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With school holiday upon us here are a few suggestions from Love Bedford as to what to do this Easter... Start off at the Corn Exchange with a Take That tribute band on the 5th April or the Bedford Town Band celebrating 125 years on the 6th April. Also on the eve of the 6th there is a Pop-Up Bistro: American BBQ at Roosters Sandwich Bar on St Cuthberts. Make an evening of it and visit the new Blue Glass wine bar on St Peters Street. Sunday 7th, Made in Bedford is holding its Spring Artisan Fair in the Harpur Suite. Local sellers will be there with their handmade arts and crafts. Are you, or know a motorbike fan as also on this day is Boyd’s of Bedford’s first bike meet outside La Piazza from 1pm4pm. All are welcome!

Treat the children on Monday 8th and bring the kids to the Easter pantomime, Beauty & the Beast, matinee and evening performances at the Corn Exchange. Also being held here from 10am-6pm on Tuesday 9th is a free day of fun filled music making for young musicians so bring the kids along. The Higgins are hosting activity workshops inspired by their new ‘Round and Round the Garden’ Exhibition. From the 9th-11th and 16th-18th there are 3 sessionsa day and are aimed at 5-13 year olds. Music fans, the Record Store Day at Slide Records in the Arcade is on 13th April. For the sweet tooth vegans amongst us, Treat Street is hosting its bi weekly Vegan Day on 16thApril so make sure you find the time to grab a sumptuous Vegan Dessert!

Back at the Corn Exchange on Thursday 18th the little ones are invited to Marty Macdonalds farm for Pongo’s Birthday Party. Tickets are available online or in the box office. Finally we arrive at the bank holiday weekend of CHOCOLATE EATING!!!! Easter eggs are aplenty in town but if you fancy something a little differenthead to Arcadia sweet shop for chocolate truffles, fudge and bespoke chocolate/ sweetie trees. During the holidays from 6th to 27th April, Love Bedford and Mini Mapmakers have an Easter Trail. Various collection points for the form and then clues to be found. Once completed forms can be handed in to Arcadia Sweet shop to enter the prize draw. Lots of prizes to be won! Visit www.lovebedford.co.uk for all the latest news and events.

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R E T S A E FUN Love Bedford Easter Trail Saturday 6th April to Monday 22nd April Love Bedford and award winning Mini Mapmakers are having an Easter Trail in Bedford with lots of prizes to be won! Collect a map and pencils from one of the various locations including Gallone’s Ice Cream Parlour, Rogan’s Books, Goldings, The Higgins Bedford or St Paul’s Church, and it will show you where you need to go to locate some golden eggs. Each egg has a letter or number which needs to be recorded on the map. Decorate your map and hand in once completed to Arcadia Sweet shop or drop it through the BedfordBID letter box at 1 Lurke Street to enter a prize draw. Lots of prizes to be won! For more information please visit www.lovebedford.co.uk Decorate an Easter Egg Monday 8th April to Thursday 18th April Frosts Garden Centre, Willington Sandy Rd, Willington, MK44 3QP Bedford Sessions from 9.45am to 3.45pm (No 9.45am session on Sunday) Children can come and meet the Easter Bunny and receive a small gift, then get creative by decorating their very own chocolate Easter egg with a selection of yummy sweeties. Children will finish the activity with a bunny hunt around the Garden Centre and a glass of squash. Booking is required, tickets can be purchased at the Customer Services Desk, online at www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk or by calling 01908 583511. Activity lasts approx 25 mins. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £5.99 per child Dairy free option available

Help The Easter Bunny Find His Bonnets Thursday April 18th to Monday April 22nd 10 AM – 3 PM Forest of Marston Vale, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, MK43 0RP The Easter Bunny been so busy getting ready for Easter weekend that his prized bonnet collection is all over the place! Follow the Trail through his carrot garden and egg-allotment to help him find all of his bonnets, so that he can finally live hoppily ever after... £3 per child (Age 1+) includes trail sheet and chocolate treat at the end. It’s aimed at 2 – 6 year olds, but we don’t mind younger or older kids joining in. The trail shouldn’t take any longer than 30 minutes – depending on age. Please note – no dogs are allowed on this trail. Parking charges also apply. Madhatters Tea Party Sunday April 28th at 11 AM – 4:30 PM The Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth, Shuttleworth Collection, Biggleswade SG18 9EP Enjoy crafts, magic, Morris and Maypole dancing and new for 2019, a Punch & Judy show! Be entertained by Alice in Wonderland characters and features in the fairy-tale surroundings of the Swiss Garden. Bring your own Mad Hatter picnic and dress up if you can – mad hats at the very least! £12 per adult, £3 per child and £28 for a family ticket. Don’t forget, under 3’s are FREE! For more information visit: www.shuttleworth.org/madhattersteaparty


Baby & Toddler Groups Wootton Baptist Chuch Hall Wrigglers Mondays 10-11.30am (Term Time) U5’s coffee morning. Lots of toys to play with, craft activity and song time. 50p per family. Bedford Road, Wootton Tel 07814 164246 Oakley Toddler Group Mondays 9.30-11.00am (Term Time) Toys and Games for all ages Activity Table for your little creators Coffee, Tea and Biscuits. Juice and Biscuits for all the children. £1 per child Village Hall, Church Lane, Oakley MK43 7RJ St Mark’s Church Brickhill Chat & Make Tuesdays 9am – 12pm (Term Time) Crafts, toys, songs, story and refreshments £1. Term time for babies and toddlers 0-5 Chat and Play. Thursdays 9.45am (Term Time) Group for Mums & toddlers.0-5 St Mark’s Church Community Centre Calder Rise, Bedford MK41 7UY Tel 01234 342613 Park Road Methodist Church Baby& Toddler Group Every Tuesday 9.30am-11.30am (in the hall). Roff Avenue, Bedford MK41 7TJ JelliTots Tuesdays 10am – 11.30am (Term Time) Play, craft, stories and songs for babies and children 0-3yrs Tea, Biscuits & snacks. £1 per child. Church Lane Community Centre, Bedford MK41 0PW

Biddenham U5’s Playgroup Thursdays 9.30 – 11.30am £2 for up to 3 children. First time is free. Biddenham Village Hall, Nodders Way, Nodders Way, Biddenham Call 07854 974474 Tiddlywinks Carer & Toddler Group Thursdays 9.30am – 11am £2 per session. Price includes snack and drink for all. Craft activity every week. Kempston Hammers Social Club, High Street, Kempston MK42 7BN Ruth 07825 380966 Julie 07949 550736 Salvation Army Little Angels Toddler Group Fridays 9.30am – 11.30am (Term Time) Hour of free play, juice and biscuits provided followed by a time of singing. Suggested donation £1 Commercial Road Bedford MK40 1NY

All Nations Church, Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7QF. Tel 01234 273773 New Mums & Babies Group Wednesdays, 10.30am – 12.00pm. Mums are able to come along and get to know other mums. Toddler Group Wednesdays, 1.30pm – 3.00pm (Term Time) Parents and carers of children from birth to 4 years are welcome to drop in, have a drink and chat while the children enjoy craft, play and music activities.

Bromham Baptist Church Mess & Music Thursdays 10:00 – 11:30am (term time only) Free-play and arts and crafts, followed by musicsongs with actions and instruments for babies and toddlers. Snack & drinks. No charge, donations welcome. Village Road Bromham Bedfordshire MK43 8LJ Tel 01234 822681

Kids Club Wednesdays, 5.45pm – 7.00pm (Term Time) A mixture of games, quizzes and challenges, and each week we have a short bible story told through puppets, drama or interactive storytelling.

Clapham Parish Church Little Monkeys Thursdays 9am (Term Time) Free Play, Craft, Songtime & Refreshments. 01234 352814 (Sue) Fellowship Centre, Green Lane, Clapham MK41 6EP

Toddlers For Dads Saturday 20th April, 10.00am – 12.00pm Third Saturday morning of each month, this group gives dads the opportunity to meet up with other dads and join in with their children’s activities.

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Bedfordshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. 1st Tuesday evening each month 7.30 – 9.30pm 3rd Saturday 10.30am. – 4.30pm each month. Friendly group of lovers of textile related crafts. Flitwick Village Hall, 11 Dunstable Rd, Flitwick, Bedford MK45 1HP Art Friends – Art for fun and friendship Thursdays 9.30am – 12.30pm Supportive club where beginners to those more experienced can develop their art work Suggested donation £4 Bromham Baptist Church, Village Road, Bromham, MK43 8JP. Enquiries please call: Jackie 07880 518465, Kevin 07780 756436 or Lindsay 07960 329609 Machine Knitting Group. Alternate Fridays 9.30 – 12.30 September to July Beginners and Improvers welcome Wilden Village Hall, 2 High St, Wilden, Bedford MK44 2PB. Sheila Day Tel:01234 771328 Bedfordshire Family History Society Meet the 1st Friday of every month. New members welcome Contact Lynn on 01234 306482 Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School, Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX. www.bfhs.org.uk Friday Daubers Every Friday 1pm-4pm Friendly group of amateur daubers. We use a variety of media. If you enjoy drawing and/ or painting why not join us. 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford Contact Anne 07548 840856 or Jenny 01234 824568 or email Marianne marianne.sellers@virginmedia.com Sketch Fridays Every Friday, 12pm – 4pm Free Explore the works in our beautiful galleries and be inspired to create your own work of art. Materials are provided, or you can bring your own. Please do not bring paint or materials that might cause damage to the collection. The Higgins Bedford Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD 01234 718618

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Community Bible Study Bedford Tuesdays term time 10 am to 12 noon A friendly group meeting to study the bible Upper Hall, Brickhill Community Centre, Avon Drive, Bedford MK41 7AF Contact Alyson: little_alyson@hotmail.com

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Renhold Bridge Club First and third Thurs of each month 11 am to 2.45pm. Break for lunch midway (please bring your own sandwiches); coffee/tea free. Friendly duplicate bridge. Members £3; guests and visitors £4. Renhold Village Hall, Wilden Rd, Renhold MK41 0LY Tel Rod 01234 771858

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Bedford Camera Club Every Tuesday 7.30pm Just starting out, or a photography enthusiast? Come and join a group of friendly, like minded people for talks and competitions. Scott Lower School, Hawk Drive, Bedford MK41 7JA Contact John Gough 07748572845. www.bedfordcameraclub.co.uk.

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Scottish Country Dancing – Social Dancing Monday evenings 7:45pm to 9:45pm £2.50 per session. First evening free. Individuals welcome, no experience/partner needed. Wear soft shoes. ARA Social Club, Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7LR. Keith Rose, 01234 781448, keith@krose.plus.com Scottish Country Dancing – General Class Tuesday evenings 7:30pm to 10pm £2.50 per session. First evening free. Individuals welcome, no experience/partner needed. Wear soft shoes. ARA Social Club, Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7LR. Keith Rose, 01234 781448, keith@krose.plus.com Irish Ceili and Set Dancing. Wednesdays 8 pm to 10 pm £2 per session – first evening free. No partner required. Beginners welcome. The Reading Room, 1, Barkers Lane, Bedford. Ring Pat 01234 308224 for more details. Tudor Reeds Folk Dance Club First, Third and Fifth Weds of each month eve 8-10pm Friendly social Folk Dancing Club. It’s good fun for only £1 incl. refreshments. No partner required. St Marks Church Hall, Calder Rise (off Avon Drive), Brickhill, Bedford MK41 7UY Rosemary Mcneilage 01234 405594 Linedancing Absolute Beginners 7.00pm – 8.00pm (Still Room) Improver/Intermediate 8.00pm – 10.00pm (Still Room) Kempston Hammers Social And Sports Club, 134 High Street, Kempston MK42 7BN (Air Conditioned Hall/On Site Parking) Tel 07969847553 www.dancingstars.comli.com

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Abbeyfield Bedford Friendship Group. Second Thursday of the Month 2.00pm-3.30pm Meet New People, Make New Friends. Refreshments provided. Darell Jeffreys House, 65 Chaucer Road, Bedford,MK40 2AL All enquiries: Sarah Curtin 01234 348735 or email s.curtin@abbeyfield.com

Linedancing Thursday Kempston Hammers Social And Sports Club 134 High Street High Street Kempston Bedford MK42 7BN Absolute Beginners 7.00pm – 8.00pm (Still Room) Improver/Intermediate 8.00pm – 10.00pm (Still Room) www.dancingstars.comli.com tel:07969847553/

Golden Friendship Club – for the over 50’s Every Thursday 2 – 4pm Christ the King Parish Hall Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP Bingo, cards, tea and talk, outings, lunches and more. For information call on 01234 304382

Bedford Fine Companions Folk Dance Club Friday 8pm to 10pm 9 (Term Time) We are a friendly group always ready to welcome new members. No partner required. Hazeldene School Bedford MK41 9AT (use Hartshill entrance). Chris Rutt email:-carutt@ntlworld.com or telephone 01462 700451 www.finecompanions.wordpress.com or find us on Facebook.

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Silver lining Club for the Silver Haired First and third Tuesday of the month 2pm-4pm FREE Various activities or just sit and chat with a cup of tea or coffee. Park Road Methodist Church Roff Avenue, opposite the high flats. Number 10 bus stops outside. Local Friendship Group. We meet at a local public venue every Wednesday 7 to 10pm. New members Welcome Call 07835 732412/07925 910639. Email: friendshipclub365@gmail.com Abbeyfield Bedford Friendship Group Second Thursday of the Month 2.00pm-3.30pm Meet New People, Make New Friends Refreshments provided Darell Jeffreys House, 65 Chaucer Road, Bedford,MK40 2AL Sarah Curtin 01234 348735 or mailto:s.curtin@ abbeyfield.com Magpie Ladies Group Friendly group who meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7.30 pm Guest Speakers and social events. Tea/Coffee and cake included. New members welcomed St Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill. (No meetings in August) Please Contact: Rosemary 01234 405594 or Barbara 01234 304960

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Over 70’s Gentle Exercise Classes Every Monday and Wednesday (except bank hols) Mondays – Bedford Central Library (3rd floor meeting room) Wednesday – Bedford International Athletics Stadium £4 per session Tel 01234 718835 www.bedford.gov.uk/sport Bedford Mascular Support Group Third Monday of each month at 10:30 am. Volunteer Centre, 43 Bromham Road Offering practical and emotional support to people sufferingcentral vision loss or Macular Disease. Speakers on a range of related topics. Info 01234 708613. Hearts In Beds Cardiac Support Group First Tuesday each month 7pm Priory Methodist Church Halls, Newnham Ave, Bedford, MK41 9QJ Gentle exercise sessions from 7 – 7-30 pm under a qualified trainer. Everyone welcome, you don’t need to have a cardiac condition to join us. Contact Ted Jolliffe 01234 327791 or email tednmary.jolliffe@gmail.com Chairman Paul Keech. Tel. 01 2343 211733 Vice Chairman Tessa Whiting Tel. 07799 834026 Sec. Ted Jolliffe Tel 01 234 327791

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CLUBS & GROUPS BOSOM PALS – Breast Cancer Charity 2nd Wednesday of each month 7.30pm to 9.45pm Friendly support group for ladies who have or have had breast cancer. Our aim is to provide information and support to help those going through breast cancer treatment and beyond. Good social activities throughout the year. Transfiguration Church Hall, Bedford Road, Kempston, MK42 8BQ Contact Denise 01234 771746 or Pauline 01234 350079 or email bosom-palsbedford@outlook.com The Higgins Bedford Wellbeing Classes Gardening for wellbeing Every Monday afternoon (except bank holidays) 2pm – 4pm – free activity Yoga Every Monday (except bank hols) 10.30am – 11.30am in our beautiful Wixamtree art gallery Mindful Table Tennis Every Monday (except bank holidays) 2pm – 3pm £2 per person Steady and Social Tai Chi Every Tuesday 10am – 11am in our beautiful Wixamtree art gallery Reminiscence Groups First Thursday of every month 11am – 12pm Join Lydia Saul, our Keeper of Social History, with reminiscence boxes and sessions on themes from the past – free activity The Higgins Bedford Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD 01234 718618 | www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

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Kempston and District Model Railway Society Every Wednesday 7.30pm-10pm NEW VENUE Kempston East Methodist Church. New members welcome. Contact Brian Woodcock on 07795251988 or brw60029@gmail.com

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Steady Folk Music Session Last Tuesday of each month 7.30pm All standards of musician welcome whatever they play. Burnaby Arms, Stanley Street, Bedford MK41 7RU. Michael Bliss 01234 308449 Bedford Pipe Band Thursdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm Friendly & relaxed group beginners to experienced. New members welcome. St John’s Church hall (MK42 0DL), Bedford. Contact Pipe Major Donald Reid 01234 268475 Mrs. Barrett (Band Secretary) 01234 360967 www.bedfordpipeband.org.uk

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Friendly Reading Group Wednesdays 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Why not come and join us? It’s absolutely free, and you’ll have: A short story read to you by Colin, our group leader. Refreshments served by the library staff half-way through. The companionship of a lovely group of other members. There is no commitment to attending. Wootton Library, Lorraine Road, Wootton MK43 9LH

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“Ouse Valley Singers Mondays 7.30 p.m Four-part harmony mixed choir who perform mainly for charitable purposes in the North Beds area. Rehearsals in Sharnbrook Methodist Church performing mainly light music e.g. show music, folk songs, etc. Contact Sue Plant 01234 314229.” Bedford Gallery Quire 1st, 3rd, 5th Thursday of each month 7.30 pm We welcome those interested in singing/playing ‘West Gallery’ music from the early 18th century to the mid 19th century.Priory Methodist Church, Newnham Ave, Bedford Contact Ken Baddley 01234 310018 www.bedfordgalleryquire.org.uk

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MENCAP – Smiley Club Wednesdays 7pm – 8.30pm A fun social club for boys and girls from 9 to 18 who have learning disabilities. Art and crafts, board games, outside play in the warmer months and hanging out with friends! Pine Cones Family Centre, (behind Livingstone Lower School) Clapham Road, Bedford. For further information please contact the club leader Jeff Smith on 07798 762 808 MENCAP – Sparkle Club Wednesdays in term time between 7.00pm – 9.00pm Social club for adults with learning disabilities. Putnoe Primary School, Church Lane, Bedford MK41 0DH. www.bedfordmencap.org.uk FLAG Bedford Thursday afternoons 2-4pm FLAG Bedford (Friendship Link & Action Group) is a social group for adults with a sensory and/or physical or learning disability, and their carers, who live in the Bedford area. Our aim is to combat social isolation and loneliness. Priory Methodist Church, Newnham Avenue, Bedford. Contact Linda on 07815 196357 or mailto:flag25@hotmail.co.uk Marlins Special Needs Swimming Club Sundays 6.30 – 8pm For learning and physical disabilities. All ages welcome. Admission £2 Carer free. Oasis Swimming Pool Bedford Call Rose on 07954784795 or Val 07973859940 or just turn up!

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A Disappearing Act THEATRE FAMILY Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd April at 3:00pm and 7:30pm FOLK EVENTS The great magician, Philip Winterbottom, cordially requests your presence for his final act. Sadly, he’s NEW WRITING dead. So...he won’t be there. But, he’s left his son and his assistant very clear FILM SCREENINGS instructions for his memorial. Suitable for children age 10+ TRADITIONAL THEATRE

Mark Steel: Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright Thursday 4th April 8.00pm The Take That Experience Friday 5th April 8.00pm Bedford Town Band 125th Anniversary Concert Saturday 6th April 7pm

Folk Night: The Askew Sisters Thursday 4th April at 8:00pm Emily and Hazel Askew have become known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music. Suitable for all ages

Beauty and the Beast Easter Panto Monday 8th April 3pm & 7.30pm Charlie Landsborough in Concert UK Country Music legend Thursday 11th April 7.30pm

Tomorrows Great Pageant Saturday 6th April at 6:30pm Join ustheplacebedford.org.uk for a celebration of emancipatory ideas and local voices. 01234 354321 Tickets are FREE Not suitable for children

The World Famous Elvis Show 2019 Saturday 17th April 7.30pm Southside Wrestling: Battle of the Egos Sunday 21st April 4.00pm St. George’s Day Concert Direct from their duties at Buckingham Palace, the Band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards Tuesday 23rd April 7.30pm

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Luther Thursday 25th April 7.30pm Wannabe: The Spice Girls Show Friday 26th April 7.30pm Philharmonia Orchestra: Ashkenazy conducts Elgar Monday 29th April 7.30pm

The Star Seekers Sunday 14th April at 2:00pm and 6:00pm Inspired by our childhood wonder of the universe, award-winning The Wardrobe Ensemble have created a unique theatrical experience for children. Suitable for children age 3+ West End at The Movies Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th April 2:30pm and 7:30pm The cast of leading performers from Londons West End, invite you to join them to a night at the Movies! Suitable for all ages Honk! Jnr Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April at 2:00pm and 7:00pm Toffe Apple Productions bring to stage the junior musical version of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale The Ugly Duckling Suitable for all ages

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Just Don’t Do It 26 St Peter’s Street, Friday 15 March at 7:30pm It’s 1999 at Christian Bedford summer camp and enthusiastic MK40 2NN youth leaders Trish and Tash are giving their top tips For marriage’ more infotoand visit for ‘saving yourself until thetickets teenage www.quarrytheatre.org.uk or girls. Tel 01234 362337 Age 14+ Flanders & Swann Friday 5th April, 7:30pm Tim FitzHigham, Duncan Walsh and the Hippo are celebrating the much-loved words and music of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann. Suitable for all ages National Theatre Live – All About Eve (12A) Thursday 11th April, 7.00pm The story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…? Royal Shakespeare Live presents As You Like It (12A) Wednesday 17th April, 7.00pm Join us for our very first Royal Shakespeare Company live broadcast! The Carole King & James Taylor Story Saturday 20th April, 7.45pm An incredible journey through the career of the sixtime Grammy Award winner and twenty-time platinum hit maker Carole King and five-time Grammy Award winner & American folk legend James Taylor. Suitable for children age 13+ Tom Neenan – It’s Always Infinity Friday 26th April, 7.30pm Tom’s girlfriend has vanished… So he has done what any right-minded man (and “theatre-maker”) would do in this situation, and turned his search for her into an “important” piece of “art”. Suitable for children age 13+

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ARTS & CRAFTS, TALKS & DEMONSTRATIONS Bedfordshire Family History Society Bedford Floral Art Society Tuesday 2nd April at 7.30pm Jo Poulter will be giving a floral demonstration entitled “All Shapes and Sizes” Visitors very welcome £7 Addison Centre, Bedford Rd, Kempston MK42 8PN Bedfordshire Family History Society Friday 5th April 7.15pm “How Far Did Your Ancestors Travel Before the Advent of the Railways?” By Celia Heritage Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX Members free, visitors £1. www.bfhs.org.uk Round and Round the Garden: A Celebration of Horticulture in Art Saturday 6th April to Saturday 28th September Wixams Gallery (Free Entry) Celebrate all things gardens and gardening with The Higgins Bedford at the new exhibition ‘Round and Round the Garden: A Celebration of Horticulture in Art’. The Wildlife Trust – Bedford Local Group ‘Bedfordshire’s Flora’ – an illustrated talk by Graham Bellamy Wednesday 10th April 2019 – meeting at 7-15pm for 7-30 pm start Priory Methodist Church Hall, Newnham Avenue Bedford MK41 9Q No charge but voluntary, contributions are appreciated. Further details available under Events on www.wildlifebcn.org or at 01234 266057 Spring Migrants Bird Walk Saturday 6th April 8am to 11am Guided walk led by our team of expert Volunteers – spotting the visiting spring migrants of the Millennium Country Park. £4 per head Forest Of Marston Vale, The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine MK43 0PR For more information Tel 01234 767037 or visit www.marstonvale.org/events

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COMMUNITY / CHARITY EVENTS Bedford Who Charity Con 5 Saturday 13th April 10am – 5.30pm A small scale Doctor Who convention where you get to meet and chat to the guests... A mixture of on stage interviews, performances (including sketches!) by the actors, signing sessions, the opportunity to meet the guests, get their autographs, and have your photo taken with them. The Theatre, University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Avenue Bedford MK41 9EA For tickets and info contact Simon at info@ bedfordwhocharitycon.co.uk Plant Sale Saturday 27th April 10am to noon In addition to plants, there will be books, bric a brac produce, raffle and refreshments. Free admission. This is to raise funds to finance The Village Show at Keysoe in September. Any contributions gratefully received. Keysoe Village Hall MK44 2JE,. Further information from 01234 378878 Cake & Coffee Day In aid of Bedford Hospital Primrose Unit. Saturday 27th April 10am-2pm. Park Road Methodist Church corner of Roff Avenue and Beaconsfield Street Bedford MK41 7SB. Coffee Morning Saturday 27th April 10am – 1pm In aid of Sue Ryder – St John’s Hospice Come along & bring your friends with you to help raise funds to help a very worthwhile cause so St John’s can carry on the incredible care they provide. Wilstead Village Hall, Cotton End Road, Wilstead MK45 3BX Beds & Northants MS Therapy Centre Monthly Sale Third Saturday of every month 10am – 12.00 noon Entrance 50p Adults FREE PARKING Clothing, Bric a Brac, Books, Linen, Toys and Games Refreshments available 155 Barkers Lane, Bedford. MK41 9RX Tel: 01234 325781 www.mscentrebedsandnorthants.com

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FAMILY Symbol Spot Trail Adventures In The Park With Captain Alice Come and find out about Captain Alice’s adventures and let her take you on a Symbol Spot trail…what will you see, where will you go? With prizes to be won! Learn how to read a map and a compass – collect your Symbol Spot bag and off you go... Captain Alice will be hosting X Marks the Spot workshops, before taking you out on the first half of the Trail, guiding you through the Park to find the plaques in your Trail booklet. Suitable for ages 4 – 10. Forest Of Marston Vale, The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine MK43 0PR For more information Tel 01234 767037 or visit www.marstonvale.org/events

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE Kempston Musical Society Passiontide Bring and Sing Concert Saturday 6th April 7.00pm Kempston Musical Society will be performing Stainer’s Crucifixion for Passiontide on at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Midland Road, Bedford. Proceeds will be donated to St. Francis Support of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Northern Uganda charity. Singers – £5. Rehearsal – 4pm. Music and Refreshments provided. Dress – white top, Black bottom. Tickets for the evening concert will cost £6, to include refreshments. To find out more about this concert, all our forthcoming concerts or information about the choir please call 01234 781010 or email prestissimo@btinternet.com. Music on Thursdays Roderick Williams (baritone), Kathryn Rudge (mezzo soprano), William Vann (piano) Thursday 11 April 7.45pm A Springtime Garland of Song and Opera Bedford Girls’ School, Cardington Road Tickets £18, Students 18-24 £5, Under 18 £2, on the door. www.bedfordmusicclub.co.uk

OPEN GARDENS Spring Garden Opening for NGS Charity Sunday 28th April, 2 – 5 pm Two gardens with abundance of tulips, fritillaria & other spring bulbs and scented shrubs, . Combined entrance £5, children free. Home-made cakes and plant sale. Townsend Farmhouse & West Oak, MK45 5AT

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Bedford Central Library Harpur St, Bedford, MK40 1PG Tel 01234 718178 Monday 8th April 11.30am to 3.30pm 11.30am to 3.30pm Bee Coaster Craft

Tuesday 9th April 11.30am to 3.30pm Fashion Show Bedford College join us to co-ordinate a fabulous fashion show. Wednesday 10th April 11.30am to 3.30pm We`re Going on a Bear Hunt Wednesday 10th April 12.30am to 3.30pm Bear Hunt Craft Thursday 11th April 11.30am to 3.30pm Bug Crowns Friday 12th April 11.30am to 3.30pm Butterfly Magnet Craft Monday 15th April 11.30am to 3.30pm Bug Masks Tuesday 16th April 11.30am to 3.30pm Minbeast Sun Catchers Wednesday 17th April 11.30am to 3.30pm Easter Treat Bags Colouring Thursday 18th April 12.30am to 3.30pm Easter Craft Saturday 20th April 10.30am to 4.30pm Easter Lucky Dip Crafts

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Bromham Library Springfield Drive, Bedford, MK43 8NT Tel 01234 824391 Saturday 6th April 10.30am to 12:30pm Insect Decoration Monday 8th April 11.30am to 3.30pm Insect Glider

Thursday 18th April 2.30pm to 4.30pm Scratch Art Easter Cards Saturday 20th April 10.30am to 12:30pm Easter Masks Tuesday 23rd April 2.30pm to 4.30pm Easter Craft Mix-Up

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Tuesday 9th April 2.30pm to 4.30pm Bug Masks

Saturday 6th April 10.00am to 4.30pm DIY Dandelions

Wednesday 10th April 10.00am to 11.30am Insect Sticker Art and story at 11.00am

Monday 8th April 2.00pm to 5.00pm Scratch Art Bird Decoration

Thursday 11th April 2.30pm to 4.30pm Insect Fridge Magnet

Tuesday 9th April 11.30am to 4.30pm Wooden Butterfly Magnet Craft

Friday 12th April 2.30pm to 4.30pm Honeycomb Decorations Saturday 13th April 10.30am to 12.30pm Insect Craft Mix-Up Monday 15th April 10.00am to 11.30am Easter Crowns Tuesday 16th April 2.30pm to 4.30pm Easter Cards Make a chick or bunny pop up card for someone special. Wednesday 17th April 10.00am to 11.30am Easter Wreath

Wednesday 10th April 2.00pm to 5.30pm Spring Wreaths Thursday 11th April 10.00am to 4.30pm Bunny Craft

Tuesday 16th April 11.30am to 4.30pm Beaded Garden Art Wednesday 17th April 2.00pm to 5.30pm Create your own Easter garden. Thursday 18th April 10.00am to 4.30pm Easter Chick Craft Make your own hatching Easter chick. Saturday 20th April 10.00am to 3.30pm Bunny Craft Tuesday 23rd April 11.30am to 4.30pm Flower Craft with tissue paper Wednesday 24th April 2.00pm to 5.30pm Get creative with garden themed Hama Beads. Wednesday 24th April 2.30pm – 4.00pm Adult Craft Club £1 per session

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Friday 12th April 2.00pm to 5.00pm Pop-Up Easter Cards

Saturday 6th April 10.00am to 3.00pm Feathered Friend Magnet Craft

Saturday 13th April 10.00am to 3.30pm Flower Bookmarks

Monday 8th April 2.30pm – 5.00pm Flower Craft using Fabric Art

Monday 15th April 2.00pm to 5.00pm Lamb themed crafts

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Tuesday 9th April 10.30am to 4.00pm Minibeast Stained Glass Craft


Wednesday 10th April 2.30pm – 4.00pm Spring Bookmarks Thursday 11th April 10.30am to 4.00pm Insect Scratch Art Friday 12th April 2.30pm – 4.00pm We`re Going on a Bear Hunt Story and Craft Saturday 13th April 10.00am to 3.00pm Join us in our garden to plant sunflowers. Monday 15th April 2.30pm to 5.00pm Sunshine and Rain Weather Mobile Craft Tuesday 16th April 10.30am to 4.00pm 3D Paper Bugs Craft Fabulous 3D paper bugs craft for you to enjoy.

Wednesday 17th April 2.30pm – 4.00pm Bunny Craft Come along to make a set of bunny ears to wear. Thursday 18th April 10.30am to 4.00pm Easter Craft Decorations Saturday 20th April 10.00am to 3.00pm Spring Paper Flower Wreaths Tuesday 23rd April 10.00am to 3.00pm Craft Mash Up

Wootton Library Lorraine Road, Wootton, MK43 9LH Tel 01234 766061 Saturday 6th April 11.00am to 12.30pm Butterfly Craft

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Tuesday 9th April 10.00am to 11.30am Easter Bookmarks

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Saturday 13th April 11.00am to 12.30pm Easter Masks

Wednesday 24th April 2.00pm to 4.30pm Honeycomb Craft

Monday 15th April 2.00pm to 4.30pm Easter Masks

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BOWLS

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Kempton Park Indoor Bowls Club Largest Indoor Bowls Club in the area for all ages and abilities. Free taster session followed by 4 coaching sessions at a time to suit you. Bowls and bowls shoes provided for your lessons. Superb facilities. Tel 01234 852291 290 Hillgrounds Road Kempston MK42 8UB www.kempstonparkbowls.co.uk

Ouse Valley Archers Thursdays 7.00pm – 9.00pm and Sundays 2.00pm – 4.00pm Currently offering a four week introduction in target archery. Run by Archery GB approved coaches. All equipment provided. For experienced archers or those who have completed a beginners course the club shoots indoors/outdoors at Putnoe Primary School & Field, Church Lane, Bedford For further details visit our website or contact info@ ousevalleyarchers.com

Wootton Badminton Club Thursdays from 7.30pm to 10.00pm Friendly club welcoming anyone who does or has played badminton. Wootton Upper School, Hall End, Wootton, Beds, MK43 9HT Freda Dunlop 01234 270638 or garry.freda@ btinternet.com www.woottonbedfordbadmintonclub.weebly.com

BASKETBALL / DODGEBALL

Bedford Thunder Basketball Club Mini Basketball (Reception to Yr 5) Sundays 9.30am – 11am U14s Development (Yr 6 to Yr 9) Sundays 11am – 12.30pm U18’s Session (Yr 10 to Yr 13) Sundays 2pm – 3.30pm Bedford Academy, Mile Road, Bedford MK42 9TR For information email coach@bedfordthunder.com Bedford Thunder Basketball for Girls Saturday 3pm to 4.30pm Aimed at new players looking to keep fit, make new friends and learn basketball skills £3 per session and runs on a pay-as-you-play basis. As per Basketball England regulations all new members will need to register as a player before their third session – registration cost £10 per year. Bedford Academy, Mile Road Bedford MK42 9TR. Or visit www.thisgirlcan.bedfordthunder.com Bedford Mighty Eagles Dodgeball Team Tuesdays 7pm-9pm A club that plays at a high level but welcomes anyone from any sporting ability and background. 15yrs or over. Men’s and women’s squad. £3 per session – First session free Training is at Wootton Upper School, Hall End Road, MK43 9HT Sent from my iPhone

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Become a Wheelstar at Kempston Bowls Indoor Bowls Club Every Tuesday 12pm till 1.30pm a group of disabled people meet to play bowls from special ‘buggies’ in a friendly environment. A meal is available at the end of the session. You don’t need to have previously bowled. Pop in any from 12pm until 1.30pm for information and to see if you would be interested in a trial. Telephone Anne or Doug on 01234 841071

Bromham Short Mat Bowling Club Tuesdays 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm (year round) Monday afternoons 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm (September to June only) Friendly group of people that play short mat bowls. First two sessions are free and where training can be given. Just bring a pair of flat shoes or even your slippers! Bromham Village Hall, Village Rd, Bromham, MK43 8JP Contact Sue Amor on 01234 823610 for more details Mowsbury Park Bowling Club Wednesday or Friday 2pm to 4.30pm. Try lawn bowls for FREE. Just bring flat shoes. For more info about our club please contact Anne Haynes on 01234 211828 www.mowsburyparkbowlsclub.co.uk Bedford Borough Bowling Club Est over 100 years now enrolling new members and forming a junior section. Indoor and outdoor bowling greens. FREE tuition from qualified instructors, all equipment provided. Just wear flat shoes. Check our web site www.boroughbowlin.org.uk or telephone 01234 340736 for more details Bedford Bowling Club Welcome Sessions Every Tuesday and Friday 2pm – 4pm Warm, friendly club and the green is in a sheltered part of the park. Taster sessions in Bedford Park (near the café), and we welcome anyone who would like to try the game. All equipment provided just wear flat soled shoes to protect the green. No cost or obligation. For full information ring Ray on 305695, Warwick on 403551, or Alison on 343257.

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Cycling Uk Bedfordshire We meet on a regular basis and have rides to various places, and cater for all abilities. We ride as a group for the pleasure of riding and socialising, nobody gets left behind! See website ctc-bedfordshire.co.uk for details of our forthcoming rides, or ring 01234 219148 for further information.

FOOTBALL

Bedford Girls and Ladies FC Voluntary sports club for girls age 8 and upwards. If you’d like to find out more info please call Jill on 01234 772668 or 07850540631. Bedford FC Mini Soccer Club Every Saturday at Goldington Academy 10.30am till 12.15pm. Boys and girls aged 4-10yrs. £3.00 per child and £5 for two. Our aim is to provide children of all abilities with a unique footballing experience, developing their physical, social and communication skills. www.bedfordfcminisoccer.com.

KARATE

GKR Karate Classes Wednesdays at 6.30pm to 7.30pm Anyone who turns up for a class who is not already a GKR student will get a free 1 hour training session. Putnoe Heights Church, 32 Putnoe Heights, Bedford MK41 8EB

MARTIAL ARTS

Shinpi Izumi Martial Arts Club – Ju Jutsu style Juniors – Mondays -term time only 6-7pm Adult / Senior Tuesdays – all year round 8-9pm St Cuthbert’s Hall, Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR Please contact Rob Sensei on 07840 314869 for prices and further information One month free trial available

RUGBY

Little Scrummers Rugby Club Every Saturday at Kings Oak Primary School 8.30am until 11.10am. Exciting, fun & inspiring children’s tag rugby classes for girls and boys from 18 months up to 7 years old! We want to bring rugby to children at a young age to enable them to build their confidence, enjoy sport & have fun! For more information & to book in for a FREE TRIAL please visit us at www.littlescrummers.com

RUNNING

Bedford Parkrun Saturdays Meet at The Bandstand at 9am. Join us for a 5km run around the park (dogs, children and buggies all welcome). Register for free on the Parkrun UK website http:// www.parkrun.org.uk Bedford Junior Parkrun Sundays (4-14 year olds) Jubilee Park, Moulton Ave, Bedford MK42 0HL Weekly free 2k timed run for juniors but please register before your first run! Meet at the skate park 8.45am for warm up http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bedford-juniors/

TABLE TENNIS

Social Table Tennis Mondays & Tuesdays 7.30pm-10.00pm All Ages Welcome. Just Turn Up £4 per player per session, Bats Available, Free Hire Coaching Available Sports Hall, Lincroft School, Oakley Call John 07921 093199 Bedford Community Table Tennis Club Every weekday at 2 venues: Bedford Academy Mile Road and Church Lane Community Centre, Goldington. Each session is 2 hours. First Session is FREE at Bedford Academy Wednesday 7.30pm-9.30pm Call Harvey on 07884 938753 first.

WALKING HOCKEY

Wednesdays 7pm – 8pm until end of June £5 per session Just Turn Up Low impact and great fun! Suitable for men & women youngsters to infinity. Bedford Hockey Club, Chester Road, Bedford MK40 4HL

WALKING/RAMBLING

Bedford Rambling Club A friendly club who walk on a Sunday and Monday morning for a 5/6 mile walk in the countryside. See the website www.bedfordramblingclub.org or phone 01234 360769 for further information. BedsLife Magazine cannot be held responsible for any changes, amends or cancellations of a listing. For loads more information on local Sports & Activities visit www.bedslifemagazine.co.uk

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You can now make appointments online! Book an appointment with a vet or nurse via our website Visit our website or Facebook page. acornhousevets.com/online-appointments

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in dogs Damage to the cruciate ligament is the most common cause of hindlimb lameness in dogs. It is particularly common in certain breeds, including Labradors, Boxers, Rottweilers, Spaniels and Westies.

WHAT IS THE CRUCIATE LIGAMENT? The cruciate ligament keeps the knee bones in position. If the cruciate ligament is damaged, the bones of the knee slide against each other with every step. This makes it difficult for the dog to bear weight properly, and over time, leads to cartilage damage and arthritis.

WHAT CAUSES CRUCIATE LIGAMENT DISEASE? In people, cruciate ligament damage is usually caused by a sudden accident when playing sport. In dogs, it is much more common for the ligament to deteriorate gradually without any major accident. It is likely that some dogs are genetically at risk for the disease.

HOW IS CRUCIATE LIGAMENT DISEASE TREATED? In cats and in dogs that are very small or very old, it may be best to provide strict rest and anti-inflammatory medication and see if the knee can heal on its own. In larger or more active dogs this approach is often unsuccessful and surgery is recommended.

WHAT SORT OF SURGERY IS USED TO TREAT CRUCIATE LIGAMENT DISEASE? In general, the most effective types of surgery are those which alter the angle of the knee, so that the knee stays stable even when the cruciate ligament is damaged. This involves cutting the top of

the shin bone, and using a metal plate and screws to fix the bone in the new position. During surgery, the surgeon can also look inside the knee joint and remove any damaged areas of cartilage. How long does it take to recover from cruciate surgery? Dogs need to receive strict rest for 6 weeks after cruciate surgery, and will then gradually return to normal exercise. Your surgeon will give you some strict rules to follow to make sure your pet does not damage the leg during the recovery period.

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Beautifully practical fencing Fencing blends in, but chances are that the last timber fence you noticed was because it was falling down. This revolutionary fencing is attractive and practical. Unique Colorbond TM steel offers low maintenance and longevity plus versatile style and colour combinations to match your theme or make a statement. No more painting or repairs, just a beautiful backdrop for years to come. ColourFence is also an incredibly strong product. It has been tested to withstand winds of up to 130mph without falling over, which means peace of mind, come rain or shine!

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GARDENING

Scale Insects Small sap feeding insects common and widespread in Britain and northern Europe. In the UK a wide range of plants are attacked to include houseplants, greenhouse plants and many fruit and ornamental trees growing outdoors. There are more than 25 species of scale insect in the UK. The most widespread and troublesome scale species of trees include horse-chestnut, (Pulvinaria regalis) and beech scale, (Cryptococcus fagisuga)

Initial symptoms are yellowing foliage, weakened, stunted or distorted growth and sunken spots on the upper leaf surface that correspond to the position of scales below. Damage to plants results from the effects of feeding on young tissue, which weakens and distorts new growth making plants unsightly. Secondary effects result from fouling of the leaves and stems with honeydew which encourages the growth of a fungus known as sooty mold. Nymphs and mature females produce white, yellow or brown wax scales up to 5 mm long covering their bodies. Scale insects generally remain static on plants and feed by inserting their stylets into plant tissue.

Females lay hundreds of eggs either under wax scales, coverings of woolly wax or under their bodies. Young nymphs known as crawlers hatch some weeks or months later and disperse over plants before settling to feed. A single female common soft scale can produce up to 250 live young, breeding all year round on protected crops. A single brown scale can lay up to 2,000 eggs that are protected under the parent’s scale from May to July outside. Crawlers may be spread from plant to plant by wind and animal vectors. Insecticide treatments are most effective when applied to kill young crawlers before they have settled and begun to form their protective scales. In most UK outdoor tree species eggs hatch in late June to July. Due to the non-persistent nature of these chemicals re-infestation may soon occur and repeat sprays at 14-21 days maybe necessary.

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your garden By opening your garden to visitors, you’ll give people a great day out, and raise money to help those in need. Even better you’ll connect with a community of like-minded garden-owners, all passionate about their beautiful gardens. Is your garden worth visiting? Do friends and family wax lyrical about your plot? Do neighbours ask for advice and cuttings? Do you sometimes wish you could show other people the result of all your hard work? If you answered yes to these questions, then it’s very likely other people would love to see your garden too. It might seem a somewhat daunting experience but opening your garden to the public can be very enjoyable. Many people get the bug and open their gardens year after year. Most people start by opening once in a year, but many go on to open twice a year, to show off their garden in different seasons.

This month I’m going to talk about The National Garden Scheme. This wonderful initiative gives gardenlovers unique access to more than 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales. It also raises money for nursing and health charities through admission fees, teas and cake. Beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute. 52

You don’t need a big garden. There are some tiny plots in the NGS. What matters is quality, character and interest. NGS will support you all the way with their network of helpful, friendly volunteers. Initially you’ll be visited by one of the team during the season you feel your garden would look best. And if you don’t feel as though garden is worthy of being part of the scheme, why not visit open gardens in your area to gain inspiration, hints and tips, make new gardening friends, and raise a bit of money for charity.


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B LU E S Bedford Blues are gearing up for a big finale to the Greene King IPA Championship season with two huge clashes at Goldington Road in April.

On Saturday 13th, Richmond will be making their way to town before the season comes to an end with the visit of Nottingham on Saturday 27th with the end of season party following the final whistle. The Blues have already started their preparations for the 2019/20 season with the signings of four new players – back rowers Dan Temm and Joe Atkinson from Yorkshire Carnegie and Wasps respectively, prop Scott Jenkins from Scarlets and utility back Matt Worley from Northampton Saints – while Dean Adamson, Oli Curry, Lewis Robling, James Lennon, Ryan Hutler, Rich Lane, Alex Penny and Sean McCarthy have all agreed new deals to remain at the club. But the Blues will also be saying goodbye to some familiar faces as Lee Dickson, Ben Cooper, Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, Mark Flanagan and Jarad Williams all confirming that this season will be their last at Goldington Road.

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Former England international Dickson will be passing on his vast knowledge of the game as he takes up the role of ‘Master in charge of Rugby’ at Barnard Castle School in County Durham – the school that both he and his brother Karl attended. Cooper has taken on a player/coach role with Bury St Edmunds, ParilliOcampo will be heading to Chinnor while Flanagan is hanging up his boots to focus on his career as an engineer and Williams is moving north with his family. Everyone at Bedford Blues wishes them well with the next stages of their career.

Make sure that you come along to bid a fond farewell to the departing players by purchasing discounted tickets for the Blues remaining home games at www. bedfordrugby.co.uk.


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Unit 1a, College Farm, Oakley, MK43 7RX

GARDENING SERVICES

WHITE’S LAWNMOWERS & GARDEN MACHINERY SALES, SERVICE, REPAIR & PARTS

Are weeds leaving you frustrated about your lawn? Do you want to fix the problem but know you need help? For a weed free, greener lawn you can be proud of call us now On 01234

604065 or visit www.mowtain.co.uk andrew@mowtain.com

Also if your grass is getting long and out of control please call us about our grass cutting service

HAIRDRESSER

DEBORAH

MOBILE HAIRDRESSER BEDFORD Perms, Cuts, Colours - highlights etc Special Occasions and Wedding Hair

01234 210337 07976 394798

Commercial & Domestic, all leading brands.

01234 826066 www.whites-online.co.uk College Farm, Oakley, Bedford, MK43 7RX

www.hairdressingbydeborah.com HANDYMAN SERVICES

T J Odd-Job Services

General House & Garden Maintenance Give me a call, see if I can help you Tony Joslin T: 01234 218923 M: 07761 561131 E: tjoddjobs@yahoo.com HEATING SERVICES

T.R.Donnelly

HEATING SERVICES

557766

Local Engineer Specialising in all heating appliances Breakdowns & Installations Fixed Boiler Services £60 Landlord Gas Certs Power Flushing All Plumbing Repairs Carried Out

01234 307 667 | 07967 643 405 To advertise with us please get in touch – christa@bedslifemagazine.co.uk

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HOME CLEARENCE

PRINT PERSONALISATION

Bedford House Clearance House Clearances & Waste Removal Environment Agency Licensed

01234 889 024 We also buy antiques, collectables & unwanted household items

bedfordhouseclearance.com PHOTOGRAPHER

VEHICLE HIRE

Local Wedding & Events Photographer CAPTURING YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION

• Self Drive Hire • Contract Rental • Financial Lease • Large Fleet of Standard • Refrigerated • Specialised Vehicles

rentxpressltd.co.uk www.noel.photography • 07837 951852

01234 339008

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The Will Writing Company Mayfair House 11 Lurke Street Bedford MK40 3HZ Tel: 01234 964911

Free Will & Testament The Will Writing Company is celebrating its 22nd Year in business and is offering a free Will & Testament (joint or single) to all readers. If you have been meaning to make a Will, now is your chance to take advantage of this exclusive offer and give you and your loved ones peace of mind. By making a Will, you decide who takes care of your children and who inherits your estate. Storage facility optional.

To take advantage of this offer and book an appointment or for further information please call n the above number between the hours of 9:00am-5:30pm Monday to Friday.

OFFER ENDS 30th April 2019

FREE WILL VOUCHER

This voucher entitles you to a FREE Mirror Will (normal cost £125) or a FREE Single Will (normal cost £85)

Valid until 30th April 2019 The Will Writing Company

Mayfair House, 11 Lurke Street, Bedford, Beds, MK40 3HZ

Tel 01234 964911

Email:enquiries@thewillwritingco.co.uk

Terms and Conditions. The voucher must be produced at your appointment. To advertise with us please get in touch – christa@bedslifemagazine.co.uk

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