Monday 30 April 2012

Water, water everywhere but not enough for us to use our hose!

2011 beautiful Dunstable Town Council Flower display in the Square

It was noted at the Town Council Meeting this evening (which is open for the public to attend) that Dunstable Town Council has been advised by the water authority that restrictions on hose pipe use now applies! Let's hope we have enough rain for all the towns beautiful hanging baskets and other flower displays this summer, if they can't use their hose pipe!

Sunday 29 April 2012

Dunstable / My old home town by Paul Keating

I first moved to Dunstable in 2001 just before the birth of my first Daughter. Having moved from Staines, South West London, I was apprehensive to say the least about bringing my new family to a strange far away place.
I remember my first impression of Dunstable being a very busy industrial town with two scary roundabouts at the junction of High Street North and West Street. I called them “suicide roundabouts” because people almost seemed to close their eyes behind the wheel of their cars and stamp on the accelerator to get through! These roundabouts were soon replaced by the worst phasing of traffic lights in the history of Bedfordshire............

Paul contacted 'About Dunstable' with regard to using some of our photographs which were more than happy for him to use for this piece on Dunstable.

To read Paul's full story please click on the link below ~ It makes for an excellent read and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Saturday 28 April 2012

Kingsbury Bowls Club

Is holding Open Days next weekend, 5 & 6 May. Everyone who would like to have a go at this great sport is welcome - young or old. You just need to be wearing flat shoes.
Access to the Green is either across the part from Jeans Way, or through the small car park on Kingsbury Avenue, off Luton Road.

Dunstable busy...even when it's wet!

Having just taken the wellies to town, I was most surprised to see so many people about in this grotty weather. Holland & Barrett said they had been very busy, I also noticed this as I was gradually moving down the queue. Good to see so many people shopping locally. There was even a buzz about the market, with people dodging in and out the sheltered areas. Be vocal ~ Shop local and help keep our town alive!

Thursday 26 April 2012

A Blooming good opportunity for Dunstable's Pubs!

After attending meeting of local publicans yesterday we are hopeful that some if not all will take part in decorating their pubs this year in a competition for 'Best Floral Display' which will be judged as part of the 'Dunstable in Bloom' competition. All helping to make Dunstable a better place to live.

Wednesday 25 April 2012

Holiday Inn ~ Investing in Dunstable

Building work continues ~ April 2012

"This is a gateway development that will bring new life and job opportunities to the town and will form a key part of the overall development of the London Road," said project spokesman Rod (passage taken from this link) Lovell.

Artists impression of Dunstable's 'new' Holiday Inn

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Youth Achievement Awards at Dunstable Town Meeting

On Monday 23rd April the Dunstable Town Meeting took place chaired by the Town Mayor Claire Meekins-Jell. Presentations were made to the Youth of Dunstable for the 'Youth Achievements Awards'. As they received their awards it was a proud moment for them and also their family and friends. Well done to everyone who received an award on the evening.

Monday 23 April 2012

Dunstable Town Meeting to be held Monday 23rd April 2012

Creasey Park Community Centre, Creasey Park Drive (off Brewers Hill Road) Dunstable

7-30pm - 9pm

Any elector of the Parish of Dunstable is entitled to attend this meeting.
1. Opening remarks b the Town Mayor.
2. To Approve the Minutes of the Town Meeting held on 4th April 2011
3. Presentations:
Queensway 'Stresscape' Highwat Improvement Scheme - Creatins a Better Balanced and Safer Street Scene.
Progress report on the Houghton Regis-Dunstable-Luton Guided Busway
4. Presentation of Youth Achievement Awards.
5. Questions from Electors.

Friday 20 April 2012


'KEEP CALM AND ONLY SHOP IN DUNSTABLE' t-shirts are now available from Clowns Fancy Dress, T-Shirt Printing & Embroidery with or without our blog address for £14. Please contact Eugene at Clowns in Dunstable if you would like one ~ Thank you.

Thursday 19 April 2012

Dunstable Skyline changes forever..........

The old ABC Travel Guides which once stood in Church street fell to the ground today, it was the last of the three tall buildings that once stood on the side of Church Street Dunstable.

Demolition has been taking place for some weeks to clear this huge site for a new housing estate. We will keep you up to date with plans as soon as we know more.

However we believe that over two hundred and fifty houses will be built on this site, along with Care facilities and a small retail area.

Housing for the community and hopefully local jobs from construction to career prospects in the new retail and Care facility.

Tuesday 17 April 2012

Dunstable in Bloom Meeting.

It was great to see so many people at the Dunstable in Bloom meeting today. There is a lot of hard work to do but hopefully Dunstable will be ready for the judges from Anglia in Bloom when they arrive in early July.

With a route being planned, a portfolio being written and arranged, competitions being announced and fund raising for a colourful flower display in Dunstable everything is looking rosy!

There are lots of people involved in 'Dunstable in Bloom' From Public Houses with their basket and garden displays, to Dunstable Town Council with preparation of their 'Green Flag' award Garden's ~ Grove Garden and Priory Garden. Also street display raised beds, roundabouts and railing boxes full of flowers and much more. From allotment awards and front gardens awards.......the list just goes on.

So be proud of your garden and town ~ Here's hoping with everyone's hard work ~ including yours ~ Dunstable receives another GOLD award for the third year!

Monday 16 April 2012

International Space Station seen over Dunstable.

The International Space Station has been seen over Dunstable this evening by many people. Shining like a bright star in the western skies.

Saturday 14 April 2012

A very successful Dunstable in Bloom event was held this morning at Frenchs Avenue Neighbourhood Space Area.

Pippa Wilson Beijing Olympic Gold Medal Winner and Dunstable Mayor Claire Meekins-Jell

What a fabulous event. It was an absolute pleasure meeting Pippa Wilson Beijing Olympic Gold Medal Winner who was there all the way from Southampton supporting the event. A very enthusiastic group of people were there helping to spread 'Red, White & Blue' wild flowers seeds, provided by Dunstable Town Council.

All helping to celebrate the colours of the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics. Dunstable Town Mayor Claire Meekins-Jell and Dunstable Town and CBC Councillors were also helping to sow seeds, chat with people and enjoy some exhilarating Zumba! Enthusiastic Ana and her Zumba ladies were also at the event encouraging everyone to take part and enjoy the Zumba!

It was a brilliant community event.

Many more photographs of the 'Dunstable in Bloom Launch' can be seen at:

Meet the 'Dunstable in Bloom Team' this morning at Frenchs Avenue and join in the FREE seed planting fun!

Come and meet the 'Dunstable in Bloom Team' at French's Avenue they will be wearing 3 different styles of t-shirts. See if you can spot them and come and say hello. Help spread wild flower seeds in the provided beds and join in the FREE fun at this morning 10am-12noon. Dunstable Mayor Claire Meakins Jell will be at the Launch along with Pippa Willson the Beijing Gold Medal Winner and don't forget your FREE Zumba workout with Ana! Come along ~ everyone is welcome!

Thursday 12 April 2012

St. George's Day Celebration ~ FREE Dunstable Town Council event for everyone.

Saturday 21st April 2012
Priory House and Gardens 11am - 4pm
Photograph from Dunstable Town Council website
A Dunstable Town Council FREE event

Fancy getting a team together for 'It's a Knockout Olympic Fun Day'?

Teams needed for it's a Knockout at the Olympic Fun Day on 19 May. Contact Lisa Vincent on 01582 890623  A Dunstable Town Council Event

Dunstable in Bloom ~ This Saturday 14th April

This year's Dunstable in Bloom Launch will be sponsored by "Cookies & Cream" Night club in Dunstable ~ They have organised support from the Beiijing Gold medalist, Pippa Wilson, who will appear at the event at Frenchs Avenue Neighbourhood Space.

The launch will take place on Saturday 14th April between 10am and 12 noon. It will be held at the Frenchs Avenue Neighbourhood Space and will involve wild flower planting, hopefully by everyone attending.

There will also be Ana with her Zumba ladies ~ Hoping that everyone will be joining in the fun!
Look out for the 'Dunstable in Bloom' team who will be sporting their new t-shirts sponsered by "Clowns" Fancy Dress and T-Shirt Printing - High Street South - Dunstable.

Everyone is welcome ~ The more the merrier.

Monday 9 April 2012

Cakes by Shelly ~ Ideal Home Exhibition Winning Cake.

Take a look at Shelly's Award Winning Diamond Jubilee Cake from the Ideal Home show ~ Shelly is offering the cake out on loan if someone would like to use it as part of their Jubilee display ~ Please read below for the full details ~ Thank you.
Photograph taken by Shelly
Shelly ~ "We now have our Award Winning Diamond Jubilee cake home from the Ideal Home show. It seems such as shame to box it up and put in a cupboard. If any shops are doing a jubilee themed display and would like to use it as part of a display we would be more than happy to loan it out :) Drop an email to"

Sunday 8 April 2012

Happy Easter ~ everyone!

We hope you enjoy your Easter weekend and remember to recycle all your 'Easter Egg' boxes when you have enjoyed them.

Central Bedfordshire Council will have all the recycling information you need. For more information please click on the link below ~ Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Shop Dunstable from Dunstable Town Council ~ Helping make Dunstable a Better Place.


Shop Dunstable

Click on the link below, register and print off these amazing vouchers.

Making savings in the shops to a refund on your parking.

Click here to find out all the details.

Monday 2 April 2012

Business Networking meeting today at The Four Kings Bar & Cafe ~ Dunstable

Central Bedfordshire Councillor Nigel Young showcased a very informative presentation of the regeneration of Dunstable at the Four Kings Bar & Cafe this morning ~ It was very positive to see so many people attending ~ The next one is May, the first Tuesday of the month.

The Four Kings Bar & Cafe