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Serving the villages of Kensworth, Studham and Whipsnade for 38 years

The latest coronavirus information from Gov.uk
The latest coronavirus information from Central Bedfordshire Council

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION POPPY APPEAL 2020

There will be no door-to-door collection and no boxes in shops etc. this year due to COVID. However, the National Trust have very kindly agreed to have a table at the door of the Gateway Centre (Dunstable Downs) which will be open from Saturday 24th October until Monday 9th November from 10am to 4pm, where you can buy your poppies.

If you prefer to send a donation direct to the Poppy Appeal you can send your donation via BACs to:-

Lloyds TSB, Cox’s & King’s Branch, 1st Floor, PO Box 1190, 7 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5NA

ACCOUNT: RBL POPPY APPEAL SORT CODE: 30 11 75 ACCOUNT NUMBER: 01937121

DISTRICT REFERENCE NUMBER: EAD01

Or you could send your remittance to poppyappealpayments@britishlegion.org.uk.

There will be a Garden of Remembrance in each of the churchyards to place small crosses to remember loved ones. Last year our three villages raised over £4,000, many thanks for your support. Volunteers to help with the stall this year would be very welcome to Local Poppy Appeal Organiser, Pam Ward (872406).

THE PARISH LINK MAGAZINE

 

In the current circumstances it was not possible to deliver the printed magazine. Previous editions can be read on this website on the Back Issues page. The magazine can then be downloaded to your device to read offline. Please consider printing it for a neighbour who enjoys reading the Link but does not have access to the internet.

We are pleased to report that the printed editions are being delivered again thanks to the many lovely volounteers in the three villages. 

A message from Reverend Nicola Lenthall

 

Next Sunday (November 1st) 
we will be worshipping at our 
9am online service (which also can accessed later in the day or on any other day), at a 9am face-to-face Holy Communion service at Whipsnade, at a 10.30am face-to-face Service of Stillness and Reflection at Studham and at a 10.30am face-to-face Holy Communion service at Kensworth.
Services for the following Sunday:
Sunday 8th November:  9am 
Act of Remembrance in W
hipsnade churchyard; 10.00am 
Act of Remembrance at Kensworth Methodist Church War Memorial
10.45am 
Act of Remembrance at Studham Common War Memorial.
We will be continuing to bring you online worship at 9am every Sunday. 
Volunteers are needed to assist with the big annual pre-Christmas food collection for the FOODBANK at Dunstable Tesco.  The dates are: Thursday 19th November 1pm to 5pm; Friday 20th November 9am to 1pm; Friday 20th November 1pm to 5pm; Saturday 21st November 9am to 1pm;  Saturday 21st November 1pm to 5pm.  Please email Nicola with your available date if you would like to do this.  No-one has done this so far!...
Volunteers are also needed to sell poppies for the RBL (as there is no door-to-door collection this year) at the Gateway Centre (Dunstable Downs) from Saturday 24th October until Monday 9th November from 10am to 4pm.  Can you help?  If so ring or email Pam Ward on (01582) 872406 or pamelaj.ward@outlook.com
Every week at https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/encouraging-faith/ you can access a short film from a member of senior diocesan staff to encourage us in faith together over the coming months.
For those coming to the church building for worship on Sunday please remember:
  • we will be following government guidelines on social distancing and all hygiene measures (two metres distance where possible, one metre plus where not, and hand sanitising at the entrance to the building);
  • please wear a face covering unless you are exempt from doing so;
  • to fill in the pews from the front (this may mean that you can’t sit in your ‘usual pew’! Please follow directions from a benefice churchwarden);
  • to leave from the door nearest to you (which may be the priest door in the chancel);
  • conversation after (or before) the service must take place outside the building.

Please see the Events page for information on some local events taking place in the three villages.

A lot of people have kindly asked about Dunstable Foodbank now that the church collection points are not available and many are not getting out. The trustees of the foodbank ask those who can to consider giving financially instead. Please see here.

Studham, Kensworth and Whipsnade (SKAW) Coronavirus Response Group
This group closed on July 31st for the time being.  It would really help if those involved either became a part of the villages’ good neighbour schemes, or allowed their data to be held digitally should the group need to re-form (if you are happy for this to happen please contact Liesa on gnstudham@hotmail.co.uk ).  Many volunteers and those in need are still in touch, which is a wonderful tribute to the group itself.
Anyone who has a new need in the current context should continue to contact
07563 135895 / gnstudham@hotmail.co.uk for the time being and they will be put in touch with the relevant group in each of the three villages.  A huge thank you to all those of you who have helped.
The Studham Good Neighbours Scheme (07563 135895) and Kensworth Community Scheme (07919 081473) would love to have more volunteers especially in light of the recent emergency.  More hands on deck makes for light work!  We are fortunate in our parishes that our neighbours already look out for each other, so our services are really only called on when it's absolutely necessary.  Please do become a volunteer if you can.  Whipsnade village is in the process of trying to organise a scheme too – if you can help with this please contact the parish council chairman Ken France on 01582 872375.  Mentoring will be offered to anyone who volunteers as group organiser.