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  • Fireworks at Bedford's Big Christmas Lights Switch-On
    Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Bedford's Christmas Lights Switch-On event is taking place tomorrow, Wednesday 26th November, with a spectacular firework display set to mark the start of the Christmas period in Bedford in dramatic fashion. The free family event kicks off at 7pm, along The Embankment, with people of all ages invited to attend to enjoy the entertainment including music, lights and fireworks.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Nov 19, 2014

    New figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed the extent of the continuing fall in unemployment in Bedford Borough. The number of people claiming Job Seeker's allowance has fallen by 46% - more than 2,000 people - since February last year. Meanwhile, the age group with the highest proportion of claimants, 18 -24 year-olds, saw a particularly high month-to-month fall between September and October, with the numbers dropping by 16%. This is considerably faster than the regional reduction.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson presents the Bedford Borough Council Wreath to the RBL Riders
    Article: Nov 15, 2014

    Royal British Legion Riders visited Borough Hall last week to be presented with a wreath by Mayor Dave Hodgson on behalf of Bedford Borough Council. The wreath was taken to Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium, the largest Commonwealth Cemetery in the world of either the First or Second World War, with 11,954 burials.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with the car parks sign on Horne Lane, Bedford
    Article: Nov 14, 2014

    Bedford Borough Council is freezing all of its parking charges for next year, meaning 2015 will be the fifth straight year of Mayor Dave Hodgson's town centre car park charge freeze.

    The freeze approved by Mayor Dave's Cabinet applies to all Council car parks and all on-street parking. The ongoing fall in the real cost of parking is in stark contrast to the situation in towns elsewhere nearby and across the country, with charges rising with inflation or more in some cases, as massive government cuts to local authority funding continue. Here in Bedford, Mayor Dave's drive to support a thriving town centre is instead delivering this further boost for local shoppers and traders, in defiance of inflation and parking running costs.

  • Putnoe Ward Councillor Rosemary Bootiman, Practice Manager Janice Potter, Mayor Dave Hodgson and Goldington Ward Councillor Sylvia Gillard at Church Lane Medical Centre Opening
    Article: Nov 12, 2014

    Church Lane Medical Centre is now open, following a formal opening event last week attended by Mayor Dave Hodgson. The surgery is the latest element of a redevelopment scheme which has transformed a shopping parade once notorious for anti-social behaviour into a popular and attractive shopping destination. The centre has seen a substantial upturn in visitors since the opening of a new Aldi food store, new car parking and other works earlier in the project. The opening of the new medical centre provides a tremendous boost for the surrounding community, from where residents have to date had to travel further afield to see a GP.

  • The Standard Bearers at Bedford's Armistice Day Commemoration
    Article: Nov 11, 2014

    A large crowd gathered in Bedford Town centre earlier today for the Armistice Day Commemoration, including a two-minute silence in remembrance, in the year of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

    A small selection of photos have been posted on Mayor Dave Hodgson's Facebook page of what he described as 'A deeply moving occasion'. You can see them here: www.facebook.com/davethemayor

  • The Bedford Poppy Shop
    Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson was on hand last weekend at the opening of The Royal British Legion's pop-up poppy shop in Bedford, in the Harpur Centre.

    It is the fifth straight year that the poppy shop has opened up in a unit in the Harpur Centre, and during the poppy appeal it will be giving shoppers the chance to donate, purchase a poppy, view the fascinating memorabilia on show or find out more about the RBL and about volunteering opportunities. The shop was opened with the help of Oakley Air Cadets, with the sound of bagpipes ringing out.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Oct 29, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the delayed £3.2 million review into local health services which threatens Bedford hospital with a major downgrade, after it published a 'progress report' which serves only to prolong the uncertainty around the hospital's future. The report recommends a downgrade for either Bedford or Milton Keynes Hospital, but says that 'further work' is needed before NHS Commissioners take proposals to public consultation.

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