Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Harvest Home Car Park To Go To Pay And Display

Starting early August the car park at Harvest Home, Hillborough Crescent, is to become Pay & Display with a fee starting at 40p. Revenues from the venture will be shared between the landlord and community projects, according to the landlord. Parking will be free for  pub customers.

A statement from the Harvest Home reads, "Firstly im sorry this has taken so long to sort out. We have been working closely with the local council (big thanks to Jan Cooper - Community Services Officer to Houghton Regis Town Council) for all her hard work and advice. Also thanks to local businesses for their support in trying to find a solution that works for us all. The big issues are the car park belongs to the Harvest Home but our customers and staff were finding it hard to park in our car park, we have been working with a company called CPS who have managed to clear the car park so that our customers and staff can park. During this time we have been looking at ways to let customers of the shops also use the car park. "

The statement continues "Starting early August the car park will be a Pay & Display with a fee starting at 40p. ok, I will not hide the fact that I get a % of the revenue from the car park, however I'm going to set aside a percentage of this money for community projects.  Customers of the Harvest Home -  yes you will continue to be able to PARK FOR FREE."

The car park is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council, but leased to a local brewery, who in turn charge fees to the Harvest Home. To help recuperate those fees, Ray, the landlord, tried to involve local shops whose customers were using the car park for minutes at a time. Other issues like shop workers parking all day, others parking and then taking a bus to go on holiday, and even using the car park to change an engine in fuelled the landlords annoyance. Tickets for fines of up to £70 a day are still being issued to non-customer vehicles, operated by parking company CPS. Drivers who do not park in the car park often risk other penalties by parking on double yellow lines.

Monday, 21 July 2014


Robin Hood will be swapping Sherwood Forest for Rushmere Woods as The Storyteller Theatre Company help you get the summer holidays off to a fantastic start with an entrancing and highly entertaining piece of specialist children's theatre at 1pm and 3pm on Friday 25th July. This is an event perfect for the whole family!

In one of the Wood's beautiful glades, under the natural cover of the trees, the company's three professional actors will transform the space into a magical, intimate theatre, and with the use of soft toys and puppets, will recreate one of England's most well‐known and loved classical stories.

As a 'Theatre in Education' company, The Storyteller Theatre Company has performed in schools and nurseries, and their highly visual style is guaranteed to capture even the youngest of minds. The nursery manager at one of their recent performances commented after their show, "The children, staff and parents thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I don't think we have ever seen the pre‐school children sit on the same spot for that amount of time!"

The performance lasts approximately 45 minutes, and includes the opportunity for the children to interact with the actors and characters. Children are invited to bring their own favourite stuffed toy...who knows, one of the toys may be given their own starring role in the play!

Food and refreshments will be available in the Tree Top Cafe, and there is plenty of opportunity for you to enjoy your own picnic whilst the kids enjoy the open space in the meadow, either before or after the performance.

There will be two performances on the day, one at 1pm and one at 3pm. Tickets* will be available on the day at a cost of just £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for children (please note that ticket sales will be cash only). Under 2s can watch for free! You will also receive a programme, free of charge, which will contain some fun activities for the children to do whilst in the woods.

Live theatre, beautiful surroundings, and the perfect way to stimulate your children. What better way to start the summer holidays?

For more information, visit http://jmscreativetheatre.co.uk/public‐performances.html or to stay in touch, 'Like' their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/thestorytellertheatrecompany

*There is a £2 parking fee payable to the venue on exit.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

SSAFA - Here to Help Forces and Ex-Forces People and Their Families

Visiting Houghton Regis Carnival last week was SSAFA. The Bedfordshire branch of SSAFA are available at the end of the telephone to support any forces and ex-forces men or women, and anyone who is connected through families, including ex-wives and ex-husbands of service personnel.

SSAFA believe that if those who completed National Service, and those who depend on those people deserve lifelong support from them. Their trained volunteers can provide practical and emotional help if and when it is needed. Dignity and respect are their watch words, should you need to call them.

The organisation was founded in 1885 to relieve distress among the families of soldiers and sailors. It helps all forces and ex-forces people and their families in Bedfordshire

01526 875071
SSAFA Bedfordshire Branch
PO Box 4504, Dunstable, LU6 9PS

Friday, 18 July 2014

Court Drive, Dunstable: Road Works Start on 4th August

Disruption to traffic movements near Dunstable's Asda store are due to start on Monday 4th August for up to 8 weeks. Work along Court Drive will be undertaken in stages between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday, with the potential for weekend working.

The scheduled work includes tactile paving, and placement of zebra crossings after Central Bedfordshire Council's scheme was criticised in a consultation exercise.

Find out more about the scheme ...