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Editor’s Notes On the 8th of March a happy band of 15 volunteers set about picking up as much litter as possible around the village. After 2 hours labour on a pleasant spring day we were gratified to see a splendid collection of 25 bags of rubbish to add to the 5 collected by the children a few days earlier. With our halos freshly polished we retired for a well earned coffee and a slump in an armchair. I hope you agree that the village looks better for the effort. See you next year when we will do it again. On the 11th, about 20 villagers attended a meeting in the Five Bells to discuss the future of the Millennium Wood at Water End. Steve Halton outlined his concept of what could be achieved with a little effort. The wood is owned by the Woodland Trust but maintaining and developing it falls to the local community. To get the wood started the trees were densely planted. Now is the time to thin them out and select the ones which will grow to maturity. There is a need to create some open spaces and keep the ride ways clear for easy access. Work will start in the autumn when volunteer working parties will set about implementing the plan. When the space is opened up it will be possible to establish favourite wood land plants such as primroses, snowdrops, bluebells and few daffodils for good measure. Perhaps in a few years will have something resembling this month’s cover picture. The Reverend Fiona Gibson is to be our new vicar and she will take post in September. The Churchwardens are very pleased with this appointment and we look forward to her arrival.

The Tuesday Club is opening its meeting on the 8th April to everyone in the village. At 7:30pm in Cople Village Hall, Tom Perret, the Head of Collections and Exhibitions at the Higgins Museum, will give a talk about his work. Refreshments will be provided and the cost will be £3 to non members. Details are on page 22. Planning for the All Saints Church Fete will begin with a meeting in the church at 7:30pm on Thursday 10th April. The fete will be held on Saturday 21st June. Please come along if you would like to help. Mike Vacher is putting the plan together. Cople news is on the village website in colour and, after a slow start, it now receives a lot of attention. Between January and December 2013 it was read or downloaded 13,575 times, that is an average of 1,131 times per month.

The recent warm dry spring weather has been very welcome and it has been a pleasure to get back into the garden and tackle all those jobs I meant to do in the autumn. No doubt that when you read this we will be having an arctic April. Julie and Eamonn Dowling will be giving up the tenancy of the Five Bells in June and moving to pastures new. In their three years in the village they have supported and taken part in every village activity including this magazine. They will be missed. There is no news at present of a new tenant nor of any plans Greene King may have for the pub. Ged Peeke Front cover. Bluebells in Ashridge by Ian Whiting 3


Churchwardens’ Letter On Wednesday the 26th February six representatives appointed by the three Parochial Church Councils in the Benefice, having benefited from and considered opinions from all interested parties present on that day ,voted to appoint the Rev Fiona Gibson as the next incumbent of the Benefice of Cople, Moggerhanger and Willington. Fiona will be licenced in September at All Saints. More information regarding this event will be published nearer the time. In the Meantime it's "business as usual" with the help and support of the Dioceses, Rural Dean and others for which we are most grateful. A special thanks goes to Reader Tony Elcome who has given a great deal of his own time on a voluntary basis in assisting all three Churches maintain their regular services and one off events. Our grateful thanks also goes to the Friends of All Saints for their continued support in getting the Clock repaired (ongoing), financing the five yearly Architects report on the condition of the structure of the Church, and the resulting list of minor repairs (completed). At the time of writing we are waiting for the Contractor to rewire a section of the interior lighting also made possible by the Friend generous support. Buildings of this age require constant attention and due to the nature of the work and its often specialist skills input, its often costly. Your support of Friends events make it possible for us to maintain this beautiful and historic building in good condition. THE ANNUAL CHURCH FETE Will take place on the 21st June at 12 30pm at the village Hall and playing field. Once again we are hoping for better weather for this our most important fund raising event of the year. There will be all of the usual attractions including the GRAND DRAW Children's Competitions and Display Stalls Games and the big favourite the NOVELTY DOG SHOW. We welcome new ideas and willing volunteers. Interested then contact Mike on 831207 or June on 831705. The first planning meeting will take place in the Church on Thursday April the 10th at 7.30pm. GRAND DRAW 2014 With a first prize of £100 and tickets £1 each this has to be the BARGAIN OF THE YEAR there will also be some excellent prizes donated by individuals and organisation within and outside the village. Tickets will be on sale soon so make sure you don't miss out and buy yours at the first opportunity. If you can help sell tickets at work or amongst your friends and relatives then please contact June on 831705 who will be happy to oblige with a plentiful supply. HERITAGE DAYS AT COPLE CHURCH. Did you know that there is a burial in the Church dated 1405. Or that there is a Bell from the 15th Century we still ring...For a £1 fee you can enjoy the fantastic views from the top of the tower and if you are a keen photographer capture some prize winning images. We also sell home made cakes, Fairtrade goods teas and coffees. You can also have a go at brass rubbing and a look at some of the parish records (subject to availability). The following dates will applySat May31st, Sat June 28th, Sat July 26th, Sat August 30th, Sat Sept 27th, Sat Oct 25th. All at between 10am and 12.30pm.

June Shanahan and Mike Vacher

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All Saints Church Churchwardens June Shanahan 34 Grange Lane Cople Tel: 01234 831705 juneshanahan748@btinternet.com

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

Easter Lilies If you would like to buy an Easter lily in memory of a loved one please phone June 831705. They are priced at ÂŁ4 and will be displayed in the church at Easter.

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Biggleswade and District Art Society 15th Spring Art Exhibition Northill Village Hall (opposite the church) Saturday 5th April (10.00–4.00) Sunday 6th April (10.00-4.00) Free Admission Original Paintings for sale Refreshments

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: David Reardon

Telephone : 01234 838987

ALL SAINTS LUNCH CLUB S.O.S. Due to circumstances beyond our control it has become necessary to ask for assistance during the next few months. We are looking for volunteers to help with the cooking. Lunch Club takes place on the 3rd Monday in each month. Prior to that we hold a meeting to decide on the Menu and you would be refunded any cost that you incur buying ingredients. If you are interested in joining us and want to know more please contact June 831705 Eileen 838519 or Pat 831207

Cople Village Trust 200 Club Prize winners for March 2014 1st Prize of £60 2nd Prize of £30 3rd Prize of £10

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QUIZ NIGHT AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH We will be hosting a quiz night on 12th April at 7pm in the church. Jacket potatoes with various delicious fillings but bring your own drinks. Tickets £7. Cash prize. Raffle Come along to a fun, sociable evening. All welcome. Proceeds towards the upkeep of All Saints Church Tickets from June 831705, Fran 831466, Julia 831870 or Debbie838540 Mothers Union 0n the 7th March, members took part in the Women’s World Day of Prayer service at Willington prepared by the christian women of Egypt. Afterwards Egyptian food was served. A report on the Lady Day service held on the 25th March at Potton, will appear in the next Cople News. Our next meeting will be held on the 7th April at 2pm at 87 Willington Road. Members are asked to bring along a favourite book, prose or poetry to the meeting. Members can, if they wish, read a passage from the book or a poem. Ljz Buck

Easter Prayer

This is the day that the Lord has made, we shall be glad and rejoice in it. For Christ has risen, He has risen indeed, Alle1uia! Thank you, Father, for the hope that is given to all who believe in the resurrection of your most beloved Son Jesus Christ . I believe, Amen. 9


Wild about Cople I’m in the middle of a week off work and have struck lucky with the weather (as often seems to happen in early/mid-March) – before we revert back to winter-like weather prior to the arrival of real spring. But spring-like weather in March is a real delight and a great opportunity to get out and about in the blossoming countryside and get some work done in the garden. And, whilst in the garden this week, I have been accompanied aurally by a huge number of singing birds all celebrating the coming of spring and the warmer weather. It is pleasant to listen to which birds are singing whilst working away with spade and fork. One the very typical sounds this time of the year is the ‘peeowing’ of buzzards which are now commonly found throughout Bedfordshire. At one time there were five of these magnificent birds soaring in thermals high over the garden with their atmospheric calls sounding as if we had suddenly been transported to the West Country or Wales! At one time buzzards were extinct from the eastern counties of the UK and had retreated to the hill country of the West but now they have made a comeback all across the UK and our countryside has been made much richer by the presence of these birds and we should all welcome the return of the buzzard. As we should also welcome back the return of both the Raven and the Red Kite. The Raven has made its own way back from the hills and mountains and is now slowly becoming a familiar sight (and sound) in the Bedfordshire countryside as the bird is now breeding regularly in the local area. Listen out for its unmistakeable, hoarse, deep ‘prruuk-prruuk’ as this, the largest of our crows, flies overhead, its thickset, shaggy throat and large, diamond-shaped tail are unmistakeable. It’s a black hole of a bird, seeming to absorb all light and pinned to the sky overhead as a magnificent black cross, an epitome of the wild and carrier of legends between the worlds in the Norse myths and legends. The Red kite is not quite such a regular bird in these parts yet, but it is breeding in the Chiltern Hills and in south and mid Bedfordshire and is slowly heading northwards – individuals are seen on a more and more frequent basis in and around Cople. This is a bird that was reintroduced several years ago in the Chilterns and other areas and has since become a real success story. A charismatic bird with long wings and a deceptively easy way of flying as they seem to float over roads and trees using their large, flexible forked tails as rudders and they twist and turn and decked in shades or red, orange and russet. The birds are primarily carrion feeders picking up road kill knocked down on roads and injured or slow-moving birds and mammals.

Enjoy this trio of large birds in our countryside – they bring a new pleasure and add variety and richness to our lives. This is a period of real change in our villages and countryside as winter visitors such as fieldfares and redwings leave for their breeding habitats in Scandinavia and our spring-bringers such as the swallows, swifts, warblers and cuckoos head north across Africa and the Mediterranean and back to spend their summer with us. Have a wander through Cople’s churchyard or through our local countryside around the village and have a look under the trees and hedges for some of our spring flowers. The churchyard (where it is not mown too short) contains some nice species around its rougher edges – lesser celandine, with its beautiful glossyyellow flowers (opening fully in the sun) and heart-shaped leaves in the damper 10


areas and under the trees and speedwells and rich purple sweet violets in the grassy areas (smelling strongly of ‘Parma Violet’ sweets). And, here’s a challenge: how about the powers that be who manage the churchyard manage some areas as wildflower meadows (reduce cutting (and money)) and letting nature in on the act – it could make the churchyard even more beautiful and it would be interesting to see what came up in the uncut areas. It’s been done successfully in other churchyards (Odell, for instance). . . Takers anyone ?! Steve Halton stevehalton@gmail.com

Lesser Celandine

Police Update Bedfordshire Police and other forces nationwide are now using ‘101’ as the nonemergency number replacing the existing 01234 841212. You can use this number anywhere in the country and it will take you through the nearest towns police station. There has been no crime reported in Cople since the 17 th February which was damage to a residential gate on Water End. Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity on 101.

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I am pleased to report that the profit made at the Safari Supper in February was a handsome £1 063. We are indebted to all our generous hosts, to those who provided delicious desserts, to those who donated raffle prizes and, of course, to all the participants. There is much-needed work to be completed in the church and this monetary input will help to maintain the high standard of upkeep to which we have become accustomed, thanks to the care and vigilant eyes of our churchwardens. Vaughan Southgate www.org.uk/friends v.southgate714@btinternet.com 11


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Are you between 16-24years and Living Independently or thinking about it in the near future? If so, YMCA Bedfordshire is soon going to be delivering a short course of Independent Living Skills in the Biggleswade area. Life Skills means everything from how to take care of your budgeting to learning simple home maintenance skills, which will help you save money in the future. This short 6 week programme (4 hours per week) is both practical and interactive and will be delivered in small group sessions. Life skills co-ordinator Eve Carroll said, ‘This short course is perfect for any young person who may already be living independently or not and would benefit from learning some key skills to ensure that they can sustain their own tenancy in the future. Quite often in life we learn from our own mistakes and I wish that there had been a course like this when I was younger to help me when I was starting out. Emphasis on learning how to make the right decisions, which will help you succeed in life is really important and we don’t always learn this at school.’ This course is being funded by Central Bedfordshire council and YMCA Bedfordshire are keen to hear from any young people who are either on the housing register, waiting to be housed, already in rented accommodation, private or otherwise. Also if you know of any young person who would benefit from this course and is living in the Biggleswade, Sandy or surrounding Central Bedfordshire areas please speak to Eve for further details. Tel: 07432 404174 or follow this link: http:// www.ymcabedfordshire.org.uk/life-skills

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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Cople Sports and Social Club Spring has finally arrived and the Sports field is looking good ready for the cricket season. Already we have been able to sit out on the patio watching the last games of the football season. There are still places left to take part in our pool tournament on Thursday 17 th April so if you fancy taking part please contact us. We will be holding a family evening on Friday 18 th April, weather permitting we will be holding an Easter egg hunt for the children, adults welcome to join in. If anyone would like to help with this event please contact us. Cricket season will be starting at the beginning of May with regular matches on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday 18th May 2014 the Beds V Herts cricket match will take place on the playing field, this is part of the Minor Counties Cricket 1 day series of competitions. The match starts at 11am. The bar will be open from 11am on this day. All are welcome to attend, why not come & watch, hopefully enjoy the sunshine and relax watching a good game of cricket!! April Football at CS&SC Sun 06th April 13.30pm Sun 06th April 16.00pm Sat 12th April 15.00pm th Sun 13 April 13.30pm Sun 13th April 16.00pm Sun 20th April 12.00pm Sun 20th April 16.10pm

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There is a regular email sent out to all members in regard of what sports events will be shown and up and coming events. If you wish to become a member please enquire on details below or visit us at CS&SC. Jeanette Skipsey

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Tuesday Club Tuesday 11th March 2014 ‘Gardening on a Shoe String’ Following our AGM we were entertained by Fritz de Zutter a horticulture lecturer from Moulton College and a special needs teacher. He is a member of the RHS. Fritz recommends re-cycling old household materials for all gardening needs. He showed us an old boot used for a plant container. A washing up bottle with a window and planted with trailers and hung on a string is a hit with the children he teaches. ‘Don’t buy expensive plant trays just go to your local supermarket and ask for their old mushroom trays which are ideal for seedlings’.

He took us through the process of making our own compost, showed us how to prune to remove disease and encourage flowering, propagating with the use of old plastic beer glasses and demonstrated that he is a top grafting expert and master of the ‘grafting knife’. An amusing and informative evening was had by all. Sue Murdoch

April Tuesday Club Meeting Open to All

Tuesday 8th April at 7:30pm in Cople Village Hall Speaker Tom Perret Head of Collections and Exhibitions at the Higgins Museum. A talk not to be missed. We are opening the evening to members/friends and non-members Do come along and enjoy the evening. Refreshments will be provided Cost £3 to non members 22


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 23


April Diary Church Services at Cople All Saints 6th

11:15am

Family Service

13th

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

Holy Communion BCP Bishop Richard Sunday School Songs of Praise Bishop Richard

18th Good Friday

10:00am

Family Service

20th 09:45am Easter Sunday 11:15am

Sunday School Sung Communion.

27th

Sunday School Benefice Service

09:45am 11:00am

Tuesday 1st 10:00am to 12:00

Coffee morning

Village Hall

2:30pm

Over 60s Club

Sports and Social

7:30pm

Bell Ringing

Cople Church

7:30pm to 10:00pm

Carpet Bowls

Village Hall

7:30pm

Annual Parish Church Council Meeting. (APCM)

Cople Church

Thursday 3rd

(Green Bin)

10:00am to 11:30

Baby and Toddler Group

Village Hall

Yoga Class

Village Hall

Wednesday 2nd

Friday 4th 10:00am

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Monday 7th 11:00am

Tiny tots sing along

Cople Church

2:00pm

Mothers Union

87 Willington Rd

10:00am to 12:00

Coffee morning

Village Hall

7:30pm

Bell Ringing

Cople Church

7:30pm

Tuesday Club Higgins Museum Tom Perrett Head of Collections and Exihibitions

Village Hall

Tuesday 8th

Everyone welcome entrance ÂŁ3 Wednesday 9th 7:30pm to 10:00

Carpet Bowls

Village Hall

Thursday 10th

(Orange Bin)

10:00am to 11:30

Baby and Toddler Group

Village Hall

7:30pm

Church Fete Planning Meeting

Cople Church

Yoga Class

Village Hall

Quiz Night

Cople Church

Friday 11th

10:00am Saturday 12th 7:00pm

Nearly New Centre Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm & Saturday 10am to 1pm At Sue Ryder Palliative Care Home St. John’s Moggerhanger

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Monday 14th 11:00am

Tiny tots sing along

Cople Church

12:30pm

Luncheon Club

Cople Church

7:00pm

Benefice Choir

Cople Church

7:30pm

Music and Meditation

Moggerhanger

2:30pm

Over 60s Club

Sports and Social

7:00pm

Music and Meditation

Willington Church

7:30pm

Bell Ringing

Cople Church

7:00pm

Music and Meditation

Cople Church

7:30pm to 10:00

Carpet Bowls

Village Hall

Thursday 17th

(Green Bin)

10:00am to 11:30

Baby and Toddler Group

Village Hall

7:00pm

Agape supper

Willington

Friday 18th

Good Friday

10:00am

Yoga Class

Village Hall

2:00pm

The Last Hour Service

Willington Church

2:00pm

Childrens’ Service

Moggerhanger

Monday 21st

Easter Monday

Tuesday 15th

Wednesday 16th

Tuesday 22nd

10:00am to 12:00

Coffee morning

Village Hall

7:30pm

Bell Ringing

Cople Church

7:30pm to 10:00

Carpet Bowls

Village Hall

Thursday 24th

(Orange Bin)

10:00am to 11:30

Baby and Toddler Group

Village Hall

Yoga Class

Village Hall

Wednesday 23rd

Friday 25th 10:00am

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Monday 28th 11:00am

Tiny tots sing along

Cople Church

6:15pm

Junior Choir

Cople Church

10:00am to 12:00

Coffee morning

Village Hall

2:30pm

Over 60s Club

Sports and Social

7:30pm

Bell Ringing

Cople Church

Carpet Bowls

Village Hall

Tuesday 29th

Wednesday 30th 7:30pm to 10:00

Mobile Library for April Wednesday 9th and 23rd 10:00 to 10:20am 10:25 to 10:45am 10:50 to 11:10am

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On the 8 March 13 Cople residents came out for our annual Litter Pick. We collected the usual assortment of rubbish around the Parish and managed to fill 25 bags. The school’s RotaKids Club also helped with collecting on the previous Thursday and they managed to fill 5 bags. They reported: “We spent forty minutes on the Litter Pick along Willington Road. There was a lot of rubbish. Some of the things were cigarette paper (lots of it), cans, sweet wrappers, tissues (also lots of them), crisp packets and plastic bottles. Most of the rubbish was in the hedges and ditches.” Many thanks to all who helped tidy up our village

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Cople Parish Council The Parish Council met on 17th March 2014 as part of it’s normal programme of bimonthly meetings. Immediately prior to this meeting the Annual Parish meeting took place, this is where the various other organisations within the village report back to the Council on what has been happening over the previous 12 months. As part of the public part of the Parish Council meeting representatives from Bedford Girls School gave a presentation regarding their plans for the land adjacent to Grange Farm, off of Grange Lane. By the time you are reading this article you should already have received a copy of their letter to all residents giving details of their proposals for playing fields etc and hopefully you will have attended their consultation/presentations in order to gain more information. Once a planning application is submitted by the Girls School in respect of this land it will be fully discussed at the appropriate Parish Council meeting – residents are encouraged to attend if they wish to share their views on this. Councillor Stephen Moon provided an update on details from the Borough Council . Mike Vacher provided an update on Neighbourhood Watch, although there was nothing really to report back on this. We currently do not have a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for the village, so if anyone is interested in taking this role on please contact the parish council. Crime statistics have been provided by the police, the main issue appears to be speeding motorists, with a small amount of theft. It should also be noted that there appears to have been a recent increase in the amount of fly tipping around the village, if you happen to see anyone doing this please report it to both the police and the Borough Council, Highways department. The Parish Council have approached the Police with regard to gathering data around the issue of speeding through the village and the police will be installing monitoring equipment to provide data on the amount of traffic and numbers of vehicles exceeding the speed limit. Once this data is received by the Parish Council further consideration can be given regarding the installation of traffic calming measures in the appropriate problem areas. A litter pick took place on Saturday 8th March, David Whitehead reported that this was very successful, with a total of 25 bags of rubbish being collected. Thanks go to all those that helped with this. The Parish Council are still in discussion with the Village Trust regarding refurbishment of the play area at the Village Hall. As previously mentioned in last months article the parish council are exploring the options for taking over the management of the Millennium Wood in Water End. A meeting took place recently to ascertain the views of residents particularly those willing to volunteer to help with the management, this meeting was extremely successful with in excess of 20 people attending and volunteering their services. A steering group has been set up with Steve Halton taking the lead, he will be taking this forward on behalf of the Parish Council, so watch this space for further details. The Grass cutting contract in respect of the Churchyard & other areas is due for renewal, several quotes had been received was decided to award the contract to Lawnlord. There is currently a flood risk consultation being carried out by the Borough Council, more information can be found on the Bedford Borough Council website. Full minutes of this meeting can be found on the Cople website along with contact details for the Parish Council if you have any issues or concerns that you wish us to take forward for you. The next meeting will take place on Monday 19 th May 2014, starting at 7.30pm – members of the public are welcome to attend. Lesley Cole

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Gardening tasks for April It’s warming up and that means the garden is waking up! In actual fact, some plants have already got up and left but for those that remain, this month can be the first of many busy days spent in the garden. Any daffodils that have finished flowering, simply deadhead and leave in place for three or four weeks for all the nourishment to drain back down the stems and into the bulb ready for next year. If you have not already done it, prune roses. As usual, start with the three d’s, that is, with a sharp pair of secateurs, cut out the dead, the diseased and the damaged then, remove all stems that cross and touch each other as this can create a wound and then, prune whatever growth remains by two thirds and to an outward facing bud if possible. And the cut should always slope, so as to prevent moisture sitting on top. A thick mulch of organic matter around the base will put the plant in fine fettle and I also like to mix in a little rose feed at this time. Like many gardeners, Top Rose is what I use and be sure to follow the pack’s directions.. Similarly, if you have perennial plants in permanent containers, now is a good time to top dress them. Using a trowel, remove around the top 5cms of compost taking care not to damage any roots. This can be added to the compost heap. Then, mix up a small amount of appropriate slow release fertilizer, Blood Fish and Bone is what I use with some compost, add to the top of the pot and water in. Simple!

For those of you who are familiar with the erstwhile radio programme ‘Beyond Our Ken’, the advice of Arthur Fallowfield (not to be confused with Syd Rumpo) is particularly sage: ‘the answer lies with the soil’. One doesn’t need to mimic the distinctive sound of Kenneth Williams but bearing these words in mind will help your plants prosper! In actual fact, the most enthusiastic gardeners I have ever known have displayed more excitement about their soil and compost heaps than they have their blooms! Other jobs this month include cutting back the stems of any late flowering Rudbeckias and arguably the job that makes the greatest instant impact of any, cut the lawn. Although, I would advise you to lift the height of cut and best not to do it before a frost. The answer to last month’s just for fun question is, tea comes from camellia sinensis. What are the botanical names for the plants known as Granny Bonnets? As usual, please contact me with any gardening tasks or queries you may have, lawndocgardens@aol.com or tel: 01767 627 581 or 07796 328 855. Lawn Doctor

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B. WELLS PLUMBING & HEATING LTD 01234 831314

barrywellsltd@btinternet.com www.barrywells-plumbing.co.uk

"professional by choice, helpful by nature, knowledgeable by experience" All plumbing and heating works carried out to very high standards We specialise in the design and installation of new or replacement Oil and gas boilers and heating systems LPG registered installations All renewable energy systems installed including solar thermal and pv panels Heat pumps and rain water harvesting Bathroom design and installation 5 and 7 year parts and labour guarantees on certain boilers Service and maintenance contracts Minor building works From ballvalve to bathroom, radiator to boiler we have the experience, knowledge and expertise to meet all your requirements. Contact Barry on 07831 377351

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YOGA

Contact: Jen Tel: 01234 210970 Text/phone: 07849 158 850 mail@chandrikayoga-dance.co.uk

Rejuvinating Hatha Yoga classes which include creative flowing sequences, in-depth posture work and space for reflection and relaxation Sundays 10 – 11.15 a.m. Cardington Village Hall, Southill Road, Cardington ALSO Monday and Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings in Bedford £6/class (£5 conc)

CHIMNEY SWEEP 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. Local, professional and reliable Competitive rates.

Tel: 01767 627591 / 07950 705479 Need a Handyman? Can your man? thismancan.co.uk

Dave Crawford Handyman /Property Maintenance in Bedford and local villages. Contact me for a free no obligation quote. Over 25 years experience of Handyman work and Property Renovation. Fully insured (details on website) Dave Crawford tackles most jobs from changing a tap washer to jobs that fall short of the remit of a full blown Builder, Plumber or Electrician. 07981 881688 info@thismancan.co.uk or check the website for further information: www.thismancan.co.uk 34


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email;

robert@solidfuelboilers.co.uk

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Tracy Herrick 76 Willington Rd. Cople 01234 831079

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HOLISTIC THERAPIST & BODY WORKER Suzanne Edgington

CNM (Dip), L.C.M. Dip, AOSM Dip, B.S.Y.A.( Ad.Arom), L.C.M.IH Dip, LSSM (Dip), CTLLS, CST II, SERI,SERII

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For Acute & Chronic conditions:

Muscular problems, Injuries, Stress, Headaches, Anxiety etc.

Individually tailored treatments Helping you to move on and live life! 01234 870 236 / 07802 864 275

Email: suzyedge@btinternet.com www.suzanneedgington.co.uk

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C.R.WILKINSON & SON PROFESSIONAL TREE SURGEON ESTABLISHED OVER 12 YEARS FULLY QUALIFIED & INSURED

FELLING CROWN REDUCTIONS DEAD WOODING THINNING

HEDGE TRIMMING STUMP REMOVAL WOODCHIP AVAILABLE LOGS AVAILABLE

ALL EMERGENCY WORK CARRIED OUT CHURCH END NURSERIES, WILLINGTON, BEDS. MK443PX PLEASE CONTACTJAMES ON LANDLINE 01234 838274 MOBILE 07773 077042 EMAIL: james.wilkinson50@ntlworld.com FREE QUOTATION

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37, Ridge Road Kempston, Beds MK43 9BS Willingtots Pre-school

Peace Memorial Hall Church Road Willington

Telephone 07972 148085 E-mail info@willingtots.co.uk Website www.willingtots.co.uk Fundraising www.buy.at/willingtots

Sessional care for children aged 2 to school age during term time FREE PLACES for eligible 3 and 4 yr olds 09.15-12.15 Monday to Friday (£9.00) Lunch Club daily 12.15-13.15 (£3.00) Registered Charity No. 1035672 Member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance and registered with OFSTED

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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, ÂŁ2 per family thereafter Adults with one child under 7 months ÂŁ1

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Sally’s Tax Corner Spring has sprung the daffs are out and at last the rain seems to have stopped. Lighter evenings and more daylight – you can’t help but put a smile on your face. A new tax year has started again as well, every year it seems to come round quicker and quicker, is that an age thing? Phah – it cant be…. This month I am going to talk to those of you are self employed as sole traders, who have been considered trading through a limited company there are various things to consider. When you are a sole trader (ST), there is no separation between you and your business, you don’t even have to have a separate business account (although it is a good idea to!). Therefore if you are entering into contracts, loans or hire purchase agreements as an ST then if you default on payments, or get sued, then you will be personally liable. Also as a sole trader you will pay income tax and class 4 national insurance on your business profits - if you’re a basic rate tax payer then that is 20% tax and 9% class 4 NI – ouch 29%!! ST accounts are private though and not published anywhere, so there is less paperwork and more privacy for a ST. When you are profitable as a sole trader then it is tax efficient to look at trading through a limited company. Then you can avoid income tax (subject to your level of income) and pay corporation tax instead – corporation tax is payable by your company and the smaller company rate is 20% with no national insurance being due. When you are a limited company there are a few more paperwork hoops to jump through – you will need a separate bank account as the limited company is a separate legal entity to you. Therefore contracts, loans and HP agreements in the companies name will be separate liability to you personally. Limited companies have to publish their accounts annually and an annual return to companies house but the information that is published is reasonably limited, its only the company balance sheet for a small company with no profit and loss detail. Trading through a limited company is not right for everyone though so there are lots of factors to consider not just the tax saving. Do get in touch if you would like to discuss further. Tax fact Corporation tax rates for Mar 14 Company profitsRate First £300,000 20% Next £1,200,000 23.75% Over £1,500,000 23% I hope you find this helpful this month, please do get in touch with any questions. Sally Cobban FCCA SJ Tax Limited 42


SJ TAX & ACCOUNTING QUALIFIED ACCOUNTANT

Professional Friendly Free initial consultation. Sole traders, Ltd companies, Start ups, CIS, VAT, TAX Email: sally@sjtax.co.uk Tel: 01234 831997 Mob: 07899 808592 43


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Village Contacts Village Hall Bookings: David Reardon 01234 838987

Tuesday Club Joy Duthie Tel : 838407

Over 60's Club Secretary : Hazel Shreeves Tel : 838817

Cricket Cople Argus Cricket Club Chris Gregory 01234 838396

Mothers Union Contact: Jill Ebbs Tel : 838659

Biggleswade Chronicle Village Correspondent: Jill Ebbs Tel: 838659

Cople Lower School Headteacher : Helen Johnson Tel : 838827

Cople Web Site Ian Whiting Tel : 838347 Email: ian@cople.org.uk Web Site :www.cople.org.uk

Cople Village Trust Chair : Sandra Thacker Tel : 831344 Royal British Legion Chair: Max McMurdo Tel: 01767 680624 Welfare: David Hansen Tel : 01767 226020

Cople Baby and Toddler Contact Kylie Dougall Tel: 01234 740745 07999 257165 Just Ask Wendy Worgan 0800 039 1234

Police PC Paul Jones Riseley Police Station Tel : 01234 - 842864

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

Carpet Bowls Secretary : Pauline Baynes Tel : 838102 Willingtots Pre-School Group Tel: 07972– 148085

Yoga Classes Freda 01767 627611

Before & After School Club At Cople Lower School Tel: 07592 - 012249

Pilates Classes Julie Crawford www.forwardfitness.co.uk Mobile 0794 6067266

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 46


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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Friends Of Cople Lower School

Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Colouring Competition Friday 4th April Cople Village Hall Playing Field 2-3:30pm ÂŁ2.50 per child For more information and tickets please contact Cindy 01234 831 091 or Liz 07545 911 615

Tickets must be purchased by Friday 28th March, and payment made at time of reservation. Parents need to remain with their children during the event. Colouring sheets to be returned by 2pm on the day of the hunt for entry into the competition. Each child who participates will get a chocolate egg and there will be a prize for the top collector in each year group. Bring Wellies and umbrella if the day is wet. Hot drinks and cakes will be available for purchase. 48

2014 04  

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