Monday, 31 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.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

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

Friday, 28 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.Www.24fitclub.wix.com/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 on there. However, we realise that nuisance bikers have been causing upset for residents, which is why we are working together to try to eradicate the problem.

"This is a problem faced by councils nationwide, and unfortunately there is no simple solution. However, we hope by working together with residents and other organisations that we can identify why it is taking place and how to stop it.

"It is encouraging to hear from residents who say that the situation has started to improve over the past few weeks following the implementation of some of these measures.

"I would encourage anyone who has any feedback to get in touch with their local ward member."

Clare Evans, Clerk of Houghton Regis Town Council, said: "The Town Council is looking forward to continuing to work in close partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedfordshire Police and other stakeholders to try and establish a framework for addressing this issue.

"The issue can at times be extensive and is blight on the lives of local residents. It is hoped that by developing a robust framework containing variable solutions that this negative issue can be minimised or removed."

Residents are being urged not to take matters into their own hands to deal with nuisance bikers, but to call Bedfordshire Police on 101 with any concerns.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

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 Wanted - Annual Members Meeting
An opportunity to find out all you need to know about owls the hospital has been performing over the past year.  Meet your governor representatives and staff from the hospital this will be held on Thursday, 24 September, 5 30 PM for a 6.00 PM start at the L & D Hospital Social Club Calnwood Road Luton LU4 0DZ.

Council of Governors Meeting
These meetings are held at 6.30 PM at the John Pickles L & D, Comet Lecture Hall.  Dates are 21 October, 16 December.  All welcome.

Learn About The Cardiac Centre
Monday, 28 September, 2015 6.30 PM
Fowden Hall Conference Centre, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL 52 JQ
Here how it you can chose  to be treated at the L & D, learn about further cardiac centre, the major plans for the neurology unit and the significant redevelopment plans for the hospital.  There will be ample opportunity to put questions to the panel of speakers. Tea and coffee will be served before the presentations.

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

Tuesday, 25 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

Friday, 21 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 something we would wish to re-produce elsewhere."

If you would like to make a Freedom of Information request, there are several routes. Here's one way.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

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

Tuesday, 18 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 the police.

Chief Inspector Neill Waring from Bedfordshire Police said: “More people have been out and about enjoying the nicer weather and the summer holidays, but that does not mean they can ignore speed limits. 1,600 in one month is a record number of letters so far this year, and we will continue to work with Speed Watch to promote safer driving by educating those who drive too fast.

“Our Watch Schemes are empowering communities to become involved with problem solving in their own communities, forging closer relationships with the force and helping us achieve our vision of becoming a well-respected, high-performing, efficiently-run police service.”

600 Volunteers Help Beds Police Send Out 1,600 Warning Letters To Speeding Drivers http://www.hrnd.co.uk/2015/08/600-volunteers-help-beds-police-send.html

Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Monday, 17 August 2015

Monday, 17 August 2015

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

Saturday, 15 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 http://fixmystreet.com - 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.

EXAM RESULTS ! BUT WHAT NEXT?

A Youth Support webpage offering advice to young people about everything from clearing and careers to apprenticeships and gap years is available at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/learning/schools/support-for-young-people/choices.aspx

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 www.4ypuk.com, email gillboydell@4ypuk.com 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, Tactic Centre, Leighton Buzzard
• Wednesday 2 September, 2pm to 4pm, 11 Ashton Square, Dunstable (above the cake shop)

Clearing


If you are hoping to go to university but didn’t get the grades you wanted, did better than expected or don’t want to take up any of your offers, then you may be able to secure a place through clearing.

You can view all courses with vacancies and then contact the course providers directly to see if they will offer you a place. Visit www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track/results/no-offers-use-clearing or call 0371 468 0468.

Alternately, you can ring the Exam Results Helpline for free, independent advice between 13-24 August. Call 0808 100 8000 (calls are free from landlines and selected mobile networks).

Look overseas


The UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) has advice about studying abroad (which can often be a cheaper option than going to university in the UK) and also gap years, if you want some time off between school or college and university or starting an apprenticeship or work. Find out more at www.ucas.com

Apprenticeships


The National Apprenticeship Service has lists of apprenticeships nationwide on its website.

These are a great way or learning and earning at the same time, as you will receive a wage while also working towards a qualification.

Many big employers and organisations nationwide, including Central Bedfordshire Council, offer apprenticeships in lots of different fields.

For more information and to apply, visit www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

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7 Bus Shelters Damaged in Houghton Regis



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Tea Dance at Baptist Church



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Calls for Further Bans on Smoking in Outdoor Locations like around pubs and near schools.



New calls for further smoking bans in public places, including smoking exclusion zone around schools, bars and...
Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Wednesday, 12 August 2015



Town Partnership to Look Into Offering Public Open Spaces For Maintenance by the Public



Town Partnership to Look Into Inviting the Public to Maintain Nearby Open Spaces - What do Nuisance Bikes, Shop Local,...
Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Wednesday, 12 August 2015



Paint lids came off in her car - how would you react. story via BBC Three Counties Radio



Imagine if it happened to you... "Monica bought some paint to decorate her daughter's bedroom but as she was driving...
Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Wednesday, 12 August 2015



Wednesday, 12 August 2015

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 identify plots of land, and that perhaps the Town Council might be better placed to play a role in coordinating such a scheme rather than  CBC. 

Members agreed that a Shop Local campaign would be an opportunity to both strengthen and promote the town centre.

The CBC Community Safety Partnership had prepared a report on the issue of nuisance motorbikes for local Councillors to consider. It was a national issue, according to the chair of tonight's committee, Cllr Susan Goodchild. But concern was even raised this evening about newly installed barriers at Neptune Square. While slowing down bikes so they didn't charge at speed across a busy road, the barriers were now causing a hindrance to people in mobility scooters.

  

Sunday, 9 August 2015

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

Thursday, 6 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

Wednesday, 5 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

Monday, 3 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 operating our business in an environmentally and sustainable way. As a major employer in the area we are delighted to be able make this donation to the Woodland Trust and support such a worthy local community project.”

To find out more about the Heartwood Forest appeal please visit:

 http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood-information/heartwood-forest/

Sunday, 2 August 2015

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!"