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Concerned About Your Christmas Booze? - Call The So So Man!

CBC’s Public Protection food team is advising customers to report any incidents where drinks didn't taste, look or smell as expected. Things to look out for include:

Look out for poor quality packaging and labelling – spelling mistakes are often a giveaway
Check the barcode is accurate (you can use a smartphone to download an app which tells you if the label matches the product)
Smell – is it off or similar to a flowery nail varnish scent?
If the drink has separated unusually or there are things floating in it or have settled at the bottom
Businesses are advised to only buy alcohol from a reputable supplier and to keep an itemised VAT receipt.

Anyone concerned that they have not been sold what they paid for should notify the team as soon as possible. Call 0300 300 6766 and ask for So So Man or email Env.Health@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Short Stay Medical Unit To Close

The Houghton Regis Short Stay Medical unit is due to close on 5 December 2014. The unit has been providing medical accommodation to the more vulnerable and elderly.

This was set up as a Pilot Scheme in April 2012 to promote and health wellbeing and protect the vulnerable.  The cost was anticipated at £2.8m per annum.  The idea behind the project was to reduce emergency admissions of people aged 75 years and over, although on some occasions patients were admitted at a younger age.

Sadly the model failed to deliver against most of the Key Performance Indicator's, although it should be noted that patients feedback on the provision showed a high satisfaction level:
·         Hospitals admissions via A&E showed an increase of 17% over the period of the pilot;
·         The basic cost for the pilot increased from £2.8m pa to £3.4m pa;
·         The occupancy levels did not reach the target.

The Rapid Intervention Team offering patients short-term nursing at home for up to 72 hours w…

Houghton Regis Children Off to "Lapland" for Christmas - Avoiding the Car!

A Christmas challenge is underway to cycle, scoot or walk to Lapland to see Father Christmas.

Local children, including some from Houghton Regis, will take part in ‘Cycle to Santa’, organised by Central Bedfordshire’s Travel Choices, in which children and their families collect miles towards a virtual 2,050-mile trip to Lapland.

Every child will receive a special ‘Cycle to Santa’ card which is stamped each time they travel to school by bicycle, scooter or on foot. With each stamp equalling two miles - double that if their parents join them - the children will soon be on their way to Santa. Children who travel the furthest each week will receive prizes and schools will be competing to be the first to reach Lapland.

Travel Choices’ Bike-It Officer, Derek Smulders, will be holding special Bike-It Breakfasts at each of the competing schools and visiting with Dr Bike to ensure everyone’s bike or scooter is up to the long journey to Santa.

Children are also being given the chance to win a f…

Bike Swap Event on Sunday - Or Just Donate :-)

Is there a child’s bike collecting dust in your garage or shed that could do someone else a good turn? Central Bedfordshire’s Travel Choices is offering the chance to put unloved bikes back into circulation by bringing them along to Dunstable Icknield Lower School’s Bike Swap Shop.

Icknield have teamed up with Watling Lower School and Priory Academy to help keep children on their bikes without the expense of purchasing a brand new one each time they grow.  The Bike Swap Shop will run on Saturday 29th November alongside Icknield’s annual Christmas Fayre.

Alvina Farrow, Active Travel Manager at the Travel Choices Hub said:
“If you have a bike that is sad and lonely but would make another child happy this Christmas, please bring  it along. We’ll have two fully qualified bike mechanics available on the day to make sure all bikes are shipshape and ready to be swapped.”

No cash will change hands at the event with owners expected to exchange bikes based on a mutually satisfactory agreement. …

BIKE SWAP EVENT - Your Old Bike Could Make Another Child Happy - Doesn't Have to Be In Tip Top Condition

Give an unloved bike a new home with Travel Choices' Bike Swap

Is there a child’s bike collecting dust in your garage or shed that could do someone else a good turn?    Central Bedfordshire’s Travel Choices is offering the chance to put unloved bikes back into circulation by bringing them along to Dunstable Icknield Lower School’s Bike Swap Shop.

Icknield have teamed up with Watling Lower School and Priory Academy to help keep children on their bikes without the expense of purchasing a brand new one each time they grow.  The Bike Swap Shop will run on Saturday 29th November alongside Icknield’s annual Christmas Fayre.

Alvina Farrow, Active Travel Manager at the Travel Choices Hub said:

“If you have a bike that is sad and lonely but would make another child happy this Christmas, please bring  it along. We’ll have two fully qualified bike mechanics available on the day to make sure all bikes are shipshape and ready to be swapped.”

No cash will change hands at the event with owners expect…

Cats That Sit In Circles - Does Yours?

Swiss Garden at Biggleswade, Now restored and Reopened After £2.8m Help from Heritage Lottery Fund

Swiss Garden, the Grade II* listed garden in Old Warden Park, west Biggleswade, has reopened to the public following a major restoration project.
The repairs were made possible thanks to a £2.8 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant and a £275,000 investment by Central Bedfordshire Council, as well as smaller grants and public donations.
Work to restore the garden took more than 14 months to complete and included repairs to the ornamental structures of the Swiss Cottage, the Indian Kiosk and the Grotto and Fernery, ironwork bridges and arches, marble memorial tablets, stone and metal urns.
How to get there:Google Map Directions from Houghton Regis  (20 miles, 30 mins)
Website:http://www.shuttleworth.org/the-swiss-garden/
Adult Entry to Gardens £8 on non-event days, children free.




New Housing Allocations Policy - You May Need to Re-Register

Central Bedfordshire Council is reminding people on its housing register to go online and re-register if they want to continue bidding for properties in the area.
A new Allocations Policy, launched on 29 October, has changed the rules about who can join the register, with greater assistance being given to local people.
Only people in housing need who live or work in the area can join the main housing register. However, a separate housing register for older people does not require applicants to live or work in the area.
Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care, Health and Housing, said: “The new rules have been designed to give local people easier access to social housing when they most need it. We are also going to give our support to those local people who are in work by giving them a higher priority on the register.”
The new online registration is simple and easy to use. A short questionnaire helps people to decide if they are eligible for the new register before going…

November Issue of Funding E-Bulletin

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Funding E-Bulletin
Newsletter
November  2014
Voluntary and Community Action

Welcome to the November 2014 issue of the Funding E-Bulletin from Voluntary and Community Action.
Alec Dickson Trust Funding is available to help young people to run a project in their local area anywhere in the UK that involves local volunteers. Grants of up to £500 are available.

The Secretary, Alec Dickson Trust, 237 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NJ, Tel: 020 7278 6601, E-mail: alecdicksontrust@gmail.com, Website: http://www.alecdicksontrust.org.uk/
Baily Thomas Charitable Fund Grants are available to voluntary organisations in the UK for research into learning disability or to assist with the care and relief of those affected by learning disability in the UK. Grants are awarded for amounts from £250. Small Grants - Applications can be made at any time and will be considered before the main meetings. Mrs Ann Cooper, Secretary to the Trustees, Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, c/o TMF Management UK Limited, 400 Capability…

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