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Website shows thousands of historical photos

This article was published in October 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

More than 300,000 photographs of the country's greatest architectural treasures have been collected together in a digital Domesday Book.

The project, organised by English Heritage, has taken seven years to complete and includes photographs of Eaton Bray, Leighton Buzzard, Woburn, Linslade, Eggington and probably many more local places that I did not have time to find on the very large website

Image of Bellows Mill, Mr K W Newland, 26 September 1980

On it you will find almost every building and monument in the country that has been listed as being of architectural and historical importance.

By using the search facility visitors to the site are able to view images of 420 castles, 7,484 parish churches, 2,146 telephone boxes, 2,700 milestones, 55 garden sheds, eight waterfalls, 124,190 Victorian listed buildings, 82,250 Tudor listed buildings and 10,195 post 1901 listed buildings.

There are numerous other items such as 6,283 bridges, 73 bandstands and one racing pigeon loft.

Using the site will enable you to look up all the buildings of a particular architect, and if you are going away you can look up all the listed buildings in a particular area.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 30 October 2007

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

This article was published in October 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

EB Lions U8 - 2
Crawley Green Crusaders U8 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCWhat a game. As soon as the match started it was obvious that this was going to be a very tense and close game. Both teams were defending well and neither got into a proper rhythm.

After 12 minutes Crawley took the lead but three minutes later Lions were back on level terms with a great individual goal from Dax Roe. Lions kept the pressure on and could have scored again before half time but the bar and posts stopped this from happening.

The second half started and it was more of the same with the Lions having most of the chances but unable to find the back of the net. With seven minutes left Crawley scored again. Lions kept pushing forward and three minutes later Charlie Giblin got the equalizer. For the final few minutes it looked like Lions might score again but it wasn't to be.

Toddington Rovers Youth B U11 - 4
EB Lions U11 - 7

Another goal bonanza from the Lions with the boys confirming their current position as the league's leading scoters but also taking their supporters on another roller coaster ride. The Lions started off kicking up the slope into the driving wind and rain but incredibly were 3 - 0 up inside six minutes. Matt Bramston scored the quickest hat trick you will ever see.

As the half progressed Toddington, with the elements at their backs, scored two goals to leave the score 3 - 2 at half time. Toddington then equalised, but despite losing a three goal lead the Lions continued playing excellent attacking football. Matt Glover and William Poole both scored with great strikes.

Toddington scored again before William got his second and MoM James Tate wrapped up the win with the final goal. Another fantastic entertaining match giving the Lions a perfect month, four wins from their four matches played in October.

EB Lions U12 - 9
Oakley Rangers U12 - 1

Both teams started well and appeared evenly matched but Lions soon forged ahead as Will Sanders crossed a solid ball into the net and later scored a second from a packed goalmouth. A long throw from Nathan Sears bounced off an Oakley defender's head for an own goal.

The second half saw a more determined Oakley but Will was keen for his hat trick and his patience paid off. The Oakley keeper dropped the ball and Will was there to tap it in. Oakley retaliated securing their first goal. Lions followed with another goal from Will and a sixth came after another long throw from Nathan to James Pearce and a one on one with the goalie. A frustrating moment for Oakley as a second own goal was scored. Lions' Jake Higgs powered the ball into the net after a great run and finally Lions' Luke Dunstan kicked the ball over everyone's heads to score the ninth.

Sandy Colts U12 Girls - 2
EB Lions U12 Girls - 1

It only took Hattie three minutes to score the first goal for Lions.

Lions were looking strong and pushing forward along with some great defending from captain Devon and some good saves from Shannon when Colts attacked. An impressive tackle from Devon resulted in her coming off with a hip injury and being replaced by Nancy. Just before half time Lions had another near miss following a throw in from Darcy who got the ball back and then crossed it into Colts' goal only to be denied by their keeper.

Colts started strongly after half time and equalized within a minute. Some good defensive work from Katie and great clearances from Nancy, earning her GOM, kept the game level until Sandy scored again 23mins into the second half. This was a very tight game that could have gone either way with solid performances from all the team.

Please note names in last week's report should read Hattie French and Megan Viljoen.

EB Lions U14 - 3
Houghton Regis Youth U14 - 3

Lions started strongly and their pressure earned corners but yielded no goals. Eventually a good through ball from Matt Audouard enabled George Crace to volley the ball over the goalie for Lions' first.

Houghton retaliated immediately with an attack up the left wing and a shot from an unbelievably acute angle. Houghton's goalie came out to block a shot from Jack Coates and MoM Crace scored from the rebound. Lions lost their lead again when a free-kick bounced straight through their defence into the net and then had two shots saved.

Against the run of play, Houghton scored from a corner just before half-time.

Early in the second half Jonnie Moriarty kicked an excellent corner for Lions and Coates scored the equaliser with a diving header. Despite determined play from both teams, several shots and many corners neither team could manage to score the deciding goal in this exciting match.

Source: EB Lions

Eaton Bray WI Report

This article was published in October 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Womens InstituteOur president welcomed the members to the October meeting, and apologies were received from several members still enjoying late summer holidays.

A number of social events are on our calendar, starting with a harvest evening, the theme being 'Scarecrows'. This will be followed by a visit to Hitchin and a guided tour of the British School Museum.

After the business, we welcomed our guest speaker Ann Parsons who gave a very interesting and humorous talk entitled Royal Connections. Ann's father was a member of the late Queen Mothers' household, and her family moved around with him when the royal household travelled to Balmoral and Sandringham. Ann spoke of her many happy memories of playing with the royal children and their friends.

She also recalled how much the London servants looked forward to going to the country estates, and what great fun they all had with parties and dances held in the village halls.

The Queen Mother enjoyed dancing and often came along to the dances. Her royal highness made a point of dancing with all the men servants!

Ann's memories gave us an insight into a less formal royal family than their public image.

Our evening concluded looking at the royal memorabilia that Ann's father and family had been given over the 50 years he was in royal service.

Our next meeting is on Monday 5th November at 7.30 pm in Eaton Bray Village Hall friends and new members are always welcome.

Source: Eaton Bray WI

Village hall project gets £37,900 grant

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Eaton Bray Village HallThe completion of Eaton Bray Village Hall has been moved forward three years after receiving a grant of £37,900 from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd).

The bumper grant will enable phase three of the refurbishment to take place next year.

The involves creating a disabled toilet along with a new kitchen and meeting room.

Ross Bagni, of the Eaton Bray Village Hall Trustees told the Citizen: "We've got £50,000 to raise and this will help towards that significantly. It will being us forward by about three years. Usually we'd only be able to raise £10-12,000 a year so this is a massive help.

"The hall will be a big boost to the village when it's done. We've spent a lot of money on making sure we've a decent 21st century hall that everyone can use."

Phase three marks the end of the major work that has been carried out over the last three years.

In 2004 the main hall was completely refurbished at a cost of £150,000, the main toilets have just been completely revamped along with the entrance hall (£32,000).

Phase three will cost approximately £50,000 so even though some of the balance has been raied, the Hall Trustees need to continue fundraising for the foreseeable future to complete the job by summer 2008.

The news was announced at a joint fundraising quiz with Eaton Bray Tennis Club. Over 170 people attended and the two organisations shared the £1,400 raised on the night.

The trustees have raised nearly £250,000 over a five year period to bring the village hall up to date. They are well aware that the hall will continue to need minor improvements over the next few years, along with regular maintenance and their efforts will continue with regular events, including a beer festival (first weekend of June), quiz nights, and other social events that bring the villagers together to help in maintaining this vital village facility.

Source: The Citizen, 25 October 2007

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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Luton United U8 - 0
EB Lions U8 Reds - 3

Eaton Bray Lions AFCFor their first away game in Division 1, Lions needed to get a good result and settle back down to playing their normal game.

With a goal after 4 minutes and another after 11 minutes it was a great start.

For the remainder of the first half Lions kept the pressure on and were putting some good passes together. They were strong in defence and gave away very little.

After eight minutes of the second half Lions got their third goal and continued to stay in control of the game. Lions had some great chances to score again and were unlucky not to, staying strong in defence and looking solid.

This week's goal scorers were Dax Roe (2), Harrison Ambrose (1). MoM Captain Jack Nevitt.

EB Lions U9 - 4
Crawley Green Owls U9 - 3

In their first league match of the season Lions faced a theoretically stronger team.

The first ten minutes saw Lions in superb passing mood quickly go 1-0 up through Jack Cook, who scored from a great pass by Charles Gamble. Lions lost concentration for a short time and allowed Owls back into the game at 1-1 at half time.

In the second half Lions continued their good work, with Max Ward in defence and Dilan Karavadra in midfield.

Lions went 2-1 and 3-1 up through Jack Cook scoring his hat trick.

Owls then got one back for 3-2 and Charles Gamble made it 4-2 to the Lions, who then lost another goal to make the final score 4-3 to the Lions.

MoM hat trick hero Jack Cook.

The squad comprised: Tom Sage, Max Ward, James Pratt, Jonathan Evans, Dilan Karavadra, Jack Cook, Charles Gamble, Thomas Rainbow, Louis Thomas.

Harlington U10 - 6
EB Lions U10 - 2

Following a disappointing show last week, Lions looked to impress against accomplished Harlington.

Early shots from Dominic suggested a result that might compound that potential; however it was the home team who would capitalise a minute on, opening the scoring with their next strike. Lions dominated the first half though, hogging possession from a perturbed Harlington.

Adam, Tom, Ben and Charlie progressed doggedly towards an elusive goal, while keeper Dan was making secure catches and defenders Mason, James and MoM winner Aarin, aimed to retain the status quo.

Following the break though, Harlington sought to expand their lead, netting two early goals. Debut scorer Sean answered with a neatly executed shot, the perfectly struck ball sailing exquisitely into the net.

Harlington weren't done yet, proceeding to land three more in succession, but in an ebband-flow match the tide turned once again, and Sean slamming home his second in the closing minutes.

EB Lions U11 - 5
Luton Leagrave U11 - 3

The boys were electric in a great first half. MoM William Poole's pass allowed Scotty Mercer to score from a very tight angle.

After creating numerous chances the Lions' second came when William crossed for Scotty to score again. William then whipped in a great corner and Matt Glover's glancing header found the net. 3 - 0 at half time and it could have been double that score.

A communication breakdown in the defence allowed Luton to pull one back before Matt Bramston scored a goal, quickly followed by Scotty's hat trick with a fourth assist from William.

At 5-1 the Lions were cruising, but when influential defender Jakob Knappitt had to leave the field injured the Lions hit the self destruct button.

A resurgent Luton scored two more goals and but for some great saves by keeper Harry Rogers the Lions might not have won.

EB Lions U12 - 6
Dunstable Colts U12 - 0

At their first home game of the season Lions were looking for a great start and got one. A goal after 4 minutes from captain Darcy Ashby was just what they needed.

With two more goals from Hattie Viljune before half time it was going well. The defence was solid and kept everything under control.

Lions started the second half as they had finished the first in control of the game and it wasn't long before Hattie scored her third goal. A good strike from Megan French gave Lions number five.

With five minutes to go the girls were still pushing forward and keeping everything under control at the back, and Hattie got her fourth goal.

This was a great team effort with every player supporting and passing well to each other. Girl of the match went to Hattie for a great all round performance and four goals.

Stopsley Sports U14 - 1
EB Lions U14 - 3

With only ten players against Stopsley's squad of 16, Lions needed to work hard. And Lions dominated play in the first half, with shots by Jack Coates, Sam Marshall and Matt Audouard saved by Stopsley's goalie whose skills certainly kept Lions' goal tally down.

Lions' defence was effective, with Morgan O'Connell and James Thiel making crucial clearances from the goalmouth. Eventually, Coates' cross from wide on the left wing was turned into the goal by a Stopsley defender.

Early in the second half a superb corner from Jonnie Moriarty was blasted into the goal by Thiel. Stopsley saved another five shots and made more progress against the tiring Lions' players. A free-kick from Moriarty reached MoM Marshall, who crossed to Coates allowing him to make a quick shot past the goalkeeper to score Lions' third.

In the last minute Stopsley scored a consolation goal. This was a strong team performance by Lions.

Source: EB Lions

Cue up and join Mary...

This article was published in October 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Eaton Bray snooker ace Mary Hawkes is urging players to grab a cue and join her on the green baize.

Potty about the game: Eaton Bray cueist Mary Hawkes wants more people to take up snookerThe Leighton Buzzard Snooker Centre member tasted success by reaching the Plate semi-finals in her first outing of the season at the World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association East Anglian Championships at Cambridge Snooker Centre.

But rather than dwelling on her own success, Mary is calling for new players to show their own potting prowess by taking up the game.

World number 19 ranked Mary plays in Division One of the South Beds Snooker League, for whom she is fixtures and results secretary. She said: "I wasn't too happy with my performance in Cambridge to be honest and I know I can do better.

"I'm more concerned about trying to attract new players to the league and to the sport.

"We've lost a lot of clubs over the years with the likes of Elextrolux, Postels, Delco and Blue Circle disappearing and that has affected numbers.

"We're down to about 10 clubs in the area now, but there are still plenty of opportunities for people to sign up and get involved."

The News-Gazette features tables and top break scorers from the league each week.

To find out more information on your nearest club and how you can take up the game, visit

Source: Dunstable Gazette, 17 October 2007

Happy days with the Royal Family

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Womens InstituteEaton Bray WI's president welcomed the members to their October meeting, and apologies were received from several members still enjoying late summer holidays.

A number of social events are on the calendar, starting with a harvest evening with the theme of 'Scarecrows'. This will be followed by a visit to Hitchin and a guided tour of the British School Museum.

After the business, the institute welcomed guest speaker Ann Parsons who gave a very interesting and humorous talk entitled Royal Connections.

Ann's father was a member of the late Queen Mother's household, and her family moved around with him when the royal household travelled to Balmoral and Sandringham.

Ann spoke of her many happy memories of playing with the royal children and their friends.

She also recalled how much the London servants looked forward to going to the country estates, and what great fun they all had with parties and dances held in the village halls.

The Queen Mother enjoyed dancing and often went along to the dances, making a point of dancing with all the men servants!

Ann's memories gave an insight into a less formal royal family than their public image.

The evening concluded looking at the royal memorabilia that Ann's father and family had been given over the 50 years he was in royal service.

The next WI meeting is on Monday November 5 at 7.30pm in Eaton Bray Village Hall. Friends and new members are always welcome.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 16 October 2007

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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St Martins Orange U8 - 0
EB Lions Blues U8 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCHaving slipped to defeat in the pre-league openers, the young Lions team finally secured the win they deserved, overcoming the resilient St Martins and, significantly, refusing to concede a goal in the process.

MoM David Wood landed a brace of goals, scoring in the ninth and 19th minutes, ably supported by forwards Connor Tough, Matt Kennell and midfielders Toby McGee and Sam Bramston.

The team worked to a high pace and were clearly tiring by the second half, but solid defence work from Jack Reynolds, Daniel Challis and Bradley Hicks and a couple of saves from keeper Ollie Mulcahy ensured a happily lop-sided scoreline.

Having made the perfect start to the league, wowing proud spectators, the Lions look forward to moving on with the confidence of a winning team. A fantastic performance.

EB Lions U8 Reds - 0
Bushmead Wanderers U8 - 1

This was Lions' first league match in division one, with two players away and their striker up most of the night before the match they knew they had a lot of work to do.

As the game progressed towards half time with two chances from Lions hitting the post and other attempts on goal being well saved it was obvious that this was going to be tough.

During the second half the game was evenly balanced with both sides unable to find the back of the opposition net. Two minutes from full time Bushmead scored. With so little time left Lions were unable to get the equalizer which would have been well deserved.

Lions played well and know that this is one small set back in what will be a great season.

MoM went to Captain George.

EB Lions U10 - 0
Sundon Park Rangers U10 - 7

Given a handful of the tenacity which saw the Lions push Bushmead to their limits last week, a win was surely on the cards against Rangers, who had slumped to. defeat in all of their pre-league openers.

What transpired though was an abrasive match, punctuated by the odd spark but otherwise exasperatingly insipid: a stark contrast to the stylish moves and laser-guided passes we're accustomed to.

A languid first half saw the Lions absorb three goals and this continued into the second, another three firing past in as many minutes, before the final goal landed just ahead of full time.

Hats off to MoM Dominic who was resolute in his attempts to turn the tide, but the Lions need to rediscover a more focused approach to their play. Every player in a striped shirt showed his impressive talents, but those displays were sparsely demonstrated.

EB Lions Girls U10 - 3
Flitwick Eagles - 1

The match started with a rush of enthusiasm from both sides with play moving from end to end. Eagles' defence was eventually broken down by a continued attack on goal by Hannah Holloway resulting in a corner from which Melissa Sounders scored.

Eagles, not to be intimidated by Lions, swarmed into their half and scored an equaliser. The game now became rather one sided in favour of Lions, opportunities were created by excellent midfield activity by Holly Potton, Georgia Rigby, Liberty Woolsey and Stephanie Tate, these players feeding the forwards who had a number of goal opportunities.

In the second half a substitution was made bringing Melissa Sounders (Girl of the match) back on and within minutes she had scored another goal. Eagles now retaliated forcing some excellent saves from goal-keeper Megan Reynolds. Eventually in the closing minutes a cross across the goal from Lions was volleyed in by Amber Walsh.

EB Lions U11 -
4 Harlington U11 - 1

The Lions continued their run of good form with an excellent home win. A slick passing move ended with Scotty Mercer playing in Matt Bramston who blasted the ball into the net. The Lions allowed Harlington to equalise, conceding a sloppy goal from a corner. Matt Glover restored the Lions' lead, scoring from a narrow angle after the Harlington keeper had advanced to the edge of his box.

Scotty and Matt G both hit the post as the Lions dominated the remainder of the half.

After the break the Lions continued playing well and when the keeper spilled Scotty's shot, James Tate was in the right place to fire the rebound into the net. Matt B hit the post again before William Poole scored a fine individual goal to round off a great team performance. Every player contributed in an entertaining match. MoM was Lions captain Scotty Mercer.

Eaton Bray Lions U12 - 9
Dunstable AFC - 0

Both teams demonstrated some excellent passing and control. However, it wasn't long before the experience of the Lions showed through and after a well-placed corner Jack Bramston was able to score.

The Lions kept on the pressure and soon Jake Higgs, Ed McBrearty, Nathan Sears, Vincenzo Lombardo scored several more Lions goals. Dunstable's Beckham Cant played some great football and made numerous challenges.

The second half saw a more determined Dunstable AFC but once again Jack Bramston headed the ball for a sixth goal. A great pass by James Pearce and Vincenzo scored again.

It was soon the turn of Luke Dunstan who dribbled the ball through the Dunstable defence to score. This was shortly followed by a bullet shot by Tom Nevittt. EB Lions MoM Vincenzo Lombardo.

Dunstable AFC MoM Matthew Chapman.

EB Lions U12 Girls - 2
Potten Colts - 5

Lions first match of the season after the mini league found them travelling to Potten Colts, an early start was needed for the long journey ahead.

After going 0-3 down it took a lot of spirit, battling and self belief from all the team to enable Darcy Ashby and Elsa Kirkwood to score a goal each and by half time the score was 2-3. It seemed that in the second half they were going to get back on level terms and even snatch a win.

The second half progressed with the Lions working hard and chasing every ball with more attempts on goal. They could have drawn level, but Potten managed two more goals which left the score line not reflecting how close the two sides were.

Brickhill Wanderers B U14 - 0
EB Lions U14 - 4

Despite dominating the play it began to look as if Lions would never score. Four shots were just wide and two hit the woodwork.

Eventually Jack Coates threaded a ball through to George Crace who steered a long shot into the net. Wanderers fought back and both teams missed several more chances before half-time. Morgan O'Connell and Andy Dear worked well in Lions' defence.

Within seconds of the re-start Coates' shot hit Wanderers' goalie and Andy Scott-Lewis scored from the rebound. Scott-Lewis scored his second within minutes, neatly shifting the ball to his favoured foot. Lions took control again and always looked likely to increase their lead. One last attacking surge from Lions allowed Crace to score his second with the final kick of the match.

Man of the match was Coates for his hard work and vital assistance to the goal-scorers.

Source: EB Lions

Edlesborough Autos

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It is with regret, that I am writing to all our local residents via the Focus magazine, to inform you that we will shortly be having to stop the fuel sales side of our business.

As a person who strongly argues the case for local community facilities such as pubs, shops, cafes etc., this is a decision that has not been taken lightly, but has been forced on us by ever changing legislation along with the state of the ageing dispensing and storage facilities at our site. This together with greater difficulty in getting a regular competitively priced product following the Buncefield explosion has meant that it has not been financially viable to sell fuel for a long period now.

I know that following quite closely behind the closure of our other local fuel station, this will be a real disappointment and I can assure you we have agonised over this decision until circumstances have finally forced our hand.

I would like to also take this opportunity to thank you all for your patronage and support over the many years we have been in business and also to assure you, that there will be no change to our workshop and Mot operations. Rest assured that Edlesborough Autos will continue to be here to change that brake light bulb, check your tyres and oil levels and for all your other motoring requirements.

Source: Focus, October 2007

Your Panto Needs You!

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Little Red Riding Hoodie
January 24th, 25th, 26th 2008

Edlesbray PlayersBy the time this advert reaches you, the Edlesbray Players' machine should be well cranked up and crawling into action for your fun and frivolity for post Christmas entertainment.

Most of you who have expressed interest in the production have already registered and many of you will already be hard at work. However if you always meant to be involved and never got round to putting your name forward

Contact Pete or Ronnie

Source: Focus, October 2007

Super-Santa’s Super-Letters

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SantaOnce upon a time in the dim and distant past Eaton Bray's old tumbledown Village Hall was in a sorry state - and when the people of the village decided to make the Hall all new and swanky panky good they found that the cupboard was bare and that they didn't even have a cow to take to market to sell!

Then one cold winters day while searching through the cobwebs under the stage for some magic beans a wizened old hat-maker found a dusty cracked old piece of parchment with the words "Ye Olde Christmas Santa's letters!" Blowing the dust off the old man found the details of a magical secret portkey that allowed parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to send secret special letters to Santa - and even better the parchment said that Santa would send super-special Santa letters to the children, reassuring them that he hadn't forgotten about them and would make a special effort to get to their house on Christmas morning with all the goodies they (or their parents!) wanted.

And ever since that dark winters day long ago last century the good children of the Four Villages have had super special letters from Santa - and for every letter Santa has donated £2 to the fund to renovate the Village Hall!

So with a mere 80 days to go until the festive season! Remember to watch this space next month for just how to make sure your little ones wake up with a smile on their face and not tears in their eyes - because remember if you don't tell Santa just how good your child has been then how will he know?

Source: Focus, October 2007

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2007

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PoppyOur house to house collectors will be making their rounds between 27th October and 10th November and once again we are asking that you give as generously as you can to help the Legion as it works tirelessly to help ex-servicemen and women who have encountered difficult times and hardship.

Without the Legion and without your help many would be in dire straits. One ex-serviceman who had been supported by the Legion summed up the help he had been given with these words. He said "The help I have been given has enabled me to stop looking back with sadness and encouraged me to look forward with hope."

For a variety of reasons several of our long serving house to house collectors are no longer able to help so we have a need for volunteers willing to give a little time during the dates mentioned above to this deserving cause. Jean organises the list and would be delighted to hear from anyone able to help. House to house collections are an important aspect of the appeal both financially and in keeping us all aware of the Legion's valuable work.

It takes only a little time to make a real difference to the life of someone in real need. Thank you, Keith and Jean Stanley.

Source: Focus, October 2007

Eaton Bray Lower School Calling All Past & Present Pupils

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We would never forget you, but just in case
Pay for your print - To be put in our new place!

To help raise funds for our new nursery we are asking for donations from past and present pupils, so they may literally become part of the building! The choice would be hand or footprint and this would then appear with name and the year of starting and leaving Eaton Bray Lower School (EBLS).

Please contact EBLS 01525 220468.

Source: Focus, October 2007

Special Trees and Woods Project

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The Special Trees and Woods Project hopes to record and celebrate special trees throughout the Chilterns. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the success of the project is down to volunteers such as Steve Girling from Lords Mead, Eaton Bray.

Liz Manley, volunteer coordinator said "It is great to be able to welcome Steve as a new member of the volunteer team. There are many volunteer opportunities available with this project including researching special trees and woods and recording people's memories of the local woodland."

The Special Trees and Woods Project hopes to record many oral history interviews over the next two years. Steve has received full training and hopes to interview those with memories of the trees and woods of the Chilterns.

Steve said "I am looking forward to recording some real-life stories from people that can remember the orchards that used to be such a feature of our local area - farmers, plum pickers and other casual workers and even those that worked in the hat factories that used the dye from the plums."

You might think that your experiences are not important enough to be part of this project - but you are probably wrong! The Special Trees and Woods project is all about recording local stories about local trees and woods.

So, if you used to work in association with the orchards or can remember your father or mother doing so, or would like to know more about oral histories, contact Steve on 07946 652 949.

For more information about the project, forthcoming events and the varied volunteering opportunities available go to

Source: Focus, October 2007

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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EB Lions U8 Blues - 1
Crawley Green U8 Lions - 7

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAs the preliminary matches draw to a close and the league placings are established, EB Lions U8 Blues can reflect positively on Saturday's game, despite slipping to a 7-1 defeat. They opened in spectacular fashion, holding their accomplished opponents at bay for much of the first half. An early goal for Crawley was countered with a searing penalty strike from Matt Kennel[ to level the score, after Connor Tough was felled inside the area.

A commanding defence, comprising Daniel Challis, Robert Bunting, Sam Bramston and Jack Reynolds, forced the dangerous Crawley forwards to work hard for their openings, and as usual Ollie Mulcahy's scorching saves were the epitome of effective keeping. Toby McGee, Connor Tough, Bradley Hicks and David Wood kept the Crawley keeper on his toes, while Josh Newman, out of action with a broken arm, was sorely missed.

EB Lions U8 Reds - 8
Crawley Green Crusaders - 0

The last match in the mini league was started strongly by Lions, and by half time they were 4-0 up following great play and plenty of passing and support for each other.

During the second half, another four goals were scored securing an 8-0 victory. The core of the squad proved strong again and allowed Lions to make substitutions with a minimum of disturbance.

Goals came from Dax Roe, 2, George Oliver, 2, Freddie Mines, 1, Karl Shrouder, 1, Lee Saunders, 1, and one own goal.

Lions' record in the mini league is played four, won four, goals scored 47 and goals against 0.

"I would like to thank the whole team for their commitment and effort in making this a great start to the 2007-2008 season." said coach Kev.

Lastly, a correction from last week's match report, the score was 14-0 and not 13-0 to the Lions. The missing goal was Karl's.

Luton AFC U9 - 0
EB Lions U9 - 3

The first five minutes saw Lions' pressure applied to the opposition, with several corners and a free kick nearly converted to goals. The pressure succeeded with a brilliant shot from Jack Cook, making it 1-0.

An excellent clearance from James Pratt, together with an inspirational passing movement into the opposing box terminated with another goal from Jack Cook.

Another good pass, from Dillon Karavadra, allowed Charles Gamble to score a poacher's goal, making it 3-0.

The second half was closer as AFC Luton reorganised, but Lions remained the stronger team and maintained the 3-0 score for an exceptional win. There were good performances from all the Lions' players and the MoM was, deservedly, James Pratt.

EB Lions team: Jack Cook, Max Ward, Thomas Rainbow, James Pratt, Tom Sage, Dillon Karavadra, Charles Gamble, Edward Lee, Jonathon Edwards, Archie Bunker.

EB Lions U10 - 0
Bushmead Wanderers U10 - 1

A searing performance was turned in by the ever-improving Lions U10s, who rattled the Bushmead defences and harassed a forward line well versed in hitting double figure goal tallies.

An early score saw Bushmead adopt the lead, but an equaliser seemed almost inevitable as the Lions turned the tables on their talented opponents to dominate much of the second half and a slice of the first. To elect any one player to man-of-the-match status would prove no mean feat, but defensive star James was an appropriate candidate, having dug in to fight stubbornly for every second he was in play.

And so into the league the Lions go with high expectations.

EB Lions Girls U10 - 2
Sacred Hearts Cheetahs - 1
(League Cup round 1)

Lions pushed through a resilient defence and mid-fielders Amber, Stephanie and Hannah served both wings with considerable success, causing Cheetahs' defence to move deeper into their half where the majority of the play took place.

The breakthrough came in the 10th minute when an outstanding pass from Liberty was picked up by Georgia and clinically steered into the top right of the net.

The pressure and fluency of Lions resulted in a penalty in the 15th minute awarded for handball, the shot, taken well by Melissa, glanced off the post to the relief of Cheetahs.

Just before half time Lions' dominance was rewarded with a goal by Georgia.

In the second half Cheetahs found their feet and Lions' goalie Megan, assisted by Misha and Holly, made some great saves. But a hard volley from Cheetahs provided an 18th minute goal. End to end competitive play provided an exciting culmination to the match.

Spartak Watling - 4
EB Lions U11 - 2

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

It wasn't long before Nathan Sears had scored for the Lions.

Unfortunately, a misjudgement by their keeper resulted in a penalty being awarded against Lions and James Green from Spartak was able to level the score to oneall.

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 EB 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 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. Lions MoM - James Pearce. Spartak Watling MoM - Ryan Shilleto.

Eaton Bray Lions - 3
Bushmead Rovers U12 - 3

The whistle blew and two very determined teams were keen to score. It wasn't long before Lions' James Pearce headed a corner taken by Jake Higgs into the back of the net.

Bushmead's, Billy Naughton quickly pushed past the Lions' defence and scored an equaliser. Bushmead spirits were running high and a great kick from Niall Winter put Bushmead one goal ahead. Some great tackles and passes from both sides but soon it was James Pearce's turn to score an equaliser.

The second half started well for the Lions. Vincenzo Lombardo kicked a great ball to James who secured his hat trick. Not to be beaten Ryan Kurt from Bushmead pushed through a group of Lions' defenders to score an equaliser.

Lions MoM - James Pearce, Bushmead Rovers - MoM Jack Scott.

Langford Youth U14 - 0
EB Lions U14 - 1

Lions faced a team two divisions above them in the first round of the county cup, but without their gifted player (now with Watford) who had caused Lions trouble when they met last season, Langford looked beatable.

Langford piled on the pressure but Lions' defence, particularly Matt Lancefield (MoM), never allowed them the space or time to get their shots on target. Five minutes from half-time a Lions' corner resulted in a goalmouth scramble from which George Crace scored.

The second half saw exciting attacking play from both sides. Lions' James Thiel almost scored with a header from a great corner by Jonnie Moriarty and a free-kick by Langford was cleared off the line by Morgan O'Connell.

Langford threw everything at Lions for the last ten minutes in an attempt to equalise, but Lions' goalie Lee Cavendish weathered the storm and their supporters greeted the whistle with relieved cheers. This was a gritty and determined performance by Lions.

Source: EB Lions

Millions of us are at risk of identity fraud

This article was published in October 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

The calls come as part of the National Identity Fraud Prevention Week campaign which aims to educate consumers and businesses to the dangers of identity fraud.

Despite continuing efforts to combat identity fraud - still one of the UK's fastest growing crimes - a poll commissioned for the campaign showed that 75 per cent of UK adults have been personally affected, or have friends and family who have been affected, by identity fraud.

Over 19 million households regularly dump sensitive materials in their waste and recycling bins.

11 % throw away whole credit/debit card numbers - a combination of a complete card number with its associated expiry date and owner's signature was found in the waste and recycling of 13% of households.

A third of us are still throwing away everything a fraudster needs to steal a person's identity, including passports, driving licences, CVs, phone and utility bills.

DI Shane Roberts head of the Beds economic crime unit, said: "Identity fraud is a serious and growing problem which affects all our communities. From experience, we know that the best way to safeguard our personal information is through strong preventative measures, whether you're shopping online, or throwing out your bills."

Exclusive research carried out by Experian for National Identity Fraud Prevention Week showed that everyone, from the wealthiest and most creditworthy sections of society to council tenants and students were at risk.

Leaflets containing information on how to avoid identity theft are available from Beds Police Stations.

There are several ways ID fraudsters may potentially target consumers. These include: theft of personal documents or security information; stealing post from communal hallways; using mail which has not been re-directed after someone has moved; duping consumers to disclose personal details online; or bin raiding.

Further information on how to protect yourself, and how to cope if you are a victim of identity fraud. visit or call freephone 00 800 1810 1810 to get a copy of the guide.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 9 October 2007

Eaton Bray Methodist Church

This article was published in October 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

A reminder that our monthly lunches will resume on Saturday October 13th and our Charity to be supported will be the Keech Cottage Childrens Hospice.

Our lunches are served from 12.00 noon until 1.30 pm on the 2nd Saturday of the month. We normally offer a choice of three hot dishes for main course and a selection of hot and cold desserts followed by tea or coffee. This is an opportunity to meet with friends old and new and also support various local and national charities. A warm welcome awaits.

November lunches will be on the 10th and our December ones on the 1st when we offer you the chance to do a little Christmas shopping and enjoy a full Christmas Lunch.

Source: Focus, October 2007

Eaton Bray Lawn Tennis Club

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Eaton Bray Lawn Tennis ClubAs I write this one Sunday morning, I just don't know which channel to watch. BBC1 for the European football qualifiers, ITV for the Rugby World Cup and Formula One Grand Prix, Sky for the Tennis US Open or ITV4 (or is it 5 or 6?) for the Cricket. I'm sitting in front of my telly in a state of confusion; smoke pouring from my remote control due to over-exertion of the programme buttons, empty cans of SkolsbergCarlbrau carelessly surrounding my armchair, and my England flag flopping aimlessly from the curtain rail. Let's face it, the possibilities of England winning, or even featuring in the finals of any of these events is slightly less than the chances of my daughter's guinea-pig designing and building a spaceship, launching from our back garden beside the potted bamboo, and becoming the first rodent on Mars (after Anne Robinson). So, with no hope of a national victory (with the possible exception of the Formula One Championship if Lewis can 'sort out' Monsignor Alonso) I decided to switch off the box and get down to the tennis courts in order to motivate my fellow Sunday morning social players to bigger and better things, so that one day we may once again stand proudly at the top of the world tennis mountain.

Unfortunately it wasn't to be. Our club is blessed with several top class players (I'm too modest to count myself amongst them) but the motley crowd of eight that gathered this morning to take on the elements and one-another were not part of that elite group.

The top people were apparently watching the cricket. So with goodwill and brave hearts, we set to the task of splitting ourselves into pairs and commencing battle. Now lets look at the day-jobs of these eight people, We had a hat seller, an X-ray equipment seller, a Construction Material Testing engineer, a retired Vulcan and Easy jet pilot, a Silverlink train driver, a Cambridge graduate, an office worker and an about to be student. But bring these together with the single objective of winning the best of five games and all day-jobs fade into oblivion. Victory is the one and only objective! Such an example was when one of my superbly executed topspin lobs landed clearly right-on our opponent's baseline, only for it to be called 'out' by my opposite number.

Now this is a man who back in 1982 (even when he had much better eyesight and a co-pilot to boot) couldn't hit a runway 2 miles long and 300 feet wide over Port Stanley, so what chance has he of calling a ball in or out over a 27-foot line just an inch wide? The hat-seller agreed with me, but the train driver sided with the pilot (must be some sort of transport union) so the point was replayed whereupon I served a double fault to settle the matter unequivocally. Moral of the story? Always play against the Student because you can threaten to tell their parents about the latest scratch on their car, and hence take away their allowance if they don't award you the point. Firm but fair I'm sure you'd agree.

Almost finally, some good news about our recent accomplishments. Our third court has just completed its resurfacing programme at a cost of around £18,000. We have received £2,000 from the Flagship Fund towards this through South Beds District Council, along with a grant of £1,920 from the Local Network Fund, both for which we are extremely grateful. Now we are now one of the few lucky clubs in Bedfordshire to have three brand new courts all with floodlighting, and a growing membership ishing to avail themselves of the facilities (1 in every 19 villagers, remember...).

To end on, many congratulations to Junior member Alison Lowe, who took a magnificent runners up place in the Beds County Mini Tennis Green competition under 10's. This is a major feat as there were some excellent youngsters from clubs all over Bedfordshire competing, and we should all congratulate Alison on her achievement. No pressure Alison, but Wimbledon starts in eight months time... J

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 Bagni, Coach Nick Boys, or if they're all out and I'm not locked in the bathroom sulking about the latest dodgy line call, me, Andy Cross.

Source: Focus, October 2007

The First Aid Guy

This article was published in October 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Imagine you're walking down a road. Cars going by left and right but you take little notice of them because you've got your mind on your work. You carry on, lost in your own thoughts. Suddenly, a loud 'bang' from twenty yards ahead brings you back to reality and you're startled to see a young woman flying through the air, her crash helmet giving her the appearance of a human cannonball.

It's a ridiculous thought but one I remember clear as a bell even though this happened 14 years ago. Her landing was awful; a slow-motion, sickening 'thud' as she hit the tarmac and lay motionless for an agonising few seconds. I was by her side immediately, my brain a whirr of activity now a memory from distant scouting days telling me not to let her take her helmet off. Another passer-by called an ambulance and as we waited and the woman tried to sit up I made her put her head between her knees in case she felt faint. Her right arm was badly swollen but thankfully only badly bruised and a nasty lump had appeared on her forehead as her helmet was the type that only protected the back and side of the head.

She was taken to hospital and the remains of her scooter were left on the side of the road. The car that had pulled out in front of her was drivable but the large dent in its front wing would have to receive professional treatment. I returned to work but for the next few days I was haunted by the thought that when I was by the woman's side, I had very little idea what I was supposed to do to help her.

And that's when my interest in first aid really started. I did a day's course a little while later, refreshing myself on those scouting basics and realising an awful lot had changed in the intervening years. Later still I started teaching scuba diving and one of the prerequisites was to be a first aid instructor. As diving was something people learnt after work I began to focus on offering full day first aid courses to local businesses on weekdays and working with families over a couple of evenings or on weekends.

The courses I run offer the essentials of first aid and in terms of health and safety they qualify participants to the level of 'Appointed Person' in the workplace. This covers scene assessment, rescue breathing and CPR, spinal injury, bleeding and shock management, choking etc... for both adults and children. Secondary Care includes splinting and bandaging with 'patients' looking like Egyptian mummies by the time we finish! Manuals are included and certification cards are issued on completion of the course. These last for two years, after which it is best to refresh your knowledge as protocols can change in that time.

First Aid has taught me many valuable skills and given me the confidence to deal with emergencies that fortunately only rarely come my way. With the right training you will learn to stop, think then act, and ultimately realise that you did everything humanly possible to help in a given situation.

When I think about first aid these days, as well as the woman on the motorbike, I think of a time when I was the patient and a former student of mine came to help. I was teaching diving in the far east and reading a book in my hammock after work when a rope gave way and dropped me three feet onto concrete on my right side. It was clear from the pain that I'd broken a rib or two and as I lay on the ground groaning I saw a couple of feet approaching slowly enough for their owner to be obviously conducting a scene assessment. A voice out of the darkness of my squinting eyes introduced itself as Geoff and asked if it could help. Geoff went by the book, straight through to treating me for shock management. After about 10 minutes the pain had subsided enough for me to talk and for us both to ascertain that the injury, whilst painful, was not serious.

Geoff had come round to get some money I owed him. He had to help himself to the contents of my wallet while I lay on the floor making comments about kicking a man while he was down but I'd have paid him a hefty tip at that point. He was a lovely chap and I was very proud.

For more information on First Aid courses, and click on First Aid.

Source: Focus, October 2007

Parish Council Minutes - October 2007

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Minutes of Parish Council Meeting: Monday 1st October 2007

The next Parish Council meeting to be held at the Coffee Tavern on Tuesday 6th November 2007 at 7.30pm.

Salvation Sound - October 2007

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Salvation ArmyHarvest time.... Genesis 8:22.
'As long as the world exists, there will be a time for planting and a time for harvest'.

Harvest, the season for the gathering of grain and fruits. In Canaan, it all began on the 16th day of Abib,(or April, seasons being different in the East). A handful of ripe ears of corn was offered as a first fruit before the Lord, and immediately after this the harvest commenced. It began with the feast of the Passover and ended with Pentecost, thus lasting for seven weeks.

The Egyptians excelled in agriculture, and after the Israelites entered the promised land, they too became quite remarkable in the development of this type of work. Wheat, figs, pomegranates, grapes and olives all produced abundantly. However, the whole land was 'rested' every seventh year, when all agricultural labour would entirely cease.

It was the custom in those days for a passer by to be at liberty to eat any amount of corn, grapes etc. but he was not permitted to carry any away with him. The poor were able to claim the corners of the fields and the gleanings. A forgotten sheaf in a field was also to be left for the poor.

"Toiling through the seasons
In the sunshine and the rain,
Zealous sowing with compassion
Yields a wealth of golden grain."

Canaan was the land of plenty. There God said His people would,"Eat food without shortage and lack nothing"....Deut. 8:9.

We are such a fortunate people here in this land, for this also is a land of plenty, and very few of us ever go hungry to bed, or thirst because the well has run dry.

Many people nowadays forget the meaning of harvest, the nearest they come to it is in the purchasing of an organic loaf! Harvest Festival is not just a quaint custom of the church, it is a time to recognise what sustains the body and the symbols of what feeds the spirit.

The origin of the word harvest is obscure, we come closest to it when we say we 'crop what was rooted'. Poets call this root-cropping sequence an everlasting circle. Moses called it 'the pilgrim feast of ingathering'.

Think on this then, Harvest Festival has to be a double celebration, of field crops and of ourselves; praising God for His bounty; God's love creates all things, He works within us, just as He does in the nature of the countryside.....

Source: Focus, October 2007

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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EB Lions Girls U12 - 3
Barton Rovers Girls U12 - 2

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions' replacement goalie, Nancy, played well and Rovers' attacks were held off by excellent defence from Devon and Katie.

Megan came up from mid field to score early in the first half. Hattie taking advantage of Bartons weaker defence to score the second in the 20th minute. Barton scored late in the first half making it 2-1, Elsa subbed for Hattie to finish the first half. Darcy and Emily were replaced by Bethan and Abbie starting the second half. Good team work, and excellent tackles by Darcy. Keeping pressure on, the team created some excellent opportunities.

Megan Elsa and Devon came off midsecond half, replaced by Hattie, Darcy and Emily, the continued pressure by EB Lions gave Hattie her third goal making it 3-1, a late goal by Barton made the final score 3-2. A good game was had and both team played a highly spirited game.

St Martins U8 Orange - 0
EB Lions U8 Reds - 13

With no match last week, the Lions were keen to get back on the pitch. They started strongly and got their first goal after two minutes. With all the pressure coming from Lions they managed to score about every three minutes and at half time it was Lions 7 St Martins 0. Lions were moving the ball well and played some great football.

At half time Lions made substitutions and again started strongly with two goals in the first three minutes. Lions continued to push forward and finished the game winning 13 to 0.

With a great performance from all the team the Man of the match went to Dax Roe for his second game in a row with 8 goals.

The scorers were Dax Roe 8, George Oliver 1, Charlie Giblim 1, Jack Nevitt 1, Harry Ambrose 1 and Lee Saunders 1.

Orion United U10 A - 8
EB Lions U10 - 0

A ragged membrane of grey cloud and patches of mud growing at either end of the field; the season might be getting under way from the weather's perspective, but the Lions are struggling to establish a decent result on the scorecards.

An 8-0 tally in favour of a stylish Orion United A team was yet another frustrating result following fifty minutes of enterprising Lions football. Given an extra thirty minutes, a more balanced scoreline might have ensued, such was the rate of improvement as play progressed.

Orion's flashy plays were neutralised repeatedly by some stubborn and gritty defensive work, while Chris McGee, making his centre forward debut, scooped Man of the Match honours following some well-placed crosses from both wings.

So onwards and upwards - up to now the opposition has been tough and a win, almost certainly, is around the corner.

EB Lions U11 - 1
Clapham Colts U11 - 2

In a bizarre piece of fixture scheduling the Lions played league leaders Clapham for the second time in four matches and they so nearly avenged that opening day defeat.

On a perfect morning two evenly matched teams played a great game of football. The Lions were the better team in the first half and took a deserved lead when Jayden Newman fired a superb shot into the net.

After the break Clapham equalised with another great long range strike. The Lions battled for everything in a close match, but just when it looked like Clapham would drop their first points a final minute goalmouth scramble gave them the victory. Tough on the Lions and even the Clapham manager said a draw would have been a fairer result as he singled out Lions central defenders Jakob Knappitt and Ivan Brodrick for particular praise. MoM keeper Harry Rogers for an excellent game.

EB Lions U14 - 0
Flitwick Eagles U14 B - 4

For the first twenty minutes the match was finely balanced with Eagles putting two shots wide and Lions gaining four corners, but only managing one header over the bar.

Eagles scored from a long free-kick which landed just in front of the goalmouth and was bundled into the net. Lions had several more shots but luck was against them and Eagles scored again with a long shot which clipped the post and bounced in.

In the second half Lions were awarded a controversial penalty for handball but the shot went over the crossbar. Andy Dear and Jack Coates hit the post and shots by Jonnie Moriarty and George Crace were saved, but Eagles made the most of their chances and scored two more. Lions' goalie, Lee Cavendish was MoM for some fearless saves which prevented Eagles from increasing their goal tally.

Source: EB Lions

Coffee Morning at Hollywell Cottage

This article was published in October 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

I would like to thank all those who so generously supported the coffee morning on 14th September at Hollywell Cottage in aid of Fibromyalgia Awareness Week. It has done a little to raise awareness about this condition and raised the fantastic sum of £600, part of which will be donated to a Fibromyalgia Support Group. The rest will go to help with the publication cost of a new book about Fibromyalgia. Profit from the sale of this book called "Pain 24/7 The Fibromyalgia Jigsaw" will go to research.

-- Joan Chappell

Source: Focus, October 2007