Inaugural Parkrun run at Great Denham

There has been a lot of excitement about the first Great Denham parkrun over the last 6 months and it has been eagerly anticipated by people in Great Denham and indeed Bedford. In the local community a lot of people have been training and talking about this event for ages. Great Denham is a new village to the West of Bedford and is fortunate in having a very large country park built with the new housing development on one side and the meadows of the River Great Ouse on the other, making it a unique outlook for the parkrunner.

On this first day 17th February 2018, the weather was typically British with grey clouds at the start but finished with the sun blazing out despite the 3 degree temperature and hard frosty areas covering the park.

The local area which probably is quite sleepy on a Saturday morning woke up to many runners streaming to the start line. People gathered around the play park before Toby Chinn, the race director began his briefing. He talked about making history in small ways, and that all the runners present would be able to share their times and positions with future grandchildren etc etc! He described the course as a circular double lap route.  Emma Murphy and Sylvia Jones (a prominent member of the running community) were busy taking lots of official photos. Many other well-known local runners were present from the local clubs.

The race started with 240 runners just after 9am and surprisingly for a change it didn’t feel like a cattle grid at the start as runners showed a lot of consideration and gave each other space. The runners started to thin out at the first sharp-left corner. The first half of the course was on compacted sand which was hard and frosty. The second half of the course was on pavement tarmac. It was a good combination for the runner.

At the finish line, there was a lot of support and cheering from the marshals and the local community which is quite refreshing. The first runner, Ian Halpin came in at 17:01 which is a fantastic time and excellent benchmark for this first event. The volunteers were friendly and did a fantastic job in organising the event. As the runners were leaving they were busily chatting, pleased and excited by the event and course and were making plans for future events.

With all inaugural parkrun events, it is always difficult to envisage how the morning would unfold and whether there would be any teething problems but with this event I have no hesitation in stating that it was a complete success and a credit to the core team of volunteers.

The event will now take place every Saturday morning at 9am. All welcome to come but please register at Parkrun Registration and print a copy of your unique bar code so that it can be scanned at the event to show your run times.

Please find below some pictures of the event:-

Parkrun coming to Great Denham

The Parkrun organisation is coming to Great Denham on the 17th February 2018. For those of you that don’t know anything about it a brief description follows:-

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to  those with more experience; we welcome you all.

Click here for further details about Great Denham Parkrun, The event will take place at Queen Eleanor Driver, Great Denham, Bedford, MK40 4SQ and then on a weekly basis.  See Course page for location details.

This event will be in addition to the event at Bedford Park which currently gets congested. For younger children they might like to try Jubilee park in Bedford which a 2km event.

The great news to Biddenham residents is that they can walk or cycle to it

Messy Church is Coming to Biddenham!

messy-church-logoOn 25 January at 4.30pm, St James’s Church will be holding its first Messy Church session at St James’ School. If you haven’t come across Messy Church before you might be wondering what it is.

Messy Church has been around for some time now and groups take place across the world. It involves bible stories, singing songs, being creative and, most importantly of all, lots of fun. A fundamental part of Messy Church is also that everyone sits together and enjoys a meal.

Messy Church is for people of all ages, of any faith or none (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Messy Church is free. There is no need to book – just turn up on the day. If you would like to give Messy Church a try but can’t come on 25 January, we are also holding another session at All Saints Church Hall, Church End, Kempston on Sunday 28 January at 4.00pm.

We hope to hold Messy Church once a month at each venue so watch this space for further sessions.

Christmas Activities at Bromham Library

Bromham Library have organised a number of Christmas activities throughout December. See details below:-

Christmas Colouring

Drop in for some festive colouring fun!  On 20/12/17 from 10:00 to 11:30

Christmas Cards

Create and design Christmas cards to send to your friends. On 21/12/17 from 14:30 to 16:30

Christmas Colouring

Drop in for some festive colouring fun! On 22/12/17 from 10:00 to 11:30

Christmas Decorations

Drop in to make Christmas decorations to add to your tree at home. On 23/12/17 from 10:00 to 12:30

Christmas Colouring

Drop in for some festive colouring fun! On 27/12/17 from 10:00 to 11:30

Make a Bookmark

Make a bookmark for your new Christmas gift books. On 28/12/17 from 14:30 to 16:30

Christmas Colouring

Drop in for some festive colouring fun! On 29/12/17 from 10:30 to 11:30

Calendar Making

Make a 2018 calendar to take home – will you keep it or give it to someone you love? On 30/12/17 from 10:00 to 12:30



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.