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Welcome to the online home of the Friends of the Higgins Bedford. 

The Friends group was founded in 1988 to support, promote and raise funds for The Higgins Bedford, an outstanding small museum which displays an exceptional range of works of art and artefacts and holds exhibitions of regional and national significance. 

©The Edward Bawden Estate


The Friends organise a range of events including a fantastic annual lecture programme, summer outings to rarely-seen houses and gardens, and Christmas and summer parties.  Click here to find out what's on.


Membership of the Friends group comes with many benefits including special access to exhibitions, discounts in the Higgins shop, and opportunities to join in at Friends events.  And Friends Membership makes a great present.

Find out more by clicking here

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Click here to send us an email, or contact individual committee members:


Don Gillett, Chairman:

Anthea Samain, Secretary:

Ann Ayres, Membership:

Jean Brown, Treasurer:

Next Event -10th January

Black Ice with Christopher Joll at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Kimbolton Road, Bedford.


A graduate of Oxford University, Christopher Joll is the regimental historian of the Household Cavalry in which role he researches, writes and publishes articles – and lectures – on people and events connected with the four regiments of the Household Cavalry.


This lecture tells Corie Mapp’s remarkable story of triumph over adversity when on 31st January 2010, Trooper Corie Mapp of The Life Guards was driving his armoured vehicle on combat operations in Afghanistan when it ran over an IED. The explosion that followed caused him massive injuries. But this was not the end of his active life but rather the beginning. The next thing Corie remembers was waking in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Selly Oak, Birmingham, not realising that he was a double amputee. Two months later, and having made an almost miraculous against-the-odds recovery, Corie was back with his regiment in Windsor, and continued to serve until 2013. Sport was an important part of Corie’s life before the explosion and a vital one after. In rehabilitation, he rediscovered his sporting skills, and competed successfully in disabled cricket at a national level, and was a member of Team GB for sitting volley ball and athletics at the Warrior and the Invictus Games. However, when he was offered the chance to bobsleigh, his horizons widened considerably. After just one year of training, in 2014 Corie won gold in the inaugural Para Bobsleigh World Cup competition in St Moritz, was second overall in the World Cup 2014/15 season and became the overall World Cup champion in 2018.  On the international bobsleigh circuit he is affectionately known ‘Black Ice’.

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