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Cllr Carole Ellis and Dr Nelson Mandela on his visit to Bedford in 2000.
Twenty years ago today, on 7 April, 2000, Nelson Mandela made an historic visit to Bedford, to rededicate a statue of his friend and anti-apartheid...
Following agreement from HM The Queen, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, signed the Commissions of five new Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Bedfordshire on 1 March 2021 and an announcement...
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...
After a decade of deceit, including living rent-free in a luxury manor house, the purchase of high-end cars and foreign properties, trustees of a charity were evicted from...
Bedford Borough communities have rallied round to help neighbours and strangers alike, as flooding swept through the town and villages after heavy rainfall began...
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...
Windmill Farm in Stevington is proving to be a popular family day out this summer, thanks to their field of over 800,000 stunning sunflowers…
Laura Pottinger
The creative community in Bedford has paid tribute to Laura Pottinger who tragically lost her life at Kemspton Weir on Sunday, 16 April, alongside her great friend, Sarah Waller...
Oxfam shop
Like many charity shops, the coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on the volunteer numbers at Oxfam's two stores in Bedford town centre...
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...
L-R new owners of F Harris and Son butchers Alessandro Esposito and Zofia Jurkowska with Lisa Johnson and Bob Johnson who are retiring
Bob the butcher, a much-loved and well-known Bedfordian, and the longest-serving shop worker on Castle Road has decided to hang up his apron after 52 years. Bob Johnson, 66, started...
Kirstie Cook, CEO of the Kings Arms Project with Charles Whitbread Image: East Beds Shield / 'X'
A number of local charities have been the beneficiaries of donations taken from the East Beds Shield; a number of cricket competitions taking place throughout the summer in aid of 13 organisations...