5th June 2022

Hello Everyone

I'm tuning in late tonight to prepare this email following a busy weekend of Platinum Jubilee celebrations as the different village communities have celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II seventy year reign.

On Thursday evening Tingrith village produced the wonderful 'The Beacon' evening of music and entertainment. Nigel had 8 different costume changes. He says when he joined the village choir didn't realise how versatile a vicar he would need to be - see attached photo 🤣.  It was a wonderful celebratory evening, inspired by Charlotte and Chris.

In the meantime, on Thursday, Toddington Community were busy with fun activities on the village Green leading up to the lighting of the Beacon on the Green at 9pm

On Friday we held a Civic Service of Thanksgiving at Toddington church in the morning with refreshments in the hall afterwards.  We were very grateful to Deborah Inskip OBE DL and her husband Dr Tom who represented the Lord Lieutenant, and to Sylvia Collins CC and to the Parish Councillors and the British Legion and all guests who attended. In the afternoon, Chalgrave Church provided the 'Pop Up Tea Room' for the Tebworth Village Platinum games afternoon. Another wonderful time of fellowship and fun.  The afternoon finished with an impromptu performance by two very special young Ukrainian ladies who sang so movingly of their country's wartime experiences.  We hope to arrange some concerts at the local churches where they can sing and share with us all.

Today we visited Harlington's music and fun afternoon before heading across to Toddington's family fun at the Recreation Ground, then joined a local street party before collapsing in front of the TV to watch the Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. 

This Sunday our church services, on Pentecost Sunday, will include prayers for Her Majesty the Queen and Westoning and Harlington churches will offer a service of thanksgiving at 11am and 9.30am respectively.

This Sunday's Services:

8am BCP Holy Communion, Harlington Church - Linda

9.30am Holy Communion, Chalgrave Church - Linda

9.30am Platinum Jubilee service of Thanksgiving, with Holy Communion at Harlington - Nigel

11am - Holy Communion Service, Toddington - Linda

11am  Platinum Jubilee service of Thanksgiving, with Holy Communion, Westoning - Nigel

No Upper room online service this week

Other Services and Events this week:


9.30am Morning Prayer, Toddington.

10.30am Petal and Purl meeting, Toddington church (or hall)


Knitting Group - 10.30am Wilkinson Hall

Westcaf - 10am Westoning Village Hall

Sewing Bee 1.30pm Westoning Village Hall

Funeral of Margaret Donald - Bedford Crematorium 4pm

Youth Group 5.30pm Wilkinson Hall


10am Morning Service - Harlington Church

11am Funeral of Jean Ludgate - Chalgrave Church

12.30pm Funeral of Eileen Shenton - Harlington Church


1.30pm Burial of Rev John Wren's ashes - Toddington Cemetery


10.30am Painting for Pleasure Group - Wilkinson Hall


Westoning Plant Stall 10am onwards (see poster)

Harlington Poetry Day) see attached poster

Wedding of Lucy and Liam, Toddington Church 1.30pm

(The Queen's Birthday)

We wish you an enjoyable and blessed week.

Linda and Nigel