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Students at Polam School were given an extra Amazonian surprise when they returned to the classroom last week. During lockdown, headteacher Darren O'Neil and Charlotte of Lola's Garden...
Bedford's Old Arcade
According to research, around 16 stores closed their doors every day in the first half of 2019 while only nine opened. This has seen a net decline of 1,234...
As thousands of people complete the Bedford Running Festival at Russell Park this weekend. You could be in with a chance of winning an excellent pack of goodies from ERDINGER...
Joshua in action
Two Bedford School boys have recently been selected to train in the England Hockey player development programme. Joshua Addo in Y9 and Joshua Stewart in Y10 both attended trials for the England Hockey Performance Centre back...
Chief Constable Trevor Rodenhurst
Drivers taking part in car meets could face having their vehicle seized, Bedfordshire Police has warned. During the latest Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Chief Constable Accountability...
Rough Sleeper black and white
Bedford Borough Council has secured the first thirteen homes under a new scheme to ensure a supply of temporary accommodation for people who are homeless. Speaking about the scheme cllr...
Bedford Central Library
Bedford Borough Council have dismissed claims made on a local public Facebook group that Bedford Central Library is being sold to make way for residential and commercial development. The post...
Ben Foley
https://youtu.be/KYLGyXQ0LLY The lifts at Bedford Train Station are now out of action for two months, and the message from Network Rail for commuters unable to use the walkway to platforms 2 to 4, get a taxi. Ben...
Kerbside glass recycling is being trialed in Bedford Borough. Image: Bedford Borough Council
A trial to enable residents to recycle glass bottles and jars directly in their orange-lidded bins will begin in selected areas of Bedford Borough this Spring. The nine-month trial will begin in late April/early May...
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People who use Bromham Road, Shakespeare Road and Ashburnham Road should give themselves more time to get to where they're going from tomorrow (17 February) as six weeks of...
Young people leaving the care system and those who care for family members are among those being offered free sessions at leisure centres in Bedford Borough.
Robinson Pool
Users of some leisure centres in Bedford are being faced with "dirty" facilities, a meeting heard. Bedford Borough Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and culture, councillor Doug McMurdo...