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The Clifton Chronicles Covid Month 8

Clifton War Memorial and Post Office, Drawn by Sheila Ashton

Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 10.30 am

Service in Church

10.45 am

Act of Remembrance, War Memorial

November 2020 ÂŁ Priceless

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November 2020—Covid Month 8 Dear Fellow Residents Still in Lockdown and we are still online only. We will be back on your doormats just as soon as we can safely produce the Chronicles. Meanwhile there are some things to keep you in good spirits: •

As this edition comes out the Pumpkin Trail will be in full swing.

Christmas tree at the Admiral p 19

Christmas Tree Festival in your front gardens p18

Although Remembrance Sunday will not be as it has been in the past there is lots of information about how everyone can mark this important national and village event pp7-11

Keep Well, Keep Fit, Beat Covid 19! Kathy Blackmore, on behalf of the Chronicles Team

Some of our regular Contents P 34

Contents (Alphabetic) Advertising Index All Saints Academy


Contents ctd


Neighbourhood Plan






Ministry Team Column


Crime Stats


Farm Run


Samuel Whit. Academy

Other Churches


Who’s Who in Clifton





Who’s Who in Clifton


All Saints’ Church


Revd Caren Topley, 8 Rectory Close, Clifton. rector4clifton@gmail.com

01462 615499


Linda Dawes, 58 Church Street Kevin Gray, 21 Fairground Way

816074 812820


Robin Welsford, 13 Pedley Lane Ruth Gray, 21 Fairground Way

811303 812820 01767 314621

Mothers’ Union

Peter Maundrell, 22 Beech Avenue, Biggleswade Frank Rivett 27 Purcell Way, Shefford Philippa Whittington 27 Purcell Way, Shefford Ruth and Kevin Gray 21 Fairground Way Philippa Whittington 27 Purcell Way, Shefford Betsy Gray, 18 Hitchin Lane, Clifton

Messy Church

Suzanne Stapleton, 811929; Ruth Gray 812820


Mrs Carol Ward


School Governors

Chair: Philippa Whittington Vice-chair: Peter Blackmore

851816 646371

School Bookings

Justine McCarthy,



Kerrie Cope, Kate Barker, (Joint Chairs) Email: cliftonallsaintspta@gmail.com

Organist & Choirmaster PCC Treasurer PCC Secretary Church Hall Bookings Bell-ringing Cpt

851816 851816 812820 851816 629690

All Saints’ Academy Elected Representatives

Parish Council Chairman Clerk (Community Centre bookings)

Ray Dart, 8 Alexander Close


Kerri Kilby parish.council@clifton-beds.co.uk

07547 129038

MP Nadine Dorries,

Constituency Office, St Michael’s Close, High Street, Shefford


Councillors Henlow, Arlesey, Henlow Camp & Stondon

Richard Wenham, 2 Jordan Close, Henlow SG16 6PH, Ian Dalgarno, 172 High Street, Arlesey SG15 6TB,


0300300 8563


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Who’s Who in Clifton




Kathy Blackmore, Hawarden Cottage, 47 Church Street, Clifton



Advertising year runs May to April chronicles@clifton-beds.co.uk



John Good, Pedley Lane, Clifton


Biggleswade Gardening Club

Mr A Gray www.biggleswade.gardenclub.care4free.net

01767 221428

Brownies Clifton Action Group Care Scheme

Email: firstcliftonbrownies@outlook.com www.girlguiding.org.uk Mrs Diana Talbot, Secretary. Infofromcag@gmail.com


Friends All Saints Church

07817 614654 Chairman: Rob Davidson Email: cliftonbedscc@gmail.com V-Chair: Josh Scandrett: 07805 427129 Keith Pledger, 2 Chapel Close k.pledger@ntlworld.com

Football Club

Jason Shacklock,



Langford Tennis Club

www.langfordtennisclub.org.uk Contact; Paul Metcalfe


Police Contact

The snr community officer: PS Simon BUTLER, Based in Biggleswade

01234 842531

Cricket Club

Other village organisations

Providence Baptist Church Rainbows Residents Association Scouts (All ages)

07376 490434 629020 816881

cliftonpbchurch@gmail.com girlguiding.org.uk BobSmith, Secretary 30 New Road






Linda Patch



Pre-School, Breakfast & After School Clubs www.thewoodlandspreschool.co.uk thewoodlands1@btconnect.com



Dear Friends, I wonder what comes to mind when you hear the word ‘November’? Is it the shorter days, the changing colours of the trees and crunchy leaves underfoot? Perhaps its sparklers and fireworks, sending an array of colours into the cold night sky? Or is it the colder weather of the season, which provides a ready-made excuse to indulge in copious amounts of tea and cake (perhaps, for some, the inaugural mince pie of the year!). I’m sure you have your own thoughts which come to mind. For me, November brings to mind all of these things. Yet, at heart, I feel there is golden thread that runs through this calendar month. Beginning with All Saints and All Souls – in which we bring to mind our loved ones – our attention moves to Remembrance Day. Here, we recall the human cost of war in our own lifetime and in the past. Some of those memories are intensely personal; others are part of collective memories shared by the church, by communities and by nations. Whilst our normal ways of meeting and commemorating may not be possible at this time, I hope we can find our own ways of remembering this month. Before we know it, our minds will turn to preparations for the festive season, and the joys of Advent will be upon us. Take time to enjoy the leaves, the changing seasons and perhaps even that first mince pie. With best wishes, Ryan Parker, Lay Leader of Worship All Saints Ministry Team

See details of Remembrance and Lament services on pages 8 and 9 For all details of online and church services see:

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All Saints’ Church

From the Registers Funeral followed by burial 21st October 2020

Sheila Vivien Ashton


Poppy Appeal 2020 Poppies will now be able to be sold in shops this year. This has been made possible by the easing of restrictions by the government and the fundraising regulator. Unfortunately we are still unable to do a door to door calls. In Clifton we will be also having a table outside Tesco express shop on the 2 Saturdays leading up to Remembrance Day. Here you can purchase poppies and additional items for the poppy appeal. Thank you all for your continued generous support for the Poppy Appeal. Denise Panton As a community we have always supported this event and the appeal from the British Legion and I hope that everyone will continue to be generous. The British Legion says: In these unprecedented times The Royal British Legion is working hard to support the most vulnerable in our society, be it older veterans that we care for, those who suffer from social isolation, or those who are simply overwhelmed by the challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. We simply cannot do it without you.

Kathy Blackmore, Editor


Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2020 Most years we have a large number of people come and pay their respects to our war heroes from WW1, WW2 and other conflicts. This year, due to Covid, it would be a challenge to health and safety to have a large gathering at the memorial. We are therefore going to invite only one or two representatives from each organisation that usually attends to place a cross or wreath at the memorial. At 10.45 am Revd Caren will lead the Act of Remembrance including the reading of names and the 2-minute silence. Volunteers will try to live stream this to the village FB page. You can also follow the service at home using the sheet published on page 10-11. There will be no choir or singing and there will be no procession down Church Street or the usual service following the short memorial service. 10.30 am - 11.15 am Remembrance Service in church for 30 people. Please pre-book seats from Revd Caren. 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm there will be a service of Lament. People can come and go during this time if they need a quiet space to pray or reflect. Again pre book seats from Rev Caren for time slots to enable households to stay safe. We hope villagers will understand why we are not encouraging attendees at the memorial this year. If you do come, please remember to stay 2m away from others and in groups of 6 or less, as per guidelines. Given the rapidly changing situation these arrangements may need to be cancelled or modified at short notice. Revd Caren & Clifton Parish Council To book seats: rector4clifton@gmail.com


Season of Remembrance November is traditionally the month when we remember those we have loved and lost including as it does the national Remembrance Sunday events and Church Services for All Souls day. This year of course nothing is following the usual pattern and the Remembrance Sunday events will be different on the local and national levels. As a church we want to open our doors on all of the Sundays in November to provide an opportunity for all those who feel a sense of loss to reflect and pray. These services of Lament might be for those grieving the loss of a loved one but may also be for those feeling a sense of loss for things which we can’t do and people whom we cannot easily see. There is so much for us to lament about. There will be four Services of Lament and on the 5th Sunday, 29th November, there will be a Service of Darkness to Light as we remember that there is reason for hope as we enter the season of Advent and prepare for Jesus’ birth.

Services of Lament

for all those who feel a sense of loss

Every Sunday in November 4.00 pm-5.00 pm Music, prayers and space will be provided for your comfort There will also be opportunity to write the name of a loved one on a leaf which will be displayed on our tree of remembrance for the whole of this season.

If you would like to attend please phone or email the Rector to book a place: rector4clifton@gmail.com 9

Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial Follow the Act of Remembrance at home, on line or on your doorstep God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46.1 I lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121.1-2 Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40.31 What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6.8

The list of names is read out from the memorial 1914-1918

Frank Armour William James Arnold Charles Bland John Cooper William Copperwaite George Dilley Frank Earl Edward Gray Albert Ellis Legate Frederick William Meeks Arthur Sharp William John Stevens William Henry Walker Percy West Francis Arthur Wright

Fred .Arnold Arthur Baldock William John Burnage William Cooper Daniel Dilley William Edward Dodd Joseph Goss Albert Kitely George Legate Frank Pateman Wilfred John Slater Albert Alexander Taylor Bertie Edward Watts Richard Wooding


Robert Vernon Cockcroft James Dunbabin George Napier S. Page

R Cockcroft Stanley Arthur Gosby Stanley Napier George Edward Rainbow

Afghanistan 2001-2014 Jonathan Peter Kitulagoda


An older person says: They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. A younger person may reply: At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. All say: We will remember them. The beginning of the two-minute silence may be signalled

Silence The completion of the silence may be signalled The following prayer is said: Ever-living God we remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence; may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Wreaths are laid) The Kohima Epitaph is said:

When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.


Samuel Whitbread Academy The start of term has certainly been like no other, but I'm pleased to say that the students have responded to all the new measures we have put in place to keep everyone safe with great maturity. The new Year 12 and Year 9 students have made a fantastic start to life at Samuel Whitbread. Assigning each year group their own section of the school site is working well and students are gradually getting into the new routine. Students are gradually getting used to wearing face coverings when moving between lessons, which we are recommending as a school to help keep everyone safe. However, some students still forget to wear them and I would appreciate it if you could support us by reinforcing to your son or daughter the benefits of wearing face coverings when moving between classrooms to help reduce the transmission of the Covid virus. As you will be aware, face masks are already mandatory on school transport and if the number of cases in Central Bedfordshire were to rise to the point where further restrictions are necessary, then they would also become mandatory in school, so our students need to get into the habit of wearing face coverings. We are having to rethink many of the ways we do things in school, as you can probably imagine. The Year 9 Information Evening, for example, that usually takes place in September, is moving online with its own dedicated page on the website. The Year 8 opening evenings will also be online this year with two Zoom open evenings on Tuesday 29th September & 6th October. Even this year's awards evenings for last year's Year 11 and Year 13 will also be held on Zoom later in the year. Nick Martin, Principal


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Henlow Clifton Tigers Cub Pack 70th Birthday Celebrations On 10th October 1950, Henlow Clifton Scout Group opened its first Cub section called Tigers. The Group (originally known as 13th Bedfordshire Scout Group) originally were only for older Scouts and Senior Scouts. This year Henlow Clifton Tigers Cub Pack will be celebrating our 70 th birthday. The Pack has run continuously since first opening with a string of volunteers filling the role of Akela (Leader of the Pack) and numerous Assistant Cub Leaders taking the various names from the original Jungle Book such as Baloo, Bagheera, Rikki Tikki Tavi and Mor the Peacock. Even during the Covid lockdown, still continued to run weekly Pack meetings via the online Zoom. We have had guest speakers join us on our Zoom meetings as well as having ‘virtual’ camps at home in dens and tents and completing several badges at home. The Scout Association gave us clearance to restart very limited face to face Cub Pack meetings in September. To celebrate our amazing 70th birthday, we held socially distanced parties for the Cubs, playing games as well as getting a camp fire going. Cubs bought along their own party food and drink to have during the evening. They also brought along their own mug from home for hot chocolate we heated over the campfire. History of Cubs The concept of Cubs was based on the Seonnee wolf pack from Jungle Book written by Rudyard Kipling. This is why our leaders have names like Akela and Bagheera taken from the book. When a new Cub Scout joins the Pack, he is like Mowgli entering the Seonnee wolf pack. In 1990 girls started being allowed to join some UK Cub Packs for the first time but, from 1 January 2007, all Scout Groups allowed girls join if they wanted to. More about Tigers Tigers has always been a very active Cub Pack. We do this with a wide programme of events and activities that vary from cycle rides, hikes and astronomy to fire lighting, camping and pioneering. We play games and take part in challenging activities. Each Cub has the opportunity to complete numerous badges and we hope that they want to challenge themselves to achieve the highest award in the Cub section, the Chief Scout Silver Award.


Christmas Tree Festival 12th & 13th December, 2020 Normally at this time of year, we would be looking forward to the joint Christmas Fayre with the Academy. But this is no normal year, and as we were unable to hold many of our church fundraising events this year, the Church Social Committee are organising a Christmas Tree festival instead. This will be our first Christmas Tree festival and so we hope that you will join in the fun and decorate one for display in your front garden.

The festival will start on 5th December when the light up Clifton tree is lit at the Admiral. To be included in the judging, your tree must be on display by December 11th. We hope you will leave your tree on display until Christmas. Your tree must be visible from the road as people will not be entering any gardens. We are also encouraging groups in the village to display their trees along the path leading to the church. Entry forms will be available online. The closing date for entries is 4th December. Prizes will be awarded under the following categories:

Best entry for a child under 11 Best adult entry Best overall entry Judging will take place over the weekend of 12th and 13th December. There will be a map, trail and voting form available from the church between 2 and 6pm on those days for a suggested donation of ÂŁ5. The later time will mean people can enjoy the trees lit up. We hope that you will enjoy taking part and that we can all have some fun in what has been a most challenging year. Revd Caren and The Social Committee


Clifton Residents’ Association Clifton Residents’ Association would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Kerrie Cope and Jane French for organising the Scarecrow Festival in September. You did an amazing job! The weekend was a resounding success, with so many people walking around the village and judging the scarecrows. Our thanks also go to all the families who took part, creating some imaginative scarecrows; to local businesses for their generous sponsorship and to all those who donated straw, cakes and raffle prizes. The event created a great community feel in the village, a welcome relief in recent times of lockdown. The CRA regrets that Covid 19 restrictions mean there will not be a Light Up Clifton event this year but there WILL be a Christmas tree for the whole village to enjoy and we hope next year will be bigger and better. Contact Clifton Residents’ Association: dianatalbot27@gmail.com With kind regards, Diana Talbot, Chairperson CRA

Bedfordshire Association of Bellringers

Thursday, 8 October 2020 A peal of 5040 Plain Bob Major was rung in 2hours 18minutes at 27 Purcell Way, Shefford

1–2 Philippa M Whittington 3–4 John P Loveless 5–6 Frank W Rivett Conducted by John Loveless Rung in fond memory of Sheila Ashton (1935-2020), a much loved local ringer and long-standing Life Member of Bedfordshire Association. Sheila's 85th birthday would have been on 20th October. 1st handbell peal : 1-2


A very big welcome to all our new and existing families at Woodlands. We’re looking forward to a fun term, meeting new children and their families, whilst also seeing some familiar faces return. We have had a big clear up over the summer holidays, painted a few walls and reorganised some of the play areas. We also have a lovely new mud kitchen in the garden which includes a new mixing table and kitchen, big thanks to Stephen & Zoe Comer. Our open mornings will be not go ahead this term and therefore we will be arranging alternative ways of allowing new families to discover Woodlands. Please contact the office for any enquiries. At this moment we are unsure if we will be able to hold a Christmas concert or the children’s Christmas party due to restrictions on large group gatherings. We will monitor updates and make a decision after half term. If you haven’t already done so it’s useful to join our Facebook page where we often add reminders and information about preschool. Most information will come out via email so please ensure you check regularly for updates. The Extended Care team would like to welcome all their new children and families joining them this term. We are currently limited on available spaces so, if you would like to book your child in for breakfast club (8am), early morning drop off (8.30am) or after school club please do contact the office as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note extended care is only available for children over the age of 3. We are always looking for new committee members to join us, particularly on our fundraising team. Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be via Zoom this year is being held during October. All parents are welcome to join us and hear about Woodlands over this past year. Please continue to help us fundraise by using the ‘easy fundraising’ website when making your online purchases. Simply click https:// www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ and register to The Woodlands Preschool – Clifton. We then receive a percentage from the websites such as


Amazon, eBay, John Lewis and many more when you shop. Our ‘happy school bag’ collection is on Tuesday 20th October. This is a very easy way for us to some raise extra funds for resources & for you to have a clear out of your cupboards at the same time. Old clothes and shoes can be dropped off that morning outside All Saints in the disabled bay. (http://www.happyschoolbag.co.uk/) We will be fundraising for Children in Need on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th November. This year we are inviting the children to come dressed in spots or stripes (or both), and ask for a £1 donation.

As many of our existing families know, for many years now we have offered our children Bluebirds sessions in the spring and summer terms. Unfortunately, due to expansion at Clifton All Saints, we are no longer going to be able to offer these sessions within the school grounds. We are going to be thinking of new and creative ways to prepare our children for school this year instead. This also impacts on the number of spaces we can offer. With this in mind we have had to amend our admissions policy and will be using this to determine places offered from January 2021.

CLIFTON CARE SCHEME WINTER APPROACHES Despite our best efforts it has not been possible to get the transport service up and running from 1st October as we had hoped. It is difficult to say when we will be able to offer this service again but we will continue to try. And its a similar story about the Wednesday afternoon "Tea & Chat" sessions. Meanwhile we are happy to take your calls if you think we can help in any way. Despite COVID19 the village has been a hive of activity over the past month with the Farm Run and the Scarecrow competition. And we would like to express our sincere thanks to Linsay and her sister Jacqui for building the sCare bears as our entry into the latter competition. We'd be happy to support the Pumpkin trail competition too. Remember we are here to help if we can. Just call and ask .......

07817 614654 Stay safe and well and remember

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Platinum Wedding Anniversary 21st October 2020 70 Years Not Out! To: Eileen and Tony Tobitt With congratulations and lots of love from Hilary, Lindsey, Felicity and all the family x Eileen and Tony were married at St Peter’s Church, Sible Hedingham, Essex. They moved to Clifton in 1959 where they have lived In Church Street ever since!


Clifton Village Neighbourhood Plan Thank you to everyone who completed a Clifton Village Neighbourhood Plan survey. Your response was amazing! At the close we had received a total of 840 surveys which represents approximately 33.3% of residents aged 16 years and above. For comparison, a 10% response is usually considered good. Now the hard work begins. The results are being analysed and the information used as the basis of our Plan. The high level of response will allow us to produce strong, evidence-based, aspirations for Clifton. It has also provided us with sound information with which to approach CBC and negotiate improvements for Clifton over and above the initial objectives of the Plan itself. We have recently successfully applied for a grant to pay for expert assistance with the more technical aspects of the Plan to ensure it passes muster at the examination stages. This work will be starting in the latter part of January. We have started re-writing Clifton’s Green Infrastructure Plan, (did you even know we had one?), again taking your views fully into consideration. The Green Infrastructure Plan will become part of the Plan itself. As each section of the Plan is completed, we will be making it available for everyone to take a look and comment. When the whole Plan is finished we will be asking for your final views before it is submitted firstly to CBC and then for examination by an Inspector. If the Inspector approves our Plan a Village Referendum will be held to give everyone in Clifton the opportunity to decide if it should be adopted. One final thing. The pupils at All Saints Academy were given the chance to express their artistic talents by producing a piece of artwork on the theme of “My favourite place in Clifton”. We had some great entries which are now available for everyone to enjoy on our website. (Address below). For more information and updates please take a look at our website www.cliftonvillageplan.com and also our Facebook page “Clifton Village Neighbourhood Plan” or you can call 07711 687456. Thank you once again from your Neighbourhood Plan Team!


Diamond Wedding Anniversary In June this year Bob and Elisabeth Smith celebrated (at very low visibility) their Diamond Wedding they married in June 1950 around the same time as Princess Margaret and Armstrong-Jones. We received a number of telegrams mentioning the Jones and Smiths! Bob and Elisabeth first met at school in Northumberland in 1955 and ended up as Head Girl and Head Boy there. St Peter's Church in Monkseaton where we were married was built by Elisabeth's grandfather and the honeymoon was in Jersey - Newcastle had a grass runway at that time!


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AEROBICS CLASSES Mondays and Thursdays at 7.30pm Clifton Community Centre £5 adults & £3 teens

No need to book – just come along. Everyone is welcome! Fitness Pilates and Seated Pilates Exercise classes are also available For more info contact Tessa on 07787 970810



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Clifton Planning Applications Update Central Beds Decisions to 10th October 2020 CB/20/03567/FULL – 6 October 2020 – 24 Manor Close SG17 5EJ. Proposed demolition of existing conservatory & erection of single storey front, side and rear extensions. Consultation Period CB/20/03293/FULL – 2 October 2020 – 8 Elm Farm Close SG17 5HF. Erection of open fronted oak framed porch with tiled roof. Consultation Period CB/20/013222/DOC – 14 September 2020 – Clifton Farm SG17 5EX. Discharge of Condition 12. Application Registered CB/20/013026/FULL – 11 September 2020 – Best House SG17 5QS. Insertion of two new windows in rear elevation. Consultation Period CB/20/03211/DOC – 10 September 2020 – Clifton House SG17 5ET. Discharge of Condition 4. Application Registered CB/20/03036and7/DOC – 27 August 2020 – Clifton House SG17 5ET. Discharge of Conditions 2 & 3 also 12 & 16. Application Registered. CB/20/02947/FULL – 21 August 2020 – 218 Shefford Road SG17 5QS. Single storey rear & part side extension with a new open front porch. Awaiting Decision CB/20/01988/FULL – 19 August 2020 – 43 Broad Street SG17 5RL. Part single & part two storey rear extension following demolition of existing rear elevation, new garage following demolition of existing one. Awaiting Decision CB/20/02558/FULL – 31 July 2020 – 116 Shefford Road SG17 5RF. Single storey rear extension and ancillary development. Granted CB/20/02593/DCP – 31 July 2020 – 42 Broad Street SG17 5RJ. Lawful development certificate proposed rear porch. Granted CB/20/02345/DOC – 15 July 2020 – The Grange SG17 5EW. Discharge of Conditions 2, 3, & 10. Application Registered CB/20/01766/FULL – 16 June 2020 – Land off Pedley Lane SG17 5EN. Resubmission of planning permission CB/18/04720/FULL, Construction of 42 dwellings. Consultation Period CB/20/01927/NMA – 12 June 2020 – Land adjacent to 35 Hitchin Lane SG17 5RS. Non-material minor amendment. Application Withdrawn CB/20/01762/NMA – 2 June 2020 – Land adjacent to 34 Hitchin Lane. Proposals to make a safer and attractive landscape. Application Registered

CB/20/01604/DOC – 19 May 2020 – Clifton Farm SG17 5EX. Discharge of Condition 3. Application Registered CB/20/01462&3/DOC – 6&5 May 2020 - ~The Grange SG17 5EW. Discharge of Condition 2 to Planning Permission CB/17/01630/FULL (Two storey and single


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storey extension to the house repair of barn store wall and conversion of space for inclusion in annexe repair of collapsed roof to open barn/outbuilding). Discharge of Condition of Condition 3 from planning permission CB/17/01631/LB (Listed Building, two storey and single storey extension to the house repair of barn store wall and conversion of space for inclusion of annexe repair of collapsed roof to open barn/outbuilding). Application Registered CB/20/00350/DOC – 4 Feb 2020 – Land adjacent to 34, Hitchin Lane. Discharge of conditions 2, 3, 4 and 5 against planning permission. Application Registered CB/18/04067/FULL – 2 November 2018 – Land south of Fairground Way SG17 5JN. Proposed 20 new dwellings. Awaiting Decision CB/18/01518/OUT – 8 May 2018 – Land off New Road SG17 5JH. Proposed 25 dwellings Consultation Period

Bob Smith, Clifton Residents’ Association

GOLDEN LION GOLF SOCIETY Our October and final competition of the season was at Mount Pleasant GC competing for the Martin/Swain Trophy. The weather conditions were just about perfect, warm and sunny with a gentle breeze. The scoring, therefore, was better than average. Our winners were:

1st with 37 pts

Roger Manning

2nd with 32 pts OCB

John Whitbread

3rd with 32 pts OCB

Ian Martin

Alan Mason and Danny Barker also had 32 points but lost out on count back. Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive were not contested due to COVID-19 playing restrictions. This completes our programme for 2020. Our next competition will be in March next year COVID-19 willing. If you are interested in joining us, please contact: Harvey Price on 01462 812781 or John Wall on 01462 814097.


Crime Statistics SEPTEMBER 2020

SENDING LETTERS WITH INTENT TO CAUSE DISTRESS/ANXIETY 07/09/2020 Undisclosed 14/09/2020 Undisclosed SEXUAL 12/09/2020 Undisclosed OTHER CRIMINAL DAMAGE, OTHER (under £5000) 17/09/2020 Stanford Lane THEFT IF NOT CLASSIFIED ELSEWHERE 18/09/2020 Grange Street 27/09/2020 Shefford Road OWNER/PERSON IN CHARGE DOG DANGEROUSLY OUT OF CONTROL 20/09/2020 Church Street ASSAULT WITHOUT INJURY/COMMON ASSAULT & BATTERY 26/09/2020 Whiston Crescent

Event 3K walk

5k Walk

3k Run

5k Run



Kevin Gray


Ollie Gray


Carol Ward


Terry Brown

37m 58

Philippa Whittington

47m 33

Frank RIvett

47m 33

Frank Rivett

21m 27

Caroline Stephens


Lois Hepburn

24m 24

Oliver Smith

22m 11s

Dan Edwards

22m 21s

Tim Slingsby

23m 31s


Well done to all participants and thank you for taking part—wear your medals with pride!

Clifton Community Centre We are fortunate in Clifton to have a modern, spacious, well-equipped community centre with floodlit parking for 60 cars. For information on the facilities available, and to see just how easy and inexpensive it is to use this hall see: www.clifton-beds.co.uk/halls for hire/Community Centre To check availability and make a booking, please contact:

parish-council@clifton-beds.co.uk Kerri Kilby 07547 129038 or Bob Anderson on 07546 239784 Booking forms and conditions of hire can be downloaded from the website.

Providence Baptist Church – Clifton Sunday Services

*10.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. A warm welcome is assured to all. Communion is held during the 6.00 p.m. service on the 3rd Sunday in the month. *The 10.30 a.m. Sunday morning service will continue to held at the Community Centre, Whiston Crescent, Clifton.

Mondays (term time)

Mums & Tots 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. at the Church Explorers 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. (for Reception to Year 4) at Church

Thursdays (term time)

Coffeepot 11.30am - 1pm at the Church

Fridays (term time)

Mums & Tots 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. at the Church

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ABOUT OUR FRIENDS St Francis of Assisi, Roman Catholic Church, Shefford Father Deacon Parish Secretary

Canon Bennie Noonan Rev Peter Hyde Rose Boulton

Sunday Services St Francis

9.00 am

Saturday Service St Francis

11.00 am

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5.15 pm

Shefford Methodist Church Minister:

Revd Lorna Valentine 813284


Chris & Peter


Sunday Service 9.30 am Worship for all, plus Junior Church, crèche facilities & refreshments afterwards. Other activities see the notice-board & www.sheffordmethodist.org.uk

Salvation Army, Stotfold Captain Nicola Brooksbank Sunday Services: 10.30 am, 33

01462-731072 6.00 pm

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AG Plumbing Services


Angelina Wells Photography

K3, K4 D6

B5, B6

ASB Property Services Carrie Molloy

J5, J6

Chris Jones Property Services

I5, I6

Comer Construction

K5, K6



Lucas, Huntley & Co


Marc Dellar Gardening


Martin Roe Painting & Decorating


Martyn Jaggard Decorating

F1, F2

Courtland Services Partnership


Meditation & Photobooth


Nails at Home

E5, E6

Neuve Audio


Neville Funeral Service

D P Building & Plastering



Dynamic Dance School


Pam Rogers Music Teacher


Foot Healthcare professional


Peter H Wright Plumbing & Heating


G & S Services


Pumpernickel Healt Foods


GA Living Spaces Ltd


RDG Plumbing & Heating

Graeme Harley Chiropodist


Sandra Thurgood


Home Comforts Pet Services


Shefford Dental Surgery


I R Quince, Stoneworks


SJ Tax Accountant


Stefan Baltruschat

J1 E3, E4

I2, I4

K1, K2

J Child Plumbing & Gas Engineer

H1, H2

J W Baxter


James Bonfield Carpentry


James Cullip Decorating


Jasper Morrissey Drum Lessons

J3, J4

G5, G6

Stephen Hing


Stephen Nott

G1, G3

Julian Biggs Plumbing, Heating, Stoves

Tessa Chiswell


The Carpet Cleaner

H3, H4

The Shefford Garage


The White Rooms


Leeds Painting and Decorating

A5, A6

WH Peacock Auction



A1, A2

WH Peacock CafĂŠ


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Advertisement Page K

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