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'Women of Bedford'

Bedford Borough Council presents cheque to ‘Women of Bedford’

A project celebrating Bedford’s remarkable female history, by creating the town’s first statue of a woman has been awarded a grant of £1,000 by Bedford Borough Council.

The year 2018 marks 100 years since women gained the right to vote and the statue of Amy Walmsley, which will join 11 existing statues in the town, will recognise the important work of one of the Borough’s leading citizens. Amy Walmsley was the head of a local school, business leader, Suffragette and became Bedfordshire’s first female county councillor in 1922.

The group aims to unveil the statue in December 2018, near the Butterfly Bridge on the town’s Embankment as part of the celebration of the national campaign ‘Vote 100’. Alongside the statue, a history Hopscotch will be laid co-created by Bedford’s school children to celebrate a further ten women who have made a contribution to our local history.

Dave Hodgson, the Mayor of Bedford Borough said “I am delighted to present this cheque to the Women of Bedford team. Thanks to their efforts this brilliant project is really building up a head of steam towards the long-overdue creation of Bedford’s first statue of a woman.  The Council is proud to help give recognition to a remarkable figure in our history, and we look forward to seeing the statue take its rightful place on the Embankment”.

Rachael Rogan, founder of ‘Women in Bedford’ and local bookshop owner said “We are so grateful for the support shown by the Mayor and his team at the Council. The project has grown to involve so many local organisations and groups, and we are excited about extending a welcome to all local community groups over the coming year “.

‘Women of Bedford’ is a local community group established to celebrate the achievements of women in Bedford, with the aim of inspiring women of the future. Their second phase fundraising begins next month - for more information visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/BedfordWomen or email womenofbedford@gmail.com

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