Edited by Clive Just
W.I. - May Mills
Forget about the age-old image of the Women’s Institute! If you had thrown caution to the wind, and joined us in November, you would have found out everything you wanted to know about locking good at any age’ (and some things you didn’t want to know!) ,Jacky Rice expounded the virtues of a healthy diet, vitamins and exercise, not to mention the importance of moisturiser as compared to underwear when going out!! (at least if you had an accident your face would pass muster !) Forty years experience of make-up ensured that her ‘back to basics’ approach worked well on our willing volunteer, Marigold, who, it has to be admitted is not your average age-old WI. person in need of a make-over! We were given some ‘looking good’ exercises for drooping jaws and other parts, but there is bound to be a stampede to the local beauty salon now that we all know just how satisfying facials can be!
Christmas Cards - Save The Children
Christmas Dance - Gail Holbourn
As always, the committee is relying on a good turn out by the regulars and their friends. In the true spirit of Christmas when organising your tables it may be appropriate to invite a couple of the newer residents into your group. Alternatively we would welcome newer residents putting tables of friends together from inside or outside the village.
Coffee Morning - Jane Wells
Boxing Day Walk - Ken and Lorraine Shrimpton
Coffee Mornings - Mary Watson
Gifts at the Carol Service - Rev David Mason
Christmas Gift Appeal - Rosalind Templeman
New Stations North of Bedford - BRTA
Winter Wonderland - The Wildlife Trust
Wednesday 5th Guided Walk around Stewartby Lake with Peter Clark. Meet in the Forest Centre car park lOam. For details call Val Keech 267161
Sunday 9th 2-4pm Winter Wonderland Guided Walk. Join The Wildlife Trust and Anglian Water on a guided walk around the Grafham Water nature reserve. £1 per adult. For details call Jo Calved (01480) 811075.
Wednesday 12th Illustrated talk on Grafham Water Nature Reserve by Jo Calved. 7.SOpm at Priory Visitor Centre For details call Val Keech 267161
Sharnbrook Mill Theatre presents its
Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December at 7.45 pm
Make up a party, seating limited so book now.
Tickets £12.50 to include Supper prepared by
The Mill House Restaurant, Sharnbrook.
With the upgrading of the heating, insulation, and
double glazing a particularly warm welcome awaits you!
Tickets are available from Village Trader,
High St, Sharnbrook or call Erica Lester (781210)
For group bookings phone Alison Bean (781372)
10% discount for 10 or more at the same performance.
A HAPPY NEW YEAR
The Church’s year commences with the first Sunday in Advent, which this year is the 2nd December, so, on behalf of the Church, I bring you the compliments of the season. It is customary to look back on the old year at the beginning of a new one, and the last year has certainly been eventful., both locally and internationally. One thing that stands out for me this year is the number of Parishioners who have died. Usually there are three or four deaths in the villages, this year there have been ten, although not all of them were living in the village at the time of death. Many of those we have been accustomed to seeing over the years are with us no more, and we remember them with fondness, and pray for those who mourn.
The current phase of restoration work has been completed, and the Millennium Window has been installed and dedicated. In view of my remarks in the first paragraph it is as well that the churchyard extension has been dedicated, and we thank the Parish Council for their work in providing the land, and dealing with all the paperwork. We also thank the Parish Council for providing a flag pole, it has been good to see the flag flying over the church on high days and holidays. The festival was a time of great rejoicing, and a credit to all who took part.
Our countryside has suffered deeply from the epidemic of Foot and Mouth disease, although we were fortunate that we did not have any of the disease in our Parish, our farmers have suffered great anxiety, and we are not completely clear in our land yet. I wonder if the changes in our country side caused by the disease will ever allow the return to previous ways of farming.
The effects of the events in America on 11 September will be with us for many years to come. We have all realised our vulnerability to the actions of a small but determined group of fanatics who are prepared to stop at nothing to get their own way. No longer can we believe that our society is insulated from the world, and its sufferings. We have been forced to realise that our world is very small indeed, and that all people are truly our neighbours, whether we like it or not.
It looks like mostly gloom and doom, and yet I am sure that in that gloom are the beginnings of light and hope. Perhaps in our realization of the impossibility of being insulated form the poorer parts of the world we will come to engage more effectively to improve the lot of those who live in poverty and hopelessness. We who are the disciples for our age have to be reminded that God loves all his children, and wants them to share in his kingdom. The task of disciples is to bring the good news of the gospel to all, and to work for the establishment of God’s kingdom on this earth. As we move into the season of Advent and prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus let us spend time in repentance for our failures in caring for the poor and disadvantaged, and seek to know God’s will on how we should be true and effective disciples. - David Mason, Vicar
RSPCA - Felise Kingerlee
The three Beds and Herts inspectors travelled approx 29,000 miles each during 2000, collected 3214 animals and performed 507 rescues. Establishment visits included: 123 pet shops; 34 boarding kennels; 24 riding stables; 15 breeding kennels; 30 parks farms etc.
Poppy Appeal 2001 - Fred Turner
Drama Summer School 2002
The Trust will employ a trained drama expert to run this course and there is expected to be a fee of £100. Numbers would be restricted to approximately 24 students. There may be financial assistance for qualifying students.
If you, or a member of your family, would like to be part of this exciting new venture, please write to The Honorary Secretary, The Mill Theatre, Mill Road, Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 INP providing the following information: name, full address and phone number; date of birth; please advise whether you are already a Trust member: the shows in which you have appeared, or whether you do not have previous theatrical experience. We look forward to hearing from you.
Bedfordshire Advocacy Service For Older People
Advocates: The problems people come with are even more complex and concerning for them and it is really important that older people have access to someone independent who can support them and give them the personal and practical help they need. We want to add to our team of advocates who operate in all pans of the county. There will be a new 4 week induction course early in the New Year consisting of a half-day session each week, with all expenses paid.
Office volunteers: One of our office volunteers will soon be moving on and we need someone to step into her place. if you could spend about half a day each week helping out in a "busy but friendly" environment this could be for you!
Committee: Not the boring and bureaucratic role that some people might think! We actually need a couple mare people who are looking for genuine community involvement and would be willing to take on a real ‘workload’ in helping our Service in its work with older people. Join our existing Committee of four - we may keep you busy but it really is interesting and valuable work.
If you would like more information or a chat about any of these volunteer roles, or perhaps you know someone who needs advocacy support if so, please phone Gail or Amy on 01234218880 or Heather on 01582 470903.
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