Writing in the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has highlighted some of the economic and social benefts of the now-completed Bedford Western Bypass, following its opening last month. He also looks back briefly at the successful effort to get the final section built and bring to an end over half a century of waiting for a full western bypass for Bedford.
At last the plans for the Reach Free School are being made available to the community. There was a public exhibition of proposals on Thursday 19th May, 3.00 - 7.00pm, and Saturday 21st May, 11.00am - 3.00pm, both were at Mill End Community Centre, Church Lane. No planning application has yet been submitted.
Due to the ongoing vandalism of the textiles bank in William Penn/George V car park, being repeatedly pushed over, it is going to be removed and a new site sought.
The revised planning application to turn the Pynesfield green belt land into a gravel pit is to be determined by Herts.County Council on 26th May at 10.00am at County Hall. It is important that as many people as possible attend to demonstrate opposition to this environmental disaster. A coach is being organised from the Oaks PH, West Hyde leaving at 8.00am.If you wish to book a seat please contact Sylvia Ball tel.01895 823652 or email email@example.com.
The local Fire Service was recently called to a canal houseboat to deal with a fire caused by an unattended log burner. ………………………………………………………….
In the local elections last week TRDC Lib Dems held all their seats with increased majorities. Three Rivers councillor numbers remain the same - 19 Lib/Dems, 17 Cons, 3 Lab - the Lib/Dems remain in control.
Nationally, The Times summed it up, 'Lib/ Dems turned corner in council vote.' In UK the Lib Dems gained more council seats than any other party - net gain of 45 seats. Conservatives had a net loss of 48, Labour a net loss of 3.
Dates for your Diary
Sat 28 May Three Rivers Museum opens Croxley Great Barn for viewing. Meet at the St Joan of Arc School car park at 10.45 for short walk up to Barn where a conducted tour by Stephen Bull starts at 11.00am. http://www.croxleygreatbarn.co.uk/CroxleyGreatBarn/Introduction.html there is also a booklet by David Harding for sale proceeds to the Museum.
Sat 11 June Rickmansworth and District Horticultural Society is celebrating it's 80th Birthday with 'An Evening with Bob Flowerdew'. To be held in the Cadogan Hall, Royal Masonic School, Rickmansworth. Start 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10 for members, £12.50 non-members. This includes a glass of wine and a slice of birthday cake. To book your seat, please ring Heather Pinder on 776502 or write to her at 25 Berry Way, Rickmansworth. WD3 7EU, enclosing a S.A.E
Rickmansworth & District Art Society in the reception area of Three Rivers House (the council Offices) Reg Crouch who has been taking art classes locally for many years will be displaying an eclectic mix of his colourful oils and acrylics during May. Demonstrations by experienced artists are on the first Thursday of every month at the Cloisters Hall, The Cloisters, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1HL from 7.45 to 10 PM
Artistsmeet at Watersmeet 'Young Masters' Rickmansworth School have an interesting selection of their artwork.
Ricky Green Social are a group from Rickmansworth who meet on the first Saturday every month to socialise and work on greening the area. Meetings take place at the Cafe in the Park at the Aquadrome - 11.00am to 1.00pm.
Future Friends of WatersmeetFilm Society films - Thur 16 June 'Room' - Thur 30 June 'Dads Army'-
Ricky Folk meet at 8.15pm in the back bar of the Conservative Club, Bury Lane on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.You can sing, play or both or simply come and listen. No entrance fee and drinks are at club prices. In exchange for the facilities they entertain members of the Club at summer events each year and participate in other local events.
Three Rivers Museum in Basing House next to the library, have new displays featuring the Great War & St John's Ambulance - Museum open Mon to Fri 2-4pm, Sat 10am to 4pm. Free. Support you local museum.
The Mill Photography Club - fortnightly meetings at the Mill Cafe, Methodist Church, Berry Lane. WD3 7HJ. The club welcomes new members, we meets from 10am to 12am at the cafe to discuss & practice improving our basic photographic abilities. If you have a camera, come along & give us a try, no fees or costs.
Croxley Camera Club is the photographic society for Three Rivers district and is known as the friendly club. They have a range of photographic interests and skills within the club with photographic advice available from specialists in many genres including nature, landscape, studio and other areas. They meet every Thursday between September and May (starts 3rd Sept) in the Croxley Green Community Centre at 7:30 for a 7:45 start. New members of all abilities are always warmly welcome. information about the club please go to their website: http://croxleycameraclub.com/
Ricky This Week is now also available on Twitter. Some weeks, through re-tweets it reaches over 1000 people @LesMead_
Police Officers from the Local Neighbourhood Team would like to hear from residents if they have any information about drug use or crime. Please report any information, intelligence or suspicious behaviour. Please phone on 101, or speak anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111 or email Neil.CANNING@Herts.pnn.police.uk
Somewhat belated congratulations to local resident and Liberal Democrat, Sharon Bowles, who was proposed as a member of the House of Lords in the Dissolution Honours List last year.
Sharon, who lives in Bourne End in Hertfordshire, near Berkhamsted has been Liberal Democrat campaigner and parliamentary candidate in neighbouring Aylesbury since the 1980s. She has also been an activist and campaigner in Eastleigh and became an MEP for the South East in 2005 where she served with Catherine Bearder MEP.
Bedford Borough Council has deployed a new weapon in its battle against potholes - a 'Multihog'.
The innovative multi-purpose vehicle - considered the Swiss army knife of highways equipment - has already fixed dozens of potholes and a multitude of other defects on the borough's roads since it was introduced last month.
The 19th bi-annualBedfordRiver Festivalwill take place onSaturday 16th - Sunday 17th July.
The 2014 festival saw visitor's numbers reach an amazing 250,000. This year's River Festival promises to be even more popular with 100 boats already signed up to attend, twenty three of which have not been seen at the event previously.
With a month to go until one of the most significant decisions of our generation, Liberal Democrats in Norwich are campaigning for Britain to remain part of the European Union.
Party members have been active in cross-party local groups as well as in the Lib Dem pro-European campaign. Our student society at the UEA have been registering students to vote, and reminding them to apply for a postal or proxy vote if they are likely to be out of the country or at events such as Glastonbury.