Office: Lizzie Barnicoat T: 01234 743152 E:

Parish Council Notices 

Next Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meeting is now Monday 22nd November and will take place in the village hall at 7pm. The agenda can be viewed here once published. 

Reporting Incidents to the Police

There are a few ways to report incidents and information to the Police:

The first is 999 or 101 depending on the immediacy of the situation.

The police have an online reporting function.

There is also CrimeStoppers for anyone who wants to give information without providing their details. 

The local community team can be contacted by email. Please can this only be used to get in touch with the team or to let them know of any events taking place, as this isn't to be used for reporting of crime or intelligence. 

Click here for Bedford Rutal CPT Facebook page. 

And finally, click here for North Bedfordshire's Police Twitter page.

Planning for the Telecoms Mast

This application has been refused following strong representations from the Parish Council and others, details here

Local Plan 2040 Consultation

Thanks to everyone who attended the recent open day at the Village Hall. The Parish Council have submitted a robust response to this strategic growth option paper which may be found here

Notice Boards

Look out for the new village notice boards which will be going up over the next few weeks. You'll find official notices as well as space for local information to be displayed. 

Wilstead Village Hall

At the WVHMC meeting held in July, Sandra Spinks became the new Chair. She can be contacted at

If you'd like to book the hall rates and information on hiring may be found at

Audit Notice 2021

The latest Audit Notice may be found here. The audit has been satisfactorily concluded and the statement of accounts is published here. Residents have rights of inspection of these documents. Please get in touch with the Clerk to organise. The office is open every Monday morning to the rear of the village hall from 9am to noon. 

Wanted: Parish Councillors

Please come and help shape your village. Are you interested in the life of Wilstead, your local environment, recreational facilities, local transport, planning and housing issues, just a few of the areas where we get involved to help make a difference to our community. 

We have two vacancies, will you come and join us? 

If you'd like more details please get in touch with Lizzie and see this notice

Bin Collections

Bedford Borough Council will no longer provide a bin collection schedule. You can download you calendar here. Please remember that orange sacks are also no longer provided, full updates are on the council website. 


If you are self isolating and don't have family or friends who are able to support you then Bedford Borough Council's Community Hub can assist with everyday things such as essential shopping and collecting mediacation. If you need help contact them on 01234 718101 or email them at  You can also stay up to date with Covid advice in our area at

Land on Bedford Road

The Parish Council has the opportunity to adopt the piece of land on Bedford Road, next to the balancing pond. It's on the left hand side as you exit the village, where travellers have previously encamped. 

The site could potentially be deveoped for recreational activities for the residents of Wilstead and Wixams. 

Graeme Coombes, our local Borough Councillor, is investigating funding for development. 

The site is large enough for covered seating, perhaps a skate board area, an outdoor gym, a BMX track, a running track etc. Or a combination of some of these. Alternatively it could be planted with trees. 

Discussions are currently taking place so this is a real possibility.

We're consulting with residents and potential user groups of all ages as to what could be sourced and installed, funding permitted.

If you have any comments please get in touch here


There's lots of help and advice available on the Borough Council website which can be found here

If you are self isolating and don't have family or friends local to support you, then Bedford Borough Council's Community Hub can help with things like shopping and prescriptions, if you need assistance email them here, or call them on 01234 718101


If your run a not for profit organisation within the village then you may be able to apply for a grant from the Parish Council, application forms are available here

Other funding streams can be found here


New to Wilstead? 

Welcome to the village, there's lot going on to get involved with. For further information please see our village website which can be found here.