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Shefford is a town and civil parish located in
the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England. At the 2001 census
it had a population of 4,928, and was estimated to have grown to 5,770 by 2007.
The population at the 2011 Census had risen to 5,881.
Shefford incorporates a fire station, bowls club, sports
club, a Memorial Hall, a Community Hall, many pubs and a brewery. As well as
this, it has various pubs and restaurants, including Chinese takeaways,
award-winning Indian takeaways/restaurants, a Thai takeaway/restaurant and a
fish and chip shop. Shefford has two petrol stations, two car dealers, and two
pharmacies. There are three estate agents, a Newsagent, a convenience store, a
Charity shop, an angling centre, and a bakery. There is a tea room and a wine
bar. There is a Post Office with sorting facilities. There is also an
ironmonger/building supply centre which has everything that you need and more,
and a micro brewery.
There are two small supermarkets in town and one on the
outskirts, a travel agent and a public library.
There are four Churches, Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and
Roman Catholic. Several Schools and Nurserie, and a large Medical Practice.
The town has a scout group, Guiding Groups and a local Army
Cadet Force hut at Chicksands on the Army Intelligence Corps base, which is
part of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire ACF, in 4 Company.
The areas around Shefford are served by the middle school
Robert Bloomfield Academy which has a Grade 1 (outstanding) Ofsted report,
Samuel Whitbread Academy, Shefford Lower School, Shefford Nursery, BEST nursery
and Acorn Pre-School & The Mighty Oaks.
Sport and leisure
Shefford has a Non-League football club Shefford Town &
Campton F.C. who play at STMA (Digswell). It is where Jack Collison (Wales and
West Ham Footballer) grew up and went to school. There is also a Shefford
Saints (Junior) FC where girls and boys from Shefford and the surrounding
villages are able to join from the U5 Development squad up to U16 merging into
the Adult team.
A modern, concrete skatepark is currently in the planning
stages to be constructed on the new building site located off of Campton road.