October 2002 - Parish News

Services for October
Holy Communion each Thursday at 10.30
Sun 6th 10.00am11.00am Family ServiceInformal Communion
Sun 13th 10.30am5.30pm 6.30pm Morning Praise Refreshments at St Mary's Church Deanery Evensong at St Mary' with the Bishop of St Albans - 125 years St Albans Diocese
Sun 20th 10.30am Holy Communion
Sun 27th 10.30am Morning Praise

A working party has been planned for the afternoon of Friday 11th October and all day Saturday 12th October to help tidy the Churchyard. All welcome--please bring your own garden tools.
For further details phone Eileen on 721840.

Update on Youth work at St Andrews
After a very full discussion at the meeting on the 8th September, it was decided that the 'Footsteps' group will now meet on Thursday evenings under the leadership of Liz and Paddy who will dray in other adults to assist as necessary. The boys and girls on our present list will be contacted; anyone else interested please ring Liz - 413108.
'3-16' will continue to meet on a Sunday evening from 6.30 to 7.30p.m. in the Family Room at St Andrew's. A team of leaders is being drawn together by Sue Taylerson. Children on our list will be contacted; anyone else interested should contact Sue - phone 414127. It is hoped that regular meetings will begin in October (Child Protection applications permitting). The Youth Communions start again at East Hyde on the second Sunday in November (10.11.02).
Please pray for the leaders all of whom are already busy and for the young people, as this process of re-organization takes place.

On Sunday 8th September we took three car loads over to St Albans for a shorter than usual walk, which started at Kingsbury Mill in St Michaels Street. We went round the cathedral, then down to the park, which we circumnavigated before returning to the Mill for yummy waffles, smothered in fruit and cream. (It's rumoured a few of the men opted for a pint at the pub!) Contrary to the weather forecast, the sun shone all afternoon. Next walk is Sunday 13th October. Meet - St Andrew's at 2.30p.m.

Next meeting as follows:-
October 29th at 8.00p.m.29 Crawley Cl.
"Crosslinks & Jacket Spuds" bring a filling!


A proud moment for our very own Tony Willson and Teresa. Their eldest daughter Clare was married at Castle Coch on Saturday 31st August and then had a special blessing at St Andrew's Church on the 7th September. We wish Clare and Simon every happiness for the future.


'Three maids from Slippery End!'
For those who missed the Harvest Supper, it was a lovely evening. We were treated to a delicious meal of jacket potato, ham, cheese, rice and pasta salads followed by apple pie. After the meal Themes and friends entertained everyone with a play written by Alison Wilson with songs from musicals.

If I were a wealthy man!

Jezebel (Eileen) chats up Brian!

Finale - Snap ,bang, wallop what a picture!

The forty seventh birthday meeting showed how if you are determined, enjoyment comes whatever the blip. The linedancers booked for Collingswell VC Memorial Hall couldn't perform as the floor at the Baptist Church Hall where we now meet is carpeted. Out came some Bingo cards! The winner in our game could choose from a selection of chocolates, no millionaires I'm afraid. Mrs L Bartlett the caller was an entertainment in herself. Mrs L Caves who celebrated her Diamond wedding on the 18th September was asked to cut the cake, beautifully made by Mrs G Sexton with help from her husband. What would we do without W.I. husbands to help. Thank you boys. The catering over, Mrs K McIlroy and Mrs R Weber did us proud with the refreshments, also a little help from their friends. We finished the evening sitting in a circle and when the music stopped donned a garment from the sack being passed around. Some of the effects were so funny and I have the snaps to prove it. I wonder how much they would pay me not to show them - perhaps not. The visiting guests from the group gave a vote of thanks for a splendid evening with much sincerity so everything was alright on the night.
Forthcoming events:-
Oct. 17th - Downside group meeting
Oct. 19th - Outing - Salgrave Manor
Oct 28th - Autumn Federation Meeting
Oct 15th - Pastel Painting
Nov 19th - Pottering at Sotheby's
Dec 17th - Crazy bad whist
We meet 3rd Tuesday in the month 7.30 - 10p.m. at Caddington Baptist Church Hall
Come and join us. See you there
Patricia Crick
Foil Appeal
Guide dogs for the Blind.
Please leave at 67 Five Oaks
For collection, ring 480107
K Baker

We, at Aley Green Methodist Church are getting ready for our Autumn Fayre. It is our biggest fundraiser for the running of our church, so come along and give us your support. We have lots of stalls, home made cakes and preserves, gifts, hand-painted cards, toys, books for all ages. A fantastic assortment of bric-a-brac games and a raffle. Teas will be served in the schoolroom. We look forward to seeing you, on Saturday October 12th from 2.30p.m. onwards.
Dates for your diary;
Wed Nov 13th - 7.30p.m. Mini Christmas Craft Fayre and coffee evening Sat Nov 16th 10.30a.m. - 3.30p.m. Our preserve stall at the Craft Market in Caddington Village Hall.
God be with you all, from all at Aley Green
Ann Meader

I am sure the Editor will be bucked to know that Parish News is read as far afield as Dorset. Thanks to Jill Sanders we receive a copy each month and so keep in touch with developments in Slip End.
The recent re-organisation of the bus routes running through the village reminds me of the irony that at the very time we moved to Slip End in 1996 The Shires had decided to withdraw Route 2' 1. It was ironic because one of the reasons for moving to Slip End was the good bus services to Luton and Dunstable - and there at a stroke the principal service had gone. Sue Hammond led a vigorous protest movement, and after three months was rewarded by seeing the restoration of Route 231. Other voices had joined with Sue in her campaign but it was noticeable that most of the other protestors were pretty much tied to their cars and could not actually be persuaded to try using the bus service now that it had been restored. On several occasions when I took the bus into Dunstable 1 was the only passenger on the return journey as far as Caddington. It's not really surprising that Arriva The Shires came to the conclusion that they could not continue to run virtually empty buses. Sue H tells me that she cannot see the justification for making a protest at the withdrawal of the 231 this time round and I do hope that local folk will be able to make good use of the new bus routes that have been introduced: taking the bus does save the hassle of searching for somewhere to park the car in town, and it's not too difficult to time one's shopping so as to be at the return bus stop at the right time. I still can't get used to the distinctive blue and yellow buses all being cream and green now but I have to admit it's a more dignified livery. It was good to be back in Slip End a few weekends ago. We thought it would be a nice idea to have lunch at the Half Moon as we so often had done in past years and on entering the bar we were given a welcoming hug by the waitress - not many people can claim that sort of a greeting in a restaurant, but fortunately Madelene Gains was on duty and it was quite like old times. I sometimes wonder how much of the Half Moon's successful business over the past S years can be attributed to Madeline's friendliness to her customers - mind you. not many of them actually get a hug !
There had been two particular reasons for wanting to go to morning service at St Andrews on the Sunday. Slip End folk arc very good at remembering their old friends and when they heard that I was seriously ill last year they promised to pray for me. Their prayers were answered and during the Spring of this year 1 gradually recovered so that by August 1 was really fit again; so it was natural that I wanted to come and say thank you to them for their concern and prayers. Secondly, we knew that a new vicar had been appointed at St Andrews and it was really good to observe how well Joy Daniels is leading Sunday worship in a meaningful way and has been accepted into the village church community. It seemed just right when Ted Soar turned up on his bicycle; he has had to spend some time in hospital and was not allowed to use his bicycle for a number of weeks. So to see him there with his bike indicated that he is well on the road to recovery - and 1 know how good that can feel!
Grenville Williams

Grenville and Dorothy - photographed at their lovely home in Dorset a few years ago.
(Grenville was the Treasurer at St Andrews for many years and Dorothy organized the Sunday School - we all miss them very much but are so pleased that Grenville is well on the road to recovery)

It was lovely to hear that the Parish News is read from far a field and that ex residents of Slip End still keep in touch. Thank you Grenville for your interesting contribution.

Vegetable Garden
Lift beetroot and twist off tops. Clear away all dead growth from peas and beans, complete lifting of potatoes and rest of root crops. Do some digging and manuring in the vegetable plot, couch grass and potato haulms etc. should be burned, decaying matter left lying about breeds disease and harbours pests.

Flowers, shrubs, trees and fruits
Empty tubs and refill with bulbs, winter pansies or suitable hardy evergreens. Plant out biennials such as wallflowers and double daises. Lift and replant clumps of perennials.
Prepare ground where roses are to be planted next month, take hardwood cuttings of shrubs such as philadephus, weigela, kerria and deulzia. Prepare planting site for new bushes, harvest apples and pears. Cut out dead and diseased wood on plum and damsons.

Lay new lawns from turf and seed bare patches. Level bumps and tidy worn edges.

Although overcast, the morning was pleasantly warm, so aboard the coach we set off to pick up our Caddington friends, and then proceeded over the Downs, past Whipsnade Zoo, to Wendover, then past the P.M. Country abode Chequers, then on to Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard, towards Bedford to an unknown destination - Willington Danish Camp, evidently frequented in the past by Vikings who evidently traversed the Great Ouse from the Wash to establish a camp for boat repairs and to feed themselves which we did much to our pleasure, before returning home in the mid-evening . Quite a pleasant day.

We shall be holding an Autumn Bazaar/Table Top Sale plus Outside Car Boot weather permitting at the Village Hall on Saturday November 9th from 10.00a.m. - 3.00 p.m. For a stall ring Gillian on 723109.

Craft Fairs

The next one will be on Sunday December 1st at the Village Hall - remember these are organized to raise money to help the Brownies, the Friendship Club and S.E.A.D.A. towards their outings and anything they may need, so if you belong to any of these organizations why don't you pop along to the next one, even if you only buy a cup of tea and raffle tickets, (but I am sure the stall holders would like you to buy something) so please try and spare a thought for those who give up their time to help others. We try to keep the Brownie Motto - Think of others before yourself.
Gillian Plummer, Brown Owl


Downing Street has announced this morning that the new Bishop of Bedford is to be The Venerable Richard Inwood, currently Archdeacon of Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Richard Inwood, who is 56, will have oversight of 150 parishes in Luton and Bedfordshire, under the direction of the Bishop of St Albans. He succeeds the Rt Revd John Richardson, who retired in July after more than eight years as Bishop. Married with three grown-up daughters, Richard Inwood has been ordained for28 years. He served in Sheffield, London, Bath and Yeovil, before becoming Archdeacon of Halifax in 1995. Before ordination, Richard spent a year teaching in north-west Uganda and worked as a research and development chemist with ICI in Manchester for nearly two years. He read Chemistry at University College, Oxford, and later, Theology at Nottingham University.
Speaking of his new role, he said: "It's a challenging and exciting prospect and a great responsibility. It's a great privilege too, and I'm really looking forward to getting to know the parishes of the diocese and of Luton
and Bedfordshire in particular.

Canon Helen Cunliffe, currently Residentiary Canon of
Southwark Cathedral, has been appointed Archdeacon of St Albans. She takes
up the post later this year. Helen Cunliffe will have oversight of parishes
in the Aldenham, Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Hitchin, Rickmansworth, St
Albans, Watford and Wheathampstead deaneries, working to the Bishop of
Hertford, the Rt Revd Christopher Foster, and the Bishop of St Albans, the
Rt Revd Christopher Herbert.
Helen Cunliffe was born in Derbyshire, and educated at Homelands School,
Derby, and St Hilda's College, Oxford. She was ordained Deaconess in
1983, Deacon in 1987, and priest in 1994, and has worked during those years
as a curate in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, as deaconess on the staff of the
University Church, Oxford, and as Chaplain of Nuffield College, Oxford. She
was made deacon-in-charge of St Paul's Church, Clapham, in 1996 and then
became its first woman vicar. She is now a Residentiary Canon of Southwark,
where her work involves being parish priest to the local community and to
the congregation. She is also the Diocesan Adviser for Women in Ministry.
More information on

More than 360 Clergy and other Christian ministers from across St Albans diocese watched 'EastEnders' during the Bishops' Day Conference on September 4th. They looked at the popular TV soap opera as part of a study day on 'Communicating the Christian Faith in the 21st Century.' John Yorke, BBC TV's new Head of Drama Series and former Executive
Producer of 'EastEnders' used clips from the series to illustrate his talk on 'Religious, Spiritual and Moral Themes' in the soaps.

Brave volunteers are being sought to sleep out in the grounds of St Albans Abbey on Friday December 6th. They will be raising cash for Open Door, the city's centre for single homeless people. The Sleep Out, organised by the diocese's Board for Church and Society, has become an important event in the city's calendar in the past seven years and has raised more than 50,000 for homeless people.
This year, the Sleep Out has been expanded to include an education day to raise awareness of homelessness. The day, being held at the Abbey Theatre, St Albans, on Thursday December 5th, will include an information fair run by local groups working with homeless people, performances by 'Cardboard Citizens' - the UK's only homeless people's professional theatre company - and a 'Question Time' for young people.
For information or to volunteer, contact Open Door on 01727 844181.
from Peter Crumpler Communications Officer Diocese of St. Albans,
Tel: 01727 869506; Fax 01727 844469

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