Residents are invited to honour the Queen's life on Sunday

A TIME TO REFLECT

Communities across the nation are invited to participate in a National Moment of Reflection on Sunday ahead of the Queen’s funeral on September 19

We are asking people who would like to do so to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm for a minute’s silence, and at 8.01pm to clap for a minute in honour of the Queen’s life and service.

There is also a service of Holy Communion and Remembrance in Memory of Queen Elizabeth II will be held at St John’s Church, Chapel Hill, on Sunday, 18th September at 9.30am.

Football at the Rec on Sunday, September 11 from 10am-noon in support of Suicide Prevention Day

FOOTIE AT THE REC

Let’s Play. Let’s Talk. That’s the message from Let’s Talk, Stansted who are once again teaming up with the Unfit Kick-about team to tackle mental health in our community.

In a repeat fixture of last year’s event, the mental health support group have arranged a kick-about with local footballing outfit the Unfit kick-about team at the Recreation Ground from 10am to noon this Sunday, to coincide with National Suicide Prevention Day.

So bring your boots and have a game, and if you don’t fancy that why not grab a coffee and come for a chat and some support? Kids are welcome and there is an ice-cream van to keep them happy.

If you can’t make it to the pitch this weekend, not to worry. The ‘unfit kick about’ football team play on the Rec every Sunday at 10am and welcome players of all abilities. The team are very open about mental health and how they support each other.
For more information about Let’s Talk, Stansted head to http://www.stanstedmentalhealth.org/
Join our Climate Change Community Group on 19 September 2022 at the Mountfitchet Exchange

Climate Change Group Meet Up

The Parish Council is inviting all residents* to an introduction meeting to present our new community group set up to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.

The group is for anyone over the age of 11* who is interested in the environment and sustainability and wants to work on projects that will inspire the community to take climate action.

Find out more about the group by coming along to this introduction meeting on Monday 19th September 2022, at 7pm at Mountfitchet Exchange (Crafton Green House, 72 Chapel Hill, CM24 8AQ). Entry to the meeting room is through the library where you can grab a tea and a biscuit and chat to fellow attendees.

You will meet Parish Cllr Peter Jones and Project Officer Laila Azure-Marxen who will give a short presentation of the group and the Parish Council’s involvement.

You will also have the chance to meet members of Bishop’s Stortford’s Climate Group. They will speak about their experience running a community group.

After presentations there will be a Q&A session.

You will be able to officially sign up for the group at the end of the meeting.

If you are not able to attend the meeting, you can get more information and sign up by contacting our communications officer at laila.azure-marxen@stansted.net.

Times of the Skate Park Jam have now changed

REVISED SKATEJAM TIMES

The forecast for rain on Sunday has prompted organisers of this year’s Stansted Skatepark Jam to bring their schedule for the day’s competition forward.
Not by much, just an an hour – enough they hope to finish before the rain arrives:
10:00 – Under 10s
10:30 – Scooter
11:45 – Inline
12:30 – Skateboard
13:45 – BMX
At the Skate Park in Lower Street Carpark there will also be a DJ spinning tunes, an ice-cream van and food from I Am Dumpling.

JUBILEE PICNIC

It’s not all cakes, teas, eats and tipples at the Community Picnic on Saturday 4th June, though there’s plenty of all that good stuff of course. 

Next Saturday there’s also loads of stuff for kids to enjoy too. 

Alongside face-painting and crown decorating, one of the village Fire Engines and Police cars will be on-site for children to clamber on; they can enjoy a bouncy castle and a steam-driven traction engine.

And the Pop-Up Play Village will be making an appearance at the Rec too. 

The Village is free to explore and offers a host of role play settings for youngsters aged 0-8yrs old. They can don a hard hat and act out life on a construction site, or play running a cafe, hospital or veterinary centre; or try life as an outdoor explorer or artist. 

TIPPLES & TREATS

At the community picnic being held to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee you are invited to – drum roll, please! – a picnic. But if you’d prefer, there are tea and cakes from the W.I, and eats served up by Bear & Eden and the award-winning Brohmon.  There are ice-creams to cool sun-parched palates (if the Met office forecast are to be believed we are predicted a scorcher!), and a bar run by the folk of the Cork House will be on site.

LIVE MUSIC

The Queen may have Brian May and Diana Ross to help celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, but we have bagged an array of local talent for our Community Picnic. We have a live jazz band, Jay Williams, Shakila K and Delusions of Grandeur all set to take to the stage to entertain you.

Community Picnic: June 4 – 2-7pm.  Recreation Ground (Chapel Hill).  Kids’ activities and entertainment, live Music, eats, cakes, ice-creams & beverages (or bring your own picnic) 

Annual Parish Litter Pick will be held on April 2

Parish Litter Pick

There’s a chance to help us keep the village looking its best by joining us for next month’s Annual Parish Litter Pick.

Councillors will be setting off from the Day Centre on Saturday, April 2 across the village for a two-hour tidy up of places in need of a bit of litter picking TLC.

The event is a great way to meet other people, do something for the village, and bolster the efforts of the kind, committed regulars that do this thing year-round — like the MountPickers.

It is easy to get involved in our pick. Just turn up on the day in question at 10am at 72 Chapel Hill. You will be met by event organisers who will issue you with a bag and a picker as well as a patch to beautify.

For more info contact:
loisprior@stansted.net
georgebraeckman@stansted.net

Business are invited to get involved in a campaign to promote our high street

PUBLICITY FOR OUR HIGH STREET

The team behind Discover Uttlesford are eager to hear from Stansted businesses that wish to be involved in their campaign to boost customer visits to Uttlesford’s high streets.

A film crew will be in the village this week putting a video together to show off Stansted’s best independent shops, places to eat and drink, tourist spots and heritage sites.

Owners of businesses that would like to participate should email sarah@sarahbeemarketing.com. Organisers stress there are no fees for participants and add they will do their best to feature firms that miss out on spots in the film in other bits of campaign publicity.

Other than Stansted, the spot light will also be shone on businesses in Thaxted, Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow.

You can find out more about the district council-backed campaign by signing up for a virtual launch event on Zoom this Wednesday at 10am.

Zoom Meeting Details:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82228652147?pwd=bURndlV5R05mWlUzYjZyRlBXY0ZWQT09

Meeting ID: 822 2865 2147

Passcode: 187570

Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday, March 16

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

This year will be the first opportunity in two years to hold our Annual Parish Meeting – this event being just one of the things the pandemic  has managed to disrupt of the usual routine of parish council life.

Meetings such as this offer a fantastic opportunity for the community and Councillors to come together in a public setting.

You are free to discuss the issues that matter most to you, unencumbered by the trap­pings of modem technology that everyone has had to embrace during the Covid Crisis to overcome the constraints on In-person get-togethers.

The Day Centre at 72 Chapel Hill will be the venue for this year’s meeting, which will be held on March 16 at 7 .30pm. The venue affords plenty of space for residents to attend.

You will be able to meet our Councillors and ask questions directly to the cham­ber. You can read the agenda opposite but are free to raise any matters that you feel need to be aired. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Agenda

  • To receive apologies for absence
  • To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 13 March 2019
  • To receive the Parish Council’s audited accounts to 31 March 2021
  • Financial Report
  • Chairman’s Report
  • To welcome Peter Holt,
    Chief Executive at Uttlesford District Council
  • To welcome representatives from Essex Police (subject to availability)
  • To welcome representatives
    from TouchPoint
  • Proposed resolutions
  • Open Forum

Find Out More

You can learn more about the annual parish meeting by downloading the Parish Council Chairman’s report along with the update on the Parish Council’s finances by the chair of Financial & General Purposes committee:

TREE & SHRUB GIVEAWAY

Pop to Newsman’s Plantation on Saturday and pick yourself a free tree or shrub to do your bit to fight the climate crisis.

There up to 200 saplings and shrubs — all native species — being given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Parish Council volunteers will be at the plantation between 10am-1pm to oversee the giveaway.

You can pick from either four native species of tree:

  • Common Oak
  • Silver Birch
  • Alder
  • Green Beech

There are also six kinds of shrub to choose from:

  • Hornbeam
  • Hazel
  • Hawthorn
  • Dog Rose
  • Dogwood
  • Grey Willow

You can select trees, or shrubs, or a combination of both. But each individual or household will be limited to a maximum of three plants/trees in total. Please note the exact choice may vary, as stock will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

You are requested to plant your green gifts on property you either own or have permission to plant on. Any unauthorised planting on Council grounds or private land will be removed.

The total number of trees offered to residents is dependent on the quantity of saplings left over from efforts to repopulate Newman’s Planation. Several trees have been felled at the site after being affected by Ash dieback.

Where to plant a tree:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/advice/where/

How to plant a tree:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/advice/how-to-plant/

How to care for a tree:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/advice/care/

Essex Forest Initiative

This tree giveaway event is part of the Essex Forest Initiative that aims to plant more than 375,000 trees across the county over the next 5 years as part of efforts to address climate change.

Read more about the  Essex Forest Initiative at www.essex.gov.uk/the-essex-forest-initiative

WHEN & WHERE

Saplings and shrubs are being given way on Saturday at Newman’s Plantation between 10am-1pm

  • Newman’s Plantation, Walson Way, off Church Road
  • Saturday, Jan 22 10am-1pm (or until plant stock lasts)

Christmas Quiz

There’s no better way to spend this Saturday night than by signing up for the Twinning Committee’s Christmas Quiz.

There a prize for the winning team (up to 8 per team). Tickets cost £10 and come with mulled wine, a mince pie and jacket potato with chilli.

The Day Centre at Crafton Green plays host to the quiz, and tickets can be bought either on the door or in advance from twinning@stansted.net.

There’s a licensed bar, or you can bring your own bottle of festive joy to imbibe.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Quiz starts at 7pm.

 

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