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November - A time to Remember - Rev David Mason
I am writing this in October, when we have been enjoying unseasonable pleasant weather, with plenty of sunshine. Only the darkening nights remind us how far into autumn we are. We are only a short time away from Remembrance Sunday. This year the horrors of war have been only too evident as our country has again been involved in war, and we have seen the horrors that accompany conflict. Families in all the countries involved have experienced the loss or serious injury of loved ones, and many people are still questioning the decision to go to war.
There may be times when it is necessary to fight to preserve the freedoms that we know and cherish, but surely this should only be as a last resort. We need to be sure that all other methods of resolving conflict have been explored to the uttermost before the ultimate action of going to war is taken. It is important that we observe Remembrance Sunday seriously, and consider again the costs of war in terms of the suffering inflicted on all those involved, and the debt that we owe to those who have suffered and died on our behalf. Surely their sacrifice must make us more determined than ever to seek other ways of resolving conflicts. The United Nations must be made a truly effective organization which can be trusted by all nations, and which is a forum in which differences between nations and peoples can be addressed without the need to resort to armed struggle.
In November we move into the season of Advent, a time of penitence in preparation for the coming of our Lord. Let us make Advent this year a time when we learn again about the way that God intended all people to live together in peace, love and harmony. Let each of us consider how we have failed to live up to that intention in our own lives, and how we can change our lives to be in harmony with God's way. Then we may be able to work to bring God's way to this troubled world.

Hampers & Champers Christmas Dance - Linda Rance
Pinchmill Pre School will be hosting the Annual Hampers & Champers Christmas Dance 2003, although it will be a less formal affair than the Christmas Ball last year! Arrangements are still being finalised and we hope to issue posters in the very near future. Watch this space and make a note in your diary for Saturday 13th December.

Coffee Morning - Jane Wells
The Coffee Morning for December, in aid of the Church Heating Fund will be held at the home of  Mo and Kanzy Zaki, on Saturday 6 December at 10.30am. Home made cakes, toiletries, produce and bric-a-brac for the bring and buy stall will be greatly appreciated. All welcome.

Save the Children Fund - Jacky Phipps
Many thanks to all who so generously supported the open weekend on 11th & 12th October. We raised almost 900 and the total is increasing daily as orders continue to come in - a magnificent result. If you missed the event, it is not too late - I shall be taking orders until 11th November and will have cards and wrapping paper in stock until Christmas. Ring me on 781789, or drop your order and cheque through the letterbox with your phone number and I will call you when the goods arrive.

WI - May Mills
There is an abundance of life in a churchyard if you only care to look. Ann Doody looked, and discovered that churches and churchyards have become sanctuaries for disappearing wildlife. She spent three years travelling the length and breadth of the country with her camera, and the results were some stunning and unexpected photographs of the wildlife to be found in God's Acre. We were taken through the seasons - a carpet of butter snowdrops; meadowland celandines; a sea of bluebells; masses of cowslips and ox-eye daisies; splashes of poppies and foxgloves; autumn crocus and wild cyclamen under the yew trees. Damp darkness is the ideal habitat for the toad, the badger loves bluebell bulbs, the blue butterfly is attracted to holly trees and the orange-tip butterfly to the hawthorn. Mistletoe trees are on the increase thanks to the mistle thrush and rooks nest in tall churchyard trees. What with rabbits, goats, owls, bats, pigeons and robins, the epitaph 'Rest in Peace' seems rather inappropriate!

Pinchmill Pre-School November Update - Lisa Parrish
On Saturday 25th November, we took delivery of the Portakabin which is now situated adjacent to the school behind the fence. It took five men and a very large crane six hours to ease the 5 piece sectional building into position. Many thanks to Laign O'Rourke and NMT Limited for donating, transporting and erecting the building. The project is now under way and we are delighted to see all of our efforts being rewarded.

Pre-School Ladies Night and Courtyard Sale -  Linda Rance
We would like to thank everyone who helped and came along to our two fundraising events in October. Firstly, our Ladies Night held in 3rd October, hosted by Virgin Cosmetics raised 280 and we have secured 100 worth of raffle prizes. Secondly, the Courtyard Sale in Felmersham raised over 250
The money raised will go into the new building project - we are expecting delivery of the building during the October half term.

Wanted a Midday Supervisor at Pinchmill School for 1.5 hours per day, Monday - Friday. Please contact Mrs G Peck for further details and application form.

Night Blight: Light Pollution - CPRE
CPRE Bedfordshire and the Bedford Astronomical Society are holding a meeting on the growing problem of light pollution; the careless, inconsiderate or wasteful use of exterior lighting which is what causes pollution by light and deprives us of the opportunity to enjoy the night sky and the magic of total darkness in the countryside. The meeting will be held at 7.45pm on Wednesday 12th November at Bedford School, Erskine May Hall, Burnaby Road (De Parys Avenue).
CPRE and the British Astronomical Association launched a campaign in May to look at all aspects of light pollution. The campaign has also coincided with the enquiry by the Select Committee on Science and Technology, Light Pollution and Astronomy, whose report was published recently.
The increased use of electric lighting both in urban as well as rural areas is a subject of interest and concern to many groups and individuals especially in villages and the open countryside. The speakers for the evening include representatives from CPRE and the BAS, the Highways Agency, the County Council, Bedford Borough and the Police Crime Prevention Unit.

Sharnbrook Surgery - Dr. Hedges, Dr. Howes & Dr. Rochford
Sharnbrook Practice is a member of the 'Beddoc' out of hours GP's Cooperative. From November 1st 2003, Beddoc will be able to cover all the urgent needs of the patients of member practices on Saturday mornings. The Sharnbrook doctors will take part in the rota providing this care.
We propose to close the Sharnbrook surgery on Saturday mornings from the 1st December 2003. The reason for the delay is to allow a month for the new Beddoc arrangements to settle down. After this date we will be asking patients with urgent medical problems on Saturday mornings, to telephone 781449. This will result in both reception and dispensary being closed as well.
This emergency number will connect you to NHS Direct, who will take your details and transmit them to Beddoc. NHS Direct will give you the appropriate medical advice, or tell you where to attend.
The opening hours of the surgery on weekdays will remain 8:30-18:30, the dispensary will be open from 8:30 am too for the collection of prescriptions.

Recycling = Cash - Sue Norman
Come along to Biddenham Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 25th November and find out how to turn waste paper into cash to benefit your village hall. David Osborne of Biddenham Village Hall committee will give a presentation on how they do it so successfully. We will also have a look at their storage arrangements. There will be a charge of 10 for non BRCC members
For further information or to book a place please contact: Sue Norman, Field Officer on 838771 ext 104 or email suen@bedsrcc.org.uk

Goodwill Children's Homes Present Appeal - Rosalind Templeman
Once again I am asking if you would be willing to donate a small gift for a child at the Bapatla home in India. For new readers, this is one of seven homes run by a small charity, Goodwill Children's Homes, in Andhra Pradesh. The children, aged between 5 and 16, are orphaned or come from very poor families; many have been abandoned. Goodwill cares for them, feeds, clothes and and educates them. The children have very few possessions but they are all happy and grateful for the smallest gifts. Our presents last year were very much appreciated, and every child in the Bapatla home received something.
Gifts such as paper, pencils, crayons, chalk, very small toys, inflatable balls etc are particularly suitable, also socks, T-shirts, hair accessories etc - in other words very small, light items suitable for sending by airmail. (For security reasons we cannot send anything sharp nor anything made predominantly of metal or glass.)
I am hoping to get some photographs of the children for the display board, and might possibly be visiting Bapatla sometime in the New Year. If so, I will write an update in the spring to let you know how the children are getting on.
We will be collecting gifts at the Carol Service on 14th December, and will send them off directly by air. They can be wrapped or unwrapped as you wish. Monetary donations are also extremely welcome. If you would like to sponsor a child or learn more about this charity, I can give you the contact details.
The children are always so delighted to receive their gifts from Felmersham: the house-parents say how excited they are when the boxes arrive.

Christmas Toy & Craft Fair Pinchmill School Association
This annual event just gets better and better! This year we are extending the craft and gifts side, with plenty of opportunity to find Christmas decorations, wrapping, cards and presents for family and friends. We will also be offering tea and mince pies, a Christmas raffle, cake stall; lucky dip and a soft toy tombola for the children. Friends, neighbours and family are all welcome so come along to Pinchmill School on Friday 5th December, 3.30pm onwards, and make this fun event a really good fund-raiser too.

19th Century Photographs of Bedford - Helen Dawkins The collection of old (c1900) photographs of Bedford and surrounding villages has been extended this year to approximately 150 different views, all hand printed photographs and sepia toned.
These will be available at the Victorian Fayre in Bedford, 5th - 7th December.  Just give me a call on 217263 to arrange a visit or get a full list of pictures. Also, if you have a Christmas Fair of your own and would like a supply of the photographs to sell on commission give me a call - as soon as possible, so that I can ensure I have a good supply printed for you. Looking forward to seeing you.

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