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The Annual Kempston Fun Quiz Night took place recently. It was hosted by Kempston’s Mayor, Carl Meader at the Centenary Hall. The event was exceptionally well supported with a record number of teams taking part. Experienced quizmaster and well known local person, David Simms got the evening off to an enthusiastic start. Halfway through, brains were recharged with generous portions of fish and chips or veggie alternatives from a nearby local shop. After a very successful evening the winning team the Hypotheticals received their trophy. The whole event including a raffle raised the magnificent sum of over £1100 for the Road Victims Trust which is the Mayor’s chosen charity. Many thanks go to David Simms but also Carl Meader and the staff of Kempston Town Council who all worked hard to organise the event.

Bulky waste The bulky waste collection due to place in the Hartwell Drive area on 28th March has unfortunately had to be postponed. Cllrs Sue Oliver and Sam Blacklaws hope to re-arrange the event at a later date.

Coronavirus arrangements The way of life has changed for all of us since the outbreak of coronavirus. So it will not come as a surprise that Kempston Town Council has had to do the same. The Office will still be staffed but they will not be able to communicate face-to-face with residents. It will be possible to talk through the intercom if necessary. Business will continue via telephone and e-mail. ALL CENTENARY HALL AND COUNCIL CHAMBER BOOKINGS WILL BE CANCELLED and any paid deposits will be

returned. Councillors’ surgeries at Sainsbury’s will also be cancelled. It is a difficult time but councillors will continue to help residents whenever possible. They are all contactable by phone and/or email. Clearly they are all affected by ‘social distancing’. It is hoped that you will understand the measures that it has been necessary to take to help ensure the safety of everyone. As soon as it is safe to do so normal services will be resumed. In times of crisis it important to support each another. So if you trust someone then ask for help and if you know someone who needs help – offer!

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ON Tuesday March 10th the Love Fisher Brown 2019 runners up award, a national competition sponsored by Para Handy and Drakes Pride, was presented to Kempston Park Indoor Bowls Club. This award, named after the remarkable and inspiring Commonwealth Games achievements of Bob Love, David Fisher and Paul Brown, showcases the excellent work being undertaken by clubs with disabled bowlers around the country, and provides a benchmark for other clubs to aspire to. The club in Hillgrounds Road Kempston, received the runners up award for the work they have been doing each week with a group of disabled wheelchair bowlers who use the clubs specially adapted wheelchairs, plus a group of four downs syndrome boys from Zebra House and around 25 dementia sufferers from the Tibbs Dementia group. Volunteer bowling members from the club gather every Tuesday to teach the various disability groups, whilst the various groups carers can enjoy a relaxing wellearned break over lunch at the club, happy in the knowledge their charges are being cared for and enjoying their experiences of bowling in a safe and community inclusive environment.

The award was created to recognise clubs that provide disabled participation opportunities for their bowlers. Kempston Park have for the past 28 years been running the weekly bowling sessions for their Wheelstars group and for the past four years for the Tibbs Dementia group with the Zebra house boys joining two years ago. In the early days of the Tibbs group there were just four members, now it stands at around thirty. The Disability Steering Group panel, comprised of representatives from the Activity Alliance, Bowls Development Alliance, Bowls England, Disability Bowls England and English Indoor Bowling Association, assessed each of the 12 strong nominations, the results were very close with only a point or two between the winner and the two clubs who were awarded as runners up. Following a warm welcome by the KPIBC chairwoman, Mrs Rita Clifford-Pendleton, Stephen Rodwell (English Indoor Bowls Association) on behalf of the Disability steering group panel, then made the award witnessed by Carl Meader the Kempston Town Mayor who on his first visit to the club was impressed by the work being done at the club. Sarah Russel the CEO of the Tibbs Dementia group and around a hundred guests from the various disabled groups, some of the clubs key volunteers and members of both the Clubs management team and the Clubs bowls committee were served a lovely buffet lunch by the clubs chef with lots of chatter and celebrations being enjoyed by all. Kempston Park Indoor Bowling Club remains committed to offering a broad and inclusive welcome to all within the local community and using its facilities as an opportunity to help improve the lives both able and disabled people living locally.

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Communities urged to stay in and keep safe across Bedfordshire BEDFORDSHIRE Police and its partners are urging communities to follow national advice by staying in and supporting one another to stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. With further restrictions being placed people's movement to slow the spread of the disease, health workers, emergency services, local authorities and businesses are also changing the way they work in order to effectively protect the most vulnerable. The #KeepingBedsSafe initiative is being coordinated by the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum, which is made up of the country's hospitals, health services, emergency services and local authorities, and aims to reassure the public of the hard work being carried out daily by our ded-

icated servicemen and women to protect our neighbourhoods. Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Sebire said: "These are unprecedented times and it is imperative that people comply with the measures outlined by the government to reduce the rate of the spread of this virus. “As a police force we have a clear duty to protect life so are fully behind the efforts to control the outbreak and are working closely with the National Police Chiefs’ Council to review the legislation to understand how we can use it to keep our communities safe. “While we will have additional powers to prevent people going out unnecessarily we would much prefer that everyone adheres to the advice of staying at home and not

gathering in public places. “As a police service, we too are also having to adapt the way we deliver our services and what we are doing to ensure we too comply with the national advice and do our part in keeping everyone safe. “All of us have been, and will continue to be affected by this, we are proud that we can make a difference to or communities who always show such resilience and togetherness in times of need. "This initiative is a great way to give advice and guidance and highlight ways that the community can work together with all of our partners in a safe way to get us through this." Bedfordshire Clinical and Commissioning Group’s Director of Partnership Engagements and Communications, Jane Meggitt

said: "There will undoubtedly be tough times ahead and we are working together to ensure we are as prepared as we can be to support our communities. "That includes working really closely to bring our communities together to ensure everyone has the latest information and advice, particularly our most vulnerable. "We've seen community groups being formed online across Bedfordshire filled with people who want to help, this is a way we can all get together in a constructive, coordinated and positive way. "We also want to hear about your story, whether that is through the use of technology to reach out to friends and loved ones or looking out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours, so use the #KeepingBedsSafe hashtag to

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TODAY, as I write this, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have announced that public worship won’t happen until the Coronavirus crisis is coming to an end. By the time you read this we are likely to be further into the period of rapidly rising numbers of those with the virus, along with, sadly, a growing number of deaths. We will all be discovering what is to live without many of the norms of human interaction. I know many of us will also have found ways to support those around us. Early on, as the virus took hold, my colleague Bishop Alan, the Bishop of St Albans circulated four Golden Rules. Although circumstances have moved on, they still broadly hold good and so I commend them to you. Golden Rule One. Each one of us can think about how we can protect and support our neighbours. So much of the public rhetoric is sowing fear about the danger of other people. So, taking all the official precautions, offer help and reassurance to others – and don’t demonise anyone or any group. Golden Rule Two: Think about who may be suffering more than me. For those of us who are healthy there is much less to worry about but the elderly, the housebound and those with chronic health conditions may be very anxious. There’s nothing like a friendly voice to offer solace when someone is worried. A smile can bring cheer, even on the phone. Golder Rule Three. Don’t give into panic and start hoarding food. There is plenty to go around, so practise the Christian discipline of sharing. Ask your neighbours what they need and do you best to help them get it. If you are self-isolating you will of course need some supplies. Golden Rule Four: Live today to the full. None of us ever know what the future holds. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6. 25 – 34), Jesus challenged his followers to live each day fully and not be afraid. Every time we are tempted to give in to fear we need to make a conscious choice to respond in trust and openness. Dear God our Shield and our Defender, guide and protect my neighbour in this time of health emergency; deliver them from all harm and may your love and care ever grow in this place. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen. (Revd Louise Collins)

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The spread, and containment, of Covid-19 is the main focus of the Council at the moment and you can read the latest updates from the council at www.Bedford.gov.uk/Covid19. We have set up a Community Hub for residents who either need help or are happy to offer to help others. This help could include food shopping, collecting prescriptions, walking dogs or being available to make telephone calls to those self-isolating. You can either ask for help, or offer help, by filling in a form at the above weblink or by calling 01234 718101. At the Council we also need to continue to prioritise for the long term and when the Council’s Climate Change Committee we looked at the updated Carbon Reduction Delivery Strategy which sets out the approach that Bedford Borough Council will take to become Carbon Neutral by 2030. By 2030, the council's own operations will be clean and efficient, and we will play a positive role enabling the wider borough to achieve net zero emissions. The strategy and action plan will assist the Council in reaching Carbon Neutral by 2030 and improve the local environment through reducing carbon emissions. Through this Carbon Reduction Delivery Strategy and commitment, the Council is dedicated to playing its part to encourage actions to reduce its contribution to the environment. This will remove or offset 7,276 tonnes of CO2 by 2030 from the council's own operations meaning they will be clean and efficient, and this action will play a positive role in enabling the wider borough to achieve net-zero emissions. I recently relaunched the Climate Change Fund and am inviting community groups, charities, schools and Parish Councils to apply for up to £20,000 to help reduce with carbon reduction projects in community buildings, which will help to reduce carbon emissions within Bedford Borough. Projects could be to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings, or to install renewable or low carbon energy generation equipment. For more information go to https://www.bedford.gov.uk/environmental-issues/

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BEDFORD’S Ben Robinson made his return in the sidecar chair with driver Wesley Pettman at Brands Hatch at the beginning of March, marking the start of their championship challenge. Robinson, 21, who works as a Transport Manager in Bedford, has always had a passion for Motorsport, and decided to get back on the chair last year after a near career ending accident at Mallory Park in 2018. “It was a tough decision to get back on, however with my background and my family’s background in Motorsport I felt I had something to live up to. Last year we had some resounding success, winning the FSRA Pre Injection Championship and coming 3rd in the Bemsee F2 Championship, this year we are looking to repeat that success, or maybe even make it better.” A sidecar is a type of motor-

bike, except it was three wheels rather than two. Two people operate it, one operating the controls, and one acting as a ballast, manoeuvring their weight around to ensure that the sidecar doesn’t flip going around corners, and to increase the speed of the outfit. The maximum speed of this outfit is 150mph. “It’s a pretty scary thing, sitting on something the size of a tea tray going that spee,d” Robinson told us, “but I’m an adrenaline junkie, what more can I say?” “The sport itself is an expensive sport, and we are always looking for new sponsors to come on board and support us where possible.” Robinson’s next round should have been at the home of Formula One, Silverstone, over the weekend of the 4th-5th April but we await the rescheduling of this event.

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HOME Instead East Northants are excited to be starting a new Friendship Group at Milton Ernest Garden Centre. This is for anyone who would like to meet people and make new friends. Come out and join us for a sociable, informal meetup and take part in some fun activities such as quizzes, board games, arts and crafts and much more! No cost involved apart from refreshments which you can purchase from the café. Home Instead decided to start this new friendship group to create an awareness of what we can provide to people in their own homes, we offer a variety of services, home help, companionship, personal care, dementia care and Young Disabled Adults. When you need that extra help to stay at home

we have a Caregiver that will be right for you. We recognise how important social interaction is to us all. So, Home Instead wants to give back to the community and run a variety of friendship / companionship cafes across East Northants and North Beds. Lucy and Marie run all the community events in and around the area. If you would like to meet Lucy and Marie for their new Friendship Group come along to the next meetup. The dates of the of the New Friendship Group (10am – 12pm): 8th April, 13th May, 10th June, 8th July – please check before arriving. If you have any questions please call Marie or Lucy on 01933 678775

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Gillian’s cooking up some memories A RESIDENT of Oak Way House took a trip down memory lane when she visited the kitchens of Bedford Charter House, recently, both part of Bedford Citizens Housing Association (BCHA). Gillian Craig, 79, was Head Cook at the original Bedford Charter House back in the 1980s. She was invited to take a look around the new kitchens to see how things had changed since her day. “I worked here for seven years and we catered for 62 people every day, “Gillian said. “The old kitchen was much smaller and we didn’t have all of the latest equipment that they have today. We had a great team and I loved working here.” Gillian has lived at Oak Way House for three years. She worked in catering for most of her life, having studied cooking at Bedford College. She loved baking for her family and still occasionally cooks her favourite meals. Marie Taylor, Chief Executive of BCHA said, “it was lovely to show Gillian our new kitchens at Charter House and she enjoyed meeting the catering team. “I hope that it brought back some great memories of her working life here with us.”

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BECCA Scott, Year 9, has been invited to join the GB Para Athletics Programme. The programme is the first of three tiers of the Paralympic Development Academy, which aims to prepare athletes for the 2024 Paralympic Game in Paris. Becca, who has an arm deficiency, was spotted at the National Junior Disability games and has been selected for the long jump. She will also be expected to compete in other disciplines, such as 100m and 200m, as well as developing her overall athletic capability. The programme focuses on supporting athletes through specific technical development, learning from some of the best athletes in the country. There is a tough selection process, prioritising those who have potential to win medals at future Paralympic games.

Becca commented: “It came as a surprise but I am so pleased to have been selected. “ It has been a great experience to work with the GB long jump coach, Roger Kellar, and I am looking forward to continuing the programme. “The BMS Sports Department have been really supportive, helping with strength and conditioning work, as well as training me in athletics and other sports.” The programme started in January at Loughborough University, with a baselining and testing day, and Becca will now be invited to three full-day coaching sessions in Newham, London at an indoor track and jump pit. She will also continue training with Paddy O’Shea, a long and triple jump coach, at Bedford Athletic Stadium.

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E gardeners didn’t really need the Pundits to tell us – GARDENING IS GOOD FOR YOU. It is a low intensity work out that encourages an active lifestyle. Research shows that not only do Gardeners get health benefits from the physical exercise when digging, raking leaves, hoeing and mowing the lawn but mentally it is healthy as well. Gardening helps to keep the brain active and creative reducing the risk of dementia in over 60-yearolds by up to 40%. The physical exercise reduces stress and the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and stroke. It gives us challenges that when achieved promote feelings of satisfaction and happiness. Gardening burns calories helping to control weight, relieves stress and improves the immune system. It demands responsibility giving us a sense of worth, improves the sensory skills, assists with anger management and helps us live in the moment. Repetitive tasks like weeding, watering

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AT LAST, spring is sprung. The trees and hedges are putting on their green coats and all sorts of flowers are coming into bloom. Now the clocks have gone forward there is time for an hour or so on the plot after dinner, which is useful as there is so much to do now. The grass is growing at an increasing rate and there are weeds to be hoed and seeds to be sowed and what are we told? Stay indoors and look at the garden through the window. A visit to the allotment is verboten on pain of huge fines and possible incarceration. It might come down to a headlight and clandestine midnight visits. Other than that we shall be reduced to rubbing shoulders with the people at the supermarket for our healthy fruit and veg. I have started sowing seeds at home now ready to move to the poly tunnel or the open ground when they are large enough. The tomatoes and cucumbers I started later than last year and have not grown quite as many as I was overwhelmed with them . I am used to a glut but last year was even more productive than usual. Either I did something right or I did something wrong, it is a job to know which. Still it was infinitely better than a crop failure. After attacks of onion fly and carrot fly, to say nothing of the voracious slugs that rampage through the crops I have decided to try using ìnematodesî. Apparently you water them onto the ground when the soil temperature is in double figures and they go to work gobbling up all the nasties. I can never understand why the bugs and creepy crawlies donít eat weeds when as far as my plot is concerned they are often more abundant than the crops themselves. The over wintering greens

have finished now so that gives me the last bit of ground to prepare ready for some of this years crops. My poly tunnels are all ready to be planted up. The canes are in place for the tomatoes and next to each cane I have set into the ground a two litre plastic bottle with the cap removed and the bottom cut off. When the plants are in place I give each plant two litres of water per day with feed added on every second or third day. Doing it this way gets the water and feed to where the plants need it and by not watering the surface of the soil fewer weeds germinate.

sight and smell of picking the fruit and veg. There’s a great joy when you pick that first ripe strawberry or the first portion of runner beans. This is akin to that felt when you take the first batch of cheese scones from the oven or have a morning’s retail therapy at Rushden Lakes. It is

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Well I'm Not really too sure where to start, the information that I am about to present was accurate at the time of going to press however this may all change as the Corona Virus continues to rip its way through the UK so closures and event cancellations are inevitable. But the editor told me to do it, so here goes. Bedford Park Concerts have now confirmed that their 25th anniversary year will feature the legendary 80s icon Paul Weller. Paul will be headlining the summer show in Bedford Park alongside supporting acts on Saturday 1st August 2020. Fans can enjoy live performances from Paul of new and old material plus some awesome classics from his back catalogue like ‘Wild Wood’, ‘Wake up the Nation’ and ‘You do something to me’, to men-

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Saturday 14th March

CHILDREN’S EASTER PARTY WITH BEST BONNET/DECORATED EGG, DISCO, GAMES

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AFTER A FEW YEARS OF BEING UNABLE TO BOOK HIM THE AWARD WINNING ELVIS TRIBUTE

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tion a few . Paul will be launching his fifteenth solo album ‘On Sunset’ on 12th June, which sees him take his music in an exciting new direction, fans will be able to listen to some of these new album tracks during his Bedford Park headline set Tickets for this event are priced at £46.50 for Adult General Admission (subject to booking fees & terms and conditions apply) VIP upgrade will cost you £95 and the Green Room upgrade - £25. Tickets go on sale Thursday 19th March at 10am, for more info visit www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.u k "Soul In The City" are a consortium of bedford promoters keen to bring some stunning 80s acts onto the local over 30s platform in Bedford . They plan on using the Bedford Corn exchange as their home venue and have entered into negotiations to date with both Kenny Thomas and Jocelyn Brown for events to be scheduled later this year. Unfortunately they were unable to commit to any dates until clarity on the virus was available. Their nights plan to incorporates an 80s/90s solo soul artist supported by real legendary DJs Tony Blackburn and Greg Edwards. They will not be

engaging with any classic bands who more often than not retain the original 80s/90s name but do not retain many original members. Sounds like an awesome concept which I sure will see many sold out nights, watch this space for updates on these events . C.R.I.S presents a night of nostalgic lovers rock, soul, revival and Reggae from the 70s , 80s and 90s on Easter Sunday 12th April at Six's Nightclub located at 2 Lurke Street, Bedford. Music will be provided by Saxon Sound, Natural Dread Sound and Bedfords very own Cultural Roots Sound System headed by Mr and Mrs Cultural Beats with support from Cultural Beats Junior . Tickets are £10 in advance and more on the door available from Jemz Carribbean in Amptill road and from Six's Nightclub in Lurke Street. Pubs bars and clubs will be sailing through very choppy waters over the next few weeks , if youre an owner please ensure you check your insurance policy before you plan on a voluntary closure of your business, several insurers will only pay out only when a government body has demanded your business to close , don't get caught out. Keep safe!


Bedford GUIDED

WALKS 2020

Led by th e Bedford Associa tion of Tour Gu ides

Where: walks start from either the Old Town Hall in St Paul’s Square or the Bunyan statue on St Peter’s Green, please confirm departure point. Cost: £3 (Pre-booking essential) Sunday 5 April

The Silent Faces of Bedford

Sunday 12 April

Easter – no walk

Sunday 19 April

The Jewel in Bedford’s Crown

Sunday 26 April

In the Footsteps of the Makers & Shakers

Sunday 3 May

I Never Knew That

Sunday 10 May

Anglo-Indian Bedford

Sunday 17 May

Bedford in World War II

Sunday 24 May

In the Footsteps of the Makers & Shakers

Sunday 31 May

The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle

Sunday 7 June

The Silent Faces of Bedford

Sunday 14 June

The Jewel in Bedford’s Crown

Sunday 21 June

Who Lived in a House Like That?

Sunday 28 June

Anglo-Indian Bedford

Sunday 5 July

The Silent Faces of Bedford

Sunday 12 July

I Never Knew That

Sunday 19 July

RIVER FESTIVAL – no walk

Sunday 26 July

In the Footsteps of the Makers & Shakers

Sunday 2 August

Bedford in World War II

Sunday 9 August

The Jewel in Bedford’s Crown

Sunday 16 August

Who Lived in a House Like That?

Sunday 23 August

I Never Knew That

Sunday 30 August

The Life and Times of John Bunyan

Sunday 6 Sept

Anglo-Indian Bedford

Sunday 13 Sept

Bedford in World War II

Sunday 20 Sept

Who Lived in a House Like That?

Sunday 27 Sept

The Life and Times of John Bunyan

Sunday 4 October

The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle

Sunday 11 October

I Never Knew That

Sunday 18 October

The Silent Faces of Bedford

Sunday 25 October

The Jewel in Bedford’s Crown

KEMPSTON GHOST WALK FRIDAY OCTOBER 30th 2020 Start time is 8pm at the entrance to Church Walk footpath Kempston accessed at the rear of Water Lane. Full details from www.facebook.com/The-Kempston-Ghost-Walk For booking, please contact: The Box Office, Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford MK40 1LE Phone: 01234 718044 Email: cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 10am to 4pm Saturday – 10am to 1pm For more information: www.bedfordtourguides.org/

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