Beeston Village News & Events - we 23 July 2010
|Published: 21st July 2010 10:36|
BEESTON VILLAGE NEWS & EVENTS
WE 23 JULY 2010
‘The History of Beeston, Living in this Subtle Landscape,' is with the printer. It is a 102 page volume, which begins 125 million years ago and is full of maps, and colour, and black and white photographs, which span the annals of the village. Some of the photographs have not been seen for a long time, such Alfred Cope, asleep at the Methodist Garden Party, first printed in the Bedfordshire Times in the 1920s, donkey rides on the Green in 1948, Fred and Phyllis Cope rebuilding the Manor House on their wedding day, September 1, 1939, the Xmas Bazaar at the Methodist Church in 1952, the netball team of the 1960s, the football team of 1924/5, the WI and many others.
The history had seven sections. Section One is a general history by Poppy Cope, sub edited by Lucy Cope; Section Two is the history of the Roads, Rivers and Railways around Beeston by Malcolm Holt, edited by Pat & Mike Fowler; Section Three is a time-line and overview by Poppy Cope; Section Four is a synopsis by Ken Page. Section Five is entitled the social history. It includes: the Methodist Church by Alan Richardson; the Garden Party by Poppy Cope; the WI; the Residents Association; and the Sports Festival, the Open Gardens, the Wildlife Group and the Task Team by Poppy Cope; Section Five is the Properties of Beeston; The Manor House which has been written by Gillian Wilkes; Magnolia Cottages and The Knolls by Christine Keating; what is known of The Grange by Poppy Cope, East View Terrace by Mick Charter, and there are photographs of other properties; Section Six is a flavour of the village. It includes: Molly Lincoln's Memories of Beeston, a poem written by Doreen Lawrence, based on Molly's recollections; Len Richardson's Memoirs.; The Boys of Beeston's gift to Mrs Alfred Cope on July 19, 1919 by Poppy Cope; Growing Up in Orchard Road in the 1940s by Barbara Arnold; Families and personalities / Thomas Edward Pawlett by Poppy Cope and Favourite Stories by Poppy Cope.
If you think you would be interested in purchasing a copy of the book, please contact Poppy Cope, as only a limited number will be printed. Ian Dickens account of Elm Farm is available under separate cover.
Incredibly, yet again there is dog fouling on the footbridge across the A1. The Central Bedfordshire Council dog warden has been contacted and will hand out fixed penalties of £75 to owners who do not clean up after their dogs in a public place. Dog mess can carry infection, to which young children are the most susceptible. To report a problem call the council on 0300 300 8631 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BIRD RINGING AND MOTH TRAPPING
The bird ringing and moth trapping provides wonderful, invaluable data for this district on the health and welfare of our wildlife. The sessions are lively, informative, stimulating occasions, especially when Nancy Dawson is present.
Sunday was the day of the migrants. Blackcap, Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler were amongst the birds that had flown thousands of miles around the world, to breed in Beeston. Eight new Blackcap were ringed, and there were two retraps. Remarkably one of retraps was first ringed in Beeston as an adult in 2007, which means it hatched in 2006 and has successfully flown, each winter, backwards and forward to southern Spain or northern Africa, defying all the hazards, to breed four times in Beeston. The Willow Warbler was a tiny bird and a rarity, whilst the Lesser Whitethroat has a strange migration as it travels across Europe to Turkey to reach the Sudan, or Ethiopia via Israel. Amongst the other birds ringed were Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Dunnock and a family of Long-tailed Tits. Meanwhile Nancy had a selection of dead Bumblebees to describe. She then proceeded to teach the audience how to make a missile launcher out of Ribwort Plantain, and a guitar out of Rat's tail Plantain. Nancy and the ringers took great delight in enthusing the youngsters present, who included 7 year old Lauren, Victoria Wright and 2 years old George Jordan.
195 moths of 32 species were identified. There was one new species: the Shaded broad-bar. The most numerous were the Uncertain, which is the name of a species, of which there were 34, and there were favourites such as the Ruby Tiger and the Nut-Tree Tussock. Many thanks to John Day for the use of his moth trap and to the army of supporters with Derek Gruar, who included: Gemma French, Pablo Cerda, Denise Cooper-Kiddle, Leanne Holyoak, Carrie Gooch, Katie Fuller, Darren Fisher. A hobby was seen flying overhead during the morning and amongst the butterflies seen were: Small Skipper, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper Marbled White and Holly Blue.
The annual BBQ, on Saturday evening, July 17, in the garden at Cos Lodge was a thoroughly enjoyable affair. The party began at 6.30pm when those gathered walked around the Meadow at Cos Lodge, then Peter's Field, John's Copse, and Buckles Pond, whilst Max Hill stoked the fire. Many plants were seen in bloom and the differences between self-regenerating areas and sown-ground were observed. It was good to have Councillor Peter Blaine amongst the company, Mavis and Bert Hobby and to welcome back to the village Gill and Malcolm Holt. Although the Barn Owl was not seen on that night it has been seen since hunting in the Meadow at Cos Lodge, and it is still hoped that the female Barn Owl may have a second clutch of eggs. Pipestrelle bats put in a late appearance.'
The AGM took place at 19, the Green at 7.30pm on July 21, when a new committee to serve for the coming year was elected and the profit from this year's event discussed.
ABUSE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE
Bonfires have been lit in Phyllis' Copse again this year. It was fortunate that the whole area did not catch fire, as the grass is tinder dry. There were tins of peaches in the fire, and piles of Foster's and Carlsberg lager cans were left. Amongst the litter left behind was a white ground sheet.
Jane Paterson led worship on Sunday, the ladies choir sang "In the beginning" accompanied on the keyboard by Tim Dawes. Jane displayed art work by the ladies of the Over 21 Club, who were given free rein to create a banner with the theme of "Creation". There was some artistic licence allowed in as much as Molly placed a deckchair and parasol under the Tree of Life, thus making the serpent have to hide in the grass! Jane brought a diverse range of pictures to place on the banner, these were of other creations such as trains, flowers, houses, snow covered cars, animals, churches, family and friends, weather and a car radio! Jane asked "What do you do if love someone?" Tell them you love them, thank them for what they do for you, give them everything and open your heart to them. She then raised the question "What would you do if that person was God?" and the answers were exactly the same. Molly Lincoln repeated the talk that she gave on Biggles FM a couple of weeks ago which was all about music and singing at Beeston Church and all the various concerts that have taken place over many years. The readings were Psalm 100 - a psalm for giving thanks read by Mary Millar and Matthew, Chapter 6 entitled - "Do not worry" given by Sonia Butler.
Pam Dawes heaved a very heavy bag to the front of the church and the reason why it was so heavy was because it contained all the burdens that we worry about. For example, saying and doing the right thing, worrying about school, the future, change, life itself, friends, family, money, health, jobs and many more. Pam emptied out this bag which was full of bricks representing all these worries and at the end the bag was light so if we lay our burdens before God, He will give us ways of dealing with them and lighten our load. We must trust Him and give Him time to answer our prayers and ensure we make time to listen. During the closing prayers members of the congregation were invited to lay a pebble, which represented our worries, at the foot of the cross so laying our burdens before God.
The service was followed by a lunch for Martin and Pam Dawes and Jane and they were all presented with leaving gifts and our good wishes for the future, they will all be greatly missed at Beeston. Thanks to everyone who helped with the lunch and in particular thanks to Sonia for organising everything. Don't forget the Flower Festival this weekend with the theme of "Proverbs", Saturday 24 July, 10.30am until 4pm with a "Songs of Praise" from 2.30pm - 3.15pm led by Paul Cooper, soloist Pam McGrady. Sunday 25 July, morning service at 10.30am conducted by Mrs Ballantine followed by lunches and afternoon teas. We were deeply sorry to learn about the passing of Mick Cheshire on 10 July. Mick was a great friend to us at Beeston and for many years played a very memorable part in our Remembrance Services by his playing of the "Last Post" even when he was very unwell. We send our deepest sympathies to Margaret and all the family.