Forty Foot Turbine is here!

The Forty Foot-Turbine has arrived

The Forty Foot-Turbine has arrived

A new view dominates the Souldrop arena as the 260 foot wind turbine is installed adjacent to the Forty Foot Lane. To some the turbine’s arrival will be contentious but to others it will be welcomed . But in the week the government signed the deal with the French and Chinese to build our future energy needs in the form of Nuclear Power, it seems Renewable Energy has now been put on a back burner.

Whether you are a believer or a non believer in renewable energies, the turbine is here to stay now, so we will have to get used to it, as it has a license to run for thirty years.

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Emergency Defibrillator at The Bedford Arms

The Good News

AED at the Bedford-Arms

AED at the Bedford-Arms

The Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in conjunction with Community Heartbeat have installed an Automated External Defibrillator which is located outside the Bedford Arms Public House.

AED Bedford-Arms porch

AED Bedford-Arms by the porch

The Bad News

Is that the brand new AED is currently “Not in service”!!

AED at the Bedford-Arms is currently "Not in service"!!

AED at the Bedford-Arms is currently “Not in service”!!

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Wartime Memories

I would like to share a wartime memory sent in by a Mr Lawrence Lampert, whom as a child was evacuated from bombed out London to stay with a family in Souldrop.

Perhaps there is someone out there who might remember Lawrence or have their own memories from the Second World War. Please feel free to use our comment box below if you would like to contribute.

During world war two, my sister and I were sent from bombed out London to Souldrop. With a label tag on our coats we arrived by train and bus and the WI ladies line us up and we were put in line for selection by the local folk……. We were chose by Arthur & Katherine who were farmhands for Mr.Haroldon his farm some miles out of the village…….He tended the sheep and did general farm work…….we live din the tied terrace cottage across the road from the farm…..There were Italian POWs working on the farm under the scrutiny of armed soldiers and the Land army girls drove the tractor and shire horses and women drove the local bus… We went to the local village school and our teacher was Miss Bagshawe…… the school seemed a couple of miles away passed a Methodist chapel…….. Harvest festival was in the big church and the evacuees got a parcel each after the service……. I remember the sheep dogs Judy & Tricksey who also rounded up the cattle
I wonder if you can  help trace further details of these folk for me and my Grandchildren who are covering ‘evacuees’ as a school project.
I currently live in Rothbury, Northumberland… but I have many clear memories of Souldrop, and the American Airforce folk one met in Rushden on market days..They had many a kind words for the evacuees and chewing gum, and were genuinely feeling for us fathe evacuees whose fathers were killed fighting in France and Holland and whose Mothers were bombed in the blitz.

I wrote back to Lawrence and told him of the ‘bomb squad’ incident a couple years back and also mentioned we would keep our eyes and ears open for others that may be able to share memories with him.

Dear Steve, Thanks for your speedy response……..if you do find local oldies who remember the ‘evacuees’ let me know… it might be worthwhile asking your local WI as those ladies plus the ‘Lady of the mansion’ seemed to be involved with organising the ‘evacuees’……….I do remember the school shut at harvest time and everyone went into the fields to help… your records may also show the names of the local farm owners too.
regards    Lawrence Lampert

If anyone wishes to correspond with Lawrence, I have his email address if you contact me at…   souldrop.steve@gmail.com I will forward Lawrence’s email contact details.

Alternatively, please feel free to use the below comment box to contribute your memories.You can use your normal Facebook, Yahoo, AOL or Hotmail accounts to do so.

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Bad Deal On Our Broadband?

Dear BT , Mayor of Bedford, or other…..

Our village of Souldrop would dearly love to have a decent Broadband Speed with a reliable connection. We understand that Bedford Borough Council has in place a “Central Superfast Broadband Project” which aims are understood to include eventually rolling out slightly faster broadband to Souldrop maybe if we are lucky in 2018 or 2019. This will make us one of the last rural areas in Bedford to experience a modest minimum of 2.01 mbps. Lets face it folks that speed will be a significant improvement on the speeds many of us get round here at the moment but in the grand scheme of things , it is really not going to be fast enough to enjoy many of the benefits that the real high speed broadband users, elsewhere are used to.

Souldrop's ancient telegraph supply network

Souldrop’s ancient telegraph supply network

Telephone, Broadband and Electricity are delivered to much of the village via a now aging telegraph wired supply network, the basis for this technology is getting on for a hundred years old! God forbid Amazon dot com ever get their way and use drone helicopters to deliver their goods to villagers in Souldrop, I just don’t think drones and our village wiring system would get on together! The problem is that BT who administer the telephony system say that problem is that we are over a couple of miles from the Sharnbrook exchange. They say the problem is that they have old copper wire networks that are in place that were not originally intended for  Broadband signal. They are making the best out of a clearly antiquated system that ideally needs replacing with fiber optics. The village simply doesn’t have the population or businesses to make funding such a rewiring a reliable option. Well there are subsidies and the Mayor is on the case (apparently! – write to him if it concerns you!)
Many of our villagers experience speeds that are not much improved since the dreadful days of dial-up internet, with so much of life online nowadays don’t the villagers deserve better? Our Mayor seems to be championing faster rural broadband but currently his attention is elsewhere in the region. Maybe we as a village are simply not campaigning loud enough!

According to online checkers the village of Souldrop has a 1.5 to 2.0 Mb speed range, we know that this is pretty much bang in the middle of the actual reported speed of some residents.

For instance we have a range speeds reported from 0.250mb to 5.0mb, we also have a high dropout rate reported in the village. If a BT Openreach repair van enters the village, then the rate of ‘curtain-twitchers’ increases tenfold!

Report you speeds right below using your facebook account, if you think we should get a campaign together to prompt our lord mayor into improving our broadband supply then discuss below. I think the village deserves a better connection, what do you think?

Steve Andrews

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Souldrop Bridge returns

Closed for five months! Looking towards the traffic lights on the railway bridge at Sharnbrook Road Souldrop.

Closed for eight months! Looking towards the traffic lights on the railway bridge at Sharnbrook Road Souldrop.

Residents have noted an increase in overnight activity this week as Network Rail fight against time to deliver the promised re-opening of the Sharnbrook/Souldrop railway bridge.
The Souldrop bridge, is re-scheduled to open on the 7th November which is three months late after failing to meet it’s original August 11th deadline. The delay has been attributed to “unforeseen circumstances” by Network Rail which offers little explanation for the apparent lack of activity over the last few months until the recent overnight work.

The following day, Templars Way in Sharnbrook will be closed and for 6 months. Diversion routing is challenging and it is planned to use Souldrop/Sharnbrook Road as one of the options. This will be effective from Saturday 8th November 2014.

At this point it is unclear whether or not the previous Traffic Lights or bridge weight restrictions be retained. There are concerns in the village that the re-opening of the bridge will see the return of Heavy Goods Vehicles and a general increase in traffic using the Sharnbrook/Souldrop road, which one resident describes as a “rat-race”. Certainly the village can expect to see an increase in traffic once the bridge is re-opened and particularly for the following six months or more whilst Templars Way is closed

 

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Woman Killed by train

A woman has been hit and killed by a train near Back Lane bridge, Souldrop, on Thursday the 2nd October, at shortly after 9AM. Police say the woman’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
Trains were delayed throughout the region until at least 11am as a result.

Officers from Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire were joined by British Transport Police in conducting searches, and the police helicopter and paramedics were also in attendance.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “We were called to the line in Souldrop, Bedfordshire, at 9.10am to reports of a woman being struck by a train.
“We attended the scene alongside colleagues from Northamptonshire Police and the East of England Ambulance Service and a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The incident is not being treated as suspicious and officers are working to identify the woman and inform her family.
“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

 

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Advertise

Like anything these days there is no such thing as a free lunch!

The Souldrop.biz Community Website has been running for over two years now and in that time we have had to pay the web Hosting and Domain costs. The charges in themselves don’t particularly amount to a great deal but over time it does add up. So we have cleared a few limited placements that we can stick up adverts in the hope that we can raise a few modest costs that will help to make Souldrop.Biz – self sustainable.

If you are a local trader or business why not take advantage of our advertising space?

An advert on Souldrop.biz will help your company or service reach into the community – inform and integrate with the community and help us to sustain the website that supports the community.

Further details including pricing, sizes and term here

Does Santa Pod Affect You?

Souldrop Villagers

If you have any issues or concerns regarding Santa Pod e.g. level of noise/traffic management etc, we would like to hear from you. Please contact gilliangreen25@gmail.com . and your concerns will be passed on to the Santa Pod Liaison Group. If you would like a noise/disturbance form to record your concerns please let Gillian know.

 

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Souldrop Weekly

Souldrop Weekly will be back on Thursday 18th September – 10.30 to 12.000
Everybody is welcome. Come along for coffee, cakes and a chat in a friendly atmosphere.

We will be holding our Coffe Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research on Thursday 25th September. Please come along and support this event.

Donations of cakes would also be very welcome.

 

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