Category: What’s On

The County of Bedfordshire Service of Thanksgiving for His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, a County of Bedfordshire Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life of His Royal Highness will be held in the presence of HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and civic leaders.

The Service on Friday 16 April 2021 will be held at The County Church of St Paul Bedford.

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Hero Simon Weston calls on Cranfield and Marston Vale residents to nominate their Brave Britons

One of the country’s best loved heroes Simon Weston is calling on folk in the Cranfield and Marston Vale area to nominate people who they believe represent ‘The Best Of British’.

Falklands War veteran Simon has again joined forces with global-hearing specialist Amplifon to find truly remarkable men, women, children and pets who are an example to the nation.

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What’s On: Virtual organ concert

The virtual event will showcase the Willis pipe Organ, which resides in the Grand Temple of Freemasons’ Hall in London, an art deco masterpiece completed in 1933.

The concert is to be given by Carl Jackson, MVO, director of music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and he has held organ scholarships at Downing College, Cambridge as well as his current base of Chapel Royal.

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Look to the stars with Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Award-winning astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell will host the first ‘An Evening With…’ event, a new public lecture series from the University of Bedfordshire.

Named by BBC Woman’s Hour as one of the UK’s most powerful women, Dame Jocelyn is credited with one of the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th century.

Her discovery of the first radio pulsars – a type of star – in 1967 opened up a new strand of astrophysics, and the work led to her university supervisor being awarded a Nobel Prize.

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OUTing the Past Festival returns to The Higgins Bedford

As part of LGBT+ History Month, The Higgins Bedford is once again hosting the OUTing the Past Festival on Saturday 20 February, inspired by this year’s theme ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’. A range of dynamic speakers will share the hidden histories and stories of the LGBT+ community, celebrating its diversity and raising awareness of the challenges that the community have encountered and continue to face today.

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MK Gallery awarded a significant grant

MK Gallery is one of over 100 cultural organisations across the UK to receive significant funding from the Weston Culture Fund. This will help support the gallery’s programmes in 2021.
Established in 1958, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family founded charitable grant-making trust which gives away approximately £80 million a year to charities across the UK. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business.

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Pen a love letter to your pet

Insurance provider for pet businesses, Protectivity, has launched a competition to find the best pandemic pet in the UK. The winner will receive £100 worth of vouchers split between Canvas Creatures and Pet Planet, as well as a £100 donation to an animal charity of their choice.

When the UK went into lockdown back in March 2020, Brits found their lives and routines turned upside down. However, as people were unable to see their friends and family and with usual social and leisure activities restricted, pet owners around the country found a huge source of comfort in their animal friends.

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