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Winter Warmer Concert

Wonderfull Winter Warmer Concert by Cropwell Bishop Singers. Abba to African songs. Entertaining group of Village carol singers. Audience participation, wine and homemade mince pies. Lovely start to the season's entertainment.

Mel Stanley

Singers
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Flowers for Christmas

How do you go about making a flower decoration for Chrismas—are there some tips for doing a good job? Find out more by going to the Gardening page.

Allsop Waste: Planning Inspectorate goes against Councils Decision

The plan to dump thousands of tons of waste in Cropwell Bishop was rejected by both our Parish and County Council but the applicant appealed and today the Planning Inspector announced that he was overruling that decision and allowing the plan to go ahead.

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So the developent work can now go ahead but the Inspector has imposed a large number of conditions. I have read his report and below is a summary of the conditions that I believe will be of most interest to residents and businesses of Cropwell Bishop.

No doubt many people living nearby will be checking that these condition are not violated over the coming years.

To download a pdf copy of the Appeal Decision click on:

Appeal Decision


Tony Jarrow

Summary of Key Conditions

The development must begin within 3 years and be completed within 3 years of starting.

Restoration work must be completed within 1 year of stopping work.

No waste disposal operation, including the operation of any associated plant, machinery or vehicle shall be carried out and no storage or excavation of materials shall take place.

No development shall take place until the following have been submitted and approved:

• Dust Management Plan

• Method statement detailing techniques for the control of noise and vibration

• HGV Management Scheme

• Ecological walk-over survey

• Biodiversity Management Plan

• Highway improvement works have been carried out

• Detailed restoration scheme

• Aftercare and habitat management strategy

Operations (including the use of floodlights) shall only take place during the following times: Mondays to Fridays 7am to 6pm and Saturdays 7:30am to 12:30pm. No operations shall take place on Sundays or on Bank or Public Holidays.

During school term times, no HGVs shall enter or leave the site between 8:30am to 9am and 3:30pm to 4:30pm on Mondays to Fridays.

No crushing or screening of waste shall take place on or adjacent to the site.

Only one bulldozer (or one tracked excavator) shall be operated on the site at any time. The mobile plant shall be fitted with white noise reversing warning devices and shall be fitted with silencers.

In the event of a noise complaint which, in the opinion of the Waste Planning Authority may be justified, a noise impact survey shall be carried out by the site owner or operator and submitted to the Waste Planning Authority.

There shall be no more than 18 HGV movements to and from the site (9 in, 9 out) in any one working day between Monday and Friday and no more than 8 HGV movements to and from the site (4 in, 4 out) on Saturdays.

The Waste Management Area shall be restored to a nature conservation end-use.

Fireworks Display

Once again our Parish Council organised a family fireworks display this evening, for everyone in Cropwell Bishop to enjoy in complete safety.

In slick fashion, it took less than an hour to feed hot dogs, mushy peas and drinks to over 200 people—including many children, and then entertain them with a fantastic free fireworks display.

Whilst it is lovely to turn up at 6.45pm and enjoy the next hour, we must remember—and fully appreciate—that during the preceeding 3 hours, dozens of villagers, including all available parish councillors, had been labouring to set up fences, slice cobs, cook hot dogs, warm peas, and prepare drinks. And all these thing had to be purchased in the days before. And then, of course, after we went home they stayed behind to clear up everything.

So let's remember to celebrate our good fortune in living in a community where there are people who are prepared to put on events such this, year after year.

Tony Jarrow

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Anaerobic Digester Power Plant - Open Day

On Saturday, local farmer Russell Price opened the doors of his farm to the people of Cropwell Bishop.

Not so many years ago that would have meant holding lambs, milking cows and watching a tractor ploughing. However, in the 21st century, if a farm is going to survive as a business it has to make the most of every opportunity to use its assets in new and enterprising ways.

Digester

So now, as well as supplying the general public with crops, Russell is supplying it with electricity. The big domes and buildings sited by the A46 are linked by pipes, ducts and wires and it is continuously feeding electricity into the National Grid—a bit like those people with solar panels on their roof, only on a much bigger scale.

Its output is 1 Megawatt, 24 hours a day. That is enough to power 300 electric kettles continuously, day and night.

Other aspects of the site are still under development but the goal is to make use of every joule of energy that enters its gates in the most productive way.

I was at the site for only an hour or so on Saturday but while there I saw at least 50 people being taken around the site by knowledgeable guides. Mick was the guide for our group and I have to confess that I didn’t grasp all the science of the system, but hopefully I learnt enough to pass on to you some understanding of how it all works. First, a bit of history.

Allesandro Volta was an Italian Physicist who was born in 1745. His fame lives on because the unit of electrical potential difference was named after him, i.e. Volts.

In the year 1776, while Americans were having a party and dumping tea into the docks at Boston and declaring they wanted to be independent of England (no time for referendums in those days), Volta was on holiday on Lake Maggiore in Italy, and his boat went alongside some reeds.

He began to poke the muddy bottom of the marsh beds with a stick and saw lots of gassy bubbles floating up to burst on the surface. He collected some of this gas and discovered it was inflammable. He called it “marsh gas”: nowadays we call it methane.

The bubbles of methane from the bed of Lake Maggiore were produced by decaying plants. Micro-organisms (bacteria) feed on the plants and produce methane as a waste product. These particular bacteria are able to feed on the decaying plants without needing oxygen. For this reason, we call them, ‘anaerobic’ bacteria (‘anaerobic’ means ‘living in the absence of oxygen’).

Russell’s site is based on the same principle. Everything is geared up to getting the maximum methane from dead plants (well any organic matter) using the least amount of energy. He has to use some energy to operate electrical machinery and to keep his tanks warm but he still has enough surplus energy to power the two giant electric generators.

This is how the system works:

  • Raw material (plant stuff, etc) is stored under covers for several weeks
  • Then it is loaded into a giant mashing machine
  • The resulting mush is then pumped into a tank where it is stirred up and warmed until it is ready to be pumped into the first digester.
  • There, the temperature is made just right (50 deg C) for the bacteria to get to work and release methane for several days.
  • This is all very useful but it is possible to get additional methane from the material by following up with a second kind of bacteria. However, these secondary bacteria live at a higher temperature so the mush is then pumped into an even bigger digester at 80 deg C where yet more methane is released.
  • Eventually, the methane gas is fed to the engines that turn the generators that feed electricity into the National Grid.
  • For everything to run smoothly, it is essential that timings, temperatures and other settings are carefully controlled and they are all displayed on the computer screen in the site office.
  • If something needs adjusting when there is no one on site, that is not a problem; the managar gets an alert on his iPhone and can make any changes from his phone.

The principle on which the plant is based is relatively simple but then, so is the principle behind a nuclear power station. Making the whole thing work smoothly has taken years of development by the companies that supply the equipment.

Below are a few photos from the open day. Many thanks to Russell for the free coffee and cakes at the end.

Tony Jarrow

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Stilton Stumble

It was very busy in Cropwell Bishop this morning: it was the day of the 2016 Stilton Stumble.

The Stilton Stumble road running event has become a very popular fixture on the Cropwell Bishop Calendar. It is organised by the 'Friends of Cropwell Bishop Primary School' and the '1st Cropwell Bishop Scouts', who share the proceeds equally, and it relies upon the help of a large number of volunteers.

There are in fact two events, a 24k race followed by a 10k race 10 minutes later. They follow mainly different routes to avoid runners getting mixed up.

The rain clouds seemed to plan their path over the village to match precisely the timing of this year's event. At 10am it was pouring down. Thankfully, the grey clouds did eventually move on and by the end of the morning there was lovely sunshine to greet the late finishers.

To be honest, running in the rain is not much of a problem for runners. Once they have got going and can't get any wetter, the rain stops them over-heating and adds to the fun (maybe not for all runners!).

Heavy rain is more of a problem for the organisers and particularly the marshals who just have to stick it out until the last runner has gone through. Not much fun for them so we have to be thankful for their efforts.

Below are a few photos taken at this morning's events. If you would like to see a lot more, click on the link below. Once on the Flickr website you have the option of viewing photos full size and are also able to download any that interest you.

Stilton Stumble Photos

Tony Jarrow

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Robin Hood Marathon

Robin Hood Marathon

It was the Robin Hood Marathon and Half-Marathon yesterday—its 35th year by my reckoning. It is an amazing spectacle that takes over the centre of Nottingham and there were around 7000 people taking part this year. It has steadily grown in size and popularity since the first one in 1981 which started in Slab Square at the sound of Little John striking 10am.

In the early days a female runner was a rare sight; nowadays I would guess that half the runners are female.

If you know someone who ran, you might be able to find a photo of them online. I took a few photos (well, over 500) and you can see them on the "Flickr.com" website where they, and others, are freely downloadable. You can view them by going to the website and searching for "Robin Hood Marathon 2016" photos: alternatively, click on this link:

Robin Hood Marathon Photos

Tony Jarrow