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Leighton-Linslade Town Council have some great FREE activities and resources available to you this Spring. Try out our Springtopia Easter Trail, download some Easter resources to do at home, and check out our spring activities on the Market. You can also find information on other local events and activities on our Community Noticeboard.

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What's on at LB Market this Spring?

Every Saturday and Tuesday throughout March, April & May – Charter Market 08:30-15:00

Tuesday 7 March – Charter Market & International Women’s Day Event
Saturday 18 March – Farmers & Producers Market 08:30-13:00
Saturday 25 March – Handmade & Craft Market 08:30-15:00
Sunday 26 March – Visiting Street Food Heroes 11:00-16:00

Tuesday 4th April – Charter Market and Easter Children’s Event
Saturday 15th April – Farmers & Producers Market 08:30-13:00
Friday 21st April – Visiting French Market
Saturday 22nd April – Handmade & Craft Market 08:30-15:00
Sunday 30th April – Visiting Street Food Heroes 11:00-16:00

Sunday 14th May – Visiting Vegan Market
Tuesday 16th May – Charter Market & LB Young Traders Competition Heat
Saturday 20th May – Farmers & Producers Market 08:30-13:00
Saturday 27th May – Handmade & Craft Market 08:30-15:00
Sunday 28th May – Street Food Heroes 11:00-16:00

Tactic Easter Programme

Coming up at TACTIC...

This Easter TACTIC have some great activities for 12-19 year olds. All sessions are FREE and will be run at the TACTIC centre unless otherwise stated. You can book a place by calling 01525 373838 or turn up on the day!

Tuesday 4 April 8am – 3pm Environmental Project & WAY Market Stall at LB Market
2pm – 5pm Bracelet & Keyring Making / Gaming Competition / Drop In
Wednesday 5 April 2pm – 5pm Easter Cake Baking / Drop In
Thursday 6 April 3:30pm – 5:30pm Egg Decorating / Rolling Competition / Drop In
Tuesday 11 April 11am – 3pm Children’s Trail & Pizza Making Closed Session for TANG group
3pm – 5pm Drop In
Wednesday 12 April 2pm – 5pm Just Dance Session / Gaming Competition / Drop In
Thursday 13 April 3:30pm – 5:30pm Smoothie Making / Drop In

The TACTIC centre will be closed on Friday 7th April, Monday 10th April and Monday 1st, 8th and 29th May.

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Town Council Opening Hours

Friday 7th April – Closed
Monday 10th April – Closed
Tuesday 11th April – normal opening hours resume

The Town Council Offices will also be closed on Monday 1st, 8th and 29th May 2023

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Springtopia Trail

Springtopia Easter Trail

Take part in our free, augmented reality storytrail around Leighton Buzzard High Street.

This Easter, visit all of the eggs in your area, guess which animal artist painted each one, complete a challenge and meet the artist in AR.

When you’ve seen all 10, you can download a free children’s book of the story.

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

Taking part in the storytrail is simple!

  1. Visit the website to see the trail map-
  2. Visit each of the 10 locations
  3. Scan their unique QR codes with your smart phone
  4. When you’ve seen all 10, you can download a free Children’s book of the story
  5. Don’t forget to claim your free prize at Leighton Buzzard Library (subject to opening hours)

The trail will be available from Monday 20th March – Monday 17th April 2023

Easter Waste

Easter 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 Easter.

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 Easter 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.

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 Easter is over, don’t forget to recycle your Easter Egg boxes and foil, 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.

Parks & Open Spaces

Leighton-Linslade is fortunate to be home to a number of award winning parks, green spaces and children’s play areas, which provide residents and visitors opportunities for sport, leisure and recreation.

We at Leighton-Linslade Town Council take pride in all parks and open spaces and are constantly striving to ensure they are maintained to a high standard.

The largest parks we manage are Parson’s Close Recreation Ground (home to Splash ‘n’ Play, the beach and the Skate Park), Pages Park, Linslade Memorial Playing Field and Garden of Remembrance, Linslade Recreation Ground and Astral Park.

Many of our open spaces include children’s play areas, sports and exercise facilities. For example, Danes Way Park and Vandyke Road Playing Fields are home to our two recently refurbished BMX tracks. You can find more information on sporting activities in our parks here and a link to a map showing all Town Council owned open spaces.

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Get Involved

If you’re looking to get outdoors this spring, or looking for a project, why not join one of the many local volunteer groups. If you want to make friends, socialise and be involved in some great community projects, then take a look at the groups below. You can also find more volunteering opportunities on our Community & Volunteering page and on our Community Noticeboard.

Community Garden Drop In Sessions

Groundwork East invite volunteers to help them in the new community garden at Parson’s Close Recreation Ground. Learn new skills and meet other members of your community. Drop-in sessions run weekly from March-October, Wednesday mornings from 10am-11:30am. Interested? Contact Rosie on 07736 134135 or email rosie.cliffe@groundwork.org.uk

Rotary’s HUB Project

The Rotary Club of Leighton Linslade are delighted to be joining the drive by the
International Fellowship of Rotary Healthcare Professionals to provide hats for small babies in Ukraine.

So the challenge whether you are an individual or a group is can you knit a small woolly hat for a vulnerable little newborn – or do you know anyone who can?

More information and knitting patterns can be found on their info sheet.

Ll In Bloom

The Friends of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom are a friendly, informal group of keen gardeners who have created and maintain the two beautiful community gardens in Pages Park and Linslade Recreation Ground, the drought garden on West Street and help to maintain other areas such as the beds at the North Street roundabout.  The group holds plant stalls and creates an annual calendar to raise funds for local charities and also works in partnership with local schools and businesses.

Knit a Poppy Appeal

The Town Council is pleased to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and last year,  we invited you to create knitted poppies as part of a new display for the 2022 Remembrance commemorations.

Following several enquiries and the appreciation expressed by residents, we hope to extend this project in 2023.

If you are interested in contributing Poppies please forward your details to info@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk. Poppies can be knitted or crocheted and we welcome a variety of different designs – lots of ideas here!

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Bedfordshire Police Are looking for Volunteers to join their Street Watch and Speed Watch schemes in Leighton Buzzard.

You can find out more about both schemes on the Community & Volunteering page or by contacting Bedfordshire Police: watchschemes@beds.police.uk / www.bedfordshire.police.uk/watchschemes

Need support?

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 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

Mental Health can be a big challenge for many and Mental Health UK can help with this. If you are feeling the pressure, take a look at their Mental Health 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, 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.