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Contents Red Cross.............................................................................................................4 Council News......................................................................................................6 The Bunyan and Harpur Writing Competition........................................8 MP Article – Strategy and Consultation..................................................10 Birthday Beacon............................................................................................... 12 Parkinsons Disease......................................................................................... 14 No 3. Emporium................................................................................................ 16 Funeral Service Diary..................................................................................... 18 The Crown at Willington...............................................................................20 Corner 5 – Crispy Calamari with Crab Remoulade............................ 21 Eat in Season this Spring.............................................................................22 The London Marathon..................................................................................26 One you..............................................................................................................28 What’s On............................................................................................................ 31 Theatre................................................................................................................36 Dog Microchipping......................................................................................... 38 Meet the Ancestors – Part 1......................................................................... 41 Film Review....................................................................................................... 44 Book Review.....................................................................................................45 Cinema Competition......................................................................................46 Prize Crossword.............................................................................................. 48 Bartlett Trees.....................................................................................................50 Spring has Sprung..........................................................................................52 C&M Gardener Builders Ltd.......................................................................54 Bedford Blues.................................................................................................. 57 Bedford Town FC............................................................................................59 Directory.............................................................................................................60

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Jonathan Vernon-Smith, Susan Brookes-Morris, Alistair Burt, Bartlett Trees, Louise Addison, Sarah Davey, Jeannine Carroll, Bedford Borough Council, Guy Bolton, Nigel Rudgardand Simon White.

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CHARITY

Red Cross needs fundraisers across Bedfordshire

taking people to the shops or appointments, with mileage covered by the charity, but they will now have a backup option if this isn’t possible. It will also be available to any of the Red Cross teams who need transport, including fundraisers, refugee support workers and emergency response crews. In the wake of this successful fundraising campaign, the Red Cross is now looking for new volunteers to help raise more funds to support its work in the UK as well as overseas. Bedfordshire community fundraiser Natasha Robertson said: “I’d love to hear from people with a bit of spare time and energy who would like to help us fundraise in the area. There are so many ways people can get involved, from running a marathon to holding a bucket, or placing some collection tins in shops for us. I love hearing people’s creative ideas for new ways we can encourage donations. “At the moment I’m planning for a big fundraising push in Red Cross Week, which is at the beginning of May” To find out more about fundraising for the British Red Cross, please contact Natasha Robertson on 07753 853214 or nvrobertson@redcross.org.uk.

The British Red Cross in Bedfordshire has announced that thanks to the unstinting efforts of volunteer fundraisers, it has been able to buy a new emergency vehicle which can be used by all its community services in the area. The charity now wants to build on this success by recruiting more volunteers to give a little bit of their time to help raise more muchneeded funds in the area. The vehicle will also be useful to the charity’s ‘support at home’ service, a volunteer-led scheme across Bedfordshire which helps people who may be in need of extra support after an accident, illness or hospital stay to regain their confidence and independence. Red Cross volunteers generally use their own transport when making home visits and

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COUNCILNEWS

COUNCIL NEWS 1-4 St Pauls' Square wins John Gedge award

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he John Gedge Award for contribution to heritage has been awarded to Bedford Borough Council, Aldwyck Housing Group, and V E Parrott (Oakley) Ltd for the restoration of the buildings at 1-4 St Paul’s Square, Bedford. The award was presented recently by Sylvia Woods, the president of the Bedford Architectural, Archaeological and Local History Society (BAALHS), to representatives from the three organisations, in the Mayor’s Parlour. The John Gedge Award commemorates Major John Gedge TD, FRIBA (1903-2001), who championed the conservation of architectural heritage in and around Bedford Borough. The buildings had been unused for almost 45 years, but have been given a new lease of life as much needed town centre affordable housing. The project was achieved with a grant from Bedford High Street’s Townscape Heritage Initiative which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bedford Borough Council and BedfordBID; the Homes and Communities Agency ‘Empty Homes Initiative’ funding; Bedford Borough Council’s affordable housing budget and Aldwyck Housing Group’s own financing.

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The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Thanks to Bedford Architectural Archaeological and Local History Society (BAALHS) for giving recognition to this crucial project which has both preserved and given new life to these historic properties in the heart of Bedford’s town centre. We are delighted to have been part of this project to bring them back into use after they have sat empty and lifeless for so many years. Now lovingly restored and in-keeping with the site’s medieval heritage, it’s great to see these buildings in use as affordable homes.” Joe Cook, Executive Director of Sales and Development at Aldwyck, said: “We are delighted to receive this award and be recognised for the commitment to architectural heritage at St Paul’s Square. St Paul’s Square is an important building and I am proud that Aldwyck have been involved in this unique and ambitious project, which has only succeeded through the hard work of all parties and demonstrates a true partnership approach.” Sylvia Woods, spokesperson from BAALHS, said: “We were very pleased to give the award and thanks to all concerned.”

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#Just Turn Up to Feel Good “The Wellbeing Hub” A brand new social activity session for mental health and wellbeing Since March 2015, Bedford Borough Council’s Sport Development Team have been running a ‘Just Turn Up’ programme to help people access affordable, local physical activity. Now, the Just Turn Up initiative has set up a brand new arrangement which is set to offer the local community a place to go to improve their mental wellbeing through physical activity. Bedford Borough Council’s Sport Development Team has partnered with Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Services, which are provided by East London Foundation NHS Trust (ELFT), Mind and Mind in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (Mind BLMK) to design the bespoke sporting sessions via a ‘Wellbeing Hub’ for people experiencing conditions such as generalised anxiety disorder, eating disorders, panic attacks and stress. The Wellbeing Hub, in the activities room, on the 3rd floor of Bedford Central Library, will initially offer two core sports; yoga and table tennis. There will also be a social walk once a month. The sessions started on Wednesday 2 March, from 1pm – 3pm - and take place every Wednesday, for 16 weeks. Further sports and activities may be added in the future. Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health at Bedford Borough Council, said: “We all know that being physically active is good for our bodies, but our physical health and mental health are closely linked. Often, when people feel isolated, the thought of taking part in sporting activities can be daunting. The new sessions are designed by mental health professionals and

supported by volunteers with lived experience of mental health to support people to feel comfortable in taking part.” Participants do not need to have a diagnosis to attend the session as the session is designed to support those who have personally recognised that they may be experienced issues with mental wellbeing. Following research and a pilot scheme with Mind and ELFT, this new Wellbeing Hub has been designed to support people to feel comfortable getting out and getting active with other people. The #Just Turn Up programme is funded through Sport England’s CSAF programme and the National Lottery funding which has helped local people get into new sports and participate in a flexible and informal way. Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Exercise programmes and other treatments like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness have been shown to improve anxiety and depression, and quality of life for people with chronic illnesses. Other non-active elements of this programme will be introduced to our libraries, and other services, in support of these sessions.” #Just Turn Up team activities will be relaxed and informal and those taking part will be encouraged to do so at their own pace. It is £2 a day for the #Just Turn Up sessions - for as much, or as little, as someone wants to take part in. No booking is required and places are offered on a first come first served basis. For more information on Just Turn Up’s Wellbeing Hub, contact Community Sports Activator, Robert Lindsay, on 01234 718825 or email robert.lindsay@bedford.gov.uk

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The Bunyan and Harpur Writing Competition 2016 ‘Recording Bedfordians’ The Trust has joined forces with John Bunyan Museum to launch a major Writing Competition for children, as part of its 450th anniversary celebrations. The competition is open to children living in Bedford Borough within the following 4 age categories: Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4

5-9 years 10-14 years 14-16 years 16-18 years

The theme of the competition is ‘Recording Bedfordians’ and entrants will be given the task of writing a 500 word newspaper report on a Bedford character. It could be Sir William Harpur or John Bunyan, both of whom have played a key role in shaping Bedford as it is today. Or it could be another resident connected with the town, perhaps Charles Wells, John Howard or even Glen Miller who was based here during the war. It could be written from a modern day point of view, or during the events of the time. Or you might choose a contemporary Bedfordian such as Paula Radcliffe or Alistair Cooke. Alternatively, why not create your own fictional character such as a local lace maker in the 17th Century or a resident in the old Victorian Workhouse (which later became North Wing Hospital). The choice is yours.

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The competition will be judged by representatives of some of the town’s key journalists with representatives from the Beds on Sunday, Times & Citizen, The Clanger and Rosetta Publishing, all overseeing a category each. There will be 12 prizes in total with a first, second and third prize for each of the categories. 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize

£100 of book tokens £50 of book tokens £25 of book tokens

Additionally, there will be special commendation prizes for the most imaginative reports which feature John Bunyan or Sir William Harpur. All prize winners will get to see their work in print, as well as featuring in a special celebration evening at the Quarry Theatre, St Luke’s during the Autumn. The closing date for the competition is Monday 30th May and the winners will be announced prior to a special presentation evening at the Museum on Tuesday 5th July 2016.


MP COLUMN

Strategy and Consultations – what is the role of an MP?

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hen the larger strategic decisions are being made in our region, and in NE Bedfordshire in particular, I have to work out what my role is on each occasion, how I can engage as many people as possible, and how we all have an opportunity to put our views. Currently the A1 East of England Strategy Study is under discussion. The objectives are to understand the strategic case for making improvements to the A1, to review previous study work, other relevant data, and current investment plans To identify the options for improving the A1, understand the operational and technical feasibility, and user benefits and challenges, of the different options. To look at benefits and impacts resulting from improving access to the strategic corridor in the region and resulting from additional capacity. And most importantly from a local perspective, to understand how options impact on the local

and regional economy. This is one of those paragraphs that you feel should end with ‘No pressure then?’ ! So how is this done? The Department of Transport has been evidence gathering, seeking views from key groups, stakeholders and, local Authorities, and looking at how this fits with wider national strategy for road improvements and planning. Locally I have started a series of stakeholder meetings. Small groups – starting with our Parish and Town Councils – to discuss with the DfT team leading this study, to talk through what they know so far, how their current thinking might impact on our local villages and communities and what is the best we can do for our whole area, NE Beds and beyond, to make for safer, better roads, good transport links, and the protection of parts of our environment that are very important to us. I am working with my colleagues, both elected members and officials, on the local Authorities, to aid all these discussions. So what’s my role? Well it’s a mediator, it’s a chairman, it’s a facilitator, and a decision maker. I take my role in this very seriously, I want to have as many views as I can on this study and plan, as well as others that come up. So do let me know what you think. My office can always help with links to studies and information, so do get in touch. www.alistair-burt.co.uk alistair.burt.mp@ parliament.uk Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, NE Bedfordshire

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SERVICES COMMUNITY

Queen's Birthday Beacon to light up Bedford in April

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beacon on the top of Bedford’s Castle Mound will be lit on the evening of 21 April to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Hosted by Bedford Borough Council, local people are being invited to attend the free celebration. The open event starts at 7pm and the beacon will be lit at 7.30pm. So far over 250 birthday beacons are planned throughout the United Kingdom to mark the Queen’s special day with organisations including town and parish councils, local authorities, youth groups and heritage sites taking part. Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the national beacon ceremonies to mark the Queen’s 90th Birthday. The events that take place on this day of celebration can help foster a real sense of community spirit, bringing together people young and old.” Community groups and local parish or town councils in Bedford Borough are encouraged to get involved in the lighting of birthday beacons. Please email brunopeek@mac.com to register your involvement and gain all the information required to participate in the event.

The Queens official birthday will be celebrated in June and marked with a mass street party on the Mall on the weekend of 11-12 June. As with the Silver Jubilee in 1977, the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the nation is expected to mark the occasion with street parties and community events reflecting the events taking place in the capital, across the country. The Government has produced a guide to help communities organise their own street party in time for the official birthday weekend. The guide sets out all the things you need to think about and what information you will need to let Bedford Borough Council know. Organising a street party just for residents and neighbours is very simple and you don't always need a licence. Top tips for holding a party are to plan early and get yourselves organised. Read the full guide on organising a street party at www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-guideto-organising-a-street-party Please contact Bedford Borough Council at highways.helpdesk@bedford.gov.uk to let them know about any street parties you are planning. The Council is responsible for co-ordinating road closures and diversions and will ensure any applications are processed smoothly. For more helpful tips, advice and support for organising a successful street party, visit www. streetparty.org.uk and www.thebiglunch.com

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HEALTH

Do you think you know about Parkinson’s Disease? It’s all about shaking, shuffling old dears - right? Wrong! Of course, some people do fit that stereotype but by no means all. Although most sufferers are over 50, it can strike anyone at almost any age and some have not a tremor or a shake to be seen. A lack of dopamine in the brain causes many frustrating symptoms such as stiffness, slowness and tiredness that make ordinary things like dressing, writing and using a phone difficult. The search for a cure continues. BUT special exercises do help and, if you were a fly on the wall at Clapham Village Hall on a Wednesday morning, you would see a determined group of people who are not content just to sit at home and let themselves deteriorate. To the strains of lively music including Abba, people of varying ages and mobility are giving it their all – encouraged and inspired by their enthusiastic and energetic leader, Jane (whose

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husband is one of the younger class members). In September last year the maximum attendance was just six, but word spread and by this February, numbers had rocketed to 20-plus. In a happy and mutually supportive atmosphere, the classes have evolved to suit varying needs. The tea break is now a regular and popular feature, where there is a constant buzz of conversation. Friendships have been forged and helpful tips swapped among people who may previously have felt isolated and alone. An offshoot of the fitness class is a Nordic walking group (proven to especially benefit people with Parkinson’s) which meets on Tuesdays at 9.45 am in Bedford Park. One in 500 people in the UK has Parkinson’s, with someone newly diagnosed each hour. So if you know anyone locally who could benefit, do encourage them to give us a try. They will be sure of a warm welcome. To find out more, ring Jane on 07740 103227 or email janew02@live.co.uk

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With a huge emphasis on the fashion of upcycling, Michelle can transform your vintage furniture into something totally unique and beautiful for your home, including large and small items. Many of the gifts and wooden signs in the Emporium started life as something totally different and have been transformed to create beautiful gifts and treasures. You will be spoilt for choice from wall hangings and metal signs to gifts, candles, bath products and hand creams. Choose from stylish greeting cards, wrapping paper and why not treat yourself or make a special gift of a scarf, purse or jewellery? All with a slightly different kitsch style and individual vintage flair. If you are seeking vintage style wedding accessories, they can also create stunning vintage style wedding gifts, centrepieces and bunting. No. 3 Emporium, Station Road, Oakley, Beds Tel 07775 874361 Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am to 3.30pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. Please call in and browse! Facebook – No 3 Emporium

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o you struggle to find information about details of a funeral service following a death? Have you ever missed a funeral because nobody told you that a friend had died? Bedford Borough Council has introduced a new service which shows details of every funeral taking place at Bedford Crematorium, Norse Road Cemetery and Foster Hill Road Cemetery. The diary at www.bedford.gov.uk lists the time and location of the service, the name of the deceased and the funeral director. The family of the deceased can also request a more detailed online obituary which may give information including the date and place of death, age, names of close relatives and arrangements for flowers.

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COMMUNITY Councillor Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services, said: “The Council’s bereavement service provides an important service for local people at what can be an extremely difficult and distressing time. We are always looking at how we can improve services and make things a little easier for those people who wish to remember a relative or friend. The introduction of the online funeral service diary shows our commitment to delivering better services for bereaved families in the Borough.”

The Council’s bereavement service manages the Bedford Crematorium, Norse Road Cemetery and Foster Hill Road Cemetery. As well as maintaining the Borough’s cemeteries, the bereavement service helps families with funeral arrangements. For more information about the bereavement service, call 01234 718150 or visit the Council website at www.bedford.gov.uk

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FOOD AND DRINK

THE CROWN WILLINGTON FREE HOUSE

Welcome to The Crown at Willington

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he Crown in Willington is a pretty village pub located in rural Bedfordshire between Bedford and Sandy, just off the A603 and only 5 minutes walk from The Great River Ouse. Being a Freehold pub, we are able to offer a great selection of Real Ales and Real Ciders, which are changed frequently. We are building a strong local trade and have brought in a high quality food offering. We are not a gastro pub, just real food cooked with love. We use fresh, locally sourced ingredients wherever possible and all our dishes are homemade and freshly prepared. We have a Specials Board which is always changing, and an exciting new Menu with a great choice of gluten free options and a Children's Menu - hopefully something for everyone! Tuesday nights is our Steak Night and Wednesday we have our Italian Nigh – come and

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enjoy our 2 meals and a bottle of wine offer . We also have a large pretty garden with an enclosed play area to keep your little ones safe, dogs are welcome and plenty of parking space too. We love to welcome all our guests, whether for a drink, light lunch or three course meal. We also enjoy catering for groups, birthday parties, anniversaries or any special event you may have. Walking and Cycling groups are welcome to come in early (with prior arrangement) to pre-order their food on the day so it's ready for your return. We hope to welcome you to The Crown at Willington very soon. 17 Station Road, Willington, Beds MK44 3QH Tel 01234 831024 www.thecrownwillington.com


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Eat in season this spring

Farm shop expert and manager of Bedford’s Summerhill Farm Shop, Sandy Boyd, tells us about eating seasonally and what should be on your plate this spring.

Who hasn't relished the first fresh asparagus, courgette or tomato at the beginning of a new season. Not only is seasonal food fresher but also it’s tastier and more nutritious than food that has been force grown. Eating seasonally is about eating the right foods at the right time – a crisp salad when the weather’s warm, a wholesome stew when it’s cold, strawberries in June, Brussels sprouts in December. Not only would strawberries look out of place on the Christmas table but they would cost a lot more too. Buying seasonally can be as much as a third cheaper than food bought out of season. Seasonal food is often locally sourced which guarantees a shorter time to reach your kitchen and maximizes the nutritional benefit. When food is left to ripen on the plant, it contains more nutrients, which makes it naturally stronger and more resistant to disease. Eating ripe food close to home reduces the need to source food from overseas,

ultimately reducing food miles and making it better for the environment. The alternative is force-grown fruit and vegetables that are produced in artificial conditions, requiring fertilisers and resulting in watery, flavourless produce. Out of season produce may have been picked six or more weeks before you buy and flown around the world to reach you, losing nutritional value, taste and quality. At Summerhill Farm Shop, we stock a fresh selection of local and seasonal produce and here’s what you should be looking out for this spring: • • • • • • • •

Asparagus Wild garlic Yorkshire rhubarb Purple sprouting broccoli Blood orange Radishes Watercress Chard

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HEALTH & BEAUTY (www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com) lists charities that have reserved places on offer, but there are usually more runners than places. Successful applicants are likely to be selected according to their connection with the charity and the amount of money they have pledged to raise. Entry can cost up to ÂŁ100 and you may be expected to raise a four figure sum! Other admission methods include Good-For-Age Entry, available to previous entrants who have completed the race within a specified time for their age, and British Athletics Clubs can apply for entries for their members. A small number of places are also offered through competitions on the Marathon's Twitter and Facebook sites. Only participants who complete the race inside eight hours receive a medal and have their finish time published in the official results. A small number of runners, known as the 'Ever-Presents' has completed every London Marathon since 1981. The oldest is aged 82, the youngest 57. By Debbie Singh-Bhatti

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ARTS/CULTURE & TALKS Friday 1st April 2016 Bedford Art Society meeting, 7.15 for 7.30 start Tara Tate, talks on the “New Voices & Guises of Contemporary Art”. Entry is free for members, £5 for visitors. Contact Jean Paterson 01234 307210 or Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford, MK41 8EB www.bedsartsociety.co.uk for information. Hardy Plant Society, Cambs & Beds group Saturday April 2nd 2.00pm Des Martin, nurseryman from Leicestershire will speak on 'Plants for damp places' Visitors welcome, £4. Plant sales. Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road Biggleswade, SG18 8JH Bedford Sugarcraft Guild Demonstration Monday 4th April at 7:30pm – 9:30pm Interested in cake decorating? Come and enjoy a night with Margaret Baldry where she will be demonstrating how to make a passion flower out of sugar paste. We welcome all levels at St Marks Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill, MK41 7UY. Pay at the door £6 for non members, £2 for members. Tel: Sue Graham 01234 822174 www.bedfordsugarguild.co.uk Alpine Garden Society, Bedfordshire group Monday April 4th, 7.30 for 8.00pm Talk on 'Beauties and Mysteries of The Burren'. Visitors welcome, £3 Plant sales, plant exhibits Wilstead Village Hall, MK45 3BX Bedford Floral Art Society Tuesday April 5th Daphne Grant, presents ‘Old Friends and New Faces’ Raffle of arrangements Visitors £7 Everyone welcome Addison Centre, Kempston at 7.30pm www.bedfordfloralartsociety.co.uk Bedford Local Group of The Wildlife Trust Wednesday 6th April 2016 Meeting 7-30pm 'Gardening for Wildlife' - an illustrated talk by Betty Cooke Priory Methodist Church Hall, Newnham Avenue, Bedford MK41 9QJ. Plenty parking available, All welcome, no charge but voluntary contributions are appreciated. Further details available under Events on www.wildlifebcn.org or at 01234 266057 Stevington Cinema Club Thursday 7TH April 2016 – The Lady Killers (U) 7.00pm Screening starting 7.30p.m. prompt. Stevington Cinema Club screens a variety of films from black and white classics to the latest blockbusters. Licensed bar selling a selection of

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wines, beers and soft drinks, also hot drinks, snacks and ice creams available at every screening. Please visit www.stevingtoncinemaclub.uk to purchase tickets and view our future programme of events. Stevington Village Hall, Court Lane, Stevington, MK43 7QT Bedford Art Society April 2016 Exhibition At the MS Therapy Centre Bradbury House, 155 Barkers Lane, Bedford, MK41 9RX Opening Night; Friday 8th April 7pm to 8.30pm Saturday 9th April 10am to 5pm Sunday 10th April 10am to 3pm Visit www.bedsartsociety.co.uk Bedford Architectural, Archaeological, & Local History Society Wednesday 13th April at 7:30pm "The Impact of World War II on Life in Bedford" Maurice & Paul Nicholson (Local researches & historians) Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre Bedford MK41 8EB Non-members welcome - £2-00 entry Enquiries (01234) 365095 www.baalhs.org.uk' Biddenham Gardeners’ Association Tuesday 19th April at 7:45 for 8pm Biddenham Village Hall Corinne Price will talk about the 'Restoration of The Swiss Garden’ Visitors very welcome Admission £4 per meeting (non Members) - includes Raffle & Refreshments www.biddenhamgardenersassociation.org.uk= Embroiderers' Guild, Bedford Branch Thursday April 21st 7.30 for 8.00pm Interested in textiles? Come and join us. Sales table, friendship and a talk by Elaine Harburn 'Souvenirs of the First World War' Visitors welcome, £4 St Mark's Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill MK41 7UY Bedford RSPB local group. On Thursday 21st April 2016 at 7.30p.m. Author of ‘Dragonflies of Bedfordshire Steve Cham Presents ‘Birds and Dragonflies’ Everyone Welcome. Suitable for Experts and Novices, RSPB membership not essential. Entrance fee, group members £1 Guest £2 annual group membership £5 ARA club Manton Lane Bedford MK41 7PF For more info 0782 757160 or www.rspb.org.uk/ groups/bedford

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CHARITY A Different Brew - A Cafe with a difference Open Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm Staffed by adults with learning difficulties working both front and back of house A Different Brew is a project of Beds Garden Carers (BGC) Find us on Facebook Beds Garden Carers - Learning Disabilities Charity. British Red Cross Spring Flower Arranging Demonstration Tuesday 19th April 12pm – 3pm Doors open at 11am Tickets £10 per person and inc a hot drink. Available through British Red Cross or Savin Tel 01582 589083 nvrobertson@redcross.org.uk

CLASSES, CLUBS & ACTIVITIES Bedfordshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Meetings: 1st Tuesday evening each month 7.30-9.30pm 3rd Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm each month. A friendly group of lovers of textile related crafts have changed venue to Flitwick Village Hall, 11 Dunstable Rd, Flitwick, Bedford MK45 1HP Flower School Thursday evenings 5pm – 7pm April Flowers, 90 High Street, Clapham Various arrangements covered with a demo followed by the opportunity for students to complete the same design which they can take home. Booking essential Call Amy on 01234 343335 / 07794 827137 Linedancing Every Monday Eve 7.30pm–8.30pm Absolute Beginners/Improvers Priory Methodist Church Newnham Avenue, Bedford MK41 9QJ www.dancingstars.comli.com (07969 847553) Linedancing Every Thursday Eve 700pm–8.00pm Absolute+Beginners/Improvers 1st Class Free For New People Starting An Absolute+Beginners/ Improvers Class 8.00pm – 10pm Improvers / Intermediate Kempston Hammers Club High Street Kempston MK42 7BN www.dancingstars.comli.com (07969 847553) P.M Bridge Group First and third Thursdays of each month 11am to 2.45pm Friendly duplicate bridge Good standard buffet lunch £6 including lunch, tea or coffee. Renhold Village Hall. Tel Ann on 01234 212066

COMMUNITY EVENTS Hearts in Beds Cardiac Support Group Meetings on the first Tuesday evening of the month at 7pm Include short exercise sessions with a professional trainer April 5th. Our AGM - followed by a mystery speaker chosen by our Chairman. No exercise session tonight, it is

the formal meeting of the year. Tel. Mr Ted Jolliffe 01234 327791 for more information Priory Methodist Church, Newnham Avenue, Bedford MK41 9QJ Western Bypass Challenge Sunday 10th April 10am The Rotary Club of Bedford is scheduled to stage a sponsored FUN RUN/ WALK on Bedford's new Western Bypass before it is officially opened to traffic. Full details on how you can take part are on the Bedford Rotary Club website at www. bedfordrotary.org.uk/funrun.html or you can Google “Bedford Bypass Challenge”. It will be a great day out as well as a one off historic occasion GREAT BARFORD Community Quiz Night April 22nd Bar open 7pm quiz starts at 7.30pm In the Village Hall. Teams of up to 4. £7 per person includes supper. Register your team with Louise 01234 870443. Fund raising for our Annual Fun Day. National Trust Dovecote & Stables Sunday 24th April 1 to 5 pm Welcome to the Buildings and the Village. There will be guided walks round the village at 2pm and 4pm and refreshments in the Church most of the afternoon. Organ music will be played there by Peter Twitchin of Southill, from 3pm to 3.45 pm. The Tudor buildings will be open and our team of volunteers will be on hand to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors. Church End, Willington, Beds. MK44 3PX Bedford Bamberg Spring Fest Beer Festival Friday 29th – Saturday 30th from midday – midnight both days. Free Entry. More information to be confirmed at www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

INDOOR SALES / JUMBLE SALES / MARKETS Mums2Mums Market Sunday 24th April 1.30pm-3.30pm Nearly New Sale – Top quality preloved baby & kids goods at our award winning pop-up market. Over 20 sellers under one roof. Entry £2 2 for 1 vouchers on www.mum2mummarket.co.uk St Cuthberts Hall, Newnham Street, Bedford MK40 3JR

EASTER ACTIVITIES The Love Bedford Easter Egg Trail Fri 25th March - Sat 16th April Match the Easter eggs aound businesses in Bedford. Forms available from Bedford Library, the Bluecaps and participating businesses. Visit www.lovebedford.co.uk for a full list ot to download an entry form.

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Easter Egg Hunt Saturday 26 March to Saturday 9 April During the Easter holidays the John Bunyan Museum is running a free Easter Quiz, where children can hunt for the letters on Easter eggs hidden around the Museum. Re-arrange the letters to reveal a mystery word and win a chocolate egg prize! Mill St, Bedford MK40 3EU www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club Wednesday 30 March 7.30 – 10.00 pm PHIL BROWN in Concert Members £5 Non-Members £6 Pay at door Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford Tel: 01234 344423 www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/bedford Poetry at the Eagle Gallery – Shakespeare and Friends Sunday 3rd April at 7pm Members of the Swan Theatre Company present an evening of poetry, with some prose and drama. Tickets for this show are £5.00 For more info contact The Place Theatre 01234 354321 www.theplacebedford.org.uk West End Solos Saturday 9th April at 7.30pm An evening of good food, drink and a range of solos from the world of musical theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stcuthbertshall.co.uk Price £15 includes two course hot buffet St Cuthberts Hall, Newnham Street, Bedford MK40 3JR Joshua Ellicott (tenor) & James Boyd (guitar) Thursday 14 April 2016, 7.45pm Songs by Dowland, Jones, Giuliano, Britten and L Berkeley. Tickets: £18, Conc £16, Student (18-25) £5, Under 18 £2, available on the door or from 01234 261811 Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU www.bedfordmusicclub.co.uk Albion Choir Saturday 23rd April 7.30pm St Andrew's Church, Kimbolton Road, Bedford Tickets £10/£8/£4. Full details www.standrewsbedford.org Songbook Collective Sunday 24th April 2016 at 7.30pm Featuring the members of the Paul Weller Band: STEVE CRADOCK, ANDY LEWIS, ANDY CROFTS, STEVE PILGRIM and BEN GORDELIER Bedford Esquires, doors at 7.30pm Tickets £16 in advance

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PARENT & TODDLER GROUPS Kiosk At The Park - Storytime Every Monday at 9.30am Russell Park, Bedford Bunyan Story Time Mondays 12-1.30pm Term time only (Donation) Bunyan Meeting Church Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU Kings Playhouse Wednesdays 10.15am to 11.45am Term time only A group for expectant mothers, parents, carers and their under 5’s to play, relax and have fun! Coffee and tea for parents, Free Play, Snacks, Structured craft activities, Songs and Rhyme sessions King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9AZ Tel 01234 306500 Playtime@St Pauls Wednesday 9th March 10-11.30 am Play...Chat...Sing New play group for 0-3 yr olds plus their adults on 2nd Wednesday of the month. A chance to get together in a safe place for children to play. St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ Parking not available. Further details 01234 340163 Physical Fun Thursdays 1.45-3pm Free Bluebells Children’s Centre, Bromham Lower School MK 43 8JP

SPORTS CLUBS Nordic Walking Courses Every Wednesday at 9.30am Venues – Kiosk at The Park, Russell Park, Bedford and the Bedford Pavillion, Bedford Park. Guided History Walk in Bedford Park First Monday of the month 10.30am for 11am Join us for a guided walk around the stunning Bedford Park with an expert local historian. Walks last 60 minutes and cost just £6 (inc tea/coffee & cake) Meet at The Pavilion. Book in person or call 01234 351104 Where's Wally 3.5km Fun Run – Russell Park, Bedford Sunday 20th March 10.30am-12 Family friendly 3.5km Fun Run in Where's Wally costume. Working with children's bookshop Rogan's Books (www.rogansbooks.co.uk) fundraising for the National Literacy Trust. Put your own costume together or purchase from www.literacytrust.org.uk Children's and adult sizes available. Plenty of fun activites on the day kicking off with a very special BOOKTASTIC! storytime at 9.30 at The Kiosk, and there will be a treasure hunt organised throughout the morning for little Wallys to take part in. Visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ wheres-wally-35km-fun-run-tickets-20788651416 to book your tickets. Buggy Boot Camp Bedford Mondays @ 9.30am Wednesdays @ 9.30am Fridays @ 9.30am Fitness programmes for mums with their babies and toddlers. Meet at The Kiosk, Russell Park, Bedford. For more info call Jo on 07896 040084 or just turn up


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Ladies Football Ages 14-30yrs Tuesdays 6.30pm – 7.30pm Indoors. Bedford Bunyan Sports Centre, Mile Road, Bedford MK42 9TS No booking required. £2 discounted fee, payable weekly. www.facebook/bedfordsportsdevelopment or call 01234 718723

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

Bedford Girls and Ladies FC We are a 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. Open to boys and girls aged between 4 and 10. Cost per child £3.00 and £5 for two children. Our sole aim is to provide children of all abilities with a unique footballing experience, developing their physical, social and communication skills in a safe environment. Full usage of toilet and changing facilities and plenty of car parking spaces. www.bedfordfcminisoccer.com.

Mander Badminton Club Friendly badminton club looking for new members of a reasonable standard Every Tuesday evening 7-9pm at Bedford Modern School Sports Hall Visitors £5 per session – 1st Session free Contact Anita Watson Tel: 01234 930047 Bedford Thunder Basketball club Mixed gender sessions Age 10-13 3.00-4.30 every Saturday Age 14-16 4.30-6.00 every Saturday Men’s club 7.35-9.45 every Tuesday All session in Bedford Academy, for further information contact bedfordthunder@outlook.com or visit our website www.bedfordthunder.com Wootton Badminton Club Wootton Upper School, Hall End, Wootton, Beds, MK43 9HT Thursdays from 7.30pm to 10.00pm This friendly club welcomes anyone who does or has played badminton, sorry no absolute beginners. Contact: Freda Dunlop 01234 270638 Email: garry.freda@btinternet.com www.woottonbedfordbadmintonclub.weebly.com Bedford mighty eagles dodgeball team We are a club that plays at a high level but would love anyone from any sporting ability and background to come down and give it a go as long as you are 15 and above. We have a men’s and women’s squad. It is great fun and a fantastic way to keep fit. We train on Tuesday’s 8-9 at: Hastingsbury school, Hill rise, Bedford, Mk42 7EB First training session is FREE and then each session is only £3 after that Bedford United Football Club Bedford United is a non-profit making football club holding the FA Charter Standard status and providing a fun, friendly, safe and structured environment to learn, play and enjoy football. We have an established range of teams from our Academy right through to our Adults so if you’re interested in playing, coaching or helping out visit us at www.bedfordunitedfc.co.uk.

Social Table Tennis Mon/Tue 7.30pm-10.00pm Sports Hall, Lincroft School, Oakley All Ages Welcome. Just Turn Up £4 per player per session, Bats Available, Free Hire Coaching Available Info: Call John 07921 093199 Bedford Community Table Tennis Club Bedford Academy Wednesdays 7.30 – 9.30pm: 16 years old plus, but Juniors can attend with a parent/guardian Open every week. Michael Fox, 07837 975267, chair.bedfordcttc@gmail.com, www.bedfordcttc.weebly.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/bedfordcttc Twitter: www.twitter.com/BedfordCTTC ‘Walking Football’ the latest version of the beautiful game Established in Bedford for over 3 years – all ages welcome Monday nights from 11th January. Spaces available on our 7-8pm session. Gordon Fields pitches bottom of Brickhill Drive. For more information email: info@ walkingfootballleagues.co.uk Bedford Borough Bowling Club Bedford Borough Bowling Club established over 100 years are now enrolling new members. and forming a junior section. Probably the most prestigious bowling club in the Bedford area with both indoor and outdoor bowling greens. We offer FREE tuition from qualified instructors, with all equipment provided, we just ask you to wear flat shoes. Afterwards, you can obtain a cool drink or a coffee from the bar and relax in the comfortable lounge area. There are also restaurant facilities for lunch time meals. So give it a try, bring the family all are welcome. Free parking. Check our web site www.boroughbowlin.org.uk or telephone 01234 340736 for more details,


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Bradgate Road, Bedford MK40 3DE Tel 01234 354321 'The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde Thursday 14th April at 7:30pm Everybody loves Ernest. The only trouble is, he doesn't exist. Or does he? Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece gets The Pantaloons treatment in our anarchic take on the classic comedy of manners. This energetic show features all the usual Wildean wit, plus a few Pantaloony surprises including singing butlers, travel by means of musical montage and a post-interval hollywood-style recap... Tickets for this show are priced at £12.00, with a concession price of £10.00 www.theplacebedford.org.uk

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Bold Imaginative Reflective Three words to define your daughter’s future. Add three more:

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Dog owners warned of changes to law

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og owners are being advised by Bedford Borough Council to make sure they have their pet microchipped before a new law comes into force. All dogs in England will need to be microchipped from 6 April 2016. Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 it will be a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and their details kept up to date. Once a dog is fitted with a microchip, their owners will have the peace of mind that should their dog be lost or stolen, they can be identified and returned home quickly.

Microchipping also has a number of other welfare benefits, including: • Ensures rapid return of lost/stray dogs to their owners by local authorities • Puppies are traceable to their breeder thereby helping reduce the problem of puppy farming and lessening the incidence of infectious disease and inherited defects from which many of these dogs suffer • Allows identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly

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• Acts as a deterrent to dog theft • Easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty • Enables veterinary surgeons to contact dog owners for emergency procedures Councillor Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services, said: “We want dog owners to be aware of the government’s new legislation requiring microchipping of all dogs ahead of it becoming law on 6 April. As a responsible dog owner myself, my dog is already microchipped. It is reassuring to know that if your dog becomes lost or stolen, the microchip, which contains a code number unique to your dog, can be matched with your details held on a national database and your dog can be reunited with you.” For further information and full details about registering your dog, making changes to the registered keeper details, and a list of local veterinary practices offering microchipping, please visit www.bedford. gov.uk/microchipping or www.petlog.co.uk/ petowners

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Monday 18th April 2016 10am – 4pm Kings House, Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9AZ Information stands with community support and services. Sessions running throughout the day on fatigue, breathlessness, relaxation, nutrition, exercise and emotional well-being. No need to book. Drop in or come for the day! Lunch and refreshments provided Telephone 01234 355122 ext 2442 or 5090 for further information

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Have you ever wondered where you came from? No, I’m not standing in for your parents here. I mean have you ever wondered about your ancestors? You might know who your parents and grandparents are, but have you ever delved further back? Found out what your Great, Great Grandparents were doing in the Victorian Era, or even further back than that? Did your people arrive with the Vikings? Or the Normans? Or have they been hanging around the old homenation for millennia? Here’s a rough guide to how you can begin to find out your family’s roots. It’s an increasingly popular pastime nowadays to try and find out so, over the last few weeks my wife and I decided to give it a go. There are many websites out there to help you, but two that I looked into were findmypast.com and ancestry.co.uk, and it was the latter that I opted to try out. As they offer a 14-day free trial, there really is nothing to lose. You do have to register with your credit card number but, as long as you remember to close the account before the 2 weeks are up, there is no charge and you

can opt to pay-per-month to continue if, like many people, you want to discover more. In my opinion, it’s definitely worth a bit of research, so here’s what to do: First of all, and preferably before you log on to any websites at all, speak to your family. Find out as much as possible from them, and start to draft out a family tree as far as you can. If you can sit and ask your grandparents about their grandparents you have the best possible start as, for reasons that I will later explain, the first hundred years back are the hardest to find on the website. The more details you can get on names, dates and places the better and it is often surprising how far you can get back, just over a few cups of tea and the odd bit of cake with the elder family members. Once you have this information all written out, you can start to look on the Internet. Basically, once you log on, you start with a search box where you put in what you know about an individual like their name, when they were born, married or died, and what county you think they lived in. The search engine will trawl through the archive database (in a matter of seconds) and offer you a list of matches from census records, births, marriages and deaths, parish records (once you get back a bit), service records and many other archives. The Census records are one of the best sources of information but are the reason why the first hundred years can be tricky. As Census information is confidential, it is kept under government secrecy for 100 years so you need to trace a handful of branches of you family tree back until they feature on the 1911 Census. This has loads of detail about where people lived, who lived there, their ages, occupations and where they were born. The next century back, through the 1800’s, is where you can find out loads about your hardworking, privileged, poor or possibly more wayward predecessors. We will look into this next week as this is where you really learn to use the tools at your disposal… Guy Bolton

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M L I F REVIEW London Has Fallen The President of America Ben Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and his trusty secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) are back for another action packed, bullets flying, car chasing, stunt filled adventure. Olympus Has Fallen wasn’t a film you would have imagined there being a sequel to, as enjoyable as it was, but here we are three years later following Asher and Banning as they come to London, along with many other heads of state, for the funeral of the British Prime minister. So many top politicians in one place is too much for a terrorist organisation to ignore and they hatch a plan to take them all out and bring the western world into chaos. London Has Fallen is a mindless action thriller that really and truly makes little sense when you start thinking about it, the thing is though while you are watching it you don’t get time to think as it barrels along at 100 miles an hour throwing you, the president and Banning into danger at every turn. It doesn’t stop for a minute and is all the more fun because it doesn’t try and be an intelligent film, or try and put some kind of point across. Is it a great film? No. Is it a thoroughly enjoyable film? YES!

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The Brickhill Book Bug reviews… The Followers by Rebecca Wait When Stephanie meets Nathaniel she can’t believe she’s found someone who loves her so much. A single mother working in a coffee shop, almost straight away their relationship becomes the centre of her life and Nathaniel tells her he wants her to come and live with him on the moors. Judith, Stephanie’s teenage daughter isn’t so sure, especially when she discovers Nathaniel is the leader of The Ark, a religious community that has separated itself from the rest of the world. At first resentful of the change in her life she eventually finds a friend in Moses, a boy a little younger than herself, who has lived in The Ark all his life. Judith is the first person Moses has ever met from Gehenna, the world outside, and he patiently explains to her that they must follow the teachings of the prophet, Nathaniel, to be saved. But it isn’t long before the presence of the new arrivals cause things to start to unravel. Some of the residents of The Ark begin to question the intentions of their leader and their doubts will lead to a terrible conclusion.

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GARDENING

THE BROWNTAIL MOTH (Euproctis chrysorrhoea) 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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igging is really only something I do with ground that is being cultivated for the first time. Mostly I use a fork and work in fertiliser as I go along. I like to use an organic fertiliser and tend to go for poultry manure pellets. I sprinkle them round shrubs, roses and perennials. The application instructions will vary but generally it’s about three handfuls to the square metre. It’s magical stuff when lightly forked in. It gives the plants a boost and builds up the levels of beneficial soil bacteria. Now is the time I dig up my overcrowded border plants and split them into smaller

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Plant a container-grown shrub. Soak the compost for an hour before planting. Make sure the rootball of the shrub is sufficiently moist. Check to shrub is suitable for the site. Dig a hole that is larger than the rootball. Work well-rotted garden-compost or planting mixture into the bottom of the hole and mix it with the soil you removed when you dug the hole. Plant the shrub o that the top of the rootball is just fractionally below the finished soil level. Firm the earth around with your boot. Water the plant in and spread an organic mulch on top. By Rachel Leverton

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IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A RELIABLE AND HONEST BUILDER IN BEDFORDSHIRE, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN C & M GARDENER BUILDERS LTD, WITH OVER 30 YEARS' EXPERIENCE IN THE BUILDING TRADE. We offer a comprehensive range of building services to residential and commercial customers throughout Bedfordshire and surrounding areas. We also have an architect on board that will create drawings and give you the best ideas on how to get the most out of your building project. With a large team of experienced tradesmen such as brick layers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and decorators we cover all aspects of domestic and commercial building work from start to finish, taking the stress out of finding independent trades.

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As a family run building company in Bedfordshire, we have worked hard to build a reputation for high quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. We take pride in our work and listen to our customers. We always complete jobs to a high standard, which has led to customers recommending us to other clients. We are also a member of FMB, the Federation of Master Builders, this means that our building work has been approved by a vetted building official, which gives our clients peace of mind. For more information on how we can help you or a free quotation please call Mark or Chris Gardener Office Number: 01234 602 313 Mobile Number: 07511 349 450 Email Address: chrismgardener@hotmail.com www.candmgardenerbuildersltd.co.uk

We undertake all aspects of building work from Restorations, Renovations and Extensions to Loft and Garage conversions.

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Sureclean PROFESSIONAL CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING Tile & Hard Floor Cleaning

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Bedford Blues With the Greene King IPA Championship nearing its conclusion, Bedford Blues will be doing everything that they can to try and seal a top four finish and a spot in the play-offs. But they need your help!

There are three league games left in April with two of those being at Goldington Road - against the Cornish Pirates on Saturday the 2nd and Bristol on the 23rd. With Bedford still in the running for a top four finish, Mike Rayer’s men need the support of the 16th man! You can purchase discounted tickets for the final two league games by visiting www.bedfordrugby.co.uk and clicking on tickets. April will also see the Bedford Blues hosting a national Under 19s 10-a-side tournament on Sunday the 24th. Following the success of last year’s event, the Club will once again help to showcase some of the most talented young rugby players in the country. The invitation competition proved a superb initiative last season with Bedford Blues Academy narrowly clinching the title having defeated Worcester Warriors in the first round and Nottingham in the final with their only loss of the tournament coming against the East Midlands. The eight club competition is designed to demonstrate the player development work being carried out by a number of Championship Clubs as well as providing a competitive end of season focus for those taking part.

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Joining the host club will be Academy sides from Championship clubs London Scottish, Moseley, Doncaster Knights, London Welsh, Ealing Trailfinders as well as Loughborough Students and Esher. Speaking about the tournament, Bedford Blues Chairman Geoff Irvine, who is also chair of the Championship Clubs Committee at the RFU, said: “The Championship Academies play a key role in developing players for first team squads and you don’t have to look any further than here at Bedford to see that impact. “The RFU are really supportive of the concept and we hope that it will continue to be a beneficial experience for the youngsters taking part. In a few years some of them could even be playing regular Championship, Premiership or international rugby.” Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer added: “I echo the thoughts of our Chairman and am pleased to see us host this event again. There are so many fine examples of the work Championship clubs do to develop young players, exaggerated this week by Glasgow’s re-signing of Ali Price, Josh Bassett’s fine form for Wasps and Duncan Taylor’s superb performance for Scotland last weekend against Wales; all former Blues Academy graduates.” “We hope Blues supporters will come out and support the competition and potential future rugby stars.” Further details on the tournament will be available through the website nearer the date with adult tickets available on the gate priced at just £3 including a competition programme and free entry for Under 18s.

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he Eagles erased the awful memory of the 3-0 loss to Godalming, by beating playoff hopefuls, Aylesbury FC 1-0 at the Eyrie on 13th Feb, with an Ollie Peters headed goal in the 1st half. Later that evening, the club hosted a successful Racing Night. A week later, the side crossed Bedfordshire to take on Leighton Town. Josh Beech scored a 1st half goal to put the Eagles in front, but Leighton eventually claimed a draw when ex-Eagle, James Hatch, equalised. The game was marred by the awful leg injury sustained by Serigne Mor Diop. Luckily no bones were broken, although he did receive a nasty gash on the shin that required a lot of stitches. The last game of February saw Northwood come to Bedford, then return back to Middlesex after beating the Eagles 3-1, continuing their unbeaten run on the road. Nathan Hilaire was Bedford’s scorer. Bedford started March with a 2-1 defeat at Petersfield Town. 2-0 down at half time, Bedford dominated the 2nd half on a ‘ploughed field’ of a pitch, and despite popping in two goals, only one counted, and went to James Peters. On Saturday 12th March, the Eagles drew 1-1 at home to Potters Bar Town. Jack Goodall scored in the 87th minute, but a penalty to the visitors, in stoppage time, denied a win for Bedford. It feels as though the season started only recently, and yet there are only eight more league games to go. On Easter Monday (28th March), Bedford play host to St Ives Town at the Eyrie, with a 3pm kick off.

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DIRECTORY Dixon Surveying.................................................. 29

Computer Repair/Maintenance/ Sales

Bathrooms/Bedrooms

Oakley IT................................................................40 PC Problem Solver................................................ 5

Architect

Dream Doors....................................................... 29 F & D Kitchens & Bathrooms...........................43 Optimum Glass....................................................... 5 P & R Bathrooms..................................................13 QP Interiors............................................................. 9 The Bathroom Company.................inside front

Education/Tuition Bedford Girls School.......................................... 37

Electrical Goods/Repairs J B Domestics.......................................................25

Blinds/Curtains

Electrician

Emperor Blinds................................... inside back

Craddock Electrical............................................ 47

Builder

Farm Shop

C & M Gardener Builders...................... 54 & 58 T. Butlin.................................................................. 62

Summerhill Farm..................................................23

Care for the Elderly

Simmons................................................................49

Florist

Howard’s Way..................................................... 26 Midsummer Care.................................................27

Funeral Services

Carpentry

Arnolds Funeral Services..................................18 Molyneux Jones...................................................19

DC Carpentry........................................................42

Carpets/Flooring A & A Carpets.......................................................30

Cleaning AromaClean……………...........................................43 Fleet & Mayze......................................................24 LTS Cleaning.......................................................... 17 Oven Maestro...................................................... 62 Sureclean...............................................................55 The Black Horse Chimney Sweep................55

Clothing Alterations The Zipyard............................................................ 17

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Garage Doors Almond Garage Doors.................... Inside Back

Gifts/Vintage Goods No. 3 Emporium....................................................16

Garden Services/Supplies Bartlett Tree Experts..................................... 50/51 Beaver Sheds.......................................................52 Bryan Johnson................................... inside back Driveway & Paving Doctor................................51 Eden Tree Specialists........................................53 Eric Wright.............................................................52 Home Works.........................................................45 LWS..........................................................................52 Mr Fix...................................................................... 56


DIRECTORY MJ Nicholson...................................... inside back Paviour Doctor.....................................................49 Sure Clean.............................................................55 Whites................................................... Inside Back

Public House/Restaurant

Health, Beauty & Fitness

Roofing

Feet To Go.............................................................27 Pulse Health Screening....................................43

Kitchens Dream Doors....................................................... 29 F & D Kitchens......................................................43 Home Works.........................................................45 Optimum Glass....................................................... 5

Leisure Activities/Hobbies Cineworld..............................................................46

Painter & Decorator Bromham Painting & Decorating....................44 Craig Johnson......................................................42

Pet Care/Veterinary Surgery/ Photography Acorn House.........................................................39 Alison Wilkerson................................ inside back Paddocks Boarding Cattery.............................24

Plasterer

Corner 5..................................................................21 The Coach House...............................................23 The Crown............................................................ 20 Bucks Roofing......................................................49 Bridge Roofing.....................................................58 Nu Look...................................................................15 PH Roofing............................................................45

Security Ace Security..........................................................25 Alarm Doctor........................................................ 62 A Rocket Locksmith............................................40 J Dean Security.................................................... 47

Storage MFR Storage.........................................................24

Taxi Ace Cars.................................................................25

Tiling Dave Moore Tiling....................................... ……56

TV/Satellite Services J Dean Security.................................................. 47

CP Ceilings........................................................... 56 Craig Johnson......................................................42 T Butlin Building & Plastering......................... 62

Upholstery

Plumbing & Heating

Rent Xpress.......................................................... 62

Aquasure Plumbing........................................... 62 C M Plumbing.........................................................11 Cromwell Stoves................................................ 29 The Bedford Plumbers......................................42

Property Maintenance CP Ceilings........................................................... 56 Home Works.........................................................45 Just So....................................................................44 Mr Fix Property Maintenance......................... 56

M & S Upholstery.............................. inside back

Vehicle Hire Windows/Doors & Conservatories A Rocket Locksmith............................................40 Bedford Doors.......................................................15 Bromham Windows............................................44 Cloudy 2 Clear.....................................Back Page Kempston Windows............................................ 47 Window Repair Geeks.......................................58

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Alarm Doctor Old and sick alarms & CCTV repaired and serviced

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● 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

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

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PET PHOTOGRAPHY GARDEN MACHINERY All types of petrol and electric garden machinery available Mowers, Strimmers, Brushcutters, Hedgetrimmers, Blower-Vacs, Chainsaws, Rotavators, etc Tel. 01234 327555 | www.mowamania.com Open: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1A Edison Road, Elms Industrial Estate, Bedford MK41 0HU.

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