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  • Jess Grugeon

    As a child, me and my brother were never allowed dogs or cats or anything large enough to cuddle.  We did have mice and several hamsters even goldfish. My...

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    John Ball's Diary 18.1.15

    Sunday, January 11REGULARS at an Ampthill pub gave landlord Russell Fletcher his first shave in 12 months – and raised a massive £6.5k for...

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    John Ball's Diary 11.1.15

    Tuesday, January 6LAST week we ran a story about how Sandy Town Council is planning to close its tourist information centre following calls from concerned...

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    John Ball's Diary 4.1.15

    Monday, December 29OUR sister title, Luton on Sunday, publishes a weekly column written by figures in the local community. This week it is PCC Olly Martins'...

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  • John Ball's Diary

    Monday, December 22BoS always has one eye on the future, but that eye strayed a little too far last week - a whole week too far in fact (pictured below).Some...

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    John Ball's Diary 21.12.14

    Wednesday, December 17THE 'historic Georgian market town' of Ampthill saw its own version of Battle of the Bands when half the local brass band played carols in...

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    John Ball's Diary 14.12.14

    Monday, December 8DEAR pedants,I do love it when you get on your high horse and send BoS a rude email pointing out an error. I have a frank admission to make...

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    John Ball's Diary 7.12.14

    Sunday, November 30PUTNOE motorist and avid BoS reader Hardeep Saggu has sent me this snap (pictured right) of the white markings on the A421 where the...

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    John Ball's Diary 30.11.14

    Monday, November 24A READER draws our attention to some recently laid slabs outside Peacocks 
auction house in Bedford (pictured right).All looks to be in order...

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    John Ball's Diary 23.11.14

    Monday, November 17I HAVE made the foolish mistake of making a trip to the bank at lunchtime. Now I don't think it's official Barclays promo but someone must...

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    John Ball's Diary 16.11.2014

    Tuesday, November 11SNAPPER Richard Marsham is dispatched to Ampthill to take a last minute picture of some local businessmen around the Christmas tree ahead of...

  • Jess Grugeon

    The state of my wheelchair seems to be becoming a bit of a theme of my posts, for that I do apologise. As I depend on it daily to take me into town or wherever...