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Don Gough
Don Gough passed away peacefully at Milton Ernest Hall Nursing Home on 20 December 2016, he was 94 years old. His funeral was held at St. Mary's Church, Felmersham on 10th January 2017 followed by a churchyard interment.

Building Work at Pinchmill Lower School
From Monday 17 October 2016 until early January 2017 building work will be carried out at Pinchmill School in readiness for the school becoming a Primary School in 2018.
Click Here to view a letter from the Head Teacher to residents of the parish explaining the time line of the proposed change and apologising for any short term disruption.

Felmersham Wedding

On Saturday 30 July 2016 Julian Purser and Sarah Hollands were married at St Mary's Church, Felmersham by Fr Reuben Preston. It was a themed wedding in the 1950's style.
 

 

Alan Hubbard 1945 - 2016

Geraldine and the family of Alan Hubbard, who recently passed away, would like to thank everyone for their expressions of kindness and continuing support.

New Rector of Benefice

On Wednesday 9th March 2016 at St Peter's Church, Sharnbrook, the Rev'd Reuben Preston was collated and installed as Rector of the Benefice of Sharnbrook, Felmersham and Knotting with Souldrop by the Bishop of St Albans, The Rt Rev'd Dr Alan Smith and The Venerable Paul Hughes, Archdeacon of Bedford. The photograph shows Fr Reuben giving out the notices and thanking all those who helped to organise the service.

Parish Defibrillator?
The Parish Council are considering installing a defibrillator in our parish so this CPR and AED awareness and demonstration session could be useful. Webmaster.

At the January Parish Council Meeting

Concern in Radwell
Radwell Residents are concerned about parking in Moor End Road making it difficult for emergency services and delivery vehicles to progress safely and without danger to old people, children and property.

Neighbourhood Planning
Following the designation of Felmersham & Radwell as a Neighbourhood Area, the Parish Council has approved a Project Plan to take forward the development of an effective Plan for the Area and to effectively engage the community in the process.
A small number of committed volunteers, with a combination of skills, are now required to join a Steering Group to drive the project forward. Skills required include an understanding of the planning system, analytical skills, communication skills, IT skills and motivational skills.

Community Defibrillators
The Parish Council has agreed to make application for funding for the provision and installation of community defibrillators. The defibrillators need to be central, close to electricity supply and convenient access.
If funding can be obtained, it is proposed that a unit will be installed at the Sun Inn Public House in Felmersham. In respect of Radwell,  further consideration will given to find a preferred location.

Annual Litter Pick
The Annual Litter Pick will take place on 12 March 2016 (weather permitting). In addition to the Saturday event, Pinchmill Lower School and Pre-School will also be taking part in a clear up of the park and its environs during the week before.

 
New Rector Installation Date

The Benefice of Sharnbrook, Felmersham
and Knotting with Souldrop

On Wednesday 9th March 2016 at 7:30pm in St. Peter’s Church, Sharnbrook the Reverend Reuben Preston will be installed as Rector of the Benefice of Sharnbrook, Felmersham and Knotting with Souldrop.

The Bishop of St Albans, The Rt. Revd Dr Alan Smith will grant the benefice to Reuben and the Archdeacon of Bedford, the Venerable Paul Hughes will formally introduce and install Reuben as Rector of the Benefice. Refreshments to follow in Sharnbrook Village Hall

Notes from the Parish Council - July 2016
Trees and Hedges
There is a real problem where some Parishioners have let their trees and hedges overhang the footpaths and roadway - this forces pedestrians and vehicles towards the centre of the road in some cases. The Parish Council urges you to keep your trees and hedges maintained in good order for the benefit of highway and footpath users. This would be most appreciated.
Communications
The Borough Council have provided an up to date position in respect of the roll out of superfast broadband and have indicated that most people in the Parish will be connected to "Cabinet Sharnbrook 1" which is due for enablement in the 1st quarter of 2018/2019 (April – June). This has been brought forward from the original date of the 3rd quarter of 2018/2019 (October – December).
Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at 7.30pm. 

Neighbourhood Plan - Feedback
Feedback and comments made during the consultation process of the Neighbourhood Plan have been correlated. Click Here to view them Online.
The next step is to produce a questionnaire based partly on your feedback and comments. This questionnaire will be available Online or via a hard copy, when all the replies are received a Neighbourhood Plan will be written and placed before the community for approval.

Neighbourhood Plan - Launch Event

The consultation process for the Neighbourhood Plan was launched on Friday and Saturday 22 and 23 April 2016 with a Launch Event held in the Village Hall. The event was attended by 196 adult parishioners.
Click here for more information

 

David John Barker - Words of Appreciation
"Val, Sharon & Russell would like to extend a big thank you for everybody's kind thoughts & offers of help at this very difficult time. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness & support of friends & neighbours, from the village and beyond, and wish to let you all know how much we appreciate it. Thank you all so much."


Link to Cricket Club page

Pinchmill School Consultation Report
Click Here to view the Report on Pinchmill Lower School consultation on changing the school age range from 2017 onwards.

Burglaries in Radwell
There were five burglaries in Radwell in buildings other than dwellings at the beginning of January 2016.

Dr Joan Hughes has passed away

On the 24 January 2016 Joan Hughes age 89 years died peacefully in Bedford. The funeral took place on 8th February at Bunyan Meeting Bedford.
 


Joan (Isaac) Hughes 1926 to 2016

Introduction of a 20 mph speed limit in Felmersham
It is proposed to introduce a 20 mph speed limit in Felmersham village. A detailed plan of the proposal can be viewed on Image Gallery 20.

Pavenham Road Closure
Pavenham Road will be closed to traffic from 20 January 2016 for 4 weeks due to essential works being carried out by Anglia water. Emergency contact no.: 03457 145 145
Comment: If both Felmersham and Radwell bridges are closed due to flooding and Pavenham Road is also closed, the only route out of the parish to Bedford is via Carlton. Turn left at the Carlton crossroads and follow the road signs to Pavenham and Bedford.

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.

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