June 2002 - Parish News


Reverend Joy Daniel
(If you see her out and about - do stop for a chat)







Joy and her husband Geoff >>>

( If parishioners need to contact Joy before she moves into the Vicarage, you can reach her on her present number which is 01582 ****** [This number is no longer in use, to contact Joy use the vicarage phone number which is 01582 424363] )
On Tuesday June 4th at 8.00p.m. the Bishop of Bedford will be conducting the Induction Service for our new priest-in-charge Reverend Joy Daniel who will be serving the parishes of St Andrews and East Hyde. Before the service Themes music group, friends and musicians will be performing, whilst the congregation arrives. This is a chance for villagers to share with St Andrew's Church and celebrate the appointment of Joy and we hope that many of you will be able to come to the service. There will be a buffet provided afterwards in the Peter Edwards Hall where you can meet and chat. We wish to send Joy our prayers and support for her induction and are looking forward to meeting her. Remember this is your Church and your Village so please come along and share this long awaited service with all of St Andrew's Church and East Hyde.

Services for June
Holy Communion each Thursday at 10.30

2nd 10.00 Family Service
  11.00 Informal Communion
4th 8.00p.m Service of Licensing & Installation of Rev'd Joy Daniel as Priest in Charge
5th,19 10.30 Pram Service
9th 10.30 Morning Praise
16th 10.30 Holy Communion
23rd 10.30 Morning Praise
30th 10.30 Morning Praise

The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Christopher Herbert, issued the
following statement this afternoon, May 10th, on learning of the crash.
'I am deeply saddened and concerned to hear of the rail accident at Potters
Bar, in which I understand a number of fatalities have been confirmed. My
prayers are for the dead, and with the bereaved, the injured, and for the
emergency services, for whom I have the greatest respect and admiration.
The church is closely involved in the emergency response, as part of the
Local Authority major incident plan. Parish clergy, hospital chaplains and
others will be in attendance, and will be involved as always in the weeks ahead in offering comfort and counsel to those affected.

Almighty God, Father of all,
look with compassion on those who have been caught up in this disaster.
Grant to the injured and those in great anxiety your peace,
grant to the bereaved, your most
loving comfort,
and grant to those who care, especially
the emergency and medical services,
your abundant strength.
This we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ
our Lord.

from Peter Crumpler
Communications Officer
Diocese of St. Albans


Get involved in the Children's Society's London Bridges Walk on Saturday September 7th 2002 and help raise funds for the charity's work with disadvantaged children in the UK.
Celebrity walker Troy Titus-Adams (ex of East Enders) is calling on families, individuals and groups keen on walking to join her on the family-friendly trail. To sign up call The Children's Society on 0845 300 1128.
Adult walkers are asked to make a donation of £4 to register. All walkers are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible.
The London Bridges Walk takes in eight of the capital's bridges, including the newly reopened Millennium Bridge. Walkers will set off from the Tate Modern at 10am and can walk a five or ten mile circuit. Both routes are pushchair and wheelchair friendly.
Free refreshments and entertainment will be provided and walkers can picnic along the way.
If you would like a registration form, a poster or have any queries please call 08453001128.
Hope to see you on 7th September.
From Events & Campaigns, The Children's Society.

The committee organising this branch meets monthly to decide the activities and plan the programme.
If you do have a special request, please speak to Mary Barker, Edie Ham, Judy Jarvis or Sue Taylerson.
Edie runs the Bring and Buy stall and small items are most welcome, as is home produce. The proceeds supports the work of the Mothers Union both home and abroad. We also meet with other church and village Christians.
Summer programme as follows:-
June 29th 125 Celebration
Knebworth House
July 9th
Family Room at St Andrew's
Looking forward to the Summer Holidays?
Bring and share ideas for amusing the children during the holidays.
August 28th at 10.30a.m.
Meet at the Church for a
Local Day Out with picnic, games and fancy hat competition.
September 29th
St Andrew's Church
Deanery evening - more details to follow.


An adequate supply of beverages, biscuits and Bingo, supplied by the Ladies of the Committee make for a very pleasant afternoon at our weekly activities on a Thursday afternoon from 2pm in the Village Hall. Although there is not a lot to comment about at the moment, this hopefully will be rectified if the lovely weather stays with us for our outings in the summer.
Gerald Dyer, Chairman

June - in the flower garden.
Complete sowings of biennials such as wallflowers, sweet williams and canterberry bells. Plant out dahlias and half hardy annuals. Take cuttings of pinks.
Shrubs and trees
Dead head rhododendrons when flowering has ended. Check ties on climbers. Give hedge first trim.
Thin out gooseberries if crop seems heavy. Net raspberries and strawberries as protection from birds.
Raise mower blades during spells of dry weather, apply a supplementary fertiliser. Spot treat individual weeks.
Plant out young leeks, marrow and outdoor tomatoes. Continue sowing lettuce at regular intervals.

The girls are now preparing for their entertainment for the Golden Jubilee Party we are giving, on Monday June 3rd. They are also working on their Road Safety Badge with the help of Mrs Alnutt.
Gill Plummer


The April Good as New sale raised £356.60 towards the church improvement funds.
The 15 sacks left over of clothes were given to Scope. Our Lent project raised £201.27 for the Christian Aid Goma Volcano Appeal.
Everyone is invited to come along to the Sunday School Anniversary at 11a.m. on Sunday June 23rd. Our young people will be leading the worship. Coffee will be served afterwards. The weekend of June 14th-16th Aley Green Church will be supporting All Saints Church in Caddington with their Flower Festival. Also St Margarets Methodist Church (Montrose Avenue, Luton) with their Flower and Craft Festival.

In order to be united,
We must love one another.
To love one another, we
Must know each other.
To now each other,
We must meet each other.
By Cardinal Mercier

So, come along to the ecumenical service on Caddington Village Green on Sunday June 16th at 3p.m. This service will be lead by Reverend Jenny Spouge and the Methodist Church.
Advance Notice
Saturday July 6th at 2p.m. - Strawberry teas at 11 Mardle Close, Mancroft Road, Caddington. There will also be a stall selling home made cakes and preserves.
God has no hands but out hands.
Yours in Christ - Aley Green Methodist Church Ann Meader.

Dear Friends and Neighbours,
Our first year as a Parish Council was celebrated early in June. I have the honour, and pleasure, to be asked again to be the Chairman to the Parish Council for another year. Fellow Councillors have found it an interesting, if not sometimes confusing year grappling with problems that our purely our own. We were hampered somewhat in that until the Autumn of last year we did not have a Parish Clerk and had to rely on services provided by South Beds District Council, and although well intentioned, they were somewhat sporadic. David Haste joined us in the Autumn and is shaping up nicely for our needs. Earlier this year we eventually got from Caddington Parish Council the money that was owed to us from before the split. I know that Philip Penman who is Chairman of the Finances and General Purposes Committee could be more specific, but in general terms we have about £39,000. in our Deposit Account and a few thousand for our everyday purposes. We should also get during this coming year, two payments from SBDC which is our precept and that goes into our funds as well of course. We are starting to get there slowly and will be looking at ways of improving things in the Parish this year.

I have been given lists of children who attend Slip End Lower School, and also a list from Ashton Middle School. I am still awaiting requested lists from Five Oaks, Streetfield, Manshead, Queensbury and St Marys school. However, I know that there are still young people out there that I am not aware of. Parents: do you have either small children and babies that do not attend a school as yet? Or, do your children or young people up to 16 attend schools out of the area? Harpenden or Luton perhaps? Can you please let me know as soon as possible. My email and tel. no. is to be found in the front of the PN. There are some streets or roads in the Parish that look as if there are no children in them at all. Prebendal Drive for instance, and I know that not to be true. Is it possible that a parent who lives in each road could take it upon themselves to do a quick head count, note the names and ages and addresses for me and let me know how many in each area? I have to place the order soon and I would hate for a child to miss out.

An interesting subject, its surprising how many people comment on these figures. Surprisingly they give some comfort to residents. A lot of people are convinced we live in the crime centre of South Beds. The crime figures dispute that. A word of caution tho', these are only reported crimes. If you don't report them then, although they may be a crime against yourself, it can't be recorded and ultimately the wrong decisions are made about the policing of the village. That said, the machine that churns out the crime figures is not available this month ( one hopes it hasn't been stolen!!) but crime has not risen over the last couple of months. Next month I hope to be able to give you the figures.

Please continue to be vigilant and help us by reporting any dumped cars, rubbish etc. For your guidance, if you find any rubbish dumped on the far side of the motorway (for instance under the bridge going out of the village, or down by Stockwood Park) please report it to Luton Borough Council as that is their territory and they can come for it!!

It only remains for me to say that I hope you all enjoy yourselves during the coming Golden Jubilee of our Sovereign Queen Elizabeth II and that whatever you do, or wherever you go over the celebrations, you give a thought to the fact that we are able to enjoy such festivities and how lucky we all are to live in our Parish, and in the United Kingdom where such freedoms and democracy and continuing history and pageantry are the norm, despite what others may say and tell you.
Keep happy.
Christine Benson. Chairman
Slip End Parish Council.

A vicar, also a keen golfer, woke up one Sunday morning and realising it was an exceptionally beautiful spring day, decided he just had to play golf. He persuaded his curate to take the service, and then headed off to the golf course 50 miles away where he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone from his parish. St Peter, looking down from the heavens, thought he couldn't let him get away with this. The vicar hit his first tee shot; the ball flew 350 yards and rolled straight into the hole. A mighty hole in one! An angel said to St Peter: "Why did you let him get away with that?" St Peter replied: "Who's he going to tell about it?"

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A famous surgeon died and went to heaven. At the pearly gates , he was asked by the gatekeeper: "Have you ever committed a sin you truly regret?" "Yes," said the surgeon. "When I was a young student at the St James Hospital, we played football against a team from the Charing Cross Hospital, and I scored a goal which was offside. But the referee did not see it, and the goal won us the match. I regret that now." "Well," said the gatekeeper, "that is a very minor sin. You may enter." "Thank you very much, Saint Peter," the surgeon answered. "Oh I'm not Saint Peter," said the gatekeeper. "He is having his lunch-break, I am Saint James!"

On Thursday 16th May I went along to the Funding Fair at the Rufus Centre in Flitwick that had been advertised in the Parish News last month. The Centre is a well-equipped building and most impressive. Outside in the grounds a large marquee had been erected for the seminars that had been taking place throughout the day. There were plenty of stalls to visit, but unfortunately they were not manned all the time due to the seminars, so it was not possible to talk to everyone, which was disappointing. I did however, meet some interesting people and had a very informative chat to Roger Tuck who is Bedfordshire's Mr Bobby. He travels around the Bedfordshire area in his van helping the elderly and vulnerable victims of crime with their home security. Although he is a very busy person he will still take the time to give a talk and offer advice to clubs and groups of the older generation. If you think your group might be interested then telephone his assistant Charlotte on 01234 842804.
Another stall which might interest voluntary, community, playgroups, sports, schools and youth groups was 'Awards for All' which is a Lottery Funding programme aimed at local groups. If your group could use a grant between £500 to £5000 why not send for an application form by ringing 0845 600 2040 or visit the website at www.awardsforall.org.uk for guidance on completing the application and examples
of what they can and cannot fund.
Awards for All is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Çouncil of England, Sport England, the New Opportunities Fund and Community Fund.
I also visited the stall for Bedfordshire County Council but applications for this years community fund have already closed and unfortunately not much notice was given for groups to apply this year so I expect many local groups may have missed out on this opportunity. Don't forget to apply early for next years! The organisers are hoping that this event will be an annual one, but it would be good if they could consider the smaller, voluntary groups who struggle to make ends meet as I did feel it was aimed more for the larger groups and clubs. Otherwise it was an interesting and hopefully a successful few hours - you never know, Parish News and other local groups just might get lucky.
Sue Cowell, Editor

Many thanks to all who attended the above fair. It proved to be a great success and although it was hard work for the helpers, we managed to raise a grand total of £365.00 towards the building costs of the roof repairs at St Andrew's. Here are some photos taken at the Fair.

Painting competition with the winner in action.
Some of the helpers - Madeline and Mary serving up refreshments
and Stuart and his mum who kindly arranged the Treasure Hunt.
Edie & Sue with gifts galore
Jolly Sue W supervising - and for those who saw her in the
lovely clown outfit - didn't the red hair suit her well!
Dori - fast running out of cakes. Val with the lots of varieties of plants to sell
Lots of visitors eager to snap up a bargain. Sue & Jill - all set and raring to go!
A big thank you to all the people who donated raffle prizes:-

The Frog & Rhubarb for a Meal for 2,

Browns for a Pet Food Voucher,

Citroen Garage for Citroen goodies,

plus lots more donations.

In all,  there was a lovely selection.


Congratulations to Sue Scott of Rossway who won the first prize of the lovely Celebration Hamper – just in time for the Golden Jubilee.

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