February 2004 - Parish News


Sun 1st




Family Communion

Thu 5th



             - Family Room


Sun 8th




Morning Praise

Ramblers meet at Church

3:16 meet in Family Room

Wed 11th



Pram Service,  Family Room


Sun 15th



Holy Communion





Mothers Union meet at

15 Markyate Road




Thu 19th



Footsteps meet – Family Room



Sun 22ND 





Holy Communion – East Hyde

With AGM

Morning Praise

3:16 Meet – Family Room

Wed 25th 





Pram Service – Family Room

Woodside Nursing Home service

Ash Wednesday Said Communion in Church.

Sun 29th 



Morning Praise.

3:16 – Family Room















Our popular Pram Services are held on alternate Wednesday mornings in the Family Room at St Andrews Church. This is a good opportunity to get out and meet other new mums and their offspring. What do we offer? Well, there are always cups of tea for the mums. For the children we have activities, which include songs, stories and creative construction (with a little help for/from the adults!) 
In the New Year, Joy will be running a group for “Newcomers” at the Vicarage. This will run for about 10 weeks and is for:
· Those who wish to explore the Christian Faith further and ask questions.
· Those who wish to be confirmed.
· Those in need of a “refresher course” on Christian Faith basics.

Anyone wishing to know more should contact Joy at the Vicarage % 424363.

The Easter Monday Pilgrimage to St Albans will operate this year. For all age groups, the Pilgrimage celebrates its 60th anniversary! Hundreds of people will gather in the Abbey Orchard from around 1pm. So put on your walking boots, that have been gathering dust over the winter months and march along to St Albans Abbey to join other Christians from all across the diocese and country. It’s a great day out and a wonderful feeling of unity when you join the service at the end of the day, with many others. 

Each year, at Christmas Time, a group from St Andrew’s visits the Woodside Home to sing carols and share their mince pies! We enjoyed our visit as ever before Christmas and we handed gifts to the residents: many thanks to those who helped with this, we had such a grand response that each person there received two gifts! In particular, I would like to thank Mary, Julie and Sue for help getting the gifts ready.
Edie Ham

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. 

Slip End & District Association
Slip End Village Hall
Thursdays 8.00 – 10.00
In aid of Senior Citizens Outings

Heavenly Father, we come to you at the start of a new year knowing what has been, knowing your faithfulness to us, knowing you were there to comfort and guide us when times were difficult, knowing you are a God of love and mercy. We confess we have sinned against you in many ways, but we can make a fresh start, for through the death of Jesus we can be forgiven and put right with you. Your hands were nailed to the cross for us Lord. Now you stretch them out to us. Help us to grasp them daily. Only then can we be unafraid of what the future holds. Amen

It was good to see so many people in our small church over the Christmas period. The Sunday School Christmas service was enjoyed by all ages and the collection taken in aid of Keech Cottage raised £66.75. Our Church Christmas card was signed by several people and £40.15 sent to Christian Aid. Mrs Barbara Horton’s home made Christmas cake was raffled and won by Mrs McDonald and raised £41.00 for N.O.A.H. The raffle at our Christmas dinner also raised £41.00 for N.O.A.H.The N.C.H. Carol Service raised £76.06 and our Christmas day collection raised £33.05 for the Pasque Hospice. We would like to thank everyone for joining us for these events and for their generosity.

Thank you God for dirty dishes, they have a tale to tell.
While other folks go hungry, we’re eating pretty well.
With home and health and happiness, we shouldn’t want to fuss
For by the stack of evidence, God’s very good to us.
Premier Décor have made a start on our upper school room, which we hope to have decorated, carpeted and new curtains hung, before the weekend of March 20th (Mothering Sunday weekend), when we will be having an ‘open weekend’. More information in the next Villager.
Gods blessing’s on you all from Aley Green Methodist Church.
Ann Meader 

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In attendance – County Councillor Richard Stay & WPC Carron Thompson.

Saturday 7th February 2004
Saturday 6th March 2004 

From 10.30 – 12.30pm at Heathfield Lower School.


We were very lucky to have a very talented lady Mrs Janet Welch as our last speaker for this year. She was very widely travelled and interspersed her songs with funny happenings on her travels. The accompaniment to singing she played on a guitar so maturely it was all part of her. One of her unforgettable moments was when she was requested to play THE organ for a choir in Rome, no practising was allowed! After refreshments she accompanied us on the piano whilst we sang Christmas carols. At the end of the evening those of us that had taken a Christmas gift were able to collect an exchange to open on Christmas Day, hah!

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday in the month 7.30 – 10.00pm at Baptist Church Hall.
A very happy healthy New Year to all. How about a New Year resolution to join us and have a laugh?
See you there, Patricia Crick.


To start the new year our wishes for a Healthy Happy Year go to all our readers. I wonder what is in store this year! We started the year very well with a lovely speaker Mr Toby Friedner, from 3 Counties Radio. He stepped in at the last minute and had just finished his first attempt at Panto at Milton Keynes Theatre. He broadcasts from Milton Keynes for the radio station. He filled us in about the beginnings of the same. In 1987 Radio Beds began with misic, as time passed 1990 was 60/40 music and talk, then Herts and Bucks were included. Steven Rhodes was one of the first presenters and John Gaunt joined the station 1991-2. Toby had attended Luton Uni enjoying every minute and from there joined 3 Counties Radio as Jon Gaunts tea boy. I used to feel so sorry for him and if you were a listener you will know what I mean! But as the saying goes ‘you can’t hold a good man down’ and now he has his own time at Milton Keynes for 3 Counties. We were able also let into the experiences of other presenters, not an easy life. 
Our subscription was raised this year as the petition didn’t get through on time, we will try again. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sheila and her family on the death of her husband Gerald. God bless, Sheila.

Forthcoming meetings:
Feb 17th – Games night
March 16th – Members night
April 20th – Life of a Vet – Noahs Ark
Forthcoming Dates:
Feb 23rd – Downside Quiz
Feb 24th – Fashion Show – All welcome
April 1st – Group meeting Studham
May 7th – Rockingham Castle
May 17th – Houses of Parliament

See you there – We meet 3rd Tues in the month from 7.30 – 10 at Baptist Chapel Hall, Caddington, Patricia Crick

A Celebration of Christian Healing in the context of the Eucharist will be held at 10.30 am on Saturday February 21st at St Albans Abbey. The speaker will be the Rt Revd Dominic Walker, Bishop of Monmouth, and the celebrant the Rt Revd Christopher Foster, Bishop of Hertford. The service is being organised by the St Albans Diocesan Group for the Ministry of Healing. More information:

'Melting Pot,' BBC Three Counties Radio's weekly religious news and views programme, is now being broadcast at Sunday lunchtimes. The programme, presented by Ian Pearce, has moved to the 12 noon - 2pm slot, from its previous later time on Sunday afternoon.The move will give 'Melting Pot' a larger potential audience. News for 'Melting Pot' should be sent to BBC Three Counties Radio, 1 Hastings Street, Luton, LU1 5XL or e-mail lucy.newman@bbc.co.uk Three Counties can be heard on 103.8FM (Herts) and 95.5FM (Beds). 

St Albans diocese is seeking a new Stewardship Development Officer to advise and assist parishes in the development of personal and corporate stewardship of time, talents and money. More information under Vacancies at www.stalbans.anglican.org or contact 01727 854532. Peter Crumpler
Communications Officer Tel: 01727 869506; Fax 01727 844469

On behalf of Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.(shoe box appeal) I would like to thank every one who took part in the appeal. .
Many volunteers came from the local area, but a few came from further afield i.e. Buckingham, Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard and the Bedford area. Some volunteers came through churches, friends of friends, other organisations and those who saw the article in the Villager/Parish Magazine and just wanted to help.
Without the help of volunteers the Dunstable Warehouse would not have been able to send over 16k shoeboxes to needy children in Eastern Europe.
The first lorry went to Azerbaijan with over 7.5k shoe boxes and the second lorry went to Odessa in the Ukraine with over 8.6k. At present it’s too early to give you any feedback from these Countries but as soon as we have news we will put more details in the Villager or the Parish Magazine.
Teresa Willson

View of the warehouse in Dunstable

Young school girl Kate from Leighton 
Buzzard helped out every Saturday.

We celebrated with Tony on his 60th birthday and he even got his own shoebox!

Some of the helpers with Dunstable firemen and Tony & Teresa preparing to load the lorry.

Tony & Teresa exhausted but it was well worth it!

Final Figures :-Shoeboxes sent to Azerbaijan were


Shoeboxes sent to Odessa in the Ukraine were

All the boxes loaded onto the final lorry, what a relief and what a lot of happiness for a lot of children.


Turkey & Tinsel

Maureen and I had a very frantic start to our “Turkey & Tinsel” break in December, owing to the coach breaking down before it reached Slip End! After lots of panic phone calls to our members to advise them of the late departure, we eventually got away and from then on we all enjoyed a happy five days, visiting Bognor, Worthing, Brighton and Rye. Pat, out Tour Manager, was very good to us.
Viv Porter
(report from cover picture and yes it does look as if you were all very happy)


 After living in Slip End for 18 years the Bowls Club said a sad goodbye to Sylvia and George Driscoll who have now moved to Great Clacton. A presentation was made to them before Christmas, which is pictured below. We shall all miss them very much but would like to wish them health and much happiness in their new home. You never know - if they join a Bowls Club there, we could challenge them to a match!!




Christmas Goings-on
On 10th December we were invited to the school to see the children’s Christmas play, “Rock the Cradle”; as usual, the children were excellent and we all had a lovely afternoon which ended with tea and mince pies. Many thanks to Corie and all at Slip End Lower School!
Next day we had our Christmas Dinner and another excellent afternoon was enjoyed by all with very good food followed by entertainment by the “Razzle-Dazzles”, really good. At the Party, Gillian presented the Club with a £50 donation, raised from her Craft Fayre: than you once again, Gill.
And finally, thanks to our Parish Council for our Christmas Gifts: as I have said before, Slip End is a good place to live!

Your Local Cemetery

Run by a Joint Committee of Councillors from
Parish Councils.

Your Local Cemetery is still open for, Full Burials,
Or Burial of Ashes in Garden of Remembrance.

For more details;

Visit the Cemetery and read the Notice Board or Phone.
Cemetery Clerk—
Mrs June Lecoq—413259
or Phone
Chair of Committee—
Cllr Sue Lyons –414162

The peripatetic music teacher had to travel around to many schools and one day entered a primary school class and began his lesson. Out of the corner of his eye he saw the form teacher take out a bright-red lipstick and very deliberately apply an enormous amount to her lips. The music teacher thought how unlike her it was. However when the bell rang and the teacher went to say goodbye to the exceptionally well-behaved group of seven year olds, the class teacher asked someone in the class to explain why she had been acted so strangely. One young boy spoke up: “Well, Mrs King said that if anybody misbehaved today, she was going to give them a great big kiss!”

A man went into the florist shop to order some flowers for his wife. On the card he wrote: “Sorry about last night. You were right.” “How much do you want to spend?” asked the florist. “Not too much,” replied the man, “She wasn’t that right!”

Some cracker jokes collected at Christmas.
What happened when the Ice Monster ate a curry?
He blew his cool!
What happens when a frog parks in a no-parking zone?
He gets toad away!
Q. Teacher: Stephen, why are you late for school?
A. Stephen: Well I was dreaming about a football match and it went into extra time!

Q: What do Sea Monsters eat?
A: Fish and Ships!

Q: Ten people were all sheltering under one small umbrella, but not one got wet!
A: Because it was not raining!

Why is an old loaf of bread like a mouse driving into its hole?
Because you can see its stale!!

Why was the insect thrown out of the forest?
Because he was a litter bug!!

We were treated to a very interesting version of the nativity at St Andrew’s this year. 
The short play was written by Edward Avern and Peter Wilson and performed by ZJB and the young people from St Andrew’s and was called “This is your birth JC”. It told the tale of the nativity as explained to Jesus, who was played by Peter and narrated by Edward. 
The photos show some of the children in their outfits with Edward and Peter shaking hands at the back. Well done to them all.



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