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.
Industrial Action May Affect Buses (5-9-18)
The bus services shown in this map will be affected by industrial action in the coming weeks. Below is the information that has been passed to Cropwell Bishop Parish Council.....
"The union Unite has announced 4 days of planned industrial action on consecutive Mondays – 10 September, 17 September and 24 September & 1 October. Unfortunately, on these dates, we won’t be able to run some services (see map), while others will have a limited service.
Unfortunately, we won’t be able to confirm the level of disruption in advance. Our priority during the industrial action is to keep you informed and on the move. On each day of industrial action, we will be providing live updates throughout the day from 6.30am on our website and Twitter – please follow @trentbartonland "
See the Parish Council website for more details.
'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.
Tony Jarrow & Allotment Committee
Up, Over and Gold (31-8-18)
Last week I reported on the progress and hopes of Toot Hill schoolboy Jacob Clark of Cropwell Bishop who is the current English Schools pole vault champion.
Today he competed in the Schools Games at Loughborough. As the bar was raised he cleared it every time as the other competitors, one by one, reached their limit.
After clearing 4.50m, the gold medal was his, but Jacob went on to clear 4.65m. The Games record of 4.78m, set in 2012, proved just out of reach. Nevertheless, it has been a great day for Jacob. Well done.
Road Works Next Month (30-8-18)
New Co-Op is Taking Shape (25-8-18)
Thanks to Mel Stanley for these photos.
Cropwell Bishop's Jacob, is Going to School Games as Champion (22-8-18)
Jacob Clark, from Cropwell Bishop, has been selected to be part of the England North squad in Athletics at the 2018 School Games – a national multi-sport event for the UK’s most talented school-age athletes taking place at Loughborough University from 30 August to 2 September.
Sixteen year-old Jacob, who has just finished his GCSEs at Toot Hill School, is a member of the Notts Athletics Club and will compete in the pole vault. He already has an impressive record of success, after recently becoming 2018 English Schools pole vault champion.
Jacob will be following in the footsteps of some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars who have competed at the event before going on to senior international success. Previous competitors include Paralympic champions Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, Olympic champion Adam Peaty, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and sprinter Adam Gemili.
At the event he will experience the excitement of competing at the highest level. He will live in a dedicated Athletes’ Village on the Loughborough University campus, take part in an School Games ceremony and perform in front of huge crowds of spectators.
Tickets for the event are available now, at https://www.schoolgamesfinals.org/buy-tickets/