More Beauty in Cropwell Bishop

Beauty Barn
This coming Saturday (22nd April), "The Beauty Barn" will be opening in Cropwell Bishop.

Beauty Barn
Located on Nottingham Road, where Beauty Box used to be—next to Gary Jowett (Butchers), it will be open between 4pm and 6pm. Join staff for a glass of prosecco, mini treatments, demos and a raffle to win treatments.

Beauty Barn Beauty Barn
The Beauty Barn will be a local place for: facials, massages, nails, lashes, reflexology, waxing, gifts and vouchers—and more.
For appointments phone: 0115-8373020.

Beauty Barn
See the next Issue of Cropwell News (late April) for more details.

Beating the Bounds

On the Saturday 20th May, there will be an event at St Giles called Beating the Bounds.

People can start at anytime but there will be a walking group starting from 10am at St Giles' Church, Cropwell Bishop.

Printed copies of the route can be collected from church on the morning, do look at the blog link to see the route in advance (click: Beating the Bounds). There are also some details on the Events page—click on tab above.

Refreshments are available throughout the day and the event will close with certificates and more refreshments at 3.30pm

We look forward to seeing you!

St Giles' Church Home Team

County Council Elections

You have probably had leaflets pushed through your letterbox in recent days from people asking for your support in the forthcoming Notts County Council elections on 4th May. But you will not have had one from the County Councillor who currently represents Cropwell Bishop, Richard Butler—even though he would very much like to represent you. Puzzled?

The reason is that boundaries of County Council voting divisions have changed and Cropwell Bishop is no longer linked to Cotgrave (where Richard lives), but is now part of a the newly created Bingham West Division.

Richard Butler

Richard has been our councillor for 16 years. Just imagine, back then in 2001, digital cameras were of poor quality, mobile phones were just that, they only let you talk to people, and there was no Facebook, Twitter and all the rest—and this website was still 7 years away.

Richard Butler

Richard was in his usual seat at last night's monthly Parish Council Meeting at the Old School but it may well have been his last appearance. No big party or farewells but thanks from everyone for the work he has done for our village over many years—always in a calm and courteous manner and with a friendly smile.

Richard Butler

Richard Butler

Richard Butler

Thank you

Tony Jarrow

Skate Park IS Closed!

The Parish Council have put notices and barrier tape around the skate park advising users that it is currently out of use and in a dangerous condition.

Last night users of the football nets removed all the stakes holding the barrier tape and used them to pin down the football nets.

This was not responsible behaviour but unfortunately the Parish Council cannot stop this kind of behaviour.

PARENTS: Please advise your children that the skate ramps are still out of action.

Thank you

Janice towndrow – Parish Clerk

APPROVED: Wheatsheaf Car Park Planning


The Appeal to allow a convenience store to be built on the site of the Wheatsheaf car park has been approved by the Planning Inspectorate.
It is anticipated that a Co-op Store will now be built there and replace the existing one on Church Street.

Here are some of the comments (some edited) made by the inspector in his report:

"I visited the site and the existing co-op in the village three times, each time staying for a lengthy period of time. Twice on the 20th February around mid-afternoon and early evening and once early evening on the 9th March. Each time I saw that there was a high turnover of car parking availability at the existing co-op. I consider therefore that the findings regarding the length of average visitors stay within the retail unit to be reasonable."

"The relatively narrow width of Nottingham Road means that if cars were parked on the carriageway then it would effectively create a single lane for traffic. However, at my first site visit at mid-afternoon there were no cars parked on the street and in the evening there was only one. At my third site visit there were no cars parked on the street. While I appreciate that this is just a snap shot in time I have been provided with no evidence that on street parking is already at a high level near the appeal site."

"Reference has been made to use of the car park by vehicles other than those using the pub, in particular by car owning residents of Mill Lane and local businesses who have no off street parking available. I saw that the car park is available for permit holders only and the Council advise that the arrangement to allow residents to park in the car park has ceased. While I appreciate the resident’s concerns, the car park is a private one that could be withdrawn from use at any time."

"Concerns have been raised regarding the closure of the existing vehicle access from Mill Lane, which residents state is used as a shortcut to provide safe access from Mill Lane. However, I understand that this is an informal arrangement between the residents of Mill Lane and the owners of the car park. It is not a formal arrangement with the Local Highway Authority to improve highway safety."

"I share the view of the Council’s Conservation Officer that the use of the building as a pub contributes to its special historic significance. Therefore, I consider it necessary to impose a condition ensuring that there is no time restriction on the parking spaces available so as not to deter patrons of the pub parking in them."

To download a copy of the Appeal Decision click on: Planning Appeal.

Tony Jarrow

Warning: Cropwell Skate Park is Closed


The half-pipe on the skateboard park is out of use at the moment.

The ramp is damaged and loose. This has been taped off and "Out of Use" signs placed on it. This piece of equipment is not safe to use.

Could all parents who have children who use this equipment make your children aware that the skate park is currently out of use for the users own safety.

Thank you

Janice towndrow – Parish Clerk

Memories of British Gypsum in Cropwell Bishop

Retirement 1981

I have been sent these photos by Carole Hill who tells me she:

"lived the first 30 years of my life in Cropwell Bishop, in the house known as Rose Villa on the Cropwell Butler Road and my father Bert Williams, more commonly known as Taffy on account of his Welsh ancestry, worked at the village garage for a number of years.
In the 1950s/60s it was known, as far as I remember, as Starbuck's Garage."

Her late father then worked at British Gypsum as maintenance foreman, right up to his retirement in 1981. The photo on the left was taken at his retirement in 1981.

The photo below was taken at a British Gypsum Presentation in January 1980 and the final one is of the staff.

Many thanks to Carole for sending these fascinating photos: I am sure some of the older villagers will recognise faces.

Tony Jarrow

Presentation 1980 Staff Photo

Surveying Begins in Cropwell Bishop

cb12 survey

In the presentation by Planners on Monday (see report posted below) the land referred to as CB12 lies between the Canal and Hoe View Road. Jan Marsh's home overlooks it.

This morning she took this photo and asked the man what he was doing. He replied, "surveying the land for a sales firm".

Tony Jarrow

Possible Housing Plans for Cropwell Bishop

Yesterday afternoon and evening, Rushcliffe Borough Council used the Old School to display a range of ideas for additional housing in our village. This consultation will allow the views of residents to be recorded, even though this is still a very early stage in any possible plan for Cropwell Bishop.

These photos were taken at 4pm. It was crowded then so I suspect the Planning Staff who were in attendance were on their last legs, and voices, by the time the event closed at 8pm.

Tony Jarrow

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Local Plan Local Plan

Holy Moly at The Old School

Holy Moly

Last night, gypsy-folk rock-band, "Holy Moly", attracted a sell-out crowd to The Old School. The six highly skilled musicians from Newcastle first held the ears of villagers and then had them singing and laughing with their highly entertaining act: here are some photos from the event.

Tony Jarrow

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Pothole Repaired!

The pothole I reported yesterday has been repaired, less than 24hrs after I contacted Notts County Council. They even sent an email to confirm the job was done—and indeed it has been, I have just driven over it.

An excellent "pothole service" by the County Council.

Tony Jarrow

Help Fill the Potholes


Deep potholes like this one on Nottingham Road are a nuisance to car drivers but can cause serious injury to a cyclist.

Whilst it is easy for us to complain about the state of our roads, the quickest and most cost efficient way getting them repaired must be for us to tell the council where they are.

The County Council have a web page for us to do just that and you can reach it with just two clicks.

Click on the "Contacts" page of this website (on the right) and there you will find a link to the page where you can report a pothole. There is map for you to show the location of a pothole (anywhere in Nottinghamashire) and you can add a photo if you have one. It couldn't be any easier.

I have reported this pothole and also one at the corner of Barratt Close. Do you know of any others? If so, report them.

Tony Jarrow

Cropwell Bishop Fete 2017

Make a note of the date:

Sunday 11th June
12 - 4pm
Memorial Hall and Field
(all subject to confirmation)

But, this will only happen with the help of,
YOU, the people of Cropwell Bishop.

Can you help?

Older people in the village will have fond memories of the annual Village Fete that was held thoughout the late 1900s.

We'd really like to get the fete up and running again but we really do need the help of other people—not just to say they'll help on the day, but in the run up. If we don't get enough people, we can't go ahead with it: it can't be organised by just two people.

Will you help?

The Memorial Hall committee need COMMITTED volunteers to come up with with ideas for games and entertainment, help plan the day, help make sure that everything is ready on the day, help set up and clear away and help run stalls.

You will help??

Offer to help, or just find out more, by sending an email to:

Thank you

Lisa and Steve Newbold

Beating the Bounds


How well do you know your village?

Where does Cropwell Bishop begin and end?

Join our village walk/cycle ride/car tour and find out!

On Saturday 20th May we will be updating the Anglo-Saxon tradition of “Beating the Bounds of the Village” for the 21st century.

Collect coloured wristbands at any or all of seven markers on the boundary of the village and return them to St Giles’ Church for free refreshments (and a certificate for all children taking part).

You can use any combination of walking and/or transport. Follow our suggested routes or plan your own.

In accordance with ancient tradition, locally-brewed ale, hot and cold drinks and other refreshments will be served from our new tea-point in the church tower.

Look out for more details later. Save the date!

Susan Macdonald