Captain Tom and his great fundraising effort

I am sure you are all aware of the tremendous effort being made to support Captain Tom and his great fundraising effort. Biddenham is doing its bit by helping to save all the stamps from his many congratulatory birthday cards. The money raised from the eventual recycling and sale of the stamps is going to The RNIB. If you can help with cutting and sorting please let us know. Bags can be collected or delivered in the village. Contact Chris and Jan Jones at

Update – Garden waste collections to resume from 27th April 2020

Bedford Borough Council is restarting green garden waste collections from Monday 27 April, on a monthly basis to begin with. You should check when your next garden waste collection will be by visiting

During the coronavirus outbreak, the Council has been following the latest government guidance to protect both the public and bin crews working on the front line. This meant there had to be some changes to ensure priority collections could continue, while enabling the crews to work in line with social distancing measures and stay safe.

Now, with the crews having settled into the new working practices to stay safe and the Council successfully sustaining the government’s direction over the priority of household waste and recycling collections, garden waste collections will be restarting from next Monday (27 April), on a monthly basis to begin with. The Council’s crews are still having to work in a different way to ensure that they are staying safe and working to the government guidance so collections may take longer than usual. Black and orange bins will be collected as normal, but green bins may not be collected on your normal bin day.

Check when your next garden waste collection will be by visiting online collection day finder has been updated to reflect this brief change to monthly collections for garden waste.

What you can put into your garden waste bin

YES please: •grass cuttings •plants and flowers •weeds •prunings and hedge clippings •leaves and bark •vase plants and pond plants

NO thanks: •soil and rubble •vegetable peelings and kitchen waste •plastic bags, plant pots and polystyrene trays •animal bedding and pet waste •general household waste •persistent and noxious weeds (Ragwort, Japanese Knotweed, Spear Thistle, Creeping Thistle, Broad Leaf Dock, Curled Dock) •fake plants

Please make sure your garden waste is placed into the green bin loose (no bags please) and is contained within your bin. Extra garden waste will not be collected.  This bulletin has been sent to you by Recycling & Waste at Bedford Borough Council Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP 01234 718060

Peter’s Picturehouse in April

On a cold night in March we showed the film Downton Abbey. It was good to see the excellent support for Peter’s Picturehouse continuing. We had further comments about the impressive quality of quality of the new screen. The film, being packed with fabulous actors and actresses and filmed in glorious locations, held our attention while many plot lines were resolved.

Sadly, we now have to take a break from our schedule whilst the Village Hall is closed. Our showing of Rebecca on Tuesday 7th April is cancelled. Our planned programme for the next few months is below but may be subject to change. We will publish further updates as matters develop. Please check village notice boards and/or village website for the most up-to-date information. Programme, to be resumed when possible:

Tuesday 5th May Red Joan

Tuesday 2nd June Stan and Ollie

Tuesday 7 th July Bridge of Spies

The Biddenham Remembrance service 2019

The Biddenham Remembrance service took place at the war memorial. The service was led by Paul Fricker. Joseph Mummery played the Last Post and Jon Gambold lowered the flag.  Bob Hutchinson and Craig McEwan laid the wreaths.

After a week’s worth of rain the weather was nice and crisp with sunny spells. A new order of service was produced. Some stunning artwork was produced by Val Fitzhugh and put on show, this is featured on the home page. Some photos of the service can be viewed below:

Roadworks within the Borough

Below is a list of the major roadworks currently ongoing or planned in the Borough : 

Ongoing to 18 June – Hurst Grove, Bedford – full closure for resurfacing works – Bedford Borough Council

Ongoing to 24 June – A421 lane closure – bridge repairs at Renhold – Highways England

24 June to Spring 2020 – Bromham Road, Bedford – full closure of bridge for demolition – Network Rail

Ongoing to 20 December 2019 – Manton Lane, Bedford – temporary traffic lights for road improvement scheme (Bedford 2020) off peak only (9am until 3:30pm)– Bedford Borough Council

Ongoing to 8 July 2019 – Bedford Road, Kempston – temporary traffic lights for gas main renewals – Triio 20 July – January 2020 – Britannia Road, Bedford – one way closure for road improvement scheme (Bedford 2020) – Bedford Borough Council

Mid July – December 2020 (provisional) – A6 Wilstead Bypass – full closure for reconstruction works – Bedford Borough Council

27 July – 6 August – Marsh Leys Roundabout, Kempston – lane closures for resurfacing – ECL (for Bedford Borough Council)

New Speed Watch Group

Following the many discussions about traffic safety at Gold Lane in Biddenham, it has finally been decided to form a new speed watch Group.

The Parish Council has, as a first step agreed to the purchase of a Speed Indication Device which will be deployed in Gold Lane. Depending upon the outcome, more could be obtained for other parts of the village. As a further step, the setting up of a Speed Watch group is being considered. Guidelines and a flyer are attached below.  The group would be volunteers who would require formal training and authorisation by the Police and then conduct speed checks in parts of the village agreed with the BPC and/or the Police. The Speed Watch group would be involved in analysing all of the relevant information from these activities along with the Biddenham Parish Council and if necessary, the Police.   

Anyone interested in joining the Speed Watch group for the village should forward their interest to  Once a level of interest has been established contact can be made with the  Police Community Speed Watch so that the necessary training can take place. This will probably start in the autumn.

Network Rail Bromham Road Bridge Closure Starts Monday 24th June 2019

Network Rail’s Bromham Road Bridge closures starts on Monday 24th June and will run until Spring 2020. This is to allow them to safely demolish and raise the bridge as part of their Midland Main Line upgrade. A diversion via the A6 and Clapham Road will be clearly signposted. This full closure follows earlier partial and overnight closures to allow for preparation ahead of this demolition. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the closure, with a temporary footbridge in place when required. A Borough Council spokesperson said, “Bromham Road Bridge is a busy route in and out of Bedford. We would encourage road users to find alternative routes where possible and allow more time for your journey. “We have worked with Network Rail to minimise disruption, including delaying our Transporting Bedford 2020 works on Clapham Road so that there aren’t road closures on this main thoroughfare at the same time. “The works on Manton Lane are not directly on the diversion route, but we appreciate could have an impact so we have worked to keep the road moving, with no temporary traffic lights in use on the road until after 9.30am and removed by 3pm during the school term so they do not impact during peak time. “Thanks to technology already installed through the Transporting Bedford 2020 project, we are able to monitor journey times on key routes. We will keep a close eye on this, especially in the early days of Network Rail’s closure and if necessary look at options to help further alleviate traffic pressure.” You can find out more about the planned work on Bromham Road Bridge by visiting the Network Rail website at, or calling the Network Rail National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

As a result of Network Rail’s work Stagecoach and Grant Palmer have made the following changes to bus services. · Stagecoach service 41 will not be serving Bedford Railway Station and Chaucer Road stops. It will rejoin Bromham Road to serve the Cutcliffe Grove stop. · Stagecoach X5 will not be serving the Chaucer Road bus stops. It will rejoin the route on Bromham Road at the Deep Spinney/Biddenham roundabout. · Grant Palmer service 11 will not be serving Chaucer Rd, Cutcliffe Grove, Biddenham Turn, Day’s Lane, and Deep Spinney stops. It will rejoin Bromham Rd at the Biddenham roundabout.