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‘It was a great disappointment that the Millbrook Village Fete had to be postponed this year and we apologise to any of you who had planned to come and join us. However, not all is lost folks because……. On Saturday 21st July there will be a ‘Quintessential English Summer Afternoon’ to be held in the beautiful setting of Millbrook Village hall and garden. The event will open at 3.30pm and there will be country stalls. You can also enjoy a delicious cream tea and cakes or sip a cool Pimms as the bar will be open … why not be adventurous and do both.

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We extend our sincere condolences to Winsome and family on the sad loss of Arthur on the 20th June. Amongst his many activities, Arthur was very involved with the Bedford Hospital Trust and was also a keen chorister with Ampthill Singers. He will also be sadly missed by his many mates with whom he enjoyed some light hearted banter and an early evening pint in his local. Readers will also remember his witty writings in ‘Arthur’s World’ in The Fuddler. Arthur’s funeral was on the 3rd of July and he now rests in peace at Millbrook.

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I have been absolutely thrilled with the welcome I have received on adopting Duster 4. The late great Check-it-Out would I am sure have been equally pleased. The only fly in the ointment came when Duster accidentally ruined the hat I was going to wear at Ladies’ Day at Ascot.

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AS Pub Sports Charity Open Day AS Pub Sports will be hosting a charity open day on the 4th August 2012 starting at 10am at Burgoine Business Centre, Maulden, MK45 2AE. This year we will be raising money for Keech Hospice Care in Luton. We will be hosting Darts and Pool knockout tournaments with cash prizes, as well as a 9 dart challenge, Golf dartboard, 170 checkout, and raffles. For the kids there will be a bouncy castle and face painting too. There will be a fully licenced bar run by The Old Sun Ampthill and Fish and Chip van run by Youngs Fish and Chips (10% of the takings will be donated to Keech Hospice Care)


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AS Pub Sports would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Jack Burgoine Florist, Pinky’s Nails, The Old Sun Ampthill, Young’s Fish and Chips, Henlow Dog Racing, Headmasters, Unicorn, Harrows, Target, BCE/Riley, Chest Amusements, Ampthill Bouncy Castles and Top Spin Racquets. For more information please pop into the shop, call 01525 862319 or join our facebook page If you would like to sponsor the event or donate a raffle prize please contact Steven on 01525 862319


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Benedictus of the ‘9Tails’ ..... (Penultimate Chapter) Benidictus turned away from Amos with the sole intention of moving on but somehow a pathetic ‘miaow’ drew him back, for something inside tugged at those brotherly heart strings.. He went towards Amos but as he did so Amos just vanished from his sight. Bennie crept into ‘Yerffoeg Merchants’ only to be shooed out again by a most fearsome lady brandishing an umbrella. Bennie did not have to be warned twice…he was off. Once out of the store he searched in vain for Amos.

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AMPTHILL COUPLE DECLUTTER AND DOWNSIZE TO THE LIMES Making the decision to downsize from a family home does not mean having to trade down on your lifestyle. Many people find this a daunting thought, but not for Ruth and John Redman, who as soon as they saw the stunning new Storey Homes apartments at The Limes in Ampthill, knew that it was just what they wanted to do. “Moving out of our lovely 4-bedroom detached house with its large garden was never going to be an easy decision but because I suffer with pain in my joints, we knew that it was going to have to happen sooner rather than later. With John retiring in 3 years, the thought of being mortgage free was a real attraction as was the excuse to be able to declutter!” smiles Ruth and John Redman at The Limes Ruth. Ruth (60) housewife, mother and qualified hypnotherapist and John (62) a model maker for the engineering industry, have always enjoyed a full life and intends to continue doing so. “I was born in Ampthill at the Prince of Wales Pub, which my parents ran, and I have never really moved away, even after John and I got married. I am very passionate about my surroundings and what I call home. John was born in Bedford, so feels very much the same.” Situated in a leafy and predominantly residential area, The Limes offers modern sophisticated living with high specification both internally and externally. Ruth continues, “The location could not be better as its midway between our two children. I occasionally help out in my daughter’s toy shop in Ampthill and this is now just around the corner from us. It is really peaceful and quiet here, yet it’s comforting to know that I can walk to Waitrose and be in the main town centre within an easy 10 minute stroll.” “The view from our 2 bedroom apartment, across The Firs, is breathtaking and is one that I had from my bedroom window as a child at Gothic Cottage.” The specification afforded to these homes is unmatched, from the luxury fitted kitchens with high quality units and worktops complete with a selection of built-in appliances, to the luxury bathrooms furnished with high-end white suites and chrome fittings. All apartments have underfloor heating and high quality flooring throughout. Master bedrooms have the advantage of an en-suite whilst the three penthouses benefit from large terraces. “Ampthill has been a truly wonderful place in which to grow up and bring up my family. Everything is on your doorstep, from excellent schools and wonderful shops to the loveliest green open spaces. Being a part of its community has been and continues to be a pleasure. For the first time in 42 years, with no mortgage and a decluttered home we can now do all those things we love doing and have more time for our children, grandchildren and ourselves,” concludes Ruth. With a history that involves Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, Ampthill town boasts several lively pubs, a wide variety of restaurants and a selection of small independent shops. For those who love the outdoors, The Firs, The Alameda, with its beautiful avenue of trees and Ampthill Park offer relaxation and places to unwind. For commuters to London, Flitwick station is just down the road, providing frequent services into London St Pancras in under an hour. Prices at The Limes currently start at £199,950 for the two bedroom show apartment. For further information, please contact the Sales and Marketing Suite, which is open from 11am until 5pm from Thursday to Monday, on 01525 841906 or visit When you advertise in The Fuddler - you’re on line too at!

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Intrepid reporter Charlie Garth has found the gentleman on the left reading his copy of The Fuddler in Jordan (apparently mesmerised by Meerkat’s Musings) and another reader has sent us the picture below of a mystery tourist (plus an intrigued local) who was on a Nile cruise!! If you have any pictures of a Fuddler being read abroad please send them in to

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Well here we go again, and yes my written piece was late again, I’m sorry Mr Fuddler man, I’m typing as fast, as I can. I do have a good reason though, I’ve been helping out at the town’s local show. So I would just like to say well done to the organizers of the Ampthill’s 3 day event From what I saw most of the town’s residents went. With THE FEELING playing at Amprocks, the proms, and the gala day, How is anyone able to stay away. You should all be proud of our little town Offering the best entertainment around. So what else has been going on, Apart from the lap dancing club ding dong? Oh Fairy’s n Frogs have moved you will see Just a few shops down from me (Church Street). Sweet sensations will be next to move To a bigger shop so they have a bigger range from which you can choose. Cheeseman’s chemist refit has now been completed, With a great new interior, and new seats so the customers can be seated. As for MARTINS we have many new great offers, I think the best in town, Oh and not forgetting our great range of products for just a pound, And we are still offering 6 weeks free delivery of newspapers to your door, So there’s many good reasons why you should call in our store. Well I think that’s about it from me, I’m late for my park duty’s getting ready for the Proms you see. MARTINS NEWSAGENTS 17 CHURCH STREET AMPTHILL 01525 404096

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The first five months of 2012 have seen a flurry of activity between our two towns with April being particularly busy. The first arrivals in town were the youth centre (Point Jeunes) from Nissan. 9 teenagers and 2 adults arrived at Luton Airport on Tuesday 10th April and spent 4 days with families in Ampthill and Flitwick. During their stay they had a day out in London and at the Stockwood Park Discovery Centre in Luton. They ended their stay with a farewell evening at the Wingfield Club in Ampthill. Many new friendships were formed. As Point Jeunes departed on Saturday 14th April, a squad of teenage rugby players and coaches arrived for fixtures against the rugby club. The highlight of the excellent programme was the official opening of the two new rugby pitches with former England international Jason Robinson and the Mayor, Sally Bacon performing the honours. On the subject of the Mayor, Sally and Roy Tebbutt and their partners visited Nissan at their own expense, for the VE Day celebrations between the 7 – 10 May, where they received excellent treatment. Our membership list is increasing and if you would like to join and keep up with what is going on, check out our web site and the web site for Nissan:




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1. ‘Please may I have a pint of Fosters and a Disaronno and coke?’ The drinks were served. ‘Thanks, which one is which?’ 2. ‘What night was it when you were in during the day?’ 3. ‘What’s that very dark wood called?’ ‘Ivory.’

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I just remembered the folk in Southern Italy who had helped me get back to UK back in the 70’s, they did not ask for a promise or expect a refund. After six years I think I have to say that I do not expect to hear anything. I do not believe in divine intervention, but there is some truth in “Matthew 26:52”. I have often observed people having a bad time as a result of another’s greed, followed by the perpetrator suffering an even worse fate. Or in other words, “What goes around, comes around” Prof Reginald V Q da Ghama IPA With kind permission of Jim Barr


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Having already covered rugby and athletics, I am going to keep on a sporting theme and recount a skiing experience. I was in Courmayeur on my second skiing trip so was not very experienced. In the resort there were, very unusually, some British instructors: jobs which were highly sought after and normally snapped up by the locals. I got friendly with one of the instructors who generously offered me a one-to-one lesson free of charge. Not surprisingly taking up the offer we spent the afternoon honing up my Stem Christie. On the final run back I asked if he could impersonate me so that I could have some impressive photos to pass round the bar back home. We therefore swapped jackets and hats and I stumbled down the slope in my less than impressive style and got my camera ready. The instructor, clad in my gear, skied down executing perfect stylish turns. I obtained some great photos with which I hoped to impress the folks back home. As I prepared to swap jackets back the instructor sais ‘You’ve got the jacket so you’re the instructor - take us back.’ with the instructor’s jacket festooned in badges I led him back to the lifts. In Courmayeur everybody retires to the Bar Roma for predinner après ski and whilst in the bar I heard two people talking about the day’s activities. ‘Did you see that instructor bringing his pupil down, he wasn’t a very good skier was he?’ ‘No but he must be a great instructor because did you see his student!’ P.S. The over-the-hill ex-landlord attended a sixties evening where he relived his youth twisting the night away. The chiropractor inform me that he should be up and about in a couple of weeks.

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Here’s a bit more silliness following the story of the missing pound: Two friends went out for a meal and the bill came to £25.00. Each placed £15.00 on the table, the waiter collected the money and brought five £1.00 coins as their change. Both took £1.00 back which meant that the meal had cost each friend £14.00, and they left the £3.00 remaining as a tip. So 2 x £14.00 = £28.00, plus the £3.00 tip makes £31.00!! Where did the extra pound come from?

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A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with what looked like a wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current she whacked him with a handy plank of wood that was by the back door, breaking his arm in two places. Until that moment he had been happily listening to his MP3 player.

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Here’s a little more whimsy and interesting tales, facts and memories from the pen of Montgolfier: I used to cycle to school and back, just over 3 miles each way. Someone said to me ‘It was safer in your days.’ Was it? As soon as you went out of the gate there were Tanks, Bren Gun Carriers, and Gun carriages towing guns. Jeeps, lorries full of troops plus troops marching etc. Then when you arrived at school enemy planes were dropping bombs landing in our sports field and smashing all our windows plus bombing the houses opposite the school and (Doodle Bugs) flying bombs going over. Was it safer? I don’t remember any one of us coming to any harm: one school mate was in bed with his brother when one of the incendiary bombs went through the bed between them. One of over 400 dropped that night. Then one evening getting home there was a crashed enemy bomber with a load of bombs on board opposite the house in the field. We weren’t evacuated - we stayed where we were I’m still here. It is now June and for the first time ever I’ve not heard the cuckoo yet. Also we’ve only got tadpoles in the garden ponds. Listening to someone on the telephone he kept saying ‘You don’t say’ several times. When he finished I said ‘Who was that?’ He said ‘He didn’t say.’ A friend was worried about his hair going grey. He needn’t have worried as the greyness has completely gone: it’s now all white. I still live and learn: yesterday I found out that snakes cannot blink.

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Episode 29.........Why # 9? For this the ‘Decennial’ edition of the Fuddler, I was hoping to continue relaying my adventures, but as I have been saying to my old chum Fuddles, there are strange things afoot down here in the village of West Hampstead. It all started one morning when I was in mid-conversation with Fuddles on my landline telecommunication device, when I looked out of my kitchen window and saw this square piece of paper happily fluttering in the breeze whilst attached to the gate of one of my neighbours’ garden plots. Fuddles suggested I should investigate and when we finished our natter I did just that. On closer inspection the piece of paper displayed a

number 9 on it and I naturally thought the number would correspond to the numbering system of the plots. To be certain I walked to the righthand end of the drive where the gardens started and counted each plot carefully, it was the 7th plot along. Intrigued, I walked to the other end and repeated the exercise expecting the plot to be the 9th plot from this end thus ending the mystery ..... it was the 6th. Neither did it correspond to a number of a potential residence as we are located in the 20’s and 30’s, so what did it mean? The next day Fuddles rang me with news from the shire and was also interested in whether I had solved my mystery. He was amused when I told him that I had not and had in fact got more captivating, and that the note was still happily

fluttering away. The mystery had got more absorbing, consumed my curiosity and was distracting me away from my work. A few days later when I had my regular Sunday morning gossip and recipe swapping session with Fuddles, I told him that my enquiries with my neighbours had not revealed nothing to help unravel the raison d'être of the action or indeed the perpetrator, not only that but it seemed nobody else cared that much. He mischievously suggested I put random notes up around the neighbourhood with numbers on them. I thought this would be a good jape and put a 3 on someone’s wheelie bin and a 7 on somebody else’s shed. Several more days past before finally I thought I’d cracked the puzzle, there were some people in the offending area doing some gardening and I went over

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to ask them, “What was the purpose of the #9 on their gate?” It turned out that they were just as ignorant to its origin and purpose as I, but not quite as concerned and weren’t that bothered about it. So, at the time of writing my column, I have just finished talking with Fuddles, whose interest in the note equalled my own, but for his own amusement rather than genuine interest, and enquired as to whether the note was still there. Out of the window I could see that it was indeed still there, blowing in the wind now, but on closer inspection without its numerical value, had it been erased or perhaps washed away by the recent rain? I will probably never know the meaning or purpose of the little note, and the individual responsible may never realise the effect it had on one particular resident.

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A free, lighthearted publication from Ampthill, UK