Bedford School
Bedford School

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Better late than never. Its that time of the week again. Pull up a chair, stick the kettle on, and settle down for the riveting read that is the events on the Marston Vale Line this week.

On Monday evening, the Bedford Film Society are showing their latest film Martha Marcy May Marlene, a drama about a damaged young woman attempting to re-establish contact with her sister and normality after escaping from an isolated cult. Entry is £4 for the evening, and the film starts at 8pm. Its at Trinity Arts and Leisure Theatre, on the same site as Bedford Sixth Form, where the nearest station is Bedford. You should just about get the last train back after the film has finished, though it may be tight! The film is repeated tomorrow night.

Over at Bedford School, The Detweiler Competition is taking place starting at 7pm. The Detweiler Competition is an annual event generously supported by Dr Alan Detweiler, a Canadian composer. Each year a theme is set to encourage artistic and written creativity. Dr Detweiler awards prizes for the Art and there is a Head Master’s prize for creative writing. This year the theme is Portrait. Its free to attend, and is taking place at the Main Foyer Gallery at Bedford School. The nearest station is Bedford.

Over at The Castle on Newnham Street in Bedford, the Bedford IVC Club is having one of its club nights, which is an active social event! New members are always welcome. Come and join them for a drink and to help plan events for the following month. It all starts at 7:30pm, and the nearest station is Bedford.

On Tuesday, the Bedford Floral Arts Society will be hosting a popular presentation by Carole Johnson called ‘From a black canvass’. Entry for visitors is £5 and Carole will create around 6 arrangements whilst giving an informative talk. Doors open at 7pm for 8:30pm, and it all takes place at The Addison Centre in Kempston, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

On Wednesday afternoon, there is a Spoon Carving Workshop taking place in Bedford. Kicking off at 2pm, you will learn how to carve your own spoon from sycamore wood. The price is £30 per person and places should be booked in advance. The event is taking place at the World of Bushcraft at Priory Marina. The nearest station is Bedford, a bus ride away.

Onto Thursday, and at the Forest Centre there will be an entertaining talk on The art of spoon carving starting at 11am. Martin Hazell is a basket and furniture maker as well as a spoon maker; a musician and teacher, and he has some very entertaining stories to tell. Its free to attend and the nearest station is Millbrook.

At Bedford School Mr Neil Chippington, Headmaster of St Paul’s Cathedral School, London, will be giving a Chapel Choir Masterclass. Its completely free and starts at 4pm. Later, starting at 5:15pm, Neil will be judging a singing and organ competition. The nearest station is Bedford.

At 19:45, Bedford Music Club will be hosting Nicholas Mulroy, a tenor and rising star of the early music world, who is joined by one of the UK’s foremost lutenists Elizabeth Kenny to celebrate this influential union of voice, verse and melody. There is a charge for entry, and you may want to book in advance. The event is taking place at the Bunyan Meeting Church and the nearest station is Bedford.

On Friday, if you are interested in the nights sky, and you don’t mind missing the last train home, head along to Stargazing for Everyone at the Bletchley end of the line. Explore the night sky with the Milton Keynes Astronomical Society; there will be an exhibition of astronomical images, posters and equipment and, weather permitting, an opportunity to view the night sky. Admission is free and it starts at 8pm. The venue is the Rectory Cottages on Church Green Road, a short walk from Bletchley station.

Saturday comes, and Artworks MK are keeping up with their excellent events programme. Today is their Cloth of Stitch Day. Learn how to develop basic needlelace stitches into exciting fabrics including contrasts of texture, colour and medium. The workshop enables participants, of whatever experience of needlelace techniques, to make a new, innovative fabric of stitch, perhaps with found objects or at a scale not usually associated with lace. It all starts at 10am, and booking in advance is recommended. The nearest station to Artworks MK is Wolverton, a short bus ride away.

The only sporting action taking place this weekend on the line is in Bedford, where Bedford Town are at home to Chesham United. Kick-off is at 3pm, and the usual ticket prices apply. The Eyrie is a bus ride from Bedford St Johns station.

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