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FLAG Bedford
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Tropicana, Holiday on Ice Show Peterborough Arena - 2nd February 2012
Line Dance / Pizza Evening Brickhill Community Centre - 27th April 2012
AGM 2011/12 / Fish & Chip Supper Priory Methodist Church - 17th May 2012
Twenty Six FLAG members boarded the wheelchair accessible Motts coach on a freezing Friday evening in February, perfect weather for Ice Skating. Driver Steve, the driver, strapped us all in and off we went. We arrived at the Peterborough Arena at the East of England Showground. in plenty of time for coffee and refreshments before the show. Olympic Gold medallist and “Dancing on Ice” judge Robin Cousins, who had  choreographed the show, skated onto the ice to introduce it. We were then taken on an international rollercoaster journey as the skaters danced to a series of colourful and emotional scenes such as city streets, a beach paradise, 1940s dance hall and an enchanted toy shop. A number of well known songs and musical numbers were played throughout including a selection of hits by singer Barry Manilow such as Mandy and Copacabana. All in all an enjoyable, stunning show which more than achieved its goal of wowing the audience with its catchy tunes, mesmerising moves and breathtaking costumes. We returned to the coach still humming tunes from the show.
On Friday 27th April about 24 FLAG members went to Brickhill Community Centre for an evening of Line Dancing with Mike’s Line Dancers in memory of Diccon Hall, a sadly missed former member of FLAG who died last year.  Diccon’s parents attended and were able to speak to members who had known Diccon.  Several members joined in the dancing and Kerry hardly stopped dancing all night!  Pizza and salad were provided as refreshment and a good night was had by all.
Ros’s Garden Party Cancelled twice due to bad weather 9th June & 14th July 2012
At the AGM held in May the following people were voted on to the Committee: Tracey Brimmell - Chairman Brendan Gaunt - Vice Chairman Tracey Brightman - Treasurer Lisa Thomas - Secretary Nick Cochran - Fundraiser Jo Branson - Newsletter Editor/Membership Liaison Tim Branson - Assistant Fundraiser Ros Graham - Committee Support Freda Dunlop - Administrator/Clerk to the Committee Please feel free to speak to any committee member if you have any queries or comments.  Jo Branson is the person to  contact if you have any feedback to make about past events or suggestions for future ones. 
Shuttleworth Collection,  Swiss Gardens,  Bird of Prey Centre,  23rd August 2012
Thursday 23rd August dawned bright and sunny and FLAG members congregated outside Priory Methodist Church to await their 2 mini- buses to take them to the above collection. Some members had booked to go to the Collection and the Swiss Gardens and others were touring the Collection and viewing the birds of prey. On arrival, Freda briefed us on timings for the day and distributed our entrance tickets, and then off we went in different directions.  The Birds of Prey centre was some distance away and one of the mini-buses helped to transport some of our members.  It was an amazing display of flying and viewers were able to hold certain birds at the end of the performance.  During this display, some members were strolling through the Swiss Gardens, admiring the beautiful plants, shrubs, lakes and trees as well as taking time to sit and admire the scenic views.  The impressive Swiss cottage was in the centre of the gardens as well as a few wandering peacocks. After these two visits, it was time for lunch - either a hot meal in the restaurant or a picnic eaten outside at the picnic tables.  Once energy was restored, it was time for a walk around the hangars to see a fantastic exhibition of planes, cars, bikes and an interesting photo gallery of the history of the Collection.  With many thanks once again to Freda, Tracey, Malcolm and all the FLAG team who helped make the event a very successful and enjoyable occasion.                                                                    
London Zoo - Regents Park 19th September 2012
On 19th September a group of 24 FLAG members and volunteers went to London Zoo.  After splitting into groups we visited different areas of the zoo to see penguins being fed, lions sleeping, monkeys playing, a bird show with parrots swooping over at head height, meerkats, giraffes, wild boars as well as butterflies and snakes. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their day and even the weather was kind for us.
Quiz Night / Fish & Chip Supper 25th October 2012
Christmas Meal 12th December 2012
Thirty six FLAG members sat down to a tasty 3 course meal at the Harvester.  Good company and plenty of chat over a good meal is what we are all about.
The evening turned out to be much more than its name suggests. In addition to the quiz and meal, we had a talk by Colin McCartney, a raffle and finally an auction. Colin McCartney is a volunteer for a national charity called ReMap  (see below). He told us stories of the marvellous inventions they have made, to make the lives of disabled people easier. After the talk, we tucked into our fish meal, which was kindly served by our volunteers. With the chip paper binned, we got onto the serious business of the quiz. It was won by a team of right old egg heads, namely: Tracey Brightman, her sister in law Angie, Tracey Brimmell, Karina, Frank and Nick. Next came the raffle, with a table of sumptuous prizes and finally the auction of two tickets to a concert of Glenn Miller music. The tickets were kindly donated by Tim, with the proceeds from the highest bidder going to FLAG. As with all our events, we are very thankful for all our volunteers, who make these evenings possible.