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  • Father Christmas
    Article: Nov 13, 2019

    For the first time, Bedford's Christmas lights switch-on will take place on a Sunday after a weekend of fun and frolics with a free Christmas fair.

    Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November sees a Christmas fair come to Harpur Square. From 10am until 5pm on both days, the Square will be full of food stalls, entertainment with choirs, music and dance performances on the stage, balloon modelling and free fairground rides.

  • Silver Street in Bedford Town Centre on a Busy Shopping Day
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Tuesday 12 November is Purple Tuesday, and Bedford Borough Council and partners are launching a survey to help inform an Inclusive Town Charter.

    Leading on the Inclusive Town Charter will be the new 'Bedford- An Inclusive Town' Group. This sees the Council working in partnership with Access Bedford, Autism Bedfordshire, Bedford BID, Bedford and District Access Group, Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society and the Harpur Centre.

  • Wreaths laid at the War Memorial on The Embankment in Bedford
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    On Remembrance Sunday and then on Armistice Day, 11th November, communities across Bedford Borough came together in acts of remembrance for those who have lost their lives in service on behalf of us all.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson took part in the Remembrance service at the War Memorial on the Embankment on Remembrance Sunday, giving a reading of Wilfred Owen's Anthem for Doomed Youth. He also took part in the Armistice Day ceremony today in Riverside Square in Bedford Town Centre. You can see photos from both events here.

  • We Will Remember Them
    Article: Nov 11, 2019

    At the rising of the sun and at its going down
    We remember them.

    At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
    We remember them.

    At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring
    We remember them.

    At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer
    We remember them.

    At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn
    We remember them.

  • Anthem For Doomed Youth
    Article: Nov 10, 2019
    Mayor Dave Hodgson read Wilfred Owen's Anthem For Doomed Youth at the War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday.
    What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
    Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
    Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
    Can patter out their hasty orisons.
    No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and Darrell Cannon at Ready Steady Roll
    Article: Nov 9, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, today, visited Ready Steady Roll Board Game Café in Sharnbrook, as part of the Small Business Saturday Small Biz 100.

    Ready Steady Roll have over 350 games to choose from, their Games Gurus can recommend and teach you how to play so you can get straight to the fun. Darrell Cannon, the owner, prides himself on being able to find a game to suit anyone, and says. "Even if someone's pretty sceptical at first, we always win them over!" They aim to help families and friends spend quality time together away from technology while enjoying some homemade cake."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and Darrell Cannon at Ready Steady Roll
    Article: Nov 9, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, today, visited Ready Steady Roll Board Game Café in Sharnbrook, as part of the Small Business Saturday Small Biz 100.

    Ready Steady Roll have over 350 games to choose from, their Games Gurus can recommend and teach you how to play so you can get straight to the fun. Darrell Cannon, the owner, prides himself on being able to find a game to suit anyone, and says. "Even if someone's pretty sceptical at first, we always win them over!" They aim to help families and friends spend quality time together away from technology while enjoying some homemade cake."

  • Poppies on the Mill Meadows Bandstand
    Article: Nov 9, 2019

    On Sunday 10th November the traditional Remembrance Day Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at the War Memorial, on Bedford Embankment. The Parade starts at the 'Radhuni' restaurant on The Embankment at about 10.40am and makes its way down towards the War Memorial. A service is held at the War Memorial at 11.00am and includes the laying of wreaths. The service will lasts about an hour after which the Parade makes its way down towards Harpur Square via St Pauls Square.