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Crime Stats December 2013
Crimes committed in Felmersham and Radwell during December 2013.
A dangerous dog injured a person in Grange Road on 15 December 2013 at 16.30hrs.

Christingle Success
The collection at the Christingle Service raised £258.21 for the Children's Society. This compares with £259 raised last year.

The Children's Society is a charity who help children of all faiths and none, including children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers or those within the youth justice system. Each year the Society's programmes and services help thousands of children and their families up and down the country.


Play-park hedge cut
The roadside hedge in the play-park has been cut. Not only has this bought the hedge under control but it has also improved the road safety. The Swansholme boundary hedge has also been trimmed back.

John Hopkins
A Memorial Service for John was held in St Mary's Church Carlton on Wednesday 11 December 2013.
 
Felmersham on TV


Annette with Jasper

During the Felmersham Dog Show in June a television camera was filming for Ronnie's Animal Crackers presented by Ronnie Corbett. The show was screened on Friday 11 October on BBC1 and it featured Annette Courtney with her stud labradoodle, Jasper. Jasper has fathered an astounding 400 puppies and is now retired. There were scenes shot in Annette's home, in the village hall and on the playing field. Several members of our community were also caught on camera.
To view the programme Click Here.
 


Crime Stats for October
During October there were no reported crimes in the parish.

Phyllis Welsh has passed away
Phyllis' funeral service was held at St Marys Church, Felmersham on Friday 18th October 2013. The service was conducted by the Rev'd. David Mason.
 
Crime Stats for September
During September there was one attempted burglary in a dwelling in Moor End Road, Radwell.

With the onset of darker evenings the police are advising people to be more vigilant because the chances of being burgled are increased. Don't make it easy for them - protect your property
 
Bt Line Upgrade
BT are re-wiring the street cabinet near Felmersham bus shelter. When the works are completed the line between Felmersham and Sharnbrook will be upgraded to ADSL2+. This upgrade will give up to 24M high speed broadband service and should be completed by 31 October. There are currently no plans to upgrade the line between Sharnbrook and Felmersham to fibre.
Rachel writes: "When the exchange is enabled your service provider MAY just automatically upgrade you but some may not - so it's worth checking with them. Any routers you are currently using should work OK with the new type of service but again if not your service provider should upgrade the box for you as part of the move."
 

Wind Turbines on Horizon

Nuon Renewables have been given permission to erect three wind turbines at Airfield Farm, Podington.
A judicial review has decided to support the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to grant planning permission for a wind farm near Podington.
 
The Sun Inn, Felmersham is now open
The Sun's back bar is now open every day
Monday-Friday 4:00-11:00pm
Saturday 12:00-11:00pm
Sunday 12:00-10:00pm
Ben and Hannah look forward to seeing you.
 
Felmersham Wedding for Lisa and Ian

Ian Painter and Lisa Stratton were married at St Marys Church, Felmersham on Saturday 6 July. The guests arrive and departed for the reception in a London bus.


 

Cycling Ringers visit Felmersham Tower

On Saturday 27 July a group of cycling bell ringers visited St Mary's Church Tower to ring the bells. They spent the weekend at Chellington Centre.
Strawberry Fayre

Anna Lewes (left) and Wendy Mansell organised a strawberry tea and garden games on Saturday 8 June 2013. The event raised funds jointly between Ovarian Cancer Action and St John's Hospice, Moggerhanger, in memory of Jo Morris.
 
Marriage of Lisa and Tony

The marriage of Lisa Higgs and Tony Beales took place on Saturday 8 June 2013 at St Mary's Church, Felmersham. The Revd. Thomas Sander officiated.
 
Simon Greenish MBE
Simon Greenish, from Felmersham, is among those to be recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Simon has been appointed MBE for services to English heritage. He is credited with implementing the recovery programme of Buckinghamshire's former World War II code breaking site.
In his six years as a director at Bletchley Park Trust (from 2006), it was transformed into a globally reputed heritage site.

Richard (Dick) Watson - An Obituary
Link to Dick's obituary
 
Christian Aid Appeal - £561 Raised
Peter Rankin would like to thank all those people who donated to Christian Aid during the recent house to house collection. This year £561.11 was raised.
Peter is now standing down as Christian Aid coordinator in the parish. (Peter, On behalf of the parish I would like to thank you for your many year's of service as the Christian Aid coordinator in the parish. It is very much appreciated - Ken)

Crime Stats for May
 
5 May 2013 14:30
Criminal damage to vehicles in Sharnbrook Road (The High Road), Felmersham.

 
17 May 2013 20:30
Miscellaneous theft;
Town Lot Lane, Felmersham
 

Jo Morris' Funeral

The funeral service for Josephine Elizabeth Mary (Jo) Morris took place at St Mary's Church, Felmersham on Wednesday 15th May 2013.

Radwell Court Open Weekends

Radwell Court, Felmersham Road, Radwell has two open weekends for viewing on the 11th & 12th of May and again on the 1st & 2nd of June. Radwell Court consists of 11 New Luxury Park Homes looking across the Ouse Valley.

Crime Stats
Crimes for Beat 733 committed in April 2013.
Theft of a motor vehicle on 25 April at 20.00 hrs. The High Road, Felmersham.
If you have any worries or concerns and wish to speak to a local officer then please call Riseley Police station on 01234 842865 and ask to speak to either PCSO 8423 Chris Warmington or PCSO 8007 Cameron Giles.

PCSO Chris Warmington PCSO Cameron Giles

Higher Broadband Speeds available soon
Rachel writes: I thought you might all like to know that Sharnbrook exchange is due to be enabled for higher speed broadband in June 2013. I've tested my line and it shows that I'm likley to get speeds between 7M and 12M. You can test the likely speed of your line by going to this website.
 
If you put in your telephone number and press "Go" this will take you to another screen and then click on the BT ADSL tab it will give you the date for exchange enablement and the likely speed you will get. 21st Century Telecoms - here we come!!!!!
 
Crime in Bedfordshire down 15%
“Less crime means fewer victims” says Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock after Bedfordshire Police recorded some of the largest reductions in the country in the 12 month period to December 2012, particularly in key offences such as burglary and violent crime.
The dramatic fall in overall crime, 15% compared with a national average of 8%, follows the previous three months which also saw a huge reduction across the county.

Save Our Sun Campaign
Following the closure of the Sun and concerns that it may be lost to village forever, a small group have got together to seek to ensure the pub has a future. The group has produced a flyer which has been distributed around the parish. If you would like to know more, the contact details are:
• email: saveoursun@gmail.com or
• paper: Save Our Sun, ℅ Cartref, Grange Road, Felmersham
 
David Frankham has passed away
David Frankham passed away peacefully on 3 April 2013 aged 51 years. The funeral service was held at Norse Road Crematorium, Bedford on Wednesday 24 April.

Bert Cockins has passed away
Bert Cockins has died at the age of 98. He lived in Felmersham for most of his life.
See Obituaries

March Crimes stats for Felmersham and Radwell
Common Assault in Moor End Road, Radwell on the 15 March 2013 at 15:00
Unclassified Miscellaneous Theft in Moor End Road, Radwell on the 3 March 2013 at 18:50
 
Pavenham and Felmersham CC Fixtures
Click Here for Pavenham and Felmersham Cricket Club fixtures for 2013. Games are played on Saturdays, start at around 1.30 p.m. and finish at around 8 p.m.
  
Sue Leaves The Sun

Sue O'Brien, the landlady of The Sun, has left after 4 years. We wish her well.

 
Felmersham Church Bells Ring Out
The eight bells in Felmersham church tower have been repaired and will ring out for the Easter morning service at 11.00 am. The church clock striking mechanism will also be reinstated for Easter.
 
St Marys PCC are grateful to Pat Albon and Steve Stanford for their free services and also to the Bedford District of the Bedfordshire Association of Church Bell Ringers who are donating the cost of the work.

The ringing chamber has also been whitewashed and carpeted. Everything is now shipshape for the next 60 years!
 

Ian Hancock has pass away

Ian Hancock , a Bedford solicitor who lived in Felmersham in the 1980's and played cricket for the village has died.

Pavenham and Felmersham Cricket Club AGM
At the AGM of Pavenham and Felmersham Cricket Club chairman, Ian McKenzie, reported that 2012 would go down in the history of the club as the year it rained and the successful resurrection of youth cricket.

Following the drought conditions half the matches were postponed due to rain. Youth Cricket has been a big success with training 3 coaches to ECB level 2. On Sunday mornings the coaching and practice sessions for young players will continue. There are 35 registered youngsters and the club is looking to play more youth matches locally.



Cricket Club chairman
Ian McKenzie

He also stressed that the succession issue for officers responsible for running the club was unresolved and he urged that efforts should be made to find new blood and leadership.
Read the Chairman's full report.

Link to PFCC Web Page
 
Rosemary becomes Lay Assistant

On Sunday 3 February St Marys Church celebrated Candlemas. During the service Rosemary Drewery was made a Lay Assistant for the Benefice of Sharnbrook, Felmersham and Knotting with Souldrop. Rosemary (centre) is pictured with the Rev Tom (left) and Rev Robert (behind Rosemary), Colin Scott (organist at Sharnbrook and Caroline Evens holding a Candlemas candle.
 

Felmersham Church Bells
The eight bells in Felmersham church tower are undergoing repair work. Two local church bell experts, Pat Albon and Steve Stanford, have removed the 8 bell clappers and the 16 roller bearings. The clappers are to be repaired by Whites of Appleton (Church Bell Specialists) who will also supply 16 new roller bearings. The work will take 6 to 8 weeks so the bells and the striking clock will be silent until mid February.
St Marys PCC are grateful to Pat and Steve for their free services and also to the Bedford District of the Bedfordshire Association of Church Bell Ringers who are donating the cost of the work.
 


Pat and Steve working on the bells

The Rev'd. Canon Harold Jones
The Rev'd Harold Jones has passed away. He was Rector of Sharnbrook from ? to ? and was briefly responsible for Felmersham Church 1982-83. He was 95.
There was a Requiem Eucharist on Monday 16 December in St Peter's Church, Sharnbrook followed by interment.
 

Felmersham and Radwell parish is a member of Neighbourhood Watch scheme and they have produced a new Ringmaster Leaflet.
It includes details of the service, how to get in touch and some current Burglary Reduction Advice. View Leaflet.

High Speed Broadband early next year
On contacting BT on a separate issue Simon Greenish was advised that "upgrading work in the Sharnbrook exchange is due to start on 29 November and anticipated completion is 27th Feb. At that point the service would top out at 20 mps [Mb]" Simon, writing on Felmersham Forum, says that this is potentially a huge step forward although it is not fibre. Everyone will be advised by email 2 days in advance and the increased quality will not increase cost!!!
 

Felmersham and Radwell Autumn Show

The 15th Annual Autumn Show was held in the Village Hall on 8 September 2013. Whilst the number of entries were down from last year, due to weather, the show was well attended.
Terry Longstaff from Radwell won the show plate awarded for the highest number of “Firsts” in the show. Terry won 4. Monique Eyre Smith won the “Best in the Show” cup with her 3 onions (see photo above).
 
Nick and Sophie - South Yorkshire Wedding

On Saturday 3 August 2013 Nicholas (Nick) Wells married Sophie Thickett at St Mary Magdalene Church, Whiston, Near Rotherham, South Yorks. The wedding was officiated by Rev'd Neil Bowler and the Rev'd Thomas Sander gave the address. The reception was held at the bride's home.
 

Radwell Bridge Damaged

On Monday afternoon the 22 July, Radwell bridge was damage. If anybody witnessed what happened, they are asked to contact the local police.


Photos: Robert Edwards

 
Radwell News
A new dog bin has been fitted at the top end of Moor End Radwell.


Photo: Robert Edwards

Anglian Water found when switching over to the New Water Main, some property's on the Green where not connected! The result being they are now digging up the Green to make the connections.
All the foliage has now been cut back from all the 30 mph signs in Radwell and all the signs have now been cleaned.
One bus shelter has been cleaned and the gutter cleaned out of vegetation. Robert Edwards.
 
Keeping to the 30 MPH Speed Limit

Bedfordshire Police operated a speed gun in Radwell on the 15 July and a number of tickets were issued.
Robert Edwards is organising training of the speed indicator device and if anybody is interested in helping to use it please contact Robert. The objective is to use it on a regular basis and to report persistent speed offenders using the road as a race track.
 

Police Inspector Retires

After 27 years service with the Special Constabulary, Police Inspector Robert Edwards of Radwell has retired.
 

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.
 
He worked from Riseley Police Station when it opened in 1999 dealing with a wide range of offences including thefts from farms, road traffic collisions, and speed limit enforcement in the villages. He was trained in the use of the laser speed gun and his training also allowed him to drive a marked patrol car. Robert has also been responsible for tackling drink driving.
 

He received a commendation award for his involvement in solving a series of local burglaries which eventually led to the arrest of the burglar. He has also received 2
Long Service awards and a Pride in Bedford Award 2010 for making communities safer.
 
On behalf of our local community, thank you Robert for your years of service as a volunteer in the Bedfordshire Special Constabulary.
 
Confirmation at St Mary's Church

A Confirmation Service was held at St Mary's Church, Felmersham on Tuesday 2 July when (from left to right) Sharon, David, Alison and Derek were confirmed by the Bishop of Bedford, Rt. Revd. Richard Atkinson.
Photo: Graeme Dawson 
 
Latest on the Sun Pub
Clive and Ros Just have bought The Sun which they hope will ensure that it remains a permanent facility in the village and grows into a hub for the community. The pub will be managed and run by Benjamin and Hannah Just (Clive and Ros' son and daughter-in-law).
 
Once the pub is open they they would like to see other activities taking place such as people selling handmade gifts etc and produce. These could be integrated into a Community Shop - run on a Not for Profit basis - possibly utilising part of the barn. If you would like to participate in this project then please contact Clive and Ros - clive.just@gmail.com or 781967.
 

 
Ben and Hannah are really looking forward to the new challenge of running the pub and getting more actively involved in village life. They are passionate about serving good quality, local produce, and they intend to offer proper home cooked, traditional pub dishes, and portions, at sensible prices.
 
In addition to the standard pub service they are looking at other ways they can serve the village and they are open to suggestions on what can be offered. Current ideas include offering a parcel collection service, opening for afternoon teas, providing a venue for public or private events and holding regular exhibitions for local people to present their work.
 
The level of support they have received over the past few weeks has been overwhelming and they are looking forward to providing the village with a great local.

More on The Sun Pub
Simon Greenish writes: As the spokesman for the ‘Save Our Sun’ group, I am able now to update the village on progress to date. This largely confirms the recent article in the Beds on Sunday. [See extract below]
 
A village family has agreed with Charles Wells to buy the Sun and to run it as a pub. They have exciting ideas which will considerably expand the activities there and potentially make it a much more community focused operation and hopefully, much more attractive to more people. Although the initial sale process indicated the pub could be sold ‘for redevelopment’, Charles Wells has now agreed that they wish to see and will support the retention of the pub and, to ensure this happens, have added a covenant in the sale that the purchaser must run it as a pub for at least 3 years. It is hoped that purchase will proceed quickly and that the clearly agreed aims of retaining it the as a pub will materialise in the near future.
 

The Parish Council has now formally minuted its application for listing the pub as a Community Asset and it is expected that Bedford Borough Council will ratify that decision and add it to the Register very soon. This gives the village the right to bid for it should it be put up for sale in the next 5 years. It will also be a factor taken into consideration by the Planning Department should there be any submissions for changes.
 
The support given to the group by many of the villagers has been enormous with not one dissenter and support from unexpected quarters. All ideas have been collated and will be passed on and the group would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken the time to support the plan.

The Sun Pub - Offer Accepted
Bedfordshire On Sunday reported in the May 5 edition that a spokeswoman for Charles Wells said: "An offer has been accepted on the The Sun Inn, Felmersham with a clause stating that the building must remain a pub, which as we've said in the past has always been our preferred option for sale.
"At this stage of the legal process we cannot provide any further detail on the sale".
 
New WI Programme
Felmersham and Radwell WI have published their programme of events for the coming year. Click Here for programme or go to the WI web page.

Radwell Bridge Closure Update
Robert Edwards writes: The road will re open for the weekend, then closed next week when the the water main will be dug in across the road by the bridge.
The road will be completely closed at this point unless you fancy driving across the trench.....
 
Bus Service During Road Closure

During the road closure at Radwell our bus service is replaced by a Grant Palmer shuttle connecting with Stagecoach route 50 at Sharnbrook. The shuttle leaves the northbound stop on the High Road at 06.08, 07.31, 08.43 then hourly to 14.43, 15.58, 17.08, 18.08, 19.03 and 20.18 (3 minutes earlier from Radwell). The shuttle also connects out of all route 50 journeys to bring us back to Felmersham and Radwell. SH.
 

The last pub in the parish Closes

The Sun public house has closed its doors for possibly the last time. It is is the last pub in the parish to close over the last 22 Years. The Plough (1991); Six Ringers (1995); The Swan Inn, Radwell (2008) and now The Sun Inn (March 2013).
The first documentary evidence of The Sun Inn trading as a pub was in 1822 when John Hannah was licensee. It has traded continuously since then.
The for sale board says it is a Public House with conversion potential. A spokeswoman for Charles Wells said: “.......... We would like to assure residents that closing a pub is not a decision that we take lightly and a whole host of factors are taken into consideration over a period of time before reaching that point, not least the impact on the local community.
“However, ultimately we do have a responsibility to make sure that every pub offers a long-term, profitable opportunity for licensees, as it is the licensee’s livelihood that rests with the business. After much consideration we have reluctantly concluded that The Sun Inn, Felmersham can no longer generate the necessary levels of trade within our business model and the pub has therefore been put up for sale.
“The pub is being marketed through our agents Gerald Eve, and we hope that an entrepreneurial retailer or community interest group with a different business model will step forward to buy the site and continue to trade it as a pub”.
 
Felmersham Featured in Bedfordshire On Sunday
In their series "Best of Bedfordshire", Bedfordshire On Sunday published a two page spread on Felmersham. The main theme of the article was the friendly nature of the people who live here, The Sun public house and the Church, featuring the Sanctuary Handle on the church door.
One tiny error was made, the average church congregation on Sundays during 2013 was 47 and not 20.


 

 
Crimes committed in Felmersham and Radwell during February 2013
Theft from motor vehicle in Memorial Lane on 8 February at 15:15.

Autumn Photo Competition Winners
The 2012 Autumn Photo Competition winner was Barry Welsh with Laurie Jones in second and third place and Chris Whitham in fourth place. Thank you for all who entered the competition and congratulations to the winners.
Click here to see the competition photographs.

Robert promoted to a full Inspector
Congratulations to Robert Edwards who has passed the Inspectors Board this week. He is now a full Inspector in the Bedfordshire Special Constabulary. Robert has yet to find out where he will be posted, but he hopes it is Bedford!
 

From Felmersham Forum - Church Clock
Sally H says she is missing the church clock and asks when will it be striking again?
 
"I am sorry Sally that you are missing the church clock striking the hours, as soon as the bell ringers have finished painting the ringing chamber then the striking mechanism will be reinstated. It has taken them longer than they thought because they needed scaffolding to finish off the top section of the chamber. However it has now arrived and they have started painting again so it should be finished within the next fortnight."

"However immediately after Christmas the bells are being repaired, the bearings are to be replaced and the clappers serviced, so unfortunately once again the clock will not be striking. This time until mid February."

"You are not alone in missing the old clock, several people have mentioned it. I guess the old fella will be pleased he is missed. If you don’t believe me, see the last two paragraphs on page 71 of Felmersham – The History of a Riverside Parish.” ...Ken

Average Speed Cameras at Milton Ernest

Robert Edwards writes: A few people have asked about the camera sitting on a black post as you drive out of Milton Ernest towards Radwell. Its an average speed camera, there are four, on all the roads in and out of Milton Ernest.

The Speed Limit is 30 mph, drive any faster, will mean a fine and points on your licence. Not sure when they become active, normally signs are put in place to advise you.

Talking of Signs, quiet a few drivers don't appear to be slowing down through the road works in Radwell, even driving through the Red Lights! The Police are doing spot checks due to concerns from the workman.

Advance Notice
The Radwell Road is due to be closed very soon, due to the new water main, the road has to be open cut from moor end down to the bridge due to the number of services under the road in this area. When I find out the dates, I will let you all know.

Radwell Water Works

Anglian Water are replacing the mains water supply between Milton Ernest and Radwell. Work started on the 5 November for approximately 24 weeks
Everyone in Radwell should have a letter with all the info. There will be contractors traffic lights so journey times to Bedford could take a little longer.

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