May 2003 - Parish News

Services & events for May

Thur 1st


Footsteps – Family Room



Sun 4th


Family Communion with Sunday School

Wed 7th


Pram  Service – Family Room

Sat 10th

Mothers Union trip to London

Sun 11th






Morning Praise with Sunday School

St Andrews Ramblers meet at Church

Thur 15th 



Footsteps Quiz Night


Sun 18th



Holy Communion with Sunday School


Sun 25th


Morning Praise with Sunday School


Wed 28th


Nursing Home Service

  Network Groups begin to
meet fortnightly in peoples
homes during May
Anyone interested in joining a group please contact-Revd Joy Daniel

Love of God eternal love,
Pour your love threw me,
Nothing less than calv'ry love, do I ask of thee.
Fill me, flood me, over flow me
Love of God eternal love
Pour thy love threw me.
This is the first verse of a hymn chosen by Rev Beryl Lucus, when she came to lead our worship on Mothering Sunday.

Thankyou to everyone from the villages and the Luton Methodist Circuit who did flower arrangements for our Flower Festival in March. Those who came along to have a look, gave a donation bought an arrangement and enjoyed refreshments in the school room. £760 was raised for the church improvement funds.
We also thank all the staff at Cafe # 7 Manor road Caddington for holding a Beetle drive on April 4th in Aid of National Childrens Homes. 22 Adults and
23 children enjoyed good food, fun games, and prize's. £160.60 was raised.
We at Aley Green Church are looking forward to the wedding of a former Sunday school teacher Sarah Elizabeth Richardson to Paul Thurgood in May. We
wish then every happiness in their marriage.

Dates for your diary:
Sat May 17th 2.30 : Good as New sale in Aid of the Beech Hill Methodist Church Building Fund. All skirts. Trousers, Tops and Shirts 40p each, or 3 for a pound. Dresses Coats, Suits or Jackets £1. Books Adults from 20p,
Children's clothes from 20p each or 6 for a pound. Home made cakes and preserves will be on sale in the tearoom. Come along and pick up a bargain.
Sat May 24th 9.00am Cake stall outside the co-op Caddington in aid of Church funds.
Sun June 15th 11.00am Sunday School Anniversary, all age worship.
Sun June 22nd 3.00pm Ecumenical all age worship at Aley Green.
Sun June 29th 12.30pm Sunday school Barbecue
You rule, up and down,
We need grub and a break,

With love and prayers from all at Aley Green Methodist Church.
Ann Meader

April 3rd 2003
Praying for peace
Prayers for enduring peace in Iraq and across the Middle East continue to be said at churches across the diocese. The Bishops of St Albans, Bedford and Hertford issued guidance to clergy and other Christian ministers on how they could assist the families of casualties and the wider population, following the outbreak of war. Many churches held vigils and special services for peace. Further information, and prayers at a time of war, are available on the diocesan website,

Day to explore prayer
Around 500 people from parishes across the diocese will be gathering at St Albans Abbey in May for an 'Exploring Prayer Day' under the title, 'Launch Out into the Deep.' More than 30 workshops on prayer will be on offer on Saturday May 10th after the success of a similar event two years ago. The day is expected to be fully booked. Full information about the prayer day was issued to parishes in January. Enquiries to Laura Hart on 01727 830802 or

Archbishop visits
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will be making his first visit to St Albans since his enthronement, on Saturday May 17th. He is among the keynote speakers at a major conference on Christian unity being held at St Albans Abbey. Other keynote speakers at the event - called 'May they all be one, but how?' - include Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pope's Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Revd Elizabeth Welch, former member of the World Council of Churches' central committee. More information from 01727 890200 or

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. Grass avenues form chancel, nave, transepts, chapels and cloisters, and there is also a dew pond. More information 01582 872 406 or

May See-Round
The latest edition of the diocesan magazine features: an interview with 'Songs of Praise' presenter Pam Rhodes and her support for Keech Cottage children's hospice; the Queen's visit to St Albans Abbey; a message about vocation from the Bishop of Hertford; parishes praying for peace; the 'baptism' of a child's doll; news of courses and conferences, more about the e-Round items and, as usual, lots of parish events and activities.
Issued by:
Peter Crumpler
Communications Officer
Diocese of St. Albans,
Tel: 01727 869506; Fax 01727 844469

On Thursday 27th March, another Spring Concert was held following on the success of a similar concert held last year. The whole school, including the Foundation Unit and teaching staff took part and there was a programme of song, music, solo and duet recitals and dance.

The programme was planned so as to illustrate the various elements in the National Curriculum for Music at the Foundation stage, Key Stage 1 (Year 1 & 2 pupils) and Key Stage 2 (Year 3 & 4 pupils). Each stage builds on the previous stage. Foundation stage children learn to recognise and explore how sounds can be changed; learn and sing simple songs, recognise repeated sounds, patterns and match movement to sound.
Key Stage 1 pupils learn to use their voices expressively by singing songs and rhymes. They learn to control sound by playing tuned and untuned instruments. They are also given the opportunity to compose and appraise music.
In Key Stage 2, children learn to play instruments with greater control. They use their voices with control of pitch and musical expression. They are also taught to listen with greater attention to detail and identify musical structure.

During the concert there were songs performed by the whole school, and there were individual items from each year group. Year 4 performed 'Mole in a Hole' using percussion, Year 2 took us through the Four Seasons of the year in dance, the Foundation Unit sang 'Animal Fair' with percussion and Year 1 sang 'Six little ducks'.
Year 3 pupils joined with Year 4 to sing 'I watch the sunrise'.
The school choir sang 'I close my eyes' from Joseph and his Technicolour Coat.
Throughout the concert there were other songs and tunes from the Recorder group, Violinists of Year 4, Piano solos and duets, a Guitar solo and a Clarinet duet performed by members of staff.
The teaching staff accompanied the song 'Peace is flowing', sung by the whole school.
The concert, which was attended by parents, grandparents, friends and governors, made an enjoyable afternoon;

Two former members of the school, who live in the village and now go to Ashton Middle School, performed in the arena at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 13th April. They were taking part in a Music and Drama production depicting the Seasons of the year as part of the Bedfordshire County Music Service biennial concert.
Paddy Higgens


Slip End Toddler Group

Birth – Pre School


Meet at Slip End

Village Hall


1.30 – 3.00pm

term time.

Great fun for your children


First week free –



Come and try it

Ring Paula on

01582 650552

for further details


May in the vegetable garden
As the earlier crops of potatoes push their shoots through the ground, draw more soil around them to protect them from frost.
Stake up culinary peas as soon as 2 or 3 inches high, thin out onions, carrots, asparagus, lettuce etc.
Winter green crops should now be planted outdoors in their permanent quarters.

The flower garden now demands close attention, if fine plants are to develop. Thin and stake herbaceous perennials, harden off bedding plants in frames, plant dahlia tubers outdoors, sow hardy and half-hardy annuals. Thin out rose growth, disbud and thin peaches, nectarines outdoors. Spray apple trees against scab, also ring unfruitful apples and pears Straw the strawberry bed. Kill slugs and watch out for greenfly.

Gillian Plummer

These are some of the outing we have planned forth coming year.
June 19th - Mystery Tour
July 15th - Bournemouth
August 21st - Weymouth
September 25th - we hope to see the lights at Southend and sample the Fish and Chips.

Viv Porter


Thanks to all who supported the recent coffee morning for the Pasque Hospice, £160 was raised and a further £90 by the Hospice Charity. We have been asked when we are going to do another one - maybe in September for another Charity.

Gillian, Shirley, Paula and Sandra

The brownies do not have much to report this month but are looking forward to the lighter nights for their outdoor activities. These include a visit to the Conservation Centre at Dunstable Downs and a visit to a riding stable.

Gillian Plummer

Roger Duncombe

Over the last weeks, many of us in the Village, at St Andrew’s and at the Lower School have been very concerned by the serious illness of our dear friend and neighbour, Roger. 

Sadly, he succumbed to his illness and died at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital during the evening of Good Friday.

Our deepest sympathies go to Joan, Rachel and Becky at this very sad time.

        Parish News Committee


Wanted - Used printer cartridges and old mobile phones for Medical Missionary News

This charity would appreciate collecting all types of used laser, bubble jet and inkjet cartridges (not previously re-cycled), toner cartridges from facsimile and photocopier machines. Also used mobile phones and battery chargers; if available.

These will be sold to pay for the transportation of medical and emergency supplies to remote parts of Africa. To help identify manufacturers and models of used cartridges please seal them in the carton of the replacement new cartridge. Please note - ribbons are not required.

If you do have any contributions please take them to the Frog & Rhubarb Pub in Slip End.

Many thanks
Medical Missionary News
Tel: 01268 765266

The Group Meeting held at Houghton Regis was very enjoyable. "Voice Versa" entertained us with some lovely singing: I wish I could sing! The different groups gave summaries of the past year's meetings. It is always interesting to hear and take note of other people's activities. Four of us went to another meeting, at Flitwick this time, where the speaker's subject was Egypt, including a beautiful belly dancer (another "I wish".)
Two members, Mrs J. Lecoq and Mrs L. Poole, attended Denman W.I. College. They visited Braughton Castle and Ardington House, under the subjects Castles, Royal Houses and Estates.
The resolutions to be voted on at the Royal Albert Hall were read out for our reactions:
1. Diet and obesity, exercise and information on healthy food for children.
2. Care of older people. Care in own home or residential care.
3. Apprenticeships available for young people.
The speaker for the evening, Mrs A. Hillyard, told us about the families and the building, Offley Place. There was so much inter-marrying, even sisters and brothers, that over hundreds of years it has only belonged to three families, Spensers, Salisburys and Hughes.
I haven't counted W.H. Smith, who moved out just before the war and let it to a training college.

It was extended in 1961 is now a venue for wedding services, teachers groups and student meetings.

Forthcoming events:
6th May: Group Walk, starting at 7pm, refreshments.
30th June: Mystery Tour
14th August: Stanford & Burgleigh House trip (£15.50)
We meet every 3rd Tuesday at 7.30 at the Baptist Church Hall in Caddington: see you there!
Patricia Crick


We are sorry to advise everyone that it will not be possible for the proposed plant
sale to go ahead this year.

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