Cost of Living Grants

At its meeting held on 10 October, Leighton-Linslade Town agreed to allocate an additional £10,000 in grant funding in response to the current cost of living crisis.

Organisations providing additional services as a result of the economic situation are invited to contact the Town Council to discuss the new grant fund and apply. Examples of initiatives which might be eligible include provision of food, warm spaces, advice or practical support which relates directly to the current crisis, rather than ongoing schemes for which other types of funding are available.

Find out more and apply using the form below.

The deadline for applications is March 2023, however the grants are intended to help organisations throughout the winter months so please do get in touch as soon as possible.

Additional Information – Cost of Living Grant

Application Form

Community Grants

General Grants can be used for specific projects to benefit the community, which can be completed within twelve months. General grants are up to a maximum of £500 (£250 for start-up organisations).  General grant applications are considered twice per year, in April/May and in November. The types of projects to be funded could include purchase of equipment, training of volunteers, marketing activity or subsidising a trip or visit.

Organisations related to the arts should apply direct to the Leighton-Linslade Arts Forum and sports related organisations should apply direct to the Leighton-Linslade and District Sports Council.  Both umbrella organisations receive annual funding from the Town Council to then distribute grants themselves to local groups.

Applications for 2022-23 are now closed. We will be inviting applications for financial year 2023-24 from February 2023.

During 2022-23, the Council was delighted to support 21 community groups with general grant funding, including: Reclaim Life, several Girlguiding groups, Womens Institute, NCT, Buzzcycles, CHUMS Charity, the Friends of Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, two lower school PTAs and two start-up groups including Walk & Talk for Mens’ Mental Health.

Guaranteed Grants

Guaranteed Grants for amounts over £500 per year are available for a four-year period.  Twelve local organisations received this funding for the four year period 2016-2020, enabling the continued provision of events and services in and around the town. 

In May 2020, new applications for the four-year period 2020-2024 were considered by committee.  Funding was approved for 15 local organisations providing a range of services to residents.  The applicants and projects being funded can be seen at the link below.

The Council is also proud to have in place long-term funding agreements with Citizens Advice Leighton-Linslade and the Leighton Buzzard Music Centre.

CALL provides free, impartial, independent advice on a range of subjects to residents in and around Leighton-Linslade.

The Leighton-Linslade Music Centre runs on a Saturday morning from Vandyke Upper School and offers a range of sessions to existing musicians as well as complete beginners of all ages, including a session for those with additional needs. The Centre is run by Inspiring Music at Central Bedfordshire Council.

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Community Volunteer Awards scheme

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At the Annual Civic Service on 15 May 2022, The Town Mayor, Councillor Farzana Kharawala was delighted to present the 2022 Community Volunteer Awards to Caryn Fripp & Pam Brown.

Caryn received her award for her years of volunteering to support the Leighton Buzzard Netball Club, and Pam received her award as one of the founder members of the Leighton Buzzard Voluntary Patient Transport group.

Thank you both for your years of volunteering to support others in our community.

Read the full Press Release.

We are now inviting nominations for our 2023 Community Volunteer Awards.

Do you know an unsung hero who deserves to be recognised for their voluntary work in our community?

The closing date is Monday, 31 October 2022

Community Volunteer Awards nomination form
Community Volunteer Awards procedure

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Honorary Burgess

The Town Council established a scheme in 2007 to recognise the voluntary efforts of up to three individuals per year who have served a wide sector of the community. Recipients awarded the title of “Honorary Burgess of Leighton-Linslade” receive an engraved badge and a scroll at a presentation ceremony as well as having their names added to a board in the Council Chamber at the White House.

At a meeting of Leighton-Linslade Town Council held on 27 January 2020, it was unanimously agreed to present the 2020 Honorary Burgess award to Mary Cheshire and John Halstead.  Mary was nominated for her work litter picking along the river in all weathers and John was nominated for his many years as a local school governor, his involvement in the Town Twinning Forum and his years as a member of the Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade. The awards were presented by Town Mayor Councillor David Bowater at the well attended annual Civic Service, which took place at All Saints Church on Sunday, 23 February 2020.

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The 2020 awards mean that a total of 28 “unsung heroes” have received the Honorary Burgess award since its inception.  All recipients have undertaken at least 5 years of voluntary service to the benefit of our town – and in many cases, significantly longer.  However, a change in legislation regarding parish council powers in recent years means that 2020 will be the final year of the Honorary Burgess award in its current form. The same legislation permitted the Town Council to award its first ever Honorary Freeman award to Mr Walter (Wally) Randall in November 2019. The Honorary Freeman is now the only civic award the Town Council is empowered to give.

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Honorary Freeman

Leighton-Linslade Town Council voted unanimously at an extraordinary meeting held on Monday, 14 October 2019 to confer the title of Honorary Freeman of the parish on Mr Walter (Wally) Randall.

Mr Randall is the first ever resident of the town to be given this title, which was presented by Town Mayor Councillor David Bowater after the annual Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday, 10 November 2019.

The suggestion to confer the title on Mr Randall was made in recognition of his years of voluntary service to the community. On being told of the honour, Mr Randall said “I am delighted and honoured to be receiving this title from the Town Council”.

Read more about the Honorary Freeman presentation.