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School Dates in Central Bedfordshire 2018

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Spring school term dates and school holidays in Central Bedfordshire term starts on Wednesday, 3 January half term from Monday, 12 to Friday, 16 February term ends for the Easter school holidays on Thursday, 29 March Summer school term dates and school holidays in Central Bedfordshire term starts on Tuesday, 17 April schools are closed on Monday, 7 May for the early May bank holiday half term from Tuesday, 29 May to Tuesday, 5 June (schools are closed on Monday, 28 May for the spring bank holiday) summer term ends on Friday, 20 July Autumn school term dates and school holidays in Central Bedfordshire term starts on Tuesday, 4 September half term from Monday 22 October to Monday, 29 October term ends on Wednesday, 19 December Download Year Calendar

Council Make Sure Your Christmas Booze is Not Fake

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Illicit alcohol checks carried out at more than 50 businesses Central Bedfordshire Council is on the hunt for premises selling illicit alcohol this party season. As part of the build-up to Christmas and also the New Year’s Eve festivities, the council’s Food Safety Team has been out across the region checking that party-goers are getting exactly what they have paid for. They have already carried out more than 50 on-site checks at businesses to make sure they’re not selling alcoholic drinks which have been watered down or swapped known brands with cheaper or fake alcohol. And officers are continuing their checks throughout the festive season to ensure that revellers are not being ripped off. The team is also advising drinkers to be aware of what they are buying and to use the ‘three Ps’ to spot fake alcohol: Price – If a deal looks too good to be true then it most probably is; Packaging – Poor-quality labelling, spelling mistakes and altered logos are all a sign of

Houghton Hall Park Award Winning Gardens

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The Houghton Hall Park Kitchen and Formal Garden restoration has won a National Award at the 2017 BALI National Landscape awards, scooping the prize in the Regeneration Scheme category.  The BALI (British Association of Landscaping Industries) Awards are a celebration of all that makes the landscape industry great with the winners exemplifying professional landscaping excellence.  IDverde UK carried out the landscaping works which included construction of a 2.2 metre high brick wall and eight large raised beds in the kitchen garden and creation of a new formal garden with new paths, seating and beautiful planting.  The awards success comes two months after the brand new Houghton Hall Park Visitor Centre opened, courtesy of a £2.1million National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund , together with funding from Central Bedfordshire Council and Houghton Regis Town Council . The visitor centre – which is free to visit – and

Christmas and New Year Bin Collections

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More information at  http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/waste/bins/collection-day.aspx

Dunstable Woman Fined £2,400 For Fly-Tipping in Beech Road

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Alborough Deposited Rubbish  This week Central Bedfordshire Council has successfully convicted two fly-tipping offenders, securing fines of over £6,000 and seizing a vehicle that may be crushed. Maxine Alborough of Regent Street, Dunstable who was found guilty in her absence at Luton Magistrates’ Court. Alborough was fined £2,430 after being ordered to pay a fine of £1,760, £500 towards costs, and a victim surcharge of £170. Alborough was convicted after a council Environmental Protection Officer went on a patrol of a well-known fly-tipping hot spot on 21 December 2016 and found an unlawful deposit of waste on Beech Road in Dunstable. The waste consisted of black and white bags and a small artificial Christmas tree. The officer photographed the waste and searched it for evidence of its origin, and found two letters addressed to Alborough, which were seized as evidence. Alborough, who failed to attend the court hearing, also failed to complete a Section 108 Environment Act 1

New Look For The Old Sugarloaf

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New Look For Old Sugar Loaf The Old Sugar Loaf Hotel is to have a facelift. Agents for the Grade II listed building on High Street North have gained planning permission to refurbish and improve the appearance of its front facade. The changes will see the replacement of its old sign with cleaner more modern lettering. The new 3D lettering will be in white in stainless steel internally illuminated 3D letters.Twenty two older framed sashed windows fronting High Street North will be refurbished after details are provided to the Council, and facade repairs including cornicing, are approved. The existing porch will be fully refurbished and decorated in pure white with black blue glazed timber framed entrance doors. A new / refubished timber yard gate to the side will be decorated in matching colours. Old Look The approved planning application calls for the removal of the existing 3D conical 'sugar loaf' model above the porch. The current gold lettering that can be seen