Follow us on twitter @OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 75 CLASSIFIED • CLASSIFIED • CLASSIFIED • CLASSIFIED TUITION French in Beds Enrolling now for daytime and evening classes in French at various levels starting in September. See the website for details. Individual tuition also available. Thea Hughes BA (Hons) MA   01234 822965 or 07941 869424  Bespoke hand sewn soft furnishings 01234 783220 07946 620821 BLINDS CURTAINS ACCESSORIES PELMETS & POLES SPEECH THERAPISTS INTERIORS Image reproduced with permission from the Edward Bawden Estate and Fortnum & Mason’s Edward Bawden (1903 - 1989) detail from Fortnum & Mason’s 1956 Christmas Catalogue, 1956 Good museums combine great objects with great stories and a perfect example is The Higgins Bedford. The museum’s collections, which are housed in superbly renovated exhibition spaces, cover pre-history to the present day with fossils, porcelain, tribal items, and works by some of Britain’s greatest painters. And each item has a local story to tell; many were collected by Bedfordians, were made in the town, or have some other connection to our region. Displays are frequently curated with, as well as for, local interest groups. All of this makes The Higgins Bedford a community museum of the first order. As a Bedfordshire local, the best way to support The Higgins is to join the Friends group. For a small annual fee, you gain privileged access to The Higgins, and at the same time support the museum so that it can carry on making exciting acquisitions and staging ground-breaking exhibitions. The Friends are often involved in volunteering at The Higgins and enjoy lots of other opportunities to socialise and get involved. This year alone, the Friends have held a varied lecture programme and organised visits to cultural sites in the UK and in Bologna. Plans for the next few months include a Christmas party and a ‘Call my Lot’ evening, a return by popular demand of last year’s hilarious event when a panel of experts pitted its wits against a sharp-witted audience. If you would like to find out more about joining the Friends, please visit The Friends of The Higgins Bedford Become a Friend of The Higgins Bedford and support a museum at the heart of our town.