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Get ready to ramble!

Our next Ramble will be on the 25th November – a shorter walk around Aley Green, followed by refreshments (thanks, Leigh!).

Directions:

Leave Dunstable southwards on the A5 (towards St. Albans). Turn left at the traffic lights near Manshead School, then follow the road up the hill until you reach Mancroft Road on your right. Turn into Mancroft Road and follow it through to Aley Green. Park near the cemetery where the road widens.

We will meet ‘Ready to Ramble’ at 2.15pm.

Please join us – all welcome! Jackie and Gill

Join us for a ramble

Priory Ramblers

Hertfordshire fields and woodland. Our next ramble will be on Sunday 24th June and we will begin and end at Nomansland Common, between Harpenden and Wheathampstead.

The journey takes about half an hour and we will meet ‘Ready to Ramble’ at 2.15pm. The walk itself is reasonably flat, but there were some muddy patches, particularly around field edges. Directions: From Harpenden, travel south along the A1081. Pass the Common and golf course on your left, then pass Beesonend Lane on your right. Soon after that there is the White House on your left, then immediately after a bus stop there is Ayres End Lane on the left. Take this turn (it’s easy to miss the name of the lane from the main road) and continue down the lane for about a mile to Ayres End. Keep right at the junction towards Nomansland Common, then after another mile along Ferrars Lane, there is a car park on your right, (just before a 7.5 ton lorry sign) which is the meeting point. Again, take care as it’s easy to miss, even though it’s quite a large car park. Any problems, please contact Jackie or Gill

Priory Church hunger lunch

In support of CHRISTIAN AID

Saturday 28th April
12noon – 2.00pm
to be hosted in the Priory Church

organised by Priory Church Youth and leaders

Homemade soup and a roll
tickets £5.00 each
all profits to Christian Aid

Timed tickets available from Kaye Rogers (tel.535474) or Alison Andrews (tel.703271)

We hope to see you there!

Lamp outing

A LAMP Outing to St. Albans Abbey – 2nd December 2011

Lamp Outing

It was round about September that I was approached by LAMP to see if I was prepared to take some of the 3rd Dunstable Scouts to the St. Albans Abbey Sleep Out. Being a Cub Leader, taking Scouts away over night is something that I do not usually do. Karen Rabjohn is one of the main fund raisers for LAMP and one of her children is currently one of our Cubs and two of her older children are part of our Scout Troop. Also I have, together with our Beaver Leader Gill Short, done the sleep out before.

So on Friday, I collected Gill, Mercedes Smart (Young Leader) and Robert Deed (Scout) and headed for St. Albans Abbey armed with lots of warm clothes, hats and survival bags. Despite being well before 9pm. all the good sites round the Abbey were full and so the team had to set up in the wind alongside the railings. We were joined later by some of the Dunstable Explorer Scouts. Karen and family were there too.  About 10pm, we went to the religious bit  of the evening  (a talk & singing) and later we had a cup of hot soup before retiring to our orange bags. Guess what, the rain had started. The Abbey bells toll the time throughout the night, “1 bell and all’s well…” and later some of us could remember some of them while others were awake at other times.

At one point, lying awake listening to the rain pattering on the orange bag and listening to the the wind blow  it made me realise, how hard it must be for the homeless. However had it been dry and bright, the impact of it all might have been far less marked. At least I could go home to a warm shower and a good breakfast. Others are not so lucky.

By 7am, it was over and we had our sponsor forms stamped, yes cold, yes slightly damp and yes feeling good.

I have heard it said that “the young people of today do not care”. Well that was not the case last night, of the 300 or more sleeping rough to raise money 75% of them were today’s youth. All in one place, no attitude, just a friendly common purpose.

The combined 4 members of the 3rd Dunstable who took part, raised over £400 for LAMP. Thank you to all those of you who supported us.

Mervyn Wilson

SUN, Nov 19, 2017

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