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  • 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

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Two proposals for a massive, permanent downgrading of Bedford Hospital have been identified by NHS Commissioners as preferred options under their ongoing health review. The two models for future care both involve major cuts across all services including an end to all maternity and dedicated children's services in Bedford. The move comes in spite of the hospital's high safety rating and the growing local population.

  • Bedford Town Hall office block mid-demolition
    Article: Jul 24, 2014

    If you have been down by the river in Bedford town centre recently, you will know that the town hall office block building is disappearing fast! In order to enable local residents to keep tabs on this major step for Bedford Town Centre, images from a live webcam have been made available to all by Bedford Borough Council.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Bedford River Festival Parade of Boats

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has expressed his 'huge thanks' to everyone who attended and everyone who took part in any way over what was a fantastic river festival weekend for Bedford.

    In a message on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/davethemayor), Mayor Dave wrote of how the efforts of so many local people and local groups mean that the festival retains its 'unique character and community feel'. He also offered his thanks to the team who are now 'making it all disappear!'

  • Petition: Jul 18, 2014
    Mayor Dave Hodgson is campaigning to Save Bedford Hospital from NHS Commissioners' plans for a severe downgrade which could mean the end of Bedford Hospital as we know it. The proposals include the cutting or permanent loss of vital services such as A&E, paediatrics and maternity, while proposals include an option featuring 'no beds on site' at all. Please sign Dave's petition to help the campaign.

    I call on the NHS not to downgrade Bedford Hospital and not to cut the services available

  • Raft Racing at Bedford River Festival
    Article: Jul 18, 2014

    This weekend is River Festival weekend, with a huge range of attractions and activities taking place across the vast festival site on both Saturday and Sunday. A full programme and site map can be found by clicking here: River Festival Programme and Map

    In his monthly column for the Times and Citizen, Mayor Dave Hodgson has written that it is the huge numbers of volunteers and visitors who make the River Festival a genuine community event. He also writes of the unique River Festival spirit, which is as strong as ever today even as the event has grown to become one of the biggest free festivals in the country. Here's the full text of the column:

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Dates for Your Diary

Kite Festival: 24th-25th May

River Festival: 19th-20th July