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Bedfordshire carers to receive online support

According to Carers UK, the number of carers grew exponentially during the pandemic, reaching more than 13 million. The helping hand from the Freemasons is supporting them with essential items, life skills, counselling, crisis support, activities and breaks.

Approximately 20,000 unpaid carers in Bedfordshire are receiving access to crucial support online, funded by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) the governing body of the Freemasons, freeing up staff to help those who are most in need.

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Indian variant in Bedford: Town ‘now back to where it was in October and November’ after new virus version arrives

Public health chiefs in Bedford believe the borough is now back to where it was in October and November after a new, more catchable, form of COVID unleashed itself on town.
A meeting on 13 May 2021 was told that the majority of the 34 Indian variant cases so far identified are “not travel related” but may have been spread by social activities among friends.

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Central Bedfordshire Council leader rounds on critics of Conservative colleague Steve Dixon over construction firm links

A passionate rebuke of allegations and innuendo targeting a Central Bedfordshire councillor has been made by the council leader at the local authority’s annual meeting.

Conservative Arlesey councillor Richard Wenham leapt to the defence of his executive colleague, Stotfold and Langford councillor Steve Dixon, over what he described as “some disturbing misreporting”.

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Avian Influenza: heightened biosecurity measures due to be lifted from midday on Saturday 15 May

The Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales are advising poultry keepers to remain vigilant as the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) is due to be lifted from midday tomorrow (Saturday 15 May).

These additional biosecurity measures, which were introduced across Great Britain in November 2020, have been vital in protecting flocks across the country from the disease which is circulating in wild birds.

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People aged 38 and 39 can now book an NHS COVID jab

The NHS is now inviting people aged 38 and 39 in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes to have their COVID-19 jab.

So far, the NHS in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes has dispensed over 680,000 vaccinations. Appointments are still available for those in the initial cohorts who have not yet been protected.

Invitations to people aged 38 – 39 have begun this week. So if you receive one, please do act on it as soon as possible.

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Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes NHS teams to help develop blueprint for restoring routine NHS care

NHS teams across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are to trial new ways of working to help develop a blueprint for restoring routine NHS care after the pandemic, as part of a new plan unveiled yesterday (13 May 2021).

The Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG) said that more people had access routine tests and treatment during the second wave of the pandemic than the first, despite hospitals caring for more COVID-positive patients.

Adding that the vaccine programme means that hospitals are now dealing with far fewer COVID cases.

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The Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle covers the following villages in Bedfordshire:

We also cover the latest news from Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

There are health updates from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Education News from both councils.

Finally, we cover the Business News in the area and Lifestyle News and What's On to help you make the most of your spare time.

Each of the village news pages contain local information such as doctors' surgeries and nearest dentists.


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