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Help us celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Next weeks is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is nature. We'll be sharing details on what we offer through our Green Wellbeing service on our social media channels, but we also want you to join us throughout the week by showing us how you're using nature to help...
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Win brunch or lunch for two at The Barn

To celebrate the full reopening of The Barn, Cardington in May, we're offering you the chance to win brunch or lunch for two. The competition is being run on The Barn Facebook page. To enter, simply log into Facebook, tag the person you would bring with you if you won...
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Warden Abbey Vineyard tours are back

Warden Abbey Vineyard have announced that their tours are restarting in May, subject to changing Covid-19 restrictions. The tours offer those visiting the vineyard the chance to learn about the history of this wonderful place, exploring the vineyard from its medieval origins to modern times. Visitors will also find out...
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New frozen food lines at The Barn, Cardington

The Barn, Cardington are now offering two excitingly delicious new lines of frozen food in store. Fieldfare provide freshly frozen food in a unique ‘scoop your own’ way to minimise unnecessary packaging. This a great way of enabling visitors to The Barn the chance to buy as much high quality,...
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Greensand Country announce Country Festival

Greensand Country have announced the date for their Country Festival, with a line up of activities throughout the month of May for all age groups and interests. Young families can enjoy a picnic in the park, while teenagers can go out with the Wildlife Trust youth rangers. There are of...
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The Barn café and Ridgmont Tea Room announce reopening dates

The Barn Cardington will reopen its café on Tuesday 13 April and Ridgmont Station Vintage Tea Room and Heritage Centre will reopen on Wednesday 14 April. The Barn has undergone a series of changes inside, with a brand new frozen food section from Fieldfare, and the Marquee is back for...
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New information to help village halls reopen

ACRE has prepared updated information to help volunteer management committees negotiate the latest easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures. It has been a year since England’s 10,000+ village halls were forced to shut their doors for the first time. The closure of these buildings left many rural communities without a place...
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BedsRCC Village Agent averts cat-astrophe

When Lucifer the cat knocked Mark's laptop off the kitchen counter during lockdown, Mark feared he would be cut off from the outside world, but one of our Village Agents came to the rescue. As a wheelchair user, his laptop was his lifeline, and the hefty £160 repair bill he...
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Social prescribing – changing the way people’s lives are changed

Social prescribing is changing the way that communities are being helped and during the Covid pandemic, the huge benefits of social prescribing have proven to be a lifeline to many. Social Prescribing is a means of enabling GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker...
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First prize for Central Bedfordshire Good Neighbour Volunteers

We’re delighted to announce that Central Bedfordshire Good Neighbour Scheme (GNS) Volunteers won first prize in the Supporting Communities during COVID-19 category at the Cheering Volunteer Awards on Friday (5 March 2021). The GNS was nominated in the category for their tireless work in supporting those in need throughout. The...