Remembrance Sunday is, appropriately, on 11th November this year and the arrangements at the Memorial Hall are a little different this year.
2018 marks a hundred years since the ending of the First World War: a long time ago but many families are still able to recall grandparents who lived through those terrible four years.
Pam Barlow has informed me that Beacons will be lit all around Great Britain.
The first one will be at Westminster Abbey and then, at 7pm, beacons will be lit everywhere else—including the one at the Memorial Hall.
Refreshments will be served at the Memorial Hall from 6pm and transport can be arranged for anyone in need of it.
Cropwell Singers Taster Session (19-10-18)
Cropwell Singers invite you to join them for a singers workshop and taster session.
Cropwell Singers have once more invited Philip Robinson a well known local professional musician and music teacher to run a singers workshop on Monday 22 October.
Philip will be guiding us through 2 of the songs that made the film 'The Greatest Showman' such a hit musical earlier this year as well as through Simon and Garfunkel’s 'Bridge over Troubled Water'. These 3 numbers are in either 3 or 4 parts - soprano , alto, tenor and bass (or combined baritone).
Cropwell Singers have been going for a number of years now and meet on Monday nights in the Methodist chapel where we are taken through our paces by our accomplished resident leader Derek Tabron and accompanied on the piano by Tony Hall. We sing nothing “ classical" and there is no churchy stuff either!
We sing popular numbers ranging from ABBA to Queen, from The Beach Boys to Adele. And from Les Mis to Rogers and Hammerstein. We try to put on at least 3 concerts every year. Whilst we won’t pretend to be anything like a professional singing group what we do have is great fun and, so we have been told, we make a great sound when it comes to putting on concerts.
The choir has been singing together for 10 years and whilst it continues to bring a good number of local people together we are always on the look out for new members - especially men. In order to give villagers an opportunity to see whether they might enjoy being part of a choir we have decided to open our doors and so we are inviting anyone who might like to have a go to come along to our workshop next Monday night for a taster session.
Please do not be put off if you have never done anything like this before. Many of our regular singers had never read music before joining the choir and we don’t hold auditions - we just want to encourage anyone who enjoys a good sing to come along.
The whole thing starts at 7.30pm, in the Methodist chapel on Nottingham Road and it is entirely free with no commitment necessary.
We do hope that you can join us
Road Works Next Week (17-10-18)
The Stilton Stumble (16-10-18)
Having a long history of hosting well organised Running Races, Cropwell Bishop is still able to attract a large number of runners to its annual event.
In spite of pouring rain, over 450 runners finished the Stilton Stumble 10K Race on Sunday.
At least it was not too cold: the rain might well have had a welcome cooling effect on their bodies. Pity the many marshals around the course who had no need of any kind of cooling effect! Without them and the other officials and behind-the-scene helpers, the event would not have happened, but with them, its was a great success.
The "goody-bag" at the end rewarded the runners with a piece of Stilton Cheese provided by Cropwell Bishop Creamery, one of the event sponsors. Gary Jowett Butchers was another village sponsor.
These photos will give you a taste of the atmosphere of the event, but to see over 400 more, click on the link below.
There is a photograph of virtually every runner: unfortunately I missed a few who were hidden by their running mates.
The cubs will be doing a litter pick Monday from 6.15pm to 7.45pm, starting at the Memorial Hall.
If any members of the public would like to join us then they are more than welcome!
Cropwell Bishop on TV (8-10-18)
I have been informed by someone 'in the know', that on Tuesday evening this week Cropwell Bishop Creamery will be featured in a TV programme.
It is the "Made in Britain" programme on ITV4, beginning at 8pm on Tuesday 9th October.
I do not know any more details but why not set your alarm, or set your recorder, so that you can enjoy seeing our own Cheesemaker on display to the World.
This will be the second time in a month that ITV4 has featured Cropwell Bishop, but this showing promises to be longer than the last one—the passage of the Tour of Britain through the Village!
Canary Girls (30-9-18)
Where in Nottingham were some women called 'Canary Girls'? What happened to 134 of them?
Click on the Heritage tab to read the story of these girls.
Cropwell Bishop Growers & Gardeners (26-9-18)
The first Meeting of the season was held on the 17th September with our AGM followed by a talk, 'Allotment Gardening - Vegetables for all Seasons', presented by a familiar and popular speaker, Mike Davey.
Mike's talk was packed full of useful information and there was something for all types of Gardeners, including a lively question and answer session during the evening.
Here are our Top 10 Hints & Tips from Mike's talk
1. Buy your seeds in bulk and split them up
2. Make your own compost bin
3. Use blue water pipe to make your own cloche
4. Plant and dig in green manure
5. After cropping dig your bean & pea plants into beds to add nitrogen to the soil
6. Cover carrots and parsnip with fleece to stop greenfly
7. Leave nettles around compost bins for a quick and easy boost
8. Buy your potatoes the first week in January
9. Watch out for problem resistant seeds - problems still occur
10. Don’t leave your shed unattended - it may go!
October 15th Spring Planting - 'Bulbs and Lasagne planting': a talk by Rachel Barrowcliffe
November 19th 'World of Ferns': a talk by Neil Timm. Ferns will be available to buy during the evening.
December 17th Christmas Social: Pot Luck Supper with Carols and Songs from the Cropwell Bishop singers. Raffle.
Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of the month 7.30pm at The Old School.
Membership is £15 and visitors are welcome at £3 on the evening.
For more information: www.cropwellbishopgrowersandgardeners.co.uk
Tel: Secretary Pam Wregg, 0775 9954999
Our Village Centre (18-9-18)
Ever since St Giles Church was built in Cropwell Bishop, about 1000 years ago, the space around it has been the centre of our village. However, during the second half of the last century, there was a shift down Church Street.
The Post Office moved 60m—from opposite the church, to the newsagents next to the telephone box on Church Street. Opposite it was the Mace grocery shop. Then there was, and still is, the Chequers, Snips and the Co-Op. The Doctors Surgery used to be opposite the Co-Op.
Once the new Co-Op opens, the Church corner will once again be the centre, or hub, of Cropwell Bishop.
Next week a new business, KM Lashes, will open at the Beauty Barn next to Gary Jowett Butchers. Technician Kayleigh McGowan starts on 25th September and is offering 10% off for the opening day (phone 0115-8373020 for an appointment).
I wonder what Cropwell Bishop's hub will look like when the Tour of Britain next comes through?
The Grantham Canal (15-9-18)
On Tuesday September 4th Grantham Canal Society (GCS) senior management made a presentation to Cropwell Bishop Parish Council entitled": "The Grantham Canal: Re-watering the Dry Section”
For some time the GCS has been debating this project as a major step forward in the planned restoration of the canal and an opportunity to further expand our involvement with canal-side communities as we seek to restore their local section.
Approximately 5 miles in length the Cropwell Dry Section is the canal in miniature in all but one respect. It has locks, bridges, accessible towpaths and other walks - but no water and an awful lot of vegetation filling the space where the water should be.
We went to the council to explain our plan in outline and ask for their support. We asked for active support, including encouragement of the local community to get involved, and this they gave unanimously. A big thank you to all the councillors present.
So now we will start work with our partners in Canal and River Trust and put a comprehensive plan together.
This will not be a quick hit - there are a number of issues to be investigated and in the future expect to see plans and progress reports appear in “Bridge” as we pursue our objective of "Re-watering the Dry Section”.
To view the September issue of the magazine, "Bridge", click:
Photos taken during the Viewing of the Village Show last Sunday.
Parish Council Vacancy (13-9-18)
Village Show Art & Craft (13-9-18)
Photos of entries for the Art & Craft sections of the Village Show last Sunday.
Village Show Food & Drink (12-9-18)
Photos of entries for the Food & Drink sections of the Village Show last Sunday.
Village Show Children (12-9-18)
Photos of entries from Children at the Village Show last Sunday.
Village Show Growers (11-9-18)
Photos of entries for the Vegetables, Fruit and Flowers sections of the Village Show last Sunday.
Tour of Britain Race Day: 5 Minutes ... (11-9-18)
Five minutes and the Tour of Britain had come to Cropwell Bishop and gone: but what an exciting 5 minutes!
Tour of Britain Race Day: Waiting ... (10-9-18)
Saturday 8th September in Cropwell Bishop.
At 10.15am last Saturday the roads were becoming quieter but the residents and visitors were becoming more restless. They were ready to loudly cheer any passing cyclist or trade car connected with the coming bike race.
Here are a few photos taken during the wait.
Village Show Pleases Everyone (10-9-18)
Even the judges are fond of our Annual Village Show: it is comfortable and relaxing. There are no big money prizes and people enter for the fun of it.
Yesterday’s Show saw 263 entries from 47 people—including 12 children. Many won certificates for their efforts but the judges admitted that it is sometimes impossible to pick winners. How do you compare paintings of different styles and mediums? Is it fair to compare the efforts of a 10 year old child with those of a 4 year old?
Next year the organisers will consider ways of reducing these difficulties but in the meantime the judges used all their experience to recognise the talent and effort displayed in exhibits.
There were small trophies for the entrants earning most points in each of the four main categories. About a quarter of exhibits were in each of these categories and in each case there were clear winners. There was also a trophy for the winning family and a special award of fresh steak (c/o Gary Jowett) for the best man-made rock cakes.
These are the Award winners:
GROWER — Judy Thomas
FOOD & DRINK— Lesley Shuttlewood
ART AND CRAFT — Hilary Jarrow
CHILD — Edith Harrison
FAMILY — Harrison
ROCK MAN — Ralph Shuttlewood
Many thanks to the Show Committee, Tea & Cake helpers, Old School Staff and Judges who all worked hard to put on the event; the Sponsors who financed it; and the 47 entrant (and their family helpers) who made it a pleasing success.
Below are just a few photos from the event and many more will be posted later this week.
Cropwell Bishop Welcomes Tour of Britain (8-9-18)
What a great day for Cropwell Bishop. After months of preparation and anticipation today finally arrived.
It started early for those involved with providing balloons and face paint at the Old School. Over a hundred balloons had been inflated the night before and at 8am the task continued.
By 10am balloons were everywhere and Parish Councillors were touring the village to judge their Best-Display competition. Yellow bikes and bunting have been appearing daily but over the final 24 hours many more shot up.
As 11am approached the atmosphere changed as road closures began and the first of hundreds of Police, Organisers' and Team motorbikes and vehicles started roaring into the village with sirens and horns sounding in an alarming yet playful manner. This increased the tension and many of those watching were amazed by the amount of effort and expertise needed to make today's race a success.
Then the first of the riders swept down our roads to the cheers and clapping of the hundreds of villagers and visitors—many of them seasoned cyclists, gathered along the route but especially at the bends and corners.
Fortunately for us watching, some riders had already attacked in the preceding half-hour and so groups of them were passing us, off and on, for a full 2 minutes.
Then came the team cars and support services with their horns blaring—and all of a sudden, it was all over.
Everyone appeared very satisfied with the whole thing, especially the way Cropwell Bishop people had risen to the occasion and worked hard to make the day a success. Many had been watching the efforts of other nearby villages and were proud of what we had achieved by 'coming together'.
Here are just a few photos from today. Thanks to Andrew Trevers, Jan Towndrow, Nigel Wood, Sue Ledger and John Hallam for their contributions. Over the coming days I will be posting many more.
Village is in the Mood for Tour of Britain (6-9-18)
Tour of Britain Yellow Bikes (6-9-18)
Thank you to everyone who has donated and/or sprayed a bike for the
Tour of Britain on Saturday.
All the bikes that the Parish Council have put out will be brought back to The Old
School after the event ready for collection next week to be sent via charity to Africa.
If you want your bike back please come and collect it before 6.30pm on Monday. If
you have a bike you wish to be collected alongside the Parish Council bikes then, by
all means, bring it to The Old School by 6.30pm Monday evening and we will
send it off as well.
'Big Lottery' Win for Cropwell Bishop Allotments! (4-9-18)
Great news for members of Cropwell Bishop Allotment Association. Thanks to a National Lottery award, they will be able to use a toilet on the Allotment site instead of having to go home.
Last year, the Allotment Committee considered the need for a toilet on the site. Knowing that almost half the members are female and also appreciating that children will sometimes accompany parents and grandparents to their plots, they realised that the need for a readily accessible toilet had grown.
A survey of members was conducted and the demand confirmed—but, they resisted paying a greatly increased annual fee to finance it.
The committee obtained information, got quotes and visited suppliers. They even visited the toilets at the Beeston Allotment Site in January.
From the start it was clear that we would have to have a waterless toilet because there is no mains water supply at the site on Fern Road. A variety of systems are available but we eventually settled on one that was being used by a number of other Associations.
In February this year, Committee member Jan Walker offered to take the lead in the push to establish a toilet on the site, even though she knew that the big obstacle to progress was money, or I should say, the lack of it.
The Committee accepted that the only realistic chance they had of paying for one was by getting funding from an outside organisation and, in these difficult economic times, the only provider that might help was the National Lottery's "Big Lottery Fund".
We already had experience of successfully bidding for Lottery money because in 2011 we were awarded the money to establish an all-season car-parking area by laying a plastic grid. That project has been a total success.
In the spring, Jan began the task of bidding for the £4500 necessary to set up the eco-toilet that we had earmarked. Research, form filling and patience were eventually rewarded when she was notified that the Big Lottery Fund would fully fund the project.
The Committee decided to site the toilet on a vacant half-plot in the middle of the field; it seemed an ideal spot.
A couple of plot holders then laid the slabs for the base of the shed that would house the toilet.
With the site ready, the suppliers arrived one Sunday morning a few weeks ago and, after just 4 hours, the eco-toilet was installed and 'ready-to-go'. Well, almost ready for use.
The toilet has drains, a collector, a solar-powered extractor fan, an alarm and washing facilities. One thing that the research and visits had taught us was that this kind of toilet can very effective and odour free—but only if it is used correctly! I am not joking when we say that 'toilet training' is planned for members before the toilet is opened for use; they will be contacted within the next few weeks.
To all those of you who buy lottery tickets each week, thank you. You have helped pay for this wonderful new facility for Cropwell Bishop Allotments.