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HEALTH ISSUES - Party Manifestos 2017

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Where do the parties stand on Health and the NHS?
The parties standing locally have issued their manifestos, some have more to say than others.
If these quotes from the manifesto's grab your attention, you might want to have a look at the further details in the manifestos (links are on the individual infogrames).
Remember, these are just selected excerpts, and a point made by one party may well be covered by another, but just not listed on these infogrames.

In this constituency, South West Bedfordshire - there are 5 candidates in the general election taking place on 8th June:

◘ Morenike Mafoh, Christian Peoples Alliance
◘ Daniel Norton, Liberal Democrat
◘ Morvern Rennie, Green
◘ Daniel Scott, Labour
◘ Andrew Selous, Conservative

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For more guides to party positions on various issues, we recommend this BBC web site

New Arriva Services 33 & Z For Houghton Regis

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Arriva bus services across Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis will be changing on 18th June.

Full timetables are being produced and they plan to have those in circulation in the next two weeks. An information desk will be in the Mall in Luton between the 8th and 11th June.

In addition to the service changes Arriva are also planning fare changes including the reduction of their day, week and 4 weekly tickets in price. A weekly network ticket will go down from £17.50 to just £15.


Download the full details. (pdf)

or Read Online at Arriva
Busway Services A & ZBusway A service will operate between Dunstable, Luton and Luton Airport only and an overnight service between the Interchange and the Airport is being introduced making the service 24 hours. The service will operate every 7.5 mins between Dunstable and Luton Interchange with 4 buses an hour going to the airport on Monday to Saturdays.
Sunday frequency remains the same. Timetable

Busway Z service route is changing. The Z will oper…

Free Workshops on Mental Health Issues

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A number of free workshops are being held locally. Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery College is part of the Bedfordshire Mental Health Academy which is a formal partnership with East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) and the University of Bedfordshire.
The college is open to any adults who live or work in Bedfordshire and Luton.

Courses and workshops focus on mental health wellbeing and recovery. They are delivered by people with lived experience and professional experience.
We promote a positive student experience based on the principles of recovery and the values of the University of Bedfordshire and East London NHS Foundation Trust.
All of the courses and workshops are FREE of CHARGE.
Courses are open to people age 18 and over  who live or work in Bedfordshire and Luton People living with mental health problems, their carers , family and friends Colleagues from ELFT, Local authorities and local partner organisations

​ There are places still available on our workshops below. If you would like…

Biker Down Courses

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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are running free 'Biker Down' courses throughout the year to give motorcyclists and other road users the skills they need to help bikers who may have been involved in an accident.

Each course lasts four hours and is split into four modules:

· June 17th
· July 22nd
· August 27th
· September 24th
· October 22nd
· November 26th

Please check the course is running and book at place, please don’t just turn up.

Module 1 – First on scene – this module includes an introduction into the course followed by detailed input on risk assessment, prioritisation of activities, calling the emergency services & giving accurate details, parking safely on arrival, scene safety, hazards that can be encountered at an incident and how to deal with each, managing adrenaline & generally staying calm & safe.

Module 2 – First Aid – this module covers basic live saving first aid techniques that can be applied when arriving first on scene. We cover managing …

The Challengers For South West Bedfordshire #GE2017

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5 candidates will be on the ballot papers in South West Bedfordshire constituency for the General Election. Voting takes place on 8th June 2017 to elect a person to serve our area in the UK Parliament. They are: Morenike Mafoh (Christian Peoples Alliance), Daniel Norton (Liberal Democrats), Morvern Rennie (The Green Party), Daniel Scott (Labour), Andrew Selous (Conservative).

VOTING Thursday 8th June until 10pm
Meet Your Candidates
Morenike Mafoh Christian Peoples Alliance. Morenike lives in  Dunstable with her husband and children. An experienced RGN and Peri-Operative Practitioner. She has worked in the NHS and private health sectors, and was a senior operating theatre nurse at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington London, and theatre sister in Milton Keynes General Hospital and Peri-Operative Nurse in Spire Health Care Harpenden for over 5 years. She currently works as a locum. She has concerns for the NHS doctors and nurses who are over stretched in the performance of their duties of care. …

​CVS Update | 12 May 2017

​ ​ ​​ CVS Update  |  12 May 2017 Do you have any photographs of 'volunteers in action' that you can share? We are on the look-out for some still images of volunteers working with local organisations that we can use for printed and online media. If you have anything that you are allowed to share, then please email helen@cvsbeds.org.ukEVENTS AND COURSES Bedford Heritage Day (21 May, 1pm-4pm, Bedford Corn Exchange) is an event organised by The Polish Language and Culture Association, in cooperation with Bedfordshire Police Community Cohesion Team, Healthwatch Bedford Borough and Bedford Borough Strategic Partnership. Click here.Freedom Programme Professionals Training, 26 May - This session offers professionals an opportunity to gain an insight into the content of the Freedom Programme and how women are supported through this. Click here.Diabetes Week is 11-17 June and the Bedford Diabetes UK group are offering to come and talk to groups, free of charge. Click here.CVS TRAININGTraini…

Tithe Farm Primary School - Positive Comments From Ofsted

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Ofsted paid a recent visit to Tithe Farm Primary School and were impressed with what they saw.

Having been through a period of unrest Her Majesty’s Inspector recognized the great work being done at the school and felt confident they would get a positive outcome at their next inspection.

Leaders, including the new Headteacher Mrs Deborah Pargeter, were commended for their "relentless commitment and enthusiasm towards driving school improvement."

Further positive comments were made about all aspects of school life.

Children’s learning was recognised in an improvement in the quality of pupils’ work across a range of subjects…"  Particular reference was made about Early Years where the Inspector recognised the good progress children made.

Mrs Pargeter, Interim Headteacher, said, "My staff work tirelessly to give our children the best possible opportunities. We are passionate about learning and ensuring that children develop a love of learning from a young age. We want…

CBC Wins For Conservatives in Shefford and Biggleswade

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By-elections took place on Thursday last week to elect Councillors to serve on Central Bedfordshire Council.

Mark Liddiard, Conservative, was elected to serve Shefford polling 1325. The Liberal Democrats came second;  Annabel Woolmer polled 499. Mark Liddiard replaces Lewis Birt who died in February [obit.].

Steven Watkins, Conservative, was elected to serve Biggleswade North polling 704. Independent candidate Bernard Rix was second polling 541. Steven Watkins replaces Maurice Jones who resigned.

The wins for the Conservatives mean that the party once again has 53 of the 59 councillors representing Central Bedfordshire. The others are  Independent (3), Labour (2), Liberal Democrat (1). Three of the opposition councillors represent wards in Houghton Regis.


Cost of Saving Park's Cedar Tree Put At £24,000

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The cost of saving a prominently positioned lebanese cedar tree in Houghton Hall Park, Houghton Regis, has been put at £24,000.

The figures, sent from Houghton Regis Town Council, show the cost breakdown as:  hire of the temporary fencing approximately £2,700, tree decay testing £970, tree consultant £1,230, tree work £925, permanent fencing £9,349, mulch bed to cost £8820, making a grand total of £23,994.

The cedrus lebani tree was discovered to be irreversibly diseased in 2016. The tree was tested because of the presence of Phaeolus Schweinitzi, a fungi that causes brown rot, which degrades the cellulose. Decay initiated above ground can lead to branch snap or breakout.

A consultant was engaged who conducted tomograph tests to assess the health of the tree at two different heights. The consultant advised that advanced levels of decay were indicated. At the higher level large branches could fail, or in wet, windy conditions it was regarded extremely likely that the whole tree might …

​CVS Summer Training Programme

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​ ​ ​​ CVS Summer Training Programme A new season of training courses are on offer at CVS, with half-day sessions at our training facility in Bedford, 43 Bromham Road. Each session is available at just £20 per person for staff and volunteers in voluntary and community sector organisations in Bedfordshire.We have selected a range of topics to help staff with the every-day running of their organisations. Follow the links through on the individual courses to find out more and access booking details.Running Effective Meetings, on Tuesday 27 June 2017, 9:30 - 13:00  - A half-day course designed to help those who chair or participate in meetings to understand how to run effective meetings that are constructive, concise and actually achieve something.Taking and Presenting Minutes, on Tuesday 18 July 2017, 9:30 - 13:00 - A half-day course for those who find themselves taking and presenting minutes for different kinds of meetings.Recruiting and Selecting Staffon Thursday 20 July 2017, 9:30 - 13:…