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British artist and designer Edward Bawden’s work (1903-1989) is the focus of the new ‘Home and Abroad’ exhibition at The Higgins Bedford. This exhibition focuses on how Bawden’s immediate surroundings and overseas travels influenced his art. Bawden embarked on his first trip abroad to Italy aged 22, an experience which he recalled, ‘gave me the biggest shock of my life’. He returned there during the Second World War, while serving as an Official War Artist, a role which also took him to many parts of Africa and the Middle East.

The Council already issues fines to those who commit the offence of fly-tipping. It is estimated that two-thirds of fly-tipped waste is household waste which is often fly-tipped because a householder has allowed an unauthorised person to take it away, rather than them fly-tipping it themselves. To crack down on this, a new Fixed Penalty Notice has been introduced which will see a £300 fine issued to people who are responsible for fly-tipping because they allowed an unauthorised individual get rid of their household waste. If an individual is disposing of their household waste, they have a ‘duty of care’ to ensure that they are using a licensed waste carrier so that the waste is disposed of correctly. If they do not, and the waste is fly-tipped the individual who created the waste will be fined, alongside the person who committed the fly-tipping. This new Fixed Penalty Notice follows the Government’s introduction of a Fixed Penalty Notice for breaches of the household waste duty of care.

INTRODUCING THE BEDFORD FESTIVAL OF MOTORING Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2019. Bedford’s beautiful Embankment is this year hosting the first ever Bedford Festival of Motoring, which will take place alongside the regular Bedford International Kite Festival in Russell Park on the first weekend of June. The inaugural Bedford Festival of Motoring is being brought to the town by Bedford Borough Council in partnership with Adrian Grubb of Events with Panache. Adrian has previously been involved with the successful launch and management of the Stratford-upon-Avon Festival of Motoring. The Festival will ultimately endeavour to embrace all things motoring in the UK with special displays of vehicles, ultra-modern, luxurious and bizarre, iconic and soon forgotten, motor sport in all their guises, motorcycles and bicycles and commercial, agricultural and military but most of all, Classic Cars! For further information please contact events@bedford.gov.uk or visit www.bedford.gov.uk/ kitefestival & www.bedfordfestivalofmotoring.com 4

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The 10-year-old Blue Glass business is relocating from St Cuthbert’s Street to bigger premises in St Peter’s Street. There they will continue to retail 400 wines from around the world – but with the additional option of people being able to eat and drink on the premises. Customers will be able to try any of the wines at their table while enjoying hams, cheese, olives and sharing platters. And sample a range of Malt Whiskies and designer gins. There will also be a facility for tasting sessions and private bookings such as birthday gatherings.

The joint venture venue also will offer coffees during the day served with the expertise of baristas who are trained by the Kevin Kavanagh of stylish Frescoes Coffee House in Mill Street, established 15 years ago. Frescoes itself will remain open but they see this as a complementary business where people can enjoy proper coffee with continental style food in a wine bar setting. To complete the tripartite experience the finest cigars will be on sale supplied by Harrison & Simmonds, the 90-year-old family firm on the High Street. The Blue Glass wine bar will be open in the evenings Thursday, Friday and Saturday – ideal for those who want an evening out with friends, perhaps before visiting The Quarry Theatre, or drinks with a difference before visiting any of the many successful restaurants in the area.

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Carers in Bedfordshire Relaxation Therapists Help carers to look after their own well-being and give them an uplift. Whether your skills are in massage, reflexology, aromatherapy or other related therapies, if you would like to support those who care for others in your community, please volunteer. Cruse Bereavement Support As a bereavement support volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care Bedfordshire you will sit alongside bereaved people, listen to their stories and help them through some very difficult times. Requires completion of Cruse Foundation training for five Saturdays, plus an induction day. Sighted Guide You will help a person who is blind, or partially sighted, to get their independence back – taking up new activities and getting out of the house. The role is with Guide Dogs Herts, Beds and Essex team. You will be matched with someone in your local community. Sight Concern Bedfordshire Three visually impaired trainers who visit care homes and projects to raise awareness and improve practice, need volunteer sighted guides to support them in this role. 43 Bromham Road, Bedford Call 01234 354 366 or Email volunteering@cvsbeds.org.uk www.cvsbeds.org.uk 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

Clapham Parish Church Little Monkeys Thursdays 9am (Term Time) Free Play, Craft, Songtime & Refreshments. 01234 352814 (Sue) Fellowship Centre, Green Lane, Clapham MK41 6EP

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

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

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 Church Lane Community Centre Little Fishes Wednesdays Term time, 1.30 – 3.00pm A group for under 1 year olds and their parents/carers that takes place in the Church Centre. Christ Church Bedford, 140 Dudley Street, Bedford MK40 3SX Church Lane Community Centre JelliTots Tuesdays 10am – 11.30am (Term Time) Play, craft, stories and songs for babies and children 0-3yrs Tea, Biscuits & snacks. £1 per child. 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

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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. From time to time, depending on need and interest we put on talks on child development, baby weaning, play ideas etc. Toddler Group Wednesdays, 1.30pm – 3.00pm (Term Time) Parents and carers of children aged from birth to 4 years are welcome to drop in, have a drink and chat while the children enjoy craft, play and music activities. Kids Club Wednesdays, 5.45pm – 7.00pm (Term Time) A mixture of games, quizzes and challenges, and each week we have a short bible story told through puppets, drama or interactive storytelling. Toddlers For Dads Saturday 16th March, 10.00am – 12.00pm On the third Saturday morning of each month, this group gives dads the opportunity to meet up with other dads and join in with their children’s activities

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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 have changed venue to Flitwick Village Hall, 11 Dunstable Rd, Flitwick, Bedford MK45 1HP Art Friends – Art for fun and friendship for all Thursdays 9.30am – 12.30pm Supportive club where beginners to those more experienced can develop their art work. Suggested donation £4 Bromham Baptist Church, Village Road, Bromham, MK43 8JP Enquiries please call: Jackie 07880 518465, Kevin 07780 756436 or Lindsay 07960 329609 Flower School Thursday evenings 5pm – 7pm Various arrangements covered with a demo followed by the opportunity for students to complete the same design to take home. April Flowers, 90 High Street, Clapham. Booking essential Call Amy on 01234 343335 / 07794 827137 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 Friday Daubers Every Friday 1pm-4pm Friendly group of amateur daubers meet to spend a few hours enjoying our hobby. We use a variety of media. If you enjoy drawing and/or painting why not join us. 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford Contact Anne 07548 840856 or Jenny 01234 824568 or email Marianne 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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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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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, keith@krose.plus.com 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, keith@krose.plus.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 Pat 01234 308224 for more details. Tudor Reeds Folk Dance Club First, Third and Fifth Weds of month eve 8-10pm Friendly social Folk Dancing Club It’s good fun for only £1 incl. refreshments No partner required. St Marks Church Hall, Calder Rise (off Avon Drive), Brickhill, Bedford MK41 7UY Rosemary Mcneilage 01234 405594 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 www.dancingstars.comli.com

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s Bedford Folk Dance Club Thursday eves 8 – 10 pm Friendly Country and Folk Dance Club £2.50 incl. Refreshments Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford MK41 8EB No partner required Ron Law 01234 825574 www.bedfordfolkdanceclub.com 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) www.dancingstars.comli.com tel:07969847553/ Bedford Fine Companions Folk Dance Club Friday 8pm to 10pm 9 (Term Time) We are a friendly group always ready to welcome new members. No partner required. Hazeldene School Bedford MK41 9AT (use Hartshill entrance). Chris Rutt email:-carutt@ntlworld.com or telephone 01462 700451 www.finecompanions.wordpress.com or find us on Facebook.

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Silver lining Club for the Silver Haired First and 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: friendshipclub365@gmail.com Golden Friendship Club – for the over 50’s Every Thursday 2 – 4pm Christ the King Parish Hall Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP Bingo, cards, tea and talk, outings, lunches and more. 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@ abbeyfield.com

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 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 All enquiries: Sarah Curtin 01234 348735 or email s.curtin@abbeyfield.com 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

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Over 70’s Gentle Exercise Classes Every Monday and Wednesday (ex bank holidays) Mondays – Bedford Central Library (3rd floor meeting room) Wednesday – 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 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. Raffle at the end of the evening. 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 01 234 327791

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WHAT’S ON 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 bosom-palsbedford@outlook.com The Higgins Bedford Wellbeing Classes Gardening for wellbeing Every Monday afternoon (except bank holidays) 2pm – 4pm – free activity Yoga Every Monday (except bank holidays) 10.30am – 11.30am in our beautiful Wixamtree art gallery Mindful Table Tennis Every Monday (except bank holidays) 2pm – 3pm £2 per person Steady and Social Tai Chi Every Tuesday 10am – 11am in our beautiful Wixamtree art gallery Reminiscence Groups First Thursday of every month 11am – 12pm Join Lydia Saul, our Keeper of Social History, with reminiscence boxes and sessions on themes from the past – free activity Saturday Stress Busting 26th January, 23rd February, 23rd March 2019 1pm – 4pm, Free A variety of sociable and relaxing activities to help improve your feelings of wellbeing. Meditative yoga, creative art activities and playing some traditional table-top tennis games. The Higgins Bedford Castle Ln, Bedford MK40 3XD 01234 718618. www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

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Our friendly reading group has been meeting once a week since April 2017. We shall have our 100th gathering in a few months’ time. We meet every Wednesday at Wootton library, from 2:30 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 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. Activities include: Art and crafts, board games, outside play in the warmer months and hanging out with friends! Pine Cones Family Centre, (behind Livingstone Lower School) Clapham Road, Bedford. For further information please contact the club leader Jeff Smith on 07798 762 808

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

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. www.bedfordmencap.org.uk

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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

Steady Folk Music Session Last Tuesday of each month 7.30pm All standards of musician welcome whatever they play. Burnaby Arms, Stanley Street, Bedford MK41 7RU. Michael Bliss 01234 308449 Bedford 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 BedsLife Magazine cannot

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The Bon Jovi Experience Friday 1 March 7.30pm Barry Steele The Roy Orbison Story Friday 15 March 7.30pm Sindhu Vee – Sandhog Saturday 16 March 7.30pm Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2018, Sindhu Vee embarks on a UK tour with her critically acclaimed and Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show

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Black Grape Sat 23 March 7.30pm Faulty Towers The Dining Experience Wed 27 March 7.00pm A 5-star show where Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a 3-course meal alongside a good, strong dollop of mayhem Philharmonia Orchestra: Beethoven & Brahms Thu 28 Mar 7.30pm Carl Hutchinson: I Know I Shouldn’t Behave Like This... Sat 30 Mar 7.30pm Geordie comedian Carl Hutchinson is back with a brand new show Sinfonia: Stabat Mater Sat 30 Mar 7.30pm

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What’sON YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO EVENTS IN YOUR AREA. THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

ARTS & CRAFTS, TALKS & DEMONSTRATIONS Bedfordshire Family History Society Friday 1st March 7.15 p.m “Up with the Lark – Agricultural Labourers” by Ian Waller Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX Members free, visitors £1. www.bfhs.org.uk Bedford Art Society Meeting, Friday 1st March 7.15 for 7.30 Claire Botterill, established artist, will show us how she paints seed heads using ink, wax and watercolour. Free for members, £5 for visitors. Contact Jean Paterson 01234 307210 Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford, MK418EB www.bedsartsociety.co.uk for information. The Forest of Marston Vale Learning Lunchtimes Small Mammals of the Millennium Country Park Monday 4 March 11am to Noon Bedfordshire’s Butterflies Monday 18 March 11am to Noon As there is a cost involved in putting on the Learning Lunchtime talks, donations to the Forest of Marston Vale are much appreciated. Parking charges also apply. Forest Of Marston Vale, The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston, Moretaine, Bedford, MK43 0PR. Tel 01234 767037 or visit www.marstonvale.org/events Hardy Plant Society, Cambs & Beds Saturday 2nd March 2pm Author and nursery owner Neil Timm will talk about ‘The World of Ferns’. Plants and garden sundries for sale. Come and learn about these versatile plants. Visitors very welcome £4. The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JH Alpine Garden Society, Bedfordshire branch Monday 4th March 7.30pm David Haselgrove will give the Wilscher Memorial Lecture on ‘Flowers of Western Australia’. Plant exhibits. Visitors welcome £3. Wilstead Village Hall, Cotton End Road, Wilstead MK45 3BX

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Bedford Floral Art Society Tuesday March 5th 7.30pm Sharon Badger and her floral demonstration “A Vision for the Future”. Visitors very welcome £7 Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Presents ‘Jock Lewes, Co-founder of the SAS’ Wednesday 10th April, 12/12.30pm Illustrated presentation by his nephew, novelist, biographer John Lewes FRSA. 2-course lunch; book signing/sales. Ticket £16: T.Gibbs, 01234782377/ theo@twhgibbs.plus.com. Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 1NP SMT ‘Warm Up’ Appeal event, Registered Charity. The Wildlife Trust – Bedford Local Group ‘Bedfordshire Orchards Survey – an illustrated talk by Steve Halton Wednesday 13th March 2019 – meeting at 7-15pm for 7-30 pm start No charge but voluntary contributions are appreciated. Priory Methodist Church Hall, Newnham Avenue Bedford MK41 9QJ Plenty of parking available in Church car park. Further details available under Events on www.wildlifebcn.org or at 01234 266057 Embroiderers’ Guild, Bedford branch Thursday 21st March, 7.30pm Interested in textiles? Jenny Langley will talk about ‘Textile turnarounds; Fabrics that tell a story’. Sales table, information about textile events. Visitors very welcome £4 including refreshments. See www.arttextiles.co.uk for more details St Mark’s Church Hall, Calder Rise, Bedford, MK41 7UY Bedford RSPB local group Thursday March 21st at 7.30pm Ben Macdonald, conservation writer and wildlife television researcher presents, ‘Rebirding: Restoring our birds and rewilding our landscapes’. Suitable for Experts and Novices, RSPB membership not essential. Entrance fee, group members £1 Guest £2 annual group membership £5 Meet at ARA club, Manton Lane Bedford MK41 7PF. More info www.rspb.org.uk/groups/bedford Alpine Garden Society, Bedfordshire branch Saturday 23rd March 11.15 – 3.00pm The Annual Flower and Floral Art Show. Beautiful exhibits, renowned nursery selling plants, Refreshments. Admission £1. Wilstead Village Hall, Cotton End Road, Wilstead MK45 3BX

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COMMUNITY / CHARITY EVENTS R.A.T.S. Spring Fayre Sunday 10th March 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Stalls, Tombola, Homemade Refreshments Details of Animals looking for loving new homes. Wootton Village Hall. 10 Church Road, Wootton, Bedford, MK43 9GU. www.rats-animalrescue.co.uk info.rats@gmail.com St Patrick’s Dance Sat 16th March 7.30pm Bar, raffle, bring and share food Music from Malachy and Sam Hughes Tickets £5, Children £3 To book tickets call 01234 965497 Christ the King Parish Hall Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP Afternoon Vintage Tea Friday 22nd March 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 Great Barford Community Quiz Night Friday 22nd March Bar open at 7pm, Quiz starts at 7.30pm, Tables of 4, £8/person includes supper. For details call Louise on 01234870443. Great Barford Village Hall, Fishers Cl, Great Barford, MK44 3HA Beds & Northants MS Therapy Centre Third Saturday of every month 10am – 12.00 noon Clothing, Bric a Brac, Books, Linen, Toys and Games Refreshments available. Entrance 50p Adults FREE PARKING 155 Barkers Lane, Bedford. MK41 9RX Tel: 01234 325781. www.mscentrebedsandnorthants.com StrEAT Feast Friday 29th March 4.00pm-9.00pm An array of international flavours from established food trucks and caterers in the local area. Huge selection of tasty dishes, bar and live music. Riverside Bedford, MK40 1AS. Willington Village Market Saturday 30th March 10am – 12noon Celebrate the sights, smells and tastes of local spring produce! For more info or to book a stall, contact Sarah on sjewers1@gmail.com or Emma on 07905 281629. Peace Memorial Hall at Willington, near Bedford, MK44 3PY

FAMILY Wilstead Lambing Day Sunday 17th March 11am – 3pm Come and see some lambs, if you’re lucky you might see some being born. BBQ, Refreshments, Raffle, Tombolas, Games and much more. Please note this event is run by volunteers from the PTA and kindly hosted by the Seamarks at their WORKING farm. Parking is in a field, and we ask that you respect the farm and read the Health and Safety notices you are given on arrival. Entrance £2 per adult / £1 per child cash only. Manor Farm, Elms Lane, Wilstead, MK45 3DS

JUMBLE/TABLE SALES Table Top Sale Sat 9th March 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 Bromham Scout Group Jumble Sale Saturday 23 March 2019 from 1pm Clothing & Textiles, Bags & shoes. Vinyl, CDs & DVDs. Jigsaws, Toys & Games, Bric-a-Brac 50p entry. Refreshments available. Village Hall, Village Road, Bromham, Bedford, MK34 9JP. Bus No 41 – Bedford to Northampton/Stagsden – stops outside.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE Mill Race Folk: Ewan McLennan Saturday 9th March Doors at 7:00 PM Ewan is a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; A songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue. Tickets £10 from eventbrite.com Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT., Music on Thursdays Zelkova String Quartet Thursday 14 Mar 7.45pm Quartets by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvořák Bunyan Meeting, Mill St, Bedford MK40 3EU Tickets £18, Students 18-24 £5, Under 18 £2, on the door www.bedfordmusicclub.co.uk

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Song Recital by young mezzo-soprano, Hannah Bennett. Sunday 24 March, 2019 at 3pm Hannah is a regularly soloist in Opera and Oratorio. Her concert will support The Home of Hope, Mchinji, Malawi, which gives a home and education to over 500 children. Tickets £12 adults, children free. Refreshments included. Contact: 01234 831 136 or www.achurchnearyou.com/willington-st-lawrence St. Lawrence’s Church, Willington, Bedfordshire MK44 3PU The V.I.Peas play the Sunday Afternoon Session at Bedford Esquires March 24th 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm FREE A superb mixture of pop, rock and soul, with the wide ranging repertoire delivered with stunning vocals and breathtaking musicianship, designed to appeal to all ages. Bedford Esquires, 60A Bromham Road Bedford, MK40 2QG Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club Present talented organist, MARK THOMPSON in Concert Wednesday 27 March 7.30 – 10.00 pm Members £5 Non-Members £6 Pay at door Refreshments/Bar/Raffle Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8PN Wootton Academy Trust SPRING CONCERT Wednesday 27th March 7.30pm Adults £5.00 Concessions £3.00 School Theatre Hall, Wootton Upper School, Hall End Road, Wootton, Beds MK43 9HT School Box Office: 01234 767123 Bedford Choral Society Concert Dvorak’s ‘Stabat Mater’ Saturday March 30th, 7.30pm Corn Exchange Composed by Anton Dvorak based on a medieval hymn to Mary, the ‘Stabat Mater’. Tickets £16 and £13, concessions available, students £6. Available from the Bedford Box Office, the Harpur Suite, 01234 718044, email www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/events/whats-on

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MARCH EVENTS

Bedford Central Library Harpur St, Bedford, MK40 1PG Tel 01234 718178

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

Mother`s Day Craft 30/03/19 – 10:30 to 12:30 Make a pop-up card or a flowery window decoration for that somebody special. 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 Springfield Drive, Bedford, MK43 8NT Tel 01234 824391

Holly Cave Wednesday 13th March at 7pm Holly will be at Kempston Library talking about her journey to publication of her debut novel, The Memory Chamber, and sharing her advice with aspiring authors. Copies of Holly’s books will be available to buy at the event. Tickets are £2 each in advance from Kempston Library. Adult Craft Club 27/03/19 – 14:30 to 16:00 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. You do not have to commit to attend every session.

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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 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 Group – 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

Regular Events Knit and Knatter – 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 10.00 to 11.30 Rhymetime – 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 – Thursday from 2.30 to 3.00 Adult Colouring Club – Friday from 2.00 to 3.30 Storytime – Friday from 2:30 to 3:00 Jigsaw Swap Session – 1st Saturday of the month from 10.00 to 3.00

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Wootton Library Lorraine Road, Wootton, MK43 9LH Tel 01234 766061

Crafty Thursdays – Thursday from 10.30 to 11.30 Colouring Club – Thursdays from 3.30 to 4.30 Knit and Knatter – Friday from 2.00 to 3.00 Colouring Club – Fridays from 3.30 to 4.30 Lego Club – Friday from 3.45 to 4.45 Children’s Jigsaw Club – Saturdays from 11.00 to 12.30 Lego Club – Saturdays from 11.00 to 12.30 Colouring Club – Saturdays from 11.00 to 12.30

Regular Events Fun Time for Under 5s – Mondays from 2.30 to 2.50 Colouring Club – Mondays from 3.30 to 4.30 Lego Club – Monday from 3.45 to 4.45 Baby Fun Time – Tuesdays from 10.15 to 10.45 Are you sitting comfortably? Storytelling for adults – Wednesdays from 2.30 to 3.30 Lego Club – Wednesday from 3.45 to 4.45 Storytime with Ted for Pre-school Children – Thursdays from 10.30 to 10.50

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Sports & Activit 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 and all equipment provided. For experienced archers or those who have completed a beginners course the club shoots indoors/outdoors at Putnoe Primary School & Field, Church Lane, Bedford For further details visit our website or contact info@ ousevalleyarchers.com

BOWLS

Become a Wheelstar at Kempston Bowls Indoor Bowls Club If you are disabled and rely on a wheelchair to get around you may be interested in visiting Kempston Park Indoor Bowls Club. Every Tuesday 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

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Kempton Park Indoor Bowls Club Largest Indoor Bowls Club in the area for all ages and abilities. Free taster session with one of our sixteen qualified coaches followed by 4 coaching sessions at a time to suit you. Bowls and bowls shoes provided for your lessons. Superb facilities. Tel 01234 852291 290 Hillgrounds Road Kempston MK42 8UB www.kempstonparkbowls.co.uk

BASKETBALL / DODGEBALL

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. Fun, inexpensive, sociable game for all ages with a cuppa at half time. First two sessions are free and where training can be given. Just bring a pair of flat shoes or even your slippers! Bromham Village Hall, Village Rd, Bromham, MK43 8JP Contact Sue Amor on 01234 823610 for more details

Wootton Badminton Club Thursdays from 7.30pm to 10.00pm Friendly club welcoming anyone who does or has played badminton, sorry no absolute beginners. Wootton Upper School, Hall End, Wootton, Beds, MK43 9HT Freda Dunlop 01234 270638 or garry.freda@ btinternet.com www.woottonbedfordbadmintonclub.weebly.com

Bedford Thunder Basketball Club Mini Basketball (Reception to Yr 5) Sundays 9.30am – 11am U14s Development (Yr 6 to Yr 9) Sundays 11am – 12.30pm U18’s Session (Yr 10 to Yr 13) Sundays 2pm – 3.30pm Bedford Academy, Mile Road, Bedford MK42 9TR For fees and more information please mailto:coach@ bedfordthunder.com Bedford Thunder Basketball for Girls Saturday 3pm to 4.30pm Aimed at new players. For those looking to keep fit and active, make new friends, or simply to have fun by learning 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 www.thisgirlcan.bedfordthunder.com Bedford Mighty Eagles Dodgeball Team Tuesday’s 8pm-9pm A club that plays at a high level but would love anyone from any sporting ability and background to come down and give it a go. 15yrs or over. Men’s and women’s squad. £3 per session – First session FREE Hastingsbury school, Hill rise, Bedford, Mk42 7EB

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Mowsbury Park Bowling Club Wednesday or Friday 2pm to 4.30pm. Try lawn bowls for FREE Just bring flat shoes. For more info about our club please contact Anne Haynes on 01234 211828 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. Bar and comfortable lounge area with restaurant facilities for lunch time meals. Check our web site www.boroughbowlin.org.uk or telephone 01234 340736 for more details

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ies Bedford Bowling Club Welcome Sessions Every 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. Or check out our new web site google “bedfordbowlingclub, Bedford – hugo fox”.

RUGBY

CYCLING

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

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.

FOOTBALL

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 1 0.30am 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. 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

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

RUNNING

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 http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bedford-juniors/

TABLE TENNIS

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.

WALKING/RAMBLING

Bedford Rambling Club A friendly club who walk on a Sunday and Monday morning for a 5/6 mile walk in the countryside. See the website www.bedfordramblingclub.org or phone 01234 360769 for further information. BedsLife Magazine cannot be held responsible for any changes, amends or cancellations of a listing. For loads more information on local Sports & Activities visit www.bedslifemagazine.co.uk

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KEEPING A PET

rabbit Rabbits can make great pets but they do require a lot of time and attention to stay happy and healthy. Here is a summary of the essential care your pet rabbit should receive.

COMPANY Rabbits are social animals and should be kept in pairs or groups. The ideal pairing would be a neutered male and female, but two neutered males or two un-neutered females can work too. It is possible to introduce a new partner to a rabbit currently living alone but this must be done carefully and gradually – speak to your veterinary practice or local rabbit charity for advice.

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Rabbits need somewhere warm and dry to sleep but they also need plenty of space to exercise and stretch out. Large hutches, converted sheds and large outdoor runs with plenty of hiding spaces and tunnels are ideal. Indoor rabbits often benefit from plenty of space but care must be taken to block access to anything dangerous, particularly electrical cables which they love to chew!

75% of your rabbit’s diet should be good quality hay, with some good quality all-in-one pellets and fresh vegetables making up the remainder.

In the UK rabbits are at risk from three viruses: myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) variants 1 and 2. Vaccination against myxomatosis and VHD1 should be given once a year, and against VHD2 every 9 months, even for indoor rabbits.

FLY STRIKE PREVENTION In warm weather, flies may lay their eggs on rabbits, usually around the bottom area. These can hatch out into maggots which can burrow into the skin of the rabbit. Rabbits with dirty or wet bottoms are most at risk. Seek veterinary advice if your rabbit’s bottom is difficult to keep dry and clean; check bottoms twice a day in warm weather; and consider the use of fly mesh or fly papers to control flies. Preventative medication can be rubbed into rabbits’ fur every 10 weeks during the fly season to prevent maggots from hatching – ask your vet for details.

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Bedford Daycare Hospice Your local Hospice supporting the people of Bedford and Central Bedfordshire

Do you or a loved one have a life-limiting illness ? Bedford Daycare Hospice provides holistic care for adults suffering with life-limiting illnesses who are registered with a Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire GP. Services are provided Monday – Friday, from 10am - 3.30pm, full lunch included. All patients are cared for in a calm, homely atmosphere from diagnosis, through investigations and treatment to remission or palliative care; with access to a Registered Nurse on every visit. The ‘whole person’ is cared for; mind, body and spirit. We always encourage the patient to just be themselves in a safe place where the focus is on living.

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GARDENING

Tree & Shrub F E R T I L I S AT I O N

It is now widely appreciated that trees require certain essential nutrients to function and grow. A nutrient is an element that is involved in the metabolism of a tree, or necessary for a tree to complete its life cycle. For trees growing on a forest site, these nutrients are normally present in sufficient quantities in the soil. Landscape trees or urban trees, however, may be growing in soils that do not contain sufficient available nutrients for satisfactory growth and development.

Tree fertilisation can increase growth, reduce susceptibility to certain diseases and insects, and under certain circumstances, help reverse declining health. Common objectives of fertilisation include: 1) Overcome a visible nutrient deficiency. 2) Eliminate a deficiency not obviously visible that was detected through soil or foliar analysis. 3) Increase tree growth, flowering, or fruiting. 4) Increase the vitality of the tree. 5) Reduce potential injury from disease or insect infestation. Fertilised

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laboratory analyses of the soil nutrient concentration. This will ensure that only the correct nutrients are applied to correct the deficiency. By adding only the nutrients required, excess nutrients will not be added to the environment. The process of conducting analyses, setting plant health goals, and selecting a fertiliser to achieve this goal is called Prescription Fertilisation. Prescription fertilisation is a system unique to Bartlett Tree Experts 1. A range of soil samples are collected 2. The soil samples are analysed under laboratory conditions. 3. Once the soils analysis is complete the Laboratories develops a prescription based on the plant species, soil type, goals, and nutrient and pH levels.

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GARDENING

Annuals H A R DY

Hardy annuals: the name is an oxymoron. Hardy plants are supposed to be able to survive the winter aren’t they, but annuals, by their definition, don’t. Productive, adaptable and cheap, they are the ideal credit-crunch plants. They are also easy-togrow, so are brilliant for beginner gardeners.

garden plant and ‘Miss Jekyll’ is a beautiful, soft, pure blue variety with the added bonus of stripy seed pods once the flowers have faded.

For best results sow them as thinly as possible, cover lightly with sifted soil then firm it down. Protect them from cats and birds with netting until the seedlings are well established then thin them out to the distance recommended on the packet.

The king of the hardy annuals though has to be the sunflower. Children particularly love to grow them. Sow them singly in small pots or directly into the earth. If you sow them directly, plant two seeds into each hole and thin to one once they are established. They may need to be staked as they grow. There are some terrific varieties.

Good flowers for the annualnovice include poppy, calendula, larkspur, fried- egg plants (limnanthes), love-in-the-mist, clarkia and cornflowers. If I could grow only one it would be Nigella damascena (lovein-the-mist). It’s an old cottage52

If sunflowers are the kings of the hardy annuals, then sweet peas are surely the fragrant queens. Old-fashioned or antique varieties tend to be best for scent though

their flowers are slightly smaller. The great thing about sweet peas is that you have to pick them to prolong flowering so you have a wonderful excuse to have a fragrant home all summer long. Sweet peas should be planted a little deeper than other annuals. They are very thirsty flowers. My granddad used to line his sweet pea trenches with lots of wet newspaper. He won prizes for his blooms, so he obviously knew a thing or two about it. Next time you’re at the garden centre...walk right on by the showy (and expensive) potted plants and head for the seed section. For a very small outlay you can add colour, shape, interest and completely transform your plot!


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B LU E S Goldington Road will be opening its gates on Wednesday 10th April 2019 for the return of the annual Mobbs Memorial Match as Bedford Blues prepare to go into battle against The British Army (Kick Off 7:45pm).

Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs DSO – a true England rugby legend and a genuine hero of World War I – died during the Third Battle of Ypres while attacking a machine gun post. Some of the most illustrious names in the history of English rugby have played in the Mobbs Memorial Match in either the colours of the East Midlands or the Barbarians, who played each other each year up until 2011 since the games’ inception in 1921. The Mobbs Memorial Match lives on with the British Army facing Bedford Blues and Northampton Saints on alternate years. Mike Rayer’s troops face a strong Army side who begin their preparation for ties against the Royal Air Force at Kingsholm and the Royal Navy at Twickenham in the following weeks. Tickets for the match which will include a Blues Community showcase, The Band of the Parachute Regiment, a feast of military attractions, Bedford Modern celebration and plenty of on field action are available online at

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the cost of just £10 for adults and £2 for Under 18. Entrance to the stand is available on a first come first served basis with only ground entry tickets available to purchase. Click here to buy tickets(link is external). Hospitality is available in the Blues Marquee for a pre-match meal and entertainment for just £35 per person including match ticket. Please email hollie@bedfordrugby.co.uk(link sends e-mail) for more details and to book. There will be a special Match Programme produced again to commemorate the occasion, the Club are looking for local businesses and sponsors to support. Full page adverts are available for £200 +VAT, please contact gareth@bedfordrugby.co.uk to enquire. Proceeds from this fixture will be donated to the Mobbs Memorial Fund which support youth rugby across the East Midlands. The cadet force will also be collecting on the night for The Army Benevolent Fund.


SERVICES

BRIDGE ROOFING All aspects of roofing, facias and guttering. Free quotes All work guaranteed 01234 404080 07542 719971

www.roofingbedford.co.uk

Small, friendly plastering company based in Bedford With over a decade of experience and a strong reputation for quality workmanship and reliability.

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Plastering of ceilings and walls Damaged ceilings and walls repaired Covering artex Plasterboarding Skimming Patch repairs Insurance work

Tel: 07847 307334 E | info@cmplastering.net W | www.cmplastering.net

BROMHAM PAINTING & DECORATING • Full Profession Service • Fully Insured • FREE Quotations • Internal & External Work 30 years experience We only use local trade people as and when required We take on all aspects of painting and decorating and Home Improvements. We are based in Bromham and work alongside other Bromham businesses to help keep work in the local community. 50 mile radius covered CONTACT US ON:

01234 822651 • 07748 032051

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COMPUTER REPAIR/ MAINTENANCE/SALES Oakley IT

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ACTIVITY DAY CAMPS Barracudas 35

CURTAINS & BLINDS Emperor Blinds

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AMERICAN VEHICLE SERVICE CENTRE Atlantic Autos 45

DANCE CLASSES Fiootsteps School of Dancing

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ANIMAL PORTRAITS Fine Art Drawing By Andy

DESIGN SERVICES Doug Dawson Creative

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EDUCATION Polam School

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ELECTRICIAN Craddock Electrical DH Electrical Down to Earth

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EVENTS Swing’s The Thing

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FUNERAL SERVICES Arnolds Funeral Service

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BUILDERS RJS 16 CARE HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY Nelsons Lodge

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SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT SERVICES BedsLife 31 SKIP HIRE Paul Riches Skips

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STOVES Cromwell Stoves

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TILING Dave Moore Tiling

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UPHOLSTERY M&S Upholstery

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VETS Acorn House

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WINDOWS, DOORS & CONSERVATORIES Allstyle Windows 23 Bromham Windows 48 Cloudy2Clear 64 Kempston Windows 40 WINDOW CLEANING J&D Window Cleaning

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CLOCK SALES & REPAIRS

ELECTRICIAN

Clock Repairs • Clock Sales OLD CLOCKS WANTED FOR SPARE PARTS

Call Michael:

01234 217104

Associate member of the British Horological institute for 25 years

www.bedfordclocks.co.uk FURNISHINGS

DANCE LESSONS

Footsteps School of Dancing Modern Sequence teaching and 50/50 social Held at Arlesey WI Hall Friday evening teaching session 19:00PM to 20:00PM

Socials:- Feb/March 8th & 22nd April 5th & 26th 20:15PM to 22:15PM

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Try one of our 2019 holidays 4/5 nights in Torquay or 3 nights in Cromer

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Quality Service Call now at: 01234 302883 Or: 07954161786

● Traditional and modern ● 3 pc suites, wing chairs, arm-chairs, recliners, dining room chairs and stools ● Frame repairs, re-springing, and replacement cushion fillings ● Domestic and contracted work undertaken ● Free estimates and friendly advice

DECORATING SERVICES

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GARAGE DOORS

ALMOND GARAGE DOORS LTD  Bedford & Milton Keynes  New Sales & Installations  Existing Doors Automated  Spare Parts 01234 828953

MOBILE HAIRDRESSER BEDFORD Perms, Cuts, Colours - highlights etc Special Occasions and Wedding Hair

01234 210337 07976 394798

info@almondgd.co.uk

Deborah mobile hairdresser yell (Bedford)

Unit 1a, College Farm, Oakley, MK43 7RX

GARDENING SERVICES

WHITE’S LAWNMOWERS & GARDEN MACHINERY SALES, SERVICE, REPAIR & PARTS

Commercial & Domestic, all leading brands.

01234 826066 www.whites-online.co.uk College Farm, Oakley, Bedford, MK43 7RX

HEATING SERVICES

T.R.Donnelly

HEATING SERVICES

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Local Engineer Specialising in all heating appliances Breakdowns & Installations Fixed Boiler Services £60 Landlord Gas Certs Power Flushing All Plumbing Repairs Carried Out

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Bedford House Clearance House Clearances & Waste Removal Environment Agency Licensed

01234 889 024 We also buy antiques, collectables & unwanted household items

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General House & Garden Maintenance Give me a call, see if I can help you Tony Joslin T: 01234 218923 M: 07761 561131 E: tjoddjobs@yahoo.com To advertise with us please get in touch – christa@bedslifemagazine.co.uk

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Local Wedding & Events Photographer CAPTURING YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION

www.noel.photography • 07837 951852 PRINT PERSONALISATION

SUGARCRAFT

Suppliers of Sugarcraft Equipment Stockists of: PME | FMM | Beau | Sugarflair | Rainbow Dust FPC Moulds | Renshaw | Covapaste and more! Cake Stand & Tin hire also available Knowledgeable & Friendly service Visit us at: 61 Union St, Newport Pagnell MK16 8ET 01908 611 739 | sugarsmiths@outlook.com

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The Will Writing Company Mayfair House 11 Lurke Street Bedford MK40 3HZ Tel: 01234 964911

Free Will & Testament The Will Writing Company is celebrating its 22nd Year in business and is offering a free Will & Testament (joint or single) to all readers. If you have been meaning to make a Will, now is your chance to take advantage of this exclusive offer and give you and your loved ones peace of mind. By making a Will, you decide who takes care of your children and who inherits your estate. Storage facility optional.

To take advantage of this offer and book an appointment or for further information please call n the above number between the hours of 9:00am-5:30pm Monday to Friday.

OFFER ENDS 31st March 2019

FREE WILL VOUCHER

This voucher entitles you to a FREE Mirror Will (normal cost £125) or a FREE Single Will (normal cost £85)

Valid until 31st March 2019 The Will Writing Company

Mayfair House, 11 Lurke Street, Bedford, Beds, MK40 3HZ

Tel 01234 964911

Email:enquiries@thewillwritingco.co.uk

Terms and Conditions. The voucher must be produced at your appointment. To advertise with us please get in touch – christa@bedslifemagazine.co.uk

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