Boxing Day Walk
walkers crossing the weir at Sharnbrook Mill.
Photo: Keith Rose 30/12/05
and Joanne Parkinson
On Saturday 3
December 2005 Richard Smith of Felmersham married Joanne
Parkinson from Derbyshire. The candle lit service at St Mary's church
Felmersham was conducted by the Rev David Mason. A reception
was held afterwards at Woodlands Manor for the 70 guests.
Photo: Roger Day
Mobile Library -
In future the
mobile library will visit Felmersham and Radwell every other
Thursday. For the actual dates telephone the Library Link
Service (01234) 305383
Felmersham: opposite The Sun
13:50 to 14:10
Radwell: The Green
14:20 to 14:30
After a recent history of heart attacks Peter, who lived in
Macclesfield, died of a heart attack while bell ringing. He
will be remembered for his appearances on the stage with Pinchmill
Players Theatre and for his bell ringing at Felmersham St Marys.
is a website run by Bedfordshire Rural Community Charity with the
aim of supporting public participation in the local community. It is
hoped that the new website will encourage a greater interest in
local affairs and provide a more effective way of linking
individuals with their communities. Online comments about your
community are encouraged.
Comments about Felmersham and Radwell can also be posted at
Council Object to Podington Windfarm Proposal
At a meeting of
the Parish Council on the 1 November councillors were
unanimous in their objection to the proposed Windfarm at
Podington. They will be writing to the Planning Department
outlining their objections.
During parishioners question time a meaningful discussion took
place. There appeared to be conflict between the the BCC plan
to make the Ouse Valley a protected area and the proposed
Windfarm schemes at Podington and Harrold.
Podington Windfarm Planning Application
have now formally applied to Bedford Borough Council for
planning permission to erect nine 400ft turbines for their
proposed wind farm at Airfield Farm.
Members of the public have until November 21 to lodge an
objection to the Airfield Farm development.
urged to write to Mr Bailey at the Planning Department to
object to the proposals. Now is the time to act and not wait
until they are built and regret that you did nothing! 24/10/05
Bell Ringing at St Mary's
The monthly meeting of the Bedford District ringers will be held at
Felmersham on Saturday 5 November, between 3.00 and 4.30 pm.
Notes taken at the Parish
Council meeting - 11 October 2005
The new Radwell bus shelter has been ordered and it will be
installed north of the Swan. Vandals were seen trying to set fire to
the ceiling of the Felmersham Bus Shelter. The police were called
but failed to apprehend the culprits. It is believed that one of the
two youths had an Alsatian dog.
The proposal to install additional Christmas
lights this year appears to have hit the buffers! The play area at
Radwell is still a possibility with the landowner offering
alternative sites. There was no objection to the proposed demolition
of a bungalow in Memorial Lane.
Strategy for Bedfordshire - Commenting on the draft document, Cllr
Hartop was disappointed to note that there was no mention of the
Bedford bypass link between the A6 (Sainsbury's roundabout) and the
A428. He also suggested that the Ouse valley should be designated a
Several Councillors were against a planned all weather access path
running thro' the churchyard from the Lych
gate to the entrance of the parish burial ground. The original
proposal of gated access from Church End to the
burial ground, financed by FRCT, was voted
out by the Council a few months ago. The council agreed to the
planned path being extended within the burial ground. Updated 15/10/05
Biggest Coffee Morning"
Village Hall Coffee Morning for Macmillan cancer relief raised
£349.06 plus £17.16 from the Gift Aid declarations. Thank you to
everyone who attended, gave donations and helped out on the day.
Margaret Coomber on behalf of the committee.
Windfarm: New Pictures and More Turbines
The webmaster visited March, Cambridgeshire to
see the newly installed Long Hill wind turbine. At 110 metres
high it is 15 metres shorter than the proposed
wind turbines at Podington. There is also a proposal to
install 16 122 metre wind turbines at Nun Wood between
Harrold and Bozeat. 29/9/05
Rev Gerry Sidebottom -
The Rev Sidebottom passed away on Saturday 3 September 2005
fourteen days after celebrating his fiftieth wedding
anniversary with his wife Hazel and their 3 children. Gerry
was vicar of Felmersham from 1960 to 1982. 7/9/05
Felise (Phil) Helen Kingerlee-
Phil Kingerlee passed away at her home in Marriotts Close on 14
September 2005, aged 81 years. 17/9/05
Mr Frank Branston, the Borough Council
Mayor, attended the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 6
September for a short public meeting. He supported the idea of
a Unitary Council and believed that the Borough Council would
be an ideal choice for this role. It was one of the few
authorities that balanced their budgets.
Bedford Borough Benefits Office was very efficient with a very
low level of fraud where as neighboroughing Northants were the
reverse. He was in favour of local authority trading and would
consider running the Northants Benefits Office to the mutual
benefit of both councils. His talk was followed by a question
and answer session. There were 6 members of the public, 2
Councillors and 7 Parish Councillors at the meeting. 8/9/05
Long Hill 2MW
Wind Turbine at March, Cambridgeshire
St Nicholas' Church, Chellington
enters a new phase as a Residential and Conference Centre. It
is now available for use by youth, voluntary and community
organisations, schools, clubs and societies. The photograph
shows the new Ibbett Room with views over the North
Bedfordshire countryside. The project cost £1.3m mostly raised
through the generosity of Trust Funds.
Gerry and Hazel
Sidebottom's Golden Wedding Anniversary
Gerry and Hazel were married in
Derry Cathedral in 1955
Hazel and Gerry
Sidebottom celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary at a
special Service of Thanksgiving held at St Mary's church,
Felmersham on Saturday 20 August 2005. A reception was held
afterwards in Pinchmill Hall.
Gerry was vicar of the Parish of Felmersham and Bletsoe from
1960 to 1982, during which time their ministry was friendly,
sociable and welcoming. Upon retirement from Felmersham, Gerry
continued his ministry at St Paul's Church, Bedford from where
a coach load of well wishers attend the service and reception.
Pre-School celebrated its 30 year anniversary by opening a new
purpose built school and play area. The photo shows Sally Carr
opening the new premises named in memory of Fleur Tobutt.
Sally was the first playleader when the Group started in 1975.
The project was funded by the local community (£13,729),
Felmersham and Radwell Community Trust (£10K), Bedford Charity
(£5K), Lottery (£5K), Garfield Weston Foundation (£5K) and the
Co-op (1K). Also shown in the picture is Christine Callaghan,
the current playleader, who played a significant role in the
project. In her speech, Christine thanked all those who had
helped and made special mention of Jeremy Carr, Martin Blizard
and Don Stevenson. 12/05/05
Radwell Bus Shelter
There appears to be a consensus in favour of not erecting the
new Radwell bus shelter on the village green. the site of the
old shelter. As a consequence the Parish Council is to explore
the possibility of erecting the shelter to the north of the
Swan public house. 6/7/05
On the night of Monday 4 July 2005 a car was stolen from
Felmersham Road, Radwell and another was broken into on a
previous occasion. 6/7/05
Garden in the Gutter
Nature is reclaiming the gutters of Marriotts
Close and many of us will see this as a failure by
the local council to properly maintain our roads and
paths. However botanist and photographer Laurie
Jones sees it as an opportunity to identify and
photograph the diversity of wild flowers and grasses
in the gutters. Laurie has photographed and
identified 38 different wild plants in the gutters
of Marriotts Close.
Garden in the Gutter.
Within 24 hours of publishing "Garden in the
Gutter" two council workers were busy spraying weeds
in the parish. Surely just a coincidence!
Photo: Myosotis arvensis, Field forget-me-not.
Garden in the Gutter
Parish Church Meeting
At the annual vestry meeting Sally Carr and Paul Keeble were
At the AGM the vicar, the Rev David Mason, reported that the
numbers attending Sunday worship have maintained the gentle
increase of previous years. He thanked all those who
contributed to the services and the maintenance of the
building. He was grateful for the continuing support of the
Rev Vicky Raymer. The revised Family Service had been running
for some time and he would welcome any feedback. "I thank you
all for your continuing support and encouragement, I enjoy my
time with you, and value your fellowship and prayers. There
are changes and challenges ahead, but I believe that if we all
work and pray together we will cope with them well. New
challenges bring new solutions, and also new opportunities. So
let us look forward to the future of the Parish with
confidence and faith."
Full text of report.
Local MP Opens School Extension
the local MP, is shown opening the new library, art-room, ICT
room and the extended classrooms at
Pinchmill Lower School.
During the opening ceremony the school children entertained
the invited guests with an exert from the Water Babies.
Ken Shrimpton's book on the history of Felmersham and
Radwell has been selected for a full page review in the
Journal of the British Association for Local History.
The book was favourably reviewed by Robin Stanes who
stated that although it was written primarily for local
people it "merits academic attention". He says that if
he were an inhabitant of the village or the area he
would want to own the book and use it well. 24/2/05
Details on how to buy a copy of
from David and Rita Hope
Many will remember Dave and Rita Hope from Radwell. They
now live in Oregon, near Portland, USA. 20/2/05
for news update
Appointment of the Rev Robert Evens
The Rev Robert A. Evens has been appointed Priest-in-Charge of
Sharnbrook and Knotting with Souldrop. Within the next 2 years
or so Felmersham will join the group of parishes to form the
new joint benefice of Sharnbrook with Felmersham, Souldrop and
Knotting. At which point the Rev Evens will be appointed vicar
of the joint benefice. Meanwhile Rev David Mason will continue
in his role as Priest-in-Charge of Felmersham. 8/2/05
Janet Cook of
Felmersham has launched a new website. Janet is a textile artist
living and working in the North Bedfordshire countryside. She
started making quilts in 1988, after being captivated by Mennonite
quilts in Canada. Traditional techniques gave her ideas for
experimentation and this led to her devising her own methods which
enabled her to express ideas, concerns and emotions in her own
Sectile II - A collage of designs based on the
700 year old Great Pavement in Westminster Abbey, London
Footpaths to Fitness
Fitness is one of two walks leaflets recently produced by
David Cardy. It aims to make exercise more enjoyable by
identifying ten walks within the parish. Each walk is given a
name together with the distance and time taken to complete the
walk. David has also indicated those walks which should be
safe from traffic at night, so that exercise can be maintained
on shorter winter evenings, and also those routes suitable for
running or jogging.
Village Loops, Hardwick Hike, Radwell Run and Felmersham
Triangle are just a few of the names given to the walks.
Photographs gives details of the rights of way in and around
Felmersham and Radwell together with photographs showing points of
walks are only available from felmersham.net To download a copy go
Walks Leaflet - Downloads. 10/04/05
Radwell bus shelter has been hit by a vehicle causing the top
half to slew 2 inches.
The repair work may involve most of the shelter being
dismantled or even replaced.
New Organ Blower Unit for St Mary's
More on the Church Organ...
Robert Shaftoe of Pavenham is shown fitting a new organ
blower unit to St Mary's church organ. In the recent
past there have been several occasions when Pam fforde,
the church organist, has struggled with a blower that
was unable to supply adequate air pressure.
The installation of a new blower is the first
phase in the planned restoration of the complete organ.
The blower case was made by Robert
who besides being an organ repairer is also a cabinet
The old electric blower was
installed in 1936, previous to which it was pumped by
The Parish Council is concerned about the graffiti and damage to the
bus shelters especially since they have recently been redecorated.
Please can parents advise their children against participating in
this antisocial behaviour. The Parish Council does not wish to know
that "*** is Gay"!
Report on Annual Parish Council Meeting - March 2005
Recycle bags - bag renewal is not automatic. The Highways Dept. has
cut back brambles, etc. to the road boundaries outside the speed
limits. Flood signs indicate flooding months after the event,
unsuspecting motorists are unnecessarily directed to take extensive
diversions. Christmas lights were paid for by the WI (£150) and
private donations. A crash barrier has been erected on a corner
along Carlton road to prevent vehicles crashing into a 20ft drop.
Council annual expenditure approx £8000, income £9278. Vital Village
Parish Plan questionnaire will be available in April. P3 reported
otters at Harrold and they now have 13 members. Reports were also
given by the school and village hall committee, these will be
published later on felmersham.net.
Parishioner questions: David Cardy tabled a number of issues
together with photos and asked the Parish Council to take action. He
deplored the state of the footpath connecting the three bungalows in
the High Road with Grange Road. He says that it is now impassable
forcing elderly people to walk on the road when posting letters etc.
A complaint to the Standards Board for England was made against a
member of Felmersham Parish Council. After investigation the Ethical
Standards Officer found that no action was necessary.
Felmersham Radwell Community Trust - Progress Report
Details of the origin, establishment and objectives of this Trust
are given in the
Community Trust page, and this note is to
advise of progress to date.
Grant payments from
the Trust have been agreed, or made, to Pinchmill Pre-School, for
completion of their new purpose-built accommodation to be opened
this month, and to the Parochial Church Council for essential
tree-lopping in the churchyard area; also for helping to pay for an
audio-loop system in the church.
Other projects falling within the Trust's objectives are under
discussion, and a fresh report will follow when there is more to
tell about them. - Jeff Stokley, January 2005
part in the Christingle service at St Mary's on Christmas Eve.
P3 - Working for
with Marigold and John Sykes, members of Felmersham P3 group,
who with other members set out on Sunday 27 November to staple
chicken wire onto the steps of parish styles. The intention is
to reduce the likelihood of walkers slipping when climbing the
style. Two years ago a walker in the parish slipped whilst
climbing a style and seriously cut her leg.
The style is typical of the many well maintained and marked
styles in the parish. 29/11/05 More on
The Cantamus concert held in St Mary's Church on 10 December 2005
raised £200 for the church organ fund.
Drawing by Tamsyn Stephenson
Radwell Art Club
There are quite a few painting and drawing enthusiasts in and
around Felmersham and Radwell. Some come together informally
and in varying groupings in great hope and expectation of
improving their skills! One such gathering was on the weekend
of 16th and 17th October when a very accomplished artist and
teacher, Frank Halliday, led a watercolours workshop in the
Village Hall. Fortunately we were blessed with splendid
‘Indian summer’ weather – so, with just a brief demo indoors
from the master, we were able to go to an outdoor location on
The workshop was a great success –
beginners and improvers alike found that Frank drew them forward,
beyond their comfort zone and into more ambitious efforts. Frank saw
improvement in everyone’s work and complimented all on a good
standard of work.- Pete Stephenson 24/10/05
Frank Halliday on his coaching rounds,
here helping Margaret Jones, with Noel Horrell looking on and
from left to right: Lesley Gani, Hazel Pearce, May Mills and
Margaret Coomber, just within ear-shot of the booming Yorkshire
accent. Photograph taken at Radwell by Pete Stephenson
Swansholme painted from Dropshort by Pete Stephenson
Crime figures for Felmersham and Radwell May to October 2005.
Crime in Felmersham
In the six month period there have been three recorded criminal
damages - two to property and one to a motor vehicle. Three recorded
assaults and in each case the alleged offender and injured party
were known to one another. One dwelling burglary reported (this was
a domestic incident) and one fraud.
Crime in Radwell
A theft of a motor vehicle and a theft from a motor vehicle have been
reported over the six month period.
Nuisance and Anti Social Behaviour
After previous contact with residents and the Parish Council Pc Rob
Smith has tried to spend as much time in the area to ensure
that local and visiting youths cause as little disruption to the
residents as possible. Three reports of nuisance youths have been
recorded in the Felmersham area. Two of these relate to the bus
shelter and one to the grounds of Pinchmill Lower School. In each
case an officer was sent but no youths were found.
A vehicle was stopped in Bedford and with the assistance of
information received from a resident of Felmersham the vehicle and
occupants searched and subsequently arrested on suspicion of
possession with intent to supply. As yet, there is no outcome. Residents
should remain vigilant and report any
suspicious vehicles or persons to the Police.
There are reports of vehicles causing an
obstruction in Grange Road near the junction with The High Road.
Our Beat Manager is Pc Rob Smith Tel 01234 275175
New Felmersham and Radwell Discussion Group Launched
Clive Just writes - Many people are oblivious of the proposal to
build a wind farm close to Santa Pod. There was public meeting held
in Podington and the response was fairly positive - further details
can be found on www.energy4all.co.uk. There is also a strong
opposition group who can be found at www.clowd.co.uk. Felmersham.net
published an item to stimulate debate however there is now another
forum to air your views - I have started a discussion group on
Yahoo. To subscribe visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/felmersham/
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone
is welcome, in fact encouraged, to join.
In the Files section there are two files containing photo-montages
which should give an indication of how the farm would look from two
However this group is not just for the wind farm - that was the
trigger to start it.- it is there to discuss any other aspect of
village life. Do join the group, email your opinions or comments.
Storm Hits Felmersham
|On the evening
of 31 August 2005 an electrical storm hit North Bedfordshire.
The photograph shows lightening striking just beyond
End of an
Era. Felmersham Cricket Club circa 1900 - 2005
Cricket Club team played their last match, against Pavenham CC
on Sunday 18 September 2005, before merging with them to form
a new club. Various names have been suggested for the new club
including Crowlands Cricket Club.
In the early 1900s they were known as the The
Toff Team and they played in the meadow on the Sharnbrook
side of the river. On occasions they were umpired by Squire
New Playing Field
and Hall Car Park
A feasibility study is being carried out by Sport for England
and other interested bodies. 6/7/05
Years in the Ministry
On Sunday 10
July 2005 the Rev David G Mason celebrated his tenth year in
holy orders. Before coming to the ministry David practiced as
a dentist in Bedford and was a dental consultant at Bedford
and other hospitals. After ordination he served at Biddenham
and for the past seven years as a non-stipendiary priest at
Felmersham. A special service was held at St Mary's followed
by refreshments. David's wife, Ann, also takes an active role
in the church at St Andrews in Bedford.
recent reorganisation of the parish with Sharnbrook Souldrop
and Knotting, David will be appointed team vicar with
responsibility for Felmersham. 11/7/05
On Sunday 10
July the bells were rung for David's 10-year Anniversary
Service in the morning and also at 5 pm for the National
Ringing to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the end of
World War II. 13/7/05
Pinchmill Village Hall Committee has recently installed a
new toilet for the disabled. It also plans, over the next
few months, to completely refurbish the committee room.
The work includes replacing the ceiling and lighting,
making changes to the kitchen/bar area and redecorating.
14 June 2005 the Rev Robert A. Evens was appointed
Priest-in-Charge of Sharnbrook and Felmersham and
Knotting with Souldrop. Within the next 2 years
Robert will be appoint Rector of a newly created
joint benefice of Sharnbrook and Felmersham and
Knotting with Souldrop.
the Rev David Mason will continue to have special
responsibility for Felmersham.
Sunday 19 June the Rev Evens (pictured on the left)
conducted his first service at Felmersham.
Council Meeting Report - May 2005
The Parish Council meeting was attended by our Community
Police Officer, Rob Smith following several incidents of
vandalism and yobbish behaviour. Residents were urged to
report all future incidents to the police.
The Chairman, David Cook and Vice
Chairman, Mike Thomas were re-elected for another year but
both stated they would not seek re-election.
The damaged Radwell bus shelter is beyond economic repair
and will be demolished. Suitable alternative structures
will be sought which will be more in keeping with the
The County Council have refused
permission to erect direction signs to the Village Hall.
A meeting with the Borough Planning Officer regarding the
potential new recreation field in return for the erection
of 2 dwellings had been encouraging. However, the planners
wished to have evidence that the parishioners were in
favour of the proposal (the Parish Plan Questionnaire will
specifically address this point). Sport England are also
advising on requirements.
The Parish Plan Steering Committee
reported that the Questionnaire was with the printers and
will be distributed to all households in the parish
- Peter Hartop 11/5/05
More on the Red Kite
It has been seen soaring over the former cricket field.
Pinchmill School is always keen to develop links with the
community and to this end has registered with the Eco
Schools scheme. The aim of this is not only to make
children aware of their environment but also to take
active steps to improve the surroundings of the school and
take care of the locality in which they live. The first
task that they have undertaken is to clear the path from
Memorial Lane from weeds and litter and plant flower bulbs
around the school. The school hopes to be awarded the Eco
Schools Green Flag at the end of the year but to do this
will have to provide evidence that they are aware of their
surroundings and treat them responsibly. Joan White, Chair
of Governors. 23/3/05
Annual Litter Pick
Maggie Spoor writes: We had a good turn out of people and
as well as the usual collection of old tyres, car
batteries, TVs, etc., well over 60 bags of rubbish were
collected in and around the two villages. Thanks to
everyone who took part for working so hard - particularly
the youngsters from Radwell - Matilda Boswell; Zara,
Oliver and George Matthew-Bennett; Simon, Rachael, Stephen
and Rhea Pearce-Roberts and Charlotte Facey. (I hope I've
got all these names right!)
Red Kite Seen In Parish
Four stalwart Felmersham golfers braving a cutting
northerly breeze on the 11th green at Pavenham Park Golf Course were
given a rare treat at around 11am on Tuesday 08 March. A large
raptor soaring effortlessly from the direction of Felmersham came to
see us, having established
we were not worth scavenging and having satisfied its
curiosity, glided away back towards Felmersham Hardwick. The raptor
was the unmistakeable Red Kite, a first sighting in these parts for
the four of us, although last year we saw many in the Chilterns
around Wallingford and in the Rockingham Forest area. Anybody else
seen this magnificent bird over the skies of Felmersham? Text and
photo by Peter Hartop 8/3/05
Brownies Ninetieth Birthday
Felmersham and Radwell Brownies celebrated the 90th
birthday of the UK Brownies by plating a tree on the
Jubilee Lawn. The plaque was donated by Felmersham and
Radwell Parish council. The Brownies raised £446.27 at
their recent Tsunami Coffee Morning.
More on the Brownies
At the Parish Council March 2005
reported the findings of the sub committee appointed to
investigate the feasibility of making a car park and
playing field opposite Pinchmill Hall in return for a
small housing development in the same area. There is a
need for a new playing field to provide a recreation and
leisure facility and car park that belongs to the parish
rather than leasing the present field. The Parish Council
proposes to continue supporting the planning process.
The Radwell proposed playing field has been put on hold
until a safety audit of the 24KV overhead cables has been
carried out in May.
Pipe's proposal for two new signs to be erected at
strategic points directing visitors to the school and
village hall failed to find a seconder. It was
reported that the County Council has a policy of non
proliferation of road signs! [This is the same council
that is responsible for the excessive signage on the A6
approach to the Clapham bypass. - webmaster] Road signs
are being damaged within the parish and they are expensive
to repair. The problem is to be investigated.
the National Byway Cycle Route
Byway (Britain's Heritage Cycle Route) is a 4,000 mile
(6,436km) signposted leisure cycle route round some of
Britain's most attractive and lightly-trafficked rural lanes.
It provides safe
and easy to follow cycle routes which are enhanced by over
1,000 places of interest and historic merit. The Felmersham
route takes the cyclist down Hunts Lane and over Felmersham
On Sunday 26 June a Quarter Peal was rung at St Marys to
celebrate the licensing on the 14 June of Rev Robert Evens
as Priest-in-Charge and Rev David Mason as Priest with
Special Responsibility for Felmersham.
Ringing Details: 1260 Changes of Grandsire Triples
1 Alex Nash
2 Robert W Jones
3 Ivor Dickin
4 Colin M Payne
5 Maureen H Hall
6 Ken Wildman
7 Pat Albon (C)
8 Bob Churchill 13/7/05
|Radwell Bus Shelter
was hit by a lorry causing irreparable damage. The shelter has been
razed and the photo shows how its removal has opened up Radwell
Festival Weekend Success
"The Skye Boat
One of the
floral arrangements at the Flower Festival held in St Mary's
Church using the Concert song titles as the festival theme.
The Concert was given by Hemingford Ladies Choir which was
also held at St Mary's Church, Felmersham on Saturday 11th
June as part of the village Festival weekend. The successful
Festival events were organised by Lorraine Shrimpton and Pat
Approximately £1200 was raised for Cancer Research UK
Perch Heights garden was also open as part of the National
Garden Scheme and teas were served in the Old School House by
the WI. 13/6/05
6 March Debbie Gavin and Anne Airton celebrated Mothers
Day by organising a 2½ mile Crocus Walk in aid of
Breakthrough, the breast cancer charity. 60 adults and
20 children enjoyed the walk on a pleasant winter's
afternoon. It is estimated that approaching £1000 will
be raised in sponsorships.
Top: Start of the walk.
Right: The winner of the best dressed bra competition
proudly holds his presentation shield.
Photographs by Graeme Dawson
Swan Launches New Web Site
Stewart and Louise McGregor have recently launched a new and
comprehensive web site for the Swan Inn at Radwell. Menus can
be download in PDF format so that customers can browse at
leisure before arriving at the 300 year old stone and thatched
inn. The Swan has great character, with low ceilings, wooden
beams and a inglenook fireplace. Customers can dine in a
really cosy and unique atmosphere.
Tsunami Appeal Coffee Morning
morning held on Saturday 12 February in Pinchmill Hall raised
£446.27 towards the Tsunami Appeal. Pat Keeble wishes to thank
all those who took part and supported the event. 12/2/05
Church Attendance Up
Average Sunday church attendance at St Mary's Church for
the year 2004 was 30 people. This average figure excludes
attendances at the major festivals (Christmas, Easter &
Parish Rate Increase
The Parish Council has increased the parish rate precept for the
year 2005/6 by 3.75% to £8300. A proposal by Cllr Hulatt
to maintain the precept at the current level failed to
find a seconder. 5/1/05