Best of Bedford with local author Pat Guy

Best of Bedford with local author Pat Guy

As we enter in Tier 4 with the message ‘Stay Home’ (if you are able), we thought we would share old and new Best of Bedford features to get us ready for when are able to get back out and about.

Local resident Pat Guy has written several educational books over the last few years that have been published by mainstream publishers,  She is now experimenting with self-publishing and her latest book, ‘Raising Confident Children’ is out now. The book is full of ideas and strategies to help parents, carers and teachers bring out the best in children and is arranged to make it easy to dip in and out of and an informative and entertaining read

She moved to Bedford forty years ago and her children and grandchildren all attend(ed) local schools, with three of her four children still living in the Bedford area.

Pat retired from teaching a couple of years ago, having enjoyed working across a wide range of schools, from inner city nurseries in Birmingham to teaching at Eton College in Windsor.

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Name: Pat Guy.

Occupation: I work for the Judiciary sitting as a Specialist Member on Special Needs Tribunals.

Born here or blow in? Blown in from South London, via the East Midlands.

Best thing about Bedford? The history of the town and the wealth of interesting architecture.

Best place to get a coffee or cuppa? Hard to say, there are so many independent cafes in Bedford and my drinking habits depend on my mood. I like the Art Centre Shop café ‘The Gallery’ in Lurke Street because of their generously sized pots of tea. The Pavilion in Bedford Park is lovely for a coffee when walking a dog. I like the Mill Yard Coffee Lounge for the secluded courtyard and friendly staff, ditto Albero Lounge in the Cowper Building, Riverside Square for the seating area overlooking the river and the friendly service.

Best breakfast? Wendover Caffe at the end of Wendover Drive close to Newnham Avenue.

The one place you’d recommend to visitors? The Panacea Society Museum in Newham Road. A strange, beautifully restored museum with a secluded garden and little tea shop: all within a stone’s throw of the Embankment, Castle Mound, Cecil Higgins Museum and the John Bunyan Museum.

Ever read John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress?  Yes, once aged 11 or 12. I received a copy of the book as a prize for regular attendance at Sunday School.

Bedford’s best boozer? The Castle in Newham Street. A cosy little pub with a Wednesday Pie Night.

Best Bedfordian? Trevor Huddleston. Father Huddleston was born in Chaucer Road in Bedford and was a lifelong political activist and friend to Desmond Tutu.

Ever eaten a Bedfordshire Clanger? I can’t even pretend I have: they sound quite heavy.

Three words that sum up Bedford: A melting pot.

You can buy Pat’s book here.

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