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Bedford Athletic slumped to a 45-12 defeat at home to Tring, in a match in which they lacked cohesion and accuracy. They did manage two tries but were otherwise outclassed by their more...
Cycling Amsterdam
Imagine, if you will, an alternate reality in which public transport and green infrastructure have been so widely invested in that the whole of Bedford Borough is served by clean, frequent, efficient and...
Bristol Bears scored eight tries and Bedford Blues, five in a cracking affair at Goldington Road which the Bears won 54-33 on a special edition of the Friday night lights...
Bedford residents gathered to show their support for Palestine on Saturday, 4 November
Bedford Borough Council has issued details of road closures in Bedford on Saturday (2 March) due to a march taking place between De Parys Avenue and the Embankment. The march, organised by...
Biddenham pavillion playpark Image Biddenham Parish Council
A new inclusive and accessible children’s playground has been opened at the Pavilion in Biddenham with children invited to hunt for sweets around the area to celebrate. Parish Cllr Laura Simmonds...
Bedford Borough Hall Image LDRS
A senior Bedford Borough councillor has said he is “disappointed” that safeguarding concerns have been raised at a council meeting.Councillor Robert Rigby (Conservative, Bromham), the council’s...
Five Past 5 Image Five Past 5 Via Cuffe & Taylor
Bedford's own Five Past 5 will be joining DJ Pete Tong for this year's Bedford Summer Sessions in Bedford Park on Friday, 5 July. Pete Tong is returning to Bedford to headline a special Ibiza Classics...
How the Bedford Borough Council website looks when translated into Italian. Image: Screenshot
I am speechless. 100 different languages? One of which is an old Anglo-Saxon one? I thought it might be the 1st of April, not the 1st of March. Seven different versions of English “…Australian...
mother baby maternity family health
New data from the Office for National Statistics has shown a Bedfordian born in 2020/22 isn’t predicted to live as long as someone born in 2012/14.
Bedford Blues' Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer has named a mammoth 30-man squad for the Friday night visit of Premiership side, Bristol Bears at Goldington Road...
Your weekly what’s on guide for Bedford and the surrounding area from The Bedford Clanger. Never miss a thing in Bedford ever again. From theatre to film, live music to art exhibitions, The Bedford...
Body Shop, Silver Street Bedford. Image: Google Maps image capture June 2018
The Bedford branch of The Body Shop will be amongst 75 others to close across the UK in the next few weeks, with a loss of 489 jobs, according to the firm overseeing its restructuring. As...