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  • Reading Well for Children’ at Bedford Borough’s Libraries

    ‘Reading Well for Children’ has been launched by The Reading Agency and Libraries Connected to support children’s mental health and wellbeing, and is now available at Bedford Central, Kempston and Putnoe libraries.

    This booklist is aimed at children aged 7-11, and has titles suitable for a range of reading levels.

    Developed by national experts together with children and families who have experienced some of these issues, the list has been endorsed by leading health bodies i...

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  • Improving Junctions Near Bedford Train Station

    Works to improve cycle and pedestrian routes at the Bromham Road, Shakespeare Road and Ashburnham Road double mini roundabouts are due to start on Monday 17 February.

    This is part of the Transporting Bedford project, the largest ever investment in the towns roads.
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  • Bedford Borough Council Tackling Unlicensed HMOs

    The Council is tackling unlicensed shared houses- or ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation’ (HMOs)- across Bedford Borough.

    The Council is running a project targeting any remaining unlicensed HMOs, or shared houses, in Bedford Borough. The Council will seek to prosecute or issue Civil Penalty Notices of up to £30,000 per offence on non-compliant owners who have failed to either apply for a licence or have failed to be granted one due to not meeting the Council’s minimum standards.


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  • Amazing Comedy at Bedford Corn Exchange

    Lots of amazing comedians are coming to Bedford Corn Exchange, our town centre theatre, this year.

    This morning, tickets went on sale for Michael McIntyre at the Bedford Corn Exchange, and the show sold out in just seven minutes.

    Well established favourites like John Bishop, Chris Ramsey, and of course Michael McIntyre are doing shows, along with newer faces such as Kojo Anim, the Britain’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer comedy star doing his debut UK tour.

    Cllr Doug McMu...

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  • Bedford Borough Welcomes Proposals to Stop Unregulated Care Home Placements

    Bedford Borough Council welcomes today’s government announcement for proposals to stop children in care being placed in unregulated accommodation.

    There have been growing concerns locally and nationally about the number of children under the age of 16 placed in unregulated accommodation and being left at risk.

    Under new proposals, the government would introduce national standards for unregulated accommodation to improve the quality and security of the placements. Ofsted wou...

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  • Pay Monthly For Your Parking at Queen Street Car Park

    Queen Street car park offers local residents, businesses and employers cheap parking all year round, and now Bedford Borough Council has made it even easier for people to use this town centre car park.

    People can now pay for an annual season ticket monthly rather than having to find the money upfront, at Queen Street and a number of other town centre car parks.

    Bedford Borough Council has frozen car parking season tickets prices since 2017. This means that someone can park ...

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  • Weaving Narratives

    A popular craft project linking stories to our past is set to return to Bedfordshire Archives.

    The Weaving Narratives project invites people to use the archives as inspiration to create textile works. When the project was first run, four years ago, both amateur and professional textile artists successfully created an amazing range of pieces. With new archives added to the collections all the time the projects return has been welcomed.

    The project is open to anyone intereste...

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  • Lots Happening at Local Museum and Libraries This Half-Term

    With the February half-term nearby upon us, there is lots happening at The Higgins Bedford and at all of Bedford Borough Council’s local libraries.

    The Higgins Bedford is hosting a series of creative workshops and activities with ‘Sweet Dreams’ inspired by the ‘Dreams and Nightmares’ exhibition, in partnership with Little Science Labs, Red Phoenix Storytelling and Productions, and local artists.

    Local artist Anne Marie Abbate is holding a ‘Dreamcatchers’ crafts sessions, on...

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  • OUTing the Past Festival of LGBT+ History at The Higgins Bedford

    Saturday 15th February 2020

    11am – 4pm, Free Entry

    February is LGBT+ History Month and the theme this year is Poetry, Prose and Plays.

    The Higgins Bedford is once again a hub venue for the OUTing the Past Festival, hosting a day of free talks by a range of dynamic speakers and creative workshops to share the hidden histories and stories of the LGBT+ community.

    The day begins with A Federation of Gay Games, a talk by Viv Woodcock Downey exploring the history ...

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  • New Exhibition at The Higgins Bedford- Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements

    8th February 2020 – 24th January 2021

    Edward Bawden Gallery, Free Entry

    Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements, a new exhibition showcasing Edward Bawden’s passion for architecture opens at The Higgins Bedford on Saturday 8th February 2020.

    Architecture is a reoccurring subject throughout the extensive body of work of influential British artist and designer, Edward Bawden (1903-1989).

    The Higgins Bedford is displaying a number of these works in a new exhibiti...

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