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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:

  • Christmas Bin Collections

    With the Christmas and New Year bank holidays coming up, there will be a few changes to bin collections.

    Bin collections will not be carried out on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day so collections will be slightly different over this period and are expected to return to normal by Monday 14th January. 

    Residents across Bedford Borough recently received a tag on their bin with the changes over the festive period...

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  • ‘Scoot to Santa’ in Priory County Park

    Eleven schools in Bedford Borough took part in the Sustrans’ Santa Challenge with children walking, cycling or scooting to school, building up miles towards an imaginary journey all the way to Lapland to meet Santa Claus.

    At the end of the challenge, Sustrans organised a celebration ‘Santa Scoot’ at Priory Country Park. Families from all over Bedford took part in gentle scoot or walk to meet Santa Claus.  Each child received a little gift before scooting back to Cloverdale Caf...

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  • Gritting FAQs

    Why hasn’t my road been gritted?

    A typical run covers over 480km of road. It isn’t feasible to grit every road across the Borough – we have to concentrate our efforts on areas where it will benefit the most people.

    We will, as far as we can, keep the main roads free of ice and snow at all times to ensure a safe journey for those travelling around the Borough, and we try to ensure that the majority of road users live within a reasonable distance of a salted ...

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  • Sports Awards 2018

    The Bedford Sports Awards has become a key date in the local sporting calendar, with athletes, coaches and clubs all gathered to celebrate the dedication, hard work and successes over the year.

    The event, organised by Bedford Borough Council, was held on Monday 10th December at the Bedford Corn Exchange. Over 90 nominations were received across 10 categories, with a panel of 18 judges deciding on this year’s final winners.

    Judging takes into account the huge diversity in th...

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