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April May 2016 Issue 108 Rosemary Heatley Feature Rosemarys Garden and Ex Libris Rosemary started her career in journalism later becoming an English teacher at a college of further education and then a college manager. Now retired she leads a busy life in the Ouse valley. Her loves are gardening reading she writes our book review under her maiden name Roz Masters - and spending time with her family which includes 10 grandchildren. Ant Hagen OVL Magazine photography Ant Hagen is a professional television cameraman and keen amateur photographer. He has worked all over the world including Afghanistan Peru and India for Sky News Sky Sports and ITN. A lover of the natural world he considers living in the Ouse valley a great privilege. His favourite insects are damselflies. Anthony Lowery Feature Films - review of the month A born polymath Anthony juggles writing films plays books and journalism. 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Young Farmers ready for Fun Family Day 16 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts Friendly and professional experienced instructors Children from the age of five Adult tuition Lessons for the complete beginner to the more advanced rider Neil Susan Black BHSII Green Lane Clapham Bedfordshire MK41 6ET Telephone 01234 268556 www.tinsleysridingschool.co.uk TINSLEYS RIDING SCHOOL Established 1977 TOP END VILLAGE STORES ANIMAL FEED BEDDING www.topendfarm.co.uk Spring has Sprung Paddock fertilisers grass seed post and rail stock fencing chicken wire electric fencing and accessories Wide and competitive range of horse and animal feed supplements and stable essentials Hay straw haylage shavings sundown wood pellet bedding etc Stable and field mats reclaimed sleepers rat bait horse carrots Lamb milk always in stock lamb feed from 7.90 Chick crumbs bedding and feeders layers mash 7.25 Plus dog food and treats wild bird feed rabbit and small animal feed small holder feed too Large free car park horse lorries welcome Fast and free delivery TCs apply Shop open 7 days a week Top End Farm Little Staughton Bedfordshire MK44 2BY 01234 376426 topendfarmbtconnect.com The Making of Natural History I n early 2006 the trustees of the Stevington Historical Trust were pondering what to do next. They had already published a successful village history of Stevington and a picture book of the parish and its people. The natural history project was inspired by a visit one of our trustees made to Selborne the home of the great Gilbert White. We found that since he published his seminal work The Natural History of Selborne 1788-9 there had been few natural histories of a single parish. The snag was that none of our trustees were naturalists. However we knew that since 2001 two village residents Jacqueline Gooding and Bob Poulter had been systematically recording the flora of the Stevington Country Walk a disused section of the old Bedford to Northampton railway line. They considered our project was a runner and that gave us the encouragement to launch the project. Another villager Susan Young a head gardener and garden designer volunteered to help and she suggested that gardens should be included in the study. These three formed the nucleus of the Study Group which organised the research. The group divided the project into a Field Survey and a Garden Watch and decided that the study period would run for three years from January 2007. The aim was to produce an in-depth investigation of the flora and fauna of the parish over the study period but at the same time to make the published work accessible with high quality photographs and illustrations. The former were provided by Roger Day a professional photographer and trustee and the latter by Jacqueline Gooding who teaches art. It went without saying that the Study Group could not themselves carry out all the investigation which such an enterprise entailed. A village meeting was held to which all interested in natural history were invited. As a result of that meeting 18 volunteered as recorders for the Field Survey and 30 for the Garden Watch. The recognition skills of the recorders varied considerably and we provided training in the form of regular workshops and access to the courses run by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. We took out corporate membership of the Bedfordshire Natural History Society and established a small reference library in the Church Room. Despite all these efforts there was considerable wastage. Only about half a dozen recorders stayed the course within the Field Survey but some 21 volunteers contributed at various times to the Garden Watch. For the purposes of the Field Survey we divided the parish into six study areas. The recording was conducted largely from Stevingtons extensive patchwork of footpaths and bridleways although landowners generously gave us access to most of the land in the parish. We produced forms for fieldwork recording but in practice these proved rather constricting. However forms were essential for the Garden Watch recorders were asked to record sightings week by week quarter by quarter. The records for birds were especially fruitful there were over 30000 recorded sightings over the three years. As one might expect three years proved insufficient to do justice to the task particularly in the case of the Field Survey and it was not until 2012 that any serious writing-up was attempted. Even then after producing drafts much of the information had to be checked on the ground often against different climatic conditions from the time of the first recording. Only the recorders can tell one how many hours they spent tramping the fields and footpaths. Translating this work into a book was an altogether different challenge. We had had some experience in producing the village history and the picture book. We started out with the idea of producing a slim volume of some 100 pages of text and 100 pages of illustrations and photographs. As good quality text began to appear in 2014 it became apparent that we were looking at a more considerable work as the copy was very detailed. At this point we set up a small editorial team. As they received the emerging text it became clear that with Jacquelines illustrations and Rogers photographs we could be looking at a book of over 400 to 500 pages. So we had to establish a benchmark and eventually settled on 350 pages. It was on that basis that we started to obtain quotations from printers. However the other imponderable was how to quantify likely demand. We had printed 600 copies of the village history and the picture book but our general feeling was that natural history was a more specialised interest. The next issue was whether to publish ourselves or to find a publisher. We decided on the former as one of our trustees Paul Middleton had a background in publishing. The fact that he lived in Spain seemed at first to be a problem but our early experiments showed that the technology was well up to the task even though in order to send large files to Roger Day Paul had to visit an internet caf late at night. There are worse places to be than in Granada in the late evening. However it worked - most of the time. The two of them liaised to design the book a process which continued as text was signed off by the editors. The other important issue was finance. We knew from experience that we could probably raise half the printing cost by way of advance subscriptions provided we offered a modest discount on the eventual price. Stevington Parish Council generously made us a grant and a loan which covered the balance. Accordingly we felt able to set a date for the launch of the book on 14 November last year. Meanwhile the edited text was submitted to proofreaders and we set a target of the end of August for submitting the book to the printer. There was some slippage but the finished article Stevington The Natural History of a Bedfordshire Parish arrived in the week before the launch. This was held in our parish church of St Mary to which all the advance subscribers and others who had helped us were invited over 150 came to the party. The good news is that at the time of writing the book is practically sold out. We covered our costs paid our debts and restored the Trusts financial position to how it stood before the study commenced. It was a community project and although hard work it was very rewarding for those involved the learning curve for most of us was immense. Others can judge the value of what we did. 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The saturated ground is going to take months to dry out and for the water to percolate down into streams and rivers. Meanwhile the wet hangs around and causes problems. SIGNS Puddles which remain on patios and paths. Soggy spongy wet or puddled lawn with bright green mossy patches. Symptoms of plant stress and injury. When the ground remains waterlogged anaerobic respiration occurs in the soil causing toxicity to plants and drowning the organisms which keep soil healthy. SITES Where soil is predominately clay. Where there are natural springs or a pond. Where standing water is too close to the house. Where the structure of the garden does not cope with an excess of water. These are some of the signs of a waterlogged garden. If the climate change prognosis is correct such weeks of rain could be expected at any time in the future. If your garden is suffering from two or more of the above remedial action needs to be taken. To discuss the options please call Susan Young at Susan Young Garden Design on 07787 158288 or 01234 826430. RAIN AND WET IS YOUR GARDEN DESIGNED TO COPE Garden Design 26 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 27 C hristmas has been and gone and a new year has brought named storms Gertrude Henry and then Imogen between spells of unusually mild weather. Writing in early February many of the usual spring flowers have appeared at least a month early. The garden is visibly changing every day. Some seeds are already sown theres pruning to be done and new plants to consider. Maybe this year I will try something new. The Hardy Plant Society HPS is a national organisation that helps gardeners to develop their skills and increase their enjoyment of gardening. Hardy plants are those which can survive outdoors in the UK and reappear year after year. They include trees shrubs bulbs and pretty much anything that doesnt need replacing each summer. The central hub of the HPS links a large number of regional and specialist groups and also supports the conservation of worthwhile cultivated plants that are in danger of disappearing due to changing fashions. Our local group the Cambs and Beds HPS meets monthly between September and April and has done so for over 25 years. We are a friendly group with nearly 100 members with a wide range of age interest experience. Most of us garden others just like learning about plants. We meet in Biggleswade on the first Saturday of the month with a visiting speaker who is an expert in their field often a professional nurseryman bringing plants for us to buy. We also have a garden sundries stall. Some of our speakers are well known from television some travel many miles to join us. They all give expert advice and share their passion for plants. We start in May with our annual Plant Sale also held in Biggleswade. This attracts hundreds of customers and regularly raises a four figure sum. The plants sold are all raised by our members in their own gardens. During the rest of the summer we make visits to gardens in other areas. There is always a residential trip last year to Herefordshire this year to France and a number of other visits usually by coach to different areas to see gardens many of which are not open to the general public. They all allow us to see interesting design and unusual plants which are well grown. We sometimes visit specialist nurseries on these trips and our return requires much happy sorting of purchases. These outings are very popular and many friendships develop during our enjoyment of our shared hobby. You can learn more about us on our website www. hpscambsandbeds.co.uk where there is information about future events and a gallery of photographs of visits. Our speaker in April is Des Martin who runs a nursery in Leicestershire. He is speaking on Plants for damp places. Why not come and buy a plant from him You are always most welcome whether you come alone or with a friend. Debby Horsman The Hardy Plant Society 28 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts D icentra spectabilis or bleeding heart produces arching stems of heart- shaped blooms in various shades of red pink or reddish pink some with white tips or white. A hardy perennial this shade-loving woodland plant bursts into flower for several weeks in the coolness of spring. Dicentra performs best in rich moist soil with partial shade and benefits from protection from the hot afternoon sun. Although it looks beautiful brightening up shady areas amongst shrubs it can also flourish in the morning sun as long as the soil stays moist. Clumps of dicentra remain compact for many years and luckily do not need dividing as they have brittle roots and do not like being disturbed. The seeds that are spread may add more plants to your garden to enjoy next spring. Like other smaller varieties spectabalis provides excellent cut flowers. After flowering spectabalis should be cut back to about 15cm tall to rejuvenate the foliage. As this begins to yellow and wither foliage may be cut back to the ground. However do not remove the foliage until it turns yellow or brown as this is the time when the plant is storing food reserves for next years growth. Dicentra will often become completely dormant by midsummer but thankfully return the following spring. They are surprisingly tough despite their delicate appearance. So it is important to care for dicentra by keeping the soil consistently moist. Also dig in some compost before planting them. Potted dicentra should be placed with the crown at soil level bareroot dicentra spectabalis with the crown 5cm below soil level but the crown of smaller bareroot varieties 2-3cm below the soil level. If you would like to enjoy dicentra throughout the summer you could try dicentra luxuriant. Unlike spectabalis luxuriant does not become dormant. Red buds which open into reddish- pink pendant flowers arch above spreading mounds of ferny blue-green foliage. This variety carries on flowering most freely in spring but continuing throughout the summer and into the autumn. It does not self- seed but tolerates sun and summer heat more than other varieties. Dicentra is native to Siberia northern China Korea and Japan. It is from Japan that the legend behind the name bleeding heart originates A young man was trying to win the heart of the girl he loved. He gave her a pair of rabbits representing the first two petals of the flower. She was unimpressed but he persisted by giving her a pair of slippers representing the next two petals of the flower. Again she rejected him and as one last attempt to win her he gave her a pair of earrings - the last two petals of the flower. She still refused him and heartbroken the young man pierced his heart with his sword depicted by the centre of the flower. Bring some brightness into shady areas of your spring garden with the delicate dicentra or bleeding heart Rosemarys Garden GARDENS Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 29 TOP TEN Jobs for April May Remove daffodil and tulip flowers as they fade taking off the head and seed pod at the same time. Lightly cut back lavenders to prevent leggy growth and also prune rosemary and sage avoiding cutting into the old wood. Plant ground cover such as aubrietia violas hardy geraniums and dwarf lavender. Keep deadheading your pansies as they will flower until early summer. Keep the soil around them moist. In April or May cut penstemons down to the base to encourage fresh new growth. In late April and early May plant summer-flowering bulbs anemone coronaria canna crocosmia galtonia gladiolus and nerine. In May plant some perennials for example delphiniums helianthus phlox and foxgloves. Prune shrubs that have flowered like forsythia and flowering currant by cutting out a third of the oldest shoots. Lightly trim the rest by cutting off the flowered tips. By the end of May some roses could be open. Apply a rose fertiliser to moist soil around the plants and gently rake it in. As May ends and the risk of frost has passed plant summer bedding in tubs troughs and baskets. Include plants such as fuchsias petunias and begonias interspersed with lobelia. 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Place a piece of parma ham on each square and top with two asparagus spears. Fold two opposing corners over each other using the beaten egg to seal. Transfer to the baking tray and brush the pastry with more egg. Bake for 20-25 mins until the pastry is cooked golden and puffed and the asparagus is tender. Asparagus Wraps Tasty treats for a picnic or garden party 300g sheet puff pastry 70g parma ham 100g cream cheese 18 asparagus spears 1 egg beaten NATURE Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 33Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 33 I ts been a wet couple of months especially down Riseley High Street and now were heading into perhaps the most exciting part of the year in terms of Ouse valley wildlife. The signs of new life are everywhere now as trees and shrubs burst into leaf with new fresh vibrant green foliage. These young leaves are susceptible to attack from insects or frost but are so beautiful in their first flush of life. The floor of our woodlands can be carpeted by masses of gentle white wood anemone and spikier white ramsons flowers. Ramsons is also known as wild garlic which goes spectacularly well in pasta dishes. Here at OVL we tried this out a few years ago in a dish with foraged morels and it remains one of our favourites. Morels are notoriously elusive which gives them an air of mystique and makes them even more desirable. True morels morchella esculenta are delicious and can be found from the end of March through to the middle of May. Look in grassy areas of woodland particularly where fires have occurred. Also in bark chippings and mulch beds in gardens. Its unlikely that other foragers will tell you where to find morels. Youll have to search them out for yourselves Please be wary if you are going to eat foraged fungi dont try it unless an expert has identified them for you. There are false morels too which can be very poisonous. They look very similar to the edible ones but the caps are often more wrinkly or brain-like than the honeycomb or net-like look of the true morel. More particularly the true morel has a totally hollow stem while the false ones have a cotton-wool like substance inside. Again please take care before you eat any foraged mushrooms. The hedgerows of blackthorn and hawthorn will have become green again with full leaf then white with blossom. Were lucky to have some amazing hedges criss-crossing the Ouse valley quite a sight to behold in spring. Summer migrants like swifts and swallows will be here by now as will cuckoos. Many garden birds will have chicks and will be eating frantically in order to keep them fed. Blue tits especially start to look straggly and frazzled once they are into their second brood. If you usually feed the birds keep doing so now as they need to keep their strength up. May is a great month to get out for a stroll along some of our many footpaths or around one of the many local Wildlife Trust sites. Look out for birds like chiffchaffs. You might be able to see and hear some at the Felmersham Gravel Pits. Dont get them confused with the similar willow warbler tell the difference by looking at their legs. Willow warblers have pale legs while those of the chiffchaff are dark grey. You should also look out for Englands earliest-flying dragonfly the Hairy dragonfly. If you can get close the small hairs all over the black body are a giveaway to its identity. Ill be out looking for damselflies too my favourites with their delicate flight and tiny intricate bodies. PhotographybyAntHagen The Great OutdoorsWill Anthony on springs flora and fauna WIN WIN WIN OVL brings you FANTASTIC prizes every issue To enter our competitions Email your details to infoousevalleyliving.com quoting Chapterhouse or John Medhurst or Bedford Proms in the subject box and we will enter you into the prize draw. The winners will be drawn at random and notified by Friday 20 May. Closing date Friday 13 May. Tickets to see a Stunning Open-air Show this Summer This summer Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be entering its 16th year with stunning open-air adaptations of classic novels in beautiful settings across the UK and Ireland from June until September with four performances at two local beauty spots The Swiss Garden A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - Saturday 25 June Wrest Park THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - Thursday 16 June Wrest Park SENSE AND SENSIBILITY - Wednesday 20 July The Swiss Garden PETER PAN - Thursday 25 August 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeares death and in honour of this Chapterhouse is touring a special rendition of A Midsummer Nights Dream and Jane Austen fans will not be disappointed with the return of Sense and Sensibility. Chapterhouse is also performing two childrens classics The Railway Children and Peter Pan adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Laura Turner. Peter Pan is being presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd and Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrens Charity. All of Chapterhouses shows are presented in stunning period costume and audiences are invited to bring along picnics and chairs for the perfect evening of summer entertainment. Chapterhouse is offering OVL readers the chance to win a Family Ticket 2 adults and 2 children to see a show of your choice this summer. WIN WIN WIN LAST ISSUES COMPETITION WINNERS Congratulations to Alison Puddefoot Dee Royston Caroline Guthrie Jenny Ellard and Imogen Rowe who all won a pair of tickets to the Ideal Home Show and Claire and Gary Innes who won a free place on a Bedford Modern School Holiday Activity Course. Entrants contact details will only be given to the provider of the prize and will not be passed on to any third party. Two 100 Gift Vouchers to be won Bedfords premier independent family jewellers is giving OVL readers the chance to win one of TWO 100 gift vouchers to spend in store. Established in 2002 John Medhurst pride themselves on outstanding service and fine quality jewellery. It is almost impossible to walk past their Mill Street showroom without stopping to admire the beautiful collections and you will always be greeted by knowledgeable and helpful staff. The lucky OVL winners will have many exquisite collections to choose from including Endless Nomination Hot Diamonds and Emozioni. Or perhaps a stunning item from Kit Heath Antica Murrina Sif Jakobs Chrysalis or D for Diamonds jewellery collections Not forgetting the finest Italian Fope 18ct gold pieces. Their extensive range of wrist watches includes Daniel Wellington Henry of London Junkers Michel Herbelin Morellato Orla Kiely Rodania and Zeppelin. 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Classical Brit Award winning Blake will be the headline act. The classical super group has sold over a million albums toured extensively all over the world and are firm favourites with Royalty performing several times for the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Blake will be joined by singer-songwriter Rebecca Newman affectionately named The Peoples Soprano who stormed to number one in the Official UK Classical Albums Chart with her debut album release. The night will conclude with a spectacular firework finale choreographed to music. In true Proms style the audience is encouraged to bring picnics table and chairs or rugs and enjoy the amazing family friendly atmosphere. Tickets are on sale at www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk and an early bird offer will apply for tickets purchased before 30 April adults 24.50 children 5 and over 5. Under 5s are free. From 1 May adult tickets will be 31. 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You WILL be pleasantly surprised Bedford is a solus SHERATON studio Proud to be backed by KSBA. Buy with confidence and have peace of mind through to completion www.kbsa.org.uk 38 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts V accination is an important component in keeping our pets healthy not only for the individual animal but for the general pet population as well. In this first part of a two part article Ill explain why you should have your pets vaccinated the vaccination protocol and which diseases the vaccines protect against in cats and rabbits. Pet Vaccinations Zoe Shelton-Smith PETS What is vaccination Just like people animals have an immune system which fights off infection on a daily basis. The immune system identifies foreign substances pathogens such as bacteria and viruses so our white blood cells can remove them from our system. The immune system does this by producing antibodies once it has identified a pathogen in order to identify them more quickly and in turn eradicate them more quickly if they were to be infected by this same pathogen again. Sometimes though the immune system is not fast enough to fight off an infection before symptoms show and this is most often when it comes across a new pathogen. There are diseases which can really debilitate a person or animal sometimes permanently before their immune system has produced the numbers in white blood cells to remove the infection. This is where vaccination becomes important A vaccine is a small injection that contains dead or inactivated pathogen material to stimulate the immune response to produce antibodies. So if we were to ever encounter this disease the immune system can contain and remove the virus or bacteria before severe symptoms develop. Essentially there is an army ready and waiting However research has shown that the high levels of antibodies arent for ever and thus the need for boosters. Cat Vaccination Protocol Kittens receiving their first ever vaccination will have it given on two occasions. The first injection will generally be at about 9 weeks old with the second injection 3-4 weeks later. This need for two injections is due to the potential presence of antibodies within the kittens that were passed down from the mother through the colostrum in her milk. These maternal antibodies are only temporary but whilst they are present within the kitten the kitten cant produce its own antibodies. So the two injections a month apart ensure there is antibody production resulting in the kitten being fully covered 1-2 weeks after the second injection. They then require an annual booster to keep their antibody levels high. This protocol also applies to cats that may have not been initially vaccinated as a kitten or missed their booster. They may not have the maternal antibodies in their system but the two injections ensure maximal antibody production. This is because a second exposure to a pathogen will produce a much greater response in antibody production than if there were to be only one injection and thus one exposure. Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 39 Zoe is a final year veterinary student at the University of Liverpool Cat Vaccines Feline panleucopenia aka feline parvovirus or feline infectious enteritis is a severe and often fatal disease. This disease is caused by a virus that infects the gut which causes bloody diarrhoea but by this point it may be too late especially in kittens. The virus is associated with poor hygiene as it is transmitted by faeces and is very difficult to get rid of but with vaccination this is becoming increasingly controlled in the UK. Feline herpesvirus FHV and feline calicivirus FCV are always combined in vaccines as they are the viruses which are the main causes of upper respiratory tract infections i.e. cat flu. Both viruses are widespread in the cat population making it important our cats are protected. The disease can cause conjunctivitis oral ulcers sneezing and nasal discharge. These two viruses can remain in the body for life as a carrier status which means they may not be ill themselves but can still transmit the disease. Feline leukaemia virus FeLV is often cited as the most common infectious cause of death in young adult cats. This virus causes damage to the immune system where anaemia and lymphoma are commonly seen. Feline chlamydophilosis and Bordetella bronchiseptica are bacterial infections that contribute to or cause cat flu producing similar symptoms like sneezing coughing and nasal discharge. Bordetella has been reported to cause pneumonia and death in kittens. Rabbit Vaccines It is important not to forget that rabbits should be vaccinated particularly in rural areas such as the Ouse valley. Infectious diseases in rabbits are often fatal so please get them vaccinated regardless as heres why Myxomatosis is a virus spread between rabbits and by insects so you cant think your rabbit is safe wherever you live. The disease causes conjunctivitis facial swelling followed by a thick pus and difficulty breathing. Most rabbits will die within two weeks. Viral haemorrhagic disease is highly contagious where infection results in the bleeding out of several internal organs. The rabbit shows no sign of the disease often dying within 24 hours of contracting the disease. If you would like to get your animal vaccinated or just find out more about the vaccines available and the diseases they protect against please get in touch with your veterinarian. Look out for the next issue of OVL where I will discuss canine and ferret vaccinations. 40 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts G reyhound Rescue West of England GRWE is desperately seeking volunteers in the Bedfordshire area to assist with various tasks to support their work and to help them celebrate their 20th birthday. Despite their name suggesting otherwise the charity operates on a national basis covering nine key regions including the East. Formed in 1996 GRWEs core areas of work focus on the rescue and rehoming of sighthound breeds including greyhounds lurchers and whippets while also campaigning for better welfare for these often misunderstood dogs. In the Eastern region the need is greatest for assistance with PR and marketing but all offers of help are welcome. Anna Claxton Volunteer Coordinator said GRWE relies heavily on the kindness and dedication of our volunteers. There is support in place for all people donating their time to ensure an enjoyable volunteering experience. We hope to raise more awareness of our work in our 20th birthday year so really value anyone who can help us achieve that. For more information about volunteering for GRWE please contact Anna at volunteeringgrwe.com Can you spare time to help a hound Sharnbrook House is owned and operated by Greensleeves Homes Trust a not for profit charitable organisation providing care and accommodation for older people. Our aim at Sharnbrook House is to provide comfort and companionship in a supportive environment by our qualified and experienced staff. Sharnbrook House High Street Sharnbrook Bedfordshire MK44 1PB Tel 01234 781294 Email sharnbrookgreensleeves.org.uk Sharnbrook House Do Your Feet Often Hurt Our foot clinic specialises in painful conditions in the feet and lower limb. For over 15 years we have achieved success with difcult to treat ailments such as heel spur plantar fasciitis Achilles tendonitis metatarsalgia Mortons neuroma bunion pain repeated ankle sprains and shin splints. We aim to treat the underlying cause of the problem as well as the painful symptoms. We have treated thousands of people successfully and prevented some from having surgery. At the Bedford Clinic we always take a full case history so we know all about you. We then do a full structural examination of the spine legs and feet taking precise measurements of the bones in the feet and examining how they work. If the feet are not working in a mechanically ideal fashion they can transmit all types of strain pain and problems and can be the underlying cause of back sacroiliac problems and arthritis. Once we have established a structural snapshot of you we can treat the underlying cause of your problems and help rid you of the painful symptoms. Moreover we can help prevent further damage arthritic changes and pain. I had Achilles pain in both feet for most of my adult life and had operations on both Achilles tendons to help relieve the pain. These operations were not successful and if anything made the problem worse. My heels hurt in normal walking. I am really pleased I went to the Bedford Clinic as I am now pain free. I recently joined a hiking club and regularly do 10 km hikes without pain. Ms A Armstrong Milton Keynes Wendy Russell-Rayner BSCHons BAHons Wini Thomas BSCHons BAHons 220 Castle Road Bedford MK40 3TY 01234 294954 www.achingback.co.uk I am a keen hill walker and developed terrible pain in my feet which prevented me from walking. My GP diagnosed metatarsalgia and I consulted various practitioners and for three years no one could rid me of the pain. I visited the Bedford Clinic and I am now pain free. I have returned to hill walking and if I ever suffer any more problems I wont walk to the Bedford Clinic I shall run there Mr J Harford High Wycombe Foot Clinic Osteopathy Sports Injuries Clinic 42 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts North Beds Osteopaths is a well established practice located in Bromham and Sharnbrook. We are experienced in treating both adults and children. We specialise in maintenance check-ups to help keep your spine healthy and flexible so you can enjoy an active lifestyle. Problems we can help include Back neck joint muscular problems Sports injuries work strains Headaches Back pain etc during pregnancy Cranial osteopathy available We are open Monday to Saturday and have both male and female practitioners. All our osteopaths are experienced in practice have completed a four year full-time course in Osteopathy and are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Call us to find out how we can help Jason D. Pinny ND DO Joanne E. Pinny ND DO Associates 2a Grange Lane Bromham Bedford MK43 8NP and Millhouse Hotel Mill Road Sharnbrook MK44 1NP Phone 01234 823621 www.northbedsosteos.co.uk Your local osteopaths in Bromham and Sharnbrook B edford women fired up by the arrival of spring are being urged to channel their energy into training for Cancer Research UKs Race for Life. With lighter evenings on the horizon and with warmer weather on its way women of all ages shapes and sizes have the perfect opportunity to kick-start a healthier lifestyle by preparing for their 5k 10k or Pretty Muddy Race for Life events. By taking on Race for Life and encouraging their mums daughters sisters and friends to join them participants can improve their fitness as well as help to raise money for life-saving research. And thats why Cancer Research UK is calling on women in Bedford to get moving lace up their trainers and sign up now for the events over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of July at Priory Park. Cara Waller Cancer Research UKs Bedfords Manager said Its a great way for women of all ages to get a little more active this spring. Race for Life events are non-competitive. Participants can choose to walk jog or run around the course. The atmosphere is incredibly supportive. More than one in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s. Free training plans for different levels of ability are available on the Race for Life website. The six-week training plans are designed for walkers joggers or runners. They feature guidance on warming up and stretching as well as motivation. To enter Race for Life today go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770. Charge into Spring with Bedford Race for Life Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 43 The Zika Virus What is itOlivia Waker B y now everyone has probably heard of the Zika virus it is all over the news. The World Health Organisation WHO has declared Zika a global public health emergency and some have even brandished it the next ebola. But what is it Zika is a mosquito-borne virus first recognised in the 50s in Nigeria. Since then there have been outbreaks in Africa the Americas Asia and the Pacific but most of these were small and until recently Zika was not thought to be a major threat to humans. Zika is spread through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito mainly found in tropical regions. These mosquitoes drink the blood of an infected person and then go on to infect subsequent people they bite. Although unconfirmed it is strongly suspected that Zika can also be passed mother to child during pregnancy additionally there is increasing anecdotal evidence of sexual transmission of the virus. The incubation period of Zika is thought to be a few days which means people are infectious a few days before the onset of their symptoms. However only one in five of those infected is thought to go on to develop symptoms which include Fever Skin rash Conjunctivitis Muscle and joint pain Malaise Headache Symptoms usually last for 2-7 days and are quite mild deaths due to Zika are extremely rare. Diagnosis is based on the presence of symptoms and recent exposure travel to affected areas alongside laboratory testing of blood or other body fluids. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for Zika yet. Its management is symptomatic with simple paracetamol to relieve pain and fevers rest and plenty of fluids. It is important for those infected to try to prevent further mosquito bites to avoid spreading the virus to others. It is the complications of the Zika virus which are worrying not its symptoms. Brazil has identified an increase in the number of cases of Guillain- Barr syndrome coinciding with the Zika virus outbreak. Guillain-Barr syndrome is a rare disorder that affects peripheral nerves causing paralysis of the arms legs and face blurred vision and difficulty speaking and swallowing. Luckily most people make a full recovery although this can take up to a few months. A more widely reported association of Zika is with microcephaly in newborn babies. Microcephaly is an abnormally small head caused by delayed growth of the brain there is huge variance in the severity of symptoms of microcephaly from developmental delay and learning difficulties to death. The link between microcephaly and Zika has not yet been confirmed but is strongly suspected. Current affected areas include Brazil Barbados the Dominican Republic Mexico and Saint Martin amongst others but the virus is expected to spread throughout North Central and South America. There have not yet been any travel bans. So far only pregnant women have been advised to reconsider their plans to visit countries affected by Zika. Women trying to get pregnant are advised to speak with their doctor prior to travel. The US Centre for Disease Control states that Zika is cleared from the blood after around a week and the virus will not cause infections in a baby conceived after it has cleared. Therefore there is currently no evidence that it poses any risk to future pregnancies. If visiting affected areas prevention is through avoiding mosquito bites Wear light-coloured clothes covering as much skin as possible Use DEET-containing repellents Keep windows and doors closed Unlike the mosquitoes that spread malaria the Aedes mosquitoes are mostly active during the day so bed nets give minimal protection Once home On returning home safe sex condoms is advised and a ban on blood donations for around a month. All information correct at time of writing - February 2016 Olivia Waker is a 4th Year Medical Student at Leeds University HEALTH The 10 most-asked beauty questions answered BEAUTY Naomi Jones shares more Secrets from the Salon.... 1. Some creams come with a thin plastic lid under the cover. Should I keep it Yes keep it. Exposure to light and air breaks down many of the active ingredients that you have spent your hard- earned money on Also store these products in a cool dark place to help maintain their efficacy. 2. How often do I need to wash my make-up brushes Most experts agree that once a month is fine. Dip the brush in warm soapy water use a mild shampoo and then rinse well. Blot the brush with a clean towel then leave to dry with the bristles facing downwards to avoid excess water lingering in the barrel of the brush. 3. Is it safe to line the inner rims of your eyes Two things to keep in mind a steady hand is essential so you dont poke yourself in the eye and you can contaminate your liner if you have a nascent eye infection and dont realise it. Once you put the cap back on the bacteria can grow and thrive. Sharpening the pencil after use helps to keep it in pristine condition. If you have a full-blown eye infection throw out the liner to avoid recontamination. 4. Is it OK to store sunscreen in the car This is a big no especially during summer. Once the car heats up in the sun high temperatures can cause the sunscreens active ingredients to degrade in the container. When you apply a degraded sunscreen to your skin youre not getting the SPF sun protection factor thats indicated on the bottle In fact you might be applying nothing more than a thick moisturiser. 5. Whats the cause of under-eye dark circles Occasional dark circles under the eyes can be caused by factors as simple as lack of sleep dehydration or an allergy - particularly congestion in the central facial and nasal area. Dark circles can also be hereditary and are more likely to occur in certain ethnic groups. But for many folks dark circles are simply a sign of the ageing process at work. As we age the fat pad under the eye thins allowing blood vessels underneath to show through. Moreover as we age blood flow to the skin beneath the eye becomes sluggish further increasing the darkness in this area. 6. If I use make-up with sunscreen do I still have to apply sunscreen separately This depends totally on the SPF rating of your make-up. If its 15 or more then it is likely to be enough - as long as you apply it properly and in a thick enough layer to get maximum protection. If your make-up contains less than a 15 SPF then you need a layer of sunscreen as well. 7. Whats the best way to deal with age spots - and prevent hands from ageing These brown spots also known as sun spots or liver spots are actually the result of sun exposure. So the best way to avoid them is to protect your hands from the sun. Doing so will not only reduce the risk of these annoying brown marks but will also reduce collagen breakdown so your hands will wrinkle less. 8. Should you wash your face when you get up in the morning even if you cleansed right before bed or is a quick rinse enough Youd think it would be hard to attract dirt oil and dead skin on your face during that all-too-brief period between hitting the hay and greeting the day. But sadly youd be wrong. Almost everyones skin accumulates some oil overnight and although the oil itself isnt necessarily bad applying moisturiser and make-up directly on top of it is. Plus if you use any treatment products at night their residue however invisible could mess with your daytime make-up. Of course you dont want to over- cleanse either because that can lead to parched tight skin. But cleansing your face both morning and evening is essential using a gentle cleanser and toner or facial wash. 9. Does shaving make your hair grow back darker or coarser and does waxing make it grow back more slowly A razor has no magical powers It can neither fatten nor darken hairs however what it can do is create the illusion of coarser darker regrowth because shaving produces blunt ends. This is because youre simply cutting the hair not pulling it from its roots as you do with waxing and these blunt ends may be thicker than natural ends would be. Waxing doesnt slow hairs speed of growth it just appears to do so because waxing removes hairs at the root so you dont see them again until they grow to skin level and longer. But as a razor cuts hairs at skin level you see regrowth right away. Although speaking from experience with long term waxing the hairs definitely become sparse. 10. Can you over-tweeze your brows to the point where they dont grow back The repetitive trauma thats produced by tweezing can scar your follicles and a scarred follicle will produce either an unruly curly hair or no hair at all. If youre waiting for your over-tweezed brows to fill out there are many balms and oils available claiming to stimulate growth. To avoid this problem in the future have your brows waxed professionally then tweeze only the hairs that grow way out of bounds. This way if the hair doesnt grow back itll only be hairs you didnt want in the first place 46 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts Roz Lee S tar Club had a unique moment in its history at the recent Bedford Head of the River Race when its first ever girls state eight raced and not only raced but also won their event beating more established school crews and rowing clubs in the process. The Junior programme is led by Head Coach Ally Satchwill in partnership with a number of forward looking local businesses and charities and is breaking down the stereotype of rowing being the preserve of private schools. Instrumental in this is The Harpur Trust which has supported the Juniors for six years whilst Star Club itself has benefited from the generosity and vision of club Vice President Ray Baron through his company Ceetak Sealing Solutions. The junior coach is also largely funded by the Poynter Trust. In turn other companies and supporters have come on board including The Gale Family Trust HayMax LWS Group TBS Edmondsdale and Capita. The state eight was specifically supported by Woodfines Solicitors and partner David Webster commented We are very pleased to support the Star Club juniors not least because young people are the future for all of us be it at a sports club like this or at firms like ours. He added The girls also helped us support Bedford Daycare Hospice on the day which is our adopted charity this year. They are a real credit to themselves and winning was the icing on the cake. Ally Satchwill concluded The Junior programme has a great profile and is doing genuinely good work. We look forward to celebrating this at the next Woodfines Business Lunch on the 3rd of March and would love to see other local businesses come along to find out more. 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Colour Block A very basic yet powerful print. Contrasting and even clashing colours together in simple blocks are an easy way of brightening up an outfit. 6 5 3 1 6 5 4 3 212 4 With the beginning of spring comes a vibrancy of colour as well as some eye-catching statement patterns. Heres a run down of the top prints for your spring wardrobe. 1. River Island Mixed Fabric Panel Tote Bag 56 2. Oliver Bonas Sabine Midi Tunic 69.50 3. People Tree Colour Block Clutch 38 4. River Island Colour Block Jumper 36 5. Top Shop Colour Block Jumper 6. Top Shop Shopper Bag 1. House of Fraser Linea Snakeskin Tailored Trousers 79 2. Jaeger Croc Marylebone Tote 299 3. Marks Spencer Snake Print Shoe 4. New Look Stone Snakeskin Mini Bag 12.99 5. Debenhams Star by Julien MacDonald Zebra Clutch 25 6. Debenhams J by Jasper Conran Croc Bag 110 Animal Print The big cats ruled the prints during autumn and winter but for spring were seeing an emergence of zebra and snake. Monochromatic zebra is a contemporary colour block twist whilst snake and croc print in rich juicy tones or classy neutrals make timeless accessory pieces. 5 4 3 2 1 House of Fraser More insights from Stephanie can be found on her fashion beauty and lifestyle blog httpblood-sweat-and-heels.blogspot.co.uk 6 STYLEStephanie Sofokleous Stunning new looks and stylish new brands for 2016. 52 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts RCG Decorating Ltd Professional Painting Decorating Service City and Guilds qualified tradesmen All aspects of interior and exterior decoration Call Richard for a free no obligation quote Tel 07747 018668 Email richardgamesonyahoo.co.uk rcgdecorating.co.uk Decorating Ltd Beautiful bathrooms showers taps and radiators. A huge range under one roof. Come and visit us at Unit 1 Manton Centre Manton Lane Bedford MK41 7PX. Call us on 01234 212377. Retail and trade customers welcome. Open Monday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm. 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The trustees are very grateful for the support that they have received from local businesses including Bawa Engineering and the Community Champion at Tesco Riverside Drive. To fund their enterprise E.Y.E run a second-hand furniture and clothing warehouse where you can find items in excellent condition at bargain prices and refreshments in their customer cafe. The Unit is E.Y.Es business space where conference and meeting rooms are available for hire on an hourly basis and an online radio station for budding presenters and DJs. IT and other courses are offered regularly in their training rooms. The Unit also boasts gym facilities with personal trainers available for one-to-one sessions and a dance studio where you can join in the classes or hire the space for your own use. 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Lornas Salon in Sharnbrook high street was hit by a car before Christmas which left a gaping hole in the front of the building. Fortunately no one was hurt in the accident. It was lucky that no one was having their hair washed at the time as the sink collapsed along with the wall. But now everything has been refitted and replaced and I would like to thank all our customers for sticking by us throughout the clear up said Lorna. Helped by stylist Kym and Saturday girl Holly Lorna managed to keep the doors open for her loyal customers throughout the refurbishment. She added We dusted ourselves down and carried on in style Find Lornas Salon on Facebook for opening times and latest offers. Close Shave for Sharnbrook Salon Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 57 Philippa Scobie ACMA CGMA CTA T 01234 480850 M 07725 165357 E philippa.scobieaims.co.uk W www.philippascobie.aims.co.uk Regulation Compliance Tax Advice Tax Planning Accounting Bookkeeping Business Advice Support No hourly charges all fees agreed in advance and your initial meeting is FREE with no obligation on your part. Leave it to me to deal with the numbers so that you can focus on running and developing your business. Your initial consultation is free and without obligation P hilippa Scobie has become the latest local accountant with the nationwide AIMS Accountants for Business to set up practice in the area. Joining over 200 professionally qualified accountants in the group who work with the small business community Philippa has opened her practice and is covering Bedford Kempston Olney Newport Pagnell Northampton Wellingborough Lavendon and Yardley Hastings. A qualified Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor Philippa will do more than crunch the numbers and will help clients develop their business and achieve their objectives. Having a qualified accountant as a member of their team ensures that small businesses can concentrate on running and developing their business and Philippas extensive experience of working with the small business community means she can offer her clients the proactive and personal service they should expect. She also believes in straight and direct communication so no jargon AIMS offers the technical expertise of a large practice through the backup of the head office in London at no extra cost whilst maintaining its absolute commitment to a very keen pricing policy with the accountants based firmly in their local community. All fees are agreed in advance with no hidden charges and as Philippa is locally based she will come to your premises at your convenience at no charge. Philippa states that her goal is to minimise your tax liability and relieve you of the worries of dealing with the accounting and tax issues relating to you and your business. Philippa is looking forward to working with members of the local Bedford business community. For further information please contact Philippa Scobie ACMA CTA on 01234 480850 philippa.scobieaims.co.uk www.philippascobie.aims.co.uk Smaller and independent local businesses now have access to a specialist business accountant W hat possible connection has Offa the powerful leader who made his kingdom of Mercia supreme in Anglo-Saxon England and caused the construction of the very substantial earthwork of Offas dyke along the Welsh boundary with Bedford Lets start with the background. Mercia means borders and as the Anglo-Saxon settlers came across the North Sea from the east from the fifth century onwards the borders were on the west of the land where they settled. By the eighth century they had reached Wales and met serious resistance. Later this contested area was known as the Welsh Marches. Mercia in Offas day reached from London to the Bristol Channel north to the Dee north-east to the mouth of the Humber then from the Wash south to London. Offa came to power in a civil war and to avoid disorder on his death and on his thirtieth anniversary he held the first ever English coronation service to make his son his successor though his son did not live many months after his fathers death. For almost 40 years Offa gave a degree of peace and prosperity to his kingdom. He made alliances with Northumbria and Wessex by marrying his daughters to their kings and planned to marry a third daughter to Aethelberht II prince of East Anglia but had him killed instead. He may be the Saint Aethelberht who is recorded as having his resting place at Bedford. When Offa could not make peace with the Welsh kingdom of Powys on his western border he caused 65 miles of bank and ditch to be constructed. This connected with other almost certainly older defences to the north and south to run a total of 150 miles from the Dee estuary to the Wye the fortification known as Offas Dyke. Bedford was an important settlement towards the border with East Anglia with a strategic position as the crossing point of a major river. By the eighth century the ford had almost certainly been replaced by a bridge. The Anglo-Saxons were master builders in wood timbran being their verb to build. Building and maintaining bridges was the duty of landowners. By the time of Offa grants of land sometimes freed the recipient from all public duties except the buildingmaintenance of bridges and fortresses. Bedford was probably fortified by Offa as were Northampton and Stamford as these too were towards the eastern borders of his territory. Offa fortified Oxford and Hereford to safeguard his south and western boundaries. Offa established a standardised coinage which compared well with continental examples and on which he is portrayed with various striking hairstyles. His wife Cynethryth was evidently a powerful woman. She was the only Saxon queen whose portrait appeared on coins following the example of Roman empresses. Offa corresponded as an equal with Charlemagne. Subjects discussed included the passage of pilgrims from England to Rome. They did not have to pay tolls but apparently merchants mingled with them to evade the taxes. In reply to one letter where Offa asked for black stones almost certainly of Neidermendig lava from the Eiffel region ideal for grinding corn Charlemagne asks for a messenger to be sent to identify them and refers to Offas wishes as to their size. In return he requests that the woollen cloakslengths of fabric the English sent should be the same size as before - perhaps there had been some scrimping. Charlemagne sent Offa the kingly gifts of a belt a Hunnish sword from his recently defeated enemies and two silk palls. So where does a close connection with Bedford come in Roger of Wendover states that Offa was buried at Bedford and Matthew Paris a monk at the Benedictine abbey of St Albans c.1200- 59 which Offa had founded in 793 repeats this. Offa died at Offley near Hitchin on 29 July 796 and his body was brought to Bedford because the urgency of the occasion demanded it - a decomposing body in the heat of summer or political unrest with unfriendly forces moving up from the south It was buried in royal manner in a certain chapel within the city on the banks of the River Ouse. Paris criticises Abbot Paul of St Albans 1077-93 for failing to obtain Offas remains for reburial when he rebuilt the abbey church. This suggests the chapel was still standing then but Offa King of Mercia 757-796 Ann Hagen HISTORY by Pariss time the sepulchre a tomb of lead of stone was sometimes seen by bathers in summer but never when it was searched for. St Pauls was an ancient minster established by Offas time. Anglo-Saxon Christian burials were discovered on the north side of St Pauls Square. A sherd of Tating-type ware dating to the late eighth-early ninth century and usually taken as an indicator of high status royal or ecclesiastical sites was found during excavations in Midland Road. A council at Clofesho possibly Brixworth Northants in 799 records that Offa had consigned lands to the church at Bedeford. The Abbess Cynethryth mentioned in this connection was probably Offas widow so in that case there would be nothing improbable in the selection of Bedford for Offas burial. Since it was within the city the chapel must have been on the north bank of the Ouse. It was probably a timber construction and could have been washed away in floods. Serious floods were recorded for 1240 and 1280 and there were almost certainly earlier ones. A lead or stone coffin is likely to have sunk down through the silt. Repton where there was a mausoleum to a previous Mercian king Aethelbald has not laid claim to Offas body nor has Tamworth where Offa had a palace. If the Bedeford of the sources isnt Bedford then where on the River Ouse On a probablepossible scale I think it is probable that Offas body was deposited at Bedford. So should we look for Offas sepulchre A sub aqua archaeological excavation might uncover something but at a considerable depth. However the river was up to 30 metres wider than at present with small islets and creeks. Excavations in 1887 before the malting was built found ninthtenth- century bone combs ten feet from the surface in a thick deposit of black mud on peat. Any remains may be under the Shire HallLaw Courts or the site of the 1960s Town Hall or under the roadway or - since land that had been sanctified tended to be kept clear - the old cattle market area. So finding any remains must be at the not possible end of the scale. A detective tale usually includes a red herring - the finding of a horn cut at either end in the river was cited as possible evidence for Offa. However horns were relatively common and used for centuries as signalling devices and could be owned by almost anyone even Little Boy Blue urged to blow his when the sheep were in the meadow the cows in the corn. According to Anglo-Saxon laws a stranger making his way through a wood and not following a track had to sound a horn or shout or he would be assumed to be a thief. The town and minster continued to be important. Late Saxon Bedford had its own mint. In 971 the body of Oscetel Archbishop of York was taken for burial at Bedford by his brother Thurcetel because he was abbot there. In 990 the lady Aethelgifu who held land around Clifton and Henlow left 30 sheep to Bedford which suggests a significant monastic settlement. King Alfred states he studied Offas laws now lost before drawing up his own law code and the churchman Alcuin speaks of Offas excellent customs referring to him as of blessed memory although he was generally regarded as ruthless. But the 40 relatively stable years of Offas rule at the end of the eighth century leave us a legacy of artefacts from this region some of which can be seen in The Higgins. Images The Higgins Art Gallery and Museum Bedford Period artefacts found in Bedfordshire Stelios Mores It seems that Gene Roddenberrys imagination has inspired and influenced many a scientist and engineer and that this is slowly bringing about a Star Trek revolution. Apart from the obvious similarity between a mobile phone and a Star Trek communicator physicists have already teleported photons using what is described as quantum teleportation and the advent of the 3D printer has allowed technologists to predict that we are on the cusp of witnessing the development of the Replicator a device which can produce anything from an engine part to a cappuccino with extra chocolate sprinkles on top. The most recent impact of Roddenberrys concepts on technology has come from researchers in the UK and Spain who have announced that they have been looking at another of the series techno-fantasies the Tractor Beam. Based on developments in acoustics conducted at the Universities of Dundee and Bristol the teams have created a sonic device made from an array of 64 off-the-shelf speakers that enable the user to levitate rotate and generally move objects about. This sonic array creates acoustic holograms from high-pressure sound waves constructing sonic tools such as tweezers funnels and traps that are used to manipulate the object being handled. Currently the size of the objects which can be handled ranges from 0.6mm to 3.1mm due to the 40 kHz frequency of the ultrasound that is being used. It is envisaged that by altering this frequency the Tractor Beam will be able to manipulate objects with a different range of sizes and so the research teams are currently looking at using this sonic tractor beam to move medicinal capsules within the human body for targeted drug release and delivery or to manipulate miniature surgical instruments for carrying out micro- surgical procedures that could render many of the current surgical practices inecient and obsolete. Staying with the subject of levitation... The hoverboard scene from the Hollywood blockbuster Back to The Future II is one of the films high points as McFly outwits Griffs gang by forcing them to crash through the Hill Valley clock tower. Since the films release in 1989 the idea of the hoverboard has not gone away and not one but two companies have set their engineers the task of making fiction a reality. A US-based company Hendo Hover has developed a hoverboard based on powerful electromagnets whilst the car manufacturer Lexus has joined in the quest of making the dream a reality by developing a hoverboard using superconducting magnets which require liquid nitrogen which I guess you can buy at any local hardware store in the 23rd century. Although these boards dont move the rider through time in a way a DeLorean can no doubt Doc Brown would give both these designs the thumbs up especially as their SCIENCE Star Trek Tractor Beams and Levitation Back to The Future Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 61 For this experiment you will need the following 1 raw egg 2 large drinking glasses 5 to 10 teaspoons of salt A couple of cups of hot water Fill both glasses with hot water that has been previously boiled ask a grown-up and allowed to cool down enough so that you can safely use it. In one of the glasses add a teaspoon of salt and stir until it has dissolved completely. Keep adding salt by the spoonful each time stirring it to dissolve it all. If you cannot get the salt to dissolve entirely you will have added enough salt and the water is now saturated with salt. Take the raw egg and place it in the glass with the salty water. What does it do Next take the same egg and place it in the glass with the fresh water. What happens to it now You can move the egg between the glasses to see the effect again. Why does the egg behave so differently Remember that the salt in the salty water makes the water heavier or denser when compared with the fresh water. Little E insteins C orner Origami is a traditional Japanese art form founded in the early 1600s during the Edo period which uses various folding techniques to create three dimensional models of objects from a single flat sheet of material typically paper - kami in Japanese. Recently these paper-folding techniques have been adopted by a couple of Chinese researchers at Donghua University to create self-folding structures based on the use of paper formed over layers of ultra-thin graphene-oxide nanosheets and incorporating a polydopamine polymer which is deposited at the points where bending is desired. Bending and unbending can be controlled by changing the moisture content of the polymer and is achieved by using an infrared laser. The researchers have used this behaviour to create simple paper origami-bots which can be made to move forwards backwards and also turn corners. The two researchers have also constructed an origami hand that can grasp and release objects no doubt to save themselves the effort of switching the laser on and off. Origami-bots Excellent Eggs hover mechanisms look uncannily similar to the one portrayed in the film 25 years ago. So perhaps this is an actual case of Back to The Future although there still does remain one constraint this being that these boards can only hover over specially constructed non-ferromagnetic metal skating areas. As such for the boards to hover skateboard parks will have to be clad in aluminium or copper sheet instead of the steel sheet that is often used but in any case whatever the technology... it sounds like great fun 62 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts I ve yet to find anyone who has been around cars for a few years who doesnt have a tale to tell. It might be of things your father told you both wisdom and rubbish or your own skinned knuckles and dropped spanners trying to get the thing fixed so you could get yourself to work or college. Indeed its appropriate that this issue is all about the great outdoors since in common with most of us back then - much of my early car maintenance was done al fresco often with a biting north wind as accompaniment. I may not have had a very good heater but believe me when I got that engine started and slipped behind the wheel it felt like a toasty reward Im compiling a little book of car tales adventures in buying fixing breaking down travelling selling you name it. Anyone remember setting out on a trip to Scotland Cornwall or even the Continent in an old beater car that we shouldnt have trusted to get us 25 miles Ignorance is bliss eh Please let me have your old car tale. And heres a recent one from me to get us started. I was at a race event many years ago with a single seater car when an old boy shuffled up to me. Thats the wrong engine in that car yknow he piped up. Hello I said. Yes it would have originally been a small Ford engine from an Anglia like in the Harry Potter film but its been uprated. The old chap chatted amiably for a few minutes and then moved on to share his knowledge with the next driver. Idoesnt have a tale to tell. It might be of things your father told you both Richard McCann Old Car Tales MOTORS Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 63 Send your old car tales to Richard at OVL Magazine Barnholme Cottage 7 High Street Sharnbrook MK44 1PG infoousevalleyliving.com A month later my phone rang. Hello came the broad Gloucestershire accent. Ive got that engine for you. Give me the money when you can OK Im sorry who is this We met a while ago boy and I told you that you had the wrong engine. Well Ive sorted it for you. I met a bloke with the engine so I bought it for you. No need to thank me thats OK. I came off the phone a bit shocked. What was that all about A few months went by and the phone rang again. You need to pick up that engine. The bloke wants it gone. Hello whos this Oh yes I remember. Ummm can I just send you the money and whatever you want for yourself please Its not that simple he said. I have a bad back youll have to get it yourself. OK I sighed. Ill come down with a friend and a car with a big boot. Where is it please Its not that simple he said again. The engine is still in the car. What Youre kidding me. Where is it Abergavenny. And so it was that I set out early the following day having booked a days precious holiday in a 4X4 with a car trailer en route to Wales. When I arrived there was the rusty old Anglia about 100 yards along a grassy track accessed through a field gate. It was on four flat tyres and looked as if it hadnt moved since the 70s. How could this nightmare be happening I winched the wreck on to the trailer and off I went again towards home. After an hour or so I stopped for fuel and realised that this thing was never going to look good on my lawn. So I called my local garage. Please help me I begged. Ill explain later but I need to drop off a Ford Anglia in your yard while we sort out getting it scrapped. The kind garage man agreed to wait for me and at 7pm I rolled into the yard with the wreck. Why on earth have you bought this was the obvious question. Its a long story I started but essentially its all about the original engine which is apparently fairly rare these days. Forget that said the garage man lifting the bonnet. The original engine has gone. This is a bigger engine like the one you already have. Didnt you check when you picked it up Well of course I hadnt had I Ever had a bad day suddenly get worse Dont forget Id love to hear YOUR old car tale please 64 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts WJH Motors Your Local Friendly Garage MOT Testing 45 Servicing from 69 Exhausts Cam Belts Fault Finding Wheel Balancing and Alignment VW Seat and Skoda Specialists The High Street Riseley Beds MK44 1DR www.wjhmotors.co.uk Call Melissa for a free quote 01234 708324708700 Free collection and return of your vehicle We can look after all your motoring needs Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 May The Place Theatre Bradgate Road Bedford A hilarious combination of cricket indelity Picture the scene the neatly mowed village green clear blue skies a cricket team in their perfectly pressed whites tea and sandwiches waiting in the pavilion loyal wives and girlfriends looking on. Sound perfect Think again there are storm clouds gathering and not just in the sky Watch the hilarious sparks begin to fly as the team foolishly try to solve their various marital problems at the same time as winning the game. Bob is having marriage troubles so is Dennis. Maggie is embarrassing Kevin and Alexs new girlfriend is teetering on hysterics. At least Roger and Miriam have a perfect marriage dont they Come and find out with Bedford Drama Companys cracking comedy this May. Outside Edge A comedy by Richard Harris The show is suitable for ages 16. All performances are at 7.30pm. Tickets are 9.50 8.00 from www.theplacebedford.org.uk or 01234 354321. Best tax advice - PAY LESS Statutory accounts audits - RELIABLE Business growth - EXPERTS Corporate finance - AVAILABLE Our team - APPROACHABLE Lottery win - CANT DO We select our clients carefully. Shouldnt you select your accountants carefully - Last year 100 retention. 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David Cox BA FCA FCCA Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 65 NorDan High Performance Scandinavian Windows Doors Prefinished Timber and Aluminium Clad Timber Double or Triple Glazed Very Low Maintenance Energy Efficient Secured by Design 60 Years Lifespan Bespoke Design Installation Download the brochure from our website Excel Structures Limited www.excelstructures.co.uk enquiriesexcelstructures.co.uk 01234 924050 Call for Free Consultation and Quote I n 2004 a concert series was established in Bedford to give young professional musicians a venue in which to perform with an inexpensive audience ticket price. Concerts at St Andrews are delighted to have entered their 11th Year of running the concert series and have an exciting programme ahead for 2016. The final weekend in January saw the youngest ever BBC Young Musician of the Year winner perform at St Andrews - Peter Moore was joined by pianist Joseph Middleton who not only is a regular performer with Concerts at St Andrews but is one of the founding members. The remainder of the year sees a variety of performers so there really is something for all tastes and styles. Saturday 23 April 7.30pm - Albion Choir British songs with a contemporary reworking Saturday 4 June 7.30pm - Tim Thornton Jazz Quartet regulars at Ronnie Scotts in London Saturday 15 October 7.30pm - Annual Bring Sing Conducted by Ian Smith Saturday 3 December 7.30pm - Julian Bliss Joseph Middleton one of the worlds finest solo clarinettists with Joseph Middleton on piano We look forward to welcoming you to the series. Previous artists include Nishat Khan The Kings Men O Duo Crispian Steele-Perkins Sir Thomas Allen Dame Felicity Lott Natalie Klein Roderick Williams and The Cavaleri Quartet. Tickets 10 8 concessions 4 students 16-21 yrs Tickets are available from St Andrews Church Centre Oce by phone email or in person. St Andrews Church Kimbolton Rd Bedford MK40 2PF Email centremanagerstandrewsbedford.org Phone 01234 216881 Concerts at St Andrews celebrate their 11th Season Milkys Music Matters... MilkysMilkys sMusic M tatters... H oly Esque is a band that push the boundaries combining an unorthodox strangled shriek of a vocal alongside mammoth riffs and a sense of the cryptic theyre creating music on their own terms. Ahead of their debut Bedford show see gig guide below OVL sought some band info from Pat Hynes I think its fair to say you have quite a distinctive sound. Did it come organically from the four of you getting together There are two sides to this answer. The first being yes in a way the sound was formed very early on as the bones of what we had then in comparison to what we have now those foundations are still very much in place and are formed from a similar basis. The other side is that in a creative environment you are always trying to move forward and progress so that being said naturally with the band we too have progressed and one of the main components of that progression has been our sound. Youll probably be asked frequently about the uniqueness of the vocal and I guess it might be quite a divisive thing. Do you have to employ a technique to summon the shriek If you can call it that yes there is a technique I apply to control it. Its something that Ive had to work on considerably over the years but Im thankful for the ability thankful for the ability and thankful for the ability to divide. Has the album changed much from the original ideas you had way back when you started Were new songs written older ones rejected The album has grown more than changed. It is a direct end result of our trajectory over the last few years. A long and difficult path but I feel that is reflected in the music. There are both old and new songs. We worked hard to deliver and a good balance of both seemed right. The album has a quite intensive feel to it not angry just full of passion and grit. Are you the type of band that all have to be 100 in and committed otherwise it goes in the bin Id say that we were very committed yes but it doesnt seem forced we go in rehearse have a laugh and continue with whatever task is next at hand. Its a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Its motivational and easier to remain focused while still having fun. Have you since written further songs and now have album no.2 in the melting pot Yes we have already begun writing for album two. Whenever we find time in between everything else we focus on new material. Its a good way to reinvest and refocus in creating something new again. It can really offer you a spark at times especially after playing the same songs continuously. MUSIC SUPPORT THE BEDFORD LIVE SCENE - UPCOMING BEDFORD GIGS FOR YOUR DIARY Tickets from www.wegottickets.com www.seetickets.com Dannys Bar Esquires Corn Exchange Box Ofce Boutique Planet Friday 8 April Masakichi Broken DC Thousand Suns Esquires Friday 15 April Man Made see glowing album review above Esquires Friday 22 April Holy Esque see interview above Esquires Sunday 24 April The Songbook Collective Paul Wellers backing band Esquires Thursday 28 April Estrons The Pearl Harts Near Moments Esquires Friday 29 April The BellRays USAs finest garage-soul-rock band The Zipheads Esquires Saturday 7 May Shonen Knife Cult stars album review above Esquires Saturday 14 May Deadcuts ex-GorillazWildheartsSenseless Things SMASH Metatrons Esquires Sunday 22 May Yuck Esquires Wednesday 15 June Daddy Long Legs New Yorks deadliest blues-punk trio Broadway Twisters Esquires Friday 17 June The Smyths The Smiths band of Smiths fans for Smiths fans Esquires Friday 18 November Jesus Jones Indie dance legends - rare appearance at an intimate venue Esquires Shonen Knife - Adventure Cult Japanese trio return with a record full of joyful bursts of pop-punk and if you havent got any of their previous 18 albums then Adventure is a good introduction. Hailed by the likes of Nirvana Sonic Youth and the late John Peel they have a quirkiness and innocence allied to a machine-precision delivered sound. Album highlight ImI rocks like Motorhead on bubblegum and its this hard edge backed up by their infectious trilling that ultimately proves irresistible. The Coral Distance Inbetween The Coral is one of those bands that appear omnipresent and yet this record their eighth arrives after a five year hiatus FIVE What a cracking record to come back with though probably their best in OVLs opinion brimming as it is with a heady mix of dreamy layered vocals White Bird fuzzbox funk Holy Revelation and cut-throat menace Fear Machine. That signature woozy 60s-influenced psychedelia sound backed with a scouse croon is still present and shues across 12 sublime tracks which leads to excellent correlation. Lucius Good Grief Appropriately titled. Dull. No stars. Avoid. Man Made - TV Broke My Brain Radiant debut from a Manchester 3-piece who are fronted by Nile Marr yes hes Johnnys son. A strong melancholic flavour permeates the 11 tracks which have silky yet at the same time rocking characteristics recalling the likes of The Verve and REM. A record filled with light and dark shades as towering choruses and raucous guitars Bring Some Raining In My Head nuzzle down with the twangy gentler fare of Everything We Miss and Slowdance. Assured and full of surprises its time to switch the TV off and tune in to Man Mades channel. MILKYS ALBUM REVIEWS Is the artwork of big importance Do you retain all control in house Very much so from the beginning of Holy Esque we have always approached our visuals and aesthetic with careful hands preferring a DIY approach with everything the artwork and visuals entail. We control all artistic output within the band sound and vision. What can we expect when you grace the Bedford Esquires stage A raw and explosive introduction to Holy Esque and At Hopes Ravine Id encourage anyone in Bedford to take a chance and experience Holy Esque in a live setting. The album is great but live it is a different machine. Im guessing 2016 will be filled with touring and promotional work festivals how have you prepared for what will be a very busy year We are always in the studio writing or rehearsing so we are always ready. In a sense we stay ready. We are prepared to give this year everything we have. Personally I think we are just getting started. Reviewed by Roz Masters Ex LibrisLibris Where My Heart Used to Beat is Sebastian Faulkss 13th novel. The story concerning events in England France and Italy in the twentieth century is told in a series of flashbacks. The themes are war memory love death loss and mental illness the authors recurring concerns. The narrator is Dr Robert Hendricks a 64-year-old psychiatrist who when the story opens in 1980 is taking a flight back to England from New York after an unpleasant incident with a prostitute. Not a particularly likeable character he is alone and ageing his mother is dead and he did not know his father who was killed in the first world war. He has not married and has no children nor friends. He does have a dog that is cared for by his cleaner and which he takes for walks when he is in London. On his return from New York Hendricks comes across a letter he had forgotten about from Dr Alexander Pereira a retired neuroscientist researching diseases associated with old age and memory who writes that he was impressed by a book written by Hendricks and is interested in him becoming his literary executor. He also reveals that he was Roberts fathers commanding officer. Intrigued Hendricks accepts Pereiras invitation to his island home off the south of France. As Pereira describes events involving Roberts father during the first world war Robert relives his own traumatic experiences in the second world war - reminiscent of Faulks bestselling novel Birdsong - and also his passionate love affair with Luisa whose betrayal left him desolate and alone. This is a complex often harrowing yet moving novel which the reader will find both emotionally and intellectually challenging as we share Roberts attempt to understand and come to terms with his past. BOOKS Local author and entrepreneur Adam Croft is on course for yet another successful book launch with his latest book Her Last Tomorrow clocking up 20000 sales in just under a month. Adam Croft has sold almost half a million books through self-publishing. He has had four Amazon best sellers and many number 1 best sellers on other platforms. In just five years he has become widely respected and recognised as one of a new generation of talented young authors taking an independent route. Adam principally writes crime fiction and is best known for the Kempston Hardwick mysteries and Knight Culverhouse thrillers his Kempston Hardwick books have been adapted as audio plays starring some of the biggest names in British TV. Her Last Tomorrow a psychological thriller has become a worldwide bestseller and has attracted attention from a number of television networks. The book has regularly been in the top 5 charts for Amazon and iBooks as well as other platforms. The fast- paced thriller tells the story of Nick Connor whose life is thrown into a tailspin after his 5-year-old daughter is kidnapped. In exchange for his daughters safe return the kidnapper demands that Nick do the unthinkable he must murder his wife. Adam commented Im always inspired by hooks. For thrillers the impossible choice wife or daughter and increasing tension is what tends to inspire a story. Im fascinated by the idea of ordinary worlds being turned upside down and unthinkable things happening to perfectly normal people. Chart Topping Author Releases Latest Smash Hit Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 69 Film Review Zootropolis Anthony Lowery Buddy cop movies are big business. And they dont necessarily need Bruce Willis to triumph. In fact Disneys animated Zootropolis proves they dont need people at all. Judy Hopps voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin is a bunny with big dreams. Throughout a trier she leaves her overprotective carrot- farming parents to become a police officer in the handsomely detailed Zootropolis a human-free melting pot of anthropomorphised animals. Although the film invites connotations of immigration amongst other diplomatic agendas the political metaphors here will likely evade its pre-teens demographic leaving such pleasures for its adult audiences. Employing a familiar formula one that worked wonders for box-office sensation Inside Out Zootropolis fuses grown-up themes with child-friendly aesthetics to excite filmgoers of all ages. Heres where the cute and cuddly parody The Godfather and where there really are elephants in the room. Hopps arrives in Zootropolis as a shade of Monsters Mike Wazowski. Shes the heroic underdog determined to break through societal and physical boundaries in order to fulfil her dreams. Its not about how badly you want something. Its about what you are capable of says Idris Elbas buffalo police chief to a deflated bunny in the big city. But like all mammals Hopps adapts and becomes the first rabbit cop to grace the mammal metropolis growing into a remarkable post-Frozen heroine whose image will soon hop around the globe in the form of stuffed toys and t-shirts. Determined to prove more than just a token fur ball Hopps finds an unlikely partner in Jason Batemans hustling fox Nick Wilde and together they seek to uncover a conspiracy that is rapidly taking hold of the city. Zootropolis is easily one of the smartest and funniest animations to come out of the Disney canon. The universe here is charming the plot unpredictable with a feel-good score by Shakira thatll have you bouncing like our big-hearted bunny. More reviews from Anthony can be found at httpanthonylowery.co.uk FILMS Certificate PG Directors Byron Howard Rich Moore In cinemas March 25 70 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts WHERE do you read yours Ian Stroud reads his at the Fairmont Hotel in Lake Louise Banff National Park Alberta Canada while on holiday with his wife Sue The Gibbons and Grimes from Bletsoe read theirs in La Plaza de la Revolucinduring their classic car tour of Havana in a Chevrolet Bel Air A snowman turned up to read his in a Sharnbrookgarden with Matilda and Olivia Fay Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 71 Thank you for your many entries. If your picture isnt here check the next issue of OVL. Email your pictures to infoousevalleyliving.com and show us whos been reading your OVL and where they were. Pictures will be printed in each issue and our favourite entry of the year will win 50 to be announced in the DecemberJanuary edition. Noel Gallagher reads his before heading off with his High Flying Birds Jeannette Clark reads hers during a recent trip to Hong Kong and Australia with her husband Richard Spiney reads his online at the 50th Superbowl in San Francisco with Howard Parker the Astro-guide IN THE STARS For guidance on any aspect of your life career and relationship contact Howard on 07866 727743 or howparkaol.com. You can also book a consultation with him direct at www.astroguidance.co.uk. Aries mar21-apr20 Spring is definitely in the air so you will be shedding the old and springing into the new with your usual enthusiasm. The full moon on 22 April may threaten to burst your bubble as you struggle with unexpected developments that may involve deep matters such as sexuality or even issues around birth or death. May begins feeling like hard work but the holiday you dream of later in the month makes it feel worth it. Taurus apr21-may21 It may feel as if someone is shouting loudly in your ear from behind early in April but sooner or later you are going to have to listen to things you may not wish to hear. These may be about deep and intense issues arising in your relationship. Whenever the date actually is think of the new moon on 6 May as your cosmic birthday as it sets in motion things that could get sexy and pleasantly intense later in the month. Gemini may22-jun21 Dont deny it you like sounding off with your opinions and of course talking is what you do best. Make sure you pay attention to issues at work is your listening as good as your talking I wonder In early May you could feel frustrated that some people just dont get you and you are being held back by old-fashioned ideas and people but it all comes good at the end of the month when conditions are perfect for a romantic trip together and you can let it all go. Cancer jun22-jul23 Frustrations about your career will make you angry but is speaking your mind really working for you right now Later on in April you will probably feel more in your element when your intuitive ability to make deep meaningful connections and your emotional nurturing nature really shines through. In May its now time to stand up for what you believe in but craft what you say so that it meets the demands of the situation for maximum effectiveness. Leo jul24-aug23 Get out there and learn something a new sport activity anything that allows you to challenge yourself The trouble is that angry events at home around 22 April may bring you down to earth with a bump. Dont be a victim though as May brings in a much better energy and a chance to show just how committed you can be to getting something done properly. By the end of the month hard work may be rewarded with a sense of some welcome romance in the air. Virgo aug24-sep23 April begins with what might feel like some almost life and death situations or maybe its an inheritance but things are relieved by a nice party atmosphere later on and a chance to gossip proves to be fun. You may well be studying hard at home in May but dont let your need for intense concentration keep you too desk-bound. You need to get out now and again just to recharge your energies. HOROSCOPES Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 73 Libra sep24-oct23 Someone is being far too pushy for your liking and rocking your relationship boat but a money windfall may turn out to be a nice distraction from this. The flavour of May is more serious with some deep and meaningful connections being made but this is lightened a lot by the prospect of a great time socialising and having fun. Its a good time for using social media and good communication too. Scorpio oct24-nov22 The start of April may feel a bit crazy for someone deep like you. Things feel as if they are moving much too fast for your liking before the full moon on the 22nd ushers in some hidden intrigues with all sorts of skeletons coming out of the closet In May it looks as if you will either get married or be jilted. Or something like that. Who knows Later in the month you might just have a genius idea for making money but of course there may be complications. Sagittarius nov23-dec22 April starts just as you like it with a real holiday atmosphere perhaps in the form of a weekend break when you can really let go. But things get a lot more serious later on in the month as secrets emerge that might leave you feeling pretty confused about where you stand. May teaches you that if you focus get your daily routines right and do things properly the rewards are there just the way you want them. Enjoy Astro-guidance Tip With Jupiter opposing Neptune for all this period you may struggle to be clear whether you are deluded or inspired in a number of situations. Things have a tendency to get blown out of proportion so its best to take things very slowly and try to be as logical as is possible. Capricorn dec23-jan20 A bad atmosphere at home may feel like its draining you and taking over your life in early April but there are things that need to be said. Its just about finding the right moment. Take your time deciding when that is. May finds you a lot happier as new projects start up but there will need to be some adjustments along the way before everything is structured right. Aquarius jan21-feb19 Lots of new stuff is going on in your world. Maybe its all about politics the state of the planet and campaigning on matters that you feel strongly about Dont get too uptight at work about perceived injustices and resign in haste over something that makes you angry. You may live to regret it. You may feel bored at home in early May but your strong beliefs may lure you out onto the streets in protest at something. Fight for what you believe in Pisces feb20-mar20 You may find yourself receiving money from an unexpected source. Work is going well but there is always the temptation to just drop everything and get away from it all. Resist this and show how committed you really are In May you may come to appreciate the joys of everyday life of your local neighbourhood while later in the month you face some career challenges to put your money where your mouth is and show what you are made of. 74 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts Friday 1 April Bedford Art Society Putnoe Heights Church 7.15 for 7.30 Tara Tate - New Voices Guises of Contemporary Art. 5 visitors. Jean Paterson 01234 307210 or www.bedsartsociety.co.uk Saturday 2 April Cambs Beds Hardy Plant Society Weatherley Centre Eagle Farm Rd Biggleswade 2pm Des Martin Leicestershire nursery owner and lecturer on Plants for Damp Places. Plant sale. Monday 4 April Alpine Garden Society Bedfordshire Group Wilstead Village Hall 7.30 for 8pm The Beauties and Mysteries of the Burren. Plant sale plant exhibits. Visitors 3. Tuesday 5 April Bedford Floral Art Society Addison Centre Kempston 7.30pm Daphne Grant - Old Friends and New Faces. Raffle of arrangements. Visitors 7. www.bedfordfloralartsociety.co.uk Wednesday 6 April Bedford Local Group of The Wildlife Trust 7.30pm Priory Methodist Church Hall Newnham Avenue Gardening for Wildlife - illustrated talk by Betty Cooke. Voluntary contributions appreciated. www.wildlifebcn.org or at 01234 266057. Stevington Cinema Club Stevington Village Hall Live broadcast of the Royal Ballets Giselle from Covent Garden. Tickets from www.stevingtoncinemaclub.uk Thursday 7 April Knit Knatter Thursdays 9.30-11.30am Riseley Village Hall Coffee shop knitting crocheting beading kneedlework and plenty of Knattering. Wendy 01234709083 ronandwendy btinternet.com Stevington Cinema Club Stevington Village Hall 7.30pm Showing the classic film The Ladykillers. Details trailer and tickets www.stevingtoncinemaclub.uk Fri 8 to Sun 10 April Bedford Art Society Exhibition MS Therapy Centre Bradbury House Barkers Lane Fri 7-8.30pm Sat 10am-5pm Sun 10am- 3pm. www.bedsartsociety.co.uk Saturday 9 April Biddenham Handbell Ringers 25th Anniversary Concert St Peter de Merton Church De Parys Avenue 7pm 8 u16s free includes refreshments. Anthea Slark 01234 350644 or Paul Fricker 01234 342843. Sat 9 Sun 10 April Mixed Traction Weekend Rushden Station Heritage traction home fleet locomotives and the Blue Circle makes its debut Fares apply. www.rhts.co.ukevents Sunday 10 April Rotary Club of Bedford Fun Run on the Western Bypass Proceeds to Sue Ryder St Johns Hospice and Rotary charities. Prizes for best fancy dress and fund raisers. Adults 15 juniors 10 families 25. www.bedfordrotary.org. ukfunrun.html Monday 11 April The Royal British Legion WW1 Commemorative Lecture Series Harpur Suite 7.30pm Trench Warfare - Richard Knight. Illustrated talk with artefacts. Tea Dance 2-4.30pm Addison Centre Kempston 2.50 includes cuppa. Tel 01234 851877 or 01234 340997. Thursday 14 April Bedford Music Club Bunyan Meeting Joshua Ellicott tenor and James Boyd guitar. Songs by Dowland Jones Giuliani Britten and Lennox Berkeley. Tickets on door or 01234 261811 enquiries bedfordmusicclub.co.uk or Central Box Office. Saturday 16 April Willington Village Market Village Hall 10am-12 noon Buy fresh and local. More info from Julia Buckroyd 01234 831316. NCT Nearly New Sale 12 noon Bedford Athletics Stadium Sponsored by Viking Self Storage. 1 entrance. 11.30am entry to members. Fish Chip Supper 7pm Rushden Station Ride behind our Class 31 diesel locomotive. 10 pp. www.rhts.co.ukevents Sat 16 April Sun 17 April Cowslip Fritillary Weekend 2-4pm St. Peters Church Newton Bromswold Plants for sale and cream teas. Tuesday 19 April Biddenham Gardeners Association Biddenham Village Hall 8pm Restoration of The Swiss Garden by Corinne Price. Visitors 4 includes raffle and refreshments. www. biddenhamgardenersassociation.org.uk Kimbolton Flower Club AGM Mandeville Hall Kimbolton 7.30pm Followed by talk Death in the Garden by Michael Brown. Visitors 6 includes light refreshments. Wednesday 20 April Carlton Chellington Historical Society Coach outing to Canons Ashby an Elizabethan manor house in 18th-century gardens. For details 01234 720689. Thursday 21 April Embroiderers Guild Bedford Branch St Marks Church Brickhill 7.30 for 7.45pm Talk on Souvenirs of the First World War. Visitors 4. Friday 22 April Great Barford Community Quiz Village Hall 7.30pm Bar open 7pm. Teams of 4. 7pp includes supper. Register with Louise 01234 870443. Fund raising for our Annual Fun Day. Saturday 23 April The Village Show at Keysoe Annual Plant Sale Keysoe Village Hall 10am to noon Plants bric a brac books cakes raffle and free teascoffee. Free entry ample parking. Kempston Musical Society St. Marks Church Brickhill 7.30pm Concert of sacred and light music in aid of Cancer Research UK. Tickets 9 includes refreshments. Albion Choir 7.30pm St Andrews Church Kimbolton Road Bedford Tickets 1084. Full details www.standrewsbedford.org Sunday 24 April Plant Sale Bletsoe Village Hall 11-3pm Entrance 1 refreshments. Small nurserymen and specialist growers. In aid of St. Marys Church restoration fund. National Trust Dovecote Stables Church End Willington Beds1-5pm Guided tours of the Tudor buildings and village. Refreshments in the church. Organ music by Peter Twitchin of Southill 3-3.45pm. Monday 25 April The Royal British Legion WW1 Commemorative Lecture Series Harpur Suite 7.30pm Codebreakers in the shadow - MI1b in diarydates Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 75 WW1 - Mike Chapman and Sarah Ralph from Bletchley Park. Wednesday 27 April Bedford Branch of the Historical Association Bedford School Library 7.30pm The British Citizen Army in World War II - talk by Professor Gary Sheffield well known historian and author. Visitors welcome with donation. Details 01234 266839 james simla.org.uk Thursday 28 April Rushden Flower Arrangement Club 7 for 7.30pm The Full Gospel Church Hall 60 High Street South Spring Flowers. Practical evening with advice. New members 30 per year. Visitors 6. Sat 30 April to Mon 2 May Cavalcade of Historical Transport Country Show Off the A6 Bedford Road South of Rushden NN10 0SN See www.cavalcade.org.uk for details. Sun 1 May to Thu 30 June 50 Prize Treasure Trail Clues 2 from Blunham Supermarket The Horseshoes pub or Great Barford Post Office. Suitable for adults and children. Proceeds to Blunham Village Hall. Monday 2 May Open Afternoon Sharnbrook Bowls Club Lodge Road Sharnbrook from 2pm Call Penny Mann on 01234 781660. Alpine Garden Society Bedfordshire Wilstead Village Hall 7.30 for 8pm Talks by members. Plant sales plant exhibits. Visitors 3. Tuesday 3 May Bedford Floral Art Society Addison Centre Kempston 7.30pm Irene Bowkett NAFAS presenting Curtain Up. Raffle of arrangements. Visitors 7. www.bedfordfloralartsociety.co.uk Monday 4 May Cream Teas 3.30-5.30pm All Saints Church Turvey All proceeds to Church funds. Friday 6 May Bedford Art Society 7.15 for 7.30 Putnoe Heights Church Linda Travers Smith uses watercolour and ink. Visitors 5. Jean Paterson 01234 307210 or www.bedsartsociety.co.uk Saturday 7 May Georgian Day The Higgins Dancing and music in period costume museum trail and lecture. www. thehigginsbedford.org.uk Norway Bedford Choirs in Concert St Pauls Church Bedford 7pm Kongsberg Kantori and St Pauls Church Choir perform Bach cantatas and other works. Tickets 10 5 students and u18 from 01234 340163 or on door. Sunday 8 May Cambs Beds Hardy Plant Society Annual Plant Sale at Stratton School Farm Open Day Eagle Farm Road Biggleswade 10am Unusual hardy perennial plants for sale. British Red Cross Bedfordshire Open Gardens 1.30-5pm Gardens of Westoning MK45 5JW Teas toilets plants parking. Saturday 14 May Nursery Plant Sale Pavenham Village Hall 10.30-2.30pm 10 nurseries from 6 counties. Plant sale free parking refreshments. Entry 1.20. In aid of The Friends of St Peters Pavenham. Community Herb Garden Open Day Victorian roundabout where Castle Rd and Rothsay Rd meet 10.30-3pm Herbs honey and cakes for sale. Plant swap. Demonstration by Jane Perrone Gardening Editor at The Guardian. 07914 606816 or Abundance Bedford on Facebook. Chamber Music Recital St Pauls Church Bedford 7.30pm Local and international artists guitar voice piano duets and solos by Tamara McCoy and Valerie Hartzell. Works by Carulli Liszt Dyens Albeniz Boccherini and de Falla. Tickets 12 10 concessions from 01234 340163 or on door. httpwww. stpaulschurchbedford.org.ukindex.shtml Sunday 15 May Stevington 12k Road Race 11am 1 lap through Oakley and Pavenham starting and finishing in Stevington Village Hall. Min age 17. Changing facilities and refreshments. An affiliated UK Athletics Race. http stevingtonroadrace.co.uk British Red Cross Bedfordshire Open Gardens Milton House Milton Ernest 1.30-5pm Teas toilets plants parking. Tuesday 17 May Biddenham Gardeners Association Biddenham Village Hall 8pm History of English Gardens by Ursula Buchan. Visitors 4 includes raffle and refreshments. www. biddenhamgardenersassociation.org.uk Kimbolton Flower Club 7.30pm Mandeville Hall Kimbolton Demonstration by Linda Seabrook Twn Fion Cali The Welsh Highway. Visitors 6 including light refreshments. Thursday 19 May Embroiderers Guild Bedford Branch St Marks Church Brickhill 7.30 for 7.45pm Talk on Smocking. Sales table. Visitors 4. Carlton Chellington Historical Society Carlton Village Hall 7.15 pm AGM followed by talk at 8pm by Sarah Bridges on the Chester Farm Project at Irchester. Saturday 21 May Willington Village Market Village Hall 10am-12 noon Buy fresh and local. More info from Julia Buckroyd 01234 831316. Woody Mann in Concert Pavenham Village Hall 7.30pm Jazz Blues and American Roots music. Licensed bar. Tickets 12.50 from http stevingtonguitarconcerts.co.uk or Debby Horsman 01234 825711. Wed 25 to Sat 28 May Outside Edge 7.30pm The Place Theatre Bedford Bedford Drama Companys comedy by Richard Harris. Suitable for 16. Tickets 9.50 8 from www.theplacebedford.org. uk or 01234 354321. Saturday 28 May St Owens Church Coffee Morning Bromham Village Hall 10am Grand Draw stalls refreshments. Free entry. Sat 28 Sun 29 May Cowboys Indians Weekend Rushden Station Dress in Wild West theme and travel on our diesel hauled train. Games and activities. Fares apply. www.rhts.co.ukevents Monday 30 May British Red Cross Bedfordshire Open Gardens Tofte Manor Sharnbrook 1.30-5pm Teas toilets plants parking. Cream Teas 3.30-5.30pm. All Saints Church Turvey All proceeds to Church funds. 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