September Parish News


Services for September
Holy Communion each Thursday at 10.30
1st 10-00am Family Service
11-00am Informal Communion
7th 3-00pm Thanksgiving and
Dedication for
Marriage Claire Willson
and Simon Osborne
8th 10-30am Morning Praise
6-00pm Meeting re youth work
15th 10-30am Holy Communion
6-30pm Luton Churches
Education Trust,
Annual Celebration at Stopsley Baptist
Church Speaker : Andy Hickford

22nd 10-30am Morning Praise
27th 2-00pm School Harvest
7.30pm Harvest Supper
29th 10-30am Church Harvest
Special Notice
If parishioners need to contact Joy she can be reached on 01582 424363.
Youth work-St Andrew's & East Hyde
Sadly, it has become clear that we will not have a youth worker next year and are unlikely to do so in the future. The P.C.C. decided that the next step is to call a meeting of all interested parties which will be on Sunday 8th September in the family room at 6.00p.m. The two groups, 3:16 and Footsteps were formed to bring young people into the Church and nurture them in the Christian Faith. Anyone who feels God may be calling them to take on this task or to help should speak to Joy.


Charlotte and Russel

Elizabeth & Tim
May your life be full of happiness, and laughter, and the love of good friends.
Love does not consist of gazing into each other's eyes, but looking together in the same direction.

THE NEWS that Dr Rowan Williams, currently Archbishop of Wales, is to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury, has been welcomed by the Rt Revd Christopher Herbert, Bishop of St Albans. He said: "Dr Williams has amply demonstrated his qualities of leadership, alongside a deeply-held and informed
spirituality, and I am certain that he will bring both wisdom and
inspiration to his duties."
PLANNING for next year's Easter Monday Pilgrimage has begun. The planning group holds its next meeting on September 8th and is seeking new members. More information from the group's chairman, Canon Stephen Lake, Sub-Dean at the Abbey on 01727 890201 or

FIVE new deacons and 11 new priests will be ordained at St Albans Abbey on Sunday September 29th at 11.15 am. Full details in September's SeeRound.

YOUNG people interested in a career in the media - or in using improved communications in their church - are invited to a 25-hour training event. The residential workshop in St Albans on Friday evening November 22 and Saturday November 23 is being organised by the Beds & Herts Churches Media Trust and supported by SONY, who are providing cameras and editing
facilities. Training will be led by experienced professionals. More information from Dave Green, Diocesan Youth Officer on 01707 386016 or or Julie Loyd of the Media Trust on 01727 868882 or

SCHOOL GOVERNORS and those considering taking on the role are invited to an evening organised by Christian charity 'Care for Education' on September 24th at St. Hugh's, Lewsey, Luton from 7 - 9 p.m. Further details from 01582 664433 or or contact to reserve a place.Peter Crumpler Communications Officer Diocese of St. Albans, 41 Holywell Hill, St. Albans, Herts, AL1 5HE
Tel: 01727 869506; Fax 01727 844469

A doctor tells his patient: "I've got some good news and bad news for you". The patient asks: "What's the good news?" The doctor says: "They are going to name a disease after you!"

A man lay spread out over three seats in the second row of the cinema. As he lay there breathing heavily, an usher came over and said: "That's very rude of you sir, taking up three seats. Didn't you learn any manners? Where did you come from?" The man looked up helplessly and said, "The balcony!"

If you fancy a nice Sunday afternoon stroll after your Sunday dinner why not go along for a lovely Country walk every month with the Ramblers.
They are meeting at 2.30 outside St Andrews Church on the following dates for a three to four mile walk, and would be pleased to make newcomers most welcome.
8th September
13th October
10th November



Autumn programme as follows:-
September 20th at 7.00p.m.-Family Room "Deanery Eve" - Poems, quiz and buffet

October 29th at 8.00p.m.29 Crawley Cl. "Crosslinks & Jacket Spuds" Bring your own filling!

November 13th at 8.00p.m.8 Crawley Cl. "London Walk bible study"

December 2nd at 8.00p.m. Advent Meditation led by JOY.

At this meeting it was time to apply for a place at Denman College, Oxon. After the minutes of the last meeting and the presentation of birthday gifts, names were asked for. This year, money towards a place - bursary - was to be given to just one recipient. In the event two members applying decided they would half it and go together. It is an experience to go to Denman as you are immediately amongst like-minded friends. The subjects are too numerous to mention, suffice to say if you cant find it - it's not Denman.
Our speaker of should I say demonstrator Theresa Mela, took us through the various do's and don'ts in making Decoupage Cards. We were able to get si far with a result but the finishing touches had to be added at four hour intervals. The results are really worth the trouble. Cards she had brought with her were breathtaking.
The members that went with the group outing to Cambridge and Ely had a lovely day. First the War Cemetery for American soldiers, onto Cambridge and a look around the Universities. Refreshments then onto Ely, here they had a guided tour and a good time was had by all.
Forthcoming meetings:-
Sept. 17th Birthday 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

After a worrying start, (coach trouble) our day out to Bournemouth on July 16th turned out very well. We all had a great day with a nice coach and two good drivers. On July 26th thanks to South Beds District Council, we went to Houghton Hall Park, another lovely day with lots of activities, Bowls, a walk in the park with BBQ lunch provided. Our next meeting is a mystery tour including a evening meal on August 27th.
We have a very good attendance every Thursday afternoon, which makes everything worthwhile. Our many thanks to Prime Care for their grant to us, also to Shirley, Gill and the customers of the Harrow Pub for their donations which is very much appreciated and a great help to subsidize our outings.
Viv Porter

The failure of the coach to arrive for the pick-ups seemed to forebode what one would call 'One of those days'. However, all turned out well and Bournemouth was eventually reached at 1p.m. A phone call had to be made to see if the evening meal could be altered by one hour and this was done and an enjoyable meal was had before the return journey began.
I was in bed when the coach drew up opposite my house and cheerful chatter soon allayed any fears of a disappointing day, which did not happen. A pleasant day around the shops, in the park and an adventurous ride in the Helium Balloon proved entertaining.
(Hearsay report from Gerald Dyer)

During the year I organise dances at the village hall. These are in aid of the Bowls or the Village Hall and sometimes for charity.
The dates for this year are as follows:-
October 6th
October 19th
November 16th
December 7th
December 31st - this is always fully booked from year to year. If you would like tickets you can contact Shirley Knapton on 01582 412506.
Live music is provided at all the dances.

Vegetable garden

Lift main-crop carrots and store in boxes of sand in a dry shed. Potatoes can also be lifted and stored. Parsnips are best left in the ground and pulled when required, as the frost will improve them. Cauliflowers should have a leaf put over each head for protection and if not done earlier, onions should be bent over from close to the head.

Flowers, shrubs.
Remove old shoots from climbing and rambling roses, which have only one flush of blooms, tie in young growth, plant out bulbs ready for spring. Now is the time to transplant any shrubs.

Order new trees and bushes, apply grease bands to fruit trees, cut back fruited raspberry canes to one foot above the ground. Plant out new strawberry beds.

Spike lawns and then apply a dressing of sharp sand, brush in thoroughly. Scarify to remove surface debris, apply autumn fertilisers. Sow new lawns.

Dates for the diary.
Brownies will be holding a car boot table top sale on Saturday November 9th from 10am to 2pm. Village Hall and grounds.

For a stall ring Gillian 723109 or Barbara 414796
Please note that the craft fayres are on Saturday September 14th and Sunday December 1st.

On Wednesday September 25th a coffee morning and ploughman's lunch will be held at the Village Hall from 10.30 to 1.30 in aid of McMillan Cancer Relief. Please give your support.
Gillian Plummer

A big hello to everyone in Slip End and I hope that you have enjoyed your Summer so far.
Firstly, thanks to everyone for their e-mails, letters and personal support in response to the article that appeared about me in one of our local Sunday free newspapers. My father said to me once that the only thing you should believe about newspapers is the date they were printed on and the only times you should appear in one is when you are born, marry or die. I shall take a lesson out of his book.
For the month of June - which is the latest month I have crime figures for we have had in Slip End Woodside and Pepperstock reported 6 Burglaries (non dwelling). 3 Theft (non motor) all in Pepperstock.5 Thefts (from a motor vehicle). 1 Criminal Damage (non dwelling) and 1 interference of motor vehicle. Obviously all of the non dwelling categories are shops and offices within the parish and most of the non motor thefts are from places like the Village Hall etc.. Keep vigilant.

I have received the Coins and once the lists have been completed they will be distributed to all young people of 16 or under who live within the Parish. If you think your child or children may not be on this list, please ring me or David Haste.

Whatever you call it, either traffic management or calming, it looks as if BCC have finally started upon the much awaited for traffic management schemes in Church Road and Grove Road, this has been funded by Air Parks as part of their Planning Application for their car park in Grove Road. I think it sat gathering dust up at County Hall for about a year, but it looks as if we are nearly there with it.

A lot of people have asked about this proposed expansion of Luton Airport and how it would affect us. There are two proposals on the table, at the moment and the Consultative Committee which meets end of September will be discussing all the aspects of this.
This is all very much a future thing that has to be considered. Once again I can only sat don't believe all you read in the local press.

In answer to a lot of recent activity on the Slip End Forum about the plans. Yes, Luton Town FC do have plans for a new stadium, and yes, they would like it to be at Junc.10 of the M1, but to date LBC Plans. Dept. do not have a copy neither do SBDC or BCC.
Its a case of lets follow this one closely.

For those of you who have rung to complain about the horrible squeaking of the swings, and to those of you who went over with their oil cans to fix it but found that the bolts were missing and the squeaking continued. Help is at hand, we have asked Wicksteed to come out to quote for new bolts plus look at a couple of other things that need doing. Shouldn't be too long before you can sleep in your beds without the noise.

That's all for now, look after yourselves, keep safe enjoy what is left of Summer.

Christine Benson.

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