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May 2015

Young Childrens' Interactive Musical Entertainment every Monday from June

This article was published in May 2015. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Cha Char ChimpsCha Char Chimps are a young childrens' interactive, musical entertainment show and they will be coming to Eaton Bray Village Hall every Monday from 8th June (except school holidays & 29th June when it's being used for something else).

From 10:30-11:30am. Mums, dads, grandparents, childminders all very welcome. No need to book, just turn up (£4 for 1 adult & child or £5 for a family). Drinks and cakes included in the refreshment break.

They have been running in Milton Keynes for 7 years and have noticed ladies travelling all the way from Dunstable, so we are coming over to your way now! Hope you enjoy it!

For more information, please see the Cha Char Chimps website.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Warns of Fancy Dress Fire Risk

This article was published in May 2015. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Chief Fire Officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Paul Fuller, is warning parents about the fire risk to children from fancy dress costumes. "These costumes are not covered by current children's clothing regulations," he says, "and the safety standard for them can be as little as a 'keep away from fire' label. This is not good enough and is putting children's lives at risk."

To raise awareness of the risk to children from dressing up costumes CFO Fuller has taken part in BBC TV's Watchdog with a segment of the show dedicated to the issue broadcast at 8pm on Thursday 14 May. The programme will show just how quickly some children's costumes burn if touched by a naked flame like a candle.

CFO Fuller is a trustee of the Children's Burns Trust, a charity that has become concerned by inadequate regulation of children's fancy dress clothing whose popularity has grown in recent years, partly sparked by film tie-ins with animated films and blockbuster action films.

Paul Fuller continues: "People do not realise just how quickly a princess costume will catch fire and the fire spread. The design of costumes, with flowing robes, capes or petticoats means they could easily catch fire from a candle or flame and swiftly engulf a child in flames.

"At the moment fancy dress costumes are not necessarily fire proofed or fire retardant. They are classified as toys, not clothes. Fire safety for toys is based on the ability of children to drop a burning teddy bear or doll or to run away from a burning play tent or wigwam. It often amounts to no more than having a 'keep away from fire' label on the package but you can't drop a burning costume or run away from it.

"Burn injuries are difficult to treat and once a child's skin has been burned it does not regain its flexibility and grow as the child does. This means a young burns survivor may have to endure years of painful surgery as they grow and develop.

"We are not asking for new legislation. We want fancy dress costumes to be included in same safety standards as children's nightclothes. It is a simple classification change from toys to clothes and will help protect our children from this preventable risk. We also want manufacturers to understand the risk and bring their costumes up to the standard of children's nightclothes.

"This is not a matter of cost, more expensive costumes are not necessarily safer. Parents should be aware that costumes do not meet the same safety standards as clothes. They should treat them as a high risk particularly around the open flames that you might find at Halloween, a birthday party or an outdoor barbeque."

Election Results 2015

This article was published in May 2015. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Parliamentary Constituency: South West Bedfordshire

Andrew Selous won for the Conservative Party.

Turnout: 65%


Ward: Eaton Bray

Ken James won for the Conservative Party with 1,225 votes.

Ruth Archer (Independent) came in second with 943 votes.

Isaac Chikwakwanyi Sibiya (Labour Party) came in third with 242 votes.

Turnout: 72%


Parish Council: Eaton Bray

The seats were uncontested, and so the following were duly elected Parish Councillors for Eaton Bray:

Joan Conner, Mike Simkins, Phil Spicer, Mark Tomkins, Lorna Tribbick, Glenn Wigley, Richard Windmill


Police & Crime Commissioners Referendum

Voters were asked: Do you want the Beds PCC to increase the amount it charges by 15.8%?

The results were:
Yes: 42,682
No: 91,716

Turnout: 65.76%

See Statement from Olly Martins about this result.

Source: Central Bedfordshire Council

Try Tennis for Free - Sunday 17 May

This article was published in May 2015. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Eaton Bray Tennis Club will be opening its doors to anyone wanting to try tennis for free on Sunday 17th May.

Part of the national Great British Tennis Weekend campaign, the club will be holding an open event, where anyone is welcome to come down and have a 'smashing' time!

Club coach Sara Leavy will be at the club on the day to give free advice and guidance, supported by volunteers from the club committee:

"The event is running from 2pm – 5pm and is open to everyone, players of all ages and abilities, to come down and have fun on the day. There will be mini tennis for the youngsters, a ball machine for the more ambitious and even cardio-tennis for the fitness fans – and it's all free," said Sara.

Coach Sara has herself won numerous county titles and now helping her young players compete in the South Bedfordshire League. Since the club was first founded in 1987, it has been run by a group of volunteers, making sure the facility is kept open and available to the local community.

The Great British Tennis Weekend is organised by the nation Lawn Tennis Association, clubs across the country will be taking part. Details of all the clubs taking part across Bedfordshire can be found at

LTA Participation Manager Nina Bridge added: "Last year's open day was a real success with over 800 potential new players visiting our clubs across Bedfordshire. With any luck we will find our next Andy Murray this year."

Tennis Club - 17 May 2015

Photo shows : Eaton Bray Club Coach Sara Leavy with some of her young members – ready to welcome new players on Sunday 17th May.

Appledown Fun Dog Show - 10 May 2015

This article was published in May 2015. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Appledown Rescue - Fun Dog Day

Appledown Rescue and Rehoming Kennels
Fun Dog Show, Sunday 10th May 2015 at Appledown
12 Classes, Tea Tent, Prize Draw, Amazing Stalls, Display by L.O.R.C., Fun Scurry, Dogs' Goodies
A great day out! Fun for all the family!
Showground opens at 11am. Classes commence 12 noon
Judge - Lynne Davies
Enter on the day - £1.50 per class