Wine, cheese and bubbly please

wine and cheeseJoin us at the Bow Brickhill Pavilion on Saturday 28 September from 7:30pm for a 2 course supper with cheese and cold cuts, a glass of bubbly on arrival and dessert wine to end.

There will be a cash bar to purchase wine to accompany your meal, a quiz and musical entertainment, plus a raffle and an auction.

Come as a group of 8 – or we will allocate you a table.

Tickets £10 from Andy &Gill.


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Church Hall tidy up – we need your help!

Dear Friends of ASTRA

It seems we have started the holidays for our children and it is vital we carry out a small number of maintenance tasks in readiness for their return in September. In answer to this call ASTRA invites you to a `Free Fun Day’!

ASTRA needs a working party to spend an `exciting fun day’ in the existing hall tidying up in preparation for the next term and winter :

  • Filling a small area of external render
  • Quickly filling a few patches and painting the corridor (walls and ceiling) outside the existing toilets
  • Quick licks of paint on 3 internal doors
  • Fixing the bolt and lock to the back door perhaps giving it a quick lick of paint
  • Quickly filling a few patches and painting the entrance hall (walls)
  • Providing a simple gate (to existing uprights) to prevent children climbing onto the concrete steps (the present gate has collapsed)
  • General clean up

It’s the usual set up – we will try and supply refreshments etc, dance music to help keep up the work rate (I joke).

ASTRA needs:

  1. DIY painters (say 6 of you) bring your own brushes etc.
  2. Cleaners and movers (say 6 of you again) bring your own marigolds
  3. A person filling holes, cracks and anything else that requires attention plus a wooden small box to protect some central heating pipes (no more than 40cm square
  4. Small catering team to look after everyone

Date: 31 August
Time: 10am to 4pm

Thank you in anticipation of your support even if for a couple of hours. It would be great to see parents of children using the present hall Pre-School, Brownies and other clubs if that were possible so pass on the call to action.

Please email the first instance to add you name to the list along with preference for jobs and or contributions (cake sandwiches etc even paint if you have some knocking around, even an old gate)

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Wine Tasting Evening raises £1,117 for ASTRA’s Emily Locking Appeal

We’d like to thank everyone who came to ASTRA’s Emily Locking Appeal `Wine Tasting Evening’. With your invaluable support, we raised a staggering £1,117.01.

It was just like the old days! With Denise struggling to make herself heard over the laughter and chat, us not remembering a single word other than recalling that was a lovely wine and I must get some very soon!

How on earth Simon served up a wonderful meal for next to nothing amazes me. It clearly must have been his `home grown lettuce’ that made the numbers stack up. Then there was that amazing pudding!  Yum!

Winding up the evening it would not have been complete without `Simon’s Magic’. The duck has gone from strength to strength during the intervening years since our village lost this wonderful couple to Wing and the Queens because he found the correct card from the pack and was actually `blindfold’ – how amazing was that!

We have to thank the wonderful team who together with Denise and Simon put on this community event especially Mary, Kim, Sue M and of course all those who on the night just get stuck in to help set up and then dismantle, wash up and stack away the tables and chairs. Thank you to all those who contributed raffle prizes especially the auction items May Butcher, Ron Fox and to Paula administrating the Bowfest Auction (more news on that is to follow).

Finally, on behalf of ASTRA allow me to thank all those who joined us and gave so generously to this urgent appeal.

So, thank you all again. And if you haven’t got your tickets for Bowfest on Saturday, 27 July you better get in touch with either Colette or Kim!

You can donate to Emily Locking’s appeal via gofundme.

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Fundraising curry night for Emily’s Campaign Fund raises over £1,000

We can’t thank you enough for supporting us Monday evening in raising life depending funds for our very brave and courageous young mum Emily Locking.image005

We came together as a community, enjoyed beautiful food thanks as always to the Jalori (Woburn Sands) team and raised an amazing £1,095 to help Emily.

Even if you couldn’t join us for the curry night it’s not too late to contribute. If you would like to donate privately to help Emily visit Emily’s gofundme page.

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St. David’s Night event raises £595 for Astra funds

53253001_2138309112891939_7865726556692283392_nOur recent St. David’s Night turned out (as always!) to be a great success.

A huge thank you to Sue & Peter Willis together with so many `Friends of ASTRA’ who provided outstanding support in terms of room decoration, cooking, servings and helping in every way.

To provided supper and an evening’s entertainment for just £10 per head appears now to be a well-worn model for raising much needed funds for the `Hall Rebuild Project’.

It was a fabulously successful evening and enjoyed by all.

With ticket sales, the raffle and bar
, we raised a fantastics £595 for Astra fund

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Croeso i Gymru – Welcome to Wales

Calling all Welshmen (and women); anyone who has Welsh friends; anyone who’s ever been to Wales; anyone who hasn’t been to Wales but who enjoys a good night out!

On Saturday, March 2nd Peter and Sue Willis are hosting an evening in celebration of St. David, the Patron Saint of Wales, in the Church Hall at 7.30. There’ll be a quiz (with a Welsh slant) and a delicious supper consisting of Welsh Cawl (a hearty broth served with bread) followed by Welsh cakes, Bara Brith and fresh fruit, all washed down with wine and beer from the bar and, as usual, lots of fun and laughter!

Everybody welcome! Tickets 10.00 each from Sue 01908 371408, Alan 01908 647003.

As always, places are limited, so get your order in quickly, then pin on your daffodil and come and join this super early-Spring party! 

All money raised will be going to ASTRA Community Projects to help towards our Church Hall rebuild. 

Gweld chi yno! – See you there!

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Burns’ Supper raises £646 for Astra funds

What a fun evening! 42 people came along to the church hall on Saturday 26th January to celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday with a Burns’ Supper. Haggis, neeps and tatties with whisky gravy followed by cranachan were enjoyed by all and were washed down with offerings from the bar run by Hornes Brewery. We were entertained with poetry recitals, songs also some traditional music.
We had so many generous donations of raffle prizes and as a result many raffle tickets sold for which we are very grateful. And not forgetting those behind the scenes who helped out with decorations, setting up the hall, serving food and clearing away at the end of the night – a big thank you.
Special thanks to Hornes Brewery bar who generously donating money from each bottle sold.
An impressive £646 was raised between ticket sales, the bar and the raffle. Many thanks to each and every one of you who came along and supported Astra and the church hall renovations.
Until next time…keep calm and eat haggis!
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