Thursday, October 2, 2008


As already reported the Mayor of Bedford has refused to withdraw the green strip of land behind Bunyans Mead, Elstow from the proposed Bedford Development Framework.

Any housing development on this strip of land will create urban sprawl and destroy our beautiful and historic village and I will continue to campaign to stop any such housing development in Elstow. Most villagers I have spoken to agree that we should fight to retain our heritage - a unique village with an 11th Century church, 16th Century buildings and strong connections to John Bunyan. I plan to produce a
a petition for local residents to sign so that we can continue to lobby the Mayor to stop this housing which will urbanise and ruin Elstow village as a community.

Elstow Abbey is a beautiful church (see the photograph above) Today I had lunch in the Red Lion with some regular churchgoers and then looked at the beautiful flowers displayed in the church for the Harvest Festival, which sadly I missed while I was away in Birmingham. One superb all white floral display is on top of the John Bunyan font. At the foot of the font there is a white christening gown, in memory of the christening of John Bunyan's two daughters.

The children's workshop produced some colourful floral displays in a single wellington boot. If you live in Elstow please try to drop in and have a look at them

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