Author: John Guinn

RSPB Founder Statue Campaign sets off on national tour

Four competing bronze statuettes of RSPB founder Emily Williamson (1855-1936) are to tour the British Isles in a bid to raise public awareness of an unsung conservation heroine.

The Emily Williamson ‘maquettes’ will be making stops at eight iconic birdwatching reserves the length and breadth of the country. Where they will gather public votes and share her inspirational story.

The winning design will be turned into a life size bronze statue to commemorate this forgotten eco pioneer.

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Central Bedfordshire Council to take part in £1 million education programme for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children

The pilot areas for the education programmes were chosen as those with the highest number of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils attending primary and/or secondary school, according to data from the DfE 2020 National Pupil Database.

According to 2011 census data, the population of Central Bedfordshire was estimated to be 254,381 of which 0.2% of the population was estimated to be a gypsy or traveller. CBC said that this is twice the percentage proportion of the population found nationally.

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Refill campaign to help the public stay safe, stay hydrated and prevent plastic pollution this summer.

With the school holidays, UK staycations and summer day trips in full swing as lockdown has eased in recent weeks, City to Sea, the environmental organisation campaigning to stop plastic pollution at source, said there has been a huge increase in littering across the UK on our streets, parks and beaches as the public head out to enjoy the sunshine with friends and family.

To reduce littering and waste, consumers are being encouraged to choose to reuse by opting to take reusable water bottles, coffee cups and lunchboxes with them to fill up on the go, rather than buying single-use plastic items.

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Adam Hills is asking for celebrities to rally round and support Variety – the Children’s Charity

A host of celebrities including Keith Lemon, Vic Reeves, David Walliams, Brian May, Sir Cliff Richard, Jeremy Vine, Heather Small, Dame Shirley Bassey, Jason Manford, All Saints, and Lorraine Kelly are generously donating some of their favourite items towards Variety’s online auction, which launches today (28 July 2021), in a bid to raise funds severely depleted by the coronavirus.

The auction, held in partnership with, will be headed by well-known comedian and radio and television presenter, Adam Hills.

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Blood is now available on every air ambulance mission

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is now permanently able to deliver blood transfusions as a core part of its life-saving service.

Following a fundraising appeal made by EAAA in May, the air ambulance charity, which covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, is now able to carry packed red blood cells and freeze-dried plasma on every mission.

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