Eaton Bray Parish Council would like to congratulate Eaton Bray Cricket Club winning the 1st Division and 2nd team getting promotion to Division 5 of Four Counties Cricket League, by flying the Eaton Bray Cricket flag at the three corners for a week as a celebration of their success.
For more information, please see Eaton Bray Cricket Club win League Title.
Minutes of Parish Council Meeting: Monday 4th July 2016
The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 3rd October, from 7.30pm, in the Coffee Tavern.
Our September meeting, held in Eaton Bray Methodist Hall, was well attended. During the month of August members had enjoyed a lovely Afternoon Tea at Helen's House. Scones, tea and cakes were served in lovely sunshine. A good sum had been raised which would be shared between the Chairman's Challenge for Denman and towards the EBWI 90th Birthday Party on Thursday 17th November.
The minutes of the previous meeting and notices were read. The speaker for the meeting was Paul Heley who gave a very informative talk on Chasing Polar Bears. This was based on his trip to Spitzbergen, which is 500 miles from the North Pole. During the trip, besides seeing the polar bears, he was inspected by seals, ignored by strange walruses and saw the Svalbard reindeers. Paul explained how dangerous polar bears can be. A scout would be sent out at each stop to check if they were in the area.
Members were reminded of the group Autumn meeting on Friday 23 September at Baptist Hall, Caddington at 7.30pm. The speaker will be William Ashley Norman who is a wire sculptor. A Craft Fair will be held at Flitwick Village Hall on Sunday 30th October.
The next meeting of Eaton Bray WI will be on Monday 3rd October when Wendy Austin will be talking on the subject of Ashridge House and the Brownlows.
Meetings are always the first Monday of the month (except Bank Holiday when it is the second Monday). The Meetings commence at 7.30 pm and are held in Eaton Bray Methodist Hall. The contact for Eaton Bray WI is: Margaret Jones.
A warm and friendly welcome awaits new members. At each meeting there is an interesting speaker or demonstration, followed by social time and refreshments.
I have a request for a Proposed Temporary Road Closure at the above location to enable Carriageway Lining works to be carried out in safety. Details are listed in the schedule below and having assessed the application I am satisfied the request is justified.
The alternative route for this closure is as in the details below and will be signed accordingly. The restrictions are to be in operation only when the necessary signs are erected on site. The Legal Order has been made to cover a twelve month period. Access may be allowed from time to time according to local signing.
If you have any observations you wish to make I would be grateful if you could let me know as soon as possible.
Gareth Hughes. Network Co-ordinator
Road: B489 Icknield Way, Eaton Bray
Application from: Geoff Parrott Central Bedfordshire Council- 03003008049
Reason: Carriageway Lining Works
Length affected: From Springfield Road to Dagnall Road roundabout
Date: The closure is expected to take place from 0900-1530 on Tuesday 13th September 2016.
Alternative Route: Head north on Icknield Way/B489 towards Icknield Way/B489, exit onto Whipsnade Rd/B4541, exit onto B4540, Turn right onto Dagnall Rd/B4506, turn right to site and vice versa.
The applicant will be responsible for taking down all Central Bedfordshire Council public notices immediately after the works requiring the Order have been completed.
Eaton Bray CC have won their first League title since 2009, with a weekend washout against title rivals Biddenham CC ensuring them enough points to be crowned champions.
The season was a hugely successful one for the club in general, with the 2nd XI sealing promotion from Division 6 of the Four Counties Cricket League and further growth in the youth section of the club.
The 1st XI benefitted from an unbeaten start to the season, going 9 matches until they tasted defeat, and although that culminated with a 7 match winless streak, the brilliant start kept enough points in the bank to seal their crown.
With a change of captaincy at the start of the season, emphasis was placed on youth, which also allowed older players freedom to play their natural games without the burden of leadership. Captain Josh Peacock looked to bring a team together that he always felt were the best individually, but just needed a change in approach to become more successful. 'We had a team meeting at the start of the year, when we came up with a number of team rules, which we ultimately felt could see us win the league. We became smarter in our approach, our training and our conduct, which paid dividends. I knew if we tinkered with a few small details, these were the 1%-ers (a term derived from reading Clive Woodward's book on leadership), that we would be ahead of all other teams in the league.'
Two matches stand out as a stark reminder as to how they achieved their success. New Bradwell away, when a Jaco Jacobs rearguard saw them escape almost certain defeat with a draw and the win away at New City CC early in the season, both during that unbeaten run. 'Jaco is your attacking-type of batsman, and although destructive, will be the first to admit he gives away his wicket away too easily at times'. Not on this occasion however, with the team struggling at 160-9 in pursuit of 254, Jaco batted out 21 overs to see us to 215-9 and safety, gathering 13 points for our efforts, showing the now engrained resolve that made the team togetherness such a poignant factor. Only a few weeks earlier, the team beat New City convincingly for the first time since their opponents had been promoted to the top division, back in 2011. 'We just kept finding ways to lose or badly draw against them in the past, says Peacock, but not this time'. A brilliant 69 from Andy Norris set the tone, and with James Flecknell contributing with 4 wickets and a brilliant close catch, the hoodoo was broken.
Ending the season with 5 batsmen in the top 20 in the league, and 3 bowlers within the top 20 also further emphasises the talent the team possesses. 'Again, togetherness is the key says Josh, but some of the individual performances this year have been fantastic in seeing us home. All I've done is placed great importance on team spirit, each Saturday, but this season is down to all of the players that have played for us. We've used 22 players this year, and every single one deserves the accolade of winning the league. The campaign can now serve as a springboard for future success, there's so much potential here for us to be hugely successful for years with a balanced mix of experience and youth.
Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club