A few photos of Cropwell Bishop Singers at last night's concert, "Thank you for the music, 10th Anniversary Concert", at The Memorial Hall.
With songs from their World Tour, past members in the audience and Derek's best jokes ever, it was a lovely evening of music. It was also Dorothy’s last concert before retiring after accompanying the choir for 8 years.
Pop Quiz (updated) (15-5-18)
The Pop Quiz which was held at the Old School last night seems to have become an annual event. This is entirely due to the efforts of multi-talented Richard Turner.
I can't imagine anyone else being able to put together the non-stop musical tests that had groups of people huddle around a small table, humming, muttering, scratching heads, laughing and groaning non-stop for two hours. It was great fun for everyone!
When it comes to pop music over the last 60 years some people have amazing knowledge and a wonderful memory. If you have a person like that in your team, you are in with a chance of winning the event. If you have two such people you will probably will.
The winners this year were a new team from Cotgrave. In 2017 it was a team from Radcliffe and in the previous years it was a team from Kinoulton. Maybe one year a team from Cropwell Bishop will win.
But really, the evening wasn't about winning, it was about enjoying the company and having a good time: judging by the atmosphere, everyone was a winner in that sense.
Once again, thanks must go to Richard for making the event possible. Thanks also to Tim Travis for taking the photos.
Cropwell Bishop Show 2018 (updated) (6-5-18)
We are pleased to announce that the 8th Annual Village Show will take place this September.
Having it on a Sunday last year proved popular so we have booked this year's Show for Sunday 9th September—the first weekend after the start of school term.
We have retained all the popular classes for entries and also added new ones in most catagories. The poster on the Events page has more details.
You can download the Show Leaflet and Entry Form by clicking on the links below. Printed versions will be available in a few weeks time.
The builders are starting work, and the finished building comes to mind—in our imagination.
Damage to Cars in the Village (30-4-18)
Over the last few weeks, vandals have targeted several cars that are stored at premises on Fern Road. They have let down tyres and damaged paintwork that will cost over £3000 to repair. This has caused a lot of distress to the owner who uses them for his business.
The police have been informed but if anyone has information that might help them, then please contact them or let me know and I will pass it on.
House Plans Passed (27-4-18)
The plan for 70 new homes in Cropwell Bishop was passed at last night's meeting (see yesterday's article).
It will now be published for a six week representation period before being submitted for examination by a planning inspector.
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.
AGM of Parish Council (24-4-18)
Cropwell Bishop Parish Council held its Annual General Meeting last night at the Old School.
All residents were invited and, as usual, there was a presentation by an outside speaker prior to Council business. Last night, two representatives of Cropwell Bishop Creamery were there.
The Skailes family run the business and it was Ian Skailes who described the history of cheese making in Cropwell Bishop and how his family transformed his earlier company, Somerset Creamery, from a making cheddar cheese, into a maker of top quality Stilton Cheese.
Alastair Simon is responsible for product development and gave us an insight into the challenges and opportunities for a small food producer.
Sixty years ago, they were making Stilton cheese in Melton Mowbray and moving production from there to Cropwell Bishop in the 1990s, proved a challenging task.
Nevertheless, since then the business has prospered but its team of workers appreciate the need to continually innovate if they are to stay competitive in what has traditionally been a small market.
Only six diaries are allowed to sell cheese with the ‘Stilton’ label. Long Clawson is by far the biggest producer and Cropwell Bishop is the third biggest with about 10% of the market share. This is a position the company is happy to maintain.
It focuses on supplying top quality cheeses to premium retailers. So, while you won’t see its cheeses in Tesco, you will be served Cropwell Bishop Stilton when you travel 1st Class on British Airway flights (so I am told).
Almost half its sales take place in the two months before Christmas so everyone is very busy during late summer and autumn: but what about the rest of the year?
This is when they have to focus on exports and it was interesting to discover the preferences of American customers. Older, stronger smelling Stilton that we might reject, is preferred by some Americans.
Selling cheese is a complicated business and their Cheese Shop in the Village has proved a big success in many ways.
Residents at the meeting described how they value it for: buying for family and friends, buying for themselves, enjoying the creamy coffee, including a shop visit as part of the ritual when family/friends come to visit, and enjoying the quality biscuits.
The shop has also proved useful to the company for getting customer feedback and as a venue for their business customers.
The Creamery has long been a regular supporter of Village events. The Stilton Stumble Run, Picnic in the Park, Village Show, all spring to mind but their involvement in local events goes back a long way. I recall that in 1985 the company (then calling itself Somerset Creamery) sponsored the ‘Cropwell Bishop 10 Mile Run’.
It was surprising to discover that virtually all their milk is supplied by a handful of small family farms in the Peak District that sell all their milk to the Creamery.
They spoke about other ways of rewarding their Village customers; no doubt we will hear more on this later in the year.
It was good to hear how popular Cropwell Bishop Stilton has become but it was even better to enjoy their success by eating some!
Our speakers had brought along five different Stilton cheeses for us to sample together with their specialty biscuits. It was an opportunity to compare the different qualities of the Stiltons on sale in its shop.
Then it was time for official business; the AGM and report from its chairman, Alan Wilson. This developed into questions from residents and answers from relevant councilors.
Points raised included:
Pot holes: the online reporting is efficient and deep ones are filled within 48 hours. We are still waiting to see if a request for road resurfacing between Kinoulton Road and the Church will be successful: the only obstacle is the County Council's shortage of money!
Roundabout near the A46: it looks uncared for.
Bus Service: at times it is well used (early morning and later afternoon), but at other times the buses are often empty. During the day it falls short of what many residents want and they are shunning the service and, for example, using the park and ride at the Shepherds Restaurant.
Co-Op build: it would appear that the Co-Op (nationally) is reconsidering all its developments—probably because of intense competition from Aldi and Lidl. Will it still go ahead: likelihood 50/50?
Plans for new housing in Cropwell Bishop: Rushcliffe BC meets on Thursday to make its decision.
All in all, it turned out to be a very informative and entertaining evening.
To discover more about the decisions being made about your Village, go along to the next Parish Council meeting on 1st May.
Being Successful (7-4-18)
What do you need to run a village club successfully?
Well, first you need someone who is keen to make the club attractive to us in Cropwell Bishop and is willing to take the lead when decisions need to be made.
Secondly, you need some solid ‘supporters’—a small team of people who can help out by doing such things as: sending letters or emails, organising club raffles, keeping records of members, writing letters of thanks, attending occasional committee meetings, etc.
Cropwell Bishop Gardening Club was established 10 years ago and it has consistently had the support of over 50 village members throughout that time. Clearly, the club has been run very successfully: it has a leader and a team of efficient helpers.
On Monday 16th April Judy Thomas will be presenting the 10th Anniversary Meeting of the Gardening Club. It will be a celebration of all that the club has achieved since its beginning in 2008. It promises to be a great event—but there is a distinct possibility that it will become the final meeting of the Gardening Club.
Judy has led the Club for all those years but has decided that now is the time for someone else to take the club forward and so she is retiring from her role at the end of this month.
Thankfully, the club is fortunate in having someone who is happy to take over Judy’s role as leader,
but that person is going to need her own team of ‘supporters’ to help her.
They don’t need to be expert gardeners, in fact, they don’t need to know anything at all about gardening! (see list of jobs in 3rd paragraph). They just need to be "willing helpers".
If, by the end of that evening, several people have not stepped forward to offer their support, then the Annual General Meeting, planned for later on, will become a closing ceremony for the Club.
Are you able and willing to offer your help? You don’t need to be regular gardener, or a current member of the Gardening Club, or even a resident of Cropwell Bishop.
If you think you can help, or know someone who might be able to, or you just want more information, then email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will pass on your message. You will be able to come to the Anniversary meeting on 16th April to ask any questions you might have.
Give it some thought.
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.