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Referendum Fallout - Local MP Andrew Selous is Sacked

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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 c…

Woodside Link Archaeological Find

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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.



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!

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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 Big Friendly Read ​#SummerReadingChallenge

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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 Bedfo…

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

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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 sycamores 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 t…

Have you Got a Local Recipe That Could Be Immortalized ?

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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

New Crime Data Published for May 2016

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

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​ Here is a brief summary of all the crime information for the past two months:
April 2016May 2016All 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��������������…