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Bedford Who Charity Con 8 will take place on Saturday 18th March 2023.


Hope you can make it.  Tickets are now on sale; please scroll down for details.


Thanks to everyone who came to Bedford Who Charity Con 7, which raised over £10,000 for Bedford Foodbank.  This brings the total raised for them by Who events in Bedford to just under £40,000.  An amazing figure and we can't thank you enough.


Meanwhile, to get the flavour of the convention, have a look at our two minute highlights reel from Bedford Who Charity

Con 7 (2022).  Just click on the video link photo below.


And here are some pics as well.  Yes, that really is Jo Martin.  And a little bit of Who history was made because this was the first time Julian Bleach and Terry Molloy (below!) had ever met.  Two Davroses (Terry thought it should be "Davri"!).


Sincere thanks to the guests for coming, and sincere thanks to those who made it possible for them to be there.



TICKETS


You can buy your tickets now from

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/tobiasvaughanphilanthropicfoundation/702974 


Adults:  £49.50


Concessions:  £25.00

(Young people aged 15-17 and students)


Children:   £15.00

(Aged 14 and under)


We also accept payment by BACS, PayPal or cheques; for details, please email info@bedfordwhocharitycon.co.uk


We have a number of tickets reserved for people who are on low incomes; again, please contact Simon (the organiser) in confidence on info@bedfordwhocharitycon.co.uk


With enormous reluctance, we've had to raise the ticket prices this time.  We wish we didn't have to do this but I'm afraid we've just got to because of rising costs (and we've kept ticket prices the same since 2016).  The last convention raised £10,383 for Bedford Foodbank but that was from a separate fund; the bills from staging the event weren't quite covered by ticket sales.  For the same reason, we've had to abandon the family tickets.


We'd love to be able to offer some free autographs with your tickets, but...  Because we're a charity convention, a lot of the money we raise for Bedford Foodbank comes from the guests who choose to give us some or all of their autograph fees.  (More than £5000 was raised for the Foodbank at the last con in this way; the guests were amazingly generous.)  So, I'm afraid we're not able to include autographs in the ticket prices. That said, what we can do (and do do!) is give you the opportunity to have your photo taken with all the guests in the group photo session; there's no fee and we just ask for a donation to the charity bucket.  So, while we can't offer free autographs, the photo session means you won't have to dig deep to have professional photos taken with the guests!


Obviously, we try to keep our costs down; Simon, the crew and a host of other volunteers are unpaid and the convention's run by fans for fans.  Everything we make over and above our costs goes direct to the Foodbank; every month, they provide emergency food parcels to over 1400 local people in crisis.  A third of their clients are children.  The clients receive enough food to last them four or five days; they're also given things like toiletries, sanitary products, nappies and so on where they're needed.


The money raised by the last two conventions bought more than 9 TONNES of food for them. 


Absolutely staggering.  Massive, sincere and eternal thanks to you all.


The Doctor would have been proud.


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!

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!


THE VIDEOS!


Sketches and performances are a key part of Bedford Who Charity Cons...


You can find them and us on the Bedford Who Charity Con - Doctor Who convention YouTube channel.


Click on this link to go to the channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkbdFv3UKQC8jpFs3LvuI5Q


And the channel includes:

  • The highlights:  the interviews with the guests (including Jo Martin, Colin Baker, Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Miranda Raison)
  • The sketches, with (here goes!) Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davison, Terry Molloy, Sophie Aldred, Brian Croucher, David Banks, Miranda Raison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Louise Jameson, Carole Ann Ford, Peter Purves, Maureen O'Brien, Sarah-Louise Madison, John Leeson, Paul Marc Davis and Geoffrey Beevers.  They include:  The Master in The Psychiatrist's Chair, The Doctor Who Fan Accreditation Sketch, Davros on Desert Island Discs and The Doctor Interviews for a Travelling Companion.
  • Colin Baker singing a rousing rendition of "I'm from Gallifrey and I'm OK"


And if you want to watch only one, have a look at Colin Baker and the Dalek Invasion of Bedford sketch.  Just click on the photo below.


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

Bedford Who Charity Con 8 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. 

Group photos with the guests are free, though we ask for a donation to the charity bucket in exchange. 

THE TOBIAS VAUGHN PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATION


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 mankind.


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

Bedford Who Charity Con 8

Saturday 18th March 2023    The King's House, Bedford MK42 9AZ


Welcoming, friendly, relaxed, informal...

Enormous fun!


A small scale Doctor Who convention where you get to meet and chat to the guests...


Bedford Who Charity Cons are hugely popular with our 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...


"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."


"What really stands out is the intimacy, the sense of delight in the presence of people whatever they’re doing on stage or off.  It’s not just the usual Sylv and Sophie double act that comes amongst the public; the stage is close, the guests are confident to come up to the audience because they are treated well, and the happy crowd is not intimidating. People listen well and hang on every word or pregnant pause.  And all go home feeling they’re part of something good."


- thedoctorwhocompanion.com


"I loved it...  The costumes, the beaming crowd and the warm energy in the place in combination with the event itself were just fantastic...  The genuine compassion for those in desperate need came through and it is so important at this time.  The gathering of the likeminded souls today was so varied in content and so interesting and funny.  However, it was also incredibly inclusive, calm and most respectful of everyone who shares a love of Doctor Who...  Bedford stands out by virtue of a genuine intimacy between audience and guests...  A really brilliant day."


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


Bedford Who Charity Con 6, 2021:  £6643


Bedford Who Charity Con 7, 2022:  £10,383


TOTAL:  £38,886


THANK YOU FOR YOUR STAGGERING GENEROSITY!

And sincere thanks to those local business who have supported the Foundation's events.  Please do support them with your custom!  They are:


  • Elstow Tile Warehouse (who have sponsored every convention since the first one!)
  • M&DH Insurance
  • The Colour Shop (printers), Castle Road
  • The Swan Hotel
  • H C B Solicitors
  • Sharman Law Solicitors
  • Rice Thai Restaurant, St Cuthbert's Street
  • William Rutter Motor Services
  • Parrott Construction
  • The Jaffa Orchard, Castle Road
  • The Picture Gallery, High Street
  • All Ears, High Street
  • Limes, Lime Street
  • The Eagle Bookshop, St Peter's Street
  • Price Wallace Property Management and Investments
  • Emmott Snell Solicitors
  • THSP: The Health and Safety People
  • emc design ltd
  • Deo Volente Solicitors
  • Kimm and Miller
  • Robson King
  • 1st Choice Staff Recruitment Ltd


Thanks too to the charitable trusts and agencies who have supported our events.  They are:


  • The Pavenham Charitable Trust
  • Bedford Lions
  • The Rotary Club of Bedford Park


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:


  • Big Finish
  • Underground Toys
  • The Monster Factory
  • Silva Screen Records
  • Character Options
  • Reeltime Pictures
  • Eaglemoss
  • Lovarzi
  • Santa Pod Raceway