2017 in pictures from the Dunmow Broadcast

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 January 2018

January: A tractor was blessed during Plough Sunday at Thaxted Church by Chelmsford Diocese's agricultural chaplain Rev Janet Nicholls. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

January: A tractor was blessed during Plough Sunday at Thaxted Church by Chelmsford Diocese's agricultural chaplain Rev Janet Nicholls. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Saffron Photo 2017

As we roll into 2018, we have taken a look back – in pictures – at what the news brought us during the last year.

February: Friends rallied around Takeley family of Amanda Maisey-Young, (centre) with Brayden, Harriet and Paul, when she was suddenly unable to walk. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY February: Friends rallied around Takeley family of Amanda Maisey-Young, (centre) with Brayden, Harriet and Paul, when she was suddenly unable to walk. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

While there were plenty of sad moments not least nationally – with terrorist attacks in London and Manchester and the Grenfell Tower tragedy – and locally with lives lost on our roads, we have selected some of the happier times enjoyed by people in Dunmow and its beautiful surroundings.

March: Suffolk Punch horse Easton Roy with Matt Waller of Hawthorn Heavy Horses and Councillors Simon Walsh from Thaxted and Susan Barker from Dunmow as work begins on natural flood defences in Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO March: Suffolk Punch horse Easton Roy with Matt Waller of Hawthorn Heavy Horses and Councillors Simon Walsh from Thaxted and Susan Barker from Dunmow as work begins on natural flood defences in Thaxted. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Whether it was the time a 1,400 ducks floated down a river, or the Christmas light switch on, there have been light-hearted moments in the news.

April: 1st Rayne Scouts held their annual duck race. Around 1,400 ducks took part, and the event raised nearly £1,500 for the group. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY April: 1st Rayne Scouts held their annual duck race. Around 1,400 ducks took part, and the event raised nearly £1,500 for the group. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

This was a difficult task; with so many great stories in each edition it was hard to pick just one picture from each month, but that is what we have done.

May: The annual match between Thaxted Rangers and school mates of Ethan Linwood, who died in a crash in 2012. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY May: The annual match between Thaxted Rangers and school mates of Ethan Linwood, who died in a crash in 2012. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

• Tell us your favourite moments of 2017 and your hopes for 2018 by writing to the editor at editor@dunmow-broadcast.co.uk or at 54 High Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1EE

June: Dunmow Wind Band delighted throughout the year, but pictured here playing for picnickers at Jubilee Gardens in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO June: Dunmow Wind Band delighted throughout the year, but pictured here playing for picnickers at Jubilee Gardens in Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

July: Visitors to the Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge remembered the Second World War. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO July: Visitors to the Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge remembered the Second World War. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

August: Helena Romanes School pupil Lois Miller celebrates getting a place at the Italia Conti School of Theatre Arts in London with her GCSE results. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO August: Helena Romanes School pupil Lois Miller celebrates getting a place at the Italia Conti School of Theatre Arts in London with her GCSE results. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

September: There were some unusual costumes at the 2017 Finchingfield Three-legged Race. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO September: There were some unusual costumes at the 2017 Finchingfield Three-legged Race. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

October: Dogs on leads played their part along with weird and wonderful hats in a walk to raise funds to beat breast cancer in Hatfield Forest. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO October: Dogs on leads played their part along with weird and wonderful hats in a walk to raise funds to beat breast cancer in Hatfield Forest. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

November: Crowds enjoyed  Dunmow fireworks 2017. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO November: Crowds enjoyed Dunmow fireworks 2017. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

December: Crowds gathered as Santa prepared to turn on the Dunmow Christmas lights 2017. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO December: Crowds gathered as Santa prepared to turn on the Dunmow Christmas lights 2017. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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