Parish Council Office During November

Due to the Parish Clerk needing a hip replacement scheduled for the 2nd November, the Clerk will not be working from the 2nd – 11th November. After those dates the clerk will be working from home until approximately the end of November during her recuperation.

The Parish Council Office will be open for 1 hour a day between the hours of 11.30pm to 12.30pm during November 2016.

The Village Ranger – Ray Kimpton will have a supply of Dog Waste Bags and they will also be available at the Saturday Café in October and November or available for collection each day between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

The Clerk will be working from home after the first 10 days and all emails will be picked up as normal.

If you have any queries that need urgent attention from the 2nd to the 11th November please contact the Chairman Alan Wilson on telephone 07867 853095 or via email:

I am sure you will all join me in wishing the Clerk – Janice Towndrow, a speedy recovery.

Cllr. Alan Wilson

The Business of Growing

How does a garden business get started? What are the obstacles to success? Can it survive the ups and downs of nature? Find out how one Garden Nursery faced up to the challenge: click on the Gardening page.

Anaerobic Digester Power Plant - Open Day

On Saturday, local farmer Russell Price opened the doors of his farm to the people of Cropwell Bishop.

Not so many years ago that would have meant holding lambs, milking cows and watching a tractor ploughing. However, in the 21st century, if a farm is going to survive as a business it has to make the most of every opportunity to use its assets in new and enterprising ways.


So now, as well as supplying the general public with crops, Russell is supplying it with electricity. The big domes and buildings sited by the A46 are linked by pipes, ducts and wires and it is continuously feeding electricity into the National Grid—a bit like those people with solar panels on their roof, only on a much bigger scale.

Its output is 1 Megawatt, 24 hours a day. That is enough to power 300 electric kettles continuously, day and night.

Other aspects of the site are still under development but the goal is to make use of every joule of energy that enters its gates in the most productive way.

I was at the site for only an hour or so on Saturday but while there I saw at least 50 people being taken around the site by knowledgeable guides. Mick was the guide for our group and I have to confess that I didn’t grasp all the science of the system, but hopefully I learnt enough to pass on to you some understanding of how it all works. First, a bit of history.

Allesandro Volta was an Italian Physicist who was born in 1745. His fame lives on because the unit of electrical potential difference was named after him, i.e. Volts.

In the year 1776, while Americans were having a party and dumping tea into the docks at Boston and declaring they wanted to be independent of England (no time for referendums in those days), Volta was on holiday on Lake Maggiore in Italy, and his boat went alongside some reeds.

He began to poke the muddy bottom of the marsh beds with a stick and saw lots of gassy bubbles floating up to burst on the surface. He collected some of this gas and discovered it was inflammable. He called it “marsh gas”: nowadays we call it methane.

The bubbles of methane from the bed of Lake Maggiore were produced by decaying plants. Micro-organisms (bacteria) feed on the plants and produce methane as a waste product. These particular bacteria are able to feed on the decaying plants without needing oxygen. For this reason, we call them, ‘anaerobic’ bacteria (‘anaerobic’ means ‘living in the absence of oxygen’).

Russell’s site is based on the same principle. Everything is geared up to getting the maximum methane from dead plants (well any organic matter) using the least amount of energy. He has to use some energy to operate electrical machinery and to keep his tanks warm but he still has enough surplus energy to power this two Rolls Royce electric generators.

This is how the system works:

  • Raw material (plant stuff, etc) is stored under covers for several weeks
  • Then it is loaded into a giant mashing machine
  • The resulting mush is then pumped into a tank where it is stirred up and warmed until it is ready to be pumped into the first digester.
  • There, the temperature is made just right (50 deg C) for the bacteria to get to work and release methane for several days.
  • This is all very useful but it is possible to get additional methane from the material by following up with a second kind of bacteria. However, these secondary bacteria live at a higher temperature so the mush is then pumped into an even bigger digester at 80 deg C where yet more methane is released.
  • Eventually, the methane gas is fed to the engines that turn the generators that feed electricity into the National Grid.
  • For everything to run smoothly, it is essential that timings, temperatures and other settings are carefully controlled and they are all displayed on the computer screen in the site office.
  • If something needs adjusting when there is no one on site, that is not a problem; the managar gets an alert on his iPhone and can make any changes from his phone.

The principle on which the plant is based is relatively simple but then, so is the principle behind a nuclear power station. Making the whole thing work smoothly has taken years of development by the companies that supply the equipment.

Below are a few photos from the open day. Many thanks to Russell for the free coffee and cakes at the end.

Tony Jarrow

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Stilton Stumble

It was very busy in Cropwell Bishop this morning: it was the day of the 2016 Stilton Stumble.

The Stilton Stumble road running event has become a very popular fixture on the Cropwell Bishop Calendar. It is organised by the 'Friends of Cropwell Bishop Primary School' and relies upon the help of a large number of volunteers.

There are in fact two events, a 24k race followed by a 10k race 10 minutes later. They follow mainly different routes to avoid runners getting mixed up.

The rain clouds seemed to plan their path over the village to match precisely the timing of this year's event. At 10am it was pouring down. Thankfully, the grey clouds did eventually move on and by the end of the morning there was lovely sunshine to greet the late finishers.

To be honest, running in the rain is not much of a problem for runners. Once they have got going and can't get any wetter, the rain stops them over-heating and adds to the fun (maybe not for all runners!).

Heavy rain is more of a problem for the organisers and particularly the marshals who just have to stick it out until the last runner has gone through. Not much fun for them so we have to be thankful for their efforts.

Below are a few photos taken at this morning's events. If you would like to see a lot more, click on the link below. Once on the Flickr website you have the option of viewing photos full size and are also able to download any that interest you.

Stilton Stumble Photos

Tony Jarrow

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Allsop Appeal

On Monday this week, the Appeal by Chris Allsop against the planning decision that prevents him dumping thousands of tons of waste in Cropwell Bishop (see article published 30/8/16 lower down) was heard in West Bridgford.

The Inspector for the Appeal gave a fair hearing to presentations by our Councillors, representatives of the Creamery and the general public. It was considered a fair hearing and later in the day the Inspector visited the proposed dumping ground which is situated behind the Canalside Industrial Park in Cropwell Bishop.

The Inspector has now gone away to consider all the arguments and is expected to publish his decision, which is final, in about 7 weeks.

For more details on the Hearing, click on the CBPC page and then its News tab.

Tony Jarrow

Our Village History

History Book

I am sure that most of you will be familiar with the articles on local history by Anne Terzza that have been appearing regularly in Cropwell Bishop News over that past few years.

Anne has had these, together with some unpublished articles, compiled into a 38 page illustrated booklet and those of you who would enjoy having a convenient, permanent copy of Anne's stories will now be able to buy a copy. They are available directly from her at just £2 each.

She has already sold a number to friends and to members of the Heritage Group but, at last count, has 62 copies left.

For further details, or to purchase a copy for yourself—or maybe for someone at Christmas, phone Anne on: 0115-9893147.

Tony Jarrow

Nottingham Lace

Nottingham Lace is famous all over the world. Find out more about its history by clicking on the Heritage Page where there is a report on this week's presentation to the Cropwell Bishop Heritage Group.

Be Fitter: Just Turn Up

See the Events page to find out what is happening on Wednesday evenings in Cropwell Bishop.

Robin Hood Marathon

Robin Hood Marathon

It was the Robin Hood Marathon and Half-Marathon yesterday—its 35th year by my reckoning. It is an amazing spectacle that takes over the centre of Nottingham and there were around 7000 people taking part this year. It has steadily grown in size and popularity since the first one in 1981 which started in Slab Square at the sound of Little John striking 10am.

In the early days a female runner was a rare sight; nowadays I would guess that half the runners are female.

If you know someone who ran, you might be able to find a photo of them online. I took a few photos (well, over 500) and you can see them on the "" website where they, and others, are freely downloadable. You can view them by going to the website and searching for "Robin Hood Marathon 2016" photos: alternatively, click on this link:

Robin Hood Marathon Photos

Tony Jarrow

"NO" to Waste Tip in Cropwell Bishop?

Most of you will remember the outcry two years ago when it was revealed that a local company, 'Chris Allsop Properties', wanted to fill the giant hole behind the Canalside Industrial Park with waste.

This hole was created by the same company, illegally. Notts County Council (and everyone else concerned) objected to the plan and so it was rejected.

To remind yourself of the facts of the case, see the news-reports that appeared on this website at the time by clicking on the link below:

However, 'Chris Allsop Properties' appealed against the decision to reject its plan. The result is that a final decision will be made at a hearing on 4th October—and you can attend it if you wish. Here are more details taken from the Cropwell Bishop Council website:

The hearing will take place on Tuesday 4th October 2016 commencing at 10.00am. The venue for the hearing is “The Civic Suite” County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7QP. The venue is fully accessible for disabled people with level access from the car park to the public hall. The hearing is scheduled to last for one day. The inspector appointed to the case will be: N. Palmer BA (Hons) MRTPI.

Members of the public and interested parties may attend the hearing and, at the Inspector’s discretion give their views.

The appeal decision will be published on the GOV.UK website. It will also be available on the County Council’s website.

If you wish to go along to support the Parish and County Council with this appeal process please go along to County Hall on the 4th October.

Tony Jarrow