The Parish Council were notified at 9.52pm yesterday that at the end of today, 1st April, the 33 bus service will be suspended until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is the statement issued by CT4N last night:-
Unfortunately, the pandemic is not easing and therefore we are now having to take further measures to protect both staff and customers, as outlined in our company statement, which we have released this evening on our website.
I’m sorry that I won’t be able to provide any further information at this moment in time and hope that you understand the reasons as to why we have had to take this decision.
Some say that doing jigsaws might be enjoyable but it doesn't achieve anything, so is pointless.
Quite right - just like singing in the shower, playing cards, singing in a choir, watching football, singing in an empty kitchen, watching movies and watching TV. All pointless but enjoyable and harmless, so, if we don't have work to do, lets enjoy them all.
Hilary and I have both been spending time doing jigsaws during Lockdown but in very different ways. I start with a cardboard box with a picture on the front; Hilary starts by switching on her computer.
She goes to jigsawplanet.com, decides how many pieces she wants to have and chooses a picture - and she remembers to open the settings in the bottom left corner and ticks the option for showing a ghost image of the picture in the background. Then she starts dragging pieces into place. All for free whenever she wants.
Actually, Hilary also signs in, because then she can see a clock ticking to see how long it takes her to finish. She can also see how long other members took and, if she is in the mood, she tries to beat them. Simple, free and good fun. You can even create a jigsaw from your own picture, and then share it with the rest of the world. Give it a go.
I must confess that I prefer the traditional kind of jigsaw, the kind you can walk up to, add a few pieces while you sup your cup of tea, then walk away until another spare moment in the day - or the next day.
You do need a spare table-top in the house and, preferably, not a long-tufted carpet on the floor (searching for missing pieces buried in its tufts will drive you mad).
With the box lid propped up behind the puzzle, the radio playing background music and your cup of tea at arms-reach, you can enjoy pointless pleasure. For a touch of luxury, add a fig biscuit.
For a few days of enjoyment, choose 500 pieces; for a week of pleasure choose 1000 pieces; for pure torture choose a seascape with a big cloudless sky!
Does anyone do the same jigsaw twice? I suppose you can get the same satisfaction once the picture is a distant memory - maybe a year later. Alternatively, you can sell or give the jigsaw and get a new one.
The idea of swapping jigsaws is appealing but the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that it is not workable in the present circumstances. It seems to me that selling and buying on this website is the most convenient and efficient way of "swapping' jigsaws.
Once you have agreed a purchase on the phone (or text or email) you can collect from the buyer's doorstep and leave your money there. No talking, so no possibility of infection.
To get us started I have put a couple of jigsaws on the selling page.
Are you inspired to do something pointless? Well get jigsawing - or start singing around house!
Lockdown-Kitchen Soup (1-4-20)
Thanks to Pam for sending in this recipe.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 tbsp chopped onion
4oz mushroom stalks
Half pint water
Half pint milk
1 chicken stock cube
Half ounce flour
Method (using liquidiser):
Melt the butter in a saucepan and cook the onion for 2 or 3 minutes, stirring.
Wash the mushrooms and stalks and chop them, retaining one or two small ones for garnish.
Add to the saucepan, cover it tightly and cook on low heat until the mushrooms are soft.
Pour into the liquidiser, add the stock cube, the flour, water and milk.
Blend on maximum speed for half a minute.
Pour back into the saucepan, bring to the boil, stirring well.
Boil for 2-3 minutes.
Season to taste and if desired dilute with a little more milk.
Serve with a few slices of mushroom floating in each bowl.
Cropwell Sunset (31-3-20)
To cheer up people in Cropwell Bishop - a lovely sunset on the last day of March.
Lockdown Notes: Day 14: Haircuts? (31-3-20)
Day 14, that's 2 weeks completed and now settled into a sort of rhythm.
In the first days, the things you need find answers for, spring quickly to mind: how will you get your food? what foods stocks do you have? what's at the bottom of the freezer (that's less than 3 years old!)? how long will my wash powder last? and so on.
But after a few days, other predicaments come to mind and the solutions are less clear. My problem was I needed a haircut. Close contact with humans would be impossible at the Hair Barn so what could I do?
I did once go 3 months without a haircut without any adverse comments, but fashions looked very different in the 1960s - and so did I! So how was I going to solve this problem?
In the past, I sometimes had a trim all over, a "number 4" or similar, so surely it could not be so difficult to do the same in the kitchen at home. There is not so much hair left to cut these days and, anyway, who would see the result? What could possibly go wrong? Time for a plan.
Hilary agreed to help out (trimming the back of my head might prove difficult for me). An online search revealed a Youtube video showing how to use a trimmer and, after trawling internet sites, I homed in on a suitable, cordless trimmer.
"Useful to know" that it could also be used to trim a beard, which I don't have, or a dog, which I don't have either: so maybe not so useful.
It was still in stock online but 17 had been bought in the previous 48 hours and there were only 45 in stock: this was John Lewis so it must be true (Update: now sold out). I chose the free 5-day delivery and it arrived in 2.
Mission accomplished. Hilary is now a fully trained hairdresser (thanks Youtube) and I have a wonderfully trimmed head of hair!
Let's not be silly, but it does mean my hair looks respectable (-ish) - at least from the front: I haven't seen the back yet. Still, good enough for FaceTime and Zoom if I don't twist around.
So, my hair cutting for Lockdown is solved; now what about Hilary's hair .......
Quiz: Cities and Towns in the British Isles (31-3-20)
How well do you know the British Isles? Can you identify these places? Some are quite easy but a few are really demanding (only by saying the name out-loud reveals it as the right answer!).
Answers in a few days.
A colour and some water
Changing things about
Makin' twice as big
Finished and a river
Meat and some water
Used for dogs
To fasten to
A cook and some land
A boy's name
Compass point and a place for ships
You wheel it in the garden
A sort of jumper
A male and a town
Good for you if its fresh
It rings and goes quickly
Not good to eat
A partner for ivy, and a part of the body
Window pane, and to travel
An uncut cake
A bottle stopper
Spoilt by a spill
Call the plumber if you have one
Lockdown-Kitchen Soup (31-3-20)
Thanks to Shona for sending in this recipe.
Spiced Moroccan Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
2 Co-op sweet pointed peppers, diced
400g can chopped tomatoes
100g dried red split lentils
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
½ x 160g pack sliced curly kale
Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for 3-4 mins, until softened
Stir in the cinnamon, coriander, paprika and cumin, season, then cook for 2 mins
Add the peppers, tomatoes and 600ml boiling water, then bring to a simmer
Carefully transfer to a slow cooker set on medium, then stir in the lentils and sweet potato. Cook for 25 mins.
When you’re ready to serve, bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the kale for 1 minute, then drain well
Serve the soup topped with the kale and a grind of black pepper.
Cropwell Bishop Street Quiz - Part 2 Answers (31-3-20)
Here are answers to the second Street Quiz: did you manage to get them all?
By the way, I understand that the Street map of Cropwell Bishop has been updated and can now be viewed by clicking the Maps tab. Pity it wasn't available last week!
A colour and a large mound. (Brownhill)
Wyatt Earp was one of these. (Marshall)
Wollaton & Wiverton have one. (Hall)
Rearrange .... "SNIVAL". (Salvin)
Garden tool + a small recess. (Hoe Nook)
Gracie and W. C. had this name (take off the s). (Field)
Could be paper/steel or textile. (Mill)
Perhaps where the barley was taken. (Maltings)
Housebuilder or our own famous cobbler. (Barratt)
Country gentlemen. (Squires)
A nonflowering vascular plant - it has triangular fronds that uncoil upward. (Fern)
St. Giles' own street - think carefully! (Church)
Named after our church and a Cathedral in Edinburgh. (St Giles)
Rearrange ... "ERKRS". (Kerrs)
Found on the beach + a weight. (Shelton)
Ballet dancers use this + not high. (Barlows)
A pile + 36 inches. (Stackyard)
Bins Out By 6.30am (30-3-20)
Residents are being asked to leave their bins out for 6.30am on collection day to help our waste crews ensure everyone’s bins are collected as normal.
Our refuse collection teams are now working longer hours to help make sure essential frontline services continue, despite the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Teams will be visiting properties from the new time each morning in a bid to collect the increasing tonnes of waste produced by households, as people follow government advice and stay at home.
Our Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis said: “We’re requesting that residents make sure their bins are available for collection earlier until further notice, as our teams adapt to growing demands on our waste collection services.
“Despite the challenges of the current COVID-19 situation, our teams are continuing to show resilience and determination in fulfilling their roles and delivering an essential service for residents throughout the Borough.
“Please help our waste teams to collect your grey, blue and green bins as normal.”
While some collections in Rushcliffe have been rescheduled to meet demand in recent days, we’re reassuring households that their bins will still be collected as soon as possible.
Cropwell Bishop Parish Council
Lockdown Notes: Day 13: Zoom(30-3-20)
Many of you will have used Skype or FaceTime to talk to family and friends face-to-face on your computer, tablet or phone.
To be honest, I was never a fan of these apps, partly because faces always looked unreal and drab (well, at least, mine did!). I have since learned to get the lighting right beforehand: facing a well lit window (but not direct sunlight) makes a massive difference. Your face will be evenly lit and the background dark: great.
Keeping in touch with someone this way is great during the present time, but what do you do if you would like to have a discussion with several people at once?
A couple of weeks ago, the Cropwell Bishop Allotment Committee (6 of us) faced this problem. We wanted to discuss things but did not want to risk close contact. Sitting 3m apart in a big room did not appeal.
Luckily, a possible solution appeared to me the day before. My daughter and her husband were both confined to working from home sitting in front of their laptop. They were having conferences with other wokers in Britain and France using an app called "Zoom".
I googled Zoom, clicked on Zoom.us and signed up for free.
In the menu at the top, I clicked on 'Plans and Pricing' and discovered that we could use this software for free, the main limitation being that our group meeting (of no more than 100 participants!) could last only 40 mins. It looked promising.
The site had help pages and videos to guide new users, so I gave it a go.
I schuduled our first meeting for the next day. Zoom produces an "invitation" that I was able to copy and paste into emails to the other 5. This invite included a link which both downloaded the necessary app onto the user's device and set them up at the meeting.
I had anticipated that this first get-together would be used get used to the set-up and resolve problems. However, in spite of us using a range of devices and systems, the only problem we encountered was locating the button for video; that was resolved in 30 seconds.
In fact, we had 30 minutes to spare so we went ahead and had our meeting there and then - and it worked really well.
Those with a desktop/laptop computer viewed a grid of 6 similar-sized smiling faces! A phone would show no more than 4 at once: you could swipe to see the others.
Within minutes, the novelty of communicating this way was almost forgotten and we got down to business and had our meeting.
Before setting up the Allotment Meeting, I trialled Zoom with my daughter and grandchildren (aged 12 & 9) each on their own device - and Hilary too on a laptop. It was easy and fun. We could just as easily have had a meeting with family members living all over the country/world.
You may have seen Boris Johnson having an online conference with his cabinet after he went into isolation: they were using Zoom too.
If you can see a use for this software then I recommend you give it a go.
Lockdown-Kitchen Soup (30-3-20)
Thanks to Sarah for sending in this recipe.
Broccoli and Stilton soup
1 tbsp olive oil
½ onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
100g/3½oz broccoli florets, blanched
150ml/4½fl oz hot vegetable stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a frying pan, then add the onion and garlic and fry until softened.
Add the broccoli and the stock and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Add the Stilton and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Allow to cool slightly, then transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth.
To serve, pour into a warm bowl.
Lockdown Notes: Day 12(29-3-20)
It was on Tuesday 17th March that we decided that we would go into "lockdown". It seems like months ago, so much has happened, yet it is just 12 days.
I am not sure I would have known the meaning of the word just a couple of months ago but now, to us, it means we have no close contact with anyone. The closest we have been to other humans is the postman - when he stood 4m back as I picked up the parcel he had left on the doorstep, and our daughter who stood way back as we collected the online shopping she had bought.
It was all so surreal at first: was it really happening? But now we seem to have settled into a sort of routine. It might be useful for us to share our experiences, tips and thoughts as we travel this strange journey together: also share some laughs. When you feel ready, email me with yours.
Our first step was to avoid visiting the Health Centre for medications. We requested a home delivery and a few days later it was delivered to our doorstep. We have since been sent a text telling us that medication will now be delivered to all patients in Cropwell Bishop over 70. That's great: friends in the city have not been so well looked after so far.
I put a notice on the door for delivery people but within days it was clear that they had all been instructed what to do. I had wondered how they would cope with signatures but was told that they would simply write CV19, or similar, instead.
What about home deliveries of food? Having always bought from supermarkets in the flesh, we thought we would sign up with one. I am sure many of you are laughing at that! No chance for weeks. Luckily our daughter is a regular customer so can add things to her order.
And what about seeing family - well I will tell you about that next time.
Enjoy this little poster: I think its meaning goes beyond the cleaning.
Lockdown-Kitchen Soup (29-3-20)
As we all settle into the routine of isolation, are you getting fed up with having sandwiches every day for lunch?
Why not make a soup instead - it will fill your stomach and help fill your day. Perhaps we could start a ‘soup recipe exchange’. Email yours to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish it online for everyone to enjoy.
Here’s one to get started ...
Leek and potato soup - serves 4 with a chunk of bread.
4 medium size leeks (you can get away with 3)
50g/2oz of butter
4 small potatoes
150ml/quarter pint of water
600ml/1 pint of chicken stock
Salt and Pepper
150ml/quarter pint of cream (got no cream? - I have found it is fine without)
Wash and trim leeks and chop into small pieces, using both white and green parts.
Melt butter in a saucepan and add leeks. Cover pan and reduce heat so that leeks cook slowly without browning; for about 5 minutes. Shake pan occasionally.
Meanwhile peel potatoes and cut into small cubes.
Add potatoes to leeks with water and stock.
Season to taste
Bring to boil, cover pan and simmer for 25 minutes.
Sieve or liquidise soup.
Add cream (if using). Re-heat, but do not boil.
Cropwell Bishop Street Quiz - Part 2 (29-3-20)
Here is the second "Street Quiz".
The answers are some of the Streets/Roads/Closes/Drives etc. in Cropwell Bishop.
Answers in a few days (the answers to the first quiz are at the bottom).
A colour and a large mound.
Wyatt Earp was one of these.
Wollaton & Wiverton have one.
Rearrange .... "SNIVAL".
Garden tool + a small recess.
Gracie and W. C. had this name (take off the s).
Could be paper/steel or textile.
Perhaps where the barley was taken.
Housebuilder or our own famous cobbler.
A nonflowering vascular plant - it has triangular fronds that uncoil upward.
St. Giles' own street - think carefully!
Named after our church and a Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Rearrange ... "ERKRS".
Found on the beach + a weight.
Ballet dancers use this + not high.
A pile + 36 inches.
Answers to Part 1 of the Street Quiz.
A cube and a water source perhaps.(Stockwell)
An ancient King. (Mercia)
The Rolling Stones have one of these. (Richards)
Get your herb cake from here. (Kendal)
It could be black, silver or perhaps gold. (Smiths)
It could be straw or black and very fresh. (Newberry)
A pair of shoes or Kenneth? (Clarke)
Was Unready when born in 968. Take off the red and add ‘dene’. (Etheldene)
Nelson's favourite kiss. (Hardys)
Yorkshire delight or no traffic wardens here. (Parkin)
Garden implement + vista. (Hoe View)
Could mend your barrel. Perhaps a mini. (Cooper)
Plodding horse. (Dobbin)
Just rearrange .... "BRUTHLY". (Thurlby)
Sailors do good ones + sound of a bell + boiled pig. (Nottingham)
Source of water and open spaces perhaps. (Springfield)
Built on the site of Cropwell Bishop garage in the 1980's. (Old Lenton)
Rainbow Pictures Wanted! (27-3-20)
Cropwell Bishop Street Quiz - Part 1 (27-3-20)
A Quiz for everyone to have a go at (instead of thinking about other things ...)
The answers are some of the Streets/Roads/Closes/Drives etc. in Cropwell Bishop. The rest of the 'streets' will be in "Street Quiz - Part 2".
Answers in a few days.
A cube and a water source perhaps.
An ancient King.
The Rolling Stones have one of these.
Get your herb cake from here.
It could be black, silver or perhaps gold.
It could be straw or black and very fresh.
A pair of shoes or Kenneth?
Was Unready when born in 968. Take off the red and add ‘dene’.
Nelson's favourite kiss.
Yorkshire delight or no traffic wardens here.
Garden implement + vista.
Could mend your barrel. Perhaps a mini.
Just rearrange .... "BRUTHLY".
Sailors do good ones + sound of a bell + boiled pig.
Source of water and open spaces perhaps.
Built on the site of Cropwell Bishop garage in the 1980's.
Cropwell Bishop News Pop Quiz & Answers (27-3-20)
Make the most of your spare time by taking part in a Pop Quiz put together by our own Richard Turner ....
It's a bit like ANSWER SMASH on Richard Osman's House of Games...insert one word which will complete one song and start another eg." A Hard Days Fever" would be "A Hard Days Night Fever". Can you name the artists as well?
You'll Never Walk Again (Naturally)
Devil In Love
Stayin' And Kicking
Back For Times
Your Love Is Creole
Save The Best For Christmas
The Lady In Light Spells Danger
Heaven Is A Place On Song
That'll Be The Tripper
You'll Never Walk Alone Again (Naturally) (Gerry and the Pacemakers/Gilbert O'Sullivan)
Everlasting Love Hangover (Love Affair/Diana Ross)
Devil Woman In Love (Cliff Richard/Barbra Streisand or Three Degrees)
Stayin' Alive And Kicking (Bee Gees/Simple Minds)
Ma Baker Street (Boney M/Gerry Rafferty)
Back For Good Times (Take That/Chic)
Your Love Is King Creole (Sade/Elvis Presley)
Save The Best For Last Christmas (Vanessa Williams/Wham!)
The Lady In Red Light Spells Danger (Chris De Burgh/Billy Ocean)
Heaven Is A Place On Earth Song (Belinda Carlisle/Michael Jackson)
That'll Be The Day Tripper (Buddy Holly/Beatles)
Government Makes Decision on Allotment "Exercise" (24-3-20)
For more details click on the Allotment tab.
833 Bus Disruption (24-3-20)
How Will Prime Minister's Rules Affect Allotments? (23-3-20)
How will the latest rules on isolation and 'Social Distancing' affect members of Cropwell Bishop's Allotment Society? Click on the Allotments tab to find out.
Old School Closed (19-3-20)
THE OLD SCHOOL COMMUNITY BUILDING – CLOSED
As of today the 19th March 2020, The Old School will be closed for all events and classes.
This decision has been taken following government guidelines regarding COVID-19 and for
the safety of all our residents.
The Parish Clerk will still be working at the office. If anyone needs to see the Clerk please go to
the office door at the rear of the building knock on the door and then stand back 3 paces.
Parish Clerk 19-3-2020
"Jeeves & Wooster" Cancelled (17-3-20)
The Parish Council has decided to cancel the 'Live & Local' event, "Jeeves & Wooster", which was due to take place on the 5th April at The Old School.
Refunds are available from the Parish Clerk at the Old School Council Office between 10am and 2pm, weekdays.
Coronavirus Community Help: Cropwell Bishop (17-3-20)
Are you unable to leave your home because of Coronavirus (Covid 19)?
Or are you an older person or someone with disability or impairment who needs someone to run errands – shopping or pick up a prescription etc?
Do you just want a friendly voice to talk to if you’re feeling isolated?
We can and want to help!
We are a group of residents of Cropwell Bishop who are coming together to help out in the community during a time where some people are experiencing difficulty in accessing what they need due to concern about getting ill.
We would like to support the community that we live in and ensure that nobody is left isolated, worried or without what they need.
We won’t ask anything of you in return, we just believe in helping each other in a time of difficulty. We are linked to the parish council.
If you would like to speak to us, or want to ask for help, please text or phone one of the following people from the village who will gladly arrange help for you:
Jo Wroughton, parish councillor: 07891 694541
Jan Towndrow, parish clerk: 07798 735757
Jane Miller: 07815 699878
Sara Marshall: 07764 254850
Neil Chadborn: 07754 897024
Rachael Halpin: 0115 9892755
Carol Halpin: 0115 9890366
All of our volunteers have been advised on how to help you safely.
Please contact us - we don’t want anyone to feel alone.
Cropwell Bishop Parish Council
Coronavirus: Expert Advice (17-3-20)
Here is some advice from doctors and health experts on how to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus, and how to deal with it if you or someone you know has it.
How can I prepare?
Make sure you have enough paracetamol, aspirin, lemsip, or other medicine in your home in case you aren’t able to go out for a week or two.
Have a back-up supply of cleaning products that you can use to disinfect your home.
Keep a sufficient amount of food so that you and the people in your home won’t go hungry if you have to self-isolate.
Arrange with someone you know who lives nearby to look after each other in case one of you gets sick.
What should I do to keep my home safe?
Clean surfaces, light switches, door handles, and taps at least once a day with household detergent.
Wash your hands as soon as you arrive home, and make sure people who visit you do the same. Also wash hands before eating, after using a tissue, after using the toilet, and if you need to touch another person.
Try to keep gatherings of people to a minimum - this might mean cancelling a birthday party, Sunday lunch, or other occasions where you would usually be in a room with other people.
What should I do when I’m out and about?
If you feel even mildly ill, or have been in contact recently with someone else who has become ill, avoid leaving the house, or going to public places.
Keep a distance of at least a metre from other people in public.
Always use a tissue to cover your mouth/nose when coughing.
Avoid shaking hands, hugging, kissing, or bodily contact with other people.
What should I do if I start to feel ill?
Stay at home: avoid work, pubs, cinemas, gyms or other public places where large groups of people gather.
Maintain social distance - avoid coming closer than two metres or so from other people.
Self-isolate. This means staying in a separate room from other people, and avoiding any direct contact with them wherever possible.
If possible, use a separate bathroom to the other people in your home, and disinfect it with a bleach based cleaning product every day.
If your symptoms get worse, or you start to feel difficulty breathing, contact a doctor.
All of these suggestions work: we can help limit the impact of coronavirus if we act now and act together!
Cropwell Bishop Parish Council
Saturday Cafe Cancelled (17-3-20)
The Parish Council has deccided to cancel the Saturday Cafe which was due to be held at The Old School on 28th March.
"Judy" Film Postponed (16-3-20)
The Parish Council has decided to postpone the showing of the film, "Judy", which was due to be shown this Friday.
A future date will be arranged for which tickets will be valid. Alternatively, refunds are available from me at the Old School Council Office between 10am and 2pm, weekdays.
Stay at Home for 12 Weeks! (15-3-20)
News reports today suggest that in the near future, the Government may well be asking people over 70 years old to stay at home - for 12 weeks. This, of course, is in response to the spread of coronavirus which appears to be having a more severe effect on elderly people.
If the Government does indeed make this request then some over-70s in Cropwell Bishop may well pretend they are under-70 and carry on dancing, running and rock climbing regardless; but some will be very concerned - even frightened.
Living in a city with numerous neighbours just a few steps away can be more lonely than living spread apart in a village. That is the common belief, but in the coming months we may have to prove that Cropwell Bishop is indeed a place where no one is forgotten.
Imagine a person living alone running out of food or medication, or a couple having the virus at the same time. Once you go down with a flu-like virus or pneumonia, your ability to think and act is seriously impaired and you are less likely to ask for help.
Most people will manage to cope with problems caused by coronavirus but those who can't will need help. They may need medication from the surgery, milk from the Co-op, cheese from the Creamery, a snack from the cob-shop or sausages from Gary Jowett.
Maybe they will want to arrange a delivery of groceries, but have never placed an order online before - or even gone online.
At present we don't have a village plan, but in the coming weeks we no doubt will. I will report back once I have more information and you can expect further details in the next issue of Cropwell News.
Coronavirus - Notts County Council Advice (13-3-20)
To help keep Nottinghamshire residents informed during the coronavirus outbreak, we have created a new page with all the latest advice and information.
From information about the virus including advice on prevention and symptoms, to the latest figures and updates from Public Health England.
These pages will be regularly updated so please check back for updates.