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WILLINGTON POST OFFICE & STORES Telephone: 01234 838 240 Friendly. helpful staff, well stocked shelves, wide range of products. News paper& magazine ordering service, optional delivery to Cardington, Cople, Willington and Moggerhanger. Fresh local produce on external stalls, Free range eggs from Cardington, Willington honey, fresh bread and cakes from local bakery. Specially decorated iced mini cakes and cup cakes for Mothers Day, Valentine, etc Chilled snacks and sandwiches, salads, ham, cheese, and bacon, Varieties of designers cards for all occasions, stationary, packaging material. Lottery. groceries off licence (Good collection of wine) Pay station for phone top up, gas/electric key charging and bill payments Post Office Counter for Personal Banking& Business banking services. Foreign Currency (Euros & Dollars on Demand) Car Tax, Phone& Broadband Services, Savings products, Car/home/travel/life/pet & Business Insurance products, Credit services, Gifts cards etc. Special services: Send flowers by post “BUNCHES” for all occasions. Dry cleaning & repair service. Household coal &logs. Making fruit & veg Baskets for special occasions. Samosa veg and non veg on Friday/Saturdays Home delivery on the purchase of £10.00 (enquire in the shop.) SHOP OPENING HOURS MONDAY-FRIDAY 6:30AM to 6:00PM SATURDAY 7:00AM to 6:00 PM. SUNDAY 8:00 AM to 12:00 NOON.


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Editorial The Cople News financial year is the calendar year and now is a good time to review how we did in 2012. The magazine changed from a subscription and advertising base, with a circulation of 225 copies per month, to an all advertising financed publication delivered free to every home in Cople and a circulation of 360 copies. Thanks to the willing support of advertisers the transition went extremely well. The magazine income was £2,024 and the expenditure was £2,123. The shortfall of £99 will be taken from the reserve accumulated by Andrew and Jo Chillingsworth. I did my planning assuming a print run of 325 copies, each of 48 or 52 pages but both of these figures had to be revised up in the light of experience. Our expenses are almost all on printing with a small amount spent on postage. Our tireless band of distributors are vital in keeping costs down and I can’t thank them enough. This year looks promising and we should break even. We have a comforting reserve and therefore I am happy spend all our in year revenue on the magazine. I would like Cople News to report every thing that happens in the Village. My thanks go to all who have written about church, sporting, social, school, council, musical and community events, in addition to numerous one off articles. The “Wild about Cople” and “Lawn Doctor” pieces deserve special mention. Thanks also to the photographers in Cople for all their work. New ideas are very welcome if we are to keep the magazine fresh and entertaining. I would like to welcome some new advertisers. On the next page you will see “Happy Toes” run by Sarah Greenaway and on page 26 the auctioneers W & H Peacock and Julian Biggs, the chimney sweep, have joined us. The Cople News team wish all our readers a happy and prosperous New Year. Ged Peeke Cover picture: Wood at Water End taken by Ian Whiting in December 2010.


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Letter from the Vicarage The ringing of bells full circle, by means of a rope and a wheel is unique to the British Isles, a few former British colonies and the area around Verona in Italy. Change-ringing in the English speaking countries has evolved over the last 350 years. Today there are over 5,000 rings of five or more bells on which change ringing can be practised. They are mainly in Anglican churches but there is a growing number of ringers in other Christian denominations most notably among Roman Catholics. It is estimated that there are about 35,000 active ringers and probably as many who no longer ring. Bell ringing is much more difficult than it looks or sounds. For several years we have not had enough experienced ringers to ring regularly either on a Sunday morning or for weddings. Recently Mike Vacher has been teaching some new people how to ring and is holding practices on a Tuesday evening. The hope is that they will be able to ring more often during the coming year. There is an ancient tradition to ring out the old year and to ring in the new year. We want to revive this on Sunday 13th January at 6pm. The ringing will take place before and after the first of our new monthly “Songs of Praise “services. We will be helped by neighbouring bell ringers from Northill. Their help is much appreciated but if they keep winning the pub quiz night I am beginning to wonder whether our friendship will last. Which reminds me as you may have noticed there are six bells in our tower, not five. Maybe we should tell the pub in case they want to change their name. Also I do hope that you will be able to join us for the service as we will dedicate the new book case in memory of Pete Moore. This has been paid for jointly by the Church and Parish Council as Pete was both churchwarden and chairman. of the Parish Council. There will be refreshments after the service although I suspect that most ringers will decide to adjourn to the pub, which incidentally is another old tradition.


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Ringing out the old and ringing in the new is a way of looking back on the past but also looking forward to the future and asking God’s blessing on all that the coming year may bring With all good wishes for the coming year

Lynda Klimas

Anniversary of Baptisms Once again we invite all children who have been baptised in our church, or elsewhere to celebrate their baptism. This year it will be during the Family service on Sunday 6 th January at 11.15am. We invite you to bring your baptism candles with you and we will give you a cake to celebrate. Please do not worry if you cannot find your candle as there are plenty of candles available in the Church. This year the service falls on Epiphany and we will celebrate “Jesus as the Light of the world” Lynda Klimas

Race Night Saturday 24th November Thank you very much to everyone who helped to make our race night at the end of November such a success. We are grateful to everyone who supported the event and to all who provided food and served it. We raised £813 of which we will receive half as it was organised jointly with Willington Our next event is a quiz night on Saturday 23rd March so please put the date in your diary now. Cople Church Social Committee

From the Registers Funeral 28th November

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Mothers Union Members of three branches and other guests met at Glebe House to enjoy seasonal readings and carols. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed fellowship over tea and mince pies kindly supplied by Judith who was warmly thanked for her hospitality. We do not meet in January so our next meeting will be held on the 4th February 2013 at a venue to be announced later. Members wish everyone a happy and peaceful new year

Liz Buck

Prayer You are the Lord who shares our living. You go with us in all our ways even where we are blind to your presence and deaf to your call. Continue with us we pray, but make us more aware. Be born afresh in us. Renew our lives, That we may be true witnesses to the light offered to every one who comes into the world (Heaven and Charing Cross)

Cople Over 60’s Club The members of Cople Over Sixties Club wish all readers a happy New Year. Also to thank all who helped and supported our Christmas Fayre held in December. We meet fortnightly in the Sports Pavilion at 2:30pm. Our next meeting being held on Tuesday 8th January 2013, where we hope to welcome any new members who would care to join us. H Shreeves (Sec)


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Tools for Self Reliance Our church is aiming to raise £1000 within the Benefice during the coming year as our mission project. We wish to support two charities in Africa. Firstly, single mums in Uganda. Tools for Self-Reliance is doing something about this in partnership with the Single Parents Association of Uganda, offering 30 women the opportunity to escape a life of poverty by learning sewing machine skills that will enable them to earn a living. The idea is to encourage sustainable livelihoods. At the end of the training they will get a sewing machine start-up kit. It won’t just be the women who benefit, as their children and the wider community will gain too. There will be enough money generated to pay for the children to go to school. Secondly, the Bicycle Repair Project. In Ghana bicycles are an essential means of getting about, but the roads are rough and getting bikes repaired is far from straight forward. There isn’t such a thing as a local bike shop. Even if there were, few people could afford to buy new parts, let alone a new bike. Tools for Self-Reliance trains young boys, who have dropped out of school, to become bicycle mechanics and helps them to set up their own businesses. It is a practical attempt to help reverse the drift to the cities of people from rural areas who are unable to support themselves. Our Lent giving Benefice service on 30th June, Rich Man Poor Man Lunch, will support this. We have other supporting activities in mind – needle workers and cyclists should watch this space!


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Eamonn , Julie and Katie would like to welcome you to the Five Bells in Cople , a traditional country village pub . It is our intention to provide a warm welcome in comfortable surroundings for visitors and locals alike to enjoy a drink or a hearty meal . Wherever possible , we have sourced our ingredients from local suppliers and our menu is designed to be as homemade as possible . We also provide a wide selection of fine ales , wines and spirits and great care is taken to ensure they are kept to the highest standard Themed Menu every Wednesday Live Music most Saturday nights (see website for details) Sunday Roasts ÂŁ8:50 (Very popular, booking recommended) Party bookings available

Tel : 01234 831330 www.fivebellscople.com


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Cople Village Trust (Registered Charity No 1090113)

COPLE PLAYING FIELD On the boundary of Cople Playing Field there some trees, however there are many gaps and it would be good to have more planted. Cople Village Trust are seeking interest from anyone who would like to

Plant a tree in memory of a loved one Would you be prepared to obtain a suitable tree, arrange planting and look after it until it was established? If you are interested - please contact one of Cople Village Trusts’ Trustees or alternatively phone 01234 831344. Sandra Thacker

Chair of Cople Village Trust


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Friends of cople church

Safari supper ON Saturday, february 2nd 2013 7 – 7.15 P.m. Hosts are required. If you are able to offer a starter or a main course please contact us Tel. nos: (01234) 838763, 838467, 838714, 838683 Tickets £13:50 All proceeds towards the upkeep of all saints’ church, cople


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Cople Sports and Social Club 2012 has been an eventful year. Friday evenings have been the most popular along with themed events throughout the year which will continue throughout 2013. We hope to have a spot on Cople’s website early in the new year where you will be able to find out information and updates in regard to what’s on at Cople Sports and Social club. Thank you to the members who have supported the club this year and thanks to all committee members and helpers for their continued commitment. CS&SC wishes all a Happy New Year Football fixtures to be shown at CS&SC: Premier League except for the FA Cup fixtures Wed 26th Dec Sat 29th Dec Sat 29th Dec Sun 30th Dec Sun 30th Dec Sat 05th Jan Sun 06th Jan Sun 06th Jan Sun 13th Jan Sun 13th Jan Sun 20th Jan Sun 20th Jan

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For full list of football viewing see fixtures in CS&SC Memberships will increase in January 2013. £10.00 per couple £8.00 single Jeanette Skipsey Mob: 07749272249

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Sunday Church Services in January Cople All Saints 6th

11:15am

Family Service. Baptism anniversaries

13th

09:00am 09:45am 6:00pm

Holy Communion BCP Sunday School Village Songs of Praise Bellringers’ Service and Dedication of the bookcase in memory of Pete Moore

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Sunday School All age Communion.

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Sunday School Sung Communion with the Choir

Willington Saint Lawrence 6th

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Holy Communion BCP

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Parish Praise

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Sung Communion

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All age Communion and Children’s Church

Moggerhanger St John the Evangelist 6th

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Sung Communion

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Family Service

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Cople Calendar January 2013 Wednesday 2nd 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Carpet Bowls in Village Hall

Thursday 3rd 10:00am to 11:30am Baby and Toddler Group Village Hall Friday 4th (Orange Bin) Saturday 5th 10:30am—12 noon Monday 7th 09:00am 11:00am 8:00pm

Traidcraft coffee morning Willington.

Morning Prayer Tiny tots sing along Cople Church Exploring Prayer group Moggerhanger

Tuesday 8th 10:00am to 12:00 noon Coffee morning Village Hall 2:30pm Over 60s Club in the Sports Club 7:30pm Tuesday Club Meeting in Village Hall Talk - “All about Tea” Wednesday 9th 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Carpet Bowls in Village Hall

Thursday 10th (Orange Bin) 10:00am to 11:30am Baby and Toddler Group Village Hall Monday 14th 09:00am 11:00am 6:15pm 7:15pm

Morning Prayer Tiny tots sing along Cople Church Junior Choir practice at Cople Church Benefice Choir at Cople

Tuesday 15th 10:00am to 12:00 noon Coffee morning Village Hall 7:30pm Cople PCC at the Vicarage Wednesday 16th 7:30pm to 10:00pm Thursday 17th (Orange Bin)

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10:00am to 11:30am Baby and Toddler Group Village Hall Monday 21st 09:00am 11:00am 12:30pm 6:15pm 7:30pm

Morning Prayer Tiny tots sing along Cople Church Luncheon Club in Cople Church Junior Choir practice at Cople Church Meeting of Cople Parish Council in the Village Hall

Tuesday 22nd 10:00am to 12:00 noon Coffee morning Village Hall 2:30pm Over 60s Club in the Sports Club Wednesday 23rd 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Carpet Bowls in Village Hall

Thursday 24th (Green Bin) 10:00am to 11:30am Baby and Toddler Group Village Hall Saturday 26th 12 noon Monday28th 09:00am 11:00am 6:15pm 7:15pm

Wedding of Luke Dallison and Nikita Austin Morning Prayer Tiny tots sing along Cople Church Junior Choir practice Cople Senior Choir practice Cople

Tuesday 29th 10:00am to 12:00 noon

Coffee morning Village Hall

Wednesday 30th 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Carpet Bowls in Village Hall

Thursday 31st (Orange Bin) 10:00am to 11:30am Baby and Toddler Group Village Hall


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I would like to thank everyone who has helped make my Christmas Pudding project the success it has been. My thanks include not only those who have asked me for a pudding, but also those who have helped me with ingredients. I have made over fifty puddings, and the very generous response from readers of Cople News, friends and family means that over ÂŁ400 will be going towards the fund raising needed for my London Marathon Run in April 2013. Local firms have been very supportive and have contributed with ingredients. They are: Waitrose - Goldington Road, Tesco Riverfield Drive, Whole Foods Bedford, M&S - Midland Road, Bridge Farm - Girtford Bridge, Gunns Bakery - Sandy, The Five Bells - Cople. Their contributions have really helped me meet the costs. Judy Prior

2012 Poppy Appeal Thank you to everyone who donated to the 2012 Poppy Appeal. Cople and Willington between them raised ÂŁ2,810. Pat and Richard Briscoe

Cople Carpet Bowls Club Have you ever thought of playing bowls. If so why not come along and join in a game of carpet bowls which is played indoors on a 30 ft carpet in Cople Village Hall on Wednesday evenings 7:30 to 10:00 pm Any enquiries contact Pauline on 01234 838102.

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JULIAN BIGGS Member of the Institute of Chimney Sweeps Fully qualified and insured All types of chimneys swept Brush and vacuum . Clean and tidy service Chimney Safety Certificate issued Local, professional and reliable

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Mobile Library for January Wednesday 2nd, 16th, & 30th 10.05 am 10.25am 10.40am

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Cople Village Trust A big thank you to all who braved the terribly wet weather and came along to the craft fayre on the 4 th November. The event raised £470 and I hope that the 100+ people who came through the door got some Christmas shopping done and enjoyed Keith and John’s bacon rolls and hot dogs. Many thanks to all the helpers on the day. My best wishes for a happy and healthy 2013 to all of you. As this is the time of year for resolutions, I have decided to hand over the role of booking officer for the village hall. If you are interested and would like to do your bit for the community, just give me a call on 838248 and I can give you more details. Best wishes Marie Grohmann


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Wild About Cople Here’s something seasonal for you. We all know the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ which has, when you think about it, lots of references to birds in it’s lyrics so lets explore it a bit further. . . “On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me”. 12 Drummers Drumming 11 Pipers Piping 10 Lords-a-leaping 9 Ladies dancing 8 Maids-a-milking 7 Swans-a-swimming – sometimes the swans are replaced by ‘squabs’ ie; young pigeons. Swans are royal symbols and technically all the swans in Great Britain are still owned by the Queen. They are also connected with love, fidelity to each other and romance so to give seven swans would be considered a fine gift to receive from your true love! 6 Geese-a-laying – sometimes ‘ducks-a-laying’. Again this could refer to the value of having geese that are laying eggs (and having 6 geese laying eggs would be very valuable). This could also refer to the folklore surrounding the goose laying the golden egg. 5 Gold Rings – the alternative is sometimes ‘golden rings’ or ‘5 Goldspinks’. A Goldspink is an old country name for the Goldfinch, that attractive finch with its red, yellow and black markings which was once kept as a cage bird for its colours and attractive song (now illegal, thankfully). There is also a possibility that the ‘ring’ may not refer to jewellery at all but to birds with a ‘ring’ marking around the neck ie; the ring-necked pheasant. 4 Colly Birds – sometimes ‘calling birds’, ‘canaries’ or ‘Mockingbirds’ is used as alternatives. The name ‘Colly bird’ is an old name for a blackbird. 3 French Hens – the ‘three French hens’ usually stood for ‘Faith, Hope and Love’. 2 Turtle Doves – Turtle doves were traditionally considered to be the ultimate example of love and fidelity as they were supposed to pair for life and show true devotion to each other.


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Unfortunately, recent research has shown the opposite to be the case and males turtle doves are very promiscuous. And a Partridge in a Pear Tree – as this song is considered to be French in origin then this line more than likely refers to the French or Red-legged partridge as opposed to our, native, English or Grey partridge. It is believed that the ‘pear tree’ is a corruption of the French (and Latin) word for the Partridge family: Perdix. So the last line may originally have been ‘A partridge, one partridge’. The song, or more properly, the chant, probably began as a ‘memories and forfeit’ game where a leader recited a verse, then each of the players repeated the words then the leader would add another verse and so on until one of the players made a mistake; they would then have to pay a penalty ie; giving a kiss or a sweet. This is how the song was described in its earliest known printed version, in 1780. It is believed to be French in origin but may go back even further in history. In the countryside around Cople the fields and ditches are all very wet and sodden but the hedgerows are still full of berries and the winter thrushes; the blackbirds, redwings and fieldfares are taking full advantage of the seasonal food. Due to berry shortages in their usual breeding and wintering areas in Scandinavia and Siberia, Waxwings are in this area in some numbers. These beautiful birds can be seen in small flocks in trees where there are good berry crops and are very distinct with their neat cream and buffish pinkybrown plumage with blobs of red, like sealing wax (where their name comes from) and yellow markings on the wings and tail and with small crests on their head and a black ‘bandit’ mask across the eyes and


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under the chin. The call is a distinct, trilling ‘sirrrr’. When in a tree they can look quite similar in size and shape to starlings. They seem to like supermarket car parks (!) – go and take a look when you are shopping and see if you can spot any. A Happy New Year to you all. Steve Halton

stevehalton@gmail.com

200 Club Subscriptions for 2013 Subscriptions to the 200 Club run by the Village Trust are now due. It costs £12 per year to take part and cheques, made out to the Cople Village Trust, can be posted to Catherine Bayliss at 14 Grange Lane or given to your 200 Club representative. Money left after paying prizes goes to support Trust activities. If you are not a member but would like to take part please contact Marie Grohmann on 01234 838248.

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Cople Lower School Before & After School Club Regular and one off bookings, including Casual bookings. Registration forms and information packs available from: Naomi Whittingham – Play Leader 07592 012 249 copleba@hotmail.co.uk Hours Fees Monday to Friday Regular bookings Breakfast 8.00am – 8.45am £3.00 Session 1 3.30pm – 5.00pm £7.00 Session 2 3.30pm – 6.00pm £8.50 Casual bookings: an additional £1.00 on regular session fees

Cople Baby & Toddler Group Has opened its doors again

Every Thursday (Inclusive of school holidays) 10.00am-11.30am At the Cople Village Hall (off Grange Lane) First session free, £2 per family thereafter Adults with one child under 7 months £1


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This Month’s Gardening Tasks Best wishes to all of you for 2013, and many thanks to everyone who has been in touch over the course of the past year. Needless to say, should you have any queries about anything in your garden, please do not hesitate to drop me a line. Frost, although excellent at breaking up heavy clay rich soils that have already been dug, is arguably the greatest threat to our beloved plants and my advice to you is simply this: if you have any doubts to a plant’s hardiness, that is, is ability to withstand the freezing weather, err on the side of caution and wrap it up in bubble wrap, horticultural fleece or hessian or pretty much anything. I use an old piece of sack cloth that is probably older than me! And yes, it is in far better condition than its owner! I place a long cane in the centre of the plant so that it is around 12” (30cm) taller and then drape the material over the top, tent like. I also like to make sure there is a good layer on the ground keeping the roots protected but an appropriate mulch around the base of the plant can also be very useful at this time of the year. Leaf mould, compost, well rotted manure, all can be used but don’t forget: ericaceous plants such as Camelias, Rhododendrons, Azalias, Pieris will all need a material that provides them with the acidity they require. I tend towards a generous layer of ericaceous compost that not only protects against frost but can work its way down throughout the winter giving the plants what they want. According to some reports, unusual numbers of Waxwings are expected this month so along with bird seed, suet and nuts, chop up some apple too and you might just get a glimpse of one of the most elegant birds we get in this country. By the way, many thanks to all of you who attempted the fiendishly difficult Christmas Quiz that was featured in December’s magazine. Answers and winners announced next month. Lawn Doctor


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Village Contacts Village Hall Bookings: Marie Grohmann Email: marie@cmjdg.com Tel : 838248 Over 60's Club Secretary : Hazel Shreeves Tel : 838817 Mothers Union Contact: Jill Ebbs Tel : 838659 Cople Lower School Headteacher : Helen Johnson Tel : 838827 Cople Village Trust Chair : Sandra Thacker Tel : 831344 Royal British Legion Chair: Max McMurdo Tel: 01767 680624 Welfare: David Hansen Tel : 01767 226020 Police PC Paul Jones Riseley Police Station Tel : 01234 - 842864 Carpet Bowls Secretary : Pauline Baynes Tel : 838102 Willingtots Pre-School Group Tel: 07972– 148085 Before & After School Club At Cople Lower School Tel: 07592 - 012249

Brownies (Willington) Amanda Briscoe, Tel: 07504 299994 Beavers, Cubs & Scouts Contact Emma Whiterod Tel: 07908 167356 Friends of Cople Church Chair: Vaughan Southgate Tel: 838714 Cople Sports & Social Club Chair: David Hughes Tel : 838669 Tuesday Club Joy Duthie Tel : 838407 Cricket Cople Argus Cricket Club Chris Gregory 01234 838396 Biggleswade Chronicle Village Correspondent: Jill Ebbs Tel: 838659 Cople Web Site Ian Whiting Tel : 838347 Email: ian@cople.org.uk Web Site :www.cople.org.uk Cople Baby and Toddler Contact Kylie Dougall Tel: 01234 740745 07999 257165 Just Ask Wendy Worgan 0800 039 1234


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All Saints Church Vicar: Rev Lynda Klimas The Vicarage Grange Lane, Cople Tel: 01234 838 431 rev.l.klimas@btinternet.com Churchwardens June Shanahan 34 Grange Lane Cople Tel: 01234 831705

Mike Vacher 91 Willington Road Cople Tel: 01234 831207 vacher309@btinternet.com Cople Parish Council

Clerk to the Council: Jeanne Pope 42 Wingfield Road, Bromham, Beds. MK43 8JY Tel: 01234 823 297 jhpope@btinternet.com

Cople News Editor : Ged Peeke 39 Willington Road, Cople, Beds, MK44 3TH Tel 01234 838379 Email: coplenews@yahoo.com Deadline for copy and advertising 15th of every month

Advertising Rates Annual Charges Full Page £95 Half Page £47:50 One Third Page £31:50

Delivered free to every home in Cople every month Circulation 360 copies


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Cople Village Hall and Playing Field Available for Hire for Private Functions, Children’s Parties, Weddings, Conferences and other bookings by arrangement Hire Charge from £ 9 per hour Please Contact Bookings Officer: Marie Grohmann

Telephone : 838248 COPLE VILLAGE TRUST

200 CLUB Prize winners for December 2012 1st Prize of £60 269 Suzanne Moore 2nd Prize of £30 234 David Holt 3rd Prize of £10 141 Pamela Ryqvist


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Groundcare Machinery Services Limited Water End, COPLE, Bedford

Suppliers of Leading Brand Names in Domestic & Professional powered garden machinery at BIG DISCOUNTS with full service back up

Petrol, Diesel, Electric, Battery Allen, Atco, Billy Goat, Countax, Eliet, Flymo, Hayter, Honda, Klippo, Lawnflite, MTD, Mountfield, Robin, Ryobi, Stihl,Viking, Westwood, Yardman, etc For details of Products and Savings visit our website www.groundcarebedford.co.uk www.groundcare.biz

Tel: 01234 831123 sales + service + spares + repairs

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