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

Find us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/marstonvalecrp

Follow us on Twitter!@marstonvalecrp

Bedford Junior Parkrun

Hopefully with the summer coming, now is a good opportunity for families with children to participate in the Junior Parkrun  it is located at Jubilee Park. in Bedford

It take place every Sunday morning at 9am.  It is a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14. Parents can run with their children but they will not be timed through the finishing gateway. After the completion of 11, 21 and 50 separate runs, children are entitled to free wrist bands.

The Parkrun is free, safe and easy to take part in. If you are not a junior and wish to participate as an adult then please come along to the Great Denham or Bedford instead.

Registered park-runners do not need to register separately for the junior events. However, if you are not already registered with parkrun you can do so here.

We look forward to seeing you at the next junior parkrun!

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:-