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Small Holding Shock

The 1.3 acre small holding along Carlton Road where Larry Wilson keeps sheep and cuts wood. 1/12/02
Returning 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.

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Traffic Calming Plan
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 rural craftsmen
Maze Harvest
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 funds. 27/7/02
Candlelit Christingle
At 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 bullying.

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. 7/11/02

Parish Council Accounts
for year ending 31 March 2002
Income: £7,269.28
Expenditure: £10,834.65
Main items of expenditure : Lighting £1690.48;
Grass cutting £3200.00; Capital items £1516.15; Admin/salary/expenses/post £1811.24;  VAT £1073.67

More 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!

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Cooling Down in the Summer Sun  15/8/02

Lundy Island Wedding for Radwell Bride 
On Friday 13th September on Lundy Island off the coast of North Devon - Victoria (Vicky) Abbott of Radwell was married to Warren Loader. Sixty guests made the 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.

Vicky 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
New 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
Bus Shelter 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

Road Sign Ripper
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.
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.

Last year the event raised approx. £75000 which went towards restoring churches in Herts. and Beds. 14/9/02

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 re-assessment. 11/9/02

Sunflower Competition Results
The winning entry was 1.89 meters high. See Sunflower page for more details.  18/8/02

Safety Checks
Safety checks are being carried out by the County Council and Police on the sites of the new bus shelters. 11/9/02

Weed 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 uncared for.
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 End
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

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.

Radwell 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 activities.
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 
Felmersham Wedding Radwell Wedding
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. 27/7/02
Bishops Visit
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 Christopher.  >

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