Step Two: Lay The Tarmac

This same scene at 3.15pm Sunday afternoon: amazing progress. You could feel the heat being given off by the road. However, in the opposite direction up towards the Memorial Hall, progress will be slower because they are going to dig deeper before laying the tarmac (so I was told by a workman).

Nottm Road Works

This morning it was also very busy down near the Wheatsheaf and Mill Lane (those photos by Colin Bryan).

Nottm Road Works
Nottm Road Works

Step One: Off With The Old

This was the scene on Nottingham Road at 11.45am this Sunday morning.

Nottm Road Works

Bus 33 Next Week

The Service Delivery Manager of CT4N has this to say about the 33 Bus Service next week ...

I’ve been unable to get in contact with anyone from both the contractors or Dan Purdy regarding this matter. With that in mind, the only decision I can take at this moment in time is as follows:

  • Service 33 – Journeys to/from Sutton via Cropwell Bishop
  • It will serve Church Street and Fern Road only – Hoe View Road won’t be served.

Ian will attend the site on Monday and speak directly to the site foreman and advise the best plan of action, that way, we may be able to serve the loop as normal on some days and then operate to a diversion on the remaining days, however I can’t give a definitive answer until we have spoke to someone, as the last thing we can do is any reversing manoeuvres without a suitable banksman to be in place.

I appreciate that this is not the answer you are looking to hear, however its disappointing that after attempting to contact the contractors and "via" direct, we still have no answer and I have to take the matter of public safety as the priority in this instance.


Barry Allitt
Service Delivery Manager

Buses Can't Use Nottm Road Next Week, So ...

Service 833 will operate as normal.

Services 850 & 852 will not be able to serve Cropwell Bishop at all but will continue to serve Colston Bassett and Cropwell Butler.

Please contact CT4N with regards to the operation of the 33 service.

Children who attend Toot Hill School using the 654 & 657 services will all have to use service 654 which is serving stops on Church Street at the usual time (about 8am) as the buses will not be able to use Hoe View Road.

The roadworks are expected to take place between Monday 24 February and Sunday 1 March. However experience dictates that dates can change and we are endeavouring to keep passengers aware of the situation on the NCC website.

C. E. Houldsworth
Transport Review Project Officer
Nottinghamshire County Council

Reminder: Nottm Road Closed Next Week

Nottingham Road (Cropwell Bishop) from the Memorial Hall to St Giles Church, will be closed next week for resurfacing.


Road resurfacing poster

105 Cropwell Bishop Homes Have No Toilet!

The news item below appeared in the Nottingham Evening Post and is a sad reflection of life for most people in Cropwell Bishop.

Thanks to Jonathan Good for spotting the article and for details of when it was first published.

1949 news item
1949 news item

Ready Made Lake

The heavy rains over the weekend caused flooding everywhere but Cropwell Bishop suffered less than most. This field at the bottom of Church Street appears to have its own lake. Thankfully there are no houses there .... at the moment.

Picture by Colin Bryan.

Flooded field on Church Street


My Notts App

I am pleased to share with you the news that Nottinghamshire County Council’s mobile phone app – ‘MyNotts’ – is now available for residents to download.

The MyNotts app will make it quicker, easier, and more convenient for local people to access council services. Residents can use the app to:

  • Receive updates on school closures, check when school holidays are, and apply for school places
  • Report highways issues, including potholes, faulty streetlights, and overgrown vegetation
  • Find their closest Household Waste & Recycling Centre, and see what can be taken there
  • Access information about care services offered by Nottinghamshire County Council
  • See which events are happening in their local area and our three country parks
  • Keep up to date with news from across Nottinghamshire

This is only the first phase of the app’s development. We would welcome feedback on areas of improvement, which you can provide directly via the app’s ‘Feedback’ section.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can download the app from the Apple App Store.

If you have an Android phone (including Samsung, LG, Google, Nokia, and other models), you can download the app here

Councillor Kay Cutts MBE
Leader of the Council

Wild Weather

Well, the weather forecasters did say that we might get rain, hail and snow today - and we did!


Kiriki Club in Concert

Another storming night of “outstanding” entertainment at The Old School.

The Kiriki Club played and performed their own music and brought their own unique style to favourites from Nat King Cole to The Eurythmics.

Kiriki Club
Kiriki Club

Many of our guests travelled quite a distance to see the band and enjoyed Cropwell Bishop hospitality.

Great band, great music, great food and great fun. A fantastic night out in our own village. Why not come along to the next event and give it a try.

Look out for upcoming events on the Village Websites, Notice Boards and the Cropwell News.

Many thanks to the Cropwell Entertainment Committee for all their hard working putting together another fabulous event – Great Job Well Done.

Cropwell Bishop Singers - direct?

"Cropwell Bishop Singers", your Village Choir, is looking for a new Musical Director to start this summer. A wonderful opportunity for someone - could that be you, or do you know someone else who might fit the bill?

We are a small, mixed Choir of around 25 Singers and were formed 10 years ago. We usually put on a couple of local Concerts a year and we practice weekly in the Methodist Church on Nottingham Road.

For more information please contact the current Musical Director, Derek Tabron, on 0115-989 4836.

Methodist Hall

Cropwell Bishop Beat Surgeries

A drop-in opportunity to meet local police and discuss local community issues.
The Beat surgery will be held at The Old School on the following days:

Thursday 6th February 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 20th February 10.00am – 11.00am
Thursday 5th March 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 11th March 10.00am – 11.00am
Thursday 2nd April 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Jan Towndrow
Parish Clerk

Old School

Bottle Tops ...

Bottle Tops

Carpet Bowls

If you would like to have a go at 'carpet bowls', you only have to go to our neighbouring village.

Cropwell Butler Carpet Bowls Club meets on Tuesday afternoons at its Village Hall, Cropwell Butler from 2 - 4 pm.

New members are very welcome and all equipment is provided.

Why not go along for some gentle exercise and good company?

For more details contact:
Jim Besson - phone 0115 933 4735

Tony Jarrow

Gary Jowett Voucher for November Quiz Winner

Congratulations to Karen O'Hara who has won the November 'Cropwell Bishop News' Quiz.
Her entry was drawn out of the "hat of 30+ correct entries" at the Parish Council meeting at the Old School this evening.
Karen wins a £20 voucher for Gary Jowett's Butchers — donated by The Parish Council.

Find out how many questions you got right: here are the answers:

1. Which quiz was won by a team from Cotgrave? ..... Pop Quiz (page 4)

2. Dave Moylan is a? ..... Comedy Magician (Page 33)

3. 300bt is how much in pounds and pence? ..... £7.70 (Page 2)

4. Who launched Bee Cause? ..... Friends of the Earth (Page 30)

5. The Friary was donated how many tonnes of food and clothes last winter? ..... 12 (Page 7)

6. Whose Tea Party might you get frozen at? ..... Elsa's (Page 14)

7. Who is CB WI's longest serving member? ..... Maureen Wilkinson (Page 9)

8. The Fireworks raised how much? ..... £402.70 (Page 6)

9. Which Plumber is based in Tollerton? ..... Stuart Wood (Page 5)

10. Where did Frankie go? ..... Hollywood (Page 33)

11. What started at 7pm on May 5th 1906? ..... Village Clock (Page 22)

12. Who played a season with the Sweedish Hockey League? ..... Jodie Bloom (Page 21)

13. What will Sandy be doing at 7.30pm on a Wednesday? ...... Zumba (Page 32)

14. Monarda is also known as? ..... Bee Balm (Page 30)

15. Michael Donnelly won what? ..... Captains Trophy (Page 23)

16. The Chronicles of Cropwell Bishop will cost you how much? ..... £8 (Page 16)

Hilary Jarrow
Cropwell Bishop News

Pulling Together

Bell ringers at their Wednesday morning practice at St Giles Church.
(photo by Mel Stanley)

Bell Ringers

Yard Guard

Stackyard Close on Church Street now looks to be finished and ready for occupation: meanwhile, Bob the dog keeps guard.
(photo by Colin Bryan)

Tony Jarrow


"CHILD AID' - Cropwell Bishop Style"

In October, Sue and Ed Ward made a concerted effort to raise money to buy Christmas presents for children at the school and kindergarten in Thailand that they established close contact with over the years.

You, the villagers of Cropwell Bishop, helped raise over £500 at the Saturday Cafe in the Old School. Sue and Ed are now able to tell you the effect of your generosity .....

Happy New Year and a big thank you for your very generous contributions: you have made 94 children very Happy.

In addition to the presents, we bought some play equipment for the Kindergarten. It had a large room but, apart from a television and a few soft toys, it was empty.

We bought 2 tent tunnels and a pit of soft balls; two mini play kitchens and two trikes.

I will send you photos.

Sue and Ed xx

And here are the photos of the kindergarten and school that they sent.

Tony Jarrow


Turkey Trot Pictures

It was the annual Turkey Trot Half-Marathon in Keyworth yesterday and about a thousand runners trotted along along the lanes of the surrounding villages.

Photos of runners are now available to view on the Flickr photo-website and are free to download, save and print.

Both members of Flickr and non-members can reach the album using the link below (you need to copy and paste it into your browser):

The race was enjoyed by both "serious" and "social" runners and this is clearly reflected in the photos!

Tony Jarrow

Turkey Trot

"Thank You Cropwell Bishop"

The Parish Council would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of our residents who donated towards the Friary Collection.

Friary Collection

Thank you also to the Co-op for hosting a donation point for this year’s collection. The Co-op will be hosting a regular collection point going forward for the Friary.

We received lots of clothing, food and essentials to help with “The Friary Working Locally to End Homelessness Campaign”.

The Friary is a local charity whose aim is to empower homeless and disadvantaged adults to rebuild their lives, by providing practical services, advice and emotional support.

The Parish Council feel sure Cropwell Bishop has, with all these generous donations, made a change to some of these lives.

Friary Collection
Friary Collection
Friary Collection

Find "The Friary" on:
Twitter @theFriary88

Friary Drop-In Ltd – Registered Address:
46 Musters Road
West Bridgford
Nottingham NG2 7PR

Registered in England & Wales No: 3190740
Registered Charity No. 1056825

Views Inside the Church Tower and Beyond

Colin Bryan is a councillor on Cropwell Bishop Parish Council but he also leads church bell-ringers and has been heavily involved with maintaining and servicing the old clock in the church tower.

This morning Colin gave me a tour of the St Giles church tower and I was able to take photographs of the bells and the clock mechanism. I was also able to onto the top of the tower where much of the village is in view.

Below are a few photographs that I took, but to see (and download) all 54 at full resolution you need to visit the Flickr website. To go straight to the pictures, use this web address;

Tony Jarrow

Church Tower
Church Tower
Church Tower
Church Tower
Church Tower
Church Tower
Church Tower
Church Tower