Like any other community up and down the country the village had to contend with wartime conditions and shortages and there are continued signs of restrictions and rationing in these years. There are constant references to low stocks of fuel, coal, and bar supplies. Blackout times were strictly adhered to and in October 1939 the Bedford Record reports that a Shortstown lady in Greycote was fined £3 for allowing a light to be visible from her home at night time. The clubs windows were painted black and although the exact location is unknown it is recorded that there would be no more children's sports days for some time as trenches had been dug around the parameter of the 'running track adjoining the club'. Mr Bill Bell recalls that as an eleven year old living in Shortstown he attended Elstow school in 1938 and that all but one of the male teachers there were called up for service during that year.
This notice taken from The Bedfordshire Times in April 1943 lists black out times which were published weekly during the war.