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BEDFORD BOROUGH PARKS KEEP THEIR GREEN FLAGS FOR ANOTHER YEAR During this year’s Love Parks Week, four of Bedford Borough’s parks have once again won a Green Flag Award recognising them as being among the UK’s very best green spaces. Addison Howard Park, Bedford Park, Harrold-Odell Country Park and Priory Country Park have all once again been awarded the prestigious Green Flag, the mark of quality parks and open space. It has been an exceptionally successful year for our

wonderful country parks with Priory Country Park winning the award for its 18th year in a row, and Harrold-Odell Country Park achieving scores in the highest categories – its best year yet! Two of the Council’s volunteer-managed sites have also been recognised, winning the Green Flag Community Award again following their success last year: Mowsbury Hillfort and the Hill Rise Nature Reserve. If you would be interested in volunteering in one of the Council’s parks and green spaces, please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/volunteering or sign up to the Community Volunteering email bulletin at www.bedford.gov.uk/stayconnected

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES AFTER SURVEY REVEALS ONE IN FOUR PEOPLE ADMIT TO ‘CAREFULLY’ LITTERING THEIR RUBBISH Bedford Borough Council is joining Keep Britain Tidy to tackle ‘careful littering’. This is the coffee cup left on a window ledge, or the sandwich wrapper abandoned on a park bench. A YouGov survey revealed that more than a quarter of people (27%) admitted to this kind of littering. Keep an eye out for floor vinyls, stickers

and posters in Bedford town centre to tackle this littering behaviour. These will act as a gentle reminder that whether it is ‘carefully’ placed or simply thrown on the floor, it’s #StillLittering. In a trial of this campaign across the country by Keep Britain Tidy and the People’s Postcode Lottery, areas saw the total amount of litter reduced by a fifth. In some areas, the reduction was up to 57%.

LESS THAN ONE YEAR TO GO UNTIL RIVER FESTIVAL 2020 The Bedford River Festival 2020 will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July, and Bedford Borough Council is now delighted to announce the event’s headline sponsor will be Wainwright, by Marston’s Beer Company. River Festival 2018 marked this biennial event’s 40th anniversary, with entertainment, over 100 performances across 6 live music stages, funfair rides, activities on the river and lots happening on our riverside with St Mary’s Gardens and the new Riverside Bedford development joining the fun. 4

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The Council has also marked the occasion with the launch of the new River Festival website at https://riverfestival.bedford.gov.uk/ Keep up-to-date with Bedford River Festival updates at the website, and via the Bedford Events Facebook page – https://www.facebook. com/BedfordEvents/ where you can find the only official Bedford River Festival 2020 Facebook event.


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There are no good sides to climate change, but there will be one or two opportunities. I’m not a climate sceptic. I accept the immense weight of scientific opinion which recognises the impact of humans on the environment, from its warming since the industrial revolution, to the extraordinary, and rarely discussed in the same terms, impact of excessive population growth. On the latter, when I was born in 1955, the world’s population was under three billion. Should I live to be a hundred, the world is projected to be home to ten billion people. This is an article for another day, but if you want a really scary few minutes, go to the World Population Clock, www.worldometers.info/worldpopulation and watch the figures spin round. I doubt if we have all fully grasped the immensity of change which may be coming to us, from new technology leaving fossil fuels behind for transport and power, to the day to day changes we will need to make. And I’m optimistic for our grandchildren that we will. Two things, one large, and one small, are worth noting. The large one is that the current trend of countries abandoning multi-lateral organisations and solutions, such as international agreements on climate change or weaponry, in favour of bombastic ‘our country first’ proclamations from 6

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China, to Russia and to the US, with many in between, might be reversed as states recognise that only concerted international agreement and action will combat threats which know no boundaries. Unregulated mass movements of people, or the extreme weather we have experienced recently will not fix themselves. The world will need to return to what it achieved after the catastrophes of world war in the twentieth century, a mutual self-regulation and cooperation in many spheres to overcome new challenges. On the smaller, but vital, side, we are going to want to make changes to our own lives, from recycling to travel which will, cumulatively, make a difference. One may be holidays. Whilst I hope air travel benefits from new technologies, in the short or medium term we may be flying less. This should open up more of the U.K., and continental Europe, to train travel with far less environmental impact. Most of our summer holidays have been domestic from choice, with pets, children and friends seeing many different parts of the U.K. and recognising how wonderful it is. Our resorts which boomed during the Victorian age, and for much of the twentieth century, could come back into fashion. Little would strengthen our Union in the U.K. better than greater awareness by all our citizens of the joys of each part of it. Written on the South Coast, with the English Channel roaring.

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W H AT ’ S NEW IN BEDFORD Love Bedford is delighted to tell you all about the new businesses that have opened up in town this summer and a new development that has happened at the Swan Hotel! If you haven’t already noticed next to the Pen & Cob restaurant they have opened a brand new Terrace Bar & Restaurant, beautifully laid out with a relaxed, friendly and inviting feel. It is the perfect place to unwind whilst enjoying the weather, with views of the river, the new pizza oven and more. Once the sun goes and into the evening it cools a little you are still able to enjoy the great outdoors as there are heat lamps and blankets for use. What more could you want?!

In the Harpur Shopping Centre Doodle Cards have opened with their fantastic range of greeting cards and further along in the Howard Centre is the new business Inara Hair & Beauty Clinic who have a massive 20% off all services until the end of September! Lastly we welcome over in Greyfriars Arcade, Flor Pearl by Laureta Raubicke who is a newly opened business offering beautiful flower arrangements, long lasting roses and artificial flower arrangements. In addition Laureta specialises in event planning decor such as styling for special occasions, dinner parties, private parties, weddings, christenings, birthdays and more.

FatCap Smokehouse is the brand new authentic BBQ Smokehouse & Bar located at Castle Quay. Using ‘low and slow’ techniques they are serving up some delicious Brisket, Ribs, Wings, Burgers, amazing sides, awesome cocktails, craft beers and more. Superbly located with a lovely terrace area too. BBTEA is Bedford’s newest, family owned and family run, premium bubble tea shop located on the High Street. Selling traditional Taiwanese bubble tea, you can find a range of milk teas and fruit teas on offer, and if you’re feeling peckish try their bubble waffles in three sweet flavours: Nutella, Banoffee and Strawberry Cheesecake.

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I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, BUT I HAVE TOO MANY COMMITMENTS! MEET JENNIE – ONE OF OUR VOLUNTEERS………

I’m a mum of triplets and live a hectic life juggling work and family life. Despite being so busy, I wanted to try and make a difference in my local community. However, with so little time, I wasn’t sure it was possible and I didn’t

know where to start. A chance advert led me to Friends for Life, a charity which recruits and trains volunteers to visit care home residents that receive few, or no visitors. Having recently lost my Mum, I had become aware of how lonely older people can feel as they become more physically and mentally incapacitated. By giving just 1 hour of my time per week, I could make a difference to someone’s life. If I added up all of the time I spent scrolling through social media in a week, rather ashamedly I imagined it was a lot more than this. So that’s how it all began. You receive training, meet other volunteers and are completed supported in the role. It can involve just listening and talking to your resident or you can go out for coffee or a walk (depending on their capabilities). It definitely fills the need I had for making a difference and I hope this shows that if I can fit it in, most people can! If Jennie’s story resonates with you, please get in touch. We have a very diverse group of 70 volunteers supporting 35 homes and we’d love more people to join us and help end social isolation in the elderly.

Can you make a difference? If you have just 1 hour to spare a week then you can!

Friends for Life are a registered charity which provides friendship and company to residents in Bedfordshire care homes. We are looking for more volunteers to become personal befrienders, who can offer time, friendship and company to those that need it the most. It’s a very flexible role, which fits around existing commitments and makes a huge difference to elderly residents that receive few, if any visitors. It can involve chatting, reading, going out for a coffee or walk in the park. If you are interested in finding out more about volunteer befriending, we would love to hear from you.

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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 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 “Christina Rossetti and her artists” and “Art inspired by Wine” Annual Membership is £4, guests £8 a visit. We are a friendly welcoming society so do get in touch. Sara Tusting, membership secretary greatousevalleymembers@gmail. com 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 MACHINE KNITTING GROUP. Alternate Fridays 9.30 – 12.30 September to July Beginners and Improvers welcome Wilden Village Hall, 2 High St, Wilden, Bedford MK44 2PB. Sheila Day Tel:01234 771328 BEDFORDSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Meet the 1st Friday of every month. New members welcome Contact Lynn on 01234 306482 Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School, Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX. www.bfhs.org.uk

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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. St Peter’s Church, De Pary’s Avenue, Bedford Contact Anne 07548 840856 or Jenny 01234 824568 or email Marianne marianne.sellers@virginmedia.com SKETCH FRIDAYS Every Friday, 12pm – 4pm Free Explore the works in our beautiful galleries and be inspired to create your own work of art. Materials are provided, or you can bring your own. Please do not bring paint or materials that might cause damage to the collection. The Higgins Bedford Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD. 01234 718618

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COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY BEDFORD “WHAT IS THE BIBLE?” A SEVEN WEEK COURSE, Tuesdays 10th September to 22nd October. A warm and friendly group finding out more about the bible. We meet at All Nations Church, Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7QF. Contact Alyson Little: little_alyson@hotmail.com

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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

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

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

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LOCAL FRIENDSHIP GROUP. We meet at a local public venue every Wednesday 7 to 10pm. New members Welcome Call 07835 732412/07925 910639. Email: friendshipclub365@gmail. com

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

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

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

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@abbeyfield.com

DANCING STARS LINEDANCE CLUB Thurs (Dances From Absolute Beginners To Beginners) Beginners 7.00pm – 8.00pm Improver/Intermediate 8.00pm – 10.00pm (Dances From Improvers To Intermediate) www.dancingstars.comli.com/ Kempston Hammers Social And Sports Club 134 High Street High Street Kempston MK42 7BN (Air Conditioned Hall/On Site Parking) Tel 07969847553

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

BEDFORD FOLK DANCE CLUB Thursday eves 8 – 10 pm Friendly Country and Folk Dance Club. £3 incl. Refreshments St Mary’s Church Hall Church Lane, Goldington Bedford, MK41 0HL No partner required Ron Law 01234 825574 www.bedfordfolkdanceclub.com

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SILVER LINING CLUB FOR THE SILVER HAIRED First & third Tuesday of the month 2pm4pm 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.

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 www.meninshedsbedford.org.uk

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OVER 70’S GENTLE EXERCISE CLASSES Every Monday and Wednesday (except bank holidays) Mon – Bedford Central Library (3rd floor meeting room) Weds – Bedford International Athletics Stadium £4 per session Tel 01234 718835 www.bedford.gov.uk/sport BEDFORD MASCULAR SUPPORT GROUP Third Monday of each month at 10:30 am. Volunteer Centre, 43 Bromham Rd Offering practical and emotional support to people suffering central vision loss or Macular Disease. Speakers on a range of related topics. Info 01234 708613. HEARTS IN BEDS CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP First Tuesday each month 7pm Priory Methodist Church Halls, Newnham Ave, Beds, MK41 9QJ Gentle exercise sessions from 7 – 7-30 pm under a qualified trainer. All welcome, you don’t need to have a cardiac condition to join us. Contact Ted Jolliffe 01234 327791 or email tednmary.jolliffe@ gmail.com Chairman Paul Keech. Tel. 01 2343 211733 Vice Chairman Tessa Whiting Tel. 07799 834026 Sec. Ted Jolliffe Tel 01234 327791

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CLUBS & GROUPS BOSOM PALS – BREAST CANCER CHARITY 2nd Wednesday of each month 7.30pm to 9.45pm Friendly support group for ladies who have or have had breast cancer. Our aim is to provide information and support to help those going through breast cancer treatment and beyond. Social activities throughout the year. Transfiguration Church Hall, Bedford Rd, Kempston, MK42 8BQ Contact Denise 01234 771746 or Pauline 01234 350079 or email bosom-palsbedford@outlook.com

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BEDFORD & DISTRICT SCALE MODEL CLUB Alternate Tuesday evenings 7.00pm – 10pm Southfields Community Centre, Southfields Rd, Kempston, MK42 7NR Did you build Airfix kits in your youth? Looking to return to the hobby? Experienced modeller looking to hook up with like-minded people and pass on hints and tips? Or are you a complete novice looking to make a start on your first kit? All ages welcome, whatever your skill level, and welcome all types of modelling subjects and media. Our main aim to is to have fun and exchange ideas and advice in a friendly atmosphere. Check out meeting times at www. bedfordmodelclub.co.uk or call Mark Peacock on 07963 956221

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KEMPSTON AND DISTRICT MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY Every Wednesday 7.30pm-10pm NEW VENUE Kempston East Methodist Church. New members welcome. Contact Brian Woodcock on 07795251988 or brw60029@gmail.com

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STEADY FOLK MUSIC SESSION Last Tues of each month 7.30pm All standards of musician welcome whatever they play.Burnaby Arms, Stanley Street, Bedford MK41 7RU Michael Bliss 01234 308449 BEDFORD PIPE BAND Thursdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm Friendly & relaxed group beginners to experienced. New members welcome. St John’s Church hall (MK42 0DL), Bedford. Contact Pipe Major Donald Reid 01234 268475. Mrs. Barrett (Band Secretary) 01234 360967 www.bedfordpipeband.org.uk KEMPSTON MUSICAL SOCIETY Thursdays – 7.30pm. – 9.30pm. Four-part harmony mixed choir who perform mainly for charitable purposes in and around Kempston. Rehearsals in Transfiguration Church Hall, Bedford Road, Kempston performing light, secular and sacred music. Contact Janet on 01234 781010 for more information.

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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

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“OUSE VALLEY SINGERS Mondays 7.30 p.m Four-part harmony mixed choir who perform mainly for charitable purposes in the North Beds area. Rehearsals in Sharnbrook Methodist Church performing mainly light music e.g. show music, folk songs, etc. Contact Sue Plant 01234 314229.”

BEDFORD GALLERY QUIRE 1st, 3rd, 5th Thursday of each month 7.30 pm We welcome those interested in singing/playing ‘West Gallery’ music from the early 18th century to the mid 19th century. Priory Methodist Church, Newnham Ave, Bedford.Contact Ken Baddley 01234 310018 www.bedfordgalleryquire.org.uk

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MENCAP – SMILEY CLUB Wednesdays 7pm – 8.30pm A fun social club for boys and girls from 9 to 18 who have learning disabilities. Art and crafts, board games, outside play in the warmer months and hanging out with friends! Pine Cones Family Centre, (behind Livingstone Lower School) Clapham Road, Bedford. For further information please contact the club leader Jeff Smith on 07798 762 808 FLAG BEDFORD Thursday afternoons 2-4pm FLAG Bedford (Friendship Link & Action Group) is a social group for adults with a sensory and/ or physical or learning disability, and their carers, who live in the Bedford area. Our aim is to combat social isolation and loneliness. Priory Methodist Church, Newnham Avenue, Bedford. Contact Linda on 07815 196357 or mailto:flag25@hotmail.co.uk 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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The MS Therapy Centre provides therapy, information and support to people with multiple sclerosis living in Beds and Northants. We provide physiotherapy, a hydrotherapy pool, oxygen therapy, a specially designed gym and complementary therapies like APS therapy, shiatsu, reflexology, yoga, Bowen technique, pilates and more. We have the only two MS Specialist nurses in the area as Bedford Hospital doesn’t have a specially trained MS nurse. And finally, as our members would agree, the service which is most appreciated is that the Centre is a social hub, providing support and companionship to people with MS, their families and even carers.

We receive no government support or funding whatsoever and it costs £1000 a day to keep the Centre running. We organise fundraising events like a Phillip Kinsella evening on 4 Sep, abseiling on 12 Oct (down the tallest permanent abseil tower in the word!), an Art Exhibition at the Centre on 5-6 Oct, a quiz evening 25 Oct, a swishing event 21 Nov and so on. We are a friendly bunch, so if anyone would like to visit the Centre, is interested in volunteering or contributing or attending or organising an event, please call on 01234 325781 or email fundraising@mscentrebedsandnorthants.com. MS Therapy Centre, 155 Barkers Lane, Bedford MK41 9RX

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M O N DAY 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

TU ESDAY 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

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CLAPHAM PARISH CHURCH LITTLE MONKEYS Thursdays 9am (Term Time) Free Play, Craft, Songtime & Refreshments. 01234 352814 (Sue) Fellowship Centre, Green Lane, Clapham MK41 6EP 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

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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

BROMHAM BAPTIST CHURCH MESS & MUSIC Thursdays 10:00 – 11:30am (term time only) Free-play and arts and crafts, followed by music- songs with actions and instruments for babies and toddlers.Snack & drinks. No charge, donations welcome. Village Road Bromham, Bedfordshire MK43 8LJ Tel 01234 822681

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 Rd Bedford MK40 1NY

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

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ALL NATIO NS CH U RCH, BRICKHILL DRIVE, BEDFO RD, M K41 7QF. TEL 01234 273773 CHILDREN’S CRAFT & ACTIVITY MORNINGS Wednesday 2nd August & Wednesday 16th August, 10.30am – 12.00pm Join in and have some fun with your children as we put on fun craft mornings. For children up to 11. £2 per child. Refreshments provided. TODDLER GROUP Wednesdays, 10.30am – 12.00pm 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.

TODDLERS FOR DADS Saturday 17th August, 10.00am – 12.00pm Third Saturday of each month 10.00am – 12.00pm This group gives dads the opportunity to meet up with other dads and join in with their children’s activities. FAMILY COFFEE MORNING Friday 30th August, 10.30am – 12.00pm A coffee morning for all the family with children’s crafts, bouncy castle, games and homemade cakes. This time around we’re raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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After 9 years our favourite toys have returned to the cinema screens for another adventure, 24 years after they first entranced us. This time the toys go on an adventure with a new toy ‘Forky’ who was made by their owner Bonnie while at school. Forky doesn’t understand he is a toy, he is made from a spork and other odds and ends), and while the toys family are on a road trip he leads Woody and Buzz on a new adventure, meeting new and old friends, in a small town antique shop. Pixar and Toy Story changed the face of animation all those years ago and they show, once again, that they are still the best in the business. Pixar create a film that has depth and emotion that belies its animated status while still having the basic simplicity that entertains children of all ages. Toy Story 4 will be enjoyed by people of all ages because it knows exactly how to pull our heartstrings one moment and then make us laugh our heads off the next. Woody, Buzz et al have become our friends over the years and they have never let us down.

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BEDFORDSHIRE WALKING FESTIVAL Saturday 7th– Sunday 15th September A range of guided walks across the county, every day and to suit most abilities. Organised by Bedfordshire Ramblers, the county wide festival includes interesting and unusual walks including the popular Greensand Ridge Challenge, which is 40 miles, over the last weekend. Programmes available online. www.bedswalkfest.co.uk

SPECTACULARTS STREET FESTIVAL Saturday 7th September Bedford Park, Bedford. Bedford’s first ever Street Arts Festival! Come and join in the celebrations for a fun-filled, family day where you will all have the chance to get involved in lots of different engaging activities in the four main areas of Dance, Arts, Theatre and Music. Parade times 1pm and 4pm There will be foods from around the world plus three bars serving a variety of beers, lagers, wine and spirits. www.spectacularts.co.uk. WARDEN ABBEY VINEYARD OPEN DAY AND WINE SALE Sunday 8th September 11.00am – 4.00pm Bedford Rd, Biggleswade SG18 9LS Discover the hidden secrets of the medieval vineyard and abbey, why and how the monks made wine, the re-planting of the modern vineyard, and how the volunteers care for the vines all year round. Follow the self-guided tour around the vineyard and browse the growing number of local food and craft stalls, maybe with a glass of one of our chilled wines in hand! There will also be local food and craft stalls, children’s activities, BBQ and other refreshments. Further information at www.wardenvineyard.org.uk Contact 07981 113714 info@wardenvineyard.org.uk

AMPTHILL FOOD & DRINK FEST Sunday 15th September 2019 10am to 4pm Parkside Hall, Woburn Street, Ampthill An annual celebration of local food and drink. Inside the hall there are over 20 stalls selling locally sourced produce including savoury pies, cakes, flavoured gins, artisan cheeses, locally brewed beer, homemade jams and chocolate. Go there hungry because there are lots of opportunities for sampling!

Outside there’s a mini street feast vibe with gazebos and vintage vans selling all kinds of delights such as pizza, crepes, burgers and smoothies as well as vegan food. Live music, bar and children’s activities.

WOBURN ABBEY & GARDENS HONEY FESTIVAL Sunday 22nd September Woburn MK17 9WA The Bedfordshire Beekeeper’s Association will be holding their annual Honey Show plus demonstrations and talks about beekeeping, honey and hive products. Try on a beekeeper’s outfit and have a look down a microscope at bee anatomy. Enjoy a range of stalls including local honey, candles, other beeswax related products and food items plus an observation beehive for you to have a close-up look at bees at work. Demonstrations include the traditional craft of skep-making and candle rolling, as well as a variety of children’s activities. Get advice if you are thinking about starting out in beekeeping and see some of the equipment that is used. For itinerary visit www.woburnabbey. co.uk/events/shows-and-fairs/ wwwwoburnabbeycoukhoneyfestival/ The festival, which takes place in The Sculpture Gallery, is at no extra cost and is included in your entrance ticket to Woburn Abbey Gardens (which are opening especially for the Festival). Tel. 01525 290333


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“Thursday night is Big Band night” according to Swing’s the thing. The orchestra kicks of its new concert season with a tribute to Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. The concert features more than thirty numbers and includes all of the popular hits as well as some that may be less familiar. This concert is a must for all fans of Glenn Miller and his music. Book now to avoid disappointment. THURS 19th SEPTEMBER, THE PLACE, BEDFORD, 8:00PM START, TICKETS £12.50. BOOK ONLINE AT www.theplacebedford.org.uk

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ABBA Forever In Concert (Tribute) Fri 06 Sep 8.00pm The Girl From Tiger Bay: The Dame Shirley Bassey Story Fri 13 Sep 7.30pm You Win Again Sat 14Sep7.30pm Celebrating The Music of The Bee Gees. Paul Zerdin’s Puppet Party Wed 18 Sep 7.30pm Paul and his dysfunctional puppet family are back by popular demand with a brand-new UK tour. The Sound of Springsteen Fri 20 Sep 7.30pm Rob Beckett Thu 26 Sep 8.00pm Come and join Rob as he tries out new material! Simon & Garfunkel : Through the Years (Tribute) Fri 27 Sep 7.30pm

Bradgate Road, Bedford MK49 3DE For more info and tickets visit www.theplacebedford.org.uk or Tel 01234 354321

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For more info and tickets visit www.quarrytheatre.org.uk or Tel 01234 362337 Griff Rhys Jones: All over the Place (Tour Preview Show) Thursday 5th September, 7.30pm Griff is back and once again all over the place previewing new material for his forthcoming stand-up tour. WiFi Wars Thursday 12th September, 7.30pm Wi-Fi Wars is a live comedy game show where you play along! Log in with your smartphone or tablet (make sure you’ve got plenty of battery!) and compete in a range of games, quizzes and challenges to win the show, and prizes! Gerard Logan presents Night Terrors Friday 13th September, 7.30pm Spine-tingling tales of the supernatural from E.F. Benson’s collection of ghost stories, Night Terrors. Christina Bianco: First Impressions Saturday 14th September, 7.30pm The girl with thousand voices returns to the UK with a brand new show for this nationwide tour. Tricky Teddy’s Birthday Magic Show Saturday 28th September, 2.30pm A show for all the family,

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ALPINE GARDEN SOCIETY, BEDFORDSHIRE BRANCH Monday 2nd September 7.30pm Paul Cumbleton will be speaking about ‘Alpines of the Wasatch & Ruby mountains in the USA’. Competitions, sale plants. Visitors welcome £3. More details on http://www.bedfordshirealpines.com BEDFORD FLORAL ART SOCIETY Tuesday 3rd September 7.30pm Pauline Foster’s floral demonstration entitled “Dressing the Dandy”. Visitors very welcome £7 Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN www.bedfordfloralartsociety.co.uk BEDFORDSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Friday 6th September 7.15 pm ‘Bedfordshire & the Domesday Book’ By Brian Kerr Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX Members free, visitors £1. www.bfhs.org.uk HARDY PLANT SOCIETY, CAMBS & BEDS Saturday 7th September 2.00pm Andrew Mikolaisi speaking about ‘The garden at York Gate, Leeds’. Plant sundries for sale. Visitors always welcome £3. The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JH www.hpscambsandbeds.co.uk/ THE WILDLIFE TRUST – BEDFORD LOCAL GROUP Wednesday 11th September 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start ‘Greensand Country: An Island of distinct, beautiful and loved countryside’ – an illustrated talk by Claire Poulton Priory Methodist Church Hall, Newnham Avenue Bedford MK41 9QJ. Plenty of parking available in Church car park. No charge but voluntary contributions are appreciated. Further details available under Events on www.wildlifebcn.org or at 01234 266057 BEDFORD RSPB LOCAL GROUP Thursday 19th September 7.30pm Barrie Mason, one of our members, will be speaking about ‘The Splendour of the Ouse’. Suitable for Experts and Novices, RSPB membership not essential. Entrance fee, group members £1 Guest £2 annual group membership £5 More info www.rspb.org.uk/groups/bedford

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EMBROIDERERS GUILD, BEDFORD BRANCH Thursday 19th September 7.30 for 8.00pm Interested in textiles? Sales table, news about textiles. There’s a short AGM then Laura Marriott will be talking about ‘Travel-inspired stitch’. Visitors £4 Please see www.lauramarriott.co.uk or www.facebook. com/Bedfordembroiderersguild St Mark’s Church Hall, Calder Rise, Bedford, MK41 7UY

COMMUNITY TABLE TOP SALE Saturday 14th September 9am to Noon Entry 50p. Refreshments available, Tables £5 – must be prebooked. Christ the King Parish Hall Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP For information call on 01234 965497 AFTERNOON VINTAGE TEA Friday 27th September 2pm to 4pm Admission £4 – Tea, home-made cake and friendship Christ the King Parish Hall, Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP. For Information call 01234 326291

CYCLING & WALKS SPONSORED ‘BIKE ’N HIKE’ Saturday 14th September 9am – 5pm Visit up to 29 churches in Bedford and Kempston or cycle out to the many village churches. To join in, contact the Area Organiser, Alan Colley (07761 545705 colley64@yahoo.co.uk) or contact your local participating church. JOHN BUNYAN BOAT ONE WAY WALKERS Designed for those who want to appreciate the River Great Ouse both on foot and by boat. Cruise from Priory Marina (parking available), through Town Lock and under Town Bridge before disembarking at Sovereign’s Quay (next to Riverside Bedford) and taking a leisurely afternoon walk back to the Marina. Licensed bar available on board. Thursday 5th September Thursday 12th September Thursday 26th September For tickets visit www.johnbunyanboat.org BEDFORD GUIDED WALKS Led by the Bedford Association of Tour Guides and are about a mile and a half, taking around an hour and a half. Sunday 1 Sept – I Never Knew That Sunday 8 Sept – The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle Sunday 15 Sept – WWII Bedford Sunday 22 Sept – The Life and Times of John Bunyan Sunday 29 Sept – The Jewel in the Crown 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 cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk


WHAT’S ON FAYRES & SHOWS R.A.T.S. COMPANION AND NOVELTY DOG SHOW SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER Registration Opens 10am Companion Classes Start 11:30am Novelty Classes Start 12:30pm Lots of stalls, Tombola, Homemade Refreshments Details of Animals looking for loving new homes. Bedfordshire Growers, Potton Road, Biggleswade SG18 0ER. www.rats-animalrescue.co.uk info.rats@gmail.com WILLINGTON VILLAGE FESTIVAL Saturday 7th September 12noon onwards Family fun with live entertainment. Bouncy castle, petting zoo, trampolines, BBQ, tea & cakes and a licensed bar, Classic Car display and lots more. Free entry and plenty of parking Peace Memorial Hall, Willington Further details: see www.willingtonfestival.co.uk VILLAGE SHOW AT KEYSOE Saturday 7th September Free admission. Exhibits display. Stalls, teas and entertainment for the children. Any enquiries to 01234 378878 THE BIDDENHAM SHOW Sunday 8th September 12 noon – 4pm Show will start with the Chidren’s Fancy Dress competition. This year the theme being ‘My Favourite Animal’. Fun Dog Show, Punch & Judy Show, Circus Skills Workshop, Petting Farm, Bouncy Castle, Hog Roast, Beer, Cider and Pimms Tent. Teas and Cakes (Village Hall). Jazz DJ. A variety of Craft and Gift Stalls and lots more. St James’ VA Primary School on Main Road, as well as at the Village Hall MICHAELMAS FAIR IN AID OF CHURCH FUNDS. Saturday 21st September 10am – 4pm St Paul’s church, St Paul’s Sq, Bedford MK40 1SQ To book a stall contact 01234 340163 www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk/

FOOD & DRINK BEDFORD STREAT FEAST Friday 27th September 4pm – 9pm An array of international flavours from established food trucks and caterers in the local area, coming together to celebrate good food and great company. Bar and live music. Merchant Square, Riverside, Bedford (near Wagamama’s)

BEDFORD VEGAN MARKETS Saturday 28th September 10am – 4pm A great opportunity to eat, shop and meet like minded people. Come and enjoy great hot and cold food and drinks and shop for ethical products. John Bunyan Museum, Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU www.virtuosofoods.com

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE FRIENDS OF ST OWEN’S PARISH CHURCH PRESENT VAUXHALL MALE VOICE CHOIR Saturday 14 September at 2.30pm Tickets at the door – £10 adult £5 u16 Bookings 01234 825454 or 826551 Bromham Baptist Church MK43 8LJ by kind permission of the Minister and Elders Proceeds to St Owen’s Building Project BEDFORD NATIONAL TRUST ASSOCIATION Tuesday 17th September 2.30 Rachael Hall – National Trust Archaeologist Rachel says that quite possibly she might have one of the nicest, but sometimes strangest jobs in archaeology. She has worked for the National Trust for over 10 years. Everyone welcome – small charge. Addison Centre, Kempston, MK42 8PN For more details ring Betty Thomas on 01480 860 421. MILLER MAGIC Thursday 19th September 8pm Swing’s The Thing kicks of its new concert season with a tribute to Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. This concert is a must for all fans of Glenn Miller and his music. Book Online At www.theplacebedford.org.uk OR CALL 01234 354321 The Place, Bradgate Rd, Bedford MK40 3DEE BEDFORD ORGAN AND KEYBOARD CLUB Present popular entertainer ROD POOLEY in Concert Wednesday 25th September 7.30 – 10.00 pm Members £5 Non-Members £6 Pay at door Refreshments/Bar/Raffle Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN

OPEN GARDENS OPEN GARDENS Large cottage style garden open for National Garden Scheme charity Saturday 14th September, 2 – 5pm Several rooms and quiet seating areas, late summer colour with Dahlias, fuchsias and grasses. 40 Leighton Street, Woburn, MK17 9PH. Adm £5, children free

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SEPTEMBER EVENTS BEDFORD CENTRAL LIBRARY HARPUR ST, BEDFORD MK40 1PG TEL 01234 718178 Monday 2nd Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th September 11.30am – 3.30pm Lego, Colouring and Games Drop in for free family fun before school starts again.

REGULAR EVENTS Baby Rhymetime for 0 – 18 months – Monday from 11.30 to 12.00 Rhymetime – Tuesday from 2.00 to 2.30 Rhymetime – Thursday from 11.30 to 12.00 Lego Club – Saturday from 11.00 to 12.00 Sunday is Fun Day – Sunday from 11.30 to 1.30

BROMHAM LIBRARY SPRINGFIELD DRIVE, BEDFORD MK43 8NT TEL 01234 824391 Monday 2nd September 10.00 – 11.30 Craft Lucy Dip Drop in to see what crafts you have missed this summer, plus there will be colouring. Tuesday 3rd September 2.30 – 4.30 Craft Lucy Dip Drop in to see what crafts you have missed this summer, plus there will be colouring. Saturday 7th September 10.00 – 12.30 Craft Lucy Dip Drop in to see what crafts you have missed this summer, plus there will be colouring.

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

KEMPSTON LIBRARY 32 HALSEY RD, KEMPSTON, MK42 8AT TEL 01234 276453 Monday 2nd September 2.00pm – 5.00pm Hawaiian Garland Making Tuesday 3rd September 11.30am – 4.30pm Super Hero Gliders Design a glider with a super hero theme – which hero will you choose? Wednesday 4th September 2.00pm – 5:30pm Dream Catchers Make a dream catcher for your bedroom. Saturday 7th September 10:00am – 3.30pm Space Mash Up Missed a craft this holiday? Drop in to catch up. REGULAR EVENTS Storytime – Monday from 2.15 to 2.45 Creative Writing Group – Monday (1st working Monday of the month) – 3.30 to 4.45 Lego Club – Monday from 2.00 to 5.00 Games Galore – Tuesday (fortnightly) from 2.00 to 3.30 Dice Warriors Games Club (for children) – Tuesday from 3.30 to 5.00 Rhymetime – Tuesday from 11:00 to 11:30

Wiggles and Jiggles for children under 1 – Tuesday from 2.00 to 2.30 Adult Craft Club – Wednesday from 2.30 to 4.00 (ask staff for dates) Adults Colouring Club – Wednesday from 2.00 to 3.00 Children’s Colouring Club – Wednesday from 3.00 to 5.00 Wiggles and Jiggles for children under 1 – Thursday from 11.00 to 11.30 Dice Warriors Games Club (for children) – Thursday from 3.30 to 5.00 IT Buddy Sessions (book your appointment at the library) – Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 Knit and Knatter – Thursday from 2.00 to 3.00 Lego Club – Friday from 2.00 to 5.00 Saturday Kids Club – Saturday from 10.00 to 3.30

PUTNOE LIBRARY LIBRARY WALK, PUTNOE ST, BEDFORD MK41 8HQ TEL 01234 276462 Monday 2nd September 2.30 – 5.00 Craft Lucky Dip Your chance to catch up on any crafts you missed. Tuesday 3rd September 10.30 – 4.00 Craft Mash Up Use all our crafty components to create your own unique craft. REGULAR EVENTS Knit and Knatter – 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 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 from 10.00 to 11.30 Rhymetime (Term Time Only) – Thursday from 2.30 to 3.00

Adult Colouring Club – Friday from 2.00 to 3.30 Storytime (Term Time Only) – Friday from 2:30 to 3:00 Saturday Vibe (children’s craft session) – Saturday from 10.00 to 3.30 Jigsaw Swap Session – 1st Saturday of the month from 10.00 to 3.00

WOOTTON LIBRARY LORRAINE ROAD, WOOTTON MK43 9LH TEL 01234 766061 Monday 2nd September 2.00 – 4.30 Summer Lucky Dip Crafts Your chance to catch up on the amazing crafts you missed in the holidays. Tuesday 3rd September 10.00 – 11.30 Summer Lucky Dip Crafts Your chance to catch up on the amazing crafts you missed in the holidays.

Storytime with Ted for Pre-school Children – Thursdays from 10.30 to 10.50 Crafty Thursdays – Thursday from 10.30 to 11.30 Bridge Club –Thursday from 2.00 to 4.00 (LibraryPlus members only) Colouring Club – Thursday from 3.30 to 4.30 Tiddlers and Toddlers – Friday from 2.15 to 2.45 Knit and Knatter – Friday from 2.00 to 3.00 Colouring Club – Friday from 3.30 to 4.30 Lego Club – Friday from 3.45 to 4.45 Children’s Jigsaw Club – Saturday from 11.00 to 12.30 Lego Club – Saturday from 11.00 to 12.30 Colouring Club – Saturday from 11.00 to 12.30 Super Saturday Craft – Saturday from 11.00 to 12.30

Wednesday 4th September 2.00 – 4.30 Summer Lucky Dip Crafts Your chance to catch up on the amazing crafts you missed in the holidays. Saturday 7th September 11.00 – 12.30 Summer Lucky Dip Crafts Your chance to catch up on the amazing crafts you missed in the holidays. REGULAR EVENTS Fun Time for Under 5s – Monday from 2.30 to 2.50 Colouring Club – Monday from 3.30 to 4.30 Lego Club - Monday from 3.45 to 4.45 Baby Fun Time – Tuesday from 10.15 to 10.45 Board Games Club – Tuesday from 1.30 to 4.00 (LibraryPlus members only) Are you sitting comfortably? Storytelling for adults – Wednesday from 2.30 to 3.30 Lego Club – Wednesday from 3.45 to 4.45

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SPORTS& ACTIVITES ARCHERY Ouse Valley Archers Thursdays 7.00pm – 9.00pm and Sundays 2.00pm – 4.00pm Currently offering a four week introduction in target archery. Run by Archery GB approved coaches. All equipment provided. For experienced archers or those who have completed a beginners course the club shoots indoors/ outdoors at Putnoe Primary School & Field, Church Lane, Bedford. For further details visit our website or contact info@ousevalleyarchers. com

BADMINTON Wootton Badminton Club Thursdays from 7.30pm to 10.00pm Friendly club welcoming anyone who does or has played badminton. Wootton Upper School, Hall End, Wootton, Beds, MK43 9HT woottonbadmclub@gmail.com www. woottonbedfordbadmintonclub. weebly.com

BASKETBALL / DODGEBALL Bedford Thunder Basketball Club Mini Basketball (Reception to Yr 5) Sundays 9.30am – 11am U14s Development (Yr 6 to Yr 9) Sundays 11am – 12.30pm U18’s Session (Yr 10 to Yr 13) Sundays 2pm – 3.30pm Bedford Academy, Mile Road, Bedford MK42 9TR For information email coach@ bedfordthunder.com

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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 payas-you-play basis. As per Basketball England regulations all new members will need to register as a player before their third session – registration cost £10 per year. Bedford Academy, Mile Road Bedford MK42 9TR. Or visit www.thisgirlcan. bedfordthunder.com Bedford Mighty Eagles Dodgeball Team Tuesdays 7pm-9pm A club that plays at a high level but welcomes anyone from any sporting ability and background. 15yrs or over. Men’s and women’s squad. £3 per session – First session free. Training is at Wootton Upper School, Hall End Road, MK43 9HT

BOWLS Become a Wheelstar at Kempston Bowls Indoor Bowls Club Every Tuesday 12pm till 1.30pm a group of disabled people meet to play bowls from special ‘buggies’ in a friendly environment. A meal is available at the end of the session. You don’t need to have previously bowled. Pop in any from 12pm until 1.30pm for information and to see if you would be interested in a trial. Telephone Anne or Doug on 01234 841071 Kempton Park Indoor Bowls Club Largest Indoor Bowls Club in the area for all ages and abilities. Free taster session followed by 4 coaching sessions at a time to suit you. Bowls and bowls shoes provided for your lessons. Superb facilities. Tel 01234 852291 290 Hillgrounds Road Kempston MK42 8UB www.kempstonparkbowls.co.uk

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Bromham Short Mat Bowling Club Tuesdays 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm (year round) Monday afternoons 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm (September to June only) Friendly group of people that play short mat bowls. First two sessions are free and where training can be given. Just bring a pair of flat shoes. Bromham Village Hall, Village Rd, Bromham, MK43 8JP Contact Sue Amor on 01234 823610 for more details Mowsbury Park Bowls Club Taster Days Wednesday or Friday 2pm to 4.30pm. Outdoor season starts at the beginning of May until midSeptember. Try lawn bowls for FREE. Just bring flat shoes. Entrance is via Wentworth Drive For more info about our club please contact Anne Haynes on 01234 211828 www.mowsburyparkbowlsclub.co.uk Bedford Borough Bowling Club Est over 100 years now enrolling new members and forming a junior section. Indoor and outdoor bowling greens. FREE tuition from qualified instructors, all equipment provided. Just wear flat shoes. Check our website www.boroughbowlin.org. uk or telephone 01234 340736 for more details Bedford Bowling Club Welcome Sessions Tuesday and Friday 2pm – 4pm Warm, friendly club and the green is in a sheltered part of the park. Taster sessions in Bedford Park (near the café), and we welcome anyone who would like to try the game. All equipment provided just wear flat soled shoes to protect the green. No cost or obligation. For full information ring Ray on 305695, Warwick on 403551, or Alison on 343257.

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


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Bedford Girls and Ladies FC Voluntary sports club for girls age 8 and upwards. If you’d like to find out more info please call Jill on 01234 772668 or 07850540631.

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

Bedford FC Mini Soccer Club Every Saturday at Goldington Academy 10.30am till 12.15pm. Boys and girls aged 4-10yrs. £3.00 per child and £5 for two. Our aim is to provide children of all abilities with a unique footballing experience, developing physical, social and communication skills. www.bedfordfcminisoccer.com.

KARATE GKR Karate Classes Wednesdays at 6.30pm to 7.30pm Anyone who turns up for a class who is not already a GKR student will get a free 1 hour training session. Putnoe Heights Church, 32 Putnoe Heights, Bedford MK41 8EB

MARTIAL ARTS Shinpi Izumi Martial Arts Club – Ju Jutsu style Juniors – Mondays -term time only 6-7pm Adult / Senior Tuesdays – all year round 8-9pm St Cuthbert’s Hall, Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR. Please contact Rob Sensei on 07840 314869 for prices and further information One month free trial available

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

Bedford Junior Parkrun Sundays (4-14 year olds) Jubilee Park, Moulton Ave, Bedford MK42 0HL Weekly free 2k timed run for juniors but please register before your first run! Meet at the skate park 8.45am for warm up www.parkrun.org.uk/bedfordjuniors/

TABLE TENNIS Social Table Tennis Mondays & Tuesdays 7.30pm10.00pm All Ages Welcome. Just Turn Up £4 per player per session, Bats Available, Free Hire Coaching Available. Sports Hall, Lincroft School, Oakley. Call John 07921 093199 Bedford Community Table Tennis Club Every weekday at 2 venues: Bedford Academy Mile Road and Church Lane Community Centre, Goldington.Each session is 2 hours. First Session is FREE at Bedford Academy Wednesday 7.30pm9.30pm Call Harvey on 07884 938753 first.

WALKING/ RAMBLING Bedford Rambling Club A small, friendly and sociable walking group who meet on Sunday and Monday mornings for 2-3 hour circular walks generally in and around the Bedford area. We also hold other social events throughout the year. We are always looking for new members and non members are welcome to join us. Please visit our website or contact us for further information. https://bedfordramblingclub.org Email: bedfordramblingclub@gmail. com Phone: Christine 01234 360769

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“KEYHOLE” B I TC H S PAY S The British Veterinary Association recommends that all female dogs are neutered (spayed) unless they are intended for breeding. This not only prevents unwanted pregnancies but also reduces the risk of life-threatening womb infections (pyometra) and cancer of the mammary glands.

Traditionally, the spay surgery has been performed as an open surgical procedure, leaving a 3-12cm stitched wound in the dog’s tummy. It is now possible to perform the spay as a “keyhole” surgery (correctly known as a laparoscopic spay). Instead of opening the dog up and looking directly inside, the surgeon is able to put fine telescopic instruments into the patient and perform the surgery by looking at the organs on a television screen. The benefits of a laparoscopic spay over a traditional open spay are: significantly less postoperative discomfort, faster recovery (usually back to normal within 24 hours), much reduced risk of wound infections, and minimal scarring.

It is also possible to carry out other types of surgery in this way, including liver biopsies, removal of retained testicles in male dogs, and some types of bladder and stomach surgery. The surgical service at Acorn House Veterinary Hospital is overseen by Katharine Nelson, who has been recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as an Advanced Veterinary Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery. The hospital is able to offer both traditional and laparoscopic spay surgery. Enquiries are welcome from any dog owner interested in having a laparoscopic spay carried out at Acorn House, including those not currently registered with the practice.

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One of the questions I’m often asked as a gardener is ‘How do I trim my privet hedge?’ Privet is one of our most popular hedging plants. It has dense foliage which is green all year round, and it’s hardy which means it’s suited to a wide range of planting sites. It’s also available in a selection of varieties and root types, so there’s a Privet hedge to suit most gardens. Autumn is a good time to trim them because there’s little chance of disturbing any birds who might be nesting in them. Nesting season generally runs from March to early August. If you have a small hedge like those outside terraced town houses, then hand-held hedge shears are fine, but for large hedges an electric or even a petrol hedge-trimmer is definitely easier. If you have one, give it a check over and make sure it’s sharp and well lubricated. Safety should be paramount. Wear safety goggles and sturdy gloves. It’s not overkill. I once spent Saturday afternoon in eye casualty because a small sharp twig flew into my eye while I was trimming a hedge. It hurt and took ages to heal properly so be warned. Before starting, remove any potential obstacles on the ground which might prove to be a trip hazard. Avoid using powered tools above shoulder 48

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Top Tips Straight edges are difficult to cut by eye. Use a taut horizontal string tied between two stout canes to act as a guide so you can cut the top of the hedge level. For vertical lines use canes or stakes pushed into the ground. When using shears, ensure that the top of the hedge is cut level and flat by keeping the blades of the shears parallel to the line of the hedge. When using a hedge trimmer, keep the blade parallel to the hedge and use a wide, sweeping action working from the bottom of the hedge upwards, so that the cut foliage falls away


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CONIFER SHOOT MINER Conifer shoot miner (Argyresthia dilectella) is a small moth, with a wingspan of about 8 mm. This is one of several related species of Argyresthia that are becoming more widespread through out the UK as a result of the increase in garden juniper (Juniperus) and cypress (Chamaecyparis) plantings.

The moth can cause severe and highly visible damage (shoot tip dieback and foliar scorch) to infested trees. Damage commonly occurs on hedges and individual specimen trees in urban settings. Damage caused by the early instar larvae (mined scale leaves) usually goes unnoticed. Late instar larvae hollow out entire shoot tips. Infested trees appear scorched and the dead hollowed out twigs are easily broken off. Heavy feeding will injure leaf cells and reduce leaf tissue area leading to a loss of plant vitality. If complete defoliation occurs the plant may die. Contact insecticides such as spray oil in combination with a synthetic pyrethroid offer the best form of control. They are mainly formulated as water based sprays and applied when leaf miners are present. The insect growth regulator is highly recommended due to its persistence within the tree providing long term control. Growth regulators kill only moths and caterpillars, having no effect against beneficial insects. Application early in the growing season is recommended. No biological control agents exist.

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Bedford Blues are delighted to announce prop Sean McCarthy as club captain for the 2019/20 Greene King IPA Championship season. The impact made by McCarthy since joining the Blues from Jersey Reds in the summer of 2017 has been truly remarkable and he has truly embedded himself in the Bedford front row making over 50 appearances in his two seasons at Goldington Road. Following the retirement of scrum half Lee Dickson at the end of last season, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has installed the captaincy on 28 year old McCarthy who is already one of the senior and most respected members of the Bedford squad.

“To say this has come out of the blue, no pun intended, is quite an understatement. It is a huge honour to have been given this opportunity to lead such a wonderful club and a fantastic set of players and I was delighted to have accepted the role.” Speaking about the appointment, Rayer said: “Sean has been one of our standout players since he joined the club and he is widely respected by his teammates. He is a man who never takes a backwards step and is a great example of what a professional athlete should be so I am obviously delighted that he has agreed to take over the captaincy of Bedford Blues” You can buy tickets for all of Bedford’s home games at www.bedfordrugby.co.uk.

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