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Cubs Celebrate 100th Birthday and Launch Junglebook at Cineworld

1st/3rd Houghton Regis Cub Pack proved that the Jungle Law is true as part of national celebrations for 100 years of Cub Scouts this weekend. As the Cub movement is based around Rudyard Kipling's famous story of The Jungle Book the pack of 22 Cubs and their adult volunteers celebrated the monumental birthday with the launch weekend of the film, combined with a sleepover. Cineworld Luton invited the Cubs to swing into action and turn their cinema into their very own Jungle. The Cubs and filmgoers all commented how great not only the film was, but also the Jungle they had created proving "the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack."  No party would be complete without fun and games and during the rest of the weekend the Cubs enjoyed Bush Tucker Trials, a life size game of Hungry Hippos, and in true Scouting style, cooking King Louis Chocolate Banana's over camp fires built by the Cubs. Will Shaw, Assistant Group Scout Leader said, &qu

Houghton Regis in Market Town Regeneration Fund Bid

'Establishing a Town Market' - one of the aims of Houghton Regis Town Council A special meeting of Houghton Regis Town Council has been called for Monday, 18th April to work out some changes to committee structure, and to revise rules on council co-optees. The draft minutes of the last meeting are also available online. These go into some detail about how the HRTC would spend some £626,500 should their total bid for money from 'Market Town Regeneration Fund' be successful. The Council's own contribution within that expenditure would be £387,400. The scheme would deliver improvements to shop fronts and various other items in the town centre including wi-fi and art-work for the large blank wall, as well as support for business growth, the establishment of a Town Market, and development of a Town Team. As always, the Town Council's meeting is open to members of the public, who may ask questions. The start time is 7.30pm Agenda:  http://www.houghtonregi

Think Bike! Video Aimed at All Road Users

​ Police are encouraging drivers to be on the lookout for motorcyclists as seasonal bikers start returning to the roads. Motorcyclists account for around 1% of UK road users but are one of the most vulnerable. They are 38 times more likely than car occupants to be killed per mile they ride. Last year saw 2* motorcyclists killed and 51 seriously injured on roads in Bedfordshire. Drivers are reminded of the importance of watching out for bikers and to always look carefully when pulling out of junctions, manoeuvring and changing lanes. Traffic officers will be out on the county's roads giving advice to motorcyclists about staying safe on the roads, offering information about choosing the right helmet, wearing the right gear, riding defensively and offering further training to improve performance and safety. They will also be looking out for motorcyclists who are a danger to themselves and others through their dangerous riding and whose bikes are not roadworthy. Traf

New Published Crime Data for February 2016

​​ ​ New data for ​this  area has been published on Here is a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months: January 2016 February 2016 All crime 671 653 Anti-social behaviour 242 213

Are you Passionate About Keeping Local Streets Safe?

​ ​​ ​ Bedfordshire Police is keen to hear from residents concerned about anti-social behaviour and crime in their area and would like to join forces to tackle these issues. Street Watch enables residents to promote good citizenship by patrolling their own streets. Members liaise with the force to encourage positive information sharing and partnership working. Juliet Wright, the force's Watch Scheme Development Coordinator, said: "Our Street Watch volunteers provide visible reassurance and appropriately engage in local issues that matter most to their communities. They commit two hours every month to patrol in small groups, providing that vital link between their communities and the force.  "We are looking for volunteers who either want to join a scheme that's already set up in their area, or anyone who would like to start one." Bedfordshire has Street Watch schemes in: Ampthill, Barton-Le-Clay, Biggleswade

Local Bar / Restaurant Aims For Top Awards

The GoHoughton bar and restaurant in Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, is aiming to win prizes in the "Beds Food and Drinks Awards". Voting closes on 2nd May 2016 and the proprietor, Kishor Patel, who loves to support the local community, would like locals to return the favour by encouraging them to vote for his venue as the Independent Restaurant of the Year 2016. Vote here: Pictures from GoHoughton Facebook Page  :

Speaking, Listening, and Learning at the Annual Towns Meeting

Members of the public, representatives of several community groups, staff and members of Houghton Regis Town Council, took part in the Annual Towns Meeting tonight at the Community Centre in Bedford Square. The Town Clerk gave an overview of the challenges and projects facing the town which will double in population as current projects, and projected new build, goes ahead. Councillors gave overview reports of the work they had been doing in the past year, and encouraged questions. Public posed a variety of questions concerning matters in the town. Community group representatives gave overviews of the activities they get up to, and showed their appreciation for the Town Council providing Grants to keep their various schemes going. If you were unable to attend the meeting or wish to comment on any matter in the town, these are always welcome via the Houghton Regis Town Council   or their Facebook Page .  Comments via Houghton Regis News Desk Facebook Page   are al

Chalgrave in Shock As Church Lead Is Stripped from Another Roof

EXCLUSIVE.  Robbers seemingly struck during last night and made off with lead from the roof of a Grade 1 listed building, Chalgrave Parish Church, at the northern side of Chalgrave Golf Course, Bedfordshire. The Church was hit last year when lead was taken from a front roof. The vicar, Revd. Anne Crawford was this morning devastated and told News Desk's Alan Winter, "This will set us back considerably. We were due to have repairs done to the front of the church in May this year, and now this. Insurance will only cover £7,500 of lead damage. The first damage was going to cost us £40,000, raised by the bequeathments, and public fundraising. It's so annoying, and takes energies away from what the church should really be doing." As well as stripping lead from a roof at the rear, further damage was caused to the front roof. Inside the church, we looked to the roof. Through many gaps we could see the sky. When it rains, the inside of the church will suffer, possi

Transport in Central Bedfordshire On The Minds of CBC Councillors Tuesday 5th April

Central Bedfordshire Council Executive Committee meets next Tuesday 5th April. Members of the public are welcome​, and the meeting will be broadcast live.​ Among the matters to be discussed is one to add an "Affordable Housing Guidance Note" for "South Central Bedfordshire". The guidance note would make the target for affordable housing provision in the South of Central Bedfordshire 30% on all qualifying sites of 4 dwellings and above. On sites of 4 dwellings, one affordable dwelling must be provided. The meeting will also look at its Passenger Transport policies, and consider adoption of a Transport Strategy to make more efficient use of its budgets. Current bus services in Central Bedfordshire are subsidised by approximately £1.265m in 2015/16, and there are 43,000 bus pass holders entitled to concessionary fares estimated at £2.382m. A Travel Aid pass for the unemployed applying via Job Centres costs the individual £5 for 28 days, giving them discounted

All Change on Central Beds Highways as New Contractors Start

Highways partnership with Ringway Jacobs begins A new seven year contract started today with Ringway Jacobs to deliver Highways services throughout Central Bedfordshire. This will replace the previous contract with Amey. The contract was awarded in August 2015. Some staff will move in-house from Amey. The new procurement is hoping to make savings to the highway service. On offer are improved communications, a more consistent delivery, and improved satisfaction for residents and road users. Tasks to be undertaken will include winter maintenance,  emergency services,  cleaning signs,  painting white lines structural maintenance as already planned Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services said: "We are delighted to be working with Ringway Jacobs and hope we can build a hardworking, customer focused partnership over the next seven years.  We are certain that the new contract will bring with it further improvements to our road network, better returns on investment and w

Calling All Environmentalists! Your View Counts!

Central Bedfordshire Council are conducting an Environmental Review . They have produced a new document called the Environmental Framework and now want your feedback.   The Framework plays an important role in bringing together the various studies, assessments, strategies and guidance produced by the council relating to the environment of Central Bedfordshire. It applies the findings of these documents to national and local policy, allowing them to inform the way we should approach local environmental needs and issues while also supporting growth. The feedback from this consultation will help ​them to  develop environmental policies in the Local Plan for Central Bedfordshire, and identify areas where ​they  need to gather further evidence or information. Please refer to the Framework when completing the questionnaire and use it to form your answers. ​CBC  strongly advocate that you read the document before completing the consultation questionnaire. You can complete the questionnaire on

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