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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.

Our mission is to inform and inspire the people of Bedford. To do this we will work hard to bring them the news that matters to them from our town centre to the most rural of the Borough’s villages.

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The latest business to open its doors in the Old Arcade might seem familiar to some, as it's owned by the former managers of one of the town's oldest...
Spectacularts dance auditions
This Sunday, Spectacularts are searching for the Borough's best dancers to be part of their spectacular street arts festival, taking place in Bedford town centre on 7 September.
Russell Beard will be High Sheriff of Bedfordshire 2023/24. Image: The office of the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire.
Russell Beard has been installed as The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire for 2023/2024, being sworn in at a ceremony at Bedford Modern School this afternoon (Friday). Bedfordian, Russell...
The University of Bedfordshire is marking LGBTQ+ History Month this February with a trio of remote events, including a Q&A with military pilot and transgender advocate, Caroline Paige...
Maternity chiefs are set to be grilled by councillors about their improvement plans after inspectors found there was a risk of baby abduction at Bedford Hospital...
On board a slave ship c1830.
Black Lives Matter has focused on wealthy men across the world who made many millions from slavery. There were slave owners in Bedfordshire too and their legacy is still...
Bedford Borough residents looking for a drop-in vaccination should be given clearer instructions to ensure that they are not are turned away from COVID vaccination...
Image: Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama
The annual Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama returns to the Corn Exchange, Harpur Suite and Howard Room this weekend for an eight-day celebration of the performing arts...
If you're lucky, the days around Christmas can all merge into one with mince pies, cheese and Quality Street all seeming like suitable breakfast fare...
Bedfordshire Fire Authority Audit and Standards Committee 4 Jan 2024. Image via LDRS
Questions from the public are an important part of the governance of the Bedfordshire Fire Authority and should be encouraged, a meeting heard. There weren’t any questions from the public during...
Green bin garden waste
With Spring in the air, Bedford Borough Council will be resuming garden waste collection from Wednesday 1 March. Residents are reminded to put their green bin out...
Castle Road RTC 17 May 2019
A Bedford woman in her 70s remains in a critical condition after a collision between a car and a pedestrian on Castle Road on Friday evening (17 May)...