Richard (Dick) Aitken
Boxing Day Walk
Approximately 50 people joined the Boxing Day walk which this year
followed the footpath from the Carlton Road passing Green's Spinney
to Pavenham ridge returning along Pavenham Road. 26/12/03
Dick Aitken passed peacefully away on Sunday 7 December 2003.
Christmas at St Mary's
A candle lit Christingle Service was held at St Mary's Church on
Sunday 7 December. About 40 children accompanied by adults
celebrated this ancient Morovian custom which celebrates the
coming of Christmas. Children (and adults) were given
Christingles and sang Silent Night. Both the candle lit
midnight and the Christmas day services were well attended. 26/12/03
Banner in St Mary's used
in Christmas card →
New P3 (Parish
Paths Partnership) Coordinator
Felmersham and Radwell
P3 Group gave a vote of thanks to Chris Ure when, after 4 years
service as the P3 coordinator, he stood down. Chris has been an
effective and hard working leader of the group. The new
coordinator is Carol Stork.
Each member of the group has taken responsibility for a
path/bridleway in the parish. They will regularly walk them and
ensure that the paths are accessible whilst at the same time
establishing a good relationship with the land owner.
A Service of Remembrance was held in St
Mary's church on Sunday 9 November followed by a wreath laying ceremony
at the war memorial. The services were well attended with more than
forty people attending the wreath laying ceremony. Both services were
conducted by the Rev David Mason, organist: Pam fforde, trumpet player:
Nigel Doggett, wreath was laid by Geoff Hulatt with Fred Turner in
←The wreath laid
in St Mary's church.
weather helped to created a pleasant afternoon for the
Parish Show and Fair held on Sunday 7 September 2003.
There were a good number of entries for the Village Show
held in the village hall. Teas and activities were
provided in Harrowdene Paddock.
In the morning the Patronal Festival was held in St Mary's
Church, which was also well attended.
More on the Show and Fair.
Harvest Festival at
Both the morning and evening services were
well attended for the Harvest Festival on Sunday 5 October. The
evening service was intended to appeal to all Christian faiths.
Afterwards coffee was served and funds were raised for the
"Harvest for the Hungry Appeal" through the sale of donated produce.
Part of a floral display in the
Autumn in Felmersham
This year the autumnal
colours in Felmersham have been especially beautiful. Photo taken
Radwell Car Torched
A Ford Fiesta Zetec parked on a drive
near Radwell Bridge was torched by arsonists at around 4.30am a few days
ago. Damage amounted to £11,000, the police are believed to have a
Lower School's Temporary Classroom Arrives
Pinchmill Lower School has taken
delivery of a portacabin to be used as a temporary class room. This is a measure
of the success of the school. Only a short time ago the school's future was in
doubt because of falling pupil numbers!
The Preschool are
relocating from the Village Hall Committee Room to their
own self-contained accommodation on the
former swimming pool site in the grounds of Pinchmill
Lower School. This will also be a portacabin. £2600 was raised towards the
cost of the Preschool building during a door-to-door collection in the parish.
of listening to a report on the urbanisation of the countryside the
Parish Council approved a proposal to install bollards on the footpath
at the junction of Grange Road with The High Road in order to prevent
motorists parking on the path. The Council appeared not to realise the
irony of their decision.
Comment: Parking on the path is an offence, a
cheaper way would be to threaten the offenders with prosecution. After
all the Council has provided off road parking in the High Road.
Village Hall AGM
At the Village Hall AGM in March the
committee was elected as follows:
Janet Cook Chairman
Marjorie Pipe Vice Chairman
Peter Rankin Secretary
Bill Pearce Treasurer
Bookings Secretary and Keyholder
Edith Caldwell WI Representative
Linda Rance Pre-School Rep.
Miranda Doggett PSA Rep.
Margery Evers Brownies Rep.
Gill Peck Pinchmill School Rep.
Only six people turned up, but it was a lively meeting!
Candice and Peter
Rankin are once again organising a Sunflower competition for the tallest
sunflower. All parishioners are invited to take part.
New Parish Council
At the May Council meeting, David Cook was
re-elected chairman and Mike Thomas vice-chairman. New members were
required to sign the Code of Conduct. Re-elected Borough Councillor
Jim Brandon was in attendance. 7/5/03
Notes taken at the Parish Council
The bank verge in Hunts Lane is to be tidied in June and finally
after a two year wait the Felmersham post box is to receive a
coat of paint.
Drains in the parish are still not being properly cleaned with
the result that some roads are flooding, the Parish Council are
registering their dissatisfaction with the Borough Council over
this issue. New bus Shelters have been ordered for Felmersham
The parish has a total allocation of £4000 to spend on path and
road improvements. Resurfacing The High Road path from Trinity
Close to Hunts Lane was discussed. The council discussed the
possibility of extending the lay-by at Swansholme in order to
accommodate school pickup parking.
Carlton and Chellington Historical
REGULAR monthly meetings on the
third Thursday of the month at 8.00 p.m., in Carlton Village Hall on
topics of local or more general historical interest. Mike Benson
Harvesting starts in the
started in the parish on 13 July . The photo shows a Claas Lexion 480
Combine Harvester cutting a field of barley. Launched in February this
year the Harvester is fitted with rubber half tracks, a cutter bar up to
9 metre wide and a grain tank with a capacity of 10 tons. This field was
recently up for sale and a group of parishioners failed in an attempt to
purchase it for recreational purposes.
Riseley Home Hoppa
Parish Council Notes: Riseley
Parish has received a grant to pay for the Home Hoppa to take young
people into Bedford, in the evenings, and bring them back. Could Felmersham and
Radwell young people benefit from such a scheme? Bromham Parish
Council has invested in their own security at a cost of £13 per rate
payer, per year. Drainage has been improved on the corner by the
Memorial. Four councillors are to investigate the feasibility of setting
A Vital Village group within the parish.
Bus shelters in Felmersham and Radwell will
be erected shortly
Bulk Refuse Collection
Bulk Refuse Collection dates
Radwell: near the bus shelter on Saturday 10 May 3.00pm to
Felmersham: Marriotts Close on Sunday 11 May 1.00pm to 3.00pm
is facing some tough challenges with the closure of village shops, banks
and post offices, a lack of public transport ... these are common
problems which have led many communities to take local action. The Vital
Villages programme is making a real difference. It puts community
decision-making in the hands of the people who live there, and it gives
grants, quickly, in order to make things happen.
The Parish Council is
interested to known if there is support for this scheme in our parish.
Radwell Swan Causes Power
killing themselves by flying into the power cables near
Tuesday evening (4/3/03) another swan hit the power
cables at Radwell causing an interruption of the power
supply to the parish.
One parishioner is particularly upset and asks that you
write letters of complaint to various agencies.
"Even if you do not care about the fate of swans you
could loose vital information on your PC during one of
these power outages! So why not complain?"
Death tally 2003 - Record of known deaths caused by
swans flying into the wires. Saturday 9 February; Tuesday
4 March; Wednesday 12 March
Patches of swan feathers littering the
ground indicate many swan fatalities in the recent
This is not a
new problem. Dead swans are a regular sight on this
stretch of land and have been for several years. However,
these past two or three years have seen an enormous increase
in the number of swans killed. For more details see
Floods and Festivities
Continual heavy rain caused
flooding throughout the region. Flood water was over 2 ft
deep on the north and south approach roads to Felmersham and
Radwell. The photograph shows the unusual sight of the flood
water extending into Hunts Lane. Contrast this view of
Felmersham bridge with the photo at the bottom of page.
Panoramic view of floods
Images of 1998 floods
On one of
the few recent fine days, about 40 people saw in the
new year outside the flood lit church in Church End.
As the church clock struck midnight the
champagne filled glasses were raised to 2003.
Many people felt that this should become a Felmersham
tradition whereby groups and individuals come together
as a community to see in the new year.
(The millennium year was also similarly seen in.) 1/1/03
flood depth gauge.
of Katie Rhodes to Giuseppe Roggerone was held on
6 December 2003 at St Mary's
The reception was held
at Holdenby House, Northamptonshire. 6/12/2003
Rowan's Royal Litter
black flat coated retriever, is fostering a litter of 10 orphaned pups
whose mother died in child birth. She was shown the day old pups and
within minutes she was feeding all ten and now regards them as her own.
Rowan's owners, Roger and Bev Foreman of Felmersham, think that the pups will have a
serious identity crisis when they grow up for whilst Rowan is a
retriever the pups are .......corgis! They are pleased to say that they
are going home when they are weaned! 16/11/03
Parish Speed Watch Scheme
Once again no motorists were caught
speeding when the police recently conducted speed checks in the parish.
However the Parish Council believes that motorists speeding through the
village are a danger and have expressed interest in a Parish Speed Watch
Scheme. This involves trained local volunteers who operate speed
monitoring equipment and record the registration number of speeding
motorists. The scheme is currently being piloted at Heath and Reach and
could be introduced county wide next year.
Portable electronic slow down signs were also a possibility again
operated by trained local people.
Pat Walker, formerly of 1 Memorial Lane, Felmersham, died peacefully at
his home in South Africa on 4th November. Pat was a ‘regular’ at Church
Coffee mornings, there will be many people in the village who will
remember him and his wife Alix. 6/11/03
Bus drivers have been advising local bus users that the Felmersham and
Radwell bus services will be withdrawn end of November. Whilst it is
true that Stagecoach is considering withdrawing some services within the
county the Company is in discussion with BCC and no decisions have yet
Litter and Dog Fouling Problem
Litter is still a problem in the parish and
a questioner at the Parish Council meeting asked what could be done
about it. Large items are collected by the Borough Council however
general litter is collected by several community spirited people.
They are the unsung heroes of the parish who keep the parish tidy for
all of us. Naturally anybody can have a go. Members of the Parish
Council stated that there has been a recent out break of dog fouling in
the The High Road. Dog fouling is an offence. Bins have been provided.
Radwell Pumping Station Fixed
Flooding at Radwell sewage
pumping station has been fixed. "In order to avoid a reoccurrence of the
problem Moor End residents should use the lavatory in the morning
whilst the rest of the village should use the lavatory in the afternoon"
suggests a local wag.
Vital Village Project Adopted
The Parish Council is
to launch a Vital Village project within the parish. Parishioners will
be invited to a public meeting with the aim of explaining the purpose
and objectives of the project. There is considerable enthusiasm within
the Council for this project where it is seen as a vehicle for improving
all aspects of parish life. Communication is seen as an important
element of the project and one area under consideration is a Vital
Village web site.
Vital Village Link 3/9/03
The police regularly check the speed of motorists driving through the
village. In their latest report to the Parish Council no motorists were
found to be exceeding the speed limit. 3/9/03
High Speed Car Crash
In the early hours of
Sunday 24 August a car crashed on the corner by the War Memorial ending
up in the porch of "Chanterelle". The driver and passenger ran off but
were caught by the police using their helicopter.
Earlier in the week three large round straw bales fell off a farm
trailer into the path of a passing car on the High Road near the church.
Nobody was hurt but the elderly driver and passenger were shaken.
Thanks to Karen and Jeff
for planting pansies in the two planters near the bus shelter and
also thanks to the person who painted the old cast iron water
hydrant near the church.
Comment; What we need now is for a
community spirited person to volunteer to paint the other hydrants (Smooth Hammerite - Black) and to gold leaf the lions head (not gold paint, it
tarnishes within weeks!). Have a word with the Parish Council first.
Sunflower is a Winner
Candace and Peter
organised the Annual Sunflower Competition and judging took place
on Sunday 24 August 2003 at a garden party held in their garden.
34 entries and the overall
winner for the tallest sunflower was Ken with a sunflower
height of 138 ins. (3.5 metres). Ken challenged the village and
especially the Sun with the comment "This sets a new
standard which villagers will find hard to beat!"
Competitions were held for children and refreshments were
served. Our thanks to Candace and Peter for all their hard
← The winning entry
New Bus Shelters for Felmersham and
Felmersham and Radwell Parish Council have installed two new bus
shelters in the parish for the convenience of passengers
travelling to Sharnbrook and Rushden and for school children
catching the school bus to Sharnbrook Upper. 29/7/03
Part of the
allocated by the Borough Council to the Parish Council budget
for highway repair has been spent on repairing
in the High Road from Trinity Close to
The Old School.
Broadband comes to Felmersham and Radwell on 3 Sept
BT have announced that Broadband
will be available from the 3 September 2003 for the following telephone
numbers: 01234 78**** Subject to certain line tests.
You are advised to seek the
best broadband deal to suit your needs. There is a range of download
speeds to choose from and the monthly subscription rate is priced
90 minute tuition
sessions held in the computer bus parked at Felmersham Village Hall
every Friday morning commencing in October. Bus fully equipped with
latest technology including internet. Classes included: Beginners,
Database, Word Processing, Publishing, Spreadsheets and Internet. Ring
781722 for coarse details.
Litter On the
the Nature Reserve Car park.
Whilst this is private land, it still illustrates the
problem of litter thrown everywhere.
regularly holiday abroad are always aware upon returning to
the UK just what a litter strewn country we live in. There is
litter everywhere and most believe it is on the increase.
We are fortunate in this parish because there are one or two
dedicated people who pick up most of the litter. Without their
resolve the problem would be much worse. Our Mayor was elected
on a "Better Bedford" ticket which included cleaning up the
Borough. There is no evidence yet that his policy is working
in our parish or the Borough! 23/2/03
Vauxhall Centenary 1000
mile Trial pass thro' Felmersham
Approximately 50 Vauxhall cars representing the Company's products from
1903-2003 toured Britain in a reproduction of the famous event that took
place in 1908. They passed through Felmersham on Friday 9 May 2003.
Ian and Margaret Comber
from Felmersham in their 1930s Vauxhall
Jim Brandon Elected
Jim Brandon the local Independent
candidate has won the Carlton Ward of the Bedford Borough
Council by an overwhelming majority. 2/5/03
Vandals may have
been responsible for a barn fire near Dropshort Cottages along
the concrete road. The Fire service was called out over the
weekend of 26/27 April to deal with a barn full of burning
New Parish Council
Due to insufficient candidates standing
for Felmersham Parish Council the following nominated
candidates are elected: David Cook; Mike Thomas; Peter Hartop; Geoff
Hulatt; Marjorie Pipe; Chris Poulter and Maggie Spoor. 15/4/03
Road Closure at Milton Ernest
The Radwell road through Milton
Ernest will be closed from 3 March to 31 March between 09.30 hrs and
Are you interested in having Broadband? If you have a Sharnbrook
exchange number (781/2/3...) then Register your interest
and help to bring forward the projected date for converting the
exchange to broadband. BT need 200 names, you are not committed even
if you register!
East of England Development Agency (EEDA) are working towards giving
the region Broadband access and they would like you to also register your
Historical Barn Repaired
at the bottom of The Old Road has been recently
repaired. The stone wall to the left of the barn opening
had fallen down and it has been rebuilt. Historically
Parsons barn is as important as the tithe barn. The
tithe barn was built in 1428 to store the parish tithes
and Parsons barn was built circa 1766 as part of a
compensation package for the loss of tithes following
the Enclosure of the parish. 24/1/03
New Farm and More End Farm including Parsons Barn are
Church Appeal for £700K
1970s Chellington church took on a new life as a diocesan
youth centre. However whilst the building is structurally
sound the standards of accommodation , cooking facilities,
disabled access and toilets have fallen below modern health
and safety standards for children and it can no longer be
used. An appeal has been launched to enable the facilities
to be modernised. Chellington is a diocesan Out Reach
project and offers young city children the opportunity to
cook, go on midnight walks, sleep outside and have an
appreciation for the countryside. 24/12/02