How to use a Defibrillator

There is a defibrillator in Cropwell Bishop for anyone to use in an emergency. Instructions on how you can access it are given on the Contacts page (orange tab on right).

You will also find a link to a 2 minute video on how to use the defibrillator.

Might be a good idea to have a look at it now rather than when you face a life or death situation.

Tony Jarrow

A Smell Tomorrow?

Samworth Farms, who own much of the farmland around Cropwell Bishop and Cropwell Butler have issued the following statement:

“We’re planning to spread manure on a couple of fields tomorrow, for the purpose of nutrient feeding for crops. Local residents in the Cropwell Bishop village area may notice a smell for 12-24hours. Thank you for your understanding whilst we carry out this essential work.”

Russell Price

Pop Quiz Wizard

I don’t know where Richard Turner gets his ideas from but every year he manages to come up with a range of new, demanding and exciting ways to ask questions about Pop music.

Pop Quiz
Pop Quiz

Back in 2014, when Richard first put on the Pop Quiz, it seemed that all you had to do was be able to remember the sound and title of past hit records — which was more that I could do even then.

As a result of his apparently endless quest for new ways of testing our knowledge and memories, last night's event included categories that: asked you to recognise song titles written in Latin, the genre of a music clip, the bass guitarist or drummer in a music clip 50 years old, the colour missing in a song tile, and so on.

In comparison, recognising the tile of a song after hearing just the first few bars was child’s play (for some).

Pop Quiz
Pop Quiz

For the first time, the Quiz was an all Cropwell Bishop affair so the winning team came from the village.

Throughout the evening, the seven teams battled for points and were evenly matched. The final round saw the team centred on the Springfield/Maltings region of Cropwell Bishop emerge as worthy winners.

Pop Quiz

Was it Doctor Macdonald’s knowledge of prescriptions that gave them the edge (for song titles in Latin)? We shall never know, but fear not; next year we may well have to recognise titles in Welsh!

Pop Quiz

A great night and many thanks to Richard Turner for all the effort he puts into making this a fun event.

Tony Jarrow

Pop Quiz
Pop Quiz

Cropwell Bishop Village Show 2019


The Trophies for this year's Village Show have been engraved and are now in safe keeping ready for the Show on Sunday 1st September.

Show 2019

This year, instead of one category for all children, Category 9 is for Key Stage 1 children and Category 10 for Key Stage 2. All children who enter will be awarded a medal.

Printed copies of the leaflet and entry-form are not yet available from shops, but you can view (and then download) them by clicking on the links below.

Show Leaflet

Entry Form

There is a poster on the Events page.

Tony Jarrow

Council Meeting Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Chairman and Vice Chair took the decision to postpone the ACM & Ordinary Parish Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday 7th May until Tuesday 14th May 2019 at 6.45pm

The Parish Council wish to apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused to members of the public wishing to attend.

Janice Towndrow
Parish Clerk

Additional Bus Service Coming ...

Would you like to get a bus to Bingham and get there in just 14mins – on the hour for most of the day (and then maybe jump on a fast bus to Nottingham)?

Well, later this month you will be able to.

Following the recent announcement of the 33 Bus Service to Nottingham (see News Article of 27/3/19), an additional new bus service, the 833, will also launch on the same day, Tuesday 28th May 2019.

The operator is an interesting new company, Vectare. Just look at how it presents itself:


I am sure that current (and past) users of our village bus service will look forward to the arrival of both the 833 and 33 services in just 3 weeks time.

Below is the timetable for the 833.

For a pdf version of this timetable (for high quality printing) click: "833 Bus Timetable"

Parish Council Clerk, Janice Towndrow, has also left a supply of printed copies of both the 833 and 33 timetables in the Cropwell Bishop Co-Op.

Tony Jarrow

833 Timetable

Michelle's £10k Birthday Present For Others

Michelle Oldfield

Michelle Oldfield did what most people don't do on their 40th birthday: she ran the London Marathon.

You may have seen her on the TV last Sunday – but I think not: there were over 42 thousand finishers.

Having fellow competitors singing 'Happy Burthday' to you while waiting on the start line must have been a wonderful experience!

But the run was not just for Michelle, it was also for Cancer Research UK. Michelle's many friends and colleagues enabled her to raise over £10,000 for the charity.

At the moment, Michelle intends to never run the race again, but, you never know .......

Tony Jarrow

Big Lorries

Unhappy at the sight of massive lorries using our village as as shortcut? You have the power to stop them.

If you see a giant lorry crawling along Nottingham Road, or wherever, and you suspect that it is not making a delivery here (a safe bet if it then continues up Fern Road) then report it: it will only take you 5 minutes. Hefty fines will soon deter drivers.

Make a note of the lorry's registration number and where and when you saw it (a phone camera can do all this) then click on the Contact page of this website. Scroll to near the bottom and you will see a clickable link to "Report a lorry". Once on the Nottingham County Council website, you just need to fill in a few details and then leave the rest to the Council.

The Council will check if the lorry is over 7.5 tonne but if you want to check yourself, you can find out by clicking another link on the Contact page: "Find lorry load".

Don't waste energy moaning about the dangers – take action.

Tony Jarrow

Dog Poo

Hundreds of dogs live in Cropwell Bishop and when their owners take them for a walk, they take a plastic bag with them and collect any poo that it produces. They then dispose of the bag at home or in one of the dog poo bins in the village.

Stepping on dog poo on public paths has been eliminated: well not quite. This is what a Cropwell Bishop resident said yesterday:

“We were out for a walk along the footpaths to Cropwell Butler on Sunday and the paths were littered with dog mess. It seems people don’t think they need to remove it when on the footpaths by the fields!

Also, there is frequently a mess left on the pavements as well – particularly on St Giles Way which is right in the way of children walking to school.”

Dog owners have got used to collecting poo in bags, but some seem to think that their responsibility ends there. Here is another comment:

“Today, I was going up to the doctors and a bag of dog mess had been placed on the arm of the bench. I suppose at least they bagged it, but really what a place to leave it! Is this really the sort of village we won’t to live in?”

Are these problems being caused by just one person?
Is it a child who is not aware of their responsibilities?
I don’t know: maybe you do.

You can easily report sightings like these to Rushcliffe Borough Council: it only takes 2 minutes.

Click on the orange “Contacts” tab on the right, and you will find a link to click on. Select Cropwell Bishop, the street, add a few notes and you are done.

If we all do this, the Council may be able to identify the location and timing of instances and send someone out to investigate. The Council says:

“an on the spot fine of £50, or a fine of up to £1,000 on prosecution applies if you allow your dog to foul in a public place and you fail to clean it up straight away”.

Not so long ago, litter, smoking and drinking alcohol in public spaces were seen as acceptable – but times have changed. Can we work together to change the habits of one person, or possibly a few, and so make our local environment better?

Tony Jarrow

Poo on Bench

Housing Plans Updated

Housing Plans
Housing Plans
Housing Plans

More Hot Air

It is not what you expect, mid-week on a cold April morning, but there was no mistaking the roar of a gas burner overhead.

At 7.30am today a hot air balloon drifted low over Cropwell Bishop heading into the Vale of Belvoir. No shortage of hot air in Britain this Spring – and they don't know where they are going to land either!

Tony Jarrow


Gary Jowett Voucher for March Quiz Winner

Congratulations to Mrs P Chambers who won the March 'Cropwell Bishop News' Quiz.
Her entry was drawn out of the "hat of correct entries" at the Parish Council meeting at the Old School on Tuesday evening.
She wins a £20 voucher for Gary Jowett's Butchers—donated by Gary.

Here are the Quiz Answers:

1. Ring who for a stall at Saturday Cafe? ..... Linda Field (Page 10)

2. What day of the week would you drink at The Well? ..... Tuesday (Page 26)

3. How many Elvis's at the table? ..... 4 (Page 8)

4. Route 822 will cease when? ..... April 2019 (Page 2)

5. First child evacuees first came from? ..... Yarmouth (Page 22)

6. Which month is there no Parish Council Meeting? ..... August (Page 36)

7. An evening of great music and storytelling by? ..... Ninebarrow (Page 7)

8. "Community Road Safety Sessions" are run how often? ..... Monthly (Page 2)

9. "Merry Christmas Everyone" was a Christmas hit in which year? ..... 1985 (Page 15)

10. Who is an archivist of the Thiman collection? ..... Guy Turner (Page 28)

11. Old Contemptibles play which Tournament? ..... Triangular (Page 14)

12. Join which Club for fun and friendship? ..... W.I. (Page 11)

13. King of what on the 15th February? ...... Thieves (Page 25)

14. Bavarian Highlands by? ..... Elgar (Page 28)

15. How many villages eligible for Local Resident discount card ? ..... 10 (Page 18)

16. Every 'what' tells a story on the 25th?..... Field (Page 5)

Tony Jarrow



33 is the magic number as new bus service restores missing links in Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham Community Transport’s trading arm, CT4N is excited to introduce a new bus service between Nottingham, West Bridgford and Cropwell Bishop, to start following the Spring Bank Holiday on Tuesday 28 May, 2019.

The new service - the 33 - will serve passengers at the following main locations below and replaces the current 822 service operated by Yourbus for Nottinghamshire County Council – due to be withdrawn on Saturday 25 May, 2019:

· Cropwell Bishop
· Cropwell Butler
· Cotgrave
· Tollerton
· Gamston (Morrisons)
· West Bridgford and Nottingham (Friar Lane)

In addition, journeys which operate only in the morning and evening, will be extended during the day to serve Langar and Sutton Cum Granby.

Welcoming the new 33 service, Ian Combellack, General Manager of Nottingham Community Transport said: “It is extremely rewarding to be able to launch another new service.

We’ve been listening to feedback about the existing 822 service and we know that passengers in outlying villages served miss the direct link to Nottingham throughout the day, so we’re delighted to bring this valued connection back to communities in Nottinghamshire.”

The 33 will also provide direct links between Nottingham City Centre and the Spire Hospital at Tollerton as well as the new housing estate on Hollygate Park at Cotgrave.

“Service 33 has all the right ingredients to provide a real community bus service – not least core links for people going to school, college, work, shopping and leisure activities and one we hope that communities will use, enjoy and support.

We would encourage as many people as possible to use the service, to ensure its long term viability.”

CT4N has already stepped in to protect other lifeline bus services which were due to be withdrawn. Ian added: “This service will be provided by a community transport operator for the local community and any profits will be reinvested into vital transport services for the elderly and disabled rather than shareholders.”

A selection of single, return and weekly tickets will be available, as well as a monthly ticket which can be purchased through a mobile app.

Further details about the fares will be released in the next few weeks.

Commenting on the news, Nottinghamshire County Council’s, Group Manager for Highways & Transport, Gary Wood said: “The County Council welcomes the decision by CT4N to operate the new 33 bus service from the Vale of Belvoir to Nottingham. This replaces much of the current 822 route which is funded by the Council.

A new 833 service for the other villages on the current route, offering connections with the local services and to West Bridgford and Nottingham, will also be introduced.

We hope the new services will encourage more passengers to use the service to help reduce congestion and air pollution in the area.”

CT4N will also be accepting tickets from the county council’s service 833. Further details, including route and timetable information, can be found at

For a pdf version of timetable click: "Bus Timetable"

33 Bus Timetable

Bus Timetable

NOTE: This timetable takes effect from Tuesday 28th May 2019.

For a pdf version of this timetable (for high quality printing) click: "Bus Timetable"

Tony Jarrow

Field Detectives Present Their Evidence

Last night, Cropwell Bishop Heritage Group's open meeting at the Old School was packed with villagers curious to discover who the Field Detectives are.

It turns out they are not a "MidSomers Murder" spin off, but in fact a team of Nottinghamshire enthusiasts with the skills and knowledge necessary to bring life to the history of our village.

Last summer, the Tour of Britain cycle race came through Cropwell Bishop and the world’s top riders, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas pedalled down Church Street. We saw them, we have photographs of them, we can relate to them.

Nearly 2000 years ago, the Romans ruled Britain and they built a road nearby: the Fosse Way (A46). In school we studied maps of the straight roads they built and learnt their names and probably copied diagrams of road cross sections.

But visualising a band of Italian soldiers marching down a road that lies just over the hill takes a great deal of effort. And imagining a Roman wandering up the hill to Cropwell Bishop (well, its site) for a bite to eat is a step too far. However, following last night’s presentation, my view has changed.

In the fields around Cropwell Bishop lie the remains of Roman occupations: pottery, broaches, coins, wool spinning weights, etc. Hundreds of items have been found on the ground or just cm below the surface.

Last night we saw many of them on display and we were able to pick them up and examine them. Made from stone, lead, bronze – they looked like museum pieces, yet they were all found within a short walk of your home. Maybe you or your dog kicked or sniffed one on a morning walk.

Field Detectives
Field Detectives

The Field Detectives are not a couple of people with metal detectors. They are a team of around a dozen scientists, historians, geologists and the like, who share an enthusiasm for surveying fields to discover how our farming landscape evolved. They follow up their methodical, scientific surveys with freely available reports and community presentations.

Field Detectives
Field Detectives

Their finds, which are assembled as a Landowner Collection, are retained by the landowner but become available for further research and study. The objects generally have little monetary value but are of great value to everyone interested in past local life.

Field Detectives

The presentation’s lead speaker was Richard Pincott. Richard has been a Field Detective for 20 years and he and his team have completed 7 projects in that time and another 3 are on going.

He emphasised the importance of getting the landowner’s permission for these projects and heaped praise on Russell Price of Cropwell Butler. Russell owns the fields surveyed by the team and has enthusiastically supported their efforts.

In his presentation, Richard described how random finds led to their theories of local habitations that, in turn, led to planned surveys to test their hypothesis. Metal detectors, hand digging and Google Earth all played a part in collecting evidence for what they now believe was happening here 2000 years ago.

Field Detectives

A church of sorts on the edge of Cropwell Butler was a focal point of interest for local people. Many paths led to the church and, amazingly, these paths are still in use today even though the church disappeared long ago.

A few hundred metres away from the church, in Cropwell Bishop parish, there was probably a small settlement consisting of round buildings made of wood/willow. Springs, ponds, and streams will have influenced the choice of location. As the people of this time and later periods worked the fields, walked the paths and lived their lives, they dropped, discarded and buried the items that the Field Detectives found.

Field Detectives

It was a fascinating evening at the Old School and it will no doubt encourage the efforts of our Heritage Group to illustrate how our village forefathers (and mothers!) have affective our lives today.

I, for one, will look more carefully at the objects I usually toss aside as I dig my allotment plot at the top of Fern Road.

Could the Romans have walked over it on their way to Colson Bassett? Could they have built a home there? Looks like a job for the Allotment Detectives!

Tony Jarrow

Field Detectives

From the People of Cropwell Bishop

Spring Flowers

Spring flower beds are looking good – thanks to our village volunteers.

John Greenwood

A Cleaner Output from Cropwell Bishop

We all make use of it many times each day yet we never give it a second thought. Thankfully, the engineers at Severn Trent think about it all the time and this morning they showed off the improvements they have made.

Cropwell Bishop's sewage treatment facilities have been updated and this morning some villagers were able to see the improvements for themselves.

It was a big engineering project and throughout the whole of 2018 lorries delivered big loads and workers got their hands dirty – but not once did they have to halt the flow from our toilets: amazing really.

Severn Trent say they have "rebuilt the sewage treatment works using new processes and added an additional stage of filtration to make sure that the final effluent discharged to the local watercourse meets stringent environmental standards".

Thanks to John Greenwood for taking the photos. John says; "it was a really enlightening and informative visit and villagers attending were most grateful to representatives of Severn Trent and the contractors, NMCN, for showing us the impressive new 'high tech' installation and processes which now treat our sewage, replacing the old filter beds."

Something to think about next time you are sitting on the toilet!

Tony Jarrow

Sewage Plant
Sewage Plant
Sewage Plant
Sewage Plant

Fund-Raising Curry-Quiz Night a Big Success

A big thank you to everyone who attended or supported the recent "Curry and Quiz Night" at the Memorial Hall.

Curry Night

I was absolutely overwhelmed by interest and support for it and sold out with 95 people there (and more teams wanting to join that I couldn't fit in).

Manoj from More Restaurant in Leicester provided the very delicious curry and generous auction prizes and Richard Turner wrote and delivered an assorted but fun quiz.

Sara and Scott did a fabulous job on the bar, Keith helped with the raffle and games and many other people helped the evening to run smoothly.

Curry Night

Overall we raised a total of £2,253 for Cancer Research UK.

Once again. a huge thank you to everyone who attended or supported the evening.

Michelle Oldfield



We have had a defibrillator in Cropwell Bishop for about 5 years and it has been used on several occasions.

The problem with a resource like this is that whilst we rarely, if ever, want access to it, when we do, we need to get it quickly.

With this in mind, I have updated the Contacts page of the website where I have provided full details of how to access it. I have also made the Contacts tab stand out by making it orange.

Tony Jarrow

Past Times

Church Clock

Ever wondered what kept the St Giles Church clock going before the age of electricity? No doubt it was the people of Cropwell Bishop who regularly (daily?) climbed the tower to wind it up—their names now lost in time.

However, the clock mechanism itself is not a mystery: in fact we can go and see it!

Thanks to Jonathan Good who took this photo of the clock on discovering it in the Industrial Museum at Wollaton Park. The card on it states:

Turret Clock

Oak framed clock with wrought-iron wheels. Thought to have been made by Richard Roe, Epperstone, Nottingham, 1694. It was used by St Giles Church, Cropwell Bishop, 1694 – 1906.

That's 212 years of ticking!

Tony Jarrow

Church Clock

Co-op Parking Rules—UPDATED



Confused by the parking restrictions in the Co-op car park, or maybe you are not even aware of them? To try and clarify the situation ......

The Co-op rents the building and car park from Marston's Brewery. The original plan for the Co-op was rejected but, after going to Appeal, the Planning Inspectorate approved the plan and one of its conditions was;

"The car park shall be retained solely for use by the existing public house and the proposed retail unit hereby approved and shall not be subject to any time limited parking restrictions for patrons of the public house."

The parking signs reflect this condition and it is clear that pub patrons are not restricted to a time limit (unlike Co-op shoppers).

However, because the pub does not open until 4pm on weekdays (or 12 mid-day on Saturday and Sunday), the pub landlord has agreed to allow the parking spaces for pub patrons to be used by Co-op shoppers when the pub is closed.

So, during the week, Co-op customers can park anywhere up to 4pm and, at the weekend, up to mid-day (1 hour maximum).

Hope that helps.

Tony Jarrow

Chris Allsop wants to Double the Daily Number of Lorries Entering Village