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Introduction & welcome from the Love Luton Chair

I am delighted to bring you Love Luton's first ever newsletter! 

Each edition we will share with you
the latest news from our partners, special offers, key initiatives, up and coming events and developments in Luton. 
2015 is already shaping up to be another fantastic year for Love Luton and its partners. There is lots of exciting information to share with you and I hope you enjoy reading the first edition.

We want to celebrate all that is good about Luton and if you have anything which you feel is important we want to hear from you.  Please email coordinator@loveluton.org.uk.

We regularly host Love Luton stalls in the Mall where you can pop along and hear about up and coming events and pick up your Love Luton merchandise. Our next date is Saturday 13th June.

I challenge you to test your Love Luton knowledge by completing the crossword and entering the competition for a chance to win a Mall £100 shopping voucher courtesy of Keepmoat.

Finally, you can also keep in touch with us via our Love Luton Facebook page or on Twitter Love_Luton.

Linsey Frostick
Chair person of Love Luton

Developments in Luton

The M1 Junction 10a scheme is nearing completion and will officially open next month. By upgrading the junction Luton Borough Council has reduced congestion and delays at both the junction itself and on the M1; making the road safer; journey times more reliable; improving access to existing and potential development areas; and improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Along side this the new purpose-built travel centre will open early summer giving residents and visitors a fantastic new facility at the new bus-rail interchange. The new centre will provide a bus/coach/rail ticket desk, a Starbucks café, toilets, and a personal travel planning area. The £500,000 centre has been funded by a grant obtained from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The new Luton Travel Centre also perfectly complements additional works undertaken by the Council under the Town Centre Transport Scheme to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists between the station area and the town centre, including completing the inner ring road, closing Guildford Street to through-traffic and pedestrianising Bute Street with high quality granite paving.

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Love Luton Remembrance Ride 

Love Luton will be hosting its second remembrance ride.  This year the team of cyclists will depart from Luton on Friday 25th September and cycle more than 200 miles arriving in Loos on Sunday 27th September. This year’s ride coincides with the Anniversary of the Battle of Loos.  There are still limited places available.

For more information visit the website  

Luton Poppy Appeal 

Pupils at Barnfield West Academy, Luton Town Football Club players and representatives from Love Luton came together to sow poppy seeds as part of the second year of the Luton Poppy Appeal on Friday, 8th May 2015. The date was chosen to mark the 70th Anniversary of VE day and remember the many who lost their lives at war.

The Luton Poppy Appeal, spearheaded by Love Luton and privately funded by local businesses, was first launched back in 2014 to encourage local people to plant poppy seeds in remembrance of all those who fought and died in World War I and other battles, and remembering those actively serving our country today to keep us safe.
Groups wishing to obtain free poppy seeds can do so by downloading and completing the form at www.loveluton.org.uk/poppy. Love Luton will be hosting a stall in the Mall on the 13th June 2015.  Residents can come along and find out more information, donate to the Poppy Appeal and pick up seeds on the day.

Love Luton
Half Marathon 

Love Luton will be hosting its third half marathon on Sunday 25th October 2015. Beginning at Stockwood Park Athletics Centre, the course will take runners through the Luton Hoo Estate and back out onto the roads of Luton.  This year’s course has been refreshed and will take in the stunning grounds of Luton Hoo estate with runners passing the iconic mansion house and breath-taking landscape.  
The course itself is on road, some parts are hilly making the course challenging at times but they are evenly spread throughout.  All this coupled with beautiful scenery and traffic free makes for a wonderful experience.
The half marathon begins at 9am and runners will have a maximum of three hours to finish. A fully qualified and experienced convoy follow the race and will lift the road closures as soon as it is safe to do so, allowing traffic to flow as normal. All road closures will be lifted by no later than 12:30pm.
For a limited time only you can save up to 15 per cent by entering the discount code ‘LoveLuton15’. 

Love Luton
Awards Fund  

The Love Luton campaign introduced the awards fund in 2013.  The aim was to provide awards for projects run by community groups based in, or working for, the benefit of people in this geography.
The fund is managed by working group who consider the bids on a quarterly basis. Community groups can bid for up to £3000.  
To date we have awarded more than £20,000 with the latest award going to LAMP to fund a new state of the art database.    The application process for this quarter is now open. To download a copy visit the website http://www.loveluton.org.uk/apply/

London Marathon Success

Many of our local runners took part in the recent London Marathon.   Some of the runners shared their stories and images with Love Luton.

Linda Scanlan of Stopsley Striders said  “I'd been having problems with my knee since mid March but had been given the green light to run from the physio the Tuesday before the marathon. Because of the injury I didn't know what I was capable of or how much my knee would play up so I just decided to go for it and keep going as long as I could. Energy gels and support round the way from family and friends who had come to watch gave me a real boost. Never underestimate the power of crowd support in a race! Things got harder from about Mile 21 and I really found myself having to dig in but eventually the signs with 800m to go... 600m to go... 365 yards to go came up and I knew the end was near. I crossed the finish line in 3 hours 31 minutes and 56 seconds. Amazingly a Personal Best! It was a great experience and I think I'll be back for it next year”

Samantha Polman (in image) ran for the charity Action Medican Research and raised more than £2000.   Natwest, Samantha’s employer matchfunded the money she raised.

Dave Coard of Boxfit and also one of the Luton half marathon organisers ran the London Marathon in 3 hours and 19 minutes.

A big well done to everyone who took part!

Love Luton partner’s news

Arriva recently launched their new network with 13 brand new buses and an investment of over £1.5 million. A big thank you to everyone who took part in naming the 10 new buses after local legends. Keep a look out and see how many you can spot!

London Luton Airport published its 2014 Community Engagement report which highlights the Airport’s success working with the community to create tangible benefits for local people and local businesses. In 2014 its flagship youth employment programme ‘Get into Airports’, run in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, saw 28 young people complete the scheme of which 78% have gained work as a direct result.

The impact of the ‘Get into Airports’ programme has been far reaching, inspiring  other employers to run their own schemes with The Prince’s Trust.  Having offered a placement for a young person on the second Airport programme Thameslink Railways adopted the ‘Get into’ model and created ‘Get into Railways’. Thameslink has now run five programmes with 80% of participants gaining employment.

As the programme grows from strength to strength, the Airport is looking for aviation enthusiasts seeking employment and training aged 18-25 to join future programmes.

Please register your interest with anna.crump@princes-trust.org.uk     

To view the full report please visit http://www.london-lutoninthecommunity.co.uk/flipbooks/lla_online_annual_report/#18

Keepmoat and The Prince’s Trust are working together to open up opportunities in the construction industry to young people in Luton. Leonor Pereira, aged 24 from Luton, is one of of those gaining experience in Keepmoat’s Luton regional office through The Prince’s Trust. Initially starting out on a work experience placement which was arranged through the charity, Leonor has been offered a full time position in the company’s design team and is furthering her career as an Assistant Design Co-ordinator.

Educating young and older adults about the different career paths within the building and construction sector, Keepmoat offers professional training for roles such as estimators, resident liaison officers and quantity surveyors, as well as the more traditional construction trades. They are working to support The Prince’s Trust which has committed to helping 58,000 people in 2015 through a number of support schemes and training programmes.  

Those interested to learn more about a career in the construction industry can find out about Keepmoat’s apprenticeship schemes and work placement opportunities at www.keepmoat.com/about-us/careers.

Special offers

Love Sundays is Back!

Our mission to make weekends wonderful is back! Grab a FREE gift every Sunday when you spend £50 or more at The Mall!
We’re offering you the choice of a FREE gift every Sunday when you spend £50 at stores in The Mall.  You'll need to be a RewardME member, but you can sign up at the same time if you've not yet got a membership card or the app.  Visit The Mall on Sundays and end your weekend with a smile! 

Get a FREE RewardME card

Only for local Mall shoppers, the completely FREE RewardME membership card entitles you to exclusive offers and promotions within The Mall. Discounts on coffee and muffins, offers on fashion and accessories, promotions at local attractions and even give-aways and member-only events, all you need is the card. RewardME gives you more of the things you love. Think of it as a small thank you for your continued custom.

Summer at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa

It’s all about the great outdoors this summer at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa.  Guests will share delicious grilled dishes and salads with friends and family at the Country Club Courtyard BBQ’s every Friday in July and August. The menu includes tiger prawn skewers with lime chilli and coriander, stuffed Romano peppers and Chicken escalope with yoghurt and harissa alongside a selection of salads and desserts for £25.00 per person.

During August and September, sit back and enjoy iconic films such as Grease, Chicago and Top Gun which will be shown at the open air cinema set in the stunning surrounds of the South Lake. Make an evening of it and enjoy a pre-cinema two course meal in Adam’s Brasserie for just £19.50. Cinema tickets are priced at £13 and can be purchased from www.sundowncinema.co.uk.

For those looking to try something different there is also the opportunity to experience the new  Shooting Day package. The day includes tea, coffee and bacon rolls in the morning, an hour of first class clay shooting lessons from experienced tutor Pete Lee at the Luton Hoo shooting stands situated on a beautiful rural spot overlooking the lake followed by a two course club lunch in Adam’s Brasserie for £119.50 per person.
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