Showing posts from August, 2015

Men! Learn to Sing ? Here's How! Barbershop Acapella Style!

If you are male and ever thought you would like to learn to sing then you could join a singing course running in November and learn to sing in the Barbershop - acapella style. This is aimed at men who have never sung before - including those who perhaps don't think they can sing ( pretty much everyone can!!)  Experienced singers who would like to get back into accapella chorus singing are also welcome.  It is relaxed and great fun. You won't be exposed but you will sing four part harmony as part of a large group and you will learn techniques and skills that will expose and develop your singing voice.  The course is free, based in Harpenden and will run on each Thursday night for 6 weeks. There is no commitment beyond the free course. If you would like more information please get in touch with HRND.

New Barriers Installed Near Hawthorn Park School- Top Stories: 29 August 2015

Mr ChelseaGardens has kindly shared photos of new barriers installed near Hawthorn Park School after campaigning for... Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Saturday, 29 August 2015

Free Fit Camp

Free Fit Camp - Fitness Classes held at Barnfield West Academy on Leagrave High Street, Thursday and Tuesday 7.15 until 8.15 and Saturday Mornings 9.30 until 10.15.  These classes are attended by people of different ages and abilities and for many different reasons such as weight loss, fat loss, and muscle increase.  If you are looking to have some fun, meet new people and get into the best shape of your life for life, then please feel free to turn up to any of the classes and mention my name or message me on 07957482299 for more information.  If you are looking to challenge yourself then you can enter the Free 4 Week Fit Camp challenge which is run once a month and gives you the chance to attend 4 fitness classes per week.  Log onto the site below and register your interest. level10bodychallenge  putting my name. Mandy.

Nuisance Bikers - Residents Urged Not To Take Matters into their Own Hands

A dedicated group has been set up to tackle the issue nuisance bikers in Houghton Regis. The group, which has been set up by the Houghton Regis Partnership Committee, will look at all aspects of the problem and consider ways to address it. The Partnership Committee is made up of members of Central Bedfordshire Council and Houghton Regis Town Council, and both authorities are working in partnership with the police and other teams including community safety, environmental protection and youth workers to try and introduce measures to reduce this antisocial behaviour. The group will work to identify options and solutions that are satisfactory to everyone. It will provide regular updates to the Partnership Committee on its progress and about any options and solutions that are identified. Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: "Houghton Regis is a great area to live and there are plenty of fantastic things going

Get Involved More With Your Local Hospital - Medical Lecture at L&D Hospital

Did you know that the local hospital offers many opportunities for local people to find out how the hospital service is run? Medical Lecture A Medical Lecture will be held on the Wednesday, 14th of October, 2015 and members of the public are invited.  The title of the medical lecture is End of Life Care.  This will be presented by the teams who are involved in delivering end of life care.  There will be time for questions following the presentation.  If you would like to know more about caring for the elderly please contact the hospital in order to book a place as only limited spaces are available.  The lecture will take place from at 6.00 PM to 7.30 PM on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 in of the Luton six the former college, rages hill road, Luton, LU 2 space seven a EW.  There  is an opportunity for informal discussion with the Luton and Dunstable governors from 5.30 PM.  To book a place you can contact FTmembership@LDH.NHS.UK , or by calling them on 01582 718333. Your Opinions Want

Lithuanian Dies in Club Cookies Fight - Top Stories: 26 August 2015

Victim of fatal Club Cookies fight named as Lithuanian Tomas Juska - Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Narrow escape for teen biker in Houghton Regis road collision - Top Stories: 20 August 2015

Narrow escape for teen biker in Houghton Regis road collision - Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Thursday, 20 August 2015

Wacky Races Crossing Explained

What is the reason for the wonky surface on the zebra crossing near Easthill Road / Sundon Road junction in Houghton Regis? This query was raised at a recent Town Partnership by one of the councillors, but an official answer was unavailable. Alan Winter, for Houghton Regis News Desk, made several enquiries to CBC by email for an official answer but none was forthcoming. But a Freedom of Information request was made, and the answer can now be revealed: "The raised zebra crossing on Sundon Road has been in place for over a year. In that time there has been a problem with water collecting in the centre of the road whenever it rained. To correct this we changed the profile of the table so that any water drains to one side of the road or the other. The zig-zag lines on the approaches to the crossing meet the technical standards but the re-profiled table has the effect of making them appear slightly askew. While this does help draw attention to the crossing the effect is not so

The Lost Chihuahua - Top Stories: 20 August 2015

The owners of a Chihuahua are hoping that they can be reunited with their pet. The owners live in Leaf Rd. She is cream... Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Thursday, 20 August 2015

600 Volunteers Help Beds Police Send Out 1,600 Warning Letters To Speeding Drivers

Bedfordshire Police, with the help of volunteers throughout the county, are putting the brakes on speeding drivers. Last month, the force sent over 1,600 warning letters, the highest number sent so far this year, to speeding drivers in Bedfordshire thanks to Speed Watch groups in the county. The scheme enables volunteers to work to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, and is made up of more than 600 registered volunteers who patrol their communities throughout Bedfordshire. Speed Watch can be set up in any ward, village or parish governed by a 20, 30 or 40 miles per hour speed limit When they are on patrol, members of Speed Watch note the date, time, colour, make, model and registration number of any vehicles exceeding the speed limit. The results are then be forwarded to the police who send a warning letter to the registered keeper of the vehicle. Persistent speeders will receive a second letter but on the third occasion they can expect further action to be taken by

Bikers: Three in police custody after weekend arrests ~ Top Stories: 17 August 2015

Three bikers in police custody after weekend arrests - Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Monday, 17 August 2015

Teen off-road biker’s injuries after collision ~ Top Stories: 17 August 2015

Teen off-road biker’s injuries after collision - Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Monday, 17 August 2015

Tree Trimming Update

Following the HRND report on 2nd August , it can be reported today that the work to trim the trees back has now been done. Pedestrians and cyclists can now get past unhindered. To report a problem near you visit - if that doesn't do the trick for you, report the matter to your local councillor  - and if you still get no joy, you can always try HRND .


A Youth Support webpage offering advice to young people about everything from clearing and careers to apprenticeships and gap years is available at Among the agencies and options listed there are: 4YP A number of drop-in sessions are being held across Central Bedfordshire between next week and the beginning of September. Careers advisors from independent advice service 4YP will be at sessions in Houghton Regis, Sandy, Biggleswade, Flitwick, Leighton Buzzard, Arlesey and Dunstable. They will offer help with interview skills, finding and applying for suitable apprenticeships or college and university courses, preparing a CV and completing job applications. For more information, visit , email or call 07903 202 703. Local sessions will be held on: • Wednesday 19 August, 2pm to 4pm, Bedford Square, Houghton Regis • Tuesday 1 September, 2pm to 4pm, Tacti

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82 year old lady fined by Central bedfordshire Council for having a dog in a park where dogs are banned. BBC Three Counties Radio this morning. Discussing a lady resting while out with a dog in a park, where dogs aren't... Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Friday, 14 August 2015 A second bunch of comments can be found here . 7 Bus Shelters Damaged in Houghton Regis "Apparently 7 bus shelters in Houghton Regis were damaged last weekend. The glass panels are being replaced with... Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Friday, 14 August 2015 Tea Dance at Baptist Church Holiday at Home, day two the 'Tea Dance'. The 'dance floor' was well used today. Eileen may well be hoarse for a week... Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Thursday, 13 August 2015 Calls for Further Bans on Smoking in Outdoor Locations like around pubs and near schools. New calls for further smoking bans in public places, includin

Town Partnership to Look Into Inviting the Public to Maintain Nearby Open Spaces

What do Nuisance Bikes, Shop Local, and Shrubs & Small Trees have in common? The answer is that the Houghton Regis Town Partnership are to establish Task and Finish Groups to come up with ideas and details on how all these issues or projects can be dealt with in the town. Councillors from CBC and Houghton Regis Town Council will take part in these working sessions. Tonight's meeting spent some 15 minutes deciding who was going to be involved in which projects, as all councillors present seemed to want to be involved in some way in all of the projects. On the topic of shrubs and trees, it was evident that some residents had requested the opportunity to manage small plots of public open space near their own homes, if they were allowed to. Initial concerns were around how such projects could be managed, so that the regular maintenance staff would know which plots of land to leave alone. It was thought that CBC's GIS mapping system could be utilised to identif

Biker in Parkside Accident - Top Stories: 9 August 2015

A biker was involved in an accident in Parkside yesterday afternoon. Police control room, this morning, were unwilling to give out information. Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Sunday, 9 August 2015

Damage Caused Overnight on Parkside Recreation Ground ~ Top Stories: 9 August 2015

Residents in Parkside, Houghton Regis, awoke this morning to find damage caused overnight on Parkside Recreation ground.... Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Sunday, 9 August 2015

Call to tackle ‘intimidating’ masked bikers - Top Stories: 6 August 2015

Call to tackle ‘intimidating’ masked bikers - Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Thursday, 6 August 2015

Update on Saturday Night's Busway Derailment - Top Stories: 5th August 2015

Update on Saturday night's busway derailment ... Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Local Company To Supply 33 New Trees to the Woodland Trust

Aldwyck Housing Group and Whitbread PLC, both based in Houghton Regis, have teamed up to provide a £500 donation to the Woodland Trust. The neighbours came to an agreement after a tree on Aldwyck’s property was blocking the new CCTV system that Whitbread had installed to cover an extension of their car park. Aldwyck agreed to remove the Silver Birch tree, which when in full bloom would block the camera, on the condition that Whitbread donate £500, the equivalent of a replacement tree, to the Woodland Trust. Silver birch: blocked camera Aldwyck have picked a project, the Heartwood Forest Appeal in St Albans, and the donation will mean that 33 new trees can be planted there. This will maintain good neighbour relations whilst being environmentally responsible and helping to support woodland and wildlife. Simon Hobbs, Estates Director for Whitbread said: “At Whitbread we aim to be a force for good in all the communities where we operate and are committed to growing and operat

Tree Trimming Needed On Park Rd North - It's Looking Dangerous

Messages to Houghton Regis News Desk suggested much tree trimming was needed on Park Rd North as it was hindering pedestrians. So local photographer, Alan Winter, took a look and this is what he found. "In places it looked very dangerous. In other places, annoyed pedestrians, or cyclists, have clearly had their patience snap, and done their own snapping of branches in order to get past. And traffic coming from Portz Avenue into Park Road North is coming quite fast, where pedestrians almost have to get into the road, such is the growth of trees here. I've requested that CBC take some quick action!"