Rachel & Andy 
August 16th

I was lucky enough to be at the wedding of Rachel and Andy at St Andrew’s Church on August 16th and what a lovely day it was! Rachel looked wonderful as her proud dad walked her down the aisle. 

It was a beautiful service and the church looked a real picture with flowers everywhere. Before no time at all, Rachel and Andy were walking back down the aisle as husband and wife. 

The Church Family and I’m sure everyone who knows them both, wish them the following:-
‘May your life be full of happiness, and laughter, and the love of good friends’.

Sue Cowell
Our Editor
Sue is taking a well deserved rest from editor’s chair for a month or two the. Few of us realise how much time and effort goes into the production of Parish News, which has the habit of coming round every month with all its trials and frustrations! Just when one issue is put to bed the next one looms: so we are very grateful for all Sue’s efforts.
However, notwithstanding she’s taking a bit of time off, she has been at work again in this issue with two items which could not be of greater contrast. On the previous page she brings us the joy of Rachel and Andy’s Wedding at St Andrew’s last month. Elsewhere we read of her sadness at the death of her Mum …
God bless you, Sue.

A man sees a sign in front of a house in Luton: "Talking Dog for Sale." He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the garden. He goes round the back and sees a black mutt sitting there.
"You talk?" he asks.
"Sure do." the dog replies.
"So, what's your story?"
The dog looks up and says, "Well, I discovered my gift of talking pretty young and wanted to help the government, so I told MI5, and in no time they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies eight years running."
"The jetting around wore me out, I wasn't getting any younger and wanted to settle down. So I signed up for a job at the airport doing undercover work, mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening."
"I uncovered some incredible dealings there and was awarded a batch of medals. Had a wife, a mass of puppies, and now I'm just retired."
The man is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. The owner says, "Ten quid." The man says, "This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?"
"Cause he's a flaming liar. He's never done any of that stuff!"


Fungi Porcini, popular in Italy but not so easy to find in northern Europe, where many of our fungi are inedible or worse!

Hello again and thank goodness that somebody within the community has at last, however scant, noticed some comments.
Thank you Pauline for applauding some of my musings, comments or whatever I like to call them: I would call them moaning not musing but thank you all the same.
I was so sorry that you were irritated by my comments Pauline about the Coronation Gardens. But it wasn’t any concern that I had as to how the £1000 Council funds are spent to update the garden. I only mentioned it because one of the Parish Councillers had said that a request had been put forward for a designer to come forward and that there had been no replies (although I myself have never seen a request anywhere). So that is why I enlarged upon the subject. Also the fact that this money has been available for two years and no one had heard about it apart from the Parish Council. In most villages there is usually minutes published for the public to hear about what goes on at Parish Council meetings if it concerns the Village but I may be wrong again. 
It really doesn’t matter to me one bit whether the garden stays the way it is as they always looked good to me but if a £1000 was given for the re-design and cannot be used to that advantage, well pray use the money for other things. 
Its a pity that nobody answered my question as to why there are paths down near the residential home.
I don’t ever remember asking for funding for other projects, except perhaps for the traffic calming. Yes Pauline, I really do spare a thought for other peoples’ good intentions including my own and will retract on some of my comments in previous magazines. But I can see no other requests that will cost the Council money: I certainly don’t mind being criticised as long as the facts are in the correct order. I always try to speak my mind with the truth for myself and other folks who ask me to give a few mentions of happenings in the Village.
I have now been thinking that it would be nice to mention all of the Village Hall improvements that the hall paid for with some outside help from the Parish Council and the Grace Cook Trust, for which we are grateful. But, we have a CCTV system paid by the Hall. We have extension to the kitchen paid for with hall funds. The Car Park was marked out paid with Hall funds: decorating and new curtains, paid with hall funds, car park lighting, new tea urn, etc. paid for by the Village Hall.
How lovely the Playground looks with all of the bright couloured paint, money well spent by the parish council. 

I sincerely hope that I have not offended anyone reading this letter or whatever you call it and hope none of you get irritated.
Oh, and one more thing: Maureen and Stan your house really is a picture as it always was. and a credit to you both.

Autumn on the Allotment

These tomatoes are doing well, ripening nicely: there’ll be plenty of chutney this year! A goodly sample on the allotment of one of our keen lady allotmenteers.

Postcards from Slip End

From time to time on the www.slipend.co.uk, we hear from people who left here long ago to live in places far away.  To remind them of how things look these days, here are a few local snaps.  Above we see Jim Galbraith strolling back home in Crawley Close from the post office with the newspaper.  Right is the Festival of Britain village sign, still looking quite respectable in the garden at the crossroads.  Below: a picture in cold snow a couple of years back, as a winter sun rises on the Rising Sun!

“Darling. I have been asked to go fishing with my boss and several of his friends. We'll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion so would you please pack me enough clothes for a week and get out my rod and tackle box. We're leaving from the office so I'll call by the house to pick my things up. Oh, and please pack my new blue silk pyjamas.”
The wife thinks this sounds a little fishy but she does exactly what her husband asked. The following weekend he comes home tired but otherwise looking good. The wife welcomes him and asks if he caught many fish?
He says, “Yes! Lots of trout and a few pike. But why didn't you pack my new blue silk pyjamas like I asked you to do?”
The wife replies, “I did, they were in your tackle box.” 

Two items from See Round, from St Albans Diocese:
Cyclists ride for history

More than 590 churches will be taking part in the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust annual sponsored bicycle ride on Saturday September 13th.
Last year's ride raised a record £83,000 including Gift Aid. Half the money was distributed to churches nominated by the people taking part. The other half is funding the Trust's grants to churches needing money for repairs, as is the Gift Aid. 
St Andrew’s church will be open that day to welcome the cyclists; or anyone else who would like to drop by! Teas &Rrefreshments will be available from 10am to 4pm.
Psalter now on the web
The beautiful St Albans Psalter, a manuscript made for Christina of Markyate in 1130s, is now available on the web, thanks to work done by a team from the University of Aberdeen. To view the pages, follow the link at:

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