Warm Spaces

The rise in the cost of living and increased energy bills means that many households will struggle with their heating bills this winter. People will be faced with tough decisions about when they can afford to heat their home.

To help residents, Bedford Borough Council is working with local partners to develop a Warm Spaces network. Warm Spaces will offer free, non-judgemental spaces where people can go to stay warm and maybe enjoy some company and a hot drink, or simply spend time reading a magazine or book.

The Warm Spaces network will continue to grow as more organisations share their details. 

If you have opened a warm space and would like it included on the Bedford Borough Warm Spaces Network please contact public.health@bedford.gov.uk.

As part of the Warm Spaces offer, our libraries are also providing inclusive and welcoming community spaces with free Wi-Fi and a range of activities.

Warm Spaces - our libraries

Our libraries are open to offer a warm space - see the library opening times here.

Warm Spaces - other venues

The Warm Spaces below are offered and operated by third parties and are not affiliated to Bedford Borough Council (with the exception of The Higgins Bedford).

Venue name, address and contact details Opening days and times What is available Other information
All Nations Church, 79 Brickhill Drive Bedford MK41 7QF

01234 273773 / office@allnationsbedford.org

Mondays 9.30am to 4pm

Hot drinks station, soup, books, games and puzzles, television, Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile devices

Accessible entrance, accessible toilets

Bedford Beacon, Bedford Wellbeing Centre, 3A Woburn Road, Bedford MK40 1EG

elft.recoverycollege@nhs.net

Every Thursday 5.30pm to 9pm

Group activities, one to one support, opportunities to make friends, hot drinks and snacks, chill-out space

 
Bedford Central Masjid and Islamic Cultural Centre, 34 Brereton Rd, Bedford MK40 1HU Monday to Friday 1pm to 5pm Hot drinks every day, snacks on Friday  

Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 2NB

Chris Bamforth Damp / 07702 270086 / chrisdamp@mac.com
 

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 1pm Snacks, tea and coffee  

Christ Church Bedford, 140 Dudley Street, Bedford, MK40 3SX Christ Church Office (Pauline Grimley)

01234 327150 / office@ccbedford.org

Friday 12 to 2pm Hot drinks and games. Contact venue for details of other activities available. 

Church of the Transfiguration,132 Bedford Rd, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8BQ

 01234 635721

Monday: 11am to 5pm

Tuesday: 9.30am to 5pm

Thursday: 9.30am to 5pm

Sunday: 9am to 5pm

Hot drinks and biscuits on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – out of café hours as well.

Tuesday and Thursday: Free lunch 12pm to 2pm

Sunday: Church services may be on

Free Christmas lunch on 25 December from 12pm.

Email Andrea@transfigchurch.org or call 07881 046255.

Church Lane Community Centre, 147 Church Lane, Bedford MK41 0PW

07816 044007 / info@churchlanecentre.com

Friday 1pm to 5:30pm  Hot drinks, hot food made fresh on the premises, games, Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile devices, highchairs, soft drinks and food for children  Accessible toilets, accessible entrance

Cotton End Village Hall. The Play fields, Wood Lane, Cotton End MK45 3AU

Angela Stimson 01234 743858

Thursdays 10am to 2pm January, February, March Hot drinks and soup  

Dean and Shelton Parish Council, Dalton Community Hall, High Street Farm. Upper Dean PE28 0LY

Carol Pattison cdpattiso@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesdays 10am to 12pm. Starting 7 December 2022 For local villagers only - hot drinks and cake  

Great Denham Community Hall 86-88 Saxon Way, Great Denham, Bedfordshire, MK40 4GP

bookings@greatdenhamcommunityhall.co.uk

Every Thursday 10am to 12pm Tea and coffee, biscuits (optional donations are welcome), free Wi-Fi, access to plug sockets, toilets. Accessible toilets, accessible entrance, free car parking.
Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD

thehiggins@bedford.org.uk / 01234718618

Friday 11am to 4pm

Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm

Sunday 2pm to 5pm

Warm Space Room with board games and puzzles (Fridays), Wi-Fi, charging points. Accessible toilets

iLearn Bedford, John Bunyan sport centre, Mile Road,
MK429TS (Studio on 2nd floor)

Ralley Rahman 07715881582 / iLearn_bedford@outlook.com

Wednesdays 9am to 12pm Snacks, cooked food, fruit, hot and cold drinks, arts and crafts, fitness, social English, sewing, healthy eating
discussions and professional speakers.
 
Keeley House Bakery at The Hub New Life Methodist Church, Cause End Road, Wootton Bedford MK43 9DE Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm

Hot drinks and snacks, chess and cards, play area for children.

 

Kempston East Methodist Church Hall, off Foster
Road, Kempston MK42 8DA

01234 930882
 

Wednesday 10am to 2pm Coffee and light lunch, free Wi-Fi. Entrance is via the main Halls Foyer in the car park on Foster Road.
 

Kempston Hammers Sports and social Club, 123 High Street Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7BN 

01234 853262 / khsscoffice@gmail.com

Tuesday morning 9am to 12pm

Hot drinks, cake, tv, radio, free Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile phones.

Accessible entrance, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, free car parking

Kempston Swimming Pool Hillgrounds Road, Kempston, MK42 8SZ

01234 843777

6:30am to 9pm Monday to Friday

8am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Wi-Fi, hot and cold drinks, snack vending machines.

 

Kingsbrook and Cauldwell Community Hub
Jubilation Centre Moulton Avenue MK42 0HL

Stacy Dennis / 07956 023659 / stacy@yourfundyoursay.info
 

Mondays 9am to 5pm Hot/Cold drinks, food, snacks, games, puzzles, children's area,
friendly chats, able to distribute Foodbank Vouchers,
Information Centre, Community Library, magazines
Accessible entrance, accessible toilet, baby changing facilities

King's Arms Church, King's House, 245, Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9AZ

01234 306500

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm Hot drinks, toast station, Wi-Fi, Board games and books, sockets for charging mobile devices, space for children to do homework.  

Khush Hall Women's Group
Queen's Park Community Centre, 52 Marlborough Road Bedford MK40 4LG

Marie-Ange 07824035000 ​​​/ ​​​qpco.bedford@gmail.com
 

Tuesdays (term time only) between 10.30am and 12pm Hot drinks, biscuits, art and craft activities, sewing, knitting, singing, cooking lessons, professional speakers (Wellbeing centre, NHS etc.) Professionals attending the group, signposting people to the right organisation, interpreting, foodbank vouchers.

Miracle Church of God in Christ, 36-38 Alexandra Road, Bedford MK40 1JB

01234 215081 / bedford@miraclecogic.org.uk

Tuesdays 11am to 2pm Snacks, hot drinks and games Accessible toilets, accessible entrance, free car parking

Priory Methodist Church, 63 Newnham Ave, Bedford MK41 9QJ

01234 353523 / leslie.noon@northbedsmethodist.org.uk 

From 27 November for 4 weeks initially:

Sunday 12pm to 4pm

Hot drinks, cake/biscuits, Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile devices

Accessible entrance, accessible toilets

Riseley Community, 3 Hunters Yard, Riseley MK44 1EN

riseleycommunitykindness@outlook.com

Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm Wi-Fi and charging points   Limited parking

Riseley Community, All Saints Church, Church Lane, Riseley MK44 1ER

riseleycommunitykindness@outlook.com

Tuesdays 10am to 12pm

Wi-Fi and charging points available, hot drinks, board games.

On street parking

Riseley Community, The Giddy Goat Coffee Shop, High Street, Riseley MK44 1DR

riseleycommunitykindness@outlook.com

Mondays 10am to 12pm Wi-Fi and charging points  Parking

St Andrews Church, Kimbolton Road, MK40 2PF

01234 216881 / info@standrewsbedford.org

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Hot drinks, money advice, Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile devices

Accessible entrance, accessible toilets

St Mark's Church Community Centre, Calder Rise, Brickhill, Bedford MK41 7UY

01234 342613 / office@stmarkschurch.com / www.stmarkschurch.com                                  

Every day 9am to 5pm

Refreshments, magazines, period products, Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile devices

Accessible entrance, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, car parking, dog friendly

St Marys Church, Church Lane, Goldington, MK41 0AP (for sat nav use MK41 0HN)

01234 351920 / office@stmarygoldington.org.uk

Every Monday 1pm to 4pm

Tea, coffee, refreshments, chat, jigsaws, tombola/games, snack (if required), Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile devices

Accessible entrance, accessible toilets

St Peter’s Church, Church Lane, Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 1HR

Roland Carpenter / 07801 750963 / roland.carpenter@tiscali.co.uk

Every Wednesday 9am to 6pm

Only available to Sharnbrook, Felmersham, Souldrop, and Knotting residents: warmth, Wi-Fi, hot drinks and possibly hot soup at lunchtime.

 

 

St Thomas a Becket Parish Church, Fellowship Centre (Church Hall), Green Lane Clapham MK41 6ER

George Morrow georgemorrow48@gmail.com / vicarcpc@btinternet.com

Every Tuesday 1pm to 4pm from 6 December

Free soup and a roll, tea and coffee, biscuits, cake, cold drinks, board games and videos, Wi-Fi, charging points for devices.

Parking

Woodside Church Dover Cres, Bedford MK41 8QH

01234 272022 / getintouch@woodsidechurch.com

Tuesday and Wednesday 1pm to 4:30pm

Hot drinks, Wi-Fi and sockets for charging mobile devices

Accessible entrance, accessible toilets

If you have opened a warm space and would like it included on the Bedford Borough Warm Spaces Network please contact public.health@bedford.gov.uk