August - Parish News

Services for August
Holy Communion each Thursday at 10.30
4th 10.00 Family Service
11.00 Informal Communion
11th 10.30 Morning Praise
14th & 28th 10.30 Pram Service
18th 10.30 Holy Communion
25th 10.30 Morning Praise
Special Notice
If parishioners need to contact Joy she has now moved into the Vicarage and can be reached on the old Vicarage number - 01582424363. Good luck with your move Joy and Geoff and may you have many happy years at the Vicarage.

Youth work at St Andrew's & East Hyde
Sadly, it has become clear that we will not have a youth worker next year and are unlikely to do so in the future, as far as can be for-seen. The P.C.C. at its meeting on July 15th decided that the next step is to call a meeting of all interested parties which will be on Sunday 8th September in the family room at 6.00p.m. The two groups, 3:16 and Footsteps were formed to bring young people into the Church and nurture them in the Christian Faith. Anyone who feels God may be calling them to take on or to help with this task should speak to Joy.

I am very happy to announce the following weddings this month from St Andrew's Church family. We wish them all a long, happy and healthy life together and pray for sunshine on their chosen days.

Saturday 10th August
Charlotte Cooper marries Russell at St Andrew's

Wednesday 21st August
Elizabeth Wynn-Powell marries Tim at St Andrew's

Saturday 31st August
Clare Willson marries Simon at Castle Coch in Cardiff and then on

Saturday 7th September - a blessing at St Andrew's Church.

Learn to make the most of life.
Lose no happy day.
Life will never give you back
chances swept away.
Leave no tender word unsaid.
Love while life shall last.
For the mill can never grind
with water that is past.

BUILDING work is underway on a new church for the Bushmead estate. Luton.
Construction began in June - ten years after the diocese purchased the land
and a fund-raising project was launched by local Christians. The church will
serve more than 1,000 new homes in the area. More than 50 churches across
the diocese have supported the appeal. More information: or
GRANTS towards running youth clubs and employing youth workers were among
project grants made by the Verulam House Fund in the past year. Other grants
- ranging from 5,000 to 250 went to supporting mission in Hemel Hempstead,
setting up the Luton Council of Faiths, and the running costs of the
'Wellsprings' spirituality centre in Hockliffe, Beds. More information about
the Fund from the Trust secretary on 01727 854532 or the diocesan website
SEEROUND'S August edition features the chance to win 'Songs of Praise'
presenter Pam Rhodes' latest paperback 'Coming Through' - 13 true stories of
hope and courage; reports of the relic of Saint Alban being presented to the
Abbey and the Alban Festival weekend; a page of courses and conferences; the
Petertide ordinations; the story of a Hoddesdon man's journey of faith and
numerous parish activities and events.

TWENTY parish websites from St Albans diocese have so far entered
Ecclesiastical Insurance's competition to find the best parish website in
England, Scotland and Wales. The best will win a 1,000 cash prize and
runners up 500 and 200.
More information from
(Good Luck to Peter King who set up the Slip End Web-site and is always adding improvements)

Peter Crumpler Communications Officer
Diocese of St. Albans
Tel: 01727 869506; Fax 01727 844469
Mobile 0787 668 1813

The young man had been working in a supermarket, bagging up customers' goods, for five years. One day the supermarket gets brand new orange juice machines, and the bag boy is really excited. He asks the manager if he can work the juice machines. The manager says, "I'm sorry, but no." The bag boy pleaded to his manager: "But I've been working here for five years. Why can't I run the juice machines?" The manager replies: I'm sorry, but baggers can't be juicers."

Five Oaks held their Sports Day on Thursday 4th July. The weather was perfect (which was a relief as the day before had been quite wet.) Many children ran in the event and quite a few children from Slip End and the surrounding area took part in the races. Taylor Gray, Phoebe Mooney, and Aidan Brown ran, as did Lauren, Aidan Rumball and Calum Goundry from Woodside. Kew and Helen Delaney from Pepperstock also took part.
Aidan Brown and Lauren recently participated in a Year 7 and Year 8 Athletics event against other schools and were good representatives for Five Oaks. Aidan entered several races, achieving very good times.
All the children involved in Sports Day tried really hard. It was nice to see children from Pepperstock, Slip End, Woodside, Caddington, Dunstable, Houghton Regis, and Luton, enjoying the event together and showing a good team spirit.

Thank you to Mrs Coleman and all the teachers involved who made the afternoon such a success.

Just a few pictures of some of the children from Slip End and the surrounding area, who took part in the Sports Day.

Taylor Gray, Phoebe Mooney, Calum Goundry, Aidan Brown & Kew Delaney.

Lauren Rumball, Calum Goundry and Aidan Rumball

It was a busy day on the Thursday at Five Oaks as there was also a disco held after school for the Sept Year 5 intake. present Year 5 and Year 6's. And later on that evening there was a disco for the Year 7 and Year 8's. The evening went very well, although there were several tired pupils on the Friday!

Various events have been organised for the children near the end of term.

Year 5 - horse-riding.
Year 6 - a trip to the zoo.
Year 7 - recently went to Stratford upon Avon and had a boat trip.
Year 8 - Chessington.
Two teachers will be leaving Five Oaks at the end of this term. Ms Mullin, Head of Year 5 will be leaving to take up a post at a school in Linslade and Mr Fowler will be retiring. They will be missed at Five Oaks and are wished all the best.
L. Haynes.

If you fancy a nice Sunday afternoon stroll after your Sunday dinner why not go along for a lovely Country walk every month with the Ramblers.
They are meeting at 2.30 outside St Andrews Church on the following dates for a three to four mile walk, and would be pleased to make newcomers most welcome.

11th August
8th September
13th October
10th November

Summer programme as follows:-
August 28th at 10.30a.m.
Meet at the Church for a Local Day Out with picnic, games and fancy hat competition.
September 29th at St Andrew's Church
Deanery evening - more details to follow.

On June 29th members of the Mothers Union and friends went along to a celebration at Knebworth House. The Mothers Union was formed in 1876 and the occasion was 'Celebrate 125 + 1'. Because of the Foot and Mouth crisis last year the event was postponed until this year. The Bishop of Hertford performed the Opening Ceremony and then everyone decided what they would like to do next. There were a variety of stalls and games, displays and workshops. Also available were craft demonstrations, face painting for the children and a Nature Trail. One of the highlights of the day was a flower festival in St Mary's Church in the grounds of the House, which had some beautiful flower arrangements on display and was well worth a visit. You could also walk around the gardens and enjoy your picnic in the grounds. In the afternoon everyone joined together for Celebration Praise and a big thank you was given to the organisers and all their helpers. We finished the afternoon with some communal singing. All in all, a lovely day in lovely surroundings.
Sue (Editor) and friends

What excitement at The Snail Race!

And they're off!

Picking up some bargains

Enjoying the 'Celebration Praise'

And friend came along too!

The Mothers Union trio

Knebworth House and grounds

Photo from the Walled Garden

Fountain inside the Walled Garden

Flower display - inside a house

Flower arrangement for Music

Beautiful archway of flowers

This event was a great success with well over 570 being raised. Cheques totalling 350 have been sent to Keech Cottage Children's Hospice and one for 220 to The Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society.
Although the weather running up to the event had been anything but kind, on the day it was brilliant and this certainly helped with the overall success. More than 100 people were thought to be out on the streets of Slip End and Woodside visiting the eleven 'Open Gardens'. Besides the pleasure of looking at the gardens themselves Pimms, Bar-B-Que lunches, Cream Teas and produce of various kinds were all on offer and those in charge had a busy time.
It was a great pleasure to see so many people obviously enjoying themselves and taking a real interest in a very local activity. Many were extremely knowledgeable about plants and gardening generally, and several requests have already been made for a repeat next year!
If you would be interested in opening your garden or have any comments to make about this years event please contact me, Val Church, on 458443 or at The Old Bakery, 2 Summer Street, Slip End.
I have to say a personal thank you to all who took part, and especially to David Kingston without whose hard work, flair for advertising and artistic design this event may never have got off the ground. Also to Anil Mittal at Slip End Post Office for allowing us to put our programmes there, and for being so helpful and enthusiastic throughout.

There were nine entries for this competition which was judged by Joy Daniels, the new Priest-in-Charge at St Andrews', and her husband Geoff. They had some difficulty in making their final decision, as the standard overall was very high. However, the result were:
First to John Carrington of 82 Markyate Road, for a beautiful basket with some magnificent begonias and a lot of colour.
Runner Up prize to Rex Horton of 26 Ross Way for a really stunning one-colour basket of petunias.
All the baskets were different, all very pretty and several with a topical jubilee theme.
Many thanks to all who took part and we hope you enjoyed participating and the certificates specially designed and produced by David Kingston to mark the occasion.
Val Church

I think a big thank you should also go to Val who had the idea in the first place and encouraged people to open their gardens. It was a lovely day, helped by the glorious weather and if you didn't manage to get around there are some photos on the next few pages to give you an idea of what you missed - shame they can't be in colour but if you are able, log on to the Slip End web-site to get the true effect once our Web-Master has imported the pages after his holiday.
Sue Cowell, Editor

Cameron, Simon & Andrew admire the rock pool fountain at Janet & Alan's in Claydown Way.
Their best garden was Woodside Road.

Sue & Steve's garden in Crawley Close with some most unusual plants.

Little Francine finds a nice shady spot to rest her little legs!

The organizer Val in her garden, - perhaps she is thinking of what
to do next year!!

John Carrington of Markyate Road receives his first prize from Reverend Joy Daniel

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