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Hi everyone and a very big welcome to this June edition of your Fuddler. You’ll find lots of fun and nonsense inside, also information about local events plus of course those all important messages from our advertisers! Do have a careful look through because ‘Whatever

you’re looking for - you’ll find it in The Fuddler’! As always we very much hope you enjoy the edition and if you decide that you would like to advertise with us all our contact details are on page four of ever issue. We look forward to seeing you next month for our 9th Birthday edition!

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Telephone 01525 402959 Workshops & Clubs available - please come in for details We stock card making supplies, decoupage, water colour supplies and much more! DMC Silks, Jewellery, beads and findings. Stockists of wool - Robin, Bretts, NEW Peter Pan & Wendy.

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Kevin Reynolds of Ampthill is pleased to announce a huge expansion of the premises HAIR STYLISTS NOW REQUIRED ON A ‘RENT-A-CHAIR’ BASIS VERY, VERY GOOD TERMS! • Also: hair stylist required

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THE Richard and Laurence secure long lease, preventing misery of a managed house! RESTAURANT

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Tel: (01525) 720122 www.thefrenchhornpub.com Church End, Steppingley, Bedfordshire MK45 5AU The French Horn Pub

With Summer arriving, isn’t it time you considered replacing those doors and windows? Or maybe a new conservatory to enjoy. Don’t compromise on style - call into our showroom and see our stunning range of doors and windows including “The Composite Door”.

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The designer auction, to be held at the prestigious Woburn Sculpture Gallery, will be a lavish affair, and with the same date as Ascot Ladies Day it's a great excuse to get dressed up! Come along for a great evening where you may just get the opportunity to 'bag' a designer bargain! And don't forget to bring your friends! Tickets available at www.zigzagpreschool.org.uk/ events This is a fundraising event in aid of and organised jointly by Keech Hospice Care Registered Charity no. 1035089 and Zig Zag Pre-school, Clophill Registered Charity No. 294572

Sunday 26th June sees the splendid Ampthill Open Gardens event from 1.00 pm - 6.00 pm. At the time of going to press there will be 16 gardens that will open this year. There are 6 gardens from last year plus 9 new ones including some large ones in the centre of town, plus the Kings Arms Path garden. We understand that there are also 3 refreshment points dotted around the town plus the Flittabus has been booked for the occasion so visitors can make use of a ‘hop on, hop off’ service. Entrance price to the gardens is £4.00 which includes the Flittabus, and children are admitted free. Entrance programmes are available from the Market Square on the day, or before the event from Angie Murdoch on 01525 403076. Email: angiemurdoch@virginmedia.com

Ampthill Singers meet on a Tuesday evening at the Ampthill Methodist Church in room 3. We are always looking for new members and at the moment we need more male voices, so if you think you can hold a tune then please come along or call Keith on 01525 406560.

We are sad to have to tell you of the passing of Phil Cottier in the early hours of the 28th May. Long time Ampthill resident Phil will be remembered fondly by the many pupils he taught at Redborne School and more recently by the locals on The Isle of Man to where he moved on retirement. Many Fuddler readers will also remember his witty and sometimes ludicrous rants as super-hero ‘Traffic Warden Hypnoman’! There is to be a Memorial Service at St Andrew’s Church Ampthill at 12.00 noon on the 5th July to which all are welcome.

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LORD DEE’S PONDERINGS I have advised CheckIt-Out and Duster that I am dusting off my topper and tails ready for Royal Ascot Ladies Day on the 16th June.

Talking of ladies, I must proffer Birthday felicitations to ’HQ’ on the 16th June and to Janet Johnson on the 28th.

By the way, I have told Duster he cannot wear a bonnet at Ascot. Ciao

A BRIANISM A man cannot live on beer alone. Occasionally he’s got to have a pork scratching.

Across: 1 Perks, 4 Greased, 8 Ripieno, 9 Shako, 10 Greer, 11 Nonstop, 13 Easy, 15 Nobody, 17 Emerge, 20 Adze, 22 Panache, 24 Dared, 26 Usurp, 27 Uncover, 28 Pottery, 29 Lorry

Down: 1 Perigon, 2 Rupee, 3 Steered, 4 Groans, 5 Essen, 6 Shatter, 7 Droop, 12 Oyez, 14 Ayah, 16 Banquet, 18 Medical, 19 Elderly, 21 Deputy, 22 Plump, 23 Copse, 25 River

• Marjorie sends her sincere apologies! Two clues were incorrect last month: 10 across should have read Germaine ?, and 3 down should have read Piloted.

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Tel: 01525 841199 www.ampthillfireplaces.co.uk Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm Sat: 10am - 4pm Don’t worry if you missed an issue - you can catch up at www.thefuddler.com

“The Fuddler” is published by MDA Publications and printed by Fidelity. The views expressed herein are not necessarily those of the publisher. No part of this publication may be copied in any form or by any means wi thout written permission of the Publisher. Copyright MDA Publications.

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Email: enquiries@abbuildingandgroundworks.co.uk And here’s another crossword that Marjorie has kindly sent to us!

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Down: 1 Quarters (6) 2 Ease (5) 3 Female deer (4) 5 Commerce (8) 6 Exact (7) 7 Gemstone (6) 8 Interlace (5) 13 Unattainable (8) 15 Trellis (7) 17 Test (3,3) 18 Musical composition (5) 19 Facade (6) 22 E.g. Cirrus (5) 23 Tree trunk (4) Thanks very much again for this one Marjorie.

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Benedictus of the ‘9Tails’....... ‌.Benedictus was once again confused‌for the little church he knew had changed yet again as he found himself catapulted into a century ahead of time, for it was now 1662. Things were the same yet different. This was muddling to say the least. The church had a West tower and somehow the whole building seemed much lighter. Benedictus noticed this was because all the stained glass in the windows had gone and was replaced by plain glass. Gone too were the wonderful wall paintings. There were other differences but Benedictus did not wait to study further he simply ‘slunk’ into the tower to

consider his next move! However, from the tower Benedictus could see right up to the table against the East Wall which was now draped with a beautiful velvet cloth and surround by these rather striking wooden rails‌. As he desperately tried to get his head round his very ‘being’ he heard a voice‌.he could not see anyone or anything‌. he just heard this voice‌.he recognised it immediately as that of Great Uncle Abraham‌â€?Well done Bennie‌you have managed 2 turns of the key‌the first turn represented ‘kindness’‌now you have another challenge, that of ‘bravery’‌and then the voice was gone. Benedictus shivered with fear‌it was not the voice which worried him it

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enormous – all the ‘tip bits’ which earned him the sarcastic nick name of ‘Featherstone’ ‌‌â€?follow me Benedictus‌ we have worked to do in townâ€?. This was just all too much for this home loving church cat “Not againâ€? thought Bennie, “not back to townâ€? Quick as a flash out of the door scampered ‘Featherstone’ Luke with Benedictus in hot pursuit....... (Copyright reserved)

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NISA Store is arriving at

Westoning Post Office and Stores very soon now! Telephone: 01525 712675

AS YOU KNOW - THE STORE IS UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT We have been completely refurbishing the store which is currently nearing completion. OUR GRAND OPENING WILL BE SHORTLY!

Longer opening hours ... Monday to Friday 6am to 8pm Saturday 7am to 8pm Sunday 7am to 2pm Post Office 9 am to 5.30 pm Mon - Fri, Saturday 9 am to 12.30 pm

Special offers in store and leaflets will be arriving through your door soon .....

Come in and see the changes and meet the friendly staff and owners Harvey, Sarina, Tara and Kay

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ANTIQUES TO SELL? Talk to Elfyn at Town Hall Antiques. Established in 1993 we are always looking to buy, from single items to whole collections. Market Place, Woburn, Beds. MK17 9PZ Open Every Day

Tel: 01525 290950 email: elfyn@townhallantiques.co.uk

June 4th

With Jimmy The Voice JTV has been playing building impossible structures with his carpentry set, but is it impossible? ....

By Julio Van Peebles 1) Why do so many people do their shopping in slow motion? 2) Why does a duck's quack have no echo? (Fact) 3) Why does throwing a few loose stones on the road constitute a new road surface? 4) Why don't women lift the seat when they're done? 5) Has anyone ever been able to lick their elbow? Julio’s Top Tip: Confuse the local car park attendant by randomly moving your vehicle to a different part of the car park throughout the day.

..... you decide - we’re certainly not sure!

Petro - Congratulations on your 85th Birthday on the 26th June - have a drink on me for no reason whatsoever! Your Lord and Master

Happy Birthday to Mr Magoo

from Sue and you know who!

Congratulations Jim and Sue on your Coral (35th) Wedding anniversary on the 19th June and Happy Father’s Day to my Dad Jim the same day.

Have a wonderful day you guys with all my love Rich and Superdog Boris xxxxxxx

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Electrical Contractor Domestic and Industrial Your local Electrical Contractor All types of testing and certification undertaken

FREE QUOTATIONS NICEIC Approved Contractor Working with Ampthill Town Council 11 Cedar Close, Ampthill, Bedford, MK45 2UD

Tel & Fax: 01525 714057

Beauty tip: Never use yellow lipstick. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. My friend’s husband is so silly that he thought you really could buy waterproof tea bags. If you are depressed from living in a tower block, put a bottle of whisky in the elevator. Every day your spirits will be lifted. If he says he can’t live without you he’s not sweet, he just can’t feed himself. If you lined up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them, five or six at a time, on a hill, in the fog. Never learn how to iron. Bad decisions make good stories. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again. The more inaccessible you are the better.

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Babs was driving along on a lonely country road when a police patrol car pulled her over. ‘Ma’am, is there a particular reason that you were weaving all over the road?’ Babs replied, ‘Oh officer thank goodness you’re here. I almost had an accident! I looked up and there was a tree right in front of me. I swerved to the left and there was another tree in front of me. I swerved to the right and there was yet another tree in front of me.’ Reaching through the side window to the rear view mirror, the police officer replied: ‘Ma’am .. that’s your air freshener.’

1. By what name is ‘Margarita Carmen Cansino’ better known? 2. What is a ‘Norwegian Fur’? 3. Where is the Mount of Jupiter? 4. How many faces does an ‘Icosahedron’ have? 5. In which year was Belgium proclaimed an independent Kingdom? 6. I f y o u s u f f e r f r o m ‘Siderodromophobia’ of what are you afraid? 7. Who wrote the novel ‘Lady Susan’? 8. What is a ‘Mummichog’? 9. Which actress played Dr. Who’s assistant ‘Tegan Jovanka’? 10.Where is in the UK is a place called ‘Nasty’?

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The Number 1 Ironing and Laundry Service Professional, high quality and friendly service Dry cleaning & alterations Free delivery and collection Drop-in and collect service available ( Open from 8 am daily )

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CANCER (June 22-July 23) With the full moon in the next week or so, you should find that you a full of fresh ideas and inspired thinking. A good time for a new project.

CAPRICORN (Dec 23-Jan 20) At present you could have a strong desire to take a chance and opt for a complete change in the way things are going. Listen carefully to others.

LEO (July 24-August 23) There could be some good news coming to you soon about a work idea or perhaps a new venture. Take care to pay close heed to those who know.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 19) Your love life looks to be very strong right now with joy and harmony being the key words. Enjoy things as much as you can.

VIRGO (Aug 24-Sept 23) You could be contemplating a long trip in the near future, which may well lead to something you hadn’t quite expected.

PISCES (Feb 20-March 20) If you set yourself an achievable goal then this is the time to go for it. Taking a chance could lead to and excellent outcome.

LIBRA (Sept 24-Oct 23) Now would be a good time to spring clean your thoughts, decide what you want to do and then set out a firm plan to get to where you wish to be.

ARIES (March 21-April 20) It appears that you have a strong determination to achieve what was previously regarded as impossible. Stick to your guns.

SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22) As we approach the summer months you may find that there will be a pleasant surprise coming your way. Take advice before making a decision.

TAURUS (April 21-May 21) The forthcoming few weeks could well hold many changes for you probably in more than one direction. Just go with the challenge.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 22) Changes in the way you work are likely with the current planetary alignments. You could be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Be careful not to allow others to influence the decisions that you are going to be making. Trust your own gut instincts.

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Registered Member of The British Chiropody and Podiatry Association

Well here we go again, and yes my written piece was late again, So before I start, sorry Martin for being such a pain. But next month I will try so hard to get my rhyme in on time. Well first I would just like to remind you, that Father’s day is coming soon, The date you need to remember is Sunday the 19th of June. We, as usual have some great cards and gifts out on display, To help make it a great Father’s day. So let me tell you about some newspaper deals that have only just begun, This great new offer is with The Times, News of the World, and The Sun. So if you would like these newspapers, delivered to your door, It must be for at least ten weeks, or just a little more. Then we will send you some vouchers for the sum of twenty pound, To use in M&S and Argos, see what a great offer, we have found. We are also still running the 12 week half price offer with the Daily Mail, Which would be a saving of £28.80, I hear you all go wow. There are also other great newspaper offers which are on display inside our store And also many leaflets that will also explain the offers a lot more. Our business is delivering newspapers, and magazines which will be pushed right through your door, And with our great customer service who could ask for more. Oh and while I remember we have a new phone number for the shop, So if your still using the old one, its time, you need to stop. The new one is 01525 404096. From your local Newsagent, 17 Church Street, Ampthill

Ɣ SUMMER’S HERE ARE YOU READY?! We’ve lots of picnic-ware, lolly moulds, cool packs, ice cube trays, sundae dishes, BBQ stuff and lots more to enable you to enjoy the good weather to the max!

Ɣ PROMS IN THE PARK HAMPERS, SATURDAY 9 JULY 2011 We will again to offering hampers for you to enjoy at the Proms evening! Pre-set hampers are available or you can create your own! Pop into the shop for more info.

Ɣ CHEESEBOARDS AND PICNICS If you’re having a dinner party or going on a picnic, we’d be delighted to create a cheeseboard for you! Just give us a ring or drop in to the shop to place your order. Open 7 days a week Mon - Sat 9.00 - 17.30 + Sun 11.00 -17.00!

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Tel: 01525 402023

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Your feet are made up of 52 separate bones, and over 7,000 nerve endings. It takes 2,000 steps to walk one mile. The average person will walk twice round the world over the course of their life. Running trainers last an average of 500 miles, your feet will last you a lifetime. Book an appointment today to give your feet the care they deserve. Physiotherapy Sports & Spinal Clinic, 35A Russell Drive Ampthill MK45 2TX

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Now is your opportunity to book a stall at the famous Woburn Oyster Festival’s annual Antiques Fleamarket. By public demand the Fleamarket will be at The Pitchings on both the 10th and 11th September this year. So if your are a stall holder and would like to book your pitch please ring Elfyn or Elaine at Town Hall Antiques on 01525 290950. The Craft Fair at the Oyster Festival will also operate on the 10th and 11th September at the Churchyard. If you are interested in having a stall at the Craft fair please ring Ken or Sue on 01525 290352.

On Saturday 25th June and Sunday 26th June there is to be a ‘Wall Painting’ at the swimming pool in Crawley Road with local graffiti artists ‘Mef & Kem’ who are going to paint a 3D scene on the 30 meter wall that runs alongside the pool! A barbeque will be available from 12.00 until 3.00 pm and there is free entry to the event for non swimmers. An unusual weekend’s entertainment for all the family.

Little Brickhill is holding it's village open gardens on 25th and 26th June 2011 between 2 -6 pm. There will be at least 6 gardens open with teas, cakes, plants and on Sunday a miniature railway! The entrance fee will be £3.00 and maps for the gardens are available from the village hall.

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‘On 25th June from 2.00 - 4.00 we are holding a sponsored walk to raise money for the new Parkside Hall. The walk around Ampthill Park and the Firs will start and finish at Parkside Hall where refreshments will be available. The idea is to get the whole community involved. We hope dog walkers will take part; there is a shorter route for pushchairs too. Pupils will take sponsor forms home just before half term and more forms will be available in the Library and at the customer’s desk at Waitrose. The first £10 of your sponsor money goes to the rebuilding of Parkside Hall. After that, you may choose to walk merely for pleasure or to raise money for another organisation but we hope many of you will decide to raise money for Parkside Hall.’ For more details email maureen@changeleadership.co.uk

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‘TEMPTATION’ Keyboard and Vocals Duo Appearing at The Wingfield Club, Ampthill Saturday 25th June

With Ann, Robin & Son, 1) On the road, what 'J' is where two roads meet?.................. Jool carriageway. 2) What part of the human body is closest to the floor when walking?... Head. 3) What 4 letter word beginning with D is used for writing on?.............. Table. 4) How many wheels are there on a unicycle?................ Two. 5) What 'U' is a name given to a symphony by Schubert .........................1964. 6) Which insect is often found hovering over lakes?............. Crocodile. 7) Which animals build dams and lodges?.................. Sheep. 8) Which creature has many limbs? - the name would suggest 100?....... Giraffe. 9) What is the name of the cord cut after a woman has given birth?........ Biblical. 10) In the Lord’s prayer what 'H' comes before 'be thy name' ................. Howard.

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With Kerf Headcap Here are some daft new words to enter the dictionary recently plus their meanings! Abacus: Swedish swear word. Accomplish: Drunken sidekick. Acupuncture: Deliberate tyre slashing. Announce: 28g. Antelope: To run off with your mother’s sister. Artefact: Pretentious statistic. Artery: Shooting arrows at paintings. Asymmetry: Place where you bury bodies. Autobiography: Car’s service book. Bedlam: Favourite toy sheep Bidet: Two days before D-Day. Bigamist: Larger than usual fog. Bigotry: Lumberjack’s boast. Bile: Australian bundle of hay. Biology: Science of why women shop. . Bratwurst: Macaulay Culkin. Buttress: Woman who keeps interrupting Gargoyle: Olive-flavoured mouthwash. Haddock: Enclosure for sea horses. Uncle Thomas/Mr T Happy Birthday from your home country, love Mum, KT, Roo, Justin & Charles x

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With Al B. Suppin xUniversities in Europe and America from the 1300s through the 1700s had in-house breweries to provide beer to the students. Harvard had its own brew house in 1674 and five beer halls, each burned down by rioting divinity students. xThe first six-pack of beer was produced by the Pabst Brewery in the 1940s. The brewery conducted numerous studies, which found six cans were the ideal weight for the average housewife to carry home from the store. xAncient Egyptians brewed beer in just three days, due to the hot climate. Served as a still fermenting cereal mash, they would drink it through straws from a communal bowl. xIn eleventh-century England, a bride would distribute ale to her wedding guests in exchange for donations to the newlyweds. This brew, known as Bride Ale, is the origin of the word 'bridal'. xOne method of checking a beer’s quality is the way in which the foam adheres to the side of the glass after each sip. Beer connoisseurs call this “Brussels lace.” x1888: Citizens of Munich took to the streets and rioted after a beer price increase was announced. xCzechs drink the most beer in the world per capita – an average of 160 litres a year per person. xIn olde England, town inns paid a government tax known as a 'scot' for serving beer. Beer lovers who left town to drink at rural pubs were said to be drinking 'scot free'. Thanks again for those Al - please keep them coming!

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IS THERE ANYTHING BEHIND ME? (Continued from last month) Sicily 1972

You may recall that in an earlier tale referring to a period some 3-4 years earlier I had broken my pelvis in a train crash while returning from training with 10 Para in N Germany. Whilst we were negotiating a level crossing, a German goods train quite unnecessarily overturned the Army truck I was in, thus curtailing my immediate return to UK. Well my pelvis had healed well from that incident and now the calcined tissue was a bright negative white like a star across one side of the

pelvis. The Sicilian doctor appeared to be certain that this was fresh and that I should be on a stretcher, after all I had come in with hip and spine pain. Another doctor rapidly identified the damage as old and we went on our way, there was no new damage, I got some pain killers and we were soon back in the heat and bright sunshine, walking to the only car in massive dusty car park. We reached my light blue Ford Popular with a dent in the front left wing that I bought from a shady dealer in South East London the previous year for £25 and my nervous Dutch passenger got in, then I got in. I started the engine and prepared to drive back to the expedition site. Now why I needed to reverse,

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With Polly Styrene 16. Don't use no double negatives. 17. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc. 18. One-word sentences? Eliminate. 19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake. 20. The passive voice is to be ignored. 21. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas. 22. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice. 23. Kill all exclamation marks!!! 24. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them. 25. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth shaking ideas. 26. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed. 27. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." 28. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly. 29. Puns are for children, not groan readers. 30. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms. 31. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed. 32. Who needs rhetorical questions? 33. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement. And thank you for your insight!

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Local businesses have pledged their support and sponsorship of this year’s AmpRocks live music concert in Ampthill, Bedfordshire on Friday 8th July. Sponsors include Italian restaurant, Fratelli’s, recording studios, Soundarc, and ERS (distributors of barcode scanning technology). The evening, which will be held in a natural amphitheatre in Ampthill Park and feature The Lightning Seeds as the headline act, will be part of the Ampthill Festival. The Lightning Seeds are best known for their double-platinum selling album Jollification and tracks such as Life of Riley and Three Lions. Psychedelic blues band Pearl Handled Revolver, electro new wave sensation Betaboy and alternative metal band Enraged Horizon, winners of the Redborne Upper School and Community College Battle of the Bands 2011, will also be performing on the night. Event organiser, Fran Bove, said: “AmpRocks follows on from the huge success of the Ampthill Park Proms and the Ampthill Festival, bringing rock and pop music to local residents and giving them a taste of both established and upand-coming sounds. “We are really pleased to have so many local businesses getting involved in supporting this great event. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get the entire community involved and to create some buzz this summer,” continued Bove. AmpRocks will be held at Ampthill Park on Friday 8th July. Gates open at 6pm and tickets cost £22 for adults and £18 for students, under-16s and OAPs (when bought online at www.amprocks.co.uk). On the night, tickets will cost £30. For more information, email Fran Bove at fran.bove@amprocks.co.uk.

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To Sandie, Happy Birthday for June 12th Much love from us all, have a splendid day and a fab year, Sue, Jim, Vera, Rich and Boris xxxxxxxx

1) ‘Where do I get the water from for the dog bowl?’ 2) ‘I made a bid on e-bay for £9.00 - that’s about 6 pounds, isn’t it?’ 3) ‘I can’t talk to you now, I’ve been distracted by a bag of Quavers.’ 4) ‘You are a stunning piece of nature.’

With Geoffrey THE Golfer tee off tomorrow at 9 a.m.’

A husband and wife were playing on the ninth green when the lady suddenly collapsed. ‘Please dear, I think I need some assistance.’ she said. The husband ran off saying, ‘I'll go get some help.’ A little while later he returned, picked up his putter and began to line up his shot. Birthday greeting to Josh for the 29th June (Just in case you thought we’d forgotten!)

His wife, on the ground, raised up her head and said, ‘I may be very ill and you're putting?’ ‘Don't worry dear. I found a doctor on the second hole who said he'd come and help you.’ said the husband. ‘The second hole? When is he coming?’ ‘Hey! I told you not to worry.’ he said, stroking his putt. ‘Everyone has already agreed to let him play through.’ GTG

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16 Tavistock Avenue, Ampthill, Bedford. MK45 2RY CONTINUATION OF ROCKET’S GRAND TOUR ON A BMW MOTORCYCLE (copied from his daily journal) Day 7 24th October 2010 Woke up at 6-45 am after a good nights sleep, thought I heard rain in the night, but it could have been the trees I am c a mp e d u n d e r r u s t l i n g . Absolutely silent night, neither too hot or cold going to travel to Gibraltar today, it is 300 miles away. I will probably stay there for a couple of days. Had my morning shower and started packing up, no rain during the night only a heavy dew. I have just found out that the cafe opens at 9am, it is only 7-30 am, the moon is still up! Go to order the breakfast I have been looking forward to all night only to be told they do not cook until 11am on a Sunday! I have

somehow lost a day I thought it was Saturday. I got all keyed up only to be let down, it’s funny how when you anticipate something your body seems to crave it even more, I feel really hungry now. I can’t afford the time to wait until 11 am so going to pack up and head off. Stopped at Almeria at 10-40am. Nowhere is open for food, put sheepskin seat cover back on my bike now it has dried off as rear end was getting sore without it! Felt much more comfortable with it on. Just found somewhere to eat, had a Hamburger with cheese, very nice like a fried garlic sausage with a white cheese. Got back to my bike to find some idiot has decided to park right up close to it. Spent my last €20 on petrol for my bike, 2.287 miles, it is now 1204pm.Followed coast and motorway roads, by -passed

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Malaga and missed the turning to Fuengirola, so I will never know if Bob is an icon out here. Missed the Marbella turning as well (what a shame!) Arrived in Gibraltar, the Spanish don’t sign post it until the very last moment. I have now done 2,419 miles to get here and not one car has beeped me. First 100 yards into Gibraltar and I got beeped at and there are coppers directing the traffic, welcome to the UK! It’s 16-15, I am going to stay here until Monday when the bank opens. Thought I would be spending two nights in Gibraltar, but having lost a day it will only be one night, just as well as the first hotel on the rock was charging£155-00 per night for a single room! They would do me a special offer for £130-00, which I declined. I managed to find one on the lower level of the rock much

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Montgolfier has been kind enough to send us this post card from Scotland along with details of his May Scotland Tour:

Weather: Superb, Scenery: magnificent, Diesel: £1.50 / £1.54 a litre (not nice) Road sign: ‘Village shop first right - open 8 days a week’. They’ve had mobile banks for years but we saw our first mobile post office. Sign: Parcadh Tiormistge - No Parking. Sign in a restaurant: Beware of thin cooks (you ought to have seen ours.) Saw a sign saying no swimming. But people were windsurfing so what should they do if they fall off?? At Colvend golf course the birds had nested in the cigarette disposal box by the door. So there was a sign saying ‘Do not use’. Probably meant for people not the birds. Had a nice dinner one night and the big steak pie had been made by the baker who was baker to the Queen Mother (lovely). Passing Cairn Dow on Loch Fyne was a sign saying they have the tallest tree in the UK. Met a couple who have a very old vintage car and the wing mirrors vibrate so much they have to carry a ladies dressing table mirror to see what’s behind.

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Episode 26 Pt 2 ........ Weathering the Storm Well my first experience of oceanic travel was certainly going to be real baptism of fire. As we encountered the Bay of Biscay the weather forecast was not good, in fact there was a storm force gale warning, #10 on the Beaufort scale, that could and did develop into a #11 later on. Of course I was blissfully unaware of this at the time as I, along with rest of my school mates, was fast asleep on the top bunk of my bed in our dormitory. The ships petty officer deciding it was best if we were not informed of the impending storm, until that is, the storm turned into a hurricane force #12 and the

ship started being tossed about like a toy boat in a bath full of kids. By the time the crew had alerted everyone and were waking us up to warn of the status of the storm, three of the occupants of the top bunks had been tossed out and were rolling about on the floor. Others had got up, or rather attempted to, and were being sick. I can remember feeling too sick to attempt getting up. I was grabbing hold of the safety rail of my bunk and was under the blanket feeling very sorry for myself. By the time morning arrived there were a lot more casualties in our dormitory, we had been told to stay downstairs as it was not advisable to move about the ship and certainly not safe to go up to the upper decks, I

kids feeling very sorry for themselves. This was day three of the trip and we were due to stop at Corunna or La Caruna, the first scheduled port of call but for some reason which is still not entirely clear we bypassed it. Maybe the weather was still too bad, or too many people were still feeling too poorly to go ashore, anyway our first stop was now going to be Gibraltar in another day or so time. As this was supposed to be an educational trip we were due to be having classes on board in between the stops, but due to the previous day’s events this too was cancelled. So I went outside on the deck to get my first view of the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy the calm after the storm........

was not going anywhere. I stayed in bed feeling quite poorly all day and when I did eventually get up, it was a direct trip to the toilet to be violently sick, it was the worst I’ve ever felt, and we were only half way through the region home to some of the Atlantic’s fiercest weather. I made it upstairs where the effects of the storm were truly recognised. In one of the recreational areas on the upper deck a lot of the windows were smashed or badly cracked, the tables, sofas and chairs scattered all over the place and it turned out that somebody had had their arm broken when a table tennis table had pinned them up against the wall. Remarkably there were no other real serious injuries just a lot of

.......to be continued

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