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Spring Fling at the Park

Two great British traditions will come together on Saturday in Russell Park - the marvelous concept of the picnic, and also LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF THE BRITISH SUMMER. We like both. Picnicking, for obvious reasons - delicious food, eating outdoors, on a nice rug, (or just one that has been rolling around in the back of the car for an unspecified number of years, it really doesn't matter-)  perhaps a pork pie or two- a picnic is a really lovely, outdoorsy, social way to eat.

Picnics - the dream

And, laughing in the face of the British so-called-Summer. Well, it is practically a national obsession, and you can usually turn it into a nice game to help pass the time as you shelter from the latest downpour.

"Who can remember a worse Spring?"

"Ah, the May of 1985 was terrible - definitely colder."

"But do you remember the awful drought of May 1991? At least we're not on a hosepipe ban and queuing for water..."

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Umbrella-tastic - stylish British picnics

We'll be celebrating BOTH of these things this Saturday, (May 18th) with a little help from our friends. The Spring Fling Picnic is all about heading down to Russell Park with a picnic, a blanket or two and some friends/children/accomplices  to be part of a great big community knees-up in the park.  The Kiosk serves hot drinks, remember, and has blankets and hot water bottles available if the weather does its worst.  And if the sun comes out, we can all enjoy the actual Springtime. It's on from 11am at The Kiosk - and excitingly, we have room for buskers! If you, or someone you know wants to book a slot - get in touch!

We're organizing the event in association with The Scone Roses and Kris, from The Frogs Chorus. So there will be singing, storytime, busking and loads of other activities all around the Kiosk - and you can top up your picnic supplies from the Kiosk  - have you seen our beautiful new kids' lunch bags?

A ladybird lunch

Come on - let's show the weather that it takes more than a bit of drizzle to defeat Bedford's finest picnic-ers. See you there!

Walk to Work Week (and the offer of free flapjack!)

This week, May 13th-17th is National Walk to Work Week! What a great thing. Walking to work is good for you in MANY ways. Not only are you getting some exercise, it is good for the environment, free, and a nice chunk of time to listen to music, or make long lists of stuff to do, construct Grand Plans or just have a good old daydream. All of which are very important. And just think of all the vitamin D you are absorbing on the way. In a way, walking to work is the ultimate way to multi-task.

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And one other bonus - all this week, you can claim a free flapjack with any hot drink  if you are walking to work past the Kiosk! Just come and see us. Our flapjacks are full of oaty goodness to power you on your way to work. Just what you need!

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Racing on the River

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It is not every town that boasts an embankment and river quite as stunning as the one here in Bedford. It's so easy to take the river for granted if you live nearby; rushing past it on your way to school and work all the time. But this weekend is one of the weekends when the river really comes into its own. This Saturday (11th May) Bedford will host the largest one-day regatta in the country; a regatta with a long and wonderful history. The Bedford Regatta celebrates its 149th birthday this year, with a race every two minutes between 8.15am and 7.30pm, and over 1,500 competitors from all over the country.

The 1200m course begins at County bridge, and crews race under the town bridge down to the finish line just by the Suspension Bridge; making it an excellent regatta to come and watch, and you can admire the wonderful display of tulips in the flowerbeds along the embankment at the same time!

If you'd like a closer look at some of the trophies on offer, you can walk along to the enclosure, just near the Suspension Bridge. For the price of a race programme (£1.50) you can come and wander around the enclosure, where there will also be a barbecue and fully licensed bar to enjoy! It's also a great chance to meet and chat to some of the competitors and get to know a bit more about the sport of rowing, and how you can get involved.

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Rowing used to be seen as a bit of an elitist sport - strictly the territory of public schools and Oxbridge. And whilst these institutions have a vibrant rowing history, the future of rowing is far more open to all. Bedford sports not one, but two rowing clubs, who come together to organize the regatta along with the Harpur Trust. Both Bedford Rowing Club and Star Rowing Club are open to any new members, from total beginners to seasoned professionals wanting to get back on the water. They also work with local state schools to get more children into the sport. Interested? Why not come along on Saturday to get a glimpse of what you could achieve with a little hard work, dedication and a LOT of flapjack!

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Bedford has a proud history of rowing alumni, including Tim Foster, Olympic gold medalist who trained at Bedford Modern and Star Club. You could be watching the next generation of Olympic rowers whilst sitting serenely on the embankment sipping your Kiosk Ethical Addictions coffee and munching on one of Barbara's flapjacks (endorsed by many a hungry rower.)

We picked the brains of David Dixon, President of Star Club for the crews to watch this year. He recommended trying to catch the Elite 8s race between Christ Church college Oxford and Kingston Rowing Club at 2.38pm. The Christ Church boat should contain 4 members of this years' victorious Oxford boat race crew - which basically makes it a rowing-celebrity boat. It should be a great race, and the final of the Elite mens' 8 category is the last race of the day, at 7.30pm. There's plenty of local interest too, as Bedford Rowing Club, Star Club, Bedford Modern, Bedford School and Bedford Girls School all have crews taking part, and there should be some good clashes to test local loyalties. Race commentary will be provided throughout the day, keeping you up to date with exactly who it is flying down the River Ouse.

Bedford Regatta 1851 c) Cecil Higgins Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

This painting is of a regatta on Bedford river in 1851, just a few years before the first official Bedford Regatta began. Maybe it will be hanging in the newly renovated Higgins? (opening June 21st - also very exciting!)

Playhouse at The Park

So we mentioned here that Alex Levene would be delivering some VERY exciting news about an event coming up in the Summer at The Kiosk....well, if you missed him at Storytime, I hope you are sitting comfortably now for some rather marvelous news. Kiosk at the Park is delighted to announce that The Oxford Playhouse will be visiting Russell Park on the 5th August with their Pop-Up Theatre, a travelling tent described as a theatrical discovery space - exciting for everyone!

Inside, the tent will be a haven of creativity - stuffed with activities for families, young children as well as older children and adults.

For the under-sixes there will be performances of Teatime, a wonderfully silly celebration of mealtimes in stories, song, music and dance; all inspired by games played around the kitchen table.

There will also be workshops, games, craft and other activities for families to join in with.

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For older children and adults, there will be a cryptic treasure hunt to puzzle over, as well as audio plays, poetry and many digital experiences.

And if the excitement of all that gets too much, you can kick back for a bit in the chill-out area with books to curl up with and read, and cosy armchairs to relax in. Reviving drinks and snacks will be on hand at the Kiosk.

If you'd like to find out more, you can see their blog describing their 2012 Pop Up Theatre tour here.

Now, how brilliant does that sound? Pretty darn brilliant is what we think. Pop the 5th August  down in your diary/phone/Summer Plans List, right now.

You have our solemn permission to do a celebratory dance of excitement now.

 

The Anne Frank Tree

There are many lovely trees in Russell Park, some for climbing on, some for playing hide and seek behind; many for picnicking under. And then there is one, other tree. At the far end of the park there is a small horse chestnut tree, with a plaque next to it. This is the Anne Frank Tree. The plaque on the Anne Frank Tree

It was planted almost 15 years ago, on the 15th of May 2000, by the then mayor Carole Maxwell Elllis. It is, as the plaque says, a memorial to all children who died in war and conflict during the 2oth century.

In her diary, Anne mentions the horse chestnut tree that she can see from her attic window several times.  On the 23rd Febuary 1944, six months before her secret hideout was discovered:

"From my favourite spot on the floor, I look up and see the blue sky and bare chestnut tree on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. When I looked outside and into the depth of nature and God, I was happy, really happy."

The Tree Anne could see from her window

The horse chestnut in Russell Park is a small reminder of all of the children who were unlucky enough to be caught up in the conflicts of the 2oth Century. It also provides a place to gather and reflect on Holocaust Remembrance Day, held once a year on the 27th January.

A place to reflect

It really is a remarkable tree.

Kiosk at the Park's Guide to enjoying a Cheep Easter!

The thought of two weeks of arctic condition Easter holidays is enough to strike fear into any parent - but if you are feeling like this - perhaps we can help. We've picked the brains of some of our customers who are also the proud owners of school-age children for their top tips for holiday entertainment on a budget. 1. Wrap up warm and go for a nature hunt in the park. Once the children have collected their treasure they could have a go at making some stuff with it. For a start, lots of feathers and twigs are good for an Indian headdress when combined with card or fabric to tie round your head. Or you could make a nature mobile using strong thread or string. And there's always leaf printing with poster paints on paper or fabric paint on cloth.

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2. Dad tip #1:  Make a home cinema. For an authentic cinematic experience on the cheep, get a dvd the kids haven't seen before (Bedford Central Library have a good selection you can hire for a week for just £1.40, or Blockbusters in Kempston is a good place to look for newer titles you can hire,) draw the curtains and get the popcorn in! Invite friends and add beanbags for a really great (easy) afternoons' entertainment.

3. Enter the Kiosk at the Park drawing competition! All you have to do is draw and colour your very own Easter Picture using felt tips, crayons or colouring pencils on a sheet of A4 paper. Write your name, age, email address and a contact number on the back. Hand it in at The Kiosk before April 12th, and you will be in with the chance of winning a hamper of Easter goodies. The winner will be announced on April 14th, and will be judged by members of the Circus of Illustration!  There will be paper and colouring pencils available at The Kiosk throughout the holiday - so come and do Colouring at the Kiosk!

Get colouring in!

4. Take a well-wrapped-up walk around Mowsbury Woods, which are just behind Mowsbury Park It's perfect boy-and-stick territory, and if you take wellies and a jam jar, you can wade about in the stream, and bring home some interesting stream-life. (Or some precious pond weed.)

5. Dad-tip #2: Visit Priory Marina. Ideal for slightly older children, the new(ish) adventure playgound near the car park features a flying fox! Other attractions at Priory include a labyrinth, a walk around the finger lakes, and the best stone-skimming destination in all of Bedford.

6. Dye some eggs. Well, it is Easter, after all.  For a simple approach, dip boiled eggs into bowls of food colouring for a beautiful coloured effect. Accessorize with soldiers! For more advanced egg decorating, see here.

Egg dying - simple, but beautiful.

7. Go egg rolling. You're in good company if you do - it's the Easter day activity at The White House, no less. For this, you just need hard boiled eggs, and a hill. You may also need chalk for marking out the points that your contestants' eggs reach. Refereeing skills are preferable.

Egg Rolling

8. Do some baking. Let's face it, any cake looks better with the addition of some decorative chicks/mini eggs/foil-wrapped bunnies. If you want to make an Easter Victoria sponge, have a look at the tips here from one of our awesome baking team, Karen.

Easter Nest Cakes

9. Take a day trip to Watergate Farm near Leighton Buzzard to see some newborn lambs! Admission really is cheep - £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for kids, and you can  also take a tractor ride, see baby pigs, or have a pony ride. Wellies are a good idea.

10. Come to Russell Park, grab a warming drink and some sustaining snacks from The Kiosk. You are bound to run into other owners of small children. As well as our colouring competition, we will have Face Painting duo Sophie & Millie on hand to create artworks like this:

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At least the kids might sit still for ten minutes!

We'd love to hear any of your ideas for keeping kids busy over the holidays! Comment on the blog, or leave a post on our Facebook page.

Carers at The Park

One of the many lovely things about working at The Kiosk at the park is meeting lots of groups of people having a great time together, and enjoying being outside in the fresh air - even when the air has that ever-so-slightly-arctic feel about it. Recently we had a group from Carers in Bedfordshire arrive at the Kiosk for an essential warm drink interlude. A quick chat with them revealed that this walking group is just a part of the vibrant support network that the charity provides for the ever increasing numbers of people who become carers for aging or ill relatives. We were so impressed by the support that the walking group provided, we went to meet Linda, adult care support worker and one-woman dynamo to find out more about the work that Carers in Bedofrdshire do. Linda is one of those people who is so utterly passionate about her job that her enthusiasm and kindness is infectious.

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Carers in Bedfordshire offers support for all kinds of carers - people who are elderly or sick themselves but still looking after a disabled husband or wife; parents who care for disabled or terminally ill children, even the siblings of disabled children, whose own needs can often feel neglected. The charity's strap line is 'working to prevent the carers of today becoming the carers of tomorrow.'  Linda explained how many carers, especially those who are elderly themselves see caring for their loved one as a responsibility that they must fulfill whatever the effects on their own health. 'It's like taking on another full-time, new career when they are well in to their own retirement,' she said. 'And often these people are very close to breaking point, because it's such a physical job, with all the lifting and moving it involves, as well as the huge emotional strain. When dementure is involved, it's a kind of grief the carers are dealing with on an every day basis, often for years at a time.'

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Founded by Yvonne Clark, herself a carer and nurse, the charity which also receives some local authority funding, provides a lifeline to hundreds of cares in the Bedford area. The walking group that we'd met at the Kiosk is one of their organised activities, and Linda was particularly enthusiastic about the benefits of the group meeting outside, and having a reinvigorating stroll in the fresh air, whilst having a natter and of course a restorative cup of tea. 'Many of the walking group have been going for a long time now, and it's become like a family. We keep carers registered for as long as they feel they need, even after the person they've cared for has passed away. There are even groups for ex-carers,' explains Linda.

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All of the groups the charity run are along a similar theme - treating carers as the individuals that they are, giving them a much needed break from the intense work that they do, or just offering a space to share worries and experiences with others in similar situations. 'Carers Cafes' are a service that the charity offer on a regular basis - these are regular drop in sessions across Bedfordshire where carers, and the people they care for can relax in a safe and friendly environment.

Hairdressing, manicures and chiropody appointments are amongst the services available at these cafes, as well as talks by guest speakers, arts and crafts and the benefits of having a good chat over a cup of tea and a slice of cake, and meeting new friends. Talking about the success of the cafes, Linda says 'they work because there are no age or gender boundaries. It's so inclusive, and we get such a variety of people who come. ' Offering services like hairdressing can be vital to full time carers. 'I knew of one lady who almost never got her hair done, because it just involved so much work and was so expensive - she had to arrange for a specialist sitter to come and look after her husband, arrange transport to and from town - and it was just very expensive. She can come to one of our Carers Cafes now, and her husband is looked after while she gets her hair done, just in the next room. And then they can have a cup of tea together afterwards.'

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There are also specialist  groups for people who care for those with mental health problems, for carers of disabled children, young carers and siblings of cared-for children. The charity offer advice on benefits and other services open to carers and hold regular fundraising events. Linda was instrumental in organizing the most recent - an Elvis night with a disco, bar and a special guest appearance by the man himself! She also organizes shipments of handmade teddies and hand puppets to be sent to children in hospitals and orphanages in places such as Burma. Often these are made by carers, or people who are cared for. 'The feeling that they are helping children who have very little,' says Linda, 'means a lot. They love feeling like they are helping someone else.'

If you, or someone you know is a carer, and would like some support, you can register as a carer on the Carers in Bedfordshire website here. And equally, if you'd like to donate to the charity, you can do that on the same page. We think the carers do a wonderful job, and can't wait to have a cup of tea and a cake or two with the walking group on their next outing!

Canines at the Kiosk

Here at the Kiosk we love meeting all of the friendly dogs who come to the park with their owners. Sometimes the owners are walking the dogs, sometimes it is more the owner who is being taken for a run, but we're always very happy to see them, and we've always got a dog biscuit to hand and a thirst quenching bowl of water.  We have decided to celebrate the Russell Park dog contingent by launching our very own version of Crufts, right here in Russell Park: Canines at the Kiosk! It is a dog photograph competition for all the hounds who hang out in the park, with six categories, including:
  • Top Dog
  • Lookalike
  • Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
  • Puppy Power
  • Man's Best Friend
  • In the Dog House
In addition to these there will also be an overall winner of Best in Show – judged by a panel of distinguished local personalities - the winner of which will receive the magnificent prize of a Professional Pooch Portrait! Winners of all categories will be awarded doggy bags and have their photos displayed at the Kiosk throughout March and April. Just like the status that goes with being a Crufts winner, your dog will also have the not-to-be-sniffed-at honour of being an official Canines at the Kiosk Top Dog.

 

Perhaps you and your doggy pal live up to the cliché that dogs and their owners look alike, or maybe your puppy performs a series of daft but incredible squirrel-chasing feats? Or is your dog one of those who picks a peculiar spot to get his 40 winks? Get snapping those top dog moments and send them in. All categories are open to your interpretation, so be creative and see what ideas you, your imagination and your four-legged friend can come up with.
Send us your pooch-photos by Sunday 10th March 2013along with the category you are entering and a reason why your pooch loves our park starting:
'FIDO (insert name of your pooch here) loves Russell Park because....'
in no more than 50 words. We also need to know whether you are under 16. Send your entries to kioskatthepark@gmail.comor tweet them to us @KioskatthePark #CaninesattheKiosk.  You can also post them on facebook at www.facebook.com/CaninesattheKiosk

We will accept up to five photographs per entrant. Happy snapping!

And just so you know, despite our well publicised love of the inimitable Onesie, we cannot condone forcing dogs to wear them. However, this is how they would look, if you were interested.

Local Hero - Jeni Melia

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Our Local Hero for February is the very deserving and equally as lovely Jeni Melia; musician, music therapist and director of the fantastic Music 4 Memory in Bedford, nominated by Sarah Russell. Established in 2008, Music 4 Memory is a twice-weekly group which brings together people with dementia and their carers, aiming to offer them an opportunity to sing, dance and laugh together in a supported, welcoming and stimulating environment.

Jeni has lead the group from its beginnings, and she firmly believes that 'Music 4 Memory can achieve anything'. This vision and belief clearly inspires the whole group, who have gone on to achieve wonderful things such as participating in the hugely successful 'Hear and Now' project alongside youth choir Fusion, and the Philharmonic Orchestra. This pioneering inter-generational project was created to bring together these diverse groups from the same community in order to foster mutual understanding through a common love of music. Much of the inspiration for the compositions came from the reminiscences and memories of the Music 4 Memory group themselves – making it a very powerful, personal and extremely moving piece of music.

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Jeni is an experienced musician, teacher and qualified music therapist whose dedication to Music 4 Memory has ensured that each week, up to 60 people with dementia and their carers are united, inspired participants in something meaningful, and thoroughly enjoyable.  As one member of the group says 'Music 4 Memory reminds me of who I am and what I can do.'

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We are especially pleased that Jeni is our local hero this month, as Kiosk co-owner Nansi Rose takes her own mum along to Music 4 Mermory, and has seen first hand how much the participants all benefit from Jeni's enthusiasm, encouragement and kindness.  'My Mum even sings solos, her most recent performance being of a folk song in Welsh - Jeni makes even the impossible happen and there wasn't a dry eye in the house!'.

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We hope that Jeni and her friends are hungry when they come down to the Kiosk for her Local Hero reward – cake stands laden with home-baked cakes, scones and other goodies. Congratulations Jeni!

We are always on the lookout for Local Heroes and would love to hear from you if you have someone in mind who you think deserves a special treat.  All you have to do is send us an email to kioskatthepark@gmail.com or drop a note into The Kiosk with your name and contact details and the name and contact details of the person you would like to nominate.  Write a short paragraph about what makes them a Local Hero and we will do the rest!  The successful nominee will be invited to join us, with you and our friends from The Clanger to enjoy afternoon tea in the park where they will be presented with their Local Hero Certificate.

Meet the Maker: Barbara

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If you have ever strolled down to the Kiosk for a snack and gone for one of the marvellously-gooey- looking flapjack squares, then you will already be aware of Barbara's flapjack-making prowess. A special recipe she was given by her sister - a sheep farmer like herself - whilst in New Zealand, it is called the Triple-Tested-Flapjack™.

Barbara told me that she had gone out to help look after her baby nephew and her sister told her to make herself useful, showing her a recipe that 'couldn't fail'. 'Well,' said Barbara, 'on the third attempt it sort of worked, so I brought the recipe home!'  The Triple-Tested Flapjack™ is now available for your delectation, exclusively at the Kiosk. It is baked in the Aga at Barbara's farm in Wilstead, where she and her husband look after 460 sheep, as well as arable crops (and two teenagers.) The Aga was a 'non negotiable thing' says Barbar; 'having grown up with one, I couldn't bake in anything else. People ask me how long you cook the flapjack for, and at what temperature, but really I have no idea! I just bung it in the Aga and take it out when it's done!' So when you eat the TripleTested Flapjack™ you know that it is baked locally to perfection in an Aga, with no added weird preservatives or anything. Just pure oaty, crunchy, sticky goodness.

At the Kiosk's request Barbara recently developed something equally as delicious to rival the ever-popular but mass-produced Granola Bar.  Barbara's nutritious homemade Super-Seedy-Flapjack™ incorporates seeds, nuts, dried fruits and oats and is definitely one of the most tasty ways of introducing 'five-a-day' into your diet,  

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Both Flapjacks are extremely popular with Barbara’s teenage sons and their friends, especially the rowing contingent, and rations are often sent away to Regattas as a post-race energy-boosting snack. There is some resentment at home, she says, at the large trays of Flapjack that are regularly whisked out of the Aga and taken straight to Russell Park.

So for all growing teenagers with insatiable appetites, hungry children who've been on the swings all day, fitness fanatics needing an energy boost and dog walkers looking for an oat-stuffed gooey treat - head for the Kiosk in Russell Park and order a Flapjack or two..... a treat in store indeed!

A Very Exciting Friday

Friday 23rd November is going to be a very, very exciting day at the Kiosk At The Park. We are hosting a live broadcast of a 3 Counties Radio show! That's right, the Kiosk will be live on the airwaves! We've got lots to do (and say!) - Kris Wilkinson-Hughes will be leading the little ones in song with her Frog Chorus skills, the masterchefs from Roosters will be there, armed with fresh home-made soup, sandwiches and paninis, and we are expecting lots of friends to come down and celebrate with us on a radio show LIVE from Russell Park! And if this wasn't already exciting enough, you will be able to read all about the very first adventure of our resident hedgehog, Russell, and a few of his friends. Russell will be telling you all about his life in the park, here on our blog!

So join us for plenty of these, lovely warming coffees and tea, lots of yummy food, plus a lot of jumping-up-and-down-style excitement. We canNOT wait!

What our Customers Say About Us

We have only been open a little while, and we are lucky enough to already have some very loyal customers, many of whom have become friends. Here's what they have to say about the Kiosk in The Park:

"I love Kiosk at the Park because as a mother of two busy boys I live at the park, and instead of groaning and thinking 'not again' I can now see it as a treat, an extremely well made coffee for me and delicious treats for the boys. They have thought of everything, I forgot my nappies in the summer, no need to worry, The Kiosk had some, and wipes, crisis over!!!"

"Here are my favourite things about the kiosk - Finn loves their giant cookies and I always look forward to finishing it off, which never seems to happen! Great coffee, great service and I love the fact that when I walk round the corner I always end up seeing someone I know for a chat!"

"Here's my favourite things about the kiosk - Finn loves their giant cookies and I always look forward to finishing it off, which never seems to happen! Great coffee, great service and I love the fact that when I walk round the corner I always end up seeing someone I know for a chat!" 

" I LOVE the kiosk, it really has genuinely changed my trips to the park! A perfect Americano with a piece of the epic Malteser chocolate square makes the never ending swing pushing and 'inter child refereeing' actually enjoyable again. It also makes the odd Sunday family trip to the park much more of an 'occasion' for the parents too. We will definitely be supporting it throughout the winter months as well as just the summer as I don't want it to ever close!"

"The children and I love The Kiosk. We love story and singing time, milk, straws and party rings and we love the family activities at the weekends and during the holidays. Every time we go to the park (which is fairly frequently) the girls seem to get mysteriously hungry, which is fine with me as I really love Malteser cake!"

"Emma & Nansi have made such a brilliant success of the Kiosk and we're proud that they have chosen to sponsor the 'Local Hero' section of The Bedford Clanger. We share many of the same values (community focused, keeping it local, family-friendly) and we look forward to working with them for a long time to come and wish them contined success. With love from Erica & all at The Bedford Clanger xxx"

"The Kiosk does the most amazing gluten-free muffins, and arguably the best coffee in Bedford. Emma's attention to detail and community spirit have made it a go-to destination in its own right x"

"The Kiosk opening up here, may have been a very personal reason for both Nansi & Emma, but what it's done is far greater! It has brought families outside together, a place to belong, friendly smiles, community sharing experiences together, great cakes and a whole lot more they probably never imagined. Well done Nansi & Emma xx"

"I grew up opposite Russell Park and although I just about remember the original café (the restaurant building the other end) - a good many years passed when there was nothing there at all. I often wished there was a place like the kiosk .. and now it's here and it is just so perfect. Years of waiting fulfilled! It's friendly and wonderfully innovative with the funkiest, tastiest cakes and biccies and really fabulous coffee. Just love it!"

"The Kiosk has made my dog walks so much more enjoyable with a hot cuppa and a naughty nibble especially on those rainy/cold mornings. Service is always with a smile and I just LOVE the place. I am officially hooked on the popcorn and love the way they are always thinking ahead of the game and introduce new beverages, food and snacks for us to gorge on! Think I lived there in the summer, drank tea with friends and watched kids run around. It has indeed brought families together. Last Sunday there must of been around 20 of us all sat round talking with our kids - just bliss. Can't thank you enough Emma and Nansi, you've transformed the park. Love Liz xxxxxx"