The Nativity without Parental Stress

Performance: Sunday 10th December during the 9am servicenativity2

Rehearsal: 1030am-1130am on Saturday 9th December – and if that’s a problem, talk to Kate

Costumes: Whatever comes to hand!

We shall be making huge angels, kings and possibly a shepherd in Explorers. Script will be written to fit the children. Let me know who is confident talking and who would like a quieter part.

The aim is for everyone to have fun. The play will last c10 mins.

Can you email to let me know if your child/children would like to take part.

No Fireworks at Great Denham in 2017

There will be no Firework display at Great Denham this year. This has been confirmed by the Golf Club itself. All search engine results point to previous year’s displays so be warned.

If someone can recommend another free Firework display in the local area, please provide details in the comment section below.

There will be an impressive  free Fireworks display at the Bedford Embankment on the 23rd November 2017 if you can wait a bit longer.

Of course if you wish to pay Bedford rugby club do their traditional firework display  on the 3rd November 2017 this year.

Halloween in Biddenham


With Halloween coming up, Bedfordshire Police will be increasing patrols in the local area during the evenings. Their main concerns will be anti-social behaviour linked to this time of year. If you know of any areas which have been an issue in the past, please contact :-

PCSO 6753 James Dancer
North Rural and North Central Community Team
Riseley Police Station
Tel: 101


For many, especially those taking part, it’s a great, fun activity, but for others, who may not welcome numerous callers to their door, it can be a very unnerving and stressful time.

If you are planning to go trick or treating, please follow these simple guidelines.

  • Adults should ALWAYS accompany young children – NEVER let youngsters go trick or treating on their own !
  • Only go to houses where there are Halloween items on display such as pumpkins.
  • NEVER accept an invitation to go inside a strangers home
  • Always keep to well lit areas; wear bright clothing, carry a torch and remember road safety
  • Unless pre-arranged, DO NOT visit elderly members of your community
  • Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people
  • Keep any tricks within the law.

If you would rather your home was not visited, please download print and display the poster by clicking this link

Press Release – Christmas Lights Switch On event

Bedford’s Christmas Lights Switch On event will take place on Thursday 23 November, at 7pm, along The Embankment.

Everyone is invited to attend this free Christmas event when Bedford Borough Council will light up the town with another magnificent firework display to mark the start of the Christmas period.

Entertainment before the switch on, organised by BedfordBID, will take place from 3pm – 7pm in Harpur Square and will include a snowboard simulator, Christmas balloon modelling, a Cairngorm reindeer and lots of Christmas games.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Get your hats and scarves at the ready and be sure not to miss this fun, family event which is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas. There’s always a sea of smiles as the atmosphere builds up for the switch on event as peoples’ festive spirits are raised.”

Father Christmas will be at the switch on event, so get there early to get a good spot and help welcome him to Bedford!

There will be free late night parking at the Harpur Centre and Council-owned car parks (except River Street) from 6.00pm on the 23rd November. The Christmas Light Switch On will also mark the beginning of late night parking in Bedford Town Centre.

Further information on any other Christmas related events can be found here.



Apple Day 2017

Bromham Mill and Gallery hosts their hugely popular annual Apple Day, on Sunday 15th October, from 11am – 4pm.

Thousands of people attended this event last year, celebrating all things apple! There will be lots of stalls to browse, including crafts, jewellery and artwork, as well as a handmade market, and local wildlife stalls including the Bedfordshire Beekeepers and the Raptor Foundation.

This is all alongside an array of food stalls with lots of choice from hog roast, cheese and chutney, donuts, homemade burgers, and of course apples and a cider bar.

There will be plenty of entertainment with an owl display, a petting zoo, giant games arena, sheepdog demonstration, ridgeside lurcher & terrier display and live music.

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: ‘Apple Day is always a popular event and with so much on offer this year it’s once again set to be a fantastic day out for the whole family!’

Entry into Apple Day is £5 for adults and £3 for children. Bromham Park is managing and operating a car park at the rear of the meadow with a small fee per car.


The Biddenham Show 2017

The biggest event in Biddenham’s year took place despite the poor weather conditions and the threat of rain. The event was well attended throughout the 4 hours. Overcoats did not make a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm!

All the usual stalls were on display. All the planned activities were also there with the Magic & Punch and Judy shows, proving very popular in the windy conditions.

The various competitions attracted even more interest this year with families and children in particular, displaying a lot of their work on the boards and display tables.

Although the weather conditions were touch and go the organisers did a fantastic job in arranging the event and staying motivated in the setup, running and packing of the event.

Well done to all Biddenham Show committee members and helpers.

A selection of pictures taken of the show can be seen below:

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LibraryPlus at Bromham and Bedford

Your Library Service has changed – you can now take advantage of the flexible LibraryPlus service, giving you extra choice to use libraries with extended opening times.

The introduction of LibraryPlus at Bedford Central Library, Bromham Library and Wootton Library gives you extra choice and flexibility. You can now use the libraries through a mixture of staffed and self-service hours, when you use your library card and PIN to enter the library.

Note the following
In order to use the self service you need to go to a library during staffed time. With your existing card they need to change a category flag on your account details. Once they have done this then you can use the library in self – service hours. Your existing library card with the pin is otherwise the same.



Changing face of Bedford – Riverside Development

The Riverside Bedford development will be officially opening on Saturday 2nd September 2017. Set on the banks of the River Great Ouse and opposite St Mary’s Gardens, the development features restaurants, a cinema and a hotel.

There are a number of activities organised for Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd  September 2017.

The new restaurants, wagamamaZizziMEXIcoMiller & Carter and Gourmet Burger Kitchen will be offering free tasters of their most popular dishes. There will also be voucher giveaways and chances to win free meals, Vue cinema tickets and an overnight stay at the Premier Inn.

The development is also home to Bedford’s newest public square and visitors will be able to enjoy free entertainment from noon to 5 PM during the weekend. A fantastic team of puppeteers, musicians, mime artists, jugglers, dancers, stilt walkers, hula hoopers and more will perform throughout the development and interact with visitors making it a fun event for young and old alike. Further details can be accessed by clicking this link

Discover Jordans Mill

Jordans Mill is tucked away on the banks of the River Ivel near Biggleswade, but only minutes from the A1.mill-tour-1

Our tours are meant for all ages and take you on a journey through time, where you will learn more about the milling process, find out lots of historical facts and most importantly have some fun.

Stuck for something to do then why no visit our shop, stroll through the gardens get the children involved in our Beast in the Woods trail or grab something to eat in our Riverside Café.

Whatever you want we are sure to have something to keep you entertained! If you would like more details click Advert or to book please call 01767 603940.

Kind Regards

Tony Darnell
Marketing and PR Manager
Jordans Mill