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  • It’s Love Parks Week!

    From 23 July to 1 August, it’s the Keep Britain Tidy Love Parks Week 2021, and the Council is celebrating all things parks!

    Beautiful wildflower meadows that were planted across Bedford as part of the ‘Bugs and Bees’ project are an explosion of colour at the moment, helping to celebrate Love Parks Week.

    Addison Howard Park, one of Bedford Borough’s Green Flag Award winning spaces, has a particularly stunning display of wildflowers. Wildflowers have also been sown in other ar...

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  • Summer Holiday Activities For Children On Free School Meals


    Bedford Borough Council has pulled together a wide-ranging holiday club programme during the summer holidays for eligible children who receive income-related free school meals.
     
    Clubs and providers throughout the Borough will be providing a mix of activities, suitable for children aged from 5 to 16, which help children stay healthy, active, socially connected, develop new skills and try new experiences, with each child taking part receiving a healthy lunch as part of the se...

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  • Bedford Borough Supports Sunflower Lanyards

     
    Last year, in 2020, Bedford Borough Council, Cambridgeshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, The Harpur Centre, Love Bedford (Bedford BID), Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum and Access Bedford announced their support for hidden disability sunflower lanyards in the borough.
     
    Sunflower lanyards are free and can help people who have disabilities that are not immediately obvious to others. This could include people with learning difficulties, those living with dement...

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  • Phase Two of High Street Improvement Works Set to Begin

    Since February 2021, Bedford Borough Council have been delivering high quality regeneration works to Bedford High Street in order to permanently make it one lane only for traffic and create more space for shoppers and pedestrians.

    Phase one of these works, which ran from St Peters Street to Mill Street are now complete and the Council plans to begin phase two on Monday 26 July, with traffic calming measures being put in place the night before. The second phase of works will stretch f...

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  • The Higgins Bedford Nominated as Finalist for Best Art Gallery Award

    The Higgins Bedford has received a nomination for the category of Best Art Gallery in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire in the Muddy Awards 2021.

    The awards, hosted by the Muddy Stilettos lifestyle website, celebrate the very best of local businesses and venues, emphasising quality and creativity.

    This is the very first time that The Higgins Bedford has been nominated for a Muddy Award, and is the only art gallery in Bedford to have reached the final stage of the awards.

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  • Free School Meal Vouchers Over Summer Holidays


    Bedford Borough Council is providing free school meal vouchers to parents of thousands of children and young people in the Borough throughout the summer holidays.

    Bedford Borough children from families that receive income-related free school meals are again eligible for a £15 voucher per week each, for the full six weeks. To date, £665,090 worth of vouchers have been directly issued to parents of 6,609 eligible children and young people to help with the cost of shopping for food...

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  • Bedford Borough Council Appoints New Chief Exec

    Following approval at Full Council on Wednesday 14 July, Laura Church, is set to become the new permanent Chief Executive at Bedford Borough Council and will take on the new role later this year.

    Laura has been at Luton Borough Council since 1988, working initially in planning and since taking on roles such as the head of Regeneration and service director for Business and Consumer Services.

    She then led the Council’s work on Place and Infrastructure as the Corporate Director...

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  • Summer of SEND Comes to The Higgins Bedford

    The Higgins Bedford have joined in with the Summer of SEND to deliver a number of free and fun online activities for children and young people with disabilities and/or special educational needs, which will run from 26th July – 23rd August.

    Children and young people are invited to take part in a series of pre-recorded video workshops filled with movement, music and games themed around transport. Workshops include going on a sensory adventure to discover hidden treasure, getting crafty...

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  • Bedford Borough Council urges residents to continue to remain cautious


    Following the Prime Minister’s briefing this week (Monday 12 July) the rules on what we can and can’t do will be changing from Monday 19 July.

    With rates increasing in Bedford Borough, the Council is asking residents to continue to exercise caution and common sense, and continue to:
     
    • take a free test if you have symptoms and get the vaccine if you are 18 or over.
    • self-isolate if told to do so by NHS test and trace.
    • if you can, wear a face ...

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  • Council Awards Rural Grant to Thurleigh Playing Field

    Bedford Borough Council has awarded £5,000 to Thurleigh Playing Field through the Rural Grants Scheme to help towards improving the site’s facilities and making the area more accessible.

    One of the major improvements taking place is the installation of a new patio area, which will be usable by local residents, spectators who are watching sports on the playing field, or parents and families using the children’s play area.

    Thurleigh Playing Field will also install an additiona...

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