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  • The Higgins Bedford Celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month with the annual OUTing the Past Festival

    To celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month, the OUTing the Past Festival returns to The Higgins Bedford for the fifth year running on Saturday 26th February.

    A range of dynamic speakers and presentations will share the hidden histories and stories of the LGBTQ+ community, celebrating its diversity, and raising awareness of the challenges that the community have encountered and continue to face today.

    In ‘Britain and the Pink Triangle’, Rainer Schulze shares the hidden and forgotten h...

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  • “Children are important to the people in charge of Bedford Borough”

     
    “Children are important to the people in charge of Bedford Borough”, says Ofsted as Bedford Borough Council’s Children’s Services are rated ‘Good’

    Bedford Borough Council’s Children’s Services have been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted following an inspectio...

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  • Businesses Can Apply for a new Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

    Applications for the new Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant are now open on Bedford Borough Council’s website.

    The Government announced that further support will be provided to businesses affected by the Omicron wave through the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

    The amount eligible local businesses will receive are:
    • Qualifying businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less on 30 December 2021, will receive a one-off grant of £2,667.
    • Qual...

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  • Works Begin on Kempston Mill Bridge

    Works to repair and reopen Kempston Mill Bridge will begin on Monday 10 January.

    The right of way over this bridge was closed due to rotting p...

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  • Council Invites Charities and Voluntary Organisations to Bid for Funding

    Bedford Borough Council has called for local charities and voluntary organisations to apply for funding that will help them to support members of communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

    Those that have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 could include people from black and minority ethnic communities or persons with disabilities.

    The funding can be used for activities including introducing physical infection control measures in com...

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  • Recycle Your Christmas Tree

    From Thursday 30 December to Monday 10 January, there will be 8 Christmas tree recycling sites across the Borough where you can drop off your real Christmas tree, for it to be composted.

    After the Christmas celebrations are over and the decorations are down, if you can’t plant your real Christmas tree in the garden, make sure you recycle it.

    Real Christmas trees can be dropped off at one of the Christmas tree recycling sites between Thursday 30 December and Monday 10 Janu...

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  • Council appoints new provider for advocacy services

     
    Following a procurement process, Bedford Borough Council has appointed a new provider for Adult Advocacy Support Services.
     
    An advocacy service helps people understand their rights, and ensures their voice is heard, when it comes to decisions about their health, care and wellbeing. 

    Once contracts are signed, VoiceAbility will take on the service from 1 April 2022 following a successful tender process where service users and stakeholders helped to write ...

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  • Bedford Borough Sports Awards Winners!

    Bedford Borough Council has announced the winners of this year’s Bedford Borough Sport and Physical Activity Awards.

    With an incredible array and quality of nominations this year, the panel decided to award four ‘Special Commendations’, reflecting how close the final scores were in several categories.

    Sarah Bullimore won ‘Adult Personality of the Year’ for her achievements in equestrian eventing, including a bronze medal at the European Eventing Championships earlier this y...

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  • Bedford Borough Council Provide School Holiday Food Vouchers


    Bedford Borough Council will be providing vouchers to families with children eligible for income related free school meals.

    Funded through the Household Support Fund, the council will provide households £50 per eligible child or young person in Bedford Borough for the school holiday.
    The £50 is made up from £15 per week to support a daily meal and a supplementary £10 per week allocation, which is being provided to help off-set any extra spend on utility bills and other house...

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  • Ideas for a Green Christmas


    It’s that time of year where lots of us are looking to be organised for Christmas.

    With decorations, gifts, cards and wrapping, we can end up creating a lot of waste in the run-up to and on the big day. There are lots of way to make your Christmas a little greener this year.

    Gifts don’t always have to be something you can hold- try gifting a pre-bought experience like a well-deserved weekend away. You can also re-gift something you have at home that know you someone els...

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