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2024 Festival Programme

Shefford Community Draft Festival Programme, 13th – 22nd September 2024

Welcome to the Shefford Community Festival 2024 – once again the team here at festival HQ have put a draft programme together, including events which at this stage are still provisional. This is derived from the efforts of our many organisers of activities and events, together with the support of our sponsors. We will, of course continue to update the program online with further events as details come in – I hope you enjoy lots of these events and perhaps may even be encouraged to organise one of your own next year.

NB – please note the Festival programme is a listing of activities we are aware of that are expected to take place in Shefford during the Festival period. It contains many existing regular classes.  To avoid disappointment, if you wish to attend and take part in such a class, we suggest you contact the organiser before you go to the class. Please keep checking because further activities will be added once they are confirmed.

Disclaimer: We have made our best efforts in collating this program, details for which has come directly from event organisers and from public sources, however Shefford Community Festival cannot take responsibility for the correctness of this information. If in doubt please check with the activity organisers. E&OE.

Friday 13th September:
5.00pm Opening Ceremony for the Community Festival. In the High Street with the Mayor and Shefford Prince + Princess. Ceremonial opening, cutting of ribbon, speeches etc.
7.30pm Community Hall AGM
Saturday 14th September:
9.00 – 1.00pm Shefford Community Market. Up to 21 stalls running between Morrisons and the High Street, offering a diverse mix of products including consumables, crafts and local community fundraisers/awareness stalls.
Shefford Saints Football Club at the STMA. Contact: [email protected].
9.00am Children’s Dance Classes. Pirouettes & Pullbacks. Contact Danielle Ellis on 07866395739, [email protected].
9.00 – 1.00pm Fun free activities for children organised by Acorn Pre-School & The Mighty Oaks at the Community Market in Palmoli Square/High Street. Contact Jacqui on 01462 816281 or www.acornpre-school.co.uk.
11am -12 noon Choral Workshop Group Singing (free) with Maxine and Jane at Barnwell Music in Shefford Baptist Church. Learning to sing in three or four part harmony. This is for all ages and abilities. All materials provided. Contact for bookings at [email protected].
12:30 to 1:30pm Guitar Workshop (free) with Barnwell Music: a basic introduction to the guitar, how to hold it and how it works. An introduction to amplifiers and effects, demonstrating what they are and how they work, to show how the electric guitar is a truly unique and broad-ranging instrument. With Dave and Simon in Studio 1 and Studio 2 at 26 Bedford Road, Shefford, SG17 5DJ. Contact for bookings [email protected].
2.00pm -3.00pm Piano/Keyboard taster lessons at Barnwell Music. Book a free 15 minute taster lesson – all ages and abilities. This will be a shared session 2:1. The lesson will include an introduction to playing (participants will be matched with someone of similar ability where possible) with some individual tuition. All instruments provided. Venue Studio 1 at 26 Bedford Road, Shefford, SG17 5DJ. Contact for bookings [email protected].
The Shefford History Group meeting and display in St Michaels Church.
Sunday 15th September:
10.00am – 12.00 noon Taekwondo at the Community Hall. For information contact Jonathan Marshall – Mobile: 07596 542565.
Shefford Saints Football Club at the STMA. Contact: [email protected].
10.45am Messy Harvest Festival at Shefford Baptist Church, with crafts and activities, stories, songs, and prayer for all ages, including a chance to make a scarecrow for the Scarecrow trail. Contact Erica Bowler at [email protected] or 07941 307228.
12.30pm Community Lunch at Shefford Baptist Church. Contact. Erica Bowler at [email protected] or 07941 307228.
6.30pm – 8.00pm Tai Chi Beginners Classes at the Community Hall. Contact Ian Deavin, 07860 218334, [email protected].
6.30pm – 9.00pm Tai Chi Seniors Classes at the Community Hall. Contact Ian Deavin, 07860 218334, [email protected].
Monday 16th September:
Pigeon Club at the STMA. Contact the bar
2.30 – 4.00pm Tai Chi “Over 50’s” class at the Community Hall. Contact Ian Deavin 07860 218334.
6.30pm – 9.00pm Adult Thai Kick Boxing at the Community Hall. Contact – Micky Marcantonio on Mobile: 07885249745 or Email: [email protected].
7.15pm Shefford Runners at the STMA. Contact [email protected].
Tuesday 17th September:
10.00 – 12.00 noon Bellcote Meadow Millennium Green. Come along and join the Shefford Greenspace Conservation Group’s September work party to help keep the area looking at it’s best. Just bring along a pair of gloves. Meet in the car park at the bottom of Purcell Way.

Contact David Ager – Chair of the Shefford Greenspace Conservation Group.
[email protected]. 01462 814392.

1.15pm – 3.15pm Art Society at the Community Hall. Contact Kath Smith Tel: 01462 812265
6.30pm Shefford Majorettes are holding a free taster session at the STMA. We take girls from ages 5-18, to train at the STMA hall on Tuesday evenings 6.30-8.15pm term time. We then perform at local fetes/ carnivals/ festivals and galas during display season.

Please contact if you are interested in coming to taster session, all abilities welcome! Contact: [email protected] also:
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7.30 – 9.30pm Shefford Women’s Institute, Shefford Community Hall. Get to know WI ladies in your local town. Join us for one of our monthly meetings where we have a variety of speakers, a range of activities, plus tea and cakes! For more information contact: [email protected].
8.00pm onward Darts League at the STMA. Contact Rob Slater on 07545189233
Wednesday 18th September:
Children’s Yoga at the STMA. Ages 4 – 7: 4:30 – 5:00pm.  Ages 8 – 11: 5.00 – 5:45pm. Ages 12+: 6:00 – 6:45pm. Clare Compton contact [email protected].
7.30 – 8.30pm Full Bottle Fitness at the STMA. Contact Tina Sales – 07952948682. [email protected].
Thursday 19th September:
10.00am – 11.00am Beginners Line Dancing at the Community Hall. Contact Rosemarie on Tel: 01462 617052 or Mobile: 07711370932. Email: [email protected].
10.30am – 11.30am Jo Jingles at the STMA. Contact Karen Garner – 01462 456777, [email protected].
8.00pm Crib League at the STMA. Contact the bar.
8.00pm – 9.30pm The Shefford and District Amateur Radio Society at the Community Hall. http://www.sadars.co.uk.
7.15pm Shefford Runners at the STMA. Contact [email protected].
7.30pm – 8.30pm Full Bottle Fitness at the STMA. Contact Tina Sales – 07952948682.
Friday 20th September:
10.00am -12.00 noon Self Help Art group at the STMA. Contact Carole Wilkinson – 01462 628853.
3.00 – 7.00pm Scarecrow Festival – all around Town. Get creative and make a scarecrow to display over the weekend of 22nd to 24th September. Register the address of where your scarecrow is located and then join in the fun trail around Shefford and surrounding areas to find all the others!

To register or for more info E-mail Joanna Wright at [email protected]. Participate for free – contact Joanna Wright
07704170582.

5.00 – 9.00pm EatFeast street food in the High Street. Choose your cuisine and meet your friends – a community alfresco street dining experience, with street food vendors offering a variety of food, music and a bar.
6.00 – 9.00pm Shefford Mind Body Spirit & Craft Fair at the STMA Hall, 10 Hitchin Road, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5JA. Combining beautiful crafts and all things Mind Body Spirit to expand your heart and nurture your soul – just what you need at the end of a busy week!

With a mix of handmade loveliness, plus crystals, readers and therapists, this is going to be the perfect way to bridge the gap between work and the weekend. We will be open from 6-9pm, with the bar open from 7pm, so why not bring some friends and make a social evening of it.

Entry to the Shefford Mind Body Spirit & Craft Fair is £1, under 18’s FREE.

Saturday 21st September
9.00 – 7.00pm Scarecrow Festival – all around Town. Get creative and make a scarecrow to display over the weekend of 22nd to 24th September. Register the address of where your scarecrow is located and then join in the fun trail around Shefford and surrounding areas to find all the others!

To register or for more info E-mail Joanna Wright at [email protected]. Participate for free – contact Joanna Wright
07704170582.

Shefford Saints Football Club at the STMA. [email protected].
9.00am Children’s Dance Classes at the STMA. Pirouettes & Pullbacks contact
Danielle Ellis – 07866395739, [email protected].
10.00 – 4.00pm Shefford Art Exhibition at the Community Hall. Free entrance. Tea, coffee and cakes available. Contact Kath Smith, 01462 812265 artsoc.org.uk.
11.00am -12.00 noon Guitar taster lessons with Barnwell Music. (free). Participants are encouraged to book one of two free 30 minute taster lessons. This will be a shared session with up to six participants. The lesson will include an introduction to playing (participants will be matched with others of a similar ability where possible) with some individual tuition. All instruments provided. Age 6 to adult – all abilities from beginner onwards. Venue Studio 1 at 26 Bedford Road, Shefford, SG17 5DJ. Contact for bookings [email protected].
10.30 – 3.30pm Bowls Club Annual Finals and Open Day.
2.00pm STMA Fun Day. Family fun afternoon with free play for the family. Entertainment free refreshments will be available. Contact Rob Slater 07545189233, [email protected].
Sunday 22nd September
9.00am – 7.00pm Scarecrow Festival – all around Town. Get creative and make a scarecrow to display over the weekend of 22nd to 24th September. Register the address of where your scarecrow is located and then join in the fun trail around Shefford and surrounding areas to find all the others!

To register or for more info E-mail Joanna Wright at [email protected]. Participate for free – contact Joanna Wright
07704170582.

Shefford Saints Football Club at the STMA. [email protected].
10.00am – 4.00pm Shefford Art Exhibition at the Community Hall. Free entrance. Tea, coffee and cakes available. Contact Kath Smith, 01462 812265 artsoc.org.uk.
10.30 – 3.30pm Bowls Club Annual Finals and Open Day.
11.00 – 3.00pm Garage Sale Trail all around town. Free trail sheets available from Country Properties. £5 to register your address as taking part and all registration fees will be donated to Shefford Christmas Lights, which is wholly managed by a fabulous group of volunteers. For info contact Lesley, 01462 615821 / [email protected].
6.30pm – 8.00pm Tai Chi beginners class at the Community Hall: Contact Ian Deavin 07860 218334 [email protected].
6.30pm – 9.00pm Tai Chi seniors class at the Community Hall: Contact Ian Deavin 07860 218334 [email protected].

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