Local links and groups

Age Concern Bedfordshire
Arlesey Good Neighbour Scheme
Arlesey Railway departures
Arlesey Resource Centre
Arlesey Roll of Honour
Arlesey Town Youth Football Club
Bedford Area Bus Users Society BABUS
Bedfordshire Adult Skills & Community Learning
Central Bedfordshire Council
Counselling Directory
Link a Ride
Walks Around Arlesey

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
(Stotfold and Arlesey Branch)

Registered Charity No. 219279
Mr Vic Williams
Tel: 07746464260

Please use these contact details for ordering poppies, wreaths, crosses etc. Please also use this contact for details of the Remembrance Sunday parade and service.

The Arts

Arlesey Resource Centre and Library

The High Street, Arlesey, Bedfordshire SG15 6SN
Manager: Erin Jackson
Administrative Assistant: Mrs Karen Rogers
Volunteer: Mrs Christine Bird
Tel: 01462 731469
Email

The centre is situated in the same building complex as the Town Council, Village Hall and Doctor's Surgery and has parking and easy access for the disabled.

Find out more on our Resource Centre page

Two Blues Art Group

Chris White
Tel: 01462 639468 Email

This Adult art class meets at Arlesey Football Club on Thursday mornings 9.30am – 12 noon. There are no fees to join the class, other than a 50p donation towards tea/coffee and our annual Christmas Dinner. You do, however, have to become a member of Arlesey Town Football Club. There is no formal tutor, but all members help each other to improve. The class is suitable for all levels of ability.

If you would like to find out more about the class, why not join us for coffee one Thursday morning at 10.30am – 11.00am. You will be most welcome.

VIVACE

Kate Elmitt (Principal)
Tel:- 01462 622222
Fax:- 01462 622111
Email:- elmitt@btinternet.com
www.vivacechoir.co.uk

VIVACE is a choir in Mid-Beds formed in 2001 by Kate Elmitt and Bob Wilkins, which meets at Edgeworth House, 121 High Street, Arlesey on Wednesday's during school term time.

Young Vivace - 7.30pm
Vivace Adult Choir - 7.30pm
(occasional meetings for Vivace Strings & Wind)

Children's Activities

Acre Wood Day Nursery

For more information please contact:

Peter Cremin
Tel. 01462 835550
www.acrewooddaynursery.co.uk

Arlesey Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

Chris Dodds
Tel: 07886 558708
email: gsl.arleseyscouts@gmail.com

Meet at the times detailed below in the Arlesey Scout HQ, Cluny Way, Arlesey, which is situated opposite the Village Hall just off the High Street. Facilities at the Scout HQ include parking for approximately 15 cars, fully equipped kitchen, seating for around 100 and disabled access.

Beaver Scouts (6 to 8 years) meet Tuesdays 6:15pm to 7:30pm School terms only
Cub Scouts (8 to 10.5 years) meet Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8pm School terms only
Scouts (10.5 to 14 years) Meet Thursdays 7:15pm to 9pm School terms only
Explorer Scouts (14 to 18 years) meet Mondays 7pm to 9pm throughout the year

Find us on Facebook: 1st Arlesey Scout Group

For scout hall bookings cost of £10 per hour all inclusive: email hallbookings.arleseyscouts@gmail.com

Arlesey Rainbows, Brownies, Guides

Arlesey Rainbows – Sue Margiocchi – Tel: 01462 643231
Arlesey Brownies – Julia Hanna – Tel: 01462 451053
Arlesey Guides – Mrs Helen Frost – Tel: 01462 733248

Arlesey Nursery and Childcare Centre

Derek Archer
Tel: 01462 732168
www.arleseynursery.co.uk
Email

The Nursery is in the centre of the village and offers nursery education and childcare facilities for children 3 to 9 years. Term time Nursery is open 9.00am to 3.30pm and the childcare is open 8.00am to 6.00pm. Holiday Club runs during most school holidays from 8.00am to 5.30pm, the Nursery has a very large, well-resourced classroom area and large garden and playground. Childcare has its own room and also uses the garden, playground and classrooms.

Arlesey Parent & Toddler Group

Paula Hector
Tel: 01462 731412
Arlesey Village Hall, Tues & Thurs 9.00am - 11.30am (term time)

Open to anyone with babies or young children, the group meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9.00am to 11.30am during term time. They are always happy to see new faces, regardless of age or religion. Parents, Grandparents, or carers with young children are all welcome and all you need to do is sign in on arrival.

Arlesey Pre-School

Tel:- 07815 293670

Stotfold & District Childrens Centre

Environmental

ACORN
Arlesey Conservation for Nature

Vikki Draper
Tel: 01462 834195

This organisation was formed in 1992 and carries out practical conservation work in the Ivel Valley area of Bedfordshire, eg planting, hedge laying, habitat improvement and creation, and footpath access. It is a partner in the Parish Paths Partnership. The group works mainly on Sundays and some Saturdays. They also meet on Wednesdays, with occasional talks and slides at a local pub. There are organised walks and visits to the nature reserves at weekends. Details are published in the Quarterly News.

In May 2000 it was agreed to set up a sub group (The Arlesey Walks Group) to undertake the task of publishing a circular walks guide. This was achieved on 12 June 2004. Walks information boards can be found at the junction of Old Oak Close and Church Lane and at the entrance of the Village Hall in the High Street. Packs detailing the walks are available free at the Town Council Office and the Resource Centre. Latest information on activities being planned by ACORN can be viewed on line. Arlesey Walks .

Arlesey Old Moat Nature Reserve

Roger Watson
Tel: 01462 731963

The Old Moat Nature Reserve is a narrow strip of low lying land bordered by the railway to the east and the River Hiz to the west and is approximately 6 acres. It is situated at the south end of the Glebe Meadows and is owned by the Wildlife Trust. The main feature of the Reserve is the L shaped Moat, which contains a variety of water plants, including yellow iris, fool's water cress, marsh marigold and water figwort. It also supports several dragonfly and damselfly species with frogs and toads spawning in the spring. Grassland, scrub and secondary woodland provide food and shelter for birds, insects and small mammals. Muntjac can frequently be seen crossing the various paths. Access to the Old Moat is via Glebe Meadows. Residents and visitors are very welcome to walk around the Reserve.

The Wildlife Trust holds twice monthly work parties on Sundays between 10.00am and 1.00pm and new volunteers are always welcome.

Pix Brook Nature Reserve

The Pix Brook Nature Reserve is situated on the Stotfold Road, just outside the 40mph sign as you leave Arlesey.

Walks around Arlesey

A number of walks have been put together by local people so that you can enjoy the varied local countryside around Arlesey. Further details on these walks can be found by accessing the Walks Around Arlesey web site

Glebe Meadows

Karl Griffiths
Tel: 01462 731117

The Glebe Meadows are situated on the River Hiz and can be accessed by walking over the A507 bridge, crossing the railway and the river. Walk back down the service road, to the Disabled Parking area for the Railway Station. The entrance to Glebe Meadows is clearly marked on your right. There is a very pleasant riverside walk through the Meadows, with riverside picnic tables and seats so that you can enjoy the surroundings. You will find an abundance of wildlife flowers, birds, butterflies, insects and other wildlife such as small lizards. Keep an eye open on hot days for Kingfishers flying about the River Hiz.

They were purchased by Arlesey Conservation for Nature (ACORN) on 4 March 1999. The meadows are held in *perpetuity by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire as traditionally managed riverside meadows. The day to day management is undertaken by volunteers under the direction of the Glebe Meadows Management Group. The Management group consists of ACORN, Arlesey Town Council, The Ivel and Ouse Countryside Project and the Wildlife Trust. A management agreement between the Wildlife Trust and Arlesey Town Council ensures the continuity for future generations. There are currently two volunteer wardens.

Passing through the meadow, diagonally left, through the kissing gate, brings you into the Old Moat Nature Reserve. The moat can be traced back to deeds dating 1820 and is shown next to Arleseybury Farm. The Old Moat Nature Reserve was purchased in 1974 by the Wildlife Trust.

Social

Arlesey Women's Institute (W I)

(reg charity no 221224)
Katie Juffs - Tel: 01462 638286
Wendy Pink - Tel: 01462 625235

Arlesey Women's Institute meets in the W I Hall in the High Street every second Tuesday in the month. We have a varied programme, enjoying speakers from all walks of life, demonstrations of craft and making visits to local places of interest. Our social events are always popular. We also join other local W I’s twice yearly for group meetings and with the Bedfordshire Federation in Bedford and Dunstable, so have lots of opportunities to hear many interesting speakers. Visitors or new members are always welcome, so please call in and see us.

The W I Hall is available for private hire and has kitchen and bar facilities and lots of parking. Disabled ramps are also available.

Community

Arlesey Community Safety Group

Hugh Harper (Chairman)
Tel: 01462 731891

Arlesey Community Safety Group is concerned with all aspects of safety in Arlesey. This includes obvious subjects such as home security and traffic management but also includes topics such as community information and awareness.

Bedfordshire Adult Skills & Community Learning

We offer courses for people wanting to:

  • return to work
  • gain a new skill or qualification
  • continue their professional development

Equally, it is for those wishing to:

  • maintain or gain independence
  • improve their health and general well being
  • meet new friends and have fun

Central Bedfordshire Neighbourhood Watch Association

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Sports

Arlesey Town Football Club

Keith Broughton, The Secretary
Tel:- 01462 734324
www.arleseytownfc.co.uk

Arlesey Town is your community Football Club, playing their home games at the aRMadillo Stadium and currently competing in the Southern Football League Premier Division, having been winners of the Southern League Division One Central in the 2010-11 season.

Arlesey Town Youth Football Club

Steve Hazelwood, Chairman
Tel: 01462 732147
Email

Flying to flag for Arlesey in the Royston Crow League, Arlesey Town Youth Football Club has ten teams from Under 7's to Under 17's and recently became only the forth club in Bedfordshire to achieve the FA Community Club status.

The Club prides itself on giving playing opportunities to local children and seeks to attain the highest standards both 'on' and 'off' the field. A friendly and open club, we always welcome the involvement of the player's parents to continue the club's progress.

For more information on ATYFC use the email link above.

Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

Town Council Office
Tel: 01462 733722

The Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) is situated in the High Street behind the Village Hall. Facilities include a hard court surface suitable for 5 a side football, netball and tennis. There are changing rooms, a shower room, a meeting room and private parking.

Short Mat Bowls

Doreen Rix
Tel: 01462 731697

Meet on Fridays 2 – 4 pm in the Village Hall. Currently there are about 10 – 12 members but newcomers are always very welcome. For further information contact Betty Joyce.

Arlesey Karate Club

Gabriel Tan, Chief Instructor
Tel: 01462 730551 or 07742 820956
www.jksk.co.uk

Practicing traditional Shotokan Karate with a strong Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa's influence. New members are always welcome.

Weekly Kundalini Yoga Class

Jane
Tel: 07971 977665
at Pure Light Studios, 29 Vicarage Close, Arlesey, Beds SG15 6XH

Every Tuesday 10am til 11.20am. £9 per class. Spaces are limited so please call to book your place, all levels catered for, all welcome.

More useful numbers

Bobby Scheme

For Bedfordshire and Luton: Janet Heinsen - 01234 842619
Trust Administrator: Geoff Comb QPM - 01234 842612

Post Offices

Main post office, 1 High Street - 01462 835003
Sub post office, House Lane - 01462 731291

Aragon Housing Association

Daytime repairs - 0300 123 5544
Night time emergencies - 0808 144 2809

Salvation Army

01462 731072

Traveline (for Bus information)

0870 608 2608

Whitbread Wanderbus

01462 701700

Mid Beds Link a Ride

01525 840511