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The local NHS is to get over £330,000 less than it was hoping for from a new Clapham development because it couldn’t evidence why it wanted more money, a meeting heard...
Professional worker using pan knife for building brick walls with cement and mortar planning new homes builder building Image Adobe Stock:aboutmomentsimages
Plans to build 500 new homes north of Bedford have been approved following an agreement on the location and funding of a sports pitch. In March, Bedford Borough Council’s Planning Committee deferred...
Cllr Henry Vann (Lib Dem, De Parys) Leader, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats.
“Overlooked Bedford” needs an independently minded MP who will fight for it, the Lib Dem candidate for next month’s General Election has said. Henry Vann said he is standing because he cares about...
Tom Grennan. Image: Frank Fieber
Bedford's Tom Grennan has burst into the top 10 most-played artists of 2023, joining established acts including Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Taylor Swift and Madonna. The singer/songwriter thanked...
Gareth Mackey at BBC Three Counties Radio. Image: Photo supplied by the candidate
The Independent candidate for Mid Bedfordshire said he is standing again as he has “unfinished business”. Gareth Mackey came fourth when he stood as a candidate for last year’s by-election...
Jamie, Kelly & Cassie with Paul Cook of the Road Victims Trust. Image: RVT
The Road Victims Trust (RVT), a local charity which provides a beacon of support for individuals and families affected by post-collision bereavement and trauma, is proudly celebrating its 30th anniversary...
Bedford borough Lib Dems have said the Conservative administration had to use reserves to balance their budget. But the Conservatives said that they are just following the Lib Dem suggestion to use...
The RNID is calling for British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation at the victory speech by the re-elected or newly elected Prime Minister Image: RNID
The morning after the general election, 5 July, will be a historic moment for the UK. Whether it is delivered by a re-elected or newly elected Prime Minister, their speech to the nation will be a...
The Bedford Ladies Tug of War squad in action
The Bedford Tug of War Ladies Team once again struck national gold at the weekend with three first place medals and a silver in a successful Outdoor National Championships in Devon...
Tennis courts in Bedford Park. Image: Bedford Borough Council
With the tennis season well underway and Wimbledon just around the corner, Bedford's tennis courts are up and running under new management. The new tennis management operator, National Tennis...
As we approach General Election polling day, I want to take a moment to remind residents across our Borough of an essential requirement for this election period: voter identification...
Julie Ellison is carrying out a gruelling seven-hour gym session to raise money for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. Image: Steele Fitness Group
Today (Saturday) Bedford Borough mum Julie Ellison is carrying out a seven-hour gruelling" gym session to raise money for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust following its care and support of her...