Central Bedfordshire Council have recently launched an online bus pass application process allowing customers to apply for their bus pass through the Central Bedfordshire Council website. Residents of Central Bedfordshire can apply for age related and disabled passes through the online service – known as My Bus Pass, as well as get a replacement pass or request a renewal. If customers require assistance with their applications this can be accessed via email or telephone.

At the same time, the administration of bus pass applications has passed from CBC's Customer Services Team to a dedicated team at Euclid Ltd who currently provide our bus pass card management and production.

Customers can still continue to apply by post if they wish, the latest application form can be printed from the Central Bedfordshire website or a paper copy can be requested by telephone.

If you have an enquiry office or regularly deal with enquiries regarding bus passes, please refer customers to the online portal or email / telephone service, detailed below.

The updated details for Central Bedfordshire Bus Pass Applications are as follows:

Online information, form downloads and application portal home page: https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/55/transport_roads_and_parking/577/bus_pass_applications_-_apply_for_an_older_persons_or_disabled_persons_bus_pass

Email Assistance: centralbeds@mybuspass.co.uk

Telephone Assistance: 0300 300 8308 (please press the appropriate button for bus pass enquiries)

Postal Applications: Central Bedfordshire Bus Pass Applications, PO Box 212, WATERLOOVILLE, PO7 6ZN

12:09, 16 Aug 2019 by Alessandra Marabese




Calling all Residents and Gravenhurst Organisations!

SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity has outlined plans for VE Day 75, being organised to celebrate and commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  The 8th May 1945 was the day peace emerged after nearly 6 years of war, so the 75th anniversary on 8th May 2020 represents an important milestone in history.  The celebrations will cover the weekend of Friday 8th May 2020 to Sunday 10th May 2020 and will be an international celebration of peace - a time to remember, reflect and pay tribute to the millions who played such a vital part in achieving it. 

SSAFA planned activities over the weekend are as follows:

  • The Playing of Battles O'er & VE 75 Years
  • The Nations Toast to the Heroes of WW2
  • The Cry for Peace, around the World
  • Churches and Cathedrals ringing out for peace
  • Street parties and parties in pubs, clubs, on village greens and in hall etc
  • Services of commemoration and celebrations in churches, including the reading of the Tribute to the Millions and the playing of the Last Post

So why this message?

I am sure you will agree that residents and organisations of Gravenhurst cannot let this day pass without reflecting on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life and celebrating the same.  Gravenhurst Parish Council is prepared to support organisations in Gravenhurst in coming together, pooling resources and ideas, to organise joint VE Day 75 celebration events and would facilitate and welcome the forming of an independent committee made up of representatives from your organisations. If you, or someone you know, would like to represent an organisation or a group of residents as part of a celebration committee please let us know and we will endeavour to arrange a kick-off meeting.

Remember - Only if we work together and pool our resources and ideas can we make this work for our village.

One last thing. A paragraph in the minutes of the Gravenhurst Parish Council meeting held on 17th April 1945 reads as follows:

"Mr Anderson asked if the Council could do anything with regard to the thanks giving services or other arrangements for Victory, the general feeling of the Council was for a united thanksgiving service to be held in the open air if possible and the Clerk was asked to get in touch with the Rev. W J Mills for the Church of England and the Rev. G Maland Minister in charge of the Methodist Church to see if they could arrange a service on these lines. Mr Frith consented to the use of his meadows if needed."

Does anyone know if this event happened? Were you present? Wouldn't it be great if we could work together to repeat this event and others?

All those interested please contact us at clerk@gravenhurst-pc.gov.uk or on 07930 813808.

Kick off meeting planned for Tuesday 10th September 2019, 7:00pm at the village hall.  All Welcom!

10:42, 25 Jun 2019 by Alessandra Marabese

Over the last couple of months the Parish Council has received a number of complaints concerning the amount of ‘garden waste’ (grass, branches and shrubbery etc.) that has been dumped on Parish Council land. Upon further investigation it is evident from the type of garden waste found that is has been placed there by local residents not bothering to dispose of their own waste properly. 

The Parish Council has chosen to write to all residents to make them aware that this dumping of garden waste on Parish Council land or anywhere else is illegal, considered as ‘fly-tipping’ and will no longer be tolerated. Fly-tipping includes dumping garden waste anywhere, including in hedgerows, grass verges and woodlands. Just because it may eventually compost down, does not make dumping acceptable or permissible.

Now that the summer is here, there seems to be a growing problem in Gravenhurst with garden waste and grass cuttings being dumped in numerous places throughout the village. The areas of greatest concern are on Shillington Road adjoining allotment land, a small area near the gated entrance to the Parish Cemetery and, footpaths / green spaces adjoining and leading to the Recreation Ground as well as the triangle section of woodland in the Recreation Ground

Please stop doing this!

Not only is it unsightly in our beautiful village, but the Parish Council and ultimately residents as tax payers must pay for the cost of additional maintenance (for example this prevents grass cutting), removal and correct disposal, therefore reducing the amount of money available for other village needs. 

We would urge all residents to dispose of their own garden waste legally:

  • Compost it in your own garden
  • Place in green bags for fortnightly collection by Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Take to a local recycling centre (Biggleswade - Bells Brook Lane, Biggleswade SG18 0NA)
  • Hire an appropriate contractor to remove

Residents can report fly-tipping on Parish Council land to us directly on 07930 813808 or email clerk@gravenhurst-pc.gov.uk. Information will be treated in confidence.

Please help us keep our village tidy and beautiful.

10:36, 25 Jun 2019 by Alessandra Marabese


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