As we leaved for our new parish in London, I would like to give a special thank you to all have supported the work of this charity over the years.
When the son of a friend Stephen came and spoke at St Andrew's back in 1990, I never believed that so much would follow. He told us about a small hospital on the Thai Burmese Border, which had very little equipment or money. A few of us began to put together some small parcels. Then we began to raise money with the Plant Bring and Buy Sales which became quite successful over the years.
In 1996 we set up as a charity, and started to take an interest in the Karen refugees all along that border. Since then, we have arranged visits by sixth formers from Luton and Manshead School, we support schools and hospitals, some work in a prison, and have helped to set up some small businesses.
Lots of people have given support to this work. I would especially like to thank Brian Church, our treasurer, Peter Hammond, our auditor and Howard Benson who has provided lots of saleable merchandise and a great deal of enthusiasm. I know lots of you have been generous at the plant sales and with your financial gifts over the years and I want you to know that your gifts are always appreciated. It has been good to see how the schools are coming on, printing their own books, etc. The eye surgery is fulfilling a very great need, and people are crossing the border now when they know the surgeons are due a visit. A young man recently showed me round the fish farm that he had built with a gift from us. His pride was obvious, and we could see how he is supporting many people with the profits from the sale of the fish.
Many of you have played your part in this, and I am very grateful to you. If you ever want to update yourselves on what is happening with the charity, then please email us at www.karenaid@yahoo.co.uk
And thank you for all your help
Mary Bolster

Have you any used men's shoes?

Joan Duncombe from St Andrew's Church has been asked by a Chiropodist who treats the feet of some homeless men, if she could find some cast-off men's shoes. So if you, or any men you know are about to put some shoes in the bin, think Joan. However, if the sole has come off and if it is badly letting water in, donate it to the Refuse Collection.

Clip used stamps from your mail
...and give them to Mary Barker. Her Father steams them off and sells them to collectors. The proceeds are to St Andrew's Church funds.

Many thanks - in anticipation of our generous villagers.

A mother's love will carry you through all life's ups and downs,
A mother's eyes are all she needs to see your smiles and frowns.
A mother's arms can hold you when you need that loving touch,
A mother's heart is given when you need that love so much.
When a mother's love is given, it is given from the heart,
And continues to be given, even though you are apart.
A mother's love is with you and with you it will stay.
A mother's love will be with you, forever and a day.
So as you go about your daily lives, just stop and pause a while,
And if you close your eyes shut tight,
you will see your mother's smile.

Happy Birthday Mum - 2nd August
With love from Sue

(Special note from the Editor:- If there is anyone who would like to mention a special Birthday, Wedding, Anniversary, etc. please contact me in plenty of time to include it in the appropriate issue).

A project of Samaritan's Purse (Operation Christmas Child)
There are millions of unused mobile phones lying in drawers and cupboards around the country. Do you have any? We are organising a collection through St Andrew's Church to help feed some of the needy street children and families who live well below the poverty level in Eastern Europe.
Samaritan's Purse are able to recycle discarded and redundant cellular phones so please think twice before throwing any old phones away or just leaving them in a cupboard or drawer to collect dust.
Don't forget - Feed a hungry child with your old mobile phone and bring help and hope to poor and suffering children. If you are unable to take them along to the Church please contact the Editor.

A musical director was having a lot of trouble with one drummer, and, despite lengthy talks, his performance simply didn't improve. Finally, before the whole orchestra he said: "When a musician just can't handle his instrument, and doesn't improve when given help, they take away the instrument and give him two sticks, and make him a drummer." A whisper was heard from the percussion section: "And if he can't handle even that, they take away one of his sticks and make him a conductor." Boom Boom!

Feeling tired and looking for a taxi after a night out at the pub, the young man passed an Indian restaurant and decided to get a takeaway. Waiting for his food, he noticed a sign on the wall reading, "Delivery service 2.00, so when he paid for his order he asked if he could have it delivered. The man looked puzzled until the young man added, "And could you take me with it?"
When their air condition broke down, the couple called for an engineer to come and take a look at it. The engineer, a man called Love turned out to be an old classmate of the husband's. He said to ask for him the next time that they had any problems. The following year, when they needed service again, the couple requested Mr Love and he duly arrived to service the air condition. After he had finished he left his work order behind. On it was written the address and scheduling instructions: "Wants Love in the afternoon!".
After weeks of nagging the sixteen year old to do her homework, the father was pleased to see her disappear into her bedroom with an encyclopaedia on flags. Over an hour later she appeared downstairs - with a different flag painted in varnish on each of her nails.

The project manager Natalie Aksuticheva

Russia, St. Petersburg
Tel/FAX. 007-812-3142222
E-mail: dubonos@bluemail.ch

Dear friends!
Our vocal ensemble, "Soloists of St. Petersburg" consisting of six professional singers (3 female and 3 male) from Russian Orthodox churches, choirs and opera companies, addresses here to all lovers and to all experts of the Christian vocal tradition and of the Russian Orthodox church music and singing in all corners of the world.
We are trying to bring together friends of such historical art and culture by singing in ecumenical worships traditional liturgical Russian hymns like Gloria, Alleluia, Sanctus, Lord's prayer etc. using masterpieces of the famous Russian composers.
Our concerts last for up to one hour and a half. The first part consists of Russian Orthodox sacred music, the second part is Russian folk songs. Although our audience can not always understand Russian the people are frequently moved by the beauty of the melodies.
We have already achieved our success in various countries as Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, the U.K. In Autumn 2001 and in Spring 2002 we are planning to visit Great Britain again and we should be grateful for your kind assistance. In every case of interest please get in touch with us. We are waiting for your kind request and remain always at your service.
All participants of " Soloists of St. Petersburg"

Our recent performance of Holiday around the World was a great success. We would like to thank those who attended and those who gave us raffle prizes. However it would have been even better to see more people from the village!

Our efforts did not go un-rewarded, as we were able to give Keech Cottage Hospice a cheque for 211.00. We were paid visit's from Jacki Page of Keech Cottage, Herald and Post and Village Voice.
A very special "Well done girls, you were all great" from Michael.
Gillian Plummer (Brown Owl)

Vegetable Garden
When the first early potatoes crop is finished start on the second early or mid season varieties, lifting a few roots at a time. Ripen off onions by bending over the leaves just above the neck of each bulb. Cover cauliflower heads with leaves to hasten whitening.
Fruit & Flower Garden
Chrysanthemums should now be budded and side shoots rubbed out. Continue to bud fruit and rose stocks, remove faded flowers and runners.
During August and September continue to pick apples and pears, also look out for blight on apples, spray where necessary.
Gillian Plummer

The new Slip End Parish Council will meet at the Village Hall on the first Monday of each month. The meetings start at 8pm and are expected to last approximately 1 hour. At the end of each meeting there is an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions or raise any concerns they may have.
Dates of meetings are below:
Monday 6tthAugust Monday 3rdSeptember
Monday 1stOctober
Monday 5thNovember

The Cub's have had a very busy time over the past few months. Sadly we have not been able to have any camps due to the foot and mouth problem. Most of the Scout campsites were initially closed, as most are near to farmland. The sites are all open now and later we should be able to go on various camps. As always, the Cub's have been very involved in their badge work, it has been hard to keep up with them and I have had to make many trips to the Scout shop for badges. Apart from the usual cooks and home help badges we have also awarded hobbies, collectors and a very interesting gardeners badge and this takes three months to complete. We also joined up with others Cub's in the area for the district athletics badge. All of the Cub's who attended gained their stage one badge, six gained stage two and one stage three. Well-done boys and keep up the good work.
In June, we said a sad farewell to Sandy Swindell. Sandy has been involved with Slip End Scout Troop for many years. Latterly, she had been Group Scout Leader. Sandy and her husband Dave have now moved to Cambridgeshire.
We are now on holiday for the and will restart on 10th September. I would like to say thank you to Mervyn, my assistant leader and to Sue, my helper. Both have supported and worked hard to make Cub's fun.

- they really said it :-

"I want some repairs to my cooker as it has backfired and burnt my knob off".
"I wish to report that tiles are missing from the roof of the outside toilet and I think it was a bad wind the other night that blew them off".
"The toilet is blocked and we cannot bathe the children until it is cleared".
"Will you please send someone to mend our cracked sidewalk. Yesterday my wife tripped on it and is now pregnant .......".
"Would you please send a man to repair my spout. I am an old age pensioner and need it straight away".
"I request your permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen".
"This is to let you know that there is a smell coming from the man next door".
"The man next door has a large erection in his back garden, which is unsightly and dangerous".
"I am writing on behalf of my sink, which is running away from the wall".
"Our kitchen floor is very damp, we have two children and would like a third, so will you please send someone to do something about it".
"Will you please send a man to look at my water, it is a funny colour and not fit to drink".

News from St Andrew's.
Cheryl Bruce will be taking over as Youth Worker for St Paul's Church, Luton and St Andrew's. She is 22 years old and lives near Belfast. She has just completed a B.Sc in Finance and has wide experience in youth work. Cheryl has a driving license but no car, so if you are interested in being part of a team to help ferry her about please let Lorraine Crossett know. She will also need some pocket money, so if you can help with this that would be great. We look forward to Cheryl joining us in September.

It has been a very hectic month with all the arrangements for David's last service and the Church picnic so you will have to excuse me if this edition is a few days late.
David and Mary requested that rather than have a personal leaving present, gifts to be donated for the East Hyde lighting project and the re-ordering of St Andrew's chancel. I am pleased to report that an excess of 4000.00 was reached enabling both projects to go ahead and also some money towards a traveling communion set for Julie Flashman, our Lat Reader.
David's new address w.e.f. late August will be:- St Aldhelm's Vicarage, 2 Windmill Road
Edmonton, London, N18 1PA

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