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Carnival 2002 - Celebrating Britain

A Personal Reflection

Gg 1_Well, didn't we have a wonderful day, and weren't we lucky with the weather? After a week of rain and drizzle Saturday morning started dry and fine. The Green was empty at 7 am and again at 8 pm. In between we held what the police who were in attendance described as the second biggest event of its kind that they attend in Buckinghamshire - second only to the County Show. I refer, of course, to St Mary's Village Carnival. An event organised by the congregation of St Mary's Church on behalf of the four villages of Dagnall, Eaton Bray, Edlesborough and Northall.

During the afternoon thousands of people flocked to Edlesborough Green to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a traditional rural event. The crowds were entertained by traditional maypole dancing by children and adults, Morris Dancing courtesy of the Aldbury Morris Men, rural crafts including basket weaving, bonsai and falconry. The organisers apologise for some late cancellations: the Shire Horses, whistle makers and wattle makers but considerable compensation came from the presence of Animal Outing to whom children flocked to see and touch the wide range of animals on display.

The event was opened by the Carnival Queen and special guest Rev Canon Malcolm Grant who had travelled in a 30 vehicle procession through streets bedecked with houses dressed to the theme "Celebrating Britain". Our thanks to all who took part.

At either end of The Green people enjoyed the opportunity to see their villages from a new perspective either on the Ferris Wheel or by taking a tethered ride in the hot air balloon so generously supplied, through the good offices of Ken Coates, by Lambrini.

Among the many supporters the organising committee would like to thank the members of St Mary's Church who turned out in force to help at the event, Edlesborough Parish Council, Eaton Bray Parish Council, Bedfordshire Police and Thames Valley Police. Also Hawkins Transport, TMC contractors, Dunstable ATC, Leighton Buzzard ATC, the pubs and shops in the village and generous donors of prizes and advertising.

We have already had our first planning meeting for next year. St Mary's Village Carnival 2003 will be on 5 July 2003 with the theme "Circus". The Chairman of the organising Committee may come dressed as Eros (as in Piccadilly Circus) to make up for his costume this year, which some people described as being rather plane.

God bless you all and thank you for your support.


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Pictures taken around Edlesborough Green during the Carnival

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Who Will Benefit?

The Carnival Committee is pleased to announce that this year's Carnival raised £8,100. This has been distributed to the following organisations:

  • St Mary's Church Fabric Fund
  • Silver Star Society
  • Eaton Bray Village Hall
  • Air Training Corps Dunstable
  • Air Training Corps Leighton Buzzard
  • Dunstable & District Scouts
  • Eaton Bray Methodist Church
  • 1st E Bray & Edlesborough Scout Group
  • Edlesborough Parish Council
  • Ashley Morton - support to expedition
  • Eaton Bray Pre-School Playgroup
  • Eaton Bray Lions Football Club
  • Taskers Row Sheltered Housing Scheme
  • Dagnall Village Hall
  • Eaton Bray Youth Club
  • Woodentops
  • Down's Heart Group
  • Hospice at Home Volunteers
  • Glenwood School
  • The Dove Counselling Service
  • South Bedfordshire Foster Care Association
  • Macmillan Cancer Relief
  • Corda
  • Florence Nightingale Hospice
  • Sue Rider Appeal

The Committee would like to thank all those individuals and businesses who so generously supported the Carnival through their time, money and equipment. We look forward to next year's Carnival on 5th July 2003 when the theme will be 'Circus'.

The Organising Committee would be pleased to hear from any individuals or businesses who would like to volunteer their involvement or support. You can get in touch with Gordon Gray using the form provided.

St Mary's Village Carnival

Gordon Gray

Carnival Opener - Reverend Malcolm Grant

Mgrant_The Very Reverend Malcolm Grant will be instituted as Vicar of Eaton Bray with Edlesborough on July 3. He comes to us from Inverness, where for almost 11 years he has been Provost of St Andrew's Cathedral, a job which is mainly that of a parish priest but which includes a range of diocesan responsibilities as well. For the first six years of that time he was also Priest in charge of St Mary's, Culloden, a new town development, where the first stage of a permanent church building was opened in 1993, and Rector of St Paul's, Strathnairn, a scattered rural charge covering a large area to the east of Loch Ness.

He is married to Katrina, who has been working as a civil servant in the Animal Health Department, and they have two children, Alison (15) and lain (12). His mother still lives in Dunfermline (just north of Edinburgh), where he went to school.

Before moving to Inverness, Malcolm spent ten years as Provost of St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, and three years before that as Priest in charge of St Ninian's, Invergordon (even further north than Inverness), where he also had charge of the training of non stipendiary clergy. Training for ministry (both clerical and lay) has always been a major interest of his, as has exploring new forms of ministry to release the talents of the whole Church in its outreach and concern for people. Almost a quarter of century's involvement with cathedrals has given him a deep interest in liturgy, and he is looking forward to the developments in our services that "Common Worship" will make possible.

In the '70's he was a member of the Grantham Team Ministry, with charge of a large housing estate, recognized as an area of multiple deprivation. There he worked closely with Social Services and other agencies in community projects, and served as Chairman of Governors of St Hugh's C.E. (Controlled) Secondary School. The creation of a new team ministry was an interesting challenge as was building (and paying for) a new church centre for the estate. The local R.C. congregation also worshipped in that church, and this was the start of an increasing involvement in work for Christian unity.

He trained for the ministry in Edinburgh, taking degrees in Chemistry and then Divinity at Edinburgh University, and gained his early experience in ordained ministry at St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow.

Spare time interests include photography, music, reading and architecture, and he has a long standing involvement in peace and justice and ecological concerns.

Carnival Queen, Princess & Attendants

This year's Carnival Queen, Princess and Attendants were as follows:

Queen   Princess
Elizabeth Bradbury   Charlotte Ellis

Emma Rose Jones   Katy Woodley

Carnival Queen
Princess and Attendants

If you are aged between 8 and 12 and are either in the congregation of St Mary's Church or you live in Edlesborough, Eaton Bray, Dagnall or Northall, you might like to be chosen as next year's Carnival Queen. If so, application forms will be available from Yvonne Ranson.

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The Winners

Juniors: Eaton Bray Pre-School Playgroup

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Schools: Edlesborough School

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Adults: Janes of Edlesborough


More Photos in the Gallery

For more photos of this year's procession, please see the Photo Gallery above.

Grand Draw

The winners of this year's Grand Draw prizes are as follows;

Helicopter flight for 4 Graham Westgate David Hill, Eaton Bray
4 Tickets for Farnborough Air Show BAE Systems Ltd Mrs Bobby Martin, Dunstable
Case of Wine   Mr Ibbotson, Cheddington
Family Ticket for Royal International Air Tatoo at RAF Fairford BAE Systems Ltd Jean Bates, Edlesborough
Meal for Two The Five Bells, Stanbridge David Radwell, Aylesbury
Ornamental Tree Brian McMahon, Grass Roots Philip Norton, Edlesborough
Harpers' Hamper Harpers, Studham Michael Orford, L.Buzzard
Meal for Two The Travellers Rest Mr Wallace
Glider Flight London Gliding Club Val Newman, Eaton Bray
Home-made Chocolates Rumsey's of Aylesbury Jonathan Cross, Dunstable
Meal for Two The Bell, Edlesborough Rev Elizabeth Bradley
Hairdressing Voucher Profile Hairdressing Mrs Garrard, Northall
Animal Away Weekend Illustria Kennels Bill Collins
Hairdressing Voucher Gary's Hair Studio Jane Phillips, Eaton Bray
Four 'Odeon' Tickets The Odeon, Hemel Hempstead Mrs Bridge, Potten End
Load of Rotted Manure R & P Flitton Norah Coates, Eaton Bray
Two 'Whipsnade' Tickets Whipsnade Wild Animal Park Justin Buch
Greetings Cards Sally Taylor, Phoenix Trading Mr Thorpe, Northall
£20 Clothing Voucher Roz Heffer Justin Buch
Champagne Total Paul Dennis
Lunch for Two Il Millefiori, Dunstable David Marriage
Harpers' Taste & Try for 4 Harpers Chris O'Neill