Anniversary dinner and a night of football with former England player Tony Cottee

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Sky sports pundit and ex England footballer Tony Cottee will be the guest speaker at Ampthill Round Table’s 59th anniversary dinner at the Rufus Centre in Flitwick on Friday (February 6). He’ll be joined by comedian Russ Williams for an entertaining evening of football anecdotes from the world of the premier league. Ampthill Round Table supports many local causes via its fundraising efforts and raised £5,960 through its Santa float during December. Membership is open to men aged 18 to 45.

Animal shelter open day

A Valentine’s themed open day will raise money for an animal rescue centre. There will be fun and games for children at the Hula Animal Rescue Centre this Sunday, along with a dog parade at 2.30pm. The fundraising event at Glebe Farm, Salford Road, Aspley Guise, will run from 1pm to 3.30pm. The animal houses will be closed on the day, but staff will be on hand to talk about rehoming and the adoption process. Admission costs £2 for adults and children go free.

Project for young people

Sporting opportunities in Bedford borough have been given a £200k boost as Sport England awards a Community Sport Activation grant. The money will help 14-to-24-year-olds get into sports such as BMX, girls’ rugby, football, running and tennis. The council’s sports development team says it will also launch a range of coaching courses. The Bedfordshire Lawn Tennis Association has also made a large contribution to the project.

Library drop-in fun with Paddington

Children who love Paddington Bear can head down to Flitwick Library for a Paddington-themed fun day and storytelling sessions while the grown-ups have a cuppa at the Nation Libraries Day tea party. The library, in Coniston Road, Flitwick, is hosting the fun drop-in session from 10am to 3.30pm, with the tea party from 10am to noon on Saturday, February 7.

Galaxy helps good cause

Woodland Ways Bushcraft Foundation, based in Bedford, is celebrating after receiving a £300 donation from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund. The charity uses skills, history and the story of bushcraft to provide tribal people around the globe with assistance when required or requested. The group has recently given help to a remote Maasai village in Kenya to help them secure land and build a school. Galaxy Hot Chocolate is looking to help small, local community groups and charities by donating cash awards to support warm hearted people and projects. To apply for funding visit

Half term at wrest park

If you’ve ever thought the army would sort your children out, sign them up for a soldier school at Wrest Park during half term. The English Heritage property is running a series of front line workshops from 11am to 4pm on Monday, February 16, to Friday, February 20. For more information, visit

Open event

Join Tree planting

People are being invited to an open tree planting event this Sunday. The planting with the Forest of Marston Vale Trust will take place at a site between Cranfield and Marston, with free buses running between 10.45am and 2.15pm from the Forest Centre in Station Road, Marston Moretaine. Visit