Crime Stats for November 2014
Beat 733 Felmersham and Radwell
An attempted burglary of a dwelling in Carlton
Road on 24 November at 7.15 am.
Godric receives peace award
The Gandhi Foundation International Peace
Award was this year awarded to Godric
Bader and the Scott Bader Commonwealth,
for the alternative business model created
by him and his family. The establishment
of the Scott Bader Commonwealth provides
an alternative economic model of
trustee-in-common, with a structure that
has an emphasis on cooperation, equitable
wealth distribution, charity giving,
protection of natural resources and an
opposition to taking part in re-armament.
The photograph shows Godric (centre)
receiving the award in the House of Lords
by the President of the Gandhi Foundation,
Lord Bhikhu Parekh. Godric is accompanied
by his wife Anne Atkinson-Clark, both of
whom live in Felmersham
Lesley Walker (Sharpe)
The funeral service
for Lesley was held at St Mary's Church,
Felmersham on Tuesday 25 November at 2.00 pm,
approximately 200 people attended.
On Thursday 11th December in memory of Colin
Payne a quarter peal will be rung starting at
approximately 7.30 a.m. It should take about
50minutes to ring. If you live near the church
it's probably a good time to do some evening Christmas
Approximately 100 people
attended the "Act of Remembrance" at the Memorial on
Remembrance Sunday 9 November 2014 with a similar number
attending the Service of Remembrance at Felmersham
Stevens' funeral service was held at St Mary's Church on Tuesday 23
September 2014. In May of this year
Freddie celebrated his 102nd birthday. He lived in
Marriotts Close for nearly 40 years before
moving into Sharnbrook House.
celebrating his 100th birthday displaying
his card from the Queen.
Rev'd Thomas Sander's New Appointment
Updated 10/10. The Rev’d
Thomas Sander, currently Assistant Curate
of the United Benefice of Sharnbrook,
Felmersham and Knotting with Souldrop, has
been appointed as Vicar of the Benefice of
Flamstead and Markyate Street. He will be
licenced on Thursday 20 November at
20.00hrs. All are welcome to attend
Tom's last service in the parish of
Felmersham and Radwell will be on Sunday
19 October at 11.00 am.
The photo shows Tom in the Ringer's Tee
shirt specially made for the Queen's
Radwell Road Closure at Milton Ernest
Radwell Road will be closed in Milton Ernest
from number 86 to New Road. This closure is
required to allow the demolition and
reconstruction of the Radwell Road railway
bridge. The temporary closure is anticipated
to run from 3 October 2014 to 20 March 2015.
Click to see the
Autumn Show Prize Winners
Field off Baker’s Lane
Cllr Peter Hartop writes: The Parish Council
have been notified by the owners of this
field, known as Taps Bush, that the current
environmental schemes under which the field is
managed expire on the 30th September 2014. The
replacement schemes do not provide for public
access. However, the owners of the field have
informed the Parish Council that they are
prepared to permit access on a private basis
for walking and dog walking at the user’s own
risk until further notice. They reserve the
right to reconsider access at any time if
problems arise or the rules set by Natural
England change. The public footpath running
roughly northwest – southeast across the
middle of the field is unaffected by this
The funeral service for
Joyce Parker was held on Thursday 18 September at St Mary's Church. The photo of
Joyce serving in Betts shop, was taken in
1990 just before the shop closed down.
Maggie Spoor took
this photograph and she writes: "I noticed one of
these ‘super wasps’ about a week ago flying
around our apple tree. There are now usually four
or five at a time busily feeding on the sap. I
suspect they are hornets, the first I’ve seen
live. They don’t appear at all aggressive and
they are fascinating to watch, but would it be an
idea to warn people via the website? There must
be a nest around somewhere." They appear to be
about an inch long (2.5 cms).
Two German students, Lisa and Yvonne, stayed overnight in
Radwell on their way home having cycled from Germany to
Ireland to visit St Patrick's grave. They had previously
stayed in Radwell on their way to Ireland. Also in the photograph, taken by Graeme Dawson, the Rev'd. Tom Sander.
The Great war Remembered
On Sunday August 3 2014 a service of
commemoration and remembrance was held at
St Marys Church, Felmersham. The
ecumenical service comprised of hymns,
readings, poems and prayers and finished
with songs from the First World War. The
organisers, Lorraine Shrimpton and Pat
Hartop were thanked for the meaningful and
well organised service.
The collection raised £390.75 (including
Gift Aid) which will be split equally
between the British Legion and Help the
Parish crime stats for July
Just one reported crime in the parish during July.
On the 18 July 2014 at 16.30. Criminal damage
to vehicles parked in The High Road,
Rachel and James' Wedding
On Saturday 2 August 2014 Rachel Hubbard and James Mellor
were married at St Mary's Church, Felmersham by the Rev'd.
M McDonald from Sharnbrook. Heavy rain greeted the couple
and guests as they left the church but brighter weather
Mair and Daniel's Wedding
On Saturday 12 July 2014
Mair Evans married Daniel Seal at St Mary's Church,
Rosalind and Michael's Wedding
Rosalind Templeman and Michael Pantrey were married at
St Mary's Church, Felmersham on Saturday 5 July 2014.
public slipway on the bank of the River Ouse at Felmersham
has been extensively repaired.
Felmersham public slipway
Felmersham Parish Council are pleased to announce that
finally Bedford Borough Council has scheduled work to
commence on repairing the eroded Felmersham Slipway
adjacent to the Jubilee Lawn.
Work is scheduled to commence on the 27th May 2014 and
will take approximately 3 weeks. The eroded section
will be replaced with a
durable alternative comprising steel sheets at the
edges with a concrete surface.
The works will be carried out away from the road and
it is therefore expected there will be no
inconvenience to road users or the general public.
John Francis Myerscough passed away on 9 May 2014
- An obituary.
Car key found
A car key has been found near Felmersham
Church, if you have lost it please reply to
Sharnbrook Bowls Club
Sharnbrook Bowls Club have started playing
their Outdoor Season at Lodge Road and new
members are always welcome.
Open Day - On Bank Holiday Monday 5th May
you are invited to Come Along and Have a Go!
More details from 781660
A message from Mrs Beamish (sound only) -
Teas in the Church
Tea and cake will be served in Felmersham Church on
Wednesday 21st May from 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
Please come along, bring your friends and neighbours
for a chat over a cup of tea and a piece of cake while
buying home produce from the Community shop.
On Saturday 12 April 2014 James Alexander Bell and
Nicola Andrea Povey were married at St Mary's Church,
Felmersham. The reception was held at Sharnbrook Mill
Hotel. Wedding guests arrived in a vintage double-decker
London Transport bus.
Woman hears for first
Here is some good news I would like to share with you.
Joanne, who is 41, has been deaf since birth, she also
has tunnel vision and is registered blind. She had
implants fitted to her ears and the video, taken by
her mother, is of her hearing for the first time. Have
the hankies ready!
Click here (skip the ad)
Scruffs at Felmersham
Annette Courtney has been successful in
securing one of the 20 heats, held throughout
the UK in 2014, to find the Scruffts of the
The heat will be be held in Felmersham on the
28 June 2014. For more details go to
The Sun pub in Felmersham was named the
Most Improved Pub of the Year by North
Bedfordshire CAMRA. Well done Hannah and Ben.
Hannah says they are working hard to get the
kitchen working as soon as possible.
Scruffts heat to be held in Felmersham
If your dog is a crossbreed then it could
be the next Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog
of the Year?
Annette Courtney has been successful in
securing one of the 20 heats held throughout
the UK in 2014 to find the Scruffts of the
The heat will be be held in Felmersham in
June, details to follow shortly. The winners
from each heat will be invited to Discover
Dogs 2014 at Earls Court, London in November
for the Class Finals. Winners of the six
classes at Discover Dogs will go on to Crufts
2015 (5 - 8 March 2015) at The NEC,
Birmingham, where they will compete for the
overall Scruffts title.
A crossbreed is a dog of mixed blood, whose
parents are of two different breeds, or a
mixture of several breeds.
Parish litter pick
The road will be closed between Sharnbrook and
Souldrop to vehicles and pedestrians due to the
demolition and reconstruction of the railway bridge.
The closure is anticipated to be in operation 24 hours
a day from Thursday 24th March to Monday 11 August
2014. Specific dates will be advertised nearer the
crime stats for February
Just one reported crime in the parish during
February and that was a catalytic converter stolen
from a a motor vehicle in Moor End Road, Radwell. See
below: Vehicle crime in Radwell
The Annual Parish Litter Pick will be held
on Saturday 29 March from 10 am to 12 noon.
Please meet at either Felmersham bus shelter
or The Green, Radwell. All are welcome.
From 2 March until Easter there will be a
collection box at the rear of the church where
you can leave any donations of non-perishable
food items, toiletries and nappies for
distribution at the Bedford Foodbank. The
Bedford Foodbank is organised by Bedford
Vehicle crime in
A catalytic converter was stolen from a Toyota
car parked overnight on the 14th to 15th
February in Moor End Road, Radwell.
The offender gained access to the underside of
the vehicle and the catalytic converter was
removed from the exhaust system.
Crime Reduction Advice: Park in well lit and
public areas, if you have a garage please use
it. Be aware of any suspicious activity around
parked vehicles and always check that it is
correctly locked, and all valuables are
removed, before leaving the vehicle.
Crimes committed in Felmersham and Radwell
during January 2014.
A "miscellaneous" theft in Marriotts Close on
the 12 January at 2.30 pm and on the same day at 2.00 pm
there was a theft from a motor vehicle in "Sharnbrook
Riseley PCSO leaves
the police force
PCSO Cameron Giles has left the police force,
currently there is no information on a
replacement. PCSO Chris Warmington can still
be contacted at Riseley Police Station on
Vacant Allotment Plots
The Trustees of the Town Lot Charitable Trust
have several vacant allotment plots available
for rent. The rents range from £8 for a small
plot to £20 for a large plot. If you are
interested in renting a plot please contact
David Folbigg - Clerk to the Trustees Tel:
Rev'd Robert Evens is leaving the parish
At morning service on Sunday 16 November
at St Mary's Church the Rev'd Robert Evens
announced that he is leaving the joint
benefice of Sharnbrook, Felmersham and
Knotting with Souldrop to take up a new
appointment as Rector of the joint
benefice of Ashwell, Hinxworth and Newnham
in Hertfordshire. The move is not expected
to take place until February 2015.
On Monday 29
December 2014 Nicholas Tanday and Brittany Jane McKenzie
were married at St Mary's Church, Felmersham by the Rev'd
Lesley Walker - An
There have been at least two incidents in
the parish of Courier Scams, fortunately
nobody lost any money. We do however, need to
be aware that these scams can happen to
Click Here to see the Borough Council's
advice on courier scams.
You can read about the scams mentioned above
Felmersham Forum tagged Katie Fullam.
This commemorative display, in Felmersham church, records
the names of ancestors and loved ones who have served in
the armed services and, in some cases, it also gives
military details. This display can be viewed,
during the daytime, over the next few weeks.
Radwell's New Speed Limit
to concerns over speeding in Radwell, the
Parish Council has successfully applied
for a 20mph speed limit in Moor End Road
and The Green.
October Crime Stats
Felmersham and Radwell
A common assault on the 9 October 2014 at
15:35, The Green, Radwell.
Library Van Visiting Times
Edith Caldwell writes: We've been without the
library van for several weeks but the problem
with the door is now fixed and the service is
running again. It's next due in Felmersham on
Thursday 6th November at 2.45 pm
opposite The Sun, and in Radwell on Thursday
30th October at 2.20 pm.
Harvest Ebola Appeal
A total of £112 was raised from the sale of
produce donated to St Mary's Church Harvest
Festival. The money will be sent to the Red
Cross Ebola Appeal. The PCC wish to thank
Pinchmill Lower School and Pinchmill
Pre-School for their vital contribution of
produce etc to the harvest sale.
Policing in North Beds
PCSO Daniel James
writes: The Villages North of Bedford are
policed by 4 PCSO’s based at Riseley
Each PCSO covers the general area but in
addition has a specific number of villages
within the area allocated to them as their
There have been some recent changes that
are relevant to our villages of Felmersham
who has been our PCSO for some time has
recently successfully become a full time
police officer based away from Riseley.
His replacement is PCSO Daniel James, who
will now cover our villages.
PCSO John Sharratt has moved to Bedford and
his replacement is PCSO Josephine (Josie)
PCSO’s James Loi and Paul Jones continue at
Parish crime stats for August
There were no reported crimes in the parish during
Autumn Show 2014
Once again there were a good
number of exhibits in this year's Autumn Show. Felmersham
Art Group also exhibited paintings which
were to a very high standard.
Our thanks go to Maggie Spoor for
organising the event and also to her many helpers. Thanks also
to the WI who provided refreshments.
Top photo: On the left,
Peter Hartop, who won "The Show Plate" for the greatest
number of first prizes (four). On the right, Peter Bance,
who won the "Best in Show" cup for his runner beans.
Bottom Photo: The vegetable
Mathew and Emily Wedding
On Saturday 9 September
2014 at St Mary's Church, Felmersham, Emily Patience
Waplington-Brown and Mathew Peter Swift were married
by Revd Robert Evens.
A collection at the Sunday morning service at St
Mary's church on 10th August 2014 raised £160
(including Gift Aid) for the displaced people of
Iraq. The money has been sent to the Christian Aid
Radwell Manor Railway - New Video
c1926 until the early fifties a 101/4 inch gauge
railway was installed at Stanilands, Moor End,
Radwell. The circular track was three quarters of
a mile long and had a station, viaduct, tunnel,
embankments, cuttings, several over-bridges and a
system of signalling. The railway is well documented
Bygone Felmersham and Radwell.
However, thanks to David Barker, the existence of film footage of the
railway was recently drawn to Ken's attention.
The short film captures
the excitement of running the Radwell Manor
here to see a video of the film (20MB).
You can make a difference …
issues in your area?
Want to do something about it?
Well here is your chance. Join one of these
schemes and help your local community
This is one of the
most effective crime reduction initiatives ever.
A scheme run by communities for communities, it
works in partnership with the Police to improve
quality of life, it helps to prevent crime and
reduce antisocial behaviour.
Click here for details of our Felmersham and
Radwell Neighbourhood Watch schemes
Speed Watch (CSW)
This is a locally
driven initiative whereby community minded
residents join together to promote traffic
calming by, after appropriate police training,
monitoring vehicle speeds using speed indicator
devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are
referred to the Police for appropriate action.
We are keen to
generate new groups in this area, so if you would
like to find out more about how you can get
involved then please contact the Neighbourhood
Watch Central Office: 01234 275165 / 842043 or
Guests were having their photos taken as they
arrived for a recent wedding at
St Mary's Church. One couple arrived,
smiled at the camera, click, kissed for a second
A few minutes later the couple walk rather sheepishly back
from the church, they discovered they were at the
wrong wedding! They wanted St Mary's Church, Oakley and not
St Mary's Church, Felmersham. Woops!
Lesley and Andy's Wedding
On Saturday 19 July 2014 Lesley and Andy Sharpe
were married at St Mary's Church, Felmersham. The
reception was held at the bride and grooms home
with relatives, friends and neighbours sharing
the joy of this special occasion.
Two Missing Cats
Two tabby cats have gone missing in the Carlton area.
If found please call or text: 07593746237.
Busy Milton Ernest Speed Cameras
The average speed cameras installed at Milton
Ernest recorded 7,079 offences last year and it is
estimated to have generated £167,600 in fines! This
makes it one of the busiest speed cameras in Great
Britain. The camera which recorded the most speeding
offences is on the M60, junction 25 where 9,326
offences were recorded.
Hugo (Hugh) Webster
Hugh Webster passed away on Saturday 28 June 2014.
Hugh and Sue lived at Radwell for many years but prior
to retirement moved to Olney. The funeral service was
held at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Olney.
Swan Preening at Felmersham Slipway
View a pair of swans preening themselves near the
repaired slipway by Felmersham bridge.
Click here to
Annett and Tomas' Wedding
21 June Annett Elizabeth Courtney married Tomas Henry
Brett at St Mary's Church, Felmersham.
North Yorkshire Wedding
Nick Spoor and Rachel Kinnish were married on the 4th
April at Swinton Park, Masham, North Yorkshire. Nick is
from Felmersham and Rachel was originally from Grassington
in the Yorkshire Dales.
Local railway bridges raised
Work has started on raising the railway bridges in
readiness for extending the electrification of the Midland
Main Line from Bedford to Sheffield.
Local bridges will only need to be raised on the slow
lines because the fast lines have the required gauging
height. The photograph of
Moor End Lane railway bridge, Radwell was taken from Peck's Bridge,
looking north, by kind permission of JB.
Moor End Lane railway bridge, Radwell
Parish Council Annual
The Parish Council held its Annual Parish Meeting on
Tuesday 11 March 2014. The chairman, Cllr Peter
Hartop, presented his annual report and many of the
items in his report were discussed when the meeting
was opened to residents.
Speeding Traffic: A 20mph speed limit is to be
introduced in Radwell. However it will not be in place
in time to slow down contractor traffic accessing the
two Moor End bridges. Radwell residents are concern
over the speed of the contractor's vehicles. Elsewhere
in the parish the Council is considering average speed
cameras and/or a 20 mph speed limit through
Radwell Court: With the landowners permission,
the Council is to plant several 100 trees in the
adjacent field to act as a screen.
Road Maintenance: The chairman reported that
the Council had received complaints regarding pot
holes and kerb damage. Roads remained un-swept after
the autumn leaf fall. A parishioner expressed concern
over the amount of standing water on the Carlton road.
Passing traffic mounted the grass verges and damaged
the drainage ditches.
Play Park: The Council has taken over
"financial obligations" of the Play Park. The parish
precept had been kept to £15,000.
Stone Pits/Traveller's Site: Work has commenced
on Meadow Lane and it will be ready by March 2015.
Village Hall: Councillor Pipe reported that a
projector and speakers have been installed in the VH
and can be used by hirers.
Robert Edwards: This was Robert's last meeting
before moving to Wales. On behalf of the Council, the
chairman thank him for his work in the parish both as
a Special Constable (retiring with the rank of
inspector) and as a valued member of the Parish
Annual Parish Litter Pick: Will be held on
Saturday 29 March from 10 am to 12 noon. Meet at
either Felmersham bus shelter or The Green, Radwell.
All are welcome.
Local application of Biofertiliser
Biogen operates the Twinwoods Anaerobic Digestion
plant located near Clapham which recycles food waste
to produce renewable electricity for the national
grid. One of the products of the anaerobic digestion
process is a biofertiliser which helps to grow local
crops. This biofertiliser is rich in nutrients and is
applied to the farmland surrounding the plant.
Biogen spread the biofertiliser twice a year and they
are now approaching the first spreading season. Every
effort will be made to ensure minimal disturbance to
local residents. We spread the biofertiliser using an
applicator which trails the product directly onto the
soil for maximum crop growth and to minimise the
impact of any odour.
Biogen are committed to being the best neighbour we
can be and take your concerns seriously. Over past
years we have invested a considerable amount on
measures to improve fertiliser spreading and reduce
odour and will continue to invest further significant
funds in the future.
If you have any concerns during the spreading season
please do not hesitate to contact us either by email
at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0844 326
Minor Changes to Bus Times
Stephen writes: There are minor changes to the bus
times on route 50 with effect from Monday 17 February.
The service pattern is unchanged, but some journeys
are retimed to run between 2 and 9 minutes later than
Click Here to view new time table.
Women rescued from Felmersham floods
Firefighters were called to rescue two women trapped
in their car by rising flood waters near Felmersham
bridge on Saturday evening the 8th February. One
rescue pump from Harrold attended
and the marooned women were
rescued from their vehicle which was surrounded by
approximately one and a half feet of water.
Sun Opening Times
Ben and Hannah Just are looking
forward to welcoming you to The Sun. Normal opening
Monday to Friday
4 to 11pm Saturday 12 to 11pm and Sunday 12 to 10pm.
For all enquiries please call 01234781355 or email
The Made with Loving Hands shop has closed for
the winter and will reopen again in April 2014. Details.