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A reminder that there will be no bus service today or tomorrow (16th & 17th June) in Lodge Road, Templars Way or Swan High Street or opposite the post office. You need to go to Church Lane or High Street North to get the bus to Bedford or Rushden etc. Buses are single deckers and running through Souldrop in both directions. This is due to the Anglian Water works in Kennell Hill. Back to normal Monday 18th June. Please call me if in any doubt. Regards Doug McMurdo Sharnbrook Ward Councillor 07966 935 394 ... See more
New Car Park for Bedford Town Centre- Now Open Following improvement works, a new public car park has now opened south of the river at St Mary's Gardens. This investment has seen an existing car park between Borough Hall and Bedford College greatly improved and now open to the public creating more parking, including 3 disabled spaces, just over the river from our town centre. St Mary's Gardens is a lovely and underused stretch of our riverside, and with the new footbridge linking to Riverside Bedford this car park will make it even easier for people, particularly from south of the river, to visit our thriving town centre. Mayor Dave Hodgson said "Our town centre has seen increased footfall for the last four years in a row and this car park will make it even easier for people to visit and enjoy all it has to offer. In addition to the array of free parking offers we've introduced, new facilities and upgrades for existing ones are designed to make it convenient, safe and affordable to park in Bedford. Meanwhile, this new public car park will provide an attractive and accessible option just across the river from Riverside Bedford and the town centre, especially for those from the south of the town." ... See more
SHARED LIVES WEEK 2018 Shared Lives Week is taking place from Friday 15th to Sunday 24th June 2018. The focus of this year's Shared Lives Week is to raise awareness and support for our valued Shared Lives carers across the Borough. The Shared Lives service works with people aged 16 years and over who have learning disabilities to assist them to access greater everyday life opportunities within the local community. Shared Lives carers share their home and family life with a person who has support needs. Shared Lives carers do amazing work and enrich the lives of the individuals they support as well as the communities they live in. This can be long term support or a short break by having support and access to community events like going to the cinema or for a walk and chat. Cllr Anthony Forth, Portfolio Holder for Adult Services and Operational Housing said: "Sharing your home and life with an adult with learning disabilities, through Shared Lives can improve outcomes for the individual and can have a wealth of positive experiences for all involved. You could make a real difference to someone's life. I encourage anyone interested to get in touch with our Shared Lives team." Are you interested in becoming a Shared Lives Carer? If you want to know more about Shared Lives in Bedford, our Shared Lives team will be sharing information about the service at the following locations: Monday 18th June 11am-3pm - Bedford central library Tuesday 19th June 10am -4pm- Putnoe library Thursday 21st June 10am -2pm -Tesco Riverfield Drive On Saturday 23rd June 2018 (11-2pm), to celebrate Shared Lives Week, a Shared Lives Tea Party organised jointly by Bedford Borough, Luton, Milton Keynes and Central Bedfordshire Councils. It will take place at Flitwick village hall, MK45 1HP. People interested in becoming carers are welcome to come along. Alternatively, visit http://www.bedford.gov.uk/sharedlives or call our Shared Lives Bedford team on 01234 228560, alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org ... See more
Just One Month To Go Until Bedford River Festival 2018! This year's River Festival is fast approaching with the event taking place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July, celebrating its 40th Anniversary. 2016's Festival saw over a quarter of a million people come to Bedford's beautiful riverside, with events expanding down the river this year with St Mary's Gardens opposite Riverside Bedford getting in on the action. With just one month to go there is still time to get involved in the Parade which this year will follow a new route covering even more of the town centre. The Parade will be led by the Bedford Pipe Band, and vehicles will again be permitted so groups can walk or organise a float. To find out more, visit www.bedford.gov.uk/riverfestival There is plenty happening on the water too with boat parades, a river swim, inflatable animal race, Jet Boots displays, a canoe river cruise, and paddleboard racing. There will also be lots of opportunities to come and have a go at new activities at the Sports Village and Watersports Arena. There are twenty six teams signed up for the Dragonboat races and twenty five teams signed up for the Raft Races, but there are still places available. Around the Embankment will see a WW1 Heritage Village, funfairs and plenty of live music and events on six separate stages across the site. There will also be plenty of stalls to browse, with food from around the world, displays from Bedford College, Made in Bedford and the Artists Network as well as a marquee hosting The Higgins Bedford. Mayor Dave Hodgson said "This year's River Festival will be the biggest ever, but despite its growth over the last forty years it still retains its unique character and community spirit. There is so much to enjoy at this free community event, from the spectacle of the boats on the river, to the stalls and activities on the riverside to the fireworks lighting up the sky above. As ever the event will be all about the people and groups taking part, and there are still opportunities to get involved, including in the Carnival Parade and the river races." Programmes are available from the Customer Contact Centre, Borough Hall, the Borough's libraries, or The Higgins Bedford. For more information visit www.bedford.gov.uk/riverfestival. ... See more
Dont Risk Using An Unregistered Electrician One in five residents in the East of England are likely to hire an unregistered electrician, for the purpose of saving money, a recent survey found, don’t be one of them! The national survey, by Electrical Safety First, asked people to choose between hiring a registered electrician and an unregistered electrician to fit new wiring or install a new fuse box in their homes. This type of work can lead to catastrophic consequences if done incorrectly, including lethal electric shock or fire. Twenty-one per cent admitted they would choose an unregistered electrician for a cash saving. The Charity also asked local residents how significant the saving would have to be for them to choose an unregistered professional. More than a third (38%) said they’d be happy with a saving of anything under £100. More alarmingly, national findings reveal some people would be prepared to risk the electrical safety of their homes for a saving of £5 or less. These are relatively small savings compared to the hundreds of pounds it could cost to correct hazardous work. Another worrying finding is that across the UK, 16.4 million people have had to take matters into their own hands to fix shoddy work left by their electrician, with an average repair bill of £750. A staggering £2.4 billion has been spent correcting substandard work across the UK, the Charity estimates. Electrical Safety First regularly receives queries from the public about how and where to find an electrician to do work in their homes. The safety Charity recommends that all electrical work is carried out by a registered electrician who will have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to avoid the potentially devastating consequences of electrical work. Our view is that electrical work is amongst the most dangerous type of work to undertake in the home or by businesses. Hiring someone who isn’t up to the job, can produce catastrophic results, not only causing a risk to the lives of those using the electrical equipment but possibly causing a fire which could destroy the property and threaten the lives of those living or working there. Sadly, time and time again people put themselves in serious danger because they simply don’t understand how lethal electrical installation work can be, and also because they don’t know how to find someone competent for the job. People can easily find a registered electrician in their local area by visiting www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/find-an-electrician/ . By choosing a registered electrician you will be protected by their insurance should something go wrong. They will have met strict qualification requirements, are regulated by the UK Government, regularly assessed, and legally required to work to certain safety standards. When the work is finished you will receive an Electrical Installation Certificate to prove the work meets UK standards, and also a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate that confirms the work meets the Building Regulations. You can’t always rely on “trusted trade” websites either, as some bad tradesman have slipped through the net, a recent BBC investigation found some advertising online without any experience. We recommend that you use an electrician registered with one of the government-approved schemes. You can find a registered electrician in your local area by visiting www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/find-an-electrician/ . Please stay safe when having electrical work done. Get more advice from our website: www.bedsfire.gov.uk/Community-safety/Home-safety/Electrical-safety.aspx Message Sent By Mark Hustwitt (Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Communications and Engagement Manager, Bedfordshire) ... See more
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Come and Adopt with Bedford Borough Council Bedford Borough Council is asking people from black and ethnic minority communities to consider adoption. Facts and figures from adoption agencies across the country have shown that children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds often wait longer to be adopted and find their forever family. While these children may wait longer, black adopters often find a match with their child or children sooner. Adoption can offer children who may have had a difficult start the opportunity to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives with their new families and give adoptive parents the chance to begin or complete their family. Cllr Shan Hunt, Portfolio Holder for Children's Social Care said "There are lots of considerations within the matching process for adoption, including ethnicity, and we are always looking to encourage people to consider adoption. Lots of people are able to adopt, and we looking for people who can offer a loving stable home to children who may have had a difficult start in life." If you'd like to find out more about adoption, staff can answer any questions to help you decide if you'd like to start your adoption journey. Just give us a call on 01234 718718 to book onto our monthly information evening email email@example.com or visit adopt4us.com to download an information pack. ... See more
Bedford’s Big High Street Showcase Brings Biggest Footfall to Town Centre Bedford’s Big High Street Showcase took place on the 2nd June, 2018 along High Street, Mill Street and in the Arcade bringing in the largest footfall of any Saturday so far this year. Over 40 different businesses and local organisation traded outside on the day with many offering services and goods at special event prices. Further attractions included children’s entertainment such as face painting, a climbing wall and funfair rides. The Lady K stage welcomed local talent on its stage featuring choirs, bands, soloists & dancing. Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “The High Street Showcase is intended to promote the town centre and our brilliant local traders, so it’s great news that it attracted the largest Saturday footfall of the year. Thanks to all the groups and volunteers who took part, and to everyone who came along to support their town centre and enjoy the attractions.” For further information, please go to www.bedford.gov.uk/highstreetshowcase or contact Sian Hughes on 01234 276257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ... See more
Lady K Music & Dance Stage- featuring choirs, bands, soloists,ballroom, ballet,swing and street dancing
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Reablement is about giving people over the age of 18 years the opportunity, motivation and confidence to relearn/regain some of the skills they may have lost as a consequence of poor health, disability/impairment or an accident, and to gain skills that will help them to maintain their independence..... ... See more
Proposed Temporary Road Closure - Mill Road, Sharnbrook. I have received a request for a temporary road closure at the above location to facilitate a safety examination of the railway bridge. Having assessed the application I am satisfied the request is justified, so please find details listed below. Details: Road: Mill Road, Sharnbrook. Length Affected: From outside number 61 Mill Road to outside number 26 Mill Road. Contact/Applicant: For further information please contact Louise Pape of Centurion Site Services, Tel: 0113 277 5360. Reason: To facilitate a safety examination of the railway bridge. Dates: This temporary road closure is anticipated to be in operation between 2200hrs Wednesday 27th June 2018 and 0600hrs Thursday 28th June 2018 - Specific dates will be advertised locally closer to the time - Where possible access will be maintained to property and premises but may be restricted from time to time according to local signing. Signed Alternative Routes: Proceed in an easterly direction along Mill Road to the roundabout adjoining the A6. Take the 1st exit and continue along the A6 to Templars Way, Sharnbrook. Turn left and continue to Mill Road, Sharnbrook. Turn left and continue to site, and vice versa. ... See more
On Saturday 30th June, Felmersham Parish is celebrating 200 years of Felmersham Bridge. This is an open event so anyone who wishes to come along will be more than welcome to do so; advertising boards are to be placed by the bridge and an advert will go out on Facebook with respect to details and times’. Please see: Page 6 of Ouse News http://www.felmersham.net/ousenewsarchive/ousenews-2018/ousenews-jun18.pdf As it is in fact in Sharnbrook Parish, with its ‘south end abutting (Felmersham) parish boundary’ (from the Listing Grade II document), and according to their website was quite controversial when it was built and who should pay for it...er not Sharnbrook! [Please see: history: http://www.felmersham.net/felmersham2.htm ], it would be good to get Sharnbrook Parishioners inspired in the event too! ... See more