Archived News - Elf
Hello everyone, we hope you have enjoyed the last couple of months. The Olympic athletes were a joy to watch and gained so many medals. We should be proud of them. Apologies for the August walk date but the entry had already been sent when the date was changed to August Bank Holiday Monday, the 27th. The group started the walk in Ashridge with high hopes for decent weather. Unfortunately there was a heavy rain fall and the group decided to return to the starting point at The Bridgwater Arms, disappointed but good humoured.
The trip to The Shuttleworth Collection on 12th July was enjoyed by all who went. Thanks go to Brian Wyke who arranged such a busy, full day.
We were blessed with fi ne weather for the Cream Tea in Val and Alan's garden on 16th July. Thanks to them for allowing us all to enjoy their garden. Also to Viv for the lovely scones and to Audrey for the excellent jam which tasted good with the cream.
Vic led the walk on July 23rd and it was completed in fi ne weather. The walk started at Whipsnade Church, continued past Kensworth Quarry, over the face of Dunstable Downs, past the Tree Cathedral and back to the start. Lunch was enjoyed at The Hunters Lodge.
MONDAY 11TH: LUNCH OUT - See the North Porch of Eaton Bray Church
MONDAY 22nd: WALK 10.00AM EATON BRAY CHURCH
Source: Focus, October 2012
Greetings to everyone from the ELF Group.
Is spring really coming? Snowdrops and primroses are showing their beauty and daffodils are well and truly blooming. Shrubs are bursting with new growth, and surely, other spring bulbs are awakening. Hopefully the worst of the winter weather, with its snow and heavy frosts is in the past.
There will be a group of National Trust members and Non-members visiting Ascot House on March 29th to view the wonderful show of daffodils, between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m. We hope for good weather.
Our meeting on February 19th was well attended and lively. Refreshments were enjoyed whilst chatting. The arrangements for future outings were discussed and are "well in hand". They include:- Stondon Motor Museum; Organ Museum; Bletchley Park; Shuttleworth Collection and Worlds End. Hopefully, all these outings will include a lunch. All details for events as and when they occur will be posted in the North Porch of Eaton Bray Church.
The walk on February 27th was thoroughly enjoyed by the group led by Alan. We walked from Horton Wharf along the Grand Union Canal to Ivinghoe Locks and back across country to Horton Wharf. Lunch was taken in The Carpenters Arms at Slapton.
Elf members are looking forward to lunch out at The Plough, Wingfield on March 8th.
A report will appear in the May Edition of The Focus.
The walk on April 23rd has been postponed until April 30th.
Have a good Easter.
Thurs. 19th April - Meeting Coffee Tavern, 10.30
Thurs. 26th April - Visit to College Lakes, 10.30
Mon. 30th April - Walk Eaton Bray Church, 10.30
In July a party from Elf made a trip to the Industrial Heritage Centre based at Frogmore Mill, Apsley, which is run by 'Paper Trail' a registered charity, manned by volunteers. This is where the first commercial paper machine was installed in 1803, thus starting papers' industrial revolution, and – at a much later date – Basildon Bond was produced.
Whilst full scale commercial production no longer takes place, a small company is operating there and the whole process of paper making, from start to finish, can be seen – and one of the original 'monster' machines is still in situ, although no longer in use.
The print room gives the history of printing from Tyndale's Bible through newspapers and almost up to the computer. Our visit also included a short trip on the canal which was the main source of transportation both of the ﬁ nished paper and delivery of raw materials to the Mill. The guides were excellent with their information and explanations – a place well worth a visit.
In August, nearer home, and indeed at the home of Alan and Val Trantum, members enjoyed 'Afternoon Tea' in the garden, with the usual array of goodies, bonhomie and chat! All good fellowship stuff! We always welcome new people; we are all retired of course (that's how we manage to do all these nice things during the day) and for more information please contact Alan or Val.
Source: Focus, October 2011
Our trip to Dorney Wood was enjoyed by a small group. The gardens were very pleasant, plants were purchased and the weather was kind.
In July the walking group had a very nice walk around Wilston, Long Marston and Puttenham, returning along the Canal. Lunch was taken at the Half Moon public house.
The weather was OK.
There was no walk in August and September will be past by the time you get this, but the October walk is on Monday 25th meeting at Eaton Bray Church at 10.00am. All are welcome.
On July 15th a large number of members enjoyed a lunch and an excellent slide show and lecture by a volunteer from the College Lakes. Thanks to the Volunteer and all the ladies and men of the ELF who arranged this meeting, and the preparation of lunch.
On August 12th intermittent rain did not deter a large group of members from enjoying an excellent cream tea in the garden of Val and Alan's home. Very many thanks to them and all the other helpers.
The next lunch out was Thursday September 16th at the Bridgewater Arms and the next meeting was on the morning of September 23rd in the Coffee Tavern at 10.30am, when we chatted about the future programme. Reports of the meetings will be in the November issue of Focus. Notices are placed in the NORTH PORCH OF EATON BRAY CHURCH.
The ELF GROUP would welcome any new members from around the area and also some new ideas. PLEASE come to the Coffee Tavern at Eaton Bray on a Thursday morning. There is a stair lift and transport can usually be arranged, if required, to and from any event.
If you are interested in joining ELF please contact Val or Alan.
Source: Focus, October 2010