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Thieves strip lead from our church roof!



The church are very grateful for all the kind messages and offers of support they have recieved.


For information about fundraising for a new roof please contact Joyce Bulllock on 07867880152.  Many thanks.





Community Transport



end to end journey possibilities


Ampthill – Clophill - Cranfield – Biggleswade - Flitwick – Houghton Conquest Lidlington - Marston Moretayne – Maulden - Shefford – Shillington,

all villages between & into Bedford


RING 01234 834933 for a Membership Form and details of how we can help you


Travel around the area to shops, health services, visit friends and relatives, or just enjoy a day out.      Access Bedford for a greater range of destinations.  All our high quality vehicles are accessible for those with impaired mobility.  All staff are friendly, caring, fully trained, DBS checked & MiDAS assessed



Art Society

Have you wanted to paint but lacked the confidence, been daunted by the vast range of varied art materials and unsure of techniques or you are an experienced artist who wants to try a different format and experiment with a new and exciting medium, then visit Houghton Conquest Art Society.

Unlike most art groups we produce an extensive yearly programme of art techniques ranging from pastels, watercolour, pen & ink, pencil, clay modelling, acrylic paint, acrylic inks, papermaking, lino printing, calligraphy, speed sketching, portraits, plastercast painting and printing using our own printing press.

The evenings consist of a basic demonstration with a hands-on approach so you gain experience and also produce a piece of art, Saturday Workshops are more extensive with a guest demonstrator.  Mid-summer we have outdoor painting sessions to capture the vibrance that daylight brings to a painting and in 2018 we are sketching from a boat. Another highlight is the “Big Paint” where we enlarge a painting by a well know artist and divide it into equal sections for members to copy, then the sections are joined together like a jigsaw to give a larger than life reproduction.

The society was founded in 1995 by 8 local members and over the years expanded to 30 members but at present we have on average 12 members per meeting, so we have vacancies for new members.

We meet on a fortnightly basis on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Houghton Conquest Village Hall, we also hold Saturday workshops.

Every year in May we hold an Art Exhibition in the village hall where our work is put on display for sale, we also have a Victorian Tea room at this event served by a waiter so why not try homemade cake and a cuppa after browsing the display!

We are friendly group that is willing to help improve and advise fellow artists

For more details about Houghton Conquest Art Society, please phone or email                  Mary Rich 01234 272470           mimi@uwclub.net  




19th Sep  COLOURED PENCILS practice what you learnt with David

29th Sep  LINO PRINTING with Anne Thompson, Saturday workshop with printing press


17th Oct PAINT A POPPY SCENE TO COMMEMORATE CENTENARY OF WW1 with John for display in church

  7th Nov  DESIGN/PRINT CARDS using press & MAKING CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS with Dave & Caroline

21st Nov  CALLIGRAPHY demonstration with Edward Curran

  5th Dec  CHRISTMAS DINNER. Places to be booked

Health Walks
Wednesdays 10.30am
Free, no need to book. Most walks start at Reception but some elsewhere – see notice board or ring  
01234 767037 .

Volunteer Task - Millennium Country Park 
Thursday 20 September    9.30am to 3.30pm 
stephen.gascoyne@marstonvale.org or 01234 762610. 

Witney Houston Tribute.
Friday 21 September    7pm to 10pm
£15 per ticket.  Info and booking at www.marstonvale.org/events



Health Walks
Wednesdays 10.30am
Free, no need to book. Most walks start at Reception but some elsewhere – see notice board or ring  
01234 767037 .

Volunteer Task - Millennium Country Park
Thursday 4 October    9.30am to 3.30pm
stephen.gascoyne@marstonvale.org or 01234 762610. 

Sunday Stroll
7 October at 10.30am

A gentle walk around the Park
About 2 hours. Booking not required. No charge but donations welcome. 
01234 767037. 

Volunteer Task - Millennium Country Park
Willow Clearing
Sunday 14 October    10am to 3.30pm
anna.charles@marstonvale.org or 01234 762614 

Volunteer Task - Millennium Country Park
Thursday 18 October    9.30am to 3.30pm
stephen.gascoyne@marstonvale.org or 01234 762610. 

Woodland Lantern Making
Tuesday 23 October
Make a willow and tissue lantern. 
Booking and details at 01234 767037

Kids' Halloween Disco
Wednesday 24 October    5pm to 7pm
£8 per child

Kids' Halloween Disco
Thursday 25 October    5pm to 7pm
£8 per child

Volunteer Task - Grange Estate
Tuesday 30 October    10am to 3.30pm
darren.woodward@marstonvale.org or  
01234 762603.   

Latest Local News

The end of an era: Mid Beds Art Society closure

It is with regret and great reluctance, that a standing committee of Mid Beds Art Society is organising the closure of this long-established group of art enthusiasts.

This very active local society was founded in the 1970s.  At its peak around 100 local artists were members.  However, after operating with committee vacancies for more than 12 months, when several committee members stepped down this year due to health and other commitments, just two people remained.  At the AGM on March 21, there were too few nominations from the 80+ current members for a viable management committee to be formed.   An EGM was held later the same evening and the decision to close the society was ratified by a majority of members present.

In a statement, the committee said “We want to thank everyone who has supported the group and our activities over many years whether by attending our meetings, our workshops or our exhibitions.  This situation is especially disappointing for those who have worked so hard for the society over the last 5 decades.  Unfortunately, it is not possible to run our varied programme of activities each year without a full committee.  We needed new volunteers for the key officer roles of Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, as well as more ordinary committee members, and these were not forthcoming.  It was a difficult decision to make.  We are very appreciative of the many sympathetic messages we have received from our planned presenters and other local groups.”

Many of the assets of the society have been sold to members and to other local art groups; there are a few items remaining which may be interest of interest to local voluntary or youth groups.  For details of what is available, please contact Val Lawson on 07434 351027.


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