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2015

 
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Christmas Services at Felmersham Church
Sun 20th 4.00 pm Carol Service
Thurs 24th 4.00 pm Crib Service for children
Thurs 24th 11.30 pm Midnight Choral
                Communion
Christmas Day (Service at St Peters only)
Fri 25th 10.15 am Benefice Parish
                Communion

Constance Carter's Obituary

Le Mans 24 Hour Race Winners

 Le Mans 24 hour racer winner Nick Tandy with wife and daughter celebrate at The Sun

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 stages.

Oliver Gavin 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 a
GM Corvette CR7.

Christian Aid Collection
The Christian Aid collection which took place in the parish between 10 and 16 May raised £579.57.

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 Hartop
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 Plan.

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:
Jason Boswell
Rosie Cheetham
Vanessa Coleman
Rosemary Drewery
Peter Hartop
Clive Just
Marjorie Pipe
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".

A total of 9 plus one attempted.

New Way Marker

The Borough has installed a new Way  marker at the top end of Bakers Lane.
 
Roadside Hedge Coppiced

Several parishioners 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 headlands.
The above is a précised version of the correspondence between Cllr Hartop and the farmer.
 
Michael Thomas An Obituary.
A Memorial 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 Oxfordshire.
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. An Obituary.
 
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 January
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 25th.
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 on 21st.

  

Pinchmill Lower
School

Notice to all
Stakeholders

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
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 2015.
Lorraine's Obituary

Crime Stats for July 2015
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 Hall, 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

Deborah Hulatt  and Simon Slater were married at The Mill House Hotel, Sharnbrook on 23 May 2015. Also in the photograph is their daughter, Alexi, the granddaughter of Geoff and Celia Hulatt

Parish Council Clerk Retires
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 parish.
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.

April Crime Stats
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 Stephenson
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 Oil Stolen
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 CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015.

Burglar on the loose in Felmersham
During the night of Tuesday 10th February several burglaries were reported in Felmersham.
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
             Town Lot Lane, Felmersham.
January 12 at midnight
             Radwell Road, Felmersham.
 

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.

Local History Book 
Felmersham
The History of a Riverside Parish

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Bygone Felmersham
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of Felmersham and Radwell
 
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