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October 2006

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

This article was published in October 2006. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Sacred Hearts U8 - 3
EB Lions U8 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThis was an exciting end to end game.

In the first half, Sacred Hearts had the better of the first ten minutes, with Lions' goalie, Jack Cook, making two superb saves and some sterling work in defence by Elliot Whitcombe. The latter part of the first half was all Lions', with Dillon Karavadra working hard and effectively, forcing two corners to the Lions.

The second half was also end to end, Jack Cook saved brilliantly from a penalty, diving and pushing the ball round the left post.

Lions went ahead from a well-taken penalty by Dillon, but this was cancelled out by three goals from the opposing side.

Excellent performances came from Thomas Rainbow in defence, Tom Sage and James Pratt in midfield, and a notable effort by Archie Bunker as the lone forward. The deserved Man of the Match aeard went to Jack Cook.

Luton Borough Dragons Blues U10 - 4
EB Lions Reds U10 - 0

This was always going to be a tough game for the Lions, up against last year's champions and the current leaders.

The Lions were under pressure early on but superb defending from Cam Abdullah and Charlie Slater kept the Luton attack quiet. The Lions were battling hard in a very committed and entertaining match.

As the half progressed the Lions created scoring chances on their own. However, just before half time Luton took the lead from a corner.

In the second half, more Luton pressure produced two further goals despite a string of great saves from Harry Rogers. The Lions almost pulled a goal back with both Ellis Turrell and William Poole going close. It was Luton though who for the last goal of the match to give an unrepresentative final score-line.

The Lions played superbly with everyone giving a very committed display against strong competition.

Source: EB Lions

Special welcome for African bishop

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Villagers in Eaton Bray played host to Ugandan clergyman Bishop Benezeri Kisembo for a special service in the village church.

The visit was arranged by Anglican missionary group, SOMA (Sharing of Ministries Abroad), whose national director, the Rev Don Brewin, lives in Great Billington.

He arranged for the visit to enable people in churches in Bedfordshire to hear first-hand about what is happening in the Church in Uganda and to allow the bishop to meet with church leaders here on the current situation of the Church in England.

Bishop Kisembo's diocese, Ruwenzori, is in SW Uganda and borders on the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is close to the Kagando Hospital which is being financially supported by parishioners from Eaton Bray and Edlesborough.

Since the start of the year fund-raisers at St Mary's Church have raised more than £2,000 for the hospital.

The money was collected at a series of events held throughout the year around Eaton Bray and Edlesborough, including beetle drives, barn dances and open gardens.

The Kagando Hospital was adopted as the annual parish project thanks to the work of Rebecca Baldock, a local physiotherapist, who is working there as part of the African Inland Mission.

For more information about the hospital in Uganda go to

To donate money for the project cheques payable to St Mary's PCC can be sent to Canon Malcolm Grant at The Vicarage, High Street, Eaton Bray, Dunstable, LU6 2DN. Please enclose a note explaining what the money is for.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 24 October 2006

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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EB Lions U9 - 1
Shefford Saints (white) U9 - 6

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAn evenly balanced first half with good running play on both sides and two goals - 1-1 after seven minutes. Neel Slatter scored for the Lions from his own half.

There were more shots on goal from both sides with the Lions maintaining good pressure.

The Saints turned the tide in the second half and despite some good defensive work from the Lions they soon went 3-1 up. With constant pressure from the Saints and good flowing play, a further three goals went in before the whistle.

MOM for Lions was Arin Johnson for good defensive play.

Source: EB Lions

Project approval based 'on error'

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Families affected by a proposed development in Eaton Bray are calling for South Beds District Council to come clean about whether it got the go-ahead because of an error.

Members of the council's planning committee agreed to give outline planning permission for building work on a strip of land next to Bower Lane, which will back on to homes in Medley Close.

But neighbours claim that the strip used to be part of the Green Belt, and they say that they've yet to be given a reason for it being removed.

Sidney Willis, of Medley Close, said after the decision was made: "It was in the Green Belt, and I have maps to prove it. What we want to know is where they got permission to take it out of the Green Belt."

Mr Willis, 81, claims that the council cannot come up with a reason for removing the Green Belt, and has alleged that the change may be the result of an error while officers were drawing up a map which was used for the council's Local Plan.

"It was an error, it was wrong and it should never have been done," he told members of the planning committee.

The row started three years ago, when the landowners first applied for outline permission to build on the site.

Councillors agreed to grant it. But the terms of that agreement have now expired, so a fresh application had to be lodged. Councillor Tony Northwood, a member of the planning committee at the time of the first application, said at the meeting about the site not being in the Green Belt: "I suspect it was done in error."

Mr Willis said later: "It would have been an opportunity to look again, but they haven't. They should have looked in 2003 when we first objected. South Beds' planning department should have seen this was wrong before they put it up for public approval.

"Had they taken the bother and said 'Let's investigate it,' then something would've been done.

"They should have either admitted they'd done it or put it back in," he said.

Mr Willis, a former district councillor, has been frustrated in his efforts to find out why the plot of land is no longer in the Green Belt.

"Everyone I spoke to said they could find no reason to take it out the Green Belt," he said.

People living in Medley Close have formed a committee opposing the development.

They have also demanded to know under the Freedom of Information Act why the are was removed from the Green Belt.

The Gazette put Mr Willis's concerns to the council, which confirmed that part of the strip was in Green Belt land until 1995.

A spokeswoman for the council verified that there is no record of why the change was made to the Green Belt boundaries, but said that this is often the case when changes are made to clarify the boundary line. She pointed out that in this case the new Green Belt boundaries follow property boundaries, whereas previously they did not.

The council also confirmed that the issue had been looked at by senior officers including the chief executive.

But a local government watchdog had decided no to pursue the complaint.

The Freedom of Information request is currently being looked at, a spokesman said.

Mr Willis has also voiced some doubts about whether the thin strip of land next to Bower Lane is suitable for development.

"If that piece of land is used, how and where can they build on it? It's not wide enough to build houses on. I don't see how they're going to do it. It's crazy," he said.

Source: Dunstable Gazette, 18 October 2006

WI and the Mercy Ships

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Womens InstituteGuest speaker at the Eaton Bray WI October meeting was Anne Giles who is a volunteer on "Mercy Ships" that sail along the west coast of Africa, assisting very poor countries with medical help and other skills to improve the quality of life for the citizens.

Ms Giles took along slides of her trip to Liberia and explained that Mercy Ships only sail in to a port at the invitation of the country's goverment whose only obligation is to agree to provide free moorings, water and the removal of rubbish.

Mercy Ships are a Christian organisation whose crew is interdenominational and has nationals from 40 different countries, all are volunteers and the spoken language is English.

The volunteers work alongside the village elders in helping to set up schools and sanitation projects in areas that have often been devastated by years of civil wat.

Ms Giles is a trained nurse and her husband works as a surgeon at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, both took early retirement to join the Mercy Ships and spend around six months each year around the coast of west Africa.

Eaton Bray WI has a lively autumn programme with several social events starting with the annual Halloween evening in mid October.

A vote was taken to buy and lay a poppy wreath at the Eaton Bray War memorial in November and the Christmas charity project is to support the work of the Mercy Ships by donating toiletries and stationary items for Ms Giles to take on her next trip to Africa.

The group's next meeting is on November 6 at 7.30pm in Eaton Bray Village Hall. Friends and new members are always welcome.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 17 October 2006

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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EB Lions U9 - 4
61FC U9 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAdam Bradley and Neel Slatter scored for the Lions and Murray put two in the net for 61FC, as well as having a couple of near misses. Good defensive play by the Lions kept 61FC at bay during the second half and there was some excellent midfield play, especially from Dom Ryan, who came close to scoring. Lions got more shots on goal - two hitting the post and two crossing the line - making it 4:2 to Lions and a hat-trick for Slatter at the final whistle. Slatter took the Lions' man of the match award.

Eaton Bray Lions U13 - 3
Houghton Regis Youth U13 - 8

Within seconds the Lions were attacking and the early pressure from a corner led to Gus Thorne giving the home team a 1-0 lead with a superb strike. Houghton came back immediately with long balls through the middle for the forwards to pick up on and equalize. End to end action set the tone for the rest of the first half with Lions managing to go 2-1 up after a simple tap in on the near post by Jonnie Moriarty. Houghton came out fighting and equalized in a minute with a superb long range shot. Despite Jonnie getting a second goal for the Lions, it was Houghton that ran out eventual winners by scoring a total of seven goals in this half. MOM Jonnie Moriarty.

Source: EB Lions

Ugandan hospital backed by cash boost

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A hospital in Uganda is set for a much-needed cash boost thanks to the generosity of parishioners in Eaton Bray and Edlesborough.

Since the start of the year fundraisers at St Mary's Church have been raising money for the Kagando Hospital in the Kasese district in the south-west of the country . To date they have raised more than £2,000.

The money was collected at a series of events held throughout the year around Eaton Bray and Edlesborough, including beetle drives, barn dances and open gardens.

The Kagando Hospital was adopted as the annual parish project thanks to the work of Rebecca Baldock, who used to be a lay-reader at the Priory Church in Dunstable.

Rebecca, a physiotherapist, is working at the hospital as part of the African Inland Mission.

Canon Malcolm Grant, vicar of Eaton Bray, said: "We believe that the church has a responsibility to do what it can to help others, at home and overseas, and we in the developed nations have a particular responsibility to share our prosperity with those who have so little of the world's resources."

The hospital provides a vital service in an area at the heart of the Aids pandemic and torn apart by internal conflict.

Fundraisers at St Mary's are hoping to arrange a visit to the hospital, which is close to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but no definite plans have been agreed yet.

The fundraising effort is set to continue next month, and half the proceeds from the church's Christmas Fayre on Saturday, November 18 will go toward the Kagando Hospital.

For more information about the hospital in Uganda go to

To donate money for the project cheques payable to St Mary's PCC can be sent to Canon Malcolm Grant at The Vicarage, High Street, Eaton Bray, Dunstable, Beds LU6 2DN. Please enclose a note explaining what the money is for.

Source: Dunstable Today, 13 October 2006

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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EB Lions Reds U10 - 3
Hitchin Town Blues U10 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions made it four wins from five matches this season with another tremendous all round team performance.

Once again they got off to a bad start, conceding the opening goal, but as with previous weeks the defence then shut up shop for the remainder of the match. Goalkeeper Harry Rogers and defenders Cam Abdullah, Charlie Slater and Thomas Lancefield were all magnificent, not allowing Hitchin another serious chance on goal.

Ben Walsh MOM had a superb game, his pace and skill down the wings causing lots of problems for the Hitchin defence. Ben's throw-in from the left set up the Lions equaliser by allowing Jayden Newman to lob the ball from outside the box over the keeper and into the top corner. Just before half time another throw from Ben found Matt Glover who rounded a defender before shooting low into the goal to score for the third game in a row.

In the second half another great run and cross from Ben allowed William Poole to break into the box and slot past the keeper to make it 3-1. Ivan Broderick put in some great tackles in midfield.

Spartak Watling - 4
E B Lions U11 - 2

A cold sunny October morning set the scene. The whistle blew and EB Lions were soon putting pressure on Spartak's defence.

It wasn't long before Nathan Sears had scored for the Lions. Then a misjudgement by the Lions keeper resulted in a penalty being awarded against Lions and James Green from Spartak was able to level the score to one-all.

From that point the Lions seemed to lose concentration and Spartak capitalised on this and showed great tackling ability. Kyle Davidson soon scored Spartak's second goal shortly followed by a third goal scored by Darrel Millers.

The second half saw E B Lions give a much-improved performance with several attempts on goal. A well-deserved second goal for the Lions by Jake Higgs put hope back in the Lions team. However, Spartak were not to be beaten and continued to play well and just before the final whistle Aaron Mayer scored Spartak's fourth goal.

This was a good game to watch, played by two teams that showed great respect for each other.

EB Lions' MOM - James Pearce. Spartak Watling MOM - Ryan Shilleto.

St Martin's U13 - 9
Eaton Bray Lions U13 - 2

Lions got off to a flying start when Jack Coates took hold of a long kick from defence and scored after just three minutes. Unfortunately, Lions seemed to assume it was going to be easy from this point whilst St Martin's were galvanised into action and proceeded to overwhelm the Lion's defence.

Despite determined defensive play by Josh Gradley and some good saves by Lee Cavendish, St Martin's were 7-1 up by half-time.

An encouraging pep talk saw Lions return with renewed enthusiasm and they certainly played their best football in the second half. Joe Ashman made a brilliant solo attack but his shot passed across the face of the goal. Despite good tackling by Matt Lancefield and MOM Andy Scott-Lewis and brave challenges by Andrew Broughton, a St Martin's forward managed to sneak through and score their eighth.

Lions overshot a corner but Ross Taylor played the ball back to Jack who scored with a great curving lob from outside the box.

Lions were unfortunate to concede another goal during a goalmouth scramble in the final minutes but the second half showed just what they are capable of achieving if they pull together as a team.

Eaton Bray Lions U15 - 2
Limbury Saints U15 - 6

Lions certainly didn't lose this match through lack of effort.

Throughout the first half they produced a barrage of attacks on the Saints' goal. MOM Ed Poole showed great skill to work his way through the defence but had two shots saved by the Saints' goalie.

Rob Gadsden, back in the team after injury, hit a shot just wide and saw his free-kick rebound off the crossbar.

Martin Coates sent several crosses into the box but nobody managed to connect with them. Meanwhile, a couple of defensive errors allowed Saints to score twice and they made it three with a superb shot from wide on the left.

Saints scored again early in the second half with a quick counterattack and their goalie was still stopping every shot by Lions. Saints scored two more in quick succession but everybody was so convinced that one was offside that even their supporters remained silent!

Lions refused to give up and their perseverance was rewarded when Alex Smith headed in a loose ball following a corner. A free-kick by Rob provided Smith with his second goal but Lions couldn't manage another despite attacking hard up to the final whistle.

Source: EB Lions

Parish council's view is likely to be overruled

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Outline plans to develop land next to 23-25 Bower Lane, Eaton Bray, look likely to ge the go-ahead, despite objections from the parish council and some neighbours.

Objections include that the proposed development would have a detrimental effect on nearby homes and would lead to unacceptable and dangerous kerbside parking.

The scheme is set to be considered at a meeting of South Beds District Council's planning committee tomorrow (Wednesday 11th) when councillors are expected to be influenced by a planning officer's report recommending approval.

This advises: "It is not considered that the development of an overgrown parcel of land would result in the loss of open space of recreational or amenity value and it is considered that the site is capable of accommodating a residential development in a manner that would be an efficient use of land, would respect and enhance the character of the surrounding area and would preserve and provide adequate amenity for residents."

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 10 October 2006

Parish Council Minutes - October 2006

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A summary of this month's meeting, along with a downloadable copy of the full minutes is now available from the Parish Council website.

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting: Monday 2nd October 2006

The next parish council meeting will take place on Monday 6th November at 7.30pm.

South Beds Saturday League U12's

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Watling Saints - 4; Eaton Bray Lions - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe South Beds Saturday League has produced some cracking matches this season and this one would be right up there with the best of them.

Table toppers Eaton Bray Lions came into this game in great goalscoring form, having bagged eleven last week and with the Saints still licking their wounds after being de-railed in last weeks shock loss to luton-on-track, both teams had a lot to prove.

Saints captain, Chas Tickle playing against his former side chose to kick into the sun and in superb conditions for football of the highest standard it was Lion's who drew first blood when Nathan sears poked the ball home, before the saints had even woken up.

Saints gradually got their game together and for all their efforts were awarded a penalty after twenty minutes ,which James Green cooly slotted home, Kyle Davison's first goal of the season and a Darrell Millers trade-mark goal quickly followed up Greeny's penalty to make it 3-1 to the saints at half-time.

The second half started with both teams producing end to end exciting football ,Saints two goal lead never really looked safe during the second half and when lions Jake Higgs scored with five minutes left, the pressure was on the saints defence not to concede another. But it was left to Saints Aaron Maher, scoring the goal of the game, that sealed the points for the home side, when he majestically lobbed the keeper from outside the box, after spotting him off his line to make it 4-2.

Ryan Shilleto was awarded Saints man of the match for his fine display in defence. Saints are away this coming Saturday when they visit Memorial Park B.

Other results in the S.B.S.L for 7th October were as follows.

Luton Leagrave 1 Memorial Park A 8
Memorial Park B 0 Spartak Watling 4
Square Rangers 5 Luton-on-track 2
Watling Saints 4 Eaton Bray Lions 2
(Barton Rovers were on their free week.)

Source: Steve Conway, BBC Beds Herts and Bucks

Eaton Bray Taverners Bridge Club

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Bridge Players

Why not bring a partner and play duplicate bridge on Friday evenings from 7.30pm. to 10.30pm. If you need a partner, please phone the club secretary. Lesson and practise duplicate play 2.00pm. to 5.00pm. restarts on Friday 22nd September (no partner required).

Bridge Problem

Here is a bridge problem for you to solve:

  • 6 4
  • Q 6 3
  • A Q 10 5
  • A 9 7 6
  • A J 3
  • A K 4
  • J 7 4 3
  • K 8 2

You are South, the dealer, arriving in the game contract of 3NT. West leads 5Spade on which you play 6Spade from dummy with QSpade from East. Which card do you play? If you swapped the diamond holdings between North and South would it make any difference to your choice? Answer on website [see below for details].

Bridge news and courses

In January 2007, the club will celebrate its 10th year. Starting Sept 21st there are courses scheduled for beginners, improvers and advanced players and also two fast-track courses for bridge on the Internet using SAYC and computer-assisted learning. Please phone the club secretary for details or visit the website.

Eaton Bray Taverners Bridge Club meets in the Coffee Tavern.

For full contact details, please see their website:

Source: Focus, October 2006

Eaton Bray Lions AFC

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Eaton Bray Lions AFCEB Lions AFC is currently looking to promote the growth of girls' football within the club. We are a Charter Standard club with strong links with the local community. For this season we have 9 different sides playing in various local Leagues.

At the moment, we are specifically looking for a few more girls to join our U14 side (you need to be in school years 8 or 9). If you are interested please contact me and we can arrange for you to come along to some of our training sessions on a Thursday evening to get a taste of what goes on.

For more information please contact Julie Fox, Girls U14 Team Manager.

Tesco Sport for Schools and Clubs Vouchers

Last year many Focus readers were kind enough to collect these vouchers for us. We were able to obtain a lot of equipment for our football teams and your help was much appreciated. This season the club has nine teams for boys and girls between 6 and 15 years old and the vast majority of the children are from the local villages. Tesco are repeating the voucher promotion this year and you will be able to collect vouchers between 11th September and 5th November. We would be grateful if you would collect vouchers again for us this year and we will provide information on where to take your vouchers for collection in the November issue of Focus.

Thank you for your help.
Liz Coates, Press Officer, EB Lions AFC

Source: Focus, October 2006

Eaton Bray Lawn Tennis Club

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Eaton Bray Lawn Tennis ClubIt has been a truly remarkable summer at our Tennis Club. Bearing in mind our size - we have just over 100 members around half of whom are regular players - we have achieved fantastic success in the South Bedfordshire summer league by winning definitely 3 and possibly 4 league titles! I say possibly 4 as there are some 'irregularities' to be clarified in the Men's division 3 league which I can't discuss or the authorities will have to shoot me (they make the recent Italian football scandal look like a tea party, however I can confirm that our club is totally 'clean'...) but we may well take that title too for our Men's B team, so for the record those that we have certainly won include:

  • Men's division 1 with our Men's 'A' team of Nick Boys, Darren Kerins, Michael Tatham and Kevin Todd.
  • Men's division 4 with our Men's 'C' team squad of David Arnold, Ross Bagni, Roy Cook, Simon Mitchener, Alan Painter, Danny Sunderland, David Hillman and Keith Hillman
  • Ladies Division 2 with our Ladies team squad of Val Abercrombie, Jenny Baines, Jane Cross, Olga Davison, Lynn Dorman and Carol Karnon.

Bearing in mind the quality of some of the opposition in the big clubs like Luton & Vauxhall, Dunstable, and Leighton Buzzard, this is a tremendous achievement for our village club and we are justifiably very proud. Congratulations to all who organised, participated, prepared the teas and supported the teams. There's not many tennis clubs around who can claim such a record AND have the social appetite that we do. And you can still join us for the rest of this season at some amazingly good prices, just call one of us for more information or pop round to my house with a brown envelope stuffed full of fivers and I'll do the rest. Trust me I'm a salesman.

By the time you read this, work on our new courts will be well underway by local company Complete Tennis Service, and we're very grateful to all those who have contributed towards this £35,000 project, to include new fencing; we're saving up to get it electrified to keep out the rif-raf.

Thanks to Ross and Judy on the committee who single-handedly (or double backhandedly) provoked various organisations into giving us grants of over £5,000, to the South Bedfordshire District Council 'More Active' Grant Scheme who donated £270, to Roger Bowden for donating his Wimbledon ticket, and to all members who took out extended memberships at inflation busting rates, all of whom have enabled this project to happen. Floodlights, new courts, winning leagues, barbeques at any excuse, quiznights, dances ... can any other organisation offer so much to so many for so little? Hold on I missed out the 'so few'. Oh I'm too tired now, you'll have to add that in for yourselves at an appropriate point.

For any further information about the club, including when we get together for our social tennis sessions up at the School Lane courts, or our various activities, please call either Chairman Ross Bagni, Coach Nick Boys, or if they're all out and I'm not doing a barbeque, me, Andy Cross.

Source: Focus, October 2006

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal - 2006

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For 85 years the Legion has supported and cared for those who have suffered as a result of their war service and for their families; from World War 1 to the sad events taking place today. The Legion is as relevant today as it was when instituted all those years ago and there can be few families not touched by the distressing results of war.

The Legion reaches out to as many of those in need as possible through its wide range of welfare services now under the blanket name of `Poppy Support'.

This year Remembrance Sunday falls on 12th November and house to house collections may take place between 28th October and 11th November. Please give as generously as you can. While there is war, there will be need!

Keith and Jean Stanley. Hon. Organisers.

Source: Focus, October 2006

Salvation Sound - October 2006

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Salvation ArmyWhere is the village we once knew?

Cottages, long since demolished, shops that once we patronised, vanished forever in the dust of time. Orchards, trees, gone now, felled in the cause of progress. Fields that were once massed with cowslips in spring and meadows where once we gathered 'quaker' grass. Farms have gone - places of trade, crafts and skills. The blacksmith, the wheelwright, the carpenter, the cobbler, the baker, the corn mill.

Such is progress; mechanisation has taken over, the harvest is gathered 'quickly' in, enormous machines clear the fields and in no time at all the ploughs are turning up the stubble ready for the next round of cultivation; but of one thing we can be certain, and that is God's promise that each season will come in it's turn, and we will celebrate that feeling of fulfilment with praise and thanksgiving as we sing...

'This is the field, the world below,
In which the sower, came to sow;
Jesus, the wheat, Satan, the tares;
For so the word of God declares.'

So the year rolls on and Autumn is come upon us - whether you are seventeen or seventy, you do not grow old by living a number of years. People grow old because they desert their ideals. Years give you wrinkles but to give up the enthusiasm for life wrinkles your soul.

"You are as young as your faith,
As old as your doubt,
As young as, your self-confidence,
As old as your fear;
As young as your hope,
As old as your despair."

Whatever the season is that you reader are in - try to see the beauty of each day around you - and if like me you like to look back on the old characters and the old village scenes, just remember that we each have our part to play in making today's history.

"Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word to you?
Can you say tonight, in parting
With the day that's slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said;
Does the man whose hopes were fading
Now with courage look ahead?
Did you waste the day or use it? Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness ? Or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber,
Do you think that God will say,
"You have earned one more tomorrow
By the work you did today."

Good News Bible...Ephesians 5: 15-17 & 20.

"So pay close attention to how you live. Don't live like ignorant men, but like wise men. Make good use of every opportunity you get, because these are bad days. Don't be fools then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do. Always give thanks for everything to God the Father, in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.


We extend a warm welcome to the new officers Lt.Cols. Brian and Dorothy Knightley who will be over-seeing the Corps in Eaton Bray. They have a wealth of experience at their fingertips, Brian holds the Order of the Founder, which is a high accolade in the Salvation Army.

We trust that their stay here will be rewarding, and that the Lord will bless their ministry to us, as we recognise that we are all members of His family. May we also be supportive of them in whatever way we can as they take on this responsibility.

Source: Focus, October 2006

Eaton Bray Methodist Church

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When Bill suffered his stroke we all hoped that his setback would be temporary, and indeed we rejoiced when later he felt well enough to come to the occasional service or Saturday Lunch, but sadly his recovery was not to continue. Over the years Bill had played such an important and active role in our Chapel's life and having a stroke must have been both devastating and frustrating in the extreme.

Bill was a splendid and inspiring preacher and many will remember his Sermons and "After Supper" speeches for their down to earth approach to life and wry humour. Although Bill was always laughing and joking, making merry quips, the life and soul of the party, he was solid as a rock in his faith and a fount of good and wise advice when needed. He was utterly reliable, an ideal Senior Steward and a very good friend to everyone at Chapel. We know that Jean and the family have had a most worrying time and pray that knowing her Church Family at Eaton Bray offer our love and support will comfort and help her.

A reminder that our Lunches will resume on Saturday 14th October at 12.00 noon and that we extend a warm welcome to you to join us.

Source: Focus, October 2006

Booze bans are extended

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A new order has brought in an alchohol ban on a range of public places around South Beds.

Drinkers who are found knocking back the hard stuff in those areas can expect to be asked by police to hand over their booze.

It isn't an offence to drink alcohol in these areas, but anyone who refuses to hand over their booze to police can be arrested.

South Beds District Council's order to restrict antisocial drinking in public places came into effect on Saturday [30-Sep], and covers parts of Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Barton, Eaton Bray, Caddington, Hockliffe and Leighton Buzzard.

An area around the village green in Caddington will also come under an order of this type, but that will not be brought in until later this year.

The council said that local authorities resorted to these types of measures only when there has been "proven nuisance and annoyance" to people, linked with drinking alchohol in public.

And the council said it was committed to using all the powers available to curb that type of behaviour.

An order of this kind is only brought in after consultation with the local community, councils, police and businesses.

Local areas covered by the new order are:

  • Barton: Windsor Road; Bedford Road; Bailey's Place; Franklin Avenue; War Memorial site, Hexton Road; burial ground, Church Road; sportsfield, Luton Road; Norman Road play area; play area, Park Meadow Close; the green at Lime Close.
  • Carrington: Park at Rushmore Close; part at Elm Avenue; park at Edgecote Close.
  • Dunstable: Holts Court, Edward Street; play area, Bunhill Close.
  • Eaton Bray: High Street.
  • Hockliffe: Kilby Road Recreation Ground; cemetary, Church Lane.
  • Houghton Regis: Moore Crescent; Orchard Close Recreation Ground.

Source: Dunstable Gazette, 4 October 2006

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

This article was published in October 2006. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Eaton Bray Lions U11 - 11
Memorial Park "B" - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe whistle blew and shortly afterwards Memorial played a corner which for EB Lions resulted in an own goal. EB Lions certainly didn't dwell on their misfortune and James Pearce responded by scoring two goals in quick succession.

Some great tackling from both sides but Memorial's defence just couldn't stop EB Lions and Will Sanders was able to shoot two more goals in the back of Memorial's goal.

James & Will continued to put the pressure on the goalkeeper and both scored their hat tricks before the half time whistle blew. The second half saw Memorial battle on but EB Lions' Joe Turner scored two more goals for the Lions. After a great run from Daniel Nathan, James Pearce was able to secure his 4th goal.

It was soon to be Memorial's turn and after a great cross they landed the ball in the back of EB Lions' net. EB Lions soon retaliated and Jake Higgs scored his first goal of the match and James Pearce scored his 5th goal just before the final whistle.

Although Memorial lost the match, they always displayed great determination and good tackling ability.

Man of the Match - Robert Moseley (EB Lions defence).

Eaton Bray Lions U13 - 7
Stopsley Colts - 2

Both teams started positively, despite the rain-lashed conditions, with two early misses by Lions and a Stopsley free-kick rebounding off the crossbar. Gus Thorne pounced on a through ball to score Lions' first goal.

Lions strung together some good passes but great attacking play by Stopsley was only thwarted by great saves by goalie, Lee Cavendish, and a clearance off the line by Matt Lancefield.

Gus took the ball wide up the right wing and managed to squeeze in his second goal from an acute angle, but Stopsley retaliated immediately, scoring their first.

In the second half Jack Coates drilled a well-placed shot just inside the post.

Stopsley brought on their number 10 who proved dangerous whenever he got within shooting range, requiring excellent play from Andy Scott-Lewis to contain him. Jack made a run from midfield to score Lions' fourth and Gus followed his example to secure his hat-trick.

After an attack by Ross Taylor a goal mouth scramble resulted in Jack's hat-trick and then Morgan O'Connell finished off a good attacking sequence to score Lion's seventh. Stopsley headed in a goal from a great cross across the goalmouth in the final minutes.

MOM was awarded to Jack Coates.

Houghton Wanderers U15 - 5
Eaton Bray Lions U15 - 0

Lions made a good start but a great cross by Stephen Broughton came to nothing. Lions had possession for most of the first half hour, but despite several crosses into the goal area and some impressive corners by Martin Coates they just couldn't convert their chances into goals.

In contrast, Wanderers made good use of their chances. After thirty minutes an ambitious shot from wide on the wing was knocked into the net. Just before half-time Wanderers gained possession during a Lions' attack and quickly took the ball to the other end to score their second before Lions had time to react.

In the second half Wanderers played more confidently against an ever more despondent Lions. Lions' goalie, Dean Clark, had to make some good saves, Alex Kirkwood and Gareth were kept busy in defence and Alex Lay made several of his trademark sprints to cut off attacking runs made by Wanderers' players.

Wanderers scored three more, including a powerful shot from wide on the left. A promising final attack up the wing by Martin was halted by Wanderers' defence, which summed up the frustration felt by Lions during this match.

MOM was awarded to Martin Coates.

Source: EB Lions

Eaton Bray choir plan a roof-raising concert

This article was published in October 2006. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Choristors of St Marys Church, Eaton BrayThe choristers from St Mary's Church, Eaton Bray are getting ready to hit the high notes, rehearsing for their fund-raising concert for roof repairs at the parish church.

Led by choirmaster and organist David Radwell, the choir will present an evening of inspirational music in St Mary's on Saturday 7 October at 7.30pm.

Popular choral classics such as Mozart's Ave Verum and Thou the Central Orb by Charles Wood, feature in the programme alongside modern pieces by John Rutter and the beautiful duet Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The choir includes over 25 adults and children. And helping the local singers to raise the roof will be some visiting soloists including Emma Radwell who sings with the BBC Symphony Chorus.

The popular local choir, whose Christmas Carol services at Edlesborough and Eaton Bray churches are always packed out, have also roped in some of their musically-talented friends to add some gospel music and instrumental pieces for an excellent and varied evening of music and song.

Vicar of St Mary's, Eaton Bray, Canon Malcolm Grant said: "We are very proud to have a strong and flourishing choir with such a wealth of musical talent.

"St Mary's has an excellent reputation for high standards of music of great quality and I hope the audience will be moved and inspired by the programme."

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets at £7.50 include wine and savouries. They are available from the box office - telephone (01525) 220 535 - or at the door.

The medieval church of St Mary's is faced with a roof repair bill of over £70,000.

The church is a popular place to visit and is on the South Bedfordshire church heritage trail because of the outstanding quality of its ancient achitecture.

For more information, visit the website

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 3 October 2006