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Cople News June 2013


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WILLINGTON POST OFFICE & STORES Telephone: 01234 838240 Newspaper & magazine delivery to Cardington, Cople, Willington and Moggerhanger Fresh bread and cakes from local bakery and decorated cakes for special occasions. Fruit & vegetable baskets made up for special occasions.

Home delivery on purchases over ÂŁ10.00 Gas and Electric key charging Post Office counter for: Banking & Foreign currency Car tax phone & broadband services Savings, Insurance, Mail

Shop Opening Hours Monday – Friday Saturday Sunday

6.30am to 6.00pm 7.00am to 6.00pm 8.00am to 12 noon


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Editor’s Notes The Church Fete is an important fixture in the life of the village. This year it will be held on Saturday 15th June starting at 12:30. Plans are at an advanced stage and if you would like to help, or have anything to contribute to the stalls, please contact the organisers. Details are on page 21. Having endured quite miserable weather for the last three years this time we have earned a scorching hot summer day. On 21st April there was a cycle race on the Cople Circuit. My elder son has organised this particular race for the last 5 years and he has written a piece on page 32 to explain what it is all about. There are very few of the events and they are heavily over subscribed. The Police license them to race 80 competitors but the organisers are happier to restrict this to 60. In the event over 120 applied to take part and the final starting number was 63. Many have driven for several hours to take part Supporting and supervising one these events takes more than 30 volunteers and it is typical of many such sports that take place across the country especially at weekends. Cople Village Hall is a favoured HQ for the cyclists because it has such excellent facilities and friendly support. For example, at 7 O’clock on Sunday morning we were greeted by the caretaker, David Reardon, who had turned out “just to be sure that the heating was working and we had everything we needed”. As one of the marshals I have only ever experienced cheerful cooperation when I asked people to hold on for a minute when the race pack is about to surge through the Village. The whole event is over before most people venture out for the day. Steve Halton is doing one of his bird walks on the 8th. It is well worth the effort to stir yourself early and join in. You can round off the tour with a breakfast in the Five Bells. Details are on page 38. Ged Peeke

Cover Picture. Cycle Race through Cople 21st April by Claire Boardman. See page 32


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News from Cople Lower School School life continues to be busy for children, staff and governors alike. Our latest addition to the school is a food technology area, which has been enthusiastically received and well used already since it was fitted over the Easter holidays. Many thanks to Barry Wells and his team for their work on this and to Marabese tiles for their generous donation of tiles for the splashbacks. You may also be aware that the school has recently acquired an additional piece of land at the rear of the school, which once it has been cleared, fenced and landscaped will provide much needed extra space for our children and the flexibility to use our outdoor area in different ways. We always try to offer a range of clubs to our children and two new initiatives this year have been particularly exciting. In January, we were the first Bedford Borough school to launch a ‘Rotakids’ club, with support from Mary Whitehead and other local Rotarians. By the time you read this, we will have held our charter presentation with chains of office being presented to our Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. Also new this term has been our tennis club and we are extremely grateful to Nick and Pippa Hawker for the use of their tennis court and coaching expertise. By the end of May, we will also have completed our Walk to School week and litter picking around the school. We are looking forward to meeting our new reception children on their school visits in June and July – another full house! Finally, if anyone has any Sainsbury’s school vouchers lurking in the bottom of their purse/wallet/handbag we would be very grateful to receive them! Many thanks. Helen Johnson, Headteacher

Cople Village Trust 200 Club Prize winners for May 2013 1st Prize of £60 2nd Prize of £30 3rd Prize of £10

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Bob Eagle Denise Head Miriam Robinson


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Letter from the Vicarage At the end of April I went on holiday to China. As you probably appreciate, I very much enjoy travelling and I have wanted to visit The Great Wall and the Terracotta Army for some time. I was not disappointed as they were certainly as impressive as I had been led to believe. However, what I did find disappointing was the lack of many other historical sites to visit. Many of these had been destroyed during Chairman Mao’s “cultural revolution” and as a result more recent building projects. Indeed it seemed to me as if there were building sites everywhere with huge cranes and countless tower blocks under construction. Our guide told us that Shanghai has doubled in size over the past twenty years and now has a population of a staggering 23 million people. People have migrated from the countryside to the cities where there are greater opportunities for employment and wealth creation. As we travelled by high speed train from one city to another, I had hoped to see people in paddy fields wearing coolie hats but I was not lucky as such scenes are becoming increasingly rare. We are much more fortunate in England as we have old buildings in most of our villages and towns. It pleases me to see churches, which were previously the largest building in their community throughout the breadth of our country. This month we celebrate our church buildings by holding our second Diocesan Open church Sunday on 23rd June. It is amazing to think that in our Benefice two of the churches were built in the sixteenth century and the other dates back to Victorian times. These beautiful buildings are part of our cultural heritage. My hope as Tourism officer for Bedfordshire churches is to encourage more churches in our county to be open for more of the time. Although on Open Church Sunday many churches will put on special events, give guided tours, offer tower trips and provide refreshments, others will simply be open. In Cople we will hold our monthly Heritage day that Sunday with opportunities to do brass rubbing or go up the church tower. There is splendid view not only of the village but also on a clear day you can see for miles. Bishop Richard welcomed the opportunity to enjoy the view when he went up the tower for a photo shoot to launch open church Sunday. If you want to visit other churches in the area you can get details on the web site www.openchurchsunday.co.uk. The church is for everyone not simply for those who worship or wish to enjoy the sacred place; however you may understand the word “sacred”. A locked church gives the wrong impression. It


7 suggests to visitors that the church is like a club which is only for those who are members and who pay a subscription. I am pleased to say that our church is open every day and I hope that all of you will feel welcome. With all good wishes Lynda Klimas

Bishop Richard and Rev Klimas on Cople Church Tower

Calling all Scarecrows for the Scarecrow Festival Scarecrows, you are needed to populate the village during the first week in October. The theme is Nursery Rhymes so begin thinking now of how you can persuade an adult or child to create you as Humpty or Contrary Mary, or maybe a blind mouse or spider. The Bishop of Bedford will be judging the entries and scarecrows will be expected to attend the harvest celebration in the church on the 6th October. There will be a scarecrow trail for humans to follow on the previous day, Saturday 5th, but more on that next month. In the meantime start planning ! Chief Scarecrow


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Music Festival The Proms will be on August 3rd in the playing field as last year. The usual mix of fun, food and music for all ages to enjoy. In the pipeline are some more events including a 'musical quiz' and 'musical lunch', both at the Five Bells and also a BBQ evening. There will be more details on these next month. The two charities we are supporting this year, in memory of Peter Burr and Jim Moore, are St John's Hospice Moggerhanger and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Free programmes will be available in due course. If anyone feels they can help in any way at the Saturday Proms please contact Jill on 838659 or email jill@ebbo.net. We need help on the gate, car parking and general stewarding. Jill Ebbs

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Mothers Union At our meeting in May, members met to plan our activities for the rest of the year. We then had a serious discussion on books and during refreshments, enjoyed reading from a book of comic verse. Daphne was thanked very much for her hospitality. Our next meeting will be held on Monday 3rd June, 2.30pm at 32 Rye Crescent. Two members of the Moggerhanger branch will be speaking to us about their visit to 0ld Alresford in Hampshire. The 0ld Rectory is where the founder of the Mothers Union, Mary Sumner, lived with her husband for many years. Liz Buck

Prayer The sun in your heart shall glow The stars round your head shall sound, The moon shall uphold from below The earth shall give firm ground. Holding up high your head Stretching your hands out wide Your feet surely tread With the Grace of God to guide. (Evelyn Capel)

From the registers Marriage.

18th May

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Lynda Parrish Lynda Parrish of 9 All Saints Road passed away on the 8th May after a short illness. Lynda and her late husband Doug lived in Cople from 1958. She will be greatly missed by her sons Christopher and Robert, and all her family and friends.


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Anyone for tennis? This spring & summer children from Cople Lower School are taking part in a programme of tennis lessons. Our LTA liaison coach - Dave Revell inspired children at the taster session at Cople Village Hall on Thursday last. For further information please contact your teacher at Cople Lower School.

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Cople Sports and Social Club CS&SC has been busy throughout May, with the cricket and football. Football season has finished but we will be showing international friendlies throughout June. If you are able to make the county cricket match on the 27 th we would love to see you the teams are Bedford County V Cornwall. The bar will be open all day and there will be a BBQ in the evening. We are not holding any events during the month of June but we will be putting the BBQ on after cricket on some weekends. If you wish to become a member please contact one of the committee members or come and visit us any weekend. Jeanette Skipsey Mob: 0774 927 2249

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Police Update Since the beginning of April there has been one crime in Cople. This was a theft of a Catalytic Converter on the night of 3 rd April. We continue to receive reports of suspicious vehicles or persons with the help of Neighbourhood Watch in Willington and Cople. This all leads to positive outcomes. It may not relate to a crime that has been committed, but it may have prevented one. Information all goes into our intelligence system and might prove vital evidence with crimes not only in our area down the line. Please continue to be vigilant for any suspicious activity in the area and contact Bedfordshire Police on 101 if to report if anything witnessed. Paul Jones PCSO

A Plea to all Dog Owners Cople Parish Council continually receives complaints about the amount of dog mess on footpaths, pavements and verges throughout the village. We appreciate that most dog owners do clear up after their pets, however the problem is increasing. If you witness anybody not clearing up after their dog, please report it to Bedford Borough Council on 01234 267422 or visit www.bedford.gov.uk/envirocrime. Can all residents please be vigilant? With your help we can clean up Cople.


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Cople Village Trust Registered Charity No 1090113 Plant a tree in memory of a loved one This new initiative has been well received and to date four trees have been recently planted in memory of a loved one on the boundary of Cople Playing Field. A donation of trees has been received and planted – thanks to Steve. Thanks also to Chris Gregory for his time and energy in making all this ‘happen’. Cople Village Hall In January 2013 the Trustees agreed not to renew the alcohol part of the Premises Licence, this means the Trust still has a Premises Licence but without the section which applies to the sale of alcohol. The change will necessitate the hirers to obtain a Temporary Events Notice (TENS) from the Borough Council should they wish to sell alcohol on Cople Village Hall premises. Hall Floor You may notice, if you have recently been to the hall, that the floor has been re stained and sealed. Thanks to Charlie Thacker and our caretaker David Reardon. Painting The paintwork in the main hall, kitchen lobby and the committee room is looking a bit sad. The Trustees have arranged repainting of the lower part of the hall and the lower part of the committee room. The kitchen lobby area has succumbed to some damp damage on the wall and ceiling, where the old part of the hall and the new part join. Chris has inspected the roof and has suggested the battens need replacing either side of the join. At some point in the future the whole roof may well have to come off and all the battens replaced, after all the hall was built 40 years ago, of course all this needs money to come from somewhere. Upkeep The up keep of the Playfield and the Village Hall rely on various funding to meet the running costs, which seem to increase year after year. Funds are raised through bookings of the Village Hall and Playing Field, though not all costs can be met in this way. There is a limit to how many times we can increase our fees. We have maintenance costs to meet in relations to the two assets. Indeed as previously notified the Trustees had no alternative but to purchase a good second hand mower, costing around £15,000. The Trust has received various grants in relation to the mower,


17 however these have not met the full cost. Grants and Loan The Trust gratefully received a donation from Cllr Moon and Cllr Ellis from their Ward Fund amounting to £600 toward the costs of the mower. The Trust also thanks Cople Parish Council who continue to provide financial support towards the up-keep of the field. We have a loan to repay for the mower and are mindful that there is a small window of fund raising activities where we can raise funds without crossing over into the boundaries of other fund raisers in the village. The Trust currently runs the 200 Club which has vacant numbers so Why not join? Why not have more than one number? Monthly draw of £60 - £30 and £10 – you never know your luck may be in! Subs are due each January, however you can join at any time of the year. If you would like to become a Trustee and help with the business of the Trust please get in touch or come to our AGM in June – details below The Annual General Meeting will be held at Cople Village Hall on Wednesday 26 June at 7.30pm Sandra Thacker Chair of Cople Village Trust

Friends of Cople Church Reg. No. 1096386

I receive enquiries from time to time because my contact details as Chairman of the ‘Friends’ are on the website. The latest enquiry is from a mature, married lady fom near Bath who is seeking accommodation for one year during school term time from September 2013. She will be teaching in a school on the outskirts of Bedford. As a qualified nurse she would be willing to give an elderly person some support if required. If there is anybody in the village who would like to rent out a room please contact me as I have address of the lady making the request. Just a reminder, the Barn Dance will be on July 20 th, and details are on the poster in Cople News. Tickets at £13.50 a head are now available from any member of the committee or by contacting any of the following numbers: 838714, 838467, 838683, 831466. Vaughan Southgate

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Golden Oat Biscuits for Children Or A ‘recipe for disaster’ If you are down and feeling blue, Then baking is the thing for you. But what you need to bear in mind A recipe you’ll have to find.

Melt some butter on the hob, Half a block will do the job. Add syrup and - what could be fairer? – The same amount of Demerara.

Try Delia or Mary Berry, How much, you wonder, do you Champions of the glacé cherry, need? Nigella too could help you out. A tablespoon will do the deed. The choice is endless, there’s no Allow to cool, just long enough doubt Before you add the other stuff. But what I think is best for me Is what I learned at mother’s knee. Her recipes were always best; She didn’t weigh, she always guessed Whether biscuit, pie or cake No scales. Just cupfuls – give or take Another spoonful here or there; And timing? Not a thought or care. We’d sit upon the kitchen stool, With hair pulled back – that was the ruleAnd pinny tied around the waist While mother looked on in distaste

Stir and stir, but not forever, Until your mixture comes together. Break off some pieces, roll and pound Until you think they’re good and round…. But next the bit than can get tricky The balls can get a trifle sticky. Pop in a basin, flour within, Then flatten with your rolling pin. Place them on your baking sheet. In tidy rows, all nice and neat. Not too close - despite your labour Each ball neighbour.

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At grubby hands and runny nose. We’d go to bathroom to dispose Bake in the oven ‘til golden brown Of grass and grime and playtime grit And then allow them to cool down. ‘Til nails were gleaming, every bit. ‘Tis best to leave on wire rack Under her stern and watchful look And do not eat We would prepare ourselves to behind mum’s cook. back . Ingredients - yes – and rolling pin; At last we’re ready to begin.

Marilyn

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Grand Draw Prizes £100 Pedicure or manicure £25 Frosts garden token Meal for 2 at The Five bells Hamper (1) donated by the Five Bells Brace of pheasants Hamper (2) Hand made hand bag Farm shop gift Hair cut and blow dry Hair Colour 2 Family tickets for the Oasis Swimming Pool Prizes continue to be added

Cople Man-Cakebake Entries are invited from men only,. Bake any kind of cake (yourself) and submit it before mid-day for judging at the Church Fete on June 15th. (Bragging rights only apply). Entry forms from the Five Bells or Mike Vacher on 01234 831207

£2,215 This is the total that has been raised for the Bedford Hospitals Charity from my London Marathon run. I had a lovely day, and with the support of family and friends, it was also a very sociable occasion. Thank you to everyone who has helped achieve this splendid amount. JUDY PRIOR


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All Saints Annual Fete and Novelty Dog Show Saturday 15th June 12.30pm-3.30pm Cople Village Playing Field NOVELTY DOG SHOW AT 2.00PM (entries from 1.30pm) Or ring 01234 838669/838704.for details Stalls, coconut shy, sideshows, tombola, bouncy castle, barbecue lunches, teas. Participation by Cople School. GRAND DRAW AT 3PM (£100 FIRST PRIZE)

ENTRY BY LUCKY PROGRAMME £1 SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN FREE Come along and have an enjoyable afternoon If you would like to help or donate items to the Bric-aBrac, Book Stall or the Accessories Stall please contact Mike Vacher on 831207 or June Shanahan on 831705


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Sunday Church Services in June Cople All Saints 2nd

11:15am

Family Service

9th

09:00am 09:45am

Holy Communion BCP Sunday School

16th

09:45am 11:15am

Sunday School All age Communion.

23rd

09:45am 11:15am

Sunday School Sung Communion.

Willington Saint Lawrence 2nd

10:00am

Holy Communion BCP

9th

11:15am

Parish Praise

16th

10:00am

Sung Communion.

23rd 30th

No Service 11:00am

Benefice Service at Willington Theme mission “Tools for self reliance�

Moggerhanger St John the Evangelist 2nd

09:00am

Sung Communion

9th

10:00am 3:00pm

Family Service Hospice Memorial Service

16th

6:00pm

23rd

10:00am

9th

6:00pm

Songs of Praise. Sung Communion

Deanery Evensong at Sandy. Preacher Mrs Christina Rees


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June Diary

Saturday 1st 10:30am to 12:00

Traidcraft Coffee Morning

Willington

Evening

Live Music with Mark Calder

Five Bells

Monday 3rd 09:00am

Morning Prayer

Cople Church

11:00am

Tiny tots sing along

Cople Church

2:30pm

Mothers Union Meeting

32 Rye Crescent

6:15pm

Junior Choir

Cople Church

7:45pm

Fete Meeting

Cople Church

Coffee morning

Village Hall

7:30pm

Confirmation Service

Blunham

7:30pm to 10:00

Carpet Bowls

Village Hall

Thursday 6th

(Orange Bin)

10:00am to 11:30

Baby and Toddler Group

Village Hall

10:00am

Yoga Class

Village Hall

Evening

Live Music with Steve Jones

Five Bells

07:00am to 8:30am

Cople Bird Walk with Steve Halton. See “Wild about Cople�

Opposite the Five Bells

Evening

Live Music with 7twenty7

Five Bells

Tuesday 4th 10:00am to 12:00 Wednesday 5th

Friday 7th

Saturday 8th

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. Pauline Baynes.


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Morning Prayer

Cople Church

11:00am

Tiny tots sing along

Cople Church

6:15pm

Junior Choir

Cople Church

7:00pm

Benefice Choir practice

Cople Church

10:00am to 12:00

Coffee morning

Village Hall

2:30pm

Over 60s Club

Sports Club

7:30pm

Tuesday Club Spare Parts by Tony Maisey

Village Hall.

7:30pm to 10:00

Carpet Bowls

Village Hall

Thursday 13th

(Green Bin)

10:00am to 11:30

Baby and Toddler Group

Village Hall

6:00pm

Young people’s Confirmation Group

Willington

Evening

Charity Quiz for Cople Church

Five Bells

Yoga Class

Village Hall

12:30pm to 15:30

All Saints Church Fete

Playing Fields

Evening

Live Music with Spoonful

Five Bells

Tuesday 11th

Wednesday 12th

Friday 14th 10:00am Saturday 15th

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Morning Prayer

Cople Church

11:00am

Tiny tots sing along

Cople Church

6:15pm

Junior Choir

Cople Church

Coffee morning

Village Hall

7:30pm to 10:00

Carpet Bowls

Village Hall

Thursday 20th

(Orange Bin)

10:00am to 11:30

Baby and Toddler Group

Village Hall

10:00am

Yoga Class

Village Hall

Evening

Live Music with Out of the Hat

Five Bells

Church Heritage Day

Cople Church

Tuesday 18th 10:00am to 12:00 Wednesday 19th

Friday 21st

Sunday 23rd 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Monday 24th 09:00am

Morning Prayer

Cople Church

11:00am

Tiny tots sing along

Cople Church

12:30pm

Luncheon Club

Cople Church

6:15pm

Junior Choir

Cople Church

10:00am to 12:00

Coffee morning

Village Hall

2:30pm

Over 60s Club

Sports Club

7:30pm to 10:00

Carpet Bowls

Village Hall

7:30pm

Village Trust AGM

Village Hall

Thursday 27th

(Green Bin)

10:00am to 11:30

Baby and Toddler Group

Village Hall

Yoga Class

Village Hall

Tuesday 25th

Wednesday 26th

Friday 28th 10:00am


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Cycle Racing on the Cople Circuit Many people in the village will be aware that the roads around Cople are a favoured spot for cyclists and in the spring and summer months are used for cycle racing. There are two types of cycle races on the roads. There are time trials where riders are set off at one minute intervals and race against the clock and road races where riders start together in a large bunch. The event on the 21st April was a massed start road race. Amateur road races are organised under the rules of British Cycling. This is the national governing body of the sport which deals with everything from our Olympic programme to children’s races. There are very strict rules for organising a road race including obtaining police permission, having safety vehicles in front of and behind the riders and marshals at junctions to warn motorists of the race. In order to minimise the impact on residents and to take advantage of the quieter roads, races are usually held early on a Sunday morning. The races are fully insured and authorised officials called commissaries supervise the conduct of the race and act as referees. The roads around Cople are attractive for cycle races because they are relatively quiet and offer contrasting terrain with the flat open roads around Cardington to the steep climb up to the Greensand


33 Ridge and the twisting lanes of Old Warden and Ickwell. In particular, Cople Hall makes a great location for a headquarters with its generous car parking and up to date facilities. Normally the race will be between 50-60 miles long and take between 2-2.5 hours to complete. The race on the 21 st April was organised by the Welwyn Wheelers, a large cycle club based in Welwyn Garden City and is the club where Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott started her career (she is still a member). This year, conditions were fantastic for racing although a little cold at the start. It was bright and sunny and the roads were dry. The wind picked up a bit later in the day but was not a major factor. The main tactical consideration in a road race is the effect of wind resistance. If a rider sits behind another cyclist, the shelter from the wind can afford an energy saving of 25-30% The options to win a race therefore are to either sit behind other riders and sprint past them at the end or to try to breakaway from the main group to deny your opponents the chance of doing so. A breakaway rider needs a lot of strength but also confidence in his own ability to outpace a chasing group of 50 riders. Despite the difficulty in doing so, the Cople race circuit is popular with breakaway riders who usually attack the group on the climb to the Greensand Ridge. This year it took a long time for a breakaway to be established mainly because the field had a close eye on the favourites. It wasn't until the penultimate lap that a break was to stick and this quickly became a solo effort by Anthony Purnell of Cambridge CC. At the bell signalling the final lap, Purnell had a 40 second lead and managed to stretch this out a bit further to nearly a minute on the last lap. However, the chasing bunch made a late surge but not enough to deny Purnell a solo victory by six seconds. The bunch sprint for second was won by Welwyn Wheeler Henry Farrell beating Mike Broadwith of Arctic SRAM. If you see a cycle race going on in the village, feel free to ask one of the marshals what is going on. They will be only too happy to tell you about the race. Similarly anyone who wants to watch the finish which is at the top of the climb to Hillfoot Farm is very welcome. We do appreciate that there is some element of disruption with a road race but if you have time, stop and watch it go past, it is an exhilarating multi-coloured sight and who knows, one of the Olympic stars of the future could be rid Alex Peeke


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Cricket Corner Cople Cricket Club Est.1933 Q) How can you tell the cricket season has started? A) Its raining! Well, not entirely. Yes, the season has started with the first weekend of the season a mix of sunshine and rain. Unfortunately, this was followed by a damp weekend of cancelled or abandoned games. This patchy weather was mirrored by a similar patchy start across the various teams, albeit more victories than defeats and some encouraging performances. Saturday XI: On 4 May we invited Hampton CC to Grange Lane for our first home game. Hampton won the toss and elected to bat putting on 204 for 8 in a rain reduced 37 over match. Stu Harding took 3 wickets & Rob Draper with 2 wickets. In reply, Cople got off to a cracking start but finally fell short by 15 runs, reaching 190 for 8. Rob Draper top scoring with 60. Our second match, on 11 May was at home to Eaton Socon, who also won the toss but invited Cople to bat first. With the return of Gavin Moss (62) opening with Stu Harding (95) a first wicket stand of 106 from just 15 overs saw Cople reach an impressive 246 for 5 off a weather restricted 32 overs. Eaton Socon had no other thought than to block out the Cople bowling and await the rain. They reached only 51 for 1 off 24.3 overs before the hail stones put an end to the match; result abandoned. Sunday 1st XI: 5 May, away to Lutonians. Cople batted first on a slow wicket, reaching 194 all out, with Gavin Moss on 48 off 24 balls & Peter Cooley 58 no. Unsure if this was enough Cople set about bowling out Lutonians for 137, with some tight lines. Pick of the bowlers was Rob Draper with 4 wickets, and George Gregory & Chris Brown with 2 apiece. Our second match, away to Flitwick, again saw Cople bat first with Gavin Moss destroying the bowling of his former club, reaching 60 off 33 balls, as Cople made 123 for 3 before the rain set in. No further play was possible; match abandoned. Sunday 2nd XI: 5 May, home to Luton Town & Indians 4 th XI. Cople batted first with Dan Moss battering the opposition, reaching


35 a club record 214, (yes 214) including 25 fours & 8 sixes, well supported by Gary Fowler on 83 no. The opposition were soon bowled out for 64 with Adam Houghton taking 5 wickets, including a hat-trick. Midweek XI: 8 May, first league match away to Biddenham. Cople batted first reaching 122 for 5 from the allotted 16 overs. Andy Draper making 43 from 28 balls, and Captain Colin Jones 23 & Javeed Husnain 28. In bad light, Biddenham put up a spirited fight, but falling short on 99, with Gary Linton-Walls the only real challenger of note on 49 no. June Fixtures, include: Sat, 1 June – away to Peterborough 3rd XI Sun, 2 June – 2nd XI home to Offley & Stopsley 1st XI Sat, 8 June – away to Hampton Sun, 9 June – 1st XI home to Sharnbrook 2nd XI Sun, 9 June – 2nd XI away to Great Brickhill 1st XI Sat, 15 June – away to Sawtry 1st XL Sun, 16 June – 1st XI home to Flitwick 3rd XI Sun, 16 June – 2nd XI away to Ampthill 3rd XI Sat, 22 June – away to Warboys 2nd XI Sun, 23 June – 1st XI away to Ampthill 2nd XI Sun, 23 June – 2nd XI home to Biddenham 1st XI Sat, 29 June – home to Alconbury 1st XI Sun, 30 June – 2nd XI away to Offley & Stopsley 1st XI You can keep up to date with Fixtures & Results, as well as News & Events by checking out our websites below & join us on Facebook by adding Cople Cricket Club as your Friend. Friday, 19 July 2013: an evening of fun and excitement as Cople CC take on the Cople Sports & Social Club in a game of rounders; why not come along (even join in), enjoy the BBQ & well stocked bar If anyone is interested in joining us then don’t hesitate to call. Visitors will find a warm welcome at the club so why not visit us and enjoy the cricket on our patio with a drink from the Bar. Daniel Moss (Saturday Captain) 07905 22341 Daniel.moss164@btinternet.com or Kevin Draper (Chairman) 07730 553455-kevnav888@gmail.com www.copleargus.play-cricket.com

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This Month’s Gardening Tasks Heard a rumour the other day that someone in this area had actually seen the sun. You are right, that does sound a tad far fetched but in the event that we do get some much needed warmth, prepare for your gardens to suddenly turn into jungles. And that means, its time to get busy. If you are planning on laying a new lawn, then whether you are going for seed or turf, both will need regular watering so bear this mind before finalising whether a new lawn is right for. Presuming we do get some sunshine, bedding can start being put out but do remember, frosts can still be damaging even in June. If any doubt, keep some fleece or bubble wrap handy and cover it up. Another feature of this year’s weather has been strong winds and my rule here is simply, better to stake a little too early than a little too late. I favour purpose bought wooden stakes that I paint green with a shed/fence preservative. Why? I want the plants to be the stars of the show and by treating them like this, they don’t only last longer, they blend into the background as well. Rather than planting the same plants year on year, why not try something different. It really does reinvigorate one’s interest in one’s garden. I am growing some lilies this year for the first time and I have found the process to be fascinating. The beauty of gardening is that there is so very much choice. An illustration of just how cold it has been this year has been the number of times I have been asked over this last month whether it is ok to add the ash from a fire to the garden. Well, it depends on what has been burnt. Ash from a fire of just wood is fine as the burnt material produces potassium which is crucial to a plants’ flowering and or fruiting. If you burn coal however, do not add it to your garden. It is very high in sulphur which plants do not like so far better to get rid of your local tip. Finally, if we are going to get some sunshine, keep your eye on aphid infestation. It absolutely fascinates me that, a bit of sun and my Handle rose - I call it Zadoc The Rose – immediately gets covered with greenfly but where they have all been hiding until then is one of life’s mysteries. I suppose, mummy aphid waits for the increased temperature before she gives birth which, though eminently sensible, does create havoc on all that succulent new growth so keep your eyes open and spray or squeeze to control. The answer to last month’s teaser was, dog roses are so called because apparently the Romans believed them to be a cure for rabies. This month’s question, just for fun, is, why are Magnolias not pollinated by bees? Please feel free to email/phone me with all your gardening queries. Lawn Doctor


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Wild About Cople We are lucky in Cople – the sound of singing and calling swallows can be heard commonly and especially on one of those fine, warm, spring mornings when you suddenly hear a happy, excited and rambling chattering and twittering from a clear blue sky overhead. It’s a sound that makes you look up, and when you do, you see a familiar sight – one, or two, glossy blue-black birds with a splash of deep-red around the throat and two graceful streamers extending beyond the tail, changing shape continuously. There’s no mistaking the swallow! Due to the numbers of barns, farms and outbuildings around the village swallows are very much village familiars and their presence and calls are a constant charm during the spring and summer months. But, behind the grace and the folklore, nature, as always, has some surprises. Probably the most obvious physical feature of swallows are the long, paired, tail streamers which form a graceful forked tail which can be altered in shape to help enable the bird twist and turn when it is chasing it’s insect prey of flies, wasps, beetles, midges and greenfly etc. The swallow can store the caught insects in the form of a ball in its throat; this saves the bird having to fly backwards and forwards with single insects when feeding young – the average number of insects held in the ball is usually about 12. The tail streamers are also used as a signal to indicate how ‘fit’ (in evolutionary terms) the male is. Both sexes have streamers but they are longer in the male, in general terms, the fitter and more healthy the male is the longer he can grow his tail streamers so they become a physical sign to the females that he has good genes and will make a good father for their young – so the females tend to choose the males with the longest streamers so encouraging an evolutionary ‘arms race’! However, due to aerodynamics, the tail streamers can only get so long before they start interfering with the birds’ manoeuvrability so that puts a brake on the length of the streamers. However the longer tailed males tend to be more flirtatious and, after mating with a chosen female, may go off and attempt to mate with other, available, females and so spread his genes as widely as possible. Both sexes help to build the nest (with the long -tailed male sneaking off every now and again!) using a mix of mud and saliva and usually situated in barns/sheds/outbuildings etc; swallows once commonly nested in house chimneys. Once complete the female lays an average of five white with reddishbrown spotted eggs and carries out all the incubation herself (usually for about fifteen days; and this is when the male does most of his sneaking off). Once hatched the young are fed by both


39 parents for 20 days or so when they then leave the nest and start to learn how to survive. On average, a family of swallows will have caught and eaten some 150,000 insects by the time they fledge. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was believed that when swallows disappeared for the winter they hibernated in the mud at the bottom of ponds! Now, of course, we all know they do something even more amazing – they fly to Southern Africa covering up to 200 miles in a day at speeds of 18-22 mph! And look out now for the swallow’s dark cousin; the fabulous, dark, screaming devil-bird – the swift! Around the white blossoms of hawthorn look out for swarms of the fairly large and slightly evil-looking St Mark’s fly. These black hairy flies characteristically fly with their long legs hanging down, the males dancing slowly up and down in front of the females who tend to spend more time in the vegetation. The females lay their eggs into soil and under grass where the larvae spend the winter feeding to emerge the following spring. Both sexes are completely harmless and feed on flower pollen – they are, in fact, important pollinators of fruit trees and other flowers. Think of some sort of evil, black drone ship belonging to the Galactic Empire in Star Wars and you get the idea of a St Mark’s fly! Don’t forget that the Cople Bird Walk will take place on Saturday 8th June (slightly later due to the late spring). Meet me by the church gates, opposite the Five Bells at 7am. The walk will take approximately 1.5 hours and there will be an (optional) breakfast by Julie and Eamonn at The Five Bells at 8.30am. Breakfast will cost £6. Please let me know either via my email (below) or personally: a) if you would like to come on the walk and b) if you would like breakfast so I can let the pub know how many breakfasts to prepare. Many thanks. Steve Halton

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GARDENING QUIZ NIGHT AT MOGGERHANGER PARK FRIDAY 28TH JUNE IN THE GARDEN ROOM _ Moggerhanger Park is organizing a gardening quiz night in collaboration with Plant Heritage. Everybody is welcome. The doors will open at 7pm & the quiz will begin at 7.15 The questions will be related to gardening matters, but will have a broad basis of general knowledge, so should appeal to everyone. The tables will be arranged to seat 6 people so group of friends can sit together. Please let us know when you book. Tickets will cost £10 per person and will include abottle of wine for each table and nibbles. Bar and Food available to purchase on the evening. _ To book, contact pilardell@gmail.com or call 07719547148. All profits go to Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust for funding new planting in the gardens

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The community shop (in the vestry of St. John’s Church in Blunham Road) is open Mon-Sat, 10.00-12.00. Walking groups are very welcome to stop for a cup of coffee. Please let us know the day before (Judith on 640124) that you are coming so we can prepare for you. We would ask you to arrive by 11.30 so that our volunteers can serve you before the shop closes. If that is not possible, with prior notice we can usually open the church at other times. Just ring Judith to arrange this. Another attraction to our Meeting Place are the delicious ice creams we stock, made by Maynards of Dunton. If you haven’t tried them, here is a good opportunity – with or without the summer! Judith Mooney


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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 Monday to Breakfast Session 1 Session 2

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The Tuesday Club 14th May Brenda started her talk with a poem, unusual in its self, we were to discover later that this was just one of this ladies eclectic talents and interests. We were entertained from start to finish! Her story begins in 1880 in the East End of London surrounded by poverty and deprivation. Gladys, her mother, was the youngest of 7 girls. Leaving school at 14 she was determined to do well in life. Gladys married a German at 24. Not popular with friends and family as this was the time of the second world war! However they were now able to move to Southgate London thought to be a much better area. Gladys was 33 when Brenda was born. Brenda passed her 11+ and a few “Oâ€? levels. Her real talents were in the arts having a passion for design and needle work. At 24 she contracted Tuberculosis recovering she enterprisingly used her time making things from any material around her! bits of blankets wireless from flower arrangements old curtains. One of "the Brompton Bunnies" as they were known still survives 40 years later. Completely self taught, Brenda searches out her materials from local markets usually paying ÂŁ1 a metre. Making all her own clothes with some complicated needlework. Once buying 2000 metal rings! to adorn her outfits. A left over suede table cloth from a flower sale was made into a coat, hat, 2 pairs of trousers and a handbag! Some unusual commissions have come her way as a designer for transvestites and even making stuffed "hares" for her local dog track. She is still in contact with a Jordanian Dr with 8 wives one of whom is of a size that she needs two tape measures to measure her (end to end!) This humorous talk will I am sure be remembered by all of us lucky enough to be there. Eithne Dandy We will meet on June 11th in Cople Village Hall at 7 30pm. A light hearted look at "Spare Part Surgery" Dr Tony Maisey- All welcome.


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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 Cople Parish Council Clerk to the Council: Jeanne Pope 42 Wingfield Road, Bromham, Beds. MK43 8JY Tel: 01234 823 297 jhpope@btinternet.com Yoga Classes Freda 01767 627611 Pilates Classes Julie Crawford www.forwardfitness.co.uk Mobile 0794 6067266


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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 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

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