Suspected local drug dealing

There has been an increase in suspected drug dealing activity in Biddenham over the past few weeks. The police are aware of the situation and would like to build further evidence so they can take action. Of particular interest are cars that look suspicious e.g. parked with occupants at night in unlit areas of the village. Registration numbers and make/model are useful but please do not do anything that may put yourself at risk.

They have asked that any suspicious activity is reported via 101 or online at https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/information-and-services/Contact/Contact

Remembrance Sunday

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, the importance of slowing the spread and keeping our communities safe, Remembrance Day will be marked very differently across the country this year.

Remembrance Sunday falls on Sunday 8th November. Normally this would see the local community join an event at the war memorial. This year, however, the Parish Council, who organise the event, are asking people to note Government, British Legion and Borough advice not to attend such ceremonies.

Robin Thomas, from the Bedford Branch of the Royal British Legion, said “With rates of COVID-19 infection rising and government guidance about the rule of 6, this year’s events will be very different. Sadly, we are asking the public not to attend and instead to follow events online, or nationally on TV or on the radio rather than risking the virus spreading.”

Revd Lomax, who will be officiating at Biddenham’s ceremony of remembrance, said “We know this will be very disappointing to people and we would like to thank everyone for their understanding at this difficult time. We are putting plans in place to broadcast the service via Zoom and should you wish to join us online please login to Zoom and use reference 9980746039. St James Church will be conducting its own act of worship, on the same link, following the Act of remembrance.”

Should any members of the public still attend, two marshals from the Parish Council will be present to ensure social distancing rules are followed.

Issued by Biddenham Parish Council 26.10.2020

Great Denham Golf Course closure – Security

The Parish Councils of Biddenham and Great Denham met with Bidwells, the agents of the landowners of the course, on Friday 9th October regarding their plans to ensure the security of the land and buildings after the club has closed.

Jack Hawkesworth of Bidwells confirmed the following:

  • The clubhouse will continue to be covered by CCTV and monitored by a security firm. The Clubhouse will be empty.
  • The compound will also have the same security arrangements in place.
  • The Car Park will be blocked off in some way. Since the meeting fencing has been put in by contractors working for Bidwells.

Both Parish Councils stressed the importance of security of the land once the golf club is no longer there, and that it is critically important that any incidents are dealt with quickly and firmly, and that preventative measures should be considered.

Bidwells asked that any incident is reported firstly via the Parish Councils to them, and they will take prompt action to deal with these. They employ a number of security contractors who have a range of experience in dealing with issues regarding land invasion etc.

Reporting an incident:

Contact Biddenham Parish Council: clerk@biddenham.org.uk

Contact Great Denham Parish Council: clerk@greatdenhamparishcouncil.gov.uk

Great Denham Golf Course

The Parish Council, working with Great Denham Parish Council, have recently held a meeting with Bidwell’s the landowner’s agent for the Great Denham Golf Course, to try and maintain the green space and urban gap. A copy of the minutes can be found by clicking the link below.

In addition, a Save Great Denham Golf Course and Urban Gap Group has been established independent of the Parish Councils and a copy of the latest minutes of their meeting with Bidwell’s can be found by clicking the link below.

Help required

Have you got a few hours to spare, especially on Tuesdays or Thursdays? Dine with us community larder needs help sorting and selling food bank donations and fresh food from supermarkets. They are in Greyfriars. Check out their Facebook page or phone Liz Watson 01234 345028 for more info.

Biddenham Pavilion play areas

We are pleased to announce that having undertaken a full risk assessment and inspection, the Biddenham Pavilion play areas are now re-open. Please note that the play areas are not disinfected and use is at your own risk. You are asked to observe the guidance contained in this poster to ensure the community can all enjoy the play area in a safe way.

http://biddenham.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BPC-play-area.pdf

Biddenham Parish Council.

Biddenham Village Pond

When you next visit the pond you’ll find both the new gate in place as you approach from Gold Lane, and also then the new bench replacing the bench that was so badly damaged a few months ago. The new bench has been kindly funded by the Parish Council and is given in memory of Alison Southern, the former Parish Clerk, who sadly died earlier this year.

Peter’s Picturehouse September Showing now cancelled

Sadly, we have concluded that it will not be viable for our September showing of the film Bridge of Spies to go ahead.

We will postpone our reopening until there is sufficient demand. To help us decide when we can resume, we are keen to gain feedback, particularly your views about the environment and conditions needed for you to feel safe to book tickets, and to watch and enjoy a film in the Village Hall. You may wish to bear in mind that, under current guidelines, masks must be worn by all hall users.

Please contact either John or Marihelen Esam (contact details below), who will be very happy to talk to you about any concerns, or to receive an email. If possible, please get in touch before Monday 14th September.

John Esam – johnesam@btinternet.com 07900218900

Marihelen Esam – marihelen@btinternet.com 07710288933