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Signature Flatbread’s superheroes run 145 miles for Sands

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Best friends Dan Ashley and Ben Tye, and Agnieszka Tye, ran 145 miles from Birmingham to Paddington in just five days to raise money for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity , a cause extremely close to their hearts. The trio ran five consecutive marathons in five days in loving memory of Ruby Emily Ashley, Dan Ashley’s daughter who was born asleep at 37 weeks gestation. They completed the ultra-marathon on 17th May 2019, on what would have been Ruby’s 10th birthday. Deli Kitchen, part of Signature Flatbreads, a family run bakery business and employer of both Dan and Ben, are proud sponsors of the trio. The company supported their fundraising efforts which have raised £5,370 and counting for Sands. The five marathons comprised the length of the Grand Union Canal, starting at the Gas Street Basin in the heart of Birmingham’s canal network, before a route south through Buckinghamshire and finishing up in Little Venice, a stones throw from Paddington Station. Havi

Mayor Sid looks forward to an eventful year

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By Sid Abbott It is a great pleasure to be appointed to the historic office of Town Mayor of Dunstable of which I am truly honoured and privileged to accept. I am also pleased my wife Heather will be supporting me as Mayoress. I first came to Dunstable to visit my Granny as a child. I then moved with my parents to Luton and then to  Dunstable in 1973  where I met Heather who I married and have two daughters Katrina and Tracy who were born and attended school in Dunstable.  My working career has mainly been in engineering, health & safety and environmental management. I am now actively retired and my main pursuits are as a Councillor, a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Society, English Heritage at Wrest Park, Silsoe and Incredible Edible a community garden based in Katherine Drive who grow nutritious produce, free, for the local residents. Around the World - Photo: Dunstable Town Council One of my first engagements was attending the Dunstable Town Council   “Around

The Big Walk To School 20th - 24th May

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Schools throughout Central Bedfordshire will be getting active on their way to school during ‘Walk to School Week’ (20-24 May). Children and their parents are being encouraged to swap four wheels for two feet by taking part in the five-day walking challenge. Walk to School Week is open to individual classes as well as whole schools, with hundreds of thousands of pupils across the UK expected to take part. Central Bedfordshire Council will be supporting local pupils by supplying a number of classes with Walk to School Week resource packs. Through fun wallcharts and stickers, children will find out how walking can benefit the whole community, as well as improve their individual wellbeing. Pupils will learn the importance of walking to school and collectively create the most walkable street imaginable. Every pupil who takes part in Walk to School Week will be rewarded with a celebration badge. Steve Lakin, Strategic Transport Manager and Highways Development Managemen

Executive Members for Central Bedfordshire Council confirmed

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Conservative Cllr James Jamieson (Westoning, Flitton and Greenfield) was elected leader of Central Bedfordshire Council for the next four years last night. There was a challenge from opposition councillors to debate this important position but they were told "we don't need to [debate this]".  - see video. COUNCIL - Thu, 16th May 2019 - 6:30 pm - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting Listen to Cllr Jamieson's comments: COUNCIL - Thu, 16th May 2019 - 6:30 pm - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting Cllr Brian Saunders, who topped the poll for Stotfold and Langford, is the new Chairman. Cllr Gordon Perham was elected as Vice Chairman. Cllr Brian Saunders takes over the role from Cllr Fiona Chapman MBE, who held the position for the last two years but lost her seat in Flitwick in this May's elections. Cllr Chapman was thanked for awareness raising for her chosen charities, ABF The Soldiers Charity , Bedfordshire Crimebeat , the MS Society a

Selous Asks About Pension Penalties Causing GPs To Leave the Profession

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Andrew Selous Conservative, South West Bedfordshire “Our GPs are a very special group of public servants, and it is good news that we have recruited them in record numbers over the last two years. Will the Prime Minister do everything she can to make sure that we look after their job satisfaction, and specifically to help them with the pensions penalty that some of them face in their mid-50s, which is driving some of them out of the profession?” Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party “I thank my hon. Friend for his comments about GPs. They are indeed a vital part of our NHS—they are the bedrock of our NHS—and that is why, as I indicated earlier in response to the Leader of the Opposition, I think it is so important that the long-term plan includes extra investment in primary and community care. The new, historic five-year contract for general practice announced in January was developed in partnership with the BMA, and it will provide greater certainty

Dunstable & Area Latest Police Crime Stats

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Comparison of crime types in this area between April 2018 and March 2019 The latest crime statistics for the area have been released on the Police.uk website, and with additional neighbourhood area maps supplied by Dunstable News Desk, you can now compare the data for your area, with your neighbours. Overall Stats:  See details Dunstable:  See detailed statistics   North East Dunstable:  See detailed statistics    North West Dunstable:  See detailed statistics South East Dunstable:  See detailed statistics    South West Dunstable:  See detailed statistics    Houghton Regis:  see detailed stats Tithe Farm:  see detailed statistics Parkside:  see detailed statistics Houghton Hamlets:  see detailed statistics Churchfields:  see detailed statistics Manor Park:  see detailed statistics The industrial part of Houghton Regis:  see detailed statistics Bidwell and Sewell:  see detailed statistics

Dunstable and CBC's New Councillors

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Voters across Central Bedfordshire have elected a new council made up of 41 Conservative councillors, 13 Independents, three Liberal Democrats, one Labour councillor and one UK Independence Party councillor.  The previous CBC administration was made up of 52 Conservatives, four Independent councillors, two Labour councillors and one Liberal Democrat. The declaration of results at Central Bedfordshire Council’s headquarters in Priory House, Chicksands, followed an election which saw 201 candidates standing for 59 seats. photos: CBC website In Dunstable, all the seats were won by Conservatives for Central Bedfordshire Council: John Chatterley (Icknield), Philip Crawley (Manshead), Eugene Ghent (Watling), Carole Hegley (Central), David McVicar (Icknield), Gladys Sanders (Northfields), Johnson Tamara (Northfields), Nigel Young (Watling). For Dunstable Town Council, current mayor John Kane and deputy mayor Nigel Warren lost their seats. Labour took 3 seats, and the Lo