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Shortstown Heritage

Shortstown News

Saturday November 21st 2015 - A Very Special Visitor to Shortstown Today!!!!!!

Today was very special as we were pleased to welcome Liz Walker and her husband Barrie to Shortstown. This was the first visit for Liz who is a great great niece of the Shorts Brothers who commissioned the first houses to be built in Shortstown. It was very interesting to meet her and welcome her to our village. We spent nearly an hour and a half walking around Shortstown and it was a pleasure to show her the original streets and point out the features and designs of the houses and of course show her the Shorts Building.

Liz and her husband have set up the Shorts Commemoration Sociey to raise awareness of the contribution the brothers made to aviation and are currently raising funds to enhance the brothers rather modest graves. See their page on this website in The Shorts Era section for more details of how you can help them. Of course we will stay in touch with both Liz and Barrie and hope they will take part in our centenary celebrations in 2017.

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Above is the mural painted by a local artist and children from Shortstown Primary School depicting the various stages of airship development over the years. This project was run and financed by bpha the housing association together with contributions from other local organisations. Bright new play equipment and new flooring was also provided by bpha and as can be seen makes for a very attractive addition to Shortstown!

Read all about it - a new novel based around the R38, R100 and R101 airships.

January 2016

Some great new street names in our new developments!

Evans Croft is found on the new Kier Homes development built on the old school site. It is named after Mr Evans the first headmaster of the school back in 1957. More information about the school can be found on the school page in the Topics section.

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Bushfield Court final

Bushfield Court, Colemore Grange and Norcott Mead built on the new development behind the Shorts building are all named after victims of the R101 airship disaster. Details of these men can be found on the R101 crash victims page.

A big thanks to the developers - Abbey Homes, Bellway, Kier Homes, Eastcotts Parish Council and Bedford Borough Council for naming these roads.

June 2016 - calling all local residents - do you enjoy cycling?

Cycle flyer

Colin Nye of Shortstown is hoping to set up a cycle club in the village for Shortstown and Cardington residents.

If you would like to join contact details are shown left. With the warm weather approaching now would be a great time to start!

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