David Ledsom
Dedicated to the Memory of David Ledsom

St George’s Day - The 2016 celebrations!

In 2016 we once more celebrated St George’s Day with a golf tournament and festive ball hosted respectively at Bedford and County Golf Club and the Park Inn, Bedford.

We are delighted to report that we managed to raise £25,000 that we have been able to donate to local causes as usual with the largest single donation, £8,000, going to Bedford Hospital’s Challenge Cancer Appeal.

2016 also featured the 7for7in7 challenge that saw 154 people run or walk at least one half marathon in the last week of October, seven people ran all seven with one walking all seven. A brilliant effort with another £62,000 attributed to the fundraising associated with the St George’s Day events.

St George’s Day - 2017 the celebrations continue!

For 2017, we aim, with your help, to continue our fundraising and to add to our running total that now exceeds £520,000 since the events began back in 1994.

Our main beneficiary in 2017 is Disability Tennis in Bedfordshire.

Once more our celebrations pay tribute to the memory of Dave Ledsom without whom there would be no St George’s Day Charity Fund.

We hope that you will find a way to join us at either or both of our celebrations and enable us to help the many causes that have come to depend on the assistance, that through your continued generosity, we are able to provide.

At the golf we shall once more be offering a patriotic programme and at the ball we will be entertained by the St George’s Day Dance Band to assist with our patriotic singing and the by now unmissable Ceremony of The Beef! Our thanks to SDC Builders Ltd of Bedford for their continued sponsorship of our entertainment.

We continue to work closely with The Rotary Club of Bedford Park to identify worthy recipients for the funds that our supporters help us to raise.

We are pleased to announce the details of the 2017 celebrations which have been arranged as set out below.

The dates for your diaries are as follows:

The St George’s Day Festive Ball will take place on the day itself Saturday 22nd April at The Park Inn, Bedford.

The St George’s Day Golf Tournament will be played at Bedford & County Golf Club and will take place on Thursday 20th April.


We are delighted that Autoglass® have continued their sponsorship of our event. Bedford based Autoglass® is the UK's number one glass repair and replacement expert, operating a 24/7 mobile service throughout the UK and Ireland. Autoglass® are committed to delivering the highest safety standards and are innovative market leaders in automotive glass services. Sponsorship of an event like ours has a great deal to do with the charitable nature of the companies involved, but it always helps if some business results. We hope that in the event of a damaged windscreen or door glass you will contact Autoglass® direct on 0800 363636®.


We seek sponsorship at £150.00 for the first year of participation and £100.00 thereafter. We will provide the boards using your wording. The mathematicians amongst you will see the big impact that a full take up of the 36 sites will have on our funds. Can you help?! Will other companies you know help?


In accordance with our aims and objectives all funds raised, with no deductions for administration whatsoever, are paid to charities which benefit people from Bedford and the surrounding area.

As in previous years, in addition to our main donation, we will be providing grants of £250, £500 and £1,000 to local charities and good causes. If you know of a charity or good cause that you think would benefit from a grant please provide us with the details. In the last year we have made a difference to many organisations including:
  • Bedford Daycare Hospice
  • Bromham Scouts
  • Bedford Open Door
  • Road Victims Trust
  • And many more...

Since the events began in 1994 very nearly £520,000 has been raised for local causes.

We thank you most sincerely for your support and your contribution to this massive total.

As we are limited to 25 golf teams in the golf and 280 places at the Ball please reserve your places early.. (Download the Golf Day booking form here)

(Download the Festive Ball booking form here)  

The celebrations for 2017 are to be the last in the current format and this will be our last festive ball as we look to move awareness for St George’s Day on to another platform, so please make sure you book early for our last year! We intend to go out with a bang!

Once more thank you to you all for your continued support. We would be nothing without you!


Nick Kier
Lane & Holmes
66/68 St Loyes Street
MK40 1EZ
(01234) 327744 (Office Hours)

In Association with
Rotary Club of Bedford Park
The Rotary Club of Bedford Park

Sponsored by
Autoglass is the UKs leading vehicle glass repair and replacement company
SDC provide a diverse spectrum of services in the construction industry
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