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This Month... Totternhoe Castle Town At The Crossroads It’s Christmas Valentines Day Easter Gung Hei Fat Choi A Travellers Tale What’s Best For You Aged Concerns In The Garden Auto-biographies Technology - Laptops The Nutrition Coach Natural Health Hair & Beauty Puzzles Out & About

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Come along and find out more about your local nature reserve at Blows Downs Event: Activities for Adults & Kids Date: Sunday 24 March 2013 Time: 10am – 3pm Location: Blows Downs Nature Reserve, Dunstable. Meet near to the Half Moon Lane entrance Price: Donations gratefully accepted Audience: Everyone Welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information Tel Ruth Sneath: 01525 874317 Email:

Chloe Randell, Hannah Randell and Charlotte Ridley received their Baden Powell Awards on December 13th. The awards which are the highest that can be gained in the Guide section of Girlguiding were presented by County Commissioner Debbie Docherty (pictured with the girls). To gain these awards the girls spent over a year working on different badges, community projects and organising unit events. They also spent a weekend in London at Guide Headquarters taking part in a Baden Powell Adventure with other girls from around the U.K. Toddington Guides are a vibrant unit and we have a fun and varied programme. Last term girls entered the district craft competition, performed plays for the performing Arts badge, went sledging at the Snozone in Milton Keynes and had a sleepover at the guide building. Also Christmas parcels were delivered to senior citizens in the village. We also go camping, hiking and have cookouts! Guides are aged 10 -14 and open to anyone regardless of whether they have been a Brownie. For more information on joining please contact me on 873932. Christine Baker, Leader, 1st Toddington Guides.

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Are you a singer or in a band? Would you like the chance to perform in front of hundreds of people? Then apply to perform at Party in the Park on 20 July or Dunstable Rocks on 31 August in Grove House Gardens, Dunstable. We are accepting applications for a slot on our stage during these events. We are looking for a mix of music and acts to complete our line up. Cllr Liz Jones, Chairman of Community Services Committee says “Party in the Park and Dunstable Rocks is a fantastic way for local acts to showcase themselves. Dunstable Town Council supports local music and wants to promote the talent that Dunstable Has.” If you are interested in applying then please e-mail or ring for further details on 01582 891406.

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otternhoe Castle The Totternhoe Knoll is one of our better known landmarks, partly due to it’s prominence in the surrounding countryside. This prominence would most likely have played a large part in the decision to use the knoll as the site for a Norman Castle, or to be more accurate a Motte and Bailey. This type of building was a very effective, and cheap, form of Medieval fortification. They normally consisted of a mound or hill with a ditch and defended enclosures. Totternhoe was thought to be one of the strongest Norman Castles at it’s time of erection, during the 12th century, and with three buildings surrounded by wooden palisade it would have been an impressive sight. The inner baileys would have been used for agricultural purposes of growing crops or for grazing livestock.


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The Food of Love They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so why not experiment with some tempting titbits this Valentine’s Day? In Japan feeling flirty can become – quite literally – a matter of life or death! Puffer fish is considered to be a great delicacy and an aphrodisiac, but it contains a poisonous gland that is deadly and must be removed before eating! A safer seafood option is the oyster. A favourite with the Romans some oysters are able to change sex repeatedly and so are said to give you the ability to experience the male and female sides of love. For a sophisticated saucy snack you can’t go wrong with asparagus. Served with hollandaise sauce and washed down with champagne it’s sure to pep things up. And do you know where the term ‘honeymoon’ comes from? In Medieval times newlyweds drank mead – a fermented drink made with honey – to sweeten their marriage. But I reckon the ultimate palate pleaser has got to be chocolate. Described by the Aztecs as ‘nourishment of the Gods’, it contains both a relaxing sedative that lowers inhibitions and a stimulant to perk you up. Even better is the news that it is more effective when combined with that other an- tioxidant, red wine – but don’t have too much, or your suitor may become a snorer!

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Lots of men will be heading off to florists this month but have you ever wondered why we give flowers? The Victorians were a rather coy bunch not given to brazen declarations of love, so a whole language sprang up around flowers and plants with special meanings attached to each variety. The language was called floriography. So flowers could be used to express almost any sentiment and in combination they could convey a whole range of emotions.

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Mother’s Day Sunday 10th March

This arrangement is childproof, so give it a go! You will need a bunch or two of small flowers such as spray carnations or freesias. The flowers will only cost £3-£5 from a supermarket; a few stems of rosemary twigs (try the herb section in the supermarket) or similar foliage from the garden; enough ribbon to go around the neck of the jar and tie in a bow; some string or garden twine. Wash enough pretty, small shells or stones to quarter fill a clean clear glass jar. Select one of your flowers and cut it so the stem is about twice the height of the jar. The next flowers should be slightly shorter. Holding the long flower in one hand, make a ring of shorter flowers around it. Next, circle with foliage, cut slightly shorter. Repeat until you run out of flowers. Loop the twine a couple of times around the stems and tie a knot. Don’t squeeze the stems - they should be able to move a little. Trim the bottom of the stems with a diagonal cut (they last longer this way) so they are all the same length and place the arrangement in the jar. Jiggle, so the stems are held in place by the shells. Tie the ribbon in a bow around the neck of the jar. If the flowers came with a sachet of food, make this up following the instructions and fill the jam jar. Keep the rest of the water in a sealed container and use to top up the flowers every day. Several children? Use different sizes and shapes of jar and different flowers in each, or mix together. Display the jars in a group.

The Meaning Of Flowers

Red rose Passionate love White rose Eternal love or innocence Pink rose Perfect happiness or please believe me Orchid Love, beauty and refinement Apple Blossom Preference, good fortune Begonia Beware! Bluebell Humility Pink carnation I’ll never forget you Yellow carnation Disdain, rejection Iris Faith hope and wisdom Ivy Fidelity Primrose I can’t live without you or young love

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Easter An Egg-cellent Idea Whatever the weather, children of all ages will love an Easter egg hunt. Try one of these ideas and have a cracking good time! • For a simple hunt, put plastic eggs around the house or garden that children have to collect to win a prize, or hide small chocolate eggs them to collect in a basket.


hocolate comes from the Aztec word ‘xocolatl’, meaning bitter water. Originally it was consumed as a drink made from cacao beans, chillies, achiote and cornmeal. Emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets every day!


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• Add clues to make the search a bit harder. Alternatively, create a treasure map and mark each egg with an X. • Young children will enjoy following a trail of paper bunny footprints, or a long piece of string to reach their prize. • Add a fun educational twist using numbered cardboard egg shapes – children can collect odd or even numbers, or get the highest total to win a prize. You could also put the letters of an Easter-themed word on the shapes and challenge them to solve the anagram. • Set up an ‘obstacle’ hunt. To win each egg, children have to complete a challenge, such as doing ten star jumps, singing a nursery rhyme, or completing a craft activity. • If you have a mixed group of children, prepare individual checklists so they each find only what is on their list and no more – for example, two chocolate bunnies, three silver eggs and four fluffy chicks.


Choccy Facts

ver 66 percent of the world’s cacao is produced in Africa. The US consumes the most chocolate per year, but the Swiss consume the most per capita.


olumbus brought the cocoa bean to Europe, but Cortez first realised its commercial value. With the addition of cane sugar the chocolate drink became very popular, but it wasn’t until 1842 that the first chocolate bar was produced by Cadbury.


ne unfortunate Bishop was poisoned by chocolate-addicted parishioners because he tried to ban its consumption during church services.


argest and longest records go to Nestle for creating the largest cup of hot chocolate (2,400 litres) in November 2010, and to Mirco Della Vecchia for producing the longest chocolate bar measuring 15.9m a year later.


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hinese New Year is the biggest celebration of the year for Chinese people around the world. In China, the festival is marked by a three-day public holiday. Also called the Spring Festival, it is a special time for families to get together, and millions of people travel home from their places of work or study. Chinese people prepare for the New Year celebrations by cleaning their houses from top to bottom. The idea is to clear away any bad luck and make way for good luck in the year ahead. People also buy new clothes and have their hair cut. They decorate their homes with red and gold paper decorations and lights. Red is a lucky colour in China, while gold represents wealth. Debts must be paid off before the end of the year, otherwise it is said that you will be short of money in the following year. People also bring plants and fruit trees into their homes, especially kumquat plants and peach blossom. On New Year’s Eve, families gather together for a celebratory feast. They eat sticky rice dumplings to bring good luck and happiness. It is a time to be thankful for the year that is ending and to remember family members who have died. At midnight, the doors and windows of the house are opened to let the old year out and firecrackers are set off. The next day, friends and families exchange gifts of food, flowers and sweets. Children are given money in red paper envelopes. There are fireworks and elaborate lion and dragon dances featuring beautifully coloured costumes and puppets. People try to forget grudges and wish peace and happiness to everyone. The date of the New Year is calculated using the lunar calendar and can fall any time between late January and the middle of February. A complete cycle of the lunar calendar lasts 60 years and consists of five cycles of 12 years. Each of the 12 years is named after a different animal – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Legend has it that Buddha asked all the animals on earth to join him for a party. Only 12 turned up, and as a reward, he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. Each animal has certain characteristics which people born in that year are said to share. 2013 will be the Year of the Snake. People born in this year are said to be romantic, wise and charming. They are good at making and saving money, but can be stingy. Famous snakes include Audrey Hepburn, Bob Dylan and Brad Pitt!


What are you doing on March 17th this year? You probably don’t have a clue, but if you are of Irish descent chances are that you will be donning green attire and tucking into a plateful of bacon and cabbage! The date is St Patrick’s Day, commemorating the death of Ireland’s patron saint on 17th March 461. Patrick was born in Roman Britain to a wealthy Christian family - his father was a deacon and his grandfather a priest. He was kidnapped and held captive by Irish raiders at the age of sixteen, but eventually escaped; following which he received a vision and calling to return to Ireland to preach Christianity to its heathen population. So it is that St Patrick is credited with taking Christianity to Ireland. Patrick used the three leaves of the native Irish shamrock to teach the doctrine of the Trinity. Nowadays, the shamrock and green clothing are customarily worn on St Patrick’s Day. Traditionally, Irish families mark the day by attending church in the morning and celebrating in the afternoon. The festival includes public parades, processions, concerts, outdoor theatre and fireworks – all designed to celebrate all things Irish! So, if you find yourself at a loose end on 17th March, why not look up your local Irish centre and join in the festivities?!


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wo or three years ago, a brochure landed on my doormat advertising a trip up the Norwegian fjords, round Nordkapp and then into the White Sea. Although we'd previously been to the southern fjords, we'd never been all the way to the top before - and never into Russia. It was up to us to arrange our Russian visas - and this is an example of the bureaucracy of closed minds. And, to add insult to injury, it's by no means cheap. But eventually, they came through! The cruise started from Leith and we were picked up at Edinburgh and transported to the ship ready to sail out that evening for Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. By now, it had started to rain and we arrived in Lerwick ("Bay of Clay" in Old Norse) next afternoon to a damp and overcast welcome. After a whirlwind coach trip round Lerwick, we were taken to the Jarlshof Neolithic/Bronze Age remains which, I'm sure, would be most impressive under sunshine and blue skies. Shetland shows its Norwegian heritage: for example, its flag is a blue Scandinavian cross on a white background and many dialect words from Old Norse are in everyday use. There are also reminders of WW2 and of the "Shetland 'Bus" when people and provisions were secretly ferried back and forth between Norway and Shetland during those dark days. We sailed out early evening heading for Bergen and arrived next lunchtime. Mercifully, the rain had stopped, and in the afternoon we visited Edvard Grieg's home and 16

museum followed by a piano recital of some of his music. Very posh! Bergen is Norway's second city and started life as a fishing village in the 11th century but later achieved great fame as a Hanseatic sea port in the 14th century. Many of the original gabled wooden buildings in older parts of town may still be seen. The weather turned dull and misty again and when we reached Olden, it was pouring. But British stiff upper lip demanded we go on another coach trip to the famous tourist honeypot of Briksdal Glacier. After disembarking, the uphill trek to the glacier was an endurance test in itself. The glacier was nothing startling, but thanks to the heavy rain and melting ice, the many waterfalls - and one in particular - put on a splendid show. Afterwards, a mass of extremely soggy passengers returned to the ship in time to leave for Alesund in the late afternoon. Fortunately, the weather improved overnight and after arriving next morning, we were taken on a walking tour of the town famous for its art nouveau architecture. This had come about literally by accident in 1904 when the town - originally built of wood - was completely destroyed by fire. The town planners decided to rebuild the town in the currently fashionable art nouveau style - most unusual. Alesund was involved with the Shetland 'Bus previously mentioned, and our guide was an elderly gent. Asked if he ever took German tourists around, he replied No and, tapping his head, said "it's still in here". Alesund is a pleasant little town made more so by sunshine and also by the fact that school marching bands from around a very large area had congregated for an annual festival. The musical standard was surprisingly high and was compli-

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After lunch, another fishing village, Nusfjord. Somewhat bigger and prettier than A, its economy had also been fishing originally and it was interesting to learn that the various colours still seen on the buildings were based upon original different costs of paint, ie the houses of (former) ordinary fishermen are red (which was cheap) whilst shops and commercial buildings are yellow. However, because white paint was very expensive, the large, grand, "posh" house in the village was painted white. Sometimes a Lofoten houseowner couldn't afford to paint his whole house white so only the side which faced the sea was white! Later that night - and still in daylight - we passed through Trollfjord. This passage is restricted to smaller ships since it is extremely narrow. Going through, it felt as though we must surely scrape the steep sides. And this made the whole experience somewhat awe inspiring. The ship docked at Tromso early next morning amidst wall to wall blue sky and sunshine. A large city by northern

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tato (I’ve heard that for worms these foods are like us eating oyster....they erm… put them in the mood for a little wriggle wriggle), cardboard and paper. My wormery is a multi- tray system. You start off feeding your food waste into the bottom tray. At the bottom of the trays above there are holes which allow the worms to transfer themselves to the next level and as each tray fills, the worms move upwards to the waste in the next tray, leaving compost behind. They are voracious As far as I’m aware, garden worms eaters and it’s not long before the don’t have their own ‘worm awareness week’, they just carry on doing next tray is needed. You can harvest the earth about every three months. what they do best, quietly making This can be quite messy, there will beautifully rich, dark brown garden always be some worms left when the goodness. You may be happy to leave the worms well alone, merrily rest have moved up to the next level, so rubber gloves are a good idea. munching away in the compost heap, but why not have a go at mak- The soil which is removed can be ing your own worm villa (known as mixed one part worm caste to three parts ordinary soil. a wormery), or buying a pre- made The bottom of the wormery has a version online? well for collecting the water (‘wee Most kids love worms so it’s a great tea’), it also has a tap, the liquid activity to do as a family, or indeed should be drained and diluted (at if you enjoy the idea of reducing 1:10 with water), and used as a very landfill and nourishing your garden concentrated liquid fertiliser, at the same time. There aren’t many problems with Keeping a wormery is very easy, they come in a variety of sizes to suit keeping a wormery the main ones I found were due to the wet and cold all households and budgets, it will weather. In wet weather I found that reduce kitchen waste and provide there was often more liquid than I, or very nutritious soil for the garden. Although they don’t make great pets the worms could cope with so I leave the tap open, before I did this I sadly their waste is a lot easier to handle had quite a few drowned worms, a and they save money on fertilisers and compost. I live in an area where folded newspaper also helps keep we have food waste recyling bins but the water from just running through I never have to use mine because the and also helps with keeping the worms warm. If the weather is cold worms manage all our food waste. the wormery can be stored in the Once you’ve bought the wormery garage or wrapped in bubble wrap (mine came with Tiger Worms) or agricultural fleece, If not they do setting it up requires the soil which freeze quite stiff, but do not cover the the worms arrive in and any left over vegetables, but not onions and air holes on the lid. If there is a problem with ants, a little garlic or citrus fruit as these are too acidic. They particularly like teabags, Vaseline on the legs of the wormery crushed egg shells, cold mashed po- will soon sort it out. 28

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If you cut a worm in half it will probably die, one 'half' may survive and regrow but you will not get two worms. The only possibly reasonable negative or bad thing about a worm is that some humans don't like them- which is hardly the worms fault. Worms only eat dead organic matter. Nothing more and nothing less. This immediately puts them towards the very top of the list of beneficial and harmless life forms on the planet. We humans alas are towards the bottom. Enzymes produced in the gut of composing worms improves the nutrient content of the compost. Worm worked compost or worm casts are the most nutrient rich natural compost known. There are over 3000 species of worms worldwide 28 native to the UK and 3 particularly good at the rapid conversion of dead organic matter to well worked compost. Worms never over populate. They regulate their breeding actively in line with their environment, availability of food and space. If only we did likewise... Worms are hermaphroditic. They can change gender but can't be both at the same time so it still takes two to tango! The Tiger Worm, Eisenia fetida process and composts a higher percentage equivalent in waste of its own body weight than any other native or European species. The Tiger worm 100% Dendrobaena a still impressive 50%. Charles Darwin spent three years on his researches which lead to his great work, 'The origins of the Species' but 10 years on studying worms alone. There are billions more worms in the world than humans yet both would benefit from more of the former and less of the latter! Worms achieve sexual maturity after about 6 weeks and they reproduce by laying tiny capsules. Capsules can lay dormant in the soil for months and even years until conditions are propitious when between 2 and 10 small translucent pink worms will emerge.


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“The more you put in, the more you get out” is certainly true for the members of Dunstable and District Orbit Club. Since its inception over 20 years ago, the club has raised thousands of pounds for local and national of tulips growfrom events cultivation such as quizzes, race and nights, stalls our openings. Lookcharities out for our 1ST TOTTERNHOE BROWNIES WATLING STREET CLUB Carnivals etc. ing them for the Chelsea Flower posters around the at village. Small Brownie Pack However, there is more to Orbit than the comradeship We are an independent social club for ex-Rotarians and Show - this year they gained their Everyone Welcome ‘only down the hill to Totternhoe’ and teamwork involved in organising fundraising events. similarly minded peoplecome and have 62nd Gold medal! On November If you are interested alongbeen in existence for The emphasis is very muchthe on having fun in nearly 3 years. We are named ‘The Watling Street Club’ 12th Chairman ofall thetheir Midland THE BOGTROTTERS for an evening and find out how activities including a wide range of social pursuits such as as our members form a link along the Watling Street. Branch of the National Vegetable TheHunter’s Bogtrotters (Dunstable and bowling, much archery, 10-pin cinema/theatres, guided walks, We meet every Thursday evening at the ‘Old will tellevents us how to have District Walking and Hostelling fun you can have. progressive meals etc.Society The club plan to suit all Lodge’ Whipsnade for a meal and speaker. homegrown vegetables on our Group) are a group of about 90 Spaces available budgets and many of them are free or at a low cost. New members are welcome. For more information plate every day of the year. The walkers, hikers andMembership hostellers. is We Tuesday Evening ‘s 01582 term time only £10 annually. contact John Stevens 668033 Meetings are on and third Tuesdays each Christmas meeting onof December run a surprisingly diverse range of the first 6.00pm – 7.30pm D.A.W.G. SOCIAL CLUB month at the Dunstable Rugby Bedford Road , 10th will Club, be a sociable evening. activities, including half and full Ages 7 – 10 Houghton Regis 8pm. You’ll be guaranteed a warm We are acontact small and We start 2013 in January with a daysocial walks, hostelling trips, meals Please Zoefriendly Hurry Dunstable based welcome. group once a month with a wide variety of talk by English Heritage about the and evening activities. 01582meeting 666942 Contact Mark on 01582 539379, speakers during the winter and outdoor events recently restored gardens at Wrest New and members are always Julie on wel01582 535761 visits during the summer. Each year we also arrange two Park, Silsoe. come. Prospective members are CHILDREN’S PROM evenings with a meal and professional entertainment. Meetings are heldCLUB on the 2nd invited to get in touch via the 2.30pm February, DUNSTABLE BRIDGE We wouldSaturday welcome9new members (couples and singles). Monday of each winter month at give us a ring or just turn St Mary’s Eaton For further Church, information andBray: a free visit whywebsite, not contact We meet every Monday bank holidays) Chews the (except Salvation Army Hall, in Bull Pond up to an event or walk. featuring Aylesbury Concert Band. Brian on 01525 754189. House in High Street South, Dunstable, from 1pm to Lane, Dunstable and commence FREE TICKETS for accompanied 5pm. We would welcome new members of all standards 7.30pm. Visitors welcome at £2 DUNSTABLE GARDEN CLUB children. and you do not need at a partner. newcall: members subscription is 01582 865966 SueIforanyone Julianis interestedand Prom favourites please 01582 664485 Dunstable Garden including Club meetSailor’s on the second Monday £10 a year. Hornpipe and month Land ofatHope and evening of each 7.30pm at the Salvation Army Mary Chapman Tel:Community Hall, Bull Pond Lane, Dunstable. The Club DOWNSIDE DUNSTABLE W.I.DOWNS Glory - other music may include BLOWS CONSERVATION GROUP has been in existence for many years and maintaining 01582 603710 We meet two evenings a month extracts from The Jungle Book, Join our friendly guided walk at blows downs dunstable on aChitty steadyChitty membership. The subscription is only £102nd per& 4th Thursday at on the Bang Bang, Harry sunday July 3rd. the walk will be a short 2 miles but unduyear which entitles members to attend eight winter D.A.W.G. SOCIAL CLUB Watling Lower Sch.lating, Bullpond Ln, Potter, Aladdin, Pirates of the Carat a leisurly pace. on the way we talk about the meetings with speakers and a selection of summer are atrust small and friendly Dunat 7.30pm. ibbean,from Nelly theonwards Elephant, Mary interesting flora and fauna of thisWe wildlife owned nature reserve outings May to various and which will include thestable area ofbased the chalk pitsclub where themeet wild social who For more info contact Poppins. garden venues. well-known should be in abundance. once a month in Houghton Regis Chris 520361 Ticketsare for very adults £7.50 from Visitors welcome at £2 the each so why notBrewin come 01582orchids Meet aton theyour far end ofwith Halfamoon , dunstable at 3pm. widelane variety of speakers February - “Clothes Box Office - 01525 222283 along and meet some of the members who14th would love for further details, tony bliss 01582 and 704664. during the winter outdoor Back” Angela DavisTel. - Comp. to see fresh faces. events during the summer. Tip EATON BRAY TAVERNERS CHILTERN CEILIDHSDressmaking We would welcome new members 28th February - Members Evening BRIDGE CLUB Chiltern Ceilidhs a regular ceilidh/barn dance the - “Human Design (couples and singles). For further 14th on March The club meets -every Friday 2nd Friday of the month. All ages welcome, no experiSt Fremund’s informationChurch and a free visit why System” evening fromand 7.30-10.30pm at our house ence required live music from band - Cheryl Pearce - Comp. not contact Brian on If you could be someone else who the Methodist Church, Eaton Bray every month! The dances start at 8pm (doors open at Westfield Road, Dunstable 01525 754189. it be? High St.and to play duplicate bridge. 7.30pm) tickets are £7 (£5 conc) withwould under 10s 28thstreet, March - Birthday Party £1 for in members, £2 for getting free. Venue: Thevisitors. Polish Club, Albion TEA TIME TALES Dunstable, 3AZ Tel: 01525LU6 221779 Contact: 01582 475655, Priory House Heritage Centre DUNSTABLE SENIOR CITIZENS email: ourage would you like to live to? Tel: 01582 890270 What TODDINGTON COMMUNITY CAFEor visit website: Local History Talks Would you like to live it with Toddington Community Cafe aims with Tea/Coffee Dignity, Financial peace of mind, to bring Toddington together and THE BOGTROTTERS Withand a voice raise funds for(Dunstable our community. TheWalking Contact: MrsThursday Nicola2.30pm, Talbot- 4.00pm The Bogtrotters and District Hos£4.50 per person Wehikers are aand local group fighting the Café Group) opens twice a month: telling are a group of about 90 walkers, 01582604847 7th February fight for the over 50’s on the first Monday of the diverse range hostellers. We run a surprisingly of activities, Deceiving the enemy Interested in out more? month,from 9.15-11.30am Tod- trips, including half and full day walks,in hostelling meals and Dunstable’s fakers and forgers in Come to a meeting dington Baptist Church, and evening activities. World War II - Town Guide Jean We meet the last Thursday of each on the third Thursday the month New members are alwaysof welcome. Prospective members 21st February month at 2pm from 9.15-11.30am in via thethe Wilkinare invited to get in touch website, give us a ring or just up beside to an event or walk. Women Codebreakers of Bletchley In the Social club of The Catholic sonturn Hall, St. George’s Town Guide Bryony Church in West Street Dunstable Church. 7th March Or call for more information on All our Cakes and Bakes are home01582 or Julian Every More Interesting Local Ladies 01582 534357 made865966 by localSue volunteers. Town Guide Bryony month we donate our profits to a THE HEALING TRUSTDUNSTABLE GARDEN CLUB 21st March charity or local group supporting Ardley School, Lowther Road, Dunstable, eachOctober meeting a The Priory Gardens At our local Hill people. Thursday - 9pm. No charge, donations What Lies Beneath - Dave Warren, representative of Blom’s Bulbs, See and evening, LIKE our7.30 Facebook page accepted. NFSHofcontact Pam HillCafe on Manshead Archaological Society Melchbourne, Bedfordshire gave for examples our previous 01582 606182. Come for interest or healing. a very interesting talk on the treats, and to receive updates on

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The perfect place to take your loved one to celebrate .Enjoy a glorious romantic meal with fabulous food and an elegant atmosphere. 14th Feb 7.30 - 9.30 £22.50 Nest box making

16th February 11am - 3pm £7 Help your birds by giving them a home this Spring. Build a cosy nest box with our countryside team and provide your garden birds somewhere to nest this Spring. Half Term Crafty Fun

Join us this half term and get making! We’ll be having a different activity happening every day from Kite to mask making and plenty of other creative craft fun. 18th February Kite Making £5 19th February Mask Making £5 20th February Clay Making £5 Sharpenhoe Clappers Walk

24th February 11am - 1pm £2 Fancy a breath of fresh air An opportunity to learn more about this important landscape with this stroll through the Clappers and surrounding area. Led by a member of the National Trust Countryside Team. Easter Egghead Hunt

Join us on our egg trail Join us for an exciting egg hunt with our sponsors Cadburys. Complete our trail exploring the Downs and win a yummy Cadburys chocolate egg! There will be lots of family Easter fun happening too. 23 & 24 March 29 March - 1 April 11am - 4pm Last admission time: 4pm All Tickets £2 (for trail and chocolate prize DUNSTABLE NETBALL CLUB The Club’s objective is to foster and promote the sport of netball, providing opportunities for recrea-

tion and competition. Dunstable Netball Club Junior session is held at All Saints Academy, Houghton Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU5 5AB from 6pm till 7.15 on Thursday evenings. Children are required to wear suitable training shoes, bring a drink and £3.00 subscription fees per week. The adult session is held at All Saints Academy, as above from 7.30 - 9.00 on Thursday evenings. It is open to all ages and abilities and is a great way to get fit, have fun and make new friends. £3.00 subscription fee per week Junior membership of the Club is open to : Boys in School years 5 & 6 Females in School Year 5 to adult Children aged 8 (school year 4) will be accepted if a Club Coach deems them to have exceptional development qualities and on the agreement of the committee. For further information, find us on Facebook(Dunstable Net-ball Club) BREAKOUT SOCIAL CLUB We are a club for the over forty fives, not a singles club but a social club for people who enjoy going out but are on their own, also where they can meet like minded people, make new friends and enjoy a varied social life in a safe and friendly environment. We meet once a week, we now have a room in the Conservative Club, High Street North . Dunstable Annual fee -£26 For more information please contact Sandy on 07813 262556 BREATHEASY Do you suffer from a lung condition? Then why not come and join our local Support group - breatheasy - Part of the British lung foundation. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at peter newton pavilion (Behind tesco) 2 - 4pm carers also welcome As well as supporting each other we have a variety of speakers and also arrange day trips out. New members most welcome More info phone michael on 01582 602348 PRIORY LADIES GROUP We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month 8.00pm - 10.00pm at Chews House, High Street South, Dunsta-

ble. We are a lively group of 50 plus, if you like interesting talks, meeting people and occasional trips out then why not join us! Our meetings until Easter are Looking for Polar Bears : 13th February - Fish & Ships : 27th February - February Fun : 13th March - Humbers Homemade Preserves look forward to seeing YOU....... For further information please telephone Monica 01582 667030 or Barbara 01582 606300 FRIENDS OF STUDHAM COMMON We are a friendly,voluntary group whose aim is to conserve,maintain and promote Studham Common as a haven for wildlife and a place for everyone to enjoy.For this purpose we meet as a work party on the third Saturday of each month (except Dec.) The work is not onerous and we enjoy the exercise and the good company –and a picnic lunch is provided! Details from Pam on 01582 872608 pamrumfitt@ MEDIEVAL DUNSTABLE Celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Priory, & the Medieval History of Dunstable On 18th October (St. Luke’s Day) 1213, Bishop Hugh II of Lincoln visited Dunstable to dedicate the newly completed Augustinian Priory of St. Peter. This year will see the 800th anniversary of this historic occasion. To commemorate this, there will be a series of Medieval Dunstable events throughout the year. Full details of these events, and further information, can be found on . Admission will be charged for some of these events and tickets for these can be obtained at Priory House, Dunstable’s Heritage Centre. Many of the events are focused on the Priory Church of St. Peter, which has its own website www. We look forward to sharing these exciting events with you and with the many visitors to the town which these celebrations will attract. Check with Priory House for the latest updates Tel. 01582 891420 or email




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The Vine, Villages February March 2013 Issue 6  

A free community magazine local to the Dunstable area of Bedfordshire. Packed with an engaging variety of articles, news, puzzles, competiti...

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