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  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: May 29, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the announcement of the return of junior doctors to BedfordHospital's Paediatrics Department from August, and called on NHS decision-makers to commit to return full children's services to the hospital.

    Nearly a year on from the shock withdrawal of paediatrics services, families with children requiring inpatient care of more than a single day are still facing the strain of having to travel to access it. Instead of the return of junior doctors signalling the reinstatement of inpatient care which was lost when they were removed, this situation will continue while NHS Commissioners continue the delayed £3.2 million review into 'reconfiguring' services at Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals. This is in spite of the CQC's inspections showing that Bedford Hospital performs at least as well as other hospitals nearby, and in many cases better.

  • Kite
    Article: May 23, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson is encouraging people to get along to Russell Park on Saturday or Sunday (or on both days!) to enjoy the ever-popular Bedford International Kite Festival. The fun takes place from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and from 10 to 5 on Sunday, while the bank holiday festivities in Russell Park continue into Monday, with the free Battle of the Bands event.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 23, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has congratulated the new Liberal Democrat Councillor for Putnoe Ward Cllr Rosemary Bootiman after her resounding victory in yesterday's by-election. Cllr Bootiman won with a majority of over 650 votes, and takes her place as Putnoe Ward Cllr alongside her Liberal Democrat colleague Cllr Michael Headley.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 22, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson is encouraging everyone to use their vote in today's important elections taking place in Bedford Borough, with the European elections across the Borough and the council by-election in Putnoe.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "Voting is underway, and the polling stations are open right through to 10pm. Make sure you have your say in these important elections. In Putnoe Liberal Democrat candidate Rosemary Bootiman served previously as both a Borough and County Councillor for Putnoe, and is running for the opportunity to continue the Liberal Democrats' record of hard work and getting the best for Putnoe. In the Europen elections, vote for the Liberal Democrats if you want to vote for a party committed to Britain remaining in Europe, working to reform it while standing up for British jobs."

  • 2013-14 Bedford and District Schools FA Under 13s squad photo
    Article: May 20, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a good luck message to the Bedford & District Schools FA under 13 team on the eve of their English Schools National Final at the Madejski Stadium, Reading. This is the first time in Bedford Schools FA's history that the district has qualified for the later stages of the national competition.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Emma Garrett and Nansi Rose at the 'Pavilion at the Park' in Bedford Park
    Article: May 16, 2014

    In his latest monthly article in the Times and Citizen, Mayor Dave Hodgson has written of the increased range of opportunities to enjoy a number of community facilities in parks and open spaces in the Borough this summer. These include the Pavilion cafe building in Bedford Park, where the brand new 'Window At the Park' will be opened formally on Saturday monring at 10am. Pictured here is Mayor Dave Hodgson with Nansi Rose and Emma Garrett, the team behind Russell Park's Kiosk at the Park, who are responsible for the new venture after winning a Council tender process.

  • The Climax of Stage Two of The Women's Tour 2014 on The Embankment in Bedford
    Article: May 9, 2014

    In spite of grey skies and wet weather, the elite cyclists competing in the inaugural Women's Tour of Britain were greeted in Bedford Borough yesterday by large crowds and cheering schoolchildren. An exciting second stage of the five-day race was won by Italian Rossella Ratto, who outsprinted her compatriot Susanna Zorzi in front of the crowds on The Embankment to win the the stage and take the overall race lead.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 2, 2014

    In a boost for Bedford Town Centre's excellent restaurants, bars and pubs, Mayor Dave Hodgson is introducing all-night parking for the first time ever at both Lurke Street and River Street Multi Storey Car Parks.

    The two car parks will be open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week from Monday 19 May. Late-night opening of Lurke Street will benefit a range of premises, including the increasingly popular cluster of restaurants at nearby Castle Quay, where car parking is currently limited after daytime hours, while visitors to the Corn Exchange or restaurants or bars further to the west in the town centre will benefit from the permanent opening of the River Street facility.

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Dates for Your Diary

Kite Festival: 24th-25th May

River Festival: 19th-20th July