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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh flew by helicopter into Bedford yesterday (23 April) to visit a charity working with refugee women. The Duchess landed on the playing fields at Bedford Modern...
Nick Goldup COO at Wheelchair Alliance. Image: Wheelchair Alliance
The Wheelchair Alliance, an organisation which champions the needs of wheelchair users across England, has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer. Nick Goldup, from Bedford, has taken the helm...
St George's Cross flying at the Old Town Hall. Image: Bedford Borough Council
From the tales of a knight fighting dragons to the huge feasts, the story of St George is as iconic as the white and red flag of England. But like many early saints, the exact details of his life remain a mystery...
Image: TCS London Marathon/Facebook
This weekend, while many of us will be enjoying a (hopefully) relaxing spring Sunday (21 April) morning, several Bedfordians will be heading into London for this year's marathon. The 26.2-mile course...
Sharnbrook Charity Football match poster
When Chris Lander and Daniel Billington heard of the sad passing of Mark Singleton in February and the tragic news of Nick Cook’s illness and subsequent passing, they knew that these...
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 Dalek contemplates crossing the Suspension Bridge. Image: Bedford Who Charity Con
Bedfordians have reacted in shock after it was announced that Bedford Food Bank has ceased its relationship with Bedford Who Charity Con and will no longer accept donations from the popular not-for-profit...
Graham McFiggins (centre) surrounded by the people he's delivered letters to for 30 years. Image: Bedford Independent
It was the perfect way to end his final round, with over 50 Poets' residents coming out today (Tuesday) to say "thank you and goodbye" to Graham McFiggins who has been their postman for 30 years...
Phil Mardlin is running the Brighton Marathon for Mind Over Cancer. Image: Phil Mardlin
On 7 April, Bedford man Phil Mardlin will lace up his running shoes, don his lycra shorts and tackle 26.2 miles of Brighton coastline from Rottingdean to Portslade-by-sea for...
Cllr Sarah Gallagher at the Changing Places site in Russell Park. Image: Bedford Borough Council
New accessible Changing Places toilets have been officially opened in Russell Park and at the Higgins Bedford to cater to the needs of severely disabled visitors. In Russell Park, the modular unit is...
Protesters calling for a Gaza ceasefire marched from Bedford Park to Castle Mound on 2 March 2024. Image: Tony Burke
Bedford Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC) say they'll be demonstrating outside Barclays in Bedford High Street this weekend to highlight the role they say the bank is playing in arming...
The HG Fit crew with Mel Stratton of Love in a Bag Bedford (centre). Image: Carl Ahearne photography
A Kempston gym has donated over 60 bags filled with toiletries and other essentials to Love in a Bag Bedford who support local women in need. Love in a Bag Bedford was founded by Mel Stratton in 2018...