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THI Updates - 2013

14.09.13  Heritage Open Days and The Higgins Bedford’s Crafts of the High Street

The annual Heritage Open Day event was bigger and better than ever this year, with 17 activities, including free access to heritage properties, guided walks and The Higgins Bedford’s Crafts of the High Street showcase for traditional crafts. The showcase offered demos and taster sessions for members of the public to try their hand at stonemasonry, traditional joinery, stained glass, rush weaving, lace making and stained glass.


27.07.13  Bedford’s Big High Street ShowcaseHigh St Showcase 2013

The High Street Showcase event saw thousands of people descend into the town centre and onto High Street on this sunny Saturday.  People enjoyed the owls and petting farm, dance groups, have a go at bowling, darts and rowing, free fairground rides for children as well as perusing the Handmade in Beds market stalls as well as those of local businesses and charities.  Over 30 businesses in the town centre traded outside their shops and cafes for the day which really benefitted them in terms of footfall and promotion with some stating they had one of their best trading days.  Feedback from visitors was that they really enjoyed the event and they, along with businesses, hope for more like it in the future,


11.06.13  Timber Framing Workshop CPD

The last in our series of contractor focused workshop sessions was delivered by Edd Crane and colleagues from Leicestershire based Timber Framing and Conservation. The workshop was delivered at Moot Hall, Elstow and provided a hands on opportunity to work with green oak to construct a timber truss.

Timber framing day 11 June 2013


24.05.13  THI Newsletter – 5th Edition

The fifth edition of the Bedford High Street THI Newsletter is now available to view and download. Click Here


22.05.13  Tales of the High Street Talk, Mr Richard Wildman

Mr Richard Wildman delivered a fascinating talk on Bedford’s High Street to over 60 attendees in Bedford Corn Exchange’s Howard Room. His talk covered the history and development of some of High Street’s key buildings, including a number that are participating in the THI’s scheme of improvement works.

R Wildman talk 22 May 2013


03.05.13  Heritage introductions for Bedford College students

Heritage introduction talks were delivered to 30 Bedford College construction learners studying trade and technical and professional diplomas.


01.04.13 First THI properties start on site

Neighbouring properties 123-125 High Street and 119-121 High Street have now started on-site, with works due to complete at the end of July.


28.02.13  Heritage Construction Ascentis Level 2 Award at Bedford College

Bedford College Construction Department is now offering a Level 2 part-time award in Heritage Construction. The course is an ideal introduction for anyone who is interested in learning more about heritage construction, architectural styles, causes of damage to traditional structures, attending talks by guest speakers and taking part in walks to study local heritage buildings. Course start dates are: 27/09/13, 10/01/14 and 25/04/14. Find out more, Click Here


15.01.13  NVQ Level 3 Heritage Construction Diploma now at Bedford College

Bedford College is now offering NVQ heritage construction courses to experienced workers as part of an expanding heritage skills offering within the Construction Department.

Find out more on Bedford College website,


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High Street Strategy page

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