Do you have some spare time and would love to get involved in a community project? Or maybe you want to meet your extended neighbours and work together to help plan our next big event! We're looking for fresh ideas on how to inspire our community and for members to join The FUN Committee. Open to all residents of Caddington and Slip End (CaSE). Get in contact now - email@example.com
Meet The Team
Meet Emma (on the left); she is our Community Centre Manager and has day to day responsibility for running the Lyons Community Centre.
Kelly and Dana are two of our caretakers, who help setting things up for bookings and keeping the centre clean.
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ABOUT CaSE TRUST
Caddington & Slip End Community Trust (CaSE) was formed in December 2014 by General Motors and Redrow Homes, as a lasting legacy from the development known as Caddington Woods. Caddington Woods is located near the ancient settlement site of Chaul End, within the civil parish of Caddington (Central Bedfordshire).
CaSE’s principal function is to own and manage the public open spaces, play areas, and community facilities at Caddington Woods, but was also established to deliver wider community benefits to the residents of the two parishes of Caddington and Slip End.
CaSE has been endowed with a number of affordable homes on the Caddington Woods estate. The income from these homes will be used to maintain the delightful green spaces and community facilities, including a low carbon community centre, publicly accessible woodlands and play area. It also supports the running of a community bus service providing a link between the new neighbourhood at Caddington Woods and the surrounding areas.
CaSE Community Trust provides a FREE of charge 230 bus service!
CaSE Community Trust and Central Bedfordshire Council, working jointly with Centrebus, provide the local free 230 bus service.
From the 3rd January 2023, the new service will operate on an hourly basis throughout the day, Mondays to Saturdays, linking Caddington Woods, Caddington, Woodside and Slip End to Luton Airport Parkway, The Mall Luton, Luton Interchange and Hatters Way Retail Park and Luton & Dunstable Hospital. This will enable connections via train or bus to Dunstable, Harpenden, Bedford and London.
For ease of use, the service has been planned to run to a regular, simple to understand timetable, with departures from stops at the same minutes past each hour throughout the day. The first departure from the Lyons Community Centre, Caddington Woods in the morning will be at 05.52, with the service terminating at the Lyons Community Centre at 20:52. The service will run to a slightly reduced service on Saturdays with the first departure at 08:52, terminating at 17:52.
Journeys to/from Pepperstock continue to be provided Mondays to Fridays by the 232 service
These fully equipped modern facilities set within parkland trees and located opposite the Community Centre, are to be the focus for both children’s play and a range of community activities including organised community play schemes, events and other activities.
The Lyons Community Centre is open for your booking needs.
The centre boasts bright, modern equipped spaces that are fit for a vibrant community. Halls for hire will be fitted with equipment for all your needs including an easy to use Bluetooth sound system, high speed internet and air conditioning. It is available for your family functions, children’s parties and other community group activities.
In addition, the centre includes office and meeting room spaces with flexible use. Hire these spaces for your work from home, meeting, consulting or therapeutic activities.
To check out what’s on and view the
Lyons Community Centre weekly diary:
Caddington Woods is surrounded by established trees and woodlands with a number of footpaths running through the woods, and connecting into established walking routes across the surrounding countryside.
CaSE is managing and maintaining these woodlands and all of the Caddington Woods public landscaped spaces to maximise both the ecological and recreational benefits for the local community.
Caddington Woods is a residential development of 325 dwellings, a play area and community hub. Redrow are providing a range of high-quality houses for sale, two housing associations (Thrive Homes and Catalyst) are providing housing for social rent and CaSE are offering the properties it has been endowed with at “Intermediate Rent”, i.e. 80% of current market rents. There are 3 sizes of CaSE properties: 2 bed, 3 bed (4 person) and 3 bed (5 person). CaSE trustees have adopted a localised lettings policy which gives priority to people in housing need who originate from or have close family connections in Caddington and Slip End.
CaSE now have a total of 46 properties across Caddington Woods, managed by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Letting Service. For more information, or to check the status of an application, please contact Central Bedfordshire Council here
ABOUT THE TRUSTEES
CaSE Community Trust is managed by a board of trustees made up of different stakeholder interests. Introducing you to our current board…
Rob Gray (chair)
I moved into Caddington Woods in December 2017 and since then I have been interested in looking for ways to see the community develop.
I want to ensure that the Caddington Woods development and the larger communities of Caddington and Slip End maximise the opportunities being offered by the Trust.
Since my retirement I have acted as a Non-Executive Director on a number of multinational joint venture companies, experience which I hope to be able to bring to my role as a trustee and chair.
Originally from Newcastle, I moved 'South' twenty years ago, and spent most of them in Redbourn, near St Albans. I loved village life and knew that when I moved to Caddington Woods with my husband Marc (and our family) in November 2017, it was important that I felt there was a sense of community.
I enjoy bringing people and resources together for the benefit of everyone, and when I discovered CaSE, it felt a great way to help the villages maximise every opportunity open to them.
I work full-time as Head of Talent Acquisition at the UK's largest airline, based at Luton Airport. I have significant experience in Recruitment and HR, so 'people' are at the heart of everything I do.
In my spare time, I love getting involved in charitable projects (most recently helping the homeless in Luton, helping the Salvation Army with their Christmas toy appeal, and collecting dresses for prom students in deprived areas to name a few) and I am also kept on my toes with my children and their various sporting activities.
I have lived in and around Luton for the last 60 years. I moved into Woodside in 1992 with my wife and young son. A few years later we had a daughter. Since then both my children have used the local schools, starting at Slip End’s Lower School and then finishing at Manshead, spending their middle years at the then Ashton Middle School, in Dunstable.
We have frequented St. Andrews church for the last 25 years. Since 2000 I have worked in Luton for an electronics-based company.
I have also served as a Parish Councillor for Slip End for six years. Prior to that I had been involved with the Slip End Parish Plan and then carried over into the Caddington Neighbourhood Plan.
I am the Director and Head of Embrace & Encourage Education CIC. We are a Trauma Informed Alternative Education Provision for females only and a Community Interest Company. I have been based at the Lyons Community Centre for over 2 years now. Our purpose is to empower our learners and engage them in educational experiences, as well as enhance their opportunities for the future.
I have a varied career across services for young people. I am a Qualified Teacher and SENCO Much of my experience is from the NHS, Brook and services for children and young people. I am passionate about developing accessible education for all, with a drive towards the community offer.
I have been a Dunstable resident since 1987 and served historically on South Beds District Council and then on Central Bedfordshire Council since it was created.
I have a long held passion for community and was involved in discussions with General Motors in the very early days of planning for Caddington Woods; it is great to have the opportunity to join the board at CaSE.
The HG will provide an ‘easy access’ route for pedestrians, cyclists, and where possible, horse-riders. It will seek to celebrate and secure the rural setting of Caddington and Slip End, which has high heritage, wildlife and landscape value.
The route will link the communities to each other, with surrounding areas of heritage and wildlife interest; and with Luton. Opportunities will be sought to protect and celebrate the area’s rich heritage and to enhance and create habitats and landscape features. Much more than a linear access path, the HG will seek to be a corridor of great environmental value, with many links to adjacent destinations and features of interest.
What is the aim of the Heritage Greenway?
The aim is for the HG to:
Be traffic free, un-broken, with no missing links and a minimal number of road crossings
Be safe and inspire confidence in visitors and offer ‘easy access’ and designated, safe crossing points
Have the potential for future upgrading to use by cyclists (where not already possible)
Provide connections between where people live and where they want to travel
Be clearly signed and easy to follow and well maintained
Provide enhanced user enjoyment through the provision of information boards and benches in attractive locations
Where possible provide access for horses, particularly links to existing bridleways
Be protected from future development and cause no damage to archaeological sites
Embrace offers education engagement services across Bedfordshire, tailored interventions, mentoring, 1-1 support and an alternative education provision. We are female focused and work with girls who find mainstream education a challenge. Embrace has a trauma informed and attachment aware approach to practice and focuses on developing their learners holistically. Our aim is to encourage our learners and re-engage them with their learning in a supportive environment. Embrace have been using the facilities at the Lyons Community Centre since September 2020 and are getting on really well, they want to continue over the coming years.
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Address Lyons Community Centre,
33a Mallard Crescent,
Bedfordshire LU1 4FG