Published and distributed by Stambourne Parish Council No. 249
The first meeting of 2019 was held on 16 January at 7.30pm in the village hall. We were pleased to welcome Braintree District Councillor Richard van Dulken.
Braintree District Council
Councillor Richard van Dulken gave his regular report on District Council business. He advised that the proposed new doctors’ surgery in Sible Hedingham is going to proceed and it is anticipated it should be completed during 2020.
As mentioned previously the disabled toilet and baby-change facility in the pavilion is now complete. This would not have been possible without the CIF grant received from Essex County Council, a donation from the village fete 2016 and Braintree District Council’s Community Grant. The Parish Council agreed that the next stage of work should be to refurbish the kitchen and I am pleased to advise that Essex County Council CIF fund
Debbie Hilliard Parish Clerk
have agreed to award the Parish Council funding towards this project.
A polite request to all dog walkers to please clear up after your dogs and leave all the footpaths clean for everybody to enjoy. Bins for dog waste are located in Dyers End, Church Road and Chapel End Way.
Budget and Precept for 2019/20
As I have reported in previous years, each January the Parish Council has to agree its budgets for the upcoming financial year. As part of this Braintree District Council used to provide some funding, however the funding known as ‘Localism Fund’ has been gradually reduced every year and for 2019/20 there is none. The Parish Council has agreed a budget of £8,300 for the year 2019/20 and this will appear on your Council Tax information issued by Braintree District Council in April.
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I would like to thank all those involved with the Carol service on 23rd December: Church & tree decorators, flower arrangers, refreshment makers, readers, David our organist & special thanks to the Hedingham Singers who sang wonderfully and certainly completed our lovely service. It was so nice to see so many from the Village on that special afternoon. Thank you to Rev. Liz Paxton for officiating on Christmas Day morning and for those attending the Holy Communion service. The last service of the year was the Benefice service at Little Yeldham Church on 30th December which was very well supported by all the Churches.
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Sunday 12th May - Pet Service 12.30 & Dog Agility Stambourne Church - ALL WELCOME
Val Kerrison
Churchwarden Email: Tel: 01440 785752 or 07879 816362
As I write this, parliament is gearing themselves up for a vote on Brexit. Whilst it seems that - by the time you read this – the vote will have taken place, I am pretty confident that the arguments and wrangling will be continuing. At the end of 2018 the Church of England’s House of Bishops put together the following statement which I heartily endorse. What they are praying for nationally, I am praying for locally in our village communities and families:
“The bishops of the Church of England pray for national unity – and courage, integrity and clarity for our politicians. We call on the country to consider the nature of our public conversation. It is time to bring grace and generosity back to our national life. At the heart of the Christian message is Jesus’ command to love our neighbour. This includes those with whom we agree and disagree – at home, in Europe, and further afield. We urge everyone – our political leaders and all of us – to bring magnanimity, respect and reconciliation to our national debate. There is now an urgent need for the United Kingdom to recover a shared vision and identity to help us find a way through the immediate challenges. Regardless of what happens next with Brexit, the Church of England, alongside many other churches and other agencies striving for the common good, will be at the heart of local communities; educating one million children, providing 33,000 social action projects and running 16,000 churches across the country. Above all else, we will continue to support the most vulnerable and share Christ’s love with all.”
In supporting the local community we improve immeasurably our own and our neighbour’s lives. We are at our best when we are celebrating together, as seen in our wonderful Christmas celebrations both in the church and in the community events. Long may this ethos continue into 2019 and I look forward to sharing with you many community activities this year where we are planning an Open Church and Gardens, a pet service and dog activity challenge afternoon and a concert later in the year.
With every blessing, Rev Liz
Verse of the month: Proverbs 10:12 “Hatred stirs up trouble; a lover overlooks the wrongs that others do”.
Rev. Liz Paxton Tel: 01787 277270 Email:


Do please consider opening your garden on the weekend of the 8th and 9th June 2019.
There are a lot of keen gardeners living in the village and the surrounding villages and towns. We are all looking for ideas to add to our own gardens. Ann Scott James who wrote “Down to Earth” with drawings by her husband Osbert Lancaster to illustrate it, noted “that when two gardeners get together, the wish to communicate is strong, one collects some treasure in the way of ideas”.
Please show us any unusual plants, vegetables, bushes or trees that you have.
There will be teas, coffee and cakes and a barbecue on Saturday in Church Farm Barn - thanks to Terry.
Also, unusual plants for sale at Church Farm House, thanks to Ernie Brooks. For further details contact: Richard Day 01440 785580

During 2018 our Neighbourhood Watch WhatsApp Group was used to report a barn fire, theft of farming machinery, road closures due to motoring accidents, on line scams, rogue traders, power cut updates, speeding cars, faulty bird scarers, illegal hare coursing, finding lost animals, burst water main updates, retrieving a runaway horse as well as domestic thefts and suspicious activity.
To join the NW WhatsApp Group contact Vicky on 07778 410376

Did you see it? What a fascinating sight!
Now you may be wondering what I am talking about. Was it your favourite football team winning, or even the first snowdrops of the season? My thoughts were about the Blood Moon - or so called wolf moon - of the very early morning of 21st January. The event when the moon passes through the shadow of the earth, which scared ancient people so much that they thought everything was coming to an end! If you missed it, never mind, the next one is 2029!
But can you imagine seeing these things and not knowing how and why they happen. There are fewer things these days that puzzle us in the same way - yes, there are still a few - but we "know" that the world goes round the sun and the moon goes round the earth and every so often they all align to give us this wonderful red moon.
It is a lack of knowledge that drives our fears, and in our lives today we have the same issues. There are things that we are not in control of and we can receive news that drives us into fear. But when we put it into a different perspective nothing should drive us to fear like this, for we can know a creator who made it all, and knows all things. It's like going to the astronomer expert and asking why we have eclipses. We can ask about anything for God created everything. And the wonderful thing about the Bible is that it is still the bestselling book in the whole world, selling more copies that all of the ten top best sellers put together. It contains a record of the start of everything that scientists are beginning to find out is exactly how it all happened. And all this was written 3500 years ago!
So "Fear not" as the angels said to Mary - things we don't understand can be explained by the one who created them all! And that can be such an encouragement in our everyday living.
Every blessing for 2019! Adrian Burr
The Bible Societies' Bible Course
What is the Bible? When was it written? What does it contain? Why is it still the world's best seller book? Come and find out every Wednesday through February and March at 6 pm - starts with some food!
Film evening - The Stray
A true story of a dog who appears from out of nowhere just in time to save a family that is falling apart Saturday 23rd at 6 pm for a light meal before the film.
Pancake Day
Tuesday 5th March from 10 am to 12 noon and the initial weigh in for our sponsored Lent Slim. Still have some pounds to lose? Raise money for your favourite charity and lose weight with the encouragement of others coming every Tuesday to the weigh in at the Chapel all through Lent.
Special service with Alan Hillier of UK-Aid that supports the people affected by the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine and Belarus. Sunday 31st March
Otago - Exercizes to help balance and fall prevention and to encourage us to keep active! 2 pm - 3 pm every Wednesday followed by a cuppa. Fun and friendly! Pay as you go £4.50 per class. Contact Mandy Felton on 07933 271189 or
I-Tea - Still got some questions about your computer. Come and find out with one- to-one assistance on Thursday mornings 10am -12. Run by Community 360. Contact Caroline Burrows-Wren on 01376 550507 or
Also provide Slipper Exchange - if your slippers are getting a bit old and you are at risk of falling then Community 360 will exchange your slippers for NHS approved new ones. Come along to I-Tea for information with your old slippers.
Adrian Burr, Minister, Stambourne Chapel 01440 730211, 07983 656166, Brian Mead, Secretary, 01376 345337, 07935 936781,

Give your unwanted items a new home in your community.
Do you have items which are too good to throw away? It’s quick, easy and free to pass on your items and you may not even need to leave home. In Essex we’re lucky to have many reuse organisations to choose from. If you are having a clear out, there are lots of easy ways to pass items on to other people.
More and more of us are donating and purchasing items from reuse organisations meaning you are supporting local people and great local community causes while passing on your unwanted items. Many reuse organisations will even collect from your own home – no need to leave the house! Local charity shops are always happy to accept good quality donations as this helps raise money for good causes. Freegle is an online platform to help people give items for free in your local community. The types of items you can give and get on Freegle ranges from furniture, clothing and children’s toys to soil, rubble or even pre-loved garden ornaments. You can pass almost anything on using Freegle!
You can even sell good quality items through popular selling websites, or jumble sales and car boots. This is a great way to clear out the house and make a bit of money while doing so.
Passing on your old items is a hassle-free way of doing good in your community. Visit to find out more.

Stambourne Jumble Sale
Saturday 8th June 2019
1 pm
@ The Village Hall
Admission 50p Tea and coffee available All proceeds to charity
Please contact Sian Davies-Hatton (07505 355994) or Lesley Scolley (07889 745180) for local pick-up in advance. Or drop jumble off at the Village Hall on Friday 7th June or on the morning of the sale.


Silver Link


Tuesday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An afternoon of fun activities with a friendly group. Includes tea and cake. Outings during summer months.
“Let’s Get Started” - Fitness Class


Tuesday 6:00 pm
A fitness class designed for beginners. The class can be done seated or standing, so perfect for those who are new to exercise, have reduced mobility, are recovering from injury or want weekly exercise in a friendly environment. Contact Lara 07471 105210
Stambourne K9 Training


Tuesday 7:00 pm
For further information contact Peter 07889 121148
Stambourne Ladies’ Group


Wednesday 7:30 pm
Call Vicky 01440 785528 or Lorna 01440 785573
The Village Hall is available for hire both by the residents of Stambourne and those who live outside the village. HIRE FEES Stambourne Residents

Pick up a bat and have a ball! Do you want to sharpen your reflexes and metal agility? Stambourne has the solution!
Play Table Tennis on a full size table in our Village Hall. Bring your friends and try it out.
Please contact Rosi Horton 01440 785339 for all booking enquiries.

Happy New Year to all our members, past, present and future!!
SLG 2019
We meet each month at Stambourne Village Hall on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm
We have an interesting and varied programme organised for 2019, starting on the 13 February when Nikki Phillips, a relaxation therapist, will come and teach us techniques to feel relaxed and prevent stress! A great way to start the year! This will be followed by a brief AGM & refreshments!
Members are encouraged to come up with ideas for extra trips and activities between meetings. HERE ARE SOME OF OUR PLANS FOR THIS YEAR . . .
“The Favourite” Haverhill Arts Centre Cinema (HAC) Historical drama / black comedy based on Queen Ann’s life, Starring Emma Stone and Olivia Colman
Regular Bookswap at ‘Newlands’ in Chapel End Way. Swap books, DVD’s and enjoy coffee and cake, first Wednesday of every month 10.00 - noon
Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet, live broadcast (HAC) Motown Magic at Shaftesbury Theatre, London Cambridge University Botanic Garden SLG Picnic at the Pavilion, open to all Riverboat Georgina, 2-hour Cambridge river cruise Fitzwilliam Museum Annual SLG Dinner Great Easton Lodge gardens Tiptree Jams
ADAM KAY UPDATE - This event was a sell-out and we all enjoyed a very amusing evening with the author of ‘This is Going to Hurt’. The total figure raised for the Blossom Suite and bereavement service in the Maternity Unit at Broomfield Hospital was £535!
Call Vicky 01440 785528 or Lorna 01440 785573 Look up ‘Stambourne Ladies Group’ on Facebook
Meet at the pavilion on Sunday 17th February at 10.30am. Grabbers and plastic bags supplied. Wear protective gloves.
The more the merrier!
Did you know we have our very own Stambourne weather station? The current weather conditions can be accessed via
You can also follow it on twitter: @Stambourne
The website is powered by a Davis Vantage Pro 2 (VP2) weather station located along Cornish Hall End Road in Stambourne Green, Essex. The data is collected every 3 seconds and the site is updated every 10 minutes.
This site and its data is collected using Weather Display Software. The station comprises of an anemometer, rain gauge and a thermo-hydro sensor.
The next newsletter will be April / May. Please send any contributions for this publication to Karen Crago at or drop them in the post box at Tagley Farm, Finchingfield Road by Wednesday 27th March please.