Review of the year 2013: June

Higgins Bedford.

Higgins Bedford.

Scientists at Bedford Hospital made a major breakthrough in the fight against prostate cancer.

A team from the hospital travelled to Chicago to present their findings after discovering a unique food supplement, made from ingredients including green tea and broccoli, has a significant effect on men suffering from the disease.

Professor Robert Thomas, consultant oncologist at Bedford Hospital led the six month trial in conjunction with Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and Cranfield University.

He said: ”It is very likely that this will lead to a cure but the next stage is to try to work with a pharmaceutical company to do a cancer prevention study - that is the golden egg that we would go for.”

Revellers had to find another way to get home from their evenings out after Bedford cabbies went on strike over licensing on a Saturday night.

The majority of taxi and private hire drivers walked out at the last minute over ongoing problems with Bedford Borough Council’s licensing chiefs. A peaceful protest was also held outside Borough Hall.

A charity shop was raided by callous thieves who caused more than £4,000 in damage.

The intruders smashed through a locked back door and took collection tins from the till area of the Keech Hospice shop in Bedford Road, Kempston.

The Times & Citizen shared an exclusive first look at plans for the interior of Bedford’s long-awaited bus station redevelopment.

The people of Bedford have endured a long wait for the new-look bus station and may have complained about the state of the current one.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “The regeneration of the bus station area will, crucially, enhance the visual appearance of this important gateway for Bedford after a decades-long wait for improvements.”

Meanwhile a hospice that cares for people with a terminal illness was recognised with the Queen’s Award. Bedford Daycare Hospice, based in Linden Road, was awarded the Queen’s Award for voluntary service. It is the highest award that is given to volunteer groups in the UK.

The brand new redeveloped Higgins Bedford museum opened on the longest day of the year with a special Dawn to Dusk opening.

Earlier that week we were given a sneak preview of the redeveloped museum and how the Higgins Bedford has joined together three venues.

The transformed art gallery and museum is located in the historic buildings of Castle Brewery and the adjoining Victorian family home, both built by the Higgins family in the mid-19th Century.

The Higgins Bedford has united on one site three cultural venues: Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford Museum and Bedford Gallery.




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