Review of the year 2013: August

Protest march against hospital  paediatrics  closure.

Protest march against hospital paediatrics closure.

The T&C profiled a project that uncovered details of a ‘forgotten soldier’ who was killed in a training exercise in Bedford during the First World War.

The West Wales War Memorial Project is investigating the deaths of thousands of soldiers who, it claims, have been forgotten by the Ministry of Defence.

Gunner Robert Corfield, a self-employed hairdresser from Aberwystwyth, fell from a firing battery wagon on August 26, 1915, while rehearsing a military drill off Ampthill Road. The MoD has refused to commemorate him as a First World War casualty.

The 20th annual Shaheedi Tournament was staged in Bedford this month.

The sports grounds in Westfield Park were a hive of activity with a range of different sports including cricket, hockey and volleyball and the South Asian tag-style game of Kabaddi.

Plans to increase the size of three schools in Central Beds were approved.

Church End Lower in Marston Moretaine will see its capacity go up from 270 to 450 while Alameda Middle in Ampthill will be able to cater for 720 students. Redborne Upper in Ampthill will be given an extra 200 places and be able to welcome up to 1,650 teenagers.

Bedford welcomed another major new foodstore to town - Morrisons opened its doors in Ampthill Road creating nearly 300 jobs.

Bedford Hospital was dealt another major blow when a damning report into its poor systems and standards was published.

The Care Quality Commission inspected the paediatric services as well as the stroke unit, A&E and elderly care wards.

Acting chief executive Stephen Conroy said: “The report encompasses all the things we found out about paediatrics with the withdrawal of junior doctors. But there are other areas of concern and we are addressing that.”

The report followed a major protest through the centre of Bedford against the hospital closure.

Hundreds joined in the peaceful protest including the town mayor.




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