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CARERS TOGETHER Meet with other Carers knowing the person you care for is enjoying activities in a safe and friendly environment.

Our meetings are cancelled until further notice

The Methodist Church, Park Lane, Sharnbrook Churches Together working with Tibbs Dementia Foundation. Suggested Donation £2 For more information contact the group’s Co-ordinator Linda Hoar 07791214148 lindahoar@hotmail.co.uk


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VIEW FROM THE PULPIT by the Revd Peter Kay

thevillager Items for Inclusion We welcome items of local interest: events, community groups, sports and social clubs, local history, obituaries etc.

Dear Friends, I'm writing at a time of national and international challenge as the Coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads out. As I write, in mid-March, UK cases now number well into the hundreds, and sadly a number of vulnerable people have died. Of course in many countries the situation is even more severe. Our government's health advice is developing as the virus progresses, things are moving quickly, and no doubt the picture will have changed, even by the time you read this. However, there is a wider picture, and even now, at the same time as taking proper health precautions we have opportunities to be a blessing and help to others. Our own Bishop of St Albans, Alan Smith, offers some wider 'Golden Rules' about responding to this challenge - I share them with you now: "Golden Rule One. Each one of us can think about how we can protect and support our neighbours. So much of the public rhetoric is sowing fear about the danger of other people. So, taking all the official precautions, offer help and reassurance to others – and don’t demonise anyone or any group. Golden Rule Two: Think about who may be suffering more than me. For those of us who are healthy there is much less to worry about but the elderly, the housebound and those with chronic health conditions may be very anxious. How about phoning a vulnerable person you know to check how they are doing? There’s nothing like a friendly voice to offer solace when someone is worried. A smile can bring cheer, even on the phone. If you visit, follow all the official precautions or don’t go.

do your best to help them get it. If you are self-isolating you will of course need some supplies. Golden Rule Four. Live today to the full. None of us ever knows what the future holds. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6. 25 – 34), Jesus challenged his followers to live each day fully and not be afraid. Every time we are tempted to give in to fear we need to make a conscious choice to respond in trust and openness. And, along with just over half the adults in the UK, don’t forget to pray. Here’s a suggestion: Dear God our Shield and our Defender, guide and protect my neighbour in this time of health emergency; deliver them from all harm and may your love and care ever grow in this place. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen." I hope you find Bishop Alan's advice helpful. Let's take proper health precautions, but also let's think about ways of being a help and encouragement to others. Although church services have been suspended, we hope to have our churches open during the daytime– places for peace and prayer for you, everyone in the villages, and beyond. St Peter's Pavenham is open 10.00am - 5.00pm every day. All Saints, Milton Ernest is also open during the daytime and we are hoping to open at St Peter’s Thurleigh soon. If you need help at this time, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. My contact details are in the directory inside the back cover of the magazine.

Golden Rule Three. Don’t give into panic and start hoarding food. There is With love, Peter plenty to go around, so practise the Christian discipline of sharing. Ask your neighbours what they need and

Please note that all material submitted is subject to editorial appraisal and any necessary changes will be made without referral to the contributor. Also, we cannot publish anything submitted without the author’s name and address. If you wish to remain anonymous, please say so. If the item relates to a particular village, please send it via email to the appropriate village editor. The subject line of all emails should contain the word ’villager’.

Copy date 15th of the month. MILTON ERNEST Rosemary Ostley Tel: 01234 822095 rjostley@googlemail.com PAVENHAM Lisa Milligan Tel: 01234 822266 lisa.milligan.editor@gmail.com THURLEIGH Adrienne Larkin Tel: 01234 771078 adriennelarkin_2@hotmail.com Material for general pages, should be sent to the CO-ORDINATING EDITOR Helen Brown Tel: 01234 824153 thevillager.ed@gmail.com ADVERTISING Jenny Evans Tel: 01234 823620 david_jenny@btinternet.com How to Receive a Copy In Pavenham and Thurleigh, the villager magazine is only available by annual subscription. In Milton Ernest it is free of charge. To receive a copy, please contact your local distributor: MILTON ERNEST Gerry Stafford Tel: 01234 823060 PAVENHAM Kath Bennett Tel: 01234 824109 THURLEIGH Jane Thrippleton Tel: 07714 582914 Front Cover: Vicky Blakemore has made these delicious Easter treats, see page 27. The Pop Up Shop at The Sun, Felmersham, see page 31.

Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors. Advertising space is sold in good faith and the editorial team and/or Parochial Church Councils can take no responsibility for the quality of goods or services offered.

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Editor’s note Just the week before copy date I was happy in a coronavirusfree bubble on holiday. We joked that we might get stranded in a tropical paradise, but the bubble well and truly burst when our flight home was delayed and we were left wondering when we would in fact get home. Eventually we made it back but my heart goes out to those who are left stranded in remote locations not knowing how they can return to safety; likewise to those whose livelihoods are at risk because of the effect of the pandemic on their jobs and businesses. During our delay there was no panic; all the passengers were in the same boat and we chatted amongst ourselves trying to share knowledge and help each other out. Back in our own community, there are some wonderful people taking the initiative to organise contact information for those who might need help because they are self-isolating. Please see the village pages for details. We are all going through this together and no one should feel unable to cope alone. Keep calm and look out for each other—it’s what we Brits do best in times like this.

It is a pity that so many activities and events have had to be cancelled or postponed but please spare a thought for the organisers who have the headache of reorganising where possible. I hope that this magazine issue brings with it some Easter joy. There is an I-Spy Easter Egg Hunt —can you find the twelve Easter eggs hidden throughout the magazine? There is also a page of delicious Easter treat ideas to make and bake. Looking forward to brighter times ahead as we come out the other side.

Happy Easter from the villager magazine team. Helen Brown

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Pavenham NEWS Edited by Lisa Milligan Tel: 822266 Email: lisa.milligan.editor@gmail.com

Coronavirus/Covid 19 situation – supporting the local community During the current Coronavirus/Covid 19 outbreak, it is important that we all keep an eye on our local community and do our best to support each other. That said, individuals within the village may require specific support, especially if they are isolating themselves for 7 – 14 days. At this difficult time, we would urge those villagers living alone to consider making an arrangement, with a neighbour or friend, to agree a time to get in touch with each other, once or twice a day. Not only will you have the pleasure of a daily call but also, should there be any cause for concern, the alarm may be raised. If you cannot do this and find you need practical help, for example with shopping, a new organisation with over 50 local volunteers - the Pavenham Community Support Group (PCSG) - has been set up to coordinate support.

Please bear with us during the initial phases of setting up this facility. We may have teething troubles while the technology beds in, so please persevere. We will do our best to help but please be advised that we are not medically qualified. Pavenham Community Support Group telephone number: 01234 632067 Pavenham Community Support Group Email: Pavenhamcsg@gmail.com Jill Smith Debby Horsman Steve Rice

01234 826616 01234 825711 0771 218 8081

Jane Morton Rosemary Bliss

07540 108812 or 01234 822593 01234 823821

Contact information for the PCSG as well as several other In addition, leaflets will be dropped through every door individuals from within the village is shown below. giving a local contact and telephone number. Anyone contacting the PCSG will either have their call immediately transferred to a volunteer or be able to leave a message and be called back. If you prefer, you may instead call one of the individuals listed below.


Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle ranches in an extremely remote, isolated, hostile and parched part of Australia. They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that no-one remembers who is buried there. The body of their other brother, Cameron, is lying by the grave, which is a mystery to all. Why did he die? Did he end his own life? Had he been depressed? Or was there something sinister about his death? One of his brothers, Nathan, is the narrator, through whose eyes we learn the ins and outs of the family’s life, the interrelationships and depths of the characters, the events that shaped each member. Jane Harper’s writing flows well as she slowly reveals each character and takes the reader on a journey that is a surprise when it ends. There are subtle clues along the way with several red herrings thrown in. The bleakness and loneliness of life on such a remote, isolated outback is very well depicted and we could appreciate how difficult it must be to

interact with only your immediate family members. It is a sad story with some unpleasant characters in it. The descriptions are vivid and the twist and turns unexpected. Some of us would recommend it but the majority of book group members would not, perhaps because of the bleakness, sadness of the characters and the subject matter?

Half way through the book I had worked out what the ending was: who had ‘dunnit’, what various clues had meant. Of course, I was completely wrong and Jane Harper had outwitted me! The lesson I learnt? Not to think that I could outsmart an author, or at least not an author such as Jane! The book we are reading for April is Kate Atkinson’s ‘A God in Ruins’, in May ‘Stoner’ by John Williams, June ‘The Letter’ by Kathryn Hughes, and July ‘Forest of Pygmies’ by Isabel Allende. For the time being, discussions will be held electronically. Please contact me if you would like to join us. Vivien Holt Tel: 825479

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WHAT’S ON IN PAVENHAM Village Hall closed until further notice PAVENHAM WOMEN’S BOOK GROUP





When: we meet on the first Monday of the month How: currently electronically Time: 8.00pm onwards Refreshments: Wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee, nibbles Reason: to discuss a book we have all agreed to read

Walks start from The Cock carpark at 9.15am

Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall at 2.30pm

Mondays 10.00-12.00 at the Village Hall

Contact: Vivien Holt on 825479

Meetings suspended until further notice

Suspended until further notice

Non-members will be very welcome.

All welcome. Contact Rachael on

Benefice of All Saints’ Milton Ernest, St Peter’s Pavenham and St Peter’s Thurleigh

Pavenham 200 Club


Recent winners in the Pavenham Village Hall & Playing Field February: 1st 42 £25 2nd 35 £20 3rd 79 £15 4th 84 £10 5th 35 £10 6th 183 £10

Suspended until further notice

Contact Jill Smith on 826616 for more information

07889 511343

Notices for Sunday, Charity 200 Club have been:

£2 per playing session Refreshments extra




Emma Pearce & James Read Colin Humphrys Adrian Stead Chris & Clive Phillips Ruth Coxon Margaret Norwich

March: 1st 9 £25 MD & Vanessa Page 2nd 216 £20 Andy & Roni Bickers 3rd 217 £15 Peter Daniel 4th 75 £10 Anita Briddon 5th 224 £10 Di Reed 6th 38 £10 Col Robinson A full list of winners since April 2019 is displayed on the village hall notice board. Many thanks to all those who have supported the 200 Club over the last year. Proceeds raised by the Club are used to help maintain and improve the village hall and playing field. A new subscription year begins in April and renewal forms will be sent out during April. Jane Roff, Terry Horsman, Peter Sharpe (200 Club organisers) ___________________________________________________

Pavenham Fellowship Club

St Peter's Pavenham is open for private prayer from 10.00am - 5.00pm every day. Anyone is welcome to come in and spend some quiet time in this ancient building. If you want others to pray for a situation or person please add to the prayer tree now in the church. S T PET ER’ S PA V EN H A M

Pavenham Plant Fair Pavenham Village Hall

Saturday 9 May—cancelled

INDOOR Games CLUB at Pavenham Village Hall A meeting was held on Friday 13 March where it was agreed to hold a weekly INDOOR GAMES CLUB on Monday afternoons from 2 – 4pm. Unfortunately, due to the current situation the start date will be delayed. When we can safely get things off the ground we will keep you posted via the villager.

The Club met as usual on the second Thursday of March and enjoyed tea and chat, bingo, and a raffle. It was decided at the meeting however that in view of the current outbreak of coronavirus, meetings would be suspended until further notice. Bernie Sharpe (chairperson)

If you have not registered your interest already, but would like to know more, please email Carole or Sue. carole@rosebudd.com tel 01234 962544 suelucas5148@gmail.com

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Saturday 11th July Join us at our fundraising

Summer Ball at Pavenham Park Golf Club

£50 per head (tables of 10) Welcome drink and canapés Two course meal Live ABBA tribute band 7pm til late For tickets please contact Neil 07920 144911 / neilandvickyb@btinternet.com


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PAVENHAM WI – March Minutes of the WI meeting held on Wednesday 4 th March 2020 at 2.30 pm in Pavenham Village Hall Rosemary Bliss, as Acting President, opened the meeting and welcomed the 27 members present. Rosemary welcomed Dott Wigg (County visitor) and Sally Ball (County Chairman). They were present to represent the County Executive and provide support if needed.

individual committee members for their support and commitment during the last year. With respect to the monthly competitions during 2019/20, the following points were accrued: 1st Janet Roff 20 points nd 2 Jenny Evans and Audrey Simpson 17 points rd 3 Brenda Harding 16 points The next book club is to be held at Sylvia’s house on One minute’s silence was observed in memory of Viv 11th March at 10.30. The book is ‘The Lie of the Land’ by Kirby. Amanda Craig. Rosemary highlighted forthcoming WI trips. These The next pub lunch is at The Fox in Carlton on included a visit to Covent Garden and the London Postal Wednesday, 18th March at 12.30. Museum on 22nd October, a trip to Saville Garden with a riverboat cruise, a trip to Canterbury Cathedral, as well Jenny said the February jumble sale raised £1000.14, despite difficulties with parking and torrential rain on as a knitting course, walking for fun for friends and the day. It was felt that Jenny’s interview on local radio funds, beginners’ crochet course and a treasure hunt around Gravenhurst. Pavenham WI also plans to hold a had been very effective in garnering interest. Thanks celebratory lunch during the autumn to commemorate were also given to Debby Horsman for her help with Facebook and social media and villagers for coming the WI’s Centenary and previous members are invited along and helping to make the occasion such a success. to attend. Jill then circulated a list and fifteen members expressed A copy of the AGM agenda was available on all seats interest in attending a training session, led by Sally and the business of the AGM commenced. Tugulu, on CPR and using the defibrillator. Jane Morton distributed the financial statements for Dott Wigg (County visitor) encouraged members to 2019/20. Overall, the accounts ended the year with a attend this year’s annual council meeting, to be held at similar balance to the beginning. The accounts were Bedford Corn Exchange on Monday 27th April between adopted, having been proposed by Sylvia Pearce and 10.30 and 4 pm. With respect to the Coronavirus seconded by Kath Bennett. situation, the current advice is for each WI to decide Jill Smith delivered the Committee Annual Report and whether, or not, to continue to hold meetings. spoke about her role as Secretary over the last year. Claire Olney thanked members of the WI Committee for Rosemary spoke about the contributions made by the their work during the last year. late June Grainger and Viv Kirby over the years and also Next month’s general meeting is cancelled. thanked the Committee, including her three CoPresidents, for their work during 2019/20. Jane Morton and Jill Smith will continue as Treasurer and Secretary respectively. Thanks were extended to

Pavenham and Felmersham Cricket Club 2020 season Come and join us and enjoy our summer game! We have teams for all ages: juniors and seniors. Training: Friday evenings from 6pm at Pavenham playing field. Please contact Nathan: pfcc125@hotmail.com or 07904 637326

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Meet the puppets! During our March Sunday 2gether service we met Abraham and his wife Sarah - in puppet form! Abraham is a key Old Testament figure especially as he's seen as the father of the Jewish nation. In this very early bible story, he is asked by God to uproot his entire family and go to a place that God would show him. You can guess the reaction of 'Mrs Abraham' in our imaginary dialogue! "Why is it that he only speaks to you? Typical men’s talk – full of dreams and notions but when it comes to a practical matter like a destination, no inkling at all? So, what shall I pack – summer frocks or winter woollies? And where shall we stay en route until God does tell you we are there?" We also read together the well-known Psalm, 121 - 'I will lift up my eyes to the hills' and noted how many times God promises to 'watch over' us in that psalm. We thought about what that meant for Abraham and what it might mean for us. The message, in that psalm, that God never goes to sleep is very comforting! Please note that all church services are currently suspended.

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Milton Ernest NEWS Edited by Rosemary Ostley - Email: rjostley@googlemail.com

Are you self-isolating due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and need help? Becky Wass, who is from Cornwall, has designed a village is ‘covered’ in the event of self-isolation and has postcard to send to people who might need help during everything they need. Please don’t hesitate to get in the Coronavirus crisis. The card is now being used touch if you need help. nationwide. #ViralKindness. Best wishes, Peter and Vanessa.” The card is designed to be a contact-free way to help, You can use these phone numbers to contact someone: with items being left on doorsteps and requests made 01234 918027 or 07718 201449. over the phone for help with things like picking up shopping or urgent supplies, posting mail or receiving a Coronavirus is contagious. Please take every precaution to ensure you are spreading only kindness. Avoid friendly phone call. Peter and Vanessa Kay have used physical contact (2m distance). Wash your hands the postcard to contact villagers – you may have regularly. Items delivered to you should be left on your received one through your letterbox already. doorstep. Peter and Vanessa say: “A team of people in the village are working together to make sure that everyone in the

Glenn Miller Concert to mark VE Day Further to the article in last month’s Villager regarding this celebration, the restrictions now in place due to the Coronavirus outbreak have meant that we have regrettably cancelled this event, due to take place on Sunday 10th May.

This is an important anniversary for us to remember and so we hope this is a ‘postponement’ rather than a complete cancellation and we have the opportunity to hold it later in the year. WATCH THIS SPACE!

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The WI is based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. It is non-sectarian and non-party political, however we do like to learn, and so several of us recently joined a Federation trip to the Milton Keynes reformed synagogue. We received a very warm welcome and learnt about the 40-year history of the synagogue, which serves a very wide area. Traditions, festivals, marriage ceremonies, clothing, the reason for dietary restrictions and much more were all explained to us by two lovely ladies, which was an uplifting surprise itself; I always thought men took the main role with women in supporting roles, which is indeed the orthodox way but this is a reform synagogue. A cooking demonstration, with an opportunity to participate, was included and a fun quiz. I was rather sorry we were not there at the end of the month when they are holding an open day which will include traditional music and dancing.

These entertaining and educational trips are in addition to our own programme of village based talks and activities. There are lots of reasons to join the WI which is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities, there are educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills and take part in a wide variety of activities. I joined the WI when I first moved to the village five years ago because I knew no-one and considered it the best way to meet people; I did not really expect to become a regular member. I was welcomed with open arms which was marvellous as I am rather timid entering new environments for the first time. There was no circle of elderly ladies knitting socks whilst listening to recordings of Vera Lynn but a group of friendly vibrant ladies with bright open minds, keen to learn and embrace new friends. I am glad to be part of the wider WI ideals but mostly enjoy the feeling of fellowship and community that a village WI offers. For more information please contact Penny Welch on 01234 918730, email p.welch1@btinternet.com or visit us on facebook.com/Milton-Ernest-Womens-Institute Penny Welch

MILTON ERNEST WI - 2020 PROGRAMME Non-members welcome

Talks for April, May and June have been cancelled 16th July – Clive Hathaway Travis – “Looking for Prince Charles’s Dog; my voyage to recovery from paranoid schizophrenia” 20th August – Summer Outing (details to be confirmed) 17th September – Elaine Murphy – “Midshires Search and Rescue/Support” 15th October – Natter Night (details to be confirmed) 19th November – Amanda Goodey – “Inspirational Women: Bess of Hardwick” 17th December – Christmas Dinner For more information ring Elizabeth Allen on 01234 822269


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WHAT’S ON IN MILTON ERNEST Village Hall closed until further notice



We are an informal discussion group that meets at the Queens Head Hotel at 7.45pm on the second Thursday of the month.

Cancelled until further notice If you would like to join The Ramblers and receive regular updates, please contact Dave on david.b.kerr@btinternet.com


Meetings are cancelled until further notice

Alternatively, please phone Dave Kerr on 822773

9th April ‘Jane Seymour The Haunted Queen’ by Alison Weir


14th May ‘The ‘L’ shaped Room’ by Lynn Read-Banks

For more information, please contact Gill Jackson at gljackson@hotmail.co.uk

Cancelled until further notice Play, chat, crafts and refreshments. Contact Lisa Cooper on 07792 403081 or email miltonernestplaygroup@gmail.com ______________________________________



at The Queen’s Head

MILTON ERNEST VILLAGE HALL The next Tea ‘n’ Chat will be: Cancelled until further notice Come along for friendly company, a cuppa and a chat on the third Friday of each month throughout the year. All welcome. Tea, Cake and a Chat for only £2.

Cancelled in April, May and June Come and join us and catch up with people over a pleasant lunch. If you want to book or cancel, phone Bev on 822412

11th June ‘A Keeper’ by Graham Norton



PILATES Milton Ernest Village Hall Cancelled until further notice All levels welcome Free first class, then pay as you go (£4.50) Call Nola 07793 056122

If you need help with transport or more information, phone: Gerry on 823060 or Chris on 823618. We look forward to seeing you there.

MORNING COFFEE The next coffee shop will be in the Village Hall on Cancelled until further notice Come along and join us to chat with old and new friends and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee for only £1.00. If you need any help to get to the Hall, let us know and we can arrange some assistance. For more details phone: Lynda on 823618 or Ann on 822773 ______________________________________

MILTON ERNEST WI Meets on the third Thursday of every month, apart from August and December, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Meetings cancelled in April, May and June Contact Eileen Nash on 824886 for more information.

Garden centre backs show FETE & DOG SHOW SATURDAY 27TH JUNE WITH A 'COUNTRY FAIR’ THEME If you would like to help or have a stall, please contact me for further details. Cristina Goldwin 01234 824684 cristina.goldwin@btinternet.com


Milton Ernest Garden Centre will once again support the horticultural show held on Fete Day 2020. Owner Maureen Catlin has confirmed to organisers that her company will supply vouchers to the first, second and third in each of the 60 plus classes that make up the event. On top of that she will judge the flowers and vegetable division and, all being well, present the cup to the winner at the end of the afternoon on 27th June. For the last two years that winner has been Dr Tom Inskip with a spread of quality entries. Previous winner Jill Wyer was second in 2019. Catherine Elworthy won the John Brown best in show cup with her arrangement in a basket. The classes this year will be broadly the same with just the odd tweak here and there. A full list will be published shortly. Flowers and photography are well supported but baking, and arts and crafts need a bit of a boost. If any of these are your forte, why not have a go at entering more categories this year? The talent is there and now is the time to start thinking about what you can do to keep the show a vibrant part of the community.

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PARISH COUNCIL REPORT BY SUE BOTTOMS A meeting of Milton Ernest Parish Council was held on Thursday 12th March 2020 at 8.00pm in the Village Hall. Cllrs R Winter, H Snowball, D Newman, D Snowball, D Newman and five members of the public were present. Village Welfare: Update re: the new website: The Clerk reported that the website was almost ready to be in use. She was going for training on 17th March. Once up and running, she would put up information on the noticeboard and in the Villager. To agree action re: the future of the play inspection: The person employed to do this has already started. The Clerk has arranged for her to be paid through the payroll. New Village Welfare Issues: To receive any update re: 75th Anniversary of VE Day: Cllr H Snowball reported that five residents attended the recent meeting at The Queen’s Head with four agreeing to get involved. It was to be held between 35pm at the village hall on Sunday 10th May. A swing band would be playing 40s music and those attending would be encouraged to wear 40s clothes. There would be a small charge for the event and tickets issued. It would be outside the hall weather permitting. Those attending would be encouraged to bring a picnic and the WI would be asked if it could provide tea, coffee and cakes. Another resident would be asked to organise a barbecue. The aim was for the event to be non-profit making but any profit would go to agreed organisations. To receive any update re: Christmas tree lights: Cllr Winter has spoken to Mr Dilley who informed him that the tree still had the lights on it, two sets, one which belonged to him. Cllr Winter and Mr Dilley will take the lights off and check they still work. Cllr Newman was willing to help if needed. More lights would be ordered

www.mptchurches.org.uk ahead of Christmas 2020. To receive an update re: maintenance of Speed indicator on Radwell Road: The Clerk reported that no local parishes owned a mobile VAS. Those that were used belonged to the ward councillors who also moved them. The discussion moved onto whether the existing VAS could be converted to solar. The Clerk would check if the invoice referred to a model number and would contact the company. It was noted that if the VAS was located in Thurleigh Road, tree growth would mean that little sun reached the equipment. Correspondence: Provisional date for Rural Bulky Skip: 6th June 8.30am12.30pm. Once this date has been confirmed, the Clerk will publicise via the noticeboards, website and The Villager. Date of the Next Meeting: cancelled.

Milton Ernest Parish Council has vacancies for two parish councillors. The parish council meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month except for August and December. This is a chance to have a say in what happens in your community. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact The Clerk at clerk@miltonernest-pc.gov.uk.


Used postage stamps Sincere thanks for the steady stream of used postage stamps which have been arriving regularly... please continue to leave them either in the small green postbox in All Saints' porch or through the letterbox at 14 Arkwright Road. The stamps are much appreciated by CLIC Sargent, the Children's Cancer Charity, for fundraising to support their work. If you are able to trim excess paper from stamps, leaving approx 0.5cm border, this will be appreciated, but please remember, we would rather have stamps untrimmed, if you are not able to do this. Thank you again. ………………………………………………….

Pre-loved Jewellery for Milton Ernest Fete - 27th June 2020 Sincere thanks to those who have already donated jewellery for this year's village fete. It is very much appreciated, as are the cellophane sleeves in which to display items. Should you have any pre-loved jewellery items to offer for sale at this year's fete, whether necklaces, bracelets, ear-rings, watches, cufflinks, or other items, they would be greatly appreciated, to enable them to be readied for display. Please pass items to Pat/ Peter Saunders or Sue/Lizzie Walton, or pop through the letterbox at 14 Arkwright Road. Thank you for your support... and please do visit the jewellery stall on the day to find some new bargains! Pat Saunders _____________________________________

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Thurleigh NEWS Edited by Adrienne Larkin Tel: 771078 Email: adriennelarkin_2@hotmail.com

Thurleigh Covid19 support network Many people within our village will be self-isolating as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. There will also be those who feel reluctant to leave their homes in this current situation. Consequently, a Facebook help page is now in place and can be found by searching on Facebook for Thurleigh Covid19 support network. On this page you can express a need for yourself or someone you know. You can also offer help. We are offering help in terms of shopping, collecting urgent supplies and, in some cases, dog-walking. It may be that someone just needs to talk to someone at the end of a line. There is also a link to a form which can be filled in online to request help for an individual / couple. This

link complies with GDPR (privacy requirements). The link can also be found on www.thurleigh.net. Additionally, we aim to distribute leaflets with a named contact to every household in the village. At the time of writing we are planning a range of other measures to support our community. These will be communicated through the above links. Lindsay Fraser 01234 772078

February Walk from Bromham On a chilly morning when it was trying to rain, we were glad to finally get going after a slightly delayed start. Eighteen of us set off from The Prince of Wales in Bromham. After half a mile of so, we left the road to walk through pretty Salom Thrift. Leaving the attractive wood we followed a series of field paths taking us towards Stevington. The intention being, to walk through part of the village before joining a footpath taking us past Stevington Windmill. As usual our walk had been recced the week before when it was found the paths to and from the village were very wet and slippery. In view of the amount of rain we’d had between then and the start of the walk, it was decided to take a slightly different route. This soon posed a different problem, as on our amended route a fallen tree was completely blocking our way. Undeterred and after climbing over said tree, our intrepid group still had to negotiate mud, wet and steadily increasing rainfall, before making our way back into Bromham and finally into the welcoming warmth and hospitality of the pub, where we all enjoyed an excellent and convivial meal. thurleighwalkinggroup@btinternet.com Ian Soaft

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The bells of St Peter’s Church In 2019 a major inspection of the bells was carried out by TLB Services. It made for interesting reading. Not only because it detailed the condition of the bells, but also a lot of information about each bell was given. The bells were cast by six different founders over a period of some 500 years. Only the treble bell had been scientifically tuned as it was cast the year after this art was rediscovered by its founder. The other five bells were restored and re-hung in 1889 when only rudimentary tuning was possible. The bell frame was provided by Taylors as part of the 1889 restoration. The treble was added to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. General maintenance work was carried out recently by TLB Services and we are grateful to Neil Roy for securing a grant Bell

Weight cwt-qr-lb

of £360 towards the cost of the work. As reported last month, a team of eight bell ringers visited the Thurleigh and Milton Ernest towers and it was a treat to hear our bells ringing out across the villages. Thurleigh and Milton Ernest share a team of local bell ringers and it is always a pleasure to welcome them to ring here in Thurleigh. If you would like to take up bell ringing please contact Neil Roy on 823402 or Richard Newman or Nathan Sullivan at the church.










John Taylor & Co


6 3/4 cwt




Thomas Russell






George Mears


8 1/4 cwt




William Watts


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15 cwt

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William Rufford


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Creative Curriculum at Thurleigh Primary School Our school curriculum was reviewed by all staff in May 2019, ahead of the start of the new school year. We began by thinking about what skills and attributes we wanted our children to develop by the time they leave us at the end of Year 6. We then thought specifically about our topic based approach and what topics had previously gone well, why this was, and if there were any topics or areas of learning that hadn’t gone well and why. The outcome of this, was that all staff wanted a topic based approach that inspired our children to develop a range of skills and a real enjoyment of learning, and excited the staff to deliver quality teaching and learning opportunities. Our resulting topics are usually for the whole term and have a “sparkling start”. These have ranged from special visitors coming into school, a trip out, or a fun day in the classroom. This sets the scene and provides the context. Midway through, the children have a “marvellous middle” which can consolidate learning or further inspire them. Finally, at the end of the topic, the children have a “fantastic finish” where they reflect on their learning, celebrate their success and often share their learning with parents/carers. Some examples of these special days are:

Our Year 1 and 2 children made gingerbread men as part of their “Once upon a time” topic.

Our Year 3 and 4 children made slime at the start of their “From Snozzcumbers to Perfect Potions” topic based on the Roald Dahl stories.

All our children took part in a Robotix workshop day. They worked together to program and build a robot.

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www.mptchurches.org.uk Our Early Years children learnt all about how bread is made linked to the story of “The Little Red Hen”.

Our Year 5 and 6 children had a visit from WWII tractors, as part of their “marvellous middle”. A huge thank you to the Pirks family for helping us with this.

If you know anyone who goes to our school, please ask them about their learning! For further information, please take a look at our school website. www.thurleighprimary.uk Sarah Moore Head Teacher

WHAT’S ON IN THURLEIGH Village Hall closed until further notice Mondays

Tang soo do Cancelled until Further notice Call Trevor Buck (1st degree black belt) 07854 100989 _________________________________________________


Simple Circuits “Fitness fun” Cancelled until further notice Steve Clark steve@fitterme.co.uk

T.L.C. THURLEIGH LADIES’ CLUB Coffee mornings Cancelled until further notice We usually go out a couple of times a year for lunch or afternoon tea and occasionally invite a speaker to our meetings. £2 each

Contacts: Linda Singleton 01234 771952 Judith Slaymaker 01234 772385 ext 4

THURLEIGH WALKING GROUP Third Wednesday of every month Cancelled until further notice

Email thurleighwalkinggroup @btinternet.com _________________________________________________


Fortnightly Sewing Club Cancelled until further notice

Call Carole Blair 01234 771035 Judy Stanton 01234 771386

EVERY VOICE CHOIR Thursdays Cancelled until further notice Adults only, £6 per session New members welcome No experience necessary Choir Director: Laura Backhurst 07762 366521 _________________________________________________

The Pop Up Pub Thurleigh Village Hall Cancelled until further notice Meet up with friends, neighbours and the chance to meet new people


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Albert (Bob) Ellison - 15 April 1927 - 26 February 2020 Bob was born in Holloway Road, London on 15 April 1927. Both his parents had been previously married, having been widowed in their 30s. They met and married and had three sets of twins of which Bob and his twin Bill were the first. Bob would often say that Bill was 10 minutes older but half an inch shorter than himself. Shortly after their birth the family moved to Hertfordshire where the second set of twins were born (a boy and a girl - sadly the girl did not survive) and after another move just down the lane two more boys arrived. So a family of five boys for parents in their late 30s early 40s to bring up. The family moved often during the boys early lives, finally moving to Colmworth on Bob and Bill’s 11th birthday, to a new house with modern facilities. Bob attended Colmworth school along with his brothers leaving at the age of 14 and started work for the local agricultural firm T C Fensom and Son. Before the days of combines, large machines were needed to thresh the corn after the harvest had taken place and one of Bob's first jobs was to look after the threshing machines. This would mean he would have to cycle to wherever the work was being carried out, which included farms as far away as Kempston West End, where he would be required to have the machine ready for work when the farm workers arrived at 7am. Bob met and married Ethel and they started married life at Redbrick Cottages in Keysoe Road. Two boys arrived during that time. They then moved to Greensbury Cottages where their third child, a girl, was born and Bob then worked for T A Saul and Son. There he delivered produce to markets in places as distant as Brighton, Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds, Newcastle, Merthyr, Cardiff and Swansea. Bob was a keen cricketer and played for Thurleigh First

Team. At the time of his death he was the last surviving member of the very successful Thurleigh team who won the Hospital Cup in the 1950s. He also played darts for The Jackal pub at Thurleigh and The Fox at Keysoe and in the Bedford League. When the family moved to Colmworth Bob worked at Thurleigh airfield, again having to cycle to work each day. He loved working there: marshalling the aircraft, getting to know the pilots and taking advantage of any opportunities for a flight. His last move to Thurleigh was in The Close and whilst there he had a spell working for British Road Services, travelling all over the country. His last job was as a driver for the United Counties Bus Service where he met his conductress Jose, whom he married in 1981. Jose suffered a stroke later in life and for the last few years Bob became her full time carer. Each day they went out to lunch Bob pushed her in the wheel chair and they often had lunch at Milton Ernest Garden Centre where he would praise their wonderful soup which he said was so thick it would hold a spoon upright. Bob became very ill in May last year and spent several weeks in Bedford Hospital. Jose went into a home in the town and after leaving hospital Bob went into a home in Shakespeare Road a few streets away from Jose. He was progressing well and on several occasions his daughter took him to Milton Ernest for lunch where he again had his favourite soup. He then visited his twin brother in Thurleigh where they would reminisce about their lives growing up, fighting amongst themselves as kids do, but always looking out for each other. He became ill again and after one night in hospital died peacefully on 26th February aged 92 after a long and busy life. His funeral took place on 25 March at Bedford Crematorium at 12.15.

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Make and bake There are many recipes which typify Easter for many people, for example, simnel cake and hot cross buns. At The Pavenham Kitchen we love cooking with chocolate so Easter is the perfect time to make the most of an abundance of chocolate by finding new ways to add an Easter twist to our favourite recipes. For example, Easter Brownies, Rocky Road, Easter biscuits and Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding. Easter is also a great opportunity to get the kids in the kitchen to help with baking. The Easter Meringue Wreath recipe

below looks so impressive and you can always alternate chocolate toppings with berries for those with less of a sweet tooth! At The Pavenham Kitchen we specialise in quality homemade food, catering for events both large and small. We also sell cakes, desserts and pantry items for any occasion. Find us at www.thepavenhamkitchen.co.uk or on Facebook or Instagram @thepavenhamkitchen.

History of Easter Baking In the Middle Ages baking was a luxury only the wealthy could enjoy. During this time the first Simnel cakes were more of a yeast leavened bread, made special by using the highest quality flour possible. Simnel derives from the Latin ‘simila’ meaning the finest of flours. The 15th Century brought an explosion of spices such as pepper, ginger, cinnamon, clove, and saffron, but ‘cakes’ were only enjoyed by those who could afford them. Globalisation in the 16th and 17th centuries meant that more ingredients were available to more people. Also, economic growth and social change saw the emergence of a middle class who were keen to imitate the upperclass diet, and many started to bake cakes and biscuits at home. This was aided by the first cookery literature and the emergence of kitchen equipment such as cake ‘hoops’ which were the precursor to cake tins. During the 17th and 18th centuries the simnel cake bread mixture evolved into a pudding batter, a bit like Spotted Dick, which was boiled like a pudding before being wrapped in pastry, glazed with egg and baked until it had a hard crust. At this time pastry making was considered in England to be a skill all good housewives should have! By the end of the 19th century, with the introduction of baking powder, the simnel cake became more recognisable as a cake. However, the marzipan layers and ‘apostles’ didn’t appear until the 20th century.

Easter Meringue Wreath Ingredients 4 large egg whites, 225g caster sugar, 1 tbsp cornflour, 1 tsp white vinegar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 250ml double cream mini chocolate eggs, mini chocolate bunnies, Malteasers or berries to decorate Method Heat oven to 135C. Line a large baking sheet with greaseproof paper. Draw an 8-inch circle on the paper, then turn it over. In a large clean bowl beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, roughly 2 minutes. Gradually add the sugar and cornflour 1 tablespoon at a time, beating for 1 minute between additions, until the whites are stiff and glossy. Add the vanilla and vinegar and beat for 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a large piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Using the circle as a guide, pipe the meringue mixture into 8 nests, (or 11 to signify the apostles!) each touching on two sides, all the way around the circle. Use a large spoon to create a divot in each one. Transfer to the oven and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the wreath cool completely (do not open the oven during this time), at least 3 to 4 hours or up to overnight. Whip the cream until soft peaks form, spoon into the meringue nests and decorate with chocolate eggs and bunnies or berries as desired.

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The Sun, Felmersham During the current Covid 19 crisis, The Sun at Felmersham has opened a Pop Up Shop and aims to stock most of the everyday essentials such as soap, soup, bread, eggs and milk. They also provide a takeaway and delivery service. Goods can be delivered to your door for anyone self-isolating and they can take cash or card over the phone. In addition, meat, fish or veg can be ordered from their suppliers for next day delivery. Tel 01234 781355 or Whatsapp 07756 369058

Other local businesses that provide takeaway and delivery services: The Cock Inn, Pavenham Tel 01234 822834—takeaway meals, freshly made pizzas on Fridays A B Fruits—Fresh and Fine Food Specialists, home delivery box scheme Tel: 01234 262880, Email: orders@ab-fruits.com www.ab-fruits.com GCH Fishmongers Ltd—Specialists in High Quality Seafood Tel: 01234 301472 www.gchfishmongers.co.uk

Local farm shops are also good places to try for milk, eggs and other produce. ……………………………………………………….. If anyone has used similar local shops and services and found them to be really helpful, then please do let me know by email at thevillager.ed@gmail.com so that I can share them in the next magazine. Thank you, Helen


Statement by Sharnbrook Mill Theatre 16 March 2020 at 19:25:36 GMT The health and safety of our patrons, performers and volunteers is at the forefront for everyone at the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Trust, so after the most recent announcement from The Government on the coronavirus, we have decided to postpone all up and coming performances and events. At the moment no events will go ahead and we aim to move everything forward several months. All tickets for the Gilbert and Sullivan evening and Little Shop of Horrors will be refunded. As you can imagine this is a difficult time for everyone and, as we are all volunteers, this might take a little longer to arrange. Rescheduling all our events is our top priority, so please bear with us while we try to put everything in place. Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this difficult time. Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Trust www.sharnbrookmilltheatre.co.uk


We are currently looking for more Carers to join our expert team – Car Drivers are essential. We provide good rates of pay and expect dedication and a caring attitude to be shown to all our Clients and Patients both Private and NHS. Email: services@telopeamsl.com Telephone Monday to Friday Office hours 01234 248969


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Gardening THE GARDEN WORKOUT By Maureen Catlin Milton Ernest Garden Centre We gardeners didn’t really need the pundits to tell us that GARDENING IS GOOD FOR YOU. It is a low intensity workout that encourages an active lifestyle. Research shows that not only do gardeners get health benefits from the physical exercise when digging, raking leaves, hoeing and mowing the lawn but mentally it is healthy as well. Gardening helps to keep the brain active and creative reducing the risk of dementia in over 60 year olds by up to 40%. The physical exercise reduces stress and the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and stroke. It gives us challenges that, when achieved, promote feelings of satisfaction and happiness. Gardening burns calories helping to control weight, relieves stress and improves the immune system. It demands responsibility giving us a sense of worth, improves the sensory skills, assists with anger management and helps us live in the moment. Repetitive tasks like weeding, watering and trimming help to calm the mind. If I’ve had a grotty day a “20 minute hoe” on the veg patch, chopping away at those weeds, encourages the positive feelings associated with tidying up tasks. The stress hormone cortisol is lowered in the brain by engaging in a rewarding activity. Gardening has been shown to do this. High levels of cortisol in your brain can affect memory and learning, hence the phrase “I have a lot on my mind”. Gardening can be enjoyed at many levels; providing the gentle physical exercise which removes negative thoughts produced by life’s stresses and helps restore the mind set balance. Gardening is an activity associated with nurture, renewal and growth. When you sow a packet of spring onion seeds or transplant petunias into your patio tubs you are encouraging new life. Growing your own fruit and veg means you are creating a healthy lifestyle for your family. When we harvest our blueberries or dig our potatoes the reward centre in our brain produces dopamine, a slight euphoric, which is triggered by the sight and smell of picking the fruit and veg. There’s a great joy when you pick that first ripe strawberry or the first portion of runner beans. This is akin to that feeling when you take the

first batch of cheese scones from the oven or have a morning’s retail therapy at Rushden Lakes. It is thought that the release of dopamine and the rewarding feeling it produces was probably experienced by our hunter gatherer ancestors when they found their food. The release of this endorphin encourages repeat activity because it makes you feel rewarded and so it is self-perpetuating. A natural way of keeping depression at bay is to get your hands dirty. By not wearing gardening gloves and touching compost and soil with your bare hands promotes the release of serotonin, the happy chemical. It is so called because along with dopamine it helps to boost the immune system and put us in a good mood. Planting the patio tubs with brightly coloured bedding plants and bulbs enhances our surroundings, inviting you to step outside and enjoy fresh air and some sun. Colour and perfume are great stimulators for positive thoughts. Studies have shown that surrounding ourselves with flowers, boosts our state of mind, increasing feelings of happiness and joy. Colours like red, orange, yellow and pink denote laughter, white is bright cheerfulness and green foliage calms the anxious mind. Some flowers like orchids can be enjoyed in a greenhouse where they increase the positive energy in their surroundings and are recommended for Feng Shui. Patient studies showed that those allowed flowers in their rooms needed less pain relief, had lower blood pressure and pulse rates, were less anxious and had a more positive attitude to recovery. What a shame NHS hospitals will not allow flowers in the wards. When your skin is exposed to sunlight it produces Vitamin D which helps with calcium absorption to strengthen bones and the immune system. ALL GOOD STUFF. So have fun playing in the dirt and enjoy your freshly picked fruit and veg promoting a healthier lifestyle. Take a break from the computer screen and go out into your garden no matter how large or small. Pick up that trowel, seek out the spade and secateurs, start up the mower and discover for yourself why gardening is good for you.

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VILLAGE CONTACT DIRECTORY (updated 19.03.20) VICAR Revd Peter R Kay ............................................................. 918027 The Vicarage, Thurleigh Road, Milton Ernest MK44 1RF E: rev.peter.kay@outlook.com ASSOCIATE MINISTER Sue Ives ................................................................. 07973 920387 BENEFICE ADMINISTRATOR Mrs Sarah Croft ................................................... 07986 153423 E: parishbeneficeoffice@gmail.com BAPTIST MODERATOR, THURLEIGH & KEYSOE ROW Revd Peter Protheroe ..................................................... 378806 THURLEIGH BAPTIST DEACON Mr David Lloyd (Deacon and Treasurer) ........................ 262125 102 Poplar Avenue, Bedford MK41 8BP The Maples, Colmworth Road, Little Staughton MK44 2BY CHURCHWARDENS All Saints’ Milton Ernest VACANT St Peter’s Pavenham VACANT St Peter’s Thurleigh Mr Richard Singleton, .................................................... 771952 13 Keysoe Road, Thurleigh CHURCH KEY HOLDERS All Saints’ Milton Ernest Contact the Vicar St Peter’s Pavenham Contact the Vicar St Peter’s Thurleigh Contact the Churchwardens Mrs C Blair, 2 The Close, Thurleigh, ............................... 771035 SCHOOLS Milton Ernest CofE Primary School Head Teacher: Lisa Virnuls ............................................. 822079 Thurleigh Primary School and Pre-School Playgroup Head Teacher: Mrs Sarah Moore ................................... 771252 Pinchmill Primary School and Pre-School Head Teacher: Mrs Vanessa Coleman ........................... 781371 E: enquiries@pinchmillprimary.co.uk PARISH COUNCILS Milton Ernest Chairman Mr Steve Dilley ............................................... 824635 13 Radwell Road, Milton Ernest MK44 1RY. Parish Clerk Sue Bottoms ............................................... 751300 E: sue.x999@btinternet.com Pavenham Chairman Mr Thomas Beazley ....................................... 824565 E: thomas.beazley@talk21.com Parish Clerk Dr P R Sharpe.............................................. 823423 East End Farm, Pavenham MK43 7PR Thurleigh www.thurleigh.net www.bedsparishes.gov.uk/thurleigh-parish-council Chairman: Mr Michael Thompson ................................ 771033 E: orchardhouse2000@aol.com Parish Clerk:  Mandy Wilson .......................................... 782816 E: clerk@thurleigh-pc.gov.uk

MILTON ERNEST WI Mrs Penny Welch .......................................................... 918730 E: p.welch1@btinternet.com MILTON ERNEST BOOK CLUB Mrs Gill Jackson ............................................................... 825538 PAVENHAM WI Mrs Kathleen Bennett ..................................................... 824109 51 The Bury, Pavenham Mrs Jenny Evans .............................................................. 823620 52 The Bury, Pavenham, MK43 7PY VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS Milton Ernest Mrs Helen Eyre ........................................ 824508 14 Huntsman’s Way, Milton Ernest MK44 ISA Pavenham Dave Smith, Chairman.................................. 826616 E: bookings@pavenhamvillage.co.uk Thurleigh Pat Edwards .................................................... 772317 Beech Tree House, 26A High Street, Thurleigh

THE VILLAGER MAGAZINE Subscriptions and Distribution Gerry Stafford, Milton Ernest ........................................ 823060 Mrs Kathleen Bennett, Pavenham.................................. 824109 Linda Singleton, Thurleigh .............................................. 771952 Advertisements/Treasurer Mrs Jenny Evans, 52 The Bury, Pavenham ..................... 823620 E: david_jenny@btinternet.com Editors Milton Ernest Rosemary Ostley .................................... 822095 E: rjostley@googlemail.com Pavenham Lisa Milligan ................................................. 822266 E: lisa.milligan.editor@gmail.com Thurleigh Adrienne Larkin .............................................. 771078 E: adriennelarkin_2@hotmail.com Co-ordinating Helen Brown ............................................ 824153 E: thevillager.ed@gmail.com MILTON ERNEST PLAYING FIELD ASSOCIATION Parish Clerk: Sue Bottoms ............................................. 751300 E: sue.x999@btinternet.com

TODDLERS Fiona ..................................................................... 07909 748354 MILTON ERNEST RAMBLERS Dave Kerr ........................................................................ 822773 All telephone numbers listed are Bedford code (01234)

VILLAGER COMMUNITY BUS Provides services (free with bus pass) from Milton Ernest, Pavenham and Thurleigh to MK, Sainsbury's, Peterborough, St. Ives etc. Volunteer drivers required. Full information on website: www.sharnbrookvillagerminibus.co.uk or ring 781920 and leave a message.

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