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THAMESLINK rail managers, community leaders and holiday destination Center Parcs have welcomed a Government announcement of additional money for Network Rail to make Flitwick station fully accessible.

Wheelchair users, parents with buggies, the elderly and holidaymakers with suitcases will all benefit from a share of an additional £50m of Access For All funding provided nationally to put in a new footbridge with lifts at the station, as announced in Wednesday’s budget and detailed by the Department for Transport. Thameslink and Great Northern Managing Director Tom Moran said: “More than 1.6 million people use Flitwick station every year and lifts to the platforms will make an enormous difference to everyone who struggles because they use wheelchairs, have baby buggies, heavy luggage or find walking difficult.

Area station manager Bernie Lee, Step-Free Access campaigner Ian Cook (centre) and Bedford Commuters' Association chairman Arthur Taylor observe social distance advice as they celebrate securing funding for lifts at Flitwick station.

“That is why we have been supporting the campaign to fund lifts and a new footbridge. This is great news, particularly given the 150th anniversary of Flitwick station that we are celebrating this year. We will now work with Network Rail and our community stakeholders to help develop a scheme.” Disability campaigners were disappointed when the last five-year round of Access For All funding did not include Flitwick. Local MP Nadine Dorris raised the matter in the Commons and new representations were made. This latest announcement is an additional sum. Gavin Crook, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said: “This is a vital project to improve accessibility at Flitwick station and we welcome the announcement that funding for this scheme has been secured. “Once complete, the project will make using the station much easier for all passengers and open up travel opportunities for more people. “Network Rail will continue to work closely

with stakeholders to deliver this scheme which will bring significant benefits for all passengers who use Flitwick station.” Arthur Taylor, chairman of Bedford Commuters' Association, said: “I am absolutely thrilled at this news. We have lobbied hard and been waiting for many years for this and were very disappointed when it did not make it through the last round of funding. This will be so much better for Flitwick passengers.”

Cllr James Jamieson, Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The Council has worked very closely with Govia Thameslink and Network Rail to secure the necessary funds to deliver full stepfree access at Flitwick Station. Flitwick is an important gateway into our area, and it is essential that everyone wishing to travel here is able to do so via a fully accessible station. “We look forward to continuing our work with Thameslink and Network Rail, in particular through developing proposals for transport interchanges at both Flitwick and Biggleswade, and delivering significant infrastructure improvements for our residents, visitors and workforce.” Ian Cook, founder of the campaign group Step Free Access, said: "We're incredibly pleased at the success of our community's campaign to have lifts and ramps installed at Flitwick station and look forward to being involved in the design stage to ensure that the needs of everyone with mobility problems are accommodated. “Meanwhile we will not rest until we have a firm decision from the Government of the day and all parties involved, that all stations and all trains are fully step-free.” In normal times Centre Parcs runs a courtesy guest shuttle bus between its holiday Village Woburn Forest and Flitwick train station. Chris Bland, Travel Coordinator, said: “I am delighted that lifts are going to be installed at Flitwick. As well as improving access for our guests and staff, I anticipate the lifts will encourage more guests to travel by train.”

Four golden rules by Richard Atkinson Bishop of Bedford

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 sow-

ing 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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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.

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Saturday 8am-1pm 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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Battle of the Bands – Year 7 pupils from Holywell School, won the Key Stage 3 Beds Band Factory – ‘Battle of the Bands’ for schools competition last month. The event for Bedford and surrounding areas, was held at Redborne Upper School, Ampthill on Wednesday, March 4. The winners from the Cranfield school named their group ‘White Eyed Peace’ which is fronted by 12-year-old Dilan Nahar. It was Hahar and his brother who composed verses 2 and 3 of the mash-up song. The first prize is the opportunity to have their song professionally recorded in a local sound studio. In a very tight competition joint second were Sharnbrook Academy Dark Angels and Woodland Middle School, Flitwick.

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British Science Week at Mark Rutherford School THE highly anticipated British Science Week has come to an end; it has been a huge success, with a week full of activities for both our students and students from local schools.

The Mark Rutherford School and Harpur Trust Planetarium was the focal point at this year’s BedPop Science Festival event in Bedford town centre on Saturday 7th March. Over the course of the day, over 250 people were lucky enough to watch a show in the Planetarium. The general consensus seemed to be that the Planetarium was “awesome”!

For the first time ever on Monday 9th March, the amazing opportunity of a lecture by a BBC Trust Me, I’m a Doctor and BBC Horizon presenter was offered to students, staff and the local community. Dr Giles Yeo is a geneticist with over 20 years’ experience studying obesity and the brain control of food intake. His current research focuses on understanding how pathways in the brain that control food intake differ between lean and obese people, and the influence of our genes in our eating habits. An interesting yet highly entertaining lecture was followed by a meet-and-greet session for our Sixth Form STEM Scholars – this was a once-in-alifetime opportunity for many involved, and gave students the chance to not only ask him questions but share all the amazing things they are doing within school alongside their studies! We are very grateful that Dr Yeo gave up

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Once again, our annual Primary Science Event, which took place on Wednesday 11th March, was a huge success. Sixth Form STEM Scholars James Rowntree and Sydney Daisley organised and ran the event for 71 Year 5 students from Renhold Primary School, Sheerhatch Primary School and Brickhill Primary School.

This year the event had a theme of ‘forensic science’; the young students put their detective hats on and completed a variety of tasks on rotation to solve the mystery of ‘Who Killed Mr Bunsen?’. Activities included testing chemical samples, extracting and analysing DNA from a banana, analysis on fingerprints, shoeprints and cloth fibres, and cracking codes using ultraviolet pens and light. James and Sydney were supported by a group of our STEM Scholars, our recently Year 9 STEM trained Ambassadors and two students from the University of Bedfordshire.

We are very grateful to the British Science Association for providing us with a very generous grant which meant that this week was such a huge success. Everyone, whether this be students, staff or guests, had a great week and we can wait to begin planning next year’s British Science Week!

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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 and trimming help to calm the mind. If I’ve had a grotty day a “20 minute Hoe” on the veg patch chopping away at those weeds encourages the positive feelings associated with tidying up tasks. The stress hormone Cortisol is lowered in the brain by engaging in a rewarding activity. Gardening has been shown to do this. High levels of Cortisol in your brain can affect memory and learning hence the phrase “I have a lot on my mind”. Gardening can be enjoyed at many levels providing the gentle physical exercise which removes negative thoughts produced by life’s stresses and helps restore the mind set balance. Gardening is an activity associated with nurture, renewal and growth. When you sow a packet of spring onion seeds or transplant petunias into your patio tubs you are encouraging new life. Growing your own fruit and veg means you are creating a healthy lifestyle for your family. When we harvest our blueberries or dig our potatoes the reward centre in our brain produces Dopamine, a slight euphoric, which is triggered by the 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 thought that the release of Dopamine and the rewarding feeling it produces was probably experienced by our hunter gatherer ancestors when they found their food. The release of this endorphin encourages repeat activity because it makes you feel rewarded and so it is self-perpetuating. A natural way of keeping depression at bay is to get your hands dirty. By not wearing gardening gloves and touching compost and soil with your bare hands promotes the release of Serotonin, the happy chemical. It is so called because along with Dopamine it helps to boost the immune system and put us in a good mood. Planting the Patio Tubs with brightly coloured Bedding Plants and Bulbs enhances our surroundings inviting you to step outside and


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The Lawn Doctor SINCE going public in these pages about my mole problem - no, not the one on my back but rather the one currently digging away in a lawn that has taken me literally years to improve, a number of you have very kindly been in touch offering potential solutions and empathy. In short, I am very grateful for both, thank you, but... Moley is still digging away! One of the most promising solutions was provided by a charming lady, known only to me as Jean from Harold, who telephoned to suggest the use of onions! I have long known that onions were repellent to many animals but could the humble onion be the answer to my prayers? Eagerly, I grabbed a number from my vegetable rack, peeled them, roughly chopped them into large chunks and then dug into the affected area, inserting a piece before covering with soil. Amazingly, the next day, there were no fresh excavations. Had Jean provided the wonder cure? At the time of writing, it is too early to report whether this has been successful or not but I might just give its pungent cousin, garlic a trial also. Putting peeled and chopped garlic cloves into a bucket of water and steeping them for a week or so, straining and then decanting into a garden mister and spraying aphid infected plants can work well as an insecticide and I for one, would always rather use the power of nature over harsher chemical options. In my correspondence this past month, one interesting comment came from someone who was alarmed to see a number of people using rotovators on his allotment. As well as causing a major disruption to the tranquillity of the setting, the man, a former agronomist, that is, someone whose job is concerned with soil management, made the point that regular use of a rotorva-

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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 "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!





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GB call up for BMS para athlete BECCA Scott, Year 9, has been invited to join the GB Para Athletics Programme. The programme is the first of three tiers of the Para-

lympic 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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