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LOCAL GROUPS BENEFIT FROM FREE TULIP BULBS GIVEAWAY Bedford Borough Council has given away thousands of tulip bulbs to nearly 30 local charities, schools and community groups, for free. With the seasonal change of the Embankment planting going into the summer, the Council has given away the tulip bulbs from the spring planting.

Local groups were invited to request tulip bulbs, and lots got in touch with the Council including the Abbey Fields Roundabout Group, schools including Castle Newnham and Scott Primary, charities such as Bedford Open Door and Bedford Guild House, as well as local brownie groups and residents associations.

BEDFORD BOROUGH’S POOLS, GYMS, AND LEISURE FACILITIES TELL US WHAT YOU THINK? Bedford Borough Council is asking residents to get in touch to let them know what you think about the Council’s leisure facilities, run by Fusion Lifestyle. Just over five years ago, Bedford Borough Council engaged Fusion Lifestyle to run its leisure centres. This saw Fusion Lifestyle take over management of the six local leisure facilities; Bedford International Athletic Stadium, the Bunyan Centre, Mowsbury Golf and Squash Complex, Robinson Pool, Kempston Pool and Oasis Pool, and two outdoor activity centres at Kempston and Blue Peris in Snowdonia. In that time there has been major works and investment at a number of our local leisure

facilities. These have included major works at both Robinson Pools and Fitness with a new gym and studios, alongside much improved changing rooms and cafeteria, and at John Bunyan Sports and Fitness with a new gym and soft play area built. The consultation survey is at https://forms. Individuals and groups can also tell us their views on the leisure facilities by post and email, or go along to a local library or leisure centre to find out more. Responses must be received by 5pm on Friday 9th August.

MUSIC IN THE MEADOWS IS BACK FOR SUMMER Free bandstand concerts are coming back to Mill Meadows on the Embankment this summer. This 2019 concert series at the Victorian Bandstand is being kindly sponsored by The Longholme, who will be providing seasonal catering and refreshments at each event.

Sunday 14th July- Salvation Army Band Sunday 21st July- The Hitchin Band Sunday 28th July- May Blossom Vintage Songbird Sunday 4th August- The Mainline Big Band Sunday 18th August- Bedford Saxophone Workshop Sunday 25th August- Bedford Town Band Each concert is from 3pm-5pm, and is completely free to attend.


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The A1 – what future? Firstly, let me be clear, I am a politician not an engineer, and I don’t claim to be an expert on road development. But I do know I am now angry that I am too often seeing people killed and hurt on our section of the A1, our towns polluted beyond safe measure, and being told only that a ‘strategic study’ will look at what options exist. I have spent a lot of time in the past few years being in meetings and writing letters to Ministers about the A1 through NE Bedfordshire. If you speak to anyone not from this area who drives on the A1 regularly, they will say ’ah yes, the narrow bit with roundabouts’ as we are now one of the only sections that has not been upgraded. There have recently been a couple of nasty road traffic accidents, which again brings the safety of this piece of road into question. So what are the facts? There have been strategic studies – the A1 east of England strategic study is one of 6 that will inform the development of the road networks; Highways Agency tell me that while boasting a strong strategic case, the transport benefits of major improvements to the A1 between Baldock and north of Buckden have been shown to be 6

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‘limited due to low traffic levels’. Therefore, they say current business case does not stack up – the cost of improvements outweighs the benefits. I would counter again with ‘But what about the people living on the route?’ The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government are working to better understand the potential and likelihood of development in the corridor, and how this could affect the case for A1 improvements, and if it concludes that the A1 corridor offers potential for significant housing development, there might then be more work put into looking at options for transport in the area. Another strategic study? Really? In late 2021 work is due to start on the new triple layer Black Cat roundabout to carry the Expressway, a new gyratory layer, and the A1, with the long distance idea that at some point the A1 will be realigned to remove it from our towns and villages on the route and a new junction made onto the expressway further away. So where does that leave a two year project on the Black Cat, taking the A1 underneath? The A1 needs realigning, but in the meanwhile we need urgent measures from Government to improve our current situation, and I will redouble efforts to raise this with Ministers at every opportunity.

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More for the adults and bringing his humour to the stage this August is the one and only Jimmy Carr. The Gloria Estefan Experience will also be appearing live in conjunction with the new Broadway smash hit musical ‘On Your Feet’. Or, perhaps the Prosecco Festival, now with Gin, is your more your thing. All of these and more are being held at the Bedford Corn Exchange.

W H AT ’ S O N IN THE S C H O O L H O L I DAY S School holidays are in full flow now so if you are looking for ideas, things happening in the town this summer, make sure you check regularly on and go to the ‘What’s On’ page. This details all the information about activities, events, concerts, shows and more in the town centre of Bedford. The Bedford Library have their summer reading challenge ‘Space Chase’ amongst other activities while at the Higgins you can travel through time with Kevin the Platypus, explore the collection at The Higgins and get creative in the horribly historical family workshops.

Welcomed to Bedford this summer is a number of new businesses. Firstly, Lotus Store, a veggie & oriental market store, based on Castle Lane. They stock a wide range of traditional and modern Asian and Vietnamese food, including Vegan Fish sauce, soya sauces, chilli sauces, noodles and rice and much more including gifts and music. Situated in Clair Court off Lime Street, is the brand new Haus of Lashes & Brows. This lovely salon is the first salon in Bedford to be solely dedicated to ONLY lashes and brows! Book well in advance as they are proving very popular! At the top of St Peters Street you will now find The Foundry. This quirky, open plan unit is a brand new co-working space in Bedford offering an innovative and flexible workspace community. Lastly Love Bedford would like to welcome BBTEA. This is Bedford’s newest, premium bubble tea shop. Family owned and family run selling traditional Taiwanese bubble tea, you can find a range of milk teas and fruit teas on offer. If you’re feeling peckish try their bubble waffles in three sweet flavours: Nutella, Banoffee and Strawberry Cheesecake.

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This September sees the 10th anniversary of what has become an annual and increasingly popular event, The Bedfordshire Walking Festival. Over the nine days from 7th to 15th September, there is a range of walks from one hour to nine hours duration, plus a range of informative walks of around 2-3 hours. Most are free and no booking is required. The festival starts on Saturday 7th with a 10k walk from Clapham. On Sunday as part of the 10th anniversary there will be a Festival tent in Priory Country park from where both a morning and afternoon walk will start, plus an opportunity for people to obtain self guided walk leaflets, information about walking groups, and the path network. On Wednesday why not take a short train ride on the Marston Vale line to Kempston Hardwick and enjoy an interesting walk back to Bedford? On Thursday at Priory a morning walk is followed in the afternoon with a trip on the John Bunyan Boat to Sovereign Quay returning by way of an informative walk about the Bridges of Bedford. The last afternoon of the festival has 10

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the intriguingly entitled “Who do you think they were” starting at 1-30 at Bedford Cemetery Foster Hill Road. These are just some of the 16 walking events taking place around the town over the nine days. Further afield and celebrating our 10th anniversary, three walks based on the theme of 10 at Woburn on Saturday 7th and Sunday 15th at Ampthill Park. If your looking for a walk with a difference why not take a ride on the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway or the Luton guided bus way. For the world war two enthusiast come to “Ten Shun” at Woburn on the last afternoon or to find out more about Shuttleworth and Old Warden Tuesday is the day. Several full day walks take place during the festival including the annual Greensand 40 mile Challenge taking place over the weekend of 14th & 15th. For those who are baffled by maps, confused by compasses, daunted by digital devices why not join a one day course on Sunday 8th at Maulden Village Hall. Cost £10 booking via web site. For full details of the walks visit contact or pick up a programme.


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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 THE ARTS SOCIETY GREAT OUSE VALLEY 3rd Tuesday in the month 7.30pm Sharnbrook Hotel. Nine lectures each year by highly acclaimed specialists. Future lectures include “Christina Rossetti and her artists” and “Art inspired by Wine” Annual Membership is £4, guests £8 a visit. We are a friendly welcoming society so do get in touch. Sara Tusting, membership secretary greatousevalleymembers@gmail. com 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

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@ 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


COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY BEDFORD “WHAT IS THE BIBLE?” A SEVEN WEEK COURSE, Tuesdays 10th September to 22nd October. A warm and friendly group finding out more about the bible. We meet at All Nations Church, Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7QF. Contact Alyson Little: little_alyson@


RENHOLD BRIDGE CLUB First and third Thursdays 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

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.


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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.


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@ 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@ 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 Tim 01234 317847 for more details TUDOR REEDS FOLK DANCE CLUB First, Third and Fifth Wednesday of each month eve 8-10pm Friendly social Folk Dancing Club It’s good fun for only £2 incl. refreshments No partner required. St Marks Church Hall, Calder Rise (off Avon Drive), Brickhill, Bedford MK41 7UY Rosemary Mcneilage 01234 405594


CLUBS & GROUPS DANCING STARS LINEDANCE CLUB Thursdays (Dances From Absolute Beginners To Beginners) Beginners 7.00pm – 8.00pm Improver/Intermediate 8.00pm – 10.00pm (Dances From Improvers To Intermediate) Kempston Hammers Social And Sports Club 134 High Street High Street Kempston MK42 7BN (Air Conditioned Hall/On Site Parking) Tel 07969847553 BEDFORD FOLK DANCE CLUB Thursday eves 8 – 10 pm Friendly Country and Folk Dance Club £2.50 incl. Refreshments Church Barn, Church End, Biddenham MK40 4RS No partner required Ron Law 01234 825574


SILVER LINING CLUB FOR THE SILVER HAIRED First & 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

GOLDEN FRIENDSHIP CLUB – FOR THE OVER 50’S Every thursday 2 – 4pm Bingo, cards, tea and talk, outings, lunches and more Christ the King Parish Hall Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP For information call on 01234 304382 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 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 MAN CAVE Friday Mornings 10am until 1pm Opportunity to make new friends, chat and share experiences.Are you unemployed, retired, missing work colleagues or would just appreciate some company? Come and join us! Sharnbrook Scout Hut. Church Ln, Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 1HR MEN IN SHEDS Keep active and healthy and meet new people. Have fun sharing skills, learning new ones, and help with community-based projects. Annex at the Bedford Arts and Craft Centre, Ampthill Road (off Althorpe Street), Bedford MK42 9HE (the entrance to the Art and Craft Centre is nearly opposite to the Bedford Hospital A&E entrance). Steve Conway 0780 5775828


OVER 70’S GENTLE EXERCISE CLASSES Every Monday and Wednesday (except bank holidays) Mon – Bedford Central Library (3rd floor meeting room) Weds – Bedford International Athletics Stadium £4 per session Tel 01234 718835 BEDFORD MASCULAR SUPPORT GROUP Third Monday of each month at 10:30 am. Volunteer Centre, 43 Bromham Rd Offering practical and emotional support to people suffering central 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, Beds, MK41 9QJ Gentle exercise sessions from 7 – 7-30 pm under a qualified trainer. All welcome, you don’t need to have a cardiac condition to join us. Contact Ted Jolliffe 01234 327791 or email Chairman Paul Keech. Tel. 01 2343 211733 Vice Chairman Tessa Whiting Tel. 07799 834026 Sec. Ted Jolliffe Tel 01234 327791 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. Social activities throughout the year. Transfiguration Church Hall, Bedford Rd, Kempston, MK42 8BQ Contact Denise 01234 771746 or Pauline 01234 350079 or email

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BEDFORD & DISTRICT SCALE MODEL CLUB Alternate Tuesday evenings 7.00pm – 10pm Southfields Community Centre, Southfields Rd, Kempston, MK42 7NR Did you build Airfix kits in your youth? Looking to return to the hobby? Experienced modeller looking to hook up with like-minded people and pass on hints and tips? Or are you a complete novice looking to make a start on your first kit? All ages welcome, whatever your skill level, and welcome all types of modelling subjects and media. Our main aim to is to have fun and exchange ideas and advice in a friendly atmosphere. Check out meeting times at www. or call Mark Peacock on 07963 956221

M O DE L R A I LWAY 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


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 KEMPSTON MUSICAL SOCIETY Thursdays – 7.30pm. – 9.30pm. Four-part harmony mixed choir who perform mainly for charitable purposes in and around Kempston. Rehearsals in Transfiguration Church Hall, Bedford Road, Kempston performing light, secular and sacred music. Contact Janet on 01234 781010 for more information.


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


“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


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 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 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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TU ESDAY 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


CLAPHAM PARISH CHURCH LITTLE MONKEYS Thursdays 9am (Term Time) Free Play, Craft, Songtime & Refreshments. 01234 352814 (Sue) Fellowship Centre, Green Lane, Clapham MK41 6EP 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

BROMHAM BAPTIST CHURCH MESS & MUSIC Thursdays 10:00 – 11:30am (term time only) Free-play and arts and crafts, followed by music- songs with actions and instruments for babies and toddlers.Snack & drinks. No charge, donations welcome. Village Road Bromham, Bedfordshire MK43 8LJ Tel 01234 822681

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 Rd Bedford MK40 1NY

MAYPOLE FARM, KEMPSTON Wednesdays 9.30am – 11.00am Crafts, colouring, books and more. £1 per child. Fletcher Road, Beds MK42 7FY


ALL NATIO NS CH U RCH, BRICKHILL DRIVE, BEDFO RD, M K41 7QF. TEL 01234 273773 CHILDREN’S CRAFT & ACTIVITY MORNINGS Wednesday 2nd August & Wednesday 16th August, 10.30am – 12.00pm Join in and have some fun with your children as we put on fun craft mornings. For children up to 11. £2 per child. Refreshments provided. TODDLER GROUP Wednesdays, 10.30am – 12.00pm Parents and carers of children aged from birth to 4 years are welcome to drop in, have a drink and chat while the children enjoy craft, play and music activities.

TODDLERS FOR DADS Saturday 17th August, 10.00am – 12.00pm Third Saturday of each month 10.00am – 12.00pm This group gives dads the opportunity to meet up with other dads and join in with their children’s activities. FAMILY COFFEE MORNING Friday 30th August, 10.30am – 12.00pm A coffee morning for all the family with children’s crafts, bouncy castle, games and homemade cakes. This time around we’re raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Cats are odd creatures. Like dogs they accompany us through our lives but unlike dogs they tend to remain distant members of our households. They observe us, looking on in a slightly aloof, condescending manner, always ready to remind us that we don’t actually own them. Imagine what their view of our lives and our daily discussions would be. Imagine they give us their views on life. In this novel David Michie does exactly that. What if the Dalai Lama’s cat wandered freely in and out of the rooms in his home? What would he hear within the walls of the house as the Dalai Lama entertains famous people and spiritual seekers from across the world? This delightful novel (which has spawned a trilogy) is a short read but is one that will stay with you. It is narrated by HHC (His Holiness’ Cat) and tells his life story from being a tiny kitten rescued from the streets of New Delhi, whisked away to His Holiness’ retreat in the Himalayas. He learns a lot from his new owner and sees life in a different way as a result. Described by some as a brief introduction to Buddhist philosophy, no matter what faith you are – or even if you have no faith – you will find words of wisdom in this meditative novel.

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ST MARK’S CHURCH & COMMUNITY CENTRE CAR BOOT SALE Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 9.00a.m. – 12.30p.m. Sellers 8.00a.m. – Buyers 9.00a.m. £7.00 outside £8.00 inside Entrance 50p. Refreshments available including ‘Bacon Butties’ Calder Rise/Avon Drive Bedford MK41 7UY Church Office 01234 342613 or 01234 360605 MILTON ERNEST CAR BOOT Sunday 25th 10am-12pm Milton Ernest Garden Centre, Radwell Road, Milton Ernest, Bedford MK44 1SH


FAYRES & SHOWS ALPINE GARDEN SOCIETY, BEDFORDSHIRE BRANCH Monday 5th August 7.30pm uestion and answer session with experienced gardeners answering pre-submitted questions. Competitions, sale plants. Visitors welcome £3. More details on Wilstead Village Hall, Cotton End Road, Wilstead MK45 3BX EMBROIDERERS GUILD, BEDFORD BRANCH Thursday 15th August 7.30 for 8.00pm Sales table, news about textiles. The ‘Out of the Fold’ group will be showing and discussing a selection of their work. More details on https://outofthefoldtextilegroup. or Bedfordembroiderersguild Visitors £4 St Mark’s Church Hall, Calder Rise, Bedford, MK41 7UY ART EXHIBITION & SALE August Bank Holiday, Saturday 24th to Monday 26th August2.00pm – 5.00pm. To exhibit paintings and photographs contact Catherine Corkery 01234 720348 e –mail catherinelcorkery@ Hanging fee £2.00 per painting. Closing date for Applications Wednesday. 7th August. Entry £2, under 16 free. Light refreshments. All Saints Church, Odell, Beds MK43 7AA. MILTON ERNEST GARDEN CENTRE HORTICULTURAL SHOW Monday 26th August Vegetable Classes, Special Class – Potty Potatoes, Fruit Classes, Flowers, Cooking Classes, Photography and Handicrafts. Display of Exhibits 10am – 12.15pm Judging 12.30pm – 2pm Viewing 2pm – 4pm Milton Ernest Garden Centre, Radwell Road, Milton Ernest, Bedford MK44 1SH


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MILTON ERNEST GARDEN CENTRE Vintage Afternoon Tea and Classic Car, Bike and Caravan Show Sunday 18th August 11am – 4.30pm FREE Entry Radwell Road, Milton Ernest, Bedford MK44 1SH COUNTRY FAYRE AND SUMMER FESTIVAL IN SUPPORT OF ST JOHN’S Saturday 10th August 1pm – 10pm Family fun day to raise funds for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice Lots of tasty treats, including an afternoon tea and BBQ. Live music Wide range of local stall holders. Dog show. St John’s Rd, Moggerhanger, Bedford MK44 3RJ

WALKS BEDFORD GUIDED WALKS Sunday 4th August WWII Bedford Sunday 11th August The Jewel in the Crown Sunday 18th August Who Lived in a House Like That? Sunday 25th August The Silent Faces of Bedford Walks start at the gold post box on St Paul’s Square at 11am – Pre-booking essential! Led by the Bedford Association of Tour Guides and are about a mile and a half, taking around an hour and a half. Contact The Box Office, Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford MK40 1LE. Tel 01234 718044 or email JOHN BUNYAN BOAT ONE WAY WALKERS Designed for those who want to appreciate the River Great Ouse both on foot and by boat. Cruise from Priory Marina (parking available), through Town Lock and under Town Bridge before disembarking at Sovereign’s Quay (next to Riverside Bedford) and taking a leisurely afternoon walk back to the Marina. Licensed bar available on board. Thursday 1st August Thursday 15th August Thursday 22nd August Thursday 29th August For tickets visit

GUIDED SUMMER WALK – Foster Hill Road Cemetary August 11th 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm FREE General Heritage including Military Memorials These walks will try to cover all aspects of the cemetery’s life (or death). They will look at military memorials, complete family groups, local worthies, children and just curious ones. You will learn how and why the cemetery came into existence, its organisation and its future. This is an idle stroll around the cemetery to fascinating places and there should be something to interest everyone. Refreshments will be available at the Chapel for a small charge. Meet at the Chapel 10 minutes before the start of the walk Foster Hill Rd, Bedford MK41 7TB

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE PAVILION PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS The Comedy Of Errors Saturday 3rd August 7pm – 9pm Folksy Theatre present Shakespeare’s classic tale of mistaken identities. Filled with Folksy’s wonderful live music, audience interaction and downright silliness! Tickets Pavilion at the Park, Park Avenue, Bedford Park, Bedford MK41 7SS MUSIC IN THE MEADOWS Mill Meadows Bandstand, The Embankment, Bedford Bring a picnic and enjoy two hours of traditional bandstand music from 3pm – 5pm Sunday 4th August – The Mainline Big Band Sunday 18th August – Bedford Saxophone Workshop Sunday 25th August – Bedford Town Band SHUTTLEWORTH FLYING PROMS Saturday 17th August 12 noon – 10pm Concert and Flying display starts at 7pm The Flying Proms at The Shuttleworth Collection celebrates 22 years, it will bring all the atmosphere and fun of a truly British Proms and the excitement of vintage aircraft displaying to live music from the National Symphony orchestra. Thrilling firework finale. Bring your own picnic or purchase food and drink at our on-site catering facilities. Pre-booked tickets only – no sales on the day Old Warden Aerodrome, SG18 9EP

CHILL OUT ON BANK HOLIDAY Saturday 24th August at 2.30pm With Music and Poetry provided by Georgina Arnold – viola accompanied by David Williams with Readings by Eileen Whitmore Adults £8, u16 £4 – Teas available after the concert St Owen’s, the Church in Bromham Park – MK43 8LL Further information from 01234 825454 or 826551 BEDFORD ORGAN AND KEYBOARD CLUB Present popular entertainer CHRIS POWELL in Concert Wednesday 28 August 7.30 – 10.00 pm Members £5 Non-Members £6 Pay at door Refreshments/Bar/Raffle Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN

OPEN GARDENS OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 1a St Augustine’s Road – Bedford, MK40 2NB Saturday Aigust 3rd 12 noon – 4.30pm A colourful town garden with herbaceous borders, climbers, a green house and pond. Planted in cottage garden style with traditional flowers, the borders overflow with late summer annuals and perennials including salvias and rudbeckia. The pretty terrace next to the house is lined with ferns and hostas. The owners also make homemade chutneys and preserves which can be purchased on the day.

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FAMILY FUN EVENTS JOHN BUNYAN MUSEUM Crafty Thursdays Thursday August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 11am to 3.30pm drop-in, £2 per child, Suitable for age 4+ Bunyan Meeting Church, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU

SHUTTLEWORTH FAMILY AIRSHOW Sunday 4th August Gates open: 9.00 Air Display, Vintage vehicle Display, Live music, Children’s Discovery Zones, Free Vintage Bus Rides and loads more attractions. This event is packed full of activities to keep everyone entertained, from grandparents to grandtots! The air display includes many visiting aircraft who will deliver thrilling aerobatics. Shuttleworth, Old Warden Aerodrome, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP.

BEDFORD BEACH WEEK Wednesday 7th August – Tuesday 13th August Harpur Square, Bedford MK40 1PG Bedford is going to have a beach for a spectacular week of fun in August. The area will be transformed into a beach complete with a giant sand pit, deck chairs, children’s fun fair and a fish and chip vendor. The organisers, Gumbles Amusements, have arranged special shows and entertainment for all of the family to enjoy. Keep up to date with all the special events on the Gumbles Amusements Facebook page @ GumblesAmusements




Minibeast Safari Friday 9 August 9.45am to 3pm Sessions 9.45am, 11.30am & 1.45pm £4.50 per child – booking advisable Pond Dipping & Bog Books Monday 19 August 9.45am to 3pm Sessions 9.45am,11.30am & 1.45pm £4.50 per child – booking advisable Pixie Door Trail Monday 19 August to Friday 23 August Daily 10am to3pm Help Fairy Flora and Pixie Pippin by joining our Pixie Door Trail and find the magic word. Sessions at 10am, 11am,1pm & 2pm. £3 per child 01234 767037 or to book Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, MK43 0PS

Saturday 31st August at 10am – 4pm Stalls, Dog Show, Food & Drink, Giant Obstacle Course, Bungee Trampolines, Helter Skelter, Land Zorbs, Nerf Zone, Inflatable Archery, Climbing Wall, Rides, Nature Trail, Animal Edge – with a petting zoo, Kids’ Crafts, Tombolas, Traditional games and more! PLUS come and see Chase and Skye from PAW Patrol at intervals throughout the day! Free entry – £5 for parking. Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, MK43 0PS


Saturday 31st August 3.30pm – 5.30pm Imagination runs wild and logic is abandoned in this fantastical, largerthan-life musical brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement for the entire family. Immersion Theatre proudly bring their trademark energy to their most spectacularly bonkers show to date, as children and adults alike are invited to join in the hilarity of seeing this classic story brought vividly to life before having the opportunity to meet the characters after the show...why not come dressed up as your favourite? Tickets Pavilion at the Park, Park Avenue, Bedford Park, Bedford MK41 7SS

Saturday 24th August 12 noon – 5pm Opened to the strains of the Bedford Pipe Band Roman encampment ( connected to recent Roman excavations in Bedford) and Re- encatment including a chance for children to be gladiators. Children’s Games and Belly Dancing and Line Dancing. Dog Agility for people to join in with their own dogs. Charity and Trade Stalls, Displays, Arena Events, Refreshments, Children’s Rides and Inflatables. Admission is free and car parking is £2 per vehicle. Addison Howard Park, Bedford Road, Kempston MK42 8AD

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TH E HIGGINS M USEU M Offers up a wide range of displays and artefacts for all the family with some small play-areas throughout for children to help them engage with the museum. The museum explores the inspiring stories of local people and encourages a ‘sense of place’ for Bedford and the surrounding area. Using collections of archaeology, social history and ethnography, The Higgins Bedford shows how the town of Bedford has developed. There are lots of children’s activities on throughout the holidays. Visit http://www. on/family_events Entry to the museum is free but there is a small charge for the extra summer holiday activities. Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD Tel 01234 718618


PL AYH O USE Soft play for children of all ages up to 10 years. Playhouse offers fun activities for children and includes exciting play frames, a separate baby and toddler area and private kids party rooms. Mums & Dads can relax with great coffee and a magazine to pass the time. If you would like private access to the Playhouse then take a look at their private hire options. They also run lots of fun classes, activities and events so keep an eye on their What’s On page for details. Hours of play Monday – Thursday – 9am – 5pm Friday – 9am – 5.30pm Saturday – 9am – 6pm Sunday – 10am – 5pm Bank Holidays – 10am -4pm Twinwoods Adventure, 36 Twinwoods Business Park, Thurleigh Road, Milton Ernest, MK44 1FD Tel 01234 816350 playhouse

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J U N GLE JIM’S PL AYL AN D There’s loads of fun to be had at the award winning indoor play and party venue Jungle Jims Playland just a 20 min drive from Bedford. For children up to age 10yrs the bamboo play frame is packed full of exciting challenges including our Tree House Creepy Climber, Double Lane Waterfall Slide, Zoopla Canon and Ariel Runway. Or for those who like Jungle sports have a game of basketball or football in our indoor sports court.

KIDSLIFE We have a separate area for those little cubs with double slide, Lego, ball juggler and many more fun activities. Whilst the jungle juniors are playing the adults can relax in our comfortable seating with free wi fi and air conditioning and enjoy freshly prepared food and LaVazza coffee from our Jungle Shack Cafe. They are open six days a week so let your little ones go wild in a safe, clean, secure, fun and fully air conditioned Jungle. 5 Tyne Road, Middlefield Industrial Estate, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 1SA Tel 01767 682808

CLU E H Q LIVE ESC APE G AM E The Betrayal Of Cluetankhamun Pull together with your friends and family to escape a locked room In 60 minutes by finding clues, solving puzzles and using the items you find to work out how to get out. Exhilarating, exciting and entertaining fun for all the family. Clue HQ Bedford, 5 Tyne Road, Sandy Bedfordshire SG19 1SA Tel 01767 699199

H ERRIN GS GREEN ACTIVIT Y FARM & BIRD OF PREY CENTRE Home to over 200 birds of prey and animals, open daily from 10.00 – 6.00. A great day out for the whole family; bird of prey flying displays, pat a pet, animal and critter shows, shirehorse talk, groom the donkeys, meet and handle the owls, children’s play equipment, tractor trailer rides, crazy golf and lots more. Tea room, gift shop and ice cream parlour open daily. Lots of events on throughout August including Dragons & Vikings 24th Firefighter fun 18th & 31st Pig tastic fun 25th


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BOX EN D AQ UA PARK AN D L AKE NINJA CO U RSE This amazing giant size Aqua Park is open Easter to October. Enjoy running, swinging and bouncing your way around the various water based obstacles and challenges! The perfect summer activity for families, groups and birthday parties. The lakes are spring fed meaning the water is clear and fresh. Because the lakes are shallow, in the summer months the water temperature reaches a tropical 27 degrees! Alongside the Aqua-park is the brilliant new Lake Ninja course! – take on the brand new challenges and see if you can set a faster time than your friends or family! Aqua park and Lake Ninja sessions last a full hour and include a full safety briefing. Buoyancy aids are provided for free and optional wetsuits can be hired. Don’t forget the new BEACH ZONE. Perfect for cooling off in hot weather! Open every Saturday & Sunday 2PM – 6PM Just £5 for an allafternoon pass Box End, Kempston MK43 8RQ Tel 01234 846222

You can explore this attractive nature reserve along 5 miles (8 km) of trails, visit the beautifully managed gardens, the Iron Age banks and ditches on Galley Hill, or watch woodland birds from the hide. The reserve is well used by families and the den building area along the main path to the hide is very popular. Self-led activities are available from the visitor information building just outside the car park. There are many events available for families, such as Big Wild Sleepouts, and mini-beast safaris. RSPB Explorer Backpacks are available for children to use on the reserve. These contain binoculars, bug viewers, wildlife guides and activity booklets. There is a picnic area, and locally produced sandwiches and wraps and other refreshments are available at the shop. The hide, gardens and toilets are wheelchair accessible. RSPB The Lodge, Potton Rd, Sandy SG19 2DL Tel 01767 693333







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AUGUST EVENTS BEDFORD CENTRAL LIBRARY HARPUR ST, BEDFORD MK40 1PG TEL 01234 718178 Thursday 1st August 12.00pm – 3.30pm Paper Plate UFOs Friday 2nd August 11.30am – 3.30pm Join us to make a planetary window decoration for your bedroom. Monday 5th August 11.15am -1.15 pm Cartoon Workshop Learn how to create a cartoon with the students from Bedford College.

Tuesday 13th August 11.30am – 3.30pm Hedgehog Craft Create your own spiky friend from a paper plate to take home. Wednesday 14th August 11.30am – 3.30pm Wooden Animal Craft Thursday 15th August 12.00pm – 3.30pm Owl Craft Design and decorate your owl paper plate. Friday 16th August 11.30am – 3.30pm Origami Fox Learn how to make a fox using origami. Monday 19th August 11.30am – 3.30pm Circus Masks

Monday 5th August 1.15pm – 3.30pm Under the Sea Bookmarks

Tuesday 20th August 11.30am – 3.30pm Spiral Hat Craft

Tuesday 6th August 11.30am – 3.30pm Tropical Fish Suncatchers

Wednesday 21st August 11.30am – 3.30pm Clown Face Craft

Wednesday 7th August 12.00pm – 1.00pm Hat Craft Make and decorate a fabulous hat

Thursday 22nd August 12.00pm – 3.30pm Super Hero/Mardi Gras Face Masks

Thursday 8th August 12.00pm – 3.30pm Sea Life Gliders Come along to make a under the sea themed glider. Friday 9th August 11.30am – 3.30pm Decorate a Fish Monday 12th August 11.30am – 3.30pm Woodland Animal Masks


Friday 23rd August 11.30am – 3.30pm Mardi Gras Glasses Tuesday 27th August 11.30am – 3.30pm Space themed Lucky Dip Crafts Wednesday 28th August 11.30am – 3.30pm Under the Sea Lucky Dip Crafts Thursday 29th August 12.00pm – 3.30pm Woodland Animal Lucky Dip Crafts

Friday 30th August 11.30am – 3.30pm Mardi Grass and Circus Fun Lucky Dip Crafts

BROMHAM LIBRARY SPRINGFIELD DRIVE, BEDFORD MK43 8NT TEL 01234 824391 Thursday 1st August 2.30 – 4.30 Ship Wreck Craft Drop in to create a Pirate ship wreck. Friday 2nd August 10.00 – 11.30 Sealife Scratch Art Saturday 3rd August 10.30 – 12.30 Under the Sea Lucky Dip Monday 5th August 10.00 – 11.30 Mini beast masks Tuesday 6th August 2.30 – 4.30 Insect Scratch Art

Saturday 10th August 10.30 – 12.30 Mini Beast Craft Lucky Dip Monday 12th August 10.00 – 11.30 Prince and Princess Masks Tuesday 13th August 2.30 – 4.30 Dragon Mobile Craft Wednesday 14th August 10.00 – 11.30 Unicorn Bookmark Craft Make a mystical bookmark to keep your place in your Space Chase books. Plus there will be storytime at 11.00. Thursday 15th August 2.30 – 4.30 Dragon Scratch Art Friday 16th August 10.00 – 11.30 Dragon Gliders Saturday 17th August 10.30 – 12.30 Myths and Legends Craft Lucky Dip Your chance to catch up on crafts you have missed this week, plus there will be colouring.

Wednesday 7th August 10.00 – 11.30 Insect Dotty Art Craft Come along and create your own insect using Dotty Art, plus there will be storytime at 11.00.

Monday 19th August 10.00 – 11.30 Animal Masks

Thursday 8th August 2.30 – 4.30 Bug Garden Stakes Decorate garden stakes with your favourite bugs.

Wednesday 21st August 10.00 – 11.30 Exotic Bird Gliders

Friday 9th August 10.00 – 11.30 Mini Beast Decorations

Tuesday 20th August 2.30 – 4.30 Snake Mobile Craft

Thursday 22nd August 2.30 – 4.30 Jungle Animal Dotty Art Make your Jungle picture using Dotty Art. Friday 23rd August 10.00 – 11.30 Jungle Animal Scratch Art

Saturday 24th August 10.30 – 12.30 Animal Craft Lucky Dip Tuesday 27th August 2.30 – 4.30 Rhyme Scratch Art Get creative with Scratch Art Wednesday 28th August 10.00 – 11.30 Twinkle Twinkle Star Wands Drop in to make a sparkly star wand, plus there will be storytime at 11.00. Thursday 29th August 2.30 – 4.30 Crown Craft Come along to make a rhyme themed crown. Friday 30th August 10 – 11.30 Old Macdonald Craft Decorate stand up farm animals that Old MacDonald would look after. Saturday 31st August 10.30 – 12.30 Rhyme Themed Craft Lucky Dip


Wednesday 7th August 2:00pm – 5:30pm Rubber Band Boats How far will your rubber band boat travel? Thursday 8th August 10:00am – 4:30pm Paper Cup Narwhals Under the sea narwhal craft – make your own to take home. Friday 9th August 2:00pm – 5:00pm Rocking Paper Plate Submarines Saturday 10th August 10:00am – 3:30pm Rocket Colour- In Gliders Monday 12th August 2:00pm – 5:00pm Sneaky Snake Craft Tuesday 13th August 11:30am – 4:30pm Shimmering Dragonflies Wednesday 14th August 2:00pm – 5:30pm Robot Making Thursday 15th August 10:00am – 4:30pm CD Suncatchers Friday 16th August 2:00pm – 5:00pm Make Your Own Magic Wands Saturday 17th August 10:00am – 3:30pm Flying Straw Rockets

Monday 19th August 2:00pm – 5:00pm Dinosaur Bookmarks Tuesday 20th August 11:30am – 4:30pm Stand Up Diplodocus Wednesday 21st August 2:00pm – 5:30pm Dinosaur Pasta Skeletons Thursday 22nd August 10:00am – 4:30pm Paper Plate Pterodactyls Friday 23rd August 2:00pm – 5:00pm Dinosaur Dress – Up Craft Saturday 24th August 10:00am – 3:30pm Solar System Colour-In Windows Tuesday 27th August 11:30am – 4:30pm Rainbow Caterpillars Wednesday 28th August 2:00pm – 5:30pm CD Mandala Decorations Thursday 29th August 10:00am – 4:30pm Spinning Tops Make a spinning top and then have spinning competitions!

Saturday 31st August 10:00am – 3:30pm Junkyard Spaceships Make an out of this world spaceship from junk.

PUTNOE LIBRARY LIBRARY WALK, PUTNOE ST, BEDFORD MK41 8HQ TEL 01234 276462 Thursday 1st August 10.30 – 4.00 Paper Plate Submarines Friday 2nd August 2.30 – 4.00 Solar System Collage Saturday 3rd August 10.00 – 3.00 Hot Air Balloon Craft Monday 5th August 2.30 – 5.00 Lolly Stick Sea Crafts Tuesday 6th August 10.30 – 4.00 Solar System Dotty Pals Make your own solar system picture using Dotty Art.

Friday 30th August 2:00pm – 5:00pm Paper Cup Crabs

Thursday 1st August 10:00am – 4:30pm Bracelet Making Friday 2nd August 2:00pm – 5:00pm Design and make Your Own Keepsake Box Saturday 3rd August 10:00am – 3:30pm Orbiting Planets Planetary fun for the whole famly. Monday 5th August 2:00pm – 5:00pm Paper Bowl Jellyfish Tuesday 6th August 11:30am – 4:30pm Ice Lolly Craft


LIBRARIES Wednesday 7th August 2.30 – 4.00 Paper Plate Fridaysbee

Saturday 17th August 10.30 – 4.00 Wooden Sea Horse Craft

Wednesday 28th August 2.30 – 4.00 Sticker Scenes

Thursday 8th August 10.30 – 4.00 Wooden Woodland Animal Craft

Monday 19th August 2.30 – 5.00 Jungle Animal Scratch Art

Thursday 29th August 10.30 – 4.00 Rainbow Fish Craft

Wednesday 14th August 2.00 – 4.30 Design your own Body Armour Now you have your sword you need your body armour...

Tuesday 20th August 10.30 – 4.00 Sea Life Mask

Friday 30th August 2.30 – 4.00 Rocket Colour in Gliders

Thursday 15th August 10.00 – 11.30 Helmet Face Masks

Wednesday 21st August 2.30 – 4.00 Twirling Parrot

Saturday 31st August 10.00 – 3.00 Rainbow Scratch Art

Thursday 22nd August 10.30 – 4.00 Astronaut Helmet Photo Prop Create an astronaut helmet photo prop for your Space Chase selfies.


Friday 16th August 2.00- 4.30 Design your own Shield And finally a shield to complete your outfit.

Friday 23rd August 2.30 – 4.00 DIY Telescope

Thursday 1st August 10.00 – 11.30 Rocket Collage

Thursday 15th August 10.30 – 4.00 Bird Finger Puppets

Saturday 24th August 10.00 – 3.00 Jungle Dotty Pictures Create a jungle scene with Dotty Art.

Friday 2nd August 2.00 – 4.30 Spaceship Porthole Craft

Friday 16th August 10.00 – 3.00 Dinosaur Scratch Art Magnet

Tuesday 27th August 10.30 – 4.00 Glow in the Dark Constellations

Friday 9th August 2.30 – 4.00 Fish Craft Boxes Saturday 10th August 10.00 – 3.00 Honeycomb Flowers and Bugs Monday 12th August 2.30 – 5.00 Turtle Coaster Tuesday 13th August 10.30 – 4.00 Dinosaur Window Decorations Wednesday 14th August 2.30 – 4.00 Alien Crafts

Saturday 3rd August 11.00 – 12.30 Lucky Dip Crafts Monday 5th August 2.00 – 4.30 Unicorn Mask Tuesday 6th August 10.00 – 11.30 Dragon Scratch Art Wednesday 7th August 2.00 – 4.30 Unicorn Puppets Thursday 8th August 10.00 – 11.30 Dragon Colour in Gliders Friday 9th August 2.00 – 4.30 Dragon Spiral Mobiles Saturday 10th August 11.00 – 12.30 Lucky Dip Crafts Monday 12th August 2.00 – 4.30 Design a Sword Every knight (and princess) should have a sword! Tuesday 13th August 10.00 – 11.30 Knight and Dragon Sticker Scene


Saturday 17th August 11.00- 12.30 Lucky Dip Crafts Monday 19th August 2.00- 4.30 Decorate your own Dinosaur Tuesday 20th August 10.00 – 11.30 Dinosaur Mobile Wednesday 21st August 2.00- 4.30 Dinosaur Mask Thursday 22nd August 10.00 – 11.30 Dinosaur Collage Friday 23rd August 2.00- 4.30 Dinosaur Sun Catchers Saturday 24th August 11.00- 12.30 Lucky Dip Crafts Tuesday 27th August 10.00 – 11.30 Pirate Hat Wednesday 28th August 2.00- 4.30 Decorate a Pirate Sword Thursday 29th August 10.00 – 11.30 Dress a Pirate Friday 30th August 2.00- 4.30 Pirate Mask Saturday 31st August 2.00- 4.30 Lucky Dip Crafts Missed this week’s pirate crafts? Catch up today.

SPORTS& ACTIVITES ARCHERY 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

BADMINTON 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 www. woottonbedfordbadmintonclub.

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@


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 payas-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. 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

BOWLS 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 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

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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. Bromham Village Hall, Village Rd, Bromham, MK43 8JP Contact Sue Amor on 01234 823610 for more details Mowsbury Park Bowls Club Taster Days Wednesday or Friday 2pm to 4.30pm. Outdoor season starts at the beginning of May until midSeptember. Try lawn bowls for FREE. Just bring flat shoes. Entrance is via Wentworth Drive For more info about our club please contact Anne Haynes on 01234 211828 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 website uk or telephone 01234 340736 for more details Bedford Bowling Club Welcome Sessions 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.

CYCLING 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 for details of our forthcoming rides, or ring 01234 219148 for further information.



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 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

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 physical, social and communication skills.

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

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

TABLE TENNIS Social Table Tennis Mondays & Tuesdays 7.30pm10.00pm 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 7.30pm9.30pm Call Harvey on 07884 938753 first.

WALKING/ RAMBLING Bedford Rambling Club A small, friendly and sociable walking group who meet on Sunday and Monday mornings for 2-3 hour circular walks generally in and around the Bedford area. We also hold other social events throughout the year. We are always looking for new members and non members are welcome to join us. Please visit our website or contact us for further information. Email: bedfordramblingclub@gmail. com Phone: Christine 01234 360769

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DOGS Itchy skin conditions tend to be more common in the summer months. Affected dogs tend to scratch and lick so much that they cause further skin damage and the problem quickly gets worse. What might cause a pet to feel itchy?


FLEAS Fleas are the number one cause of itchiness in dogs. Some dogs are very sensitive to flea bites and only need one or two bites to become itchy. Others can carry a large number of fleas without seeming itchy at all. Scratching and fur loss tend to be worse on the rump, above the dog’s tail. The best way to check for fleas is to look for tiny dark flea droppings in the dog’s coat.

Dogs can be allergic to food components or to environmental allergens such as pollens and dust. It is possible to diagnose and treat food allergies with careful dietary changes. For allergies to the pollens and dusts that are all around us, it is usually necessary to use medication to relieve itching and protect the skin.


Occasionally pets will be itchy because of more complex medial conditions such as liver disease or abnormalities with the immune system. Itchy dogs should receive a health check to work out and treat the cause of any itching as quickly as possible. At Acorn House Veterinary Hospital our experienced team of vets and nurses will be happy to help you and your pet.

There are three main types of mite that can cause itchiness in dogs – demodex mange (sometimes called “red mange”), sarcoptic mange (sometimes called “fox mange”) and harvest mites. These often cause distinctive patterns of hair loss and skin discolouration and can be tested for with skin and blood tests at the veterinary surgery.


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RECYCLE your wastewater Over the past few years I’ve been reading and researching about other sources of water too. I’m talking about grey water. But what is grey water and how can gardeners make use of it? Grey water, for those not in the know, is any kind of household wastewater apart from toilet water, which is considered ‘black water’, and which should definitely not be recycled by the average gardener. You can reclaim water from your washing machine or dishwasher, but this can prove costly and time consuming. The best advice for us amateur ecogardeners is ‘keep it simple’, especially in the first instance. Basically, this means water from the kitchen sink, the bath or shower, or paddling pool. Getting grey water to the garden is not difficult. In the case of washing-up water, simply use a removable plastic bowl in the sink which can be carried out. For baths and paddling pools ask at your garden centre or local DIY store for a water siphon hand pump. All you have to do is prime the siphon with a couple of squeezes then let the water run out into your temporary storage containers. Once you have the grey water you need to clean it before using it in the garden. This involves filtering 50

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Top Tips Keep it simple – It is possible to buy special kits to convert all your home’s grey water for garden-usage, but these can prove expensive. You’re more likely to try something that’s cheap and easy. If you really get into water-recycling though, then go for it! Think natural – Switch to environmentally friendly cleaning and beauty products. These are biodegradable and won’t harm your plants. Don’t forget the shower – Put the plug in when you shower, and you can save the water for the garden. Safety-first – All grey water will contain some bacteria. Use it within 24 hours but don’t use it for edible plants or for pots and containers, only on decorative border plants. Think laterally – You don’t have to restrict grey-water to garden usage. Use it to clean the car too!


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Oak processionary moths (OPM) are a defoliating pest of English, Sessile and Turkey oaks (Quercus robur, Q.petraea and Q.cerris). The moths are widely distributed in central and southern Europe. In the southern countries of Europe OPM populations are controlled by natural predators, that, unfortunately do not exist in northern Europe. Consequently, OPM is now firmly established in the UK. Infestations of OPM caterpillars were first found in London in 2006.

Oak processionary moth is also a risk to human health. The older caterpillars (3rd to 6th instars) are covered in irritating hairs that contain a urticating toxin (thaumetopoein or closely related compounds). Contact with these hairs, or their inhalation, can result in skin irritation (dermatitis) and allergic reactions (rashes, conjunctivitis). If hairs are inhaled respiratory distress such as including asthma or even anaphylaxis. These problems are significant because oak processionary is often most abundant on urban trees, along forest edges and in amenity woodlands. Eggs are laid from July to early September. Each female lays between 100 and 200 eggs on twigs and small branches in the canopy. These hatch in April. Newly hatched larvae have a uniformly brown body and dark head. As they grow they lighten in colour so that, by the time they are mature, they have a grey body and dark head. These older larvae have a single dark stripe running down the middle of the back and a whitish line along each side. Clumps of extremely long white hairs arise from reddishorange pinacula along the length of the body. Less easy to see are the many thousands of short hairs that also cover the larvae. It is these short hairs that contain the irritant toxin. OPM poses a new and difficult management problem for our trees in cities. Chemical control appears to be the only current viable treatment for this pest.

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Footsteps School of Dancing Modern Sequence Lessons Held at Arlesey WI Hall Most Fridays Starting 6th September 2019 19:00pm to 20:00pm Teaching session £6.00PP Cromer Dance Weekender October 25th to 28th Ballroom, Latin. Modern Sequence, Barn & Line 3 rooms Left, Spend quality time with your partner Secure your place for just £50.00pp at the website below or call Nigel (Also check out our other courses & Holidays at the website below)

New Years Eve Dance (In Arlesey WI Hall) Tickets available from 1st October 2019 to avoid disappointment join our mailing list for a gentle reminder by subscribing at the website below Telephone 01462-673895 or 07713577413



Complete Re-upholstery Service


Quality Service Call now at: 01234 302883 Or: 07954161786

● Traditional and modern ● 3 pc suites, wing chairs, arm-chairs, recliners, dining room chairs and stools ● Frame repairs, re-springing, and replacement cushion fillings ● Domestic and contracted work undertaken ● Free estimates and friendly advice

DECORATING SERVICES DAVID LOWER DECORATING SERVICES Interior & Exterior Decorating Local – Bedford based Over 40 years experience Competitive Rates Discounts for Senior Citizens

Call 01234 307411 or 07973 470650




Registered member of the British Association of Foot Health Professionals

• Fungal Nails • Ingrown Toenail • Corns & Calluses • Nail Trimming MOBILE FOOT HEALTH PRACTITIONER


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GARAGE DOORS ALMOND GARAGE DOORS LTD  Bedford & Milton Keynes  New Sales & Installations  Existing Doors Automated  Spare Parts 01234 828953

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Commercial & Domestic, all leading brands.

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

01234 210337 07976 394798

Deborah mobile hairdresser yell (Bedford)





Local Engineer Specialising in all heating appliances Breakdowns & Installations Fixed Boiler Services £65 Landlord Gas Certs Power Flushing All Plumbing Repairs Carried Out

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Bedford House Clearance House Clearances & Waste Removal Environment Agency Licensed

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• Self Drive Hire • Contract Rental • Financial Lease • Large Fleet of Standard • Refrigerated • Specialised Vehicles 01234 339008 To advertise with us please get in touch –




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Offering a wide variety of services, including: • • • • • • • •

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Recycling Rubbish Reclaiming Resources

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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 31st August 2019


This voucher entitles you to a FREE Mirror Will (normal cost ÂŁ125) or a FREE Single Will (normal cost ÂŁ85)

Valid until 31st August 2019 The Will Writing Company

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

Tel 01234 964911

Terms and Conditions. The voucher must be produced at your appointment.

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