Clifton Chronicles - June 2022

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The Clifton Chronicles

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HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Clifton Thursday 2nd June Sunday 5th June 2022

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The Clifton Chronicles June 2022 The Clifton Chronicles is published 11 times a year and distributed to each of the 1650 houses in Clifton. We are the longest continuously running village magazine in Bedfordshire (possibly in the country). The Chronicles is produced and distributed entirely by a friendly team of over 40 volunteers. If you want to help with this amazing local enterprise please get in touch or if you have any suggestions we would also like to hear from you. Our revenue comes primarily from: local businesses who advertise, donations from local clubs and societies who regularly contribute and grants from Parish Council and All Saints Church. All contributions and information from clubs, societies and general community interest items are welcome, the editor reserves the right to make decisions on content. Please e-mail contributions to: As always the Chronicles is available on line: Kathy Blackmore, Editor

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Contents (Alphabetic)


Contents ctd

Advertising Index



All Saints Academy




Care Scheme now CGNS


Samuel Whit. Academy


Ministry Team Column




Crime Stats


10 & 24

Other Churches



Woodlands Who’s Who in Clifton

Who’s Who in Clifton


All Saints’ Church


Revd Caren Topley, 8 Rectory Close, Clifton.

01462 615499


Pat Wisby, 51 Pedley Lane



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

811303 812820

Organist & Choirmaster

Peter Maundrell, 24 Heron Close, Biggleswade

01767 314621

PCC Treasurer

Philip Dawes, 58 Church Street


PCC Secretary

Pat Wisby, 51 Pedley Lane


Church Hall Bookings

Mothers’ Union

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


Miss Rebecca Byrne


School Governors

Chair: Philippa Whittington Vice-chair:


School Bookings

Justine McCarthy,




Parish Council Chairman Clerk (Community Centre bookings)

Steve Langton, 45 Church Street

07721 885672

Kerri Kilby

07547 129038

Bell-ringing Cpt

All Saints’ Academy Elected Representatives

MP Nadine Dorries,

Councillors Henlow, Arlesey, Henlow Camp & Stondon

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


812820 851816 629690

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



John Good, Pedley Lane, Clifton


Biggleswade Gardening Club

Mr A Gray

01767 221428



Clifton Action Group Clifton Good Neighbours

Mrs Diana Talbot, Secretary.

811989 07817 614654

Other village organisations

Cricket Club

Chairman: Rob Davidson Email: V-Chair: Josh Scandrett: 07805 427129

07376 490434

Friends All Saints Church

Keith Pledger, 2 Chapel Close


Football Club

Jason Shacklock



Langford Tennis Club Contact; Paul Metcalfe


Police Contact

The snr community officer: PS Adam Sugden, Based in Biggleswade

01234 842531

Providence Baptist Church Rainbows

Residents Association Scouts (All ages)

BobSmith, Secretary 30 New Road



Linda Patch



Pre-School, Breakfast & After School Clubs




Dear Friends, I think our Queen is amazing! She’s made it and served us for 70 years. When she was Princess Elizabeth on the 21st Aril 1947 on hearing she would be our Queen that she would serve us for her ‘whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service...’

The Christian church celebrates its birthday on the same day as our Jubilee Celebrations on 5th June, the day when the first Christians heard God speak to them all regardless of ethnicity, gender etc. on that first day of Pentecost, each in their own language. Let us take advice from our Queen at her Christmas message of 2013 when she needs courage to serve, to care for each other in our community. To accept our differences and serve each other in God’s love. Whatever our belief or unbelief let us thank God for our Queen and the strength she takes from the Christian faith through its’ reflection, meditation and prayer,’ May it ‘help us to renew ourselves in God’s love, as we strive daily to become better people’ I hope you enjoy the Jubilee celebrations With every blessing Revd Caren

Jubilee Timetable—Centre pages —pull it out to keep as a handy reference 6

All Saints’ Church

From the Registers Burial of Ashes 20th May Coleen Leeson

Burial 21st April Edna Christdoulou

All Saints’ Church Clifton Services Sundays: 11.00 am Parish Communion 1st, 3rd All Age Worship, 2nd Morning Prayer, 4th 10.30 am Messy Church 4th Sunday (Church Hall) 6.30 pm

Evensong, 3rd Sunday

10.00 am Benefice Service 5th Sunday at Clifton, Haynes or Southill (see website for details)

Tuesdays: Toddler Church, 1st & 3rd, 9.00 am

Wednesdays: 10.00 am Holy Communion For details of church services see:


CLIFTON GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME ENJOY BUT TAKE CARE Although its raining at the moment (and don't the gardens need it!) summer is on the way and the opportunities will arise to spend sometime outside enjoying the company of family and friends with a BBQ perhaps or just relaxing outdoors. It's tempting, especially when it is hot, to leave doors and windows open to let in whatever fresh air is around. But this scenario can prove tempting to those who might wish to take advantage of the situation and help themselves to some of our precious possessions. It is easy to forget the importance of security when you are outside enjoying yourself in the sunshine but please give it a thought. When all your guests have arrived maybe lock the front and ensure any vulnerable windows are closed. Make it difficult for those who might wish to spoil your fun. And don't forget to check your shed when you clear away at the end of the day in case you've locked your, or the neighbours, cat in! It's easily done. Don't forget if you need our help just call.........

07817 614654

....... and one of our co-ordinators will do their best to help

Tea & Chat Wednesdays Church Hall, 2.00—4.00  8th June  22nd June  13th July On 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month For help with transport ring: 07817 614654


Samuel Whitbread Academy We are already a few weeks into the Summer term and preparation for the Summer examination season is well underway. Once the Year 10 mocks have finished, the GCSE and A Levels begin, with exams almost every day up until half term and into June. Our army of exam invigilators, from the local community, have all completed their training and are ready to go, and our exam team is busy preparing. I would like to wish all our students the best of luck in their preparation for the weeks ahead. This week we held a careers event for Year 10, where employers from a variety of companies across the country came into school to work with our students on a range of different tasks. The day was a great success and I'd like to thank Ms Foreman and Ms McMillian for all their hard work in planning such a successful day. This weekend, we have around 100 students out on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition; fingers crossed for good weather. And you may have seen our Facebook post for the upcoming performance of 'Too Much Punch for Judy' from our KS4 drama company. It certainly is a busy and enriching time for our students. In sport, the U14 boys' football team made it through to the county cup finals this week, which is a great achievement. We had some amazing news recently, after winning several gold and silver medals in the European Taekwondo Championships, Izzy in Year 9, has been selected for the World Championships in Holland this July. In addition, Olivia in Year 10, has started her racing season with some great podium finishes and it certainly looks like she is starting this season as well as she finished the last one. Finally, Sam in Year 13 played several games for Italy over Easter, in the U18 Six Nations. I'd like to offer my full support and congratulations to our young athletes as they continue their sporting journeys. Finally, I'm delighted to be able to inform you that we managed to raise £3660 for the Red Cross appeal for the people of Ukraine, and the funds have been sent off this week to make a difference on the ground to the people of Ukraine. Thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy appeal. Nick Martin, Principal


The children of Woodlands Pre-school have been busy making decorations for the Queens Jubilee. They have been drawing pictures of the Queen and painting egg boxes in preparation towards an entry into the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Flower Display. The children who will be leaving us, to move on to their feeder schools in September, have been enjoying our School Readiness Programme. They have been starting a phonics programme and linking it to fun based activities. Our leaver children have also been busy making craft for their leaver bags when they leave us in July. We have space available in September for children who are aged over 2 years and 6 months. If you are interested in having a place allocated for your child for the September intake or the January intake, please contact us on 01462 811486 or download a registration form from our website With the warmer weather we have been having we, are making the most of our veggie patch and have been planting various herbs and strawberries, which have kindly been donated by parents. We had some dead trees removed and we have made the most of the branches and recycled them to make a wigwam in our vegetable garden. The children have thoroughly enjoyed making this and have been loving their little "homemade den". The children have been enjoying watching our caterpillars grow from tiny little caterpillars into bigger ones. We talked about them changing in to a chrysalis and the children were fascinated watching them wriggling about inside their little cocoons. Eventually they emerged into beautiful butterflies and we talked about their whole life cycle and the changes they went through, before eventually releasing them. Shopping online? Please continue to help us fundraise by using the ‘easy fundraising’ website when making your online purchases. Simply click and register to The Woodlands Preschool – Clifton. We then receive a percentage from the websites such as Amazon, eBay and many more when you shop. Also shopping through Amazon Smile will help us to raise funds. All funds raised go back into resources for our children, so a big thank you from them and us.


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PETER H WRIGHT &SON (Plumbing & Heating Limited)

Gas, Oil, Solid Fuel & Solar Installations ‘Glenmore’, New Road, Clifton Tel: 01462 814623


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Saturdays & Wednesdays 10.00 am throughout spring & summer


There are 2 lanes on the community playing field

Who can join in?

Come and join us whether you are an existing player or an interested beginner


It's good fun, no cost and easy to learn for all ages Contacts: Tony on 07807 973163 or Ken on 07785 333388

Clifton Walking Group The Clifton Walking Group is a friendly bunch of local people who like to walk in the local area and chat along the way. We go out most days for about an hour, and once a month do a longer route of about 6 to 8 miles. We also arrange social events over the year which has been rather limited of late, but as restrictions are lifted we will organise more of these. If anyone is interested in joining us please contact Suzanne on: or 07933 709006

Toddler Church Fortnightly Tuesdays, 09.15-10.30

14th June

28th June

Numbers are limited so please book with Revd Caren on 078851 76079 for a place. 15

Clifton Football Club It has been an outstanding season for Clifton Football Club. This small village side have been in existence since 1941, and the First team have spent many seasons in the lower divisions of the Bedfordshire County Saturday League but over the past five seasons the team have had two promotions in five seasons. They have been in Division 2 for the past 2 seasons and this season, decided to start up a brand-new reserve side for the first time in 10 years. The reserves entered in Division 5. We are now at the end of this season and the first team secured the title by beating Wootton Blue Cross FC, 2-1 at home on Tuesday 26/4 some 10 points clear of 2nd and 19 points clear of 3rd place. While the Firsts were running clear, the reserves were quietly going about their business and beat several D3 and 4 teams to make it to the Bedfordshire FA County Cup final. Unfortunately, we went down 2-1 on the night at Potton Utd FC’s venue on Friday 29th April. The reserves have finished in 4th spot after a couple of end-of-season defeats left their title charge difficult to sustain. Mighty proud of them in their first season as a reserve side. We look forward to next season, when our first team will be in Div 1 and we hope that our reserves will go up to Div 4. Darron Shanley and Liam Phillips, together with our Management Support Team, have worked tirelessly this season. Our captain’s, George Denman & Michael Biggs, set the scene and drive their squad on to be the very best they can be. Clifton Football Club are always on the lookout for players who are looking for their next challenge. Maybe, you are 16-18 and just coming out of youth football? Maybe you’re a player who is unhappy at your club? Maybe, you are frustrated at all the travelling in South Midlands or UCL leagues and want a more local approach to your football? Interested? Text/What’s app/call Jason Shacklock, Chairman, on 07914437796 or Twitter @CliftonFC_ Our pre-season will start in June after 6 weeks rest for our players after a wonderful season which saw Clifton FC crowned champions for the first time in their 71 year history.


HATS Drama present

The Allotment Plot an evening of murder mystery, Accompanied by a ploughman’s supper and quiz Meppershall Village Hall, near Shefford, SG17 5AB

Thursday to Saturday, 9,10, & 11th June 2022 7.30pm (bar from 7pm)

Tickets: Book a table for 6 for £80, or just £14 for an individual (or phone 0333 666 3366) [nb booking fees apply]

Clifton WI It was great to see so many Members and 4 visitors joining us for our Chocolate Demonstration. If anyone is interested in any of our Meetings please feel free to come as a Visitor, entrance £4. Mick Le Mare told us about the origins of chocolate and when it was introduced to this Country. Primarily as a drink for the wealthy. There are many types of beans, one of which is the ruby bean. It is widely used by Patisseries and Chefs for its rich colour and taste. We were able to purchase some of his specialist chocolates, which are mainly used by corporate companies, with their logo on them. We are holding a Members only cream tea on June 1st, at 18 Lychmead. If you have booked and not paid, please bring your £5 along on the day. 2 - 4p.m. we will be having our usual raffle.

July 6th, flower demonstration with Janice Daniels. See you there, Lesley 231657


Churchyard Working Parties This year we are trying a new approach! We are going to have regular Working Parties on the morning of the second Saturday of each month between March and October. This month’s is on:

Saturday 11th June 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Can you spare a little time to help us prepare the churchyards for the summer? We will be tidying undergrowth, weeding flower beds, edging paths and laying shingle.

Refreshments will be available throughout. Come and enjoy the company of other villagers in making our lovely churchyard even more beautiful for all the people who visit and come to services. If you are able to join us please meet at the church, bringing with you any tools (wheel barrows, rakes, hoes etc) although tools are available. Someone will be there to show you the ropes and give you a guided tour of the Shed! You might even find that you want to join our dedicated band of grass mowers who contribute throughout the growing season. The churchyard is managed to encourage bio-diversity with guidance from the local Wildlife Trust, The Diocese and Bedfordshire Natural History Society.


HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Clifton Thursday 2nd June Sunday 5th June 2022





BIGGLESWADE SANDY LIONS CLUB (CIO) What an incredible day at Ickwell on May Day. So many of you came to support us for which many thanks. Our next outing, for want of a better term, will be at Sandy at the end of the month and we hope to see a number of you then. Other dates are in the pipeline but are not yet confirmed. Now how do we spend the money we raise at these events. Just recently we became aware of on ex-soldier who was suffering with PTSD and could not get the help he needed. We were able to arrange for him to go on a course to help with his recovery. Another person we have been able to help was a mother and her children, refugees from a very abusive relationship in Afghanistan, who had been involved in a car accident in which the children’s car seats were damaged. We were able to replace the seats. Just a couple of services we were able to satisfy. If you feel this is the type of service in which you would like to be involved please contact us on 01462 814683 or visit our website: John Bennewith

Crime Statistics for APRIL 2022 PUBLIC FEAR ALARM OR DISTRESS 05/04/2022 New Road CRIMINAL DAMAGE – RESIDENTIAL 07/04/2022 Stockbridge Road THEFT OR UNAUTHORISED TAKING OF A MOTOR VEHICLE 11/04/2022 Clifton Fields CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO A VEHICLE 13/04/2022 Earl Close SEXUAL

13/04/2022 Undisclosed

MALICIOUS COMMUNICATIONS 14/04/2022 Undisclosed HARASSMENT 25/04/2022 Undisclosed 25/04/2022 Undisclosed



2022 Excursion Programme DATE


Bus Fare

Thurs 23 June

GOTHNA GARDENS, Ashwell. Private tour of the gardens with tea. £12.50 including tea.

£7.50 p.p. Pick up 13.00/13.30 Depart 17.00

Thurs 28 July

CASTLE ASHBY GARDEN, Northants. £10.00 entry.

£12.00 p.p. Pick up 10.00/10.30 Depart 15.00

PITSTONE GREEN MUSEUM/ Sun 14 HERTIAGE PARK, nr Tring. August £9.00 p.p.

£12.00 p.p. Pick up 11.30/12.00 Depart 16.15

Thurs 29 Sept

ASCOTT HOUSE & GARDENS, nr Leighton Buzzard. £13.00 p.p. £12.00 p.p. House & Gdns £8.00 Gdns only. Pick up 11.30/12.00 Free to Depart 15.30 National Trust

Thurs 28 Oct

£20.00 p.p. BICESTER VILLAGE SHOPPING Pick Up 10.00/10.30 CENTRE, Oxon. Free Entry Depart 15.15.

Thurs 24 Nov


To Book: Call 0300-123-3023. Or email : We require a deposit of £5.00 p.p. for any excursion. Post a cheque to Wanderbus, 5 The Pastures, Upper Stondon, Beds SG16 6QB or bank ransfer to: CAF Bank Ltd, Sort Code :40-52-40 Acc: 00013118, Wanderbus Ltd. (Use your name as reference) 25

Clifton Planning Applications Update Central Beds Decisions to 13th May 2022 CB/22/01329/FULL - 20th April 2022 – 45, Stockbridge Road SG17 5HA. Renovate conservatory, replace with 2 storey rear extension and extension to front hallway. Consultation Period. CB/22/01322/FULL - 12th April – 27, New Road SG17 5JH. New single dwelling. Consultation Period. CB/22/01463/FULL - 7th April – Land rear of 109, Broad Street SG17 5RP. Erection of 1 no. 3 bed house and erection of 2 nos.2 bed bungalows. Consultation Period. CB/22/00999/FUL – 17 March 2022 - 4 Clifton House Gardens SG17 5FR. Single storey double garage. Awaiting decision. CB/22/00959/FULL – 15 March 2022 - 5 Grays Close SG17 5PU. Loft conversion and new chimney stack. Consultation Period. CB/22/00767/FULL – 10 March – 24 Lychmead SG17 5EZ. 2 storey side extension after demolition of existing garage. Decided. CB/22/00649/FULL – 20 February 2022 – 11 Pedley Farm Close SG17 5FZ. Single storey rear extension. Alterations to garden areas. New car port. Decided. CB/22/00595/FULL – 18 February 2022 – 89, Clifton Road SG17 5AG. Single storey rear extension & loft conversion. Decided. CB/21/04812/LB – 27 October 2021 – Clifton House SG17 5ET. Removal of 3 storey 18” century original structure. Awaiting Decision. CB/21/04590/FULL – 26 October 2021 – 84 Broad Street SG17 5RP. Part single and part two storey rear extension. Awaiting Decision. CB/21/03664/FULL – 9 August 2021 – 3a & 3b Earle Close. Retention 0f 2 nos attached dwellings previously as home offices. Appeal.

CB/21/03048/FULL – 30 June 2021 – Land between Glenmore and The Dairy, New Road SG17 5JL. Awaiting Decision. CB/20/04642/OUT –5 January 2021-Land to rear of 210/228 Shefford Road SG17 5QS. Demolition of 210 Shefford Road and erection of 29 dwellings. Decided. CB/18/01518/OUT –8 May 2018 –Land off New Road SG17 5JH. Proposed 25 dwellings. Awaiting Decision. Tony Hyde – Clifton Residents Association


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AEROBICS CLASSES Mondays and Thursdays 7.30pm Clifton Community Centre

£5.00 No need to book – just come along Everyone welcome! Fitness Pilates and Seated Pilates are also available For more info contact Tessa on 07787 970810


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GOLDEN LION GOLF SOCIETY Our April competition was played at Letchworth Golf Club for the Chuckles Master Trophy. Letchworth is a mature parkland course with many attractive holes. The weather was fine though a little chilly at times. Some of us found the greens a bit difficult to read. Our winners were:

1st with 36 pts OCB Ian Martin 2nd with 36 pts OCB Kevin Gray 3rd with 35 pts Ian Saunders Nearest the Pin – Brian Sapsed Longest Drive – Kevin Gray Our next competition will be at Pavenham GC, Tuesday May 17th 2022 If you are interested in joining us, please contact: Harvey Price on 01462 812781 or John Wall on 01462 814097.

GOLDEN LION GOLF SOCIETY Our May competition was played at Pavenham Park Golf Club for the President’s Cup. The weather was hot and sunny, very pleasant playing conditions. Some of us found the greens a bit difficult to read. Our winners were:

1st with 36 pts 2nd with 34 pts OCB 3rd with 34 pts OCB 4th with 34 pts OCB

Neil Blannin Paul Williams Ian Martin Ray Cranston

Nearest the Pin – Nobody managed to find the green!!! Longest Drive – Paul Williams Our next competition will be played at Cainhoe Wood GC on Tuesday, June 21st 2022. If you are interested in joining us, please contact: Harvey Price on 01462 812781 or John Wall on 01462 814097.




The community vineyard

Did you know Bedfordshire’s medieval vineyard is now an exciting community project? This beautiful field near Old Warden was first planted by monks at Warden Abbey. Centuries later, the “Lyttel Vineyard” was replanted and now produces award-winning wines. Today, it’s an army of volunteers who tend the vines all year round as well as run tours and events, school visits, social & therapeutic horticulture, wildlife and heritage projects.

OPEN FOR TOURS MAY TO SEPTEMBER See website for tour dates, events, vouchers, gifts and stockists 07981 113714


Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity The Barn Hosted its First Tasting Day with Badgers Chilli Kitchen On Friday 29th April, Lee, owner of Badgers Chilli Kitchen, joined us for our first tasting day at The Barn. With lots of exciting changes at The Barn including improvements to the inside and outside café areas, changes to the menu, and new local producers stocked in our farm shop, we were really looking forward to the launch of our tasting days and events. We kicked things off with a tasting day for chilli lovers, with Lee sharing his range of seasonings, relishes, sauces, and nuts. To give customers a flavour of how to use his seasonings, Lee had mixed them with natural yoghurt so that people could try a taste. He’d also been cooking up some chicken and meatballs, so you could try the products with these as well. All of the products ranged from mild to extra hot, so there was something for everyone to enjoy and see how hot they could handle! From the lemon drop seasoning, to the now infamous Original Reaper chilli sauce, people had lots of fun tasting different products.

Lee said: “I had an excellent day at The Barn on Friday, getting to meet some regular customers of theirs is always a winner. I always have fun at these sorts of events as I can really get to interact with my new/ future customers.” There were recipe cards for Chinese pan roast spicy duck with beetroot & orange rice noodles and sesame greens and Marinated Lemon Drop chicken burger with grilled courgette, spinach and feta salad available to pick up, so that people could find some recipe inspiration too. Keep an eye out for more recipe cards coming to The Barn soon for some recipe inspiration. Lee will be back on Sunday 12th June for the Badgers Chilli Kitchen BBQ, so do come along to see him there! We’ll be sharing more information on our Facebook page ‘The Barn, Cardington’ Facebook and at The Barn


Shefford Craft and Produce Show Saturday 10th September 2022 2.00 pm The 40th annual Craft and Produce Show will be held on Saturday 10th September in Shefford Methodist Hall. The Schedules are now ready and the committee hope that everyone will find a class that will inspire them. The Show has a celebratory theme as it is the 40th Show so there are several that feature red – a jar of red jam, a photograph of something red, a truss of red tomatoes and a ‘Ruby Anniversary’ flower arrangement. There are classes for children, youth groups, gardeners, crafters and cooks. The Show Special is 5 poppies in any medium except paper and these will later be displayed around the town for the Remembrance Service. The schedules will be available in May in the Library, The Paper Shop, the Post Office and also at the STMA Gala on 5th June and at the Town Council Fun Day on 16th July. Look out for banner, where you can also pick up one of our Fun Quizzes.

Please give us your support. The Show opens at 2pm when delicious refreshments will also be served. The Committee of Shefford Craft and Produce Show 35

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: for hire/Community Centre To check availability and make a booking, please contact: 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

Wednesdays (term time)

Coffeepot 12.00 noon - 1.30 pm at the Church

Fridays (term time)

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

Website: Contact: 36

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

813436 711702 811547

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 &

Salvation Army, Stotfold Captain Nicola Brooksbank Sunday Services: 10.30 am, 37

01462-731072 6.00 pm

Alphabetic Index of Advertisers May 2020 Letters indicate the pages on the yellow sheets Local Businesses support the Chronicles, please support them Page

Business Name


Business Name


AG Plumbing Services (Shefford)


K4 Care Bedford Ltd


Angelina Wells Photography


Leeds Painting and Decorating


ASB Property Services (UK) Ltd


Local Locksmith


Carrie Molloy Beauty Therapist


Lucas, Huntley & Co


Chris Jones Property Services


Marc Dellar Gardening Services


Comer Construction Services


Martin Roe Painting & Decorating


Courtland Services Partnership


Music Lessons


D P Building & Plastering Services


Nails at Home by Janine


Dynamic Theatre Dance School


Neuve Audio


E. H. Crouch Funeral Directors


Neville Funerals


Foot Health Professional


NK Mortgage Services


G & S Services Property Maintenance


Oven Clean & Repair


George Alexander Living Spaces


Peter H Wright & Son (Plumbing & Heating Ltd)


Get Fit With Tessa


RDG Plumbing & Heating Services


Graeme Harley Chiropodist


Revinder Basra Meditation


Hing Opticians


Shefford Dental Surgery


Home Comforts Pet Services


Soanes Electrical Limited


I R Quince Monumental Mason Ltd


Stefan Baltruschat


J Child Plumbing & Gas Engineer


Stephen J Nott Electrical Contractor


J W Baxter Family Butcher


The Carpet Cleaner


James Bonfield Carpentry & Construction


The Garage Shefford


James Cullip Decorating & Maintenance


The Peacock Café


JDS Property Maintenance Services


The White Rooms


Julian Biggs Chimney Sweeping & Stove Installation


W&H Peacock Auctioneers


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