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Walk 4 Health Toddington gets up and running

Written by Mike Fayers on . Posted in Walking 4 Health

A new Walk 4 Health programme in Toddington has already signed up almost 70 walkers in its first 6 months, with 13 different walk routes on offer, thanks to the hard work of its volunteer walk leaders.

BRCC, the coordinator for Walk 4 Health Bedfordshire: , was approached late in 2016 by a volunteer from the Good Neighbour scheme in Toddington about setting up a health walk programme in the village. By early January posters and leaflets were on display and BRCC was receiving our first enquiries from prospective walk leaders.

During April we trained our first walk leaders who then checked out and risk assessed a number of suitable routes, and the following month saw the launch of the new programme. Six months on the walk leaders have produced an electronic newsletter, which you can read here:

Toddington newsletter 2017

Tree planting in the Forest of Marston Vale

Written by Mike Fayers on . Posted in Green Infrastructure, Latest News, Supporting Communities, Volunteering

Get involved with a day of tree planting in the Forest of Marston Vale.

Come along any time between 11am and 3pm, on Sunday 12th Feb 2017, and help the Forest of Marston Vale reach its target of 6 million trees – all you need to bring is warm, waterproof clothes, and plenty of enthusiasm!

The Forest of Marston Vale will be supplying trees, tools and teas & coffees, so bring the whole family along to make a difference to the Forest, and plant something that will live for generations.

Free shuttle buses will be running throughout the day to the planting site in Cranfield, from the Forest Centre in Marston Moretaine.

For further information please contact:


Jo Roberts
Community Engagement Officer
Direct line: 01234 762608

Forest of Marston Vale, The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR
(For Sat Nav purposes, use MK43 0PS)

Tel: 01234 767037 │ Fax: 01234 762606 │ Web:

Walking 4 Health

Written by Mike Fayers on . Posted in Supporting Communities, Walking 4 Health

BRCC co-ordinates around forty Walking4Health walk programmes throughout Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough. These individual programmes are led by trained volunteer Health Walk Leaders.

Our health walks are regular walks which are free and open to all – though aimed particularly at people who are presently doing little or no exercise – and usually last from 60 to 90 minutes, though there are also some shorter ‘beginners’ walks.

People are encouraged to walk at their own pace, safe in the knowledge that they are walking with trained leaders, one of whom will remain at the back of the group, with the slowest walkers.

At the end of the walk we encourage walkers to socialise – therefore many of our walks finish where people can have a drink and a chat.

One walker, who was referred to Walking4Health after suffering a stroke, told us: “I can’t praise Walking4Health enough, it was important to my recovery. The involvement has helped so many of our members, after health problems, bereavement and loneliness. It’s fun and the social aspect is so important…walking keeps you healthy.”

Contact Mike Fayers on (01234) 832619.

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