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Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF) will launch a digital raffle next week raising money for local women who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. The raffle opens on 1 September...
All Everyday Heroes Awards winners 2022
Bedford's everyday heroes were celebrated last week (Thursday) in a glittering event at The Quarry Theatre on St Peter's Street in recognition of everything they do to make our borough a great place to live...
Sue Ryder St John's Hospice. Image: Sue Ryder
Sue Ryder St John's Hospice in Moggerhanger is calling on its service users, their family and friends to provide feedback on the care it provides, in a bid to enhance the services it offers...
A familiar face to Harpur Centre shoppers has retired, after 40 years of service to Bedford. Security Supervisor Bill Iles made his final patrol of the Harpur Shopping Centre last week...
A local charity that supports autistic people and their families in Bedfordshire has been awarded a significant grant by The Panacea Charitble Trust. Autism Bedfordshire recieved a grant for £10,000...
Creating Memories
Bedford-based, not-for-profit organisation, Creating Memories, has been awarded official charity status from the Charity Commission...
Undeterred by the wind and rain, a group of Bedfordians raised over £1,000 for Children in Need over the weekend, inspired by the BBC Children...
Everyday Heroes feature image
The Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards 2021, in partnership with the Harpur Trust, are now open for nominations so you can join us and celebrate those who make...
Bedford Visitor Information Centre
Bedfordians have reacted strongly to that survey by YouGov which claims Bedfordshire is England's least popular county. Now a new centre in Bedford will help promote the area far and wide. The Bedford Visitors Information Centre...
Santa NSPCC letter
As Christmas draws ever nearer, why not get the little ones excited for the big day with a Letter from Santa? It's a great way to bring joy to your own family...
The Black Tom Window Trail is back and this time it’s swapping its Santa hat for a Witch's broom and the festivities will be taking place on All...
The imposing ‘Stacja Dom Polski’ on Ashburnham Road has been part of the fabric of Bedford since 1962 and this weekend, the town’s Polish community is welcoming everyone to...