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New Bedford Visitor Information Centre set for launch

Following months of discussions, the town centre church of St Paul’s is set to host a new information service for visitors and the people of Bedford.

The new Bedford Visitor Information Desk will open inside the church on Wednesday October 17 and will effectively replace the old tourist information office which the council closed in 2017.

The Information Desk will be run by volunteers and has been created to provide a central resource for visitors as well and the local community. It will provide a wide range of information on services and attractions, including where to shop, what’s showing at local theatres and cinemas, guides to restaurants and galleries as well as all of the historical places of interest. St Paul’s church will be used as the starting point for guided walks around the town.

Steve Barratt, the manager of the new Information centre explained: “After the closure of the tourist information office at the bus station, we have received constant feedback that Bedford is in urgent need of central hub for information about the town. We looked around for some time to find a suitable venue and following our discussions with St Paul’s church we jointly agreed it would be the perfect spot.

“Although we won’t have the facility to sell travel or concert tickets, we will be able to provide a wide range of information about what is going on in and around Bedford. It has taken quite a few months and a lot of hard work to get to this point, so I really hope the new service will provide a valuable asset to the town and will be welcomed by locals and visitors alike.”

Initially the centre will be open three days a week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between the hours of 10.30am to 4.00pm. It will be staffed by knowledgeable volunteers, some of whom previously worked with the tourist information service and all of whom live in and around Bedford and share a joint interest in promoting the town and its attractions.

St Paul’s Church is based at St Paul’s Square in the centre of Bedford and is open to public every day between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

Autumn Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts

You know it's Back to School time when the St Paul's Autumn series of Tuesday lunchtime concerts resume....The new series kicks off next week on Tuesday September 11th with a trio of piano and two sopranos.

This term's concerts will feature a range of musicians from solo pianists, violinists and organists. Later in the term the music scholars of Bedford School get their opportunity to play infront of an appreciative audience, while there will also be a recital from the 2012 winner of the BBC young Musician of the Year, Lara Melda.

Our long-standing concert organiser Heather Turnham will again host the concerts and light lunches of soup and sandwiches will be available from 12.00 noon.

For a full listing of the performers, please click here.


Church Cleaner Wanted

We are looking for a new cleaner to help us look after our busy town centre church at St Paul's Bedford. Our building is many centuries old, but our cleaning needs are straightforward.

We are looking for a reliable and experienced cleaner whose job will be to keep the main church clean and tidy throughout the week and to make sure that kitchens, toilets and reception areas are spotless for our many visitors and to help us maintain our five-star hygiene accreditation standards.

We have some flexibility over working hours however the job does require someone to work 8 hours a week and to be able to work some of these hours on both Mondays and Fridays. Experience of contract or commercial cleaning is required while an understanding and sympathy with the ethos of the Church of England is preferred. References and DBS checks will be carried out for the successful candidate.

To be considered for the role please send a short cover letter and up to date CV to robin.bartlett@stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk in the first instance. For more information please call the church office on 01234 340163.

We're recruiting: St Paul's to appoint new Treasurer

We are currently looking to appoint a new Treasurer here at the busy church of St Paul's. As the town centre church of Bedford and civic church for the county, there is always plenty going on.

The Treasurer supports the ministry of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and the ministry team through ensuring that the financial affairs of the parish are correctly ordered. The Treasurer is an officer of the PCC, an official position serving the church by providing financial leadership at a strategic level. He/she is appointed by the PCC, with the support of the Incumbent and Churchwardens and will sit on various committees and must act as the first and primary tier of financial checks and balances.

This is a voluntary role which requires between 8 and 10 hours a week. Some evening work is required to attend meetings.

For further information and a full job specification, please write to Alison Phillipson at: phillipson643@hotmail.com.
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