November Parish News


Sun 2nd


Family Communion

Network Groups meet during the week.

Wed 5th


Pram Service in Family Room

Sun 9th




Remembrance Day Service

St Andrew’s Ramblers walk

3:16 meet for Outing

Thu 13th



Mother’s Union

Footsteps meet, Family Room

Sun 16th


Holy Communion

Network Groups meet during the week.

Wed 19th


Pram Service, Family Room

Sun 23rd




Holy Communion, East Hyde

Morning Praise

3:16 meet, 15 Markyate Rd

Mon 24th


Mother’s Union, Advent Meditation at the Vicarage

Wed 26th


Service at Woodside Nursing Home

Thu 27th


Footsteps meet, 23 Claydown Way

Sun 30th


St Andrew’s Day service, 1st Sunday in Advent












Workers for Harvest
Straight after Harvest Festival when we celebrated Gods goodness and faithfulness to us and gave thanks to him for all the things we so richly enjoy every day. We at St Andrew's, together with New Life Christian Fellowship had a weekend learning about Prayer Ministry. A visiting team from another St Andrew's Church came to share with us. The emphasis was on how we can pray with people and so bring them into the presence of the living Christ that He might touch them, heal them or meet them at their point of need.
There have always been times and seasons in the life of the Church when God seems to come in a special way and people are drawn to seek Him and find Him.
These times of renewal in the Church have always resulted in great blessings for the community and the Nation. How much we are in need of that now! We learned about key features in receiving healing from Christ, such as being willing to forgive. We gained confidence in bringing our own needs to Christ and asking for his Healing and Blessing, and we learned how to pray for others. 
Some have received healing for Physical Problems, others have got rid of accumulated "rubbish" from their lives, some received a fresh touch from the Lord and encouragement in their Christian Walk. We are still learning and have further to go, and yes we do still have problems and some still have a hard road to travel, but one thing we do know is that Jesus is real and alive and at work Today!
We want to share this Good News with others so come: taste and see that the Lord is Good.
Rev'd Joy Daniel

On Saturday 1st November, the Rev'd Elizabeth Hughs, Chaplain to the Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted, will talk on "Christian ministry to the dying and their families" at St Andrew's Kimbolton Road Bedford. Her talk commences at 10am and will go on until 1.00pm. 

Wedding Bells!
Many congratulations to Simon Lupson and Nicola Kirkpatrick, who will be married in St Andrew's on Saturday 8th November.

Did you spot it?
Answer to last month's MU question: the picture taken at Kew Gardens was of an oak tree trunk showing all the rings. The ladies were pointing to the rings corresponding to their birth year: discreetly it is not possible to make out the actual years from the picture!

Quiz Night & Supper
Social event of the month is another of our popular Quiz Nights. Chris & Hilary Barnes are plotting some tricky questions to puzzle and entertain and have been fortunate to secure the services of Lorraine Crossett, "Chef of the Year" (see page 2) who will be coming to produce some great homebaked food for the occasion. Tickets will be limited so get them soon, see advertisement in this issue for all details. This event is in aid of the church roof fund, so we will be asking for a bit of additional contribution towards this worthwhile local cause!
Carol Service for the Bereaved
On Sunday 14th December we will be holding a special Carol Service for the Bereaved at 3.00pm in St Andrew's.
Refreshments will be served afterwards. There will also be a Prayer Ministry Team available for anyone who would like to talk to someone or be prayed for.
Joy will send an invitation to everyone she has had contact with through funerals. But everyone who mourns a loved one is most welcome. If you would like to have a persons name read out in the service, please let Joy have it in writing (PRINT PLEASE) in advance to Rev Joy Daniel at the Vicarage.
Out of the mouths of babes….
The Collins family had been visiting Val & Brian Church recently. At their bedtime run through about the events of the day, young Kevin asked Alex, "Who did we go to see today?"
Alex, perhaps expressing some concerns he had been too polite to raise earlier, replied, "Valerie and …and… who's that man she looks after Daddy?"

Slip End's own Lorraine Crossett who is kitchen manager at Denbigh High School, has won the local heat of the School Chef of the Year competition! Sponsored by Nestle Food Services and organised by the Local Authority Catering Association, the competition is open to the kitchen staff involved in preparation of children's meals.
Competitors prepared a balanced main course and dessert in one and a half hours that would be suitable for serving in school to 11 year old children and costing 80 pence per head. The meals, judged by adults and children, had to meet eight criteria including combination of taste and flavour; visually artistic and appetising; cooking methods used; originality of menu; ability to reproduce en masse and eye catching to appeal to children. A dietician judge marked the meals based on the balance of good health and use of healthy cooking methods.
Judges were so impressed with Lorraine's mouth watering menu of Mediterranean chicken wrap, spaghetti with pesto, roasted vegetables and flapjack mousse they awarded her meal "commended main course" and "commended pudding". She also scored the highest marks to become the overall winner of the competition winning a DVD player.
Said Lorraine, "The catering staff at Denbigh High are committed to producing well balanced, interesting and appetising meals with lots of variety and colour, appealing to school children. I'm delighted to have won the local heat and look forward to competing in the regional competition."
Ferri Fassihi, catering manager for Luton Borough Council said: "School meals have come a long way from the standard "meat and two veg" meal. The competition is a great way of raising the profile of the high quality meals that are being created in Luton school kitchens by our professional skilled staff. I wish Lorraine the best of luck for the regional heat."
She will represent the council's catering service in the regional final on 19 November in Kings Lynn. Parish News is committed to a front page spread featuring her victorious return from the regional heat.

The market is 20 years old in November and has seen many faces come and go during this time. It has grown from six producers in the first week taking a grand total of £19.47! to what is now a thriving country market selling plants and vegetables, home-made cakes and preserves, free range eggs, crafts, cut flowers and plant arrangements.
The market is held every Friday 9.00-11.30 Methodist Church Hall, Harpenden (next W. H. Smith). Congratulations to everyone at the W.I. Country Market, Harpenden.

Our ride to Southend in September was rather slow, owing to road works. We arrived a bit late for our Fish & Chip Supper but the staff were very good and we all enjoyed our meal. It was a lovely evening and the lights were well worth seeing.
We were invited to the school for their Harvest Festival last month which we all really enjoyed, the children were really good. The Church Harvest Supper also went down very well, good food and excellent entertainment. (Ed: See a somewhat more reserved critique in this issue, this PN.)
Thanks, Editor, for making me famous in October, but I can recommend other people who deserve the honour: Shirley Knapton for instance, who does so much arranging dances & bowls etc.: Gillian Plummer and her Committee for Bingo evenings and for taking us Senior Citizens on an annual day trip to the seaside, not forgetting the hard work she puts in for the Brownies and raising money for local charities. All in all I think we do very well in our Village!
I just received my Harvest Gift from St Andrew's, thank you so such the flowers are beautiful and very much appreciated.
Viv Porter
Thanks Viv for the suggestions for PN "Personalities of the Month". We are planning to feature this on the Front Page every few months and the names you mentioned, along with quite a few others, are already penciled in!

Not much to report this month, we just hope we get some response to our open Evening! 
Shirley Knapton and myself went on the walk for the Keech Cottage Hospice we completed eight miles and raised almost £100. One Brownie Alisha Durrant and her parents walked 3 miles. Well done Alisha.
Gillian Plummer Brown Owl

November in the Vegetable Garden
Apply lime plots, digging and clearing weeds first. Earth up leeks or celery. Cut down artichokes and asparagus, cover rhubarb, gather green tomatoes for chutney, heel over broccoli. Remove yellowing leaves from sprouts and cabbages. 
Flowers and Shrubs
Early flowering plants such as wallflowers, polyanthus, myosotis, daises, if not already bedded out should be put in and protected till established, from frost. Provide protection to tender shrubs with screen or surround with netting stuffed with straw.
Cut back established blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes, Start winter pruning of apple and pear trees.
The Lawn
Rake up leaves and other debris, if left they causes yellowing and disease, the leaves are good for compost particularly beech.

For use by residents of Slip End and District, our Bottle Bank is situated in the Frog and Rhubarb car park in Church Road. This is supplied and operated by SBDC to improve and increase glass recycling. 

Are you aware of the excessive surcharge insurance companies charge on a wide variety of policies because your Post Code is included in the LU1 postal district? You are being penalised unfairly by the Royal Mail's lack of boundary definition, which not only imposes one of the highest insurance ratings on you, but also reduces the value of your property. By asking everyone in your household to sign this form, we can fight together for our own post code for Caddington, Slip End and East Hyde.
Any help or suggestions you may have will be very much appreciated. Please return this petition to Slip End Post Office
Melvyn Driver
36 Hawthorn Crescent
Caddington LU1 4EQ
" …………………………………………I don't want to be penalised by Insurance Companies by the unfair inclusion of Caddington, Slip End and East Hyde in the LU1 Postal Code.
Signature: …………………………………
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Mary and Roy Perry of The Grove, Woodside will be celebrating their Diamond Wedding on 6 November 2003.
Although they have only lived at The Grove for 6 years or so, they have regularly visited Slip End for the last 34 years as their daughter, Lyn Stanbrook lives at 42 Front Street.
They originated from Plymouth, where Roy served for 25 years in the Royal Navy. When he retired from the navy he became a publican in Torquay. They moved to West Wales, when they left the licensed trade, living there for a number of years.
A celebratory party will be held in the New Year, when their daughter will have completed her cancer treatment. They hope that all their family and friends will be able to join them on this occasion.
Lyn Stanbrook

While we love and depend on our regular contributers, it is great to hear from more of you from time to time. So its good that this issue contains such contributions, keep it up! Tell us about more about village matters which concern or interest you, or if you have interesting or amusing holiday experiences to share!
As we approach Christmas and all its attendant activities, PN is pleased to publicise local events; we would be even more pleased to hear later how the events actually went!!
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