Building a better future

HRDC believe a great development requires the creation of places that have been shaped by the local community. Last year over 1,000 people attended our public exhibitions, hundreds more have visited this website, joined us at the design workshops and other community events. This showed us just how passionate the local people are about their community and we are incredibly grateful to all of those who took the time to help shape our proposals.

We are fully committed to the future prosperity of the town and HRDC has looked to sponsor a number of community led events taking place in Houghton Regis and Dunstable. Below is a selection of the events HRDC have or will be involved with this year

Houghton Regis Carnival 2017

HRDC was delighted to sponsor the Houghton Regis Carnival again in 2017. The floats on parade are always of an incredibly high standard and this year was no exception. HRN1’s Commercial Manager Russell Goodchild had the pleasure of joining the Town Mayor Joanna Hilliyard to judge the procession competition. It was great to see so many local groups and societies involved in the carnival, and we would like to congratulate all of the winners and runners up.

Official Opening of A5-M1 Link 2017

Along with local MP Andrew Selous, and Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council James Jamieson, HRN1’s Commercial manager Russell Goodchild attended the official opening ceremony of the A5-M1 Link road on the 13th July at The Incuba in Dunstable. Collectively the delivery of HRN1, the A5-M1 Link and the Woodside Connection is crucial to the continued growth of Houghton Regis, Dunstable and the wider area. The HRN1 development is contributing a total of £45 million to help deliver the A5-M1 Link Road, along with land for the Woodside Connection.

Reception of the new Houghton Regis Mayor – 24th May 2017

HRDC was delighted to attend the evening reception of the new Houghton Regis Mayor Joanne Hillyard on the 24th May following the Council’s Annual General Meeting. It was a great opportunity to meet local stakeholders in the town and to hear about the Mayor’s chosen charities for the year. We look forward to working with the Mayor and the Town Council as we move forward with our plans for HRN1 over the coming year.

Ministerial Visit and Media Day – 3rd March 2016

To mark the first anniversary of work beginning on the A5-M1 Link Road and the Woodside Connection on 3rd March Roads Minister, Andrew Jones, MP visited the site along with Councillor Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration at Central Bedfordshire Council. They toured the development sites along with James Owen, representing HRDC. Collectively the delivery of HRN1, the A5-M1 Link and the Woodside Connection is crucial to the continued growth of Houghton Regis, Dunstable and the wider area. The HRN1 development is contributing a total of £45 million to help deliver the A5-M1 Link Road, along with land for the Woodside Connection. When completed the A5-M1 Link will provide the northern boundary to HRN1, whilst the Woodside Connections runs North to South though the eastern portion of the site. Both roads will provide easy road connections onto the M1 at the new junction 11a, which will benefit new and existing residents alike.

Houghton Regis Carol Service & Tree light Switch On – 5th December 2015

This was our first year sponsoring this event and we delighted by the local Christmas spirit and how many residents attended. It was great to see many community groups involved running stands with raffles and games, including a chance to have a photo with Father Christmas on his sleigh. HRN1 sponsored this year’s Bedford Square Christmas tree, and the mayor kindly agreed to have his photo taken in front of it! The tree looked fantastic and we hope the residents of Houghton Regis have a Happy Christmas.  

Houghton Regis Celebration of Christmas Concert - Tuesday 25th November 2015

We were delighted to be able sponsor this event for the third year running. It has been fantastic to see this event grow over the last three years, we feel it is the start of the Christmas season for Houghton Regis. The concert has been running since 2002, with many local lower schools participating in a evening of Christmas Carols. All proceeds from ticket sales go the "The Mayor's Appeal Fund" specifically for local charities. This year we were joined by local Town and CBC Councillors for a drink beforehand which was a good opportunity to catch up on all that has happened in Houghton Regis is the past year.

Houghton Regis Classic Car Show - Sunday 13th September 2015

We are delighted to sponsor HRTC Claasic Car Show for a third year running. The Classic Car Show is a wonderful event with the stunning display of Classic, Vintage Cars, Motorcycles & Military vehicles from days gone by.

Houghton Regis May Fayre - Saturday 2nd May 2015

HRDC were delighted to sponsor this event for a second year after the success of the previous two years. The May Fayre ia a community event which included Maypole Dancing, Morris Dancing, A Craft Marquee, floral garland making by Houghton Regis Library, refreshments in the Village Green Pavilion by Houghton Regis Helpers.

Houghton Regis Celebration of Chirstmas Concert - Tuesday 25th November 2014

We were delighted to sponsor this event for the second year. The concer has been running since 2002, with many local lower schools participating in a evening of Christmas Carols. All proceeds from ticket sales go the "The Mayor's Appeal Fund" specfically for local charities.

Houghton Regis Classic Car Show - Sunday 14th September 2014

For the second year running HRDC has sponsored this stunning display of Classic, Vintage Cars, Motorcycles & Military vehicles from days gone by.

Houghton Regis Classic Car Show - Sunday 15th September 2013

This annual event includes more than 70 classic and vintage motor vehicles ranging from pre-war through to modern classics. Cars, motorcylces, commercial and military vehicles are all represented at this show, hosted on the village green.

Houghton Regis School Choir Event - Wednesday 20th November 2013

This event has been running since 2002 with local lower schools participating. All proceeds from ticket sales go the "The Mayor's Appeal Fund" specfically for local charities.

Dunstable Party in the Park - Saturday 20th July 2013

This annual event attracts approximately 5,000 people to Dunstable with rides, stalls and music.

Dunstable Rocks - Saturday 31st August 2013

This annual event concludes the Dunstable Summer of Music and attracts approximately 4,500 people every year.

Houghton Regis Carnival - Saturday 13th July 2013

The Carnival has been running since 1981 and includes a small street procession, over 100 stalls on the Village Green, entertainment in an arena on the Village Green (local dance groups, schools, circus skills workshops etc.), music around the Green, Pet Dog of the Year Show arranged by the Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust and refreshments in the Pavilion served by Houghton Regis W.I.

Dunstable Live! - Saturday 15th June 2013

This annual event attracts approximately 2,000 people to Dunstable and provides an afternoon of music for all ages. HRDC are delighted to be joint sponsors of Dunstable Live!.

Houghton Regis May Fayre - Saturday 4th May 2013

HRDC were delighted to sponsor this new initiative starting this year, a community event which included Maypole Dancing, Morris Dancing, A Craft Marquee, floral garland making by Houghton Regis Library, refreshments in the Village Green Pavilion by Houghton Regis Helpers and a scheduled game of Cricket taking place by the home team Houghton Chargers CC.