The 1.3 acre small holding
along Carlton Road where Larry Wilson keeps
sheep and cuts wood. 1/12/02
home from work Larry Wilson of
Felmersham was shocked to see that a "for sale" sign had been
posted on the family small holding. It appears that
the County Council were selling the 1.3 acre holding
without advising Larry. The Wilson family have leased
the property for 44 years and still had one year left
on an existing lease. They had not even been given
an option to purchase.
felmersham.net has introduced a line of goods with the
unique felmersham.net logo. T-Shirts, Baseball Caps,
Mouse Mats are just a few of the items that are
available on line.
Ideal Christmas stocking fillers
for all members of the family.
The Parish Council has discussed the possibility of
introducing traffic calming in The High Road. This could be
introduced at the same time as the introduction of a safe
passage plan for children attending Pinchmill School. A
survey will be published jointly by the Parish Council and
Pinchmill School in the December issue of Ouse News to seek
the views of parents and villagers.
Computer Training in the Parish
If you live in Felmersham or Radwell, and you want to learn
how to use a computer, or you wish to improve your computing
skills, then call Felmersham and Radwell Community Care at
781722. You will receive computer training from a mobile
classroom equipped with the latest computers. Cost of the
whole course will be just £8 per person.
A traditional dry stone wall being built in the parish by
This year many of the fields, in the parish, are planted
with maze. The photo shows a footpath going through a
field of maze which has grown well over eight feet tall.
Field maze grown in this country is chopped up and used as
an animal feed.
WI Garden Party
Glorious weather for an afternoon tea party in the gardens
of a local house. Over £200 was raised towards Felmersham WI
least 50 children and their parents packed into St Mary's
Church for the annual Christingle Service on 1 December 2002.
This year the theme of the candlelit service was the bullying
of children. A collection was made for the Children's Society
which went towards the cost of educating and preventing
Green Light for Parish Council
The Parish Council has been given the go ahead to introduce
a 30 mph limit over Felmersham bridge and to erect a bus
shelter at both Felmersham and Radwell. The Parish Clerk has
been awarded a National Salary increase which is effective
from April 2003. The new rate will be £8.58 per hour.
Parish Council Accounts
for year ending 31 March 2002
Main items of expenditure : Lighting £1690.48;
Grass cutting £3200.00; Capital items £1516.15;
Admin/salary/expenses/post £1811.24; VAT £1073.67 11/9/02
Houses at Sharnbrook It is now proposed to
build 86 new houses near Sharnbrook Upper School and there is
a proposal to build a further 34 homes in Yelnow Lane. The
Upper School development is bound to bring extra traffic
through the parish.
36 young people from Felmersham and 15 from Radwell attend
Sharnbrook Upper School!
Cooling Down in the Summer Sun
Lundy Island Wedding
for Radwell Bride
On Friday13th September on Lundy Island off
the coast of North Devon -
Victoria (Vicky) Abbott of Radwell was married
to Warren Loader.
Sixty guests madethe journey to Lundy by boat, to stay
on the island for two days. The wedding service was conducted by the
Rev. Andrew Richardson in the tiny church and the
reception was held in the island tavern.
attended Pinchmill School and later Dame Alice Harpur School and now
lives in London and works for the BBC as a Broadcast Journalist.
Bridge Repair Work
Repair work has started on
the railway bridge over the River Ouse at Radwell. The site entrance is
near Radwell bridge. 10/9/02
Highwayman Cllr. Geoff
Hulatt has been appointed by the Parish Council to be the new highways
liaison representative. He will monitor works in the parish and
meet twice yearly with the County Council officer. 11/9/02
Refurbishment Radwell bus shelter is to be
refurbished at a cost of £730. 19/5/02
Felmersham Road Closure
The High Road will be closed to traffic
between Felmersham bridge and 20 metres south of the bridge.
Closure will be for 2 weeks from Monday 21 October to Friday
1 November between 9am and 3.30pm for road drainage work.
Diversions will be in operation. 16/10/02
A phantom road sign ripper has been at work at the
intersection of the New Road with the Radwell/Milton Ernest
road where several signs have been flattened or removed.
This is not an isolated incident apparently the road sign
carnage has taken place elsewhere in the county. 7/11/02
Cyclists at St Mary's
Two cyclists arriving to "sign in" at St Mary's
Church. They were taking part in a sponsored cycle ride
organised by the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust to
raise money for the repair of our historic churches.
Cyclists were welcomed by members of the parish who
signed them in and offered them refreshments.
year the event raised approx. £75000 which went
towards restoring churches in Herts. and Beds.
Parish Plan Julia Holes of the Beds
Rural Community Council gave a presentation to the Parish
Council on the benefits of a Parish Plan devised by the
Countryside Agency under their Vital Village Initiative. There
are two stages in the preparation of the plan.
1. An assessment of what facilities we have in the parish and
what parishioners value in the community and conversely what
they do not value. 2. An action plan is then produced
based on the findings. The plan must be robust and realistic.
Grants are available and the Council will consider the proposal.
30mph Proposal Reconsidered The Parish
Council’s request to move the 30mph restriction to the
‘Sharnbrook’ side of Felmersham bridge, was initially
rejected, but has gone back to the Council officer for
The winning entry
was 1.89 meters high.
page for more details. 18/8/02
Safety checks are being carried out by the County Council
and Police on the sites of the new bus shelters.
Spraying the Gutters The
paths and gutters of Felmersham have finally been sprayed with
weed killer. Many of the gutters, especially in Marriotts Close,
had become so overgrown with weeds that the area was looking
The photo was taken near Felmersham bridge.
Parish Council gets more money Last
years unspent financial allocation of £4500 for highway
improvements has been carried forward to this year. The
Parish Council now has a total allocation of £9000 to
spend on improvements. All parish councillors have signed
up to new Code of Conduct.19/5/02
Riding Stable Traffic in Moor
Several villagers have complained about the
riding stable traffic using Moor End instead of the agreed
access via the concrete road. The Parish Council will
advise the owners accordingly.19/5/02
Dangerous Corner A resident in the Tithe
Barn is concerned about the poor visibility when pulling out of the
Tithe Barn. Traffic speeding down the High Road makes this
intersection particularly hazardous. The Parish Council are advised
that road bumps or a chicane cannot be installed in the High Road, in
order to slow the traffic, because the street lighting is not to an
urban specification. Whilst a mirror would help when pulling out of
Tithe Barn it can only be mounted on a private property. Councillors
also expressed concern about speeding traffic in other parts of the
village. Cllr Smith stated that Felmersham bridge was outside the
speed limit and was an accident waiting to happen.
Celebrates the Jubilee
Radwell villagers held a
street party in Moor End Road on Monday 3 June to celebrate the
Queen's Golden Jubilee . There were fancy dress competitions, races,
games, free teas, best decorated house competition and other
Felmersham village held a barbecue and a tug of war on the Bank
Holiday Saturday. On the Sunday an exhibition of old parish photos and
children's artwork were displayed in the church followed in the
evening by a service of Praise and Thanksgiving and a Loyal Toast to
Her Majesty the Queen. Images of the Jubilee.
Radwell Road Closure
Moor End Road will be closed on
Monday 3 June for the Jubilee Street Party. The application for
closure is between 10am and 10pm however the organisers of the event
may not need to close the road for the whole of the 12 hour period.
St George's Day Parade
Scouts from Sharnbrook and the surrounding villages held a St
George's Day parade on Sunday 21 April 2002. After a church
service at St Peter's church, conducted by the local scouts
Chaplin the Rev David Mason, the scouts marched around part of
the village. The photo shows the scouts and cubs assembling
prior to the march.
Felmersham celebrated St George by flying the English flag
from the church flag pole. 22/04/02
On Saturday 6 July
2002 at Felmersham. Emma Jane Pearce of Felmersham to James
Herbert Read of London. 7/7/02
On Saturday 27July
2002 at Felmersham. Andrea Keeble of Radwell to Karl Simon
Campion of Bedford.
The bishop of St Albans, The
Right Revd. Christopher Herbert, visited St Mary's Church,
Felmersham on Sunday 9 June 2002 to celebrated the 125
anniversary of the St Albans Diocese.
A reception and evening service was held to which all
members of the Sharnbrook Deanery were invited. After the service
the bishop answered questions from the congregation. During the
evening a presentation was made to Pam fforde, the organist at St
Mary's, for her 25 years service as organist. A collection was
taken for Keech Cottage Children's Hospice.
Rev. David Mason, vicar of Felmersham with Bishop