£5.6m Black Cat roundabout works reach final stages

Black Cat roundabout
Black Cat roundabout

Roadworks to reduce congestion at the Black Cat roundabout on the A1 which were due to be completed this month have been delayed until the end of March. The £5.6 million scheme, which has widened the existing roundabout, resurfaced the road and put in new lighting, was held up by the weather and the need for additional work. Highways Agency project manager for the scheme Mark Saunders said: “We apologise for the delay and I’d like to thank drivers for their patience while these works continue.”

Other news this week:

Councillor to host surgery

Pop in to the pub

People living in the Silsoe area can pop along to the pub for help and advice from Councillor Alison Graham. She is hosting a surgery at the Star and Garter in High Street from midday to 1pm on Saturday, February 21.

Cardiac patients exhibit

Valentine art sale

An arts and crafts exhibition featuring work by people who have recovered from heart attacks and surgery is being held on Valentine’s Day. The exhibition at Wilstead Bowls Club, Bedford Road, Wilstead, is in aid of Bedford Hospital Cardiac Recovery Programme, which helps some 350 people a year with lifestyle, exercise and diet classes. The artwork will be offered for sale via a silent auction. Entry to the event, on Saturday, February 14, is £1.

Politicians explore impact

Care act debate

Age UK Bedfordshire is hosting an event with local MPs and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to discuss the potential impact of the Care Act on services within the NHS and Social Services. The event, which includes lunch, is on Friday, February 20, from 10am to noon, in the Harpur Suite, Bedford. Entry is free to older people and their carers. To book call 01234 360510, or email aman

Bedford skeptics in the pub

Philosophy night

The Bedford Skeptics are asking, is philosophy relevant to science? after it was dismissed by physicist Professor Brian Cox. Dr Clio Bellenis is speaking on behalf of the subject and how philosophy can be of worth to scientists and skeptics in developing critical thinking. The event is at The North End Social Club, Roff Avenue, from 7.30pm, on Thursday, February 19. For more details, go to bedford.skepticsinthepub.org

Choose from 10 flavours

Pub pancake night

The Chequers pub, in Westoning, is hosting a charity pancake night to raise funds for the Bedfordshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group. So far the pub has raised £1,200 for the parent-run group, which helps families socialise and learn together, and runs weekly speech therapy for children. There will be 10 flavours of pancake to choose from – five savoury and five sweet – on Tuesday, February 17, from 6pm.

Council volunteer appeal

Give your time

Central Bedfordshire Council is urging people to become volunteers. It is promoting neighbourhood schemes, Victim Support and volunteer police officer roles as part of its campaign with the Community Safety Partnership. For more details, go to www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/volunteering

Want to work for the police?

Open Evening

Find out more about working or volunteering for Beds Police during an information evening on Monday, February 16. It is being held at the force headquarters in Woburn Road, Kempston from 6.30pm to 8pm. Places must be booked at www.bedfordshire.police.uk.