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September  2001

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The Bedford Morris Men, shown above,  made their annual visit to Odell on July 26th

Birthday greetings to:

Bethan Lee who will be 12 on September 16th and

Daniel Bridgman who will be 11 on September 25th …

And to everyone else with a birthday in September.

Church of St. Margaret of Antioch, Knotting

Arts and crafts Festival 2001

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The Festival is held annually and will again take place in Knotting Church to raise money for the church repair fund. It is hoped that there will be a wide variety of items on sale in addition to the usual interesting selection of pictures by local artists. Come and browse!

A children’s painting competition is also being run this year.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in exhibiting pictures or craft please ask them to contact Mrs Mayer on Bedford 782239.

WI News

July’s meeting was held at the home of Doreen Wheeler. It was intended to be our annual B.B.Q. and although our cooks bravely struggled with the elements we ladies retreated to the warmth of Doreen’s conservatory. After our bring and share meal we tackled the Bedfordshire Federation W.I. quiz. Much to our delight our combined efforts led to the solving of all but one clue. This was an enjoyable evening for which we must thank our host and hostess Doreen and Jim.

Next month’s meeting

This will be on 11th September at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. The theme for the evening is Your Favourite Pudding. We look forward to sampling everyone's choice and also on catching up with everyone's news after our Summer break

Hostesses: Rachel Halton and Doreen Wheeler                                         Rachel Halton 720572

Odell Parish Council

At the meeting held on 18th July 2001, the councillors were informed that the County Council’s highways maintenance section had been transferred to Hydra. Due to the Pothole Campaign road repairs were slightly behind schedule, however the Horsefair Lane project would begin shortly and the road between the centre of Odell and its junction with Odell Road was to be resurfaced within the next month. The councillors have also requested Hydra to investigate the state of the footpath between the junction of the High Street and Odell Road and the Fire Station with a view to doing some remedial work.

Cllr Bridgeman informed us that the plot of land owned by the borough at the bottom of Horsefair Lane had been sold to a private developer.

The next meeting will be held on September 10th in the Village Hall. Please inform any councillor of matters that you feel we are in a position to assist you with.

                                                                                                                Rachel Halton Chairperson

Village Hall News

Disability Access

We are still waiting for architectural plans, which will confirm the details of a new access.


If you have an idea or can help with these let us know, and if you would like a venue for a private function, the very reasonable hire fee comes in handy too.

Autumn Quiz – 22nd September

We have received requests to hold another quiz during this year. It will be held in the hall using the usual format so get your team together and book your table. The last quiz was well attended so book early. Teams of up to 8 people. A bar is being arranged. Cost 2 per head, 1 for children. Time 7.30 for 8pm start.

Folk Music and Dance – 10th November

A good night out for all musical tastes, good company so watch for details nearer the time.

Christmas Party – 16th December

We are keen to hold a party for all the family but particularly the children, so put the date in your diary now.

New Year’s Eve – 31st December (in case you forgot)

An open house is being planned for a New Year’s Eve "get together". It is hoped to revive an enjoyable event from years gone by. Details will be available shortly, so if you want to stay local for your celebrations, join us in the hall.

Do please support these events, and do suggest to us your ideas for alternative activities.         Rob Lee tel: 720730 on behalf of the Village Hall Committee

Ruskin Infants visit to Odell July 10th 2001

Villagers may remember that in July a group of children from Ruskin Infants School in Wellingborough, accompanied by Lynette Hall, made a visit to Odell to experience life in a village setting. Lynette felt that we would like to hear just what the children themselves thought of the outing, which was obviously quite an eye-opener for them! Here are thoughts on the day from one little boy at the school.

On Tuesday we went to Odell Park. On the way we saw some horses and sheep and we stopped near the pub. When we got there we went for a walk on a footpath and not long after that we saw some bullocks and we found out that if you run from a bullock it will chase you. We played Pooh Sticks on an old bridge, which was flooded, but I didn’t win. And we also saw some ducks and swans and after that we had lunch in a beautiful garden and we found some feathers and mussel shells. We went to the toilet and it was very clean and posh and then we went exploring again and in the church it was very old and a bit smelly and the vicar was very friendly and we could try things. It was a brilliant day even though it was a little bit windy.

Jake Tyler aged 7years.

Round and About - Signs For The Times

With the changing of the seasons we are now entering Autumn - that time of mellow fruitfulness - and the prospect of Winter draws near. This is the time when we contemplate the coming weather.

In the days before meteorologists and weather forecasts our forebears were just as interested in, and anxious about, what the weather had in store for them and they looked about them for signs. In most instances they took their cue from nature. Many of these 'natural' observations have come down to us in the form of ‘old wives tales’ and proverbs. They are still quoted and remain pretty accurate in the face of modern technology.

Take that old favourite 'Red sky at night'. It very rarely lets us down! Another favourite relates to the crop of berries on the hedgerows each Autumn. The more berries there are the harsher the coming Winter as Mother Nature stocks up her larder to feed the birds. We are advised to watch the pine cones. They open up for dry weather and remain closed when it is wet. Conifer trees take 18 months or more to create and ripen their cones and they are not going to waste their precious seed during bad weather. Another Old Wives Tale tells us that a warm October foretells a cold February. Or indeed, that ice in November sufficient to bear the weight of a duck means the rest of the Winter will be slush and muck. This would infer that a cold, freezing November precedes a mild Winter. A wet Autumn is usually followed by a dry Winter, although last year it seemed to stay wet right through to Spring.

Another popular idea is to watch for migratory birds. Most of our Winter weather comes from Europe and it is worthwhile watching the number of geese and ducks arriving to overwinter here as to the kind of Winter we can expect. The colder it becomes in North Europe and Russia the earlier and greater in quantity are our seasonal visitors. That humble little chap, the hedgehog, is also worth observing. While it remains mild he will be found snuffling about the undergrowth well into Winter but the merest hint of cold will send him scuttling into hibernation, although it has been known for a nice warm spell to bring hedgehog out for a mid-winter snack!

Let us not forget "If Candlemas be fair and bright, Winter will have another fight. But if Candlemas brings cloud and rain, Winter is gone and won't come again". We will have to wait until 2nd. February to see how accurate this one is although freezing bright weather in early February tells of cold Easterly winds whilst mild and wet weather hints at the arrival of the warmer Westerlies. I well remember wet Februarys during my childhood bringing the dour comment from my mother "Ha! February fill dyke".

Let me leave you with one that I observe every Spring. "Oak before ash, we will have but a splash - but ash before oak, we are in for a soak.    Barbara Corley

Odell Scouts Newsletter - August 2001

Wow! What a week! Or 6 days if you are going to be pedantic!

What am I talking about? Why, our Troop Holiday, on board "Yeoford", around the Stafford Canal Ring! For parents, and those who weren't there, here is a brief journal!

Saturday 28th July

It all started off well, with cars being packed at lunchtime, followed by a drive up the M1 and A45 to Birmingham. We found Gas Street Basin (where we were to meet our barge and skipper) almost by accident.

Once on board the barge, luggage was stored, and bunks were claimed by the scouts, under Chris’ (Assistant Scout Leader) direction.

And so we "set sail" at about 4pm, moving past such landmarks as the National Indoor Arena and the National Sea Life Centre, as well as many industrial sites, before turning left off the "main" canal, through a 3200m long tunnel to our first mooring point near the town of Netherton. The scouts found it rather tricky to understand the local dialect (e.g. "What am you all doin’ ‘ere?"), but they decided to head off to the other side of the canal for a game of cricket, while we prepared their evening meal. Everyone was tucked up in bed by 10.30pm, even the leaders!

Sunday 29th July

Today was a test of strength for the scouts! Why? Because we needed to negotiate a total of more than 30 locks before reaching our destination! The scenery was somewhat different today - much more rural, almost like Bedfordshire in places.

Unfortunately, as we moored for the evening, our skipper (another Chris, just to confuse things) informed us that there was a problem with the barge that he wouldn’t be able to fix ... but he added that he hoped to get it put right at a boatyard further along the canal. None of this news spoiled the superb barbecue that we ate that evening.

Meanwhile, some of the scouts had persuaded a local fisherman to give them some line and a hook so we waited to add the odd fish or two to the grill ... just as well that we had plenty of meat, because they didn’t even get a nibble!

Monday 30th July

Skipper Chris started the engine shortly after 5am; the barge had been moving for 2 hours or more before any of us rose from our bunks! Later that morning we moored at a boatyard on the outskirts of Wolverhampton, only to find that their fitter was not going to be able to get "Yeoford" sorted. At this point we started to make a "Plan B" in case they were not able to repair the barge; thankfully, we did not need to use that plan, as you will later see!

While our skipper attempted to get things sorted, we decided that it was time to get the scouts washed, so we took them, by bus, to Wolverhampton’s Central Swimming Baths.

When we returned to the barge, we were told that we would be moving on to another boatyard that afternoon. To get things started, most of the scouts and leaders used muscle power to pull the barge into a nearby lock!

A couple of hours later we arrived at the second boatyard, at Autherly Junction; the people here seemed much more helpful and optimistic.

We all enjoyed another game of cricket on a nearby playing field before tea.

Tuesday 31st July

We awoke to be told that the fitter was hoping to be able to carry out repairs that day!

So we all set off for the Black Country Living Museum, by bus.

I caught sight of a few of the scouts trying out the old-fashioned games, such as diablo, spinning tops and skipping, in the "village street" at the museum, and we found out that several of the scouts had enjoyed travelling on the museum’s tram. Chris, Mike and I can vouch for the fact that the chips sold at the village chip shop are very tasty (if rather salty!). All in all, it was a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, despite the hassle of travelling on public transport - we could have taken the barge right into the centre of the museum‘s area if it had been repaired!

When we got back to the barge, skipper Chris told us that they had completed repairs, so we cast off, forgot all about Plan B, and set off along the canal.

A couple of hours later we carried out a crew change as Chris (that’s scouter Chris, in case you’re confused!) left the barge, to be replaced by Baz.

We all enjoyed a hearty stew for our evening meal, even though Chris had tried to dispose of it across the deck before he left!

Wednesday 1st August

Skipper Chris was determined to make up for yesterday’s poor progress - he was up at 5.30am! We were travelling along the canal for most of the day, eventually mooring near a very busy (and therefore noisy) railway line.

Once again, some of the scouts tried fishing ... once again we were all glad that there was plenty of meat to cook on the barbecue!

Thursday 2nd August

Our last full day on board started at 6.15am (well, it started at that time for Chris - it was nearer 8am when we got up!), and the scouts finally got to find out the "mystery destination" that we’d promised them all week when we moored up almost outside the front gate of Drayton Manor Theme Park!

It gave us all a chance to have lots of fun - not to mention get rather wet on some of their rides (for example, having queued for over an hour to ride on "Stormforce 10", Mike, Baz and I then got thoroughly drenched on this "log flume" type ride!)

Thankfully, we had all just about dried out by the time that we returned to the barge, and we moved on to a somewhat quieter mooring point than last night!

Friday 3rd August

Our last few hours on board were the wettest of the whole trip, thanks to a rainstorm as we approached Central Birmingham! We also had to manoeuvre through several flights of locks, as well as travelling through a short tunnel.

We arrived back at Gas Street Basin in Birmingham at 3pm all that remained was to thank skipper Chris for all his hard work, retrieve the cars from the parking compound, pack them and drive home - oh, I’d better not mention that Baz managed to get Mike lost on the edge of Northampton!

While we travelled back from "Brum", one of our home contacts was busily phoning parents to let them know we’d be arriving back in Odell 3 hours earlier than anticipated. Scouts and luggage were transferred to parents’ cars, and we were all able to sleep in real beds for the first time in a week!

I would like to thank everyone who helped in any way, especially Alastair McKenzie (the dragon), Baz Crookall ("Have no fear, Baz is here"), Chris Poulter ("I don’t do scrambled eggs, you’ll have to ask Baz") and Mike Jenns (ace navigator around Birmingham). Without them, the holiday would not have been as enjoyable, nor would it have been as successful as it was. THANKYOU!

Dates and venues for next term

September 5th Odell Village Hall

12th Village Hall

19th Harrold Cub Hut

26th Cub Hut

28th - 30th District Activity Camp

District Events

As you may have read above, Ouse Valley District Scouters intend to hold at least three camps in the next few months.

The first will be held at the "Broadwater Scout Camp Site", near Meriden, from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September. The cost for this Camp will be 25 per scout, to include all transport, food and activities.

For those who enjoyed our canal barge trip (or for those who were unable to take part!), there is another chance to partake of this method of transport from Saturday October 20th to Sunday October 21st, courtesy of Colmworth Scouts; the cost of this trip is 35 per scout.

The final event will be held at "Two Mile Bottom Scout & Guide Camp Site", near Thetford, from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th December. The cost for this event has yet to be finalised, but will again include transport, food and activities.

New Recruits

The Odell Scout Troop is always looking for young people aged from 10 to 14 years old to join the Troop!

If, after reading this article, you are interested, please contact Scout Leader Martin Clark, telephone 01604 763890, or email:

Or you could come along to one of our meetings (7pm to 9pm)                      Martin Clark, Scout Leader, 51st Beds (Odell)

Sharnbrook Upper School and Community College

The Summer brochure for Adult and Children's courses is now available. Please check in local shops and Post Offices or contact the office on 01234 782581 for a copy.

Advance Notice : we will be offering FREE courses in Basic Computer Literacy in the Villages from September - watch out for details! Andrew Evans, Community Director

Bedfordshire Railway & Transport Association

Chairman & Campaigns Coordinator:

2Ac St Michael's Rd.Bedford.MK40 2LTL (TeI.O1 234405268)

ViceChairman & Mktg.Officer:

128 Chantry Ave, Kempston,Beds.MK42 7RJ (TeI.O1 234856560) Membership & Finance Officer:

4 Rowlandson WayManton Heights, Bedford.Mk41 7LT

Bedford-Sandy Rail Link

Support It Now!

A feasibility study has been undertaken which shows that reopening the Bedford-Sandy rail link is a sustainable development in economic, social and environmental ways. It is now being pursued with the support of many local councils including Bedfordshire County Council.

The local rail link will mean:


BRTA welcomes the rail initiative but we believe that in order for local people to benefit there must be a local angle to the rail link. Thus it is our view that stations (halts) should be provided at: Newnham, Willington, Blunham and Sandy North.

Please join today and help make a positive difference to the status quo! For further details send an SAE to: 4 Rowlandson Way, Manton Heights, Bedford.MK41 7LT or phone 01234 405268.

The Mill Theatre, Sharnbrook – 2001 Season

Attention all dog lovers:

Exemption Dog Show (K.C. Permission)

Riverside Grounds, Sharnbrook Mill Theatre.

Sunday 2nd September.

Entries on the day from 11am. Judging commences 12 noon.

Best Exhibit Classes 1 –4 (Pedigree)

Judge: Miss Caroline Odd.

Any Variety Puppy 6-12 months (trophy)

Any Variety Sporting

Any Variety Non-Sporting

Any Variety Open

Novelty Classes.

Judge: Mr. Keith Biswell

Newcomers, never to have won first prize

Rescued or re-homed (trophy)

Best 6 legs

Young Handlers 14 years and under

Best x-Bred

The One the Judge would like to take Home

Fancy Dress, dog or dogs + handlers

Sharnbrook Special Residents (trophy)

Senior Citizens (seven years & upwards) (trophy)

Best Matched brace

Best Irish Brace (ill matched pair)

Like Dog – Like Owner

Happy Families – Group owned by one family.

Rosettes to sixth place in all classes – prize to third place.

CC Winners, Res CC Winners and Junior Warrant Winners may not compete.

Licensed bar – Light lunches – Teas –Stalls

Enquiries: Mrs. Elizabeth Gibbs (01234) 781298

Whodunnit? By Anthony Shaffer – comedy – Sept. 25th – 29th. Classic spoof "Who done it".

A witty, wickedly funny satire which has had a long-running success on Broadway. Set in Agatha Christie’s country of the 1930s.

Tickets: Tuesday 25th 6, Wednesday (Gala Night) 10, Thursday 27th– Saturday 29th 7.

Gala Charity Evening Wednesday 26th September, 7.45pm.

This Gala Performance is in aid of fund raising for the work of the RSPCA in North Bedfordshire and to maintain the external fabric the historic St. Peter’s Church building in Sharnbrook.

Tickets include pre-performance glass of wine or soft drink and canapes.

Tickets available from Village Trader (in person) & Jean Skelton 01234-781297

Sweeny Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim. Nov. 9th – 17th.

Melodrama! Terror! Crime! Villainy!

Bookings may be made one month beforehand from:

Bedford - Central Box Office, Harpur Suite - tel: 01234 269519

Wellingborough - The Castle Box Office - tel: 01933 270007

(Both of the above accept credit card bookings; cheques payable to The Castle or Bedford Borough Council).

Sharnbrook – In person at The Village Trader, 28 High Street.(Cheques payable to S.A.T.T.).

Group Sales - Alison Bean - tel: 01234 781372 – 10% reduction for parties of 10 or more.

Enquiries/Mailing list 01234 782377

All performances start at 7.45pm. Seats can be reserved.

Home Watch

Doorstep Dos and don’ts:

If a doorstep caller knocks at your door


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September Diary

2nd 12.00 noon Exemption Dog Show, Riverside Grounds, Sharnbrook Mill.

5th 10.30am Meeting Point, Eileen Shakespeare’s, Corner House, 38 Wymington Park, Rushden.

5th 7.00pm Scouts meet in Odell Village Hall.

8th,9th 11.00am Arts and Crafts Festival, St. Margaret’s, Knotting.

10th Parish Council Meeting, Village Hall.

11th 7.30pm W.I., Village Hall.

12th 7.00pm Scouts meet in Odell Village Hall.

15th 3.00pm Harrold Pit Run

2.00pm Lower & Middle School & Wheelchair Races.

19th 7.00pm Scouts meet in Harrold Cub hut.

22nd 7.30pm Village Hall Quiz.

25th 7.45pm "Whodunnit", Sharnbrook Mill Theatre. Gala Night –

-29th Wednesday 26th.

26th 7.00pm Scouts meet in Harrold Cub Hut.

28th – 30th Scouts District Activity Camp.

Articles Wanted

We are always looking for more articles for the magazine – particularly items of special interest to the church, village and people of Odell!

Magazine Deadline

Please send all entries for the October magazine to Tricia Hudson (, Anne Turner or Catherine Corkery by September 12th at the latest. May we remind you that the editorial team exercises the right to edit, shorten or alter any items that are submitted. Also, the opinions expressed in the articles are those of the contributors and are not the responsibility of the editorial team.

  Village Directory

The Village Directory is an initiative of the Bridge and the Carlton, Harrold & Odell Parish Councils. Its purpose is to provide information on the facilities, amenities and services available locally.

The directory will have information in the following categories:

Churches Schools/education Recreation/Sport (Adult or Young People) Government Transport Businesses/Services Clubs/Societies Food & Drink Accommodation Amenities Utilities

In order to make sure the information is accurate, please contact us about  the organisation you represent. An electronic version of the form is available on request from:

wpe9.jpg (16298 bytes) Excellent Bed and Breakfast Accomodation at the Oakley Arms in Harrold (2 miles from Odell by car, or 1 mile through the Country Park) , call +44-1234-720478 for more details (mention the Odell Web site!).

Electronic mail address

FAX number

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Last revised: August 28, 2001.