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Proposal for major change in how healthcare is organised in Bedfordshire

Public survey launched on proposed change to how healthcare is organised in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

At present there are three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) serving Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK). Each CCG is made up of clinicians, GP Member Practices and NHS managers.

A proposal is now being considered to bring together all three CCGs to form one organisation by April 2021. This would be called ‘NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group’.

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Bedfordshire celebrant supports High Court case for legal recognition of humanist marriages

The humanist couples are taking a case the the High Court to try to compel the UK Government to change the law to
recognise humanist weddings as legally recognised marriages, as is the case with religious weddings
across the UK and humanist weddings in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

A humanist wedding is a non-religious ceremony conducted by a humanist celebrant who shares the
beliefs and values of the couple. It differs from a civil wedding in that it is entirely personalised and
reflective of the humanist beliefs and values of the couple. Humanists UK has provided these
ceremonies for many decades.

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Cat crisis: RSPCA received 75 cat reports in Bedfordshire since lockdown

Charity warns of unneutered cats giving birth to unwanted litters

The RSPCA said that is facing a cat crisis as since the start of lockdown, there have been 6,630 cat incidents reported to its hotline. 75 of these reports were from Bedfordshire.

The charity is currently caring for 1,013 cats (as of 13 May) which is more than any other pet in its care. It fears that the situation is set to get worse as the traditional kitten season gets underway.

The lockdown is making it harder for owners to neuter their pets, which could mean even more unwanted litters coming through the charity’s doors.

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Increase in animal and wildlife crime in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Police is experiencing an increase in animal and wildlife crime reports. It is warning the county’s residents to be wary about purchasing meat from unregulated suppliers.

Since the start of the lockdown, the force has received a higher number of reports from the farming community.

These range from walkers trampling crops, leaving gates unsecured and loose dogs chasing cattle, sheep and deer.

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Weaving Narratives – celebrating Bedfordshire’s history

The Weaving Narratives project invites people to use Bedfordshire’s archives as inspiration to create textile works. When the project was first run, four years ago, both amateur and professional textile artists created a wide range of pieces.

The project is open to anyone interested in taking part. Participants will be offered an introduction to Archive Service, and the chance to take part in three workshops. Assisted by archive professionals, they will be given special access to original archive materials representing hundreds of years of Bedfordshire’s history.

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Blue Monday and looking after your mental health

Blue Monday and looking after your mental health

As we approach Blue Monday, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is highlighting the mental health services available in the county.

The post-Christmas blues brought on by cold winter days, long dark nights and the arrival of hefty heating and credit card bills has resulted in the third Monday in January becoming known as the most miserable day of the year.

We can all feel a bit fed up at this time of year, but if you are suffering from thoughts or feelings that adversely affect your life over a prolonged period, you should seek help.

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