BEDFORD WHO CHARITY CON 6
Saturday 17th October 2020
(Rescheduled from April)
10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
The King's House, Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9AZ
"The best one day event I've ever done"
- COLIN BAKER on Bedford Who Charity Con 4
"Of all the conventions I have attended over the years, Bedford is way up there with the best. I love the personal touches, the atmosphere and the generosity of spirit that abounded." - Louise Jameson
"Bedford is a chilled, fun convention" - Janet Fielding
"Truly lovely day" - Sophie Aldred
Once we have paid our costs, everything we make will be donated to Bedford Foodbank.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, they were providing emergency food for around 650 children and adults in crisis in the local area. In the first month of the outbreak, this rose to 1055 people.
Bedford Who Charity Con 5 raised an amazing £8172 for them.
Enormous thanks to everyone!
So what sort of convention is it?
Some conventions these days are primarily commercial affairs; they're designed for people to buy merchandise from stallholders, and to buy autographs and photos. Bedford Who Charity Cons are more traditional in style; they're non-commercial, and are run by fans for fans. There's a mixture of on stage interviews, performances (including sketches!) by the actors, signing sessions, the opportunity to meet the guests, get their autographs, and have your photo taken with them.
We want to make sure you have a fun, relaxed and enjoyable day... and to raise a lot of money for charity!
14-18 year olds / full time students: £22.50
Under 14s: £15
1 adult and 1 child: £50
1 adult and 2 children: £55
2 adults and 1 child: £80
Additional children under 14: £8 each
Please note that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
How to order: Please send a cheque made payable to Bedford Who Charity Con to the organiser, Simon Danes, at 20 Close Road, Pavenham MK43 7PP.
If you would like to add the price of a stamp (65p!), please do; it means we can increase the amount we eventually pass on to the charity.
To pay by PayPal or BACS, please email Simon for details on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sketches and performances are a key part of Bedford Who Charity Cons...
Here are some tasters of some past glories...
The Time Lord Song
Soloist: Colin Baker
Backing: The Whobettes (including Sophie Aldred and Elen Thomas)
(From BWCC 4)
The Doctor Who Fan Accreditation Sketch
The Accreditor: John Leeson
A Fan: Sophie Aldred
(From BWCC 4)
The Doctor gets a phone call...
The Doctor: Sylvester McCoy
Woman: Louise Jameson
(From BWCC 5)
The Second Companions' Reunion Party Sketch
Leela: Louise Jameson
Ace: Sophie Aldred
Tegan: Janet Fielding
Susan: Carole Ann Ford
(From BWCC 5)
That Colin Baker quote in full:
"This has been the best one day event I've ever done. It's small, it's perfect, it's different, we've all had a chance to meet and chat... and it's just fun. It's such fun. So whoever you get next year is a lucky person. Thank you very much, and thank you all for coming."
BEDFORD WHO CHARITY CON 6
Saturday 17th October
PAUL MARC DAVIS
The Trickster, SJA
Futurekind Chieftan, Utopia
Sonya Khan, series 11 and 12
Supporting Artist 1965 - 1984
We're hugely grateful to our sponsors
for Bedford Who Charity Con 6:
Elstow Ceramic Tiles
Kimm and Miller
The Pavenham Charitable Trust
Coronavirus and the convention: update
As you may know, the convention's been postponed from April because of the coronavirus outbreak. Tickets bought for April are still valid.
We're being optimistic, so we're assuming we'll be able to go ahead in October. Bear in mind, though, that film and TV production schedules have been severely disrupted by the crisis, so the guest list is inevitably more tentative than usual. However, the guests say they're going to do their very best to come!
Please note that the venue has changed from April; we're now in The King's House conference centre in Ampthill Road, Bedford.
Rest assured that we'll only go ahead if it's legal and safe to do so. We're assuming it will be.
If we have to cancel, the next Bedford Who Charity Con will be in our usual April slot -- in 2021. We won't be able to reschedule this one again, alas. With the best will in the world, planning a convention is very time consuming, and we'd be spreading ourselves too thinly if we had to prepare two in six months: both would suffer as a result. We think it would be better to wait and have the one con next year, when we can be sure it'd be up to our usual standard. If we have to do this, you'd be offered a refund on your tickets, or you'd be able to carry them forward to April 2021.
But let's assume all will be well by October! We'll only cancel if we absolutely have to. For now, we're assuming everything will go ahead: Bedford Who Charity Con 6 in October, and Bedford Who Charity Con 7 in April.
We'll keep you updated. Immediate news is always available on our facebook page: facebook.com/bedfordwhocharitycon . And we'll update the website too, of course!
See you all in October!
Bedford Who Charity Con 6
Saturday 17th October
The King's House, Bedford MK42 9AZ
Welcoming, friendly, relaxed, informal...
A small scale Doctor Who convention where you get to meet and chat to the guests...
Now in their sixth year, Bedford Who Charity Cons are hugely popular with audiences. Why not come along and see what all the fuss is about?
Is it going to be any good? Here's some feedback on previous Bedford Who Charity Cons...
"This was by far the best convention we have been to. It is my hope to return next year."
"The very best fan convention."
"One of the best [Doctor Who] events I have been to. Warm and relaxed atmosphere, amazing guests and fascinating panels."
"A 'must attend' event if you live anywhere nearby. Or if you just live anywhere, actually. Just make sure you get there for a traditional style convention on a small and intimate scale that allows you the feeling of being up close and personal with the guests. In a good way."
The Master in the Psychiatrist's Chair
The Psychiatrist: Maureen O'Brien
The Master: Geoffrey Beevers
(From BWCC 3)
The Companions' Reunion Party Sketch
Steven: Peter Purves
Vicki: Maureen O'Brien
Sarah: Sarah-Louise Madison
(From BWCC 3)
And the audiences said...
"Such a superb day."
"It was such a lovely event... Really enjoyed the whole day. The guests were so friendly and willing to chat and it made the event feel very personal."
"What a Doctor Who con should be like. Friendly, informal, a great atmosphere."
"We're already looking forward to the next one!"
"It's absolutely bloody brilliant."
"Was a fabulous con! Relaxed and fun! Hope you made lots of money and can do another one!"
"This event just gets better every year, mainly because you don't allow yourself to lose sight of what made it work so beautifully from day one. You could so easily make it bigger, noisier and more commercial... the beauty of the event is that it feels like a gathering of friends."
"Another amazing day. Thank you! And see you at the next one!"
"Does it get any better? Really well done and thank you so much to Simon and the organisers who put in so much hard work to pull it together... My daughter and I had a fantastic day out."
"Always a brilliant day! Lovely family friendly atmosphere!"
"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."
"Really fun performances and the guests all seemed really happy to be there."
"Had a truly wonderful day at the convention. From start to finish, it was flawless... Everyone was so friendly and accommodating and the guests were engaging and entertaining. A truly unique convention and one not to be missed in the future!"
"Great day... again!"
"The very best fan convention. Fun, friendly... all about raising money, not making money. The guests took time to talk to and get to know the fans. Amazing costumes and great talks."
"Thanks to everyone involved for organising, appearing at, working on and / or contributing to such an excellent convention. I had a great day."
"We had a fantastic time as always!"
"It was our first convention. We all had a great day!"
"It was brilliant!"
"Excellent. Very friendly!"
"Nice relaxed atmosphere."
"A very successful day. Thank you for organising it!"
"What really struck me was how informal the whole thing was, and how down to earth the guests were. Lovely people, a great day..."
"Brilliant event. Really, really enjoyed it."
"Brilliant day again."
"A lovely day, as always" -- Mike Tucker
"Truly lovely day. Thanks to all who came and all who worked so hard to create a great atmosphere" -- Sophie Aldred
"A delightful day" -- Anneke Wills
As you can see, you can have a group photo taken with the guests! No fee, but we do ask for a donation to the charity bucket!
Bedford Who Charity Con 6 is an independent Doctor Who convention run by and for fans of Doctor Who; it is not endorsed by the BBC. Doctor Who is copyright to the BBC and characters and aliens are copyright to their respective writers.
Please be aware that guests can occasionally be called away for filming et al.
This is a charity convention; the organisers are unpaid. All profits are donated to Bedford Foodbank. Fundraising is undertaken to keep ticket prices steady and we are grateful for donations given by companies and individuals to help with our costs.
Group photos with the guests are free, though we ask for a donation to the charity bucket in exchange.
An Evening with Mat Irvine, 2016: £115
Bedford Who Charity Con 3, 2017: £2700
Bedford Who Charity Con 4, 2018: £2278
Bedford Who Charity Con 5, 2019: £8172
TOTAL: £21, 847
THANK YOU FOR YOUR STAGGERING GENEROSITY!
THE TOBIAS VAUGHN
The Foundation runs Doctor Who events in
Bedford for the delectation of Doctor Who fans,
and to raise money for Bedford Foodbank.
Inspired by the spirit of Tobias Vaughn, the
Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of
Here's what we've raised in the past:
Bedford Who Charity Con 1, 2015: £1195
An Evening with Mike Tucker, 2015: £280
Bedford Who Charity Con 2, 2016: £2592
The Great Bedford Foodbank Sponsored
Dalek Push, 2016
Patrons: Sophie Aldred and Katie Manning: £4515
We're also grateful to the companies who have donated Doctor Who merchandise for us to auction at Bedford Who Charity Cons. Please do support them, too, with your custom! They are:
And sincere thanks to those local business who have supported the Foundation's events. Please do support them with your custom! They are:
Thanks too to the charitable trusts and agencies who have supported our events. They are: