Category: Lifestyle

Bedford Borough’s 2020 Sport and Physical Activity Heroes

While the Bedford Sports Awards ceremony cannot take place this year due to the measures in place to slow the spread of coronavirus, Bedford Borough Council still wants to recognise local sporting heroes.

To recognise those people who have gone above and beyond to help people keep active, achieve their goals, and continue to inspire, the Council has launched ‘Bedford Borough’s 2020 Sport and Physical Activity Heroes’.

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Past goes online with Bedfordshire Community Histories

A series of new introductory videos are being released by Bedfordshire Archives as their Community Archives are relaunched as Community Histories.

Despite having to restrict services during the pandemic, Bedfordshire Archives is continuing to find new ways for communities to explore its wealth of historical records.

This project has been put together by staff and volunteers and provides hundreds of web pages packed with information on the history over 180 Bedfordshire towns, villages, and hamlets.

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Have you added a puppy to your family since last year?

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is calling for respondents for its survey on puppy buying experiences before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey is for UK-based dog owners who have acquired a puppy since January 2019. The ‘Pandemic Puppies’ study will compare how and why puppies were bought before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is to help build an understanding of the changes in buying behaviours and intentions over this period.

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Bedford Borough steps up to Autumn Walking Challenge

The Autumn Walking Challenge, delivered by Sustrans and Bedford Borough Council, has now started and the Council is encouraging businesses to get back outside and exercise.

The Autumn Walking Challenge, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), encourages participants to join a team with two colleagues to track their daily and weekly step count from 28 October to 23 November. Successful teams will win one of three great prizes, which are also funded by the DfT.

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RSPCA fears for animals as lockdown prompts more DIY firework displays

The RSPCA fears this fireworks season could be the worst in decades for animals as more people opt for DIY displays at home due to Covid restrictions cancelling organised public events.

RSPCA polling has revealed that 21% of UK adults plan to hold a private display at home this year and with 20% who plan to attend a private display at a friend’s or family’s home. This is nearly twice as many as in 2019 (11% and 12% respectively).

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Adopt East Alliance launches today

Adopt East Alliance, a regional adoption agency has launched today. It was established to recruit adopters across the East of England.

Adopt East Alliance will work across local authorities in Bedford Borough, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Southend, Suffolk and Thurrock to find families for children who are waiting to find their forever home. Adoptionplus, Barnardo’s and Adoption UK are also part of the partnership.

The Alliance said it will deliver the highest quality adoption service to children and families throughout the region by bringing together the expertise and skills of all its partners.

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