Cropwell Bishop Creamery Wins Again


The Cheesemaker's Shop, Nottingham Road.


Celebration Weekend

Cropwell Bishop's Celebration Weekend is now just over a week away and a lot of events have been planned for the three days.

Have a look at the posters on the Events page and make plans for how you will make the most of what is on offer.

Tony Jarrow

At Long Last!

After years of inaction, Rushcliffe Borough Council finally makes a welcome decision about parking at Bingham. But why did it take a decade for the Council to recognise the obvious damage that long term parking was doing to trade from people living in nearby villages like Cropwell Bishop.

I gave up on Bingham for shopping 11 years ago and now only go as far as Aldi and Lidl car parks. I understand that the new restrictions only apply to 39 parking places: whether this will be enough to attract people back to Bingham's shops remains to be seen.

See the Press Release below.

Tony Jarrow

PRESS RELEASE by Rushcliffe Borough Council:

Plans to improve short stay car parking in Bingham.

Rushcliffe Borough Council is announcing plans to introduce short-stay parking in Bingham, building on research undertaken by the Town Council, which highlighted long term issues with the availability of parking spaces in the town.

The changes, which will come into effect in early September, will see both Union Street and Needham Street car parks designated as short-stay car parks, meaning that shoppers and visitors to the town will get 2 hours free parking, with a ticket from the parking machine. However to discourage long-stay parking, which can clog up spaces and cause problems for visitors in finding a space, a charge of £20 will be introduced for anyone parking for longer than 2 hours in these two car parks.

Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Councillor Simon Robinson said:

“We know how difficult it can be to find a parking space in Bingham and we don’t want visitors to be put off from visiting this vibrant town centre because of long-stay parkers taking up spaces all day.”

“We’ve listened to Bingham Town Council, along with the views of local businesses and visitors to Bingham. We are hopeful that the introduction of more short-stay parking, which will be free of charge, will encourage visitors and support the economic growth of the town centre, which is a key priority for the Council.”

Rushcliffe Borough Council will be working with Nottinghamshire County Council and Bingham Town Council, and will also be talking to local businesses, key stakeholders and the public, before the plans are implemented. This will include exploring joint opportunities for the creation of additional long stay car parking in the area. The parking arrangements for the larger Newgate Street car park will remain unchanged.

Three Year Apprenticeship on Offer

Barratt & Swann

Proposed Bus Service: How will it Affect Cropwell Bishop?

The County ‘822’ proposals (issued 14/06/17) are intended to replace the V2 from 23 July 2017.

The proposed 822 service will run from Bingham via Aslockton and the Vale villages to Cropwell Bishop (serving Church St and Hoe View Road as the current V2 route) and then on to Cotgrave Hollygate Lane Estate and Cotgrave Manvers Arms (missing out Ringleas).

It then continues to Tollerton airport, Morrisons and West Bridgford (again as the existing V2).

Daytime 822 services stop at West Bridgford, whereas peak-time 822 services go through to Friar Lane.

Through ‘peak-time’ buses from Church St (labelled as Post Office on the 822 timetable) to Nottingham Friar Lane run at 0643, 0713 and 0803 in the morning and at 1623 and 1708 in the late afternoon (41 minute journey time).

In the late afternoon, through 822 buses from Friar lane to Cropwell Bishop run at 1630, 1705 and 1755 (40 minute journey time). Note that these buses from Friar lane do not stop at Broadmarsh.

In the daytime, the 822 provides a service from Church St to West Bridgford at 33 minutes past the hour from 0933 to 1533 (then 1623 and 1708 which continue to Friar Lane) timings one minute later from Hoe View Road.

For the return daytime journey the 822 leaves West Bridgford on the hour between 0900 and 1600 (with buses at 1645, 1720 and 1810 which originate in Friar Lane).

Buses to Bingham from Cropwell Bishop Church St run hourly from 0925 to 1525 (34 minute journey time) with return buses from Bingham on the hour from 0900 to 1500 (33 minute journey time).

Parish Councillor John Greenwood

You can download copies of the full timetable by clicking the links below.

Tony Jarrow

Cropwell Bishop to Nottingham

Nottingham to Cropwell Bishop

Bus Route

County Council Proposes Bus Solution

The following note was issued today (14/06/17) by Chris Ward, County Manager, Transport & Travel Services, to accompany the proposed timetable for the ‘822’ service to replace the ‘V2 Service’.

Following discussion with Members a final timetable has been produced to replace the Villager 2 service from 24th July, a copy is attached for your reference.

The final route covers as much of the current Villager 2 service as possible, maintains the peak time journeys to Nottingham but with the off peak journeys connecting in West Bridgford where there are many options for connections to Nottingham.

Peak journeys to Nottingham are also maintained through connections in Bingham with the Rushcliffe Mainline or rail services.

We are hoping to introduce a ‘through’ ticketing agreement with both Trentbarton and Nottingham City Transport, details of this will be made available as soon as possible.

I hope to be able to advise you who will be operating the new service at the end of June following a short procurement process, timetables and full information will follow as soon as possible after that, your help in circulating this would be greatly appreciated.

We are initially looking to award the contract for 2 years to try and get some stability in the area, during this time I intend to review the service and will be inviting representatives from each Parish/Town as we have done previously.

I recognise that this situation will cause some concern to your residents, we are however trying to minimise any disruption and maintain as much of the service across the whole area as possible within the budget available.

If you have any queries regarding this please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Chris Ward
Manager, Transport & Travel Services

In 3 months ....!

in 3 months

What's coming up in 3 months time?? Search the Events Page to find out.

Tony Jarrow

Picnic in the Park: Volunteers Needed

"Picnic in the Park" will take place on Saturday 1st July.

Please, can anyone give up half an hour—or an hour—of their time to help during the evening? If not the evening, would you be able to help for an hour during the morning when we set up for the event?

We need your help to make this event happen and continue in the future!

If you can help with setting up, or to "man a gate" for us, please contact me on: 0115 9894656 or email:

Thank you

Janice Towndrow
Parish Clerk

Do You Know Someone Who Would Benefit?

contact the elderly

Contact the Elderly, a leading national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among older people, is inviting local residents in the Bingham area (including Cropwell Bishop) to join its monthly tea parties and enjoy a few hours of tea, chat and good company.

Contact the Elderly, with the support of thousands of volunteers all across the UK (including Cropwell Bishop), organises monthly tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and above, who live alone and would like some company on a Sunday afternoon.

Each guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home, where they meet with a small group for tea, chat and friendship. The group is welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.

Contact the Elderly’s North Development Officer, Emma McPhilbin, said:

“For older people who live alone, Sundays can be particularly long and difficult. These tea parties give people a chance to get together with others, make new friends, eat delicious cakes and enjoy a cup of tea. The monthly events make a real difference to the lives of those in the group and we would encourage anyone interested in coming along, or those who know of people to whom it might appeal, to get in touch.”

Cropwell Bishop residents, aged 75 and above, who live alone without the support of family and friends, who are interested in joining the Bingham Contact the Elderly group can phone Emma McPhilbin, North Development Officer, on:
0161 669 6232
or email:

In practice, it may well be that initial contact is made by friends and neighbours of these people—with, of course, their consent.

V2 Bus Service: Update

Cropwell Bishop Bus Service to End in 2 Months

Cropwell Bishop Parish Council is appalled by the decision this week to withdraw the Rushcliffe V2 Bus Service to Cotgrave, Cropwell Bishop and the surrounding villages as of the 23rd July 2017.

This decision was made by Trent Barton alone and the Parish Council and other affected Parish Councils were also not informed of this decision.

Trent Barton has made a unilateral decision to remove this service because, even though the service was rebranded, there has been customer reduction and is therefore commercially unviable. Trent Barton failed to discuss this with N.C.C. and only notified them earlier this week.

The Parish Clerk has just spoken to N.C.C. (Friday morning 26/5/17 10.30am) and they have advised that they are currently working on an emergency replacement service for the Cropwell’s and surrounding villages.

N.C.C. have promised to contact the Parish Clerk on Tuesday of next week to advice of any progress regarding an alternative service.

Janice Towndrow
Parish Clerk

Beating of the Bounds: What does it Mean?

The first entry which the Rev. John Astie made on May 22nd 1693 on behalf of the Churchwardens in their account book, was ‘at ye perambulation’ from very early times. During the Rogation Days – the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday preceding Ascension Day – the Parish boundaries were checked for any encroachments. It was a very special occasion and associated with a religious ceremony, when the Parish Priest asked divine blessing on the crops. Boys who had accompanied their elders on the perambulation of the Parish boundaries were ceremoniously lightly beaten – a custom which had its origins in the midsts of antiquity – probably to impress upon them the importance of knowing were land, they might eventually inherit, extended.

Queen Elizabeth I encouraged the custom for in 1559, the year of her coronation, she ordered ‘the clergy shall once a year at the time accustomed, walk about their Parishes with the Curate and other substantial men of the Parish and at their return to the Church make their common prayer”. We are also told in the scriptures ‘woe be to him who moveth his neighbour’s land mark”.

It was not until the surveyors made the enclosure map that the Parish boundaries were clearly defined and drawn on paper, followed by the fencing and planting of hedges. Before then, very heavy stone pillars were fixed here and there and a sighting between any two of them would show if there had been an encroachment, particularly where the arable land of two Parishes abutted. Sometimes a substantial wood post was used.

Good examples of these stones pillars may still be seen at the entrance to the residence of Ebenezer House on Church Street (which is built on the site of the earlier Fillingham Farmhouse), near the White Cottage on Fern Road and at the entrance to the Manor House on Fern Road.

This annual perambulation was an important event and the long journey round the Cropwell Bishop Parish boundaries called for some refreshments. As from Rev. Astie’s records.

Anne Terzza

Boundary Pillar

Entrance to the residence of Ebenezer House on Church Street.

Boundary Pillar

Boundary Pillar

Stone pillar marker between Dovecote House and The White Cottage on Fern Road.

Boundary Pillar

Planning Application for Church Street Submitted

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A planning application has been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council for 8 homes on Church Street—on the site of the former Post Office and Stockyard.

Here are some sketches of how it might look and a map of the proposed development.

You can download plans of each of the proposed houses from the Rushcliffe Planning website. (I suggest you use the "map" feature to locate and then click on the site.)

Tony Jarrow

11 Church Street

11 Church Street

Opera Dudes at The Old School

Opera Dudes

First, let's be clear, Neil and Tim—the Opera Dudes—are tremendous singers of opera and, for that matter, any other kind of singing. But they are also great entertainers who have the ability to make a night at the village hall a memorable event.

At the Old School last night, a sell-out crowd enjoyed classical opera, relaxed singing and, from Tim, wonderful classical piano music. On top of all that there was the banter between them and the audience. There was the audience participation, the larking around and the many shared laughs. It was Margaret Brentnall's birthday and the Opera Dudes knew it: they made it a memorable event for her!

Another great night organised by the Entertainment Committee at the Old School. With entertainment, food and a bar all within walking distance of home, they put together another great night for Cropwell Bishop.

Tony Jarrow

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Cropwell Bishop Witches?

Who were the witches in Cropwell Bishop? Why do I ask? Click on the Gardening tab to find out.

Tony Jarrow

Little Saints are free in Cropwell Bishop

You have probably already received your copy of this month's Cropwell Bishop News. Please note that there is an error in the "Little Saints" advert on page 7.

It should state, "There is NO CHARGE for this event", not, "There is NOW charge ...."

The error occurred whilst retyping the advert: a "w" was added to the "no"! We apologise for this.

Tony Jarrow

Pop Quiz at The Old School

Pop Quiz

Last night the, now annual, Pop Quiz was held at The Old School. This is the forth year this popular event has been held and, as ever, it was hosted by the super efficient and very capable Richard Turner.

Richard clearly enjoys organising the quiz otherwise he would never take on the task of planning the hundreds of questions and hundreds of sound clips. Everything is stored on his iPod and was played from his 'player' which continually filled the hall with music.

For every question, our musical memories were stretched, and often the answer simply wasn't there. The teams with a variety of ages were at an advantage with each member being an expert on the music of their teenage and 20s years.

Surprisingly, the teams were not so far apart by the end of evening but the winner was a team from Radcliffe-on-Trent. Well done to them: no doubt the medals and bottles will help them enjoy more old pop music over the coming year.

The pictures below illustrate the stress experienced by the players—and the means they used to relieve it.

Tony Jarrow

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More Beauty in Cropwell Bishop

Beauty Barn
This coming Saturday (22nd April), "The Beauty Barn" will be opening in Cropwell Bishop.

Beauty Barn
Located on Nottingham Road, where Beauty Box used to be—next to Gary Jowett (Butchers), it will be open between 4pm and 6pm. Join staff for a glass of prosecco, mini treatments, demos and a raffle to win treatments.

Beauty Barn Beauty Barn
The Beauty Barn will be a local place for: facials, massages, nails, lashes, reflexology, waxing, gifts and vouchers—and more.
For appointments phone: 0115-8373020.

Beauty Barn
See the next Issue of Cropwell News (late April) for more details.

Possible Housing Plans for Cropwell Bishop

Yesterday afternoon and evening, Rushcliffe Borough Council used the Old School to display a range of ideas for additional housing in our village. This consultation will allow the views of residents to be recorded, even though this is still a very early stage in any possible plan for Cropwell Bishop.

These photos were taken at 4pm. It was crowded then so I suspect the Planning Staff who were in attendance were on their last legs, and voices, by the time the event closed at 8pm.

Tony Jarrow

Local Plan Local Plan Local Plan

Local Plan Local Plan