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EXTRACTS FROM THE VILLAGE NEWSLETTER
OCTOBER  2000

All Saints Church Confirmation Classes

Please contact Stephen Toze or one of the Churchwardens if you are interested in coming to confirmation classes this autumn.

All Souls Service

Our annual service when, by the lighting of a candle, we remember those who have died, takes place at Little Brickhill on All Souls Day, 2nd November.  Please let one of the Churchwardens know if you would like to remember a loved one at this time.

Harvest Weekend

Thank you to all who helped with the flowers and cleaning and brought produce to the church for Harvest, particularly the Pre-School Playgroup who decorated the Altar with their gifts.

The Harvest Supper in the Church Hall was well attended this year and was a very good evening, raising 209 in the process.  Thanks to all who came and to those who helped with the food.

Once again Mick Parker managed to excel himself with his auctioneering skills at the Harvest Auction at The Wheatsheaf.  Although slightly down on produce this year an excellent 325 was raised and it proved yet again another very enjoyable evening.  Thanks go to Mick, to all who donated produce and then came along and bought it all back at hugely inflated prices, to John Payne for organising the raffle, and especially to Babs and Grahame at The Wheatsheaf for their donation of bread and kind hospitality.

Autumn Bazaar - Saturday 18 November

There will be a planning meeting to organise this year's Autumn Bazaar on Wednesday 4 October at 8 pm in the Church Hall and this is open to all.  The Bazaar is our major fundraising product for the church each year, so we welcome any new ideas for games and stalls that will help to raise funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the church and Church Hall.

Church Kneelers

During the 11 am Family Service on 5 November we will be dedicating the kneelers that people have sponsored or made for the church over the last few months.  We are grateful for the generosity both of time and money and hope that as many as possible can come to this celebration.

Webb Ivory Catalogue

The Christmas catalogues are available from Diana Kesterton, tel 01908 372434.  There are very good value cards and wrapping paper which can be ordered from these.

Mobile Library

The Mobile Library will be in the village by the War Memorial on Friday 6 October and Friday 20 October from 11.20 am - 11.40 am.

Bow Brickhill WI

The next meeting will be on Thursday 16 October.  Vic Scott will be talking about his travels.  The competition will be a Holiday Photo.

Bow Brickhill Historical Web Site

Mrs Maxine Basset and others, in conjunction with the Open University are opening a website with Bow Brickhill as their project.  They would like to speak to villagers about life in the village over the years.  Please contact Maxine Basset on 01908 376459 if you can help with photographs, newspaper cuttings, etc.  Anything loaned will be returned.

The Wheatsheaf

Grahame & Babs have been at The Wheatsheaf for one year on 24 September.  They have done much to popularise it.  The Bars have been refurbished and provide a very attractive and pleasant venue.  There is now a pub electronic mail address:  wheatsheaf@worldonline.co.uk

Bow Brickhill Pre-School Playgroup

Sessions run Monday - Friday 9.15 am - 12 noon, cost 3.75 per session.  We have a few vacancies at the moment - ages 2 1/2 years to 5 years.

Can you help?  Wanted: toys/games/books.  If anyone has any unwanted items we would gratefully welcome any donations to use at our sessions (we run on limited funds.  We are happy to collect them, so if you do have a clear out then please consider us - thank you.

Volunteers:  does anyone have an hour or so a week to spare?  We would welcome anyone who would be able to help us out on a voluntary basis either in preparation or clearing for sessions or during the session.  It is busy but fun.  (Note: due to legislation we do have to make suitability checks for volunteers working with children.)  

If you can help with any of the requests, please contact Helen Hobson at the hall or phone during session on 0780 356 2480 or 01908 642574 after sessions.

Bow Brickhill Club

On Tuesday 5 September 2000, the Club, picnic and all descended upon "The Leighton Lady", moored at the Grand Union Canal at Leighton Buzzard.  We had left Bow Brickhill in light, misty rain, but we were not going to allow this to dampen out spirits.  After boarding our craft, the process of unpacking the picnic began and continued for some considerable time.  Here I must thank all the ladies who gave so much time and effort, together with their generosity into providing this feast.  On this occasion thanks to 'Rosemary's Raffle'.  Our funds were boosted by a record 34.  Our thanks also to Mrs Cynthia Hedges, who made an excellent video recording of the event from our meeting at the Pavilion to the conclusion of our cruise in the reception area of the wharf.  

Our first Annual General Meeting will be held in the Pavilion on Tuesday 3 October at 2 pm.  If you have any nominations for committee members or points you would like to raise, please bring them along.

Jack Bromfield will be giving his talk on 'Brick Making' so we can be sure of an interesting and lively afternoon.

Bow Brickhill Football Club

BBFC has enjoyed a fantastic start to the new season and we find ourselves top of the North Bucks & District Premier League after four fames with three wins and a draw.  Many of the players have taken on responsibilities to make the facilities stay in excellent condition and temporary lighting will enable us to train every Wednesday evening.  Probably the only lack of numbers we could do with boosting is Match Day helpers, as there are always things to do in preparation.

It is excellent on the playing side to start with a great attitude and willingness to perform for each others.  We have scored 15 goals in the first four games, with nine different players already having found the net.  We appreciate it will be difficult to remain on top, but hopefully we can attract further support from the village to inspire the team in the next two home games, on 30 September against Hanslope and a big game on 14 October against last season's champions, Wing.

Youth on Show

After a long summer break, Youth on Show is back in the Pavilion on Tuesday evenings rehearsing our 2001 production, "A Good Knight's Work" - set in Medieval England.  This is an adventure story of knights, princesses and dragons.  We are trying to make an earlier start with costumes and props this year and are grateful to some of the mature ladies of the village who have volunteered to knit our chain mail armour. If you have any of the following tucked in a cupboard or loft, we would be very happy to take them off your hands: silver or grey wool, coloured bed sheets, all size cord of any colour, chiffon scarves, wellingtons, gold or silver cord or braid, curtains (expecially medieval looking), silver paint, hobby horses.  Please contact Mary on 01908 647003 or Elain on 01908 642827.  

REASON Re-assess Expansion and Save Our Neighbourhoods

REASON's AGM will take place at Wavendon Chapel at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 3 october.  Agenda: election of officers, election of committe, chairman's report, treasurer's report, AOB.

Support REASON and preserve our rural environment.

Parish Council

The next Parish Council meeting is Thursday 12 October 2000, 7.30 pm in the Pavilion, Rushmere Close.

Bulk Skips

MK Council have announced that from 1 October there will be no more Bulk Skip containers.  The reason given for this decision is that the placing of skips for the general public use is an offence under Section 34 of Environment Protection Act 1990.  Were the Environment Agency to take legal action, the Council could be faced with fines running into thousands of pounds.  Alternative methods of collection of bulky waste are being looked at, but no definite decision has yet been made on what, if any, replacement service will be offered.  The special collection service will be continuing as it is at present, and the three Household Waste sites will still be available for residents to use free of charge.

For details of MK  Council's special refuse collection service telephone 01908 252570.  Special collections are still free unless an appointment is made when a 5 charge will be made.

The Parish Council is sorry that the bulk skip service is no longer available and we are sure it will be greatly missed by all residents.  We are looking into the cost of maybe providing an extra dustbin lorry occasionally.  

Village Show 2001 - Sunday 15 July 

The Parish Council will be holding a village show next year but would ask for volunteers to form a show committee.  We need to have a committee meeting in November and therefore ask if anyone is interested please contact the Parish Clerk, Brenda Toombs (01908 375151) or the Chairman, Norman Causer (01908 372884) as soon as possible.

East West Rail Link

Public Meeting in The Pavilion, Rushere Close, Wednesday 11 October 2000 7.30 pm.  Cllr David Hopkins will be chairman of the meeting.  The aim is to give the public an update on the future East West Rail Link which will include the Bletchley - Bedford railway line.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Items for the August  newsletter should reach Norman Causer - 14 Downs View, Bow Brickhill - by Friday 20 October.  Tel 01908 372884.

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