Yesterday evening was the fourth Bedford tweet-up, at the wonderful Embankment pub along Bedford’s Embankment by the River Great Ouse. Not that last night lent itself to admiring the river or flower beds ~ the heavens were chucking it down!
The first Bedford tweet up came about when Eric Swain received a text from 4Square saying he had been usurped, as Mayor of Bedford Station, by James Parton! Eric sent a text to James saying he wasn’t too happy about that and the rest, as they say, is history.
It’s not a fast networking event, it’s a great evening to relax amongst lovely people and chat. I was lucky enough to meet some fabulous new people last night, Rachel Benton, Nicola Cameron, Leigh Frost, Dawn Giles and Ian Henderson. I didn’t get to chat to everyone, but then there is the privilege of meeting them next time :-)
We had an inspirational talk from Gemma Hutton and Kristian Purcell from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum. These two great institutions have been merged into one and the buildings are currently undergoing a massive redevelopment project ~ just as well really, as Kristian was saying he was giving a talk there just before it closed and the ceiling suddenly gave way and let through gallons of rain water that had collected! This must be one of Bedford’s crown jewels and, when it reopens in the spring of 2013, I would encourage everyone to go along and experience all it has to offer. Beautiful artworks by Turner, Degas and Picasso, to name a few and collections of objects that will blow your mind away.
I love living in the shire of Bedford , the passion and purpose of the people is infectious. Gemma and Kristian, and everyone else who works at @chagandbm, are to be congratulated on what they have achieved already, what is going on during the redevelopment and the new experience it will be to go there when open. Their latest tweet was; This weeks object of the week blog, as Halloween is nearly upon us, includes a web footed skeleton with a scythe.