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November 2006

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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Luton Leagrave U8 - 2
EB Lions U8 - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCIn spite of appalling weather conditions, with rain, wind and at times lightning, an enthralling match ensued, with play very much even and end to end.

The final score, unfortunately for the Lions, was 2-1 in favour of Luton Leagrave, with Charles Gamble being the Lions' scorer.

The match saw many substitutions from both sides due to the condition, and this did not help towards a flowing game of football. James Pratt was notable for his hard work and was awarded the Man of the Match certificate; a really superb performance from him. Training this week will again concentrate on positional play and marking, which is beginning to take effect.

The squad comprised: Jack Crook, Thomas Rainbow, Elliot Whitcombe, Archie Bunker, Dylan Karavadra, Jack Hewitt, Amber Walsh, Charles Gamble, Finnley Payton, Tom Sage, Tom Phillips, Callum Gardner and James Pratt.

EB Lions U13 - 2
Shefford Saints U13 - 1

Early pressure from Lions resulted in Saints giving away a free-kick, which Gus Thorne curled over the wall, past the goalie and into the top corner - a splendid goal.

An excellent cross by Jonnie Moriarty was volleyed just over the bar by Jack Coates, and further chances by Matt Audouard, Andy Scott-Lewis and Coates were either wide, deflected or saved. Meanwhile, great defence by James Thiel and saves by Charlie Oliver prevented Saints from scoring.

End to end play in the second half saw a Saints goal disallowed for offside. James Thiel lobbed a great forward pass which Morgan O'Connell sprinted onto past four defenders, side-stepped the goalie and calmly placed his left-footed shot into the net to secure Lions' second.

Saints' determination paid off in injury time when they scored from a well-constructed attack.

Matt Audouard was awarded MoM for his determined play, despite being unwell.

Source: EB Lions

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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EB Lions U8 - 0
Arnold Magpies U8 - 11

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions, for the second week running, played Arnold Magpies' Under 8s, but this time in a league home match.

Unfortunately the result was similar to the previous week's cup match, the Lions losing this time 11-0.

The Lions, in the first half, played really well and were unlucky to be 5-0 down at half-time. Excellent defensive and midfield play were seen from Elliot Whitcombe, Dylan Karavafra and Archie Bunker.

The second half saw several substitutions, which affected the balance of the team and this half was marred by several injuries, notably to Jack Cook in goal, which also contributed to the poorer performance of the Lions.

Nevertheless, they are improving, as was shown by this match against such a particularly well-coached and talented team as the Magpies. MoM Archie Bunker.

The squad comprised: Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Jack Pratt, Dylan Kasavadra, Finnley Ryan, Elliot Whitcombe, Tom Sage, Archie Bunker, Jack Nevitt, Charles Gamble, Callum Gardner, Tom Phillips, Amber Walsh.

EB Lions U11 - 3
Luton Squares FC U11 - 0

Both teams started well but after a great run from Lions defender Robert Moseley who passed a solid ball to Joe Turner, the Lions had scored.

Luton Squares rallied the troops and nearly scored the equaliser only for Luke Dunstan of the Lions to head the ball off the line. The pressure continued from the Luton Squares but without any goals.

The second half saw several attempts on foal from the Lions, Jake Higgs made a great cross for Joe Turner to tap the ball in the goal. A free kick awarded to the Lions saw Jake Higgs power the ball straight into the top corner of the net.

The Luton Squares continued to apply pressure to try and even the score but the Lions goal keeper Jack Bramston made some excellent saves.

Men of the match: Jack Bramston / Joe Turner.

EB Lions U13 - 0
Mid-Beds Tigers U13 - 2

EB Lions bowed out of the League Cup against a team 2 Divisions and 30 places higher in a surprisingly even match.

EB started the stronger and could have taken the lead when Jack Coates hit the bar with a powerful shot after 10 minutes. Further good chances to score fell to Coates, Matt Audouard and Mom Gus Thorne while at the other end James Thiel and goalie Charlie Oliver made a series of good blocks to reach half-time goalless.

After the break, Tigers got into their stride and after 10 minutes took the lead from a penalty and effectively wrapped up the game with a second goal.

EB Lions U15 - 2
Kempston Reds U15 - 2

Kempston surprised Lions with a beautifully set up goal within the first minute. But the home side rallied well and Dylan Taylor took an opportunistic shot and just missed.

After ten minutes Kempston beat Lions' defence again, forcing their goalie off his line, and lobbing in their second goal. Lions answered with a neat attaching move by Alex Smith and Mom Ed Poole involving some quick passes to confuse the opposition and culminating in a goal by Ed. Both sides had a couple more near misses but there were no further goals in the first half.

Ben Turner came on for Lions and his charges through the Kempston defence worried them enough to concede a free-kick, but the ensuing shot was off target. Lions failed to score from a goalmouth scramble, despite three attempts, but won a corner. Alex Kirkwood's corner was initially headed clear but Rob Gadsden blasted a shot into the bottom corner to level the score.

Both sides fought hard for the winning goal but it proved elusive.

Source: EB Lions

Liz's still fundraising... from beyond the grave

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Liz FarrEven after her death, Dunstable's brave cancer victim Liz Farr is still making a difference.

An auction of her 'posh frocks' on Saturday will raise money for the Iain Rennie Hospice in Tring.

Liz's devoted husband Clive Bevins - whom she married three days before she died - is organising the event.

He said: "It is now more than four months since I lost my Liz and I am still so grateful to the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home team who nursed her through her last weeks.

"She was surrounded by family and friends and the centre of attention to her last breath."

Donations at her funeral amounted to £320 but now Clive, 64, would like to do even more to help the hospice.

He said: "Liz was a lady who lover to shop.

"Her family have selected what they wanted from her five double wardobes but there is still lots of good quality stuff, including a dozen 'posh frocks', winter coats, suits, jackets and blouses as well as scarves, handbags, shoes and costume jewellery.

"There will be a guide price which you're welcome to exceed.

"And anything not sold by 5pm will go under the hammer of well-known auctioneer Mike O'Sullivan."

Liz's courageous battle with cancer was really well documented.

Shortly before she died she starred in Making a Song and Dance about Cancer, a film about her inspirational and uplifting journey.

Clive asked her to marry him on stage at the premiere in Berkhamsted.

Prior to that the 55-year-old Eaton Bray mum wrote and recorded The Thank You Song as a tribute to the family and friends who had supported her during her long ordeal.

Source: Herald & Post, 21 November 2006

Leighton adventurers explore the real jungle

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While the nation watches "celebrities" play in the jungle a team of five real life adventurers from Leighton and Eaton Bray are braving the hazards of the Amazon for real.

The group, who are all passionate conservationists, set out on Friday to explore the world's longest river on a trip that will taken them from Manaus to Barcelos - the capital of the Brazillian Amazon - via the Rio Negro.

Conservationists Matt Arnold and his partner Sarah-Jane Burman from Eaton Bray, together with brothers Daniel and Stuart Clover, and Mark Lowen, all of Leighton, are keen supporters of the controversial Nirah project which hopes to see the world's largest purpose-built aquatic research centre built in Bedfordshire.

Their 20-metre, flat-bottomed Amazon river boat will take the team on a journey of discovery where they may come across jaguars, pink river dolphons, giant otters, howler and squirrel monkets and iguanas. They also hope to see some of the 3,000 species of fish found in the Amazon.

During the hottest part of the day the team will chug slowly up river and during the early morning/late evening will take motorized canoes into the smaller tributaries and explore the jungle.

The team, ages 22 and 32 years, all have a fascination for wild life and conservation of natural habitats.

Matt shares his home with a scary menagerie that includes 20 snakes of various species, poison dart frogs, tree frogs, chamelions, geckos, tarantulas, scorpions, sugar gliders, skinks and anoles. He explained: "I have been aware of the natural world and conservation since childhood and so was shocked when, as a young boy, I was confronted with the idea that the world's wild places were being destroyed and at such an alarming rate".

Talking about the Nirah project, Matt, who along with Sarah works in the space industry, said: "I support Nirah as it offers a new dimension to conservation. It is not just a living exhibit but a way of studying animals and plants.

"The potential size of the exhibits will allow us to see into the way that these animals interact in their natural environment while still allowing the public to enjoy it and take away from it an insight into what we stand to lose if conservation isn't given the chance it deserves."

The team will be recording their Amazon adventure with film, photographs and a diary.

Source: Anne Cox, Leighton Buzzard Observer, 21 November 2006

Alarm owners must register with the council

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The district council has signed up to an Alarm Notification Order, which requires anyone who is responsible for an intruder alarm to register a keyholder who can be contacted if it sounds unintentionally.

Implementing the order passes the responsibility for maintaining a keyholder database from Beds Police to the district council.

Noise nuisance from alarms occurs all year round but is particularly prevalent during weekends and holiday periods.

The council's Envirocrime Unit has the power to silence alarms but this takes time and can also result in a significant cost to the building owner, possibly in excess of £300.

The order takes effect from midnight on Sunday and anyone responsible for an alarm, whether on a private or commercial property, must register keyholder details before midnight on December 24. Anyone who has a new alarm fitted after Sunday must register it within 28 days.

To comply with the order at least one keyholder must be registered with the council. That person must be able to gain access to the alarm controls; live close to the home or business; know how to turn the alarm off; and agree to be a keyholder. The information held on the database is secure and in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Anyone who does not comply with the order will face a fixed penalty of £80, or a maximum fine of £1,000 if the fine is not paid within 14 days.

Councillor Brian Spurr has executive responsibility for environmental issues and said: "Building alarms are an extremely useful security measure but can cause a nuisance to local residents if they sound accidentally.

"The order will ensure an up-to-date and accurate database of keyholders that in turn will enable envirocrime officers to silence alarms more quickly and without the expense to the building owner."

Alarms can be registered with the council by filling in a form which is available from the envirocrime unit on telephone number 01582-474031. Copies can also be collected from the council's High Street North, Dunstable, offices or from local libraries and town council offices. A copy of the form can be downloaded from the council's website

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 21 November 2006

Householders face an extra month's 'stealth' tax

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South Bedfordshire District Council is to collect council tax payments earlier each month from next spring.

The council's Executive Committee says that changing the collection dates for council tax and non-domestic rates from next April could make annual savings of over £150,000 for the council.

But in effect many householders who are paid their wages later in the month will find they have lost one of their two 'free' annual months.

At present, most people decide to pay their council tax in ten monthly instalments - these are collected from April to January, leaving February and March as 'free' months.

Depending on when people moved to the district, the current payment date is either on the 10th, 18th or 25th of each month.

The Executive have agreed to change the payment date to the 5th.

This will mean in practice that a lot of householders will find the April tax payment is being debited from their March wage packet instead of April's wages.

Executive Member with responsibilities for financial affairs, Cllr Philip Penman, said: "This minor change to the collection dates will make a real difference to our cash flow and should allow us to make significant savings. This will help us to continue to deliver high quality services while keeping council tax bills as low as possible."

The district council collects tax on behalf of the county council, the town and parish councils, and the police and fire authorities - it has to send a calculated amount to these agencies each month. Because much of the tax collected arrives after the time these external payments need to be made, South Bedfordshire District Council has to meet short-term financing costs.

Cllr Penman explained that well over half of the people in the district pay tax by direct debit. He added "This is the most efficient and convenient method of paying these routine bills.

"When the bills are sent out next March, I have asked that a direct debit mandate be included in every envelope. If even more people pay this way, we will be able to further reduce administrative costs and so have more resources available for front-line services."

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 21 November 2006

Chiltern Sevens Under 8's Division One

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Eaton Bray Lions - 0; Ramsey Arnold Magpies - 11

Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe Magpies from Barton Le Clay recorded their tenth straight win of the season with a polished performance away at Eaton Bray.

On a cold but bright Saturday morning the Mags went up against the Lions for the second week running after last weeks emphatic win in the Quarter final of the cup.

It was clear from the start the Lions had struggled to learn the lessons of the previous week allowing the Mags to find space at ease. Early goals from hot shot Jack Keenan and James Purdom after free flowing moves down both flanks saw the Mags move into top gear. A wonderful individual goal from Jack had both sets of fans applauding. He kept the ball in close to touchline on halfway with a deft flick before outstripping three Lions defenders and lashing an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner. Further goals from Niall Palmer saw an entertaining half come to an end.

Half time 0-5

The second half began as the first had ended with some sweet passing football from the Mags. The Lions to their credit continued to battle to stem the tide of attacks but could not plug the gaps created by the off ball movement of the Mags midfield. Goals followed as midfield powerhouse George Goodhall bagged himself a hatrick. The pick of his goals was a diving header after a pinpoint cross from the right wing by Sam McClelland.

When the Lions did threaten to attack they were repelled by the strong defensive duo of Lee & Darian who joined in the attacking play at will to provide the wide midfielders with quality ball. Further goals from Jack, Sam and James finished off an impressive win for the Mags against a spirited Eaton Bray. Special mention to the brave Lions keeper who took a heavy knock near the end of the first half but returned later on pitch to help his team mates.

MOM was the whole team for a superb effort and a display of how easy the game can be when players pass, move and play with passion. Take note Steve Maclaren!!!

Source: Andy McClelland, BBC Beds Herts and Bucks

Salty speaker takes the WI on a 50-year cruise

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Womens InstituteEaton Bray WI members put on their sea legs for the November meeting.

The land-lubbers got the tang of sea air in their nostrils when they welcomed guest speaker Captain William Wells, who had enjoyed a career aboard ship lasting almost 50 years.

A master mariner and former ship's captain, he has for the last 35 years been a licensed commercial marine pilot, ending his career as the Snior River Pilot in the Port of London.

Captain Wells, a New Zealander by birth, gave Lord Nelson as his hero and inspiration for a boyhood dream of going to sea.

He went on to tell the group about his life at sea as a harbour pilot in the Middle East, working at the large oil tanker terminals - oftern in war zones.

Captain Wells saw many changes taking place as a river pilot on the Thames, from the demise of the busy port of London to the building of Canary Wharf and the new development replacing the commercial docklands of the city.

Institute business consisted of the members voting that their Christmas charity would be to support the work of the "Mercy Ships".

They will be celebrating the WI's 85th birthday in mid November with a dinner at Priory House, Dunstable.

The next meeting is on Monday December 4 at 7.30pm in Eaton Bray Village Hall.

New members and friends are always very welcome.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 14 November 2006

Christmas fayre at St Mary's

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St Mary's Christmas FayreSt Mary's Christmas Fayre takes place this Saturday, November 18, between midday and 2pm at Eaton Bray Village Hall, Church Lane.

There is a 50p admission fee which includes a cup of tea or coffee or a soft drink. Ploughmans' lunches will be available. Stalls will include the chocolate tombola, raffle, cake stall, crafts stall, good-as-new toy stall and others.

The proceeds from the fayre will be shared between the St Mary's Roof Fund and the Kagando Hospital Appeal.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 14 November 2006

Cubs grow their own lanterns!

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Cubs from the 1st Eaton Bray and Edlesborough Group carved their very own home-grown pumpkins last week to celebrate Hallowe'en.

The vegetables were grown on the Scout group's allotment over the summer along with a variety of other vegetables which the boys took home, cooked and ate.

They even grew enough potatoes to use for the baked and mashed potatoes at camp in September.

The best two carved lanters received small prizes.

Liz Coates, Cub pack assistant said: "We feel that growing the vegetables is a beneficial exercise for the boys to appreciate how to grow and enjoy fresh food."

Eaton Bray Cubs with their Hallowe'en lanterns

Pictured from left to right are: Kristinn Thorsson, Ben Johnson, Stanley Bunker, Ben Baker, William Petherbridge and Max Hayden.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 14 November 2006

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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Ramsey Magpies U8 - 6
EB Lions U8 - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCSaturday saw Lions playing in a quarter finals' cup match against Ramsey Magpies.

Magpies currently lead Division One and Lions therefore had a difficult task. This was obvious at the start when the Lions went 2-0 down after only ten minutes and were 5-0 down at half-time.

The fifth goal was scored as a result of a misdirected goal kick and poor marking on the part of the defence.

The second half was a lot better for the Lions, who only conceded one more goal, to make the final score 6-0 to the Magpies.

In spite of the score there were still good performances from individuals in the Lions' team. Thomas Rainbow had an encouraging game in defence, along with Archie Bunker in midfield. The star and Man of the Match, however, was Dylan Karavadra, who worked tirelessly in midfield and as a forward, showing great skills and ball control.

Paul Cook, the Manager, said that the Lions marking and positional play were not up to scratch and this would be addressed in future training and team talks.

Team: Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Elliot Whitcombe, Archie Bunker, Dylan Karavadra, Charles Gardner, Jack, James Pratt.

EB Lions U9 - 4
Shillington U9 - 0

The Lions under nines discovered a new goal scorer! Having threatened to make his mark in previous games, Dom Ryan scored not one but all four goals in a comprehensive win over Shillington.

Charlie "Dickie" Nevitt made some great runs down the wing and the team held its shape well throughout the game, putting together some excellent passes, all of which contributed to the win. But it was Ryan's day, showing real composure in front of goal and great finishing skills.

Shillington came close to scoring on a number of occasions but some brave goal keeping by Dan Kennell gave Lions their second clean sheet and earned him this week's MoM.

Luton Leagrave U11 - 3
EB Lions U11 - 4

A perfect sunny morning set the scene for a nail-biting match between two capable and determined teams.

Lions drew first blood with a masterful pass from Jake Higgs ensuring James Pearce slotted into the right corner of the net after 15 minutes.

The 0-1 half time score was not an indication of the level of play as both teams had to work hard and several shots were cleared off the line.

The second half got off to a fast start with a wonderful volley from Jake Higgs giving Lions a 0-2 lead. Leagrave reversed the lead with a succession of goals within five minutes. First a stunner by Andre Neilson that ripped high into the back of the net and then a lull in Lions' defence saw goals scored by Paul and Hartley from close range.

After a stunning show of ball control from Bill around the half way line, James responded by taking the ball all the way past the Leagrave defence and slotting it into the corner of the net to even the score.

Finally, James bagged his hat trick, beating the goalie and scoring within minutes of the final whistle. MoM: EBLions - James Pearce. Leagrave - Andre Neilson.

EB Lions U13 - 5
Limbury Saints U13 - 3

The slow start of this game was no indication of the treat that the home spectators were to see later in the second half.

Lions were made to defend well as Limbury constantly attacked through the middle. Once again, James Thiel showed his skills in defence - excellent timing and clearance.

Lions managed a few passes and runs down the wings, but it was Limbury pressure that led to the first goal.

Clever substitutions at half-time by the Lions surprised Limbury and a run by Morgan O'Connell was finished off by Andy Scott-Lewis with one of his trade mark left foot shots.

Now the scores were level and Lions were on the ascent. Spotting the keeper off his line, Jack Coates gave Lions a 2-1 lead with an excellent long-range shot from the centre circle.

Limbury equalised, but a superb free kick goal by Jack put Lions in the lead again. Sam Marshall and Joe Ashman also scored to give an eventual 5-3 home win. It could have been even higher as shots from Ross Taylor and Matt Audouard were well saved.

Both teams attacked constantly, but it was to be the Lions' day with some class football. MoM - James Thiel.

St Martins U15 - 8
EB Lions U15 - 1

This match was played at a fast and furious pace which was a testament to the fitness of both teams.

The home side scored two early goals, the first from a great run up the right wing and the second from a quick run onto a forward pass. Lions replied with a firm strike from Rob Gadsden which went through the goalie's legs.

St Martin's goalkeeper looked vulnerable but Lions found it hard to get close enough to capitalise on this because St Martin's defence was so strong.

Lions conceded two more goals before their goalie was injured. Replacement, Alex Lay, made an early mistake and allowed St Martin's to score their fifth, but then settled in to play well for the rest of the match.

Lions worked well to hold off St Martins for most of the second half, but Danny Law and Ed Poole both came off injured and St Martins were able to score three more before the final whistle.

Lions played with determination but were beaten by a stronger team who seemed to have an impregnable defence. MoM went to captain Rob Gadsden for encouraging his side to keep their shape well in a tough situation.

Source: EB Lions

Chiltern Junior Sevens Under 8's League Cup

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Ramsey Arnold Magpies - 6; Eaton Bray Lions Reds - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAn eagerly anticipated Quarter Final clash saw the Magpies record their ninth straight win of the season with a convincing win over the Lions from Eaton Bray.

Confidence was high in the Magpies camp as the boys embarked on another important step in their goal of a league & cup double. The usual flying start brought an early goal courtesy of the free running Sam McClelland who placed a left footed shot past the helpless Lions keeper.The Lions defence was struggling to cope with the movement of the Magpies team and another chance was expertly finished by the lethal boot of Jack Keenan.

Niall Palmer got in on the act midway through the first half with a sweet finish at the back post and the Mags trademark passing game was proving too hot for the visitors. The Lions keeper was in excellant form however but was powerless as direct from a goal kick Sam McClelland controlled the ball and from almost the half way line smashed a shot back into the empty net.Livewire Jack Keenan finished the first half scoring with a rocket shot into the roof of the net after a neat move down the Lions left.

The second half saw several changes to the Mags lineup and shape with goalkeeper Sonny Foulkes joining the fray as a striker.Lee Houghton took over between the sticks and a more competitive Lions side began to get a foothold in the game.To their credit tackles were flying in and the game became very scrappy.The Lions keeper kept up his impressive display with some quality saves and superb kicking.

There was time for one more goal which arrived from the boot of the tireless and dynamic James Purdom who ghosted into the penalty box unmarked to rifle home an unstoppable shot from a great right wing cross.The Magpies success is built on a great team ethic and a very mean and solid defence marshalled by Darian Graham.

George Goodhall in his first season for the team received a deserved MOM for his energetic display in midfield.The double dream is still alive and a tough Semi Final with Sacred Heart awaits the Mags early next year.

Source: Andy McClelland, BBC Beds Herts and Bucks

Parish Council Minutes - November 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 6th November 2006

The next parish council meeting will take place on Monday 4th December at 7.30pm.

Front Row Present: Third Week In August

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Amateur Village Theatre Company

Front Row

Presents by kind permission of Josef Weinberger Plays,
the hilarious Peter Gordon comedy

Third Week in August

CaravanWhen Sue tries to get away from it all on a solo caravan holiday, little does she realise that she's booked into the caravan site from hell! Taken under the wing of 'expert' caravanner Neville, he decides that a communal barbecue is the order of the day, and things really start to hot up! With a script that is sure to raise a chuckle and a cast of oddball characters (if you've ever been near a caravan site you'll recognise them all!), let's raise the steadies and check the electrics - because we're all going on a summer holiday!

Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November
at Eaton Bray Village Hall

Box Office 01525 222283 Tickets on sale from 1st November

Source: Focus, November 2006

Eaton Bray Lions AFC

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Eaton Bray Lions AFCThe EB Lions Committee would like to thank Edlesborough Parish Council for all their help and support, particularly their efforts to enable the addition of a much needed second junior pitch on the Green. Without it, we would not have been able to run three new teams this season, so the Parish Council's support is much appreciated by everyone at the Club.

We would also like to welcome the new players to the club. There are new teams at U7 and U8 and we have introduced a second team at U10, which means that the two U10 teams can be merged next year (when they start playing 11-a-side) to provide a large squad of experienced players. Also, welcome back to those players who have returned to the club after trying out other sports (or even other football clubs!) - it's great to see you again.

Tesco Sport for Schools and Clubs Vouchers

We hope that you have been collecting these vouchers for us again this year. The promotion is due to end on 5th November and there are collection boxes for the vouchers at 'Kafe Kalor' in Edlesborough and at Munn's Farm Shop in Dagnall. Thank you to Karen Mead for allowing us to use the café and shop as collection points. Please bring us your Tesco vouchers as they will enable us to obtain much needed training equipment for the new teams.

Liz Coates, Press Officer, EB Lions AFC

Source: Focus, November 2006

Salvation Sound - November 2006

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Salvation ArmyNostalgia......From the fields of memory.....

I spent today with an old friend from my childhood; and our time was taken up with reminiscences from our early days; we then progressed to school days, recalling teachers and friends with whom we had lost touch; and so it was our thoughts travelled on, to work days and weddings, to houses, homes, and children, finally to those we had loved and lost.

"When my back is too old to bend;
When my knees are too old to kneel;
When my hands are too old to tend
And fingers far too old to feel;
When my ears will not hear again
Leaves moving, nor the sound of rain;
When my eyes are too old to see
The apple orchard's ecstasy,
O Memory, stay young with me.!"

The moment we are born into this world we set out on a journey. Sometimes our journey will be exciting, sometimes sad - but hopefully never without purpose.

Jewish people recall their heritage when they keep the feast of the passover, recalling their freedom from slavery, we can read of their journey in the book of Exodus, in the old testament of the bible. Think also of the missionary journeys of Paul, the biggest crisis of his life took place as he was walking to Damascus from Jerusalem. It happened when the Saviour appeared to him. "Who art thou, Lord" he said; the answer came, "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest."

This was the moment of Paul's conversion to Christianity. The whole purpose of his life was now permanently changed. Acts.9. 1-31.

I believe that life is not just a series of accidents. God is in control. Often it takes times of tragedy to remind us what really matters in life. We tend to grow overly concerned with the non essential, unimportant things, but when life is reduced to the essentials it is then we recall that life itself is enough reason to praise God. He intends that we joyfully take each season as it comes. Whatever our age, He imparts what we need to be all that we can be. His presence can make each step along the way one of strength and beauty.

"When we cannot see our way,
Let us trust and still obey;
He who bids us forward go,
Cannot fail the way to show."

Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal

We extend our grateful thanks to all who gave so willingly to help us to raise the £3,600 collected in this area, all of which goes to support the 'Army's social work in the U.K. Thank you, too, all those people who gave their time to go door to door collecting, we could not do it without you.

Source: Focus, November 2006

What is the Answer?

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That was the question on everybody's lips at the Largest Quiz ever held in the Village Hall on October 6th!

YES. When the old GI's (Village Hall Fundraising Committee) got together with Eaton Bray Tennis Club to organise this great Quiz Night, none of us realised that it would be a sell out and that we are now about to be entered into The Guinness Book of Records, as the Largest quiz ever held in Eaton Bray. We expect ratification within the next few weeks!

The benefit of these numbers was a massive £1,300 to be shared equally between the toilets in the Village Hall and a load of tarmac at the Tennis Courts. Thanks to all of you who came and helped it to be such a success.

A special thank you to our quizmaster Keith Blackburn who volunteered his services to set totally impossible questions (well for some us anyway).

The saddest part? Well, as a member of the winning team last time, it was being beaten by the 2 youngest GI's (no names to protect the innocent) Katrina & Paul Hurley led a team to first place. I suppose congratulations are in order to them and their obviously very intelligent friends. Honestly no hard feelings on my part.

We hope you all enjoyed yourselves AND if you did, we are all doing it again next year, on Friday 20th April. Same venue, same quiz master, BUT unfortunately different questions!

Tickets available from Katrina or me (Ross). OR is that a bit too early? Answers on postcard please, to .........

Source: Focus, November 2006

Ashton Middle School

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

Parents who may be considering applying for places at Ashton Middle School in future years are advised that the Governors of the School have revised their definition of practising members of the Church of England.

In future they will require to be assured that those claiming preferential consideration in the admissions procedure have attended public worship on at least one Sunday each calendar month during the twelve months preceding the application. This will apply for admissions in September 2008, for which application has to be made by 1 November 2007. In order to qualify, therefore, parents must be able to show that their qualifying attendance covers each month from November 2006 (i.e. from now).

As in previous years, the local clergy will countersign such applications only when given documentary proof that the Governors' requirements have been satisfied, and anyone who will be making such an application should ask for an attendance card at the church, and ensure that they have it signed by the Vicar or a Churchwarden each time they attend.

I want to make it clear that, because being a practising member of the Church of England confers such a significant advantage in the admissions procedure, I shall decline to sign any application given to me without clear proof that the Governors' conditions have been fulfilled - I cannot reasonably be expected to remember everyone's pattern of church attendance over the space of a year.


Source: Focus, November 2006

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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

Luton Leagrave U8 - 4
EB Lions U8 - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions again played away last Saturday (November 4), this time to Luton Leagrave, at Sundon Park Junior School. There, the Lions suffered a 4-0 defeat, in spite of some very stout defending, particularly from Elliot Whitcombe, who was outstanding. Dylan Karavadna worked tirelessly at times as the lone forward.

The Lions played hard for the entire match, with Jack Cook making many magnificent saves and Dylan taking several well-placed corners, none of which, unfortunately, were converted to goals.

Lessons were learned from playing a very good side and this can only be of benefit in the future.

On the whole, in spite of the defeat, it was a very good effort, with Elliot deservedly being awarded the Man of the Match accolade.

The squad comprised: Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Tom Phillips, Amber Walsh, Elliot Whitcombe, Archie Bunker, Charles Gamble, Finlay Paton, Callum Gardner, Dylan Karav.

61FC Yellows U9 - 0
EB Lions U9 - 3

The temperature may have dropped below freezing but there was a warm welcome at the 61FC ground in Luton and plenty of sunshine.

Dan Kennell, shaping up well in goal for the Lions, had to borrow a peaked cap from Chris McGee's dad for the first half so that he could see the ball coming!

Lions worked as a team throughout the first half, with great defensive play by Thomas Horner - earning him MOM for the first time. A throw in by Ben Roberts help set up the first goal from Neel Slatter. It was a cleanly struck, lofted ball which headed goal-wards and bounced over the keepers head.

Slatter's second, which came early in the second half, was a fine solo effort. He went round three players, cutting inside to place the ball low in the right hand corner. A great cross from Adam Bradley gave Slatter the chance to make his second hat-trick this season, which he did with a well placed header.

Playmaker Dom Ryan came close to scoring and the midfield and defence held their shape and moved the ball around to good effect. A deserved win for Lions which should move them up the table.

Ampthill Town Eagles U10 - 3
EB Lions Reds U10 - 2

For the second week in a row the Lions played well but returned from an away match with no points to show for their efforts. They were unlucky to fall behind after just three minutes when a clearance hit an Ampthill player and ricocheted into the net.

The Lions withstood early pressure and were matching Ampthill when the home side scored their second. However, just two minutes later the Lions pulled a goal back. Battling play by Ben Walsh won the ball down the left and he released Matt Glover who hit a low shot past the advancing keeper.

The Lions had a couple of good chances to equalise at the beginning of the second half but could not convert them.

Ampthill scored their third and a short while later the Lions lost goalkeeper Harry Rogers through injury.

In the last quarter of the match the Lions put the home side under pressure. Captain William Poole scored an excellent long-range shot but the Lions could not find the equaliser before the final whistle.

Thomas Lancefield had a great game but MoM was awarded to Charlie Slater who was superb both in defence and also as the stand in keeper.

Flitwick Eagles B U13 - 2
EB Lions U13 - 2

Lions were subjected to intense pressure straight away from Flitwick, but Lions' new boy James Thiel showed he was 'worth the money' as his defending was excellent.

The regular Lions' keeper, Charlie Oliver, had also returned and was his confident self. This was much needed as it was18 minutes before Lions could make a run down the left wing into the opposing half. Jack Coates was tumbled over by Flitwick, which led to a penalty, but Jonnie Moriarty's shot was saved.

The Lions were now on a roll with lots of attacks and Gus Thorne was notably dangerous.

Flitwick survived though and took the lead after 24 minutes with an excellent header. This advantage didn't last long, as an error by the Flitwick keeper gave the Lions an indirect kick which was duly slotted home by Gus.

Three substitutions at half-time by the Lions gave new heart to the away side and they easily took the lead with some nifty footwork by Jack culminating in a pass into the box which Andy Scott-Lewis slotted home in style.

In the last minute Flitwick levelled with a shot bouncing over the keeper's head as he went for the ball.

EB Lions U15 - 2
Dunstable St Mary's U15 - 4

Lions piled the pressure on straight away but it was the visitors who scored first.

An excellent corner from Martin Coates presented Rob Gadsden with the chance to score Lions' first, and he duly obliged.

Although Lions made most of the attacking play, St Mary's talented number nine was always ready to capitalise on their defensive mistakes and went on to score two more to complete his hat-trick.

Stephen Broughton raced in to slam the ball into the net for Lions during a goalmouth scramble, but just as Lions seemed to be on course to level the score number nine broke through the defence again to score his fourth.

In the second half Gareth Hemming came on for Lions and made an excellent job of marking the dangerous player out of the game. Dylan Taylor and Alex Kirkwood played well for Lions, but despite several near misses by Ed Poole of Lions and the visitors forcing Dean Clark to make some good saves, no further goals were scored. MoM went to Martin Coates for a series of impressive crosses and corners.

Source: EB Lions

Home Watch - Bogus Caller Letter Update

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

Please also take some time to visit the Police fraud web site where you will find details of all the internet scams


Trading Standards &
Registration Services
Bedfordshire County Council
County Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP

October 2006


To: All Neighbourhood / Home Watch Co-ordinators



As a neighbourhood/home watch co-ordinator, you will be aware of the growing concerns of the incidents involving 'doorstep crime'. This usually involves strangers turning up on residents doorsteps, uninvited and without appointments. Their aims are usually to part residents from either their property or money.

In Bedfordshire we are introducing 'No Cold Calling Zones' (NCCZ’s) throughout the County. The work is being carried out by the nominated multi agency bogus caller taskforce - of which the neighbourhood/home watch residents are key participants. They can provide important information on bogus callers and rogue traders and pass this onto the rapid response team who can provide instant response.

The purpose of creating NCCZ's is to reduce the number of bogus callers, thus reducing the number of distraction burglaries and the number of rogue traders - and the zones are working. We currently have in excess of 85 zones up and running. In the last 12 months throughout Bedfordshire, distraction burglaries have reduced by 27% and domestic burglaries by 21%.

We need your help to make the whole of Bedfordshire a 'No Cold Calling County'. Booklets and door stickers are available free of charge for every resident. If you would like a supply of these to distribute within your watch area, contact us on 01234 228897.

Remember - If They Call On You, Call Us!


Angela Williamson
Trading Standards Enforcement Officer
Bedfordshire County Council


Bogus Calling Hotline
O8454 04 05 06

Source: Bedfordshire County Council, County Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, Beds, MK42 9AP tel 01234 363222

Eaton Bray Lawn Tennis Club

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

Eaton Bray Lawn Tennis ClubJust like that stalwart of diplomacy Boris Johnson I've gone and put my foot in it. Both feet in fact, up to my waist. Probably even my chin. In last month's article I congratulated our Ladies Division 2 team for winning their South Beds league, and I named the players. Well, most of them. All except one in fact. My sincere apologies to Jane Wigley who played a big part in their success. I have been suitably admonished by the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer; apparently even that mad border collie who runs around outside the courts like a demented chicken on steroids every time a ball is played knew that Jane was in the team. I am happy, nay delighted and honoured to put the facts right, and hope my job here is secure for another month. Or at least until they pay me. I might as well go now.

Our club tournament finals day in September took place under sunny climes, and saw a first Men's singles victory for Michael Tatham who despatched club coach Nick Boys in straight sets, going through a racquet in the process and remarking to his watching father eremy "that's another 20 quid please Dad". Both players put their all into the match with fast and furious rallies, and Nick gave as good as he got until being eventually outgunned by rising star Michael. At half Nick's age (well, about...) Michael's energy levels won the day. Nick can take some solace however in the fact that it was he who had previously coached Michael and helped him reach the standard he is now. After all, how many top players' coaches can actually beat their employers? Not that many.... Congratulations Michael !

In another fascinating match, chairman Ross Bagni took his first title in 18 years as he and partner Jenny Baines beat Jane Wigley and Simon Mitchener in 3 sets in the mixed doubles. Scheduled for 90 minutes, the players were still pounding out the rallies 3 hours after umpire Peter Hale had tossed his coin, and during one break between games Peter had to trot to the clubhouse for a cushion to ease the cramp attack from squatting on the narrow top step of his ladder. Ross, clearly emotional after his victory, declined an interview with Focus, instead retiring to the clubhouse for a cup of tea and a nice sit down. It was reported to be the quietest Ross had ever been, and other players and onlookers savoured the moment whilst a worldwide search was launched for an engraver who could spell 'Bagni'.

In the Ladies' doubles final, Val Abercrombie and Jane Cross overcame Danielle Tansley and Jane Wigley, whilst Simon Mitchener and Pete Messetter got the better of Glenn Wigley and Nick Boys in the Mens' doubles. The Ladies' final saw some strong groundplay from the winning pair, whilst the Mens' doubles saw some unique umpiring from La Perm John (name anagrammed to protect his identity) who displayed an amazing incapability to keep track of the score. "I thought those few glasses of rosé would help me concentrate" explained umpire La Perm afterwards, "but unfortunately they had the opposite effect. It was a good job the crowd could both keep the score and act as line judges because I hadn't got the faintest idea what was going on". La Perm John has now been assigned a retraining course, an appointment at Specsavers and 2 aspirins, after which he can return to Taskers Row. Oops.

The massive developments at our club are now underway; the courts have been re-laid and the fences replaced. The great news is that, having seen our plans for expansion, a Russian billionaire, Servya Rakketov has expressed an interest in a take-over bid for the club. Together with Vietnamese financier Phut Pholt he plans to bring brand new facilities including extending the existing clubhouse down to School Lane and building new multi-storey car parking facilities on the Green. There will be a new 35,000 capacity Grandstand with ten 25 metre high floodlights, conference facilities and executive boxes. School Lane will be re-developed into a dual carriageway with a Hemel Hempstead type 'magic roundabout' at the junction of the High Street (with a McDonalds in the middle) to facilitate the journey times of the thousands of tennis players and fans expected to flock to the new facilities. It is hoped that within 3 years we will be hosting the first of many Grand Slams, taking over from Wimbledon which to be honest is beginning to look a little jaded. In place of Henman Hill the club will construct Bagni Burrow to ensure that the memory of the Chairman's magnificent victory this year is forever sculptured into the landscape of Eaton Bray. After all, it may be another 18 years before another chance comes along.

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 contact either Chairman Ross 'Burrow' Bagni, Coach Nick Boys, or if they're all out and I'm not out in fantasy land me, Andy Cross.

Source: Focus, November 2006

Eaton Bray Lower School

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

School Lane
Eaton Bray

Dear Neighbour,

Eaton Bray Lower SchoolEaton Bray Lower School is in the process of preparing a School Travel Plan. It will look at the issue of traffic congestion in the area of the School in the mornings and afternoons.

Although it would be wrong to guess what it might contain, likely targets may include:

  • A reduction in the number of parents who drive to the school
  • The encouragement to park away from school and walk the last part of the journey for those parents who need to carry on travelling to their place of employment
  • The promotion of walking, cycling and car sharing

A vital part of a School travel plan is consultation with those who live nearby and who wish to contribute their experiences and views constructively.

Eaton Bray Lower School is concerned about the road safety, health and well being of all those who travel to the School. As neighbours who are affected by these issues, you are invited to give us your comments.

The process of preparing the plan has begun and is expected to be completed before the end of this autumn term.

If you wish to add your comments, please do so below and return the letter to School at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for your help,
Mrs S Hounslow
Head Teacher

Source: Focus, November 2006

Eaton Bray Methodist Church

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

Our November Lunches will be served on Saturday 11th from 12.00 noon until 1.30 pm. A warm welcome awaits friends old and new.

On Saturday December 2nd we are holding our Christmas Lunches and Bazaar. As usual there will be two sittings and they will be bookable in advance. Lunch tickets will be on sale from Graham Carter at our November Lunches. A variety of Festive Stalls will offer an opportunity for you to do Christmas Shopping without queues and the hustle and bustle in local towns. Do join us.

Source: Focus, November 2006