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Village Halls Week 2021 – get involved and celebrate your village hall

Update - Friday 29 Jan - Listen to the Village Halls podcast. Village Halls Week is a national celebration of village halls, their volunteers and the important services they offer their communities. This year's Village Halls Week starts on Monday 25 January, running until Friday 29 January 2021, and will...
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Join the Regional Village Hall Conference on Monday 25 January

To launch Village Halls Week 2021, Community Action Suffolk will be hosting the Eastern Region virtual conference, with support from Village Hall Advisors from Beds, Herts, Norfolk, Essex & Cambs. The conference  will be held on Monday 25 January via zoom for all those involved with, and working or volunteering...
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Update on BedsRCC services during lockdown

On Monday evening, the Prime Minister placed us back into National Lockdown. As a result, we must all stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. This means that: the Barn will remain open as an essential food shop the Mobility Hub and Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre will remained...
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Latest Coronavirus information for village halls in Tier 4

Village and community halls located in Tier 4 areas were required to close from Sunday 20 December. Restrictions similar to those seen during the national lockdown have been introduced in the new Tier 4 areas. The closures are in response to the rapid spread of the new variant of COVID-19...
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Bringing Christmas Cheer in a difficult year…

Our two Community Rail Partnerships (CRP), Marston Vale and Beds & Herts, have teamed up with vintage singing trio The Femmes to deliver Christmas with The Femmes 2020. Sadly, there are many who wont be able to visit or be with families this Christmas due to the pandemic. The aim...
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More than wine at Sunday’s Christmas Wine Sale

There's so much more than wine at our outdoor Christmas Wine Sale this Sunday! From 12 noon to 4pm, the Warden Abbey Vineyard team will be joined by these lovely local businesses: Ants Chilli House Rookery Nook prints and cards Willow Tree Gin Kelchner Brewery Eve Carroll Pottery. You’ll also...
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Beds & Herts CRP win third place in photo competition

Congratulations to Beds & Herts Community Rail Partnership (CRP), who won their first award at the online Community Rail Awards last night (Wednesday 9 December 2020). They won third place in the photo competition, as voted by the public. The photo is of a group of pupils from Chilterns Special...
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Support us on Small Business Saturday

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday and we have three wonderful small businesses at BedsRCC. The Barn, Cardington has delicious food, Christmas gifts and all your regular groceries, plus some incredible cakes. All locally sourced and supplied by local businesses too. Ridgmont Station Vintage Tea Room and Heritage Centre offers the...
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Come to The Barn for the Warden Abbey Vineyard Christmas wine sale

The Warden Abbey Vineyard Annual Christmas wine sale will be in the form of a small outdoor market this year, held at The Barn Cardington. We’ll be joined by: Ants Chilli House Rookery Nook prints and cards Willow Tree Gin Kelchner Brewery Eve Carroll Pottery You'll be able to browse...
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Village Hall Safeguarding week and what it means for Bedfordshire halls

Next week is Village Hall Safeguarding week and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is calling on thousands of village halls across England to make sure policies and procedures are in place to keep everyone safe. ACRE has been awarded £100k from the National Lottery Community Fund to promote...