Reminder – Door Step Challenge 10 – Gold Lane Development – Part 2

We are now in the middle of the seasonal holidays and this is a perfect opportunity to engage with neighbours, friends and families using the door step challenge.  I have already received template letters back but we need many more. To date over 100 objections have been received by the Bedford Borough Council but we need many more. All objections count so make yours count!

Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030 – Examination


Bedford Borough Council has submitted the above local plan to the Secretary of State for examination.

The Bedford Borough Local 2030 sets out borough wide planning policies and makes specific site allocations and land designations in the borough.  It provides detailed proposals to meet the borough’s development requirements up to 2030.  The Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030 covers the whole of the Bedford borough administrative area.

Paper copies of the Local Plan 2030: Plan for Submission and supporting documents are available to view at the Council’s Customer Service Centre in Horne Lane, Bedford and at the following libraries during normal opening hours:

  • Bedford Central Library, Harpur Street, Bedford
  • Bromham Library, Springfield Drive, Bromham
  • Kempston Library, Halsey Road, Kempston
  • Putnoe Library, Putnoe Street, Bedford
  • Wootton Library, Lorraine Road, Wootton

Paper copies of the Plan for Submission only are available to view at the following libraries during normal opening hours.

  • Bedford Mobile Library
  • Biggleswade Library, Chestnut Avenue, Biggleswade
  • Flitwick Library, Coniston Road, Flitwick
  • Rushden Library, Newton Road, Rushden
  • St. Neots Library, Priory Lane, St Neots

The Plan for Submission, supporting documents and representations received can be viewed on the Council’s website at

Planning Policy Team

Bedford Borough Council

* 4th Floor, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

‘ 01234 718070

All general planning information is available on our website:  

 However, if the information is not available online, you will need to complete a request for advice on our pre-application enquiry form and pay the appropriate fee. Full information of this service and the online enquiry form can be found via this link

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

After the Christmas celebrations are over and all the decorations are down don’t forget to recycle your real Christmas tree.

25 tonnes of real Christmas trees were collected from the Council’s collection points across Bedford Borough last year; make sure yours is one of the lucky ones sent for composting.

Real Christmas trees can be dropped off at one our Christmas tree recycling sites between Friday 28th December and Friday 11th January. Sites include:

  • Hillgrounds Road, Kempston – Opposite the shops near Hartwell Drive
  • Jubilee Park, Bedford – Opposite North Lodge, Canvin Way
  • Milton Ernest Garden Centre – Radwell Road
  • Mowsbury Park car park – off Kimbolton Road
  • Podington Garden Centre – High Street, Podington
  • Roxton Garden Centre – Bedford Road, Roxton near A1 Black Cat roundabout
  • Seasons Garden Centre, Wilstead – Bedford Road, Wilstead
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre – Barkers Lane, Bedford.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport said “Our Christmas tree recycling sites are open for two weeks after Christmas, ready for Christmas trees to be dropped off for free. Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, and getting it composted is a great and green way to deal with your tree after Christmas.”

Please make sure all decorations and containers are removed before you drop your tree off.

To get alerts about bin collections, and tips for Christmas recycling sign up to the Council’s email bulletins at


Objecting to 160 houses being built in West of Gold Lane, Biddenham

An outline planning application 18/03100/MAO has been made for up to 160 dwellings including vehicular access from Gold Lane. Click here to see a detailed view of the plan. There are a number of ways to object to this planning application.

  • The simplist way to do this, is to  click here:
  • Go to the Borough Council portal directly to register a letter and object , but this is more involved.
  • If you have already objected, please encourage all other adults in your household and neighbourhood. Use the Door step challenge 10  for people uncomfortable with the internet or need a nudge.

A letter will be going out to all residents in Biddenham  from the Parish Council with a detailed explanation about why this plan should be rejected and what people should do.


Door Step Challenge 10 – Gold Lane Development – Part 2

Lioncourt have in the last few days made a second application  (18/03100/MAO) to build 160 homes on the land West of Gold Lane. In order to galvanise all communication streams to object to this proposal, it has been decided to re-instigate the door step challenge 10. The challenge is targeted at people who do not use the internet or need some encouragement to make an objection.

With the Door Step Challenge 10, the idea is to urge people to print copies  of the Template letter below and approach 2 neighbours to the right, left and in front of them. If 30 willing people can do this then that would equate to 300 signatures. In the past a number of people have have stated they wish to do more. The challenge is on as there is an opportunity to make a real practical difference. The task should take no more than an hour. If you succeed in the task please comment below:-

With the deadline fast approaching – Wednesday 9th January 2019, it is imperative that action is taken immediately. Lioncourt believe people wont bother registering an objection over the Christmas period. In fact this is an advantage to us, as we can in addition to asking neighbours, ask friends and relations visiting over the festive period, to sign copies of the letter.  

If  you manage to get a bundle of completed letters together, can you please forward to :-
Joe Warren, 10 Darlow Drive (Hard copy template letters available at this address)
Template Letter Gold Lane Development 18 03100 MAO

The letters will be batched and sent to the Borough Council directly

Hints and tips
Be nice to your neighbours
Explain fully what the letters and objection is about
Check that both the name and address is completed properly and that it is legible
Make sure they complete the letters at the door and hand them back to you.
Friends and relatives outside the village can complete the letters
Ensure that a Mr & Mrs application is completed separately
Adults 18 and over living in the same household can sign the letters

Peter’s Picturehouse: New Year’s Day ‘feel good’ event!

After our fabulous launch party in December, we would like to invite you to join us at our second event on New Year’s Day, 1 st January 2019. We have booked to show the 2018 smash hit film ‘Mama Mia! Here we go again’ (Certificate PG). Doors open at 5.30pm and the film show starts at 6.00pm. The cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep and has been praised for its musical numbers.

Tickets, available on the door, are priced at £5. Before the performance and in the interval there will be the chance to buy a cup of coffee or tea or a glass or more of wine. We will also be selling tubs of ice cream.

We are very grateful to the generous contributions we have received from both Peter Culverwell and the Biddenham Show committee, which have allowed us to set up this village event. We hope to show a film on every first Tuesday of the month. We do need your support though! We are planning our February film, which will be shown on Tuesday 5th February. During the year we would like to include something to suit a wide range of tastes, so watch for posters on the village notice boards so that you don’t miss out!

At our December showing of The Theory of Everything, the village hall was packed out and the event was very sociable. Do come along on Tuesday 1 st January 2019 to enjoy the film, refreshments and company, everyone is welcome. If you have any questions or suggestions please email:

Outline planning application for up to 160 dwellings including vehicular access

An outline planning application 18/03100/MAO has been made for up to 160 dwellings including vehicular access from  Gold Lane, emergency only access from the A4280, pedestrian and cycle links, public open space, car parking, drainage, landscaping and other associated works. All matters are reserved except for access. All residents who have previously submitted an objection to this development should have received a paper copy through the post from the Borough Council. To access the Borough Council Portal directly, in order to make an objection, please click here

The Parish Council are fully aware of this application. More information will follow shortly regarding actions to be taken.

Biddenham Crime statistics – November 2018

For the month of November 2018, please find below a link containing crime stats from Bedfordshire Police.  As usual they have been sanitised so that people or houses cannot be identified.

The database does not record ASB’s (Anti – Social Behaviour)

Please click link below for crime related to Biddenham and Great Denham. The data has been filtered appropriately:-

Crime stats new Nov 2018

Dave Girling

Thank you


Meeting on November 19th , 2018

Now that the days are getting shorter and we are putting our gardens to bed for the winter, we start to think of how we might change and develop our gardens in the Spring. Amanda Goody’s fascinating and  very well researched talk on Margery Fish gave us some inspiration as to how we might revamp our gardens for the New Year.

It was reassuring to learn that Margery only became a serious gardener when she was 60, after the death of her husband, Walter Fish, a former editor of the Daily Mail. Margery had not responded to her parents’ desire for help in the garden when she was a girl. She had attended secretarial college and focused on a career as a top secretary in London. When her husband decided that they should move out of London in the late 1930s, because he feared that they would not be safe if another war broke out, they found East Lambrook Manor in South Petherton, Somerset.

At first, it was Margery’s husband who controlled the development of the garden. He organized the clearing of heaps of rubbish that had been dumped in the garden of what was an empty property. Margery had to help with this task and go along with his master plan for structure and order. Amanda described Walter as a micromanager! Paths were constructed and trees planted. Margery gradually began to rebel and infiltrate her own taste. She acquired some clematis of her own choice in addition to those selected by her husband. She neglected the watering of his dahlias, which she hated, in favour of nurturing the cottage plants which were her passion. Walter was older than her and he gradually became less and less able to direct the gardening. After his death from a heart attack in 1947, Margery went through a period of grieving, when the garden got neglected. She did travel to America though, and got inspiration from the gardens she saw there, and the designers she met.

Eventually, when she was 60, Margery was back in England and she put all her energy into developing her garden. She was gardening until a week before her death in 1969, and her family remembers her going out to garden in her evening dress, so obsessed was she with her plants. Amanda was not suggesting that we copy this approach, but some of Margery’s other ideas are more transferable to our gardens! She loved snowdrops and cultivated over 200 varieties. She also liked other spring and late winter plants such as hellebores. Summer planting included aquilegias and astrantias. She wanted every space filled in the borders and even in the cracks and crevices in walls and paths.

Margery was very friendly and sociable, so she rapidly made good relations with the owners of nearby properties in Somerset like Brympton D’Evercy and Tintinhull as well as famous garden designers from further afield such as Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter and Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst. Margery copied the use of silver, white and soft colours from Sissinghurst. By the end of the talk, we had plenty to inspire us in our gardens and several of us would like to visit East Lambrook Manor.

The next meeting of the History Society will be on Monday, January 21 st 2019, at 8.00pm in the Church Barn. Our speaker will be Dr Anne Daye who is an expert on historical dance. She will talk about Dance as an Entertainment 1750 – 1850, as before modern media, it would have been a popular entertainment in Biddenham. This should be a lively and interesting talk and may contain some practical elements! I hope you will be able to come. I will have the programme cards for 2019 -2020 available at this meeting.

Kathy Fricker

Biddenham Women’s Group – Dancing Bust to Bust

Our talk took place on 13th November 2018 at the barn and began with a 1951 copy of an Illustrated magazine, containing an article on Joyce Grenfell, a picture of her on screen and a rendition of her theme song, ‘I’m going to see you today’, which was written by her in 1942.

We learnt from our speaker, Kevin Varty, that Joyce’s mother was an American socialite, Nora Langhorne, and her father was Paul Phipps, an architect. Her aunt was Nancy Astor and she lived a very privileged life at Cliveden. She was one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of Lady Curzon and Oswald Moseley and, unfortunately, one of her stockings fell down. She turned to a gentleman standing by and asked if he could find her a safety pin. He duly did so and helped her to fix the problem. As they progressed one of the other bridesmaids asked her how she knew the king, to whom she had just waved acknowledgement. Just one example of how naïve Joyce could be. She met Reggie Grenfell in 1927, came out as a debutant in 1928 and married him in 1929. They went to many parties together and it was at one such party that she was introduced to an Observer rep who invited her to become a columnist with the newspaper.

By 1959 she had become well known as a singer, comic, writer of monologues and an actress with many celebrity friends of that time such as Noel Coward, Flanders and Swann and Norman Wisdom. She appeared in many London theatres but would only turn up just before she was due on. Joyce also entertained the troops on a couple of occasions, which she found rewarding but hard work. It was after this that she started working in cinema and appeared in 24 productions, three of them being the St. Trinians films.

Joyce Grenfell was a Christian Scientist who did not believe in medical intervention. She sadly died of a brain tumour in 1979.

Happily, we finished on a high note. The talk was interspersed with many of her songs, including the one about the dance class where there were too few gentlemen and some of the ladies had to dance together – hence the title, Dancing Bust to Bust, when a lady is not a gentleman but maybe a bosom friend!

This is but a brief synopsis of our entertaining afternoon. Do join us in the New Year when we welcome all-comers or if you wish to join us for our Christmas Countdown on 11th December at 2pm please contact me by phone 01234 210622 or by email