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Enjoy some family fun in Houghton Regis with The Puppet Van

Houghton Hall Park Sat 2 October at 11.30am and 2pm Catch The Puppet Van in Houghton Regis on Saturday 2 October and enjoy a fun family theatre experience in the park. The Lost Colour is the first custom-designed show for The Puppet Van. This vibrant joyful explosion of colour is an energy fuelled physical show full of clowning, puppets, and paint. The show has its roots in the history of pigment making and follows a loveable independent artist up against a huge corporate pigment making conglomerate. Come prepared for British weather and bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.  The show last 20 mins with performances at 11.30am and 2pm. It is suitable for all the family and ideal for children aged 5+. Audience feedback from previous shows include: “We really enjoyed it please do more x My 6-year daughter loved the show. She said it was awesome. So much so that we returned for the next show. The content of the show entertained all the family (ages 2 1/2 to 66) and we all had

Council commits to adopting a care experienced young adult leavers covenant

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At Thursday night’s full council meeting, councillors passed a motion agreeing to investigate the creation of a council covenant to support care leavers for whom the council, as a whole, has responsibility. In Central Bedfordshire, there are around 280 care experienced young adults aged 16 to 24. The Council wants the very best for our care leavers who are a uniquely vulnerable group and, who face specific challenges as they enter adult life and as their corporate parents, the council wants to work in a coordinated and effective way to give them the additional help they need. The move from being a looked after child to a young person leaving care is a uniquely critical time in a young person’s life and the council wants to make sure that they have all the support available to them that many of us take for granted. Cllr. Sue Clark, Executive Member for Families, Education & Children said, “For young people who have grown up in the care system, leaving care and taking their first

In Stoptober Will You Ditch the Cigs for 28 Days?

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Central Bedfordshire Council is encouraging residents to support their family, friends, and colleagues this Stoptober, to help them to ditch their cigarettes for 28 days (starting 1 October), to experience the physical and mental health benefits that quitting smoking brings. Smoking remains one of the nation’s leading causes of preventable illness and death in the UK, killing on average 78,000 people each year. The campaign to encourage people to support others during Stoptober comes following a recent survey of ‘The Stop Smoking Service’ users (in Central Bedfordshire, Bedford and Milton Keynes). It found that residents: Said the ‘human element’ in quitting is core and that the role of emotional support from others is very important Felt the positive effect of seeing others, like them, quitting successfully Were worried about their lack of willpower around friends and family who smoke Someone who quits smoking for the 28 days of Stoptober is five times more likely to stay smoke

Over 150 people attend Council’s online exploitation conference

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Over 150 people attended an online conference yesterday (21 September) to learn about the signs of different types of exploitation including cuckooing, child sexual exploitation (CSE) and forced labour. Organised by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Safer Communities & Partnership Team, attendees heard more about different types of exploitation and how different agencies help safeguard vulnerable people. Among the speakers were the St Giles Trust, who spoke about their SOS+ initiative in schools, to help prevent young people getting involved in gangs, crime and serious youth violence, and the National Crime Agency who spoke about her role in partnership working to support partners to tackle cuckooing and exploitation. The Council’s Adult Services team also attended and talked about how they work to safeguard some of the most vulnerable people in the community and prevent them from being exploited by criminals. Sergeant James West from Bedfordshire Police spoke at the event to highl

Wildlife Trusts BCN in discussions to manage Houghton Regis Chalk Pit

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All Saints Academy, centre, above the Marl Lake. High Street North, Dunstable top right. Photo: M Murphy Central Bedfordshire Council has been in discussions with the Wildlife Trusts Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Northamptonshire (Wildlife Trusts BCN)  regarding the management of Houghton  Regis Chalk Pit. A Section 106 agreement is in place with developers at Bidwell West to provide capital funds to help manage the Chalk Pit. According to the July S106 Parish Report for Houghton Regis CBC is now holding over £820,000 for 'Quarry Maintenance' *. A council spokesperson said,  “ Under the terms of the S106 agreement the former quarry will remain in private ownership, with the Council responsible for arranging use of the funds received from that agreement to manage the site. “ Officers have now undertaken a site visit with  Wildlife Trusts BCN who was previously engaged to manage the site directly by the owner. Following this, we have started a discussion with the Trust on terms

Garden Waste Collection to be done in October

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Central Bedfordshire Council are pleased to confirm that they will be undertaking a garden waste collection during a two week period in October. This collection will clear the backlog of waste in resident’s garden waste bins before the winter period*.    The Council’s contractor, FCC, have been unable to collect household garden waste since late July due to the national shortage of LGV drivers. The available drivers have been prioritising collecting black bins, recycling and food waste from 120,000 properties each week.    Garden waste will be collected between 18th October and the 30th of October. To facilitate this, drivers are being redeployed from the usual food waste collections for two weeks. Food waste will not be collected during this time.    During this two-week window, residents are asked to place their garden waste bin or their two council issued bags by their kerbside from 7am, on the day they normally have their recycling collected.    To further help Central Bedford

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