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Council News KickStart – Healthy eating for pregnant mums Alistair Burt – Rural broadband Corner 5 review Jonathan Vernon-Smith – Buying and selling houses Bartlett trees – Renew the soil and roots Alliance Foster care What’s on Tamara Glanvill – Divorce Urban Myths

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Have you seen the new Bedford bus station?

The new Bedford Bus Station is moving closer to reality as progress continues on the multi-million pound regeneration of the gateway to Bedford town centre. The refurbished Allhallows multi-storey car park is expected to be completed this summer and the external scaffolding is now starting to come down, revealing the new external cladding and other visual improvements intended to give the multi-storey car park a new ‘lease of life’. In addition, the demolition of the bus station building is continuing and more than half of the building has already been demolished and taken away.

Meanwhile, new artists’ impressions of the new bus station have been released this week. They feature a sleeker and more modern bus station building, which will provide much improved facilities for passengers. To view the latest from our dedicated webcam showing the demolition of the bus station building, see the latest artists impressions or the latest pictures of the Allhallows multi-storey car park, visit our dedicated website www.bedford.gov.uk/busstation

The womens’ tour The world’s best cyclists will race through the streets of Bedford on Thursday 8th May when The Women’s Tour comes to the borough. The Women’s Tour is the country’s first ever international stage race for women and will see the world’s very best cyclists racing wheel to wheel through the streets of Bedford. The riders will race through rural and urban parts of the borough, offering excellent vantage points for spectators to line the streets and cheer on the riders. The Women’s Tour in Bedford Borough is supported by Bedford Borough Council and sponsored by: University of Bedfordshire, Bedford BID and the Harpur Trust.

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Kempston Park Indoor Bowls Club, 290 Hillgrounds Road, has been saved from closure. In early 2013 there was a chance the club would fold, however Bedford Borough Council have worked hard with a group of dedicated bowlers (members of the former Kempston Indoor Bowls Club) and it is to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, in April 2014. The bowling club opened over two decades ago and at its re-opening, on 7th October 2013, it was re-named as the Kempston Park Indoor Bowls Club. The facility has eight rinks, a bar area with seating for 150, a raised viewing facility behind the rinks,

Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “The club has had an excellent reputation over the years and offers facilities that are appreciated by many. Bowling is a source of exercise, entertainment and social cohesion for participants and members. It has been transformed by the efforts of many volunteers from the club and working in association with Bedford Borough Council.” Kempston Park Indoor Bowls Club has attracted a regular flow of new members, having gone from 220 members to over 350 full members, since October last year. If you are interested in bowling, and would like to visit or join the Kempston Park Indoor Bowls Club, please contact 01234 852291 or email kpibc@ btinternet.com – everyone is welcome!

An additional £200,000 to help people remain in their homes Bedford Borough Council has allocated an additional £200,000 in Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) to help people with disabilities to live in their own homes more comfortably and safely by making daily tasks easier for them as well as enabling better freedom of movement in and around their homes. Each year, the Council provides around 200 adaptations to eligible residents of the Borough, spending in excess of £1 million per annum on essential facilities and adaptations

such as installing level access showers, stairlifts or ground floor accommodation. Elizabeth Bowden, Disabled Facilities Grant user, said: “This grant has enabled me to get around my home, whereas before, I was only able to get around two rooms, so it has opened up my house to me again. When I was able-bodied it was fine, but now I am confined to a wheelchair, I couldn’t even get through the doorframes because they were not wide enough. Disabled Facilities Grants are marvellous, I can’t rate them highly enough.”

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“KickStart” is a short course funded by the Public Health team at Bedford Borough Council, in conjunction with NHS Bedfordshire. Maternity Dietitian, Karen Vinter said: ‘We are really lucky in this area to have KickStart. It’s a fun and friendly group, designed especially for pregnant women with a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 25. We love supporting our ladies to have a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy.’ The courses have previously been a great hit with Bedford mums, who get to try free healthy snacks and gentle exercise designed for pregnancy. Karen said: ‘Some women don’t like the idea of attending a group session, particularly if they have had a bad experience at a commercial group in the past. However, we offer something unique – realistic advice, with tips designed just for pregnant mums. We aren’t a weight 10

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MP COLUMN

RURAL BROADBAND – WHY IT MATTERS. How much has the internet changed your life? If you are one of those who entered upon your current employment before the creation of the world wide web, then, like me, you may have moved in a relatively short time from golfball typewriters and Tippex to megabits and Inboxes. As a user of services, or a shopper, chances are that your life will have changed too, though you could still take evasive action. You don’t have to shop at Amazon! But you do want the choice, and access to some vital local and national services is now assumed to be by internet only. Which is why the battle for access to Broadband in rural areas is so important. Broadband speeds up access to the internet markedly, replacing old technology. But it requires fitting and the appropriate infrastructure if it is to come via telephone wires, the most popular way for most people. This has been harder in rural areas, where there are fewer customers and sometimes technical difficulties due to relative remoteness. But rural areas have the same needs as urban areas. My rural constituents not only need to access those vital services, but they are increasingly developing different patterns of working, either from home or small

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units, so internet is not some fancy leisure luxury, but a necessity. The Government developed a scheme to ensure that by 2015 90% of premises in the UK would have access to ‘superfast’ broadband, and, crucially, ‘universal access’ to standard broadband with a speed of 2Mbps. The roll out of this scheme is through co-operation between Government, local councils and more often than not, BT. I have been arguing that whilst access to superfast broadband is good news, ensuring ‘universal access’ is even more vital for those who currently have little or no access now. I have been liaising with Parish Councils for information, and met with the Mayor recently to press its importance to Bedford Borough Council. I will continue to pursue this. In the meantime I am also aware that people can access the internet in other ways, including wireless, which may be a better answer for some. I recently visited Stoddenworld in Upper Dean, who partner with Redraw Internet to provide a solution for rural areas, to see how that works, (though I am not advertising, other providers do exist!) The Government is also exploring how wireless can be a better answer, so all in all I hope that we will soon have that vital equality of access between rural and urban in Bedfordshire. Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP for NE Bedfordshire


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Over the past 9 years we have been fortunate enough to receive invitations to some of Bedford’s and it’s surrounding areas, most popular Restaurants. Generally the standard of food and the experience, has warranted praise and consequently when we are invited back, it is almost always received with relish. In late March we were asked back to one of our favourite eateries, Corner 5 Restaurant at Box End Park, situated between Bromham and Kempston. Corner 5 is a family owned business run by James and Hannah Barbour. Their staff have always made a point of making us feel very welcome and the Kitchen has never failed to impress. Head Chef Sean Hazlett, formerly of the Sculpture Gallery at Woburn, never ceases to surprise with his inventive dishes and use of unusual combinations of ingredients.

balsamic vinegar served with fresh bread, we managed to make a decision on the evening’s order of fayre, not an easy thing considering what was on offer. We plumped for Italian Baked Figs – slow baked plump figs wrapped in salty cured ham stuffed with creamy blue cheese, served on a roasted pine nuts, wholegrain mustard and blossom honey salad – also – Curried Cauliflower Risotto – a fragrant Arborio rice risotto flavoured with a mild madras spice finished with creamed cauliflower, toasted pistachios and mini cauliflower bhajis. Both starters were absolutely delicious – creamy rich risotto with just the right amount of heat and the crisp bhajis a delightful dish – the saltiness of the ham with the sweet figs, nuts and salad complimented by the mustard was great, two really well thought out dishes and a super way to kick off the evening. Starters range in price from £5.95 to £7.25.

It is always a pleasure just to read the menu on arrival, to see what tantalising fusion of ingredients lay in store for that particular evening’s dining. Needless to say we were not to be dissatisfied with the choice of food on offer.

It has always been a policy of Corner 5, which they are committed to, of sourcing local produce where possible, with an emphasis on using only the freshest ingredients possible. All the food is prepared and cooked to order which is always going to take a little longer than if it were pre-prepared,but the end result is worth waiting for.

After a thorough scan of the menu, pre-dinner drinks and the obligatory olives in olive oil and

Mains – we chose Chicken and Wild Mushroom Stroganoff – tender strips of

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FOOD chicken with sautéed wild mushrooms, tossed in a piquant smoked paprika sauce, finished with double cream served in a crispy tortilla basket on a bed of mixed wild rice – along with – Barbary Duck Teriyaki – teriyaki marinated duck breast, served pink on a julienne of stir fried vegetables and pineapple, flavoured with chilli and sesame, complimented by dauphinoise potatoes and finished with a garlic and coriander dressing. Wow, we thought the starters were good, presentation of the dishes was top notch and taste excellent – tender duck with again just the right amount of heat, soft potatoes with crisp vegetables – really tasty – chicken and mushroom, a classic combination and with the creamy sauce contrasting with the crispy tortilla and smoked paprika, another truly mouth-watering dish. Mains range from £13.95 to £17.95. As always the desserts at Corner 5 are eagerly anticipated and although not having a huge selection, the choice is more than adequate and worth finding room for!

Our selection was English Custard Tart – classic baked custard tart flavoured with nutmeg spice complimented by a strawberry and basil coulis with vanilla ice cream – also – Chocolate and Caramel Ale Cake – a rich and indulgent chocolate and ale cake with salted caramel sauce soft whipped hazelnut double cream garnished with caramel glass. Both desserts looked superb and tasted equally as good, the strawberry and basil coulis really good with the creamy custard tart and the rich chocolate and hazelnut double cream a real treat. Desserts range from £5.45 to £8.45 for the cheese platter which is a meal in itself! Once again we were very fortunate to sample the delights on offer at Corner 5 Bar and Restaurant and can highly recommend a visit, it would also be rude if we did not mention that the staff at Corner 5 are extremely pleasant, very helpful and make it a pleasure visiting Corner 5.

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CONSUMER

Buying and Selling Houses

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They say that death of a loved one and divorce are the top two most stressful experiences in your life. Well number three must be moving house! Anyone who has moved will remember the stomach churning worry and the logistical nightmare that is buying and selling houses. However, there are some things you can do to not only make the process easier, but also demonstrate that you’re a savvy consumer. When you decide that you want to move, assess the market. Is it a buyers or a seller’s environment? At the moment, property prices in most areas are increasing, which for sellers is great, but means buyers are having to dig deeper into their pockets to secure a deal. During tough economic times, property prices tend to fall which means a savvy buyer can bag a bargain. Always get at least three good, reputable, local agents round to value your house. Ask them for a sensible price at which to market your property and ask them what they will do to get those prospective buyers through the door. Always establish their fee and NEVER agree to pay any money upfront. Always ensure that you pay their fee on completion of a deal and for goodness sake, haggle! If one of the agents is prepared to market the property for a 1% fee as opposed to the other two who want 1.5%, why would you even consider paying more? If they’re not prepared to reduce their fee, then they’re not hungry enough for their commission and will not try hard enough to find a buyer.

Generally it’s better to sell your property before you agree to buy somewhere. Ultimately until you know how much you can achieve for your property, you don’t really know how much you can afford to spend on another. You should stipulate to your estate agents though that any buyer will afford you reasonable patience while you find somewhere to buy. Always employ the services of a totally independent mortgage advisor with access to all companies and who is prepared to recommend the best mortgage for you and NOT for them. You will find that most estate agents will try to persuade you to use the services of their own conveyancing solicitor. I personally do not like the idea of this. To me, it’s a complete conflict of interest. You need a legal advisor who is completely independent and looking out for your interests, not someone who is under pressure from an estate agent to hurry up and complete a sale. My advice is to ask friends and family members who have moved recently to recommend a good conveyancing solicitor to you. Also, remember that you should get some different quotes for this service and never be afraid to haggle with them. When it comes to you putting in an offer for the house of your dreams, you will need to again assess the market environment you’re working within. If the market is good and there are not many properties available, but lots of buyers competing, then it’s normally better to go in with a high offer on the basis that marketing of the property is ceased immediately. In a falling market, then a cheeky, low offer may just bag you a bargain. One final piece of advice I would like to share with you, is to be open and honest with people. Be upfront with both your buyers and the vendors of the property you’re buying and treat them in the way you would like to be treated. Remember, once you’ve accepted a deal, to mess people around is utterly unacceptable.

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small girls: sisters aged two and a half and four who have been with them since December 2013. Having had four children of their own (now well into adulthood), their involvement with the company came about after Lesley’s mum died very suddenly and she felt that the time was right for a career change. Previously working in a school, she had always warmed to children seen as challenging and a close friend suggested she might take to fostering. The friend worked for Alliance Foster Care so Lesley had an initial chat with them and “was sold”. “It was good to have a personal recommendation” says Hugh “and when our friend had a problem with her foster child’s school, we were very impressed that someone from Alliance Foster Care got there before she did.”

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COMMUNITY despite having to answer lots of questions and supply references, they did not find it daunting. Lesley says: “It was all very relaxed and it gave us an opportunity to think about our parenting, the impact on us and our children, and how we would approach fostering.” At the time, the couple’s youngest daughter was eleven, and Lesley and Hugh were impressed with the fact that Alliance Foster Care goes to great lengths to include the foster family’s birth children in all their activities, even sending them a card and voucher at birthdays and Christmas. “The Birth Children’s Support Group means that their voices are heard” explains Lesley. Once the Minty’s had decided to go ahead, they attended an introductory training course ‘Skills to Foster’ which was based at Grafham Water and “included a nice lunch” says Leslie. There they met staff and four or five other couples who were starting out in fostering like themselves and who they have kept in touch with. Alliance Foster Care offers a comprehensive support programme with regular support group meetings, activities during every school holiday and a 24/7 telephone helpline. Hugh and Leslie describe the agency as having “a friendly, inclusive atmosphere”. “You always see people you know at events as people tend to stay with the agency” says Leslie. The Minty’s are short term foster carers which means they are often called on for respite and emergency situations. Once, they had to take in a baby at short notice and Hugh needed to dash to the supermarket for emergency provisions. “You need to be flexible” says Hugh “as you can be caring for a child for three months or three years.” Their first fostered child was a girl of three and a half, who has now been adopted, followed by a boy who was also three and half when he came to them. They then looked after a brother and sister who

exhibited challenging behaviour and had come to them in an emergency. Despite the fact they clearly have admirable parenting skills, Leslie and Hugh are never on their own as they are constantly working with the professional team surrounding the child which includes their support worker, teachers, health visitors, child psychologists and paediatricians. “Our support worker Harriet is brilliant” says Leslie. “She always goes above and beyond what is necessary.” Alliance Foster Care also have someone in place whose job is to work alongside the foster parents and child’s school and will attend Personal Educational Plan (PEP) meetings if the child has special educational needs. There is an ongoing training programme with courses and workshops by specialists on everything from trauma and attachment to managing challenging behaviour. The training links into an appraisal system and there is an independent annual review which then goes to a fostering panel. “It is not bureaucratic and very child focused” explains Hugh “with the emphasis on helping the child to grow and develop.” When asked about the rewards of fostering, Leslie doesn’t hesitate to say how she always feels valued and explains how when their second child arrived, the couple have stayed in touch with their foster children. Leslie says: “I feel blessed and honoured that we can still be a part of these children’s lives.” Alliance Foster Care is an independent fostering agency that provides children in care with high quality foster placements. The agency has been described as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED, meeting or exceeding all National Fostering Standards. If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, you can visit their website at www.alliancefostercare.co.uk or telephone them on 01604 879373.

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EVENTS

May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 May Dancing Stars Linedance Club 6.45-7.45pm and 7.30-10pm Kempston Hammers Social and Sports Club 134 High Street High Street Kempston MK42 7BN Class Level: AB/Total/Beginners Time: 6.45-7.45pm and Improver/Intermediate Time: 7.30-10pm. New people always welcome – just turn up to a beginners class. Tel: Stephen 07969 847553 Web: http://dancingstars.comuf.com 3 May Dawn Chorus Bird Walk & Breakfast 4.30-7.30am The Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Forest of Marston Vale Adults £9, Children £6 including breakfast Annual celebration of spring in the company of some wonderfully noisy birds and a small group of excellent and very well informed local bird experts. A chance to get to grips with the grasshopper warbler and wrestle with the willow warbler (purely metaphorically of course). The start time is definitely early – there’s no getting away from that. But it’s always worth it and the breakfast afterwards tastes that much better for having worked up an appetite. Wrap up warm – it’s usually pretty cold – and wear something waterproof on your feet. Bring binoculars or a telescope if you have them but there are usually some spares and our wonderful volunteers are very keen to get you close up to their favourite birds through some very impressive optics. Booking and pre-payment is absolutely essential for this very popular event Tel: 01234 767037

3 May Bedford Crafts, Produce & A Cuppa! 9am-2pm Church Lane Community Centre, Church Lane, Bedford First Saturday of the month.

3 May Gagliano String Ensemble of London Concert 7.30pm

St Owen, Bromham, MK43 8LL Adults £8, Concessions £6, Under 16 free – including glass of wine/squash and crisps Pay at the door but book your seat by the reservations line. Tel: Reservations 01234 825454, 01234 826551 (evenings)

3-5 May Georgian Games Galore! 10am-6pm

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Wrest Park, Silsoe, MK45 4HR Adult £9, Concession £8.10, Child £5.40, Family £23.40, English Heritage Members free (includes admission to house and grounds) From battledores to shuttlecocks, quoits to croquet, play like a Georgian as you step back in time this May Bank Holiday weekend. Discover games that time forgot and master the skills needed to outmanoeuvre your opponents and astound your family. Website: http://www.english-heritage. org.uk/wrest

4 May Sunday Stroll 10.30am

The Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Forest of Marston Vale £1 payable on the day Come and join us in the Country Park for a gentle walk to hear how the Park was set up and a little about the surrounding area. The walk will keep to hard surfaced tracks in the Park which are mostly level but have short sections of gradient up to 1:9. Booking not required. Meet at Reception. Walks last approximately 2 hours. Why not finish the morning off with lunch in the Forest Centre Restaurant? Tel: 01234 767037 for more details

7 May Poor Little Belgium 7pm for 7:30pm

The Comrades Club, Godmanchester, PE29 2AY The Cambridgeshire branch of the Western Front Association is pleased to present a talk by John Chester about the role of and experiences of Belgium on the Great War. Non-members most welcome. Web: www.westernfrontassociation.com

7, 14, 21 & 28 May Irish Ceili/Set Dancing 8pm

Reading Room, Barker’s Lane, Bedford (next to No. 1) £2 each evening. Enjoy Irish dancing each Wednesday. No partner required. First evening free. Tel: Pat 01234 308224 for details

10 May Dawn Chorus for Late Risers – a Bird Walk 7-10am

The Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Forest of Marston Vale Adults £3, Concessions, Children, Volunteers & Members £2 For those who couldn’t get a place on the earlier dawn chorus walk, this is for you. It’s less of a painful start but still worth

the effort. At 7am the dawn chorus is still raging and in the company of our expert birding volunteers, you’ll find out all sorts of amazing things about the spring migrants and residents that are burbling away in the Country Park. These walks are for anyone who is keen enough – not just experts (although you’re very welcome). We pride ourselves on enthusing everyone about the wonders of the bird world and you will be in good hands with our volunteers who really do know the birds that are coming, going and staying. Bring binoculars if you have them but don’t worry if not, there are usually a few spares and plenty of opportunities to gaze down some wonderful telescopes. Wrap up warm and wear something waterproof on your feet. Some steep slopes and rough ground. Walking only perhaps 3 miles but that’s very dependent on the birds. Meet at Forest Centre Reception. Booking essential. Tel: 01234 767037

10 May Nursery Plant Sale 10.30am-2.30pm

Village Hall, Pavenham, MK43 7PH Admission £1.20 At least 10 nurseries: Alpines, Bedding, Clematis, Herbs, Perennials and Shrubs, Roses, Shade-lovers, Sundries, Vegetables. Save on mileage, buy from the growers; high quality, unusual plants, keen prices & good advice! Plenty of free parking, plant crèche, refreshments, tombola, children’s playground. In aid of the Friends of St Peter’s – keeping our church building in good repair –Charity No. 802696,

10 May Guided tour of Woburn Abbey Gardens 2.30pm

Tickets £13.50 Accompanied by their Head Gardener, by kind invitation of Her Grace the Duchess of Bedford. An exciting opportunity, as the gardens are being redeveloped as envisaged by Humphry Repton, Sir Jeffry Wyattville, Percy Cane and Henry Holland. A delicious Cream Tea is included. Suitable for adults and children 12 years and over. All profits to the Friends of Bedford Hospital. Tel. Felicity Scott 01234 359716 for details and tickets

10 May Quiz Night 7.30pm for 7.45 prompt start

Blunham Village Hall £5 per person In aid of Teddybears Playgroup. Teams of up to 8. Bar and hot dogs available on the night. Only alcohol purchased on the premises


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11 May Bedford Architectural Archaeological & Local History Society 1pm

Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, MK41 8EB Admission free – donations appreciated Car trip to the Cromwell Museum and historic Huntingdon. Tel: 01234 365095 Web: www.baalhs.org.uk

12 & 19 May Dancing Stars Linedance Club 7.30-8.30pm

Priory Methodist Church Newnham Avenue, Bedford MK41 9QJ Class Level: AB/Total/Beginners. Please contact regarding classes on Bank Holidays. Tel: Stephen 07969 847553 Web: http://dancingstars.comuf.com

15 May Bedford RSPB Local Group Meeting 7.30pm

A.R.A. Social Club, Manton Lane, Bedford Robin Potts presents ‘Hope for Malta’s birds’. All welcome. Tel: 01234 822035 Web: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/bedford

16 May Indulgence Evening 6.30-9.30pm

Alban Academy, Great Barford Tickets £5 in advance Ladies let us spoil you with an evening of tranquillity and luxury or treat yourself in our shopper’s paradise. Refreshments available. Tel: Tickets 07732 473396 Email: heatheraylett@aol.com

22 May An Evening with Julia Allnatt 7pm

Sandy Library Tickets £1.50 Judith will be talking about her latest novel ‘The Moon Field’. A poignant story of love and redemption during World War I. Refreshments provided. Central Bedfordshire Council event. Web: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

24 & 25 May 12th Annual Kite Festival Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm

Russell Park, Bedford Free admission The event showcases kites from the four corners of the globe including: America, Canada, Japan, China, Germany, France Holland and Belgium as well as flyers from across the UK. The programme throughout the weekend will feature kites never seen before in the UK and children’s and adults workshops in the kite marquee. Tel: Events Team 01234 718617 Web: www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/ outdoorevents

25 May The Michael Campbell Memorial Cup Kick-off 1pm

Riseley Barbarians F.C vs Riseley Sports F.C XI. Riseley Playing Field BBQ, Raffle and Bar. Text: Mcup90 £(your donation) to 70070 to donate

into step and polish your shoes or it’ll be basic rations for you. Discover Wrest Park’s secret wartime past with this hands on experience of soldiers on the front line. All children are welcome to join in these events. An additional £1 will be charged on standard admission for every child, (members and non-members) to help us fund this entertainment activity. Website: http://www.english-heritage.org. uk/wrest

25 & 26 May Wrest at War 10am-6pm

28 May Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club 8-10.30pm

Wrest Park, Silsoe, MK45 4HR Adult £10, Concession £9, Child £6, Family £26, English Heritage Members free (includes admission to house and grounds) Early Bird (valid until 9 May) Adult £9, Concession £8.10, Child £5.40, Family £23.40 Get ready to take cover as this explosive action packed weekend propels you into wartime Britain. From the Tommy in the trenches of WWI to the Trooper of the WWII D-Day landings, prepare yourself as you’re drawn into the theatre of war from all quarters at Wrest Park. Fall into step at soldiers school, scramble into a replica biplane and relive Baron Lucas’ life as a fighter pilot in WWI, and be blown away at the spectacle of the explosive arena show. From the sadness and injury of the battlefield to the make-do-andmend lifestyle of the Home Front, we’ll tell the stories behind the battles that shaped the world as we know it. Website: http://www.english-heritage. org.uk/wrest

25 May-21 September Teas at St Mary’s Church 3.30-5pm St Mary’s Church, Oakley Teas available on Sundays.

26 May Battle of the Bands 11am-5pm

Russell Park, Bedford The prizes include a spot on the main arena music stage at Bedford River Festival.

27 May Groovy Grasshoppers & Crafty Crickets 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm

The Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Forest of Marston Vale £2.50 per child Make a model of these amazing minibeasts. Find out about the life cycle of grasshoppers and crickets. Four sessions. For children aged 4-10 years. Children to be accompanied by an adult. Advance booking and payment essential. Tel: 01234 767037

27-30 May Just For Kids – Soldiers School 10am-6pm

Addison Centre, Kempston Members £4, Non-Members £5 – pay at the door David Harrild in concert. Tel: 01234 344423 Web: www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/bedford

30 May Wands in the Willows 10-11.15am, 11.30am-12.45pm & 1.302.45pm

£3.50 per child Find out what butterflies you could see in the park and make a butterfly headdress or hat. Three sessions – 20 children per session. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tel: 01234 767037 for more info or to book Email: anna.charles@marstonvale.org

7 June 35th Anniversary Concert 7pm

St Owens Church, Bromham Adults £7, Students £5 including after-concert party The Concord Singers present a 35th Anniversary Summer concert with a varied programme of songs, both old and new, from our extensive repertoire. In celebration and memory. Tel: 07535 055932 Web: www.bromhambenefice.org

7 June Trish Clowes – Saxophonist with a String Quartet 7.30pm

St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Road, Bedford Advance tickets: Adults £8, Concessions £7, Students 16-21 years £4, Children free accompanied by an adult On the door tickets: Adults £9, Concessions £8 Tel 01234 216881 www.standrewsbedford.org

12 June Luton & Dunstable University Hospital Engagement Event 7pm

Christchurch (opposite Waitrose), Hitchin Meet the Consultants, senior staff and Governors with your local MP Rt. Hon. Peter Lilley. Hear how you can choose to be treated at the L&D and how the hospital is seeking to meet your needs. There will be ample opportunity to put questions to the panel of speakers.

Wrest Park, Silsoe, MK45 4HR Adult £9, Concession £8.10, Child £5.40, Family £23.40, English Heritage Members free (includes admission to house and grounds) Attention! Right you ‘orrible lot, it’s training time. Become a Home Front hero and be put through your paces at Wrest Park. Fall

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Tamara Glanvill, Solicitor at Woolley & Co, Bedford www.family-lawfirm.co.uk

Divorce Urban Myths There is a myriad of misinformation out there! If you are getting divorce advice from well meaning friends/ family you will probably find many people who believe the following statements about divorce and marriage to be true – they are not. For proper advice you should see a lawyer, even if it’s just to get the basic information to inform you in your negotiations. We are common law husband and wife so I have the same rights as if we were married If you are just living together you should be aware that there is no such thing as a commonlaw husband or wife. To protect your rights, you can get a “living together agreement”. In some cases, a Court might award a share in property to an unmarried ex partner, but there are very many cases where they will not award them anything at all, even if they have lived together for many years or have brought up children together. The law is very complicated and certain criteria have to be met before you can bring a claim. My husband / wife can stop me getting a divorce In the vast majority of cases, one spouse wants to end the marriage and the other does not—at least at the onset. Sometimes the reluctant spouse stalls the process of a divorce in the hopes of a change of heart or out of spite. Good legal advice can ensure that the most appropriate ground for divorce is used to avoid the ex blocking the process. It is very rare that the divorce can be stopped, but it can be delayed to put in place arrangements for the financial settlement.

It is OK to deny ‘contact’ if the other parent does not pay child maintenance. This situation can arise where the non-resident parent falls behind in their payments and the resident parent punishes this failure by stopping them seeing the child(ren). The Court considers child arrangements to be entirely separate to financial arrangements ;child maintenance is not payment for the privilege of seeing their children. Stopping contact is blurring the line between the parents relationship with one other and each parents’ relationship with their child(ren) and has a strong negative impact on the children. It’s never ok to use money as leverage in this instance. The wife always gets the house when a couple divorces There is no set rule in law that the wife gets the house, but children’s needs are given priority. The court will firstly secure a home for the children. In lots of cases, it is therefore the wife who stays in the house, although the husband may have a charge over the property so he gets his money when the children have grown up and it is sold. Divorce is rarely easy; it is one of life’s most painful and dislocating experiences. However, the way the spouses handle themselves goes a long way in determining how the marriage ends. Start with advice from a qualified, experienced Solicitor. For a free half hour consultation contact Tamara Glanvill, Family Law Solicitor : 0845 6802136 / 07824668538 / tamara.glanvill@ family-lawfirm.co.uk

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Bedford Regatta

CELEBRATING 150 YEARS. Bedford Regatta will be celebrating its’ 150th anniversary on May 10th with a fun packed, exciting day of racing from 8.30am to 19.30pm. Crews from all parts of the country will be descending on Bedford’s picturesque embankment to race side by side to win some of the sports most coveted silverware. Racing will take place in eights, fours, octuples and quads along the 1,200 metre course from the County to the Suspension Bridge. Founded in 1853, the event is steeped in history and has enjoyed being at the centre of the town’s sporting calendar. To add to the ambience of the day, the committee of volunteers which represents all of the town’s rowing clubs has added a classic car fair to proceedings, with fine examples of British, American and European marques. For music 36

lovers, the Town Band will be playing in the bandstand recreating the previous scores from the 50th and 100th Regatta’s. £2 for a commemorative programme gains you access to the tented enclosure next to the Suspension Bridge where you can enjoy a drink and food while soaking up the atmosphere of the cheering crowds. Whether you enjoy sport, cars, music or a great atmosphere Bedford Regatta has it all! Come along and be part of the 150th celebrations of Bedford’s oldest sporting occasion. If having spent a day by the river wets your appetite, then why not come along and try the sport at Bedford Rowing clubs. As part of the clubs Explore rowing scheme you can enjoy a free taster session and then join our ‘Explore Rowing’ program. To book a place and find out more details please email explore@bedfordrowing.co.uk and more information about Explore Rowing can be found at Bedford Rowing Clubs website www.bedfordrowing.co.uk


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Church Lane Community Table Tennis Club Church Lane Community Centre Mondays 7.30 – 9.30pm: 16 years old plus Wednesdays 11am – 1pm: 50 years old plus Thursdays 7.30 – 9.30pm: 16 years old plus Open every week Michael Fox, 07837 975267, chair.churchlanecttc@gmail.com, www.churchlanecttc.weebly.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/ Church-Lane-Community-Table-Tennis-Club/182768688569849 Twitter: www.twitter.com/ChurchLaneCTTC

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 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

Mowsbury Park Cricket Club requires new players for Beds and District league cricket. We are a small, friendly and social club. We currently have one team, but

have ambitions to expand into two teams. All abilities welcome. Ages 16 to Adult. Nets start April; season runs on Saturday afternoons from May to September. Location: Mowsbury Park (Kimbolton Road End) Match formats include 40 overs a-side, Twenty20 and friendlies. Contact: Michael Davis 07828 392363 Email: michaeldavisuk@hotmail.com Website: http://groupspaces.com/ MowsburyParkCC

Men’s basketball club (16 and over) Training every Tuesday at 7.45-9 £3 per training (first training is free) Email bedfordthunder@outlook.com Twitter @bedfordthunder Facebook Bedford Thunder Basketball

Fancy playing lawn bowls? Come to our Open Day Sunday 4th May at 2pm or any following Wednesday for a free trail session at 2pm. All equipment provided – Flat shoes required. Mowsbury Park Bowls Club: Access from Wentworth Drive For more information please contact: Anne Haynes 01234 211828 or annejhaynes@hotmail.co.uk

Bedford MG Owners Club We meet twice a month at 8pm. On the 1st Tuesday of the month it is at The White Horse, Southill SG18 9LD On the 3rd Tuesday at The Anchor, Gt Barford MK44 3LF We Welcome new members, and have various activities and runs etc. throughout the year. We will be having evening runs of about 20 miles from the local area to a country pub on 20th May and 1st July, and visits to Suffolk and an open air theatre during the summer. Contacts are Chris Waters 01234 401834 or email bmgoc@talktalk.net

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A bright future for Bedford Cricket Club It has been a turbulent ten years for cricket in Bedford, but under a new board and with new sponsorship, Bedford Cricket Club has discovered a new lease of life ahead of the new cricket season. Following the demise of Bedford Town Cricket Club in 2006, Bedford Cricket Club was formed although the journey since then has been up and down to say the least! While the junior section has performed well, the adult teams have struggled to attract new members, but now the future for cricket at The Bury, Bedford’s home ground just off Goldington Road, is as bright as it has been for a long time.

under 10 teams, two under 12 teams, two under 14 teams and an under 16 team.

During the off season, M&DH Insurance has come in as the club’s headline sponsor, bringing in much needed funds, while the pavilion received a well-needed makeover during the Cricket Force weekend in April. In particular, the club finally has its long-awaited picket fence outside the pavilion.

The club also has great aspirations for the future, including building new changing room facilities, upgrading the bar and kitchen facilities and moving the adult teams up the league in order to keep its good junior cricketers at the club. It is also looking to turn the club into a local community hub where members of the local community can not only watch great cricket every weekend, but take advantage of the facilities at the club through the week and through the winter months too. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Bedford Cricket Club!

Matters on the playing side also continue to improve. This season, in the junior section, Bedford Cricket Club will be running a Kwik cricket squad for children from 4 to 8, four

Training and coaching for these squads occurs on a Monday and a Friday night every week through the summer. With the Under 10’s and Under 12’s being the existing county champions, this year’s junior squad has a lot to live up to! The club is also trying to put together a girl’s team for the first time. In the adult section, there will be four teams running this season, with a 1st XI and a 2nd XI playing on Saturday and a Sunday 1st XI and a development XI playing on a Sunday.

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Molyneux Jones Molyneux Jones Family Funeral Directors opened its’ office on St Cuthberts Street in Bedford over two years ago. Owner, Malcolm Jones has been in Funeral Management for over 15 years in other areas of the country, but decided to return to Bedford to open his own independent family business. He is very encouraged by the response he has received from the families he has helped and feedback has been positive with many commenting on how reassuring they have found having a single point of contact. Malcolm confirmed “Having moved back to Bedford to be closer to my family, I have been very pleased to assist so many people so far. By arranging and conducting the funerals myself, it enables me to gather a better understanding of the families wishes and offer a range of options. I have been

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surprised how many people are unaware of the vast variations in price and service, even in a comparatively small town like Bedford and the surrounding villages” he continues “Being fully qualified and as an independent business I am able to provide a very personal service which is fundamental at such a difficult time, I am available 24 hours a day on the phone if they have any questions.” As well as being delighted by the feedback from the families he has helped, Malcolm at Molyneux Jones has also received recognition of his work from two independent funeral charities: The Good Funeral Guide and the Natural Death Centre, both of whom have awarded ‘Recommended’ status to the business. “I was delighted to have approval from both of these organisations who work tirelessly to inform families of their rights and choices. For me it is a privilege to help at a sensitive time.”


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All images by Andrew Loak

One of the things that YOU may not have known is that during the summer months Bedford Borough Council organises a programme of weekly guided walks. Each walk is led by a qualified member of Bedford Association of Tour Guides and covers a different aspect of the history and development of the town. These walks (which are suitable for local or visitor alike) all leave the Tourist Information Centre in St. Pauls Square at 11:00 every Sunday and last about one and a half hours. They have proved to be so popular in recent years that pre booking is now essential..

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COMMUNITY Telephone 01234 718112 to reserve a place .- £3 – 00 per adult and £1 -50 for children. One of the most popular walks every year is entitled ‘’I Never Knew That’’ and this title was deliberately changed in recognition that this was the most commonly heard expression from Bedfordians ,(who may have lived in the town for many years), having enjoyed the walk and learned something new ! Do you know for example what is so unusual about the Statue of John Howard on the old Market Square, No, nor do many of the thousands of people who pass by it every single day. Why is it that people stand and gaze at the statue of Sir William Harpur above the entrance to the Tourist Information Centre, especially as there are no known images of him anywhere in the world.so what is there must be the result of some artistic licence or another story! Joining the walk on 18th. May will give you the answer to these and many other questions as well as a morning of fun and entertainment.

The full Programme of walks for May is:

Sunday 11th. May – The Life and Times of John Bunyan. Sunday 18th May – I Never Knew That ! Sunday 25th May – Bedford in World War 2 – Secret Bedford now revealed. For further information on Bedford Association of Tour Guides please go to www.bedfordtourguides.org

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This will be a great day out for the whole family – the organisers have arranged a wealth of other attractions/ activities too, not only in the two show rings but throughout the beautiful castle grounds.

From: Hurricane Flypast to Bouncy Castles

From: Classic Cars to Ferris Wheel rides From: Daredevil Motorcycle Stunts to Pet Animals Zoo

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The Kimbolton Country Fayre is a non-profit making event with all proceeds supporting local and national children’s charities. This year’s charities will be: The Burns Camp (for children who have suffered severe burn injuries); Samuel Pepys School (for children with special needs); Hemi Help (for children with Hemiplegia); East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH); Cancer Research UK and the East Anglia Air Ambulance. So please come along on Sunday 13th July and have a wonderful day… In the meantime, why not have a look at our website www.kimboltoncountryfayre.com for all the latest updates on the Fayre, or follow us on Twitter @KimboltonFayre.


Gig Guide YOUR GUIDE TO FREE LIVE MUSIC AT YOUR LOCAL

The Kings Arms 24 St. Marys Street , Bedford MK42 0AS Tel 01234 354494

May 3rd Thunder Bird 5, – Tribute band to classic rock from the 60’s, 70’2, 80’s and 90’s 10th TBA, 17th Hub Whipley – Rock and roll band playing covers from the likes of Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, Kaiser Chiefs, Green Day, Razorlight

The Standard 26-28 Hight St, Bedford, MK40 3HS Tel 01234 269285 Sun 4th Middle 8 – Party Band

Sat 10th DJ Rocky and the Soul Factory – Soul Night Sun 11th Funk Odyssey – 70’s and 80’s Funk Soul

24th The Pistonz, – Rock band from Bedford covering many different styles from Blues to Classic Rock,

Sun 18th Faster Muttley – Rock cover band

31st Lost the plot – Skiffle and Folk to Pop and Rock via Punk and Rock ‘n’ Roll,

The George and Dragon 39 Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU

The Flowerpot 25 Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2RB Tel 01234 296732

Sun 25th Out of the Hat – Celtic rock covers

Sun 4th Tie One On – Rock and Blues Cover Band Northern Soul upstairs in the function room.

Fri 2nd May Tie One On – Rock and Blues cover band.

Sun 11th Groove Connection – wide range of music from 60’s, 70’s and 80’s to contemporary.

Sat 3rd Hair of The Dog – Irish Band

Sun 18th Single File

Fri 9th Spoonful – Rock and Blues cover band

Sun 25th – Juke

Sat 10th The Mock Ups Fri 16th Mojo – Rock and Blues cover band Sat 17th Dinosaur Disco – Motown and Northern Soul Fri 23rd Three – Rock and Blues Sat 24th Vintage Stuff – Old Rock Fri 30th Single File

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Local school children have given their seal of approval to a brand new playground in the heart of Bedford.

The new playground is on the site of the former play area in the north east corner of the park and offers far more activities for children aged 3 and up. The Council constructed the improved facilities for children in the area using funding from nearby developments, and the playground has been shaped by extensive consultation with park users. Speaking after the launch event, Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The new Russell Park play area was designed and built following extensive public consultation and it was great to see so many children out enjoying the new facilities.

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“The play area was designed and built on time and on budget and it provides even more opportunities for young people to enjoy themselves. I am sure it will prove to be a very popular site for young children.” Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, added: “The former play area on Russell Park was 25 years old and despite still being very popular was ready for an upgrade. “This brand new play area is a significant improvement on what was available previously and has also been opened well in time for what we hope will be a warm spring and summer in Bedford Borough, which includes the upcoming Kite Festival and River Festival.”


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The Brickhill Book Bug reviews… The Lie by Helen Dunmore After fighting in France, Daniel Branwell has returned to the small town in Cornwall where he grew up. His mother has died while he was away and he has nowhere to call home. When he meets Mary Pascoe, an old woman with a smallholding in the edge of town, he makes a camp on her land and begins clearing and planting for the coming season. But Daniel hasn’t come home alone. He’s brought the war with him in the shape of Frederick Dennis, his friend and the son of a local wealthy family, who died in a raid on the Western Front. A raid Daniel survived. Now Daniel and Felicia, Frederick’s sister who is herself a war widow, must find a way to live the rest of their lives without the person they loved the most. With the 100th anniversary of the First World War now upon us there will be many books, both fiction and non-fiction, competing for our attention over the next few years. Few will be as beautifully written or as poignant as this novel. The tragedy of those who returned from the war, damaged forever by the horror they witnessed, is brought home to us in this simple story. For more information about books and reading, visit the Virtual Library at www. bedford.gov.uk/libraries. The Book Bug has worked for the library service in Bedfordshire for over 20 years. She lives in Brickhill with far too many books! To advertise please call 07827 015170 or email christa@bedslocalmag.co.uk 53


Siemens Home Appliance Cookery Demonstration Peter Crisp Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Design Studio Church Street Rushden are hosting an Siemens Cookery demonstration on Saturday 17th May 2014. There are two sessions at 10.30am and 1pm, when you can sit, relax and watch the Siemens 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

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The 12th Annual Kite Festival 2014 Bedford Borough Council is getting ready to host this year’s Bedford’s International Kite Festival on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th May, in Russell Park, Bedford – and you’re invited!

Each year, this free event attracts thousands of visitors to Bedford and is a great day out for the family. The event showcases kites from the four corners of the globe including: America, Canada, Japan, China, Germany, France Holland and Belgium as well as flyers from across the U.K. The programme throughout the weekend will feature kites never seen before in the U.K and children’s and adults workshops in the kite marquee. Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “The sky over Bedford will be filled with colourful displays as hundreds of people take part in this year’s festival; for all those who come along to see the kites on show. It is great entertainment for the whole family!” A sample of just a few participants present on the day, include: Holland’s most famous kite makers, Bas and Sara Vreeswijk, from Holland, who make and design beautifully

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appliquéd kites – each design is ‘a work of art’ and are amazing to see. Iqbal Husain, from Switzerland, who is renowned for his Centipede Kites – his ‘chicken complete with frying pans’ kite also lays and drops eggs!, he has another kite, of a cow’s head, (with 70 beef burgers for the body), plus many more amusing kites. Godfrey and Karen Gamble, from Australia, are Australia’s best-known kite makers, their ‘Meg’s Head’ inflatable, won best soft kite and best of show at the Festival of the Winds at Bondi Beach, in Sydney, and the duo will be displaying their beautifully decorated 3D kites. The Kite Festival is open on Saturday, from 10am – 6pm, and on the Sunday, from 10am – 5pm. The fun will spill over into the Bank Holiday Monday – with The ‘Battle of the Bands’ taking place in Russell Park, on 26th May, from 11am – 5pm. The prizes include a spot on the main arena music stage at Bedford River Festival. If you would like any further information on these events, visit www. bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/outdoorevents or contact the Events Team, on 01234 718617.


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Fostering Alliance Foster Care............................................ 24 Funeral Services Arnolds................................................................ 34 Molyneux Jones................................................... 40 Furniture Restoration/Repair M&S Upholstery.................................................. 58 Garage Doors Almond Garage Doors Ltd.................................. 29 Garden Services/Supplies Bartlett Tree Experts............................................ 20 Beaver Sheds...................................................... 21 Bryan Johnson............................................ …….58 Driveway Doctor.................................................. 22 Gardens By Carter.............................................. 58 Gilks Fencing....................................................... 23 Green Thumb...................................................... 21 Home Works........................................................ 59 LWS..................................................................... 23 MJ Nicholson....................................................... 58 MowaMania......................................................... 22 Paviour Doctor..................................................... 49 Sureclean............................................................ 21 The Green Man.................................................... 18 Trim a Tree........................................................... 58 TR Landscaping.................................................. 22 Whites.................................................................. 58 Health/Leisure/Fitness Blackthorns Sun Club.......................................... 38 Feet to Go............................................................ 48 John Baker Sports Massage............................... 38 John Kaye Optometrist........................................ 34 Mo’s Toes............................................................. 27 Pulse Health Screening....................................... 28 Kids Entertainment/Entertainers Jungle Jims Playland........................................... 51 Thurleigh Farm Centre......................................... 51 Kitchens/Bathrooms/Bedrooms F & D Kitchens..................................................... 44 Home Works........................................................ 59 Optimum Glass...................................................... 5 Peter Crisp........................................................... 54 QP Interiors........................................................... 9 Optometrist John Kaye............................................................ 34 Painter & Decorator Craig Johnson..................................................... 28 Pet Care Oakley Dog Walking............................................ 58


DIRECTORY Plasterer CP Ceilings.......................................................... 44 Craig Johnson..................................................... 28 Plumbing & Heating Aquasure Plumbing............................................. 52 C M Plumbing...................................................... 11 Cromwell Stoves.................................................. 63 Drain Doctor........................................................ 46 The Bedford Plumbers........................................ 18 Property Maintenance/Agency CP Ceilings.......................................................... 44 Crowe Property Agency...................................... 52 Home Works........................................................ 59 Mr Fix Property Maintenance.............................. 63 Stuart Clarke........................................................ 59 The Workx............................................................ 17 Public House/Restaurant Corner 5 Restaurant & Bar............................. 14-15 The Coach House.................................................. 4 The Crown............................................................. 8 The Sharnbrook Hotel.......................... Inside Front Removals TS Removals........................................................ 32 Roofing Bucks Roofing..................................................... 63 The Workx............................................................ 17 Security Alarm Doctor....................................................... 29 A Rocket Locksmith............................................ .57 J Dean Security................................................... 28

BEDFORD BAMBERG SPRING FEST RETURNS It’s lucky number seven for the annual Bedford Bamberg Spring Fest which this year takes place on Friday 9th May 2014 and Saturday 10th May 2014, from midday – midnight each day. Beer afficionados, fans of Germany’s epicurean delights and anyone looking for a great event will see Bedford’s Harpur Suite transformed into an authentic Beer Hall complete with oompah band and a huge selection of German Beers.

Entry is free.

MILTON HOUSE OPEN GARDEN MILTON ERNEST MK44 1YU

Solicitors Woolley & Co.................................................. 32-33 Tiling/Supplies Dave Moore Tiling........................................ …….62 Elstow Ceramics.................................................. 62 TV/Satellite Services J Dean Security.................................................. 28 Venue/Vehicle Hire The Rave Bus...................................................... 26 Windows/Conservatories/Doors A Rocket Locksmith............................................. 57 Bedford Doors..................................................... 44 Bromham Windows............................................. 49 Cloudy 2 Clear........................................Back Page Kempston Windows............................................. 41 Optimum Glass...................................................... 5 The Workx............................................................ 17 Window Geeks.................................................... 57

SATURDAY 24 MAY 2 – 4.30 (Bank Holiday weekend) Admission £2.50 (£1.50 goes towards refreshments of your choice) Tea, coffee & Cake on sale proceeds to The Bedford Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre

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