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Christmas Competition

Does your child love Christmas?

Every year we hold at Christingle Service at Woburn Church and this year we are holding a competition for children to design the front cover of the programme for the service. 

The criteria is a 'Christmassy' picture but with a fire related theme.  The competition is open to all children in the following age ranges and a winner will be chosen from each age group:

• 4 - 7 years
• 8 - 10 years
• 11 - 13 years

The overall winner will have their drawing printed on the front cover of this year’s Christingle programme and all three winners will see their creation on our Fire and Rescue Service Christmas cards.

The winning children and their families will also get to visit a fire station.

Entries can either be handed in to reception at our headquarters site in Kempston or posted, for the attention of Sue Shepherd, BFRS Headquarters, Southfields Road, Kempston, Beds, MK42 7NR.

 All entries should be in colour and include:

• The child’s name and age
• The child’s school
• The child’s parent's name/s
• Contact details, including phone number, for a parent.

 Find out more about your local Fire and Rescue Service by visiting our website:

The closing date for entries will be 31st October 2017


Three modern slavery crimes are recorded every week across Thames Valley*.
Could you spot the signs?

Today (2/10) we are launching our Hidden Harm campaign, raising awareness of abuse in the heart of our communities. 
Over the next 18 months we will be bringing a number of different abuse-related crimes, which often go undetected or unreported, into the spotlight.
The first focus is modern slavery.

The message at the centre of this campaign is simple – Open your eyes to abuse. It could be happening in your community, so if you suspect it, report it.

What is Modern Slavery?
Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain.  Victims of modern slavery can be any age, gender, nationality or ethnicity. They are tricked or threatened into work and may feel unable to leave through fear or intimidation. 

Spot the signs
Modern slavery could be happening in your community so it’s important you know the signs that could indicate someone is a victim of this crime.

•    How do they look? Scruffy, dirty, malnourished, injured?
•    How are they acting? Anxious, afraid, reluctant to talk?
•    What’s their work situation like? Long hours, unsuitable clothing, wrong equipment?
•    How’s their accommodation? Overcrowded, poorly maintained, curtains always closed?
•    What are their movements like? Never leave the house alone, limited contact with friends and family, no access to money or identification?

Report it
We all have a role to play in keeping people safe from harm. If you think someone may be a victim of modern slavery tell someone.
You will always be taken seriously.
You can contact the Modern Slavery Helpline confidentially on 08000 121 700 or the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. 
For more information about the campaign please visit our website.

*Figures are a weekly average of recorded crime between 01/10/16 – 31/03/17


Motocross site *NEW* Planning Application

Another Planning Application has been received for: Raising of existing bunding to motorcycle track to a minimum of 2.0m above the highest part of the existing track level as required by condition 7 of planning permission reference CB/14/03678/VOC.

Please note that there is a request to change the bunding specification as required by condition 7 of planning permission reference CB/14/03678/VOC,  as can be seen from the Revised LBM-17 Bunds Planning Statement document included with the application.

Please see the CBC Planning Applications and Appeals quick search page and enter CB/15/01784/MW in the Applications Quick Search field, to view.


CBC Free Careers and Employment Event: 02/11/2017 at The Incuba, Dunstable

Central Bedfordshire Council is organising a free careers and employment event on Thursday, 2 November.  It’s a great opportunity for youngsters thinking about their future career and residents looking for work, training opportunities or advice about getting back into work.

The Find Your Future event is being held at The Incuba, in Dunstable, from 9.30am to 6.30pm that day.  It’s being split into two sessions. The first, which runs until 2.30pm, is primarily aimed at schools, with the second for adults, NEET young people and parents/carers.

It will see 50 leading businesses and organisations exhibiting on the day and offering interactive demonstrations. Among those to confirm so far are Center Parcs, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Automated Technology Group, Brinkley Propellers, Central Bedfordshire Council, Kier Group PLC, Calex Electronics, The Academy of Social Work and Early Intervention and The National Apprenticeship Service. They are from a whole range of different areas including construction, health and social care, travel and tourism, transport and logistics, agriculture and food, research and development and high-performance technologies. 

CBC will be providing regular updates about the event on Facebook and Twitter as well as a dedicated web page.


Parish Council Meetings

Stanbridge Parish Council meetings are normally held at 7:30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month, in the Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall. See Events Calendar for details. 


Central Bedfordshire Council Highways Department

In view of the issues highlighted by several concerned residents, regarding the installation of the speed humps in Tilsworth Road, please note you can raise any concerns or complaints on this matter, other speeding or highways issues including pavements, on the following number and email:

Central Bedfordshire Council Highways Department, tel: 0300 300 8049 or click on the following link to their website:

The Parish Council are also in communication with CBC regarding this issue and other speeding problems. You can also raise any Central Beds Council issues with our Ward Councillor Mark Versallion, tel: 0300 300 8555 or email:  or see his Councillor page:

Andrew Selous, MP also has regular Surgeries, see link for details:


For Village Hall bookings  please click here


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Would You Like To Volunteer For Street Watch?

Bedfordshire Police is keen to hear from residents concerned about anti-social behaviour and crime in their area and would like to join forces to tackle these issues. Street Watch enables residents to promote good citizenship by patrolling their own streets. Members liaise with the force to encourage positive information sharing and partnership working. Juliet Wright, the force’s Watch Scheme Development Coordinator, said: “Our Street Watch volunteers provide visible reassurance and appropriately engage in local issues that matter most to their communities. They commit two hours every month to patrol in small groups, providing that vital link between their communities and the force. “We are looking for volunteers who either want to join a scheme that’s already set up in their area, or anyone who would like to start one.” Bedfordshire has Street Watch schemes in: Ampthill, Barton-Le-Clay, Biggleswade, Caddington, Clifton, Marston Moretaine, Harlington, Houghton Regis, Maulden, Shefford and Wootton, but schemes can be set up in any area. Volunteers are vetted at the same level as police volunteers, and Bedfordshire Police will provide training for any new members or groups. To find out more about becoming a volunteer, please email More information is also available at: