Mayor brushing up on art display

Mayor Peter Williams with Kate Russell
Mayor Peter Williams with Kate Russell

When the Mayor of Houghton Regis opens an exhibition on Saturday (April 19) he’ll be drawing on his own artistic talent!

For the works by local artists on show at Bedford Square Community Centre will include several pieces by Councillor Peter Williams himself.

The mayor, a trained artist, will launch the display of art, photography and sculpture to raise funds for local charities.

Among other contributors are Keith Wallis, Karen Parker and Celia Glyde Husband.

The exhibition is being sponsored by Kate Russell, managing director of Stony Stratford-based Russell HR Consulting. In recent years, the company has supported a number of good causes, including Dogs for the Disabled, Willen Hospice and British Heart Foundation.

Kate Russell is a well-known local businesswoman, the author of numerous HR books, and is frequently quoted in the national press on all issues to do with people management.

Councillor Williams said: “This exhibition is a first for Houghton Regis and I am grateful for support from Russell HR Consulting who have made it possible. This is a completely different event from our usual fundraisers.

“It’s about the community and for the community. Given that Houghton Regis will double in size in the next 10 to 15 years, I hope it will be a legacy and if the exhibition is successful the council may add it to its events calendar going forward.”

He added: “It’s also one leisure activity that’s missing in Houghton Regis. There’s lots of physical sport and activity, but there’s not much in the arts. There’s so much happening in Houghton Regis at the moment. It’s a real renaissance so an art exhibition seems to be in line with everything else that’s being done by the council and various partners.”

Bedford Square Community Centre is in Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis, and the exhibition is from 10am – 3pm.

>Houghton Regis Town Council is inviting Gazette readers to a free talk by Mike Ruff about the History of Maypole Dancing on Wednesday, April 30 at 2pm as an introduction to Houghton Regis May Fayre on Saturday, May 3.

The talk will be at Houghton Regis Library and last for about an hour.

Mike Ruff’s involvement in country dance stretches back more than 40 years. During that time he has been a member of various performance and social dance groups and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, the South Bank and festivals around the world including Australia and Israel.

As well as dancing he works as a professional musician and has been teaching dance in schools for the past 15 years. Mike hosted the maypole dancing at Houghton Regis May Fayre in 2013 and played the accordion at the 2014 Pancake Race.

Some seats may be available on the day, but places cannot be guaranteed. To book your free tickets contact

> This year’s May Fayre is from 12noon – 4pm on the Village Green.

As well as maypole dancing and the crowning of the May Queen, the event includes morris dancing from Red Cuthbert Morris, live music from ONIT Productions, fairground rides for younger children, stalls, food and ice cream.

The Dogs Trust will provide free microchipping for pets.