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

Had a good chuckle at a rhyme from an Eaton Bray poet the other day. The poem, by Norman Davies, is all about the village, and appeared in the March edition of Focus magazine.

It's called Our Village, and I thought I'd share an excerpt or two with you.

The poem tells us:

"You must have noticed
the trees in the park,
As you walk your dog regularly,
perhaps after dark,
If the season's right,
some trees have lots of red fruit,
You think they are plums,
as their branches you loot,
But the locals will say
'They're not plums, they be prunes',
They were used in the dye for the hats made of straw in the looms!"

There are lots of nostalgic observations about the village in days gone by.

Norman says that with all the cars rushing through

"some days you can think with a sigh,
I wonder if change has
improved life or not,
as the pace of living gets faster,
"One thing is sure,
we cannot go back,
that's more than a computer can master!
So let us be thankful for
Our Village today,
with our chip shop, and off-licence too,
it still has its character,
nice people live here,
and may that always be true."

Hear, hear!

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Source: Anne O'Donoghue, Dunstable Gazette, 19 March 2008