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Views Inside the Church Tower and Beyond (13-11-19)
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;
It's People .... (27-12-19)
I was sent the photo below this morning.
As the sender pointed out, a rubbish bin was just 10 metres away.
The problem appears to be, not rubbish, but people.
Cropwell Bishop Buses (6-11-19)
Have you made use of the buses in Cropwell Bishop?
Are you happy with the service?
Have you encountered any problems?
Do you have any ideas for improving our bus service?
Our Parish Councillors recently met with the two companies that operate the 33 and 833 bus services.
Find out more about the questions asked, the proposals made and the hopes for the future of our bus service by going to the Travel Page where you can download minutes of both meetings.
Fireworks Night (3-11-19)
After the wet, windy weather all over the country these past few days, it was a great relief to experience perfect conditions for this evening's firework display on the Memorial Hall Field.
Parish Councillors and friends were busy serving food and drinks in the Hall while two '1st Galaxy Fireworks' men prepared for the light show.
A clear, dark sky with little wind and not too cold – excellent conditions.
People arrived, including many children, and gathered to watch the lighting of the beacon.
Minutes later, the countdown began and then, all of a sudden, the lights went out and the free show began....
Popular Pop Quiz (2-11-19)
It was the second 'Pop Quiz' this year but it remains as popular as ever: in fact it was "Sold Out".
Richard Turner did not disappoint at the Old School last night with his varied and entertaining range of questions on all types of popular music – mainly pop, but also familiar classical titles.
Every Quiz that he does is different; there is never any repetition so no chance that regular attenders will be at some advantage.
No one could predict what each music round might demand of team members. For example: name the Beatle singing the each of the next 10 songs? (sounds easy, but wasn't); what word follows 'baby' in the following song titles?; who is singing the cover version of the following songs? And so on.
Be aware that music clips are sometimes just 8 seconds long so naming a tune after hearing just the short introduction is impossible (for me, but not for most others in my team!).
Incidentally, it was the most closely fought Quiz I can remember with only 14 points separating the first 5 teams. The winning team happened to be from Cotgrave, but then winning came second to being a fun, socially engaging evening.
A great time for just £4. Thanks to the Entertainment Committee for organising it and, most of all, to the ever-present Richard Turner for all his imaginative hard work.
Stilton Stumble - Photos & Results (15-10-19)
I have processed and uploaded the photos taken at the Stilton Stumble. I do apologise for failing to capture photos of two runners; I don't know their numbers.
To view photos on the Flickr photo website, click:
People across Nottinghamshire are being asked to "take five to stop fraud" and ensure they do not fall victim to a fraudulent attack by phone, text, email or online.
Everyone should always take five minutes to reflect and step back from the situation if a phone call, message or online exchange requests personal or financial information. Even if an individual says they are the bank or other trusted organisation, you still need to take the time to stop and think about what is really going on.
That is the message from the Nottinghamshire Police and The Safer Nottinghamshire Board.
Take a step back take the five minutes and follow these key steps to avoid falling victim to fraud:
• A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to; that you trust and are expecting to be contacted by.
• Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
• If you’re approached with a request for personal information, don’t provide it. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
• Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic. Just because someone knows your basic details such as your name and address and even your mother’s maiden name, it doesn’t mean they are genuine.
• Be mindful who you trust – criminals may try and trick you into their confidence by telling you that you’ve been a victim of fraud. They can also make any telephone number appear on your phone handset so even if you recognise it or it seems authentic, do not use it as verification they are genuine.
• Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other organisation force you to make a financial decision on the spot. They would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons.
• Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it.
• Stay in control. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It’s easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations. But it’s okay to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it.
Remember to tell friends and family members to be mindful of scams too, especially those who may be vulnerable or elderly.
Increasingly fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, much of which is targeted at the vulnerable or elderly – you wouldn’t let a burglar into your home so don’t let a fraudster in via their methods of contacting you. That can be via your home phone, the internet, mobile phone, door stopping or through letters. Fraudsters pose as persons in authority, create a sense of urgency to the situation or contact victims when they are expecting something to happen.
So take five minutes, hang up, make a cup of tea and then ring the number known to you and not the one given in the text, email or call.
Stilton Stumble (13-10-19)
This morning was not too cold - just the right temperature for a 10k run. And most runners find a drop of rain refreshing - better than being hot and sweaty.
Around 500 runners arrived in Cropwell Bishop this morning to take part in the 7th Stilton Stumble Run. The numbers have grown over the years and the organisers have developed ways of making things run smoothly and keeping everyone happy.
It requires the help of over a hundred people to make it all happen and, fortunately, we have many willing volunteers here in Cropwell Bishop and nearby.
I was at one of the course crossroads and it was heart-warming to hear many dozens of runners saying, "thank your marshal", as they passed by. They appreciated the efforts of our volunteers.
But waiting for the start of a run can be "trying". You queue to sign on, queue to go to toilet and then you stand in the rain dressed in a black plastic bin-liner waiting for the start.
The smell of fresh bacon butties must have added to the distress: how tempting it must have been to tell your-self that, "the aching leg muscle you have might become a more serious injury if you run today, and maybe you should just call the whole thing off - and have a bacon butty"! Surely none of the runners did?
Below are a few photos taken before and after the start. I also took many more including every (hopefully) runner 2k before the finish.
Runners should re-visit this site in the next day or so because I will be providing a link to every photograph. You will then be able view and download them freely in a range of file sizes, including full size
Have you Helped? (29-11-19)
'The Friary' in West Bridgford exists to help homeless and disadvantaged adults rebuild their lives.
It provides practical services, advice and emotional support – and you too can help it make a difference for people who are at a difficult time in their lives.
Last winter hundreds of Cropwell Bishop householders filled bags with useful items for the Friary and they were collected by the Recycling Team on a Friday.
This year, instead, you will be able to hand in donations at the Old School. Next Monday, 2nd December, is the last day.
Find out all the details by looking at the poster on the Events page.
Bumblebees are the wild cousin of the honey bee and are responsible for pollinating a range of British fruits, vegetables and flowers — some of which cannot be pollinated by other insects.
Telling children (or grandchildren) some facts about bumblebees is a dangerous business: it can result in being bombarded by questions that you have no idea how to answer!
That is what I discovered when I showed my granddaughters a nest of bees (tree bumblebees I later found out) in my garden this summer. How long do they live? Where do they go in winter? and so on.
I decided that a friendly worksheet was needed (for me as much as them) and after searching the internet and books, drew one up.
If you have faced the same problem then feel free to copy/print/share it in any way you like. If you spot any errors, please tell me. I am afraid you will have to live with the quality of the drawings: I am no artist!
The image of the worksheet appears small here, but if you are using a computer and, say, right click it and then open the image in a new window (or download it), it should appear detailed enough to produce an A4 print.
Memorial Hall AGM (29-10-19)
Cropwell Bishop Show (2-9-19)
Now in its 9th year, the Cropwell Bishop Show continues to attract a wide range of produce and products including: vegetables, fruits, flowers, cakes, wines, crafts and artworks.
Yesterday the Old School looked a treat with everything neatly on display for all to see. There were certificates for many and trophies for a few with every child getting a medal.
Trophy winners were:
Ralph Shuttlewood — Grower Award (sponsor: Cropwell Bishop Creamery)
Audrey Cooper — Art & Craft Award (sponsor: Classic Doors & Windows)
Herrington family — Family Award (sponsor: Classic Doors & Windows)
Lois Vincent — Key Stage 1 Child Award (sponsor: Gary Jowett)
Josie Herrington — Key Stage 2 Child Award (sponsor: Gary Jowett)
Tony Jarrow — Rock Man Award (sponsor: Gary Jowett)
Get a taste of the Show from these photos.
Help Get Nottm Road Resurfaced (29-8-19)
APPEAL TO ALL RESIDENTS ....
PETITION TO NOTTINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL RE THE RESURFACING OF NOTTINGHAM ROAD
Please would all residents support Cllr. Neil Clarke and the Parish Council in our attempts to have Nottingham Road resurfaced.
Cllr. Clarke will be attending the N.C.C. full council meeting in early October and he wishes to present the petition at this meeting. The more signatures we have the stronger our case will be.
Please pop along to the Co-op, The Wheatsheaf Inn, The Chequers Inn & The Old School where petitions are available to sign.
If you wish to sign the petition but are unable to get to a location where there is a petition, please contact the Clerk and we will endeavour to get a petition to you to sign.
Mrs J. Towndrow
The Old School, Fern Road, Cropwell Bishop
Nottingham, NG12 3BU
Tel: 0115 9894656 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brumpton Butchers Van Stolen in Cropwell Bishop (17-8-19)
Brumpton Butchers in Cotgrave is reporting that one of its vans was stolen in Cropwell Bishop yesterday, Friday.
"One of our van’s was stolen yesterday lunch time in Cropwell Bishop.
The van is a Nissan with the reg: FM16 0WG. If anybody has any information please inform us or the police, this would be very helpful. Please share Thank you"
Pop Music's Popular (14-8-19)
Cropwell Bishop's annual Pop Quiz is very popular — thanks to presenter, Richard Turner.
In fact it is so popular that we are going to have a second one this year! It will be at the Old School on 1st November—see the Events poster for details.
If you can't wait to test your memory of past songs, you can visit Richard's Daily Pop Quiz. It's on Facebook and is an open group so anyone can join. Go to:
Now what was that song I was humming ....?
Water World (5-8-19)
Colin Bryan took this photo of the Stackyard house-building development off Church Street yesterday.
Could this be the site of a swimming pool for the new residents or just a hole for a rainwater balancing pond (hidden under the road)?
No prizes for guessing the correct answer.
Concert at Old School (22-7-19)
Photos from the concert, Lyrical Songbirds, held in aid of the Grantham Canal Society at the Old School yesterday.
Thanks to Elaine Robinson.
On the other side of the World (16-7-19)
You set off on a journey to the other side of the world to discover the tastes of humans there, and what do you find? Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton Cheese!
That's what two of our villagers discovered yesterday in the fridge of the house they are renting in Queensland, Australia. Clearly, the owners have good taste.
So, if you find yourself letting your house to some visiting Australians maybe you could do something to make them feel at home. At the present time cricket bats and tennis rackets are out of the question: maybe a model kangaroo on the lawn?
Village Stop Clock: (updated 17-7-19)
The clock on the tower of St Giles Church in Cropwell Bishop will be stopped on 31st July.
The 1906 Turret clock made by G. & F. Cope & Co of Holden Street, Nottingham, and was paid for by villagers. It has served the village well until recently, when mechanical wear made it unreliable.
The electrical auto-wind mechanism – designed by myself and the late Martin Day (Bingham) in 2003, continues to work well: it save's someone (originally the Walker family) having to climb the tower to rewind it every week!
The clock is to now be repaired – thanks to the Parish Council who are funding the work. Worn parts are to be removed for professional repair.
Three quotes for the work were considered by CBPC and it accepted the one submitted by John Reynolds, a Fellow of the BHI and a Senior Tutor at Upton Hall. He will also act as guide and mentor to myself and I will be assisted by Nick Brown, also of BHI Upton.
Looking to the future, if anyone is interested in helping looking after the clock, (ability to climb the circular steps essential) or it's history, please let me know.
Cropwell Bishop Parish Councillor
Tel: 07778 890139
The British Horological Institute (BHI) is based at Upton between Newark and Southwell. The BHI is the training and qualification authority for British Watch and Clockmakers. Now in our 161st year, we are one of the oldest UK professional bodies and enjoy a world-class reputation within the international horological industry.
Upton Hall is also the home of the Museum of Timekeeping which is the custodian of the BHI's horological collection of books, clocks, watches and horological machinery.
Much more information may be found at www.bhi.co.uk
Picnic in the Park (6-7-19)
Photos from this evening's Picnic on the Park on the Memorial Hall Field in Cropwell Bishop. There was the music and dancing ..
Then there were the fireworks ....
Best Flower Display (6-7-19)
On Friday, the flower displays by entrants to this year's "Best Flower Display in an Outside Container" competition were judged. The event has become a regular part of the Village Celebration Weekend.
The winners were announced at this evening's "Picnic in the Park", and they are:
1st Sue McNally 2 Stockwell Lane
2nd Sophie and Charlie Wainwright 27 Kendall Rd
3rd Pat Westmorland 43 Hoe View Rd
4th Shona Crawford 109 How View Road
Below, in the same order, are photographs of the displays.
Thank you to all entrants
Art Club – Celebration Weekend (6-7-19)
Upstairs at the Old School today, Cropwell Bishop Art Club had an exhibition of their work. A wide range of styles were on display: we obviously have a large number of artists in our midst.
If you have an interest in painting and can spare the time, why not join in with them.
New members are very welcome to draw or paint in their own style with their choice of materials and subject. They do not have a teacher, but can offer guidance and appreciation to beginners.
For those who used to paint, or would like to " have a go ", go and join them from 10th September.
Heritage Group – Celebration Weekend (6-7-19)
Cropwell Bishop Heritage Group gave space to the Grantham Canal Society at the Heritage Centre on Church Street today. There were photos and notes on the history of the canal which has had a big and lasting effect on the growth and development of Cropwell Bishop.
Owl Hunt – Celebration Weekend (6-7-19)
Searching for owls in Cropwell Bishop – what a great way to start Cropwell Bishop's 2019 Celebration Weekend. That is how many children and parents/grand-parents spent this Saturday morning.
Walking around the village to locate all 41 owls takes some planning and a good deal of walking: no problem reaching 10,000 steps today. It is also a great way to visit most corners of our village if you have a couple of hours to spare.
The children who managed it, well desearved their free ice-cream at the Old School afterwards. And what wonderful ice-cream it was! Made from Jersey Cream it was the best ice cream that I have ever had – and I have had quite a few over the years.
The owl hunt was a wonderful idea from Jo Wroughton (of CKOB club leader) and she can be very pleased with its success: even the rain did not put people off.
Thanks to her as well for organising all the events that followed at the Old School in the afternoon. How often can kids wander around enjoying craft and sporting activities safely and for free – they could here today.
Here are photos of just a few of the owls hidden around the village ..
And here are photos of just some of the activities that took place at the Old School during the afternoon ....
Free Trees: Apply by 30th Sept (11-9-19)
Over 2,000 residents have applied to make their gardens greener by applying for trees for their homes and communities in the Borough.
That is three times the number who applied for the initiative in 2018, as householders apply for up to 2 Crab Apple and Rowan trees for their home.
Cropwell Bishop Primary School have applied for a community scheme at the school and will be planting a number of trees in November.
Householders can still apply by visiting:
www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RushcliffeFreeTrees2019 and submitting an application before the 30th September.
Successful applicants will be able to collect their trees in November, an email will be sent confirming collection details in October.
Enter Village Show by Next Weekend (18-8-19)
The trophies, medals and certificates are all ready for this year's Cropwell Bishop Village Show on Sunday 1st September – are you ready? Have you got a copy of the Show Leaflet and Entry Form?
You can obtain them from Gary Jowett (Butchers), the Cheese Shop or the Old School (Parish Clerk). Alternatively, you can download a copy: click on the links below.
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.
See the poster on the Events page.
Open Gardens (24-6-19)
Yesterday, Sunday, the sun shone and the rain held off and so members of the "Cropwell Bishop Growers and Gardeners Club" were able to fully appreciate the several gardens on display to them in the village.
Afterwards, they were able to enjoy a cream tea at the Old School.
The gardens on display belonged to members of the club and there was great variety. The recent "variable weather" ensured that they were well watered and green.
Take a look for yourself ....
Make Cropwell Greener (8-7-19)
Are you environmentally concerned and Facebook savvy?
If so, you could be the person to volunteer to take over the Make Cropwell Greener Facebook Page. This page aims to share hints, tips, advice and news on the environment, local and global, to encourage everyone to be more aware of green issues and to take individual action.
Please contact me by 31st July.
Elaine Robinson email@example.com
The 833 Impresses (31-5-19)
The new 833 bus service to Bingham has made a good start. Malcolm Dabelll used it for the first time yesterday and this is what he had to say ....
"We used the the 833 bus to Bingham yesterday morning (Thursday) at 9-44am.
The bus arrived on time with only a few passengers already onboard: we found the drivers to be very pleasant & informative.
You do have to be careful to catch the correct bus to return to Bishop via Cropwell Butler otherwise you have an extended journey through Granby, Barnstone, Langar etc.
Both buses carry the 833 number but you have to read the destination also. This did seem to cause some confusion with passengers but I am certain it will become clear with use. This 833 provides a much improved service to Bingham."
This morning, David Glyn-Jones also tried out the 833 service but he decided to take the longer scenic route to Bingham.
Being, for once, a passenger rather than a driver, he had the opportunity to concentrate on the scenery rather than the road and thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Langar, Barnstone, Granby, Elton, Orston, Aslockton — there were several intresting places worth a stop and maybe he will do so on another summer's day.
After 40 minutes he arrived in Bingham. On this occasion he decided not to linger and after a 9 minute driver-stop, he got on again and returned to Cropwell Bishop, getting off where he started, the old Co-op bus-stop on Church Street.
On the journey to Bingham he was the only passenger, and on his return there were just two.
He was very positive about his experienc and is already encouraging others to try out this new service.
Will you give it a try?
New Bus Services (29-5-19)
The new 33 bus service appears to have made a good start.
David Glyn-Jones travelled from Cropwell Bishop to Nottingham this morning. It arrived on time and was already half full.
The route proved an interesting one and people were waiting to jump on board as the bus passed through Cropwell Butler, Cotgrave and Tollerton.
There was a short stop at Morrisons where there was a driver changeover and then it was onwards to Friar Lane, Nottingham. By then the bus was full.
The return journey was just as efficient and the bus arrived at Cropwell Bishop on time.
Has anyone tried out the 833 bus to Bingham?
New Bus Services – updated (27-5-19)
From tomorrow, we will have two new bus routes serving Cropwell Bishop.
The Yourbus 822 service no longer runs and has been replaced as follows:
The 833, operated by Vectare on contract to Nottinghamshire County Council, provides a good daytime link directly to Bingham via Cropwell Butler (14 minute journey time).
It runs every hour from Church St with the first bus at 0744 and the last at 1644. Return from Bingham (Newgate Street) is at 38 minutes past the hour with the last bus at 1738.
The return fare to Bingham is £4.40 for adults and £2.20 for children.
In the other direction the 833 travels eventually to Bingham through the Vale villages as the 822 used to do.
The 33 service, operated commercially by CT4N, provides a service through to Friar Lane every hour. During the daytime it loops around Hoe View Road (at 42 minutes past the hour), and Church St (at 47 minutes past the hour) before travelling to town via Cropwell Butler, Hollygate Estate, Cotgrave Ringleas and Daleside, Tollerton, Morrisons and West Bridgford. The return fare to town is £6 and the journey time is about 60 minutes.
At peak times the timetable changes and the route through Cropwell Bishop changes slightly as the bus travels to and from Langar, Granby and Sutton.
The existing 850/852 will continue to run and offers us a limited service to and from Radcliffe.
The new services should enable us to leave our cars at home more often. Please give them a try.
If you have any problems or concerns please report them to the Clerk, Janice Towndrow (0115 989 4656 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Cllr John Greenwood
Printed timetables are available at the Old School and a useful journey planner can be found at:
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.
Pop Quiz Wizard (12-5-19)
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.
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).
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.
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!
A great night and many thanks to Richard Turner for all the effort he puts into making this a fun event.
Additional Bus Service Coming ... (6-5-19)
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.
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.
Housing Plans Updated (15-4-19)
Car Thieves Target Cropwell Bishop (23-6-19)
A resident of Smiths Close in Cropwell Bishop returned from holiday yesterday to find that they their house had been broken into.
Apparently, the break-in occurred late last Friday evening. The thieves climbed over the fence between them and their neighbour, broke open the patio door and got into the kitchen. Once there, they found the car keys and then stole their car which was parked on the drive.
I understand that similar thefts have occurred in other nearby villages.
An ordinary car on the drive of an ordinary house in Cropwell Bishop! We all need to be extra vigilant at the present time and keep a look-out for suspicious happenings.
Owl Treasure Hunt (6-6-19)
As part of our Village Celebrations Weekend, we will be having an 'Owl Treasure Hunt' around the village.
We need our villagers please to make and display an owl in their front garden, with its name clearly on show, in readiness for Saturday July 6th.
Entry forms and a map for owl spotting will be available in the week preceding, from the Co-op, Gary Jowett's butchers and the Old School and will also be given out to the children at school.
Please could you let me know by Sunday June 30th at the latest, via email or text/phone, if you will be displaying an owl to ensure it will be included in the map.
These owls are also going to be part of a 'Best Owl Competition' which will be judged by Barney's owner on Friday 5th July. The winners will be announced and presented with prizes at the Picnic in the Park.
Please bring your completed Owl Hunt entry form to the Family Fun event on Saturday afternoon to receive a free ice-cream! (see poster on the 'Events' page)
We hope to see lots of you (and owls!) around the village on the Saturday. I remember the wonderful, vibrant atmosphere of the bike race last year and how as a community we created such an uplifting event. I know we can do it again!
Contact: email@example.com 07891 694541
Michelle's £10k Birthday Present For Others (1-5-19)
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 .......
Big Lorries (23-4-19)
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.
4000 Cyclists Here Tomorrow (22-6-19)
A big cycling event is taking place tomorrow (Sunday 23rd June) and cyclists will be riding through Cropwell Bishop throughout the day.
Around 4000 cylists are taking part in rides over five different distances ranging from 25 to 125 miles – and all will be coming through Cropwell Bishop. The first ones will arrive soon after 8.30am.
The routes are all different and they will be entering our village from every direction.
Clearly, we will need to be especially careful when crossing the road and driving tomorrow. It will help if people avoid parking on all the main road through the village.
If you are taking part, have a good day, the weather forecast looks good.
Read what the Organisers have to say ....
Sunday 23rd June 2019 sees up to 4,000 riders take on either: 25, 50, 75, 100 or 125 miles through the glorious Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire countryside.
To view the route and the roads that will be used for each of the routes, please see the website at: http://cyclelivenottingham.co.uk/.
There are no road closures planned. Therefore, access in and out of properties will still be possible as usual. Route signage will be erected and the event will be fully managed and supported with stewards.
All riders are required to comply with normal highway regulations. The roads and locations on or around the route are expected to be more congested than normal and we ask those that are using the highways on the day take extra care and try to keep to a minimum any cars parked on the street.
We recognise that this may cause some short-lived inconvenience, but we hope that local residents will also enjoy the spectacle and help support those raising funds for such good causes.
Further details about the event in general can be found on the website specified above.
Perfect Motion (organisers)
Dog Poo (18-4-19)
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?
A NEW, BETTER BUS SERVICE (27-3-19)
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
· 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 www.ct4n.co.uk.
NOTE: This timetable takes effect from Tuesday 28th May 2019.
For a pdf version of this timetable (for high quality
Field Detectives Present Their Evidence (26-3-19)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
From the People of Cropwell Bishop (22-3-19)
Spring flower beds are looking good – thanks to our village volunteers.
A Cleaner Output from Cropwell Bishop (22-3-19)
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!
Fund-Raising Curry-Quiz Night a Big Success (14-3-19)
A big thank you to everyone who attended or supported the recent "Curry and Quiz Night" at the Memorial Hall.
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.
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.
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.
Past Times (12-3-19)
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:
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!
Co-op Parking Rules—UPDATED (8-3-19)
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.
Chris Allsop wants to Double the Daily Number of Lorries Entering Village (15-2-19)
Parish Council Election (12-4-19)
Apparently, no one new is standing for election to Cropwell Bishop Parish Council next month, so the current 8 councillors (see article of 4th April) are elected unopposed.
Therefore, there will be no need to hold a Parish Council election on 2nd May – in fact, the Parish Council will be short of a councillor so it will be looking to fill the vacancy by co-option
CT4N To Attend Annual Parish Meeting (4-4-19)
CT4N, who will be running the new 33 bus service through Cropwell Bishop, have asked to attend our Annual Parish Meeting to talk to parishioners about the new service.
The meeting starts at 7.30pm on Monday 15th April (see poster on Events page).
The format will now be:
• Presentation on Single Use Plastics (Q&A at end)
• Presentation on new 33 Bus Service (Q&A at end)
• Special Service Awards
• Parish Council Chairman’s Annual Report
• Questions to the Parish Council
All local residents are welcome to the meeting.
Janice Towndrow (Parish Clerk)
4 Weeks To Voting Day ... (4-4-19)
More Hot Air (3-4-19)
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!
Meat Here — And Much More (14-2-19)
A Butchers shop has stood on the site of Gary Jowett’s shop on Nottingham Road for over a century but the range of food on sale has increased dramatically in recent years.
Fresh local meats and homemade meals remain the core of his business and a big range of handmade sausages including gluten-free varieties is on display.
Choose your own chops, joints, steaks or burgers from the counter display.
Need advice on how much you need for a party or how to cook it—just ask Gary or one of his assistants.
The freezer contains a wide range of homemade ready-meals for an easy dinner (see Cropwell News for a long list with prices) or you can make a curry for yourself using one of the many handmade sauces available.
Meat pies, sausage rolls, tarts, cakes and pastries supplied by a nearby small bakery face you as you enter the shop. A few steps away, is a selection of breads such as Spelt, Corn and Tiger—all baked in Cropwell Bishop.
A selection of Belvoir cordials are stacked on a shelf and elsewhere are numerous other items and ingredients to help your cooking go smoothly.
Like in all Cropwell Bishop shops, there is a wide range of cheeses.
For a small village we have an amazing variety of shops, businesses and services available to us at its centre. Have you visited them recently?
Rushcliffe Policing (12-2-19)
Nottinhamshire Police has launched an online newsletter with news of what is happening in our area and how the Police are responding.
What is particularly interesting is that it provides updates on the West Bridgford area and also 'Rushcliffe South'.
This latter one covers Cropwell Bishop and surrounding villages. It describes crimes in detail and action taken, but also happier events such as PCSO John Heaps' recent visit to Cropwell Bishop Youth Club.
It is an interesting and useful publication. This what Inspector Craig Berry says in his introduction ....
"Welcome to the first Rushcliffe Stakeholder fortnightly update. My name is Craig Berry and I am the Police Inspector responsible for Rushcliffe Borough.
In the coming weeks I will endeavour to bring you information and news that is relevant to Rushcliffe residents and communities.
There will be information and advice about crime and antisocial behaviour and updates including good news stories.
We will report on Neighbourhood Policing activity, engagement opportunities and also work with our Community Safety Partners including Rushcliffe Borough Council."
We have been notified by N.C.C. that Yourbus have requested early exit from their contract and wish to cease the 822 service in April 2019.
Notts County Council have come to an agreement that Yourbus will continue this service until the end of May 2019, to enable them to organise an alternative service for the 822 route.
Notts County Council, in conjunction with the local Parish Councils, are working on an alternative service.
We will advise our parishioners as soon as we are aware of who will be running the service going forward and what the timetable will be.
Janice Towndrow (CBPC Clerk)
Nyce To Be Here (1-2-19)
Following the relocation of our new Co-op, Sandwich Shop, Nyce, finds itself firmly in the centre of Cropwell Bishop's hub of activity.
Providing freshly cooked food and drinks made to order, and warm seating, it is proving popular with local people and those passing throught the village.
In the early mornings a lot of its trade comes from work-people and delivery-drivers wanting a quick hot meal to set them up for the day.
Later on you are just as likely to see Cropwell Bishop folk calling in. It might be for a sit-down meal, cobs to take home, or to meet friends for coffee and cake.
Unfortunately, it wasn't the best start to the year for Nyce: an electrical fault started a fire in the supply box and would have started a major fire had it not been for the quick action of owner Lyn who, luckily, was in the shop at the time.
After a week's closure, Nyce was back in business and is once again serving all-comers from 8am from Tuesday to Saturday. It closes at 2pm each day except Saturday when it is 1pm.
Marathon Fund Raising (21-1-19)
Fund raising can be hard work; training for a marathon at the same time is even harder.
Michelle Oldfield is better know for giving music lessons in Cropwell Bishop but over the last year she has probably spent a great deal more time tuning her body to cope with 26 miles of constant running than adjusting any musical instrument.
Pounding along local footpaths and roads can be a really enjoyable way of getting fit—as quite a few people in the Village are aware. However, some of the joy fades when you know that you have to complete ever greater distances each week to prepare for one special day: Sunday 28th April, the date of this year's London Marathon.
Over 300 thousand have entered this year but now she is just 14 weeks from the start line alongside 40 thousand other lucky ones.
What better way to celebrate her 40th birthday which happens to fall on the very same day.
During those weeks every forecast of ice or snow will be frowned upon and any unfamiliar twinge of pain in her legs will force her to decide between pushing on with her schedule and running it off, and resting for a few days but risk falling behind on her training. The mental pressures become just as great as the physical ones.
Swimming and cycling are helping her avoid injury and if it does snow she does have a treadmill on hand. What could possibly go wrong? (lots!)
But, taking part in the world's greatest marathon will make it all worthwhile. Not only for Michelle but also for Cancer Research UK—that is the charity that she has decided to raise funds for.
People will be able to contribute towards the fund by sponsoring Michelle but in an attempt to increase the final amount, she is organising a "Curry & Quiz Night" for Friday 1st March. For full details, see the Events page.
Everyone is welcome and you don't have to run to it—unless you want to join Michelle! But you might not be able to keep up with her.
Our Opportunity to Offer Real Help (9-1-19)
I will be honest; if see someone begging on the pavements of Nottingham, I don't give them money. After all, aren't we told not to because, "it will only go on drugs". So I walk on by. But is this the full story?
What if some event tipped my life upside down and left me with no home, no family, no money, .... nothing, would I do the same as them? Surely I would have to be desperate, but then these people do look desperate. What is their story?
But I have no time to hear it, I have to hurry back to the car or I will have to pay another £2 parking fee!
If only there were a sure way to help these needy people today and maybe help them get back on their feet tomorrow.
Well, this Friday, there is, and it is so easy for you to do.
Rushcliffe residents are being asked to leave donations of non-perishable food and clothes out with their bin to help local homeless charity, "The Friary".
Last year local people donated 10 tonnes of goods that went directly to those in need who use their services.
On Friday January 11th, waste teams will collect the goods left on the edge of properties in Cropwell Bishop in line with collecting bins as usual.
Sam Crawford, Chief Executive of The Friary said: “We are very thankful to Rushcliffe Borough Council for again supporting us with this local initiative.
“The food and clothes from local residents will go directly to those in need and will help us to ensure that local people in crisis have their basic needs met, whilst we seek to assist them through to recovery and independence.”
If you feel you are able to help, this is what to do:
When you put out your blue bin for collection, put out a carrier bag containing items that these people need. These are some of the things they need most:
• Food and drink: bottled water, cartons of juice, coffee, tea.