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Thumbelina Auditions - 14th and 17th August 2022

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If you've ever fancied playing a Dame or a Fairy; a Fish or a Toad then come along to TADS Theatre, Conger Lane, Toddington on 14th August at 2pm or Wednesday 17th August at 7pm to Audition for this years Pantomime THUMBELINA. There will be singing and acting auditions for all roles and we hope to fully cast on the 17th August so that we can let everyone know on the 18th/19th August. Before the audition please listen to and familiarise yourself with the following numbers if relevant to you: Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and The Waves - All Cast Popular from the Musical Wicked - Dame  Daisies by Katy Perry - Thumbelina  The panto runs for 6 performances over the weekends of the 2nd and 9th December - so please check you are available on these dates before auditioning.  Cast members will also be asked to help with set building on dates that will be agreed closer to the time.  If you want to audition please let us know on the email below. We look forward to welcoming as many of you a

Houghton Regis’ Newest Care Home Development Welcomes Mayor at Topping Out Ceremony

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Houghton Regis’ latest luxury care home development, Thorn Springs, welcomed Councillor Yvonne Farrell in a ceremonial ‘topping out’, as the newly built home progresses towards it’s opening in October this year. Thorn Springs, located on Collie Place in Houghton Regis, has benefitted from a £12m investment and will be provider Ideal Carehomes 31st home. It will provide 24-hour residential and dementia care for its residents, as well as bring 65 jobs to the area, once fully staffed. Councillor Farrell, Mayor of Houghton Regis, was greeted at the ceremony by Ideal Carehomes’ Commissioning Director, Maria Taylor. They were joined by Estates Manager, Ben Parker, and Site Manager, Zeb Massey. The Mayor was given a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities, which will include 66 spacious bedrooms with en-suite wet rooms, a cinema room, a hair salon, a tea room and a luxurious Sky Bar. She said, “Thorn Springs in Bidwell West is bright and well laid out, with quality fixtures and fittings, and

£1,023,932 funding boost to make streets safer in Bedfordshire

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Bedfordshire will receive £1,023,932 of new funding from the latest £50 million round of the Government’s Safer Streets Fund. The extra funding will go towards police forces, councils, and community groups – providing extra CCTV and streetlighting, protecting women and girls, and tackling neighbourhood crime. The fourth round brings the total awarded through the Safer Streets Fund and the Safety of Women at Night Fund to £125 million – making our streets safer and preventing violence against women and girls.   Andrew Selous MP has welcomed the additional £1,023,932 awarded to Bedfordshire through the fourth round of the Government’s Safer Streets Fund, which will help to make streets safer through projects to crack down on neighbourhood crimes and prevent violence against women and girls.   This additional funding, part of the £50 million from the latest round of the Safer Streets Fund, will go towards measures proven to cut crime, including extra CCTV and streetlighting in communities

Work completes on new Thornhill Primary School building

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• Thornhill Primary School have been handed the keys to their new state-of-the-art teaching block, paving the way for pupils to start lessons in the building from the new term in September.    The new block, built as part of Central Bedfordshire Council’s New School Places Programme, will see the Houghton Regis school increase its capacity from 210 pupils to 630. This will mean Thornhill Primary can meet the future demand for new school places forecast with the emerging housing growth of Houghton Regis North 1 and 2 (the Linmere Development).    From September, when the new academic year begins, the teaching block will accommodate junior school year groups 2 to 6 up to a capacity of 450 pupils, while the existing school building will accommodate infant school year groups from nursery to year 1, with a total capacity of 180 pupils. There is also a nursery for 2–4-year-olds on the current site.   Peter McGann (Ashe), Bernice Waite (Headteacher Thornhil

New Electric Vehicle charging scheme trialled in Central Bedfordshire

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• A new Central Bedfordshire Council initiative is making the charging of electric vehicles at home safer and easier for residents without off-street parking. A pilot scheme at 20 locations across Central Bedfordshire is making owning an electric vehicle a more realistic option for residents without a drive or garage. A specially designed cable channel, called the Gul-e, has enabled 20 residents who need to park their electric vehicles on the street outside their homes to safely connect to their electricity supply. The channel in the pavement means the charging cable between their home and car will not cause a trip or slip hazard for pedestrians. Cllr Steve Dixon, Executive Member for Sustainability and Transformation, said, “We have all witnessed the recent unbearable hot weather that is linked to climate change, and we need to do something about it if we are to help prevent extreme weather-related events in the future. “One way we can help is to switch from CO2 emitting p

Central Bedfordshire flies the flag with some of the country’s best parks

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Six parks and open spaces in Central Bedfordshire have today been recognised as being amongst the best in the country in the UK’s National Green Flag Awards 2022.  Houghton Hall Park and Rushmere Country Park have received the prestigious Green Flag award, which is globally renowned as a hallmark of quality and helps to attract visitors from across the country. Whilst Flitton Moor, Linslade Wood, Studham Common, and Tiddenfoot Waterside Park all received the Green Flag Community award. Councillor Tracey Stock, Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing and Communities for Central Bedfordshire Council, said, “This is a fantastic achievement, and I want to thank all the staff and hard-working volunteers that continue to put in so much time and effort to make our local parks and open spaces so special and enjoyable. “Our parks and open spaces are so important for everyone’s physical and mental health as they are great places to exercise or relax with family or friends. Achieving this Green

Setback for Town's Cemetery Provision

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Burial site; Houghton Regis; cemetery On Monday this week a Houghton Regis Town Council committee met and concluded that a site owned by Central Bedfordshire Council in Houghton Regis would not be suitable for the town's needs as a cemetery. The Council will continue to search for other sites and to present these for initial consideration to CDS in due course. Land at Grendall Lane, north of Houghton Regis Chalk Pit A report  to the Council relayed back to the New Cemetery Sub-Committee said that contractors CDS had 'thoughts and concerns'. These  'thoughts and concerns' amounted to: the northern half of the site being unsuitable under current statutory guidelines for a cemetery. the steeper southern sector of the site would be too steep without remedial work for burials to take place. The contractor suggested that to mitigate the issues of de-watering there was the possibility of introducing water pumping systems etc, and these works might cost up to £1m with ongo

In Photos: Linmere: AMP1

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By HRND editor. AMP1, or Area Master Plan 1, is a tranche of land being developed to the northeast of Houghton Regis. That is where these photographs were taken. The housing plots are complemented by a new Linmere Park where sports and other recreation can occur. A small BMX track and climbing frame are included to add to the variety of play opportunities for young people. For all generations, an established footpath leading east to west is being improved, leading to a pedestrian overbridge towards Chalton, and the Chalgrave Greenway.  Water retention ponds have been made a feature, not only to hold excess water at certain times of the year but to create an eye-pleasing centre of interest at all times of the year. Last week, an exhibition was held to develop "AMP4", the area west of AMP1 and north of Tite Farm Recreation Ground. To ensure that the old and new parts of Houghton Regis become more integrated, many of the existing north-south pathways across the old fields are be

Gritters get a summer run out

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If you see a gritter out on the Central Bedfordshire roads today, don’t worry the heat hasn’t sent you crazy and we arere not expecting snow! But they are out and about helping to keep the roads safe and moving. Usually, Central Bedfordshire Council’s fleet of gritters can be seen keeping the roads safe from snow and ice in the colder months, but this week it’s the extreme heatwave that has seen their drivers pick up the keys to the gritters again. Temperatures in our area are predicted to reach a high of over 40C this week and this could affect the condition of the road surface. When road temperatures become too hot with the surface exceeding 50C they can begin to melt and cause damage. By  spreading a light dusting of crushed stone , instead of salt, it helps soak up excess tar and reduces the likelihood of road surfaces melting. Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Service, said: “Our road surfaces are resilient, but the temperatures predicted are unprecedented in this

Really Hot in Bedfordshire Later This Week!

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The Met Office has extended an Amber Extreme heat warning, as temperatures look to build later this week and early next week for much of England and Wales. The Amber warning, which has been issued for Sunday (17 July) and Monday (18 July), highlights likely adverse health effects for the public, not just limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat. Temperatures could be in excess of 35°C in the southeast, and more widely around 32°C within the warning area. These high temperatures could extend further into next week and an extension of the warning will be considered in the coming days.  

Local housebuilder donates a wormery to school

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Soil provides 99% of the food that we consume, but with over-fertilisation and pesticides contaminating the precious resource, the quality of our soil is rapidly degenerating.*  To coincide with Learn About Composting Day , a local housebuilder has donated a compost wormery to Thornhill Primary School. This is helping to teach the children about composting and enrichment of the quality of soil.  The builders are Barratt David Wilson Homes, now building at the Linmere development of  Betony Meadow  in Houghton Regis. The pupils have since set up the wormery and are enjoying learning about the process of composting. Worm composting is an efficient method of turning food and garden waste into nutrient-rich compost which can help improve the quality of soil when added in. The worms produce two different types of compost – vermicompost, which looks like traditional fertiliser, and worm tea, which is a liquid fertiliser rich in nutrients and enzymes. Barratt David Wilson North Thames donated

Linmere AMP4 Exhibition Ahead

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Linmere are moving ahead with plans for AMP4, the next tranche of land to be developed between Tithe Farm and the A5 dual carriageway, in Houghton Regis. Public are invited to attend an exhibition to be held on Thursday 14th July from 12.30 to 5.30 pm at Linmere Farmstead, Huckett Street (off Sundon Road and next to the new Lidl), Houghton Regis, LU5 5GX.

Go ahead given for new leisure centre building in Houghton Regis

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A new leisure centre for Houghton Regis was given planning permission, today, during a Development Management Committee meeting at Central Bedfordshire Council. Visualisation of new leisure centre The application( * ) did not include a hall for large-scale sports, although it did include landscaping and 236 parking spaces, 52  cycle  parking  spaces, demolition of the existing building and the construction of a new facility to include an eight-lane 25-metre swimming pool , a dedicated learner pool , a confidence pool , a fitness suite , an exercise studio and two squash courts .  Development Management Committee - Wednesday, 6th July 2022 at 9:30am - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting The site is in close proximity to bus stops. Within the building will be a café , a   community space,  a creche,  a children’s outdoor play-zone, and an outdoor fitness trail and public area.  The project benefits from a £20m Government Levelling Up Fund grant toward the £25m project. T

New community art project commissioned for Houghton Regis

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Central Bedfordshire Council has commissioned a permanent piece of artwork for the ground floor lobby at the new Independent Living Scheme - All Saints View in Houghton Regis.   The London-based artist, Emily Tracy, has been selected to produce this display - which is set to be unveiled in December 2022. Emily specialises in site-specific installation and public art projects so is the perfect fit for the job. Emily will be asking the residents of Houghton Regis: ‘what do you hold dear?’ and use these suggestions in the collection of items which reflect Houghton Regis stories, creating a community piece of art called: What Do We Hold Dear?  Your Suggestions, Please The community will be asked to focus their suggestions around the history of Houghton Regis and any objects which are significant to the residents; young, old and those from passed generations. Its installation will be accompanied with audio recordings accessed by QR codes made through conversations and reflection.   Over th