BBC-1907-OW-JH – Temp One-Way on Biddenham Turn in Biddenham – 20-Aug 2018

Dear all.

Proposed Temporary One-Way Prohibition – Biddenham Turn, Biddenham.

I’ve received a request for a temporary one-way prohibition at the above location to facilitate sewer investigation work. Having assessed the application I am satisfied the request is justified, so please find details listed below.


Road: Biddenham Turn, Biddenham.

Length Affected: Prohibits vehicles from proceeding in a south-westerly direction along that length of Biddenham Turn, Biddenham, which extends from Bromham Road, Bedford, to a point approximately 25 metres southwest of Bromham Road, Bedford.

Contact/Applicant: For further information please contact Kim Hamer of Anglian Water Services, Tel: 03457 145 145.

Reason: To facilitate sewer investigation work.

Dates: This temporary one-way prohibition is anticipated to be in operation between 9.30am and 3.30pm on 5 days from Monday 20th August 2018 to Friday 24th August 2018 inclusive – Specific dates will be advertised locally closer to the time.

Signed Alternative Route: Proceed in a westerly direction along Bromham Road to the roundabout adjoining Deep Spinney, Biddenham. Take the 1st exit and continue along Deep Spinney to gold Lane. Turn right and continue along Gold Lane, then Main Road, and then Biddenham Turn to site.

Kind Regards,
Jason Holdsworth.
Highways Technician (Temporary Traffic Management).
Highways & Direct Works,
Bedford Borough Council,
Borough Hall,
Cauldwell Street,
MK42 9AP.

Bromham Library Summer 2018 activities

Bromham Library have organised a number of children’s activities throughout the summer.  There is something on everyday apart from Sunday. It is free to participate in and of course parking is free. See  details below:-

Elefun Crafts

Join us for some elephant themed crafts.
On 28/07/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Sea World Colouring

Come along for some sea world themed colouring.
On 30/07/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

What Can You See Through Your Porthole?

Join us for some more sea world fun.
On 31/07/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Sea World Bookmark Craft

Drop in to make a sea world bookmark to take home.
On 01/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Octopus Mobile Craft

Come along and make a fabulous octopus mobile.
On 02/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Fingerprint Sea Creature Craft

Design a sea creature using your fingerprints.
On 03/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Fishy Fun Craft

Drop in for some more fishy fun.
On 04/08/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Insect Colouring

Join us for some insect themed colouring.
On 06/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Spider Mobile Craft

Drop in to make a super spider mobile.
On 07/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Insect Bookmark Craft

Join us to make your own insect themed bookmark.
On 08/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Creepy Critters Craft

Come along for more creepy crawlie fun.
On 09/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Butterfly Mask Craft

Join us to make your own butterfly mask.
On 10/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Decorate a Butterfly Craft

Drop in to decorate a butterfly. How colourful will yours be?
On 11/08/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Pet Colouring

Join us for some colouring with a fun pet theme.
On 13/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Cat Mask Craft

Drop in to make your own cat mask.
On 14/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Pet Bookmark Craft

Come along and make your own bookmark with a pet theme.
On 15/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Dog Crafts

Join us for some dog related crafts.
On 16/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Doggy Tales with the Dogs Trust Visit

Come and join us for a fun morning of `Doggy Tales` with with Gemma, Dogs Trust Education Officer. We will be learning all about `a dog`s needs` and `how to be a responsible dog owner` and reading some fun and exciting dog related stories! Why not bring along a picture of your dog or pet to share with the group on the day? Ages 6-11.
On 17/08/18 from 10:15 to 11:15

Bunny Craft

Drop in for this fun bunny craft.
On 17/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Tortoise Craft

Join us to make your own tortoise.
On 18/08/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Pirate Colouring

Drop in for some fun pirate colouring.
On 20/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Pop-Up Pirate Craft

Come along and make your own pop-up pirate.
On 21/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Pirate Themed Creative Writing Workshop

Explore Learning for Children are running a pirate themed Creative Writing workshop aimed at children aged 8-12 years. Come along for loads of Creative Writing fun!
On 22/08/18 from 10:30 to 11:30

Pirate Bookmark Craft

Drop to make a pirate bookmark to take home.
On 22/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Magic Pirate Ship Colouring

Drop in and colour a magic pirate ship.
On 23/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Pirate Mask Craft

Come along and make your own pirate mask.
On 24/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Polly Parrot Craft

Drop in for this colourful parrot craft.
On 25/08/18 from 10:00 to 12:30

Stand Up Dinosaur Craft

Come along and make your own stand up dinosaur.
On 28/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Dinosaur Bookmark Craft

Join us to make your own dinosaur bookmark to take home.
On 29/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Dinosaur Finger Puppet Craft

Drop in to make a dinosaur finger puppet.
On 30/08/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Dinosaur Mobile Craft

Come along to make a fabulous dinosaur mobile.
On 31/08/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Dinosaur Egg Craft

Join us for this fun dinosaur egg craft.
On 01/09/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Dinosaur Colouring

Drop in for some monster dinosaur colouring fun.
On 03/09/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Summer Reading Challenge Finale Crafts

Join us for loads of crafts to mark the end of the Summer Reading Challenge.
On 08/09/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Biddenham History Society – Heritage Walk

We had been hoping for a fine day on 2nd July 2018 for our Heritage Walk, but we did not expect the heat that we encountered! The Church Barn was pleasantly cool and it provided a welcome venue to discuss  Biddenham 100 Years Ago and the men who died during the First World War. We also enjoyed refreshments there after our walk.

In 1918, Biddenham was a much smaller community (451 inhabitants in the 1911 census). The Church Barn was a real barn, part of a thriving farm, Church Farm, tenanted by Bobby Whitworth. The wheat and barley grown on the farm were stored in the barn and the barley was sent to Charles Wells brewery in Horne Lane, Bedford after it had been threshed. We know from Ted Pile’s memoirs that he had been sent to the Saunderson Works in 1916 to learn how to drive and repair a tractor, and with the shortage of men and horses as a result of World War One, tractors were being used on Church Farm.

As we walked from the Barn to the Coffin Path, we noted that the new churchyard would not have been there in 1918. The Cedar of Lebanon trees in the main churchyard were much smaller and there was no vestry attached to the church. One member of our group remembered that his grandparents were married in the church in 1910.

The Coffin Path was there in 1918, as it was the main way of taking the coffins of the deceased from the cottages to the churchyard for burial. Looking across from the Coffin Path, there would have been more cottages near the church in 1918. Three cottages attached to 55, Church End, Church Cottage, were burnt down in 1959. We admired the view of 17, Church End, White Cottage, which was finished in 1909 and must have been very new and smart looking in 1918. Before we reached the pond, we noted that the dovecote would have been there in 1918 as well as the pond.

The area around the pond provided shade and seating and we decided to talk about the War Memorial area there, as there was no shade by the War Memorial. Dawn Cottage was home to the Shaw family. In 1918, Robert Shaw was serving with the Royal Veterinary Corps in the Middle East. His wife, Alice, was waiting for news of him, but he did return safely. The Davison family, who lived at the Smithy on the Green, were not so fortunate. The blacksmith, Bill Davison’s son, John, died of wounds on 8 th June 1918 whilst serving in France with the 6 th battalion of the Machine Gun Corps.

1918 was a difficult year for those living in the village. There was uncertainty about those serving in the forces – would they come home? Some were prisoners of war and money was raised to get them adequate help. Private Ernest Smith was in hospital in Darmstadt, Germany with a bullet wound in his foot and ankle.

By the cessation of hostilities in November, 1918, 9 men with Biddenham connections had been killed or died later of their wounds: Thomas Riddy, James Plain, Giles Havergal Shaw, Alfred Dudley, Wilfred Herring, Algermon Armstrong, Richard Wright, John Davison and Greville Shaw. A tenth man, Walter Rowney, was to die of his wounds in January, 1919, before he could come home. All these men had relatives who wanted their loved ones to be commemorated on the new War Memorial when it was unveiled in 1922.

Other men from Biddenham returned home as can be seen on the photograph taken in 1919 of those who had served in the forces. Several suffered from the effects of their wounds for the rest of their lives: Willie Dowler for example, lost his right arm and his right eye. Thomas Riddy’s widow had to bring up three daughters and earn her living teaching at the Village School.

Before and during our walk, by looking at the buildings and through discussion, we realized how much Biddenham was affected by the First World War and the social and economic changes it brought about.

The next meeting of the Biddenham History Society will be on Monday 19th November, 2018 at 8pm in the Church Barn. Amanda Goody who is one of the Bedford Town Guides will talk to us about  Margery Fish – Cottage Garden. We have many lovely cottage gardens in Biddenham and this talk will give us their historical background and perhaps provide some inspiration! I hope you will be able to come.

Kathy Fricker

The Higgins Bedford – Summer Holiday Family Activities

Every Wednesday – Explore with Kevin the Platypus

Workshops start at 11, 12.30 and 2pm

£2.70 per child.

Enjoy all kinds of crafty fun at these Wednesday workshops.

Every Friday – STEM Specials

Workshops start at 11, 12.30 and 2pm.

£5 per child.

The Higgins Bedford has teamed up with popular local providers to bring you spectacular STEM themed activities for the family every Friday this summer. We’ve got Teaching Talons with their wild animal encounters, Mini Map Makers and fun with Little Science Labs.

Full Programme

Date Activity Price
Wednesday 25th July Burges Bedrooms – make a model fantasy room £2.70
Friday 27th July Capt Alice’s Mini Map Makers £5
Wednesday 1stAugust Bags of Design – personalise your own drawstring backpack £2.70
Friday 3rd August Teaching Talons’ Animal Encounters £5
Wednesday 8thAugust Paper Engineering – use paper to create Victorian style toys £2.70
Friday 10th August Little Science Labs £5
Wednesday 15thAugust Prehistoric Pots – make a clay pot to take home £2.70
Friday 17th August Teaching Talons’ Animal Encounters £5
Wednesday 22ndAugust Cabinet of Curiosity – create a cabinet to keep mini finds in £2.70
Friday 24th August Little Science Labs £5
Wednesday 29thAugust Let’s Go Fly A Kite – make a kite to fly! £2.70
Friday 31st August Capt Alice’s Mini Map Makers £5

All children to be accompanied by an adult. Activities are designed for children that are age 5 and above and are not suitable for under 3’s. Accompanying adults go free.

Places can be booked in advance. To book, please purchase a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk. We are not yet able to take bookings over the phone or online. Unfilled places will be offered on a first-come, first served basis on the day.

‘This place is really amazing with all the little activities for kids’ (Keira)

‘On a scale of 1 to 10 I would write 10/10’ (Luca Phillips Age 8)

Bike ’n Hike 2018 and raise money for St James’ Church




Are you a cyclist or a walker and would you like to raise money for St Jame’s church? The annual Sponsored Bike ‘n Hike organised by Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust will this year be held on Saturday 8th September. Please make a note of the date in your diary or on your calendar.

For further details click here or access the website directly at Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust


Crime Statistics – May 2018

For the month of May 2018, please find below an Excel file containing crime stats from Bedfordshire Police.  As usual they have been sanitised so that people or houses cannot be identified. Due to administration issues the data set relates to the period 25th April to 29 May 2018.

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

Crime related to Biddenham and Great Denham is highlighted in yellow:-Crime stats sanitised May 2018


Police Issue Burglary Advice During Hot Weather

We are urging residents to consider home security during hot weather.

As we enter the peak summer period, burglars may take advantage of unlocked doors or open windows – a property that presents itself as insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.

Please take don’t leave ground floor windows or doors open or unlocked, and ensure they are closed and locked when you go to bed at night. It only takes a second for a thief to enter a home and take things, often without being noticed.

Further advice to keep homes secure over the summer includes:

• Always close and lock windows and doors when leaving the property – even a small open window could entice a burglar.
• Keep car and house keys out of sight and away from windows and doors.
• If you’re in the garden, make sure windows and doors at the front of the property are secure.
• Do not leave valuables on display through windows.
• Ensure that any side entrance is secure, locked and not easy to climb over, even when someone is at home.
• Consider installing a visible security light or alarm to deter criminals.
• Going on holiday? Make arrangements to make sure the house appears occupied whilst it’s unoccupied. Put lights on a timer or ask a neighbour to come and pick up mail and draw curtains. Don’t advertise being on holiday on social media.

Detective Inspector Andy Southam said: “Now we’re approaching summer, everyone is keen to make the most of the hot weather. But burglars are also keen to make the most of open windows, and that’s why we’re issuing this advice. I am urging people to remain vigilant throughout the summer months, and I hope that by taking these steps people will be able to make their homes less appealing to offenders.

“Burglary is traumatic for victims, and we remain committed to tackling burglary through our force wide response, Operation Fidelity. Officers from across the force work together to target offenders and bring them to justice. By following our advice, you can help us tackle burglary.”

For more information about burglary and further advice, visit our website.

Message Sent By Leigh Smith (Police, Communications Admin, Communications)

Biddenham’s Women Group – The History of Women’s Underwear

The Biddenham Women’s group had a presentation on the 12th June 2018 about “The History of Women’s Underwear”.

Ann Wise, a social dress historian of 30 years (though one would never have guessed it) had such a soporific voice that she might have lulled us off to sleep had it not been for the humorous pictures she showed us.

We started off with some ‘Medieval modesty’, depicted in a woodcut from 1474, showing women wearing a simple loin cloth but, for hundreds of years, the only undergarment worn was a simple chemise, made of coarse linen or cotton. Its sole purpose was to absorb perspiration and protect the expensive fabric of the beautiful dresses worn at that time. Natural fabrics had the advantage of being hard- wearing, could be cut down or passed on to siblings.

Everything was hand made. Sewing machines appeared in the 1850s and by 1870 patterns became available. A bride’s trousseau consisted of a chemise, silk stockings – held up with ribbons – and a corset with hooks at the front and laces at the back which, if you were lucky enough to have a maid, would be tied by her. Individual pockets, often elaborately embroidered and passed down as heirlooms, would be tied around the waist underneath the dress.

Corsets created a foundation for clothes, ensured a small waistline and upright posture making it very hard to bend. They were worn day in and day out and were wiped with a damp cloth.

A cotton-lined quilted petticoat was worn under an open robe in the 18th century. Many examples of women’s clothes are on display in museums, we were informed by Ann, who has worked in the heritage section of several museums. We can only assume the men wore theirs out!

The 1800s saw a change in fashion and a change in the shape of corsets. In the Regency period waists were out but after about 30 years waists were back in vogue again because they had become ‘a marriageable asset’. Young girls from the age of six had to wear a corset for the entire week!

Dry cleaning had become available if you were wealthy; failing that you could use gin and ammonia (and you can only guess where that came from).

Natural dyes were being substituted by artificial ones in the 1850s. Unfortunately, the chemicals reacted with the fabrics and few survived from that time. You could, however, knit your own corset! You would need to add a few extra rows of knitting though because by the 1890s corsets became longer and suspenders could be attached.

Open drawers, like Queen Victoria’s two-legged garments, developed from the 1930s and by the 60s and 70s elastic, rayon and nylon garments were being manufactured.

By the 1920s laced and boned corsets gave way to girdles and stockings were made of more natural colours and artificial fabrics. Ready-to-wear garments were now appearing and enabled women to have more freedom for their more active lifestyles.

This is just a brief summary (if you will pardon the pun) of the presentation we enjoyed in our group. If the subject matter of future talks appeals to you, do come along and join us. In the new year our group name will change and become more inclusive. Watch this space!

At our Summer Social, on 10th July, we shall ‘Party Like Royalty’ and raise funds for TIBBS Dementia Foundation, which is our chosen charity this year. If you wish to join us and are not a member the fee will be £5 for tea and entertainment – plus a quiz on royalty. Please remember to bring cash for a ‘Regal Raffle’. TIBBS, winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, needs your support.

Bromham Library May 2018 Half-Term activities

Bromham Library are doing some half term activities for children in the week beginning Saturday 26th May to Saturday 1st June 2018.  It is free to participate in and of course parking is free.

Elmer Mask Craft

It`s Elmer Week at Bromham Library! Start by dressing in your brightest colours and come along to complete your outfit by making an Elmer mask.
On 26/05/18 from 10:30 to 12:30

Elmer Headband and Ears Craft

Come along and join the fun as Elmer Week continues!
On 29/05/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Stand-Up Elmer Craft

Drop in to make and decorate your own stand-up Elmer elephant.
On 30/05/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Elmer Bunting Craft

Help us make the longest Elmer bunting! Colour it today and take it home next week.
On 31/05/18 from 14:30 to 16:30

Elephant Bookmark Craft

Join us to make your own elephant bookmark to take home.
On 01/06/18 from 10:00 to 11:30

Elmer Crafts and More

To finish off Elmer Week come and join us for Elmer crafts, colouring, games and pin the trunk on Elmer.
On 02/06/18 from 10:30 to 12:30