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Gossip - February

Courtesy of SCAN magazine

A little bird tells me that......

Bullet There was a Millennium meeting at the School this week (27/1/98) under the very capable chairmanship of Donald Moffat (John Cook, the resident chairman being away on business in Japan). The meat of the agenda was to ascertain which items on the list of suggestions should be carried forward. And a very constructive meeting it was too. From that came some very sound proposals - doubtless you will all be made aware of the progress made before long. The committee are still looking for new members or just helpers so if you feel like joining in then give John Cook or Donald Moffat a shout.

Bullet The Thumbstick Walkers went out on the hard last month, the going being so muddy and heavy after the rain. We were most grateful to Mr Ruck-Keene who allowed us to walk the farm road through Hill Farm and along the brook to gain Griggs Piece in surprisingly clean condition. Next walk is on Sunday 15 February 1998 starting from The Knoll at 7.30am sharp. Will you please drive down as we will probably pop over Hungary Hall to admire the snowdrop carpet, Brian Reynolds and Maurice Goss permitting. No dogs please.

Bullet A very efficient and courteous team of workman were those who carried out the excavations for the underground cable in Church End, a rare treat these days and we hope that the principals of the company will learn of it.

Bullet 'Candlemas Day, Candlemas Day, Half your straw and half your hay!' That old countryman's proverb still holds good today. It means that you should have used about half of your winter forage by now, feeding your stock being about half way through the winter feeding period. In fact it should this year, more than any other, leave a bit in hand.

Bullet By the look of things out and about as we write, the winter seems to have gone by anyway, but there are those who will say 'Just you wait 'Enry 'Iggins, just you wait!' One or two of the old sages say that there is plenty of time yet to get caught with our trousers down. But really, did you ever see a January like it!? It's good to know that the council snowplough is still standing idle and lets hope that it continues through to Easter.

Bullet Meanwhile, up at St Lauds Church, plans are being laid to give a performance of Handel's 'Messiah'. SCAN Choir will be joined by Newport Pagnell Singers and Emberton Group Choir. The performance is not until Easter Eve, 11 April, and it will be in St Lauds, time and admission charges to be announced. Please book this date because a good deal of rehearsal is being put into it and it will be a memorial to the late Edwn Lack whose untimely death we reported last month.

Bullet Do you know anyone who has removed a Leylandii hedge of late and would be likely to throw the residue on the bank at the top of Cross Albans hill? This village can't escape being the dumping ground for other people's litter. And is it just coincidence that the ends of Sherington where this dumping takes place are under the local Council's control? Old abandoned window and door frames one end, tree loppings the other. It isn't good enough, and it's time they put a stop to it.

Bullet 'Look' said the 6 year old to his Granddad 'there are some eggs down there'. And so there were - a dozen abandoned pheasant's eggs still laying in the nest after old Reynard the Fox had taken the sitting mother away for his supper. Upon breaking one of the eggs, it was proven that they had but a few days to go before hatching and so another dozen pheasants were destroyed by the old enemy. Mother Nature takes some beating. All this within 6 feet of the road in Gun Lane, lying in the grass verge.

Bullet In recent weeks we saw the departure from the village of Tony and Joan Barnard who left Carters Close for the district of Caldecotte, Milton Keynes. And in recent days we said adieu to Maurice and Carol Watts from Church End to their new abode in Hunstanton, Norfolk. Maurice, a true Sheringtonian, born in Water Lane, has been, with Carol, a great help in a quiet way and we wish them happy and peaceful days in their new quarters.

Bullet We notice the workmen hard at it renovating The Swan, repainting the window frames, the sign, etc., an early spring clean round the outside as it were, and very smart it all is too. There's nothing like keeping abreast of your maintenance work, we're told.

Bullet And up at The White Hart one is able to buy a bonus lottery ticket for a pound. There are 49 available and somehow or other Sherington Millennium Committee will benefit by about £19 per week if they are all sold. Further enquiries will give you the whole story.

Bullet The story was being retailed at choir practiceof the organist at a village church who had just got into the psalm when he noticed one of the bass singers were fading out. Looking in his organ mirror he observed that the stronger of the basses was disappearing through the church door. He returned before the end of the psalm so, after the service the organist enquired as to what he was doing. He replied that he had an old hen sitting on some eggs and he had moved her from the nest just as the bell ringers arrived to ring for the service. (His cottage adjoined the churchyard.) He had chatted to the ringers for a few minutes and then forgot to put the hen back, that is until he was singing verse 12 of Psalm 104 'The fowls of the air have their habitation'. So he had nipped out, popped over the wall, put Betsie back on her nest and was back in time to sing the Gloria.

Bullet We couple that story with the wartime yarn of the late Alfred Coverley, who, because of his small stature (he being 4 foot something), was never in danger of making a uniformed soldier, but, nevertheless, received his orders to go for an interview with the Army. Upon arrival they asked him of his status and little Alfie looked over the edge of the desk and replied 'Alfred Coverley, N.C.O.' 'What's this N.C.O. mean?' they asked. 'North Crawley Organist' came the reply. He was immediately sent home to take up his duties, part of which, in all truth, was as organist at North Crawley.

Bullet We record the passing, at the early age of 47 years, of Mrs Iris Lane of Crofts End. Suffering with great dignity a somewhat lengthy illness, Mrs Lane spent her final hours in Willen Hospice. We send our deepest sympathy to her husband, Andrew, and the two boys, Jason and Philip. May Iris Lane rest in peace.

Bullet As we go to press we hear of the death of Mrs Cecilia (Cis) Watts of Church Road. She had not been well for some time and recently, her health deteriorated. She went into Willen Hospice but passed away almost immediately upon her admission there. Mrs Watts was a very proud Scot and in her quiet way was known to be a most genuine neighbour and a helpful counsel to many. Our condolences go to her husband, George, and to the family, Heather, Jean and Agnes. Mrs Cis Watts, R.I.P.

Bullet And we of SCAN offer our most sincere sympathy to Colin and Diana Mitchell of Olney whose son, Robert, lost his life in a motor car accident near Olney in recent days. The Mitchell family lived for many years in North Crawley and we know that their burden of grief is shared by many, many people in the SCAN villages.


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