rooms
within the house.

The Illusion of occupancy

As the nights draw in earlier don’t forget to use table lamps on timers, and there is a product called
“Fake TV” that produces lighting that resembles a television switched on within a room
www.immobilise.com , you can also record serial numbers of products here free or charge. Consider
installing external “Dusk till dawn” lighting and remember to ensure gates are in good condition, closed
and locked. A new product available is a movement sensor that activates an appliance plugged into a
plug socket; an internet search will find such.

To receive a weekly e-mail bulletin from the Hatfield Heath Neighbourhood watch please e-mail

[email protected]

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
MORNING AT LITTLE

HALLINGBURY CHURCH
FRIDAY, 11TH NOVEMBER 2016

9.00AM – 1.00PM

Please come and support your local
hospice and stock up early on

Christmas presents from some well-
known favourites such as :-

Phoenix cards, Usborne books, Seres
Silk and Silver and Apatchy as well as
some other unique local artisan stalls.

Please note that
tickets are £10 and
not as stated in the

last issue as
donations on the

door.

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IF YOU WANT TO VIEW
PAST MAGAZINES

www.hatfield-heath.co.uk/ magazine
Go to the web address above and you will see a list of

over two and half years of past magazines .
On the right hand side is the page with a list of past
Magazines. Just click on the issue you wish to read.

Conversions, Bathrooms, Kitchens
Plastering, Brickwork, Decorating

15018 December 2015

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'

Response to previous articles on Airport noise:- Rare opportunity for Affordable Housing

How refreshing it was to read Richard Masters For Sale
letter in support of Stansted airport in the last 1 bedroom flat in Ardley Crescent
edition of our village magazine. I too appreciate
having an international hub on my doorstep, not £148,000 for 74% Share
only for ease of holiday flying but also for the For further information contact Intercounty
employment opportunities that it brings. It
seems to me so many local people make too Sawbridgeworth
much fuss about the noise generated by the Tel: 01279600333 www.intercounty.co.uk
planes. Finally I would ask Mr Jones and the
other airport critics who want us to sign their Bluebell Forest School
noise petition if they go abroad on holiday, and
if so do they fly from Stansted? Pre School (2-5 years) & Holiday Club (3-10
years)
Regards,
Chris Prior Matching Tye Village Hall & private secure 56
wood.
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www.bluebellforestschool.com
[email protected]
07878 555 294

HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE

We attended the joint Harvest Festival Service at
URC with Holy Trinity members in attendance.
The harvest decorations were beautifully
displayed at the front of the church, embracing
harvest of the land and harvest of the sea.
The service was followed by harvest lunch in the
church hall.
The enclosed photograph does not do justice to the
tremendous effort involved in these wonderful
decorations, but it gives an idea.
Rev. Sam and Mrs. Jean Gill did an amazing job.
Jean & Roger Pagram

It was a great occasion on Sunday the 25th of September when HH URC celebrated our harvest festival.
It was lovely  to be joined by our friends from Holy Trinity. The Church was quite full which always
makes the Hymns sound fantastic. The church itself had been decorated by a few dedicated volunteers
and all agreed it looked fantastic, the display included produce from St Andrew's Church in Harlow,
(where our minister Rev Sam) also officiates. All donations were to be distributed to 4 charities both lo-
cal and national. After the service a home made harvest lunch was served to nearly 60 people, a huge
thank you to the Foster's (Judy, Steve & Jess) who prepared and helped serve the fantastic meal.

Our Church, and I am sure Holy Trinity is the same
 is always full for our Harvest, Easter and Christmas
 services, unfortunately this is not always the case.
We are "Open" every Sunday for a friendly service,
after which we always have tea, coffee, biscuits
sometimes cake but always a warm welcome,
please come and join us.

You are all invited, every Sunday at 10.30 am.
It would be great to see you.

John Jackson

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