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The John Bunyan Boat has launched a brand-new calendar and diaries, to help them raise vital funds for The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust. Thanks to their dedicated and willing volunteers...
homeless man
Bedford's Homelessness Awareness Week returns for second year from 1 December to look at the issues around homelessness and to raise awareness of local services and...
Rickshaw Challenge
The BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge will ride into Harpur Square at 7pm this evening and they're hoping for a warm Bedford welcome.
Michael Gurr Humans of Bedford
We're very excited to launch 'Humans of Bedford', an occasional column from the Bedford Independent which will be devoted to ordinary Bedfordians who have lived extraordinary...
Thorntons
For some families, it’s not always plain sailing when it comes to spending Christmas with their nearest and dearest.Lorraine Kirby, a former Bedford-based...
love in a bag
The charitable project that aims to show vulnerable people some love and kindness at Christmas is back in Bedford - and support is coming from businesses...
Refill Bedford
The campaign against single-use plastic is set to reach a significant milestone with the launch of Refill Bedford, making it easier to reuse and refill...
A gym in Bedford is working with therapists, yoga instructors, personal trainers and boxing coaches to support young people in Bedford's LGBTQiA community...
A Bedford-based plumbing and heating business has been supporting vulnerable families in their community delivering food parcels. The team at LCA Maintenance Services, based at Elms Farm Industrial Estate, were inspired by the media coverage...
CRIB update
When SMART CJS launched its Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal in November, in aid of the SMART Prebend Centre for the homeless, Bedford - the target...
Residents in Bedford and Kempston have the opportunity this Saturday to vote for the Bid4Better community project they think will have the most impact on tackling serious youth violence in our area...
The Sue Ryder St John’s hospice in Moggerhanger have urged Bedfordians to lace up their trainers for their ‘Walk to Remember’ this October. The 5k charity walk takes place on Sunday 10 October and will...