Whilst all of you are no doubt sunning yourselves and enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend, some of us have some work to do! Notably telling you all of the events on the line during this week.
As there is no train service on Monday, we are starting on Tuesday this week. We start off in Bedford, where at 4:30pm there is the Beechwood Park Prep School Composition Competition. The competition will be adjudicated by Julie Edwards, Director of Music, Beechwood Park Prep School. The event is free to enter, and is taking place at Bedford School. Bedford School is within walking distance of Bedford station.
The Bedford Floral Art Society have a presentation with Lesley Sturdy presenting ‘Around the World’. As well as this fascinating talk, a raffle, plant stall and floristry sundries will be available. It starts at 7:30pm, and is free for members and £5 for visitors. The talk will be at the Addison Centre, which is a bus ride from Bedford St Johns station.
On Thursday, it seems the Recital Hall at Bedford School is the place to be. Starting at 1pm there is Music at Lunchtime, then at 7:30pm, Christina McMaster will give a Piano Recital. What’s more, both of these events are free to attend. Bedford School is within walking distance of Bedford station.
Heading into Friday, and Bedford School are on fire this week with yet another event, with a Beechwood Park Prep School Concert. This is an informal concert performed by Beechwood Park Prep School students. This event is free to attend and starts at 4:30pm. Bedford School is within walking distance of Bedford station.
Down the other end of the line, the Open University Orchestra and Chamber Music Club is holding a concert. This is a completely free concert to attend starting at 1pm. The concert is taking place at The Hub Theatre at the Open University. The nearest station is Bow Brickhill, which is a bus ride.
Also in Milton Keynes, the Milton Keynes Astronomical Society is holding a talk called ‘The Lunar World Record’ by Ninian Boyle. Admission is free, but its start time of 8pm means that getting a train back may be a struggle if you live far away. The event is taking place at Rectory Cottages in Bletchley, just a short walk from the station.
Saturday sees the big event of the week, the Bedford Amateur Regatta. The Bedford Amateur Regatta, founded in 1853, brings competitive rowing to the picturesque River Great Ouse in Bedford, maintaining its position as the largest single-day river regatta in the country. Racing takes place through the heart of the town over a 1,200 metre course with races every two minutes and competitors coming from far and wide. Races start at 8:15am and go on until 7:30pm. Entry is free, and the event takes place on the Embankment. The nearest station is Bedford St Johns, a short walk away.
For the early birds who missed it last week, the Forest of Marston Vale are re-running their Dawn Chorus event. Starting at the later time of 7am, the dawn chorus is still raging and in the company of our expert birding volunteers, you’ll find out all sorts of amazing things about the spring migrants and residents that are burbling away in the Country Park. The cost is £3 per adult, though there are some reductions for others. The Forest Centre is a pleasant walk from Millbrook station.
If you love your canine companion, then The Parks Trust’s Bark in the Park is just the event for you. Bring your four-legged friend along to meet other dogs and discover a new dog walking route. Walks normally 1.5 hour duration with on lead and off lead walking. There is a small charge of £1 per dog, starting at 10am. The meeting point is the Windmill Pub car park on Lakeside Grove, which is a good walkies from Bow Brickhill station.
And for something extra special
Robin Morel, one of our Twitter followers, sent us something as we have been writing this:
— Robin Morel (@13milepost) May 5, 2013
On Saturday 18th May, London Midland, Network Rail, and The Railway Children are giving a very special tour of Bletchley signalbox. This is your last chance to visit it as well, as it will be decommissioned. The box dates from 1965, so this really is a once in a lifetime chance to see it!
It will be open from 10am to 2pm. While there is no entry charge, we suggest that you donate £5 which will go to The Railway Children. Shockingly, the nearest station is Bletchley!