The Barn Cardington to launch on Sunday 5th November

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Latest News, Rural Development

BRCC is launching its latest venture, a community deli, cafe and gourmet butchers, on Sunday 5th November 2017 between 10.30am and 4pm.

The Barn Cardington is situated on the site of what was Summerhill Farm Shop, which closed down earlier in 2017. BRCC is operating the deli and cafe, and the butchery will be provided by the award-winning Woburn Country Foods.

The launch event will include opportunities to taste and buy products; a BBQ; and a drinks stall.

For further information and updates, follow The Barn Cardington on Twitter or Facebook.

Warden Abbey Vineyard is runner-up in national Rural Business Awards

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Latest News

BRCC is delighted that our community vineyard at Warden Abbey was a runner-up in the national Rural Business Awards 2017 in the SOCIAL ENTERPRISE / COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR category.

The award, which “aims to celebrate an enterprise or project that is shaping a rural community or impacting the rural way of life in a positive way” was presented to BRCC’s Rural Development Manager Lisa King at a ceremony on 5th October.

You can read more on the Rural Business Awards website.

This story was covered by the Biggleswade Chronicle.

In the meantime, despite fears earlier in the year of no harvest due to difficult weather conditions, the harvest on Monday 9th October produced enough grapes to make around 850 bottles of still wine. Find out more about the vineyard and the latest news on the vineyard’s website.

Rural Funding Opportunities Breakfast Event on Wednesday 18th October 8.30am

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Beds & Hunts Claylands, Greensand Country Landscape Partnership, Greensand Ridge LAG, Latest News, Rural Development

The Greensand Ridge Local Action Group are hosting a FREE event at the award winning Gamlingay Eco Hub (funded by LEADER) on 18th October 8.30-10.30am, to enable local businesses to find out more about Rural Development Funding.

If you are looking for funding for your business, this event will give you the chance to learn about the different funding options available to you and speak to experts about which options are best for your business and how you can access them.

You can book tickets here or download the flyer here.

Greensand Country Landscape Partnership seeks Communications, Marketing & Engagement Officer

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Greensand Country Landscape Partnership, Job vacancies, Latest News

We are seeking a passionate, highly motivated and experienced Communications, Marketing and Engagement Officer, to help us deliver a Landscape Partnership for Greensand Country, a distinctive landscape area consisting of a sandstone ridge and associated river valleys, located principally in Central Bedfordshire.

BRCC and the Greensand Trust are leading on this Landscape Partnership programme with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will deliver an array of exciting projects to help us raise awareness of the heritage value of Greensand Country and to reverse the gradual decline in the distinct landscape character of this beautiful and loved place.

We have created a destination brand for the Greensand Country.  Be at the heart of this exciting initiative and help us to create a living and working landscape that is cherished by present and future generations and a rich natural and built heritage which is sustained and understood.

You can download further information and application details here:

Information Pack CM&E officer

BRCC Equality & Diversity monitoring form

Application deadline: Monday 6th November 2017 at 9am
Interviews: Wednesday 15th November 2017


Opening soon – The Barn Cardington

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Job vacancies, Latest News, Rural Development, Tastes of Bedfordshire, Volunteering, Warden Abbey Vineyard

BRCC is preparing to reopen the Summerhill Farm Shop in Cardington under a new name, The Barn Cardington, in October 2017.

The Barn Cardington will continue Summerhill’s commitment to high-quality local produce, and for the first time will enable customers to eat in as well as take away. The butchery will be provided by the award-winning Woburn Country Foods. A new bakery, OurDough CIC, will also be established on site.

We are seeking casual and seasonal shop floor staff and volunteers. For more information please contact Chris Fox.

BRCC opens new Mobility Hub in Bedford town centre

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Community Transport, Latest News, Volunteering

Picture: Dave Hodgson hands over the keys for the Mobility Hub to Jon Boswell

BRCC’s new Mobility Hub in Bedford town centre opened on Monday 4th September. Based at Bedford bus station, this new hub will enable customers to hire a range of mobility equipment and access information on community-run transport services across the Borough.

The Mobility Hub is the result of a new agreement between Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) to continue to provide Door to Door community transport services for people who have difficulty using or accessing public transport. The town centre mobility service will be delivered through a partnership with Bedford Shopmobility, which previously operated a mobility service from a unit in the Howard Centre.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We’re delighted that this new facility has opened in the heart of Bedford town centre. The mobility hub will help people to get into and around the town centre, making it easier for them to access its amenities and excellent local businesses.’

Jon Boswell, BRCC Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Bedford Borough Council and Bedford Shopmobility to help people with mobility problems to get around Bedford. We are also keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in volunteering at the Hub.”

For more information please visit

Warden Abbey Vineyard shortlisted in the Rural Business Awards 2017

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Latest News

We are delighted to announce that our Warden Abbey Vineyard project has been shortlisted in the Social Enterprise/Community Project of the Year category of the Rural Business Awards 2017.

The winner of each category will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 5th October 2017 at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey. Further information about the ceremony can be found here.

BRCC needs your votes to receive up to £25,000 from Bedfordshire Freemasons

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Latest News

BRCC is appealing to all our friends, supporters and service users to vote online to help us receive a Community Award from the Freemasons of up to £25,000.

As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing £3 million to 300 charities across the country, and BRCC is one of those selected. Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant, but the public vote will determine how much they receive, ranging from £4,000 to £25,000.  The grant will support the work of our Village and Community Agents in rural Bedfordshire.

To vote please visit the MCF website, select the Bedfordshire page and vote for our entry by Monday, 31 July.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons and their families. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.

Greensand Country Landscape Partnership seeks Conservation & Project Officer

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Greensand Country Landscape Partnership, Job vacancies, Latest News

Could you make a difference to a whole landscape?

BRCC and the Greensand Trust are the lead bodies for the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership, recently established with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Greensand Country comprises the Greensand Ridge (a 35 mile-long narrow wooded sandstone ridge to the south of Bedford), and the Flit Valley.

We are now seeking to fill the important role of Conservation and Project Officer. Help us to create a living and working landscape that is cherished by present and future generations and a rich natural and built heritage which is sustained and understood.

To apply

For further information on how to apply, please download the information pack below. If you would like an informal chat please call Claire on: 07534484971.

Application deadline: Monday 31st July 2017 at 9am

Interviews: Wednesday 9th August 2017 (or an alternative date can be arranged subject to availability)


Information pack – GSCLP Conservation and Project Officer

BRCC Equality & Diversity monitoring form

For more information about the Partnership and the programme visit




Etonbury Green Wheel Masterplan announced!

Written by Cliff Andrews on . Posted in Biggleswade Green Wheel, Latest News, Rural Development

We are pleased to announce that the long-awaited Etonbury Green Wheel Masterplan is now our for public consultation (click here):

Produced by BRCC in partnership with CBC and the local stakeholders, the Masterplan identifies proposals for creating an off-road corridor for walkers and riders around the communities of Arlesey, Fairfield and Stotfold, which passes through and beside areas of landscape, wildlife and heritage value.

Subject to consultation responses, it is hoped that the finalised masterplan will be adopted by all stakeholders later this year – and that the practical creation of the Wheel will continue over the next few years.


Download: the Etonbury Green Wheel Consultation Flyer (PDF 780KB)

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