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Reference WW2
Covering dates 1936-1967
Held by Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service
Extent 3 series
Creators Bedfordshire County Council

Contents:
Records of World War Two



War Agricultural Executive Committee  WW2 AC  [n.d.]

Correspondence  WW2 AC/1  [n.d.]

Contents:
The correspondence bundles have an index included but, have previously been weeded and so not all index references still exist

[no title]  WW2 AC/1/1  1939-1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Correspondence on various subjects, including, amongst others:
- progress reports of Executive Officer giving figures for acreage for which Ploughing Up Orders had been served, land taken into possession for breaking up and ploughing, tenancies terminated due to bad cultivation, Direction Orders issued regarding cultivation, numbers of tractors at work and general remarks;
- Ministry of Agriculture Weekly News Service bulletins and other circulars;
- Statement on machinery and implements listing those supplied by the Government, that purchased by the Committee, work done and fuel consumption;
- information from House of Commons reports;
- ploughing up of public footpaths;
- correspondence with National Trust regarding proposed ploughing on Dunstable Downs;
- correspondence with Davis Estates Ltd. regarding undeveloped building land they proposed using for agricultural purposes;
- refusal of Woburn Experimental Farm to break up grass land;
- breaking up land, including golf courses in the county;
- need to thatch corn ricks to protect them from rain.
[ex WAC 1]

[no title]  WW2 AC/1/2  1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Correspondence on various subjects, including, amongst others, the following:
- request to the Duke of Bedford for his gamekeepers to shoot pigeons;
- flax production and the view of Secretary of Committee regarding flax contracts with local processing factory, viz "I would not advise my worst enemy to sign it";
- note of resolutions passed by the Committee;
- progress reports of Executive Officer as in WW2 AC/1/1;
- need to cull rabbits on Sharpenhoe Clappers;
- appeal for workers by Laxton Bros, seed merchants of continued Bedford
- estimated numbers of additional workers wanted by Bedfordshire farmers in 1940;
- supply of food for 10,000 poultry at Copo Ltd, Cockayne Hatley;
- Ministry of Agriculture Weekly News Service bulletins.
[ex WAC 2]

Letterbooks  WW2 AC/2  [n.d.]

Contents:
These letterbooks, of outgoing correspondence only, include an alphabetical index but have also been weeded and so not every index reference will still exist

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/1  Sep 1939 - Feb 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook including, amongst other things:
- recommendation to Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries to extend a £2 per acre grant to land not under the plough for two years since the agricultural community was in a low state;
- request to purchase vehicles for Committee use;
- inadequacy of the petrol ration given to Committee members;
- requests for release of servicemen for agricultural purposes, particularly protracted requests regarding Private Harris of 6th Battalion Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment, employee at Little Bramingham Farm, Luton;
- names of those serving on the four District Sub-Committees (Ampthill, Bedford, Biggleswade and Luton); request for a salaried Smallholdings Officer; and suggested scale of allowances for officers;
- extension of the landing ground at RAF Henlow onto agricultural land;
- inadequate petrol allowances to individuals, such as hauliers, connected with agriculture, in particular Albert Jeffs of Witt's End, Eversholt, cattle carrier;
- land drainage at Podington;
- nuisance caused by Duke of Bedford's game animals in the vicinity of Woburn;
- request for guidance regarding the allocation of benefits should the Committee take possession of a neglected farm and make it productive (Grindstone Hill Farm, Turvey);
- cases of farmers without coupons being refused petrol despite need for agricultural reasons;
- opinion of the Committee that the unemployed should be pressed into farm work;
- resolution that 50% of market garden land should be cropped for cereals, potatoes or sugar beet;
- breaking up of a site for a new school at Flitwick for agriculture;
- appointment of a Tractor Officer;
- case of a Chairman of a District Committee and questions from farmers in his district as to whether he had broken up land of his own for ploughing;
- need for central provision of fertilisers;
- possible ploughing up of National Trust land on continued Dunstable Downs;
- names and parishes of farmers on whom Orders were served;
- land ordered to be ploughed at Yielden being in a danger zone as it was adjacent to the Yielden Rifle Range;
- shortage of animal feed, particularly pig meal, in Bedfordshire;
- land to be broken up and ploughed on Shelton Hall Estate and means undertaken to do it;
- need to cleanse the channel of the Kym Brook as well as its tributaries the Keysoe, Pertenhall and Dean Brooks;
- legitimacy of the Ministry, through War Agricultural Executive Committees, issuing Directions to cleanse watercourses, but need to decide whether the riparian owners or some other body had responsibility to carry the Direction out in each case;
- applications for licences to use timber;
- letters regarding non-compliance with, appeals against and variations in land stated in Orders to Plough;
- note that all officers of the Committee were unpaid, money charged to the Ministry being for accommodation and clerical staff;
- need to thatch corn ricks to prevent rain damage.
[ex WAL 1]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/2  Feb - Apr 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook containing, amongst other things:
- applications for licences to use timber;
- correspondence regarding refusal of and proceedings against Francis R.Allingham to plough up land at Old Rowney Farm, Shefford;
- opinion that flax contracts issued by Willett & Bartram of Billing [Northamptonshire], local processing factory, were unfair to the farmers as the factory decided the scale of payment;
- Committee support for a rebuilding of Biggleswade Lock on the River Ivel;
- need to plough up about 220 acres in Chalton and Toddington belonging to Chalton Estates Ltd., a later letter from the owner accusing the Committee of using "cursed Nazi methods" ;
- lists of names and parishes of those on whom Orders continued were served;
- possible grazing of animals on golf courses;
- applications for servicemen to be employed in agricultural work;
- complaints about damage by Duke of Bedford's game animals in the vicinity of Woburn;
- need to cull rabbits, particularly in warrens on Sharpenhoe Clappers;
- notes of resolutions passed by the Committee;
- letters regarding Orders served to individuals regarding appeals, refusals and offers to vary the fields involved;
- need to cleanse the course of the Kym Brook;
- variation of the areas covered by the four Sub-Committee Areas;
- note that the owner of Doolittle Mill, Maulden had a right but not an obligation to cleanse the mill stream;
- note that establishment of a German prisoner-of-war camp in North Bedfordshire would receive support from the Committee;
- Committee possession of part of Grindstone Hill Farm, Turvey due to bad cultivation, the owner, John Davies, being referred to as "a man of straw".
[ex WAL 2]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/3  Apr - Jun 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook, containing, amongst other things:
- prosecution of Francis R.Allingham regarding refusal to plough up land at Old Rowney Farm, Shefford; Committee dissatisfaction with the decision reached by the magistrates in the case and consideration of further action;
- lists of names and parishes of those issued with Orders;
- note of Committee resolutions;
- waterlogging of land at Leighton Buzzard;
- letters regarding non-compliance with and appeals against Orders;
- detailed correspondence regarding Committee entering into possession of Grindstone Hill Farm, Turvey, in order to cultivate it and dissatisfaction that the owner had not complied with an Order to destroy rabbits;
- applications for release of servicemen for agricultural work;
- reactions of golf clubs on being asked whether they continued would allow animals to graze on their courses.
[ex WAL 3]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/4  Jun - Sep 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook containing, amongst other things:
- cultivation of hay on fields taken over by the Air Ministry at Barton-le-Clay and Stanbridge;
- difficulties about compensation regarding the Committee take-over of Grindstone Hill Farm, Turvey;
- Committee observations on the situation regarding volunteers for casual work on farms;
- lists of names and parishes of farmers on whom Orders and Directions were served;
- decision to not press proceedings against Messrs Allingham regarding Old Rowney Farm, Shefford, the "childish and truculent attitude" of F.R.Allingham being noted;
- need for basic slag as fertiliser, particularly in North Bedfordshire;
- details of a case of a serviceman needed for agricultural labour;
- intention to set up Bedford and Luton based panels to investigate cases of the agricultural unemployed;
- brief details of resolutions passed by Committee;
- difficulties of Committee officers inspecting farms around RAF Henlow due to guards not allowing them access;
- proposal by Luton Town Council to purchase land in Chalton to cultivate;
- plea by the Committee in mitigation for a man prosecuted for non-compliance with a Hertfordshire Order to Plough who had complied with all Bedfordshire Orders;
- authority for a man to purchase strychnine for mole destruction;
- lack of bomb disposal squads to deal with unexploded bombs both in Luton and at Manor Farm, Caddington
[ex WAL 4]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/5  Sep 1940 - Jan 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook containing, amongst other things:
- lists of names and parishes of those on whom Orders and Directions were served;
- correspondence with Frank R.Allingham regarding his refusal to break up pasture for ploughing;
- correspondence and report regarding prosecution of A.G.Hill and E.W.Stratford ;
- correspondence regarding storage of ammunition at St.Jude's Farm, Haynes;
- complaints regarding use of sites as anti-aircraft gun and searchlight batteries at Cainhoe Farm, Clophill, St.Jude's Farm, Haynes, Town Farm, Milton Bryan, Eastfields Farm, Melchborne, and Manor Farm, Houghton Conquest;
- application for postponement of military service for four rabbit catchers employed by Duke of Bedford;
- notes of resolutions passed by the Committee;
- use of agricultural land in Toddington as a rifle range;
- unsuccessful effort to persuade AMPC to fill in bomb craters on agricultural land;
- correspondence regarding Resolutions requiring Duke of Bedford to plough up land and to graze cattle and sheep in Woburn Park and his objections on account of the exotic animals European bison and deer collections;
- correspondence regarding legal proceedings against tenants of Shelton Hall Estate for non-compliance with Orders to Plough;
- list of members of the County Executive Committee and District Committees;
- note of discord between County Executive Committee and the Bedford District Committee regarding an individual case;
- correspondence regarding a Direction Order it was anticipated would be ignored by the recipient;
- protest at proposed use of 56 acres of agricultural land in Kempston and Elstow as the site of a canteen for an ordnance factory erected in Ampthill Road, Bedford;
- inadequate steps taken to destroy rats at Top Farm, Streatley;
- note that any revolution in Germany would come from Bavarian or Austrian elements, not from Prussians;
- inadequate control of rabbits in Park Wood, Harrold;
- intention of the Air Ministry to construct a road across continued Gorerong Farm, Hinwick, a farm recently taken into possession by the Committee;
- recommendation to relax school byelaws and allow boys of 13 and older to be engaged in farm work;
- opinion that the time was right to cull foxes.
[ex WAL 5]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/6  Jan - May 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook containing, amongst other things:
- late postage of an Order nearly resulting in an unfair prosecution;
- note of resolutions passed by the Committee;
- complaints at defence work carried out on agricultural land without prior consultation of the Committee;
- lists of names and locations on whom and about which Orders and Directions were served;
- correspondence regarding steps that could be taken to reduce damage by rabbits;
- list of staff seconded to Committee;
- complaint at the activities at Shelton of Sir Alan Cobham who "is something of a law unto himself and is running about the country selecting possible [aircraft] landing sites without apparently keeping the Department who he serves informed";
- letters to hunts in an attempt to reduce the numbers of foxes;
- possession by the Committee of land at Bolnhurst to bring it into a good state of cultivation;
- "grave discontent" among agricultural workers regarding food rations they saw as insufficient;
- complaint at possible use of land broken up for crops at Wrest Park, Silsoe, as an army summer camp;
- damage to buildings on Hartwell Farm, Cranfield, by enemy action;
- offer of Bedford School to use boys for agriculture;
- need for golf courses to be ploughed up for arable use;
- complaint by General Airports Corporation Ltd. at land at Eaton Bray being required for an aerodrome and at the Committee's actions regarding the Company's claim for compensation;
- proposed rifle range on agricultural land at Toddington;
- complaint by new tenant of Houghton Park Farm, Ampthill, that his operations were being interfered with by the previous tenant, who had had his tenancy determined by the Committee and who refused to leave the farm.
[ex WAL 6]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/7  May - Jul 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbooks containing, amongst other things:
- Committee taking into possession 181 acres of land at Toddington rifle range;
- lists of names and locations of those to whom and about which Orders and Directions were served;
- complaints regarding: land at Maycock's Farm, Turvey, being required as an aerodrome site; huts erected on Thurleigh glebe; Air Ministry requisition of Whitwick Green Farm, Thurleigh; and encroachment of new runway etc. from Shelton Aerodrome onto land belonging to Manor Farm, Yielden;
- Committee possession of land at Bolnhurst to bring it into a good state of cultivation;
- need for extra labour to harvest 400 acres of corn on Luton Corporation land;
- objection to the transfer of Bedford Labour Exchange Manager C.W.Goord to Headquarters;
- protest at an Order restricting holders of C licences to trips of 15 miles for collection and 35 miles for delivery, thus preventing market gardeners delivering produce to London;
- appointment of temporary Assistant Executive Officer;
- report that crops grown on F.R.Allingham's land at Old Rowney Farm, Shefford, were of very high quality, in contradiction of the opinion of Allingham's representatives;
- observation that milking cows were being made into sausages thus endangering the supply of milk;
- personal details of men applying for exemption from military service as having reserved occupations, the men being: R.Kenny, J.W.Rowland, J.B.Morrison, R.F.Smith, G.H.Theobald and E.H.Luck
[ex WAL 7]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/8  Aug - Oct 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbooks including, amongst other things:
- infestation of rats in corn stacks at Village Farm, Stagsden;
- lists of names of those to whom and areas about which Orders and Directions were made;
- request for a drainage report on land at Manor Farm, Harrold;
- request to de-requisition buildings at Hundreds Farm, Woburn;
- inability of farmers to use fields when part of the field was taken over by the Air Ministry as they did not wire off the affected area;
- request of the Air Ministry as to whether land at Old Rowney Farm, Shefford, was to be used for aerodrome purposes as the owners, Messrs Allingham, alleged; further allegations including the suggestion that they had allowed the RAF to use the fields because they were under an Order to Plough and threatening them with prison if they did not comply with the Order; one letter bears the phrase "this fellow Allingham is a real pest!";
- allegation by owners of Turvey House Estate against Committee's Pests Officer to the effect that he was a poacher;
- notes of resolutions of the Committee;
- need for use by Mastin & Sons of Wilstead of buildings in Wilstead rented by C.Douglas Wolveridge & Co.Ltd. in which to store agricultural machinery;
- requisition of Toddington Park House for Women's Land Army workers and need to evict tenants of part of the property - New Welbeck Ltd
[ex WAL 8]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/9  Nov 1941 - Feb 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook, including amongst other things:
- lists of names to whom and areas about which Orders and Directions are made;
- letters sent to individuals regarding Orders and Directions;
- detailed correspondence regarding legal action against F.R. and R.J. Allingham regarding Old Rowney Farm, Shefford;
- letter to Air Ministry Works Directorate to impress upon them that they should not "flout the authority of Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee" regarding Rowney Farm, Southill
[ex WAL 8]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/10  Feb - May 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook including, amongst other things:
- lists of names of those to whom and land about which Orders and Directions were made;
- letters regarding Orders and Directions;
- correspondence regarding owner of Toddington Park House's reluctance to allow the house's use as a billet by Women's Land Army;
- letter regarding sugar beet prices and the problems of farmers at a distance from factories incurring transport costs which outweighed the value of the crop;
- Air Ministry requisition of Manor Farm, Yielden and Chicksands Priory and complaint by the Committee that no consultation had occurred;
- note of resolutions passed by the Committee
[ex WAL 10]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/11  May - Aug 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook including, amongst other things:
- lists of names of those to whom and land about which Orders and Directions were made;
- letters regarding Orders and Directions;
- notes of resolutions passed by Committee;
- enforcement of Possession Order regarding Toddington Park House, required as accommodation for Women's Land Army;
- need to plough up 10,000 acres, 2,000 of which was a shortfall on quota from the previous year;
- destruction of a sugar beet crop at Ministry's direction;
- letter to F.R.Allingham regarding accusations he had made against the Chairman of the Biggleswade District Sub-Committee for alleged victimisation
[ex WAL 11]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/12  Sep - Nov 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook including, amongst other things:
- lists of names of those to whom and land about which Orders and Directions were made;
- letters regarding Orders and Directions;
- notes of resolutions passed by the Committee;
- compensation for owner of Toddington Park Farm, requisitioned as Women's Land Army billet;
- appeal against enrolment of Executive Officer of the Committee in the Home Guard
[ex WAL 12]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/13  Nov 1942 - Jan 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook including, amongst other things:
- lists of names of those to whom and land about which Orders and Directions were made;
- damage by rabbits from spinneys on Ampthill House land;
- claim by owner of Toddington Park House, Miss M.E.R.Douglas, that she was in hospital as a result of the Committee's treatment of her;
- proposed requisitioning of Cople House as a billet for 80 Women's Land Army members;
- notes of re-organisation of the District and Special Committees
[ex WAL 13]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/14  Jan - Mar 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook including, amongst other things:
- lists of names of those to whom and land about which Orders and Directions were made;
- notes of resolutions passed by the Committee;
- problems for market gardeners in that green vegetables were now sent to London via train rather than by lorry;
- plan to require The Meads, Everton, to be brought back into a state of cultivation but concern that the cost of around £5,000 was too great to expect the landowner to bear;
- problems in farmers obtaining materials for clean milk production as these came from clothing ration coupons;
- need for 1,600 more Women's Land Army workers in the county
[ex WAL 14]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/15  Mar - Jun 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook including, amongst other things:
- lists of names of those to whom and land about which Orders and Directions were issued;
- requisitioning of Cople House for accommodation for Women's Land Army members;
- correspondence regarding Order to Duke of Bedford to reduce the number of deer in Woburn Park;
- notes of resolutions passed by Committee;
- correspondence regarding compensation applied for regarding Toddington Park House;
- requisitioning, with police assistance, of buildings in Ginn's Yard, 37 Castle Lane, Bedford from Bedford Hire Service
[ex WAL 15]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/16  Jun - Sep 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook including, amongst other things:
- lists of names of those to whom and land about which Orders and Directions were issued;
- letters regarding Orders and Directions;
- concern at suspension of recruiting by Women's Land Army;
- decision not to take possession of The Cottage, Vicarage Farm, Keysoe as it would mean evicting a family with a baby.
[ex WAL 16]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/17  Sep - Dec 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook including, amongst other things:
- lists of names of those to whom and land about which Orders and Directions were issued;
- concern at withdrawal of workmen skilled in repairing agricultural machinery;
- representation to tighten up discipline at Women's Land Army hostels;
- notes of resolutions of the Committee
[ex WAL 17]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/18  Dec 1943 - May 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexed letterbook, all that remains being lists of names of those to whom and land about which Orders and Directions were issued.
[ex WAL 18-20]

[no title]  WW2 AC/2/19  1944-1945

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Indexes to letterbooks that had been destroyed previous to the compilation of this catalogue
[ex WAL 21-23]

Maps showing land use, especially grassland to be ploughed  WW2 AC/3  [n.d.]

Administrative history:
At the outbreak of war in 1939, the government offered farmers a grant of £2 for every acre of grassland they ploughed up before 31 March 1940 in a campaign to bring 1,500,000 more acres under the plough for the 1940 harvest. This was intended to increase the country's self-sufficiency and free up merchant shipping so that it could be used in the war effort. In Bedfordshire, the scheme was administered by the County Council's War Agricultural Committee. The grant was paid to the farmer as soon as this Committee could certify that the land was efficiently ploughed.
The method of administration was set by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. In September 1939, the Ministry instructed the County War Agricultural Committee to record the condition and rental value of grassland ploughed up, but by October the Ministry had produced a standard form on which details were to be recorded so that there would be uniformity across the country. As inspections and recording had already begun, the Ministry advised that there was no need to re-inspect purely to add information to the form, this could be done as inspections became necessary for other reasons. It suggested the Committee should briefly describe the present condition of the grassland, for example, 'good', 'indifferent', 'worn out', and give an estimate of the rental value in shillings per acre. No record of temporary leys was required but a record was to be made of tenant's pasture, that is, land put to grass by the tenant for which compensation would normally be paid by the landlord. If figures could not be given, a description such as 'good permanent ley' or 'moderate' would be considered useful enough.
The forms filled in by the Committee for the Ministry have not survived, but many of the accompanying maps have. These were draft, working maps, and information about crops and the condition of grassland was added over a period of months and, as the war progressed, years; the recording continued until 1947. Based on the information on these maps, Orders were made for certain fields to be ploughed for certain harvests, and the occupier of the land was notified. A second set of maps was then drawn up to record fields which had been ploughed by Order: some of these maps have also survived.
The County War Agricultural Committee based its method of survey and, apparently, some of the information on a similar exercise carried out in early 1917 [see WW1/AC/OP for Orders, etc.], when W.H.H.Peacock of Bedford, surveyors and estate agents, were commissioned to survey the North Bedfordshire parishes. The Peacock papers mention another survey in 1916 [see PK 8/1/8 "Report on Interviews"].
For the 1939 survey, the Committee divided the county into two areas and set up an Ampthill District Sub-Committee and a North Beds Sub-Committee. Each Sub-Committee used a different surveying company, and each surveying company used a different technique to record the information about land use, thus creating two totally distinct sets of maps.

Mid and South Bedfordshire Maps  [no ref. or date]

Contents:
The working maps
The Ampthill District Sub-Committee of the County Council's War Agricultural Committee contracted the surveyors Swaffield and Son of Ampthill to undertake the survey. These surveyors cut Ordnance Survey 6" sheets into parish maps, mounted them on card and numbered them 1 to 129. Some were stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee" and some also had "Swaffield & Son" written on them. The parishes were then grouped into geographical districts. Each district was given a number and allocated to a surveyor, and on some maps the surveyor's name and the district number are given. Only districts 3,4,5,6,7,8 and 12 have survived, allocated to Messrs Long, Garton, Brown, Humphreys, H.Gates, Hartop and J.C.H. Robinson respectively.
These seven surviving districts comprise 65 parish maps for all south, west and mid Bedfordshire parishes as far east as Haynes and Stondon, plus Astwick in the east.
These were working plans and may have been used in the field; in some cases, a new plan was started where the information became too complicated to show on one plan. The maps vary in detail but most include scribbled but informative pencil notes such as 'oats', 'wheat', 'grass', 'arable' and 'mole', plus acreages, some farmers' names, some field names and the rental value of grassland. Some of the maps also show earlier dates, for instance, "grass since 1874". The years 1901 and 1918 occur frequently, as if surveys had been carried out in those years and the information transferred to these 1939-1947 maps.
Fields are coloured according to a scheme but the key to the scheme has not survived. Four colours of tint generally correspond with four letters of the alphabet: red fields are labelled A1, A2, etc.; yellow B1,B2, etc.; blue C1,C2, etc.; brown D1, D2, etc.. The brown 'D' fields seem to relate to Orders to plough grassland (see Eversholt: "No order - Substitute A3 & A1 Steppingley"), but they do not correlate with the maps drawn up to record Orders made (see below). Large areas are tinted green but not numbered and there is also a variety of coloured hatching and edging.
The Order maps
The Committee then produced another set of Ordnance Survey 6" parish maps mounted on board, coloured the fields which had been ploughed by Order, and added the acreage, a reference number (presumably referring to the Ministry's form, now lost) and sometimes the farmer's name. A key was added to each map showing arable land, the harvests between 1939 and 1947 for which the grassland had been ploughed, ditches cleaned out and fields mole drained and reseeded. 37 of these parish Order maps have survived, occasionally two on one board, covering the east and mid Beds parishes as far west as Steppingley. 13 maps overlap with the surviving working maps described above. These Order maps are not numbered and have no stamp or signature. The map for Clophill has, on its reverse, a plan of Highlands Farm, Campton.
Please note that the present parish of Stewartby then formed part of Wootton and Kempston Rural parishes; the present parish of Brogborough then formed part of Husborne Crawley and Ridgmont; and no map exists for Linslade as this was not part of Bedfordshire until 1965.
For details of land use in Aspley Guise, Eversholt, Flitwick, Harlington, Ridgmont, Steppingley, Tingrith, Toddington, Westoning and Woburn in 1917, see WW1/AC/RE 3/1.
All maps were drafted and used from 1939 to 1947
Order maps: - key showing fields ploughed, ditches cleared, fields drained and reseeded for each harvest
- unnumbered
Working maps: - acreages given
- no key
- numbered
1 = Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
2 = Includes field names
3 = Includes farmers' names
4 = Includes crops
To see a map: quote parish and reference WW2 AC/3/+ number, e.g. Arlesey WW2 AC/3/3
List of old and new parish map reference numbers - Mid-and South Bedfordshire

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/1  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Ampthill Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes crops
Original plan no. 13
Old Reference: WAV 18
Parish: Ampthill
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/1

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/2  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Ampthill Order Map
Harvests specified: 1940-1946
Includes framers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 86
Parish: Ampthill
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/2

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/3  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Arlesey Order Map
Harvests specifed: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 87
Parish: Arlesey
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/3

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/4  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Aspley Guise Working Map
Other dates: 1901
1918
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 69
Old Reference: WAV 43
Parish: Aspley Guise
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/4

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/5  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Aspley Heath Working Map
Original plan no: 68
Old Reference: WAV 42
Parish: Aspley Heath
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/5

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/6  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Astwick Working Map
Stamped "Bedforshire War Agricultural Executive Committee
Includes crops
Original plan no: 5
Old Reference: WAV 15
Parish: Astwick
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/6

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/7  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Barton in the Clay Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 28
Old Reference: WAV 29
Parish: Barton in the Clay
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/7

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/8  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Battlesden Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: 2 maps on one board
Original plan no: 108
Old Reference: WAV 70
Parish: Battlesden
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/8

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/9  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Biggleswade Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 88
Parish: Biggleswade
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/9

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/10  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Billington Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 109
Old Reference: WAV 71b
Parish: Billington
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/10

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/11  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Billington Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 109
Old Reference: WAV 71a
Parish: Billington
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/11

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/12  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Blunham and Mogerhanger Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 89
Parish: Blunham and Mogerhanger
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/12

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/13  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Caddington Working Map
Other dates: 1874
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 106
Old Reference: WAV 68
Parish: Caddington
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/13

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/14  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Campton and Chicksands Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 90
Parish: Campton and Chicksands
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/14

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/15  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Chalgrave Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 110
Old Reference: WAV 72a
Parish: Chalgrave
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/15

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/16  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Chalgrave Working Map
Other dates: 1901, 1918
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 110
Old Reference: WAV 72b
Parish: Chalgrave
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/16

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/17  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Clifton and Henlow Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 91
Parish: Clifton and Henlow
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/17

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/18  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Clophill Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 86
Old Reference: WAV 48
Parish: Clophill
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/18

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/19  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Clophill Order Map
Harvests specified: 1940-1946
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key; plan of Highlands Farm, Campton on reverse
Old Reference: WAV 92
Parish: Clophill
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/19

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/20  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Cockayne Hatley and Wrestlingworth Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 93
Parish: Cockayne Hatley and Wrestlingworth
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/20

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/21  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Cranfield Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: District No.5 Plan No.4
Swaffield & Son, Ampthill
Original plan no: 107
Old Reference: WAV 69
Parish: Cranfield
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/21

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/22  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Dunstable Working Map
Other information: [no colour markings]
Original plan no: 72
Old Reference: WAV 46
Parish: Dunstable
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/22

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/23  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Dunton and Eyeworth Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Other dates: 1901
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 94
Parish: Dunton and Eyeworth
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/23

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/24  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Eastcotts Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Stamped "Bedforshire War Agricultural Executive Committee
Includes farmers' names
Other information: Garton No.4 area
Original plan no: 87
Old Reference: WAV 49
Parish: Eastcotts
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/24

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/25  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Eaton Bray Working Map
Stamped "Bedforshire War Agricultural Executive Committee
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: H.Gates No.7 area
Original plan no: 118
Old Reference: WAV 80a
Parish: Eaton Bray
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/25

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/26  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Eaton Bray Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 118
Old Reference: WAV 80b
Parish: Eaton Bray
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/26

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/27  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Edworth and Astwick Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 95
Parish: Edworth and Astwick
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/27

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/28  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Eggington Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: H.Gat[es]
Original plan no: 111
Old Reference: WAV 73a
Parish: Eggington
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/28

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/29  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Eggington Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes field names
Includes farmers' names
Old Reference: WAV 73b
Parish: Eggington
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/29

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/30  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Elstow Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 88
Old Reference: WAV 50
Parish: Elstow
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/30

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/31  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Eversholt Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Other information: Humphreys - District No.6
Plan No.6
Swaffield & Son, Ampthill
Original plan no: 22
Old Reference: WAV 26
Parish: Eversholt
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/31

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/32  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Everton Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 96
Parish: Everton
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/32

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/33  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Flitton Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: Garton - No.4 area
Original plan no: 89
Old Reference: WAV 51
Parish: Flitton
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/33

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/34  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Flitton Order Map
Harvests specified: 1940-1946
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key "No. 45"
Old Reference: WAV 37
Parish: Flitton
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/34

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/35  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Flitwick Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 19
Old Reference: WAV 22
Parish: Flitwick
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/35

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/36  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Flitwick Order Map
Harvests specified: 1940-1946
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: key "No.43"
Old Reference: WAV 36
Parish: Flitwick
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/36

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/37  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Gravenhurst Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 25
Old Reference: WAV 28
Parish: Gravenhurst
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/37

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/38  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Gravenhurst Order Map
Harvests specified: 1940-1946
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key "No.46"
Old Reference: WAV 38
Parish: Gravenhurst
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/38

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/39  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Harlington Working Map
Other dates: 1901, 1918
Includes farmers' names
Other information: 2 maps on one board
Original plan no: 70
Old Reference: WAV 44
Parish: Harlington
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/39

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/40  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Haynes Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Other information: Garton - No.4 Area shows "old scheme cottages"
Original plan no: 90
Old Reference: WAV 52
Parish: Haynes
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/40

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/41  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Haynes Order Map
Harvests specified: 1940-1946
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key "No.54"
Old Reference: WAV 39
Parish: Haynes
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/41

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/42  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Heath & Reach Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes farmers' names
Other information: No.7 Area Swaffield & Son, Ampthill shows "Oak Bank"
Original plan no: 112
Old Reference: WAV 74
Parish: Heath & Reach
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/42

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/43  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Higham Gobion Working Map
Includes field names
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: 3 maps on one board
Original plan no: 34
Old Reference: WAV 31
Parish: Higham Gobion
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/43

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/44  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Hockliffe Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Other information: H.Gates - No.7 Area "see new plan"
Original plan no: 113
Old Reference: WAV 75b
Parish: Hockliffe
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/44

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/45  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Hockliffe Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes farmers' names
Other information: Swaffield & Son, Ampthill
Original plan no: 113
Old Reference: WAV 75a
Parish: Hockliffe
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/45

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/46  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Holcot Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 16
Old Reference: WAV 19
Parish: Holcot
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/46

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/47  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Houghton Conquest Working Map
Includes field names
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 91
Old Reference: WAV 53
Parish: Houghton Conquest
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/47

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/48  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Houghton Regis Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: Swaffield & Son, Ampthill gives occupiers & owners
Original plan no: 120
Old Reference: WAV 82
Parish: Houghton Regis
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/48

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/49  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Husborne Crawley Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 12
Old Reference: WAV 17
Parish: Husborne Crawley
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/49

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/50  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Hyde Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes crops
Other information: Hartop - No.8 Area
Original plan no: 96
Old Reference: WAV 58
Parish: Hyde
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/50

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/51  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Kempston Rural Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: J.C.H.Robinson - No.12 Area
Original plan no: 125a
Old Reference: WAV 83
Parish: Kempston Rural
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/51

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/52  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Kempston Urban Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: J.C.H.Robinson - No.12 Area "Kempston Hoo Farm House" highlighted
Original plan no: 125b
Old Reference: WAV 84
Parish: Kempston Urban
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/52

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/53  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Kensworth Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: Hartop - No.8 Area
Original plan no: 97
Old Reference: WAV 59
Parish: Kensworth
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/53

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/54  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Langford Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 97
Parish: Langford
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/54

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/55  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Leagrave Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes crops
Other information: Hartop - No.8 Area
Original plan no: 98
Old Reference: WAV 60
Parish: Leagrave
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/55

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/56  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Leighton Buzzard Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: H.Gates - No.7 Area
Original plan no: 119
Old Reference: WAV 81a
Parish: Leighton Buzzard
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/56

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/57  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Leighton Buzzard Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: No.7 Area Swaffield & Son, Ampthill
Original plan no: 119
Old Reference: WAV 81b
Parish: Leighton Buzzard
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/57

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/58  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Lidlington Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 38
Old Reference: WAV 34
Parish: Lidlington
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/58

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/59  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Limbury Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes field names
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: Hartop - No.8 Area
Original plan no: 99
Old Reference: WAV 61
Parish: Limbury
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/59

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/60  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Luton Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 100
Old Reference: WAV 62
Parish: Luton
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/60

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/61  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Marston Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes field names
Includes farmers' names
Other information: Brown - District No.5 plan 2 Swaffield & Son, Ampthill
Original plan no: 37
Old Reference: WAV 33
Parish: Marston
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/61

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/62  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Maulden Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 92
Old Reference: WAV 54
Parish: Maulden
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/62

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/63  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Maulden Order Map
Harvests specified: 1940-1946
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 98
Parish: Maulden
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/63

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/64  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Meppershall Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 99
Parish: Meppershall
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/64

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/65  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Millbrook Working Map
Original plan no: 11
Old Reference: WAV 16
Parish: Millbrook
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/65

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/66  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Milton Bryan Working Map
Other dates: 1901
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: Humphreys - District No.6 Swaffield & Son, Ampthill
Original plan no: 10
Old Reference: WAV 40
Parish: Milton Bryan
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/66

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/67  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Northill Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 100
Parish: Northill
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/67

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/68  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Potsgrove Working Map
Other dates: 1901
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes crops
Other information: H.Gates - No.7 Area
Original plan no: 114
Old Reference: WAV 76a
Parish: Potsgrove
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/68

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/69  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Potsgrove Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: Swaffield & Son, Ampthill [hand-drawn base map]
Original plan no: 114
Old Reference: WAV 76b
Parish: Potsgrove
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/69

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/70  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Potton Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 101
Parish: Potton
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/70

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/71  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Pulloxhill Working Map
Other dates: 1901, 1918
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Other information: [Garton - No.] 4 Area "Harris Schemes I & II"
Original plan no: 93
Old Reference: WAV 55
Parish: Pulloxhill
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/71

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/72  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Pulloxhill Order Map
Harvests specified: 1940-1946
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: key "No.85"
Old Reference: WAV 47
Parish: Pulloxhill
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/72

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/73  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Ridgmont Working Map
Other dates: 1901
Includes field names
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 20
Old Reference: WAV 23
Parish: Ridgmont
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/73

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/74  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Salford Working Map
Other dates: 1901
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Other information: Brown - District No.5
Original plan no: 7
Old Reference: WAV 20
Parish: Salford
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/74

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/75  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Sandy Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 102
Parish: Sandy
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/75

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/76  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Shefford Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 103
Parish: Shefford
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/76

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/77  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Shillington Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: Long - No.3 Area
Original plan no: 35
Old Reference: WAV 32
Parish: Shillington
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/77

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/78  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Silsoe Working Map
Other dates: 1901
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 94
Old Reference: WAV 56
Parish: Silsoe
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/78

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/79  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Silsoe Order Map
Harvests specified: 1940-1946
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 104
Parish: Silsoe
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/79

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/80  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Southill Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 105
Parish: Southill
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/80

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/81  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Stagsden Working Map
Includes field names
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 129
Old Reference: WAV 85
Parish: Stagsden
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/81

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/82  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Stanbridge Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Other information: H.Gates - No.7 Area "see new plan"
Original plan no: 115
Old Reference: WAV 77a
Parish: Stanbridge
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/82

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/83  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Stanbridge Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 115
Old Reference: WAV 77b
Parish: Stanbridge
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/83

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/84  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Steppingley Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Other information: Humphreys - District No.6, plan No.1 Swaffield & Son, Ampthill
Original plan no: 18
Old Reference: WAV 21
Parish: Steppingley
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/84

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/85  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Steppingley Order Map
Harvests specified: 1940-1946
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 106
Parish: Steppingley
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/85

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/86  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Stondon, Upper Working Map
Other dates: 1901
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 33
Old Reference: WAV 30
Parish: Stondon, Upper
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/86

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/87  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Stopsley Working Map
Other dates: 1896, 1929
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: Hartop - No.8 Area
Original plan no: 101
Old Reference: WAV 63
Parish: Stopsley
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/87

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/88  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Stotfold Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 107
Parish: Stotfold
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/88

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/89  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Streatley Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 102
Old Reference: WAV 64
Parish: Streatley
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/89

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/90  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Studham Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 103
Old Reference: WAV 65
Parish: Studham
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/90

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/91  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Sundon Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Includes crops
Original plan no: 104
Old Reference: WAV 66
Parish: Sundon
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/91

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/92  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Sutton Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 108
Parish: Sutton
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/92

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/93  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Tempsford Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 109
Parish: Tempsford
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/93

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/94  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Tilsworth Working Map
Other dates: 1925
Includes field names
Includes crops
Other information: "see new plan"
Original plan no: 116
Old Reference: WAV 78a
Parish: Tilsworth
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/94

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/95  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Tilsworth Working Map
Other dates: 1918, 1926
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 116
Old Reference: WAV 78b
Parish: Tilsworth
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/95

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/96  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Tingrith Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Other information: Humphreys - District No.6 Swaffield & Son, Ampthill
Original plan no: 6
Old Reference: WAV 27
Parish: Tingrith
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/96

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/97  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Toddington (north) Working Map
Other dates: 1900 to 1930
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 21
Old Reference: WAV 24
Parish: Toddington (north)
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/97

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/98  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Toddington (south) Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Old Reference: WAV 25
Parish: Toddington (south)
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/98

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/99  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Totternhoe Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: H.Gates - No.7 Area "see new plan"
Original plan no: 117

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/100  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Totternhoe Working Map
Other dates: 1918
Other information: No.7 Area Swaffield Son, Ampthill
Original plan no: 117
Old Reference: WAV 79b
Parish: Totternhoe
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/100

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/101  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Warden, Old Order Map
Harvests specified: 1939-1947
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 110
Parish: Warden, Old
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/101

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/102  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Westoning Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 71
Old Reference: WAV 45
Parish: Westoning
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/102

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/103  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Westoning Order Map
Harvests specified: 1940-1946
Includes farmers' names
Other information: key to map
Old Reference: WAV 111
Parish: Westoning
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/103

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/104  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Whipsnade Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 105
Old Reference: WAV 67
Parish: Whipsnade
Parish: WW2 AC/3/104

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/105  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Wilshamstead Working Map
Other dates: 1901 1924
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 95
Old Reference: WAV 57
Parish: Wilshamstead
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/105

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/106  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Woburn Working Map
Other dates: 1901
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Other information: Humphreys - District No.6 Swaffield & Son, Ampthill
Original plan no: 11
Old Reference: WAV 41
Parish: Woburn
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/106

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/107  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Wootton Working Map
Other dates: 1901, 1939, 1940
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops
Original plan no: 39
Old Reference: WAV 35
Parish: Wootton
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/107

North Bedfordshire maps  [no ref. or date]

Contents:
Comparison of these World War 2 maps with the Peacock survey notes of 1917 [PK 8/1/8] and War Agricultural Executive Committee reports of 1917 [WW2 AC RE 3/1] does not reveal any precise correlation, although there are similarities and some of the information is the same.
The working maps
The North Beds Sub-Committee of the County Council's War Agricultural Committee contracted a company of surveyors, whose name has not been recorded, to undertake the survey. These surveyors used Ordnance Survey 6" sheets which they numbered and stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee". Only 8 from about 40 of these sheets have survived: numbers 10, 12, 18, 19 (two maps), 20 and 31 (two maps).
These were working plans which may have been used in the field, and sometimes a new plan was started where the information became too complicated to show on one plan. On the surviving 8 plans, each has scribbled but informative pencil notes such as 'oats', 'wheat', 'fallow', 'grass', 'A[rable?]', 'pas[ture]', 'foul' and 'G[rass?]' plus acreages, some farmers' names and some field names.
The sheet numbered 19, mainly Bolnhurst & Keysoe, has pencil notes on the reverse listing, for example, "1 Yard, 2 Brick & Tile Horse Box", resembling rating valuation notes. Sheet number 12, covering mainly Odell, showed no information and has been weeded out.
The Order maps
The Committee then acquired another identical set of Ordnance Survey 6" paper sheets, numbered them the same as the first set, tinted red the fields which had been ploughed by Order (made clear by the comment on sheet 19, "order suspended"), and added the farmer's name, the acreage and a reference number. Presumably, this number refers to the form, now lost, which was supplied by the Ministry.
Twenty of these Order maps have survived: numbers 1-6, 8, 10-12, 15, 16, 18-20, 22-24, 28, 31.
Maps and Parishes
To find out which areas are covered by the surviving survey sheets, see the grid plan at the end of this section.
For details of land use in Swineshead, Shelton, Yielden, Dean, Eaton Socon, Colmworth, Little Staughton, Melchbourne, Pertenhall and Little Barford in 1917, see PK 8/1/8.
All maps were drafted and used from 1939 to 1947
Maps stating "duplicate" do not duplicate information
No maps have a key
All Order maps give acreages of grassland ploughed
All maps except one (Podington Farndish) were numbered
Parishes where no information is given are not listed
1 = Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
2 = Includes field names
3 = Includes farmers' names
4 = Includes crop types
To see a map: Check the parish list below. If the parish is spread over more than one map, consult the grid following this list to identify which map you need. To order, quote parish and reference WW2 AC/3/ + number, e.g. Bletsoe WW2 AC/3/108

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/108  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Bletsoe, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 16

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/109  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Bolnhurst, middle Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops types
Other information: Brief inventory on reverse signed " Dawson"
Original plan no: 19
Old Reference: WAV 79a
Parish: Totternhoe
New Reference: WW2 AC/3/109

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/110  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Bolnhurst, middle Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes farmers' names
Other information: "Duplicate"
Original plan no: 19

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/111  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Bolnhurst, middle Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 19

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/112  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Clapham Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 28

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/113  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Colmworth, east Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: one name only: "F.Stanton"
Original plan no: 22

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/111  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Colmworth, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 19

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/114  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Dean & Shelton, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 1

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/115  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Dean & Shelton, north east Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: one name only: "T.Brown"
Original plan no: 2

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/116  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Harrold, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: one name only: "S.C.Smith"
Original plan no: 12

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/117  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Keysoe, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 11

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/118  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Knotting, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 8

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/119  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Knotting, south Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: one name only: "J.Pike"
Original plan no: 15

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/120  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Little Barford Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: one name only: "C.E.Alington"
Original plan no: 24

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/110  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Little Staughton, south Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes field names
Includes farmers' names
Includes crops types
Other information: "Duplicate"
Original plan no: 19

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/117  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Little Staughton, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: one Order "suspended"
Original plan no: 11

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/111  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Little Staughton, south Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 19

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/115  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Melchbourn & Yielden, north east Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: one name only: "T.Brown"
Original plan no: 3

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/121  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Melchbourn & Yielden Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 2

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/118  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Melchbourn & Yielden, south west Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 8

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/122  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Melchbourn & Yielden, west Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 6

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/119  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Odell, east Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 15

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/116  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Odell, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 12

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/123  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Pertenhall Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes crops types
Original plan no: 10

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/124  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Pertenhall Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 10

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/117  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Pertenhall, south Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 11

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/125  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Podingon, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 5

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/126  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Podington, north Order Map
Includes crops types
Other information: Farndish only

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/127  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Podington, south Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes crops types
Original plan no: 12

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/116  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Podington, south Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 12

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/128  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Ravensden, east Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 31

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/129  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Ravensden, east Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 31

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/130  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Ravensden, north west Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 18

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/112  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Ravensden, west Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 28

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/129  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Renhold, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 31

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/128  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Renhold, north Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: one name only: " W.J.Clarke"
Original plan no: 31

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/131  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Renhold, north Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes crops types
Other information: "Duplicate". Written on reverse: "Harlington & Goldington"
Original plan no: 31

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/108  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Riseley, south Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: one name only: "F.Felce"
Original plan no: 16

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/119  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Sharnbrook Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 15

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/118  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Souldrop, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 8

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/119  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Souldrop, south Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: one name only: "W.Stapleton"
Original plan no: 15

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/132  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Staploe, north Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: "Duplicate"
Original plan no: 20

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/110  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Staploe, north west Working Map
Stamped "Bedfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee"
Includes field names
Includes crops types
Other information: "Duplicate"
Original plan no: 19

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/133  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Staploe, east Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 23

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/134  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Staploe, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 20

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/111  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Staploe, north west Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: one name only: "A.Allan"
Original plan no: 19

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/124  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Swineshead, east Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 10

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/135  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Thurleigh, south Working Map
Includes farmers' names
Other information: one name only: "Wagstaffe"
Original plan no: 18

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/111  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Thurleigh, north east Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 19

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/108  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Thurleigh, north west Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 16

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/130  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Thurleigh, south Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 18

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/129  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Wilden, south Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 31

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/136  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Wymington, north Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 4

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/118  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Wymington, east Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 8

[no title]  WW2 AC/3/125  1939-1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 24067


Contents:
Parish: Wymington, south west Order Map
Includes farmers' names
Original plan no: 5

Air Raids & Air Raid Precautions  WW2 AR  [n.d.]

Air Raid Precautions, Committee Material  WW2 AR C  [n.d.]

Minutes  WW2 AR C/1  [n.d.]

Administrative history:
The Air Raid Precautions Special Committee became County Emergency Committee for Civil Defence on the outbreak of war in Sep 1939 and on 17 Apr 1946 became the Civil Defence Committee.

[no title]  WW2 AR C/1/1  30 Oct 1935 - 21 Dec 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 7032


Contents:
Bound and indexed volume of signed minutes, beginning with a conference of representatives of all Bedfordshire local authorities.
[ex W/ARP/M 1]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/1/2  3 Jan 1940 - 25 Sep 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 7033


Contents:
Bound and indexed volume of signed minutes.
[ex W/ARP/M 2]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/1/3  2 Oct 1940 - 14 May 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 7034


Contents:
Bound and indexed volume of signed minutes.
[ex W/ARP/M 3]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/1/4  20 May 1941 - 11 Feb 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 7035


Contents:
Bound and indexed volume of signed minutes.
[ex W/ARP/M 4]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/1/5  18 Feb - 23 Dec 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 7035


Contents:
Bound and indexed volume of signed minutes.
[ex W/ARP/M 5]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/1/6  30 Dec 1942 - 22 Sep 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 7664


Contents:
Bound and indexed volume of signed minutes.
[ex W/ARP/M 6]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/1/7  6 Oct 1943 - 25 Sep 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 7665


Contents:
Bound, unindexed, volume of signed minutes.
[ex W/ARP/M 7]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/1/8  4 Oct 1944; 16 Jan 1946

Source of acquisition: acc. 7666


Contents:
Bound, unindexed, volume of signed minutes.
[ex W/ARP/M 8]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/1/9  17 Apr 1946 - 30 Jan 1952

Source of acquisition: acc. 11307


Contents:
Indexed, signed minutes.
[ex W/ARP/M 9]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/1/10  14 May 1952; 14 Jun 1960

Source of acquisition: acc. 11308


Contents:
Indexed, signed minutes.
[ex W/ARP/M 10]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/1/11  6 Sep 1960; 28 Feb 1967

Source of acquisition: acc. 12387


Contents:
Indexed, signed minutes.
[ex W/ARP/M 11]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/1/12  24 May 1940 - 2 Apr 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6919


Contents:
Draft minutes, annotated with corrections, enlargements etc.
[ex W/ARP/M 0]

Agenda Papers  WW2 AR C/2  [n.d.]

Contents:
The Air Raid Precautions Sub-Committee became the Air Raid Precautions Special Committee on 7 Jul 1937 which became County Emergency Committee for Civil Defence on the outbreak of war in Sep 1939 and on 17 Apr 1946 became the Civil Defence Committee.
The Sub-Committee, later Committee, began before the advent of the Second World War and continued after it, as will be seen; nevertheless the principal interest in the material is likely to be for the period 1939 to 1945. The agenda papers have not been weeded since they form a coherent body of records with very little which is extraneous. The catalogue entries have been made by consultation with the material noted in the, very extensive, agenda sheets for each set of papers. The form of the meetings (and therefore the agenda papers) during the Second World War was as follows:
* to hear reports from various officials first these including the County Medical Officer of Health, County Surveyor, County Civil Defence Officer, County Equipment Officer, County Ambulance & Transport Officer and County Social & Welfare Officer. Reports were not always given;
* to deal with correspondence and circulars from various sources these, most commonly, including the Eastern Region Senior Regional Officer, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Home Security. The circulars and some of the correspondence related to national matters rather than specifically to Bedfordshire but this national material has been retained and listed since it forms a complete body of information giving the national context in which Bedfordshire events and issues should be seen.
* Note: during the period of the war Government circulars of particular note are mentioned in the relevant catalogue entry. Immediately after the war the circulars cease to be appended and are merely summarised until the 1960s when they are, again, included with the agenda papers. The circulars from the 1960s have been retained but have not been listed, unless they include a handbook or pamphlet relating to Civil Defence organisation or activity.
* Note: from 1941 the practice developed of dealing with all reports, correspondence and circulars relating solely to the Borough of Bedford first, before going on to deal with matters affecting the rest of the county (Luton Borough Council was responsible for its own Civil Defence and thus is relatively rarely featured). This practice ceased at the end of the war.
It is hoped that the full listing and indexing of the papers will be of use to a wide variety of researchers; areas of particular interest include (but by no means comprise) the following:
* the organisation of Civil Defence in the county;
* pay and conditions of Civil Defence staff, including deferred call-up, female membership etc.;
* appointments of staff at all levels;
* arguments and personality clashes in branches of the Civil Defence Service;
* co-operation with Home Guard, Police, Fire Service, Army, RAF etc.;
* precautions against possible gas attack;
* instructions for dealing with unexploded bombs, shells and parachute mines;
* use of specific equipment such as rhythmatic control telephonic equipment, sirens etc.;
* references, for reasons such as need for black-out material, rent, installation of telephones etc., to public shelters, Wardens' Posts, First Aid Posts and various depots at specific locations e.g. 22 Pollard's Nursery Cottages, Lower Stondon;
* mention of some specific incidents and statistics for the number of incidents for a given month;
* statistics on the number of evacuees in the county at given dates;
* surveys of the condition etc. of individual cars, vans, lorries and trailers etc. used for casualty evacuation, Rescue Party work etc.;
* references, for reasons such as lighting and heating, dilapidations, staff pay etc., to emergency hospitals, sick bays, maternity hospitals etc. such as Clophill Rectory Sick Bay or Battlesden House Maternity Home;
* national publications such as Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletins and Air Raid Precautions Training Bulletins;
* the position of aliens and enemy aliens;
* provisions of various national Acts and Orders.

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/1  6 May 1936

Source of acquisition: acc. 6489


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- appointment of members to Sub-Committee;
- County Medical Officer of Health's memorandum on the County Scheme;
- Home Office circulars regarding anti-gas training, hospital accommodation for air raid casualties and decontamination of material;
- co-ordination with Hertfordshire.
[ex W/ARPP 1]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/2  7 Jul 1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 6489


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- consideration of appointing Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- Home Office circulars and memoranda regarding improvement of Fire Brigade services; emergency Fire Brigade organisation; insurance for firemen; badges for volunteers; position of police in Air Raid Precautions schemes; and Air Raid Wardens;
- model of air raid refuge room;
- correspondence with Ampthill Urban District Council, Bedford Rural District Council, Kempston Urban District Council, Luton Rural District Council, Ampthill Rural District Council, Dunstable Borough and Bedford Borough regarding casualty services;
- co-operation with London Brick Company Ltd.;
- correspondence with Buckinghamshire County Council regarding Wavendon and Woburn Sands.
[ex W/ARPP 1]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/3  10 Nov 1937

Source of acquisition: acc. 6491


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- discussion of draft Air Raid Precautions Scheme;
- Home Office circulars regarding medical treatment of gas casualties, compensation for injury in time of war, anti-gas training and protection of foodstuffs against gas;
- correspondence with County Councils Association and Bedford Rural District Council regarding cost of Air Raid Precautions;
- correspondence with St.John Ambulance Brigade;
- co-operation with Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain;
- purchase of Air Raid Precautions posters.
[ex W/ARPP 2]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/4  18 Jan 1938

Source of acquisition: acc. 6491


Contents:
Agenda papers, including amongst other things:
- advisability of appointing an Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- advisability of inviting a British Red Cross Society representative to attend meetings;
- correspondence with Buckinghamshire County Council regarding including Wavendon and Woburn Sands in Bedfordshire Scheme;
- discussion of Bedfordshire Scheme with Hertfordshire County Council;
- Home Office communications regarding atlas of gas poisoning, First Aid Posts and co-operation with RAF.
[ex W/ARPP 2]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/5  16 Feb 1938

Source of acquisition: acc. 6491


Contents:
Agenda papers, including amongst other things:
- report of County Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- Home Office communications regarding civilian anti-gas schools, Air Raid Precautions Act 1937, experiments in anti-gas protection of houses and lighting restrictions;
- correspondence with County Director of British Red Cross Society.
[ex W/ARPP 2]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/6  13 Apr 1938

Source of acquisition: acc. 6491


Contents:
Agenda papers, including amongst other things:
- application by Borough of Luton for permission to prepare an Air Raid Precautions Scheme for Luton;
- Home Office communications regarding appointment of Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions Officer, personnel requirements of Air Raids General and Fire Precautions Services and the police, enrolment of Air Raid Precautions Volunteers, distribution of civilian respirators and first aid and nursing for gas casualties;
- correspondence with Buckinghamshire County Council regarding Wavendon and Woburn Sands being part of Bedfordshire Scheme;
- appointment of Air Raid Precautions Officers for Biggleswade Rural District Council and Leighton Buzzard Urban District Council;
[ex W/ARPP 2]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/7  18 May 1938

Source of acquisition: acc. 6492


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- resignation of County Air Raid Precautions Officer and appointment of a replacement;
- County Medical Officer of Health's amendment to casualty services part of County Air Raid Precautions Scheme;
- approve arrangements for Air Raid Precautions Demonstration at Stewartby;
- appointments of Air Raid Precautions Officer and Clerk for East Bedfordshire Area and for Central Area;
- training of instructors in Luton Borough;
- home Office communications regarding training for instructors nominated by Bedford Borough, Model Scheme for Bedfordshire, personal protection against gas, local communication and reporting of air raid damage and air raid warning signals.
[ex W/ARPP 3]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/8  6 Jul 1938

Source of acquisition: acc. 6492


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- applications for post of County Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- arrangements regarding Air Raid Precautions Display at Ampthill Show;
- appointment of No.2 (Bedford Rural) Air Raid Precautions Officer and Clerk and renting of offices;
- appointment of East Bedfordshire Area Air Raid Precautions Officer and obtaining premises and equipment;
- appointment of Dunstable Borough Air Raid Precautions Officer and Clerk;
- enquiry regarding duties of Air Raid Wardens;
- correspondence with Chief Constable regarding air raid warnings;
- inclusion of Bedford Borough in County Scheme
- communications from Home Office regarding anti-gas training, protecting the home against air raids, duties of Air Raid Wardens, Women's Voluntary Services for Air Raid Precautions and Air Raid Precautions expenditure.
[ex W/ARPP 3]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/9  28 Sep 1938

Source of acquisition: acc. 6493


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health on casualty services;
- County Air Raid Precautions Officer's report;
- Home Office communications regarding air raid warning systems, types of instruments for air raid warnings, local storage and distribution of civilian respirators, air raid precautions for gas undertakings, Air Raid Precautions Scheme for Luton Borough, provision of hospital accommodation, enrolment campaign and First Aid Posts; casualty service stretcher support, lighting restrictions, precautionary measures to be put in hand immediately;
- salary of Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- East Bedfordshire Area training and Air Raid Precautions Office in Biggleswade;
- Air Raid Precautions Scheme for Borough of Bedford.
[ex W/ARPP 4]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/10  16 Nov 1938

Source of acquisition: acc. 6493


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of Clerk on National Emergency 1938;
- County Air Raid Precautions Officer's report;
- County Medical Officer of Health's report;
- Home Office communications regarding First Aid Post equipment, civilian respirators, trenches, supply of stretchers, mobilisation equipment, Bedford First Aid Posts and Women's Voluntary Services;
- County Councils Association circular on the National Emergency;
- salary of Central Area Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- correspondence with Huntingdonshire County Council regarding Tetworth, Eaton Socon and Little Barford;
- correspondence with Northamptonshire County Council regarding Podington and Wymington.
[ex W/ARPP 4]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/11  25 Jan 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6495


Contents:
Agenda papers, including amongst other things:
- reports of County Medical Officer of Health regarding First Aid Posts and Ambulance Services; casualty services; and evacuation;
- report of County Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- Home Office communication regarding co-operation with Linslade Urban District and Wing Rural District Air Raid Precautions Joint Committee regarding purchase of an Air Raid Precautions building;
- Home Office communications regarding trenches, maps for use regarding Air Raid Precautions Schemes, Assistant to Air Raid Precautions Officer, use of church premises as First Aid Posts, badges for volunteers, expenditure incurred by Local Authorities on Air Raid Precautions measures during the National Emergency, transfer of departmental responsibility, personnel requirements for Air Raid Precautions General Precautions, First Aid Posts and Ambulance Services, scales of issue of personal protective equipment for Air Raid General Precautions services, structural and other precautions against air raid risks in hospitals, equipment for Wardens' Posts, supply of respirators to inmates of prisons, enrolment of Air Raid Precautions volunteers under National Service Campaign and Women's Voluntary Services;
- salary of Area Air Raid Precautions Officer for East Bedfordshire Area;
- Appointment of St.John Ambulance Brigade County Commissioner;
- supply of respirators and protective equipment for teachers and caretakers;
- appointment of Administrative Assistant to County Air Raid Precautions Officer.
[ex W/ARPP 5]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/12  15 Feb 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6495


Contents:
Agenda papers, including amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health;
- report of County Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- possible salary increase for County Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- Home Office Communications regarding Air Raid General Precautions in rural areas, instruction courses in first aid, allotment of additional whole-time personnel in war, training of Air Raid Wardens, street flushing vehicles for decontamination purposes, Women's Voluntary Services, form of undertaking and conditions of service for Air Raid Precautions volunteers, types of instruments for air raid warnings, organisation of Air Raid Wardens service, badges for volunteers and notes on training and exercises;
- Ministry of Health communications regarding Local Government Officers and National Service, Register of Nurses and Government Evacuation Scheme;
- supply of respirators and protective clothing for teachers and caretakers;
- members and objectives of Bedford Private Fire Brigades Association;
- Women's Voluntary Service;
- proposed Dunstable Health Centre
[ex W/ARPP 5].

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/13  29 Mar 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6495


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County medical Officer of Health on revised Casualty Services Scheme;
- Home Office communications regarding organisation of Air Raid Precautions Services, organisation of Air Raid Wardens service and Air Raid Precautions Controller in wartime and appointment of Emergency Committee;
- possible assumption by Chief Constable of responsibility for Wardens service;
- communication from Chief Constable on air raid warnings.
[ex W/ARPP 5]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/14  11 May 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6495


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health;
- report of County Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- salaries of County Air Raid Precautions Officer and Air Raid Precautions Officers of Central Area and East Bedfordshire Area;
- communications from Home Office regarding: staff; distinguishing signs for Air Raid Wardens Posts and houses; equipment for Wardens Posts; campaign for voluntary recruitment for Air Raid Precautions services; types of instruments for air raid warnings; outline of accommodation, personnel and telephone requirements at Report and Control Centres; report and message forms; compulsory acquisition of land; scales of issue of Air Raid Precautions protective equipment; revised syllabus on anti-gas training; Regional Officers; functions and constitutions of Regional Councils; cleansing accommodation for Air Raid Precautions services; training for dealing with incendiary and high explosive bombs; shelter from air attack; acceleration of civil defence measures; utilisation of old police station in Biggleswade for Air Raid
- Precautions purposes; and wartime lighting restrictions for industrial and commercial premises;
- Ministry of Health communications regarding Ambulance services, First Aid Posts and Points, Borough of Luton Government Evacuation Scheme and hospital treatment of casualties;
- resolution of Bedfordshire Education Committee regarding Ashton Grammar School Foundation;
- Air Raid Precautions organisation in Bedford Borough;
- Sub-Controller and Emergency Committee in each Area;
- Control and Report Centre at St.Leonard's Hospital, Bedford;
- Casualty Services Scheme;
- resignation of Air Raid Precautions Officer for East Bedfordshire Area;
- Report and Control Centres in Bedford;
- purchase of sirens for Stotfold and Shefford.
[ex W/ARPP 6]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/15  7 Jun 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6497


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- appointment of East Bedfordshire Area Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- warning procedure at Woburn Sands;
[ex W/ARPP 7]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/16  5 Jul 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6497


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health on casualty services;
- report of County Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- Home Office communications regarding: provision of air raid shelters in private houses and basements; directions for erection of domestic surface shelters; conditions of service for volunteers in Air Raid Precautions Services and Auxiliary Fire Service; Report and Control Centres; additional technical assistant for Bedford Borough; co-operation with RAF and anti aircraft units in Air Raid Precautions exercises and displays; surplus timber; first aid boxes for Wardens Posts; co-operation with churches regarding Air Raid Precautions; arrangements for summoning Fire Brigade members in wartime; provision of air raid shelters in Dunstable Borough; aids to traffic in the absence of street lighting; RAF exercises 8/9 Jul; broadcasting of changed information in Air Raid Precautions exercises; electric hand pumps for Wardens Posts; distinguishing signs for Wardens Posts and houses; trenches in Dunstable and Bedford; and mutual assistance arrangements with Huntingdonshire County Council;
- Communications from Ministry of Health regarding: ambulance personnel; Mobile First Aid Posts personnel; First Aid Points; Mobile Units; Government Evacuation Scheme, classification of Luton and Dunstable Boroughs; Emergency Hospitals Scheme; and affiliation of hospitals;
- training accommodation and Wardens Posts in Bedford Borough;
- possible use of factory vacated by Nuro Films Ltd as Air Raid Precautions centre in Biggleswade;
- billeting arrangements for evacuees in Biggleswade Rural District Council area;
- valuation of old police station in Biggleswade;
- provision of shelters in Central Area and Bedford;
- Air Raid Precautions and Clophill Waterworks;
- equipment for Auxiliary Fire Service members;
- purchase of vehicle for Ambulance Scheme.
[ex W/ARPP 7]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/17  13 Sep 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6498-9


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Communications from Home Office including: Air Raid Precautions for animals; depot accommodation; steel shelters, cases of flooding; equipment for decontamination squads; organisation, training and equipment of Air Raid Precautions personnel in industry; types of instruments for Air Raid Wardens; rescue parties and clearance of debris; personal appeal for volunteers; Emergency Committees and Air Raid Precautions Controllers; progress of Civil Defence Measures; medical equipment for First Aid Parties and Light Rescue Parties; uniforms for Air Raid Precautions volunteers; supplies of respirators for small children and babies; camouflage for large installations; sale of sandbags to Local Authorities; co-operation with Railway Companies in black-outs; Civil Defence Act 1939; Home Defence Exercise, August 1939; agricultural vehicles; responsibility of Regional Officers; arrangements for mutual support; scales of issue of protective equipment for Air Raid Precautions services; distinctive markings on steel helmets; remote control air raid warning signals; lights to be carried by vehicles in time of war; aids to movement for traffic in black-outs; air raid warnings; Provisional Local War Instructions; use of broadcast relay services; public shelters; earmarking of vehicles for Air Raid Precautions purposes; pay of whole-time Air Raid Precautions volunteers; requisitions of premises for civil defence; billeting of Air Raid Precautions personnel; underwear for use with protective clothing; Staff Officers for Air Raid Precautions services; decontamination of clothing and protective equipment; Air Raid Precautions Technical
- Organisation in war time; provision of food to Air Raid Precautions personnel; disposal of unexploded bombs; conditions of service for Air Raid Precautions personnel; payment for use of vehicles for civil defence purposes;
- communications from Ministry of Health, including: emergency hospital arrangements; Government Evacuation Scheme;, Air Raid Precautions ambulance service; notification of casualties; emergency provision of blankets; medical supplies for First Aid Posts; pay of nurses and nursing auxiliaries; Air Raid Precautions Act 1937;
- allocation of personnel to First Aid Points;
- use of part of Dunstable Health Centre for Air Raid Precautions purposes;
- arrangements for the hamlet of Pegsdon;
- cleansing accommodation at Leighton Buzzard and Linslade;
- Leighton Buzzard air raid warning siren;
- Clophill Waterworks;
- Mobile First Aid Unit;
- provision of First Aid Post at Whipsnade;
- proposed First Aid Post at Shefford;
- appointment of Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- substitution of Woburn for Aspley Heath as Depot for Emergency Ambulance services;
- black-out exercises;
- Government's full shelter policy no longer applying to Dunstable;
- telephone installation at East Bedfordshire Air Raid Precautions Controller's house;
- arrangements for mutual support with Luton Borough, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire;
- exemption of County Air Raid Precautions Officer from military service for three months;
- unexploded bombs and shells;
- County Control Room;
- Report Posts at Kempston, Ampthill and Sandy;
- First Aid Party Depot at The Maltings, Dunstable;
- coal for siren at Harrold Leather Manufacturers;
- whole time personnel in Ampthill;
- full time wardens in Houghton Regis and Sundon;
- air raid warning siren in Woburn;
- appointment of Regional Commissioner;
- air raid shelters in licensed houses;
- vehicles earmarked for Air Raid Precautions;
- message from the King;
- payment for use of vehicles for Air Raid Precautions purposes in Bedford Borough;
- renting of Mission Hall, Greyfriars Walk, Bedford as a Training Centre;
- adaptation of premises for Dunstable Report & Control Centre
- air raid warning siren for Dunstable;
- appointment of temporary Sanitary Inspector for Dunstable Borough;
- use of part of Public Assistance Institution, Ampthill, for cleansing station, depot etc.;
- respirator store at Old Police Station, Biggleswade;
- adaptations to Biggleswade Public Assistance Institution for use as a store;
- cellar survey in Dunstable Borough;
- use of St.Leonard's Hospital, Bedford, as Area Control Centre;
- Rescue Party Depots in Commercial Road and Newnham Road, Bedford;
- adaptation of Leighton Buzzard and part of Ampthill Public Assistance Institutions as First Aid Post;
- provision of First Aid Posts at "The Lawns", Biggleswade and at Kempston;
- appointment of Ambulance & Transport Officer.
[ex W/ARPP 8-9]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/18  20 Sep 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6500


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Home Office communications regarding: regulations under Civil Defence Act 1939; Women's Voluntary Services for Civil Defence; employees of Local Authorities in Civil Defence services; Air Raid Precautions services during air raids; road traffic under an air raid warning;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding The Lawns, Biggleswade and Methodist Church Schoolroom, Kempston;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding transport for First Aid Parties and regarding public air raid shelters in Bedford Borough;
- signal lights;
- war emergency painting;
- provision of food for Air Raid Precautions personnel;
- duties of members of Civil Defence Services;
- duties of Area Sub-Controller and Area Emergency Committees;
- evacuees at Bedford School;
- St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford;
- St.Leonard's Church Room, Bedford;
- Air Raid Precautions establishments in Hyde;
- casualty services and hospitals;
- police passes for volunteers in Bedford Borough;
- employment of full time volunteers at Central Area Control and Report Post;
- disposal of unexploded bombs.
[ex W/ARPP 10]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/19  4 Oct 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6501


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Home Office communications regarding: requisitioning of premises; lighting restrictions for vehicles; aids of movement to traffic at night; payments for use of vehicles for Civil Defence purposes;
- Ministry of Health communications regarding: nursing personnel and unemployment insurance; Government Evacuation Scheme, public health services in receiving areas; provision of hospital accommodation; billeting of hospital personnel;
- Communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: improvised air raid shelters; anti-gas helmets for babies; information regarding air raids; salary of South West Bedfordshire Air Raid Precautions Officer; Borough of Bedford Transport Officer;
- disposal of unexploded bombs;
- hospital accommodation for air raid casualties;
- gas identification service;
- private premises occupied for Civil Defence purposes;
- possible camouflaging of White Lion at Whipsnade Zoo;
- Assistant Regional Technical Adviser's report regarding shelters at Sandy, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Ampthill and Kempston;
- report regarding two whole time wardens engaged by Central Area for Ampthill.
[ex W/ARPP 11]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/20  25 Oct 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6501


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- reports by County Medical Officer of Health, County ARP Officer and County Ambulance & Transport Officer;
- Home Office communications regarding: review of organisation of Air Raid Precautions services; confirmation of taking possession of land or premises for Civil Defence purposes; provision of shelter in tenements, hospitals etc.; Borough of Dunstable and Specified Area [earmarked for special protection];
- Ministry of Health communications regarding: First Aid Post at The Lawns, Biggleswade; combined clinic and First Aid Post in Dunstable; Government Evacuation Scheme with details of London schools moving into each parish; Emergency Ambulance Service;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer including: information regarding air raid warnings; Officers-in-Charge of Report and Control Centres; Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1939; information regarding road conditions; Gas Identification Service; decontamination of clothing; Assistant Staff Officers; remuneration of acting Air Raid Precautions Officer in Bedford Borough; Dunstable Borough and Specified Area; Chief Warden for East Bedfordshire Area;
- correspondence regarding Park Farm House, Dunstable;
- sandbag filling machines;
- possible camouflaging of water towers and works including Blue Circle Cement Works in Dunstable and AC Sphinx Sparking Plug Company Ltd, Dunstable;
- District Valuer's report on St.Leonard's Hall, Bedford;
- correspondence regarding vulnerability of Dunstable and need to be in Government's Specified Area;
- criticism of perceived deficiencies in Air Raid Precautions Warden Service in Bedford Borough sent to Ministry for Home Security by A.W.Sanders.
[ex W/ARPP 11]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/21  1 Nov 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6501


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- reports by County Medical Officer of Health, County ARP Officer, County Surveyor and County Ambulance & Transport Officer;
- Home Office communications regarding: rates of hire for requisitioned motor vehicles; air raid shelters in licensed premises; headlamp masks for Air Raid Precautions vehicles; provision of transport for Air Raid Precautions services; co-operation with churches; Control of Noise (Defence) (No.2) Order 1939;
- Ministry of Health circulars regarding Emergency Hospital Scheme and purchase of vehicles for Mobile First Aid Units;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding camouflaging of glasshouses; unexploded bombs; location and direction signs; and travelling expenses of unpaid part-time volunteers; review of organisation of Air Raid Precautions services; rent of Ampthill Report Centre; Air Raid Precautions store at 14 Bank Buildings, High Street, Bedford; Warden's Post and First Aid Point, Harrold; babies anti-gas helmets in Dunstable and Kempston; Bedford Borough air raid warning siren;
- correspondence with Huntingdonshire County Council, responsible for Air Raid Precautions services in Eaton Socon and Little Barford as to extent of responsibilities;
- rent of cellar at Mid Bedfordshire Conservative & Unionist Association, Ampthill;
- request for air raid warnings direct to Carlton (Approved) School.
[ex W/ARPP 11]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/22  8 Nov 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6501


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- reports by County Medical Officer of Health, County Surveyor, County ARP Officer and County Ambulance & Transport Officer;
- communications for Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions equipment; anti-gas protection for babies and young children; use of flares and extra lighting in thick fog; vehicle headlamps; recruitment of alien volunteers for Air Raid Precautions services and Auxiliary Fire Service; compensation for requisitioned premises;
- Ministry of Health communication regarding Mobile First Aid Units;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding communication to Fire Brigade of all incidents involving fire; mutual assistance arrangements; use of St.Leonard's Hall, Bedford, as a Report & Control Centre;
- respirators for small children;
- camouflage;
- rent of wardens' Post and First Aid Point at Clophill;
- use of basement at Nuro factory, Biggleswade, as a shelter;
- public shelters in Leighton Buzzard;
- rent of Park Farm, Dunstable, from Kingscroft Estates Ltd.
[ex W/ARPP 11]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/23  22 Nov 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6501


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- reports from County Medical Officer of Health, County ARP Officer, County Ambulance & Transport Officer and County Surveyor
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: use of railway property for shelter purposes; fixed gas chambers; use of school buildings for civil defence purposes; issue of helmets to doctors attached to fixed First Aid Posts; timber control; testing of air raid sirens; camouflage;
- Ministry of Health circulars regarding arrangements for Christmas and New Year for evacuated children;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: wireless receiving sets in Control Centres; information regarding air raid warnings; wearing of medal ribbons by Civil Defence Volunteers; shelters in schools; replacement of civilian respirators; public shelter direction signs on railway property; Warden's Post and First Aid Point at Clophill; shelters in Borough of Bedford; babies anti-gas helmets in Borough of Bedford; cleansing station, store and rest accommodation in Borough of Bedford; complaint about Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions services by A.W.Sanders [see WW2 AR C 2/20 above]; mutual assistance; regional exercise; mass resignation of wardens at Streatley; detector paint; Light Rescue Parties, builders' personnel; correspondence with District Valuer regarding Park Farm, Dunstable; shelters at Biggleswade and Dunstable.
[ex W/ARPP 11]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/24  29 Nov 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6502


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: leave with pay for Air Raid Precautions volunteers in cases of sickness or injury; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin; Borough of Dunstable added to List of Specified Areas;
- communication from Ministry of Health regarding: medical staff at First Aid Posts;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Staff Officer for Air Raid Precautions Transport Services in Bedford Borough; shelters and trenches of Bedford Borough; use of petrol dumps; institution of Citizens' Advice Bureaux; preservation of sandbags, South West Bedfordshire Area; erection of incendiary bomb hut, East Bedfordshire Area; fixed gas chamber, East Bedfordshire Area; adaptation of Dunstable First Aid Post.
[ex W/ARPP 12]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/25  13 Dec 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6502


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: taking of premises for civil defence purposes; Gas Identification Service; conditions of service for part-time volunteers in ordinary employment; civilian duty respirators fitted with microphone attachments; location and direction signs; aids to movement of traffic; supplies of detector paint; wartime lighting restrictions for shops; vehicle lighting during thick fog; used of illuminated lettering on Air Raid Precautions vehicles at night; discontinuance of use of factory sirens; use of schools for civil defence; annual leave for civil defence volunteers;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: village halls and club premises; leave with pay in cases of sickness or injury; Emergency Hospital Scheme; personal protective equipment for hospitals; allowances to billeted hospital staff; annual leave for volunteer personnel;
- carrying of gas masks by school children;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: schedule of reserved occupations; Gas Identification Officers; use of school shelters by the public; use of Geneva Emblem on Civil Defence vehicles; Air Raid Precautions badges; annual leave of whole time personnel; requisitioning of Park Farm, Dunstable; appointment of County Ambulance & Transport Officer as Assistant County ARP Officer; mass resignations of Air Raid Precautions Wardens at Streatley in protest at inadequate equipment and communications regarding raids; enrolment of unauthorised whole time personnel; Ambulance Depot at Sandy; services of members of Red Cross Society; basement shelters in Biggleswade; Report Posts at Ampthill, Kempston and Sandy;
- lighting of emergency ambulances;
- testing of air raid warning sirens;
- BBC weather forecasts;
- incendiary bomb instruction in South Bedfordshire Area;
- Wardens' reports of infringements of lighting restrictions in Bedford;
- camouflage;
- volunteers for County Air Raid Precautions Service from Britannia Iron & Steel Works, J.P.White & Sons Ltd., Cryselco Ltd., Charles Wells Ltd., Meltis Ltd., and Sidney Press Ltd., all Bedford;
- Luton Citizens Advice Bureau;
- preservation of sandbags in South West Bedfordshire Area;
- Air Raid Precautions shelter in Kempston;
- Sharnbrook First Aid Unit vehicle;
- adaptation of Biggleswade Police Station to Air Raid Precautions Headquarters and Control Centre;
- adaptation of The Lawns, Biggleswade, as a First Aid Post;
adaptation of Kempston Methodist Sunday School as a First Aid Post;
- adaptation of St.Leonard's Hall, Bedford as Central Area Control Centre;
- adaptation of part of Ampthill Public Assistance Institution as a First Aid Post and part as a cleansing station and depot;
- adaptation of Leighton Buzzard Public Assistance Institution as a Control Post.
[ex W/ARPP 12]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/26  21 Dec 1939

Source of acquisition: acc. 6502


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: provision of transport for Air Raid Precautions services; distribution of preliminary caution air raid warning message to civil defence personnel; use of uniform badges by volunteer medical personnel; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding:
information regarding road conditions; clearance of debris; marking of roadside bus shelters;
- proposed Bedford Borough incendiary bomb hut;
- letters regarding release of volunteer civil defence personnel in an emergency from the following Bedford companies: Igranic Electric Company Ltd., MCC Company Ltd., London Brick Company Ltd., Motor Rail Ltd.;
- public air raid shelters on Harpur Trust land in Bedford;
- First Aid Point and Wardens' Post in Wilstead;
- evacuee children and Christmas holidays.
[ex W/ARPP 12]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/27  3 Jan 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6503


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- volunteers sleeping at St.Paul's Church Room;
- routine for First Aid Post exercises;
- communications with Home Office regarding: street lighting; supply and use of petrol for civil defence purposes; offers of service from boys under 16; taking of premises for civil defence purposes;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: dietary of service patients in hospitals; First Aid Post at The Lawns, Biggleswade; combined First Aid Post and clinic in Dunstable; payment of fares of necessitous relatives visiting casualties and transferred patients in outer hospitals; deceased transfer patients; ambulance attendants;
- timber for Air Raid Precautions purposes in schools;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding:
purchase of detector discs; Regional Training Scheme;
Air Raid Precautions badges; trailers for rescue and decontamination squads (Borough of Bedford); Borough of Bedford incendiary bomb hut; use of Sandy Liberal Club and Mogerhanger Village Hall; Borough of Bedford fixed gas chamber; salary of Assistant Air Raid Precautions Officer; discontinuance of factory sirens in Harrold; air raid warnings at Meltis Works; recreational facilities for Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions personnel; additional shelter accommodation in Dunstable; shelter accommodation in Leighton Buzzard; County Control Centre in Bedford;
- manning of Kempston Report Post;
- Press & Censorship Bureau - broadcast of floods;
- equipment for rescue parties;
- Air Raid Precautions protection for schoolchildren;
- use of school shelters by general public;
- requisition of Park Farm, Dunstable;
- use of school premises during Christmas holidays;
- provision of table tennis tables and dart boards at Bedford Borough Control Room;
- incendiary bomb and high explosive training at County Training Centre, Kempston.
[ex W/ARPP 13]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/28  10 Jan 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6503


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communication from Education Committee regarding evacuee children in Dunstable;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: payments in respect of casualties; Emergency Ambulance Service; storage of dangerous drugs at First Aid Posts; school health services; medical staff at First Aid Posts; medical students;
- nursery centres for children in reception areas;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: schedule of reserved occupations; air raid warning sirens; Incendiary Bomb & High Explosive School; requisitioning of Park Farm House, Dunstable; St.Leonard's Hall Area Control Centre, Bedford;
- gas detector boards;
- fixed gas chamber, Cardington Road, Bedford;
- equipment for Borough of Bedford decontamination and rescue parties;
- payment to part-time workers;
- resignation of Officer-in-Charge of St.Mary's First Aid Post, Bedford;
- proposed decontamination and rescue depot, London Road, Bedford.
[ex W/ARPP 13]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/29  17 Jan 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6503


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- figures regarding Government Evacuation Scheme;
- review of wholetime personnel;
- review of organisation of Air Raid Precautions services;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: anti-gas ointment for casualties services; utilisation of boys under 16 as indoor messengers; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.5;
- communication from Ministry of Health regarding First Aid Posts in Dunstable and Ampthill;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: courses for training officers; identity discs for Air Raid Precautions personnel; Cleansing Station and Rescue Depot, London Road, Bedford; transport for Air Raid Precautions services in Bedford Borough; incendiary bomb and high explosive training, Kempston;
- liability of First Aid Party personnel for military service;
- equipment for decontamination and rescue parties in Bedford Borough;
- loss of gum boots and steel helmets in Bedford Borough;
- shelter accommodation in Leighton Buzzard;
- disagreement regarding Warden's Post at Caddington.
[ex W/ARPP 13]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/30  31 Jan 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6504


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- reorganisation of Air Raid Precautions services in each Area;
- equipment for First Aid Posts;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: taking of premises for civil defence purposes; sale of Air Raid Precautions steel helmets; financial arrangements for First Aid instruction and training; practice incendiary bombs;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding:
medical staff at First Aid Posts; Casualty and Government Evacuation Schemes; divided First Aid Posts in Bedford Borough; Emergency Hospital Scheme - St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford; sick bay provision for evacuees at Clophill Rectory; Civil Nursing Reserve; domiciliary medical attendance for air raid casualties;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: urgent telephone messages; Gas Identification Officers; illuminated lettering for Air Raid Precautions vehicles;
replacement for civil defence volunteers absent on sick leave;
Assistant Air Raid Precautions Officer for Bedford Borough; shelters in Kempston; high explosive and incendiary bomb training in Bedford Borough; trailers for rescue parties; First Aid party cars in Bedford Borough; basement shelters in Bedford Borough;
- Air Raid Precautions at Bedford Modern School;
- supply of protection helmets for babies in Luton, Bedford and Biggleswade Rural District Council areas;
- nursery centres for evacuee children in reception areas;
- equipment for basement shelters in Bedford Borough;
- sandbags for Luton & Dunstable Hospital;
- replacing sandbag with brick wall at Warden's Post at Silver Jubilee School, Bedford;
- cleansing of Air Raid Precautions personnel, Kempston;
- equipment for Bedford Borough First Aid posts;
- air raid warning systems;
- control of operation of Mobile First Aid Units;
- cleansing station for Stotfold Light Rescue Party;
[ex W/ARPP 14]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/31  7 Feb 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6504


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- County Surveyor's report on aids to movement of traffic;
- County Medical Officer of Health's report regarding First Aid Parties;
- County ARP Officer's report regarding review of Air Raid Precautions organisation;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding premises and vehicles taken for civil defence purposes;
- communication from Ministry of Health regarding payment in respect of casualties;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: equipment for Decontamination and Rescue Parties; Biggleswade Cleansing Station; Area Control Centre at St.Leonard's Hall, Bedford;
- Luton Citizens' Advice Bureau;
- school children's respirators;
- air raid warning systems in Kempston and Ampthill;
- control of expenditure;
- air raid protection for children in Dunstable;
- Mobile Unit at Shefford;
- use of Headquarters by Women's Voluntary Services;
- remuneration of Central Area Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- Air Raid Precautions at Bedford Modern School.
[ex W/ARPP 14]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/32  14 Feb 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6505


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: use of school buildings for civil defence purposes; remote control of air raid warning signals;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Borough of Bedford Mobile Unit; purchase of cars for sitting casualties;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: Air Raid Precautions badges; public warnings in country districts; remote control of air raid warning signals; high explosive and incendiary bomb training in South West Bedfordshire Area; anti-gas training for members of Rescue Parties and Demolition Squads; public air raid shelters in Bedford Borough; alterations to Park Farm House, Dunstable; communications exercises; illuminated lettering for Air Raid Precautions vehicles; falling off in volunteers; trailers for Light Rescue Parties;
- laundering of blankets;
- reorganisation of Air Raid Precautions Services in East Bedfordshire Area;
- rescue depot and cleansing station in London Road, Bedford;
- Air Raid Precautions in Bedford Borough;
- bomb stores in South Bedfordshire and South West Bedfordshire Areas;
- nursery centres in Biggleswade Rural District Council area;
- accidents to personnel;
- proposed breakdown squad;
- new type of war gas "Arthur";
- Kempston First Aid Party Depot;
- use of Air Raid Precautions ambulances for normal services;
- reorganisation of Air Raid Precautions services in Bedford Borough.
[ex W/ARPP 15]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/33  21 Feb 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6505


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Minister of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions Training Manual No.1; notes on construction, maintenance and replacement of sandbag revetments; protection of windows in commercial and industrial buildings; arsine; position of Local Authority employees in Rescue Party Service;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Clophill Sick Bay; Government Evacuation Scheme; First Aid Post at Kempston Church Schoolroom; requisitioning and plans for Cleansing Station at The Lawns, Biggleswade;
- use of household shelters for children attending school;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: survey of air raid shelter accommodation; replacement of sandbag wall at Silver Jubilee School, Bedford; high explosive and incendiary bomb stores at Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable; high explosive and incendiary bomb training hut in Bedford Borough;
- first aid equipment for First Aid Party depots;
- testing of air raid sirens;
- fixed gas chamber, East Bedfordshire Area;
- basement shelters in Biggleswade;
- discontent of Air Raid Precautions service at Sundon.
[ex W/ARPP 15]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/34  28 Feb 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6505


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- trenches at Kempston;
- requisitioning and place for Cleansing Station at The Lawns, Biggleswade;
- need for a Cleansing Station in Kempston;
- provision of shelters in Ampthill and use of Old Drill Hall cellar;
- shelters at Dunstable;
- new premises for Minor Ailments Clinic, Dunstable;
- testing of air raid sirens;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: payment of compensation for requisitioned vehicles; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.6;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: purchase of cars for sitting casualties; nurses' uniforms; nomenclature of emergency hospitals; requisition of The Lawns, Biggleswade, as a First Aid Post; purchase of four Mobile Units;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: Kempston Area First Aid Party Depot; salary of Air Raid Precautions Officer for Central Area;
- lack of Air Raid Precautions equipment in Eaton Socon;
- County Air Raid Precautions Messenger Service;
- Air Raid Precautions at Bedford Modern School;
- redundant, hire or requisitioned vehicles;
- location and direction signs in Central Area;
[ex W/WARPP 15]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/35  6 Mar 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6506


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- cleansing accommodation - Air Raid Precautions services in East Bedfordshire Area, including report on existing accommodation;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: food for Air Raid Precautions personnel; requisitioned vehicles;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: aids to movement of traffic during black out; major damage reports; gas proofing of County Control Room; high explosive and incendiary bomb training, Bedford Borough; trenches in Borough of Dunstable;
- use of school shelters by general public;
- location and direction signs;
- complaint regarding warden service in Lower Sundon;
- rhythmatic control for staff of Bedford Control Centre;
- protection of Park Farm House, Dunstable;
- testing of air raid sirens.
[ex W/ARPP 16]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/36  13 Mar 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6506


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: provision of air raid shelters in specified areas; incendiary bomb training; reserve stocks of civilian respirators for hospitals and First Aid services;
- Bedford Borough Mobile Unit;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: sandbags; collective exercise; public shelters in Leighton Buzzard; rhythmatic control for Bedford Borough Control Centre staff;
- Sharnbrook gas chamber;
- aids to movement of traffic;
[ex W/ARPP 16]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/37  20 Mar 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6506


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions Training Manual No.2; provision of shelters by London Transport Passenger Board;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer: impassable roads - diversion of traffic; major damage reports; emergency petrol filling station in Bedford; provision of tools - basement shelters; public shelters on Harpur Trust land; basement shelters in Biggleswade; First Aid Party and Ambulance Depot at Park Farm House, Dunstable; garage and joint depot accommodation at Swallow Garage, Kempston; mutual assistance and reinforcements; equipment for First Aid Party Depots; Ampthill Cleansing Station;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: nursing equipment for inter-hospital ambulances; Mobile Surgical Teams; purchase of cars for sitting casualties; evacuee canteen at 38 Mill Street, Bedford; reinstatement of ambulances into buses in Leighton Buzzard;
- garage and joint depot accommodation at Swallow Garage, Kempston;
- shelter and communal feeding centre for Dunstable children;
- Navy, Army & Air Force Institute shelter at Biggleswade;
- air raid shelters on Harpur Trust land;
- appointment of full-time Air Raid Precautions volunteers.
[ex W/ARPP 16]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/38  3 Apr 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6507


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- scheme for manning the Control Room by male County Council staff;
- County ARP Officer memorandum regarding repair depots and equipment inspection;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: recording and notification of air raid casualties; aids to movement of traffic; correlation of expenditure with approvals; Mixture G.2.D;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Air Raid Precautions practice incendiary bombs; mobilisation of volunteers on Red Warning; Communications Exercise; taking of premises for civil defence purposes; Mobile Gas Van Trailer; trailers for Rescue Parties in Bedford Borough;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Emergency Hospital Scheme; compensation for use of Methodist Schoolrooms in Bedford Road, Kempston and St.Mary's Methodist Church, Cauldwell Street, Bedford as First Aid Posts; reinstatement of buses converted to ambulances in Leighton Buzzard; Bedford Borough Mobile Unit;
- basement shelters in Biggleswade;
- appointment of a clock makers at East Bedfordshire Report & Control Centre, Sandy;
- unobscured lights in Houghton Regis;
- exemption of British Red Cross Society members from billeting of children;
- construction and repairs arising out of air raid damage;
- rhythmatic control for Bedford Borough Control Centre staff.
[ex W/ARPP 17]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/39  10 Apr 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6507


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Air Raid Precautions staff salaries;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Wardens reporting fires; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.7;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: reporting damage to key points; interruption of Post Office communication system; care and maintenance of public shelters; position of unemployed volunteers regarding Air Raid Precautions; complaint of a full-time warden not retained for duty; remuneration of County Air Raid Precautions staff; Emergency Medical Services;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: payment of fares of relatives visiting casualties; conveyance of personnel in Bedford Mobile Unit; sandbagging of Bromham House Colony;
- personnel for Breakdown Squad;
- Air Raid Precautions for Dunstable school children;
- gas proofing of control rooms;
- canteen at 38 Mill Street, Bedford;
- use of Ampthill Drill Hall as a public shelter;
- air raid warning sirens in Bedford Borough;
- fire fighting equipment for combined Decontamination, Rescue & Repair Parties;
- air raid warning sirens in Leighton Buzzard;
- manning of County Control Room;
- office reorganisation of East Bedfordshire Area.
[ex W/ARPP 17]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/40  17 Apr 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6507


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Leighton Buzzard First Aid Post;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: reports of fire by Wardens; issue of Operation & Training Memoranda; aids to movement of traffic; steel control; personal protection equipment for staff engaged in collecting and handling bodies of war victims and for food inspection Staffordshire;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: training of Rescue Party Leaders; Women's Voluntary Services for Civil Defence; co-operation with RAF; reports regarding food supplies; public shelter for 84 people at Tooley's premises, Leighton Buzzard; public air raid shelters in Kempston; Biggleswade Air Raid Precautions Headquarters;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: stretcher bearers at hospitals; notification of names of air raid casualties to general public; Clophill Sick Bay; billeting of evacuees on Red Cross members;
- billeting of evacuees on Red Cross and/or Air Raid Precautions personnel;
- air raid warning sirens in Bedford Borough;
- Air Raid Precautions equipment at Three Counties Asylum, Stotfold;
- air raid shelter at Barclay's Bank, Leighton Buzzard;
- mutual assistance of Civil Defence Service and RAF.
[ex W/ARPP 17]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/41  24 Apr 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6508


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: organisation of Air Raid Precautions services; air raid shelters in specified areas; protective measures by Catchment Boards; arrangements for mutual support;
- Fire Brigades Regional Orders;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: an irrigator stand for Three Counties Asylum, Stotfold; terms of service of Civil Nursing Reserve; sandbag defences at hospitals;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: list of Emergency Hospitals; accommodation for Women's Voluntary Services; alterations to Kempston Report Post; erection of three and alteration of four Wardens' Posts in Bedford Borough; air raid warning sirens; eastern Regional Dispatch Scheme; Combined Depot and Cleansing Station, London Road, Bedford;
- conversion of fixed gas chamber into Repair Depot and Store, Bedford Borough;
- Dunstable Health Centre;
- war bonus for Air Raid Precautions staff;
- evacuee billeting in Leighton Buzzard;
- location and direction signs in Bedford Borough;
- augmentation of police force for Air Raid Precautions work;
- use of land belonging to St.John's Hospital Trust as a right of way to shelters, Bedford;
- accommodation for 200 airwomen at Leighton Buzzard.
[ex W/ARPP 18]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/42  1 May 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6508


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: retention of Air Raid Precautions equipment by individual service members; domestic surface shelters; timber control;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: assessment of air raid damage; publication of local map showing Air Raid Precautions dispositions; casualty services; guide to combined exercises; Wardens' Posts; Rescue Party lorry, Dunstable; public air raid shelters in Kempston; Air Raid Precautions organisation in Bedford Borough; equipment for First Aid Party Depots; fire-fighting equipment for Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions Depots;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: billeting of evacuees at Leighton Buzzard; Clophill Rectory Sick Bay; protection of Kempston First Aid Post; Bedford Borough Casualty Collecting Services;
- fire fighting equipment for combined Decontamination Rescue & Repair Depots;
- Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions organisation;
- conscientious objectors.
[ex W/ARPP 18]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/43  8 May 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6508


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: amendments to Regional Scheme for Mutual Assistance and Reinforcement; advice to public during an air raid; co-operation with RAF; distribution of food in an emergency;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: equipment at Three Counties Hospital, Stotfold; requisitioning of part of Nicholls & Sons Ltd.'s yard, Kempston;
- employment of casual labour regarding incendiary bomb training;
- use of Arlesey St.Peter's Council School;
- use of cellar at Lion Hotel, Bedford;
- deaths due to vibration in public shelters;
[ex W/ARPP 18]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/44  15 May 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6508


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: school premises used for Air Raid Precautions purposes; disposal of unexploded bombs;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: amendments to Regional Scheme for Mutual Assistance & Reinforcement; recording and notification of casualties; Assistant Air Raid Precautions Officer, East Bedfordshire Area;
report on air raid damage at Clacton-on-Sea [Essex]; operational control at air raid incidents; publication of news of results of serious air raids;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: medical staffing of sick bays; equipment for Special Emergency Accommodation; Government Evacuation Scheme;
- assistance of casual labourers in incendiary bomb training;
- recording and notification of air raid casualties;
- training of Supplementary Fire Parties in the use of hand stirrup pumps;
- public shelter at Pratt's premises, Leighton Buzzard;
- Cleansing Station at Biggleswade Public Assistance Institution.
[ex W/ARPP 18]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/45  24 May 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6509


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report on possible cars for purchase;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: co-operation between railway companies and civil defence services; animals in war time; leaflet Your Home as an Air Raid Shelter; reporting of air raid damage; equipment for Rescue Parties; replacement of equipment damaged by air attack; liaison between Fire Services and Air Raid Precautions Control Centres;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: Carrier Pigeon Service; Local Volunteer Defence Corps (Home Guard); Regional Scheme for Mutual Assistance & Reinforcement; disposal of unexploded bombs; employment of aliens in Civil Defence Service; training of Rescue Party Leaders; co-operation with RAF; operational control at air raid incidents - police; equipment for First Aid Party Depots; Women's Voluntary Services office accommodation; basement shelters in Biggleswade; construction of three wardens' Posts in Bedford; casualties among troops in billets; Wardens' reports to police - parachute landings; co-operation with military authorities;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: war damage to hospitals; Civil Nursing Reserve; clearance of beds at Emergency Hospitals; stretcher bearers at Emergency Hospitals;
- Dunstable Clinic;
- appointment of new Chief Air Raid Warden, Bedford Borough;
- resignation of conscientious objector;
- propriety of using Air Raid Precautions ambulance to convey arms to Home Guard;
- spreading of rumours;
- appointment of County Air Raid Precautions Officer and Deputy Air Raid Precautions Officer.
[ex W/ARPP 19]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/46  29 May 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6509


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- assistance to military authorities;
- billeting of RAF personnel at Leighton Buzzard Public Assistance Institution;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: supply of axes for use with stirrup pumps; recruitment of women for First Aid Parties; public lectures on Air Raid Precautions; Molltioff bottles [Molotov cocktails];
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Local Defence Volunteers [Home Guard]; preparation of Emergency Hospitals; repair of war damage; aliens; Emergency Hospital Scheme - Old Bute Hospital, Luton; emergency maternity home at Battlesden House;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: construction of basement shelter in Ampthill; blackout arrangements at Arlesey St.Peter Council School; Wardens' Post at Kempston Hoo Estate Office; Cleansing Station at Public Assistance Institution, Biggleswade; air raid sirens in Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard; public shelters at Pratt's premises, Leighton Buzzard; equipment for Rescue Parties, Cleansing Stations etc.; Air Raid Wardens' Post in garage at rear of 171-5 Tavistock Street, Bedford; air raid shelters on Harpur Trust property at rear of 10-14 Midland Road, Bedford;
- Air Raid Precautions equipment at Three Counties Hospital.
[ex W/ARPP 19]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/47  31 May 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6509


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: pay of whole-time volunteers on Air Raid Precautions services; standard steel shelters; aliens in Civil Defence services;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: recruitment of women to First Aid Parties; Local Volunteer Defence Force; guarding of Report and Control Centres; co-operation between railway companies and Civil Defence Services; location and direction signs; Cleansing Station at Bedfordshire County Council Depot, London Road, Bedford; Biggleswade public shelters - NAAFI basement;
- letter from Ministry of Health re Henlow Aerodrome;
- equipment for Rescue Parties;
- Reinforcement & Mutual Assistance Scheme;
- operational control at air raid incidents.
[ex W/ARPP 19]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/48  5 Jun 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6509


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- operational control at air raid incidents;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: delegation of powers to Regional Commissioners; sudden birth in air raid shelters; reliability of personnel in Civil Defence Services;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: mutual assistance and reinforcements - rations; assistance to military authorities and Local Volunteer Defence Force; National Air Raid Precautions for Animals; Borough of Bedford depot personnel;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: transfer of skilled labour to war industry; treatment of gas contaminated casualties; relief of homeless persons in wartime - food; employment of masseurs; Cleansing Station at The Lawns, Biggleswade; billeting at Leighton Buzzard; evacuation of people living near aerodromes;
- conscientious objector K.A.Kendall;
- conscription of men between the ages of 18 and 55 for preparatory military training and civil defence duties;
- strength of Air Raid Precautions services;
- Borough of Bedford First Aid Party organisation;
- basement shelters in Borough of Bedford;
- Britain Street First Aid Post, Dunstable;
- publication of local maps showing Air Raid Precautions dispositions.
[ex W/ARPP 19]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/49  12 Jun 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6510


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- gas proofing of County Control Room;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: further equipment for Rescue Parties; methods of providing shelter in emergency; invasion; greyhound race meetings; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.8;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: distinguishing signs to be used for air raid incidents and rendezvous; External Messenger Service; national appeal for volunteers; speech by General Sir Hugh Elles regarding invasion; equipment for purposes of recreation and physical training; removal of Air Raid Precautions direction/location signs; national air raid precautions for animals; respirators for babies and young children; disposal of unexploded bombs; refreshments for volunteer personnel; Messenger Pigeon Service; Kempston Cleansing Station; maps for mutual assistance; First Aid Party organisation in Bedford Borough;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: provision of nurses in emergency hospitals; Government Evacuation Scheme; instructions to householders living near aerodromes;
Pertenhall Sick Bay; emergency maternity home at Battlesden House;
- employment of roadmen in agriculture;
- public basement shelters in Dunstable;
- sickness and disablement benefits for Air Raid Precautions personnel;
- provision of air raid shelters in Cranfield;
- employment of aliens in agriculture;
- transfer of inmates from Rochford Institution [Essex] to Biggleswade and Ampthill Public Institutions [workhouses];
- communal shelters in Stanbridge Road area of Leighton Buzzard;
- evacuation of children;
- ambulance service in East Bedfordshire Area;
- Local Volunteer Defence Corps in East Bedfordshire Area;
- salary of Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- construction of open trenches at Cardington, Henlow, Cranfield and Leighton Buzzard.
[ex W/ARPP 20]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/50  15 Jun 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6510


Contents:
Agenda papers regarding special meeting to appoint Assistant County Air Raid Precautions Officer and Deputy County Training Officer.
[ex W/ARPP 20]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/51  19 Jun 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6510


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions practice incendiary bombs; French nationals in Civil Defence services; delegation of powers to Regional Commissioners - provision of air raid shelters;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: establishment of identity of officials; mobilisation of volunteers on red warnings; verification of messages; Local Defence Volunteer Force; appeal for recruits; cleansing facilities for members of Observer Corps; parachute descents by RAF personnel; County Air Raid Precautions Depot and Store, Cardington Road, Bedford; East Bedfordshire Area Air Raid Precautions Officer; gas chamber at Langford Road, Biggleswade; Bedford Borough air raid warning sirens; Civil Defence personnel and Observer Corps; protection of persons living near aerodromes; compulsory National Service; Bedford Borough First Aid Party organisation;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: repair of war damage; employment of aliens; distribution of nursing staff; purchase of additional converted car ambulances;
- publication of local maps showing ARP positions;
- clothing for public after cleansing at First Aid Posts;
- holidays for County Workshops for the Blind employees and sighted staff;
- Bedford Borough shelter lighting;
- cellar at Brentall & Cleland Ltd., 137 Midland Road, Bedford;
- air raid sirens at Pyghtle Works, Bedford;
[ex W/ARPP 20]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/52  26 Jun 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6510


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: aids to movement of traffic; domestic and communal surface shelters; representations on conditions of service of Civil Defence personnel; greyhound race meetings; shelters on highways; disposal of unexploded bombs; billeting at Leighton Buzzard; compulsory National Service;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: leave for whole time Civil Defence personnel; lighting restrictions; mobilisation of volunteers on red warning; Local Defence Volunteer Force; assistance to military authorities; limit of access to prescribed areas of East Coast; protection of Wardens' Posts, South Bedfordshire Area; erection of incendiary bomb training hut at Ampthill; salary of Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions Officer; air raid shelter in Howard Congregational Chapel basement; protection of persons living near aerodromes; disposal of unexploded bombs;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: release of Voluntary Aid Detachments for service in Civil Nursing Reserve; training of Nursing Auxiliaries; identity of hospital personnel; reception of alien expectant mothers; alterations at Kempston First Aid Post; purchase of four additional ambulances; appointment of Bedford Borough Assistant School Medical Officer;
- Chief Constable's actions regarding articles criticising Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions Committee published in Bedfordshire Times & Standard;
- appointment of Assistant Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- protection of personnel at First Aid Post, Britain Street Schools, Dunstable;
- shelters at Cardington Skating Rink;
- Bedford Borough air raid warning system.
[ex W/ARPP 20]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/53  29 Jun 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6510


Contents:
Agenda papers regarding co-operation between Civil Defence services and Local Defence Volunteers.
[ex W/ARPP 20]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/54  3 Jul 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6511


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Air Raid Precautions in Silsoe;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: representations on Conditions of Service Civil Defence Personnel; Motor Vehicles (Control) Order 1940; immobilisation of unattended vehicles; leaflet - Air Raids, What You Must Know - What You Must Do; decontamination of clothing and protective equipment; prohibition of greyhound racing; continuance of service of Air Raid Precautions personnel for the duration of the war;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: location signs for shelters; assistance to military authorities; co-operation with military authorities; reporting for Air Raid Wardens; requisition of road vehicles; disposal of unexploded bombs; air raid warning system; restriction of entry of persons into certain areas; Regional Headquarters emergency communications; public air raid shelters near railway stations; maps for mutual assistance; use of Sandy Baptist Chapel Schoolroom and East Hall, Bedford, as First Aid Party Depots; requisition of basement shelter at 100 High Street, Bedford; protection of persons living near Leighton Buzzard aerodrome; synchronisation of sirens;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: physiotherapy; registration of Civil Nursing Reserve; prevention of injury from flying glass; refugees; Cleansing Station at The Lawns, Biggleswade; cleansing arrangements at St.Peter's Emergency Hospital., Bedford; use of schoolroom and premises at Queens Park Moravian Church, Bedford as First Aid Post; evacuation of children to Leighton Buzzard;
- public shelters in Tingrith;
- protection of Wardens' Posts in London Road and Edward Street, Dunstable;
- inquiries for missing and wounded civilians;
- premises for Wardens' Post, Sundon;
- sleeping accommodation at Shire Hall;
- protection of Wardens' Posts in Bedford Borough;
- liability of First Aid Parties for military service;
- equipment for rescue parties in Bedford Borough;
- gas proofing Air Raid Precautions Headquarters in Leighton Buzzard;
- employment of children of school age in agriculture;
- Sanitary Inspector and Air Raid Precautions Officer in Dunstable;
- Air Raid Precautions arrangements for schools;
- purchase of ambulances.
[ex W/ARPP 21]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/55  10 Jul 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6511


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- refusal of local Sub-Controller to recognise any First Aid Post set up in Houghton Regis;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: further equipment for Rescue Parties; paid leave for volunteers sick or injured; cost of Living Bonus for Local Authority Staffs; rates of pay for whole time volunteers; regulations under Civil Defence Act 1939; Air Raid Precautions Training Bulletin No.1; air raid shelters in specified and unspecified areas; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.9; medical treatment for volunteers injured on duty; supply of petrol for units of American Ambulance (Great Britain) Fleet;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: co-operation with military authorities; urgent defensive works; use of school shelters by public out of school hours; Local Defence Volunteer Force; sounding of air raid sirens; unauthorised enquiries regarding air raid incidents; deterrents against enemy aircraft landings; spectacles for wear with respirators; rescue, demolition and repair services; exclusion of vehicles from certain roads; protection of Wardens' Posts in Bedford and South Bedfordshire Area; use of Old Drill Hall, Ampthill, as underground shelter; Shefford Boys' Club use of Air Raid Precautions services; shelters for persons travelling by rail; difficulties of obtaining whole time personnel in Rescue Party Service; shelter provision in unspecified areas; provision of public shelters in Sandy;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: permits for making plans and sketches; employment of aliens in Emergency Hospitals; rates of pay of Nursing Auxiliaries; rates of pay for whole time Civil Defence volunteers; equipment for evacuation purposes; artificial limbs and other surgical appliances; protection at Dunstable First Aid Post;
- use of schools for emergency hospitals and civil defence;
- performance of duties of Mortuary Superintendents by Air Raid Wardens;
- rendering possible landing grounds unusable;
- urgent defensive works;
- gas proofing of Biggleswade and Sandy Control Posts;
- provision of air raid shelters in Sandy.
[ex W/ARPP 21]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/56  17 Jul 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6511


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Mobile Unit at Sandy;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: recording and notification of air raid casualties; relations between Civil Defence services and Local Defence Volunteer Force; Reservation of Personnel in Rescue Parties and First Aid Parties: Civil Defence (Employment) Order; reservation of personnel in Rescue Parties and First Aid Parties; French nationals in Civil Defence services; undesirability of answering questions put by strangers;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: mobilisation of part time personnel on an air raid warning; magnetic mines; lighting of road blocks; assistance to military authorities; deterrents against enemy aircraft landings; incendiary bomb training hut at Ampthill; remote control of sirens in Bedford Borough; air raid warning sirens at Pyghtle Works, Bedford; shelters for persons travelling by rail; use of brick vaults at Eagle Works, High Street, Leighton Buzzard, as public shelter; warnings in rural areas; compulsory Air Raid Precautions service
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: sudden birth in air raid shelters; air raid precautions in hospitals; identity of hospital personnel; evacuation of civilians; persons rendered homeless by enemy attack; building of emergency blocks at Luton and Bedford Emergency Hospitals;
- urgent defensive works;
- full time Air Raid Wardens;
- obstruction by lorries in Dunstable High Street.
[ex W/ARPP 21]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/57  24 Jul 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6512


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: provision of shelter for groups of eligible for free provision; pay of whole-time volunteers; payment of Grant regarding air raid general precautions; alterations to air raid warning system; Clearance of Lofts Order; paid leave for personnel; recording and notification of air raid casualties;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: air raid warning system; disposal of unexploded bombs; deterrents against enemy aircraft landings; casualty services; co-operation with military authorities; restriction of use of roads; Rescue Party equipment; Wardens' reports; appointment of Central Area Air Raid Precautions Officer; use of West End Working Men's Club, Ford End Road, Bedford as a First Aid Party Depot; shelter accommodation in Cardington;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: estimated life of certain items of equipment; repair of war damage; use of St.Mary's Schoolroom, Bedford as a First Aid Post;
- provision of air raid shelters in unspecified areas;
- Ministry of Information leaflet - Mightier Yet;
- rent of First Aid Post in Pulloxhill;
- remote control of air raid sirens;
- expenses regarding Battlesden House Emergency Maternity Home.
[ex W/ARPP 22]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/58  31 Jul 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6512


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: results of bombing on structures, including shelters; provision of gas curtains in public shelters;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: deterrents against enemy aircraft landings; distribution of preliminary caution air raid warning messages to personnel; payment of driving licences for Air Raid Precautions drivers; likelihood of Germans using gas in attacks on UK; restrictions on persons being outside in certain areas from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise; co-ordination of defence; sleeping facilities at Shire Hall; gas proofing of Sandy Report Post; use of cellars at 24 Lurke Street, Bedford as an air raid shelter; summoning of Air Raid Precautions services in the event of a parachute landing; distribution of food in an emergency; Duplicate Control Room; deterrents against enemy aircraft landings;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: fitness of Local Government staff for employment; notification of air raid casualties; homeless persons; Emergency Maternity Unit at Old Bute Hospital, Luton; proposed First Aid Point in Houghton Regis;
- employment of aliens by Local Authorities;
- erection of Air Raid Precautions offices at Girls' Modern School, Bedford;
- conversion of W.Eayr's shop basement in Sandy as a public shelter;
- air raid shelters in unspecified areas;
- proposed protection of Eggington Vicarage;
- protection of Control Room and Message Room in Biggleswade;
- Alternative Control Room in Bedford Borough;
- Wardens' Post and First Aid Post, Wilstead;
- removal of siren controls at Shefford and Biggleswade;
- resignation of County Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- land mines;
- enrolment of Milton Ernest Wardens in Home Guard;
- relations between Local Defence Volunteers and Civil Defence services.
[ex W/ARPP 22]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/59  7 Aug 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6512


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- correspondence with A.W.Sanders regarding his criticisms of Air Raid Precautions organisation in Bedfordshire;
- death of Air Raid Precautions Controller for East Bedfordshire Area - Tom Ferguson;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1940; equipment for communal domestic shelters; distinguishing marks for various types of Civil Defence officers; ventilation during black-out;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: responsibility for obstruction of possible aircraft landing grounds; disposal of unexploded bombs; lessons from recent air raids; awards for gallantry; roads and bridges damaged by enemy action; conversion of basement of Eayrs' shop in Sandy as a public shelter; erection of three Wardens' Posts in Bedford Borough;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: storage of dangerous drugs at First Aid Posts; consumption of fresh vegetables at institutions; organisation of First Aid Posts in hospitals; arrangements for personnel of First Aid Posts and Mobile Units reporting for duty; lack of protection facilities at Three Counties Hospital, Stotfold;
- American Committee on Maternal Welfare Inc. film The Birth of a Baby;
- public air raid shelter in Sandy;
- report on Sandy Mobile Unit;
- use of Red Lion Hotel, Studham as a Wardens' Post;
- notification of air raid casualties;
- camouflaging white buildings;
- Air Raid Precautions equipment at Silsoe;
- underwear for use with heavy protective clothing
[ex W/ARPP 22]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/60  14 Aug 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6512


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- consideration of critical articles in Bedfordshire Times by A.W.Sanders;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: powers of armed forces engaged in active operations; co-operation with industrial and commercial establishments;
- demolition of dangerous buildings; Smoke Protection Experimental Scheme; holidays and part-time personnel;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: co-operation with military authorities; disposal of unexploded bombs; deterrents against enemy aircraft landings; use of hyposulphite of soda solution on muslin for gas protection of babies; incendiary bombs; publication of bulletins of results of air raids; approval of domestic shelters; appointment of Deputy Air Raid Precautions Officer for Central Area and Air Raid Precautions Officer, East Bedfordshire Area; continuing appointments of Air Raid Precautions Officers for South West Bedfordshire Area and Bedford Borough Area; use of basements at 98 High Street and 25-35 Bromham Road, Bedford as air raid shelters; gas proofing of Sandy Report Post; exemption from military service of personnel in Rescue Parties and First Aid Parties; school shelters; protest of I.T.MacKeown at being discontinued as a Warden in Bedford Borough;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: deaths due to war operations; need for economy in use of copper, zinc and brass; medical and anaesthesia gases; civilian war deaths; purchase of two additional Mobile Units; proposed regional store in Bedford; provision of protection at Three Counties Emergency Hospital, Stotfold;
- Ministry of Information leaflet Stay Where You Are;
- F.Smith, conscientious objector, Luton Technical College;
- removal of sandbag walls at 8 Beresford Road, Bedford;
- removal of Kempston Wardens' Post;
- fire fighting equipment at Silsoe;
[ex W/ARPP 22]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/61  21 Aug 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6513


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: licences for drivers of Civil Defence vehicles; Air Raid Precautions Training Bulletin No.2; camouflage of white buildings in Biggleswade Rural District Council area;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: loss of wages of part time volunteers due to Civil Defence activities; lights on Civil Defence vehicles during purple warnings; control of maps; disposal of unexploded bombs; stories of gallant conduct; appointment of additional County Deputy Air Raid Precautions Controller;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Air Raid Precautions in residential institutions; war damage to property of Local Authorities and Public Utilities; shortage of beds in North Bedfordshire; purchase of thermoturns for Mobile Units; purchase of additional ambulances;
- provision of air raid shelters at Kempston Children's Home;
- running costs of St.Mary's Emergency Maternity Hospital, Bedford;
- expenditure regarding Civil Nursing Reserve;
- perceived dismissal of B.J.Banner by Local Authority due to his stance as a conscientious objector [see also WW2 AR C 2/62];
- equipment for Battlesden House Emergency Maternity Hospital;
- provision of shelters at institutional buildings in Bedford Borough.
[ex W/ARPP 23]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/62  28 Aug 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6513


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- dismissal of B.J.Banner by Governors of Luton Technical College due to his stance as a conscientious objector;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Gas Identification Service; air raid warning system; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.10; index to Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletins Nos. 1-10; Air Raid Precautions to be taken for users of ammonia;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: disposal of unexploded bombs; repairs to buildings damaged by air raids; control of maps; crashed aircraft; priority telephone calls; public bulletins of results of air raids; annual leave; assistance to RAF stations - Gas Identification Officers; installation of rhythmatic control in Bedford Borough; gas proofing of Air Raid Precautions Headquarters, Leighton Buzzard;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1940; burial of enemy airmen; Evacuation of Civilian Population - Special Scheme; protection of Mobile Unit Headquarters - South Bedfordshire Area;
- use of smallpox trailer for Civil Defence purposes;
- Shire Hall office hours
[ex W/ARPP 23]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/63  4 Sep 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6513


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- manning figures for each part of Civil Defence service by Area;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: street lighting; pay of drivers of lorries in Rescue Party service;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: guarding of unexploded bombs; sleeping and messing accommodation for Civil Defence personnel; special extinguishers for use on incendiary bombs; training; assistance to RAF stations; Bedford Borough public air raid shelters; gas proofing of Biggleswade Report & Control Centre; use of Toddington Workmen's Social Club as First Aid Party Depot, First Aid Post and Wardens' Post; use of basement of 62 Harpur Street, Bedford, as public air raid shelter; use of garages in Brackley Road and Wendover Drive, Bedford, as Wardens' Posts;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: guaranteed employment of Civil Nursing Reserve; reorganisation of London Sectors' Emergency Hospital Scheme; Air Raid Precautions in residential institutions; employment of three whole-time personnel at Bedford and Dunstable First Aid Posts; use of St.Peter's Hall, Bedford, as First Aid Post; treatment of gas contaminated casualties;
- provision of public shelters;
- protective measures at Kempston Control Post;
- air raids on Caddington, Kensworth and Whipsnade Zoo on 31 Aug 1940.
[ex W/ARPP 23]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/64  11 Sep 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6513


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- suggestions for Stand-By Squads on night duty;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: annual leave for Civil Defence volunteers; Prime Minister's message to Civil Defence services;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: stopping of vehicles containing food supplies; disposal of unexploded bombs and shells; damage to roads and bridges from enemy action; increase in public shelter provision in Bedford Borough; shelters for persons travelling by rail in Dunstable;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: persons rendered homeless by enemy attack; evacuation from East Anglia and Kent;
- Air Raid Precautions at Whipsnade Zoo;
- removal of Wardens' Post from No.65 to No.180 Poynters Road, Dunstable;
- immobilisation of food manufacturing machinery;
- provision of personnel to Rescue Party Depots in South Bedfordshire Area;
- gas proofing of County Control Room;
- termination of service of J.W.Howard as Bedford Borough Warden;
- County exercise.
[ex W/ARPP 23]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/65  18 Sep 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6513


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communication from Ministry of Home Security regarding use of Rescue Party lorries for collection of salvage;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: deterrents against enemy aircraft landings; Air Raid Precautions courses in schools; co-operation with military authorities; dropping of suspected magnetic mines by parachute on 17/18 Sep; adaptations to County Control Room; use of St.Paul's Methodist Church School, Harpur Street, Bedford at First Aid Depot and Cleansing Station; use of Caddington Vicarage as Wardens' Post; appointment of Officer-in-Charge of Bedford Borough Report & Control Centre;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: steel for essential First Aid repairs; supplies of surgical and x-ray equipment from USA; Government Evacuation Scheme; reception at Emergency Hospitals of Dominion and Allied wounded;
- Air Raid Precautions in schools;
- termination of service of J.H.Howard as a Bedford Warden;
- hutments at Bromham House;
- First Aid Party and Ambulance Depot at Park Farm, Dunstable;
-Air Raid Precautions organisation in Bedford Borough;
- lack of synchronisation of public sirens in South West Bedfordshire Area.
[ex W/ARPP 23]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/66  25 Sep 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6514


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: maintenance of electric air raid warning sirens; recording and notification of air raid casualties; greyhound race meetings; working after the siren; emergency protection in factories;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: Mobile Canteens; air raid warnings; unexploded parachute mines; disposal of unexploded bombs; "raiders passed" signal; training of "Jim Crows"; damage to roads and bridges caused by enemy action; co-operation with military authorities; immobilisation of motor vehicles; suspicious signals, lights and flares; salary of Air Raid Precautions Officer, South West Bedfordshire Area; notification of red air raid warnings to schools; modified street lighting in Dunstable; use of basements of 15 Broadway and 94 Midland Road, Bedford, as air raid shelters; use of underground vaults at agricultural engineering works, Leighton Buzzard High Street as public shelters; underground effect of unexploded bombs; domestic surface shelters in Biggleswade;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: use of uncanned foods for homeless persons; Civil Nursing Reserve;
evacuation of staff and equipment from hospitals; notification of casualties; Emergency Hospitals Scheme - delay in admission of casualties; evacuation of mothers and children and homeless mothers and children; use of Luton High School for hospital purposes;
- use of Britain Street Schools' kitchens by Dunstable First Aid personnel;
- provision of cleansing stations at Biggleswade, Stotfold and Sandy;
- recruitment of volunteers;
- use of decontamination centres by the military;
- Woburn Ambulance Centre;
- use of Parish Hall, Aspley Guise as Wardens' Post;
- public warning siren at Aspley Heath;
- synchronisation of sirens at Dunstable;
- use of 99 Spring Road, Kempston as a Wardens' Post;
- report on County Combined Exercise;
- report of Public Assistance Officer regarding refugees;
- report on air raid damage on 24/25 Sep in Cranfield, Ridgmont and Aspley Guise
[ex W/ARPP 24]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/67  2 Oct 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6514


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: changes of ARP District boundaries [not Bedfordshire]; flooding of standard steel shelters; instructions for detecting unexploded bombs; disposal of unexploded parachute mines; equipment for Three Counties Hospital, Arlesey;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: reports of casualties in air raid shelters; use of school shelters by general public outside school hours; awards for gallantry; information regarding air raid casualties; Rescue Party accommodation in Dunstable; requisition of 100 High Street, Bedford; modified street lighting; public shelters in Cranfield;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: cost of maintenance of Poor Law and Public Health Institution patients removed under Emergency Hospital Scheme; accommodation and billeting of hospital staff; refugees from enemy attack; re-occupation of unoccupied houses by those made homeless by enemy action; transfer of mothers and children from London; unorganised evacuation of homeless from London; emergency water supplies to hospitals; war damage to hospitals; increase in number of whole-time personnel at Ampthill First Aid Post; expenditure regarding Battlesden House Maternity Home;
- teaching of First Aid in schools;
- use of school refuge rooms for teaching purposes;
- street lighting in Bedford;
- use of Langford Ivy Leaf Club as First Aid Point and Wardens' Post;
- use of Harrold Church Room as Wardens' Post and First Aid Point;
- use of 27 Park Road East, Bedford as Government Evacuation Store;
- use of Kempston Church Hall as Air Raid Precautions personnel sleeping accommodation;
- provision of public shelters in Bedford Road, Cranfield;
- air raid shelters in Haynes;
- report on enemy raid on 26/27 Sep at RAF Cranfield, RAF Henlow [three dead], Aspley Guise and Lower Stondon;
- recruitment of volunteers;
- shelter at Seer's premises, 3/5 Harpur Street, Bedford;
- lights at RAF Cranfield;
- air raid shelters at Cranfield;
- Sharnbrook Mobile Unit
[ex W/ARPP 24]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/68  9 Oct 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6514


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: shelters; further equipment for Rescue Parties;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: unexploded parachute mines; co-operation with military authorities; co-operation with Home Guard; training of roof spotters; appointment of County Equipment Officer; protective measures at Leighton Buzzard Control Centre; use of 18 Whitfield Avenue, Sundon Park as a Wardens' Post; domestic surface shelters in Biggleswade Rural District Council area; Dunstable sirens;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: evacuation of civil population - Special Scheme; rates of pay of trained and assistant nurses; boots and clothing for evacuated children; Auxiliary Hospitals and Military Convalescent Homes; repair of war damage; protective measures at Biggleswade Public Assistance Institution, St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford and Mogerhanger Sanatorium;
- numbers of air raid casualties [strictly confidential];
- request by Bishop of St.Albans for de-requisitioning of Kempston Church Hall;
- exchanges of information with Cambridgeshire County Council of incidents on or near the mutual boundary;
- street lighting in Luton;
- Air Raid Precautions organisation in Bedford Borough;
- report on potential accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 24]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/69  16 Oct 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6515


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: pay of wholetime volunteers;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: remote control of sirens; annual leave for volunteers; parachute mines; disposal of unexploded parachute mines; notification and recording of air raid; spotters on factory buildings; auxiliary petrol tanks jettisoned from German aircraft; defences against air raids; provision of Air Raid Precautions Office and Store at Girls Modern School, Bedford; use of 13 Broadway, Bedford as public shelter; public shelters in Cranfield; domestic surface shelters in Biggleswade and Bedford;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: evacuation of mothers and children; purity of water supplies; billeting of mothers before and after confinement; provision of Ivy Leaf Club, Langford as treatment room for patients of Mobile Unit; use of Air Raid Precautions ambulances for non Civil Defence purposes;
- numbers of air raid casualties;
- emergency plans by London Branch of Musicians' Union on emergency plans to provide entertainment for the people and work for unemployed musicians;
- air raid shelters near railway arches;
- agitation for public air raid shelters in Aspley Guise.
[ex W/ARPP 25]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/70  23 Oct 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6515


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: co-operation with churches; shelters;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: persons homeless as a result of air raids; provision of air raid shelters; Rescue Parties; incendiary bombs; transport of volunteer casualties - Combined Exercise; provision of basement shelter in Leighton Buzzard Market Square; use of 113 West Street, Dunstable and 3 underground vaults and sheds at Agricultural Engineering Company in Leighton Buzzard High Street as Wardens' Posts; public shelters at Cranfield;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: deaths due to war operations; emergency medical service; persons rendered homeless by enemy attack; Aspley Heath Convalescent Home;
- numbers of air raid casualties;
- provision of shelters at Yielden;
- use of shelters at Northfields School by members of the public;
- incendiary bomb at rear of Totternhoe Church of England School;
- alternative Control Room at 13 Kimbolton Avenue, Bedford.
[ex W/ARPP 25]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/71  30 Oct 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6515


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Equipment Officer;
- looting;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: classification of unexploded bombs; shelters; German metal cones or floats; prevention of noise at Ampthill Report Post; Women's Voluntary Services accommodation adjoining Shire Hall; wardens' Posts at Gilbert's Bakehouse, Elstow Road, Kempston and Park House, Bromham; public shelters in Cranfield;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: evacuation of mothers and children; refugees from Channel Islands; rates of pay for staff at Battlesden House Maternity Home;
- numbers of air raid casualties [12 dead in Bedfordshire from a raid on 14 Oct];
- replacement roof for Wardens' Post adjacent to 2 Pemberley Avenue, Bedford;
- Wardens' Post at Yielden Rectory;
- recruitment of volunteers;
- Wardens' Post and First Aid Depot at 22 Pollard's Nurseries Cottages, Lower Stondon;
- Wardens' Post at 3 Kings Road, Flitwick;
- Wardens' Post at Bell Inn, Odell;
- Rescue Party Depot at 23 West Street, Dunstable;
- air raid shelters in Woburn Sands;
- remote control of air raid sirens;
- shelters in Lower Stondon;
- use of shelters at Northfields Senior School, Dunstable by the public;
- provision of accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 25]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/72  6 Nov 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6516


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: salvage of material and removal of debris; "alarm" messages from Observer Corps Group Centres; co-operation in reporting between industrial and commercial establishments and Air Raid Precautions authorities; further equipment for Rescue Parties; unignited incendiary bombs with explosive charge;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: new miniature bomb; alarms within the alert; salvage of scrap metal from bombs etc and disposal of aircraft parts; police reports; military assistance to Air Raid Precautions services; new anti-personnel bombs; reporting blocked roads; demolition by explosives; Wardens' Post at Yielden Rectory; Wardens' Post at The Laws House, Turvey; resignation of Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: provision of dental treatment; co-ordination of billeting of military personnel and evacuees; war damage to plant and buildings belonging to Local Authorities and Public Utility Undertakings; purchase of two additional mobile units; expenditure regarding St.Mary's Emergency Maternity Hospital; Homewood Sick Bay, Aspley Heath;
- proposed shelter at Gravenhurst;
- Wardens' Post at "The Shelter", Pulloxhill;
- Central Wardens' Post, Barclays Bank, Leighton Buzzard;
- Wardens' Post at Sharnbrook House Barn;
- possible use of Luton Modern School and Luton High School as Emergency Hospitals;
- co-operation with Home Guard
- report of Public Assistance Officer on accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 26]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/73  13 Nov 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6516


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer: approximate number of bombing incidents in No.4 Region; relief of overburdened staff of Local Authorities in London; sleeping accommodation at Shire Hall; Wardens' Post at Sharnbrook House Barn; Wardens' Post at Barclays Bank, Leighton Buzzard; Wardens' Post at 3 Kings Road, Flitwick; Wardens' Post at 23 West Street, Dunstable; First Aid Party Depot at West End Club, Bedford; Wardens' Post at Parish Room, Salford; Wardens' Post at Franklin's Brickyard, Marston Moretaine; use of basement of Castle Billiard Hall, Castle Hill, Bedford as public shelter; Wardens' Post at 23 Potton Road, Biggleswade; use of Sandy Baptist Chapel by military authorities; meeting with Bedford Peoples' Protection Committee; sounding of sirens at Flitwick;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: employment of aliens; First Aid Post at St.Mary's Methodist Church, Cauldwell Street, Bedford; possible use of Luton Modern School and Luton High School as Emergency Hospitals;
- Wardens' Post at 10 Church Lane, Wymington;
- remote control of air raid warning sirens;
- rhythmatic control in Bedford Borough;
- report of Public Assistance Officer on accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 26]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/74  20 Nov 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6516


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: inflammable spirit on highways or in sewers; Civil Defence volunteers injured whilst on duty;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: unexploded anti-aircraft shells; reports of air raid damage; Wardens' Post at The Bell Inn, Odell; Wardens' Post at "The Shelter", Pulloxhill; Wardens' Post at 10 Church Lane, Wymington; use of cellar at 17 and 17a Market Square, Leighton Buzzard as public shelter; supplies of steel; assistance to RAF Stations;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: equipment for First Aid Posts; arrangements for evacuated children at Christmas and New Year; welfare aspect of evacuation; temporary midwives at Battlesden House Emergency Maternity Home; evaluation co-ordination;
- proposed camouflage scheme for Bedford Modern School swimming baths;
- rates of pay of Nursing Auxiliaries;
- Wardens' Post at British Legion Room, Riseley;
- Wardens' post at 30 High Street, Kempston;
- communal shelters for Lower Stondon;
- Wardens' Post at The Bungalow, Ward Hedges Hill, Flitton;
- Rescue Party Depot at Kirby Road, Dunstable;
- Combined Services Depot, Bunyan Hall, Kempston;
- Wardens' Post at 32 Kingsbury Avenue, Dunstable;
- relief of homeless and destitute in wartime;
- public warning signals in Bedford Borough;
- raid on Leighton Buzzard, 15 Nov 1940 [10 wounded];
- report on accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 26]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/75  27 Nov 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6516


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communication from Ministry of Home Security regarding: replacement of uniforms; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.11;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: air raid damage to RAF stations; recording of unexploded bombs and parachute mines; publication of details regarding bomb and mine disposal; Wardens' Post at 32 Kingsbury Avenue, Dunstable; Wardens' Post at British Legion Room, Riseley; remote control warning sirens; provision of communal domestic surface shelters near Cranfield, Henlow and Cardington airfields; Wardens' Post at Milton Bryan School;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: welfare aspect of evacuation; finding houses for aged and infirm removed from London;
- use of part of Adams & Harrison's factory, Biggleswade, by H.M.Stationery Office for salvage purposes;
- report on public shelters at Northfields Senior Council School, Dunstable;
- Wardens' Post at 2 Leighton Street, Woburn;
- notification of red air raid warning to schools;
- resignation of Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions Officer and Sub-Controller;
- Wardens' Post at 262 Harrowden Lane, Cardington;
- accommodation for refugees from air attacks.
[ex W/ARPP 26]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/76  4 Dec 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6517


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: deep tunnel shelters, governing principles; summoning Air Raid Precautions personnel in the absence of an air raid; Air Raid Precautions Training Bulletin No.3;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: military assistance; unexploded bombs and parachute mines; co-operation with military authorities; cement control; Wardens' Post at Upper Sundon Sub-Post Office; Air Raid Precautions Store at 22 Bromham Road, Bedford; extra shelters for Cranfield; public shelter at 18 Kingsbury Court, Dunstable; Wardens' Post at Biddenham House;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: welfare aspect of evacuation; giving information to unauthorised parties; accommodation of homeless persons; replacement of collapsed sandbag wall with brick wall at Kempston First Aid Post; Ambulance Depot at 62 High Street North, Dunstable; Emergency Hospital Schemes at Luton Modern School and Silver Jubilee School, Bedford;
- requisition of institutions for troop billeting;
- Wardens' Posts at: Steppingley Rectory; Haynes Church Room; "The Shelter", Pulloxhill; 30 High Street, Kempston; Bullocks Barn, High Street, Sharnbrook; Hoo Estate Office, Eugster Avenue, Kempston; 21 High Street, Houghton Conquest; Campton Rectory; Constitutional Club, Bedford Road, Kempston; Cosmic Works Sports Pavilion, Ampthill Road, Kempston; Billiard Room, School Lane, Maulden;
- First Aid Depot at St.Paul's Wesleyan School, Harpur Street, Bedford;
- rural water supplies;
- report of accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 27]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/77  11 Dec 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6517


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: treatment for trench shelters rendered unusable by wet weather; protection against fires caused by incendiary bombs; number of bombing incidents in the region; night population of shelters; Wardens' Rest Room, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade; Wardens' Posts at The Shelter, Pulloxhill, 2 Leighton Street, Woburn and Haynes Church Room; use of West End Club, Clapham Road, Bedford as First Aid Party Depot; Wardens' Post, First Aid Party Depot and First Aid Point at Shefford Lads' Club, Ampthill Road, Shefford;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: foreign and Channel Islands refugees; Medical Officers of Mobile First Aid Posts; provision for transferred war workers; Government Evacuation Scheme; billeting of expectant mothers;
- extension of shopping hours at Christmas;
- use of 80 High Street, Bedford as Air Raid Precautions Training Centre;
- use of Bull's Yard, High Street, Sandy as Rescue Party Depot;
- Wardens' Post at Wesleyan Methodist Schoolroom, Clapham;
- use of St.Leonard's Hall, Victoria Road, Bedford as Central Area Control Centre;
- petrol for Housewives' Service and Shelter Marshalls, Women's Voluntary Services;
- new filing system at County Air Raid Precautions Department;
- use of Warden Hill Social Club, Streatley as Wardens' Post;
- Air Raid Precautions organisation in Bedford Borough;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 27]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/78  18 Dec 1940

Source of acquisition: acc. 6517


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: comforts for Civil Defence services; air raid shelters; Shelterer's Campaign to alleviate discomforts of shelter dwellers during winter;
- Fire Services Information Bulletin;
- Defence (December Bank Holidays) Regulations 1940;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: explosive incendiary bombs; identification of unexploded bombs and parachute mines; co-operation with military authorities; small yellow unexploded bombs; assistance to RAF Stations; provision for two public shelters on Bank Buildings site, High Street, Bedford and Island Site, St.Loyes, Bedford; use of basement of 61 High Street, Bedford as public air raid shelter;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Government Evacuation Scheme; use of Air Raid Precautions ambulances; accommodation of persons rendered homeless outside London; appointment of Social Workers; reserve hospital accommodation at Silver Jubilee School, Bedford; withdrawal of Luton Public Assistance Institution from Emergency Hospital Scheme;
- damage to Cauldwell Street Methodist First Aid Party Depot by enemy action;
- use of Harlington Manor as Wardens' Post;
- Wardens' Post at Pyghtle Farm, 26 Station Road, Tempsford;
- report on Air Raid Precautions in Podington;
- Northfields Council Senior School, Dunstable shelters;
- use of Leighton Buzzard Cleansing Station by boys of William Ellis Secondary School, London;
- relief of homeless and destitute persons in Leighton Buzzard;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 27]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/79  1 Jan 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6518


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report to Committee of County Medical Officer of Health;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: detection and reporting of unexploded bombs and shells; New Year's Message from Minister; Shelterer's Campaign; loss or wages by unpaid part-time Civil Service volunteers; fire prevention;
- communications from Fire Brigades Division of Home Office regarding: exchanges of personnel; Auxiliary Fire Service (Discipline) Rules 1940;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: reports of crashed aircraft; unexploded parachute mines; small
- yellow unexploded bombs; damaged water mains; assistance to RAF Stations; Regional Commissioner's Christmas Message;
Wardens' Post at Pyghtle Farm, 26 Station Road, Tempsford;
County Air Raid Precautions filing system; Wardens' Post at 4 Station Road, Tempsford; use of basement of 16 High Street, Sandy as an air raid shelter;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: cash payments made to soldiers on leaving hospital; Civil Defence Volunteers funeral grants; private billeting arrangements for homeless persons; prevention of waste of milk; billeting of unaccompanied children; repair of war damage; Emergency Hospitals Scheme at Silver Jubilee School, Bedford; relief of homeless and destitute in Leighton Buzzard; evacuation of hospitals in an emergency;
- National Air Raid Distress Fund;
- co-operation of Bedfordshire Home Guard Medical Corps with Air Raid Precautions services;
- use of Steppingley Parish Room as Wardens' Post;
- protection against fires caused by incendiary bombs;
- use of Shefford Lads' Club as First Aid Post and Depot and Wardens' Post;
- war damage at Cauldwell Street Methodist First Aid Party Depot, Bedford;
- Wardens' Post at 22 Church Lane, Wymington;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 28]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/80  8 Jan 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6518


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- procedure following intensive bombing in urban areas;
- National Air Raid Distress Fund;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: public semi-surface shelters on St.Peter's Green and Bedford Modern School forecourt; transfer of various services to heavily bombed areas; vigilance in Civil Defence at weekends; disposal of unexploded bombs; military assistance regarding air raids; approximate number of bombing incidents;
- Rescue Party organisation in Bedford Borough;
- repair of war damage at Cauldwell Street Methodist First Aid Post, Bedford;
- public shelters on Bank Buildings Site, Bedford;
- Air Raid Precautions in schools and other problems arising out of the War;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: treatment of gas contaminated casualties; public shelters administration; use of school premises out of school hours; use of 27 Park Road East, Bedford as County Evacuation Store
- Civil Defence Comforts Committee;
- accommodation of homeless in Sandy;
- appointment of social workers under Government Evacuation Scheme;
- use of Harrold School Room as Wardens' Post and First Aid Party Depot;
- use of 154 High Street South, Dunstable, as Wardens' Post;
- control of incendiary bombs and fire prevention;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 28]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/81  15 Jan 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6518


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: air raid shelters near railway stations; air raid shelters on Bank Buildings Site, Bedford; military assistance following heavy air attack; regional staff; Report and Control Centre records; notes on experience gained in air raids since Sep 1940;
- movement of pedestrians during air raid warnings;
- option for persons registering under National Service (Armed Forces) Acts to apply for whole time service with First Aid Parties;
- pay of whole time Air Raid General Precautions Services;
- protected accommodation for Civil Defence personnel;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: distribution of nursing staff; article in The Times on evacuation; proposed use of Girls Modern School, Bedford as emergency hospital; use of 27 Park Road East, Bedford as Evacuation Store; appointment of social workers;
- Wardens' Posts at Harrold School Room, 22 Church Lane, Wymington and The Shelter, Pulloxhill, Souldrop Post Office, Constitutional Club, Bedford Road, Kempston, Pavenham Vicarage, Wood End House, Pertenhall, Methodist Sunday School, High Street, Clapham, 30 High Street, Kempston, Lilliman's Bakehouse, Kempston;
- membership of Local Air Raid Distress Fund Committees;
- County Equipment Store, 22 Bromham Road, Bedford;
- First Aid Party Depot, 120 Dunstable Street, Ampthill;
- Air Raid Precautions organisation at Podington;
- Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions organisation.
[ex W/ARPP 28]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/82  22 Jan 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6519


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- administration and organisation of Air Raid Precautions Scheme in Bedford Borough;
- functions and powers of Local Reconstruction Panels;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: military assistance following heavy air attack; specification of Boroughs of Bedford, Dunstable and Luton under Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order; unexploded bombs and parachute mines; Wardens' Posts at Pavenham Vicarage and 154 High Street South, Dunstable;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding Emergency Hospital Scheme at Silver Jubilee School, Bedford; purity of water supplies; Civil Nursing Reserve; deferment of call-up for personnel of First Aid Posts and Ambulance services; use of overseas medical practitioners; accommodation for refugees and those rendered homeless by enemy attack; power to enter and inspect potential billets; County Evacuation Store at 27 Park Road East, Bedford;
- appointment of Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- public air raid shelters at St.Peter's Green and Bedford Modern School;
- use of basement of Laxton Bros, 63 High Street, Bedford;
- public shelters in London Road area of Bedford;
- disagreement between two wardens in Bedford resulting in a resignation and being, in part, regarding the issue of Lady Wardens using the same Wardens' Post as men;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Civil Defence (Employment) Order 1941; school shelters;
- use of shelters at Northfields Senior Council School, Dunstable;
- emergency mortuary in Biggleswade Rural District Council area;
- Wardens' Post at The Cottage, Bletsoe;
- Wardens' Post at Souldrop Post Office;
- Home Guard ambulances;
- Biggleswade Local Air Raid Distress Fund Committee;
- Wardens' Posts at White Horse Inn, Keysoe and Church Farm House, Bolnhurst;
- appointment of County Welfare Officer;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 29]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/83  29 Jan 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6519


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report on measures to be taken in the event of an aerial attack on Bedford or Dunstable;
- relief of homeless in Luton and Bedford;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: public shelters on St.Peter's Green and at Bedford Modern School; Wardens' Posts at Souldrop Post Office, The Cottage, Bletsoe, Constitutional Club, Kempston and Langford Church Room;
- County Messenger Service;
- concert given to Civil Defence workers in Bedford Borough;
- application to register Civil Defence Comforts Fund Committee;
- personnel registering under National Service (Armed Forces) Acts 1941 to apply for whole time service in First Aid Parties;
- military assistance in connection with air raids;
- reports regarding incendiary bombs;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: arrangements for dealing with homeless after an intensive raid; use of The Lawns, Biggleswade as a First Aid Post; arrangements for dealing with acute emergency; blood transfusions;
- appointments of Sub-Controller, Central Area and Deputy Air Raid Precautions Officer, Central Area;
- use of Homewood, Aspley Guise as a Sick Bay;
- Comforts for Civil Defence services;
- gift of ambulances from British Hellenic Ambulance Corps, USA;
- possible use of schools at Bramingham Road, Streatley as Advance Regional Headquarters;
- communal feeding at The Maltings, Dunstable;
- water supply scheme for Chalgrave, Eggington, Hockliffe, Stanbridge, Tilsworth and Toddington;
- "Neighbours" Fire Squads;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 29]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/84  5 Feb 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6519


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: notification of fall of incendiary bombs; disposal of unexploded incendiary bombs; fire prevention; air raid incident control;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: ventilation conditions in public shelters; audible signals to denote fall of incendiary bombs; Civil Defence (Employment) Order 1941; Air Raid Precautions Training Bulletin No.4; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.12;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: private burial of civilian war dead; compensation for requisitioned premises or premises destroyed by enemy action; evacuation of hospitals in an emergency; use of Stratton Lodge, Biggleswade as a sick bay; WVS County Clothing Depot at 20 Bromham Road, Bedford;
- First Aid Party Depot at 110 Dunstable Street, Ampthill;
- Local Reconstruction Panel conference with Luton and Dunstable;
- provision of domestic shelters in Haynes;
- spotting system in schools;
- damage to water mains and sewers;
- public sirens in Dunstable;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 29]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/85  12 Feb 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6520


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health;
- report of County Air Raid Precautions Controller on Regional Commissioner's Conference;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: employment of Bedford Borough whole-time Rescue Party personnel; use of Goldington School as Advance Regional Headquarters; Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1941; functioning of Civil Defence services in London Region; approximate number of bombing incidents in region [189 in Bedfordshire from Sep 1940 to Jan 1941]; measures to combat intensive bombing in Bedford and Dunstable; Wardens' Posts at 22 West Parade, Dunstable, Hoo Estate Office, Eugster Avenue, Kempston and 99 Spring Road, Kempston;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: equipment for acute emergencies; use of Luton Girls High School and Silver Jubilee School, Bedford; provision of Medical Aid Posts in public air raid shelters; temporary assistance to Local Authorities and Public Utility Undertakings in emergency repairs; pamphlet on women's clubs; refugees from enemy action;
- fire-fighting instructions for scholars at Bedford Modern School;
- use of St.Mary's Methodist Sunday School, Cauldwell Street, Bedford as a First Aid Post;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: modification of boundaries of air-raid warning districts;
- additional equipment for First Aid Parties; pay rates for whole-time paid Civil Defence volunteers;
- Wardens' Posts at: 39 Littledale Street, Kempston; The Bungalow, Flitton; The Shelter, Pulloxhill; Harrold Church Room; Sharnbrook House Barn, High Street, Sharnbrook; Manor Farm, Colmworth; Baptist Schoolroom, Bedford Road, Sandy;
- sounding of sirens at RAF stations;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 30]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/86  19 Feb 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6520


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: salary of Bedford Borough Sub-Controller; damage to gas undertakings; Wardens' Posts at The Shelter, Pulloxhill, Harrold Church Room, Manor Farm, Colmworth, Pratt's Basement, Leighton Buzzard and Institute Building, Roxton;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: establishment of necessary personnel for two additional mobile units; cleansing arrangements in Bedford and Dunstable; equipping and furnishing of accommodation for persons made homeless; condensed milk; use of Luton Boys' Modern School as emergency hospital;
- Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1941;
- fire-fighting at Bedford School and Bedford Modern School;
- fire-fighting in Bedford elementary schools;
- Air Raid Precautions organisation in Bedford Borough;
- homeless persons - delegation of functions of Bedfordshire County Council;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Civil Defence Duties (Exemption Tribunals) Order 1941; air raid warning system; Defence Regulations; Fire Precautions (Access to Premises) Order 1941; methods for dealing with incendiary bombs; air raid damage to buildings of historic interest;
- delegation of functions to Luton and Dunstable regarding homeless persons;
- Wardens' Post at Hillside, Renhold;
- communal feeding at The Maltings, Dunstable;
- adoption of motto by Air Raid Precautions services for Central Area;
- Cranfield First Aid Party.
[ex W/ARPP 30]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/87  26 Feb 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6520


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report by County Medical Officer of Health;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: staff engaged solely in Air Raid Precautions in Bedford Borough; erection of nine semi-surface shelters on St.Peter's Green and Bedford Modern School; reports of bombing; raid spotters; areas of vulnerability; Wardens' Posts at Baptist Schoolroom, Sandy, Riseley British Legion Room, Heath & Reach Village Barn and Harlington Manor; use of part of 13 Kimbolton Avenue, Bedford as County Air Raid Precautions Control Centre;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: temporary registration and employment of overseas medical practitioners; Government Evacuation Scheme; children billeted in reception areas leaving school to take up employment; rates of pay for whole time Civil Defence volunteers; public health in air raid shelters; mobile unit Headquarters at 81 High Street South, Dunstable;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: provision of bleach cream to public as an antidote against blister gas;
- preparations to deal with severe bombing in Bedford and Dunstable;
- protest by clergy in Biggleswade at concerts held on Sunday evenings;
- use of Webber & Williams premises, 86 Dunstable Street, Ampthill, by WVS;
- air raid siren at Empire Rubber Company, Dunstable;
- Wardens' Post at St.Helena, Elstow;
- administration and organisation of Air Raid Precautions in Central Area;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack;
- anonymous allegations against Captain R.S.Lindsell.
[ex W/ARPP 30]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/88  5 Mar 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6521


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- applicants for post of County Ambulance and Transport Officer;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: provision of public shelters in Harrowden Road, Bedford; basement shelter at Laxton Bros, High Street, Bedford; persons eligible for free shelter; leave for Civil Defence volunteers; survey of Air Raid Precautions personnel in most vulnerable areas; Wardens' Posts at Hillside, Renhold, 39 Littledale Street, Kempston, St.Helena, Elstow, Wood End House, Pertenhall, Leighton Buzzard Market Square and Mogerhanger Parish Hall;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: provision of Medical Aid Posts in public air raid shelters;
purchase of car for use as Bedford Borough First Aid Party car; visits to evacuated relatives; allocation of syringes from USA to Bute Hospital, Luton and St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford; Friends' Ambulance Unit; billeting by Local Authorities; occupation of condemned houses;
- Government Evacuation Scheme - facilities in Northern Ireland and Eire;
- report on rhythmatic control in Bedford Borough;
- co-operation of Air Raid Precautions services and Home Guard;
- communication from Ministry of Home Security regarding Fire Protection Bulletin;
- provision of air raid shelter at Henlow Church of England School;
- gas contamination at Park Farm, Dunstable;
- Wardens' Post at Shefford Boys' Club;
- remote control of Biggleswade and district sirens;
- measures to combat intensive bombing in South Bedfordshire Area;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack;
- appointment of County Air Raid Precautions Officer and of Co-ordinating Officer.
[ex W/ARPP 31]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/89  12 Mar 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6521


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: use of cleansing stations by military for bathing; use of Methodist Church Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford as a First Aid Party Depot; pilfering of electric light bulbs in Bedford Borough public shelters; flares used by Luftwaffe; disposal of unexploded parachute mines; approximate number of bombing incidents in region [199 in Bedfordshire from Sep 1940 - Feb 1941]; proposal to split Central Area; Wardens' Post at The Barns, High Street, Kempston; erection of twelve domestic surface shelters at Yielden; RAF decoy sites;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: equipment for Medical Aid Posts in public shelters; requisitioning of premises for use as evacuee reception centres; Civil Nursing Reserve; convalescent homes set up by Joint War Organisation of British Red Cross Society & Order of St.John; rules for public shelters in Bedford and
- Dunstable; Air Raid Precautions at Bromham Colony;
- public shelters on Bank Buildings site, Bedford;
- public shelters on St.Peter's Green and at Bedford Modern School;
- co-operation between Air Raid Precautions services and Home Guard;
- First Aid Cleansing Post at Silver Jubilee School gymnasium, Bedford;
- homeless persons in Bedford;
- public shelters in Ram Yard, Cauldwell Street, Bedford;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: reserves of Air Raid Precautions equipment; air raid warning messages; practice incendiary bombs;
- blackout at Kempston Up End School;
- fire-fighting at county court houses;
- Wardens' Post at 129 High Street North, Dunstable;
- Park Farm, Dunstable - use as a cleaning centre;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 31]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/90  19 Mar 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6521


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: erection of public shelters on St.Peter's Green and at Bedford Modern School; incendiary bombs; Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1941; situation reports regarding incendiary bombs; re-organisation of staff; Wardens' Posts at 113 West Street, Dunstable, Shefford Lads' Club, 6 High Street, Shefford and Methodist Church, High Street, Clapham; First Aid Party Depot at Rose Cottage, Bromham;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: use of 27 Park Road East, Bedford as County Store; use of St.Mary's Methodist Schoolroom, Bedford as a First Aid Post; employment of doctors of enemy alien nationality; Mobile Unit Headquarters at 81 High Street, Dunstable; blacking-out of Kempston Up End School;
- destruction of rats and mice;
- repair of war damage to dwelling houses;
- heating and public health in air raid shelters;
- Military Service: Reserved Occupations - retention of officers;
- deferment of call up for Casualty Services personnel;
- Bunyan Meeting, Bedford air raid shelter;
- resignation of N.Hunt as a Bedford Air Raid Warden due, in part, to a disagreement over employment of Lady Wardens;
- Wardens' Post at 8 Beresford Road, Bedford;
- possible use of disused St.John's Church, Kempston, as an Air Raid Precautions store;
- rhythmatic control in Bedford Borough;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: detection and reporting of unexploded bombs and shells; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.13;
- siren at Empire Rubber Company works, Dunstable;
- Wardens' Post at Sharnbrook House Barn, High Street, Sharnbrook;
- shelters at Northfields Senior Council School, Dunstable;
- death of C.S.Taylor, Voluntary Organiser in Sharnbrook;
- organisation of Central Area;
- return of persons billeted in Bedfordshire [34,563];
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 31]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/91  26 Mar 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6522


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: air raid shelters at Bank Buildings site, Rays Yard, Cauldwell Street, St.Peter's Green and Bedford Modern School, Bedford; use of motor showroom and premises at 20 Bromham Road as Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions Store; heavy incendiary bomb attacks; reports of air raid damage; clearance of debris and repair of facilities of Public Utility Undertakings; further equipment for Rescue Parties; detection of unexploded bombs; gas proofing of Central Area Control Post; domestic surface shelter at Kempston Children's Home; Wardens' Post at corner of Park Street, Kempston; allocation to Leighton Buzzard First Aid Party of man stating a preference for First Aid Party Service on his registration under National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939; allocation of steel for manufacture of appliance for dealing with incendiary bombs;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: St.Mary's Methodist and St.Mary's Church of England First Aid Posts, Bedford; requisitioning of building at Park Farm, Dunstable, as a gas cleaning station;
- evacuation of civil population and reception arrangements under Special Scheme;
- public shelters in St.Loyes, Bedford;
- homeless persons rest centres in Bedford;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: accommodation for homeless; hygiene in public shelters;
- closure of day schools in the event of invasion;
- comforts for Civil Defence Services;
- homeless persons and refugees, emergency feeding and shelter;
- machine gun test range at RAF Henlow;
- mistaken arrest of Captain Miller, Staff Officer to County Air Raid Precautions Controller by a Brigadier at Willington whilst Captain Miller was travelling to Biggleswade in connection with Civil Defence;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack;
- dispute involving Chief Warden Hunt and employment of Lady Wardens.
[ex W/ARPP 32]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/92  2 Apr 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6522


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- mutual assistance regarding repair of war damage;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: additional siren in Brookfield Road, Goldington; use of Goldington School as Advance Regional Headquarters; repair of damage in the event of a blitz on Bedford; control of incendiary bombs; Wardens' posts at The Bungalow, Flitton, Tingrith Village Hall, Shefford Lads' Club and The Shelter, Pulloxhill;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: use of Clapham School as a Rest Centre; allocation of medical personnel between civilian and military services; Blood Transfusion Service; evacuation of hospitals in an emergency; use of The Lawns, Biggleswade as a First Aid Post; billeting at Leighton Buzzard; public air raid shelter administration in Luton Borough;
- appointment of Bedford Borough Librarian as Information Officer for the Borough;
- "grumbling" of three wholetime Rescue Party personnel in Bedford Borough, regarding their desire for their services to be released and disciplinary action considered;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Control of Noise (Defence Order) 1940; general organisation of recovery of goods and property; disposal of building materials salvaged from debris; Fire Prevention Bulletin No.2;
- domiciliary medical attendance for air raid casualties;
- Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at Clapham Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School;
- request of captain of HMS Bedfordshire for a crest to be used for the ship [which was later sunk by a U-Boat off Okracoke Island, North Carolina, USA on 11/12th May 1942 whilst on convoy duty];
- Wardens' Post at Little Staughton Baptist Chapel Sunday School and Home Farm, Milton Ernest;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 32]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/93  9 Apr 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6522


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- appointment of County Social & Welfare Worker;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: appointment of local commanders; gas exercises; fire prevention; approximate number of bombing incidents in the region [10 in Bedfordshire in Mar 1941]; detection of unexploded bombs; Wardens' Posts at Home Farm, Milton Ernest, Bletsoe Old Rectory and Little Staughton Baptist Chapel Sunday School; Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at Clapham Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School; County Control Centre; additional public shelters in Dunstable; gas exercise in Leighton Buzzard; damage to historical records;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: First Aid Posts at St.Mary's Church and All Saints, Bedford;
- erection of public surface shelters in Harrowden Road, Bedford; use of Clapham School as a Feeding & Shelter Station; homeless in Luton; billeting at Leighton Buzzard; use of Sandy Baptist Schoolroom by military authorities
- use of schools as rest centres;
- flooding of Henlow shelters;
- correspondence with Lieutenant R.B.Davis, captain of HM Trawler Bedfordshire;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 32]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/94  16 Apr 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6522


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: use of basement of 100 High Street, Bedford as a shelter; Rescue Party equipment; anti-gas exercises; assistance of RAF stations; combined training in First Aid and rescue work; Wardens' Post at Steppingley Parish Room; WVS Offices at 86 Dunstable Street, Ampthill;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: National Service (Armed Forces) Acts - male personnel of First Aid Posts and Ambulance Service; deaths due to war operations; National Service Armed Forces Act 1939 - staff of Local Authorities; Government Evacuation Scheme - facilities in Northern Ireland and Eire; billeting at Leighton Buzzard;
- deferment of liability for military service;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: amendment to Defence Regulation 29B, Civil Defence (Employment & Offences) Order 1941; fire prevention at railway premises; air raid precautions in electro-plating shops;
- Air Raid Precautions Departments use of Ampthill Public Assistance Institution;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack;
- list of Honorary Organisers in Central Area and designation of Areas formed by splitting of Central Area;
- resolution of Kempston Urban District Council Wardens regretting resignation of Arthur Basen, Sub-Controller & Air Raid Precautions Officer for Central Area.
[ex W/ARPP 32]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/95  23 Apr 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6523


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- ambulances received from British Red Cross Society;
- resignation of Arthur Basen as Air Raid Precautions Officer & Sub-Controller of Central Area;
- Casualty Services training scheme;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding public shelters on roadway verge, Harrowden Road, and plot of land adjacent to 91 Harrowden Road, Bedford; painting Air Raid Precautions vehicles in standard colour; transfer of Bedford Borough Air Raid Precautions offices to a new location; local Civil Defence training facilities for military personnel; gas exercises; casualty returns; demolition by explosives; Air Raid Wardens - deferment arrangements for whole time personnel; Rescue Parties premature ceasing of work; Decontamination Squads; use of Air Raid Precautions ambulances for Home Guard casualties;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: First Aid Post at St.Mary's Methodist Church schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford; calling up of women for National Service; medical attendance in public air raid shelters; deaths amongst transferred sick etc.; accommodation for transferred war workers and families; distribution of gifts of duty free tobacco and chocolate to sick and wounded service personnel at St.Peter's Emergency Hospital, Bedford; First Aid Post at Methodist Schoolroom, Bedford Road, Kempston; tanks for fire fighting at St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford;
- appointment of County Social Welfare Officer;
- secondment of police personnel for Air Raid Precautions;
- compensation rent for Sandy Baptist Schoolroom;
- Woburn Mobile Unit;
- proposed delegation of functions regarding public shelters;
- Air Raid Precautions in Wootton;
- Wardens' Post at 110 Dunstable Street, Ampthill;
- Wardens' Post at 32 Kingsbury Avenue, Dunstable;
- Scheme for Beds & Hunts Sub-Area assistance by military to civil powers in the event of an air raid in Dunstable;
- proposed use of Odell Mansion as Air Raid Precautions store;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 33]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/96  30 Apr 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6523


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: public air raid shelters near Bedford railway stations; Bedford Borough payments to fire watchers; local Civil Defence training facilities for military personnel; unexploded bombs, shells and parachute mines; supply of tear gas for exercises; assistance to RAF stations;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: appointment of County Social & Welfare Worker; Cleansing Station at St.Peter's Hall First Aid Post; evacuation to Northern Ireland; Auxiliary Hospitals and their staffing; accommodation for transferred war workers and their families; billeting squads of officers for Bedford and Luton; provision of refreshments in public air raid shelters; use of 26 Margetts Road, Kempston as a Wardens' post; requisition of rooms at Methodist Sunday School, Dunstable Street, Ampthill;
- names of Transport Park Marshals with number of vehicles earmarked for each Park in connection with Blitz organisation;
- homeless persons in Bedford;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: communication of information on air raid damage to Local Authority members; fire prevention standards for trade and industry; advances to meet claims regarding requisition of premises; eligibility of Fire watchers and Fire Bomb Fighters for Air Raid Precautions badge;
- methods for alternative supplies of water;
- The Lawns, Biggleswade, First Aid Post;
- Luton Borough Shelter and Feeding Stations;
- homeless persons;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack;
- resignation of Arthur Basen, Air Raid Precautions Officer for Central Area.
[ex W/ARPP 33]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/97  7 May 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6523


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: office and sleeping accommodation in Bedford Borough; reports of fires caused by enemy action; objects dropped from the air; Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Orders 1941; proposed visit of Minister of Health to region; approximate number of bombing incidents in region [32 for Bedfordshire for Jan - Apr 1941]; purchase of electric heaters for sirens at Empire Rubber Company and Waterlows, Dunstable; use of part of Downs Guesthouse, Dunstable, as Reserve Control Centre and Municipal Offices;
- classification of Bedford, Dunstable and Luton;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1941;
- use of 110 Dunstable Road, Ampthill as Wardens' Post;
- use of Elstow Central School in place of Shire Hall in a blitz;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 33]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/98  14 May 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6523


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- use of ambulances by Home Guard and Civil Defence services;
- Report of County Training Officer;
- Report of County Welfare Officer;
- Report of County Training Officer;
- Report of County Welfare Officer;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: appointments of local commanders - troops; use of 22 Bromham Road, Bedford as Air Raid Precautions Equipment Offices;
- allocation of van to Bedfordshire WVS from American Red Cross;
- Convoy of Queen's Messengers to be stationed in the region;
- request for details of events surrounding resignation of Warden N.Hunt of Bedford by his wife;
- proposed erection of First Aid Party Depots and Vehicle Depots in Bedford Borough;
- duties of Local Authorities in the event of an invasion;
- meeting of Honorary Organisers, Head and Senior Wardens;
- alternative arrangements for water supply;
- use of Air Raid Precautions shower baths at Biggleswade Public Assistance Institution by 70th Battalion, Welch Regiment;
- First Aid Party Depot and First Aid Point at 6 High Street, Shefford;
- school hours for rural and central schools with the advent of Summer Time;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 33]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/99  20 May 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6524


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Welfare & Social Worker;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: use of basements of 3 and 5 Harpur Street, Bedford as public shelters; use of basement of 63 High Street, Bedford as a public shelter; reports of trapped persons; new type of mine; disposal of unexploded bombs; Wardens' Post and First Aid Party Depot at 22 Pollard's Nursery Cottages, Lower Stondon; resignation of A.Basen;
- report of visit to Coventry by County Air Raid Precautions Officer and Staff Officer (Casualties Services);
- bread supplies to homeless persons;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: duties of Local Authority officers after intensive air attack; loss of wages by unpaid part-time Civil Defence volunteers; use of resuscitation apparatus for coal gas poisoning cases; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.14;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: after-care of young people leaving school; allocation and rationing system designed to co-ordinate National Building and Civil Engineering Programme with capacity of industry; persons made homeless by enemy action; convalescent homes and auxiliary hospitals; First Aid Post at The Lawns, Biggleswade;
[ex W/ARPP 34]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/100  28 May 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6524


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Social & Welfare Officer;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: requisition of Campbell Robertson, automobile engineers premises in Goldington Road, Bedford by Ministry of Aircraft Production;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: arrival and departure of refugees billeted in Bedfordshire; breaches of statutory requirements regarding billeting; deaths due to war operations; notification of casualties; training of occupational therapists; gifts of duty free tobacco to sick and wounded at St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford; persons made homeless by enemy action; building of x-ray room at St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford;
- use of Air Raid Precautions transport for evacuation purposes;
- essential reorganisation of Air Raid Precautions services;
- deferment of liability for military service;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: war damage to Civil Defence equipment; conditions of service for Civil Defence personnel; greyhound race meetings; insurance of Air Raid Precautions vehicles in Shadow Group Mutual Aid Scheme; ARP Training Bulletin No.5; supply of bricks;
- appointment of Assistant Air Raid Precautions Officer for East Bedfordshire Area;
- public shelters in Dunstable including cellars at 78 Great Northern Road;
- military assistance in the event of an air raid on Luton or Dunstable;
- air raid surface shelters in Henlow;
- installation of air raid siren at Birch Bros, Henlow;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 34]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/101  4 Jun 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6524


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: Wardens' post at Harness Room, Eversholt Rectory; Wardens' post at Wood End House, Pertenhall;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: provision of gas cleansing facilities at Silver Jubilee School gymnasium, Bedford; state of preparedness of hospitals against gas attack; medical treatment of unaccompanied children;
- public shelters in Kingsbrook Road and Rope Walk, Bedford;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: removal and storage of effects from houses damaged by enemy action; further lessons of intensive air raids; assistance to RAF stations; regional schemes for mutual assistance and reinforcement; invasion and its effects on Civil Defence service;
- medical store at 13 Kimbolton Avenue, Bedford;
- administration of County Air Raid Precautions Scheme;
- shelter provision at St.Mary's Hospital, Luton;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 34]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/102  11 Jun 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6524


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health;
- report of County Training Officer;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: siren at Birch Bros Ltd., Lower Stondon; use of Dunstable Town Hall shelters by Ashton Church of England School;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: returns of refugees billeted in Bedfordshire [total of 20,758]; liability for National Service of lay staff in hospitals; evacuation to Northern Ireland and Eire; record of civilians killed by enemy action;
- British Red Cross Society Flying Column;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: distribution of food in an emergency; "G" Type mines; number of bombing incidents in Region [34 in Bedfordshire Jan - May 1941]; prescription of certain premises under Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1941;
- Wardens' Post at 23 Potton Road, Biggleswade.
[ex W/ARPP 34]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/103  18 Jun 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6525


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: purchase of 12 chassis to replace defective ambulances in Bedford Borough; proposed purchase of 34 First Aid Party cars; defects in surface shelters in Bedford Borough due to bad workmanship; wardens' Post at Salford Parish Room; Wardens' Post at Annexe to YMCA Hall, Ridgmont; Wardens' Post at Home Farm, Potton; Wardens' Post at White Horse Inn, Keysoe;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: appointment of 13 additional whole-time women drivers for Casualty Service Vehicles; information at Administrative Centres for persons made homeless; employment of doctors of enemy nationality; billeting; x-ray unit at St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford; Evacuation of Civil Population, Special Scheme; Gas Cleansing Station at rear of Park Farm House, High Street North, Dunstable; First Aid Post at The Lawns, Biggleswade; alternative county premises in the event of a blitz
- issue of blankets from Lord Mayor's National Air Raid Distress Fund;
- notes of Conference of County Air Raid Precautions Controllers;
- British Restaurants and Emergency Meals Centres;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: further changes of Air Raid Warning District boundaries; "Shelter at Home"; estimated sizes of bombs and mines; Local Government Staffs (War Service) Act 1939; Prime Minister's Order of the Day to Civil Defence Services; Civil Defence casualties; Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1941; petrol supplies during an invasion; Parish Invasion Committees;
- Schoolboy Harvest Camps;
- schoolboys and opportunities in the RAF;
- establishment of British Restaurants;
- consideration of salaries of senior Air Raid Precautions staff;
- use of Biddenham, Bromham and Clapham schools as Emergency Rest Centres;
- use of Bunyan School Room, Kempston as Air Raid Precautions personnel sleeping accommodation;
- appointment of North Bedfordshire Sub-Controller and Air Raid Precautions Officer and application by A.Basen;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 35]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/104  25 Jun 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6525


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- rhythmatic control in Bedford Borough;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: interchangeability of duties of Civil Defence Services; safety precautions in areas contaminated by blister gas bombs; payment during absence due to sickness or injury; Auxiliary Bomb Disposal Units; minutes of Regional Commissioner's Conference with Controllers; bomb census;
- Rest Centres at Kempston Senior Mixed Council School and Elstow School;
- appointment of Liaison Officer between County Police and County Air Raid Precautions Department;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
- deputation from Dunstable Borough regarding desire for greater delegation of powers to themselves from County Emergency Committee.
[ex W/ARPP 35]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/105  2 Jul 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6525


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- interviews for appointment of Assistant County Social and Welfare Worker;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: protected accommodation of personnel in Bedford at Cauldwell Street Methodist Church, St.Paul's Methodist Church, Harpur Street, Nicholls Garage, Cauldwell Street and St.Mary's Rectory; installation of decontamination tanks at Swan Laundry, Bromham; formation of Auxiliary Bomb Disposal Unit at W.H.A.Robertson & Co., Bedford;
- British Restaurants and Emergency Meals Centres in Bedford;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: subsistence allowances for fire watchers and Civil Defence personnel; men skilled in wireless and electrical engineering engaged in Civil Defence; Civil Defence (Outdoor) Messenger Service; disposal of unexploded bombs, shells and mines; protection from injury of buildings of architectural or historic interest damaged from the air; Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1941; bomb census; approximate number of bombing incidents in region [36 in Bedfordshire Jan - Jun 1941];
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Building and Civil Engineering Rationing Scheme; fire precautions in air raid shelters; First Aid Post at The Lawns, Biggleswade;
- appointment of Deputy County Air Raid Precautions Officer and Deputy Area Sub-Controllers for South West Bedfordshire Area, West Bedfordshire Area and North Bedfordshire Area
- renovation of Sandy Church of England School for use as Rest Centre etc.;
- Civil Defence in Dunstable Borough;
- Biggleswade Rural District Council water supply in the event of an invasion;
- Wardens' Post at Salford Parish Room;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack;
- supply of water to Mogerhanger in the event of an invasion.
[ex W/ARPP 35]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/106  9 Jul 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6525


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: effect of invasion on Civil Defence services; Wardens' Posts as Gravenhurst Schoolroom and Victoria Arms, Wilden;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: replacement of 12 ambulances and 4 sitting case cars in Bedford Borough; transferred war workers and Civil Defence workers; anti-gas co-operation between civil and service authorities; memorandum on welfare work in bombed areas issued by National Council of Social Service; recruitment, training and registration of civil nurses; return of refugees billeted in Bedfordshire [17,623 but two District Council areas submitted no return]; use of United Services Club, High Street South and Christ Church Hall, High Street North, Dunstable as Rest Centres;
- evacuation of East Anglian coastal towns;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: free railway fares for whole-time Civil Defence service personnel in heavily raided areas; additional equipment for First Aid Parties; tobacco supplies after heavy air raids; unexploded gas bombs; consolidated reports of the effects of heavy air attacks; table shelters for houses near aerodromes; assistance to RAF stations;
- interviews for appointment of Air Raid Precautions Controller & Sub-Controller for North Bedfordshire Area;
- application by A.Basen for appointment as Air Raid Precautions Officer & Sub-Controller of North Bedfordshire;
- use of Elstow, Biddenham and Bromham schools as Rest Centres;
- requisitioning of room at Cranfield Memorial Hall as Wardens' Post;
- Reserve Control Centre at The Guest House, Dunstable;
- appointment of Assistant Social Welfare Worker;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 35]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/107  16 Jul 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6526


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communication from Senior Regional Officer regarding proposed First Aid & Ambulance Depot adjoining The Queen Hotel, Preston Road, Bedford;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: skilled and semi-skilled men engaged as whole-time Civil Defence personnel; Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1941; co-operation with town commanders;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Government Evacuation Scheme; inspection of public shelters in Luton and Dunstable; requisitioning of Maulden Church Hall for an evacuation equipment store;
- Emergency Meals Service;
- position of Woburn Sands regarding regional boundaries for food distribution;
- water supplies in Luton Rural District Council area;
- provision of a guard for Leighton Buzzard Public Assistance Institution;
- Wardens' Posts at Lilliman's Bakehouse, Beatrice Street, Kempston, 270 High Street North, Dunstable, Kempston Constitutional Club, 3 Kings Road, Flitwick and 21 High Street, Houghton Conquest;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 36]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/108  23 Jul 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6525


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: fire prevention in corn growing areas; deferment of call up for military service of decontamination personnel and First Aid Party personnel; proposed new First Aid Depot, Preston Road, Bedford; rhythmatic control in Bedford Borough; Wardens' Posts at 21 High Street, Houghton Conquest and 3 Kings Road, Flitwick; Shire Hall Observation Post;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: St.Peter's Hall First Aid Post, Bedford; method of dealing with gas contaminated corpses; Civil Nursing Reserve; refugees; care of children becoming orphans due to enemy attack; appointment of Assistant Social Welfare Worker; County Surveyor's Department accommodation at Kempston House, Green End, Kempston; gas cleansing arrangements at The Lawns, Biggleswade;
- dispersal of homeless - conference of Local Authorities;
- Civil Defence Workers Rest Scheme;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: iron and steel salvage; testing of air raid sirens remotely controlled over Post Office lines; war damage to gas undertakings - mutual aid; disposal of unexploded bombs; combined military and Civil Defence exercise - "Bulldog" 20-24 Jun 1941;
- appointment of Air Raid Precautions Officer & Sub-Controller for North Bedfordshire Area;
- Wardens' Post at YMCA Hall Annexe, Ridgmont;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack;
- detailed report on Civil Defence exercise at Houghton Regis.
[ex W/ARPP 36]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/109  30 Jul 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6525


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: messenger service; Wardens' Posts at YMCA Hall Annexe, Ridgmont and Kempston Constitutional Club; reorganisation of County Air Raid Precautions staff;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: greyhound race meetings; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.15; war damage to gas undertakings - mutual aid; economy in use of petrol by Civil Defence vehicles; storage of explosives by bomb disposal sections; fire prevention in corn growing areas;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: medical and dental manpower; prosecutions regarding billeting;
- administration of Air Raid Precautions in Dunstable;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 36]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/110  6 Aug 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6526


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: call up of Air Raid Precautions personnel for military service; reorganisation of county Air Raid Precautions staff; Wardens' Post and First Aid Party Depot at 22 Pollard's Nursery Cottages, Lower Stondon; payment of gamekeeper at Woodside House, Turvey; Air Raid Precautions in Wilstead;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Emergency Hospital Scheme; accommodation of transferred war workers; amount of petrol used for Air Raid Precautions ambulances;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: co-ordination of measures to deal with heavy air attack;
enrolment of conscientious objectors for Civil Defence;
equipment for rescue parties; Fire Prevention Bulletin No.3; safety precautions for unexploded bombs; mutual assistance between individuals; assistance in the event of heavy raiding; fire prevention in corn growing areas;
- milk shortage if slaughter of calves and heifers was continued;
- role of Home Guard in fire prevention in corn growing areas;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 36]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/111  13 Aug 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6527


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report on County Controllers' Conference;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: calling up of Air Raid Precautions personnel for military service; Wardens' Post at Cranfield Memorial Hall; allocation of labour for Civil Defence in Dunstable Borough;
- rest houses for Civil Defence personnel;
- air raid relief for the homeless;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: proposed organisation of Local Authority fire prevention arrangements; fighting fires in crops; co-operation with Home Guard; assistance in the event of heavy raiding; responsibility of Civil Defence for First Aid Posts and ambulance services; prescribed age for fire-fighting duties;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Repair of War Damage Act 1941 and Landlord & Tenant (War Damage) (Amendment) Act 1941; welfare arrangements for the homeless; use of Sandy Church of England School as Rest Centre; piped water supply for Battlesden House Emergency Maternity Home;
petrol for units of American Ambulance Fleet;
- National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939;
- Silsoe fire pump;
- repairs to Woodside House, Turvey;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 37]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/112  20 Aug 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6527


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: use of Midland Motors Ltd., Bedford as sleeping accommodation; compensation for use of Woodside House, Turvey, as storage depot; Wardens' Post at room adjoining Lilliman's Bakehouse, Kempston; shelter at Northfields Senior Council School, Dunstable; re-organisation of Regional Officers' districts; deferment of whole-time Air Raid Wardens in Dunstable;
- Food Storage Depot at Badminton Hall, Bradgate Road, Bedford;
- lack of assistance from Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment Infantry Training Centre on blitz nights due to winding up of operations;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: organisation of Fire Guard Section of Wardens' Service in county districts; payment during absence due to sickness or injury; military assistance during air raids; reports of air raid damage; raid spotters; assistance to RAF stations; civilian umpires at combined military exercises; notes on Training Officers' Conference;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Special Evacuation Scheme; disabled persons' vocational training and employment; evacuated and homeless hop-pickers; female domestic staff in hospitals; compensation for use of Homewood Convalescent Home, Aspley Heath as a sick bay;
- combined exercise at Leighton Buzzard;
- food allocation for Studham;
- ambulance presented to WVS by American Red Cross;
- mobile canteen presented to WVS by Queen Marie of Jugoslavia;
- accommodation for refugees from air raids.
[ex W/ARPP 37]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/113  27 Aug 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6527


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: Eastern Command formation of East Central Area (Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire); National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939 - needs of Civil Defence service;
- remote control of air raid sirens - Bedford & District Scheme (Aspley Heath);
- shortage of labour in Bedford Borough;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions Industrial Bulletins; fire prevention at electrical sub-stations; designation of rescue parties in Bedford Borough; civilian umpires in military combined exercises; organisation of Fire Guard Section of Wardens' Service; prescribed age of fire watchers in Kempston District; keeping watch for fall of incendiary bombs; Civil Defence Duties (Compulsory Enrolment) Order 1941;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: air raid casualties on industrial premises; Evacuation - Special Scheme - Stage A; Mobile Unit Regional Competition; use of Montpelier House, Dunstable as Mobile Unit Depot; new Gas Cleansing Station at The Lawns, Biggleswade; distribution of American clothing by WVS;
- 10th Battalion Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment and 70th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment request for intelligence regarding Luftwaffe activities;
- Chief Constable's report on Air Raid Precautions exercise of 17 Aug 1941;
- lights at Thurleigh Aerodrome;
- mobile canteen presented to WVS by Queen Marie of Jugoslavia;
- assistance for Luton in the event of a heavy raid;
- repairs to Woodside House, Turvey;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 37]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/114  3 Sep 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6527


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: liability for National Service of part-time female volunteers in the Casualty Service; notes for Billeting Officers and Voluntary Welfare Workers; position of Sanitary Inspectors regarding National Service Acts 1939 and 1941; terms and conditions of service of Civil Nursing Reserve; fatal casualties at large factories; staff of County Medical Officer of Health; equipment at Rest Centres;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: payment during absence for sickness or injury; division of responsibility after heavy raids; war damage to gas undertakings; internal organisation of Eastern Regional Office;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: repairs to Woodside House, Turvey; Wardens' Post in hut at rear of 174 High Street, Cranfield; alternative accommodation for Shire Hall in the event of damage;
- shelter at Northfields Senior Council School, Dunstable;
- Air Raid Precautions in Kempston Urban District Council area;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack;
- appointment of Deputy Area Air Raid Precautions Officers for West Bedfordshire and South West Bedfordshire Areas;
- Wardens' Post and First Aid Post, Lower Stondon Village Hall.
[ex W/ARPP 37]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/115  10 Sep 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6528


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- interviews of applicants for posts of Air Raid Precautions Officers for West Bedfordshire and South West Bedfordshire Areas;
- assistance from Convalescent Depot, Grange Camp, Kempston in the event of a blitz;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: nomenclature of Service, badges and markings etc.; Air Raid Precautions Training Bulletin No.6; military assistance regarding air raids;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: War Damage Act 1941; children under five due for discharge from hospital; evacuation store at Methodist Sunday Schoolroom, Ampthill;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding:
Wardens' post at Handscombe Hall, Shillington; list of buildings of historic and architectural interest in South Bedfordshire; Parish Invasion Committee and Local Food Organiser in Eaton Bray;
- dispersal of homeless persons from Luton;
- Wardens' Posts at Lidlington Village Hall and 4 Greycote, Eastcotts;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 38]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/116  17 Sep 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6528


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: use of room at 80 High Street, Bedford for training; inspection and parade of Bedford Borough Services; Wardens' Posts at Salford Parish Room, 4 Greycote, Eastcotts, 22 Pollard's Nursery Cottages, Lower Stondon and Lower Stondon Village Hall;
- County Equipment Store at 22 Bromham Road, Bedford; erection of a Cleansing Station at Biggleswade Public
- Assistance Institution; Control & Report Centre, 110 Dunstable Street, Ampthill; deferment of military service for whole-time wardens in Dunstable;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Civil Defence (Employment & Offences) (No.4) Order 1941; small yellow unexploded bombs; supplement to instructions regarding unexploded bombs, shells and parachute mines;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: employment of alien nurses in hospitals; co-ordination of Home Guard and Civil Defence Casualty Services;
- supplementary allowances to evacuees;
- co-operation with police at Air Raid Precautions exercise;
- fire prevention;
- query by Dunstable Borough Council regarding responsibility for the Wardens' Service in their area;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 38]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/117  25 Sep 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6528


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
[meeting adjourned until 26 Sep 1941]
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding rhythmatic control of sirens; Wardens' Post at Cranfield Memorial Hall; Wardens' Post in stables of Carlton Rectory; First Aid Post at The Lawns, Biggleswade;
- air raid casualties on industrial premises;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions Industrial Bulletin No.1; subsistence allowances under Fire Prevention (Business Premises) (No.2) Order 1941; reservation from call-up of full-time Party Supervisors and Air Raid Precautions Officers; deferment of call-up for Decontamination squad personnel over 35;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: War Damage Act 1941; Mutual Aid Pacts regarding homeless persons;
- RAF commandeering of Corn Exchange, Leighton Buzzard, despite its earmarking as an Air Raid Precautions Rest Centre;
- Wardens' Posts at Lidlington Village Hall, 152-154 High Street South, Dunstable;
- nomination of A.Basen as Honorary Organiser and Head Warden for Kempston Urban District Council area and mass resignation of Wardens at Civil Defence Committee's refusal to accept the nomination;
- appointment of Head Fire Guard for Kempston Urban District Council and Bedford Rural District Council Combined District;
- contributions - maintenance of patients of emergency hospitals;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 38]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/118  1 Oct 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6529


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: recruitment of Civil Defence personnel into Home Guard; appointment of Sub-Controller and Civil Defence Officer for South West Bedfordshire Area and West Bedfordshire Area; crash of British bomber at Husborne Crawley on 9 Sep 1941;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: call-up and male personnel of Civil Defence Ambulance and First Aid Post Services; review of First Aid Posts;
- impending visit to Bedford of Inspector general of Air Raid Precautions;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1941; forthcoming military manoeuvres in the county;
- requisition of railings;
- shelter at Northfields Senior Council School, Dunstable;
- petition of Bromham Wardens condemning the Committee for refusing the nomination of A.Basen as Kempston Urban District Council Head Warden;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 39]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/119  8 Oct 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6529


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Operation Instruction No.9 (Command & Communication) appointing Town Commanders for Ampthill, Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Potton, Sandy and Shefford and outlining their responsibilities;
- tour of Air Raid Precautions services in Bedfordshire;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: amendment to Civil Defence (Employment & Offences) (No.5) Order 1941; Removal & Storage of Household Chattels Order 1941; reduced railway fares for full-time Civil Defence personnel travelling on duty; invasion instructions for Civil Defence Controllers; training of Fire Guards;
- letter from Ministry of Health re: emergency mortuaries;
- distribution of coupon free comforts to Civil Defence staff;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: Wardens' Post at 39 Highfield Crescent, Brogborough; accommodation for Rescue and First Aid Party personnel at Bunyan Chapel Hall, Kempston; strengthening of basement shelters in Dunstable; appointment of Head Warden for Kempston Urban District Council;
- appointment of Organiser of County WVS Clothing Depot;
- Rest Centres at Biddenham, Elstow and Bromham schools;
- co-ordination of measures to deal with heavy air attack;
- refusal of nomination of A.Basen as Kempston Urban District Council Head Warden;
- resignation of J.B.Godber, Head Warden of Willington, in protest at the attitude of the Executive Committee;
- report on driving abilities of Miss R.Daunt, Social & Welfare Worker;
- duplicate Control Room, North Bedfordshire Area;
- welfare arrangements for homeless in Bedford Rural District Council area;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 39]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/120  15 Oct 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6529


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer including: appointment of Air Raid Precautions Officer for Bedford Borough; list of buildings of historic an architectural interest in North Bedfordshire; Wardens' Posts at 6 and 23 Potton Road, Biggleswade, 152-154 High Street South, Dunstable and Lidlington Village Hall; sleeping accommodation for women's section of First Aid Party at 11 Market Square, Woburn; County Equipment Store at 22 Bromham Road, Bedford;
- tour of Bedfordshire by regional Administrator of WVS;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1941;
-communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Government Evacuation Scheme; assistance in the event of heavy raiding; use of Bedford Road Council School, Kempston as a Rest Centre; alternative office accommodation for County Equipment Officer at Woodside House, Felmersham; requisitioning of Methodist Sunday Schoolroom, Ampthill;
- public shelter at 40 High Street North, Dunstable abandoned;
- Wardens' Post at Little Staughton Baptist Chapel Sunday School room;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 39]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/121  22 Oct 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6529


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: RAF decoy sites at Cople, Astwick and Mogerhanger (with map references); abandonment of public shelter at 40 High Street North, Dunstable; installation of decontamination plant for clothing at White Heather Laundry, Dunstable and deferment of military service of three employees;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: partial summary return of numbers of evacuees and refugees; guarding of vital points by Home Guard - water undertakings; emergency clothing supplies; Upgraded First Aid Point at Lower Stondon Village Hall; Mobile Unit Depot at Sandy Church of England School; Clophill Sick Bay;
- alternative accommodation for Shire Hall;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: gas warfare; Air Raid Precautions Bulletin No.16; fire prevention in corn growing areas;
- distribution of coupon free comforts to CD personnel;
- Wardens' Post at Barclays Bank, Leighton Buzzard;
- refusal by Committee to accept nomination of A.Basen as Head Warden of Kempston Urban District Council area;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 39]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/122  29 Oct 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6530


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: appointment of Civil Defence Officer for Bedford Borough; alternative Shire Hall accommodation; installation of decontamination laundry at Swan Laundry, Bromham;
deferment of military service for whole-time Dunstable Wardens;
- Bedford Borough Despatch Rider Service;
- police assistance in ascertaining character of Fire Guards;
- notes on Regional Training Officers' Conference;
- damaged historical records;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Air Raid Precautions and radium; Government Evacuation Scheme; deaths due to war operations;
- nutrition of school children;
- emergency feeding following heavy air attack;
- organisation of Fire Guard Section of Wardens' Service;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 40]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/123  5 Nov 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6530


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: Joint Communications Committee for Luton & Dunstable; Wardens' Post at Barclays Bank, Leighton Buzzard; organisation of Voluntary Fire Guards in North Bedfordshire Area;
- inspection of Bedfordshire Home Guard, 16 Nov 1941;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: requisitioning of premises for Civil Defence purposes; training and resettlement of disabled persons; Civil Defence Artists' Exhibition; names and addresses of Town Commanders for Ampthill, Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Potton, Sandy and Shefford;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: training and employment of disabled persons; British Red Cross Society Emergency Flying Column; Homewood Sick Bay, Aspley Heath;
- withdrawal of Bute Hospital, Luton from Emergency Hospital Scheme;
- Fire Guard Section of Kempston Wardens' Service;
- Wardens' Post at 39 Littledale Street, Kempston;
- Wardens' Post at Cosmic Pavilion, Kempston;
- remote control of Bedford and Biggleswade sirens;
- appointment of County Catering Organiser;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack;
[ex W/ARPP 40]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/124  12 Nov 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6530


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: visit by Regional Commissioner; Wardens' Post at 270 High Street North, Dunstable; remote control of Biggleswade sirens;
- First Aid Party Depot at St.Paul's Methodist Hall;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: booklet - Air Raids - What you must know - What you must do;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: operational control at air raid incidents; iron railings and gates; Exercise "Scorch";
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: assistance in the event of heavy raiding; reserve water supply; repair of war damage; Mobile Citizens' Advice Bureau; use of Northfields Senior Council School as a Rest Centre;
- interviews regarding appointment of Catering Organiser;
- fire prevention scheme for Luton Rural District Council area;
- WVS use of 1 St.Paul's Square, Bedford;
- remote control of Dunstable air raid sirens;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 40]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/125  19 Nov 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6530


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- County Medical Officer of Health report on training of casualty services;
communications from Ministry of Health regarding: accommodation for Ambulance Service personnel at St.Mary's Rectory, Bedford; requisition of farm cottages; information for homeless; use of Maulden Church Hall as Evacuation Store; Communal Feeding Centre at Biggleswade Masonic Rooms;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: establishment figures for full-time paid wardens in urban and borough areas; Communications Committees; First Aid Point at Houghton Regis Baptist Schoolroom; First Aid Point at Parish Hall, Aspley Guise requisitioned by 13th King's Royal Rifles Defence Force;
- Exercise "Scorch"; Wardens' Post at Cosmic Pavilion, Kempston;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: advances to meet claims regarding premises occupied for Civil Defence purposes; aliens in Civil Defence services; regular Local Authority employees seconded for continuous whole-time Civil Defence service; military assistance to Local Authorities and Public Undertakings; co-operation with RAF; restoration of road communications during military operations; Intensive Bombing Circular No.6;
- resignation of Assistant County Social & Welfare Worker;
- provision of British Restaurants for agricultural workers;
- Warden's Post at The Bungalow, Ward Hedges Hill, Flitton;
- list of Rest Centres in the county by District Council;
- requisition of Half Moon Cafe, High Street South, Dunstable as an Alternative Control Room;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 40]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/126  26 Nov 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6531


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Casualty Services personnel; separation of Local Ambulance Services from Fire Service control; return of evacuated children whose parents had moved to neutral or reception areas; display of work by evacuated women; County Store at Maulden Church Hall; First Aid Point at Stanbridge Methodist Church;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: Civil Defence welfare and comforts; Compensation (Defence) Act 1939 regarding requisitioning; allocation of labour for Civil Defence works; Exercise "Scorch";
- school meals and nutrition of schoolchildren;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: Wardens' Posts at The Bungalow, Ward Hedges Hill, Flitton, 39 Littledale Street, Kempston, 26 Margetts Road, Kempston and Warden Hill Social Club, Streatley; Luton Rural District Council Fire Prevention Scheme;
- Wardens' Post at Steppingley Parish Room;
- failure of remote controlled air raid sirens in various parishes;
- Fire Guard and Wardens' Service in North Bedfordshire;
- Wardens' Post at The Barns, Orchard Street, Kempston;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 41]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/127  3 Dec 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6531


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: secondment of two police officers to Civil Defence duties; appointment of Staff Officer for South Bedfordshire Area; Wardens Post at Steppingley Parish Room; Wardens' Post at rear of 174 High Street, Cranfield; Wardens' post at Henlow Greyhound Track;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: First Aid Post at Queens Park Moravian Church, Bedford; post raid information; Government Evacuation Scheme; Emergency Hospital Scheme; dispersal of homeless from target towns in certain circumstances; County Store at Maulden Church Hall; Rest Centre at Christ Church Hall, Dunstable; Gas Cleansing Station at The Lawns, Biggleswade; withdrawal of Mogerhanger Park Sanatorium from Emergency Hospital Scheme;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: rates of pay for young men and young women; organisation of Report and Control Centres; Registration for Employment Order 1941 (Women) - Civil Defence Volunteers; transport of bricks for National Fire Service and Civil Defence building projects; Exercise "Scorch"; notes for Parish Invasion Committees;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack;
- salary of County Civil Defence Officer.
[ex W/ARPP 41]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/128  11 Dec 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6532


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- applications for appointment of County Catering Organiser;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: mutual assistance and reinforcements arrangements with London Region; Rescue Party Headquarters at Sandy Church of England School; Combined Air Raid Precautions Depot, Stratton House, Biggleswade; Fire Prevention (Business Premises) No.2 Order 1941 - Shire Hall;
- Bedford Borough Motorcycle Despatch Service;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: women in First Aid and Ambulance services; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.17; Fire Prevention Executive Leaflets Nos 1 and 2; Exercise "Scorch"; allocation of labour to Civil Defence works;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Government Evacuation Scheme - arrangements for Christmas 1941; removal of Ampthill Public Assistance Institution from Emergency Hospital Scheme;
- amendments to Shops (Hours of Closing) Act 1928;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 41]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/129  17 Dec 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6532


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Transport Officer regarding repairs to individually detailed vehicles;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: potential damage to public records in Bedford Borough; increased salary of County Air Raid Precautions Officer; full-time paid wardens in Ampthill;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: First Aid training in villages; camouflets; restoration of road communications during military operations; distribution of Morrison Indoor Shelters;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Government Evacuation Scheme; Rest Centres at Burr Street and Evelyn Road Schools, Dunstable; requisition of 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard for WVS purposes;
- release of people in whole-time paid employment at Control and Report Centres;
- Wardens' Post at 22 Pollard's Nursery Cottages, Lower Stondon;
- Fire Guard at Kempston Urban District Council;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 41]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/130  24 Dec 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6532


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: women volunteers associated with Civil Defence; WVS for Civil Defence; standard of eligibility for free air raid shelter; census of shelter occupants in Bedford, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: distribution of duty free tobacco at St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford; access to public air raid shelters; First Aid Post at The Lawns, Biggleswade; Evacuation Stores at Ampthill Methodist Schoolroom and Maulden Church Hall;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: Wardens' Post at Warden Hill Club & Institute, Streatley;
Wardens' Post at Cople Parish Room; additional RAF decoy site at Swineshead;
- Wardens' Post at Lower Stondon Village Hall;
- entertainment of children in bombed areas via Lord Mayor's National Air Raid Distress Fund;
- appointment of County Catering Officer;
- potential use of Biggleswade Magistrates Court as a Rest Centre and Biggleswade Masonic Rooms as a British restaurant;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 42]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/131  31 Dec 1941

Source of acquisition: acc. 6532


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: bomb census; loan of Rescue Party equipment to military parties;
communication from Senior Regional Officer regarding storage of treasures from Imperial War Museum at Colworth House, Sharnbrook;
- First Aid and Rescue Parties in South Bedfordshire Area;
- appointment of Senior Gas Identification Officer;
- entertainment for children in bombed areas via Lord Mayor's National Air Raid Distress Fund;
- proposed First Aid Party Depot at 50 High Street, Stotfold;
- use of Biggleswade Court House as an alternative Rest Centre;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 42]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/132  7 Jan 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6532


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: employment of young people in Civil Defence; Outdoor Messenger Service; Wardens' Post at Village Hall, Lower Stondon; Wardens' Post at Eversholt Rectory; Warden's Post at Noah Hull's Yard, Willington; report on Exercise Scorch; fire prevention arrangements of Ampthill Urban District Council;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: decontamination of streets and buildings; Civil Defence Duties (Compulsory Enrolment) Order 1941; First Aid training in villages; reporting of parachute flares;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Emergency Hospital Scheme - return of patients of Dominion and Allied Forces; Rest Centre Survey;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 42]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/133  14 Jan 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6532


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things
- appointment of Deputy Air Raid Precautions Officer for South Bedfordshire Area;
- taking possession of 1-5 St.Loyes, Bedford for Civil Defence purposes;
- post raid information;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security: Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.18; Civil Defence Transport Bulletin No.1;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: WVS use of 1 St.Paul's Square, Bedford; presentation of a fire pump to Silsoe parish by Stewart Hubbard JP;
- communication from Ministry of Health regarding: requisitioning of 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard for WVS;
- use of Biggleswade Court House as Alternative Rest Centre;
- Fire Guard scheme for Biggleswade Rural District Council;
- Wardens' Post at Barclay's Bank, Leighton Buzzard;
- appointment of Deputy County Air Raid Precautions Controller;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 42]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/134  21 Jan 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6533


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: control of building and civil engineering labour; identification of objects dropped from the air; Fire Prevention (Business Premises) (No.2) Order 1941; reporting of unexploded bombs;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Emergency Hospital Scheme - reduction in medical staff in hospitals and need for greater mobility of staff; gifts of duty free tobacco to service personnel in St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: Wardens' Posts at Barclays Bank, Leighton Buzzard; appointment of Deputy County Controller; Wardens' post at 32 Kingsbury Avenue, Dunstable;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 43]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/135  28 Jan 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6533


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: use of part of Telephone House, St.Loyes Street, Bedford as Report Centre and Control Room; public air raid shelter in basement of 50-54 High Street, Dunstable; emergency operating theatre at St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: employment of whole time paid Civil Defence personnel on constructional work; Intensive Bombing Circular No.8;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Government Evacuation Scheme - billeting procedure;
- list of Military Representatives and Senior Military Representatives in Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire Sub-Area including Bedfordshire County, Bedford and Luton;
- Battlesden House Emergency Maternity Home water supply;
- use of Cranfield Memorial Hall for Civil Defence purposes;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 43]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/136  4 Feb 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6533


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Communications Exercise;
- communication from Ministry of Home Security regarding: unexploded parachute mines;
- communication from Ministry of Health regarding: Emergency Hospital Scheme;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 43]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/137  11 Feb 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6533


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Exercise Victor II;
- Decontamination Centre at Bedford Steam Laundry;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: assistance rendered by Civil Defence at accidents, fires etc. unconnected with enemy action;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: care of the homeless; Rest Centres at Biggleswade Court House, Kensworth, Studham, Eaton Socon and Great Barford schools;
- application of Meier Selig Eisemann (German) for enrolment as Wardens' Messenger;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 43]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/138  18 Feb 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6533


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: R.Mackenzie, Head Porter at Swan Hotel, Bedford, transferred against his will to another firm as a war worker despite service in Air Raid Precautions and Home Guard;
- refusal to accept resignation of Edmund J.Grice of Bedford as a Warden [the correspondence includes details of his previous war service, business experience, circumstances etc.];
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: economy in stationery; fire precautions in Emergency Residential Institutions; employment of doctors of enemy nationality; Emergency Hospital Scheme; deferment procedure for staff of Local Authorities regarding call up; private billeting arrangements for persons made homeless by enemy action; Government Evacuation Scheme - accommodation for infirm and aged sick;
- considerable correspondence regarding observations etc. regarding Operation Scorch;
- Fire Guard organisation in Ampthill Rural District and Biggleswade Rural District;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 44]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/139  25 Feb 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6533


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: treatment and disposal of traffic contaminated by poison gas while on railway premises; Exercise Victor II; Local Reconstruction Panels;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: Park Farm, Dunstable; failure of air raid warning siren at Aspley Heath; Wardens' Post at Noah Hull's Yard, Willington;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Clophill Sick Bay; distribution of tobacco to service personnel at Bedford County Hospital;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 44]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/140  4 Mar 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6533


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: increase in basic pay of whole time personnel in Civil Defence General Service; hours of duty of members in whole time paid service; sickness/injury payments to Civil Defence members;
Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.19; treatment of fire and water damaged documents; how to make a slit trench;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: Emergency Hospital Scheme; lower age limit for nursing auxiliaries; regional medical arrangements; use of Hockliffe School as a Rest Centre;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: letting rooms at Woodside House, Turvey; RAF decoy sites;
- resignations of Chief Warden and Deputy Chief Warden for Dunstable due to pressures of work;
- Wardens' Post at Rectory stables, Carlton;
- use of Dunstable Ashton School as a Rest Centre;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 44].

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/141  11 Mar 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6533


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Air Raid Precautions Controller on transport, including individual vehicles;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: use of Bedford Modern School forecourt as public air raid shelters; Air Raid Precautions establishments; Wardens' Post at Carlton Rectory stables;
- enrolment of Civil Defence personnel in Home Guard;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: The Fire Guards Handbook; industrial registration of members engaged in continuous whole time paid Civil Defence service; Air Raid Precautions Training Bulletin No.7; Civil Defence and Home Guard; functions and scope of Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: appointment of Billeting Inspectors;
- WVS premises at 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard;
- First Aid Point at Blunham Institute;
- WVS Store at 20 Bromham Road, Bedford;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 44]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/142  18 Mar 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6535


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: use of Railway Arch No.5, Bedford as a public shelter; appointment of Military Assistance Officers for Bedford and Dunstable;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: casualty services in Bedford Borough; Government Evacuation Scheme;
anti-gas precautions, co-operation between civil authorities and RAF; census of public shelter users
- carrying of respirators by military personnel;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: fire prevention at business premises the owners of which were liable for Home Guard duty; Air Raid Precautions Handbook No.4; bomb census; consolidated instructions on bomb, shell and mine disposal; training for First Aid Parties of industrial firms; minutes of Conference of Air Raid Precautions Controllers;
- appointment of Chief Warden for Dunstable;
- air raid shelter at Ashton Public Elementary School, Dunstable;
- Rest Centre Annexes at Streatley Casual Ward;
- duty free tobacco for servicemen at Luton & Dunstable Hospital;
- County Air Raid Precautions Controller's alternative office accommodation at Bedford Town & Country Club;
- Use of Sandy Public Elementary School as Mobile Unit Headquarters;
- provision of personnel for Cranfield Ambulance;
- Wardens' Post at Millbrook Village Room;
- cultivation of gardens at Stratton House Depot, Biggleswade;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 45]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/143  25 Mar 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6535


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- loss of Leighton Buzzard men at the fall of Singapore;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: use of Railway Arch No.4, Bedford, as a public shelter; First Aid Party Depot at 50 High Street, Stotfold;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: release of Civil Defence personnel for employment in war industry; public labour for shelters and Civil Defence works; Floodlighting Unit for Rescue Parties; employment of members of Army Cadet Force, Junior Training Corps and Air Training Corps in Civil Defence (Outdoor) Messenger Service; reporting air raid damage to buildings of historic or architectural significance; ARP Training pamphlet No.5; Rescue Training for First Aid Parties; physical recreative training; ARP Training Bulletin No.7; military protection of Civil Defence convoys; military and civil combined defence exercise; training of wardens in military reporting;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Emergency Hospital Scheme; morphine used in isolated places under invasion conditions; hire of vehicles belonging to R.A.Jordan Limited of Biggleswade; electrical equipment for physiotherapy and resuscitation at St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford;
WVS store at 20 Bromham Road, Bedford; use of Town & Country Club, Bedford, as office accommodation;
- sirens at Bagshawes' premises, Church Street, Dunstable and at Dunstable Swimming Pool;
- proposed First Aid Point at Brogborough;
- Wardens' Post at 154 High Street, Dunstable;
- provision of ambulance for Cranfield;
- contributions regarding maintenance of patients under Emergency Hospital Scheme.
[ex W/ARPP 45]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/144  1 Apr 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6533


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: notes on umpiring Civil Defence exercises;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: compulsory enrolment in Home Guard; Reserve Hospital at Luton Girls High School; Mobile Unit Headquarters and Emergency Feeding Centre at Sandy Public Elementary School; WVS centre at 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard; Homewood Sick Bay, Aspley Heath;
- reporting and disposal of unexploded bombs;
- report of Emergency Feeding Organiser;
- continued appointment of County Equipment Officer;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Wardens' Post at 154 High Street, Dunstable;
- Wardens' Post at Village Barn, Heath & Reach;
- replacement of Civil Defence vehicles;
- use of army and RAF transport for salvage collection;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack
[ex W/ARPP 45]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/145  8 Apr 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6535


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- County Medical Officer of Health's report regarding training;
- review of structural conditions of county's Civil Defence buildings;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: requisitioning of premises for fire prevention purposes; shelter design and strengthening; Air Raid Precautions Handbook No.9 Incendiary Bombs and Fire Precautions; Removal and Storage of Household Chattels Order, 1942; progressive de-reservation and revised deferment procedure; greyhound racing; Civil Defence artists' exhibition; fire prevention at Old Warden aerodrome;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: deaths due to war operations; Special Evacuation Scheme;
- communications from Senior Regional Officer regarding: replacement of three Civil Defence vehicles; Dunstable Borough and Luton Rural District Council Scheme for treating contaminated foodstuffs; Air Raid Precautions instructors for India; establishment of First Aid Post at Brogborough; building works at St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford; WVS at 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard;
- crashed aircraft at Mogerhanger;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 45]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/146  15 Apr 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6536


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- call-up of A.L.Wing, whole time member of Dunstable Rescue Party;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: inclusion of Sea Cadets in Civil Defence (Outdoor) Messenger Service; annual and special leave for whole time members; training of Local Authority Equipment Officers; use of Army Cadet Force, Junior Training Corps and Air Training Corps in Civil Defence (Outdoor) Messenger Service; model combined Military and Civil Defence Scheme; relationship between
- Voluntary Food Organisers and Parish Invasion Committees;
building labour for shelters and Civil Defence works; Eastern Command Civil and Military Combined Defence Exercise No.2;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Emergency Hospital Scheme; allocation of medical manpower between civilian and military services; rates of pay and hours of work of nursing personnel at First Aid Posts; Upgraded First Aid Point at Cranfield Memorial Hall; Homeless Persons Scheme;
- report by County Air Raid Precautions Controller on progress made by Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: compensation for use of Half Moon Cafe, Dunstable, as Alternative Control Room, Wardens' Post and Store; continued appointment of County Equipment Officer; service co-operation regarding crashed aircraft at Mogerhanger;
- First Aid Party Depot, 50 High Street, Stotfold;
- resignation of East Bedfordshire Area Sub-Controller.
[ex W/ARPP 46]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/147  22 Apr 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6536


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: proposed use of Munday's Garage, Bedford Road, Kempston as Repair and Maintenance Depot; use by agricultural worker of Woodside House, Turvey; First Aid Party Depot at 50 High Street, Stotfold; call-up of A.L.Wing, whole time Rescue Party member, Dunstable;
- Exercise Medico in Bedford Borough;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: measures to enable whole time Civil Defence personnel to make a more active contribution to the general war effort; Organisation of Decontamination Services; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.20;
- report of County Air Raid Precautions Controller regarding progress made by Parish Invasion Committees;
- use of 18A Hassett Street, Bedford for WVS purposes;
- claim for loss of wages by East Bedfordshire Area Rescue Party No.10 Squad;
- Mobile Unit Headquarters, Montpelier House, Dunstable;
- Wardens' Post at 6 Orchard Street, Kempston;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 46]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/148  29 Apr 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6536


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Air Raid Precautions establishments;
- communications with Ministry of Health: First Aid Post at St.Peter's Hall, Bedford; Government Evacuation Scheme; use of 18a Hassett Street, Bedford; care and maintenance of Battlesden House Emergency Maternity Home;
- reports of meetings of parish Invasion Committees;
- new wall at 20 and 22 Bromham Road, Bedford;
- First Aid Post at Brittain Street School, Dunstable;
- mutual assistance to Norwich;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 46]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/149  6 May 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6536


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- post-blitz arrangements in Bedford;
- Messenger Service in Bedford Borough;
- Gas Identification Service in Bedford Borough;
- County Salvage Drive;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: enrolment of Police War Reserve; release of Civil Defence
- whole-time women to other sectors; Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1942 and Fire Prevention (Government Premises) Order 1942; labour for shelter and Civil Defence works; removal of household effects from houses damaged by enemy action;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: transport and billeting of population following air raids;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: use of Cranfield Memorial Hall as First Aid Party Depot and First Aid Point; reinforcements sent to Norwich;
- water supply in Sundon;
- Passive Defence Officer for Government of Palestine;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 46]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/150  13 May 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6537


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Training Officer;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer including: proposed cricket matches between Civil Defence Services, RAF and Army; Messenger Service; personnel establishment; claim for loss of wages by Rescue Party No.10, Sandy; compensation for use of Half Moon Caf', Dunstable, as Alternative Control Room, Wardens' Post and Store; compensation for use of Clophill Village Room as Wardens' Post and First Aid Point;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Cleansing Station at Silver Jubilee School, Bedford; Emergency Hospital Scheme; earmarking of Bedford Town & Country Club as alternative office accommodation;
- post blitz arrangements in Bedford;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: treatment of casualties in villages; camouflets; demonstration of combined civil and military exercise;
- reports of and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- air raid sirens at Empire Rubber Company, Dunstable;
- investigation and repair of air raid sirens at Aspley Heath and Kempston Hoo;
- use of military vehicles for collection of salvage;
- Wardens' Post at Ridgmont YMCA building;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 47]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/151  14 May 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6537


Contents:
Agenda papers to consider invasion arrangements in Bedford Borough and Kempston Urban District.
[ex W/ARPP 47]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/152  20 May 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6537


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of visit to Norwich by County Air Raid Precautions Controller, County Air Raid Precautions Officer, County Medical Officer of Health and County Surveyor following heavy air raids on that city;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: erection of marking and sorting stations at Bedford Sanitary Laundry and Bedford Steam Laundry; increased salaries of Sub-Controllers, Deputy Sub-Controllers etc.; Messenger Service; personnel establishment; review of structural conditions in Bedford and Dunstable; compensation for use of Stratton House, Biggleswade, as Combined Air Raid Precautions Depot;
- post blitz arrangements in Bedford;
- request by Gas Identification Officer S.G.Harris to be de-reserved so he could joined armed forces;
- representation on Civil Defence Comforts Committees;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Fire Prevention (Government Premises) Order 1942 and Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1942; anti gas drill; balloon defences;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Government Evacuation Scheme; gas cleansing leaflet for householders; WVS use of 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard; proposals for placing Battlesden House Emergency Maternity Home on a care and maintenance basis;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- proposed Reserve Hospital at Luton Girls High School;
- First Aid Party Depot, Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at St.Peter's School, Arlesey;
- Wardens' Post, First Aid Point and First Aid Party Depot at 6 High Street, Shefford;
- reorganisation of Wardens' Posts in Biggleswade;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 47]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/153  27 May 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6537


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: reduction of whole time personnel - First Aid Post and Ambulance Services; medical arrangements in Region IV and notes on the action to be taken in invasion or severe enemy action from the air;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: simple basic Civil Defence training for WVS members; Landlord & Tenant (Requisitioned Land) Act 1942; pocket chart - "War Gases, Their Nature, Effects and First Aid Treatment"; compensation for injury received during authorised games or recreational activities; Sea Cadet Corps assistance in Civil Defence (Outdoor) Messenger Service; Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1942; compulsory Fire Guard duties - position of key workers in public utility undertakings; Fire Guard organisation;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: repairs and investigation of sirens at Aspley Heath and Kempston Hoo;
- Wardens' Post, First Aid Party Depot and First Aid Point at St.Peter's School, Arlesey;
- Wardens' Post, First Aid Point and First Aid Party Depot at 6 High Street, Shefford;
- payment of Air Raid Precautions calls on private telephone of South Bedfordshire Area Sub-Controller;
- vacancy for Deputy County Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- expenses of Rescue and First Aid Parties sent to Norwich;
- protection work at United Service Club, High Street South, Dunstable;
- retention of staff at Battlesden House for care and maintenance purposes;
- provision of shelters in Everton;
- Marston Valley Brick Company siren;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 47]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/154  3 Jun 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6537


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Fire Prevention (Business Premises) No.2 Order 1941 regarding Shire Hall, Bedford; requisition of 6 Orchard Street, Kempston as a Wardens' Post;
- deferment of call up of F.Malcott and A.W.Endersby;
- China Campaign Committee Aid to China Week;
- communication with Ministry of Home Security regarding: simple basic training in Civil Defence for WVS members; claims for grant and reimbursement under Civil Defence Acts 1937 and 1939; maintenance of fleet of part-time cars for Civil Defence on the abolition of basic petrol ration; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.21; reporting of damage to building of historic or architectural interest;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: recruitment of forces personnel to hospital staff; registration of Rest Centres as catering establishments; notification of County Medical Officers and hospitals of three stages prior to invasion; official recognition of unofficial First Aid Points; garaging of Harrold Auxiliary Ambulance;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- design and internal decoration of British Restaurants;
- air raid sirens at Royal Ordnance factory, Kempston Hardwicke;
- Wardens' Post at Boy Scouts' Hut, Dunton;
- Rescue Party and Mobile Unit Depot, Sandy Public Elementary School;
- accommodations for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 47]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/155  10 Jun 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6538


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- County Medical Officer of Health's report regarding training;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: merger of Bedford and Kempston Civil Defence Services on invasion; use of brick building attached to The Chequers Public House, Streatley as a Wardens' Post; Wardens' Post at Manor Farm, Sutton;
- Lifebuoy Emergency Bath Service;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: physical recreation, sports and games; training of National Fire Service personnel in anti-gas measures; greyhound trials; Civil Defence artists exhibition; training of Rescue Parties and First Aid Parties of industrial firms; sale of Anderson Shelters; bomb census;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding; war-time feeding in hospitals; Emergency Hospital Scheme regarding service neurosis cases and also regarding stretcher bearers;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 48]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/156  17 Jun 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6538


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1941 regarding Shire Hall, Bedford;
- calling up of Assistant to Bedford Air Raid Precautions Officer and proposed transfer of whole-time Senior Warden;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security: plans for civil action on invasion; definition of Civil Defence duties and liability for part-time Civil Defence Service of whole-time members released for industrial or other work; standards of accommodation in Civil Defence and Fire Guard Depots; economy in use of petrol and tyres; location of buried casualties; Civil Defence Services and Home Guard;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: hospitals and paper salvage; Civil Nursing Reserve annual and special leave; practitioners for the forces; appointment of maid at Clophill Rectory Sick Bay;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Sandy Public Elementary School Rescue Party Depot; establishment of five key posts for wardens at Dunstable; Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at YMCA building, Ridgmont; Combined Wardens' Post and First Aid Depot at Clophill Parish Room; new Combined Depot at Stratton House, Biggleswade; compensation for use of Thurleigh Baptist Church Schoolroom as Wardens' Post and First Aid Point;
- Emergency Cleansing Service in SW Bedfordshire Area;
- Wardens' Posts at Countryside Laundry, Houghton Regis and Chequers Public House, Houghton Regis;
- Bedfordshire take over in responsibility for Eaton Socon and Little Barford;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 48]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/157  24 Jun 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6538


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Gas Identification Scheme, establishment; appointment of J.P.Willey, Fire Guard Chief Staff Officer as Deputy Sub-Controller, West Bedfordshire Area;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Civil Defence (Employment and Offences) (No.5) and (No.6) Orders 1942; Bricks (Control) Order 1942; Bricks (Charges) Order 1942; census of incendiary bombs; maintenance of fleet of part-time cars for Civil Defence on abolition of basic petrol ration; immobilisation of machinery by mills and bakeries; small yellow bombs; relaxation of fire watching during daylight;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: deaths due to war operations; press publicity for nursing services; requisitioning of Ampthill Methodist Schoolroom, Maulden Church Hall and 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard;
- change of address of Bedfordshire Home Guard Group Headquarters;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- list of disused bakehouses by parish;
- case notes regarding neuritis of spinal column in A.Long following an injection of antitetanic and gas gangrene antitoxin serum;
- appointments of Head and Senior Fire Guards in Bedford Rural District;
- appointment of new Gas Identification Officer;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 48]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/158  1 Jul 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6538


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: appointment of F.H.Smith as Assistant to Air Raid Precautions Officer; Outdoor Messenger Service - unit and personnel establishments; monthly return of personnel statistics; provision of shelters in Everton; release to industry of whole time Civil Defence members in Dunstable;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding Cleansing Station at Silver Jubilee School, Bedford; retention of staff at Battlesden House Emergency Maternity Home;
- release to industry of whole-time Civil Defence Service members; billeting of hospital staff;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding; maintenance of essential part-time cars on abolition of basic petrol ration; Air Raid Precautions Training Manual 2B; volunteer car pools; Police Invasion Instructions - raid warnings;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- provision of food to agricultural workers;
- appointment of Liaison Officer for Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire Sub-Area to Military Headquarters;
- transfer of Wardens' Post to The Old Smithy, High Street, Tebworth;
- report on WVS Mobile Canteen;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 48]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/159  8 Jul 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6538


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report on County Medical Officer of Health on training;
- report of County Training Officer;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: fire prevention arrangements - voluntary enlistment into Home Guard; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.22; points on gas for wardens; gas identification; Intensive Bombing Circular No.9; assistance to RAF stations; labour for work on shelters and Civil Defence buildings;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: morphine used in isolated positions under invasion conditions; Civil Defence First Aid Post Service; Civil Defence Ambulance Service;
- addresses for 1st Battalion Home Guard and Home Guard companies;
- scheme for assistance by Home Guard in event of an air raid on Bedford; messengers to help Civil Defence services;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: removal of Wardens' Post to Old Smithy, High Street, Tebworth; First Aid Party Depot, Wardens' Post and Upgraded First Aid Point at Arlesey Working Man's Club;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 49]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/160  15 Jul 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6539


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Civil Defence Casualty Services - establishment and reductions in personnel; Government Evacuation Scheme; reserve of mobile personnel for Rest Centres; use of Bromham Baptist Chapel as Reserve Rest Centre;
- Wardens' Post at Bunyan Meeting, Bedford;
- Bedford Borough invasion plans;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: amendments to Air Raid Precautions handbook No.5; location of buried casualties; assistance from WVS; reports to gas undertakings of air raid damage; works carried out by Local Authorities under agency arrangements
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees including utilisation during invasion of village bakehouses;
- co-ordination of military and civil defence schemes for Leighton Buzzard and Linslade;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 49]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/161  22 Jul 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6539


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: civil and military liaison; training of Fire Guards;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: furniture for the homeless; evacuation of civil population;
- Exercise Gusto in Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- Wardens' Post at 4 The Leys, Langford; Combined Services Depot, Stratton House, Biggleswade;
- Bedfordshire responsibility for Eaton Socon and Little Barford;
- Wardens' Post at 10 Park Lane, Blunham;
- accident to A.Long involving administration of serum;
- Park Farm Depot, Dunstable;
- report on WVS activities;
- maintenance of patients in hospital under Emergency Hospital Scheme;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 49]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/162  29 Jul 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6539


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things
- details of air raid by one aircraft on Bedford, 23 Jul 1942, bombs falling on Cattle Dock Road, Ford End Bridge, Grafton Assembly Rooms, Grosvenor Hotel (Ashburnham Road) - 14 casualties (no deaths);
- proposed storage of Home Guard ammunition in Shire Hall basement;
- invasion exercise in Bedford;
- Air Raid Precautions Training Bulletin No.8;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committee;
- staff at Battlesden House Emergency Maternity Home;
- removal of emergency patients from Bromham House Colony;
- Wardens' Post, First Aid Party Depot and First Aid Point at 6 High Street, Shefford;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 49]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/163  5 Aug 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6540


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Bedford Borough invasion plans;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: petrol supplies for Civil Defence vehicles when normal source of supply is unavailable; Clearance of Lofts Order 1942; compulsory training in Fire Guard duties; bombs containing phosphorus and other new devices; Eastern Command Operation Instruction No.4; new German incendiary weapons;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: return of Dominion and Allied Powers patients for past six months; Special Government Evacuation Scheme; personnel of First Aid Posts;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- official opening of Ampthill Cooking Depot;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Wardens' Post at Elm Farm, Clifton; Park Farm Depot, Dunstable;
- Ambulance and First Aid Party Depot in Elm Farm Yard, Eaton Socon;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 50]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/164  12 Aug 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6540


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health regarding training;
- report of County Training Officer;
- Bedford Borough invasion plans;
- Wardens' Post, Silver Jubilee School, Bedford;
- requisition of Campbell Robertson's Garage by Air Ministry;
- Bedford Borough Gas Identification Officer;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: compulsory Fire Guard training for women; revised technique for dealing with incendiary bombs; Clearance of Lofts Order 1942; list of Civil Defence abbreviations; bombs containing phosphorus and other new devices; list of Military and Naval Assistance Officers; co-operation with US Army units; eastern Command Instruction No.3; reports of unexploded bombs; new German incendiary weapon;
- organisation of 5th Battalion Bedfordshire Home Guard;
- reports regarding and communication with Parish Invasion Committees;
- distribution of hot meals at Odell Leather Factory;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: possession of land for Civil Defence purposes adjoining Primrose Laundry, West Street, Dunstable; Wardens' Post at Hollycroft, Broom; carrying of gas masks by public;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Emergency Hospital at new premises of Luton Boys' Modern School; Rest Centre Survey;
- mortuary service for deaths due to war operations;
- use of YMCA building, Ridgmont, during air raids;
- reduction of personnel in South Bedfordshire Area;
- deferment of military service of E.H.L.Stonebanks;
- organisation of Fire Guard Parties in Leighton Buzzard;
- Alternative Communication Point, Half Moon Caf', Dunstable;
- Wardens' Post at Stagsden Reading Room;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 50]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/165  19 Aug 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6540


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Bedford Borough invasion plans;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Fire Prevention Tactical Appreciation; Air Raid Precautions Handbook No.13 regarding Fire Protection; revised list of Defended Places;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Civil Nursing Reserve;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: First Aid Party Depot and First Aid Party Point at 6 High Street, Shefford; compensation for use of Arlesey Working Man's Club as Wardens' Post, First Aid Party Depot and Upgraded First Aid Point; Wardens' post at Stagsden Reading Room;
- Alternative Control Centre at Half Moon Caf', Dunstable;
- Wardens' Key Post, Elm Farm Yard, Eaton Socon;
- report on Exercise Nedraw;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 50]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/166  26 Aug 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6540


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: amendments to Fire Prevention (Compulsory Enrolment) Order and Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.23; Civil Defence reinforcements; combined exercises;
- Exercise Gusto in Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire;
- Special Scheme for evacuation of children;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding; Alternative Communication Point at Half Moon Caf', Dunstable; Alternative Communication Point at Brookside Cottage, Cardington Road, Bedford;
- repairs to hot water system at 13 Kimbolton Road, Bedford;
- Public Cleansing facilities at Park Farm, Dunstable;
- Wardens' Post at 1 High Street, Arlesey;
- bombing of Biggleswade Pumping Station;
- Wardens' Post at The Chase, Heath Road, Leighton Buzzard;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 50]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/167  2 Sep 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6541


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of Controllers' Conference;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: additional whole time paid Head Warden in Bedford Borough; increase in Wardens' Service to cover Fire Prevention appointments; football match Civil Defence Services v. Football Association XI (with list of names and positions of FA XI, including England internationals L.Compton and C.Bastin); Wardens' post at 1 High Street, Arlesey;
- invasion plans regarding roads;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding; Civil Defence Duties (Compulsory Enrolment) Order 1942 and Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1942; Civil Defence training for Home Guard members; assistance for Civil Defence workers in agriculture; Civil Defence Artists' Exhibition; defective private shelters; amendments to list of Military and Naval Assistance Officers; amendments to schedule of assistance to RAF stations;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: follow up cases from Special Centres - spinal injuries with neurological complications;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- Biggleswade Rural District Council Fire Guard organisation;
- deferment of call-up of E.H.L.Stonebanks;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 51]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/168  9 Sep 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6541


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Training Officer;
- Kempston invasion plans
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Civil Defence Duties (Compulsory Enrolment) Order 1942; Air Raid Precautions Handbook No.4A - anti-gas material; Industrial Bulletin No.2; incendiary bombs, revised instructions to Fire Guards; operational employment of personnel qualified in bomb reconnaissance; Civil Defence Artists' Exhibition; Eastern Command Traffic Map; appointment of TUC members to consult with Regional Commissioner during invasion;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: women students at hospitals; women staff of Local Authorities and Water Undertakings; admittance to hospitals of US personnel suffering from infectious diseases;
- reformation of 3rd Battalion Bedfordshire Home Guard;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: requisitioning of shop at 21 Bunyan Road, Kempston for WVS clothing;
- enrolment of Alfred Warton in Home Guard
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 51]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/169  16 Sep 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6541


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Civil Defence Casualty Services - reduction in personnel;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Messenger Establishment; compensation for use of Elm Farm, Clifton as a Wardens' Post; Wardens' Post at Elm Farm Yard, Eaton Socon;
- messages of sympathy to Duchess of Kent;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: supplementary regulations under Civil Defence Duties (Compulsory Enrolment) Order 1942; identification of objects dropped from the air; revised technique for dealing with incendiary bombs; consolidated insruction on disposal of unexploded bombs, shells and mines; organisation of combined exercises; matters arising from arrival of US forces in UK;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: recruitment of medical staff to HM forces; burial of the dead;
- address of 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Home Guard;
- reports on communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- Wardens' Post at The Mill, Leighton Buzzard;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 51]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/170  23 Sep 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6541


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: bomb census; custody of regional reserve equipment at Woodside House, Turvey; Wardens' post at The Mill, Leighton Buzzard;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: mortuary arrangements regarding civilian war deaths; Rest Centres at Sandy Public Elementary and Sandy Council Schools;
- Kempston invasion plans;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Civil Defence and Home Guard; co-operation with US army units; organisation of combined exercises; traffic control under invasion conditions;
- fuel use by Local Authority and Civil Defence vehicles;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- appointment of H.K.Anthony as Senior Fire Guard for Kempston;
- Reserve Hospital at Luton Girls High School;
- dismissal of F.G.Forder, First Aid Party Worker;
- provision of Information Centre for US troops;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 51]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/171  30 Sep 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6542


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: proposed visit of Inspector General; demonstration in Bedford Park;
- Wardens' Post at Angel Hotel, Bedford;
- call-up of whole time Rescue Service member K.R.Scott;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: role of women in fire prevention at business premises; Civil Defence Services (Compulsory Enrolment) Order 1942 - registration of nuns; treatment of prisoners-of-war by Civil Defence Services; refusal to surrender clothing coupons by Civil Defence members with uniforms; Civil Defence and Home Guard; Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1941; revised list of Military Assistance Officers; delegation of powers to Chief Constables regarding destruction of homing pigeons; provision of toys to wartime nurseries;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: reporting of gas casualties; requisitioned premises including: Methodist Schoolroom, Ampthill; Maulden Church Hall; and 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard;
- early closing of shops in winter;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- use of Bromham Baptist Chapel as Rest Centre;
- deferred call-up of F.F.Malcott;
- travelling expenses of Major W.A.Chapman, liaison officer between Civil Defence Service, Home Guard and Parish Invasion Committees;
- Bromham House Colony;
- Rest Centre at Biggleswade Court House;
- additional responsibilities of Head Wardens under Fire Guard Organisation;
- release of full-time Air Raid Warden W.J.Johns;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 52]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/172  7 Oct 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6542


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- lessons following enemy air raid on Bedford on 30 Jul 1942;
- anti-gas measures;
- Kempston invasion plans;
- appointment of whole-time female Fire Guard Assistant Staff Officer with responsibility for amenity needs of women Fire Guards;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.24; reporting of incendiary bombs;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: recruitment to medical staff by HM forces; ambulances owned by Joint War Organisation of British Red Cross Society and Order of St.John; Red Cross Flying Squad Mobile Laundry Unit; Reserve Rest Centre at Bromham Baptist Chapel; Rest Centres at Stotfold Public Elementary Boys and Public Elementary Girls Schools; Rest Centre at Biggleswade Court House;
- Exercise Gusto in Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Wardens' Post at Brookside Nurseries, Meppershall; First Aid Party Depot and Wardens' Post at Elms Farm, Eaton Socon;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 52]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/173  14 Oct 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6542


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health regarding training;
- report of County Training Officer;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: increased duties of Chief Wardens regarding Fire Guard Organisation; installation of blackout at Campton School; transfer of Alternative Communication Point from Brookside Cottage, Fenlake to Bunyan Meeting, Goldington; Emergency Control Room at 104 Bedford Road, Kempston;
- visit by Inspector General to Bedfordshire;
- entertainment of US troops in Bedford;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security re: reporting of fires by Air Raid Wardens; Civil Defence and Home Guard;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Government Evacuation Scheme Christmas arrangements 1942; emergency mortuaries; First Aid Post at The Lawns, Biggleswade; use of Homewood Convalescent Home, Aspley Heath as a Sick Bay;
- reports regarding and communications with parish Invasion Committees;
- Duplicate Control Headquarters at Half Moon Caf', Dunstable;
- Wymington burial ground;
- demolition of houses by Air Ministry in Cranfield;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 52]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/174  21 Oct 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6542


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Civil Defence ambulances for military sick; reporting gas casualties; functioning of Casualty Service during an invasion; WVS premises at 21 Bunyan Road, Kempston; proposed release from service of C.B.Baily
- correspondence with Council of Christian Churches regarding use of Sundays for parades, training exercises etc.;
- emergency sanitary arrangements in Clapham;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions Control regarding Rest Centre Service; Civil Defence Day; Fire Guard Training;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- Wardens' Post at Countryside Laundry, Dunstable;
- Bromham House Colony;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 52]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/175  28 Oct 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6542


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Housewives' Service - Mobile Section; provision of toys to wartime nurseries;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: claims for reimbursement under Civil Defence Acts 1937 and 1939; Civil Defence during an invasion; precautions against small unexploded anti-personnel bombs; Civil Defence Training Bulletin No.9; staffing of Control and Report Centres; Civil Defence Artists' Exhibition; combined exercise by Rest Centres and Mortuary Service; assistance by Home Guard to Civil Defence; phosphorus and other bombs currently in use by the enemy; directions under Fire Prevention (Business Premises) (No.2) Order 1941 regarding premises in Biggleswade;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: volunteer stretcher bearers at hospitals; Casualty Service during an invasion; WVS premises at 21 Bunyan Road, Kempston; staff at Clophill Rectory Sick Bay;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- correspondence regarding Cooking Depots;
- emergency mortuaries in Biggleswade;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 52]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/176  4 Nov 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6543


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding Food Decontamination Establishments; Wardens' post at Pollards Nurseries, Lower Stondon;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: use of East Hall, York Street for storage; deferment of personnel; WVS premises at 21 Bunyan Road, Kempston and 36 Bedford Road, Sandy;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: salvage collection by Civil Defence personnel; temporary release of Civil Defence personnel to help with Christmas postal traffic; Local Government Officers deferment procedure; football matches; Military Assistance Officers;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- emergency food stocks
- services in Eaton Socon;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 53]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/177  11 Nov 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6543


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health regarding training;
- report of County Training Officer;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Civil Defence personnel at Britannia Iron & Steel Works Ltd., Bedford; Bedford Borough Messenger Service; Civil Defence Wardens and Messengers in Stewartby and Maulden; provision of Wardens as Eaton Socon, Wyboston and Little Barford;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: unofficial provision of first aid in towns; Christmas arrangements for evacuees; appointment of Assistant Nurse at Clophill Rectory Sick Bay; provision of X-ray Room at St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford; emergency billeting arrangements;
- use of East Hall, York Street, Bedford as a store;
- personnel at First Aid Points;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Civil Defence Day 15 Nov 1942; Fire Prevention (Business Premises) (No.2) Order 1941; detection and reporting of unexploded bombs - lessons of Southwark explosion; balloon defences; co-operation with WVS; risk of life by fire in Morrison Table Shelters; combined civil and military exercises; Eastern Command Operational Instructions;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- Wardens' Post at Elm Farm, Eaton Socon;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 53]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/178  18 Nov 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6543


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security about: Civil Defence Messenger Service; damage, theft and fouling in shelters; how to set combined civil and military defence exercises;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Christmas arrangements for unaccompanied children refugees from Channel Isles; wartime diet in boarding schools;
- appointment of DO W.J.Malster to command C Division, Luton National Fire Service;
- analysis of foodstuffs contaminated by gas;
- contact with Parish Invasion Committees;
- accommodation for emergency food stocks;
- Wardens' Post at Elm Farm Yard, Eaton Socon;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 53]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/179  25 Nov 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6543


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- war organisation of British Red Cross Society and Order of St.John - convalescent facilities;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: release of whole time personnel; position of farmers and agricultural workers regarding Civil Defence Duties (Compulsory Enrolment) Order 1942; combined military and civil exercises; Intensive Bombing Circular No.10; anti-personnel bombs; provision of boys and girls as messengers by Cadet Units of British Red Cross Society and St.John Ambulance Brigade;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: doses of radiation received by X-ray workers; recruitment to HM forces of medical staff of hospitals; early payment of value payments under War Damage Act 1941; compensation regarding use of 21 Bunyan Road, Kempston as WVS premises; emergency mortuaries in Biggleswade Rural District;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- hot meal provision at British Restaurants and Cooking Depots;
- Wardens' Post at The Chase, Heath Road, Leighton Buzzard;
- deferment of call up of A.W.Endersby;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 53]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/180  2 Dec 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6544


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Civil Defence at Britannia Iron & Steel Works Ltd., Bedford; release of paid personnel; Wardens' Post at The Chase, Heath Road, Leighton Buzzard;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: personnel establishments; Rest Centre and First Aid Point at Westoning Council School;
- damage, theft and fouling in air raid shelters;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Ministry of Home Security Industrial Bulletin No.3; co-ordination of Civil Defence Casualty Services and Home Guard Medical Organisation;
- reduction of petrol consumption by Local Authorities;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- use of Kempston Parochial Hall in invasion exercise;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 54]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/181  9 Dec 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6544


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health regarding training;
- report of County Training Officer;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: position of Home Guard members injured doing Civil Defence duties; Wardens' Post at Elm Farm, Clifton; Wardens' Post at Wilden Post Office; public shelter in cellar under 4 Market Square, Leighton Buzzard;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.25; location of buried casualties;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Clophill Rectory Sick Bay and Homewood Sick Bay, Aspley Heath; occupation of 21 Bunyan Road, Kempston by WVS; Wymington Burial Ground;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 54]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/182  16 Dec 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6544


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Wardens' Post at 51 de Parys Avenue, Bedford; compensation regarding use of 6 Orchard Street, Kempston as a Wardens' Post;
- Rest Centre for firemen at Igranic Electric Co. Ltd. sports pavilion, Kempston;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: manner of dealing with incendiary bombs;
- issue and control of motor fuel used by Local Authorities;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- Wardens' Depot and First Aid Point at Arlesey Working Men's Club;
- damage, theft and fouling in air raid shelters;
- crash of an RAF Boston at Thurleigh and rescue of pilot on 28 Nov 1942;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 54]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/183  23 Dec 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6544


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: handbook The Detection and Identification of War Gases; Christmas Message to Civil Defence Services; investigation of incendiary bomb attack; supply of asbestos cement products; Military Assistance Officers; Christmas Message from Regional Commissioner;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: position of Rest Centre worker's regarding compulsory Fire Guard duty; Battlesden Emergency Maternity Home;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- Wardens' Post at Elm Farm, Eaton Socon;
- use of Igranic Electric Co. Ltd. sports field in Kempston for feeding homeless persons in the event of a blitz;
- use of Arlesey Working Men's Club as Wardens' Depot and First Aid Point;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 54]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/184  30 Dec 1942

Source of acquisition: acc. 6545


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: increase in unit and personnel establishment of Outdoor Messenger Service; transport in Biggleswade;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- toys for Wartime Nurseries in East Bedfordshire Area;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 55]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/185  6 Jan 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6545


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: rescue of crews from crashed aircraft; training of raid spotters; appointment of Miss Coke as Regional Fire Prevention Officer; defects in construction of surface shelters;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: information for the homeless regarding Utility Furniture Scheme; ambulances owned jointly by British Red Cross Society and Order of St.John; staffing of Public Gas Cleansing Centres;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- use of Bunyan Meeting School Room, Kempston, by Air Raid Precautions and Fire Service Social & Entertainment Club;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 55]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/186  13 Jan 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6545


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Training Officer;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: unit and personnel establishments;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: reports of air raids to Regional Headquarters; new type of 70kg High Explosive bomb;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: return of evacuees, refugees and homeless; mobile personnel for Rest Centres;
- reports regarding and communications with Parish Invasion Committees;
- provision of toys for Nursery Schools in South Bedfordshire;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 55]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/187  20 Jan 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6545


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Civil Defence and Home Guard; use of Bunyan Meeting School Room, Kempston; appointment of Mrs. A.M.Tappenden as Clothing Superintendent; WVS Report for 1942;
- Farm Livestock Emergency Service - Air Raid Precautions for Animals - circular;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- WVS store at 21 Bunyan Road, Kempston;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 55]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/188  27 Jan 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6545


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- use of East Hall, York Street, Bedford as store for Ministry of Home Security equipment;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: use of East Hall, York Street, Bedford for storage of medical equipment; supply of sweets to children in Rest Centres following a blitz;
- public air raid shelter at Railway Arch No.4, Midland Road, Bedford;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: demolition and clearing of war damaged property and sites; gas attacks and gas warnings; transfer of part time Civil Defence personnel to other areas; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.26; Civil Defence Artists' Exhibition; civil and military exercises;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- appointment of matron at Clophill Rectory Sick Bay;
- removal of medical store at Maulden Church Hall;
- First Aid Party Depot at Stotfold Parish Hall;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 55]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/189  3 Feb 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6545


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- opening of Bedford shelters on Saturdays;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: amalgamation of Rescue and First Aid Party Services; labelling of bodies;
- communications from Ministry of Health regarding: recruitment of medical staff into HM Forces; assistance in the event of heavy raiding; appointment of matron at Clophill Rectory Sick Bay;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- Wardens' Post at Stevington Church Room;
- scheduling of Kingsley Garage, Kempston, under Essential Work (General Provisions) No.2 Order 1942;
- resignation of South West Bedfordshire Area Sub-Controller.
[ex W/ARPP 55]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/190  10 Feb 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6546


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Training Officer;
- report of County Medical Officer regarding training;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: public air raid shelter at Railway Arch No.4, Midland Road, Bedford; use of Stotfold Parish Hall as First Aid Party Depot;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: adaptations to First Aid Store at East Hall, York Street, Bedford; cleaning of Maulden Church Hall after use as First Aid Depot; Public Cleansing Centre at Park Farm, Dunstable; WVS Store at 20 Bromham Road, Bedford;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: repairs to war damaged property; dry rot in timber in basement shelters;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- installation of electric light at Stratton House, Biggleswade;
- appointment of matron at Clophill Rectory Sick Bay;
[ex W/ARPP 56]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/191  10 Feb 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6546


Contents:
Agenda papers of Special Committee appointed to confer with Emergency Committee for Civil Defence in connection with the continuation of the running of the Ampthill Cooking Depot.
[ex W/ARPP 56]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/192  17 Feb 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6546


Contents:
Agenda papers of County Emergency Committee for Civil Defence including, amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health on ambulance facilities in Bedford and district;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions Training Pamphlet No.5 Modifications in Decontamination Technique; Intensive Bombing Circular No.11; Civil Defence and Home Guard; Exercise Allium; amendment to Police Invasion Instructions; organisation of Wardens' Service and Fire Guard;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Searcher Service; garaging of Mobile Unit in Cromwell's Barn, The Grange, Sharnbrook;
- rendezvous points in Bedfordshire for National Fire Service No.12 Fire Force;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: installation of electric light at Stratton House, Biggleswade;
Wardens' accommodation at Eaton Socon Public Assistance Institution;
- one day Civil Defence School at Bromham House;
- exercises of North Bedfordshire Sector Home Guard;
- accommodation for refugees from air attack.
[ex W/ARPP 56]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/193  24 Feb 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6546


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Fire Guard and National Fire Service, working arrangements; lessons learned from Combined Exercises No.2; amalgamation of Rescue and First Aid Party Services; directions of Regional Commissioner under Article 1 of Fire Prevention (Business Premises) (No.2) order 1941 regarding Weatherley Oilgear Ltd, Clapham Park;
- Mobile Rest Centre personnel;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: compensation for land off Bedford Road, Kempston for erection of two air raid shelters; Decontamination Laundry for Civilian Clothing at Swan laundry, Bromham;
- details of crash landing of RAF Boston Havoc Night Fighter on a training flight from Twin Woods Airfield, Clapham, at Rutter's Cottages Meadow, Rutter's Farm, Thurleigh 28 Nov 1942 and death of Sergeant Casey, OTC, the pilot;
- details of theft of Air Raid Precautions equipment;
- Air Raid Precautions use of The Old Bunyan Meeting House, Stagsden.
[ex W/ARPP 56]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/194  3 Mar 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6546


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: use of No.4 Railway Arch, Midland Road, Bedford as a shelter;
- Cleansing Station at Silver Jubilee School, Bedford;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: phonetic alphabet used by fighting forces; first aid equipment for Rescue Parties; amalgamation of Rescue and First Aid Party Services; liaison with LNE and LMS Railway Companies; consolidated instructions on disposal of unexploded bombs, shells and parachute mines; lessons learned from Combined Exercise No.3; handbook No.10, Training in First Aid for Civil Defence Purposes; duties of Civil Defence Services in the event of an invasion; reorganisation of Regional Fire Prevention Department;
- War Damage Act 1941;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- appointment of Sub-Controller, South West Bedfordshire Area;
- list of Rest Centres in Bedfordshire by Area;
- use of Room at Kempston Bunyan Meeting School Room by Kempston Air Raid Precautions Social & Entertainment Club.
[ex W/ARPP 56]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/195  10 Mar 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6547


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Training Officer;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: recruitment of Civil Defence Messenger Service from Sea Cadets, Junior Training Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps; Control of Noise (Defence) Order 1943; reporting of fires by Wardens; code of fire precautions for timber storage, plywood and veneer storages; possible modification of 1 kg magnesium incendiary bomb with explosive nose; precautions against small unexploded anti-personnel bombs; lessons based on recent London raids; Military Exercise "Spartan"; instructions regarding enemy airborne and seaborne raids; Fire Guard Plan; Searcher Service and Military Assistance Officers;
- issue and control of motor fuel used in vehicles engaged in Civil Defence and Local Authority work;
- Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1941;
- reporting information by Air Raid Precautions Wardens to Home Guard;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: use of garage adjoining 28 Farrer Street, Kempston; use of Eggington Church Hall; Exercise Vixen in Leighton Buzzard;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: WVS Store at Stratton House, Biggleswade; Battlesden House Emergency Maternity Home; emergency water supply at St.Mary's Hospital, Luton;
- erection of Cooking Depot at East Hill Farm, Houghton Regis.
[ex W/ARPP 57]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/196  17 Mar 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6547


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: discontinuance of Air Raid Precautions badge; decentralisation of Control; Exercise Alium report; minutes of Regional Meeting regarding amalgamation of Rescue Parties and First Aid Party Service; Morrison Shelters;
- Ministry of Health letter about Emergency Hospital Scheme;
- military aid to civil powers in Bedford and Kempston;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Wardens' Post at Stevington Church Room; Wardens' Post at Elm Farm, Clifton;
- Civil Defence demonstration play Wytown;
- additional sirens for Sundon and Biggleswade;
- garaging First Aid Party car at Wheatsheaf Inn, Harrold;
- Wardens' Post at 53 Edward Street, Dunstable;
[ex W/ARPP 57]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/197  24 Mar 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6547


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- amalgamation of Rescue and First Aid Party Services;
- practice firing of A-A Guns at Henlow with plan of arc of fire;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: acquisition of Civil Defence vehicles; scale of issue of personal protective equipment;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Registration of Employment Order 1941; Control of Engagement Order 1943; locking of air raid shelters; Searcher Service;
- 1st Bedfordshire Battalion Home Guard split into 1st and 8th Battalions;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: lighting of Old Bunyan Meeting House, Stagsden;
- South Bedfordshire Area staff reorganisation;
- thefts of equipment from County Equipment Office;
- reorganisation in South West Bedfordshire Area.
[ex W/ARPP 57]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/198  26 Mar 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6547


Contents:
Agenda papers regarding Area arrangements including:
petition from personnel in North Bedfordshire Area demanding continuation of appointment of Captain H.O.Roberts as Air Raid Precautions Officer for that Area; and communication from Senior Regional Officer regarding reorganisation of County Areas.
[ex W/ARPP 57]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/199  1-2 Apr 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6547


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- reconsideration of termination of employment of L.D.Blyth, Deputy Air Raid Precautions Officer for East Bedfordshire Area;
- Scheme for Treatment and Disposal of Foodstuffs Contaminated by Gas - County Medical Officer of Health memorandum;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: amalgamation of First Aid Party and Rescue Services - unit and personnel establishment;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: structural precautions at First Aid Posts in Bedford; emergency billeting arrangements in Bedford; precautions against possible modification of 1 kg magnesium incendiary bomb with explosive nose; consumption of bread and potatoes in hospitals; rates of pay for Civil Nursing Reserve; Government Evacuation Scheme - storage of emergency food supplies; continued occupation of: Methodist Sunday School Room, Ampthill; large garage in Eames Yard, High Street, Dunstable; The Lawns, Biggleswade; 21 Bunyan Road, Kempston; 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard;
- amalgamation of First Aid Party and Rescue Services in Bedford;
- appeal amongst Bedfordshire Air Raid Precautions personnel by National farthing League in aid of Dr.Barnado's Homes;
- North Bedfordshire Home Guard Exercise Edna;
- Home Guard assistance in the event of an air raid on Bedford or Kempston;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- effort to retain Captain Roberts as North Bedfordshire Area Sub-Controller;
- Wardens' Post at 32 Kingsbury Avenue, Dunstable;
- emergency water supply at St.Mary's Hospital, Luton;
[ex W/ARPP 57]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/200  7 Apr 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6547


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- County Medical Officer of Health report regarding training;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: use of East Hall, York Street, Bedford; admission of civilian patients to Auxiliary Hospitals; Reserve Hospital at Luton Girls High School;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: further releases of whole time Civil Defence personnel; amalgamation of Rescue and First Aid Party Services;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: additional siren for Sundon; Wardens' Post at 32 Kingsbury Avenue, Dunstable; use of barn and piggeries at Maskells Farm, Goldington.
[ex W/ARPP 57]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/201  14 Apr 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6547


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Training Officer;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: amalgamation of Rescue Party and First Aid Party Services; garaging of First Aid Party car at Wheatheaf Inn, Harrold;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: accommodation for homeless in the event of heavy raiding;
- overhaul of air raid siren at Electricity House, High Street, Bedford; assistance in the event of heavy raiding; Rest Centre at Cranfield Public Elementary Junior Mixed School;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security: organisation and administration of Fire Guard as a separate Service; assistance of whole time Civil Defence personnel in food production; fire prevention - conditions under which women should be put compulsorily on the rotas at business premises; Air Raid Precautions equipment Bulletin No.27;
- Exercise Edna by Bedfordshire Northern Sector Home Guard;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- Wardens' Post at Stuart Memorial Hall, Tempsford;
- Wardens' Post a Stondon Village Hall;
- report of Inquiry into wardens in East Bedfordshire Area who had failed to report for duty.
[ex W/ARPP 58]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/202  21 Apr 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6547


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- ambulance facilities in Bedford and district;
- reorganisation and administration of Fire Guard in Bedford;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: security considerations regarding Civil Defence Reserve; location of buried casualties; telephone service in an emergency; direction of part-time personnel to fill vacancies in new Rescue Service; exercises in movements of refugees;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: amputation and artificial limbs; food stocks at Rest Centres; fracture cases amongst manual workers in factories; decentralisation of Casualty Services; The Searcher Service;
- closing of shops for Easter holidays;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- reorganisation of Areas and staff;
- deferred call-up of G.Pearce, County Equipment Officer;
- resignations of County Air Raid Precautions Officer and Deputy County Air Raid Precautions Officer and appointment of Captain F.G.Maynard as new County Air Raid Precautions Officer;
- withdrawal of termination of employment of L.D.Blyth as Deputy Sub-Controller East Bedfordshire Area;
- consideration of duties of Divisional Controllers and Area Air Raid Precautions Officers.
[ex W/ARPP 58]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/203  28 Apr 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6547


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: control of entry into larger shelters; unit establishments of new Rescue Service; messengers for Fire Guard Service;
- appointment of Area Air Raid Precautions Officers for all Areas.
[ex W/ARPP 58]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/204  12 May 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6547


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Training Officer;
- unofficial provision for First Aid and gas cleansing in towns;
- Air Raid Precautions personnel collections in aid of National Farthing League regarding Dr.Barnado's Homes;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: precautions against small unexploded anti-personnel bombs; preparations against invasion; Civil Defence Gas Cleansing Stations; Industrial Bulletin No.5; Civil Defence Artists' Exhibition; unit establishments of new Rescue Service; disposal of timber salvaged from trench shelters; enemy airborne and seaborne raids;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Searcher Service; Second Line Rest Centre at Pavenham Council School; WVS Store at 21 Bunyan Road, Kempston;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Wardens' Post at Kempston Constitutional Club; Wardens' Post at 36 Houghton Road, Dunstable;
- appointments of: C.D.L.Fraser as Divisional Controller Northern Area; Captain H.O.Roberts as Air Raid Precautions Officer North Bedfordshire Area; A.Bishop as Divisional Controller Southern Area; A.Overhill as Air Raid Precautions Officer South Bedfordshire Area;
- withdrawal of 2 mobile canteens operated by Queen Marie of Jugoslavia.
[ex W/ARPP 58]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/205  19 May 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6547


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- control of entry into large public shelters;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: enemy weapons; Third Anniversary of Home Guard;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- suspension of Senior Warden Schofield of Dunstable;
- Wardens' Post at 53 Edward Street, Dunstable;
[ex W/ARPP 58]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/206  2 Jun 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6548


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Air Raid Precautions Controller regarding training and transport;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: amalgamation of Rescue and First Aid Party Services in Bedford; Wardens' post at 53 Edward Street, Dunstable;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: First Aid Post at St.Mary's Methodist Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford; position of householders providing board and lodging for Women's Land Army members; Children's Hostel at 5 Hockliffe Road, Leighton Buzzard;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions Memorandum No.13; air raid shelters in factories, mines and commercial premises; reporting of air raid damage at approved schools; Air Raid Precautions handbook No.2 regarding first aid and nursing for gas casualties; assistance by Civil Defence members in food production; reporting air raids to Regional Headquarters;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- impossibility of forming new Rescue Squad at Eaton Socon;
- replies by District Councils to Ministry of Food regarding gas contaminated foodstuffs.
[ex W/ARPP 59]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/207  16 Jun 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6548


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Medical Officer of Health;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: effect of Rescue Service of call-up of part time members engaged in building and civil engineering trades; Industrial Bulletin No.6; National Fire Service assistance with salvage after heavy raids; reporting of air raids;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- amalgamation of Rescue and First Aid Party Services;
- Rest Centres at Stotfold Public Elementary Boys School and Stotfold Public Elementary Girls School;
- Wardens' Post at Stuart Memorial Hall, Tempsford;
- First Aid Point at Caddington Council School;
- use of Civil Defence car for Kempston Wings for Victory Week;
- acknowledgement of contributions at Farthing League in aid of Dr.Barnado's Homes.
[ex W/ARPP 59]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/208  30 Jun 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6548


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Training Officer;
- vacation of First Aid Party Depot at West End Working Men's Club, Ford End Road, Bedford;
- communications from Ministry of Home Security regarding: petrol for Civil Defence vehicles outside their own area; Civil Defence Artists Exhibition; unexploded hand grenades; reporting air raids;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: women students at hospitals and Associated Schools of Training; liaison with RAF and USAAF;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Wardens' Post at Stuart Memorial Hall, Tempsford; Wardens' Post at Public Assistance Institution, Eaton Socon; Wardens' Post at Stondon Village Hall;
- constitution of County Emergency Committee;
- provision of accommodation for American soldiers;
- use of Meppershall Public Elementary School as First Aid Point;
- use of Caddington Council School as First Aid Point;
- Kempston Alternative Control Centre in case of Invasion;
- details of suspension and dismissal of Senior Warden Harold Schofield of Dunstable for obstructive behaviour in amalgamating two Wardens' Posts.
[ex W/ARPP 59]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/209  14 Jul 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6548


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: First Aid post at St.Mary's Methodist Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford;
- former First Aid Party Depot at West End Working Men's Club, Ford End Road, Bedford;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Town Reconstruction Committees; small anti-personnel bombs; report of first bomb or flair; assistance of WVS Housewives Service in reporting air raid damage; Civil Defence Messenger Service establishments; distribution of available manpower for direction to part time Civil Defence; war damage - demolition, clearance and recovery of furniture; amalgamation of Rescue and First Aid Party Services - detached Rescue Sections in rural areas; liaison with WVS; Civil Defence and Home Guard; monthly casualty returns; assistance to air stations;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- Wardens' Post in barn in Beaudesert Street, Leighton Buzzard;
- staff in South West Bedfordshire Area;
- Air Raid Precautions Depot at Park Farm, Dunstable;
- public air raid shelters in Dunstable;
- suspension of Warden E.A.Smith of Dunstable; salary of County Air Raid Precautions Officer.
[ex W/ARPP 59]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/210  28 Jul 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6549


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Detached Rescue Sections in rural areas; contractors' claims for additional costs under Essential Works Order (Building and Civil Engineering) (No.2) Order 1941; notes on recent raids; amendment to Eastern Command Operational Instructions; minutes of Regional Communications Conference;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Emergency Mortuary Service; Service Allowances to householders on whom unaccompanied evacuated children were billeted; reglazing of war damaged houses; appointment of maid at Clophill Rectory Sick Bay;
- duties of veterinary students and animal stewards;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: County Air Raid Precautions Officer's salary; Equipment Store at Woodside House, Turvey; former Wardens' Post at 22 Pollard's Nursery Cottage Lower Stondon; reorganisation of South West Bedfordshire Area Control Room;
- contribution by Dunstable Control Staff to Prisoners of War General Fund;
- use of Sandy Council School for WVS training;
[ex W/ARPP 60]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/211  11 Aug 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6549


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- difficulties of County Treasurer's Department in making inventory returns due to shortage of staff following call-ups etc.;
- report of County Medical Officer of Health;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: improvements to entrances of public shelters in Bedford; First Aid Party Depot at West End Working Men's Club, 84 Ford End Road, Bedford; furniture for the homeless; vocational training and employment of disabled persons under Emergency Hospital Scheme; requisitioning for families inadequately housed; reglazing of windows of war damaged houses; One Day Training School at Bromham House;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Fire Guard organisation; new Fire Guard regulations and Orders; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.28; Civil Defence Training Bulletin No.10; clearance of debris and repair of services of Public Utility Undertakings; small anti-personnel bombs; balloon devices;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- salary of County Equipment Officer.
[ex W/ARPP 60]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/212  25 Aug 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6549


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: separation of Fire Guard personnel from Wardens' Services; Wardens' Post and Store at Hanscombe Memorial Hall, Shillington; Wardens' Post at Kempston Constitutional Club; Detached Rescue Sections in rural areas;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Fire Guard Plan, minor adjustments and extensions; compensation for loss of wages by part-time unpaid personnel; Industrial Bulletin No.7; organisation of Regional Commissioner's Office; reporting of air raids;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: morphine for use in isolated areas under invasion conditions; Searcher Service;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- supervision of Ammunition Dumps.
[ex W/ARPP 60]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/213  8 Sep 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6549


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: unit and personnel establishments resulting from separation of Fire Guards from Wardens' Service; emergency rations for Civil Defence personnel; reorganisation of Wardens' Service in Leighton Buzzard; Warden's Post at Meppershall Rectory garage; Wardens' Post at The Institute, Eaton Bray; lack of fire fighting facilities in Old Warden;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Battle of Britain Sunday; surrender of clothes coupons by whole time Civil Defence uniformed personnel; part time duty in Warden Service; Fire Guard (Business & Government Premises) Order 1943, supply of fire-fighting equipment to factories; index of Air Raid Precautions Equipment Circulars and Bulletins; manning of Alternative Control Centres; regional welfare; instructions for reporting use or suspected use of poison gas by the enemy; responsibility for sounding hand bells to signal the all clear; measures t provide for the deficiency in strength of Food Treatment Squads; Civil Defence Artists Exhibition; dry rot in timber basement shelters; military assistance; new types of enemy weapons;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: doses of radiation received by X-ray workers;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- contributions regarding maintenance of patients in Bedfordshire hospitals under Emergency Hospital Scheme.
[ex W/ARPP 60]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/214  11 Sep 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6550


Contents:
Agenda papers regarding appointment of Temporary Air Raid Precautions Officer, South West Bedfordshire.
[ex W/ARPP 61]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/215  22 Sep 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6550


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: arrangements for supplying information for the purposes of notification of surplus fire guards under Fire Guard (Business and Government Premises) Order 1943; enrolment of Local Authority officers as pert-time Civil Defence personnel; Industrial Bulletin No.8; part time duty in Wardens' Service; co-ordination between Civil Defence Casualty Services and Home Guard Medical Organisation; personnel attending Battle of Britain Sunday celebrations in London;
- scheme for assistance by Home Guard in the event of an air raid on Bedford and Kempston;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: Control Centre, Offices and Store at 110 Dunstable Street, Ampthill; Rescue Squad Rest Room on land next to 50 Farrer Street, Kempston;
- appointment of Miss M.Slater as County Social and Welfare Officer;
- Rescue Party Depot at Meads Yard, Dunstable.
[ex W/ARPP 61]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/216  6 Oct 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6550


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: dry rot in basement shelters in Bedford; sirens at Adams & Harrison's works, Biggleswade and Skefco works, Sundon; Rescue Party Depot at Meads Yard, Dunstable;
- occupation f additional rooms at St.Mary's Methodist School Room, Cauldwell Street, Bedford;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Fire Guard (Business and Government Premises) Order 1943; assistance to Ministry of Food by Civil Defence workers; conscientious objectors in Civil Defence General Services; Control of Employment (Notice of Termination of Employment) Order 1943; disseminations of urgent Operational Orders; measures to provide for deficiency in strength of Food Treatment Squad; re-purchase of Morrison Indoor Shelters; small anti-personnel bombs; lessons from recent raids;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: furniture for the homeless; terms and conditions of service of Civil Nursing Reserve; assistance in the event of heavy raiding; Emergency Mortuary Service;
- amendment to Eastern Command Operation Instruction No.4;
- early closing of shops;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- appointment of Major R.W.Godfrey as Area Air Raid Precautions Officer, South West Bedfordshire.
[ex W/ARPP 61]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/217  20 Oct 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6550


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Civil Defence assistance to Post Office with Christmas work; part-time duty; Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme; Industrial Bulletin No.9; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.29; village halls; siren faults, failures etc.; Fire Guard (Local Authority Services) Order 1943;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Emergency Pathological Laboratory Service; deaths due to war operations; Government Evacuation Scheme Christmas arrangements;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- communications with Senior Regional Officer regarding: increased salaries of Area Controller East Bedfordshire and Area Air Raid Precautions Officer East Bedfordshire; Wardens' Post on land adjoining Primrose Laundry, West Street, Dunstable;
- reconstruction of Cranfield air raid shelters.
[ex W/ARPP 61]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/218  3 Nov 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6551


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: premises under Fire Guard Orders; relaxation of and payments for fire guard duties at business premises; use of air raid shelters for Fire Guard purposes; pamphlet Objects Dropped from the Air; pamphlet Notes on the Detection and Reporting of Unexploded Missiles; Civil Defence Artists Exhibition of applied arts; refugees from Channel Islands - Christmas arrangements for unaccompanied children; Wardens' Post in garage adjoining The Grove, Kensworth; strengthening of domestic shelters in Cranfield;
- Home Guard assistance in the event of air raids on Bedford and Kempston;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- appointment of cook at Clophill Rectory Sick Bay;
- Wardens' Post in old Baptist Chapel, Upper Sundon;
- installation of siren at Arlesey;
- records and pr'cis of season of Ampthill Civil Defence Cricket Club;
- Dr.J.Sibley appointed as Medical Officer in charge of Shefford Mobile First Aid Unit;
- making good damage to 26 Margetts Road, Kempston, a former Wardens' Post.
[ex W/ARPP 62]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/219  17 Nov 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6551


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions Training manual 2B - Reinforcement; military assistance after air raids; objects dropped from the air - crows feet (caltrops); small anti-personnel bombs; Fire Guard (Local Authority Services) Order 1943; Fire Guard (Business and Government Premises) Order 1943; training of instructors at Bromham House Training School; Wardens' Post at Sutton Rectory stable; Wardens' Post in disused Baptist Chapel at Upper Sundon;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: fracture and other injury cases among industrial and Civil Defence workers; repair of war damaged houses; assistance in the event of heavy raiding;
- Home Guard assistance in the event of an air raid on Bedford or Kempston;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- constitution of South Bedfordshire Area Air Raid Precautions Emergency Committee;
- reorganisation of County Equipment Department;
- allegations of inefficiency in Civil Defence Services made by E.Basen to Kempston Urban District Council.
[ex W/ARPP 62]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/220  1 Dec 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6551


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: relinquishment of air raid shelter in basement of 13/15 The Broadway, Bedford; Public Entertainments (Dog Races) Order 1942; Eastern Regional Column of the Civil Defence Reserve; relaxation of the Wakeful Watch, daily commencement of the Fire Guard Plan during winter months; rescue training for First Aid Parties; list of defended places; Wardens' Post at Methodist Chapel School, Oakley; First Aid Party and Ambulance Driver accommodation at Swallow Garage, Kempston;
- use of additional rooms at First Aid Post at St.Mary's Methodist Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding; discharged service cases not entitled to a pension, continuation of necessary treatment when invalided; Christmas amenities for service patients; compulsory Fire Guard duties and application to rest centre workers, mortuary staff and volunteer stretcher bearers; review of billeting arrangements;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees.
[ex W/ARPP 62]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/221  15 Dec 1943

Source of acquisition: acc. 6551


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: use of additional rooms at First Aid Post at St.Mary's Methodist Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford; winter accommodation for troops; influenza;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: use of sand and sandbags by Fire Guards; release of whole time Civil Defence personnel for nursing and midwifery; reporting of first flares etc. - Observation Posts; Control Centre at Ampthill Unionist Club, 110 Dunstable Street, Ampthill;
- closing of shops for Christmas;
- regulations governing the distribution of Civil Defence comforts;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- dismissal of E.Basen from Wardens' Service;
- Wardens' posts at rear of W.H.Smith & Sons, High Street, Leighton Buzzard and Unicorn Hotel Yard, Leighton Buzzard.
[ex W/ARPP 62]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/222  5 Jan 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6552


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Notes for the Guidance of Wardens at Rescue Incidents, Training Pamphlet No.7; detection and disposal of phosphorus; Christmas message to Civil Defence Services and Fire Guard; War Damage Act 1943, vehicles used for Civil Defence purposes; procedures regarding exemption from fire guard duties on medical grounds; Industrial Bulletin No.10; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.30; objects dropped from the air; training of wardens in the elementary principles of rescue work; Civil Defence duty on Christmas Day; decentralisation of reporting of unexploded bombs, amendment to Consolidated Instructions; Civil Defence Artists exhibition;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- Wardens' Post in hut at 1 Eugster Avenue, Kempston;
- correspondence regarding statement criticising Civil Defence made by E.Basen to Kempston Urban District Council;
- contributions regarding maintaining patients admitted to hospitals under Emergency Hospital Scheme.
[ex W/ARPP 63]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/223  19 Jan 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6552


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- dismantling of air raid shelter in basement of 13/15 The Broadway, Bedford;
- correspondence with Ministry of Home Security regarding: detection and disposal of phosphorus; basic and operational training of Rescue Service; Civil Defence Training Manual No.4 - Incident Control; Fire Guard (Business and Government Premises) Order 1943; assistance by Civil Defence personnel to Post Office during Christmas; incidents occurring in rural areas in the absence of air raid warnings; German jet-propelled radio-controlled high explosive glider bomb; Wardens' Post at rear of W.H.Smith & Son's premises, High Street, Leighton Buzzard; Wardens' Post at Methodist Chapel School, Oakley;
- relaxation of banning of knitting of pullovers and cardigans in red and gold double knitting wool by Civil Defence or National Fire Service personnel;
- appointment of E.R.T.Stanford as Fire Force Commander No.12 Area (including Bedfordshire, later Bedfordshire Fire Service Chief Fire Officer);
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- relinquishment of Wardens' Post at Constitutional Club, Kempston.
[ex W/ARPP 63]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/224  2 Feb 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6552


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: reinstatement of basement shelter at 13-15 The Broadway, Bedford; surrender of clothing coupons by uniformed Civil Defence personnel; treatment and disposal of traffic contaminated by poison gas whilst on premises or waterways of Canal Authorities; restoration of school premises on release from Civil Defence or other authorised emergency occupation; chevrons for war service and wound stripes; objects dropped from the air; petrol for Civil Defence vehicles when normal supply is not available; enemy airborne and seaborne raids; Search Manual for unexploded bombs in rural areas; Ampthill Control Centre at 110 Dunstable Road, Ampthill; County equipment Store at rear of Cosmic Crayon Company in Kempston;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: deaths due to war operations; compensation for loss of earnings of Volunteer Stretcher Bearers; reinforcements to London;
- Sandy Civil Defence Headquarters at Sandy & District Liberal Club.
[ex W/ARPP 63]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/225  16 Feb 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6700


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Civil Defence personnel and importance of security; supplementary instructions on detection and disposal of phosphorus; Civil Defence Training Pamphlet No.6 - Rescue of Crews from Crashed Aircraft; dissemination of urgent Operational Orders; abbreviations in reporting air raids; assistance from RAF and USAAF after air raids; lessons from recent raids; objects dropped from the air - German radio target beacons; Fire Guard (Local Authority Services) Order 1943; Wardens' Post at Upper Sundon Baptist Chapel; training of military personnel in rescue work;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: restriction of admissions to hospital; St.Peter's Emergency Hospital, Bedford; admission to short stay hostels of servicemen's children of school age; Clophill Rectory Sick Bay;
- Farm Livestock Emergency Service;
- subscriptions to National Farthing League in 1943;
- Civil Defence use of Beulah Cottage, Dunstable Road, Toddington;
- Bedfordshire WVS County Report for 1943;
[ex W/ARPP 64]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/226  1 Mar 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6700


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: grading of Head and Senior Wardens and pay scales; Fire Guard Training Notes No.6 - On the Growth of Fire; release of women of 1923 age group for urgent high priority work; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.31; Civil Defence Training Pamphlet No.4 - Notes on Gas Tests and Exercises; detection and disposal of filling of phosphorus-oil-rubber bombs; reporting of air raids; revision of Regional Officers' Areas (R.P.H.Newlands covering Bedfordshire and East Suffolk); reporting of unexploded missiles; immediate reporting of use of new weapons by the enemy; adaptions to Swallow Garage, Kempston;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- use of Civil Defence vehicles in Salute the Soldier campaign;
- visit to Bedfordshire of Inspector General of Civil Defence Services.
[ex W/ARPP 64]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/227  15 Mar 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6700


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: financial provision for clerical work performed by Street Fire Party Leaders and Block Leaders; children's respirators; enemy weapons; security of Most Secret documents; co-operation with WVS; training Home Guard to deal with incendiary bombs; Fire Guard (Local Authority Services) Order 1943; Fire Guard (Business and Government Premises) Order 1943; increased salary of County Training Officer;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Emergency Pathological Laboratory scale of fees; evacuation to Eire; damage to air raid shelters;
- appointment of B.A.Read as District Transport Officer, Bedford;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- disbandment of Manual Pump Parties at Ridgmont, Hulcote and Salford;
- co-operation of Parish Invasion Committees in Home Guard exercises
- conversion of 7 ex-army trucks by Chew's Motors & Caravans of Bedford;
- text of two plays for production in Rest Centres: The Last to Rest and Let Me Tell You by H.L.James.
[ex W/ARPP 64]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/228  15 Mar 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6700


Contents:
Agenda of meeting regarding remuneration of Area Controller A.L.Nicholls.
[ex W/ARPP 64]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/229  29 Mar 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6700


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Wardens' Post in garage at 6 Pemberley Avenue, Bedford; notes on recent raids; enemy weapons; daily commencement of Fire Guard Plan during summer months; work of Bomb Reconnaissance Officers
- First Aid Post for females at St.Mary's Church Sunday School, Cauldwell Street, Bedford;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- Civil Defence participation in Home Guard exercise;
- expenditure by Luton Borough Council on Rest Centres 1941/2;
- termination of Clophill Rectory Sick Bay;
- Air Raid Precautions Room at Sandy Liberal Club.
[ex W/ARPP 64]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/230  30 Mar 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6701


Contents:
Agenda papers regarding dismissal of H.Anthony of 9 Highfield Road, Kempston as Senior Warden at H.4 Post for neglect of duty
[ex W/ARPP 65]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/231  12 Apr 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6701


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: incident inquiry points; revised instructions for dealing with incendiary bombs and withdrawal of Fire Guard relaxation in certain areas; Civil Defence Industrial Bulletin No.11; further notes on recent raids; first aid training; disposal of unignited incendiary bombs; lessons of recent raids; suspension of leave for Civil Defence Services; increases in wholetime strength;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: settlement of psychneurotic and psychotic persons; emergency food supplies;
- measures to make up deficiency in strength of Food Decontamination Squads;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- repairs to siren at Bagshawe's Works, Dunstable;
- report regarding crash of USAAF B17 Flying Fortress into farm buildings at Glebe Farm, Yielden resulting in injury to Mr. and Mrs. W.A.Phillips and death of their two children.
[ex W/ARPP 65]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/232  12 Apr 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6701


Contents:
Agenda papers regarding salaries and telephones
[ex W/ARPP 65]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/233  26 Apr 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6701


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: upgrading of certain Head and Senior Wardens; Lighting (Restrictions) Order 1944; Gas Identification Officers and members of Decontamination Services registered for Fire Guard duties under Fire Guard (Local Authority Services) Order 1943; disposal of unignited incendiary bombs; Civil Defence Training Bulletin No.11; dissemination of urgent operational orders; 10 kg anti-personnel bombs; Local Authority employees in Home Guard and part-time Civil Defence personnel - service in military operations; incident inquiry points; use of Home Guard wireless to aid Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence Services; instructions for disposal of unexploded missiles; "Their Day" inter-services .22 rifle shooting competition; Coastal Reinforcement Scheme; recall to whole time duties of those released to industry and volunteers for whole-time duty from amongst part-time personnel; directions under Fire Guard (Local Authority Services) Order 1943 regarding Bedford Borough Council and Dunstable Borough Council; training Home Guard in elementary principles of rescue work;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: vocational training of disabled persons; Emergency Hospital Scheme Supply Services regarding St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford, Biggleswade Public Assistance Institution and Bromham House Colony; garage for three Civil Defence vehicles at rear of Bedford Arms Hotel, Woburn;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- County Medical Officer of Health work with boarded out children;
- payments for patients admitted to hospital under Emergency Hospital Scheme.
[ex W/ARPP 65]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/234  10 May 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6701


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- annual collection for National Farthing League in aid of Dr.Barnado's Homes;
- coastal reinforcement scheme;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: amendments to Civil Defence Training Pamphlet No.1; street lighting during Double British Summer Time; Gas Identification Officers and Decontamination Service members performing Fire Guard duty under Fire Guard Orders; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.32; temporary relaxation of safety precautions for road and rail traffic regarding unexploded missiles; enemy weapons; reporting of pilotless aircraft (V1s); enemy anti-personnel bomb containers; directions under Fire Guard (Business and Government Premises) Order 1943 regarding Navy, Army & Air Force Institutes (NAAFI), Station Road, Biggleswade; repairs to siren at Bagshawe's works, Dunstable;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Government Evacuation Scheme; assistance in the event of heavy raiding; WVS Clothing Exchange at 56 Tavistock Street, Bedford; return whole time to evacuation duties of County Welfare Officer;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- conversion of 4 lorries by A.W.Watkin Ltd. of Biggleswade;
- Wardens' Post at The Grove, Kensworth;
- garaging of Ambulance and Rescue Converted Car at Chequers Inn, Brook End, Potton;
- Wardens' Post at The Butcher's Shop, next door to White Horse Inn, Husborne Crawley;
- Inspector General's visit to East Bedfordshire Area Training School.
[ex W/ARPP 65]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/235  24 May 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6702


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- retention of four additional rooms at First Aid Post, St.Mary's Methodist Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford;
- Ambulance Service in Bedford Borough;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Gas Identification Service; Air Raid Precautions Handbook No.4 - Decontamination of Materials - additional appendix; Civil Defence Industrial Bulletin No.12; Civil Defence Training Pamphlet No.8 - Notes on Rescue in the Presence of Blister Gas; security of official documents; search for unexploded anti-personnel bombs in rural areas; new enemy SD2 container; temporary relaxation of safety precautions regarding unexploded missiles for essential road and rail traffic; incident control and National Fire Service;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: restrictions on admission of patients to Emergency Hospitals; Emergency Mortuary Service; hospital provision for transferred war workers; maintenance of efficient Billeting Organisation; Wardens' Post at The Grove, Kensworth;
- fuel economy by Local Authorities;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- economy in the use of paper.
[ex W/ARPP 66]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/236  7 Jun 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6702


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: assistance of whole-time Civil Defence members in food production; unexploded missiles; rescue of crews from crashed aircraft; anti-personnel bombs, instructions to military units; suspension of leave for Civil Defence personnel; enemy weapons;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees.
[ex W/ARPP 66]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/237  28 Jun 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6702


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: retention of four additional rooms at St.Mary's Methodist Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford; care of the homeless after raids; Emergency Pathological Laboratory Service;
- award of British Empire Medal to J.C.Young, Deputy Chief Warden, Bedford Borough;
- processing of meat contaminated by gas at Luton Industrial Co-operative Society's Cooked Meat Factory, Luton;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions Handbook No.10; reporting of air raid damage to Approved Schools; corrigendum to Civil Defence Training Bulletin No.11; Civil Defence Industrial Bulletin No.13; first aid training; further lessons from recent raids; enemy weapons; flying bombs and the Fire Guard; release from wardens' Service for the purposes of enrolling in Royal Observer Corps; numbers of whole-time personnel conditionally released and of part-time volunteers for whole time duty; toys for wartime nurseries; directions under Fire Guard (Local Authority Services) Order 1943 regarding Kempston Urban District Council and premises at Dunstable (Rubber Bondor Ltd. Flexilant Works and Empire Rubber Company Ltd.) and Weatherley Oilgear Ltd., Clapham Park, Bedford; Park Farm Dunstable, Combined Depot; repair of vehicles at Ames & Son Garage, Woburn; manning of Wardens' Posts at night;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- Swallow Garage, Kempston;
- resignations of A.H.Smith, Chairman of South West Bedfordshire Area Emergency Committee and W.H.McKelvey and M.Bennett from East Bedfordshire Area Emergency Committee;
- Wardens' Post at Little Staughton Vicarage garage.
[ex W/ARPP 66]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/238  12 Jul 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6783


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things;
- report of County Training Officer;
- use of Commercial Road Gas Cleansing Station, Bedford and St.Peter's First Aid Post, Bedford as public baths;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: alterations to air raid warning system; Civil Defence Transport Notes No.4; sandbags for blast protection; amendments to instructions on the disposal of unexploded missiles; flying bombs; Rural Search Manual (Small Unexploded Bombs); warning messages in airborne and seaborne raids; Fire Guard (Business & Government Premises) Order 1943; proposed County Civil Defence Store on Cosmic Crayon Company Ltd premises; Wardens' Post at Little Staughton Rectory garage;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: private arrangements for homeless persons in coastal evacuation areas; billeting of refugees from air attack; Government Evacuation Scheme; requisitioning of 38 Church Street, Ampthill as WVS Clothing Depot;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- repairs to Civil Defence vehicle by A.W.Watkin Ltd. of Biggleswade;
- Wardens' Post at Women's Institute Hall, Kensworth;
- cricket matches played by Ampthill Combined Services Cricket Club against Dunstable Home Guard Battalion and Ampthill Home Guard Battalion.
[ex W/ARPP 67]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/239  26 Jul 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6783


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: enemy weapons; instructions for reporting the use of poison gas by the enemy; flying bombs; flare rocket used by Royal Observer Corps; Civil Defence Artists' Exhibition; liaison with LNER and LMS Railway Companies; assistance to Billeting Authorities; downgrading of members of Civil Defence Services; use of The Hoo, Wootton Green, Wootton as Rescue Training School;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Government Evacuation Scheme; Nurses Act 1943; rates of pay of trained nurses; deaths due to war operations; WVS Clothing Exchange at 56 Tavistock Street, Bedford; renovations to 38 Church Street, Ampthill;
- Parish Invasion Committees;
- water supplies fire fighting in Streatley.
[ex W/ARPP 67]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/240  16 Aug 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6783


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: assistance at Rest Centres by Civil Defence Services; procedure at flying bomb incidents; special arrangements at holiday periods for premises to which Fire Guard (Business and Government Premises) Order 1943 applied; street lighting; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.33; Civil Defence Industrial Bulletin No.14; flying bombs and Fire Guard assistance to Wardens' Service; explosive in flying bombs; jettisoned petrol tanks; rescue of crews from crashed aircraft; co-operation of Civil Defence, National Fire Service and Police regarding crashed aircraft; Wardens' Post at Butcher's Shop adjacent to White Horse Inn, Husborne Crawley; co-operation with National Fire Service in rural areas;
- grant under Air Raid Precautions Act 1937 for payment of wages of whole-time Bedford Borough Rescue Party members;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Government Evacuation Scheme; Emergency Hospital Scheme; compulsory billeting; houses requisitioned as hostels for mothers and children; repair of war damage to houses in London; WVS Store at 38 Church Street, Ampthill;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- Clophill Rectory Sick Bay.
[ex W/ARPP 67]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/241  6 Sep 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6704


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: co-operation between Civil Defence, National Fire Service and Police regarding crashed aircraft; hand grenade case purchased at Braggins of Bedford as a child's toy; Civil Defence General Services and Fire Guard Personal Injuries (Civilian) Scheme 1944; lessons from recent raids - flying bombs; unexploded missiles - reporting and safety precautions; Battle of Britain Sunday; German composite aircraft (Me 109 mounted on the back of a Ju 88, the Ju 88 being, in effect a 4,000 lb bomb to be dropped by the Me 109); first aid repairs and flying bomb incidents; Gas Identification Bulletin No.10; long range rockets (V2); Fire Guard (Business and Government Premises) Order 1943 regarding Broadway Bus Station, Bedford and St.John's Street, Bedford; wardens' post at Kensworth Women's Institute premises; Wardens' Post at Souldrop Turn;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: separation of Local Ambulance Services from Fire Service control; recovery of cost of billeting unaccompanied evacuated children; Government Evacuation Scheme; hostels and communal billeting for mothers and children; retention of Clophill Rectory Sick Bay; County Hostel for Difficult Children at 19 Downs Road, Luton;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees.
[ex W/ARPP 68]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/242  20 Sep 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6704


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: sale of hand grenade cases as toys by Braggins of Bedford; suspension of Fire Guard Plan; street lighting; amendment to Air Raid Precautions Handbook No.10; Battle of Britain Sunday; Civil Defence Training Bulletin No.12; Lighting (Restrictions) (No.3) Order 1944; relaxation of Fire Guard Duties; British anti-personnel bombs; German composite aircraft; Civil Defence and the Home Guard; Wardens' post at Little Staughton Rectory garage; closure of basement air raid shelter at 43 High Street South, Dunstable; refusal to approve use of Dunstable Fire Station as a Civil Defence Depot;
- reinstatement of three windows at St.Peter's First Aid Post, Bedford, in order to give more light for the treatment of scabies;
- manning of Kempston Wardens' Posts by volunteers;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Civil Nursing Reserve; Emergency Mortuary Service; continued use of Eames Garage, Dunstable, Ampthill Methodist Schoolroom; 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard; 21 Bunyan Road, Kempston and The Lawns, Biggleswade; Hostel for Difficult Children at 19 Downs Road, Luton;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- appointment of matron at Clophill Rectory Sick Bay;
- resignation of Miss M.Slater as County Social and Welfare Officer.
[ex W/ARPP 68]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/243  4 Oct 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6704


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: reinstatement of windows at St.Peter's First Aid Point, Bedford for treatment of scabies; Government Evacuation Scheme; Hostel for Difficult Children at 19 Downs Road, Luton; matron of Clophill Rectory Sick Bay;
- manning of Kempston Wardens' Posts by volunteers;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: reductions in Civil Defence Organisation; relaxation of Fire Guard duties; minutes of Controllers' Conference; reinstatement of relinquished basement air raid shelter at 43 High Street South, Dunstable;
- reports regarding Parish Invasion Committees;
- payments regarding patients admitted under Emergency Hospital Scheme;
- relinquishment of Rescue Party Depot at Summerfield & Son's Yard, 140 High Street South, Dunstable.
[ex W/ARPP 68]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/244  1 Nov 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6704


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Training Officer;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: appointment of S.Ball as Air Raid Precautions Engineering Assistant, Bedford Borough; release of basement of 64 Harpur Street, Bedford as Wardens' Post; preservation of records; Civil Defence Industrial Bulletin No.14 - Notes on Flying Bomb Attacks; German SD4 bombs; publication of information on air raids on this country; Civil Defence Artists post war plans; reduction in Civil Defence personnel; functions for women members of Civil Defence and kindred services; siren at Skefco works, Sundon; relinquishment of Rescue Party Depot at Summerfield & Son's Yard, 140 High Street South, Dunstable;
- reinstatement of windows at St.Peter's First Aid Point to provide extra light for the treatment of scabies;
- relinquishment of room at 51 de Parys Avenue, Bedford as Wardens' Post;
- Scheme for relaxation of Civil Defence duties and reduction of whole-time personnel;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1944; organised return of unaccompanied children to certain evacuation areas; Government Evacuation Scheme Christmas arrangements 1944; equipment for occupational therapy; Hostel for Difficult Children at 19 Downs Road, Luton;
- continuance of Parish Invasion Committees no longer necessary;
- appointment of Mrs. H.Mansfield as Warden of County Evacuation Hostel for Boys, Luton;
- WVS Clothing Depot at 38 Church Street, Ampthill;
- crash of Mosquito bomber at Little Staughton and complaints that RAF Little Staughton security clamp down led to confusion and unnecessary work;
- list of crashed aircraft in East Bedfordshire Area, as follows:
* Hudson bomber at Grove Farm, Northill - crew of four killed - 2 Apr 1942;
* American Thunderbolt fighter at Eaton Ford - pilot killed - 15 Apr 1943;
* Halifax bomber from RAF Tempsford at Arlesey Brickworks - crew of 9 killed - 19 Dec 1943;
* Hudson bomber from RAF Tempsford on Stotfold to Arlesey road - crew of 4 killed - 28 Mar 1944;
* Mosquito bomber from RAF Henlow at Cockayne Hatley - crew of 2 killed - 31 Mar 1944;
* Mosquito bomber at Everton - crew of 2 killed - 7 May 1944;
* Mosquito fighter at Tetworth Hall - crew of 2 killed, I civilian killed and 2 injured - 28 May 1944;
* Avro Auster reconnaissance plane at Hitchin Street, Biggleswade - pilot injured - 30 May 1944;
* Halifax bomber from RAF Tempsford at Sandy Hills, Sandy - crew of 7 saved but 1 seriously injured - 2 Jun 1944;
* American Mustang fighter at Eyeworth - pilot killed - 8 Jun 1944;
* American Liberator bomber at Bushmead, Eaton Socon - 3 crew killed, 3 crew injured - 28 Jun 1944;
* Wellington bomber at Sewerage Farm, Stotfold - crew of 6 uninjured - 14 Jul 1944;
* Mosquito night fighter at Park Farm, Old Warden - crew of 2 killed and 1 civilian injured - 26 Aug 1944;
* Stirling bomber from RAF Tempsford at Potton - crew of 5 killed - 19 Oct 1944;
* Mosquito bomber at College Farm, Little Staughton - crew of 2 killed - 19 Oct 1944.
[ex W/ARPP 68]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/245  15 Nov 1944

Source of acquisition: acc. 6705


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Civil Defence Depot at West End Club, Bedford; release of room at 51 de Parys Avenue, Bedford, previously used as a Wardens' Post; relaxation of Civil Defence duties and reduction of whole-time establishment, approval for new establishments; Rescue Service - new establishment; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.34;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: reinstatement of three windows at St.Peter's First Aid Post, Bedford, to provide more light for scabies treatment; Emergency Hospital Scheme - second opinions and special investigations; return of unaccompanied children to certain evacuation areas; return of evacuees to their homes;
- appointment of Mrs.D.Promp as Assistant Matron at Home for Difficult Children, 19 Downs Road, Luton;
- reduction of Dunstable Civil Defence establishments;
- reduction of South Bedfordshire Area Civil Defence establishments;
- closure of Wardens' Post at St.Neots Public Assistance Institution.
[ex W/ARPP 69]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/246  3 Jan 1945

Source of acquisition: acc. 6705


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: closure of Wardens' Posts in Bedford and release of staff, posts being at garage at 8 Rothsay Road, garage at Fox and Hounds Public House, Goldington Road, garage at rear of 115 Ford End Road, room in 25 Cauldwell Street, garage at 91 Brackley Road, garage at 2 Richmond Road, room at 36 Alexandra Road and room in playground of Silver Jubilee School; action to be taken when Orders under Fire Guard (Local Authority Services) Order 1943 and Fire Guard (Business & Government Premises) Order 1943 cease to apply; address by Queen Elizabeth to women members of Civil Defence Services and Fire Guard; Christmas Message to Civil Defence Services and Fire Guard; long range rockets (V2s); new fuse in German SD2 bomb; Wardens' Post at Little Staughton Rectory garage; public shelter in basement of 43 High Street South, Dunstable; closure of Wardens' Post at St.Neots Public Assistance Institution; relinquishment of Rescue Party Depot in loft of Baxter's Yard, Stotfold; closure of Wardens' Posts in Leighton Buzzard at The Chase, Heath Road, 43 Hockliffe Street and 121 Vandyke Road;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: retention of Methodist Schoolroom, Harpur Street, Bedford as additional Medical Store; reductions in Casualty Services; release of four additional rooms at St.Mary's Methodist Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford; closure of First Aid Points at St.Mary's Methodist Sunday School, Bedford, St.Mary's Church Sunday School, Bedford, Queens Park Moravian Sunday School, Bedford; All Saints Church Sunday School, Bedford and Methodist Sunday School, Kempston; Government Evacuation Scheme; Christmas arrangements for unaccompanied evacuated children from Channel Islands; reduction of Rest Centre Service; WVS Gift Scheme for the homeless; running costs of Clophill Rectory Sick Bay; WVS Store at Trinity Church crypt, Bedford;
- visit to Bedfordshire of Inspector General of Civil Defence;
- reinstatement of Civil Employment Act 1944;
- release of Mid Bedfordshire Conservative & Unionist Association Headquarters as Air Raid Precautions Headquarters;
- relinquishment of Wardens' Posts at: 53 Edward Street, Dunstable; Old Police Station, Icknield Street, Dunstable; shop at 129 High Street North, Dunstable; The Chequers Public House, Houghton Regis;
- relinquishment of Reporting Posts at: 38 Luton Road, Dunstable; 2 London Road, Dunstable; and 270 High Street North, Dunstable;
- relinquishment of Rescue Depot at Meads Yard, Princes Street, Dunstable;
- relinquishment of Mobile Unit Headquarters at Montpelier House, Dunstable;
- toys made by Dunstable Rescue Parties.
[ex W/ARPP 69]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/247  8 Feb 1945

Source of acquisition: acc. 6705


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: relinquishment of ambulance garaging at Nicholls' Garage, Cauldwell Street, Bedford; reduction of whole-time Civil Defence Personnel; losses from rocket attacks; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.35; assistance from National Fire Service; life of the SD2 bomb; danger from accidental explosion of RAF and US bombs; discussions on the future of Civil Defence Service; siren at Skefco works, Sundon; Wardens' Post at Stevington Church Room; Wardens' post at Meppershall Rectory garage; release of former Wardens' Posts in Dunstable at 53 Edward Street, Old Police Station, Icknield Street and shop at 129 High Street North; former Rescue Depot at Mead's Yard, Princes Street, Dunstable; release of two rooms at Montpelier House, Dunstable, no longer required for Civil Defence purposes;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Bedford Borough Ambulance Service; evacuated families unable to go home; Civil Nursing Reserve; Government Evacuation Scheme; equipment for occupational therapy; reduction in Civil Defence organisation;
- relinquishment of Rescue Depot at Methodist Sunday School, Cauldwell Street, Bedford;
- crash of American Mustang fighter at King's Field, Spreadeagle Farm, Biggleswade;
- repairs to Stratton House, Biggleswade;
- Bedfordshire County Office WVS Report for 1944;
- release of room at Ampthill Headquarters to Mid Bedfordshire Conservative & Unionist Association;
- contributions regarding patients under Emergency Hospital Scheme;
- report regarding Boys' Hostel at 19 Downs Road, Luton.
[ex W/ARPP 69]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/248  7 Mar 1945

Source of acquisition: acc. 6706


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: release of Methodist Church Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford as a Rescue Depot; closing down of Civil Defence Canteens; disposal of surplus equipment; re-allocation of rescue vehicles; procedure regarding major incidents other than air raids; partial use of Civil Defence premises for other activities; release of requisitioned premises; redecoration of Moravian Church Schoolroom, Pertenhall; release of Methodist Church, High Street, Clapham no longer needed for Civil Defence purposes; release of 110 Dunstable Street, Ampthill as Air Raid Precautions Headquarters; release of pat of park House, Bromham, used as Wardens' Post;
- resignation of Hon. Pearl Lawson Johnston as County WVS Organiser;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: position of Civil Nursing Reserve on termination of hostilities in Europe; return of evacuees to their homes; welfare of unaccompanied evacuated children;
- WVS collections of furniture under Good Neighbours Scheme;
- collision between American Mustang fighter from USAAF Steeple Morden [Cambridgeshire] and RAF Stirling bomber from RAF Tempsford on 14 Feb 1945 in which all eight crew involved were killed, the Mustang falling near Cambridge Road, Sandy, the Stirling at Potton
- release of Sandy Public Elementary School as no longer required for Civil Defence purposes;
- release of Eames Garage, Dunstable;
- release of Montpelier House, Dunstable, former Mobile Unit Headquarters;
- relinquishment of 53 Edward Road, Dunstable as Wardens' Post.
[ex W/ARPP 70]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/249  4 Apr 1945

Source of acquisition: acc. 6706


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Civil Defence Ambulance Service; conditions and terms of service of Civil Nursing Reserve; return of evacuees to their homes; private evacuation from metropolitan areas affected by current enemy attacks; domiciliary medical attendance for air raid casualties; release of Montpelier House Dunstable as former Mobile Unit Headquarters; closure of Hostel for Difficult Children at 19 Downs Road, Luton; release of 13 Kimbolton Avenue, Bedford; Civil Defence Ambulance Service in West Bedfordshire Area; release of Sandy Public Elementary School as former Civil Defence premises;
- removal of blast wall at former Wardens' Post at 51 de Parys Avenue, Bedford;
- Bedford Homeless Persons Rest Centre Service;
- WVS Good Neighbours Scheme;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.36; Civil Defence Transport Notes no.6; outstanding unexploded missiles; precautions against mass escapes from German PoW Camps; compensation regarding use of 110 Dunstable Street Ampthill as Air Raid Precautions Headquarters; release of former Wardens' Post at Warden Hill Club and Institute, Streatley; release of former Wardens' Post at Stuart Memorial Hall, Tempsford; release of former Wardens' Post at White Horse Inn, Keysoe;
- withdrawal of Bromham House Colony from Emergency Hospital Scheme;
- Wardens' Post at British Legion Room, Riseley;
- release of Wardens' Post at 129 High Street North, Dunstable;
- release of Sunday School Room at Clapham Methodist Church;
- renovation of Civil Defence vehicles by Buckmaster Garages Ltd. of Leighton Buzzard;
- release of Rescue Party Depot at Baxter's Yard, Stotfold.
[ex W/ARPP 70]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/250  2 May 1945

Source of acquisition: acc. 6706


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: release of office at Bedford Town Hall used as Air Raid Precautions Office; reductions in Civil Defence organisation; disposal of surplus Civil Defence vehicles; disbandment of war organisation of Civil Defence Services; disbandment of Gas Identification Service; special VE Day leave when VE Day announced; relaxation of anti-gas precautions; discontinuance of National Air Raid Warning System;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: Civil Nursing Reserve; return of evacuees to London; evacuated families with no homes to return to; return of evacuees from Eire; Emergency Hospital Scheme; release of part of Cromwell's Barn adjacent to The Grange, Sharnbrook, used for garaging Mobile First Aid Unit; release of Eames Garage, Dunstable; removal of blast walls at Bromham House Colony;
- celebration of the end of organised hostilities in Europe.
[ex W/ARPP 70]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/251  16 May 1945

Source of acquisition: acc. 6706


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: release of Wardens' Post at garage of 175 London Road, Bedford; Civil Defence Order of the Day on disbandment; closing of lock gates and safety gates on canals; restriction of water level in reservoirs; Farewell Parade in London for members of Civil Defence Services; revocation of Defence Regulation 25 regarding demolition, clearance and post-raid salvage; enemy unexploded missiles; use of air raid sirens for calling out part time firemen; former Wardens' Post at rear and shelter in basement of 40 High Street North, Dunstable;
- closing down of Industrial Alarm Scheme;
- discontinuance of Air Raid Warning System;
- disbandment of war organisation;
- post-war Civil Defence organisation equipment;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: return of evacuees to London and Eastern Evacuation Areas; Emergency Mortuary Service; repatriation of Belgian refugees;
- request for donation of bicycles to Dutch university students;
- victory parade for part-time National Fire Service members;
- award of British Empire Medal to Walter Alfred Nottage regarding crashed USAAF bomber near Sharnbrook on 24 Dec 1944;
- release of Eames Garage, Dunstable.
[ex W/ARPP 70]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/252  11 Jul 1945

Source of acquisition: acc. 6915


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- offers to purchase ex- Civil Defence vehicles;
- disposal of ex-Civil Defence equipment;
- communications with Ministry of Home Security regarding: disbandment of Civil Defence Services; disbandment of Civil Defence vehicle fleets; possible use of air raid sirens for Fire Service purposes; termination of Traders' Salvage Schemes; dismantling of Morrison Shelters by Boy Scout Association members; preservation of records; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.37; farewell parade in London for Civil Defence Service members; recruits for Civilian Relief Overseas Organisation and for welfare work in India and South Eastern Asia Command; use of vestry and kitchen of Clapham Methodist Church as Civil Defence Store; removal of blast wall outside 104 Bedford Road, Kempston; transfer of East Bedfordshire Area Headquarters from Old Police Station, Biggleswade to Stratton House, Biggleswade; former use of 6 Orchard Street, Kempston as a Wardens' Post; former use of Kempston Hoo Estate Office hut at Eugster Avenue, Kempston as Wardens' Post;
- release of premises in South Bedfordshire including: former Wardens' Post, Rescue Headquarters and First Aid Point at The Bury, Barton-le-Clay; former Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at The Chequers Public House, Streatley; former Wardens' Post at hut at Warden Hill, Streatley; former Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at 18 Whitfield Avenue, Sundon; Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at Old Baptist Chapel, Upper Sundon; former Wardens' Post, Rescue Headquarters and First Aid Point at Toddington Social Club and Institute; former Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at Woodlands, Tilsworth; former Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at The Old Smithy, Tebworth; former Wardens' Post at Countryside Laundry, Houghton Regis; former Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at Lockington Farm, Totternhoe; former Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at Whipsnade Zoo; former Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at Womens' Institute, Common Road, Kensworth; former Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at Caddington Vicarage; former Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at school house at Slip End Council Mixed School, Caddington;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: dismantling of First Aid Posts at All Saints Church Sunday School, Bedford and Queens Park Moravian Church Hall, Bedford; conveyance of emergency cases after disbandment of Civil Defence Ambulance Service; rehousing of homeless families; message from Minister of Health to Civil Nursing Reserve; message of thanks for Local Authorities contribution to the war effort; hospital treatment during final leave of those discharged from armed forces; return of evacuees; Emergency Mortuary Service; repatriation to Channel Islands;
- disbandment of First Aid Point organisation in Bedford;
- former First Aid Depots at East Hall, York Street, Bedford and 27 Park Road east, Bedford;
- disposal of rhythmatic control relays used as siren control units;
- terminations of appointment of officers-in-charge of First Aid Posts and Mobile Units;
- disbandment of Food Treatment Service;
-reorganisation of Area 12 Fire Service including Sub Area 2 - Bedfordshire and part of Tetworth (Huntingdonshire) under Divisional Officer W.J.Malster;
- street lighting;
- air raid shelters in Dunstable;
- use of Stratton House, Biggleswade;
- contributions from patients under Emergency Hospital Scheme;
- release of room at 110 Dunstable Street, Ampthill to Mid Bedfordshire Conservative & Unionist Association;
- use of part of Pyghtle Farm, Tempsford, for Civil Defence purposes;
- resignation of W.H.Chittenden, East Bedfordshire Area Air Raid Precautions Controller;
- shelters in Biggleswade;
- Air Ministry occupation of part of Leighton Buzzard Public Assistance Institution;
- claims regarding the following premises used for Civil Defence purposes: Cople Parish Room; land in front of Studham Post Office; Woodlands, Tilsworth; Henlow Vicarage; Old Baptist Chapel, Upper Sundon.
[ex W/ARPP 71]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/253  17 Oct 1945

Source of acquisition: acc. 6916


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- offers to purchase former Civil Defence vehicles;
- communications with Principal Officer, Eastern Civil Defence Region regarding: reinstatement of Bedford Town Hall premises used for Report and Control, Air Raid Precautions offices and Air Raid Precautions store; staff to be retained after 1 Aug and 1 Oct 1945; use of Methodist Church Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford; use of room at 80 High Street, Bedford by St.John Ambulance Brigade; release of Nicholls Garage, Cauldwell Street, Bedford; release of Mission Hall, Greyfriars Walk, Bedford; release of Training Centre at Gordon Arms, Bedford; Civil Defence Administration Staff; former Wardens' Post at Toddington Social Club; compensation regarding rooms at 110 Dunstable Street, Ampthill used as West Bedfordshire Area Air Raid Precaution Headquarters; removal of blast walls from Dunstable Isolation Hospital; former Wardens' Post and Rescue Depot at The Grange, Barton-le-Clay; former Civil Defence use of Rate Collector's Office, 104 Bedford Road, Kempston; demolition of shelters in Cranfield, Palace Street, Biggleswade and 188 Station Road, Lower Stondon; former Wardens' Post at Warden Hill Club & Institute, Streatley; removal of blast walls from Stratton House, Biggleswade; former Wardens' Post, First Aid Party Depot and Upgraded First Aid Post at Arlesey Working Men's Club; release of former North Bedfordshire Area Air Raid Precautions Headquarters at St.Leonard's Hall, Victoria Road, Bedford; release of Woodside House, Turvey, used as Regional Civil Defence Equipment Store; former Wardens' Post, Rescue Party Depot, First Aid Point and Mobile Headquarters at Shefford Lads' Club, 6 High Street, Shefford; release of Swallow Garage, Kempston;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: reinstatement work at Silver Jubilee School, Bedford; reinstatement of All Saints Church Sunday School room, Bedford and Queens Park Moravian Church Hall, Bedford; disposal of Government owned drugs and dressings; Nurses Act 1943 and Civil Nursing Reserve; return of evacuees; removal of equipment from and release of former home for Difficult Children at 19 Downs Road, Luton;
- former Wardens' Post in garage at 36 Kempston Road, Bedford;
- former Wardens' Post in garage at 65 Chaucer Road, Bedford;
- former Wardens' Post in garage at 175 London Road, Bedford;
- Air Raid Precautions museum exhibits;
- former Wardens' Post at 162 Kimbolton Road, Bedford;
- former Wardens' Post in garage at 3 Park Avenue, Bedford;
- communications with Civil Defence Department of Home Office regarding: censorship rules regarding air attack on UK; mobile canteens; labour for use in dismantling shelters etc.; future of Women's Voluntary Services; Civil Defence Transport Notes No.7; Air Raid Precautions equipment Bulletin No.38; Civil Defence Industrial Bulletin;
- emergency telephone calls for assistance from Fire Service;
- employment of casual labour for dismantling respirators etc.;
- contributions from patients admitted under Emergency Hospital Scheme
- WVS use of 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard;
- former Wardens' Post at Bunyan Meeting, Stagsden;
- damage to Billiard Room at Maulden Church Hall;
- former Wardens' Post and First Aid Point at Yielden Rectory;
- former Wardens' Post in room adjoining 42 High Street, Riseley;
- former Wardens' Post at Carlton Rectory stables;
- former Wardens' Post at St.Helena, Elstow;
- damage to Bedford Arms yard, Woburn, used for Civil Defence purposes;
- former Wardens' Post at 39 Littledale Street, Kempston;
- damage to garage used for Civil Defence purposes at 29 Clophill Road, Maulden;
- damage to 3 Leighton Street, Woburn, used for Civil Defence purposes;
- former Wardens' Post in school house at Slip End Council Mixed School, Caddington;
- damage to Memorial Hall, Cranfield, used for Civil Defence purposes.
[ex W/ARPP72]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/254  16 Jan 1946

Source of acquisition: acc. 7917


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Principal Officer Eastern Civil Defence Region regarding: reinstatement of garage at 3 Park Avenue, Bedford; restoration and release of Methodist Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford; release of stable at St.Mary's Rectory, Bedford, used to store Air Raid Precautions equipment; release of premises and claims for damage; properties acquired for Fire Service purposes; employment of casual labour for dismantling respirators etc.; compensation regarding former Wardens' Post at 18 Whitefield Avenue, Sundon; staff at County Store, Park Road East, Bedford; release of former Wardens' Post, Rescue Party Depot, First Aid Point and Mobile Unit Headquarters at Shefford Lads' Club, 6 High Street, Shefford; reinstatement of Swallow Garage, Park Road, Kempston used as Air Raid Precautions Store, Repair Depot and Garage for Civil Defence vehicle; reinstatement of Hatfield Memorial Hall, Cranfield, used as Wardens' Post and First Aid Party Depot; release of room at 34 Old Warden used as Wardens' Post; release of former Air Raid Precautions Headquarters at St.Leonard's Hall, Victoria Road, Bedford; demolition of shelters in Cardington; restoration of rooms at 110 Dunstable Street, Ampthill used as Air Raid Precautions Headquarters; staff to be retained after 31 Oct 1945; former Wardens' Post in room at Hollycroft, 32 Southill Road, Broom; Rescue Party Depot and Wardens' Post at Elm Farm, Eaton Socon; former Rescue Party Depot at 2 Grovebury Road, Leighton Buzzard; former Rescue Party Depot at Bull's Yard, Sandy; former Wardens' Post, lecture room and Fire Guard Organisation in premises at rear of 40 High Street North, Dunstable; retention of Local Authority staff;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: dismantling fittings at St.Mary's Methodist Schoolroom, St.Mary's Church of England Schoolroom and St.Peter's Hall, Bedford; new rates of pay and conditions for whole time Civil Nursing Reserve
Reserve release of members; action regarding children left in reception areas where arrangements break down; reinstatement of open playshed at Chew's House, Dunstable, used as Mobile Unit garage; compensation regarding fittings at 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard; continued use of Methodist Schoolroom, Ampthill as Air Raid Precautions Evacuation Store; release of 56 Tavistock Street, Bedford; release of 21 Bunyan Road, Kempston; Mobile Unit garage at Britain Street Senior Council School, Dunstable;
- sales of surplus Civil Defence equipment;
- release of garage used as Wardens' Post at St.John's Place, Bedford;
- damage to garage used as Wardens' Post at 31 Howard Avenue, Bedford;
- damage to garage used as Wardens' Post at Angel Hotel, Elstow Road, Bedford;
- damage to room at 352 Goldington Road, Bedford used as Wardens' Post;
- release of room at 162 Kimbolton Road, Bedford, used as a Wardens' Post;
- communications with Civil Defence Department of Home Office regarding: resolutions of thanks to the services; award of Defence Medal; Civil Defence (Suspension of Powers) Act 1945; Civil Defence War Gratuity; Air Raid Precautions Equipment Bulletin No.39;
- release of Village Barn, Heath & Reach, former Wardens' Post and First Aid Point;
- accommodation for South Bedfordshire Civil Defence Association;
- damage to old kitchen at Campton Rectory used as Wardens' Post;
- damage to 19 Downs Road, Luton, former Boys Hostel;
- damage to room used as Wardens' Post at Manor Farm, Everton;
- release of two rooms used for Civil Defence purposes at Sandy & District Liberal Club, Sandy;
- former Air Raid Precautions Depots at Park Farm house, Dunstable and Stratton House, Biggleswade.
[ex W/ARPP 73]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/255  17 Apr 1946

Source of acquisition: acc. 7918


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- resolution appointing the members of new Civil Defence Committee, appointing a chairman and a Bills Sub-Committee;
- communications with Civil Defence Department of Home Office: disposal of Civil Defence equipment; air raid shelter policy; Section 45 Requisitioned Land & War Works Act 1945; release of premises used for Civil Defence purposes; future of Women's Voluntary Services; verification of Defence Medal claims; notes on general organisation of German Civil Defence; Victory March 8 Jun 1946;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: disposal of surplus equipment; claims for compensation under Section 2 of Compensation (Defence) Act 1939 regarding Methodist Schoolroom, Bedford Road, Kempston, 16 Grove Road, Leighton Buzzard and 21 Bunyan Road, Kempston; release of East Hall, York Street, Bedford, 20 Bromham Road, Bedford; Methodist Schoolroom, Ampthill and 38 Church Street, Ampthill;
- victory celebrations;
- emergency legislation;
- communications with Principal Officer Eastern Civil Defence Region regarding: restoration of Half Moon Caf' Dunstable; retention of Local Authority staff for 1946; removal of Wardens' Post at Black Cat Caf', High Street South, Dunstable; restoration and release of Woodside House, Turvey and Sandy & District Liberal Club; release of land adjoining 36 Houghton Road, Dunstable, at Primrose Laundry, Dunstable and fronting Kings Way, Dunstable, used as Wardens' Posts; disposal of siren erected on roof of Stotfold Cinema; disposal of Decontamination Laundry at Swan Model Laundry, Bromham; relinquishment of Wardens' Post at Potton Market Square to Bedfordshire County Council;
- County WVS Organiser's Report for 1945;
- demolition of air raid shelters near Cross keys Public House, Cranfield;
- release of public basement shelters in Dunstable;
- release of storage premises at Maskell's Farm, Goldington;
- Essential Work (General Provisions) Orders 1942 and 1944;
- demolition of air raid shelter in field adjoining almshouses, 12 High Street, Cranfield and in garden adjoining 2 Merchant Lane, Cranfield;
- demolition of air raid shelters in Cardington;
- removal of blast wall in front of East Hall, York Street, Bedford;
- reinstatement of lock up shop at 50 High Street, Stotfold;
- reinstatement of garage at 2 Pemberley Avenue, Bedford;
- release of St.Mary's Church of England Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street, Bedford and St.Peter's Hall, Bedford;
- release of basement of Bunyan Meeting, Castle Road, Bedford.
[ex W/ARPP 74]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/256  10 Jul 1946

Source of acquisition: acc. 7918


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Civil Defence equipment sold;
- communications with Civil Defence Department of Home Office regarding: compensation for injuries received by volunteers; petrol supply for units of American Ambulance (Great Britain) Fleet; demolition of brick and concrete emergency water installations; notes on German Civil Defence (No.2);
- communications with Eastern Civil Defence Region of Home Office regarding: amalgamation of No.3 and No.4 Civil Defence Regions;
- unexploded missiles, mines and ammunition;
- communications with Principal Officer of Eastern Civil Defence Region regarding: retention of Local Authority staff for 1946; dismantling pylons and sirens in Bedford Borough; demolition of shelter at rear of bungalow, 6 Court Road, Cranfield; reinstatement and release on County Control Room in Shire Hall, Bedford; reinstatement and release of Arlesey Working Men's Club; restoration and release of stable at St.Mary's Rectory, Bedford; demolition of 111 twelve person shelters in Cranfield; removal of shelters in Bedford Borough and Dunstable; surrender of Decontamination Laundry at White Heather Laundry, England's Lane, Dunstable; surrender of former Wardens' Post on land adjacent to 50 Farrer Street, Kempston; surrender of Decontamination Laundry at Bedford Steam Laundry, Goldington Road;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: removal of blast wall at East Hall, York Street, Bedford; dilapidations claim regarding Clophill Rectory; claims for compensation under Section 2 of Compensation (Defence) Act 1939 regarding 38 Church Street, Ampthill and All Saints Church Hall, Bedford; dilapidations claim regarding St.Mary's Church Schoolhouse, Cauldwell Street, Bedford and for Moravian Church Schoolroom, Howard Avenue, Bedford;
- release of public basement shelter at 49 West Street, Dunstable;
- demolition of bridge over King's Ditch, Bedford;
- reinstatement of Park Farm house, Goldington;
- reinstatement of Scout Hut at Dunton Corner, Biggleswade used as Wardens' Post;
- reinstatement of former basement shelter at 88 Upper Union Street, Dunstable;
- air raid shelter at 16 High Street, Sandy;
- reinstatement of basement shelter at The Maltings, High Street North, Dunstable;
- reinstatement of Cosmic Crayon pavilion, Ampthill Road, Bedford;
- disposal of Decontamination laundry at Bedford Steam Laundry, Goldington Road;
- release of 20 Bromham Road, Bedford.
[ex W/ARPP 74]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/257  15 Nov 1946

Source of acquisition: acc. 7293


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Civil Defence Department of Home Office regarding: application procedure for Defence Medal; Notes on German Civil Defence (Nos 3 and 4); disposal of surplus equipment;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: removal of structural precautions at hospitals; Casualty Bureaux, notification of casualties; dilapidations at East Hall, York Street, Bedford; compensation under Section 2 of Compensation (Defence) Act 1939 regarding 27 Park Road East, Bedford; release of Stratton House, Biggleswade; release of 20A Bromham Road, Bedford;
- Remembrance Day 1946;
- communications with Principal Officer, Eastern Civil Defence Region regarding: reinstatement and release of Arlesey Working Men's Club; WVS occupation of 1 St.Paul's Square, Bedford; retention of local authority staff; former wardens' post adjacent to Black Cat Caf', High Street South, Dunstable; reinstatement of Mission hall, Greyfriars Walk, Bedford, former Air Raid Precautions Training Centre; reinstatement of The Hoo, Wootton Green, former Rescue Training Centre; reinstatement of St.Leonard's Hall, Victoria Road, Bedford; demolition of shelters in Bedford; restoration and release of Biggleswade Old Police Station; demolition of basement shelter at 220 High Street, Dunstable; reinstatement and release of former shelter in basement of Chew's House, Dunstable; demolition of bridge over King's Ditch, Bedford;
- communications with Bedford Town Clerk regarding release of following premises occupied by Civil Defence Services: basement at 65 High Street; basement at 61 High Street; cellar at Lion Hotel, 55 High Street; basement at 3 & 5 Harpur Street; basement at 57 High Street; part of Bedford Modern School forecourt; basement at 59 High Street; six basements at Nos 25-35 Bromham Road; basement at 94 Midland Road; basement at 98 High Street; basement of Howard Congregational Hall, Ram Yard; basement of Castle Billiard Hall, Castle Hill; basement of 137 Midland Road; basement of 24 Lurke Street; basement of 62 Harpur Street; basement of 135 Midland Road; St.Mary's Methodist Schoolroom, Cauldwell Street; basement of 100 High Street; basement of 139 Midland Road; arches Nos 4 and 5, Midland Road, Bedford; island site, Dame Alice Street/St.Loyes Street;
- reinstatement of part of Dunstable Municipal Offices, former Report and Control Centre and Air Raid Precautions Offices;
- reinstatement of basement of Rifle Volunteer Public House, Dunstable.
[ex W/ARPP 75]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/258  5 Feb 1947

Source of acquisition: acc. 6918


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- demolition and clearance of war damaged property;
- employment of civilian prisoners and Borstal inmates in removal of shelters etc.;
- communications with Principal Officer, eastern Civil Defence Department regarding: reinstatement of basements used as air raid shelters at Cordova, West Street, Dunstable, Old Drill Hall, 26 Church Street, Dunstable, 139 Midland Road, Bedford and 61 High Street, Bedford; release of land on which Decontamination Laundry was erected at Refuse Destructor, Barkers Lane, Bedford; reinstatement of accommodation at 110 Dunstable Street, Ampthill; transfer of requisition of Park Farm House, Dunstable to Ministry of Health; Civil Defence Decontamination Laundry at Bedford Sanitary Laundry, Sandhurst Road, Bedford;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding; retention of staff; compensation regarding use of St.Peter's Hall, Bedford; dilapidation at Stratton House, Biggleswade;
- reinstatement of basements used as air raid shelters at Eagle Works, High Street, Leighton Buzzard;
- demolition of Mobile Unit Garage at St.Peter's Hospital, Bedford;
- reinstatement of garage at 6 Pemberley Avenue, Bedford;
- release of land on which air raid shelters were erected at Stirling Foundry Works, London Road, Bedford;
- transfer of WVS offices from 1 St.Paul's Square;
- release of 22 Bromham Road, Bedford;
- release of yard at rear of 24-26 Cauldwell Street, Bedford;
- retention of Captain J.M.Tingey, County Equipment Officer.
[ex W/ARPP 74]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/259  30 Apr 1947

Source of acquisition: acc. 6918


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Civil Defence Department of Home Office regarding: Evacuated Areas (Termination) Order 1947; Notes on German Civil Defence (No.5);
- communications with Principal Officer, Eastern Civil Defence Region regarding: reinstatement of the following premises: land on which four shelters were built at The Harrows Public House, Cotton End; Bedford Modern School forecourt; basement of 62 Harpur Street, Bedford; tower of Moravian Church, Howard Avenue, Bedford on which air raid siren was erected; cellar of Lion Hotel, 55 High Street, Bedford; basement of 100 High Street, Bedford; Methodist Sunday School premises, Cauldwell Street, Bedford; former Wardens' Post adjoining 36 Houghton Road, Dunstable; former shelter in basement of First & Last Hotel, Church Street, Dunstable; former shelter and Wardens' Post at Bunyan Meeting Sunday School, Mill Street, Bedford; Cleansing Station and Decontamination Laundry at Bedfordshire County Council Highways Depot, London Road, Bedford;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding: The Lawns, Biggleswade; WVS Clothing Depot at 18a Hassett Street, Bedford;
- release of Biggleswade NAAFI warehouse, Market Square, Biggleswade;
- release of St.Paul's Methodist Church Schoolroom, Harpur Street, Bedford;
- former Decontamination Laundry at Bedford Sanitary Laundry, Sandhurst Road, Bedford.
[ex W/ARPP 74]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/260  3 Nov 1947

Source of acquisition: acc. 6918


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- communications with Civil Defence Department of Home Office regarding: Notes on German Civil Defence; Remembrance Day 1947; publication of information on air attacks on UK;
- communications with Principal Officer, Eastern Civil Defence Region regarding reinstatement of the following premises: basement of Castle Hill Billiard Hall, Bedford; 22 Bromham Road, Bedford; billiard room at Gordon Arms Public House, Castle Road, Bedford; land at rear of 12, 12a and 14 Midland Road, Bedford; basements of 25-35 Bromham Road, Bedford;
- communications with Ministry of Health regarding reinstatement of the following premises: 20a Bromham Road, Bedford; 13 Kimbolton Avenue, Bedford; Methodist Church, Harpur Street, Bedford; Clophill Rectory; The Lawns, Biggleswade;
- release of land at junction of Brook Street and High Street, Stotfold on which Wardens' Post was erected;
- release of basements in Leighton Buzzard at 17 and 17a Market Square and 4 Market Square.
[ex W/ARPP 74]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/261  4 Feb 1948

Source of acquisition: acc. 8474


Contents:
Agenda papers including amongst other things:
- communications with Principal Officer, Eastern Civil Defence Region regarding: reinstatement of basement at Highfields, London Road, Dunstable; reinstatement of cellar at 63 High Street, Bedford; release of land on which public shelters stood at Neville Lane, Bedford Road and Grange Camp, Kempston; Civil Defence works at Biggleswade Public Assistance Institution; de-requisitioning of land at Spreadeagle Farm, Biggleswade on which a Wardens' Post was situated;
- release of 65/67 Newnham Road, Bedford, former Wardens' Post;
- Civil Defence building erected at 10 High Street, Shefford during the war.
[ex W/ARPP 76]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/262  7 Apr 1948

Source of acquisition: acc. 8474


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Clerk's report on Government policy regarding post-war Civil Defence organisation;
- communications with Principal Officer of eastern Civil Defence Region regarding: compensation for land at Nevills Lane, Kempston, Arches Nos 4 and 5, Midland Road, Bedford and Spreadeagle Farm, Biggleswade; reinstatement of 17 Kirby Road, Dunstable, former Civil Defence respirator store;
- demolition of blast walls at Leighton Buzzard Public Assistance Institution;
- release of basement under Eastman's, Harpur Street, Bedford.
[ex W/ARPP 76]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/263  28 Oct 1948

Source of acquisition: acc. 8474


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Remembrance Day 1948;
- demolition of Civil Defence structures;
- communications with Principal Officer of Eastern Civil Defence Region regarding: compensation regarding 4 and 17 Market Square, Leighton Buzzard; demolition of Wardens' Posts at Black Cat Caf', Stotfold and Hitchin Street, Biggleswade; printing of booklet History of Civil Defence in the County of Bedford;
- reinstatement of casual wards in Ampthill Public Assistance Institution;
- reinstatement of cellar at Association Building, Harpur Street, Bedford.
[ex W/ARPP 76]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/264  11 May 1949

Source of acquisition: acc. 8474


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Civil Defence Act 1948;
- appointment of Lieutenant Colonel A.C.E. Caiger as temporary part-time Civil Defence (Designated) Officer for Bedfordshire.
[ex W/ARPP 76]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/265  26 Aug 1949

Source of acquisition: acc. 8474


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of Civil Defence Officer;
- consideration of appointment of full-time Civil Defence General Instructors;
- appointment of H.W.King as Temporary Whole-Time Civil Defence Rescue Instructor.
[ex W/ARPP 76]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/266  19 Oct 1949

Source of acquisition: acc. 8474


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Clerk's report regarding conference with a number of local authorities regarding recruiting for Civil Defence Corps;
- recommendation of Lieutenant Colonel A.C.E.Caiger as whole-time temporary County Civil Defence Officer;
- Civil Defence Circulars regarding: appointment of Civil Defence Officers; Civil Defence Act 1948; Civil Defence Staff College; recruiting arrangements for Civil Defence Corps; Remembrance Sunday 1949; Civil Defence premises;
- Ministry of Health circulars regarding: draft Civil Defence (Sewerage) Regulations; draft Civil Defence (Water Supplies) Regulations; draft Civil Defence (Burial) Regulations; draft Civil Defence (Ambulance) Regulations; draft Civil Defence (Evacuation and Care of Homeless) Regulations; National Hospital Service Reserve recruiting arrangements;
- training in biological warfare;
- offer of assistance by British Red Cross Society in Civil Defence Corps organisation.
[ex W/ARPP 76]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/267  15 Dec 1949

Source of acquisition: acc. 8474


Contents:
Agenda papers for a Special Meeting to appoint members, and chairman, review accounts etc.
[ex W/ARPP 76]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/268  1 Feb 1950

Source of acquisition: acc. 8474


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- consider appointment of an Officer to have charge of Wardens' Section of Bedfordshire Division of Civil Defence Corps;
- acceptance of delegation of function of enrolling volunteers for Civil Defence Corps;
- appointment of Civil Defence Liaison Officers;
- atomic bomb lectures in Leighton Buzzard;
- Biggleswade Urban District Council dissatisfaction with recruiting arrangements for Civil Defence Volunteers;
- signed minutes of meeting of 1 Feb 1950.
[ex W/ARPP 76]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/269  26 Apr 1950

Source of acquisition: acc. 8929


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- proposal, report etc. regarding Chief Constable taking over responsibility for Wardens' Section of Bedfordshire Division of Civil Defence Corps;
- Civil Defence Circular regarding Civil Defence Act 1948 and functions of local authorities;
- Civil Defence Ambulance Service in Luton;
- minutes of meeting of Civil Defence Committee for 22 Sep 1950;
- Civil Defence recruitment publicity programme;
- Civil Defence Act 1948 - regulations regarding evacuation of civil population;
- Civil Defence Act 1948 - regulations regarding care of the homeless;
- billeting in wartime;
- Civil Defence (Water Supplies) Regulations 1949;
- Civil Defence (Sewerage) Regulations 1949;
- training of Civil Defence volunteers;
- report of Committee to Bedfordshire County Council regarding recruitment and organisation.
[ex W/ARPP 77]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/270  5 Jun 1950

Source of acquisition: acc. 8929


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- Report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- formations of Sub-Divisions of Civil Defence Corps in Bedfordshire;
- appointment of whole-time Civil Defence Officer;
- Chief Constable's acceptance of responsibility for Wardens' Section of Bedfordshire Division, Civil Defence Corps;
- minutes of meeting of 5 Jul 1950.
[ex W/ARPP 77]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/271  22 Sep 1950

Source of acquisition: acc. 8929


Contents:
Agenda papers including Report of County Civil Defence Officer and details of organisation of Bedfordshire Division of Civil Defence Corps.
[ex W/ARPP 77]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/272  26 Apr 1950

Source of acquisition: acc. 8929


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- recommendation of use of The Manor, Kempston as Civil Defence Headquarters;
- Emergency Feeding arrangements;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
[ex W/ARPP 77]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/273  15 Nov 1950

Source of acquisition: acc. 8929


Contents:
Agenda papers of Special Meeting to consider the question of organisation of Bedfordshire Division of Civil Defence Corps and the measure of delegation to be afforded to District Councils concerned.
[ex W/ARPP 77]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/274  31 Jan 1951

Source of acquisition: acc. 8930


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report in constitution of Civil Defence Committee;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- report on Kempston Manor;
- report of County Medical Officer;
- appointment of Assistant Civil Defence Officer;
- expenditure estimates;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council.
[ex W/ARPP 78]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/275  25 Apr 1951

Source of acquisition: acc. 8930


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- chairman's notes
- appointment of Lieutenant Colonel A.V.Perry as Assistant Civil Defence Officer;
- report of Clerk as to proposed scheme for delegation of Civil Defence functions to District Councils together with draft scheme;
- letting of garden land at Kempston Manor;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- occupation of top flat at Kempston manor by County Civil Defence Officer;
- formation of operational Civil Defence link with Luton;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council.
[ex W/ARPP 78]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/276  20 Jun 1951

Source of acquisition: acc. 8930


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- appointment of Committee;
- report of County Medical Officer regarding Civil Defence Ambulance Service;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- feeding of agricultural workers in Bedfordshire;
- recreational facilities for volunteers;
- Mobile Canteen Service in rural areas;
- draft minutes of meeting of 20 Jun 1951
[ex W/ARPP 78]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/277  31 Oct 1951

Source of acquisition: acc. 8931


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- alterations and adaptions to Kempston Manor as Headquarters of Bedfordshire Division of Civil Defence Corps;
- possible takeover of redundant Cooking Depot at Houghton Regis as Emergency Feeding Centre;
- special report by Chief Fire Officer regarding planning new fire defence scheme against hostile attack from the air;
- draft plan for organisation and functioning of Luton Operational Group;
- appointment of H.W.King as Civil Defence Administration Officer;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- minutes of inaugural meeting of Bedfordshire Federation of Civil Defence Associations;
- appointment of Alderman C.Wickings-Smith as Chief Warden of Bedford Borough;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 31 Oct 1951.
[ex W/ARPP 79]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/278  30 Jan 1952

Source of acquisition: acc. 8931


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- probable expenditure accounts 1951/2 and estimated expenditure 1952/3;
- adaptions and repairs to Kempston Manor;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- expenditure by members of County Federation of Civil Defence Associations;
- report by Head of the Welfare Section (Civil Defence);
- shelter survey in Bedford Borough;
- draft plan of organisation and functioning of a Luton Operational Group;
- Industrial Civil Defence Organisation;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- Civil Defence Training Centre at Carts Maltings, Dunstable.
[ex W/ARPP 79]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/279  14 May 1952

Source of acquisition: acc. 8932


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- report of Local Government Committee regarding, among other things the membership of Civil Defence Committee;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- South Bedfordshire Control Centre;
- Civil Defence training at clubroom of Royal Oak Public House, Woburn;
- refurbishment of former Cooking Depot at Sandy;
- possible hire of former Bolnhurst County Primary School premises as Civil Defence Headquarters for North East Bedfordshire;
- mutual assistance with Buckinghamshire County Council in Leighton Buzzard/Linslade area;
- evacuation of expectant mothers;
- allocation of funds for delegated Civil Defence services;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 14 May 1952.
[ex W/ARPP 80]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/280  18 Jun 1952

Source of acquisition: acc. 8932


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 14 May 1952;
- liaison with Luton Civil Defence Corps Authority;
- appointment of Controller and Deputy or Assistant Controllers;
- nomination of County Controller; report of County Medical Officer on Civil Defence Ambulance Service;
- notes on Warden Section;
- proposed Civil Defence Hut for Bedford;
- draft minutes of meeting of 18 Jun 1952;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council.
[ex W/ARPP 80]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/281  16 Oct 1952

Source of acquisition: acc. 8932


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 18 Jun 1952;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- Recruiting Publicity Campaign 1952/3 outline plan;
- annual review of Volunteer Warden Officers' appointments;
- refurbishment of former Cooking Depot, Sandy;
- proposed Civil Defence Hut for Bedford;
- move of Ampthill Ambulance Depot from Claridges Lane to Clevedon;
- Civil Defence in Biggleswade;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 16 Oct 1952.
[ex W/ARPP 80]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/282  15 Jan 1953

Source of acquisition: acc. 8932


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 16 Oct 1952;
-probable expenditure accounts for 1952/3 and estimated expenditure 1953/4;
- factors considered when arriving at establishment figures;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- addresses of siren sites;
- report of Head of Welfare Section;
- dissatisfaction with organisation of Welfare Section and Emergency Meals Section;
- Remembrance Sunday 1952;
- Civil Defence Staff, Luton Rural District;
- Civil Defence premises - hut at Albert Street, Bedford;
- additional hut at Albert Street, Bedford for training purposes;
- designation of Controllers;
- note regarding media misrepresentation of Prime Minister's speech regarding Civil Defence and possible Third World War;
- summary of conclusions and recommendations of Mabane Report on Civil Defence and Allied Services;
- radiological courses for County Medical Officers of Health;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 15 Jan 1953.
[ex W/ARPP 80]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/283  16 Apr 1953

Source of acquisition: acc. 8932


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 15 Jan 1953;
- liaison with Luton Civil Defence Corps Authority;
- garaging of vehicles at Kempston Manor;
- organisation of Welfare Section;
- appointment of Headquarters Civil Defence Administrative Assistant (Training);
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- training huts at Albert Street, Bedford;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 16 Apr 1953.
[ex W/ARPP 80]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/284  4 Jun 1953

Source of acquisition: acc. 8933


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 16 Apr 1953;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- draft and final minutes of meeting of 4 Jun 1953.
[ex W/ARPP 81]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/285  29 Oct 1953

Source of acquisition: acc. 8933


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 4 Jun 1953;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- annual review of Volunteer Warden Officers' appointments;
- fees payable to Council Staff selected by Home Office for Regional Panel of Civil Defence Examiners;
- Civil Defence Training Centre, Albert Street, Bedford;
- provision of Headquarters for Biggleswade Civil Defence Contingent;
- takeover of ex-Cooking Depot in Houghton Regis;
- proposed garaging of vehicles at Kempston Manor;
- proposed construction of Rescue Training Set;
- flat at Kempston Manor;
- Civil Defence publicity;
- air raid sirens;
- Civil Defence staff in Dunstable Borough;
- Industrial Civil Defence Organisation;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft and final minutes of meeting of 29 Oct 1953.
[ex W/ARPP 81]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/286  26 Jan 1954

Source of acquisition: acc. 8933


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 29 Oct 1953;
- resignation of Lieutenant Colonel A.C.E.Caiger as County Civil Defence Officer;
- report of Clerk on establishment [staffing] of Civil Defence Department;
- Civil Defence Officer's report on staff establishment for Civil Defence Headquarters, Kempston Manor;
- Civil Defence Administration Assistant for Leighton Buzzard;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- analysis of probable expenditure account 1953/4 and estimated expenditure 1954/5;
- second hut at Civil Defence Training Centre, Albert Road, Bedford;
- Civil Defence Centre, The Maltings, Dunstable;
- new Chief Constable of Bedfordshire (H.R.Pratt) acceptance of position of Head of Warden Section;
- draft report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft and final minutes of meeting of 26 Jan 1954.
[ex W/ARPP 81]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/287  6 Apr 1954

Source of acquisition: acc. 8933


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting on 26 Jan 1954;
- appointment of Civil Defence Administration Assistant in Bedford Borough;
- appointment of Civil Defence Administration Assistant at County Air Raid Precautions Headquarters;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- renewal of lease of Carts Maltings, Dunstable for Civil Defence Centrerental of Civil Defence Offices at Priory House, Dunstable;
- renovations to Civil Defence Centre, Albert Street, Bedford;
- possible construction of County Training Centre at Kempston Manor;
- training of Welfare Section personnel in operation and use of equipment used in School Meals Service kitchens;
- appreciation of services of Lieutenant Colonel A.C.E.Caiger as County Civil Defence Officer by Council of Bedfordshire Federation of Civil Defence Associations;
- draft and final report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 6 Apr 1954.
[ex W/ARPP 81]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/288  15 Jun 1954

Source of acquisition: acc. 8933


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- appointment of Committee;
- minutes of meeting of 6 Apr 1954;
- new garage for Civil Defence vehicles at Kempston Manor;
- Civil Defence Training Centre at The Lawns, Biggleswade;
- report of Clerk on proposed formation of Reserve Rescue Parties from Highways employees;
- text of speech of Home Secretary to representatives of Industry and Commerce at Bristol regarding Civil Defence, made just after the explosion of the first hydrogen bomb;
- draft minutes of meeting of 15 Jun 1954;
- draft and final report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- summary of main recommendations contained in second report of [national] Advisory Committee on Publicity and Recruitment for Civil Defence and Allied Services;
- copy of statement by Home Secretary regarding Civil Defence in House of Commons.
[ex W/ARPP 81]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/289  14 Oct 1954

Source of acquisition: acc. 9332


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- proposed County Civil Defence Training Centre;
- proposed garages etc. at Kempston Manor;
- Civil Defence Training Hut at The Lawns, Biggleswade;
- second hut at Civil Defence Training Centre, Albert Street, Bedford;
- Warden Training Post at Round House, Cattle Market, Bedford;
- organisation of Welfare Section;
- sick pay scheme for members of Civil Defence Corps and Auxiliary Fire Service;
- air raid sirens in Dunstable and Bedford;
- draft minutes of meeting of 14 Oct 1954.
[ex W/ARPP 82]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/290  13 Jan 1955

Source of acquisition: acc. 9332


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- analysis of probable expenditure 1954/5 and estimated expenditure 1955/6;
- appointment of Civil Defence Administrative Assistant (Welfare);
- continued lease of The Maltings, Dunstable;
- letting of fishing rights for river frontage of Kempston Manor to Queens Engineering Works Recreation Club;
- garages at Kempston Manor;
- proposed County Training Centre at Kempston Manor;
- termination of lease of walled garden at Kempston Manor to Kempston County Secondary Modern School for rural science study;
- air raid sirens in Luton and Bedford;
- Warden Organisation in Dunstable Borough;
- sick pay for members of Civil Defence Corps;
- Mobile First Aid Units;
- road control for Civil Defence operations after a heavy attack;
- draft minutes of meeting of 13 Jan 1955;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council.
[ex W/ARPP 82]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/291  5 May 1955

Source of acquisition: acc. 9332


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- co-option of members onto Committee;
- garage at Kempston Manor;
- County Training Centre at Kempston Manor;
- electricity supply to Kempston Manor;
- possible renewal of lease of Sandy Civil Defence premises (ex-Cooking Depot in London Road);
- Wardens' Training Post, 13 Albany Road, Leighton Buzzard;
- appointment of Civil Defence Administration Officer at Dunstable and Administration Assistant at Leighton Buzzard;
- appointment of Head of Rescue Section, Dunstable;
- loan of van to WVS for Meals on Wheels Service;
- second training hut at Albert Road, Bedford;
- appointment of Civil Defence Administration Assistants at Bedford and Dunstable;
- draft and final report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- Report by the United States Atomic Energy Commission on the effects of high yield nuclear explosions;
- draft minutes of meeting of 5 May 1955.
[ex W/ARPP 82]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/292  21 Jun 1955

Source of acquisition: acc. 9332


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- co-option of members of Committee;
- occasional sub-letting of Civil Defence premises to outside bodies;
- sub-letting of Sandy Civil Defence Training Centre to Sandy & District Fur & Feather Society;
- proposed garages at Kempston Manor;
- continued lease of Civil Defence Training Centre, London Road, Sandy;
- Wardens' Training Post at 88 Shortmead Street;
- appointment of District Rescue Officer, Bedford Borough;
- appointment of Head of Headquarters Section, Dunstable;
- proposed Training Control Room at Kempston Manor;
- Emergency Feeding Transfer of Functions (Ministry of Food) Order 1955;
- draft and final report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 21 Jun 1955.
[ex W/ARPP 82]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/293  13 Oct 1955

Source of acquisition: acc. 9332


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- detailed report on proposed Wade-Gery Straw Bale Shelter for the homeless in an emergency;
- co-option of members;
- proposed adaption of cellars at Kempston Manor to a shadow Control Room;
- increase in Civil Defence Department establishment;
- rescue training in Bedford Borough;
- lease of Civil Defence Training Centre, London Road, Sandy;
- draft minutes of meeting of 13 Oct 1955;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council.
[ex W/ARPP 82]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/294  12 Jan 1956

Source of acquisition: acc. 11243


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- analysis of expenditure 1955/6 and estimates of probable expenditure 1956/7;
- recommendation of compulsory Civil Defence training for those excepted from National Service;
- remuneration of Civil Defence Administration Officer, Dunstable;
- air raid sirens in Luton;
- proposed laboratory at Civil Defence Headquarters for use of Technical Reconnaissance Officers;
- draft and final report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 12 Jan 1956.
[ex W/ARPP 83]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/295  12 Apr 1956

Source of acquisition: acc. 11243


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 12 Jan 1956;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- draft report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- lease of Civil Defence Training Centre, London Road, Sandy;
- further lease of The Maltings, Dunstable;
- tenancy of room at Royal Oak Public House, Woburn;
- rates of hiring Training Centre, Albert Street, Bedford to public;
- regrading of Chief Rescue Officer, Bedford Borough;
- appointment of Emergency Meals Officer for Luton;
- air raid sirens in Luton;
- draft and final minutes of meeting of 12 Apr 1956.
[ex W/ARPP 83]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/296  31 May 1956

Source of acquisition: acc. 11243


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 12 Apr 1956;
- co-option of members;
- draft and final report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 31 May 1956.
[ex W/ARPP 83]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/297  16 Oct 1956

Source of acquisition: acc. 11243


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 31 May 1956;
- report of Civil Defence Officer;
- annual review of appointments (names and addresses) of Volunteer Warden Officers, Volunteer Welfare Leaders, Volunteer Rescue Officers and Volunteer Ambulance Officers;
- Volunteer Emergency Feeding Leader appointment;
- co-option of member;
- authorisation of Ampthill Rural District Council use of Ampthill Entertainment Hall during alterations to the boardroom of The Cedars, Ampthill;
- renewal of lease of The Maltings, Dunstable;
- use of The Maltings by Dunstable Pioneer Boys' Club and Dunstable Young People's Club;
- renewed lease of Ravenstone Chambers, High Street, Leighton Buzzard for Civil Defence purposes;
- Civil Defence expenses in Dunstable Borough 1953-1955;
- allowances payable to Civil Defence Instructors and Volunteers;
- draft and final report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 16 Oct 1956.
[ex W/ARPP 83]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/298  8 Jan 1957

Source of acquisition: acc. 11243


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 16 Oct 1956;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- garage for Civil Defence vehicles in Dunstable;
- analysis of probable expenditure 1956/7 and estimated expenditure 1957/8;
- allowances payable to Civil Defence Instructors and Volunteers;
- lighting of drive of Kempston Manor;
- renewal of lease of The Maltings, Dunstable;
- use of The Maltings by Dunstable Young People's Club and Dunstable Pioneer Boy's Club;
- renewal of lease of Ravenstone Chambers, High Street, Leighton Buzzard;
- Luton Rural District Council Civil Defence Administration Assistant use of office at 51 Guildford Street, Luton;
- draft and final report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 8 Jan 1957.
[ex W/ARPP 83]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/299  9 Apr 1957

Source of acquisition: acc. 11243


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 8 Jan 1957;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- constitution of the Committee;
- use of The Maltings by Dunstable Young People's Club and Dunstable Pioneer Boy's Club;
- draft and final report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 9 Apr 1957.
[ex W/ARPP 83]

[no title]  WW2 AR C/2/300  28 May 1957

Source of acquisition: acc. 11243


Contents:
Agenda papers including, amongst other things:
- minutes of meeting of 9 Apr 1957;
- report of County Civil Defence Officer;
- details of lettings of Civil Defence premises;
- co-option of members;
- garage accommodation at Kempston Manor;
- recruiting publicity for Civil Defence Corps;
- report of Civil Defence Committee to Bedfordshire County Council;
- draft minutes of meeting of 28 May 1957.
[ex W/ARPP 83]

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