COVID-19: Book Online to Visit the HWRC

Online booking available for the HWRC You can now book a slot to visit the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) via the Bedford Borough Council website. To manage demand and ensure that everyone can social distance while using the tip, you must book an appointment before you go.

It is quick and easy to do so online on our website.

Please do not come to the HWRC without an appointment, you will be turned away. For full details on what types of waste the HWRC is currently accepting, vehicle types permitted, and opening hours please visit our website.

Reopening Bromham Road Bridge

It’s the news Bedford has been waiting for: Bromham Road bridge will reopen to motorists on Tuesday 9 June 2020. Network Rail made the announcement this morning, ending a year of misery for commuters. The bridge has been closed since June 2019 to allow major improvement work to take place as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade. Network Rail undertook the major project to demolish and rebuild the structure at a raised height to provide a safe distance for newly installed overhead line equipment to pass beneath the structure. This work will enable the line from London to Kettering and Corby via Bedford to be electrified as part of a £1.5billion project to improve the railway. From Tuesday 9 June, the pavements on both sides of the bridge will also open. Although the majority of the work to the bridge is now complete, there is still a small amount of work, such as removing a temporary scaffold bridge and final utilities work, left to complete. Some of this work is planned to take place overnight in July, meaning there may be further overnight road closures. During this time, a clearly signposted diversionary route for motorists and cyclists will be in place and pedestrian access will be maintained. Spencer Road will remain closed until August to allow final work to the embankment to take place. The Midland Main Line Upgrade is the biggest investment into the line since its construction in the Victorian era. Gavin Crook, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said, “The work at Bromham Road bridge is a key part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade, which is a major project which will bring significant benefits for passengers. “We know that this work has caused some disruption for those living in the area, so we are delighted to be able to announce the reopening of the bridge for motorists. There is still some work left to complete and we will work hard to keep the impact of this work to a minimum. We’d like to thank residents for their continued patience whilst we carry out the final stages of work to the bridge.”

Biddenham Parish Council

A question has been raised about the fact that we are having our verges cut at this difficult time. The Parish Council has taken advice from the Borough Council and we are told that as long as our contractor observes the 2 metre rule, taking any sensible measures to maintain social distancing then he is able to continue cutting our grass and keeping our verges in trim.

Local Biddenham support is available on:  01234 815393 

Or email help@biddenham.org.uk

Bedford Borough Council Response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Bedford Borough Council services are working closely with Public Health England and the NHS to tackle the threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19) in the borough. Robust plans are in place across the council and we are closely following Government guidance to ensure we safeguard local communities and provide accurate and up to date information. Please click link below for further details:-

https://www.bedford.gov.uk/social-care-health-and-community/public-health/coronavirus/

Peter’s Picturehouse in March

Our February audience enjoyed the showing of The Zookeeper’s Wife, a thought provoking film of the book of the same name set in Warsaw Zoo. The war drama kept us very much engaged and the new screen and improved sound quality definitely added to the experience.

In March our film is a very recent one, Downton Abbey. Many of us know the TV series with its many stars including Imelda Staunton, High Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Tuppence Middleton, Maggie Smith and Matthew Goode. In the film the Crawleys and their staff are preparing for the visit of the King and Queen of England.

Reviews say the production quality is excellent, that you will laugh many times and that there is something special about seeing this on the big screen. So do come and join us and see for yourself on Tuesday 3 rd March. As usual doors open at 7pm ready for the showing to start at 7:30 and tickets are £5, available on the door.

Films coming up:
Tuesday 7th April Rebecca – our film from the past for this year
Tuesday 5th May Red Joan
Tuesday 2nd June Stan and Ollie

Peter’s Picturehouse 2020

Peter’s Picturehouse has now been running for a year and we are delighted with the support we are getting in Biddenham. In December, a festive crowd came to enjoy The Holiday and in January, a packed village hall had a very memorable evening as we showed Kursk – the last mission.

The film told the story of the race to rescue survivors in a stricken Russian submarine. The Kursk was the pride of the Russian fleet but in August 2000 lay at the bottom of the Barents Sea following a catastrophic explosion. Commodore David Russell was the Royal Naval officer in charge of the UK operation to offer all possible assistance, including a sophisticated rescue submersible.

After retiring from the Royal Navy, David became the CEO of the Harpur Trust and now lives in Biddenham. David gave a brief introductory talk and then took questions after the screening of the film. It was fascinating to hear about the political intrigue behind the scenes. The Russians were very reluctant to allow access to the Kursk which was packed with top secret technology. You will need to watch the film to see how it pans out.

I suspect what most people will remember will be the lovely nuggets of information about the film and life aboard submarines. David had high praise for Colin Firth who was cast to play him in the film. Although David’s final command was HMS Vanguard, a Trident nuclear submarine, his first was a much more humble vessel, though as captain he had the luxury of one small basin of water per day to wash his face, shave and clean his teeth. “The trick was to do them in the right order”.

On to what we have coming up in Peter’s Picturehouse for 2020. In February we are showing the war drama film Zookeeper’s Wife, which came out in 2017. Based on a true story, the film shows some of the turmoil experienced by the husband and wife keepers of Warsaw Zoo when Germany invaded and occupied Poland. They then became active in the Polish underground resistance and many Jews survived the war with their help.

As usual, doors open at 7:00pm and the film will start at 7:30pm. Come along to the Village Hall on Tuesday 4th February to see more about the real life story of a working wife and mother who became a hero. The film certification is 12A. We look forward to welcoming you!

On Tuesday 3rd March our film is Downton Abbey, certification PG, which came out in 2019.

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:

Resident’s cat run over this morning

A letter from a resident:-

At 7.20 this morning I left for work (I live at Deep Spinney) and found a cat lying in the road (run over and killed) at beginning of Deep Spinney, just past Gold Lane close to the bus stop. The cat was a Tortoiseshell and white female with a pink collar. I stopped and picked her up and left her at the side of the road in a duvet cover that was in the boot of my car. I know it’s a long shot but if you happen to know anyone that lives in Gold lane or Lavenham Drive area maybe you can ask if they know who the cat belongs to. Her head I’m afraid was badly damaged. She may have had her address details on her collar but I was too upset to look. My husband left at 6.30 for work and did not see the cat then so I think she had died between 6.30 and 7.20am, she was still warm and I gave her a cuddle and said a prayer. I lost my cat 3 years ago along Bromham road and know how upsetting it can be for the owners. Anyway, thank you for your help