Monday 30 January 2012

The Gentleway ~ Ashton Square ~ Dunstable ~ Opening Tuesday 31st January 2012

Welcoming another new shop & business to Dunstable
on Ashton Square

'The Gentleways'

With Sonia and Harry

Friday 27 January 2012

David from the 'Four Kings Bar & Cafe would like to say ~ "Hello everyone!"

"Just a brief reminder that our next Dunstable Business Networking Meeting
will be at The Four Kings Bar, 59 High St South next Tuesday morning,
Jan 31st.

Breakfast will be served as usual from 8am and our topic is "Small
Business Websites - How to get the best from them" with speakers David
Givens (Web Designer) and Stephen Rhodes (Web Video Specialist) all
fired up to get a healthy discussion going.

Bring a colleague or two from other local businesses to swell our numbers.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday

Best regards

David King
Managing Director
The Four Kings Bar & Cafe
07836 214221
Great Nights Out for Older Teenagers"

The Hetty Spaghetty Sale ~ Elanors Cross ~ Dunstable

The Hetty Spaghetty sale ends on Tuesday! Only a handful of items will still be on sale after this time - a couple of end of line dresses, and discounts on the shoes to make way for the new delivery in a couple of weeks time.

Thursday 26 January 2012

Register your demand for Super Fast Broadband

Central Bedfordshire Council are running a Broadband Survey : They would like as many people to take part as possible at:

Wednesday 25 January 2012

PEDALWORKS ~ Opening Saturday 27th January 2012

Offering a great range of bikes and a specialist workshop. Great news as Dunstable welcomes another new shop!

West Street

The new shop PEDALWORKS is undergoing a total
transformation in West Street so that it is ready for it's
opening Saturday 27th January.

Please do not be put of by the scaffolding surrounding the building as the shops in this area are open for business as usual.

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Get regular updates from Central Bedfordshire Council

Trial service

Central Bedfordshire Council are piloting this service until 31st March 2012. They are keen to get as many people using it as possible to be able to evaluate whether it is something that is helpful. Everyone that registers will be invited to give their feedback to help us decide how effective this service is.

Monday 23 January 2012

Dunstable Town Council to run Dunstable Market!

Dunstable Town Council will take over the running of Dunstable Market from 1st June 2012 ~ This is brilliant news for Dunstable, it's residents and it's businesses. Putting the word MARKET back in to 'The Market Town of Dunstable!'

Sunday 22 January 2012

Ashton Middle School ~ Dunstable

Ashton Church of England Middle School

Photograph taken 21st January 2012

Friday 20 January 2012

The Queen's reign the Diamond Jubilee

Let's get ready to party in the streets to celebrate The Queen's reign the Diamond Jubilee

To mark 60 years of The Queen's reign the Diamond Jubilee in June will see communities across the country celebrating in great British tradition by hanging out the bunting and holding a street party.

The celebrations will centre around an extended weekend on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June, and those party organisers are advised to get their traffic road closure orders in early.

To make the process of organising a street party as easy as possible, Central Bedfordshire Council has made a traffic order to cover the whole district meaning that charges usually paid by organisers will instead be covered by the council.

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: "We are asking people who organise a street party to get in contact with us and tell us what roads they would like to close, and how long they will be closed for. There are some circumstances where an application would need to be made, but the sooner people get in touch, the quicker we can get the ball rolling.

“We want to make sure all residents can enjoy the celebrations and one way of ensuring this and making organisers jobs a lot easier is to cut the amount of 'red tape' that can surround such events.”

Organisers should complete an application form which is available from, and send it back to the council by 1 May. If you need further advice about road closures then you can call 0300 300 8308.

For this and more information please go to our page 'Information for the local community' Thank you.

Thursday 19 January 2012

Friends of Priory House and Gardens

There will be a meeting TODAY at 2.30 pm in Priory House for anyone interested in being part of the steering group setting up the constitution for the Friends of Priory House & Gardens. Feel free to pop along and share your thoughts and ideas over a cup of something warm in the wonderful surroundings of Priory House Heritage Centre.

Wednesday 18 January 2012

HM Government e-petition ~ "Do not merge Dunstable with Luton North Constituency

If the new Boundary Commission plan goes ahead then residents in Dunstable, whilst remaining within the boundaries of Central Bedfordshire, will have to elect an MP whose main constituency will be in Luton North. Dunstable is a market town and has affiliations with many of its surrounding villages - Luton is a large urban area with aspirations to become a city and as such does not fit well with a market town. Please support this petition to allow Dunstable to remain in the South West Bedfordshire Constituency. Central Bedfordshire Council have laid out the reasoning in their submission which Dunstable Town Council also fully supports. This can be found on Central Bedfordshire website under the full Council Meeting dated 24th November 2011 - item number 51.

If you support the petition "Do not merge Dunstable with Luton North Constituency" Please click on the link below ~ sign it and share the link to get as many signatures as possible ~ Thank you.

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Brown & Wenman ~ Makeover!

Brown & Wenman gets a makeover!

Now all the optical facilities are on the
ground floor, making easy access for all.

18 Albion Street
01582 663770

Monday 16 January 2012

Houghton Regis ~ Dunstable ~ Luton Busway

Stakeholder Briefing Session
16th January 2012

Having been invited to the above event today it very interesting to hear from the many people involved in the above mentioned busway.

Although this busway has proved to be a bone of contention for many, it is here, it will stay and after hearing from all parties involved today it will hopefully prove to be a real asset to the people of our town for many reasons.

While the busway is under construction it has lead to thirteen new businesses along its route, around one and half million pounds have been invested in these. New businesses lead to an increase in employment and with immediate access to the busway hopefully employment for local people here in Dunstable.

Some investment has come from a large development of about seven thousand houses to the north of Houghton Regis which will house approximately seventeen and a half thousand people. With this comes funding for the Woodside Link Road, which in turn means more businesses will want to establish themselves in the Dunstable Industrial unit. More businesses more employment.

Since the busway has begun to be established there has been an increase to 86% occupancy of shops in Dunstable not withstanding the problems with occupancy in the Quadrant Shopping Centre.

More interest in the town is shown in the re development of the Dukeminster Estate. This area has been falling in to decline for some years. A developer is now interested and is seeking planning permission for housing, care home facilities, business and small retail unit.

There is talk, which has even been in the news today of increasing the capacity of Luton Airport and for every one million travellers they need to employ seven hundred and fifty thousand people. You could live in Dunstable and travel to the Airport to work without taking your car.

This will be the fourth longest busway in the world and with the busway being not only on budget but showing at the moment to be making possible savings of four million pounds, it is also slightly in front for completion. I believe we all to a certain degree will remain scepitcal until we see how this new busway works and not in a selfish way but as a resident of Dunstable to Dunstable's advantage we shall wait with anticipation to it's opening Easter of 2013 or possibly earlier to see how it develops. Hopefully we can all look forward positively to the busway as it continues to attract many new investors to our town of Dunstable.

While I took notes to relay this information to you, it is correct to the best of my knowledge ~ I hope you see it as positive news about the Houghton Regis ~ Dunstable ~ Luton Busway. For more detailed information please contact Central Bedfordshire Council in the first instance who will be able to guide you to the correct areas for specific queries.

Friday 13 January 2012


More information on our 'Information for the local community page'.

CfBT to sponser Queensbury Upper School ~ Dunstable from September 2012

CfBT Schools Trust Reading has been chosen to sponser Queensbury School as an academy after failing offsted recently. This means that the school will formally become an academy from September 2012 within the CfBT Schools Trust's group of academies and free schools.

A sunny day in Dunstable

What beautiful bright and sunny day in Dunstable! I have just returned from a 'power walk' ha ha I hear you say! However after living in Dunstable all my life I have just found an alley in Crosby Close that leads to Langdale shops! Who know what I will find tomorrow.

Bennett Memorial Recreation Ground
Play equipment and Tennis Courts

Thursday 12 January 2012

Pudding Night at Priory House ~ Dunstable

Don't forget Thursday night is Pudding Night at Priory House ~ High Street South ~ Dunstable

Go on treat yourself and have a great time out this evening with family and friends.

Serving a wide range of puddings from 6-30pm to 9-30pm last orders taken at 9-00pm

PC Help Centre Limited ~ Dunstable

Finalists in Local Business Accelerators Competition 2011

We send our congratulations to Annette and her family and the PC team in Dunstable.

Parents who have children starting their education in the next school year have just a few days left to make their choices known.

Mums, dads and carers have till 15 January 2012 to tell the admissions service at Central Bedfordshire Council which school they would like their son or daughter to attend.

Applications can be made online or by sending a paper copy of the application form to School Admissions Service, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP.

Applicants will be notified on the school their youngster has been allocated on Friday 27 April 2012.

For more information, visit

Telephone General Enquiries Line on 01234 276034 or Email:

Can you help? Please

The Town Mayor of Dunstable Cllr Claire Meakins-Jell has asked if anyone knows of a local band or singer suitable for the Mayor's Ball? Thank you.

If you do please contact us via this blog, our email address or through our facebook 'About Dunstable' Thank you.!/AboutDunstable.Bedfordshire

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Queensbury Upper School ~ Boot Stall ~ This Sunday

Car Boot sale is on at Queensbury Upper School on Sunday 15th January 2012
For more information please go to:
'Information for the local community page' ~ Thank you

Thursday 5 January 2012

January Film Season at The Grove Theatre ~ Dunstable

Do you live in an LU Postcode?
Haven't attended one of the Grove Theatre's Film Screenings yet?
Call the box office on 01582 602080
For more details.

Films for January:
Alvin & The Chipmunks Chipwrecked
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
New Year's Eve
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Iron Lady
War Horse

For the full detail's on the 2 FREE tickets and much more call the Grove Theatre Box Office now on 01582 602080

Keeping Entertainment Local!

Wednesday 4 January 2012

Black Forest Hot Chocolate Drink in Dunstable ~ Costa Coffee ~ Yummy!

Shop local and then enjoy a wonderful treat at one of Dunstable's amazing coffee, tea or public houses.

Tuesday 3 January 2012

Today 'About Dunstable' welcomes Dunstable Town Council in to this big new Social Media World and believes that it will help spread an even bigger wave of positivity across our much loved Historical town

Dunstable Town Council has today launched it's new Facebook page with Twitter accounts from the following areas ~ Priory House ~ Events ~ Town Centre and Businesses ~ Creasey Park Community Football Centre.

Social networking brings with it a number of positive outcomes, it reaches new audiences (often those who do not usually engage with the Council), it can help disperse the perception of poor communication and encourage positive two way communications.

Social networking is also effective at promoting events, undertaking researchm sharing information as there is already a massive audience potential.