2018 Biddenham Show – RAFFLE

Several raffle prizes were unclaimed at the Biddenham Show. The ticket numbers are as follows:-

White with pink frame – numbers 7, 310, 314, 339 and 347
Pink – 215 and 297
Light Green – 786

The prizes are:-

Dinner for 2 at The Three Tuns
£40 Vouchers for Great Denham Fish Bar
Afternoon Tea for 2 at Brown’s of Stagsden
Afternoon Tea for 4 people at Bromham Mill
Family Voucher for Robinson Pools and Fitness
Voucher for The Eatery, Great Denham
2 bottles of Prosecco

These are all well worth winning and can be claimed at The Three Tuns

Biddenham show 2018

After a hot summer the Biddenham Show took place amid gathering clouds on Sunday the 9th September 2018. Luckily the sun came out in all its glory during the afternoon. It was tea shirt weather, the organisers looked relieved.

The show this year was smaller in scale as the school had built its new classrooms on the playing fields at the rear. The new building looks fantastic. It has been built so quickly given there was so much talk about it, totally unexpected!

Despite the lack of space the organisers did a fantastic job in keeping the more popular activities going. The Punch and Judy show was the usual hit with many balloons being handed out. Many children were present and as usual the, circus games, bouncy castle, ice cream van and candy floss stall proved very popular with them.

Centre stage this year was the dog show, it was very busy around the perimeter and the dogs were quite excitable. The human fruit machine was there as well, however fate made it hard going getting the correct combinations. Oh well.

For the older people the beer tent was there along with the traditional competition displays, the cakes in particular looked very tempting.

As usual the Biddenham show is a success because of the organisers and the people who come. The organisers have again been outstanding in their efforts despite the organisational challengers.

Some pictures of the event follow:-


Biddenham Crime Statistics – 1st to 28th August 2018

From Dave Girling on behalf of Bedfordshire Police:-

I attach the sanitised crime stats for 1-28 August 2018. Some of these you have had before from my last distribution.

The data base sorts on “Recorded date”. I have left both “Recorded date” and “Committed date” in as some committed dates are very old. Last time I deleted Recorded date and this caused some confusion.

Where a committed date is the very end of the previous month it is logical that it may not be recorded till this month, but I do not at his time have the ability to look in to crimes with older committed dates. I hope to resolve this shortly.

The data has been filtered for both Biddenham and Great Denham

Crime stats 1 to 28 Aug 18 Sanitised

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