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Bedfordshire will get a broadband boost as one of the pilot areas that will be connected to the UK’s next generation broadband network. This will require full replacement of Openreach’s outdated copper network across the county. North...
Hanif Patel
The Shortstown Shackleton Cauldwell (SSC) Action Group has welcomed the resignation of Hanif Patel as Chair of the Board for the Heart Multi Academies Trust (MAT). The SSC Group and Heart MAT are currently in mediation...
Remembrance Bench
The Bedfordshire Royal British Legion Riders Branch has unveiled a memorial bench along Bedford’s Embankment to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One. The group raised the money needed to purchase and install the bench...
Shop Local
As the news that 14 shops are shutting every day on the UK's High Streets, we are partnering with Explore Bedford to launch the Shop Local Bedford campaign. This is a call to action for us all...
Education Cuts
Bedford's Mayor, Dave Hodgson, has said schools across Bedford Borough are facing a combined cut of £1.3m as their budgets are slashed by central government.  In a statement issued today, the town's Mayor said that the...
Palmer brothers Bedford Modern School WW1 Centenary
https://youtu.be/9BdsxY6GWZY Students and staff at Bedford Modern School are each remembering a former pupil who fought in World War One to mark 100 years since its end. Each person at the school has been given one of 1,100 lanyards, with details...
Poppy Bridgevideo
https://youtu.be/4P81Vv0skFY Have you seen Bedford's suspension bridge today? It's now covered in woollen poppies to mark 100 years since the end of World War One. Local artist Verity Slaughter-Penney is behind the project and pulled together knitting...
Kennet Rise
Bedfordshire Police has charged two men for GBH with intent and possession of an offensive weapon, after a man was stabbed on Kennet Rise, Bedford on Monday. Mohammed Rahman, 24, of Cobden Square, and Haseeb Akhtar, 21,...
Poppy Pop Up Shopvideo
https://youtu.be/xz77c6E92AU A temporary Poppy Shop has opened again in Bedford's Harpur Shopping Centre, helping to raise much needed funds for the Royal British Legion. Bedford is just one of a few town's to boast a Royal British...
Bedford’s Eagle Travel has been shortlisted in the Luxury Travel Agency of the Year category in the TTG Luxury Travel Awards. The awards set out to recognise the very best in luxury travel and act as...
Parking Charge Freeze
Mayor Dave Hodgson’s Cabinet has resolved that all car park charges will be frozen for 2019. They will also maintain - and in some cases extend - the free parking options for Bedford Town Centre. The...
Bedfordshire Against Covanta Incinerator
A controversial incinerator to be built by Covanta in Marston Vale has been given the go-ahead despite an appeal by local campaign group BACI (Bedfordshire Against Covanta Incinerator). In the High Court today, Mrs Justice Lang...