Cadent Gas works in Biddenham

These works have gone on a lot longer than envisaged (3 weeks!). The works are effecting, Darlow Drive, Elgar Close, Ison Close and Biddenham Turn. There have also been road blockages in Darlow Drive and 3 way traffic light systems setup. The bus stops on the Biddenham School side of Darlow Drive have also been suspended causing further issues for users of the bus service.

Cadent Gas have informed me that all works will be complete by 7th July 2017. There are no immediate plans for the works to continue elsewhere in Biddenham. It is useful to note the level of disruption caused for future reference.

A famous and distinguished Biddenham resident

With the imminent Biddenham Historical society meeting at Kings Close, Biddenham on the 7th July 2017. There has been a lot of interest from the village about the house from a historical perspective.

F.A.M. Webster was a resident in this house during the 1920’s and 30’s. A biographical account has kindly been submitted by Bob Phillips who is an athletics writer, broadcaster and historian who for 17 years was a member of the BBC Radio athletics commentary team.

Michael Webster has also kindly submitted some old pictures of the house taken in 1920’s.







If any one has any further comments or points of interest about the house please submit in the comments section below:-

Spotlight on Biddenham Junior cricket Club at Harrold

On a rather cool but sunny Sunday 25th June 2017, Biddenham junior (under 9) cricket club played an away cricket match in the beautiful village of Harrold. Despite the tremendous efforts by the team and going against their normal good form the match was unfortunately lost to Harrold juniors.  Many parents were present and all  enjoyed the lively and competitive match.  The team are looking forward to their next match at home to Elstow on 2nd July 2017.

A team picture is available at biddenham juniors

Biddenham Cricket Club

If there are any other Biddenham clubs or societies that would like to be in the spot light please forward details to

North Rural Villages And A1 Corridor – Burglary Warning

Message sent by
Lara Curtayne (Crime Reduction Officer, Community Safety, Bedfordshire Police)

Bedfordshire Police would like to raise awareness of a spate of burglaries in the north of the county and along the A1 corridor where crime is being committed not only to remove items of value but also car keys in order to steal vehicles.

Whilst investigations are being conducted, we would ask residents to take 5 minutes to review their home security using the assessment form. Your vehicle can also be made less easy to remove by implementing the following measures:

  • If you have a garage, clear it out and park the car in it – this will help prevent your car being specifically targeted if it is a desirable make and model. You can reinforce the security of the garage door by fitting a “garage defender” – this prevents the up-and-over door from being raised. Garage windows can be obscured with frosted adhesive vinyl – if a burglar can’t see in, it reduces the temptation to break in.
  • If you park on a driveway, consider fitting a fold-down or telescopic post.
  • Make sure the area where you park your car is well-lit. If the parking area is on private property, you can use a domestic CCTV system to cover the area.
  • If you have a steering wheel lock, then use it. There are many types on the market; the most popular are the “thread through” style and the steering wheel shields.  Make sure any product bought has the “Sold Secure” brand of approval.
  • Most new cars are fitted with an alarm and immobiliser as standard. However, it is possible to install a higher specification alarm if necessary. Please check the alarm you buy has the “Sold Secure” seal of approval.
  • When at home, keep your keys out of the line of vision from doors, letter boxes and windows.  Don’t store them in an obvious place, like a drawer in the hallway table or kitchen, or a hook on the back of the door.

If you see a crime being committed or a suspicious person/vehicle, please call 999 immediately and report it, giving as much detail as possible.  If you have any information or discover a crime has already been committed, please dial 101.

Please consider joining your local Watch scheme or even setting one up in your area – contact for more information.

Kind regards

2484 Lara Curtayne
Crime Reduction Officer – North

Proposed Temporary One Way Prohibition and Proposed Temporary Road Closures – Paula Radcliffe Way, Clapham (the A6)

Dear all.

Please find links to the circular letter and plan for a proposed temporary one way prohibition and proposed temporary road closures on Paula Radcliffe Way, Clapham (the A6).



Kind Regards,
Jason Holdsworth.
Highways Technician (Temporary Traffic Management).

Highways & Direct Works,
Bedford Borough Council,
Borough Hall,
Cauldwell Street,
MK42 9AP.


Open Farm at Stagsden

Open Farm Sunday is the farming industry’s national open day. Visit your local Manor Farm in Stagsden on Sunday 11th June 2017 and discover the world of farming. 

Open Farm is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories. Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed people onto their farm for one Sunday each year. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food and managing the countryside.