The Biddenham Remembrance service 2019

The Biddenham Remembrance service took place at the war memorial. The service was led by Paul Fricker. Joseph Mummery played the Last Post and Jon Gambold lowered the flag.  Bob Hutchinson and Craig McEwan laid the wreaths.

After a week’s worth of rain the weather was nice and crisp with sunny spells. A new order of service was produced. Some stunning artwork was produced by Val Fitzhugh and put on show, this is featured on the home page. Some photos of the service can be viewed below:

Roadworks within the Borough

Below is a list of the major roadworks currently ongoing or planned in the Borough : 

Ongoing to 18 June – Hurst Grove, Bedford – full closure for resurfacing works – Bedford Borough Council

Ongoing to 24 June – A421 lane closure – bridge repairs at Renhold – Highways England

24 June to Spring 2020 – Bromham Road, Bedford – full closure of bridge for demolition – Network Rail

Ongoing to 20 December 2019 – Manton Lane, Bedford – temporary traffic lights for road improvement scheme (Bedford 2020) off peak only (9am until 3:30pm)– Bedford Borough Council

Ongoing to 8 July 2019 – Bedford Road, Kempston – temporary traffic lights for gas main renewals – Triio 20 July – January 2020 – Britannia Road, Bedford – one way closure for road improvement scheme (Bedford 2020) – Bedford Borough Council

Mid July – December 2020 (provisional) – A6 Wilstead Bypass – full closure for reconstruction works – Bedford Borough Council

27 July – 6 August – Marsh Leys Roundabout, Kempston – lane closures for resurfacing – ECL (for Bedford Borough Council)

New Speed Watch Group

Following the many discussions about traffic safety at Gold Lane in Biddenham, it has finally been decided to form a new speed watch Group.

The Parish Council has, as a first step agreed to the purchase of a Speed Indication Device which will be deployed in Gold Lane. Depending upon the outcome, more could be obtained for other parts of the village. As a further step, the setting up of a Speed Watch group is being considered. Guidelines and a flyer are attached below.  The group would be volunteers who would require formal training and authorisation by the Police and then conduct speed checks in parts of the village agreed with the BPC and/or the Police. The Speed Watch group would be involved in analysing all of the relevant information from these activities along with the Biddenham Parish Council and if necessary, the Police.   

Anyone interested in joining the Speed Watch group for the village should forward their interest to  Once a level of interest has been established contact can be made with the  Police Community Speed Watch so that the necessary training can take place. This will probably start in the autumn.

Network Rail Bromham Road Bridge Closure Starts Monday 24th June 2019

Network Rail’s Bromham Road Bridge closures starts on Monday 24th June and will run until Spring 2020. This is to allow them to safely demolish and raise the bridge as part of their Midland Main Line upgrade. A diversion via the A6 and Clapham Road will be clearly signposted. This full closure follows earlier partial and overnight closures to allow for preparation ahead of this demolition. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the closure, with a temporary footbridge in place when required. A Borough Council spokesperson said, “Bromham Road Bridge is a busy route in and out of Bedford. We would encourage road users to find alternative routes where possible and allow more time for your journey. “We have worked with Network Rail to minimise disruption, including delaying our Transporting Bedford 2020 works on Clapham Road so that there aren’t road closures on this main thoroughfare at the same time. “The works on Manton Lane are not directly on the diversion route, but we appreciate could have an impact so we have worked to keep the road moving, with no temporary traffic lights in use on the road until after 9.30am and removed by 3pm during the school term so they do not impact during peak time. “Thanks to technology already installed through the Transporting Bedford 2020 project, we are able to monitor journey times on key routes. We will keep a close eye on this, especially in the early days of Network Rail’s closure and if necessary look at options to help further alleviate traffic pressure.” You can find out more about the planned work on Bromham Road Bridge by visiting the Network Rail website at, or calling the Network Rail National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

As a result of Network Rail’s work Stagecoach and Grant Palmer have made the following changes to bus services. · Stagecoach service 41 will not be serving Bedford Railway Station and Chaucer Road stops. It will rejoin Bromham Road to serve the Cutcliffe Grove stop. · Stagecoach X5 will not be serving the Chaucer Road bus stops. It will rejoin the route on Bromham Road at the Deep Spinney/Biddenham roundabout. · Grant Palmer service 11 will not be serving Chaucer Rd, Cutcliffe Grove, Biddenham Turn, Day’s Lane, and Deep Spinney stops. It will rejoin Bromham Rd at the Biddenham roundabout.

The Biddenham Website has been temporarily disabled

Malicious activity has been detected on the website and it has been temporarily disabled. Unfortunately multiple activities need to take place between the developer and hosting site to fix the issues. This involves setting up a captcha plugin to prevent such issues taking place in the future. As this is the weekend, it will take some time to resolve.

Thank you for your patience.

Biddenham Parish Council

Peter’s Picturehouse – Review and Preview – Phantom Thread

To make an omelette…

…. you have to break a few eggs. And Phantom Thread put a new spin on omelette making! Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the centre of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, and socialites in the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

Having hooked her man partly by serving one of the thinnest actors in the world one of the largest breakfasts ever seen, we find Reynolds reverting to old habits and beginning to drift away from his newly acquired muse.

In order to keep him firmly at her side, Alma occasionally poisons him by fixing an omelette with poisoned mushrooms and then nursing him back to health. (This makes a bit more sense when you watch the film!)

Many of us were perplexed by this complicated film, but it definitely stays in the mind, and, without doubt, will cause a slight hesitation in all those who saw it the next time they are offered a mushroom omelette!

On June 4 th Peter’s Picturehouse will be showing Woman in Gold – Helen Mirren plays Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee who takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. Doors open: 7.00 pm for a 7.30 start.

Press Release – Battle of Biddenham postponed by Bedford planners

The borough’s planning committee had been due to consider Lioncourt Strategic Land’s proposals for land off Gold Lane and Deep Spinney, in Biddenham, on Monday.
But a borough spokesperson said it will now be heard at the next meeting of the Planning Committee on May 20.

Land between Biddenham and Bromham

Land between Biddenham and Bromham

They said: “Due to an IT issue, consultation letters relating to an additional report prepared by the developers were sent out late, which resulted in the consultation period expiring after the committee meeting scheduled for April 29.

 “To ensure that all interested parties are able to have time to consider the additional information, the decision has been taken to defer this item which will now be heard at the next meeting of the Planning Committee on May 20 May.”
 The decision has delighted campaigners in Biddenham.

Peter Chase, who chairs Biddenham Parish Council, said: “Obviously, we are pleased the borough have seen sense, in terms of the meeting on Monday.

“The most sensible thing to happen at the May meeting will be for the committee to decide on a site visit.

“I understand that due to the elections happening next Thursday, a majority of those who sit on the committee will be changing. I’ve heard six councillors are standing down.

Source : Bedford Today