Boxing Day Walk - P3 Group
five walkers joined the P3 Group's Annual Boxing Day
walk Once again several children joined the walk
and enjoyed the winter sunshine.
(Pat Keeble) has announced the Brownie programme for the
spring term which starts on 10 January 2008.
Part of the programme involves working towards two new
badges, one of which is shown on the right.
details go to the Brownie page.
for Margaret Alleway Garden
Karen and Jeff Stokley sitting on the seat which they gave to the
Parish for the Margaret Alleway Garden. Both this seat and an
earlier one donated by Ruth Coxon offer visitors scenic views over
the Ouse Valley. Our thanks to Karen and Jeff who also supplied a new litter bin.
Swans Found Dead
report to Bedfordshire Police 29 swans were found
buried near a lake at Radwell.
The Police are investigating along with the RSPB to
establish how the swans died, however it is believed they were
shot over the weekend of 6/7 October.
Anyone with information should contact the Bedfordshire Police
confidence on 01234 841212, the RSPB or Crimestoppers on 0800
555 111. Photo BBC.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Paula Turvey write: Results from Felmersham and Radwell’s part in the Worlds
Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We
raised a total of £469,99, which includes a fantastic
contribution of £66.80 from the children at Pinchmill Lower
A very big Thank you to all who supported the Event at
Pinchmill Hall on Friday 28th September. 11/10/07
Mary Ditmas 1912 - 2007
Including photograph of Mary as a Lieutenant in the ATS.
Autumn Show Results 2007
The entries and results of the Autumn
A feline first
walkers taking part in the Beds and Herts Historic Churches
Trust sponsored Bike ‘n Hike on Saturday 9 Sept. They walked 7
miles and visited six churches, raising £102.50 in sponsorship
(divided equally between BHHTC and St Marys Church).
Photograph taken by Barry Welsh and shows the walkers at
Carlton with Harrold church in the background. 11/9/07
Wedding for Hannah
wedding of Hannah Hartop (originally from Felmersham)
and youngest daughter of Pat and Peter Hartop, to
Lawrence Henry from Hadley Wood, London, took place on
Saturday July 21st at the Old Marylebone Town Hall,
On leaving the hall the guests were then taken by a
Special Wedding London red bus to Westminster Pier for a
cruise on the River Thames with a champagne and canapé
reception. This was followed by an evening reception
with dinner and live entertainment at the Dorchester
Hotel, Park Lane. In spite of a few showers on the day a
wonderful happy day was had by all.
Photo of the Bride and
felmersham.net Search Engine
As felmersham.net increases in size, finding that "vital"
piece of information about Felmersham or Radwell becomes
increasingly difficult. To facilitate a faster search a Search
Box has been added to the
Index page. Try it out you'll be surprised at what you
will find! Note: The search engine will not find recent
additions to the site.
page has been updated with the autumn programme.
How about having a go at
Margaret Alleway Garden Opened
Margaret Alleway Memorial Garden was opened on Sunday 19
August 2007. The land was purchased by the
and Radwell Community Trust as a memorial to the Trust's
benefactor and to provide a parish recreational area
next to the River Ouse.
When completed the garden will be managed by the Parish
Council. The photograph shows the chairman of the Parish
Council, Cllr Peter Hartop, giving an opening address
during a lunchtime parish gathering and picnic. The
garden was formerly opened by Truus Boyce who was a
personal friend of Margaret Alleway. 19 Aug 07
Video of Garden (1.6MB)
Garden Panoramic (554KB)
Until recently felmersham.net has been hosted free
of charge on the original freeserve.co.uk server.
However the allocated freeserve web space was
proving insufficient so felmersham.net has
transferred to a new account. This means that the
original freeserve address is no longer valid. In
future please only use the www.felmersham.net
Almost all search engines etc point to the old
address this means that until the new IP address
has propagated throughout the internet, search
engines will show that the Felmersham and Radwell
web site is
unavailable. 19 July 07
20mph Speed Limit Proposal
Fast traffic within the two communities was considered
to be a major issue by respondents to the Parish Plan
questionnaire. As a result, the Traffic and Transport
Committee (formed as a result of Parish Plan initiative)
has recommended to the Parish Council that 20mph speed
limits are introduced within the
parish. The Parish Council has taken this suggestion "on
board" and will seek advice from BCC. Speed
activated signs will also be purchased through a special
fund allocated to the parish. The issue of installing
traffic lights on Radwell bridge will again be raised
Parish Council Notes
Notes taken at the Parish Council meeting held on 3 July 07.
Cllr Peter Hartop elected
chairman and Cllr Marjorie Pipe elected vice chairman. Other
portfolio holders are listed under the
Three litter bins have been purchased for use at the three new
bus shelters. The go-ahead was given to print anti-litter
posters produced by Pinchmill School children. These will be
displayed around parish.
A letter of reassurance was
received from BCC regarding the future relationship between
the Village Hall and Pinchmill School when it attains trust
status. The Parish Council is to arrange a meeting with BCC to
clarify the situation.
Parishioners with trees and bushes overhanging public paths
and roads will receive a letter from the PC requesting that
they cut them back to the boundary.
Funding was made available to
produce a "What's On in Felmersham and Radwell" booklet which
will be delivered to every household in the parish. This was a
recommendation made by the Communications Committee,
formed as a result of Parish Plan initiative. 5/7/07
Neighbourhood Watch Update
Neighbourhood Watch has been updated with new information.
in St Mary's
On Saturday 19
May Janet Welsh conducted the the combined choirs of Kempston
Musical Society and The Ouse Valley Singers in a choral
concert which included works by Vivaldi, Parry, Rutter and
Stanford. Soloists were Miranda Doggett of Felmersham and Jane
Emmanuel of Radwell (Right). Photo: Barry Welsh 29/5/07
Extraction Meeting held in Felmersham
A public meeting was held on 14th May at Pinchmill Hall, to hear
details of the proposed BCC Mineral Development Plan followed by a
discussion. Approximately 120 people attended. For more information
call Brian Smith 781443.
Details of Beds County Council Online
Surveys and Consultations
Parish Council Meeting
Cllr Maggie Spoor writes: The Parish Council meeting in
May was held in St Mary's church. This was an
historic meeting. Parish Councils have their origins in the Courts
held by the Lord of the Manor to manage the land, rotate
agriculture and regulate agricultural jobs.
In 1601, the legislators conferred upon church vestries the power
of levying a poor rate. Everyone in the parish was entitled to
attend Church Vestry Meetings but in practice the work fell to a
few individuals, rather like Parish Councils today!
This arrangement continued until the nineteenth century when there
was a major overhaul of the local government system. In 1834 the
Poor Law Amendment Act removed from Parish Vestries the
responsibility for poor relief. This was followed in 1894 by the
Local Government Act which created institutions having a civil
origin - the Parish Meeting and the Parish Council. It transferred
the civil functions of the older parish authorities to the new
institutions. As a result, the church was excluded from formal
participation in local government. It is therefore quite possible
that there has not been a Parish Council meeting in the church
since 1894 (unless anyone knows differently). M Spoor. 16/05/07
Raise Funds for Keech
children from our parish have received a letter of
thanks from Keech Cottage children's hospice for their
very hard work in organising a fundraising event during
the Easter break. They raised £33.40.
Well done all of you. 2/5/07
Message From Di
and Pete Stephenson
Di and Pete recently moved to Cornwall.
Click here for
Turvey writes: "I found a bat in our garden pond one morning last week
- having put the bat in a dry shoe box I contacted the Bat
Conservation Trust and they advised me how to deal with creature.
After warming the bat in my gloved hands for about 10 minutes it
shivered into action and holding my hands about 5 feet above the
ground, as advised, the bat flew off towards the river.
It has caused much interest in the local bat fraternity - much
discussion about the species - the consensus being a Whiskered Bat
which is apparently a rare find in this part of the country or
possibly a Brandt's Bat - apparently it is very difficult to identify
bats without key measurements being taken."
Photo: Neil 25/4/07
Bedfordshire Trust (NBT)
Sharnbrook Upper School is considering acquiring a
single shared Trust.
Sharnbrook Upper has always operated within a pyramid of
schools called Learning Community 7 (LC7). There are
nineteen schools that comprise LC7 and all have been
invited to be partner schools within the shared Trust
umbrella. Many are considering this option while others
have already formally decided, like Sharnbrook, to be a
full partner school. There are six partner schools that
have passed a formal governors’ resolution to become
part of a single shared Trust. These are:
· Lincroft Middle School
· Harrold Priory Middle School
· John Gibbard Lower School
· Margaret Beaufort Middle School
· Sharnbrook Upper School
· Turvey Lower School
All of these schools will have to consult formally with
stakeholders and follow statutory procedures including
the publication of Public Notices.
Four external partners have also agreed to support
aspirations by agreeing to be part of the Trust. These
· Unilever Research
· Cranfield University
· Bedford College of FE
Invitations to be part of the
Trust have also been extended to the Oracle Education
Foundation. They have indicated their enthusiasm for the
Trust. It is possible, therefore, for the Trust
partnership to grow over time.
Proposed North Bedfordshire Trust
Gravel Extraction Consultation at Felmersham
Bedfordshire County Council held a minerals extraction
consultation meeting in Pinchmill Hall on Wednesday 18
April 2007. The consultation was well attended with
parishioners discussing the Mineral Development Plan
with council officers.
The photo shows Andrew Brown the Principal Planning
Officer - Minerals and Waste talking to parishioners. Mr
Brown wishes to thank Felmersham Parish Council for
organising the meeting. Details of the local Development
Plan can be viewed at
Bedfordshire Online - Mineral Supplementary Issues
Dealing with an
At their March
meeting Felmersham and Radwell Parish Council were given a
presentation by Mr Vladek Cirin on Emergency Planning
Awareness. Bedfordshire and Luton Councils have jointly formed
a support group to co-ordinate the emergency services and
other agencies should a major incident happen.
With a main line railway running through our parish we may
have to cope with a major railway incident. With dozens of
emergency vehicles requiring access and a lot of media
interest, the scene could quickly become chaotic unless some
previous planning was in place. As the Head of Civil
Contingencies & County Emergency Planning Mr Cirin has
produced an Emergency Awareness Plan in order to ensure that
all the emergency agencies are trained and prepared for any
At parish level we are advised to generate our own emergency
plan and keep it up to date.
Rail accident at
Sharnbrook station on the 4 Feb 1909 when an express goods
from Manchester doing 60 mph crashed into a goods train
standing at Sharnbrook station. The engine driver and fireman
were killed and it took 13 hours to recover the bodies.
The Parish Council chairman reported at the March meeting that
Beds County Council has removed the tree stumps on Felmersham
Green (the area around bus shelter) and they propose re-aligning
the paths and will decide whether to pollard the two remaining
trees depending on their appearance during the coming season.
Radwell Green notice board will be repositioned and a seat will be
Annual Litter Pick
Cllr Maggie Spoor
has again organised the Annual Litter Pick in the Parish
of Felmersham and Radwell. The photograph shows the Felmersham
squad ready for action.
Comment: Litter in
our parish is a big problem and if it were
not for a few members of our community regularly picking up
litter throughout the year then our parish verges would be
covered in litter! We need to educate the offending adults and young people to take their
litter home with them.
work has been carried out in the Margaret Alleway
Memorial Garden. A Willow that had fallen into the river
has been removed and a second willow in danger of
falling onto the Jubilee Lawn has been cut down.
Working parties from the parish created the Jubilee Lawn in 1977 and it is hoped
that similar working parties will help create the Margaret
Alleway Memorial Garden.
The land was
recently purchased by the FRCT on behalf of the parish.
Photo: Peter Hartop.
The next litter pick will be on Saturday 24th March. We’ll meet as
usual by the bus shelter (near the church) in Felmersham, and by The Green
in Radwell, at 10.00 am. All volunteers are welcome.
Maggie Spoor – 782031.
|Congratulations to both Pinchmill Lower School and Felmersham and
Radwell Pre-school both of whom have received excellent Ofsted
The inspectors report for the Pre-school states:
"The quality and standards of the care are outstanding."
"The quality and standards of the nursery education are
outstanding." "The friendly, mature staff team are
well-qualified and dedicated to the concept of quality
childcare and education. This promotes highly positive
outcomes for children." 2/2/07
Link to Pre-school
The County Council has removed the tree stumps from Felmersham
Green (ie the area around the bus shelter). This is the first
phase of the Parish Council's plan to improve the area after the
four diseased horse chestnut trees were removed.
Nun Wood Planning Application
Bedford Borough Council has made no decision on the planning
application for 16 x 125 metre maximum height wind turbines at Nun
Wood. No recommendation has been
made and no date set for the consideration
of the planning application. 15/1/07
Parish Council Notes by Cllr
Important Note: All references to planning applications have been
edited out of these notes.
At a meeting held on 2 January 2007: 4
Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Payne, 2 parishioners, Borough
Councillor Brandon and County Councillor Mrs Gerson.
Villager Bus: the service has a new Manager
and Treasurer. The finances are sound. Routes are being reviewed;
less popular ones may be withdrawn eventually. Only bona fide
community groups will be able to hire the Villager – there will be
no private hire by individuals.
Highways: County Council has agreed to grind
out the tree stumps on the green next to Felmersham bus shelter.
The water leak south of Felmersham Bridge has been repaired.
County Highways to be contacted regarding the verge along the
footpath – Felmersham Road, Radwell and also outside Laburnum
House, Radwell. During April 2007, County Highways will be looking
at all speed limits in the county, as well as weight and lorry
bans on certain routes. On 3 occasions between 15th January and
26th October the road from Felmersham to Odell Road will be closed
for repair between the hours of 9.00am and 3.00pm.
We are awaiting quotes for the grass cutting.
Land alongside the Slipway, Felmersham:
following the withdrawal of the original purchaser, The Margaret
Alleway Trust has been offered the opportunity to purchase this
plot of land for appropriate use by the community. The Parish
Council has confirmed it would be prepared to undertake management
of the site once all the preparatory work is complete (cut the
grass, deal with trees, hedges and fences, install gates and
seats). The Trust would retain ownership.
Councillors’ reports: Both Borough and
County Councillors reported their respective Council have put in
bids for Unitary Status under the Government’s White Paper on
reorganisation of local government.
Parish Plan: Parish Plan Steering Committee
will be requesting updates from the various action groups by the
end of January. Housing issues will be dealt with by the Parish
Council. In the first instance the Clerk will obtain a list of
both listed buildings and those within designated conservation
areas in the parish.
Finance: As reported from the November
meeting, the precept for 2007/08 has been set at £12,500, one of
the lowest in the county.
First result from the Parish Plan Community Services action group,
litter bins will be purchased for the three new bus shelters.
Our Parish Clerk has to obtain e-mail. Most local government
correspondence is sent this way. As Mrs Payne is Clerk to other
parishes the cost can be shared, but is still estimated at £11 per
week to include all materials, time, etc. It was agreed she would
report back on the reaction of her other parish councils.
Date of next meeting, which is the Annual
Parish Meeting, 6th March at 7.00pm in Pinchmill Hall.
raised for Children in India
year's Carol Service at St Mary's Church raised £585.49
in support of a children's home in the town of
Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh, South India. The home
desperately needs educational and medical supplies.
takes care of 270 boys and girls from
desperate situations. All the children are from very poor
families unable to cope. Forty of them are "complete orphans"
and have been left to fend for themselves on the streets, or
cruelly dumped at the railway station; others have only one
parent alive, often in ill health, and struggling to bring up
their family on their own. Increasingly children are likely to
have lost a parent to HIV/Aids.
"To see such poor children grow into well mannered adults
often able and eager to go to college or nursing training is
heart-warming. Having them mature into responsible members of
society completes a remarkable transformation."
David James Rhodes MB,
Over 300 people attended the funeral
of Dr. David Rhodes at St Mary's Church, Felmersham on Saturday 22
December. The service was conducted by the Rev. David Mason
and the Eulogies were given by Mr Michael Robinson (a fishing
friend) and Mr Humphrey Collis (read by David Mason) a friend
for more than 50 years. The Committal was held at the
David will be sadly missed both as a friend and a very
respected physician. Our prayers and thoughts are with his
family at this sad time.
History in an Old Oak Tree
The story starts
circa 1794 and finishes with a storm in January 2007.
Take a look at this amazing
piece of living history.
Neighbourhood Watch - Future Plans
Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer, Ian Hunter, gave a
short presentation to the Parish Council on plans for the
future of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in April.
Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 promotes the
practice of partnership working to reduce crime and disorder
and places a statutory duty on police and local authorities to
develop and implement a strategy to tackle problems in their
area. In doing so, the responsible authorities are required to
work in partnership with a range of other local public,
private, community and voluntary groups and with the community
Both the Parish Council and Neighbourhood Watch will be
engaging in this new initiative. Links:
Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998
Norwich Union MSA Classic Car Rally
One hundred and thirty cars on the Silverstone to Silverstone
route drove through Felmersham and Radwell en
route to Wimpole Hall on Sunday 14 October including local crews Ian & Margaret
Coomber in a Vauxhall Hurlingham and Alan & Liz Pearson in an
Austin Healey 3000.
The event has been revived after a ten year gap, with over 600
classic cars starting from Silverstone, York, Norwich, Bath
and Epsom and all finishing at Silverstone. This was the
biggest assembly of classic cars in the country and the event
was sold out within three weeks of its announcement leaving
many crews disappointed. Margaret Coomber 13/10/07
There are over 300,000 images on this English Heritage
site, including 24 of Felmersham and Radwell. Click onto
Images of England
and enter Felmersham in the search box.
Autumn Show Success
years 9th Autumn Show attracted over 250 entries, an all
time record. Both the Show and the Art Exhibition, by
Felmersham and Radwell Art Group, were viewed by a large
number of people. The WI provided teas.
Janet Cook Cook was this year's trophy winner with four
Our thanks go to the organisers of the event. The Show:
Maggie and Chris Spoor, Alan and Margaret Leach and
Hilary Foot. The Art Exhibition: Brian Farman and
Lorraine Shrimpton. 17/9/07
Rankin amuses the Felmersham and Radwell Brownie Group
with the remarkable properties of slime. Photo: Pat
Bus Service Timetable Change
With effect from 3 Sept there is a small but important
change to the M50 bus service to Bedford. The Monday to Friday
08.22 service has been rescheduled to depart Felmersham at
08.12 and depart Radwell at 08.15.
View latest Timetable.
for River Garden
has kindly donated a seat to the parish and it has been
installed in the Margaret Alleway Memorial Garden. Ruth
is leaving the parish and moving south. She says that
she has enjoyed sitting by the river on the Jubilee
Lawn with Murphy (her dog) and wished to give something
back to the community. Thank you Ruth and we wish you
well in your new home. 4 Sept 07
Counties Radio Visits Felmersham
Ernie Almond of BBC Three Counties radio visited
Felmersham to record material for his programme which
was broadcast on
Sunday 9 September.
June Payne - An obituary
Celebration Recital Day at St Marys
Ritchie asst organist, St Peters, Sharnbrook.
School of Organ Studies and The Bedfordshire Organ
Association presented a Celebration Recital Day
of fifteen minute recitals by local organists and
students on the refurbished Nicholson organ at St Mary’s
Church Felmersham on Saturday 16 June 2007. Sixteen
organists played a variety of organ music including Pomp
& Circumstance by E Elgar and Fanfare for Organ by J
Lemmens. The event was organised by Colin Scott,
organist at St Peters, Sharnbrook. Photograph: Colin
Confirmation at Turvey Church
candidates were confirmed by the Bishop of Bedford at
Turvey church on the 26 June. The photograph shows the
Bishop with the six candidates including Lorraine from
Competition – the answers
1. 24 secs; 2. Five; 3. Nine; 4.
5. 1998; 6. February 2004;
7. Adam; 8. 38
9. Because of Spam; 10. felmersham.info;
11. Edward Evans;
12. Emma Mills.
Edith Brown 1916 - 2007
(Edie) Brown - An Obituary. 31/5/07
Podington Windfarm - Planning Refused
Council Planning Committee refused planning permission for the
erection and operation of 9 Wind Turbines and associated
infrastructure at Airfield Farm, Podington by 11 votes to 1.
The photograph shows Brian and Blanche Smith being interviewed
outside the Harpur Suite, Bedford before the planning meeting
The meeting of Felmersham and Radwell Parish Council on 15th May was
held in St Mary’s Church. The meeting opened with the swearing in of
the new Council. Councillors Thomas, Pipe, Cook and Hartop were
present. Councillors Keeble, Spoor and Hulatt had been sworn in
previous to the meeting.
Although quorate, it was decided to postpone the election of
Chairman and Vice-Chairman to the next meeting when more members of
the Council would be present. Mr Hartop will continue as Chairman
Pinchmill Lower School wishes to seek Trust Status.
Gravel extraction. A County Council presentation was held in
the Village Hall following a request from the Parish Council, as
Beds County Council had not included Felmersham in their programme
of consultation. Over 100 people visited the exhibition. Letters in
response from the Parish Council had been sent. The Chairman had
attended a meeting arranged by residents in Radwell and another in
Carlton. 120 people attended the meeting arranged by Felmersham
resident Brian Smith. The meetings gave rise to a great deal of
correspondence. Individuals should write to Beds County Council. A
letter would be sent to Andrew Brown of Beds County Council stating
that despite the time extension for consultation, it was still
insufficient in the light of the information given to residents of
the parish and surrounding areas.
Highways Pot holes have been marked for repair. The Clerk has
requested that weeds in the gutters in Marriotts Close be removed.
The footpath was also in poor repair. The yew tree in the churchyard
needs trimming as buses are forced into the centre of the road. The
Parish Plan Action Group are requesting the PC seek a 20mph limit
through both villages. This will be on the agenda for the next
meeting. The Causeway repairs had been completed, but anger was
expressed over the time the road had been closed. The Borough
Council have not responded to several requests to sweep roads in the
villages. Drain clearing is still a problem.
Councillor’s Reports - Borough Councillor Brandon reported that the
wind farm application was due to go before the Planning Committee on
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd July in Pinchmill Hall at
7.30 pm. Notes by Cllr Spoor and Clerk of Parish Council. 28/5/07
Knowledge Quiz Results
1. Sir Robert
2. The Times
3. Treasure Island
4. Children's Comic
5. Charles Dickens
6. Just William
7. Italian dessert/ice cream
10. Arnold Wesker
11. Day of Atonement
13. Space Probes
15. Lord Grade
The first five
correct entries were submitted by;
Joan White, ”Mel”, Jeff Stockley , L&M Mills and “The
If you have last months Ouse News to hand (or visit
Ouse News Online) you may like to
check your answers. P. Rankin 16/5/07
Nicholson & Company have "pulled out all the stops" to complete the
organ restoration in time for Easter.
They handed over the organ on Maundy Thursday (5 April) after
completing 6 weeks work on site over a three month period and 4
weeks work carried out in the factory at Malvern.
The organ will be played on Easter Day at the 10:15 am service.
Report by Paul Keeble, Church Warden. 5/4/07
Welcomes New Players
Felmersham Cricket Club extend a warm welcome to
all players including young players who would be interested in
joining a thriving
and growing club. Loads more News
The flag is
being held by Ian Outram and Ben Howkins. It was taken outside
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia at the Ashes
Boxing Day Test Match, December 2006.
Organ Open Day -
30 people recently visited St Mary's church to see the organ being
re-assembled on a specially arranged Public Open Day.
On another occasion all the children from Pinchmill School visited
the church to see the organ being reassembled. Paul Keeble gave a
brief history of the organ and Colin Scott (Sharnbrook church
organist) explained how the organ worked using the organ pipes to
demonstrate the various tonal sounds.
The school will return when the organ is completed to hear the full
tonal range of the instrument. Over the summer months, concerts are
being arranged so that parishioners will also get a chance to hear
Edith Brown of Bailey's Villas has passed
away. The funeral service and committal were held at St Mary's
Church on Thursday 10 May followed by a private cremation.
Radwell Public Meeting
residents held a
Public Meeting on Wednesday 25 April
to discuss parishioners concerns over the
proposed BCC Mineral Development Plan. Approximately 60
Report of the Carlton and
Beds County Council Online
Council are currently conducting 3 Online
Consultations/Surveys. For details
Land next to
The land near Felmersham river bridge, next to the slipway, has been
named. It will be known as the Margaret Alleway Memorial Garden.
Felmersham and Radwell Community Trust (FRCT) purchased the land as
an amenity for parishioners. It will remain closed until clearing
and landscaping work has been carried out over the next few months.
The Trust will be seeking volunteers to help with this work.
Gain as Parish is Supplied with Emergency Power
on Saturday 24 March the power supply in Felmersham and
Radwell (and other villages too) was interrupted for up
to 7 hours. The power was restored using standby
generation at 1.30am Sunday morning. The parish was
reconnected to the grid on Tuesday 27 March in the
evening. One of noticeable effects
was that mains operated clocks gained (including the
church clock). The photo shows the emergency generator
in Tithe Barn. 1/4/07
New Porch Gates
A parishioner has donated the cost of replacing the old wooden
framed and chicken wire porch gates at St Mary's church.
The new iron gates, shown on the right, are designed to keep
out the birds and, as previously, they will be kept unlocked.
They were made by Arthur Brooker in his workshop at Risely.
Bishop visits St
The Bishop of Bedford, the Rt. Revd Richard Inwood, dedicated the
nave altar at St Mary's church on Sunday 7 January 2007 at a joint
service with the churches of Sharnbrook, Souldrop and Knotting. The altar was provided by the Felmersham and Radwell
Community Trust in memory of Margaret Alleway, the Trust's
The Bishop also dedicated a set of new hymn books given in memory of
Gerry Sidebottom by his family. Gerry was Vicar of this parish from
1960 to 1982. Hazel and the family attended the service. 6/1/07
Restoration and Repair
started on the restoration and repair of St Mary's church
organ. The total estimate cost of the repair is £42,000 of which £15,000
has been raised by concerts, coffee mornings, grants and a
substantial bequest. The funding gap has been bridged by
securing a grant from the Lottery Fund. A public exhibition
will be held in the church during the reassembly of the organ.
See the Church Organ page for
details of the organ. 11/1/07
Work has started on facing the treads on a few of the steps which
provide access to the church tower. Several of the steps are badly
worn and the architect has advised that they could be the cause an
Cracking has occurred in several of the lintels that supports the
north east turret roof . The lintels have been propped and work
repairing them will commence shortly. 1/2/07
land by FRCT
Felmersham and Radwell Community Trust
(FRCT) have purchased the plot of
river frontage land adjacent to the Jubilee Lawn. The land now belongs to
the villages of Felmersham and Radwell, but will be held in trust
by the FRCT.
FRCT reports "It is a decent size plot and
will be a useful river frontage amenity for villagers although a
lot of hard work is required during the next few months, such as
clearing, cutting, pollarding, grassing and hauling etc! We may be
asking for working parties to help (remember the construction by
villagers of the Jubilee Lawn, when a lot of hard work was
involved but much more was gained in community spirit?) but we
will keep you informed! It is envisaged that the hedge between the
land and the public slipway will remain, this is because the
Jubilee Lawn area belongs to the County Council and we wish to
maintain the separation. Therefore access will be from the road."
Once details for use have been established,
maintenance will be provided by the Parish Council but the deeds
retained by the FRCT on behalf of the villages of Felmersham and
Stan Green of Brightlingsea and his brother from Alresford,
Essex made 27 or so models of churches they had visited during
their retirement. They visited churches all over England
taking photographs both inside and out of those they found
interesting and, on returning home, made models from their
Felmersham church was one of their churches and the model is
complete in every detail including the screen, organ, lectern
and pulpit. Upon the death of the two brothers the models were
stored by various people until ending up in the church of All
Janet Russell of All Saints wrote to all
the churches that were modelled asking if they would like the
model of their church. Felmersham church accepted her offer.
Two residents of Felmersham were acclaimed for their part in the
"accomplished" performance of Handel's Messiah at the Bunyan Meeting
Free Church, Bedford on 18 November.
Sandra Dudley, the editor of the Bedford Arts Forum magazine
art’icle gave plaudits to Nigel Doggett for his solo
performance on the trumpet and to Janet Welsh for her "charismatic"
performance as conductor of the Bedford Messiah Choir.
Congratulations to both of you. 6/12/06
Nina Britton 1921 - 2006
The funeral of Mrs Britton was held on Tuesday 28 November
at St Marys Church, Felmersham followed by cremation. The Revd Ian Brown
Chaplain at Bedford School) conducted the service, assisted by Rev
David Mason. 2/12/06
Work is shortly scheduled to start on the elevated path to the
north of Felmersham bridge. 27/11/06
Bus Timetable change
The first bus of the day now runs 10 minutes earlier than shown
in the printed timetable. It is now 06.22 from Felmersham and 06.25
from Radwell. The Stagecoach on-line timetable does show the new
Timetable (48KB pdf file) 15/11/06
Local History Book
The History of a Riverside Parish
at Milton Ernest Garden Centre
Open 7 days a week. Plenty of free