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Luton, Dunstable and Bedfordshire's FREE community magazine Issue 46 • June 2013

news • reviews • events • opinions and more

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In this issue

Publisher: Koyes Company Ltd 12 Alexandra Avenue, Luton Beds, LU3 1HG

Advertising/Editor: Mostaque Koyes

Editorial & Design: Heather Ellis

Printed by: Bartham Group Unit A, Park Avenue Industrial Estate, Sundon Park Road, Luton. LU3 3BP

Disclaimer Any views expressed in Community Magazine are those of the individual authors and not necessarily those of the publisher. No part of the magazine should be copied or distributed without the prior consent of the publisher and remains the property of the publisher.

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Welcome Let’s work together Don’t forget to vote! High Flying Charlie Support for carers from LBC Baby-friendly Bedfordshire Award for ‘Apprentice Steps’ Woolwich murder response Feed the world One of those people ASR’s olympic legacy Luton’s new Mayor Going out. Our what’s on guide. New manager at Stockwood Council Tax Benefit update Have you had a health check? Healthwatch Luton seeks board Beauty and the trek Advertising with Community Magazine On the buses Coffee Break - your montly brainteaser! Pause for thought Follow us on Twitter @CommunityComms

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welcome Get your copy! Community Magazine is available for you to pick up throughout Luton, Dunstable and Bedfordshire. Our pick up points include: •

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It’s probably no exaggeration to say that the tragic death of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich last month has affected us all in some way. Shock and sadness following the initial news reports; and then further sadness at the news of attacks against mosques and members of muslim communities across the county. Amidst all the chaos, one piece of news did bring some cheer though. This was the reaction of members of a small mosque in York when a group of English Defense League supporters showed up. Not only did they serve the undoubtedly hostile group with tea and biscuits but also took the time to invite them inside, engage in conversation and talk through the protestors fears and mis-understandings. What a response! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear more stories like this emerging from this tragedy which demonstrate communities coming together, as only by doing so can we tackle hatred and anger and replace it with peace and warmth. Moving on to this month’s issue of Community Magazine, I’d like to thank those people who have provided very positive feedback to the recent changes we’ve made. We’re working hard to continue to improve and the feedback definitely makes it worthwhile. This month’s issue is full of interesting, entertaining and informative articles. There’s Charlie O’Brien’s hair-raising (probably literally!) skydive for charity, good news for mums following Bedfordshire’s Baby-Friendly award, and lots of updates on projects around the area. Don’t forget to check on what’s happening with our what’s on guide on pages 20 and 21 and if you have five minutes to spare, why not have a go at our crossword.

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Let’s work together Voluntary groups, social enterprises and charities who work with young people across Luton are coming together to form The Luton Youth Network. Luton has never before had a network of all youth organisations working together. In answer to feedback from voluntary organisations and form the people who work with young people the many of towns voluntary agencies have decided to work together for the benefit of the town.

Every area The groups provide a wide range of support and interventions for young people covering every area of the town offer music, sports, art activities, training, meeting spaces lobbying and mentoring to name a few. Coming together into a network will help build the capacity of organisations across the town. Montell Neufville from Marsh Farm Youth Consultants interim Chair of Luton Youth Network said “It is important to help and support young people to make choices which

are the best for them and for everyone else, and also to divert young people into positive activities. “Young people need to be involved in making decisions and to make the right choices. What we certainly want to do is to put young people first. Ensuring the youths of the town are involved in decision making has to be the number one priority. “In the past there has been competition between groups for funding, for space and for contracts, this isn’t always in the best interest of young people. We want to work differently.” If you would like to get involved and support young people contact Luton Youth Network by emailing

Don’t forget to vote! Support Luton’s Inspire FM as they bid to win at the MOMO awards. Last month we reported on the brilliant news that Luton-based radio station Inspire FM had received no less than five nominations in the 2013 Music of Muslim Origin Awards. Voting is still open, so if you haven’t already then head to the MOMO awards website at There are five categories to vote in. The station itself is nominated i the ‘Best Muslim Radio Station’ category however two of Inspire FM’s shows and their presenters have also received nominations. Both ‘Urban Kube’ and ‘The Imaan Booster’ have been nominated for the ‘Most Innovative Radio Show’ award whilst their respective presenters, Shemiza Rashid and Reshmin are nominated in the ‘Best Female Radio Presenter’ category. The station and their presenters are naturally delighted with their nominations and speaking to Community

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Magazine, Reshmin, presenter of The Imaan Booster said of her nomination, “‘I am really humbled by this nomination. The Imaan Booster show’s aim is to motivate people in their obedience to Allah and to recharge and reignite their faith in Islam. Even if it has done a fraction of this huge aim, I am indeed blessed by Allah, and this nomination has shown this. I am truly grateful to Allah and all the lovely people who nominated the Imaan Booster Show.”

Dedication The station, which has been broadcasting since 1997, positions itself at the heart of Luton’s diverse community delivering a series of themed broadcasts as well as organising events like the family fun day which was help in early May. Their hard work and dedication has netted them not only a growing network and fan-base but now also national recognition. Vote today and you could help turn awardnominated into award-winning!

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High-flying Charlie r Charlie O’Brien, the 27 year old Marketing Manager at leading local law firm Pictons, completed her first ever skydive on Sunday May 12th and raised over £1,500 in aid of the company’s charity of the year, Keech Hospice. The 10,000ft daredevil experience took place on Sunday at Hinton nr Brackley in Northamptonshire at the Hinton Skydiving Centre. Pictons has already raised over £3000 so far for Keech Hospice by setting up its own events throughout its four offices in Beds, Bucks and Herts. These events have included a Corporate Rounders Tournament and two Great Charity Bake Offs, as well as having staff members who have participated in many of Keech’s own fundraising initiatives. Charlie says “It was a big challenge for me not only to do the skydive but also to raise funds for Keech. “I aimed for £300 initially yet people have been so generous my final total topped £1600, which is just so

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generous, I held an afternoon tea at my flat for family and friends which raised over £260.. “Keech Hospice is such a vital part of the local community and a truly great charity. I think everybody locally knows someone who has been through Keech or benefited from the services they provide. “I have visited Keech several times for meetings and events as they are Pictons Charity of the Year but was more recently spurred on to raise money for them while taking part in the Keech Penalty Kings tournament for staff, parents and patients from the children’s ward. “It really brought home to me how valuable all of the staff are in their efforts to make Keech as beautiful a place as it is both inside and out for everyone. I was totally humbled to see these children and babies with such life limiting illnesses able to put that aside and to be a child just for that 1 day! I walked away determined to do something.. . “My mum wasn’t so excited about me jumping out of an aeroplane at 10,000’, but she came along (feet firmly on the ground) with my stepdad Trev, and my grandparents

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e raises over £1500 Tom & Eileen, who are in their 70s. They were at the airfield to cheer me back down to the ground. “It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Jumping out for me was the worst bit but Geoff my tandem jumper and the owner of Hinton Skydiving Centre really put me at ease, if it wasn’t for him chatting to me all the way up and being full of banter I don’t know if I’d have been able to jump! “When the parachute was deployed Geoff started to do some crazy stunts so we were swooping and circling through the air. That made my belly turn but it was brilliant..

Proud “It was certainly a challenge but nothing compared to what the patients and staff go through at Keech on a daily basis. “I must admit I feel very proud to have jumped for Keech and want to thank all of my family, friends, colleagues and local companies who have supported me through this.

I gave myself a pat on the back after the dive, I can now officially tick it off my things to do before I’m 30 list!” Adele Harris, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Keech Hospice says “Like many of our corporate partnerships, Pictons has already given us phenomenal support during this past year, our 21st anniversary year. “Every year we have to raise £6million and we can’t thank companies like Pictons enough for their generosity and the other local people who still give to us even when they are struggling themselves. “We booked places on the May Sky Dive for 15 brave souls and Charlie was one of the first to take up this huge challenge. “Her friends, family and contacts gave her lots of support and thanks to her bravery we’ll have added a whopping £1,600 into our fundraising. “Every bit of money we raise really counts and supports the work we are doing at Keech.” You can still support Keech on Charlie’s justgiving site and you can follow her fundraising activities on Twitter: @lilladycob

Calling all charities that can support local carers Luton Borough Council is inviting local charities to apply for a new fund set up to support local carers. More than 18,000 people in Luton look after someone because of ill health, disability or old age on an unpaid basis; and yet two-thirds of these carers aren’t accessing any advice, help or support. London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL) has identified £140k as part of their Community Funding Programme for new services to support local people who devote time to helping the ill, frail or disabled. It is anticipated that about half of the fund will be used to set up a dedicated information, advice and support service (or services) for Luton carers. The remaining money will be used to fund projects that will work with specific groups of carers such as those

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caring for someone with a particular condition, or projects which will meet a specific need for carers. Cllr Mahmood Hussain, Portfolio Holder for adult social care, said: “Carers are unsung heroes as their hard work and dedication often means they put their own lives on hold or miss out on things because of their commitment to that person. “We are delighted that this new fund had been identified as many carers have told us tell us that they would like to be better supported in their role. “We want to hear from charities with ideas on how they can support Luton’s dedicated carers who freely give their time to take care of someone else.” The Council is now calling for expressions of interest. For more information, or to discuss the possibility of submitting a funding proposal, call 01582 547541 or email:

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Baby-friendly! Bedfordshire South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT) Community Health Services Bedfordshire, along with Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Council’s Children’s Centres have successfully achieved the prestigious full ‘UNICEF Baby Friendly’ status. And they are one of only 23 in the UK to win international recognition from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and among the first in the Eastern Region. The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, is a global programme which provides a practical and effective way for health services to improve the care provided for all mothers and babies. In the UK, the initiative works with UK public services to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding and to strengthen mother-baby and family relationships. The World Health Organisation aim to demonstrate that support for these relationships is important for all babies, not only those who are breastfed. The Award is given to health facilities, hospitals and

Sue Ashmore – Director of UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative, presenting the certificate to the teams from SEPT, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council.

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universities after an assessment by a UNICEF team has shown that recognised best practice standards are in place. The Award was presented by Sue Ashmore the Director of UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative on 23 May at the Café in the Central Bedfordshire Council offices in Chicksands. “Bedfordshire Stormed It!” said Baby Friendly Initiative Programme Director, Sue Ashmore. “I can only describe them as a ‘force of nature’, every audit we did showed outstanding scores and I really believe that Bedfordshire could be a Beacon Site for the whole of the UK. Mothers in Bedfordshire can be confident that they will receive the very highest standards of care.” “We decided to join forces with UNICEF UK’s Baby Friendly Initiative to increase breastfeeding rates and to improve care for all mothers in Bedfordshire” said Jacky Syme – SEPT’s Breastfeeding Co-Ordinator. “Many mothers tell us that they want to breastfeed their baby – usually for the first six months, because it is the healthier for mum and baby. “However, they have also told us that feeding can be challenging and feeding in public can be difficult as they don’t know where to go, which places have changing facilities and they don’t always feel welcome.” It is for this reason that a number of innovative projects have been successfully launched within Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire: • The creation of 15 ‘Baby Brasseries’ who open their doors on a weekly basis across the county to provide coffee, cake and breastfeeding support from professionals and volunteer mums. This helps alleviate social isolation and encourages the continuation of breastfeeding – even when times are tough. •

A peer supporter programme which has recruited mums who have breastfed and now want to help other mums. Following training, these volunteers help at the Baby Brasseries to offer confidence building and tips on how to overcome the challenges in the early days and stay with the mums to help right through to introducing solid foods as the baby grows.

A ‘Model Mum’ competition which invited young mums to be the face of our breastfeeding promotion campaign for Bedfordshire. Connie Sharf (pictured) was our winner and will now help promote the benefits of Breastfeeding to a target group of hard to reach, young mums, and show that breastfeeding really can be glamorous

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shire ‘Storm it’ says UNICEF •

SEPT and Bedford Borough Council collaborated to recognise all the cafes, pubs and restaurants in Bedford who actively welcome breastfeeding mums and babies in their premises with the ‘Breastfeeding Mums Welcome’. All premises who meet the new criteria are able to proudly display the new ‘Baby Friendly’ window sticker to show they are supporting the award. Central Bedfordshire are hoping to introduce this scheme in the near future.

Created a 60 second YouTube film to promote the benefits of breastfeeding to young mums. As well as being available on YouTube, the film is screened in Children’s Centres and other NHS premises and is available on Smart Phones.

“We are delighted that SEPT and the local authorities in Bedfordshire have achieved full Baby Friendly status,” said Baby Friendly Initiative Programme Director, Sue Ashmore. “Surveys show us that most mothers want to breastfeed but don’t always get the support they need. Mothers in

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Bedfordshire can be confident that they will receive the highest standards of care.” Cllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said “Central Bedfordshire Council is passionate about helping children get off to a great start in life, and the work of the Council’s children’s centres is key to making this happen. Being awarded the UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation is fantastic news and recognition of the outstanding hard work of all the staff and those in our partner organisations.” Cllr Sue Oliver, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care at Bedford Borough Council, said “The Bedford Borough community is hugely supportive of breast-feeding and collectively understands the importance of this most natural of instincts. We have worked to promote places where our mothers can feel relaxed in baby-friendly environments, and we are over the moon to receive this recognition.” If you’d like to know more about the initiative, visit

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‘Apprentice Steps’ project wins award A partnership between three Luton organisations has won an award for improving the social and economic prospects of adults with learning disabilities. Luton & Dunstable University Hospital Trust, Luton Borough Council’s New Horizons Service and Luton Adult Learning have been working in partnership on a pilot project which supports adults with learning disabilities through a work skills programme. The project, known as ‘Apprentice Steps’, mirrors mainstream apprenticeships with the three organisations developing work placement opportunities which provide accredited learning for adults with learning disabilities. The objective is for these placements to lead into paid work in the local area. The success of the project has resulted in the three organisations winning the Adult Learners’ Week ‘Learning through Partnership’ award.

Achievement Adult Learners’ Week - celebrated this year from 20-24 May - culminates in an award ceremony which applauds achievement and recognises good practice in the field of learning across Bedfordshire and Luton. The awards, presented by the Learning Partnership of Bedfordshire and Luton, aim to highlight the value and huge variety of learning activities which take place throughout the area. In particular, they recognise innovative developments, which have widened participation and social inclusion. Learners and representatives from the three partnership organisations attended the award ceremony which was held in the beautiful surroundings of Shuttleworth College on Friday 24 May. Helen Nellis, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire and Jon Billington, Director of Transforming Local Infrastructure, presented the awards which included a certificate and a £200 voucher to be redeemed against future courses of learning. After receiving the award, Teresa King, Informal Learning Manager at Luton Adult Learning, spoke on behalf of the

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partnership: “All of the partners are proud to be associated with this ground breaking project, but most important is the way in which the learners have engaged with their learning and are so obviously enjoying this excellent opportunity.”

Congratulations Cllr Mahmood Hussain, Portfolio Holder for adult social care, said: “The confidence and self-worth of adults with learning disabilities can really be boosted through developing new skills and earning a living. I congratulate the three organisations for working together to make this a reality.”

Response to the Woolwich murder The following statement was issued on behalf of Luton in Harmony in response to the Woolwich Murder Lloyd Denny, chair of Luton in Harmony, said, “The Luton in Harmony campaign condemns in the strongest possible terms yesterday’s murder in Woolwich, and we express our sympathies to the victim’s family, friends and colleagues. “To lose a loved one at any time is very sad but under such circumstances it must be unbearable. “It is tragedies like this that serve to remind us all of the value of the Luton in Harmony campaign. I call on all Lutonians to join with me, remain vigilant and calm, and remember the core values of Luton in Harmony, which are to: - make friends with people from different backgrounds and life experiences and learn about their values - promote beliefs in a spirit of peace and harmony and encourage everyone else to do the same “I would also like to encourage people to visit the Luton in Harmony Facebook page and ‘like’ this statement which has since been posted.”

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Feed the world By Ted Bruning

It’s nearly 30 years since Bob Geldof first told us to Feed The World – and now three Luton schoolchildren are taking action to make sure the message isn’t forgotten. Ten-year-old Rehaan Shahid and his sisters Haniya (8) and Yalina (6), all pupils at Barnfield Moorland School, joined the IF Campaign, accompanying a team from MADE (Muslim Agency for Development & Education) In Europe on a journey across London to publicise the rally due to be held in Hyde Park on 8 June to highlight world hunger. The rally is one of many being organised across the globe in advance of the G8 Summit on 18-19 June in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Big yellow IF! The MADE In Europe team’s profile-raising tour of the Capital took them all round the West End, including Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square, with the Shahids brandishing a big yellow IF publicising the rally. Their route also passed Buckingham Palace, and Haniya said: “It was interesting how so many people stopped and asked about our sign and took pictures. I hope the Queen saw it too from her window!”

keen interest in issues such as global poverty and climate change. “We have a choice to eat or waste food,” he says. “But people in the third world don’t have so many choices.”

Emotional And mum Shemiza took part in the Live Below The Line challenge, living on a food plan of £1 a day for five days. “My experience was very testing and emotional,” she said. “I kept thinking about how I would be able to feed all my children on such a meagre amount, yet across the world parents have to do this every day, often with less than £1.” Shemiza said she took the children on the London campaign to broaden their social awareness. “I grew up watching Bob Geldof’s Feed the World campaign and saw the impact it had on raising awareness,” she says. “But many decades later the story is still the same. “People are dying because of hunger. And children are the greatest victims – one in eight children across the world will die because of malnutrition.” From left: Rehann, Haniya and Yalina Shahid

Squirrells It wasn’t all plain sailing, though. “It was awkward because the squirrels in Hyde Park wanted to eat the sign!” said Yalina. “It got banged a lot on the Tube, too, but I said a lot of hellos to people.” Joining the MADE In Europe publicity tour wasn’t the Shahid family’s first involvement in the fight against world hunger.

Poverty Rehaan was Youth Ambassador for Fair Trade at his school and takes a

Ted Bruning is an experienced copy-writer and freelance journalist. Follow him on Twitter: @TedBruning

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‘One of those people’ With John Holtom, Managing Partner, Legal Solutions Partnership

Imagine a gay police officer marrying another gay police officer. Can you? I doubt it. A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal didn’t consider this, at least not directly. The appeal to the EAT was made by the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (case number: UKEAT/0232l/12/MC) against an Employment Tribunal’s findings in favour of Mr Kevin Maxwell, a DC in SO15. Just so you get the sense of what this case is about I’ll quote one phrase – Mr Maxwell was described by a senior officer as “being one of those people”. When you know that Mr Maxwell was gay and of mixed race, you get the drift of the attitude of The Met. Perhaps now you also get the drift of my comment about gay marriage. Mr Maxwell’s case against his employers is one of those subtle indictments The Met seem to specialise in attracting. Subtle because we’re not talking about lynching, or actual violence, or open abuse. No one used blaxsploitation language intended to marginalise Mr Maxwell. Nevertheless, the words used directly, or impliedly, were acidic, and damaging.

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No doubt the senior officers of SO15 Counter Terrorism Command had undergone diversity training. They knew their entrenched attitudes needed to be concealed, or at least not spoken of openly, it being accepted by the same senior officers, that SO15 was made up of “an older age group, which meant they were more set in their views”. Which, presumably, meant, racism and sexism. It was suggested, therefore, that Mr Maxwell “would be more suited to a Borough… as there are more officers of his age and more diversity”. That is to say, the kind of person Mr Maxwell was wasn’t suitable for SO15 (being one of those persons). The Met argued Mr Maxwell was “not a reliable historian” – polite legal language, for a fantasist and liar. They argued – relying on a psychiatrist – Mr Maxwell was so sensitive his perception was exaggerated. They argued on each legal point the ET’s decision was perverse. They lost, completely, every argument. The EAT found for Mr Maxwell, as the ET had done – The Met was liable for unlawful discrimination by way of direct discrimination, harassment and victimisation on grounds of race and sexual orientation. Impressive. Scary, too.

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ASR’s olympic legacy London 2012 gave Britain a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire a nation to enjoy sport and the Government wants to embed that into the school day from an early age.

In the past, ASR (Actively Strengthening Resources) Projects have carried out successful sports initiatives in Luton. In 2010 ASR was approached by William Austin Junior School to carry out sports sessions with the children at the school. Over 500 children took part in ASR’s sports activities over a 6 month period and the activities aimed to incorporate 3 principles: communication, team-work

The new sports funding of £150 million aims to improve the quality of provision in every state primary school in England. This involves a greater role for Britain’s best sporting and voluntary organisations that will increase the specialist coaching and skills development on offer for primary schools.

Inspiration The Prime Minister David Cameron said “I want to ensure the Games count for the future too and that means capitalising on the inspiration young people took from what they saw during those summer months.”

and leadership. In light of the recent funding injection and the London 2012 Olympic Games, ASR Projects are re-launching their sports initiative. ASR Project has been running since September 2007. The project in essence was quite simply to establish various initiatives, consisting of young people from within the local communities. If you would like ASR to carry out a sports programme for your primary school please get in touch by visiting the ASR Learning Centre, 157 Biscot Road, call 01582 518 707 or email

Luton’s new Mayor Cllr Sheila Roden was sworn in as Luton’s new Mayor at a meeting of the full council held on 21 May. Born in Colwyn Bay in North Wales, Cllr Roden has had a well-travelled life, living for two years in America with her husband, Alan. The pair moved to Luton in 1982, attracted by the town’s vibrancy and energy. The following year, she joined the Labour party. Professionally, Cllr Roden has always worked with children and families, in roles including crèche supervisor and play scheme supervisor.

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Volunteering has always been a big part of her life, from organising and working on street parties, carnival floats, trips and many other social events. In her role as councillor for the Leagrave Ward, Cllr Roden has never been afraid to get her hands dirty and has joined volunteers in cleaning out the River Lea and painting fences in a local play area. Cllr Roden has represented Leagrave since 1993, has sat on many school governing bodies and is chair of Gill Blowers Nursery – a post she has held for many years. Cllr Roden said: “I am delighted to have been elected as Mayor of Luton. It will be a fantastic opportunity to meet local people from all areas of the town, and I am really looking forward to my year in the role.” The Mayor will support two charities during her year in office: Luton Food Bank and Multiple Sclerosis – Bradbury House. She will also support sports facilities for children in Luton. Cllr Mohammed Zia was also appointed as Deputy Mayor yesterday. He was elected to the Council in 2011 and represents the Round Green Ward.

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Going out Your guide to what’s happening in your area

The summer holidays are nearly here, which means it’s almost time for the Summer Reading Challenge! Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps gets 750,000 children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Because everything changes when we read. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday. Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Every time your child finishes a book they get stickers and rewards and there’s a certificate for everyone that finishes. The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all children and is designed for all reading abilities. This year’s theme is Creepy House. To take part, simply take your library card to your local library, fill out a form, collect your free Creepy House items and get reading! Spine-tingling adventures await!

Glow worm night walks Discover these magical creatures. Saturdays 13th (Sharpenhoe) and 20th (Whipsnade) July 2013 - 10 pm Come and observe these fascinating little creatures at night. Your children will be so excited about this event. Your own torch for viewing would be essential. So bring a little sparkle into your lives and witness this miracle of nature. Each walk will be lead by one of our Ranger team. • All Tickets £2 per person •

Booking essential.

Car parking charge of £2 applies.

13th July we’ll be meeting at Sharpenhoe car park. 20th July we’ll meet at the Chilterns Gateway Centre.

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Dunstable Downs, Chilterns Gateway Centre, Whipsnade Road, DUNSTABLE, Beds LU6 2GY Contact: Chilterns Gateway Centre Telephone and to book: 01582 500920 Email: Website: Twitter: @DunstableDwnsNT

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Come fly your kite! Saturday 27/Sunday 28 July 2013 - 11.00 - 16.00. Join in this fantastic fun filled weekend. There will be kids activities, face painting, entertainers, market stalls and plenty more. Be amazed as giant kites in the shape of bears, tigers and stars float across the sky and world famous display teams fly kites in breathtaking patterns. No additional charges. Booking not needed. Car parking charge of £2 applies.

Dunstable Downs, Chilterns Gateway Centre, Whipsnade Road, DUNSTABLE, Beds LU6 2GY Contact: Chilterns Gateway Centre Telephone and to book: 01582 500920 Email: Website: Twitter: @DunstableDwnsNT

Dunstable’s hidden Augustinian Priory The official Audio Guides for Dunstable’s Hidden Augustinian Priory Tour are now available. With the help of the National Lottery Heritage fund, Local Historians have been able to unveil the details of the Augustinian Priory hidden beneath the soil for the last 500 years. Together with the University of Bedfordshire these details have been put together to form a story that will captivate. Either individually or as a group of up to eight, listen as the story unfolds and be transported back in time to 1461. Experience the sounds of the Canon’s chanting, the bustling kitchen and the day to day life within the courtyard of the Priory. Councillor Liz Jones Chairman of Community Services Committee noted, “We are steeped in history here in Dunstable even if some of it is hidden; it is great that the story of the Augustinian Priory is now available to all. The audio guide is a fantastic idea, bringing history to life in an interesting way.”

The audio guides are available to hire for a nominal charge of £2.50 (and a refundable cash deposit of £10) from the Priory House Heritage Centre. The tour takes approximately one hour, and therefore to ensure that you are able to fully enjoy your experience at your leisure, you are advised to begin your tour by 2:45 pm. It is also possible to book a slot, please contact Priory House Tourist Information Centre for more details (01582 891420) or visit Once you have completed your tour why not treat yourself to some refreshment in the award winning Priory House Tea Rooms where a selection of speciality teas and homemade cakes await you.

Do you want your event listed here? Raising funds for a good cause? Seeking recruits for a group or community activity? We want to develop this page which is intended as an opportunity for charities, societies, clubs and community groups to advertise their social and fundraising events free of charge. Events advertised here must be open to the general public, not just to members. Entries may be shortened. Space will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so entries should be submitted as early as possible. Please email your entries to,marking the subject box Going Out. Thank you!

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New manager takes charge at Stockwood Park Golf Centre Sitting back with a cup of tea overlooking the 18th green, which is bathed in glorious sunshine, Stockwood Park Golf Centre’s new manager can finally see the club returning to its glory days. Since taking charge of the Active Luton Golf Centre in March 2013, Terry Nicholls’ priority has been to find out what is important to the club’s loyal members. Speaking from the clubhouse on a balmy spring afternoon, Terry, who has worked for Active Luton for more than seven years, said: “As a lifetime golfer myself, I know it is so much more than a sport. Golf is about being healthy and happy, while socialising with good friends. “I spoke to a few of the members after I was appointed and they told me what I already knew. To them, golf is more than the four hour stroll around the course. It’s just as much about the socialising afterwards. “The clubhouse was not as accessible as they would have liked with many members pointing out that the best days were in the past when they could relax upstairs overlooking the course. I spoke to a few people to see what could be done and am delighted that we found the resource for a new clubhouse on the first floor which overlooks our signature 18th hole.

“We offer a number of programmes and coaching clinics to inspire new people to the game. If you’ve never played before I challenge you to come down and see what’s on offer. It’s a brilliant chance to learn technique, new skills and to meet new people. “Developing junior golf is another important priority for me and we already have a number of success stories with young golfers coming through our academy to go on to success on the national stage.” Helen Barnett, Chief Executive of Active Luton, said: “Terry has done a fantastic job since taking over the management of the centre and the positive feedback from members has been overwhelming. “Golf has all sorts of health benefits as it gets you out in the fresh air, develops core strength and hand eye co-ordination so I am delighted that we have some first class facilities here at Stockwood. Come and take a look for yourself!” For more information on the latest offers, promotions and coaching available at Stockwood Park Golf Club go to or call 01582 41 37 04.

Soak up the sun “People can now enjoy panoramic view across the course and soak up the sun from our large balcony area. With new glazing work due to completed by mid June, the clubhouse refurbishment will be complete and will provide an ideal backdrop to a superb course.” Kevin Nichols, Club Captain, added: “On behalf of members I would like to thank the team at Active Luton who have restored our golf pavilion to its traditional home. As a committee we are committed to increasing membership and usage of the golf centre and this has really helped rejuvenate the golf scene at Stockwood Park.” Terry’s main priorities now are to ensure members and casual players continue to have an enjoyable experience at Stockwood Park and to see more local residents playing golf. He added: “In addition to looking after current players, I want to encourage new people to the sport from a range of ages, backgrounds and abilities. Golf has a range of health benefits so I want to see more people playing.

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This month’s Curry Club is part of a unique event at Luton Sixth Form College. The event will consist of a short presentation by students followed by networking and a delicious buffet dinner. This event has kindly been supported and sponsored by Community Curry Club, Unleashing Potential, Voluntary Works and Working Options.

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Council Tax benefit update From the 1 April 2013, you could no longer apply for Council Tax Benefit; instead you can apply for Council Tax Reduction. Council Tax Reduction operates like a discount, as opposed to a benefit. The Government has given councils the freedom to create their own Council Tax Support Schemes.

Differences from Council Tax Benefit The difference between Council Tax Reduction and Council Tax Benefit is that for working age claimants (except students) the second adult rebate has been removed. Second Adult Rebate was awarded if the person you share your home with was 18 or over, not your partner, on a low income, not paying you rent or not paying Council Tax themselves.

Council Tax Reduction Entitlement: The most you can get is a 100% reduction. How much you get depends on where you live, your circumstances (e.g. income, number of children) your household income - this includes things like savings, pension, your partner’s income, if your children live with you and if other adults live with you.

Eligibility You may get Council Tax Reduction if: you pay Council Tax or you’re on a low income or claiming benefits.

CHANGES TO DROP IN SESSIONS From 5 June 2013 there will no longer be a drop in service at ASR Learning Centre, Biscot Road. Instead services available every Monday between 10am- 12pm at the Bury Park Community Centre, Dunstable Road, Luton. For appointments please call 01582 450194 and every Monday between 2-4pm at Dallow Learning Community Centre, 234 Dallow Road Luton, for appointments please call 01582 410333 (Starting from Monday, 24 June 2013)

New launch of a Mobile Advice Bus One Stop Advice Centre and a host of other partners are coming to your neighbourhood. Every Wednesday from 5th June a mobile advice bus will be located at Addington Way (car park opposite the shops) between 2.00pm – 3.45pm and Playford Square, off Vincent Road, between 4.00pm – 6.00pm For further information regarding the changes or any benefit enquiries please contact Miss Azra Jan on 07939990036 or email

A health check could save your life It takes just 20 minutes and could add years to your life … so don’t miss your free NHS health check. If you are 40-74 years old and registered with a GP in Luton, ask your GP for a free health and cholesterol check if you haven’t had one in the past five years. A health check can help you lower your risk of four most common and often preventable conditions: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. You won’t need one, of course, if you already have one of these conditions because your GP will already be keeping an eye on you. The health check involves a few simple questions and a few simple tests. Questions focus on your family history and any medication you are taking. Your health practitioner records your height, weight, sex, ethnicity, age, calculates your body mass index (BMI) which shows whether you’re a healthy weight, and checks your blood pressure. A simple blood test shows your cholesterol level.

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A healthcare professional will explain your results and advise on maintaining and improving your health with helpful lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet, maintaining a healthy weight, cutting down on alcohol, increasing your physical activity and stopping smoking. You’ll be offered medication if necessary such as drugs to lower raised blood pressure. Cllr Mohammed Ashraf, portfolio holder for public health, said: “Heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease are the four biggest killers in the UK. Everyone is at risk of developing these conditions. But if we identify any risk early and take steps to reduce it, we can all improve our chances of maintaining or improving our health as we age.” Last year, over 4,500 people in Luton had an NHS health check. The national health check programme is designed to prevent 1,600 heart attacks and strokes a year, and save 650 lives. Most GPs in Luton are offering free health checks over the coming months, particularly those in Biscot, Bury Park and Leagrave, so ask your GP for one.

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Healthwatch Luton see Healthwatch Luton is seeking to appoint an exective board as it sets out to meet it’s target as laid out by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. 10 members of the public from across the community are sought to make up the executive board of Healthwatch Luton. These voluntary roles are required to contribute to the development and delivery of the strategic plan for Healthwatch Luton in line with the requirements of the Department of Health and Healthwatch England, through clear governance, effective strategic planning, and good management. The responsibility to establish a Healthwatch in each area has been placed on the Local Authority. In Luton the council has supported proposals, developed through public consultation, and carrying out an evaluation of Luton LINks, to work with partners and local communities to transform LINks into Healthwatch Luton. Healthwatch Luton and its Board will have strong involvement from lay people and volunteers. The functions of Local Healthwatch (LHW) are described in the Health and Social Care Act. Healthwatch Luton will reflect the requirements of the Act and will: • Provide information and advice to the public about accessing health and social care services and choice in relation to aspects of those services. •

Promote and support the involvement of people in the monitoring, commissioning and provision of local care services.

Obtain the views of people about their needs for, and experience of, local care services and make those views known to those involved in the commissioning, provision and scrutiny of care services.

Make reports and make recommendations about how those services could or should be improved.

Make the views and experiences of people from Luton known to Healthwatch England helping it to carry out its role as national champion.

The “enter and view” power of LINks will transfer to LHW, meaning that visits can be made (including unannounced) to all publicly funded health and social care services, providing support for adults. Once on site, authorised representatives can talk to patients and others and observe what is going on. It will report on its findings.

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What is Healthwatch? The Government’s health and social care reforms are centred on the principle ‘no decision about me, without me’, meaning that service users and the public must be at the heart of all health and social care service delivery. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 requires each local authority area to set up a new organisation called Healthwatch by 1st April 2013. Local Healthwatch will build on the work of Local Involvement Networks (LINks), with some additional roles and powers provided by the Act. The vision as set out in the Healthwatch Transition Plan published on March 29th 2011 by the Department of Health: ‘Healthwatch will be the independent consumer champion for the public – locally and nationally – to promote better outcomes in health for all and in social care for adults’. Healthwatch will be representative of diverse communities. ‘It will provide intelligence – including evidence from people’s views and experiences – to influence the policy, planning, commissioning and delivery of health and social care. Locally, it will also provide information and advice to help people access and make choices about services as well as access independent complaints advocacy to support people if they need help to complain about NHS services. Healthwatch will have credibility and public trust through being responsive and acting on concerns when things go wrong and operating effectively and efficiently.’ Principles of Local Healthwatch •

It must be independent, impartial and trusted in the local community.

Leadership must be highly visible, respected and accountable to local people.

It must be recognised as the statutory route for the public, patients, service users and carers to express views about health and adult social care.

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seeks executive board •

The Chair, who will be recruited first, and be involved in the recruitment of the other board members. The Chair will also act as the official spokesperson for Healthwatch Luton and may assume responsibility for media communications.

It must be able to interpret information about NHS, public health and adult/transition social care.

Treasurer – to be the legally responsible person on the board for accounting for financial expenditure, income generation, reserves policy, and the distribution of any surpluses in line with founding articles.

It must be able to take a strategic view of local NHS, public health and adult social care priorities whilst remaining sensitive to local issues, to ensure that services are appropriate to the particular communities they serve.

Chair(s) of standing committees – convene and chair any standing committees (eg audit, employment, IT, research, complaints, community engagement) established by the board in line with its agreed work priorities.

It should develop excellent relationships with commissioners and providers of NHS, public health and adult social care services.

Chair(s) of working groups – to convene and chair any time limited working groups established by the Board in line with agreed work plan priorities.

Regional/National delegate – to act as delegate/ ambassador for liaison with other neighbouring local Healthwatch organisations, regional networks and Healthwatch England.

It must have a good understanding of local voluntary and community groups, and other public, patient, service user and carer networks.

It must engage those groups and individuals who want to contribute and allow them to express their aspirations and views.

It must reach out to those groups and individuals who do not actively engage and enable them to express their aspirations and views.

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It should provide a route to represent the opinions of groups and individuals to the Health and Wellbeing Board.

It must be authoritative and credible when representing public, patients’, service users’ and carers’ aspirations and views.

• It must be able to help people to access information and signpost them to services, thus helping them exercise choice.

It must be recognisable and accessible, having a high profile supported by a clear brand and identity. It will effectively communicate its role and functions to the public, patients, service users and carers, and to staff in those services funded by the NHS, public health and social care.

Composition of the Board •

The Board of Healthwatch Luton will be made up of 10 members (to be confirmed), which will include a diversity of skills, perspectives and experiences.

Within this there will be a number of specific roles to which people will be appointed, and a number of seats for representatives of different organisations; the list below sets out some of the anticipated roles; however a member may have more than one role.

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Representatives from the following groups are sought: •

Diverse Communities – to provide a voice from within the diverse community.

Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) – to link with VCS Infrastructure partner, and other organisations from the sector, to provide a voice from within the VCS.

Young People – to provide a voice from a young person’s perspective.

Though it would not be necessary for each of these representatives to be a member of the respective organisations named, they would be required to work with them to share views and feedback developments. Further information on Healthwatch Luton and the positions are available in a pack from which the above information was taken.

If you would like to apply for any of these roles, a full pack and application form are available. Contact Nisar Mohammed via email on

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Beauty and the Trek Local beauty business owner raises money for hospice

Local beauty business owner Michelina Gurie is raising funds for Keech Hospice Care by trekking across the Sahara desert. Michelina, 31 is the owner of Beau Belles Beauty, which is an affordable and convenient beauty and holistic therapy business based in Cheviot Road. She plans to take part in a four day trek across the Sahara desert and then help at a local community project for a further two days. When asked why she is taking on this extraordinary task she said,“Lots of ladies who visit me at my cabin have a connection with Keech in some way and as soon as I mention that I am fundraising for them they often share their touching and very moving experiences with me. Hearing these incredible tales of the amazing work that Keech does really spurs me one and makes me want to help as much as I can.” “I first decided to put on a fundraising beauty day for Keech supporters last Christmas after several people had mentioned its great service. The day was a great success

and I managed to raise over £300 on the day. As a local business and resident, I feel that it is very important to support your local community. Keech does such an incredible job at providing care and support to local patients and families that I decided to go that extra mile and do my bit to help. After talking to some of the staff at Keech, I decided to sign up to the Keech Sahara Trek. This four day trek across the turbulent but amazing landscape is going to be a real struggle but nothing compares to the hardships faced by the patients and families at Keech. I’m excited and scared about the trek in equal proportions at the moment but I know the money raised is going to a worthy cause.” Please sponsor Michelina on her justgiving page http:// Keech Hospice Care still has places left on the Sahara Trek which takes place from 30th March-6th April 2014. For more information please visit uk/get_involved/events/overseas_challenges/overseaschallenges-2014/sahara-trek



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On the buses! Landmark moment in construction of the Luton Dunstable Busway Construction of the Luton Dunstable Busway reached a landmark moment on Tuesday 28 May when the last of more than 4,500 concrete beams was laid on the guideway. The 13.4km busway from Houghton Regis to London Luton Airport includes 7.4km of guideway, comprising 4,516, 4.8-tonne, pre-cast concrete beams and 2,598 pads to support them. In total, some 12,453 cubic meters of concrete has been batched at main contractor Bam Nuttall’s compound in Kingsway, Luton, and if all the beams were laid end to end they would stretch for 17 miles. The construction programme is now in its final stages, with completion of the beam alignment and construction of the ‘flares’ where buses join and leave the guideway scheduled by the end of May. Test runs along the entire busway are due to begin on Monday 3 June. These will be used to verify the expected journey time calculations so that the operators can finalise their bus timetables. Three operators – Arriva, Centrebus and Grant Palmer are finalising partnership agreements with the two councils to run services on the busway. Driver training will begin in late June with services expected to commence late August to mid-September. Cllr Dave Taylor, Portfolio Holder for transportation, said: “This landmark signals that the Luton Dunstable Busway, the second-longest in the world and the longest in an urban environment, is nearing completion and we are looking forward to bus services commencing in the late summer. “Once open, it’s no exaggeration to say it will revolutionise bus travel in Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis, with a superb, smooth ride quality and dramatically reduced journey times by up to 50 per cent.” Since work began in February 2011, six bridges have been demolished and rebuilt, and three new structures added. Together with the priority buses will receive at junctions, these will ensure that services can bypass congestion ‘hotspots’ across Luton and Dunstable and deliver the shortest possible journey times for passengers. Away from the main route, more than 150 bus stops have been upgraded with real-time passenger information, raised pavements for level boarding and many with new

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shelters. CCTV and help points will offer safety and security at stops along the main corridor, and will be monitored by the CCTV control room in Luton. A new cycle route will run along the busway’s whole length between Blackburn Road in Houghton Regis and Kimpton Road in Luton, running alongside Dog Kennel Downs, Blows Down and over the M1 motorway, and is due to complete by the end of June. At Luton train station the smart new bus interchange has been completed, with stands for 13 buses, layover bays and real-time passenger information. The majority of the busway is a 10.4km two-way segregated route between Blackburn Road in Houghton Regis, through Dunstable, into Luton town centre and on to Kimpton Road. From there the route continues on the highway up to London Luton Airport, with a new bus lane in Kimpton Road to be built next year. Services are provided on specially-adapted buses capable of running on the guideway at speeds of up to 50mph, and also on public roads. Arriva has invested £1.7m in a fleet of 11 new buses already operating in Luton and which will serve the busway. Colin Chick, the Council’s Corporate Director of Environment and Regeneration said: “The Luton Dunstable Busway is an impressive feat of engineering and its great benefit is to provide all the connectivity of a bus with the speed of a train. Buses will run not only along the main corridor but also reach out into the community and serve 150 stops across Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis. “More than that, the busway offers an unrivalled opportunity to change people’s local travel habits and also links four of the poorest wards in the conurbation with the station, employment areas, education, health and leisure facilities. In this way the busway forms a key part of Luton’s regeneration and also delivers environmental benefits and the prospect of life-changing opportunities for many people.” Cllr Nigel Young, Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The great benefit of the busway for people in Dunstable and Houghton Regis will be the much faster journey times to Luton train stations and the airport, and hugely improved transport links for businesses across the conurbation. Today’s development is a very exciting milestone for a project which will really boost economic growth in the area.”

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Coffee break

Five minutes to spare? Have a go at our puzzles. It’s just for fun and we’ll publish the solution in next months issue.

Across 7 Steam (UK) 8 Units of weight 9 All ___ are off! 10 Halloween costume 11 GI for e.g. 13 Back of a boat 15 Rude look

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Down 16 In addition 18 Region 19 An atlas has them 21 Eliminate 22 Groups of nine musicians

1 Shopaholic’s delight 2 Contemplation 3 Smashes a car 4 A, E or I for e.g. 5 Amusement

6 Initiative 12 Highlighted the key points 14 Conference 17 Creepers 20 Places

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