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March 2005

60 Years On

This article was published in March 2005. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

The Edlesbray Players present a Review entitled "60 years on", to be held in Eaton Bray Village Hall on Saturday 7th May. Doors open at 7.30pm. Show starts at 8.00pm. Fish/chicken/vegiburger and chips included in ticket price of £7.50. Bring your own drink + glass.

Source: Edlesbray Players website

Christmas Puzzle 2004

This article was published in March 2005. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

My thanks to everyone in the villages who took part in, or donated to, my annual Christmas Puzzle. The 2004 Puzzle raised £3,010 - as a result I was able to donate £300 to each of WorkAid, Skillshare and Friends of the Animals and £2,110 to St Luke's Hospice, Harrow & Brent. For the first time the puzzle went 'international' with entries from Cyprus and from France. Of the 234 entries received 39 submitted a perfect solution scoring 120 marks, including Viv and Mel Grundy and Liz Constable from our villages.

A draw to identify prize winners was held on 30 January in St Mary's Church, Eaton Bray. Four winners were selected at random - each receives a cheque for £20. They were: Alex Cornock from Butlers Cross near Aylesbury, Margaret Cotterill from Littleover in Derbyshire, Helen Cullum from Alton in Hants and Robert Norman from Luton.

The other prize winner selected at random from all entries recieved was Mrs Chris Burrows from the Wirral, who scored 119½. She, too, recieves a cheque for £20.

This year's donations bring the total money raised by the Puzzle to £18,065. Thanks to everyone who has supported the activity over the years. Next year's puzzle, with a theme based on a poem, is already set and ready for distribution. I expect to put it in the post on 8 December from whic dat it will be possible to download the puzzle from the website:
Gordon Gray

Source: Focus, March 2005

Bellringing at Eaton Bray

This article was published in March 2005. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Most villagers have heard the bells of St Mary's Eaton Bray, perhaps on a Sunday morning or at a wedding, but few will have ventured into the belfry and actually seen them.

On Saturday morning March 19th, from 10.30, the church will be open for anyone to visit and learn more about the bells and bellringing. If you would like to call in and see the bells you will be very welcome.

If you cannot manage the 19th and would like to arrange an alternative date please phone either John Plater or Richard Stroud.

Source: Focus, March 2005

Eaton Bray Methodist Church

This article was published in March 2005. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

We are holding our annual fund raising event for Smile International on Saturday 2 April. There will be coffee from 10am and light lunches available from 12 noon until 2pm. Cakes and fancy goods will also be on sale. Mrs Digby our co-ordinator receives regular reports from Headquarters and a lovely letter of appreciation was sent to us to acknowledge the shoeboxes sent at Christmas.

A photograph of children with their gifts looking so pleased is reward indeed. We are hoping that Mr Bob Harris, our artist friend from Leighton Buzzard, will be there with an exhibition of his paintings. Do come along and join us if you are able.

Source: Focus, March 2005

The Edlesbray Players

This article was published in March 2005. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Our recent production of Mother Goose is now put to bed and I would like to thank all those who made it a success. As this was my final Panto, I was pleased that people did seem to enjoy themselves. After 13 years I have put away my Panto. pen, folded up the directors chair and hung up the vacancy notice – any takers?

I am still involved with the Edlesbray Players doing other things and do so hope that we will find someone to take the Panto side of things on – it would be a shame for it to fold up as it does bring different elements of the villages together.

Thank you to all of you who have supported the project over the years, whether cast, helpers or audience – without your support we would not have been able to help Eaton Bray Village Hall with the refurbishment. We wish the Management Team good luck with their efforts on the next phase.

We do hope to have a Patriotic Review on 7th May when we will be celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the end of WW2 – make a note in your diary and watch this space!

Thank you all
Val Trantum

Source: Focus, March 2005

Carnival 2005 is underway

This article was published in March 2005. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

We again have the challenge of trying to better the results of last year's Carnival. The 2004 event raised over £10,000 and this has been disbursed to a variety of local worthy causes. Everyone who contributed in any way has every reason to be pleased with their efforts and you may find it interesting to see the complete list of charitable contributions (along with some candid photos) on the Carnival website

The St Mary’s Village Carnival 2005 will be held on the 2nd of July on Edlesborough Green and preparation has begun for another successful event.

The theme in 2005 is "Nursery Rhymes", which once more gives a wide range of choices for anyone who wants to get into the spirit of the day. As anyone who has participated in the past knows, we are all encouraged to come in costumes. So, come all Little Miss Muffets, all Georgie Porgies (No kissing!), Bo Peeps, Jack Horners, Humpty Dumpties - or even the Wheels on the Bus if you wish.

We will be following the pattern of the Carnival which has been so successful in the past and the major charitable recipient will be the Dagnall Church Extension. However, as always, we will also be sharing the receipts among the many local groups that go to enrich the life of the villages.

Further details can be found here.

Source: St Mary's Village Carnival website