Easter Flowers

Local Churches Balloon Race

Please join our Easter2021 Virtual Balloon Race to help raise money for the Churches in the Benefice of Clavering, Langley, Arkesden, Wicken Bonhunt, Manuden and Berden.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, a virtual balloon race works in the same way as a helium balloon race but the balloons fly around their own virtual rather than in the atmosphere, making it much more environmentally friendly.

Each balloon costs £5 and the winner will receive £100!  

You can buy as many balloons as you like, for friends as well as family. 

To find out more and buy your balloon please go to

The race starts on Saturday 3rd April 2021, midday – so make sure you have got your balloons ready to fly before then!

IMPORTANT MESSAGE – To donate the funds from your Balloon to your local church, please state the name of your village* in the ‘messages’ section when buying your balloon.   

Funds from balloons that are not nominated will be shared equally between the 6 parish churches taking part in this event – *Clavering, Langley, Arkesden, Wicken Bonhunt, Manuden and Berden.  Due to Covid-19 we have not been able to do ‘normal’ fundraising activities and we really need your support.

If you would like to take part but are unable to buy online, via paypal or credit/debit card, please  – Postal Entry also available





Parish News Item

COVID-19 Parish News Item

November 2020 Parish News

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Berden create and connect was established at the beginning of the ‘Coronavirus Lockdown’ period, when our daily routines were suddenly disrupted and our thoughts bombarded with information from news briefings.

The idea arose from a desire to promote creative work of all types , to share the knowledge of crafts and other activities held by individuals within the village and through these connections to provide resource for creative ideas within the village community during these challenging times. This is not just about filling our time but contributing to a community effort through also sharing our ideas, our skills, our work and supporting each other.

Maybe we will even have an opportunity to display and celebrate our collective achievements once the emergency is over and things get back to normal? An exhibition, perhaps, of art and craft and other creative projects, perhaps also film and photographs, writing and journal excerpts. The Berden Bus Stop Gallery can also play its part as  a space to display work. The possibilities are as wide as the community wishes them to be.

So, if during your time at home you have been taking advantage of the lockdown to write the journal you always meant to write, create artwork, or get to grips with a craft or hobby you’ve not had enough time for in the past; even creating new recipes with reduced ingredients. Maybe you are being creative with keeping the children occupied? Through sharing ideas, you are encouraging others of all ages, to do the same.

It isn’t just about art, drawing and painting. There are many different things to try, photography,  crafts, knitting and sewing; creative writing, blogging, vlogging, modelling using different materials. You don’t have to be good at it to do it!

The sections below include examples to get all of you, adults, young people and children, started.

We need your ideas, skills and help to expand the resource. Letting us know about any projects you are undertaking yourself or with your children, or have completed may also help other people develop their ideas.

It will be lovely to hear from you about your endeavours anyway! Send us photographs of any projects in progress or completed so that we can put them in the on line gallery. Don’t forget to keep your original work safely in case we have the opportunity for an exhibition at the end of all this.

Please look out for further information on the village website, Facebook page and the village noticeboards.

Dilys, Kat and Sue

Dilys Cranwell 01279 777407

Kat Armstrong 01279 777738

Sue Griffiths 01279 777465

Click links below for more information

Create and Connect news 1

S2 A Drawing a Week or Just Draw

S3 other crafts

S4 Keeping a journal


Kids Zone

kids-zone-gallery 1


The Lockdown Sketchbook

BBC4 Life Drawing Live

Photography page 1v2-1

Photography page 1v2-2



Photography and filming in private gardens is only permitted for private and personal use and not for any form of reproduction or dissemination nor for publication, electronically or otherwise, including via social media and image libraries. Photography for professional or commercial purposes is expressly forbidden. This is regarded as mandatory for all community events held in private gardens throughout the parish of Berden.

Thank you                                 Berden Parish Council



The members of the Sports and Social Club Committee are sorry to announce that the regulars Friday Night Bar in the Village Hall will be suspended until further notice.

We have taken this decision in the light of HM Government advice on social distancing to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus COVID-19.

The Social Club Bar Rota needs you!

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

Opening time is 8.00pm except on Family/Early Bird Night when the early staff open at 6.30pm and the later bar staff come in at 8.30pm.

If you can commit to a Friday evening around four times a year and would like to get involved please contact Wendy on 777852

email – Wendy Riddell

Thank you.

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

We are always happy to welcome new people onto the committee.  Please contact John Walker on 01279 777470 for more information.  Alternatively, if you feel you would like to help with events from time to time when you are able then you can join our team of event volunteers.  Please contact

To join the mailing list and be kept up to date follow this link Berden S&SC mailing list


Cinema Club

This season we will mainly be showing films on Saturday evenings as before, with as wide a range as possible, but are also going to have occasional screenings on Tuesday evenings, which will usually be aimed at more particular tastes.

All screenings in the Village Hall: Doors (and bar) open at 7.30, and the films will start at 8.00.

More information regarding films to be shown on village hall noticeboard

Club Membership: £12.00 (entire season) – Guest ticket: £4.00 per film.
All information from
Sue Griffiths 777465 Andrew Nelson 777784 John Walker 777470

T is for tea, talks, trips B is for Berden, what else  D is for discussions, debate, diversion

Meetings and events through the year

Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings

Contact Heather Davis email or call on 777611

Berden Book Club

A new book every month

contact John Walker on 777479 for more information regarding meetings

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