Clifton Reynes & Newton Blossomville Joint Parish Council

Parish History

Clifton Reynes & Newton Blossomville History

Clifton Reynes and Newton Blossomville are delightful villages in designated conservation areas tucked away in a picturesque corner of North Buckinghamshire. They are very close to the borders of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire being equidistant from Bedford, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.  

Clifton Reynes was given its name ‘Cliftun’ by the Saxons and later in the 13th century, following the marriage of Thomas Reynes to then owner Joan Borard, acquired the name Clifton Reynes.

The name Newton is an old English language word meaning New Farm and acquired Blossomville from the family name of the Lords of the manor.  Historically the villages are traditional rural farming communities and also in the 19th Century were known for lace making.

Both churches, St Mary’s Clifton Reynes and St Nicholas’s Newton Blossomville, are medieval and continue to play a prominent part in village life.  St Mary’s has two fine examples of wooden effigies one of which is unique with its sleeping dogs.

In the 19th century both villages supported schools.  Although Clifton Reynes School was closed in 1923, Newton Blossomville continues to flourish.  Lessons are now also taught in The Reading Room, which was opened in 1910, as the original school room was too small.  


On this page you will find information about the parish history and amenities

The Reading Room is the main centre of village activities with a selection of groups and clubs using its facilities regularly and it is regarded as a village hall by both communities.

Each village has had a public house for centuries, The Robin Hood in Clifton Reynes and The Old Mill in Newton Blossomville.

Both villages have traditions which still endure.  Clifton Reynes has Kites charity, a medieval endowment, where rent from one of the parish fields (Kite’s field) is shared amongst the inhabitants by means of a donation of cheese, bread and tea, and in later years an annual barbecue. Newton Blossomville has biennial village fetes and a nationally recognised Carols by Candlelight Christmas Service.

 The two villages have evolved over the centuries and continue to thrive without losing their charm.

Taxi Bus Service

Please see village notice boards

Newton Library Service

The Mobile Library service visits Newton Blossomville (adjacent to the Greenhill) every other Wednesday from 1.15 until 2.15 For more information on the mobile library service click here

Clifton Library Service

The Mobile Library service visits Clifton Reynes (outside Robin Hood Pub) every other Wednesday from 11.30 until midday. For more information on the mobile library service click here

Clifton Church Services

St. Mary the Virgin, Clifton Reynes has the following Services


Refer to church noticeboards for church wardens

Newton Blossomville Reading Room

The Reading Room acts as a school room during school time. Outside of this the Reading Room is available for public hire. Please contact the Holloways  (amandajaneholloway@gmail.com) with enquiries. Hire is free for local charity and community events

Newton Church Services

St. Nicholas, Newton Blossomville has the following services


Refer to church noticeboards for church wardens

Allotments

There are seven allotments for public hire in Clifton Reynes. To enquire about availability please contact the clerk by clicking here.


The land adjacent to the allotments can be used by either village for recreational purposes.

Marquee

The Parish Council own a marquee that is available for hire for local events. To enquire about availability and prices please contact the Clerk by clicking here. Hire is free for local charity and community events

Millennium Field

The millennium field was gifted to Newton Blossomville as a recreational area. It boasts a children's play area and small wood.

Shopping

There is a newsagent, village store and Post office in Turvey. Both villages are served daily by a milkman.

Robin Hood Public House

Clifton Reynes' local pub is the Robin Hood which serves food and drink Tuesday to Sunday. For up to date details visit www.therobinhoodpub.co.uk or call

 01234 711 574

Old Mill Public House

Newton Blossomville's local pub is the Old Mill which serves food and drink daily, as well as having en-suite letting rooms. For up to date details visit

www.oldmill-newtonblossomville.co.uk or call  01234 881 273