With the Bedford River Festival is just over two weeks away, Mayor Dave Hodgson has encouraged people to look into the opportunities to get involved in this 'genuine community event'. The event takes place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, and a vast array of activities and entertainment will be on offer at what is one of the biggest free family events in the country.
Following the EU referendum, Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a clear message of unity to Europeans and all residents living in Bedford Borough that 'this community belongs to all of its residents equally'.
The polls opened across Bedford Borough at 7am this morning for the EU Referendum, and Mayor Dave Hodgson is calling on everyone to use their vote and take part in this important decision for the future of Bedford Borough and the country at large.
Commenting, Mayor Dave said: "Make sure you cast your vote on this defining decision for Britain's future. I am supporting remaining in the EU for a stronger, safer, more prosperous future. The polls are open through until 10pm, so take part and have your say!"
Mayor Dave Hodgson has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, and has thanked everyone sending their congratulations.
Commenting on the award, Mayor Dave added: "I moved to Bedford as a young boy, and my mother and father were both teachers locally, and it is nice to receive recognition for serving the community that has been my home for most of my life."
In a major intervention in support of Bedford Hospital, Bedford Borough Council has published new proposals which show that the Hospital can be sustainable in the future while retaining key services such as A&E, maternity and children's care.
The report, published today, was commissioned by the Council in order to illustrate that vital services can be saved at Bedford Hospital for the future, in the face of proposals being considered by the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review which would impose a major downgrade and loss of services.
Bedford's Big High Street Showcase is back tomorrow, Saturday 4 June, offering an array of entertainment and activities and celebrating Bedford's historic High Street and surrounding area.
In an economic landscape for UK town centres which has seen many high streets elsewhere declining alarmingly in recent years, the Big High Street Showcase is one of many actions being taken locally in support of a vibrant, successful town centre.