UTTLESFORD DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTION
MAY 1 2003
Tuesday, 13 May 2003
I would like to thank the many people who have
supported me during the last few weeks and who voted
for me on May 1st. I look forward to being the
representative of Hatfield Heath on the Uttlesford
District Council. I will serve these interests to the
best of my ability-Thank you very much.
HEATH PLAYERS AUTUMN PRODUCTION
The Heath Players will be treading the boards again later this
year.We will be putting on another joint production with the
Roydon Players building on the success of last year's "Present
Laughter". Brenda Jones will be directing the play which will be
performed at Roydon Village Hall on 23-25 October & Hatfield
Heath Village Hall on 30 October-1 November.
A play reading will be held on Thursday 5 June at 8 p.m. in the
Village Institute to consider possible scripts. This will be an
informal evening & if you would like to come along we will be
glad to welcome any new faces. We are always looking for new
members & there are plenty of opportunities for you to get
involved even if you do not want to appear on stage. We are
also always looking for people to help out with scenery
construction, costumes, publicity, refreshment sales & "front of
house" work for example.
Please ring me if you would like to find out more.
Mark Ratcliff ( Chairman) 01279 503174
HATFIELD HEATH JUBILEE FUND
Hatfield Heath Parish Council
(See section 17 of the Parish Council minutes)
It has been decided to give a grant of a £50 Book Token to a
student living in the Parish of Hatfield Heath, aged 18-23 years
old and who is doing a full time course at a University or
College of Further Education. In order to obtain this grant; the
student is required to write a letter outlining why they think that
they deserve this special award. An independent adjudicator will
judge the entries and the grant will be available for the new
academic year September 2003.
ENTRIES SHOULD BE SENT TO
The Parish Clerk-Mrs Lynn Ayers, 20 Beehive Court. Hatfield
Heath by 31 July 2003.
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DIARY FOR JUNE 03
1 SUNDAY after ASCENSION
8.00 Holy Communion HT
9.30 Family Service HT
10.30 Family service with communion URC
6.30 Evensong HT
2 11.30 Luncheon Club I
3 2.00 Bridge Club I
4 10.30 Holy Communion – 1662 The
13.45 Hatfield Heath under 5’s H
20.00 Bridge Club H
9.30 Holy Communion HT
10.30 High Easter Anniversary ( no service at
3.00- 5.00 OPEN CHURCHES
5.30 Songs of Praise + Salvation Army Band on
10 14.00 Heath Ladies H
14.00 Bridge Club H
11 13.45 Hatfield Heath under 5’s H
2.30 Womens Afternoon Meeting AGM
20.00 Bridge Club H
8.00 Holy Communion HT
9.30 Matins HT
10.30 Family Service URC
6.00 URC Service at the Close
16 8.00 HT PCC I
17 14.00 Bridge Club H
18 10.30 MU Holy Communion HT
11.30 Luncheon Club URC
13.45 Hatfield Heath under 5’s H
20.00 Bridge Club H
21 HOLY TRINITY FLOWER FESTIVAL
22 TRINITY 1
9.30 Holy Communion HT
10.30 Family Service URC
HOLY TRINITY FLOWER FESTIVAL and
24 14.00 Bridge Club H
25 13.45 Hatfield Heath under 5’s H
20.00 Bridge Club H
29 TRINITY 2
9.30 Holy Communion HT
10.30 Family Service URC
2 10.30 Holy Communion The Close
6 TRINITY 3
8.00 Holy Communion HT
9.30 Family Service and Baptism HT
10.30 Family Service with Communion URC
6.30 Evensong HT
H-Village Hall / CR-Committee Room H / HT- Holy Trinity
Church / URC-United Reform Church / I-Institute / S-School
POLICE CONTACT DETAILS
OFFICE OPEN FRIDAY 3PM – 5PM
PC BRAD HEALEY
HATFIELD HEATH POLICE STATION
CHELMSFORD ROAD, HATFIELD HEATH, CM22 7BH
01279 730388 – Redirected to Braintree
01279 730280 – Answer phone – non urgent issues/nature
999 – EMERGENCY
E-mail address – [email protected]
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THE VICAR WRITES
The news over recent months has highlighted again the crucial
role which leaders play in the world's life. Leaders of nations
make decisions daily which affect millions of people.
Politicians make laws, which affects us all. The truth is that
everyone's life is shaped and changed by those in authority.
So the calibre of leadership is vital and the integrity of
those in power is all-important. We know that those who
are dictators so often abuse their power. As it has been
said "All power corrupts and absolute power corrupts
absolutely". We are only too aware of how awful life has
been (and still is for millions) for those who live under
We need leaders of honesty, integrity and who care for all
selflessly. This is true of our own country, as it is true for every
country. How can people be like this? Ultimately I believe that
none of us is able to be absolutely upright on our own, we need
God's power and strength to resist the subtle temptations and
influences for wrong. There is a verse in John's Gospel, which
says “the Spirit of truth will guide you into all truth" (chapter16
verse 13). God's Spirit and a willingness to let God guide and
help will enable leaders to be the best leaders possible for their
We need to pray for those in authority that they will
govern well, use their power for the benefit of all and seek
the welfare of all.
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION HATFIELD HEATH &
June 11th - Visit to Turners – Northampton – Lunch with
July 22nd - Daytrip to Bruges - £25
August 2nd - Newmarket Poppy Day Races - £15.
Details - Sandra Saban 718102
19th Century Broomshawbury (Hatfield Broad Oak) Farmer and
9th June 1870
Mr S L Cornfield of Roydon Hamlet was found dead in the
water tank of two and a half feet deep in his farmyard, aged 56
HATFIELD HEATH VILLAGE MAGAZINE
We require a new Treasurer. If you are interested please contact
Jean Clark Secretary
HATFIELD HEATH HALF HOUR HELPERS
A.G.M. 8PM JULY 10TH
We would like to invite all our Volunteers, Clients
and anyone in the village who would be interested in
helping us, to the A.G.M. in the URC Hall on July
10th. At 8p.m.Our service to the village will be
discussed and we will be happy to hear any
suggestions of improvements that you think we
should make. At the moment, we are available every
weekday from 10.00a.m. -12.00 noon-We will
undertake any task that will take approx 30 minutes,
e.g. shopping, small repairs, collecting pensions and
prescriptions, or even a lift to the local hospital.
Please come along on July 10th. -Enjoy a glass of
wine with us and hear about our work
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Sunday 8th June 2003 3pm - 5pm
Come and visit our two churches - see what is inside the
building you often pass but seldom enter.
UNITED REFORMED CHURCH - EXHIBITION OF OUR
CHURCH HISTORY AND REFRESHMENTS SERVED
HOLY TRINITY, EXPLORE THE CHURCH
INCLUDING THE BELL TOWER, REFRESHMENTS
5.30 PM SONGS OF PRAISE
Join both churches and many of our village
community for Songs of Praise with
HARLOW SALVATION ARMY BAND ON THE
We look forward to seeing as many as possible on the day
Rev. Nigel Rogers Rev. Tim Potter
ON SALE SOON AT POST OFFICE
The Footpath Map for Hatfield Heath and surrounds
will be on sale in the next week or so at The Post
Office. They will be A1 size at a cost of £3-75 each
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MONDAY 9TH JUNE;
VISIT TO HARLOWBURY CHAPEL
THE medieval chapel at Harlowbury was built by the abbey of
St. Edmundsbury who owned the manor. The abbot used the
manor as a resting place on his way to and from London. We
shall meet at the URC Hall at 6.45 p.m. to share cars or, if you
are making your own way there, please meet at Harlowbury just
before 7 p.m.
If you are interested in coming please contact
Liz Wright 01279 730 530 or IvanWybrew 01279
730 465 before Friday 6* June.
The History society is building up quite an extensive archive. If
you have anything about village life that you are not sure what
to do with; e.g. old group minutes, sale catalogues, defunct
deeds, etc. we will be more than happy to give them a good
home! We think that they are valuable and once lost another
memory has gone. Liz Wright
HATFIELD HEATH PRE-SCHOOL
To register your children! If you have a child under three years
old and wish them to attend the Pre-school, could you please
place them on our waiting list, to give us an idea of future
numbers. There is a £15.00 registration fee, which is non-
refundable. (Children cannot be placed on the waiting list until
the fee has been paid.) Please contact Alison Wearden on
730354, or call in at the village hall between 9.00 and 10.00
during term time. They may still only be a baby, but time does
fly! Thanks Alison Wearden
GT. ST. MARY'S CHURCH SAWBRIDGEWORTH
4TH – 6 TH JULY 2003
CRAFTSMAN'S ART AND MUSIC’S MEASURE PREVIEW
- FRIDAY 6-7:30 PM
CONCERT - SATURDAY 7:30 PM _
SONGS OF PRAISE- SUNDAY - 6PM
CHURCH OPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
(SERVICE 9:30-10:45 am)
Children's competition * Refreshments Displays of arts and
crafts See Craftsmen at work Musical interludes
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THE WELCOME CLUB
Our Chairman opened our
meeting on 15th April with
apologies from Robin and Jean.
Barbara read out the last
Minutes and gave a buttonhole
to members on their Birthdays.
Barbara spoke about our visit to
Van Hague Garden Centre on
the 17th June. Next our
Chairman introduced Barry
Kaufman Wright, our
Policeman who is also a Wild
Life Warden. On a lovely sunny afternoon our members sat and
watched slides and with clarity of speech he spoke of wild
flowers. He showed us close-ups of some local flowers in
surrounding areas, wild Primroses, Cowslips and wild Orchids,
which he told us are protected species. We also saw beautiful
Butterflies, notably the Essex Skipper. Apparently Butterflies
are very elusive, making it difficult to photograph them. Our
claim in Essex are the rare Newts. In fact Hatfield Heath is
universally renowned for being a natural habitat for them. Barry
showed us close ups of the Red Deer, the Otter and Fox, whom
he told us was his favourite animal, along with birds, their
sources of food and habitat. He also told us that he loves all
animals and is not afraid of any, but he did not like wasps and
has had some scary moments involving these. We all agreed on
that issue I think.
He explained a lot to our members about Nature and we really
had a pleasant afternoon.
¡¢£¤¥ ¦B§¨U¢©S S¢E¤ R V I C E COMPLAINTS passenger
¨¢¤ is holding
transport complaint forms should residents wish to express
views when the local bus service fails to operate satisfactorily.
Essex CC contracts out the majority of services & would like to
monitor this to ensure performance is satisfactory
The Parish Clerk-Mrs Lynn Ayers, 20 Beehive Court. Hatfield
Heath by 31 July 2003
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INVITATION FROM BRAINTREE COLLEGE
IN CONJUNCTION WITH
THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND
* Update your skills?
* Regain your confidence?
* Learn in a local friendly environment?
* Make new friends?
* Learn at your own pace?
FREE TO WOMEN AGED 25 - 59 AND UNEMPLOYED
or working less than 16 hours a week.
In school hours and during term time.
Help available towards childcare costs
VENUE: THE SILVER JUBILEE HALL, TAKELEY
DATE: 15 SEPTEMBER 2003 TO 6 FEBRUARY 2004
COME ALONG TO ONE OF OUR INFORMATION
SESSIONS IN JUNE
Programme includes: Return to Work - Work Experience
- Careers Guidance - Computer Skills • Assertiveness -Business
Administration - Customer Service – Maths - English - First Aid
- Relaxation Techniques
CONTACT BRAINTREE COLLEGE
TEL: 01376 557035/557020
There will be information sessions at the Silver Jubilee Hall,
Tuesday 24 June 2003 10am - 12noon
Wednesday 25 June 2003 1Oam - 12noon
THE HEATH LADIES.
Everyone enjoyed our May meeting; the Bring and Buy raised a
very satisfactory amount for club funds. We also enjoyed a
“tricky quiz”, the winning score being 16 out of 20. We then
“had a go” at the Out to Dinner Mathematics” as featured in the
village magazine. Yes it does work but we still had some rather
“interesting results”. Next month, Tuesday 10th June, we have a
talk on advice on massage by Julie O’Brien which I am sure will
be helpful to anyone with arthritis or similar problems. I believe
the talk will include advice on a self help basis. We usually have
a summer break with informal meetings for members during
July and August. We will of course resume in September with
all our meetings at the village hall, starting at 2.30pm. Visitors
are always welcome. We already have speakers booked for three
months and will be pleased to see everyone then. How time
flies, we are nearly half way through the year already; I wonder
who’s going to be the first to mention Christmas!!
HATFIELD HEATH PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of meeting held 16/4/03 at 7.30pm
Councillors present: Mr. P. Fuller Lewis (Chairman)
Mr. M. Lemon (Vice Chairman) Dr B. Bland,
Mr. M. Hockley & Mr. M. Sullivan.
Mrs. S. Flack (Essex County Councillor)
Clerk: Mrs. L. E. Ayers
1. Open Forum
Five members of the public were present, Mr. A. Neilson, Mr.
Richard Barnett, Mr. Tim Maskell, Mrs. Judith Foster & Mrs.
Mr. Neilson informed the meeting that he considered the new
40mph road sign on the Sheering Road had been placed in an
inappropriate position. He felt it was too close to the corner of
Pond Lane and should have been placed further west. He stated
that it was causing motorists to brake or accelerate too sharply.
Mr. Neilson was also concerned that the round sign mounted on
a grey square background was a hazard in itself as the sign was
very low and could cause a hazard to pedestrians. The grey
background is not reflective at night and in conjunction with the
road being unlit could potentially be extremely dangerous. Cllr
Flack will investigate and liaise with Highways Dept.
Mr. Barnett informed the meeting that in his opinion the new
litter bin by the war memorial is inadequate as it is too small
and, because it is not closed, the rooks are pulling out the
rubbish and leaving a mess causing a potential problem with
vermin. Cllrs Lemon and Hockley will investigate and report
back at the next meeting. Mr. Barnett was also concerned about
the erosion of the heath and damage to the water-pipes possibly
being caused by the dustcarts/recycling lorry. Cllr Fuller Lewis
to liaise with the District Council. Finally, Mr. Barnett was also
concerned that the kerbstones in Broomfields are continually
being knocked out of place/broken again by the dustcarts. Cllr
Flack suggested that we approach Highways to see if we could
have rubber kerbstones which are screwed into the road which
have been used successfully in Harlow. The Clerk will liaise
Mrs. Judith Foster wished to inform the Councillors that she was
in full support of the Post Office and its application for Tea
Rooms. Mrs. Irene Lewis stated that the Post Office had a huge
amount of support/backing from the villagers which was also
echoed by Mr. Tim Maskell.
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Cllr Flack advised the meeting that we could contact her if
necessary with any problems regarding Highways and stated
that she hoped Hatfield Heath would be successful in it’s bid to
gain access to broadband. Cllr Sullivan was congratulated on all
his hard work to date with the broadband campaign.
2. Apologies for absence
Cllr Lidgey & Cllr Lawrance
3. Adoption of Minutes
The minutes were approved and signed from the meeting held
on 12/3/03 and the planning meeting held on 5/2/03.
4. Matters arising from previous meeting/minutes
5. Maintenance and Drainage of the Heath
a. Grass cutting-It was noted that 2 cuts had now been
b. Village Green- The Clerk informed the meeting that
Mr. Kenney had been chased to provide quotes to
correct the displaced poles opposite The Hunter’s Meet
and to install telegraph poles by Tudor Lodge. Mr.
Kenney is currently on holiday and will provide quotes
and summary schedule of costs on his return.
c. A Boards-Courtyard Flowers are due to provide the
Parish Council with a sample advert to place on the
new litter bins. Cllr Fuller Lewis will speak to them.
d. Footpaths-Essex County Council has provided a list of
works to be undertaken to various footpaths and
bridleways in the parish this financial year. Also the
clerk has received confirmation of diversion of part of
footpath 39, effective from 12/5/2003. Cllr Hockley
reported that there was an error with the footpaths map
printed in last month’s magazine as it showed the
European Constituency Boundary as a footpath. This
will be corrected in the next village magazine. Cllr
Hockley and Steve Walsh have been investigating
having the footpaths map printed for public sale. It was
agreed to go ahead with a print run of 200 A1 size
maps at £3.50 a copy. The Post Office has very kindly
offered to stock them for sale. It was suggested that the
Village Magazine may want to contribute towards the
cost of printing and Cllr Hockley has agreed to contact
them to discuss. Steve Walsh will be reimbursed with
the £47 costs incurred to date on presentation of an
invoice. Cllr Lemon reported that the weeds on the
Sheering Road had taken over the pavement and the
Clerk will write to Essex County Council to rectify
e. Rubbish-It was noted that the village had received a
street clean in accordance with the 8 week cleaning
schedule. The village has been approached to take part
in an Easter Spring Clean Event. The offer has been
declined as we already employ 4 litter pickers who
weekly tidy the Heath/Bus Shelter/Car Park/Service
Road & Play Area. It was mentioned that the
Sawbridgeworth Road and the Broomfields/Home
Pastures turning were looking untidy. The Cllrs/Clerk
will monitor. It was suggested that we may need to
employ casual labour once a quarter to rectify this as
we would not want minors to be clearing roadsides
such as the Sawbridgeworth Road.
f. War Memorial-Cllr Bland has discussed the
refurbishment of the war memorial with the Royal
British Legion. Refurbishment is considered essential.
A quote of £600 has been received from Days. The PC
is willing to donate a maximum of £300 with other
contributions to be sought from The Friends of the War
Memorial Grant (maximum £250 available – Cllrs
Bland & Lemon to complete paperwork onsite) and the
RBL. Norman Mead, Chairman of the Hatfield Heath
RBL believes a grant may be available from Stansted
Airport. Clerk to obtain contact details from Cllr Bland.
g. Trees/Pond Grant-The committee have met to discuss
restoration of the church
pond. Grant/finance is being investigated with a
“People’s Places” grant available up to £10,000. The
Clerk is to contact M Iley of Essex Wildlife Trust to
request an ecological survey and R Reed of BTCV to
discuss what is required before applying for the grant.
The tree in the middle is virtually dead and some of the
lower limbs are dangerous. Cllr Hockley is to remove
these after viewing them with Mr. F Walsh, allowing
Mr. Kenney to include this area on his rough cut
schedule. Cllr Hockley placed barley straw in all the
ponds on the 12/3/03 to prevent them greening over.
Mr. F Walsh has requested that several young oak trees
need removing from either side of the Matching Road
and on the ditch-side towards Ardley Crescent as they
are affecting drivers vision. The Parish Council is
happy for the trees to be removed, the Clerk will
arrange for Mr. Walsh to liaise with Mr. Kenney. A
quote will need to be provided.
6. Road Matters
a. Traffic Calming Measures - Letter received from ECC
Legal Services confirming 40 mph speed limits were
implemented within the village, effective 5/4/03.
Chairman Fuller Lewis stated there was strong demand
for a 30mph limit through the village, although the
Police state this is not permissible if houses are not on
both sides of the green. The Police are to review this.
UTT/0266/03FUL-Laurel Cottage, Stortford Road-
Erection of double garage and bay window – The PC
cannot tell from the plans where the garage is proposed
in relation to the frontage of the plot as no
measurements are given. However, if the proposed
garage is within the building line we have no
objections, if it is not then we object.
UTT/0322/03/FUL-Change of use of Post
Office/General Store (A1) to Post Office/Tea Room
(A3) – The PC felt that there were a number of factors
in favour of the application and several against. It was
considered that the only fair way to deal with this was
for the matter to come before committee so that the PC,
objectors and supporters would have an opportunity to
comment. However the PC was in favour of the
application and would wish to speak to the committee
on this basis.
UTT/0359/03/FUL-The Post Office Conversion of 4
bed flat into 2 x 1 bed flats – No objections.
UTT/0372/03/FUL-Desford House, Chelmsford
Road-Erection of wall - The application has been
withdrawn and an enforcement officer is to view the
UTT/0383/03/FUL-Shalom, Chelmsford Road,
Extensions and Alterations – No objections.
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UTT/0083/03/FUL-The Croft, Stortford Road–
Change of use of agricultural land to garden –
UTT/0142/03/FUL-Tudor Oak, Stortford Road-
Change of use of agricultural land to garden –
UTT/1689/02/FUL- High Pastures, Stortford Road-
Erection of stables and garage block – Approved
UTT/0166/03/FUL-Palm Trees, Chelmsford Road-
Erection of dormer window – Approved.
8. Car Park
Footprint is supplying a sticker to change the maximum stay
from 4 hours to 6 hours in the village car park. Nockolds advise
us that the transfer on the car park is now complete, although the
address for the Parish Council will need to be changed at the
Land registry given the recent change of clerk. Clerk to liaise
with Nockolds re this.
9. Open Space
The annual inspection of the play area will be undertaken in
May by ROSPA. The clerk informed all Cllrs that the whole left
hand panels as you approach from West Hayes were loose and
needed attention. Additionally, missing planks need replacing by
the swings. The Clerk will contact Stuart Jackson to action this
before inspection. The transfer of the open space is still not
complete due to a query with the specification of the path. If the
building specification is not in the original documentsand the
land transfer is ok then the PC are happy to complete and
receive the outstanding £12k.
10. Village Design Plan
Cllr Sullivan is still awaiting a response regarding the above and
11. Bentley’s Development
The PC has received a letter from FPD Savills, property
consultants for Knight Developments, regarding Bentleys. They
are requesting access from the footpath between Lyndhurst and
Bentleys which is actually Village Green not a footpath. The
Cllrs were unanimous in that the road infrastructure for the
development should be built first and that they should use the
entrance from the Matching Road.
12. Stansted Airport
Chairman Fuller Lewis attended an offshore airport presentation
on the 14/4/03 which was very informative. Venues included
Seven Side, Thames Reach, Marinair and Sheppey. The
chairman believed Sheppey has many positive features.
Inspector, Moira Owers from Great Dunmow Police Section will
be chairing a meeting in Hatfield Heath on the 1/7/03. The
Police Station is now open every Friday afternoon from 3-5pm.
This has been updated on the notice board and will appear in
next month’s magazine. The Police are keen to attend local
events and we have been asked to advise them of any. The clerk
will let them know about Perrets fair in September and the joint
church’s service on the village green. It is hoped that
Community Support Officers will be in place in the village
before the end of the year.
14. Code of Conduct/Elections
We had an uncontested parish election, with Cllrs Fuller Lewis,
Lemon, Hockley, Jones, Lidgey and Sullivan duly elected -
appointments commence 5/5/03. We are a parish Cllr short and
have an opportunity to co-opt before the 20/6/03. The clerk is to
obtain a new code of conduct for the next meeting.
15. Affordable Housing
Anthony Clegg has taken over from Julie Pavitt at the Rural
16. Reports of Councillors attending meetings None.
17. Golden Jubilee
Cllrs Bland and Lemon have devised the Jubilee fund grant
(Book vouchers) criteria - the individual would need to be a
resident in village, 18+ years of age, studying for higher
education for 3 years or more and supply a letter stating why
they need/want the award. Cllr Lemon is to approach Rev Tim
Potter to act as an independent adjudicator for the final decision.
18. Emergency Planning
The publication will need updating to reflect the new parish
clerk and councilors. Cllr Sullivan has approached Down Hall to
see if they could be used as an emergency rest centre to which
they are agreeable.
19. Finance, Grants & Precept
The Following cheques were approved for signature:-
Mrs. P Tyler - £407.06 Retirement payment in accordance with
Cash - £76 Litter Pickers re 26/4 & 3, 10 & 17/5
Uttlesford Volunteer Bureau - £10 Annual Membership
Essex Association of Local Councils - £269.91 Annual
Mr. L Forgione - £180 Renewal of Public Liability Insurance
A Standing Order Mandate was also signed authorising monthly
payments of £249.77 for the clerk’s salary.
First installment of the Parish Precept £9175 due to bank
account w/c 14/4/03.
Cllr Sullivan requested the books in order to complete the end of
Passenger Transport Complaints Form- To be
mentioned in Village Magazine
CPRE Communities not Concrete Campaign – Cllr
Lewis to write to MP
Community Safety Action Team Win £500 District
Wide Competition – Cllr Lemon to liaise with school
Our Common Land
ECC Road Safety Campaign
ECC Stakeholder Database - Clerk to complete &
Local Council Review
Information Bus Summer Programme 2003 – Clerk to
return reply slip
Uttlesford Local Agenda 21 Forum
Night Flying Restrictions at H, G & S Consultation
Paper – To be passed to Cllr Lidgey
EALC Monthly News & Info March 03
Future Development of Air Transport in UK – To be
passed to Cllr Lidgey
Stansted Campaign update 18 & 19 – To be passed to
TCG Newsletter issue 26 Feb 03 – Passed to Cllr
UDC Revenue estimates & committee budgets &
capital programme 2003/4
NACRO practical guide for town & parish councils sec
17 Crime & Disorder act 1998 – To be circulated
amongst all Cllrs
EALC County Update No 1 inc Diary Dates
Quality Parish Council Scheme
Essex News Winter/Spring 2003
NALC Conference 2-5 Oct 2003
Websites for Town/Parish Councils
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'A SUMMER BREEZE'
MUSIC FESTIVAL TO AID CAMPAIGN
SUNDAY 20 JULY LITTLE EASTON MANOR
NO SPEECHES, JUST GREAT MUSIC AT
STOP STANSTED EXPANSION'S
'A SUMMER BREEZE'
What do Bach, Basie and the Beatles have in common? They
are all making an appearance at what is being billed as Stop
Stansted Expansion's biggest event yet - a festival of music in
the grounds of Little Easton Manor on Sunday 20 July. The
works of some of the world's greatest and most popular
composers and song-writers will be presented by a fantastic line-
up of performers at this picnic concert. 'A Summer Breeze' will
feature the world-famous English Chamber Orchestra playing a
selection of popular classical music with 'a few surprises' thrown
in. The ECO will be directed by the international conductor
Roy Goodman who lives in nearby Birchanger. Meanwhile
Burton End resident Kenny Ball - and his Jazzmen - will up the
tempo with an hour of stomping Jazz ranging from traditional
numbers to their own interpretation of modern hits. The Upbeat
regarded as the UK's premier Beatles tribute band, will also take
to the stage with 60 minutes of famous Beatles numbers that are
as familiar now as they were back in the 60s and 70s.
The concert is being staged in the idyllic grounds of Little
Easton Manor, near Great Dunmow, on Sunday July 20. Gates
open at 12.30 pm to allow concert-goers to settle in and organise
picnics before the start of the programme at 2 pm. Ample car
parking will be provided.
Festival atmosphere - In addition to the concert, A Summer
Breeze will feature a host of attractions including a fun casino, a
hog roast, sideshows, as well as a champagne and wine bar, beer
tent and other refreshments. Space for gazebos can be hired and
special hospitality packages are being offered to sponsors, local
businesses or groups who want to use the occasion for
entertaining. A limited number of tickets will also be available
for a back-stage champagne party, which will start after the
main concert ends at around 7pm. A team of volunteers has been
planning the event for several months,
assisted by experienced concert promoter Alan Goldsmith.
Attendance is limited to 2,500 at what the campaign team
believes will be a sell-out concert."This will not only be our
biggest fund-raiser but our biggest single event,- said Peter
Gowan, deputy chairman of Stop Stansted Expansion. - For
once, we intend to drown out the noise of the planes and enjoy a
fabulous festival of music and entertainment - lazing on a
Sunday afternoon - in summertime. No speeches, banners or
campaigning - just a great concert of international quality for
everyone to enjoy - right on our doorstep.- Posters and booking
forms for the 'Summer Breeze' concert will soon be appearing
everywhere but in the meantime advance tickets can be
purchased at £17.50 for adults and £12.00 for children (2-14)
from Stop Stansted Expansion (01279 870558) and a host of
local retailers (details on request). There is also a ticket hotline
(01279 815464) for credit card bookings.
“SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE”
ART & ANTIQUES AUCTION
SWORDERS FINE ART AUCTIONEERS
have agreed to conduct an auction of Art and Antiques in their
Stansted Mountfitchet Auction Room where you will be able to
split the profits 50/50 with STOP STANSTED EXPANSION.
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Sworders will not be charging any commission. The
auction will take place on Sunday 14 September,
starting at 12 noon.
We are looking for quality pieces which we hope will sell for at
least £50 and invite you to submit written details of pieces you
would like to auction.
Categories include: Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Glass,
Ceramics, Silver, Jewellery, Textiles, Antique Furniture, Clocks,
Books, Objets d’Art, 20th Century Collectables.
DESCRIPTION OF ITEM(S): ……………………………..
Approximate value(s) if known: £ …………………….
□ I wish to donate 50% of the proceeds to Stop Stansted
□ I wish to donate 100% of the proceeds to Stop Stansted
For enquiries, telephone the Fundraising Secretaries on 01279
777889 between 9am - 4pm
and 01371 830031 between 6pm – 10pm
Return this form not later than 15 July 2003 to:
Peter Riding, 30 Castle Street, Saffron Walden,
Essex CB10 1BJ
SSE FORTHCOMING EVENTS FOR 2003
TUESDAY 3 JUNE - THE FINAL COUNTDOWN - Stop
Stansted Expansion update meeting for members and the public.
8pm at the Rhodes Centre, Bishop's Stortford. Free admission.
SUNDAY 8 JUNE
WEST END MUSICALS EXTRAVAGANZA with songs
from the hit shows of the last 40 years at Gaston House, Gaston
Green. 6pm gates open, show starts at 6.45pm - 9.30pm.
Tickets£15 per person, including supper. Licensed bar. Tickets
available from, Little Hallingbury & Hatfield Broad Oak Post
Offices, in Great Hallingbury from
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Jan Baldwin on 01279 653470 or the campaign office 01279
See www.stopstanstedexpansion.com for details
SATURDAY 14 JUNE
TOUR OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS UNDER THREAT (in
conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Ancient
Buildings) - Including Bambers Green, Takeley. 1.30pm start.
The Stansted area is characterised, above all, by its remarkably
rich architectural heritage. Join our guided visits to a few of the
many old properties at risk of demolition if airport enlargement
is not stopped. Tickets £7.25 per person for SPAB/SSE
members, £8.75 per person for non-members. Contact campaign
office for further details on 01279 870558.
SUNDAY 15 JUNE TEDDY BEARS PICNIC FOR
FATHERS' DAY AT THE GARDENS OF EASTON
LODGE. Gates open at noon, event starts at 2pm. Attractions
include a treasure hunt, children's entertainer, lucky dip,
tombola, bouncy castle, Stop Stansted Expansion stall. Bring
your teddies and your picnic for a fun afternoon in the Gardens.
Tickets £3.80 adults, £3.50 concessions, £3 children, a family
group of four £12, children under 3 years old free. Payment on
arrival. Contact the Gardens of Easton Lodge for further details
on 01371 876979.
SUNDAY 22 JUNE TOUR OF HISTORIC
BUILDINGS UNDER THREAT (in conjunction with the
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) - Including
Brown's End Road, Broxted. 1.30pm start.
see above June 14th for price details
SUNDAY 29 JUNE BROXTED OPEN GARDENS. A
number of gardens in Broxted will be open to the public. Small
admission fee. Come and see our beautiful countryside with
fantastic views to Thaxted and Saffron Walden. Contact Phyllis
and Roger Clarke on
01279 850 638, [email protected] or the
campaign office on 01279 870558.
SUNDAY 6 JULY - TOUR OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS
UNDER THREAT (in conjunction with the Society for the
Protection of Ancient Buildings) - Including Brick End,
Broxted. 1.30pm start.
see above June 14th for price details
NO SURPRISES IN BAA EXPANSION VIEWS WHICH
AIMS TO SECURE ITS LONGER TERM MONOPOLY
POSITION IN THE SOUTH EAST
BAA's views on expanding airport capacity in the south east
come as no surprise whatsoever say campaigners at Stop
Stansted Expansion who have attacked the airport operator for
the hypocrisy it has shown in taking so long to reveal its hand in
calling for extra runways in the south east. Stop Stansted
Expansion is also critical of the cynical abuse of the
consultation process by BAA which has been working on
expansion plans with the Department for Transport for four
years and sprinkling favours amongst politicians for far longer -
all to help ensure that their monopoly position in the South East
can not only be protected, but actually expanded. The group is
opposed to the creation of the 'Essex Heathrow' being proposed
by BAA which would result from the addition of even one more
runway at Stansted, or the world's largest airport if two were
added, because of the social and environmental impacts that
such massive development and
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associated urbanisation would have. Stop Stansted Expansion
strongly rejects the airport operator's claims that there is a 'clear
economic and environmental case' for expansion. Norman
Mead, Chairman of Stop Stansted Expansion said -The
economic case would disappear overnight if the airlines did not
enjoy the favouritism which
the Government provides by way of tax free fuel and VAT
exemptions. The environmental consequences for the area
around Stansted would be catastrophic if the Government was
ever to allow BAA to get away with these proposals. Stop
Stansted Expansion is concerned about the cosy relationship
which exists between the Department for Transport and BAA.
Even the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and
the Sustainable Development
Commission slammed the government's weakness last autumn
in giving into aviation industry pressure to stick with the 'predict
and provide' e flak from government which has been severely
criticised for its expansion proposals - largely based on BAA's
own wish list. BAA has until now refused to make its position
clear. Norman Mead added: - BAA grossly understates the
damage to the environment, both global and local, which would
be caused by expansion. It also fails to take into account the
heavy social costs in the region resulting from massive
urbanisation, not least the impact on the health of children, the
elderly and chronic sick, which would result from creating the
world's largest airport at Stansted if two runways were
constructed." "It simply wants to line its shareholders' pockets -
even if it has to concrete over some of England's richest
heritage, destroy entire villages - homes that have existed for
centuries - as well as ancient woodlands and important wildlife
habitats. It would be environmental vandalism on an
unprecedented scale,- he continued. Mr Mead concluded: -
BAA finally seems to have decided that it's 'payback time' for all
the effort it has put into cultivating the Government and
politicians. I happen to believe that British democracy is
stronger than BAA - and that it will not succeed with these
Note to Editors:
Stop Stansted Expansion represents more than 3000 individual
members and is backed by over 60 district, town and parish
councils plus special interest groups including the National
Trust, Friends of the Earth, Society for the Protection of Ancient
Buildings and Essex Wildlife Trust. Stop Stansted Expansion is
firmly opposed to the addition of any new runways in the south
east but takes the view that if the government is determined to
provide them, rather than steamroller over the well-being of
hundreds of thousands of people in the region it should look
towards a truly offshore solution, such as has been proposed in
both the Severn and Thames Estuaries, where planes would take
off and land over the sea, with minimal effect on people.
Proposals for an extra runway have already been the subject of
three public inquiries - the most recent in the early 1980s.
Indeed, the last Planning Inspector to consider the question -
Graham Eyre - declared that an extra runway at Stansted would
constitute an 'unprecedented and wholly unacceptable
environmental and visual disaster'. In response the Government,
in 1985, gave an unequivocal undertaking that a second runway
would not be constructed. The world's largest airport at Atlanta
Airport in the United States can handle 79m passengers per year.
Stansted would be capable of handling 82m with two extra
runways, way beyond Heathrow's present capacity - despite
having always been designated an 'airport in the countryside' by
the government and advertised as such
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I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I
couldn't find any.
My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled
Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. They lit a fire in the
craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your
kayak and heat it.
A man goes to the doctor, with a strawberry growing out of his
head. Doc says "I'll give you some cream to put on it."
A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet. "My dog's cross-eyed, is
there anything you can do for him? " "Well," says the vet, "let's
have a look at him" So he picks the dog up and examines his
eyes, then checks his teeth. Finally, he says, "I'm going to have
to put him down." "What? Because he's cross-eyed? " "No,
because he's really heavy"
Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. There are 5
people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's either my
mum or my dad. Or my older brother Colin. Or my younger
brother Ho-Cha-Chu. But I think it's Colin.
"You know, somebody actually complimented me on my
driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said,
'Parking Fine.' So that was nice."
THE GOOD BONFIRE GUIDELINES
If you are determined to have a bonfire, follow these guidelines
and the chances are you won't cause serious nuisance.
Only burn dry material - Compost garden waste
Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres or anything
containing plastic,foam or paint. – toxic can cause cancer.
Never use old engine oil, meths or petrol to light the fire or
Avoid burning when the wind will carry the smoke over roads
or into other people's property.
Avoid burning at weekends and on bank holidays when
people want to enjoy their gardens.
Avoid burning when the air quality in your area is "poor" or
(You can check this by ringing 0800 556677, or looking at
Never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder douse it
with water if necessary.
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A NEW INNINGS
The new cricket season finally got underway on May 4
with our local side playing away opposite White Roding.
We started off batting and scored a respectable 134 runs
for 5 wickets after the maximum 40 overs. White Roding
put in a strong performance and clinched the game in their
innings with 136 runs for 5 wickets with 6 overs to spare.
A great performance by both teams made for an exciting
Sunday afternoon. Our cameras caught some of the action:
Our bowler (far right) almost stumps the opposing
White Roding bring on a new batsman as we send another
packing (left). White Roding put a few runs on the board
Any adults who are interested in spending their Sunday
afternoons playing for the cricket club should contact the
cricket club secretary, Kingsley James by phone on
The kid’s cricket club has now started and is operated by
Peter Graves every Wednesday evening (not Tuesday as
previously stated) on the Heath from 6:30-8:00pm (players
must be over 8 years old).
Upcoming Cricket Fixtures:
Sun 8 June – Away – Stebbing – 2:30pm start
Wed 11 June – Away – Little Hadham – 6:15pm start
Sun 15 June – Home – White Roding – 2:30pm start
Last month, we promised to bring you the final table for
the local schools league but however, due to what can only
be described as “an incident” (that’s all we know!)
between two of the participating schools (not us!), one of
the matches has yet to be played, thus not allowing the
final league table to be completed. Heath Sport will bring
you the final standings a.s.a.p.
All text by Billy Shaw (14).
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FOR SALE DISABLED
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Battery and charger included
Price £700 o.n.o
Phone 01279 730 294
Hatfield Haven Residential Home are looking for someone to
cook lunch on Saturdays/Sundays for our 18 ladies and
gentlemen Just good old fashioned cooking
from 8.30 – 2.30
Please ring Helen 01279 730 043
I’M A CELEBRITY….IT’S ALL AN ACT
Anyone who voted in the latest series of Granada’s I’m A
Celebrity….Get Me Out Of Here has the right to feel “ripped-
off” after the shows on ITV1 and our local station, Anglia,
showed increasingly obvious signs of being scripted. Chris
Bisson was shown to be just as much as a lively person in camp
as Phil Tuffnel on the live, 20-hour-a-day feed on ITV2 but this
was mysteriously cut from the 1 hour ITV1 broadcast. On the
second Tuesday of the ordeal, Danniella Westbrook walked out,
thus stopping the need for a vote. Strange, but this was the night
that there wasn’t a half-hour show following the news to
interview the latest evictee because of the football. Have ITV
really got the nerve to take money from us? It’s one to ponder.
Billy Shaw (14)