This year's May Festival will be on Saturday 6th May, starting at 12 noon and end at 4pm.
It will take place, as usual, on the village green.
The May Queen's procession will start at 2pm.
Did you know that Elstow has not one, but two Listed Ancient Monuments?
i.e. The Hillersden Mansion ruins and Moot Hall. The ruins are accessible all year round but Moot Hall is a bit less easy to get into. But it will be open on May Festival day, from 12 until 4pm.
So, if you have never been inside this unique building - a former manor courthouse and shopping centre - do take this opportunity to go in and take a look. It has various exhibits about 17th century life, John Bunyan and Elstow May Festivasl, as well as a collection of 17th century furniture and other antiques.
At 12pm today, the Boundary Commission published its draft plans for changes to Parliamentary Boundaries.
The announcement of the draft plans is just the start of a 12-week consultation period which includes public hearings across the country. This itself is just the start of a process which will last two years with a final result in September 2018.
The proposal for our Ward is quite dramatic.
The proposal is to move it as a whole Ward (that makes a change !) to Bedford and Kempston constituency.
There are undoubtedly many plusses and minuses to this proposal, but there is one plus for you (but not necessarily me !) that you may wish to consider.
The current Bedford and Kempston constituency is one of the tightest marginal seats in the whole of the UK.
The current Mid Beds constituency, which we are currently in, is one of the safest seats in the whole of the UK. When I stood as the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Beds in the 1997 Blair landslide, it still recorded a Tory majority of 7,090 votes.
Should our Ward move into Bedford and Kempston constituency, I have no doubt in my mind that our Ward will get greater attention from the other parties. That can only be a good thing for democracy. When was the last time we heard from any other political party around here outside of election time ? Never !!
It should also be borne in mind that this has no implications whatsoever for Council services such as planning or road maintenance. It is entirely separate from Council services considerations.
For more detail, please see:
I would very much like to know what your views are, but please also submit them on: http://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/6484?postcode=MK439PN. Click on “Have your say”, click on the new constituency on the map and then enter your comments.
Cllr Tim Hill
Liberal Democrat Focus Team
Bedford Borough Councillor for Elstow, Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick
Tel: (day) 0131 448 4270
Tel: (eve) 07910100240
Excessive speed in Elstow is not unique - many villages have the same problem. But ours is compounded by the busy Cowbridge junction (Ampthill Road - A6) - the many vehicles coming through the village mornings and late afternoons are not residents of Elstow but drivers using Elstow as a 'rat-run', so as to avoid those traffic lights.
A small volunteer group have formed recently to operate a digital speed indicator, called 'Speedwatch' which clearly shows the speed of the approaching vehicle large illuminated numbers telling us and the driver the speed they are travelling at. This is operated in the early morning and late evening when traffic is at is height.
Our last Speedwatch was on 4 days during the week 3 June to 10 June.
The number of vehicles that went through the village on those 4 days was 561 (morning and evening) with 87 exceeding the 30 mph speed limit. We had vehicles driving in excess of 43mph, with one car doing 52 mph - disgraceful!
All speeding vehicles are written to by the police warning them then that, if they are caught on other occasions, they are open to prosecution.
We would like to do more sessions of Speedwatch in Elstow but we just do not have sufficient numbers of volunteers. We must continue use to emphasis that speeding in Elstow is not acceptable. So, please do think about volunteering for what is an important function - it only takes up a couple of hours, mornings or evenings.
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This site is launched today, 7th July, following a suggestion from a parish councillor that, although there are several websites about specific places and groups in Elstow, there was no site that linked everything together.
I am open to suggestions as to what else might be usefully added to this site. If you have any good ideas, use the Contact form to get in touch.