Monday, July 21, 2008


My colleague Cllr Andrew McConnell is supporting the Tesco campaign to boost tea sales with an interesting history about the ritual of afternoon tea on his Blog.

For the cheapest cup of tea and homemade cake in Bedford, visit the Steppingstone Cafe in Bedford Park on Saturday/Sunday afternoons during the summer. When I was a Councillor in Brickhill with Andrew and Peter Hand, we persuaded Bedford Borough Council to provide a £25,000 grant to renovate the cafe, run by volunteers from Brickhill Baptist Church. On Sundays there is free live music - a great way to economise and avoid the impact of the Credit Crunch!

Two other places for afternoon tea and homely lunches are the Danish Camp,Willington and Harrold Country Park, owned by Bedfordshire County Council. In 2005 when I was first elected as a County Councillor for Wilstead and Elstow I was promoted to Cabinet Member for Cultural Services - 50 countryside sites, 17 Libraries, Albion Archaeology, the Archive & Record Service and Bedfordshire Music - quite a daunting portfolio! Most of these won awards, eg the Archive Service with 5 Charter Marks.

For those who prefer coffee to tea, why not drop into Central Bedford Library which has just started providng coffee and cake using Fair Trade Coffee.

On Sunday I enjoyed a splendid Strawberry Tea and Jazz Concert in Bedford at the home of Shirley Groves. Guests included the County Council Chairman and Lady Skeet and we drank Pimms instead of tea in Shirley's lovely garden.

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