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Egg-citing Easter Activities in Bedford

There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained during the Easter holidays in Bedford this April. All of Bedford Borough Libraries have loads of crafty activities throughout the hols. You can find all the info here and click on these downloadable pdfs: BB April Activities 2017 BP Easter Holiday Activities 2017 (1) BP Easter Holiday Activities 2017…

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Bar flies

This Spring, Bedford has been blessed with two new bars, both offering great drinks, great atmosphere and great music. First up, we met with Matt and Jess, owners of The Third Place on St Peter’s Street and naturally, our first question was about the name. The ‘third place’ was conceived by urban sociologist, Roy Oldenburg. …

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Clanger interview: PINS

Bedford has a treat this April with Manchester band PINS playing Esquires on the 20th. The feisty punk/indie act have hooks and menace aplenty. Currently playing up and down the country, they’re all over the radio and they got punk godfather Iggy Pop to collab with them. The group consists of singer/guitarist Faith Holgate, guitarist…

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The April issue is here. Read it now!

The sun is shining, the trees are in bloom and the days are getting longer. As if all of that wasn’t enough to put a spring in your step, the April issue of the Bedford Clanger has just hit the streets. Not picked up a copy yet? Then download it here. Happy Spring, Bedford! Just click…

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Clanger interview: Party time with the Dub Pistols

Dub Pistols return to Bedford Esquires on Saturday 1st April as part of their 20th Anniversary tour. Blending ska, hip hop, reggae, punk & funk, this lot know how to get the party started and have collaborated the likes of Terry Hall and Rodney P over the years.  Lloyd Lugsden spoke to head Pistol, Barry…

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YMCA Supported Lodgings – can you help?

Recent statistics provided by the Department for Communities and local government show a 16% rise in rough sleepers in the UK compared to last year. Bedford Borough competes with the highest rates among the country. YMCA Bedfordshire’s Supported Lodgings scheme is working among some of the town’s most vulnerable young people aged 16-25 to tackle…

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Panacea Society’s legacy leads to international conference

Bedford’s religious Panacea Society’s legacy has led to an international examination of apocalyptic threats: climate change, violence, artificial intelligence. When Mabel Barltrop formed The Panacea Society in Albany Road in Bedford in 1919 she had no idea that she was planting the seeds of a legacy that would help us understand the existential threats of…

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Send in the crowd!

Crowdfunding project starts to raise funds to heat theatre. Four years ago, the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Trust set themselves an enormous task: to raise £300,000 to install a green energy-based heating and ventilation system in the theatre that was once a fully working, water-powered flour mill dating back to 1703. The good news is that…

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The Panacea Museum: Life at the Founder’s House

From 30th March 2017, a new exhibition will open in Bedford…. The perfectly preserved rooms behind the doors of 12 Albany Road have been fascinating visitors to the Panacea Museum since it first opened in 2012.  From 1904, the house was the family home of Mabel Barltrop and she continued to live there with her daughter…

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