Bedford's Oasis Swimming Pool has been branded "disgusting" after its outside has been allowed to deteriorate with little to no apparent evidence of repairs or maintenance. The operators Fusion...
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In Bedford this week

How Bedford coped with COVID: The Borough rises to the challenge

As Bedford, and the rest of the UK, begins to emerge from coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown the story of how we coped, the cost of it and what could happen next can be revealed...

Grange Academy in Kempston wins £2m govt funding to replace 1980s...

Kempston's Grange Academy has been awarded £2.26m in funding to replace decades-old portacabins with purpose-built classrooms...

Neighbours’ complaints see two Brickhill properties closed following drugs warrant

Following neighbours' complaints about drug use and anti-social behaviour, Bedford Community Policing team successfully secured two closure...

Sunshine and flowers on Bedfords’s beautiful Embankment

Visitors to Bedford’s Embankment will be met with a riot of colour this summer, as 20,000 sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, geraniums and verbena...

BCA ‘drops’ over 1,800 art packs to children in Bedfordshire

As the school holidays approach, Bedford Creative Arts (BCA) and its dream team of volunteers has delivered 1,800 packs of 'Let's Create' and 'Take Part...

Bedford Hospital and healthcare providers focus of covid infection ‘deep dive’

Coronavirus (COVID-19) detectives are focusing their investigation on workers at Bedford Hospital and other healthcare settings, suggesting they're behind the high rate of virus...

Letters: Take part in this year’s Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk

Under normal circumstances, many thousands of people would have by now signed up to take part in an Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk...

Queens Park Community Orchard team extends coronavirus response to domestic abuse

Statistics suggest that more than 7,000 people in Bedford experience domestic abuse each year, and during lockdown, many people have been trapped in...

This week’s most popular stories

Great Denham Golf Club
A petition to save Great Denham Golf Club has received over 1,700 signatures since it was launched on Friday (3 July). The club is due to close on...
Photographs, found on a 40-year-old camera in a charity shop, have now been returned to their delighted owner. Thanks to the detective work of photographer...
Quarry Theatre
Bedford's cultural venues - including Esquires and the Quarry Theatre - have welcomed the news that the Government has earmarked £1.57 billion to protect...

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Man jailed after driving to Bedford Station for sex with 14...

A man from Peterborough has been jailed for 16 months after he drove to Bedford Station, expecting to meet a 14 year old boy for sex...

Boots to close 48 opticians but no word if Bedford is...

In a shock announcement, Walgreens, the parent company of Boots, have announced they are closing 48 opticians across the country. They'll also make 4,000 people redundant in optician teams...

Council seizes music equipment of nuisance Kempston neighbour

A Kempston man has had stereos, speakers and a TV seized after blasting his neighbours with contnuous noise from early morning to late at night. Residents of Eastdale Close, Kempston...

Queens Park Community Orchard team extends coronavirus response to domestic abuse

Statistics suggest that more than 7,000 people in Bedford experience domestic abuse each year, and during lockdown, many people have been trapped in...

Have your say on Bedford’s future housing strategy

Bedfordians are being asked to make sure they put their views across on the Borough Council's housing strategy up to 2026. The consultation, which is now open until 18 August...

Grange Academy in Kempston wins £2m govt funding to replace 1980s...

Kempston's Grange Academy has been awarded £2.26m in funding to replace decades-old portacabins with purpose-built classrooms...

PM must apologise for care home comments says Bedford and Kempston...

Mohammad Yasin, MP for Bedford and Kempston has asked the Prime Minister to apologise for laying the blame of 20,000 coronavirus deaths across the UK on care home workers and...

Witness appeal after Mowsbury Park electric scooter robbery

Bedfordshire Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery at Mowsbury Park in Bedford last week. The victim and some friends were in Mowsbury...

Sunshine and flowers on Bedfords’s beautiful Embankment

Visitors to Bedford’s Embankment will be met with a riot of colour this summer, as 20,000 sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, geraniums and verbena...