Bedford Who Charity Con 3 is coming in April 2017!
Patrons: Sophie Aldred and Katy Manning
Bedford Doc Soc - Bedford Doctor Who Society - meets from 7.30 p.m.on the first Tuesday of each month in The Wellington Arms, Wellington Street, Bedford MK40 2JX. Everyone welcome; no entrance fee, of course! Come along for a drink and for fine conversation! As it's held in a pub, we regret that it has to be adults only - sorry! More details of each month's meetings are on the Bedford Who Charity Con Facebook page: facebook.com/bedfordwhocharitycon
For Doctor Who collectables from 1963 to the present day, please visit:
I. M. FOREMAN'S JUNKYARD
Collectables and Antiques
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A huge treasure trove of Doctor Who novels, comics, magazines, toys, models,
autographs and memorabilia, from the not-very-rare-at-all to the giga-rare!
Many of our listings support Bedford Foodbank, including our autographs and signed novels.
Bedford Who Charity Con 3 is an independent convention run by and for fans of Doctor Who. It is not endorsed by the BBC. Doctor Who is copyright to the BBC and all characters and aliens are copyright to the BBC and to their respective writers.
Charity Con 3
Full details will be announced soon. Please bookmark this page and keep an eye on it for updates!
Facebook page: facebook.com/bedfordwhocharitycon
What kind of convention will it be?
A number of events these days are primarily commercial affairs; they're designed for people to buy merchandise from stallholders, and to buy autographs and photos. Nothing wrong with that, but Bedford Who Charity Con 3 is rather different: we'll be presenting a more traditional style of convention. The day will be a mixture of interviews on stage, signing sessions, the opportunity to chat to the guests and to have your photo taken with them. The emphasis is on giving you a fun, relaxed and informal day that you'll really enjoy -- and to raise money for charity.
Bedford Who Charity Con 2 raised a fantastic £2592 for Bedford Foodbank. Thanks to all who came!
Charity Con 3...
Will it be any good?!
Well, this is what people said about the last two...
One of the best events I've been to:
warm and relaxed atmosphere, amazing guests and fascinating panels.
Make sure you go - it's a great, fun, small and intimate convention - kasterborous.com
Was a fabulous con! Relaxed and fun! Hope you raised lots of money and can do another one.
Another amazing day. Thank you!
And see you at the next one!
A great day. My first involving getting autographs and talking to the guests rather than staring at them from afar and pointing and giggling!
Well organised show!
It was our first convention.
We all had a great day.
I have a feeling it won't be our last...
I enjoyed everything, especially meeting Nicola, Sophie, Anneke and the others…
It was brilliant!
Excellent. Very friendly!
A very successful day; thank you for organising it!
Nice relaxed atmosphere.
What really struck me was how informal the whole thing was, and how down to earth the guests were. Lovely people, a great day…
Mike Tucker: A huge thank you to Simon Danes and his team at Bedford Who Charity Con. A lovely, informal event, with great questions from a really interested and interesting audience.
Anneke Wills: A delightful day in Bedford. It restored my faith in family Doctor Who gatherings. A highlight for me was Ailsa Berk choreographing the crowd in Cybermen, scarecrow and Ood movements. Everyone was brilliant at it! Mike Tucker's panel was fascinating. Thank you to all who came along for making it such a fun day.
Sophie Aldred: Truly lovely day. Thanks to all who came and all who worked so hard to create a great atmosphere.
And the guests at Bedford Who Charity Con 1 were (above, left to right):
John Leeson (K9), Terry Molloy (Davros), Anneke Wills (Polly), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Ailsa Berk (choreography), Mike Tucker (The Model Unit: SFX), Sophie Aldred (Ace) and (not pictured) Paul Cornell (writer)
THE GREAT BEDFORD FOODBANK SPONSORED DALEK PUSH!
Well, Simon Danes, who organises the Bedford Who Charity Cons, is also a volunteer for Bedford Foodbank. They're currently feeding about 500 children and adults each month and demand is growing all the time. The Foodbank receives tons (literally!) of food donations every year -- but unfortunately there are running costs on top of that; you can't pay electricity bills and warehouse rent in cornflakes and tinned ham, alas! Bedford Foodbank's running costs are in excess of £30,000 per year... and we're hoping to raise £5000 of this by the Dalek Push!
You may have heard of bed pushes, when people push beds through the streets as a sponsored event. But we're not going to push beds; we're going to push Daleks! Everybody's welcome to take part, regardless of whether or not you have a Dalek to bring with you! Cosplayers are very welcome; so are people who want to come in their everyday clothes. And there's nothing to say you have to push a full size Dalek, so if you just want to carry a little one, that's fine.
No age limit! Children welcome!
The Great Bedford Foodbank Sponsored Dalek Push will be held on a weekend day in October 2016; time and route will be announced shortly.
Our patrons -- and we're really grateful to them for their support -- are Sophie Aldred and Katy Manning.
WHAT WE'RE HOPING FOR is to get as many people and as many Daleks as we can to take part. It would be brilliant if we can get 50 people to come... and (hope this bit's OK) could we suggest a target of £100 sponsorship from each person who takes part? It's not as bad as it sounds; if you can get ten friends and members of your family to sponsor you for £10 each, that makes £100... and 50 people x £100 = £5000. Of course, if you raise £3.83, you're still very welcome -- and your efforts will be equally appreciated! There'll be prizes for the top three people who raise the most money.
(We appreciate this is a big ask for children, so we'd be grateful for anything they're able to raise.)
As Daleks are heavy, we're not intending to push them through the streets for more than a couple of miles. We'll also have collecting buckets for people to donate as we trundle past...
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Procedure in the event of rain:
We get wet. Please bring a brolly. And a big one if you're a Dalek.
And finally... THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH!!
GALLERY FROM BEDFORD WHO CHARITY CON 2,
April 2016 Please click on the pics to see big versions!
Special thanks to Alison Bennett
AND SOME PICTURES FROM FROM BEDFORD WHO CHARITY CON 1, April 2015