Riseley Historical Society

Our last talk of the 2016/2017 season will be on Tuesday
30th May at 7.45 in the Village Hall lounge. Clive Emsley will give a talk entitled “ Was the British Bobby ever different?
All welcome. Members free, non members £3.00

We then have a break during the Summer, with our 2017/2018 season starting on Tuesday 26th September. We are currently finalising the programme. Details will be released late August.

We are hoping to organise a trip out during the summer to a place of local historical interest. As soon as the date and venue has been decided, information will be circulated to members.

Our membership year starts on 1st August to tie in with our financial year. Members’ subs are presently £10 annually. Anyone not a member but wishing to join, should contact our Membership Secretary, Phillip Nicholls at 5 Maple Gardens –

Work is progressing with our new book on those villagers who fought in the Great War. Final drafts are in the process of being proof read. Launch date and price are yet to be decided. We hope to have a table at Riseley Show to display some of the information gathered and take advance orders.
Andrew Gell – 708191

Riseley Footpath Group

A date for your diary: We will be organising a Sunday morning walk on 4th June. Start time 10.30am, lasting about 2 hours and covering 4/5 miles.

Posters will be put up about 10 days before, advising the start point.
Nigel Gell and Andrew Gell – 708191

Riseley Village Hall – Lost Property

As Booking Secretary for the Village Hall, I am the first contact for residents who find any lost property in the Village Hall or residents who think they may have left items in the Hall.

The ladies black gloves have been claimed but presently I have two items handed in which have not been claimed :

1) a Gelert outdoor fleece/jacket
2) a mobile phone/i-pad in a light blue cover

If you think they may belong to you, contact me on 708191.
Andrew Gell

Riseley Calendar – 2018

A reminder for all you budding photographers to keep taking those shots that you feel would be suitable for the 2018 Riseley Calendar. Entries will be on display at the Riseley Show on 9th September.

A reminder that they should be landscape, no bigger than 9” x 6” with file saved to make it easier for printing. Any subject relating to Riseley- views/the Village at work or play/wildlife.
Andrew Gell – 708191

Riseley Bottle Bank

A thank you to residents for their support in using our bottle bank. For those not already aware, our bottle bank is owned by the Parish and run by volunteers.

All profits made from recycling the glass are distributed between the Riseley Recreation Association and The Village Hall. Currently it goes for emptying once per month and each time, after deducting the cost of transport, a profit of £40 is made.
Andrew Gell – 708191

Parish Council News

Street Lighting

As reported in the last issue the Parish Council are in the process of carrying out a programme of replacing the orange sodium lights with white LED units which use much less energy. They are being done gradually over a two year period.

In answer to an often asked question as to who is responsible for street lighting in Riseley, historically we have three different providers: About half of the lights including all the bracket lights on the telegraph poles are Parish Council, about half are Bedford Borough Council and those on Bedford Pilgrim Housing Association sites are their responsibility.

A reminder that the initial report for any lights not working or faulty should be reported to Parish Councillor William Wallis –

Rural Bulky Waste Collections – 2017

A thank you to residents for supporting the bulk waste collections on 6th/7th May. I can’t recall ever seeing them so busy as they were this year.

Orange Bag Replacement

Several residents have reported that on requesting a further supply of orange bags from the Borough Council, they have been told that supplies are no longer being sent out to individuals and that they have to be collected from certain collection points, one of which includes Riseley Parish Council.

We are looking into this and will put an update in the next Newsletter and on the Parish Notice Boards.

Neighbourhood Plans

At the Annual Parish Meeting held on 27th April, a presentation was given on the benefits of Parishes having a Neighbourhood Plan in place. The procedures and likely costs were also detailed.

There was sufficient interest from residents present to take this to the next stage. This would be the forming of a steering group comprising of residents and representatives of village groups to take the matter forward.

The Parish Council will be discussing the best way to roll out the information on Neighbourhood Plans to the Village and seek those willing to be on the steering group.

Watch for further information.

Local Plan – 2021 to 2035

A reminder for those who may have missed the report in the last issue of the Newsletter that the Borough Council have not selected any of the sites in Riseley as preferred sites and therefore none go through to the next consultation phase.

The report can be viewed on line, on the Borough Council web site

Next Meetings

After delivery of this issue the next meetings to be held are:

Thursday 15th June
Thursday 20th July
We have no meeting scheduled for August
Thursday 21st September

The June and July meetings will be in the main hall of Riseley Lower School at 7.30pm. Entry via the door into the playground.

The September meeting is scheduled to be in the Village Hall Lounge at 7.30pm.

Andrew Gell – Chairman

Villager Minibus

The Villager operates scheduled services from North Beds villages including Riseley to destinations such as Sainsbury’s, Milton Keynes, Rushden, Peterborough and
St Ives using one 17 seater minibus. Our base is at Sharnbrook Upper School.

All our committee members and drivers are volunteers.

We are currently in need of new drivers. If you can spare 1 or 2 days a month to drive one of our routes, please contact me. We give full training through the MIDAS scheme. A full driving licence, which includes category D1, is required.

I will be happy to call on you to give more information if you are willing to help us keep our services running.

Andrew Gell – 708191; Email;