Autumn Programme For Volunteer Events At Houghton Regis Chalk Pit

Houghton Regis Children’s Centre Autumn Programme

Big Friendly Read Is Coming To Town !

There are only four weeks to go until the start of the Summer Reading Challenge 2016, which launches in our libraries on Saturday 16 July. The theme for this year's challenge is the Big Friendly Read, celebrating 100 years of the world's favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl. 

Last year well over 5,000 children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and this year we're hoping that even more children will take part. 

Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. There are special rewards and a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge. 

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school aged children and is designed for all reading abilities.

Don't forget that if you're aged 14-17 you can join in as a Central Bedfordshire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge volunteer. 

You can encourage children to read by handing out rewards and finding out all about what books the children are enjoying. You can also help with library activities and events in our libraries. For more information visit the virtual library for Bedfordshire.

Community Engagement Day Thursday 2nd June

Residents are invited to a community event in Houghton Regis where they can get everything from health and crime advice to information about improving their local area.

The Houghton Regis Community Engagement Day is taking place from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Thursday, 2 June with advice stalls and other attractions in the Town Centre (in the atrium outside the library) and in Bedford Square.

The event is being run by Central Bedfordshire’s Community Safety Partnership, in partnership with Houghton Regis Town Council, and follows on from the previous successful events in Biggleswade.
A number of different departments from Central Bedfordshire Council will be at the event including Environmental Protection, Waste Services, Trading Standards and Community Safety.

The Community Engagement Day will focused on crime prevention, personal safety, and health and well-being.

So, as well as representatives from Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, there will also be a stall from Healthwatch offering advice about social care, health and housing.

People attending the event can also experience what it is like to be involved in a car crash in Amey’s crash car simulator Oscar – a modified Ford Fiesta which will be parked up in the town centre.

At the event residents will be able to find out about the local strategy to develop Houghton Regis and Houghton Hall and what is being done to reduce the number of off road motor cyclists in Houghton Regis. Residents can also get involved in the good neighbour schemes, fire safety, volunteering within the local community and have their say on improving road safety. As part of the day there will also be environmental clean ups.

Summer Reading Challenge - ​Aged 14-17? Volunteer during the summer holidays


Aged 14-17? Volunteer during the summer holidays

​Central Bedfordshire Libraries are
 looking for volunteers aged between 14 and 17 to help children take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge
​. It's called​
the Big Friendly Read,
runs right through the summer holidays from 16 July to 10 September
. Last year over 5250 children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge in Central Bedfordshire, and this year
're hoping for even more. 

As a volunteer you'll be signing children up to the Summer Reading Challenge and giving out incentives

​. You'll
 talk to children about the books they have been reading, and help out with library activities, events and promotion. It's a great opportunity to make a positive contribution to your community, and to gain experience and skills. 

You'll need enthusiasm for books and for working with children, and the ability to communicate well with children and their families. You'll get plenty of support and training from

library staff in a friendly and safe library environment. 

If you're interested just talk to staff at your local library, who will be happy to give you more information and an application form. Volunteers aged 14 and 15 will need a parent or guardian to sign their volunteering form, and volunteers aged 16 and 17 will need a referee.  

Houghton Regis Children’s Centre Spring Programme 11th April —22nd July

The times of Well Baby Clinic have changed from 9.30am to start from 10am and finishing at 12noon. The clinic runs on a Wednesday at Tithe Farm Neighbourhood Centre and Thursday at Parkside Neighbourhood Centre.

Contact Details
Tithe Farm
Neighbourhood Centre
Tithe Farm Road
Houghton Regis, Beds
Tel: 01582 867692

Parkside Neighbourhood Centre
Parkside Drive
Houghton Regis, Beds
Tel: 01582 758023

Age 13-19? Become a Wildlife Ranger !

A local Wildlife Trust is looking for volunteers aged 13 to 19 to get involved in real practical conservation work. The work includes recording wildlife. Real skills will be taught that could improve your CV, and volunteers will work towards the nationally recognised John Muir Award.

The North Chilterns Chalk Wildlife Rangers are a small friendly group for all young people in South Bedfordshire.

This year there will be several opportunities to join in.

On Wednesday 1st June, there will be practical conservation work and a Butterfly Survey taking place in Houghton Regis Chalk Pit.

On Wednesday 17th August there is Hay Raking on the Hay Field at Blow's Downs. Meet on Half Moon Lane, Dunstable.

On Wednesday 24th August, there will be practical conservation work and a Wildlife Survey taking place at Houghton Regis Chalk Pit.

A further date will be arranged for October half term, probably to do with Gardens and Bats.

For more information, and to book, contact Wildlife Rangers, Education and Community Officer, Sarah Cowling. Email
Facebook: wildlifebcn
Facebook: North Chilterns Facebook group

MAY 7th: FREE Tickets for Shakespeare's Hamlet At Houghton Regis Library

Houghton Regis May 7th

May 07 2016 19:30
to May 07 2016 20:45

Librarian Theatre Presents: The Book's The Thing

Step into Hamlet’s Library
Where the Book’s the thing…

to catch the conscience of the King.

“The Book’s the Thing” is Hamlet by William Shakespeare, but not as it’s ever been seen before! The show will tour UK libraries in Spring 2016, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. A fast-paced hour long play performed by a cast of 3, newly adapted from the original text by Tom Cuthbertson and Kelly Eva-May, “The Book’s the Thing” will make a great introduction to Elizabethan Text – and seasoned Shakespeare fans will love this refreshing new take on a classic too.


Magic at May Fayre on 7th May : Noon to 4PM

Peter Gardini, Magician, will be putting on a magic show for children from 2-3pm on the Village Green in Houghton Regis on May 7th.

Teas and coffees will be served in the Village Green Pavilion from 12 Noon by Houghton Regis Helpers.

The Free event is organised by Houghton Regis Town Council.