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It’s that time of year again for the….


We (that is the Coles and the Welches – last year’s Rally winners) will be setting this year’s route and we know the Mystery Car Rally’s final destination ………….……. but of course, you don’t!  However, join us on 4th July and we will enjoy keeping you guessing until the bitter end with some laughter along the way!!!!

Yes, it is that time of the year again for the Mystery Car Rally (or Ramble as some like to call it), starting at Berden Village Hall.

So come and join us for a journey of discovery on a lovely summer’s evening (fingers crossed) and enjoy the pleasure of touring the lanes of our beautiful countryside, following given clues to guide you to the chosen destination.  Ending finally with a meal in a local hostelry, meet the other participants with tales of your journey (a panic strip, including contact mobile number will be added at the bottom of the clues which can be opened in any event).   Menus will be forwarded to you nearer the time.

You are certain to have heard how much fun this event has been in previous years, so do come and join us.  The first car will start at 6pm, and cars will then leave at 5 minute intervals, the very last one leaving at 6.55pm (we could extend if necessary).

If you would like to come on your own, we can certainly arrange for you to join a team.   As always, everyone is welcome.

Please contact, Lindsay Cole, either by email or phone 01279 776031, giving your name, names of others in your car and request a starting time (we will try to accommodate as many time requests as possible).   £2 per person.

Looking forward to joining you on this hilarious journey of discovery!!!!!!

Coles & Welches

Social Club Members

The Social Club Bar Rota needs you!

We have recently lost some of our regular bar rota members and really need to recruit some more volunteers.

Running the bar is great fun and you would always be paired with an “old hand” to show you the ropes.

If you can commit to a Friday evening around four times a year and would like to get involved please contact Mary on

Thank you.

Keep an eye on the Website, Parish Magazine and the e-mailed Newsletters

Berden, Little London and Brick House End ‘Open Gardens’ 2017

Sunday 2nd July 2pm to 6pm

We hope we shall be able to welcome you to Berden, Little London and Brick House End ‘Open Gardens’, our very first ‘Open Gardens’ event. We are open Sunday 2nd July between 2pm and 6pm.

If you will, you can start your afternoon at The Village Hall where you can obtain your passport to all the gardens. Here there are parking facilities, refreshments and toilet facilities too.  If you choose to start elsewhere that’s fine too, you can obtain a garden passport at any of our seven gardens.

For your enjoyment the garden of the very fine Elizabethan Berden Hall, with its origins in the 16th Century, will be open. Here, if you wish,  you will find another opportunity to park your car and obtain refreshment. Sample the sweeping lawns and vibrant borders, The rose walk an ornamental lake and a heady atmosphere that takes some beating.

Visit the beautiful garden of ‘The Old Vicarage’ with lawns and borders and a colourful meadow in which you can relax and meander through at your leisure. If you choose refreshments will be available here as well.

St Nicholas Church built between 1200 and 1340 and the Church lands will be open and offer an opportunity to take a break. The toilet facility will be open and available for our visitors. The Nave of our Church was built in Norman times and the Chancel has been dated to around 1270. You will find a history of our Church inside.

 There are five other gardens for you to visit, each with their own individual colour and character. The gardens will offer you sweeping views of our countryside, beautiful flowers and borders or a cosy place to sit and ponder. As well as an idea or two you might like to take home some fresh garden produce or a plant you like the look of. Each of our gardeners will welcome the opportunity to pass the time of day with you, eager to make your visit a great experience. So, make your choices and enjoy them all.

Entry is £5 per person with children under 17  free of charge. All funds being passed to our Village Hall improvement plan.

If you have any queries please contact: John Tippett on 01279777446 or e-mail:

 Women in Berden

We are a small group, who normally meet once a month in our lovely Village Hall. Our meetings are the first Tuesday of the month, in the evening, and we have a varied programme of speakers, on a range of subjects; craft evenings when we learn ( or try to) various crafts; walks; car rally – it’s a quite long list. And although we call ourselves Women in Berden, we are always happy to have any men come to any of the meetings that sound interesting to them.

If trying to do more reading was one of your New Year resolutions…this will interest you. Members are encouraged to donate one or two books per meeting – we will then be selling them at 50 pence per book, A good fundraiser for us, and a good chance for a clear out for you.

Members are also asked to bring an unwanted Christmas gift…if there is an item you can see won’t be used in your home, bring it along and put it in our raffle. One  woman’s unwanted  gift could be a treasure for someone else!

 Non members and guests very welcome – just come to the Village Hall and enjoy meeting a friendly group of people. We meet the first Tuesday of every month, why don’t you put the date in your diary and never miss a fun evening.

For more information concerning Women in Berden please refer to the “Other Village Organisations” page

Tea and coffee will be served.

Berden Fete Saturday 15th July 2017



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