Ouse News
The Parish Magazine
July 2002

Golden Jubilee Celebrations

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.

All the events held over the weekend of lst-3rd June were a success and were enjoyed by many people from the parish. The Parish Council Golden Jubilee Committee would like to thank everyone for making these events memorable, and also to thank all those who became involved in the organisation or contributed in other ways.

Prizewinners in the various competitions held over the weekend are listed below. We have two certificates which we can not deliver as we do not have surnames or addresses for the winners: these are for Matthew, 1st in the 11-16 Egg & Spoon race, and Oliver, 3rd in the 7-10 Fancy Dress. Please contact Edith Caldwell (781160) or Maxine Boswell (782128) so that we can deliver them.

Bishop’s 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.

Moths Galore:
Come for a walk and experience moth trapping with Charles Baker, County Recorder. Meet at the Visitors Centre, Priory Country Park. Friday 12th July, 8pm - late. Roy Bates 01234 211182

The Felmersham Tiger
Has anyone heard the story of an Indian tiger being buried in the garden of the Old Rectory? If so please email ousenews@bigfoot.com

The Black Panther - from http://www.felmersham net/soapbox. htm

Has anyone else spotted the ‘black panther’ around Felmersham? The following two references are edited from the originals on Soapbox:

I’ve seen the black panther twice (once with a friend so I have a witness) and apparently the family who live at Dropshort have seen it quite a few times.

I have seen the black panther and it is certainly no figment of the imagination. I stood about 5 yards away from it whilst it was asleep in the sun. My dog found it and woke it up and then ran away rather rapidly!!!. It was in the fields near the golf course around harvest 2000. I have never told anybody for fear of being labeled stupid. I thought it was a puma, is there any difference? I am certain that it wasn’t a dog or a cat. I have only seen it once so I guess it has gone away.  

Nearest cash machines from http://www.link.co.uk

Sharnbrook News, 26 High Street, Sharnbrook. Charge: £1.00 Woolwich, 94 High Street, Clapham.
Alliance Leicester, One Stop, 45 Molivers Lane Bromham. Charge: £1 .25
Bank of Scotland, Budgens, 100 Stagsden Road, Bromham.
Independent ATM, Oldways Road, Ravensden (B660 cross roads). Charge: £1.25  

Abbey National, Lloyds TSB, NatWest, J Sainsbury Plc, 90 Clapham Road.

Most cash withdrawn in a single day was £330,779,441 on 21st December 2001. Highest number of transactions in a single day was 7,625,427 on 31 May 2002. Highest number of transactions in an hour was 663,542 on 31st May 2002. Highest number of transactions per minute•(12,949) on 7 June 2002

Emily Dodd,  1916 - 2002
This month we say farewell to Emily Dodd (nee Marsh) our neighbour of East Cottage, Felmersham who died on 1st June 2002. Born in Woolaston, Northamptonshire on 4 November 1916, Emily was one of six children. The only boy: George also lived in Grange Road, Felmersham. Emily first moved to Felmersham in 1931, the same day that Odell Castle burnt down. Her father was a shepherd for Jack Hensman and she married her late husband Harry when he was de-mobbed after the war. Harry and Emily both loved their garden, which was always a blaze of colour until Harry died and Emily became housebound. Although she could not get out and about during the latter part of her life, she stayed up to date with village events and was well supported by local people including Sylvia and Larry Wilson. She will be greatly missed and those who knew her will long remember her calling everyone that called ‘my duck’. She leaves one sister: Kathleen Barker, who lives in Clapham.    Joan Ure


P3               Chris Ure

The P3 group met at the end of May to install the two new map boards for Felmersham and Radwell and they are both now in pride of place.

The map was designed by David Cardy and the photographs were taken by David, Laurie Jones and Ken Shrimpton. The map had to be produced by David Cardy on his home printer because the copies made by commercial printers were either poor colour quality or low definition For this reason, we are not sure how durable the colour will be to sunlight. If anyone knows of a printer who can provide high definition digital printing, would they please let David know.

Vegetation clearance was also recently undertaken at FP6 (Carlton Road) and FP7 (Grange Road) and thanks to David and Sue Cardy, a fallen tree was removed that was obstructing the footpath at FP6.

My thanks to all the P3 team for their continued commitment and hard work. One of our members has had to leave recently and another will be moving away from the area later in the year, so if anyone is interested in joining the group, you would be most welcome. Please give me a ring on 782126.

Mums & Tots               Lisa Parrish

The Mums and Tots Group runs on Tuesdays from 2-3.30pm in the Pre-School room at Pinchmill school (term-time only) for children aged from 0-3 years. Parents please feel welcome to drop in and join us for a cup of tea. Lots of activities and songs and a great opportunity for your child to experience playing with other children. For more information contact Jo (782139) or Lisa (783070).

Golden Jubilee commemorative medals for under 16's -  names needed

The Parish Council Jubilee Committee has a Golden Jubilee commemorative medal for every young person up to the age of 16 in the parish of Felmersham & Radwell. As we do not have a comprehensive list of under-16 residents of the parish, in order to avoid anyone being missed, we would be grateful if parents or young people under 16 could please complete the form below and return to either Maxine Boswell, Broom Cottage, Moor End Road, Radwell or Edith Caldwell, 6 Tithe Barn, Felmersham.

When we have a complete list a date will be arranged for collection of the medals from the village hall and we also hope to display photos of Golden Jubilee events on this occasion. If anyone has photos of the events which we could borrow for this, please contact either Maxine or Edith.


Coffee Morning              Jane Wells

The coffee morning for July in aid of the Felmersham Church Restoration Fund will be held at the home of Ken and Lorraine Shrimpton, I Trinity Close, Felmersham on Saturday 6th July at 1030am. Contributions of home made cakes, toiletries, produce, and bric-a-brac for the bring and buy stall will be most welcome. Everyone is welcome. There will be no coffee morning in August.

Pre-School Jumble Sale              Hilary ZiaulIah

Thank you to everyone who supported the jumble sale in aid of Pinchmill Preschool, including those who donated such top-quality jumble, those who helped to organise and run the stalls, and those who came along to spend. Particular thanks go to those helpers who are not normally involved in pre-school activities, but who generously lent a hand on the day. We raised over £330.

Faulty phone              Sally Carr

Do you have interference on your phone line? BT think my equipment might be picking up calls from someone else in the village. It is possibly someone in Felmersham, if it might be you please call 783084, I hope we can sort it out!

Broadband Internet Access

BT have a program for providing broadband ADSL a high speed always on internet connection - however Sharnbrook, the exchange which serves Felmersham, is not even scheduled for upgrading yet. If there is enough demand in a particular location, however, BT will adjust their installation plans. If you are keen on subscribing for this service then please email ousenews@bigfoot.com with ADSL on the subject line.


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