The Biddenham Show 2017

The biggest event in Biddenham’s year took place despite the poor weather conditions and the threat of rain. The event was well attended throughout the 4 hours. Overcoats did not make a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm!

All the usual stalls were on display. All the planned activities were also there with the Magic & Punch and Judy shows, proving very popular in the windy conditions.

The various competitions attracted even more interest this year with families and children in particular, displaying a lot of their work on the boards and display tables.

Although the weather conditions were touch and go the organisers did a fantastic job in arranging the event and staying motivated in the setup, running and packing of the event.

Well done to all Biddenham Show committee members and helpers.

A selection of pictures taken of the show can be seen below:

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LibraryPlus at Bromham and Bedford

Your Library Service has changed – you can now take advantage of the flexible LibraryPlus service, giving you extra choice to use libraries with extended opening times.

The introduction of LibraryPlus at Bedford Central Library, Bromham Library and Wootton Library gives you extra choice and flexibility. You can now use the libraries through a mixture of staffed and self-service hours, when you use your library card and PIN to enter the library.

Note the following
In order to use the self service you need to go to a library during staffed time. With your existing card they need to change a category flag on your account details. Once they have done this then you can use the library in self – service hours. Your existing library card with the pin is otherwise the same.



Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice Starlight Walk

Come and join us at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger for a night of entertainment, remembrance and fundraising during our Starlight Walk 2017 on Saturday 30th September. Last year we raised over £48,000 to help provide incredible care to our patients and their families. This year – with your support – we hope to raise even more!

About the Starlight Walk

Choose to walk either the 5K or 10K route, both of which start and finish at the hospice with the opportunity to dedicate a star in our memory garden. Upon completion of the walk, you will be awarded your Starlight Walk medal. There will be live entertainment and a group warm-up to keep you entertained in the evening before the start of the walk.

Want to get your friends, family or colleagues involved too? Then register as a team – the largest team will receive a prize.Registration fees are £20 for adults, £10 for children with a standard family ticket £55.

Visit to sign-up today.


Stay free from flu this winter- get your free flu vaccine early.

If you are aged 65 and over (i.e. born on or before 31st March 1953) you are eligible for the flu vaccine this year. This age group need the flu vaccine yearly and it should be part of your preparations for staying well over winter. Ideally, get your flu vaccine before winter (in October- November) to get the maximum protection.

Starting in late September, the vaccine is available throughout winter from multiple convenient locations such as your GP surgery or some community pharmacies (you do not need a referral from your doctor).

The vaccine will be made available for free to eligible persons; don’t let them go to waste as they can cost up to £20 privately.

Dr Annapurna Sen from Public Health Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Council said: “The flu vaccine is one of the best protection against flu and its complications. As the flu virus changes every year it is important to get an updated flu vaccine every year to give you the best protection.”

Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health at Bedford Borough Council said: “Flu is different from a cold – it can be much more serious and lead to significant complications such as bronchitis or pneumonia particularly in those aged 65 and over. It is worth also outlining that the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu, so it is better to play things safe and get vaccinated.”

Last year (between April 2016 and March 2017) there were over 1,790 hospital admissions in Bedfordshire due to flu and over two thirds of these were in people over 65 years old. Furthermore, out of these 145 of them died in Bedfordshire where flu was a contributing factor.

Regardless of your age, if you are a carer for or look after someone, you are also eligible for the free vaccine. By getting the flu vaccine you stay well for the ones you love. You may not be worried about catching the flu yourself. However, having the flu vaccine protects you and prevents it from spreading it to other people. It helps protect the people you care for who may be at higher risk of complications from flu.

Although the flu job can’t stop all flu viruses; it is the best protection against flu. Furthermore having the flu vaccine may reduce the risk of having a more severe illness such as meningitis or septic shock other than serious lung infection.

The flu vaccine is safe for most people and serious side-effects are very uncommon. Talk to your GP or community pharmacist if you are concerned.

Make a commitment in your diary to see the GP or community pharmacy about the free flu jab before winter to get a head start this year.  Other people may be eligible for the free flu vaccine too.

Visit the NHS choices website for more information on the flu vaccine and to see if you are eligible:

Notes to Editors:

Although in this press release we are targeting carers and those aged 65 and over,  there will be further press releases throughout the campaign with messaging for other groups. Groups eligible for the free flu vaccine in 2017/18 programme:

  • all children aged two to eight (but not nine years or older) on 31 August 2017 (live attenuated influenza vaccine)
  • all primary school-aged children in former primary school pilot areas  (live attenuated influenza vaccine)
  • those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups (with certain underlying medical conditions)
  • pregnant women
  • those aged 65 years and over
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers

Target vaccination rates in those aged 65 and over is 75%. Last year only 70% of eligible adults aged 65 and over had the flu vaccine.

Information on the flu vaccination programme 2017/18 is available at:

Changing face of Bedford – Riverside Development

The Riverside Bedford development will be officially opening on Saturday 2nd September 2017. Set on the banks of the River Great Ouse and opposite St Mary’s Gardens, the development features restaurants, a cinema and a hotel.

There are a number of activities organised for Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd  September 2017.

The new restaurants, wagamamaZizziMEXIcoMiller & Carter and Gourmet Burger Kitchen will be offering free tasters of their most popular dishes. There will also be voucher giveaways and chances to win free meals, Vue cinema tickets and an overnight stay at the Premier Inn.

The development is also home to Bedford’s newest public square and visitors will be able to enjoy free entertainment from noon to 5 PM during the weekend. A fantastic team of puppeteers, musicians, mime artists, jugglers, dancers, stilt walkers, hula hoopers and more will perform throughout the development and interact with visitors making it a fun event for young and old alike. Further details can be accessed by clicking this link

Travellers at the new bypass

There are Travellers to the south of the Biddenham by the Sainsburys bypass. They have got off the central (blind) roundabout and into the former golf course, where the defences have not defeated them. The issue has been reported and is being dealt with.

Bus Service route change due to Temp Closure Main Road in Biddenham – from 21 Aug 2017

The above road closure affects the number 41 service which operates in your area. Due to the nature of the works it is not possible to allow the vehicles to pass through the closure therefore there is no alternative but to route the service along Bromham Road for the duration of the works.

We have requested that stagecoach publicise this temporary change to service locally and I will update the real time displays screen at the bus station and the BBC webpage.

If you require any further information please let me know.

Kind regards

Saragh Fleckney

Client Transport Officer
Bedford Borough Council
Room 445, Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP

01234 228122 (ext. 42122)


Discover Jordans Mill

Jordans Mill is tucked away on the banks of the River Ivel near Biggleswade, but only minutes from the A1.mill-tour-1

Our tours are meant for all ages and take you on a journey through time, where you will learn more about the milling process, find out lots of historical facts and most importantly have some fun.

Stuck for something to do then why no visit our shop, stroll through the gardens get the children involved in our Beast in the Woods trail or grab something to eat in our Riverside Café.

Whatever you want we are sure to have something to keep you entertained! If you would like more details click Advert or to book please call 01767 603940.

Kind Regards

Tony Darnell
Marketing and PR Manager
Jordans Mill