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JUNE 2017

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£1.8million boost adds to Flitwick town centre regeneration scheme

InvestIng in the heart of Flitwick, while supporting local businesses and the community, is behind a series of improvement initiatives totalling £1.8million to help rejuvenate the town centre, as part of Central Bedfordshire Council’s £4million Market town Regeneration Fund.

An enhancement programme will see improved public spaces, the High Street decluttered and improvements made to the Kings Road and Station Road areas, while introducing new lighting and planting to provide a more welcoming environment.

The initiatives may also include the installation of artwork around the railway bridge or other public art – to encourage footfall to shops and businesses bisected by the train line – and will fund an enhanced library service. This is aimed at developing the cultural, visitor and night time economy by building on the Council’s innovative Library as Laboratory project that brought comedy, cocktails, music and more to the Coniston Road space for one weekend in 2016.

With town councils providing 50 per cent match funding for the initiatives, the Market Town Regeneration Fund aims to enhance the vibrancy of market towns and promote their wider role in shaping and supporting economic growth, particularly supporting those areas facing pressures of population growth.

Across Central Bedfordshire, it is expected that more than 30 Market Town Regeneration Fund projects in seven towns will unlock a total investment of more than £7million in economic development and rejuvenation programmes. The Flitwick projects will also align with the Council’s recently announced proposals to regenerate a major brownfield site adjacent to


the railway station. This will create new retail facilities and homes, alongside major improvements to transport infrastructure through the creation of a public transport interchange centred on the railway station with improvements to car parking facilities. Members of the public can have their say on both the Market Town Regeneration Fund and brownfield site regeneration projects in Flitwick when a joint consultation begins in early summer. Jason Longhurst, Central Bedfordshire Council Director for Regeneration and Business, said: “The Market Town Regeneration Fund initiative provides significant opportunities to rejuvenate our market towns, at a time when very few other authorities are investing in town centres. “Along with plans to regenerate the area around the railway station and improve the retail offer, we are committed to improving the overall experience of visiting Flitwick and make it a town centre that local people and visitors want to shop and spend time in, both during the day and evenings. “Backed by the continuing

work we are delivering in areas of regeneration, business support, employment and skill, these projects will enhance the vibrancy of Flitwick, help support economic growth and act as a catalyst for wider ongoing investment, employment and development. “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Town Council, who will take ownership of each programme’s delivery, to ensure that Flitwick and Central Bedfordshire as a whole reap the benefits brought by some standout initiatives.” Shops and businesses across Central Bedfordshire will also soon discover who will be awarded grants for up to 60 per cent of total costs of shop front and vacant unit improvements after the final round of bidding closed this month for a slice of the £1million High Street Improvement Scheme. More information on the Market Town Regeneration Fund projects are available at: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/markettowns


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As a Church of England Bishop it is unusual for me to be in the presence of a Pope. It is all the more remarkable, therefore, that within a period of five days I encountered two Popes! Two remarkable men, who in their distinctive ways witness to depths of the Christian Gospel. Pope Tawadros II, the 118th Pope of Alexandra and Patriarch of the See of St Mark, is the spiritual leader of the Egyptian Coptic Church; one of the most ancient of Christian Churches in the world which dates its beginnings back to St Mark. Last month Pope Tawadros came to this country. It was a great privilege to join many others at one his first events, Vespers at the Coptic Cathedral of St George in Stevenage. In particular, to be in the presence of someone who leads a Church that in recent years has suf-


I celebrated my first anniversary as Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner on 12 May and fully intended to tell you all everything that I had promised before the election and how that corresponds to what has been delivered – as well as some hot off-thepresses news relating to my Police and Crime Plan. However, the rules of ‘Purdah’ came into play, meaning that any and all elected officials should not make new announcements in the run-up to a General Election. This includes a Police and Crime Commissioner so please bear with me for an update next month, as a result.

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fered several extremist attacks. Most recently, on Palm Sunday, ISIL suicide bombers attacked churches in Tanta, and in Alexandria where Pope Tawadros had only just left the building. As the Archbishop of Canterbury said: “The suffering of Christians in Egypt has been acute in recent weeks. I am grateful for the witness of steadfast bravery and hope that you have shown”. It is a witness to the God who sustains us in times of darkness, as well as light.

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Police & Crime Commissioner by Kathryn Holloway I can, however, discuss ‘business as usual’ which means announcements that are already in the public space. I was delighted, therefore, to attend Ampthill Fire Station with Bedfordshire’s Fire Chief Paul Fuller and Deputy Chief Constable Mike Colbourne to celebrate the sharing of the building with police, exactly as promised, now the police station in the town has closed

Five days later, I was in Rome and attended a General Audience with Pope Francis, the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. As he addressed the thousands of pilgrims gathered in front of St Peter’s I was deeply aware of the humble impact this Pope has made. In particular, it is those images of Pope Francis washing the feet of prisoners, the disabled, and the homeless on Maundy Thursday that speak so powerfully for me of his witness to our Lord’s love for the outcast and marginalised.

Two men who through their bravery and their loving service point beyond themselves and their office to the one who inspires them, Jesus Christ. Two holy men, who when they met recently in Egypt after the bomb attacks there, called on us all to oppose violence by “preaching and sowing goodness, fostering concord and preserving unity”. It may be unusual, but I am glad I was in the presence of these two Popes.

and trust you will read more about this elsewhere in this edition. See photo opposite. Police are also moving in with fire in Leighton Buzzard, at the Community Fire Station which is far closer to the town centre than the old police station is and are already sharing the central Bedford fire station in Barker’s Lane. The Chief Fire Officer, Paul Fuller, pointed out how far we have come in collaboration between the blue light services since the ambulance service shared the Ampthill Community Fire Station while its own building was constructed directly opposite. Nowadays we are all far more likely to share a facility together which makes its own future more secure, along with blue light services closer to home for the local community as a whole.

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Club receives community award

OLIVIA FOWLER, Katie Tompkins and Billy Cutler represented all the club’s volunteers at the recent Flitwick Town Councils community award presentation evening .  

Bedfordshire’s ‘Blue Light’ services continue to make efficiency savings by the sharing of assets. Most recently in Ampthill the Fire and Rescue Service and the Police took over their new centre. This follows similar arrangements in Leighton Buzzard and Bedford. See left.

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The category of local club award for volunteering was presented by the Flitwick Town Mayor, Mr Phillip Thompson, who said that the club had stood out above all others in the community to receive this award.  Flitwick Dolphins has an amazing team of dedicated volunteers, parents, extended family members and swimmer volunteers and this award was accepted  by these three senior swimmers on behalf of all the clubs volunteers.  The club would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to all our volunteers   and thanks to Olivia, Katie and Billy for giving up their time to represent the club and accept the award, they were exceptional.  Flitwick Town Council also presented a number of other community awards to volunteers in and around Flitwick and so many different organisations and brilliant causes were recipients of awards.  It was a really enjoyable, very well organised event and it was amazing to listen to all

the information about the people that have received awards and the work that they’ve done as volunteers within the community . It was actually a great honour to know that our club is part of such a wonderful group of volunteers in the area and very humbling indeed to listen to details of all the amazing volunteers and their work that takes place in the community. 

It was also really enjoyable chatting with the Mayor as well and once again we would like to say how delighted we are at the club being a recipient of one of the awards. Flitwick Dolphins has been part of the community for more than 25 years and the accomplishments  of the club, the success of the swimmers within the club when they compete and the inclusive nature of the club continues to allow all its members to thrive and this is as a direct result of the volunteering that takes place on a daily basis at Flitwick Dolphins .


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Alister Cook joins in with Toddington cubs

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THINGS have been busy as usual for the Scout Group. We continue to fundraise to install handrails on the disabled ramp, obtain secure storage facilities etc. and we are very grateful to Toddington Parish Council for recently awarding us a grant of £200 towards these improvements.

Our Quiz Night in April was well attended and a fun night was had by all. It was great to be able to use our refurbished Hut to hold an event for the community during the Toddington Spring Festival and we hope to hold more community events there in the future. We were delighted to take part in the St. George’s Day activities in the village. We had an excellent turnout across all sections for our Parade along Dunstable Road and the High Street to the Service at St. George’s Church on the Sunday morning. The Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and their Leaders looked very smart and proud as they marched along following the flags. It’s good for the community see that Scouting continues to thrive in Toddington. That afternoon, we fired up the BBQ to cook burgers and hotdogs for the Family Festival event on the Green. The sun shone and it was lovely to see families getting out to enjoy all the activities on offer. Let’s hope the sun shines at the end of June when we’ll be on the Green again for the Village Summer Fete! On the Saturday of the May Bank Holiday weekend, we were invited by Moto Services to assist them with a fundraising initiative for their chosen Charity of the Year “Help for Heroes.” This was an excellent experience for our young people, helping them to gain confidence by interacting with the public while helping others. Plus a couple of our Cubs were lucky enough to have their photo taken with a local sporting hero, cricketer Alastair Cook! Planning for our camps in the summer is well underway and it is at this time of year we start to take advantage of the lighter nights and do more outdoor activities. archery, air rifle shooting, hikes, rafting etc. are just some examples. If your child is interested in joining Scouting, or you are interested in finding out more about volunteering as a helper/leader, please see contact details at the back of this magazine or go to our website www.toddington.scoutsonline.co.uk/ You can also check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/toddingtonscoutgroup/ . You can help in lots of ways, as little or as often as you can. ––––––––––––––––

Officially open

PuPILS, staff and governors at Silsoe VC Lower School were joined by a host of invited guests to celebrate the official opening of their new building last month. The school transferred from its former site in High Street, Silsoe, to a purposebuilt new building in Chestnut Avenue, at the beginning of the year. The service was led by the Rt Reverend Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans; and the school’s local vicar, Reverend Dave Bell.

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Freemasons donate £192,000 to Air Ambulance

ON Sunday April 30, Bedfordshire Freemasons attended the Icknields Road Cycling Club, 2017 Spring Sportive, at Redborne School in Ampthill. During the Family Fun Day, they presented a cheque for £4,000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service. Anthony Henderson, the leader of Bedfordshire Freemasons told us: “Freemasonry in England is 300 years old this year, and

Charity is one of the foundations upon which Freemasonry is built. As part of our Tercentenary Celebrations, we are giving an additional £3m to Local and National Charities during 2017. This is in addition to the £30m we annually give to Charities and Good Causes. The £4,000 we gave to East Anglian Air Ambulance today, is part of the £192,000 Freemasons recently gave to the 22

Air Ambulance and Rescue Services in England and Wales. Bringing the total Freemasons have donated to Air Ambulance and Rescue Services in England and Wales, since 2007 to £2.1m”.

Amongst the Bedfordshire Freemasons was Wally Randal (the gentleman sitting holding his walking stick in the picture), a 101 year


old Freemason from Leighton Buzzard. Wally a former Desert Rat, a member of the British Legion for over 60 years and the oldest Poppy Seller in England told us: “A member of the Air Ambulance crew told me, that the first helicopter flew in 1939 – some 78 years ago and just one year before I joined the British Army to fight for King and Country in the second World War aged 24.”

Accounts manager put company in jeopardy

A THIEVING accounts manager who stole more than £60,000 from a Maulden business has been given three months to pay the money back or she will go to jail.

Valerie Barnes, 50, used some of the money to pay for her son’s entry to show jumping competitions and also to buy him a motorbike. Last month she was told by Judge Richard Foster she would receive a suspended sentence if she repays the money to Guardian Environmental Services. Barns of uttoxeter Road, Tean, Stoke-on-Trent appeared for sentence at Luton crown court, having earlier pleaded guilty to stealing £61,161 from the company. Prosecutor Jai Patel said she had worked for Guardian Environmental Services, which is based in Clophill Road, Maulden for 17 years. She left for personal reasons in May 2016. While working as the accounts manager from September 2011 to February 2016 her job was to pay suppliers, the wages and to deal with money paid to the company. When she left the managing director Simon Thurstons was informed by a new account manger that large amounts had been transferred to her personal bank account. In a victim personal statement Mr Thurstons said if the money had not been stolen there could WE ARE REPLACEMENT have been pay rises or bonuses for KITCHEN DOORS the staff. AND KITCHEN He had to put £35,000 of his REFURBISHMENT own money in to keep the business SPECIALISTS SINCE 1980 afloat.

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Author launches school’s new library

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ON Thursday 20th April Templefield Lower School in Flitwick officially unveiled their new library with the help of Bedford author, David Litchfield. The library launch is a culmination of two years fundraising by the Templefield PTA who pledged £15,000 to fund the project, relocating the old, cramped facility, to a new bright and airy location giving all the pupils access to books and other reading materials. Liz Burton, Vice Chair of the PTA said: “From sponsored reads and story nights, to camping events and raffles we are very grateful to all the parents who have supported us on this project. We’re especially grateful for the local business support we’ve received, including Tesco Flitwick who provided us with a team of staff volunteers to help with the move, Bovis Homes

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Cartridge Depot makes it through to the finals

CARTRIDGE Depot have announced that they have been successful in reaching the finals of the SME Bedfordshire Business Awards! They are finalists in two categories which are the Bedford Business of the Year & Green Award! Cartridge Depot specialise in printer consumables including compatible, remanufactured and original ink and toner printer cartridges supplying to both business and domestic customers alike. Alongside this they also stock various paper types and printers. Above all they pride themselves in offering a second to none service locally within the industry. Cartridge Depot began trading in March 2012 from a shop in Bedford’s Town Centre and have since increasingly offered their unique products range and upmost services to the public, schools, charities and businesses in the local and surrounding areas of Bedford. Reaching the finals of the awards reflects the hard work they, their customers and the local community have put into helping a local independently run business grow and run successfully. The Cartridge Depot team look forward to attending this year’s Awards ceremony which takes place on Wednesday the 12th July.


Going out on a high!

(l-r) Alessandro Frantellizzi, Shakeel Hussain, Liam Jarvis, Cameron Wynard, Blake Garner, Joe Church, Mduduzi Dliwayo, Ben Whalley, Ewan I’ons, Niall Abraham, Lewis Stearne, Luke Williams, Darian Graham, James Purdom, Joshua Slack, Michael Olatunji and Chris O’Connor.

LOCAL team AFC Sundon u18’s, who play at the New Grounds In Harlington, are celebrating one of their most successful seasons to date. On Sunday 7th May, they played Arlesey Town Youth u18 in the Chiltern Youth League Cup Final at Shefford Sports Club, they finished victorious winning 4-0 on the day. This is the end to a remarkable season for the boys who also won division one of the Chiltern Youth

League, the season has been a challenge especially playing some matches low in numbers, but their results are a reflection of their hard work commitment and team spirit, not losing a game in open play all season. Manager Chris Williams, who has run the team for ten years, is thrilled with their success this season especially at it is his last year in charge as they all go their separate ways to university and work.


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Busy weekend for Flitwick’s Dolphins

THE weekend of the 13th and 14th May proved to be a very busy time for the club across all the squads. Liz Woolner of the Masters squad, on Saturday the 13th, competed at the  Norfolk Masters Long Course Championships in Norwich and on Sunday the 14th she competed again at the Midland Masters Short Course Championships in Nuneaton.   The result of Liz’s extremely busy weekend is six gold medals, three PBs (50 free LC and 100 back & 50 breast SC),

three East Region records (50 fly & free LC and 100 back SC), four Bedfordshire records (East Region + 50 breast SC). Liz narrowly missed the British record in the 50 fly LC by 0.04s. The next stop for Liz is Aberdeen in five weeks time for the British Masters Championships. Many sincere congratulations once again to Liz for some awesome swimming! More news from the weekend is


It’s still down to relationships Twelve-years-ago when we opened Urban and Rural in Bedford I would never have thought interest rates would be 1/4% and that the internet, email and Smart phones would dominate our lives. However some things such as people and the service they desire really does not change at all. Is personal service so important in the age when most people can find their next home on line? I believe it is more important than ever. You can do everything on line but once the viewing is booked it is a completely different matter and it is the people that take over. This is why we are still here on the High Street to agree the price for you, answer the buyers questions, when was the boiler last serviced?, what is in the loft?, arrange the surveys, chase the solicitors, organise the completion date, read the meters and be there to hand over the keys on the moving day. “We were impressed how you looked after us in what was an emotional sale and how you held our hand with the negotiations and pushed the sale along and kept in close contact.” We do put your property on the internet but it is how you put them on the web to make your home stand out from the crowd (ask us for our different techniques) and most importantly look after that all important enquiry when it comes in. “As soon as you came round and valued our house I knew

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instantly we would use Urban and Rural, you are not typical estate agents. Marcus was just as great when he came round to take photos and the rest of the team were great with continually updating us and making sure the sale went through.” Being local we know the schools, the village, the town, the road, the planning proposals, the commuting times and we are there to hold the buyers hand and with 28 years experience we often know what to do straight away to keep your sale on track to the all important moving day. “I know we had a tight deadline and I was so impressed how you worked closely with the other agent to make sure our deadline on our purchase was met.’’ Having visited you recently if you are still considering selling, do feel free to call us if we can help in any way.

the Tom Williams cup Saturday night at Dunstable with a lot of novice , first time swimmers gaining personal-best times and much valued competition experience, at that this enjoyable,   charity fundraising gala hosted by Dunstable Swimming Club. The charity that Dunstable swimming club support is CHuMS and more information on this charity can be found at www.chums.uk.com . Luton Inspire Pool was the

venue for the Team Luton long course meet over the 13th and 14th May. Competing at this two day event were swimmers Eloisa Miller, James McFarland, Autumn Handscombe and Rebecca Grogan producing some excellent swimming all round. Finally, Sunday the 14th of May at the Leighton Buzzard Open Meet held at the Bletchley Leisure Centre, Flitwick Dolphins swimmers excelled and obtained personal-best times and medals.

DOG lovers and their beloved pets gathered at the Rufus Centre field on 7th May for our first ever Fun Dog Show. The sun was shining and everybody was in good spirits, which made for a fantastic day for the community. An array of different dog breeds were entered into the competition which was made up of ten classes for judging, including prettiest bitch, handsomest Dog, Loveable Puppy, Best Crossbreed and Waggiest Tail. We were amazed at how well behaved all of the dogs were at the event and the feedback from residents who came has been very positive. Winners for each class: Prettiest Bitch - Tia Loveable Puppy - Dave

Best Pedigree - Flash Prettiest Eyes - Iris Young Dog Owner - Harry Handomest Dog - Arthur Best Crossbreed - Axel Over 8 Years - Holly Waggiest Tail - Lola Best Rescue - Toby Well done to Flash for winning overall Best in Show within the Best Pedigree class. Thank you to everybody who helped make this event such a success, including Councillors and a special mention to Lesley ClarkeHunt and her team of judges who volunteered on the day providing expert knowledge for the show. More photos can be found on the Town Council’s Facebook page and website.

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Flitwick Scouts are having fun

OVER 90 Beavers and Cubs (boys and girls age 6 to 10½), adult volunteers and parents from Flitwick Scout Group recently spent a day at Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes. Splitting into groups of eight or ten, everywhere you looked there were people wearing the green and white group scarf. Beaver Scout Charlotte Cleveland said: “I was scared to go on the log flume at first, but it ended up being my favourite ride.” The Cubs have recently been camping at Milton Bryan where they have hiked, built and floated rafts, been on pedal karts and had water fights. Adult volunteer, Nicky Taylor said: “This was the first time that many of the children have been away from home without their parents/carers. It gives them great opportunities to play outdoors with their friends and to try new activities for the first time in a safe environment.”

Some of the weekday activities young members of the Group have been doing include acting out the story of St. George, traversing along the bouldering wall, cycle riding, green cross code, junk modelling, footgolf, mini pioneering, a picture quiz around Flitwick, and a hike as part of the Worldwide Jamboree on the Trail (JOTT). undertaking some of these activities will mean a large number of young people achieving badges. The Group is having a Group camp and Phasels Wood in Hertfordshire in June where some of the activities they will be doing include high ropes, cresta run, caving, climbing and abseiling. During August the Cubs and Scouts (boys and girls aged 10 ½ to 14) will be camping at Walesby Forest in Nottinghamshire where they will be spending most of their time doing adventurous activities, one of which will be building bivouacs and hopefully some of the children will sleep in theirs overnight. Young Leader Jonathan McFarlane recently received a Community Award from Flitwick Town Council for his commitment to helping young people in the Group develop. Group Chairman Bill Cadman also received a lifetime achievement award. The Group is thriving with nearly 200 young people, 40 adult volunteers and 14 young leaders. The young leaders (boys and girls aged 14 to 18) get the opportunity to help with programme planning,


organise and help run the activities for the evening and run games. They get the opportunity to develop team-working, leadership and decision making skills. Young Leader, James Britten said: “It’s really good working with the Beavers as you see them progress over a period of time. I’ve developed lots of skills which help me at school and which I also hope will help me over many years”. For further information about Flitwick Scout Group, please visit www.flitwickscoutgroup.org.uk



Success sees Flitwick Girl Guides cooking on gas

HETLEY House in Flitwick, Beds is home to over 250 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and members of the Senior Sections who meet there on a regular basis. It has been their home for over 30 years and was in desperate need of some TLC. So the girls and their leaders embarked on an ambitious fundraising project to raise £6,000 to replace the outdated kitchen. Having themselves raised a whopping £4,000 through events, fundraising activities, collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and a small grant from Flitwick Town Council and Waitrose they were two-thirds of the way there. Then the division was delighted to receive over £2,000 via the My Co-op Local Community Scheme. The scheme is run via the Coop to  help the communities they serve celebrate in their success, they do this by investing a percentage of their trading profit back into projects which they feel will really make a difference. Brownie Leader Carole Bowley said: “We were over the moon to be able to finally upgrade our kitchen. We have been working really hard to raise the funds needed, and this amazing grant from the Co-op has

THE only thing better than enjoying a delicious slice of cake and a lovely cup of tea in friendly and welcoming surroundings is when that delicious slice is homemade! And that’s exactly what you’ll get when you visit Poplars Garden Centre now that they have launched their brand new range of wonderful homemade cakes! Their bakers have well and truly mastered the art of creating the most mouth-watering Victoria sponge, carrot cake, coffee and walnut and St. Clementine cake and they really are going down a treat. Not only do they look amazing but they taste divine. And if that wasn’t enough to entice you along then their homemade choux buns and chocolate eclairs have to be tasted to be believed. So next time you are in the mood for a piece of cake, a delicious cup of tea or coffee and a very warm welcome, head straight for the Restaurant@Poplars.

ONE of the clubs open water swimmers, Tyler Watson has been selected to take part in an open water swim camp. Tyler has competed in previous years at   open water competitions and has represented the club on a number of occasions.   Selection for this open water swim camp couldn't have come at a better time for Tyler as he is part of a team of swimmers that will be embarking upon a relay swim

across the English Channel in July of this year. Tyler is taking it all in his stride and when he was asked how he felt about being selected for the camp he said he was very pleased but that he knew it is going to be hard work. Congratulations to Tyler on his selection for this open water swim camp, more news and details will follow once Tyler has completed his other sessions at the swim camp.

allowed us to reach our target.” Carole added: “The new kitchen will make such a difference to all the people who use Hetley House and we would like to thank everyone who helped make it happen’. –––––––––––––

Let them eat cake!

Selected for Open Water swim camp

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Ian Smith celebrates 40 years

THERE will be a special celebration on 1 July 2017 at the Danesborough Chorus summer concert in Woburn Parish Church, for it will mark the 40th anniversary of Ian Smith’s appointment as Musical Director of one of the area’s leading choirs. The occasion is being marked by a much-anticipated performance of Mendelssohn’s action-packed choral drama Elijah, which will start at 7.15pm. “We are delighted to congratulate and thank Ian for bringing the joy of music-making to hundreds – even thousands – of people, of all ages, throughout Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire” said choir chairman Jeremy Hopkinson. “As head of Bedfordshire’s County Music service for many years, he encouraged school children to play instruments and celebrate their talents by performing in Fiddle Fiestas and Brass Bonanzas. And his enthusiasm and expertise as musical director and principal conductor of Bedford Choral Society and the Danesborough Chorus (with whom the Milton Keynes Chorale have shared a concert every year) has given encouragement and enjoyment to numerous local choral singers.” Ian Smith is one of the leading and most sought-after conductors

in the Bedford and Milton Keynes area. Educated at York university and Queens’ College Cambridge, his wide-ranging career includes radio recordings and television appearances for BBC and ITV. until his recent retirement, he was Director of Music, Head of Expressive Arts and Assistant Headteacher at Wootton upper School, near Bedford. Ian is currently working for the Professional Development department of the ABRSM (the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) delivering courses to teachers in England, Hong Kong and Singapore. He is a Trustee of The Wavendon Allmusic Plan where he is also an active member of the Stables Theatre Board. Danesborough Chorus members say: “We are brought together by our love of singing some of the greatest music ever written for voices, and Ian brings a tremendous energy and enthusiasm to the choir, together with a strong commitment to bring out the abilities of every member. The sheer sense of fun he communicates ensures we return again and again, trying to reach the high standards he expects in rehearsals and performances alike. Who knew that learning to sing well could be so enriching?”

DuNSTABLE Leisure Centre is on track to be transformed into a £21.5million state-of-the-art community hub that will provide a new leisure facility, new library, new Citizen’s Advice and day care for adults with learning disabilities. After 42-years of service, the Court Drive centre will close on June 4 (9pm) to mark the start of an 18-month period of major redevelopment that will see the centre rebuilt on a scale not seen before during past periods of small refurbishment. The redevelopment of Dunstable Leisure Centre is a priority in the Leisure Strategy and the proposals were subject to a three-month public consultation process. The results showed strong support for the plans that include

creating a: • new, modern, state-of-the-art leisure facility with 100 station gym, 4 studios, 25-metre swimming pool and learner pool with new viewing gallery • brand-new, fully accessible ground floor library, with a new digital offer, flexible space for activities, bespoke children’s zone, and new facilities for teenagers • new crèche • new, bigger cafe     •  new changing rooms •  new disabled parking and dropoff •   lexible community space for other public and community services, including   Citizens Advice, adult day care and meeting rooms

Next phase to begin

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Have you asked yourself: ‘Could you be a Foster Carer?’ ‘Could you make that difference to a Childs life?’ Would like to find out more? Children First could be the right agency for you! ‘Children First’ are an independent and well established fostering agency. Our aim is to provide quality care and achieve the best outcomes for the children and young people entrusted to us. We do so by working in consultation and partnership with our foster carers, local authorities, our experienced and professional social workers, and of course the children and young people we look after. There are many reasons why children come into care. Each child is unique and so are the families who support and look after them, you can make that vital difference and help turn their life around! Some families for instance, have periods of instability due to life issues such as medical conditions, family breakdown, learning difficulties and substance misuse. Some children unfortunately also experience significant harm from family members, including being exposed to inappropriate behaviour or risk.

You might ask would I be suitable? You can be single, married or divorced. Our carers come from wide ranging cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Some of our carers choose to work part time, while others may be unemployed or studying, they might be home owners or tenants. Each foster child however, will need to have his or her own bedroom. Children and young people need space around them for their own possessions and to allow them to study, play and relax. The most important thing is that your home is welcoming and safe. As a foster carer you will need to have the time and energy to invest in a child or young person. You must also be flexible, patient, resilient and understanding. Foster Carers receive a weekly allowance and have the support of our

professional team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition we offer continual training and development. Our main office is based in Basildon but we support locally carers and children in and around the Bedford area. We have a local supervising social worker in the area and a training and support group venue which is easily accessible. If you are interested in finding out more information about how you can make a difference to a child’s life, then contact us through our website www.cffa.co.uk or call 0808 178 1144. For a more personal chat call Kim on 01268 567330

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JUNE IN THE GARDEN – by Maureen Catlin

N June two of my favourite plants are at their zenith Roses and Hybrid Clematis. Within roses we find varieties with attributes that make them suitable to grow in many different ways and locations. There are rampant Ramblers that will grow to 40ft like Treasure Trove, soft pink, for decorating large walls or hiding unsightly areas to repeat flowering more discreet varieties like Snow Goose, white. Climbing Roses will flower all summer and are less vigorous. Lady of Shallot, soft orange, and Strawberry Hill, soft pink, are two good highly perfumed types. You can even grow them through an obelisk in tubs on the patio. Cumberland is dark red with a delicate scent while Bridge of Sighs is apricot orange with a stronger perfume both compact enough for large tubs. Bush and Shrub Roses are excellent when planted alone or with herbaceous plants in our garden borders. If you also plant spring flowering daffodils or crocus between the roses it extends the colour interest to another season of the year. This combination is also good because the bulb foliage is hidden after the bulbs flower by the roses coming into their spring growth. There are so many good varieties to choose now but always select not just for colour and perfume but also resistance to fungus problems and being damaged by rain. Two lovely examples are Buttercup, golden yellow with a strong orange blossom fragrance, and Brother Cadfael, bright pink with an old fashioned rose fragrance. And there are also small bush roses to grow in patio tubs. These are perfectly formed but compact in growth and give colour all summer making a welcome change from bedding plants. When planting in tubs use Multipurpose with JI compost and feed with rose food throughout the growing season. Some varieties to look out for are Happy Times, deep pink, Raspberry Royal, red, Violet Cloud,


June is bustin’ out all over

lilac, Yellow Dream, lemon, and Sweet Wonder, apricot. Roses can also be grown as small upright or weeping trees called Standards. They should be supported by a wooden or metal stake to prevent the stem being damaged by wind otherwise grow in exactly the same way as bush roses. They provide good specimen feature plants in the garden or height in herbaceous borders. Canary Bird is an excellent weeping standard forming a mushroom shape covered in single soft yellow flowers. Patio standards are suitable to grow in containers and can be under planted with summer bedding plants to give a riot of summer colour. Some good varieties to try are Belle of the Ball, apricot, Sheer Silk, pure white, Golden Patio, yellow, Red Romance, red, and Teenage Spirit, pink. The last of this useful plant group are the ground cover roses which spread by up to one metre in diameter. Their main flowering time is June and July but as the flowers fade prune back and another flourish comes again in August and September. They are a remarkably forgiving group of plants which can be cut back with garden shears and still give a brilliant show of summer colour. They are excellent for a hot sunny border if mulched with a good layer of bark. Look out for the Flower Carpet Series which come in a lot of colours from coral, amber, gold, red and many more. Clematis however are largely climbing

plants but will if unsupported make wonderful ground cover, scramble over eyesores or grow into and decorate trees. These types tend to flower at other times of the year however. In June we see the best of the hybrid clematis. Although not the easiest group to grow they are well worth persevering with. Here are some cultural tips to help.

When you plant Hybrid Clematis be brave and cut the top growth back by half before planting. Dig a hole three times the volume of the container in which it is growing and twice the depth. Remove the pot and place the clematis in the hole. Fill with a planting compost containing lots of peat. This will bury the lower part of the stem and protect it from surface damage which can cause the plant to wilt. Clematis like lots of water about 5 litres every few days and feed with liquid tomato food to promote flowering. Check the pruning regime on the label provided with your plant. Hybrid Clematis are available in a vast range of colours with flowers the size and shape of dinner plates to discreet small stars. There are varieties suitable for sunny and shady situations and even patio tubs. When Clematis are grown as climbers they need support to scramble on wires, trellis or other plants. If you are growing a patio variety in a tub use a metal or willow obelisk which is more decorative. Varieties that do well in containers are Cezanne, blue, Chantilly, white, Ohh La La, pink with a darker pink stripe, and Rebecca, red.

The omnipresent ‘Hatters’ reporter

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BRIan swaIn

BRIAN SWAIN, who has died aged 78, was a legendary Luton Town reporter who once drove an old banger through the snow to Liverpool only to arrive and be confronted by an angry Kenny Dalglish who wanted to know how he’d managed to get there whereas the club had rung through to say that conditions were impossible and the game was off. ‘Swainey’ was sports editor of the Luton News for 25 years and worked at Kenilworth Road for a further seven years as a freelance and programme editor. He was born in Luton on May 9, 1938, and died in Falmouth on April 30, 2017. Brian attended Dunstable Grammar School from 1949 until 1954, and his love affair with the Hatters began during the Second World War when, aged five, he drifted into Kenilworth Road for a reserve match and was hooked. Later, he even joined the St John Ambulance so that he could sit by the touchline at matches. He wanted to be a journalist right from the outset. There were no vacancies at the Luton News at that time, so he joined Whitbread Brewery in Luton for a few months until one arose. At that point he became a copy boy in the readers’ department (proof checking). He became a reporter and after his indentures moved to a Manchester evening newspaper based in Bolton. He did his National Service in the Intelligence Corps while based in Cyprus. The Bolton paper closed and Brian returned to the Luton News as deputy chief reporter before becoming industrial correspondent. In 1972 the then sports editor of the Luton News, Eric Pugh (bylined as Chiltern) died and at Christmas of the same year Brian was appointed in his place. He said: “It was my dream job and the best Christmas present I ever had.” He also became the first LN sports editor to write under his own name. For 25 years, Brian drove the highways of the country to report on the Hatters, and after leaving the Luton News in 1997, he spent a further seven years as a freelance. His last home game before retirement was Luton’s 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday and the following week, he brought down the curtain on 1,629 domestic matches at Chesterfield, where the hosts acknowledged his service and presented him with a bottle of champagne.

attend knew what was happening. With five minutes to go Mike Vince, the studio presenter, said: “Well, we’re hearing that a goal has been scored at Maine Road and we’ll go over to Brian Swain after this record”, at which point Brian could be heard shouting in the background: “Put me on! Put me on! Put me on NOW! Luton have scored!” A later innovation with which Brian was connected was Club Call, a premium-rate line on which Brian would update callers on Luton developments. He cunningly spun out his introductions to make sure that subscribers paid a good sum to find out the latest. Dennis O’Donoghue, who helped Brian in the press box for nearly 30 years, said: “He was an absolute professional. In all the years I worked with him while he was broadcasting and filing reports, I didn’t see him actually write down a single word of copy! He dictated everything off the top of his head. And it was all totally accurate, beautifully constructed and a pleasure to read and hear. He was a remarkable journalist who would have been a great asset to any ‘Fleet Street’ newspaper, but who chose to stay with the life and club he loved. On top of that, he had a heart as big as a house.” Brian was a sociable man who loved his football and the company of football fans, delighting in spending what he called “the housekeeping” at the bar. Once settled in Cornwall, he would walk up to Falmouth Town’s ground and smoke a cigar, drink a scotch and get to know the people – so much so that he was asked to become the club secretary. He accepted and for a few years ran the club, reuniting with Luton Town legend Bruce Rioch, who had moved to the area, and who came in to help with the training just to keep his hand in. Brian had been a respected local league referee in Luton, who was often told to “take your glasses off, ref!”, and was a founder member and later vice-president of the Luton Town Supporters Club. For many years, he was also secretary of the Luton Midweek Cricket League. He was a keen trade unionist and held positions at regional level in the National union of Journalists. His health declined over a number of years but Brian was still determined to make one more day trip to Kenilworth Road. Sadly, it was not to be, but he was proud to be able to make the drive to Plymouth last year to see his beloved Hatters one more time. Dennis O’Donoghue

Photograph courtesty of Gareth Owen.

May 5, 1938 – april 30, 2017

Many of our readers are avid supporters of the ‘Hatters’ and it was with great sadness we learnt of the recent passing of Brian Swain who had reported on the team’s performances for over 32 years. We share the thoughts of one his journalistic colleagues with you.

Brian and his wife, Rosemary, left for Falmouth, the Cornish town that Brian had fallen in love with as a youngster on family holidays, to fulfil a plan to settle there. Not long after the move, Brian received a payment out of the blue from the pension fund of his old northern paper – he’d forgotten that he’d even joined the fund and joyfully treated himself to a Yamaha motorbike and rode around the Cornish lanes, recalling the pre-M1/M6 days when he’d driven up and down from Luton to Manchester. Even in retirement, and ever the long-distance traveller, Brian would set off early from Falmouth a couple of times a year, present himself at the Rising Sun in Slip End or the now-defunct Harrow at Woodside (both near Luton) at opening time, have a few drinks with old friends, go down to Kenilworth Road for the match, return to the pub for one final drink, set off for Cornwall and be home in time for Match of the Day. Brian’s travels were legendary. He would use the train but mainly it would be a series of heavy-duty Fords that took the strain. His most memorable journey was when he battled through the snow to Anfield in 1987 only to find that the game was off because the Hatters’ flight from Heathrow had been grounded. An incandescent Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager at the time, kept pointing at Brian and shouting: “He

managed to get here!” The boredom of the travelling was enlivened by the company Brian kept. If the match was in the North, Brian would often meet up with the late Roger Duckworth, formerly of the Luton Evening Post and The Sun. But his constant companion was the late Roy Bentley, former sports news editor of The Sun and a Luton Town “nut”. Over the years, he would be joined by any combination of Luton News photographer Mark Richards, deputy sports editor the late Eric Norris, Evening Post reporter the late Eric Harris, former Luton News deputy editor Den O’Donoghue, club photographer Gareth Owen, Northampton Chronicle sports reporter Andy Roberts and press box assistant Danny Fallon. Over the course of 25 years Brian reported faithfully and honestly on the highs and lows at Kenilworth Road – the dark days when the sale of midfielder Peter Anderson staved off bankruptcy, the acrimony over the proposed move to Milton Keynes, the plastic pitch and the ban on away fans, as well as promotion and relegation. During this time Brian had also became the voice of Luton Town on Chiltern Radio and his most memorable moment came in 1983 when Luton had to beat Manchester City to remain in the First Division. In those pre-internet days, Brian’s bulletins were the only way those who couldn’t


The rewrite history creative challenge

CONGRATuLATIONS to Tegan Ingram and Samantha Langley, winners of Bedfordshire Archives’ first ever creative writing competition, the ‘Rewrite History Challenge’.

The competition was launched in October 2016 with high hopes of encouraging local school students to engage with Bedfordshire’s written heritage through the rich source material held in the archives.

Entrants were asked to write a short story or poem using a pre-selected archive image or document as inspiration. More than 200 students, all in Years 5 to 13 and representing eleven different schools across Bedfordshire, entered the competition and the judges were impressed by the talent and creativity shown by everyone involved. The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “It’s fantastic that so many children and young people took part in this competition, taking inspiration from Bedfordshire’s written heritage. Congratulations to everyone who took part and well done to the winners on being selected from such a wide field.” Reducing the many poems and stories down to a shortlist was tough, and the unenviable task of selecting two overall winners fell to local children’s author, Kate Milner. Kate chose Tegan Ingram of Queensbury Academy in Dunstable as the winner of the Key Stage 2-3 category. Tegan used a First World War military diary as inspiration for a short story set in the trenches titled Muddy Boots. Kate felt that it was ‘a very impressive piece of writing for someone of any age’. Kate particularly liked the fact that ‘not everything is spelled out, leaving room for the imagination, which shows a very sophisticated understanding of how narratives work.’ The Key Stage 4-5 winning entry was by Samantha Langley of Sharnbrook upper School. Samantha used an early postcard image for her short story The Ruins of London whose wartime narrator finds refuge and hope in the ruins of Someries Castle. Kate commented that she loved ‘the optimism of the end and the thoughtful intelligence of the writing.’ She went on to add that it was ‘a very sensitive and mature piece of writing.’ Samantha and Tegan will each receive a £20 National Book Token as prizes. Queensbury Academy and Sharnbrook upper School will also receive £100 each towards new books. The winning and shortlisted entries have been compiled in an anthology, copies of which will be sent out to all those featured. Additional anthologies can be obtained by contacting Clare Davison, Learning Officer at Bedfordshire Archives on 01234 276023.

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Harlington Upper School – Spring Term 2017 roundup

WE have had our usual very busy Spring Term. From world-class performance in mathematics, to outstanding achievements in music and dance and, in March, a visit from Sir Ian McKellan. Sir Ian McKellen’s came to visit us on behalf of Stonewall. He began by meeting with the school’s LGBT club and having a discussion about LGBT issues and the positive way that Harlington deals with them. He then addressed students in all year groups, speaking about his life as a gay man, how he became involved with Stonewall, the ways in which the lives of gay people in the uK have changed during his lifetime and how

they have not changed in other parts of the world, The students then had an opportunity to ask him questions about both LBGT issues and his career as an actor. Forty students took part in the uKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge, 85% achieved certificates which is fantastic compared to only 40% of students nationally achieving this standard. 20% of students achieved a Gold Certificate, compared to 7% nationally. As a result of exceptional performance, six students are now through to the prestigious European or International Rounds: Forget tents, bunting and soggy bottoms; on 1st of March 2017,

Harlington upper hosted the eighth annual Harlington Bake-Off! Students from feeder schools visited to create seven scrumptious dishes, which included: Lemon Meringue Pie, Fresh Cream Gateaux and Eccles Cake. Team Tom Kerridge were later announced as the winners of the competition, providing the most delicious and beautiful food in the contest . Over February half term, six Year 12 French students did a week of work-experience in the town of Rouen in Northern France. The trip is designed to utilise and develop students’ foreign language skills, as well as introducing the independency of living and working abroad. Although they found the week challenging, they felt it was an extremely rewarding experience! What a great week National Apprenticeship Week 2017 was! We had lots of different companies and industries represented, including Vauxhall, the Foreign Commonwealth Office and the legal and accountancy professions The Bedfordshire School Battle of the Bands took place at The Stables in Wavendon and we reclaimed our title when our Band ‘Genie and the Lamps’ were crowned the winners of the competition. We are so proud that one of our top two bands won this prestigious competition. Music and Arts are extremely important and successful subjects at Harlington and we encourage students to be creative and expressive. ––––––––––––––––

New MRI scanner for hospital

THE Bedford Hospitals Charity is to provide Bedford Hospital with a new £1,000,000 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanner. Announcing the news at the Charity’s AGM on Tuesday May 16, the Acting Chairman Mr Gordon Beeden reported that a Siemens Magnetom Aera 1.5 tesla magnet machine is on order and is due to be installed towards the end of this year. The Scanner will be housed in a new building and will allow the decommissioning of the Suite 2 machine currently in a trailer, meaning that Bedford Hospital will have two modern Scanners. This latest major donation to Bedford Hospital is financed by two very generous legacies that have been held by the Charity in a Future Projects account for an opportunity such as this Scanner to fulfil the wishes of the benefactors.


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out & about Get Ready for Flitwick Carnival! Parade Route: The Rufus Centre – Steppingley Road – Dunstable Road – Temple Way Saturday 10th June 11.15am – 7pm

Once again Flitwick Carnival promises to be the perfect community day out. Kicking proceedings off in style will be the parade through town which starts at the Rufus Centre at 11.15am and finishes at the Millennium Park. Find a spot along the road and wait to see

the amazing parade entries, made up of floats and walking groups from local organisations, who have taken on the Musicals theme brilliantly. Keep your eye out for interpretations of Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory plus lots more. We can feel the excitement already with that line up… Carnival Princess, Daisy Merritt, who will have led the parade in style within an open top vintage limousine, will officially open the event. There will be a superb yet daring fire stunt show, a stunning birds of prey

display and performances from Redborne Samba Band and Dancevybz to keep you occupied in the arena. Elsewhere you can expect a multitude of stalls, some tasty food options for when you get peckish and let’s just say the children won’t know which direction to go in first as they see the height of the climbing wall and the bright lights of the fun fair. With all this going on, be sure to visit the ever-popular Big Red Bus Bar to quench your thirst! The event will take a different turn as we reach 4pm as the stalls disappear and crowds gather to watch some live music. Joining us this year are local band The Cartel who will perform hit songs for all age groups so there really is something for everyone. The Town Council wish to say a really big “Thank You” to all the local businesses who have sponsored or supported the Carnival because without their generosity, the event could not be the success it continues to be: Alucare / Flitwick & Ampthill Bathrooms / Flitwick & Ampthill Plumbing Supplies / Flitwick Jewellers / Home Instead Senior Care / One-O-One Service Centre / The Cartel / The Joseph’s Experience / Vintage Limousine Hire We look forward to welcoming you on the day! If you have any questions regarding the event beforehand please do not hesitate to contact us: Contact Information: Telephone: 01525 631900 Email: carnival@flitwick.gov.uk Web: www.flitwick.gov.uk Social Media: Facebook/Flitwickcarnival / Twitter @EventsFTC

What’s your best bit? Quarry Theatre, Bedford July 21-23

From Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July Bedford will host the 11th International Bedford Festival Fringe bringing to the town a carefully selected programme of comedy, theatre, live music, film, dance and physical theatre to your doorstep. All these events will be held exclusively at The Quarry Theatre. So this year we are going small. Why you ask? Well, frankly because I (James… Pride of Bedford Award Winner 2016!) now have a baby and on top of this, am also planning a wedding for 4th August. I thought organising a ten-day festival as well might be pushing it a little. Good things can come in small packages so they say! Even over three days the team have crammed in some 40+ events. Directors Picks this year are Daniel Simonsen’s: I’m Working On It (a unique chance to catch him whilst he is in the uK) and Goodbear (two hand sketch comedy). One to watch shows are Murder She Didn’t Write and Will Seaward Discovers El Dorado. As it was such a success last year, LCH Production Services and

Aragon Day and Tudor Fair Ampthill 29th July

This is to commemorate Queen Katherine of Aragon who was detained in Ampthill Castle. The day will commence with a procession from St Andrews Church

Remedy Sound have put a stage in the garden once again so please do enjoy the free fringe events that have been programmed (dance / theatre and live music!) but we do ask you to perhaps pay what you think (the artists need to eat!). The brochure is now live and all events are on sale so please visit www.bedfringe.com to start your fringe journey! Website: www.bedfringe.com Box office: 01234 362337 Twitter: Bedfringe Facebook: /bedfringe

led by the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire at 11pm arriving at The Old Sun pub at approximately 11.25pm. There will be many Tudor enactors including a bowman,barber surgeon, birds of prey, a dissident priest, Tudor dancers and cooking demonstration, children’s storyteller and many more. Entry free, refreshments.

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Stellar line-up! It’s a stellar line-up at this year’s Ampthill Festival with Busted, The Human League, Cast, two West End stars and former Great British Bake Off champion, Nancy Birtwhistle, performing at the annual three-day music extravaganza. More than 60 volunteers – some of whom have helped since the beginning 37 years ago – run the Bedfordshire event, which carries a space theme for 2017. On Friday 30th June, the three legendary rock bands will kick off the festival in Ampthill’s Country Park, followed by Oliver Tompsett and Julie Atherton, who between them have played the lead roles in Wicked, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You, on the Saturday night (1st July). They will perform and host the evening, which ends with an impressive firework display. Sunday 2nd July will see Nancy give a free baking demo to the crowds, as well as judge a space themed cake competition and take part in a Q and A session about what it’s really like taking part in one of Britain’s best loved shows. There’s plenty of entertainment going on too. The planetarium is coming to Ampthill with a

special space tent, interactive science experiments and a circus workshop plus plenty of local dance and cheerleading shows. “There really is something for everyone at

this year’s Ampthill Festival,” said Ian Scarr. “We’ve really pushed the boat out this year to make it the best yet. We can’t wait for the weekend to arrive now. It’s going to be so exciting!”

Ampthill Park Proms tickets are now on sale. If you’d like to buy some go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ampthill-park-proms-2017-tickets-33046274296?aff=eac2. Sunday’s Gala Day is free for all the family.

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June Arts Jam is back! Various locations in Bedford 4th – 24th June

Full House Theatre’s festival is bringing a selection of performances and activities for children and their families to enjoy in cultural spaces in Bedford. There is something for everyone at June Arts Jam! From wide-eyed wondering at the Higgins with Day Dreamers, an immersive audio experience, to discovering ancient Indian legends in the Tales of Birbal

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demo by Ian Mc Manus weds 21 Jun, 7.15-9.30 pm St Nicholas Church Hall, Church Road, Barton-le-Clay Visitors welcome. £5 on the door.


with David James sat 24 Jun, 10 am-4 pm Village Hall, Hexton Road, Barton-le-Clay. Visitors £30. Contact vivianne.callow@hotmail.co.uK BEDFORD RSPB thursday 15th June -



Broom Gravel Pits – meet at 7 pm in the car park SG18 9NL    OS Reference TL172 433   BEDFORD NATIONAL TRuST ASSOCIATION tuesday June 27th.



Doors open 4.00. Meeting starts 4.30. Speaker 5.30 Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford Speaker Helen Ghosh – Director General of the National Trust For more information ring Betty Thomas on 01480 860 421 SAVE THE CHILDREN Thanks to all of you who supported SAVE THE CHILDREN at the last QuINGO you helped raise £534 and the EASTER TRAIL/COFFEE MORNING where you helped raise £623. The next



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The 9th Ampthill & District Camera Club Exhibition Parkside Hall, Woburn Street, Ampthill, MK45 2HX 10am-4pm Sat June 17

The Exhibition of the Club photographers’ work offers an excellent chance to see creative work from local members, together with information on the club and how to join this sociable group of keen photographers. Portrait studio Club members will also be hosting a Portrait Studio where you can have family and/or individual photos taken for a very reasonable price. Full details of how to make appointments for portraits are available on our website www.ampthilldcc.co.uk. about the Club The Club was founded in 1986 and welcomes anyone with an interest in photography, film or digital, whatever their level of ability, skill or experience. The Club aims to help its members develop their photographic skills in a friendly and supportive environment. We have a varied programme of competitions, illustrated presentations by expert photographers, workshops in image manipulation, member participation evenings and field trips. We also offer individual technical help for those who wish to further their skills in particular areas. We meet on Thursday evenings at Millbrook Village Hall between September and July. Take a look at our website to see what’s on www.ampthilldcc.co.uk. The Club is affiliated to the East Anglian Federation of Photographic Societies Club aims To foster interest, talent and enjoyment in photography by providing opportunity for people in the community to participate actively and share their experience, enthusiasm and knowledge. To encourage high standards by providing opportunity for members to see and discuss the work of highest quality in all areas of the medium. To enhance technical skills, artistic expression and individual aspirations by providing opportunity for analysis and criticism, in

at the John Bunyan Museum. Little ones will love One Little Word at Bedford Central Library, a beautiful and gentle story of friendship, power struggles and the competitive situations, by qualified judges. To enrich other community activities by offering photographic support and providing opportunity for exhibition and celebration of different achievement. If you are interested in coming along to one of our regular meetings please speak to a Club member at the Exhibition or go to the Club’s website.

Double bill Pulloxhill Church Hall, Church Rd. Pulloxhill 7.30pm Friday June 9th & Saturday June 10th

Pulloxhill Players present a double bill of laughter and a fish & chip supper in June this year; White Lies by Richard James Four “friends” get together after

rich world of creative play, and children 5+ and their families will find Happily Ever After at st Cuthberts Hall hilarious with its funny and poignant story of a Prince who falls in love with another Prince. The Elves and The Shoemaker at the Place theatre will delight young and old alike with its toetapping and topsy-turvy story. And families can expect drama and fun in TWENTYSEVENTEEN, a unique performance created by young people from Ridgeway School at trinity arts & Leisure. For more information and tickets visit www.fullhouse.org.uk/june-artsjam or call 01525 630783.

30 years to reminisce about their uni days, but why?Very quickly we realise that the relationships are fragile. Bea’s fractured morality and obsession with wealth sets the others on edge. Smarting from her cruel behaviour they come up with a seemingly harmless joke but will it backfire. Mum’s the Word by Damian Woods. David and Janet are drowning in debt. As painting and decorating jobs are hard to come by and Janet’s job on the shop floor is not going to make ends meet, they start to regret their extravagant lifestyle. Between them they decide that the situation calls for drastic measures. Swallowing their pride they decide that the bank of mum is the solution, but just how far will they go to get their hands on her money. Tickets: £12 incl fish & chip supper – Cathy 01525 719575.

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Esquires 27th Birthday weekend closing party Kuenta i Tambu + Guests Bank Holiday Sunday May 28

The finest party band in the World are returning back to their second home, as we bring Kuenta iTambu back for the Esquires 27th birthday weekend closing event! Now on their 4th visit to Bedford, Kuenta i Tambu are the only band we could imagine getting down with on a bank holiday Sunday. Last seen on these shores on a nationwide support with Dub Pistols, the Amsterdam based five-piece were our

A full weekend of events POP WILL EAT ITSELF Thurs 25th May (sold out) RONI SIZE Friday 26th May FOODDRUNK Street food and cider festival Saturday 27th May Culminating in party band Kuenta i Tambu on Sunday May 28 main support on the stage we curated at Bedford River Festival back in July, absolutely slaying a 20,000 strong crowd. Inspired by traditional Afro Caribbean music from Curacao and European dance, Kuenta i

Tambu (also known as KiT) has created a brand new sound! They cleverly found a balance between electronic sound samples, singing and chanting and the infectious rhythms played by ritual tambu drums. Some call it Global Bass, others prefer labeling it Tambutronic but one thing is... for sure: it’s a wild and colorful explosion of energy, and always seems to set off some serious movements on the dancefloor! Kuenta i Tambu translates to ‘Stories and Drums’ from Papiamentu, which is the language spoken on the islands of Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire (Dutch Antilles). The group is based in Amsterdam and was formed in 2005 after a series of educational projects at schools and theaters to introduce the music and culture of Curacao to children in the Netherlands. During this period the

first songs were written, establishing the sound and identity of the group which nowadays is known for its high energy shows, with a great deal of humoristic highlights, hypnotizing beats and dazzling percussive interplay between band members. Live, Kuenta i Tambu are a non-stop Carnival, a riot of beats and rhythms that take the audience deep into the Caribbean. Above all, though, it’s obvious that the musicians enjoy playing the music and the live percussion thunders through the air. “We have fun,” says Calister, “and that’s the key.” Tambutronic: where Curaçao’s past dances with its future and takes on the world. Tickets are on sale right now – £7 advance from seetickets and locally from Boutique Planet, Mario’s Hair Design and Esquires bar.


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the grove theatre GD1 Grove Theatre, Dunstable Thursday 15 June 7pm & Friday 16 June 7pm

Auditions have taken place and the final line-up for two outstanding dance showcases has been announced! From toe-tapping Irish dancing, to sassy street dance, solo pieces to group performances; GD1 is back by popular demand, now in its ninth year at Grove Theatre, Dunstable on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 June at 7pm! Providing the community of Central Bedfordshire and surrounding areas with an event that recognises and supports local dance talent, GD1 returns with a line-up of tremendously talented local dancers, set to perform shows that are bigger and better than ever. With demand for this platform and the talent so high, the two dates for GD1 will see different acts performing each night: Thursday night starring: Herlihy Burgoine School of Irish Dancing, Stella Mann College, Luton Sixth Form College, Donna’s Dance School, The Bees, Dance Fantasia, On Pointe Dance Academy, SWDANCE, The PAD and Grove Academy. Friday night starring: Leanne Hughes Theatre School, NKB School of Dance, Rhythmix Dance Academy, Zumba with Gina,

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Action-packed choral drama Woburn Parish Church 7.15pm Saturday 1 July

The Danesborough Chorus Summer Concert will rival any Hollywood blockbuster with a dramatic performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah on Saturday 1 July in Woburn Parish Church at 7.15 pm, an earlier time than usual. It promises to be particularly special as this concert will mark Ian Smith’s 40th Anniversary as Musical Director. The choir will be accompanied by the Milton Keynes City Orchestra, and joined by soloists Bethany Seymour, Anna Huntley, Justin Lavender and Benjamin Bevan. “Elijah is a masterpiece of choral story-telling, and very typical of its era in the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign when it received ‘rave reviews’!” says Ian Smith. “It is full of memorable tunes presented through beautiful arias and fullblooded choruses, as the turbulent story of one of fiercest prophets of the Bible unfolds. And this inspiring work has enough blood and thunder to rival any Hollywood action thriller!”

Rhythmic Charge, Tina’s School of Dance, Tiffany Reed’s School of Dance, Coles Forsyth Dance Academy, Problem Solved, Kennedy Jane Dance and Melody. Whether you’re a dance lover or casual appreciator, GD1 is guaranteed to entertain you from start to finish with the very best of local talent! Tickets are just £11* and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01582 60 20 80 or by visiting the website at www.grovetheatre.co.uk.

An Essence of Ireland It may be stereotypical but quite often true; if you are in the company of the Irish, you’re in for a feel-good and memorable time. This remains true for the outstanding Irish acts coming to Grove Theatre, Dunstable this year. Enjoy the buzz of an Irish musical great with Dominic Kirwan in Concert with Lisa Stanley, and relish in the comedy ‘craic’ with Ed Byrne. Firmly established as one of Ireland’s greatest ever entertainers, Dominic Kirwan is hitting the road in 2017 with a brand new show, accompanied by one of Ireland’s top female vocalists: Lisa Stanley. Dominic and Lisa will bring you their own inimitable style to the vast and rich musical heritage of their

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homeland. Mixed with a unique quality as versatile entertainers, Dominic and Lisa will be performing a selection of musical styles. Make sure to witness a duet of phenomenal voices with Dominic Kirwan in Concert with Lisa Stanley on Friday 2 June at 7.30pm. The ever-popular Irish funny man is back with a brand new stand up show: Spoiler Alert! Ed Byrne as seen on Mock The Week (BBC) and Dara & Ed’s Big Adventure (BBC), will explore the thin line between righteous complaining and brat-like whining, asking ‘are we right to be fed up, or are we spoiled?’ Ed will be asking these burning questions, rattling them around and shaking as much funny out of them as possible. Go on, spoil yourself by seeing the unrivalled master of observational comedy, Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert on Tuesday 10 October at 8pm.

All-Star Stand-Up Tour You’ve seen them on TV and now is your chance to join the hilarious live action of upcoming stand-up comedy at Grove Theatre, Dunstable: All-Star Stand-up Tour, Joe Pasquale and Henning Wehn. Not one but four top TV comedians will make All-Star Standup Tour the biggest comedy tour of the year! This year’s line-up of funnies includes star of BBC 1’s Hospital People Ivan Brackenbury, Andrew Lawrence as seen on Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Ben Norris from Mock The Week and David Morgan, who hosts I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now! Don’t miss the All-Star Stand-up Tour in Dunstable on Saturday 3 June at 8pm. He’s The Devil In Disguise on his latest stand-up tour and he’s causing mischief as he knows best. Joe Pasquale tells us we all have a good side, a dark side and a backside: so come and witness him showing off all three in a show that defies description. Warning: may contain immature themes, including words like bum and fart! Joe Pasquale: The Devil in Disguise is on Thursday 17 August at 7.30pm. Or join German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn for an evening of Teutonic jolliness at its best. Henning’s moved on from well-

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Elijah was originally written in German, and Mendelssohn supervised its translation into English so that the Biblical text fitted sympathetically with his music. He also conducted its first highlyacclaimed performance at Birmingham Town Hall in 1846. Although it almost disappeared from the choral repertoire, it has enjoyed a welcome revival, led by fine new recordings and a stunning performance at the 2011 BBC Proms. With heart-stopping musical moments, the sheer beauty of Elijah will be an experience not to be missed. Ian Smith adds: “We look forward to welcoming you, your friends and your family to our 42nd summer concert, at a slightly earlier time, and remember to bring your own strawberries and champagne for the traditional extended interval on the lawns around Woburn Church!” Tickets for the concert are now available: £22 and £17 (reserved); £10 (unreserved) including a free programme. Concession tickets of £5 in all three price bands are available for under-18s. For more information, contact our Box Office tel: 01908 583460, or visit website: www.danesborough.org.uk

known staples of light entertainment that are British obsession with home ownership and the self-serving nature of most fundraising efforts, to an unbiased look at immigration. He also wonders, if, generally speaking, people are competent. Luckily in his case this doesn’t matter as either he’s funny or he lives up to a national stereotype. It’s a win-win situation with Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option on Thursday 21 September at 8pm.

Children’s Theatre Mister Maker & the Shapes Live, GPP: Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR, Don’t Dribble on the Dragon

Family time is set to be a magical adventure at every turn with children’s theatre coming up at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable this summer. Gather the family one and all, from the youngest to the oldest member and enjoy extraordinary family entertainment together, with Mister Maker & the Shapes Live, GPP: Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR and Don’t Dribble on the Dragon. CBeebies’ Mister Maker is heading on a live uK tour and he’s bringing Mister Maker & the Shapes Live to Dunstable on Thursday 1 June at 1pm and 4pm. With a fabulous supporting cast and art at its heart, this fantastic live show encourages Mini Makers and grownups to sing, dance and make some noise! There’s a big ‘make’ to take part in, lots of audience participation and The Shapes! Get ready to go on a real arty adventure with Mister Maker & the Shapes Live! This year’s Grove Production Project is the magical and crazy classic Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR, featuring songs from the original Disney movie such as I’m Late, Painting The Roses Red and The unbirthday Song. This exciting annual experience will allow youths the chance to work with professionals to stage a musical production, which you can support and enjoy. Follow your favourite characters as Alice follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole and into a Wonderland of adventure. You’ll be as mad as the Mad Hatter to miss Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR from Thursday 10 – Saturday 12 August at various times. And as if by magic there’s more! Don’t Dribble on the Dragon – based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels – is a story about Tom who is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop. When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to tear the brother’s friendship apart, can their dragon’s amazing magic help them put it back together again? Be amazed by The People’s Theatre Company’s musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family; the perfect feel-good show.

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Woburn Safari Park

This summer, meet some of the newest safari stars and get closer than ever to the amazing wildlife at Woburn Safari Park. Adventure by car in the Road Safari parkland animal reserves; then explore the Foot Safari and watch educational keeper talks and demonstrations.

You’ll see three mischievous black bear cubs – Alabama, Sekani and Kaska – all born last year and living in the Kingdom of Carnivores, alongside a family of Canadian timber wolves and seven other black bears.  Animal Encounters in the Foot Safari is home to the newest walkthrough enclosure, giving you chance to meet the lovely group of donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs and

ponies. ‘Farmyard Friends’ takes you face to face with these friendly animals…don't forget to bring your camera for that perfect selfie! Meet new arrivals Vinnie and Viv the bush dogs, at 'Cachorro Range'. A South American canid species that will hopefully breed a future of adorable bush pups! You’ll also see new species agouti (large rodents) and spiny-tailed iguana, and later this year keepers will be welcoming red panda and tawny frogmouths to the park!  summer events listing: 4th June – Dinosaurs on Safari: meet the huge T-rex, baby Triceratops and Brontosaurus and their safari keepers. 25th June – meet Owlette and Catboy from PJ Masks, appearing at intervals throughout the day. 29-30th July – Tiger charity weekend with tiger games and mini VIP trips, in aid of the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance 30th July – Meet Marshall from Paw Patrol, appearing at intervals throughout the day. 21-28th August – Charity fundraising fun in aid of TuSK, with games and mini VIP trips to meet the animals 28th August - Meet everyone’s favourite cheeky friend - Peppa Pig, appearing at intervals throughout the day.


Knights of Arkley Return to Battle Knebworth House 18th June Fathers’ Day

Dads are in for a treat this Father’s Day as on 18th June Knebworth House is hosting its annual Medieval Jousting event with two scheduled jousting displays at about 12.30 and 2.30 pm, depending on the weather. The Knights of Arkley demonstrate their skills in hand-tohand combat to the delight of the crowds who are encouraged to cheer and jeer their favourites. The turrets and towers of Knebworth House provide a spectacular backdrop to the costumed knights on majestic warhorses galloping at full tilt across the arena in a fantastic display of horsemanship.

Come dressed for the occasion, or look at the wide range of children’s jousting gear for sale in the lovely shop. And why not follow your visit with a cup of tea and some delicious home-made cakes in the Garden Terrace Tea Room? Season ticket holders qualify for 10% off in both! For even more family fun, the Green Dragon Bowmen Archery Club, who are based at Knebworth Park, will be offering visitors the chance to try some archery, £2 for 6 arrows. Full instruction will be given, so have a go! This event is included with a 2017 Season Ticket or with a Park & Gardens admission ticket. It’s a fantastic value day out - for just £9.50 per person (under 3’s go free), families can enjoy a day at the Gardens, Park, Adventure Playground and fantastic trail of 72 life-sized dinosaurs.





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The 40th Commemorative Anniversary Tour Bedford Corn Exchange 7.30pm Friday June 9

Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era. It’s hard to believe that 40 years have now passed since Marc’s tragic fatal car accident and fans have mourned the loss of a truly individual, inspirational talent ever since. Bolan’s special ingredient of Rock-a-Boogie songs including ‘20th Century Boy’, ‘Get in On’ and ‘I Love to Boogie’ have insured that Marc Bolan and T.Rex have become one of the most memorable and enduring bands of the 70s. T*Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically outlives Marc’s very own T.Rex.

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They have become widely accepted as the world’s only official tribute show dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc’s family, estate and catalogue management, not to mention original members of T.Rex. The band has been described

by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’. This year T*Rextasy are celebrating Marc’s life and works with a very special commemorative tour. Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages. If you would like to know exactly

what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you! Tickets are £19.50 in advance. This is a fully seated show. Tickets available from www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk or in person from the box office in Bedford Harpur Suite 01234 718044.

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