At the Parish Council January 2005
A sub committee was appointed to
investigate the feasibility of making a car park and playing field
opposite Pinchmill Hall in return for a housing development in the
Vodaphone has received planning approval to
erect a mobile aerial near the railway bridge at Moor End, Radwell.
The Parish Council has made a grant of £1000 towards the £7000 cost
of installing a disable toilet in the village hall.
Concern was expressed about the power cables
along the boundary of the proposed Radwell play area. The Council is
to ask the power distribution company for guidance.
A sub committee is to be formed with a view to
developing the current level of Christmas lighting in both villages.
Several Councillors complained about the state
of footpaths and rights-of-way within Felmersham village.
A suggestion made by the Community Trust to finance and erect gates
for parishioners to gain direct access to the parish burial ground
was not approved by the Council. The proposed gates would be erected
in memory of Margaret Alleway, the Trust's benefactor. 5/1/05
On Saturday 8 January Ringers from Bedfordshire will ring a peal
starting at 10am. It will take approximately 3 hours.
Boxing Day Walk
Fifty three people enjoyed the Boxing
Day walk. A cloudless sky and frost under foot made ideal
conditions for this very friendly and leisurely annual walk.
Photo by David Dawson (Felmersham resident 1976-81)
Michael John Burbidge 1944 - 2004
A private funeral was held at Bedford
Crematorium on Tuesday 21 December 2004 followed by a Memorial
Service at Felmersham Church attended by approximately 400 mourners.
At a recent coffee
morning, held at the home of Ken
and Lorraine, £310 was raised for the RNIB. They both
wish to thank all those who supported the event.
Rose Swailes - an
shows a new Midland Mainline's Class 222 Meridian crossing
the Ouse at Radwell. The Meridian order is for sixteen
four-car units and seven nine-car units which will run between
London St Pancras and the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.
The first two units were delivered in May. They have a top
speed of 125 mph and will replace the existing fleet of
The diesel-electric units are built by Bombardier Transportation at
Bruges, Belgium and when completed they are
loco-hauled via the Channel tunnel to the UK. 24/12/04
St Mary's Church has been presented with
a new notice board donated by the family of Richard (Dick)
Aitken in whose memory it is dedicated.
Dick was a local person and at one time was treasurer to St
Mary's Church Council.
The notice board
is made from oak by D Young, Co. Durham, a new joinery
Ringers Change Ring
The Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers will be visiting St.
Mary's on Saturday 16th October from 10am to 12-00 for a special practice
and not 23rd as reported in Ouse News.
Also to celebrate the baptism of three of the vicar's grandchildren,
Rushden ringers will be ringing on Sunday 31st October at 3 pm.
Sharnbrook All Stars Junior Netball Club
Sharnbrook Upper School hosts the Sharnbrook All Stars Junior
Netball Club for girls in Years 7 & 8. Starts in Sept 2004 every
Friday evening from 5pm t0 6.30pm. Prospective new members please contact: Sarah
Gee, Club Coach and Organiser, phone 01234 709113 or mobile: 0777
Work has Started
on School Extension
Work has started
on the new extension for Pinchmill Lower School. Two existing
classrooms are being extended and a new art and library
facility will adjoin the hall on the south side. Southern
access to the hall will be via a new entrance lobby. 22/8/04
from Radwell was the winner of the Autumn Show Plate at the
7th Autumn Show held on 5 September in the Village Hall.
Fred came away with 4 first, 3 second, and two third prises
plus a highly commended. A close contender was Hilary Foot
with 4 first, 2 second and two third prises. Many of the
entry groups were well supported with a very high standard
in the Craft and Hobby class. Fred is shown holding the Show
plate and his highly commended piece of marquetry.
Thanks to Maggie Spoor and the committee for all their hard
work and to the sponsors, Milton Ernest Garden Centre.
Marriage of Tony
Hulatt and Tracey Monaghan
On Saturday 17
July 2004 Tony and Tracey were married at St Mary's
Church, Felmersham. Tony is a local person from Radwell.
Click here for more photos
Second Radwell Wedding
On Saturday 10 July Robert Day and Victoria Ebbage were
married at St Mary's Church Felmersham
On Sunday 18 July 2004 Iris Boyles of Trinity Close passed away.
Iris had lived in the village for most of her life.
Field Offered to Parish
The owner of a field in Collets Lane, Radwell has offered it to the
parish for a peppercorn rent. The Parish Council are liaising with
the owner over leasing and maintenance requirements. 8/7/04
Felmersham and Radwell Brownies has received permission to plant
a tree on the Jubilee lawn. The Parish Council will provide a
Phone Mast at Radwell?
Vodaphone have made preliminary enquires regarding the erection of a
mobile phone mast near Moor End, Radwell.
When is a pot hole not a pot hole?
When it is less than 50mm deep! (Highways Dept Definition)
A Felmersham garden was opened to the public Sunday June 13 in
association with the National Gardens Scheme to raise money for
charity. The photo by Paul Davis
shows visitors enjoying afternoon tea. 14/6/04
During the school summer holidays
Pinchmill Lower School plans to extend. Two existing classrooms will
be extended and a new art and library facility will adjoin the hall
on the south side. Southern access to the hall will be via a new
This year Pinchmill School celebrates its thirtieth anniversary. It
was built as a joint provision facility in partnership with the
parish to additionally be used as a Village Hall and Committee Room
with the parish contributing to the building costs. In the
subsequent years the Village Hall Committee has extended the
Committee Room and provided an additional storage room. 10/6/04
School Parking Solution
The Council are to install a Grasscrete (perforated concrete) lay-by
alongside the Old Road to the East of the school entrance. Bollards
are also to be installed near the entrance. The appearance of the
lay-by will be similar to the off street parking area next to The
This solution will be welcomed by those who during the winter months
park their cars on a very muddy grass verge. However it will only
accommodate approximately 4 cars and consequently will not fully
address the parking problem. 6/6/04
Cricket Pavilion Razed
Photo: Paul Davis
Club lost their pavilion when it was completely destroyed by fire
early Saturday morning 8 May 2004. The Cricket Club stopped using
the pavilion two seasons ago when they started sharing the cricket
facilities at Pavenham.
None-the-less it was
sad to see a part of Felmersham's sporting history going up in
has Started on the Repair of the Church Floor
Work has started on the general repair and levelling of the floor in
St Mary's Church. The intention is to improve safety, remove trip
hazards and provide handicap access. A workman is shown installing
concrete beams across the boiler pit prior to capping it with flag
stones. The boiler pit is situated between the choir stalls and has
a safety concern for a number
of years. When work is completed it is intended to have no
carpeting in the aisles. 5/5/04
A new Flower Arranging Group has recently started.
New Church Warden
At the recent church AGM Sally Carr and Paul Keeble were elected
Churchwardens for the next 12 months. Paul replaced Ken Shrimpton who
stood down after 12 years in post. Stephen Hill reported that the accounts
for 2003 showed a small positive balance. In previous years the accounts
had shown a deficit with money being taken from reserves to balance the
My Sunflower by Rebecca
There are currently 27 entrants for this
years Sun- Flower Competition. There is still time to register
(782898), but hurry because seeds should be planted about now.
One of the entrants, Rebecca (age 4), has drawn this picture of her
The tallest flower will be judged on the Sunday 4 July at Adina.
There is also a Scarecrow competition.
New Girlguiding President
Margery Evers from Felmersham has been appointed President of Ouse Meadows District for
the UK Girlguiding. Margery has been associated with guiding for over 25
years and the appointment recognises her commitment to local guiding and
the various units within the District wish her well in this new role.
Stolen Goods Found
Miscellaneous plants and tools have been found. If anyone has had these
items stolen then please claim them by emailing the
New Recycling Scheme for Parish
From October 2004 a new green bag for garden waste is being introduced
by the Borough Council. The green bag and the present orange bag will be
collected on alternate weeks. The black wheelie bins will still be
collected weekly. 6/4/04
Issues Raised by
the Public at the Parish Council AGM
The state of Carlton
Road was highlighted at the AGM and in particular the overhanging trees
at the entrance to the village forcing traffic to mount the verges. The
footpath from Hensmans Close to the cricket field needs attention,
Gullies near the church and the Jubilee Lawn are blocked. "Surely in the
C21 its not asking too much for all telephone wires to new properties to
be buried underground." On a lighter note, a parish councillor thought,
after attending a county meeting, that 46.7% of statistics were made up!
David Bell, Chief
Inspector of Schools in England, made special mention of Lincroft
Middle School in his (National)
annual report published on 4 February 2004. He praised the school for
its academic excellence. 8/2/04
Pinchmill Lower School's ranking in the top 5% of Lower Schools in the
country and the high regard within the county for Sharnbrook Upper
School and Sixth Form, together with Lincroft's stated excellence,
means that Felmersham and Radwell children receive a first-rate state
education. Small wonder parents wish to live in the area!
|The family of Dick
Aitken wish to thank all those who kindly donated a total of
£810 to the Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign and the Primrose
Preschool Open Day
Preschool recently held an Open Day to
show parishioners their proposed plan to use a portacabin.
Fundraising is seen as one of the main obstacles and the
organisers were seeking positive feedback and suggestions in this
regard. The Open Day also gave an opportunity to raise questions
and concerns about the project. The event was well attended.
will visit the Parish
Parish Council will shortly be borrowing SID (Speed Indicator
Device) in an effort to reduce speeding through the parish. Big
SID is mounted on a trailer and little SID is a portable device.
As soon as members of the parish are trained, SID will be
monitoring our speeds. 3/3/04
Question of Speed
Stephen Potter the Council's expert on
Traffic Management was invited to the March meeting of the Parish
Council. Two issues were foremost in the minds of Parish
Councillors: Motorists speeding through the two villages and
parking problems at Pinchmill School.
Mr Potter stated that it was more often a question of
inappropriate speeds rather than a question of breaking the speed
limit. There was often a perception of speeding when in fact the
motorist was driving within the limit. There did appear to be an
element of truth in this statement. The parish clerk reported that
the police had recently mounted three speed traps in the parish
and had caught nobody speeding!
(Those of us in the stands suspected that this was a case of
Mr Potter promised to renew many of the road markings, including
the zigzag lines outside the school, he would review the existing
signs and give consideration to the suggestion of dog tooth
markings on the approach to Felmersham bridge.
Mr Potter’s response to the Pinchmill
parking problem was to introduce the meeting to the Pinchmill
Integrated School Travel Plan. Parish Councillors were well aware
of the plan - persuading mums and dads to double up on transport –
and this was considered by the Parish Council to be a non-starter.
What they wanted was a lay-by along the Old Road.
(One suspects that the only way this will be
achieved is for an outbreak of hardcore fly tipping.) 3/3/04
Northern Extension to Clapham By-pass
At a meeting
of the County Council on the 11 December 2003 it was agreed
that a new route continuing the Clapham bypass from where it
ends now to the north of Milton Ernest through to the
Sharnbrook roundabout via the road to Thurleigh Business
Park (Thurleigh Airfield) should be explored. This route was
proposed by the 5 local Parish Councils. The County Council
felt the proposal had merit and should be explored further
as to its engineering feasibility and as a basis for
obtaining developer contributions. It was also agreed that
Bedford Borough Council and the County Council together
examine the current and potential impact of major
development in the area and assess at what point such
developments would trigger the need for a new road.
Vital Village Initiative Explained
Fifty-two people attended a public meeting on 25 February to hear a
presentation given by the Parish Council on their Vital Village
initiative. Cllr Peter Hartop outlined the objectives of the
initiative and explained that if there was sufficient interest
within the community then the project would be launched by a
Steering Group. He stated it was essential that the Steering Group
represented all sections of the Community. Details of the
presentation are published on the
Public Meeting link.
At the March Parish Council meeting Peter gave Councillors a break
down of the statistics. He was disappointed with the attendance
with only 8% of the parish attending of whom only five came from
Radwell. He contrasted this with a similar meeting held at Harrold
which attracted 20% of the population. 3/3/04
Mike Benson has sent
details of a 24ins gauge tramway that was used at a gravel pit near
Radwell during the winter of 1940/41 to supply gravel for urgent Air
Ministry construction work at Thurleigh Airfield. The tramway ran in
a North Westerly direction for approx. 250 yards and the line forked
into two short branches at the working faces. There was a passing
loop about half way along the track. Two diesel locomotives were
hired from Motor Rail of Bedford and there were two lots of six
side-tipping wagons each carrying a cubic yard. The cart track to
the former sand pits is still in use today with the entrance
opposite New Road.
More details (pdf file).
to Mark and Samantha Davis on the birth of their daughter,
Felmersham Lights Up
As part of the
seasonal celebrations the Parish Council has erected lights on
two of the trees by Felmersham bus shelter. 29/11/04
Camilla Saunders of Felmersham
married Simon Manning at St Mary's Church, Felmersham on Saturday 20
November 2004. The candle lit service was conducted by the Rev
photograph shows the bride arriving at the church with her
Two copies of a community safety video are available to the
parish. They are currently held by Paul Keeble the Radwell Homewatch
Coordinator who will organise viewing in Radwell.
Vodaphone has applied for a phone mast at Radwell, the previous
applicant has shelved their request.
Residents are requested not to park their cars over drains during
November because the Borough Council propose cleaning then during
Some Parish Councillors have perceived a need for road signs
pointing to the school and village hall. Several members were
concerned about the proliferation of road signs in the parish. The
issue was unresolved.
The Council were advised that the Borough, as part of a cost cutting
exercise, were considering reducing the number of times the bulk
rubbish skips visit the parish.
The attempted quarter peal of Grandsire Triples by the Rushden band
of ringers at St. Mary's on the afternoon of Oct. 31st was
successfully rung in 49mins. This was to celebrate the baptism of
Kate, David and Matthew, grandchildren of the priest-in-charge of
St. Mary's, the Revd. David Mason. David was a former ringer at St.
Mary's Rushden. 2/11/04
Fred Turner - an Obituary
Radwell gets a Playing Field
A plot of land at the top of Moore End is now
rented by the Parish Council. Councillors David Cook
and Chris Poulter together with representatives from
Radwell will form a committee to manage the field.
After clearance and safety fencing the field will be
used as a playing field. 5/11/04
St Nicholas Church, Chellington
Youth Centre (St Nicholas church) is to be redeveloped and
extended. The work is to start in October and will be completed in
the summer of 2005. The centre will be used by youth and adult groups for
residential and day use.
Congratulations to Felmersham Cricket
Cricket Club is a founder member of The Bedford and District
Cricket League. During the 2004 season the team came second in the First Division of the League.
Next season (2005) the team will play in the Premier Division of the
League. Felmersham Cricket Club details.
Happy Birthday - felmersham.net is six years old
felmersham.net was first published on the internet in October
1998 and over the years it has grown into one of the "best
village websites". Click here to
view the first Front Page.
felmersham.info is an experimental
sister site using a brighter approach to web site design. 10/10/04
Approximately one hundred people attended the concert in Felmersham
church given by the Wealden Consort from Kent. Under the direction
of Cornelis Taekema the group sang a varied programme. £480 was
raised for Cancer Research UK. Thanks to Pat Hartop and Lorraine
Shrimpton who organised the event. 5/9/04
Brownies have started back for a very busy Autumn Term.
They are undertaking the Friend to Animals badge and at our first
meeting we were lucky to have a trainee vet come and talk to the
girls about pet care and management.
Also planned during this half term is a Circus Workshop badge, with
Nigel Roder from Milton Keynes demonstrating numerous skills and a
sponsored Scavenge Hunt for the Walk for the World badge.
The Unit is thriving and we are very pleased to welcome Carol Stork
as a regular helper called Barn Owl.
Planting of the tree, which Brownies have purchased for the villages
to celebrate 90 years of Brownies UK will take place in conjunction
with the Parish Council.
We meet every Thursday during term time at Pinchmill Hall between 6
– 7.30 p.m. & should any girl aged 7 to 10 wish to join us, telephone 782134.
...more on Felmersham Brownies 14/9/04
New Charitable Trust
Fitted to New Sign
Left: Bedfordshire Coat of Arms.
Right: Festival of Brittan Logo
sign has recently been replaced, however, the villagers wished
to retain the original badges. Maxine Boswell of Radwell
volunteered to restore them and the result is illustrated
above. Thank you Maxine. 8/7/04
Margaret Alleway bequeathed £230K to Felmersham & Radwell Community Care. In order to
manage this large sum a Charitable Trust has been registered and the
Trustees are inviting "written proposals from interested
parishioners, to apply funds within the objectives of the Trust".
More Details.... 22/7/04
Flower Arranging Club
Next Flower Arranging Club meeting will
be in the autumn.
Village Hall Committee held a Summer Fair in the meadow
off Memorial Lane on Sunday 18 July 2004. Despite the
occasional heavy shower there was a good attendance.
Tombola, face painting, fun, games and competitions were
among the attractions.
George, dressed for a typical English summer!
More photos and competition
Radwell Swan receiving a new thatched ridge during recent
The Swan is under new management and is fast becoming a
popular dining venue.
Two people were arrested following a stabbing incident at a
party in Old Road, Felmersham on Saturday 19 June. One person was
cautioned and the second was released without charge. One person
needed hospital treatment. 27/6/04
Village Hall Costs
In consultation with the school the heating, lighting and water
charges have been renegotiated. This unfortunately will lead to an
increase in hiring fees. No hiring charges will be increased until
the hall users have been fully consulted. After 30 years, the
building is showing signs of age and as a consequence there will be
a financial cost. There will be additional costs incurred so as to
comply with the new disability regulations.
The committee has renewed the 10 year playing field lease with
Bedfordia, this has given the committee the assurance they needed to
invest in future improvements. A seating area in the playing field is being considered. Janet
Cook was re-elected chairman for the coming year. 10/6/04
Paul & Glenda Davis are delighted to announce the
arrival of their first grandchild. 30/5/05
Kath Booker - an
Recently a parishioner, who can recognise all the indigenous wild life,
reported what appeared to be a Puma crossing the the road near Felmersham
Nature Reserve. It had cat like features but was at least three times
bigger than a cat. In the recent past there have been two other
Phil Moon of Felmersham has combined his interest in astronomy with
an equal interest in web page design to produce an outstanding web
site on our solar system.
To view this well designed and informative site click
www.philmoon.co.uk (off line)
Felmersham and Radwell WI posed for a group
photograph during the April 2004 meeting eighty years after a previous
photograph taken in 1924 at the British Empire Exhibition.
WI Photo 22/4/04
Parish Plan Update
The Felmersham and Radwell Parish Plan
steering committee recently held their first meeting.
Click here for Project Update. 26/5/04
P3 Dawn Chorus Walk
|Twenty five people
assembled at 4.15am on Saturday 15 May for a dawn chorus walk in
Felmersham Nature Reserve. The walk was led by an expert in birdsong
and the photograph shows the
group listening to a sedge warbler in a field of rape. Rape fields
provide an environment rich in small insects and nesting suitable
for the sedge warbler. 15/5/04 P3
Visitor to felmersham.net
On the 22 April, 2004 felmersham.net notched up its 20,000th visitor, an average of
10 visitors a day over the 5½ years it has been online. Over that period
the site has expanded to embrace many of the aspects of parish life and it
has remained firmly independent. 28/4/04
Vital Village "Likes
and Dislikes" Findings
The Vital Village
Steering Committee has summarised the findings of a "Likes and
Dislikes" exercise conducted at a recent Vital Village public meeting.
Parishioners were asked to post their comments on what they liked or
disliked about the parish.
Click here to view "likes and dislikes"
Click here to view a summary of the Public
|At the Parish
A Litter Pick has been arranged for
Saturday 27 March at 10.00 am and Sunday 28 March at 2.30 pm
meeting at Felmersham church. Please support your Parish Council
in their efforts to tidy up the parish.
Radwell's refurbished Festival of Britain
sign will be fitted in the next few weeks. 3/3/04
Felmersham - a winter's view
Colworth Woods, Yelnow Lane. Photo: Peter Hartop 13/1/04
Local Woman to Climb Kilimanjaro
Choosing a beach with iced drinks or a cruise
was not the holiday that Radwellian Jane Elliott-Poxon was looking
for. She needed to show her family "that as I reach 50 I still have
a pulse". Jane is joining a climbing expedition to climb Mount
Kilimanjaro in June and at the same time raise money for Scope. (A
national disability organisation whose focus is on people with
cerebral palsy.) She is hoping to raise £3000.
Notes from the Parish Council
attended the January meeting. The fixed costs for 2004/5 were
estimated to be £6,867 with Street Lighting, Insurance and Grass
Cutting representing the largest expenditure. The parish precept was
held at £8000 for the year 2004/5 with the contingency reserves
estimated to be £6000.
Gullies and drains were cleaned in Felmersham on the 8 January.
Bedfordshire salts 62% of the roads whilst Northants only salts 36%.
Sunset from Felmersham Bridge.
Photograph by Peter Hartop 17/3/04