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Welcome to Boules – in Cropwell Bishop

CBPC has arranged for the construction of a new Petanque Court at the top corner of the MH playing Field where the Old Skateboard Park was previously sited.

Petanque or Boules originated in France and can be played in teams or as individuals versus each other. The rules are very simple being basic and easy to understand as the theory is not dissimilar to that of Bowls.

The court can be any length from around 6-8m and is usually played on rough gravel type of surface with heavy steel ball bearing type balls in play.

The wooden “cochonnet” ball is thrown firstly to set the court and all players must follow in order to get as close to the “cochonnet” as possible and can even be touching or moving it.

Players are allowed to take out opponents Boules and each team player takes it in turn to achieve the closest Boule to the “cochonnet”. Once a team has taken the closest stance the other team(s) must follow to achieve their closest status continuing until someone actually gets the closest.

The nearest nett Boules are counted as points for each team and usually the game is played as first to 13points. The Boules must be thrown with the palm facing down (no underarm grubbers) in any style required to effect the best shot, but the feet must remain planted during the shot.

Some game rules may vary so this can be discussed prior to the game starting so as to establish a level criteria. This game is a very relaxing and fun sport without any major stress and can be played by all ages, genders and abilities including wheelchair bound contestants (assistance required to access court).

We welcome everyone to have a go once the Court is completed just turn up and see if there is anyone playing. If you haven’t got any Boules just ask around as some of us carry spare sets anyhow.


Jacques Lacey
Cropwell Bishop Parish Council


For more information, phone me on: 07772 884709


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Cropwell Bishop Buses: When & Where?

If you want to find out what bus services are available to-and-from Cropwell Bishop, but are put off by having to search for the latest timetables, then help is at hand. Just click the Travel tab and all will be revealed – including an informative map.


The Jubilee Beacon-lighting & Fireworks

Photos taken by David Whisson at the event on Thursday 2nd June.


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Queen's Award

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) has been awarded to Nottinghamshire County Scout Council.

This is ranked as an MBE and is the highest award in the UK that can be made, by Her Majesty, to a voluntary organisation.

This is a tremendous achievement of which we can all be immensely proud. There is an incredibly high standard to meet and follows a long nomination and assessment process both locally and nationally

What an accolade this is being awarded to the Nottinghamshire County Scout Council as part of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by local volunteer groups to benefit their communities.

It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.


Cropwell Bishop Scouts


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An Owl's View

Last night on the Memorial Hall Playing Field: lighting of the Beacon and fireworks for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Thanks to Colin Bryan.


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Memorial Hall Building Work Progressing

Find out what has been happening at the Memorial Hall by clicking on the Mem Hall tab.


Jubilee Pebbles

As part of the Queen’s Jubilee, Children were invited down to the Old School on Sunday to paint pebbles. Here are photos of the event.

Jo Wroughton


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School & Dove to Share £3k from Velo Belvoir

Organisers of the recent Velo Belvoir cycling event are delighted to have raised £3,000 for two local charities: Dove Cottage Day Hospice and Cropwell Bishop Friends of School.


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Summer Planting at Jubilee Gardens, Old School and St Giles

On a sunny warm Wednesday morning on the 18th May our wonderful gardening volunteers came along to The Old School to remove the winter planting and preparing the gardens, window boxes and Church trough for the summer plants to come.

Moving forward to the following week a not so sunny and warm Wednesday morning the 25th May: All our volunteers returned to plant up the gardens, window boxes and Church trough.

It is hoped that will give a wonderful red, white and blue display when it all comes into flower to mark the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee.

The Parish Council would also like to thank another volunteer Julie Pooley who spends may hours tending the inside of the gardens and planting by the fences/gates at the Old School.

If there is anyone who would be willing to help with watering the gardens and troughs as part of a rota. please contact the Parish Clerk on 0115 9894656 or clerk@cropwellbishop-pc.gov.uk. All help that can be given will keep the gardens in tip top condition for everyone to enjoy.

You are are welcome to come and sit a while in the peacful gardens and view the plants, it’s a lovely space to sit a while.


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Change of Chairman for Cropwell Bishop Parish Council

Alan Wilson
Alan Wilson

At the 2022 Annual Parish Council meeting Cllr. Wilson officially stood down as Chairman. Alan was elected to the Parish Council in 1991 and subsequently elected Chairman in 2003.

Although no longer Chairman, Cllr. Wilson will continue with his role as a Parish Councillor and will attend outside meetings and continue to represent the Council on other local village organisations such as the Memorial Hall Committee, Parish Plan Monitoring Group, Entertainments & Activities Working Groups, The Village Youth Club, Primary School “Pupils” Council, and co-edit and draft articles for the Cropwell Bishop News.

I am sure the whole village, along with the Parish Council, would like to thank Cllr. Wilson for his outstanding service as both Councillor and Chairman to our community.

Cllr. Wilson has given the role of Chairman his absolute all for the last 9 years and that of Councillor for 21 years.

At the May Parish Council Meeting, meeting Cllr. Jacques Lacey was appointed to the post of Chairman.

Cllr Lacey has served on our Parish Council for several years and has continuingly been involved with local issues as well as being very hands-on with many urgent situations.

He is keen to continue with the ethic set by his predecessor and hopes to develop the relationship between the various clubs and societies who need our local support.


Jacques Lacey
Jacques Lacey


Cropwell Bishop Parish Council


Real Homes That Look Like Models

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Thanks to Colin Bryan for the photos.


The Old School Garden

The village garden between the Church and The Old School is looking beautiful. But it is not the result of magic, but of people working hard to keep it looking this way.

Here are some who were there this morning.

Thanks to Mel Stanley for the photos.


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Chris Ingham Trio Deliver Dudley Moore

On Friday evening, Dudley Moore came to Cropwell Bishop – or, at least, his music did.

It is now 20 years since he died of a rare degenerative disease at the age of 66. He is best known for his comic sketches on TV, his films and his ‘high profile’ life.

Yet, as his illness gradually took over his life, he declared that the thing he missed most was his music.

Even before he was a teenager, he was playing the organ at local church weddings, and he later won a scholarship to study music at Oxford University. It was only later that his comedy talents came to the fore.

Nevertheless, music always remained at the core of his life and many of his appearances on TV would include a spot with him playing the piano. He would later write the music for 6 films – including those that he starred in.

Dudley was 25-years-old when he formed the Dudley Moore Trio and they released several LPs (long playing records) from the 1960s onwards.


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Last night, The Chris Ingham Trio played, “The Jazz of Dudley Moore”. The audience of over 30 people at The Old School were entertained with a wide range of Dudley Moore’s music played in the style of his 1960s trio.

But it was more than just music. Chris Ingham, the pianist, introduced each piece by setting the scene.

As well as relevant background notes on their origin, he described the characters who inspired them. This all added to the musical experience of the audience.

Over the last two years, Covid has prevented the “Live and Local” shows in Cropwell Bishop. Now they are returning, and so are the people who appreciate the experience of real, live performers, playing real musical instruments just a few metres in front of them.

The performers are not the big players that appear at Wembley, Glastonbury and festivals – and they don’t earn millions of pounds for each performance. But neither are they tiny remote figures 100 metres away playing via giant amplifiers and speakers.


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The Chris Ingham Trio were at one with the people in the Old School and, when the last few pieces included some singing (Dudley Moore style!) and then finally, Dudley Moore’s classic song, “Goodbye”, the place felt like a mini music get-together in an old-style pub.

Long live the “Live and Local” shows.


Tony Jarrow



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Time for a break ..
Simon Paterson (bass), Chris Ingham (piano) and George Double (drums)
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Picnic in the Park

Need Help

We are still looking for a support act and DJ to help us out with the return of our village favourite, Picnic in the Park.

We have our headline act “Freddie” booked but are requiring a DJ with equipment for the event to play upbeat music and do some kids entertainment etc., throughout the event.

If you know someone that has done this kind of entertainment previously and wouldn’t mind dusting off their decks, then please give us their contact details by e-mailing:

clerk@cropwellbishop-pc.gov.uk
or phoning:

0115 9894656 or 07798735757.

We are also in need of a support act/acts to fill the evening and make our event complete. Acoustic small band, any genre band that would be willing to give us their time, skiffle, blues etc…. please can you help?

If you think you may know someone, give them a nudge, and ask them to contact the Clerk by e-mailing:

clerk@cropwellbishop-pc.gov.uk

or phoning:

0115 9894656 or 07798735757

Or, you can send me their contact details so that we can get in touch with them directly.

We would like this event to go with a bang, so please get your thinking cap on and see if you can conjure up someone to join us to celebrate the return of, “Picnic in the Park!”

Thank you


Janice Towndrow
Parish Clerk


Perfect Weather for Velo Belvoir

The weather this Sunday morning was beautiful – sunny, little wind and no chill in the air.

Ideal for a cycle ride in the Vale of Belvoir, so perfect for the Velo Belvoir cycling event organised by Michelle Oldfield of Cropwell Bishop.

Hundreds of riders took part. Enthusiasts took on the challenge of a 76 mile route, while others started an hour or so later and followed a family-friendly 28 mile route.

You can view all 200 photos taken of the riders by clicking this link:

Velo Belvoir Photos

The event will raise funds for Cropwell Bishop Friends of School and Dove Cottage.


Tony Jarrow


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Meeting of the Electorate at the Old School

Last night, it was the Annual Meeting of the Electorate at the Old School, an occasion which Cropwell Bishop Parish Council is duty bound to hold.


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It enables the Council to give feedback and allows residents to raise issues.


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Chair of the Parish Council, Alan Wilson, addressing the Meeting.

In recent years, this has been a straight forward and uncontroversial aspect and last night’s meeting was no exception.

The Parish Council has sought to enliven these annual meetings by inviting a guest speaker – often one with links to local government.

Last night they did things differently by having two speakers, who are both residents of Cropwell Bishop, speaking about themselves. And the result was an Annual Meeting that outshone those of recent years.

I dare say, the positive atmosphere of the event gave an uplift to everyone there: it is just a pity that there were not more people there to enjoy the feeling.

Most of us watch sport at live events, or on TV, and you may wonder what it is like for the competitors: last night we found out.

The first speaker was Helen Darby-Dowman who won an Olympic medal 2004.


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Maybe you knew that we had an Olympian living in Cropwell Bishop but, most likely, you don't know how she got there.

You would not have been aware of the role of serendipity that led to her first jumping into a canoe, the rapid success that followed, the numerous injuries that battered her dreams, the support of others, and how vital is the mental approach in sport.


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We watched her medal winning performance as recorded by the BBC and Helen provided much background detail of that day.


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Helen’s experience of life after world-level competition was also interesting but probably of less interest to the following speaker who is at the very early stages of a sporting career.

Eve Young is a 15-year-old schoolgirl who has been into swimming for a long time. No doubt many of you were at that age – but not in the way Eve has been for several years.


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Even at that young age, you do not reach top national level on pure talent, you have to work hard at it. Eve gave a composed and illuminating talk on her sporting journey to date.


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You will have seen synchronised swimming on TV. It all looks so serene but, be in do doubt, the swimmers have to be as fit as any competitive swimmer – and they have to achieve perfection in their routine.

Eve revealed the training needed to maintain fitness, the constant niggle of injuries and the regular journeys to Bristol to take part in training sessions. School holidays merely become opportunities for more training sessions.


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Her father was at last night’s event and, it goes without saying, that the support of family is absolutely essential to enable the sporting progress of a teenager.

The Parish Council has also helped a little by giving some financial support – as it has done with several young athletes in the village.


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Eve has developed the skill to maintain the ‘beat’ of a routine in her head, to hold her position in the water using complicated hand and leg manoeuvres, and hold her breath for a minute while swimming under water.

She has already competed abroad in several international competitions and is looking forward to future targets.

It is too early for Eve to focus on a particular goal in the years ahead, but her composure at last night’s event suggests that whatever her future dream becomes, she will have equipped herself well for the challenge.


Tony Jarrow