Showing posts from December, 2016

MBE for Dunstable Director - 2 CBEs and 4 MBEs for Bedfordshire

In the Queen’s New Year’s honours list 2017 there are 2 CBE's and 4 MBE's for people in Bedfordshire. Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) Kim Daniel BROMLEY-DERRY Chief Executive, London Borough of Newham. For services to Local Government. (Bedfordshire). Alfred Henry HITCHCOCK, QPM Chief Constable, Ministry of Defence Police. For services to Defence and Policing. (Bedfordshire) Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) Tony FENWICK Co-Chair, School's Out. For services to Equality in the Education Sector.(Luton, Bedfordshire) Michael GRANT For services to Conservation and the community in Billington, Bedfordshire.(Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire) Frederick Nigel SPARROW For services to the community in Clapham, Bedfordshire.(Bedfordshire) Anthony Peter WILSON Director, AECOM. For services to Building and Engineering.(Dunstable, Bedfordshire) In total 1,197 people have received an award. This year’s honours are the mos

Dunstable Library Christmas Closure Period

Central Bedfordshire libraries are closed from 1pm on Saturday 24 December until Tuesday, 27 December. They are also closed on Monday, 2 January 2017 for New Year. However  you will  be able to use the virtual library and library app through out the festive season. To download the library app visit the Google Play Store or   Apple app store, search for 'Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Libraries' and install it today! Usual opening hours for Dunstable library:

Off Road Bikes - A Reminder of the Law And Consequences

You might be thinking about buying an off-road bike ahead of Christmas – not realising the legislation that exists around owning and using this kind of vehicle. Bedfordshire Police  would like to remind you of the facts of buying an off-road bike – whether it’s for yourself or as a gift. The facts Off-road motorbikes: • Cannot be driven on the road – this is illegal and dangerous, and Bedfordshire Policecan seize it if it’s seen being ridden on the road or any other public place • Cannot be driven on council land – no council in Bedfordshire authorises this. • Can only be driven on private land with land owner’s permission. • There are no authorised sites in Bedfordshire for off-road biking. • A suitable motor vehicle is needed to transport off-road bikes to and from authorised sites. • Thieves are actively targeting and stealing off-road bikes. The consequences By riding an off-road bike you are: • Putting yourself at considerable risk of serious injury or deat

4 Voluntary Organisations Could Be Big Losers in Budget Cuts For Children with Disabilities

Central Bedfordshire Council are currently reviewing the way that short break services are funded and delivered. Under review is a draft proposal to lower the Budget for Children With Disabilities (CWD) by £158,000. Short breaks are opportunities for children and young people with disabilities to spend time away from their primary carers, and provide opportunities for their parents and carers to have a break from caring responsibilities. Short breaks applies to disabled children aged between 0-18 who live in Central Bedfordshire and their families. In Central Bedfordshire Short Breaks can include day, evening, overnight, weekend or holiday activities that take place within the home of the child or young person, in the home of an approved carer, a residential or a community setting. Families and carers can phone 0300 300 3000 and asking for the Children with Disabilities Team. The Team will also be able to give information about who is the best person to speak to for more specia

Cub Scouts to Light the Tallest Birthday Candle in Bedfordshire to Celebrate 100th Birthday

Mayors of  Dunstable and Houghton Regis with Dunstable District Scouts in July. Source: Facebook 16th December 2016 - Cub Scouts and volunteers from Dunstable District will be ending a year of celebration by lighting the highest candle in Bedfordshire (Dunstable Downs Beacon) to celebrate 100 years of adventure as Cubs. The Party will take place on 16th December exactly 100 years from when the section was launched. At 19.16pm the Cub Scouts from Dunstable, Houghton Regis and surrounding villages will join with thousands of others around the UK in renewing their Cub Scout Promise, pledging to do their best and help other people. The event will start at 6.45pm as the Cubs gather with a glow stick parade across the downs to the Beacon. Once the Cubs have arrived after a short welcome new members to Cubs will be invested and make their promise along with all the Cubs from the local area who will be renewing theirs whilst the famous landmark of the Beacon is lit. Once the Beacon

Dunstable Good Neighbours Have Launched !

DGN Launched Dunstable Good Neighbours was officially launched on Thursday evening, December 1st. Left to Right... Sharon Warboys (Joint Project Manager, DGN) Mike Fayers (BRCC) Kali Das (DGN volunteer/Steering group member) Andrew Harland (Chair of DGN) Andrew Selous (MP South West Bedfordshire) Liz Benali (DGN volunteer/Steering group member) Hector Selth (DGN volunteer/Steering group member)  Carole Hegley (Executive Member for Adults and Children's Social Care and Housing) Jenny Gallucci (Joint Project manager DGN) DGN Aims DGN is a voluntary organisation, aiming to provide help to local residents in need. Good Neighbour schemes are volunteer groups set up and run by local residents to provide a 'safety net' for their village or town, responding to calls from any fellow residents in need of a bit of extra help. The aim of the scheme is to provide residents of Dunstable short term help, such as transport, domestic support and household assistance, throu

Dunstable Leisure Centre Overall Winners in Best Bar None

Best Bar None is a national scheme which aims to make towns and cities great places to go out by making pubs, clubs and leisure venues even safer and more welcoming places for visitors. Representatives from the venues were joined at the presentation evening on Nov 30th. Local businesses and individuals donated prizes to a raffle which raised £360 for the Street Pastors, a charity which sees volunteers from local churches head out in our towns from 10pm to 4am on Saturdays to help those in need on the street. Raffle prizes worth a total of £700 were donated by local companies. Best Bar None Overall Winner – Dunstable/Houghton Regis:  Dunstable Leisure Centre; Runners-up: Club Cookies and Creasey Park Community Football Centre Best Bar None Overall Winner – Leighton-Linslade: The Lancer; Runners-up: The Dukes and The Swan 2,500 people voted for their favourite venues in the People’s Vote. People’s Vote Winner – Dunstable/Houghton Regis: Club Cookies; Runners-up: Go Hou