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Check out the latest Parish Council newsletter - 4 full pages of news and information! Don't forget to scroll down to get the full experience! (Click below for the details.)
Half term at the Higgins, Bedford (click below for more information).
Collage Conversations with local artist Kemi Onabule: Imagine the portraits could talk, what would you chat about together? Create a portrait collage with a difference.
Communications And Engagement Adviser Vacancy At Bedfordshire Fire And Rescue Service COMMUNICATIONS & ENGAGEMENT ADVISER (MATERNITY COVER) Service Headquarters, Kempston 37 hours per week £29,055 rising to £33,136 per annum (plus 10% standby allowance) 12 Month Fixed Term Contract The role of Communications and Engagement Adviser provides an excellent opportunity for the right person to demonstrate their creative talents in providing high quality media and reporting in dynamic and challenging scenarios. This role involves creating effective published content ranging from local and national media releases, social media campaigns and videos to promote our life-saving work and safety advice across our communities. Your skills in producing engaging and exciting materials should look to motivate people to be safer at home, on the roads and in other hazardous situations, as well as promoting the Service’s operational response work of extinguishing fires, rescuing people from road traffic collisions and other incidents. You will assist colleagues in creating their own content and building their social media presence, becoming a source of content highlighting the positive work of the Service. You will undertake internal communications across our organisation to ensure key management messages are communicated effectively, producing a weekly staff newsletter, managing and developing the Service’s intranet, improving communication systems and reporting on their success, and generally assisting staff in keeping informed. This post is for a twelve month period of maternity cover, after which a review will take place on any required extension. This is a public-facing role and it is essential to have the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English. For full details and to apply please visit https://www.bedsfire.gov.uk/Careers/Support-Staff-Recruitment.aspx Completed application forms must be submitted by 12 noon on 4th March 2019. Interviews are planned for week commencing 12th March 2019. We are an equal opportunities employer that welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Message Sent By Ellie Francis (Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Human Resources Officer, Bedfordshire) ... See more
Monthly update from Bedford Borough Council. (Click below for details)
Working in partnership with SMART, who run the Prebend Day Centre and extended outreach services, the Council is providing the beds, which are available every night until 31 March.
Emergency Temporary Road Closure – Highfield Road in Oakley Road: Highfield Road in Oakley Length Affected: From the roundabout adjoining the A6 northbound exit/entry slip to Pavenham Road, Oakley. Contact/Applicant: For further information please contact Rebecca Hardman of Centurion Site Services, Tel: 0113 277 5360. Reason for Closure: To repair failing bridge. Dates: This emergency temporary road closure is anticipated to be in operation 24 hours a day for up to 16 days from Monday 11th February 2019 to Tuesday 26th February 2019 inclusive. Signed Alternative Routes: Proceed along the northbound A6 entry slip to join the A6 northbound and continue to junction with New Road, Milton Ernest. Turn left into New Road, continue to junction with Radwell Road, turn right, continue on Radwell Road and Bridge End, Radwell. Bear left and continue along Felmersham Road, Radwell, then Radwell Road, Felmersham, and then The High Road, Felmersham, to Felmersham Bridge, Sharnbrook. Continue along Felmersham Bridge to Odell Road, Sharnbrook. Turn left and continue along Odell Road, Sharnbrook, and then High Street, Odell, to Odell Road, Odell. Turn left and continue along Odell Road, Odell, then Odell Road, Harrold, then Carlton Road, Harrold, then Bridgend, Carlton, and then Pavenham Road, Carlton, to High Street, Pavenham. Turn left and continue along High Street, then Bedford Road, Pavenham, and then Pavenham Road, Oakley, to site. The opposite alternative route is the reverse of the above until joining the A6 southbound. After joining the A6 southbound, continue to Bedford Road, Oakley, and then exit the A6. Continue along Bedford Road to the roundabout adjoining Highfield Road, Oakley. Take the 2nd exit and continue along Highfield Road to site. ... See more
Message From Biogen As you are aware the Westwood plant recycles food waste to produce renewable electricity for the national grid. The biofertiliser produced as part of the process is rich in nutrients and good use is made of it by applying it to farmland. We spread the biofertiliser twice a year and we are now approaching the first spreading season. How is it spread and will it smell? We spread the biofertiliser using an applicator which trails the product directly onto the soil for maximum crop growth and to minimise the impact of any odour. Every effort will be made to ensure minimal disturbance to local residents. The biofertiliser has an odour, as does any other fertiliser or manure. Weather conditions play an important role in odour management and every effort will be made to ensure that spreading will only take place under favourable weather conditions. These will be continually monitored throughout the spreading period. Why use biofertiliser? This type of fertiliser is better for the crop and better for the environment as it replaces the need for chemical based fertilisers. In Autumn 2013, the biofertiliser produced at the Westwood plant was certified under an industry wide standard by Organic Farmers and Growers to be of a consistent quality under the BSI PAS 110 scheme. This means that the product has met a series of tests which prove the quality and agronomic benefits of our biofertiliser. We are committed to being the best neighbour and take your concerns seriously. Over past years we have invested a considerable amount on measures to improve fertiliser spreading and reduce odour and will continue to look at how we can improve in this area. Your feedback is invaluable and can help us adapt our operations where necessary. If you have any further queries regarding any of the above or experience any problems during the spreading of the biofertiliser, please do not hesitate to contact us either by email at email@example.com or by phone on 0844 3267 251, for out of hours please call 0844 8480 654. Yours faithfully Kate Lister Compliance Director ... See more
North Hub Burglaries Dear Residents I am sorry to report that the North Hub (Bedford Borough and what used to be Mid Beds local authority area) has seen a sharp rise in burglaries in the last fortnight – 45 compared to the previous fortnight where 33 burglaries were reported. North Hub is a very large area so we need to apply some proportionality but, as one of your Force Crime Reduction Officers, this sudden increase causes me concern. There is a lot of work going on with regard to investigation and intelligence, and your community teams will be available to provide advice and reassurance, but I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that just a quick review of their own home security all goes towards making crime more difficult to commit. Many measures can be carried out quite quickly and with little cost. If you have any queries regarding home security, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Kind regards 2484 Lara Curtayne Force Crime Reduction Officer ... See more
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1) Plan! Planning is really powerful when you are trying to make any change so if you want to exercise more, work out when you will fit it in
Half-Term at Bedford Borough Libraries It’s time to get crafty at Bedford Borough’s libraries this half- term. Bedford Central and the four branch libraries are all holding arts and crafts sessions for kids throughout half-term, with each library having a different theme. It’s all dinosaurs and dragons at Bedford Central Library, with sessions building dragon models, and making bookmarks and crowns, and dinosaur masks and window decorations. Bromham Library is going medieval, with craft sessions including design a sword and create a ‘castle door scene’. It’s off to space at Kempston Library, with a chance to create a solar system for your window, or make a flying rocket using straws. Everyone’s a superhero at Wootton Library, where kids can make a superhero mask, take part in the superhero treasure hunt, and make a superhero themed glider. Finally, at Putnoe Library it’s all happening with music crafts, create your own carnival mask, and royal court crafts. Cllr Sarah- Jayne Gallagher, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said “There are a huge variety of craft sessions happening across our libraries this half-term. This is a great chance to visit your local library, with opportunities for your kids to try something new and get creative.” Visit www.bedford.gov.uk/libraries and click the ‘What’s On For Children’ link to find out more details. ... See more
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February Half-Term at The Higgins Bedford There is plenty happening at The Higgins Bedford this half-term with workshops, portrait collage making, creating abstract art, and pop-art printing. On Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th February, there will be creative art and science workshops inspired by the current ‘We Are Five’ exhibition, which celebrates five years since The Higgins Bedford was redeveloped. Local artist Kemi Onabule will be running a ‘Collage Conversations’ workshop on Tuesday 12th February, inviting children to imagine that portraits could talk and what they could talk about together, while creating a portrait collage with a difference. Little Science Labs will be hosting ‘Abstract Chromatography’ on Wednesday 13th February, where children can experiment with chromatography and create an abstract art work. Then on Friday 15th February, local artist Katie Allen will be running a ‘Pop-Art Printing’ workshop, taking inspiration from Andy Warhol and creating pop-art prints. Cllr Sarah-Jayne Gallagher, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said “The Higgins Bedford is a great place to take the kids during half-term, right in the heart of our town centre. Not only are there fascinating exhibitions to explore, but a variety of different sessions and workshops where they can try something new.” All workshops start at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, cost £3 per child and are aimed at 5 to 13 year olds. They can be booked by visiting The Higgins Bedford. Find out more at www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk ... See more