The police have advised us that if you witnesses anyone acting suspiciously in the village                                           PRESTON
please would you call 999. Local police incident numbers are: 01462 425000 (ask for the                                       CHURCH & VILLAGE NEWS
North Herts Controller) if a crime has been committed or 01462 425045 for a local                                                  APRIL 2005
community issue (contact PC Askew). If you witness anyone fly-tipping please make a note
of their number plate and contact the 24 hour fly-tipping hotline at NHDC on 0800 80 70 60.
                                                                                                 Meta Reeves on 456567 or Liz Hunter on 433859 for delivery or collection. If you would
PRESTON CRICKET CLUB                                                                             like to help on the afternoon you would, of course, be very welcome.
Well everyone - the daffs are starting to unfurl; I can see the pub from my office window for    DATES TO REMEMBER
a little longer in the evenings and very soon we will hear the faint cuckoo welcoming the        First Tues every month      Church cleaning, 4pm
Spring once again. It seems that the worst of the winter is over, the ice has gone for another   Mon 4th Apr                 St Martins Church AGM, 7:30pm at the Church
year and soon I shall once again hear the bumblebees fussing over my hollyhocks....if I had      Fri 15th Apr                Preston Village Hall AGM, 10:30am.
any. Anyway, enough of all that, Springs on its way and that‟s all that matters.                 Sun 17th Apr                St Paul Walden Bury, gardens open & teas, 2 to 5pm.
                                                                                                 Wed 20th Apr                PVS meeting 8pm at Beverley Bentley‟s, Lodge Cottage,
Those at PCC Central Command just wanted to check in before we don the whites once more          Gosmore
and welcome in the new season and to inform you all of some things happening and changes         Mon 25th Apr                Parish of St Paul‟s Walden with Preston AGM at All Saints‟
that have taken place. The season begins on the weekend of April 16 th with a couple of                                      church, 7:30pm.
warm up games and the League starts on the weekend of the 30 th April - it would be              Fri 29th Apr                Friends of St Martins, speaker Anthony Slinn, 7:30 for 8pm, PHC
wonderful to see some more of the support that we had last year and all fixtures will be         Sun 15th May                Preston Trust AGM, 11am in the village hall.
posted on the pin board at The Red Lion. The coaching staff are putting the final touches to     Sun 29th May                Preston Gardens Open
the plans for 2005 and we will inform everyone about summer coaching shortly.                    20th of the month is the deadline for next months newsletter. Contact Lisa Chambers on
                                                                                                 434480 or
Our social calendar is filling up - ideas for a BBQ at the Red Lion on the May Bank Holiday
for starters and, again, we will keep you posted.                                                FRIENDS OF ST MARTINS
                                                                                                 Friday 29th April, 7:30 for 8pm. The Friends of St Martins present an evening with speaker
This years Captains are -                                                                        Anthony Slinn and supper at PHC. He will be speaking on „Famous Masterpieces of the 20 th
1st Eleven (Saturday) - Captain - Ashley Catlin / Vice - Captain - Warren Hearne                 Century‟. Tickets cost £12.50 (inc. supper) and are available from Mary Young on 454369 or
1st Eleven (Sunday) - Captain - David Fleckney / Vice - Captain - Anthony Ender                  Sue Griffiths on 434194.
2nd Eleven (Saturday) - Captain - Matthew Burleigh / Vice - Captain - Simon Luxton
2nd Eleven (Sunday) - Captain - Nigel Biggs / Vice - Captain - Simon Luxton                      PRESTON GARDENS OPEN
                                                                                                 Preston gardens open day and flower festival will be on Sunday 29 th May. This year we are
If anyone has any issues / ideas regarding cricket, then please feel free to contact either      hoping to combine the gardens open day with a small village day, if anyone is interested to
Myself and David Clark. Please remember - if you know of anyone who wants a game /               have a stall on the village green please contact Jan Williams 432581 or Jane Hunter 459585
wants to umpire / wants to help with teas / wants to help with the ground - please pass them     All budding gardeners are requested to take as many cutting as possible to sell on our plant
my number, I would love to hear from them. We need even more help this year (both on and         stall. Please contact Carolyn Hill 452220 if you are willing to open your garden or help on
off the pitch) and we would greatly appreciate any help behind the scenes or leads for           the day. Many thanks
potential new players.
                                                                                                 PRESTON VILLAGE SOCIETY
Well, thanks again and we all look forward to seeing some of you in a few weeks for the start    Our next meeting will be at 8pm on Wednesday 20th April at Beverley Bentley‟s, Lodge
of the 2005 season - not long now. Cheers, Mark Waters (07796544683).                            Cottage, Gosmore. Beverley is going to give us a talk on „Art‟, which will interest all of us
                                                                                                 so look forward to seeing you.
ST PAUL’S WALDEN BURY - Sun 17th April, 2pm to 5pm
Every year the lovely gardens at St Paul‟s Walden Bury are opened to the public for a few        NORTH HERTS & DISTRICT CITIZEN’S ADVICE BUREAU
days. Teas and cakes are served and on 17th April, Preston will provide the teas in aid of St    The Advice Line is open from Mon, Tues & Thurs, 1 to 4:00pm on 01462 622999.
Martin‟s church East Window Appeal. Would you be able to bake a cake or two for us?              TIP OF THE MONTH: The new banking code has come into force from 1 st March. Among
Whatever flavour and type that you enjoy making would be much appreciated. Please contact        other things, credit card customers must be warned when an introductory promotional rate is
                                                                                                 coming to an end. For further details contact us.
                                                                                                  THE PRESTON TRUST
LOST A CAT?                                                                                        There is currently a vacancy on the Trust committee. If any member would like to join
Have you lost a black and white cat? White chest, chin and socks. If so contact Roger               the committee, to contribute ideas and help with the running of the Trust, then please
Harwood on 441201.                                                                                  contact Richard Gill on 451975.
PRESTON VILLAGE HALL                                                                               Our AGM will be held on 15th May at 11am in the Village Hall. Wine and a morsel of the
The Annual General Meeting of the Preston Village Hall Committee will take place on                 Preston cheese mountain will be offered as a reward to those who make it through the
Friday 15th April at 10 30am. All residents of the area of benefit are welcome to attend.           meeting.
There will be a vacancy for a Village Representative on the Committee this year.
Nominations for the vacancy can be made at the AGM; however, if any nominee, proposer or          DOG WALKERS
seconder is unable to attend they should write to the Secretary, Mrs Doreen Sansom, prior to      The occurrence of dog foul on paths and in the grass verges used as paths is on the increase
the date of the meeting. Similarly, if anyone wishes to raise any issue, or make any              again. Please be more considerate to others and dispose of it appropriately.
suggestions, but is unable to attend they should also notify the Secretary. Please come along
and get involved.                                                                                 GET YOUR VILLAGE NEWS FIRST
                                                                                                  With effect from this month, this newsletter will be available first on the Preston Village web
[Sorry for lack of notice but this was missed from last months newsletter – Ooops, Ed]            site. So, if you can‟t wait to hear what‟s on, log on and get your news online!

Thank you to everyone who came to the recent meeting about Dead Woman's Lane, and to
all who wrote letters commenting on its re-opening. A special thanks to Alison Jeffers at
Sootfield Green who helped immensely and put a great deal of work into her research. We
have been advised by Herts County Council that they are applying to the Secretary of State
for a six month extension to the closure of the lane in order that the remedial treatment has a
chance to work, and there is a thought that this could result in a further period of time after
that. We will update as and when we have further news.

Jewellery…Presents…Fabrics…Flowers…Bags...Artwork...Baskets...Think pink day
…Celebrate Spring…view the new collections, May 12 13 & 14, 9.30 – 5.30. Donations to
Breast Cancer Awareness. Talk and tour of Hexton Manor by Bim at 2pm on Thursday and
Friday. Places limited, reserve your place on 07974 376347. From B655 Hitchin – Barton
road, turn into Hexton village (towards Raven Pub). Hexton Manor is first turning right after
the high brick wall.

A NEW WEBSITE FOR WALKERS gives you all the information you need to get started. Guided
walks: more than twenty walks detailed every month. The website tells you how long the
walk is, which group is running it, when and where it starts and a contact number in case of
questions. Books of walks: Did you know that there are more than twenty books of walks for
the County? All the details are here – including direct links to Amazon if you can‟t wait to
get to your local bookshop to buy them! Leaflets of walks: There are loads of leaflets
produced around the County, many of them difficult to find. Not any more! list them all.

There are also links so that you can check: the weather for your walk, on Defra‟s local access
sites, how to get to your walk by public transport – and more is being added all the time. So
check out the website and get walking!
                                                                                                 This “hangover” time occurs after any festival. There is always a kind of ecclesiastical
April                                 SIDESMAN                READER                             lethargy after Christmas when the evenings are dark and we might feel that we‟ve had enough
3rd     Low Sunday. No Service. 11am Communion Service at All Saints, St Paul‟s Walden           religion for the moment! It is much the same in secular life as well. After a wonderful
                                                                                                 holiday it is not always easy to muster much enthusiasm for the daily regime to which we
                                                                                                 must return. In like manner a good party, an outstanding dinner, times in good company etc
10th    9.30     Village only             Mr Cashin                  Mr Reeves                   are all followed by a lull. Life cannot consist of treats all the time.
                                                              (Acts 2:14, 36-41, Rcl p. 225)
                                                                                                 For Christians this is a great challenge to keep the faith, maintain enthusiasm, support the
17th    9.30     Village only             Mrs Reeves                 Mrs Edwards                 church‟s activities when the hangover sets in. These are the times when our commitment is
                                                              (Acts 2:42-47, Rcl p. 229)         really tested. It is easy to be enthusiastic when were are preparing for the next big day, but
                                                                                                 much harder to be energetic simply for the sake of the Christian religion.
24th    9.30     Village & College        Mrs Sansom                 PHC
                                                              (Rev. 12:7-12, Rcl p. 1074)        During this month there are some significant observances: 4 April is the Annunciation of our
                                                                                                 Lord to the Virgin Mary, 23 April is St George‟s Day; Patron Saint of this country, 25 April is
May                                                                                              the Feast of St Mark the Evangelist, and, as we move into next month, we have the Feast of St
1st     No Service. 11am Communion Service at All Saints, St Paul‟s Walden                       Philip and St James on 1 May.

If any sidesman or reader cannot make any of these dates, please try to find an alternative      The 9th of April is a very special day for the parish and the community. It is the day when the
                                                                                                 Bishop of Hertford will be with us to dedicate the permanent memorial in the churchyard to
                           ST MARTIN'S CHURCH 120 CLUB                                           Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. This will take place in the presence of a
                                                                                                 member of the Royal Family. A great deal of organisation behind the scenes has been going
The winners of the first two draws in the 2005/6 120 Club (£20 each) are:
                                                                                                 on to get everything right for the big day.
                      February                      March
                  No. 32     Mr A G Hardy            No. 29      Mr D Hughes                     Once all the celebrations are over we all return to the Low Sunday mode when there does not
                  No. 73     Mr T R Justham         No. 72       Mrs M E Stoppard                appear to be much to look forward to. But the truth is that the most permanent feature of
                  No. 110     Mr G R Philips         No. 88      Mrs E H Madden                  human life is God‟s love for us, which does not change with the seasons or vary with whether
                                                                                                 we are having a celebration or not. High days, low days, good days, bad days, exciting times,
                                                                                                 boring times, climax or anticlimax may all matter very much to us. God‟s love provides the
                                                                                                 constancy through all our ups and downs.

         A LETTER FROM OUR PARISH PRIEST                                                         David Dewey
                                                                                                 Parish Priest
The Vicarage, Bendish Lane, Whitwell, SG4 8HX.                         Tel: 01438-871658
Dear Friends
                                                                                                 Monday 4th April. 7.30pm. St Martin‟s church AGM at the church.
This month begins with what is called Low Sunday (the Second Sunday of Easter, 3 April)
                                                                                                 Monday 25th April. 7.30pm. AGM for the Parish of St Paul‟s Walden with Preston at All
which is the lull after the great celebration of our Lord‟s resurrection the previous week.
                                                                                                 Saints‟ church.
During the weeks of Lent we have had soup lunches to raise funds for charity and a course of
evening meetings with guest speakers to consider some of the ethical dilemmas of modern
living. We are grateful to those speakers for giving up their time to be with us. Lent drew to
a close on Maundy Thursday leading us into the Passiontide climax of Good Friday and, of
course, the triumphant vindication of the Passion on Easter Day itself. And now it is Low
Sunday and, even though the Easter season continues until Ascension Day on 5 May, it all
goes rather quiet.

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