Saturday 12 March 2016

About Dunstable

After a great deal of thought and receiving so many valued comments of support from you all. I have decided to continue with About Dunstable, although you may not see quite as much on your news feed as before due to a change of heart with recent events and other personal commitments.
However, I will continue to work voluntary to help....

A) Promote Dunstable and its businesses....
 If you wish to share yours, please feel free to post direct to the page.

B) Be 'your voice' through mine, in commenting and sharing, what sometimes might be construed as controversial subjects.

C) Read and answer as many messages as I possibly can, although if I don't get to answer you. Please understand I am not just ignoring you.

Hopefully About Dunstable will continue to keep the community spirit alive and kicking here in Dunstable, with all your support.

Thank you again, for all your kind messages ~ Beverley

Sunday 14 February 2016

Super Special Saturday's here in Dunstable.

Start your engines and get set for a Grand Dunstable Library

Central Bedfordshire Council email alerts

Dunstable Grand prix

Storyteller, artist and car enthusiast Chris Dobrowolski will be in your library creating a new art project called Selfie Slot Car Championship, in homage to the 1970s heyday of model-making and Scalextrix. Chris will be turning the top floor of Dunstable Library into a model-making den where you can create your own model of your family car, and then race it in the Selfie Slot Car Championship event on Saturday, 5 March.
“If you love model-making, cars, Scalextrix, the Grand Prix, experimenting, making, getting things to work and anything in-between, come have some fun and help create Selfie Slot Car Championship” said Chris. “It’s a great project for the family. You’ll need to have a car or access to one as we’ll be taking photos of your car during the workshops and then creating a model of your car to race in the main event.” 
Model-making workshops will take place during the half-term school holidays:
  • Monday 15 February, 10:00am-midday and 3:00-5:00pm
  • Tuesday 16 February, 10:00am-midday and 3:00-5:00pm
  • Wednesday 17 February, 10:00am-midday and 3:00-5:00pm
  • Thursday 18 February, 3:00-5:00pm
  • Friday 19 February, 10:00am-midday and 3:00-5:00pm
  • Saturday 20 February, 10:00am-midday and 3:00-5:00pm
The workshops are free to take part but booking is essential as numbers are limited. The main event (Saturday 5 March, 10:00am-4:30pm) will take place with qualifiers in the morning and the final race event in the afternoon. 
To book email, call Dunstable Library on 0300 300 8056, or drop in and book your places on the workshop – a maximum of four per family.

Friday 12 February 2016

Cheering Volunteering Awards.


Central Bedfordshire Council

"We've already had a great response for this year's Cheering Volunteering awards - but there's still plenty of time to nominate someone.

The second annual Cheering Volunteering awards and celebration evening is being held at the Grove Theatre, in Dunstable, on Tuesday, 7 June 2016.

It’s a great chance to say thank you to volunteers across Central Bedfordshire and the work which they do.
So if you know of a volunteer or volunteers who you feel deserve some recognition, please put them forward for an award.

How to nominate

Nominating someone for an award couldn't be easier - all you need to do is to fill out a simple form on our website.
There's information about the different categories as well as links to the Grove's website where you can book free tickets for the celebration evening.
It's again being compered by Tom Jones impersonator Billy Lee, who will be providing the entertainment alongside other local groups.
More than 250 seats have already gone, so snap up your free tickets now to avoid disappointment."

Service hub is more than a Leisure Centre here in Dunstable.

The £20.1m redevelopment of Dunstable Leisure Centre has got the go ahead from our Executive Committee today.

The investment to the town centre site means that leisure, library and other facilities will all sit under one roof. This renovation will transform leisure facilities, revamp the library services and offer a range of other services and community space.

The centre will offer an improved health and fitness suite with 100+ fitness stations, a modernised library for all as well as an enhanced café.

Budget 2016

budget 2016

Following government changes to council funding, in order to protect front-line services, Executive councillors have recommended a 3.95 per cent rise in council tax for 2016/17 that will be put to full Council for a final decision later this month.
Councillors have listened to residents’ feedback in a public consultation and will be seeking to average council tax rises to below 1.75% in addition to the 2% social care precept over the next four years.
Over 1,200 people responded to the consultation in which the council put forward a range of council tax and savings options after central Government announced a 36 per cent cut to its funding to the council as part of a shift towards local taxation. This will mean the council needs to make further savings of £43million over the coming four years, on top of the £90m it has already made.
The majority of respondents (58 per cent) favoured an increase of 2 per cent to support adult social care services. However, people were split on a general council tax increase with more favouring a 1.75 per cent increase rather than a 1.99 per cent rise. The combined 3.95 per cent increase will mean a weekly 99 pence increase in what an average household pays for council services.
Overall, the budget will see some £190million in public services from April including £68million on adult social care services, £36million on children’s services, £48million on community services such as roads and transport, refuse collections and leisure and £5million on supporting business.
Executive Councillors also recommended investing up to £278million on capital projects over the next four years from external and council funding. Major projects being proposed across Central Bedfordshire include £75.3million on new school places, £41.8million on highway schemes, £8.5million on the ongoing upgrade of all tidy tips including a new site at Thorn Turn, near Houghton Regis, £9.5million on providing disabled facilities grants, £4.6million on improving care home provision, £7.6million on rolling out superfast broadband to more homes and £4million to improve our market towns.

What happens next?

Both the revenue and capital budgets will be considered by the Council on 25 February which will confirm the final council tax rates taking into account additional charges by the Fire Authority, Police and Crime Commissioner and town and parish councils.

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Saturday 6 February 2016

Dunstable World Record Break Saturday 20th February.

The management company that own and run the Holiday Inn Express hotel in London Road, have been supportin...g a gentleman called Mark Vaz, who has been raising money for Adoption UK and Tommy, two charities close to his heart.
He set himself a challenge to run 90 marathons in 90 days, as if that wasn't enough he last year extended his mission to break to world record of 400 marathons in 365 days, this means that some days Mark is running double marathons to keep on track!
Mark is running in Dunstable to break the world record, Guinness World Records will be in attendance to witness the record break as Mark runs his route through Dunstable.
The route is to be confirmed but it is believed Mark will start off from Dunstable's Creasey Park, then after a period about 4.5hrs will finish his run at the Holiday Inn Express Dunstable. Start time will be confirmed shortly.
The hotel will be opening the doors to the community and want to encourage people to run a little with Mark or be here at the finish line to support him.
If you would like more details or to offer your support or make a donation to Mark's nominated charities please contact
Ella Hiscott, Sales Manager at Holiday Inn Express Dunstable, London Road, Dunstable, LU6 3DZ
Phone 01582 344 499