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Leighton-Linslade Town Council have some great FREE activities and resources available to you this Christmas. Try out our Hunt for the lost toys Christmas Trail, download some Christmas resources to do at home, visit our Christmas Festival Weekend and check out our Christmas Market. You can also find information on other local Christmas events and activities on our Community Noticeboard.

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Free Parking on Saturdays in December

At its meeting held on 14 November, Leighton-Linslade Town Council’s Policy & Finance Committee agreed to fund free car parking in two town centre car parks on Saturdays in December.

In a repeat of last year’s initiative to support town centre businesses and encourage residents to shop local, the Town Council will fund free car parking in the Duncombe Drive and Hockliffe Street car parks on Saturday 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 December.

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Hunt for the lost toys Christmas Trail

Take part in our free, augmented reality storytrail around Leighton Buzzard. Choose what happens, collect digital stamps, try on the selfie masks and reveal the creepy creatures in AR.

To learn more or start the trail, go to www.highstreetsafari.com 

Taking part in the storytrail is simple!

  1. Visit the website to see the trail map
  2. Visit each of the mask locations
  3. Scan their unique QR codes with your smartphone, try the masks on in and choose what happens in the story. Finally see the full characters in AR and take a hilarious selfies with them.
  4. When you’ve found them all, download your free digital fun pack

The Trail is now live until 31st December.

Town Mayor's Candlelit Christmas Carol Concert

The Town Mayor invites you to her Candlelit Carol Concert on Saturday 10th December, 7:30pm at All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard.

Everyone welcome, entry is free with a retiring collection to be split between All Saints Church and the Town Mayor’s Charity fund, supporting Leighton-Linslade Helpers and Citizens Advice Leighton-Linslade.

The concert will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Christmas Market Square

What's on at LB Market this Christmas?

Every Saturday and Tuesday throughout November & December – Charter Market 08:30-15:00 (24 & 31 Dec 08:30-14:00)

Saturday 19 November – Farmers & Producers Market 08:30-13:00
Sunday 20 November – Charity Market 11:00-15:00
Saturday 26 November – Handmade & Craft Market 08:30-15:00

Saturday 10 December – Handmade & Craft Market 08:30-15:00
Saturday 17 December – Farmers & Producers Market 08:30-13:00
Saturday 24 December – Charter Market 08:30-14:00
Tuesday 27 December – No Market
Saturday 31 December – Charter Market 08:30-14:00

Market returns to normal Tuesday 3 Jan 2023 (08:30-15:00)

Christmas Meal

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TACTIC will be delivering their annual Christmas Meal for the residents of Leighton-Linslade on Tuesday 20th December at Astral Park Sports & Community Centre, 12:00-3:00pm. It’s FREE and open to residents of the parish ages 65 and over. Bookings are now open, and spaces are limited.

To book your place email sasha.king@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk or call 01525 373838. Spaces available on a first come first served basis.

The TACTIC centre will close on Friday 23rd December, reopening on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

Town Council Christmas Opening Hours

Monday 26th December – Closed
Tuesday 27th December – Closed
Wednesday 28th December – 10:00-15:00
Thursday 29th December – 10:00-15:00
Friday 30th December – 10:00-15:00
Monday 2nd January 2023 – Closed
Tuesday 3rd January – normal opening hours resume

Don’t forget….. The Rotary Club will also be holding their annual Christmas Carols in the High Street at 7pm on Christmas Eve!

Christmas Waste

Christmas can be a great, fun time of year for many however it can also generate a huge amount of waste. There are lots of ways you can be more environmentally friendly whilst saving money this Christmas.

Friends of the Earth UK have some great eco-friendly Christmas tips on their website. Here’s a few:

Send an e-card – why not sign up to send Christmas cards electronically this year, saving you money and helping the environment too!

Making presents or re gifting – if you’re feeling crafty, why not make a gift for your loved ones? Or if you have unwanted gifts then you could choose to re gift these to cut costs and prevent items going to landfill. You could also donate any unwanted items to those in need.

Secret Santa – If you’re getting together with friends or family this Christmas, why not consider ‘Secret Santa’ to help reduce costs and unwanted gifts? There’s a nifty online tool called “Draw Names that helps you organise the game – just agree between yourselves on a price limit and a day for swapping gifts.

Cut food waste – when you’re food shopping, try and choose things that are light on packaging, or buy loose items, and make a list of exactly what you need before you go.

If you end up over-catering, don’t just bin what’s left. Transforming leftovers can be a great way to create new meals, save money and cut waste. If you have too many leftovers, see what you can freeze. Or why not donate some to an elderly neighbour, local food bank or soup kitchen? Compost any other waste.

Once the festivities are over, don’t forget to recycle your real trees, used cards, gift wrap and food waste in your recycling bins. More information on what can go in each bin and collection dates can be found on Central Bedfordshire Councils website.

You can also donate any unwanted food and gifts through the local foodbank or via Leighton-Linslade Helpers.

Need support this Christmas?

Although Christmas can be a happy time, many people face personal, financial and other issues at this time.

The Cost-of-Living Crisis is affecting many local households, we know it can feel overwhelming at times, but there is advice and support out there. The Town Council has created a web page with links to information and advice on how to keep your house warm this winter and grants that you might be entitled to.

Central Bedfordshire Council have a dedicated cost of living webpage with lots of advice and help available with things like:

• Paying your bills.
• Support with your income.
• Benefits.
• Employment.
• Housing support.
• Risk of becoming homeless.
• Foodbanks.
• Universal credits and childcare costs

Christmas can be a testing time mentally, emotionally, physically and financially for many people. Mental Health can be a big challenge for many at Christmas and Mental Health UK can help with this. If you are feeling the pressure this Christmas, take a look at their Mental Health Christmas tips.

You can also find more help and advice on the Mind website.

If you know someone who is sleeping rough, or about to become homeless this Christmas, there are ways you can help. Central Bedfordshire Council have advice and support for homelessness on their website. If you are concerned about a rough sleeper, you can make a report through the national rough sleeping reporting line, StreetLink. Your report will be forwarded direct to Central Bedfordshire’s outreach service to provide the earliest support for anyone reported as sleeping rough in Central Bedfordshire.

Firework Safety Advice

As New Year approaches, we encourage you to follow the firework safety advice from Beds Fire & Rescue 

Firework Safety Advice

Beds Fire & Rescue always recommend attending an organised display rather than doing your own fireworks, as this greatly reduces the risk of harm. However, if you are organising a firework display at home, please follow this advice:

  • Store fireworks in a sealed box
  • Do not drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Stand well back when the firework has been lit and ensure others are far back as well
  • Never go back to a firework that has already been lit
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Keep pets indoors

If you are using sparklers, make sure you wear gloves and have a bucket of water nearby to put them in when you have finished. Never let children use sparklers unaccompanied.

You can also find some great information including how to obtain a license if you wish to arrange a firework display on the Central Bedfordshire Council website.