Following on from my changes to the Archive pages (see "Searching the Past" article below) I have implemented a similar change to the Gardening Page.
Clicking the Gardening tab will reaveal an extra orange tab labelled "2016". Clicking this will lead to a page showing all the articles on Gardening from 2016. The Gardening tab now shows news only items from 2017.
Calm Before the Gales (23-2-17)
Lovely view over the field towards the Woods at 8am this morning.
Searching the Past (22-2-17)
I know that some of you have tried to locate news articles that appeared months earlier only to find that they have been removed.
The reason they are not there is because I regularly trim the content of web pages. If I did not, they would become slow to download—especially for those of you relying on mobile data with your phone or tablet.
To overcome this problem I have made improvements to the Archive page of this website. It will now be possible to view archive pages covering all of the last nine years. To find out more click on the Archive tab.
(Photo from November 2008)
New Housing in Cropwell Bishop? (17-2-17)
Rushcliffe Borough Council is now preparing the second part of the Local Plan (Local Plan Part 2). It will include further policies and proposals for housing, Green Belt, employment, retail, open spaces and nature conservation.
The aim of the consultation is to get our residents views on whether the Local Plan should identify any sites around Cropwell Bishop for new housing development.
The date of the consultation will be:
Monday 6th March
The Old School
3pm to 8pm
Please come along to the consultation event at The Old School, Fern Road any time between 3pm and 8pm to find out more.
For further details of the consultation please go to www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/planningpolicy or call 0115 981 9911
All residents will receive an invitation flyer from Rushcliffe Borough Council ahead of the consultation date.
Cropwell Bishop Parish Clerk
Parking Ticket Email Scam (9-2-17)
Our Parish Council has been warned of a "Parking Ticket Email Scam". Full details below.
Fraudsters are sending out emails purporting to be from a legitimate company called UK Parking Control LTD (UKPC) that claim you have a parking ticket.
The convincing looking emails have titles such as 'Parking Charge Reminder' and claim you have parked on private land belonging to one of UKPC's clients. The emails contain randomly generated reference numbers and quote a charge of 90 pounds.
The bottom of the email asks victims to click on 'payment options and photos' for more information.
Clicking on this link will result in the download of a file which contains malware! The malware is configured to capture confidential banking information such as PINS and passwords, together with payment authorisation codes.
If you receive one of these emails, DELETE IT and do not download any files or attachments.
If you have any concerns that your computer may have been compromised by one of these emails, please contact the ICT Service Desk immediately on 0115 914 8333
ICT Service Support Manager
Rushcliffe Borough Council
Villager 2 Bus Timetable (6-2-17)
The Bus Timetable that appears on the Travel page has been updated after a resident discovered that one of the evening buses leaving Friar Lane now departs at a later time. Click on the Travel page for more details.
Ready Steady 60s Night at Old School (5-2-17)
Thanks to Mel Stanley for providing atmospheric picutures of last night's "Rave" at the Old School.
Speeding Driver Killed Young Father (3-2-17)
A speeding driver must do 300 hours community work after causing the death of a delivery man at a road junction.
School worker Natasha Waterworth could not explain why she was doing 60 mph - double the limit - with her two children in the back of the car, Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard on Thursday, February 2.
Her Ford Tourneo struck a car driven by 40-year-old Haroon Rashid, who had ignored a "give way" sign moments before the collision on Colston Road, Cropwell Bishop. He was later pronounced dead in the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham following the incident on April 15 last year. His widow was in court to see Waterworth plead guilty to causing death by careless driving.
A two-year driving ban was imposed on Waterworth, 41, of City Road, Stathern, Leicestershire. She must pay £160 prosecution costs and a government surcharge of £85.
District Judge Tim Spruce said: "There is no sentence any court can impose which can ever compensate Haroon Rashid's family for the tragic loss of a caring, supportive and loving husband, father, son and son-in-law.
"Whilst you can't compare it to the impact on Haroon Rashid's family, I do recognise this incident, these proceedings, have taken and will continue to take a considerable toll on Waterworth, her children and her family. "Being responsible for the death of Mr Rashid is something she will have to live with for the rest of her life. No-one would willingly choose to bear that mantle."
The judge referred to the "excessive speed" of Waterworth's driving but said it was "a single isolated incident where her driving fell below the required standard."
Judith Kirkham, prosecuting, said Waterworth's Ford was similar to a "minibus or people carrier, a substantial vehicle." She had a relaxed day and was returning home around 3.30pm after picking up her children from a swimming session.
A 30mph sign was visible on the approach to the village and the word "slow" was painted on the road. Mrs Kirkham told the court: "She could not explain to members of the police why she was driving at 60mph.
"Tragically, Mr Rashid failed to stop at a 'give way' sign. Mrs Waterworth, driving at 60mph as he continued to emerge from the junction, was unable to avoid a collision. She slammed on her brakes, began to take evasive action." The two vehicles went onto the grass verge and struck the supporting cable of a telegraph pole. People ran from a pub to help and Waterworth also wanted to provide assistance, the court heard.
In a statement read to court, Mr Rashid's widow Nobella Malik said they had been married for only 13 months. "He was a kind, caring, lovely, thoughtful and hard-working person. People who knew him said he was jolly and cheerful. "I am sure this lady in the other car didn't go out that day intending to kill someone but she has taken away my loving beautiful husband," she added.
Simon Morgan, for Waterworth, told the court: "While it does not compare with the pain of the family of Mr Rashid, she has been devastated and indeed crushed by her failings. "She accepts she was at fault and that is an important factor for everybody in this case. "A week after, she returned to the scene to lay flowers. She started counselling in September and has flashbacks. "Sadly she has to pass the scene on a regular basis."
Waterworth had been driving for 25 years with no offences committed. She gained a business degree and accountancy qualifications. Mr Morgan added: "She is unable to turn the clock back but through her guilt and sense of responsibility she wishes to make reparation."
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.
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.