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August 2008

New captains take over the corps

This article was published in August 2008. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Salvation ArmyThe Salvation Army in Eaton Bray is welcoming new leaders this month. Captains Ray Charlton and Linda Charlton have arrived to take over the Salvation Army's work at the Salvation Army Corps (Church) in Booth Place. Captains Ray and Linda have spent the last four years as leaders in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and have a particular interest in working with people in and around the community. They became Salvation Army officers (ministers) in London after studying and working as cadets for two years at The William Booth College. The couple married in 1976 and have two daughters.

The Captains said: "We have been warmly welcomed at the church and we hope to meet and work alongside other churches in the Eaton Bray area. We believe The Salvation Army still has a place here in Eaton Bray to care for the community, and we are there for anyone who is in need, no matter what denomination or faith. The Salvation Army is not just a charity, we are a church which aims to promote the name of Jesus Christ to the community. We have found the people we have met so far in the village very friendly and we hope that we and the local Salvationists at Eaton Bray will have a long and lasting relationship within the area for many years to come."

Sunday worship takes place at The Salvation Army hall in Booth place at 11 am to which everyone is welcome. There are many weekly activities including coffee mornings on Tuesday once a fortnight, a Fellowship meeting each Wednesday at 2.30pm and Mothers and Toddlers every Thursday Morning starting again in September. There is something for everyone and a warm welcome is guaranteed.

Source: Salvation Army

Cricket: Bray Get The Blues with Pea Cock As Skipper

This article was published in August 2008. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

CricketIn the end Bray were soundly beaten by visitors Knebworth Blues despite getting off to one of the best starts in their history.

At 152-1 and 10 overs remaining, a massive score loomed, but the fall of Norris for 75 and skipper Pea Cock for 44 in successive overs signalled the arrival of a calypso collapse with Barker, Spicer, Taylor and Jones all going for ducks and Kerins, Harvey and Roff all fairing little better.

Left standing on 22 (well staggering) at the other end was local drunk and public disgrace 'Chuck Up' Harris. After sending the wife away for the weekend with the kids he was able to make his sunday debut this season. But after a heavy night out celebrating his birthday the night before, the pale faced run scorer was a shadow of his normal self and was sick shortly after arriving at the ground.

Bray ended up 183 all out off the final ball and had to take early wickets. Key man Woolley was dropped early on off his own bowling by Kerins (who later claimed he caught the middle ball) and then again by Taylor off the luckless Jones. Taylor subsequently claimed that this was his first ever dropped catch throughout his glittering 74 year career, but we all have our doubts.

Woolley was later dropped a 3rd time by keeper Harris as Blues comfortably won the game despite Jake Barker still shouting that Bray would win when only 3 runs were needed off 5 overs with 7 wickets in hand!

Moral of the day: Catches win matches and alcohol gives you a hangover.

-- Headache

  • Result: Knebworth Blues CC - 1st XI Won by 7 wickets
  • Date: Sun 24th Aug 2008 @ 14:30
  • Type: Friendly
  • Scoring: Standard
  • Toss: Knebworth Blues CC - 1st XI won the toss and decided to bowl
  • Highlights: P.Isaac 7-3-11-4, D.Woolley 89*, A.Cooke 46

Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club

Panto 2009 - Auditions

This article was published in August 2008. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

A Space OddityAuditions for actors for Panto 2009 will be held at the Coffee Tavern, Eaton Bray on the following two dates. If you are a budding actor we will be pleased to see you on either date. You do not need to attend both.

  • Sunday 14th September between 2.30pm and 5.00pm
  • Monday 15th September between 8.00pm and 10.30pm

We look forward to seeing you then, but if you are unable to attend either of these two dates please let us know asap.

Please contact us for more information.

Cricket: Record Smashed as Bray Stretch Unbeaten Run

This article was published in August 2008. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

CricketBray kept up the winning habit on sundays with a comfortable victory over Bourne End. Losing the toss and being put in, this could have been another story at 72 for 5 before Peacock and Flecknell Jnr put a total on the board. Flecknell Snr, at this stage, had been sent home to retrieve his kit from the loft to ensure Bray had 11 players.

When Flecknell Jnr fell for 45, Barker soon followed and when Harvey was adjudged lbw by good pal Wilson, 11 overs still remained. Enter the stalwart skipper Jones, who firstly showed his defensive qualities by shutting up shop before unleashing a barrage of shots all around the ground with his partner Peacock. The 9th wicket eventually fell in bizarre circumstances when Jones simply walked off the field with 2 balls remaining and was run out.

His reasoning was that he wanted Flecknell Snr to bat. The fact that Mick spent 2 balls at the non strikers end before the innings closed did not go down well with the 11th man!

At tea it was then discovered that the 9th wicket partnership that Peacock & Jones put on of 58, beat a 14 year old club record, formally held by club 'umpire' and youth team co-ordinator Martin Quinn.

Flecknell Jnr bowled a pile of dross, but Harvey & Roff kept things tight before Hosking weighed in with 2 wickets with smart catches at slip and gully, and it was left to the pie chucking Simon Burton to have career best figures of 4-44 in wrapping the innings up.

There was still time for Peacock and Wilson to drop catches and Jake Barker, in taking 2 catches, showed them how to do it and he also bought his 1st ever jug in recognition of this. Just a shame he's too young to drink any of it.

  • Result: Eaton Bray CC - Friendly XI Won by 51 runs
  • Date: Sun 17th Aug 2008 @ 14:30
  • Ground: The Rye Gardens
  • Type: Friendly
  • Scoring: Standard
  • Toss: Bourne End - 1st XI won the toss and decided to bowl
  • Highlights: A record 9th wicket partnership at home for the Bray of 58 between J Peacock & I Jones. S Burton taking 4 wickets.

Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club

Protests force rethink on flight paths

This article was published in August 2008. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Flight Path proposalsThe company in control of flight paths around Luton Airport is going back to the drawing board following overwhelming public opposition to proposals it published earlier this year.

National Air Traffic Services has just published the feedback it received during the consultation on its proposals to change flight paths out of the airport.

The results show 86 per cent of people who responded were opposed to the proposals, which would have seen more than 5,000 extra people affected by aircraft noise. The majority of grievances were over the loss of tranquility in rural areas, and many also raised concerns about the consultation process itself.

NATS is now looking at a range of further options for the flight paths for westerly departures affecting the villages of Caddington, Slip End, Edlesborough and Eaton Bray. However, a re-think on the affected area further west might not be such welcome news, as NATS says new options could include over-flying Edlesborough, Whipsnade, Totternhoe and Dunstable.

These routes would be more fuel efficient but could have an impact on airspace used by gliders.

The feedback document is available from the NATS website.

Source: NATS

Carnival 2008 – Fairy Tales

This article was published in August 2008. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

I'm sure you will agree that our Carnival just goes from strength to strength. What a community event. Right up until the Day itself I thought we would all get very wet - how wrong I was. We need a little while longer to calculate how much was taken but it looks to be around £11,000 - another remarkable achievement - well done everybody.

All the results will be found on the Carnival website and so it is my pleasure to thank all those that attended, all that decorated their houses and all those who gave goods, time and cash to ensure the Carnival's success. Thanks also to the Right Revd Graeme Knowles, Dean of St Paul's Cathedral for opening the event and for judging the floats.

Finally, thanks to my magnificent Committee of Chris and Sheila Banks, Roger Cook, Sonia Dean, Katrina Grant, Gordon Gray, Theo Gray, Bernadette Hillman, Norman and Ann Lee, David Marriage, Heather Martin, Tony Morreale, Mark Saccoccio, Lin Sargeant, Rebecca Shaw, Vince Taylor, Peter Thomas, and Roger Wilkinson.

If you have a favourite local good cause that you would like to be considered for a grant from the proceeds of this year's event, or if you would like to be involved in the running of Carnival 2009, please or contact me through the website

-- Peter Bennett - Chairman

Carnival Competition Winners- 2008

We had some fantastic prizes in our Fairy Tales Carnival and here are details of just some of the lucky winners. You can find much more information and see our huge range of photos of all the fun on our carnival website on

Source: Focus, August/Sepember 2008