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Shortstown Heritage

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In 2017 Shortstown will be celebrating its centenary as a village 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 and we will soon be launching a major fundraising campaign. (More details in the coming months).

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, Chairman Shortstown Heritage.
December 2015


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.

We were still celebrating our grant from Bedford Borough Council when we received the terrific news in April that we had been awarded £990.00 from The Harpur Trust in Bedford. As part of the Trusts 450th anniversary celebrations they had put aside £45,000 to award to community groups who wouldn't normally qualify for their usual awards.

We had put in a bid for the £990.00 to enable us to purchase 500 centenary mugs and history booklets to be awarded to each schoolchild in Shortstown in our centenary year. We were thrilled to hear our bid was sucessful and Shortstown Lower School are working on the design of the mug.

Our grateful thanks to the Harpur Trust for this award.


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