Friday, May 8, 2009


Tomorrow is our Annual Elstow Abbey May Festival 12 noon - 3.30pm on the Village Green. After the traditional procession led by the May Queen, children from Elstow Lower School will dance round the Maypole. There are lots of fun activities for all the family including fun fair rides, inflatables, face painting, Hemel Hempstead Brass Band, Cheerleaders from Milton Keynes, stalls and refreshments.

I shall be hosting the event with our Patron, Charles Whitbread and the Speaker of Bedford Borough Council, Anita Gerrard will formally open the May Festival at noon.

Come and enjoy a Fun Day with your family in Elstow, Bedford Borough's most historic village with its 11th Century Abbey Church, 15th Century Moot Hall and Bynyan Museum.

This afternoon I attended the funeral of Councillor Dave Lewis, Leader of the Labour Group on Bedford Borough Council. It was a Humanist Funeral with several tributes and poetry from friends and family, starting with Rowan, his very poised eldest grandchild. The music was mainly from the 1960's and included Buddy Holly tunes.

Dave Lewis was only 62 and died very suddenly in April of an abdominal aneurysm. He was passionately committed to his family and his Kempston residents. Dave will be sadly missed by his family of 3 children and 10 grandchildren as well as his fellow councillors and friends in Kempston where he lived for over 60 years.

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