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An Interdenominational Christian Charity

Old Rectory, Bolnhurst,Bedford, MK44 2ES                                                   
Reg Charity No.327398



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Early Notice of Road Diversion

Anglian Water (AW) will be carrying out works along stretches of the B660 - Kimbolton-Bedford Road starting in mid June, expected to last for 6 months. 

This will affect access to The Stables.

Please click this link to read the Notice giving detailed information.




Coffee Shop

Our 2024 season is now well under way and we have had amazing support from new and established customers.  We continue throughout the summer and autumn, opening on the first Saturday in the month until October, between 2 and 4.30 pm.

Whether you are an old friend or a new customer, you can look forward to a warm welcome.
Remember to save the dates in your diary and we hope to see you then for our usual range of delicious cakes and drinks.

Click here for all Coffee Shop dates in 2024.




News Article

The Centre and the work featured in a recent Bedordshire Life magazine article.  Click here to read 



Our shop is open during Centre opening hours (most Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30 and 3.30) or at other times if you phone beforehand to arrange.  Please browse (and purchase!) our range of preserves,herbs and craft items.  Some details have changed, so please ensure that you refresh the page you are viewing to get the most up-to-date information. If you are coming from a distance, just ring us to make sure.



Activities News


2024 February-March


The winter storms brought down several trees, and the post for our hanging sign – the latter was reconstructed by some friendly volunteers. 




Aconite and snowdrop sales continued and the teams dug these out from the woods for potting up.

The wet weather was an excuse for catching up with health and safety retraining.


Following a donation from a local supermarket teams were able to do some creative cookery – here proudly displaying their own pizzas.


And of course pancakes were made, tossed (with varied success!) – and eaten!





2023 December - 2024 January


Our Christmas sale was held on a day of freezing fog so we were very grateful to our many customers who ventured out to support us and spend their money.  Thanks too to the volunteers who help to run it – and especially to longstanding volunteer John who so faithfully carries out welcome and car parking duty whatever the weather!



The Tuesday team had some fun designing their own photo frames to take home for Christmas – just the right size to hold the photos of the sunflowers they had each grown in the summer.



In January it was time to dig up aconites and snowdrops – here are some of the team potting up a batch for sale. 



Back in the warm a kitchen group were busy packaging and labelling up another batch of preserves to restock the shelves. 



And a craft group enjoyed trying out a new gadget kindly donated to the charity – and proudly displaying the result!




2023 October - November

Autumn brought with it many outdoor jobs of clearing and raking.  Trees in the apple orchard were all pruned hard and th resulting branches chopped and cleared for bonfires. 





After our final coffee shop of the season in October the kitchen and craft departments got busy making gifts for our own and other Christmas sales, stocking up on cat toys, lavender goods, felted scarves as well as preserves selections.




In November we said farewell to Peter who has moved to Rutland.  We gave him a memento of the many activities he has been involved in over his time at the Stables, and wished him well in his new endeavours.




2023 August - September


A very exciting day was spent in August when Dudley, one of our trustees and also a scientist, brought in some laboratory equipment, and each group had the opportunity to discover the world of tiny creatures hiding in our woodpiles and gardens.


First they went bug hunting and collected their samples. 


Then they came indoors and learned how to process these, examining them with magnifying glasses and through the microscopes. 


It was a whole lot of fun and we were very grateful to Dudley for giving up a whole day to join us.  (We think he enjoyed it too!)



There was also time to process an urgent order for five bags which were taken out to South Africa as gifts by one of our staff.  Here are the team  proudly displaying their work in making these.


2023 June - July


A very busy time was had harvesting and processing catnip, lavender, daisies and strawberries. 



The fruit cages were netted to keep the birds from the ripening currants, and the leaf mould containers rebuilt. 



The herbs and wild flowers were potted up and cared for.  This included regularly immersing them in water during the hotter weeks.



A less exciting but necessary job is the monthly extra kitchen cleaning – but many hands make light work as the teams get stuck in.

Some new card designs were produced – this worker found it very much matched her outfit!



There was still time for the sunflower competition – much enjoyed by everyone.




2023 April - May


Much of April was spent preparing for events in May. 


First, some bunting was made to celebrate the coronation.



Next, the herbs and wild flowers were checked over and the plant tables were prepared for the new season.



As well as our sales from site, we had stalls at two events in Pavenham and Eaton Socon.



Then we spruced ourselves up ready for the first coffee shop of the season.  This included cleaning and disinfecting our toys ready for our younger visitors.