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B5120 Bedford Rd Delays To Continue

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Traffic lights currently employed between Aylesbury Drive and the Dunstablians Rugby Club are due to be moved further back up the road towards the High Street soon.  The works are for the installation of new main electrical supply for a new development.

A works order specifies "Main Laying - Excavate 1.3km and lay for twin 11kV circuit to feed new housing development..." between 4 June and 24 August" and will mean delays in the area.

Works Map.





Bug Walks and Nature Activities At Rushmere Park

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Rushmere Bioblitz Sun 3 June 11am – 4pm

Visit Rushmere Park for a family-fun day of nature activities and guided walks, exploring rare heathland habitats and the wildlife who live there, including a tour of new Heathland Sculpture Trail.

This event is free to attend (though the £3 parking charge still applies) and no booking is required - just turn up!

Find out more.



These events are among over 50 events, activities, exhibitions, talks and competitions taking place as part of Greensand Country Festival (26 May - 3 June) celebrating the distinctive, beautiful and loved countryside along the Greensand Ridge from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay - for more information on this visit www.greensandcountry.com.

The festival is being organised by the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership which is led by the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and The Greensand Trust and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Sundon Rd Closure For Resurfacing

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A temporary road closure of Sundon Road at Chalton is due to take place in the next couple of weeks that will affect traffic journeys between Houghton Regis and Lower Sundon. Diversions will be via Sundon, Marsh Farm, and Streatley.

Road:Sundon Road, Sundon

Application from: Silv Chelaru – 0300 300 4000

Reason:Carriageway resurfacing

Length affected:From jct with Luton Rd to Manor Road 5m past Church Rd junction
Please note there will be no access from Church Rd

Date:The closure was orginally due to take place from Thursday 18th January 2018 to Friday 19th January 2018 between the hours of 0900-1500.
Updated dates: This road closure will now take place from Thursday 31st May to Wednesday 13th June 2018 between the hours of 0900-1500.

Alternative Route:Head south towards Luton Rd/B579, exit onto Toddington Rd/B579, Turn left onto Grange Ave/B579, exit onto Bramingham Rd, exit onto Icknield Way, exit onto Barton Rd/A6
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Barton Rd/A6, exit onto Ch…

Rusty Microwave Oven Saved From Scrap-heap

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When Houghton Regis News Desk posted a question from an anonymous reader, the readers responded in their droves.



The replies came flooding in. We have annonymized the responses here, to save any embarrassment to the original commentators, but these were the actual replies:


The challenge was on to restore the oven. First, an electric sander was used to sand away most of the rust. Then the areas affected were sanded further with emery paper. Next, two layers of surface primer were applied.


Next, two coats of a grey topcoat of Rust-oleum Stove and BBQ Paint with a heat-resistant finish was applied. Microwave ovens, in general, don't get very hot, but this one was actually a combination oven so it would be very hot sometimes. The actual colour wasn't a precise match to the original, but it was good enough.


Over a month later, the original rusty microwave, which incidentally was a combination oven, similar to a model sold in Argos for £90, the combi-oven is working as well as it e…

Call For More Public Electric Car Charging Points

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An interactive map showing electric car charging points shows just a few locations in Houghton Regis and Dunstable. Local campaigner, Alan Winter, thinks there should be more.

"It appears that Houghton Regis and Dunstable may have just 6 public charging points. Councils need to wake up, grab the grant opportunity now. Many drivers in Houghton Regis are hampered from changing over to electric cars because they have no access to a charging point. Some are lucky enough to have a garage, but very few of these on our estates have an electric supply, the best they could hope for is a long lead from the house trailing across the lawns and footpaths and being a hazard to pedestrians in the process."

"The Government currently offers the Electric Vehicle Homecharge scheme (EVHS), for residents to receive a grant towards the installation of domestic charge points at their homes. But to be eligible they must have dedicated off-street parking in the form of a garage or driveway. Ma…

Greensand Country Festival (26 May - 3 June)

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Woollen Woods 2018 26 May – 3 June


This very popular trail returns now for its third year over the May Half Term – a trail featuring knitted woodland creatures native to Bedfordshire.

Find all the knitted figures hiding along the Sculpture Trail and vote for your favourite.

Woollen woods is free to attend (though £3 parking fee applies) - just turn up and enjoy!

Find out more.

This event is among over 50 events, activities, exhibitions, talks and competitions taking place as part of Greensand Country Festival (26 May - 3 June) celebrating the distinctive, beautiful and loved countryside along the Greensand Ridge from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay - for more information on this visit www.greensandcountry.com.

The festival is being organised by the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership which is led by the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and The Greensand Trust and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

SusTrans Big Pedal 2018 Attracts 30 Central Bedfordshire Schools

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Pupils at over 30 schools in Central Bedfordshire recently pedalled an amazing 31,519 scooter and bike journeys to school during the national Big Pedal competition, which ran from 23 April to 4 May. The Big Pedal is a national challenge between schools to get more young people cycling and scooting.

The annual inter-school competition is the largest of its kind, with pupils from schools right across the UK competing against each other. It is open to individual classes, as well as whole schools, and the competition is weighted by school size so that everyone has a fair chance of winning. The greater the proportion who scoot and cycle each day, the more points their school earns. A school’s best five days determine their final position. Alternatively, they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish, or just take part in one day. Participating schools were also entered into daily prize draws for rewards that included bike stunt shows and cycle equipment.

Top of the table this year was…

Third Anniversary Celebrations at Go Houghton

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Go Houghton celebrated their third-anniversary party last week by asking guests to turn up in Wild West outfits.

The go-to venue was created by gutting the former Dog & Duck pub, in Parkside Drive, enlarging its footprint, and creating a unique place for award-winning cuisine in Houghton Regis.

Resident and customer Alan Lock, who has lived in Houghton Regis since 1979 and witnessed the old Dog and Duck being built, said: “Thank you for giving us our community back. The Dog and Duck was a community pub, with music every night and I can see the ghosts of the old customers now around the bar. I never thought this site would work as a restaurant but it does and it has given us back a place to meet and be a community again.”

The owner, Kishor Patel, in turn, thanked the community and his loyal staff for backing the venture. “Without our staff and customers, we would not have what we have today, which is a thriving and award-winning business.”

The awards include,  Trip Advisor Certific…

All The Fun Of The Fair Complements Houghton Hall Park Open Day

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From making poppy flower seed bombs (above), to carvery sculptures, to Heritage Walks and heritage slides shows, on to planting vegetables in the Kitchen Garden, and live music at the Houghton Hall Park Pavilion, it was all making for a great afternoon in the sunshine as these photographs were taken by HRND editor, Alan Winter.

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This woodpecker was carved out and is set to be found a place in the eastern woodland. Look out for it on your next walk around the Park.


On The Green by Houghton Regis's East End, the fair was in full swing and attracting hundreds for an afternoon of fun.













Activity Weekend At The Green and Houghton Hall Park

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- Events For Houghton Hall Park and The Green 19th & 20th May
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Houghton Regis Town Council has recently furnished the Village Green's old Basketball Area with an adult outside gym and children play area. It will be officially opened on Saturday 19th May 2018, the date of the Royal Wedding. Nearby a newly purchased portable beacon will be erected and lit as part of the celebration day, with refreshments being served in the Pavilion on The Green. And on Sunday 20th May, the larger Houghton Hall Park behind the privately owned Houghton Hall, has an official Open Day. A busy schedule is offered. See the programme at bottom of this article.

The adult play equipment comes with instructions on how to use it properly, but users are advised to do so at their own risk. The equipment is intended for people over the age of 14.


Close by, the Town Council have also added solid table tennis tables, as a permanent feature but you'll need to take along your…
Houghton Regis local news, events, council news, going on in Houghton Regis and nearby villages, Bedfordshire, UK. Editor Alan Winter