Cygnet’ Bus Smartcard Launches on 1st October 2017

On 1st October 2017 the new ‘Cygnet’ smartcard will be launched, enabling bus users to switch freely between two local bus operators without the need to buy multiple tickets.

Bus operators Stagecoach and Grant Palmer have been working with Bedford Borough Council to launch this new smartcard, which will allow for unlimited travel on any bus within the designated area, across a day or a week.

The Cygnet travel zone equates to the area currently covered by the Stagecoach Megarider and includes the whole of Bedford and Kempston, as well as surrounding villages such as Bromham, Clapham, Cople and Elstow.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Transport at Bedford Borough Council said: “This will make local bus travel easier and more convenient, so it’s good news for bus users.  Enabling people to change from one operator to another on the same smartcard ticket removes a barrier to bus usage, and is a real step forward for local public transport.”

Zoe Paget, Operations Director at Stagecoach East, commented: “We’re always looking for ways to make life simpler for our customers, and this smartcard will enable passengers to make best use of the local bus network.”

Dave Shelley, Director of Grant Palmer said: “”The launch of this ticket is fantastic news for bus users in Bedford, allowing them to buy a ticket to use on the buses of both local operators for the first time.  The added convenience and value for money will, we hope, encourage more local people to use the bus to get around town.”

The ‘Cygnet’ smartcard will be £5 for a day ticket, with the weekly ticket priced at £17. You can buy your smartcard on Stagecoach and Grant Palmer buses. Ask your driver for a new card which costs 50p, which you can keep and re-use. Your ticket products can be loaded onto your smartcard on the bus when you purchase.



Apple Day 2017

Bromham Mill and Gallery hosts their hugely popular annual Apple Day, on Sunday 15th October, from 11am – 4pm.

Thousands of people attended this event last year, celebrating all things apple! There will be lots of stalls to browse, including crafts, jewellery and artwork, as well as a handmade market, and local wildlife stalls including the Bedfordshire Beekeepers and the Raptor Foundation.

This is all alongside an array of food stalls with lots of choice from hog roast, cheese and chutney, donuts, homemade burgers, and of course apples and a cider bar.

There will be plenty of entertainment with an owl display, a petting zoo, giant games arena, sheepdog demonstration, ridgeside lurcher & terrier display and live music.

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: ‘Apple Day is always a popular event and with so much on offer this year it’s once again set to be a fantastic day out for the whole family!’

Entry into Apple Day is £5 for adults and £3 for children. Bromham Park is managing and operating a car park at the rear of the meadow with a small fee per car.


Recycle Week is Nearly Here!

25th September- 1st October will see the UK’s 14th Recycle Week.  Recycling brings so many benefits, reducing the amount of waste we produce by creating something completely new!

Across the country, around two-thirds of households are unsure about exactly what can go in their recycling bin and it’s easy to forget that recycling doesn’t stop at the kitchen. Plenty of items from around the home can be recycled and recycling just a few more items like your empty shampoo bottle, deodorant aerosol and toilet paper tube can make a big difference.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “Recycle Week is a great chance to find out how easy it is to recycle, have some of your questions answered about what can go in your orange bin, and to start thinking more about things that can be recycled from all over the home.”

You can follow Recycle for Bedford Borough on Facebook, where we’ll be posting plenty of information, graphics and videos throughout Recycle Week. You can also follow Bedford Borough Council on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates from your local Council.

You can also sign up to email bulletins about your bin collection as well as recycling and waste services to get service updates and all the latest on recycling. Just visit


Programmed Drainage Works: Church End, Biddenham

From the Bedford Borough Council:-

Drainage works at Church End, Biddenham are included within this year’s annual programme.

From our site assessments I can confirm that the intended scope of the scheme is to install two new gullies, repair a section of pipe, and install a new soakaway. Some investigative works will be required to determine the position of the soakaway.

The drainage works have now been programmed by our contractor Colas Ltd, the works are programmed to start as detailed in this linkLocation details are also available by clicking this link.

This letter will be sent out to the local residents that the works will have a bearing upon shortly.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further details relating to this project.

Kind regards

Adam Caruana BEng (Hons)
Project Engineer
Engineering Services

4th Floor Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
Telephone: 01234 276849 (ex.44849)

Alert – Burglars Are Looking For An Open Window – Make Sure It Is Not Yours

Bedfordshire Police is issuing advice to residents in Great Denham, Queen’s Park and surrounding areas, after a number of recent burglaries.

Detective Chief Inspector Duncan Young said: “Burglars aren’t afraid of taking advantage of homes that are left insecure. Therefore it’s vital that the public ensure their homes are as secure as possible. I would urge residents to ensure that windows are closed and locked when they are not at home, and if you are going out please make sure you use timers on your lights so that your house doesn’t look empty.

“Burglary continues to be a priority for the force, and we remain dedicated to taking action against those responsible for these offences.”

Top tips to minimise your chances of becoming a victim of crime:
•Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house
•Before you go out, is there anything outside your house that could be used to break in? Lock tools and ladders away in a shed
•Ensure your side gate is locked and that any fences surrounding your garden are in good condition
•Ensure your car keys are hidden out of sight and away from your letterbox
•If you’re heading away for the weekend, ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home and report any suspicious activity via 101
•Activate tracking devices on any new phones
•Mark any new equipment with UV property marking pens – property marking can’t prevent things being stolen, but can act as a deterrent and if found, can be returned to its rightful owner more quickly

Alert – A car has ploughed through fences and hedges causing damage

On the evening of Friday 15th September 2017 at about 11:30pm, a car ploughed through the fences and hedges at 11 Main Road, Biddenham and adjacent houses causing significant damage.

The car didn’t stop. It was believed to be a Mercedes car as Mercedes badge was left behind. Please can everyone keep an eye out for a badly damaged car especially a Mercedes and report it immediately to the police

The incident has been reported to the police.

Council Teams up with Charity to Provide New Mobility Hub for Bedford Shoppers

Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity are working together to provide a new Mobility Hub alongside Door to Door’s community transport services for those who are unable to use or access public transport.

A Bedford town centre mobility service will operate from new premises in Bedford Bus station in partnership with Bedford Shopmobility who previously operated a mobility service from a unit in the Howard Centre. The Mobility Hub will enable customers to hire a range of mobility equipment and access information on community-run transport services across the Borough.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We’re delighted to have opened this new facility in the heart of Bedford town centre. The Mobility Hub will help people to get into and around Bedford town centre, making it easier for them to access its amenities and excellent local businesses.’

Jon Boswell, Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Bedford Borough Council and Bedford Shopmobility to help people with mobility problems to get around Bedford. We are also keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in volunteering at the Hub.”

For more information please visit


Bedfordshire Police – Keeping you informed

Bedfordshire Police will be visiting the area of Biddenham today giving out crime prevention advice and reassurance. This is in relation to recent Theft From Motor Vehicles that have occurred over the past month. If you see us come and say hello and pick up some crime prevention leaflets.

 Kind Regards