Our speaker for October, Dr Heli Ots came to inform us about osteoporosis. Our lifestyle these days does nothing to help keep our bones strong. Medication for other ailments is often a bogey as is smoking, alcohol, excess of coffee, red meat and of course, space travel! The subject is very thought provoking and includes lots of don'ts. Women are three times more likely to develop it than men, but it can be in your genes. Herbal tea, rose hip, dark green vegetables and calcium all help to strengthen bone density.
Christmas Dinner
A Christmas dinner is booked at the Plough, Public House for Tuesday 11th December.
Forthcoming meetings
November 20th Candle Carving
December 18th Christmas Meeting
January 15th Return to Isles of Scilly
Monthly Meetings:- 3rd Tuesday at theCollingswell Hall, Caddington.
A warm welcome awaits you, see you there.
Patricia Crick

Friendly and competitive Badminton Club seeks new members or vistors
Wednesdays 8.15 - 11.00pm
For further details call Linda on 737461
or Roger on 429031

Last month, Parish News published a letter from Joan Duncombe about this matter and this month, County Councillor Richard Stay has responded.

I feel that it would be right to respond to the article by Joan Duncombe in the October issue regarding the Timberlands Gypsy site at Pepperstock.
This site has been in existence for over 20 years and for the majority of that time it has caused little disturbance in Slip End, however over the past few years the nature and profile of the residents at Timberlands has changed. There are now a number of younger 'itinerant' families who do cause considerable trouble in the community. Local Councillors have spent a lot of time trying to resolve these issues, without success. I am now of the view that it would be in the best interests of the community for this site to be closed. This does not need to be a decision that would cause undue hardship, a phased closure whereby site licences are not renewed would not cause problems for those residents who have lived at Timberlands for many years and regard it as their home. The only Travellers who would be affected by this decision would be those who travel and have the option of living elsewhere.

I am sorry Mrs Duncombe regards this view as unreasonable and I do appreciate her concern, but as elected Councillors we do have to take into account the views of the majority of residents within the Parish. Any decision to close Timberlands is by no means certain, but I do intend to do what I can to resolve the significant problem that a minority of residents causes for the rest of the community and if that does mean closure, then I will support that decision. At the same time I recognise that we have a duty of care towards those residents of Timberlands who have come to regard Slip End as their home and I am sure we can organise any decision to close the site with their interests to the fore.
Richard Stay County Councillor
for Caddington, Slip End & Hyde

We have been busy this month. The children baked bread rolls to celebrate the Harvest Festival.
We are very much looking forward to our Halloween Fancy Dress party on Tuesday 30th October. There will be a ghost hunt and spooky refreshments so don't forget, fancy dress for children and mums!
On the 6th November a photographer will be taking portraits. These will be ready in time for Christmas and would make lovely presents.
Kiddies on the Catwalk
Our major fundraiser this year will be the "Kiddies on the Catwalk" fashion show which we are organizing jointly with the playgroup. There may still be an opportunity for budding models to join in (ages 4 - 12 years). If you are interested in your child taking part, ring Liz, 450849

I got up early one morning
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I didn't have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me,
and heavier came each task.
"Why doesn't God help me?" I wondered
He answered, "You didn't ask."

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
but the day toiled on, grey and bleak.
I wondered why God didn't show me.
He said, "But you didn't seek."

I tried to come into God's presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
My child, you didn't knock".

I woke up early this morning
and paused before entering the day,
I had so much to accomplish
that I had to take time to pray.

Slip End Village Hall
Sunday December 3rd, 10.00 to 3.00
In Aid of Senior Citizens Organisations
For a stall call 723109

It was lovely to see so many children (and their parents) at the Harvest Festival service at St Andrew's in October. I explained about the shoe box appeal organized by Samaritans Purse and hope that by now many of you have started collecting for Operation Christmas Child.
Some suggestions for contents are as follows (gifts do not have to be new but must be clean and in good condition) Charity shops are an excellent source.
Small dolls, puzzles, skipping rope, cuddly toy, teddy, hair slides, jewellery, games, treasure box.
Pencils, crayons, paper, colouring book, picture book.
Wrapped sweets, chocolates.
Flannel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet or make up bag, scarf, hat, gloves.
Cars, planes, model animals, puzzles, ball, toys, cuddly toy.
Pencils, crayons, paper, colouring book, picture book.
Wrapped sweets, chocolates.
Flannel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet bag, scarf, hat, baseball cap, gloves.
A Christmas Card and photograph if possible and finally 2 to help with transport. Shoe boxes should be ready by November 15th.
Please do not include …
War related items (soldiers, toy guns etc
Marbles, glass containers, aerosols, mirrors, bubble bath or shampoo.
Foodstuff or medicines.

Many thanks to all the Good Samaritan's this year who have done, are doing or will be doing a Christmas Child shoebox.
With your help, we can bring joy and hope to millions of children this Christmas.
Sue Cowell

Earlier this year, I invited readers to send in any special greetings for Birthday, Wedding's or Anniverserary's etc.
Congratulations to Rachel Buttery in obtaining a 2.1 result for her degree in Occupational Therapy. Very well done Rachel and every happiness in your chosen future career.
And others in the community have succeeded academically: Tony and Teresa Willson are "over the moon" as both their daughters, Gayle and Claire have passed their exams with flying colours!

A Daughter

From the window, watch her go
Head held high and hair aglow.
Shoulder bag; swaying hips,
down the garden path she trips.
Confidence in every stride,
eager for the world outside.
How she'd laugh if she could see,
silly sentimental me.
Standing here all dewy eyed,
watching her with love and pride.
Thanking God who did afford
a parent such a rich reward.

Thank you David for 'stepping into the breach' last month and also helping with this months edition. Unfortunately I was not taking a well earned breather (I wish) but have been recovering from a recent spell in hospital. I hope to be back to full strength in time for next month's edition. Thank you to for the get well wishes. My choice for this month's poem's are for 'friends'.

Quote from John Wesley
Do all the good you can,
by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can,
in all the places you can,
at all the times you can,
as long as you can. Friendship

Give to the world the best you have
and the best will come back to you.
Give of the friendship that we all crave
and your friends will be many and true.
Give love and love to your life will flow,
a strength in your utmost need.
Give faith and a score of friends will show,
their faith in your word and deed.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
This simple room is for our friends,
the ones we love the best.
May each one be a little glad,
for having been our guest.
We cannot all be very rich,
but we can have good cheer.
For gladness is our common aim;
and we are glad you're here.

A man walks into a store to buy a Barbie Doll for his daughter. "How much is that Barbie in the window?" he asks the shop assistant. In a condescending manner she responds, "Which Barbie? We have Barbie goes to the Gym for 19.95, Barbie goes to the Ball for 19.95, Barbie goes Shopping for 19.95, Barbie goes to the Beach for 19.95, Barbie goes Nightclubbing for 19.95 and Divorced Barbie for 265.00." Why is Divorced Barbie 265 when all the others are only 19.95?" "That's obvious," replied the assistant. "Divorced Barbie comes with Ken's house, Ken's car, Ken's boat, Ken's furniture….."

Two friends were house-hunting. As they entered one property a large dog pushed past them into the house. While they were talking to the owners the dog proved a complete nuisance. It clambered over them to steal biscuits and slurped the milk out of the jug on the table. The friends were extremely put out that the owners made no attempt to control their enormous pet. Leaving the house, they asked if they might view it again. "Certainly," said the owner, "but we'd appreciate it if you didn't bring your dog next time." At this point the dog ran off down the street!

… when the hardworking Parish News production and distribution teams take a month off! We do not produce Parish News in January, so please get your New Year information in to us next month for December’s magazine, including January dates.  Thank you for those who responded to our call for more items last month and to those groups who have are “still thinking about it”, can we encourage you to put thoughts into action and get your news to us at Parish News!

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