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Shortstown Heritage

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Above members of Shortstown Heritage History Society standing beside the newly erected memorial to those residents of Shortstown killed in the R101 airship crash on October 5th 1930.

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Above - the new interpretation board charting the history of Shortstown placed in front of the memorial.

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Above - former residents of Shortstown at our Reunion event.

After all the hard work put in over the last few years to mark our centenary year in 2017 we can now settle down and re-start researching our history. We had a very successful centenary year the highlights for us was the presentation of a centenary mug to each schoolchild in Shortstown and the erection of the R101 memorial together with the history interpretation board in our playing fields. Our thanks to the Harpur Trust in Bedford for sponsoring the mugs and Eastcotts Parish Council for sponsoring the memorial and presentation board.

Our other highlight which we will remember for a very long time was the Shortstown Reunion held on Saturday November 11th for former residents. We were pleased to welcome over 65 people to this event. For more photographs of all these events and other village celebrations go to our Centenary events section in this website.

We are now turning our attention to other projects and this month have launched an appeal to find members of the following former residents. We are looking for the following people - the Quantrelle family, The Monshin family and anyone who knew George and Nellie Joyce. More details can be found on the Would like to meet.... page in the Shortstown People Section.

Lastly I would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have sent in information to us over the years. Much appreciated!

Jane Harvey
Feb 2018

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1930 The R101 Airship - many of the crew and design staff lived in Shortstown.

Founders of Shortstown 1917 - Eustace (left) and Oswald Short. Read all about them in our Shorts era section.

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RAF Cardington played a huge role in our history. The knowledge and experience gained through the airship years was not lost and research continued in balloon development. In 1936 the site became RAF Cardington.
For more about RAF Cardington visit the RAF section in this website for background information or visit our sister site www.rafcardingtoncamp.co.uk for more in-depth research.

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Above is a plan of the proposed new gateway for Shortstown - see more in the Gateway section.

The Shorts Building built in 1917

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