Luton’s Wardown Park Museum awarded £1.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund

I was delighted to hear the news last month that the Wardown Park Museum had been awarded £1.8m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This brilliant news means that the exciting plans for the redevelopment of the museum are so much closer to going ahead and its future being secured.

For more information I’ve uploaded the press release from Luton Culture.

Collecting Luton’s World War One stories

This project, recognising the 100th anniversary of the First World War, run by Luton Culture, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire is collecting stories of Luton’s experience of the Great War with the family memories of people who live in the town today. It is looking for people to contribute the stories, and photographs and other artefacts, which will then be used in an exhibition at Wardown Park Museum later in the year.

It seems that the Labour MP for Luton North, Kelvin Hopkins, was asked to officially open the newly modernised post office in Hockwell Ring this week. See the report here. This is a good news story and Kelvin is right to welcome this improved community facility. But I wonder if he also thanked the coalition government…

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Photo ot the Wenlok Jug

Wenlok jug back on public display at Stockwood Discovery Centre

Photo ot the Wenlok JugSome good news from last week as the Wenlok Jug, a rare medieval bronze jug with historic connections to the town and the jewel of Luton’s museum collection, went back on display at the Discovery Centre after being stolen and then recovered last year. Not been to see it yet – but hope to soon.

Random Thoughts for 21st October 2013: An insomnia fuelled catch up

Not much blogging going on here at the moment. There are reasons for that, although we won’t go into that now, and I am wondering if I ought to change my approach. There doesn’t seem to be much focus or direction to this blog when I do post. However, (and as if to handily illustrate…

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Barnfield by-election announced

This week my good friend Martin Pantling has resigned as a councillor on Luton Borough Council which means that there will be a by-election in the Barnfield ward. Martin is resigning so he can take up a new career opportunity which is incompatible with his role on the Council. As he himself says (in a…

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Good start for public health in Luton as Council looks at infant mortality

Some praise for Luton Borough Council — it looks like it has made a good start at taking on its new responsibilities for public health. Since April (2013) local authorities have had a new responsibility to provide leadership for public health in their areas, alongside some new statutory functions, with the local Director of Public…

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Luton Council ignores calls to censor Councillors use of Twitter

Last month the local press reported that the most recent meeting of the full council of Luton Borough Council was going to debate some guidance on how Councillors should use the social networking service Twitter. This is the paper that was presented to Councillors at that meeting on the 16 July 2013: The paper is…

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Random Thoughts for 31st July 2013: hats, elephants and things to celebrate

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 17th July 2013 and 31st July 2013: Residents offered chance to speak about town’s outdoor sports facilities Back when I was a councillor and a portfolio-holder I remember…

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Council to decide on the future of Luton’s libraries

This evening (Monday 29 July 2013) the Executive of Luton Borough Council will consider the results of the recent public consultation on the future of the town’s library service and make some decisions on what shape it will take in the future. How libraries are provided in Luton is a little bit complicated, although I…

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