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Special Moments Recreated as Former Flamingo Keeper visits ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Octogenarian Leslie Wesson, a former zookeeper at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo paid a visit to his former workplace this week and recreated some special moments from his time there.     86-year-old  Leslie Wesson  took a trip down memory lane at the UK’s largest zoo, visiting the zoo’s penguin colony and flock of flamingos – species he used to care for in his zookeeping days.  The veteran-keeper was keen to get stuck in and helped feed the colony of rockhopper penguins their lunch.    The former keeper, who now lives in Essex, shared a black and white image of himself in the 1950s, walking two of the Zoo’s flamingos to their winter quarters - he was pictured again this week saying hello to the flamingo flock 70 years later.     Owen Craft, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Chief Operating Officer said; “We were so pleased to welcome Leslie along with his family back to our Zoo many years after his zookeeping days, and it was wonderful to hear some of the stories he shared.     “It’s been a tough period for us

It Was A Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah-Day in Houghton Regis

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ONCE UPON A TIME…DISNEY PARTY A BOX OFFICE SMASH AT HOUGHTON REGIS STAFF at the Houghton Regis Community Care scheme* created a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah-Day for the individuals they support when they threw a Disney-themed party.  Carers at the residential home for disabled adults with complex care needs joined in dressing as princes and princesses from Snow White, Cinderella, and other classic movies.  Proving that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true, staff also turned one of the rooms at the home into an enchanted ballroom, where residents danced and enjoyed music from dozens of Disney films.  Bouchra Izzar, service manager, said, “The staff are really creative and come up with lots of themed party ideas.  “We hold parties quite often, which has been especially good during lockdown to help us entertain the individuals we support. You can see just how happy they are by their faces.”  During the pandemic, other events at the home included an NHS Carers party, where everyone wor

CBC Approves Plans for Employment Buildings At Corner Plot on Thorn Turn

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Councillors at Central Bedfordshire Council today approved a plan to establish speculative employment buildings on Thorn Road. The site could operate up to 24 hours a day. It's close to the junction with the A5 dual carriageway in the north of Houghton Regis parish. The site is next to the large A5 roundabout, entrance to be on Thorn Road Listen to the recording for the complete details of the proceedings: Development Management Committee - Wednesday, 25th August 2021 at 10:00am - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting An outline ‘hybrid’ planning application was passed in 2015 and that included this site for employment uses with perimeter buildings marked in purple. The site currently comprises an area of vacant grassland, with employment buildings to the south and south-east and a residential estate to the east.  The proposed development would have a single vehicular access point, via Thorn Road. The application would provide 104 car parking spaces and

Help is there for anyone who wants to help litter pick

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Whether you're fed up with seeing litter and small fly-tips around you, or just want to do something to raise the profile of your street or your neighbourhood, to make it a better place to live, our local councils can provide that little help you might need. Central Bedfordshire Council told us, “We support communities to organise and participate in local litter picks in the following ways:  Promotion of the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean (GBSC) through town and parish councils and support to Town and Parish Council’s to organise local litter picking groups and events. Arrange the collection of litter collected from GBSC and non-GBSC litter pick events if we’re advised in advance.  Issue guidance to volunteer litter pickers. Ward Cllr grant scheme – groups interested in litter picking and in need of equipment could approach their ward councillor for a grant. Find your CBC Houghton Regis councillors here:  Houghton Hall , Parkside , and Tithe Farm Central Bedford

PCC launches prevention-based approach Police and Crime Plan

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Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Festus Akinbusoye has this week launched his Police and Crime Plan for 2021 – 2024. The Commissioner spoke with members of the public, colleagues and partners to help with his research to help shape the final plan.  This research influenced the topics and these were tested through a survey with the public from 5th July to 1st August in which almost 1000 residents and partners completed. Mr Akinbusoye said “My number one priority is the safety of each of our residents – irrespective of whether they live in our busy urban settings, growing market towns or rural communities. Therefore, this Police and Crime Plan sets out a vision that delivers for all of Bedfordshire, with a strong emphasis on crime prevention, victim care and visible community policing”. The Police and Crime plan is broken down into seven priority areas as detailed below: Investment in community-based and community-led policing for urban and rural areas. Recruitment and re

PCC claims priorities for his first 100 days have been met

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Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Festus Akinbusoye marked the launch of his 100-day report at an official event this week where he also highlighted his Police and Crime Plan for 2021 – 2024. Commenting on the report, the Commissioner said, “A key focus of mine and the team has been getting out and about in the community, meeting partners, residents, local businesses and our young people in school settings. Critically, I also wanted to ensure that our fantastic officers and staff know they have a Police and Crime Commissioner who values them and wants to make our police service one of the best to work in.” He further added, “Based on the energy, team spirit and partnership working I’ve experienced over the last 100 days, I am confident for the future”. On reaching the end of his first 100 days, the PCC detailed his office's progress against the pledges and priorities set out in his manifesto alongside the collaborative work with partners. Partners and the public atte

Central Bedfordshire Council scoops four prizes at the National Children and Young People Awards

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Shortlisted in six categories, Central Bedfordshire Council’s Children’s Services team scooped four awards at the National Children and Young People Awards. Held on 28 July, the 2020 awards ceremony was postponed due to Covid-19 but with restrictions easing the team were able to attend the rescheduled ceremony in person to collect their awards. Rebecca Gooch and Chloe Lovell won the Wellbeing Award , which recognised their work to promote good wellbeing for children and young people throughout the pandemic. Both worked to support children and their families and other professionals to recognise the importance of wellbeing in promoting positive mental health.  Carol Stewart won the Leaving Care Award  after the judges recognised her commitment to helping young people leaving care to transition to adulthood with the skills and support to have the best possible start. In the Children and Families Social Worker Award category, the team did the double and took both the winning spot a

All homes sold at Bidwell development

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The final homes at Chalk Fields in Bidwell have now been sold, with construction set to finish this autumn. When complete, the Ashberry Homes development will comprise 88 new properties, including 64 for private sale and 24 affordable homes for rent or shared ownership. Located off Thorn Road, the development features a range of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes with private gardens and either off-street parking or a garage. A computer-generated image of homes at Chalk Fields, Bidwell Ashberry Homes is continuing to build in Bedfordshire, with new homes currently under construction at the housebuilder’s Sycamore Avenue development in Bedford. Emma Thomson, Sales Manager at Ashberry Homes, said, “Chalk Fields is an attractive development in a highly desirable and well-connected location on the edge of Houghton Regis. “We have delivered a wide variety of high-quality homes to cater for people at different stages of the property ladder, and the development has proved extremely po

'Don't Put Your Garden Waste Out Yet', Asks Council

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The suspension of garden waste collections across Central Bedfordshire will remain in place until further notice. The council does not anticipate this service resuming in August, due to ongoing and significant LGV driver shortages. Central Bedfordshire Council thank all our residents who are impacted by the suspension for their patience and ask them to continue to bear with us, whilst work is undertaken to resolve the disruption. The council is asking all residents to not leave their garden waste bins out for collection during this time. For now, the council and FCC are continuing to prioritise crews and drivers to focus on the collection of critical household waste such as clinical waste, residual waste (black bin) and dry recycling collections – all of which remain unaffected. Like many local authorities – both locally and nationally - Central Bedfordshire has been significantly affected by a national shortage of LGV drivers as well as staff needing to self-isolate due to the ong

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