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Flowers tulips along the Embankment Bedford near suspension bridge over River Great Ouse
Some of the flowers that have been filling Bedford's Embankment with colour could now do the same for local community groups as Bedford Borough Council launches its popular tulip bulb...
Laura and Harrison Barnes of Barnes Rose Personal Training
The team at Barnes Rose Personal Training are taking on their latest challenge at the beginning of June in order to raise money for a new portable defibrillator outside their premises in Stagsden...
Brian's wife Sally Woodrow (centre) with sons James and Nicholas admiring the new drawing of Brian Woodrow at the Primrose Cancer Unit. Image: BHC&F
Bedford Hospital Charity and Friends (BHC&F) have paid tribute to its founder Brian Woodrow OBE DL by unveiling a drawing of him at the Primrose Cancer Centre at Bedford Hospital...
grants
The owner of Real Bedford FC has launched a new grant funding initiative to support the aspirations of young people in Bedford Borough. Peter McCormack said that the Bedford Future Fund aims...
The Revd Paula Vennells, the former head of the Post Office, has stood down as a governor of Bedford School following a high-profile court case, described as the biggest miscarriage of justice in modern legal history...
The overgrown garden in Elstow. Image: Terry Hayden
Elstow NHS worker Terry Hayden and his coworkers are on the lookout for donations and volunteers to revive a rundown garden for the community and local elderly. Terry Hayden works as a Social prescriber at...
Community groups working near an EMR station. Image: EMR
East Midlands Railway (EMR) has invited local groups to bid for funding as it launched its new £200,000 Community Fund. The fund aims to support communities and organisations along the routes...
As Schoolreaders celebrates its 10th anniversary, the charity is looking to increase its number of volunteers who are passionate about helping children discover their love for books. Schoolreaders is a national...
Rosebuds Iftar. Image: Amina Pagliari
Over 300 people attended Bedford’s first women-only Iftar earlier this month, hosted by Rosebuds Bedford Sisters, a local female Muslim community group. Hosted at The Marquee at Bedford Rugby...
A Bedford man has braved fog, heights and dodgy street meat to abseil 900 feet down New York City's iconic Empire State Building in the 'Big Rappel' the first charity event of its kind....
Everyday Heroes Awards finalists, highly commended and winners 2023
Last night we said "thank you" to the Bedford heroes who walk among us, with our fourth Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with The Harpur Trust. Just over 50 people were nominated...
Mouse and Teddy are Cuddle Therapy Ponies. Image: Sue Ryder
The patients and staff of Sue Ryder St John's Hospice in Moggerhanger were excited to be greeted by two very special guests recently, when Teddy and Mouse, a pair of ‘cuddle therapy ponies’ came for a visit...