Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Referendum Fallout - Local MP Andrew Selous is Sacked

Local MP Sacked from his Prison job.

Sacked former Cabinet minister Michael Gove's team at the Ministry of Justice has been dramatically reshaped with Prisons Minister Andrew Selous the latest to leave the department.

On his website Andrew Selous says,

"I have been asked to stand down as Minister for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation by Theresa May our new Prime Minister. It has been an enormous honour to serve in this role for the last two years and a privilege to champion the work of our inspirational prison officers, probation staff and wonderful voluntary sector partners. They are amazing people who do their work often unseen and unappreciated."

 "I have served continuously as a Parliamentary Private Secretary,Whip and Minister in both Opposition and in Government for the last 13 years and it has been a huge honour to serve my country in this way. I look forward to having the time to take up many issues which I care about deeply and to continue serving my constituents."

He tweeted his thanks to the civil service he has worked with.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Woodside Link Archaeological Find

This is a picture of a belt mount or harness mount found on the Woodside Link site during the construction of the road near Houghton Regis.

Made from copper alloy and glass, this design could be associated with the worship of the Celtic god Taranis, whose cult was popular in the 2nd Century AD.

In Celtic mythology Taranis was the god of thunder worshipped primarily in Gaul, Gallaecia, the British Isles, but also in the Rhineland and Danube regions, amongst others.

Votive wheels called Rouelles, thought to correspond to the cult of Taranis. Thousands of such wheels have been found in sanctuaries in Belgic Gaul, dating from 50 BC to 50 AD.  Source: Wikipedia

More finds will be on show at Woodside Link exhibitions, along with displays of remaining works, landscaping, art projects, and archaeology.
Date: Wednesday 20 July 2pm to 8pm
Venue: Visitor Centre, A5-M1 Link compound, Sundon Road LU4 9TX

Date: Thursday 21 July 2pm to 8pm
Venue: Sandringham Hub, 48 Sandringham Drive, Houghton Regis LU5 5UP

Everyone is welcome to come along to find out more, ask questions and see how you can get involved.

Children Encouraged to Redesign Police Cars!

Is your child a budding artist? Do they care about the community? If so, they could help redesign our police cars!

As the summer holidays are just around the corner Bedfordshire Police's Crime Reduction team is encouraging young people to use their free time safely and sensibly by entering a competition to have their artwork displayed on community police vehicles.

The competition will see the talented winner's drawing transformed into the 'livery' on the side of cop cars which are used for neighbourhood patrols and attending appointments.

Sergeant Ben Dimmock said: "The aim of this light-hearted competition is to get kids thinking about what policing means to them, and how important it is in their community. We want young people to put pen to paper to come up with a design which will brighten up our community cars and help people to engage with the force from a young age.

"The only brief is to be big and bold, and create a clear, concise design which incorporates the community in some way. It will help to think about how your drawing will translate onto the side of a car. This is just one of our many initiatives with young people to promote a positive view of policing and even inspire the police officers of the future."

The competition is open to anyone who lives in Bedfordshire and is under the age of 18.

Entries can be tweeted to @crime_reduction or emailed as PDF or photo image to ben.dimmock@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Big Friendly Read ​#SummerReadingChallenge

Challenge your kids to the Big Friendly Read

The Summer Reading Challenge is back and Central Bedfordshire Libraries will be celebrating 100 years of the world's favourite storyteller – Roald Dahl.

The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 is aimed at children from ages 4-11 and their families and this year runs from Saturday, July 16 and will feature some of Roald Dahl's best-loved characters and the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake.

Children that sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge will get a free collector folder to keep special Big Friendly Read cards. The cards include Quentin Blake illustrations and all six cards can be collected as kids read any library books of their choice. It's fun, it's friendly and, best of all, it's totally FREE.

Organised by The Reading Agency and the UK public library network since 1999, the Summer Reading Challenge is the UK's biggest annual reading promotion. Last year, in Central Bedfordshire over 5,000 children took part reading a total of 78,481 books.

How the Challenge works
1. The challenge invites children to read any six books or more during the summer holidays

2. Children can sign up at any library and receive a fold-up card wallet, into which they can slot six limited edition Quentin Blake collector cards, each celebrating a popular Dahl theme: Mischief, Invention, Adventure, Wordplay, Child Champions and Friendship

3. Collect rewards for every book you read along the way – a certificate for reading six books, rainbow glasses for 12 books and a medal for 18 books

4. Friendly library staff and volunteers help children choose great books to read and enjoy the linked activities throughout the summer.
Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services, said: "Central Bedfordshire Libraries are delighted to be working with The Roald Dahl Literary Estate as they celebrate his Centenary this year. Library users of all ages will have a chance to reflect on their favourite Roald Dahl titles.

"This is a great chance for children to boost their confidence, self-esteem and their love of reading as part of a fun activity that can help keep them engaged during the school summer holidays."

Central Bedfordshire Libraries are also looking for young people aged 14-17 to volunteer and help out with Summer Reading Challenge 2016 to:

• Sign children up to The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016

• Talk to children about the books they've been reading and give out incentives

• Help staff with summer activities

• Help with displays, shelving and shelf tidying

• Promote our Virtual Library and the Summer Reading Challenge website

Cllr Dalgarno added: "This is a great opportunity for young people as it can provide valuable work experience, provide a reference for employment and applications for further or higher education and the opportunity to gain nationally recognised volunteering awards."

The Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page is www.facebook.com/SummerReadingChallengeUK and on Twitter you can use the hashtag
#SummerReadingChallenge or #roalddahl100. 

The Reading Agency's Twitter handle is

​Pictures: copyright ​
Quentin Blake and must only be used in support of The Big Friendly Read.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Whitbread Apply For 33 Extra Parking Spaces - 17 Trees Would Go

33 New parking spaces proposed to help Whitbread HQ meet demand

Whitbread Group plc have come up with a scheme to increase the number of parking spaces at Whitbread Court and Samuel Court on the Houghton Hall Business Park in Houghton Regis. If the scheme goes ahead, 397 parking bays will become 430 parking bays, an increase of 33 spaces.

As headquarters for Whitbread, the company experience peak demands for parking when field staff attend briefings and meetings.

If planning permission is given, an arboriculturalist report points out that it would require "the removal of around 17 established but small and medium sized trees " and "the trimming of lower branches within the woodland", and "pruning works are likely to be necessary to two or three mature trees (two sycamore and one lime)." A number of trees adjoining Porz Avenue already have TPOs on them.

A recently expanded car park in Houghton Hall Park is currently providing additional spaces for the company during the week. In the application, Whitbread point out that off-site parking will continue to be needed.

Scheme details can be found on the Planning pages of Central Bedfordshire Council website at http://is.gd/cbcplanning  number CB/16/02820

Have you Got a Local Recipe That Could Be Immortalized ?

Recipes needed for Woodside Link Community Orchard

Do you make the best apple pie or plum crumble in Central Bedfordshire? If you’re proud of what you can do with apples, pears, plums or soft fruit, send us your recipes. They may go on public display permanently in the Woodside Link’s community orchard.

Due to be planted near to Houghton Regis’s new link road later in 2016, the orchard will feature four timber picnic tables displaying local recipes. In future years residents will be able to pick fruit from trees and bushes, take a photo of the ingredients and method on their phones, then go home to make a tasty dish.

Residents wishing to share some culinary magic can drop off their recipes at the Woodside Link’s stand at the Houghton Regis Carnival on Saturday 9th July (Stand 16). They can also email their family favourites to woodsidelink@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Friday, 1 July 2016

New Crime Data Published for May 2016

New data for Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Caddington, East Hyde, Studham area has been published on Police.uk.


Here is a brief summary of all the crime information for the past two months:
April 2016 May 2016
All crime 697 692
Anti-social behaviour 314 299
Bicycle theft 5 11
Burglary 37 67
Criminal damage and arson 48 67
Drugs 9 2
Other crime 4 4
Other theft 49 41
Possession of weapons 3 0
Public order 21 17
Robbery 6 8
Shoplifting 34 23
Theft from the person 4 3
Vehicle crime 69 48
Violence and sexual offences 94 102
Please visit https://www.police.uk/shape/moXeS1/ for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.

The information and statistics displayed are for information purposes only and may be subject to change.
Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the detail is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.
While the figures shown have been checked as far as practicable, they should be regarded as approximate.