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Summary of findings from Public Consultation for Dunstable Integrated Health and Care Hub

Dunstable Integrated Health and Care Hub Summary of findings from the public consultation Background From 8 February 2019 to 7 April 2019, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) conducted a public consultation to understand patients’ views ahead of the plans for an Integrated Health and Care Hub being developed in Dunstable. Bedfordshire CCG is working in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council and local GP practices on proposals for an integrated health and care Hub in Dunstable. The proposed Hub is part of an overall approach to delivering better care for local people through more joined-up working. The range of services expected to be delivered from the Hub would provide more integrated care across primary care (GP practices), mental health, community health and social care, for all ages. Three GP practices have shown an interest in moving into a new Hub, these are; Dr Hassan and Partners from Priory Gardens, Dr Quartly and Partners from West Street Surge

Free leisure taster sessions for public at Dunstable Centre

Central Bedfordshire Council in partnership with Stevenage Leisure Limited are offering a range free taster session and classes at the new Dunstable Centre from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August. These sessions are bookable from the 22 of July. There is something for everyone including pre-school gymnastics for children, Active Life classes for those over 50 and many exercise sessions for adults, so residents are encouraged to come along and try one of the classes that are on offer in the centre. The centre has a brand-new 100-station gym and offers 67 fitness classes each week, alongside two squash courts, a large sports hall, multi-purpose fitness studios and much more. The Dunstable Centre has now been open for over a month and has welcomed 7,444 visitors to the leisure facilities. Councillor Ian Dalgarno, the Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “It’s been great to see so many residents using the leisure centre, library, creche an

Ken Doherty To Sign Autographs and Play at Dunstable Snooker Club

Irish professional snooker player, Ken Doherty is coming to Dunstable Snooker Club. And for £50 a frame you can even play against him. As an amateur, Doherty won the Irish Amateur Championship twice, the World Under-21 Amateur Championship and the World Amateur Championship. World Champion: 1997 Career winnings: £3,643,193 Current ranking: 56 (as of 7 May 2019) Non-ranking: 17 The Darling of Dublin is scheduled to appear at the Dunstable Snooker Club on 1 February 2020. The night will include a VIP meet and greet for ticketholders with free welcome drink, pictures and signatures. From 7pm Ken will start to play 10 frames with the crowd and one frame will be auctioned off for a charity. The other nine frames will be sold for £50 including entry, or purchase a VIP ticket for £70. This is a once in a lifetime event with a true legend Tickets will be on sale from next week Colin Phillips will be Mc for the night and is always quality Tickets and frames will be lim

Appeal for furnishings to complete the L&D’s NICU Big Build

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of local traders, suppliers and volunteers, the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s NICU Big Build project is nearing completion, with just the kitting out and home furnishings to be provided. Launched in February, the NICU Big Build project sent out an appeal to local tradespeople to help renovate a three bedroom house to provide accommodation for parents whose babies are being cared for on our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Over the last four months, the property has been completely refurbished. Major donations have included a new roof, a complete set of new windows, a conservatory, bathroom/wet room and a fitted kitchen. The house now boasts five bedrooms, a kitchen, wet room/bathroom and a small garden space which will be available for those parents with babies on the unit who live far away from the hospital. H2B fitting NICU Big Build windows The last stage of the project – to furnish the house – is now underway a

Central Beds Council to Develop a Climate Change Plan

l Central Bedfordshire Council has agreed to prioritise responding to climate change. A proposal to develop a plan was discussed at its Council meeting yesterday (18 July), and received unanimous support. Suggesting this proposal, Councillor Dixon, Executive Member for Transformation and External Relations at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Following elections, we have reflected on some of our priorities and in particular, we have created a transformation portfolio which includes responding to climate change. “We recognise that we can and want to do a lot more to reduce our carbon footprint, and we want to encourage others to do so too. We will produce a deliverable plan, ready for roll out during 2020. In that plan, we aim to lead by example in our everyday practices, encouraging and supporting our residents and businesses to do likewise. We’ll also be looking to invest in programmes that support a carbon-neutral Central Bedfordshire for 2030 and beyond.” Amongst

New wildlife artwork to mark local cycle routes

Central Bedfordshire Council, with the support of Sustrans , has installed two bespoke pieces of artwork on national cycling routes in locations close to Dunstable and Luton Airport. The artwork is made from laser-cut steel and has been designed to highlight the routes and provide attractive and prominent formal entrances which will encourage more walkers and cyclists to use the routes. In creating the unique designs, the artist, Stephen Pardue from interpretation specialists Differentia, took inspiration from local landscapes, wildlife and the history of the sites. The Totternhoe Green Lanes artwork is close to Dunstable on Sustrans National Cycle Route 574, at the start of the green lanes on Tring Road. These ancient green lanes allow residents fantastic access to the local countryside. Route 574 on OS Maps : ( to turn on National Cycle Network map select layers symbol bottom right ) The gateway is designed to attract and welcome residents, while also di

Teenagers guilty after Dunstable High Street stabbing

Teenagers guilty after Dunstable High Street stabbing  11 Jul 2019 Three teenagers from Luton have been found guilty of their involvement in the stabbing of a man as he cycled home from work in Dunstable. On 4 January, police were called to reports that a man had been stabbed outside a takeaway in High Street North. When emergency services arrived, the victim had lost a significant amount of blood, and was taken to hospital where he had emergency surgery. Yesterday (Wednesday) at Luton Crown Court, three teenagers were found guilty of their roles in the attack by a jury, concluding a trial that lasted almost two weeks. A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy both from Luton, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were both found guilty of attempted murder. Both had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article in a public place and grievous bodily harm at an earlier court hearing. Leonardo Pasha, 19, of Teesdale, Luton, was found not guilty of attempted mur

Housebuilder hands over new play equipment to pre-school in Edlesborough

Learning has become even more fun for pre-school children in Edlesborough, thanks to a donation from a local housebuilder. Housebuilder Bellway has given a water and sand table to Edlesborough Pre-School, which is part of Edlesborough School in the village’s High Street. The developer is building new homes at The Grange, which neighbours the school. Bellway’s Steve Coull, David Provan and Elaine with pre-school children and pre-school assistant, Sally Needham Jenny Peel, headteacher at the school, said: “This donation was a lovely gesture from Bellway, and we are really grateful. “It is always great to receive new toys for the pre-school - and donations such as this one help us to continue to provide a fun-learning environment for the children.” Bellway’s Steve Coull, David Provan and Elaine Brown with pre-school children and leader, Lindsey Rigby Elaine Brown, Sales Manager for Bellway Northern Home Counties, said: “Edlesborough is a fantastic village wi

Mental Health Hub Launched by PCC

PCC Kathryn Holloway has launched the Mental Health Hub (MHH) — an exciting new venture, jointly funded by the Commissioner and East London Foundation Trust (ELFT), which brings together mental health professionals and police colleagues in response to those experiencing a mental health crisis. The Mental Health Hub has three core aspects: - A mental health nurse within Bedfordshire's Force Contact Centre (the control room) to deal directly with callers who are in crisis and provide support plus tactical advice to police officers, as well as coaching and guidance for all call handlers in the management of mental health related callers. - A mental health nurse within the Signpost Victim Support Hub, to also deal directly with callers with mental health issues and offer support and guidance to colleagues dealing with those affected by crime who are in crisis. - Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM) providing nominated officers and mental health workers for the most frequent us

Bedfordshire Women’s Community Safety Awards

The Police & Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway presented awards at the Bedfordshire Women’s Community Safety Awards ceremony on 2 July. The awards were created and funded by her office and delivered in partnership with the Bedfordshire Women’s Network to commemorate and create opportunities for women in the county who promote community safety and victim support and celebrate them through the hosting of an event with the network which helps advise the OPCC, Policing and public services. “This event ran for the first time last year and I’d arranged it to not only pay tribute to all those incredible women working in our county but to mark the centenary of votes for women. In fact, we received over 7,000 pages of nominations which was a wake-up call to me that no such regular event to recognise their work existed. The OPCC now intends to make this an annual event,” said PCC Holloway. Eight awards were handed out, voted for by the officers and staff of Bedfordshire Police.

Children Can Make Everlasting Songs With Inspiring Music

Due to popular demand another Songwriting and Composition Course  is being run for young people from 22nd – 25th July (10am-3pm each day) by Inspiring Music. Your child can learn to compose music in the style of their choice with the three well renowned course tutors Jon Kendall, Joel Blunden and Daniel Johnson at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable. Sign up for the course. During the 4 days your child will: learn how to create original music play a range of instruments such as guitars (acoustic, electric and bass), drums, keyboard and voice explore song themes and lyric writing record and produce their own music perform in front of friends and family Cost: £120 (£30 per day) and, for families on a lower income, there is financial assistance available through the Friends of Bedfordshire Youth Music, which could help towards the cost of the course. Top picture: Students on the first songwriting course, which took place to great success over the Easter holidays Hear

Blast-off into summer with the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge

Central Bedfordshire Council is calling for children to sign up to ‘Space Chase’, the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Space Chase is launching in libraries across Central Bedfordshire on 20 July and runs until Saturday 7 September. To participate, 4 to 11 year-olds just need to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. Children will team up with futuristic family, The Rockets, for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. Young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way. To encourage children to complete their challenge, everyone who gets involved will be given a special mission folder which they will fill with stickers awarded each time they complete reading their library book. There will also be other some fun rewards along the

Lovell works with Catalyst on 100% affordable residential scheme in Dunstable

Lovell will shortly start work on a new development in Dunstable to provide 61 homes for local people. 100% of the homes will be affordable (shared ownership, and rent) on the residential site at Brewers Hill which is being delivered with the housing association Catalyst. The site is located at the junction of Brewers Hill Road and High Street North (The A5). It was formerly part of a car components factory which closed in 2003 and was cleared in 2005. The site has been empty and unused since then and is now severely overgrown. A development brief, endorsed by the local planning authority in 2012, identified the site as a northern gateway to Dunstable Town Centre, and suitable for residential use. Chris Wallace, Construction Director at Lovell, commented, “This is the first time we’ve worked with Catalyst to deliver homes and we’re very pleased to start with a scheme as exceptional as Brewers Hill. While every home will be affordable, every resident will enjoy modern design, a

Andrew Selous Supports Rights of Guide Dog Owners

Andrew Selous MP says, “No one should be turned away because of their assistance dog” Andrew Selous MP supported a campaign to tackle discrimination against guide dog owners at an event in Parliament organised by the charity Guide Dogs. On Wednesday, 19 June, more than a hundred guide dog owners from across the country converged on Westminster Hall in Parliament to share their experiences of being turned away by businesses because of their dog. At the event, the MP for South West Bedfordshire spoke to guide dog owners about the lasting impact of these refusals. It is against the law to refuse access to a disabled person accompanied by an assistance dog except in the most exceptional circumstances.[1] Despite this, a new Guide Dogs survey found that three out of four (76%) assistance dog owners had been turned away because of their dog.[2] Taxis and minicabs were the worst offenders – experienced by 73% of those reporting refusals in the last twelve months. Refusals

Dunstable High Street to Benefit from £280,000 Refurbishment of The Crown

Building work started this week on a major £280,000 joint refurbishment of The Crown on the High Street in Dunstable by Heineken's pub business, Star Pubs & Bars, and new licensees, Bedfordshire based Number One Entertainment. The pub, which has been closed since March 2018, is to reopen at the end of July as The New Crown with 10 new jobs created.  A party will be held on the 3rd August to celebrate the bar’s reopening. Funds are being spent creating a cutting-edge relaxed friendly bar offering food, coffee and tea in the day transitioning to a top end late night venue hosting DJs, live music and dancing as well as karaoke and comedy nights. A major part of the investment will be spent upgrading the roof garden.  Once finished, it will have its own bar, a covered area, new furniture and festoon lighting as well as a stunning plant wall and graffiti style wall art for instagram moments. The inside will have a contemporary reclaimed hipster look with industrial
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