Category: Lifestyle

CPRE Bedfordshire Living Countryside Awards

The CPRE Bedfordshire Living Countryside Awards celebrate the people and projects that have a positive impact on Bedfordshire’s rural environment and urban green spaces and nominations are now open.

The Living Countryside Awards have been running since 2009 and in 2021 they will be going digital

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Exotic Pets “on the rise” in Bedfordshire

Born Free’s new survey has revealed that nearly 4,000 dangerous wild animals are being privately kept in Great Britain. Adding that 95 of which are living in Bedfordshire.

The international wildlife charity is calling on the UK Government to immediately review the law and put a stop to some of the world’s most remarkable, but often deadly, creatures being kept as ‘pets’.

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Pen a love letter to your pet

Insurance provider for pet businesses, Protectivity, has launched a competition to find the best pandemic pet in the UK. The winner will receive £100 worth of vouchers split between Canvas Creatures and Pet Planet, as well as a £100 donation to an animal charity of their choice.

When the UK went into lockdown back in March 2020, Brits found their lives and routines turned upside down. However, as people were unable to see their friends and family and with usual social and leisure activities restricted, pet owners around the country found a huge source of comfort in their animal friends.

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Urgent call for Bedfordshire organisations to deliver online activity sessions for those worst hit by lockdown

Team BEDS&LUTON needs local charities, organisations or sport professionals to come forward to help deliver online activity sessions during the current lockdown.

Research from Sport England into the impact of the pandemic on physical activity has revealed certain groups of people – specifically those in lower socio-economic groups; Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities; Disabled people and people with long-term health conditions – are being disproportionately affected.

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Round the World Challenge to help people with learning disabilities get active in Bedfordshire

Mencap has worked in partnership with team BEDS&LUTON and Northamptonshire Sport to secure £10,000 of funding to deliver the Sport England funded, Round the World Challenge programme. This will be available to help people with learning disabilities across the two counties get more active by participating in their Round the World Challenge programme.

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Final call for Greensand Champions

Local environmental charity The Greensand Trust, in partnership with Greensand Country, is looking for Greensand Champions. These are groups or individual young people who are doing something amazing for the Greensand Country environment.

It wants to hear what young people are doing and give them the recognition they deserve as a ‘Greensand Champion’ which includes joining the digital Hall of Fame and receiving a Greensand Champions seed bomb.

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Trading Standards warning after illegally imported puppy is quarantined

Buying or rehoming a cute puppy may seem a good idea and a welcome addition to a family, but Central Bedfordshire Council’s Trading Standards team is warning residents to be aware of illegal imports.

Last week, officers had to quarantine an illegally imported puppy because it had not received a rabies vaccination before coming to the UK. The second time in four months they have had to take such action.

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Cat microchipping consultation launched

An eight-week public consultation on the proposal to make it mandatory for pet owners to microchip their cats was launched on 23 December 2020 and will seek views from vets, owners and members of the public as part of a renewed effort to further raise the UK’s world-leading animal welfare standards.

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Bedfordshire Police lights up Christmas for elderly patients in hospital

Officers and staff from across Bedfordshire Police have donated over 70 presents to elderly patients in Bedford Hospital and the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic officers are unable to visit the patients on the hospital wards to personally deliver their presents.

PCSOs from the Luton Community team will safely handover presents to ward staff outside of the hospital, who will deliver the presents to patients over the Christmas period once they have been quarantined for infection control purposes.

Many of the patients will be spending Christmas Day receiving treatment, and sadly without any visitors. In some instances, this will be the only Christmas present they receive.

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