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The Season To Spot Fake Spirits

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Central Bedfordshire Council’s Public Protection team is warning residents to beware of purchasing counterfeit alcohol over the festive season. As part of the build-up to Christmas, the council’s Public Protection team will be carrying out on-site checks to ensure that businesses serving alcoholic drinks haven’t watered them down or swapped known brands with cheaper or fake alcohol. The team has been assertively tackling the problem across Central Bedfordshire. From January to the end of November 2018, the team visited 34 businesses to check their goods. They will be continuing their checks throughout this festive season to ensure that revellers are not being ripped-off or their safety put at risk. Spotting a fake is not always easy, so customers are advised to use the ‘three Ps’ to spot fake alcohol this Christmas: 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 the sign of f

Whipsnade Zoo Wins Best Animal Day Out

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Day Out With The Kids - the biggest website for family days out in the UK - has today revealed the national winners of the first annual Family Favourites Awards. And the local zoo at Whipsnade was awarded Best Animal Day Out. 20,000 public votes were combined with industry expertise to help crown the most-loved family days out of 2018, with all regional winners being put forward for the national award. Featuring six categories, the Family Favourites Awards are designed to specifically recognise the attractions excelling in the family travel and leisure sector, making them the only one of their kind here in the UK. 2018 Family Favourites Awards overall winners: ● Best FREE family day out - National Railway Museum, Yorkshire ● Best day out for under 5s - Paultons Park, Hampshire ● Best event at an attraction - Electric Woods at Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight ● Best animal day out - ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire ● Best educational day out - St Fagans Nation

Bedfordshire Day - Free Events at Priory Church 24th November

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The Diary of the Dunstable Priors,  published in full for the first time in 800 years.  Knights, Fights and Castles, how the monks saw it! A series of free events will be taking place at the Priory Church of St Peter on this Bedfordshire Day, 24th November 2018. 10am — 11:00am - The Dunstable Annals, who wrote them and how we got them — a talk by Stephen Williams 11:00am — 11:30am - Book Launch “The Annals of Dunstable Priory” 11:30am — 12:00pm - The Priory Church interior — a tour by Hugh Garrod 12:00pm — 12:30pm - The Hidden priory - a walk by Dunstable Town Guides 12:30pm — 1:15pm  - 10 Minute Talks A Wrestling Match in Hockcliffe by John Buckledee Nigel Loring by Hugh Garrod Tournaments by John Buckledee The Siege of Bedford Castle by Tony Woodhouse 1:15pm — 2:15pm - The Dunstable Annals, all our villages and “The Crusader's Gift” - a talk by Jean Yates 2:15pm — 3:00pm 10 Minute Talks repeated. No Booking Required There will be a C

November Bestsellers Selections Dunstable Library

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Latest news from Dunstable Library Looking for a great read but don't know what to choose? Pick up a Bestsellers at the library. Selected from the latest top selling books our Bestsellers titles are all great reads. They can be issued for one week only but don't worry if you don't manage to finish it you can always ask the staff to renew it for you. Bestsellers cannot be reserved but we have multiple copies of each title, so if the one you want isn't on the shelf just pop back in a couple of days as they are coming and going all the time. Book cover - Normal people by Sally Rooney Normal People by Sally Rooney Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's li

Battle’s Over – Commemorating 100 years since the end of World War 1

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HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis was delighted to support the international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War One. On Sunday, 11 November 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants across the County of Bedfordshire attended and laid poppy wreaths at 23 Remembrance Services in the morning. On the same day, in the evening, Battle’s Over events took place in many towns and parishes in Bedfordshire, with the Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants attending at least 11 events.  HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis at the Remembrance Service, Bedford Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, the Battles Over events took place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and in many overseas countries. Events began nationally at 6:00am with over 1,000 lone pipers playing Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a

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Council helps residents to get on their bike!

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An innovative scheme jointly run by Central Bedfordshire Council that sees unwanted or abandoned bikes ‘recycled’ to individuals and families in need, has collected a national award. The Council’s Travel Choices team won the "Excellence in Cycling" category at the 2018 Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards for their part in this resourceful project, which provides low-cost bikes to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a new one. The scheme is run in partnership with Luton and Bedford Borough Council. So far, more than 300 bikes have been restored and given to thankful local residents since the scheme was launched in April 2017. The project collects bikes from recycling centres, via public donations and from the police, which are then fully serviced and returned to a road-worthy condition. Children’s bikes are donated once children have completed their Bikeability cycle safety training at school. Money from the cycle sales is reinvested to cover running co

Purple Tuesday, to be held on 13 November.

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Local businesses urged to ‘get more purple’ Central Bedfordshire Council is encouraging local businesses to be more accessible to disabled people ahead a new awareness day, Purple Tuesday, to be held on 13 November. The new ‘Purple Tuesday’ day is dedicated to inclusive shopping and addressing the needs of disabled consumers in the run-up to Christmas 2018. The aim is to enable and encourage shops and online retailers across the country to take steps to make their shopping experience more inclusive and accessible for disabled customers. The initiative also aims to inspire retailers to make long-term changes and improvements for disabled customers. The day is being coordinated by the disability charity Purple, hence the name.  The charity says that the ‘Purple Pound’ spent by disabled customers is worth £249 billion a year, yet only 10% of businesses have a targeted strategy to access this market, despite research that found disabled customers have a higher level of bran

Keep Safe During Fireworks Season

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It's the season for fireworks and bonfires. Central Bedfordshire Council’s Public Protection team are visiting retailers to ensure that the public isn't being sold dangerous fireworks.  The council’s Public Protection team is inspecting retailers selling fireworks to ensure that the fireworks they are selling are safe and that they conform to relevant safety standards. Retailers are being checked to see that they are behaving responsibly and complying with the law. Retailers are reminded of the age restrictions that apply to the sale of fireworks; they must not be sold to under 18s. Fireworks must not be handled   in a public place. The council will check   that retailers are  registered or licenced to legally store and sell fireworks. When you buy  fireworks only buy those  marked with CE . Fireworks are a safety hazard and  using or buying fireworks illegally can result in a £5,000 fine or imprisonment . And members of the public could also get an on-the-spot fin

November Events at Rushmere Country Park

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Tree Tops Music: Natasha Seale Fri 9 Nov from 6pm Tree Tops Café at Rushmere Country Park £15 inc parking and glass of wine/juice Natasha is delighted to announce the amazing Tom Dibb will join her at this event! He played at our Local Food Festival and we loved him! Natasha Seale's energised and emotional voice is music for music lovers - she returns to the Tree Tops Cafe to present a mixture of original songs and contemporary classics. https://www.greensandtrust.org/Event/tree-tops-music-natasha-seale Greensand Trust Talk: Spiders Thurs 15 Nov 11.30am Working Woodlands Centre, Maulden Wood £4 inc refreshments Volunteer Tom Thomas will tell us why these much-maligned and often feared creatures are in fact "good companions". https://www.greensandtrust.org/Event/greensand-trust-talk-spiders Make your own Christmas Wreath Sun 25 Nov – 3 sessions Rushmere Country Park £20 inc tuition and all materials https://www.greensa

Scams roundup – Phishing emails, Spoofing landlines, Fake HMRC, And More!

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By Alan Winter At any moment you could get a spoof email trying to get a response from you so they can go on to leverage more information, and ultimately cash from you. If you have a good email provider, like a GMAIL account, the vast majority of these spoofs will be sent to the Junk Mail folder automatically. From time to time local people post that they have been on the receiving end of an email and request that the warning is sent out to all HRND readers! Trouble is, email addresses are global, not localised to a town, and the majority of people do recognise a fake email when they see it. Anyway, here's a list of some of the emails and scams doing the rounds at the moment. Insulation cold callers.  Companies that cold call and offer home insulation whilst falsely claiming to be operating on behalf of the Government or local council. Residents may be misled and the companies may be breaking the law.  They might tell you that the moisture level of your loft insulati

NSPCC launches Neglect Matters campaign to raise awareness of child neglect in Bedfordshire

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The NSPCC and Bedfordshire safeguarding boards are launching the Neglect Matters campaign to combat child and adolescent neglect across the county. The children’s charity has teamed up with local authorities and health organisations to push the issue of neglect into the public eye and let Bedfordshire’s young people know where to find help. Neglect is the continuing failure to meet a young person's basic needs and is the most common type of child abuse, with one in ten children experiencing it. Neglect happens when parents or carers can't, or won't, meet a child's needs. Sometimes, this is because they don't have the skills or support they need, and sometimes it's down to problems such as mental health issues, drug and alcohol problems or poverty. A young person who is being neglected may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care. In 2016 and 2017, reports of neglect in Bedfordshire to the NSPCC&