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Pub hours extended to mark 75th anniversary of VE Day

Pubs, clubs and bars, which are licensed to trade until 11pm, will be allowed to open for an additional two hours, on Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May from 11am until 1am the following morning, to mark the anniversary.

The order, laid in Parliament today, will also apply to premises licensed to provide entertainment such as music, dances, plays and films.

Commemorations and community events will be held across the country to remember the heroism of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel and the contribution of ordinary citizens to the war effort.

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Weaving Narratives – celebrating Bedfordshire’s history

The Weaving Narratives project invites people to use Bedfordshire’s archives as inspiration to create textile works. When the project was first run, four years ago, both amateur and professional textile artists created a wide range of pieces.

The project is open to anyone interested in taking part. Participants will be offered an introduction to Archive Service, and the chance to take part in three workshops. Assisted by archive professionals, they will be given special access to original archive materials representing hundreds of years of Bedfordshire’s history.

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Gritty drama, Band of Gold comes to Milton Keynes Theatre

Back in the mid ‘90s, Band of Gold, Kay Mellor’s multi award-winning ITV series, one of the most watched shows in television history, so grabbed the attention of the public that bookmakers started taking bets on the identity of the killer in the ground-breaking crime drama.

More than 15 million viewers tuned in every week to follow the fortunes of a group of streetwalkers in their battle to survive whilst working in a notorious red-light district.

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New Exhibition at The Higgins Bedford – Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements

Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements, a new exhibition showcasing Edward Bawden’s passion for architecture opens at The Higgins Bedford on Saturday 8th February 2020.

Architecture is a reoccurring subject throughout the extensive body of work of influential British artist and designer, Edward Bawden (1903-1989).

The Higgins Bedford is displaying a number of these works in a new exhibition ‘Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements’. This exhibition features prints, advertising campaigns, private commissions, personal Christmas cards and wallpaper designs, some of which have never been on display at The Higgins Bedford

Edward Bawden Gallery, Free Entry 8th February 2020 – 24th January 2021

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2020 is Bedford River Festival Year!

Bedford River Festival is one of the largest outdoor events of its kind. Around a quarter of a million visitors are expected at this free Festival on Bedford’s river and Embankment.

This weekend brings activities on and off the water, with dragon boat and raft racing, river parades with over 100 boats on the river, and water sports demonstrations.

On dry land, there will be music, entertainment, stalls to browse, the funfair, heritage village, sports activities, hovercraft rides, fireworks, and much more.

The River Festival is a community event, with clubs, groups, and companies all coming together to take part in races, and in other events and activities throughout the weekend.

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New homes near The Stables – planning update

The Stables is grateful to the members of Milton Keynes Development Control Committee for refusing the latest application from Abbey Homes. The developers had applied for a Certificate of Lawful Development.

This would have allowed them to proceed with building next to The Stables without implementing the condition of a Deed of Easement (condition 14), which was applied to the original planning permission granted for the site.

At the committee meeting held on 9 January 2020 Council members agreed with the recommendations from officers to refuse permission and to enable appropriate enforcement action is if the condition is breached.

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Milton Keynes Theatre: Cast announcement for ‘The Birthday Party’

The darkly-comic play is at Milton Keynes Theatre from 9th to 13th June

Mark Goucher and Everyman Theatre Cheltenham present Harold Pinter’s comedy of menace, The Birthday Party. Michelle Collins will play Meg Boles, Tristan Gemmill plays the role of Goldberg and Paul Hickey will play McCann.

This darkly-comic play will be performed at Milton Keynes Theatre from Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th June.

Set in a dilapidated seaside boarding house the mysterious Stanley Webber receives a visit from two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann. They arrive on Stanley’s birthday – or is it? What do they want and why do they want to turn Stanley’s quite world upside down?

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Once seen at Milton Keynes Theatre, never forgotten

Based on the critically acclaimed 2007 Irish small budget movie, Once tells the story of two lost souls whose lives are changed over the course of five short days.

‘Girl’ meets ‘Guy’ just as he is on the verge of giving up his dream of becoming a successful singer-songwriter. Worn down by the misery of a broken heart and an infuriating excess of self-pity, the arrival of ‘Girl’, with her boundless optimism, common sense and motivation, is exactly the kick up the backside ‘Guy’ needs to recharge his batteries and restore his faith in, not only the power of music but also the power of love.

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