Community Groups and Projects
Leighton-Linslade Community Fridge
Leighton Linslade Community Fridge is the First Community Fridge for our town and is part of a national network of Community Fridges through a charitable organisation called The Hubbub Foundation www.hubbub.org.uk. Working primarily in partnership with Fairshare www.fareshare.org.uk, Neighbourly www.neighbourly.com and Co-op www.coop.co.uk, but will be building connections with all local supermarkets and food businesses as the Community Fridge grows.
What is a Community Fridge?
A Community Fridge is a space where everyone can share surplus food, including donations from local food businesses, supermarkets, producers, households and gardens. Access is open to everyone in our community who wish to use it, either to donate surplus food that we can accept, or to access food that is available. This self help scheme will help to eliminate food wastage and reduce landfill waste.
Our Community Fridge is run entirely by volunteers at Leighton Linslade Helpers for the community. We hope you will make use of it and spread the word.
At the Leighton Linslade Helpers high street location of Albion Chambers, High Street, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1DP (old Austin and Carnley building) bringing us closer to the community.
Best Bar None
Best Bar None is a unique National accreditation and award scheme aimed at raising standards and rewarding licensed premises who undertake positive management practices in support of a great and safe night out. The scheme launched in Leighton Buzzard in 2016, with many of our licensed premises signed up to promote customer safety. Look out for the BBN accreditation on display in your local licensed premises.
Leighton Buzzard Shop Watch
This group has been created as a means of allowing independent Leighton Buzzard shop owners to share information, intelligence and discuss ongoing concerns regarding burglaries, shop lifting and anti social behaviour, in the hope that as a community we can help each other in preventing and solving these ongoing crimes.
This is a closed group for security reasons, please feel free to invite and add other local shop owners and employees of Leighton Buzzard.
This group is not affiliated with the Police or Council, it is just a way for us independent owners to keep informed and to share information.
Homewatch, also known as Neighbourhood Watch, is a community-led initiative supported by the police. It aims to reduce the opportunity for crime and improve community safety by the reporting of suspicious incidents to the police and to each other. Research has shown that areas where Neighbourhood Watch is operating are less likely to be targeted by burglars. The Town Council supports the operation of Homewatch within the town.
Keep the Buzz in Leighton Buzzard
Leighton Buzzard is an example of a Town which has successfully mobilised itself for pollinators, building on prior conservation work, in 2012 South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth set up the campaign ‘Keep the Buzz in Leighton Buzzard’.
With support from Leighton-Linslade Town Council, Leighton-Linslade in Bloom and the Greensand Trust they had the knowledge, tools and funds that were needed to transform 8 sites across the town. They did this with the help of local residents, retailers, local businesses and schools.
Street Watch is about local residents promoting a better neighbourhood by patrolling their own streets. They provide visible reassurance and appropriately engage in local issues that matter most of your community.
The Street Watch scheme is fully supported by Bedfordshire Police. It shows how local people are actively committed to making a positive difference in their community.
Full training is given to volunteers joining the scheme. Contact us if you are interested in joining the volunteer group.
Leighton & Linslade Speedwatch
Community Speed Watch is a scheme to help people reduce traffic speeding through their neighbourhood and enables volunteers to work within the parish to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to help control the problem locally. The scheme seeks to promote safer driving in our local communities by educating rather than prosecuting individuals.
Data collected by Community Speed Watch groups will be passed to Bedfordshire Police who may undertake speed checks and result in drivers being prosecuted. The Town Council has supported the scheme through the purchase of speed check equipment. Contact us if you are interested in joining the volunteer group. Full training is given.
The P3 group comprises local volunteers with an interest in green spaces, footpaths, walking and conservation. The group meets during the day once a quarter and also organises periodic guided walks and footpath surveys.
In January 2006, Director of the Fairtrade Foundation, Harriet Lamb, CBE, presented the Town Mayor with a certificate conferring Fairtrade Town status on Leighton-Linslade. This achievement established Leighton-Linslade as Bedfordshire’s first Fairtrade Town and reflected the Town Council’s and the local community’s commitment to the campaign.
The Town’s Fairtrade status is supported by many local employers, cafes and shops, and various schools and churches in the town who have official ‘Fairtrade’ recognition. Re-accreditation is sought every two years to maintain the focus and momentum of the Fairtrade campaign.
Find out more https://www.fairtradell.co.uk/
Leighton-Linslade Town Council, Leighton-Linslade First Responders, the Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade, LB First, Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Community Heartbeat Trust, have been worked together to raise funds to provide these lifesaving pieces of equipment to the area. As part of the project funding was also received from the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation and Albert Inwards of Leighton Buzzard.
Five units have been purchased and installed across the town in the following locations…
- The Library
- The Multi-story car park
- The Post Office
- Mentmore Pavilion
- Astral Park
If you become aware of a possible cardiac arrest, dial 999 as usual. The ambulance service has details of all public-access defibrillators in the vicinity of an incident and can give you a code to access the device.
Defibrillators include step by step instructions but you can also find out more in this short film from St John Ambulance
The Friends of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom
The Friends of Leighton- Linslade in Bloom is a group of volunteers whose aim to improve the town’s floral and green environment for the benefit of residents, businesses, and visitors by developing and maintaining community gardens in Pages Park and Linslade Recreation Ground as well as the area around North Street roundabout. The group works in partnership with Leighton-Linslade Town Council and takes part in the annual RHS Anglia in Bloom campaign which has recently resulted in the town’s four consecutive annual Gold Awards.
The Friends organise two competitions with primary schools and young persons’ groups as well as working with local businesses. They also raise funds for a chosen charity each year by producing a calendar and organise two annual plant stalls.
Equipment and knowledge can be made available to participants in the group if required and being an expert gardener is not essential. In addition, volunteering opportunities within the group are not restricted to gardening (e.g. organising local competitions or the annual charity), although being in the fresh air and taking gentle exercise within a friendly group is positive both mentally and physically.
If you’d like to volunteer with any of the above groups, apply for an advertised opportunity or just want some information, please let us know!
Please Note: The below volunteering opportunities are not organised by the Town Council. You will find links to external pages on each listing (where available). To enquire about these opportunities, please use the details provided.
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Leighton Linslade Scouts
Scouting is a great way to get involved in your community, get to know people, learn new skills and have fun.
We currently have 6 groups locally, catering for young people from age 6 upwards with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, as well as Explorer Scouts and Network.
We are always keen to hear from people looking to volunteer and our flexibility means we can find a role that suits your skills and availability – whether it’s helping to run weekly meetings, leadership, getting involved in outdoor activities or a variety of management and support roles.
If you only have a few hours to spare we’d still love to hear from you! There’s lots of things needed to keep a Scout Group going so we always have an odd job list where you could help and we could use your skills. Some are easy such as painting or gardening, some need more specialist skills.
If you’d like to get involved or find out more, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org