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April 2010

Retired Priest Lends a Helping Hand

This article was published in April 2010. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

A retired priest from Redbourn has temporarily taken over duties at St Mary's Eaton Bray, until Rev Roger Chapman returns.

Canon Christine Farrington is currently providing cover at both St Mary's, Eaton Bray and All Saints Church, Dagnall. She said: "It's business as usual at both churches. Sunday services will be taken by me or one or two other local priests.

"The churchwardens and I are the best point of contact for weddings, baptisms and funerals, or any other needs. I hope that anyone in the parish who needs to contact a priest will either call the church or get in touch with me direct, on 01582 793409."

Source: St Marys Church website

Cricket: Bray 2's Too Good for Potten End

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CricketEaton Bray were asked to bat first in this 35 over encounter, we maintained a run rate of around 5 an over throughout the whole innings. Opener Jacobs hit a cameo 28, but it was the 5th wicket partnership between Smith and Warner which set up a decent total of 184. Smith made 52 (30 of which before he realised he wasn't wearing a box) whilst Warner finished 49 not out, harshly missing out on a deserved first ever half century.

Hofmann commented that he never wears a box, but when you only go out there for 1 delivery the chances of getting hit are slim!

The Potten End openers made a good start putting on 50 off 9 overs and punishing some erratic bowling from Roff and Hofmann. 87 year old George Coughtrey was brought on and immediately turned the game on its head, in a devasting spell of pace, taking 4-18 off his 7 overs.

Well supported by McCarthy, who amazingly managed to get through the game without needing A&E treatment, Potten were rattled and Smith and Kerins mopped up the tail. A direct throw on the stumps from McDermid left Potten End on 158.

Dropped catches were once again in abundance, with Warner, Smith(x2), McDermid, Coughtrey and McCarthy all guilty - it's a good job our recruits from Edlesboro, Jacobs and Owen, know how to catch a ball. Long may the winning run continue!

-- Undefeated skipper


  • Result: Eaton Bray CC - Friendly XI Won by 26 runs
  • Date: Sun 25th Apr 2010 @ 14:00
  • Ground: Potten End CC
  • Type: Friendly
  • Scoring: Standard
  • Toss: Potten End CC - Sunday Friendly XI won the toss and decided to bowl

Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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EB Lions U9 Blues - 3
Luton Borough Dragons U9 Reds - 0

Eaton Bray Lions AFCLions compounded their league win in the final game of the season with a comfortable victory over a rugged Luton side.

Play was evenly matched for the opening ten minutes but the first of a brace of goals from top scorer Joe Rabey effected a swing in momentum that favoured the hosts. There were goal chances for Toby McGee and an accomplished performance by MoM Sam Carter, alongside fellow midfielder Ollie West, ensured Lions maintained possession up to the break.

The visitors pressed back in the second, but intelligent defending by James Glover and Sam Bramston, as well as athletic stretches from Cameron Burchill effectively shut them out for the remaining twenty minutes.

A well placed delivery from Bill Moynes found Joe for the second, before Myles Frederick tapped in for a third. More goals looked set to follow as Joe Thorne maintained a corner threat until the final whistle, and Lions can take comfort in a victory that saw them end the season as emphatically as they had begun it.

Clapham Colts U12 - 11
EB Lions U12 - 7

Lions produced their most potent display of the season in a thrilling encounter which swung back and forth throughout. It was a rampant Colts side though who, in the closing ten minutes, found a rhythm and opened up with a deluge of strikes to hammer out an insurmountable lead.

Lions opened the scoring, James Hurley smashing home after a searing run at goal, but Colts hit back with three of their own, despite rigorous back line work by Aarin Johnson, Tom Horner, Chris McGee and Ben Roberts. Keeper Dan Kenell was made to run and pounce on ball after ball as the hosts upped their work rate, but Lions refused to go under and battled back to draw level with a Sean Woodhouse wonder strike, snatched from mid air and buried into the top right corner of the net, followed by a perfect Dominic Ryan finish that ended the opening frame three a piece.

The second half started as a mirror to the first, Lions scoring with another strike from James, Colts then unloading their own arsenal to retake the lead. Jake Draper stood in for an injured Dan and was forced to use hands and feet to secure the goalmouth, while good forward play by Alex Poynter and Adam Bradley retained the visitors' share of possession.

The second in a brace of fine goals by Dominic and a clattering finish from Will Juster put the game back on an even keel, and a searing strike by debut scorer Aaron Gauntlett showed a gritty resolve before Colts produced a last gasp goal rush to snatch victory.

Source: EB Lions

Parish Council Minutes - April 2010

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Minutes of Parish Council Meeting: Monday 12th April 2010

The next Parish Council meetings will be:

  • Annual Parish Meeting: Monday 10th May 2010, 7.30pm, in the Coffee Tavern.
  • Annual Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday 11th May 2010, 7.30pm, in the Coffee Tavern.

Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions

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Eaton Bray Lions U9 Blues - 3
Luton Borough Dragons Whites - 1

Eaton Bray Lions AFCNeeding a point to win the league title, lions set out with their trademark tenacity and a Joe Rabey first-half hat-trick gave the visitors a vital early lead.

Lancing clearances from Joe Thorne and crunching tackles by James Glover made for an effective back line that held the hosts to nil in the opening stanza. Borough found momentum in the second, pushing Cameron Burchell into some outstanding saves.

Relentless work in midfield from Sam Carter, Bill Moynes, Ollie West and Sam Carter turned the tide and Lions saw a handful of chances to extend their lead. Borough were dangerous on the counter though and pulled on back with a searing strike from the right wing. Good forward play by Toby McGee and Myles Frederick maintained an attacking presence until the final whistle.

Source: EB Lions

Carnival Queen selected for Village Carnival

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2010 Carnival Queen, Princess & AttendantsCaitlin McVeigh has been chosen to reign as Carnival Queen for the St Marys Village Carnival on Edlesborough Green on Saturday 3 July. Supporting her will be princess Tia Fry assisted by Lucy Cooke and Katie Pratt. The Carnival will be a celebration of Rural England at its Best and organisers hope to beat last year's record sum of £12,800 for local charities.

Source: St Mary's Village Carnival

Cricket: Bray Sunday XI start with big win

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CricketThe Eaton Bray sunday team began the season on a sunny April day down at The Rye with a traditonal curtain opener against neighbours Totternhoe C.C.

Captain Peacock decided to be a useful tosser and confidently put his team into bat and opening pair Hosking and recent recruit Dan Owen started briskly putting on 52 before Owen fell for 14. Wes, looking in fine form finding it too easy to pick runs off at will, smacked the ball to all parts, and along with Peacock kept the scoreboard ticking at 10 an over. However, the thought of a cup of orange juice at the drinks interval clearly sounded a good idea and he decided to retire after hitting 5 sixes and 19 fours in a mammoth 134 putting on a second wicket partnership of 141. Flecknell joined Peacock and the ball continued to go across the rope from both parties until Jimbo edged behind for 18 and shortly after Peacock put one down the mid wicket fielders throat for 50. Useful lower order contributions from Barm (14), Old Spice (11) and Brendan 'Boots' Hoffman with 20 including a six over cow corner (believe it or not) allowed the Bray to end on a huge 269 for 5.

Jake had clearly missed the tea lady's food over the winter and followed the lads out to field, with everyone feeling a few pounds heavier to say the least. Eaton Bray legend Georgie Coughtrey opened up with Boots Hoffman and the pair kept it tight bowling in good areas and made sure the Totts batsman couldn't make a good start, although Flecknell and Barm were doing their best to help the opposition with comical fielding. Coughtrey made an early breakthrough with Wray finding the edge to Hoffmann for a good low catch in the slips for 14 and Simpson followed soon after with Spicer boring him to death for 9. With the run out of Hird by Hoffman/Hosking for 1 Bray were making constant breakthroughs and had it not been for D'Archambad with a patient knock of 60 and a brisk 35 from Cole who took a liking to the bowling of Spicer, the final total of 167 would have been much less. MJ and Georgie favoured the conditions and both finished with figures of 6-1-8-2 and 8-4-13-2 respectively.

A good win for Bray first up with a victory of 102 runs, well done lads.

-- Great Tosser


  • Result: Eaton Bray CC - Friendly XI Won by 102 runs
  • Date: Sun 18th Apr 2010 @ 14:00
  • Ground: The Rye Gardens
  • Type: Friendly
  • Scoring: Standard
  • Toss: Friendly XI won the toss and decided to bat
  • Highlights: Wes Hosking 134 ret.

Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club

Cowboy Trap

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Clive HollandFor the second series of Cowboy Trap, presented by Clive Holland (pictured), the BBC are looking for homeowners whose lives and properties are in chaos thanks to 'cowboy' workmen.

This is your chance to get the job finished properly, call to account the builders, plumbers, electricians, roofers or joiners who are to blame, and share your experience to help prevent other viewers from falling into the 'cowboy trap'.

Filming takes place between January and July 2010, so get in touch with them now. Details on how to apply can be found on the Cowboy Trap official webpage.

Source: Mentorn Media

Cheeky Monkeys

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Cheeky MonkeysOver the last few weeks we have been very pleased to welcome some new parents and their children and hope that they will become regular visitors! The children have recently enjoyed making Mothers' Day cards, fl ower pot decorations and lots of other creations. Our new competition “guess the name of the Cheeky Monkeys teddy” is proving popular and will be running for a few more weeks. All you have to do is pick out teddy's correct name from a choice of 100. If you guess correctly, the teddy (plus wine and chocolates!) is yours.

Please take a look at our website, which has recently been updated with some more photographs and calendar items. If you have any comments or suggestions you can leave them on the site's guestbook.

Although this report is written in early March, you will probably be reading it during the Easter holidays, so just to remind you we will reopen on 21 April.

If you are a parent, childminder, grandparent or carer and would like to join our friendly group, please come along on a Wednesday afternoon (term time) at 1pm, in Eaton Bray Village Hall. Everyone is welcome. We have a wide range of toys, including dressing up, easels, bricks, home corner, play dough, craft table, farm, race track, brio, cars, dolls, playfood and lots more! We charge £1.50 per adult, £1 per child over 1, and 50p per child under 1. During the afternoon we have a tea/coffee break whilst the children sit down for juice and a biscuit. We end the afternoon with songs and music.

Cheeky Monkeys is run by three volunteer parents, Sarah, Louise and Sue. For enquiries please contact anyone of us. All details can be found on our website. (

Remember, keep coming and we will keep running!!!

Source: Focus, April 2010

Wanted - Gardens in Eaton Bray, Edlesborough, Northall

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The parish Open Gardens will be on Sunday 13th June.

We have some offers of new gardens to open on the day but would like more, if you would be interested please contact Kay Griffiths on 222849.
Please could I also ask local gardeners to think of growing on a
few plants for our popular plant stall.
This is a very popular community event getting lots of people out and about in the villages on the day and raising funds for local charities.

Source: Focus, April 2010

Eaton Bray Cricket Club

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CricketThe snow has gone, the temperatures are rising and Eaton Bray Cricket Club is preparing for its 30th season at its 'new' ground in The Rye (just beyond the nursery). 'The Rye Gardens' was a project of the then Chairman and President Ken Bearton and George French. It has evolved from disused Parish Council owned allotments into a well used and well cared-for cricket ground. Dave Roberts and Mick (and Sharan) Flecknell ensure that the facilities receive the best attention through hard work, dedication and the use of funds provided by sponsors; Hawkins Transport and M&M Properties.

The club welcomes new and old players from the village to visit and experience the facilities, and hopefully join as a member. The club especially welcomes budding cricketers, as it is looking to develop even further. Anyone interested can either contact Ian Jones via the Eaton Bray Cricket Club website, or just turn-up to the twice weekly training sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays, starting at 6.30pm. And, of course, there is no charge to watch any of the games.

The club has been very successful over recent years, and again won the Four Counties League last season. It runs three teams, two on Saturdays and one on Sundays, catering for all standards.

At the recent AGM the following offi cers were elected: President Lee Bearton, Chairman & Treasurer Martin Quinn, Secretary Michael Jarrett, Saturday 1st team captain Andy Norris, Saturday 2nd team captain Darren Kerins and Sunday captain Josh Peacock.

Source: Focus, April 2010

EB Lions AFC

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What are we?

Eaton Bray Lions AFCAs hopefully everyone knows by now, EB Lions AFC is a children's football club for the boys and girls living in and around the villages of Edlesborough, Eaton Bray, Dagnall and Northall.

Formed in 1994, the Club has grown enormously particularly over the last 7 years and now has 16 teams this season 2009-10, with 200 children, predominantly living in the village, playing competitive and active team sport. We have boys and girls teams ranging from Under 5's up to U15's and have 35 brilliant coaches, almost all of whom are FA qualifi ed, all hold CRB checks and are all devoted to creating fun, improving fi tness, technique, team spirit and above all else confi dence and great memories.

Please look us up on our website -


The 2009-10 season is starting to draw to an end and we are busy planning for our end of season awards, registrations for 2010-11 as well as all of the housekeeping necessary to kit out the 18 teams and 220 players we are anticipating for next season. We will be having our End of Season Presentation Day on Saturday 26th June 2010 - details to be announced shortly!

New Players and Teams

There is a real and strong demand for village based football now, where the skill levels, coaching and development of players and teams is among the best in the county. This also allows the boys and girls to play with their classmates and friends. Whilst we have been hugely successful in stimulating demand and our teams are all of a good size and standard, we do have a small number of opportunities still available in certain age groups/teams and these are detailed in our advert in this months Focus.

We are now actively seeking new players for the following;-

  1. boys and girls year 1 (next seasons Under 7's),
  2. girls in school year 3 and 4 - A new Girls team for (next seasons Under 10 Girls).
  3. boys and girls reception year - to eventually form 2 new teams for our U7's season 2011.
  4. girls in school year 6 and 7 - to support our U12 who play 9 a side football next season.

We would particularly like to hear from you if you fall into these age bands - please email us at [email protected]


We are again looking for sponsorship for the new teams - we hope to fi nd a local sponsor to advertise on a team kit and we actively encourage all of our members and supporters to support our sponsors.

Currently we are pleased to have the support of 15 sponsors, including CHRISTOPHER PALLET who have kindly sponsored our U12 boys team for 2 seasons and PINSTRIPES, where Penni and her team have sponsored our U9 Whites for this season and next.

If you are, or know of any local business that would be interested in supporting us next season please contact us at [email protected] to learn how this might boost your local profile for a modest outlay and support youth sport in and around the villages.


As part of our club development plan we aim to ensure that all of our volunteers gain recognition, qualifi cation or at least enjoyment from all of their hard work! In particular we require that each team has at least one qualified coach at FA Level 1 - we now possibly have more qualifi ed coaches than any other junior club in the county with 18 coaches qualifi ed at FA Level 1 or taking the exam shortly. We also have 7 FA level 2 qualifi ed coaches and the most recent additions to this impressive line-up is Tony Farnfi eld (U8), Bryan Wright (U11 Girls) and Colin Bradley (U12) who have achieved Level 2. Paul Cook, Tim Sanders, Colin Bradley and Nick Bramston have now booked up for level 3 (their UEFA B Licence (FA Level 3) in June 2010 - look out Mr Capello!

Also, we were delighted to hear that our Under 8 Blues were winners of the County Fair Play team of the season 2010 award and by the time you read this will have received this at a presentation on the pitch at Kenilworth Road before Luton Town vs Wrexham. This is a great recognition for our players and coaches by their league and Bedfordshire Football Association.


After a few years as our webmaster Russell Sears is stepping down and Richard Potten has kindly agreed to take on this modern day necessity for any serious group. Many thanks to Russell for his fantastic work and good luck to Richard.

All-weather training facility

We are currently looking into the feasibility of developing an all-weather training facility in the village to allow all of our teams to train throughout the winter months in a safe local environment. For the last two seasons we have had portable fl oodlights that have saved travelling into Dunstable or Leighton Buzzard but despite their portability the grass areas used at Edlesborough School and The Green just can not withstand the demands placed by the large numbers of junior players that we have regularly training in addition to the weekend matches.

With the support of Eaton Bray Parish Council and St Mary's Church we have identified a plot of land in Eaton Bray that is perfect for our needs - this is at an early stage but would be a fantastic facility for EB Lions - there are a lot of hurdles yet to overcome with fundraising and planning permissions currently in our sights. We would also love to hear from anyone that has expertise to help us with such a project and also any other clubs, groups or associations that could give additional usage to an artifi cial surface of 30m x 60m - please contact us.

Soccer Buddies

Finally look out for our brand new piece of innovative kit - with the support of Bovis Lend Lease (Jason Reynolds), a youth development grant from Aylesbury Vale DC PAYP scheme and a substantial equipment grant from Central Beds District Council, we have bought 10 soccer buddies, 10 iGoals, renovated new goals at the Rye and specialist training equipment all totalling almost £6,000.

These Soccer Buddy mannequins are training aids in full EB Lion kit, designed to improve shooting accuracy and dribbling ability. On top of this we have our very own Speed Buddy to record the speed of a shot, which we are planning on presenting at the Village Carnival in July to see who can claim the hardest shot in the village!

Source: Focus, April 2010

Quiz, Eaton Bray Village Hall, 24 April 2010

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Eaton Bray Village Hall
Saturday 24th April 2010

This fabulous quiz with quizmaster Keith Blackburn will still include
a Free supper with the questions
Bring you own glasses and drink
7.30pm for 8pm
Just £8 per person
Teams of up to 8 people
Fabulous prizes!
This event is organised jointly by Eaton Bray Village Hall
Fundraising Committee and Eaton Bray Tennis Club
For bookings contact Ross 221411

Source: Focus, April 2010

Pothole Information - Central Bedfordshire Council, Highways

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We will be attending urgently to any pothole on the carriageway that measures more than 150mm long x150mm wide x50mm deep. On the footway, we class slab movement or uneven ironwork more than 20mm, and also holes with a trip exceeding 100mm long x100mm wide x20mm deep as urgent. Anything smaller will still be assessed but monitored for future repair. This includes areas where the carriageway has begun to crumble in multiple places but has not reached the hardcore of the road. These areas will require a more permanent repair once the weather improves.

For all other issues, a member of our Customer Service Team will respond to your issue within 2 working days with advice, guidance, and a report number where action may be required. Our Technicians then have the following timescales to inspect your issue and decide the best course of action:

  • Potholes, surface defects, kerbing, general highway faults - 5 working days from the date of our reply
  • Street lighting faults - 10 working days from the date of our reply
  • All requests for new additions to the Highways, eg: signs, lines, etc - 20 working days from the date of our reply

Kind Regards,
Central Bedfordshire Council
Bedfordshire Highways Team
Telephone: 0300 300 8049
Email: [email protected]

Salvation Sound - April 2010

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Salvation ArmyThere was a time when the soft velvet darkness of night enfolded you - starlight and moonshine guided your way. Candlelight lit peoples homes, then came oil lamps, then the gentle glow of gas light. Those days have long since gone. With the press of a switch we have light. Sometimes we can even be dazzled by the amount of lights in towns and cities.

In India Christian women perform a lamp-lighting ceremony each evening as the shadows fall. A song is chanted as the ceremony begins - music, the heady scent of flowers and purifying incense fills the air. The home is fi lled with light and sweetness; with it is the lingering sense of the Presence of the Light of the World, Jesus. He was the Light when He died on Calvary and rose again, and His is still the Light which guides us through the difficulties, temptations and dangers which may be encountered on our life's journey.

Whether we set out on our journey in spring, summer, autumn or winter it is important to be aware of the starting point; but we never travel alone for Jesus is with us every step of the way.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was on her journey of life and it was said of her that her presence evoked “the beauty of holiness” - “that special beauty amounting to a kind of pervasive luminosity generated by a life dedicated wholly to loving God and His creation.”

Mother Teresa would have been the first to insist that if God's glory shines through her it can shine through all who live for Christ. This is how people should see us as Christians - bright and inviting lights in this world.

Jesus brought us out of darkness and He said that we, as His followers, are “the light of the world”. Matthew 5: 14.

Lord, let me be a shining light
In all I say and do,
May your great love be seen in me
And lead someone to you...

At 6-30.a.m. on Easter Day we will be on Ivinghoe Beacon, hopefully watching the sunrise, and celebrating the rising of The Son.

Why not get out of bed bright and early and come and join with us!!!



Source: Focus, April 2010

Eaton Bray Methodist Church

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After many months of consideration we have decided to make a few changes to our Worship pattern. Over the next 6 months we are are to try the following format.

  • 1st Sunday in each month will be a Traditional Service.
  • 2nd Saturday in April will be Cafe Community and the 2nd Sunday in each month Cafe Style Worship.
  • 3rd Sunday in each month will be a Communion Service.
  • 4th Sunday in each month will be an All Age Worship Service. This Informal morning will include our “Chapel Music Group” and Children's Activities. An enjoyable time for all.
  • 5th Sunday in each month where applicable will be our United Service.

We do hope that this may appeal to the Community and promise that a warm welcome awaits. All Services start at 10.30 am.

Next Cafe Community Saturday April 10th 10-30am to 12-30pm.

Source: Focus, April 2010