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  • Have Your Say on the Future of Bedford Town Centre

    Bedford Borough Council is writing a new Town Centre Plan and wants to hear from you.

    Town centres across the country are changing. The internet and online shopping are permanently changing how we shop and how we use our town centre.

    But Bedford has a unique story to tell: alongside our unique and beautiful river, 62% of our local retail are independent shops- a higher percentage than Cambridge; small businesses get automatic rate relief; and last year, 77 new businesses op...

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  • A-Level Results!

    Exam celebrations for students and staff took place across Bedford Borough today with provisional figures showing that nearly 99% [98.9%] of our pupils achieved at least 1 A* to E grade and 83.8% of our students achieved 3 or more A* to E grades at A-level; an increase from 2018.

    Cllr James Valentine, Portfolio Holder for Education and Children’s Services, said “Well done to everyone receiving their results across Bedford Borough today and the very best of luck as you look ahead to...

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  • New online counselling and emotional wellbeing service available for children and young people in Bedford Borough

    A free, online counselling service for children and young people experiencing emotional and mental health issues has launched in Bedford Borough.

    The service, Kooth, is provided by XenZone, an online mental health provider commissioned by Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, as part of a wider partnership with neighbouring councils and health commissioners.

    Kooth is available for young people aged 11-19 living in Bedford Borough, Central Be...

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  • Booking Now Open for ‘Active Adults’ Courses

    Booking is now open for Bedford Borough Council’s ‘Active Adults’ Sports Courses.

    These are relaxed, informal sports sessions aimed at the over 35s, and are ideal for people who maybe haven’t done a sport for a long time or who would like to have a go at something new.

    As well as Badminton, Tennis, FitSteps, Golf, Indoor Bowls, Martial Arts, Nordic Walking, Pilates, Walking Football and Yoga, there are new activities this term including Clubbercise, Dance Yourself Fit, Fit ...

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  • The Jobs Hub Set to Stay

    Bedford Borough Council has confirmed continued funding for The Jobs Hub, ensuring this service can continue to help people find a new job, or get started on the career ladder.

    The Jobs Hub, on Greyfriars, provides career advice and guidance to people of all ages who live in Bedford Borough to find work, training and apprenticeships. This can include helping job seekers find a job, gain new skills, or change careers.

    In 2018/19 alone, they have supported over 600 people get...

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  • Run, Swim, Race- Bedford’s Junior Aquathlon is Back!

    The Bedford Junior Aquathlon returns to Bedford Park and Robinson Pools & Fitness on Sunday 6 October.

    The Aquathlon is a combined swimming and running event for children from school years 3-11. There will be five age categories from ‘Tristar Start’ with year 3’s challenged to swim 66 metres and a 600 metre run all the way up to ‘Tristar 4’ with years 10 and 11 students swimming 400 metres and completing a 2.8km run.

    Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and C...

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  • Your Vote Matters - Look Out for Your Household Enquiry Form

    Bedford Borough Council has sent out this year’s ‘Household Enquiry Forms’ to ensure everyone who has a right to vote, is on the Electoral Register.

    The Council is required by law to carry out what is known as an ‘Annual Canvass’ every year. This involves writing to every household in the Borough, so local residents can check that the correct individuals are registered to vote at their address and, if necessary, make any changes.

    Please check the details for your household ...

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  • Less Than One Year to Go Until River Festival 2020

    The Bedford River Festival 2020 will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July, and Bedford Borough Council is now delighted to announce the event’s headline sponsor will be Wainwright, by Marston’s Beer Company.

    Bedford River Festival is recognised as one of the largest outdoor events of its kind in the UK, with thousands of visitors over one weekend in Jul...

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  • National Accreditation for Archive Service

    Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, the oldest county records office in the country, has again been awarded Archive Service Accreditation.

    Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery.

    Achieving accredited status demonstrates that Bedfordshire Archives has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections and what the service offers ...

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  • Public Space Protection Orders in Bedford Borough

    Following consultation earlier this year, two Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in Bedford Borough are in place for a further three years.

    Orders restricting cycling in the pedestrianised area of the town centre from 9am to 6pm, and dog control orders for various locations, including dog fouling across the Borough were originally introduced in 2016. Since then, over 1,800 fixed penalty notices have been issued to individuals who have been found to be breaking the orders.

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