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Contents My Heart, My Health.........................................................................................4 Council News......................................................................................................6 MP Article – Where Were You?..................................................................10 Acorn House Veterinary Surgery.............................................................. 18 St Mark's Church Preschool......................................................................... 21 Eat in Season this July..................................................................................22 Protect Yourself this Summer.....................................................................25 Bedford Daycare Hospice..........................................................................26 Bedford Hypnotherapist..............................................................................29 What’s On...........................................................................................................30 Summer Reading Challenges.................................................................... 34 Aqua Park at Box End Park.........................................................................36 Theatre................................................................................................................ 38 Should I upgrade to Windows 10............................................................... 41 Bedfordshire's Domesday Mills – Part 1.................................................42 Film Review....................................................................................................... 44 Book Review.....................................................................................................45 Cinema Competition......................................................................................46 Prize Crossword.............................................................................................. 48 Bartlett Trees.....................................................................................................50 Garden Ornaments........................................................................................52 Bedford Town FC............................................................................................59 Directory.............................................................................................................60

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That’s why we’re committed to delivering proactive, community based cardiac care to all our clients. We offer cardiovascular consultations, investigations and screening programmes, backed by our highly trained and dedicated team.

Heart Disease by itself is the leading cause of death in the male population and the third leading cause of death in the female population. Within the UK, heart disease causes more than a quarter of all deaths.

My Heart My Health provides a comprehensive program to assess your cardiovascular health and gives you the power to be proactive in lowering your cardiac risk.

Unfortunately, the majority of heart disease patients are not aware of their condition until it’s too late. One of the guiding principles of medicine is that prevention is better than cure – this is the driving force underlying our exciting new initiative to bring comprehensive cardiac screening to the community. At My Heart My Health, we believe the best care for your heart isn’t in the hospital—it’s where you live and where you work.

We accomplish this through our specialised screening programmes, which promote early detection by offering fast, convenient and comprehensive cardiovascular evaluations. We offer a full spectrum of cardiac screening services which include: ● Executive Health Screening ● Complete cardiovascular Risk screening ● Ambulatory Blood Pressure monitoring ● Ambulatory ECG monitoring ● Exercise ECG Testing (ETT) ● Echocardiogram ● Remote smart phone based monitoring ● Lung function screening ● Sports and fitness Cardiac screening ● Motor Sport Association Licence Medicals ● Consultation with Consultant Cardiologist Sincerity to our patients are at the core of My Heart My Health. We understand their situation, and know how difficult the subject of health can sometimes be. But that’s where we step in, whether you need our services for yourself, your loved ones or even your employees – we are here for you. Contact: info@myheartmyhealth.uk Telephone: 07931503740 My Heart My Health…It’s all about protection, prevention and care.

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COUNCILNEWS

COUNCIL NEWS Having a sexual health check up could not be easier – so get tested

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etting yourself screened for sexually transmitted infections should be part of a normal, healthy lifestyle. That’s why a new sexual health screening campaign launched on Wednesday 1 June. The joint campaign between Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire councils will outline the importance of getting yourself checked, to help you and others stay healthy and safe. It is important to have a sexual health screen for all STIs, including HIV, at least annually, and also every time you change sexual partner. According to Public Health England the rate of gonorrhoea infection in England has doubled in the last five years. Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is associated with risky sexual activity. In Bedford Borough there were 87 cases in 2014 (a rate of 54 per 100,000), while in Central Bedfordshire there were 57 (22 per 100,000); compared to 63 per 100,000 across England.

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Some STIs have no symptoms so people can go for long periods of time without being diagnosed, which can increase the risk of infertility and increase the chance of passing the infection to others. Councillor Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health at Bedford Borough Council said: “We are encouraging people to value their sexual health. It’s important that sexually active people get tested routinely. It’s the sensible thing to do and should be as routine as visiting a dentist. It’s also worth noting that many STIs are easily treated.” There are a range of sexual health services available across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire which provide free, non-judgemental and confidential advice and information, and HIV testing. For further information about STIs, testing and treatment, visit www.safesexinbeds.co.uk where you will also find a comprehensive timetable of local sexual health clinics.

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Do you know how to keep your child safe online?

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arents across Bedfordshire are being urged to wise up about online safety, as part of a new campaign which aims to protect children from online grooming. The campaign offer parents information on how to keep their child safe on the web, as well as advising them of the signs of online sexual exploitation and where they can turn to with concerns. Parents are being encouraged to have a conversation with their children about the internet, to make sure that they’re aware of the dangers of sharing information with strangers and taking compromising images. Detective Superintendent Nick Bellingham, of the Bedfordshire Police Public Protection Unit, said: “It’s important to recognise that child sexual exploitation (CSE) can happen online as well as in person, and that’s why we felt it was important to launch this campaign to help reduce the risk of that happening where possible. “There are some basic steps that parents can take help keep their children safe online. Take some time to look at their security settings and make sure they’re set to friends only, and check that they are only speaking to people online that you both know and trust in real life. Most importantly of all, speak to your children openly and honestly about using the internet safely.” Other advice includes explaining to your child that they should keep their personal information

private and should only post content and photos that they wouldn’t mind sharing with their family. The campaign will also highlight signs to look out for that a young person is being sexually exploited, such as a sudden or unexpected change in behaviour, or receiving unexplained gifts or money. Cllr Shan Hunt, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care at Bedford Borough Council said: “There is no greater responsibility than keeping young people safe and children accessing the internet can be effectively inviting a stranger into their homes, which is of course terrifying. By keeping parents informed on the topic of online grooming and asking them to be vigilant, we stand united in ensuring young people avoid becoming victims of this abhorrent crime.” Parents and young people alike are also encouraged to visit www.bedfordshireagainstcse. org for more information on both on and offline CSE as well as for advice on where to go if you have a concern about CSE.

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here were you fifty years ago, on the 30th July 1966? According to Bobby Charlton, about a million people were at Wembley to see England win the World Cup final, or so they have claimed to him over the years! In fact the attendance was 98,000 so those of us not there must have our own memories of the day and where we were. (For younger readers I should add that I am referring to England winning the World Cup in football- not cricket’s 20/20, nor rugby, nor cheese rolling or conkers. We really did win the World Cup, once)

I was on holiday with my parents in Portugal. We sat in the small bar/tv room in the hotel, surrounded almost exclusively by German tourists. The commentary was Portuguese, and of course it was all in black and white, so maximum attention had to be paid. I can still recall the event quite vividly. Our Portuguese hosts were mostly supporting ustheir magnificent team, led by Eusebio, had been defeated by two Bobby Charlton goals in the semi-final and the memory of Manchester United’s 5-1 demolition of Benfica in Lisbon just a couple of months previously had led to deep respect for the English game. I remember our German guests mostly leaving quietly, though in all fairness I didn’t know the German for ‘that ball never crossed the line’, and my Dad advising me not to be too exuberant so as not to cause embarrassment to them.

remember. Life, Alzheimer’s or dementia has cruelly stolen some of their precious memories, and the news recently that three of that wonderful winning team, Ray Wilson, Nobby Stiles and Martin Peters were living with dementia is particularly affecting. The power of sport, with its vivid impact of special moments, has inspired one of the best social enterprises I have come across – Sporting Memories. Please visit their website on www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com and find out a bit more. They help and encourage groups, homes, day centres or anyone to harness materials for sporting memory sessions which can help unlock minds. I have seen this in action, visiting a care home some months ago where a few football programmes and a couple of old newspapers helped a gentleman recall the Arsenal of his youth, and some of the games which had brought him pleasure. Those memories helped unlock a little more that afternoon.

I remember, I remember.

Whilst I had long known the power of sport and its connection to memorable events, from the Olympics to Mohammed Ali, seeing this demonstration in such a context was both humbling and satisfying. Enjoy your own memories of the day ‘We won the Cup!’.

Sad to say, there will be some who were there, or watched on television who cannot now

Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Member of Parliament for NE Bedfordshire

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Jakey was given a general anaesthetic so that we could assess the damage fully. attracting unwelcome interest from cattle. This can lead to injuries to the dogs themselves, but also to their accompanying owners. Risks are particularly high when cows are protecting young calves. In general, it is preferable to avoid entering fields containing cattle when walking with dogs. If it is essential to enter, dogs should be kept on a lead and walked calmly and steadily around the perimeter of the field rather than across the centre. However, if you are unlucky enough to find yourself threatened by wary cattle it is safest to release your dog from the lead. Your dog has a much better chance of outrunning the cattle if he /she is free. Once your dog has left your side you will become much less of a target as well.

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St Mark’s Church Preschool, Brickhill: Offering 47 weeks from September St Mark’s Church Preschool in Brickhill has been caring for children since 1974 and Helen Harpin is one of the most experienced preschool managers in the country. Children she once taught are now parents themselves and bring their own children back St Mark’s to preschool with Helen. From September, St Mark’s Church Preschool will open from 7.30am until 6.00pm for 47 weeks a year. Helen explains why, ‘Busy working parents need flexible choices and we will be open for children aged 2 years and over right through the day and not just during school termtime. Many

parents need to drop off children earlier and the 7.30am start allows them to get to work whilst children can enjoy breakfast with us.’ St Mark’s Church Preschool teachers are highly qualified and ensure that children achieve their best and are happy and enjoy their time at preschool. Come and visit and enjoy a free taster session with your child at St Mark’s. Helen Harpin – St Mark's Church Preschool Calder Rise, Brickhill, Bedford. MK41 7UY Tel: 01234 312634 Office@thisispreschool.com

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Eat in season this July

The one thing that is guaranteed with a British summer is that the sun won't shine every day. Despite this fact, summer barbeques have seen a huge increase in popularity over the last few years, and with "True Brit" stoicism we are prepared to get that grill going outdoors whatever the weather. Sandy Boyd from Summerhill Farm Shop in Cardington gives us his tips on what to enjoy in July.

Barbecuing can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it but the most important thing is that it should be all about getting flavour into the food you cook. I am a great believer in using the best quality meat you can afford and keeping the cooking simple, which for me is cooking over charcoal, it will give you that wonderful mixture of crisp, sticky and smokey flavours depending on the style of marinade you are using. Marinades are key to adding flavour and tenderising the meat, rubs do a very similar job but remember that it is only the salt, or the acidity in lemon juice or yogurt that actually tenderise the meat, the oil is usually there to help spread the marinade or rub. Local meats are at their best now such as our Bedfordshire lamb & chicken from Jamie Murdoch’s farm in Cardington. Lamb rumps,

chops and butterflied legs lend themselves to being deliciously marinated in yogurt and spices. Our own British White Park Beef from the Southill Estate is just becoming available again, having been maturing nicely over the last month. All our hindquarter steaks (Sirloin, Fillet & Rump) as well as Rib Eyes from the forequarter are perfect for the intense heat and quick cooking that a barbecue provides. TV chefs are now singing the praises of more unusual cuts such as short ribs and bavette steaks and they are so tasty but don’t try and just cook them from raw on the barbie as they need some serious slow cooking to tenderise the meat before you finish them off on the grill. Finally, don’t forget your greens, you can parcel up veggies in foil with a splash of water and some herbs to cook them at the side of the grill. Locally grown new potatoes are available now as well and they are delicious if you par boil them for 8 minutes before popping them into another foil parcel on the grill for an additional 10 minutes with a knob of butter, a few garlic cloves and some fresh rosemary, mint or chives. Don’t forget to give them an occasional shake to stop them burning, perfect! Visit us in Cardington, Bedford for fresh local and seasonal fruit and vegetables, locally reared meat and artisan produce. www.summerhillfarmshop.co.uk


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HEALTH & BEAUTY

Protect Yourself this Summer

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here is no safe way to tan but if you are desperate for a little colour you should exfoliate before applying a sun screen of at least factor 15 about 30 minutes before you go ahead again just before you actually do go out. This should be repeated each time you go into the pool or sea.

Signs of skin cancer

You should avoid the hottest time of the day which is 11am to 3pm and build up your tan in small doses. You need to wear sun glasses to protect your eyes and a hat with a brim of at least 2-3 inches to protect your ears, eyes, forehead, nose and scalp.

For more advice or to purchase the correct sun tan lotions and other holiday requirements call in and speak to one of our trained team today.

The sunscreen you use should have a SPF (against UVB) of at least 15 and Star rating (against UVA) of at least 3.

What if I get sunburnt?

If you or your child gets sunburn you should get out of the sun as soon as possible. Cool the skin by sponging it with cold water or apply lavender oil which will ease the pain and prevent blistering. Drink plenty of fluids to cool down and prevent dehydration and apply a water based moisturiser like petroleum jelly. Take painkillers to relieve the pain and do not go out in the sun till the skin is fully healed. The more often you get sunburnt, especially when you are young, the more likely you could get skin cancer.

The most common sign of skin cancer is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing one. This can happen anywhere on your body but your back, legs and face are the most likely to be affected. If you notice any change in your moles you should see your GP.

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Bedford Daycare Hospice provides individualised holistic care for patients with life limiting illness from the point of diagnosis through investigations and treatment to remission or palliative care. Referrals can be made by health or social care professionals, by a carer or family member or by the patient themselves. Services are available to patients registered with a North or Mid Beds GP and are available Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.

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In conjunction with NHS Bedfordshire, Bedford Daycare Hospice offers a 10 week education programme for patients in the complex / palliative stage of the disease. The focus is on well-being and empowering the patient to self-manage their condition, recognise their limitations and adapt their life-style accordingly. Specialist nurses review the patient at various stages throughout the programme. Incorporated within the programme are education sessions from the physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietician and speech and language therapist. Chair based exercises, relaxation and complementary therapy are also offered.

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Bedford Daycare Hospice is an independent charity responsible for its own fundraising to ensure it can maintain and extend its services. There are many ways to help: • Giving a donation • Donating shares (tax benefit) • Leaving a legacy • Involving your company, club, organisation, school, church • Distributing collection boxes • Payroll giving • Join a local fundraising group • Setting one up yourself • Organising a fundraising event to raise sponsorship Local support is vital. We are an independent charity responsible for our own fundraising. Our services are free to anyone who needs our help. You can make that difference to someone else’s life!

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The community generously contributes a great deal of money, time and effort to sustain our work. We must use these resources wisely, prudently and effectively. Without your donations Bedford Daycare Hospice simply wouldn't be here. Because all of our services are free we rely on your continued support. Every year we need to raise over £250,000 to help provide our vital specialist care to patients. A lot of our events are held in house, however many of our external events are becoming extremely popular ie. Indian Supper nights, Afternoon Tea with Fashion, Fine Dining evenings, Music and Sporting events plus many more. Full details are available from our web site. These are valuable ways of introducing you to the Hospice and the marvellous work we do. We are always looking for new ideas for our fundraising events so would love to hear from you. Or why not organise one of your own, we are happy to advise and assist, or you can volunteer to help at one of our events. Make a donation online by visiting our website at www.bedforddaycarehospice.org.uk

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Bedford Hypnotherapist – Greg Coyne

Achieving Weight Loss – Mountain or Molehill? Im sure most people who have struggled with weight loss reading this will have immediately said “Mountain”. But methods of achieving weight loss over the years have been changing – but you may not have noticed. For most people diets don't work – you lose weight and then you put it on again. The diet didn't work! Does that sound familiar? Enter the Hypno-Band Programme that I have been working with since 2010, with my clients achieving great results. There are psychological and emotional triggers that make you think about eating even when you are not really hungry. The Hypno-Band programme addresses these issues. So if YOU take responsibility for what you eat ( and drink) and your mind is in the “right place” then weight loss needn't be so difficult. My job is to help you get your mind in the right place, give

you tools to make that easier by using Hypnosis and Thrive, and then you complete the circle by putting in some effort. The result is that you can lose weight. This isn't about a quick fix though. This is about you changing your relationship with food. Its about you drawing a line under all of those past “diets” and saying to yourself that you want to get your life and your weight back to what you deserve – a fitter and healthier lifestyle. We want you to eat differently to how you eat now – by taking that responsibility. If you are interested to find out more about changing your life, losing weight and building your self esteem give me a call on 01234-313186, email me at greg.coyne@purehypno.com or visit my bedfordhypnotherapist.co.uk website.

Bedford Hypnotherapist My name is Greg Coyne, I am based in Bromham, and I help my clients using Hypnosis and Thrive. I also offer a FREE Initial Consultation. With offices in Bromham and Milton Keynes resolving your issues has never been easier. Whether you are suffering from anxiety, stress, weight-loss problems, depression, fears, phobias or you have a desire to stop smoking I can help you. I am also the Licensed Hypno-Band Weight Loss Practitioner for Bedford and MK.

Have you tried in the past to Stop Smoking and failed? My amazing technique for Stopping Smoking in just ONE SESSION of just over an hour helps you to stop smoking easily. I use a combination of suggestion therapy, visualisation and positive thinking to make stopping smoking as easy as possible - and it boasts a great success rate.

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WHAT'SON Your essential guide to activities, clubs, events and lots more in your area. There’s something for everyone! ARTS, CULTURE & TALKS

Art Society meeting Friday 1st July 7.15 for 7.30 start Marilyn Allis, captures light and atmosphere using big brush watercolour technique. Entry is free for members, £5 for visitors. Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford, MK41 8EB Contact Jean Paterson 01234 307210 or www. bedsartsociety.co.uk for information Bedford Floral Art Society Tuesday July 5th 7.30pm We welcome Clare Allen to demonstrate for us Raffle of arrangements Visitors £7 Everyone welcome Addison Centre, Kempston Home Appliance Cookery Demonstration hosted by Peter Crisp Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Design Saturday 9th July Sessions at 10.30am and 1pm, when you can sit and relax and watch the AEG home economist in action demonstrating the benefits of the induction hob, the multi function oven and the combi steam oven. You will have an opportunity to sample the food cooked. Places are strictly limited so pre-booking is essential by contacting 01933 356424 or info@petercrisp.co.uk Biddenham Gardeners’ Association Annual AGM With Cheese and Wine Tuesday 21st July at 7:45 for 8pm Visitors very welcome Admission £4 per meeting (non Members) – includes Raffle & Refreshments Website: www.biddenhamgardenersassociation.org.uk

CHARITY Race for Life – Pretty Saturday 02 July Brilliant 5k muddy obstacle course where you can show cancer that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink. You must be over 13 years old to take part in this event. Bring a change of clothes for after your event and a towel to wipe off the worst of the mud; remember there are no showers or lockers at Pretty Muddy events, but there will be a bag drop area. Limited time slots available. Priory Park, Barkers Lane, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 9DJ http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/choose-yourevent/events/pretty-muddy-bedford-5k-2016-07-02. html Daxtonbury Festival Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July A three day, family friendly event held to raise money for the Chris Kelly Cancer Trust. Held near the village of Podington in Northants the festival features over thirty live acts plus DJ sets and a celebration of country arts and crafts . Food stalls, beer tents and portable toilets! Plus bouncy castles, clay pigeon shooting and quad bikes. More details at www.daxtonburyfestival.co.uk A Different Brew – A Cafe with a difference’ Summer Opening Times Monday- Friday 10am till 8pm and Sundays 11am till 6pm 106 Clapham Road, Bedford Licensed to sell alcohol with food. Sunday menu includes a roast, different meat each week. 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.

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS Bromham, Bromham Village Hall Sunday 24th July 9.20-12.15pm and 1.45-4.15pm 61 Village Road, Bromham, Beds MK43 8JP Limited walk in slots Appts can be made Tel 0300 123 23 23

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CLASSES, CLUBS & GROUPS Magpie Ladies Group A friendly group who meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7.30 pm At St Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill. (No meetings in August) Guest Speakers and social events Tea/Coffee and cake included, New members welcomed. Please Contact: Rosemary 01234 405594 or Barbara 01234 304960


WHAT'SON Lemon & Ginger Knitting, Sewing and Crochet Meet Mondays 10am Pavilion at The Park, Bedford Park Bring your knitting projects & needlework and join us to share skills, exchange ideas and socialise over Coffee & Cake. 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 My Ipad and Me Wednesdays 9-11am Pavilion at The Park, Bedford Park 1 hour classes aimed at the beginner iPad user. £7 per session. Call 01234 351104 to book Art Friends – New Art Group Art for Fun and Friendship For All Every Thursday 9.30am – 12.30pm Bromham Baptist Church Attendance will be very low cost and very affordable Enquiries please call Jackie 01234 825663 / 07880 518465 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 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 Eid in Bedford Sunday 10th July 12 – 7pm A whole day of fun for all the family. Bazaar offering food, drink, clothes, gifts, crafts and much more. Rides & games and picnic areas for family, friends and neighbours to enjoy lunch together. Addison Howard Park, Bedford Rd, Kempston MK42 8PN Children's Author Day Sunday 10 July 2016 11-12pm David Litchfield, our local Bedford author who won the WCBP for best illustrated book category with his lovely 'The Bear and the Piano' 12.30-1.30pm Teri Terry, author of the Slated series, and will also be signing her new book, 'Book of Lies'. 2-3pm Andy Briggs, author of the Tarzan: Greystroke legacy series, and will also be signing his new book, 'Iron Fist'. Waterstones, Silver St, Bedford – *This is a ticketed event – contact store for details

The Black Tom Jumble Trail Sunday 10th July Take part in a giant yard sale in Black Tom. To register your stall, or for more information visit http:// www.jumbletrail.com/event/BLACKTOMBEDS2016 Jobs Fair Wednesday 13 July 10am – 2pm Speak to local employees face to face. Local jobs available on the day. Bring an up to date CV. Bedford Corn Exchange, St Paul's Square, Bedford MK40 1SL Bedford River Festival Saturday 16th July – Sunday 17th July Dragon Boats, Raft Races, Food & Drink, Music Stages, Carnival Parade, Sports Village, Heritage Village, Arts & Craft, Extreme Sports, Fireworks, Funfair, Rides & much more! Russell Park / Embankment, Bedford. Love Bedford Day Sunday 24th July 11am – 5pm A day of fun for all the family, celebrating History, Heritage and Culture in Bedford. Harpur Square, Bedford. www.lovebedford.co.uk

FETES, SHOWS AND OPEN GARDENS Great Denham School Summer Fete Saturday 2nd July 11am – 2pm Bouncy Castles, Candy Floss, Face Painting, Refreshments, Hook a Duck, Coconut Shy Summer punch tent and lots lots more. Greenkeepers Rd, Great Denham MK40 4GG Scott Lower School – Summer Fair Sunday 3rd July 2.30 – 4.30pm Birds of Prey (The Raptor Foundation), Henna by Harps, Usborne Books and Younique, plus much more. Lots of games and fun for all ages. Delicious food and drinks to eat! Adults £1 Children FREE Hawk Dr, Bedford MK41 7JA Bromham Village Annual Show, Sunday 10th July 11.30am to 5.00pm Official opening 1.00pm Attractions for the whole family and community. Main arena – German Shepherd Dog display, Mini football, sports challenge event and much more. On the field – large craft marquee, birds of prey, children’s rides, punch & Judy, classic cars, food outlets, trade and commercial stands. Main hall will be a wide variety of exhibits ranging from vegetables and flowers, paintings, hand made items and photography. In the air there will be flypast by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hawker Hurricane aircraft, something not to be missed. Village Road, Bromham, Beds, MK43 8LD www.bromhamshow.com Melchbourne Feast Day & Family Fun Dog Show Sunday 10th July 1pm Bar, BBQ, Tug of War, Plants, Cakes, Music from Ouse Valley Swing Band, Stalls & Games Adults £1 Under 12’s FREE. The Old Vicarage, Melchbourne

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WHAT'SON Tuesday Afternoons” in Kathy Brown’s Garden’ June, July, August & Sept. Four and a half Acres of Wonderful Gardens The Manor House, Church Rd, Stevington, Bedford MK43 7QB www.kathybrownsgarden.com

HEALTH Hearts In Beds Cardiac Support Group First Tuesday each month 7pm Priory Methodist Church Halls, Newnham Ave, Bedford, MK41 9QJ (We hold a gentle exercise session 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 Sid Luff, 01234 404671 or Ted Jolliffe 01 234 327791 for further details of the Group.

MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE Bedford Community Chamber Orchestra 10th Anniversary Summer Concert Saturday 9th July at 7:30pm Music includes 'Adagio from Spartacus' by Khachaturian, 'Finlandia' by Sibelius & a Medley of 007 Themes. Tickets are £8 or £6 concessions & are available on the door. Putnoe Heights Church, Putnoe Heights, Bedford, MK41 8EB. For more information please email chair@bcco.org.uk

PARENT & TODDLER GROUPS AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES Kiosk At The Park – Storytime Every Monday at 9.30am Milk & Biscuits, Juice Boxes Breast feeding and nappy changing facilities Russell Park, Bedford 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 Wednesdays 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

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All Nations New Mums & Babies Wednesdays, 10:30am-12pm Mums have the opportunity to talk to other new mums over a drink and a biscuit. All Nations Church, Brickhill Drive, MK41 7QF 01231 273773 All Nations Toddlers Group Every Wednesday 1:30-3pm. Parents and carers of children aged birth to 4 years are welcome to drop in for a tea/coffee while the children join in with craft, music and free play. All Nations Church, Brickhill Drive, MK41 7QF 01231 273773 Kids Club Kids Club is for children in school years 2-6. The club runs weekly during term time, 5:45-7pm on Wednesday evenings. We have a mixture of games, quizzes and challenges, and each week we have a short bible story told through puppets, drama or interactive story telling. All Nations Church, Brickhill Drive, MK41 7QF 01231 273773

SPORTS & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Calling all Sports Clubs! Bedford Borough Council are looking for sports clubs who would like to get involved in the 2016 BambergBedford Sports Festival this September. For more information and to register email richard. tapley@bedford.gov.uk Bedford RSPB Local Group Evening walk Thursday 14th July at Felmersham 7pm Meet in the Gravel Pits Nature Reserve Map Ref: SP 987 583 RSPB membership not essential. www.rspb.org.uk/groups/bedford Rambling Club We're a friendly walking group who meet on a Sunday morning for a 5/6 mile walk. For further information or a copy of our programme please contact brclub75@yahoo.co.uk or phone 01234 360769. Ouse Valley Archers Currently offering a four week introduction in target archery. Courses run by Archery GB approved coaches and all equipment is provided. For experienced archers or those who have completed a beginners course the club shoots indoors/outdoors on Tuesday & Thursday 7.00pm – 9.00pm and Sunday 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Putnoe Primary School & Field Bedford For further details visit our website or contact info@ ousevalleyarchers.com Walking Football Summer sessions at Bedford Cricket Club Mondays 7-8pm Thursdays 2-3pm For more information and to book a place please email: info@walkingfootballleagues.co.uk


WHAT'SON Mowsbury Park Bowling Club Try lawn bowls for FREE any Wednesday or Friday 2pm to 4.30pm. Just bring flat shoes. Alternatively come to our free ANNUAL OPEN DAY being held Sunday 5th June from 2.30pm For more info about our club please contact Anne Haynes on 01234 211828 or visit our NEW web site www.mowsburyparkbowlsclub.co.uk 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 Bedford FC Mini Soccer Club Every Saturday at Goldington Academy 10.30am till 12.15pm. Open to boys and girls aged 4-10yrs. 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. 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. 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. 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 ctc-bedfordshire.co.uk for details of our forthcoming rides, or ring 01234 219148 for further information. 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 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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Summer Reading Challenges

Saturday 16th July to Saturday 10th September. Bedford Borough libraries are getting ready for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read library books over the summer. The Challenge has a new theme each year and this year, it’s The Big Friendly Read, delivered in collaboration with The Roald Dahl Literary Estate to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday! The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 will feature some of Roald Dahl's best-loved characters and the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake. It will encourage reading on a giant scale. To take part in the Challenge, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library. They’ll receive a special collector’s folder. As they borrow and read at least six library books over the summer, they can collect six special cards to complete their folder. After reading six library books children will collect a Big Friendly Read Certificate; if they read twelve library books they will be rewarded with a pair of amazing rainbow glasses; and by reading a mammoth eighteen library books children will receive a Big Friendly Read medal!

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There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at your local library for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. To find out more about The Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge and events visit www.bedford.gov.uk/libraries

imagiNation Read Me! Summer Reading Challenge

Young people aged 11 – 18 years are invited to take part in a similar challenge. ImagiNation, which combines reading and arts activities, is also running over the summer holidays. ImagiNation has been designed for young people to encourage both reading for pleasure and creating pieces of art inspired by books. Young people can join the activity in their library where they will collect their free imagiNation log and choose from a huge range of exciting books. The log offers a choice of activities designed by young people to get the imagination flowing, including the opportunity to contribute to a giant artwork and earn a collectable lanyard. Young participants can also share their art and ideas online at www.imaginationeast.org.uk

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Total Wipe-out fun! The latest attraction at Box End Park is now open for the summer season! If you’ve ever watched Total-Wipeout and fancied a go, then the Aqua Park is for you! Enjoy running, swinging, bouncing and taking on our fastest lap challenge. Our amazing giant sized Aqua Park is the perfect summer activity, ideal for families, group bookings, birthday parties, stag and hen groups and corporate parties.

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Our lakes are spring fed meaning the water is clear and fresh. Because the lakes are shallow in the summer months the water temperature reaches a tropical 24 degrees! Aqua park session last 2 hours and include a full safety briefing. The cost is £15 per person. Buoyancy aids are provided for free and optional wetsuits can be hired for just £5 per person. We are also able to offer private hire of the park for up to 45 people at a time. Our Aqua Park is open from now until the end of September and is fun for all ages from 6 to 76! Box End Park is also able to offer water-ski and wakeboard experiences, fantastic lake side walks and a chance to enjoy a drink or meal overlooking the water in it’s award winning corner5 restaurant.


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Theatre Steve Best: Comedy Snapshots Q&A Friday 8th July, 7.30pm

Comedian and photographer Steve Best’s many years on the comedy circuit have allowed him to build trust with some of the funniest people on earth. This exclusive access has allowed him to take hundreds of intimate, deeply moving images that no one else could get. Steve’s first book, Comedy Snapshot is a first of its kind, with over 400 comedians, each giving a joke and some quirky facts about themselves. It is a unique record of the comedy circuit. Price: £8 26 St Peter's Street, Bedford MK40 2NN Tel 01234 362337 www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

WOOTTON ACADEMY TRUST PRESENTS

Book and lyrics by

Music by

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Elton John

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Stephen Daldry Orchestrations by

Martin Koch Executive producers (original production)

Angela Morrison

David Furnish

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Tim Bevan Eric Fellner Jon Finn Sally Greene Originally presented in London by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions, In association with Tiger Aspect. Based on Universal Pictures/Studio Canal Film.

Wednesday 13th July, Thursday 14th July, Friday 15th July & Saturday 16th July 2016 - 7.30 p.m. Wootton Upper School, Hall End Road, Wootton, Beds MK43 9HT www.wootton.beds.sch.uk

Adults: £8.00 & Concessions: £5 School Box Office: 01234 767123

Cultural Aspects present The Soul Man Sunday 17th July at 7:30pm

A great night of soul from one of the best known and best loved soul singers in the area. The Soul Man has been performing in Beds, Bucks and Herts for over 12 years and generates energy and excitement everywhere he sings. His rich, powerful voice recreates much loved soul classics from artists such as George Benson, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye and many more. Tickets for this show are priced at £9.00. Bradgate Road, Bedford MK40 3DE Tel 01234 35432 www.theplacebedford.org.uk

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Bedfordshire’s Domesday Mills – Part 1

After the Norman invasion of 1066, King William set about creating a full account of exactly what he had acquired within his new kingdom. The Domesday Book, as it became known, was completed in 1086 and contained details of all the people, livestock, buildings and land throughout the whole of England. It was one huge undertaking for the time, and was as accurate a snapshot of the nation as has ever been attempted. One of the key items listed were the many watermills that were dotted along the rivers wherever there was a settlement nearby, and enough power in the flow of the water. This is itself was a contentious issue, as a mill pond may be used to hold back water in dry periods, causing downstream mills to struggle and boatmen to run aground, so fights would sometimes ensue.

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Many watermills were listed within the borders of our county, perhaps unsurprising as there are many tributaries flowing to the rivers Great Ouse and the Lea. A little more surprising, however, is that quite a few of them have survived into the present era. Over the coming months I am going to study a few of these survivors of war, plague, famine, economics, and the onslaught of modern living. Most have been replaced and rebuilt a few times over the span of almost a thousand years, but retain their spot on the riverbank and have kept their basic purpose of grinding corn to give the English folk their daily bread right up until recent times. Now, in the age of large farms under the plough of agri-business, and modern factory produced flour and bread, many have

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had to diversify to remain in existence, but they are still, in their basic structure and appearance, a watermill. There were over 400 listed in Bedfordshire in 1855, so it was at the time a major centre of flour producing. To kick of the series then, I have chosen one of Bedfordshire's most successful, Jordan's Mill between Broom and Biggleswade. Originally listed as Holme Mill, this was built on an ancient site on the old hamlet of Holm, named by Danish settlers in the Ninth century, and there has been a mill here for over a thousand years. Following a fire in 1894, the flour mill was updated with a 25 horsepower water-wheel and a 20 horse-power oil engine to power the Carter’s roller system that is still in use today. The Jordan family have held the mill for over 130 years, and the mill has since survived several other fires, and was run by the ladies during the First World War. Today the mill is at the centre of the Jordan family’s empire producing cereals, crunchy bars and healthy snacks, as well as being one of the regions’ leading cattle feed suppliers.

From an original Domesday valuation of 47 shillings (including another watermill – two for the price of one, Mr Conqueror!) the modern site includes not only the working mill and the buildings of the Jordans works, but is also home to an impressive visitors centre, fully equipped with a cafeteria, tours of the working mill and an interactive museum in the Mill Barn explaining the history of local food production. It is great to see a flourishing business centred on a site with so much deep-rooted history, and from experience I know their cereals are among the very best I have tasted. But don’t let me ramble on, have a look at their website www. jordansmill.com or pay them a visit at Jordans Mill, Holme Mills, Langford Road, Broom, Bedfordshire, SG18 9JY. Next month, we’ll travel to the North of the county for another Domesday Mill… Guy Bolton

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The Nice Guys The Nice Guys gives us the new hot, brooding young gun actor Ryan Gosling and teams him up with an older actor who was very similar to him in his youth… Russell Crowe. The premise behind Nice Guys is that they are two very different kinds of ‘detectives’ in 1970’s LA. Gosling is a standard Private Investigator, though he is an alcoholic wimp & has no real idea of what he is doing, while Crowe is pretty much a thug and solves problems by beating people up. This is the way the best buddy movies really work, you get two opposites, actor wise and character wise, and get them to work together. It is a great way of creating drama and pushing the characters into situations where one of them is really uncomfortable The Nice Guys is a very old fashioned action adventure buddy movie and is all the better because of this. It reminds me an awful lot of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (not surprising as it was written and directed by the same man) which is a terrific little unlauded movie and I think The Nice Guys will be looked back on as another cult classic like its predecessor in a few years time. Simon White

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Diplodia Tip Blight

Sphaeropsis sapinea (syn. Diplodia pinea) Diplodia tip blight is a devastating disease of twoand three-needle pines. It is caused by the fungus Sphaeropsis sapinea (syn. Diplodia pinea), thus is also called Sphaeropsis tip blight. The disease starts with needle infections, which spread into branch tips. The fungus weakens the tree so that secondary insects and diseases attack and cause mortality. Most pines and spruces are susceptible, especially when planted outside their natural ranges. Austrian, ponderosa, mugo, red and Scots pine are most seriously affected.

then up the needle. Diplodia tip blight more readily infects, and causes more damage on, stressed trees. Therefore, to reduce potential problems it is best to maintain a vigorous tree. To keep the tree vigorous, it should be mulched, watered, fertilized and pruned. Mulch should be applied from the trunk to the drip line at a depth of 2-4 inches. Avoid mulching directly against the trunk. Wood chips are one of the best mulch materials. Other materials, which can be used, include bark, pine needles and leaf compost.

The first obvious symptom is a yellowing then browning of young needles in the spring, usually on the lower portions of the crown. Branch tip and buds are quickly killed and become soaked with resin. This resin may drip from needles and also makes the dead tip somewhat flexible.

Trees should be irrigated during dry periods in the spring and summer. Avoid sprinklers, which wet the needles. Instead use a soaker hose, drip or microsprinkler system. If the tree is nutrient deficient, fertilization will improve tree vitality and reduce susceptibility to disease. Once the tree is infected, all of the above recommendations should be followed as well as pruning and applying fungicides. Pruning will not provide effective control of the disease. However, dead tips may be pruned to improve the appearance of the tree. If pruning is the only management method used, cones should also be removed since they are a major source of inoculum. Fungicide treatments should begin at budbreak and be repeated two or three times at 14-day intervals.

In the late summer fungal fruiting structures (pycnidia) form on dead needles. They appear as small black dots, first under the fascicle sheath,

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BARTLETT TREE EXPERTS A Very Brown Hedge Indeed Aphids are one of the most common and troublesome of all garden insect pests. They attack a large number of garden plants throughout the country and are recently causing much disfigurement to ornamental conifer hedges. Commonly known as Greenfly and Blackfly, these aphids feed on hedges, sucking the sap of the plant and can spread several viruses, causing severe dieback. Cypress Aphid is currently troublesome and pre-dominantly affects conifer hedging. Damage inflicted on conifer hedges by the aphid Cinara cupressi is severe and can lead to large brown patches on the hedge. This leads to localised foliage death, reducing the aesthetic look of the hedge. As the aphid is active from May to October it is important to catch this problem early and apply treatments to stop its spread. At the first sign of brown patches call us for a free consultation and professional advice.

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Garden Ornaments Ornaments polarise gardeners. They’re a love ‘em or hate ‘em subject. I fell firmly into the hate ‘em category. I thought they had a place in big country gardens but looked slightly tacky in suburbia. This antipathy may date back to my childhood and Mrs. Frost, our elderly neighbour, who had a front garden stuffed to the brim with gnomes, windmills and concrete toadstools. If our ball ever strayed into this shrine to kitsch she’d burst from her house with a banshee-like scream, brandishing a broom at us. Somewhere along the way though I’ve mellowed. As I’ve studied show gardens and magazines I’ve realised that ornaments have a definite place in a garden as long as two important considerations are met: Context The ornaments complement the style of the garden. Classical statuary doesn’t work in contemporary spaces, while traditional gardens might need to

avoid stainless steel or modern, abstract sculptures. Size Ornaments should be an appropriate size for the setting. Rules are there to be broken of course and whatever your garden type or size the ornament you choose should be special to you. My father had a grumpy gargoyle-like creature, set among ferns at the bottom of his patch. It made everyone who saw it smile in recognition of my dad’s own avuncular manner. A girly friend of mine has a series of small bronze faeries set around her tiny plot, which are perfectly in tune with her personality. I favour natural materials myself but several years ago I purchased beautiful and rather elegant heron created from recycled metal. I adore it because it reflects both my love of birds and my passion for recycling. It stands near a boulder fountain and I occasionally brandish a broomstick at my sons when their football strays too near... By Rachel Leverton

Ornament Ideas… To set off ornamental grasses try ceramic balls in vivid blues and greens set among cobbles. For minimalist contemporary plots, mirrored columns and pyramids look striking. Classical statuary and urns look best in more formal, traditional settings. They are best made from marble or stone. Resin copies can look tacky.

sense of humour. Quirky can look brilliant in the right setting. Sculptor Dennis Fairweather’s best seller is a stone face and hands which emerge from a tub of water as if the figure had just been for a dip! Natural materials can be a good starting point for garden ornament novices. Balls and sculptures made from willow are subtle and elegant additions to any garden.

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cohesion, team spirit and camaraderie we had at the end of last season, the League title is our destiny. Eagles are welcome along to all preseason home fixtures which are as follows: Tuesday 5th July, Hemel Hempstead Tuesday 12th July, Stevenage FC Saturday 16th July, Luton Town FC Monday 18th July, Peterborough United XI Entrance is £7 for adults, £4 for concessions and Under 21s, £1 for 10-15 year olds with Under 10s FREE. For further information please find us on Facebook, Twitter or www.bedfordeagles.net

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