Biddenham has a new Vicar

After more than a year without a Vicar, St James’ Church finally has a new Vicar. An elaborate ceremony took place on the evening of 31st January 2017 at All Saints Church, Kempston Rural. The Bishop of St Alban’s, The Right Reverend Dr Alan Smith, presided over the service to formally welcome and confirm the new vicar , The Reverend Eric Lomax.

Many clergy were present from the Bedford area and beyond as well as local dignitaries.

Further details about him can be found at  Introduction – Eric Lomax

Eric Lomax will be responsible for  both St James’ church in Biddenham and All Saint’s in Kempston Rural. His first Service will be at St James on 5th February 2017 @ 9am.

Biddenham Country Park Sports Centre

The Bedford Borough Council have formally confirmed that a brand new Sports Centre is planned to be built just off The Great Ouse Way on a new road to be known as Great Spur. There are no properties yet on The Great Ouse Way or on Great Spur, the area is just about to be developed. The centre on the brand new road to be known as Great Spur as shown on the plan:- biddenham-country-park-sports-centre

The address will be:
Biddenham Country Park Sports Centre
1 Great Spur
Biddenham
BEDFORD
MK40 4WG

Biddenham Website – Subscription service

We now have a subscription service on the website. The service is free and allows subscribers to be alerted every time a new news article appears on the website.

In order to receive this service you will need to register on a new widget which is located in the middle left side of the Home page.  See red highlighted image below:-

It would be great to see people actively use this website to obtain information about their community.
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Alert – Elgar Close Suspicious Activity

A Biddenham resident has reported to the Biddenham Parish Council and tried contacting the police (via 101)  a suspicious car, that has been seen in Elger Close.

On the 27th January 2017 it was outside a property in Elgar Close. When the resident walked towards it, the driver drove off too quickly for a reg to be taken. The resident also stated that it was seen on at least two previous occasions.

A picture of the car was taken and can be seen below. The car looks like a white VW polo or golf. It was driven by what looked like a single man in his 20’s.

The activity was reported to the police but they are not interested as the registration was not clear enough.

Of course it might just be a coincidence, or maybe even a resident!

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Message from the Police – Burglary 2 in Elger Close Biddenham

Bedfordshire Police have advised us there was a second burglary in Elger Close, Biddenham, Bedford which occurred between 10:00 and 22:40 on Saturday 21st January and they are appealing for information.

The property was locked and secured at 10am. On return at about 22:40, the householder noticed the light in the kitchen was on.

Unknown offenders had entered the property and forced entry by using a screwdriver or similar into the beading into rear window of the patio door to cause the double glazed window to smash. They entered the premises and conducted an untidy search and left the property by unlocking another patio door from the inside where the keys had been left in the inside.

Did you see anyone suspicious? Did you hear anything? Did you see a person or a vehicle in the area that caught your attention?

If you have any information about this incident, no matter how small, please call 101 quoting reference number JH/2939/2017 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Whether this incident is near you or not, you may want to think about whether you have noticed anything suspicious in your area, no matter how small, and report it to 101.

Has anything similar happened recently to you or someone you know? Make sure it’s reported to the police.

For crime reduction advice to make your home secure, please click onhttp://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/crime_reduction.aspx

You may want to check your own security and consider the following advice.
Most break-ins occur at the back or side of a house.

  • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
  • Remove all keys from locks.
  • Keep keys in a safe place out of view.                         
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Keep side gates locked.
  • Keep sheds and garages locked.
  • Keep bins, ladders and tools locked away.
  • Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.
  • Make your house look and feels like someone is home at all times.
  • If your house is empty after dark, leave a light on or set a timer – and even leave a radio on.

Message from the Police – Burglary 1 in Elger Close Biddenham

Bedfordshire Police have advised us there was a burglary in Elger Close, Biddenham, Bedford which occurred between 10:00 and 19:00 on Saturday 21st January and they are appealing for information.

Unknown offender entered the enclosed rear garden and shattered the glass in the upvc patio door and entered the location. A messy search of whole house had taken place. At this stage it is unknown what may have been taken.

Did you see anyone suspicious? Did you hear anything? Did you see a person or a vehicle in the area that caught your attention?

If you have any information about this incident, no matter how small, please call 101 quoting reference number JH/2940/2017 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Whether this incident is near you or not, you may want to think about whether you have noticed anything suspicious in your area, no matter how small, and report it to 101.

Has anything similar happened recently to you or someone you know? Make sure it’s reported to the police.

For crime reduction advice to make your home secure, please click onhttp://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/crime_reduction.aspx

You may want to check your own security and consider the following advice.
Most break-ins occur at the back or side of a house.

  • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
  • Remove all keys from locks.
  • Keep keys in a safe place out of view.                         
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Keep side gates locked.
  • Keep sheds and garages locked.
  • Keep bins, ladders and tools locked away.
  • Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.
  • Make your house look and feels like someone is home at all times.
  • If your house is empty after dark, leave a light on or set a timer – and even leave a radio on.

Land North of Bromham Road, Biddenham

With the on going development of land North of Bromham Road, Biddenham,  the Borough Council have created a central portal showing all the paper work relating to this huge development. The link is not easy to find so you can access it directly by clicking the following link :- Biddenham Development

There is a lot of documentation on this site so if readers can point out some interesting links and documentation on it we can insert them on this page. Please forward feedback to info@biddenham.org.uk.

As this is a news article I have inserted the above link into the website menu structure for future ease of access. It can be found by clicking Biddenham website Link

 

Operation Beneke

The Local Community Policing Team will be running the re-scheduled Operation Beneke in Biddenham on Thursday 29thDecember 2016.

Operation Beneke aims to address Community Concerns and Parish Priorities through engagement and Crime Prevention.

Further details can be found by clicking operation-beneke