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‘Reading Well for Children’ at Bedford Borough’s libraries

‘Reading Well for Children’ has been launched by The Reading Agency and Libraries Connected to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.

This booklist is aimed at children aged 7-11, and has titles suitable for a range of reading levels. The list is now available at Bedford Central, Kempston and Putnoe libraries.

The list was developed by national experts together with children and families who have experienced some of these issues. It has been endorsed by leading health bodies, including the Royal Society for Public Health.

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THINK! campaign calls on young men to step in and stop their mates from drink driving

THINK! has launched a campaign calling on young men to intervene and ‘Pint Block’ their mates. This follows a move in recent years to focus THINK! activity on young men aged 17-24, who are 4 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured on the road than drivers aged 25 or over.

To launch Pint Block, THINK! has commissioned 60 unique Pint Block illustrations by young artists from across the country. One for each of the 60 young drivers killed or seriously injured when found to be driving over the limit every month in the UK.

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Car theory tests changes

Currently, learners have to read a case study and then answer 5 questions about it. This is to test their knowledge and understanding of road rules. This will change from 14 April 2020. Then learners will watch one video clip instead of reading a case study, and answer 3 questions about it.

The clip can be watched many times as the learner would like during the multiple-choice part of the theory test.

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Take charge of battery safety when using e-cigarettes

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has said that there have been rare incidents of E-cigarettes or “vapes” exploding and seriously injuring people.

It has been suggested that battery-related issues may lead to vape explosions. The OPSS has released a list of safety tips may help you avoid a vape battery explosion or fire.

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Cranfield University study finds shower times are shorter when showers have a time display

Findings from a small preliminary study with residents of the Cranfield University campus have shown that shower times are significantly shorter when showers are fitted with time displays.

Various forms of University accommodation were fitted with Aguardio sensors. These automatically, and unobtrusively, measure shower duration. They also display shower times.

The research began in October last year. Results from the first four months found that residences with display units had showers that were around 20 to 30 per cent shorter (on average) compared to those with sensors only. Saving roughly two minutes per shower.

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Pay monthly for your parking at Queen Street Car Park

Queen Street car park offers local residents, businesses and employers cheap parking all year round.

People can now pay for an annual season ticket monthly rather than having to find the money upfront, at Queen Street and a number of other town centre car parks.

Bedford Borough Council said it has frozen car parking season tickets prices since 2017. Adding that someone can park in the town centre at Queen Street car park for less than £650 for the whole year, or less than £12.50 a week.

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