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

    Mowsbury Park in Bedford is set to become an even more attractive location for visitors, with a brand new café opening in a council building being brought back into use twenty years on from when it was last open to the public. Four Seasons Café, in Mowsbury Park, will open its doors for the first time at 11am on Saturday 23rd August, with a fun day and mini charity fete. Its opening is another key step in the Council's drive under Mayor Dave Hodgson to bring public facilities into public use and make its award winning parks even more enjoyable for those who use them.

  • Train
    Article: Aug 21, 2014

    With work to link Oxford and Bedford as part of East-West Rail now underway, Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed a new report which identifies the huge economic benefit of extending the scheme to Cambridge. The report published this week by the East West Rail Consortium, of which Bedford Borough Council is a member along with other local authorities along the route, states that the it will deliver an economic benefit of up to around £750 million, and could see a direct train link enabling journey times between Cambridge and Bedford of just 24 minutes.

  • Save Bedford Hospital Placards
    Article: Aug 20, 2014

    In his latest monthly article for the Times and Citizen newspaper Mayor Dave Hodgson has written of his disgust at the proposals from NHS Commissioners to 'rip essential hospital services put from our community'. In the article a Mayor Dave describes the plans as 'as unjustifiable as they are shocking' and repeats his call for the community to come together in support of the campaign to save Bedford Hospital as we know it. Here's the full text of the column:

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Aug 15, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has congratulated local students and school and college staff following the publication of A Level exam results. The results across Bedford Borough showed more local students achieving top grades, in the face of the widely-reported national decline in A* and A grades.

    Mayor Dave said: "Congratulations to students and staff across the borough on achieving these results. Talented, hard-working students and school and college staff have worked extremely hard to achieve high standards. There are great success stories right across Bedford Borough, and it is course testament to students and teaching staff that the proportion of entrants achieving the top grades increased despite the national fall in this figure."

  • Poppies
    Article: Aug 4, 2014

    Today, August 4th, is the 100th anniversary of Britain's declaration of war with Germany, and the series of events to commemorate World War One in Bedford Continues with 'Lights Out'.

    Lights Out is a national initiative inviting everyone in the UK to turn off their lights tonight from 10pm until 11pm, leaving on a single light to mark the hour, 100 years ago, that Britain entered World War 1.

  • Poppies
    Article: Aug 2, 2014

    There are a wide range of events taking place in Bedford borough to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War One. One of those events is a fascinating exhibition of medals, photographs, letters and other personal items of soldiers who served in the First World War in the Chapel Centre at Foster Hill Road Cemetery in Bedford. Today is the last day to catch it, and the chapel will be open between 12.00 noon and 4pm.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson talks to local residents during the 2012 Village Tour
    Article: Aug 1, 2014

    Having held the first seventeen open street surgeries of his ongoing summer village tour, Mayor Dave Hodgson has thanked everyone who has come out to speak to him so far. Mayor Dave is once again getting out and about to villages right across Bedford Borough to enable people to talk to him directly about the issues that matter to them and their community.

    This year's series of open street surgeries in all parts of rural Bedford Borough began on Thursday 17th July and is running through to Friday 29th August. A wide range of issues have been raised at the open surgeries, which have so far taken place in Ravensden, Wilden, Cardington, Cople Willington, Renhold, Great Barford, Roxton, Shortstown, Cotton End, Wyboston, Chawston, Colesden, Duloe, Staploe and Honeydon.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "Many thanks indeed to everyone who has come out and talked to me so far. The village tour is intended to make it as easy as possible for people to talk to me directly about anything at all they want to discuss. People are always welcoome to arrange to see me at my monthly surgeries at Borough Hall or out and about around the Borough, but clearly it's not easy for everyone to make the time or to travel to do so. I'm therefore really grateful that people have been taking the opportunity to come out and talk about a range of issues. As you can see from the schedule, there are lots of visits still to come, so if I'm in your area please do pop along and talk about any important issues, concerns or even just to say hello!"

    There are over 40 more villages to be visited, and the full itinerary is available below:

    Monday 4th August 6.00 - 6.30 Little Staughton
    Monday 4th August 6.45 - 7.15 Pertenhall
    Monday 4th August 7.30 - 8.00 Swineshead
    Wednesday 6th August 6.00 - 6.30 Lower Dean
    Wednesday 6th August 6.45 - 7.15 Upper Dean
    Wednesday 6th August 7.30 - 8.00 Shelton
    Tuesday 12th August 6.00 - 6.30 Riseley
    Tuesday 12th August 6.45 - 7.15 Melchbourne
    Tuesday 12th August 7.30 - 8.00 Yelden
    Wednesday 13th August 6.00 - 6.30 Bolnhurst
    Wednesday 13th August 6.45 - 7.15 Keysoe Row
    Wednesday 13th August 7.30 - 8.00 Keysoe
    Thursday 14th August 6.00 - 6.30 Bletsoe
    Thursday 14th August 6.45 - 7.15 Thurleigh
    Thursday 14th August 7.30 - 8.00 Milton Ernest
    Friday 15th August 6.00 - 6.30 Pavenham
    Friday 15th August 6.45 - 7.15 Radwell
    Friday 15th August 7.30 - 8.00 Felmersham
    Monday 18th August 6.00 - 6.30 Odell
    Monday 18th August 6.45 - 7.15 Harrold
    Monday 18th August 7.30 - 8.00 Carlton
    Tuesday 19th August 6.00 - 6.30 Wymington
    Tuesday 19th August 6.45 - 7.15 Podington
    Tuesday 19th August 7.30 - 8.00 Hinwick
    Tuesday 19th August 8.15 - 8.45 Farndish
    Wednesday 20th August 6.00 - 6.30 Sharnbrook
    Wednesday 20th August 6.45 - 7.15 Souldrop
    Wednesday 20th August 7.30 - 8.00 Knotting
    Thursday 21st August 6.00 - 6.30 Turvey
    Thursday 21st August 6.45 - 7.15 Stevington
    Thursday 21st August 7.30 - 8.00 Stagsden
    Friday 22nd August 6.00 - 6.30 Biddenham
    Friday 22nd August 6.45 - 7.15 Great Denham
    Friday 22nd August 7.30 - 8.00 Kempston Rural
    Tuesday 26th August 6.00 - 6.30 Stewartby
    Tuesday 26th August 6.45 - 7.15 Kempston Hardwick
    Tuesday 26th August 7.30 - 8.00 Elstow
    Wednesday 27th August 6.00 - 6.30 Wootton
    Wednesday 27th August 6.45 - 7.15 Wixams
    Wednesday 27th August 7.30 - 8.00 Wilstead
    Thursday 28th August 6.00 - 6.30 Little Barford
    Thursday 28th August 6.45 - 7.15 Colmworth
    Friday 29th August 6.00 - 6.30 Clapham
    Friday 29th August 6.45 - 7.15 Oakley
    Friday 29th August 7.30 - 8.00 Bromham
  • Mayor Dave Hodgson addresses the Save Riverbank Ward Rally
    Article: Jul 31, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a call for united, overwhelming opposition to be shown to NHS Commissioners' proposals for a massive downgrade of Bedford Hospital. Following last week's news that the Commissioners have identified two options representing huge service cuts and removals as their preferred models following an evaluation process, a growing number of concerned local residents have been joining the list of signatories to Mayor Dave Hodgson's Save Bedford Hospital Petition. The petition can be found at www.savebedfordhospital.org.uk

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