Young West End star Joe Ashman (right) will be flying high when he joins the cast of Peter Pan at The Grove this Christmas.
The Edlesborough schoolboy, who already has already appeared in The Sound of Music and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, has landed the role of John Darling.
Last autumn the 13-year-old, from Pebblemoor starred opposite Sex and the City's Kim Catrall in David Mamet's The Cryptogram at the Donmar in London.
Now he and Freddie Marshall, 11, from Eaton Bray, are playing John and Michael Darling after winning through tough auditions at the Dunstable theatre.
More than 30 young schoolboys from across the county attended the panto auditions in the hope of scooping a role opposite larger than life actor Brian Blessed.
Both boys train at Stagecoach theatre arts in Leighton Buzzard.
Peter Pan runs from December 14 until January 6. For tickets call the box office 01582 602080, online www.grovetheatre.co.uk or in person.
Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 25 September 2007
Sandy Colts U10 Girls - 1
EB Lions U10 Girls - 2
On the back of a great win last week team morale was high, but against the run of play Colts scored after five minutes. Within three minutes after great driving runs from Megan Reynolds and Amber Walsh, Stephanie Tate scored the equaliser. Through some great defending by Misha Karavadra and Sarah-Jane Slater (GOM) the scores remained level. 10 minutes into the second half EB Lions broke the dead lock with a great goal from Melissa Saunders.
Barton Rovers Youth B U11 - 0
EB Lions U11 - 3
Lions chalked up their first win of the season with a superb first half team display. After eight minutes Matt Bramston's determination gave Lions the lead. Matt chased a through ball, holding off a defender and when his shot was pushed away by the keeper he followed up to fire into the net. Sixteen minutes later another great pass sent Scottie Mercer through one on one with the keeper. Scottie kept a cool head and slammed the ball into the goal. Lions got their third towards the end of the half when Barton gave away a needless deliberate handball. William Poole curled the, resulting free kick into the top corner of the net. MoM Jayden Newman.
Eaton Bray U12 Girls - 5
Leighton United - 0
Another impressive performance by the team. The midfield of Sammy Beharry, Zoe Law, Emily Keegan and Bethany Taylor played some great flowing football and it wasn't long before Law had fired a great shot into the net. A second goal came from a pass by Taylor enabling Keegan to slot it home. Louise Eddy and Leonie Moore never let the opposition through with some strong defending. Rachel Evans had a relatively quiet game in goal, but was ready to perform some great saves when needed. A shot by keegan hit the post, but Taylor was there to connect with the rebound making it 3-0 at the end of the first half.
Second half saw more of the same, GoM Emily Tickell scored a great goal from a corner ball, Tickell, Laura Jackson, Keegan, and Chelcie Page carried on with the relentless pressure from midfield, all having shots at goal. Moore, Eddy and Law worked tirelessly at the back with Evans to prevent the opposition getting through. Another shot by Keegan made the game 5-0.
EB Lions U12 - 7
Barton Rovers U12 A - 1
Within five minutes Barton's Calum Annetts had Lions' defence in trouble, forcing an own goal from Lions. Lions soon gained their composure after a great run by Will Sanders who powered the ball into the back of the net. A long throw from Nathan Sears and volley from James Pearce put Lions ahead. Within minutes the same set piece secured another goal for Lions. A well placed pass from James Patraico enabled Will to score again. Will was hungry for his hat trick and his patience paid off with a superb run up the pitch and well executed kick over the keepers head. Then a great pass from Jake Higgs allowed James to score his hat trick.
The second half saw a much stronger Barton side putting pressure on the Lions' defence but before long Jake Higgs landed another goal. EB Lions MoM Will D'Arcy.
Luton & Dunstable Hospital U14 - 6
EB Lions U14 - 0
Both sides probed each others defence early on but L&D scored after 10 minutes. It soon became obvious that L&D had the advantage in terms of height, strength and speed, particularly when attacking on the right wing. By half time they had secured a further two impressive goals via this route, whilst Andy Scott-Lewis' shot for Lions was saved. Good defensive play by Lions' Morgan O'Connell kept L&D at bay on the left wing. Lions struggled early in the second half, with defensive errors allowing L&D to score two quick goals. Lions switched goalie, Jack Coates, to attack and Andy Dear into defence and the reshuffle proved effective. MoM was Andy Dear.
Source: EB Lions
EB Lions U8 Blues - 1
Brash Sparta U8 - 4
Lions showed improvement over last week's performance in all areas with excellent defending from Jack Reynolds, Connor Tough and Daniel Challis and great attacking play from David Wood, Toby McGee, and Sam Bramston. Despite conceding three goals against a well disciplined Sparta side, the effort from the whole team in keeping the score down meant the Lions were still very much in the game at half time.
Sparta started the second half strongly, soon gaining another goal but were denied more by two great saves from Ollie Mulcahy, and crucial interceptions from Bradley Hicks and Robert Bunting.
As the match went on, Lions showed excellent interplay and passing and began to dominate with Josh Newman and Matt Kennell combining well in midfield and Matt scoring a great individual goal after dribbling the length of the pitch. The final score-line didn't reflect the hard work, commitment and massive improvement shown by Lions.
EB Lions U8 Reds - 20
Memorial Park U8 - 0
Lions started strongly with a goal in the first minute. With all the play taking part in the opposition half it was just a case of who was going to score the next goal. Lions kept pushing forward, the goals kept going in and by half time it was 9-0.
Lions made substitutions and kept up the pressure. With a goal in the first minute it looked as though Lions would continue where they left off.
Lions moved the ball about more with some great passes creating more space in the centre, allowing them to score 11 goals in the second half without conceding any.
This score is believed to be a club record and the whole team should be congratulated. Scorers were Dax Roe 8, George Oliver 6, Karl Shrowder 2, Charlie Giblin 2, Freddie Mines 1, Jack Nevitt 1.
EB Lions U11 - 2
Luton Borough Youth U11 - 3
The first 15 minutes of the match were very even. Lions came close to opening the scoring with a cleanly struck free kick from William Poole. However Luton took the lead towards the end of the first half with a well taken goal. Cam Abdullah made an excellent headed goal line clearance from an in swinging corner.
Luton doubled their lead at the start of the second half. Lions battled well but Luton scored their third from close range. Lions continued playing good football and were rewarded when Matt Bramston scored their first. Minutes later Matt fired in another great effort that narrowly missed the top corner.
Lions got their second when a long range shot from William Poole evaded the Luton keeper. Lions ran out of time before they could find an equaliser in a very entertaining match. MoM Cam Abdullah for an energetic tough tackling game in the Lions defence.
Brickhill Wanderers U12 A - 1
EB Lions U12 - 7
A fine breezy sunny morning set the scene.
Within minutes of the whistle Will Sanders found the top right corner of the Wanderers' net, which he followed up with a tap past the keeper. The Wanderers were under pressure and just before half time Jake Higgs made it 3-0 to the Lions. Minutes into the second half Jake Higgs made a great run and placed a superb curving shot past the keeper. Soon after Tom Nevitt kicked a high diving ball into the net and from a well placed cross by Nathan Sears, James Pearce scored the Lions 6th goal.
Nathan Sears then found the net with an arrow straight 15 yard free kick. The Wanderers maintained composure and through sheer determination and skill Gisham Amadi scored a well-deserved goal for the Wanderers. EB Lions MoM Will Sanders, Brickhill Wanderers MoM Nathan Saunders.
Source: EB Lions
EB Lions U8 Blues - 0
Luton Borough Dragons Whites - 4
The 0-4 scoreline doesn't in any way reflect how well the team played or the gravity of their achievement on Saturday against Luton Borough Dragons, who brought their A team out to face them.
The first half was very much an exercise in finding our feet, as a steady stream of goals slipped past our able defences.
The second twenty minutes was a different matter altogether, as the U8 Blues held off every attempt Luton Borough made to try and score, and made good progress up the field on several occasions.
A goal would have been nice and there were instances where one would have been well deserved, but here's to the next match and a fantastic performance turned in from each and every player!
Luton Borough Dragons U8 - 0
EB Lions U8 Reds - 5
After a really strong start with all the pressure coming from Lions they opened the scoring with a shot from Harry from outside the box. Lions kept up the pressure with all players supporting each other and plenty of passing.
Dragons packed the defence and their keeper made some good saves but a shot from George put Lions two up. Dax went on a run and got Lions' third goal from a very acute angle.
In the second half it took a while and a lot of effort from Lions before George scored his second. After numerous attacking runs a Lions' corner finally pressured Dragons into scoring an own goal.
Lions were solid in defence and when attacking always looked likely to score. The team performed strongly in all areas. It was a great start to their mini league games.
Beecroft Rovers U10 - 5
EB Lions U10 - 2
Spectators garbed in shorts and T-shirts, a verdant pitch and glistening boots that left the field as clean as they came on: it was the football season, but not as we knew it. Nor were the EB Lions UlOs accustomed to being on the receiving end of a 5-2 scoreline, a result that belied the aptitude and ingenuity of an all-new, fitter, faster team.
Some weaving runs by new player Sean Woodhouse looked encouraging and there was a sense of promise that he might find the net, but his efforts were frustrated. Perennial scorer Dominic Ryan found success though, slotting the ball past Beecroft's keeper after 22 minutes and then again in the 42nd minute.
There was outstanding work from just about every player in a striped shirt at some point or other, culminating in an impressive, if frustrating, debut to the season.
Source: EB Lions
Minutes of Parish Council Meeting: Monday 3rd September 2007
The next Parish Council meeting to be held at the Coffee Tavern on Monday 1st October 2007 at 7.30pm.