Although the season has just started we have already played two matches in the Men’s Division 2. 
The first match was away to Dunstable in which we played a good standard of tennis but were not quite a match for the Dunstable team and we went down by 7 sets to 1. 
Our second match was away to Flitwick. This was an extremely closely fought match which ended with both teams scoring 42 games. However, the points are awarded for sets and Flitwick won five to our three. Our second pair's final set had gone to a tie-break which they eventually lost 12 - 10. If they had won this tie-break, the match would have ended four sets all but we would have won on games by 43 to 41. 
There are still five matches left and we hope for greater success when we have the home advantage.
Peter Smith

A Pearl of Wisdom from Church’s archive:
The longest sentence in the English language is "I do" ! (H L Mencken)

Director of Music Ken Hone
The Luton Male Voice Choir are a lively group with at least one concert every month and a weekly meeting, plus a grand weekend tour raising funds for charities. This year we are returning to the lovely villages of Heacham and Dorking in Norfolk where we had such a marvellous time last year. 
As well, we hold a Gala Concert every year to help raise funds for Luton Charities and a grand Christmas Dinner within the portals of the South Beds Gold Club. In May the Choir gave concerts at Farley Hill Methodists and at St. Thomas' churches in Stopsley.
The Choir was recently honoured when the Director of Music Mr Ken Hone was elected Vice President of the National Association of Choirs.
We are seeking recruits on all fronts. Ladies, and Gentlemen who really can't sing but would like to be involved, are welcome to join the `Friends of the Choir' group recently founded enjoy fringe benefits and social functions.
Anyone interested? If so contact in the first instance Press Officer Ken Cameron on 07960257218 who will ensure that the responsible Committee Member makes contact.

Editorial items
Firstly a poem for a June evening by Joyce Carpenter:
The evening air of June is sweet,
With fragrance of the garden musk.
Outlined by twilight I can see
The nodding roses in the dusk.

The moon and stars are glinting through;
The birds have settled in their nests.
The rhythm changes, all is hushed.
And in the stillness, Nature rests.

I feel part of an ordered plan
As I draw strength from this quiet scene.
June evening of the perfumed flowers,
You teach me how to be serene.

I hope you are all be impressed by the early issue of the June Parish News. David Kingston and I have been working very hard to get it out before its due time, as we were both away at the end of May. Anyone want a job? Can be stressful at times, hard work, difficulty in getting information on time, late nights and computer problems and you don’t get paid! Contact us and I’m sure we can sort something out! But seriously, I will be away for the whole of June so any messages, emails etc need to be sent to David, address at the back of the Parish News.
Hopefully all subscription money will have been paid by now, if not, please make sure your agent receives it this month. It helps to pay the printing costs and we are hoping to have more colour issues in the future.
Don’t forget to look out for the Imperial Vipers debut single, which is out on June 20th. Its called ‘Kick a Hole’ and it would be brilliant if a local band could get their first single into the Charts. The video has been recorded for the single and it looks as if it should be a great asset for the Vipers. Rock on Imperial Vipers. T-Shirts available on their website
On May 7th 1945, Germany surrendered, ending five and a half years of war in Europe. Evermore we should remember it as a day for reflection as well as a day for remembrance. Here’s an appropriate recipe from those far off days: Thanks to Margaret Plain, a work colleague for providing the recipe her mum used to bake. Sounds lovely and I hope to have a go of testing it soon.

War time rations!!
Eggless Chocolate Sponge
Ingredients: 2 ozs margarine 
2 tablespoons cocoa
1½ teacupful flour 
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teacup sugar 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teacup milk 

Mix all dry ingredients together. Melt margarine in a saucepan and mix with the milk into the mixture until creamed. (It should be well beaten.)Then pour into greased and floured 8" diameter sponge tins. Cook in a hot oven reg 7 for 10 minutes on middle shelf. (This would probably equate to about 220 degrees today)
“We used to have them sandwiched together with strawberry or loganberry jam and a dusting of icing sugar on top. If we had enough margarine my mum would put some butter icing in the middle too”.

News from Amelia and news to come
Amelia is almost at the end of her time in Melbourne and will be heading up to Cairns soon where she will be meeting up with her mum. Yes, I am actually going all that way to have a month with my daughter. It’s very exciting, although daunting at the same time as I have never been that far in a plane before. I hope to be able to bring you some of my own pictures and news on my return so watch this space!!
Amelia and Lorraine have been just as busy although both have been working to help towards the next part of their adventures. Its Bali and a trek through the jungle after they leave Australia!. They have been in St Kilda, Melbourne for almost three months but have not stood still for long. They have been to Brighton and seen all the Brighton Beach huts there (I didn’t even know there was a Brighton in Australia)
They’ve seen the Moomba Waterfest Fireworks show, had bbq’s on the beach, visited the local markets and been to the matinee performance of Cirque du-soliel (performing circus). The Sydney Myer Music Bowl and at the Shrine of Remembrance saw the tribute to ANZAC forces (Australia & New Zealand Army Core) They also took part in the Field of Women Night for Breast Cancer, 11,500 women standing together and remembering those who have faced and are facing this terrible illness. The picture shows them all standing as ‘one’ in their pink ponchos – a very impressive sight I think you will agree. 
Finally a photo of Amelia, with the skyline of Melbourne in the background. Don’t worry Amelia, I’ll see you soon.

Luton Town - Top of the League
A very well done to the local Luton Town FC players, on reaching the top of Division 1, in the Football League. They made an impressive score of 98 points with runners-up Hull gaining 86 points. Luton Town (Hatters) will now be playing in the Championship League and lets hope they will do very well and continue to remain where they deserve to be. I went along to the parade on George Street, Luton on Sunday 8th May and saw the players, manager and coach with the cup, on board the double-decker bus. Unfortunately there were so many people there it was difficult to get a really close up shot but I was pleased to see everyone supporting The Hatters. Long may it continue!

The Champions - the Hatters Team
Sue Cowell
In aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind
Please leave at 67 Five Oaks, Caddington
or call 48107 to arrange collection.

I always seem to start our Aley Green news with a ‘thank you’ and I must do so again, because without the help of our village friends and the Luton Circuit, our little church couldn’t go on. So, once again we say “a big thank you” to everyone who did an arrangement in our April flower festival and to those of you who came along to look around and join in the songs of praise service. Over the three days we were able to welcome many people to our church and we raised £774.28.
Over Easter we raised money for other charities. Our Easter offering envelopes raised £47.30 for Women’s Networks, the children’s Smartie tubes raised £26 for the Tsunami Appeal and the Adult Smartie tubes raised £115.39 for the women’s refuge. £5 also went to National Children’s Homes for quiz sheets.
Angela Smith’s talk on Caddington hedgehogs was very enjoyable. We did a tombola which raised £20 for the ‘Hogs’ and Angela sold £12 of cards. Sales of home made cakes and produce raised £32 for our church funds. Thank you to everyone who bought a cake outside the Co-op on May 7th. £136.72 was raised towards our rewire. Our local arrangement service on May 8th was well attended. The five teachers and sixteen of our Sunday School children invited the adults to join them in a Sunday School class. We all learned about Abraham and Sarah and how important the bible is through singing, reading, glueing, painting, colouring, praying, laughing and salt dough making. The children ranged from 2 years old to 96 and we all learned and had fun together. We are grateful to everyone who leaves jam jars and sugar on my doorstep. The preserve team are re-stocking the shelves as I write this and our allotment is coming along nicely (thanks to Lorraine).

Dates for your diary:
Sunday 12th June 11am
Sunday School anniversary, all are welcome.

Wednesday 15th June 7.30pm
Our coffee evening.
Drinks free, home made cakes, preserves & books for sale.
Why not take an evening stroll down to the church and call in for a chat.

Sunday 26th June, 1pm onwards
Church family B-B-Q

May the God of grace go with us
That we may grow in peace, strength,
Hope, joy and love today and forever.

From all your friends at Aley Green Methodist Church
Ann Meader 


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