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Christmas Puzzle 2018 - Charles, Kenneth & Louisa May Help

Christmas PuzzleThis year's annual Charity Christmas Puzzle has now been posted, and is available to download.

This, the 28th annual Puzzle that Gordon Gray has set, has a theme designed to help completion and will appeal to people who enjoy doing Crossword puzzles, such as in the Daily Telegraph (though it is not a Crossword puzzle). Puzzlers have plenty of time to find the answers and Puzzles should be returned, with donation, by 27 January 2019.

Download the Puzzle now from www.christmaspuzzle.uk. Alternatively puzzles can be collected from St Mary's Eaton Bray.

All the money you donate, except for the prize-money, will go to charity.


Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around Eaton Bray - 22 December 2018

2018 Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around Eaton Bray

Celebrate Christmas with Eaton Bray Parish Council.
Enjoy Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around The Village
Saturday 22nd December 2018 from 7.30pm
To help us all get in the Christmas spirit, the Parish Council have again arranged for the brass ensemble to play Christmas Carols around Eaton Bray on the evening of the 22nd December 2018.
The evening commences from 7:30pm at Three Corners moving to Market Square/White Horse at 8:15pm.
All adults & children are urged to come outside and have a good old Christmas sing-a-long.
(song sheets will be available but please bring your own torch/lantern)
Celebrate in style
Subject to weather conditions.


Christmas Market - Saturday 15 December 11am-5pm

Eaton Bray Christmas Market 2018

Eaton Bray Parish Council
Christmas Market
Saturday 15th December 2018, 11am-5pm
Market Square, Eaton Bray
(green outside The White Horse Public House


Christmas Market - Call for Stall Holders

This article was published in September 2018. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

EBPC Christmas Market stall holders poster

Eaton Bray Parish Council Christmas Market
Saturday 15th December 2018
Market Square, 11am - 5pm
We are looking for Market Stall Holders from Eaton Bray Parish to come forward if interested in having a stall on Market Square this Christmas.
Please contact EBPC Events Organiser.


Christmas comes to Eaton Bray

This article was published in December 2017. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas comes to Eaton Bray 2017

Christmas comes to Eaton Bray
 
Christmas Market
Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd December 2017
Market Square, 11am-9pm
 
Christmas Carols & Brass Band
Friday 22nd December 2017
Three Corners, 7:30pm
Market Square, 8:15pm
(subject to weather conditions)


Christmas Puzzle 2017 - Brown and Blue

This article was published in December 2017. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas PuzzleThis year's annual Charity Christmas Puzzle has now been posted, and is available to download.

This, the 27th annual Puzzle that Gordon Gray has set, has a theme designed to help completion and will appeal to people who enjoy doing Crossword puzzles, such as in the Daily Telegraph (though it is not a Crossword puzzle). Puzzlers have plenty of time to find the answers and Puzzles should be returned, with donation, by 28 January 2018.

Download the Puzzle now from www.christmaspuzzle.co.uk. Alternatively puzzles can be collected from St Mary's Eaton Bray.

All the money you donate, except for the prize-money, will go to charity.


Eaton Bray Christmas Market - 22nd & 23rd December 2017

This article was published in November 2017. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas Market 2017

Eaton Bray Parish Council
Christmas Market
Friday 22nd & 23rd December 2017, 11am-9pm
Market Square, Eaton Bray
(green outside The White Horse Public House)
Subject to weather conditions


Christmas Market 2017 - Eaton Bray Parish Council

This article was published in November 2017. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas Market 2017

EATON BRAY PARISH COUNCIL
Christmas Market 2017
Eaton Bray Parish Council are looking for stall holders for the Christmas Market, being held on
22nd & 23rd December 2017, 11am to 9pm
Where: Market Square
(the green in front of The White Horse Pub) Cost / Paperwork: It's free to have a stall on Market Square.
If you are cooking / making food items to sell, please send all the relevant paperwork to the Parish Clerk and ensure you have a copy with you on the actual day/s.
Stalls: The stall will not be any bigger than 8ft long (you will have to provide your own tables, lights and pop-up tent/gazebo)
No parking or driving onto the Market Square green at any time Car parking: Car parking is limited – please find somewhere safe to park.
Please note that there is no parking in the White Horse Pub car park unless you have made prior arrangements with them.
If interested - please contact the Parish Clerk on clerk@ebpc.co.uk


Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around Eaton Bray - 22 December 2017

This article was published in November 2017. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

2017 Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around Eaton Bray

Celebrate Christmas with Eaton Bray Parish Council.
Enjoy Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around The Village
Friday 22nd December 2017 from 7.30pm
To help us all get in the Christmas spirit, the Parish Council have again arranged for the brass ensemble to play Christmas Carols around Eaton Bray on the evening of the 22nd December 2017.
The evening commences from 7:30pm at Three Corners moving to Market Square/White Horse at 8:15pm.
All adults & children are urged to come outside and have a good old Christmas sing-a-long.
(song sheets will be available but please bring your own torch/lantern)
Celebrate in style
Subject to weather conditions.


Eaton Bray Parish Council Christmas Market

This article was published in September 2017. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas Market Poster

Eaton Bray Parish Council
Christmas Market
We are looking for market stall holders from the Eaton Bray Parish to come forward if interested in having a stall on the Market Square this Christmas.
Please contact the Parish Clerk on clerk@ebpc.co.uk


Christmas Puzzle 2016

This article was published in December 2016. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas PuzzleThis year's annual Charity Christmas Puzzle has now been posted, and is available to download.

This, the 26th annual Puzzle that Gordon Gray has set, has a theme designed to help completion and will appeal to people who enjoy doing Crossword puzzles, such as in the Daily Telegraph (though it is not a Crossword puzzle). Puzzlers have plenty of time to find the answers and Puzzles should be returned, with donation, by 29 January 2017.

To download a copy of the Puzzle go to www.christmaspuzzle.co.uk. Alternatively puzzles can be collected from St Mary's Eaton Bray.

All the money you donate, except for the prize-money, will go to charity.


Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around The Village

This article was published in December 2016. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble around Eaton Bray

Celebrate Christmas with Eaton Bray Parish Council
Enjoy... Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around The Village.
Friday 23rd December 2016 - From 7:30pm
To help us all get in the Christmas spirit, the Parish Council have again arranged for the brass ensemble to play Christmas Carols around Eaton Bray on the evening of the 23rd December.
The evening commences from 7:30pm at Three Corners moving to Market Square/White Horse at 8:15pm.
All adults & children are urged to come outside and have a good old Christmas sing-a-long.
(song sheets will be available but please bring your own torch/lantern)
Celebrate In Style


Christmas Puzzle 2015

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

Christmas PuzzleThis year's annual Charity Christmas Puzzle has now been posted, and is available to download.

This, the 25th annual Puzzle that Gordon Gray has set, has a theme designed to help completion and will appeal to people who enjoy doing Crossword puzzles, such as in the Daily Telegraph (though it is not a Crossword puzzle). Puzzlers have plenty of time to find the answers and Puzzles should be returned, with donation, by 24 January 2016.

To download a copy of the Puzzle go to www.christmaspuzzle.co.uk. Alternatively puzzles can be collected from St Mary's Eaton Bray.

All the money you donate, except for the prize-money, will go to charity.


Christmas Puzzle 2014

This article was published in December 2014. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas PuzzleThis year's annual Charity Christmas Puzzle has now been posted, and is available to download.

This, the 24th annual Puzzle that Gordon Gray has set, has a theme designed to help completion and will appeal to people who enjoy doing Crossword puzzles, such as in the Daily Telegraph (though it is not a Crossword puzzle). Puzzlers have plenty of time to find the answers and Puzzles should be returned, with donation, by 25 January 2015.

To download a copy of the Puzzle go to www.christmaspuzzle.co.uk. Alternatively puzzles can be collected from St Mary's Eaton Bray.

All the money you donate, except for the prize-money, will go to charity.


Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around Eaton Bray - 19 December 2014

This article was published in November 2014. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas Brass Ensemble 2014

Celebrate Christmas in Eaton Bray
The Parish Council have once again organized for the Brass Band to visit the village for an evening of Christmas music on Friday 19th December 2014.
The evening commences from 7.30pm at Three Corners/Medley Close, moving to Market Square/White Horse - finishing at around 9.00pm.
A wonderful way to celebrate Christmas in the parish.


Christmas Puzzle 2013

This article was published in December 2013. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas PuzzleThis year's annual Charity Christmas Puzzle has now been posted, and is available to download.

This, the 23rd annual Puzzle that Gordon Gray has set, has a theme designed to help completion and will appeal to people who enjoy doing Crossword puzzles, such as in the Daily Telegraph (though it is not a Crossword puzzle). Puzzlers have plenty of time to find the answers and Puzzles should be returned, with donation, by 26 January 2014.

To download a copy of the Puzzle go to www.christmaspuzzle.co.uk. Alternatively puzzles can be collected from St Mary's Eaton Bray.

All the money you donate, except for the prize-money, will go to charity.


Christmas Fair at Rushmere Country Park: 7th-8th December 2013, 11am-3pm

This article was published in November 2013. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas Fair at Rushmere Country Park - 7-8 Dec 2013

 

Christmas Fair
7th and 8th December
11am - 3pm
Purchase your Christmas gifts for friends and family and help support your local countryside
Enjoy the festive surroundings of Rushmere Country Park in Heath & Reach.
Christmas trees for sale from 30th November to 24th December
All proceeds raised from the Christmas Fair will be reinvested into the conservation of Rushmere Country Park. Standard £2 per vehicle to exit car parking charge will still apply.

Source: Central Bedfordshire Council


Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around The Village

This article was published in November 2013. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Celebrate Christmas with
Eaton Bray Parish Council
 
Enjoy ...
Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around The Village
On Friday 20th December 2013
From 7:30pm

Dove on ribbon

To help us all get in the Christmas spirit, the Parish Council have
once again arranged for a small brass ensemble to play a few of
the most popular Christmas Carols around Eaton Bray on the
evening of the 20th December.
 
The evening commences from
7:30pm at Three Corners/Medley Close,
moving to Market Square/White Horse - 
Finishing at around 9:00pm.
 
All adults & children are urged to come outside and
have a good old Christmas sing-a-long.
(song sheets will be available but please bring your own torch/lantern)

CELEBRATE IN STYLE


Christmas Puzzle 2012 - Dedicated to Lynne Truss

This article was published in December 2012. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas PuzzleThis year's annual Charity Christmas Puzzle has now been posted, and is available to download.

This, the 22nd annual Puzzle that Gordon Gray has set, has a theme designed to help completion and will appeal to people who enjoy doing Crossword puzzles, such as in the Daily Telegraph (though it is not a Crossword puzzle). Puzzlers have plenty of time to find the answers and Puzzles should be returned, with donation, by 27 January 2013.

Gordon posted Puzzles on 5 December, so those already on the distribution list should receive their copies in the next few days. Anyone else who would like a copy of the Puzzle can access it from the web at www.christmaspuzzle.co.uk. Alternatively puzzles can be collected from St Mary's Eaton Bray.

All the money you donate, except for the prize-money, will go to charity.


Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around The Village

This article was published in November 2012. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Celebrate Christmas with
Eaton Bray Parish Council
 
Enjoy ...
Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around The Village
On Friday 21st December 2012
From 7:30pm

Dove on ribbon

To help us all get in the Christmas spirit, the Parish Council have
once again arranged for a small brass ensemble to play a few of
the most popular Christmas Carols around Eaton Bray on the
evening of the 21st December.
 
The evening commences from
7:30pm at Three Corners/Medley Close,
moving to Market Square/White Horse - 
Finishing at around 9:30pm.
 
All adults & children are urged to come outside and
have a good old Christmas sing-a-long.
(song sheets will be available but please bring your own torch/lantern)

CELEBRATE IN STYLE


Christmas Tree Festival December 3rd and 4th December

This article was published in January 2012. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

The Christmas Tree Festival was a great success and thank you to all those who exhibited a tree, they were all so well done. There was a total of 43 exhibits which was amazing and all so different.

I would like to thank all those who supported me over the two days, from making tea, taking money, placing posters and printing and producing wonderful flower arrangements and checking all the lighting. I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you so much and I hope you will all be there in 2013! The event raised £1.058. 


Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around The Village

This article was published in November 2011. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Celebrate Christmas with
Eaton Bray Parish Council
 
Enjoy ...
Christmas Carols & Brass Ensemble Around The Village
On Thursday 22nd December 2011
From 7:00pm

Dove on ribbon

To help us all get in the Christmas spirit, the Parish Council have
arranged for a small brass ensemble to play a few of the most
popular Christmas Carols around Eaton Bray on the
evening of 22nd December.
 
The Brass ensemble will visit a number of locations. The evening
commences from 7:00pm in Medley Close, then moves to Knights
Close, Cantilupe Close, Greenways, ending outside the White Horse
at around 8:45pm.
 
All adults & children are urged to come outside and
have a good old Christmas sing-a-long.
(song sheets will be available but please bring your own torch/lantern)

CELEBRATE IN STYLE


Christmas Tree Festival - 3-4 December

This article was published in November 2011. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas Tree Festival
St Mary's Church
Eaton Bray
3-4 December
11am – 6pm
Fantastic trees - dreadful puns
Christmas gifts
 
If you would like to dress a tree contact Jenny Hewett: Tel 220295
 
Refreshments, lunches from 12-2
Admission £2.50


St Mary's Christmas Fair - 19 November

This article was published in November 2011. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

St Mary's Christmas Fair
Eaton Bray Village Hall

Saturday 19 November
11.30am – 3pm
Christmas gifts
Cakes, Plants
Craft stalls
Lunches
Bacon Butties
 
All welcome, admission 50p


The Strictly Come super-Santa Apprentice Factor!

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

SantaSanta has spent the year scouring the country for possible super-Elves to organise and deliver his super-letters to good and deserving children! He has had auditions, boot camps and some group dances (Santa likes dancing!).

Santa is a hard task master (even compared to Simon Cowell) and with the other judges - including Rudolf having a tantrum and Mrs Claus making it clear she isn't too old and won't be replaced - it was a trying time for the contestants, especially the task of delivering letters in the dead of night during a postal strike! But the good news is super-Santa finally delivered the verdict “You're hired not fired!” to the Four Villages very own super-Elves (who can deliver all over the country Royal Mail permitting!) Super-Santa will send to the good children a special super-letter reassuring the child that they are definitely on Santa's list, that he knows just where they will be on Christmas morning and that he knows just what they want for Christmas.

Each letter is completely personal and is different for every child!

Calling all relatives and friends why not send the perfect pre-Christmas gift which will bring a smile to any child's face. All you have to do to join in the fun is to email super-Santa on super.santa@talktalk.net - his super Elves will then send you a super-form to fill in the child's special Christmas details. Alternatively get a copy of the form from the super-Elves direct - they are again using 96a High Street, Eaton Bray as their base this Christmas (the house between the Village Shop and the Butchers).

Then return the form to the super-Elves with £2.00 per child (or more if you want!) by Friday 18th December in an envelope marked with the code “Village Hall Project” (the super Elves have little Elves of their own so please be discreet!).

Santa has agreed to donate all proceeds to the Eaton Bray Village Hall so roll up for a super-Santa super-Christmas!!

Source: Focus, November 2009


Cheeky Monkeys - Christmas Party

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

Christmas PartyCheeky Monkeys under fives playtime will be holding their Christmas party on 16th December, at 1pm, in Eaton Bray Village Hall. There will be fun, games and music with local entertainer Jacqui, from "Jacq in the Box."

At the end of the afternoon Santa will visit with a present for each child. Please purchase tickets in advance as Santa needs to know how many presents to bring along! Usual entrance fee applies, (£1.50 parents, £1 child and 50p under one year.)

For further details and lots more information about our group, please visit www.cheekymonkeys.btik.com. We look forward to seeing you there!


Charity Christmas Puzzle 2008

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

Christmas Puzzlewww.christmaspuzzle.co.uk

Another year of puzzling is nearly done and dusted with the year being marked by the passing of three milestones:

  • The number of entries exceeded 300 for the first time.
  • The money distributed to charity this year has exceeded £4,000 for the first time.
    A total of £4,200 has been shared equally between six charities: Child Brain Injury Trust, Dunstable & District Disabled Sports, Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum, St Woolos Cathedral Rescue Appeal, Stafford & Stone Talking Newspaper, Tread the Boards
  • The total raised by the Puzzle now exceeds £30,000.

Entries have come from many parts of the world, including as far away as Australia and, this year, 18 entries achieved full marks including Angie Baker, Greg Baker, the Brabenec family and Roger and Helen Wilkinson from within our villages.

A draw, to select four winners, was held at St Mary's Church, Eaton Bray, on 1 February. The winners were:

  • Pauline Blackburn, Betty Jackson and Margaret Young, S M Jones and Colin & Jan Vout.

In addition, one entry was drawn at random from among all the entries received, the winner being Mrs R H Lowe, who scored 118½. These five winners each receive a cheque for £25.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this fundraising again this year.


Wanted - Homes for Mary and Joseph

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

Mary and JosephMany of you who have attended one of St Mary's popular Christmas Eve Candle Services will have witnessed the return to church of our Travelling Crib figures, Mary and Joseph, after they have spent December travelling from one home in the parish to another, symbolising Mary and Joseph's difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus.

After a blessing in church on Advent Sunday (on 30 November) they will journey around the parish staying one night in any house that will welcome them. You are encouraged to participate in this activity, which provides an opportunity for a short act of worship during which a candle lit to signify that our travellers have a home for the night. This is often followed by the chance for the two families concerned to share glasses of wine and mince pies if they wish. Eventually the crib figures will be brought back to church on Christmas Eve for this year's 4.15pm Candle Service.

We hope that many households will participate in this lovely ritual - participation is not limited to those with young families - many older people take great pleasure from joining in and meeting people from the villages.

We do hope that St Mary's Travelling Crib will find a welcome in your house this Christmas. If you would like to have Mary and Joseph in your home for a night, or want more information, please contact Gordon Gray, or sign up on the Travelling Crib Form on the Notice Board in St Mary's Church.


Santa's already been to Eaton Bray

This article was published in December 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Eaton Bray's Christmas Fayre raised £1,300 towards St Mary's Church in the village.

Santa at St Marys Christmas Fayre in Eaton Bray

Organisers prepared lunches for the visitors and the plentiful stalls kept Christmas shoppers busy.

Many children came along to see Father Christmas.

Spokesperson Katrina Grant said: "It was busier than we've ever seen. We are delighted that local people have supported this event for the church."

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 4 December 2007


Christmas and New Year Recycling and Refuse Collections

This article was published in December 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

South Beds have now published their schedule for Christmas and New Year Recycling and Refuse Collections.

By suspending green bin collections, the council can offer a WEEKLY collection of your BLACK bin over the Christmas and New Year period. (Green Bin collections will be suspended from Monday 17th December 2007 until Friday 11th January 2008 inclusive)

From Monday 17th December put your black bin out in place of your green bin. Orange bin collections will remain alternate weekly.

The following table shows the changes that affect Eaton Bray:

Scheduled CollectionRevised Collection Day
Orange and Green BinsMonday 10th DecAs normal
Black Bin onlyMonday 17th DecAs normal
Black Bin and Orange Bin
(no Green bin)
Monday 24th DecAs normal
Black Bin onlyMonday 31st DecWednesday 2nd Jan
Black Bin and Orange Bin
(no Green bin)
Monday 7th JanTuesday 8th Jan
Black Bin onlyMonday 14th JanAs normal
Orange and Green BinsMonday 21st JanAs normal

The Eaton Bray Refuse Collection page will automatically update to show the correct next collection dates.

Source: South Beds Website


Christmas Fayre

This article was published in November 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

St Mary's Christmas FayreSt Mary's Church will be holding a Christmas Fair in Eaton Bray Village Hall on Saturday 17th November between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

You can enjoy a Ploughman's Lunch, buy a cake for tea, win a prize in the raffle and do some early Christmas shopping without leaving the village! This year we are also expecting a visit from Santa Claus so do bring the children along.

Any contributions for the chocolate tombola, cake stall, recycled presents stall or the raffle would be very welcome. Please contact Peter Bennett.

Source: Focus, November 2007


Super-Santa’s Super-Letters

This article was published in October 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

SantaOnce upon a time in the dim and distant past Eaton Bray's old tumbledown Village Hall was in a sorry state - and when the people of the village decided to make the Hall all new and swanky panky good they found that the cupboard was bare and that they didn't even have a cow to take to market to sell!

Then one cold winters day while searching through the cobwebs under the stage for some magic beans a wizened old hat-maker found a dusty cracked old piece of parchment with the words "Ye Olde Christmas Santa's letters!" Blowing the dust off the old man found the details of a magical secret portkey that allowed parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to send secret special letters to Santa - and even better the parchment said that Santa would send super-special Santa letters to the children, reassuring them that he hadn't forgotten about them and would make a special effort to get to their house on Christmas morning with all the goodies they (or their parents!) wanted.

And ever since that dark winters day long ago last century the good children of the Four Villages have had super special letters from Santa - and for every letter Santa has donated £2 to the fund to renovate the Village Hall!

So with a mere 80 days to go until the festive season! Remember to watch this space next month for just how to make sure your little ones wake up with a smile on their face and not tears in their eyes - because remember if you don't tell Santa just how good your child has been then how will he know?

Source: Focus, October 2007


Christmas fayre at St Mary's

This article was published in November 2006. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

St Mary's Christmas FayreSt Mary's Christmas Fayre takes place this Saturday, November 18, between midday and 2pm at Eaton Bray Village Hall, Church Lane.

There is a 50p admission fee which includes a cup of tea or coffee or a soft drink. Ploughmans' lunches will be available. Stalls will include the chocolate tombola, raffle, cake stall, crafts stall, good-as-new toy stall and others.

The proceeds from the fayre will be shared between the St Mary's Roof Fund and the Kagando Hospital Appeal.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 14 November 2006