Friday Night Blender

The Friday Night Blender crew are kicking off the festive season with a funky punky Xmas party in Danny’s Bar at Esquires on Friday 23rd December.  They’ve lined up The Silver Tongued Bandolliers playing a Red Hot Chilli Peppers Tribute Set, The Roll Your Own Records Crew bringing the vinyl, The Reformers and a very…


Alzheimer’s needs your Support

By Kris Wilkinson-Hughes Recently, as I concluded another Frogs’ Chorus session, the group that comes in after me seemed rather down. It turns out that the Bedford Council has stopped funding the support services they offer to carers and those suffering from the Alzheimers. Currently the Council website says: ‘Carer Information and Support Programmes run several times…

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Calling all Budding Writers!

Creative Writing Course Join Simon Wrigley, Outreach Director of the National Writing Project (, for this new creative writing group at The Higgins Bedford. The group is designed for anyone who would like to write in a trusted group with others. Using the museum’s collections as prompts for shared writing and personal reflection, there will…


Teen Takeover 2017

In 2017, the September issue of the Bedford Clanger will be written and edited by Bedford’s teenagers as we throw open our pages to the Teen Takeover. The Clanger team will collaborate with teens to decide the editorial content and allocate assignments.  The Teen Takover team will commission photography and artwork from their peers and…


Time for a Cheeky Cocktail!

Where better to get into the festive spirit than Bears and Tales? We sent Clanger and cocktail fan, Emily Finney to Lime Street to interview the man with the mixers, Tom Faden: Originally envisioned as spirits and mixer bar, Bear and Tales on Lime Street is actually home to the best cocktails in Bedford.  Created,…


Community Christmas Café

Charlie Fay has ‘popped up’ at the Old Fire Station in Mill Street. Charlie say, ‘It came about after having a couple of months available before my next project and wanting to do something in one of the many empty shops in town.  It was very last minute so the week has been spent trying to…



The Christmas Collective is an exhibition featuring 8 talented local artists: Katie Allen, Kristina Bullen, Andrew Foster, Darren Rose, Sara Sayer, Anne-Marie Stejilja, Marisa Straccia and Charlotte Tenneson. The artwork is a diverse selection of art styles from fine art photography, linocut, illustrations through to the more traditional painting and drawing. 14 November – 31 December…


Great Bedfordians Cooking up a Storm!

The life of a travelling showgirl chef is never dull. My daily job of wedding cake making is peppered with traversing the country demonstrating the skills that every avid home baker wants to learn… always in stiletto heels! Years ago, I recall how these baking enthusiasts would corner me by the water cooler and confess…



SWEARY PARROT STARS IN EX-BoS HACK’S NEW BOOK OF SHORT STORIES! A sweary parrot who causes havoc for his loved-up owners is one of the stars of a new book published by a former Bedfordshire on Sunday journalist-turned-author. Award-winning Mark Stillman, 51, calls his second book, Wartworld And Other Quirky Short Stories, as a highly original…

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