Review of the year 2013: January

Snow in Bedford.

Snow in Bedford.

It was a chilly start to the New Year as Bedfordshire shivered in one of the longest and coldest winters for decades.

It saw hundreds of schools shutting their doors - but whilst some youngsters enjoyed a day off, parents were not so happy.

A frustrated mother has called on education chiefs to stop schools closing due to snow after her daughters’ school closed for the day on Monday.

Lisa Howard, of King Edward Road, Bedford wrote to Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove and MP for Bedford and Kempston Richard Fuller after finding out Newnham Middle was among hundreds of schools in Bedfordshire that took the decision to close due to the weather.

In a letter, she wrote: “If every business and place of education had the same mindset of so many schools I would imagine that there would be an outcry and a full enquiry held, yet time and time again it seems most schools can just decide to close without a thought or care about the knock on effect it has on 100s of parents and carers up and down the country.”

In Central Beds feelings were running high over plans to introduce new gypsy and traveller sites. Around 400 attended a meeting in Maulden to protest against plans for up to ten pitches in New Road.

Devastated family and friends of a woman who went missing since Boxing Day made a desperate appeal for news through the T&C.

Indian-born Sonica Hans, 35, of Priory Court, Bedford, has not been seen since around 2pm on December 26 when she left the house she shares with her sister. Beds Police put out an appeal asking for the public’s help in finding her, and her sister Manisha Singh and family Atak Kareem spoken out about Sonica. A search of the river that month did not find her.

Barclays Bank was criticised for “turning its back on the needs of its customers” after it announced it would be closing its Ampthill branch in April. But traders, residents, councillors and an MP have all reacted to the news and feel it is unfair to close the branch.

One Bedford person missed out on becoming a millionaire! A last ditch attempt was made to ‘recruit’ the unsuspecting owner of an unclaimed Euromillions Millionaire Raffle lottery ticket – worth a whopping £1million. T

The winning lottery ticket was bought in Bedford for the one-off raffle draw on July 27. Organisers made a last ditch appeal to find the winner shortly before the six month deadline - but to no avail.

And your Times & Citizen made the news itself in January - with a brand new look. Your favourite local paper was given a modern makeover, sporting the design it has today.




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