Review of the year 2013: October

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Treasure hunter Ashley Bossendorfer unearthed a ring from the 1860s in a field near Wilden.

The gold mourning ring, as yet still unclaimed, belonged to the niece of a man who died in freak boating accident in St Neots.

The 36th Bedford Beer and Cider Festival opened at the Corn Exchange offering about 100 different tipples, including many local brewers, where the popular event organised by Camra attracted thousands.

The ghostly-goings on at St Mary’s Church, Clophill, were captured on camera for the release of a film, Paranormal Diaries, written and directed by Kevin Gates, who grew up in Bedford.

Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson announced free parking for shoppers in the town. The Mayor’s Free Parking Deal gives motorists the first two hours free in council-run car parks.

Triplet Alice Warner, 13, won a £1.5m negligence payout from the NHS after “very serious negligent” medical treatment left her with a condition which left her blind in one eye and limited vision in the other.

A collection of 600 lots, collected by Professor Sir Albert Richardson and which were housed in Ampthill, were due to go under the hammer at Cheffins Auctioneers. Prof Richardson was involved in the creation of many buildings in Bedfordshire and helped save Houghton House from demolition.

A man was charged with attempted murder following the stabbing of four men at a barn party in the remote hamlet of Begwary, near Colmworth. One man was left fighting for his life following the incident at the party for 200 revellers.

Tributes poured in for well-known Bedford dentist Peter Jones, from Clapham, who died aged 85, who had been working up to a few days before his death.

Graduates and apprentices at Ampthill-based Lockheed Martin were celebrating as their 24-Volt Car came fourth in the National Green Power National Finals held at Goodwood.

Retail guru Mary Portas visited Bedford to check how her Portas Pilot project was progressing, making a tour of the High Street and chatting to shopkeepers.

Pure white albino squirrels were spotted playing on the grass verge near Budgens in Bromham. Villager Tony Pinkerton captured the cheeky fellas on his camera.

The third Bedford Festival of Light was held at the Corn Exchange to mark the Hindu annual celebration of Diwali, with music, dancing and food.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis and the Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Rev Richard Atkinson, officially opened three new classrooms and a hall at Greenfield and Pulloxhill Academy, where the main school building was also refurbished.




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