Stambourne Newsletter: June / July 2021

Digital version of the June-July 2021 Stambourne Newsletter, the bi-monthly printed newsletter published and distributed by Stambourne Parish Council – No: 262


The Parish Council was able to hold its Annual General Meeting and Parish Assembly in person for the first time since the first lockdown in March 2020. It took place on Thursday 20 May in the village hall. We were pleased to welcome our Braintree District Councillor, Richard Van Dulken, and the newly elected Essex County Councillor, Peter Schwier who both also attended.

At the Annual General meeting the first item is always to elect a Chair and representatives:

  • Chair – Neil Pyman
  • Vice-chair – Andrew Drysdale
  • Village Hall Committee Representative – Vanessa Young
  • Emergency Planning – Michael Crago
  • Footpaths – Karen Grant
  • Public Transport – Andrew Drysdale


The Pavilion will re-open after 21st June 2021 and only in compliance with government guidelines. This will be kept under review.

As you will know from the newsletter, the Parish Council have been updating and refurbishing the Pavilion with the help of grants from the Essex County Council CIF Fund and Braintree District Council’s Councillors’ Community Grant. We were able to replace the old fridge and freezer with new ones as part of this work.

The old fridge and freezer are still in working order and free to a good home if anyone can make use of them. Please get in touch if you are interested.


We have been made aware of a number of footpath issues across the parish, including broken or damaged footbridges and blocked paths. These have all been reported to Essex County Council and will be repaired in due course. If you are aware of any issues please let me know, photos are always helpful too.


We have had a number of Stambourne Wombles out and about litter picking around the village.

Thank you to everyone who has been doing this, it is very much appreciated!

Next meetings are 22nd July 2021, 16th September 2021 and 17th November 2021 and we hope that they can continue to be in-person meetings in the Village Hall.

Full minutes are available on the village website:

Debbie Hilliard, Parish Clerk, 01440 785 629


It has been a very interesting year to become Chair. Last year’s AGM began our use of Zoom which we have continued with for all our
meetings. However, it has been very nice to get back to face to face tonight.

Playing Field

With COVID we have not been able to use the Playing Field or Pavilion for any social events. However, we must thank Michael Turner for cutting the grass and keeping the playing field tidy.


There have been a few applications to consider but nothing too onerous.


Thank you to Steve Platt (village website) and Karen Crago (village newsletter) for providing a valuable village resource, especially during the last year.

Bonfire Night

Unfortunately this was another event that had to be cancelled due to COVID but I hope it will be able to go ahead this year.


The Parish Council remains solvent and this was helped by a COVID Business Support Grant of
£10,000 from Braintree District Council.

Finally, thank you to all the parish councillors for all their work for Stambourne, to Richard Van Dulken (Braintree District Council) for his support and also to Debbie, our clerk for her hard work and guidance.

Neil Pyman, Chair

Stambourne Parish Council


Well, what a difference in the weather to when I was preparing my contribution to the newsletter two months ago!!! There is an Autumn/Winter feeling around us and not the warm Spring/Summer air I had been hoping for. Nonetheless, we are continuing the slow move out of lockdown which we are all hoping will not be delayed.

The first service of the year in the Church on Easter Sunday was very well supported with a congregation of 20. So we will continue with two services per month on the 1st and 2nd Sundays and now I am pleased to confirm that the Church will be open daily for private prayer, visitors or just to have some quiet time to reflect.

Stambourne Church

Hand sanitiser is in the Church and please adhere to social distancing should the need arise!!!

The Annual Parochial Church meeting took place on Sunday 9th May. The notice of results of elections is displayed inside the Church.


6th June9.30amMorning PrayerDave Brown
13th June9.30amHoly CommunionRev. Liz Paxton
4th July9.30amMorning PrayerDave Brown
11th July9.30amHoly CommunionRev. Liz Paxton
1st August9.30amMorning PrayerDave Brown

Val Kerrison, Churchwarden
01440 785 752 or 07879 816 362


At last we have the glorious weather of June – after such a chilly May. Everything looks different in the sunshine!

Nature is trying to catch up with a slow start to the year. It’s as if our gardens and countryside are reluctant to come out of winter lockdown.

I know a lot of people are feeling the same. On the one hand, we can’t wait to see and hug the friends and family we’ve been missing, or have only been seeing on a laptop screen for months. On the other hand we are so out of practice at being with people it’s all a bit daunting.


It has been truly wonderful to re-open all our churches from Easter Sunday, and remain open each week. Sadly, still no congregational singing, but we have heard some of the choir sing from time to time, and the organ is as splendid as ever. Finally, we have started to meet on other days too and the churches are now open during the day. Like nature, our church ‘spring’ has been delayed but we will be back fully in bloom this month with planning our first social events of the year.

I look forward to seeing you all again, but in the meantime, I leave you with some Godly advice for healthy living as we come out of the C-19 pandemic.

Matthew 11: 28-29 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Tune your life to healthy rhythms
Handle expectations
Recognise times of vulnerability
Identify safe spaces to be heard
Value and affirm
Establish healthy boundaries

If you would like a chat about any concerns or anxiety that you would like heard in a ‘safe space’ please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Rev. Liz Paxton, Rector

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


News from the Chapel

A year ago we talked about the Church that meets in the Chapel being “not closed, but deployed”. And over this last year we have developed from a church that meets on Sundays to one that includes Stambourne Chapel Care – an organisation supported by charitable giving that aims to provide support services to the vulnerable and at the stages of life changes, whether that is through bereavement, divorce, illness, or age related changes. We provide befriending and support helping people to make appropriate decisions for their own health and wellbeing, and supporting the social services, care and health organisations in their work with individuals. We also fetch and carry and offer lifts to people. So we have volunteers who provide these services (and are always looking for more!) to work with people in the villages surrounding Stambourne including Sible, Yeldham, Ridgewell, Wethersfield, Cornish Hall End, Gainsford End, Toppesfield, and all the hamlets and “greens” in between!

So if you know of anyone who could do with a visit, needs support through some difficult decisions, or is just lonely, please let us know and we will do all we can to support them.

Stambourne Chapel has the strap line, “being church every day, gathering on Sundays to Worship” and Stambourne Chapel Care is part of being church every day offering the care and love that Jesus showed to people around him regardless of who they are or what they believe. But part of that strap line is “gathering”, and we have started to do that again on Sunday mornings at 10:45am in line with government guidelines and rules keeping everyone safe. Over the coming weeks we hope to be getting back to something approaching normal again and if you would like to come along, then please book your place with our minister or secretary, as we have limited space! (see the telephone numbers below).

Plant swap and sale 8th May 2021

Our Plant Sale and Swap in May was very successful and we would like to thank all who provided plants and cakes as well as books for sale.

Over £700 was donated to the Chapel through this event and we thank everyone who turned up and took away plants. We ended up with very few left which have now all gone, though we do still have a smaller plant swap and sale going on each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings! Do pop in to see what we have available!

Now we are looking at all the books people have donated and so aim to have a book and cake sale in the next couple of months! Watch this space.

If anyone would like to go to Butlins, Skegness at Easter time 2022 please call! We are booking for the annual Spring Harvest Christian conference event and a group of people from Stambourne, Haverhill and Steeple usually go together (search Spring Harvest 2022 on the web). Contact the Chapel for more details of this five day event!

Stambourne Chapel plant sale

So we look forward to what the next few months will bring! We pray you will all stay safe and keep well. We are here to help and to pray for you all!

Every blessing,

Adrian Burr, Minister


SundaySunday Services
10.45am in the Chapel, but if you can’t come and would like a printed version we will be happy to deliver or email a copy each week.

We also now meet together at Chapel on Sunday mornings at 10.45am and enjoy Zoom fellowship after the service!
Tuesday & ThursdayCoffee morning
10am – 12pm. The Chapel is open for a chat and coffee and for a time of private chat and for prayer. The coffee morning has resumed though with COVID restrictions in place.
Tuesday eveningBand practice
From 7.30pm our band practices their songs. You are welcome to come along and listen or sing along with us. If you play an instrument we would love to share with you!
WednesdayWednesday Club
10am – 1.30pm. For vulnerable people.

Move It or Lose It
1.30 – 2.30pm. Exercises in the Chapel – a mixture of balance and support, sitting or standing, and a little aerobics to get our hearts going. Call to join us as numbers are limited.

7.00pm. We meet to chat on Zoom – call for details and come and join us.

The Chapel prays regularly for many people, but sometimes you may feel a need for an urgent prayer as you face some difficult situation, or in need of comfort or strength to face life’s ups and downs. Please call either Adrian or Margaret, or just drop a prayer request note through the Chapel post box. We don’t need a name or details, but promise we will pray for whatever you feel able to share.

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


Village Hall available again

Well here we are again! Let’s hope we are slowly getting back to some sort of normality. The hall is now up and running. Sanitizers are in the entrance. Please read the signs in the hall and comply with requests. We ask you to wipe any surfaces touched. Sprays and paper towel are in the kitchen. No need to mop the floor as Joanne will do that afterwards.

Stambourne Village Hall

Jumble sale

A Jumble Sale is provisionally planned for 26th June 11am – 2 pm (or the Saturday following if it is raining) assuming that the current restrictions are lifted to allow larger groups to meet. Updates will be provided via social media so if you have neighbours who are not part of the village Facebook or WhatsApp chats please update them when you see news.

Jumble sale


We would like to say a big “Thank You” to the Wombles who have been keeping our village and the surrounding areas clear of rubbish.

Thank you

Recycling bags

Braintree Council has supplied us with Recycling bags. If you require any please ring Cath on 01440 785678.

See the current Recycling calendar.

Recycling bags


Bingo started on Wednesday 26th May and will be every two weeks at 6:30 pm in future. It is advertised by a board outside a few days before as a reminder.


Indoor bowls

We would also like to start indoor bowls. Are you Interested? If so let Sian or Cath know.

Indoor bowls

Other activities

Would you like to start a club or do a class for the villagers?

For this and anything else to do with the village hall please contact Cath on 01440 785678 or Sian on 07505 355994.


Post-lockdown celebration

Wednesday 21st July 2021 – 4pm until late
Stambourne Playing Field

Bring your family and friends, a picnic, chair/rug, umbrella, gazebo. The best selfies and videos will be posted to

A great opportunity to mark this epic time in Stambourne! *

* all subject to being able to adhere to relevant restrictions on 21st June.

Post-lockdown celebration


Befriending from Age Concern

AGE Concern – Charity no 1142414

Do you know someone who is lonely and isolated?

Our befriending service could be just the ticket…

  • The chance to chat – Telephone befriending
  • Write letters – Penfriending
  • Share common interests or just enjoy some company.

Contact 01206 368 420 (option 3).

All our volunteers go through DBS checks and personal references to ensure a safe high service.

Community transport

For any resident of the Braintree District Council area who does not have access to transport. We are currently able to provide transport for emergency health related appointments including coronavirus vaccinations.

Transport is offered to those who have a mobility difficulty, people who need to travel in their wheelchair and those who are able bodied. To allow for two metre distancing we carry one passenger at a time or two from the same household or if the individual needs a carer. The driver sits behind a Perspex screen and vehicles are sanitised between every trip.

Transport for vaccinations is currently free of charge and is offered seven days a week from 8am until 6pm – for other health related appointments e.g. doctors, dentist, etc., a subsidised fare is chargeable.

To check availability or to book a trip call 01376 557883 Monday to Friday 9.00-15.00. An answerphone is available to leave a message outside of these hours.


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