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Army of grandparents saving families billions in child care
An “unpaid army” of grandparents are saving UK families billions in child care costs every year according to the latest research from The International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) think tank. ...
yesterday 16:17 open_in_new
Men who sup more than seven pints of beer a week for several years ‘raise heart disease risk’

Men who drink more than a pint of beer a day over several years may increase their risk of heart disease by prematurely ageing their arteries, new research suggests.

The study shows that drinking too much alcohol can affect the elasticity of the arterial walls and prematurely age the ...

yesterday 11:53 open_in_new
Bedford Hospitals Charity makes £50k appeal for vital service for cancer patients

A NEW campaign has been launched to help thousands of people fighting cancer in Bedfordshire get to their vital hospital appointments.

Bedford Hospitals Charity has set out to raise £50,000 to buy three new cars for its Primrose Car Service, which has been transporting patients from the ...

yesterday 22:41 open_in_new
Luton Town: Hylton left to rue 'missed opportunity'

DANNY Hylton had his birthday party pooped by a 1-1 draw against second-placed Plymouth, which he confessed was a 'missed opportunity' in Luton's quest for a top three finish.

The point actually drew Town closer to third place, with Carlisle's defeat to Portsmouth reducing that League ...

2017-02-25 21:23 open_in_new
Sixty Seconds With:Jess Answer from The Vintage Suit Hire Company

Who are you?

I'm Jess Answer and I own The Vintage Suit Hire Company.

How did you get started?

We started in August 2016, operating from our house, offering our little range of beautiful wool suits for hire and made to measure. We found that the response both locally, ...

2017-02-25 18:03 open_in_new
On Location: ​'Kempston is the town you never have to leave'

In the second installment of our 'on location' series, JJ HUTBER explores Kempston and meets some of the town's characters. . .

BEDFORDIANS take a fierce pride in the beautiful River Great Ouse and town centre Embankment.

But that same river glides alongside sometimes overlooked ...

2017-02-25 18:03 open_in_new
Luton council could get sponsors on board to offset budget cuts

A STRAPPED-for cash council has revealed bold new plans to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds - by getting companies to sponsor it.

The idea was put forward at a meeting on Monday evening as councillors met to discuss Luton Borough Council's budget for the coming financial ...

2017-02-25 18:03 open_in_new
Boredom in Britain at a new low

Boredom in Britain is at an all-time low - thanks to our our SMARTPHONES.

A survey of 2,000 Brits over 35 found that eight in 10 are rarely or never bored, because with their phone nearby there’s always something to do.

Twenty per cent say they are “never” ...

2017-02-25 14:45 open_in_new
REVIEW: Let out your inner Tarzan at Go Ape in Woburn

WHO doesn't dream of soaring through a forest, climbing the highest tree and being a real nature explorer? No, me neither.

But I was told that you can channel your inner climber right here in Bedfordshire at Go Ape Woburn, based in the safari park.

To see what all of the fuss was ...

2017-02-25 12:33 open_in_new
COMPETITION: Win a trip aboard a vintage ride

IT'S full steam ahead...

The Cathedrals Express will clickety-clack its way into Bedford train station on April 1 to give train enthusiasts the ride of their lives.

The vintage carriages, the sound of the engine's whistle and the steam drifting past the window are sure to evoke ...

2017-02-25 11:27 open_in_new
WATCH: 10 of the most viewed Storm Doris videos

Storm Doris battered the UK yesterday and much of it was captured on video.

From planes struggling to land to trees falling in roads and narrowly missing motorists and paddling pools and trampolines taking flight we look at 10 of the most viewed Storm Doris videos on YouTube.

2017-02-24 23:19 open_in_new
“Holy cr*p, people are stupid:” Walking Dead actor blasts minister who got Primark to ban “racist” t-shirt

An actor whose catchphrase is at the centre of a “racist” t-shirt row has blasted the Methodist minister who got Primark to ban the garment after he complained.

Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan has now waded into the row and blasted Ian Lucraft as “stupid” as calls ...

2017-02-24 15:37 open_in_new
WATCH: Storm Doris round-up: How it is affecting your county

From road closures and damage being caused by the high winds, here is a comprehensive round-up of incidents affecting Northants, Milton Keynes, Bucks, Beds, Herts, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.


Storm Doris: How it is affecting Corby, East Northants, Kettering and ...

2017-02-23 19:45 open_in_new
Petition launched to return “racist” Walking Dead t-shirt to Primark stores after complaint sparks ban

A petition has been launched to return a “racist” Walking Dead t-shirt to Primark stores after a Methodist minister’s complaint saw the garment pulled from shelves.

Now, a shopper angry at the removal of the infamous “Eeny Meeny Miny Moe” t-shirt is calling for its ...

2017-02-22 16:09 open_in_new
Woburn Fire Station invites residents to ‘find out more’ about firefighting

Woburn Fire Station is inviting local residents to pop into the station on Saturday (February 25) for a coffee and to find out more about the Fire Service and becoming a firefighter.

2017-02-22 11:43 open_in_new
Bedfordshire on Sunday launches awards to recognise county's unsung Local Heroes

THE ordinary people doing extraordinary things will be celebrated by a new community awards launched by Bedfordshire on Sunday.

At a launch party at Bedford's Barns Hotel today (February 21), guests heard how 10 categories at BoS' Local Heroes Awards would recognise individuals and ...

2017-02-22 10:33 open_in_new
Rayer flying high after Blues' first win of 2017

MIKE Rayer was in high spirits after saturday's win at Rotherham Titans, which gave the Blues their first win of 2016.

The coach said it was 'a monkey off our backs'.

He also heaped praise on his team's performance, while singling out a few.

He said:"We scored some great ...

2017-02-21 16:47 open_in_new
Three cheers for Bedforcd squad as it takes home host of trophies

A CHEERLEADING team has celebrated one of its most successful months yet - gaining a number of trophies.

Elements Cheer, which is only in its second season, took five teams to the International Cheerleading Coalition Southern Championships in Guildford on February and left with 1st, 5th, ...

2017-02-21 16:47 open_in_new
Reformed Luton Vipers aiming for success in first season back

THE newly-refounded Luton Vipers players are aiming to take the East Men's League by storm in 2017, with Coach Ieuan Beal aiming for promotion from Division 1.

The club has been reborn under Club Chairman Rob Ashton, who has worked for months to get the club up and running in preparation ...

2017-02-21 16:47 open_in_new
Shigellosis: Parent guide to everything you need to know about highly infectious bug in schools

This highly-infectious vomiting bug is sweeping schools across the UK, leading to a warning to parents to know the symptoms.

Here is everything you need to know about the bug.

What is shigellosis?

Shigellosis is a highly contagious infection caused by a group of bacteria ...

2017-02-20 16:33 open_in_new
​Council plan to invest in drones to spy on illegal traveller camps after clear-up bill hits £70k

FLYING cameras could be used to spy on travellers as part of an ongoing battle against illegal encampments.

Over the past nine years, Bedford Borough Council has spent more than £70,000 clearing and safeguarding nine of the most frequently breached sites.

Hotspots include Browns ...

2017-02-20 09:57 open_in_new