Stambourne Newsletter: August / September 2019

Digital version of the August-September 2019 Stambourne Newsletter, the bi-monthly printed newsletter published and distributed by Stambourne Parish Council – No: 252

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Stambourne newsletter August- September 2019

Stambourne newsletter August- September 2019


The latest meeting of the Parish Council took place on Thursday, 19th July 2019 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, Stambourne.


Work on the new kitchen is now complete and feedback from people who have used it is very positive. This work would not have been possible without grant funding from the Community Initiative Fund of Essex County Council.

Community Speedwatch

A member of the village has suggested that a Community Speedwatch scheme be put forward for the village. If you would like to volunteer to help with this, please contact me (see my email or telephone number below) and I will put you in touch with the co-ordinator, Mr Richard Bambridge.

Parish Council Meeting Dates 2019
• 19th September 2019

All are Thursdays at 7.30pm in the Village Hall unless shown otherwise.

More details may be found here »

Full minutes are available on the village website:

Debbie Hilliard, Parish Clerk, 01440 785 629

Stambourne newsletter August – September 2019


With effect from 29th July 2019, Great Bardfield Bridge will be completely closed for a period of 5 weeks and some of our bus services will be affected, and operating a revised route and shuttle service.

There are changes to the service 16, with a change of route operating due to the bridge closure. The bus will now be running between Finchingfield and Bardfield via Wethersfield. This will enable passengers using the service 16 to travel beyond Great Bardfield to Braintree and Chelmsford.

Passengers will also be able to connect with a short wait for the 9B shuttle service between Bardfield and Blake End.

Great Bardfield Bridge

A shuttle bus service (9B) will be provided between Great Bardfield and Shalford, with occasional journeys to and from Blake End. This shuttle bus will be operated by Roman Coaches and will enable passengers who use the 9/9a wishing to travel to and from Great Bardfield to complete their journey. Passengers will be required to change buses in Shalford to access the main service.

There is a revised timetable for 16 route, and the 9/9a and shuttle bus. The shuttle timetable is available to all passengers from drivers on the service 16/9/9a/9b and on schemes/great-bardfield-bridge-b1057-bridge-street-great-bardfield.aspx along with further information.


People who live in mid Essex now have access to extra evening and weekend NHS GP-led appointments at one of six Extended Access Hubs.


Our Extended Access Hubs are staffed by experienced GPs, Nurses and other healthcare professionals who offer most of the routine services you might expect at your own GP surgery, such as stop-smoking support and smear tests.

How do I book an appointment?

You can book by contacting your own GP surgery’s reception team and asking for an Extended Access appointment. Outside your Surgery’s opening hours you can book by calling NHS 111.

If you need to cancel your appointment speak to your own surgery or call 07384 579 479 out of hours.

Where are the Extended Hubs located?

  • Chelmsford — North Chelmsford Health Centre, CM2 5EF
  • Halstead — Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery, CO9 1EX
  • Maldon — Blackwater Medical Centre, CM9 5GP
  • South Woodham Ferrers — Greenwood Surgery, CM3 5XD (Saturdays only)
  • Braintree — Douglas Grove Surgery, CM8 1TE (Saturdays only)
  • Braintree — Mount Chambers Surgery, CM7 9BY (Sundays only)

What are the opening times?

  • Monday to Fridays — 6.30pm – 8pm (Maldon 9pm)
  • Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays — 8am – 2pm

Some hours will vary slightly between the hubs, so please check when booking.

For more information, speak to your own GP’s reception team or visit

If you need medical help quickly — but it’s not a 999 emergency — call NHS 111 for more information on which health professional you should see.

We want everyone in mid Essex to Live Well

Stambourne newsletter August – September 2019


On 9th June 2019, we welcomed Dorothy Onslow & her family and friends to her Baptism. It was nice to see so many people come along to be with Dorothy on her special day

Dorothy Onslow & her family

Stambourne newsletter August – September 2019


Holy book

I am writing this on Bridget’s Day – she was the head of a nunnery in the 14th century and this nunnery became famous for living very simply and frugally, but unusually for the time, the nuns were allowed to have as many books as they liked! The 14th century equivalent of social media!

She was also very famous for her acts of kindness which benefitted everyone around the places she visited on her many pilgrimages to Rome and Avignon.

So let me encourage all you kind people to be even kinder this summer, look out for those who are wilting in the heat, share the abundance of your gardens and pass on a little kindness.

Heaven knows we don’t get good role models from our politicians and media who are intent on bringing each other down day after day. So let’s be radical – be kind, give praise, smile at people – do lots of happy faces on social media.

Almost every piece of news could be challenged by asking ‘where is the generosity in that’? Do whatever you can think of to be radically counter to the negativity we hear in our political arena.

In a nutshell, to think about our generosity; to challenge ourselves on our own giving is something I believe we should do more of. Even if we don’t consider our possessions, there is also the question of our generosity of spirit.

How willing are we to give of our time, our love and ourselves?

So – as we enter those lazy, hazy days of summer, how about we each think about how we just might take a lesson from Bridget and give more of ourselves to others, by leaving our phones alone, spending more time and energy and love on each other and engaging with charitable causes that can truly help those in need or distress. Spread Joy.

Enjoy the summer, and for all around these villages I offer you my love and prayers and a warm welcome in all our churches.


Rev. Liz Paxton, Rector

The Benefice of the Hedinghams and Upper Colne
07932 160 594 or 01787 277 270

Stambourne newsletter August- September 2019


4th August9.30amMorning PrayerDave Brown
11th August9.30amHoly CommunionRev. Liz Paxton
18th AugustNo service at Stambourne – please see notice board for other services in the Benefice
25th August9.30amMorning PrayerDave Brown
1st September9.30amMorning PrayerDave Brown
8th September9.30amHoly CommunionRev. Liz Paxton
15th SeptemberNo service at Stambourne – please see notice board for other services in the Benefice
22nd September11amBenefice Service at Sible Hedingham Church
29th September9.30amHARVEST FESTIVALRev. Liz Paxton

Val Kerrison, Churchwarden
01440 785 752 or 07879 816 362

A Date for your Diary

Saturday, 28th September 2019 at 7pm
An evening concert in the Church
Featuring the return of the Dutch music group


Plus other attractions
Tickets: £5 each, children free

Available from:
Val Kerrison — Tel: 01440 785 752
Heather & Ian Hay — Tel: 01440 785 590
Jane & David Waller — Tel: 01440 785 484

Entry includes a glass of wine and light refreshments


News from the Chapel

Light through the clouds

There is an advert going the rounds at the moment talking about the uncertainty of 2019 and talks of vote upon vote upon vote. And asks the question “are they listening?” I wonder! Maybe you will be one of those who will benefit from the higher tax threshold tax break. Maybe not. Is it this that swayed the vote in our new Prime Minister’s favour? If so what does it say about society generally?

So many times we trust in people, but find that people are not able to deliver. And often we ask the question “is this all there is to life?” We enjoy ourselves, we seek pleasure and happiness, we seek to help others, we seek… In the Bible Jesus is teaching about what we should seek first.

He talks about all the things we need, food, clothing, a home, health, etc., but says: Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things (the list above) will be added to you.” (my added words).

Later Matthew reports Jesus as saying: Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”

He goes on to say compare God with a father – which father would give a stone when a child had asked for bread? Which would give him a snake when asked for fish? But it does require us to seek, and to ask.

Did you ask for the recent heat wave? Did you ask for the coolness of the weather that followed? Oh, that’s just the weather you might say, but God has intervened in the weather in greater ways than those simple things! Like calming a storm!!

Do you get the impression that with God anything is possible? That’s the awesomeness of God!

Enjoy your summer, and don’t forget to ask!

Every blessing,

Adrian Burr, Minister

Stambourne newsletter August – September 2019


Sunday Services are in the Chapel at 10.45am. 1st Sunday Communion; 4th Sunday followed by a meal.

10am – 12pm — Open Church Coffee Morning
I-Tea Help with Computer Issues – bring along a laptop, tablet or phone and we will try and help with any issues.
Slipper exchange if you have slippers that are likely to cause you to trip or fall you can receive free exchange slippers that meet NHS standards.
Next coffee with Cops will be on 3rd December 2019.

2pm – 3pm — Otago Standing or seated exercise to help maintain core strength and to prevent falls. Come and have a go. Restarts on 11th September 2019. Cost per session: £4.50.
7pm — Prayer and Bible Study
If you would like home communion, a visit or prayer please call 01440 730 211 or 07983 656 166.


3rd August 2019 — Coffee Morning for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust 10-12 in the Chapel

14th September 2019Heritage Open Day — 10am – 4pm. When we explore family history based on Chapel records and computer searches. Refreshments provided.

29th September 2019HARVEST CELEBRATION — 4pm Service (no morning service) – Speaker: Rev Dr Janet Wootton, CF President “A Harvest in India“. Followed by a Harvest Meal.

19th October 2019CF Eastern Area Assembly — 10am – 4pm at Guilden Morden CC – Practical Prayer.

Adrian Burr, Minister,, 07983 656 166
Margaret Mead, Secretary & prayer request,, 07561 283 587
Jill Holmes, Project Lead & Stambourne Chapel Care,, 07883 423 528

Find us on Facebook: Stambourne Chapel or Stambourne Chapel Care


Stambourne Open Gardens 2019

The Open Garden Days on the 8th and 9th June 2019 were a great success, despite the poor weather on the 8th, and the competition from other villages on both days.

We made a profit of over £800, which will go towards the provision of toilet facilities in the Church, disabled access in the Chapel, and benefit The Little Princess Trust charity.

The organisers’ thanks go to the householders who opened their
gardens, to those who provided the barbecue and the teas, and especially to the local businesses who advertised in the brochure and contributed significantly to the financial success of the event.

Villagers who opened their gardens would also like to thank all the organisers of the Stambourne Open Garden weekend.

Despite the unpredictable weather they had a steady flow of people who were very complimentary about their beautiful gardens.

They are looking forward to a repeat performance in future years and hope that more villagers will join in and open their gardens too.

Stambourne Chapel plant swap and sale

Stambourne newsletter August – September 2019


Village Hall available for hire »

To hire the Village Hall, contact Rosemary Horton on 01440 785 339. More info »

Don’t forget you can use the Village Hall for your celebrations or clubs. If it’s not used there is a risk of this great amenity being lost.

Stambourne Village Hall

Silver Link Club »

Stambourne Chapel from 2pm to 4pm every two weeks.

For more information, contact Vanessa on 01440 785 122 or Lois on 01440 578 720. We love to welcome new members.

Silver Link Club

Women’s workout »

Low impact, women’s only fitness class, improving strength, flexibility, balance and core. Suitable for any ages and ability, exercise seated or standing.

This friendly group meets every Tuesday at 6pm at the Stambourne Village Hall (please book in advance).

For more information, contact Lara on 07471 105 210.

Fitness class

Stambourne Chat WhatsApp group

If you’d like to join this new WhatsApp group then message Erika on 07944 916 644.

It’s already proved a success in finding help clearing weeds from a brook, advertising school fêtes, finding a puppy trainer, messaging the success of our jumble sale in May, finding a milkman who delivers to your door and a local lawn mower repairer. It’s our new Notice Board but without the drawing pins!


In June we visited RHS Wisley in Surrey. The weather was beautiful and the venue was spectacular. We ended a perfect day with dinner at Loch Fyne, Cobham.

Molten Wonky was a huge success in July and we all received our works of art from Katie after she’d taken them away for firing. The delicious buffet was supplied by Carolyn, Fiona and Liz K and we managed to eat whilst creating our masterpieces with Katie serving refreshments to us in between teaching us all.

In August it’s our bookswap on 7th at Newlands, Chapel End Way. On 14th August we have our picnic at the pavilion with caricaturist Steven Garner attending to give us lessons in how to capture a likeness on paper. A two course buffet is being laid on by the members. Why not come and join us?

In September we have our regular bookswap on 4th. On 11th Amanda Sutherland returns ( Amanda has gone from being a costumier to running a successful accessories empire.

Don’t feel shy about coming along. If you’d like to know more than please visit the Stambourne Ladies Group section or contact Vicky on 07908 099 904 or Lorna on 07980 922 636.

Molten Wonky
Molten Wonky

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