Bin collections over the Christmas period

Bedford Borough Council have created a link to show all collections over the festive period. Please click Christmas Bin Collections to find further details:-

  • Check your bin collection days over the festive period.
  • From 22nd December 2016 you can pick up extra orange recycling sacks
  • Check your nearest glass recycling point.
  • Find out where to recycle your Christmas tree once the festivities are over.
  • Tips on reducing waste and recycling more over Christmas & the New Year.

ALERT – Attempted burglary Bromham Road, Biddenham

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Bedfordshire Police have advised us there was an attempted burglary in Bromham Road, Biddenham on Wednesday 30 November between 10:00-13:30 and they are appealing for information.

An offender, or offenders, have used an implement to force the padlock on the side gate to the property. An implement has been used to attempt to force the side door. This has been unsuccessful and force has been applied by unknown means to the lower portion of the door causing it to break and fall inside the property. This has triggered a motion sensor and activated the alarm. The offender/s have not entered the property and left in an unknown direction by unknown means.

If you have any information about this incident please call 101 quoting reference number JH/49464/2016 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Did you see anyone suspicious? Did you hear anything suspicious? Did you see a person or a vehicle in the area that caught your attention?

Whether this incident is near you or not, you may want to think about whether you have noticed anything suspicious in your area. Has anything similar happened to you?

For crime reduction advice to make your home secure, please click on http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/crime_reduction.aspx

You may want to check your own security and consider the following advice.
Most break-ins occur at the back or side of a house.

  • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
  • Remove all keys from locks.
  • Keep keys in a safe place out of view.
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Keep side gates locked.
  • Keep sheds and garages locked.
  • Keep bins, ladders and tools locked away.
  • Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.
  • Make your house look and feels like someone is home at all times.
  • If your house is empty after dark, leave a light on or set a timer – and even leave a radio on.

Barton and Royle Homes Turvey – Almshouses Vacancy

I write on behalf of the Trustees of the Barton and Royle Homes in Turvey to both raise awareness of the existence of the Almshouse Charity and to advise of a current vacancy.

Barton and Royle Homes is situated on the outskirts of Turvey in Bedfordshire.  The accommodation provides a self-contained one bedroom bungalow designed for independent living and suitable for older single people or couples.  The complex has 26 bungalows, a Community Hall and a Guest Bungalow for friends and relatives.  Warden assistance is provided along with an emergency call system

Criteria
Older people capable of independent living and who were born in, or who are resident in, or in some way associated with the Borough of Bedford or the Parish of Turvey.

Contact Details
Lyn Davis, Clerk to the Trustees,  Telephone Number 01234 751460, email lynmdavis@btinternet.com

I should be grateful if you would share this information with anyone you may be aware of that is in need of housing and who may fit the criteria and or display this information anywhere you feel appropriate.

I have attached an Application Form along with some Further Information and history on Barton and Royle Homes.

Regards

Lyn Davis

Clerk to the Trustees, Barton and Royle Homes

Latest Parish Council Chairman’s Biddenham Loop article published

In this edition: [New Village Web Site] / [Dovecote Roundabout] / [Coffin Path]

Biddenham Parish Council met on Wednesday 10th November 2016 in the upstairs room of the Pavilion.  Present were Parish Councillors Graham Bates, Peter Chase (chairman), Jon Gambold (also a Borough Councillor), Chris Gee, Krzys Osuch, Terry Platt, Francia Slade and Joe Warren.  Councillor Alan Jacobs sent his apologies.  Clerk Alison Southern and half a dozen or so members of the public were also present.

NEW VILLAGE WEB SITE

The new website has launched!  As I mentioned last month, this is far more than just a revamp of the Parish Council’s own site.  It is also a new resource for any group in the village to use if they don’t want to go to the effort and cost of doing their own site.  Interest has already been shown by a number of groups in the village.  Contact us if you think we could help you too.

DOVECOTE ROUNDABOUT

The favoured design of two tall pillars has been out with our preferred stonemason for costing.  They’re finding it hard to source two lengths of stone long enough (3 metres by 450mm square), so we are negotiating over whether to make the main part of each pillar out of two bits.

I mentioned this subject at the Biddenham Society AGM on November 6th.  Whilst it was good to see a good number of people welcoming the idea, I have since asked the society’s chairman Tony Wood to get an official view from his committee of whether they support the Parish Council’s ideas for the roundabout.  Our straw poll at the Biddenham Show showed significant support, and some helpful thoughts.  See past Biddenham Loops for more details.  If you would like to offer your opinion or input please send your views to the clerk.  As this project firms up, we are nearing the point when serious money is going to get spent – although our firm commitment is to do so without any impact on council tax in the future.  Do you support this?

THE COFFIN PATH

Our meeting came only a few days after the Borough Council met to decide on extensions to the Biddenham Conservation Area.  Three extensions were proposed, one at Duck Mill Lane, one near Kings Corner and the other to incorporate the village pond.  Originally, this last extension was supposed to also include the field containing the coffin path, next to the pond area.  Objections led the Borough officers to withdraw this suggestion.  However, thanks to letters sent by both ourselves and the Biddenham Society, and strenuous lobbying by our Borough Councillor Roger Rigby, the portfolio holder at Borough, Councillor Colleen Atkins, decide to recommend after all that the coffin path field be included in the Conservation Area (although as a compromise only the path and the land to its south).  This recommendation was accepted.

I am delighted the Borough Council, including the Mayor, chose to take this decision.  It shows that they, like us, value our heritage.  It also shows that if we make our points in the right sort of way, we are listened to.

DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 11th January 2017.  Do please come along if you have anything you’d like to raise.

In the meantime, all your Parish Councillors would like to thank you for your support in 2016, and wish you a very happy and joyous festive season.

Peter Chase

Bin Collection Changes start week beginning 31st October 2016

From Monday 31st October 2016 your black lidded rubbish bin will be collected every other week. 

 This means all bins will be collected on an alternate weekly basis: one week we’ll collect your black lidded rubbish bin, and the following week the orange lidded recycling and green lidded garden waste bins will be collected. Your bin collection day may change.

Click here to check your new bin collection day and for lots of tips on how you can recycle more and reduce waste. 

Neighbourhood Watch in Biddenham – Volunteers needed

Neighbourhood Watch is one of the most effective crime reduction initiatives and its values are recognised by our partners, the Police, Fire & Rescue Service and the Borough and Parish Councils. It’s all about people getting together and actively having a positive impact on crime in their area.

More volunteer support is needed in Biddenham. For further information click the following link Neighbourhood Watch