Category: Central Bedfordshire Council

Libraries highlight censorship with Banned Books Week

What do Alice in Wonderland, blockbuster The Da Vinci Code and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice have in common? They’ve all fallen foul of censorship.

The titles are examples of books chosen by Central Bedfordshire libraries to highlight national Banned Book Week Sunday 22 September – Saturday 28 September.

This year’s theme is ‘Censorship leaves us in the dark. Keep the light on.’

Central Bedfordshire Libraries will be promoting the week by highlighting banned books and the reason they have been censored.

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Marston couple amongst foster carers celebrated for their dedication to helping children

Foster carers celebrated for their dedication to helping children

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Celebration of Fostering event saw carers and their families praised for their dedication to helping give a stable and loving home to children in Bedfordshire.

There were more than 40 nominations received in total from fellow foster carers, young people in their care and Council staff.

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Boys to be offered HPV vaccine for the first time

A free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine will be offered to boys for the first time to help prevent the spread of HPV and stop certain types of cancers forming.

HPV is linked to 5% of all cancers worldwide causing the majority of genital cancers as well as some cancers in the neck and head. HPV is very common and can be caught easily through any kind of sexual contact with another person who already has it.

It is estimated that by vaccinating boys in year eight at school, as well as girls, it will prevent around 64,000 cervical cancers and around 50,000 non-cervical cancers affecting men and women by 2058.

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CPRE Bedfordshire claims council leaders are avoiding giving details of new strategies to their electorate

Campaign to Protection Rural England (CPRE) Bedfordshire has claimed that the Government and SEMLEP have a policy of quietly releasing key documents and are avoiding any public consultation. This, it claims, is adding to the “already massive democratic deficit” experienced by the people of Bedfordshire and the SEMLEP/Ox- Cam area.

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Central Bedfordshire Council sending out Electoral Register reminders

Central Bedfordshire Council is asking residents to look out for the Annual Household Enquiry Forms (HEF). These will be delivered to every property in Central Bedfordshire from 2 August.

The council is also reminding residents that they need to keep their Electoral Register records up-to-date if they want to vote in future elections.

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