Everyday Heroes Awards: Tell us who works hard to put Bedford on the map


As we creep closer to this year’s Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, we’re looking at all the categories more closely, and today we’re looking at how we can say “thanks” to those who help put Bedford on the map.

We have two categories that will do just that, Raising the Profile of the Town (Team) and Raising the Profile of the Town (Individual)

Our Everyday Heroes Awards 2021 are in partnership with The Harpur Trust and help recognise people who have made a difference to our Borough and made Bedford brilliant.

With nominations coming in fast, it’s going to be a tough job for our judges to choose the finalists, who will all be invited to join us at our awards ceremony hosted by Bedford School at the Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s.

While we had a similar award last year, we have separated the Raising the Profile of the Town award to help to recognise the different ways a team or individual may raise Bedford’s profile in the region and beyond.

Raising the Profile of the Town (Team)

Our good friends at Bedford Radio are joining us this year to support the Raising the Profile of the Town category.

If you know of a group of people or an organisation that helps Bedford punch above its weight, then this is the award you need to nominate them for.

We’re looking for teams (two or more people) who have organised events, promoted Bedford as a great place to come or consistently delivered great things to see and do for local people.

If they help make Bedford a great place to live then we want to celebrate what they do.

“Bedford is a fantastic town, and as the local radio station for Bedford we are passionate about promoting what’s great about Bedford,” said Martin Steers from Bedford Radio.

“We are proud to support this category that showcases and celebrates those teams that go above and beyond to raise the profile of Bedford, and we thank all those who do their bit to shout about our great town.

“A big thank you to the Bedford Independent for not only putting these awards together for another year, but also for all that they do in raising the profile of Bedford.”

Raising the Profile of the Town (Individual)

As well as being our venue again this year, the Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s is helping to recognise individuals who do things to make Bedford brilliant.

As an individual, they may have organised an event, campaigned to make our town better, or shouted loud about the positives of Bedford on social media.

Whatever it is, tell us how they’ve helped shine a light on our borough.

James Pharaoh, Director of Theatre at the Quarry Theatre said: “The Quarry Theatre team are delighted to be able to host this year’s Everyday Heroes Awards ceremony… and not on Zoom.

“As a venue for arts & culture it’s clearly fitting that we sponsor the Raising the Profile of The Town (Individual) category and wish all the nominees the best of luck.

“Bedford is an extremely vibrant town when it comes down to the arts and events with much of the credit owed to those putting in the extra time (many of which is volunteered) to help keep the place where we work and live on the cultural map.”

You can tell us who deserves to receive the Raising the Profile of the Town (Team) award at the form below by 4 March 2022.

Please remember the nomination must be for activities carried out between January and December 2021.

You can also access the form here, or a downloadable form is available upon request here.

Quarry Theatre
The Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s

2020 winner

The winner of last years ‘all in’ Raising the Profile of the Town award was Mark Harrison.

Mark was chosen as the winner for his work in organising Bedford Park Concerts for the last 25 years.

In this time, Mark has brought the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Dizzee Rascal, UB40, Kaiser Chiefs, Jess Glynne, Michael Ball, Feeder, Basement Jaxx, Tom Walker, Tom Oddell, Cafe Mambe and countless more to Bedford Park.

The Concerts bring in thousands of people to our town and in turn, local businesses benefit. Plus Mark makes sure local charities also benefit from the concerts, which for the last few years have been the MS Therapy Centre.

This also means whoever you nominate will be the first recipient of these awards, giving them a chance to feel even more special.

Highly commended: Taste Bedford

You can find out more about the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with The Harpur Trust, and the other categories open for entries here.