From the People of Cropwell Bishop

Spring Flowers

Spring flower beds are looking good – thanks to our village volunteers.

John Greenwood

A Cleaner Output from Cropwell Bishop

We all make use of it many times each day yet we never give it a second thought. Thankfully, the engineers at Severn Trent think about it all the time and this morning they showed off the improvements they have made.

Cropwell Bishop's sewage treatment facilities have been updated and this morning some villagers were able to see the improvements for themselves.

It was a big engineering project and throughout the whole of 2018 lorries delivered big loads and workers got their hands dirty – but not once did they have to halt the flow from our toilets: amazing really.

Severn Trent say they have "rebuilt the sewage treatment works using new processes and added an additional stage of filtration to make sure that the final effluent discharged to the local watercourse meets stringent environmental standards".

Thanks to John Greenwood for taking the photos. John says; "it was a really enlightening and informative visit and villagers attending were most grateful to representatives of Severn Trent and the contractors, NMCN, for showing us the impressive new 'high tech' installation and processes which now treat our sewage, replacing the old filter beds."

Something to think about next time you are sitting on the toilet!

Tony Jarrow

Sewage Plant
Sewage Plant
Sewage Plant
Sewage Plant

Police Beat Surgery

Police Beat Surgery at The Old School
Wednesday 27th March 2019
2.00pm – 3.00pm

If you have any issues you wish to discuss, please come along and talk to one of our local police officers.

Janice Towndrow
Cropwell Bishop Parish Clerk

Plant Fair Date

While browsing through the March issue of Cropwell Bishop News, did you spot the advert on page 16 for the Plant Hunters Fair at Patchings Farm and decide you would go? If so, be warned!

The date given is wrong: the correct date is Saturday 30th March.

Tony Jarrow

Fund-Raising Curry-Quiz Night a Big Success

A big thank you to everyone who attended or supported the recent "Curry and Quiz Night" at the Memorial Hall.

Curry Night

I was absolutely overwhelmed by interest and support for it and sold out with 95 people there (and more teams wanting to join that I couldn't fit in).

Manoj from More Restaurant in Leicester provided the very delicious curry and generous auction prizes and Richard Turner wrote and delivered an assorted but fun quiz.

Sara and Scott did a fabulous job on the bar, Keith helped with the raffle and games and many other people helped the evening to run smoothly.

Curry Night

Overall we raised a total of £2,253 for Cancer Research UK.

Once again. a huge thank you to everyone who attended or supported the evening.

Michelle Oldfield



We have had a defribillator in Cropwell Bishop for about 5 years and it has been used on several occasions.

The problem with a resource like this is that whilst we rarely, if ever, want access to it, when we do, we need to get it quickly.

With this in mind, I have updated the Contacts page of the website where I have provided full details of how to access it. I have also made the Contacts tab stand out by making it orange.

Tony Jarrow

Past Times

Church Clock

Ever wondered what kept the St Giles Church clock going before the age of electricity? No doubt it was the people of Cropwell Bishop who regularly (daily?) climbed the tower to wind it up—their names now lost in time.

However, the clock mechanism itself is not a mystery: in fact we can go and see it!

Thanks to Jonathan Good who took this photo of the clock on discovering it in the Industrial Museum at Wollaton Park. The card on it states:

Turret Clock

Oak framed clock with wrought-iron wheels. Thought to have been made by Richard Roe, Epperstone, Nottingham, 1694. It was used by St Giles Church, Cropwell Bishop, 1694 – 1906.

That's 212 years of ticking!

Tony Jarrow

Church Clock

Co-op Parking Rules—UPDATED



Confused by the parking restrictions in the Co-op car park, or maybe you are not even aware of them? To try and clarify the situation ......

The Co-op rents the building and car park from Marston's Brewery. The original plan for the Co-op was rejected but, after going to Appeal, the Planning Inspectorate approved the plan and one of its conditions was;

"The car park shall be retained solely for use by the existing public house and the proposed retail unit hereby approved and shall not be subject to any time limited parking restrictions for patrons of the public house."

The parking signs reflect this condition and it is clear that pub patrons are not restricted to a time limit (unlike Co-op shoppers).

However, because the pub does not open until 4pm on weekdays (or 12 mid-day on Saturday and Sunday), the pub landlord has agreed to allow the parking spaces for pub patrons to be used by Co-op shoppers when the pub is closed.

So, during the week, Co-op customers can park anywhere up to 4pm and, at the weekend, up to mid-day (1 hour maximum).

Hope that helps.

Tony Jarrow

Gary Jowett Voucher for January Quiz Winner

Congratulations to Jane Miller who won the January 'Cropwell Bishop News' Quiz.
Her entry was drawn out of the "hat of correct entries" at the Parish Council meeting at the Old School on Tuesday.
She wins a £20 voucher for Gary Jowett's Butchers—donated by Gary.

Here are the Quiz Answers:

1. What day for Freedom Yoga? ..... Wednesday (Page 12)

2. Butternut Squash & Stilton Soup serves how many? ..... 6 (Page 5)

3. Pierrpoint Hall gardens start opening when? ..... February (Page 7)

4. Hot X Buns when? ..... Sat March 30th (Page 6)

5. The new chairman of The Memorial Hall is? ..... Mick Beazley (Page 4)

6. Where will you now find a coffee machine? ..... Co-op (Cover)

7. Annual Singing Day is when? ..... Sat 16th Feb 2019 (Page 25)

8. Who says 'You're never too old to Rock 'n' roll'? ..... Vince Eager (Page 24)

9. Get your Beef Stock and Chicken Stock from? ..... Gary Jowett (Page 15)

10. How many ageing opera singers? ..... 4 (Page 25)

11. 'Ol' Blue Eyes' is the nickname for? ..... Frank Sinatra (Page 28)

12. What date did the first man walk on the Moon? ..... July 20th 1969 (Page 8)

13. How many members have Bingham U3A? ...... 347 (Page 24)

14. Sarah Storey is a teacher of? ..... Pilates (Page 14)

15. How much for the updated audio system? ..... £963 (Page 20)

16. How much did Cllr Gordon Moore give from his Community Grant?..... £150 (Page 20)

Tony Jarrow

Chris Allsop wants to Double the Daily Number of Lorries Entering Village


Meat Here — And Much More

A Butchers shop has stood on the site of Gary Jowett’s shop on Nottingham Road for over a century but the range of food on sale has increased dramatically in recent years.

Gary Jowett

Fresh local meats and homemade meals remain the core of his business and a big range of handmade sausages including gluten-free varieties is on display.

Choose your own chops, joints, steaks or burgers from the counter display.

Need advice on how much you need for a party or how to cook it—just ask Gary or one of his assistants.

Gary Jowett

The freezer contains a wide range of homemade ready-meals for an easy dinner (see Cropwell News for a long list with prices) or you can make a curry for yourself using one of the many handmade sauces available.

Gary Jowett
Gary Jowett
Gary Jowett

Meat pies, sausage rolls, tarts, cakes and pastries supplied by a nearby small bakery face you as you enter the shop. A few steps away, is a selection of breads such as Spelt, Corn and Tiger—all baked in Cropwell Bishop.

Gary Jowett

Gary Jowett

Gary Jowett

A selection of Belvoir cordials are stacked on a shelf and elsewhere are numerous other items and ingredients to help your cooking go smoothly.

Like in all Cropwell Bishop shops, there is a wide range of cheeses.

Gary Jowett

For a small village we have an amazing variety of shops, businesses and services available to us at its centre. Have you visited them recently?

Tony Jarrow

Rushcliffe Policing


Nottinhamshire Police has launched an online newsletter with news of what is happening in our area and how the Police are responding.

What is particularly interesting is that it provides updates on the West Bridgford area and also 'Rushcliffe South'.

This latter one covers Cropwell Bishop and surrounding villages. It describes crimes in detail and action taken, but also happier events such as PCSO John Heaps' recent visit to Cropwell Bishop Youth Club.

It is an interesting and useful publication. This what Inspector Craig Berry says in his introduction ....

"Welcome to the first Rushcliffe Stakeholder fortnightly update. My name is Craig Berry and I am the Police Inspector responsible for Rushcliffe Borough.

In the coming weeks I will endeavour to bring you information and news that is relevant to Rushcliffe residents and communities.

There will be information and advice about crime and antisocial behaviour and updates including good news stories.

We will report on Neighbourhood Policing activity, engagement opportunities and also work with our Community Safety Partners including Rushcliffe Borough Council."

Download the whole newletter by clicking on: "Stakeholder Update"

Tony Jarrow


Yourbus 822 Service To Be Withdrawn

We have been notified by N.C.C. that Yourbus have requested early exit from their contract and wish to cease the 822 service in April 2019.

Notts County Council have come to an agreement that Yourbus will continue this service until the end of May 2019, to enable them to organise an alternative service for the 822 route.

Notts County Council, in conjunction with the local Parish Councils, are working on an alternative service.

We will advise our parishioners as soon as we are aware of who will be running the service going forward and what the timetable will be.

Janice Towndrow (CBPC Clerk)

Nyce To Be Here

Following the relocation of our new Co-op, Sandwich Shop, Nyce, finds itself firmly in the centre of Cropwell Bishop's hub of activity.


Providing freshly cooked food and drinks made to order, and warm seating, it is proving popular with local people and those passing throught the village.

In the early mornings a lot of its trade comes from work-people and delivery-drivers wanting a quick hot meal to set them up for the day.


Later on you are just as likely to see Cropwell Bishop folk calling in. It might be for a sit-down meal, cobs to take home, or to meet friends for coffee and cake.


Unfortunately, it wasn't the best start to the year for Nyce: an electrical fault started a fire in the supply box and would have started a major fire had it not been for the quick action of owner Lyn who, luckily, was in the shop at the time.

After a week's closure, Nyce was back in business and is once again serving all-comers from 8am from Tuesday to Saturday. It closes at 2pm each day except Saturday when it is 1pm.

Tony Jarrow


Pot-holes and Fly-tipping: Click for Action

Have you been annoyed by dangerous pot-holes in the road or the sight of fly-tipping around Cropwell Bishop but then been unsure who to tell?

Well, now, all you have to do is click on the Contacts Tab (on the right of this web page). On the Contact page you fill find links for reporting both problems. It's all very easy to do: there is even a map for you to pin-point the exact location.

In my experience, the Council will sort out the problem within a few days.

Just the other week 9 upright freezers were dumped outside the entrance to the Allotment site. Within just 2 days, Rushcliffe Council had removed them.

So don't let these things upset you, click and report them.

Tony Jarrow

"The New Co-op: 1960 version"

Yesterday, our new Co-op opened its doors to customers for the first time. A sort of home-coming really: exactly the same event occured on the same site 58 years ago!

The Netherfield Co-op opened a store there in 1960. The photograph below shows the ceremonial opening of the store. You can see the houses of Mill Lane in the background.

1960 Coop

The boy in the centre is David Smith who now lives on Kendal Road. His mother is standing next to him holding his sister Sally and his Grandma Dolly is holding the shopping bag.

Minutes later, David's mother was served by Bill Dickinson and so became the store's first customer. Bill lived in Carlton and died only last year.

1960 Coop

The third photo was taken at the same event. The girl in the bottom left corner is Anne Terzza who now lives on Hall Drive.

Anne continues to be a mine of information on anything to do with the Cropwell Bishop in days gone by. She is able to recall several other people in the photos.

1960 Coop

Prior to the building of the Co-op, the annual Village Feast was held on the site. In 1958 it moved to the Memorial Hall field where it continued until the early 1970s.

The Shop was there for only a few years when a new Co-op store was built at the site on Church Street.

1960 Coop

Thanks to Anne for supplying photos and information for with this article; also to Pam Wregg.

Tony Jarrow

New Co-op is Open

Bigger, brighter and busy—that was our new Co-op at 8.15am this morning.

It has six aisles (compared with three in the old store) and they are wider–so much easier to get by other shoppers.

There is now a coffee machine and fresh hot food.

The usual checkout counter and Post Office services are operating but now there are also several self-service checkouts.

So, get down there and experience "Cropwell Bishop's Co-op for yourself; parking shouldn't be a problem.

Tony Jarrow


85 Houses For Cropwell Bishop?

An outline planning application to build 85 dwellings in Cropwell Bishop has been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council.

When our village was first made aware of this project last year, the plan was for 70 dwellings and the road layout and school drop-off layout were different.

In the coming weeks I will post details of how you will be able to view the detailed plans and offer feedback.

Below is the new plan for 85 homes and also, for comparison, the plan published last year.

To see the full set of documents associated with this planning application, visit the Rushcliffe Borough Council Planning website by clicking:

Plans for 85 Houses

Tony Jarrow

Housing Plan

Below is the plan published in 2017

CB15 Housing Plan