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1st Eaton Bray and Edlesborough Scout Group

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

Letter from Dave Jones - Chairman

Beaver ScoutsThere's lots happening with our troop at the moment. After a wonderful centenary celebration and lots of camps and activities, we are looking forward to a great summer term of adventure and fun.

The Beaver, Cub and Scout sections have a full schedule of events to make the most of the summer weather and relive Baden Powell's vision of outdoor exploits and healthy pursuits.

The success of the group means that we're always looking for more helpers to cope with the demand. Have you got some time and enthusiasm to lend a hand? Specifically, we know that Erika, our Beaver Leader will be leaving within the next year. To have a smooth transition and easier handover, we'd like to find a new Beaver Leader now.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Dave Jones (Chair), Erika (Beaver Leader), Nick Evans (Group Scout Leader)

Beaver Scout EggOur Beaver Scouts had lots of fun making easter Chickens this week (see photo) and were kindly supported through the donation of Chocolate eggs from our local Dunstable Sainsbury's Store.

Source: Focus, May 2008

Exploring mystery plays from Chaucer's England

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

Worshippers from the North Chilterns Group of Parishes, comprising the churches of Totternhoe, Stanbridge, Tilsworth, Kensworth, Studham, Whipsnade, Eaton Bray with Edlesborough and Dagnall, are trying something completely different for this Lenten season (the period leading up to Easter Sunday).

The exciting course for 2008 is comprised of a series of Medieval Mystery Plays, with a different play being explored each week. Chaucer's English has been updated to make things easier to follow.

The plays mostly originated in York in 1376, at a time when few people could read or write and when religious matters had an influence on every aspect of everyday life.

The pageants told the Bible story from creation through to the coming of doomsday and were presented on pageant-wagon stages, which were drawn through the streets of York, Chester and other northern towns from one 'playing station' to another. They would start with the creation story at dawn and finish at dusk. Sometimes the wealthy would pay to have plays performed in their own homes.

The plays were originally presented by the different guilds of craftsmen. They were originally liturgical pieces known as 'mysteries', which is why the plays are called mystery plays.

Over the years the plays changed, especially during the turbulent times of the Tudors, and by the late 16th century they had ceased altogether. But they were rediscovered and performed again after the Festival of Britain in the mid-20th century.

There will be a reading of extracts from all of the plays at St Giles Hall, Totternhoe, next Tuesday (March 18) at 7.45pm and everybody is welcome.

Get the Leighton Buzzard Observer every Tuesday.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 11 March 2008