Thursday, January 21, 2021
In the week she turned 100, Bedford care home resident, Norah Gould has received the best belated birthday present she could have asked for. Today (Wednesday), Norah and the other residents and...
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We are regularly updating this blog with the latest coronavirus statistics from Public Health England and any further details we receive from Bedford Hospital. All data is correct at time of...

In Bedford this week

Proposed Council budget sees vital services protected but Council Tax will...

Continuing Government cuts to local authorities, plus the added pressure of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, mean that Bedford Borough Council must save £10.9million in the 2021/22 financial year...

Dorothy Hosein steps down as Chief Executive of EEAST due to...

Dorothy Hosein has today (20 January 2021) stepped down as chief executive of the beleaguered East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust following a period of ill health. Medical director and deputy chief executive, Dr Tom Davis...

Chief nurse and deputy chief nurse return to the frontline for...

Bedford's chief nurse and deputy chief nurse were both at the forefront of the CCG's rollout of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) vaccine to the Borough's care homes. As reported in the Bedford Independent last week, the government has demanded that all care home...

Councillors call for ‘openness and transparency’ over vaccine roll out in...

Local health chiefs were grilled by councillors for not releasing information about Covid-19 (coronavirus) vaccinations in Bedford. Some elected members at the borough council believe a reluctance to provide up to date information is causing...

Motorists warned of Manton Lane closure as footbridge is installed this...

Motorists are advised to avoid Manton Lane at the weekend as it will be closed while a new footbridge is installed. The installation, which aims to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow, was delayed due to an outbreak of Covid-19 (coronavirus)...

Environmental protections post-Brexit: the race to the bottom begins

The watering down of workers' rights, standards and environmental protections was at the heart of my concerns over Brexit. Just weeks after our final ties with the EU were severed and my concerns are already being realised...

Missing: Leah Smith

Bedfordshire Police have issued an appeal for help finding Bedford teenager Leah Smith. The 18-year-old was last seen at her Bedford home around 10.30am yesterday (Monday). She is 5ft tall, slim...

“Racism and lack of trust” could be helping cause high covid...

Systemic racism and a lack of trust in authority could be helping push high rates of Covid-19 (coronavirus) infection in Bedford, a meeting heard. A Bedford Borough Council meeting yesterday (Monday) saw a league table of recent cases...

Four flood alerts in place throughout Borough as Storm Christoph approaches

Heavy rain forecast tomorrow (Wednesday) has seen four flood alerts put in place throughout Bedford Borough. The Environment Agency's advice to homeowners is 'be prepared' as flooding is possible...

This week’s most popular stories

Newborn baby
Following an inspection in November 2020, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that it must make significant and immediate improvements to the maternity services at Bedford Hospital and has served...
Before March 2020, Marianna Slivnitskaya was a fit and healthy mother of teenage twins with a job in London and a passion for running. She ran regularly with her friends from Transition Coaching, exercised six days a week and was...
Imagine being so dedicated to something that you want to be reminded every time that you open your door. Well, that is exactly what Bedfordian Pritti Saggi has done, with the help of local illustrator Sarah Harrison...

Stories you may have missed

Bedfordshire University launches COVID-19 hardship fund

Students at Bedfordshire University are now able to access a COVID-19 (coronavirus) hardship fund if they are struggling due to the ongoing lockdown. The fund is open to all students...

Four flood alerts in place throughout Borough as Storm Christoph approaches

Heavy rain forecast tomorrow (Wednesday) has seen four flood alerts put in place throughout Bedford Borough. The Environment Agency's advice to homeowners is 'be prepared' as flooding is possible...

Warning as fraudsters target Bedford’s vulnerable with COVID-19 vaccine scam

People are being warned to be vigilant as a growing number of scams are appearing and asking for people's financial details to register for a COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccination Police forces across...

Councillors call for COVID-19 vaccine for teachers and school staff

A group of councillors have called on all teachers and school staff to have priority access to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine. At last night's full council meeting, Labour Councillors...

Dorothy Hosein steps down as Chief Executive of EEAST due to...

Dorothy Hosein has today (20 January 2021) stepped down as chief executive of the beleaguered East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust following a period of ill health. Medical director and deputy chief executive, Dr Tom Davis...

Artist brings ‘colourful path of joy’ to life for Bedford resident

Imagine being so dedicated to something that you want to be reminded every time that you open your door. Well, that is exactly what Bedfordian Pritti Saggi has done, with the help of local illustrator Sarah Harrison...

Proposed Council budget sees vital services protected but Council Tax will...

Continuing Government cuts to local authorities, plus the added pressure of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, mean that Bedford Borough Council must save £10.9million in the 2021/22 financial year...

Motorists warned of Manton Lane closure as footbridge is installed this...

Motorists are advised to avoid Manton Lane at the weekend as it will be closed while a new footbridge is installed. The installation, which aims to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow, was delayed due to an outbreak of Covid-19 (coronavirus)...

Community bakery seeks support from furloughed chefs

A community bakery which offers work experience and training to ex-offenders, is reaching out to furloughed chefs and kitchen staff to ask for their support. A number of the staff and volunteers at Companions CIC, based at The Gallery on Howard Street...