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SUPPORT FOR ROUGH SLEEPERS OVER WINTER

‘MR BEDFORD’ KEEPING US MOVING At an event held at Bedford Corn Exchange, Pete Smith won the Battle of Bedford bodybuilding competition, placing first in the Master’s Category, 1st in the Overall Battle of Bedford, and winning the ‘Mr Bedford’ title. Amazingly, this is not Pete’s full-time job; he works for Bedford Borough Council as a Street Lighting and Winter Maintenance Supervisor, part of the team coordinating gritting operations across the Borough. The Council has already carried out its first gritting runs of the season, with each run covering around 480km of road, and with the temperatures dropping Pete and his team are about to get even busier.

The ‘Severe Weather Emergency Protocol’ which has operated for a number of years is in place again this winter, with a shelter, run by The Salvation Army. This year the shelter will be run at their outreach centre on Kennedy Road, off Elstow Road Bedford. This offers those sleeping rough a warm and safe place to sleep, along with an evening meal and breakfast the next morning. All agencies and organisations that work with rough sleepers receive an alert when the shelter is open, and the Council website will also inform people when the shelter is open at www.bedford.gov.uk/wintershelter. Working in partnership with SMART, who run the Prebend Day Centre, the Council will also be providing 10 extra overnight beds which will be available all winter until 31st March 2019. This new extra provision is being funded following a bid by the Council to the Government’s Rough Sleeper Initiative fund announced earlier in 2018. This funding is also providing additional outreach workers who have already supported ten people off the streets and into long-term accommodation. Six people have also moved into temporary accommodation provided by our partners ‘The Kings Arms Project’, and are being supported to find employment and long-term accommodation. If you are aware of someone sleeping rough we urge you to report their location and any details to www.streetlink.org.uk

OLDER PEOPLE URGED IN BEDFORD BOROUGH TO GET FLU JAB Bedford Borough Council is urging its residents aged 65 and over to take up their free NHS flu vaccination before winter sets in. The last batches of the vaccine were delivered to GPs and pharmacies across the country this week ahead of the flu season, which usually starts in December. 8,524 older people across Bedford Borough didn’t take up their jab last year, despite being most vulnerable to flu’s effects. Many of those will have caught the virus and needed NHS treatment as a result. To find out if you’re one of the 22million people who are eligible for vaccination head to www.nhs.uk/staywell 4

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The picture which seemed to capture most attention, and revealed a down to earth emotion in which we can all share, was that of his service dog Sully lying beside his coffin An animal’s empathy with human grief is a strange thing, but many will recognise both the devotion of Sully to George Bush after death, and also the dogs healing qualities after the loss of his partner of so long. For many, a dog is a faithful, non-judgemental companion, there to welcome us unconditionally, hear our inmost thoughts when we have to confide in something, and occasionally to be held as we cry for whatever reason, and in its warmth to comfort us amidst the greatest losses of all. We owe our pets much. Sully maybe famous, but there was a place in many of our hearts for our own dear pets, as we reflected on those pictures.

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Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF) are an independent registered charity, providing support to local community groups and charities, many of whom are working with some of the county’s most vulnerable and in need.

They have launched their Surviving Winter appeal to support those who may struggle with food or fuel poverty during the winter months. It is estimated that over 41,700 households in Bedfordshire live in poverty. Francesca Johnstone, Head of Grantmaking at BLCF says “We are asking the people and businesses of Bedfordshire to come together to support those in need and help

them cope over the winter months. For many people it can sometimes be a choice between heating or eating, this isn’t just something that affects older people, but also families and others in need. Monies raised will support those most vulnerable in the community, together we can help to make a real difference.” BLCF are partnering with local grassroot organisations who work with those most vulnerable in the community.

They are working with local Bedford Foodbank, The Need Project, FACES & Age Concern to provide essential items like food parcels, winter kits, or even helping towards paying fuel costs for those most in need. The appeal is running from now until February 2019 and aims to raise £10,000 to support individuals and families across the county during the winter months.

If you are a local business or individual that would like to support this appeal please get in touch on 01234 834930. Alternatively you can donate by text to: ‘BLCF10’ followed by the amount (£5 or £10) to 70070 Or visit our website link: http://www.blcf.org.uk/giving/donate/winter/ We look forward to seeing you!


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The Back and Body Clinic bring home Major National Award from Wembley Having been previously awarded Northamptonshire and Midlands awards for ‘Service Provider of the Year’, The Back and Body Clinic have now been awarded National ‘Employer of the Year 2018’ (<50 employees) at the SME National Business Awards at Wembley Stadium on Friday Night. The Clinic who have Back Pain and Sports Injury Clinics in Moulton, Wootton Fields (Northampton) and more recently in Great Denham (Bedford), launched 6 years ago and have already helped over 14,000 people across Northampton and Bedford. They have hundreds of 5* reviews on every feedback forum and pride themselves on offering expert hands on treatment. The Clinic, who specialise in helping people of all ages with aches, pains and injuries offer a ‘hands on’ approach and have wide variety of services across their 3 sites including: Physiotherapy | Sports Massage | Osteopathy | Joint and Soft Tissue Injections | Podiatry | Chiropody | Injury Risk Screening | Acupuncture | 1:1 Pilates | Pilates Classes

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We are an independent charity and unique in the fact we are Day Care only offering help and support to patients with life limiting illnesses. Local support and the community generously contributes a great deal of money, time and effort to sustain our work. Without your donations Bedford Daycare Hospice simply wouldn’t be here. Every year we need to raise over £500.000 to help provide our vital specialist care to patients and rely entirely on your support. We have opened 4 shops over the last two years, 2 in Bedford Road Kempston, 1 in the High Street Biggleswade and our most recent one in London Road Bedford. The shops provide vital and sustainable income to support the Hospice financially. We invite you to visit them and take advantage of the many bargains we also offer a delivery and collection service. A lot of our events are held in house, however many of the external events are becoming extremely popular e.g. Indian Supper Nights, Annual Ball, Fine Dining Evenings, Quiz Nights, Marathons and Cycle Rides plus many more. Full details are available from our website www.bedforddaycarehospice.org.uk or on our Facebook.com/BedfordDaycareHospice. These are valuable ways of introducing you to the Hospice and the marvellous work we do.

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Baby & Toddler Groups Bedford Borough Children’s Centres Groups 0-Cruisers (Term Time) Mondays Clapham Community Centre 9.30am – 11am Queens Park Neighbourhood Centre 1.30pm – 3pm Tuesdays Eastcotts Community Centre 9.30am – 11am Kingsbrook Community Centre 1.30pm – 3pm Wednesdays Cherry Trees Community Centre 9.30am – 11am Daisy Hill Community Centre 1.30pm – 3pm Thursdays Lakeview Village Hall, Wixams 9.30am – 11am Pine Cones Community Centre 9.30am – 11am Fridays Goldington Family Centre 9.30am – 11am Toddler (Term Time) Mondays Goldington Family Centre 9.30am – 11am Sharnbrook Methodist Chuch 9.30am – 11am Queens Park Neighbourhood Centre 1.30pm – 3pm Pine Cones Community Centre 1.30pm – 3pm Tuesdays Daisy Hill Community Centre 9.30am – 11am Pear Tree Community Centre 1.30pm – 3pm Wednesdays Goldington Family Centre 9.30am – 11am Clapham Community Centre 9.30am – 11am Kingsbrook Community Centre 9.30am – 11am Pine Cones Young Parents Group (For parents up to the age of 25) 1.30pm – 3pm Thursdays Peter Pan Community Centre 9.30am – 11am Bluebells Community Centre 1.30pm – 3pm Cherry Trees Community Centre 1.30pm – 3pm Eastcotts Community Centre 1.30pm – 3pm Little Fishes Play & Story, Putnoe Heights Church 1.30pm – 3pm Fridays Queens Park Neighbourhood Centre 9.30am – 11am Peter Pan Community Centre 9.30am – 11am For more info Contact Tel 0300 323 0245 www.ecpbedford.org

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

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Bunyan Meeting Free Church Story Time Mondays 12 – 1.15pm (Term Time) Short story, songs, sometimes drama from the Bible each week and a special short Service at Christmas and Easter. Because we offer a lunch it also helps your child get used to eating out socially with other children. For parents and pre-schoolers. Donation (approx. £1). Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU 01234 213722 (Wendy) Clapham Parish Church Little Monkeys Thursdays 9am (Term Time) Free Play, Craft, Songtime & Refreshments. 01234 352814 (Sue) Fellowship Centre, Green Lane, Clapham MK41 6EP 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 Park Road Methodist Church Baby& Toddler Group Every Tuesday 9.30am-11.30am (in the hall). Roff Avenue, Bedford MK41 7TJ Singalong at St Paul’s Second Wednesday of the month 10.00am – 10.30am (Term Time) Free Singing and storytelling group for pre-school children and their carers, with the option to stay for a drink and a chat afterwards. St Pauls Square, Bedford Mk40 1SQ Tel 01234 340163 (Elaine) 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 Wootton Baptist Chuch Hall Wrigglers Mondays 10-11.30am (Term Time) U5’s coffee morning. Lots of toys to play with, craft activity and song time. 50p per family. Bedford Road, Wootton Tel 07814 164246

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Clubs & Group ARTS & CRAFTS

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 have changed venue to Flitwick Village Hall, 11 Dunstable Rd, Flitwick, Bedford MK45 1HP Art Friends – Art for fun and friendship for all 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 Flower School Thursday evenings 5pm – 7pm Various arrangements covered with a demo followed by the opportunity for students to complete the same design to take home. April Flowers, 90 High Street, Clapham. Booking essential Call Amy on 01234 343335 / 07794 827137 Machine Knitting Group. Alternate Fridays 9.30 – 12.30 September to July Beginners and Improvers welcome Wilden Village Hall, 2 High St, Wilden, Bedford MK44 2PB Sheila Day Tel:01234 771328 Bedfordshire Family History Society Meet the 1st Friday of every month. New members welcome Contact Lynn on 01234 306482 Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School, Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX www.bfhs.org.uk Friday Daubers Every Friday 1pm-4pm Friendly group of amateur daubers meet to spend a few hours enjoying our hobby. We use a variety of media. If you enjoy drawing and/or painting why not join us. 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford Contact Anne 07548 840856 or Jenny 01234 824568 or email Marianne marianne.sellers@ virginmedia.com Sketch Fridays Every Friday, 12pm – 4pm Free Explore the works in our beautiful galleries and be inspired to create your own work of art. Materials are provided, or you can bring your own. Please do not bring paint or materials that might cause damage to the collection. The Higgins Bedford Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD 01234 718618

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Creative Writing Group at The Higgins Bedford First Saturday of each month 11am – 1pm The group will use the museum’s collections as prompts for shared writing and personal reflection. Each session will include a short writing exercise, time to look around the museum and write alone, and time to listen and respond to each other’s writing. The group will be led by Simon Wrigley, outreach director of the National Writing Project (nwp.org.uk). Numbers are limited to 15. Fee of £5.50 (£4.40 concessions) covers the group’s exclusive use of the Garden Room. Booking through The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD 01234 718618

BRIDGE CLUBS

P.M Bridge Group First and third Thursdays of each month 11am to 2.45pm Friendly duplicate bridge Good standard buffet lunch £6 including lunch, tea or coffee. Renhold Village Hall. Tel Ann on 01234 212066

CAMERA CLUB

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

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Scottish Country Dancing – Social Dancing Monday evenings 7:45pm to 9:45pm £2.50 per session. First evening free. Individuals welcome, no experience/partner needed. Wear soft shoes. ARA Social Club, Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7LR. Keith Rose, 01234 781448, keith@krose.plus.com Scottish Country Dancing – General Class Tuesday evenings 7:30pm to 10pm £2.50 per session. First evening free. Individuals welcome, no experience/partner needed. Wear soft shoes. ARA Social Club, Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7LR. Keith Rose, 01234 781448, keith@krose.plus.com Irish Ceili and Set Dancing. Wednesdays 8 pm to 10 pm £2 per session – first evening free. No partner required. Beginners welcome. The Reading Room, 1, Barkers Lane, Bedford. Ring Pat 01234 308224 for more details.

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s 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 £1 incl. refreshments. No partner required. St Marks Church Hall, Calder Rise (off Avon Drive), Brickhill, Bedford MK41 7UY Rosemary Mcneilage 01234 405594 Linedancing Absolute Beginners 7.00pm – 8.00pm (Still Room) Improver/Intermediate 8.00pm – 10.00pm (Still Room) Kempston Hammers Social And Sports Club, 134 High Street, Kempston MK42 7BN (Air Conditioned Hall/On Site Parking) Tel 07969847553 www.dancingstars.comli.com

Local Friendship Group We meet at a local public house every Wednesday at 8pm. New members welcome Call 07835 732412/07925 910639. mailto:friendshipclub365@gmail.com Abbeyfield Bedford Friendship Group Second Thursday of the Month 2.00pm-3.30pm Meet New People, Make New Friends Refreshments provided Darell Jeffreys House, 65 Chaucer Road, Bedford,MK40 2AL Sarah Curtin 01234 348735 or email s.curtin@ abbeyfield.com

Bedford Folk Dance Club Thursday eves 8 – 10 pm Friendly Country and Folk Dance Club £2.50 incl. Refreshments Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford MK41 8EB No partner required Ron Law 01234 825574 www.bedfordfolkdanceclub.com

Magpie Ladies Group Friendly group who meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7.30 pm Guest Speakers and social events Tea/Coffee and cake included New members welcomed St Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill. (No meetings in August). Please Contact: Rosemary 01234 405594 or Barbara 01234 304960

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

Local Friendship Group Last Friday of the month 12noon-2pm. Soup & Sandwich £2. Lunch is every last Friday (except Holy Week when we meet on Maundy Thursday). No lunch in the months August & December. Park Road Methodist Church Roff Avenue. Number 10 bus stops outside.

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

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Silver lining Club for the Silver Haired First and third Tuesday of the month 2pm-4pm FREE Various activities or just sit and chat with a cup of tea or coffee Park Road Methodist Church Roff Avenue, opposite the high flats. Number 10 bus stops outside. Local Friendship Group Every Monday 10.30am- 11.45am coffee and chat. A warm welcome awaits. Park Road Methodist Church Roff Avenue. Opposite the high flats. Number 10 bus stops outside.

Over 70’s Gentle Exercise Classes Every Monday and Wednesday (except bank hols) Mondays – Bedford Central Library (3rd floor meeting room) Wednesday – Bedford International Athletics Stadium £4 per session Tel 01234 718835 www.bedford.gov.uk/sport Bedford Mascular Support Group Third Monday of each month at 10:30 am. Volunteer Centre, 43 Bromham Road Offering practical and emotional support to people 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, Bedford, MK41 9QJ Gentle exercise sessions from 7 – 7-30 pm under a qualified trainer.Everyone welcome, you don’t need to have a cardiac condition to join us. Raffle at the end of the evening. Contact Ted Jolliffe 01234 327791 or email tednmary.jolliffe@gmail.com

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WHAT’S ON BOSOM PALS – Breast Cancer Charity 2nd Wednesday of each month 7.30pm to 9.45pm Friendly support group for ladies who have or have had breast cancer. Our aim is to provide information and support to help those going through breast cancer treatment and beyond. Good social activities throughout the year. Transfiguration Church Hall, Bedford Road, Kempston, MK42 8BQ Contact Denise 01234 771746 or Pauline 01234 350079 or email bosom-palsbedford@outlook.com

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Gardening for wellbeing Every Monday afternoon (except bank holidays) 2pm – 4pm – free activity Yoga Every Monday (except bank holidays) 10.30am – 11.30am in our beautiful Wixamtree art gallery Mindful Table Tennis Every Monday (except bank holidays) 2pm – 3pm £2 per person Steady and Social Tai Chi Every Tuesday 10am – 11am in our beautiful Wixamtree art gallery Reminiscence Groups First Thursday of every month 11am – 12pm Join Lydia Saul, our Keeper of Social History, with reminiscence boxes and sessions on themes from the past – free activity Saturday Stress Busting 26th January, 23rd February, 23rd March 2019 1pm – 4pm, Free A variety of sociable and relaxing activities to help improve your feelings of wellbeing. Meditative yoga, creative art activities and playing some traditional table-top tennis games. The Higgins Bedford Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD 01234 718618 www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

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

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Steady Folk Music Session Last Tuesday of each month 7.30pm All standards of musician welcome whatever they play. Burnaby Arms, Stanley Street, Bedford MK41 7RU Michael Bliss 01234 308449 BedsLife Magazine cannot

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Bedford Pipe Band Thursdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm Friendly & relaxed group beginners to experienced. New members welcome. St John’s Church hall (MK42 0DL), Bedford. Contact Pipe Major Donald Reid 01234 268475 Mrs. Barrett (Band Secretary) 01234 360967 www.bedfordpipeband.org.uk

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

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Heather Morris had a chance encounter with Holocaust survivor Lale Sokolov in 2003, and over the following three years until his death, he told her the story of his life. Lale was a Slovakian Jew and in 1942, at the age of 25, he was transported to Auschwitz in Poland. Well presented and a bit of a chancer, he managed to get appointed to a job that would allow him to remain alive for the remainder of the war, and give him privileged accommodation and food. He became the Tatowierer whose job it was to scratch indelible numbers into the skin of prisoners. At first glance this might appear to be a depressing story, but it is ultimately not a story of death but a story of love, survival, and determination in the most horrific place on earth. Here the inmates try to maintain some level of existence despite the fear of death every day. Lale meets Gita, a young Jewish woman assigned to work in the camps and they plan for the seemingly unthinkable: a life beyond the camps. What Morris gives us is a story that you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to put down. A story of hope that will uplift you and reveal the very best of humanity.

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FOLK EVENTS National Theatre Live Presents The Tragedy of King Richard II Tues 15 Jan 7pm NEW WRITING Bedford Poetry Company Present - Blue Monday FILM SCREENINGS Little Pixie Productions: Bedford Poetry Company present The Nightingale of South Bank their own original poems to share The arias of the versatile soprano the gloom and lift the spirits! TRADITIONAL THEATRE Florence Easton Mon 21 Jan 7.30pm House Theatre & Seth Kriebel: Beowulf A new version of a very old story from Seth Kriebel Fri 11 Jan 7.30pm

The Best of Wham Fri 18 Jan 8pm Philharmonia Orchestra: Sibelius & Ravel Principal Guest Conductor SanttuMatias Rouvali brings his irresistible energy to this work full of sweeping melodies, evocative of vast Nordic landscapes. Tues 22 Jan Bedford Sinfonia – Spreading Their Wings Sat 26 Jan 7.30pm For more info and tickets visit www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk or call The Box Office on 01234 718044

Sat 19th Jan 7.30pm

Soap Soup Theatre: The Snow Baby Sun 20 Jan 11am and 2pm Small Nose Productions in partnership with Trestle Arts: Rachel A play in full mask Mon 28 Jan 7.30pm That’s All Folk: Folk Night: Jim Moray Thurs 31 Jan 8pm

Bedford Writing Competition 2019 Presentations Evening Fri 25 Jan 7.30pm National Theatre Live Presents I’m Not Running An explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas Thurs 31 Jan 7pm

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Regular Events Baby Rhymetime for 0 – 18 months – Monday from 11.30 to 12.00 Rhymetime – Tuesday from 2.00 to 2.30 and Thursday from 11.30 to 12.00 Knit and Knatter – Wednesday (Fortnightly) 2.00-3.30 Lego Club – Saturdays from 11.00 to 12.00 Sunday is Fun Day – Sunday from 11.30 to 1.30

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Regular Events Storytime – Monday from 2.15 to 2.45 Creative Writing Group – Mondays (1st working Monday of the month) – 3.30 to 4.45 Lego Club – Monday from 2.00 to 5.00 Games Galore – Tuesdays (fortnightly) from 2.00 to 3.30 Dice Warriors Games Club (for children) – Tuesday from 3.30 to 5.00 Rhymetime – Tuesday from 11:00 to 11:30 Wiggles and Jiggles for children under 1 – Tuesday from 2.00 to 2.30 Adult Craft Club – Wednesdays from 2.30 to 4.00 (ask staff for dates) Adults Colouring Club – Wednesday from 2.00 to 3.00 Children’s Colouring Club – Wednesday from 3.00 to 5.00 Wiggles and Jiggles for children under 1 – Thursday from 11.00 to 11.30 Dice Warriors Games Club (for children) – Thursday from 3.30 to 5.00 IT Buddy Sessions (book your appointment at the library) – Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 Knit and Knatter Group – Thursday from 2.00 to 3.00 Lego Club – Friday from 2.00 to 5.00 Saturday Kids Club – Saturday from 10.00 to 3.30

Putnoe Library Library Walk, Putnoe St, Bedford MK41 8HQ Tel 01234 276462 Wednesday 2nd January 14.30 – 16.00 Rocket Ship and Alien Craft that are out of this world!

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What’sON YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, EVENTS AND LOTS MORE IN YOUR AREA. THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! ARTS & CRAFTS, TALKS & DEMONSTRATIONS Bedford Art Society Meeting, Friday 4th January 7.15 for 7.30 start Heather Miller works in acrylics and is especially interested in light and how it affects our perception of the world around us and the colours we experience. The changing seasons, nature, sunsets and water all provide a rich mine of subject matter enhanced by the unique qualities of acrylic paint. This is a change to the advertised programme. Entry is free for members, £5 for visitors. Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford, MK418EB Contact Jean Paterson 01234 307210 or www.bedsartsociety.co.uk for information. Hardy Plant Society, Cambs & Beds Saturday 5th January 2pm ‘Highlights of Chelsea and Hampton Court’; a peep behind the scenes at the great plant shows by Simon White of Peter Beales Roses. Plants & sundries for sale. Visitors very welcome £4 Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade SG18 8JH The Wildlife Trust - Bedford Local Group ‘Conservation Agriculture’ - an illustrated talk by Brian Sims Wednesday 9th January - Meeting at 7-15 pm for 7-30 pm start Priory Methodist Church Hall, Newnham Avenue Bedford MK41 9QJ Plenty of parking available in Church car park. No charge but voluntary contributions are appreciated. Further details available under Events on www.wildlifebcn.org or at 01234 266057 Bedfordshire Family History Society “Flitton Cum Silsoe” by Margaret Butt Friday 11th January 7.15 p.m Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX Members free, visitors £1. www.bfhs.org.uk

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The Forest of Marston Vale Learning Lunchtimes Gardening Naturally & Other Stuff. Monday 14 January 11am to Noonmn Birds in an English Village Monday 21 January 11am to Noon Warden Abbey - The Making of a Reconstruction Painting. Monday 28 January 11am to Noon As there is a cost involved in putting on the Learning Lunchtime talks, donations to the Forest of Marston Vale are much appreciated. Parking charges also apply. Forest Of Marston Vale, The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston, Moretaine, Bedford, MK43 0PR. For more information Tel 01234 767037 or visit www.marstonvale.org/events Bedford National Trust Association Flight research at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, (RAE), Bedford A talk by Barry Tomlinson Tuesday 15th January 2.30pm. The meeting takes place in the Addison Centre, Kempston, 2.30 There will be a small entry charge. Everyone welcome For more details ring Betty Thomas on 01480 860 421 Biddenham Gardeners Association Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 7.30 “My Garden” By the Members Visitors very welcome. Admission £5 per meeting – includes Raffle & refreshments Biddenham Village Hall, Nodders Way, Biddenham, Bedford MK40 4BJ www.biddenhamgardenersassociation.org.uk. Bedford RSPB local group Jeff Blincow, a life long bird watcher & international traveller, presents ‘Ethiopia – Highlands to the Rift Valley’ Thursday 17th January at 730pm Meet at ARA club, Manton Lane Bedford MK41 7PF Suitable for Experts and Novices, RSPB membership not essential. More info www.rspb.org.uk/groups/bedford Pathways To Health & Well-Being Through Physical Activity Wednesday 23 January 5.15pm – 8pm Free Public Engagement Event – ‘Bedstalk’ Helping the public to understand more about physical activity including discussions around how different physical activity ‘pathways’ (e.g., ‘HIIT’ training, low intensity walking) can enhance health and wellbeing. Recommendations can be provided on how you can increase your own physical activity levels and help your family and peers to become more active. Free to attend; however, online registration is necessary beforehand. Please register at unibeds.info/ ISPARbedstalk For further information, please contact ispar@beds.ac.uk Gateway Building, Bedford Campus, Polhill Avenue, Bedford, Mk41 9EA

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Embroiderers’ Guild, Bedford Branch Dabble evening ‘Wonderful Wool’ with Jill Izzard Thursday 17th January 7.30 for 8.00pm See www.jilltextileart.com Bring a sewing kit! Sales table, information about local textile events. Visitors welcome, £4 including refreshments St Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill MK41 8EB

COMMUNITY / CHARITY EVENTS Table Top Sale Saturday 12th January 9am to noon Entry 50p Refreshments available, Tables £5 - must be prebooked. Christ the King Parish Hall Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP For information call on 01234 965497 Afternoon Vintage Tea Friday 25th January 2pm to 4pm. Admission £4 Tea, home-made cake and dancing (optional) Christ the King Parish Hall Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP For Information call 01234 404563 Bedford Vegan Market Saturday 26th January 10am FREE Great opportunity to eat, shop and meet at our regular monthly vegan market in the heart of Bedford Town Centre - one of it’s kind! This market is for everyone, not just for vegans. Come and enjoy great hot and cold food and drinks and shop for ethical products. John Bunyan Museum, Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE Music on Thursdays Matilda Lloyd (trumpet), Richard Gowers (organ) Thursday 17th January 7.45pm Works by Telemann, Petr Eben, Viviani, Albinoni, and others Bunyan Meeting, Mill St, Bedford MK40 3EU Tickets £18, Students 18-24 £5, Under 18 £2, on the door www.bedfordmusicclub.co.uk Mill Race Folk: Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne Saturday 19th January Doors at 7:00 PM Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne’s repertoire consists of traditional songs with accompaniment from anglo concertina or melodeon. His performance includes traditional ballads, historical songs, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition, with some material linked to the West Midlands where Cohen has lived for much of his life. Tickets £10 from Eventbrite.com Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT. Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club present Popular entertainer IAN GRIFFIN in Concert Wednesday 30 January 7.30 – 10.00 pm Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN Members £5 Non-Members £6 Pay at door Bar/Refreshments/Raffle Tel: 01234 344423 www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/bedford

Quiz night Fri 25th January 7.30pm Tickets £7.50 Includes fish and chip supper. Raffle. Bar available or bring your own. For information call on 01234 965497 CHUMS Charity Cinema presents a unique cinema experience with the classic film Pretty Woman Saturday 19th January 7 PM – 11 PM Cert 15 What better way to spend a cold January evening than being with your friends and enjoying this iconic movie whilst supporting CHUMS Charity and the vital work they do. Tickets are £15 and include a welcome drink and unique dessert box. Parkside Hall, Woburn St, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2HX For tickets visit www.chumscharity.organcer.

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Volunteering brings great rewards and we have opportunities for all. View hundreds of options through our online facility where you can register as a volunteer and apply. 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 cvsbeds.org.uk/volunteer British Red Cross (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex) – are looking for a good communicator to take on the role of mobility aids volunteer, dealing with hire requests and maintaining records. Daytime role based at London Road premises. Oxfam GB Bedford Develop your customer service retail skills by volunteering to help in Oxfam’s Bedford shop. You will be kept busy from sorting stock to displaying it and selling it. Alzheimer’s Society (Bedford and Luton), would like new members for their fundraising group in Bedford. It is a volunteer led group, meeting in the evenings to help plan and organise various fundraising events. FACES – Domestic Abuse Support Volunteers will support families who are at risk of, or who have experienced domestic abuse, providing practical and emotional support. Full training given. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – Fun, sociable role perfect for dog lovers with a keen interest in training. Welcome a hearing dog puppy into your home for 14-16 months to socialise them and teach them skills and obedience. Sight Concern Bedfordshire – Home visitor. A social opportunity with a visually impaired person in their home, making visits for up to an hour and a half at an agreed time and day, to listen and offer support. 43 Bromham Road, Bedford Call 01234 354 366 or Email volunteering@cvsbeds.org.uk www.cvsbeds.org.uk

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The Bedford Sports Awards has become a key date in the local sporting calendar, with athletes, coaches and clubs all gathered to celebrate the dedication, hard work and successes over the year. The event, organised by Bedford Borough Council, was held on Monday 10th December at the Bedford Corn Exchange. Over 90 nominations were received across 10 categories, with a panel of 18 judges deciding on this year’s final winners. Judging takes into account the huge diversity in the size, profile and resources available to our

local clubs, individuals and teams to ensure that all nominations have an equal chance of winning, with specified criteria used for each award. The Adults Sports Personality of the Year went to Alex Edwards for his achievements in Freestyle Kayak, representing Great Britain at the highest level. Bedford Hockey Club Girls’ Under 16s won the Sports Team of the Year, having become the most successful junior team in the club’s history after winning the Tier 2 Midlands Area finals competition in April this year.

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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 and 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

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Become a Wheelstar at Kempston Bowls Indoor Bowls Club If you are disabled and rely on a wheelchair to get around you may be interested in visiting Kempston Park 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

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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. Fun, inexpensive, sociable game for all ages with a cuppa at half time. First two sessions are free and where training can be given. Just bring a pair of flat shoes or even your slippers! Bromham Village Hall, Village Rd, Bromham, MK43 8JP Contact Sue Amor on 01234 823610 for more details

Wootton Badminton Club Thursdays from 7.30pm to 10.00pm Friendly club welcoming anyone who does or has played badminton, sorry no absolute beginners. Wootton Upper School, Hall End, Wootton, Beds, MK43 9HT Freda Dunlop 01234 270638 or garry.freda@ btinternet.com www.woottonbedfordbadmintonclub.weebly.com

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 fees and more information please mailto:coach@ bedfordthunder.com Bedford Thunder Basketball for Girls Saturday 3pm to 4.30pm Aimed at new players. For those looking to keep fit and active, make new friends, or simply to have fun by learning basketball skills £3 per session and runs on a pay-as-you-play basis. As per Basketball England regulations all new members will need to register as a player before their third session – registration cost £10 per year. Bedford Academy, Mile Road Bedford MK42 9TR. Or visit www.thisgirlcan.bedfordthunder.com Bedford Mighty Eagles Dodgeball Team Tuesday’s 8pm-9pm A club that plays at a high level but would love anyone from any sporting ability and background to come down and give it a go. 15yrs or over. Men’s and women’s squad. £3 per session – First session FREE Hastingsbury school, Hill rise, Bedford, Mk42 7EB

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Mowsbury Park Bowling Club Wednesday or Friday 2pm to 4.30pm. Try lawn bowls for FREE Just bring flat shoes. For more info about our club please contact Anne Haynes on 01234 211828 www.mowsburyparkbowlsclub.co.uk Bedford Borough Bowling Club Est over 100 years now enrolling new members and forming a junior section. Indoor and outdoor bowling greens. FREE tuition from qualified instructors, all equipment provided. Just wear flat shoes. Bar and comfortable lounge area with restaurant facilities for lunch time meals. Check our web site www.boroughbowlin.org.uk or telephone 01234 340736 for more details

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ies Bedford Bowling Club Welcome Sessions Every Tuesday and Friday 2pm – 4pm Warm, friendly club and the green is in a sheltered part of the park. Taster sessions in Bedford Park (near the café), and we welcome anyone who would like to try the game. All equipment provided just wear flat soled shoes to protect the green. No cost or obligation. For full information ring Ray on 305695, Warwick on 403551, or Alison on 343257. Or check out our new web site google “bedfordbowlingclub, Bedford – hugo fox”.

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

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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 1 0.30am till 12.15pm. Boys and girls aged 4-10yrs. £3.00 per child and £5 for two. Our aim is to provide children of all abilities with a unique footballing experience, developing their physical, social and communication skills. www.bedfordfcminisoccer.com.

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Bedford and County Golf Club Facilities for membership to suit all. Superb indoor and outdoor coaching from one of the best Professionals in the county. Award winning halfway house hospitality on site and excellent catering in the Club house. Green Lane, Clapham, Bedford MK41 6ET Tel 01234 352617 or www.bandcgc.co.uk

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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

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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

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

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Bedford Parkrun every Saturday Meet at The Bandstand at 9am. Join us for a 5km run around the park (dogs, children and buggies all welcome). Register for free on the Parkrun UK website http:// www.parkrun.org.uk

TABLE TENNIS

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

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

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Why choose Acorn House ? Acorn House is the only Veterinary Hospital in Bedford To be awarded hospital status, a veterinary practice must:

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need to lose weight?

Many people decide to start the new year with a resolution to lose weight and get fit. Our pets might also benefit from making a healthy start to the year.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHAT MY PET WEIGHS? It is best to take your pet to the veterinary surgery for a weight check as the scales there are a suitable size for pets and are regularly checked for accuracy.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PET’S WEIGHT IS HEALTHY AND CORRECT? In addition to comparing your pet’s weight to published weight charts and to previous records, the veterinary team will be able to work out your pet’s body condition score. The body condition score looks at body shape and fat coverage over the ribs to give a score from 0-5 where 3 is ideal. In general, in healthy dogs and cats the ribs will be easy to feel but not visible, and a “waist” will be visible from above and from the side.

HOW SHOULD I HELP MY PET TO LOSE WEIGHT? Treats and titbits can be reduced or replaced with lowcalorie alternatives. Your veterinary surgeon or nurse may advise you to reduce the total amount of pet food that you give to your pet. Prescription diet foods may be recommended. These are designed to provide the correct balance of minerals and vitamins but a lower level of energy. They use food technology to make your pet feel full and satisfied.

WHAT ELSE? Regular exercise is very important. Dogs can be taken on longer walks, go swimming, or join classes for agility, fitness or scent work. Cats are best encouraged to play with toys. Meals will last longer and make your pet feel more satisfied if they are fed in a feeding toy such as a Kong.

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Vine Weevil

Peach leaf curl is a springtime disease that occurs on peach, nectarine and related ornamental trees. High incidents of peach leaf curl are generally recorded during cool, wet springs after a mild winter has prevailed. The main form of damage is premature leaf drop. This weakens trees, making them more susceptible to other diseases and winter injury. Weakened trees also produce fewer fruit the following season.

Symptoms of leaf curl appear in the spring. Developing leaves become severely distorted (thickened and puckered) and have a reddish or purple colour. With time the leaf surface become powdery grey in colour before turn yellowing/brown and then prematurely dropping from the tree. There is no secondary spread of this disease from leaves infected in the spring to new leaves produced later in the growing season. Diseased twigs become swollen and stunted and may have a slight golden colour. In addition, infected twigs normally produce curled leaves at their growing tips. Peach leaf curl is caused by the fungus, Taphrina deformans, spores of which overwinter on bark and in buds. Infection occurs very early in the growing season. During cool, wet spring weather spores infect new

leaves as they emerge from buds. The infection period for the fungus is very short as only very young leaf tissue is susceptible to attack Peach Leaf curl is not difficult to control. As the fungus survives the winter on the surface of twigs and buds, a single fungicide, liquid copper or sulphur spray, thoroughly covering the entire tree, will provide good control.

If peach leaf curl does result in significant defoliation in the spring, the fruit on affected trees should be thinned to compensate for the loss of leaves. Over-cropping the tree will weaken it and make it more susceptible to winter injury. Application of phosphite and calcium based fertilisers are recommended based on soil test results. Phosphite and calcium sprays and/or soil drenches have been shown to stimulate tree vitality

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The village show is a quintessential British tradition, and for many gardeners it represents the pinnacle of their sowing and growing year. This charming and informative book takes you behind the scenes of this very British institution, offering insights into the worlds of judges and contestants. It’s beautifully illustrated with photographs, and offers wonderful gems of insider information, including how to stage your produce, and what the judges are really looking for. There are even recipes for prizeworthy jams and preserves.

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Following on from the previous book, have you ever wanted to have a go at growing your own vegetables and fruit but feel completely clueless? We’re always hearing that the best and cheapest food is the food you grow in your own garden, but it all seems rather complicated to a total novice. In One Magic Square, Lolo Hubein shows how you can start your own productive food garden in ten minutes a day on a single square metre. She provides simple plot designs starting with salads, and gradually expanding to include beans, tomatoes, corn, roots and much more. She also stresses the benefits of companion planting and provides ideas. The bite-sized designs (pun totally intended!) allow you to extend by one square metre each season, or to pick your favourites. The magic of square-metre gardening is in allowing your project to grow in a manageable way, from simple to more complex. There are even designs catering for different tastes and specific diets.

RSPB Gardening for Wildlife by Adrian Thomas

Adrian Thomas explains the intricacies of attracting wildlife to your garden whether you have a small plot or more than an acre. His style is accessible, but rich in detail. He draws on the latest wildlife research to explain the ecological principles, and to dispel some of the myths which have traditionally prevented gardeners from pursuing a wildlife-friendly approach. There are practical projects to help you create entire habitats, and long lists of suitable plants and trees, and it’s packed to brim with helpful photographs. If you love wildlife and want to encourage more to visit your garden, this inspirational book will help you sow the seeds and reap the rewards.


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B LU E S While there will be plenty of New Year thrills at Goldington Road with Championship clashes against Ealing Trailfinders (12 January) and Coventry (26 January), there is also a visit from England Co-Captain Dylan Hartley to look forward to in 2019. On Thursday 17th January, England’s most capped hooker, who has also made more than 250 appearances for Northampton Saints, will be heading to Goldington Road to regale rugby fans with stories from his illustrious career as well as previewing the upcoming Six Nations Tournament and World Cup in Japan. Speaking about the dinner, organiser Ted Carroll said: “Dylan is an exceptional rugby player, the captain of England and a Northampton Saints legend, we are delighted to welcome him to Goldington Road for this very special event. I’m sure Dylan will have plenty of stories to tell - with one or two about his best mate Toops - and won’t shy away from one or two of the controversies he’s found himself in. “This is a wonderful opportunity to get a real insight into the career of one of England’s top players and hear his thoughts about the upcoming Six Nations and World Cup. It is sure to be another superb evening in the Blues Marquee.” Tickets for the Sportsman’s Dinner, which will be overseen by Sam Roberts and includes a three-course meal, memorabilia auction and raffle, cost just £55. For more information or to book your tickets, please email ted@bedfordrugby.co.uk or debra@bedfordrugby.co.uk 56

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Commercial & Domestic, all leading brands.

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

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

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Windows • Doors • Conservatories • Fascia • Soffit • Guttering & Garage Doors For all your needs call your local Anglian representative

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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.

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Tel 01234 964911

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