100 years War Memorial Souldrop

In light of the 100th anniversary of the end of world war 1, It seems an apt time to publish a little bit of detail about the boys and girls who sacrificed their futures for ours

The Souldrop War memorial, Lest we forget

The Souldrop War memorial, Lest we forget

1914-1918
ADAMS John Henry 20 years old
Killed in action Wednesday, 15th November 1916
Private 31464, 58th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). in France & Flanders. Born and resident Souldrop, enlisted in Ampthill. Son of George Henry and Emma Adams, of Banktop, Souldrop.
Formerly, 23587, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C
The Battle of the Ancre 13–18 November, was the final large British attack of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, before winter. (After the Battle of Flers–Courcelette on 22 September, the Anglo-French armies tried to press their advantage with several smaller attacks in quick succession, rather than pause to regroup and give the German army’s time to recover.

BIRD Percy 18 years old
Private 27004 Royal Fusiliers, died 2nd April 1917
Private TR/10/27004, 31st (Training Reserve) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died at home Monday, 2nd April 1917. Born Whymington, Northants, enlisted in Bedford, Son of Frederick and Annie Bird, of Souldrop. Buried in All Saints churchyard, Souldrop.

EDWARDS John
Acting Corporal 23660, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday, 29th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Souldrop, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on Arras memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
The Battle of Arras (also known as the Second Battle of Arras) was a British offensive during the First World War. From 9 April to 16 May 1917, British, Canadian, South African, New Zealand, Newfoundland, and Australian troops attacked German defences near the French city of Arras on the Western Front. There were major gains on the first day, followed by stalemate. The battle cost nearly 160,000 British casualties and about 125,000 German casualties.

JOHNSON Bertie Edward Malkin 25 years old
[Spelt Birty on SDGW] Private 23749, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Died at home Wednesday, 16th May 1917. Born Creaton, Northants, enlisted Ampthill, resident Souldrop. Son of Mrs. H. Johnson, The Green, Creaton, Northants. Buried in St Michael’s churchyard, South-East of church, Great Creaton, Northants.

KNIGHT Arthur Ernest
Private 23752, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 13th November 1916 in France. Born Northampton, enlisted Ampthill, resident Souldrop. Commemorated in Y Ravine cemetery, Beamont-Hamel, Somme, France. Special Memorial D. 2.
The Battle of the Ancre 13–18 November, was the final large British attack of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, before winter. (After the Battle of Flers–Courcelette on 22 September, the Anglo-French armies tried to press their advantage with several smaller attacks in quick succession, rather than pause to regroup and give the German armies time to recover.

PEERS Cecil Luke
Private G/14353, 1st Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds Thursday, 19th September 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Sharnbrook, enlisted Bedford, resident Colworth (sic), Sharnbrook. Buried in Brie british cemetery on the Somme, France. Grave I. E. 3.
Cannot find much, probably involved in the attack on the Hindenburg Line after crossing the St. Quentin Canal.

PRIGMORE Edward 26 years old
Rifleman 2053, 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). Died of wounds Tuesday, 2nd March 1915 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Souldrop, enlisted Bedford. Son of Arthur and Sarah Jane Prigmore, of Souldrop.
Buried in Bailleul communal cemetery (NORD), Nord, France. Grave T. II.
Bailleul was occupied on 14 October 1914 by the 19th Brigade and the 4th Division. It became an important railhead, air depot and hospital centre, with the 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 11th, 53rd, 1st Canadian and 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Stations quartered in it for considerable periods. It was a Corps headquarters until July 1917, when it was severely bombed and shelled, and after the Battle of Bailleul (13-15 April 1918), it fell into German hands and was not retaken until 30 August 1918.

RICH Herbert
Private 23217, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 23rd April 1917 in France. Born and resident Souldrop, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Mrs. S. A. Rich, of Souldrop. Co Likely involved inmmemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
Likely involved in
The Battle of Arras (also known as the Second Battle of Arras) was a British offensive during the First World War. From 9 April to 16 May 1917, British, Canadian, South African, New Zealand, Newfoundland, and Australian troops attacked German defences near the French city of Arras on the Western Front. There were major gains on the first day, followed by stalemate. The battle cost nearly 160,000 British casualties and about 125,000 German casualties.

SMITH Leonard
Private 9867, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 15th June 1915 in France. Born and resident Souldrop, enlisted Bedford.
Likely involved in
The Battle of Festubert (15–25 May 1915) was an attack by the British army in the Artois region of France on the western front during World War I. The offensive formed part of a series of attacks by the French Tenth Army and the British First Army in the Second Battle of Artois (3 May – 18 June 1915). After the failure of the attempted breakthrough by the First Army in the attack at Aubers Ridge (9 May 1915) tactics of a short hurricane bombardment and an infantry advance with unlimited objectives, were replaced by the French practice of slow and deliberate artillery-fire intended to prepare the way for an infantry attack. A continuous three-day bombardment by the British heavy artillery was planned, to cut wire and demolish German machine-gun posts and infantry strong-points. The German defences were to be captured by a continuous attack, by one division from Rue du Bois to Chocolat Menier Corner and by a second division 600 yards (550 m) north, which was to capture the German trenches to the left of Festubert village. The objectives were 1,000 yards (910 m) forward, rather than the 3,000 yards (2,700 m) depth of advance intended at Aubers Ridge. The battle was the first British attempt at attrition.

1939-1945

TIPPING Raymond 24 years old
Sapper 2152706 281 Field Park Coy., Royal Engineers who died on Monday, 11th October 1943. Son of William and Gwendoline Tipping. Buried in Bari war cemetery in Italy. Grave XIV. A. 33.
Not on memorial but in the churchyard

KNIGHTS Audrey 21 years old
Private W/263093, Auxilary Territorial Service. Died Sunday, 15th October 1944. Daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Mary Knights, of Souldrop. Sister of the below. Buried in All Saints churchyard, Souldrop.

KNIGHTS Dorothy 25 years old
Lance Corporal W/212611, Auxilary Territorial Service. Died Monday, 26th August 1946. Daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Mary Knights, of Souldrop. Sister of the above. Buried in All Saints churchyard, Souldrop.

There will be a Service at Souldrop’s All Saints Church Sunday 11th November 2018 at 10.30am. The Service will move out to the memorial for 11am and will last until 11.30am

Public Meeting Local Plan 2035

Public Meeting Local Plan 2035-May22-2017

Public Meeting Local Plan 2035-May22-2017

Consultations end June 9th!

Local residents and concerned parties packed out the village hall on Monday evening to discuss and debate Bedford Borough Council’s Local Plan 2035 in which there is a proposal to build up to 4500 new houses on the nearby Colworth Estate. Souldrop and Knotting Parish Councillor Jeremy Viewing informed the villagers of the plans which if they go ahead would eventually see two new access roads joining with the A6. One road would leave the A6 on a new roundabout by Souldrop Turn and head straight across the fields towards the railway bridge on Sharnbrook Road , from there a new road would link to the new development, passing by Roundwood. Further north along the A6 near West Wood Gate where the Three Shires Way crosses there would be another new roundabout linking to a new road that would take the course of the current Three Shires Way/Forty Foot Lane B.O.A.T.  This would cross the railway and link to the new development to the south of Great Hayes Wood. Much of the new build which is called by the Borough Council ‘Lee’s Farm’ is actually within the territory of Soudrop Parish.

Jeremy introduced Gerry Sansom from The Campaign To Protect Rural England (CPRE) Bedfordshire who spoke of legal terms that the village would have to define in order to mount an objection to these proposals. He said there were resources at the CPRE website that could be helpful in mounting a campaign of objection. He also suggested working together with other local communities. On Lee’s Farm he said that Bedfordshire CPRE had already put their thoughts together which you can read here

It was suggested that the official proposal calls the development a “village” in fact 4000 plus houses is actually to put in perspective, a town the size of Ampthill

Next Jeremy introduced Neil from the nearby Santa Pod drag racing track, whom is also affected by these plans. Baroness Barbara Young spoke on Wildlife and Woodlands issues and many others pitched in with thoughts and suggestions.

It was agreed that Jeremy could move forward with a village mandate for objections that would have to be worked out worded in correct legal terms to define and object to the actual planning proposals.

It was also emphasised and this is important, That as well as a formal Council objection that the more individuals that send in their thoughts and or objections to Bedford Borough Council Local Plan 2035 the more impact it would make. Jeremy also added that the sooner the better as the closing date for consultations is on June 9th which is only a few weeks away and probably best not to leave making your voice heard until the last minute!

Planning for the future

Bedford Borough Council Local Plan 2035 Website

It was decided that an action group should be formed and a number of enthusiastic villagers queued up to leave their contact details. Jeremy said there would be a formal Parish Council Meeting on May 30th and they would put together a worded template with key points that can legally be used to help any villagers wishing to make a protest. As soon as that is available, we will have that available on this website and perhaps in paper to the community. It was also deemed better for villagers to send in individual self worded letters rather than use the confusing and limited online form at the Local Plan website.

So please watch this space if you care about the future of the village. Reach out to inform the folk in the village and nearby neighborhoods of the proposals, that may not be online.

Below is an address for writing letters (Must be delivered before June 9th)

Local Plan 2035 consultation
Planning Policy Team
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Bedford
MK42 9AP
If you have any questions please contact the planning policy team at planningforthefuture@bedford.gov.uk or call 01234 718300.

Souldrop and Knotting Parish Council Website

“Continue Reading” below to access plans for the new proposals

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Public Meeting Local Plan 2035

Public Meeting 22nd May Local Plan 2035

Public Meeting 22nd May Local Plan 2035

Public Meeting in the village hall 22nd May at 8pm to discuss Local Plan 2035

Bedford Borough Council claims it needs to build another 9000 homes within the north Bedfordshire region by 2035. An application to build up to 4500 of these new homes has been put forward for the nearby Colworth Estate. This in effect would amount to a small ‘garden’ town with new roads and roundabouts from the A6 taking the course of Forty Foot Lane and the Three Shires Way to connect the new build to the A6. Much of the proposed new development would fall within Souldrop Parish. Souldrop village would potentially be surrounded by these new developments.
At this point we should mention that there are other options for the 9000 homes elsewhere namely, Thurleigh , Clapham , Sharnbrook and other places.
Please check out the Bedford Borough Council webpage for Local Plan 2035.

Two days before on Saturday May 20th 10.00am – 3.00pm there is a public consultation at The Howard Centre in Bedford, the last in a series of three. There is an email address you can send questions regarding this issue on the councils page.

 

School Transport Bombshell!

School-Bus Bombshell

School-Bus Bombshell

Bedford Borough Council has made a recent policy decision to vastly reduce the subsidy for the school transport for 6th form students. Following the result of the ridiculous Hobson’s choice consultation – the choice of accepting this rise or scrapping the subsidy altogether –  the Council Executive have voted to raise the school bus fee for 6th former’s from £381.90 to a staggering £890 per student per year which, almost certainly affect students from Souldrop and its surrounding area.

The reason given is the cuts in local authority funding by the current central government which means that they are required to make addition savings (C £2.1m).  Recently, the same government introduced legislation requiring all children to stay in some form of education until they are 18. 

With few apprenticeship or other options available to children in our area, and many children looking to use 6th form as a steppingstone to university, this policy is a grossly unfair as it penalises local rural families.

Martyn Wady is coordinating a campaign centered on Risely but also including all north Bedfordshire villages affected.

“With few apprenticeship or other options available to children in our area, and many children looking to use 6th form as a steppingstone to university, this policy is a grossly unfair as it penalises local rural families 

This policy puts students in rural areas at an educational disadvantaged in comparison with other children in the borough and therefore it is my intention to challenge this policy change on the grounds of discrimination. With the changes due to take effect from September, time is of the essence”

Martyn added “I am planning a campaign to have this policy overturned and we have the support of many local residents, the constituency Labour Party and the Riseley Conservative Ward Councillor”

The campaign actions will include:

  • ·  Organising an online petition
  • ·  Organising a written petition
  • ·  Target mailing the mayor
  • ·  Target mailing Alistair Burt
  • ·  Raising the issue in the press

·  Generally raising awareness to residents in catchment (Sharnbrook) locations

Martyn urges the affected people bring this up in their local council meetings which he hopes will offer to support the campaign and be able to offer local assistance and contacts that will be needed. 

 

 

Sharnbrook Gospel Choir Review

Some shots from Saturday 22 April at All Saint’s Church Souldrop with Sharnbrook Gospel Choir.
Photo’s and words by Keeley Daize

“The choir were amazing and delivered a varied and beautiful concert at All Saint’s church. The audience were relaxed and mesmerised by the wonderful music and all really enjoyed the evening. The only distraction being Simon’s assistance dog trying to join in the choruses!!! We followed up with cheese, wine and a bar at the village hall where everyone got the chance to relax further, chat and catch up with friends. Overall a fantastic evening.

We would like to relay our heartfelt thanks to all members of the Sharnbrook Gospel Choir and everyone who came along or bought tickets plus Nick Wells for organised donation of our alcoholic drinks. You all helped us to raise another £502.50 towards getting our toilets upgraded and installing disabled access to the village hall.”

 

Spring 2017

Lennys-Den-02


Spring gets under way in Souldrop and once again the colours return to life after the drabness of winter. We take a peek at Lenny’s hidden Eden and find that a Cricket match is in full swing. The shoots of wheat are just popping their heads above the soil in the nearby fields as the colossal new neighbours ‘Tom Dick and Harry’ turbines tower above the trees at Windmill Hill. Situated at Airfield Farm at Santa Pod these guys are as big as they get reaching some 420 foot. The Blackmere turbine also towers above the trees in the Forty Foot hedge line.
The meadows surrounding the village are returning to green and the late Kim’s Tulips bring a splash of colours to the ambience of All Saints graveyard recently recovering from a horrible break in.
It is difficult photographing the village without showing cars and wheely-bins I  had to work hard to keep them to a minimum in the shots.The village is never totally free of clutter so in a way it would be disingenuous to display otherwise, so there will be the odd bin or car lurking on the fringes!
We would like to thank Lenny for letting us get right into his ‘garden of eden’ and the wonderful folk of our village for taking the care to make Souldrop a feast for the eye’s!

All photo’s taken by Steve Andrews on April 10 2017: Copyright Steve Andrews.

Larger Print size available on request.

 

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