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Why Diets Don’t Work and other myths about food and health

Thursday, July 18 2019 at 7:30PM

What’s the talk about?

Despite a wealth of information at our fingertips there are still so many things we get wrong about our health, and with a new diet book out every other day it’s no wonder people are confused. What should we be eating? When? How often? Just how important is food when it comes to our overall health?

Humans have always been a bit weird around food. We’re told eating certain foods are the key to living longer, some foods are ‘sinful’ or ‘bad’, that ‘you are what you eat’, and that we must seek to obtain health at all costs. All this means we follow crazy diets that make things worse rather than better, and have a population where most of us dislike our bodies.

Pixie Turner will unpack why diet and nutrition misinformation is so problematic, on social media, in mass media, and on a public health level, and why we could all benefit from taking a moment to assess our personal relationship with food. Expect some mythbusting, diet rants, and lots of fully-referenced evidence-based science.

Pixie is a nutritionist (ANutr), food blogger, and science communicator. She graduated with a First Class degree in Biochemistry, and went on to complete a Masters in Nutrition with Distinction. She is the brains behind the ‘Pixie Nutrition’ social media accounts, which aim to infiltrate the wellness movement and debunk nutrition misinformation online. In addition, she has been featured as a nutrition expert on BBC and Channel 5, and in publications such as Red magazine, Evening Standard, Grazia, the Telegraph and more. Her first book, ‘The Wellness Rebel’ was published early 2018, with her second book, ‘The No Need to Diet Book’ released March 2019

North End Social Club, 60 Roff Avenue, Bedford MK41 7TW


WordSetFree  present Pecha Kucha Bedford
12th July at 7:30pm, (Friday)

After a long hiatus Pecha Kucha returns to Bedford at The Place Theatre. Come and hear local creatives present their passions using just 20 images, each shown for just 20 seconds.

Pecha Kucha (or chitchat in Japanese) is a creative style of presenting that was created by two architects from Tokyo in 2003 who were fed up with lengthy presentations. Since then the concept has grown and Pecha Kucha talks now run in over 800 cities around the world bringing together people from all creative backgrounds.

A brilliant night out, and a chance to find out more about the secret hobbies, passions and interests of the wonderful people who make up the Bedford community.

If you’re interested in talking at a PechaKucha night? Please get in touch: alattheplacebedford.org.uk.

You can also find out more at www.pechakucha.com/cities/bedford
Note that this show is suitable for children 14+


The Higgins, Bedford
24th July – 30th August

Enjoy creative workshops and activities this Summer based on the exhibitions and collections in the galleries.  Aimed at accompanied children aged 5-11, not suitable for children under 3 years old. Free entry for accompanying adults.

Places are limited for all workshops and can be booked in advance by buying a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk. Spare tickets can be purchased at the desk on the day. We are currently unable to take bookings online or over the phone.

Stories from the Wynding Wixam Tree
Every Wednesday 24th July – 28th August
Workshops at 11am and 2pm, £5 Per Child

Use your imagination, get crafty and transform yourself into a magical garden visitor, then gather at the Wynding Wixam Tree for spectacular stories performed by Theatre of Widdershins. Different stories are performed each week, featuring a host of fantastical characters including Granny Dumpling, The King with Stinky Feet, Bears, Pigs and more.

Horrible Higgins Histories
Every Friday 26th July – 30th August
Workshops at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm, £3 Per Child
Travel through time with Kevin the Platypus, explore the collections at The Higgins and get creative in horribly historical family workshops.

Friday 26th July: Surprising Stone Age
Friday 2nd August: Remarkable Romans
Friday 9th August: Impressive Invaders
Friday 16th August: Medicinal Medieval
Friday 23rd August: Vain Victorians
Friday 30th August: Spectacular Space Age – with Little Science Labs



For those who live or work in Bedford, the forbidding walls of its prison are a familiar sight. Few of us pause to think, as we pass by, of the lives and stories of those who are imprisoned within. Even fewer, perhaps, make the connection with HMP Bedford today and the historical figures of John Bunyan and John Howard. The writer of ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’, John Bunyan, was held in Bedford gaol for twelve years in the 17th century; and the great prison reformer and local man, John Howard, was first made aware of the appalling state of 18th century prison when appointed High Sheriff of Bedfordshire in 1773.

John Bunyan Museum’s Summer Exhibition will be ‘Gaol! Banged-up in Bedford’ and this will run from Tuesday 2nd July to Saturday 27th October. The exhibition looks at crime and punishment from 17th century to the present day. Find out more about what life was like in prison for famous author and prisoner of conscience John Bunyan. Learn about the terrible conditions John Howard saw when he was Bedford’s High Sheriff and the reforms he made. Discover what life is like today for people in modern prisons like Bedford Prison.

Open between 11.00am and 4.00pm and are free to enter.

Look on our website – www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk – for information about these exhibitions and associated talks & trails, all on the theme of ‘Gaol!’


The University of Bedfordshire School of Art and Design offers 6th form students a free Summer School.

Students can choose 1 project from 5 and enjoy a weeklong creative journey exploring their subject of interest. All projects are suitable for beginners.
Date 22. – 26th of July
Time 10:30 am – 3 pm

Moving Parts
In this project you will learn the basic principles of stop-motion Animation. You will  use techniques that will be learned within the week such as brainstorming ideas, the importance of storyboarding and set and prop building.

This course is suitable for students that are interested in Animation and Illustration

Draw, Paint, Sculp
During this project, you will be limited by the colours you use, but aims to teach you how to push past those limitations in order to make a complex piece of art.  This project explores research and collects elements from your local area how to translate this into an interesting visual mixed media piece. You will begin by gathering visual research around the local area. This can be done by taking photographs or collecting items while you explore. Take notes on the formal elements that reoccur in the area such as shapes, colours, textures and so forth.

This course is suitable for students that are interested in Fine Art, Art & Design, Illustration

Perfect Home
This project asks you to create a model of your perfect house while doing this you will explore the Creative Quarter of Luton,  take inspiration from local buildings. You will develop shapes and forms from your chosen building to create a model and design the interior using various materials.

This course is suitable for students that are interested in Interior Architecture, Interior Design

Print away
During this project, you will learn how to use a digital camera and will explore Luton through the lens. You then will be introduced to screen-printing, using your photographs and also explore printing on textiles making your own t-shirts and tote bags.

This course is suitable for students that are interested in Photography, Fine Art, Art & Design, Communication Design.

Textile play
This project investigates how to create your own garment on a miniature mannequin. You will learn how to develop your own designs and ideas, how to sew and use different textures, materials and methods.

This course is suitable for students that are interested in Fashion Design, Textile Design.


Friends of Bedford Cemetery

Cemetery Bat Walk
July 10 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Experience the bats of Bedford Cemetery after dark by joining us on a special bat walk to see the bats in action. This will be an opportunity for you to see these amazing flying mammals and their astonishing aerial acrobatics.

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
July 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Local Sunday Times Bestselling author Ruth Hogan was inspired to write her second novel, THE WISDOM OF SALLY RED SHOES, whilst walking her rescue dogs in Foster Hill Road Cemetery. The cemetery is the setting for many scenes in the book and Ruth will be accompanying a walk led by Rowan Lennon, one of the Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery, exploring the graves and sites in the cemetery that are mentioned in her book.

Trees, Trees, Trees
Trees, Trees, Trees
July 28 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Jo Roberts from Marston Vale Forest will show you the common and the rare trees in the cemetery. We have Strawberry Trees!


Wrest Park – music on a Sunday

Every Sunday throughout July, enjoy relaxing Enjoy your very own theme tune to your day out this summer as your afternoon is accompanied by a musical treat each week. Whether you’re picnicking with friends, or taking a Summertime stroll, every Sunday you can enjoy music in the stunning surroundings of Wrest Park

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