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Working for the Changing the World badge
This term the Brownies will be working for the
Changing the World badge.
"Against Bullying" is the discipline the
Unit is taking on in association with
Among the activities will be a comic strip to
puppet friend to make, friendship bingo game and
lots of other activities connected to bullying.
The Rag and Bone man -
If you are expecting a Dickens Christmas story---forget it,
this is all about recycling!
When I was a little lad, the rag and bone man used to come
round the streets to collect junk in exchange for
(try googling that one!). This process is now called
Think of me as the latter day rag and bone man… who recycles
printer cartridges and mobile phones for Christian Aid. Every
household in the parish will receive a bag and details of the
scheme…please read it and try and take part. It is effort free
and raises money. Each cartridge recycled is worth £1, each
Every £1 buys 200g of seed or 2 exercise books, £7 buys a
stethoscope etc, etc etc. Please try and help, you will not
get a donkey stone but you will have made a difference.
For convenience there is a collection point in St Mary's
church porch. 26/11/08
Mason celebrates 10 years at St Mary's
On Sunday 5 October the Rev David
Mason celebrated 10 years ministry in our parish. David
is a non-stipendiary priest and joined us as
Priest-in-Charge in October 1998. He had previously
served at St James, Biddenham.
colour by Hazel Pearce
David lives in Bedford and was
previously a dental surgeon at Bedford Hospital. He is
supported in his ministry by his wife Ann. In 2007 he
was appointed Rural Dean for the Sharnbrook Deanery. The
parish is fortunate to have a caring priest who reaches
out to all members of the community.
David was presented with a water
colour painting, by Hazel Pearce, of the interior of St
Maggie Spoor writes:
Although entries for this years Autumn Show were down
compared to last year’s bumper crop, everyone seemed to
have enjoyed the afternoon. We had a good crowd viewing
the exhibits and the Art Club exhibition, which was
superb, and the WI did a roaring trade in teas. There
were delicious cakes to eat as well as on display! We
were well supported by the Pre-School, but it would be
nice to see a few more entries from the older children.
Autumn Show 2008 Results
This year's overall winner
was Hilary Foot, shown here holding the winners trophy.
Photo: Maggie Spoor. 21/9/08
was 10 years old
in October 2008
Joan Hughes Awarded Doctorate
Dr Joan Hughes with Dr Huw
Meirion Edwards her tutor.
Recently a rather special student graduated from the
Department of Welsh, Aberystwyth University. Joan
Hughes, who is originally from Trefdraeth (Newport)
Pembrokeshire, and now lives in Felmersham, was awarded
a doctorate at the age of 82 years old.
Joan is a mature student and followed the External
Degree programme between 1995 and 2000, and was awarded
a BA Honours 2i. She went on to complete an MPhil
dissertation on the Puritan and renowned publisher of
the seventeenth century, Stephen Hughes, and graduated
for the second time in 2003.
She then turned her attention, to a more ambitious study
of the life of John Thomas, (1730-1804?). Her PhD thesis
is a substantial and readable work which sheds new light
on one of the most interesting religious figures of the
period. Congratulations Joan.
Saturday 23 August 2008 at St Mary's Church the marriage of
Anna Louise Phipps to Andrew James Tarbuck.
Photo R Phipps
Great train journeys
How many "Combine
After a short illness Joyce Franklin passed away on Sunday
20 July. Joyce was 81 years old.
Successful Open Gardens
Radwell Open Gardens for the British Red Cross on Sunday
13 July was a huge success with over 200 visitors and
£1,251.48 being raised. 8 contrasting gardens were open
for 3½ hours with favourable weather. A BBQ followed,
hosted by another Radwell resident, to end a very busy
Report: Paul Keeble. Photo: Margaret Jones 15 July
From last Monday
9 June, we have an extra evening bus home from Bedford. This
runs as route 136 at 19.35 (bus station bay 10), calls at the
railway station at 19.38 and then takes the scenic route via
Bromham, Stevington, Harrold and Sharnbrook before reaching
Felmersham at approximately 20.22 and then Radwell.
Wildflower Walk - Blossoming Knowledge
The Felmersham and Radwell P3 group
would like to say a very big thank you to Laurie Jones,
lifelong botanist and Felmersham resident, for guiding an
enthusiastic group of around a dozen villagers around the
botanical wonders of Harrold Odell Country Park on Saturday
14th June 2008.
For a report of the walk plus photos, See
On Saturday 26 April 2008 Stephen Abel and Melissa
Hill from Radwell were married at St Mary's Church,
Felmersham. The bride and groom left the church in a
horse drawn carriage. 27/4/08
Book" is a national organisation enabling every child to
hear the story of the Bible at school in their primary
years. A group of volunteers living in this parish
Open the Book and read to children in our local
schools. Material and support is provided.
has been organised for the Bedford area on Thursday 26
June 2008 from 1.00pm to 3.30pm at Brickhill Baptist
Church, Bedford. This is an opportunity for existing and
potential members to find out more about the scheme and
meet other story tellers. Contact Sally Carr, Radwell
for more details.
Police report that crime figures for Felmersham and Radwell in
2007/8 are down on the previous year 2006/7.
In Felmersham only 3 offences have been recorded in the last
12 months compared with last year when 17 offences were
Radwell had 6 reported crimes in the same period compared with
8 in the previous year. These can be broken down as 3 violent
crimes, a criminal damage, a burglary of a dwelling and a
burglary of an other building.
reports have been in relation to Moor End Road and youths
possibly taking drugs. This area has received increased police
patrols and work is being carried out on wider issues.
Police Community Support Officer Allan Taylor is now the
support officer for this area working alongside Pc Rob Smith
the Neighbour-hood Police Officer. (01234 275175) 7/5/08
Pcso Allan Taylor
Download a copy of
North Beds Police Safer Neighbourhood News Letter
Rita Hope 1937 - 2008
Rita Kathleen Hope has passed away. Rita and Dave lived
in Radwell from 1968 to 1980. Rita took an active part
within the community. An obituary.
Reed Bunting in Felmersham Garden
Last week Paul and
Glenda Davis observed a Reed Bunting on a seed feeder in
Buntings are on the RSPB's list of globally threatened
They are typically
found in wet vegetation but have recently spread into
farmland and, in winter, into gardens.
Photos: Paul Davis.
On Saturday 5 April at St Mary's Church Felmersham the
Marriage Blessing of Neil Thomas Wildman and Allison
Margaret Wildman. 6/4/08
March Forum Topics
Among the topics discussed on
Felmersham Forum during
Broadband Speeds, Recycling, Nature Reserve car park,
Radwell causeway, Flooding and Cat attack.
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New felmersham.net pages
Two new pages have recently been published on
felmersham.net: Ouse Valley
Celtic Grave Goods. I have also reinstated the
Ouse News archives. Ouse News
is now published as a PDF file.
Pinchmill School Singing Success
Pinchmill Lower School choir won the Leslie Bowles
Memorial Trophy at this years Bedfordshire Festival of
Music, Speech and Drama held on Saturday 8 March. The
trophy was for the best choir of schools with under a
100 pupils. This is the third successive year the choir
has won the trophy. Some members of the 25 strong choir
sang at last year's Christmas Carol Service at St Mary's
Marathon in China
In June 2008, Christian Coghlan will be attempting the
Gobi March - Ultra Marathon in China for Macmillan
Cancer Support. Many will remember Christian's father,
Peter, who lost his battle with bowel cancer when
Christian was just 12 years old.
here to support Christian. 14/3/08.
New Labradoodle Home Page
Annette Courtney has published a new website
specialising in Labradoodles.
Cricket Players Wanted
Pavenham and Felmersham Cricket Club welcomes players of
all ages and abilities as well as social members and
those who wish to umpire and score. As well as one of
the best grounds in Bedfordshire (with covered pitches)
they also have a full social calendar of activities
beyond cricket for all the family.
Click here for more details.
A Memorial Service was held at Priory Methodist
Church, Bedford on 21 February to celebrate the life of
The Changing Community
to think of the populations of our two communities of
Felmersham and Radwell as being fairly static. So here
are some surprising statistics:
Since 2000, 70 properties in Felmersham have been sold
at an average price of £257,997 and in Radwell 21
properties have been sold at an average price of
£277,040. That represents about a quarter of the
dwellings in both Felmersham and Radwell have changed
hands since the year 2000.
Black and White Revival - New Website
traditional photograph restoration and conservation and
is also a unique source of some 160 photographs of old
Bedfordshire supplied mounted and framed.
and White Revival
Felmersham Flood Video.
Radwell Flood Video.
Notes taken at the Parish Council Meeting
Meeting held on the 8 January 2008,
three members of the public attended.
The parish precept was set at £12,500 for 2008/09 (the
same as last year). This equates to an average of £44
per household per year.
In March an established hornbeam tree will be planted
next to the bus shelter where previous trees were
Further discussions will be held with the Community
Trust regarding the tenancy agreement of the Margaret
Alleway Memorial Garden. The Council has already agreed
to cut the grass and to include the insurance of the
donated furniture in their insurance policy.
Parish speed limits will be reviewed 2009/10. Moor End
Road speed limit will be looked at by M.E.R in April.
The installation of speed activated signs is still a
No immediate consideration will be given to installing
traffic lights on Radwell bridge because there were no
recorded traffic accidents over the past three years.
The Parish Council has made a donation of £3K towards
the cost of refurbishment and renewal of the playing
Maggie Spoor presented the report of the Communications
sub-committee. This committee has now finished its task.
Cllr Hartop will attend a half day course on Web sites
for Parish Councils. The Parish Council is moving
towards publishing minutes of meetings and other Council
information on the Web. 9/1/08.
Felmersham Church Video
felmersham.net webmaster has produced this 3:43 minute
video of St Mary's
Church (9.32MB. 1:30 minutes
max. download time).
Well worth the wait! Turn up the volume!
Janet Eyre 1938 - 2008
It is with great sadness that we report the
passing of a much-loved former teacher of Pinchmill
School. Janet joined Pinchmill School in 1976 and
retired in December 1991. During those years she was a
much liked and capable teacher. Her main interest was in
music and in particular teaching the recorder. So many
childrens' introduction to instrumental playing was due
to Janet's enthusiastic recorder teaching.
At Christmas there was always a stage production -
the music being Janet's responsibility. The singing was
always of a very high standard for such a small school
with so few young children.
Janet was also an active and lively presence at the
many social functions held in the village and we fondly
recall the vitality she brought to any occasion - and
her lovely smile!
Janet moved to Malvern in 2003 to be near her
daughter. She was taken ill in 2006 but sadly died on 24
November 2008. We are sure that many of Janet's former
pupils, and their parents, will have very fond memories
of her, as will all the colleagues who had the immense
pleasure of working with her.
Jean Pritchard & Mary Freeman. 27/11/08
Orange Wheelie Bins
According to Cllr Jim Brandon orange wheelie bins should
be delivered to households that requested them within
the next two weeks. 6/11/08
Police are active with in the parish checking
vehicle speeds and advising offending drivers to slow
down. The intention is to give motorists a fair
warning that in the next few months they will be using
speed guns and any driver found breaking the speed limit
will be issued with a fixed penalty. The message is,
slow down and keep to the speed limit. 6/11/08
North Bedfordshire Schools Trust
Mr John Clemence, Head Teacher of Sharnbrook Upper
School, gave a presentation to the Parish Council on the
workings of the North Bedfordshire Schools Trust. The
Trust was formed in September 2007 and now consists of
19 schools serving 5000 young people in the age range 3
to 18 years. The group includes 15 lower schools
(including Pinchmill), 3 middle schools (including
Oakley) and one upper school. It is generally known as
the Sharnbrook Pyramid because the children ultimately
go to Sharnbrook Upper. The Trust currently has four
external partners: Unilever, Cranfield University,
Bedford College of Further Education and Capita Sims.
John Clemence went on to outline the many benefits of
the Trust which are too numerous to mention here but the
following were noted by this correspondent:
● Use of a common curriculum so that all children are at
a similar educational level when changing schools.
● Once a child enters a Trust school it has a guaranteed
path through the Trust's schools.
● Sharing of resources is a huge benefit, for instance
language teachers visit lower schools in order that
children can learn a second language at a younger age.
● Each school’s IT system is connected to a main frame
computer which is managed centrally.
● The Trust owns and manages all school properties.
Quilt Competition success for Janet
Congratulations to Janet Cook and
her friend Sally Holman who were awarded second place in
the World Quilt Competition - 2008 with their quilt
entitled "Streak of Lightning".
In order to meet the shipping
requirements to the USA, the hanging arrangements had to
be modified. Unfortunately "the lovely painted metal
rods had to be replaced with the black fabric". Sally
made the orange diamonds and Janet the blue ones.
The quilt is currently on display
in the World Quilt Show which is touring America.
Photo: Streak of
Lightning by Janet Cook & Sally Holman
Planning Application for 3 Wind Turbines
Bedford Borough Council is considering the following
Erection and operation of 3 wind turbines associated
infrastructure which includes access tracks, crane pads
construction compound and control building, underground
cabling and grid connection.
Airfield Farm Airfield Road Podington Wellingborough
Northants NN29 7JQ 9/10/08
On Saturday 27 September 2008 at St Mary's Church the
marriage of Susanna Britton to David Rogers. 28/9/08
Second Hand Recipe or Cook Books
Carol Stork is helping Parkinson’s Disease Society volunteers
to collect second hand recipe/cook books to sell at a stall in
October. If anybody wishes to clear out any unwanted recipe
books and at the same time help a worthwhile cause then please
drop them off at Beacon Cottage, Church End. 5/9/08
Karen Smith has a full time vacancy for one child aged 1 to 5.
She can provide care before & after school, and care during
school holidays for up to three children over 5. Please
contact her for more information. Tel: 782630 Mob: 07886
Infected Horse Chestnut Trees
The four horse chestnut trees in the churchyard and the
tree next to the bus shelter are infected with the
larvae of Cameraria ohridella, or horse chestnut
leaf miner, a moth that is spreading across the southern
half of England. The larvae mine within the leaves,
which eventually shrivel and drop off as early as the
middle of August.
Commission states: Far from being dead, though, the
trees are probably still healthy. Infested trees do not
look pretty, but they are well able to withstand the
damage, and will re-flush normally next year.
Horse chestnut trees are also under threat from
bleeding canker, which causes lesions that
ooze liquid from the trunk. One of the trees in
the churchyard clearly show signs of disease but
it may not be this particular fatal disease.
Click images for an enlarged view.
Saturday 28th June 2008 the marriage of Miss Emma Louise
Gee and Mr Simon Roger Clark at St Mary's Church,
Parish Council Notes - July Meeting
Matters arising at the meeting of Felmersham and Radwell
Parish Council on 1st July included a report that the
litter bins attached and adjacent to the various bus
shelters in the parish are still not being emptied. The
Clerk will contact DSD once again.
Highways. Peter Hartop and Marjorie Pipe
reported on their meeting with four representatives of
Bedfordshire Highways. The Parish Council had a number
of points to raise including poor maintenance of
roadside grips which led to localised flooding, pot
holes, damaged road edges, overgrown verges, overhanging
vegetation, speeding traffic and the unsatisfactory
resurfacing of the road between Radwell and Milton
Ernest. County Council Highways promised to address
Other highway matters reported - Radwell Road often now
flooded, possibly due to a collapsed culvert.
Councillors were unhappy with the poor finish applied to
the recently resurfaced Marriotts Close. There will be
road closures affecting Harrold bridge, Carlton Road and
Odell High Street through August and into September.
Residents are advised to look out for signs. Roads will
be closed from 9.30am to 15.00.
The proposed speed activated sign in Felmersham would
need to be solar powered as there is no electricity
supply. The ‘give way’ white lines at Radwell bridge are
to be re-painted.
The Parish Council had received thanks from the Borough
for its contribution to the consultation process of the
Local Development and Rural Issues Plan. Peter Hartop
reported that the proposed travellers caravan site at
Bletsoe had been rejected by the planning committee
after a two hour meeting.
Radwell. Mrs Keeble was very pleased with the
new seat on Radwell Green. It was explained that the
tiled surface could not be repaired – problems with
adhesion. The old County Council notice board is to be
removed. Street light globes are dirty and need
cleaning. The willow tree at the approach to Radwell
bridge was causing some motorists problems. Mrs Keeble
reported that there was a notice in the ‘phone box to
say it was to be removed. She also asked why there were
no “No cold calling” signs in Radwell – answer: this was
a Borough Council initiative. The Clerk will try to get
signs for Radwell.
Finance. Following his letter to the Rural
Affairs committee, Peter Hartop is to have a site
meeting with Councillor Clifton and Mr Simpkins
regarding the play equipment grant.
Notes written by Cllr Maggie Spoor 12/7/08
Date of next meeting – 2nd September, 7.30 pm in
Pinchmill Committee Room
The winners of Pavenham and Felmersham Cricket Club Duck Race
held at Radwell Bridge on Saturday 10 May were:
First Prize: £100 Fred Young, Pavenham
Second Prize: £75 Helen D.
Third Prize: £25 Keith Bowers, Pavenham
Ship's Bell used as Font
ship's bell was used as a font at the Easter
christening of Matthias Michael Templeman Rindsig
at St Marys Church, Felmersham. The bell has been
traditionally used for christenings in the
Templeman family for many years and is inscribed
"HMS King George V. 1940". The photo shows
Matthias and his parents Morten and Kathryn (nee
Templeman) and the vicar, the Rev David Mason.
At the meeting held on 6 May, Cllr Peter Hartop was
re-elected Chairman and Cllr Marjorie Pipe Vice
The Parish Council applied for a £20K grant from the
Borough Council to re-equip the playing field. The
Borough responded with an offer of a £10K grant. This
offer was considered insufficient to even partly equip
the playing field so the PC intend to appeal the Borough
decision. A letter from children living within the
parish was read out to the meeting stressing the need
for the facilities to be improved.
Rubbish bins are not being emptied at the bus shelters.
Parish Council to complain to Borough Council.
The Council will try and bring forward the date of the
proposed road resurfacing work to the south of Radwell
bridge because it is considered to be unsafe for all
types of traffic.
The Council completed the application for a speed
activated sign within Felmersham. A parishioner's letter
to the Council stressed that the proposed sign should be
small and compact and operated by mains power.
It is proposed to install a new bench seat near the War
Memorial and a new seat, on the site of the old Radwell
bus shelter, including visual improvements.
afternoon 13th July, some of the residents of Radwell will be
opening their gardens in aid of the Red Cross. One of the
attractions are the Alpacas, photographed above. See advert on
left for more details. Photo: Gavin Bell. 6/5/08
Wind Turbine Appeal Withdrawn
Nuon Renewables have withdrawn their appeal to the Planning
Inspectorate in relation to the refusal of planning permission
in respect of the erection and operation of 9 wind turbines
and associated infrastructure at Airfield Farm, Podington.
7 people from Felmersham and 6 from
Radwell joined this year's annual parish litter pick. Many
thanks to everyone who took part on that very windy and
blustery day. The haul this year was 24 bags of litter, plus 5
old cell batteries and an electric heater that had definitely
seen better days. 1/1/08
David Rhodes -
illustration shows part of a quilt made by the Ouse
Valley Quilters to Commemorate the restoration of the
organ in St Mary's Church, Felmersham. The quilt is on
displayed in the church.
All materials and the display case were donated by
Richard Horsford in memory of his wife Daphne and son
The following quilters helped with the work: Janet Cook,
Patricia Keeble, Anne Atkinson-Clark, Mary Pickin,
Barbara Curry, Di Stephenson, Karen and Georgina
Click to view
Sun Pub Reopens
Redecoration work and other essential work is now completed
and the Sun has reopened. It will initially be under the
temporary management of a holding company with the possibility
of a new tenant in by early March.
improve the facilities for the longer term will be
After more than 20 years as publicans of The Sun
Steve and Maureen Miasek have moved to Kempston.
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Cricket Club Update
In his letter to club members the new chairman of Pavenham
and Felmersham Cricket Club, Nick Kitchen, has highlighted a
number of significant changes to the club officers. Mike
Wagstaff has stepped down as chairman of the club and Damien
Dunlop as captain. Both are praised for their contribution to
the club in Nick's letter. David Cook is the new President
Elect. For more details on the new club officers,