Thanks for 2011

Just look at the depth and scope of all these businesses in the village ~ so much talent, knowledge, products and services in our village to celebrate!

April Flowers  ~ www.april-flowers.co.uk

April Flowers was established 25 years ago. The success can be contributed to a keen understanding of modern trends as well as old fashioned values.  Award winning florists for every occasion.

B & W Group  ~ www.bw-specialists.co.uk

B & W Group, a family run business, has been established for over 46 years.  The group is committed to providing exceptional, efficient and environmentally conscious services, at affordable prices.  There are four separate, specialist companies within the group – B & W Damp & Timber : B & W Waste Management : B & W Building Services : ARD Asbestos Removal & Disposals.

Bedford & County Golf Club  ~ www.bandcgc.co.uk

Bedford & County Golf Club is one of the region’s premier courses, as evidenced by the hosting of National and County Championships. The course is ranked as a “gem” by the website www.top100golfcourses.co.uk which describes it as “a varied and testing course which is very well cared for and presented superbly at all times of the year”.

Bedfordia   ~ www.bedfordia.co.uk

The Bedfordia Group, trading for more than 75 years, is a successful, family business.   The group operates in the sectors of Agriculture (arable, grain and livestock), Automotive (BMW & Mini dealerships), Property(residential, commercial & development) and Eco-technology (Biogen Greenfinch).  A commitment to social and environmental responsibility, means all businesses are managed, supported and grown in a sustainable, environmentally sound and responsible manner.

Bellini’s  ~ www.bellinis-restaurant.com

Bellini’s is a modern, attractive and popular Italian restaurant. Open 6 days a week, it offers a seasonal menu, set lunch, party menu and a well-appointed wine list.  You can drop in for a quick bite to eat, entertain a large party to celebrate something special or just have a lazy Sunday lunch.

Bodyflight  ~  www.bodyflight.co.uk

Here you can experience the extraordinary!  Fly in the world’s largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel; Surf or body board indoors at the world’s first FlowHouse; Jump from the UK’s highest simulated Base jump; Swoop down a zip-wire that reaches speeds over 35 mph – or just relax in the luxurious spa and health suite.

Caffé Piccolo

Caffé Piccolo has a varied menu and you may sit inside or out.  It offers good quality food at reasonable prices.  The take away and bakery sections are very popular.

Calvers Caravan Storage

Calvers is situated in Woodlands Park and offers secure storage for caravans and vans.  This can be internal or external.  Units are also available to rent by businesses.

Charlie’s Supermarket

Charlie’s Supermarket, adjacent to the parade of shops, offers fresh fruit & vegetables and a large variety of food and drink.  It is licensed to sell alcohol – and you can buy your lottery tickets there!

Clapham Bar-b-que

Good old fish and chips – and they are very good indeed!  Lots of varieties of fish and pies and other goodies.  Plus you can buy a soft drink and sachets of sauce if you have none!

Clapham Club

The club is a good social meeting place and has a diary of events that would appeal to all ages.  Children are welcome to come with their parents.  The back of the Club has a riverside edge and you can stand and admire the gorgeous River Great Ouse.

Clapham Post Office

The Post Office is a friendly, family run place of business.  You have all the facilities of the postal service and many services offered, including car tax renewal, holiday insurance, payment of utility bills and forms for all manner of things. Newspaper delivery is done from here and there are many stationery and artistic products as well as sweets and tobacco.

Good Chef

Good Chef is a Chinese restaurant (takeaway) along the parade of shops.  Really good food and a varied and exciting menu.  There is a delivery service too for people who phone in an order and cannot go out.

Happy Dog Training Centre  ~ www.happydogtraining.homestead.com

Lorraine founded the company in 1997 and is a qualified Professional Dog trainer with more than 20 years experience. She is also a qualified Guide Dog trainer and Advanced Staff Trainer.   Happy Dogs offers training, walking, grooming, sitting and classes.

G A Henman & Sons Ltd

Henman’s Garage is a family run company offering automotive repairs and MOTs.  There is also a car wash and it’s the only garage offering petrol and diesel.  A small selection of used cars is also available.

Hilton Suzuki  ~ www.hiltonsuzuki.com

Suzuki GB won a recent ‘Manufacturer of the year’ award. Suzuki’s new 12 year bodywork warranties and high safety ratings have also helped the Swift to a couple of ‘Car of the year’ awards two years in a row.  Hilton Suzuki is a family run business and has a larger branch in Bishops Stortford. The dealership offers new Suzuki cars, an array of used cars, after sales service, MOTs, servicing and parts.

Myhome : Bramble Lodge Cleaning  ~ www.bramblelodgecleaning.co.uk

Bramble Lodge is a family-run domestic cleaning service.  Choose the regular Clean and let someone else take care of the household chores, or book a one off spring clean if it’s a blitz you need!  In association with Unilever YK, Myhome Residential Cleaning has pioneered a unique system.  This Tri-ColourTM system is the most efficient and effective way to clean a home.

North Beds Diesel Electric

Motorists are catered for in the village by this retail outlet, run by two guys who certainly know all the ins and outs of automotive parts.  Great advice is offered for those drivers who are perplexed!

Park Farm

Park Farm is a family run farm business and has both animals and arable farming.  Park Farm offers several services, including tractor and driver for hire.  The Farm Shop offers a wide variety of produce and gorgeous beefburgers that we buy to use in our home-made burgers at the Show.

Puddleducks Nursery  ~ www.puddle-duck.com

Puddleducks Nursery offers a homely atmosphere for the care and development of children.  It believes that the early years of a child should be spent in an environment where he or she has the freedom to grow without any pressure. According to experts, the first 5 years of a child are the best time to learn about perception, reasoning, creative thinking, language, ethics, good behaviour and social interaction.

Spar Folly Stores

Spar is located at the junction of the High Street and Oakley Road.   SPAR was set up in the UK in 1957 and is the UK’s leading convenience store group.  Licensed to sell alcoholic beverages, there is a large choice of spirits,wines and beer.  Newspapers and magazines are also on sale, along with a good range of food and grocery products.

The Star

The Star public house is sited next to Bellini’s.  It’s a very popular village pub with an outdoor seating area, where you can watch the world go by.  Maureen, who runs The Star, also ably manages the bar in the Village Hall at the Show – lovely lady.

Wests of Bedford  ~ www.dealer.renault.co.uk/wests-bedford

Wests Motor Group was founded by Sidney and Ethel West and is England’s longest serving Renault dealer, with dealerships in Bedford, Cambridge, King’s Lynn and Newmarket.  The dealership offers the full Renault range of cars and vans, after-sales service, servicing and MOTs.  A selection of used cars is also available.

Woodland Manor Hotel  ~ www.woodlandmanorhotel.co.uk

The Manor we see today, was built in 1901 by local architects Usher & Anthony.  There are both standard rooms and executive suites including four poster rooms.  Autographs is Woodland Manor Hotel’s award winning restaurant, hosting a variety of A la Carte dishes and bespoke menus that balance English traditional dishes with the French flair for fresh, light flavours, complemented by wines from well stocked cellars.

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