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  • 75 Days To Go Until Bedford River Festival 2018!

    There are just 75 days to go until the Bedford River Festival, which this year marks its 40th anniversary on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July.

    Recognised as one of the largest outdoor events of its kind in the UK, the 2016 festival saw over a quarter of a million people enjoy the events, entertainments and activities on Bedford’s beautiful Embankment.

    The Carnival Parade is set to take place on the Sunday, led by the Bedford Pipe Band, with a new route which will cover ev...

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  • Triple P Parenting Offer – New dates for May

    Bedford Borough Council’s Early Help team have rolled out their May to July programme for their Triple P Parenting offer, a service supporting parents and carers with children and young people by offering a range of information and support from workshops to seminars.

    Through our Early Help Parenting Offer, we can provide supportive action for families at every stage of their lives. Our Group Triple P is an 8-week programme for any parent or carer with a child aged 0-12 years old. W...

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  • Joint Effort to Clear our Great River Ouse

    Bedford’s Rivercare Clean Up of 2018 took place on the morning of Saturday 21st April and was the biggest Rivercare event to date.

    The 192 volunteers that attended came from right across the Borough to support the initiative and together collected over 200 bags of rubbish leaving the area spotless.

    With such great support, numerous areas including the River Great Ouse, The Embankment, Longholme Island, Aspects, Russell Park, Mill Meadows, St Marys Gardens and Cast...

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  • Social Table Tennis – get active in everyday spaces

    New table tennis tables are being provided by Bedford Borough Council in partnership with Table Tennis England through their Loop scheme. There are four new tables which will be located in a number of different locations in Bedford and are available to the public free of charge.

    Currently, the Council has three tables based at the Higgins but the table tennis offer has now expanded to accommodate an additional four tables. One table will be based at Elcombe House, a specialist resi...

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  • Replacements Lifts are now complete at Lurke Street Car Park

    All 4 lifts at Lurke Street Multi Storey Car Park have now been replaced and are providing visitors with easy access to all floors of the Park Mark accredited carpark.

    Further improvement work started on the car park September 2017 to make it more accessible and user friendly. This included removing and replacing the 2 lifts at the entrance from Howard St, 1 lift at Lurke St and a fourth lift at the entrance from Duke St. These are faster more efficient lifts which will save time a...

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  • Funding Boost for Wellbeing Hub at The Higgins Bedford

    The Higgins Bedford, the town’s museum and art gallery, will offer wellbeing activities to the borough’s residents after receiving funds from local grantmaker, The Harpur Trust.

    The Harpur Trust has donated £25,105 to the organisation, which will support a year-long project to further develop a programme of activities to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of local people.

    A programme and range of activities that actively encourages and supports wellbeing is being bro...

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  • Major New Inward Investments by Aldi and B&M to Create 1,400 New Jobs in Bedford Borough

    Two major new regional distribution centres are to be built in Bedford Borough for popular nationwide retailers which will create an estimated 1,400 new jobs for the area.

    Bedford Borough Council worked closely with land owners Gallagher Estates in developing the opportunity, sourcing and facilitating their investment to the employment area of Wixams, off the A6 to the south of the Borough.

    Planning permission has been issued for B&M to construct a one million sqft dist...

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  • Sod Cutting Ceremony marks the official start of i-Worx construction

    Works officially began on the i-Worx project following the sod-cutting ceremony on the 16th April. The i-Worx project was developed after Bedford Borough Council’s successful bid to the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) for £2.5 million of Local Growth Funding.

    The project features an advanced Technology and Engineering Workshop Cluster offering twelve modern engineering and workshop spaces which will form part of the new Bedford Commerci...

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  • Rivercare Clean up 2018

    Ahead of a great summer in Bedford Borough, the Rivercare Clean up of 2018 takes place on the 21stApril. Rivercare is a community event which gives the Embankment area and river a complete clean with the help of volunteers and local groups.

    We are currently looking for volunteers interested in taking part to help clear and litter pick along the Embankment. Scuba divers and kayakers will be in the water clearing the rubbish that has been dumped into the Great Ouse daily from the riv...

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  • Increased Fines for Littering

    From 1st April 2018 the fine issued to those caught littering in Bedford Borough has increased by £25, in the Council’s latest move to crackdown on this offence.

    Recent legislation introduced by the Government allows Councils to increase the level of Fixed Penalty Notices for littering, graffiti and fly-posting. In Bedford Borough, offenders will be fined £100, with a discount to £75 if paid within 14 days.

    New legislation also allows the Council to issue Fixed Penalty...

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