Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations: Central Bedfordshire

WHAT’S on in Central Beds this weekend.

ARLESEY

Saturday, June 2

• Sponsored Jubilee Walk - Arlesey Churches Combined. Starts at 11am at the parish church and ends at the Methodist church. Finishes about 1pm, followed by cream teas and a performance from Gothic Mede Lower School maypole dancers at 2pm.

• Concert in the park at the football club - 7pm to 11pm, in conjunction with Arlesey Residents’ Association. Tickets �2 per person or �5 per family. Bar, food and raffle or bring your own picnic.

Sunday, June 3

• Children’s party in the village hall - 2pm to 4pm. To guarantee entry please obtain a free ticket from the town council’s offices. There will be a children’s entertainer followed by face painting and mini disco. Food and drink will be available.

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• Abba disco duo - 7pm till late in the village hall. Tickets available from the town council offices or Cllr Chris Howitt. �5 per ticket or �6 on the night. There will be a licensed bar.

Monday, June 4

• Fly a kite - Arlesey Parents and Toddlers would like to invite families to fly a kite for the jubilee celebration. 11am-2pm, take a picnic. Kites can be purchased for �1.50.

• Beacon - Explorer Scouts will be building a beacon to be lit at 9.30pm in the field behind the White Horse pub.

CLIFTON

June 2 and 3

• Flower festival - All Saints Church. Open Saturday 10am till 5pm and Sunday 2pm till 5pm. Teas will be available in the church on Saturday morning and in the church hall both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The church tower will be open for tours, and also there will be guided village walks. Entrance is by donation.

SHEFFORD

Saturday, June 2

• Jubilee fete - from 1pm to 5pm at Shefford Town Memorial Hall on Hitchin Road. Official opening by Lieutenant Colonel Stoddart, Commanding Officer at Chicksands, supported by the 2011 Shefford Gala princesses. Arena events, parade of past gala princesses, followed by the crowning of the 2012 Jubilee Gala Princess. Charity stalls, bouncy castle, Shefford memorabilia and art displays, tombolas, cream teas and more.

• Sixties night - from 8pm till midnight at Shefford Town Memorial Hall. Time Machine back by popular demand. Tickets in advance from Brenda on 01462 813264 or at the raffle tent on the day.

SHILLINGTON

Sunday, June 3

• Tea dance at the Congregational Church - from 3pm. Tickets at �7 are now on sale. Call Sally Stapleton on 07711504489 or Angela Corbett on 01462 850266. Tickets include a traditional cream tea. If there are any tickets left, these will be sold on the door on the day. Profit made from this event will go towards something for the village to remember the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

STONDON

Saturday, June 2

• Fun day - noon till 6pm, Stondon Park, Hillside Road. Free. Fancy dress parade, best red, white and blue cake and miniature garden, inflatables and councy castle, craft fayre, Stondolympics, family disco.

• Hog roast, live music and fireworks - 7.30pm till late at Stondon Park, Hillside Road. Hog roast, Blue Print live Blues band, disco, fireworks display, cash bar and family camp out. �20 for adults, �10 for under 16s.

Sunday, June 3

• Joint church service - 11am at Stondon Park, Hillside Road.

The Big Lunch - 12.30pm till 6pm at Stondon Park, Hillside Road. Free. Bring your own picnic, free drinks, live music, dancing, Zumba and games.

STOTFOLD

Sunday, June 3

• Picnic in the Park - noon till 5pm at the recreation ground. Bring your own table, chairs and picnic. There will be lots of stalls, ice creams, barbecue, licensed bar, birds of prey flying demonstration and static display, Salvation Army Band, Paul the magician, circus skills display and workshop, fun races, fancy dress competition, jubilee prince and princess, photographic competition, dancing, demonstrations by the Junior Judo Club, fun races and lots more. There will also be a raffle, and the Stotfold Cookbook will be on sale. Everyone welcome.

Monday, June 4

• Fun day - The Crown pub. Fun day with bouncy castle, barbecue, face painting and prize for the best children’s homemade crown.

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