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An organised crime group who ran a multimillion pound drugs supply business out of Luton have been jailed for almost 100 years, following the largest ever seizure of cocaine in Bedfordshire.

The six men from Luton, who were described by the judge as ‘peddlers of misery’, sold Class A drugs to criminal gangs across the UK for onward distribution.

They were arrested last year following a proactive surveillance operation by officers from the eastern Region Special Operations Unit (eRSOU). When officers arrested the couriers of the group, 45 kilograms of import grade cocaine, with a street value of almost £5 million, was seized. Mohammed Waqas, 29, of Shervington Grove, and Mohammed Irfan Khan, 35, of Dunstable Road, who both had leading roles within the group, were both jailed for 25 years at Luton Crown Court


on Monday, november 12, 2018. Mohammed Aakil, 39, of Plait Court, and Rumel Hussain, 32, of Crawley Road, who were both couriers within the group and responsible for ferrying drugs from one location to another, will face 18 and 10 years in prison respectively, following the hearing at Luton Crown Court. During the sentencing the judge, His Honour Judge Foster, said: “Those who deal drugs can expect little mercy from the criminal

Leon says: “Luton’s new stadium is long overdue”

One of the Hatters’ biggest football exports of the past 20 years has thrown his support behind the campaign to regenerate Luton through plans for Power Court and newlands Park. And Leon Barnett, who grew up in the Runfold area of Luton and went on to play in the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion and norwich City, said the 17,500-seater town centre stadium is “long overdue”. The central defender has backed the efforts of the #saveourtown group and features in a new video posted on their social media platforms last night. Barnett played for Bushmead Wanderers and graduated from the Hatters’ youth ranks to make 70 appearances between 2002-2007 before he was transferred to West Brom for £2.5million. He has fond memories of his hometown club and playing at Kenilworth Road when they were last in the Championship. now riding high in League One, Luton Town are hoping to get back to the second tier of english football and, to help sustain themselves there, they want to move from their 113-year-old home to a state-of-theart stadium in the heart of the town centre at Power Court. “I think it’s well overdue,” said Barnett, 32, adding: “When I was there there was talk of a stadium and people were umming and ah-ing and saying should it be happening? “But you can see the team going in the

right direction and it’s the perfect place to put a stadium.” The stadium plans are part of two major regeneration projects, put forward by the club’s property arm, 2020 Developments, which is about much more than football as they would boost the local economy by more than £250million per year and create 10,000 new jobs. The proposals for Power Court and newlands Park – by Junction 10 of the M1 – would act as a catalyst to revitalise Luton with a range of exciting new facilities including a 1,800-capacity music venue, bars, restaurants, hotels, leisure, entertainment and community facilities, offices and high-end retail. In the video, filmed at his Leon Barnett Football Academy, the footballer said: “I don’t think it’s just the football that it helps. It helps the community, kids, it helps a lot of people. It will obviously bring in more jobs, money and a lot of positivity. I just think it brings a lot to the whole town in general.” However, the plans, which were unveiled in 2016, face continued opposition from Capital & Regional, the owners of The Mall shopping centre, who have recently sent Luton Borough Council a lengthy position statement to that effect. To watch the full #saveourtown video with Leon Barnett, go to: To find out more about Barnett’s football academy, go to: www.leon

justice system… you are all peddlers of misery and between you, you pedalled a massive amount of cocaine.” Two other men, Manzor Bhuiyan, 31, of Guernsey Close, and Shaheriz Khan, 37, from Sherwood Road, each received a 10 year prison sentence earlier this year for their involvement in the drugs supply business. eRSOU Detective Inspector Trevor Davidson said: “This wellestablished and dangerous organised crime group was operating a wholesale drugs supply network at the very top end, dealing in multikilogram batches of import quality cocaine. “We’re really pleased that the group will now be spending such a lengthy amount of time behind bars and we hope this sends a strong message to other organised crime groups operating across the eastern region who think they can operate above the law. “We’re committed to tackling the importation and supply of Class A drugs across the eastern region and will continue to use our specialist capabilities to ensure groups such as this are brought to justice.”



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Seven arrests after drugs warrant in Bedford Seven people have been arrested after a warrant targeting county lines drug dealing and cuckooing in Bedford. Bedfordshire Police officers raided the property in Hurst Grove on Tuesday, november 13, 2018, after weeks of intelligence gathering. Inside, officers recovered some suspected Class A drugs, cannabis and drugs related paraphernalia, as well as a number of weapons and some suspected stolen property. Two men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Another man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug, while a boy was also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs. A man and a woman were also arrested for two failure to appears, linked to previous scheduled court appearances. The warrant was carried out under Operation nola, an operation set up to target county lines and cuckooing in Bedfordshire. Sergeant Rebecca Dilley said: “This was another excellent result for the Op nola team, who have developed the intelligence and moved

quickly to make a number of arrests and remove a large number of drugs and weapons from our streets. “We will not stand for county lines dealers operating in Bedford and will do all we can to protect vulnerable victims and bring those peddling in this sort of criminal activity to justice.” Anyone who suspects drug dealing or any other suspicious activity where they live can report it through the force’s online reporting centre or by calling 101, quoting Operation nola, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Offender brought to justice 19 years later after cold case review

A MAn who raped a woman in June 1999 has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after a cold case investigation. It was late on the evening of 1 June 1999 when the victim, then in her 30s, was walking home after visiting a family member. As she walked along Bromham Road, Bedford, she was grabbed around the throat from behind by her attacker, then dragged into some nearby bushes where she was raped. Following a disclosure to her husband, the incident was reported to police and a forensic examination was carried out, resulting in the recovery of DnA. At the time of the attack, officers followed up several lines of enquiry, but it was not possible to identify the offender. Almost 20 years later in December 2017, as part of a review into unsolved serious sexual assault cases, suspect Donald KargboReffell, 49, of Princess Street, Clapham, was identified. Kargbo-Reffell was jailed for 12 years at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday, november 13, 2018, after

being found guilty at a seven-day trial which concluded in early October. In a moving interview, his victim spoke about the attack that has haunted her for almost two decades. She said: “I didn’t believe he would be found guilty after all this time. “I knew the police believed me, but to know that the 12 jury members did too made me have faith in the justice system. “For 19 years I have suffered with this rape.” On sentencing, His Honour Judge Richard Foster praised the victim for her bravery and said: “I

cannot think of a worse piece of violence to be inflicted on a woman.” He went on to express his gratitude to the investigation team for the “marvellous job” they have done in revisiting this cold case. The judge also made a High Sheriff’s Award of £250 to a witness for coming forward and giving evidence. Detective Inspector Alan Page, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “The victim has been incredibly brave. Firstly, all those years ago, making the initial report of the attack, and now so many years later supporting the reinvestigation. We must commend her courage. “It is really satisfying to bring offenders to justice, even years after the offence was committed. “We take all reports of rape, sexual assault and sexual violence extremely seriously, however long ago it may have happened. “We would encourage anyone who has been the victim of rape or sexual abuse, no matter when it took

place, to come forward and report their experience, get support and more importantly, know they are not alone.” This case was reviewed under Operation Painter, which was started in 2016 by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, and reviews undetected rapes and sexual offences which occurred between 1974 and 1999. Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Lay of Bedfordshire Police, the officer in charge of Operation Painter, said: “This is the third positive outcome under Operation Painter, thanks to advancements in DnA and forensic science which have allowed us to review cases dating back decades. “This further proves the importance of this work in revisiting past cases in order to bring evil predators to justice and deliver a form of closure for their victims.” The team is currently reviewing in excess of 1,600 crimes dating back as far as 1974 across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

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‘Bedford Music in Detention’ at Yarl’s Wood closes after five years COnTeMPORARY arts charity, Bedford Creative Arts (BCA), and national charity, Music In Detention, have announced the end of their music programme ‘Bedford Music In Detention’ at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) due to an end in financial funding from public service provider Serco. This brings to an end 10 years of helping women and children cope with the ordeal of detention at Yarl’s Wood. Music In Detention began regular music sessions there in 2008 and since 2013, BCA has led the programme at Yarl’s Wood, bringing in over 17 different artists to work with detainees through a variety of music-based workshops. One participant of the scheme at Yarl’s Wood said of their experience: “It was a nice surprise. It put smiles on people’s faces – I’ve seen people smiling in here who never smile”, and: “I love it and I felt so much happier in the group because this time made me forget what I’m here for and I was just free and felt good and the ladies were amazing before and in the music and after.” The end of the programme is a loss for Yarl’s Wood’s women and the families in residence there; the programme has worked to reduce detainees’ isolation, enabling them to realise their talents, build confidence and improve their skills. The programme has served to relieve stress and anxiety by helping detainees to express their

emotions and develop new friendships and in addition to this, encouraged people from different communities to come together using music as a common language. “I was really tearful, I had a lot of anger in me but when we started playing music, it really made me feel calm, it lifted my mind up. I’ve got PTSD; I need music in my life. Music makes you alive, it’s a therapy. I was dancing every time you came in” commented another detainee at Yarl’s Wood on their involvement with the music programme.

Bedford Music In Detention also delivered extensive work within the community, engaging a wide range of people whose voices are often overlooked. This included single mothers, people experiencing mental ill health, those with disabilities, young people in schools, and older people. People from all walks of life have been helped to find common ground with people in detention through the work carried out in this programme. “This project has made me consider what is important in life. It gave me a lot to think about and an insight into the difficulties others face. The project and communication made me more appreciative of my life now.” Community participant, Family Groups Bedford. John Speyer, director at Music In Detention says: “We’ve worked for 10 years at Yarl’s Wood,


including four years in a fantastic creative partnership with Bedford Creative Arts. During this time we’ve brought communities together, made incredible music, and improved the lives of over 4500 women and children in immigration detention, and over 1000 local people. We’re very sad that Serco have decided to bring this work to an end, but immensely proud of what we have achieved and appreciate the co-operation from many of the staff at Yarl’s Wood over the years.” Jih-Wen, BCA’s Bedford MID producer adds: “I am proud to have been leading and developing the Bedford Music In Detention artistic programme in the past three years. The journey and experience has been phenomenal. The programme has made a great impact on the lives of many women and families who are isolated and in a very difficult situation.” Annie Bacon, interim chief officer of BCA concludes: “Much of our work is with communities whose voices aren’t heard. Working with Music In Detention in partnership, and with funder Harpur Trust, has enabled us to provide the women of Yarl’s Wood with an important space for expression and a connection to the wider world that has helped improve their wellbeing during their time at the centre. We are extremely disappointed that the programme has come to an end, but we look forward to continuing our partnership with Music In Detention on future projects.”




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TWO men have been sentenced to a total of nearly nine years in prison for dealing Class A drugs in Dunstable. Richard Foster, 41, of Chelsea Gardens, Houghton Regis, was sentenced to four years and eight months in jail after pleading guilty to a conspiracy to supply a Class A drug, namely crack cocaine. He also pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property. At Luton Crown Court on Friday, november 2, 2018, Howard Powell, 46, of Farley Fields, Luton, also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. He was sentenced to four years in prison. The two men were arrested following a raid by Bedfordshire Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) at a property in new Woodfield Green, Dunstable in August. Foster attempted to flee officers and threw a bag of cannabis into a neighbouring property’s garden before he gave himself up. The two were found with more than £1,000 cash in their possession.

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nal behaviour order not to associate with his co-defendants. Two other men who were arrested at the same time had their charges dismissed. On 15 February, Bedfordshire Police’s Boson team executed a warrant at an address in Addington Way, Luton, where they recovered a Glock handgun, three revolvers, a loaded sawn-off shotgun and ammunition for each weapon. each of the firearms was viable. In addition, 42 wraps of heroin and cocaine, and 18 grams of skunk cannabis were also seized. Detective Inspector Mark Pugh, from the Boson team said: “The Boson team is dedicated to tackling gun and gang criminality in Bedfordshire and we welcome these sentences, which will result in a direct reduction of serious youth violence in Luton. “I would encourage anyone with information about the location or storage of firearms or gang related crime and drug supply to contact us either

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Officers identified this property in Dunstable as the base for the pair’s drug dealing enterprise in the town, known as the Richie Line.

Searches of this and other properties linked to Foster and Powell recovered a significant amount of crack cocaine ready for distribution, numerous mobile phones and more than £12,000 in cash.

The main phone linked to the Richie Line received 4,373 calls between 14 June and 12 July this year, with just 656 outgoing calls.

Detective Inspector Justin Dipper, from the force’s SOCU, said: “Foster and Powell were ruthless drug dealers from Luton, who set up a crack house in Dunstable to try and avoid being caught where they were well known.

“Our investigation established they were major suppliers of Class A drugs in Dunstable and it is testament to the quality and professionalism of our team that we were able to dismantle their criminal enterprise so comprehensively.”

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Battle’s Over – Commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen nellis was delighted to support the international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War One. On Sunday, 11 november 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants across the County of Bedfordshire attended and laid poppy wreaths at 23 Remembrance Services in the morning. On the same day, in the evening, Battle’s Over events took place in many towns and parishes in Bedfordshire, with the LordLieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants attending at least 11 events. Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBe OPR, the Battles Over events took place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and in many overseas countries. events began nationally at 6:00am with over 1,000 lone pipers playing Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, outside cathedrals and other individual locations throughout the country and overseas, following which a specially written tribute will be read out. At 6.55pm buglers sounded the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, and at 7:00pm WW1 Beacons of Light were lit in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. Then at 7.05pm over 1,000 churches and cathedrals rang their bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace, which represented 65 societies of ringers from the British Isles and overseas. Finally, at

7:05pm, more than 140 town criers performed a specially written Cry for Peace Around the World. Locally other activities were happening throughout the County of Bedfordshire such as poetry, local bands, the reading of The Tribute to the Millions and the unveiling of a new war memorial. Mrs nellis said “I and so many others were overwhelmed by the

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Charitable carnival committee awards

FOLLOWInG another successful Carnival Week this year, the Biggleswade Carnival Committee made a host of awards to local groups and charitable organisations at their Presentation night on Thursday 8 november at The Biggleswade Social Club. Chairman, Alan Richards, assisted by this year’s Carnival Queen, Kasi-Mai Wood, Carnival Princess, Izzy Walker and Carnival Prince, elliott Cox, said: “I’m delighted to be able to present so many awards, whilst having already provided a defibrillator in the Town’s bus stop.

This appliance is available for use by the public, who can dial 999 in an emergency, receive a code and instructions for use and could save many lives in Biggleswade.” Amongst the recipients were McMillan Cancer Support, Biggleswade Safety Group, Biggleswade Scouts, Biggleswade Rugby Club, The Weatherly Centre, The Ivel Sprinter, Preen, Biggleswade neighborhood Watch, Angela’s small cell ovarian cancer research fund at The eve Appeal, The Biggleswade Sea Cadets, The Shefford

Majorettes, The Air Ambulance, Biggleswade Children’s Cancer Charity, Biggleswade Academy, St. Andrews Church and The Messy Church. Alan confirmed: “every year the Carnival Committee organises a range of events to suit all ages, whilst raising money to put back into the community. The highlight of Carnival Week is the Town Parade but we cannot put on a good show without float entrants. Please give some thought to supporting next year’s Carnival which is scheduled for Saturday 22nd June 2019!”

Council fines disabled Leighton parking cheat

CenTRAL Bedfordshire Council has successfully prosecuted a local man for fraudulent use of a disabled Blue Badge. The council carries out checks to ensure that Blue Badge disabled parking permits are valid and being used correctly. Blue Badges allow a disabled person to park closer to their home or destination, and can only be displayed by another person if the badge holder is present and is being dropped off or collected. However, in June this year, James Mason of Meadow Way in Leighton Buzzard was found using his wife’s Blue Badge for his own benefit in Leighton Buzzard High Street. Mason initially claimed that he had dropped his wife off at an appointment, but later admitted that he had lied. Mason pleaded guilty by post and at Luton Magistrates’ court he was sentenced and ordered to pay fines totalling £510.

Councillor Kevin Collins, Deputy executive Member for Corporate Resources at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Blue Badges are issued to those in our communities who need them the most. They provide a vital lifeline for the disabled by giving them priority parking spaces. Without them, people with severe mobility problems would struggle to visit shops, access services, and visit friends and family. “Motorists who pretend to be disabled to get free and convenient parking are preventing those who are genuinely disabled from using their parking bays, and they are also cheating the vast majority of road users who play fair when they park their cars. “The rules around Blue Badge use are very clear. If we catch people using the badges fraudulently, then we will take action.” If you suspect someone of illegally using a Blue Badge, you can

Appeal after horse rider dies in Potton

POLICe are appealing for information following an incident in Potton on Friday, november 2, which resulted in the death of a horserider. The incident happened at around 4.10pm in the Hatley Road area. The horse was seen without a rider, and a woman in her 60s was found nearby with serious injuries. She was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s for treatment, but was sadly pronounced dead on Saturday morning. Sergeant James Wood, from the

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, said: “Our thoughts go out to the lady’s family and friends at this difficult time. “While we have made good progress in our investigation, we are trying to piece together exactly what happened in this tragic incident. “There were a number of people in the area at the time, so if anyone saw or heard anything, please get in touch. Contact us through our online reporting centre.”

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(l-r) Councillor Caroline Maudlin, Ward Councillor for Sandy and Deputy Executive Member for Adults, Social Care & Housing Operations; Councillor Eugene Ghent, Executive Member for Assets; Councillor Tracey Stock, Ward Councillor for Sandy and Deputy Executive Member for Health; Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services.

CenTRAL Bedfordshire Council has finished work on a new £4.3million highways depot facility at Beamish Close in Sandy for its gritter vehicles, ahead of the winter season. This is the second depot that the council has opened this year: in January the council moved into its new £21m facility at Thorn Turn near Houghton Regis in the west of the region. Between them, these two new facilities mean that the council has a depot strategically located on either side of its region, and ensures that the council is ready for winter. The Thorn Turn depot includes a 5,000tonne salt storage facility, but the new Sandy depot will make use of the adjacent Highways england salt storage. Speaking at the opening ceremony Councillor Ian Dalgarno, executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “This Sandy depot will provide a key role for us in the east of our

region, especially being so close to the A1 road. If last winter is anything to go by, then both the new Thorn Turn site in the west and this latest one at Sandy are sure to be kept busy: during the big chill we completed 98 gritting runs. That adds up to more than 44,100 miles covered, and a lot more than the previous year. “By having bunkered fuel on site, all our vehicles will be ready and available when needed, especially in case of an emergency. So, we will be able to continue to provide our essential services to the public across the region, whatever this winter throws at us.” Both the new council highway depots allow for fleet vehicles and gritters to be kept securely close to the areas where they’ll be operating. Having all the vehicles in one place at the start and end of the day brings efficiencies by enabling minor maintenance and safety checks to be undertaken, and ensures that the vehicles are ready for the road.

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Cranfield University wins award for cutting-edge building

CRAnFIeLD University’s latest world-class facility, its £35m Aerospace Integration Research Centre, has won the Best Large Commercial Project at the Grand Finals of the LABC Building excellence Awards last Friday. The awards are run by The Local Authority Building Control (LABC) organisation, which represents all local authority building control teams across england and Wales. During the early stages of concept design, the building design at Cranfield University was developed in close collaboration with David Richardson, a Principal Building Control Surveyor at Central Bedfordshire Council. A close working relationship was maintained with David by CPMG Architects ahead of the building regulation application and during the construction phase to iron-out any design issues that might arise along the way. Councillor nigel Young, executive Member for Business and Regeneration at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “This win shows our

commitment at the council to excellence in buildings and partnership working. It is a testament to the professional approach and customer focus applied by the council’s team that has helped to make this project such a success. “We are delighted that Cranfield University is one of the pioneering aerospace and technology businesses who have chosen to be based here. This state-of-the-art building will help mark out Central Bedfordshire as the place for cutting-edge organisations to deliver progress in science, technology and innovation, and will also help develop the next generation of highly-skilled engineers.” The building was opened in January 2017, and houses researchers from the University and its business partners, Airbus and Rolls-Royce, who all work under one roof. The centre aims to reduce the time taken for research to go from academic innovation to use by industry. To enable this, the building includes flight simulators, a virtual wind tunnel, and currently houses a full-size wing from

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an Airbus plane. Appropriately, the design of the three-storey building is a striking modern interpretation of a hangar. Tracy Flynn, Development Manager at Cranfield University, said: “I am so proud of the whole team who have all worked hard to ensure that the building fulfils the requirements of the University, Rolls-Royce and Airbus.”

Facilities such as this mean that Cranfield University is at the forefront of changing the way the world thinks about flight and is helping to tackle some of aerospace’s big challenges, such as enhancing the performance and efficiency of future aircraft and reducing emissions.

Speaking about the Cranfield University building, the LABC’s panel of judges said that the building was a really well-considered project which brought together good design in an industrial setting that will benefit industry for many years to come.

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TWO men are beginning sentences today after pleading guilty to being involved in a series of ram raids across the eastern region, stealing cash machines containing almost £300,000. Tony Smith (top), 19, of Schole Road, Willingham, Cambridgeshire, and Charlie Oakley (right), 26, of George Street, Shefford, Bedfordshire, were sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday, november 7. Oakley received a six year prison sentence after admitting to a number of the ram raids, while Smith was handed a five year sentence in a youth offenders for his part in the series. The duo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle in relation to a number of ram raids to steal cash machines across the region. As part of the audacious crime spree in March and April 2018, they also stole a number of vehicles such as Land Rovers and Audis, which were used to ram into the stores and as get-away cars. In total there were eight ram raids across seven different counties, and a total of 24 offences. each ATM contained thousands of pounds of cash and the raids caused more than £250,000 of damage in total to the businesses. none of the cash has been recovered. The men were arrested in April by officers from the eastern Region Special Operations Unit (eRSOU) during a failed attempt to steal a cash machine from a store in Isleham, Cambridgeshire. Detective Inspector Trevor Davidson, who led the investigation for eRSOU on behalf of forces across the eastern region, said: “This ruthless cross-border crime blitz saw hundreds of thousands of pounds being stolen, not to mention the significant amount of damage caused to the businesses affected, and the multiple vehicles stolen from innocent people across the region.

A Land Rover was used to ram the store and remove the ATM machine containing a significant amount of money. Tuesday 20 March – Co-Op, Main Road, Long Bennington, Lincolnshire

A stolen Daihatsu 4x4 is used to steal an ATM containing thousands of pounds.

Monday 2 April – Aldi, Bonds Lane, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

A stolen Land Rover and an Audi were used in a bid to steal the ATM, on this occasion the attempt was unsuccessful.

Monday 2 April – The Guineas Shopping Centre, newmarket

An Audi and a stolen Land Rover were used to steal an ATM containing thousands of pounds.

“This was an incredibly complex investigation due to the large number and geographical span of the offences, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of our officers, and the close working with forces in seven different counties, we have been able to bring these criminals to justice. “eRSOU is committed to tackling serious and organised criminals and we’re pleased to have been able to put these men behind bars, preventing any future offending from them, and hopefully sending a warning to others that you will not get away with this type of offending in the eastern region.” A 17-year-old from Market Harborough has also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to burgle charge in relation to the same series of ram raids and will be sentenced later on this month. The ram raid series: Saturday 3 March – Co-Op, Church Street, Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire

Wednesday 4 April – Premier Shop, Irthlingborough Road, Finedon, northamptonshire

Offenders used a Land Rover to pull the shutters off the store before stealing an ATM containing a substantial amount of cash.

Friday 6 April – Co-Op, High Street, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire

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Offenders arrive at the store using two stolen Audis and use a disc cutter to gain entry to the shop, before stealing an ATM containing thousands of pounds. Tuesday 17 April – Co-Op, West Street, Isleham, Cambridgeshire

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The Godfathers + guests: The Reformers + The Troubled Bones Bedford Esquires Friday 16th November, 8pm

A classic favourite Bedford band returns after an absence of eight years – with some legendary local shows in the past at Bedford Boys Club, Polhill College and the G.I.C (better known as esquires these days!) this band always delivered a classic live show. Legendary British rock and roll group The Godfathers kickedstarted 2017 with one almighty bang via a career best, new studio album - ‘A Big Bad Beautiful noise’ out on worldwide release from 10th February 2017. The album was preceded by the single ‘You Don’t Love Me’ released 3rd February 2017 and promoted with worldwide tours, festivals and concert dates. ‘A Big Bad Beautiful noise’ represents an exciting new chapter for the London band, but The Godfathers have had a long and illustrious career. They were

formed in 1985 by brothers Peter Coyne (vocals) and Chris Coyne (bass/vocals) from the ashes of their previous band The Sid Presley experience. The Godfathers toured extensively and quickly earned a serious reputation for their electrifying brand of primal rock and roll and their incendiary live shows around the world. Forming a recording partnership with famed producer Vic Maile they released 4 critically acclaimed, smash hit independent singles on their own Corporate Image label (‘Lonely Man’, ‘This Damn nation’, ‘I Want everything’ and ‘Love Is Dead’) which alongside a brutal cover of Lennon’s ‘Cold Turkey’ were compiled into their seminal debut album release ‘Hit By Hit’ in ‘86 and signed a worldwide deal with Sony/epic records in ‘87. In 2008 The Godfathers reformed their original line-up to promote a vastly expanded 2CD version of their seminal debut album ‘Hit By Hit’ and performed a select number of British, european and American dates and festivals together for the first time in nearly 20 years. Tickets for both shows from seetickets, Mario’s Hair Design, Kempston, Slide Records or esquires bar, Bedford.


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The Amorettes + Naked Six Bedford Esquires – Holy Molys Saturday 24th November, doors at 8pm

Whilst today’s popular music world seems to be based around the idea of “style over substance”, Scottish Hard Rock Trio, The Amorettes, have a very simple plan; Taking over the world, one show at a time! no fuss! no gimmicks! Just good, old-fashioned hard work, and great songs. Anyone who’s ever experienced an Amorettes live show

‘From The Jam’ featuring Bruce Foxton Bedford Corn Exchange Friday 16th November, doors at 7.30pm

2018 sees the 40th Anniversary of the release of ‘All Mod Cons’ the third album release by The Jam. Back for their another show at Bedford Corn exchange following a sell-out show in 2017, this time round the band will be performing hits from the All Mod Cons album, including one of their most commercially successful singles, ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’. British Invasion Pop influences run throughout the album, including the bands’ take on The Kinks’ ‘David Watts’. This show will see the band perform tracks from the iconic album, followed by a selection of the classic hits and great album

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Montgomery though, Drummer Hannah McKay, who is considered to be one of the best young, drummers on the music scene today, uses her full kit to deliver knock-out blows to each and every member of the audience. Try and hide as much as you like, there is no escape from her drumming fury. Likewise, Bass player Heather McKay is a sight to

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off riff after riff, and solo after solo with ease. Relentless touring across the UK and europe has turned The Amorettes into a lean, mean, Rock and Roll machine, leading them to be described as “Like Airbourne fronted by Joan Jett”. Reviews for both live shows, and the albums, only reinforce the fact that The

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Astroid Boys are one of the most exciting new artists in the UK today, the band have a DIY ethos rooted in the punk and hardcore scene, mixed with the raw, narrative approach of grime culture – their sound fuses together multiple perspectives, channelling their aggressions and woes into a platform for creative expression and escapism. Support comes from London rap/hip hop/grime crew Pengshui. and Welsh rapper


Castle Comedy Bedford are holding three Christmas Comedy Specials on Thursday the 13th , Friday 14th and Thursday the 20th of December at The Gordon Arms ent Shed, Castle Road, Bedford. With four fabulous comedians, mince pies, cake, party poppers and crackers, the shows will be the ultimate Christmas comedy night out! Headlining the 13th and 14th shows is Ivo Graham. Apologetic eton and Oxford alumnus, Ivo is a regular fixture in the clubs and theatres of the UK circuit, his gauche charm and crafty, self-aware wit has proved a hit with audiences of all ages, and led to appearances on multiple TV and radio shows including Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, Live From the BBC and Fighting Talk. ‘Beautifully-constructed comedy’ THe SCOTSMAn Headlining the show on the 20th is Patrick Monahan. He was the winner of ITV1’s Show me the

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My Baby + Guests Bedford Esquires Wednesday 28th November 2018, doors at 7.30pm

We are very pleased to be able to bring the wonderful MY BABY back to esquires in november, following on from one of the shows of the year back in April 2017. Being one of the best live bands we’ve ever clasped our eyes and ears on, it was only right we

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exhibition A year long exhibition celebrating Polish Independence The Higgins Bedford 11th November 2018 – 11th November 2019: Celebrating 100 Years of Polish Independence – An Exhibition of Polish Heritage in Bedford

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence, established after the First World War, The Higgins Bedford presents an exhibition celebrating and exploring the shared stories of Bedford’s Polish community. The exhibition opens on 11th november 2018 in the Great Bedfordians Gallery and is free to visit. The exhibition includes a film featuring ‘history keepers’ – young people from the Polish community who have been trained to interview parents, grandparents and older people about their experiences of migration, early lives in Poland and journeys to Bedford. The Higgins Bedford has worked in collaboration with the Polish British Integration Centre (PBIC) and the Heritage Lottery Fund to launch the MYID Project, which has provided training workshops for young people to collect and showcase the stories, artefacts, and photographs presented in this exhibition. Bedford Borough Cllr Sarah-Jayne Gallagher said ‘This project has uncovered some remarkable stories of survival and adventure that will now be part of the museum archive – a wonderful way for Bedford to celebrate its Polish Heritage.’

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Contact: 01234 344423 www/Organfax/clubs/Bedford

WHAT’S ON Pie Night from 6.30pm, 8th November

BOOK NOW FOR Sunday Live Music

Open Mic Night

from 7.30pm

Hosted by Mat Roberts Every Monday from 8.30pm


13th November

6 O’Clock Vinyl Night 6-9pm

Steak & Burger Night from 6.30pm 22nd November

11th November


Booking advised Main menu also available

25th November

FOOD SERVED Monday to Friday 12 noon to 2.30pm & 6.30pm to 9.00pm Saturday 12 noon to 3pm Sunday 12 noon to 4pm 17 Newnham Street, Bedford MK40 3JU 01234 353295 castlebedford castlebedford

WELCOME TO THE PRINCE OF WALES A traditional village pub situated in the heart of Bromham, serving a selection of real ales, wines, home made dishes, large enclosed garden & car park.


WHAT’S ON Pie Night from 5.30pm Thursday 15th November 29th November Booking advised.

Burger Night from 5.30pm Thursday 8th November 22nd November 6th December Booking advised.

Ask the bar staff about our party menu NOW OPEN ALL DAY EVERY DAY - Food Times Monday - Friday 12 noon 2.30pm & 5.30pm - 9pm Saturday 12 noon - 3pm & 6pm - 9pm • Sunday 12 noon to 6pm

Fish Night from 5.30pm Wednesday 14th November

Prince of Wales, 8 Northampton Road, Bromham MK43 8PE 01234 822 447 Prince of Wales Bromham

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A half day workshop exploring the relationship between autism and diet, focussing on the impact that sensory issues have on this often challenging area. Course objectives: • To more fully understand the impact of sensory processing difficulties on the lives of autistic individuals • To explore resources and strategies to support health and wellbeing when diet is an issue •To know when to ask for professional input 10:00am - 12:45pm Monday 19th November The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JH . £15.00 for members of Autism Bedfordshire or £20.00 for non-members. Call 01234 214871 to book and pay for your place. PLACES MUST BE BOOKED AND PAID FOR IN ADVANCE.

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–––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––– SAnDY HISTORICAL SOCIeTY BIGGLESWADE BeDFORD FOLK DAnCe CLUB MOGGeRHAnGeR MeeTInG PLACe CRAFT FAYRE 60TH NEW YEAR Westoning village Hall on Saturday WATERPOLO ANNIVERSARY MY LIFE IN THE 10th november, 10:30am to 3:30pm. COUNTRY AND FOLK KNIT & NATTER QUIZ every Monday 8.30pm ROYAL HOUSEHOLD FRee enTRY. REUNION DANCE CLUB Variety of craft stalls including woodturning, hand made bags, Christmas gifts, general crafts, Hand crafted cards, knitting, lucky bags, homemade sweets, jams & preserves, homemade cakes, jewellery, light lunches, tea coffee and cakes. Proceeds to St Mary Magdalene Church.

Thursday evenings 8pm – 10pm

Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford MK41 8eB

Its good fun for only £2.50 including refreshments no partner required. Ron Law 01234 825574

–––––––––––––––––––– BUGGY FIT –––––––––––––––––––– CL ASSES Thursday 1pm-2pm The Weatherly Centre Orchard Close Biggleswade SG18 0ne email: or 0300 300 5125. Tuesday 12-2pm Saxon Pool and Leisure Centre, Biggleswade £2 per session


Tuesday 2pm-3pm @ Saxon Pool & Leisure Centre, Biggleswade £1.50 per session Please note: all classes are subject to change,


HAS A LOVeD One DIeD? Perhaps we can help you at our drop-in centre at: The Community Rooms, Baptist church, 24 London Road, Biggleswade SG18 8EB Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon Telephone: Carole or Jill on 07704 734225 for more information. • A place of friendship, compassion and understanding. • Fully trained bereavement support volunteers are always on hand to listen while you talk through your grief. • Somewhere to meet others coping with bereavement issues. • Come and make new friends

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP Friday 23rd nov


Admission £3 - Tea, home-made cake and dancing For Information call 01234 404563



Kempston Hammers Club (Cutler) Fun, friendly bingo with eyes Down at 8pm Open to all. 01234 853262

Wednesday november 28th

THE BIG XMAS BINGO Thursday December 13th.

Tickets available from Dec. 1st

KEMPSTON HAMMERS SSC new years eve 2018

The VIPeas

Tickets available soon

–––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––– SANDY THE SANDY ASTRONOMICAL UKULELE GROUP SOCIETY Founded in 2014 by residents of Sandy and surrounding areas, we are a group of keen astronomers of all abilities. We meet on the first Thursday of every month at Mamas Coffee Shop (High Street, Sandy) and have regular viewing sessions on the grounds of Sandye Place Academy. You don’t need to own a telescope to join in. Club members are always willing to share their equipment and expertise, and if you become a member our club telescopes are available for hire for a small fee. Wrap up warm and we’ll see you there!

–––––––––––––––––––– SANDY WALKS 4 HEALTH Sandy Walks 4 Health meet every Wednesday. These are free short walks ofabout an hour, with a trained walk leader. no need to book; just turn up. Walks start at 10am, meeting in SandyLibrary in the Town centre. For more information contact: Cathy Bailey 01767 692182, or Jane Janaway 01767 691455, or Mike Fayers (Health walks manager) 01234 832619

–––––––––––––––––––– SANDY CONSERVATIVE BOWLING CLUB Our well-established and friendly club with one of the best greens in the county is situated behind the Conservative Club in Bedford Road. We are always happy to welcome new members, whether experienced or new bowlers who will be offered coaching. For further details Phone 01767 680697

Meet every Friday at the Baptist Chapel Hall, Bedford Road, Sandy. 7pm till 9pm.

For more information on joining the group please email the group:

–––––––––––––––––––– POTTON L ADIES CLUB

meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at Mill Lane Pavilion, Mill Lane, Potton. SG19 2PG We have a range of speakers, a lunch club & numerous day trips. Visitors are always welcome for £5, to include light refreshments.

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PRIZE RAFFLE A brand new Mulberry Handbag and other fantastic prizes!

In 2019 I will be running the London Marathon and raising funds In aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind

For full details & to give your support, please visit: stevesmarathonraffle or contact Steve at

of the 1st Kempston Boys’ Brigade will take place on Saturday, February 9th 2019, 7pm at Kempston east Methodist Hall. There will also be a PARADe on Sunday February 10th at 10:30am

An open invitation is extended to ALL past members. Please spread the word!

For details or to attend, please contact Dave Simms on 07985643678 or

–––––––––––––––––––– BRASS BELLS & TINSEL

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.

It’s jingle all the way at Trinity Methodist Church, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade on Sunday 9th December at 3pm when Bedford Brass will be giving a traditional Christmas Concert. Committee Member Jenny Gellatly said: “If you enjoy the sound of Christmas, this concert will have you rocking around the Christmas trees.”

Doors open at 2.30pm Tickets Adult £5.00 Children free

Instead of chestnuts roasting on an open fire there will be mince pies at the interval.

–––––––––––––––––––– 3T’S TODDLER GROUP

We are a (non-profit making) Toddler Group who meet at Centenary Hall, 104 Bedford Road, Kempston on Tuesday from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm (term time only) Contact: Debbie on

07975 –772-058 or Suzanne on 01234-857467.


at Saxon Pool SG18 8SU 12 and older, both sexes come along and join the fun

–––––––––––––––––––– SANDY TOWN BOWLING CLUB Play bowls at this friendly local club adjacent to Sandy Village Hall. excellent green. experienced and new bowlers welcome. Coaching available. More details: Secretary Michael Groom: 01767 227523

–––––––––––––––––––– MUSIC ON THURSDAYS Fenella Humphreys violin, Robert Thompson piano 7.45pm, Thursday 15 november Bedford School Music Recital Hall Tickets £18, Students 18-24 £5, Under 18 £2 on the door or from 01234 261811

–––––––––––––––––––– BEESTON WALK FOR HEALTH We meet every Monday at 9.00 a.m. by the letter box at the junction of The Crescent and The Green. The walk is a first level gentle walk so we do about 30 – 40 minutes in the flat fields beyond Beeston Green. I will walk as slowly as the slowest person needs. It’s a ‘just turn up’ walk. Gillian Wilkes 07890 232685






Walks for beginners and those looking to improve

Jack: 01767 692242


Two regular weekly walks of 40 – 90 minutes

Wednesdays at 10.00am Walking with John and his team Dan Albone Car Park, Shortmead Street SG18 0BQ

Thursdays at 10.00am Walking with Rosario and his team from Stratton School, eagle Farm Road SG18 8JB

FOR THOSe LOOKInG TO DO A SeRIOUS WALK OF 5 MILeS PLUS: Tuesday Afternoon at 2pm Booking essential

(This walk is not part of Walk 4 health and walkers walk at their own risk) Walking with Janette: approx. 90 mins.

Start points vary – phone or email Janette for details Janette Sibley Tel: 07771 540117 email:

Mike Fayers Bedfordshire Health Walks Manager, Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity Tel: 01234 832619 email: The Old School, Cardington. MK44 3SX

–––––––––––––––––––– ALL SAInTS PARISH CHURCH KeMPSTOn


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


Sunday 25th november to AnGLeSey ABBey

in aid of The Leprosy Mission. Full details from Colin Osborne (Tel: 01767 682032).

–––––––––––––––––––– ST. PAUL’S CHURCH, BeDFORD


every Tuesday 1.10pm-1.50pm until november 27

Come and listen to talented musicians from the Royal Academy and the Royal College in this beautiful church. The church café opens at midday.

Friday 10am-4.00pm

CenTenARY HALL, behind Kempston Town Hall, Bedford Road For further information telephone: 01234 857011

–––––––––––––––––––– BIDDenHAM GARDeneRS ASSOCIATIOn

Tuesday 20th november at 7.30 Biddenham village Hall

‘A–Z OF ROSES’ By Simon White

Visitors very welcome

Admission £5 per meeting – includes Raffle & refreshments

SATURDAy JAnUARy 5 at 7pm FISH AnD CHIP SUPPeR £10 per ticket from

Teams of six, licensed bar

–––––––––––––––––––– IRISH CEILI AND SET DANCING Wednesdays 8pm to 10 pm

£2 per session – first evening free no partner required. Beginners welcome.

The Reading Room, 1, Barkers Lane, Bedford.

Ring Pat 01234 308224 for more details.

–––––––––––––––––––– DO yOUR BInS GO OUT MORe THAn yOU? THen LADIeS CIRCLe IS FOR yOU!

Ladies Circle is a membership club for women aged 18 to 45 who want to make new friends, have lots of fun, do things t Whether you’re new to the Biggleswade area, or are just looking to broaden your social life. The group is a perfect way of getting more out of life. Members include single and married women, those with children and those without, working and not working,everyone’s welcome to come along and just be themselves! Upcoming events:

10th nov – Craftanoon – fundraiser for MInD – check out our Facebook page for more details

22nd nov – Christmas paper wreath making 13th Dec – Christmas present wrapping evening

email: Twitter: @BwadeCircle. Facebook: Biggleswade Ladies Circle

Tuesday 27th november. The meetings are held in the church, 10.00 – 12.00 and are open to all – villagers and ‘neighbours’.

The current project is new-born babies’ hats for Bedford Hospital Maternity Unit, but you can also bring your own work. Contact Jane on 641501 for more information or to suggest a project you’d like the group to work on.


Friday 30th november @ Stonecroft Hall, St Swithins Way Sandy SG191BB

Admission £2.50 including refreshments Members & Students free

For further details contact 01767 680171.



Blunham to Great Barford, one of the sections of The Ringers’ Walk. Meet at Moggerhanger church at 10.00.


Thursday, 22nd november

For more information – or to give us details of an interesting new walk you know of, even if it’s a bit further afield – Dorothy (640242), Jo (641184) or Judith (640124).


7th, 14th, 21st and 28th november.

This group meets every term-time Wednesday except half-term week, from 9.00 to 10.00 in the church. There are tea/coffee and biscuits available @ £1, with fruit juice for your pre-school children and toys available for them.

The rest of the term: 5th, 12th December.


Wednesdays from 7.30pm-10.00pm at Kempston east Methodist Church new members welcome For further details contact Brian Woodcock on 07795251988 or


The Mayor of Sandy, Cllr Michael Scott, will be holding a Charity Tribute night on Friday 23 november 2018 at Sandy Conservative Club, Bedford Road, Sandy. The event will start at 7.30pm.

All welcome. Tickets cost £16.50.

For more information and to book please contact Sandy Town Council on 01767 681491 or

–––––––––––––––––––– Monday 19 november 7.30 pm

FEMALE FELLERS: WOMEN WORKING IN THE FORESTS OF FIRST AND SECOND WORLD WAR BRITAIN Illustrated talk by Cherish Watton of Churchill College, Cambridge.

St Peter’s Hall, St Peter’s Church, De Parys Avenue, Bedford MK40 2TX Free to HA members (Historical Association-Bedford). Others welcome with a donation of £3.00 Details 07989 837819/01234 266839

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–––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––– We invite all stroke survivors & their BLACK CRICKET WREST PARK carers to join our KIDS CLUB VOLUNTEER OPEN IVEL STROKE CLUB Great for aspiring animal keepers, entomologists and herpetologists. DAYS

in aid of charities in the UK and abroad 10-4pm St Paul’s church, St Paul’s Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

This will be held at Wrest Park in the Ante-Library of the Mansion House on Saturday 19th January from 12 -2pm.


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. Children with SenD are warmly welcomed and sessions are differentiated to meet individual needs. Sessions are £5 per child (siblings £3). Registration is required. 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. 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 For further information contact Trevor on

01234 856040 or Marian on

01234 855288 –––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––– KEMPSTON SENIOR CITIZENS’ CLUB –––––––––––––––––––– POTTON L ADIES’ CLUB WINTER LIGHTS DAnCInG, WHIST, BInGO MAYFLOWER 50+ meets the first Tuesday of the month at Meets Wednesday 10am-12noon OUTING SOCIAL CLUB 7.30pm at Mill Lane Pavilion, Mill We meet 2-4 pm on Wednesdays at the Labour Hall, Crab Lane, and 2-4pm Fridays at St Andrews Church - both have disabled access. We also run a lighthearted bingo 2-4pm at the Labour Hall on the 2nd & 4th Monday of the month. We play games, cards etc. or just socialise. We have occasional speakers and outings. entrance £1.50 (plus £1 if bingo) and door-to-door minibus transport is available at £1.50 return. Please contact Iris on 01767 318434 or call or text Brian on mobile 07988 822678 or landline 01767 448954 BIGGLeSWADe WeeKLy LUnCH CLUB We meet every Wednesday 12-1.45 in the Labour Hall, Crab Lane to enjoy a hot 2 course meal and good company. Food is supplied by a local school. Door to door transport is available at £1.50 and the meal costs £5. Mainly for over 50s. For more details contact Shirley Legate on 01767 448954 or 07988 822678.


Lane, Potton. SG19 2PG We have a range of speakers, a lunch club & numerous day trips. Visitors are always welcome for £5, to include light refreshments.

–––––––––––––––––––– WORLD SHIP SOCIETY Kempston Constitution Club 196A Bedford Road, Kempston

BEDFORD BRANCH 3rd THURSDAY in the month 21 november 2018 Branch social evening at the King William PH Kempston 12 December 2018 Alan Pepper giving his presentation “Christmas Fare 2018” Please note this is the SeCOnD Wednesday of the month. Telephone: 01234 352014

Meetings are held at Stonecroft, St Swithins Way, Sandy on the third Monday of each month 7.30pm. Transport can be arranged.

Speakers, outings & entertainment througout the year.

Please contact 01767 680503 for further imformation.

–––––––––––––––––––– BeDFORD RSPB LOCAL GROUP Meet at ARA club, Manton Lane Bedford MK41 7PF.

Thursday 15th november 7.30pm Lloyd Peck presents


Lloyd is a scientist with the British Antarctic survey and will talk on how animals & humans adapt to extreme cold. Suitable for experts and novices, RSPB membership not essential. Reg. Charity no. 207076, more info

–––––––––––––––––––– TRINITY CHURCH

Thursday 1st november there will be a short service at 11.30 in the church this will be followed by the monthly lunch at 12noon (Tickets for the December lunch will be on sale as this event is a TICKeT OnLY lunch) There might be a concert after the December lunch yet to be confirmed.

Saturday17th november Messy church will take place the theme being ‘Remembering’ from 10.30 till about 12.30 after lunch for which donations will be received to cover costs. Children MUST be accompanied by adults for the whole session.

Sunday november 18th The service at 10.30 will be led by members of the church and at this service the Shoebox Appeal will be collected. The service at 6p.m will be an informal service and will be led by Mr. Craig Gaffney. Hopefully Trinity Band will accompany.

Sunday 25th november This is the Church Anniversary and the service at 10.30 will be led by Rev. Andrew Hollins (Superintendent) and will include communion.

January 2019.

Would you like to be a part of an outstanding team?

Would you like to spend time in one of england’s most prestigious and fascinating Gardens with a story that spans over 600 years?

Would you like to share your enthusiasm and love of history? Would you like to meet like-minded people and try something new?

Then why not come and volunteer for english Heritage at Wrest Park.

Whether it is welcoming and chatting to visitors or telling the stories of our unique house and garden, there are plenty of ways to get involved here at Wrest Park. Come along to our open day and find out more about what’s involved and how you can help our visitors ‘Step into england’s Story’.

–––––––––––––––––––– BeDFORD nATIOnAL TRUST ASSOCIATIOn

2.30pm Tuesday 20th november Addison Centre, Kempston

Plenty of parking space available

We are celebrating 40 years of the BnTA Come and join us.

We have a speaker who

• was on ‘This is your life’

• was a torch bearer at the Olympics • is involved in motor racing for the disabled He is David Butler

To book a stall contact 01234 340163


Theme:’Christmas Around the World’ St Paul’s church, St Paul’s Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

In aid of the church and Bedford Hospitals Charity

To book a tree now to decorate contact 01234 340163

DAILy COMMUnITy COnCeRTS AnD COMPeTITIOnS. Open Wed-Sat 10-5, Sunday 9th 12-4. £2.50. Under 16 free.

Christingle Saturday 9th 4.30 pm

Further details on fest

–––––––––––––––––––– PHILHARMONIA CHAMBER PL AYERS’ CONCERT Friday 7th December 7.30 pm

Works by Brahms (String Sextet), Piazzola, Gershwin, Porter In the magnificent setting of the Christmas Tree Festival

St Paul’s church, St Paul’s Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

Mulled wine & mince pies served.

Tickets £16 incl programme from 01234 340163/01234 783181 fest

–––––––––––––––––––– ST MARTIn’S CHURCH Clapham Road, Bedford



To be held in the fine Victorian Church

everyone welcome

Stalls, Raffles, and Refreshments all afternoon

Come to hear him.

2pm-4pm Saturday 24 november Free entry.

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by Mark Wood

by Mark Wood

Championship Cup, Group Two: CORnISH PIRATeS............22 (16) BeDFORD BLUeS...............20 (10) A GRITTY and hard-fought encounter went the way of the Cornish Pirates as they held on to beat the Bedford Blues 22-20 in the opening Championship Cup Group Two encounter at the Mennaye Field on Sunday.

The Pirates led throughout this competitive tie, despite the Blues outscoring them three tries to one, in a game that could have gone either way.

Just like the league encounter a few weeks ago it was an error-filled contest with the quality of Javier Rojas Alvarez’s goal-kicking ultimately proving decisive for the hosts. Poor kicks let Bedford down early on and the Pirates took advantage as Dan Lee broke the line well on three minutes with Alvarez giving the hosts the lead with a penalty two minutes later. Another penalty followed soon after, but this time Alvarez’s penalty flew wide as the visitors struggled to settle.

BAD TO WORSE Things got even worse as Pirates notched their first try on 12 minutes. A catch-and-drive move gave the hosts field position and, as Bedford’s defence was sucked in, Alex Schwarz’s pass put wing Harry Strong in to score in the corner, withAlvarez adding an excellent touchline conversion to make it 10-0. Mistakes continued to haunt Bedford as a long kick forward was just beyond the onrushing Lee. Bedford kicked a good opportunity to the corner midway through the half only to then give away another silly penalty. Harry Davies was impressing with some swift breaks for the visitors and the Blues finally got themselves on the board on 29 minutes. A brief spell of pressure and field position enabled scrumhalf Alex Gliksten to jink through and score with ed Coulson adding the conversion despite slipping. However, Bedford went off their feet moments later at a defensive ruck leaving Alvarez the easiest of penalties to make it 13-7. Bedford finally started to find their rhythm and a series of carries close to the Pirates line eventu-

ally yielded a penalty that Coulson easily converted. Having been suffering at the scrum the hosts substituted both front rows and it paid almost immediate dividends with a scrum penalty that Alvarez struck superbly moments before the break to make it 16-10 at the break. Bedford made a swift start to the second half as Tadgh Mcelroy dropped a pass when set to gallop clean through. A stunning break by Callum Patterson looked set to give the Pirates a second try, but Dean Adamson gambled to take a great interception and followed up his own kick to hack through and score. However, Coulson was unable to add the extras as Pirates stayed one point ahead. Maliq Holden did well to field Coulson’s grubber midway through the half with Adamson threatening the corner, before Alvarez nudged the Pirates even further ahead with a fourth penalty on 64 minutes. Chances were few and far between and yet another Bedford penalty enabled their hosts to move seven points clear with just over six minutes to go. Bedford though got themselves right back into the game with three minutes left when a scrum penalty was taken quickly and spread rapidly wide for winger Ryan Hutler to score in the corner, although Coulson was unable to add the incredibly difficult touchline conversion as the Blues still trailed by two points. Bedford pushed late on and, despite a sliced final kick, the Pirates were able to hold on as the Blues were left with just a losing bonus point for all their hard efforts. Pirates: Maliq Holden, Alex O’Meara, Dan Koster, Callum Patterson (Rory Parata 61), Harry Strong, Javier Rojas Alvarez, Alex Schwarz, Jack Andrew (Marlen Walker 25), Tom Cowan-Dickie, Jack Owlett (Tyler Gendall 25), Toby Freeman, Danny Cutmore, James McRaeDan Lee, Tom Duncan (C, Matt Bolwell 69). Replacements not used:Chris Morgan, Jake Ashby, Will Cargill. T: Strong 12. P: Alvarez 5, 32, 39, 64, 74. C: Alvarez 13. Blues:Harry Davies, Ryan Hutler, Chris Czekaj (Rich Lane 60), Lewis Robling, Dean Adamson, ed Coulson, Alex Gliksten (James Lennon 57), Hayden King (Toby Trinder 45), Tadgh Mcelroy (Charlie Clare 45), Ben Cooper (Alex Penny 51), ed Taylor (C), Will Carrick-Smith, Oli Curry, Jack nay (Justin Blanchet 50), Huw Worthington (Jarad Williams 50). T: Gliksten 29, Adamson 47, Hutler 77. C: Coulson 30. P: Coulson 35. Referee: Dean Richards.

FA Cup First Round: LUTOn TOWn........................2 (1) WyCOMBe WAnDeReRS ...0 (0) PROFeSSIOnAL Luton netted a goal in each half to ease past Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 and into the second round of the FA Cup. On his 50th Hatters appearance, Andrew Shinine broke the deadlock late in the first half and Harry Cornick, coming in for the suspended Danny Hylton, made sure of victory with his second half strike.

The Chairboys rarely threatened as James Collins had a goal chalked out for offside on his 400thcareer appearance as the Hatters, who also had two efforts cleared off the line, dominated throughout. After an impeccably observed minute’s silence to mark the Armistice Day centenary, Town should have taken the lead after just two minutes when Joe Jacobsen’s terrible backpass went straight to Cornick who raced through on goal but his strike was too close to Ryan Allsop who was able to turn his drive behind. Collins then drove well over before the Hatters almost gifted the Chairboys the lead when Sonny Bradley hesitated as he tried to shield the ball back to James Shea. Alex Samuel nipped in-between to get a touch only for Shea to make a great saving tackle. The Hatters looked dangerous every time they were able to play at pace, while Wycombe were happy to spoil and time waste at every opportunity. Bradley was only able to put a free header wide from a corner midway through the half, while elliot Lee’s 30-yard free-kick flashed harmlessly wide. With the game too often bogged down in a midfield battle Town were finally able to craft some space and took the lead four minutes before the break. Slick passing opened the Chairboys up and Shinnie drove into the space before curling home a delightful effort in off a post. Shinnie looked to have opened Wycombe up again moments later when his sumptuous throughball released Collins, who smashed home, only to be denied by the linesman’s flag. Luton started the second half brightly and

almost doubled their lead after just three minutes but Bradley’s firm header from a corner was cleared off the line. Injury proceeded to force Shinnie off and Wycombe almost grabbed a leveller when Samuel outpaced Bradley and his pull-back ran to Dominic Gape who dragged wastefully wide before Paris Cowan-Hall’s effort was easy for Shea. At the other end the Chairboys struggled to clear a corner on the hour as Lee was just unable to turn home Matty Pearson’s initial shot. A winding run from the impressive Lee was then deflected behind as Glen Rea forcefully headed a decent chance wide. However, Luton did double their lead on 72 minutes when another horrendous Wycombe flick at the back allowed Cornick a free run on goal and this time he made no mistake as he drilled into the far corner. The visitors finally looked to up the tempo as some good play ended in sub Randell Williams’ near post drive being turned behind by Shea. Collins was then just unable to head home Jack Stacey’s far post cross while sub Jorge Grant’s long-range free-kick was deflected over. An acrobatic overhead kick from Lee was then headed off the line as Town threatened to let loose, while Pearson’s deflected injury-time effort was easy for the keeper. ex-Hatter Craig Mackail-Smith wriggled lose only to see brave Town defending block him out, while sub Kazenga LuaLua’s powerful run and shot was well parried as the Hatters eased comfortably into the hat for the next round. HATTeRS: James Shea, James Justin, Sonny Bradley, Matty Pearson, Jack Stacey, elliot Lee (Kazenga LuaLua 87), Andrew Shinnie (Jorge Grant 52), Harry Cornick, Glen Rea (C), PellyRuddock-Mpanzu, James Collins. Subs not used: Marek Stech, Alan McCormack, Aaron Jarvis, Lloyd Jone, Alan Sheehan. CHAIRBOYS: Ryan Allsop, Sido Jombati Joe Jacobsen, Dominic Gape, Adam el-Abd, Marcus Bean (Scott Kashket 85), Paris Cowan-Hall (Randell Williams 69), Curtis Thompson, Fred Onyedinma, Alex Samuel (Craig Mackail-Smith 69), Jason McCarthy. Subs not used: Anthony Stewart, Cameron Yates, nick Freeman. Bookings: McCarthy 34; Bean 76. Referee: Craig Hicks. Assistant Referees: Steven Plan and Thomas Ramsey. Fourth Official: Bhupinder Gill. Attendance: 5,343 (Wycombe 786). Star Hatter: Matty Pearson – Old-fashioned colossus at the back.

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