Best of Bedford: Mel Stratton

This month’s Best of Bedford comes from Mel Stratton, founder of Love in a Bag Bedford, a charity initiative to help women in crisis. Mel  saw a Facebook post that her sister, who lives in Adelaide, had shared. It was about an Australian charity initiative called It’s In the Bag, providing essentials to women in…



Paul Hutchinson is co-director of Bedford Film Festival and the Managing Editor of the Bedford Independent, a new hyperlocal online news desk, dedicated to Bedford Borough.  The website will launch in early November, although you can already follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Name: Paul Hutchinson Occupation: Managing Editor, Bedford Independent Born here or…


Introducing…. The Wardrobe Edit

Former PR consultant, Isabel Kelly, launched the Wardrobe Edit in Bedford earlier this year. The concept is simple: Isabel offers style advice to busy clients, keen to streamline their existing clothes, while adding some carefully curated wardrobe essentials.  “I’ve unofficially been a stylist for the last 15 – 20 years, helping friends with fashion advice…


Best of Bedford with Neil Frankel

To celebrate the start of Wimbledon later this month, we thought we’d interrogate Bedford’s resident racquet wielder, Neil Frankel. Neil is Director of Coaching at Riverside Tennis Club on Goldington Road and is a born and bred Bedfordian.  He’s worked at Riverside for 20 years, ever since leaving Leeds University with a Human Biology degree….


Cat Lane photographer’s ‘Best of Bedford’

This month’s Best of Bedford comes from Cat Lane.  Cat is an award-winning wedding photographer with an amazing eye for detail and a passion for what she does. We are lucky enough to count Cat among the many generous contributors to the Clanger, sharing her love for Bedford with our readers.  Over the years, Cat…

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