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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 Guided Walks Led by the Bedford Association of Tour Guides Meet at the old BPHA Customer Service Centre, St Paul’s Square 11am Sunday 1 July I Never Knew That Sunday 8 July The Silent Faces of Bedford Sunday 15 July The Jewel in the Crown Sunday 22 July The Life and Times of John Bunyan Sunday 29 July The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle Cost £3 Pre-booking essential! The Box Office, Harpur Street, Harpur Square, Bedford MK40 1LE Tel 01234 718044 email Bedford Floral Art Society Tuesday July 3rd 7.30pm Vicki Hease presents ‘ Treasured Moments’ Raffle of arrangements, Sales table, Visitors £7 Everyone Welcome. Addison Centre, Kempston Upstart Printmakers – Exhibition of prints at the John Bunyan Museum Tuesday 7th – Saturday 11th August, 11am – 4pm daily. Free drop-in Print Workshop on Saturday, 11th August, 11am – 3pm. Contact: Kevin 07981 027543 (no unaccompanied children). John Bunyan Museum, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU Bedfordshire Family History Society Friday 13th July 7.15pm Interested in Family History? Then come along to the next monthly talk on “Bedford’s Old Industries” by David Fowler Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX Members free, visitors £1. Art Exhibition and Sale for St Mary’s Church Sat 14th July 10am to 5pm & Sun 15th July 12noon to 4pm. Entry £1.00. Info & entry forms – Sue (01234 720442). Carlton Village Hall, The Moor, Carlton, Beds, for St Mary’s Church


Biddenham Gardeners Association Tuesday 17th July at 7.30 AGM with cheese and wine Visitors very welcome, Admission £5 per meeting – includes Raffle & Refreshments Biddenham Village Hall Bedford RSPB local group – Evening Walk Thursday 19th July 7pm Suitable for Experts and Novices, RSPB membership not essential. The Lodge, Sandy meet in the car park. SG19 2DL. More info Rushden Flower Arrangement Club, meeting Thursday 26th July 7pm for 7.30pm Demonstration by Lisa Sampson – “Enjoyable Flowers” with Raffle of designs and Refreshments Members £3.00 Visitors £7.00 Full Gospel Church Hall, High Street South, NN10 0QX Tel 01933 410280


“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 held in Sharnbrook Methodist Church performing mainly light music e.g. show music, folk songs, etc. Contact Sue Plant 01234 314229.” 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


Steady Folk Music Session Last Tuesday of each month 7.30pm All standards of musician welcome whatever they play. Burnaby Arms, Stanley Street, Bedford MK41 7RU Michael Bliss 01234 308449. Bedford 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.

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Silver lining Club for the Silver Haired First 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. Rotary Club of Bedford de Parys Meet for breakfast every Tuesday 7.15am for 7.30am start. Fellowship, fundraising and interesting speakers The Embankment Hotel, Bedford Scottish Country Dancing – Beginners Tuesday evenings 8pm –10pm £2.50 per session, first evening free. Singles welcome No experience/partners needed. Wear soft shoes. ARA Social Club, Manton Lane, Bedford Keith Rose 01234 781448

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 MENCAP – Smiley Club Wednesdays 7pm – 8.30pm A fun social club for boys and girls from 9 to 18 who have learning disabilities. Activities include: 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

Bedfordshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers 1st Tuesday evening each month 7.30 – 9.30pm 3rd Saturday 10.30am. – 4.30pm each month.A friendly group of lovers of textile related crafts have changed venue to Flitwick Village Hall, 11 Dunstable Rd, Flitwick, Bedford MK45 1HP

MENCAP – Sparkle Club Wednesdays in term time between 7.00pm – 9.00pm Social club for adults with learning disabilities. Putnoe Primary School, Church Lane, Bedford MK41 0DH.


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 email

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 Local Friendship Group We meet at a local public house every Wednesday at 8pm. New members welcome Call 07835 732412/07925 910639. Email: 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.


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 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. 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

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Bedford Folk Dance Company Thursday eves 8 – 10 pm Friendly Country and Folk Dance Club £2 incl. Refreshments Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford MK41 8EB No partner required Ron Law 01234 825574 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 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 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 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) tel:07969847553/


Putnoe Heights Machine Knitting Group. Alternate Fridays 9.30 – 12.30 September to July Beginners and Improvers all welcome Marion Sutton on 01234 217647 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 or telephone 01462 700451. or find us on Facebook. Bedfordshire Family History Society Meet the 1st Friday of every month. New members welcome Contact Lynn on 01234 306482 Held in the Drama Hall of Mark Rutherford School, Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX


Friday Daubers Every Friday 1pm-4pm Friendly group of amateur daubers meets 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


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!

COMMUNITY / CHARITY EVENTS Calling All Puppies! Come and join the Yappy Tails Puppy Pack! Puppy Training and Socialisation for puppies up to 6 months old! 5 weeks starting Saturday 7th July and Saturday 11 August. 11.30am – 12.15pm at Biddenham Pavilion, Deep Spinney, Biddenham, MK40 4PZ More info: Diana 07889 186646 Afternoon Vintage Tea Friday 22nd June 2pm to 4pm Christ the King Parish Hall Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP Admission £3 – Tea, homer-made cake and dancing For Information call 01234 404563 Fun Day Fundraiser for GME Research in dogs Saturday, 21st July, 2018 10am – 5pm Join us for a fun filled day, to raise funds for GME Finding A Cure Research. Raffle, Auction, Novelty/Fun dog show with classes including prettiest bitch /handsomest dog and fun Doggie Races.Welcome all Maltese pet owners and other toy breed owners – 6 Northampton Road, Bromham, Bedford MK43 8PE Money raised will go to the GME FIND A CURE FUND Research Team. Tel 07957 252330 Oakley Rural Day Centre Oakley Rural, The Old School, Lovell Road, Oakley, Beds, MK43 7RX Providing older people with a place to make friends in a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Activities including crafts, entertainment, quizzes and good old conversation. Home cooked lunches, tea, coffee. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For details of costs and advice regarding transport, contact Lynne on 01234 824935 or 07733 227374

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FAMILY The Adventures of Dr Dolittle by Illyria Outdoor theatre show Wed 8th July Show starts at 6pm. Entry from 5pm. A funny, much-loved and exciting adventure, with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment. Suitable for cheeky monkeys aged 4+. Adult £15, Children (4-16) £8, Family ticket, 2 adults 2 children £42. Lodge Nature Reserve, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL Tel: 01767 693333 Email:

mum2mum market Saturday 07 July 1:30pm – 3:30pm Quality second-hand baby, children’s and maternity clothes, preloved baby equipment and toys and much, much more. Over twenty stalls for you to browse and find those bargains. Goldington Academy, School Hall, Haylands Way, Bedford. Tel: 07792 736163

Marston Mud Outdoor Adventure Thursday 26 July 9.45am to 3pm This popular event is back so it’s time to get messy with mud! A walk to the willow huts to make mud creatures in the trees. Marston mud is perfect for creating mud faces, monsters, animals…well, anything you like. Wear old clothes and be prepared to get messy. Sessions (1¼ hours) at 9.45am, 11.30am & 1.45pm. Call 01234 767037 or email

Castle Jumble Trail Sunday July 8th 11am-2pm Toys, books, clothes, bric-à-brac, vintage wares, plants, cakes and jam. If you live within the boundary of Goldington Road, The Embankment, Newnham Avenue and St Cuthbert’s Street, then your ‘stall’ can be on the map. Registration fee £5 per house All proceeds go to local homelessness charity, Just Us ( Payment can be made at The Gordon Arms on Castle Road or by PayPal by emailing mandy. The map will be online and also available as hard copies at The Gordon Arms. FB Castle Jumble Trail.

Singalong at St. Paul’s Wednesday 11 July 10am-10.45am FREE Join us for playtime with songs and story telling in the safe surroundings of this town centre church. For pre school children with their carers. St Paul’s church, Bedford MK40 1SQ Further details 01234 266839

HEALTH & WELLBEING Over 70’s Gentle Exercise Classes Every Monday and Wednesday (except bank holidays) Mondays – Bedford Central Library (3rd floor meeting room) Wednesday – Bedford International Athletics Stadium £4 per session Tel 01234 718835 Bedford Macular 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 781372 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 Sid Luff, 01234 404671 or Ted Jolliffe 01234 327791

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE ‘Out and About’ with Bedford Sinfonia Baroque Players and Cantamus Chamber Choir Sunday 1st July St James’s church, Blunham 3.00 pm Sunday 8th July All Saints, Houghton Conquest 3.00pm Join us in these historic village churches for another delightful afternoon of music followed by tea and cakes. Programme includes Vivaldi’s The Seasons, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Kuhnau’s (arr. by Bach) Der Gerechte Kommt um (The Righteous Perish) Directed by Jan Kaznovski and Henry Vann Tickets at the door Swing’s The Thing Thursday July 5th 8pm Big Band Swing close up & acoustic Tickets £12.50. The Place, Bedford Call 07802 705401 Summer Concert Thursday 5th July 7.30 p.m. Enjoy a lovely evening listening to a range of different musical styles performed by our music students and the musicians from the specialist music school in Germany. (A joint concert with our partner school, E.T.A. Hoffmann Gymnasium, Bamberg, GERMANY) Tickets for this event will be available in June from Mrs K. Frelick, Box Office, Wootton Upper School. Telephone: 01234 767123. Kimberley College, Green Lane, Stewartby, Beds MK43 9LY Barn Dance Fri 6th July 7.30pm to 11pm Caller Mike Wooldridge. Prize for best dressed person. Bar available, Raffle, Bring your own food Tickets £5 adult, £3 child. Christ the King Parish Hall Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP For information call on 01234 965497

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WHAT’S ON OPUS 18 – Summer Concert Saturday 7th July 7.30pm Proceeds from the concert And raffle to Bedford Daycare Hospice and Bedford Disabled Horse Riding Association Tickets £8 (Children Under 14 £5) Includes Refreshments St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Rd, Bedford MK40 2PF Contact Evelyn Sutherland on 07974 742552 or at Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club Wednesday 25 July 7.30pm – 10pm Present newcomer to BOKC, STEVE CLARK in Concert Members £5 Non-Members £6 Pay at door Refreshments/Bar/Raffle Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN Tel: 01234 344423

OPEN GARDENS/SUMMER FAIRS Stevington Village Open Gardens Sunday 1st July 1pm to 5pm Come and visit a variety of village gardens open this afternoon, fundraising for St Mary‘s Church Stevington. Teas and cake, raffle, plant sale and parking. We look forward to seeing you. Satnav for parking MK43 7QB Entrance £5 per person, under 12s free Bromham Village Annual Show Sun 8th July 11.30am – 5pm Official opening – 1pm Come along to our annual village show and enjoy a great value day out. We have attractions for the whole family and community. Main arena – Dogs and ducks display, Irish Dancers, The Army Reserves, Gymnastics display, Line dancing, Mini football, sports challenge and much more. There will also be be a flypast by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire aircraft, something not to be missed. Village Road, Bromham, Beds, MK43 8LD The Kimbolton Country Fayre & Classic Car Show Sunday 8th July Gates open at 11am 1000 classic cars accompanied by their owners and over 80 stall holders. Plus lots of entertainment and new this year a display by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. All Profits go to charities and good causes supported by Rotary. For more details, visit our web site


Ouse Valley Archers Thursdays 7.00pm – 9.00pm and Sundays 2.00pm – 4.00pm Currently offering a four week introduction in target archery. Courses 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@



Wootton Badminton Club Thursdays from 7.30pm to 10.00pm This friendly club welcomes anyone who does or has played badminton, sorry no absolute beginners. Wootton Upper School, Hall End, Wootton, Beds, MK43 9HT. Contact: Freda Dunlop 01234 270638 or


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 email coach@ Bedford Mighty Eagles Dodgeball Team Tuesday’s 8pm-9pm We are 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. First training session is FREE and then each session is only £3 after that Hastingsbury school, Hill rise, Bedford, Mk42 7EB


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 from 12pm until 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 to obtain 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. We offer a free taster session with one of our sixteen qualified coaches followed by 4 coaching sessions at a time to suit you. Bowls and bowls shoes provided for your lessons. Superb facilities. Phone today on 01234 852291. 290 Hillgrounds Road Kempston MK42 8UB. Bromham Short Mat Bowling Club Tuesday evenings 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, in-expensive, 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 Contact Sue Amor on 01234 823610 for more details Mowsbury Park Bowling Club Wednesday or Friday 2pm to 4.30pm. Try lawn bowls for FREE Just bring flat shoes. For more info about our club please contact Anne Haynes on 01234 211828

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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, with all equipment provided. Just wear flat shoes. Bar and comfortable lounge area with restaurant facilities for lunch time meals. Check our web site or telephone 01234 340736 for more details Bedford Bowling Club Welcome Sessions Every Tuesday and Friday 2pm – 4pm Warm, friendly club and the green is in a sheltered & idyllic 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 and tea and biscuits provided.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”.


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


Bedford United Football Club A non-profit making football club holding the FA Charter Standard status providing a fun, friendly, safe and structured environment to learn, play and enjoy football. We have an established range of teams from our Academy right through to our Adults so if you’re interested in playing, coaching or helping out visit us at 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 children. Our sole aim is to provide children of all abilities with a unique footballing experience, developing their physical, social and communication skills in a safe environment. Toilet and changing facilities and plenty of car parking spaces. 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 and County Golf Club Facilities for membership to suit all. Superb indoor and outdoor coaching from one of the best Professionals in the county. If you have not played the Course before phone today for a complimentary round. Award winning halfway house hospitality on site and excellent catering in the Club house. Green Lane, Clapham, Bedford MK41 6ET Tel 01234 352617 or


GKR Karate Classes Wednesdays at 6.30pm to 7.30pm Free trial classes through April and June. Anyone who turns up for a class who is not already a GKR student will get a free 1 hour training session. No pressure to join. Putnoe Heights Church, 32 Putnoe Heights, Bedford MK41 8EB


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


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


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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