Review of the year 2013: November

Jeff Brazier and Anthony Cook

Jeff Brazier and Anthony Cook

Labour Group campaigners were celebrating as Borough Hall bosses agreed a deal to see low paid council workers receive a ‘living wage’ from April 2014, with the new rate at £7.45 an hours.

Former vice-chairwoman of the Bedfordshire Police Authority, Penny Fletcher, became Labour’s choice for the Bedford Borough mayoral elections in 2015.

Plans for a new leisure centre in Flitwick moved a step closer as Central Beds Council approved new proposals, part of a scheme for six centres across the borough.

Flitwick woman Kerensa Smith, 41, was preparing to take to the catwalk in London as one of 1,100 entrants in Miss Plus Size International pageant.

Woburn Abbey Gardens won an award for the restoration of the Humphrey Repton landscape, winning a prize in the Georgian Group Architectural Awards.

Another prize was in store for Woburn Country Foods, based at Haynes, who scooped the Barclays Choice Award in the Bedfordshire Business Excellence Awards.

Bedford’s Filipino community was waiting to hear news of friends and relatives caught up in the Philippines typhoon disaster. Following the disaster, fundraising began in the area and thousands has been raised and goods shipped out. Bedford man Ravi Gill travelled to the Philippines that week to help.

The T&C exclusvely revealed that Prince Charles was due to visit Bedford in December.

TV star Jeff Brazier made a surprise visit on an Oakley man - Anthony Cook had been injured in a car crash and his mum Dawn had nominated him in galabingo.com

Central Beds Council announced plans to see those in employment move above those jobless in the housing list, in its new draft Housing Allocations Scheme.

Silsoe-based charity CHUMS, the bereavement, trauma and emotional well-being service for children and young people, was asking for votes in the ITV People’s Millions where £50,000 was up for grabs - it went on to win the cash for its new Recreational Therapies Service.

The Higgins Sheds Group was formed to make a bid for old warehouses near the Higgins complex. The plan is to create a community hi-tech hub if they can purchase the buildings from Bedford Borough Council.

An Elstow man was on the run after being found guilty in his absence at Maidstone Crown Court of money laundering, as part of a massive drug dealing and smuggling gang. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Mohammed Khalil, 49.

The parents of Lizzie Barnes of Westoning spoke out following an inquest which highlighted failings in her care by South Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust. Lizzie, 20, took her own life after suffering depression and her parents said mental health workers made no effort to discuss her treatment, which would have revealed key factors in her case. The trust vowed to make changes.

A £250k scheme to protect homes in Cranfield from flooding was due to start, with the project including the addition of a larger capacity sewer along Crawley Road.




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