Banks: The Shefford branch of Barclays is now closed. Nearest banks are the Biggleswade and Hitcin. An ATM is available 24 hours at the One Stop in Shefford Road .



Doctors' Surgery: The nearest Doctors’ Surgery is The Shefford Health Centre, Robert Lucas Drive, Hichin Road, SHEFFORD, SG17 5FS (01462 818620). Web Page.



Education (Schools,Colleges etc)

Pre-School: Breakfast and After School Clubs: Previously known as Clifton Pre-School, The Woodlands is located with the grounds of All Saints Lower School. For further information call 01462 811486 (term time only) or email Web Page.

Lower Schools: The lower school ‘Clifton All Saints Academy (A Voluntary Aided Church of England Academy), Clifton (01462 628444). Web Page.

Middle Schools: The Middle Schools serving Clifton are: Henlow Academy, Henlow (01462 813733). Web Page.
Robert Bloomfield School, Shefford, (01462 628800).

Upper School: The Upper School is Samuel Whitbread Academy, Shefford Road, Clifton (01462 629900). Web Page.

Private Schools:  There are four Harpur Trust schools (The Bedford Charity) in Bedford for ages 7-18 (01234 342424). Web Page.

East Lodge School is an independent school catering for children aged 3-8 (Mrs. Green 01462 812644)

Adult Education: Local Adult education is provided by the Samuel Whitbread Community College (01462 629906). Web Page.

The Bedford College, (01234 291000). Web Page.

The North Herts College (01462 424242). Web Page.

The Rothsay Education Centre, Bedford (01234 302203/4). Web Page.

Parents and Toddlers Group:  This meets in All Saints Church Hall every Wednesday during term time from 2.00pm-3.30pm(Mrs. Diane Breacher 01462 628760).

Orchard Children's Centre:  Shefford Lower School, School Lane, Shefford, Beds SG17 5XA (Ms. Catherine Williams Tel: 01462 615115 Mob: 07504 932576). Web Page.

Samuel Whitbread Nursery School:  Samuel Whitbread Community College, Shefford Road, Clifton, SHEFFORD, Bedfordshire, SG17 5EZ - 01462 815637.

The Yoga for Health Foundation :  A charity on our doorstep. Weekly and Special courses available. Web Page.



Halls:The following halls are available for hire:

All Saints Church Hall. Bookings Contact: (Kevin & Ruth Gray 01462 812820)

All Saints Lower School Hall. Contact: (School Secretary, 01462 628444)

Clifton Community Centre Bookings Contact: (Ms Kerri Kilby, 07547 129038)



Libraries:  A mobile library (01234 853092)  visits Clifton fortnightly on Fridays making the following stops: Mobile Homes Site, New Road 9.40am-9.55am Shefford Road / Fairfax Close 10.00am-11.00am All Saints Church11.05am11.25am                                                         
The nearest permanent libraries are:
The Library, High Street, Shefford (01462 639070)
The Library, Chestnut Avenue, Biggleswade (01767 312324)



Local Books:

Clifton Wartime Memories The book is about the lives of many folk who lived in Clifton during the Second World War and has lots of interesting stories and details about life in the Village at this time. The Book is on sale in local bookshops or it can be ordered by contacting Daphne & Roy.
The cost of the book is £7.



Local Shops:  Shops etc: There is a Petrol Station, an Indian Restaurant, two Public Houses and four shops in Clifton.

The Petrol Station is at 72 Broad Street (01462 813712)

The Indian Restaurant is ‘The Clifton Cuisine’ at 39 Broad Street (01462 851482)

The two Public Houses are:
‘The Admiral’ at 1 Broad Street (01462 811069) and
‘The Golden Lion’ at 22 Church Street (01462 812392)

The Place to Stay and/or Eat is ‘The Airman’ at 16 Hitchin Road, Meppershall, Bedfordshire. SG17 5JF (01462 850853)

The four shops are:
The Butchers J. W. Baxter, 20 Church Street (01462 812263)
Opening hours: Mon / Tues / Thur / Fri 8.00am-1.00pm 2.00pm-5.30 Wed / Sat 8.00am-1.00pm
The General Store and Post Office is ‘One Stop’ (01462 812498) Opening hours: 7.00am-10.00pm Daily 
The Hairdressers is ‘New Image’, 29 Shefford Rd (01462 812022)



Milk Deliveries: There are daily milk deliveries (excepting Sundays) from.....

Milk&More (0845 606 3606)

Express Dairies, 6 Hills Way, Stevenage (01438 351187)



Daily national newspapers are available from the village General Store
(One Stop, 01462 812498).

Local papers:
The Biggleswade Chronicle: 7 High Street, Biggleswade (01767 222555).
The Comet: Delivered free to all housholds, Editorial 01438 866201, Village Co-ordinator: Audrie Andews 2, Maple Close 01462 815872,; For other enquiries 01438 866200.
There are a number of other free newspapers.

The ‘Clifton Chronicles' contains information about the Church and other village activities and is delivered free to every house in Clifton 11 times a year and is downloadable from the Village website




Lloyds the Chemist, 7 High Street, Shefford (01462 813283)

The Shefford Health Centre, Robert Lucas Drive, Hichin Road, SHEFFORD, SG17 5FS (01462 818620)



Police:   The Shefford police out post is now closed. They are now working out of either Biggleswade or Ampthill. The main permanently manned Police Station is the Bedfordshire Headquarters at Kempston ( (01234) 841212 )

Clifton's Community Beat Offficer is Sargent Jason Geary 01234 842531. This has message/text facilities.

In an emergency dial 999.

More about Bedfordshire Constabulary......

More about Hertfordshire Constabulary......



Post Office:   The Clifton Post Office is located in the village General Store. (01462 819255) Opening hours are the same as the shop (7.00am-10.00pm Daily). There is also a Post Office in Bridge Street Shefford and High Street Henlow.



Refuse Collection:  Refuse collection takes place in Clifton every Wednesday. A twin bin system (black and green lidded) is used and each bin is collected alternately once a fortnight. Specific collection dates for the following few months are published in the Clifton Chronicles. Special collections for Christmas are advertised locally or notices are placed on the bins

There are three reasonably local ‘Tidy Tips', one is at Bells Brook, Biggleswade (near Sainsburys), and another at Abbey Lane, Ampthill. Possibly the most convenient is the large tidy tip in Blackhorse Lane, Letchworth.



Recreation, Sport & Social:  

Aerobics Classes - Legs, Bums and Tums aerobics classes on Monday and Thursday mornings and evenings. Circuit classes on Thursday evenings. Classes to suit all levels. Website or please call Tessa for details - 01462 629972.

Yoga with Rick - Clifton Church Hall on Mondays at 8.15pm and Wednesdays at 9.30am. For more details contact Rick on 07535 676319 or email

Air Cadets at 22 ( Sandy ) Squadron - Flt Lt Margaret Bell Officer Commanding. Website or call -01234 307776. Further information here...

Bridge Club - Mrs F Warner (01438 357617)

Clifton Elder Peoples Club - Mrs Gladys Dawson (01462 629822)

Cricket Club - Chairman - Phil Jones 01462 629596, Vice Chairman - Ricky Monaghan 07528 445888, Website -

Mr John Whitbread (01462 811826)

Drama Club - Lesley Wilson - Chairman (01462 813096)

Floral Art Society - Mrs Jackie Harris (01462 700630)

Football Club - Clifton FC Chairman – Mark Gearing (07748 986932) Head Of Youth Football – Jason Shacklock (07909 888577)

Girl Guides of Clifton -
We have 4 thriving and happy units in our village. If any parents would like their daughter to be put on our waiting lists please contact the appropriate leader from below. All contact for these groups is done by contacting the Gierl guide Association at

Rainbows are aged from 5 to 7 years and meet on Tuesdays at 4.30 - 5.30.

1st Clifton Brownies are aged from 7 to 10/11 years and meet on Wednesdays 5.45 - 7.15.

2nd Clifton Brownies are aged from 7 to 10/11 years and meet on Tuesdays 5.45 - 7.00.

1st Clifton Guides are aged from 10 to 15 and meet on Tuesdays 7.15 - 8.45.

Golf - Golden Lion Golf Society - Alan Evans (01462 816939)

National Women’s Register Mrs Sharon McLean (01462 812907)

Netball Mrs Sue Welsford (01462 811303)

Rugby Club   Biggleswade Rugby Club - The club caters for players from six to twelve (Minis) and from thirteen to seventeen (Youth) and has a Colts section and three Senior teams. There are a number of players at the club from the Clifton and new players are always welcome, in recent seasons, some of the younger adult players have coached rugby at All Saints Lower School. Contact the club via

Ruth Ellen Dance School   Contact: Miss R. Davies Flat 54, Tennyson Court, Tennyson Close, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5SZ. Telephone : +44(0)1763 233194

Scouts - Henlow Clifton Scout Group for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.For further information, please contact

Theatre School - Mad Hatters Theatre School - Theatre School in Shefford, for children and young people aged 2-18years - Hollie Johanson-Smith (07789 510 899)

Womens Institute Mrs Pat Kemp (01462 812233)



Residents Association:  Clifton Residents Association, Working for the Community, Secretary Bob Smith Tel: 01462 812336 Also contact 

Leisure & Pleasure Society:  Looking for something new? More.....




Buses: There is a regular return bus service (Numbers 9A & 9B) between Bedford and Hitchin, stopping at Clifton Post Office and Bilberry Road There is a less regular return service (Number 200) between Potton and Ampthill, also stopping at Clifton Post Office. Time tables: Also refer to: Bedford Area Bus Users Society and Services from Clifton

The Wander Bus: New launch - More..... Clifton timetable - More.....

Trains: Arlesey Station



There are several towns within easy reach of Clifton. These include:
Bedford (12 miles), Biggleswade (6 miles), Hitchin (7 miles), Letchworth
(9 miles), Shefford (1 1/2 miles), and Stevenage (13 miles).
Each has a variety of banks, shops etc. and all (except Shefford) have swimming pools and good rail links. 


Bedford Museum & Cecil Higgins Art Gallery _______A600               

Bromham Mill ________________________________A428 

Butterfly Park, Renhold, Wilden __________________B660 

Elstow Moot Hall ______________________________A6

Grafham Water (for picnics, sailing and fishing) ______A1/ B661

Hatfield House ________________________________A1000

Houghton House (historical ruin) __________________A507 

Lower Stondon Motor Museum ___________________A600 

Luton Museum & Art Gallery _____________________A6

Nene Valley Steam Railway ______________________A1

Old Warden village _____________________________B658

St. Albans Cathedral ____________________________A1/A1057

Stockwood Park Museum _______________________A1081

Swiss Garden, Shuttleworth Aircraft Museum  _______B658

Stevington Windmill   ___________________________A428

Whipsnade Zoo _______________________________B4540

Willington Dove Cote  __________________________A603

Woburn Abbey Wild Animal Kingdom  ____________A4012

Wrest Park, Silsoe _____________________________A6

John Bunyan Museum _________________________Bedford