Sergeant Edward's promotion
On the 8th January Acting Special Sergeant Robert
Edwards attended his Sergeant's Promotion Board and has
been informed he was successful. Therefore Robert is now
a Substantive Special Sergeant with Bedfordshire Police.
Congratulations Robert -
Congratulations to Robert
Special Sgt Robert Edwards has
won the "safe community award" category in the
2010 Pride in Bedford Awards. Robert would like to
thank everybody who supported and voted for him. He
writes "It is a great honour to receive this award
for the hard work and long hours I have put in to
helping 'Police' our neighbourhood. Thank you to who
ever nominated me!"
- An obituary
Notes from the Parish Council
meeting 3rd November
Cllr Maggie Spoor writes:
6 Parish Councillors, the Clerk,
Acting Special Sergeant Edwards and one member of the
public attended this meeting. Apologies from David Cook
and Councillor Brandon.
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave
Hodgson, was welcomed to the meeting. He spoke at length
about the problems the Borough faces coping with a
substantial debt inherited from the County Council when
the unitary authority was created. This is on top of
Government budget cuts. His strategies to cope with
these include cost cutting and efficiencies at Borough
Hall, plus some good old fashioned lateral thinking
which should save the Borough thousands of pounds.
The Chairman, Peter Hartop,
tackled the Mayor on a lack of action following the
Mayor’s visit to the Parish in September. The Parish has
received very poor service regarding road repairs, road
sweeping and drain clearance to name a few. The Mayor
promised to look into these complaints.
The Mayor then left the meeting.
Highways - The Parish Council had
applied to purchase a new street lamp for outside the
church using the money available from Councillor
Brandon. This has been approved. The application to
purchase ‘gates’ for the village entrance was not
approved. The Clerk has been informed that the weight
restriction sign for Memorial Lane is ‘in hand’.
We were notified of local road closures – Sharnbrook
Kennel Hill and Mill Road will be closed on 6th and 7th
December from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm. Odell Road, Harrold
will be closed for two days between 15th November and
Planning - The Boundary Commission
has made its final recommendations regarding boundary
changes. Felmersham will be part of Sharnbrook ward,
along with Knotting and Souldrop and Milton Ernest
Radwell matters - A planning
restraint on The Retreat means it should be closed from
the 31st October to 1st April each year. Numerous
complaints received regarding traffic going to the
stables using Moor End.
Finance - Eight new Neighbourhood
Watch signs, showing the Smart Water logo, have been
purchased. Another dog bin has also been purchased and
will be installed on the verge between Radwell and
Felmersham, once the underground services have been
Date of next meeting - Tuesday 4th
January 2011 in Pinchmill Hall. November 2010.
Derek Simpson from NZ writes
.......... I was evacuated to
Felmersham in 1940 from Eastbourne Sussex. I have fond
memories of the village and the life of the times back
then. My foster mother was Mrs Edna Betts of Victoria
Cottage, a lovely lady, who lost her husband in WW1, she
had no children and I think it was a wonderful thing she
did in giving a very good home to two brothers aged 11
and 6. The village baker was I believe the brother in
law to my foster mother, and as you can see the village
name was blacked out on the side of the Vauxhall Van. I
am the basket carrier .........
Napier. New Zealand.
More at "Where are you now"
Derek attached the photograph
described above and it will be published in "Bygone
Felmersham and Radwell, a pictorial view of the parish"
available 2011. Also in the book will be a photograph
(by kind permission of Frank Summerlin) of the wedding
of Edna and John Betts and details of how John Betts
died in the First World War.
Minor Changes to Bus Time Table
On Mondays to Saturdays the
current 18.40 departure from Bedford shifts to 18.50 and
there is an additional evening bus leaving the bus
station at 19.50. Both of these call at the railway
station to connect out of the 18.00 and 19.00 trains
from St Pancras. In the other direction the 20.06 from
Felmersham to Bedford ceases to run (but the 20.22
On Saturdays the current 07.52 to Bedford moves to 07.47
to match the Monday to Friday timing.
On Sundays the first bus from
Bedford (09.00) and the last bus to Bedford (20.12)
cease to run. The remainder of the Sunday southbound
services run 15 minutes later than previously, now at
10.27 and two hourly to 18.27.
Stephen Hill, Oct 2010.
Link to M50 Time Table
Wedding of Catherine Mills and Russell Greaves
The wedding of Catherine Mills and Russell Greaves took
Saturday 30 October at St Mary's Church, Felmersham.
The reception was held at Sharnbrook Hotel.
Left: Catherine and Russell
Below left: May Mills with her daughter Emma
Below Right: Catherine with her father Laurie
Mills arriving at the church.
Click on photographs to enlarge.
Brownies Celebrate 30 Years
Carol Stork Writes:
At a recent meeting of 1st Felmersham and Radwell
Brownies, the pack celebrated a significant birthday.
September marked the 30th Anniversary of the pack and
the girls celebrated the occasion in traditional style
with a fantastic cake and by designing brightly coloured
birthday party hats.
Felmersham resident, Marjorie Evers, helped to set
the pack all those years ago and was on hand to cut
the cake with one of today’s Brownies.
Crime Stats for September
Janet Cook Writes:
Several members of the
Village Hall Committee have spent a very busy
weekend cleaning and painting the Committee Room
and toilets. During our foray through the
cupboards we discovered this one of 3 certificates.
Our challenge to the community now is to
resurrect that community spirit. Any ideas?
We don't know if Calor are
still running this scheme.
Dumbstruck Theatre Group Production
On Wednesday 6 October the
Dumbstruck Theatre Group
visited Felmersham and performed Oscar Wilde's "A
Picture of Dorian Gray". Carol Stork writes the
It’s not everyday that
theatre comes to our doorstep in Felmersham and so it
was too good an opportunity to miss when the Dumbstruck
theatre group dropped in on Pinchmill Hall to perform
‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ last Wednesday. It was such
a shame that the event had been promoted so late in the
day, which meant that there was only about a dozen of us
in the audience. But this created a very intimate,
‘theatre in the round’ atmosphere – and we were treated
to an excellent adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel. The
carefully chosen props, lighting and occasional sound
were all used to good effect – and the performances were
impressive and absorbing. Fingers crossed that their
trial run of village performances proves to be a success
and that they will be back to entertain us next year.
Harvest Festival Raised £125
The Harvest Festival Service at St Mary's Church raised
£125 which will go towards the Bishop's Harvest for
the Hungry Appeal. This year the Appeal is
supporting families in Eastern Uganda whose homes were
devastated by floods in 2007 and they are now struggling
to cope with a changing climate.
The Churchwardens wish to thank all those, including the
Preschool, who helped
support the Appeal by giving produce etc. the sale of
which raised the £125.
Stephen Richard Miasek 1951 - 2010
Autumn Show - Local
Builder Wins Sponge Competition
Local builder Kevin
Lovell won first prize in the Victoria Sponge Class
at the Felmersham and Radwell Autumn Show. This
fiercely competitive section attracted eleven
entrants many of whom will be be accomplished sponge
makers. So what is Kevin's secrete? Kevin was not
saying but it could be all in the mixing.
Below: Matilda Boswell and Caroline
Cooper both gained four first prizes to become joint holders
of the Felmersham and Radwell Autumn Show Plate.
for Transported Women
Janet Cook writes: Ouse Valley Quilters have been
making bonnets, yes, bonnets in memory of the 25,000
plus women who were transported to Van Diemens Land
(Tasmania) for such capital offences as stealing a
At the time stealing a kettle was regarded as a very
good reason for sending a woman half way round the
world in a sailing ship and serving 7 years in a prison
at the other end. The fact that woman might have had
small children was ignored, although babes in arms were
allowed the luxury of travelling with their
Photo: Janet Cook.
Click photo to enlarge.
organiser/brain behind this scheme, Christina Henri,
has arranged for 13,000 of these bonnets to be
displayed at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham from
19 to 22 August where 4,000 quilts from all over the
world will be on display. Every bonnet carries the
name, date and ship on which the woman was transported,
as well as a decoration of hearts and roses or other
flowers. Every bonnet already has a permanent home in
Tasmania, in one of the "Female Factories" which were
set up to receive, house and train the women.
Janet has taught at the Festival
every year since it started 5 years ago. She has also
exhibited there. August 2010
The Duke steams through Radwell
Duke of Gloucester
Photograph by Paul Davis
Click photo to enlarge
arrow to return.
Paul Davis writes: A vintage steam train passed through
Radwell just after 8:00 pm on Monday, July 26th. The
locomotive was the famous “Duke of Gloucester” number
7100 which, so I am informed, is used frequently to
haul steam train excursions.
Earlier in the day it had been seen in places as far
apart as Bromsgrove and Birmingham. Although it was
running over 40 minutes late, all the bridges in this
area were crowded with steam train enthusiasts, armed
with cameras, video-camcorders and sound recorders.
Excitement reached fever-pitch on the “Steetly Bridge”
when the whistle could be heard from the Souldrop
crossing, well before it could be seen! Never let it be
said that life in Felmersham & Radwell lacks
Watch the "Duke" on YouTube July 2010.
Youth Club Success at
Annette Franklin writes: The youth club had 5 stalls -
Sweet Stall, Face Painting, Paintball, Coconut Shy and
Tombola which were run by the children.
On the day we raised £323.50. After taking out the
expenditure we made a fantastic amount of £183.61 which
we donated 25% to the Village Hall. The amount raised
is being used to provide an end of year Fun and Awards
Evening for the children.
I would like to thank everyone who both helped and
attended the Fete. On such a hot day it was a wonderful
Special Constable Promoted
Congratulations to Robert Edwards, our local
Special Constable, who has been promoted to the
rank of Sergeant with immediate effect. Robert will
initially be an acting Sergeant and hopes that more
people will come forward to train as Specials
especially in rural areas.
He will still be operating in the rural area but in
addition will help train new officers in the town
centre on foot beat.
Changes in Councillor's Responsibilities
Cllr Peter Hartop writes: Following the Parish Council
AGM in May the following councillors have changed
Peter Hartop: Chairman, Planning, Tree Warden
David Cook: Grass Cutting
Geoff Hulatt: Town Lot Charity Trustee
Borough Council Consultation on Draft Plan
Bedford Borough Council has just started a six week
public consultation on its Allocations and Designations Plan.
The draft plan makes specific site allocations and land
designations to meet the Borough’s development
requirements up to 2021. To view the Felmersham Draft Plan
For advice on how to comment go to:
where it says The Draft Plan, Maps, Sustainability
Appraisal and Background Documents, follow the
Comments can be returned online (web address above) or
by completing a response sheet (available online) and
returning it, by 13th July 2010, to:
Assistant Director, Planning and Housing
Bedford Borough Council
Bedford, MK40 1SD
Minor changes to bus times from 7 June
On Mondays to Fridays only there are three changes to
our bus times to Bedford. The 07.52 runs 5 minutes
earlier at 07.47, the 17.02 is put back to 17.12 and
the 18.12 to 18.17. These buses still run at the
original times on Saturdays.
On Mondays to Saturdays there is an additional bus into
Bedford at 20.24 (the 20.09 also still runs unchanged).
There are no changes to the service from Bedford, or to
the Sunday service.
Hill. 1 June 2010
Cherrie walks the London Moonwalk
Cherrie Dawson walked the 26.2 mile London Moonwalk
Marathon on 15 May to raise funds for breast cancer
charities. She is shown here, on the left, in Hyde Park
after finishing the walk. With her are daughter-in-law
Victoria from Oslo (centre) and Berit, also from Oslo.
They did the walk in 6h 40m, it was Cherrie's 3rd
Moonwalk, Victoria's second and Berit's first.
Cherrie writes "We thoroughly enjoyed the walk it was a
lovely night and it is great to see London in the early
hours of the morning with a lot less traffic. The Walk
is to raise money for Breast Cancer and a lot of people
walk with just a decorated Bra on their upper body,
that is some men as well as woman. You can choose
whether to do a half Marathon or a full - Victoria and
I chose the full and completed in 6 hours 40 min.,
which for 26.2 miles is not bad going* as sometimes it
is rather crowded - we look forward to competing again
next year." (*That's an average walking speed of
Neighbourhood Watch Area Co-ordinator
Dave Girling is the new
Neighbourhood Watch Area Co-ordinator for Felmersham
and he is looking for a Street Co-ordinator for the
Tithe Barn and Upper High Road area.
It is an interesting and worthwhile way to help the community. The
coordinator's role is not exacting and it is a good way to get
to know fellow villagers and to keep in touch with village
life. The main activities are maintaining a first point of
contact with the police and attending the occasional
If you are interested then contact Dave on 781955.
The Area Co-ordinator for Radwell is Paul Keeble
782134. To find out who is your Street Co-ordinator
Wake Boarding at Radwell
For some people the floods at Radwell can provide an
Wake Boarding 1.
Wake Boarding 2.
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Lambs Stolen from Felmersham Field
Three lambs and a galvanised sheep feeder were
stolen from a field in Felmersham between 11.00am on the
14 March and 11.00am on 15 March.
A black Toyota was seen cruising around the
location, on the 10th of March. Nothing currently
connects the vehicle to the incident. Bedfordshire
Police ask rural business owners to be vigilant, and to
report any suspicious vehicles, or visitors, to the
Police Control Centre.
Brownies Face Closure
Unless the Felmersham and Radwell Brownies can find
somebody prepared to come forward and train for an adult
leadership qualification the unit faces closure. Pat
Keeble, the current leader, plans to retire at the end
of the year so she urgently requests
suitable people to consider volunteering for this rewarding
work. For more details please contact Pat on 782134.
Alan Stevens -
A house was burgled midway up Pavenham Road on
Friday 5 March between 12 and 12.30pm. The thieves
were unable to gain access at the front of the
house, so they climbed over the garage to the rear,
and after several attempts they eventually gained
access through the kitchen window. Jewellery,
cameras and two passports were stolen, fortunately
no money or cards were found. If anybody saw any
person(s) acting suspiciously at about the time of
the burglary they should contact the police. We must
all be on our guard after such a brazen burglary.
The following suspicious incidents
have been reported At Pavenham on the 22 February two
white males turned up in a small white van (index
similar to J 1 5 1 J W O), and were asking for scrap
metal. The caller did have metal but wanted to keep it.
The males got very abusive when confronted, and
threatened the caller.
A second similar incident took place in Colmworth also
on 22 February. One male had a black beard, and was
wearing a hi vis jacket, in his late 20's or early 30's.
The other had a ginger beard, and was in his early 40's. If you have any information about this incident or other
suspicious incidents or crimes, please call the Police Control Centre on (01234) 841212, and quote
ref. no. URN 205 22/02/10 for the Pavenham incident.
Audrey Middlemas - An Obituary
Parish Council Notes
P3 Group walk in Milton
Felmersham and Radwell
P3 Group organised their March walk (open to all
parishioners) in Milton Keynes. The group assembled
at Willen lake and headed south following the course
of the River Ouzel to Walton Lake then across to the
Grand Union Canal, following the towpath north to
Woughton, across the Green and returning to Willen
Lake. We were all surprised to find ourselves, for
most of the walk, in open fields with only the sound
of the distant traffic to remind us that we were
surrounded by a city.
A large reed bed, an unbelievable large village
green, the site of a medieval village and fish
ponds, sheep grazing in medieval ridge and furrow
fields, a small gauge passenger train and an assault
course were just some of the highlights of the walk.
Thanks to Peter and Pat Hartop for introducing us to
one of their favourite walks in MK. Photo: Peter Hartop
The Borough has proposed to the Boundary
Commissioners an increase in the number of Borough
Councillors from 36 to 40. As a result Felmersham and
Radwell parish would be part of a ward which will also
include Milton Ernest, Sharnbrook, Knotting and
Souldrop. The total electorate for the proposed new ward
is 3,300 of whom 607 live in this parish.
A tender has been accepted for
removing the roof moss and other work on Felmersham bus
shelter. The retaining wall on Jubilee lawn will be
repaired by the Borough. A proposal to recommend that a
sign is positioned at the top of Memorial Lane advising
drivers of long vehicles of the restricted width at the
T junction at the bottom of the lane was agreed. A
direction sign to the Village Hall could also be
included. Salt bins are empty.
Concern was expressed about
through traffic in the two villages. With the expansion
of the Sharnbrook Science Park, new housing and
congestion in the centre of Sharnbrook at peak periods
it was considered that this will lead to an increase in
traffic through the parish. A letter will be sent to the
Borough expressing concern and suggesting that the
rejected proposal to build a new road from the Science
Park to the A6 be reconsidered. Permission will be sort
to plant a tree on Radwell Green with the intention of
illuminating it over Christmas and the new year. The
Parish Precept was set at £12,500, the same as last
Webmaster - 13/1/10
New Year Resolutions
Tony Lockwood, publicity officer for Pavenham and
Felmersham C C, shares his
new year resolutions.
- An Obituary
Protect with Smartwater
Protect your property with
Neighbourhood Watch are selling Smartwater for £20 which
comes with a lifetime registration, if you order from
the site it will cost £45 and you have to re-register at
a cost each year.
You can contact Neighbourhood Watch on 01234 275165 or
Fieldfare seen in Felmersham garden
Paul Davis writes: This is the first time our
garden has been visited by fieldfares in the 27 years we
have lived here, presumably as a consequence of the early
snow and the presence on the tree of a large number of
bright yellow sweet apples that we had left for the birds.
(Fieldfares are often seen in orchards). They are close
relatives of the thrush and most of those that we see in
Britain are migrants from Scandinavia. I have read that the
number of breeding pairs in the UK is less than 5 but the
winter population of migrants is around 720,000.
Their arrival has proved controversial with the
local blackbird population, with many raucous
disputes, but they are increasing in confidence and
proving to be more than a match for any blackbird.
This is certainly a very pleasant side effect of a
cold and snowy spell of weather. 31/12/09
Homeless Bob visits Felmersham
Homeless Bob is a
Rushden charity to help the homeless and to make
people aware of homelessness. Our photo shows "Bob"
and his friend in the porch of Felmersham church.
They are walking from Rushden to London and back
over the Christmas holiday period and they are
sleeping rough to drawing attention to the plight of
the homeless. In freezing temperatures they will be
sleeping out for 17days!
More on Homeless Bob.
Doris Aitken - An Obituary
Brownie Christmas Tree
Felmersham and Radwell Brownies and St Marys Church
entered the above Christmas tree in the Annual
Christmas Tree Festival at St Peters Church,
Photo: Pat Keeble
BT Infinity Roll-out
Andrew Facey writes
....... I am not sure if you are aware but BT are
rolling out BT Infinity. (But not to Felmersham or
Sharnbrook yet) However you can vote to get the area
upgraded by using the following link:
So far only 8 houses (now 43) out of 1,510 have cast a vote to
get BT Infinity. I don't know if this will do any good.
But I would have thought if enough people show an
interest then may be BT will look into it.
Anything to get a little better than the useless 1.5Mbps
speeds currently experienced....... October 2010
The Land Rover pictured above, Registration No. HY51 ZWA, was stolen on
the 27 September between 2045 and 2230 from a driveway
in The Old Road.
If anyone has any information regarding the theft,
seen anything suspicious along The Old Road please
contact, Caroline Cooper 07513 045002.
Caroline also wishes to alert people in the village
that the theft has taken place.
Vehicle Crime Felmersham Road Radwell
A vehicle crime took place in Felmersham Road,
Radwell, Bedford, between the 12th and 13th September.
Offenders drilled a small hole in the fuel tank of the
vehicle, drained all the fuel and made off.
The Fastest Train in the World
500km/hr, Japanese? Of course!
Burglary Warning for Rural Areas
Following a series of burglaries
in villages north of Bedford, Bedfordshire Police are
warning householders in rural areas to ensure they
protect their homes by taking simple, routine security
In the past two weeks there have
been six burglaries in Oakley as well as thefts from an
outbuilding and from a vehicle. Properties in Lincroft,
Station Rd and Farsands have been targeted with small
hand portable items being stolen as well as a pedal
cycle. The latest offence reported was in Ruffs Furze on
Tuesday 14 September. Great Barford has also been
suffering from a number of burglaries recently with two
on Tuesday 14 September in Green End Rd. There have also
been burglaries in Clapham.
Police are investigating these and
increasing their patrols in the area but are also
advising residents to ensure their homes and property
PC Spicer, Crime Reduction
Officer, says “The frustrating fact for us is that
taking some simple routine security measures can prevent
a lot of this type of crime. Many of these burglaries
have occurred because doors were unlocked or tools left
in the garden or an insecure shed or garage were used to
break in. Just a few routine measures will make
householders much less vulnerable.” Sept 2010
Doors for Village Hall
Photograph: Janet Cook
Janet Cook writes: At last
the new doors are on the Village Hall. No more worrying
about the lock! We've repaired it so many times and
even replaced it with a number pad, but this is the
answer to our problems.
The Village Hall Committee wish
to thank Bedfordshire and
Luton Community Foundation
who gave a grant of £2000 towards the cost of the new
Bedford Borough Mayor visits Felmersham
The Mayor talking to cllr. Peter Hartop, chairman
of the Parish Council.
The Mayor of Bedford, Dave
Hodgson, held a surgery in Felmersham on Friday 3
September, about 10 people attended. The mayor listened
to parishioners concerns about, pot holes, lack of
white lines, introducing a 20 mph speed limit in the
parish, lack of proper road sweeping, poor drain
clearance, cars parked on yellow lines outside
Sharnbrook Coop, closure of sporting facilities,
cutting back of hedges and incineration of waste.
The Mayor meets children from Lincroft Middle School who show
him the results of their parish survey. The Mayor
issued an invitation to the children and their parents
to visit the Mayor's Parlour.
Felmersham and Radwell
Village Hall AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall Committee
took place on Monday 23 August.
Felmersham Fete Prize
The winner of the Lucky Entry Programme was No 71, and
we have not been able to locate the holder of that
programme. If nobody comes forward to claim the prize
the money will go into Village Hall funds.
Keech Cottage Cakes
Congratulations to Emily Randall and Elissa McNamara who
raised £50 for Keech Cottage Children's Hospice by
selling their homemade cakes.
Emily and Elissa would like to say how generous everyone
was with their donations and to thank them. August 2010
leading the Felmersham and Radwell Brownies for many
years, Pat Keeble is retiring. As from September Pip
Worthington (phone number 07872069116) will take
over from Pat. Initially Pat will be present at all
the meetings until Pip qualifies as a warranted
I am certain that over the many years that Pat
has organised the local Brownie group parents and
girls will be grateful for the service that Pat has
given to the Brownies. On their behalf I would like
to say to Pat "a very big thank you, and have a happy retirement".
Graduates with a Masters Degree
Tom McVey recently
graduated from Bristol University with a
Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering (First
Photograph shows Tom, on graduation day, with his father and mother,
John and Jane.
Photo: John McVey. July 2010
from the Parish Council meeting - 6th July
Cllr M Spoor writes: 6
Parish Councillors, the Clerk and Acting Special
Sergeant Edwards attended this meeting. Apologies
from Mike Thomas and Councillor Brandon.
The Council congratulated Acting Special Sergeant
Edwards on his recent promotion. AS/Sgt. Edwards
reported that a speed check in Felmersham that
morning had resulted in several verbal warnings.
There has been a spate of burglaries in Sharnbrook.
Neighbourhood Watch were planning an open meeting on
Saturday 11th September for parishioners when the
use of Smart Water to mark valuables would be
demonstrated. A similar, very successful
presentation had been held in Harrold. It was agreed
that the Parish Council would pay for the hire of
the village hall. AS/Sgt. Edwards expressed concern
about the Daisy Bank picnic site. The site needs
cleaning up to return it to its proper use. Youths
congregating on Felmersham playing field had been
spoken to and car numbers taken. Sharnbrook High
Street is to be closed for 6 – 8 weeks from 29th
Highways - The slipway and wall need further
surveying before they can be repaired. Marjorie Pipe
reported that the Borough have started to repair
potholes around the parish. Owners of overhanging
hedges will be written to. The Environment Agency
has been contacted regarding a replacement flood
gauge. A weight restriction sign for Memorial Lane
should be in place in the next two months.
Radwell - There had been complaints about loud music
from The Retreat.
Village Hall - is to get a new front door. The lack
of bills for utilities was causing the Committee
Finance - a new dog bin is to be purchased and
placed along the Radwell Road and a new litter bin
placed in the children’s play area.
Correspondence - Bedford Borough Mayor, Dave
Hodgson, is scheduled to visit Felmersham Parish
Council on 2nd November 2010.
Date of the next meeting: 7th September 2010 at
7.30pm in Pinchmill Hall.
Flower Festival and
Ouse Valley Singers/Muse and Music Concert
After deduction of expenses the Flower Festival raised
£580.74 which together with half the door receipts from
the concert given by the Ouse Valley Singers and Muse
and Music enabled the church to send a cheque for £700
to Keech Cottage Children's Hospice. St Marys Church
wishes to thank all those who helped or supported these
two events. July 2010
Pinchmill Pre-School is
Pinchmill Pre-School was recently inspected by Ofsted and was considered to be "Outstanding" for
the second consecutive inspection.
(Well done the
Pre-School - Webmaster)
Village Fete Dot Winner
Ian & Margaret Coomber write: The winner was Chris
Poulter and he was very pleased to
receive the prize of one of Janet Cook's best homemade
Victoria sponge cakes.
The answer was 36 and Chris got 35.
Thanks to everyone who brought cars along and
contributed to a very worthy classic car display, all
but two of which are resident in the village.
Robert Edwards writes: "While our parish remains quiet
on the crime front, please beware there have been a
number of burglaries both dwellings and other premises
over the past week or so in Sharnbrook and Odell. A car
was also stolen from a burglary in Odell and later found
In response to this increase in crime we will be
increasing the level of policing in these 2 villages.
Please report any suspicious vehicles and persons
immediately to the Control Room at Kempston HQ on 01234
841212 and advise me please on 07747 664455 or email any
police related matters to my police Blackberry at
robert.edwards@Bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk which I
carry with me at all times. Thank you."
Sergeant Special Constable 1616
Update!! There have been
more Burglaries and theft of Motor vehicles x3 since
Friday 28 June 2010
Pavenham and Felmersham Cricket Club
Cricket Club Fixture List 2010
An open letter from Tony Lockwood April 2010
Youth Club - New web page
Christian Aid Collection
Peter Rankin writes: Many thanks to all who gave to
Christian Aid, the total raised was £482.53 plus another £76
from gift aid.
Parish Council Notes
notes from the Annual General Meeting of the Parish
Council held on 4th May 2010.
Written by Cllr Maggie Spoor
The next collection of bulky waste will be on 25th
and 26th September.
Date of next Parish Council meeting: 6th July 2010
at 7.30 pm in Pinchmill Committee Room. June 2010
The Vanishing Number Plate
Dave Girling the Felmersham Neighbourhood Watch
co-ordinator writes: "There is a growing tendency in
the area for thieves to steal car number plates and
then use them in "drive-aways" at garages without
paying for fuel or using them for more serious
crimes. The plates are often only used whilst crimes
If you find your vehicle has a number plate missing
(or even 2) then treat it as a serious matter and
report it immediately to the police so the vehicle
number is circulated.
There is also a planned initiative concerning
plate fixings that can only be broken rather than
just unscrewed, but I do not have the full details."
Paul Keeble the Radwell Neighbourhood Watch
co-ordinator also wishes to alert Radwell people to
this crime. May 2010
Kelly and Stuart's Wedding
Kelly Edwards, formerly of Felmersham, and Stuart
Rabson were married at St Mary's Church, Felmersham
on Saturday 22 May 2010.
Above: The couple taking their vows with
the Rev David Mason officiating.
Right: The brides father, Bruce Edwards,
escorts his daughter at the start of the service.
Photos: Nicholas Edwards
local friendly squash club now have a
For enquiries and joining information, please
contact Chris Dodd - Membership Secretary. Email
Neighbourhood Watch Sponsored
Lynne Arch of Neighbourhood Watch writes:
"As you are probably aware Neighbourhood Watch is a
charity and currently we have no funding as the Police
and Borough funding has now ceased.
In order to try and raise money for NW I am asking if
people can find time to get sponsorship to walk round
the mile circular route of Bedford Priory Park on June
19th 11am – 4pm. Sponsor forms are available on the
If people can't do the walk and instead they would like
to sponsor my dog Monty, they can contact me:
at the office on Bedford 275165
or email me on
I have injured my foot and can’t walk long distances, I
will walk round twice but Monty had said he will
willingly do the walking for me."
This event is being held at the end of National
Neighbourhood Watch week which runs from 14th – 20th
June. 20 May 10
Ground Source Heating comes to Felmersham
Our felmersham.net correspondent
As an experiment,
Pilgrim Housing Association are converting a number of
their properties to Ground Source Heating, and this property in
Grange Road is one of them. One household in Felmersham
is already using this ultra green form of sustainable
energy, albeit a zig zag network of pipes lying
horizontally below the ground whereas the Grange Road
system is a vertical array, hence the "oil rig". Seems
Felmersham is at the cutting edge of energy conservation
- the rest of us just use Danny Mariner's excellent oil
Update: The drill reached a maximum depth of a
staggering 87 metres. They encountered clay on the way
which slowed things down as it tends to flow back into
the bore hole. Operations have now moved to another
house in Grange Road.
Find out more about
Ground to Water Heat Pumps
The bridleway bridge over the River Ouse at Odell mill will
remain closed until mid August. The prolonged closure is a
major inconvenience to walkers who use it to extend their
walk in Harrold Country Park and locals who walk from
Felmersham to the Country Park for a cuppa. Mar 2010
Annual Parish Meeting Report
The meeting was well attended with the village hall
committee room almost full. The meeting was chaired by
Cllr Peter Hartop, chairman of the Parish Council. In
the formal part of the meeting, four reports were
Chairman's Report, Financial Report,
P3 Report and
the Village Hall Report. A general discussion then
Radwell residents expressed concern over young children
playing in Moor End Road. "They are playing with skate
boards and scooters and show little or no concern for
their own safety." Whilst local residents are aware of
the dangers, visitors are not. It was feared there
would be a serious traffic accident. One suggestion was
to make the slip road by the green a pedestrian priority
Speeding traffic through both villages and in Moor End
was also a big issue. Many suggestions were made and the
chairman said he favoured a 20mph speed limit. There
appeared to be very little likelihood of anything being
done because when speed checks were made car speeds were
below the 30mph speed limit. Unfortunately the speed checks
were made near a corner and during a school holiday.
Flood water has appeared between Felmersham and Radwell
where there had previously been none. It was suggested
that a drainage culvert may have been damaged during
recent pipe laying between the two villages. It was
feared that the standing water may cause the hedges and
trees to wither. Borough Council to be advised.
Felmersham Forum was seen as a great benefit to the
parish enabling parishioners to make their voiced heard.
A parishioner suggested that we should all consider
using our excellent bus service otherwise the time table
could be revised. Use it or loose it! During flooding at
Radwell a temporary bus stop was needed. From Milton
Ernest buses should head towards Radwell and turn
right into New Road dropping Radwell passengers at
or near the New Road junction.
Observations suggested that street cleaning and drain clearing
may have been
carried out only twice a year when in fact the Borough was
contracted to do it four times a year. The Parish
Council will investigate this and also the possibility of employing
somebody to clean the parish. 3/3/10
Alan Stevens - Service of Thanksgiving
A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Alan was held at St Marys
Church, Felmersham on Monday 25
family wish to thank all those who sent the many
very kind messages of support which they have received.
Bedfordshire Police Facebook
Join the official Bedfordshire Police Facebook site to
keep up to date with what is happening across the Force
in an informal, quick and easy way.
It offers information on a range of topics including
public and road safety, the police dogs, police award
winners, PCSOs, knife crime, wanted people and officer
and cadet recruitment.
Anybody thinking of joining the official Bedfordshire
Police Facebook site can expect crime prevention and
campaign video clips, links to other sites which may be
of interest, contact information, and a discussion forum
for the opportunity to share views on current issues,
how the site can be improved and anything else the fans
want to share. Go to
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Come and play
at St Peters ‘Messy Church’
Every Monday 11.45 until 1.45pm
Lunch for you and your carer.
Toys to play with
Simple craft activity
Jane Wells 782462 or Richard Phipps 781789
Sheina Burbidge -
Parent and Toddler Group
With effect from January 2010 the
Parent and Toddler Group will meet on Fridays and not
Thursdays, the meeting times remain the same.
felmersham.net is now on