BEDS WHAT’S ON JANUARY 2019

BEDS WHAT’S ON JANUARY 20192018-12-28T12:32:00+00:00

2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 January

Health Walks

10.30am

Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine

Free

Most walks start at Reception but some start elsewhere – see notice board or telephone for details. No need to book.

Tel: 01234 767037 for more details

 

3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 January

Dancing Stars Line Dancing

7-8pm & 8-10pm

Kempston Hammers Sports & Social Club, 134 High Street, Kempston

(AB) Absolute Beginners + Beginners/Improvers 7-8pm. Improver/Intermediate 8-10pm. Air conditioned hall and onsite parking.

 

3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 January

Bedford Folk Dance Club

8-10pm

Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford

£2.50 inc. refreshments

We are a friendly Country and Folk Dance Club. No partner required.

Tel: Ron Law 01234 825574

Web: www.bedfordfolkdanceclub.com

 

4 January

Bedford Art Society

7.15pm for 7.30pm

Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford

Members free, Visitors £5

Heather Miller works in acrylics and is especially interested in light and how it affects our perception of the world around us and the colours we experience. The changing seasons, nature, sunsets and water all provide a rich mine of subject matter enhanced by the unique qualities of acrylic paint. This is a change to the advertised programme.

Tel: Jean Paterson 01234 307210 for info

Web: www.bedsartsociety.co.uk

 

5 January

Wildlife Trust Conservation Taster Day

10.30am-3pm

Totternhoe

Want to learn more about conservation? For a great start to 2019 experience doing something great for wildlife in the great outdoors! Join The Wildlife Trust BCN for the first volunteer task of the new year to see if practical conservation volunteering is for you. To discover if you would like to get more involved with the Trust’s work come and join Rich and his team of volunteers to give it a go. Come along for the morning or bring a packed lunch and stay longer; please wear weather-appropriate clothing and sensible footwear – all protective equipment will be provided.

Tel: 01525 817314 for further info

Email: toddington@wildlifebcn.org

Web: www.wildlifebcn.org/events/2019-01-05-conservation-taster-day

 

5 January

Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Hardy Plant Society

2pm

Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade

Simon White talks about the Highlights of Chelsea and Hampton Court. Simon has been Sales/Garden Centre Manager at Peter Beales Roses for over 36 years. Plants and sundries for sale.

Web: www.hpscambsandbeds.co.uk

 

7 January

Sunday Stroll

10.30am

Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine

Free – donations welcome

Gentle Sunday Walk around the park. Walk lasts approximately 2 hours. No need to book.

Tel: 01234 767037 for more details

 

7, 14, 21 & 28 January

Dancing Stars Line Dancing

7.30-8pm

Priory Methodist Church Newnham Avenue, Bedford

(AB) Absolute Beginners + Beginners/Improvers. Parking available onsite.

 

7, 14, 21 & 28 January

Branch Out Social Club for Single People

8.30-11pm

Cromwell Bar, The Sun Hotel, Hitchin

Branch Out meets every Monday night and is a medium-sized Social Club for single people. It was formed in 1995 to bring together single, divorced, widowed and separated people, aged 40 upwards, from the Herts, Beds and Bucks area, to socialise and enjoy one another’s company. The club organises regular events, such as dinners, discos, meals, parties, Sunday walks, theatre and concert visits, day and weekend trips and holidays.

Tel: Lorna 01438 233657

Web: www.branch-out.org.uk

 

8, 15, 22 & 29 January

Roxton Bridge Circle

7.15-10pm

Roxton Parish Hall

Small friendly group playing Bridge every Tuesday evening.

Tel: Mary 01480 212552

Email: mary@jackpike.co.uk

 

9 January

Black Cat WI

7.30pm

Wyboston Village Hall

The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month.

Tel: Susie Woodman 01234 376098 for further information

 

10 & 24 January

Volunteer Task

9.30am-3.30pm

Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine

Tel: 01234 762610

Email: stephen.gascoyne@marstonvale.org

 

11 January

Bedfordshire Family History Society

7.15pm

Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School, Wentworth Drive, Bedford

Members free, Visitors £1

Interested in Family History? Then come along to the next monthly talk on “Flitton Cum Silsoe” by Margaret Butt.

Web: www.bfhs.org.uk

 

15 January

Bedford National Trust Association

2.30pm

Addison Centre, Kempston

Small admission charge

“Flight research at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, (RAE), Bedford”, a talk by Barry Tomlinson. Tea and biscuits served before the meeting. Everyone welcome.

Tel: Betty Thomas 01480 860421 for further info

 

17 January

Bedford RSPB Local Group

7.30pm

ARA Club, Manton Lane, Bedford

RSPB Group Members £1, Guests £2, Annual Group Membership £5

Jeff Blincow, a lifelong bird watcher and international traveller, presents ‘Ethiopia – Highlands to the Rift Valley’. Suitable for experts and novices, RSPB membership not essential. Reg. Charity No. 207076.

Web: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/bedford

 

17 January

Bedfordshire Embroiderers’ Guild

7.30-9.30pm

St Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill

£4 inc. refreshments

Interested in textiles? Come and join us. The sales table and scrapbooks will help you to find out what we do and how to join us.

Web: www.embroiderersguildeast.org.uk/branches/branches-a-j/bedford

 

17 January

Matilda Lloyd trumpet Richard Gowers organ

7.45pm

Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford

Tickets £18, Students 18-24 £5, Under 18s £2

Works by Telemann, Petr Eben, Viviani, Albinoni and others. Tickets available on the door.

Web: www.bedfordmusicclub.co.uk

 

18 January

Gary Barlow Tribute

Doors 7.30pm, show starts 8.30pm-10pm

Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine

Tickets £15

If you’re a Take That fan, this is the show for you! Dan Hadfield returns with his amazing tribute to the UK’s best ever boyband – performing all of the band’s biggest hits, mixed in with a few of Gary’s own solo songs and a huge dose of northern charm! If you’re lucky, he’ll even bust out some of their famous 90s dance moves! Food available from 7.30-8.30pm.

Web: www.marstonvale.org/events for info & booking

 

18 January

The Best of Wham!

8pm

Bedford Corn Exchange

Tickets £20

Back by popular demand after a sell-out show in 2018. A ‘fantastic’ new show featuring the best of George, Andrew, Pepsi and Shirlie with sensational vocals, choreography, costumes and an awesome live band. This fun-loving, vibrant, megamix tribute to the pop sensation of the 80s will be loved by ‘Young Guns’ of all ages, so come along to the ‘Club Tropicana’ (* Sorry. Drinks not free). Tickets available from the Box Office in the Harpur Suite or online.

Web: www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

 

19 January

Roxton Village Market

11am

Roxton Parish Hall

Free entry

Pre-loved sale, Arts & Crafts Exhibition and refreshments. Stalls available £8 including drinks vouchers.

Email: roxtonhall@gmail.com

 

20 January

Woburn Market

10am-2pm

The Pitchings, Woburn

Third Sunday of the month. Local foods and products from farmers and producers who have decided to cut out the middle-men and sell direct to you. In addition to The Woburn Market, there is also a Craft Fair held in the Village Hall from 10am-4pm.

 

20 January

Biggleswade Antique & Vintage Fair

9.30am-4pm

The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade

Entrance £2, Under 16s free if accompanied by an adult

This fair offers a diverse range of antiques and collectables so whether you are a professional dealer, an avid collector or just looking for something special, this monthly fair is the place to visit. Café serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Tel: 01480 382432 or 07906 647346

Web: www.madisonevents.co.uk

 

21 January

Learning Lunchtime

11am-12 noon

Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine

Free admission – donations welcome

Birds in an English village. From the creator of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Peter Holden looks at nature through the seasons in a Bedfordshire village – featuring little known stories of common bird species and other attractive wildlife and how it is changing. Using his own photos, mostly taken in and around his own village of Blunham, Peter will take you on an imaginary walk through the seasons and show you what to look out for. Talks are approx. 1 hour long, with time for questions. Parking charges apply but Friends of the Forest get free parking.

Tel: 01234 767037

Web: www.marstonvale.org/events

 

25 January

Blunham Community Cinema

Doors open 7pm, film starts promptly 7.30pm

Blunham Village Hall, 109a High Street

Adults £5, Under 16s £2.50, Family (2a + 2c £12)

Blunham Community Cinema presents the film ‘Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society’ (Cert 12A) starring Lily James and Michiel Huisman. In the aftermath of World War II, a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. Sweets, drinks, ice cream and popcorn available.

Tel: Sue 01767 640572 or Pamela 01767 641578 for tickets/further info

 

25-27 January

Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates

Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sum 2.20pm

Stuart Memorial Hall, Tempsford

Adults £11, Children £8, Family £32

Kingfisher Players present Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates. This Pirates’ pantomime is a treat for all the family, a real pearl of a panto in Alan P Frayn’s Robinson Crusoe & the Pirates, packed full with swashbuckling action. The characters embark on a journey of madness and mayhem from the plantations of Brazil to the depths of the ocean. The fabulously titled Senorita Margarita Juicilita as the saucy panto dame, her son, Nutty Nick, and the dim-witted pirates, Cross-bones and Skull-duggery helped to make the show a pantomime treat for all the family.

Tel: 01767 691982

Web: www.ticketsource.co.uk/kingfisherplayers

 

Until 27 January 2019

Bawden’s Beats

Tues-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun & Bank Hols 2-5pm

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford

Free admission

British artist and designer Edward Bawden’s (1903–1989) lifelong fascination with creatures of all sizes is the focus of this new exhibition at The Higgins Bedford. ‘Bawden’s Beasts’ shines a light on the animals – cats, cows and tortoises among them – that inhabit so many of Bawden’s prints and illustrations, and the inventive, often hilarious ways in which he depicts them. Creepy crawlies join the ranks of jungle giants and other beasts to sell products, narrate stories or decorate walls. More than sixty works from the renowned Cecil Higgins Gallery Collection, the world’s largest archive of Edward Bawden’s work, are on show.

Closed Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Tel: 01234 718618

Web: thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk

 

28 January

Learning Lunchtime

11am-12 noon

Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine

Free admission – donations welcome

Warden Abbey: The Making of a Reconstruction Painting. Old Warden’s lost Cistercian Abbey has been reconstructed in an aerial view painting by former English Heritage artist Peter Dunn – Margaret Roberts talks about the process and the history behind it. Talks are approx. 1 hour long, with time for questions. Parking charges apply but Friends of the Forest get free parking.

Tel: 01234 767037

Web: www.marstonvale.org/events

 

29 January

Volunteer Task

10am-3.30pm

Grange Estate

Tel: 01234 762603

Email: darren.woodward@marstonvale.org

 

30 January

Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club

7.30-10pm

The Addison Centre, Kempston, Bedford

Members £5, Non-members £6 – pay at door

Popular entertainer, Ian Griffin in concert. Refreshments, bar and raffle.

Tel: 01234 344423

Web: www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/bedford2

 

Until 24 March 2019

‘Paved With Gold’: Bedford’s Windrush Generation Exhibition

The Higgins, Bedford

Free admission

This exhibition highlights the Windrush Generation’s journey to Bedford, and will explore their legacy of endurance and determination through the challenges they faced and the contributions they made to the community.

 

Until 24 March 2019

We Are Five

The Higgins, Bedford

Free admission

An exhibition marking five years since the redevelopment of The Higgins Bedford opened in June 2013. It features artworks chosen by some of the communities, organisations and individuals the museum has worked with, including works that have not been on display since The Higgins Bedford reopened.

Web: www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

 

Until 11 November 2019

Celebrating 100 Years of Polish Independence

Free admission

Great Bedfordians Gallery, The Higgins Bedford

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence, established after the First World War, The Higgins Bedford presents an exhibition celebrating and exploring the shared stories of Bedford’s Polish community. The exhibition includes a film featuring ‘history keepers’ – young people from the Polish community who have been trained to interview parents, grandparents and older people about their experiences of migration, early lives in Poland and journeys to Bedford.