Returning to St Mary's Church after the service
at the War Memorial. Photo: Barry Welsh
Approximately 100 people attended the short Service
of Remembrance, conducted by the Revd. Thomas Sander,
and held at Felmersham War Memorial on Sunday 11
November. The names of the fallen were read out by the
Youth Club who then planted crosses. A wreath was laid
and a two minutes silence observed.
Radwell Water Works Update
The contractors laying the water main are in the process
of pushing the water pipe under the river bed. With so
many services in the road near the bridge the
contractors are having difficulty finding a clear area
for the pipe run. They may need to close the road in
order to find a suitable pipe run.
Sewage Pumping Station Update
A temporary pump has been fitted in the pumping station
so tankers are no longer needed.
Interruption to Radwell Power
Radwell's power supply will be turned off on Wednesday
7th November, from 09.00hrs to 16.00hrs. UK Power
Networks are replacing the 11,000 volt transformer,
opposite the Old Swan, with a larger one in order to
supply the New Mobile Homes going in at 'The Retreat'
Everyone in Radwell should have been given a notice
letter with helpful information on the back. If any one
knows of a person or persons that rely on electricity
for their welfare, ie medical, please make sure UK Power
Networks are notified as soon as possible.
Their contact numbers are Graham Blair 01234 355019 or
24 hours a day on 08007838838. The reference number is:
New Church Coffee Time
With effect from Sunday the 4 November coffee will
be served after the morning service and not before.
On Sunday the 11 November the Remembrance Service will
start promptly at 10.55 am at the War Memorial. After the
wreath laying ceremony and the two
minutes silence, the service will continue at St Mary's
Bin Collection - Day
Rubbish collection in Felmersham and Radwell is now on
Mondays. There is now only one bulk refuse collection
per year and it is in May. Dates will be published here
and elsewhere nearer the time.
Sarah and Leo Marry at St Marys Church
Sarah and Leo Bamber
Sarah and Simon arrive at the church
On Saturday 15th September
Sarah Greenish married Leo Bamber at St Marys
Church, Felmersham. The marriage service was
conducted by the Revd. Thomas Sander.
Play Park Safety Surface Replenished
The Village Hall committee
ordered 40 cubic metres of wood chippings to replenish
the safety surfaces of three areas surrounding the play
equipment in Felmersham play park. Keith Rose's photograph shows
a member of the parish working party making a start
with the spreading of the wood chip. Keith wishes to thank all those
who volunteered to help with the work.
Crimes for Beat 733
committed between 31 Aug. and 1 Oct. 2012
Incident: Other miscellaneous thefts not classified
Date & Time: 9 Sept 2012, 13:30
Location: Moor End Road, Radwell
New Fish and Chip Van in
A new Fish and Chip van will visit Sharnbrook on
Wednesdays between 4pm and 7pm. It will be parked on the
Odell Road near the junction with the High Street or in
the nearby car park.
Janet's Mixed Media Exhibition
Janet Cook held an exhibition of mixed media
textiles - pictures, scarves, etc. - at the Three Hares
Gallery in the Cowper and Newton Museum, Market Square,
Olney, from 4th to 27th September 2012.
Janet was in attendance during the exhibition to meet
people and talk about her work.
Crimes for Felmersham and Radwell committed between 30
June and 1 August 2012
21 July at 1.00 am: A Miscellaneous Theft in Grange Road
31 July at 3.55 pm. An Exposure in Sharnbrook Road,
New Service Times at St Marys
With effect from 16 September, Sunday services at St
Marys church, Felmersham will be held at 11.00 am This
change is necessary so that the Revd Robert Evens can
cover all Sunday morning services at Sharnbrook,
Souldrop and Felmersham. The Revd Thomas Sander will
continue with his training at these services.
A short Communion service service has been introduced on
Thursday mornings at 9.30 am.
Bishop of St Albans at St Marys
On Sunday 9 September the Bishop of St Albans
officiated at the 10.15 am Choral Communion Service.
Gideon - Memorial Service
A memorial service
was held in
Dale’s memory on
Saturday 8th September
A collection was taken in memory of Dale for his
favourite charities – the British Heart Foundation
and Help for Heroes.
Freddie Celebrates his 100th Birthday
In May Freddie
Stevens celebrated his 100th birthday at Sharnbrook
House with his relatives and friends.
in Felmersham for almost 40 years before moving to
Sharnbrook House. He is well known in Felmersham for
his musical abilities and during holiday periods he
occasionally played the organ in Felmersham
church for the Sunday services.
The photo, by courtesy of Sue Whitehouse, shows
Freddie holding a birthday card from the queen.
Happy Birthday Freddie!
Crimes for Beat 733 committed between 29 February
2012 and 3 April 2012
CRIMINAL DAMAGE - TO VEHICLES 5/3/2012 00:01, TOWN LOT
BURGLARY IN A BUILDING OTHER THAN A DWELLING 1/3/2012
00:00 MOOR END ROAD, RADWELL
Annual Litter Pick
The Parish Council would like to thank all those
volunteers from Felmersham & Radwell who turned out in
force to clear the roadsides of litter. The merry band
collected nearly 40 bags of cans, bottles, paper and
plastic plus assorted other debris. In an ideal world we
would not have found any rubbish particularly if the
minority did what the majority do, and BIN IT or TAKE IT
Hoe and Sow
Thank you to all who came along to help with the
preparation, the raking and sowing of grass seed along
the North Boundary Churchyard wall on Saturday 24th
March. We were lucky with the weather and with all the
help we were able to finish by 11.00am in time for
coffee with those who had been on the village litter
pick. Quite a community affair.
All we need now is some rain to help with the
Thank you all.
Jim Brandon has passed away
Former Borough Councillor, Jim Brandon, who has
represented Carlton for 50 years has passed away.
Jim was well known in our parish which he also
represented for many years.
Cllr Brandon's political career started in 1961 when
he joined the former Bedford Rural District Council
(1961-1974) and Bedford District Council/North
Bedfordshire Borough Council/Bedford Borough Council
He was Mayor of Bedford Borough, from 1992 - 1993.
From 2002-2004, he was a member of one Executive
with responsibility for Planning and Rural affairs and
was also on the Rural Affairs Committee as an Advisory
Member. Cllr Brandon was a long-standing member of the
council's Planning Committee and served lengthy periods
of service on its Scrutiny Committee and various
Hatha Yoga Classes
Linda is holding Hatha Yoga classes in Harrold
Chapel at the following times:
9.30am – 10.30am
7.30pm – 8.30pm Men Only
and also at the following locations:
Grendon Village Hall:
Mon 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Mon 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Olney Church Hall:
Tues 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Olney Pilates Studio:
Wed 1.30pm – 2.30pm
One-to-One sessions available on request.
Telephone: 01234 721342
Mobile: 07876 461541
Replacement Lamp Post
The Parish Council have
decided to replace the street light at the junction with
Church End and The Old Road with a design that is similar
to the street light outside the church. The replacement
bulbs will be cheaper and more efficient on the new
The design of the current concrete lamp post (see photograph
above) is more suited to an urban environment rather
than rural Felmersham. The post is also badly damaged at
Tea for Eve
Come and support 'Tea for Eve', a fundraising campaign
to help raise money for the ovarian cancer charity
The Eve Appeal.
Friday 27 April 9:30am to 4pm at The Stables, Tithe
Barn. Friends & family welcome
On the day you will be able to view:
Jo’s brand new collection of clothes including Miss and
Lady Captain amongst others.
Fabulous accessories by Hot Tomato, Blaze and One
Beautiful hand made cards and flower demonstrations by
Rosie and the boys.
Delicious home made jams and chutneys from Humber Jams
Please call Jo Goodman on 07788 970178 with any
questions or enquiries. 10% of all proceeds are donated
Theft in Moor End Road
Residents are asked to be vigilant, and to review the
security of all outbuildings, after a burglary took
place at a storage container in Moor End Road, in
The offence took place between the 1st and the 12th of
March. The offender has forced the padlock from the
container. A chain saw, a power cutter and garden tools
have been taken.
Comment by Bedfordshire Police:
Outbuildings, sheds and garages can be especially,
vulnerable to criminals, and are often not the best
place, to store high value items. Always lock shed and
garages, and help keep sheds secure with a good quality
padlock, and hasp.
If possible anchor down items, like bikes and lawn
mowers. Consider an alarm and make sure your security
lighting is covering your shed and garage.
Changes to Mobile Library timetable
The time and date on which the Mobile Library visits
Felmersham will change from the beginning of April. The
last visit in March is on Thursday 22nd there will then
be a 3-week gap before the start of the new timetable.
The first visit in April will be on Thursday 12th April,
then the 26th and so on, every two weeks as usual.
However the time will change to 2.45 to 3.10.
Times and dates in Radwell from the beginning of April
will be Thursday 5th then 19th, at 2.15 to 2.30.
felmersham.net Photo Competition Winners
Published below are the results of the
Photographic Competition entitled Winter in the
Parish. It was judged by
1st Frosty River
Good use of colour with the contrast of the reeds
against the blue of the sky which is also reflected in
the river. The line of the river leads the eye through
the scene and the figures add scale to the view.
2nd One man and his dog
A real cold winter scene confirmed by the walker wrapped
up against the elements with the road leading the eye
through the photograph - nicely framed by the archway
created by the trees.
3rd Frosty Berries
Good sharp rendition of the frost/snow with good
contract of the berries against the sky - would have
benefited from being cropped but the effect is striking
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all twelve people
who entered 23 photographs.
photographs can be viewed here.
Thank you to Helen for judging the competition and all
those who entered will receive a
Crimes committed in the Parish
31/12/2011 and 2/2/2012
Incident Date & Time Location
Burglary in a dwelling 22/1/2012 15:00
Grange Road, Felmersham.
Criminal Damage - Other property (not buildings)
4/1/2012 17:00 Moor End Road, Radwell.
Meeting held on 3 January 2012.
Click here to view official report of the meeting
After heavy rainfall water still runs across the road at
Radwell. The road becomes very hazardous if it
subsequently freezes. Borough Council is aware of the
The street light at the bottom of Memorial Lane is
damaged and as a consequence is not working. The clerk
will seek quotes for a replacement.
Borough Council Grant Scheme. Money is available to the
Parish Council to spend on a project. An additional
street light and gates were considered. Money is also
available from the Rural Grant Scheme.
The parish trees were inspected.
Radwell needs a new notice board because the current
board has been vandalised.
Cllr Maxine Boswell asked the Council if the parish
intended to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. Please
contact her if you or your club is interested. The
Council would help finance any parish wide celebration.
The parish council has installed a new dog bin half way
between Felmersham and Radwell.
Parish Council Notes
A meeting of the Parish Council was held on Tuesday
6 November. All parish councillors were present. The
meeting was attended by one member of the public.
Cllr Pipe walked the parish with two members of the
Borough Highways Dept in order to identify pot holes
that needed filling. Pot holes must be 2 inches deep
before they are repaired. Using this criteria many of
the holes in the parish do not qualify for treatment.
Drains were also inspected. Even though the drains were
subsequently cleared, councillors reported that many
still needed treatment. Councillors expressed amazement
at the road surfacing work carried out on The Old Road.
Village Hall direction signs were discussed.
It was reported that both the duty and standby pumps at
Radwell Sewage Pumping Station have failed. Consequently
tanker lorries were having to remove the sewage slurry
until the pumps are repaired. Maters have been made
worse during the recent wet weather when excessive
surface water has been draining into the sewage system.
Work has commenced on laying the new water main pipe
from Milton Ernest to Radwell. It will take 24 weeks to
complete. The water main has burst in several places
including under the road that floods. Cllr Edwards
warned about the consequences of driving through Radwell
floods when the road has been officially closed by
police. A vehicle driving into a very deep cavity caused
by the burst water main, but hidden by the flood water,
is a distinct possibility.
Several sites in the parish are being opened to public
examination for inclusion in the Allocations and
Click here for more details. Other planning issues
were discussed. felmersham.net does not report on or
publish planning issues.
Speed limits were discussed. A 20mph limit in Moore End
Road, Radwell had tacit approval but the parish council
would need to fund it. No decision was made. More speed
limit signs were needed in Radwell to remind motorists
of the speed limit. Again this would most likely have to
be financed by the Parish Council.
Cherrie walks the "Coast to Coast" walk
Cherrie Dawson completed walking the 192 mile "Coast
to Coast" walk in 12 days. Graeme's photo
shows Cherrie, third from the left, at St Bees Head,
the westernmost point of Cumbria at the start of the
"Coast to Coast" walk.
Felmersham and Radwell Annual Show
The 14th Annual Autumn Show was held on Sunday 9
September 2012 in Pinchmill Hall. The show was well
supported both by exhibitors and visitors, the WI
served tea and cakes and once again we were reminded
of what can be achieved when the community works
together. Special thanks to Maggie Spoor and her
team of helpers for organising the show.
Peter Bance won the Best in Show cup with his five
Kevin Lovell was the worthy winner of the plate
awarded to the person with the most prizes. Kevin
won four first prizes, one second and one third
On Saturday 4 August at St Marys Church, Felmersham the
wedding took place between Julie Anne Moffat
and Martin Geoffrey Hulatt. The reception was held at Sharnbrook
Click here for
Iain Sutherland An
Jean Aubrey has passed away
Sander ordained at St Albans Cathedral
The Bishop of St Albans ordained the Revd Thomas as a priest
at an ordination service held at The Cathedral and
Abbey Church of St Alban on Saturday 30 June 2012.
Longstaff - Funeral
The funeral service for Pam was held on Thursday 5 July
at St Marys Church followed by interment in the
Jubilee Ringers Celebration
band of bell ringers at Felmersham church celebrated
the Diamond Jubilee with their first public ringing
on Saturday 2 June 2012.
here to watch them on video. (30 MB)
Peter Rose (of Felmersham) married Catherine
Seymour on 5 May 2012 at Greyfriars House near
For their honeymoon the couple went diving in the Maldives.
Benjamin Just and
Hannah Burton were married on 5th May 2012 in St
Mary Magdalene Church, Wethersfield, Essex.
The Just family from
left to light: Aili, Hannah, Benjamin, Lucy, Clive &
Photographs: Clive Just
Code Competition Result
The Competition question was:
"Can you decipher the hidden code?"
The felmersham.net Spring
Photo Competition starts on the 1 April and finishes
on the 1 June 2012
Six people sent in the correct answer and the draw
winner was Andrew Facey. To solve the code you need
a smart phone and download a qr code reader app. You
may find it necessary to zoom your web browser to
A Rogation Sunday walk was held on Sunday 13 May
between Felmersham and Sharnbrook churches. The walk was
led by Revd. Tomas Sander. The photograph shows the
walkers at St Mary's church before setting out to Sharnbrook
where tea was provided at St Peter's church room.
Felmersham and Radwell Parish Council held its Annual
General Meeting on Tuesday 1 May 2012. All the
Councillors attended plus Borough Councillor Doug
McMurdo and two members of the public.
Hartop was re-elected Chairman and Cllr. Marjorie Pipe
re-elected Vice Chairman. The Parish Councillors were
appointed to various areas of responsibility.
Click here for details.
Another Dog Bin Installed
The Parish Council have installed a further Dog Bin on
the roadside between the children’s play area and
Swansholme in the Old Road, Felmersham. This is in
response to complaints that this popular dog walking
route is often littered with dog mess bags.
Victory for Pinchmill School
Pinchmill Lower School has won gold in the Bedfordshire
and Luton Winter School Games tag rugby competition held
at Bedford International Athletics Stadium last week.
Pinchmill Lower School beat off stiff competition from
schools across the whole county to become the years 3
and 4 winners having won rounds held at Sharnbrook Upper
School and Kempston Hammers earlier in the year, to
qualify for the finals.
Pinchmill Lower School has only 75 children on its role,
but despite its size beat schools from across the county
with much larger talent pools to choose players from.
Gemma Bird, teacher of Owls’ class at Pinchmill said:
“It was a fantastic achievement for the team to reach
the county finals. With such an exciting and inspiring
opening ceremony the children went from strength to
strength in their games, showing excellent skills and
Vanessa Coleman, Pinchmill Lower School’s headteacher,
said: “We’re all so proud of the children, they put
their hearts and souls into the tournament and showed
that when we work together nothing is impossible!”
Crimes for Beat 733 committed between 31/1/2012 and
THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE 27/2/2012 14:30 SWANSHOLME
OTHER MISCELLANEOUS THEFTS NOT CLASSIFIED ELSEWHERE
19/2/2012 23:00 THE HIGH ROAD FELMERSHAM
Gas Cylinders Stolen
Three large gas cylinders have recently been stolen
within the parish on separate occasions. You are
advised to secure your cylinder so that you are not the
Motoring Incident on Radwell Bridge
Felmersham Forum has reported
a traffic incident on Radwell bridge which caused the
bridge to be temporally closed.
A few motorists from the Radwell side of the
bridge are not giving way sufficiently long enough to
allow for the possibility of traffic appearing out of the blind spot or
they are approaching the bridge too fast. One Forum
suggestion is to replace the "Give Way" sign with a
Eminent Speakers at Sharnbrook
The following guest preachers will be giving the
address at St Peters Church during Lent Evensong at 6
February 26th: Revd Dr Will Lamb, Vice Principle
of Westcott House in Cambridge.
March 4th: Revd Justin Lewis Anthony, Rector of
St Stephens Canterbury and author of ‘If you see George
Herbert in the Street, Kill Him’.
March 11th: Canon Clare Edwards, Canon Pastor of
March 18th: Revd Dr Richard Coles, Vicar of
Finedon, speaker on Thought for the Day, guest on Have I
Got News for You, and once member of 80’s pop sensation
March 25th: Revd Dr Fraser Watts, Professor of
the psychology of religion, Vicar of St Edwards
Cambridge and fellow of Queens College.
April 1st Palm Sunday: Revd James Buxton, Dean of
Corpus Christi College Cambridge.
For full details
Michael's funeral was held at St Mary's Church,
Felmersham on the 9 February. After the service a
reception was held at The Millhouse Hotel and Riverside
Ronald James Smith
Ronald James Smith 1930 -
2012, An Obituary
Lawrence Arthur White
Lawrence Arthur White, An
Broadband in the Villages
Bedford Borough Council is working on a project to
improve broadband speeds across the Borough. Go to:
details. The January 2012 Broadband Update makes
Residents Association Meeting
A very well attended meeting was held on 5 January 2012.
Crime Stats for December 2011
Colin Payne - An Obituary
Sharnbrook Mill Bridge
Sharnbrook Mill bridge is now open. The
bridge was closed due to a crack appearing in a section
of the bridge and it needed replacing. This work is
Local History Picture Book
A new local history book has been published by
Ken Shrimpton. The new book "Bygone
Felmersham and Radwell" was launched in March
2011. The photograph shows Ken signing a
copy of his book. It is priced at £9.99 and is available
Milton Ernest Garden Centre
Sharnbrook Post Office
County Town Books, 7, High Street, Bedford
Click here for book details
Update to Bygone Felmersham and Radwell