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.

Homewatch
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.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact: homewatch@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk or find out more: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/.

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
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.

Leighton-Linslade P3
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.

P3 is a national initiative and is supported by Central Bedfordshire Council: Find out more.

 

Fairtrade
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/

Defibrillators
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFvL7wTFzl0

Leighton-Linslade in Bloom
Leighton-Linslade in Bloom has been in existence since 2010, I think?? and has maintained a silver gilt award in the Anglia in Bloom competition for the past three years. The Friends of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom take part in the annual Anglia in Bloom campaign, aims to create lasting improvements to the local environment for the benefit of local residents, workers and visitors, now and for future generations to enjoy.

This includes imaginative planting of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping. The Friends liaise with local schools, businesses, licensed premises and other groups and in addition to their core activities, they also raise funds for a chosen charity each year.

Visit the Leighton-Linslade in Bloom page for more information.