Showing posts from April, 2017

​CVS Volunteering​ Update ​25 April 2017

​ ​       CVS Volunteering have launched their new online volunteering recruitment system. Potential volunteers are now able to browse and register online for local opportunities 24/7. If your organisation has volunteering roles you want us to promote, then email Paul Atkin today ( ) to get set up. To look at the current list of opportunities online click  here   EVENTS AND COURSES Universal Credit  - 11 May and 18 May (10am - 4pm) – A full-day course from Bedfordshire Advice Forum, is aimed at people who give advice on benefits to clients, and who want to know the essentials of Universal Credit. Some knowledge of current benefits is required.  Click here  for more details and prices. Small Charity Week  (19-24 June) is the biggest event in the small charity calendar, providing free initiatives, competitions and support over six days, for charities or local community organisations with an annual turnover under £1.5 million. See  for more in

Cali-R July 1st Biggest summer event

This is going to be such a great day.

Volunteers Sought To Help With Local Beacons - Heritage Lottery Funding Bid

Ivinghoe Beacon The Chiltern Society is partnering with the Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) on their ‘Hillforts’ project, a 4 year programme of work to raise awareness of the 22 Iron Age hillfort sites in the Chilterns. Active work will be done on 8 of the sites to improve their condition and draw the wider public into their promotion and conservation. The Chiltern Society has pledged £20k over the 4 years; and has also pledged the active support of its volunteers. CCB is currently compiling a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £220k plus to execute  the project. As part of that bid they would like to present the results of a survey showing the motivations of visitors to two of the sites; Pulpit Hill near Princes Risborough and Ivinghoe Beacon at the north end of the Chiltern hills. Volunteers are sought to carry out survey work on  those sites. We’re looking to get 50 responses to a 5 minute survey from each site. Equipment required: clip board and pen. Enthusiasm:

Biker Down Courses

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are running free "Biker Down" courses throughout the year to give motorcyclists and other road users the skills they need to help bikers who may have been involved in an accident.  Each course lasts four hours and is split into four modules:  • June 17th  • July 22nd  • August 27th  • September 24th  • October 22nd  • November 26th  Please check the course is running and book at place, please don't just turn up.  Module 1 – First on scene – this module includes an introduction into the course followed by detailed input on risk assessment, prioritisation of activities, calling the emergency services & giving accurate details, parking safely on arrival, scene safety, hazards that can be encountered at an incident and how to deal with each, managing adrenaline & generally staying calm & safe.  Module 2 – First Aid – this module covers basic live saving first aid techniques that can be applied when arriving first on

Excitement as The Queen Visits Zoo and Priory View!

A baby elephant was born at ZSL Whipsnade zoo last June, the day before the Queen's 90th birthday, and was named Elizabeth in the Queen's honour. The Queen officially opened the Centre for Elephant Care this morning. Attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, her majesty met zoo keepers and vets, toured the new home for 9 asian elephants. The Queen unveiled a plaque and watched a series of daily tasks including nail filing and mouth care. Whipsnade Zoo's Centre for Elephant Care opens to the public on Wednesday. The Royal couple were then driven by car to Priory View, Church Street, Dunstable where a large crowd had gathered to wave Union Jacks and cheer. The Queen and Prince Philip arrived at the care home and were introduced to local councillors and residents, and stayed for lunch. Priory View opened in April 2016 and was winner of 'Best Independent Living Scheme' in March 2017's Pinders Healthcare Design Awards . Video above is by Creativeoneproducti

Give blood during the Easter holidays

Children who depend on life-saving blood transfusions are encouraging donors to give blood during the Easter holidays to ensure NHS Blood and Transplant has the blood stocks necessary to meet demand. Eight-year old Sophie Thorne is one of several youngsters contributing a 'thank you' picture to remind people in Luton and Bedfordshire that donating blood saves lives. Blood stocks are more vulnerable to shortfall around public holidays like Easter as the weather improves, and people go on holiday or enjoy days out with family. It is vital stocks are constantly replenished as blood has a shelf life of 35 days and platelets only seven days. Hospitals across England need more than 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients. Blood or the components of blood are used to treat patients with medical conditions such as anaemia, cancer blood disorders, and those having surgery. Catherine Thorne, Sophie's mother, of Wootton near Bedford, said: "Sophi

'Carers In Bedfordshire' Invite Carers Interested in Discussing Transport Issues

​ 'Carers in Bedfordshire' are working with Central Bedfordshire Council to ensure carers' voices are heard more clearly in the design and delivery of services that affect our lives. The next meeting may be of interest if you are a carer in Central Bedfordshire. The theme is Transport.   The first of four meetings in 2017-18 is to be held between 10.30am and 1pm on Wednesday 19th April in the Council Chamber of Central Bedfordshire Council's Priory House office in Shefford, SG17 5TQ. Each meeting will be in a different part of Central Bedfordshire, but carers are welcome to attend all meetings, not just the meeting nearest to them.   The theme of the next meeting is Transport.   Come and have your say about this key issue, and hear the latest from: ·         Central Bedfordshire Council, about their Public Transport Strategy, and School Transport ·         East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) about the change in locations of some key services and the implications for tra

An editor is sought for Dunstable News Desk

Editor, Dunstable News Desk About The title was launched as a Facebook Page and blog in March 2016, as an associate Page to Houghton Regis News Desk. The Facebook Page grows weekly, and organically, from no followers to 1,134 follows in April 2017-  By April 2017 119 posts had been made on the Dunstable News Desk blog. Pageviews for March 2017 were 6,951, and Pageviews all time history were 92,918. Editorial Policy News Desk provides factual information specifically for people resident in Dunstable. News Desk is not a sweary place, it is a family friendly place. Anyone who does write swear words will find that the Facebook Page has automatically limited the sight of their post to themselves and their friends. News Desk is not a buy and sell page, or a site to promote commercial business. The Editor(s)  Ideally the editor(s) will have a sound command of the English language, and spell check all items before publication.  research news sources such as local web site

Easter services Holy Week services in the Parish of Dunstable

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Local Opportunities for Conservation Volunteers April to July

The Wildlife Trust BCN are offering a new programme of opportunities for volunteers to help in outdoor maintenance tasks. The new programme is for the next 3 months. There are opportunities at Blow's Down, Galley and Warden Hills, Totternhoe Quarry, and Stopsley Common. For the time being, there are no opportunities at Houghton Regis Chalk Quarry. Work there had been funded for 5 years from the development at Tilia Park — Lake View — but new funding from developments at Bidwell and Thorn has yet to be made available. Contacts: Direct line: 01525 874317 Office: 01525 874317 Mobile: 07540 669907 Tweet: @wildlifebcn Like: /wildlifebcn Visit: The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire Unit 2 St Johns Barn Griffin Farm Conger Lane Toddington Bedfordshire LU5 6BT United Kingdom The information can be downloaded: 1. April-July 2017 Volunteer Programme  (pdf) 2. Midweek Wildlife Team Bedfordshire April - J

Community Voluntary Services Update - 3 April 2017

​​         CVS Update  |  3 April 2017   The launch of the new £1 coin offers some great opportunities to raise funds. Why not encourage people to donate their first new pound coin to charity? The Royal Mint will also be supporting charity fundraising by encouraging people to donate old pound coins on receiving a new one. Check out the hashtag #PoundForPound. Click here. EVENTS AND COURSES The Academy of Socia

Local Radio DJ Provokes Twitter Storm Over Mankini Tweet

Justin Dealey, a local radio presenter, has provoked a storm of comment over a picture he tweeted of himself wearing a mankini. The mankini shot to fame when comedy star Borat famously wore one in a film. Justin presents a show on BBC Three Counties Radio on Saturday's between 6:00am and 9:00am, and is almost sure to comment on the tweet on his show today. The show is broadcast from Grove Gardens, Dunstable. In tweet, the bearded Mr Dealey wrote, "The mankini is out lads" and is then followed by a full frontal photograph of himself wearing a green mankini. In case it puts you off your breakfast we're not showing the picture on here, but you can see it here . Tweets included,  "THERE'S MY NEW SCREENSAVER" "no no no no no no no no no #watershed      god only knows what @jvsshow will say when he sees this. 🙈🙈🙈" "oh gosh  😂😂" "OMG. I can't unsee this now🔌🎙️📻🙈😜" "You not getting enough