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N.B. Newest notices are at the top!

2020 12 03: This was a close call, but the '400' development appeal has been refused. Hooray! Read the Report here.
2020 10 31: The December 2020  / January 2021 issue of the Village Magazine is available to read here.
2020 10 29: Arrangements for Remembrance Day may be found here.
2020 09 24: Please ensure you return your Initial Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire asap!
2020 08 21: There are countless websites which can guide you to walks in the area. I particularly like this one!
2020 08 13: Read Lizzie's latest Newsletter here and the 4 attachments hereherehere, & here. Get this stuff directly from Lizzie? Email her and request!
Have a problem and need help? Our Village Agent, Teresa Moon, can help you or get help to you! See article here.
2020 08 13: A huge amount of work is being undertaken by your Parish Council. I implore you to visit the P.C. site here and read about it!
2020 08 12: The developers of the proposed '400' houses on Hookhams Ln have taken their rejected application to appeal. (see Notice here). Please                                 write by 11th September to support the BBC rejection!
2020 08 12: Gov't announces changes to the Planning System. You may wish to read & respond to these 3 docts: PC10PC11 & PC12.
2020 08 11: More advice on the Covid-19 virus from the NHS & the Borough Council. Click here.
2020 08 11: Covid-19: Advice from Renhold Parish Council. Click here.
Does your Community Group, Club, Project or Cause need Grant Funding? The Parish Council has prepared this document to help you.
Good news! The proposed '400' development has been comprehensively rejected by the BBC. Read the 36-page document here.
Please see the urgent Covid-19 advice from the Borough Council here.
News of a partial relaxation of the lockdown re Church Services & prayer. See this letter from Rev. Ian.
A very sophisticated scam reported on the Nextdoor Renhold site - goods arrive unexpectedly! PLEASE READ HERE.
2020 05 14: Here is an important (but very formal!) document from Bedford Borough Council which, amongst other info and a comprehensive timetable, explains the need for us as a Village community to prepare at speed a Neighbourhood Plan which (once approved) will become a 'material consideration' that MUST be taken into account when the BBC responds to Planning Applications. Anyone interested in the future of Renhold should read this document and also contact the Parish Council to become involved in the process of preparing a village Neighbourhood Plan. Read the document here. Copied from the renhold-pc.co.uk website.
The Bedfordshire Branch Woodworkers/Pyrography Club Newsletter No. 52 is here!
Pics of Tony preparing to and ringing one bell on Sunday 10th to remind us again hereherehere & here. We must never forget!
Pics near the School and at the short but wonderful Memorial Service in the Churchyard Garden on Friday 8th, here & here. Thank you Ian et al.
Pics of Eddie arriving at the Church to ring one bell 75 times to commemorate the end of hostilities in Europe 75 years ago: herehere & here.
Our fantastic Church Bell Ringers will be in action this weekend to mark the 75th Anniversary of V.E. Day. See details here.
I've been sent a website with lots of walks in and around Bedfordshire. See the link here.
Self-isolating? Can't get out? In the old part of the village, Nicky Gribble (nicky.gribble@icloud.com & 07955 530234) and, in Cranbourne Gardens,  I (ianmciver38@gmail.com & 07968 568057) can possibly help with arranging errands. We also have supplies of those "HELLO! If you are self-isolating, I can help." cards upon which you write your name & contact number and pop them through the letterbox of neighbours you think might need help. These cards avoid the need for personal contact but can give the isolated people the comfort that they are not completely abandoned! Contact us if you need help!
URGENT: We are once again needing to object to a re-submitted Planning application in Hookhams Lane. Please see the new renhold-pc.co.uk site!
Postponed - Anyone own a 3kW (or larger) generator and would lend it for the band at the V.E. Day Fayre on 10th May, please? Pls contact Parish Council.
Read about a great project recently undertaken by a member of the Renhold Stitchers - and other amazing creations here.
Postponed - On a happier note, see the Poster re the V.E. Day 'Expo' at Howbury Hall on 10th May here.
ALERT! Info about the East-West Rail link coming thru Ravensden & Renhold! See poster here. That means YOU!
The February OPCC Newsletter - containing good news! - is available to read here.
News of the Bedford Machine Knitting Club. See the website here.
Delighted to announce that Anne Grant has been honoured with an MBE for services to Charity in Bedfordshire. Congratulations Anne - well deserved!
Here's a little fun thing to break up the tedium (tnx Rod Jones)
The Bedfordshire Branch Woodworkers/Pyrography Club Christmas Newsletter is here!
Aspire (Orbit) Estate - news of Bedford Town F.C. leasing the Fiona Way Pavilion to promote Youth Football in the Community. Poster here

Following the P.C.'s unanimous decision to oppose the 3 development applications in the village, I have uploaded 20+ REVISED template objection letters. Please feel free to lift paragraphs and compose your own letter or use them as they are. DON'T DELAY, DO IT TODAY! See all 3 sets (14, 28 & 400) of objection letters here. Please remember to put your address, the date and your full name on the letters. Whatever else you do today, please send one objection per person for each of the 3 proposals. This is now very urgent!!! You may email your objection letters to planning@bedford.gov.uk

Re the 3 proposed developments in the Village: a further Clerk's Note is here, the Agenda for the Extraordinary Meeting on 7th Nov. is here and the draft P.C. responses to the BBC are here, here & hereBut above all please send in 3 letters of objection per person!

Amazing News! At last, a new Minister-in-Charge for All Saints Church, Renhold. See the announcement, pin-up and brief bio here.
Dear Residents: We have yet another attempt to wreck our Village with a huge development in Salph End. Please see here!
Now here's some very useful info re recycling: a 'flyer' here and a detailed guide here. Please take a look - Recycling DOES matter!

Here is the Parish Council's position paper re the latest bid to build 400 new houses in Renhold
The BWA Beds. Branch Newsletter No 49 is here.
The latest Newsletter from our Police Commissioner may be found here.
Town Centre and Health consultations. See BBC poster here.
A Notice about volunteering and fundraising for Marie Curie may be viewed here.
A further warning about a man asking for money for petrol. See notice here.
Gentle Exercise Classes & Activities for the over-70s! Posters with locations & session timetables are here and here.
The June/July 2019 Newsletter from the PCC is available to read here
Cor er - another type of scam. Please read this and be warned!
What will they think of next? Another scam - this time hawkers selling cheap and out-of-date fish on the doorstep. See here.
4 more articles about theft and scams! Do please read them herehere, here and here and take care!
BBC has issued a draft update to the Statement of Community Involvement. Learn about it and your opportunity to comment here.
Peter Norris' latest update to the Cranbourne Broadband saga is available via the 'Community' tab above.
The June 2019 Newsletter from our Police & Crime Commissioner is here.
The May 2019 Newsletter from our Police & Crime Commissioner may be read here.
I just received a text msg saying my NatWest bank a/c (I don't have one!!) has been disabled for security reasons. This is a scam! Please don't respond!
Yet another scam warning! This one involves credit/refund due on TalkTalk accounts. Don't go there - it's a scam!!!
For info, news, reports and notices about Leisure & Club activities, please go to the 'Leisure & Clubs' tab above. Want your club on there? Mail me!
Another possible scam - this time a phone call about your loft insulation! See here.
A very fulsome Newsletter from our Police and Crime Commissioner may be perused here.
And now for something completely different - from the animal kingdom. Definitely NOT for the faint-hearted.  Violence, gore & more. Watch it here!
Another scam - a male is knocking doors and asking for money to buy fuel. Don't give him money or let him in your house. See Police note here.
The 2018-19 Renhold Village Parish Council Annual Report, which has been delivered to every property in the village, is here.
Here's an interesting item about how YOU can have YOUR SAY as to how the £20bn investment in the NHS should be spent.
The Alma Singers (ladies, light music) meet at 7:30 on Monday evenings at the Methodist Church Hall, Gt Barford. Poster here.
Another new Facebook page - North Bedfordshire Rural Community Policing. Shortcut here.
Colmworth & Neighbours History Society - see 2019 programme here.
The Little Book of Big Scams is a real gem sent in by Peter Norris. Read it here. Thank you Peter!
Did you know? . . . Take a look at this!
Beds Fire & Rescue Community Risk Management Plan 2019 - 2023 - see document here.
Op Chain - Car Park Surgery For Tradespeople. See details here.
For those unfortunate enough to travel between the Black Cat Roundabout and Caxton Gibbet, the statement here may be of some interest.
*** Yet another new listing! Stewartby Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (SAODS) have their own slot here.
Table Tennis at the Church Lane Community Centre! See info here.
New Bridge Club! See info here
Find the Reports of the Renhold WI mtgs by clicking on the 'Leisure & Clubs' tab above and selecting 'Renhold WI'.
Radio around the world! Anyone interested in the huge number of broadcast radio stations available? Click this link - it's clean.
Recycling: Do it, because it matters! See BBC initiative here.
Please see the Community tab/Parish Council page for past Parish Council Notices & Minutes, etc.
An invitation to join the Phoenix Ladies Chorus and 'Sing into Spring'! See poster here.
See this Bulletin!
An appeal to support those most in need in the community living in fuel or food poverty. Poster here and article here.
Go to the 'Photos' tab to find ALL the 'Renhold Remembers' photos.
Wow! Terry has hand-carved a Remembrance Poppy and attached it to the Village Sign on the Green. See photo here!
MEMORY BEARS - I'd never heard of them but it seems they're big in other countries and are coming here! Fascinating! See here.
More scams. Please be careful. See letter here.
A note regarding receiving the Parish Council News sheet by email is here.
Receiving reports of a 'British Gas Refund' scam. DO NOT RESPOND - THERE IS NO REFUND and you'll likely have given your ID away!
Added a link to the Bedford & District Audio News web page on the 'News' page, where you can listen to local news being read by volunteers.
Two new examples of work produced by the Stitchers Group can be seen here and here.
Are you concerned about speeding in your area? Want to help do something about it? See Notice here!
Are you aware of 'Transporting Bedford 2020' and what is being proposed in the name of 'improving' traffic flow in Bedford? See here!
The St Albans Diocese has announced its Pilgrimage Programme for 2019/20. See the website here.
2018 04: The School has provided a full report and lots of photos regarding their recent Science Week. See it all here.
Renhold is honoured and delighted that Mr Julian Polhill has been appointed High Sheriff of Bedfordshire. Photos here!
A photo (taken by Tony Ploszajski) of our beautiful Parish Church in the December snow may be seen here.
2017 11 30: A selection of the Flower Arrangements at the 2017 All Saints Flower Festival added under the 'Photos' tab.
INFO: The Parish Council report for 2016/17 is here.
NOTE:  A Bulletin re how, where and when one may view Planning Applications is available here.
2017 07 23: Brief report and picture of the erection and unveiling of the new Village sign here. Wonderful. Thanks Terry!


Welcome to the Renhold Village website, recognised and supported by the Parish Council.

This site has been compiled by village volunteers, at no cost to the village, for the benefit of all. We hope you find it useful, informative and entertaining.

Links are provided for local news and facilities, village and other events of interest, village history, maps, policing and Neighbourhood Watch, village hall info, Post Office & stores, Church and Chapel Services and events and other local Faith organisations, clubs and other leisure activities, Parish Council proceedings and Borough Councillor reports, schools and pre-school arrangements, local charities, village campaigns, other local 'help' and volunteer groups, local businesses and services, etc. The Renhold Village Magazine is uploaded to provide an alternative to the paper copy and also to provide a back catalogue.

For those readers who are not aware, Renhold is a small village situated to the east of Bedford and about 40 miles (65 kilometres) north of London, UK. It is a very old village and is very spread out with lots of 'ends' (old word: hamlets). It has been substantially enlarged in the last 15 or so years by the addition of three new Estates (Cranbourne Gardens, Spires and Aspire) all of which face Bedford and are often thought of as part of the town.

As is the norm, the Village is governed by a hierarchy of 'Councils'. We have the Renhold Parish Council, Bedford Borough Council and at the top of the tree, the central government in London. Parts of Renhold are covered by no less than four Borough Councillors and by two MPs.

We hope you like our website offering. We do welcome constructive feedback and suggestions for new ideas. Contact Ian McIver, the webmaster, on renholdvillage@gmail.com

Enjoy your day exploring!