Showing posts from March, 2017

£1million new homes kick-start boost for Houghton Regis, Dunstable and Sandy

Central Bedfordshire Council has been awarded almost £1million of Government funding to help kick-start regeneration on housing estates in Houghton Regis, Dunstable and Sandy and speed the building of new homes over the next three years. The grant comes as part of £32million awarded nationally to over 70 organisations and marks a significant success for Central Bedfordshire, and the South East Midlands LEP area. Compared to other much larger local authorities, including those in cities, Central Bedfordshire has punched well above its weight to win this funding and its award highlights the Council's commitment to maximising opportunities to bring central Government funding to the area, for the benefit of its residents.   The grants come from the Department for Communities and Local Government Estate Regeneration and Homes and Communities Agency Large Site Acceleration Funds, announced by Minister, Sajid Javid, this week. The money will be targeted on estates in the market towns of D

Spring Edition of the North Chilterns Chalk Newsletter

Here's the link: Wildlife Trust Letter April 2017 ​ ​ ​

​Football fans in Luton asked to Sign for Life as part of organ donation campaign

​ ​ Football fans in Luton are being urged to blow the whistle on organ transplant waiting lists, as NHS Blood and Transplant teams up with more than 45 sports organisations from top Premiership clubs to grassroots squads, including Luton Town Football Club. The Sign for Life campaign asks supporters across the country to think about organ donation and to be inspired by their club to score another name on the NHS Organ Donor Register as well as tell their family they want to be an organ donor. Right now there are around 6,500 people waiting for a transplant across the UK, including 20 people in Luton. On average three people die every day in the UK because of the shortage of organs available. This situation needs to be shown the red card. One organ donor can save or transform the lives of up to nine people. The goal is to get more fans, their families and friends signed by the NHS Organ Donor Register and talking about organ donation. If more families agreed to donate their loved one&#

​Parking in Central Bedfordshire - have your say on how we make decisions about parking

​ Central Bedfordshire Council is proposing to introduce a new set of policies that set out a framework for how it will provide for, manage and make decisions about parking, whether that's parking for residents, shoppers or commuters. A well planned and managed approach to parking can help make our towns and local communities better places to live, work and visit. Central Bedfordshire Council is therefore asking people to have their say on how the authority manages parking and the priorities that it should be focusing on. The Council has been considering the current need for parking, and is also looking ahead to understand what the region will need in the future, and so is consulting on its draft strategic approach to parking. Central Bedfordshire households have a higher than average number of cars or vans, which is why parking is such an important issue. There were 157,000 cars or vans in Central Bedfordshire at the time of the 2011 Census, and 47% of households owned two or more

Take Part In The Great Get-Together With The Big Lunch #TheBiglunch

Get together with your neighbours for a weekend celebrating community, commonality and connections 17-18 JUNE 2017 The Big Lunch is a simple idea from the Eden Project: that as many people as possible across the UK have lunch with their neighbours annually on a Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. This year The Big Lunch, held on Sunday 18 June, forms part of The Great Get-Together weekend: a partnership with the Jo Cox Foundation aiming to get communities to come together to celebrate connections and commonality. Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of communities, with millions of people taking to their streets, gardens and community spaces for lunch. A Big Lunch can be anything from a simple get-together with neighbours in your backyard to a full-blown community event in a street closed to cars for the day. Often a Big Lunch starts with a small group of friends and neighbours with an idea to get

Would You Be A Special Constable? Meeting April 3rd 7:30pm Dunstable Police Station

Bedfordshire Police's next information evening for would-be Special Constables will be held on Monday 3 April at Dunstable Police Station.   From 7.30pm, members of the public who are interested in volunteering with the force will have the chance to hear more about the Special Constabulary from serving Specials. The information evening will also cover the application process, from completing an initial application form through to the training received by successful applicants.   The Special Constabulary is the UK's volunteer police force. Specials work closely with full time Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSO's) both to patrol Bedfordshire's rural and urban communities, and volunteer in specialist units. After completing their initial training and once they have taken their oaths, Specials have a further two years of on-the-job tuition and support from experienced colleagues before they become independent.   Special Constables must be over 18 an

Pupils help to raise more than £3,000 for hospital children’s wards

Pupils from across Central Bedfordshire and Luton helped to raise more than £3,000 for sick children by taking part in a fundraising concert on Sunday. A total of 217 youngsters from seven schools took part in Let Your Spirit Fly at the Grove Theatre, in Dunstable. Billed as ‘children singing for children’, it was to raise funds for the children’s wards at Luton and Dunstable Hospital. Thanks to an impressive 562 seats sold for the event as well as other fundraising efforts the event brought in more than £3,000. The schools taking part were Hadrian Academy, Heathwood Lower School, Linslade Lower School and Tithe Farm Primary, from Central Bedfordshire, and Ferrars Junior School, Putteridge Primary School and St Matthew’s Primary School, from Luton. Each school choir sang a couple of their favourite songs and they then joined together to sing the eponymous song Let Your Spirit Fly, which was specially written by local composer Richard Sisson, who also hosted the concert. S

Bazaar and Rummage

by Sue Townsend In Sue Townsend's heartfelt comedy, three severely agoraphobic women have left their houses for the first time in years, and made it to a jumble sale. The sale has been organised by their social workers, the young trainee Fliss and the ex-agoraphobic volunteer Gwenda, though as the afternoon progresses, the distinction between them and the anxious people they are supposed to be looking after becomes less and less clear. As Margaret, Bell-Bell and Katrina prepare to meet the public, armed with the suits of a deceased husband, old sequined show dresses, bric-a-brac and a standard lamp, nerves and neuroses are running high, and a sensitive portrait of the suffering behind their phobia emerges. Public booking for Bazaar and Rummage is now open. To book, please call the box office on 01582 204021 or email Performances: 10 — 18 March 2017 ​

WASPI Demonstration in London in London today.

Local women are off to Westminster today to support a WASPI demonstration in London.  The WASPI Campaign represents almost 2.6 million women born in the 1950s who are who are facing financial hardship in retirement as a result of the government's changes to their state pension age.  Successive governments failed to adequately inform women about the changes, when they should have had 14 years to plan for their retirement. Some women had less than one year to prepare for a six year change in the pension age. By contrast, men had six years to prepare for an increase of one year. On Wednesday 8th March 2017, which is International Women's Day, and the day of the Budget, over 5,000 women are expected to attend a national demonstration in Westminster to draw the Government's attention to this injustice.  For further information about WASPI please see the website ​_____ ​ Alan Winter