Mad Hatters Shefford

Singing, acting and dancing – musical theatre classes – a fabulous opportunity for the youth of Shefford to learn some performance skills and have a great deal of fun! These classes at the Methodist Church hall formed part of our Community Festival again this year.

Cakes at St Michael's Every day of the week we can find cakes and drinks – tea, coffee and squash at the St Michael’s inclusive coffee shop cafe – a chance to chat and rest quietly, with some beautiful cake!

Shefford Community Festival open Karate eveningTuesday evening was an opportunity for Festival followers to experience the fascinating art of Karate with Sensei Kevin Stark at his class in Robert Bloomfield Academy, where a grading was taking place along with a mixed level/beginners class.


Shefford Scout GroupShefford Scout Group opened their doors to the public on an exciting evening when their enthusiastic members were engaged on a Bridge Building Challenge – as we can see from the photo they had great fun with this and succeeded brilliantly.

Sale trail success

Sunday promised terrible weather – which in the main held off allowing the Garage Sale Trail to be a success – we had a record number of nearly 40 stalls and I hear that one stallholder even made nearly £100 on the day – we were happy with a lot less but a pleasant day with neighbours and visitors – many of whom came from well out of town.

The weather on Saturday was wonderful which gave many activities a great start – you can see from the photos where I managed to get to –  of course the “highlight ” of my day was a climb to the top of our newly renovated Church tower but it was also lovely to see the History Group getting so much interest in the working model of the old Shefford Railway and my personal favourite of an evening of Eat-food following the Prince and Princess Day presentations with visiting Gruffalo. Other presentations included the Community Hall open day – again supported by the WI and the Library open day. I also managed to get a brief visit in to the Bowls club who had their club finals and visitor welcome well attended in lovely September sunshine.

Shefford Prince and Princess Day Gruffalo View from the topBowls finalsRailway demonstrationRail demonstrationEat Food FayreWI support hall open day Library open day Community Hall Open Day Shefford council offices banner

Not long now to a full programme of events – with many new activities such as the town centre Street Food Fair, Pop-up Circus and St Michael’s Fair.

The Community Hall will contribute much of interest with new participants in their Open Day and the annual Art Exhibition.

New for 2019 are Scouts open events, Artisans in the Yard and a History Group display of Shefford’s railway past.

A final mention of course to our community centred Library and their open day of What’s on in Shefford.

With lots to explore over the Festival, we hope you enjoy the programme and maybe set up something yourselves for next year – maybe a completely new event – or just taking a stall in the Garage Sale Trail.

It is great that participants in the forthcoming September Festival are getting on with their organisation and forward publicity – it is really exciting to see them around the town. In order to help this effort and to maximise exposure we have now added a new Gallery section on the website to accommodate these posters etc from participants – so if you have a poster  or other publicity material suitable for inclusion – please submit it to us for inclusion – you can view here.

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