Flitwick shown within Bedfordshire
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Flitwick, pronounced //, is a small town and civil parish in Central Bedfordshire, England. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book as "a hamlet on the River Flitt". The nearby River Flit runs through Flitwick Moor, a nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Flitwick has seen a large expansion in its population in recent years, but its retail facilities have not kept up with this growth. The local council has drawn up plans to redevelop the town centre to improve its retail offering . At present, it has a large Tesco, a Barclays bank, a Co-op, which provides a secondary food source to the community and many smaller shops and estate agents, many in close proximity to the railway station. There is an open-air market every Friday selling local produce, which is set up on the car park of the village hall. The market has many stalls from a fishmonger to a baker, haberdashery and fruit and vegetables.
There is a sports centre with a 25-metre swimming pool with kids pool attached. The leisure centre also has a gym, squash courts with leagues and gymnasium.
Flitwick Town Council own and operate from The Rufus Centre on the outskirts of the town on Steppingley Road. The Centre is also a busy conference and special event venue with office space to lease.
Flitwick has four pubs; the Crown, the Swan, the Bumble Bee and the Blackbirds. The pub formerly known as the Wheatsheaf re-opened as an Indian restaurant called the Indian Lodge. A membership-operated social club, The Flitwick Club, is situated on The High Street, opposite the Drivestyle yard.
Center Parcs Woburn Forest is being developed on the outskirts of Flitwick at Warren Wood. The building remains controversial locally as it removes public access to local woodland. Initially planning permission was denied by Bedfordshire County Council but this decision was over turned on appeal to the Secretary of State.
Flitwick is 5 mi (8.0 km) from junction 12 of the M1 motorway.
The main bus services are as follows:
42 (Grant Palmer) provides an hourly daytime service Mondays to Saturdays providing a connection to: Westoning, Harlington, Toddington, Ampthill, Houghton Conquest, Kempston and Bedford. Mondays to Saturdays – no Sunday service.
J2 (Stagecoach) provides an hourly daytime service Mondays to Saturdays to Ampthill, Houghton Conquest, Kempston and Bedford. Mondays to Saturdays – no Sunday service.
200 (Grant Palmer) provides a two hourly service (generally) to Ampthill, Shefford, Clifton and Biggleswade. Mondays to Saturdays – no Sunday service.
Flitwick has a station on the Thameslink line (First Capital Connect took over the franchise on 1 April 2006). Trains from Flitwick station go north to Bedford and south to Luton, Luton Airport Parkway, Harpenden, St Albans, London, Gatwick Airport and Brighton, making it a popular place to live for commuters.
It will be soon undergoing platform extension work as part of the Thameslink Programme. This will involve all platforms being extended to meet the longer trains from 2011. Work will start in late October 2010.
Flitwick has three lower schools (Kingsmoor, Templefield and Flitwick Lower School), a middle school (Woodland School). The old Flitwick School has been refurbished from its earlier state of neglect, and now serves as a further community centre, youth club and toddler group.
It has four football teams: Flitwick Town, who play in the Bedfordshire County League Premier Division, Flitwick Ladies, who play in the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Women's First Division, Flitwick Eagles, and Dinamo Flitwick. It is also home to Flitwick Cricket Club (The Otters) which has over 50 adult playing members and 160 Colts.
Flitwick is famous for its Flitwick Manor House, currently used as a hotel.
There is also physical evidence of a Norman era motte and bailey castle site, locally known as "The Mount".
The Church of St Peter & St Paul is located in the town.
- Brian Stein, former professional footballer, lives in Flitwick
- Donald Ponts, notorious philanderer and gentleman cad was raised and educated in Flitwick.
- "Neighbourhood Statistics – Flitwick (CP) Parish". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2008.
- See Bedfordshire Virtual Library's Flitwick Timeline
- Its name is not ancient but a back formation from Flitton. Ekwall, E. (1940) The Concise Dictionary of England Place-names; 2nd ed. Oxford:Clarendon Press; p. 174.
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