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  • Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

    Early diagnosis of cervical cancer is crucial – Cervical screening saves around 4,500 lives each year in the UK.

    In the UK, everyday around 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 2 lose their lives. 75% of Cervical Cancers can be prevented through Cervical Screening.

    As this is Cervical Cancer Prevention week (21 -27 January 2019), Public Health is encouraging all eligible women to get screened to detect cervical cancer at an early stage.


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  • Road Junction Upgrades Across Bedford

    Bedford Borough Council has announced three significant changes to road junctions across Bedford.

    • On Goldington Green, mini roundabouts will be installed to make it easier for traffic to enter and leave Goldington Road
    • Traffic will able to enter River Street car park from Greyfriars, so people will no longer have to drive around St Paul’s Square to use this popular town centre car park
    • At Rope Walk, traffic lights will be installed which will improve entr...

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  • Winter Weather Updates

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  • Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration

    Holocaust Memorial Day events will once again be taking place in Bedford, on Sunday 27th January.

    Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day to remember those killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

    The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust describes this day as “a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own - it’s a steady process which can begin if ...

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

    Saturday 16th February, 11am till 4pm

    Keynote Speaker: Stuart Milk – Global LGBT Rights Activist, Veteran Campaigner and Nephew of Harvey Milk

    February marks the beginning of LGBT History Month and the theme this year is Peace, Reconciliation and Activism. As part of LGBT History Month, The Higgins Bedford is very excited to be a hub venue for the OUTing the Past Festival for the second year running.

    From 11am till 4pm at The Higgin...

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  • Edward Bawden: Home and Abroad

    9th February 2019 to 26th January 2020

    Edward Bawden Gallery

    Free Entry

    British artist and designer Edward Bawden’s work (1903-1989) is the focus of the new 'Home and Abroad' exhibition at The Higgins Bedford.

    This exhibition focuses on how Bawden’s immediate surroundings and overseas travels influenced his art.

    Bawden often chose home subjects which included the villages, churches and country lanes ...

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  • Increased Night time Shelter for Bedford’s Rough Sleepers

    Twenty overnight beds are now available to rough sleepers in our Borough.

    Working in partnership with SMART, who run the Prebend Day Centre and extended outreach services, the Council is providing twenty overnight beds which are available every night until 31st March.

    These beds are available by referral only, are managed by street outreach teams, and anyone being supported by the Outreach Services is able to register for...

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  • Try Something New this New Year

    Bedford Borough Council’s ‘Over 70s’ programme has returned this New Year.

    These gentle exercise classes and activities are a great opportunity to keep moving, try something different, and meet some new people.

    There are a range of exercise classes for the over 70s, including chair-based fitness Pilates, table tennis, badminton, and stretch and balance classes.

    These classes are well-established at Bedford Central Library, and Bedford International Athletic Stadium,...

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  • Council Steps in to Protect Bus Users from Unacceptable Cuts

    Bedford Borough Council has acted swiftly to protect local bus users from Stagecoach cuts described by Mayor Dave Hodgson as ‘unacceptable’.
    Stagecoach has announced changes to local bus timetables starting from 30th December 2018 which will lead to disruption and delays, particularly for those travelling from Cotton End and Shortstown.

    The service 71/72 will no longer run along London Road, which will impact passengers in Shortstown and Cotton End. The 71/72 will convert to an...

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  • Recycle Your Christmas Tree

    After the Christmas celebrations are over and all the decorations are down don’t forget to recycle your real Christmas tree.

    25 tonnes of real Christmas trees were collected from the Council’s collection points across Bedford Borough last year; make sure yours is one of the lucky ones sent for composting.

    Real Christmas trees can be dropped off at one our Christmas tree recycling sites between Friday 28th December and Friday 11th January. Sites include: