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July 2009

Bray soundly beaten again

This article was published in July 2009. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

CricketThis match report is brought to you by Peacock and Roff (no DK and Barm not Ruff).

On a very green wicket remeniscent of cabbage, near a watering hole in Bletchley, Bray were soundly beaten for the 2nd week in a row.

Captain Peacock has clearly proven to be a useless tosser all season and once again his team were sent out to field, (even though it was a very bowler friendly wicket). A tight start by the openers Smith and Peacock and then 1st change bowler Roff, ensured wickets were taken fairly frequently and runs were restricted.

Joe Roff bowling on his favourite ground in the world where he has terrorised many batsmen finished with brilliant figures of 6-0-10-0, (if only more captains were watching).

Mike Smith chipped in with 1, Peacock with 2, Charlie "Dickens" Tickell swung it both ways like Barm on a Saturday in Cubes bowled beautifully for 2 wickets for 11 runs. Harvey bowling with Graeme Swann-esque ability was very unlucky with some mis-fields and also as a batsman hit one straight down vice-capatin Jones' neck, shame we all know the result of that one.

Jacob Barker, looking like Alex Wharf, bowled excellently apart from a few extras. Special mention for Jones, who tried to feed the pigeons cricket balls on many occasions. Shenley Church End ended on 168-5.

When Bray walked out to the bat-tlefield, the message was to be positive but stay there. Unfortuneately Mike Smith opening the batting, was caught by A.Peacock. Wilson soon followed LBW (yes and it was plum) for 5 and the team were in strife at 24-2. In came Peacock at 3, to try and forge partnerships, mainly with his favourite batting buddy, Joe Roff. However, due to cobwebs in the poor boys ears, he ran himself out. Peacock was eventually out for 29.

Not many others chipped in apart from Barker with a few lusty blows and McDermid who hung around to frustrate the bowlers and give Jake some strike. Unfortuneately Bray plummeted to 87 all out and back to the showers for some hot-headed banter and a scrap between Harv and Jacob.

-- Pink Punters fans


  • Result: Shenley Church End - 1st XI Won by 87 runs
  • Date: Sun 26th Jul 2009 @ 14:30
  • Type: Friendly
  • Scoring: Standard
  • Toss: Shenley Church End - 1st XI won the toss and decided to bat

Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club

Notice of Visit by Andrew Selous MP

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17th September 2009, 11:30am-12noon

At The Coffee Tavern, Eaton Bray

Andrew Selous MP would like to meet as many constituents as possible.

Policies published on Gypsy and Traveller accommodation in the East of England

This article was published in July 2009. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Government Office for the East of EnglandPolicies published as part of the Regional Spatial Strategy set out how many pitches and plots are needed in each district in the East of England to provide enough authorised pitches until 2021.

The figures have been agreed after extensive consultation and discussion with Local Authorities, planning bodies and community representatives, and will be written into local developments plans. By providing the right amount of authorised pitches in appropriate locations the policy will reduce the number of unauthorised sites without proper planning permission. This will also help to reduce enforcement costs to the taxpayer - estimated at around £18 million a year - and improve community relations between the settled and non-settled communities across the region.

Barbara Follett, Minister for the East of England, said:
“Today's publication of the review of the Regional Spatial Strategy is a positive step towards addressing the serious disadvantages experienced by members of the travelling communities who have a life expectancy 10-12 years below the regional average, and huge challenges accessing education and health services.

“It is vital that we address the housing needs of everyone in our communities, including Gypsies and Travellers. By ensuring sufficient provision of well-managed, authorised sites, we can help stop the negative and costly cycle of evictions from unauthorised sites that is costly to the taxpayer and impacts on the quality of life for the travelling community and can be so disruptive to all of our communities.”

Communities Secretary John Denham said:
“The Government has put funding in place for local authorities to provide new authorised sites and an effective enforcement framework that gives them the tools to tackle unauthorised developments. All local authorities must make rapid progress on making full use of these powers whenever they are needed.

“Effective management of what is often a controversial issue must mean providing the right number of pitches for Gypsies and Travellers in the appropriate locations, but also ensuring the genuine concerns of the settled community are understood and addressed. Making progress and balancing everyone's needs requires proper leadership and action.”

Today's announcement builds on the draft policy submitted by the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in February 2008. This draft policy was then consulted on and tested at an Examination in Public in October 2008. Proposed changes to the policy were published for public consultation in March 2009.

The final policies provide a framework for local planning authorities, who can then take local decisions about the location and distribution of the pitches. The policy has been developed to ensure a more equitable distribution of the additional requirements across Local Authority areas.

Details of the breakdown of provision by district is included in the policy, which is available on the Regional Planning pages of the GoEast website.

Source: Government Office for the East of England

10 Man Bray get the Blues

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CricketYet again the Bray struggled to find 11 players, and then when Ollie Wilson pulled out at 12.30pm on match day we were left with 10!! This almost became 8 with the Barker pair getting lost for an hour in Hitchin. An interesting mix of youth (4 U14s and 1 U17) and experience (5 over their mid 30s) was again the order of the day for the Bray.

The Bray skipper won the toss and took the decison to bowl first, more on the basis of wanting the game to last beyond 4.30!!

The Knebworth Blues openers batted for a long time, eventually having an opening partnership of 160, with their captain being out for 108 to Kiki (clean bowled!!). The other opener was run out attempting a 4th in the 40th over for 63!!

Good bowling from DK (1-36), Kiki (2-52), Jake and Rakish (on debut) restricted what could have been a mammouth score to something rather large! Zach Churchyard also taking a good catch off his brother, Kiki, to prove the youngsters have a future with Eaton Bray.

The Bray batting had little high points, a 50 run partnership between DK and the stand-in skipper (Barm) and a last wicket stand of 32 between Jake Barker (22*) and Rakish Kara being the only highlights!! Jake's 22* being his highest score for the club (for the 3rd week in a row!). His father Manny will need to bring a thicker wallet next week for the jug! The being all out for 127 in the 32nd over.

-- Into the Wind Specialist


  • Result: Knebworth Blues CC - 1st XI Won by 119 runs
  • Date: Sun 12th Jul 2009 @ 14:30
  • Ground: Lucas Lane
  • Type: Friendly
  • Scoring: Standard
  • Toss: Friendly XI won the toss and decided to bowl

Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club

Cheeky Monkeys - End of Term Raffle

This article was published in July 2009. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Cheeky Monkeys under fives playtime are holding their end of term raffle on Wednesday 15th (July) in Eaton Bray Village Hall. We open at 1pm, and the raffle will be drawn at approximately 2pm.

There are some great prizes to be won, including a glider flight, photo session worth over £100, The Grove Theatre tickets, Leighton Buzzard railway passes, Clarks £10 gift voucher, and lots more! Tickets are £1 per strip, or 6 strips for £5. Please come along on Wednesday, everyone is welcome, even if you don't have any children to bring!

If you would like some tickets but are unable to make the date, please contact Sue Fox, on 01525 222387, or [email protected].

For further details, please see our website,

We hope you are able to support us.

Parish Council Minutes - July 2009

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Minutes of Parish Council Meeting: Monday 6th July 2009

The next Parish Council meeting to be held at the Coffee Tavern on Monday 7th September 2009 at 7.30pm.

Bray In Amazing Run Chase Victory!!

This article was published in July 2009. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

CricketBray were struggling to get a side out prior to this game. In the end, 10 players were assembled, with Joe Ruff the 4th oldest at 20. Senior players Manny Barker, Darren Kerins and captain Ian Jones knew a tough task was ahead of them.

Winning the toss and electing to field, Bray started tidy with Kerins and Ruff keeping it tight, but wicketless. With Manny having to keep wicket due to Kerins' inability to bend down due to keeping the day before, Bray were down a bowler. But captain Jones stepped up to the plate, in giving the youngsters a go and also with leading by example.

He got the first 5 wickets to fall, including the Wendover captain for his 1st ever golden duck, in an impressive 9 overs (yes somehow he bowled 9 despite the maximum being 8) but runs were always flowing despite some good bowling from youngsters Dillon Nawagamuwa, Richard Shilleto and Charlie Tickel. At 214 for 7, most were convinced it was at least 100 too many.

Kiki Churchyard and Ryan Shilleto, both aged only 14, again fielded impressively and the ever improving Jake Barker weighed in with a wicket and some inspiring comments.

Openers Manny Barker and Ruff set about a solid start, putting on 79 in 20 overs giving Bray hope. When Ruff fell for 17 (his personal best) shortly after in an opening stand of 84, Kerins & Barker took the attack to Wendover with some good hitting and some sharp running which was winding up the fielders in an annoying manner.

Barker fell for 58 with the score on 162, and when Kerins was 5th man out for 56, the score was 175 for 5 with only 6 overs remaining. Aussie Richard Shilleto, who got a golden duck in his 1st game for the club last week, then swung the bat to hit 2 of the biggest sixes ever seen at the ground. The first went soaring overs the cars and hedge into the lane. The next (which apparently he toed) went almost into the farmyard. When he was out lbw, 7 were needed from 2 overs, with only 2 wickets left.

Jake Barker hit 4 from that over, Jones sneaked a single off the first ball of the final over. 2 needed off 5 balls. Barker swings hard and hits his first ever boundary for the club and Bray have won!!!! The hug that took place between Jones and Barker mid wicket send shock waves through all surrounding villages.

The opening batsman for Wendover, John Stern, is editor of Wisden magazine - this game would have proved an excellent article for him, but being on the losing side we doubt it will figure. Well done the Bray.

-- Can't Bend Down


  • Result: Eaton Bray CC - Friendly XI Won by 3 wickets
  • Date: Sun 5th Jul 2009 @ 14:30
  • Ground: The Rye Gardens
  • Type: Friendly
  • Scoring: Standard
  • Toss: Friendly XI won the toss and decided to bowl

Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club

Latest from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team

This article was published in July 2009. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

The latest newsletter from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team is now available in the Neighbourhood Policing section.