History Group Talk – Make Do and Mend

History Group Talk – Make Do and Mend
2pm Monday, 23rd May 2016
Lavendon Village Hall 

Amanda Picard, better known as one half of the 1940s duo, Harry & Edna, will be giving an amusing talk for the History Group at 2pm on Monday, 23rd May in the Lavendon Village Hall. As always these light-hearted interesting talks are open to everyone, entry £2 with tea/coffee and biscuits included.

Meanwhile, here’s some useful advice …..

Make Do And Mend

Make Do And Mend

Friends of St Michael’s Church Lavendon 100 Club

Friends of St Michael’s Church, Lavendon 100 Club
IMGP5145 Lavendon Church

St Michael’s Church, Lavendon

Valuable funds raised by this 100 Club are used by the Parochial Church Council for the running of and maintaining of the fabric and structure of our historic church.

By joining the Club you can help running the church, and maintaining the fabric as well as having a chance to win cash prizes every month! The Friends of St Michael’s 100 Club is a private lottery and is open to all residents of the parish of Lavendon and the surrounding area, their family and friends. As a private lottery you have to be invited to join, you will be allocated a number and your tickets are not transferable. You have to be over 16 to join. The subscription will be £5 per month per number (£60 per annum), paid in advance, preferably by Standing Order on a basis of a minimum period of twelve months.

Each month at the Coffee Morning in the church (on the second Monday of the month) there will be draw for 50% of the income.  This amount will be divided between 3 lucky winners. For example, if we have 100 members (our aim) the income for that month will be £500 and 50% will be used for the prize fund i.e. £250 split into three prizes.

1st prize      £125       (if 100 members)

2nd prize     £75          (if 100 members)

3rd prize      £50         (if 100 members)

The more people who buy a subscription – the higher the prize money!

You may have ( and are encouraged to do so ) more than one number per month.

Interested? Contact Ralph Hipkin on 01234 712743


A Lavendon Timeline – Anniversaries in May 2016

Lavendon in the News – Vintage extracts from local newspapers of the past

Vintage newspaper extracts give us a great insight into the daily life and times of our Lavendon village residents in years gone by. They also remind us just how much easier our modern day lives can be now, compared to the past. Some extracts are undoubtedly amusing to our modern eyes, but others can be quite dramatic and sad, often reflecting hard times.

To see the detailed vintage news and anniversaries from many years ago for the month of May 2016 click here: May 2016 Anniversaries (as summarized below).

To see much more vintage news, go to the main monthly listing by clicking here: Vintage Newspaper Extracts

The following is a summary of vintage newspaper extracts and anniversaries for the month of May 2016:

1776 To be Let – All the Great and Small Tithes belonging to the Parish of Lavendon – 1826 Mr John York’s mare has her 16th foal – 1876 Frederick Parsons and Henry Parris were charged with allowing sheep to stray on the highway; John Barcock charged with riding without reins – 1886 Charles Warren summoned by John Billing for stealing a quantity of turnip tops; Jonah Fairy found not guilty of stealing a leveret trampled by cows – 1936 Laundry van crashes into telegraph pole in Castle Road when loose hampers pin driver against steering wheel; Parish Council meets to discuss village cleaning and cemetery, also the gift of grass roller from the cricket club, and the water supply & standpipes in Olney Road – 1946 Lavendon & District Agricultural Club, sheep shearing competition; public meeting to discuss ideas for a Victory Celebration; resumption of Bedford Cricket League following its suspension in 1940, including Lavendon players; Parish Council meeting to discuss street lighting, extension of electricity to the Castle area, and public rights of way; the Green Man – an enjoyable darts and skittles evening followed by a smoking concert; Forewoman wanted for Lavendon boot and shoe closing room in Olney Road factory.