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St Mary's Village Carnival 2009

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

The Carnival Queen, Princess and attendants for this year's Carnival have been chosen! Leading the Procession as Carnival Queen will be 12 year old Charlotte Nilsen, with Carnival Princess Shauna Lugsden, aged 9. Their attendants will be Elise Christie (11) and Rebecca Riley (9). The girls will be looking wonderful, in dresses supplied by Confetti Bridalwear in Tring, their hair styled by High Street Hair and carrying beautiful flower posies from Buds of May.

Carnival Queen, Princess & Attendants 2009

Choosing the Carnival Queen takes us one step further to this year's Carnival on Saturday 4th July. But there's still plenty of other preparation going on! The entertainments this year look better than ever - as well as the legendary worm charming contest, this year's entertainment has a musical flavour. Come along and see the 'Best of Bands' challenge - several bands will be busking in our marquee; the one that raises the most money will then be invited to play in the Carnival arena. You can also enjoy:

  • a performance by the Manshead School Band,
  • Magic Dave, who'll be presenting two shows
  • a display by Jazzercise
  • Animal Antics - plenty of farmyard animals for youngsters to enjoy
  • a demonstration by Maggie Stern of Spinners and Dyers.

Perennial favourites the Dog Show and the Classic Vehicle display will be back, as will that Carnival favourite Clarabelle the Cow - see if you can guess the square of the Green where she'll drop her pat! For radio amateurs, visit the Radio Hams, to see how it's done! For everyone there is free admission, free entertainment and free parking!

We still need offers of help for the day itself. Could you man a stall for a few hours, join the heavy gang at the beginning or end of the day or could you make cakes for the tea tent or the cake stall?

For any of the above please leave a message on our website -

We're all looking forward to 4th July - hope to see you there!

Source: Focus, June 2009

St Mary's Village Carnival 2009

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

Carnival 2009 - BooksThe theme of this year's Carnival on Saturday July 4th is Books which gives us all fantastic scope for dressing up and getting into the spirit of things. From 'Three Men in a Boat', through 'Ballet Shoes', 'Oliver Twist' and the 'Chronicles of Narnia', there's any number of themes to pick up on.

Why not join in the Carnival Procession - it's not just for the younger element! Some of the most successful floats in recent years have come from local businesses such as Janes or The Bell PH. Alternatively, why not get your neighbours involved and enter a float in the procession manned by people in your road? Lack of a vehicle is no barrier -a 'walking float' is the green alternative.

If you'd prefer to watch the Procession rather than be in it, don't forget our competition for the best dressed houses in Eaton Bray and Edlesborough, plus the best dressed business, with cups for the winners generously provided by Edlesborough Autos.

Can you help with Carnival in any other way? Our Carnival is an event for everyone in the village and everyone can contribute to its success. We're in need of:

  • Offers of help for the day before and Carnival day itself - manning a stand, setting up the stalls, clearing up, you name it, we can use your help! Whether you can spare just half an hour or the whole day, we'll be very glad of your help.
  • Donations of supplies - we need plants for the plant stall, bottles of wine, cakes for the cake stall, old crockery for the plate-smashing - can you help?
  • Offers of transport to get equipment to and from Edlesborough Green or to take part in the Procession
  • Donations of prizes for the Grand Draw
  • Donations of items for the silent auction

For any of the above please contact us via the Carnival website -

We look forward to seeing you - in the procession or on the Green - on 4th July!

Eaton Bray WI Report

This article was published in September 2008. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Womens InstituteOur President welcomed the members and one visitor to our September meeting, and apologies were received from several people who are still on holiday. The minutes were read and signed. Jerusalem was sung before we got down to business.

Our summer coffee morning raised £125 for our funds, and the summer outing to Wisley Gardens was thoroughly enjoyed by all who went on the trip.

Several social evenings are planned one will be our harvest supper in October, followed by the Dunstable Group autumn meeting which will be hosted by Dunstable Downside WI.

An invitation has been received from Studum WI for Eaton Bray to join them for an autumn outing and canal cruise.

The WI Croquet tea party held at Hockliffe raised £600 for the McMillan Nurses.

We welcomed our speaker Mel Rees. Mel is an author, who, over the past nineteen years has written and self published four titles three of which have been autobiographical and one a novel and has also written and narrated a 'look at life' talking book, he has been giving talks for the past six years that look at the characterisations and situations from everyday life in a very humorous way.

Mel was very entertaining and extremely funny with his observations of people and everyday situations his talk was chatty and light-hearted and similar in style of the TV show 'Grumpy Old Men'.

Our next meeting is Monday 6th October at 7.30pm in Eaton Bray Village Hall friends and new members are always very welcome for more information contact (01525) 221185.

Source: Eaton Bray WI