July 2001
 
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JMI SCHOOL NEWS
 
I cannot believe that this time last year I was very excited at the prospect of joining Flamstead School. It has been a good and eventful year and I am glad to have met so many people who have made me feel welcome. As the end of the school year draws nigh I cannot believe how quickly the weeks since half term have flown by.
 
We are looking forward to our Sports Day Event on the 20th July and the school will be open for the evening on 12th July from 6.00p.m. - 8.00.pm. We very much look forward to seeing you at these events.
 
Also in July Oak class will be taking part in a Music Festival and Rowan will be representing the school at an Inter School Summer Event.
 
Last weekend our hall became part of the Wild West as the PTA worked very hard organising a very successful Barn Dance. All who attended enjoyed it and it was good to see so many parents dancing right hand stars and circling left and right! Prior to this event the ladies had a chance to dress up for the March Bash, which again was well supported. We at school appreciate the support, the hard work and the commitment from the PTA. as they raise funds to provide us with items that our budget is not able to sustain. On behalf of the staff and pupils I would like to thank Karon Shipton and her committee for all their hard work throughout the year Earlier in the term the Y5 and Y6 children took part in a secondary transfer event held at Markyate School. This year Great Gaddesden joined us as secondary pupils from Roundwood School led group activities on drug awareness and issues arising from the transition from primary to secondary education. The day was a great success. As part of their topic on the seaside Chestnut and Willow Classes have visited the Sea Life Centre at Brighton, a great adventure for them as they travelled there by train and Willow Nursery are to visit Southend in early July. Oak class also have a trip planned to Gulliver's Land. Rowan had a very successful extended school journey to the Isle of Wight when all the children took part in an activity week. We shall be sorry to say goodbye to Mandy Tait at the end of the term. She has taught at Flamstead for three years and will missed by both staff and pupils. We shall welcome two new teachers in September Ms Caroline Nicholas into Willow class and Mrs Marianna Shackcloth who will be teaching Maple class.
 
I wish you all a good summer.
 
Heather Thornton
 
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CLODS AND SODS
 
It has been a very long and wet winter followed by a reluctant and wetter spring, but summer is finally with us and we gardeners are in our element; those of us that is who have been able to get out of the wheel ruts made by the 4x4s and other careless winter traffic on the verges in the lanes around the village. Friendless Lane particularly, and parts of Old Watling Street, have dried to a landscape resembling the Somme in 1916. Some sods have made clods that will not be harrowed naturally for many years. There is something primaeval in the psyche of the British driver, male or female, which at the sight of a pristine stretch of grass induces reactions akin to the stirrings in the loins of small boys at the sight of virgin snow. "We must leave our mark!" Still, I'm sure that our newly-elected councillors will be planning repairs and deterrents in time for next winter; simple stakes put into the verges, as seen at the recreation ground, will solve the problem.
 
But enough of this ranting; what's happening on the allotments? Ian Smith hasn't been seen for a long time. It has been rumoured that Cecil saw him standing still for more than ten minutes and set fire to him. However, his plot has been dug and a row of mature runner beans and some lettuces have suddenly appeared. We conclude therefore that Ian has resumed his usual practice of working in the dark!
 
Following Andrew Lambourne's experiment with the curved pea row last summer, Peter Lutman has gone one better with the S-shaped potato ridge. As a scientist, Peter would insist that the correct term is "sigmoid" but, to clods like you and me, S-shaped is the most graphic description. We can't be sure quite what Peter hopes to achieve by this but, because he is a weed specialist, we suspect that he is trying to by-pass and protect the noxious weed ragwort that is appearing all around his plot, hoping perhaps to attract some research funding from the Ministry of Agriculture (Oops! DEFRA as it's now called - Sorry Tony!).
 
Welcome to the new female element on the allotments. We are well-accustomed to the skills of the long-established lady gardeners like Mary Oswin and Angela English who regularly put us in the shade with their sun-loungers and parasols but signs of the fairer sex are beginning to appear elsewhere. We have noticed a highly-polished rustic seat on the croquet lawn that used to be plot 13; plot 35 has a tantalising aroma of Chanel about it and we are advised of a planning application for a water feature and gazebo on plot 41.
 
Some of you have commented on the wheel ruts that have appeared in the track leading in from the Singlets Lane entry to the allotments. John King denies all responsibility for this; everyone knows that he parks his car on the road when the ground is too soft for traffic. We suspect that the heavy tractor delivering high-quality, Lutman-approved Rothamsted manure might have contributed to the damage but most of the wear has been done by the frequent visitors who come for interview, hoping to be accepted as members of the Flamstead Gardens Association and allowed to begin cultivating one or more of our valuable and well-nourished plots. There are still a few plots vacant. Anyone wishing to take one should contact Reg Timberlake at Vine Cottage in the High Street or Peter Lutman at 26 Singlets Lane. The rent is a mere £3.25 a year plus £1.00 membership of the Association.
 
Countryman
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PARISH COUNCIL
 
New Councillor
Welcome to Dave Humphrey, who has been co-opted on the council? He will be on the following committees: crime prevention, youth and communications.
 
Spotted Dog
We are likely to run into a situation where Enterprise Inns the owner could let the building fall into disrepair with the long-term view of pulling it down.
Yes, it is listed but that does not make the owner maintain it, as far as conservation is concerned. Change of use will need planning consent, but this property is one in many acquired by Enterprise Inns, and appears to be low in their priority list. We need to rattle someone’s cage, initial response has been very poor.
 
Foot-and-Mouth
You can see those footpaths that are open, do not walk those with a white sign, and if in doubt check with the Clerk. Nobody wants to jeopardize our local farmers, or pay a heavy fine.
 
Rose Village
By the time you read this article you will have seen the laid out rose beds on the corner plots and the churchyard. Villagers will be involved in helping to water, weed and to dead head the plants.
The spraying and feeding of the roses will be done by the warden. In the autumn we will be getting more plants for the other parts of the village. Those people interested in getting some roses should contact me.
There will be a Flamstead Rose to go under our village signs; this is surprise upon surprise a completely new variety. You know there is a Hertfordshire Rose and some of these will be planted in the autumn.
 
Click Here to see photographs of Rose Beds
 
Queens Jubilee 2002
Have you any suggestions how this can be celebrated? One idea has been a street party, Please oh please give us more feed back, apathy can be the killer of community spirit.
 
Malcolm Wright 842778
 
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Fr John Green Writes
 
I have just shown the fourth removals firm around my house in Harpenden, and to each of them I have suggested that I move on 11th July, which will be one week before my Licensing in both Flamstead and Markyate churches. That will give me a week to sort out the boxes of belongings, so that I can be sort of straight when I start work on the 19th. I can imagine that I shall have unpacked some things by then, and I have agreed to teach what is left of my timetable at St. George’s until the end of term on 25th. So I shall be sort of unpacking and sort of starting work. Let us hope that is not setting the tone for the next eight years or so!
 
A large part of my belongings is my books. (Don’t worry, they are not all on spiritual matters! I am not a complete boffin, as our children so charmingly put it.) Books are important to me; some are good friends. Some books are smash hits; some catch on slowly; some have an effect which lasts for many years. Some books have to wait for a long time for their day to come. One such is A. G. Hebert’s ‘Liturgy and Society’ which was published in the 1930’s and is still valid today, in fact more valid today than it was when Hebert finished it in 1935.
 
What Hebert says is that the world is in a dreadful state – remember, he was writing against the background of the rise of Hitler and the ascendancy of Stalin in the Soviet Union – and it is in such a state because it lacks a Common Faith. How much more do we feel that now! Hebert insists that the answer to this is offered by the Christian Church which has a common Faith lived in Community and he stresses the last element. Yes, there are many people who live individual lives of very real holiness, but for the majority of believers the only way to be truly Christian is inside a Christian Community. Why is this? Christ is the fulfilment of the law of Moses, the Head of the Ages. Christ is God’s answer to our need. Christ died for all, so we all, believers and non believers, share in his Paschal Mystery, His conquest of Death on the Cross., his conquest over sin and despair.
 
Every time we meet together at the Eucharist, this is what we celebrate. We re-present the saving work of Christ. It is not a personal action that we all do as individuals, but an objective act effected by the Community by means of a ritual. We enter into Christ’s saving act every Sunday, in just the same way that, for even longer, Jews have re-experienced the saving act of God at the Passover. For both Jews and Christians, the past becomes present in ritual. Just as it is for Jews, who celebrate the Passover in family groups, the Eucharist is a social act, we all need to be involved. The Parish Eucharist, says Hebert, is the central act of worship, with its implied sense of mission to the world. This sounds very up-to-date, but is as I said, what Hebert wrote in the 1930’s.
 
Hebert then goes on to say that the principal celebrant at the Eucharist is the Gathered Community, which is a wonderful thought, isn’t it? I said to someone, who had been ill for a number of weeks and so had been unable to come to Church, that the worship was not the same without them. This was not a lot of old flannel, but vitally true in Hebert’s understanding of Christian worship. We are all essential, Sunday after Sunday after Sunday. If we miss, the others are missing something too. That is why I am looking forward to being among you, so that I too can have a Community to worship with and live alongside. Thank you for letting me. God Bless you all, and pray for fine weather on 18th. July, please.
 

 
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WI
 
The meeting for June opened as usual with Jerusalem and the reading of the minutes by Ann Beeson and signed by Delia Ramage - president. Birthday Buttonholes were presented and signed by Carol Putman and Morag Pennington. The Garage sale raised the princely sum of £153. Beryl Write was presented with a plant as a thank you for use of her garage.
 
The W.I. is to have a Sale and Game stall at the Flamstead Village Fayre on July 21st. Brenda Randall advertised an outing organised by the Garden Association to the Botanic Gardens, Cambrige by coach on July 14th Marion Pochin was keen to organise a summer trip for members, giving us a choice of three destinations, one to be arranged.
 
Previous president and long time member Denise Woods announced that this may be her last Flamstead meeting as she is moving from the area to Derbyshire. We shall miss her. Delia proposed buying an album to arrange W.I. photographs as a commemoration for our W.I. Next months speaker was announced as Mr John Roderick (back by popular request) talking on “Two Roman Time Capsules”.
 
The competition is a ‘Holiday snap of an old ruin.’
 
Delia then introduced our Vice president Beryl Wright who had organised a Craft Evening for us, we were to make cards using silks and beads on a firmer fabric than usual. We had to think about the shape we to fill and how to fill it – remembering that we do not have to fill all the space for an effective design. She gave us example ideas to use such as using a triangle design in a square shape, with an oval making the shape flow and echo the oval and in a circle, work centrally using uneven numbers if designing petals and leaves.
 
Beryl encouraged us to choose our silks carefully, not too many colours, but being bold and using hot and cold colours together, she told us that simple stitches were often the most effective.
 
There were a number of excellent results of which the owners were justifiably proud. It was a very therapeutic and relaxing evening which Julie Scurfield reflected in her vote of Thanks to Beryl.
 
The competition of the latest effort in craft was won by Madeline Evans with a beautifully embroidered cushion cover. Ann Bisson and Pam Modlen came joint second. £3.61 was raised for the A.C.W,W. by coin voting. Ann also won the raffle. Refreshments were provided by Deryn Bourne and Margaret Watson. The next meeing is on July 12th.
 
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