Archaeology, Architecture & History
Ampthill Archaeological and History Soc.
Members can attend monthly meetings and join in with visits to buildings and sites of interest. The group is occasionally involved in excavations, as well as helping to research various enquiries of a historical nature. Guest visitors to meetings are also warmly welcomed.
Bedford Archt. Archaeol. & History Soc.
This group share a common interest in the history and archaeology of Bedford and its neighbourhood. They are also actively involved in trying to ensure that Bedford's buildings of special architectural and historic interest are protected and to increase public awareness of their importance.
Beds. Local History Association
In their words: 'The BLHA organise a variety of events, such as walks, lectures, visits, workshops, exhibitions and conferences throughout the county, as well as publishing our newsletter, History in Bedfordshire, four times a year. We can also provide information and assistance in the study of local history.'
Beds. Historical Record Society
Founded in 1912, the BHRS is dedicated to the research and publication (books) of historical records and materials relating to Bedfordshire. The group has just one annual meeting and lecture per year - so they clearly don't like to go overboard. That said, they are very open to new works, articles, manuscripts, photos, and ideas, plus contributions to their website. Appropriate ones.
Bedford Astronomical Society
They have a programme that includes talks by eminent speakers, and they have use of the Piazzi Smyth observatory at Bedford school. Currently the membership stands at over 100, each of whom are entitled to borrow the society's telescopes and binoculars from time to time.
Modelling & RC Flying
Bedford & District Aeromodelling Club
As with the other RC clubs in Bedfordshire, Bedford and District, near Cardington, are pleased to offer tuition and certification for new flyers. They fly all kinds of aircraft, including gas turbines - that's real jets. Unbelievably cool when you see and hear them.
Bedford Choral Society
If you live near Bedford and are looking for some Gareth Malone-type action, this is the place for you, as the choir is always on the lookout for new members, especially sopranos and tenors. After a few weeks of attendance, entry into the choir is via an informal audition. So, I'm out.
Bedford Orchestral Society
The society promotes two orchestras: The Bedford Symphony Orchestra and Bedford Sinfonia. The BSO has musicians from all age groups and would-be players can contact the orchestra. The Sinfonia, on the other hand, offers memberships by invitation only. One imagines that you'd have to play your banjo real purty to get the call.
Bedfordshire Natural History Society
It's all about the Flora and Fauna: helping to monitor, preserve and protect it. They encourage the recording and reporting of sightings of various insects and they are associated with the Bedfordshire Bird Club. The membership are invited to attend field meetings during the year, as well as indoor ones - mainly at Maulden Village Hall.
Bedfordshire Bird Club
Its main functions are to record and document the avifauna within the county and to provide a forum for local birdwatchers. There is a full programme of indoor (Maulden) and outdoor events each year. Members are encouraged to help by reporting sightings, so that others will know where to locate birds of interest.
Bedfordshire Bat Group
Affiliated to the BNHS, the group's mission is to, 'work for bat conservation within Bedfordshire and Luton, carry out surveys of bats and maintains a database of bat records. It works with people to provide information and raise awareness of bat conservation, and, when necessary, carries out bat care and rehabilitation.' Talks and bat walks available to members each year.
Bedford Drama Company
Bedford Drama Company was formed in 1929. Their 3-4 yearly productions, including some musicals, are performed at The Place theatre in Bedford. Auditions are carried out at intervals during each year. New members and new ideas welcome for all disciplines, not just performing.
Leighton Buzzard Drama Group
Like other am-dram groups, they are not just after 'the talent', the group are always on the look-out for those who would seek other, no less vital, roles, such as sourcing costumes and props, scenery design, and building sets. Their website even has an explainer video (as they are called) to help you get the idea.
Luton Phoenix Players
They put on all kinds of productions throughout the year, from pantomime to full-scale musicals and murder mysteries - and they've been at it since 1946. Probably not the same cast, though. They are always happy to hear from would-be new members for various on and off-stage roles.
Bedford Camera Club
Sounds like a great club for anybody wanting to improve their photography. They have a full annual programme of events and lectures, and they work to hone the skills of their members through competitions, interactive evenings, and by encouraging them to exhibit their work. All skill levels are welcome.
Bedford Rowing Club
Bedford Rowing Club is located on the River Great Ouse and is very much a part of the town's landscape. Anybody strolling along by the river during the day is likely to see the club in action. It caters for all age and ability ranges, from beginners to elite athletes. The clubhouse has its own bar and gym facilities.