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Five Past 5 Image Five Past 5 Via Cuffe & Taylor
Bedford's own Five Past 5 will be joining DJ Pete Tong for this year's Bedford Summer Sessions in Bedford Park on Friday, 5 July. Pete Tong is returning to Bedford to headline a special Ibiza Classics...
Ditch the dull Dad gifts and WIN a money-can’t-buy Father’s Day prize from Brewpoint Brewery, Bedford. Socks? No, did that for Christmas. Aftershave? Got him that last year. Dads have got to be the...
Dallas Road, Kempston
A committee chairman used his casting vote to give the go-ahead to a development of 341 new homes on a derelict former factory site in Kempston.''
Bedford is known for its markets and thanks to £60,000 in funding from the Town Centre Priority Fund, Bedford Borough's Charter Market stalls have seen a recent, specialist...
Barkers Lane tidy tip Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)
For the first time since the end of March, vans and most trailers will be able to return to Bedford's household waste recycling centre...
Empire Windrush
72 years ago today, the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks from the Caribbean, and since 2018, the date has been marked to recognise...
An emergency cash pot of more than £178,700 has been created to help people who are struggling to afford food and essentials during the covid crisis in Bedford. The money has been...
Following refurbishment, the historic Ice House located in Bedford’s Cultural Quarter,  is now accessible through guided walks with the Bedford Association of Tour Guides. The Ice House is an underground, man-made chamber inside the Castle Mound...
Repair Shop
Volunteers from the BedPop Repair Shop have brought their skills out onto the streets to fix two much-loved pieces of play equipment in Bedford town centre.
Brothers-in-law Steve Curd and Rob Acheson have recently transformed a neglected unit on Roff Avenue into a thriving barber shop. Originally from London, Steve has been barbering in Northamptonshire for the last 10 years. While Rob...
Joe Sumner Image: Cuffe & Taylor
With Bedford Park Concerts returning this weekend, we've been catching up with one of the acts, Joe Sumner, who is supporting his dad, Sting for his 'My Songs' world tour on Saturday (24 June)...
Work to continue on Paula Radcliffe Way. Image: Bedford Borough Council
A councillor has thanked motorists for their patience and understanding as it was announced that due to the replacement of crash barriers, the full reopening of Paula Radcliffe Way will be delayed...