Showing posts from May, 2017

10 Retirement Homes To Be Built In Dunstable By Teen Tycoon

A family-run business has acquired a residential park in Dunstable - Park refurbishment will offer 10 new retirement homes Family-run Best Park Homes, which operates residential park homes across the UK, has acquired a mobile caravan park in Dunstable, following a £945,000 funding package from HSBC. The flexible business loan will assist Best Park Homes in the acquisition and refurbishment of the new site, which is already an existing residential park for retired and semi-retired people. The deal will fund improvements to the park, including approximately 10 new homes, a new road and a renovation of the site’s grounds and communal spaces. Russell Marchant, HSBC’s Area Director of Business Banking for East London, said: “ Best Park Homes is owned by Alfie Best Junior, who is only 19 years old and holds an ambitious entrepreneurial spirit, taking after his father who runs Wyldecrest Parks. Alfie is a truly inspirational entrepreneur and he regularly hosts motivational talks

EDUCATION - Party Manifesto's 2017

#GE2017 Let's look at Education, and the parties manifesto's, what are they saying, why are they saying it, and what's in store for us depending on who we vote for? CONSERVATIVE Manifesto "There are still 1 million children in primary and secondary schools rated by Ofsted as ’requires improvement’ or ’inadequate’. " "We will deliver more good school places, ending the ban on selective schools and asking universities and independent schools to help run state schools." "Thanks to our school reforms– such as the establishment of free schools and academies, and changes to ensure a rigorous curriculum – there are more good and outstanding schools today than ever before. There are now more than 1.8 million more children in schools rated good and outstanding than in 2010." "The proportion of pupils taking core academic subjects at GCSE has almost doubled." "A Conservative government will strengthen the teaching of literacy and

Arriva Bus Changes from June 18th - 38 , 38A Chopped, 24 Hr Busway A

Arriva bus services across Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis will be changing on 18th June. Full timetables are being produced and they plan to have those in circulation in the next two weeks. An information desk will be in the Mall in Luton between the 8th and 11th June. In addition to the service changes Arriva are also planning fare changes including the reduction of their day, week and 4 weekly tickets in price. A weekly network ticket will go down from £17.50 to just £15. Download the full details. (pdf) Busway Services A & Z Busway A service will no longer be serving Houghton Regis. Instead it will operate between Dunstable, Luton and Luton Airport only and an overnight service between the Interchange and the Airport is being introduced making the service 24 hours. The service will operate every 7.5 mins between Dunstable and Luton Interchange with 4 buses an hour going to the airport on Monday to Saturdays. Sunday frequency remains the same. Timetable.

Free Workshops on Mental Health Issues

A number of free workshops are being held locally. Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery College is part of the Bedfordshire Mental Health Academy which is a formal partnership with East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) and the University of Bedfordshire. The college is open to any adults who live or work in Bedfordshire and Luton. Courses and workshops focus on mental health wellbeing and recovery. They are delivered by people with lived experience and professional experience. We promote a positive student experience based on the principles of recovery and the values of the University of Bedfordshire and East London NHS Foundation Trust. All of the courses and workshops are FREE of CHARGE. Courses are open to people age 18 and over  who live or work in Bedfordshire and Luton People living with mental health problems, their carers , family and friends Colleagues from ELFT, Local authorities and local partner organisations

Around The World 2017 Photo-File

Dunstable Town Council's Around The World event took place on Priory Gardens on Saturday 20th May. The event is an annual event with different activities on display showing things from around our diverse world.

Doubt Over EU Funding For Business Innovation Project

​Central Bedfordshire Council have confirmed that along with their three delivery partners, namely the University of Bedfordshire, Anglia Ruskin University and University of Suffolk, they are being financed by £1.951 million from the ​​European​​ ​Regional ​Development Fund (​​ERDF) for a three-year business innovation project, running from July 2016 until June 2019.  Britain is due to formally exit the EU at the end of March 2019, following ratification of Brexit by all other member states. This could mean a funding shortfall from April 2019. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. The ERDF element provides 50% of the total project funding. The project is delivered in the following areas: Aylesbury

​CVS Update | 12 May 2017

​ ​ ​​ CVS Update  |  12 May 2017   Do you have any photographs of 'volunteers in action' that you can share? We are on the look-out for some still images of volunteers working with local organisations that we can use for printed and online media. If you have anything that you are allowed to share, then please email EVENTS AND COURSES Bedford Heritage Day  (21 May, 1pm-4pm, Bedford Corn Exchange) is an event organised by The Polish Language and Culture Association, in cooperation with Bedfordshire Police Community Cohesion Team, Healthwatch Bedford Borough and Bedford Borough Strategic Partnership.  Click here. Freedom Programme Professionals Training , 26 May - This session offers professionals an opportunity to gain an insight into the content of the Freedom Programme and how women are supported through this.  Click here. Diabetes Week  is 11-17 June and the Bedford Diabetes UK group are offering to come and talk to groups, free of charge.  Click here.  

Cali-R Summer Festival 4pm-1am, Sat July 1st, Dunstablians Rugby Club


You Spot Someone Dumping Rubbish - What Do You Do?

This person was pictured dumping boxes in the countryside near Caddington. The picture was posted to Facebook. Angry people jumped on the issue urging the poster to report the number-plate to the authorities. The picture came with the comments, "OK hardly the crime of the century, but why does this driver of a Ford Focus feel it is fine to offload a dirty oily cardboard box... Blatant with many cars driving past... has he not got a bin? Yes I do have the reg plate number, but not a skip full so debating if worth reporting officially. — feeling annoyed." Irate comments followed and included "Report it", "Report him", "It's our village cheeky sod". One even wrote, "Think we need to hire a sniper for village wipe out all these horrible selfish people". Fly-tipping in Central Bedfordshire is frowned upon, and the council have been known to prosecute fly-tippers if they can prove who dumped it. A man was fined £200 for dumping r

​CVS Summer Training Programme

​ ​ ​​ CVS Summer Training Programme     A new season of training courses are on offer at CVS, with half-day sessions at our training facility in Bedford, 43 Bromham Road. Each session is available at just £20 per person for staff and volunteers in voluntary and community sector organisations in Bedfordshire. We have selected a range of topics to help staff with the every-day running of their organisations. Follow the links through on the individual courses to find out more and access booking details. Running Effective Meetings ,  on Tuesday 27 June 2017, 9:30 - 13:00  - A half-day course designed to help those who chair or participate in meetings to understand how to run effective meetings that are constructive, concise and actually achieve something. Taking and Presenting Minutes ,  on Tuesday 18 July 2017, 9:30 - 13:00 - A half-day course for those who find themselves taking and presenting minutes for different kinds of meetings. Recruiting and Selecting Staff ,  on Thursday 20 July