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’s missing cats

George-the-cat

George-the-cat

Kenny-the-cat

Kenny-the-cat

Tinkerbelle-the-cat

Tinkerbelle-the-cat

Have you seen Tinkerbelle, Kenny or George?

There has been a spate of missing cats in the village over the last few weeks. In December ‘Tinkerbelle’ went missing and the owners responded by posting a circular around the village. Then a week or so later ‘Kenny’ went missing.

The latest is ‘George’ a tomcat, who went missing in mid January. Gus –  George’s owner is understandably upset and asks if anyone reports a sighting to let him know. “George is not usually in the habit of disappearing for more than a day or so, but now it’s getting on for a fortnight that he has not shown”

Both Kenny and Tinkerbelle’s contact information are on the flyers shown to the left. If anyone spot’s George, please contact Gus or Mrs Chalks directly, or  use our contact form here .  We will pass the message on.

George the cat is usually to be found on or around the village green area.

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Excitement in Souldrop as Bomb Squad is called!

Grenade found in Souldrop, Bomb Squad called!

Grenade found in Souldrop, Bomb Squad called!

Police called the RAF Bomb Disposal Unit to a residence in Souldrop village Tuesday afternoon ( 23rd April) after a WW2 hand grenade was found. The area was cordoned off and nearby residents were evacuated as the bomb disposal officers moved in. However it was quickly established the grenade which still had it’s pin in place, was in fact a dud. The BDU officers and Police then pronounced the area safe and departed taking the grenade with them. The grenade had been found at the back of a property of a recently deceased local resident. Neighbours said that whilst clearing a shed they had found an object which on closer inspection turned out to be a hand grenade. “I had it in my hands and then I noticed that it still had it’s pin in it” said a local resident who quickly put it down and immediately called the Police.

Apparently, during WW2 Army training camps were located nearby. After the war and ‘de-mob’ it was actually quite common for folk to take home ‘mementos’ of their war days, although this was obviously illegal and frowned upon by the authorities.

Souldrop quickly returned to normal and to enjoy a beautiful spring day as the excitement amongst the residents abated.

The grenade was declared a 'dud' and the taken away

The grenade was declared a ‘dud’ and the taken away

Souldrop Winsey farm Wind Turbine meeting.

Wind turbine in Souldrop?

Wind turbine in Souldrop?

Wind Turbines are a divisive issue when it come to rural areas. There are arguments for and against the encroachment of wind turbines in the local neighbourhoods. It seems pressure is mounting on several areas of the North Bedfordshire Wolds for the erection of wind turbine generators, some scores of meters high. Plans for two such wind turbines to be built within Souldrop Parish are being debated by Bedford Borough Council on Monday 17th December.

A hasty meeting for Souldrop residents opposing the turbines (S.P.O.T) has been arranged at the Village Hall for this Friday at 7.30pm

There are lots of good reasons why local residents should feel cheated by the planning process and upset by the idea of the installation of huge turbines dominating the local environment. At the same time the argument on the other side for the long term sustainability of energy utilising wind and water power as opposed to carbon based fuels is compelling. Many have no particular opinion either way until the ‘problem’ becomes local.
When it comes down to the turbines encroaching the neighbourhood landscape, then passions will understandably rise.

Spot meeting circular

Spot meeting circular

In the interests of the community at large this website will attempt to remain neutral but at the same time give a space to report news and to give air to opinions to both sides of the argument.

What do you think?

Souldrop: Important Announcement.

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The aim of this website is to keep the Souldrop community informed of the latest happenings, news and events of the locality. We can only do this if you get involved and share anything that you may feel be relevant to the community.

It is early days yet and the website is still in it’s ‘beta’ stage but very soon Souldrop Biz for the Community, will be officially launched.

To get involved by contributing or enquiries about placing an advert for a business, service or charity please use our Contact Us page, scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the simple form.

Perhaps for the more inter-web savvy, it is also ‘theoretically possible’ to Register an account  with us, or even Log on with your Facebook account, to contribute your own posts or comments. If you are lucky and it functions correctly, once logged on you may ‘post’ right away. Feel free to do so should you have a relevant story! Remember we are still ‘beta testing’ and fine tuning, if you could help by letting us know about any mistakes or broken links we would be really grateful!

Please be aware however that all posts will be monitored and if necessary moderated. We plan to keep an open and fair mind, let issues be debated intelligently.

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U-Turn for Santa Pod!

Oh When Oh When are people and the sat nav companies going to update their systems?

U-Turn at Souldrop!

U-Turn at Souldrop!

I can only assume the online map systems think that Forty Foot Lane and the bridleways leading to the back of Colworth are roads fit for general traffic. (I would like to see a normal vehicle try get down the depths of Forty Foot lane!)
This has been going on years and it is about time the maps were updated.
The villagers in exasperation have taken in onto themselves at the weekends to hand paint signs and plant them on the approaches to the village. There has been actions and promises in the past to try and rectify the problem but the wayward traffic still keeps coming and the signs still get placed.

No access to Santa Pod!

No access to Santa Pod!

One night at two o’clock in the morning recently (yes – sometimes I work late!) the usual peace and quiet of that time of the day was ruptured by the sounds of a very heavy vehicle with its reversing lights and accompanying beeps! This went on for some time, eventually I peered out of my window and was staggered to see a huge pantechnicon lorry, trying to reverse towards the green. The lorry was longer than the green! I had never seen anything that big in Souldrop before, I thought they were banned. The driver was heading along Chapel lane and who knows, maybe he had made it all the way up Forty Foot lane to the Three Shires Way, before eventually he must have realised his sat nav was wrong.

How far he had reversed, heaven knows, but I winced as I spotted a neighbours parked car directly behind the reversing lorry. How the hell do you reverse something that size around the green, obstacles like parked cars aside?
Well the answer was to initiate the mother of all three point turns, within fifteen minutes, somehow he made it! As he drove off I vaguely caught sight of the numberplate and it was of all things…Polish. Whilst having no problems with our intrepid European explorers, we welcome all, providing they are here for the right reasons.
Anyway after the truck disappeared and peace and quiet returned, I had one final look around the village green, expecting to see a marauding pitch forked band of neighbours ready to see of the errant lorry. Well you would with the racket that was made and worst of all the threat to the beloved motor car. But no, not one light bulb, or curtain twitcher was evident. The entire village apart from myself had slept through it, amazing!

The only evidence that I did really witness this event and had not hallucinated it, was a fresh muddy rut on our pristine green. The lorry had to mount the green to avoid the parked car. tut tut!

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