Willington Dovecote opens this weekend, among a number of events

Willington Dovecote.
Willington Dovecote.

The first open afternoon of the year at the National Trust Tudor Dovecote and Stables, pictured, in Willington, takes place on Sunday, April 27 from 1pm until 5pm.

There will be a display of local crafts and teas will be served in the church, with an organ recital at 3pm.

Plans are being made to celebrate the centenary of the acquisition of the Dovecote by the trust, with events planned for September.

Bowls marathon

Bedford Borough Bowls Club will be holding a 24-hour marathon bowls match to run from Friday, April 25 starting at 7pm through to Saturday, April 26 at 7pm.

Mayor Dave Hodgson will be in attendance with a team scheduled to play at 9pm on Friday. The marathon is in support of Bedford Borugh Bowls Club President Anne Dilley’s charity, the East Anglia Air Ambulance for which she raised £1,400 last year.

Spaces closed

Due to essential track maintenance by Network Rail, 20 spaces on weekdays and 40 at weekends at Flitwick car park next to the train station will be closed until mid-May.

First Capital Connect have now finished resurfacing Bedford train station car park which fully re-opened on April 18.

Riverside big tidy day

The first Rivercare event of 2014, which is organised to tidy the area around the Great Ouse in Bedford, takes place on Saturday, April 26.

The event will cover the Suspension Bridge, surrounding green spaces and river bank to ensure the area is tidy ahead of the various festivals along riverside area.

Bedford Sub Aqua Divers, Bedford Scuba Divers, The Environment Agency and the Viking Kayak Club will be in the water removing rubbish from the surface and riverbed.

The event runs from 10am until noon and volunteers are to meet at the Suspension Bridge. Equipment will be supplied.

Open morning for booklet launch

An open morning will be held in the Shorts Building, Shortstown on Saturday, April 26 between 10am and 1pm where residents will be launching a free 24-page Welcome to Shortstown booklet.

Sponsored by the bpha, it features the many clubs and facilities available to people living in the village. Representatives of all groups within Shortstown will be available for a chat about what they have to offer. There will be free teas and biscuits and a raffle. All are welcome.

Sue ryder’s eggs-tra cash

Organisers of the Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice Easter egg hunt thank all those who attended the event on Sunday, April 6.

The day was well supported and the total raised was £2,621.69. Thanks go to those who donated chocolate eggs, knitted chicks and cakes, as well as all the volunteers who helped.