June Parish News

Services & events for June

Sun 1


Family Service

Wed 4


Pram  Service – Family Room

Sun 8







Whit Sunday

Morning Praise


Ramblers meet at Church

Pentecost Praise at St Mary’s Luton

Thur 12




Family Room


Sun 15




Holy Communion

Trinity Sunday

Whipsnade Tree Cathedral Service


Wed 18


Pram Service

Family Room

Sun 22


Morning Praise with Sunday School


Wed 25


Nursing Home Service

Thur 26


Footsteps BBQ

Thur 26


Transforming Luton – Prayer Concert – Central Baptist Church

Sun 29


Morning Praise

Network Groups have begun to meet fortnightly 

Anyone interested in joining a group please contact-Revd Joy Daniel

Each Spring God renews His Promise

Death is a season that man must pass through 
and just like the flowers God wakens him too.
For why should we grieve? 
When our loved ones die,
For we'll meet them again in a cloudless sky.
Helen Steiner Rice

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Elza Marsh (formerly of 20 Manor Road, Caddington) on April 29th. Elza had been a member of our Church for many years. In 1978 Elza with her husband Fred re-started the Sunday School at Aley Green and ran it for twelve years. Elza was a gifted musician and played the piano to accompany worship both in Sunday School and in the Church itself, in addition to taking a Sunday School class. We give thanks for the act of faith, which led to the re-forming of a Sunday school, which is still strong today, and for her faithful service. Our thoughts and prayers are, of course with her daughter and son, Hilary and Geoff, and their spouses.
Eliza's family asked for No Flowers but donations to be made to the Alzheimers Research Fund, in her memory.
Thank you to everyone who came to the Good as New Sale on May 17th. £300 was raised for Beech Hill Methodist Church rebuilding fund. The preserve stall raised £27.50 for our Church improvement funds. 
Sunday 15th June at 11a.m. Come along to our Sunday School Anniversary, the children will be taking part and tea and coffee will be served after the service.
Sunday June 22nd at 3pm. Everyone (any age) is invited to come along to our ecumenical All Age Worship at Aley Green. We hope this will be a lively service for all ages. Afternoon tea will be served after worship.
Sunday June 29th at 1pm onwards - The Sunday School BBQ

Thought for June
Roses in the border bed - 
flame and ivory red - 
Blooms in showers from trellis form…
This is the loveliest month of all.
By Patience Strong
With love and prayers from all at Aley Green Methodist Church. Ann Meader

Tree Cathedral Service
An open-air service with a difference takes place in June when the annual Whipsnade Tree Cathedral Service is held on Sunday June 15th at 3 pm. The Tree Cathedral, created following the First World War in 'faith, hope and reconciliation', covers more than nine acres and contains many tree species uniquely planted in the plan of a medieval cathedral. More info. 01582 872 406 or http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/whipsnadetreecathedral

Totternhoe Lower School Football Tournament - Saturday 10th May
(write up by Manager, Bob Day)

Slip End/Willowfield were drawn in Group 4 with teams from:
Watling Lower School
Icknield Lower School
Hadrian Lower School

The first game against Watling was won by Slip End/Willowfield with goals from Jordan Norrington and Lucas Kirkpatrick. Result 2 - 0

The second game against Icknield ended as a goaless draw. Result 0 - 0
The third game against Hadrian B ended as a draw with a goal from Jordan Norrington. Result 1 - 1
Slip End/Willowfield finished top of their division with 5 points which put them into the Cup section Semi-final against Lancot Lower School. This game went back and forth and at full-time there was still no score which meant an extra 5 minutes for a golden goal. The team played really well with Robert Day in goal making some good saves. Eventually, with only 5 seconds to go Jordan Norrington broke the deadlock with a great goal from a long throw by Matthew Taylor. Result 1 - 0
The final was against Hadrian 'C' Lower. The match started with good attacking from Jordan Norrington, Matthew Taylor and Cameron Webb of Slip End/Willowfield team and stout defence from Hadrian School. After more attacking, Jordan Norrington assisted by Lucas Kirkpatrick scored. Next, Cameron Webb was on hand to score goal number two. The defence played well with Ryan Brown, Jack Oliver and Luke Callucia. In the second half after more good attacking Jordan Norrington got goal number three. Result 3 - 0. A great day for a great team. 
Bob Day
Very well done to all the players and Bob & Mark.

Our tea dance and Easter Bonnet Parade went off very well, thanks to Gillian and Shirley. Dot Reid won the Easter Bonnet with her hat made of real flowers watered by Maureen on our parade around the floor. There was no club on May 1st (voting) and sadly it was Gerald's, our Chairman's funeral on May 2nd. He died on Easter Sunday in the Luton and Dunstable Hospital and had been involved with the club since 1985.
Our deepest sympathy goes to his family and to Olive, his friend and companion for the past few years. Gerald will be sadly missed. 
Our mystery tour is on June 19th and we are planning another Turkey & Tinsel holiday this year, further details later on.
Viv Porter

On Wednesday May 7th we went to Dunstable Downs, where we were met by the Warden Janet Monro, who gave us a questionnaire. Mischa and Fay had the best answers and won a prize. We went on a walk and Janet told us about her job and about the wild life that can be found on the Downs, and about the things that grow there. We are going back in June for a Bug Hunt. On May 14th, weather permitting we are doing a Litter pick which will go towards our Conservation Badge as well as our trip to the Downs. On Wednesday 21st we are going to St Andrew's Church as part of the Culture Badge, and on Wednesday June 4th Steven, from a hat factory is coming to talk to us and show us how hats are made. 

Dates for your diary
Sat. June 21st Craft Fayre Village Hall 10 - 3
Sat. July 5th Car Boot Sale Village Hall 10 - 2

Vegetable Garden
Earth up March & April planted potatoes, lift autumn sown onions as required, plant out runner beans, and stake culinary peas. Throughout June you should not miss any opportunity of planting out all manner of wintergreens, including Brussels sprouts, broccoli kale and Savoy.

Flower Garden
If the dahlias were not started last month do so now. Take the tubers from where they were stored for winter, put into good light soil mixed with sand till shoots are 4" high, then plant out into flowering quarters. Auriculars, polyanthus and coloured primroses growing in the open may be lifted and carefully divided. 

Fruit and shrubs
You will now be able to see how many fruit have been formed on your apple and pear trees. Do not leave too man or they will only get misshapen, small and poor in quality. Any flowing shrubs can be pruned, spray apples against codlin moth. Examine grafted fruit trees.

General work
Spray against pests, trim hedges, mow lawns, keep weeds down.
Gill Plummer

The business of the past year was read and approved as well as the monthly news. Mrs Stonestreet gave a vote of thanks to the retiring committee. Mrs Bunyan was welcomed back after her stay in hospital and it was lovely to have her back. Competition points won throughout the year were totalled up and Mrs Kalisz was the winner of the rose bowl. Well done Lorna - get the silver polish out!
Mrs Chris Brewin, President of Downside joined us to act as Teller in the vote count for president for the next 12 months. Mrs Kalisz was re-elected as was Mrs L Bartlett, Hon, Sec. With Mrs S Martin as treasurer. On behalf of the members I take it on myself to thank you for accepting the positions.
After a cup of tea we sat and had a fantastic insight into Milton Keynes theatre given by speaker Mrs J Corless. The theatre has a mobile ceiling consisting of three different heights. Depending on the venue, opera, ballet orchestra etc. the height is adjusted in ½ hour. The ceiling weighs thirty two tons and caters for most disabilities - wheel chairs (side of stage) sign language etc. We were told how different names came to be. Queen Victoria fed up with only seeing half the stage during ballet from her box decided to sit in the centre seat of the circle. Afterwards, known as the Royal Circle. People seated on that level had to put their glad rags on for the privilege - thus Dress Circle. The scenery is held aloft by fly poles worked by ropes. Sailors on shore leave took a job in the theatre back stage. They worked the scenery and the saying 'Drop Like Flies was born. The term Crew for backstage helpers and Rigging also came with the sailor's presence. The term Box Office started with Shakespeare when a man stood at the entrance of the theatre with a box for the money.
Our dart team came forth in the league so if you fancy your luck come and join us in another side to the W.I. A big welcome awaits.

Mystery trip - June 3rd Evening
Brighton ?
Houses of Parliament ?
We meet 3rd Tuesday in the month at Baptist Church Hall 7.30 - 10pm
Patricia Crick


The crime figures for April show an increase. The following crimes were committed in our Parish.

Criminal Damage: Vehicle. 11.
Criminal Damage: Other. 4.
Burglary (non dwelling). 4.
Theft (other). 1.
Theft of motor vehicle. 4.
Theft from motor vehicle. 2.
Criminal Damage :non-dwell. 1.
Burglary (dwelling) 1.

These figures are the worst I have seen for a long time. Let's hope that the criminals will be caught and brought to justice.

Cllrs. Penman and Fuell and County Councillor Richard Stay met our appointed Solicitor late in April. We hope to have a meeting with legal counsel sometime end of June after which we will have a better idea of what needs to be done.

The fence between the playground and the Village Hall has been put back up again. More money spent out that could have been used for something better. Parents please make sure your children and young people are aware that they mustnt litter the place, damage the equipment, pull down the fences, ride motor bikes, take dogs and horses, and play ball games in this playground. Crawley playground is for young people upto the age of 14. We do turn a blind eye to who uses it, but if it becomes any more apparent that the above damage etc., is being caused by the older 'children' (which it is) then we shall have to do something about it.

Hopefully by the time you read this article the traffic calming in Church Road and Grove Road will have been finished. Due to the inefficiency of BCC and its contractors, its taken nearly 5 years to come to completion. I wouldn't say it has been slow, but if they had got the contracts for the pyramids they would have just about been topping them out by now!!!

Keep safe.
Christine Benson.
Chairman, Slip End Parish Council. 


John Gerald Dyer, born October 15th 1919 at 47 Summer Street, Slip End to John Herbert and Elizabeth Dyer, the father being employed at the Luton Gas Company and the mother as casual employee of Local Hat Manufacturer as outdoor milliner. Third child of the family, having two sisters Phyllis and Helen, both deceased. He attended Slip End School until he was 14 years old and went to Pepperstock Baptist Chapel Sunday School at 3 years of age and served as a member and Sunday School Teacher Superintendent and Church Financial Secretary until it closed.
Gerald commenced a General Engineering apprenticeship at J Simpson and Son of Round Green. In January 1940 he joined the forces, the RACC and later REME with extensive technical training, firstly at the Royal Military Academy and Green Hill School at Woolwich and Derby, Eastern Command Workshops at Mill Hill and Technical College at Rotherham, studying optics physics, electricity and maths, with practical skills as an instrument mechanic. Success at these ventures led to his acceptance at the Royal Military College of Science at Bury, Lancs. to become an artificer in the field of Optical Fire Control Instruments as Technical Staff sergeant. Eventually overseas posting to North Africa saw service with the First and Eighth armies, and with the latter both service in Italy and Austria as with the American Fifth army at the battle for Monte Cassino and ensuing battles in Italy. He married Olive Maud Rolt in May 1941, and became a father to Gillian Anne in January 1943, but did not see her until she was 3 years old, when was on a months leave from Austria. On his next posting to Naples he became Principal Workshop Foreman at 16 Base Workshop over some 1000 servicemen and 500 civilian workers. He then applied to the Institute of Engineers and Technicians and successfully became a Technician Engineer (MIE)
Service release saw his return to his former employer as development and service engineer and thereafter as General Foreman to a Cope Allman Group Factory at Harpenden. Then for 27 years he took charge of a tool room of the BTR Group of Companies at Dunstable. He moved to Pepperstock in 1948 and in 1964 he saw his only daughter marry Michael Plummer and give him 3 grandchildren; Paul, Neil (sadly died at 15 months) and Christopher. 
Arthritis caused his early retirement but after a successful hip replacement at the L & D by Mr Foss of Markyate, he was able to take on a lighter workload at a local Electronics Company, during which time he sadly lost his wife Olive after a series of heart attacks. After final retirement and another hip operation he established a Cottage Industry at his home with granddaughter Paula, where together they manufactured wooden toys and household articles. Unfortunately, after another hip joint replacement this ended, but then he got involved with Slip End Friendship Club and the Over 60's Club at Caddington, which gave him much pleasure. Gerald and Arthur King formed a Disco Group 'Mature Melody's which went for many years. He also loved singing, and joined an entertainment group of Senior Citizens until he was unable to drive anymore. He saw both Paula and Christopher married, and had four great grandchildren who he adored; Zoe, Courtney, Sean and Amy. He loved playing cards and games with the two eldest and they loved him telling them stories. Two days before he died they sang songs to him round his bed in hospital. He was very grateful to his great friend Olive Harber who used to drive him about and help take care of him. In February 2003 he entered the L & D Hospital after a slight stroke but unfortunately the staff were unable to get him to walk again and he sadly passed away on Easter Sunday.
At his funeral a guard of honour was formed by the R.E.M.E Association, along with a standard bearer, the coffin draped in the Union Jack with his medals and beret placed on a cushion. 
Reverend Joy Daniel, Reverend James Donaldson and Reverend James Fotheringham conducted the service at St Andrews Church.


The new knitting club which will include knitting for Operation Christmas Child shoe-boxes and for the Mothers Union has its first session in the Family Room at St Andrew's on Wednesday 11th of June and not the 17th as previously stated.
There has already been some donations of knitted hats and gloves so thank you to the kind people that gave them. We look forward to lots more help and support.
Everyone is welcome so do please come along and make it an interesting and fun evening and for those who can't knit they will get the chance to learn.

Mary Barker

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