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Mayor's Village Tour Hits the Road Once Again

July 14, 2017 5:15 PM

Mayor Dave Hodgson talks to local residents during the 2012 Village Tour Mayor Dave Hodgson's 2017 summer village tour across Bedford Borough is underway, following the first group of visits to rural communities last night.

Mayor Dave has held a village tour every summer since he was elected in October 2009, and this year's tour will see him holding walk-up street surgeries in 58 different villages across the Borough.

All 58 villages will be visited within a month, with the final street surgery taking place on August 8th

Mayor Dave is available to local residents throughout the year, via email, telephone, letter, surgeries at Borough Hall and much more.

However, the Village Tour is intended to make it as easy as possible for residents right across rural Bedford Borough to speak to him in person in an informal setting, about anything they want to raise.

Commenting, Mayor Dave said: "I'm looking forward to getting out right across the Borough and talking to residents in their own communities about what really matters to them. Thanks to everyone who has already been out to see me. The idea of the tour is to make it as easy as possible for people to raise any issue they like with me directly, so I hope lots of people take the chance to do so over the next few weeks."

Here's the first half of the schedule for the Village Tour, including the surgery session which took place last night:

Riseley, Thursday 13th July 5.30pm - 6.00pm on High Street near Gold Street
Bletsoe, Thursday 13th July 6.15pm - 6.45pm at the layby at junction of St Mary's Close and The Avenue outside St Mary's Church
Thurleigh Thursday 13th July 7.00pm - 7.30pm Outside Village Hall, High Street
Podington Friday 14th July 5.30pm - 6.00pm on the High Street outside St. Mary the Virgin Church
Hinwick Friday 14th July 6.15pm - 6.45pm by the phonebox & post box
Farndish Friday 14th July 7.00pm - 7.30pm by the Church on Wollaston Road
Yielden Saturday 15th July 10.00am - 10.30am on Church Lane
Shelton Saturday 15th July 10.45am - 11.15am near the junction at village sign
Lower Dean Saturday 15th July 11.30am -12noon on the High Street near the bridge
Upper Dean Saturday 15th July 12.15pm - 12.45pm on the High Street, near the school
Swineshead Saturday 15th July 2.00pm - 2.30pm on the High Street near the Church
Melchbourne Saturday 15th July 2.45pm - 3.15pm near Knotting Road and Park Road junction
Knotting Saturday 15th July 3.30pm - 4.00pm on Melchbourne Road, outside St Margaret of Antioch Church
Souldrop Saturday 15th July 4.15pm - 4.45pm on the green at the junction of the High Street and Chapel Lane
Carlton Saturday 15th July 6.00pm - 6.30pm at The Moor, Carlton, near the school
Pavenham Saturday 15th July 6.45pm - 7.15.pm by the junction of the High Street and Weavers Lane
Felmersham Saturday 15th July 7.30pm - 8.00pm at the junction of High Road and Church End
Pertenhall Sunday 16th July 10.00am - 10.30am Swineshead Road near Village Hall
Keysoe Sunday 16th July 10.45am - 11.15am Keysoe Row East - near Kymbrook Lower School
Bolnhurst Sunday 16th July 11.30am -12noon Near the junction of Kimbolton Road and School Lane
Colmworth Sunday 16th July 12.15pm - 12.45pm at Church Road, Colmworth, near the church
Little Staughton Sunday 16th July 2.00pm - 2.30pm at Gray's Grove off the High Street
Staploe Sunday 16th July 2.45pm - 3.15pm Near Parish Notice Board on the main road
Duloe Sunday 16th July 3.30pm - 4.00pm Near Village Hall, Woodhouse Lane
Chawston Sunday 16th July 6.00pm - 6.30pm Notice board by crossroads, Colesden Road & Roxton Road
Wyboston Sunday 16th July 6.45pm - 7.15.pm Rookery Road near junction with Swallowfield
Little Barford Sunday 16th July 7.30pm - 8.00pm Barford Road, near Alington Top Farm
Wymington Tuesday 25th July 5.30pm - 6.00pm on Church Lane, outside Memorial Hall next to St Lawrence Church
Odell Tuesday 25th July 6.15pm - 6.45pm at the green on the High Street
Harrold Tuesday 25th July 7.00pm - 7.30pm on the High Street by The Green
Milton Ernest Wednesday 26th July 5.30pm - 6.00pm on Radwell Road near Huntsmans Way
Radwell Wednesday 26th July 6.15pm - 6.45pm Near Notice Board, junction of Felmersham Road & Radwell Road
Sharnbrook Wednesday 26th July 7.00pm - 7.30pm at the junction of Church Lane and High Street