[vc_row][vc_column][templatera id="562"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width="stretch_row" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1524424290580{margin-top: -50px !important;padding-top: -15px !important;background-color: #013b7a !important;}"][vc_column][mpc_button preset="preset_1" url="url:https%3A%2F%2Fstorey-homes.co.uk%2Fnews%2F|||" font_preset="preset_19" font_color="#ffffff" font_transform="none" font_align="left" title="Bedford residents invited to opening of new community space" icon="typcn typcn-arrow-back" icon_color="#ffffff" icon_size="30" icon_effect="stay-left" icon_gap="10" padding_divider="true" margin_divider="true" margin_css="margin-top:-15px;"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][mpc_textblock preset="preset_0" content_width="100" font_preset="preset_15"]Published on 23rd March 2018

Written by: Ben Attenborough

Bedford residents are invited to the opening of a new community space on Saturday 24th March from 11am. Storey Homes, along with members of the Bedford Physical Education Old Students’ Association (BPEOSA) and Bedford Borough Council will unveil a commemorative plaque at the sports ground formerly known as The Plantation, located between Dynevor Road and Linden Road.[/mpc_textblock][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][mpc_textblock preset="preset_0" content_width="100" font_preset="preset_15"]The grand opening of this public space which has been repurposed by Storey Homes was once used by generations of sports students. All local residents will be able to use the transformed space to play tennis, enjoy picnics and it includes a children’s play area.

Guest of Honour the Speaker of Bedford Borough Council, Councillor Jade Uko, will be joined by Professor Margaret Whitehead, the President of Bedford Physical Education Old Students’ Association (BPEOSA) and its Vice President Hilda Moore to unveil a stone plaque to commemorate the generations of Bedford students who played sport on the site and for the Founder of Bedford Physical Training College in 1903, Margaret Stansfeld.

Hilda Moore, VP was a student of Margaret Stansfeld, who was also a Suffragist, where she held meetings for the Bedford National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) in the college gym. Visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments from the vintage tea stall, enjoy some taster tennis lessons from Flitwick and Ampthill Tennis Club members and listen to the jazz band Harry Brunt Trio.

The redevelopment of this one-acre area by Storey Homes has revitalised a previously derelict piece of land and brings back into service the disused tennis courts. Existing mature trees have been retained and new hard landscaping and planting improve the appearance of the site, contributing to the amenity space of this residential neighbourhood, which is located within a Conservation Area. The play area, aimed at three to 14-year-olds, includes a climbing frame and spinning equipment. Grassed areas and casual seating have also been created.[/mpc_textblock][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][templatera id="595"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1526199817867{margin-bottom: -50px !important;padding-bottom: -50px !important;}"][vc_column][templatera id="693"][/vc_column][/vc_row]