Local Businesses and Village Amenities in Heath and Reach
We have assembled a list of local amenities situated within the Heath and Reach Parish that may be of some interest. The links to further information will open in a new window.
Heath and Reach Parish Council has now introduced a local business directory exclusively for our residents. The Directory can be viewed from the following link.
The no.150 bus between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes runs hourly in each direction having four bus stops in the village in each direction. You can view the bus timetable by following this link
There is also a no.37 bus operating three trips each morning and evening between the village and Leighton Buzzard railway station. You can view the bus timetable by following this link
There are several sand quarries around the village and the owners have provided footpaths and bridleways around the perimeters which provide habitats for wildflowers and wildlife, especially butterflies during the Summer months.
Heath Barn Pre School
Heath Barn Pre School has been established for more than 40 years. It is located on the grounds of St Leonard’s School, Heath and Reach. They are a registered charity and ‘owned’ by the parents/carers of the children who attend; a committee is formed from the parents and assists with the management of the school.
Further details about the school can be found by following the link to their Website.
Heath Village Barn
The Village Barn is the community centre for the village and a large number of classes and events are held here throughout the year.
There are regular activities run in The Barn and the Church Hall; these include children’s groups, art classes an various exercise classes.
The Barn is also bookable for private events. You can find out what’s on and when by clicking here.
The Barn is also the central point for the Village Defibrillator that can be seen in the picture (yellow box).
Leighton Buzzard Golf Club
Located on the outskirts of Leighton Buzzard, it is very accessible from the M1 and A5, only 15 minutes from Woburn, Bletchley, Milton Keynes and 5 minutes from the centre of Leighton Buzzard. The golf course winds through cleverly bunkered tree-lined fairways and features small excellent greens with subtle gradients. It is a course that ensures a very enjoyable and memorable experience.
For further information can be found by following this link to their Website or by clicking on the logo.
St Leonard’s V.A. Lower School with an outstanding Ofsted has a great reputation.
The school was founded by the Church of England in 1846 to provide an education of the highest quality, within the context of Christian belief and practice. This modern, purpose-built school set in beautiful grounds adjoining Rushmere Country Park.
St. Leonard’s School Website can be viewed by clicking here.
The local Co-op store has a Post Office services counter situated on Birds Hill.
Additionally, there are three hairdressing salons and a flooring store all within the village boundary. Please visit our local business directory for details by clicking on the button at the top of this page.
The main shopping area is in Leighton Buzzard (4 miles away), or for a wider choice, Milton Keynes (10 miles away).
Public Houses, Restaurants and Accommodation
There are three inns in the village, each one offering quality meals and accommodation.
Having a Grade II listed building, Real Ales and fine dining, the Parish has a good selection to choose from.
Further information can be found on our local business directory page. You can visit each of their websites from the links provided.
Rushmere Country Park
Rushmere Country Park, which includes the former Stockgrove Country Park, has its two main entrances in the village. The park is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council and managed by the Greensand Trust and boasts two visitor centres with cafeterias.
There are trails for walking and cycling and much wildlife to be enjoyed, including the heronry. Just over the Brickhill Road from Stockgrove Visitor Centre are Kings Wood and Rammamere Heath, (also managed by the Greensand Trust) which provide a greater diversity of wildlife.
The Rushmere Country Park Website can be found by clicking here.
Sports and Recreation Fields
The sports field in Bryants Lane has a Trim Trail around the perimeter, all-weather courts for tennis, five-a-side football and bowls and a pavilion which is used by the Heath and Reach Boxing Club*. There is also a football pitch which is used as the home pitch for a local team.
Thrift Road Playing Field provides swings, a roundabout and climbing apparatus for young children and a slide, zipwire and climbing blocks for older children.
To check on availability at Bryants Lane Sports Ground, please click on the following link
* Currently, the pavilion is being rebuilt. Please visit the Boxing Club’s Facebook page for further details.
St. Leonard’s Church
St Leonard’s has been the Parish Church since the beginning of the 19th-century although the building, originally a chapel, boasts a 16th-century tower.
St.Leonard’s has an active Website where you will be able to find details of the times of the Church Services.
St. Leonard’s is also open for quiet reflection every day from 8:30 am until dusk. All are welcome.
The Parish Church website can be found here.
There are a number of allotments along Linslade Road and on Copt Hill. These plots are managed by and are the responsibility of the Allotment Trustees. The Charity owns and manages land on behalf of the villagers of Heath and Reach – Charity no. 200098.
The 2019 annual report from The United Charities of Heath and Reach (Charity number 200098) Known locally as The Allotment Trustees can be viewed from the following link
To inquire on availability or any other matters, please email the Trustees directly by clicking here.
Village Vet and Boarding Kennels
There is a veterinary practice in the village that specialises in the care of small pets.
There are also boarding kennels, a cattery & dog grooming services situated within the village.
Please visit our local business directory for details by clicking on the button at the top of this page.
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This page was last updated on 4th December 2019.