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Shortstown Heritage

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Shortstown is celebrating its centenary as a village this year and with this in mind a formal history society has been set up to ensure our past is recorded for future generations to appreciate. Our new society set up in July 2015 is called Shortstown Heritage and will also incorporate the history of RAF Cardington which of course makes up a large part of our story.

There are three strands to our work in the next few years. First we need to raise funds to launch the society as we want to begin producing history booklets, give history talks around Bedford and preserve the documents already in our possession.

Secondly we need to continue research into our history and the information gathered needs to be formally listed. A major concern is to chart the history of RAF Cardington which is in danger of being forgotten if we don’t act now.

And our third strand is equally pressing. 2017 is a very big year for Shortstown. We are making plans to have permanent memorials around our village reflecting our Airship and RAF roots.

If you would like to join us or can offer any support at this very exciting time please make contact. E-mail: jyh@shortstownheritage.co.uk or telephone 01234 740671. Many thanks.

Jane Harvey
Chair Shortstown Heritage


To research our local history.

To bring to people’s attention the history which surrounds them.

To encourage the research, recording, and preserving of all aspects of our history.

To establish permanent memorials to celebrate the history of Shortstown and RAF Cardington.

To publish and display literature promoting our heritage.

April 2017

Our next meeting will be on Thursday April 6th at 7.45 in the Shorts Building. Items on the agenda include progress on the Gateway project and stall at the Fun Day on June 24th.

Our special topic is "Residents of The Crescent in the Airship Years 1925-1930."

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