What will Viewers see when Cropwell Bishop is on live TV? (3-7-18)
Painted bikes, yellow bunting, coloured plant-pots, field-art: how do we show the world that we are proud of where we live?
With just two months to go before 100+ professional cyclists race through our village, their every pedal stroke captured by camera men leaning from the back of motorbikes and hanging from hovering helicopters, what will ITV4 viewers see on their TV screens?
Well, apart from the cyclists themselves, they will see what we put on display. What would you like them to see?
Like most other villages on the route of the Tour of Britain, Cropwell Bishop is forming a 'Working Group' to gather ideas and put them into effect on the day the race hits us on Saturday 8th September.
Come along to the Old School on Monday evening (9th July) at 7.30pm to hear ideas being put forward and maybe suggest some of your own. We anticipate that children will contribute as much as adults to the village festivities on that Saturday morning in September.
Are you a regular cyclist, or someone who has watched races on TV, or maybe you are just keen to see Cropwell Bishop put on a good show.
Whoever you are, you will be made most welcome.
So, make a note: next Monday, 7.30pm at the Old School. There are no World Cup football matches that day. See you there.
Plasticine Plans (29-6-18)
Much as I like to keep you informed about roadworks and traffic lights in our village, it sometimes feels like I can't win.
Two weeks ago I told you about the plan to deliver giant concrete slabs to the site of the sewage works where a big tank is being built. I was impressed by the detailed planning that Severn Trent had put into the delivery of the slabs.
I was surprised that I hadn't seen at least some of the lorries creeping down Nottingham Road. Now I know why: the contractors had changed the route they would use. After being advised by local residents, the lorries were entering the village down Fern Road—actually, a much more sensible route.
However, they also decided to change the timing of deliveries. They should have been completed by the end of June but now, afer a pause, they will commmence again on 2nd July and go on until 14th July.
Thankfully, they say that there will be no deliveries at weekends which at least means our Celebration Weekend will not be affected—assuming there is not another change of plan!
Disruption—but Ultimately for our Benefit (11-6-18)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) quoting the project title (Cropwell Bishop STW Quality).
School Summer Fair (29-6-18)
On Saturday 7th July, as part of Cropwell Bishop's Celebration Weekend, our Primary School is having a Summer Fair. For more details of this, see the poster on the Events page.
As part of the event at the School, there will be a 'Plant Fair'. Look at the photos below to get a taste of the achievements of the children and volunteer helpers so far this year.
The organisers very much hope that you will be there on the day to enjoy the garden 'in the flesh'.
In the meantime, any plant donations will be gratefully received.
Safety Notice: Skate Park (12-6-18)
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.
Chairman of Parish Council
How You Can Get Involved in the TOB (12-6-18)
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 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0115 914 8555.
Rushcliffe Borough Council
Skate Park Vandalised Again! (7-6-18)
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.
New Co-Op by October? (30-5-18)
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.
Roadside Art (30-5-18)
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.
Mobile Phones are Happy (30-5-18)
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.
(Thanks to Elaine Robinson and Colin for the photos)
Thank You for the Music (20-5-18)
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.
Pop Quiz (updated) (15-5-18)
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.
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!
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.
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.
Co-Op Building Begins (1-5-18)
The builders are starting work, and the finished building comes to mind—in our imagination.
House Plans Passed (27-4-18)
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.
Roadworks on Colston Road (13-6-18)
Cotgrave Open Gardens (12-6-18)
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:
Cropwell Bishop Parish Council held its Annual General Meeting last night at the Old School.
All residents were invited and, as usual, there was a presentation by an outside speaker prior to Council business. Last night, two representatives of Cropwell Bishop Creamery were there.
The Skailes family run the business and it was Ian Skailes who described the history of cheese making in Cropwell Bishop and how his family transformed his earlier company, Somerset Creamery, from a making cheddar cheese, into a maker of top quality Stilton Cheese.
Alastair Simon is responsible for product development and gave us an insight into the challenges and opportunities for a small food producer.
Sixty years ago, they were making Stilton cheese in Melton Mowbray and moving production from there to Cropwell Bishop in the 1990s, proved a challenging task.
Nevertheless, since then the business has prospered but its team of workers appreciate the need to continually innovate if they are to stay competitive in what has traditionally been a small market.
Only six diaries are allowed to sell cheese with the ‘Stilton’ label. Long Clawson is by far the biggest producer and Cropwell Bishop is the third biggest with about 10% of the market share. This is a position the company is happy to maintain.
It focuses on supplying top quality cheeses to premium retailers. So, while you won’t see its cheeses in Tesco, you will be served Cropwell Bishop Stilton when you travel 1st Class on British Airway flights (so I am told).
Almost half its sales take place in the two months before Christmas so everyone is very busy during late summer and autumn: but what about the rest of the year?
This is when they have to focus on exports and it was interesting to discover the preferences of American customers. Older, stronger smelling Stilton that we might reject, is preferred by some Americans.
Selling cheese is a complicated business and their Cheese Shop in the Village has proved a big success in many ways.
Residents at the meeting described how they value it for: buying for family and friends, buying for themselves, enjoying the creamy coffee, including a shop visit as part of the ritual when family/friends come to visit, and enjoying the quality biscuits.
The shop has also proved useful to the company for getting customer feedback and as a venue for their business customers.
The Creamery has long been a regular supporter of Village events. The Stilton Stumble Run, Picnic in the Park, Village Show, all spring to mind but their involvement in local events goes back a long way. I recall that in 1985 the company (then calling itself Somerset Creamery) sponsored the ‘Cropwell Bishop 10 Mile Run’.
It was surprising to discover that virtually all their milk is supplied by a handful of small family farms in the Peak District that sell all their milk to the Creamery.
They spoke about other ways of rewarding their Village customers; no doubt we will hear more on this later in the year.
It was good to hear how popular Cropwell Bishop Stilton has become but it was even better to enjoy their success by eating some!
Our speakers had brought along five different Stilton cheeses for us to sample together with their specialty biscuits. It was an opportunity to compare the different qualities of the Stiltons on sale in its shop.
Then it was time for official business; the AGM and report from its chairman, Alan Wilson. This developed into questions from residents and answers from relevant councilors.
Points raised included:
Pot holes: the online reporting is efficient and deep ones are filled within 48 hours. We are still waiting to see if a request for road resurfacing between Kinoulton Road and the Church will be successful: the only obstacle is the County Council's shortage of money!
Roundabout near the A46: it looks uncared for.
Bus Service: at times it is well used (early morning and later afternoon), but at other times the buses are often empty. During the day it falls short of what many residents want and they are shunning the service and, for example, using the park and ride at the Shepherds Restaurant.
Co-Op build: it would appear that the Co-Op (nationally) is reconsidering all its developments—probably because of intense competition from Aldi and Lidl. Will it still go ahead: likelihood 50/50?
Plans for new housing in Cropwell Bishop: Rushcliffe BC meets on Thursday to make its decision.
All in all, it turned out to be a very informative and entertaining evening.
To discover more about the decisions being made about your Village, go along to the next Parish Council meeting on 1st May.
Being Successful (7-4-18)
What do you need to run a village club successfully?
Well, first you need someone who is keen to make the club attractive to us in Cropwell Bishop and is willing to take the lead when decisions need to be made.
Secondly, you need some solid ‘supporters’—a small team of people who can help out by doing such things as: sending letters or emails, organising club raffles, keeping records of members, writing letters of thanks, attending occasional committee meetings, etc.
Cropwell Bishop Gardening Club was established 10 years ago and it has consistently had the support of over 50 village members throughout that time. Clearly, the club has been run very successfully: it has a leader and a team of efficient helpers.
On Monday 16th April Judy Thomas will be presenting the 10th Anniversary Meeting of the Gardening Club. It will be a celebration of all that the club has achieved since its beginning in 2008. It promises to be a great event—but there is a distinct possibility that it will become the final meeting of the Gardening Club.
Judy has led the Club for all those years but has decided that now is the time for someone else to take the club forward and so she is retiring from her role at the end of this month.
Thankfully, the club is fortunate in having someone who is happy to take over Judy’s role as leader,
but that person is going to need her own team of ‘supporters’ to help her.
They don’t need to be expert gardeners, in fact, they don’t need to know anything at all about gardening! (see list of jobs in 3rd paragraph). They just need to be "willing helpers".
If, by the end of that evening, several people have not stepped forward to offer their support, then the Annual General Meeting, planned for later on, will become a closing ceremony for the Club.
Are you able and willing to offer your help? You don’t need to be regular gardener, or a current member of the Gardening Club, or even a resident of Cropwell Bishop.
If you think you can help, or know someone who might be able to, or you just want more information, then email me (email@example.com) and I will pass on your message. You will be able to come to the Anniversary meeting on 16th April to ask any questions you might have.
Give it some thought.
Damage to Cars in the Village (30-4-18)
Over the last few weeks, vandals have targeted several cars that are stored at premises on Fern Road. They have let down tyres and damaged paintwork that will cost over £3000 to repair. This has caused a lot of distress to the owner who uses them for his business.
The police have been informed but if anyone has information that might help them, then please contact them or let me know and I will pass it on.
It's in Cropwell Bishop .... (7-3-18)
See the poster on the Events Page: give bellringing a try at St Giles Church, Cropwell Bishop.
Traffic Lights Fiasco (13-4-18)
Traffic lights are essential for the safety of workers and road users when road work has to be carried out, but the road works taking place in the centre of Cropwell Bishop show what happens when no one is in charge.
For days there have been 3-way traffic lights outside the Church but every time I went by there were no workers to be seen and the only thing on the road causing an obstacle was a pile of road-work barriers! No hole in the road or any other danger.
This morning the junction became dangerous because the lights on Church Street had been removed which meant that traffic entering the junction from that direction would have to guess when they could safely turn left or right.
It took over an hour on the phone, but:
- Notts County Council said the work was being done by Severn Trent; call them,
- Severn Trent said they had no record of any work being done,
- Once they appreciated the danger to road users, Notts CC said they would send someone out.
By lunchtime, the pile of barriers had been removed so the only obstacles left on the road were the traffic lights, cones and warning signs.
Anyone travelling in the Cotgrave direction recently will be familiar with "Flood" and "No Through Road" signs that don't always make sense.
The sub-contracting of work may save money but one wonders if it is resulting in the Council sub-contacting the job to one company, that company sub-contracting the road signs to another company, and that company sub-contracting traffic control to another company. And no one is in overall control.
If this is what is happening then the system appears to be out of control. It has taken several days of disruption to the main roads in our village to apparently do one repair job—and that was on the pavement!
So, who do we complain to next time something like this happens?
Tony & Hilary Jarrow
70s Night (20-2-18)
70s night was a lot of fun; all those present danced and sang through the night.
The 'Persuaders' performed with a cheeky smile, wit and great musicality.
A good night was had by all.
Farewell to the Cabin (13-2-18)
After nearly 50 years the shop opposite the Church on Church Street is no more. This morning the final act in its demolition took place.
It was not so long ago that the Cabin was our newsagent, post office, grocer and diy centre—all in one. At one time there was another shop (Mace) across the road (the white house) which sold veg and groceries. But then, in those earlier days, there was no internet or supermarket home-deliveries.
Nothing stays the same for ever and this year we should see our Village Co-Op open a bigger store opposite the Wheatsheaf.
Forty years ago Church Street was probably the busiest part of the Village having, not only the newsagent/post office and Mace, but also a cobblers/sweet shop (Tom Barratt), Snips, the Co-Op and also the Doctors Surgery. Soon only Snips will remain and Nottingham Road will effectively become Cropwell Bishop's "Hub".
Within 150m you will be able to shop at the Co-Op, Gary Jowett's shop and the Creamery. Then get something to eat at Nyce before popping into Hair Barn and Beauty Barn before visiting the Wheatsheaf for a drink.
Afterwards, you will be able to walk up Fern Road to visit the doctors or pick up a prescription, then call in the Old School to buy tickets for the next Cinema showing (also available from Gary Jowett), before finally calling in at the Chequers for a drink and a meal.
Does any other local village offer so much within easy walking distance of home?
(Thanks to Hilary Jarrow for the photos)
A Smashing New Facility for Cropwell Bishop (7-12-17)
A consequence of the recent closure of the Lime Kiln Pub, was the loss of a Village glass-recycling centre. Fear not, now we have an even better facility.
This morning a new Glass-Recycling Centre was formally opened. It is located in the car park alongside the Cropwell Bishop Memorial Hall. It is the result of talks between the Memorial Hall Committee and Rushcliffe Borough Council.
The bins are even better than the ones that were at the Lime Kiln, in that their walls have a sound insulating layer which greatly reduces the sound of falling bottles.
They will be emptied twice a week so no need to worry about bins overflowing, assuming they aren't spotted by the rest of the Vale of Belvoir!
Incidentally, it is good to leave the metal screw cap on your bottle; it increases its value to recyling companies.
At the opening were: Rushcliffe Borough Councillors, Debbie Mason and Gordon Moore; Cropwell Bishop Parish Council Chair, Alan Wilson; and Memorial Hall Committee members, Pam Barlow and Irene Hickman.
Nyce is Back—and it is Very Nice! (2-12-17)
The little food shop commonly referred to as the "Cob Shop" has re-opened. It is now back under the mangagement of a previous owner and has reverted to its earlier name, "Nyce".
Situated between the Wheatsheaf and the Hair Barn opposite the Church, Nyce is already attracting new and old customers. I popped in this morning and can vouch for its lovely food, drinks and warm friendly atmosphere.
Not only is it proving popular with passing drivers, but also village folk who want somewhere to go for freshly cooked food and a friendly chat.
You can eat-in or take-out, its up to you. For more details or to place an order phone: 0115-837 4230.
It is open:
Tuesday to Friday: 8am—2pm
Why not give it a try?
A Great Opportunity for You? (4-4-18)
Memorial Hall (7-2-18)
A lot goes off at our Memorial Hall, and it has done for a very long time; almost 100 years.
Something a bit different will be happening there in a few weeks time (19th — 23rd Feb): here is Pam Barlow (Hall Committee) to tell your more ......
We're having a new ceiling put up in the main hall during the course of the 1/2 term holiday and we are looking for any willing volunteers who may like to give us a hand to paint it?
They would have to bring their own brushes etc..., and we will supply refreshments.
It would be the latter part of the week and possibly over the weekend.
If anyone should be interested they can of course get in touch with me or any other committee member.
Thanks in anticipation,
Facebook Page (29-1-18)
Message from Willow Allison ......
We have a new Facebook page up where you can find information about upcoming events happening in Cropwell Bishop. Like the page to find out more!
The Old School was packed this evening for the showing of Victoria and Abdul at the monthly Cropwell Bishop Cinema.
The 60+ people there were the first to enjoy an even better cinema experience following the installation of a new projector, bigger screen and new speakers. The improvement in both sound and vision was very noticeable.
These pictures give you an idea of the bigger screen: only a visit to a Cinema show will reveal the better sound.
The next film is on 16th February, see Events for details.
Mobile Library Times (23-1-18)
Please note that the times and dates for visits of the Mobile Library to Cropwell Bishop printed on page 37 of the latest edition of Cropwell Bishop News are incorrect. Unfortunately incomplete information was given to the Parish Council.
The table below shows the correct dates and times.
Plans for Developing Cropwell's Service Station (16-1-18)
A couple of years ago, plans were submitted for the development of our local filling station down by the A46. The plans were approved but the development never happened.
Now new plans have been submitted with the aim of making the business successful in the long term.
The plan now is to demolish all the existing buildings and to install new facilities and buildings in their place.
There will be a shop selling fresh produce and chilled goods, and also a coffee shop/cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. It is proposed to offer 24 hour trading. There will also be a car valeting service.
You can download all plans and documents associated with the planning application from the Rushcliffe Borough Council website. The application reference is: 17/02657/FUL
Grantham Canal Clear Up (7-1-18)
These pictures show the joint effort of the Grantham Canal Society (GCS) and the Waterway Recovery Group (WRG BitM) to clear a section of the Grantham Canal bed at Town Bridge.
Unfortunately the weather forecast for the second day indicated heavy snow and although Cropwell only received a light covering, other parts of the country had bigger problems.
Some of our guests were many miles from home (the cook came from Kent!) so the Sunday workparty was abandoned. The work will be continued at a later date.
My thanks to our Guests and the one volunteer from the Village who joined us.
I didn't manage to thank our local man but if he or anyone else is interested in 'looking after' our bit of the canal, please get in touch with me at: