An eventful start to the month

The Trust have run a full programme of events on both weekends so far this month, despite everything the British weather has had to throw at us. The Trust stand at the two day Woodworks festival at the Forest of Marston Vale was positively buzzing with people interested in the project.

Ridgmont StationThen, we joined forces with the Bedfordshire Ramblers Walking Festival and Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity for a 5 mile walk of a section of the B&MK waterway route between the M1 and Marston Vale Forest Centre, with a talk about the regeneration of the Victorian Station buildings at Ridgmont Station at the outset (see picture).

Heritage Open Day Talks And BBQThis was followed on Sunday 11 September by a joint event under the "Heritage Open Days" banner, with talks and presentations on the history of the Grand Union Canal, the Iron Trunk Aqueduct at Cosgrove and the concept of the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway - all past, or approaching their 200th birthdays. The talks were held in the beautiful St Lawrence's Church, Broughton, with its fascinating mediaeval murals - do look out for George and the Dragon above the main door, if you visit. The morning talks were followed by a lunchtime barbeque in the grounds of the Old Rectory, where around 50 Trust members, supporters and members of the public gathered for fine fare and good conversation - and only a sprinkling of showers between the sunny spells.

A big welcome to all the new members we recruited at these events, your membership confirmations will be with you soon and we hope to see you at more events later in the year.