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Hempstead is a small historic village situated seven miles east of Saffron Walden in the north-west corner of Essex. The notorious highwayman Dick Turpin was born in the village public house. William Harvey, the man who discovered the circulation of blood in the human body, and Sir Eliab Harvey, Captain of the Temeraire at the battle of Trafalgar, are interred with many members of their family in the Church crypt. For more information click here.
I very much hope you and your families found some nice activities to join in over the four-day weekend the Platinum Jubilee committee organised.
We tried to offer everyone a blend of things to do, suitable for all ages and for all levels of ability, and many of you kindly supported more than one event. It was particularly lovely to see the church so beautifully presented and engaging with many of you who are not familiar with its treasures. When the fused glass panel is completed, we will notify everyone of how and when it will be placed in the church and hope many of you will be able to join us for that occasion. We will let you know when we have details to share.
There are a hundred ‘thank yous’ to say to everyone who worked so hard to make it all happen, but also to all of you for the way you decorated your houses, made the village look special and came to the events. The PCC (Parochial Church Council) worked extremely hard to present the church as they did; the Jubilee committee members and their families did so much, and all sorts of volunteers helped clean windows, decorate tables, changed games equipment as they suddenly needed to be indoors not out, organised walks and goodie bags, strimmed parts of routes so they were safe to walk, and so much more.
Hopefully many of you met new people and made new friends and it would be lovely if an outcome of this long weekend is that we are a stronger community.
We thank you so much for sharing our efforts and wish you a happy summer.
Chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Committee
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