Notification of withdrawal of Stagecoach service 11: Great Denham to Bedford via Bromham Road

Notification from Bedford Borough Council:-

We have received notification from Stagecoach that the service 11 is to be withdrawn from the 18th February 2018 (the 17th February will be the last day of operation). The service has been operating commercially between Bedford and Great Denham via Bromham Road and provides a direct link to Bedford Railway Station.

The decision to cancel the service is a commercial one, and the total withdrawal follows reductions in peak time services last year. The decision to withdraw this service has been made by Stagecoach on the basis that there has been insufficient take-up of the service for it to be commercially viable.

Alternative services operating between Bedford and Great Denham are currently available. These are services Stagecoach 8 (every 30 minutes) and Grant Palmer 24 (hourly). The former operates via Midland Road, a very short walk from the Railway Station whilst the latter terminates at the bus station, also a walkable distance to/from the Railway Station.

Application to demolish Biddenham House and build 8 new dwellings on the site – Update

There has been a planning application to demolish Biddenham House and build 8 new dwellings on the site. The Biddenham society have published details about the application in the Biddenham blog.

So far only 19 comments have been submitted by the public via the Borough Council Portal. This is odd given the fact there has been a lot of activity and opinions regarding the development on this website and at the recent Parish Council meeting on the 3rd January 2018.

In order to have your voice heard on this application, the most effective way of doing this is to register your comment on the Bedford Borough Council website direct.  please click here. 

The Bedford Borough Council will take into consideration the volume of comments when making their final decision.

Note the following when making the submission.

  • A Mr and Mrs application counts as one submission. You need to make two separate submissions to count as two.
  • Two separate Mr and Mrs applications may have the same wording.
  • Anyone  who is 18 and over can make a separate submission in the same household.
  • You don’t have to live in Biddenham in order to make a submission.
  • The deadline for a Neighbour Consultation submission is 11th January 2018. No submissions will be accepted beyond this date.

If you experience any problems with registering with the Borough Council Portal, please let us know in the comments section below:-

Crime Statistics for Biddenham – December 2017

For the month of December 2017, please find below an Excel file containing crime stats from Bedfordshire Police.  Dates from 29th and 30th November 2017 have been included as these were omitted previously. As usual they have been sanitised so that people or houses cannot be identified etc. The database that is used does not record ASB’s (Anti – Social Behaviour)

Crime related to Biddenham and Great Denham is highlighted in yellow:


Transporting Bedford 2020 project

From Bedford Borough Council:-

Please find a link of an information leaflet about the ‘Transporting Bedford 2020’ project. I’d be grateful if you could circulate the leaflet to members of your Council and via any Parish mailing lists you may hold.

A paper copy of the leaflet will be delivered to households across the Borough in the coming weeks.

If you are able to display copies on noticeboards in the Parish then please let me know and I’ll send you some paper copies.

More information on the scheme can be found on the Borough Council website at

Brian Hayward
Project Manager
Bedford Town Centre Transport Strategy

Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford MK42 9AP

mobile  07823 363 133

Bedford Borough Council Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2018 – 2023 public consultation Have your say on Rights of Way

From The Bedford Borough Council:-

If you are planning to enjoy the countryside on public rights of way over the Christmas and New Year holidays why not sit down with a mince pie and a nice cup of tea after your walks and rides and  ‘Have your say on Rights of Way’ – the Bedford Borough Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2018 – 2023 public consultation.

The new five year programme to improve the public rights of way network in Bedford Borough is now open to a public consultation which ends on the 5th February 2018. Bedford Borough Council is responsible for nearly one thousand kilometres of footpaths; bridleways and byways open to all traffic across the Borough and are asking local residents to share their thoughts on how to improve these routes, as well as how to encourage more people to enjoy and make use of them.

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan (RoWIP) sets out Bedford Borough Council’s proposed aims, objectives and practical actions for increasing  ublic use and enjoyment of the Borough’s public rights of way network over the next five years, 2018 – 2023 (which can be viewed on the website link below). You can respond to the consultation in the following ways:

Post: Consulting Bedford, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
In person:

Copies of the RoWIP can also be read at the Bedford Borough libraries, Borough Hall reception and the Customer Service Centre (Horne Lane).

Hope you all enjoy access to the countryside with family and friends over the holidays and continue to do so for 2018.

Many thanks

Phill Fox
Team Leader Rights of Way
Bedford Borough Council
Room 436, 4th Floor Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford MK42 9AP

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Christmas Activities at Bromham Library

Bromham Library have organised a number of Christmas activities throughout December. See details below:-

Christmas Colouring

Drop in for some festive colouring fun!  On 20/12/17 from 10:00 to 11:30

Christmas Cards

Create and design Christmas cards to send to your friends. On 21/12/17 from 14:30 to 16:30

Christmas Colouring

Drop in for some festive colouring fun! On 22/12/17 from 10:00 to 11:30

Christmas Decorations

Drop in to make Christmas decorations to add to your tree at home. On 23/12/17 from 10:00 to 12:30

Christmas Colouring

Drop in for some festive colouring fun! On 27/12/17 from 10:00 to 11:30

Make a Bookmark

Make a bookmark for your new Christmas gift books. On 28/12/17 from 14:30 to 16:30

Christmas Colouring

Drop in for some festive colouring fun! On 29/12/17 from 10:30 to 11:30

Calendar Making

Make a 2018 calendar to take home – will you keep it or give it to someone you love? On 30/12/17 from 10:00 to 12:30