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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.

Quarter Peal
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 shopping!

Remembrance Sunday
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 Church.
 
Freddie Stevens

An Obituary
Freddie 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.


  Freddie 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 Jubilee celebrations.
 

Joyce Parker
An obituary

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.

Autumn Show Prize Winners
Click to see the Autumn Show Prize Winners
 
Public Access 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 change.

Joyce Parker

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.
 

Super Wasp?

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).
 

Modern Pilgrims

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 Heroes.


 

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, Felmersham.
 

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 followed.
Mair and Daniel's Wedding

On Saturday 12 July 2014 Mair Evans married Daniel Seal at St Mary's Church, Felmersham. More Photos
 
Rosalind and Michael's Wedding

Rosalind Templeman and Michael Pantrey were married at St Mary's Church, Felmersham on Saturday 5 July 2014. More Photos
 

Slipway repaired

The 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 Myerscough
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 the Webmaster.
 
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

Mrs Beamish
A message from Mrs Beamish (sound only) - Click Here
 
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.

Felmersham Wedding

 
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 time

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)

 
More on 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 Year.
The heat will be be held in Felmersham on the 28 June 2014. For more details go to www.scrufftsfelmersham.co.uk
 
Sun award
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 Year.
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.

Road Closure
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 time.
 
Parish 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

Parish litter pick
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.

Bedford Foodbank

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 Baptist Church.
 
Vehicle crime in Radwell

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.
 

Crime Stats January 2014
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 Road", Felmersham.
 

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 01234 842865

 

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: 782591
 
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.
 

Christmas Wedding

On Monday 29 December 2014 Nicholas Tanday and Brittany Jane McKenzie were married at St Mary's Church, Felmersham by the Rev'd Dennis Vickers.

Lesley Walker - An obituary

Courier Scams
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 anyone. Click Here to see the Borough Council's advice on courier scams.
You can read about the scams mentioned above on Felmersham Forum tagged Katie Fullam.

Commemorative Display

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

In response 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.

Changes in Policing in North Beds

PCSO Daniel James
Dave Girling writes: The Villages North of Bedford are policed by 4 PCSO’s based at Riseley police station.
Each PCSO covers the general area but in addition has a specific number of villages within the area allocated to them as their responsibility.
There have been some recent changes that are relevant to our villages of Felmersham and Radwell.
Chris Warmington 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) Weston.
PCSO’s James Loi and Paul Jones continue at Riseley.
 

Parish crime stats for August
There were no reported crimes in the parish during August 2014.

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 exhibits.

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.

Iraq Appeal
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 Iraq Appeal.

Radwell Manor Railway - New Video

From 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 in Ken Shrimpton's book 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 Railway.
Click here to see a video of the film (20MB).
 
You can make a difference …
Concerned about 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

Neighbourhood Watch

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 email:

bedfordneighbourhoodwatch@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

Wedding Boo-Boo
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 photo, click.
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 view.

Annett and Tomas' Wedding

On Saturday 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 Parish Meeting
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 Felmersham.
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 Council.

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 complaints@biogen.co.uk or by phone on 0844 326 7251.

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 previously. 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 hours are
Monday to Friday 4 to 11pm Saturday 12 to 11pm and Sunday 12 to 10pm. For all enquiries please call 01234781355 or email hburton109@gmail.com

Made with Loving Hands
The Made with Loving Hands shop has closed for the winter and will reopen again in April 2014.
Details.

"Made with Loving Hands" Shop
Opens again in April 2014
Click for Details
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