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Archaeology Talks at The Higgins. 2017

March 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Join Liz Pieksma, Keeper of Archaeology to explore the results of exciting excavations in and around Bedford. Special Offer: Book 3 sessions and receive a 15% discount.

2.30pm £5.50 (Concessions £4.40) 

Thursday 13th April. Anthropology with Katie Mccraith.

Katie Mccraith is studying Anthropology at the University of Kent. Anthropology is the study of human biological, physiological characteristics and their evolution as well as societies.

The focus of this talk will be what we can learn from skeletal remain. We will look at how to estimate age and sex of skeletal remains, as well as analysing skeletal diseases.  

Thursday 11th May.  Saxon Pottery

We will explore the influences and changes on local pottery with the arrival of the Saxons and see how ceramics develop in the Medieval period.    

Thursday 8th June. Medieval to Early modern Pottery

Using the pottery in our own collections we will investigate the transition from the Medieval period to the dawn of the Industrial world. 

Thursday 13th July. Rituals and Beliefs

Using finds from excavations in and around Bedford we will try to understand the rituals and beliefs held by people from the Prehistoric to modern day.  

Thursday August 10th

Archaeology Walking Tour – Bedford, South of the River

Discover the wealth of history under our feet. We will find lost churches, streets and homes and rediscover impressive Saxon town defences.

Consultation – A428 improvements between Black Cat and Caxton Gibbet

March 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

Proposals for a project to improve motorists’ journeys on the A428 between Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire went on show on Monday (6 March 2017).

The project will see a complete redesign of the A1/A428/A421 Black Cat roundabout, near Wyboston in Bedfordshire, to include a motorway-style junction and the construction of a new dual carriageway from the new junction to Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire.

The improvements will reduce congestion, improve safety and boost the economy and is part of the Government’s record £15 billion investment in England’s motorways and major A roads.

A Highways England consultation seeking public views on the proposals started on Monday 6 March and will run until 23 April 2017.

Three options for the new dual carriageway route were shortlisted to be put forward to consultation:

·         Orange route – a new road from the new Black Cat junction to the A428 near Cambridge Road in St Neots, including a new Cambridge Road junction, and to the northeast of the existing A428, a new road from Cambridge Road to Caxton Gibbet, with a new Caxton Gibbet junction.

·         Purple route – a new road to the south of the existing A428 from the new Black Cat junction, north of Abbotsley to Caxton Gibbet, including a new Caxton Gibbet junction.

·         Pink route – a new road to the south of the existing A428 from the new Black Cat junction, south of Abbotsley to Caxton Gibbet, including a new Caxton Gibbet junction.

The consultation also includes three options for improving the Black Cat roundabout:

·         Option A – removal of the existing roundabout, construction of two roundabouts to the west of the current roundabout, slip roads for drivers to get from the A421 to the A1, and from the A1 to the A421. The A1 would become a free-flow continuous road going under the slip roads.

·         Option B – keeping the existing Black Cat roundabout and adding a new free-flow continuous link from the A421 eastbound towards the A1 northbound. The A1 would remain the same but the addition of slip roads would provide a free-flow link bypassing the roundabout for traffic moving southbound onto the A421.

·         Option C – enlarging the existing Black Cat roundabout, the A1 would become a continuous free-flow road under the widened Black Cat roundabout and slip roads would be built between the A421 and the A1.

People are invited to attend one of the six public exhibitions to find out more and take part. The public exhibitions will be held as follows:

Location Date Time Address
Wyboston Lakes Tuesday 21 March 2pm – 8pm Oakley Suite, Training Centre, Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AL
Cambourne Hub Thursday 23 March 2pm – 8pm Cambourne Community Centre, High Street, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire, CB23 6GW
Abbotsley Village Hall Saturday 25 March 10am – 4pm High Street, Abbotsley, Cambridgeshire, PE19 6UJ
St Neots Priory Centre Monday 27 March 2pm – 8pm Priory Lane, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 2BH
Stuart Memorial Hall Friday 31 March 2pm – 8pm Church Street, Tempsford, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2AN
Newton Primary school Saturday 1 April 10am-4pm Caxton End, Eltisley, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 6TL


All responses to the A428 consultation will help Highways England take the best possible improvements forward.

For more information about our proposals and the public exhibitions, and to provide your views (from Monday 6 March 2017), please visit

Community Litter Pick – Saturday 18th March 2017

March 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

Please join us for a Community Litter Pick on Saturday 18th March 2017 from 2pm to 4pm.  We will be meeting by the village hall on Fishers Close.  Equipment will be provided.  Please wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear.

Thank you