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  • The new Bedford Bus Station taking shape during development
    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Progress continues apace on the regeneration of the bus station area in Bedford, with the new facility itself now taking shape in front of both visitors' and webcam-viewers' eyes. Images from the camera trained on the development, which update every few minutes during daylight hours, can be found via the link on the Council's bus station webpage, and show the now-installed steel frame and emerging shape of the brand new bus station.

  • The Wootton Family of Schools Join Together in Remembrance at Cranfield War Memorial
    Article: Sep 27, 2014

    This weekend, a large delegation of children from schools in the Wootton Upper School pyramid are undertaking a remarkable trip to remembrance sites around Ypres in Belgium to mark the centenary of World War One. The visit has been organised with the help of the travel arm of the Royal British Legion, Remembrance Travel, and involves 440 children aged eight to 14, along with 46 adults.

    Earlier this month, Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Holywell Middle School and joined children from the schools taking part as collective tribute was paid to fallen soldiers at Cranfield War Memorial. Representatives of the Royal British Legion were also in attendance, along with retired Royal Navy Commander and battlefield tour guide, Tim Stoneman, the MP for Mid Beds and the leader of Central Beds Council.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "This trip will no doubt be a moving experience for everyone involved. It is a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn more about the experiences of the soldiers, and about the sheer scale of the loss of life of servicemen. There will be much for the children to reflect on as they come together in remembrance, one hundred years on from the outbreak of World War One."

  • The Higgins Bedford
    Article: Sep 26, 2014

    The second Bedford Film Festival is taking place this weekend, with a range of exciting and varied workshops and film screenings today, tomorrow and Saturday. The main venue is once again The Higgins Bedford, and festival-goers will benefit from enhanced facilities which have been installed in advance of the festival.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Sep 22, 2014

    With the 'Your Health in Bedfordshire' report on the future of Bedford Hospital due to be published this week, Mayor Dave Hodgson has declared that the the campaign for the future of Bedford Hospital must go on and fight for key services if a downgrade is proposed, as expected.

    The campaign has achieved a series of successes, with NHS Commissioners declaring that proposals such as the closure of all beds at Bedford Hospital along with the paediatric and maternity units have been scrapped, despite having previously scored them highest in the evaluation of their short-listed options. However, the latest papers from the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group indicate that a severe downgrade is still very much in prospect for the Bedford Hospital, and Mayor Dave has called for the campaign's momentum to be maintained.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Sep 21, 2014

    Writing in his latest monthly column for the Times and Citizen newspaper, Mayor Dave hodgson has encouraged local residents to have their say on the latest Council savings proposals, which once again put front-line services first in the face of unprecedented funding pressures.

    The full article is below:

  • Harrold Lower School Temporary Classrooms Alongside Newly-Built Permanent Replacement
    Article: Sep 19, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Harrold Lower School recently to see the brand new permanent classrooms which have been constructed as part of the programme to abolish temporary classrooms across all Bedford Borough schools.

    Earlier this year, Bedford Borough Council published its £48 million School Capital Investment Plan, which will see the Council:

  • Jobs Market 2014 at Bedford Corn Exchange
    Article: Sep 10, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed employers exhibiting at The Jobs Market at Bedford Corn Exchange, which is open until 3pm today (Wednesday 10th September). Last year's event saw more than 1,200 members of the public attend over the course of the five hours, making direct contact with the 34 employers represented, alongside a number of training providers and information support services. More than 1,000 job opportunities were available on the day, resulting in more than 300 claimants signing-off after the event, and it is hoped that this year's event will be similarly successful.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson talks to local residents during the 2012 Village Tour
    Article: Aug 29, 2014

    Having already held open street surgeries in 59 villages across Bedford Borough, Mayor Dave Hodgson will tonight visit Clapham, Oakley and Bromham on the final evening of his 2014 Village Tour. Mayor Dave's summer village tour has been a regular feature during his time as Mayor, and is intended to make it as easy as possible for as many people as possible across the Borough's rural areas to talk to him about the issues that matter to them. This year's event started in Ravensden back on the evening of Thursday 17th July, and will conclude tonight with the final surgery in Bromham at 7.30.

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