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  • Help Keep Young Trees Thriving in Your Neighbourhood

    Bedford Borough Council is joining with the Arboricultural Association, London Tree Officers Association, Municipal Tree Officers Association and the Association of Tree Officers in their campaign to ensure that newly planted trees are watered regularly over the summer months.

    Maintenance and watering of young trees is just as important as planting, and newly- planted trees need to be watered regularly over the summer months if they are going to become established and thrive.

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  • Don’t Bin It- Donate It

    If you have things that you no longer want, or need, that can be reused don’t throw them away. Donate instead and give them a new life.

    Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many charities are struggling due to a lack of donations and so a lack of income.

    Emmaus at Carlton is reopening for donations on Wednesday 27 May. Emmaus Village Carlton provides a home and meaningful work for formerly homeless adults in Bedfordshire.

    The site will reopen for donating items from Wed...

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  • Mental Health Awareness Week 18 - 24 May 2020

    Bedford Borough Council is encouraging people to be kind to others and to themselves as part of Mental Health Awareness Week with this year’s theme of Kindness.

    The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown have been very challenging and people’s mental health may have been affected in various ways.

    Kindness and mental health are deeply connected. Many people will be feeling lonely, isolated, stressed and anxious during this difficult period, so it’s important we d...

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  • Over 1250 items Donated to ‘Active Minds’

    Bedford Borough Council picked up 153 boxes of donations from people across Bedford Borough, containing over 1250 items, as the first full week of the Active Minds scheme came to a close.

    The Council put out a call asking for any unwanted books, DVDs, jigsaw, board games, or craft items to be donated, so they could be passed onto those in need in these extraordinary times.

    Across the Borough, people are self-isolating, shielding and staying safe in their homes for what has ...

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  • Foster Care Fortnight 11-24 May: Thank you to our Bedford Borough Foster Carer Stars

    Every day 55,000 foster families across the UK are giving 65,000 fostered children and young people a loving, secure and stable home, and this commitment from foster families is ongoing during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, is using this year’s Foster Care Fortnight to raise awareness of the extraordinary dedication and work of foster carers at this time, while calling for more people to come forward to foster.

    To celebr...

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  • Book A Slot to visit Barkers Lane Tip from Monday 11 May and New Facility to Dispose of Garden Waste

    Bedford Borough Council will be re-opening the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Barkers Lane on Monday 11 May. Bookings must be made in advance.

    In addition, from Monday 11 May, to help with any remaining backlog of garden waste, the Council is opening a new site in the Oasis Swimming Pool car park off Cardington Road. This site is for Bedford Borough residents only, and proof of address (such as a utility bill or Council Tax bill) will be required.

    Residents will...

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  • Works Restarting on Britannia Road

    Works will restart on Britannia Road next week, as part of the Transporting Bedford project.

    This project is delivering major improvements to this well-known congestion hotspot, which links two major roads (Ampthill Road and Kempston Road) by the South Wing of Bedford Hospital.

    To date, a host of underground utilities have been moved, and widening works on the eastern side of the road have been completed. When the project had to be paused due to the coronavirus outbreak, wo...

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  • Bedford Kite and Motoring Festival Will Return in 2021

    Bedford Kite and Motoring Festival will return to Russell Park and the Embankment on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June 2021.

    The 2020 Kite and Motoring Festival was postponed earlier this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, and the Council and its partners had initially hoped to bring the Festival back later this year.

    With ongoing guidance against mass gatherings for public safety, together with partners in this event such as the kite flyers, car enthusiasts, and other ente...

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  • Families urged to check if their children are eligible for Free School Meals

    Bedford Borough Council is urging families to check if their children are eligible for free school meals as the coronavirus crisis creates more hardship across the Borough.

    Children eligible for income-related free school meals are still entitled to receive their free school meal, a food voucher or at-home alternative while schools are closed.

    Children who usually receive their meal under the ‘Universal Infant Free School Meals’ (for children in Year R, 1 and 2) are not inc...

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  • Celebrate VE Day At Home This Year

    Bedford Borough Council is asking everyone to stay safe by staying at home to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on the 8th May.

    The celebrations for VE Day this year are unlike any before, with the country observing social distancing in order to tackle coronavirus. While it’s no longer possible to hold the street parties and mass celebrations that were originally planned, you can still join the celebrations at home and online.

    To help you celebrate in a safe way, the...

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