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  • Over 130 Swimmers at the 25th Bedford Junior Aquathlon

    This month saw the 25th Bedford Junior Aquathlon, a combined swimming and running event for young people aged 8 to 16 years old.

    134 young people took on the challenge at Bedford Park and Robinson Pool & Fitness on Sunday 13th May, swimming and running their way to the finish line with countless examples of athleticism and good spirit.

    Surprisingly after the downpour the day before, the weather stayed fine with smiles at the finish line where the competitors’ time ...

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  • Refugee Week 18th – 24th June 2018

    The Higgins Bedford is hosting events at Bedford Central Library and the Harpur Suite to mark Refugee Week next month. 

    On Sunday 17th June from 1-6pm, the Harpur Suite will host a fully-packed programme of free events, poetry workshops, the opportunity to learn new languages, food from around the world, fashion, theatre and music in a festival of Bedford’s diversity.

    Refugee Week is celebrating 20 years so there will be a chance to learn 20 words in a new languag...

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  • Spring brings three authors to Putnoe Library

    • 24th May: Rowan Coleman ‘Summer of Impossible Things’
    • 30th May: Ben Kane ‘Clash of Empires’
    • 12th June: Ruth Hogan ‘The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes’
    Putnoe Library will be hosting three author visits this May and June.

    On the 24th May at 6.30pm, Sunday Times best-selling author, Rowan Coleman, will be talking to us about her latest book, `The Summer of Impossible Things’.

    Followed by Historical fiction author, Ben Kane, who...

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  • Planting Trees Across Bedford Borough

    Bedford Borough Council has planted more trees this planting season than any other planting season in over 10 years.

    The planting season for trees generally runs from October to April, and this planting season saw over 200 trees planted.

    A variety of trees have been planted on highways verges and residential streets for people to enjoy across the Borough, as well as in parks and open spaces including Bedford Park and Jubilee Park.

    In addition to new locations, trees...

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  • ‘Paved with Gold’: Bedford’s Windrush Generation - The Higgins Bedford Collecting Stories for Upcoming Exhibition

    The Higgins Bedford is looking for volunteers to help with an upcoming project celebrating the 70thanniversary of the Empire Windrush ship arriving with immigrants from the Caribbean to England.

    The museum team are hoping to collect stories and hear the experiences of people who arrived from the Caribbean and settled in Bedford as part of the Windrush Generation. These stories will form part of the upcoming exhibition ‘Paved with Gold’: Bedford’s Windrush Generation&...

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  • Family Activities and Events at The Higgins Bedford this May Half-Term

    • Tuesday 29th May: Explore with Kevin the Platypus
    • Tuesday 29th May: Explore with Kevin- Bawden’s Beasts
    • Wednesday 30th May: Explore with Kevin- Hats off to Higgins
    • Friday 1st June: Explore with Kevin- Prehistoric Pencil Cases

    During the Half-Term week, The Higgins Bedford are inviting families to a series of activities to entertain children aged 5 and above. Enjoy workshops, arts and crafts and exploring the galleries. Even...

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  • Mental Health Awareness Events At The Higgins Bedford

    • Wednesday 16th May: De-Stress Day
    • Saturday 26th May: Break The Stigma Open Day

    The Higgins Bedford will be working to raise awareness and help people talk about their mental health with two free events during May 2018.

    On Wednesday 16th May, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, people are invited to unwind and de-stress at The Higgins Bedford. Just visiting the museum can help you to feel less stressed. There will be a number of re...

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  • Kite Festival Returns to Bedford this June

    Spectacular kites from around the world will take to the skies above Bedford on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June for the annual International Kite Festival.

    Kites of all descriptions, sizes and colours will be back in the air for two days of aerial displays over Russell Park. Visitors will also have the chance to fly their own kites in a special arena, with exhibitors and experts on hand to give demonstrations and provide tips and advice on building the perfect kite.

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  • Could you change a child’s life?

    Foster Care Fortnight, Monday 14th May- Sunday 27th May

    Foster Care Fortnight, led by The Fostering Network, has been established for almost 20 years, showcasing the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers across the country.

    In Bedford Borough, we are marking Foster Care Fortnight with a picnic in the park for our fantastic foster carers on 19th May. Council staff are also doing a sponsored bike ride, cycling th...

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  • ‘Give a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out’

    From this week, posters about alternative ways of giving will be going up across Bedford town centre.

    Bedford Borough Council has received reports from local businesses and residents about aggressive begging in our town centre. In response the Community Safety Partnership has launched a poster campaign, working with the Council, Bedfordshire Police, Bedford BID, and the voluntary sector.

    The poster urges people to ‘Give a hand up, not a hand out’. The aim is to raise awaren...

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