No Fireworks at Great Denham in 2017

There will be no Firework display at Great Denham this year. This has been confirmed by the Golf Club itself. All search engine results point to previous year’s displays so be warned.

If someone can recommend another free Firework display in the local area, please provide details in the comment section below.

There will be an impressive  free Fireworks display at the Bedford Embankment on the 23rd November 2017 if you can wait a bit longer.

Of course if you wish to pay Bedford rugby club do their traditional firework display  on the 3rd November 2017 this year.

Halloween in Biddenham


With Halloween coming up, Bedfordshire Police will be increasing patrols in the local area during the evenings. Their main concerns will be anti-social behaviour linked to this time of year. If you know of any areas which have been an issue in the past, please contact :-

PCSO 6753 James Dancer
North Rural and North Central Community Team
Riseley Police Station
Tel: 101


For many, especially those taking part, it’s a great, fun activity, but for others, who may not welcome numerous callers to their door, it can be a very unnerving and stressful time.

If you are planning to go trick or treating, please follow these simple guidelines.

  • Adults should ALWAYS accompany young children – NEVER let youngsters go trick or treating on their own !
  • Only go to houses where there are Halloween items on display such as pumpkins.
  • NEVER accept an invitation to go inside a strangers home
  • Always keep to well lit areas; wear bright clothing, carry a torch and remember road safety
  • Unless pre-arranged, DO NOT visit elderly members of your community
  • Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people
  • Keep any tricks within the law.

If you would rather your home was not visited, please download print and display the poster by clicking this link

Alert 3 – Darlow Drive – multiple burglaries & break-ins

Further to the stolen bike burglary, it has been ascertained that multiple other attempts were made to break in to garages and cars in Darlow Drive causing damage to garage doors, locks and cars.

Would all residents in Darlow Drive check their properties and cars very carefully for damage and attempted break-ins? The incidents have been reported to the Police.

Hopefully the police will take these multiple incidents seriously. The more information gathered and consolidated the better the Police can conduct their investigations. So far one resident has captured the burglar on CCTV.  If any other residents have further CCTV images or indeed other useful information during the early hours of the 28th October 2017 please report to the police directly.

Alert 2 – Stolen Bike – Darlow Drive – Further information

Alert 2 – Stolen Bike  – Further information

Further to the information about the stolen bike. Both neighbours either side of the house where the crime was committed had their garage doors broken into. Although the locks were broken the burglar (s) did not manage to gain entry. It has also been reported more precisely that the break in took place at 3:10 am on the 28th October 2017.

The burglar (s) also proceeded to walk in an easterly direction past Elgar Close then onto Biddenham Turn as equipment from the bike was disposed of in this direction.

On Elgar Close a red mountain bike has been recovered in good condition apart from a buckled rear wheel. It may have been disposed of by the burglars whilst taking it from another house. If you have a missing red mountain bike please make contact using this email

Again if anyone has any information or has cameras that were in operation around the time of the crime, please make contact via the above email so that the Police can progress their Enquiries.

Please ensure that you take extra security measures over the coming days

Alert 1 – Stolen Bike – Darlow Drive

Alert – Stolen Bike

A bike has been stolen from a garage in Darlow Drive. It appears that the burglar opened the garage which unfortunately was not locked. they selected it and stole it. It looks also as if they looked around and opened the rear door of the garage and may have looked around the garden. It appears nothing else was taken.

The crime took place between Friday 27th October 2017 @5pm and Saturday 28 October  2017 @8:30am.

A couple of pictures of the bike can be seen below. It is a White Apollo Envoy Mens Hybrid Bike 18″. It has in addition a black rear rack with black panniers on it. It can be further distinguished by having two different tyres with a coloured valve

The incident has been reported to Bedfordshire Police where a crime number has been assigned JH/46486/2017. If anyone has information or has seen suspicious activity in the specified area, please report it to the police immediately.



Press Release – Christmas Lights Switch On event

Bedford’s Christmas Lights Switch On event will take place on Thursday 23 November, at 7pm, along The Embankment.

Everyone is invited to attend this free Christmas event when Bedford Borough Council will light up the town with another magnificent firework display to mark the start of the Christmas period.

Entertainment before the switch on, organised by BedfordBID, will take place from 3pm – 7pm in Harpur Square and will include a snowboard simulator, Christmas balloon modelling, a Cairngorm reindeer and lots of Christmas games.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Get your hats and scarves at the ready and be sure not to miss this fun, family event which is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas. There’s always a sea of smiles as the atmosphere builds up for the switch on event as peoples’ festive spirits are raised.”

Father Christmas will be at the switch on event, so get there early to get a good spot and help welcome him to Bedford!

There will be free late night parking at the Harpur Centre and Council-owned car parks (except River Street) from 6.00pm on the 23rd November. The Christmas Light Switch On will also mark the beginning of late night parking in Bedford Town Centre.

Further information on any other Christmas related events can be found here.



Press Release – Millions to Tackle Manton Lane Congestion

Bedford Borough Council has announced a £5 million investment to help tackle congestion on Manton Lane after a successful bid to secure additional funds from the Department for Transport.

With £3.5million in Government funding secured towards the council investment, improvements to the Manton Lane junction are now set to go ahead through the ‘Bedford Northern Gateway to Growth’ project. This will increase capacity and help tackle the congestion in this area.

These works are set to include the installation of signals on Manton Lane roundabout, linking the traffic lights on Manton Lane to the new signalised roundabout, increasing capacity at the Great Ouse Way junction, and improving pedestrian crossing facilities on Manton Lane.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Transport said “This junction is a well-known congestion hotspot in our town. This successful bid, alongside investment by the Council, will deliver major works to help relieve this pressure.  As our town and Borough continue to thrive and grow, these crucial works to improve our infrastructure will help keep our roads running smoothly.”

Works are expected to begin in 2019, following consultation and confirmation of the final detailed scheme.


New Biddenham Country Park Sports Centre

Kempston Town will be playing at their new ground Kings Field

After months of negotiation, we can now reveal that Kings Field will be the permanent home of AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Along with our partners at Bedford Tigers RLFC, with whom we will share the facility, we have negotiated a very long term lease with Linden Homes & Bovis Homes, that will allow both clubs to flourish.

The development sits just on the edge of Biddenham, off the new bypass and alongside a lovely country park. The £2.8million complex boasts 6 changing rooms, 4 officials rooms, 2 locker rooms, kitchen, meeting room and a very spacious hall. Outside the building it boasts a large well lit car park with 148 spaces, a large cycle shelter plus 3 adult pitches and 2 junior pitches.

The facility will be run by a committee made up of members of both clubs, plus other members of the local community and the developers. This will allow the club to be run with transparency and integrity, and to help engage the local community and for them to feel a part of this great complex.

This will be the first time that Kempston Town has had its own home, and the club are relishing the opportunity to drive forward and achieve it’s goals. The players have been excited and eager, and it was fantastic to be able to play our first two games last weekend. We have lots of ambitions and targets for the coming years, and this will give us the opportunity to achieve those, and not be in the hands of other people.

We are currently in negotiations with several breweries who are very keen to be involved, and the proposal is that we will have a licensed bar in as soon as possible. We believe that this will be a fantastic venue for parties etc, and can’t wait to welcome you all into our new home.

We do have several sponsorship opportunities available, so if you are a local company, and would like to get involved, please drop me a line on the details below.


Gary Ingerson

Tel: 07800 864040

Start of Public Consultation for the Bedford Borough Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Have your say on local pharmaceutical services

Residents of Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes have the chance to give their views on pharmaceutical services in their local areas.

It is part of the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), which runs from 16 October 2017 to 15 December 2017.

A PNA looks at what pharmaceutical services are currently in an area, whether this meets local needs and if there are any gaps.

So, residents are being asked to give feedback on the services offered by local pharmacies, which could include offering health advice and information such as stop-smoking services, sexual health and drug support services as well as providing over-the-counter medicines, and whether this meets local needs.

All local authorities are required to keep an updated PNA document, so feedback is also sought on each of the documents to help identify any issues that affect the commissioning of pharmaceutical services and the ability to meet local health needs and priorities.

People can take part in one or both sections of the consultation. All feedback will be considered by the health and well-being boards from the three local authorities and help them to identify any current and future services that may need to be commissioned.

Central Bedfordshire Council – Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Health at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment affects most residents, as many of us will use a pharmacy at some point or another to get medicine or health advice and information for themselves or family members. That’s why I’d encourage as many people as possible to have their say.

“Your feedback will be vital in ensuring that what’s out there already meets local needs – and if there are any gaps then we need to know about them so that we can inform those that commission and provide services.

To have your say, visit or you can pick up a paper copy from your local library.