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The Bedford Independent was founded to provide the people of Bedford Borough with a modern news desk that would give them easy access to genuine and unbiased Bedford news. We are independent in ownership and opinion.

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A talented Sharnbrook girl, who has been dancing since she was two-years-old says she is "getting stronger everyday" after losing her hand and part of her arm after a trampolining...
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...
Bedford Central Library
It's been over a year since Bedford Borough's libraries were forced to close as part of the first national Covid-19 (coronavirus) lockdown. But from Monday 12 April, Bedford Central and Kempston libraries...
The Bedford Club has presented St Paul's Church, Bedford with a silhouette statue commemorating a World War One soldier. Part of the national There But Not There campaign, in association with Help for Heroes Official and...
Debbie Burrells is know to many people, as part of the well-known local family behind Kitcheners Marina and Garage. Late last year she was diagnosed with a deadly form of Motor Neurone Disease (MND). She...
Superhero Awards
Bedford's everyday heroes living next door, up the road, or in a village nearby are to be celebrated once again, with awards that recognise those people who make Bedford brilliant. Entries...
Lucy Bardner from the Harpur Trust
The Harpur Trust has once again partnered with the Bedford Independent to celebrate the Borough's Everyday Heroes. For over 450 years The Harpur Trust has been inspiring and...
da Vinci Xi surgery robot Image supplied by: Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends
Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends (BHC&F) has brought cutting-edge tech to Bedford Hospital, thanks to support from the local community, with the arrival of a new da Vinci Xi surgery robot. While this...
Bedford Suspension Bridge
A Remembrance Day yarn bombing of Bedford’s Victorian suspension bridge, to Mark 100 years since the end of World War 1, has been given the go ahead. The yarn bombing is being organised by local artist...
Real Bread Week (RBW) is being celebrated in style at Companions Bakery, thanks to a collaboration with Wells & Co's new Brewpoint brewery. The bakery team were scratching their heads trying to come up with something new...
Lemon & Ginger -1/knitters with Nick Kier on behalf of this year's sponsor Lane & Holmes Estate Agents - Bedford and by Margaret Oakley, chair and Jane Knight, deputy chair of the Bedford Christmas Tree Festival
The votes are in, they have been counted and verified and the awards for the best-decorated trees at this year's Bedford Christmas Tree Festival have been announced. With a theme of 'Kings and Queens'...
The Panacea Museum garden. Image: The Panacea Charitable Trust
The Panacea Society was a Christian community founded and led by women, based in Bedford. They came to believe that their garden was on the original site of the Garden of Eden as described in the Bible....