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COUNCIL ‘ART ACTIVITEA’ AND ‘BRUSHSTROKES’ ART DISPLAY Created by those living with dementia, recovering from strokes and their carers Until 30 September 2019 The Higgins Bedford is hosting an incredible display of artworks created by people living with dementia, those recovering from strokes, and their carers. Two local groups have been meeting weekly at The Higgins Bedford and are showcasing their work in this exciting new display. ‘Art-Activitea’, run by Tibbs Dementia Foundation, offers a variety of creative activities, alongside support, good company and refreshments. ‘Brushstrokes’, a group supported by The Stroke Association and the NHS, has encouraged participants to use painting and drawing to aid recovery from strokes and has highlighted the importance of supporting each other and togetherness.


WORKS ONGOING ON MANTON LANE Improvement works are ongoing on Manton Lane as part of Transporting Bedford 2020; the £18 million project to cut traffic congestion and improve journeys across the town. The latest phase will: • Make improvements to the operation of the existing traffic signals at the junction of Brickhill Drive/Manton Lane. • Install three-way traffic lights at the junction with Bedford Modern School. • Widen the road to ease the flow of traffic on Manton Lane. During term time, works have been restricted to between 9.30am – 3.30pm, which will be extended during the school holidays to 8am – 6pm. This phase of works is expected to be completed by late Autumn. Further works to install a footbridge over Manton Lane, and wider improvement works around the Manton Lane/ Clapham Road and Paula Radcliffe Way/Great Ouse Way roundabouts will follow at a later date.

THE JOURNEY FROM BUNYAN TO THE BRICKWORKS The Journey from Bunyan to the Brickworks explores the journeys of pride, inspiration and hope made by Bunyan, who was imprisoned and persecuted for his beliefs, alongside the difficult journeys made by those who came to Bedford after the Second World War to work at The London Brick Company. Many people have found inspiration in the life story of John Bunyan, who remained steadfast to his beliefs in spite of persecution and imprisonment. Many have been inspired by his most famous published work, The Pilgrim’s Progress which charts the story from despair to hope through faith. 4

This story is mirrored in stories of those that travelled to Bedford in the wake of the Second World War to work at the brickworks. Many fled poverty, unemployment and persecution. Working conditions were challenging, but many made new lives in Bedford. A large ‘stained-glass’ effect window, in the style of the stunning windows in the Bunyan Meeting church, forms the centre-piece of the exhibition. Films, recordings and objects collected, help to explore the stories of individuals that worked at the brickworks. The exhibition is the result of a collaborative Heritage Lottery funded project between John Bunyan Museum and the Bedford Chronicles. Free entry.

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There aren’t many better ways to spend an evening than to be with Terry Waite. I was lucky enough to be among guests recently at the Lebanese Embassy when Terry was being presented with an award for his immense contribution to humanitarian work throughout his life. And richly deserved. That we were in the Lebanese Embassy should strike a chord with readers who remember Terry’s captivity, and you would appreciate the significance of the location. Terry spent five years in solitary confinement as a hostage in Beirut in the middle of the worst of the civil war there. He had gone to seek the release of hostages on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and found himself kidnapped. He suffered appallingly before his release, and could have been forgiven for a lifetime as far as possible away from his pain, but since then he has been a remarkable symbol of reconciliation and Christian forgiveness.

So much so that here he was in the Embassy of the land which had been his prison, quietly recounting enough of his anguish to make his warmth towards Lebanon and its people even more remarkable. It’s an extraordinary human example of how experience can provide a background which allows subsequent activity and words to have an unchallenged impact. When he speaks of forgiveness and reconciliation, or says as he did the other night “suffering need not destroy”, no one can respond that “it’s easy for you to say that”. When he talks of his work with the marginalised in society, that when he meets the homeless he understands what it is like to sleep seemingly endlessly on a floor, he makes us all think differently. We know Terry best around here for his work with Emmaus, the homeless charity that provides a stable home and meaningful work in over thirty places in the U.K., including Carlton. But he is engaged in much else, from supporting those families undergoing the trauma of their loved ones being held captive, to caring for those women and children so often left behind after war, or bringing the divided together such as those in Israel and Palestine. He both encourages us to measure our lives in ways we may not have thought of, but inspires us to find that bit more in the tank to offer, in humbler ways, to our own community. A national treasure – Terry Waite.

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Sunday 30th June 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. Armed Forces Day in Bedford has been celebrated annually since 2010. The whole event is run under the umbrella of the Royal British Legion. The first parade was in 2011 which included local cadets and veterans and a Military vehicle display.

High Sheriff and senior Armed Forces Officers and veterans. The parade starts at Bedford School De Parys Ave at 10.30am which leads down the High Street ending in the new Riverside square where there will be a 2 minute silence. In the meantime all the vehicles form up in Harpur Square. The event will go on until 4.00pm with entertainment, displays and stalls for Ex Service associations and Service Charities.

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The start of June, brings National Volunteering week and a time for Bedfordshire to celebrate all those who are giving their time, voluntarily, to benefit the community around them. In Britain, around 7 in 10 people have volunteered through a group, club or organisation at some point in their lives. We thought it would be good for staff at CVS to celebrate our own diverse volunteering journeys. A quick poll reveals that, unsurprisingly, 100 per cent of us have volunteered at some time in our lives, and seven out of our nine staff members are actively volunteering at present – almost twice the numbers shown in the national picture. Our activities include sports coaching and marshalling, canine clubs and Crufts, local council and neighbourhood watch, fundraising, overseas projects, mental health support, trustee roles, and we even have a Race Maker at Silverstone amongst us. It really demonstrates that there is something for everyone to enjoy in volunteering. 14

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Volunteering brings great rewards and we have opportunities for all. View hundreds of options through our on-line 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 Bedford Credit Union – not for profit financial cooperative is looking to recruit a volunteer director who is willing to take over as chair next year. Citizen’s Advice Bedford is recruiting a number of digital assistant volunteers to directly help people making Universal Credit claims and to campaign regarding problems that are common or unfair.


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East London NHS Foundation Trust needs someone to meet and greet at their community physical health group which is running Mindful Yoga sessions on Wednesday afternoons in Leighton Buzzard. The Wellbeing Project – beyond food! feeds the homeless on the second Tuesday of the month in Bedford. They are looking for committed, dedicated and caring people to help for a few hours a week. Putnoe Heights Community Centre is looking for church centre office volunteers who can spare two hours in a morning to answer the phone and welcome visitors. Carers in Bedfordshire Memory Navigator – help by providing telephone support 2 hours a week to people with dementia and their carers and gain experience in social care, with supervision and access to training and support It’s Time to Celebrate volunteering with us during Volunteers week, 1-7 June – we love to hear about what you are doing #volunteersweek @ volunteerbeds 43 Bromham Road, Bedford Call 01234 354 366 or Email

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EVERYBODY WELCOME Free Information, Advice, and help on a wide range of topics including care, housing, money benefits, leisure and many more. Have a cup of tea or coffee and watch or even take part in various taster sessions of music, dance and exercise With over 40 exhibitors there is something for everyone over 50 For more details contact Jo on 01234 360510 or Email—

Baby & Toddler Groups 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 Oakley Toddler Group Mondays 9.30-11.00am (Term Time) Toys and Games for all ages Activity Table for your little creators Coffee, Tea and Biscuits. Juice and Biscuits for all the children. £1 per child Village Hall, Church Lane, Oakley MK43 7RJ St Mark’s Church Brickhill Chat & Make Tuesdays 9am – 12pm (Term Time) Crafts, toys, songs, story and refreshments £1. Term time for babies and toddlers 0-5 Chat and Play. Thursdays 9.45am (Term Time) Group for Mums & toddlers.0-5 St Mark’s Church Community Centre Calder Rise, Bedford MK41 7UY Tel 01234 342613 Park Road Methodist Church Baby & Toddler Group Every Tuesday 9.30am-11.30am (in the hall). Roff Avenue, Bedford MK41 7TJ JelliTots Tuesdays 10am – 11.30am (Term Time) Play, craft, stories and songs for babies and children 0-3yrs. Tea, Biscuits & snacks. £1 per child. Church Lane Community Centre, Bedford MK41 0PW Maypole Farm, Kempston Wednesdays 9.30am – 11.00am Crafts, colouring, books and more. £1 per child. Fletcher Road, Bedfordshire MK42 7FY 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 Clapham Parish Church Little Monkeys Thursdays 9am (Term Time) Free Play, Craft, Songtime & Refreshments. 01234 352814 (Sue) Fellowship Centre, Green Lane, Clapham MK41 6EP BedsLife Magazine cannot


Biddenham U5’s Playgroup Thursdays 9.30 – 11.30am £2 for up to 3 children. First time is free. Biddenham Village Hall, Nodders Way, Nodders Way, Biddenham Call 07854 974474 Tiddlywinks Carer & Toddler Group Thursdays 9.30am – 11am £2 per session. Price includes snack and drink for all. Craft activity every week. Kempston Hammers Social Club, High Street, Kempston MK42 7BN Ruth 07825 380966 Julie 07949 550736 Salvation Army Little Angels Toddler Group Fridays 9.30am – 11.30am (Term Time) Hour of free play, juice and biscuits provided followed by a time of singing. Suggested donation £1 Commercial Road Bedford MK40 1NY

All Nations Church, Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7QF. Tel 01234 273773 New Mums & Babies Group Wednesdays, 10.30am – 12.00pm. Mums are able to come along and get to know other mums. Toddler Group Wednesdays, 1.30pm – 3.00pm (Term Time) Parents and carers of children aged from birth to 4 years are welcome to drop in, have a drink and chat while the children enjoy craft, play and music activities. Kids Club Wednesdays, 5.45pm – 7.00pm (Term Time) A mixture of games, quizzes and challenges, and each week we have a short bible story told through puppets, drama or interactive storytelling. Toddlers For Dads Saturday 15th June, 10.00am – 12.00pm On the third Saturday morning of each month, this group gives dads the opportunity to meet up with other dads and join in with their children’s activities. The Great Get Together Saturday 22nd June, 2.00pm Join us at our Get Together for an afternoon of free cakes, drinks, bouncy castles, games, colouring competition and face painting. Fun for all the family. For more Baby & Toddler groups visit

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The Arts Society Great Ouse Valley 3rd Tuesday in the month 7.30pm Sharnbrook Hotel. Nine lectures each year by highly acclaimed specialists. Future lectures include “ Claude Monet and the painting of the water lilies” and “Art inspired by Wine”. Annual Membership is £45 , guests £8 a visit. We are a friendly welcoming society so do get in touch. Sara Tusting, membership secretary


Art Friends – Art for fun and friendship Thursdays 9.30am – 12.30pm Supportive club where beginners to those more experienced can develop their art work Suggested donation £4 Bromham Baptist Church, Village Road, Bromham, MK43 8JP. Enquiries please call: Jackie 07880 518465, Kevin 07780 756436 or Lindsay 07960 329609


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

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. Friday Daubers Every Friday 1pm-4pm Friendly group of amateur daubers. We use a variety of media. If you enjoy drawing and/ or painting why not join us. 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford. Contact Anne 07548 840856 or Jenny 01234 824568 or email Marianne Sketch Fridays Every Friday, 12pm – 4pm Free Explore the works in our beautiful galleries and be inspired to create your own work of art. Materials are provided, or you can bring your own. Please do not bring paint or materials that might cause damage to the collection. The Higgins Bedford Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD. 01234 718618


Community Bible Study Bedford Tuesdays term time 10 am to 12 noon A friendly group meeting to study the bible Upper Hall, Brickhill Community Centre, Avon Drive, Bedford MK41 7AF Contact Alyson:

Renhold Bridge Club First and third Thursdays of each month 11 am to 2.45pm. Break for lunch midway (please bring your own sandwiches); coffee/tea free. Friendly duplicate bridge. Members £3; guests and visitors £4. Renhold Village Hall, Wilden Rd, Renhold MK41 0LY Tel Rod 01234 771858

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


Scottish Country Dancing – Social Dancing Monday evenings 7:45pm to 9:45pm £2.50 per session. First evening free. Individuals welcome, no experience/partner needed. Wear soft shoes. ARA Social Club, Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7LR. Keith Rose, 01234 781448, 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, Irish Ceili and Set Dancing. Wednesdays 8 pm to 10 pm £2 per session – first evening free. No partner required. Beginners welcome. The Reading Room, 1, Barkers Lane, Bedford. Ring Tim 01234 317847 for more details

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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 £2 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 Bedford Folk Dance Club Thursday eves 8 – 10 pm Friendly Country and Folk Dance Club £2.50 incl. Refreshments Church Barn, Church End, Biddenham MK40 4RS No partner required Ron Law 01234 825574 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/ Bedford Fine Companions Folk Dance Club Friday 8pm to 10pm 9 (Term Time) Friendly group welcomes new members. No partner required. Hazeldene School Bedford MK41 9AT (use Hartshill entrance). Chris Rutt or telephone 01462 700451 or find us on Facebook.


Silver lining Club for the Silver Haired First & third Tuesday of the month 2pm-4pm FREE Various activities or just sit and chat with a cup of tea or coffee.Park Road Methodist Church Roff Avenue, opposite the high flats. Number 10 bus stops outside. Local Friendship Group. We meet at a local public venue every Wednesday 7 to 10pm. New members Welcome Call 07835 732412/07925 910639. Email:

Golden Friendship Club – for the over 50’s Every thursday 2 – 4pm Bingo, cards, tea and talk, outings, lunches and more Christ the King Parish Hall Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP For information call on 01234 304382 Abbeyfield Bedford Friendship Group Second Thursday of the Month 2.00pm-3.30pm Meet New People, Make New Friends Refreshments provided. Darell Jeffreys House, 65 Chaucer Road, Bedford,MK40 2AL Sarah Curtin 01234 348735 or mailto:s.curtin@ Magpie Ladies Group Friendly group who meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7.30 pm Guest Speakers and social events Tea/Coffee and cake included. New members welcomed St Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill. (No meetings in August) Please Contact: Rosemary 01234 405594 or Barbara 01234 304960 Man Cave Friday Mornings 10am until 1pm Opportunity to make new friends, chat and share experiences.Are you unemployed, retired, missing work colleagues or would just appreciate some company? Come and join us! Sharnbrook Scout Hut. Church Ln, Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 1HR Men In Sheds Keep active and healthy and meet new people. Have fun sharing skills, learning new ones, and help with community-based projects. Annex at the Bedford Arts and Craft Centre, Ampthill Road (off Althorpe Street), Bedford MK42 9HE (the entrance to the Art and Craft Centre is nearly opposite to the Bedford Hospital A&E entrance). Steve Conway 0780 5775828


Over 70’s Gentle Exercise Classes Every Monday and Wednesday (except bank holidays) Mondays – Bedford Central Library (3rd floor meeting room) Wednesday – Bedford International Athletics Stadium £4 per session Tel 01234 718835

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CLUBS & GROUPS 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. Contact Ted Jolliffe 01234 327791 or email tednmary. Chairman Paul Keech. Tel. 01 2343 211733 Vice Chairman Tessa Whiting Tel. 07799 834026 Sec. Ted Jolliffe Tel 01 234 327791 BOSOM PALS – Breast Cancer Charity 2nd Wednesday of each month 7.30pm to 9.45pm Friendly support group for ladies who have or have had breast cancer. Our aim is to provide information and support to help those going through breast cancer treatment and beyond. Good social activities throughout the year.Transfiguration Church Hall, Bedford Road, Kempston, MK42 8BQ Contact Denise 01234 771746 or Pauline 01234 350079 or email


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Friendly Reading Group Wednesdays 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Why not come and join us? It’s absolutely free, and you’ll have:-A short story read to you by Colin, our group leader. -Refreshments served by the library staff half-way through. -The companionship of a lovely group of other members. There is no commitment to attending. Wootton Library, Lorraine Road, Wootton MK43 9LH


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


MENCAP – Smiley Club Wednesdays 7pm – 8.30pm A fun social club for boys and girls from 9 to 18 who have learning disabilities. Art and crafts, board games, outside play in the warmer months and hanging out with friends! Pine Cones Family Centre, (behind Livingstone Lower School) Clapham Road, Bedford. For further information please contact the club leader Jeff Smith on 07798 762 808

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

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.

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

FLAG Bedford Thursday afternoons 2-4pm FLAG Bedford (Friendship Link & Action Group) is a social group for adults with a sensory and/or physical or learning disability, and their carers, who live in the Bedford area. Our aim is to combat social isolation and loneliness. Priory Methodist Church, Newnham Avenue, Bedford.Contact Linda on 07815 196357 or Marlins Special Needs Swimming Club Sundays 6.30 – 8pm For learning and physical disabilities. All ages welcome. Admission £2 Carer free Oasis Swimming Pool Bedford. Call Rose on 07954784795 or Val 07973859940 or just turn up!

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Susanna Quinn’s novel, Glass Geishas, is a thriller set in modern day Tokyo – specifically in the notorious Roppongi district, where everything has a price. As the novel opens, Steph, the principal character, is just arriving in Japan with the specific aim of making as much money as possible as quickly as possible. However, her friend Annabel seems to have vanished – and her other friend Julia does not seem to recognise her, let alone welcome her. Something is clearly wrong. Having found Annabel’s abandoned diary, Steph sets out to find out what has happened to her friend and quickly becomes involved in the hostess trade. As the novel moves on, Steph’s own quest is intercut with two other storylines. The first, a set of emails from Chastity, an established hostess, shows the harsh reality of the life that Steph is moving into. The second, the memoirs of Mamasan, owner of one of Roppongi’s oldest clubs, explores how the trade has developed and changed over time. By the end of the novel, these strands are drawn together into a twisting conclusion which will keep you gripped.

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St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SL For more info and tickets visit www.bedfordcornexchange. or call The Box Office on 01234 718044 Totally Tina Thursday 6th June 7.30pm This year’s production is a heady mix of nostalgia and surprise with all the favourite Tina Turner hits, her best duets, much-loved covers and the odd twist in the tale. Oliver Samuels: 56 East Avenue Friday 7th June 7.30pm A slice of life from a time when Jamaica was at its most colourful, 1970’s. The late great Jacob Miller’s song sums it up nicely, “Dreadlocks caan live in a tenament yard.” BEDFORD CHORAL SOCIETY: Bizet and Puccini Saturday 15th June 7.30pm The Magic of Motown Saturday 29th June 7.30pm This breathtaking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Grapevine, Get Ready, Dancing In The Streets, My Girl, Blame It On The Boogie and many, many more.

Bradgate Road, Bedford MK49 3DE For more info and tickets visit or Tel 01234 354321 Hotbuckle: Jane EyreTHEATRE FAMILY By Charlotte Bronte Thursday 6th June 7.30pm FOLK EVENTS Hotbuckle bring their inventiveness, humour and unique magic to Bronte’s compelling tale. NEW WRITING Suitable for children age 12+


Bedford Drama Company: Lysistrata: The Sex Strike THEATRE TRADITIONAL Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th June 7.30pm The women of Athens have had enough! Hilarious, bawdy and profound, the story of Lysistrata continues to delight audiences worldwide. Suitable for children age 15+


Bedford Creative Arts: Red Ink Wednesday 19th June 8pm Part of Refugee Week 2019 An artful and pulse-quickening mix of hip hop and contemporary dance, Red INK is up-and-coming British-Asian choreographer Si Rawlinsons first fulllength touring production. Suitable for children age 8+ Swings The Thing: Frank Sinatra: Concert for the Americas Thursday 27th June 8pm Transporting you back to 1982 and to the 5000 seat open-air. Greek-style amphitheatre in the Dominican Republic to recreate the Concert for the Americas. Suitable for all ages

26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford MK40 2NN For more info and tickets visit or Tel 01234 362337 Annette Gregory: Intimate Affair / American Songbook Saturday 1st June 7.30pm Jazz music in its’ heyday was the pop music of the 1920’s to 1950’s. Suitable for all ages Royal Shakespeare Live Presents: The Taming of the Shrew Wednesday 5th June 7.00pm LIVE BROADCAST Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power. (12A) Bedford School Creative Arts Festival & Miles Leven presents 21 Chump Street: The Musical Friday 28th & Saturday 29th June 7pm 21 Chump Street is a fifteen-minute mini-musical with book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is known for creating the Broadway musicals In the Heights, Bring It On the Musical, and Hamilton. Directed by Miles Leven and featuring students from Bedford School. Suitable for children age 13+ Tony Slattery: Slattery Night Live! Saturday 29th June 8.15pm By popular demand, Comedy Legend Tony Slattery returns to The Quarry Theatre, in conversation with comedy historian, Robert Ross. Suitable for children age 15+

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Swing’s the Thing return to “The Place” with the final part of their Sinatra Trilogy. They take you back to 1982 and to a 5000 seat open-air Greek-style amphitheatre in the Dominican republic to recreate the Concert for the Americas.


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Visit the food and craft marquees and browse the market stalls for that unique birthday gift and stop for refreshment in the bar or eat from one of the catering stalls within the show.

Back for a 3rd year at New Manor Farm, Harlington, the South Beds Country Show just gets bigger and better. Come and see the action-packed arena, busy throughout the day with sheepdog and falconry displays, heavy horse turnouts and parades of vintage vehicles, with headline act the Wye Valley Axemen.


Everywhere you look there is something to see from farm animals to steam engines, vintage tractors to working craft demonstrations! Bring the family along, and don’t forget under 16’s accompanied by paying adult get in free! Come and join us on the 29th & 30th June and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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ARTS & CRAFTS, TALKS & DEMONSTRATIONS Ravensden Flower and Craft Festival Saturday 1st June 10.00am-4.00pm Sunday 2nd June 10.00am-3.00pm The Church will host a floral celebration of village life past and present, whilst the Village Hall will be the go-to place for local arts and crafts. Bell ringers at the Church at 2.00pm, 1st June. Refreshments available all day including light lunches and cakes. Entry: £3.00 for both Church and Village Hall. Enquiries : Chris Bend 01234771139 Bedford Camera Club Photographic Exhibition, Bromham Mill Saturday 1st June until 6th July, 10.00am to 3.00pm Free entry All images are for sale. More details at Alpine Garden Society, Bedfordshire branch Monday 3rd June 7.30pm Vic Aspland will speak about ‘Evia, Greece’s forgotten island’ . Competitions, sale plants. Visitors welcome £3. Wilstead Village Hall, Cotton End Road, Wilstead MK45 3BX Bedfordshire Family History Society Friday 7th June 7.15 p.m. Brief AGM and talk by Pamela Birch of the Bedford Record Office. Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School, Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX Members free, visitors £1. Spurgeons Children’s Charity A special talk by Sue Dennis Wednesday 12th June 12noon for 12.30pm start 2-course lunch, wine/soft drinks available, raffle Tickets: £16: Theo. Gibbs: 01234.782377 or theo@ Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, MK44 1NP For Mill Theatre’s ‘Cool Down’ Appeal. Registered Charity

Biddenham Gardeners Association Tuesday 18th June 7.30 “Weeds and the weed free garden” By Geoff Hodge Visitors very welcome Admission £5 per meeting – includes Raffle & refreshments Biddenham Village Hall, Nodders Way, Biddenham MK40 4BJ Embroiderers Guild, Bedford Branch Wednesday 19th June April 10.30am – 2.30pm Free! Informal Stitch and chat – come and meet us. Ground Floor Coffee Shop, Kings Arms Church, 245 Ampthill Road Bedford MK42 9QJ Embroiderers Guild, Bedford Branch Thursday 20th June 7.30pm for 8.00pm Interested in textiles? Clive Barnett on ‘Is there life after City & Guilds?’ Sales table, news about textiles. More details on theprintandstitchgroup or Bedfordembroiderersguild Visitors £4 St Mark’s Church Hall, Calder Rise, Bedford, MK41 7UY Bedford National Trust Association Tuesday June 25th 2.30pm AGM Followed by Speaker: Paul Forecast East of England Regional Director Everyone welcome. No charge for admission for AGM Addison Centre, Kempston, MK42 8PN For more information ring Betty Thomas 01480 860 421 Putnoe Art Group Exhibition Tuesday 25th – Sat 29th June 10am till 4.00pm Entrance free Basement at Bunyan Mill Street, Bedford

FETES, FAYRES & DOG SHOWS RATS Companion and Novelty Dog Show Sunday 2nd June Companion Classes start 11:30am Novelty Classes start 12:30pm Registration opens 10am all classes Stalls and Refreshments Bedfordshire Growers, Potton Road Biggleswade SG13 0ER

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Odell Village Fete and Family Dog Show Saturday 8th June 2pm Entry Adults £1.50, Children under 16 Free. Dog Show Entry Fee – £1.50 per dog per class. Lots of attractions including, Gift and Bottle Stall. Tombola, side shows, Pimms, Children’s Sports, ice creams, raffle, side shows and refreshments. Car Parking opposite The Bell public house. Disabled parking next to the Scout Field. For more information call Jane on 01933 410959 or email For details of Dog Show Classes and for more information go to Scout Field , Horsefair Lane, Odell, MK43 7AU. School Summer Fayre Saturday 8th June 1.30pm – 4pm Entry 50p family, Refreshments, stalls, games, tombolas and raffles The Hills Academy, Stancliffe Road, Bedford, MK41 9AT Bolnhurst Vintage & Country Fayre Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th June Gates Open 10am Vintage Cars, Motorbikes, Tractors, Commercials, Steam Engines, Vintage Caravans, Stationery Engines, Fire Engines, Military, Auto Jumble, Market Stalls, Arts & Crafts, Ring Events, Children’s Entertainer and The Pacesetters Display Team. Live Music Saturday & Sunday Night. Real Ale available at the Bar and a wide selection of other drinks – everyone welcome! Bletsoe Country Fete & Dog Show Saturday 15th June Starts 1.30pm Family Dog Show supported by Acorn House Veterinary Hospital. Dog Agility. Classic Car Display. Ouse Valley Swing Band. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast by a Spitfire Official. Dance Displays. New this year – “Show Marquee” with categories ranging from photography to handicrafts to cupcake decorating. Entry is open to all and forms can be downloaded from the Bletsoe village website or our Facebook page “The Voice of Strictly Come Dancing!” Alan Dedicoat will be your host for the afternoon. Bletsoe’s Village Field Milton Ernest Fete with a first time ‘Fun Dog Show’ Saturday 29th June 1pm On the adjoining green (Thurleigh Road) Lots of wonderful fun classes to choose from so please come and along and stay on for The Fete which opens at 2pm. Everyone is welcome, free entry.

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The Bedford guided walks are led by the Bedford Association of Tour Guides and are about a mile and a half, taking around an hour and a half. Sun 2nd June – The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle Sun 9th June – The Silent Faces of Bedford Sun 16th June – Jewel in the Crown Sun 23rd June – Who Lived in a House Like That? Walks start at the gold post box on St Paul’s Square at 11am – Pre-booking essential! Contact The Box Office, Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford MK40 1LE. Tel 01234 718044 or email

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE Jazz in the Garden Sunday 23rd June 2.15pm – 5.00pm Kevin Grenfell & Richard Leach’s Slide by Slide band. Tickets £14 including Cream Tea. Children under 16 free. Licensed Pay Bar, Steam Train rides. Tickets from 01234 823821 bliss259@btinternet. com or 01234 825234 Bartlemas Farm, Pavenham MK43 7PF In aid of The Friends of St Peter’s Pavenham Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club Present popular entertainer STEVE HUBBLE in Concert Wednesday 26 June 7.30 – 10.00 pm Members £5 Non-Members £6 Pay at door Refreshments/Bar/Raffle Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN

OPEN GARDENS Stevington Open Gardens Sunday 2nd June 12.00pm to 4.00pm Gardens of all styles with a variety of planting from beautiful cottage-style gardens to those focusing on the cultivation of fruit or vegetables, Teas and cakes. Plant sales. Entry includes Manor Gardens. Proceeds to provide funds for St. Mary’s Church, Stevington. £5.00 per person, accompanied under 12s free. On the day or in advance from the Church Room. Tel 07815 643 366 or Pavenham Open Gardens Sunday 9th June 2.00pm – 6.00pm At least 8 gardens will be open. Plant Sales, Teas, Vintage/Classic cars, Train Rides, free shuttle bus. £4,50 adults, Children 12 & over £1.50, younger children free. Every penny goes to Cancer Research UK. Beeston Open Gardens Sunday 9th June 2pm – 6pm Ten gardens will be open, some not seen before. Entry is £4 per adult and children under 13 are free. Programmes available at the car park at the north end of the village, at the plant stall and at the teas. Delicious refreshments all afternoon at 15 Orchard Road and there will be a sale of raffle tickets. All proceeds will benefit the local community and national charities. Everyone is welcome. To find us, Beeston is on the A1 close to Sandy, Beds. SG19 1PE

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This year their very special guest is non-other than Welsh tenor Wynne Evans! The Classic FM / BBC Radio presenter will be joined by second very special guest soprano Sarah Fox. Sarah has appeared several times at the BBC Proms and is a regular guest on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night As always they we will have over 120 performers on stage along with a 70-piece choir and the London Gala orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell. The musical celebration will culminate with rousing favourites for flag-waving and singing along, including Rule Britannia and Land of Hope & Glory, as thousands of lasers and fireworks light up the sky. Come to Bedford Park for an evening of pomp and patriotism that the whole family can enjoy. You are welcome to bring picnics and your own drink to this event and there will also be a VIP option as well as general admission.

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Regular Events Baby Rhymetime for 0 – 18 months – Monday 11.30 to 12.00 Rhymetime – Tuesday 2.00 to 2.30 and Thursday 11.30 to 12.00 Lego Club – Saturdays 11.00 to 12.00 Sunday is Fun Day – 11.30 to 1.30

Bromham Library Springfield Drive, Bedford MK43 8NT Tel 01234 824391

Regular Events Knit and Knatter – Monday 2.00 to 3.00 Colouring Club for Children (Term Time Only) – Tuesday 3.30 to 5.00 Rhymetime for Under 5s (Term Time Only) – Wednesday 11.00 to 11.30 Lego Club (Term Time Only) – Thursday 3.30 to 5.00 Board Games Club – Fridays 10.00 to 5.00

Kempston Library 32 Halsey Rd, Kempston, MK42 8AT Tel 01234 276453

Regular Events Storytime – Monday 2.15 to 2.45 Creative Writing Group – Mondays (1st working Monday of the month) – 3.30 to 4.45 Lego Club – Monday and Friday 2.00 to 5.00 Games Galore – Tuesdays (fortnightly 2.00 to 3.30 Dice Warriors Games Club (for children) – Tuesday 3.30 to 5.00 Rhymetime – Tuesday 11:00 to 11:30 Wiggles and Jiggles for children under 1 – Tuesday 2.00 to 2.30 Adult Craft Club – Wednesdays 2.30 to 4.00 (ask staff for dates) Adults Colouring Club – Wednesday 2.00 to 3.00 Children’s Colouring Club – Wednesday 3.00 to 5.00 Wiggles and Jiggles for children under 1 – Thursday 11.00 to 11.30

Dice Warriors Games Club (for children) – Thursday 3.30 to 5.00 IT Buddy Sessions (book your appointment at the library) – Thursday 10:00 to 12:00 Knit and Knatter – Thursday 2.00 to 3.00 Saturday Kids Club – 10.00am to 3.30

Putnoe Library Library Walk, Putnoe St, Bedford MK41 8HQ Tel 01234 276462

Regular Events Knit and Knatter – 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 10.00 to 11.30 Rhymetime (Term Time Only) – 1st Tuesday of the month from 11.00 to- 11.30 Board Games Club for Adults – 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 10.00 to 11.30 Rhymetime (Term Time Only) – Thursday 2.30 to 3.00 Adult Colouring Club – Friday 2.00 to 3.30 Storytime (Term Time Only) – Friday 2:30 to 3:00 Jigsaw Swap Session – 1st Saturday of the month 10.00 to 3.00

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Regular Events Fun Time for Under 5s – Mondays 2.30 to 2.50 Colouring Club – Monday and Friday from 3.30 to 4.30 Lego Club – Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3.45 to 4.45 Baby Fun Time – Tuesdays from 10.15 to 10.45 Are you sitting comfortably? Storytelling for adults – Wednesdays 2.30 to 3.30 Storytime with Ted for Pre-school Children – Thursdays 10.30 to 10.50 Crafty Thursdays – Thursday 10.30 to 11.30 Colouring Club – Thursdays 3.30 to 4.30 Tiddlers and Toddlers – Fridays 2.15 to 2.45 Knit and Knatter – Friday 2.00 to 3.00 Children’s Jigsaw Club – Saturdays 11.00 to 12.30 Lego Club – Saturdays 11.00 to 12.30 Colouring Club – Saturdays 11.00 to 12.30 Super Saturday Crafts – Saturdays 11.00 to 12.30

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Bedford International Kite Festival & Bedford Festival of Motoring Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June Russell Park, The Embankment, Bedford MK40 3RH These complementary Festivals, each celebrating a unique passion of national and international significance, will come together to enhance the existing traditions of the Kite Festival in Bedford. The weekend will feature kite-flying displays with kites never seen before in the UK, family entertainment and attractions, a variety of trade including the popular craft marquee, and the opportunity to get up close to an impressive range of iconic cars and motorcycles. Another new element for 2019 will be the addition of a Saturday evening ‘chill-out’ music set. Enjoy the spectacle of kite night-flying to the sounds of ambient dance music.

EID In Bedford Sunday 16 June 2019 12 noon – 7pm Addison Howard Park, Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8PN Get ready for Bedford’s BIGGEST Eid Festival 2019! You can enjoy a variety of food, drinks, clothes, gifts, crafts, perfumes and much more. There will be funfair rides, bubble zorbing with arena, variety of bouncy castle, gladiator duel, assault course, sumo suits for children and adults, climbing wall and lots more activities for adults, children and families. There will also be a dedicated picnic area for family, friends and neighbours to enjoy lunch together. NEW for this year – Take a ride on the Rickshaw!



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Wootton Badminton Club Thursdays from 7.30pm to 10.00pm Friendly club welcoming anyone who does or has played badminton. Wootton Upper School, Hall End, Wootton, Beds, MK43 9HT


Bedford Thunder Basketball Club Mini Basketball (Reception to Yr 5) Sundays 9.30am – 11am U14s Development (Yr 6 to Yr 9) Sundays 11am – 12.30pm U18’s Session (Yr 10 to Yr 13) Sundays 2pm – 3.30pm Bedford Academy, Mile Road, Bedford MK42 9TR For information email Bedford Thunder Basketball for Girls Saturday 3pm to 4.30pm Aimed at new players looking to keep fit, make new friends and learn basketball skills £3 per session and runs on a 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 Bedford Mighty Eagles Dodgeball Team Tuesdays 7pm-9pm A club that plays at a high level but welcomes anyone from any sporting ability and background. 15yrs or over. Men’s and women’s squad. £3 per session – First session free Training is at Wootton Upper School, Hall End Road, MK43 9HT



Become a Wheelstar at Kempston Bowls Indoor Bowls Club Every Tuesday 12pm till 1.30pm a group of disabled people meet to play bowls from special ‘buggies’ in a friendly environment. A meal is available at the end of the session. You don’t need to have previously bowled. Pop in any from 12pm until 1.30pm for information and to see if you would be interested in a trial. Telephone Anne or Doug on 01234 841071 Kempton Park Indoor Bowls Club Largest Indoor Bowls Club in the area for all ages and abilities. Free taster session followed by 4 coaching sessions at a time to suit you. Bowls and bowls shoes provided for your lessons. Superb facilities. Tel 01234 852291 290 Hillgrounds Road Kempston MK42 8UB Bromham Short Mat Bowling Club Tuesdays 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm (year round) Monday afternoons 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm (September to June only) Friendly group of people that play short mat bowls. First two sessions are free and where training can be given. Just bring a pair of flat shoes. Bromham Village Hall, Village Rd, Bromham, MK43 8JP Contact Sue Amor on 01234 823610 for more details Mowsbury Park Bowls Club Taster Days Wednesday or Friday 2pm to 4.30pm. Outdoor season starts at the beginning of May until mid-September. Try lawn bowls for FREE. Just bring flat shoes. Entrance is via Wentworth Drive For more info about our club please contact Anne Haynes on 01234 211828 Bedford Borough Bowling Club Est over 100 years now enrolling new members and forming a junior section. Indoor and outdoor bowling greens. FREE tuition from qualified instructors, all equipment provided. Just wear flat shoes. Check our web site or telephone 01234 340736 for more details Bedford Bowling Club Welcome Sessions Tuesday and Friday 2pm – 4pm Warm, friendly club and the green is in a sheltered part of the park. Taster sessions in Bedford Park (near the café), and we welcome anyone who would like to try the game. All equipment provided just wear flat soled shoes to protect the green. No cost or obligation. For full information ring Ray on 305695, Warwick on 403551, or Alison on 343257.

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


Bedford Girls and Ladies FC Voluntary sports club for girls age 8 and upwards. If you’d like to find out more info please call Jill on 01234 772668 or 07850540631. Bedford FC Mini Soccer Club Every Saturday at Goldington Academy 10.30am till 12.15pm. Boys and girls aged 4-10yrs. £3.00 per child and £5 for two. Our aim is to provide children of all abilities with a unique footballing experience, developing their physical, social and communication skills.


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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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.


Wednesdays 7pm – 8pm until end of June £5 per session Just Turn Up Low impact and great fun! Suitable for men & women youngsters to infinity. Bedford Hockey Club, Chester Road, Bedford MK40 4HL


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Saying goodbye TO YO U R P E T Sometimes pets can suffer from untreatable pain or illness, and owners need to think about euthanasia (having a pet “put to sleep”). This is a very difficult decision to make but taking responsibility for a peaceful, painfree death is often the kindest choice an owner can make at the end of their pet’s life.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME? Every case is different and it is important to take your time and talk to everyone who loves your pet. Common reasons for euthanasia include pain that cannot be controlled, poor mobility, breathing problems and conditions causing a lack of appetite or sickness. Never be afraid to ask your vet for advice – in many cases, treatment is available to alleviate these symptoms. If there are no treatment options, at least you can be reassured that you have tried everything to help your pet.


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WHERE CAN EUTHANASIA BE CARRIED OUT? Euthanasia can be carried out at the veterinary surgery or at your home. Always tell the receptionist if you think that you might be bringing your pet for euthanasia. This means that you can be booked in at a quiet time of day.

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