This is our first post about our first project.

We are Erica Roffe and Kayte Judge, two women from Bedford who, independently of one another, have been thinking and wondering about our town. We love our town. And we want to make more of it.

We stumbled across one another on facebook and then met in the real world, drank some wine in one of the best pubs in Bedford and pledged to make something happen, starting with the empty shops in Bedford.

The RSA liked our ideas and awarded us some funds from their Catalyst fund.

So we are now looking to put on the first ever Castle Quay Culturefest, a winter weekend event in and around the empty shops in Bedford. We are imagining indoor buskers, poets, stand up comedians, shops as galleries, tea, deck chairs, cold feet and blankets. We are at the very beginning of our journey and face many challenges ahead. We will need lots of help to make this happen. If you would like to help please let us know


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I am a facilitator, a creative agent, and a supporter of innovation in organizations. I am interested in the use of metaphor, storytelling and corporate folklore.
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10 Responses to Wearebedford

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  2. Sounds a fantastic idea! Anything I can do to help?

  3. Ian Beswick says:

    Suggest you contact Albion Archaeology who conducted the excavations at Castle Quay. They may agree to provide Excavation photo’s or an exibition for you.

  4. sue risiott says:

    Ooooohhhh I am Kempston and love it here too, I work in mental health and very interested in expressive arts for good mental wellbeing!! Have just staged an exhibition in Bedford………….would love to hook up. Pls look at Babs bedford and Infinite 29 on facebook!!!!! Lots of projects going around and know a recycle place that is giving away resources so contact moi!!!
    PS love wine too!

    • Hiya – do you mean the warden abbey wine? We were talking about that today – it would be good to do some wine tasting wouldn’t it? Keep an eye out for meetings and please find us on facebook under the ‘we are bedford’ group. We will release some dates for meetings this week.

  5. Hi,
    I am an Artist and am just about to graduate from doing my MA in illustration- I would love to help let me know if there is anything I can do.
    ps have you heard of “Slack space” in Colchester ? they are a group of people doing the exact same thing – breathing life into empty spaces. I spoke to them, asking advice mainly, as I am also really keen for this to happen in Bedford.


    • Hi Rachel, why not come along to the next Creative Bedfordshire meeting? it is on the 3rd Feb at the Riverside Grill – 7 -9 in the evening. myself and Erica will be there plus lots of creatives from Bedford. It is a general networking meeting but we will be handing out forms for people who would like to volunteer and or submit work.

      Also if you are on facebook please join the We Are Bedford group.

      thanks for your support.


    • Rachel did you used to have a textile design company called gnome?

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