Good turnout for Boxing Day Walk
An estimated 50 walkers turned out for the annual P3
Boxing Day Walk, many of whom were children. The 3.7
mile route took walkers through
Castle Close, which is now owned by Sharnbrook
Parish Council and was officially opened as a wildlife
and heritage site in 2008.
It was good to see many new faces, with a special
welcome being extended to two Italian visitors. 26/12/09
On Saturday 19 September 2009 David Foot of Felmersham married
Brooke Curtis at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire.
Photo: Hilary Foot
JayJays Mobile Grocery Store
JayJays will be in Felmersham
every Wednesday from 11.30 to 12.00pm commencing 4
November. The mobile store will be parked by the river
in Hunts Lane. Orders taken and delivered. Phone: 07813
Richard Mark Holbourn - An
Fly Tippers Strike
Walkers taking an early
Sunday morning stroll along Pavenham Road were
confronted with this load of rubbish dumped at the
access points to the bridleways. Just what is the
mind set of the people who do this type of fly
Protect your Property
With the recent increase in local crime it may be
prudent to protect your property. David Folbigg, a
street coordinator with our local Neighbourhood Watch
group, emails details of Smartwater. Smartwater is a
special liquid that is used to protect your valuables
and property from criminals.
Click here to
download the leaflet. St Mary's church has used it
to protect parts of the building and furnishings.
Burglary at Felmersham
A Burglary took place in The Old Road, Felmersham,
between 12:25 and 12:29 in the morning of 28 September.
An offender removed the window, from the conservatory,
but was disturbed by the occupant. He made off, to an
accomplice who was parked in the drive, in a dark
coloured vehicle. The male was dressed in black. 29/9/09
Discovery theft at
A house in Moor End Road, Radwell was broken into over
night or early in the morning 27/28 September while the
owners were asleep and stole their Discovery with keys
and handbags with credit cards in etc... 28/9/09
At the Parish
Council - September meeting
The Mayor of Bedford was due to
address the meeting however due to his recent death his
talk was cancelled. It was reported that there would be
an election for a new mayor on 15 October.
Parishioners Talk Time: Discussion centred around dog
mess between Memorial Lane and the concrete road. A
further reminder about this issue will be published in
Ouse News. Speeding through the parish is still a mater
of concern and the Council intend to make this issue a
priority over the coming months.
Bridleway No. 31 and Footpath No.8 are to remain closed
at the foot bridge leading to Odell mill until repairs
to the bridge are completed in mid February 2010.
Neighbourhood Watch: New signs will replace the old
Homewatch signs and there will be a campaign to renew
interest in the scheme.
Radwell: A new sign for Moor End Road and a discussion
on local accommodation.
Guiding celebrates 100 years and the local Brownie group
received permission to place two flower boxes, one in Felmersham
and the other in Radwell, to celebrate the event.
As a result of North Beds schools receiving trust status the Village
Hall records have been research to establish the status
of the Village Hall. Chairman of the Parish Council,
Cllr Peter Hartop, made a statement to the meeting and a
proposal to establish a liaising sub committee was carried.
Carlo Curley in Concert
On Saturday 12 September Carlo
Curley, the well known international concert
organist, gave an organ recital in St Mary's church.
The church was full and the audience could watch
the back projected image of Carlo on a high definition screen. Carlo has a large
following and many of his fans were at the concert.
Keith Hearnshaw was
taken near the south aisle and shows Carlo sitting
at the organ with his projected image on the large
Vote for Felmersham and Radwell Youth Club
Felmersham and Radwell Youth Club will officially open
its doors on Friday 18th September and the club has been
fortunate to have received a very generous grant from
FRCT and the Parish Council.
A grant has also been applied for through the Criminal
Justice System and it has been placed on a public voting
site, allowing the community to vote on their favoured
cause. So PLEASE can you vote for Felmersham and Radwell
Please vote now.
Parish Crime Figures
Crime figures for Radwell and
Felmersham from January to August 2009.
Over the past 2 months the following topics were
BT Cables, Speeding in the Parish, Dropshort,
Planning Applications, Need for a foot path in the High
Road (south end).
to Felmersham Forum
felmersham.net has a policy of not
publishing details of planning applications or making
comments on them. There is a link on the
Parish Council page
where planning applications can be accessed.
More BT Cables Stolen
On Thursday 20 August another village was without
phones. This time Harold had the Main BT cables pulled
out with a vehicle and stolen during the night, and it
was two days before the phone lines were restored.
If anybody sees vehicles parked by BT boxes along the
village roads it would be helpful to record the
registration numbers and phone the information in.
We need to catch these people before we also loose our
phones for a few days as well as the phone bills going
Robert Edwards SC1616 24/8/09
Keep Alert for Copper Thieves
An amount of cable was stolen from Park Road, in
Melchbourne, on Wednesday the 19th of August, between
midnight, and 10:30 in the morning. Over 500 metres of
copper telecommunications cable was taken from the
ground. This is part of a series of telecommunication
cable thefts, around villages in the North Bedfordshire.
These thefts appear to take place overnight, and require
a vehicle to pull the cable from the ground.
A dark coloured, P registered, Jeep, or 4 by 4, vehicle
may be involved in this series of crimes. Bedfordshire
Police ask local residents and businesses to be
vigilant, and to report anything suspicious immediately.
If you have any information about this crime, please
call the Police Control Centre on (01234) 841212 quote
crime reference, J,/,3,4,1,2,6,/,2009 or email your
Or call Crime stoppers in confidence on (0800)555111.
Keep security in mind while you are away this summer and
for more information on reducing crime visit:
http://www.safer-beds.org to find out more.
Tracking Down Past Residents
Paul and Glenda Davis are trying to identify distant
family members (connected via Mark’s marriage) who they
believe, at on time, lived in Felmersham.
They are Simon & Rachel Pierce-Roberts, and their
children are Rhea & Steven. The name Guin (or similar
may also be connected, perhaps the married name of
Email Paul if you have any knowledge of their
The Sun's new website
For information on the Sun go to
Lara-Kate Bridgman Shaw and Benjamin Jones were
married at St Mary's Church, Felmersham on Saturday
25 July 2009.
French and Italian Dictionaries:
Suitable for someone about to do A-level French or
someone learning Italian. Free. Telephone 781160.
Would you like a piano? Free to a good home - you
"You aint seen nothing!"
Take a look (if you dare)
Local Company Biogen on
Local company Biogen operates on the Bedfordia site at
Milton Ernest. Biogen generates just over 1 mega watt of
power and produces 30,000 tons of bio-fertilizer per
year from food waste and animal manure.
Take a look on YouTube
Felmersham Artist Mel Scott goes Online
Mel's paintings are all
about light and colour whether they are set in his
native South Africa or in Europe where he now lives.
Mel studied art at school and lost touch with
painting as his business career took over. It is
only over the last five or six years that his love
of painting has been reawakened.
He has successfully exhibited in the UK,
Sweden and South Africa. 24/6/09
Mel's web site
End Cottage broken into
On Saturday afternoon 20th June a cottage in Moor End
Radwell was broken into between 1400-1500hrs (approx).
A red car small in size fairly newish, possibly a Fiat was
seen. This vehicle has been seen in the area this week, the
male in his mid 20s has been knocking on people's doors
asking for work, mainly gardening. If you have seen this
male or the car we urgently need to know as we do not yet
have the registration number.
The description of the male and the car is very similar to a
male known to the Police for Burglary!
Please if anybody has people cold calling on them call the
police. This parish is a NO COLD CALLING AREA and anybody
doing this can be arrested. People who cold call are
checking to see if you are at home and how good your
security is. If any one has CCTV as I have please can they
check there records to see if they have this man on camera.
As I get more information I will up date you all.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind?
Arthur Ransome and his connection with Felmersham
Arthur Ransome, the author of Swallows and Amazons,
visited Felmersham several times and Peter Roche (01842
812191) asks if anybody remembers his visits. Peter
In the early fifties Arthur and his Russian wife Evgenia
used to sail the waters around Mersea Island in Essex
where they became friendly with the Milburn family of
Peter, Mary and their daughter Philipa, who lived at The
Grange in Felmersham, Bedfordshire.
Arthur and Evgenia became regular visitors to The Grange
in the early fifties, Arthur fishing the local gravel
pits. Phillipa’s abiding memory of their visits was of
Evginia’s disgusting pike soup that she made from
© 2002 Mario Becroft.
* The Flag appeared at the top of the front cover on
Arthur Ransom's books.
Arthur gave the flag* to the Milburn family
somewhere around 1954. The flag was then given to Brian
Field - better known as The Maldon Knotman because of
his ties with The International Guild of Knot Tiers, he
was a past President - by Phillipa Milburn (as she then
was), but no date for this is recorded. Sadly Brian died
When Brian left the flag in my care he made three
conditions; that it should be well cared for; that it
should not disappear into somebody’s private archive;
and that it should be displayed in a place accessible to
I believe that by placing the flag here in The
Museum Of The Broads I have fulfilled Brian’s wishes. I
also believe Arthur Ransome (Barnacle Bill as he was
known to the Pirates) would have approved and applauded
the flag’s return to its rightful home.
If you have any knowledge of Arthur Ransom's visits
to Felmersham, please give Peter a call on 01842 812191
Parish Council AGM
At the AGM of the Parish Council, Cllr. Peter Hartop was
elected chairman and Marjorie Pipe vice-chairman. The Council
discussed a request from the Borough for any suggested future
capital expenditure projects. Several suggestions were made
including raising the road to the south of Radwell bridge in
order to eliminate the blind spot.
The installation of the new equipment in the playing field
will commence on the 20 May.
A new notice board is to be purchased for Felmersham. 10/5/09
FELMERSHAM CRICKET CLUB
Do you have spare time on your hands to help with
excellent Cricket Teas?
ARE YOU ABLE TO BAKE CAKES FOR US?
(We will reimburse you for the cost of ingredients)
If so, we would love to hear from you:
Ring Cherry Howkins on: 01234 824732
Michelle Marley (Recycling Education Officer for BCC) gave
an interesting and enlightening illustrated talk to
Felmersham and Radwell WI. The full list of recyclables
for the Orange bin are listed below which now includes
yoghurt pots, cling film, cooking foil, clothes and even
old shoes! 19/3/09
Sunday Brunchers raise £900
Was it really a full year since we last tried to reduce
the population of North Bedfordshire with the greatest “heart
attack on a plate” in the whole of the county?
We clearly failed in 2008 because
all the regulars were back again for more – along with a few
Originally designed to be a
Valentine’s Brunch (and still held on the weekend closest to
February 14th) we are now playing down that theme somewhat.
Some recent ad hoc research suggested that Neil Blakemore’s
sausages were having too much of a detrimental effect on too
many people’s love handles – I think the term “love levers”
has now been coined!
One gang of walkers made it over the
hill from Felmersham through what are left of the
snowdrifts - to what they thought was going to be a token
little fry up! (See Photographs)
This was their first visit to The
PFCC Brunch and they assured us it certainly won’t be
their last. The collective noun for hikers has now been
officially approved as a “cholesterol of ramblers”.
As always, the cooking and serving
teams were working off their own weight as nearly 140 full
breakfasts were delivered (mostly on time, but always hot and
fresh) during three wonderfully convivial and relaxed hours to
raise over £900 net contribution towards Club funds.
But we didn’t miss out – we did our
brunches full justice once everybody else had gone.
It wouldn’t be fair to single out
any one individual as this event is always such a massive team
effort, not only on the day itself but in the weeks leading up
So, many thanks to all involved and
that includes all the Brunchers who give us their company,
support and money every year. See you all in February 2010.
If you are interested in becoming a
VP of the Cricket Club,
taking an active role in helping with social events - or even
playing Cricket, please contact our Secretary Ruth Barratt on
781876. Tony Lockwood – Publicity Officer 13/3/09
Second burglary in Village
A second empty house has been burgled in Felmersham
in recent weeks.
For more details go to Special
Constable Robert Edward's Notes.
Service Award for Robert
A very special Special
Constable has been honoured for 19 years
of long service, good conduct and hard work.
Robert Edwards of Radwell, aged 42, was recognised for his
commitment to the community at an awards ceremony at
which he received the Long Service Medal from
Assistant Chief Constable Kath Govier. (see
Robert joined Bedfordshire Police as a Special
Constable in 1989. Based at first in Bedford, he
spent his early years patrolling the town centre on
Friday and Saturday nights but as soon as he was
approved for independent patrol quickly decided his
heart lay in the countryside and he took up the
challenge of rural policing.
Robert has worked from Riseley Police Station since
it was opened in 1999 and now deals with a wide
range of offences including thefts from farms, road
traffic collisions, and speed limit enforcement in
the villages. He is trained in the use of the laser
speed gun and his training also allows him to drive
a marked patrol car. Robert has also been
responsible for tackling drink driving and arrested
three drivers for this offence in the last month
alone, one of who was three times over the legal
Special Constabulary Chief Officer Nigel Green MBE
says Robert has really embedded himself into his
local community and really reflects the work of the
Special Constabulary. Robert
regularly reports on policing in the parish.
Concern is being expressed on
on the lack of gritting on local roads.
Phyllis Gershon of Grange Road Felmersham has died. She was
a county councillor for Harrold and a
governor of Sharnbrook Upper School.
She was admitted to hospital
after suffering a heart attack and died at Bedford
Hospital South Wing on 21 January 2009.
An Obituary 11/2/09
Anthony (Tony) Matthew fforde of Carlton has
died. He was
the husband of Pam fforde, St Mary's church organist.
funeral was held at St Mary's Church on Tuesday
3rd February followed by burial. 22/1/09
Emma marries at Sunningdale Park
Emma, younger daughter of Laurence and May Mills, was
married to Steve Bullen on 3rd January, 2009, at Northcote
House, Sunningdale Park, Berks. Seventy guests attended
the Civil Ceremony which was followed by a Wedding
Breakfast. A further forty guests arrived for an evening
celebration and disco, and a very happy day ended at 1am.
The bride and groom are now travelling in Vietnam,
Cambodia and Thailand. The photo shows Emma with her
P3 January Walk
Carol Stork writes: As a slight departure from the
usual monthly walks around the parish – in light of
possible wintry weather and conditions underfoot – we
are planning to walk around Stanwick Lakes, near Higham
Ferrers. The walk will take place on 10th January and we
will meet in the car park at Stanwick Lakes at 10:30am –
earlier than usual owing to the shorter days.
There is a Visitor Centre with a cafe at the Lakes, so
walkers can enjoy a hot drink or a snack. To get to the
Lakes, follow the A6 to the roundabout with the A45,
turn right towards Thrapston/Peterborough and at the
roundabout at the end of the stretch of dual
carriageway, turn left into the Lakes. (Car parking
charges may apply at the winter rate of £2.) 26/12/09
George has left the area to live with his
sister near Kings Lynn. George was born in the parish
and spent most of his life living in either
Felmersham or Radwell. For the last 18 or so years
he has been living in Bedford. Never-the-less he did
not lose touch with his home parish and still
attended St Marys Church every Sunday carrying out
the duties of verger.
Church verger for 43 years
In recognition of his long service to the church and
the community George was presented with a framed
photograph of the church, a photo album and £200. 7/15/09
- An Obituary
Latest Crime Stats for the Parish
Dorothy Francis Payne - An
The Last Tommy
by Katie Longstaff
Harry Patch the last survivor,
Of the First World War,
Infected by lice, fighting for lives,
Life in the trenches was poor.
Shell shock was the worst of all,
Nervous, deaf, no power,
You couldn't move anything,
For at least a couple of hours.
Sleeping in trenches was pretty rough,
All to drink was rum,
Sleeping in rain, wind, and mud,
This was definitely no fun.
Fix bayonets onto your rifle,
Going over the top of the hill,
They pick you off one by one,
The deadly snipers kill.
Remember now Harry Patch,
And all he had to endure,
Remember ALL the unsung heroes,
Of the First World War.
Poem written by
Katie and read by her at both memorial services on
Church Gates Refurbished
Tom Seamark has refurbished the lych-gates at St
Mary's Church, Felmersham. Tom has managed to use
almost all of the existing oak timber thus
preserving the gates that were originally made and
fitted in 1917.
Tom is a traditional craftsman who built the
church's new toilet and cupboards. 24/10/09
An incident of arson took place in Carlton Road,
Felmersham, Bedford, at 8:55 in the evening, on the 27th
Offenders placed a lighted firework, through the
letterbox of the property, and this caused damage to the
carpet in the hallway. No one was home at the time of
Bedfordshire Police ask local residents to be vigilant,
and to report anything suspicious immediately. 29/10/09
The Forum Group is open to all people living in
Felmersham and Radwell and it currently has 68 members!
If you are not a member then why not take a look.
Clive Just, the moderator, encourages people to send in
anything which may be of interest to others in the
parish, whether it's an observation, a comment or even a
question, and hopefully someone will know the answer! It
is also the Group to join for an oil price discount!
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY - 8TH NOVEMBER 2009
There will be a short wreath laying service, conducted
by Rev, David Mason, at the War Memorial at
approximately 11.45am on Sunday 8th November, following
the morning Remembrance Service at 10.15.
If you wish to contribute towards the cost of the poppy
wreath, please contact me on 781082 or send your
donation to 6 Marriotts Close, Felmersham, Beds, MK43
PLEASE SUPPORT THE POPPY APPEAL
Geoffrey Hulatt - Honorary Organiser
Attempted Burglary in Radwell
An attempted Burglary took place in Radwell between
10:00pm on the 13th, and 11:30am on the 14th of October.
A brick was thrown through the central pane of a window,
and the window catch was moved. It is believed the
offender had unsuccessfully tried to gained access.
An attempted Burglary took place in Grange Road, over
the night of the 7/8 October. The offender tried to
force a ground floor window but the owner was woken and
turned on a light. This may have disturbed the offender
and although the frame was damaged, the house was not
entered, and no property was taken.
A Garage burglary took place in Marriotts Close on
Wednesday 7 October at approx. 6.30am. The offender
forced open the garage door and stole 2 power saws, and
a grey camouflage coloured, 90 cc Quad bike. These items
were later recovered from a vehicle that had also been
stolen from the parish. Two men were arrested. 9/10/09
Stolen BMW found
With reference to the theft of the BMW X5 from
Felmersham the vehicle was picked up by the Police on
The Driver has been arrested, charged and released on
The BMW has been returned to its owner today.
SC1616 Edwards 02/10/2009
Third vehicle stolen
A Black BMW X3 was stolen tonight (29 September) from
Felmersham at approx 19.30 hrs. This is the third
vehicle to be Stolen from this parish in a week.
We need the help of the parish to keep your eyes open
and report any body and vehicles which are not normally
seen in the area. Please make sure your doors are locked
and Keys to Vehicles are locked away at night together
with hand bags etc... Robert Edwards SC1616 29/9/09.
Autumn Show Results -
Telecom Cable Stolen
360 metres of Telcom cable was stolen from a country
lane, between Melchbourne and Swineshead, overnight on
the 21st to the 22nd of September. This amount of cable
would require a vehicle to pull the cable from the
ground. This is the second time cable has been stolen
from this location.
Bedfordshire Police ask local residents to be vigilant,
and to report anything suspicious immediately.
Purse Stolen from Car
A vehicle crime took place in Church End, Felmersham, on
Monday the 21st of September, between 2:45, and 3:00 in
the afternoon. The vehicle was a Black, 56 registered,
Renault and was left, locked, near the church.
The offender smashed a side window in the vehicle, and
removed a purse from the back seat. The owner was in the
church grounds at the time, and witnessed a large white
coloured Van, driving down the hill at speed, towards
the river. 22/9/09
Helen Rose won this year's trophy at the 11th Annual
Autumn Show with 4 first, 6 second and 2 third
prizes. The show was once again well supported. An
occasion like this provides an excellent opportunity
to socialise and meet other members of our
community. Congratulations to Maggie Spoor and all
her helpers for an excellent and well organised
show. Teas were provided by the WI. Sept 09.
Mobile Grocery Store
As from 17th August Jayjays mobile grocery store will
visit the parish at the following times:
11am Mondays and
1pm Thursdays (Radwell Road)
11.30 to 12pm Mondays (Hunts Lane)
Visits will last approx 50 minutes.
For more info visit
Sarah and Shaun's Wedding
Sarah Evans and Shaun Stevens were married at
St Mary's Church, Felmersham on Saturday 22 August.
Photo: Maggie Spoor.
James Gani (formerly of Felmersham)
and Katrina Leigh were married on 6th June 2009 at St Peter
and St Paul's church Cranfield.
Keeping Cricket Alive!
Ruth Barratt, secretary of the
Pavenham and Felmersham Cricket Club, has filed this
mid season report.
John Gough's photograph shows ..................
Felmersham and Radwell P3 Walk
We meet for the monthly P3 walk on Sunday 12 July starting
at Felmersham bus shelter at 2pm.
Man remanded in Custody
The Man bailed for burglary has been rearrested for allegedly
re-offending. He has pleaded guilty to the Radwell Burglary
and has been remanded pending further charges.
Another suspected burglar was arrested in Harrold in an ongoing
campaign to stamp out crime in the rural villages. Please
report any suspicious behaviour to the police.
SC Edwards. 6/7/09
Man Charged with Burglary
A man was recently arrested and charged with six burglaries in
the rural area including the burglary in Radwell.
The items which where stolen from Radwell where recovered from
a shop in Bedford. SC Robert Edwards would like to thank the
members of this parish for providing witness statements which
resulted in the arrest.
The suspect has been bailed.
The other man arrested earlier in May is in prison awaiting
trial. SC1616 Edwards 27/06/09
cottages pulled down
Dropshort cottages, near Felmersham Road, Radwell were
built in 1827 as the parish workhouse. Fifty years later
the stone built cottages were sold and used to house farm
workers however in recent years they became derelict. More
details can be found in
Felmersham - The History of a
Two Tier School Consultation
Parish Cllr Peter Hartop writes: I think your local web
readership may be interested in the Bedford Borough Council's
public consultation on its plans for a 2 tier education system
for Bedford schools. The relevant document entitled Bedford
Schools for the Future are available to read online at
A man was recently arrested in connection with the alleged
burglaries in our parish.
Kath Morrissey and Truus Boyce
Beef in a Box
Oliver Hudson is locally rearing both Red Poll cattle and
Shetland sheep. The animals are locally slaughtered,
professionally butchered and the joints are sold by Oliver.
More details can be found on his web site.
Attempted theft of vehicle
Pavenham and Felmersham Cricket Club
Report on the Vice Presidents' Luncheon (26 April
Sunday; Sunny Day; Friends;
Neighbours; Good Food; Great Company = Pavenham &
Felmersham CC VP’s Annual Lunch.
To live a life that others
crave is a rare privilege and now, in its third
year, this occasion continues to embody the sense of
community which revolves around out two villages.
The Secret Soup Recipe of
Michel “Le Roo-barb” Wagstaff once again made its
mark on the tablecloth followed by the most
traditional of roast beef dinners which was a
masterpiece of logistical planning.
Reared in Pavenham by the
Beazleys; gently and expertly cooked in Bletsoe by
Brendan (along with the gravy) and lovingly
transported back by Neil Blakemore in
time to serve 100 diners, this was a much travelled
beast. The team of carvers (Messrs Beazley, Robinson
and Roff) excelled in delivering to the plate.
The Apple Cake and/or
Chocolate Squidgy Cake that followed, along with
the cheese and biscuits were enthusiastically
consumed by all.
Wine and beer sales were as lively as last year (and
no surprise there with the well selected quality on
offer) and the Club would like to pass especial
thanks on to everyone for their generosity in the
raffle even though the Credit Crunch climate meant
we were unable to offer prizes as significant as
Thank you to all who came and we hope you all
enjoyed the occasion enough to make an early booking
But finally, on the saddest
of notes, no village event has been complete for
years without the attendance of Fred Young and this,
sadly, was his last.
We shall all miss you, Fred, not just as a Cricket
Club Vice President, but as a constant presence at
and supporter of everything and everybody that this
community has been, still is and always will be.
Thank you for all you were to so many people in
Ruth Barratt 14/5/09
On Wednesday the 6th May an attempted theft of a Transit
van occurred around lunch time from a local farm.
The thieves made off in Blue Rover, possibly an old 620. A similar vehicle
has been seen around the parish before. Have you see this vehicle?
Currently the registration number is not known.
Click Here information
Any body with any information which might help the
please call Riseley Police Station on 01234 842865 and
leave a message on the machine if we are on Patrol! For
crime in progress dial 999. SC1616 Edwards 9/5/09
For more information on other recent parish crimes
Richard Phipps was elected, and Jane Wells
re-elected as churchwardens for the parish of Felmersham
and Radwell at the Annual Parish Vestry meeting held on
27 April. Paul Keeble, the retiring churchwarden, was
thanked for his much valued contribution to the church
Changes to mobile library dates
The Mobile Library will still visit fortnightly and
at the same times (Felmersham 13.50 to 14.10, Radwell
14.20 to 1430) but the dates will change after the visit
on Thursday 2nd April. The next visit will be the
following week, Thursday 9th April and then every two
weeks from then on. Edith Caldwell 19/3/09
Link to library page.
Art Club Page Update
The Art club's page has been updated with their latest
artwork. There is a diversity of subjects and media
reflecting the varied talents and skills of the group.
from the group. Link to page.
on the Move
A footbridge across a large drainage ditch on the foot
path to Odell has been swept off course by the recent
floodwater. The P3
Group have reported the problem. Photo:
P3 Annual Report
Carol Stork presented the P3 report to the Annual Parish
Meeting on Tuesday 3 March 2009. Read
New Playing Field Equipment
Click onto image for
The Village Hall and Playing Field committee propose
to install new equipment in Felmersham playing
field. The selection of equipment and layout is
designed to appeal to children of all ages. The cost
of £60,000 has been met by grants from the Parish
Council, the Borough Council, WREN (Waste Recycling
Environmental Limited) and the Margaret Alleway Trust.
Notes from Special Constable Edwards of Radwell
Notes from PC Edwards are now published on the
Neighbourhood Watch page. These notes will be regularly
updated. Click here for the
latest notes. 24/02/09
New Diocesan Bishop
The tenth Bishop of St Albans is to be the Rt Revd Dr
Alan Smith, the Bishop of Shrewsbury.
The Rt Revd Richard Inwood, Bishop of Bedford said: “I
am absolutely delighted that Bishop Alan is to be the
next Bishop of St. Albans. I have known him for a number
of years, and I am sure he will bring a vision for God’s
mission and a real dynamism to the Diocese. His
experience in rural, urban, and multicultural ministry
make him an excellent ‘fit’ for us here, and I look
forward enormously to working with him.”
See the bishop designate on YouTube
Notes taken at the January Parish Council
by Cllr Maggie Spoor
There had been no response from Charles Wells to the Parish
Council’s letter regarding the Swan at Radwell.
During Parishioner’s Talk Time, Special
Edwards reported that during an exercise he had accumulated
four pages of registration numbers of vehicles speeding
through Radwell. Once he is finally authorised he will be
imposing the speed limit and issuing fixed penalty notices.
Highways. The burst water main in Radwell was causing a
major hazard during the freezing conditions. The Clerk
immediately contacted County Councillor Wootton to make sure
the road was well gritted. The shrubs along Hunts Lane had
been cut back, but the ditch was still very overgrown. The
Council will contact County Highways Dept. Concern was
expressed about a school bus which has a route along Carlton
Road. This road is not gritted during icy conditions.
Radwell Matters. Mrs Keeble thanked the
Council on behalf of Radwell residents for the replacement
street light lamps. They made a big difference.
Finance. All payments and receipts are contained in the
A grant of £3,000 was approved for the
Village Hall and Playing Field Committee towards the cost of
renewing the play equipment. The Committee had also applied
for a Borough Rural Affairs grant, to WREN (Waste Recycling
Environmental Limited), and to the Felmersham and Radwell
The Parish precept for 2009/10 was maintained at the current
Correspondence. The Annual Parish Spring
Clean will be on Saturday 28th March.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on 3rd March
2009 in Pinchmill Hall. Please note that this is the Annual
Parish Meeting and will commence at 7.00 pm to be followed by
the Parish Council meeting.
New Toilets for St Marys
A new toilet and kitchen facility will
be installed in St Mary's church over the the coming months
with completion on Friday 27 March 2009.
The new facilities are being built in
the vestry and provision for a vestry area will be made at the
rear of the church. At the same time the cracks in the lintels
above the turret stair case will also be repaired. During the
work the church will remain closed except for services.
The new facilities will be a welcome
relief for people attending weddings and funerals and will enable events
to be organised that appeal to a wider constituency. One of
the first of these will be the visit of
Disabled toilet facilities are now a
desired requirement for all public buildings and over the
years English Heritage grants have been conditional on toilets
eventually being installed. 6/1/09