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COUNCIL THE HIGGINS BEDFORD CELEBRATES RAE BEDFORD’S CONTRIBUTION TO CONCORDE RAE Bedford’s Contribution to Concorde at The Higgins Bedford celebrates RAE Bedford’s major, but often unrecognised, contribution to Concorde, the world’s first fully operational supersonic airliner. Fifty years ago, on 9 April 1969, the UK’s prototype Concorde supersonic airliner made its maiden flight at Filton, near Bristol. This was the culmination of more than 20 years of advanced research at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) Bedford and elsewhere. To celebrate this event the Bedford Aeronautical Heritage Group, in collaboration with The Higgins Bedford, has created a display to illustrate the major research contributions made by RAE Bedford to the Concorde project.


BEDFORD SCHOOLS AWARDED THE MUSIC MARK MEMBERSHIP Six Bedford Borough schools, Biddenham International School and Sports College, Goldington Academy, Putnoe Primary, Cauldwell Primary, Springfield Primary and Wilstead Primary, have been recognised by Bedford Music Hub for their contribution to music education when they were awarded the ‘Music Mark Membership’. The schools were presented their certificates at a ceremony hosted by Bedford School. Bedford Music Hub is funded by Arts Council England and is a member of Music Mark, a national membership organisation, subject association and charity that believes in the fundamental right of all children and young people to experience a high-quality music education, in and out of their schools. For further details about Bedford Music Hub and its music offer to children and young people contact

CONSULTATION ON PUBLIC SPACE PROTECTION ORDERS Bedford Borough Council is consulting on the renewal of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs).

Council will be able to continue to take action against those individuals that commit these antisocial behaviours.

In 2016 two PSPOs were introduced in Bedford Borough: restricting cycling in the pedestrianised area of the town centre from 9am to 6pm, and dog control orders for various areas of the Borough.

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These Orders are set to expire later this year, and the Council is holding a consultation on extending them for another three years. By extending the duration of the PSPOs the 4

Hard copies of the consultation can also be found at Borough Hall, the Customer Service Centre and local libraries, and you can reply by email to or by writing to Consulting Bedford, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP. Responses must be received by Friday 26 April 2019.

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N’T SS – IT SHOULD E C C A Y IT IL B A DIS PECIAL. BE ANYTHING S For those who occasionally think that politics doesn’t achieve anything (how can you possibly think that! ) here is a good news story. For those who think that all politics is polarised, and nobody ever sees anything good in what another party says or does, here is yet more good news. Last month saw an announcement by Transport Minister Nus Ghani that Biggleswade Station would receive part of a £300m pot of funding to ensure access for those with disabilities. Stations chosen will receive funding for new lifts and bridges. The announcement was the culmination of a long campaign from those concerned with local disability access in transport, and proved that determined effort, consultation and consistent lobbying with rail interests,raising the issue directly with Ministers and keeping going could actually pay off. While we would all love to see every station in the country instantly converted under a scheme commenced in 2006, which has already benefited 200 stations with similar major improvements, and some 1,500 with minor ones, there was never a guarantee that Biggleswade would be one of them. So a massive thank you from me to all the campaigners, of whatever party- you have truly done this. And a particular word to my opponent for Labour at the last election, Julian Vaughan – who knows his rail industry well. It’s not that unusual – and no discredit- for those who lose 6

Well of course this will be fantastic, but my point is that access for those with disabilities should be routine. general elections to simply disappear. But Julian and I have seen eye to eye on this, and he has worked with me and Conservatives like Biggleswade councillor Steve Watkins to get it through. At a time when politics badly needs a boost, and showing what can be achieved, and how we can work together, this has come at a good time. And finally, nothing special? Well of course this will be fantastic, but my point is that access for those with disabilities should be routine. I remember learning from conversations with many people nearly twenty five years ago, as Minister then, how wretched it was to have to plan every journey by bus, train or taxi well in advance because ‘special arrangements’ had to be made, rather than waking up in the morning and thinking ‘I want to go out for the day’ as millions of others do. It should be as easy for anyone with a disability to feel the same. I was pleased to be in on some of the early changes in the law on disability access in those days, and therefore very pleased to know that progress is still being made.

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Volunteering brings great rewards and we have opportunities for all. View hundreds of options through our online facility where you can register as a volunteer and apply. Search for this month’s featured roles by adding the name of the organisation into the keyword field on our on-line role search facility at Living It Up Events CIC – Become a gig buddy and team up with someone with a learning disability/ autism so that they can enjoy events in the local community. Barnardo’s is looking for people who can help at their contact centres, to facilitate meetings for parents and young people in Bedford. Bedford Music Club is looking for someone who could oversee and implement their marketing plan and strategy for membership and concerts and generate new publicity ideas. Stonewater Housing is looking for someone who can make contacts and relationships with organisations providing community services to older people, whilst providing support to help and encourage individuals to build confidence and access services. Citizens Advice Bedford require an advisor who will, following training, talk to clients over the phone, face to face, or online. Good IT, admin, research and language skills required. FACES Bedford has a scheme supporting families at risk of, or experiencing a level of domestic abuse and would like some volunteers to help provide tailored support to a family in their own home for 2-3 hours. Tools with a Mission has an opportunity for a volunteer tool collector, responding to requests from members of the public to collect donated tools and store them until they can be picked up. 43 Bromham Road, Bedford Call 01234 354 366 or Email 14

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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 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 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. 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


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



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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by Celeste Ng A perfect family, living in a perfect house, in a perfect little American town called Shaker Heights. The Richardsons, led by matriarch Elena are pillars of their community. A community where everything is carefully planned, from the road layout to the colour of the houses, and everyone knows their role in life. Elena has one simple guiding principle: you play by the rules. As this intriguing novel begins there is a fire at the Richardson’s house. The three older children, all in high school, are discussing the cause. Their conclusion is unanimous; their younger sister Izzy is responsible. We then flashback to a year before and we are introduced to Mia Warren and her teenage daughter Pearl. Mia is a photographer from San Francisco; she and Pearl live an almost nomadic lifestyle. But when they rent a home from the Richardsons their plan is to settle down. But plans can change. As the stories unfold these two families are drawn together by the teenagers, and tensions arise when friends of the Richardsons try to adopt a Chinese-American baby. Elena and Mia find themselves on opposite sides of a divided community in a conflict that will have far-reaching effects for both families.

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Bird’s Nest Billy Sunday 26 May at 2.00pm Billy and Bo are best of brothers. They both have big hair. Birds Nest Hair! One day Bo starts school and Billy has no-one to play with. Suddenly a magical bird chirps out of his curly, birds nest hair. The bird grants him three wishes Suitable for 3-7 year olds Journey to the Impossible Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 May at 7.00pm The year is 1982, and three kids are in trouble. Bored one day, they try to get into their uncles mysterious attic and suddenly find themselves opening a door onto a parallel dimension: the city of Vernopolis, where no one has fun anymore. Suitable for children 8-12 and their families.

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ARTS & CRAFTS, TALKS & DEMONSTRATIONS Bedfordshire Family History Society Friday 3rd May 7.15pm “Bedlam and Mental Health” by Colin Oakes Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX Members free, visitors £1. Bedford Floral Art Society Meeting Tuesday, May 7th Doors open 7pm With floral demonstration “The Feminine Touch” by Jenni Barker. Visitors very welcome £7 Addison Centre, Addison Howard Park, Bedford Rd, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8PN Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Presents David Fletcher (from the BBC’s Flog It!) Friday 10th May 7.30pm Antique Appreciation Evening and his life as an auctioneer. Tickets £16, including supper, please phone: 01234 771206 Sharnbrook Mill Theatre MK44 1NP The Biggleswade and District Art Society Annual exhibition Sat 11th – Sun 12 May 10am-4pm. Entry to the exhibition, which provides a showcase for members’ artwork, is free. Over 150 original artworks for sale. Refreshments and raffle. Northill Village Hall (opposite the church) Further information about the Society can be found at Alpine Garden Society, Bedfordshire branch Monday 13th May 7.30pm Jim Almond will talk on Fritillarias and other choice bulbs. Competitions, sale plants. Visitors welcome £3. Wilstead Village Hall, Cotton End Road, Wilstead MK45 3BX Bedford RSPB local group Thursday 16th May 7.30pm Cleo Small, the RSPB’s Senior Policy Officer, Global Seabird Programme, and will talk to us this evening on the ‘Campaign to save the Albatross’ Meet at ARA club, Manton Lane Bedford MK41 7PF


Embroiderers Guild, Bedford branch Thursday 16th May 7.30 for 8.00pm Sales table, news about textiles. Michala Gyetvai will speak on ‘Enchanted landscapes’. See for inspiration for inspiration and information. St Mark’s Church Hall, Calder Rise, Bedford, MK41 7UY Biddenham Gardeners Association Tuesday 21st May 7.30pm “A Taste of Capel Manor” By Anne Luder Visitors very welcome. Admission £5 per meeting Includes Raffle & refreshments Biddenham Village Hall, Nodders Way, Biddenham, Bedford MK40 4BJ Warden Abbey Vineyard Tours & Tastings Saturday 25th May 10.30am and 2pm Booking essential Bedford Road, Biggleswade SG18 9LS Tel 07981 113714.

COMMUNITY / CHARITY EVENTS Elstow Abbey May Festival Saturday 4th May 12 noon – 4pm Stalls, Entertainment, BBQ, Hog Roast, Cream teas, Bedford Brass, Craft stalls, Games, Funfair, Ice creams and more. Maypole dancing by children from Elstow Primary School. Procession 2pm followed by crowning of the May Queen 2019 Moot Hall Green, Church End, Elstow, Bedford MK42 9XT Barn Dance Fri 10th May 7.30pm Raffle, Bar available, Dancing. Bring your own food Tickets £5 adults, £3 child. Christ the King Parish Hall Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP For information call on 01234 96549 The 155th Bedford Amateur Regatta Saturday 11th May One of the oldest and largest single day river regattas in the country. The Embankment, Bedford Jumble Sale Saturday 11th May 10am to noon Keysoe Village Hall MK44 2JE. Funds raised will help to finance The Village Show at Keysoe. Further information from 01234 378878

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NATURE WALKS Bedford RSPB local group Sunday 5th May – Dawn Chorus. Free to all. Meet 5:00am in Priory Country Park, Barkers Lane, Bedford MK 41 9DJ. Joint event with Beds Birds

‘Time for a Cuppa’ Celebrating 10 Years Friday 17th May 10.30am Please join us for cake and a cuppa and raise money for specialist dementia nurses to help families facing dementia. The Abbeyfield Society, Darell Jeffreys House, 65 Chaucer Rd, Bedford MK40 2AL Guided Tour Of Woburn Abbey Gardens Monday 20th May 1pm for 1.30pm start Includes a delicious cream tea in the Sculpture Gallery at 3pm. TICKETS £18 Available From Felicity On 01234359716 or The Garden Tour sets off from outside the Gift Shop, inside the Fanfare Gates. Suitable for ages 12 upwards. Good disabled access throughout. Proceeds To Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends Afternoon Vintage Tea Friday 24th May 2pm to 4pm Tea, home-made cake and dancing Admission £4. Christ the King Parish Hall Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP For Information call 01234 404563

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE Cantamus chamber choir, conductor Gary Mudd Saturday 4 May 8.00 pm ‘My spirit sang all day’ Madrigals and Partsongs through the ages £10.00 on the door. Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, Bedford MK42 9XT Concludes Elstow Abbey May Festival on the Moot Hall Green, 12-4 East Anglian Regional Team Handbells in Concert Saturday 4th May 7.00pm Programme includes well-known tunes and original handbell music performed by 35 musicians with over 360 instruments and guest soloists. St Paul’s Church, Bedford MK40 1SQ Tickets £12, Concessions £10, Under 18s free. Tickets on the door. Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club present Popular organist ANDREW NIX in Concert Wednesday 29 May 7.30 – 10.00 pm Members £5 Non-Members £6 Pay at door Bar/Refreshments/Raffle Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN Tel: 01234 344423

Bedford RSPB Local Group Evening walk Thursday 23rd May 7pm Free to all, Harold & Odell Country Park Meet at 7 pm in the car park MK43 7DS Suitable for Experts and Novices, RSPB membership not essential. Entrance fee, group members £1 Guest £2 annual group membership £5

OPEN GARDENS The Manor House Gardens at Stevington, Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 1-5pm Open for the National Garden Scheme Charities raising money for medical charities. Tea money will go in support of St John’s Moggerhanger. Lots of lovely blossoms and bulbs, cottage garden and formal garden. The Manor House , Stevington MK43 7QB Westfield House, Oakley Sunday 12th May 2 – 5 pm Gardens of Special Historic Interest. £5 u/14’s free. Homemade refreshments. (1.4 miles from top of Westfield Road) On-site parking Raising money for St. Mary’s Church organ fund Westfield Road, Oakley MK43 7SX

PLANT/TABLE TOP SALES Plant Sale Saturday 11th May 10am-2pm Park Road Methodist Church Corner of Roff Avenue and Beaconsfield Street Bedford MK41 7SB Pavenham Nursery Plant Fair Saturday May 11th 10.30 – 2.00pm Our 10th sale, bringing nurseries from 6 counties together in one place. Specialists in herbs, Clematis, Roses, hardy perennials, shade plants as well as other ornamentals & edibles. Great BBQ food, free parking and keen prices. £1.20 admission The Village Hall, Pavenham, Bedford MK43 7PH Table Top Sale Sat 11th May 9am to Noon Refreshments available. Entry 50p Tables £5 – must be prebooked. Christ the King Parish Hall. Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP. For information call on 01234 965497 Hardy Plant Society, Cambs & Beds. Sunday May 12th, 10.00am – 2.00pm New venue and fabulous bargains; locally grown plants, perennials, veg, container plants. Plant sundries & compost. Refreshments. Admission and advice free. The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JH

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Wednesday 29th May 10:00 to 11:30 Garden Sticker Art and Story

Thursday 30th May 10:00 to 16:30 Clothes peg Dragonfly Craft

Tuesday 28th May 11:30 to 15:30 Sunflower Coaster Craft

Thursday 30th May 14:30 to 16:30 Garden Craft – Decorate a flowery wooden garden stake

Friday 31st May 14:00 to 17:00 Create Scratch Art bug magnets to take home

Wednesday 29th May 11:30 to 15:30 Insect Gliders

Friday 31st May 10:00 to 11:30 Bird Scratch Art

Thursday 30th May 12:30 to 15:30 Decorate a Flower

Saturday 1st June 10:30 to 12:30 Flower Honeycomb Drop in to colour in and take home flower honeycomb decorations.

Friday 31st may 11:30 to 13:30 Decorate a flower pot and plant a Sunflower Saturday 1st June 10:30 to 16:30 Lucky Dip Crafts Regular Events Baby Rhymetime for 0 – 18 months – Monday from 11.30 to 12.00 Rhymetime – Tuesday from 2.00 to 2.30 and Thursday from 11.30 to 12.00 Lego Club – Saturdays 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 Saturday 25th May 10:30 to 12:30 Bookmark Craft

Tuesday 28th May 14:30 to 16:30 Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Storytime


Regular Events Knit and Knatter – Monday from 2.00 to 3.00 Colouring Club for Children – Tuesday from 3.30 to 5.00 Rhymetime for Under 5s – Wednesday from 11.00 to 11.30 Lego Club – Thursday from 3.30 to 5.00

Kempston Library 32 Halsey Rd, Kempston, MK42 8AT Tel 01234 276453 Saturday 25th May 10:00 to 15:30 Ladybird Craft

Tuesday 28th May 11:30 to 16:30 Birds, Bees and Butterflies Join us for free family fun with a wildlife theme. Wednesday 29th May 14:00 to 17:30 Hungry Caterpillar Craft with lollipop sticks

Saturday 1st June 10:00 to 15:30 Spider Craft Wednesday 22nd May 14:30 – 16:00 Adult Craft Club If you love crafts and would like to meet like-minded individuals, share expertise and maybe learn some new skills then come along to our club. Each session costs £1.00. Regular Events Storytime – Monday from 2.15 to 2.45 Creative Writing Group – Mondays (1st working Monday of the month) – 3.30 to 4.45 Lego Club – Monday from 2.00 to 5.00 Games Galore – Tuesdays (fortnightly) from 2.00 to 3.30 Dice Warriors Games Club (for children) – Tuesday from 3.30 to 5.00 Rhymetime – Tuesday from 11:00 to 11:30 Wiggles and Jiggles for children under 1 – Tuesday from 2.00 to 2.30 Adult Craft Club – Wednesdays from 2.30 to 4.00 (ask staff for dates) Adults Colouring Club – Wednesday from 2.00 to 3.00

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Saturday 25th May 10:00 to 15:00 Join us in the garden for a fun planting activity Tuesday 28th May 10:30 to 16:00 Butterfly Craft Wednesday 29th May 14:30 to 16:00 Celebrate Spring by making a lovely memo holder magnet Thursday 30th May 10:30 to 16:00 Create a fabulous bird using Scratch Art Friday 31st May 14:30 to 16:00 Make colourful paper flower garlands to decorate your home

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Wootton Library Lorraine Road, Wootton MK43 9LH Tel 01234 766061 Saturday 25th May 11:00 to 12:30 Colour in and make bug crowns to wear Tuesday 28th May 10:00 to 11:30 Bug Crowns Wednesday 29th May 14:00 to 16:30 Caterpillar Bookmarks Thursday 30th May 10:00 to 11:30 Caterpillar Bookmarks

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Young Farmers SET FOR ANOTHER FANTASTIC RALLY DAY! Bedfordshire Young Farmers are readying themselves for one of the highlights of the Young Farmers calendar – Rally Day. This year the Beds YFC Country Show and Rally is taking place at Walducks Farm, Stewkley, near Leighton Buzzard, Beds, LU7 0DL on Saturday 18th May. The day will be jam-packed with attractions, including animals, tractors and machinery, children’s rides, craft stands, local food and drink producers, displays and of course Young Farmer competitions.

have the opportunity to see prize winning livestock including cattle, sheep and pigs, as well as horses and ponies. The day also hosts the hotly contested Young Farmers Tug of War finals and culminates with the spectacular floats that are this year based on childhood TV favourites.

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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


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


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


Bedford Parkrun 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 http:// 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


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


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. Web Site: Email: Phone: Christine 01234 360769 BedsLife Magazine cannot be held responsible for any changes, amends or cancellations of a listing. For loads more information on local Sports & Activities visit

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Do you remember the heatwave we had a year ago over the late May bank holiday? Here at Acorn House we treated several cases of heat stroke in dogs at our surgery in Brickhill. These cases usually happen during the day but can happen at night if it’s very hot and your dog is predisposed. It’s important to be aware of the signs and know how to respond.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE? - panting heavily - drooling excessively - dog appears uncoordinated, lethargic or drowsy - vomiting - collapse

WHAT SHOULD I DO? If you suspect your dog has heatstroke you should phone your vet’s emergency service. Acorn House runs our out of hours service from our premises in Brickhill – phone 01234 261839 as normal and follow the instructions. In mild cases, move the dog to a shaded and cool area. You can cool a dog down by pouring room temperature

water over the body (cold water may cause shock). Positioning the dog in a breeze or near a fan can help. If wet towels are used, be sure to change them regularly otherwise they can insulate the body rather than cooling the dog down. Give your dog small amounts of room temperature water. Always phone your vet if you are concerned as in severe cases, dogs can die from heat stroke in as little as 15 minutes.

HOW CAN I PREVENT HEATSTROKE? Walk your dog in the morning or late evening when it is cooler. Being overweight, unfit or a breed with a short nose or having a heavy coat can make your dog more prone to heatstroke. Get the groomer

to clip their coat short for the summer. Black surfaces such as tarmac can get very hot in the sun. If you can’t keep your hand on the tarmac for seven seconds it’s too hot for your dog’s paws! Ensure access to shade and plenty of water throughout the day. Check ahead and make sure you won’t have to leave the dog in the car if you’re on a day trip – if so, arrange alternative care for your pet. And don’t forget that dogs (and cats) get sunburnt too! Use a petfriendly suncream on exposed skin, particularly in light coloured animals. Cracking a window in a car is not usually enough to prevent heatstroke. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.


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THE BROWN-TAIL MOTH The Brown Tail Moth was first reported as a pest species in 1720. Since then the numbers of the insect have fluctuated irregularly with epidemics occurring in urban and sub-urban areas. Since 1986 the moth has declined dramatically and is, at present, of only local importance as a public health threat.

The Brown Tail Moth was first reported as a pest species in 1720. Since then the numbers of the insect have fluctuated irregularly with epidemics occurring in urban and sub-urban areas. Since 1986 the moth has declined dramatically and is, at present, of only local importance as a public health threat. Adults emerge in July and mate. Both sexes have bright white wings with a brown body, slight differences being females also have a bulbous mass of brown hairs (hence brown-tail) on the tip of the abdomen. Eggs, (50-500), are laid in August in a single batch, 1-3cm long, on a twig or the underside of a leaf, covered with a thick mat of brown hairs. Caterpillars, up to 40mm long, hatch about a week later and feed on the upper leaf surface until leaf fall. These are at first highly gregarious, dark brown with two small orange/red spots at the end of the abdomen. During this period,

they construct a conspicuous small white silk tent, which is usually found on an exposed branch of the food plant. 50-2000 individuals overwinter in each tent. In spring the larvae are less gregarious, much brighter in colour, covered in light brown hairs with two white lines of hair tufts on their backs. After feeding on new growth they construct large white silk tents. Brown-tail moths cause two problems 1. Larvae carry minute barbed hairs which can cause severe skin and eye irritation. One large larva may carry up to 2 million hairs. In severe cases medical help should be sought. 2. On re-emerging in the spring the larvae eat the buds and young leaves of most deciduous, (especially Rosaceous) trees and shrubs, causing complete defoliation in a matter of days or weeks depending on the density of the caterpillar population. They then disperse to find a new food source. Control can be by either spraying the trees in the spring or summer or through physical nest removals in the winter.

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Clematis Clematis is known as the ‘Queen of Climbers’. It can be utterly spectacular and should definitely not be relegated to trellis. It can used for covering fences and arbours, old tree stumps, sheds and even in beds and borders. Choose wisely and you can have flowers from early spring until late autumn. For beds and borders you don’t want anything as vigorous as montana, which will smother everything it touches. Instead choose a daintier one such as a variety of texensis or viticella.

The flowers of the texensis hybrids look like finely cut bells. “Etoile Rose” is a beautiful dark pink edged with paler pink and “Princess of Wales” is a beautiful rosy red. Both of these will scramble through shrubs and flower all summer. They die back in winter so can be tidied up then. Viticella hybrids produce flowers which look like little pixie hats as they open. “Minuet” has purple and white flowers suspended on fine stems while “Purpurea Plena Elegans” produces double blooms which open into little purple rosettes. One of the most difficult sites to find climbers for is an east or north facing site. My absolute favourite clematis thrives in this situation and flowers in early spring. Clematis alpina “Pink Flamingo” produces nodding, semi-double, creamy flowers veined with deep pink. It has the added bonus of producing beautiful fluffy seed heads after the flowers fade. Clematis prefers its feet in the shade and its head in the sun. Make sure the plant’s roots are shaded: pieces of broken flagstone are ideal, or an old cracked upside-down terracotta pot with the bottom knocked out. When clematis is happy it will flower prolifically. Large-flowered clematis tend to produce a second flush in the autumn, but others like tangutica and orientalis wait to flower until then. Both of these are very vigorous and are great for covering unsightly sheds or old trees. Finally, if you have a sheltered spot against a wall try cirrhosa balearica. This is a beautiful, winter-flowering variety with ferny foliage and pale-green flowers spotted with crimson.



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B LU E S With the Greene King IPA Championship having come to a close, Bedford Blues have made plenty of new signings in preparation for next season. Having confirmed the signings of back rowers Dan Temm and Joe Atkinson from Yorkshire Carnegie and Wasps respectively, prop Scott Jenkins from Scarlets and utility back Matt Worley from Northampton Saints, the Blues have also added scrum half Grayson Hart from London Scottish, hooker Robbie Smith from Glasgow Warriors and prop Joe Wrafter from Birmingham Moseley. Hart, 30, joins the Blues following a season at Richmond Athletic Ground where he has made 22 appearances scoring two tries. Originally from New Zealand, Hart has represented Scotland on the International stage on three occasions having qualified through his Grandmother who was born in Glasgow.

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E AG L E S Relive the drama and excitement of last summer, as once more we open up the Eyrie for international football this June. England have qualified for the semi-finals of the Nations League, and you can watch our fixture against the Dutch at the Eyrie on Thursday 6th June, kicking off at 7:45pm. We’re going to be holding a summer social for the evening, and everyone is welcome to attend. There’ll be food available and exact further arrangements still to be confirmed. However, get yourself down the Eyrie to support your country and your club! 2019/2020 Season Ticket Applications NOW OPEN 2019/2020 Season Ticket Applications NOW OPEN As with previous seasons, submit your application before 1st June and gain FREE ENTRY to all home preseason fixtures. Benefits for Season Tickets holders in 2019/20 include: • 10% OFF all drinks in the Wallace Suite at all home fixtures (excludes functions and fundraising events) • Discounted quotes on Wallace Suite hire • 50% OFF bookings for corporate lunches Season ticket prices have been held the same for the coming season. That means adults can gain access to all league fixtures at the Eyrie for just £170. With us still to announce match day admission prices for the new season, this really is the best way to secure your entry for the cheapest possible method. For more info visit clubs/bedfordtownfootballclub






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