Plans for New Housing in Cropwell Bishop

I reported the release of the "Local Plan" on 26/4/18 (see article near bottom of this page). This is Rushcliffe Borough Council's plan for new housing in the borough, including Cropwell Bishop.

To download a copy of the full Plan, and find out how you can submit feedback, click on this link:

Local Plan

Consultation will end on Thursday 28th June.

Tony Jarrow

Queen sends message to Cropwell Bishop Resident

Janice Bradley

The Queen will not be coming to Cropwell Bishop this summer but, the next best thing: someone from our Village has been invited over to her house.

Janice Bradley, of Nottingham Road, was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Becoming a "Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" will, I am sure, have no effect on Janice in her everyday life but admits that some work colleagues have offered bows and curtsies. Nevertheless, it is a great honour for her and gratifying for us in Cropwell Bishop to see the efforts of someone in our community being recognised.

Janice is Head of Conservation at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and is being given the MBE for services to wildlife in the county. She started volunteering for the charity over 30 years ago, while studying Biology at the University of Nottingham.

She says, "We all need wildlife, it's important for its own sake but also very important for people's health and wellbeing to have access to green spaces."

She was informed of the award a few weeks before the Honours List was published but was sworn to secrecy. Only when the press contacted her the day before its publication could she talk about it (the press get the list a day early).

Now that she has got over the shock, Janice can look forward to the next letter telling her who is to present the award: it could be any of the Royal Household. I imagine she has already created an imaginary list of favourites.

Then she will have to think about what to wear. Should one dress in such a way that the Royal person will immediately recognise why you were given the award, or do you dress up for the occasion? Thinking back, David Beckham didn't go in football shorts so better to dress up and leave the butterfly net at home.

Janice has lived in Cropwell Bishop 17 years and has been involved with several village clubs and committees: she is currently an Assistant Cub Leader.

After the presentation later this summer, I hope Janice will share some photos of the day for us all to enjoy.

Congratulations Janice.

Tony Jarrow

Skate Park: Do Not Use Half Pipe

Skate Park

After further inspection of the Skate Park half pipe this morning unfortunately this has had to be closed. The quarter pipe is still in operation.

The half pipe landing board has given way underneath and is unsafe to land on. There is a 12-15” width hole along the whole length of the landing pipe.

The Parish Council have this morning taped this piece of equipment up for the safety of the skate park users.

Sadly, we have to now inform anyone who uses this equipment does so at their own risk.

Alan Wilson

Chairman of Parish Council

Roadworks on Colston Road


Cotgrave Open Gardens

Cotgrave Gardens

The first "Cotgrave Open Gardens" is on the weekend of 23/24th June 2018.

To download a copy of the leaflet and map, click on the links below:



Tony Jarrow

How You Can Get Involved in the TOB


Community groups and organisations in Rushcliffe wishing to welcome the OVO Energy Tour Of Britain passing through their town or village are invited to a Community Engagement event to find out more about how they can celebrate the sporting spectacle.

Parish Councils, cycling and sports clubs, businesses and all other interested parties can hear more on the support available from Rushcliffe Borough Council on:

Thursday June 21
at 7pm
at Rushcliffe Arena.

Those from communities in West Bridgford, Compton Acres, Ruddington, Bradmore, Bunny, East Leake, Costock, Wysall, Keyworth, Plumtree, Tollerton, Cotgrave, Cropwell Bishop, Cropwell Butler, Radcliffe-on-Trent and Shelford are encouraged to come along to the session.

See how this stage of the Tour of Britain winds its way through Rushcliffe.

There will be an opportunity for all who attend to ask questions and hear tips and ideas on the countless exciting ways to get involved in the event, before, during and after it flies through the Borough on September 8th.

It will include how you can decorate your house, business or neighbourhood in a cycle theme to welcome the riders or create your own land or water art that could be captured by the live coverage on ITV4.

The event will also provide further information about the route, timings and potential volunteer opportunities.

To book your place email or call 0115 914 8279.

On Saturday 8th September, Central Avenue in West Bridgford is set to host the start of the cycling extravaganza, after which 120 riders will wow residents and visitors with the penultimate leg of the nation’s premier cycle race as it winds its way through 223km of the county.

For general enquiries about the Tour of Britain please email or call 0115 914 8555.

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Safety Notice: Skate Park

Members of the public have carried out repair work on the skate ramp on Cropwell Bishop Playing Fields with the intention of making the facility available to use and saving public funds. This work has been carried out free of charge and was well meant.

However, as the work was not authorised by the Parish Council or carried out by an approved contractor, our insurers have informed us that use of the skate ramp is no longer covered by our public liability insurance.

Sadly, we have to now inform anyone who uses this equipment does so at their own risk.

Alan Wilson

Chairman of Parish Council

Disruption—but Ultimately for our Benefit

Over the next three weeks there will be around 6 articulated lorries, probably with a guidance car, passing through the centre of Cropwell Bishop every day—including weekends.


They will be transporting giant precast concrete panels (6m x 3.5m and weighing 13 tons) to the Sewage Treatment Works off Cropwell Butler Road. The panels will be used in the construction of a tank for Severn Trent.

The contractor will look to reduce deliveries during school pick-up and drop-off times. However, they would greatly appreciate it if the route they are taking could be kept clear during the period of these deliveries. Deliveries will take place from 07:30 to 20:00 every day until 1st July.

Lorries will come from the A46 and enter the Village on Nottingham Road. They will turn left onto Church Street and then make their way to Cropwell Butler Road where they will off right to the Sewage Works.

Should the need arise, you can contact the Customer Liaison Team by Freephone (08081 688 140) or email ( quoting the project title (Cropwell Bishop STW Quality).

Tony Jarrow

Skate Park Vandalised Again!

The Parish Council are sad to announce that once again the Skate Park facility on the Memorial Hall playing field has been vandalised and covered in drug related graffiti.

Over the last month the Parish Council has had to report various incidents to the Police in this area regarding drug residue, broken beer bottles and damage to equipment and fencing.

Due to the constant vandalism and use of this equipment by drug users late at night, it was felt that the continued use of public funds on this piece of equipment was an inappropriate use of Parish funds.

Under the circumstances, the Parish Council at its last meeting on the 5th June, decided that no more public funds should be wasted on this facility.

It was noted that although the equipment is defaced it remains structurally fit for purpose and that it would be a shame to deprive the local children of this facility during the summer holiday period. Therefore, this piece of equipment will be left in situ in its current condition until after the six week school holidays, after which it will be removed and the area cleared.

Janice Towndrow
Parish Clerk

Roadworks on Stragglethorpe Road


Cropwell Bishop Show


Leaflets and entry-forms are now available to collect from Gary Jowett's Butchers Shop, The Cheesemaker's Shop and The Old School.

You can also download them by clicking on the links below.

Show Leaflet

Entry Form

Something I forgot to emphasise on the entry-form was that in the Children's section, "9.7 Photograph", we want the child to TAKE the photograph not to appear in it.

The weekend of the Show will be an exiting one: on the Saturday, the Tour of Britain cycle race passes through the Village.

Tony Jarrow

"My Name is Barny"


Well, he is a barn owl!

I have been informed that the man who created Barny is Dan Sly. If you want to find out more about his work, visit his website:

You will be amazed by the variety and quality of his work.

Tony Jarrow

Tour of Britain Cycle Race: Welcome to Cropwell Bishop

Tour of Britain

The 2018 Tour of Britain Cycle Race is to pass through Cropwell Bishop, it was announced last night.

Stage 7 of this 8 day race is the longest stage, 223km, and on Saturday 8th September at about 11.30am, over a hundred professional riders will sweep down Kinoulton Road, turn left onto Nottingham Road then right onto Church Street where they will head out to Cropwell Butler.

Because the riders started in West Bridgford and it will still be early in the day, the riders are likely to snake through as one big group: 20 seconds of cylists, and they will be gone.

However, don't underestimate the preparation and effort that will go into making this stage of the race a great advert for Nottinghamshire; the stage finishes in Mansfield.

In the months before the race we are likely to see roadside grass and hedges trimmed, and road surfaces made perfect for riders more used to the Tour de France route. Goodbye to pot holes in Cropwell?

A couple of hours before the race enters Cropwell Bishop, the route will be cleared of all vehicles—no exceptions. If necessary cars will be towed away.

During the hour before, around 50 police motorcyclists will start coming along, parking themselves at every road juntion. About half an hour before, the roads on the route will be closed to public traffic.

Then the first official race-cars and those of race sponsors will start coming through.

Tour of Britain

Finally, the car and motorcycles leading the race will come through closely followed by the riders travelling at around 30mph. Following the riders will be team-cars and other race officials. By the time the race has passed through, over a hundred cars and motorcylists will have passed through with the riders.

You might even catch a glimpse of Paul Smith (of clothes shop fame). He was born in Nottingham and is a great cycling fan; he was spotted two weeks ago following the Tour of Italy race.

Tour of Britain

This is a big day for Cropwell Bishop. It is the first time the race has come here. The race will be live on ITV4 throughout the day with highlights on again in the evening.

Camera men on motorcycles and in the overhead helicopter will cover every move of the race and, just as importantly for us, every interesting road decoration and roadside feature along the way. Watch the Tour de France on TV in July to get a feel of what to expect.

Tour of Britain

In the coming weeks, a Cropwell Bishop working group will be formed to generate ideas for the day; I will post details of this once they are released so that you have the opportunity to get involved.

In the meantime, sample the atmosphere through these photos which I took of last year's race as the riders headed towards Southwell.

Tony Jarrow

Tour of Britain

A Great Village Event—but we need your Help to keep it that way

We need your help for Cropwell Bishop's "Picnic in the Park" in July (see the poster in Events for details of the Show).

If you can spare an hour on Saturday morning the 7th July or Sunday morning 8th of July to help with the set-up and take-down for this year’s annual Picnic In The Park please let us know. The more people we have to help, the better the event and the easier it is to run.

To offer your help, please contact me:

Parish Councillor, Lisa Hazell
phone: 07890 480643

Alternatively, contact the Parish Clerk, Janice Towndrow, on 0115 9894645 or email her at:

Thank you

Lisa Hazell

Owl Grows his Feathers

If you liked the look of the owl that landed on Cropwell Butler Road last week (see last week's article) then you are going to like him even more now. His feathers have grown and so have his legs. Even his face looks real. I wonder if he has a name?

Tony Jarrow

(Thanks to Sharon for the photos)


New Co-Op by October?


After many months of waiting, wondering and rumour concerning the new Co-Op store, it is good to see its site in the old Wheatsheaf car park slowly, but surely, being prepared for its building.

Will it be ready by the autumn? We will just have to wait and see.

Tony Jarrow

Roadside Art

To be told that an owl lives in a tree may not surprise you but when a tree turns into an owl .... what??

That is what has happened on Cropwell Butler Road.


What a fantastic idea: will anyone else in the village come up with something similar?

We have already had a "snake hedge" on Hoe View Road for a few years (see last photo) so it will be interesting to see what else pops up by the roadside and puts a smile on our face.

Tony Jarrow


Mobile Phones are Happy

Our long awaited mobile transmission mast is being erected today. I am told it should be up in position by tonight. However, that does not necessarily mean that it will be working today: we will just have to wait and see.

Colin Bryan

(Thanks to Elaine Robinson and Colin for the photos)


The Wonderful World of Gardening


"Cropwell Bishop Gardeners and Growers" will have it's first meeting on Monday 17th September at 7.30pm in the Old School.

There are plans for the year to include speakers, visits, open garden safari, raffle, Christmas social...

Full details of these and other events and activities may be found on the following website over the coming weeks:

A spokesperson said, "The volunteers are currently working hard to keep everything you love about the old club but with an injection of new features with the hope of drawing in new members".

The working group hope to see both our valued members and newcomers in September.

Anne Turner

Thank You for the Music

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.

Mel Stanley



Pop Quiz (updated)

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.

Pop Quiz

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!

Pop Quiz

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.

Pop Quiz

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.

Tony Jarrow

Co-Op Building Begins

The builders are starting work, and the finished building comes to mind—in our imagination.

Co Op

House Plans Passed

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.

Tony Jarrow

New Homes in Cropwell Bishop—the Plan

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.

It states:

“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.

Tony Jarrow

Sites of New Housing

New Housing Sites

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.

Tony Jarrow

CB15 Housing Plan