Friday 14th January 1916: The Bedford and District Federation of the Church of England Men’s Society has raised £300 to provide the troops at the Front with a “Bedford Hut”. This will soon be built somewhere in France and will provide seating accommodation for 300 men. At one end there will be a chapel and adjoining the Hut there will be two quiet rooms for the use of the Chaplain and the men; the remaining space will be for ordinary social use. The Hut will be under the control of the Chaplains and will be for the use of troops of any denomination. It is hoped that a link can be kept between the Hut and Bedford by sending out newspapers, books and other gifts for the men using it.