The Loop archive online

Starting with the February 2018 edition, copies of The Loop are to be posted on the Biddenham Parish Council website three months after their publication date. For example, the September edition will be posted at the beginning of December.

So, if you want to look back at events in the parish over the last year and have mislaid your copy of The Loop, you can now access the February to July/August 2018 editions by clicking this link .

Should you wish to look further back, there are bound copies of the parish magazine since 1966 which are held by the editor.  Email. loopeditor@gmail.com or call 349849 if you would like to see them.  Alternatively, copies of the magazines are also held in Bedfordshire Archives.

2018 Biddenham Show – RAFFLE

Several raffle prizes were unclaimed at the Biddenham Show. The ticket numbers are as follows:-

White with pink frame – numbers 7, 310, 314, 339 and 347
Pink – 215 and 297
Light Green – 786

The prizes are:-

Dinner for 2 at The Three Tuns
£40 Vouchers for Great Denham Fish Bar
Afternoon Tea for 2 at Brown’s of Stagsden
Afternoon Tea for 4 people at Bromham Mill
Family Voucher for Robinson Pools and Fitness
Voucher for The Eatery, Great Denham
2 bottles of Prosecco

These are all well worth winning and can be claimed at The Three Tuns

Biddenham show 2018

After a hot summer the Biddenham Show took place amid gathering clouds on Sunday the 9th September 2018. Luckily the sun came out in all its glory during the afternoon. It was tea shirt weather, the organisers looked relieved.

The show this year was smaller in scale as the school had built its new classrooms on the playing fields at the rear. The new building looks fantastic. It has been built so quickly given there was so much talk about it, totally unexpected!

Despite the lack of space the organisers did a fantastic job in keeping the more popular activities going. The Punch and Judy show was the usual hit with many balloons being handed out. Many children were present and as usual the, circus games, bouncy castle, ice cream van and candy floss stall proved very popular with them.

Centre stage this year was the dog show, it was very busy around the perimeter and the dogs were quite excitable. The human fruit machine was there as well, however fate made it hard going getting the correct combinations. Oh well.

For the older people the beer tent was there along with the traditional competition displays, the cakes in particular looked very tempting.

As usual the Biddenham show is a success because of the organisers and the people who come. The organisers have again been outstanding in their efforts despite the organisational challengers.

Some pictures of the event follow:-

 

Bromham Library Summer 2018 activities

Bromham Library have organised a number of children’s activities throughout the summer.  There is something on everyday apart from Sunday. It is free to participate in and of course parking is free. See  details below:-

Elefun Crafts

Join us for some elephant themed crafts.
On 28/07/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Sea World Colouring

Come along for some sea world themed colouring.
On 30/07/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

What Can You See Through Your Porthole?

Join us for some more sea world fun.
On 31/07/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Sea World Bookmark Craft

Drop in to make a sea world bookmark to take home.
On 01/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Octopus Mobile Craft

Come along and make a fabulous octopus mobile.
On 02/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Fingerprint Sea Creature Craft

Design a sea creature using your fingerprints.
On 03/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Fishy Fun Craft

Drop in for some more fishy fun.
On 04/08/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Insect Colouring

Join us for some insect themed colouring.
On 06/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Spider Mobile Craft

Drop in to make a super spider mobile.
On 07/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Insect Bookmark Craft

Join us to make your own insect themed bookmark.
On 08/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Creepy Critters Craft

Come along for more creepy crawlie fun.
On 09/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Butterfly Mask Craft

Join us to make your own butterfly mask.
On 10/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Decorate a Butterfly Craft

Drop in to decorate a butterfly. How colourful will yours be?
On 11/08/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Pet Colouring

Join us for some colouring with a fun pet theme.
On 13/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Cat Mask Craft

Drop in to make your own cat mask.
On 14/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Pet Bookmark Craft

Come along and make your own bookmark with a pet theme.
On 15/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Dog Crafts

Join us for some dog related crafts.
On 16/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Doggy Tales with the Dogs Trust Visit

Come and join us for a fun morning of `Doggy Tales` with with Gemma, Dogs Trust Education Officer. We will be learning all about `a dog`s needs` and `how to be a responsible dog owner` and reading some fun and exciting dog related stories! Why not bring along a picture of your dog or pet to share with the group on the day? Ages 6-11.
On 17/08/18 from 10:15 to 11:15

Bunny Craft

Drop in for this fun bunny craft.
On 17/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Tortoise Craft

Join us to make your own tortoise.
On 18/08/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Pirate Colouring

Drop in for some fun pirate colouring.
On 20/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Pop-Up Pirate Craft

Come along and make your own pop-up pirate.
On 21/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Pirate Themed Creative Writing Workshop

Explore Learning for Children are running a pirate themed Creative Writing workshop aimed at children aged 8-12 years. Come along for loads of Creative Writing fun!
On 22/08/18 from 10:30 to 11:30

Pirate Bookmark Craft

Drop to make a pirate bookmark to take home.
On 22/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Magic Pirate Ship Colouring

Drop in and colour a magic pirate ship.
On 23/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Pirate Mask Craft

Come along and make your own pirate mask.
On 24/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Polly Parrot Craft

Drop in for this colourful parrot craft.
On 25/08/18 from 10:00 to 12:30

Stand Up Dinosaur Craft

Come along and make your own stand up dinosaur.
On 28/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Dinosaur Bookmark Craft

Join us to make your own dinosaur bookmark to take home.
On 29/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Dinosaur Finger Puppet Craft

Drop in to make a dinosaur finger puppet.
On 30/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Dinosaur Mobile Craft

Come along to make a fabulous dinosaur mobile.
On 31/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Dinosaur Egg Craft

Join us for this fun dinosaur egg craft.
On 01/09/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Dinosaur Colouring

Drop in for some monster dinosaur colouring fun.
On 03/09/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Summer Reading Challenge Finale Crafts

Join us for loads of crafts to mark the end of the Summer Reading Challenge.
On 08/09/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

The Higgins Bedford – Summer Holiday Family Activities

Every Wednesday – Explore with Kevin the Platypus

Workshops start at 11, 12.30 and 2pm

£2.70 per child.

Enjoy all kinds of crafty fun at these Wednesday workshops.

Every Friday – STEM Specials

Workshops start at 11, 12.30 and 2pm.

£5 per child.

The Higgins Bedford has teamed up with popular local providers to bring you spectacular STEM themed activities for the family every Friday this summer. We’ve got Teaching Talons with their wild animal encounters, Mini Map Makers and fun with Little Science Labs.

Full Programme

Date Activity Price
Wednesday 25th July Burges Bedrooms – make a model fantasy room £2.70
Friday 27th July Capt Alice’s Mini Map Makers £5
Wednesday 1stAugust Bags of Design – personalise your own drawstring backpack £2.70
Friday 3rd August Teaching Talons’ Animal Encounters £5
Wednesday 8thAugust Paper Engineering – use paper to create Victorian style toys £2.70
Friday 10th August Little Science Labs £5
Wednesday 15thAugust Prehistoric Pots – make a clay pot to take home £2.70
Friday 17th August Teaching Talons’ Animal Encounters £5
Wednesday 22ndAugust Cabinet of Curiosity – create a cabinet to keep mini finds in £2.70
Friday 24th August Little Science Labs £5
Wednesday 29thAugust Let’s Go Fly A Kite – make a kite to fly! £2.70
Friday 31st August Capt Alice’s Mini Map Makers £5

All children to be accompanied by an adult. Activities are designed for children that are age 5 and above and are not suitable for under 3’s. Accompanying adults go free.

Places can be booked in advance. To book, please purchase a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk. We are not yet able to take bookings over the phone or online. Unfilled places will be offered on a first-come, first served basis on the day.

‘This place is really amazing with all the little activities for kids’ (Keira)

‘On a scale of 1 to 10 I would write 10/10’ (Luca Phillips Age 8)

Bike ’n Hike 2018 and raise money for St James’ Church

 

 

 

Are you a cyclist or a walker and would you like to raise money for St Jame’s church? The annual Sponsored Bike ‘n Hike organised by Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust will this year be held on Saturday 8th September. Please make a note of the date in your diary or on your calendar.

For further details click here or access the website directly at Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust

 

Bromham Library May 2018 Half-Term activities

Bromham Library are doing some half term activities for children in the week beginning Saturday 26th May to Saturday 1st June 2018.  It is free to participate in and of course parking is free.

Elmer Mask Craft

It`s Elmer Week at Bromham Library! Start by dressing in your brightest colours and come along to complete your outfit by making an Elmer mask.
On 26/05/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Elmer Headband and Ears Craft

Come along and join the fun as Elmer Week continues!
On 29/05/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Stand-Up Elmer Craft

Drop in to make and decorate your own stand-up Elmer elephant.
On 30/05/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Elmer Bunting Craft

Help us make the longest Elmer bunting! Colour it today and take it home next week.
On 31/05/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Elephant Bookmark Craft

Join us to make your own elephant bookmark to take home.
On 01/06/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Elmer Crafts and More

To finish off Elmer Week come and join us for Elmer crafts, colouring, games and pin the trunk on Elmer.
On 02/06/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership – Your Local Railway

Discover the Marston Vale Line – Your Community Railway This Spring! 

The Marston Vale Line (Bedford – Bletchley) has a packed programme for the spring! We are delighted to be participating in the first Greensand Country Festival over May half-term – please visit   www.greensandcountry.com for the full programme.

History through Word & Song Trains – Sat 26 MayWed 30 May, Fri 1 & Sat 2 June
A first for the Marston Vale Line! A guided train journey between Bedford Midland and Woburn Sands. The guides will provide an insight into the history of the Line with local musician Geraldine Pearson Green performing her own Bedfordshire folk songs at intervals during the journey. Normal train fares apply. No booking required. Meet at Bedford Midland Station at 11:45am and 1:45pm
Guided walk from Woburn Sands to Ridgmont – Sat 26 MayWed 30 May & Fri 1 June – 1:15pm
Depart 1:15pm On arrival at Woburn Sands passengers can join a guided walk to Ridgmont and then catch the return train to Bedford. Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre is open until 4pm. Advance booking recommended for the Heritage Centre Tea Room – call 01525 287120/ 07512 619162.
Folk Singer Geraldine – Sat 26 MayWed 30 May, Fri 1 & Sat 2 June 12:30pm – 1:10pm & 2:30pm – 3:10pm
Alternatively on arrival at Woburn Sands, Folk Singer Geraldine will perform further songs on the platform prior to the departure of the return train to Bedford. Refreshments available at the Station Tavern adjacent to the station. Free Event. No booking required. Meet on the platform.
Guided Walk from Bow Brickhill to to Woburn Sands – Wed 30 May, 2:30pm – 4:15pm
Free Event – No booking required. The Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users’ Association (BBRUA) is hosting a guided walk from Bow Brickhill Station to Woburn Sands. Trains depart Bedford at 1:55 and Bletchley at 2:01. The walk will cross the road from Bow Brickhill Rail Station and proceed over a stile onto footpaths, up a gradual and fairly steep gradient, across a field with a view of Milton Keynes. Finishing by walking through woodland to Woburn Sands. Meeting Point is Bow Brickhill Rail Station.Please e-mailandy@bowbrickhill.com or call 07778 562259 for further information.
Bedfordshire Brickworks Exhibition – Saturday 2nd June (10:00am– 4:00pm) – Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre – Free Entry!
Andrew Mortlock, London Brick Archivist, will be bringing an extensive collection of archives, photographs and ephemera connected with the brickworks that used to dominate the landscape along the section of the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Ridgmont and other areas of Bedfordshire. Andrew will also be bringing his collection of company magazines, the Phorpres News, containing records and photographs of London Brick Company workers.
Andrew and his family are steeped in London Brick with over 200 years’ service dating back to both his grandfathers. Those who came last year were fascinated by Andrew’s exhibition, and in fact a lot of new information came to light from visitors who had connections with the brickmaking industry, either personally or through family. The Heritage Centre and Tea Room will be open as usual.

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre
The Heritage Centre is the restored jewel of the Marston Vale Line featuring the original Victorian Booking Office (with historical displays & temporary exhibitions), vintage Tea Room (in the former Ladies Waiting Room) and Gift Shop. Free entry! 10% discount in the Tea Room for rail passengers! Please visit http://bedsrcc.org.uk/ridgmont-station-heritage-centre for full details of the building. A Family Quiz and Puzzle Booklet is available for just £1. The latest temporary exhibition ‘The Journey from Bunyan to the Brickworks’ features part of the Pride Inspiration Hope Exhibition created by John Bunyan Museum & Library in partnership with Bedford Chronicles as part of the project The Journey from Bunyan to the Brickworks. This exhibition combines items from that exhibition together with previously unseen items from the Heritage Centre collection. There are a variety of circular & linear walks from the Heritage Centre to suit all abilities. Opening hours for 2018 are as follows:

  • Tea Room – daily all year except Mondays & Bank Holidays 9:00 – 4:00 (last orders 3:30). Sundays open 11:00 – 3:00 (bookings only) Booking recommended at other times– call 01525 287120/07512 619162
  • Gift Shop, Original Victorian Booking Office & Tourist Information Point – Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 until 15th December(11:-00 – 3:00 from 1st November) Call 01525 287121 or visit http://bedsrcc.org.uk/ridgmont-station-heritage-centre/

Group & school visits welcome all year round by prior arrangement.

Museum Explorer Passport Scheme
The Heritage Centre is participating in the Museum Expolorer Passport Scheme again this summer along with other museums and heritage centres across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Essex. Collect your free passport from any partipating attraction, get it stamped at each museum you visit and take part in the missions!

See www.facebook.com/museumexplorer and www.museumexplorerpassport.com for full details.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or would like further information on any aspect of the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership or the Marston Vale Line.

Happy travelling!

Kind regards,

Stephen Sleight

Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer

Tel. 01234 832645 (direct line)

E-mail stephens@bedsrcc.org.uk

Visit our website www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk

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