Summer Reading Challenge - ​Aged 14-17? Volunteer during the summer holidays


Aged 14-17? Volunteer during the summer holidays

​Central Bedfordshire Libraries are
 looking for volunteers aged between 14 and 17 to help children take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge
​. It's called​
the Big Friendly Read,
runs right through the summer holidays from 16 July to 10 September
. Last year over 5250 children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge in Central Bedfordshire, and this year
're hoping for even more. 

As a volunteer you'll be signing children up to the Summer Reading Challenge and giving out incentives

​. You'll
 talk to children about the books they have been reading, and help out with library activities, events and promotion. It's a great opportunity to make a positive contribution to your community, and to gain experience and skills. 

You'll need enthusiasm for books and for working with children, and the ability to communicate well with children and their families. You'll get plenty of support and training from

library staff in a friendly and safe library environment. 

If you're interested just talk to staff at your local library, who will be happy to give you more information and an application form. Volunteers aged 14 and 15 will need a parent or guardian to sign their volunteering form, and volunteers aged 16 and 17 will need a referee.  

Houghton Regis Children’s Centre Spring Programme 11th April —22nd July

The times of Well Baby Clinic have changed from 9.30am to start from 10am and finishing at 12noon. The clinic runs on a Wednesday at Tithe Farm Neighbourhood Centre and Thursday at Parkside Neighbourhood Centre.

Contact Details
Tithe Farm
Neighbourhood Centre
Tithe Farm Road
Houghton Regis, Beds
Tel: 01582 867692

Parkside Neighbourhood Centre
Parkside Drive
Houghton Regis, Beds
Tel: 01582 758023

Age 13-19? Become a Wildlife Ranger !

A local Wildlife Trust is looking for volunteers aged 13 to 19 to get involved in real practical conservation work. The work includes recording wildlife. Real skills will be taught that could improve your CV, and volunteers will work towards the nationally recognised John Muir Award.

The North Chilterns Chalk Wildlife Rangers are a small friendly group for all young people in South Bedfordshire.

This year there will be several opportunities to join in.

On Wednesday 1st June, there will be practical conservation work and a Butterfly Survey taking place in Houghton Regis Chalk Pit.

On Wednesday 17th August there is Hay Raking on the Hay Field at Blow's Downs. Meet on Half Moon Lane, Dunstable.

On Wednesday 24th August, there will be practical conservation work and a Wildlife Survey taking place at Houghton Regis Chalk Pit.

A further date will be arranged for October half term, probably to do with Gardens and Bats.

For more information, and to book, contact Wildlife Rangers, Education and Community Officer, Sarah Cowling. Email
Facebook: wildlifebcn
Facebook: North Chilterns Facebook group

MAY 7th: FREE Tickets for Shakespeare's Hamlet At Houghton Regis Library

Houghton Regis May 7th

May 07 2016 19:30
to May 07 2016 20:45

Librarian Theatre Presents: The Book's The Thing

Step into Hamlet’s Library
Where the Book’s the thing…

to catch the conscience of the King.

“The Book’s the Thing” is Hamlet by William Shakespeare, but not as it’s ever been seen before! The show will tour UK libraries in Spring 2016, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. A fast-paced hour long play performed by a cast of 3, newly adapted from the original text by Tom Cuthbertson and Kelly Eva-May, “The Book’s the Thing” will make a great introduction to Elizabethan Text – and seasoned Shakespeare fans will love this refreshing new take on a classic too.


Magic at May Fayre on 7th May : Noon to 4PM

Peter Gardini, Magician, will be putting on a magic show for children from 2-3pm on the Village Green in Houghton Regis on May 7th.

Teas and coffees will be served in the Village Green Pavilion from 12 Noon by Houghton Regis Helpers.

The Free event is organised by Houghton Regis Town Council.