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Cople News June 2018

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Editor’s Notes There are two major events in the village social calendar in June. The Church Fete will be held on Saturday 16th ( see the front cover) and if you are able to contribute in any way you will find details on page 6 and 7. The fete is a great opportunity to meet up with fellow villagers and enjoy a Pimms or cup of tea. The weather is crucial so let us hope for the best. The second large event is the annual Barn Dance at Oak Farm on Saturday 30th. The poster is on page 10. This event has an appeal beyond the village and it is wise to get your tickets as soon as possible. On the back cover is a flyer for an unusual event. Cream teas may be standard but there is no price list and you are invited to make a contribution as you leave. The event takes place on Saturday 23rd between 2 and 4 pm on the vicarage lawn. Given a sunny day this could be the place to be. I have not got hold of the 200 Club results this month but they will appear in the next edition. This magazine is placed on the village website every month. This is very useful for two reasons. Full colour is available which makes the best of wildlife articles, posters, flyers and contributors efforts with their cameras. It also serves the needs a Cople’s diaspora. Ian Whiting adds the magazine every month using free software. Soon the owners will be changing their conditions for the free service. Readers will continue to read it online but they will not be able to download their own PDF copy and the statistics service will no longer be available. Ian has taken the statistics for the last time.. He did them for each magazine since Jan 2017 then just the one issue per year for the preceding years. Jan 2012 was the oldest on the system. Obviously the longer an issue has been available online the more times it can be read but typically about 40 to 50 issues are read online, with anything from a total read time of 1 hour 7 minutes to 6 hours 43 mins per issue. These are good stats for a publication that is only really of interest to Cople residents (and ex residents) most of whom probably already receive the printed version. That said, we do also have a worldwide following. For those like me who like numbers you can see the statistics on page 33. Ged Peeke

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Letter from the Vicar Dear friends Around this time, the Church’s calendar returns to “Ordinary Time”. I wrote about that a couple of years ago, and how in fact the “ordinary” can be just as powerful as the “extraordinary”, and we can know God just as clearly (sometimes more clearly) in the “ordinary”. But what you may not know is that the Church’s colour for Ordinary Time is green. Green is in many ways a colour that makes us think about growth, especially as we see trees, hedges, plants (and weeds!) all growing merrily now the warmer weather has come. Growth isn’t just about plants, of course, and nor is it just about physical growth. All of us, however young or old we are, can continue to grow throughout our lives. It would look pretty strange if we were physically the same at 34 or 44 or 64 or 84 as we were at 4 and 14. And so we need to keep growing mentally, emotionally, and spiritually throughout our lives too. Growing, and bearing fruit, are key images in the Christian faith. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul writes about the fruit of the Holy Spirit that all Christians should expect to grow in. They’re a challenging list: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control I don’t know about you, but I know that I don’t always display that fruit in my life! Green and Growing… I wonder what that might mean to you this summer? How might you be able to grow in love, in peace, in joy, in faith? And what might our homes, our offices, our schools, our village look like if we were all “Green and Growing” in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? With all good wishes Revd Fiona Gibson

All Saints Church Revd Fiona Gibson The Vicarage. 3 Grange Lane. Cople, MK44 3TT. Telephone 01234 838145. email; Churchwardens Judith Howard Glebe House, Grange Lane Cople Tel: 01234 838467

Mike Vacher 91 Willington Road Cople Tel: 01234 831207 4

From the Church Registers Burial of Ashes

6th April 2018


Mothers Union We began our meeting in May with a tour of Cople Church with Mike Vacher, who also pointed out lots of interesting facts about the church. The history of Cople Church is available in a colour booklet price ÂŁ1 available in the church. Members then had the opportunity to choose their favourite hymn and the reason for their choice. Each chosen hymn was different and we ended this part of the meeting by singing Lord of all Hopefulness accompanied by Jill. We ended our meeting with tea and cake provided by Pat and Liz. Our next meeting will be held at 87 Willington Road on Monday 11 th June at 2pm when Joy will be our host Also in June our Wave of Prayer will take place on Sunday 24 th at 11am in Cople Church Liz Buck

Father’s Day Prayer Thank you, friend Jesus, for my father who loves me, for my grandfather who cares for me, and for God, your father and mine. How lucky am I! (MU-united in prayer and worship)



Tuesday Club The 12th June meeting is a garden party at 18 Woodlands starting at 7.30. Tuesday club members can enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink and strawberries and cream. Decorated hats are optional. It is a lovely opportunity to enjoy Joys garden, hopefully we will be lucky with the weather. Tuesday club has again been asked to do the cake stall at the fete on Saturday June 16. Donations of cakes would be appreciated, and can either be taken to the village hall on the day of the fete, or taken to Joy at 18 woodlands, or Jane Peeke at 39 Willington road.

Jane Peeke

Church Fete 16th June We are looking for any unwanted books, CDs, accessories or bric a brac in good condition for the annual Church fete. Please contact June 831705 for more details or to arrange collection. If you have any plants for the plant stall please bring them on the day or call Ged Peeke on 838379 for collection. Thank you.

RESERVE A PRESERVE Any spare jars of chutneys, pickles, jams and marmalade will be gratefully received for a stall at the summer church fete on 16th June. Please call June 831705 who will happily collect .

Community Cinema Blunham Community Cinema presents

'Dunkirk' (Cert 1 2A) starring Fiona Whitehead, Barry Keoghan and Mark Rylance. Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War 11.

Village Hall Blunham. Friday 29th June Film starts promptly 7:30 pm doors open 6.45 pm. Tickets Adult ÂŁ4.00. Children ÂŁ2 Sweets, Drinks, Ice cream, sweets and pop corn available. For tickets and further information please contact Sue 01767 640572 or Margaret 01767 640053. 7

Architectural Design Stephen Funge Architectural Design Tel 01234 381304. Mob 07710 268372 Stephen Funge MCIAT MAPM Planning and Building Regulations Applications. Design and Project Management. Extensions, New Houses, Offices, Shops. Call for a chat. No obligation


New Pilates Studio open in Cople 1:1 & 1:2 matwork sessions or on Reformer & Tower equipment, times to suit you. All classes run in the classical style with limited places to ensure purity of the method, pre booking only. Julie has been teaching Pilates in the local area for 11 years this year, and teaching Pilates in Cople since 2006 She has been working within the fitness industry since 1989. Julie's wealth of experience means she is able to teach and help people of all ages and abilities, it is recommended that a 1:1 is taken at the studio prior to attending a class. The studio is conveniently located in your village. Monday 1:00pm Absolute Beginners intro as 1:1 or small group (45 mins) Cople Studio 2.00pm Mixed ability—Cardington Reading Rooms Thursday 1:00pm Absolute Beginners intro as 1:1 or small group (45 mins) Cople Studio 2.00pm Mixed ability – Cardington Reading Rooms 5:30pm Absolute Beginners intro as 1:1 (45 mins) Cople Studio 6.30pm Memorial Hall, Willington 7.35pm Memorial Hall, Willington 8.40pm Absolute Beginners Memorial Hall, Willington Bookings for intro or 1:1 (30 mins) Julie also teaches at other locations, 1:1 Pilates, Relaxation and Meditation. Retreats in Spain, France, and the UK. For more information please see website or contact Julie Crawford Ring 0794 6067266 or email





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June Diary Church Services 3rd

10:00am 11:30am

Sunday School All-Age Communion


10:00am 11:30am 6pm

Sunday School Holy Communion (BCP) Deanery Summer Evening Worship



Family Service for Fathers Day


10:00am 11:00am 11:30pm

Sunday School Mothers Union Wave of Prayer Sung Communion

Morning Prayer at Willington Church 9am Thursday 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th June

Cople - Coffee Morning In Cople Village Hall Run by The Kempston Centre Every Tuesday 10:30am to 12 noon Tea / Coffee Home Made Cakes Come and have a chat with friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

Mobile Library for June Wednesday 13th and 27th June 10:00 to 10:20am All Saints Road, 10:25 to 10:40am Water End, 10:45 to 11:05am Outside Five Bells Saturday 2nd 10:30am

Traidcraft Coffee Morning and Bookstall

Monday 4th

Black Bin


Benefice Tiny Tots Singalong

Cople Church


Junior Choir

Cople Church


Benefice Choir practice

Willington Church

Tuesday 5th


Bell ringing practice 20

Willington Church

Monday 11th

Orange and Green Bin


Benefice Tiny Tots Singalong

Cople Church


Mothers Union

87 Willington Road


Junior Choir

Cople Church


Benefice Choir practice

Cople Church

Tuesday 12th 7:30pm

Bell ringing practice


Tuesday Club Garden Party

18 Woodlands


Cople Church Fete

Playing Fields

Monday 18th

Black Bin


Benefice Tiny Tots Singalong

Cople Church


Junior Choir

Cople Church


Benefice Choir practice

Willington Church

Saturday 16th

Tuesday 19th 7:30pm

Bell ringing practice

Thursday 21st


Afternoon Tea

Moggerhanger Church


National Trust Teas at Willington and organ music at 3pm


Monday 25th

Orange and Green Bin


Benefice Tiny Tots Singalong

Cople Church


Luncheon Club

Cople Church


Junior Choir

Cople Church


Benefice Choir practice

Cople Church

Sunday 24th

Tuesday 26th 7:30pm

Bell ringing practice

Saturday 30th 7:30 pm

Friend’s Barn Dance

Oak Farm

Cople Carpet Bowls Club Carpet bowls is played indoors on a 30ft carpet in Cople Village Hall on Wednesday evenings 7:30 to 10:00 pm. Any enquiries contact Pauline on 01234 838102. Pauline Baynes. 21

Wild about Cople Well, after that cold and prolonged winter we seem finally to have entered a warm and sunny spring and, as I guessed, with the advent of the warmer weather everything has burst into a riot of life and energy over a relatively short period. And that includes the butterflies. The late winter supressed the appearance of the early spring species such as the Brimstone but they finally put in an appearance once the weather warmed up. There are a trio of spring butterflies that readily appear in our gardens and these are described below. The Brimstone is the classic spring butterfly. The male, with the bright sulphur-yellow wings often emerges first, after spending all winter hibernating in cool, out-ofthe-way places such as outbuildings and sheds. Often all it takes is a slightly warmer day in March and the male brimstones will wake up and fly in search of nectar and females! They are such a classic sign of spring in our gardens and countryside that they seem to bring a real joy once they are seen, that spring really is here. The word brimstone is an archaic word for sulphur which well describes the colour of the butterfly and it is thought that the word ‘butterfly’ originated from the description of the brimstone as the ‘butter-coloured fly’ by the early entomologists. The female brimstone is much paler, almost white, with just a hint of yellow but with the same leaf-shaped wings. The eggs are laid on shrubs such as buckthorn and it is worth planting some in your garden just to ensure that this lovely butterfly continues to delight us in springtime. Another early butterfly is the wonderful Orange-tip. Also completely unmistakeable, the male is identified by easily recognised bright jaffa-orange tips to his wings which are so obvious when the butterfly is flying along hedgerows and grassy margins whilst the female is a plainer white with dark edges to the forewings and a dark spot on each forewing. The undersides of both sexes are a marvel of camouflage; a marbled pattern or green, white and yellow blotches – perfect for when the butterfly is at rest in the dappled shade of cow parsley, hawthorn and other woodland edge and hedgerow plants. The eggs are laid on plants such as Cuckooflower, 22

Garlic Mustard, Honesty and Dame’s-violet and again are good reasons for growing these plants in your gardens. The caterpillars are cannibals so the female Orange-tip only lays one egg per flower head; she can detect by scent if an egg has already been laid and will move on to lay on another plant. The third spring butterfly is the Holly Blue. This sliver of a butterfly, like a torn scrap of violet-blue sky, is often seen flying or sunbathing on hedges in the spring sunshine. The male and the female have bright blue wings but the female has dark edges on the forewings. The underwings in both sexes are a beautiful pale silver with black dots. Interestingly, this butterfly lay its eggs on two different plants; in spring, the caterpillars feed on Holly and the second brood caterpillars (eggs laid in August) feed on Ivy when the caterpillars pupate ready to emerge again the following spring. The Holly Blue is well known for its large fluctuations in numbers from one year to the next and these repeat on a roughly 5-year cycle – butterflies can appear in huge numbers one year and virtually none the next, gradually building up in numbers until then next 5-year peak. This is due to a parasite, a small wasp by the name of Listrodomus nycthemerus whose sole host is the Holly Blue. The parasite injects an egg into the Holly Blue caterpillar which then hatches and develops inside the caterpillar eventually killing it – in some years nearly 100% of the caterpillars are affected which causes a crash in the butterfly’s numbers – this then causes a crash in the parasite’s numbers which allows the Holly Blue to recover and so the cycle goes on…

Steve Halton

Cople Village Hall & Playing Field Available for Hire for: Parties, Wedding Receptions, Meetings, Conferences etc. Main Hall and/or Committee Room - hire charge from £9 per hour, special rate of £25 for children’s parties of up to three hours (conditions apply) Contact 01234 838704 or for more information 23


Ringing News Towards the end of April we entertained a visiting band of 18 bell ringers from all over the UK, friends who rang somewhere different each year, who hailed as far as from Sussex in the South to Yorkshire in the north. They had booked to ring at Willington some weeks previously as some of them had rung at Cople in the past. (Cople ringers also look after Willington ringing needs as they don't currently have a band). Whilst at Willington they were invited to ring at Cople. As it was our practice night, they explained that they had arranged to eat at the Five Bells and asked if they could pop over and ring our Bells between courses. Between their starter and main course they rang a round of Cambridge Bob in grand style and then rang some rounds and call changes with the Cople Band. I have no idea if this was an unusual event (to ring between courses) but it can’t have happened that often?. Our new ringers are progressing very well and have all just started to ring on their own with a bit more practice we hope to include them in the full band. If you or anyone you know would like to learn this ancient art , get in touch with one of us and we'll do the rest. Mike Vacher 01234 831207

Table top sale The table top sale on the 21st April raised over ÂŁ300 towards running Cople Church. Thank you to all who participated. June Shanahan


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Gardening in June A professional gardener’s lot is happily a very varied one with thankfully no two days ever being the same. Amongst the correspondence received last month however was one from a client who complained that her lawn was covered in moss, peppered with weeds and generally looking in very poor shape. So what? I hear you cry. Many lawns are exactly like that. The difference with this one however was that it was made from plastic! Be in no doubt that I hate, loathe and despise artificial lawns. Like many of us who work in horticulture, I do so because I love nature. The damage to the environment from producing anything made from plastic is one of the reasons for my contempt but nothing in the beleaguered natural world benefits in any way, shape or form from having an enormous brillo pad laid in your garden. What’s more, their uniformity in colour and texture is sharply at odds with the subtle gradations found in nature and their appearance is as jarring as plastic flowers or plastic people! But there is the added problem. Often sold as a maintenance free substitute for real grass, should your ‘magic carpet’ become covered in moss and weeds (as alluded to above), the only solution is yet more chemicals as any attempt at scarification will merely rip it to shreds. So not only will an artificial lawn not foster any wild life or bird activity, the use of chemicals to create it and to maintain will further endanger all sorts of living organisms. The legendary ex-footballer Kenny Dalglish once said that ‘artificial football pitches produce artificial football matches’ and in my footballing days, I too used to dislike playing on them but I would stretch his point and say that artificial lawns produce artificial gardens. And much of the joy of gardening and being in a garden is to be surrounded by the natural world. The plants, the insects, the birds and the other animals. Even the worst lawn is better than one of plastic and if you are currently thinking of getting one, i urge you to have a re-think. And if you do want a natural lawn but want one with a difference, the Victorians used to have lawns comprised of moss or even camomile hence the book of that name by Mary Wesley. Most unusual non-grass lawn I have ever seen was, and I jest you not, one made from lettuce plants! An incredible sight and edible too.

The answer to last month’s just for fun question is: Tulips take their name from the Persian word for turban which is the religious garment they are said to resemble. This month’s question is another to do with headwear: just coming into flower are plants known to some as ‘granny bonnets’- what is their correct botanical name and why? Many thanks for all your correspondence, and please contact me with any gardening tasks or queries you may have, or tel: 01767 627 581 or 07796 328 855.

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

Cople Web Site Ian Whiting Tel : 838347 Email: Web Site

Mothers Union Contact: Jill Ebbs Tel : 838659

Village Agent Wendy Worgan 0800 039 1234

Cople Village Trust Chair : Sandra Thacker Tel : 831344

07717 269 440

Cople Sports & Social Club Chair: David Hughes Tel : 838669

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

Tuesday Club Joy Duthie Tel : 838407

Biggleswade Chronicle Village Correspondent: Jill Ebbs Tel: 838659

Our local good neighbourhood scheme GREAT NEIGHBOURS in COPLE seeks to support residents of our village in a manner that will enable them to remain independent for as long as possible. Our volunteers help local people by giving some of their time to undertake tasks such as shopping, picking up prescriptions, light household duties, gardening or putting out the bins or by spending some time with people who may feel isolated or lonely. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or want to talk to someone about using the service please feel free to contact us on 07746624208 on Monday and Thursdays between 1300hrs – 1500hrs or email us at or visit us on Facebook for further information.


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2018 06  

The monthly magazine for the village of Cople, Bedfordshire UK

2018 06  

The monthly magazine for the village of Cople, Bedfordshire UK