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ISSUE 16: OCTOBER 2012

THE BEDFORD CLANGER

Illustratiosn By Terri Gipson

For: music-lovers, culture-vultures, crafters, artists, makers, gardeners, traders, foodies, fashionistas
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HOMETOWN TOURIST

OCTOBER 2012

LAxTONS AppLE ORCHARDS PARK WOOd, BRiCKHiLL dRivE, BRiCKHiLL, BEdFORd


by Jane Perrone

ctober in our town is all about apples. Whether its bobbing for them at Halloween, or celebraing everything about them at Apple Day, weve got it covered. Find out how to get invovled in Bromham Mills Apple Day festivities, learn more about Bedfords native Laxton Apples, get the skinny on Luscious Juice Bars tasty fruit combos or enjoy some alcoholic apple juice at the Beer and Cider Festival at the Corn Exchange. At The Clanger were getting invovled in Bedfords Portas Pilot initiatives. Weve teamed up with our mates at Media Trust and are offering free citizen journalism training to enable as many Bedfordians as possible to help document our journey to make Bedford town centre great. Read all about the launch events in this months issue and register to come along on Thursday 11th October to the South Bank Arts Centre to find out more. Finally, make sure you get along to Bedford Theatre this month to check out Edfringe award winner, The Boy With Tape On His Face (see our interview on page 6) and The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik, Deep Sea Explorer on 17th October. Described as akin to a theatrical Wall-E, this is a magical family show that has to be seen to be believed. Another great booking by James Pharoah. Good work, JP! Happy Halloween and see you next month. x By Alice Smith

Welcome to the October issue of The Bedford Clanger.

A square of rough grass flanked by the boxy blue buildings of an industrial estate is an unlikely spot for a pilgrimage, but then im not your average pilgrim. ive come not for an answer to prayer, but for a bag of Bedfords most famous apples.
his spot just off Brickhill Drive is the community orchard at Park Wood nature reserve is one of the few remaining places to see the legacy of Bedfords famous residents of the past - nurseryman and plant breeder Thomas Laxton, whose work was carried on by his sons William and Edward and two further generations of the family. Ask many of the towns residents today who Laxton is and they would draw a blank, but back in the late 1800s everyone in Bedford would have known this name as the breeders of many a famous variety of apple, pear, strawberry and pea: Thomas Laxton even conducted experiments on peas for Charles Darwin and was so successful at breeding strawberries that he is considered the father of our modern berry. Among the dozens of varieties of unusual apples, pears, plums and even medlars grown at Park Wood are specimens of the varieties the Laxtons bred, including

Laxtons Herald, Laxtons Leader, and perhaps their best-known variety Laxtons Superb, which you can still buy from fruit tree nurseries today - although sadly its very difficult to buy Laxtons apples themselves. Local historian and Bedford Tour Guide David Fowler was born and bred in Bedford and is one of the few people whos an expert in Bedfords Laxtons connection: In my parents garden as a kid we had a Laxton Superb; when I moved to a house in

Oakley one of the first things I planted was a Laxton Superb and when we moved from Oakley to Bromham, one of the first trees I planted was a Laxton Superb. Its a lovely apple, David told me. The apple website Orange Pippin (orangepippin.com) agrees, calling it The definitive late Victorian dessert apple, firm, Cox-style but sweeter, understated but very more-ish. Yum. Laxtons Toll Gate nurseries once covered 140 acres to the north of Goldington Road, where the University of Bedford is sited today, and Laxtons also had a shop on the High Street where Tesco now stands. Go to Devon Park and just off Seaton Drive you can see an information board that details the Laxtons work. Right here in the middle of a modern housing estate theres a grassy square that serves as another, smaller community orchard, which includes some trees believed to be Laxtons varieties. Laxtons employees who lived locally had allotments there in the 1940s and 50s, David Fowler explains. Laxtons liked to trial their trees so they were very keen to get people there to be growing them. Some of those trees are undoubtedly Laxtons. The Laxtons business closed in the 1950s, and now the only visible legacy is the few Bedford streets with apple-themed names, including Laxton Way. Its quite possible that you have a Laxtons apple in your own garden, too, and nows a great time to get excited about apples: not only is it harvest time, but tree-planting season is also approaching. If you have an apple tree in your garden and

youre not sure what variety it is, there are ways to find out: if you can take a sample of the fruit along to apple day at Bromham Mill on October 21 (11am to 4.30pm), experts will be on hand to help: if you cant make that, you can send your apples off to the experts at the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale in Kent - but youll have to pay 20 for the privilege (more information here: http://www.brogdalecollections. co.uk). Sadly, nowadays most of us are barely more adventurous than the occasional Pink Lady when it comes to picking our apples - and most of them come straight off the supermarket shelves. But theres a world of different flavours, shapes and colours out there to try: in my own neighbourhood, my children are fascinated by the red-fleshed Red Devil apples from a street tree growing in George Street. If theres an apple tree in your neighbourhood that goes unpicked, Id like to hear about it: send me an email at jane.perrone@gmail.com. With any luck we can match up unpicked apples with hungry residents looking for a pie filling or a pint of homebrewed cider. Id be particularly keen to hear from anyone whos lucky enough to have a Laxtons tree in their garden. Join the Abundance Bedford Facebook group (facebook.com/groups/abundancebedford) to find out more. Jane Perrone Garden writer, editor and blogger http://perrone.blogs.com/horticultural http://guardian.co.uk/gardening-blog Twitter: @janeperrone

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This month the Clanger heads to the coolest hangout in town to interview the lovely Louisa Jones of Luscious Juice Bar, over a freshly squeezed orange juice, of course.
Bedford Clanger: what inspired you to set up the Juice Bar? LJ: I really wanted to work for myself, and do something I believed in. The idea for a juice bar was partly inspired by a trip to Australia, where there are lots of alternative cafes and then we were given an industrial juicer and decided to be brave! BC: What is your favourite juice combination? There are so many to choose from! LJ: I love the apple, carrot, lemon and ginger juice. Our new Autumn menu includes some lovely steamies hot juices with rhubarb, beetroot and cranberry which are all delicious. [At this point, Julie, a loyal customer calls over to list the ingredients of her own favourite juice: celery, cucumber, ginger, lime, avacado, spinach, carrot and blueberries good for the hair, skin, and metabolism!] BC: With Apple Day coming up in Octo-

for everybody! BC: Theres a big music crossover in the juice bar... LJ: Yes! We always have music on in here, its always been really important to me, and I make sure that I pick a good playlist! Gareth (Mr Luscious Juice Bar) and Kev are doing a brilliant job at The Pad as well as putting on some wonderful gigs at other venues around town. You can always buy the tickets here. BC: What is the best thing about running an independent business in Bedford? LJ: Its not always easy, but our lovely customers make it worthwhile. People come here to hang out, and chat, and just order their usual. I love that. I always wake up happy to come to work its fun being here! And the local arts movement here is really active. Culture is important to Bedford and that makes it special. BC:And finally, can you sum up Bedford in three words? LJ: Cultural, Diverse, Creative.

Why be moody when you can be fruity


Photos By Graham Watson

ber, what is the best way of eating apples? LJ: juice them with a bit of ginger! Or, baked apples with sultanas and cinnamon. Or apple pie...

BC: Getting small children to eat healthily is always a bit of a battle. Do you have any tips? LJ: You can cram a lot of fruit into one smoothie and children really like smoothies! A favourite recipe has two apples, one banana and a handful of strawberries in, which is three of your five a day right there! Its always worth buying fresh juice and smoothies if you buy them pre-packaged from the supermarket, theyve been heated, and pasteurized, and often made from juice concentrate, so a lot of the goodness

has gone from the fruit, leaving mostly the sugar. When you drink a freshly made smoothie, you get all the goodness from the fruit straight away. [Clanger quickly resolves to stop purchasing evil supermarket smoothies.] The pick n mix section (includes dried fruit, yoghurt covered raisins, natural flavour jelly beans and other goodies) is always popular with children, as is the PYO salad bar. BC: A lot more is known about Gluten-

free diets now. Is that a big part of your range at the Juice Bar? LJ: We do get lots of customers coming in for the gluten free cakes and bread, which are home-made by my mum! And our vegan range is popular too, especially the vegan ice cream that we had in the summer. Lots of our customers are very health-aware, but also enjoy a massive slice of cake...we cater


Get all the incider knowledge on apples this month

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ART FRESCO AT FRESCOES PLAY YOuR PART iN HiSTORY
By Sue Gough

OCTOBER 2012

You can become part of history when an art form that dates back to 1500BC is revived in Bedford, with work beginning in October.
wall of Frescoes coffee house in Mill Street, a replica of Michaelangelos Libyan Sibyle from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Bedford artist Ian Carstairs will create the fresco, thought to be the first of its kind in this country. Kevin Kavanagh, owner of Frescoes Coffee House, said: I think people are going to be amazed as the fresco begins to appear and it is certain to have the wow factor. There is already lots of interest in this lost art form that is said to last for around 1,000 years. I want people to feel part of this at every stage and thrilled that this will be the fresco at Frescoes! Fresco fundraising has begun - 12,000 is needed and already people and businesses are contributing . The momentum is building as more people hear about the fresco

and want to be part of it so dont miss out on being part of history in the making.

A fresco is to be painted on the outside

How to become part of the fresco:

Portuguese restaurant. Try our Espetadas (Portuguese style kebabs, made with meat or fish) 4 Newnham Street, Bedford MK40 3JR Tel: 01234 364400 www.baiadecascais.co.uk

For individuals - you can donate from 25 upwards. For organisations you can donate even more. Your name (or that of someone you choose) may appear on the fresco plaque. Stirring up coffee and support for art appear on the plaque), or you can simply hand your cheque in at Frescoes Coffee House.

How to make a donation:

Electronic transfer or cheque (made payable to Libyan Sibyle) to: National Westminster Bank, 18 High Street, Bedford. Sort code: 60 02 13 Account number: 631 527 11 Account name: Libyan Sibyle State the name of the person or business you are making the donation for (this may

Click on the like button of Frescoes Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FrescoesBedford - you will then receive regular updates through Facebook. Pop into Frescoes Coffee House to find out the latest news and see for yourself the fresco as it begins to take shape.

How to follow fresco developments:

ART THE ART OF TERRI GIpSON


This months cover star is botanical fine artist Terri Gipson.
erri was a pupil at Mark Rutherford Upper School before heading to Manchester to study graphic design at Salford. Following her graduation, Terri explored her artistic interest in plants by attending a specialist botanical art course at the English Gardening School based at Londons Chelsea Physic Garden. Terris intricate paintings of Bedfords Laxtons apples can be found on information boards at the community orchard and she exhibits other work as a member of Eagle Gallery on Castle Road. Although the originals of the series of fruit paintings have been sold, Terri sells prints and cards. She also welcomes commissions! You can get in touch with her by emailing terri.art@hotmail.co.uk

Apple Day
at Bromham Mill & Gallery Sunday 21st October 2012 11.00am - 4.30pm
Join us for our annual celebration of the brilliant British apple!
Taste, eat, drink, try and buy your local apples
(if accompanied by an adult)

Bromham Mill celebrates

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ROD STEWART
Tribute Night

64 Tavistock Street Bedford MK40 2RG

Thursday 1st November

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Awarded a 4 star Food Standards Agency Rating by Bedford Borough Council

A take away delivery service is available covering Bedford and the outlying villages
I find Terris apple illustration very appealing.

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Photos: Jon West

OuR TOWN QUEENS pARK


Saturday 16th October, 7pm 11pm, Fox & Hounds, Goldington Road Tickets: 5, Call: 07841922482 / 07827998656 for more info.
All proceeds for Rainbow Pre-school Playgroup, Registered Charity no. 1036883

Rock City Art, Castle Lane, Bedford. www.rockcityart.com

An oft-forgotten part of town or a vibrant community on the banks of the River Great Ouse; home to Bedfords Wells & Youngs Brewery, yet with only one remaining pub; a plethora of thriving independent businesses surrounding a Tesco metro; home to the beautiful Guru Nanak Gurdwara and the All Saints interfaith church. Queens park is all this and more.
reengrocers wares spill onto the pavements, Polish delis thrive next to Indian sweet shops, the award-winning Italian Deli sits within the shadow of the brewery and the most diverse community in Bedford (and some say the country) lives side-byside. During The Clangers A Photo A Day project in July, one persons pictures continually piqued the interest of the other participants. QP resident, Jon West took us on a daily trip around his neighbourhood, bringing to our attention the cultural diversity, architecture and people that make up the QP community. When we met Sid, the owner of Catch 39 (formerly Sids newsagents) and Jon Wests neighbour, he told us how the area had changed over the last few decades. Our newsagent was the hub of the community, said Sid. Especially for the elderly people. They would pop in every week to pay for their paper delivery and it was their connection to the outside world. Now Tesco has openedwe couldnt compete. So we thought, lets have a change. Although the business has changed, Sid is keen to retain the connection to the Queens Park of the past. Black and white photos on the wall show a time before articulated lorries and superstores, when there was a pub on every corner and independent businesses lined the streets. So go and support the businesses in Queens Park. Grab a cod & chips from Catch 39 (6.00 for a large portion), ask the greengrocers about fruit and veg that youll never have seen before, book a beauty treatment at Looks Hair & Beauty Salon (www. looks-salon.com 35, Ford End Road, Tel: 01234-308123), take a look around the Gurdwara or All Saints Church or take a walk along the tranquil riverside. It is impossible to pigeonhole Queens Park. So go and find out what it means to you.

4 Clair Court, Lime St, Bedford, MK40 1NH. Open mon-sat 10am - 5pm.
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Is read by around 10,000 people if youd like to promote your business to our readers then contact Gemma Rogers on 07799067052 email:bedfordclangerads@gmail.com @clangerads

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A local community pub in the Castle Road area of Bedford 6 Cask Ales. plus 3 Real Ciders. 32 Dudley Street, Bedford, MK40 3TB Tel 01234 359329 Our Sister Pub The Burnaby Arms now open in Stanley Street MK41 7RU

Im planning my next trip to QP already.

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dRiNK BEDFORD BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL 2012
Date: Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th October Venue: Corn Exchange main Hall and Howard Room Open: Wed 4-11, Thu-Sat 11.30-11 Admission on entry: until 4pm 1, after 4pm Wed 2, Thu 3, Fri 4, Sat 2, CAmRA members free.
North Bedfordshire CAMRA presents its 35th Bedford Beer & Cider Festival. About 110 real ales, over 40 ciders and perries, and a wide range of draught and bottled foreign beers, including several from Bamberg, Bedfords twin city in Bavaria. Hot and cold food available, free soft drinks, clothing and books for sale, tombola. Entertainers on Sat evening are local blues and folk group Faeries Wear Boots. For further information including full beer and cider lists, visit www.northbedscamra.org.uk its a firkin good night out

OCTOBER 2012

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE BREWERY WELLS AND YOUNGS BREWING CO LTD
By Kelly Burgess The brewery expanded rapidly over the years and as the Wells family grew, so did the business. By the 1970s the brewery operations had outgrown the Horne Lane site and a new, larger brewery with state-of-theart equipment was built in 1976 in Queens Park, where it still stands today. And, in keeping with tradition, is now headed up by Paul Wells, Charles great grandson! In 2006, the brewing division set up a joint venture with Youngs brewery, becoming Wells and Youngs, and just five years later Charles Wells acquired full ownership of the business. The company has also established an estate of more than 200 Charles Wells pubs and has opened pubs in Paris, Toulouse, Montpellier, Bordeaux and has recently opened one in Lyon in France. Charles Wells Pub Company has gained national recognition for its pub estate and was named Pub Company of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Over the years Wells and Youngs has built up an awardwinning portfolio of beers which include national favourites, Bombardier, Youngs Bitter, Courage Directors, premium lager Estrella and Bedfords much loved Eagle Ale to name but a few! Only the very best ingredients go into Wells and Youngs famous beers, they use farm assured barley, hand selected hops and their very own accredited natural mineral water which is sourced from a well in Bedford sunk by Charles Wells himself more than 200 years ago. Their master brewers also pride themselves on coming up with new, innovative tastes for their great range of seasonal and flavoured ales. Wells and Youngs were the geniuses behind Banana Bread Beer and Waggle Dance which have been extremely popular the world over, and particularly with drinkers in the USA, who cant get enough of the distinctive beers. But as the empire continues to grow, the company still prides itself on being at the heart of the local community and supporting all things that make Bedfordshire great. It is the proud sponsor of Bedford Blues Rugby Club and the bi annual River Festival and regularly fundraises for local charities, including Keech Hospice Care in Bedfordshire- ensuring Charles Wells Ltd continues to be a local business we can all be proud of!
Photos: Donnie Canning

THE VENUE
KEmPSTON
Kempston indoor Bowls Club has a lot more to offer than just marbles for Grown ups.
n the past few months new kid on the block, Events Manager Paul Kavanagh, has been making some radical changes and is in the middle of rebranding the bowls club as The Venue which he hopes will become the go to place for any community events in the area. Facilities include: a 150 seater restaurant, bar and conferencing facilities for up to 300 people and a recently refurbished kitchen. An extensive program of events is being kicked off by an Elvis Tribute night on 30th November starring Marshall King winner of a recent ITV talent show! Others in the pipeline include: Motown, Casino and even Burlesque nights.

EvENTS

Hidden away in Havelock Street, Queens Park, its not hard to miss the Wells and Youngs brewery.

The King in Kempston Bookings for their Christmas party nights on 7th, 14th and 21st December are also flooding in, but tickets are still available for 25, which includes a three course meal and disco. With bar prices as low as 2.95, this could have the makings of a cracking night! Call Paul on 01234 852291 to find out more. They also, of course, offer Indoor Bowls. There is a bowling youth club on a Friday night and The Venue is also the home of the Wheelstats Wheelchair bowling team.

BEDFORD NETWORK
At Bedford Network we share with you our best experiences of Bedford.
his month we bring you sweet temptationsliquorish torpedoes, nut brittle, mint humbugs, Pontefract cakes, sherbert dabs, wine gums and chocolate oh yes lots of chocolate! Where can you find all of this and more? Arcadia Sweetshop has over 300 jars of traditional and retro sweets as well as quality chocolates. The shop dates back to 1905 with the opening of the Grand Arcade and since that time has continually operated as a sweetshop with a basic layout that has hardly changed over time. Today it is tickling the tastebuds of customers with a lipsmacking range of sweets and chocolate from traditional and retro to the latest products, including handmade chocolates and sugar free confectionary. Jan and Deb Page have been running this family business for over 12 years and continue a tradition of old fashioned values of personal customer service. Deb says: Many of our customers remember coming into the shop as small children, and it is especially nice to see this kind of continuity. Hopefully we nurture this through the many children we serve, whether it is with pick n mix or the more traditional favourites from

owever, behind those gates the Wells and Youngs team are busy brewing and bottling more than 1.26 hectolitres of their high-quality ales every year (thats almost 222 million pints!) which are enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. Flying the flag for Bedford, Wells and Youngs distributes an impressive 21 million pints of its distinctive ales to 33 different countries every year, including Canada, Russia, the USA and countries across Europe. And every drop starts its journey right here at the brewery in Queens Park and goes through a rigorous brewing process to ensure that every pint is perfect! Now the UKs largest independent brewery, Wells and Youngs comes from humble beginnings. In the 1870s, Bedford born Charles Wells was a Chief Officer in the Merchant Navy when he met his sweetheart Josephine Grimbley. They were eager to wed, but Charles prospective father-in-law wouldnt give his daughters hand to a seafaring man, so Charles took a drastic career change and, in 1875 he bought a brewery on Horne Lane and thirty two pubs in Bedford for 16,700. I cant wait to hop back to the Beer fest.

Sugar and spice our many jars New customers are amazed at the variety of sweets and chocolates and thrilled when they find they can still buy their childhood favourites. We are constantly told Its like stepping back in time when people come into our shop. Some of the sweets from Arcadia featured in Pirates of the Carribean, after the production company placed an order for crystallised ginger sweets, toffee tea-cakes, turkish delights and bon-bons. They wanted enough traditional sweets to fill a market stall and Deb provided them. You never know, while browsing for sweets in this lovely little sweetshop you may bump into Captain Jack Sparrow (Jonny Depp). What a treat that would be! Stay tuned to Bedford Network. We blog, tweet and Facebook: www.bedfordnetwork.co.uk Twitter: @BedfordNetwork Facebook: www.facebook.com/BedfordNetwork

Photo: Shaun Armstrong

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THEATRE THE WILD THINGS
By David Litchfield

OCTOBER 2012 OuR TOWN CITIZEN MEDIA TO REpORT ON pORTAS pILOT pROGRESS
The Bedford Town Team wants to encourage as many people as possible to become citizen journalists during our portas pilot Town journey.
e want you to video, photograph, interview, blog, tweet and generally tell the world about what were doing in Bedford to help revitalise our town centre.

Hopefully a lot of you will have seen my new designs for The Wild Things poster and flyer around town. For this months update i thought i would talk you through the images creation and- what us arty types call- my process.

telling people about as it sort of feels like cheating, but I very rarely draw the whole image as one completed piece on one single page. Instead I will draw each element on a separate page and then composite each drawing together on Adobe Photoshop. There are many benefits to working like this. One is that if I make a mistake drawing one of the elements- the drawing of Max

Yikes, that was a little bit technical (apologies to all of digitalphobes!). Next months update promises to be more messy and anarchic as I will be creating costumes and sets with the very talented Matt Baker.

WiTH BEdFORd PORTAS PiLOT & THE mEdiA TRuST


Youll have the opportunity to take part in free training sessions and meet like-minded Bedfordians eager to record the events, actions, successes, failures, highs and lows of the Portas project. You could also be mentored by professional journalists from national and regional newspapers. Bedford Portas Pilot, The Bedford Clanger and Media Trust would like to invite you to join us on THURSDAY 11TH OCTOBER at either 4.45pm or 7.30pm at the South Bank Arts Centre, Bedford College to find out more. To book a FREE place at this event, please email your details to: portaspilotbedford@gmail.com specifying whether youd like to attend the 4.45pm or 7.30pm session. Bedford has been selected as one of the 12 initial Portas Pilot Towns. The aim of the Town Team is to utilise the 51,000 funding to encourage new businesses to take premises in the town centre, to provide training and guidance to new and existing retailers and to engage with Bedfordians to collaborate on how the town centre can be improved.

Most of my designs start out as really

scruffy and sketchy thumbnails that are really quick doodles of the images I have in my head. Using thumbnails are a great way of getting the image on page (albeit a really rough version) and work out the composition and layout. I got the idea for the trees

drawing the elements

Thumbnail Sketch branches form one of the creatures faces from this stage. Once I was happy that the idea and layout were in place I got straight to work with drawing the image in my A3 sketchbook. Now, this is the bit I slightly worry about

for example- then it is not going to effect the overall image. I can just screw Max up and start him again on a fresh piece of paper. Another benefit is that I can draw each element as big and as detailed as I like and shrink it down on the computer without loosing any of the overall drawn-line quality. Anyway, once all of the individual drawings were completed I scanned them in to my computer and digitally cut out the background of the page (quite a tricky task with all of those pesky branches) before putting each image together to create one, final design. The whole process took me around about 3 days (save for eating, sleeping and blinking).

Whether youre a student or retired, a business person or unemployed, a stay-at-home mum or house-husband, wed love you to get involved! We cant do this without you and theres ABSOLUTELY NO ExpERIENCE NECESSARY!

Comping the elements onto the poster. Hopefully I will also have some exciting behind the scenes monster photos to tease you with as we continue to work away on what promises to be a really fantastic and hugely ambitious stage show. www.davidlitchfieldillustration.com With two performances of Where The Wild Things Are at The Place Theatre already sold out, go to www.theplacebedford.org.uk to book your tickets and avoid disappointment.

FuNdRAiSiNG
BEDFORDIANS FACE THE ExTRA MILE CYCLiNG CHALLENGE: LuxEmBOuRG TO vERSAiLLES (545 miLES)
t the end of September, Bedford residents Angelo and Janine Valerio, Will Liptrot and Alison Horner took part in this years Extra Mile cycle challenge - a 545mile relay over 3 days.They were raising money for The National Autistic Society

THEATRE THE BOY WITH TApE ON HIS FACE


AN iNTERviEW WiTH EdFRiNGE AWARd WiNNiNG PERFORmER SAm WiLLS!

and The Alzheimers Society, while a third of all money raised will go to the Extra Mile organisers charities St. Johns Ambulance, Willen Hospice, and East Anglian Air Ambulance. Extra Mile challenges has so far raised over 750,000 for well over 100 different charities. Our photo shows Janine and Angleo on a slightly less arduous cycle trip through France, but if you would like to reward their endurance effort then please use the link below: www.justgiving.com/TeamRawhideLuxembourg2Paris2012

This month sees Sam Wills, the winner of the winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival panel Award come to lil old Bedford at 8pm on Monday 8 October.
he Clanger wanted to find out what we can expect from this silent sensation. Fortunately, Sam took the tape off his face for the duration of our phone interview... BC: Is it hard to describe your show? Do people find it hard to understand the concept, or does the title pretty much describe what the audience should expect? Sam Wills: I have a formula that I use to describe the show. Its stand up without talking. If you like stand up comedy, then youll like what I do. (For the record - it is emphaticlly not mime - Ed). I like to give the audience the opposite of what theyre expecting, so if I feel the crowd is anticipating something, Ill change and adapt the

A show filled with gags routine to surprise people. BC: How long have you been performing as The Boy With Tape on His Face? SW: I developed the character in 2005 as a hobby; as a break from the boredom of my traditional stand up show. I never intended it to be serious. Eventually I built up more and more material and I began enjoying performing it more than my main show. This has taken over my life now more than I could have imagined. BC: By removing words from the show, youve also removed language barriers. SW: Completely! I tour the show all over the world. Its really lovely to go to Scandinavia - for example - to perform and to be surrounded by native speakers! I just sit backstage and wait til I hear my name among all the Norwegian. All the music that I use is intentionally accessible and recognisable. Everyone knows who Elvis Presley is! BC: You love a bit of audience participation in your show... SW: I am determined not to embarrass people who take part in my show and they always leave the stage as the hero! So often, if someones asked to go on stage at a comedy show they will be ritually humiliated. I want to change the idea of audience participation - to make people want to be involved, rather than fear that theyll be embarrassed. BC: How did you get into performance art? SW: I got a magic set as a child and started learning magic tricks. Then I found out that a clown lived in my town (Christchurch, NZ, fact fans) and at the age of 13 I became his apprentice. I later joined circus school,

janine & Angleo

specialising in juggling and then became a juggling teacher. BC: So how was the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for you? SW: I have a very good Edinburgh - I really cant complain! The Boy With Tape on His Face - More Tape. Monday 8th October at 8pm. If you would like to book tickets to this award-winning show then visit: www. bedfordtheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01234 269519

Good luck Angelo & Janine!

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The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk

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The Addison Centre, Kempston www.bedfordfloralartsociety.co.uk Priory Methodist Charity Fundraising Quiz Night 5pp including ploughmans supper. The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk The Biggest Jam Night in Town Huge open mic night in Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com

Tuesday 9th October

The Exec Club, Lurke Street, Bedford Tel: 01234 401500 Loaded Clubnight @ The Pad Indie/rock n roll/old skool hip hop/beats & bass. 10pm-3am, free entry before midnight. 07860 454530 www.facebook.com/#!/thepadnightclub The X-Certs Live music in Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com

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Monday 1st October

Bedford Borough Councils Premier Entertainment venue

Smokings Cool Exhibition Photography can seriously damage you and others around you! An exhibition of the coolest rock stars indulging in their favourite pastime, runs until 25th October. Castle Lane, Bedford Tel. 01234 910448 info@rockcityart.com www.rockcityart.com Kiosk Happy Hour & Storytime Cake and a Cuppa 3.00 every weekday 8.30-9.30am plus Storytime at 9.30am for Under 5s The Kiosk At The Park, Russell Park Jazz Evening - Dave Johnson Dave will be playing keyboard, but the performance will also feature himself on vocals, singing in his own unrushed, swinging style. From 8.30pm at The Bedford Arms, Bromham Rd, Bedford Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in First Steps (2-4yrs), Street Dance (6-9 & 10-15yrs), Tiny Tap, Contemporary, Street Exam, Modern, Adult Ballet and Adult Tap. Goldington Green Lower School, Goldington Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com Alpine Garden Society Bedfordshire Group Meeting The Alpine Garden Society AGM includes a short slide presentation by one of the members. A raffle and free refreshments will be available, with a professional nurseryman on hand for help and advice. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Free for members, 3 for visitors. Wilstead Village Hall, Cotton End Road, Wilstead Tel Mrs Elsie Willett: 01767 626185 Email Mr Robert Amos: mail@bedfordshirealpines.com www.bedfordshirealpines.com Tonys General Knowledge Quiz The Kings Arms, St Marys Street Tel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk Open Mic Night Hosted by local singer/songwriter Matt Roberts, 8.30pm til close. The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk

Birdwatching at the RSPB An expert will be on hand to demonstrate the latest binoculars and telescopes. From 10am until 4pm. Free to attend. The Lodge, SandyTel: 01767 680541 www.rspb.org.uk/thelodge Getting your business found in the search engines whats new and whats important Free evening lecture at the Studio Theatre, Bedford College, 6.30-8.00pm For more information visit: www.bedfordtrainingservices. co.uk/search Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in Baby Ballet, Kiddie Street Krew, graded tap and ballroom. The Studio, Polhill Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com Traditional Music Session Join in this monthly folk jam, 8.30pm at The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk

Sunday 7th October

Friday 5th October

Tuesday 2nd October

Weekly Morning Walks at the RSPB Tuesday weekly walks around the reserve. Come and admire the wildlife and enjoy the site. Everyone welcome. 9.30am-11.30am. Free for RSPB members, otherwise 3. RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy Tel: 01767 680541 www.rspb.org.uk/thelodge White Horse Quiz Night Teams of up to 6, 8.30pm, 1pp entry. The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in Baby Jazz, Modern Dance, Street Dance (16yrs+), Cheerleading and Dance Aerobics. Goldington Green Lower School, Goldington Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com Meditation Classes Weekly meditation classes held every Tuesday during term time. Learn to relax the mind and find inner peace. Drop-in classes suitable for everyone, from 7.30pm to 9pm. Cost 3.50-5. Quaker House, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford Tel: 01604 686778 www.meditation-nagarjuna.org Karaoke & Cocktails Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com

Steve Martin Seldom Sober Live music at The Kings Arms, St Marys Street Tel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk Exec Club Karaoke 9pm, The Exec Club, Lurke Street, Bedford Tel: 01234 401500 Karaoke with Diamond Fire 8pm, The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Guided Meditation Evenings Come along to weekly guided meditation evenings with Elizabeth Drake, using unique healing meditations to take you on a journey to inner peace. Take some time out, relax and meet like minded people. Refreshments included. All levels welcome. 6.30pm-8.30pm, 5 per person (first session free). Friends Meeting House, Lansdowne Road, Bedford Elizabeth Drake: 07816 236659 elizabethdrake@live. co.uk www.elizabethlilydrake.co.uk Bedford Floral Art Society Meeting A demonstration by Nick Grounds - Flotsam and Jetsam. Doors 7pm for 7.30pm. 5 for visitors. The Addison Centre, Kempston www.bedfordfloralartsociety.co.uk Antique Furniture Collectors Items Auction The first Friday of every month sees a specialist auction of Antiques and Collectors Items at the Bedford Auction Centre where a range of antique furniture, pictures, ceramics and glass, silver, metalware, militaria and other effects are offered for sale. 11am, free to attend. Bedford Auction Centre, Newnham Street, Bedford www.peacockauction.co.uk Bedfordshire Family History Society Monthly Talk Interested in family history? Then come along to the Bedfordshire Family History Societys informative monthly talks to find out more. Details of this months talk can be found on the website. Doors 7.30pm for 7:50pm start. A specialist bookstall and library are also available. 1 for non-members. Mark Rutherford School, Drama Hall, Wentworth Drive, Bedford Email: secretary@bfhs.org.uk www.bfhs.org.uk Bedford Art Society Meeting Bedford Art Society will hold its AGM followed by a demonstration of One Liner Images by Edmund Munn. 7.30pm, 5 for visitors. Putnoe Heights Church, Putnoe Heights Tel Jean Paterson: 01234 307210www.bedsartsociety.co.uk Dun 2 Def Live music in Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com

Mystery & History of the Hillfort Discover the mysteries of the Iron Age Hillfort with English Heritage expert Dr David McComish. Find out about people who lived here over 2000 years ago and what we have learnt about this important site. 11am-1pm, adults 4, RSPB members 3, children 3, RSPB Wildlife Explorers 2 RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy Tel: 01767 680541 www.rspb.org.uk/thelodge Books, Maps & Ephemera Auction The Bedford Auction Centre has developed a calendar of specialist book auctions, providing a more specific marketplace for vendors and buyers. Includes sports books, travel and topography, aviation and military, maps and prints, childrens books, modern first editions, historical documents and more. Starts at 3pm. Bedford Auction Centre Tel: 01234 266366 www.peacockauction.co.uk Cherry Lee Mewis & Her Blues Gems Live music at 4.30pm in Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Sunday Evening Dance in the Officers Mess DJs David and Viv will be on hand to play well known ballroom, latin, and sequence dances. Bring your own drinks, beverages and snacks. Relax in the elegant Stuart Lounge, dance in the historic Main Function Room and enjoy an evening of wonderful dance music. 7-10pm. Tickets 5 per person on the door. Entrance and ample free parking just off Walcourt Road. Lift access. The Keep, Corner of Bedford Road and Walcourt Road, Kempston Tel: 01234 300 179 www.MelodyMagic.co.uk Bedford Floral Art Society A demonstration by Sue Woodward - Give Me Water. Doors 7pm for 7.30pm. Visitors 5. The Addison Centre, Kempston www.bedfordfloralartsociety.co.uk Therapy Pamper Party Spend a day relaxing, experiencing inspirational ideas and making new friends whilst eating super healthy foods. 10.30am-4.30pm at the Retirement Centre, Rothsay Gardens, Bedford. Contact Ann Peckham: purpleann57@ yahoo.co.uk www.sparklingenergy.co.uk Lazy Sunday Jazz plus Jeffs Jazz Quartet Live music at The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd. 2-4pm and 8pm. Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk White Horse Quiz Night Teams of up to 6, 8.30pm, 1pp entry. Free bingo game for Sunday quizzers! The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Jons Music Quiz Up to 300 prize money! The Kings Arms, St Marys Street Tel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk Treasure Hunt by Bicycle Starting at The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd. From 12noon. Touring a variety of pubs across Bedford. BBQ on completion. For more info contact: beverlyjoburridge@ gmail.com

Art Exhibition at the MS Therapy Centre Over 150 exhibits from local artists will be displayed. 10am-3pm, 1 entry. 25% of sale proceeds go to the therapy centre to help them raise the funds needed each year to keep the centre open. MS Therapy Centre, 155 Barkers Lane, Bedford Email: msfundraising@hotmail.co.uk Weekly Morning Walks at the RSPB Tuesday weekly walks around the reserve. Come and admire the wildlife and enjoy the site. Everyone welcome. 9.30am-11.30am. Free for RSPB members, otherwise 3. RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy Tel: 01767 680541 www.rspb.org.uk/thelodge Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in Baby Jazz, Modern Dance, Street Dance (16yrs+), Cheerleading and Dance Aerobics. Goldington Green Lower School, Goldington Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com White Horse Quiz Night Teams of up to 6, 8.30pm, 1pp entry. The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Meditation Classes Weekly meditation classes held every Tuesday during term time. Learn to relax the mind and find inner peace. Drop-in classes suitable for everyone, from 7.30pm to 9pm. Cost 3.50-5. Quaker House, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford Tel: 01604 686778 www.meditation-nagarjuna.org Karaoke & Cocktails Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com

seascape of the Western Highlands, while Elgars Enigma Variations was altogether more domestic: a piano ditty caught his wifes attention, and was then extemporised around his friends. The rest, as they say, is history. Featuring conductor Tugan Sokhiev and Nikolai Tokarev at the piano. 7.30pm, tickets 12.00 - 33.00 Main Auditorium, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square Box Office: 01234 269519 cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk It Prevails + Mutiny Club Night Live music on the Mainstage followed by Friday Night Mutiny DJs in Holy Molys. Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Vinyl Revival Night Dust off those LPs & singles and come to play them at The Bedford Arms, Bromham Rd from 8pm. Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Guided Meditation Evenings Come along to weekly guided meditation evenings with Elizabeth Drake, using unique healing meditations to take you on a journey to inner peace. Take some time out, relax and meet like minded people. Refreshments included. All levels welcome. 6.30pm-8.30pm, 5 per person (first session free). Friends Meeting House, Lansdowne Road, Bedford Elizabeth Drake: 07816 236659 elizabethdrake@live. co.uk www.elizabethlilydrake.co.uk Charity Music Night Raising money for the National Autistic Society at The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Exec Club Karaoke 9pm, The Exec Club, Lurke St, Bedford Tel: 01234 401500

Saturday 13th October

Wednesday 10th October

Bedford Local Group Wildlife Trust Talk An illustrated talk by Wilf Powell - Hunting for Butterflies in Estonia. Starts 7.30pm. Free, although donations welcome. The Visitor Centre, Priory Country Park, Barkers Lane, Bedford www.wildlifebcn.org The Uncook Dinner Club Learn how to make 21 different three course dinners without cooking. 6pm-8.30pm. At the Friends Meeting House, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford. Contact Ann Peckham: purpleann57@yahoo.co.uk www.sparklingenergy.co.uk Stitch n Bitch Bring any crafty project to The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd, 7.30pm beverlyjoburridge@gmail.com Tel: 01234 214656 www. thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Black History Group Fundraising Quiz Night 5pp including ploughmans supper. The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk The Biggest Jam Night in Town Huge open mic night in Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com

Thursday 11th October

Monday 8th October

Saturday 6th October


NCT Nearly New Sale Babies and Childrens clothes, books, toys and equipment from 11.45am at Bedford Athletic Stadium. Bring & Sing at St Andrews Church Ian Smith, will once again lead this years Bring and Sing. You are invited to register at 1.45pm, with a rehearsal at 2.30pm before performing in the evening at 7.30pm. The suggested dress code is black and white. Tea, at 2 is available after the rehearsal. Scores are available in advance. This is a performance not to be missed as Ians enthusiasm is contagious and makes for a superb evening out. Tickets 8 (7 concessions), 3 students (16-21), 6 singers. St Andrews Church, Kimbolton Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 216881 www.standrewsbedford.org Priory Wildlife Watch Group Get involved in making the park a nicer place for everyone. 2-4pm, 2 per person. Priory Country Park Visitors Centre Tel: 01234 364213 Bedford Floral Art Society A Christmas demonstration by Lorena Dyer. Doors 7pm for 7.30pm.The Addison Centre, Kempston www.bedfordfloralartsociety.co.uk The Singing Loins & Fishwifes Broadside Live music at The Kings Arms, St Marys Street Tel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk Charity Music Night with Pneuminal The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Fat Lads Disco Hosted by Intobeats radio DJ, Ian Congdon-Lee. 10pm at

Wednesday 3rd October

35th CAMRA Bedford Beer & Cider Festival Featuring over 100 real ales from 40 breweries, 40 real ciders and perries, plus draught and bottled speciality beers. Tasty hot and cold food, souvenir festival glasses to hire or take home, festival and brewery clothing, books and gifts for sale, tombola and glass engraver. Saturday evening features local folk band Faeries Wear Boots. Further details including full beer and cider list at www.northbedscamra.org.uk Opens Wednesday from 4.00pm and from 11.30am Thursday to Saturday. Tickets 1.00 - 5.00 Main Auditorium and Harpur Suite, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square Box Office: 01234 269519 cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk Bedford Floral Art Society Meeting A demonstration by Susie Barwick - Wild at Heart. Doors 7pm for a 7.30pm start. 5 for visitors.

Kiosk Happy Hour & Storytime Cake and a Cuppa 3.00 every weekday 8.30-9.30am plus Storytime at 9.30am for Under 5s The Kiosk At The Park, Russell Park Storytime Mondays at 9.30am for Under 5s at the Kiosk At The Park, Russell Park Jazz Evening - Gilad Atzmon This truly great improviser on the Worlds jazz stage will be backed by The Bedford Arms Rhythm Kings. From 8.30pm at The Bedford Arms, Bromham Rd, Bedford Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in First Steps (2-4yrs), Street Dance (6-9 & 10-15yrs), Tiny Tap, Contemporary, Street Exam, Modern, Adult Ballet and Adult Tap. Goldington Green Lower School, Goldington Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www. kineticvibes.com The Boy With Tape On His Face: More Tape A Gag Reflex Comedy production, as seen on the 2011 Royal Variety Performance and Jason Manfords Comedy Rocks. Every once in a while, something magical reminds us that we all have an inner child that must be fed. Through simple, clever and charming humour aimed at satisfying that hunger, The Boy has created one of the most accessible and enjoyable shows the world has ever seen. Mime with noise, stand-up with no talking drama with no acting. Starts 8pm, tickets 12 (10 concessions), Bedford School Students 5. Suitable for 16+ Bedford Theatre, Bedford School, De Parys Avenue, Bedford Box Office: 01234 269519 www.bedfordtheatre.co.uk www.theboywithtapeonhisface.com Tonys General Knowledge Quiz The Kings Arms, St Marys Street Tel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk Open Mic Night Hosted by local singer/songwriter Matt Roberts, 8.30pm til close. Just listen or join in!

Bedford Music Club Music on Thursdays is proud to present Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano) at the Bunyan Meeting Free Church. Kristian will be playing a programme of Mozart. Starts 7.45pm, tickets cost adults 18, concessions 16, students (age 18-25) 5, children (under 18) 2. Available for purchase over the phone, online or on the door. Bunyan Meeting Free Church Ticketline: 01234 261811 or Central Box Office: 01234 269519 (a transaction fee of 1.50 applies). www.bedfordmusicclub.co.uk Bedford Portas Event Bedford Colleges South Bank Arts Centre hosts a national event in support of the Portas Pilots project. This will be the launch of Citizen Journalism campaign to train people to use social media to promote all that is great about their Portas town. The project is being pioneered in Bedford, already described as one of the best Portas Pilot plans by Mary Portas and the Minister for Business at the launch of the campaign. 1st session 4.45pm, 2nd session 7.30pm at The Studio Theatre, Bedford College For more information contact Jacquie Manners - Manners PR: 07971 216014 www.bedford.ac.uk/bedford_college_news/join_portas_event.aspx Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in Baby Ballet, Kiddie Street Krew, graded tap and ballroom. The Studio, Polhill Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com The Bedford Arms Book Club Discussing The Man in the Castle by Philip K. Dick. The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Road Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Juicebox Indie Night Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Calendar Girls A Bedford Dramatic Club presentation, based on the Miramax Motion Picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth . A group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire Womens Institute persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference... Overcoming their initial reserve, the friends drop their dressing gowns, their modesty spared only by artfully placed cakes, knitting and flower arrangements. But as media interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves exposed in ways theyd never expected - and revealing more than theyd ever planned. All profits to Macmillan Cancer Support. Starts 7.30pm, running until 20th October. The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 354321 www.theplacebedford.org.uk

Friday 12th October


Philharmonia Orchestra - Mayors Concert Musical inspiration comes in all forms. Mendelssohns elemental Hebridean overture sprang from the rugged

Great Barford Craft & Gift Fair Great Barford Church, WI and Cricket Club will be holding a Craft and Gift Fair in the village hall, from 10am until 4pm. There will be stalls with cakes, tombola and raffle. 1 entry fee. Children under 10 go free. Great Barford Village Hall, Fishers Close, Green End Road Tel Diana Wignell: 01933 622261 or Maureen Munnelly: 01234 870633. Odell Village Hall WI Jumble Sale Jumble sale in aid of the Odell Womens Institute funds. The Hall will open at 10am to receive goods for jumble, cakes etc. Sale starts at 2pm. 50p entry for adults, children free. Tel Doreen Wheeler: 01234 720358 if goods need to be collected. Odell Village Hall, High Street, Odell Tel Jane Eshelby: 01933 410959 Quarry Wander The RSPB manage areas of land around the Lafarge working quarry. Take a walk with us to discover the hills and slopes that surround the quarry and search for the wildlife that can be found there. Meet at The Lodge Shop. Walk 11am-1pm. Adults 4, RSPB members 3 children 3, RSPB Wildlife Explorers 2 RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy Tel: 01767 680541 www.rspb.org.uk/thelodge Pumpkin & Apple Gala Fun for all the family, including falconry displays, morris dancers and horse logging demonstrations. There will be a market place with local artisans and food producers, live craft demonstrations., a pumpkin shy, a bouncy castle and many more childrens activities. There will be an exhibition of 800 pumpkins, squashes and gourds decorated by children from 30 local schools plus a hog roast, gourmet burgers, pumpkin soup and homemade cakes. There will also be a farmers market, show arena, dog show, face painting, food demonstrators and refreshments. 10am-4pm, 7 adults, 3 under 15s, 5 students and over 60s, 15 family ticket. Free parking. Luton Hoo Walled Garden Tel: 01582 879089 Email: office@lhwg. org.uk www.lutonhoowalledgarden.org.uk Jadore - Jewellery, Silversmith & Accessories Fair Set in the sumptuous surroundings of Putteridge Bury House, with over 60 designers, displaying and selling their beautiful work. The perfect shopping event for exquisite jewellery, beautiful accessories and stunning silver and gold work. A selection of exhibitors to satisfy all styles and budgets. 10am-4.30pm, adults (including Senior Citizens) 4. Running until 14th October. Putteridge Bury Conference Centre, Putteridge www.romorexhibitions.co.uk Sporting Targets Junior Taster Session An opportunity for under 18s to experience archery, air rifles and clay pigeon shooting, this is a two hour event under the supervision of fully qualified instructors. Join a session with up to six other young people, or make a booking for six at a time to suit you. 10am-12noon. Please call for availability. Tickets 28, pre booking is essential. Sporting Targets, Riseley, Beds Tel reception: 01234 708893 www.sportingtargets.co.uk Toys & Childhood Memorabilia Auction Bedford Auction Centres Toys and Childhood Memorabilia sales provide a real trip down memory lane. Includes teddy bears and dolls, dolls houses, prams, trains and railway items, diecast vehicles and toys, lead soldiers, animals and other figurines, tin plate, Scalextric, Meccano, Bayko and other construction sets and more. Starts 10.30am. Bedford Auction Centre, Newnham Street, Bedford www.peacockauction.co.uk Stotfold Mill Working Steam Weekend A rare opportunity to see a unique collection of steam-driven machines for ploughing, threshing and harvesting that revolutionised farming in the 19th century. Then watch the threshed grain conveyed to the mill, to be ground into Stotfold Mills quality stone-ground flour. With a beer tent and hot and cold refreshments. 10.30am-5pm. Running until 14th October. Adults 3, senior/child (4-16): 2. Mill Lane, Stotfold, Bedfordshire www.stotfoldmill.com Gilmore & Roberts Folk Music Concert This concert is the first of the 2012 - 2013 series of concerts for Dunton Folk. BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award nominees Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts combine outstanding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies with considerable song writing talent, to make a truly distinctive sound. A fully stocked bar is provided by John and Janice from the March Hare. 8pm start, tickets 10. St Mary Magdalene Church, Dunton, Biggleswade Email: duntonfolk@hotmail.co.uk www.duntonfolk.co.uk Odell Village Hall WI Jumble Sale

Bedford Corn Exchange Box office: 01234 269519 www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

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Jumble sale in aid of the Odell Womens Institute funds. The Hall will open at 10am to receive goods for jumble, cakes etc. Sale starts at 2pm. 50p entry for adults, children free. Tel Doreen Wheeler: 01234 720358 if goods need to be collected. Odell Village Hall, High Street, Odell Rapunzel & The Tower Of Doom! Its bad enough having a bad hair day but pity poor Rapunzel, spending her life in a tower with some strange woman using her captives locks as a step ladder. What sort of damage is that going to do to your hair? Theatre of Widdershins have taken this traditional tale right back to its roots and promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights. Starts 2.30pm, tickets 8 (5 concessions), family ticket 22 (max 2 adults). Suitable for ages 4+ Bedford Theatre, Bedford School, De Parys Avenue, Bedford Box Office: 01234 269519 www.bedfordtheatre.co.uk Dance 4 All 2012 Bedford Borough Council Sports Development Department presents the largest community dance festival in Bedford. All ages and abilities welcome - no experience in dance needed! Watch a stunning variety of dance performances and have a go at one of the many lessons available. Salsa, Zumba, Bollywood, Tango, Body Popping, Musical Theatre, Line Dancing, Street Dancing, Swing, Tap, Scottish Dancing and Cha Cha. 11.00am, tickets 2.00. Main Auditorium, Howard Room & Harpur Suite, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square Box Office: 01234 269519 cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk The Machine Shed Band Live music at The Kings Arms, St Marys Street Tel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk Our Kind Of Music Soul/Funk Night The return of our favourite soul and funk DJs. 9pm-1am The Bedford Arms, Bromham Rd Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Recover Live music from 8.30pm at The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Dreadzone Live music on the Main Stage, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Fat Lads Disco Hosted by Intobeats radio DJ, Ian Congdon-Lee. 10pm at The Exec Club, Lurke Street, Bedford Tel: 01234 401500 Loaded Clubnight @ The Pad Indie/rock n roll/old skool hip hop/beats & bass. 10pm-3am, free entry before midnight. 07860 454530 www.facebook.com/#!/thepadnightclub Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in First Steps (2-4yrs), Street Dance (6-9 & 10-15yrs), Tiny Tap, Contemporary, Street Exam, Modern, Adult Ballet and Adult Tap. Goldington Green Lower School, Goldington Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com Tonys General Knowledge Quiz The Kings Arms, St Marys Street Tel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk Open Mic Night Hosted by local singer/songwriter Matt Roberts, 8.30pm til close. Just listen or join in! The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk session free). Friends Meeting House, Lansdowne Road, Bedford Elizabeth Drake: 07816 236659 elizabethdrake@live. co.uk www.elizabethlilydrake.co.uk The Other Tribe Live music on the Main Stage, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Bedford to Vladivostock An event run by The Italian Society from 8pm. For more information contact: ntjohnson1@hotmail.com The Chapter House, St Peter de Merton Church, De Parys Avenue As Daylight Dies Live music in Holy Molys, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Exec Club Karaoke 9pm, The Exec Club, Lurke Street, Bedford Tel: 01234 401500 Karaoke with Diamond Fire 8pm, The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Tuesday weekly walks around the reserve. Come and admire the wildlife and enjoy the site. Everyone welcome. 9.30am-11.30am. Free for RSPB members, otherwise 3. RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy Tel: 01767 680541 www.rspb.org.uk/thelodge Nicholas Nickleby Bedford Marianettes celebrate Dickens bicentennial with the World Premiere performance of this new musical by Tim Brewster. Its a huge roller coaster of a story - laugh and cry with Nicholas as he makes his way in the quirky and often brutal Victorian world in his quest for justice. Starts at 7.30pm, running until 27th October. The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 354321 www.theplacebedford.org.uk Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in Baby Jazz, Modern Dance, Street Dance (16yrs+), Cheerleading and Dance Aerobics. Goldington Green Lower School, Goldington Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com White Horse Quiz Night Teams of up to 6, 8.30pm, 1pp entry. The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Sally Morgan Sally Morgan star of Sky LIVINGs Psychic Sally: On The Road, returns for another phenomenal nationwide tour. The show will enable you to witness mediumship in its rawest form. Observing how the spirit world can communicate with us is an enlightening experience. Sallys warm and bubbly personality has attracted a whole new audience to the spiritual world; many have been left amazed as she delivers messages with astounding accuracy. The evening is completely unpredictable; no two shows are ever the same. Often referred to as Psychic to the Stars, Sally has read for many celebrities and royalty alike including George Michael, Katie Price and most notably the late Princess Diana. Sally Morgan is experimental/investigational. There are no guaranteed or certain results and the show is for the purposes of entertainment. 7.30pm, tickets 24.00 Main Auditorium, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square Box Office: 01234 269519 cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk Meditation Classes Weekly meditation classes held every Tuesday during term time. Learn to relax the mind and find inner peace. Drop-in classes suitable for everyone, from 7.30pm to 9pm. Cost 3.50-5. Quaker House, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford Tel: 01604 686778 www.meditation-nagarjuna.org Karaoke & Cocktails Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com

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Spooky trains will whizz along the tracks, steering clear of ghouls and bats! Join the Fancy Dress Express at either Bedford Midland, Bedford St Johns or any of the stations served by the Marston Vale Line. A face painter and balloon modeller will be on board. There will also be refreshments on sale. All children in fancy dress will receive a special themed goody bag. Rail tickets can be purchased in advance from Bedford Tourist Information Centre. 4-8pm. Normal rail fares apply. The Marston Vale Line (Bedford - Bletchley) Email: Stephen Sleight: stephens@bedsrcc.org.uk www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk Bedford College 20th Anniversary Exhibition Runs until Friday 30th November at Bedford College, South Banks Art Centre Entrance Tel: 01234 291000 Guided Meditation Evenings Come along to weekly guided meditation evenings with Elizabeth Drake, using unique healing meditations to take you on a journey to inner peace. Take some time out, relax and meet like minded people. Refreshments included. All levels welcome. 6.30pm-8.30pm, 5 per person (first session free). Friends Meeting House, Lansdowne Road, Bedford Elizabeth Drake: 07816 236659 elizabethdrake@live. co.uk www.elizabethlilydrake.co.uk Liam Burke CD Launch Live music in Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Palma Violets Live music on the Main Stage, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Bedford Comedy Club This is one of Bedfords most popular comedy nights featuring stand up comedians who are regulars on the London and national comedy circuit. These sell-out events are jam packed with three comedians plus a compre. 9.00pm, tickets 9.00 (advance), 10.00 (on the door) Harpur Suite, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square Box Office: 01234 269519 cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk Exec Club Karaoke 9pm, The Exec Club, Lurke Street, Bedford Tel: 01234 401500

Tuesday 16th October

Weekly Morning Walks at the RSPB Tuesday weekly walks around the reserve. Come and admire the wildlife and enjoy the site. Everyone welcome. 9.30am-11.30am. Free for RSPB members, otherwise 3. RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy Tel: 01767 680541 www.rspb. org.uk/thelodge Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in Baby Jazz, Modern Dance, Street Dance (16yrs+), Cheerleading and Dance Aerobics. Goldington Green Lower School, Goldington Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com Bedford National Trust Association: Ancient Life in the Biddenham Loop Organised by the Bedford National Trust Association featuring a talk by Mike Luke. 2 for members, 2.50 for National Trust Members, 3 for non members. Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start. Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford Tel: 01480 860439 www.bedfordnt.org.uk White Horse Quiz Night Teams of up to 6, 8.30pm, 1pp entry. The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Meditation Classes Weekly meditation classes held every Tuesday during term time. Learn to relax the mind and find inner peace. Drop-in classes suitable for everyone, from 7.30pm to 9pm. Cost 3.50-5. Quaker House, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford Tel: 01604 686778 www.meditation-nagarjuna.org Karaoke & Cocktails Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com

Saturday 20th October

Wednesday 17th October

Sunday 14th October

Great Barford Antiques Fair Now is the time to invest in antiques, with over 20 stalls with an eclectic mix of treasures. 10am-4pm, admission 1. Great Barford Village Hall, Green End Road Tel: 01480 819148 Email: lesley@foxglove-events.co.uk Autumn Fours, Pairs & Scullers, Head of the River Race Crews from local clubs, schools and those from around the region race against the clock over a 2km course from Queens Park to Longholme. The best views are from Sovereign Quay, along the Embankment and the Butterfly Bridge. 9.30am-4.30pm. River Great Ouse, Bedford Tel: 01234 353183 Email: events@bedfordrowing.co.uk www.bedfordrowing.co.uk Lazy Sunday Jazz Live music at The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd. 2-4pm. Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk The King Bees Live music in Dannys Bar from 4.30pm, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Jons Music Quiz Up to 300 prize money! The Kings Arms, St Marys Street Tel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk White Horse Quiz Night Teams of up to 6, 8.30pm, 1pp entry. Free bingo game for Sunday quizzers! The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Olivia+Joff+Simon Live music at The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd. From 8pm. Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Explosion Bedford Corn Exchange hosts East Area Thai Kickboxings sixteenth Fight Night, promoted by Nigel Thompson, former English, Commonwealth and World Thai Boxing Champion. Explosion features some of the countrys best young up and coming Thai fighters. This ensures a big attraction, with over twelve bouts of non-stop action and the title belt also up for grabs. 5.00pm, tickets 18.00, VIP packages available Main Auditorium, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square Box Office: 01234 269519 cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk

Skeptics in the Pub In this talk, Alom Shaha will describe his personal experiences growing up in a Bangladeshi Muslim community in London, what role his science education played in his journey towards atheism and how, as a Physics teacher, he responds to the apparent conflict between science and religion in the classroom. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Fox and Hounds, Goldington Road, Bedford Beer Tasting Club Tasting a range of bottled ales and discussing their merits. Please register your interest with Bev. From 8pm, The Bedford Arms, Bromham Rd, Bedford Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk The Adventures Of Alvin Sputnick: Deep Sea Explorer House & Theatr Mwldan present this Perth Theatre Company/Weeping Spoon production. Seas have risen, billions have died. Alvin Sputnik is our only hope. He must venture to the bottom of the ocean to find his wifes lost soul and save humanity. The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik is a tiny tale set in the deepest dark blue sea, of a solitary explorer with a heart as big as a whale. This multi awardwinning piece is a one-man micro-epic about enduring love and the end of the world. Starts 8pm, tickets 9 (7 concessions), family ticket 28 (max 2 adults), Bedford School students 5. Suitable for ages. Bedford Theatre, Bedford School, De Parys Avenue, Bedford Box Office: 01234 269519 www.bedfordtheatre.co.uk www.weepingspoon.com www.housetheatre.org.uk Ridgeway Fundraising Quiz Night 5pp including ploughmans supper. The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk The Biggest Jam Night in Town Huge open mic night in Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com

Jan Kilcoyne & Marianda Twydell Exhibition at Eagle Gallery A week-long exhibition including glasswork and sculpture. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5.30pm, free admission. Eagle Gallery, Castle Road, Bedford Tel Sarah Buckingham: 07983 759294 www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk Benefit Dance for the Addison Centre DJs David and Viv play all the well known ballroom, latin, and sequence dances. Bring your own snacks. Spacious dance floor. Licensed bar, tea and coffee. Ample free parking on site. Reservations recommended for larger groups. Doors 7.15pm. Entrance off Hillgrounds Road. 8-11.30pm. 5 per person. The Addison Centre, Bedford Road, Kempston Tel: 01234 300179 www.MelodyMagic.co.uk RSPB Falling Leaves Open Weekend A fun weekend with a whole range of family activities, including making bird cake, bird ringing demonstrations and nature art for youngsters. Refreshments and snacks available. 11am-4pm, free entry, but some small charges depending on activity. Running until 21st October. RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy Tel: 01767 680541 www.rspb.org.uk/thelodge Rubylux/Cousin Avi/Olie Campbell/Amy Leeder/ Jonny Mudd Live music on the Main Stage, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Fat Lads Disco Hosted by Intobeats radio DJ, Ian Congdon-Lee. 10pm at The Exec Club, Lurke Street, Bedford Tel: 01234 401500 Loaded Clubnight @ The Pad Indie/rock n roll/old skool hip hop/beats & bass. 10pm-3am, free entry before midnight. 07860 454530 www.facebook.com/#!/thepadnightclub

Saturday 27th October

Wednesday 24th October

Sunday 21st October

Thursday 18th October


Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in Baby Ballet, Kiddie Street Krew, graded tap and ballroom. The Studio, Polhill Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com Free Photo Editor Session Rushden Learning Centre, 12.00-4.00pm For more information contact Kathryn Squires: 01933 358684

Crafts, Cake & a Cuppa Come to Woburn Village Hall Craft Fair and browse a wide variety of high quality local handmade art and craft items, produced by over twenty different crafters. Hot and cold refreshments will be available all day. Free parking in the large car park outside the hall. 10am-4pm, free admission. Woburn Village Hall, Woburn www.ccc-craftfairs.co.uk Apple Day at Bromham Mill & Gallery Join Bromham Mill and Gallery for an annual celebration of the brilliant British apple! 11am - 4.30pm. Adults 5, concessions 3, under 16s free. Free parking. Bromham Mill, Bridge End, Bromham Tel: 01234 824330 Lazy Sunday Jazz Live music at The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd. 2-4pm. Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk The Workshop Boys Live music in Dannys Bar from 4.30pm, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Jons Music Quiz Up to 300 prize money! The Kings Arms, St Marys StreetTel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk Nick & The Sun Machine Live music at The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd. From 8pm. Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk White Horse Quiz Night Teams of up to 6, 8.30pm, 1pp entry. Free bingo game for Sunday quizzers! The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk

Valuation Days Antiques & Collectors Items Bedford Auction Centres team of valuers will be happy to advise on all antique/collectable items (no appointment neccessary). You are invited to bring along items for complimentary valuation advice (no obligation). For larger items, the team can do home visits just call to make an appointment. Entries currently invited for our specialist sales of antiques, jewellery, 20th century design, rock and pop and memories of childhood. 10am-4pm. Bedford Auction Centre Tel: 01234 266 366 www.peacockauction.co.uk Higher Education Open Evening 5-8pm at Bedford College For more information: www.bedford.ac.uk/events Tel: 01234 291000 The Uncook Dinner Club Learn how to make 21 different three course dinners without cooking. 6pm-8.30pm. At the Friends Meeting House, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford. Contact Ann Peckham purpleann57@yahoo.co.uk www.sparklingenergy.co.uk Stitch n Bitch Bring any crafty project to The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd, 7.30pm beverlyjoburridge@gmail.com Tel: 01234 214656 www. thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Cycling Club Fundraising Quiz Night 5pp including ploughmans supper. The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk The Biggest Jam Night in Town Huge open mic night in Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com

OXJAM ALLDAYER Live music all day at multiple locations across Bedford raising money for Oxfam. All welcome! Flame & Thunder An action packed family day of drag racing, stunts and displays, including jet vehicles, dragsters, monster trucks, fireworks, a funfair, celebrity appearance, music and more. Gates 8am, tickets 13.60-30. Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, Poddington, Wellingborough Tel: 01234 782828 www.santapod.com Odell Village Hall Fairtrade Caf Delicious drinks and eats for sale, plus a wide selection of fair trade goodies and gifts from around the world. 10am12 noon, admission 1.50 including refreshments. Odell Village Hall, High Street, Odell, North Bedfordshire Tel: 01234 720234 National Trust Walking Festival 2012 Local volunteers will be hosting a launch event at Dovecote and Stables, the remains of a Tudor manorial complex in a peaceful setting close to Bedford River Valley Park. Starts 11am, free admission. Guided walks at 11am and 2pm. National Trust Dovecote and Stables, Church End, Willington Tel: 01480 301494 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-willingtondovecote The Tendons 25th Anniversary Show Live music in Dannys Bar, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Maxwell, Hammer & Smith Live music at The Kings Arms, St Marys Street Tel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk Karakoke with Crazy Horse 8pm, The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Fat Lads Disco Hosted by Intobeats radio DJ, Ian Congdon-Lee. 10pm at The Exec Club, Lurke Street, Bedford Tel: 01234 401500 Loaded Clubnight @ The Pad Indie/rock n roll/old skool hip hop/beats & bass. 10pm-3am, free entry before midnight. 07860 454530 www.facebook.com/#!/thepadnightclub

Sunday 28th October

Thursday 25th October

Monday 22nd October

Monday 15th October

Friday 19th October

Toys & Childhood Memorabilia Auction Bedford Auction Centres Toys and Childhood Memorabilia sales provide a real trip down memory lane. Includes teddy bears and dolls, dolls houses, prams, trains and railway items, diecast vehicles and toys, lead soldiers, animals and other figurines, tin plate, Scalextric, Meccano, Bayko and other construction sets and more. Starts 10.30am. Bedford Auction Centre, Newnham Street, Bedford www.peacockauction.co.uk Kiosk Happy Hour & Storytime Cake and a Cuppa 3.00 every weekday 8.30-9.30am plus Storytime at 9.30am for Under 5s The Kiosk At The Park, Russell Park Jazz Evening - Florence Moore & The Academics Double bass player, Flo brings two other young musicians who also study at The Royal Academy: Ronan Perret on Vibes, and Ralph Wild on Sax. From 8.30pm at The Bedford Arms, Bromham Rd, Bedford Tel: 1234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk

Broadway & Beyond An uplifting celebration of the best of musical theatre presented in an engaging and entertaining package by one of the countrys newest, brightest production companies. This thrilling mix of live music, movement and wit is performed by eight versatile West End professionals; comprising three allsinging, all-dancing actors accompanied by five musicians. Audiences will be captivated by their vocal dexterity and musical agility added to a dazzling array of costumes and the sounds of over a dozen instruments. 8.00pm, tickets 16.00 Main Auditorium, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square Box Office: 01234 269519 cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk Guided Meditation Evenings Come along to weekly guided meditation evenings with Elizabeth Drake, using unique healing meditations to take you on a journey to inner peace. Take some time out, relax and meet like minded people. Refreshments included. All levels welcome. 6.30pm-8.30pm, 5 per person (first

Kiosk Happy Hour & Storytime Cake and a Cuppa 3.00 every weekday 8.30-9.30am plus Storytime at 9.30am for Under 5s The Kiosk At The Park, Russell Park Jazz Evening - The Three Nicks Featuring Nick Walker on Baritone and Flute, Nick Page on Guitar and Nick Hill on Flugelhorn and Trumpet. From 8.30pm at The Bedford Arms, Bromham Rd, Bedford Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in First Steps (2-4yrs), Street Dance (6-9 & 10-15yrs), Tiny Tap, Contemporary, Street Exam, Modern, Adult Ballet and Adult Tap. Goldington Green Lower School, Goldington Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com Tonys General Knowledge Quiz The Kings Arms, St Marys Street Tel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk Open Mic Night Hosted by local singer/songwriter Matt Roberts, 8.30pm til close. Just listen or join in! The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Tuesday 23rd October Weekly Morning Walks at the RSPB

The Last Chance Ragtime Band Live music from 8pm at The Bedford Arms, Bromham Rd, Bedford Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in Baby Ballet, Kiddie Street Krew, graded tap and ballroom. The Studio, Polhill Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com Stephen Triffit is Frank Sinatra Stephen Triffitts story reads like a Hollywood film script; it is one of rags to riches and lucky breaks. Its about a photocopier salesman from Weston Super Mare who became Sinatra. Today his show is arguably the number one and definitive tribute to Frank Sinatra on the plane. Stephen has performed in the Sands Casino Atlantic City, sang with Jools Holland, Mick Jagger, sold out shows at The Festival Hall and London Palladium, he has toured the USA, appeared regularly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and performed at Simon Cowells 50th Birthday Party. Starts at 7.30pm, tickets 20.00. Main Auditorium, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square Box Office: 01234 269519 cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk

Friday 26th October

The Smiths & Morrissey Photographs An exhibition at Rock City Art Gallery, running until 29th November. Castle Lane, Bedford Tel. 01234 910448 info@rockcityart.com www.rockcityart.com Marston Vale Ghost Train Come and experience the Ghost Train - if you dare!

Randalls Farm Wildlife Watch Group Could you navigate your way through the jungle that is Randalls Farm? Come and learn how. 2-4pm, 2 per child. Randalls Farm, Stewartby, Bedford Email: randalls.farm. watchgroup@gmail.com Halloween for children Come along to the RSPB anytime between 12pm and 4pm to carve a pumpkin, bob an apple, have a spooky face paint and show off your ghoulish Halloween outfits. Follow the trail to find the wicked witch of Sandy! Pumpkins supplied. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 12-4pm, adults free, children 5, RSPB Wildlife explorers 4. RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy Tel: 01767 680541 www.rspb. org.uk/thelodge Lazy Sunday Jazz Live music at The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd. 2-4pm. Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Frisco Halloween Sunday Show Live music in Dannys Bar from 4.30pm, Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 340120 www.bedfordesquires.com Thr3e Live music at The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Rd. From 8pm. Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Half-term Wrestling Spectacular High-speed drama and excitement from the first bell to the last fall, submission or knockout as the stars of the wrestling world invade the Corn Exchange for a huge grappling spectacular. Big names, big action from the top rope and beyond, presented by the countrys No. 1 matchmakers, Premier Promotions. This is great family entertainment at recession-busting prices, so bring the family. Buy two full-price tickets and get a third one free. 3.00pm, tickets

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10 (adult), 9 (Concession), 36 Family Main Auditorium, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls SquareBox Office: 01234 269519 cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk Jons Music Quiz Up to 300 prize money! The Kings Arms, St Marys St Tel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk White Horse Quiz Night Teams of up to 6, 8.30pm, 1pp entry. Free bingo game for Sunday quizzers! The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk

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muSiC CC SMUGGLERS HEADLINE OxJAM AND GET pLAYED ON CORRIE!


Richie Prynne, exhuberant lead singer/songwriter with CC Smugglers was thrilled when the bands song mothers Ruin was used as background music on top telly soap Coronation Street on 9th September.
he band were on ITVs radar after Richie wrote and submitted a song extolling the virtues of the Bedfordshire Clanger (the other one - Ed), for Ade Edmondsons Ade in Britain programme. CC Smugglers are headlining for the Oxjam Bedford Takeover, at the Pad, on 27th October. They can be contacted on all social media using their name and they also have a website if you want to check them out. www.ccsmugglers. co.uk Weatherfield Loves Ya

Monday 29th October

Elements - An Art Exhibition A new show of original art by 45 Bedfordshire artists. Running until 22nd November, from Monday Saturday, 10am-5.30pm. Eagle Gallery, Castle Rd, Bedford Tel Sarah Buckingham: 07983 759294 www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk Its a Hoot! - Activity Day Find out more about owls with stories and craft activities. Booking essential. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm. Costs 2.50 per child. The Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park Tel: 01234 767037 www.marstonvale.org Kiosk Happy Hour & Storytime Cake and a Cuppa 3.00 every weekday 8.30-9.30am plus Storytime at 9.30am for Under 5s The Kiosk At The Park, Russell Park Jazz Evening - Colin Watling Colin will play both Tenor and Soprano saxes this evening. Guitarist Nick Page heads up the supporting Trio. From 8.30pm at The Bedford Arms, Bromham Rd, Bedford Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in First Steps (2-4yrs), Street Dance (6-9 & 10-15yrs), Tiny Tap, Contemporary, Street Exam, Modern, Adult Ballet and Adult Tap. Goldington Green Lower School, Goldington Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com Tonys General Knowledge Quiz The Kings Arms, St Marys Street Tel: 01234 354494 www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk Big Band Xtra Jam Nite Hosted by local singer/songwriter Mat Roberts, 7.30pm til late. Just listen or join in! The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk

Tuesday 30th October

Weekly Morning Walks at the RSPB Tuesday weekly walks around the reserve. Come and admire the wildlife and enjoy the site. Everyone welcome. 9.30am-11.30am. Free for RSPB members, otherwise 3. RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy Tel: 01767 680541 www.rspb. org.uk/thelodge Kinetik Vibes Dance Academy Teaching classes in Baby Jazz, Modern Dance, Street Dance (16yrs+), Cheerleading and Dance Aerobics. Goldington Green Lower School, Goldington Road, BedfordTel: 01234 405933 kineticvibes@hotmail.co.uk www.kineticvibes.com White Horse Quiz Night Teams of up to 6, 8.30pm, 1pp entry. The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Meditation Classes Weekly meditation classes held every Tuesday during term time. Learn to relax the mind and find inner peace. From 7.30pm to 9pm. Cost 3.50-5. Quaker House, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford Tel: 01604 686778 www.meditation-nagarjuna.org

muSiC THE PAd PRESENTS... pALMA VIOLETS // CHILDHOOD // THE JEBS Friday 26th October - Bedford Esquires
By Gareth Barber

For a long time if you wanted to hear the most exciting new band in Britain, you knocked on a tall black door off the Lambeth Road (thats in London, folks)
n aging British Rail building - part art studio happening, part squat Studio 180 was where south Londons Palma Violets were gestating, away from sunlight and the world at large. A thrilling rocknroll four piece were holed-up here writing songs their friends could dance to and occasionally putting on celebratory, ecstatic parties about which word quickly spread. Palma Violets are Sam Fryer (vocals/guitar), Chilli Jesson (vocals/bass), Pete Mayhew (keyboard) and Will Doyle (drums). There is not much more we can tell you about Palma Violets that those in the know wont already have heard - theyre being

talked about in the same breath as some of the biggest bands in the world, just check out some of their recent Live reviews to see why the music press is getting ever so excited. Their debut single Best of Friends has been made Hottest Record Of The Week just about everywhere too. All we know is that The Pad are pumped to have them for a show and think they could be one of the most important bands to pass through Bedford in a long, long time - Dont sleep on this show would be our advice! www.palmaviolets.co.uk Doors open 8pm Tickets 7 Advance Tickets are available NOW from Seetickets here: http://www.seetickets.com/ Event/PALMA-VIOLETS/BedfordEsquires/660365 Also from Dannys Bar at Esquires and Luscious Juice Bar from Wednesday 5th September FREE AFTERSHOW PARTY AT THE PAD - 11pm - 3am

muSiC THE PAd PRESENTS... DREADZONE + SpECIAL GUESTS KARL pHILLIpS And The MIDNIGHT RAMBLERS - Saturday 13th October Bedford Esquires

Wednesday 31st October

Gift & Treat Fair A Gift and Treat Fair with over 35 exhibitors. Refreshments available. All proceeds to Sue Ryder Care, St Johns Hospice, Moggerhanger. 10am-4pm, 1.50 per adult, children under 14 go free. Bedford International Athletic Stadium Email: joy.cooper-watson@suerydercare.org Bedford Organ & Keyboard Club Concert The Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club presents organist Chris Powell in their 40th Anniversary Concert. Buffet for members only at 6.30pm before the concert which begins at 8pm. Tickets on the door, 4 members, 5 nonmembers. The Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford Tel: 01234 344423 bedsokc@gmail.com Beer Tasting Club Tasting a range of bottled ales and discussing their merits. Please register your interest with Bev. From 8pm, The Bedford Arms, Bromham Rd, Bedford Tel: 01234 214656 www.thebedfordarmsbedford.co.uk Bent Fysh 2 Fry Theatre Company present Martin Shermans shocking play, Bent. In 1930s Berlin, Max and his lover/ flatmate Rudy begin a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany. En route to Dachau, Rudy is killed and Horst, another homosexual prisoner, warns Max to deny Rudy, which he does. Max opts for the label Jew rather than queer, but he and Horst are attracted to each other.. Starts at 7.30pm, running until 3rd November. The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford Tel: 01234 354321 www.theplacebedford.org.uk Friends of Keech Fundraising Quiz Night 5pp including ploughmans supper. The White Horse, Newnham Avenue, Bedford Tel: 01234 409306 www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk Greg Davies - The Back of My Mums Head Greg Davies returns with his brand new stand-up show. Since first coming to prominence as the sardonic Head of Sixth Form, Mr Gilbert, in The Inbetweeners, Greg has brought his unique brand of comedy to some comedy shows including Live at the Apollo; Mock The Week; Ask Rhod Gilbert; Would I Lie To You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. 8.00pm, tickets 20.00 Main Auditorium, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square Box Office: 01234 269519 cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk

Following a busy show in 2011 at the now defunct Civic theatre, dREAdZONE make a second visit to Bedford this time to play the mighty Esquires (use it or lose it, people).
favourite on the festival and live scene, a DREADZONE show is probably one of the best gigs you could wish to attend. A feast of bass heavy dubwise danceability Clash Hit records, critical acclaim and a huge, devoted fan base are theirs, due in part to their utterly storming live shows. The core members Greg Dread, original bassmaster Leo Williams, the unmistakable MC Spee, legendary reggae vocalist Earl 16 alongside

Chris Compton on guitar and Bazil on technology make up the current Dreadzone live line up. Electro-dub pioneers Dreadzone formed in 1993 when ex-Big Audio Dynamite drummer Greg Roberts teamed up with Tim Bran, with the duo soon joined by bassist Leo Williams and keyboardist Dan Donovan, also formerly of Big Audio Dynamite, completing the groups first line-up. A festival favourite, Dreadzone are still going strong after 18 years. Dreadzone released The Good, The Bad And The Dread - a compendium of their excellent musical story so far in 2011 and their groundbreaking 1995 album Second Light was re-released in March 2012 by EMI as a two disc special edition featuring previously unreleased live concert material. Tickets priced 15 are on sale right now via WE GOT TICKETS and SEETICKETS and available without any booking fees from Dannys Bar @ Esquires and Lucious Juice Bar in Lime Street.

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GREAT BEDFORDIANS
On 8th September 2012, we took part in Heritage Open day at St. Pauls Church.

OCTOBER 2012 iLLuSTRATiON


By Marisa Straccia madamebogg.blogspot.co.uk

AN ELECTION FOR GREAT BEDFORDIANS


Trevor Huddleston won our election by a significant margin. Here is what you said about him: A man who wasnt deterred by danger to himself. Horizons so far beyond Bedford. He has been, and is, an inspiration. Three candidates were tied for second place: William Harpur, WH Allen and Margaret Beaufort. Margaret Beauforts story earned respect and interest from many as she had dominated during a time of male power. As our shortlist was less then comprehensive, we also gave people the option to nominate a Great Bedfordian of their choosing. They didnt have to be famous, just someone that they felt made Bedford better. Johnny Parry was also nominated as Bedfords own musical genius. There were nominations for Mo Lea, for her campaigning work for Victim Support and Dr Dora Mason for her work as a suffragette. If you want to see our list of Great Bedfordians you can find them on Google Docs Trevor Huddleston http://bit.ly/OE8Efl and you can tweet us your votes and nominations @higginsbedford or email thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk

he theme of the day was Great Bedfordians, so we decided to hold an election to find out which Bedfordians were important to our audiences. At first, when we talked to people about Great Bedfordians they said, well there arent many, are there? However, loyal Clanger readers will know there are lots. In fact it was a very difficult job to narrow the list to 12 for the purpose of our shortlist. We made an official looking ballot paper, some campaign leaflets that gave information about our shortlisted Bedfordians, and borrowed an official ballot box. The best thing about the event was the conversations we had. We spoke to several people who remembered taxi driver and war veteran, Joe Clough. We spoke to lots of people that said they owed their education to the generosity of William Harpur, and others who had moved to Bedford to take up apprenticeships at WH Allens.

THE DRAWING ROOM was an interactive public art installation by The Circus of Illustration and We Are Bedford at 24 mill Street Pop up, Bedford. We made it as democratic as possible, which funnily enough resulted in what looks like anarchy.
Illustration: David Litchfield

FOOd GARDEN FRIENDS FARM SHOp & VEGETABLE BOx SCHEME: A SHORT HiSTORY
in 1999 an unexpected turn of events brought about the birth of Garden Friends.

Mark suffered a heart attack whilst in

his high level job with a national charity. Although frightening at the time it was the jolt that made him and wife Val decide to work for themselves in the fresh air with plants and vegetables. In 2006 Mark & Val started their vegetable box delivery service, combining their salad crops with the produce of other local growers they knew. In just one year they went on to win the UKTV Food Local Food Hero for East Anglia and now delivered to 400+ customers throughout Central Bedfordshire, North Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Mark & Val still had one more dream to fulfil. They really wanted run a farm shop to sell local vegetables, meat, cheese, bread, honey, preserves and local crafts.

A chance conversation with the owners of Roxton Garden Centre led to Garden Friends gaining permission to build a cabin within the garden centre and the farm shop opened in April 2009. The shop only stocks produce from the surrounding local area. They also support 25 other producers by having a selection of their produce and crafts in the shop Mark & Val have also received awards from The Campaign for Protection of Rural

England and The Countryside Alliance in recognition of our work with Bedfordshire Producers & Crafts People www.gardenfriendsvegetablebox.com e-mail:gardenfriendsveg@btinternet.com Tel: 01480 210383 (answerphone)

t was free to participate in our literal drawing room. You could draw anywhere: On the white walls, the white floor, the white furniture and the white ornaments. The only rules were no swears and no saucy body parts (that rule was broken, thankfully, the offending article was transformed into an elephant). People of all ages, cultures and abilities got stuck in together. Families and individuals arrived to find a welcoming The Circus of illustration website is lively creative space. bedfordshireillustrators.tumblr.com The room was a shop front, so passing pedestrians would stop, and have a good Find the Circus of Illustration on Facebook look at the hustle and bustle of the spectacle and Twitter to get the spooky scoop on their inside. Some were intrigued enough to upcoming Halloween Drink & Draw event. wander in and pick up a pen to join in, others took photos. The public seemed genuin the drawing Room inely amused with what was happening. PHEW! It got so hot in there! The south facing glass frontage magnified the heat of the warm September sun. The smell of marker pens mixed with the odour of busy bodies wasnt exactly fragrant, but it didnt seem to bother anyone. Everyone who participated did so with much enthusiasm. The naughtiness of drawing on walls and furniture, activities that are usually strictly forbidden at home really delighted the children who took part. We couldnt control what or where stuff was being drawn, so it was a surprise to walk around the room once the shop was emptied. So many little details (a beautifully swirly table leg), and written messages (Paul Young woz

here), we spotted border-line misbehavior (a catheter attached to a whoopee cushion) and odd characters (a cloud throwing up a rainbow). Many extrodinary doodles were discovered. The day was a huge success. The final head count was around 240 people over the 6 hours the pop-up shop was open. If you want to see the fun results of a day of collaborative buzzing doodling energy the Circus of Illustration have a full photo album documenting the day. Please visit; www.facebook.com/circusofillustration Finally, a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Kayte Judge of We Are Bedford. For the Circus, putting on this event has been a doddle compared to all the boring admin, red tape, fine-tuning and stressful meetings required for organising these empty shop projects. The behind the scenes work shouldnt go unnoticed and its not easy to do. So Kayte, on behalf of the Circus of Illustration, we salute you. Thanks for giving us this opportunity to put on our illustration show for Bedford.

RELiGiON BEHIND THE WALLS WITH A pRISON CHApLAIN


By The Revd Sharon Grenham-Toze

One of the things thats often hardest for the men i deal with in the prison is the fact that theyre no longer in control of their lives.

I suppose you might question whether many of them were in control before they came into jail, but theres no doubt that once that steel gate clangs shut, theres a very real sense of handing the power over your daily life to a complete stranger. In here, you eat when youre told, shower when permitted, contact your family in a very limited way and so on.

Well, contrary to popular opinion, prisons no holiday camp, so I dont have a problem with the need for a tight regime. But I do see the effects that powerlessness can have on someone, and it can feel very scary. The families on the outside feel that same vulnerability too, and, very importantly, so do the victims of crime, sometimes in an extremely damaging way. Part of my job is to get the men in Bedford prison to face up to the effects of their actions. Those effects can be seen in the damage theyve inflicted on others and on themselves, and on society in general. It doesnt always make me popular! But when you do see the penny drop, when someone genuinely wants to make amends, then they can begin to take back a bit of responsibility and control over their future.

If you think about it, none of us like to feel out of control. It happens when the boss is ordering us around, or our circumstances leave us with few choices; when illness takes over, or redundancy or divorce or whatever. We can feel powerless, and very scared and vulnerable too. Usually fighting it isnt possible and isnt the answer anyway. Sometimes we just have to accept were on a rollercoaster ride. You might have heard that little saying Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Ask for help, confide in a friend, let the crisis teach us about whats really important and whats just the trimmings. Above all, where you can, take responsibility and control over the tiniest of things

even if its just over how youre going to behave towards others. The one thing we can always control is our attitude. The Revd Sharon Grenham-Toze is the Co-ordinating Chaplain at HMP Bedford. She is an Anglican priest, and lives locally. Shes also a regular broadcaster for BBC Radio 2 and 4 you may have heard her on BBC Radio 2s Breakfast Show, with Chris Evans, giving us Pause for Thought.

Nice one, Trev.

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OxjAm OxJAM pOpS Up AT MILL STREET
photographers and a display of rare original comic art, prints, comic covers and toys from Star Wars to Spiderman. Photographs will be for sale, with all proceeds going to Oxfam, and there will be opportunities for everyone to see their heroes in their original format, have fun drawing in the Design a Superhero competition, and relax in the reading room! On Saturday 29th the space will be transformed into a record shop with a difference. Oxjam Bedford are hosting a CD, record, book and DVD exchange to raise money for Oxfam. Why not bring along your old stuff and get swapping? Try before you swap or

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Woodnes Solicitors are holding an informal evening where you can ask any question about the house-buying process. Call in at any time between 6pm and 8pm for a free chat and get the answers and guidance you need.

On Saturday 29th September and 6th October, Oxjam Bedford Takeover and Reaction visual media, will be popping-up in an empty shop at 24 mill Street, transforming the shop into a hub of local music and culture!
xjam Bedford Takeover was awarded the We Are Bedford Bursary to fill local empty spaces. They will be hosting two days of music-related activities to raise awareness of their work for Oxfam. Both weekends will see the ex-bridal shop transformed into a gallery space featuring a photographic exhibition of local bands taken by up and coming local music

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buy with our listening posts. On October the 6th you will have a chance to get hands on in a range of music lessons for beginners to budding Buddy Hollys, culminating in a guitar master class by guitar genius, Max Milligan. For times and details of how to book, visit the Oxjam Bedford website, www.oxjambedfordtakeover.co.uk.

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he show will feature classic images including Stephen Wrights iconic shot of the band outside Salford Lads Club which featured as the sleeve artwork for The Queen Is Dead. It is impossible to deny The Smiths impact on the music scene. This is the perfect opportunity to remind yourself of Mozza et als visual impact too. Rock City Art, Castle Lane, Bedford. www.rockcityart.com

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ART FOUND
Found is a shared exhibition demonstrating different ways in which the found object can be used in artistic production.

OCTOBER 2012
that has just returned from the Wirksworth Arts Festival, one of a small number of commissioned pieces for the festival. Marianda amasses a selection of stuff and then puts it together in different ways, wrapping, binding, painting, adding maybe drawings or placing them into boxes or frames. The juxtaposition of unrelated objects can form an interesting new object, making us view things in a new way. Its a different and interesting exhibition and well worth finding time to make a trip down Castle Road. Eagle Gallery, 101 Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3QP 20 to 27 October 10am - 5.30pm Sunday 11.30am - 4.00pm

he two participating artists both work with objects, but in very different ways: Jan Kilcoyne will be showing a range of work that uses the expressive and aesthetic qualities of the found object. The main body of the exhibition continues her focus on the changing status of the book within contemporary culture, this includes a piece

ART pOp Up pEOpLE

FiLm CYCLE CINEMA pEDALS INTO TOWN


By Naomi Barnwell of moviefarm.

We Are Bedford, The Circus of Illustration and Anne-Maria Please mr. Postman Stijelja have brought the former bridal shop at 24 mill Street to life with their creative empty shop projects.

Bedford played host to a cycle-powered cinema on Saturday 22nd September.


Photos: Graham Watson

on its visual gags. Heart-warming and touching, the film touches on everything from a grandmothers love to the determination to achieve life-long goals... whether it be competing in the Tour de France or getting your bowl filled with tasty food. The film features an impressive sequence

The combined events

attracted around 500 people to view and participate in arts projects funded by We Are Bedfords bursaries. We Are Bedfords Mill Street Pop Up continues to delight and enthrall with a variety of Oxjam Bedford Takeover projects throughout October... @wearethecircus www.amstijelja.com

Looks wheelie good fun

Screened to a crowd of woolly hat donning


film fans, the film, the 2003 animation Belleville Rendez-vous, aired in the ambient light of Castle Quays restaurants. As the events title suggests, the screening of the film was powered entirely by the constant cycling of two volunteer cyclists. Reinforcing the theme of green living, as well as providing a special end to Bedfords celebration of European Mobility Week, the event, presented by School of Us, was supported by local outfits including The Lane, The Bedford Clanger, Luscious Juice Bar and We Are Bedford. Thankfully the fate of the gods were with the audience and the night stayed dry, allowing the candles surrounding the area to remain lit throughout. Wine flowed as did general merriment as the last technical adjustments were made. Audience members volunteered throughout the films 78 minute run-time and helped power the films projection for the crowd to enjoy. The choice of film was decidedly apt, with cycling forming the main crux of Belleville Rendez-vous. A film with surprisingly little dialogue, it relies more heavily

Photos: Graham Watson

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that involves a cycle-powered cinema much like that held in the event, helping not only break the fourth wall of cinema-going, but adding an extra fun element to the screening. Overheard amidst the excited babble on the autumnal night were approving lines such as I think [cycle energy] is the future and that it is a great way to teach kids the importance of renewable energy. Enjoying a remarkable turnout that could prove to encourage future open air cyclepowered cinema screenings in the local area, the event brought film fans together in a unique environment where they could discuss their favourite films over a bottle or two of cider whilst jugglers juggled and the lights of arriving bikes lit the scene with their warm glow. Lets face it; nothing quite lives up to enjoying a jaunty and emotive movie in the open air on a cool September night, a night on the cusp of autumn, whilst snuggled up in a blanket nibbling on snacks, does it? www.moviefarm.co.uk

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LOCAL HEROES

by Alice Smith

Shelia Coop, Linda Virgin and Sarah Underwood STORYTELLiNG SuPERSTARS


As Bedford Central Library celebrates its 40th birthday this year, so too does Story and Rhyme Time.

in the spirit of this being the COFFEE and cake column, i do usually try out the coffee option.

Partly because I love good coffee, and

Since the library opened its doors in

1972, the childrens library has welcomed Bedfords under 5s to a twice-weekly story telling session to encourage a lifetimes love of books. We love Story and Rhyme Times hosts Sheila Coop, Linda Virgin and Sarah Underwood and felt they were long over-due recognition for their unbridaled enthusiasm and passion for sharing books with the preschool literati of the town. We hope that their nomination for our Local Hero award will go someway to showing our appreciation! For many years, the childrens library was on the top floor and Story & Rhyme Time was kept well away from the librarys other users. However, as libraries have become more interactive and children are no longer to be seen and not heard, the childrens library has been incorporated onto the first floor, songs have been included into the S&RT format and the kids are loving it!

Pictured: Septembers Local Hero Carol Harrison, her son Rhys, her husband john and Sally Brown who nominated her. Also, Clanger representative & coffee and cake correspondent, Alice Smith. So ladies, what are todays most popular books? Modern greats such as the Gruffalo, or have enduring classics such as The Hungry Caterpillar stood the test of time? Linda, Sheila and Sarah were unanimous: Bear Hunt, The Gruffalo, Very Hungry Caterpillar, Spot the Dog, The Jolly Postman, Dr Suess and the Mr Men all remain popular. Although anything with underpants or poo always goes down well! Want to witness our literary heroines in action for yourself? Then get yourself and your pre-schooler down to the Library every Tuesday from 2 - 2.30pm or Thursday 11 11.30am. Want to nominate a Local Hero? Then either email thebedfordclanger@gmail. com or pop into the Kiosk in the Park and let Emma know who youd like to put forward. The lucky winner(s) will be invited to the Kiosk for a coffee and cake. Yum!

partly because the quality of coffee does tend to vary wildly from place to place, whereas the tea tends to be more, well, consistent. Or at least thats what I thought, until I went to have a cup of tea at Frescoes in Mill Street. Not just your average cuppa, Frescoes make a point of serving fresh, loose leaf tea. Taylors of Harrogate loose leaf tea to be exact. The excitement of being handed a little tea-strainer and leaf-pot (I am not sure of all the technical teaterminology here,) was quite a revelation. And it does make the tea taste extraordinarily good. I had Earl Grey, but the menu includes more exotic teas, as well as really good freshly-ground coffee, chai lattes, Iced Spiced Chai and a natural energy drink called Fire Fly. In cake terms, you cannot go too far wrong either. The bestsellers here are carrot cake, and coffee cake, both of which looked incredible. I tried the guest cake, which just so happened to be a delicious lemon torte. Zingy AND gooey, and served with cream, it was a lemony triumph. Frescoes is a long-standing Bedford tea-and-cake institution, and have built up a lot of happy regular customers who chat away to the friendly staff. In addition to the cake options, they have a brilliant sandwich, panini, and lunch menu the specials board for the day I popped by included stuffed jacket potato skins, which looked delicious.

If youre looking for somewhere to have a quick cup of tea with the children in tow, Frescoes has space inside and out for buggies and roaming toddlers, and they do a milkshake in a proper milkshake glass. This is pretty much your average 3 year olds idea of heaven. Plus, they were more than happy to put the remains in a paper cup with a straw and a lid, so that leftovers can come home with you. Milkshake to go is a VERY good way of winning over the younger clientle. In the month when another branch of Costa is due to open its doors in Bedford, it is well worth remembering that small local coffee shops in the town centre offer a menu to rival the big chains, as well as faultless, friendly service and a welcoming atmosphere. Now thats my cup of tea! Frescoes, 20 Mill Street, Bedford tel: 325727 Like them on Facebook too!

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n Wednesday 10th October, Woodfines Solicitors will host an informal Q&A evening for first time buyers. The event, which will take place at the Bedford Corn Exchange between 6pm and 8pm, encourages anyone thinking of taking their first steps onto the property ladder to drop in and ask Woodfines experienced Conveyancing team any questions they would like answering about the house buying process. During the evening, which is free to attend, there will also be a presentation giving tips on buying a first home and a free prize draw to win a 100 Ikea Gift card towards furnishing a new home. For further information, please contact Nicola at Woodfines on 01234 270 600 or email at nadcock@woodfines.co.uk

REEM

by Stephen Bywater

Reem, which has been on the High Street for three years, has become the classic Lebanese restaurant.

Sam and his wife have worked hard to

bring authentic dishes to Bedford from their native Lebanon and understandably pride themselves on sourcing fresh ingredients, cooking in the traditional manner and creating an ambience which gives the diner a glimpse of the exotic. Thoughts of Beruit, Omar Khayyam and Arabian Nights spring to mind, but the real journey begins with the menu. The thirty different mezzes, hot and cold, will give anyone from outside of the Middle East the almost impossible task of deciding how to begin. To overcome our dilemma our Syrian guide, the dark-eyed lover of one of Bedfords most well known actors, along with Sam the proprietor, helped us to steer a steady course. In the end we ordered eight mezzes and only one main course, the plan being to return one lunchtime or evening to do justice to charcoal grills and Lebanese wraps. Hummus, of course, had to be ordered

and we went for hummus beiruty, a puree of chickpeas mixed with sesame sauce, chilli, garlic, lemon and olive oil. Beiruty, like a gust of the sirocco, carried with it the warmth of the Arab world, and though a sip of the Lebanese house red was enough to quench the fire, the hummus was a sure and steady step on what can only be described as a culinary pilgrimage. Other dishes quickly followed. Fattoush, a salad with crispy Lebanese bread; Batata Harra, potatoes fried with fresh coriander, garlic and peppers; Kibbeh Makelieh, meatballs with crushed wheat, onion and lamb. Each dish was a new experience, each dish charmed and beguiled, the taste of a distant land, the glimpse of a Bedouin tent in midnight blue. If you havent read the Rubaiyat, a stunningly beautiful twelfth-century poem translated from the Arabic in 1859 in Bletsoes Falcon Inn, my advice is to read a line or two, try the avocado juice with honey and pistachio, order Reem Kalag, a charcoalgrilled Lebanese bread filled with halloumi cheese, and let your mind reflect on the word Reem, an Arabic word which carries with it gazelle, beauty and grace. Opening Hours Mon: Closed / Tue-Sat: 11am till Late / Sun: 1pm to 8pm Tel: 01234 211200 / 89 High Street, Bedford www.reemrestaurant.com

HALLOWEEN SpOOKTACULAR FUN AT BLACK TOMS BURNABY ARMS


if youre under 14 and live in Bedfords Black Tom area youll know that come All Hallows Eve theres only one thing to do - TRICK OR TREAT!
his year, make sure you include The Burnaby Arms in your travels as Steve and Lucie will have lots of treats, apple bobbing and pin the nose on the witch plus a prize for the most spooktastic girl & boy. Pop in anytime from 5.30pm to take part in the fun and games.

Illustration By Marisa Straccia

Crazy costume judging will take place at 6.30pm. The Burnaby Arms, Stanley Street, Bedford.

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM THE HiGGiNS A HOmECOmiNG
By Gemma Hutton

OCTOBER 2012

This week weve been moving from our temporary offices into our beautiful new offices at The Higgins.

its been emotional. This morning when i arrived at The Higgins ready for a day of work for the first time, i felt very excited to be working at such a wonderful place.

This will be our new library.

Although we have had to put some signs on the floor, so that we can find our way about. its all very new.

it feels as though were nearing the home stretch. Obviously there is still a huge amount of work to be done. Weve moved the desks and computers, but most of our files and paperwork are still on route. Soon the fit-out of the display spaces will begin, with the work phased so that it starts at one end of the building and moves to the other. Then well be starting to move the collections back in and putting the artefacts on display - but more on that soon. Exciting times!

There are now some signs of life popping up all over the building.

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ART iNFiNTE 29: ART TRAIL IN BEDFORD CELEBRATES WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY APPLES AppLE DAY - A juiCY dATE FOR THE diARY!
The Bromham Mill and Gallery will once again host the hugely popular annual Apple Day on Sunday 21st October from 11am 4.30pm.
his fab event celebrates the British apple in all its glory, with plenty of food and drink on offer as well as a vast array of fun activities. Apple Day will give vistors a chance to try some or the finest quality apples available, and will provide people with an opportunity to show support for local businesses and produce. Youll be invited to taste fresh cider at the cider bar, indulge yourself with the hog roast, or enjoy the Tug O War. There will also be displays from morris dancers, sheep dogs, birds of prey, and you can even have a wager on the ever-popular ferret racing! The traditional dish of Bedford, the Bedfordshire Clanger, which comprises of pastry with a savoury filling at one end, and a sweet treat

OCTOBER 2012

by Jacqueline Haddock

Wednesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day, and several key mental health organisations in Bedford have pulled together to organise an art trail that will celebrate the significance of art in mental health and recovery.

Julie Bailee from SEPT mental health

services is coordinating the art trail that will extend from the high street and arcades to Pigeon Square and various other locations in the town centre. Those supplying art work are Barford Avenue Day Care Centre and the Day Resource Centre; service user led and Bedford based Creativity for Wellbeing group Infinite29, and Addaction, a charity that works with people suffering

from drug and alcohol addiction. The trail hopes to inform people of the benefits of art and creativity for positive mental health, dispel myths about mental health problems and show the wealth of talent and potential of service users and those who encounter mental health difficulty and stigma in the wider community due to misunderstanding. With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems at some time in their lives, a better understanding amongst the general population is imperative in helping people overcome these difficulties. The trail will include painting, photography, sculpture, poetry, video and street art by service users, that will be displayed in Pigeon Square and in various empty shops and locations around the town and at 123 CREATE. Infinite29 group will also be showing a slideshow and video Instillation of its work on a Rave Bus located in the town centre as part of the trail. The bus has been provided courtesy of BCA in support of Infinite29s contribution to the art trail and its Creativity & Wellbeing work at 123 CREATE.

Council said: Last years Apple Day saw approximately 1,500 turn up to embrace the community spirit that this event generates. This is a great family day out for all to enjoy! This event is supported by the East of England Apples and Orchards Project, a charity working towards guaranteeing the future of local orchards across the East of England. The apples for this event will be supplied by Cam Valley Orchards, one of the few commercial run orchard sites left in the East of England. at the other, will also be available. For those that may have an apple tree in their back garden, but are unsure what type it is, or would like to know how they could make the most out of its fruit, bring an apple along from the tree and itll be eyedup for identification. Expert advice will be on-hand on topics surrounding how to grow your own apples, and what types of apples are best for individuals - there will be fresh apple juice to sample, along with the fun tradition of apple bobbing. Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Tickets for Apple Day are 5.00 for an adults, 3.00 for a concession, and under 16s accompanied by an adult enter for free! Parking is also FREE. If you are interested in entering a group for the Tug O War, contact the team at Bromham Mill on 01234 824330 or email bromham.mill@bedford.gov.uk To find out more about Bedfords traditional Laxtons apples and our community orchards, turn to Jane Perrones column on page 3.

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BOOZE NEWS pHAFF & pOTTER


issue 2 of phaff&potter (Sept/Oct) features; the fashion EYE on London, Alan Clam Clan interview and to co-incide with the Bedford Beer Festival the boys from Phaff&Potter bring you a special booze related feature:
on-Hampton, is to become a gastro-pub since Marco Merrick-Terry-Lee took over in March this year. Planning permission has been given to paint over the locals in heritage colours, whilst their faces will be stencilled over with floral designs. P&P 2 available in similar places to The Clanger... Make contact with Phaff &Potter: e-mail: phaff@potter@gmail.com facebook/phaff&potter twitter @phaffandpotter blog: phaffandpotter.wordpress.com

The following beers are doing the rounds in a local near you... Clattering Hatchett, Laughing Narwhal brewery - grassy notes, musty oats, hats and Hilary hoops - a rapturous flavour! Floppingtons: Leering Ferret - light on the pallet, heavy on the rectum. Mufftons: Merkin Mild - nutty, tacky, berky, yet hacky - a triumph of taste! Norris hackblaster - bloody awful. Pub news: The Fist of Ham, Chimpton-

The Bedford Clanger is a labour of love for a lot of people. No ones making a fortune, we just want to encourage people to embrace and love our town. As ever, this issue would not have been possible without the immense talents of the following people:

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Designer Extraordinaire: Marisa Straccia (@madamebogg) Advertising Director: Gemma Rogers (@clangerads) Listings Supremo: Bev Burridge (@... well, we just love her) Front Cover: Terri Gipson Great Bedfordian illustration: David Litchfield Oxjam illustration: Adam Boreham Snappy Snappers: : Graham Watson, Donnie Canning, Jon West, Jane

Perrone, Andrew Foster, Emma Garrett, Shaun Armstrong Coffee & Cake Correspondents: Alice & Tilly Smith Foodie: Stephen Bywater Gardening Editor: Jane Perrone Additional Editorial: Alice Smith, David Litchfield, Gareth Barber, Gemma Hutton, Marisa Straccia, Jacqueline Haddock

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