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August 2009

Police search for missing 20-year-old

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

Natalie MaskellThames Valley Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a 20-year-old Eaton Bray woman who was reported as missing on August 5.

It is possible Natalie Maskell, aged 20, from Heather Mead, may have travelled to America, however police are appealing for any information to Natalie's whereabouts, in the UK or America, and about who she may be with.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Missing Persons Department at Aylesbury Police Station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Source: Bedfordshire Police Online

Bray Boys Reign Supreme

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

CricketFresh from the knowledge that the 1st XI secured the league title again on Saturday, most of the team were nursing severe hangovers. Peacock yet again lost the toss but was surprisingly asked to bat on what looked a good hard wicket on a warm day.

Openers Wilson & Kerins took the opportunity with open arms in an opening stand of 139 before Wilson ran himself out for 57, his first ever half century. But Kerins continued in his normal attacking vein and reached 3 figures and was eventually retired by his skipper on 119 with 8 overs remaining. This score being the highest ever at the ground by an Eaton Bray player.

Harvey hit a lusty 6, surprisingly over cow corner as Bray racked up 249 in their 40 overs.

Knebworth Blues opener Dev Woolley is a big hitter and this total was well within his grasp. However, he hadn't banked on the opening spell of Joe Robb which sent him back to the pavilion bowled for just 24. Wickets were taken at regular intervals and the ground fielding was good, the example being set by Ryan Peacock who proved that someone in their family could field and was not frightened of the ball.

In total 8 bowlers were used and all got wickets, with Robb and Wilson getting 2 apiece. The latter even celebrated a bowled before the ball had hit the stumps!!! Peacock snr, in an impressive spell, bowled the only batsman left for 96, after he had been particularly brutal to the bowling of Jones, Barker and Tickell. Young Kiki Churchyard rounded off proceedings by bowling the final batsman as Bray were victorious by 36 runs.

The age of the Bray team was encouraging with only Jones & Kerins aged over 30 (just). This was in stark contrast to the opponents who had 4 players old enough to be Jones' Dad! The future looks bright for this young team.

-- Aching


  • Result: Eaton Bray CC - Friendly XI Won by 39 runs
  • Date: Sun 23rd Aug 2009 @ 14:30
  • Ground: The Rye Gardens
  • Type: Friendly
  • Scoring: Standard
  • Toss: Knebworth Blues CC - 1st XI won the toss and decided to bowl

Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club

Valiant Chase Ends In Defeat

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

CricketAfter losing the toss (again) on a hot day, Bray were asked to field. An early wicket for Ruff thanks to a stunning slip catch by the author secured an early breakthrough. (One fielder remarked that the catch was indeed 'world class'.) However, opener Akhtar set about punishing the attack and a score of 300 was on the cards.

Akhtar then made a fatal error. Ozzie 'bucket hands' Osborne, back from injury after 6 consecutive seasons out, picked up the ball on the boundary and Akhtar called for a second run. The direct hit on the stumps had him run out by yards! Bucket hands proceeded to take two catches with the usual thud as the ball was safely secured in his hands. Jones, switched ends after 3 overs for 30 and promptly picked up 2 wickets (somehow). Tickle got an lbw despite not appealing himself but the star of the show was the constantly improving Jake Barker who ended with 3 for 17 off his 4 overs, narrowly missing a hat-trick as the ball raced past the outstretched McDermid's hands.

A total of 236 for 8 was a very good score on the EB wicket and with the early loss of Wilson and Hearn, looked a long way away. Captain Peacock came to the wicket to join makeshift opener Kerins and the two set about the chase. Kerins by blocking and Peacock by keeping up with the required 6 runs an over with some sublime shots.

Peacock went on to make a career best 91 before being bowled trying to keep up with the required 10 an over run rate. A first ton is surely just around the corner for this classy batsman?

Bucket hands hit a huge 6 in his cameo 28 before he fell to the cause, and Jake Barker smacked the ball around as Bray fell for 197 in near darkness.

That of course didn't stop youngsters, Kiki, Ryan and Charlie from then having another game!

-- Slip Specialist

Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club

Ladybird roof will be spotted after go-ahead for extension

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

A planned new classroom and library area at Eaton Bray Lower School has been given the thumbs up.

The extension, which is needed to cope with an increase in the number of pupils, was given the go-ahead at a meeting on Central Bedfordshire Council's development management committee on Wednesday.

The increase has been linked to the success of the school's new nursery building. The roof design of the extension is based on a ladybird symbol widely associated with books and children's learning and would be constructed from moulded glass fibre and reinforced plastics, domed and coloured red with black spots.

The parish council said they had no objections to the extension in principle but considered the design "architecturally inappropriate".

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Source: Dunstable Gazette, 12 August 2009

Mentmore Concede to Bray

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

CricketOk, so 7 of their players have gone down with swine flu, but we'd have won anyway.........well pigs might fly. Although the price of bacon has been going up. Bray captain Josh Porkcock went the whole hog and remarked "It's ruff for us all, and being called off this late is a real swine, because it was swill weather, I was going to drive and pork in the field and have a pignic with a ham sandwich, and hold hams with Jacob and Joe, and maybe sow up the game and rub some oinkment into Mike Smith's aches and pains, hog the batting, hog the bowling, hope i'm not boaring you......."

5 Hours later...........
"and i got a duck again yesterday.....a real swine but the day just flu"

-- Pig of a Day


  • Result: Cancelled
  • Date: Sun 9th Aug 2009 @ 14:00
  • Ground: The Cricket Club
  • Type: Friendly
  • Scoring: Standard

Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club

Eaton Bray Village Hall Report

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

Firstly as we are getting into the summer holidays and this is the last Focus until October I think I had better mention the Quiz.

This is being held in the Hall with the Tennis Club and tickets will again be just £8.

The date: Saturday October 10th

So please book early to avoid disappointment. We have already sold 4 tables after I was accosted at the Beer Festival by one of our regulars who booked 3 tables on the spot. Thank you John! See, not only are the folk of this village intelligent but they enjoy a good drink now and then.

I am, as usual, asking the editor to put an advert re the Quiz and the first person to ring me with the correct page number will be eligible for two free tickets. So go on and give me a ring, you will only need another 6 to make up a team! Remember if you cannot get up to 8 don't worry as we will make up teams and you get to make some new friends as well.

The hall is getting along fine with only Monday evenings free (most weeks) at the moment, so if you need a meeting place on Mondays then just give Norman Lee a ring, to see if he can help you - 222831. Obviously there are also plenty of various times available for all those special parties and celebrations.

The final figure from the beer festival was nearer to £3,600 so almost a record and it would have been if we had had a few more beers and the weather had been kinder.

Thanks you all for your continued support.

For any further information please ring Ross Bagni 221411.

Source: Focus, August/September 2009

Panto 2010 - Your Panto Needs You!

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

Starwreck (2009)Following the success of last winter's out of this World frivolities, the time is now upon us when we start nagging you to help with next years' effort. We have most of the major personnel all revved up and raring to go ready to drag out Oscar winning performances from all you talented amateur performers.

To get the very best cast we can, we are holding informal auditions on two separate days in the hope that if you are interested you should be able to make one of them.

Sunday September 13th - 3pm to 5pm at the Coffee Tavern
Monday September 14th - 8pm to 10pm at the Coffee Tavern

If you are interested but are unable to make either date, give us a ring, 01525 221583 or email us on [email protected].

We are always open to anyone who would like to help in any way in all departments, i.e. backstage, scenery, wardrobe etc, so if you've always fancied the idea but never got around to it, now is the time. We particularly need scenery painters this year.

Hope to see you all in September.

-- Pete and Ronnie Farrar.

Source: Focus, August/September 2009

St Mary's Church Eaton Bray with Edlesborough

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

We are pleased to announce that a new Priest has been selected to take over as Priest in Charge of St Mary's church, which will end the vacancy created by Malcolm Grant's retirement in March.

Roger Chapman, who is currently an assistant curate in the Letchworth area, will be taking over later this year and we very much look forward to welcoming Roger and his family to the parish.

-- Chris Banks, Peter Bennett, Churchwardens

Source: Focus, August/September 2009