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Balloons signal start of Academy

Children at the former St Christopher’s Lower School in Dunstable celebrated their school becoming the St Christopher’s Academy with a day of magic, music and balloons. The school in Gorham Way was officially opened as an academy on 1st April.

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Radio broadcast for Adam’s book

Best-selling Dunstable author Adam Croft is making a star-studded radio adaptation of his latest crime book. His third novel Exit Stage Left is being recorded as an audio version starring ITV’s The Royal actor Robert Daws and The Inbetweeners star Emily Atack.

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Alex Rolton plays the cello for his future

Fans of classical music from the Beds, Bucks and Herts area are campaigning to raise £40,000 so that a young cello prodigy can have an instrument of his own. Alex Rolton has been lent the 1730 cello for a fund-raising recital at the Hockliffe Street Baptist Church and his supporters are hoping that the event will help to further his career.

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Village fair crowning for May Queen

There will be a packed entertainment programme at the Studham May Fair taking place on Saturday, 19th May. The afternoon will start with the 2pm crowning of the May Queen Kelly Woodhouse. Kelly will be helped by attendants Sofia Cowan and Amelia Davies, and chaperone Enid Runchman.

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Hadrian’s Wall Challenge

People who are planning to get healthier and do more exercise in 2012 can get the step up that they need with the Sue Ryder Care charity trek. The St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger is inviting people to keep to their New Year’s resolutions and join in a trek along Hadrian’s Wall in April.

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Fundraising for Children’s Charity with Cycle to Paris

Every year starts the same for a lot of us as we pledge to get fit and change our lives, but a children’s charity could offer you the chance to reach your goals and do something for a worthy cause. Children’s charity Children Today is offering people the opportunity to take part in the London to Paris Cycle Challenge that could help you fulfil your health goals.

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MBE for Dunstable historian Vivienne Evans

A historian from Bedfordshire was among those honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. The founder of Dunstable History and Heritage Studies, Vivienne Evans, has been recognised for her services to the community. Ms Evans has been a Dunstable local since 1960 and although it came as a “a great shock” she says that she is very grateful.

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Giving Nurses A Bit of TLC

Nurses are being offered a little thank you from a Houghton Regis restaurant for all of their hard work. The hard working staff who provide TLC for patients on a daily basis are being given a different type of TLC at the Old Red Lion – a tender loving carvery! The restaurant on Bedford Road is offering a free carvery meal to all nurses over the age of 18. The tasty carveries will be available from Monday 9th to Saturday …

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Dunstable Foster Parents With Big Hearts

One Dunstable couple have proved themselves to be so kind and generous of heart that their own brood of five children was just the beginning of their roles as parents. Since they became foster carers in 1986, Sandra and Tim Thorne estimate that they have looked after more than 150 children. An awards ceremony at Harlington Upper School honoured them for their 25 years of devoted to foster care.

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Performance on BBC Radio by Dunstable Inventor

Local man Anthony Smith, most famous for his rubber band gun invention; the “Disintegrator”, as well as his spoof rap about Crystal Maze, recently appeared on BBC Radio Scotland.

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