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#saveourtown Support powering ahead thE #saveourtown campaign gained momentum this week, with the Luton community uniting in a bid to stop the town stagnating and start regenerating.

#saveourtown is an independent group created to show the overwhelming support for two major developments – a new Luton town football stadium at Power Court and a mixed use scheme at newlands Park. Widespread local media coverage of the campaign has extended to regional news, with a feature on Anglia tV, and a national reference in the Financial times. Protestors from #saveourtown joined forces with the Save our Square group in Walthamstow to stage a demonstration outside Capital & Regional’s annual shareholders meeting in central London last week. the company runs the central shopping malls in the two boroughs, including the mall in Luton, and both communities claim it is “riding roughshod over the views of local people”. C&R is not against the hatters’ stadium plan, but is opposing the newlands Park development next to Junction 10 of the m1, which will fund it. Both Luton mPs have given their backing to the campaign, with Kelvin hopkins (Luton

by Geoff Cox north) joining Gavin Shuker (Luton South) in sending messages of support. mr hopkins said: “transforming Power Court into a new stunning architectural gem at the centre of our town for all our citizens to enjoy and wonder at will be a cause for immense celebration and a massive boost for Luton. “Passengers passing through Luton by train will see a new Luton, a modern dynamic town on the up, somewhere they would wish to visit – to watch football, to shop, to dine in our restaurants.” And mr hopkins added that both schemes will “bring yet greater pride to Luton, so let’s get it built.”

Celebrity Luton town FC fan Cerys matthews mBE, singer/songwriter and founding member of Welsh rock band Catatonia, also sent a message backing #saveourtown. She said: “i totally support Luton town’s dream of a stadium at the heart of Luton seeing


how Cardiff bloomed and continues to thrive with its city centre stadium.” Various Luton shops, bars and restaurants have placed blackboards outside their premises with messages of support and many people have responded to an appeal to send selfies to be added to a #saveourtown gallery. Luton Council’s development control committee is holding a special meeting during the week beginning August 20 to consider the Power Court and newlands Park proposals. For further information about the campaign and to offer your support, visit

Police crack down on Bedford drugs nuisance

Community officers from Bedfordshire Police successfully secured a three month closure order on a property in Bedfordshire, after receiving reports it was linked to drug crime. the closure, in Western Street, was a result of a warrant which was a part of an on-going week of action

targeting criminal and nuisance behaviour in the tavistock Street and midland Road areas. officers carried out a warrant on tuesday, may 8, after they received reports of a drug criminality connected to the property. Following the action the address was served with a 24 hours closure

notice which was extended to a three months closure order at a hearing at Luton magistrates’ Court on may 9. PC Emily Keech, who secured the closure, said: “We are happy with the court’s decision to close the property, which had been reported as being a nuisance to residents and source of drug crime in the area.

“this action was just one of many we are doing to keep our communities safe. if anyone has any concerns about criminality in their area, please do get in touch, we will treat all reports seriously.” the Bedford Community team is currently leading a ‘Bedford uplift’ week of action.

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Shut the High Street – we’re going to have fun

tHe Big High street showcase is back – saturday June 2 we will see Bedford High street taken over by a very special summer festival of fun.

the annual event is organised by Bedford Borough Council and will feature entertainment and activities provided by a large number of volunteers, community groups and businesses. it’s intended that the day will help to promote Bedford’s town centre retailers, particularly the fantastic wealth of independent businesses, many of which are located in and around the high Street. over 40 businesses and local organisations along high Street, mill Street, Lime Street and in the Arcade will be trading outside on the day, demonstrating their products and services. Special event prices will be available from many businesses and the handmade in Bedford Craft market will also be attending. Further attractions include children’s entertainment; face painting, craft and cultural activities and funfair rides; the owls from the Raptor Foundation will be back and the live Lady K music and dance stage will be showcasing local talent. Alongside all that, there will be an opportunity to practise your golf swing on the inflatable golf shot or to try your hand at kayaking, table tennis or tennis. there’s also a chance to see how fast you can race in a wheelchair. Children can have a go on the climbing wall or even climb aboard the territorial Army’s 9 tonne truck and Landrover with the Army Reserves in attendance. mayor, Dave hodgson said: “the Big high Street showcase brings in huge numbers of visitors to the town centre. We want as many people as possible to come and enjoy the fun this year, with an array of activities, stalls and

entertainment and more on offer. We are looking forward to a great atmosphere once again, as people take the opportunity to enjoy and support their town centre and local businesses at this free to attend community event. “ the event will take place on the high Street and mill Street from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Bedford high street will be closed to traffic from the junction with St Peters Street to the north of St Pauls Square and from Duke Street on mill Street

Cardinal Newman student gets Foundation award

A student from Cardinal newman Catholic school says that her university experience will be transformed thanks to an award from the Connolly Foundation. ellie-May Cole says it will be a big help to enable her to study for a law degree. ellie-May said: “since september 2016, I have been studying three A-Levels – english Literature, Law and History. All require extensive essay writing abilities and have put me in good stead to begin studying my law degree in autumn. Currently, I hope to attend durham university, as it is one of the few universities that can boast of its alumni having a place on the supreme Court, in addition to numerous connections with leading barristers and figures in government.

As a result, I am anticipating many opportunities from durham, which will make the possibility of beginning my training as a barrister even more achievable. “this award would transform my university experience, and put me in an excellent position to begin my journey into the legal profession. Without the need to use most of my free hours working part-time to support myself, I would be able to undertake more unpaid but vital experience in legal clinics, or for internships. therefore, I will be able to be more confident entering into a field commonly perceived to be ‘too competitive’; I have every intent of proving this wrong.”

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Council commences construction of new Highways Depot

CentrAL Bedfordshire Council has commenced work on a new £4.3 million highways depot at Beamish Close in sandy. the new sandy depot will be used by the council’s Highways

department, its Passenger transport fleet and its contractor, ringway Jacobs. Highways england will also make use of the depot. savings will be made by the teams sharing facilities such as

office space and maintenance bays. the site is due to be finished later this year, and will be used for winter maintenance by the council’s gritting vehicles and vehicle storage. It will have a fuel

store on site and an office building for the various organisations’ staff. speaking at the Ground Breaking ceremony held on Friday 4 May, Councillor Ghent, executive Member for Assets and Housing delivery at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “this new depot will allow our fleet vehicles and gritters to be kept securely, yet close to the areas where they’ll be operating. Having all the vehicles in one place at the start and end of the day will also allow minor maintenance and safety checks to be undertaken and allow the staff to meet each day. “By having bunkered fuel on site, the fuel costs will be reduced, and it will allow all vehicles to be available when needed, especially in an emergency. so, we can continue to provide our essential services to the public”. the council’s highways services previously operated from two sites, one at the London road in Bedford and one at Brewers Hill in dunstable. In 2016, the London road depot reverted back to Bedford Borough Council, and it was felt that the dunstable depot was not suitable as the sole site.

the council made a decision to provide two new highways depots, one in the south of the region at thorn turn, and the other in the north at sandy. the thorn turn depot was recently completed and is now fully operational, including a salt storage facility.

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Four Bedfordshire winners in Queen’s Awards for Enterprise hm Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, helen nellis, has praised four Bedfordshire-based companies who were among the winners in the 2018 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, the uK’s most prestigious business awards, announced on hm the Queen’s Birthday. Biggleswade’s iCandy World Ltd were the sole recipient in the county of the innovation Award, while three companies from Leighton Buzzard and marston moretaine were recognised in the international trade category: Pelio Bio thermal, FAi Automotive PLC and AC PLC. 

on receiving news of the awards, mrs nellis said: “Bedfordshire is well known for creating an environment of innovation, entrepreneurship and commercial success. i am delighted that four outstanding companies have been honoured this year. my sincere congratulations to them all and best wishes for their continuing success.” innovation Award winners are defined as having demonstrated that their business has substantially improved in areas of performance and commercial success by either

outstanding innovation, continued over at least two years, or continuous innovation and development over at least five years. innovation achievements are assessed for invention, design or production; performance of services and products; marketing and distribution; or after-sales support of goods or services. international trade Award recipients are defined as having demonstrated that their business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earnings and in commercial success (for their business size and sector) through either outstanding achievement over three years or continuous achievement over six years. the winners were: Peli Bio thermal (Leighton Buzzard) – awarded the Queen’s Award for innovation last year, Peli Bio thermal is derived from three former companies: Pelican, Cool Logistics and minnesota thermal Science (mtS). Peli Bio thermal is the global leader in design and manufacture of both highperformance case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems. their products are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including firefighting, police, defence/military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and the consumer market. FAI Automotive (Leighton Buzzard) – one of the uK’s leading independent distributors of replacement automotive parts, FAi offer an all-makes programme with the FAi brand, covering European,

Japanese and Korean passenger cars and light commercial vans. FAi distributes throughout the uK to the garage industry, via a network of local stockists (motor Factors) together with direct supply to engine re-conditioners. FAi has an evergrowing export division doing business in over 55 countries around the world. AC PLC (Marston Moretaine) – the AC Group has steadily expanded to become the eminent flooring subcontractor in the uK, specialising in a variety of burgeoning disciplines under the umbrella of the group. Founded in 1987 by CEo Andrew Laing, the drive to grow and improve has been an ever-present facet of the businesses culture since its inception. From of an initial seven employees, the group has grown to

employ around 100 office and fieldbased full-time staff, with upwards of 150 fitters and specialists managed from the Bedfordshire based head office at any one time. iCandy World Limited (Biggleswade) – awarded the Queen’s Award for international trade in 2016, iCandy has been operating since 1933. t heir precision manufacturing journey has led them to crafting the definitive pushchair, creating and patenting the world’s first single to double travel system within a single footprint. iCandy is a family business that has taken an everyday product, the pushchair, and through innovation and brand development, created a high end, luxury fashion product. now manufactured overseas, the intellectual property of design is retained in the uK.

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Sandy Mayor’s Citizen of the year

EVERy year since 2002 the town mayor has made an award to the person or people who have done the most for the community or for other residents in Sandy and Beeston. this year’s awards were presented at the Annual town meeting on monday may 14, 2018. the Deputy mayor Cllr michael Scott, presented the awards on behalf of the mayor, Cllr Collin osborne and reported that some exceptional individuals and groups had been nominated making it hard to choose the winners of the mayor’s Citizen Award and the mayors Community Group Award. the mayor’s Citizen’s award was presented to Greg Finlay. Greg runs the Sandy Army Cadets and gives up his free time to organise activities and extra help if a cadet needs it at weekends to help them achieve a pass. the Deputy mayor noted that Barbara Danks had been awarded a certificate for setting up a Friendship Club for lonely members of the community. As Barbara was unable to attend this will be presented at a meeting on may 21. this year’s mayors Community Group Award was presented to Sandy Army Cadets. the cadets are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help out the community as and when needed. A certificate was also presented to Sandy Scout Group

recognising the valuable work they do within the community especially by organising fireworks night and providing refreshments at the Christmas Lights. the young Person’s award was presented to Charlie Friend. Charlie has started up his own glass

recycling enterprise to help his neighbours and local community. there is no glass collection in Beeston so Charlie collects glass door-to-door in a cart and takes it on foot to recycling facilities every weekend in Sandy. Zack Allaway was presented a

certificate for saving his friends life last year by staying calm and calling the emergency services. Certificates were also presented to Joe and harry Rhodes and Freddie and Grace Larkins for litter picking around Sandy. they were also presented with new litter picking equipment.

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Revealed: the UK & Ireland’s best travel agents!

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rachel Wright, owner of select travel Holidays said: “We were extremely honoured to be shortlisted, but to actually be named one of the top 50 travel Agencies in the uK and Ireland has left us completely thrilled! “We may be a small team, but we’ve always been dedicated to delivering the very best for our clients, using literally decades of knowledge and experience to create countless memorable holidays. “We pride ourselves on our old-fashioned values as a family-owned local business, but we keep up with today’s trends and tastes, and it’s great to be recognized for excelling in what we’ve always done, which is helping people with their dream holidays.”

Sing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man with the Danesborough Chorus

thE Danesborough Chorus will be rehearsing the most performed work of this generation, Karl Jenkins’ the Armed man, starting on Wednesday 27th June. they’ve chosen this work because this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. the Armed man, which is subtitled ‘A mass for Peace’, was first performed in 2000, and it reflects on the passing of a war-torn century, looking forward in hope to a more peaceful future. the choir will continue rehearsing each Wednesday through July, before taking a summer break in August. Rehearsals resume on Wednesday 5th September, in preparation for a concert jointly with Bedford Choral Society and milton Keynes City orchestra in milton Keynes theatre on Sunday 14th october. new singers, in all voice parts, are invited to join, meeting in Aspley Guise Village hall on Wednesday 27th June, 7.45 pm-9.50 pm. if you’d like to sing this 20th century choral classic, please phone membership secretary Carol yirrell on 01296 680328, and visit


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Residents Learn more about Sandy’s History

on thursday may 10, 2018 archaeologists working on the archaeological excavation at the site of Sandy town Council’s cemetery extension held a drop-in evening. members of the public were invited to walk around the site and hear about the finds and revelations the project has uncovered so far. over 70 people attended the open evening to hear from on-site archaeologists. the excavation is only part way through and a further larger scale open day will be held during the t second phase of the excavation within the next few weeks. At this point archaeologists will have a better picture and understanding of the entire site. members of the public will be welcome to visit the site for a tour and speak with the archaeologists. As previously reported, a requirement was placed on the town Council to complete a full archaeological excavation of this site as part of the development of the Council’s cemetery extension. Due to previous important archaeological finds in the area and the future use of this site for burial, the Local Planning Authority made the completion of an excavation a condition of Planning Permission. Development of the site without the required excavation would be a breach in planning regulations. Finds from previous excavations carried out in the town’s cemetery between 1988 and 1991 can be seen in the Roman Sandy exhibit located at the town Council offices and in Bedford museum, finds from the 19th century are on display in the archaeological gallery. members of the public are welcome to visit the Roman Sandy exhibition during town Council opening hours.

Did you witness a burglary in Luton?

PoLiCE are appealing for information regarding a burglary in Luton, on tuesday may 8, around 3pm. three men forced entry to a property in Wordsworth Road. the offenders are described as wearing dark clothing, and one is described as wearing a white top. Detective Constable Jason Wheeler, investigating, said: “these individuals need to be caught; burglary is a priority for the force and we are asking anyone with any information, no matter how small, to come forward to help us find those responsible.” Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call 101 quoting reference number C/21113/2018.

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Hatters walking football team through to national finals

thE hatters over sixties walking football side won four of their six EFL Community trust Cup games to end up as South East of England Runners up to Champions norwich City. the result means Luton town are through to the national finals to be held at St Georges Park, Burton – the Football Association uK on the July 10, after reaching the final twelve in the uK finals competition. the South East competition was hosted by Luton town Community trust at Venue 360. this is the second successive year that the hatters have reached the national EFL finals as the over fifties side also reached the last 12 in 2017 ending up as national semifinalists out of a possible 72 entrants. this year, the hatters lost to norwich in two very tightly contested matches ending 2-0 and 1-0. in the first game, a Paul haynes goal was ruled out for penalty box encroachment. Both games were very even with norwich edging both games. in the other matches – Luton beat northampton town twice. in the first game Paul haynes and David Alker were the scorers. in the return game town won 3-1 with 2 more goals from David Alker and a third from Paul Guest. the other two league games were against oxford united. in the first match the hatters won 5-2 with goals from David Alker, a brace from Dave Kelly and further goals from Ron Dalton and Paul Guest. in the final game versus oxford the town went one better and won 6-0 with goals from tony Bianchi, Ron Dalton and two each from Ken Patterson and Alker, taking his total for the day to six goals in six games. hatters Player manager Paul haynes said: “We were back on form today and played some good pass and move football. David Alker was in great form today getting six goals in six games. But the most pleasing thing was that we played well and had another six players also on the score sheet - Coyh and bring on Burton and the finals.” Captain David Alker said: “the competition was played in a great spirit and we are delighted to have got to a national final in our first regional uk tournament.” Pictured are L-R: Dave Kelly, Ron Dalton, John Aikman, Paul Haynes, Tony Mooney, David Alker, Paul Guest, Ken Patterson and Tony Bianchi.

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Appeal after armed robbery in Dunstable

WItnesses are being asked to come forward with any information after an armed robbery in dunstable. At approximately 9.55pm on tuesday May 8, two men entered the Co-Op on Westfield road, armed with what is believed to be an imitation firearm and tasers. the men threatened the staff and stole cash from the till before making off in the direction of Hambling Place.

Both men are described as being in their late teens. One was around 5’8”, slim, wearing a black hooded top and a peaked cap. the second was around 5’9”, slim, and wearing light coloured trousers, a black hooded top, and a black balaclava. detective Constable rachel Lydon said: “this was an extremely nasty armed robbery, which was an understandably traumatic experience for all the members of staff involved. “It is vital we find the men responsible so I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information at all, to contact us.” Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference Jd/21101/18. You can also give information online via the Bedfordshire Police

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Witness appeal following Bedford Park stabbing

A mAn was stabbed in the arm in Bedford on Sunday may 13.

Police officers were called to reports that one man had been stabbed in the upper arm in Bedford Park at around 1.45pm. A 20-year-old man received hospital treatment for his injury and has since been discharged.

investigating officer Julia hinson said: “this is a very concerning incident and we would urge anyone who was in the park at this time, and may have information to help us investigate the incident, to come forward with information that could help our enquiries. “tackling knife crime is a priority for the force; this behaviour is completely unacceptable and perpetrators will be brought before the courts.” Anyone with information is asked to contact us via the online reporting centre, or by calling 101 and quoting Jh/22118/2018. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


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Thinking of driving in to London this summer?

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through the box junction by its own admission, a traffic obstruction occurred, and as it was my car that ventured into the yellow box, it’s me that has to pay the fine – even though i was in Wales at the time of the alleged transgression. how can this be deemed a legal recovery process when, unlike a speed camera fine, there’s no option to nominate the driver of the car? And furthermore, how can moving out of the way for an ambulance be considered an offence?” But thanks to the London-only ruling, which makes blocking a yellow box a civil rather than criminal offence, tfL says it’s the owner of the car that is responsible for the obstruction as it is their property that is causing the blockage, not the driver, regardless

of where they were at the time of the offence. in its reply to Craig’s appeal, tfL said: “We have noted that you were not the driver of the vehicle on the date and at the time the contravention was observed. however, under the London Local Authorities Act 1990 to 2003, it is the registered keeper of the vehicle who is liable for any charges incurred by the vehicle. As the DVLA has confirmed you were the registered keeper of the car at the time of the contravention we are satisfied that you are the person liable for payment of this penalty charge notice.” honest John managing Editor, Daniel Powell, said: “Whilst nobody would argue against why yellow boxes exist, using them as an excuse to extract cash from innocent motorists isn’t what the transport for London Act was created for.” Craig has since sent his appeal to ‘London tribunals’ based in nottingham for adjudication, while the original PCn was issued from a central office in Darlington, Co. Durham – both companies employed by tfL to carry out administrative duties despite not being based in the capital. however, if the adjudication fails, as expected, he will have 28 days to pay the fine or face action from bailiffs, who would be given the right to remove property to the value of the fine plus any fees from his home, despite the fact he has proof he wasn’t driving the car. tfL were approached for comment on more than one occasion while this story was being prepared but have yet to respond.

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Full time football education programme for 16-18-year-olds

FoLLoWinG three successful trial dates we are announcing a series of showcase fixtures in Bedford for all 16 to 18 year old students interested in studying nationally accredited sports courses and who also have a passion for sport and are seeking a career in sports coaching, sports teaching or player pathways. the first showcase fixture will take place this thursday 17th May at the Alexander sports Centre in Bedford and interested students can register a place by contacting us on 01234 340782 or sending a text ‘LtFC’ to 88802. two further showcase fixtures will take place on 21st June and 19th July. the Luton town FC Educational Programme in partnership with SSG will provide budding young footballers with the opportunity to represent Luton town FC at regional level whilst gaining a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Sport. the course will combine weekly fixtures and 3 training sessions with educational learning providing a fantastic platform to develop skills and understanding of the game delivered in partnership with Bedford based Sport Support Group’s (SSG) team of tutors. Players will be provided with the opportunity to progress on from the programme into a playing pathway with the hatters or into a supporting football pathway through either coaching or physiotherapy. All players will be provided with outstanding levels of football and coaching tuition from our coaching staff and will be expected to adhere to the highest possible standards of attainment and engagement in all areas of the course.

Fatal collision on A507

BEDFoRDShiRE Police are appealing for information after a man died following a collision on the A507 at millbrook, on thursday may 1, 2018. Around 8.40am, a collision occurred between a green Kawasaki motorcycle, travelling eastbound, and a white hGV, travelling westbound. the rider of the motorcycle, was pronounced dead at the scene. PC Carl Callan, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and hertfordshire Forensic Collision investigation unit, investigating, said: “i’m keen to speak to anyone who was travelling along the A507 when this collision occurred.” Contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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Girlguiding Leaders win award

On Friday April 27, 2018, emily Crittenden a Young Leader with 1st Flitwick rainbows and Amy Wiggett a Young Leader with 1st Flitwick Brownies were joint winners of the Young Person category at the Flitwick town Council Community Awards. Amy and emily were nominated for their work with Flitwick rainbows and Guides where they help to organise activities and encourage the rainbows and Brownies make the most of the Girlguiding opportunities available. they are both working towards their

Leadership qualification. Amy said ‘I was delighted to receive this award, and it was wonderful to share it with emily. We both have a great time helping to run our units and helping the girls go on adventures and to have fun. We are both looking forward to becoming Leaders in the very near future’. Girlguiding Bedfordshire is a charity and is looking for volunteers, so if you feel you could Get Involved they would love to hear from you . Please call 0800 169 5901 or visit

Children’s theatre company finds to new Ampthill home

BEDFoRDShiRE based Full house theatre this week moved into a new office with rehearsal space in Ampthill. the company, established in 2001 by Creative Directors Ben miles and harriet hardie, had been operating from offices on Church Street. When the opportunity arose to take on a new office space for their team of five, with adjoining rehearsal space, the Ampthill duo jumped at the chance. Full house creates work with, for and by children, touring performances across Bedfordshire and nationwide, as well as programming children’s theatre festivals in Luton, Bedford and houghton Regis, and working on performance projects with local schools and cultural organisations. “it’s so wonderful to be able to bring our thriving theatre company into new premises in our home town. We are really proud of everything we have achieved in the

past 17 years and are excited about what the future will bring from our new base”– Ben miles and harriet hardie, Creative Directors. Family theatre festival June Arts Jam, programmed by Ben and harriet, returns to Bedford’s cultural venues this June for a third year with a range of quality hand-picked performances for children and young people: By the Light of the Moon at Bedford Central Library on sunday 3rd June. the Owl and the Pussycat at the Place theatre on saturday 9th June. A square World at the Higgins on sunday 10th June. Is this a dagger? the story of Macbeth at Basement @ Bunyan on saturday 16th June. For further information about Full house theatre, June Arts Jam and all the latest projects go to:


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BMS hosts launch event for FA Girls’ Football Week

in APRiL, Bedford modern School hosted the flagship event celebrating the launch of the Football Association’s (FA) Girls’ Football Week 2018 with events being held across the country. Girls from years 5 and 6 were joined by students from other local schools and England Lioness, Laura Bassett, to take part in an afternoon of training sessions and football fun. to inspire girls aged 5-11 across all levels of ability to play football and get active, the FA partnered with Disney for an added sprinkle of magic and storytelling! the afternoon began with introductory drills after which the students circulated around various stations to learn more and improve their football skills. they were then taught about the rules and sportsmanship of football before splitting into teams to compete in a friendly football festival. Bassett, who has 61 caps for England, joined in and some of the girls even had the chance to play with her. Alex tate, Bedford modern School’s headmaster, said: “We were delighted to host this fantastic event. With football being relatively new to the vast majority of our girls this occasion provided the perfect introduction to the game and it was a pleasure to see so many girls from other local schools join us for the

afternoon to play some football and have fun at the same time. “Last year we introduced girls’ football as a trial for a small number of year groups in the games curriculum for the summer term.

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Bedford man jailed for historic child sexual abuse


A MAn from Bedford has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, after being found guilty of sexually abusing two young boys in the 1980s. satwant sondhi, 50, of Old Ford end road, was found guilty on March 7, 2018, and was sentenced on Friday May 11,2018. the jury heard how sondhi’s abuse began in the 1980s, when the victims were just six and seven-years-old, and lasted for several years subsequently.

He was arrested in december 2015 after the victims came forward and reported his crimes to the police. detective Inspector emma Pitts said: “sondhi tormented his young victims with a reign of abuse that spanned many years and the substantial sentence he has received is a reflection of the severity of his crimes. “this is also a testament to the bravery of the victims in coming forward which helped secure such

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New leisure contract awarded

StEVEnAGE Leisure Limited (SLL) will be the new Leisure management operator for Central Bedfordshire Council’s new £20.1million Dunstable Centre, the Grove theatre and tiddenfoot Leisure Centre in Leighton Buzzard. SLL won the new tender for a seven-year, seven-month contract that will begin on September 1. it will replace the temporary contract that, due to expire in August, was put in place from June 4 last year after the closure of the old Dunstable Leisure Centre and termination of the previous longterm deal. SLL will also support the period leading up to the opening of the new Dunstable Centre, anticipated in winter 2018/2019. SLL’s managing Director, ian morton said: “i’m delighted that SLL could now help even more of the Central Bedfordshire community to achieve their cultural and sporting aspirations.” the comprehensive redevelopment of Dunstable Leisure Centre will incorporate a brand new, state-of-the-art leisure facility, including gym and swimming pools; a relocated, new and bigger library; new crèche; new, bigger café; and flexible community space for other public and community services, such as Citizens’ Advice and adult day care. it is expected that the investment at Dunstable Leisure Centre will deliver similar results over the contract period to those in houghton Regis, Flitwick and Leighton Buzzard (tiddenfoot), which have seen a combined increase of 195,239 visits from 2016/17 to 2017/18. the new leisure management contract also reflects the recommendations of a review of the Grove theatre, undertaken in consultation with Arts Council England last year, which sets specific targets that include developing a more strategic approach to delivering arts and

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cultural programmes, improved audience numbers and improved revenue streams. And, after the Council secured a £1million grant from Sport England’s Strategic Facilities Fund towards the comprehensive redevelopment of Dunstable Leisure Centre, the new contract also includes a number of key performance indicators that meet the objectives of both organisations, such as supporting public health and a positive impact on mental and physical health for residents in

Dunstable. Councillor ian Dalgarno, Executive member for Community Services, said: “this contract endorses the decision we made to comprehensively redevelop Dunstable Leisure Centre and secures the best value from it, as well as the Grove theatre and tiddenfoot Leisure Centre. “At a time when leisure centres and libraries across the country are closing, we have invested in our estate with new and improved facilities and are seeing the fruits of

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it mAy be on your doorstep, but how much do you really know about the unique local environment, recently branded Greensand Country? Defined by the Greensand Ridge, a band of higher ground stretching from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay, which rises out of the surrounding clay vales, the area contains all of Bedfordshire’s remaining heathland, more than half of its woodland and more historic parkland than anywhere else in the country. our landscape is rich in wildlife and cultural heritage just waiting to be explored. the woods, parklands and miles of footpaths and bridleways make Greensand Country perfect for days out on foot, bike and horseback. Greensand Country’s parks and open spaces are perfect for family visits, letting the little ones play outside, walking the dog or settling down with a summer picnic.

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out & about Billy Ocean Bedford Park Friday August 3

Billy ocean has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime to date. he has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide in the pop charts including the uSA, Australia, Germany, holland, and the uK. Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter. We are so excited to have this exceptional artist confirmed to play in Bedford Park this summer. Backed by his full band expect hit after hit from ‘Love Really hurts Without you’, ‘Caribbean Queen’ ‘Suddenly’, ‘When the Going gets tough (the tough gets going)’as well as the now classic Get outta my Dreams; Get into my Car plus many many more!

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the triple Brit Award nominee and platinum selling artist will be ‘Right here’ in Bedford Park this Summer! Jess Glynne first came into the public prominence in 2014 as the

vocalist on Clean Bandit’s Grammy Award winning and #1 hit ‘Rather Be’; Glynne scored another number one earlier that same year on Route 94’s ‘my Love’. Pop sensation Jess Glynne has since become one of the biggest uK breakthrough acts of recent years. her chart-topping debut album, i Cry When i Laugh – which includes the singles Right here, hold my hand, Don’t Be So hard on yourself and take me home – turned double platinum in the uK, making it the biggest selling debut album of 2015.

Lesley Garrett to headline at Bedford’s Proms! Bedford Park Sunday August 5

Bedford Park Proms takes place on Sunday 5th August in Bedford Park. the soloist this year will be none other than English soprano Lesley Garrett, this exquisite musician, broadcaster and media personality is

the perfect fit for Bedford Park Proms. Lesley Garrett is known for her crossover repertoire that stretches from mozart to meat Loaf via West End musicals; reaching places that other opera stars can only dream of. A fantastic leading lady for Bedford’s 2018 Proms. Joining Lesley will be tenor Jeff Stewart, who enjoys a busy worldwide career and his dramatic tenor voice is much in demand, both in opera and on the concert platform. With over 120 performers on stage this will be a magnificent performance as the guest soloists, a 70 piece choir and the London Gala orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell take to the stage for performances including handel’s Zadok the Priest, Bizet’s habanera, Verdi’s Grand march (Aida) and Grieg’s in the hall of the mountain King. the musical celebration will culminate with rousing favourites for flagwaving and singing along, including Rule Britannia and Land of hope & Glory, as thousands of lasers and fireworks light up the sky. For tickets:

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Bananarama headline AmpRocks Record breaking female group Bananarama, dance music duo Example & DJ Wire and Brit rock group Reef to play AmpRocks on 29th June 2018 Bananarama’s original line up of Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodwood, back together again for the first time since the glorious 1980s, are coming to Ampthill Festival and will perform from their long repertoire of highenergy sing-along hits. the appearance at AmpRocks of the band, known for their hits Venus, i heard a Rumour, Cruel Summer and Love in the First Degree, is a uK festival first for the band and will give fans a rare opportunity to see the original line-up perform together live on stage. Example & DJ Wire bring massive number one hits Changed the Way you Kiss me and Stay Awake to Ampthill Park with their exciting live set. the British rapper and north London DJ pair have wowed audiences around the world including the world-famous Glastonbury Festival with tracks like Won’t Go Quietly and Kickstarts. Brit indie rockers Reef, best known for their anthem Place your hands, add some raw 90s rock to the AmpRocks mix. Reef, fronted by the energetic Gary Stringer, have previously played the Glastonbury and Reading Festivals and are known for their energetic live performances. the band releases its fifth studio album Revelation in may. AmpRocks will be opened by local Battle of the Bands winner the Kazoos, showing the festival’s commitment to developing local music talent AmpRocks chairman, mark tiana, said: “Bringing world-class acts like these to Ampthill Park is testament to the hard work of the volunteers who put Ampthill

Spamalot Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, Mill Road, Sharnbrook, MK44 1NP Monday 4 to Saturday 9 June at 7.30pm

Eric idle & John Du Prez’s musical lovingly ripped off from the film monty Python and the holy Grail. once in every show… there’s a song that goes like this… Arthur, King of the Britons, is on a special quest to find a rabble of knights good enough to join him and rule around his round table in Camelot, so he sets off with his faithful companion, Patsy to find his “Grail”. on his way he manages to come across the Knights that go ni, the

Festival together each summer. We wanted to top the fantastic festival our community enjoyed in 2017. We know many of you buy tickets in advance without knowing who is playing so we hope you are excited as we are by who is coming to this year’s festival.” Festival chairman, ian Scarr, said, “our teams work hard to provide something for everyone and this year’s line-up is no exception. i want to add my own voice of thanks to our volunteers who give up their spare time throughout the year as well as over the festival itself to bring an unmissable event to the heart of the community in Ampthill Park.” tickets for AmpRocks are on sale now at http://amprocks. at last year’s price of £35 plus booking fee. once these general admission tickets sell out, Lady of the Lake, a set of cheerleading Laker Girls, some rather rude French people and a man who’s “not Dead yet’. mix together some of monty Python’s best loved song, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and some “Fisch Schlapping” and you have monty Python’s hilarious and riotous humour brought alive on stage by the award winning Sharnbrook mill theatre trust. Spamalot has everything a hit musical needs; sparkling costumes, jokes a plenty, boundless energy, lots of hair flicking and just a few reference to a once popular tinned meat. Join King Arthur and his knights for a night of fun - and remember, “What happens in Camelot, stays in Camelot.”

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there will be a limited number of production release tickets available at the higher price of £40 plus booking fee. General admission will sell fast so book now to avoid disappointment. AmpRocks chair mark tiana added: “to have Bananarama, Example and Reef playing on your doorstep at a ticket price that is considerably better value than many other gigs and festivals is nothing short of amazing.” AmpRocks kicks off the Ampthill Festival on Friday June 29th in Ampthill Park with Ampthill Park Proms on Saturday 30th June and Gala Day on Sunday 1st July.

Ampthill Park Proms has already announced its star line up of mazz murray and Bonaventura Bottone. mazz is an award-winning West End star and will provide us with the Wild party fun as we celebrate our 10th Park Proms. Bonaventura is returning to our stage to help us celebrate our 10th year in traditional Proms style. Acts for the Gala Day, a free community event funded from the activities of the wider festival, will be announced shortly. For more information contact: mark tiana on 07866 385592 ian Scarr on 07595 825231

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The Chameleons Bedford Esquires Thursday June 7

the Chameleons (vox) is the continuation of the Chameleons uK, arguably the most widely influential guitar band ever to come out of manchester, England. the band features the Chameleons vocalist, bassist and principle composer mark Burgess, long time collaborators yves Altana on drums and guitarists neil Dwerryhouse and Chris oliver. over the last five years the band has performed sold out shows across Europe and the united States. in 2018 the Chameleons celebrate the 35th anniversary of their classic album “Script of the Bridge” and for this tour the band will be playing the album in full and tracks from their stunning back catalogue.

The Lovely Eggs Bedford Esquires Friday June 15

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DuRinG the half-term week, the higgins Bedford are inviting families to a series of activities to entertain children aged 5 and above. Enjoy workshops, arts and crafts and exploring the galleries. Events start at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Explore with Kevin the Platypus: Kevin the Platypus will guide young visitors through all the activities and events during half-term week on the 29th may, 30th may and 1st June. Kevin has been part of the higgins Bedford’s history since joining the Bedford modern School collection in Victorian times! on tuesday 29th may, join Kevin the Platypus in making creatures from clay inspired by the exhibition Bawden’s Beasts. Local artist Victoria houghton will be on hand to introduce visitors to the fantastical shape-shifting beasts in the exhibition. one of Kevin’s favourite stories about Cecil higgins is that he had his

Rolls Royce car specially adapted so that he could wear his top hat while driving! Join Kevin the Platypus on Wednesday 30th may and make your very own personalised top hat and wear it as you explore the exhibitions and galleries at the higgins Bedford. Print a prehistoric design on a pencil case with inspiration from fossils and artefacts in the Settlement gallery with Kevin the Platypus at the higgins Bedford on Friday 1st June. Cllr Sarah-Jayne holland,

Portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture said “the higgins Bedford, and Kevin the Platypus, has all sorts of activities for kids this half-term, with arts and crafts inspired by the museum fantastic exhibitions.” All children must be accompanied by an adult and entry will cost £2.70 per child. Places can be booked in advance. to book, please purchase a ticket at the higgins Bedford reception desk. unfilled places will be offered on a first-come, first served basis on the day.

this anywhere between now and the end of the millennium. the Lovely Eggs are just brilliant!”huw Stephens, Radio one the Lovely Eggs are an underground surreal-psych punk rock duo from northern England. they have a fierce ethos that music should have no rules. For holly and David being in a band is a way of life. true to this, they live the way they play. Fiercely, constantly in search of the good times. the band continues to sell out gigs across the uK without the help of management, booking agent or record label support.   the band have SEVEn BBC 6 music sessions under their belt, as well as sessions for Radio one and XFm, and have enjoyed huge support from BBC 6 music and Radio one marc Riley declared their last thREE singles “ i Shouldn’t have Said that”, “Drug Braggin” and “Goofing Around (in Lancashire)” his official top tracks of 2015, 2016 and 2017 with the band also attracting airplay from DJs huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Chris hawkins, Gideon Coe, Shaun Keavney, Radcliffe and maconie and Jarvis Cocker.  their songs have been produced by Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), remixed by tjinder Singh (Cornershop) and sampled by Zane Lowe for Scroobius Pip. With releases in the uK, Europe, uSA and Japan, the Lovely Eggs have played hundreds of gigs around the uK, uSA and Europe.  With observational and often surreal lyrics about life the Lovely Eggs have a powerful stripped down sound: one vintage guitar amp, one Big muff distortion pedal, a guitar and a drum kit.  they have produced five albums - the latest “this is Eggland” was produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, mercury Rev, mogwai, mGmt, tame impala) at his studio in upstate new york and was released in February 2018. their recent single “Wiggy Giggy” saw them added to the BBC 6 music Playlist for the first time and it received massive support from DJs across the board at BBC 6 music.


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Daxtonbury Festival Podington 6 - 8 July 2018

‘the Best three-Day Party in Bedfordshire’. that’s the audacious claim made by the team behind this year’s Daxtonbury Festival being held over the weekend of July 6-8, on farmland near the village of Podington in north Bedfordshire. Famously described as the love child of a liaison between Glastonbury and a village fete the event, which is now in its eleventh year, sets out to mix lots of loud music with country crafts and fun activities for all the family. As well as over thirty bands and artists performing on the main Stage throughout the weekend there will be a host of other activities to

entertain and enjoy.   Local company, urban Safari, will be bringing an amazing collection of exotic animals and reptiles, there will be the chance to try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, hang out in the cinema tent, watch morris dancing or let the kids loose in the play area complete with inflatables and rides. the main arena will play host to the most hotly contested wellywanging event in the county and in another corner of the site a group of (fairly) well-behaved Vikings will enthral festival-goers with their norse sagas and invitations to enter their temporary village. Even dogs are allowed so long as they are accompanied by their well-behaved owners.   this is a festival where the organisers always believe in trying to do things just a little bit different!


The Skids +Spear of Destiny Bedford Corn Exchange Sunday 27th May 2018, 7pm for 7.30pm

the Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson & tom Kellichan. After releasing an independent single the band were played by John Peel, supported the Clash in concert and then were signed to Virgin Records in 1978. their first singles were ‘Sweet Surburbia’, ‘the Saints are Coming’ and ‘into the Valley’ - the latter reaching the uK top ten in early 1979. their seminal debut album ‘Scared to Dance’; came out in 1979 and was quickly followed by two chart singles – ‘masquerade’ and ‘Working for the yankee Dollar’. Both singles were taken from the Bill nelson (Be Bop Deluxe) produced second album ‘Days in Europa’. the album also featured new member Rusty Egan of Rich Kids & Visage fame after the departure of tom Kellichan. the band released two more albums ‘the Absolute Game’ (1980) and

‘Joy’ (1981) before splitting. Stuart Adamson went on to have worldwide success with his new band Big Country. Fastforward to 2018 and with a new album recorded and ready to go, this is the band’s first tour in 40 years and the response has been phenomenal. the Skids are: Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson, mike Baillie, Bruce Watson & Jamie Watson. Very special guest for the evening performing together as a one-off are Spear of Destiny. Following a busy 2017, cult post punk band theatre of hate front man the legendary Kirk Brandon revives his other timeless moniker Spear of Destiny for 2018. With 13 albums to their name and vast collection of classic tracks SoD never stand still and are looking to release new material in 2018 - some of which of which will feature in their live sets. Recent shows have included classic tracks such as ‘young men’, ‘titanium man’, ‘Come Back’, ‘Grapes of Wrath’, ‘the Wheel’, ‘Liberator’, ‘Land of Shame’, ‘Rainmaker’, ‘Pumpkin man’ and the anthemic ‘never take me Alive’ as well some of the newer tracks due to surface on the next record.


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quarry theatre p Dad’s Army adio Hour

The Amazing Bubble Man

two actors play 25 characters in this brilliant staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original tV series. Celebrating 50 years of Perry and Croft’s quintessential sitcom, which won the Best one-Liner accolade in a poll of comedians conducted earlier this year by Gold, with the immortal words “Don’t tell him, Pike”.

7.30pm Thurs May 24

7.30pm Tuesday May 22



Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. Edinburgh Fringe favourite, a sell out for the last ten years. Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized.

KEMPSTON 01234 851120 Saturday 5th May

Let’s get this bank hols off with a huge bang with our

KYLIE TRIBUTE Sunday 5th May, 3.30pm

KIDS PARTY Games disco prizes BBQ, then into the evening with our


Saturday 2nd June

The next big night with our


Another one not to be missed

Saturday 12th May

LUCY FLOYD Saturday 19th May

A night of classic disco sung by the amazing

SHONA Saturday 26th May



Sunday 27th May

OUR BIG CHARITY EVENT FOR AUTISM BEDFORD We start at Cutler and Hammer for Men v Women footy match from 12pm Then back to conclub for an afternoon and evening of fun FUNDRAISING BBQ cake stalls raffles and auction and to end the evening


Learn to sail!

AS part of the national RyA Push the Boat out campaign, on sunday May 20, 2018 you can be part of the nationwide ‘have-a-go’ campaign here in Bedford at Priory Sailing Club in Priory Country Park off Barker’s Lane. Push the Boat out gives everyone the chance to get on the water for a simple £2 per head per session fee. there will be the chance to try everything from windsurfing to sailing, with qualified instructors taking you out in safe conditions so you can see what it’s like to get afloat. For more experienced sailors longing to get back on the water there will be plenty of opportunities to try the club’s sailing boats, meet members of the club and discuss

ways of getting more fresh air this summer. Come prepared for getting your feet wet (old trainers are fine), and all other equipment including buoyancy aids and wetsuits for windsurfing will be provided. Refreshments will be on offer and no booking is required. “Every year this has been an immensely popular event and it’s great to open our doors to so many local people wanting to know more about sailing and to give it a go” says Club Commodore tim hewett. “We had hundreds of people last year, so you won’t be alone in trying sailing or windsurfing, and there will be instructors ready to help in boats such as omegas, hartleys or even member’s own boats to give you a tour round the lake.” or email


–––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––– BiDDEnhAm GARDEnERS ASSoCiAtion tuesday 15th May at 7.30 Biddenham village Hall


Visitors very welcome

Admission £5 per meeting – includes Raffle and Refreshments

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2pm to 4pm Friday 25th May


Admission £3 - tea, cake and dancing For information call 01234 404563

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of this historic church to visiting groups of 10 or above at a cost per head of £7.95. Contacts are Janet Fardell on 01234 855158 or Frances Leonard on 01234 852480

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FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERT every tuesday 1.10.p.m. - 1.50.p.m. Come and listen to talent musicians from the Royal Academy and the

Royal College in this beautiful church. the church cafe opens at midday.



Priory Country Park, meet at 7 pm in the car park. MK41 9dJ Suitable for Experts and novices, RSPB membership not essential. Reg. Charity no. 207076, more info

St. AnDREW’S ChuRCh Kimbolton Road, Bedford, mK40 2PF



satuday, 2nd June, 7.30pm Come and hear the very talented o Duo’s take on percussion and rhythm performance. tickets: £12, or £10/£5 (Concessions and students) St. Andrew’s Church Centre office,

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BEDFoRD RSPB LoCAL GRouP thursday 17th May 7.30 pm

meet at ARA club, manton Lane Bedford mK41 7PF. AGM (15mins at the most) mike Leach presents

‘Owls of the World’

mike is a full time wildlife author and photographer who has experience of working all over the world. Suitable for Experts and novices, RSPB membership not essential.

Entrance fee, group members £1 Guest £2 annual group membership £5

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COUNTRY AND FOLK DANCE CLUB thursday evenings 8pm – 10pm

Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford MK41 8eB

its good fun for only £2 including refreshments no partner required. Ron Law 01234 825574

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196A Bedford Road, Kempston

3rd WEDnESDAy in the month 20 June 2018

Bedford welcomes

Following the success of last year’s Jazz on the Great ouse Cruises the John Bunyan Boat team are pleased to sundAY 20 MAY announce this year’s programme. for a presentation from another the cruises are run in association with selection of the excellent slides taken olney Jazz Club, Conscia Jazz and Milton ernest village Gardens by Captain eric Askew. the Barns hotel and feature top jazz musicians. telephone: 01234 352014 holly tree Cottage, Chestnut Cottage, thursday may 17th – Mike Kemp 2 huntman’s Way, ouse Bank Cottage. trio, Mike Kemp (piano) Ian Hill (sax) Geoff tooley (bass) Meet at the Village Hall MK44 1RF thursday June 21st – exall/roberts trio featuring richard exall (sax/clarinet) Amy roberts (flute & Open 1.30pm – 5.00pm reeds) neil riches (piano) thursday July 19th – rachel & Price £5.00 per adult, children under Friends, rachel Hickey (vocals) Bill 12 free Meredith (piano) nigel emerton DAnCinG, WhiSt, BinGo (double bass) thursday August 16th - September Meets Wednesday 10amsundAY 3 June 21st – Ben Holder (violin) Alan Haughton (piano) tomas Pedersen 12noon (bass) Hall end House, Wooton, Beds Friday 10am-4.00pm thursday September 20th – Frank Griffith trio featuring Frank at the CEntEnARy hALL, hall End, Wootton, Bedford, mK43 Griffith (sax/clarinet) Alan behind Kempston town hall, Bed9hP Haughton (piano) – tomas Pedersen ford Road (next to Chequers Pub) (bass) thursday october 18th – tom syson For further information telephone: trio featuring tom syson of Conscia Open 2.00pm – 5.00pm, Price £4.00 Jazz on trumpet with edwin Ireland per adult, children under 12 free 01234 857011 (double bass) Jacky naylor (keyboards)





Great for aspiring animal keepers, entomologists and herpetologists. First Wednesday of every month in shortstown village Hall, southcote, shortstown, Bedford, MK42 0QL. Fun, educational and entertaining sessions for children aged 5 - 13 who love animals, pets and wildlife. meet a range of animals from around the world from reptiles, invertebrates, mammals, birds, amphibians and fish, learn to look after them and handle them correctly. Children with SEnD are warmly welcomed and sessions are differentiated to meet individual needs. Sessions are £5 per child (siblings £3). Registration is required. idsclub Email:


Meeting at Kempston Hammers sports & social Club every thursday 9.30 till 11.00am school term time only All children welcome from new born to preschool age Large range of toys,activities and a craft table. Refreshments supplied for both children and carers. non profit making playgroup if your require further information just come along or ring Ruth on 01234 854657


if you are interested gardening why not come along to our meetings. new members and visitors welcome. We meet the second Wednesday of most months of the year in All Saints Church hall, Cemetery Road Kempston. We have speakers and demonstrations covering every aspect of gardening from Window Boxes to Allotments and outings are also arranged throughout the year. For further information contact trevor on 01234 856040 or marian on 01234 855288

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