Police.UK – New data for your area has been published for 2 months ending October 2017

This is reformatted data issued by Police.UK. Click on the map to drill into the area of Biddenham.

Please find below a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months within the blue bordered map:


September 2017 October 2017
All crime 48 53
Anti-social behaviour 11 22
Bicycle theft 0 1
Burglary 11 11
Criminal damage and arson 1 2
Drugs 1 0
Other crime 0 0
Other theft 2 2
Possession of weapons 2 0
Public order 0 0
Robbery 1 1
Shoplifting 1 2
Theft from the person 0 0
Vehicle crime 12 2
Violence and sexual offences 6 10

Please visit https://www.police.uk/shape/qsR46v/ for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.

Biddenham Loop subscriptions for 2018


“The Loop”, is St James’s parish magazine, it will help keep you informed about church and village matters. Each issue of 16-20 pages carries reports of events past and news of events to come from our schools, church and village organisations plus regular reports from the Parish Council. There’s a comprehensive ‘What’s On’ diary and lots of useful contacts.

If you don’t already have a subscription or wish to renew  for the 10 issues of 2018, simply fill the form in this link and deliver it with £10 to Richard Harris, 6 Nodders Way or Jacqui Piper, 27 St Mellion Drive. Cheques should be made payable to Biddenham PCC.



Greyfriars Police Station Enquiry Office Ready To Relocate To Lime Street

Bedfordshire Police’s Bedford enquiry office, currently located at Greyfriars Police Station, will close on Tuesday (12 December) ahead of its relocation to a new site at Lime Street in the town centre.

 The Greyfriars office will close to the public at 5pm ahead of reopening at Lime Street on Monday 18 December at 9am. The new office will be open MondayFriday between 9am and 5pm.

 During the interim period, people wishing to contact the police are asked to use the online services by visiting the force’s website at www.bedfordshire.police.uk, or in an emergency dial 999.

The nearest open enquiry office during the interim period will be at Bedfordshire Police HQ, Kempston, Woburn Road, MK43 9AX.

 Jay Khan, enquiry office manager, said: “The move to Lime Street is another step in our drive to increase accessibility and we continue to invest to ensure we provide the most effective service.”

 “Building relationships with the public we serve is crucial to both improving the way we protect people and fighting crime, and we look forward to welcoming people to the new office.”

BBC-1760-OT-JH – Temp Prohibition Bromham Rd in Biddenham – 3 Jan 18

Dear all.

Proposed Temporary Left Turn Prohibition – Bromham Road, Biddenham.

I have received a request for a temporary left turn prohibition at the above location to facilitate the repair of a collapsed culvert. Having assessed the application I am satisfied the request is justified, so the details are listed below:-

Details: Road: Bromham  Road, Biddenham.

Prohibition: Prohibits vehicles turning left from Bromham Road, Biddenham, into Biddenham Turn, Biddenham.

Applicant/Contact: For further information please contact Gary Parsons of Barhale PLC (on behalf of Anglian Water Services), Tel: 07947 961642.

Reason: To facilitate the repair of a collapsed culvert.

Dates: This temporary left turn prohibition is anticipated to be in operation 24 hours a day from Wednesday 3rd January 2018 to Sunday 14th January 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. 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. See plan below:-
Note: Please also refer to the attached plan supplied by the prohibition applicant which shows the location of the left turn prohibition and the alternative route.

Kind Regards,
Jason Holdsworth.
Highways Technician (Temporary Traffic Management).
Highways & Direct Works,
Bedford Borough Council,
Borough Hall,
Cauldwell Street,
Bedford, MK42 9AP.
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Appeal for witnesses of weekend burglary in Biddenham

Bedfordshire Police is seeking further information from the public following a burglary in Days Lane, Biddenham, on Sunday evening (26 November 2017).

At approximately 6pm the offenders forced entry to the property and stole a safe containing a number of valuable items, including jewellery.

Officers are looking to trace a white vehicle that was seen in the area at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Nahar on 101, quoting crime reference JH/51841/17, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Crime Statistics for Biddenham – November 2017

For the part month of November 2017, please find below an Excel file containing crime stats from Bedfordshire Police. For the dates 29 & 30th November 2017 data has been omitted due to administrative issues. 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.

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


Biddenham History Society – The Roman Villa complex at Manton Lane

On Monday, November 20th , Steven Cockings and Elizabeth Sayer from the Bedford Roman Villa Project gave a fascinating and very well illustrated presentation about their work to the History SocietyWe learnt that Biddenham was the powerhouse of agriculture in Roman Britain in the mid-fourth century AD. The rich soil and the proximity to the River Ouse for transport made it the centre for growing spelt which was distributed to the Roman garrisons on the Rhine and throughout Britain including those on Hadrian’s Wall, using flat bottomed boats.

The wealth generated by the grain trade was reflected in the relatively dense settlement and the Roman Villa complex at Manton Lane that Steven and Elizabeth have been working on since 2011. They pointed out that as late as 2010 it was possible to write that there were no known Roman villas in Bedfordshire, only farmsteads. However, that was to change in 2011, when work started to build a disability ramp at Edith Cavell School on Manton Lane. A utilities trench uncovered a section of Roman wall. This find made further exploration of the site and of the land across the road in Manton Lane desirable and this was undertaken in 2013 and 2016. Funding was provided by donations from individuals and Bedford Borough Council, and Mike Luke of Albion Archaeology provided expert professional help and guidance.

The objects found revealed a wealthy settlement in a south facing location and near to a natural spring with links to mainland Europe. For instance, a piece of pottery was discovered that came from Trier in Germany. High status items were found such as pieces of elaborate freestyle stucco plasterwork of a type that has not been found elsewhere in Roman Britain and rarely outside Italy. A fragment of window glass, high in iron, manganese and titanium can be traced back to sand found in Egypt. It would have been used probably in a bath house from about 350AD. The print of a small shoe or boot discovered on a tile was also a high status item.

Steven and Elizabeth depicted a wealthy complex that was thriving in the mid-fourth century AD. Steven would like to think that the Emperor Constantine might have been a visitor as he would have had luxury accommodation, and that the Eusebius named on the beautiful gold ring found in 1980 in the Biddenham Loop, had a connection with the villa. Sadly, the life there came to an end in 392AD when Steven said, the Romans  themselves systematically destroyed the villa for political and economic reasons. This is why only small pieces of glass and stucco survive. Some of the stone may have been used to build St Peter’s Church in Bedford. Steven and Elizabeth would like to find out more about this fascinating complex at Manton Lane and they did discover some more walls in the Spring of this year. We hope their project will continue to yield interesting information about our past.

The next meeting of the Society will be on Monday, January 22nd , 2018 at 8pm in the Church Barn.  Jonathan Byrne, the Oral History Officer at the Bletchley Park Trust will talk about the work of the Bletchley Park Trust. We hope you will be able to come as the mysteries of Bletchley Park in the Second World War are now being revealed!

K Fricker

Update – Public Consultation Meeting – Farmland West of Gold Lane, Biddenham

With reference to the Development Consultation  on the 21st November 2017, the Parish Council would like to make the following statement in response to many comments received:

The Parish Council have not failed to keep the village informed.  This whole matter only came to our attention following initial contact from Lioncourt on 12th October 2017 and was discussed at our next meeting on November 8th.  Between these dates a closed meeting with Lioncourt occurred, which was the first time we had any inkling that they were proposing such a large development.  We agree with you their plans and formative application should be rejected, amongst many reasons, for contravening the Borough’s stated AD42 policy which protects the land separating Bromham and Biddenham.

Our chairman’s write up for the Biddenham Loop of our last council meeting will contain a significant section on this matter.  His articles are also available on this website under Parish Council / Council Documents / Chairman’s Report.

Note also at this stage no formal planning application has been submitted by Lioncourt to the Bedford Borough Council. 

Biddenham Parish Council