A signmaker with a liking for the works of Oscar Wilde was blamed for accidentally renaming a village in Bedfordshire. Milton Ernest was spelt as Milton Earnest - as in Wilde’s play ‘The Importance of...
The now finally confirmed closure of all Debenhams stores, as it goes purely on-line, further damages Bedford town centre. Until now Bedford has, despite the losses of several major retailers, been doing better than many comparable towns...
2020 really did keep on giving until the end. After a year of Covid 19 and restrictions relating to the virus, not only was the Borough placed in Tier 4 for Christmas, but we in Bedfordshire then suffered from the Christmas Eve/Day/Boxing Day floods...
Well, what a year 2020 has turned out to be and I, like many other residents, am planning for a very different Christmas this year...
A Bedford couple received their perfect early Christmas present, when they were reunited with their lost dog last week. Toby, the Cavalier King Charles...
Nicholas Goldwin and Julia Jarman
In our ongoing support of younger writers and future journalists, the Bedford Independent is delighted to welcome Milton Earnest teenager, Nicholas Goldwin to our pages. The 17-year-old has...
Mother and baby
A few weeks ago I visited the new cafe in Great Barford for its opening day. There was a lovely friendly village atmosphere and whilst there I got...
on street parking
There are certain topics which may seem on the face of it more ‘mundane’ but always cause passions to run high, and one of those is undoubtedly the...
Litter
Why would anyone? Since the beginning of lockdown, as I have discussed before, it’s been wonderful how many people have been enjoying our beautiful...
Bricks - Building
Planning, it’s never far from the headlines nationally, or locally. The rule book rewritten in 2012 and the Regional Spatial Strategies abandoned. Eight years on and the headlines are full of talk...
Kathy Brown's Garden
Kathy Brown's beautiful gardens at the Manor House in Stevington have reopened to the public, just in time for Father's Day.
cycling bikes
Cycling and walking is having a ‘moment’ since lockdown with the decrease in traffic as many residents in the Borough, me and my family included...