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‘SOMEWHERE SAFE TO STAY’ IN THE HEART OF BEDFORD TOWN CENTRE As part of the strategy to tackle rough sleeping, Bedford Borough Council has extended services for people sleeping rough with the opening of an ‘Assessment & Somewhere Safe to Stay’ Hub, in the heart of Bedford town centre. This Hub will be open 24 hours a day, offering emergency homelessness advice and somewhere safe for people who are sleeping rough to stay for a short time. Professional advice will be on offer from a variety of support services to help people find the best way back into a settled home. To access the Hub, people who are rough sleeping or are at imminent risk of homelessness will be referred by visiting the Housing Options 4

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Team at the Council, the SMART Prebend Centre, the Nightshelter or any of Bedford’s Rough Sleeper Outreach Services. The SMART Prebend Centre will also continue to provide a Day Centre service. Once referred to the Hub, they will then be assigned a ‘Navigator’ and support worker who will be their continued points of contact throughout their journey into settled accommodation and independence. The Navigator will help them with all aspects of their journey to finding a home; advising them about their rights, helping them to access support services and finding the right kind of housing.


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Last month I stepped down after eighteen years as the MP for North East Bedfordshire, and thirty-two years in all as an MP, being elected in 1983 in my home town of Bury, Lancashire. Much has changed in those years. I became an MP when Margaret Thatcher had barely begun, there was no internet or social media, when the Soviet Union dominated a divided Europe, and apartheid stalked South Africa. In the UK we had not yet got over the ‘winter of discontent’, and economic reform was at an early stage. I have been privileged to have a front seat at the events of more than a generation, in what is still a role I would encourage anyone to take, if they are that way inclined. There is simply no greater honour than to be elected to represent your community, and to take part in events that will shape your country and the world. I met many Ministers from abroad, whose systems do not require them to connect with the people at local level as we do, and they always were amazed, and I think impressed, that I went from a dinner with a Head of State one night, to putting out the chairs in a village hall the next day for an advice centre. Even at the end of those thirty two years I found matters raised at the surgeries which were both new to me, and made me occasionally angry on constituents behalf at administrative errors which had affected their lives adversely. 6

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It is an immense privilege to be invited into schools, hospitals, police stations, doctors surgeries, factories and places of work, to people’s houses, and onto the farms that shape the landscape of Bedfordshire, to our parish and town councils, to listen to what is going on and take cares and concerns to Westminster to help in some way to build a better Britain. For each and every one of those meetings, to all who have taken the trouble to involve me, thank you so much. I leave to my successor a county full of ideas and inspiration for the future, of community minded people whose commitment to their neighbours through voluntary organisations, sport and faith groups have built the mosaic of North Bedfordshire life, and of young people bursting with curiosity as to how they can change the world, and plans to tackle the issues which previous generations are leaving them. I hope now to build on those experiences and trust I have more to give to public life in other ways. For any mistakes, forgive me; for any successes I have had, thank you for your part in them, and may I wish you all very well for the future.

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Families from right across Bedfordshire are invited to join Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice this Christmas to celebrate the lives of loved ones at a festive remembrance service. Taking place in the hospice grounds on St John’s Road in Moggerhanger, near Bedford, from 5pm on Sunday 8th December, it gives family and friends the time to remember, reflect and celebrate the lives of loved ones who are gone but not forgotten and shine bright in their memory. The ‘Lights of Love’ event is a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to come together to remember at Christmas and the hospice extends a warm invitation to everyone to attend, whether they have been supported by the hospice or not. During the service guests are invited to write a message to those they wish to remember on a dedication candle, which is displayed on a tree of light, in a moving and memorable way to give thanks for loved ones. Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, St John’s Road, Moggerhanger Nr, Bedford, MK44 3RJ Free to attend and open to all, with donations helping Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice continue providing palliative care for local families. You can turn up on the night or RSVP at To request a dedication candle or for further details, please contact the Sue Ryder St John’s fundraising team on 01767 642 412 or email 10

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INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING LOCALLY? Volunteering is very rewarding for those who have found the right opportunities. You will have the satisfaction of being part of a group working together to achieve goals in supporting the community. As well as helping you to prepare for paid employment volunteering helps build confidence. You will meet new people, learn new skills, get a reference and have experience to add to your CV. Pop along to a free one-to-one volunteer recruitment session at CVS Bedfordshire and speak to an advisor about the available opportunities in the Bedfordshire area that might suit your interest and availability. Thursday 5th December 10am – 3pm Thursday 12th December 10am – 3pm Thursday 19th December 10am – 3pm CVS, 43 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2AA Tel 01234 354366


If you are fed up with all the usual Christmas hype and want to sign-up to something more meaningful this December, why not give the gift of volunteering to a local organisation? Here is just a flavour of what we have on our system… Search for this month’s featured roles by adding the name of the organisation into the keyword field on our on-line role search facility at Polish British Integration Centre You will need good English and communication skills, and PBIC will provide the training to enable you to support their general advice service, supporting clients on issues relating to housing, education and benefits etc. Leonard Cheshire Disability Agate House is looking for Volunteer Drivers for local short trips to support their Service User’s to attend church groups, clubs and hospital appointments. Living it Up Events – Gig Buddy Gig Buddies matches up volunteers to people with a learning disability and/or autism to go to gigs and other events together in Bedford. Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society – Ace Unlimited Help with Thursday evening youth club for over 18s once a month at venues across Bedford. Join with their action packed sessions, helping to build self-confidence and independence. Faces – Community Centre Volunteer Help is wanted to support with a number of roles at the Church Lane Community Centre, including in the new community café and assisting families to access the internet. The role includes some basic admin skills, befriending and offering general help. Carers in Bedfordshire – Activity Helper (Tuesday Mornings) Assisting with the preparation of light refreshments and cooked lunch at the weekly Carers Rest group in Bedford for carers of people with dementia (and their relative who may accompany them). 43 Bromham Road, Bedford Call 01234 354 366 or Email:


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GOODBYE GOLDINGS, HELLO TOLCHARD’S Goldings of Bedford may have sadly closed its doors recently but previous management team Chris and Kate Temple have now opened Tolchard’s in the Old Arcade, Bedford. Goldings, which had been present on the High Street since 1867, had a massive range of kitchen, ironmongery and model kits and was a much loved part of Bedford Town’s history. Chris and Kate have taken with them the best products and services that Goldings provided. The new Tolchard’s will be offering key cutting and selling popular products such as Killrock, Kilblock, J Cloths, light bulbs, batteries, Tableau & Antiquax products, Cambridge Wax products and much more! Find them at 5b, The Old Arcade, Bedford, MK401NS

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BEDFORDSHIRE GUILD OF WEAVERS, SPINNERS AND DYERS. 1st Tues each month 7.30–9.30pm 3rd Sat 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: Marie 07890095166, Stella 07764582657, Jill 07764984958 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 1st Friday of every month. Contact Lynn on 01234 306482 Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School, Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX. FRIDAY DAUBERS Every Friday 1pm-4pm Friendly group of amateur daubers. We use a variety of media. St Peter’s Church, De Pary’s Avenue, Bedford Contact Anne 07548 840856 or Jenny 01234 824568 or email Marianne 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






BEDFORD BRIDGE CLUB Tuesday and Friday evenings 7.30 p.m. start Monday mornings 10.00 a.m. start Competitive duplicate Bridge Table money, £2 for Members and £3 for non members. Brickhill Community Centre, Avon Drive, Bedford.

RENHOLD CARPET BOWLS CLUB Renhold Village Hall Monday 2pm to 4.30pm Wednesday 7pm to 9.30pm No experience or equipment required. Suitable for all ages £2 per session including refreshments. Just turn up to give it a try or for more information Call Mike on 01234 926021

COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY IN BEDFORD We are a warm and friendly group, meeting to study the bible. We meet every Tuesday in term time at North Brickhill Community Centre , MK41 7AF. Please contact Alyson Little: little_

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

BEDFORD NO FEAR BRIDGE CLUB Duplicate bridge, Wednesday 7pm to 10pm at St Mark’s Church Community Centre, Calder Rise, Bedford MK41 7UY. Improvers bridge, Thursday 10am to 1pm at Church Lane Community Centre, Church Lane, Bedford MK41 0PW. Duplicate bridge, Friday 10am to 1pm at Brickhill Community Centre, Avon Drive, Bedford MK41 7AF. Improvers bridge, Friday 2pm to 4.45pm at St James Church Hall, 67 Church End, Biddenham MK40 4AS. Duplicate bridge, Sunday 6.30pm to 9.30pm at St James Church Hall, 67 Church End, Biddenham MK40 4AS. Table money for all sessions, £2 for Members and £3 for non members.

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BEDFORD CAMERA CLUB Tuesday 1st October 7.30pm Bedford Camera Club starts a new season with an introduction to what’s on this year. Visitors just £3. Call 07748 572845 for more details, or Scott Lower School, Hawk Drive, Bedford, MK41 7JA

RAVENSDEN CARPET BOWLS CLUB Wilden Village Hall Thursday afternoon 2pm to 4.30pm No experience or equipment required. Suitable for all ages £2 per session including refreshments. Just turn up to give it a try or for more information Call Mike on 01234 926021


COMMUNITY HUB 1st Monday of the month commencing October 7th 10am-12pm. Run by The Social Prescribing Service from Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity working with Christ The King Church on Harrowden Road. Residents are welcome to drop in for a cup of tea or coffee and cake (refreshments will be provided). If they are looking for information or advice in relation to matters such as their housing, benefits or health and wellbeing there will be representatives present from various organisations available. If people would like to come just for a coffee and chat they are also welcome to do that. There will be a play area for children. All are welcome. Call Sophie on 07948 417085 or email sophiem@”




SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING – SOCIAL DANCING Mon 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, SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING – GENERAL CLASS Tues 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, 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 DANCING STARS LINE DANCE CLUB Thurs (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. £3 incl. Refreshments St Mary’s Church Hall Church Lane, Goldington Bedford, MK41 0HL No partner required Ron Law 01234 825574

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.


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 Rd, Bedford MK42 0SP Tel: 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 tednmary.jolliffe@ Chairman Paul Keech. Tel. 01 2343 211733 Vice Chairman Tessa Whiting Tel. 07799 834026

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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. Social activities throughout the year. Transfiguration Church Hall, Bedford Rd, Kempston, MK42 8BQ Contact Denise 01234 771746 or Pauline 01234 350079 or email


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


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 Tues of each month 7.30pm All standards of musician welcome whatever they play.Burnaby Arms, Stanley Street, Bedford MK41 7RU Michael Bliss 01234 308449

DA CAPO STRING ENSEMBLE 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month, 8pm – 9.30pm DCSE was created about 10 years ago for adults who were either going back to an instrument after a number of years or started to learn as an adult. We’re a small, friendly group and meet at All Saints Church Hall in Kempston twice a month to play a variety of music from Bach to James Bond. We’re looking for players of roughly Grade 3 standard or above – no auditions necessary! If you’d like more information, please contact Jill on 07791 841467 or email 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 01234 360967


THE LOCOMOTIVE CLUB OF GB – BEDFORD BRANCH First Tuesday of the month except July 7.30pm. Wide range of speakers. We also have occasional outside visits. St John’s Church Hall, St John’s Street, Bedford, MK43 0DL More info, Bill Davies – 01234 315594 or bedford.htm


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 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.


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! BedsLife Magazine can not held responsible for any be amends or cancellatio changes, ns of an event.


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WOOTTON BAPTIST CHUCH HALL WRIGGLERS Mondays 10-11.30am (Term Time) U5’s Lots of toys, 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 children. £1 per child Village Hall, Church Lane, Oakley MK43 7RJ

TU ESDAY CHAT & MAKE Tuesdays 9am – 12pm (Term Time) Crafts, toys, songs, story and Crafts, toys, songs, story and refreshments £1. Term time for babies and 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 Tues 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

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

TH U RSDSAY BROMHAM BAPTIST CHURCH MESS & MUSIC Thursdays 10:00 – 11:30am (term time only) Free-play and arts and crafts, followed by music- songs with instruments for babies and toddlers. Snack & drinks. No charge, donations welcome. Village Road Bromham Bedfordshire MK43 8LJ. Tel 01234 822681 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 CLAPHAM PARISH CHURCH Little Monkeys Thursdays 9am (Term Time) Free Group for Mums & toddlers.0-5 St Mark’s Church Community Centre Calder Rise, Bedford MK41 7UY. Tel 01234 342613

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

FRIDAY 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 WILSTEAD TOTS & TODDLERS GROUP Fridays 9.30 – 11.30 (during term-time) Range of craft activities throughout the year. Singing, snacks and games. Wilstead Methodist Church Hall, 24 Dines Close, Wilstead MK45 3BU Tel 07811 235538 KINDER CAFE Fridays 1.30pm – 3.00pm (Term Time) Weekly cafe-style toddler group with children’s activities, singing & music, crafts, toys, coffee and snacks. Jubilation Centre, Moulton Avenue, Bedford MK42 0HL

ALL NATIO NS CH U RCH, BRICKHILL DRIVE, BEDFO RD M K41 7QF TEL 01234 273773 NEW MUMS & BABIES GROUP (LAST OF THE YEAR IS 18TH DEC) Wednesdays 10.30am - 12.00pm. Mums are able to come along and get to know other mums. From time to time, depending on need and interest we put on talks on child development, baby weaning, play ideas etc.

TODDLER GROUP Wednesdays, 1.30pm – 3.00pm (Term Time) 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. 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.

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FOOD@FACES FACES (Family and Children’s Early-help Services) is a well established local independent charity offering practical and emotional support to families under stress. They are very excited to have launched a new social cafe’ at Church Lane Community Centre which opened on Thursday 7th November. This is a cafe’ with a difference as they will be using good quality food that would normally be wasted. The cafe’ is ‘pay as you feel’ which means that there will be a suggested price but for those who are struggling they can just pay what they are able to. The cafe will initially be on a Thursday and Friday from 11am until 2pm, serving a selection of sandwiches, soups and special dishes, but if it is popular enough then the hours will be extended. FACES are still wanting volunteers to help so if you love to chat to people then this is a fabulous opportunity for a couple of hours a week. Church Lane Community Centre, 147 Church Lane, Bedford MK41 0PW Tel 01234 270601

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BEDFORD SOUPFEST 2019 SoupFest is a festival of soup celebrating Bedfordshire’s talented chefs & raising money for the homeless at the same time. It was established by local businesswoman Emma Garrett in 2017 after she was inspired to do so by a similar event in Jersey, Channel Islands. Local businesses and volunteers pull together in order to set up and run the one day event, selling homemade soup and bread to the public to raise funds for the homeless. Local homeless organisations are also invited to send representatives on the day. They are able to raise awareness about the services they provide, and listen to any concerns or queries the public might have about the rough sleepers in Bedford. They can also share information about how the public might be able to help alleviate some of the issues surrounding the homelessness issue in Bedford. Local choirs and musicians will be performing throughout the day and it all happens on Tuesday 3rd December Harpur Square, Bedford from 11.30am – 3.30pm So come along and support this great initiative!


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3 St Peters is a beautifully designed lounge bar and tea room in the up and coming arts/ theatre district on St Peters Street, Bedford. It offers members an opportunity to relax in luxurious surroundings in a renovated 19th Century building. The decor reflects a traditional setting with a contemporary edge, providing the perfect atmosphere to relax with a drink. It is a labour of love from long time Bedford residents Bali and Poonam Chand whose objective is to bring something different to the town that they love. 3 St Peters will be a private members club – with annual membership at an affordable £30/ person and £45/ couple. This provides members access to a calm environment to relax with friends every Friday and Saturday evening. As lovers of good music the venue will be showcasing talented local artists, taking advantage of the baby grand piano in the venue.

There will also be themed events and parties including the exciting NYE speakeasy event. What better way to see in 2020 than a 1920s speakeasy party with a jazz age theme? Tickets are available to members only. The venue has also partnered with the newly formed, “Cinema @ 3 St Peters”, an independently run cinema club. The dream of 3 local film enthusiasts of opening a local cinema club has been fulfilled by the venue at 3 St Peter’s. The inaugural season, based around International film noir, starts in January. In February the venue will launch afternoon teas (every Saturday) and Jazz brunches (every Sunday) in time for Valentines day. The exquisite surrounding are available for corporate and function room hire. For more information visit Get in touch and see how they can help you:

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Look beneath the surface of British life and you will find many different communities and cultures – some more hidden than others. Naomi Alderman’s 2006 debut novel deals with one such hidden, but long-standing culture: Orthodox Judaism. Ronit is a young woman living in New York. She emigrated to America as a way of escaping the strict Orthodox Jewish community that she had belonged to in London. But one day she receives a phone call. Her father – an esteemed and respected Rabbi – has died. Torn by duty, the desire for a sense of closure, and uncertainty of what she will find, Ronit makes the journey back home. At the very least she can clear out her father’s house and maybe reconcile with some part of her past. However, this journey sets her on a collision course between her new modern life and traditional Jewry. Not least an encounter with her childhood girlfriend, Esti, and a reminder that tradition is a powerful force and one resistant to change. Received with some controversy when published this is a fascinating insight into a world that is often hidden. A community trying to hold onto their traditions when the modern world is changing. Brought up in a Jewish community, Alderman writes convincingly from the perspective of her characters and peppers the novel with Jewish theology, thought, and culture (including some delicious sounding Jewish recipes in the appendix).


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At Ready Steady Roll, our award winning Board Game Cafe in Sharnbrook, we see lots of people playing games and enjoying them. One of our most popular games, and hence our choice for best family game this Christmas, is Just One. So simple to learn, players work as a team to help a player guess a secret word by writing one word clues – be careful though, if anyone writes the same clue as you, the team is in big trouble!

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Bedford Corn Exchange 13 St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SL Saturday 21st December – Wednesday 1st January Trapped in her tower, Rapunzel dreams of escaping her manipulative “Grandmother” and exploring the wide world beyond her window. As fortune has it, the dashing Prince Frederick has been banished from his kingdom, and is looking for a way to prove his worth. Can the fated pair defeat the evil witch and her bungling minions? With the aid of the hard-working valet Frankie and an ambitious Fairy, will they find happiness in the end? Will good will conquer evil!? There’s only one way to find out!! Get your tickets now and we promise you live music and a rip roaring magical adventure in true Panto style! Adult – £14.00 Child – £14.00 Family – (Two Adults Two Child) – £48.00 Visit for performance times and tickets or call the Box Office on 01234 718044


The Place Bedford, Bradgate Rd, Bedford MK40 3DE Tuesday 17th December – Saturday 28th December People of Bedford (and beyond)! You are cordially invited to Prince Charming’s Annual Ball 2019! Unfortunately due to a typo it will have to be held at The Place rather than The Palace... Nevertheless, please dress to impress (no rags, no Buttons allowed, sensible footwear advised) and note that illegally parked pumpkins will be towed. Cinderella, a traditional pantomime with a twist, is co-produced by The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company. Featuring live music, audience interaction, ugly sisters, slapstick and wishes coming true. Book early to go to the ball and avoid bitter disappointment. Tickets Family £29.00, Adults £10.00, Senior/Student/Unwaged £7.00 Tel 01234 354321 or visit

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ALPINE GARDEN SOCIETY, BEDFORDSHIRE BRANCH Monday 2nd December 7.30pm Jon Evans will show us ‘Blackthorn Nursery; Glorious June’. Competitions, sale plants. Visitors welcome £3. Wilstead Village Hall, Cotton End Road, Wilstead MK45 3BX BEDFORD FLORAL ART SOCIETY Tuesday December 3rd at 7.30pm Flower arrangement demonstration by Jacqui Aldous “Christmas Magic”. Visitors welcome £7 Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN THE FRIENDS OF THE HIGGINS Tuesday 3rd December 7.30 pm ‘The Antartic Explorer, Apsley Cherry Garrard’ Illustrated talk by Christopher Bennett Friends £4, Guests £9 The Higgins, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD BEDFORD ART SOCIETY MEETING Friday 6th December 7.15 for 7.30 start We will be preparing for Christmas with different crafts and ideas for decorations, gifts and cards whilst enjoying light refreshments. Entry is free for members, £5 for visitors. Contact Jean Paterson 01234 307210 or for information. Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford MK41 8EB BEDFORDSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Friday 6th December 7.15pm Interested in Family History? Then come along to our talk on Sylvester & Theresa Stannard – Bedford Artists By Richard Morgan Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School, Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX HARDY PLANT SOCIETY, CAMBS & BEDS Saturday 7th December 2.00pm Richard Gant, head gardener, will speak about Madingley Hall Gardens. Celebration tea. Garden sundries for sale. Visitors very welcome £4 including refreshments. The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JH


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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION - BEDFORD BRANCH Monday 9th December 7.30pm Illustrated talk by Professor Bob Shoemaker of Sheffield University, showing how he uses digital techniques to trace convict lives. Followed by Christmas social with refreshments. Free to HA members (Historical Association-Bedford branch). Others welcome with a donation of £3. The Chapter House, St Peter’s Church, Bedford MK40 2TX Please book on 07989 837819 BEDFORD LOCAL GROUP OF THE WILDLIFE TRUST Wednesday 11th December 7.15pm for 7.30pm ‘An Introduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies’-an illustrated talk by John Curd Plenty of parking available, All welcome, no charge but voluntary contributions are appreciated. Priory Methodist Church Hall, Newnham Avenue, Bedford MK41 9QJ Further details available under Events on or 01234 266057 BIDDENHAM GARDENERS ASSOCIATION Tuesday 17th December 7.30pm “Christmas Party” Admission £5 per meeting – includes Raffle & Refreshments. Visitors very welcome Biddenham Village Hall, Nodders Way, Biddenham MK40 4BJ EMBROIDERERS GUILD, BEDFORD BRANCH Thursday 19th December 7.30 for 8.00pm Christmas festivities. Visitors welcome. Please see Bedford Embroiderers Guild on Facebook. St Mark’s Church Hall, Calder Rise, Bedford, MK41 7UY BEDFORD RSPB LOCAL GROUP Thursday 19th December 7.30pm Guy Anderson, as the ‘UK’s Migrants Programme Manager’ for the RSPB, Guy is going to talk to the group this evening about the RSPB’s involvement to save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, and update us on the continuing efforts and progress being made to save it from extinction. Suitable for Experts and Novices, RSPB membership not essential. Entrance fee, group members £1 Guest £2 annual group membership £5. Meet at ARA club, Manton Lane Bedford MK41 7PF The facilities, including refreshments, are at ground level and there is secure parking. Reg.Charity No. 207076, more info

CHRISTMAS MADE IN BEDFORD’S CHRISTMAS ARTISAN FAIR Sunday 1st December 10am – 4pm FREE admission The best local artists, craftspeople and producers will be showcasing their work so this is an ideal opportunity to buy unique cards, gifts and decorations. There will also be craft workshops and demonstrations, mulled wine and local musicians. The Fair will take place at three inter-connecting venues in the heart of Bedford; the Corn Exchange, the Howard Room and the Harpur Suite. Christmas Shopping at The Higgins

WHAT’S ON Sunday 1st December 2pm – 5pm Purchase creative and unique goods made by independent suppliers and artisans - the perfect opportunity to find a rare Christmas gift inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. The Higgins, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD

CHRISTMAS FAIR AT THE BLUE GLASS Wednesday 4th December 12noon – 9pm The Blue Glass Christmas Fair will feature over 40 wines for tasting and will run from noon. The team will host some tastings and showcase wines and spirits plus in the evening there will be a number of wine and spirit experts. The Blue Glass, 29-31 St Peter’s Street, Bedford MK40 2PN CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 4TH – 8TH DECEMBER THEME: THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sunday 12noon-4pm £2.50. Free under 16 years. Daily community concerts, competitions, refreshments Festival concert: Philharmonia Cello Quartet 6 December 7.30 pm. St Paul’s church, St Paul’s Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ In aid of the church and Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends. Further details at Tel 01234 340163 WINTER FAYRE IN AID OF ST JOHNS HOSPICE, MOGGERHANGER Saturday 7th December 11am – 3pm Lots of stalls. Garlands, Crafts & Flowers, Christmas Hampers, Raffle & Tombola, Cake stall and more. The Ents Shed, 118 Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3QY CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 7th December 1pm - 3pm Refreshments, Bottle stall, tombola, raffle, crafts and more Entry 50p. Christ the King Parish Hall, Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP For information call 01234 965497 CAIRNGORM REINDEER Sunday 8th December 11.30am – 3.30pm The tame adult male reindeer will be out and about on tour nationwide, increasing public awareness of the herd and raising funds to help to maintain their enviable lifestyle. Each individual reindeer will only do a couple of weeks work before returning back to their mountain home. You can meet them in Bedford Town Centre outside Boots.

CAROLS AT THE KIOSK Tuesday December 24th 4pm-5pm Christmas Eve wouldn’t be the same without the annual Carols at the Park. All welcome on the night before Christmas. Plenty of mulled wine and mince pies on offer as well as Hot Chocolates, Christmas Cakes and heaps of good cheer! Russell Park, The Embankment, Bedford MK40 3RH

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE PHILHARMONIA CELLO QUARTET Friday 6th December 7.30pm Christmas Tree Festival Concert Tickets £17.50 include mulled wine and mince pie. St Paul’s church, St Paul’s Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ 01234 783181 or In aid of the church and Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends RUBY REFLECTIONS - CELEBRATING 40 YEARS AT THE MILL THEATRE Sunday 7th December, 6.45/7.30pm Piano supremo Lincoln Noel & Friends, The Mill Theatre Singers. £15 inc. welcome fizz; or Pick-a-Lily, Florist, Sharnbrook, Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, MK44 1NP. For ‘Cool Down’ Fundraising Appeal. Registered Charity “SWING’S THE THING” BIG BAND CHRISTMAS SHOW Thursday 12th December 8pm The band will be performing traditional Christmas carols superbly arranged by the likes of Stan Kenton, Gordon Goodwin and Rich DeRosa. Also joining us once again will be our special~ guests Katherine Mclean and Mel Peake who will be singing their festive favourites. Tickets £12.50. The Place, Bedford Book online at Www.Theplacebedford.Org.Uk or Call 01234 354321 CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT Saturday 14th December 7.30pm Kempston Musical Society, together with Bedford Road Lower School Choir, will be performing a selection of Christmas carols and festive music on at Kempston East Methodist Church. Tickets £7.50 on the door, which will include refreshments. This concert is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas. To find out more about all our forthcoming concerts or information about the choir please call 01234 781010 or email

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“Swing’s the thing” return to “The Place” for what promises to be their best ever Christmas Concert. The band will be performing traditional Christmas carols superbly arranged by the likes of Stan Kenton, Gordon Goodwin and Rich DeRosa. Also joining us once again will be our special guests Katherine Mclean and Mel Peake who will be singing their festive favourites. Join us a memorable evening of seasonal swing. THURS 12th DECEMBER, THE PLACE, BEDFORD, 8:00PM START, TICKETS £12.50. BOOK ONLINE AT

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Christmas SERVICES ST PAUL’S CHURCH, ST PAUL’S SQ, BEDFORD, MK40 1SQ Sunday 1st December Advent Carols by Candlelight 5.30pm

Saturday 7th December Christingle for Children & Families 4.00pm Saturday 21st December Nine lessons & Carols by Candlelight 4.00pm Tuesday 24th December Christmas Eve: Crib Service for Families 4.00pm Tuesday 24th December Midnight Mass by Candlelight 11.00pm St Paul’s choir singing carols from 10.20pm Christmas Day Holy Communion 8.00 am All Age family service with Sung Eucharist 10.15


Tuesday 17th December An evening of Christmas Music and Readings in the Basement@Bunyan 7.30pm Wednesday 18th December Community Carols Service 1.30pm Sunday 22nd December All Age Nativity Service 9.30am Morning Worship 11.00am Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 6.30pm Christmas Day Wednesday 25th December Christmas Morning Service 10.00am


Saturday 14th December, 4.00pm. The Living Nativity The Living Nativity is a recreation of the beloved nativity scene. With farm animals, carols, children’s craft activities, mince pies, mulled wine, and a visit from Santa. Sunday 15th December, 6.00pm. Carol Service A Carol Service for all the family.


Sunday 15th December, 3.00pm – 5.00pm The Living Nativity & Carol Service @ Bedford Academy All are welcome to join for all or part of our Christmas activities as we begin with The Living Nativity (see above for details), followed by a time of singing and activities during our Carol Service.


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Saturday 14th December 3pm Blue Christmas, a reflective service for those who find Christmas difficult for any reason Sunday 15th December 10.30am All-age Nativity Service

HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, GOLDINGTON ROAD, BEDFORD MK41 0DP Christmas Eve Mass of Advent 9.30am Family Mass 4.30pm Mass 10.00pm Christmas Day Mass 9.15am

Sunday 22nd December 6.30pm Candle-lit Carol Service Christmas Eve Christingle Service for all the family 4.00pm Christmas Eve Communion 11.15pm


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Sunday 15th December Advent 3 Communion 9.30am Nine Lessons and Carols 6pm Sunday 22nd December Advent 4 Communion 9.30am

Christmas Eve Crib Service 4.00pm Tea Christmas Eve Communion 6.00pm

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Tuesday 3rd December Carols by Candlelight – A Celebration of Christmas 6.30pm – 8pm Everyone welcome

Wed 18th December Service of Nine Lessons and Carols (traditional style), followed by Mulled wine and mince pies 7.00pm Sun 22nd December Advent 4 - Parish Eucharist 11.00am Christmas Eve Nativity Service for all the family 4.00pm Midnight Mass 11.00pm Christmas Day Family Christmas Eucharist service 11.00am

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DECEMBER EVENTS BEDFORD CENTRAL LIBRARY HARPUR ST, BEDFORD MK40 1PG TEL 01234 718178 Saturday 7th December 11:00am – 3.00pm Snowflake Craft Saturday 14th December 11:00am – 3.00pm Christmas Bauble Craft Saturday 21st December 11:00am – 3.00pm Christmas Stocking Craft Monday 23rd December 11:30am – 3:30pm Christmas Gift Box Craft Tuesday 24th December 11:30am – 2:30pm Quiver Colouring Sheets Bring your colouring to life! Please bring a smartphone to download the Quiver App. Friday 27th December 11:30am – 3:30pm New Year Party Glasses Monday 30th December 11:30am – 3:30pm 2020 Calendars Tuesday 31st December 11:30am – 2:30pm Word Puzzles and Lucky Dip Crafts Missed out on crafts or want to get all wordy? Why not drop in!

BROMHAM LIBRARY SPRINGFIELD DRIVE, BEDFORD MK43 8NT TEL 01234 824391 Saturday 7th December 10:30am – 12:30pm Bookmark Craft Saturday 14th December 10:30am – 12:30pm Christmas Gift Tags


Saturday 21st December 10:30am – 12:30pm Christmas pop up Card Craft Monday 23rd December 10:00am – 12:00pm Christmas Card Craft Christmas wiggle eye colourin cards Monday 23rd December 11:00am – 11:30am Christmas Storytime Friday 27th December 10:00am – 12:00pm Wooden Animal Craft Saturday 28th December 10:30am – 12:30pm New Year Cards Monday 30th December 10:00am – 12pm Fairy Door Window Decoration Craft

Christmas Eve Rhymetime Special Friday 27th December 2:00pm – 5:00pm Snowman Bookmarks Saturday 28th December 10am – 3:30pm 2020 Calendar Making Monday 30th December 2:00pm – 5:00pm Paper Snow Globes Tuesday 31st December 10am – 3pm 2020 Calendar Making Thursday 2nd January 10am – 4:30pm Scratch Art Bookmarks Friday 3rd January 2:00pm – 5:00pm New Year Goal Cards What will your New Year resolutions? Write them down and decorate your goal cards. Saturday 4th January 10am – 3:30pm Winter Mitten Pictures

KEMPSTON LIBRARY 32 HALSEY RD, KEMPSTON PUTNOE LIBRARY MK42 8AT LIBRARY WALK, TEL 01234 276453 PUTNOE ST, BEDFORD MK41 8HQ Saturday 7th December 10am – 3:30pm TEL 01234 276462 Christmas cracker shaped Gift Box Craft

Saturday 14th December 10am – 3:30pm Christmas Colour-in Magnets

Saturday 7th December 10:00am – 3:00pm Christmas Owl Baubles

Saturday 21st December 10am – 3:30pm Santa Stop Here Door Hangers

Saturday 14th December 10:00am – 3:00pm Christmas Dinner Get creative making your festive food sticker plate.

Monday 23rd December 2:00pm – 5:00pm Christmas Card Making

Saturday 21st December 10:00am – 3:00pm Scratch Art Baubles

Monday 23rd December 2:15pm – 2.45pm Storytime Christmas Special

Monday 23rd December 2:30pm – 5:00pm Winter Jumper Bunting

Tuesday 24th December 10am – 3:00pm Christmas Tree Decorations

Tuesday 24th December 10:30am – 4:00pm Paper Chains

Tuesday 24th December 11am – 11.30am

Friday 27th December 2:30am – 4:00pm Lucky Dip Crafts

Saturday 28th December 10:00am – 3:00pm Penguin Coaster Monday 30th December 2:30am – 5:00pm Scratch Art Fun Tuesday 31st December 10:30am – 4:00pm Snow Flake Craft

WOOTTON LIBRARY LORRAINE ROAD, WOOTTON MK43 9LH TEL 01234 766061 Saturday 7th & 14th December 11.00am – 12.30pm Make a Christmas Card Saturday 21st December 11.00am – 12.30pm Christmas Decoration Craft Monday 23rd December 2.00pm – 4.30pm Decorate a Star Wreath Tuesday 24th December 10.00am – 11.30am Decorate a Christmas Tree/ Stocking Friday 27th December 2.00pm – 4.30pm Make a Snowman Pom Pom Saturday 28th December 11.00am – 12.30pm Make a Bookmark Monday 30th December 2.00pm – 4.30pm Make a Calendar Tuesday 31st December 10.00am – 11.30am Lucky Dip Crafts

VISIT THE HARPUR CENTRE WISHING TREE This winter The Harpur Centre needs your help granting the wishes of underprivileged children across Bedfordshire. Between now and the 18th of December, pick a name tag from the Wishing Tree in the Harpur Centre and buy a gift for that child. Pop it back under the Wishing Tree unwrapped, and the child aged 0 – 16, will get it in time for Christmas. The Harpur Centre Wishing Tree is organised in partnership with Heart Radio and has been running with increasing support for the past seven years Last year, over 170 presents were donated by staff at bpha Housing Association and the shopping centre’s office Aecom filled their boardroom table with gifts all adding to the thousands that customers kindly donated. The presents collected are all distributed to local underprivileged children with the help of Bedford Borough Council in time for Christmas.

Samantha Laycock, Harpur Centre Manager, said: “We would like to thank our customers, local businesses and emergency services for supporting our 2017 Wishing Tree Appeal. Gifts for underprivileged children and families in Bedfordshire will be delivered in time for Christmas again this year.”

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PRIZE CROSSWORD Complete the crossword, fill in your details below, cut out this section and send to the address below before Wednesday 11th December. Prize Crossword, BedsLife, 17 Foxbrook, Stevington, Bedfordshire MK43 7QY Last Months Crossword Winner – P. Macalister, Bedford

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BEDFORD BLUES It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with the kids jingle belling, and everyone telling you be of good cheer, so why not nip down to Goldington Road and celebrate the year! Christmas is coming and that means plenty of festive fun as Bedford Blues round of 2019 with two December fixtures which are sure to be huge attractions! The first game is against Coventry in the Championship Cup on Saturday 7th December. The Midlands rivals have already secured two wins over the Blues this season, but Mike Rayer’s men will be looking to bounceback in the annual Festive Fixture that will see plenty of fun being had both on and off the pitch.

Then there’s the BIG one! The local derby against Ampthill in the Greene King IPA Championship on Boxing Day!!! Last year, almost 4,500 rugby fans flocked to Goldington Road when the two teams clashed in a ‘friendly’ but this time around there are league points at stake as well as local bragging rights! Ampthill have settled in well in the Championship and having already won at Goldington Road in the cup back in October, they’ll be full of confidence come 3pm on 26th December. Tickets for all Bedford Blues home games are available on the club website - just visit for more details as well as information about Christmas markets. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!


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SPORTS& ACTIVITES ARCHERY Ouse Valley Archers Thursdays 7.00pm – 9.00pm and Sundays 2.00pm – 4.00pm 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 £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) 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! See website 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 physical, social and communication skills.

Falcon SA Gymnastics Club Saturdays 1.15pm to 2.15pm Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford. Boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14. Fusing traditional gymnastics and acrobatics with tricks and stunts made famous from the movies. This includes rolling climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, plyometrics, as well as learning flics and somersaults in a safe and inclusive environment with qualified coaches.



Falcon SA Gymnastics Club Weekday evenings from 4.45pm Saturday Mornings Scott Primary School, Hawk Drive, Bedford Gymnastics for boys and girls from 4 years, In a safe and friendly environment. Offering Floor work, apparatus and badges

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

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

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

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 Small, friendly and sociable group who meet on Sunday and Monday mornings for 2-3 hour circular walks generally in and around the Bedford area. 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: Sue 077889 54819

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

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FOR CHRISTMAS? Pets are part of the family and we all want to treat our furry friends at Christmas. But what would really make a difference to our pets, if only they could tell us?


As pets get older, arthritis becomes more common and can result in difficulties sleeping comfortably, and a lack of enthusiasm for exercise and play. Arthritis cannot be cured but affected pets can benefit hugely from physiotherapy, weight loss, exercise and home modification, anti-inflammatories, painkillers and joint-health diets. If your pet has become less mobile in recent months, treat them to an assessment by your veterinary surgeon, who can help you to keep your pet as fit and comfortable as possible.

FREE FROM ITCHY SKIN AND EARS Dogs with allergies can be frustrating for pet owners because their problems require lifelong management and it can be tempting to resign ourselves to the fact that we have an itchy dog. However, our pets deserve to live and sleep comfortably and there are many options for investigating and treating skin allergies so that affected pets can live normally. If your dog could be itch-free just by taking a tablet a day, that would surely be the best Christmas present you could give!


Keep your pets safe with regular vaccinations, flea, tick and worming treatment, and regular health checks. This is not only important for dogs and cats but for rabbits too – regular vaccination against myxomatosis and viral-haemorrhagic disease is important for both indoor and outdoor rabbits, as are regular dental checks and fly strike treatment. You could even sign your cat, dog or rabbit up to the Acorn Health Club to receive all of this preventative healthcare at a discounted rate with our monthly direct debit scheme.

If your pet has become less mobile in recent months, treat them to an assessment by your veterinary surgeon

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COUNCIL OFFERS ADVICE FOR PEOPLE BUYING A NEW FURRY FRIEND A new furry friend can make a great addition to the family, but Bedford Borough Council is warning local residents to be cautious and carry out checks after reports of illegal puppy trading. Bad dealers and breeders are selling puppies that are too young, imported from other countries, haven’t had the appropriate vaccinations, and without the right paperwork. This can result in the puppies being quarantined and not allowed to go to their new owners. The Dogs Trust also has grave concerns about the welfare of the puppies caught in the illegal dog trade, with unsuspecting families left picking up the pieces when they just wanted to give a puppy a home.

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Bedford Borough Council recommend following advice from The Dog’s Trust when looking to buy a new puppy, including: ALWAYS… • Ask to see mum and pup together • Ask the breeder lots of questions • Expect a breeder to quiz you too • Visit your new pup more than once • Get all your pup’s paperwork before you take them home • Walk away if you have doubts or feel pressure to buy • Report suspicious online sellers or breeders to Trading Standards NEVER… • Meet somewhere that isn’t the pup’s home • Buy a pup from anyone selling multiple breeds of dog • Buy a pup that looks small and underweight • Buy a pup that you suspect has been imported illegally Further advice can be found on their website at



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THE HOLLY AND THE IVY The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown, of all the trees that are in the wood the holly bears the crown. There’s no doubt that holly and ivy are synonymous with Christmas. This dates back to pre-Christian era when pagans used evergreen decorations in their mid-winter celebrations. It’s not hard to see why they were attracted to these beautiful plants which offer a promise of better times to come during the most barren time of the year. Early Christians adopted them too and imbued holly particularly with Christian symbolism. In the carol, ivy isn’t actually mentioned again until the last verse which is a repeat of the first. It has a cameo role because of earlier songs, such as ‘The Contest of The Ivy and The Holly,’ in which the attributes of holly (male) and ivy (female) are compared. Our ancestors lived close to the earth and the seasons and were open to symbolism. As modern gardeners we might be sceptical of the symbolism, but we can embrace the glory of these seasonal plants. Ivy (Hedera) comes in many sizes, from the tinyleaved ‘Spetchley’ to the hand-sized leaves of ‘Maple Leaf’. It also comes in a beautiful variety of colours from the rich green, crimped leaves of ‘Parsley crested’ which makes great ground cover, to the gorgeous red-stemmed yellow leaves of the climber ‘Sunrise’.


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For winter baskets I’d recommend the lime-green ‘Ursula’ and her grey-leaved friend ‘Frederick’. Ivy is a doddle to grow. There are only a few things to remember. Cut it back in spring to encourage new growth and take cuttings between October and March when the growth is woody. Yellow varieties need sunshine and don’t let any of it grow into your eaves. Other than that, it is your undemanding gardening friend. Holly (Ilex) is pretty easy-going too. It will grow almost anywhere except really water-logged soil. It’s tolerant of pollution, salt and wind and grows really slowly, so it’s great for small gardens in the city and by the sea. Protect it from rabbits if they frequent your garden as they love to eat the bark. Trim it in August if you have to and remove plain green shoots on variegated varieties. Take cuttings in the late summer or autumn. It does resent root disturbance once it’s established so make sure you plant it in the right place first time. Hollies are male or female but not necessarily named to help you distinguish. ‘Silver Queen’ is actually male and ‘Martin’ is female! You’ll need both for berries so talk to an expert at the nursery or garden centre to be sure…or google the answer on your phone! If you only have room for one holly bush, grow a self-fertile variety such as ‘J C Van Tol’.


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GREENING UP CONIFER HEDGES Overzealous pruning can result in severe damage to conifer hedges. The Following steps should be followed to enhance greening up.

1. Check the back of the hedge. If the back of the hedge is green the badly pruned front hedge should be able to green up. If the back of the hedge is brown it is highly unlikely the hedge will ever recover and removal is probably the best option. 2. Recovery will take 3-5 years. Emphasise this to the client 3. Rake out/remove dead foliage from hedge to enhance light penetration and stimulate foliar growth. This step is very important. 4. Apply mulch to a minimal width of 0.5m either side of the hedge and to a depth of 5-10 cm. 5. Apply Organic BOOST granular fertilizer either under or within the mulch. 6. Apply a dilute foliar spray of BOOST liquid N fertiliser to the entire hedge at 2-3 monthly intervals during the growing season. 7. Weave new shoot formation into the hedge to enhance greening rather than pruning out. 8. Inspect the hedge at 2-3 monthly intervals for potential pest and disease outbreaks. Treat with an appropriate insecticide/ fungicide as required:

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BedsLife Magazine December '19