St Mary’s Village Carnival 2014 – Winners Best School Float!

We are so excited to have again been associated with Totternhoe Lower School’s winning float entered in this year’s procession at the St Mary’s Village Carnival.  We were again happy to provide space and materials at the shop for the Parents Association to put together all the beautiful and creative work they had made with the children.

This year’s float was based on the Wizard of Oz and featured some fantastic artwork including a wonderful rainbow made up of the pupils’ hand prints, a superb Tin Man and a fantastic Scarecrow.  There was the Emerald City, Dorothy’s House, a twister and lots of other beautiful artwork. The children really got in to the spirit of the occasion and dressed up in some excellent costumes.  A huge well done to all those who took part, their hard work was rightly rewarded and we’re so happy for the children and parents.

Here are some pictures of the float with the parents and children preparing for the procession.  The float can also be seen at the Leighton Buzzard carnival on the 12th July.

(Update 12th July, We’re pleased to announce that Totternhoe School float won second place at the Leighton Buzzard Carnival!)

(Update 22nd July, More photographs and video added.)

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Totternhoe School Christmas Fair

Totternhoe School will be holding their annual Christmas Fair on 30th November between 2-4 PM. There are always lots of fun activities and competitions for the children such as Face Painting, Lucky Dip, Hook A Bag, Arts & Crafts and there are various stalls for the adults to browse.

We will have a stall and will be taking a selection of our Christmas gifts, decorations and plants along. Totternhoe school is only a 2 minute drive from Dunstable. Why not pop along for a couple of hours of fun and entertainment.

A Walk Into The Past In Totternhoe

Having been established in Dunstable for so many years we have a number of pictures of the town and the surrounding areas, some of which date back many years.

As we work our way through the pictures we find that unfortunately some are not labelled, however with a bit of detective work we believe we can make some well educated guesses as to the content of the photographs.

The following four photographs were found entered together in a family album. The dapper young man is Maurice Alfred Headey, who was sadly killed aged 19 on the 18th September, 1917 during the First World War.  We believe Maurice is shown sitting on a stile on or around Totternhoe Knolls.

This clearly dates the photographs to circa 1910-15. We’ve entitled this collection of images as ‘A Walk Into The Past In Totternhoe’. We believe the other photographs depict Doolittle Mill reflected in the water of the adjacent mill pond, Totternhoe Stone & Lime Works and a labourer working a field somewhere in the village.

The Totternhoe Stone and Lime Works which would have been in operation at the time was served by a siding from the railway track which then ran along the Sewell cutting to the station at Stanbridgeford and on to Leighton Buzzard.  We believe the funnel shape chimneys sit atop a row of lime kilns in front of which a railway track can clearly be seen.

Should anyone who finds this post have further information please get in touch.

Update.

We’ve located the following information about Totternhoe Stone & Lime Works which includes a similar picture to that shown below confirming its location.  You can also read more about Doolittle Mill here.

We’ve also found another interesting article on the Totternhoe Quarries and some good pictures of Standbridgeford Station.  There are some pictures of the ‘Dunstable Dasher’ here and a lot of information on the Dunstable North Station here.

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St Mary’s Village Carnival Edlesborough July 2013

We were thrilled to be associated with Totternhoe Lower School’s winning float entered in this year’s procession at the St Mary’s Village Carnival.  We were happy to provide space and materials at the shop for the parents association to put together all the excellent work they had created with the children to make a truly stunning float.

The carnival theme this year was Sci-Fi and the float was based on the popular children’s book, Aliens Love Underpants.  A big well done to all those who took part, their hard work was rightly rewarded and we’re thrilled for the children and parents.

Here are some pictures and video of the float and the parents and children preparing for the procession.  The float can also be seen at the Leighton Buzzard carnival on the 13th July.  We provide flower delivery to Edlesborough on a daily basis.