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It's a miserable cold January day, why not pop in to the village hall for a free cup of tea or coffee and see what this is all about. Drop in anytime, we'd love to see you. ... See more on this articleSee less on this article

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Fraud Investigation - Blue Badge Enforcement Day





Bedford Borough Council carried out a Blue Badge enforcement morning on Monday 18 December, to check and verify the use of disabled parking permits (Blue Badges) in Bedford and identify any cases of misuse.



Of the 105 Blue Badges checked, 3 badges were seized, 4 badges were identified for further investigation and 2 Penalty Charge Notices were issued.



Cllr Michael Headley Portfolio Holder for Finance said: “Feedback received from genuine Blue Badge holders tells us they are happy to see the Council checking to see that the scheme is not exploited. Breaking these rules takes away vital parking spaces from the people who need them, impeding their access to vital services. Those who commit Blue Badge fraud will face criminal proceedings.”



Fraudulent Blue Badge applications will be investigated by Bedford Borough Council and legal action taken against those who abuse the system.



You can report any concerns regarding the use of Blue Badges to the Council by:



• Calling Freephone number 0800 917 8491

• Visiting the Council’s Customer Care centre in Horne Lane

• Filling in a form online at www.bedford.gov.uk/bluebadge
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Your Brand New Mobile Library is Here!



A new and improved Mobile Library service is here with the launch of a brand new vehicle on the Borough’s roads from today.



The Mobile Library visits communities in every ward across the Borough and welcomes all ages with stock on board to interest everyone. This includes children’s fiction and nonfiction, adult fiction and nonfiction picture books, and spoken word CDs.



The previous vehicle was purchased in 2007 and had done ten years of service. As well as being more efficient, the new state of the art Mobile Library vehicle will be one of only a handful in the country to be equipped with a self-service machine making it even easier for residents to check out books and other media.



Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said “I know how much local residents value the Mobile Library service, and we have worked hard to keep it running and keep every single one of our libraries open. I am delighted that this new vehicle will be making its way across the Borough, taking our fantastic libraries on the road.”
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Road Closure: Park Lane, Sharnbrook.

Length Affected: From the entrance of 'Barley Croft Farm' to the northernmost entrance of 'Millbrook'.

Contact/Applicant: For further information please contact Jason Lynch of Carillion Traffic Management, Tel: 01942 685000.

Reason: To facilitate major repair works to a railway bridge.

Dates: This temporary road closure is anticipated to be in operation 24 hours a day from Monday 29th January 2018 to Sunday 4th February 2018 inclusive - 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 a south-westerly direction along Park Lane to High Street. Turn left and continue along High Street and then Kennell Hill to Templars Way. Turn left and continue to the A6. Turn left and continue to Park Lane. Turn left and continue to site, and vice versa.

Note: Please also refer to the attached plan showing the closure extent and signed alternative routes.

Kind Regards,
Jason Holdsworth.
Highways Technician (Temporary Traffic Management).
Highways & Direct Works,
Bedford Borough Council,
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1 week ago  ·  

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Vehicle Crime
Good morning,

As the PCSO responsible for the Sharnbrook area, I would like to make you all aware that there has been a recent spate of damage to motor vehicles. Please remain vigilant, ensuring that you secure your vehicles as best you an and please do see the below crime prevention information, regarding vehicle security.
LOCKS

If you have a steering wheel lock, then use it. There are many types on the market; the most popular are the ʻthread throughʼ style and the steering wheel shields. Make sure any product bought has the ʻSold Secureʼ brand of approval. You can also but locking wheel clamps – these are especially useful if the vehicle is to be left unattended for a long period (eg, while you are on holiday).

There are now a number of strong boxes that have been designed to fix into the boot of a car or the back of a van. These are particularly useful if you need to transport tools or expensive items as part of your work. If you need to transport tools and equipment as part of your job, empty your vehicle every evening. It is also worth having a sign in your vehicle that states no tools are left in it overnight.

PROPERTY MARKING

Property marking cannot prevent your goods from being stolen but it is a very good deterrent as it is difficult to sell on stolen property that has been marked. It also allows the police to return recovered stolen goods to their rightful owner. Mark your property with your house/flat number and postcode. If your property has a name, use the first 3 letters instead of the house number. Use a UV pen to invisibly mark items such as mobile phones, audio-visual equipment, cameras, etc. Other products on the market are SmartWater and microdot tagging systems. Consider etching your windows and alloy wheels.

ALARMS

Most new cars are fitted with an alarm and immobiliser as standard. However, it is possible to install a higher specification alarm if necessary. These alarms can also be installed in caravans. Please check the alarm you buy has the ʻSold Secureʼ seal of approval.

STEREOS

If you can remove the fascia of your stereo, do so. This is the best way to make your stereo undesirable. You can also secure your stereo by replacing the fixing screws with small gauge clutch-head screws. It makes sense to property mark your stereo and other in-car gadgets, too.

SATELLITE NAVIGATION AND OTHER GPS BASED DEVICES

Some vehicles now have integrated satellite navigation systems but many people buy the stand-alone units that fit to the window on cradle with a plastic sucker pad. If you use one of these items, it is essential you not only remove the device but also the cradle and wipe the
sucker ring mark off the glass. Thieves will be looking for tell-tale
signs of in-car gadgets as they are small enough to pocket and fetch a good price. Remember to check your insurance details – some home

contents policies do not cover satellite navigation systems as they are classed as ʻvehicle accessories'.

YOUR CAR KEYS

Sometimes houses are burgled specifically to get the keys to a
desirable vehicle parked on the drive. When at home, keep your keys out of the line of vision from doors, letter boxes and windows. Donʼt store them in an obvious place, like a drawer in the hallway table or kitchen, or a hook on the back of the door.

PRIVATE PARKING

If you have a garage, clear it out and park the car in it – this will help prevent your car being specifically targeted if it is a desirable make and model. If you own a motorcycle, consider installing a ground anchor and use a sturdy chain and padlock. You can reinforce the security of the garage door by fitting a ʻgarage defenderʼ – this prevents the up and over door from being raised. Garage windows can be obscured with frosted adhesive vinyl – if a burglar canʼt see in, it reduces the temptation to break in. If you can park on a driveway, consider fitting a fold-down or telescopic post. If you own a caravan or trailer, consider installing a hitchlock and post.

Make sure the area where you park your car is well-lit. It the parking area is on private property, you can use a domestic CCTV system. Always empty your vehicle of property and remove the stereo fascia when you park up outside your home.

PUBLIC CAR PARKS

Many multi-storey car parks now have ʻPark Markʼ status. This means they have been built or refurbished with crime reduction in mind. They will have signage displaying their status at the entrances. However, it is always sensible to remove temptation and clear your vehicle when you park.

Should you witness anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, then please ensure that this information is phoned through to us at Bedfordshire Police either on 101 or in an emergency only 999.

Kind regards
Laura Hoggard
PCSO 8951
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Thank you to all those who have helped litter pick today! You are stars! Next time we will go for a warmer day and more notice! ... See more on this articleSee less on this article

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Executive To Consider ‘Local Plan 2035’ for

Public Consultation



A meeting of Bedford Borough Council’s Executive will next week consider Bedford Borough’s Local Plan 2035 for public consultation.



The Council is required by the Government to plan for the ‘Objectively Assessed Need’ for housing in the Borough to be met in full.



This requirement means that the Council must plan for 19,000 dwellings to be built by 2035. However, with allocations and permissions already in place for the majority of this number, new sites are required for just under 8,000 of these dwellings.



The Council must also make sure that sites are available for new jobs to be created alongside housing. Employment sites identified in earlier plans provide enough space for future requirements. For this reason no new strategic employment land needs to be found at this stage to meet the Borough’s needs.



The focus for housing growth continues to be urban area of Bedford and Kempston, with brownfield sites accounting for around 80% of the new homes planned in the urban area.



In order to limit the impact on existing communities, the Plan also includes a proposal for one new settlement- Colworth Garden Village- which would provide around 2,500 homes by 2035. The proposals include a new parkway rail station to help ease congestion on the A6, alongside two new access roads from the A6 one of which would provide a new access to Santa Pod Raceway and Colworth Science Park thereby taking traffic away from existing villages and rural roads.



The Plan includes a range of provisions to ensure sustainable growth including infrastructure requirements, green energy, and local employment.



Portfolio Holder Cllr Colleen Atkins said “This Plan will set out how our Borough will grow and develop in the coming years and, if approved by the Executive next week, this Plan will go out to its fifth public consultation in recent years, each of which has helped to shape the emerging Local Plan 2035.”
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70,000 Cigarettes Seized



Officers from Bedford Borough Council’s Trading Standards Team, supported by Bedfordshire Police, carried out an operation looking for illicit tobacco and counterfeit alcohol focusing upon several suspected shops in Midland Road and Ford End Road areas of Bedford.



Three of the shops searched were found to have large quantities of illicit tobacco and alcohol stored in vehicles associated to the premises.



‘Illicit tobacco’ describes counterfeit or ‘smuggled’ foreign tobacco upon which the appropriate duties and taxes have not been paid, and it usually does not comply with UK legislation around packaging. Counterfeit cigarettes are particularly dangerous as the ingredients used come from unknown sources and have been found in many cases to contain non tobacco vegetable matter.



The stores who were selling the illicit tobacco are now facing further enforcement action by Bedford Borough Council, while the Council and Bedfordshire Police will continue to work together to prevent the sale of illicit and counterfeit alcohol and tobacco in our Borough.



Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services, Cllr Colleen Atkins said “This was a successful partnership operation carried out by Bedford Borough Council’s Trading Standards Team supported by Bedfordshire Police. We are particularly pleased the illicit alcohol and possibly dangerous counterfeit cigarettes have been taken off the streets.”



Bedfordshire Police’s Community Safety Sergeant Liam Mitchell said: “This is an excellent example of partnership and multi-agency working. Our priority is keeping the public safe, part of which is ensuring that customers know what they are buying. The production and sale of counterfeit or illicit tobacco is often linked to organised crime and we work closely with the council to take a robust stance with any licensed premise that breaks the law. We are pleased to have assisted in taking such vast quantities of potentially dangerous products off our streets.”
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POSTPONED: BBC-1771-RC-JH - Temp Closure High St in Riseley - 8-1-18 This closure is postponed until further notice. ... See more on this articleSee less on this article

2 weeks ago  ·  

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Sharnbrook Parish Council shared Rights of Way: Restoring the Record's photo. ... See more on this articleSee less on this article

At midnight tonight (1 Jan 18) there are just 8 years left to apply for your old paths to be recorded. Unrecorded paths, subject to some minor exceptions, will be extinguished on 1 Jan 26 at the stroke of midnight. New Year's Day 2026 will be the last day such unrecorded paths can be used by right. Help stop the extinguishment! Find out if the routes you walk ride or cycle are shown on your council's definitive map. If in doubt ask the council! For any unrecorded routes, make an application to have the route added to the map. People seem generally unaware of this mass extinguishment of paths - so please SHARE this post to your friends! This affects England and Wales only.

2 weeks ago  ·  

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Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Facebook News


The 2017 NODA East district 2 award nominations have just been announced and The Sharnbrook Mill Theatre is up for the following awards:
Congratulations to everyone who's been nominated.
BEST DRAMA
ADHOC - Bouncers
Leighton Buzzard Drama Group - God's Official
Sharnbrook Mill Theatre - Cheshire Cats
BEST MUSICAL AWARD
Bedford Marionettes - The Producers
Sharnbrook Mill Theatre - Cloud
Stewartby Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society - Iolanthe
BEST YOUTH PRODUCTION AWARD
Castle Newham School 4Sixteen Theatre Company - The Railway Children
Bedford Marionettes Youth Group - Spring Awakening
Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Youth Group - Phantom of The Opera
BEST TECHNICAL AWARD
Leighton Buzzard Drama Group -The wonderful set and the quirky Dwarfs' cottage in Snow White
Maulden Players - The amazing set design and painting for Carry on Calamity
Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Costume department -The fabulously inventive costumes for the futuristic production of Cloud
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Odyssey of Love-Liszt and his Women

February 11, 2018, 7:00pm - February 11, 2018, 3:30pm

Internationally renowned pianist ,Lucy Parham, makes her third visit to Bedford to present another of her acclaimed ‘composer portraits’ in aid of the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre’s ‘Warm-up’ appeal. The two previous concerts, ‘Beloved Clara’ telling the story of the intense relationship between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara and the young Johannes Brahms,and ‘Elegie’ chronicling the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, were enjoyed by capacity audiences. The subject this time is Franz Liszt and the show is called ‘Odyssey of Love-Liszt and his women’ Readings will be given by the distinguished thespians Joanna David and Robert Glenister. ‘Odyssey of Love’ was premiered in 2008 and has been performed throughout the UK and internationally. A CD has recently been released to critical acclaim. In this ‘composer portrait’ Liszt’s intimate letters and diaries come to life and he emerges as the likeable and contradictory individual that he clearly was. The programme tightly connects words, music and poetry. With music ranging from hushed inwardness to stormy flashiness. Liszt led a life paralleling his music and ‘Odyssey of Love’ links it all together. This charity performance is in aid of the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre’s £300,000 ‘Warm-Up’ appeal to enable a green energy-based heating and natural ventilation system to be installed at their converted water mill theatre . The innovative heating system, using water source heat pumps , driven by water from the mill stream , has been installed in most of the building. The next phase is to install the new ventilation system.

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We are delighted that internationally renowned pianist, Lucy
Parham, is returning to Bedford on Sunday 11th Feb to present ‘Odyssey of Love - Liszt & his women’ with readings by our very own patron Joanna David & Robert Glenister.
Tickets are available from www.thequarrytheatre.org.uk with profits going to The Warm Up Appeal. This is going to be another fantastic evening of beautiful music & interesting words so do go along if you can - perfect Valentine’s Day treat!
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Thank you to the wonderfully talented Kaye Vincent who's updated our next show's poster with some fantastic original artwork.
When shall we three meet again...? (who's about in the pub at about 7.30pm?).
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Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Trust updated their profile picture. ... See more on this articleSee less on this article

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The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society ladies mount yet another assault on the classics with a startlingly original production of Macbeth staged to get them to the Welwyn Garden City Finals. Under the carefully mascara'd eye of adjudicator George Peach, all events conspire hilariously against them. ... See more on this articleSee less on this article

Farndale Avenue's Macbeth

March 13, 2018, 7:30pm - March 17, 2018, 5:00pm

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society ladies mount yet another assault on the classics with a startlingly original production of Macbeth staged to get them to the Welwyn Garden City Finals. Under the carefully mascara'd eye of adjudicator George Peach, all events conspire hilariously against them.

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Former Youth company member and friend of The Mill, Jamie Tyler is working with The Royal Shakespeare Company and they have their open understudy run of Twelfth Night in Stratford on Weds 10th (1.15 pm). Jamie will be playing Malvolio and Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Tickets are £5 from the box office - if anyone is free to head to Warwickshire for a cultural afternoon you won't be disappointed! Break a leg Jamie from all at The Mill! ... See more on this articleSee less on this article

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A message from the SMTT website manager: If you have any production photographs from the last two years, please can you let Mike know (mike@recantha.co.uk) as we'd like to update the image gallery on the front page of the website. Thank you! ... See more on this articleSee less on this article

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Wishing all our members, audiences, supporters and followers a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018! We look forward to seeing you at our 2018 productions - Farndale Avenue’s Macbeth (March), Spamalot (June), The Crucible (September) and Avenue Q (November) along with our usual fundraising events! ... See more on this articleSee less on this article

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We may have finished our 2017 shows but we’re never resting - our marketing and production committees met this week to start things rolling for 2018! ... See more on this articleSee less on this article

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This Saturday old friends and new friends join together to raise the Mill roof in aid of Prostate Cancer UK in a spectacular variety show! Tickets via www.sharnbrookmilltheatre.co.uk which includes a glass of fizz and canapés. Check out who's performing and join us if you can for this great cause! ... See more on this articleSee less on this article

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