Category: Ridgmont

Is it the end of the line for some BT phone boxes?

Central Bedfordshire Council has received 209 representations about BT’s proposals to remove 30 public pay-phones during the first phase of a community consultation.

The second phase of the consultation, which runs until Tuesday 21 January 2020, will enable residents to comment on whether they agree or object to the first decision.

Based on feedback from the local community and other public organisations such as town and parish councils and evidence provided, the first decision proposes objecting to 27 pay-phones being removed, including phone boxes in Cranfield, Ridgmont and Lidlington.

The Council said that the number of responses for each payphone was relatively small. But there is general support for retaining the boxes in villages, either as phone boxes or adopting them for community use.

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Linsay’s fundraiser for Keech Hospice Care

On Sunday 1st December Lisa Raphael and Linsay Black will be running 17 miles to mark the time Linsay’s mum spent receiving care at Keech Hospice.

Part of the run will be on the Bedford Santa 5K Run (3.1 miles) along with hundreds of other runners, all dressed as Santa. The fun run was organised by Keech Hospice Care to help to raise vital funds.

After completing this race Lisa and Linsay will run a further 14 miles back to Woburn, still dressed as Father Christmas. Linsay said:

“This will make 17 miles in total and will be in recognition of the 17 days Linsay’s mum spent being looked after by the wonderful staff at Keech before she sadly passed away in September last year.”

Lisa and Linsay’s aim is to raise as much well-needed funds as possible, Linsay commented that it takes £7000 per day to keep Keech Hospice open.

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Bird keepers urged to prepare for winter Avian Flu threat

The Chief Veterinary Officers across the UK are encouraging all poultry keepers to take action now to reduce the risk of disease in their birds over the winter.

There are some simple measures that all poultry keepers, whether they are running a large commercial farm, keeping a few hens in their back garden, or rearing game birds, should take to protect their birds against the threat of avian influenza (bird flu) in the coming winter months.

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New Trains for the Marston Vale Line

New Class 230 D Trains have come into service on the Marston Vale Line (Bedford – Bletchley). The train, which has been developed by Vivarail, will provide extra capacity and a more comfortable journey for passengers on the Line. The Marston Vale Line is the first route in the country to benefit from these ground-breaking new trains!

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Sounds Familiar Community Choir is looking for new members

Do you like singing for fun?
Following its post-Christmas break, the Sounds Familiar Community Choir will re-commence rehearsals on Tuesday, February 5th at 7.30p.m at Cranfield Baptist church.

The choir, which sings for fun and for charity, is looking out for new members, particularly of the male variety! No audition is needed. Being able to read music not essential either.

Either pop along and meet them on the 5th, or contact the musical director, Jean Lloyd, on 01234 751495 or 07793 074911.

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Ridgmont Parish Council says that warehouse plans are “inappropriate”

Ridgmont Parish council asks residents to object to planning application

Ridgmont Parish Council held a special meeting (10 January 2019) at the village’s lower school to explain why it is objecting to the Prologis planning application for a warehouse and distribution centre along the A507 bypass.

Maria Spearing, chair of the parish council, told residents that the parish council hoped that Central Bedfordshire Council would not determine the application before the Local Plan examination has been completed.

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Central Bedfordshire Council obtains traveller High Court injunction

Travellers banned from parts of Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has gained an injunction banning eleven named individuals from setting up unauthorised encampments anywhere in Central Bedfordshire over the next two years.

During summer in 2017 these individuals and their families moved from site to site across Central Bedfordshire. The Council said that this caused disruption which impacted local communities.

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