at Felmersham Church
Crib Service for children
(Service at St Peters only)
Le Mans 24 Hour Race Winners
Mans 24 hour racer winner Nick Tandy with wife and daughter celebrate at The
Ian Coomber writes: Felmersham can
be proud that two people with close ties to the village
have triumphed at this weekend's Le Mans 24 hour race.
Arguably one of the most prestigious motor races in the
calendar, it is a gruelling test of man and machine. The
event was won overall by a Porsche 919 hybrid driven by
Felmersham resident Nick Tandy, Formula 1
star Nico Hulkenberg and New Zealander Earl Bamber.
The leading class for road-based cars was won by a GM
Corvette CR7 team led by Oliver Gavin (below, centre),
son of Michael and Debbie. The latter victory was one of
the hardest fought ever seen at Le Mans as the Corvette
swapped places throughout the night with the leading
Ferrari, only for the Ferrari to break in the closing
and his family celebrate Oliver's win in
the Le Mans 24 hour race. His team won the
leading class for road-based cars driving
GM Corvette CR7.
Christian Aid Collection
The Christian Aid collection which took
place in the parish between 10 and 16 May
Parish Council Report
The newly elected Parish Council held its
first meeting on 14 May 2015. Cllr. Peter
Hartop was re-elected chairman and Cllr.
Marjorie Pipe was re-elected vice-chair.
Councillors then took responsibility for
various duties as follows:
Communications - Cllr. Clive Just
Village Hall - Cllr. Marjorie Pipe
Highways - Cllr. Marjorie Pipe assisted by
Cllr Jason Boswell for Radwell.
Radwell Matters - Cllr. Jason Boswell
External Affairs - Cllr. Rosemary Drewery
Parish Assets (including Parish burial ground)
- Cllr. Peter Hartop
Planning - Cllr. Peter Hartop
Grass cutting & Tree Warden – Cllr. Peter
Traffic Issues (particularly speeding and
parking) - Cllr. Vanessa Coleman
Parish Litter - Cllr. Rosie Cheetham
Neighbourhood Planning- new Parish Council
intention lead by Cllr. Rosemary Drewery with
assistance from Cllr. Rosie Cheetham
The Localism Act 2011. Neighbourhood planning
legislation which came into effect in April
2012 allows Parish Councils to produce a
Neighbourhood Plans give every member of a
local community a genuine say in the
development of their area. Once a
Neighbourhood Plan is adopted, any planning
applications for new development in our
villages, or decisions about the local
environment will have to be assessed against
policies in our Neighbourhood Plan. If we do
not produce a Neighbourhood Plan we will have
little say in the kind of development that
takes place in Felmersham & Radwell.
The plan will cover areas such as Housing,
Infrastructure, Transport, Community
facilities, Business, Heritage and Environment
At the Parish Council AGM the Parish Council
agreed to produce a plan for Felmersham and
Radwell. To be effective this project will
require an input from the whole community.
New Parish Council Elected
The following people were elected Councillors
to serve on Felmersham and Radwell Parish
Council. In alphabetical order:
The election took place on Thursday 7 May 2015 and the results
were declared on Saturday 9 May 2015.
Another attempted break-in
A garage door belonging to a property in The
High Road was recently forced by thieves, but
they failed to get into the garage.
Crime Stats for February
February was a bad month for crime within the
parish. There were 7 burglaries "in a building
other than a dwelling" and one attempted.
There were two other "miscellaneous thefts".
total of 9 plus one attempted.
New Way Marker
The Borough has installed a new Way
marker at the top end of Bakers Lane.
have expressed concern over the “grubbing” out
of the hedge between Felmersham and Radwell
and to the uninitiated it does look a bit
drastic. However the roadside hedge has been
coppiced, which is the traditional method of
dealing with a problem hedge, and within a
couple of years a new hedge will have sprung
up. There will be some strategic new planting
where there are any large gaps, but in the
experience of the farmer, it is incredible how
much new growth appears after coppicing
especially as there is a high proportion of
blackthorn in and around the hedge.
The farmer writes: “to emphasise our
commitment to conservation under our
stewardship scheme with English Nature we are
committed to over 21,000 meters of hedgerow
management of one form or another, 1.85
hectares of wild flower nectar plots, 7.37
hectares of wild bird seed plots, 2 hectares
of un-cropped land for Lapwings along with
feeding in excess of 3 tonnes of wild bird
seed over the hungry gap period. To complement
this we have also re-established wild flower
margins around twelve fields scattered about
the farm and along with managing the
traditional river meadows in a sustainable way
we are attempting to improve bio-diversity.”
Walkers and riders are asked to stay on the
footpaths and bridleways and not stray onto
The above is a précised version of the
correspondence between Cllr Hartop and the
Service was held for Michael Thomas at St.
Giles Church, Standlake, Oxfordshire on Monday 12 January 2015.
He was 80 years old and lived in the
parish for 25 years before moving to
Mike served on the Parish Council and help
set up the Felmersham and Radwell
Community Care Scheme. He was also
inaugural chairman of the Community Trust.
Sharnbrook Post Office is moving
Post Office Ltd are moving the Post Office
in Church Lane to a new location at Nisa
Local, 26 High Street. All the services will
be retained except National Savings, Premium
Bonds, Passport Check & Send and on demand
travel insurance. The present
Sub-Postmistress, Mrs Katie Hayes, will retire
in April when the changeover is made.
The change is part of a major programme of
modernisation and investment taking place
across the Post Office network.
Mobile Library - New Dates
Edith Caldwell writes:
We were expecting the mobile library in
Felmersham on 8th January but it didn't
arrive. I've spoken to Kempston Library and
they apparently reset the timetable from week
1 this year so it will visit Felmersham on
15th and 29th January and so on every two
weeks. So the next visit to Radwell should be
on 22nd January. Visiting times: Felmersham
2.45 to 3.10 pm. Radwell 2.20 to 2.40 pm.
We seem to have had a run of problems recently
with the mobile library so let's hope things
will run smoothly this year.
Mobile Library times for December and
The library van will be in Felmersham on
Thursday 17th December from 2.35 to 3.00 p.m.
There will be no visit on 31st December.
Starting in January the times will be 2.30 to
2.55 p.m. The next visit will be on Thursday
14th January, but it seems there will be no
library van on 28th January. Then back to
normal in February with visits on 11th and
There are no more visits to Radwell in
December. The van will next be in Radwell on
7th January from 2.20 to 2.40 p.m., then again
Notice to all
On November 17th at
2:30pm there will be an open meeting at
Pinchmill Lower School, for all
stakeholders regarding the consultation on
the schools proposal to change age range.
Notice of Meeting
Pinchmill School Consultation Document
Lorraine Shrimpton passed away on Sunday
16 August 2015. Lorraine died from Motor
Neurone Disease, an incredibly cruel and
merciless disease which takes away the ability
to talk, to walk, to eat and to breathe.
May she rest in peace.
Lorraine's funeral was held at St Mary's
Church, Felmersham on Friday 4th September
Crime Stats for July
Burglary in a building other than a
dwelling in Pavenham Road, Felmersham between
18.00hrs on 13 July to 12.00hrs on 14 July.
Common Assault in the Old Road, Felmersham on
16 July at 09:45.
Charlotte and Nicolas
marry at Felmersham
Charlotte Templeman and Nicolas Ridley were married at St
Mary's Church, Felmersham on Saturday 18 July 2015 by
Rev'd. Thomas Sander. The reception was held at Chicheley
Matthew and Jessica Marry at Felmersham
Matthew Wildman and Jessica Tansley were married at
St Mary's Church, Felmersham on Saturday 11 July 2015 by
Rev'd. Stephen Holroyd.
Matthew is the grandson of Derek Hulston of Felmersham.
Mill House Hotel Wedding
Hulatt and Simon Slater were married at
House Hotel, Sharnbrook
on 23 May 2015.
the photograph is their daughter, Alexi, the
granddaughter of Geoff and Celia Hulatt
After 20 years service as clerk to Felmersham
and Radwell Parish Council, Daphne Payne
announced her resignation at the recent
council meeting. Daphne has served the council
under four chairmanships the longest (12
years) with the current chairman. Cllr Hartop
presented Daphne with a bouquet of flowers and
said her friendship, advice and good humour
would be missed by the Parish Council. David
Cook, a former chairman, also thanked Daphne
on behalf of the community.
Parish Council Meeting 7 July 2015
Three councillors visited the launch event of
Pavenham Parish Council's Neighbourhood Plan.
All three councillors were impressed with
Pavenham's approach to this important planning
initiative. Cllrs Drewery and Cheetham will
report back to the next meeting a proposed
time table to launch the initiative in this
Cllr Cheetham presented several ideas to the
council regarding litter in the parish. After
discussion it was agreed a notice will be
placed on the litter bin on Jubilee Lawn and
Sharnbrook Upper School will be made aware of
the litter problem between Sharnbrook and
Felmersham. Cllr Cheetham also expressed
concern over crossing the High Road and Church
End near the blind corner caused by the Tithe
Barn. A 20 mph speed limit was considered by
some Cllrs to be the solution. (Webmaster
comment: There is a footpath behind the tithe
barn which avoids the blind corner and the
traffic in this part of Church End)
The council propose publishing Council
information on pages hosted by felmersham.net.
Felmersham Village Show
On Saturday 20th June 2015 Felmersham
Village Dog Show was held at Swansholm,
Felmersham. There were entries for the
Scruffs Heat and various classes in the
Fun Dog Show. The photo shows Hannah
showing her dog in the rain.
Criminal Damage to vehicles in Pavenham
Road at 17.30 on 21 April 2015.
Theft from motor vehicle on 26 April at
15.00hrs in Hunts Lane.
Di's funeral was held on Thursday 2nd April
at the Glynn Valley Crematorium, Bodmin. Approximately 150 people attended including
many from this parish.
800 Litres of
Upon returning from holiday a Felmersham
couple discovered that thieves had stolen 800
litres of heating oil from their storage tank.
It is believed that the theft was connected
with the other recently reported burglaries.
CAMRA Pub of
the Year 2015
Congratulations to Ben and Hannah whose
pub, the Sun, Felmersham, has been voted North Beds
Pub of the Year 2015.
Burglar on the
loose in Felmersham
During the night of Tuesday 10th February
several burglaries were reported in
Dave Girling, the Neighbourhood Watch
co-ordinator for Felmersham writes: There were
a number of break-ins in Felmersham Tuesday
night the 10th Feb., they were to vehicles,
sheds, barns and garages. In some cases
nothing was taken, in others tools or
gardening machinery were taken. If you have
had anything broken in to please phone 101
even if nothing was taken, so they can see the
extent of the problem. 101 may pass you on to
another group as burglary of outbuildings is
treated separately from burglary to dwellings.
They should give you a crime number. Wednesday
evening and Thursday morning the police
visited some of the residents that were
burgled. Feel free to talk to the driver of
the white police van if you see them and if
you were also burgled.
Crime Stats for January
The following unclassified thefts were
committed in January:
January 8 at 18.00hrs
Lot Lane, Felmersham.
January 12 at midnight
New Vestry Area for St Mary's Church
In April 2009
a toilet was installed in the vestry area
behind the church organ. Phase 2 of this
project has now commenced with the
building of a vestry screen at the north
west end of the church. Three pews have
also been removed to give access to the
vestry and create a useable space. The
photograph shows the area being paved
where the pews were previously installed.
The work is expected to be completed by
the end of February.
New Litter Bin
The parish council have installed a new
litter bin next to the bus shelter. It
replaces a concrete one.