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  • Exhibition Celebrating Polish Independence at The Higgins Bedford

    11th November 2018 – 11th November 2019: Celebrating 100 Years of Polish Independence – An Exhibition of Polish Heritage in Bedford

    To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence, established after the First World War, The Higgins Bedford presents an exhibition celebrating and exploring the shared stories of Bedford’s Polish community. The exhibition opens on 11th November 2018 in the Great Bedfordians Gallery and is free to visit.

    The exhibition includes a fil...

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  • Christmas Lights Switch-On

    *Thursday 22nd November - at 7pm*

    Bedford’s Christmas Lights Switch On event will take place on Thursday 22nd November, at 7pm, along The Embankment.

    Everyone is invited to attend this free Christmas event when Bedford Borough Council in partnership with Bedford BID will light up the town with another magnificent firework display to mark the start of the Christmas period.

    This year’s fireworks display is set to be the most spectacular yet, marking the start of the C...

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  • Carbon Emissions Reduced by Over Half

    In 2011 Bedford Borough Council set a target of reducing carbon by 40% but the Council has gone even further and hit a 53% reduction in carbon emissions since 2009/10.

    Works across the Council’s buildings have included lighting upgrades, installation of solar panels, and Borough Hall has been converted from oil fired boilers to a biomass boiler.

    Further projects delivered by the Council have seen improved lighting installed at a number of the car parks including Lurke Stree...

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  • Wilstead Primary School to lead the Way in Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Associate Schools’ Programme

    Wilstead Primary School is one of five new schools nationwide to be selected as a ‘lead’ school as part of the RSC’s national Associate Schools Programme.

    The RSC Associate Schools Programme is the RSC’s long-term partnership programme with over 250 schools and 11 regional theatre partners nationwide that aims to transform experiences of Shakespeare and theatre for children, young people and their teachers.

    Lead Associate Schools all demonstrate outstanding practice in usin...

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  • Residents Urged to Report Long-Term Empty Homes

    Empty Homes Week 2018 

    National Empty Homes Week is taking place 15th – 21st October 2018 and as part of the campaign, Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to report any homes that are unoccupied and disused.

    Empty homes continue to be a massive waste of resources and a blight on neighbourhoods across the country and can also have a negative impact on the environment. The Council is taking decisive action and nearly £3million has been allocated by the Council t...

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  • Flu Vaccine for Children

    Parents in Bedford Borough are being urged to get their children vaccinated against seasonal flu.

    Flu can be an unpleasant illness causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints and extreme tiredness often lasting for several days. Flu in children can cause serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and some children may need to go to hospital for treatment. Vaccinating your child will help protect them as well as more vulnerable family a...

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  • National Adoption Week 2018

    National Adoption Week 2018 takes place from the 15th to 21st October. As ever the campaign will aim to find homes for those children who so desperately need them, but the focus for 2018 will be on the adopter. Bedford Borough Council is asking people from black and ethnic minority as well as LGBT communities to consider adoption.

    In England, around 2000 children are waiting for loving adoptive parents. These children are a range of ages and a variety of backgrounds. What they have...

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  • Bedford Sports Awards 2018

    Do you know someone who deserves sporting recognition?

    Nominations for the Bedford Local Sports Awards 2018 are now open.

    These Awards acknowledge the achievements of local sports people and recognise the work of local individuals who create experiences and opportuni...

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  • Bedford Bridge Turns Pink and Blue for Baby Loss Awareness Week

    Bedford Town Bridge has joined a wave of light across the UK to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week.

    The bridge which has been illuminated in Pink and...

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  • Beacon of Light, Bedford

    A weekend of events in Bedford, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, will culminate in the lighting of a ‘Beacon of Light’, as part of the ‘Battle’s Over’ National Tribute on 11th November.

    Following the lighting of a beacon by the Queen at 7pm beacons will be lit up and down the country. So far more than 800 beacons are confirmed across the United Kingdom, with over 1,000 expected to take part. Bedford will join the event with a beacon lighting tribute at the W...

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