Review of the year 2013: December

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Prince Charles visits The Higgins Bedford.

MBTC-03-12-13- Prince Charles Bedford. b13-1029 Prince Charles visits The Higgins Bedford.

A Royal visit welcomed the final month of the year as Prince Charles spent a day in the county - first touring the renovated Higgins Bedford where he met schoolchildren, artists and business people, before visiting the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s in town.

He later unveiled a memorial at Tempsford to women agents of the Second World War and the Jordans factory at Broom.

Caring Fizz Heseltine from Bedford was crowned the People’s Choice winner in the T&C’s Pride of Bedfordshire Awards. Fizz, 35, runs a social club for people with learning difficulties, and received her prize from star guest Nitin Ganatra. Flitwick woman Clare Neville won the Care in the Community Award.

A new CCTV camera installed in Queens Park, Bedford, has drastically reduced fly-tipping. Ward councillors Mohammed Yasin and Mohammed Masud launched the project in April.

Plans were revealed to transform the former Wellington pub in Kempston into a church for the New Life Christian Fellowship. Pastor Piara Bhatti said it would become a community-based centre.

The Higgins Sheds Group received a welcome Christmas gift - the pledge of backing from the Marks Trust based in Bedford to help with the bid for the derelict former warehouses. The group wants to transform the buildings into a hi-tech hub.

A mum and daughter were counting the cost of the fiasco of the MK Winter Wonderland, organised by a Bedford man. Sarah and Amelia Eacope, who run a mobile sweet shop, said the wonderland had reindeers in a muddy park and santas in pound suits.

The new Parkside Hall in Ampthill was offically unveiled to the public following a £600,000 revamp which has included a new entrance. Trustee Andy Wood said more volunteers were needed to help run it.




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