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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Panto

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

Edlesbray Players


Sherlock Holmes and the
Case of the Missing Panto


Eaton Bray Village Hall, LU6 2DJ


Thursday 24th , Friday 25th and
Saturday 26th January 2013 at 7.30 p.m.

and on 

Saturday 26th January 2013 at 2.00 p.m.


Tickets prices: £6 for adults, £4 for children


There will be a bar available in the evenings, and refreshments at the matinee.


The Box Office is at 96A High Street, Eaton Bray, LU6 2DP and
opens on 10th December 2012 

Phone 01525 220201 (6-9pm) or text 07985 936994 or email [email protected].

Edlesbray Leisure Fellowship (ELF)

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

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.

October Dates

MONDAY 11TH: LUNCH OUT - See the North Porch of Eaton Bray Church

Source: Focus, October 2012

The Pirates of Edlesbray

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

Pirates of Edlesbray cast photosWell, the smell of the crowd and the roar of the greasepaint have faded away and this year's panto has passed into nautical history along with the Titanic and the Spanish Armada. Anyone who didn't bother to come to this year's show, then boo and hiss to you because you missed a great show, the result of many hours of swabbing the decks and climbing the rigging, put in by all the members of Edlesbray Players on your behalf.

This year we were hit by various bouts of (sea) sickness which threatened to scupper the good ship White Opel and all who sailed in her. Miraculously, just like an old episode of Ground Force, it all came together at the last minute and seemed to go down well with the almost full houses it played to.

Many thanks to all of you who helped in any way and particularly all of our loyal fans without whom we would be sunk.

The new Eaton Bray Edlesborough Lions group did a splendid job running the bar and raised £500 for the charity Medical Detection Dogs, while the teas and coffees raised £50 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

As usual we are still after some help with running our shows, you don't have to act, sing or dance and you're not required to paint or construct scenery if that's not your thing, you just need to be able to organise things, make phone calls and send out emails. If you are recently retired or just have time on your hands, it's great fun as we all work as a team, and it's very satisfying.

We are always open to suggestions however extreme or outrageous so send us your thoughts via the contact page on the website

For photos from this year's show, see the The Pirates of Edlesbray - 2012 Panto album on the Edlesbray Players Facebook page.

The Pirates of Edlesbray (The curse of the village hall)

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

The Pirates of Edlesbray

A show written by Bekka Prideaux and Jo Butcher

Tickets £6 and £4 from box office 01525 222283

A mad mixture of merriment, mayhem, music and dance, featuring all the usual suspects
Thurs. Fri. Sat. 26th 27th & 28th Jan. 2012 --- 7.30pm
plus 2.00pm Saturday matinee

Licensed bar in aid of Medical Detection Dogs

Matinee refreshments         Raffle

Eaton Bray Village Hall, Church Lane, LU6 2DJ

Set sail with the Pirates of Edlesbray

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

The Pirates of Edlesbray

Ahoy there me hearties! The Pirates of Edlesbray (The Curse of the Village Hall) sets sail at the end of this month and a good time is expected to be had by all.

This year's festive family show at Eaton Bray Village Hall is based on a theme of pirates in response to requests from the public after this year's St Mary's village carnival when the theme was also buccanneer based.

It has been written by director Bekka Prideaux and her partner Joe Butcher who many will remember from past productions and many successful appearances for Dunstable Rep at the Little Theatre.

Pirate captain Jerk, played by Matt Flitton, is tired of pirating and is looking for a replacement to take charge of the infamous pirate ship The White Opal.

A motley collection of characters from a selection of pantos turn up to audition for the job. A variety of tasks is set to weed out the wheat from the chaff, and those who fail will be forced to walk the plank. Those who triumph go through to the next round. Unfortunately, as with all pantos, nothing is straightforward and Davey Jones (played by the larger than life Jo Butcher) wants the ship for himself. He doesn't want to go through the selection process and has his own plan to take over the ship! As the cast sing and dance their way through the show there should be plenty to entertain all ages and tastes.

The Pirates of Edlesbray runs from January 26-28 including a Saturday matinee. There is a licensed bar in the evenings run by the new Eaton Bray & Edlesborough Lions group, with all bar profits going to the charity Medical Detection Dogs which uses dogs to detect cancer, warn of the onset of epileptic attacks, the onset of low blood sugar for diabetics.

For tickets call the box office 01525 222283.

ELF (Edlesbray Leisure Fellowship) News

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

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

Edlesbray Leisure Fellowship - ELF

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

The large number of members who attended the lunch outing to The White Lion in Dunstable on 10th March agreed that they enjoyed the “new” venue. The food and the service provided was very good.

Unfortunately, the next lunch outing date has, at the moment, been cancelled. Any change will be advertised in the North Porch of Eaton Bray Church. The next Lunch outing is scheduled for July 14th.

The guided walk around College Lakes in May is unavailable as the management does not arrange walks for small groups. A few members of the walking group did enjoy a very nice walk on the 28th March around Gaddesden Row, in fine weather and with a good pub lunch in The Old Chequers.

Come and join us on 9th June at 10.30 in the Coffee Tavern in Eaton Bray for the usual tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat. Further details about future outings will be discussed.

Source: Focus, May 2011