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Returning to St Mary's Church after the service
at the War Memorial. Photo: Barry Welsh

Remembrance Sunday
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 Supply
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: 60682936
Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk

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 Church.
 
Bin Collection - Day Change
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. More photos.

Crimes for Beat 733
committed between 31 Aug. and 1 Oct. 2012
Incident: Other miscellaneous thefts not classified elsewhere
Date & Time:  9 Sept 2012, 13:30
Location: Moor End Road, Radwell

New Fish and Chip Van in Sharnbrook

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.
  

Crime Stats

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, Felmersham.
 

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.
 

Amy's Wedding

On Saturday 28 July at St Mary's Church, Carlton the wedding took place between Amy Banham-Hall and Jonathan Ingham. Click here to see Amy and Jonathan leave by car
 

Dale Gideon - Memorial Service

A memorial service
was held in
Dale’s memory on
Saturday 8th September
in St Mary’s Church
Felmersham

A collection was taken in memory of Dale for his favourite charities – the British Heart Foundation and Help for Heroes.

Obituary updated
  

Freddie Celebrates his 100th Birthday

In May Freddie Stevens celebrated his 100th birthday at Sharnbrook House with his relatives and friends.
Freddie lived 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 LANE, FELMERSHAM
 
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 HOME.

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 germination. Thank you all.  Churchwardens
  
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 from1974-2011.
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 Licensing Committees.
 

Hatha Yoga Classes
Linda is holding Hatha Yoga classes in Harrold Chapel at the following times:
Monday 9.30am-10.30am
Thursday 8.00pm-9.30pm
Friday 9.30am – 10.30am
Friday 7.30pm – 8.30pm Men Only

and also at the following locations:

Grendon Village Hall: Mon 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Cranfield University: 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 light.
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 the bottom.

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 Button.
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 to the Eve Appeal.
 
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 Radwell.
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 Helen Dawkins.
 
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. Beautiful light.
 
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. All the photographs can be viewed here.
Thank you to Helen for judging the competition and all those who entered will receive a "valuable" prize!
 
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.
  
Parish Council Notes
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 problem.
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.
Highways
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.

Radwell
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.
Planning
Several sites in the parish are being opened to public examination for inclusion in the Allocations and Designation Plan. Click here for more details. Other planning issues were discussed. felmersham.net does not report on or publish planning issues.
Speed Limits
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 runner beans.


Photo: Maggie Spoor

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 prize.
  
Village Wedding

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 Mill.
Click here for another photograph 

Iain Sutherland  An Obituary

Jean Aubrey has passed away
 
Rev Thomas 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. See photos

Pam Longstaff - Funeral

The funeral service for Pam was held on Thursday 5 July at St Marys Church followed by interment in the churchyard.
 

Jubilee Ringers Celebration
The new band of bell ringers at Felmersham church celebrated the Diamond Jubilee with their first public ringing on Saturday 2 June 2012. Click here to watch them on video. (30 MB)
  
A Guildford Wedding

Peter Rose (of Felmersham) married Catherine Seymour on 5 May 2012 at Greyfriars House near Guildford. For their honeymoon the couple went diving in the Maldives.
 

An Essex Wedding

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 & Rosalyn.
Photographs: Clive Just
 
Code Competition Result

The Competition question was:
       "Can you decipher the hidden code?"
The Answer:
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 120%
 
Rogation Sunday Walk

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.
 
Parish Council AGM
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.
 
Cllr. Peter 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 teamwork”.
  
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 29/2/2012
 
THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE 27/2/2012 14:30 SWANSHOLME FELMERSHAM 
  
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 next victim.

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 "Stop" sign.
 
Eminent Speakers at Sharnbrook
The following guest preachers will be giving the address at St Peters Church during Lent Evensong at 6 pm.
  
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 Canterbury Cathedral.
  
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 ‘The Communards’.
 
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 Click Here.
 
Michael Templeman
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 Restaurant, Sharnbrook.
    
Ronald James Smith
Ronald James Smith 1930 - 2012, An Obituary

Lawrence Arthur White
Lawrence Arthur White, An Obituary

 
Broadband in the Villages
Bedford Borough Council is working on a project to improve broadband speeds across the Borough. Go to:
www.bedford.gov.uk/broadband for details. The January 2012 Broadband Update makes interesting reading.
 
 
Residents Association Meeting

A very well attended meeting was held on 5 January 2012.

Crime Stats for December 2011
Click here.
 
Colin Payne - An Obituary

Colin's obituary

Sharnbrook Mill Bridge Open

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 now completed.

New 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 from:

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
Local History Book 
Felmersham
The History of a Riverside Parish

Full Details
 Available from
Milton Ernest Garden Centre
Open 7 days a week. Plenty of free parking
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