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Shortstown Heritage

A new village entrance sign for Shortstown

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Proposed new entrance sign for the south entrance at Shortstown.

As part of our village centenary celebrations in 2017 we are proposing to build a new gateway sign on the south side of Shortstown opposite the sheds.

Total costs for the gateway will be around £12,000 and now in January 2018 our fund stands at almost £5,971 with grant applications in the pipeline.

Project Timelime

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Sept 2013

First rough sketches
made of potential designs.


Aug 2014

Meeting with Eastcott Parish Council to establish location of


Feb 2014

Approached Bedford Highways dept for planning advice.


June 2015

A great step forward! A meeting with Kier Homes at Tempsford who kindly formalised our designs at no cost. Now we can move forward. Thank
you so much Kier Homes!

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Shown left - our original plans now formalised by Kier Homes.

August 2015 - the two designs are shown to residents of Shortstown to select their preference. A sample poll so far shows overwhelming support for the circular version on the right.

"I am thrilled to be invited to join with this project; it is so refreshing to work with people driven by a sense of community and history rather than commercial gain. Whilst, as an RAF dependent teenager living at Henlow Camp I had school friends living in Shortstown and of course like most folk in Bedford am familiar with the airship sheds. I had no idea of the wealth of history attached to the village which I have found quite fascinating. All credit to Jane and Shortstown Heritage for their determination and hard work to date; we have a way to go yet but as a team focused on delivery in 2017 we can leave a little imprint on the history of Shortstown." Ian Cording.

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Ian Cording - planning consultant.


Engaged the services of Ian Cording, planning consultant who has agreed to take on this project.

November 2015

Pudding Club Jan 2016

Our project is launched! Shown 2nd left to to right Jane Harvey, Chairman Shortstown Heritage, Elizabeth Hodges member of Shortstown Heritage and Ian Cording.


January 2016

Meeting up with Ian
in The Puddin Club in Bedford. Our
project is now launched!


January 2017

Our fundraising continues


August 2016

Planning permission received

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