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Father’s Day Father’s Day is held on the third Sunday of June in the United Kingdom. It is a day to honour fathers and father figures, such as grandfathers and fathers-in-law. Many people make a special effort to visit their fathers or to send them a card or gifts. There are some suggestions that the idea of Father’s Day may originate in pagan sun worship. Some branches of paganism see the sun as the father of the universe. Since the summer solstice occurs around the same time of year as Father’s Day, some people see a link between the two.

The idea of a special day to honour fathers and celebrate fatherhood was introduced from the United States. There, a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired by the American Mother’s Day celebrations to plan a day to honour fathers. Her own father had, as a single parent raised his six children. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910. The celebrations in the United Kingdom are thought to have been inspired by the American custom of Father’s Day. According to greetings card makers Hallmark, Father’s Day is the fifth-largest card-sending holiday.

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The Time Inspectors By Jay Stevens Jay Stevens is a local children’s book author who released his first children’s novel ‘The Time Inspectors’ last December. “I’m 38 years old and live in Leighton Buzzard with my wife and 3 year old son. It has long been a dream of mine to write a book and when I was at school I struggled with English so to have finally written my first book is very exciting. The book started life very differently about 11 years ago as a script for an independent pilot film. Despite being filmed and entering post production the programme was never completed due to a lack of time and finance. For years the script bubbled away in my imagination until finally I decided to have a crack at writing it as a children’s book. I wanted to recapture the style of book I used to enjoy reading when I was young, easy and clear to read but hopefully packed with adventure. The story set in 1944 concerns Sally Stirling who works for war office special investigations. She travels the country searching for people who have become trapped in folds in time, frozen in a moment of time trapped and hidden from view, whilst the world and time moves on around them. Sally visits Benningfield School where she teams up with head girl Charley May Winters to search

for a missing school boy who vanished mysteriously many years before. Part thriller part fast paced adventure the book is funny, scary and I hope entertaining. It’s tricky to sum up in a few words! Although aimed at 8 to 12 years I hope anyone who enjoys adventure and fantasy would enjoy it.” Why are all the clocks in the school displaying different times? Why are scenes from the past replaying in the present? And what are the dangers that are hidden in Wilderness Woods? Join Sally and Charley, the Time Inspectors in an exciting wartime adventure where past and present collide, secret German spies operate and a deadly race against time leads them to the secrets of Whispering Corner. The book is available as a paperback £5.99 or eBook £2.99 from Diverze Books or Amazon.

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Canal & River Trust We are lucky enough to have the Grand Union Canal running through our town. Countryside walks can be taken along the towpath in both directions. Canal cruises can be booked or canal boats may be hired from local companies. Many pubs are also situated along the canal bank providing picturesque settings to enjoy a drink or a meal. The Grand Union Canal travels through Leighton Buzzard on its way from Birmingham to London. The Grand Union Canal Walk follows the banks of the canal, which was once one of the busiest waterways in the country. The canal was built in the early 19th Century to carry bulk cargoes the 137 miles from Birmingham to London. Leighton Buzzard itself was an important centre for sand and gravel. In the 1930’s a company called the Grand Union Canal Company, worked hard to modernise both the canal and the boats operating on it. Locks were extensively rebuilt to take wide beamed barges. There was financial support from the government for this work, which helped to relieve unemployment in the great depression of the 1930’s. The company had a wide beamed motor barge built,

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The Canal & River Trust is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales. We are among the largest charities in the UK, maintaining the nation’s third largest collection of listed structures, as well as museums, archives, navigations and hundreds of important wildlife sites. The Grand Union Canal in Leighton Buzzard flows 137 miles from the centre of London right to the heart of Birmingham and is the longest canal in England & Wales. The word Union offers a clue to the heritage of this canal. The Grand Union Canal was never constructed as an entity, but is the result of amalgamations between 1894 and 1929 of several independent waterways — the oldest being the navigations around the River Soar in Leicestershire, the longest the Grand Junction Canal from Braunston to the River Thames. The term ‘Grand Union’ is now generally taken to mean the canal from the Thames at Brentwood to the junction with the Digbeth Branch in Birmingham. Although the canal passes through some major towns and cities it is a great place to stop, sit back and escape the nonstop pace of modern life. Just spending a few hours alongside the canal you’ll be amazed at just how busy and interesting life along the waterways can be. Many of our canals and rivers were built at the height of the industrial revolution and stepping foot onto one of our towpaths is akin to stepping into a living museum where you can touch all of the exhibits. Just by walking along a 20 minute stretch of towpath you’re likely to pass numerous heritage structures ranging from smaller iconic items such as milestones, to working structures such as lock gates and hump back bridges. Our canals are home to a huge variety of animals and insects and you’ll be amazed at what you can spot fluttering along the canal and lurking just under the water. As well as ducks, swans and other more common water birds keep your eye out for dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and moths as well as a huge variety of fish and if you’re really lucky you might spot the odd water vole or kingfisher. Tell us what you see by taking part in our Great Nature Watch. You can download the app from the app store by searching for ‘eNaturewatch’ By taking part you can help us monitor numbers of and variety of species living on our canals and rivers over the coming years. For more information on the Canal & River Trust please visit

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Luton Angling Club Luton Angling Club, which was established in 1922 and boast some 700 members, controls the fishing on numerous lakes and stretches of rivers as well as more than 10 miles of the canal around Leighton Buzzard. The Club’s fishery starts at the lay-by near Stoke Hammond and runs all the way up to Cooks Wharf. Although small sections of the canal are reserved for members and fishing under power lines is strictly prohibited (signs clearly mark these sections) there are many places where casual anglers can enjoy quiet and solitude away from the busy areas near Leighton Buzzard. Boat traffic can be a problem in the busier months but anglers fishing early and late in the day can usually be assured of peace and quiet but night fishing is only allowed for full members on specified stretches of the canal. For the more competitive anglers the Club runs competitions where sections of the canal are reserved for matches which must be pre booked. The canal is also a favourite with visiting clubs who hold their own matches or compete with Luton A. C. match anglers. The pre booking of matches allows the Club to post signs notifying other anglers that a particular section is closed for a match. Most indigenous fish species are present in the canal and grow to a good size. The bigger fish offer a challenge to the more experienced angler but the canal is an ideal place for beginners, especially the young as catches of over 100 fish per day have been recorded. Simple methods work best with float fishing being the favourite. The usual baits, bread, maggots and worms for example all catch fish. The fish are usually in the margins, the side near to the tow path as well as the far side.

For those who do not wish to join the Club day tickets are available from the Club Secretary or from bailiffs who regularly patrol the banks both day and some nights. A day ticket currently costs £6 (concessions £3). Despite a common held belief people fishing from boats or from private land must be a Club member or purchase a day ticket. For readers who are interested in finding more out about the fishing the Cub has an excellent website www.lutonanglingclub. where further details of the Club’s waters, membership prices and other information on the Club can be found. Joining the Club is easy via the website, a number of local tackle shops, including Browns, or via the Club Secretary. The membership year runs from the 1 June to the following 31 May. The canal is open for fishing all year round. Alternatively more information can be obtained from the Club Secretary, Ken Gates on 01525 218004. However for information on match fishing phone Steve Davies on 07921251498.

Leighton Buzzard Canal Society Back in 1984 two local men decided to form a local canal society in Leighton Buzzard. They thought it would keep people interested in the canal in the area and they regularly organise trips and days out for their members. For more details please contact John Toy on 01525 374498. The group are extremely friendly and you would be most welcome!

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Could your jaw be causing your headaches? There is increasing evidence linking the way we bite, to headaches and migraines. Your lower jaw is held in place by a set of muscles that are attached to the skull and the jaw bone. These muscles and the jaw joint control the movement of the jaw. The jaw joint, which is called the Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ), allows us to talk, yawn and chew. Sometimes we can experience pain or tightness from the jaw joint and muscles, leading to headaches, and this can be linked to the teeth.   Occlusion is the term used to describe how your teeth meet, when you bite together. If your teeth don't fit together properly, then this can put pressure and strain on the jaw joint and muscles. The muscles can get inflamed, similar to a muscle cramp.   Grinding and clenching can put additional strain on the jaw joint. When we are stressed or if our teeth are in the incorrect position then this can happen more.

Symptoms can be: • Headaches and tenderness of the neck and shoulders • Limited opening of the mouth • Grating of the jaw joint or a clicking or popping sound •Difficulty or discomfort when chewing • Jaws that get stuck or locked • Swelling or a general ache on one or both sides or the face At your dental check up the dentist will assess the jaw joint and record any findings. If you do have any problems, then the dentist will diagnose and advise on options to help and relieve symptoms. Custom-made splints can often be fitted to reduce grinding of teeth, and help stabilise the bite. These have been proven to help with headaches, and muscle pain. Patients may consider orthodontic treatment (teeth straightening) to improve the bite, allowing the jaw muscles to be more relaxed. If you think that any of these symptoms may apply to you then please visit our website for more information or alternatively speak to a dentist.

We would also like to introduce you to our new dentists, Catherine and Soham. Between them they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the practice.They look forward to meeting you soon!

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Sing... laugh... live happy! GLee for grown-ups! Glee Club UK has just opened a new club in Leighton Buzzard on Wednesday evenings 7.30 – 9.00pm at Greenleas School, Kestrel Way, LU7 4WZ to add to the 12 successful clubs they already have in the southern area of the UK. Singing is good for you. It’s proven – you live happier, healthier and longer! Opening your mouth and belting out your favourite song feels amazing – and when you are part of a group it’s a million times better! Singing in a group is a fantastic feeling, it’s a great chance to make new friends and everyone leaves the session with huge smiles on their faces.

Your first session is absolutely FREE so what are you waiting for? No need to book – just turn up! For more information please contact Terri on 0208 133 1074 or visit the website.

Come and sing some great songs from the last few decades and have a brilliant time with performance opportunities every term. Glee Club UK love to perform in the local community at least once a term so are always looking for opportunities to sing! It’s pure fun and provides “me time” for men and women 16 years and over and a fantastic way to de-stress. No auditions, no solos, just a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of videos for you to see Glee Club UK in action and they give you a good idea of what they are about. You can watch the taster video on the website or look at some of the clubs at concerts on both the Facebook page and the YouTube channel gcukvideo.

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Hedgehog update from our local hedgehog carer, Jackie. “We are well into spring now and like most wildlife hedgehogs are giving birth. This happens anytime from end of May to mid June. This is their first litter and they have between 3 and 6 babies. The hoglets are born blind, deaf and spineless. The spines emerge within half an hour and are white, the second set come through after 24 hours and have a more grey colour to them. Their eyes open at about 3 weeks old. The hoglets are reliant on mum until about 5/6 weeks old, they start to leave the nest with her at night at this age. Hedgehogs are excellent mothers if left alone but if the nest is disturbed she may kill or abandon the young, so take great care if moving a shed, compost heap etc. If you accidentally come across a nest quickly cover it back over and leave it alone. DO NOT touch the young. Do listen out for high pitched squealing as this is a sure sign mum hasn’t returned, she could have been killed by one of the many hazards hogs face or abandoned the nest. Please don’t use slug pellets as these kill hedgehogs and many other wildlife. Buy plants slugs and snails don’t like, that’s what I do. Keep strawberry netting and the like a good foot above the ground, many hedgehogs get caught up in this. Make sure ponds have an escape route, either stepping stones or chicken wire placed in the water and up the side to act as a ladder. Hedgehogs can swim but not forever. Check long grass before mowing or strimming for sleeping hedgehogs. If you want to encourage

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Tony, Gloria and their own team look forward to seeing you.

Chapel Flooring is a friendly, family-run business with thousands of wall tiles and flooring materials on display in their showroom, in Heath and Reach, near Leighton Buzzard. Carpets – If you are considering a new carpet you will be astounded when you discover the range of styles, qualities and practical characteristics available to you today. We supply waterproof, bleach proof and even a completely ‘Green’ carpet made from recycled plastic bottles.

Real Wood Flooring – Engineered wood provides a luxury, real wooden floor surface at an affordable price. Or why not treat yourself to a solid wood floor or popular parquet flooring in varying designs.

Floor Tiles – Tiles are a Take Away Service - If you are struggling to make a final selection, you are always welcome to take carpet swatches or sample boards home to try, before you buy. Chapel Flooring has a highly skilled, specialised installation team. Each fitter has a long track record of working on behalf of market leading, high quality brands. We provide specialist fitters for every type of floor, they take pride in their work and have unrivalled attention to detail, leaving each customer with a perfect finish. We have something to suit all tastes and locations – from traditional to modern. We cater for the hardwearing business requirements through to the comfort of the home environment.

popular floor covering and we cater for all tastes and have a vast and varied selection of tiles on display including ceramic, porcelain, slate, limestone, quarry, glazed, unglazed, mosaic and even pebbles.

Wall Tiles – If you need an area tiled or retiled visit our showroom – we stock tiles from all over the world, ranging from the traditional to the u l t r a - m o d e r n, mass produced to hand painted.

Come and browse through the possibilities in our extensive showroom at: The Old Chapel, Woburn Road, Heath & Reach, Nr. Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0AR Tel: 01525 234141 Email: Website:

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“What did Daddy do in the War?” by Neville J Budd In February 1940 through until 1950 our family moved into Bletchley Park, where we took up residence in Number 2 Cottage in the Stable Yard this was after the Hymers family had moved out, Harry was sent back to work at the 54 Broadway in London. (There was not enough room at BP so SIS and Diplomatic Service went back to London Feb 1942) Jean and Faye were 8, Neville was 4 and our older brother Bobby was 17 when we moved into the park. As Harry Hymers was our father’s direct boss this meant that Dad was employed by SIS and the Diplomatic Service, but the work he carried out is still a mystery to our family, it is as if he was the ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ in various books about Bletchley Park he is ‘Head of Hut 2’, Mr R Budd who headed the working party for day to day repairs and alterations at BP, Mansion Room Number 41, Main Administration Office of Mr. R Budd, In 1943 he was located in the main administration office and tasked with collating all outgoing private mail for posting in London, so as not to compromise the location of BP with its London FO Box Number. Number 2 Cottage was the home of the Quartermaster, Mr. Robert G. Budd so now you can understand why we call him the ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’, when we asked Mum the usual question often asked by children, which was “What did Daddy do in the War” the answer was always the same “Don’t ask me, he never

told me a thing” and he NEVER EVER said a word about Bletchley Park during his life time. In 1958 Mum and Dad seemed to disappear again in work, they went to Singapore; in 1950 he was transferred to Hanslope Park with the D.W.S. and then for a 2 year stint in Singapore. Once again we never found out what he did. From what we have managed to find out it seems he was employed by the Foreign Office (SIS) and the Diplomatic Service, from the description of what he was to do about all Private Mail and his ‘Roll of Honour Certificate’ We are still looking for more and more information concerning what Dad did. Author Neville J. Anderson-Budd is also a Steward at Bletchley Park along with his sister.

So how clean are your carpets and upholstery? I provide simply the best cleaning you can get by using the most modern, up-to-date equipment. I am a local owner operator and 90% of my work is either recommendation or repeat. Your upholstery and carpets are left damp NOT WET, and by using 100% safe chemicals there is no ‘sticky’ after feel.

Call Colin Thomas on 01525 851811 or 0779 003 4818 Take time to view the before and after pictures on the website

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Where your pound grows further The Rye Eaton Bray Bedfordshire LU5 2BQ Telephone 01525 220104 Fax: 01525 222077

Open: Monday to Saturday 9.00am - 5.30pm Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm. Closed Wednesdays.


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To enter and be in with a chance of winning please simply email your name and contact details to before Friday 14th June and the first name pulled out of the hat will be deemed the winner. Rules and conditions: Only one entry per household. No correspondence can be entered into. The Editors decision is final.

Zen Update Zen, our Dogs for the Disabled pup, is now 5 months old and growing fast. He has visited the 1st Linslade Beaver Colonies who are one of his sponsors. He joined in their end of term parties on the Thursday and Friday nights at Nyamba. He is not a perfect pup, still pulls on the lead and can be very vocal but was a superb pupil when he was allowed on the bus for his first bus ride in Leighton. He is a frequent visitor at Elm Lodge Nursing home and will be visiting Pulfords School next month. He will be in Milton Keynes shopping centre every month with the other dogs from the Milton Keynes supporters group for our monthly charity collections outside McDonalds. We will be having a stall at the Carnival where we will be happy to answer any questions about the charity, so please come along to meet Zen, and also Shiraz who is another Leighton DfD pup who was recently seen at the opening of Magestic wine who have kindly sponsored her. If you would like to find out more about the charity or how you can sponsor Zen contact Gemma Hancox at Dogs for the Disabled, The Frances Hay Centre, Blacklocks Hill, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 2BS. 01295 252600

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Bedfordshire Branch Lifelong support for our Forces and their families

The charity that helps all forces and ex-forces people and their families in Bedfordshire

Who are we?

SSAFA was founded in 1885, primarily to relieve distress among the families of soldiers and sailors, and subsequently increased its scope to cover all forces people and their families. Helping 50,000 people across the country every year. SSAFA is organised and operated on a county basis. In Bedfordshire, all the members of our branch are highly trained volunteers who give their time freely to provide caseworker cover for the whole of the county.

Who do we help?

Family firm established 0ver 20 years

Our purpose is to provide lifelong support to forces and ex-forces men or women and their wives, husbands, partners, families and other dependants, whenever they need friendship, advice or assistance, at any time from the day their service starts and for the rest of their lives. Any form of service qualities, including National Service and, subject to slightly different qualifying lengths of service, the reserves. This lifetime eligibility for help continues for widows and widowers, after divorce, for people separated from established partnerships, and for children and other dependants.

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Ground Floor Units 3-5 Harmill Industrial Estate Leighton Buzzard LU7 4FF T. 01525 853 100 F. 01525 385 132 E. Open: Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.30pm Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Closed Sundays 18 EVENTS EVENTS and and venues venues 18

We are avilable, at the end of the telephone, through email or by letter, to do everything possible to relieve distress or to solve a problem. Whether this is through practical help, advice or friendship, we will discuss the matter with you and agree with you the action to be taken. You can come to us with any problems or request - we don’t sit in judgement and we don’t limit either the type of problem that we deal with or the type of help that might be obtained. Having agreed with you the possible courses of action to resolve the situation, we will see it through with you to the end - we don’t abandon you during the process.

Our telephone number: 01525 875071 Our email address: Our postal address: SSAFA Bedfordshire Branch PO Box 4504, Dunstable LU6 9PS

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Local Musician helps Nanny McPhee dance in the West end We last caught up with local musician Tim Hammond back in Issue 4 Volume 1. Since then he has been extremely busy teaching and composing. He spent Christmas 2013 in Bournemouth as the Musical Director for pantomime Aladdin which starred Scott Maslen from EastEnders. And more recently he has just composed for the London Children’s Ballet 20th Anniversary season, Nanny McPhee, which was performed at the Peacock Theatre in London’s West End in April. Tim describes the first time he saw the LCB children dancing to his music played by a live orchestra for Nanny McPhee truly magical and he says the children seemed to pick up on the spirit of the music instantly. He says it is always exciting passing on your ideas to the orchestra – they grasp the spirit of the music and take it to a higher level and bring the piece of music to life! He says he found composing Nanny McPhee both enjoyable and challenging. Not wanting to be outdone by the dancers and their ‘break a leg’ tradition – Tim has maybe started up his own tradition for musicians – ‘break a shoulder’!!! Tim sadly missed the opening night of Nanny McPhee and could not take his seat next to Emma Thompson as planned as earlier in the day he managed to dislocate and fracture his shoulder during a dramatic exit from the orchestra pit and so spent the night in London’s UCL Hospital instead. He was however thrilled the next morning to wake up and see an email from the aforementioned Emma waiting for him, and had to pinch himself to make sure the pain relief drugs had really worn off!

“I thought what you have written was beautiful - delicate, witty and wonderful at moving the story forward.” Emma Thompson Tim also regularly plays for examination sessions at local dancing schools and teaches privately. He currently has vacancies for piano students of any age or ability. If you would like to find out more about lessons you can contact Tim on 07710 745413 and at timhammondpiano@ or visit his website at www.

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Page 22 EGP Ages from 6 weeks to 5 years Open 52 weeks a year (excluding bank holidays)

Fun is an essential ingredient at Cedars Day Nursery and Preschool where the care and education opportunities for each and every child are as extraordinary as the staff who provide them.

Please call us on 01525 850200 or email Cedars Day Nursery and Preschool, Mentmore Road, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA

We would be delighted to show you around Ofsted say:

“Children experience a wide range of creative activities that excite and interest them. This is because staff observe children to find out about their interests.” Ofsted inspection 2013,

Parents say:

“I always recommend Cedars to friends for the all inclusive service, friendly staff and learning.” Part of Childbase Partnership

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Sapphire Glass & Glazing A family run business with over 40 years experience

Give your conservatory a new lease of life. Replace your polycarbonate roof with glass!

You may not realise it but simply replacing your plastic roof with a new glass roof, incorporating Plikington ActivTM self-cleaning glass, will have a tremendous effect on the way your conservatory looks, feels and sounds. It will transform your conservatory from a forgotten storage area into a wonderful and usable extension to your home, one that can be enjoyed all year round, come rain or shine.

When fitted with the revolutionary Pilkington ActivTM glass and low-emissivity (low-e) Pilkington K GlassTM , your newly transformed conservatory will be warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and a lot less noisy when it rains. Even conservatories with old glass roofs will benefit from better thermal insulation and solar control properties. And thanks to the clever self-clean capabilities of the glass, you can be sure your beautiful new conservatory roof stays that way.

Solar control - reducing the sun’s heat. Pilkington ActivTM Blue, Pilkington ActivTM Bronze and Pilkington Activ SunShadeTM combine the revolutionary benefits of a self-cleaning coating with solar control and good light transmission. In summer months, glass with solar control can help prevent heat ‘build up’ by significantly reducing the amount of heat allowed to pass into your conservatory.

Sapphire Glass & Glazing Model Farm Hockliffe Street Leighton Buzzard LU7 9NY Telephone 01525 383064 Mobile: 07956 896385 Email:

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“If everyone had chiropractic care from a young age we would all be in much better shape” says Kathryn Volker, owner of the Leighton Buzzard Chiropractic Clinic Chirozone. Kathryn and her clinic have been helping the people of Leighton Buzzard since 2003. It has grown from being a small part time practice to now being available full time in larger, modern premises with ample free parking. The team here are extremely friendly, passionate and knowledgeable about what they do. They enjoy getting to know their clients as people and treat them in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere right on their doorstep with no lengthy uncomfortable visits out of town. After getting to know their patients they can then offer real lifestyle changing advice if necessary to hopefully stop any discomfort from returning.

Dr Kathryn Volker, MSc (Chiro) DC CHIROPRACTOR

A client of Chirozone, Vanessa Tilbrook of St Mary’s Way tells her story... The clinic have selected particular therapies which go hand in hand with chiropractic care to provide you with a full range of options to get back to full health. • Rehabilitation • Pilates • Massage • Reflexology • Acupressure • Qi Gong We provide a full and complete approach for the whole family. If you have anything you would like to discuss before deciding to make an appointment please give us a call.

“I’ve always enjoyed exercising and after taking part in a 5k run a few years ago I wanted to try and increase my mileage as one day I wanted to run the London Marathon. I ran a few 10ks, and a few half marathons, however once I began increasing my mileage I was plagued with what seemed to be every runner’s injury. I visited a number of professionals, doctors: physios: sports therapists and a podiatrist however as soon as I ran any longer distances I would pick up another injury. After having to defer my place in the 2013 London Marathon I took a break from running and spent a little time cycling however I began suffering with lower back pain; therefore I booked an appointment with Kathryn at Chirozone in Leighton Buzzard. This was the best decision I have ever made as I was about to meet the woman who would not only sort my back problem but all my running injuries too. I always assumed a Chiropractor worked solely with back problems but I was wrong. With regular visits to see Kathryn she would work on aligning my whole body and she would explain everything she was doing so that I could understand. On April 13th 2014 I ran the London Marathon in 4 hrs 30 mins. Not only did I enjoy the marathon itself but enjoyed every minute of my training as it was injury free and I don’t think this would have been possible if it wasn’t for Kathryn. Her knowledge and passion for her profession are to be admired and I would highly recommend Chirozone to anyone”.

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Receptionists: Christine Levey and Elaine Roxburgh

Leighton Buzzard Chiropractic Clinic, 3 Enterprise Court, Grovebury Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 4SZ Telephone 01525 853002 Mon and Thurs 9am - 8pm, Tue and Wed 9am - 7pm, Fri 9am - 5.30pm and Sat 9am - 1pm. Sunday Closed. Closed for lunch from 1-2pm.

Leighton-Linslade Concert Band (LLCB) The Leighton-Linslade Concert Band was formed in 2008 by the original Director of Music, Bill Pollard.

play and what your approximate standard or playing experience is. Most of the players in the band are at least Grade 4-5 standard.

The Band rehearses every Tuesday throughout the year at Sacred Heart Church Hall, 5 Beaudesert, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1HZ Bedfordshire between 7:45pm and 9:45pm.

The LLCB are currently looking to recruit some new members - currently the band numbers 34 including the Director of Music, with a male/female split of 14/20. At present we would like to recruit: 1 Oboe, 2 French Horns, 3 Cornets/Trumpets (including solo/ lead cornet), 1 Eb or Bb Bass (Tuba), 1 Bass Trombone and a Percussionist with own kit.

If you would like information on joining the band, or would like to arrange a booking, please contact Julia on 07707 995812 or email When contacting Julia about joining please tell her what instrument(s) you

For more information please take a look at the website

LLCB CONCER TS FOR SPRING & SUM MER 2014 We have two m ajor concerts to play this summ er: l July 13 th Grove Ho use Gardens, Duns table l August 10th Parson’s Close, Leighton Buzz ard Both are Su nday afternoo n concerts startin g at 3pm; the latter is part of the Picnic in th e Park/ Proms in the Park day.

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Classic Motorcycles Service, Repairs and Restoration Classic Motorcycles was established by ex F1 side-car racer Andy Thomas, building on his lifelong reputation as a restorer of historic classic cars and building race chassis. His passion for bikes is matched only by his expertise. The company moved to new premises in Hockliffe in January this year, taking over the village's historic old bakery, close to the main traffic lights on the A5, at the junction with Woburn Road. The Old Bakery is now transformed into a motorcyclist's dream, with a showroom area stocked with classic and new bikes plus a workshop where they are able to undertake small repairs - right up to complete restoration projects. Andy and his wife Stella look forward to welcoming motorbike enthusiasts from the local area and beyond.

Service and repair all types of motorcycles – old and new!

Andy and his wife Stella look forward to welcoming motorbike enthusiasts from the local area and beyond.

If you have a bike in your garage or shed and just have no time to undertake the restoration yourself, we can step in and bring your bike back to life so you can get on the road. Life's too short to let your bike dreams slip away! Make sure your bike is ready for the glorious spring and summer rides with a full service, carried out by our expert bike mechanic. Classic Motorcycle Service, Repairs and Restoration On-site workshop Collection and delivery service Stockists of Rock and Castrol classic oils and other lubricants and accessories Very reasonable labour rates New and used motorcycles for sale

Come and meet Andy Thomas, Director with over 30 years experience with classic cars and motorcycles

Classic Motorcycles by Classic Chassis Services Ltd

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Free Individual Young People Counselling Relate Bedfordshire and Luton delivers FREE counselling to children and young people aged 12 to 21 years in the Teenage Advice Centre, Teenage Information Centre (TACTIC), 17 Hockliffe Street Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1EZ. Relate counselling is a confidential one-to- one service available to young people who are experiencing personal, emotional, and/ or mental health difficulties that cause distress. Access to service Clients can self-refer to the service and, with the permission of the young person, professionals can make a referral simply by contacting TacTic. Sessions are available at various times and days of the week. For further information, or to book an appointment, call TacTic on 01525 373838. Or you can email tactic@leightonlinslade-tc.

D.H Redfern copy to come 3 High Street Leighton Buzzard LU7 1DN Telephone 01525 372157


Fully Fully qualified qualified staff staff Annual Annual Servicing Servicing Repairs Repairs and and Maintenance Maintenance Engine Engine Diagnostic Diagnostic Equipment Equipment Brakes Brakes and and Tyres Tyres MOT’s MOT’s Arranged Arranged FREE FREE wash wash with with every every full full service service

01525 373736

Ashton’s Ashton’s Workshop Workshop The The Pumping Pumping Station Station Wing Wing Road Road Linslade Linslade LU7 LU7 2PG 2PG

To access the Relate Bedfordshire and Luton website and find information on all their services go to www.relatebedsandluton.

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Whitsun Pentecost (Whitsunday) is a major festival in the Christian church. It is celebrated on the Sunday which falls on the 50th day after the Easter festival. The name Pentecost comes from a Greek word which means ‘fiftieth’. Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the followers of Jesus, as recorded in the New Testament. Jesus had told them to wait until the Spirit came to them. Ten days after ascension, 50 days after the resurrection, the Spirit came. (Ascension Day marks the last appearance of Jesus to the disciples after his resurrection at Easter.)

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D D King King Opticians Opticians Limited Limited 22 North North Street Street Leighton Leighton Buzzard Buzzard LU7 LU7 1EN 1EN Telephone Telephone 01525 01525 850312 850312

Whit Sunday Whit Sunday is a favourite day for baptism. It is thought that because people are often baptised dressed in white, Whit Sunday was probably originally known as ‘White Sunday’. Whitsuntide is the week following Whitsunday, which is always the seventh Sunday after Easter Sunday. Nowadays Whitsun week is also a school holiday and an ideal time to enjoy the (hopefully) warmer weather.

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Exercise and its benefits for older people by Jacqui Shaw Mention exercise to many older people and they will generally have a negative view, often believing they are ‘too old for all that’ or ‘I walk my dog, that’s enough for me’. They seldom understand that the older we get and more prone to joint problems, exercise is needed more than ever. Those who have previously practised some kind of fitness regime become deterred after the age of 50 – 60 as the type of exercise they have formerly enjoyed becomes difficult, even painful, and they think their bodies are telling them to give up! If this form of exercise is aerobics, weight training or jogging they are probably right, as they are often unsuitable at this stage in life. However this doesn’t mean they should be giving up on fitness, they need a different type of exercise, appropriate to their age group, which will keep an ageing body supple, save joints from pain and stiffening and make everyday activities such as bending, reaching and balancing easier, extending their active life. As a former dancer and dance and exercise teacher for many years, I experienced these problems myself and realised I could not continue with the same regime, but was determined to stay as supple and active as possible for as long as possible. To this end I started to devise routines combining elements of yoga, pilates, traditional keep fit and dancers exercises and found my pain levels, suppleness, strength and stamina improved to an amazing extent. I realised this was the way forward and having given up teaching dance and exercise to children and their mums because of advancing arthritis, put my energies into developing classes for my own age group to give others the same benefits. This led on to working with the elderly in care homes with a modified and adapted programme which could be perfomed sitting in chairs and devising a “Fit-4-Ever” programme for the in-between stage of slightly older people who whilst unable to exercise on the floor could do routines which achieved the same results by adapting to using a chair for support as well as doing gentler danceexercise sequences. Of course, classes also have to be enjoyable, with

the right music for the era of the group, so there is motivation to come regularly, and with this as my formula I give classes which older people of all ages and abilities enjoy and stay with. Some of my members have even said their class has been life-changing, which is the best confirmation I could get that my work is really improving people’s lives! I myself have severe arthritis of the knee joint and a back problem but have amazed consultants and physiotherapists with my refusal of surgery and ability to manage my conditions – I rarely suffer much pain because of my regime! All my exercises have been approved by these professionals and with a husband who is a retired army remedial trainer and senior NHS Physiotherapist combined with my own knowledge of anatomy through Ballet and various forms of aerobic teaching qualifications, I know my routines are safe and correctly taught. I currently work as a specialist over 50’s instructor at Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre with a’ Fab 50+’ class on Mondays 2.15 – 3pm which is aimed at the more mobile who can work on a floor mat and like a brisk pace, plus a ‘Fit-4-Ever’ class on Wednesdays 1.45 – 2.30pm with a gentler, slower paced class, substituting floorwork with chairwork. I put together my own music which is so popular that many people sing along and say it really makes the class, especially as I produce new music and sequences every three months so no-one ever gets bored! I also hold classes in Wing and Toddington and all classes are £3.75 each with no paying for a term so you can try a class without any financial commitment. As an incentive, in my Wing Hall ‘Fit-4-Ever class which is fairly new I am offering the 1st class as a ‘free taster’ so do come and join our friendly group and find out for yourself how it can improve your well being - I promise you will want to come back. For more information, or if you would like a talk and/or demonstration in any of your clubs or societies, telephone me on 01296 681191 or on my mobile 07756 930760 or you can email me at or just come along to a class. I look forward to the opportunity of extending your active life and maybe introducing you to new friends. Keep strong and happy! Jaqui Shaw

NHS Blood Donation Do Something Amazing... Give Blood A unit of blood has a shelf life of 35 days. Hospitals in England and North Wales need around 7,000 units of blood every day to treat patients in urgent need and each unit donated could help save or improve the lives of up to three people. Besides being crucial to care in A&E, blood is used to treat patients with cancer, blood disorders like sickle cell or thalassemia as well as women needing blood during childbirth. Everyone knows blood is literally a lifesaver for those who’ve been in an accident or need it to help survive treatments and operations.

But for some, whose illness has no cure and that last battle they face just can’t be won, a blood transfusion can help to improve their quality of life during their final months, weeks or even days. Blood is something we all expect to be there for us when we need it, yet only 4% of us give blood. Many people would not be alive today if it wasn’t for the generosity of blood donors. Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.

The next donor sessions in our area are as follows : Tuesday 27 May Leighton Buzzard Scout Association Hall, Grovebury Road, LU7 4SW Wednesday 11 June Leighton Buzzard Scout Association Hall, Grovebury Road, LU7 4SW Tuesday 24 June Brooklands Club Hall, Garden Leys, Off Brooklands Drive, LU7 3PQ Thursday 26 June Wing Village Hall, Wing LU7 0NN

For more information, to register as a donor or to find out where other local donor sessions are being held please take a look at the website or alternatively you can call 0300 123 23 23. Please pass this information on if you know someone who would be prepared to do something amazing and give blood.

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Jackson & Phillips Automotive Services Ltd Flying the flag for quality service to customers for over 40 years! Jackson & Phillips are proud members of the Bosch Car Service network which is a national network of independent garages. Each garage is well established in its own right and aims to keep its premises neat and tidy with clear Bosch Car Service signage, uniforms and equipment. We are an independently owned business with friendly staff, trained to fit or replace Bosch quality parts. To guarantee that we maintain the high standards that Bosch set, we are audited every year and, to ensure that our technicians are up to date with new technologies, Bosch insist that our staff attend training on a regular basis. With changes in European legislation it is possible to have your car serviced at an independent garage without invalidating your manufacturer’s warranty. In recent years, the advances in the technology in your car has been huge and Bosch is at the forefront of this.

Meet the crew. From left to right back row: Mark, Graham, Stuart, Frazier, Neil, Aaron Funge and Andy Humphrey Front row: Ian, Aaron Phillips, Glen, Ron and Brian

Dealer level expertise at independant garage prices Diagnostics by highly trained technicians FREE local collection and delivery (including surrounding villages) FREE wash and hoover with every service FREE courtesy car* Tyres and laser alignment Online and Facebook booking’s Class IV, V and VII MOT’ with space for most motorhomes Jackson & Phillips is a family run independent business and has been for over 40 years. Our highly trained, friendly staff understand that keeping you on the road is the main objective. The space we have as well as being independant gives us the scope to be able to maintain and repair anything from a 3 wheeler to large vans and motorhomes. As part of the Bosch car service network we adhere to the TSI approved code of practice and this commitment to customer care is yet another reason to choose Jackson & Philips for all your motoring needs.

Shirley - in charge of accounts (and the men!)

Jackson & Phillips Automotive Services Ltd 1 King Street Leighton Buzzard LU7 1BY Telephone 01525 372650 E-Mail:

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Open: Mon to Thur 8.00am - 5.30pm

Fri 8.00am - 4.30pm Sat 8.00am to 12.30pm


Take the hassle and inconvenience out of car servicing by having your car serviced whilst you jet away on holiday or business!! Park your car in one of the local Slip End airport car parks and we will collect your car from there, liaise with you whilst you are away and your service will be completed by the time you return. SERVICE DEPARTMENT – For total peace of mind Slip End Garages also offer an EXCLUSIVE SERVICE CONTRACT package. This allows you to pay for your servicing on a low cost monthly basis… and its inflation proof! Contracts start at £12 per month! Servicing from £99.00. For more information on the servicing of any make, any model car available with Slip End Garages in Herts, Beds and Bucks, or for details on the latest vehicle parts and accessories available, contact our dealership today. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide a competitive quote.

Service Department Tel: 01582 481600 Fax: 01582 414077 Service Advisors Steve Glendinning and Geraldine Carrie Service Manager Barry Dyke

New Car Showrooms: Markyate Road, Slip end, Nr Luton LU1 4BU Tel: 01582 456888 Fax: 01582 723543

Slip End Garages...Looking after all your motoring needs since 1939 Albert Flitton founded Slip End Garages in 1939. To this day the business remains in the family. Slip End Garages pride themselves on their vast range of used and nearly new vehicles available. On average they have in excess of 50 vehicles on site at any one time. And boast an expertise unrivalled within the UK with their modern showroom containing a wide selection of new Citroen and Isuzu models to view and test drive.

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PT AUTOS Tel: 01525 373327 Not so new in town... PT Autos are pleased to offer... Free local delivery and collection service. Family run business, including the family dog! Highly competitive labour rates Large car park and comfortable waiting area.

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Incorporated in 2012 and now established at the impressive premises in the centre of Leighton Buzzard town, PT Autos as a business was founded in 2007 by now Managing Director, Paul Taylor, who spent the first 5 years operating from a smaller unit on Nares Gladley Farm in nearby Heath and Reach. With 13 years in the trade, Paul entered the field of mechanics at a young age and has since developed a high level of skills and vast experience in the business. Following expansion at the new premises, Paul intends for all employees to uphold these high standards of service whilst also providing a friendly, honest approach. Not surprisingly this work ethic has attracted a large number of loyal and satisfied customers... but there is always room for more! Efficient, high quality motor servicing and of any nature, including cambelts MOT’s £35.00 repairs and clutches, brake and tyres, exhausts and timing chains and general diagnostics. Speedy resolutions for all your automotive requirements!

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Hello again and welcome to our latest issue of E&v Magazine.

We hope many of you enjoyed the annual Leighton-Linslade May Day Fair on Monday 5th May, the sun certainly helped to bring the crowds into town where they were entertained by dance and Zumba displays, dog agility, brass bands, stalls, funfair rides and much, much more. Featured on the front of this issue is the Grand Union Canal, another small piece of Leighton-Linslade’s history – for more on the canal please take a look at Pages 8-9. We also have another update on Zen our local Puppy for the Disabled, news of a local musician and his West End mishap and a great free to enter reader competition to win two beautifully planted hanging baskets (see page 17).

As usual we would like to thank all our contributors, advertisers and readers for their continued support as the magazine goes from strength to strength. We have had so much positive feedback lately and it is very encouraging to hear that you all enjoy the magazine as much as we enjoy putting it together.

Don’t forget to find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or you can read this or previous issues of the magazine on our website at See you all soon!

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What's on in Leighton Buzzard, Linslade and surrounding villages - May/June 2014.