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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 1st June 7.15 for 7.30pm Roy Holding, established local artist, will show us how he paints landscape with buildings in pastels and mixed media. Free for members £5 for visitors Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford MK41 8EB Contact Jean Paterson 01234 307210 or for information. Bedford Camera Club Photographic Exhibition, Bromham Mill Sun 3rd June-Sat June 30th, 10.00am to 3.00pm. Free entry. All images are for sale. More details at Bedford Floral Art Society Flower arranging demonstration by Clare Allen. Raffle of arrangements, Sales table Visitors £7 Everyone welcome Addison Centre, Kempston MK42 8PN Bedford Drama Company AGM Wed 7th June 7.30pm for 7.45pm A chance to review the 2017/18 season and look ahead to the exciting coming year and beyond as well as electing our committee for the next 12 month. Members old, new and prospective welcome The Place, Bradgate Road, Bedford MK40 3DE Biddenham Gardeners Association Tuesday 19th June at 7.30 Biddenham Village Hall Easy Ways to better Gardening By Adam Pasco Visitors very welcome. Admission £5 per meeting – includes Raffle and Refreshments Embroiderers’ Guild, Bedford Branch Thursday June 21st 7.30 for 8.00pm Jenny O’Leary will be speaking about ‘Batik – tissue, bleach and ink – my inspiration’. Sales table, information about local textile events. Visitors welcome, £4 including refreshments. St Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill MK41 7UY


Bedford RSPB Local Group Evening Walk Thursday 21st June 7pm Suitable for Experts and Novices, RSPB membership not essential. Priory Country Park Car Park. MK41 9DJ More info Bedford Guided Walks Led by the Bedford Association of Tour Guides Meet at the BPHA Customer Service Centre, St Paul’s Square 11am Sunday 3 June The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle Sunday 10 June The Silent Faces of Bedford Sunday 17 June The Jewel in the Crown Sunday 24 June Who Lived in a House Like This? Cost £3 Pre-booking essential! The Box Office, Harpur Street, Harpur Square, Bedford MK40 1LE. Tel 01234 718044 email Pole to Pole Exhibition of Landscapes and Wildlife Photogaphy Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th June 10.00 am-4.00 pm (Sunday 2.00-4.00 pm) UK and worldwide photographs by Ursula Clare Franklin. Many for sale. Admission £1. Children under 16 free St Paul’s church, St Paul’s Sq, Bedford MK40 1SQ Further details 01234 340163 Supper with Music Friday 22 June 7 for 7.45 pm As part of the Pole to Pole Photographic Exhibition Music from Cantamus Chamber choir. Tickets £25-from St Paul’s church office Tel 01234 340163 Email: St Paul’s church, St Paul’s Sq, Bedford MK40 1SQ In aid of St Paul’s church and Bedford Hospitals Charity (30th anniversary) “Women from Willington’s History” Display Sunday 24th June 1.00 – 5.00pm The National Trust shines a light on women’s histories to celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage in 2018. Tudor story telling for children, costumes to try, and other activities. National Trust Dovecote & Stables, Church End, Willington, Bedford, MK44 3PX. Free admission, but a donation to the National Trust on the day appreciated. Tel. 01234 404879

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Bedford National Trust Association AGM Tuesday 26th June 2pm for 2.30pm Cup of tea and a cake AGM Speaker – our member Dorothy Jamieson on “ Tudor Willington – What’s New?” She will speak on how the Willington volunteers are joining in with the NT’s promotion of women to celebrate 100 years since some of them got the vote, The display in the Stables featuring Caroline Orlebar and Joyce Godber, a new book about John Gostwick and her own book about fifteenth century Willington. Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN For further information ring Betty Thomas on 01480 860 421

CLASSIC CAR SHOWS 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 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.” Linedancing New Absolute Beginners Class Monday 9th April 7.30pm – 8.30pm Priory Methodist Church Newnham Avenue, Bedford Bedfordshire MK41 9QJ Tel 07969847553 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. 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 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


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:

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WHAT’S ON 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 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


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 Kempston Hammers Social And Sports Club 134 High Street High Street Kempston Bedford MK42 7BN Thursday Beginners/Improvers (Absolute Beginners Welcome) 7.00pm – 8.00pm Improver/Intermediate 8.00pm – 10.00pm 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

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WHAT’S SERVICES ON 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 AEG Master the Art of Taste Cookery Demonstration Saturday 9th June 10am – 4pm The AEG home economist will be in action demonstrating the benefits of the induction hob, the multi-function and steam ovens. There will be an opportunity to sample the food cooked too! Exclusive offer to those attending the event, purchase 3 or more AEG appliances and receive 10% (excluding VAT) off the purchase price. This offer will be valid from 9/6/18 – 21/7/18. Peter Crisp Design Studio, Church Street Rushden A Stitch In Time Conference Saturday June 9th 9pm.30-4.30pm A conference brought to you by Oxalis Health Coaching and Carers in Bedfordshire; a chance for you to discover everything you need to know in order to support your parents, with topics such as dementia, housing, changing relationships and care. For more information or to book tickets, please see Dad’s Group June 11th, July 9th A social event for caring Dads, step dads, grandads, foster dads and male partners. Access information and support, drink coffee and have some time to relax with other male carers. Contact Darran on 0300 111 1919 for more information or see Afternoon Vintage Tea Friday 22nd June, 27th July 2pm to 4pm Admission £3 – Tea, cake and dancing Christ the King Parish Hall, Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP. For Information call 01234 404563

FAMILY Singalong at St. Paul’s Wednesday 13 June and Wednesday 11 July 10am10.45am 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

Peter Pan Friday 29th June 6.00pm Immersion Theatre present an open air musical production of this children’s classic by J.M. Barrie. Adult £12. Child £9. Family £38. Box Office 0344 249 1895. National Trust Dovecote & Stables, Church End, Willington, Bedford, MK44 3PX. http://www.nationaltrust. Tickets available on the evening, but cash only please.

HEALTH & WELLBEING Over 70’s Gentle Exercise Classes Every Monday and Wednesday (exc 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

JUMBLE TRAILS/MARKETS/ TABLE TOP SALE/FETES Table Top Sale Saturday 9th June, 14th July 9am to Noon, Entry 50p Refreshments available. Christ the King Parish Hall, Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP For information call 01234 965497 Willington Village Market Saturday 16th June 10am – 12noon. Come and enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of the season! Immerse yourself in the community atmosphere as you browse the produce of Bedfordshire’s makers, bakers and growers! Peace Memorial Hall at Willington, near Bedford, MK44 3PY Further details: contact Emma at umsaparker@yahoo. or Bletsoe Country Fete Saturday 16 June 1.30 – 5.00pm Plenty of fun for all the family including Dog Show. Stalls. Vintage Cars. Ouse Valley Swing Band. Bucking Rodeo. BBQ. Opened by TV and radio presenter Alan Deddicoat. Bletsoe playing field and village hall.

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WHAT’S ON Black Tom Jumble Trail Saturday 23rd June 11am to 3pm Maps can be found at stalls, in the Burnaby Arms or on facebook. Black Tom (prime ministers) Bedford. Milton Ernest Fete Saturday 30th June 2pm-4.30pm Free admission. Fun and Games on the Village Green. Bedford Town Band. Stalls. Teas by the WI. Refreshments. Demonstrations. Races for all ages. Tug of war. Horticultural Show in the church.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE Spamalot Monday 4th to Saturday 9th June 7.30pm Eric Idle & John Du Prez’s musical lovingly ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Join King Arthur and his knights for a night of fun! Sharnbrook Mill Theatr e, Mill Road, Sharnbrook, Beds, MK44 1NP. Bedford Drama Company Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller 13th - 16th June 7.30pm The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford, MK40 3DE Adults - £12, Concessions - £10 Folk on the Boat Thursday 14th June 7.15pm At the moorings at The Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford. Board at Mill Race Folk present Bryony and Will on the first ‘Folk on the Boat’, a two hour cruise on the river with The John Bunyan Community Boat. Expect a distinctive repertoire of dark ballads, chorus songs and dance tunes all delivered with goodhumoured Yorkshire banter. Tickets £17.50. Call 01234 270044 Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club present Newcomer to BOKC, KEVIN GRUNILL in Concert Wednesday 27 June 7.30 – 10.00 pm Members £5 Non-Members £6 Pay at door Bar/Refreshments/Raffle. Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN Tel: 01234 344423.

OPEN GARDENS/SUMMER FAIRS Elisabeth Curtis Centre, Riding for the Disabled Summer Fair Sunday 3rd June 1 -4 pm Stalls, games and refreshments. ( pony rides 1.30-3.30 weather permitting). Come and meet the ponies Chestnut Ave, Bromham MK43 8HP British Red Cross Bedfordshire Open Gardens Sunday 3 June 2.00pm – 5.00pm Hall End House, Wooton. £4.00 per adult, children under 12 free. Hall End, Wootton, Bedford, MK43 9HP (next to Chequers Pub). Sunday 10 June 1.30pm – 5.00pm. Biddenham Village Gardens £5.00 per adult, children under 12 free 17 Biddenham Turn MK40 4AZ, 27 Biddenham Turn MK40 4AZ, King’s Close Main Road MK40 4BB8, Darlow Drive MK40 4AX, Maps, teas and toilet facilities will be available at 17 Biddenham Turn, MK40 4AZ, Please come to this garden on arrival.


Pavenham Open Gardens Sunday 10th June 2.00 – 6.00pm A dozen or more gardens, train rides, classic/vintage cars, free bus, teas, plant stall. For Cancer Research UK. Adults £4.50, over 12s £1.50, under 12 free. Pavenham, MK43 7PF


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


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 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

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Kempton Park Indoor Bowls Club 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 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 or telephone 01234 340736 for more details Bedford Bowling Club Welcome Sessions Every Tuesday and Friday 2pm – 4pm Warm, friendly club. 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”.

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


Cyclists Touring Club, 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 Non-profit making club holding 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

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