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Flour, fun and falling in during Langford Raft Race!

Entrepid rafters took to the River Ivel to compete in its annual race, dodging flour bombs and paddling like mad in a bid to raise money for local Langford clubs.

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Wingfield Drive. Credit: Google

Potton Town Council declares war on anti-social behaviour with plans for public meeting

Potton Town Council has declared war on anti-social behaviour which is blighting the lives of residents.

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Severe weather warning issued with a risk that high temperatures could trigger heavy showers and thunderstorms

Thunderstorms and heavy showers could hit our area on Friday afternoon and into the evening, according to the Met Office.

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Fiona Bruce. Credit: BBC

BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow at Wrest Park tomorrow

Open your attics, search the second hand shops and bring along your most prized possession, because the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow is coming to Wrest Park tomorrow!

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Veterans in Crisis: ‘We must find out if international suicide rates are reflected in UK’

A psychologist at a leading veterans charity says it is important that more research is carried out  in order to find out if a spike in military veteran suicides among the UK’s allies is also reflected among British ex-service personnel.
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Our campaign calls on the Government to get a grip on veteran suicide figures

The Government is today accused of “turning a blind eye” to concern that suicides among military veterans are spiralling after a Johnston Press investigation found that no comprehensive official records are kept of the number of British ex-servicemen and women taking their lives.
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Venomous bird-eating spiders found on the loose in the UK

Two giant bird-eating tarantulas with a leg span of up to 10 inches could be on the loose, after babies were found abandoned in a car park.

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Walnut Cottage, Chawston

Garden on former land settlement site at Chawston opens to the public

The gardens of 8 Great North Road, Chawston, are open to the public on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2pm to 6pm, for the National Gardens Scheme.

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Visitors from Hong Kong stop off at Shefford to discuss housing issues

Visitors from Hong Kong stop off at Shefford to discuss housing issues

A delegation of housing professionals from Hong Kong visited Shefford as part of a fact-finding trip to find out more about housing in this country.

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Oscar Francis West with a wax figure of John Bunyan

Literary winner from Shefford crafts words for John Bunyan the prisoner

A year 10 student from Shefford who has asperger’s has won a prize in a writing competition.

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Horsefly bites can result in horrible, painful blisters

Why bloodsucking horseflies are on the rise this summer

As temperatures reached the exotic heights of 31C across the country this week, sunbathers could be in for more than a tan as horse flies appear to be terrorising the nation.

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Picture yourself in this perfect postcard cottage

Picture yourself in this perfect postcard cottage

If you’ve ever imagined yourself living in a quintessentially English thatched cottage, then Ivy Cottage in Flitton may well be your dream property.

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Horsefly bites can result in horrible, painful blisters

As NHS warn of a rise in blood sucking insects and horsefly bites, here’s what you should do if bitten

Brits may have been basking in the tropical sunshine over the past few weeks, but the downside to the balmy weather is that painful bites by bloodsucking insects have soared.

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Young farmers at the Lord Mayor's Show 2017 in London

FARMING MATTERS: Taking to the streets of London

Young farmers are being sought to join one of the most popular civic pageants in the world. The National Farmers Union (NFU) wants a bunch of enthusiastic young farmers to have starring roles in the 2018 Lord Mayor’s show in London and is launching a competition to find them.

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Warwick Castle

Magical stay in the medieval glamping tents at Warwick Castle

The look on my six-year-old daughter’s face when she saw the size of the bed she was sleeping in was just one of the memorable moments during a weekend stay at Warwick Castle.

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‘Nauseating’ Fairfield school delay is unacceptable, but developer contests council criticism

‘Nauseating’ Fairfield school delay is unacceptable, but developer contests council criticism

A wrangle over the completion of a school expansion project in Central Bedfordshire could be heading for the High Court.

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Grovebury Road pothole in Leighton Buzzard

Council director says 7 years’ annual budget would be needed to fix all Central Bedfordshire potholes he’s aware of

There’s not enough money in the pot to fix every road defect in Central Bedfordshire.

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Enjoy a splash in one of these top homes for sale in our region with a swimming pool

Enjoy a splash in one of these top homes for sale in our region with a swimming pool

What better way to cool off in the long hot summer we’re enjoying than by taking a dip in your own swimming pool?

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Bedfordshire Food Aid Network is run by volunteers from the Preen Reuse Centre in Biggleswade

Food for thought as demand soars

Preen Food Bank is making an urgent appeal for donations as it struggles to cope with growing demand for its food parcels.

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Call to progress to two-tier education in Central Bedfordshire

Leadership is vital for a primary and secondary school system to become uniform across Central Bedfordshire, it’s been claimed.

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