Following up on the story a couple of days ago about a "stolen umbrella", I have been sent good news from the home owner ....
"Believe it or not, we have now found our garden umbrella totally undamaged!
It appears it was not stolen but was blown away by a sudden very strong gust of wind and ended up in a garden several doors away.
One of our other neighbours thought he had seen something flying through the air last Saturday afternoon although not 100% sure, and on hearing our umbrella was missing put two and two together so we did more investigations.
The whole episode is quite bizarre, but has now been resolved."
Tour of Britain in Cropwell Bishop (12-7-18)
Last Monday, around 20 people met at the Old School to find out more about the Tour of Britain day (Sat 8th Sept) and brainstorm ideas of how we can make this unique visit a memorable one for everyone in Cropwell Bishop.
It will certainly be a busy Saturday morning. Based on current information, we anticipate the cyclists coming through Cropwell Bishop at about 11.15am.
In the hour or so before this, a large number of official cars will pass through, together with around 50 police motorcyclists who will methodically man every road junction and close the route to through traffic. Any vehicles left parked on the route will be removed.
The people at Monday’s meeting recognised that the event provided two great opportunities.
Firstly, it would enable us to promote the village of Cropwell Bishop to the rest of the World. The race will be televised live by ITV4 and viewers will see the images from cameras on following motorbikes and an overhead helicopter.
Secondly, it would allow everyone living here to have fun and enjoy the occasion.
The meeting generated a large number of ideas: here are our best ones so far:
- Encourage everyone to wear yellow or green (these are the theme colours suggested by Rushcliffe BC).
- Have a number of yellow painted old bicycles on prominent display on the route through the village (Kinoulton Road, Nottingham Road, Church Street, Cropwell Butler Road).
- Have 25 yellow posters on display (sold by Rushcliffe BC).
- Use yellow and green balloons to wave or ‘wear’ (long, thin, bendable modelling balloons). These would be given free to all children on the morning of the event (and 10p each to adults).
- Face painting on the morning (yellow and green streaks on each cheek: as seen on World Cup spectators).
- Wear cycle helmets. Competition for decorated ones.
- Encourage occupants of houses on the route to decorate them in yellow and green or with a cycling theme.
- Children standing on the St Giles corner holding large banners spelling out “CROPWELL BISHOP etc..”.
- Encourage everyone to cheer loudly and generally make lots of noise as riders pass by.
- Have “land art” on the Memorial Hall field and the School field. Whilst not on the route, these would be clearly visible from the helicopter. If you are unfamiliar with such “art”, you might like to watch highlights of a few stages of the Tour de France which are currently being shown daily at 7pm on ITV4. Bales of straw, mechanical contraptions, people in formation, etc, each village trying to outdo the next one. We will have to register each Land Art by mid August for it to appear on TV. For inspiration, click on: Tour of Britain Land Art
These are just our initial ideas—we welcome more, especially from those who were not at the meeting. You can email them to me, or the Parish Clerk. Input from racing cyclists could be particularly useful.
We are hoping that one consequence of the race coming through Cropwell Bishop is that most of our pot-holed roads will be made good (really good!) by race day.
However, beyond this, there will be no fresh money coming to the village for the event. Hence, our pursuit of low-cost, value-for-money ideas. Nevertheless, the best ideas are often low-cost or home-made.
A presentation on the Tour of Britain is planned for children at Cropwell Bishop Primary School one morning in the next few weeks.
I will post further updates as our Village plans for "Tour Day" evolve.
Cropwell Bishop Beat Surgeries (12-7-18)
Police Beat Surgeries will be restarting in Cropwell Bishop. A drop in opportunity to meet local police and discuss local community issues.
The Beat surgery will be held at The Old School.
The Beat Surgery dates are:-
Wednesday 25th July @ 12.00 mid-day
Tuesday 7th August @ 12.00 mid-day
Wednesday 29th August @ 10.00am
Thursday 6th September @ 10.00am
Thursday 27th September @ 3.30pm
Janice Towndrow (Parish Clerk)
Daylight Robbery in Cropwell Bishop (11-7-18)
A resident has emailed me to say:
"At the weekend, and we think it was on Saturday afternoon, our large garden sun-umbrella was stolen from our back garden. We always take it in overnight but assumed it was relatively safe during the day."
The back garden referred to is hidden from the view of passers-by and is generally inaccessible. Be alert; don't let happy events like the World Cup make you think that everyone out there is cheerful, friendly and honest. The massive majority are—but a few individuals are not.
Traffic Lights until the Weekend (11-7-18)
'Best Flower Display'—Winners (10-7-18)
1st Sue McNally: 'Teddy Bears Picnic' (first two photos on left)
2nd Irene Hepple: Wheelbarrow' (top right photo)
3rd Ray Kimpson: Window Basket' (bottom right photo)
Picnic in the Park—more photos (10-7-18)
Great photos from earlier in the evening by Lance Thorpe.
Teddy Bear Parachute Jump (8-7-18)
As a regular feature of the Celebration Weekend, Teddy Bear volunteers once again jumped from the tower of St Giles Church. They all had a working parachute—and most landed safely.
I have also added some pictures of the kitchen and toilet that were installed in the Church Tower a few years ago: a great asset for church visitors.
Picnic in the Park—Fireworks (8-7-18)
Picnic in the Park—Holy Moly (8-7-18)
School Summer Fair during Celebration Weekend (7-7-18)
School Garden (7-7-18)
Celebration Weekend at the Methodist Chapel (7-7-18)
Celebration Weekend at the Parish School Room (7-7-18)
Mobile Phone Mast Working (7-7-18)
Several people have reported that their mobile phone has suddenly started showing 5 bars and 4G—in Cropwell Bishop. It must be because the new Mobile Phone Mast is now operating. Check your phone.
Now, when I am asked to give my mobile number so that I can be sent a text regarding a delivery or something, I won't have to explain that I can't get messages at home.
I am sure that delivery people and tradespeople will also be thankful and will no longer be seen waving their phones in the air.
Nottingham Road Closures in August (5-7-18)
You may have noticed that these roadworks are due to be completed the day before the Tour of Britain Cycle Race streams down Nottingham Road.
I have pointed this out to the contractors and have now been assured by Via East Midlands (the company that 'safeguards our highways in Notts') that the contractors have now been made aware of this and appreciate that the road must be ready for Race Day.
So nothing to worry about then.........
Handy Housekeepers Help Home-Lovers (4-7-18)
Rushcliffe CVS is excited to launch a new service which is called Handy Housekeepers.
RCVS is providing help at home for a very reasonable cost and staff will carry out cleaning, washing, ironing, changing beds, shopping and light household tasks. Lifting heavy weights, gardening or carrying out any personal care won’t be provided.
Staff are thoroughly vetted and insured and initially the service is available anywhere in Rushcliffe.
The cost of this service is £15 per hour and pro rata for half an hour.
Handy Housekeepers is ideal for elderly people who can’t do as much as they used to do, but who are still house-proud or want to be independent.
Rebecca Archibald, service manager, said: “A recent survey demonstrated the need for this service and we contacted potential customers who were keen to join. Unlike other services, Rushcliffe CVS already has a bedrock of caring for the elderly people. We’ll expand the service as demand grows. We will visit people at home and tailor the service according to their requirements.”
Enquiries to Rebecca on: 0115 969 9060 or
Contact them by post at:
Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service The Pump House, Abbey Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5NE
They are open: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Cropwell Bishop Parish Clerk
New Coop is Shaping Up (29-6-18)
Plans for New Housing in Cropwell Bishop (19-6-18)
I reported the release of the "Local Plan" on 26/4/18 (see article near bottom of this page). This is Rushcliffe Borough Council's plan for new housing in the borough, including Cropwell Bishop.
To download a copy of the full Plan, and find out how you can submit feedback, click on this link:
Queen sends message to Cropwell Bishop Resident (13-6-18)
The Queen will not be coming to Cropwell Bishop this summer but, the next best thing: someone from our Village has been invited over to her house.
Janice Bradley, of Nottingham Road, was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Becoming a "Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" will, I am sure, have no effect on Janice in her everyday life but admits that some work colleagues have offered bows and curtsies. Nevertheless, it is a great honour for her and gratifying for us in Cropwell Bishop to see the efforts of someone in our community being recognised.
Janice is Head of Conservation at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and is being given the MBE for services to wildlife in the county. She started volunteering for the charity over 30 years ago, while studying Biology at the University of Nottingham.
She says, "We all need wildlife, it's important for its own sake but also very important for people's health and wellbeing to have access to green spaces."
She was informed of the award a few weeks before the Honours List was published but was sworn to secrecy. Only when the press contacted her the day before its publication could she talk about it (the press get the list a day early).
Now that she has got over the shock, Janice can look forward to the next letter telling her who is to present the award: it could be any of the Royal Household.
I imagine she has already created an imaginary list of favourites.
Then she will have to think about what to wear.
Should one dress in such a way that the Royal person will immediately recognise why you were given the award, or do you dress up for the occasion? Thinking back, David Beckham didn't go in football shorts so better to dress up and leave the butterfly net at home.
Janice has lived in Cropwell Bishop 17 years and has been involved with several village clubs and committees: she is currently an Assistant Cub Leader.
After the presentation later this summer, I hope Janice will share some photos of the day for us all to enjoy.
Skate Park: Do Not Use Half Pipe (13-6-18)
After further inspection of the Skate Park half pipe this morning unfortunately this has had to be closed. The quarter pipe is still in operation.
The half pipe landing board has given way underneath and is unsafe to land on. There is a 12-15” width hole along the whole length of the landing pipe.
The Parish Council have this morning taped this piece of equipment up for the safety of the skate park users.
Sadly, we have to now inform anyone who uses this equipment does so at their own risk.
Chairman of Parish Council
Cropwell Bishop Show (7-6-18)
Leaflets and entry-forms are now available to collect from Gary Jowett's Butchers Shop, The Cheesemaker's Shop and The Old School.
You can also download them by clicking on the links below.
Something I forgot to emphasise on the entry-form was that in the Children's section, "9.7 Photograph", we want the child to TAKE the photograph not to appear in it.
The weekend of the Show will be an exiting one: on the Saturday, the Tour of Britain cycle race passes through the Village.
"My Name is Barny" (6-6-18)
Well, he is a barn owl!
I have been informed that the man who created Barny is Dan Sly. If you want to find out more about his work, visit his website:
You will be amazed by the variety and quality of his work.
Tour of Britain Cycle Race: Welcome to Cropwell Bishop (6-6-18)
The 2018 Tour of Britain Cycle Race is to pass through Cropwell Bishop, it was announced last night.
Stage 7 of this 8 day race is the longest stage, 223km, and on Saturday 8th September at about 11.30am, over a hundred professional riders will sweep down Kinoulton Road, turn right onto Nottingham Road then left onto Church Street where they will head out to Cropwell Butler.
Because the riders started in West Bridgford and it will still be early in the day, the riders are likely to snake through as one big group: 20 seconds of cylists, and they will be gone.
However, don't underestimate the preparation and effort that will go into making this stage of the race a great advert for Nottinghamshire; the stage finishes in Mansfield.
In the months before the race we are likely to see roadside grass and hedges trimmed, and road surfaces made perfect for riders more used to the Tour de France route. Goodbye to pot holes in Cropwell?
A couple of hours before the race enters Cropwell Bishop, the route will be cleared of all vehicles—no exceptions. If necessary cars will be towed away.
During the hour before, around 50 police motorcyclists will start coming along, parking themselves at every road juntion. About half an hour before, the roads on the route will be closed to public traffic.
Then the first official race-cars and those of race sponsors will start coming through.
Finally, the car and motorcycles leading the race will come through closely followed by the riders travelling at around 30mph. Following the riders will be team-cars and other race officials. By the time the race has passed through, over a hundred cars and motorcylists will have passed through with the riders.
You might even catch a glimpse of Paul Smith (of clothes shop fame). He was born in Nottingham and is a great cycling fan; he was spotted two weeks ago following the Tour of Italy race.
This is a big day for Cropwell Bishop. It is the first time the race has come here. The race will be live on ITV4 throughout the day with highlights on again in the evening.
Camera men on motorcycles and in the overhead helicopter will cover every move of the race and, just as importantly for us, every interesting road decoration and roadside feature along the way. Watch the Tour de France on TV in July to get a feel of what to expect.
In the coming weeks, a Cropwell Bishop working group will be formed to generate ideas for the day; I will post details of this once they are released so that you have the opportunity to get involved.
In the meantime, sample the atmosphere through these photos which I took of last year's race as the riders headed towards Southwell.
Owl Grows his Feathers (4-6-18)
If you liked the look of the owl that landed on Cropwell Butler Road last week (see last week's article) then you are going to like him even more now. His feathers have grown and so have his legs. Even his face looks real. I wonder if he has a name?
(Thanks to Sharon for the photos)
The Wonderful World of Gardening (29-5-18)
"Cropwell Bishop Gardeners and Growers" will have it's first meeting on Monday 17th September at 7.30pm in the Old School.
There are plans for the year to include speakers, visits, open garden safari, raffle, Christmas social...
Full details of these and other events and activities may be found on the following website over the coming weeks:
A spokesperson said, "The volunteers are currently working hard to keep everything you love about the old club but with an injection of new features with the hope of drawing in new members".
The working group hope to see both our valued members and newcomers in September.
New Homes in Cropwell Bishop—the Plan (26-4-18)
This evening, Rushliffe Borough Council has its April meeting and on the agenda is; "Local Plan - Part 2, a report of the Executive Manager: Communities".
This report recommends that Councilors approves its publication and it is very likely that they will approve it.
This "Local Plan - Part 2" describes where thousands of new houses are to be built in Rushcliffe—including Cropwell Bishop.
Because the agenda for this meeting, along with the "Local Plan - Part 2", was published prior to the meeting, I can tell you what it states in relation to Cropwell Bishop.
“Cropwell Bishop has capability to sustain around 70 dwellings on greenfield sites adjacent to the village, based on the existing size and status of the settlement, the capacity of local services and the size of those sites deemed most suitable for housing development.
In balancing sustainability, Green Belt, settlement capacity and other relevant planning considerations, land east of Church Street is identified as a housing allocation and has been removed from the Green Belt.
The development will be subject to the following requirements:
(a) a new junction comprising a mini roundabout on Church Street will provide access to the site and an additional access and parking for the neighbouring primary school;
(b) on-site multi-functional green infrastructure should provide a buffer between the new homes and sewage treatment works;
(c) the right of way along the allocation’s eastern and southern boundaries must be retained as part of multi-functional green infrastructure buffers which retain the existing rights of way and provide a visually attractive settlement edge;
(d) the completion of archaeological surveys prior to the submission of any planning applications; and
(e) it should be consistent with other relevant policies in the Local Plan.”
Last year a large number of sites in Cropwell Bishop were put forward for consideration for new homes. Even so, developers appeared to favour just two of them—the one now approved and the one on land north of the Memorial Hall.
Rushcliffe Borough Council has now rejected the site north of the Memorial Hall saying:
“The main issues of concern regarding this site are the loss of Green Belt countryside, inadequate access of Hoe View Road via Mercia Avenue and impacts on the Canal and neighbouring wildlife site.”
It goes on to say:
“There is no requirement to allocate more than 70 homes in Cropwell Bishop”.
So, it would seem:
- around 70 new homes are to be built east of Church Street (scroll to the foot of this web page to see the draft plan for the site),
- Rushcliffe BC believes that Cropwell Bishop is not capable of supporting more than 70 new homes,
- there are no other plans for large housing developments in our village.
Once I know if the recommendations in the Report have been approved, I will report back.
Sites of New Housing (6-9-17)
In March, Rushcliffe Borough Council used the Old School to display possible sites for new housing in Cropwell Bishop and invited residents to comment.
The Council has now proposed that two of those sites should be removed from the Green Belt and used to build around 160 houses. The sites are:
Site CB12 - Land north of the Memorial Hall (90 homes approx)
Site CB15 - Land east of Church Street (70 homes approx)
Firm decisions on actual building will not be made until June 2018.
It should be noted that the area referred to as CB15 in the released plan of the village (see above) is actually smaller than the area shown in the presentation in March (see the plan at the very bottom of this web page).
Below is a sketch of a possible housing plan for the CB15 site.