We shall be holding our Annual General Meeting on Friday 5th April in the Peter Edwards Hall at 8 p.m. This is a time for us to elect our new committee and this year we need a replacement for Chris Hannah who has been the second signatory for many years but who has now moved to Bedford. We shall also carry out the draw for this year's Wimbledon tickets. As usual we ensure that the first pair of tickets goes to a member who has not been fortunate in the draw before. As well as looking back at the past year, we shall be asking the members that attend the meeting for their approval to take on a loan of 1500 to complete the cost of repainting the tennis courts. The total cost will be 3600 which will make the courts look almost new. We are hoping that many more people will take advantage and come down to the Club and join us during the new season. We shall be holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 13th April again in the Peter Edwards Hall. As well as ten rounds of ten questions with the usual joker to be played, there will be a Jigsaw Marathon and Team Bingo throughout the evening. Teams are nominally of six people but you can fit eight around a table and we are happy to put teams together on the night if you come without other people. The door will be open from 7:30 p.m. and the first round will start at 8:00 p.m. promptly. There is a choice of fish or chicken to go with your chips so please place your orders by Wednesday 10th April.
The cost is 5 per person payable in advance or on the night. There will be a raffle and the prizes will include a giant tennis ball - after all, we are a Tennis Club! Please phone Peter on 01582 733253 to book your places.

After the appeal last month for memories or photographs of the Methodist Chapel I thought it might be a good idea to see if there are any residents in Slip End who have photos of Slip End approximately fifty years ago. With the Queen's Jubilee approaching fast, we could do a tribute to 'Slip End Jubilee'.
Now I have a scanner -
(and know how to use it!) it is fairly easy to scan
old pictures/photographs.
Please contact either Sue Cowell (733507) or David Kingston (416138) if you can help.

We have already been lucky enough to receive some photographs from 1950 - let's hope you can dig out some more.

Mr & Mrs R Carr celebrating their wedding outside the Methodist Chapel on March 27th1954. Happy Wedding Anniversary  and thank you for sharing your photos with the

Parish News.

In those days, there was no Peter Edwards Hall so they held their reception in the Methodist Hall after getting married at St Andrew’s




A happy congregation group inside the Chapel, c1950






And in 2002 the old chapel has long before been converted into a residence.







The St. Andrew's Strollers or Ramblers (we're not sure what to call ourselves .) have been meeting once a month since last September. It was an unlikely time to start such a group, just as the evenings were shortening with winter weather just around the corner. However, we were only beaten by the weather on once occasion in December. Our first walk was in the Aldbury area, your picture postcard, typical English village. October saw our best attended walk with a group of 17walkers with ages ranging from pre-teens to our more senior of citizens, not to mention a dog or two, who enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon walking along the canals and reservoirs in the Marsworth area. In December, after weather postponements, we stayed local, strolling around Stockwood Park, where we visited the Mossman Collection (we recommend you take a look) and the gardens behind the museum. Our younger walkers enjoyed searching for clues for a competition being run that weekend, and they even saw Santa! In January we discovered some hidden delights on our walk around Harpenden, taking in the "Nicky Line" (ex-Harpenden to Hemel Hempstead railway), the "Oval, home of Youth with a Mission (YWAM), the Lideker Gardens & Rothampstead Park. February found a hardy few tramping along soggy, rather muddy footpaths around Whitwell; but the views, the snowdrops, the good company with a visit to the local at the end, all made up to a very nice afternoon. So any-one wishing to join in will be welcome; contact me on 725984 or check the website,
Sue Wiltshire

And a nice sit-down, a chat and a chance to recover at the end!


Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with 86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every penny, of course! Well, everyone has such a bank its name is TIME. Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost whatever of this you failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the 'tomorrow'. You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! The clock is running make the most of today...

To realise the value of ONE YEAR...
Ask a student who has failed their exam.
To realise the value of ONE MONTH...
Ask a mother who has given birth to a pre-mature baby.
To realise the value of ONE WEEK...
Ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realise the value of ONE DAY...
Ask a daily wage labourer who has ten kids to feed.
To realise the value of ONE HOUR...
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet,
To realise the value of ONE MINUTE...
Ask the person who has just missed the train.
To realise the value of ONE SECOND...
Ask a person who has survived an accident.
To realise the value of ONE MILLI-SECOND...
Ask a person who has won silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have!
And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special... special enough to have your time... and remember time waits for no one.

We all have the same amount of time what we do with it is our choice.




Try to keep things in perspective. Fifty years from now, children in history classes will be bored by what panics us today:

Today's grafitti are tomorrow's cave paintings.

An antique is something your grand-parents bought for 5, your parents sold for 50 and you bought again for 500.

The only thing certain in this life is change - and I've got a jar full of pennies to prove it!

The longest odds in the world are those against getting even.

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.


With Easter almost over, I found a small verse by Patience Strong to share with you:

The Garden Tomb, Jerusalem

Still it stands, that little garden near
the city wall.
Still the olives spread their branches
and the sparrows call.
All may stand where Jesus stood and
all may come to pray -
where He rose in glory on the Resurrection Day.
The place where Christ was seen of
Mary in the morning hour.
The garden of the miracle of
Love's transcendent power.

(I was lucky enough to visit Jerusalem two years ago and it is a place that I shall never forget - once seen always in your heart)

Finally, A lady from Slip End left a message on my answer-phone a few days ago regarding an advertisement in the Parish News. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to make out the name and the number of the caller although I have tried ringing the number I thought it was. If she would like to ring David Kingston on 416138 he will be only too please d to talk to her and arrange something for next month.
Happy Easter to all our Readers from Sue Cowell and the Parish News team. A very rushed issue as we have to go to press in time for the Easter Holiday. Must dash, but at beyond the last minute, this from Jill who doesn't know how fine things were cut ……

A busy term has come to an end as we break for the Easter holidays, so a good time to say thank you to every one who has helped and supported us this term. Especially thanks to all the mums, dads and grandparents who have helped us to care for and play with the children at Playgroup. Both the staff and the children greatly value this help.
The Nearly New Sale on 15th March went very well. When items are sold the owner of them has 80% of the money and Playgroup keep 20% for our funds. This way sellers, buyers and the group all benefit from the sale. The money raised is to be used to stock up our craft supplies and support our projects for next term including our Jubilee picnic and fun run on 31st May.
We are expecting our new bookstand and books to have arrived in time for the start of next term purchased thanks to a grant from Beds County Council. We are looking forward to plenty of new stories to read and share with each other.
The Summer Term begins on Monday 15th April.
Wishing you all a Happy Easter!
Jill Acton

Below: An earlier children's group in Slip End. Any suggesions what is going on?

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