Showing posts from February, 2014

Cancer Charity to Benefit from Grove Theatre Gig in April

Breakthrough Breast Cancer will benefit from a special performance at Grove Theatre in Dunstable on April 27th. Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council, Cllr Caroline Maudlinin, is the force behind the fund raising in what promises to be a fantastic night of West End entertainment.   The event will feature local celebrity, Samantha Womack (of East Enders Fame), Louise Dearman (star of Wicked and Evita), Faye Tozer (from Steps and Singing In The Rain), Wiilemijn Verkaik (of Wicked and Mamma Mia), Sandra Marvin (from Hairspray and Chicago) and Sophia Ragavelas (of Cats and Les Miserables).   "Woman - The Band" will be supported by The East Beds Youth Choir. All proceeds will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.   Tickets are £17.50 (plus booking fee) and available from the theatre in Court Drive, Dunstable, box office on 01582 602080 or visit

Auditions Starts on March 3rd - You could be appearing in a Local Production of Grease!

Rare Productions are looking for the next Danny, Sandy and Rydell High students to appear in an amateur production of Grease at the Grove Theatre. Grease is an iconic story that we all know and love. It's California, 1959 and Summer Lovin' has come to an end between greaser Danny Zuko and good girl Sandy, who will be returning to Australia. Much to her surprise, Sandy's parents decide to stay in America and she ends up enrolling in Rydell High - the same school as Danny! Danny's the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black-jacket greasers while Sandy hangs with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo. Will they be able to rekindle their romance? If you fancy being a T-Bird or Pink Lady and are aged 8 to 21, why not come along? You don't need to prepare anything beforehand - it's easy! Auditions will be held at the Grove Theatre on Monday 3rd March and on Sunday 9 March . Monday 3rd March Auditions for those aged 8 to 12 years will be

Houghton Regis Poundstretcher in Trouble Over Mice - Fined £26k + Costs

Mice infestation results in £26K fine for Poundstretcher Poundstretcher, Bedford Square, Houghton Regis: fined for mouse problems in 2013  National retailer Poundstretcher has been fined £26,000 for hygiene offences at their Houghton Regis store following a prosecution by Central Bedfordshire Council. Environmental Health Officers following up on a report of mice at the Bedford Square store on 22 January 2013 found mice had gnawed food on the shelves and mouse droppings in the shop and warehouse . Contaminated food was identified and disposed of. Despite assurances from Poundstretcher’s pest control contractor that there would be daily pest control visits, no such visits were made between 25 and 31 January 2013 . The company pleaded guilty to five offences at Luton Magistrates Court on 24 February 2014. Magistrates set fines totalling £26,000 and the company agreed to pay the Council’s full costs of just over £6,000 . Magistrates were informed that mouse activity a

Fostering Awareness - You Have a Legal Duty to Notify the Council

Are you looking after someone's children? Many parents and carers just don’t realise they have a legal duty to notify CBC . It is not unusual for family friends, step-parents or family members such as great grandparents or great aunts and uncles, to care for other people's children - but many don't realise they could be breaking the law if they don't notify the council. As part of Central Bedfordshire Council’s Private Fostering Awareness Campaign they want people to be aware of the need to get in touch to ensure we protect any potentially vulnerable children. Traditionally family and friends look out for each other and people may share care either to help keep costs down or to lend a hand if a parent is unwell or unable to care for their youngsters. Stepping into the breach and helping with childcare, for longer than 28 days, is known as private fostering. CBC helps ensure children under 16, or 18 if disabled, are kept safe and families supported by providing

Sport Relief Grants Application Cut-Off Date is Nearly Here! Get Funded !

Sport Relief Community Cash Grants Sport Relief is offering Community Cash grants after a break of a year. The funding programme is administered locally by community foundations across the UK in partnership with local newspapers. Small local voluntary and community groups that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can apply now or as soon as their local community foundation launches the grants programme for 2014. Constituted voluntary organisations and community groups, registered charities, co-operatives, faith organisations, community interest companies and social enterprises are eligible as long as they are working in a disadvantaged or deprived area within their specified area, are run by local people, and have an income of less than £100,000 (or in some cases less then £50,000). The deadline for most applications is Tuesday 4 March 2014 although some areas, such as Greater Manchester and Wales, have a February

The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Letters H to Q

Houghton Regis News Desk The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Q is for ... ? Quack Quack Queue - as in traffic ! Queuing because of all the roadworks everywhere!! queen street Quarry! Quantum potholes!:-( Queen Street Bakery, sadly no longer there, have had some delicious cakes from there . Post by Houghton Regis News Desk . Houghton Regis News Desk A-Z of Houghton Regis. I-spy with my little eye, something beginning with "R" ? roadworks, raised crossings road rage grrrrr Recreation Road road hogs. Rise early for tomorrow's A-Z ! Rosedale, Renault Trucks (UK), Regis the Lion, Redhouse Court Post by Houghton Regis News Desk . Houghton Regis News Desk A-Z of Houghton Regis. Today's quest: Write something about the town starting with "P". Peeded off with Houghton traffic!! Poundstretchers,more for your Money! Peel street. Palaeolithic Man once roamed in the Houghton area. Priory Meadows Parkside Plenty Pissed pavilions fo

Houghton Regis Chalk Pit Youth Afternoon With Controlled Bonfire and A Chance to Learn New Environmental Skills 17 Feb

YOUTH WILDLIFE RANGER AFTERNOON OF FUN ! Exclusively for people aged 13-19 Meet one afternoon every school holiday. Next session at Houghton Regis Chalk Pit. Monday 17th February 2014 We will be scrub clearing using conservation tools and having a controlled bonfire. 1pm - 3pm. Meeting place on Lake View. Meet new people Learn new skills Improve your local environment NO litter picking! These are free sessions. Tea and biscuits will be provided. Booking essential, please call Ruth on 01525 874317, 07734478452 Or email:

People's Postcode Trust Small Grants Deadline for Applications Approaches

People's Postcode Trust Small Grants programme  Not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, charities and others in England and Scotland can now apply for between £500 and £20,000 to deliver a project of up to 1 year in length. The Small Grants Programme opened again for applications on Monday 6th January. There will be four funding rounds in 2014 and their opening and closing dates are detailed on the website. Applications are submitted through an online application form which is available to access during each funding round. There are a number of funding criteria and all projects must meet at least one of the following: * Prevention of poverty * Improvement of health * Promotion of community development * Advance participation in sport * Promotion of human rights * Promotion of environmental protection The deadline for applications in the current round is 21 February 2014. Cllr. Dr. Rita Egan Independent Liberal D

4YP Volunteer Training For Those Who Want to Volunteer with Young People

4YP Volunteer Training 4YP are delivering a training day specifically for those who want to volunteer with young people within their community. This course will cover a variety of topics including: What is Youth work, developing communication skills, health and safety, equal opportunities, data protection and project development. •         Date: Friday 21 February 2014 •         Time: 10.00am-4.00pm •         Venue: Pioneer Centre, Manchester Place, Dunstable, LU6 1HT Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please respond with your notification of your attendance by 14 February to David Ramsay, Youth Work Manager 4YP by email to or by phone on 07557 109841

Houghton Regis Pancake Race 4th March 2014 - Entry Forms Here

HOUGHTON REGIS  PANCAKE RACE Tuesday 4th March 2014 The Village Green, Houghton Regis at 11am The Town Council is re-introducing a Pancake Race to the Village Green on Tuesday 4th March 2014 (Shrove Tuesday) at 11 am! This event is free and there are still spaces available to enter a team! The Town Council will provide the pancakes. The teams (of up to four people) will need to bring along the frying pans! Each team must complete a short course, and the team that does this in the shortest time (whilst flipping the pancakes once at the start of the race and once at the end of the course!) will be crowned the winners of their age category! There are prizes up for grabs which will be presented by the Town Mayor, Councillor Peter Williams. All spectators welcome! In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved from The Village Green to Moore Crescent (just in front of the Sports Pavilion). To take part, please contact Sarah Gelsthorp on 01582 708540 or 708523

The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Letters A-G

Responses given by Facebook readers to name something about the town. The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Be the 1st to write something with the letter "G". Gateway club Has to be the Green. Graffiti Gossip! ganja great people grove rd Grass Green, Green Grass of Ho... Gardens Garden at Houghton Hall. garage , one as you enter Houghton and one as you leave, spoilt for choice. Grave stones in church Yard. georginas Grangeway:-D Post by Houghton Regis News Desk . The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Be the first to write something starting with "F" to do with the town. F***ing idiots farm close Fensome drive Fill the potholes Fields all around Houghton, that are soon to disappear under new housing. flag, flying at the church. Fakes! Football teams. Friends and families Fiona on front desk up the nick sundon rd!:-D FC houghton Saturdays Fensomes Farm Fun Space - social group for adults with special requirements. If you know anyone that would be

3 Dunstable Middle Schools To Consult Over Possible Closure

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive has approved plans to begin consultation on the potential closure of three Dunstable middle schools. A six week public consultation begins on 24 February. There will be a number of meetings to discuss the proposals, including a public meeting at each of the three schools. If the Council decides to pursue closure of any of the schools after the end of this consultation period, there will be a further consultation for each school before the final decisions could be made in August.

Houghton Regis Town Council Business Directory

The Houghton Regis Town Council are currently working on developing a new website. To support local businesses there will be a Business Directory on the new site. If you would like your business to be included I would be grateful if you would confirm the following details. Please note only businesses with a Houghton Regis postal address will be included. Business name Manager Address Contact number Email address Website Brief description of business (not more than 20 words) I am working on the site being up and running by 1st  March. Accordingly I would be grateful to receive your replies by 14th February. Please reply direct to me at If you are a member of the Houghton Regis Business Network Group, you may receive this message more than once. Many apologies. If you would like to join the Houghton Regis Business Network Group or would like to receive their information please let me know and you can be added to the distribution list. All free o

Council's Executive Propose £17m Savings And No Council Tax Increase

Central Bedfordshire Council's Executive Propose Budget Conservative-run Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive has this week considered its medium term budget plan, and specific proposals for 2014/15. Among the savings will be some £800,000 the Government had allocated to Town and Parish Councils in Bedfordshire via The Local Government Finance Settlement received by Central Bedfordshire Council. However, it is not ring-fenced, and Conservative councillors at CBC have already voted not to pass the money down, but to retain it for that Council’s purposes. Houghton Regis Town Council last year received £90,000 through this grant and that will now be lost. The plan, which will be considered by the full Council later this month, recommends investment of more than £186m next year, in services as diverse as fostering and adoption,  libraries, leisure,  roads maintenance, social care and waste management. For the fourth consecutive year, the Council does not intend to increa

Starbucks Youth Action to Inspire and Empower Young People - Apply Now For Funding

Starbucks Youth Action  Do you know any 16-24 years old who could use up to £1500 or up to £2000 to run a social action project in their local area? Starbucks Youth Action (SYA) is a programme that inspires and empowers young people from across England, Scotland and Wales to make a difference in their communities, and through applying to Starbucks Youth Action for funding, enabling them to bring their ideas to life. As well as supporting the young people with the projects that mean the most to them, young people benefit from training run by UK Youth on managing a budget, working with volunteers and project management. Before applying you will need to check that you meet the eligibility criteria: •         You/the young person leading the project must be aged between 16 and 24 •         If selected the project leader will need to be available to attend a training day with Starbucks and UK Youth in April 2014 To apply, please complete the online application form by 9.00am on

Parent Participation : Family United Network Parent 4th Annual Conference

This year’s conference has been organised based around feedback received at the last conference and improving the focus on Parent Participation. The aim is to offer parents\carers the opportunity to learn about changes to services, to contribute their knowledge and experiences and to learn about specific topics to support the family. FUN will be offering a selection of FREE workshops including: Sleep, Wills & Trusts, Puberty & Adolescence and Managing Challenging Behaviour. All of these workshops have been carefully selected from the last conference evaluation. Helen Redding (Assistant Director School Improvement Children's Services) will join the conference to de-mystify, in a parent\carer-friendly way, what the Local Offer is and what it really means to families. •         Date: Saturday 8 March 2014 •         Time: 9.00am-2.30pm •         Venue: The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford. MK43 0PR A wide range of organisations will be marke