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Bedford Park Concerts 2017: Everything you need to know

Next weekend, some of the biggest names in music from the 80s, 90s and today will take to the stage in Bedford Park during a weekend of concerts supported by BoS. We go backstage with organiser MARK HARRISON to find out what to expect. . .

MORE than 300 people will be working behind ...

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Prince William writes heartfelt tribute to East Anglian Air Ambulance colleagues on his last day

PRINCE William has penned a letter thanking his colleagues at the East Anglian Air Ambulance as he clocks off on his final shift.

The Duke of Cambridge leaves his role as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance today (July 27) after two years of service. As he departs to begin ...

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Bedfordshire murders that were never solved

AT LEAST 19 Bedfordshire murderers have never been brought to justice, a freedom of information request has revealed.

Bedfordshire Police records published under a freedom of information request have revealed dozens of unsolved murders remain on file dating back as early as ...

2017-07-25 21:29 open_in_new
​COMPETITION: Roll up and win tickets to family circus

John Lawson Circus

Frosts Garden Centre

From August 1

THE big top is back and rolling into Frosts Garden Centre in Willington this August.

And Bedfordshire On Sunday has teamed up with Frosts to give away nine family tickets (two adults and two children) to ...

2017-07-23 17:47 open_in_new
Bedfordshire drivers still using phones behind the wheel - despite a drop in statistics

THE number of people caught using their phones behind the wheel has plummeted across the county - according to police.

But a resident has hit back saying plenty of drivers breaking the law in this way can still be seen on the roads.

According to the most recent figures, the ...

2017-07-21 19:35 open_in_new
Luton council wins £300k government grant to help migrant rough sleepers

MIGRANT rough sleepers in Luton not eligible for support from the public purse will be given support with £310,940 funding win.

In partnership with NOAH Enterprise, a 'Christian-inspired' charity, the scheme - led by Luton Borough Council - will support rough sleepers who have previously ...

2017-07-21 19:35 open_in_new
RISING STARS: Showcasing the talents of three talented former Bedford College youngsters

SHE may only be 17, but singer and actress Megan O'Rourke has a voice far beyond her years.

Currently studying for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts at Bedford College, she specialises in Musical Theatre and wowed the crowds at BoS' inaugural Local Heroes Awards earlier ...

2017-07-21 16:17 open_in_new
REVIEW: A gourmet bite on town's Riverside

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Riverside North, Bedford

'I DON'T really like burgers if I am honest, but I'll give them a try'.

Always a good attitude to go in with when reviewing a brand new burger joint.

But those are the words that my colleague Jo first uttered when ...

2017-07-21 16:17 open_in_new
​Ampthill's Tudor history comes to life with Aragon Day

Aragon Day


Saturday, July 29 From 11am

TAKE a trip back in time to celebrate a very special guest to one of the county's popular market towns.

The Aragon Day Festival was launched in 2003 to mark the 470th anniversary of the Queen Katherine of Aragon ...

2017-07-21 16:17 open_in_new
A fun-filled family Love Bedford Day in Bedord's Harpur Square

WHAT better way than to spend a Sunday with the family playing retro-games, watching entertainment and relaxing on giant deckchairs.

No it's not a day at the beach, it's Love Bedford Day in Harpur Square today.

This year is extra special as the Harpur Centre is celebrating its 40th ...

2017-07-21 16:17 open_in_new
​Celebrating the women who stood by John Bunyan in brand new exhibition

A NEW exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of the ordinance of Constance Coltman, the first woman to be ordained into mainstream church.

The life of Coltman (pictured), which shows a key moment in the development of churches like Bunyan Meeting, is used as a springboard into telling the ...

2017-07-21 16:17 open_in_new
Woman sentenced after violently attacking Bedford mental health worker and calling her a terrorist

A WOMAN who struck a mental health worker in the face several times and threw a brick at a window of the care home has been handed a community order.

Jade Ricketts, 26, of Roise Court, walked into a care home on Ampthill Road, Bedford, on May 27 and accused a care worker of being a ...

2017-07-20 22:41 open_in_new
Harper on the Hatters: Why Luton need to put square pegs in square holes

There I was on Monday afternoon, enjoying the gorgeous summer sunshine beating down on Nottingham, listening to the Sky pundits tearing England apart after their shambolic humbling in the second Test against South Africa.

Near enough everything I was hearing was pretty much what I would ...

2017-07-20 00:39 open_in_new
Bedfordshire Police officer in court accused of making indecent images of a child

A LOCAL policeman has been charged with making indecent images of children.

Detective Constable Jamal Hassan, 36, based at force HQ in Kempston, appeared in court on with three counts of making an indecent image of a child and perverting the course of justice.

He appeared at ...

2017-07-17 14:15 open_in_new
Bedfordshire Business Awards 2017: Nominations are open! Here's how to enter

NOMINATIONS are now open for BoS' Bedfordshire Business Awards 2017.

Joining the line-up are some new categories for this year including: Customer Service Excellence Award; Start-Up Business of the Year; Training and Development Award; and Hospitality Business of the Year.

The ...

2017-07-17 13:09 open_in_new
Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs speaks out ahead of Bedford Park Concerts

BEDFORD Park Concerts is just around the corner and the Kaiser Chiefs will be taking to the stage on the Saturday night.

Known across the globe for their hits such as Ruiby, Oh My God, and I Predict A Riot, the band is headlining one of the biggest nights of music this year.

This ...

2017-07-14 19:59 open_in_new
Cultural humour from Joe Avati at the Bedford Corn Exchange

Joe Avati

Bedford Corn Exchange

Saturday, 8PM

TWO decades in comedy and this Australian-Italian is still going strong.

Joe Avati, who has a knack for making an hour and a half set full of lengthy stories feel like ten minutes, has travelled the globe with his own ...

2017-07-14 18:53 open_in_new
​Consica Jazz fest promises to be biggest yet

Conscia Festival

Across Bedford

September 1-3

A HOST of top jazz artists will be coming to Bedford this September for the Conscia Jazz Festival.

This will be the third annual event, which has brought a number of the country's and the world's top jazz artists to the ...

2017-07-14 17:47 open_in_new
REVIEW: Women's art at Panacea society speaks volumes

THIS week Elizabeth Howcroft paid a visit to the Panacea Museum's '25 and Counting' exhibit

HOW many female artists are currently inspiring other women through an exhibition of their work at the Panacea Museum?

'25 and Counting.'

The title of this new exhibition ...

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​A piggy party with Oinkfest at Mead Open Farm


Mead Open Farm

From Saturday

PERFECT porkers and pampered piglets are opening their homes to you.

This summer Mead Open Farm is hosting OinkFest, new for 2017, that will be bursting with piggy fun - like the Piggy Panto cheering on your favourite piggy racer in ...

2017-07-14 17:47 open_in_new
​Grunge at Esquires with Honey Lung performance

Honey Lung


July 28

ONE of the must watch bands at this year's The Great Escape Festival's and a quartet on the verge of breakthrough, Insight Promotions and Dork present Honey Lung.

Their debut single Something appeared online last year and received rave ...

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