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Take part in our photo competition: Bedfordshire - A Changing LandscapeBarry Halton

This year CPRE Bedfordshire celebrates 30 years of standing up for Bedfordshire’s countryside and greenspaces. To mark this, they are running a photography competition open to all, to build a picture of Bedfordshire’s much-loved countryside and greenspaces, and glimpse how these are changing. The theme is: Bedfordshire - A Changing Landscape.

Bedfordshire is a beautiful county, with landscapes and green spaces that are enormously valued by the people who live here, yet our landscapes change, both throughout the year and over time. Entrants are encouraged to consider the ways that Bedfordshire’s landscape, countryside and greenspaces can be seen to change, through natural or human factors. On their 30th anniversary, it is fitting to focus on how Bedfordshire’s landscapes change over time - a chance to consider the past, present and future of our beautiful county.

The competition is open to CPRE members and non-members, so keep a camera to hand when you’re out and about. First prize - £100, second prize - £50 M&S vouchers. The deadline for entries is 16th October 2017. 

Details for enty are as follows:

The competition entry is FREE and you may enter up to five photographs. 

To submit each photograph, please email them as attachments to info@cprebeds.org.uk, with the following information:  Photographer’s  name, address, email & telephone number – plus, the location of the photo, date photo taken, name of photo and photo caption (max. 40 words)

For more information on the Rules, please click here

13:41, Thursday by Parish Clerk
Image result for macmillan coffee morningGreenfield School PTA is holding a joint fundraiser for MacMillan and the PTA and last year they raised over £400. Click here to see more details, they would be delighted to see you and receive any donations of cakes.
16:58, 20 Sep 2017 by Parish Clerk

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As part of International Older Persons Day, Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire, in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, Aragon Housing Association, Circle MSK and Flitwick Town Council will be hosting a Full of Life Festival for Older People to celebrate the positive contributions that older people make to society.

Date: Friday 6th October 2017

Time: 10.00am to 2.30pm

Venue: The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, MK45 1AH

With activities intended to help older residents remain ‘Full of Life’, this year’s theme, ‘Stepping into the future’, is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people, in their families, communities and societies at large. Activities at this year’s event will include music, keep fit exercises, a quiz and free refreshments, all lined up to entertain visitors of all ages.

As well as being a fun and social event, this will be an opportunity for older people to get information about health, social care and housing services and how to access them. There will be exhibitors from many statutory and voluntary organisations and local groups offering advice and information about local services for older people such as social care, health, housing, leisure activities, holistic services and much more. There will also be a series of craft stands with items for sale, and a mystery celebrity at the event. For more information please contact Jane Kelly Digital Communications Officer Healthwatch Email: jane.kelly@healthwatch-centralbedfordshire.org.uk or call  0300 303 8554

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17:43, 14 Sep 2017 by Parish Clerk

The Playing Field is sporting two brand new picnic tables to match the one already there, courtesy of the 2017 Potato Race proceeds. Thanks go the Organisers for not only arranging a great village event, but also making this kind donation (of an not inconsiderable sum!) to the community to enjoy. 

We know the existing picnic bench is greatly appreciated, so two more will make an excellent addition to our already well used playing field.  

But could we please add a note of caution, village amenities are fairly few and far between in Flitton and Greenfield and so we must value what we have. 

A spate of recent vandalism has again left damage to the MUGA fences, goal posts and a sign being ripped down. This all costs money to repair and it comes out of your contribution to the Council Tax, meaning it can't be spent on other worthwhile facilities.

If you see any vandalism taking place or know who has caused it, please let the Police (on 101) or a Parish Councillor know. We have CCTV cameras mounted on the Village Hall so we are able to pass information onto the Police and no-one wans to get a criminal record for this damage, so please help us to stop this mindlessness and appreciate what we have!

14:24, 14 Sep 2017 by Parish Clerk
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As shorter days and darker nights are drawing closer, Bedfordshire Police is reiterating the importance of taking steps to make things more difficult for would-be burglars, by issuing burglary prevention tips. Detective Chief Inspector Duncan Young said: “Burglars aren’t afraid of taking advantage of homes that are left insecure. Therefore it’s vital that the public ensure their homes are as secure as possible. I would urge residents to ensure that windows are closed and locked when they are not at home, and if you are going out please make sure you use timers on your lights so that your house doesn’t look empty 
“Burglary continues to be a priority for the force, and we remain dedicated to taking action against those responsible for these offences.”

Top tips to minimise your chances of becoming a victim of crime:
  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house
  • Before you go out, is there anything outside your house that could be used to break in? Lock tools and ladders away in a shed
  • Ensure your side gate is locked and that any fences surrounding your garden are in good condition
  • Ensure your car keys are hidden out of sight and away from your letterbox
  • If you’re heading away for the weekend, ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home and report any suspicious activity via 101
  • Activate tracking devices on any new phones
  • Mark any new equipment with UV property marking pens - property marking can’t prevent things being stolen, but can act as a deterrent and if found, can be returned to its rightful owner more quickly
The force remains dedicated to tackling burglary through Op Fidelity, the force’s dedicated response to burglary and robbery. Op Fidelity sees officers from various areas of the force working together to tackle these issues. Those involved in the year-round operation continue to work hard to find and bring to justice those people responsible for burglaries, and this remains a priority for the force.
10:29, 14 Sep 2017 by Parish Clerk

Did you know you can pick up delicious fish and chips in the village on Tuesday evenings?

'The Plaice To Eat Team' serve fish and chips plus a whole host more (sausages, savaloys,pies) from 17.30h and are based outside The Compasses pub every Tuesday evening. We should support them as they had to leave the village once before due to lack of trade so its use it or lose it!  You can pre order before 5 by calling Jo on 07572 441882 and its super service!

You can follow them on Image result for facebook for regular updates on WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ THEPLAICETOEATFISHANDCHIPS

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18:11, 13 Sep 2017 by Parish Clerk

Image result for teddy bear marmaladeDon't forget this Saturday is Gala Day, and National Teddy Bear day!  Bring your favourite teddy along and enjoy the normal festivities (BBQ, stalls, games, live music, arena events...) plus some special teddy themed activities. This year we are raising money to install a defibrillator outside the village hall. Spread the word! 

It starts with the procession through the villages from the Compasses starting at 12.15, then walk from the White Hart to the Playing Field at approx 12.45h to see the Gala Queen crowned at 13.00h. Fun and entertainment, stalls and competitions then until 17.00h

If anyone can help or you want more information, please contact Simon Sadler on 01525 861727

12:12, 07 Sep 2017 by Parish Clerk