4000 Cyclists Here Tomorrow

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 ....

Cycle Live

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:

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.

Christopher Simon
Perfect Motion (organisers)



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

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

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locations below and replaces the current 822 service operated by Yourbus for Nottinghamshire County Council – due to be withdrawn on Saturday 25 May, 2019:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CT4N has already stepped in to protect other lifeline bus services which were due to be withdrawn.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

33 Bus Timetable

Bus Timetable

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

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

Tony Jarrow

A Smell Tomorrow?

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

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

Russell Price

Field Detectives Present Their Evidence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Field Detectives
Field Detectives

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

Field Detectives
Field Detectives

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

Field Detectives

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

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

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

Field Detectives

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

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

Field Detectives

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

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

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

Tony Jarrow

Field Detectives

From the People of Cropwell Bishop

Spring Flowers

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

John Greenwood

A Cleaner Output from Cropwell Bishop

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tony Jarrow

Sewage Plant
Sewage Plant
Sewage Plant
Sewage Plant

Fund-Raising Curry-Quiz Night a Big Success

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

Curry Night

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

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

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

Curry Night

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

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

Michelle Oldfield



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

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

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

Tony Jarrow

Past Times

Church Clock

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

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

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

Turret Clock

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

That's 212 years of ticking!

Tony Jarrow

Church Clock

Co-op Parking Rules—UPDATED



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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope that helps.

Tony Jarrow

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


Parish Council Election

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

Tony Jarrow

CT4N To Attend Annual Parish Meeting

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 ...



More Hot Air

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

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

Tony Jarrow


Gary Jowett Voucher for March Quiz Winner

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

Here are the Quiz Answers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tony Jarrow

Gary Jowett Voucher for January Quiz Winner

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

Here are the Quiz Answers:

1. What day for Freedom Yoga? ..... Wednesday (Page 12)

2. Butternut Squash & Stilton Soup serves how many? ..... 6 (Page 5)

3. Pierrpoint Hall gardens start opening when? ..... February (Page 7)

4. Hot X Buns when? ..... Sat March 30th (Page 6)

5. The new chairman of The Memorial Hall is? ..... Mick Beazley (Page 4)

6. Where will you now find a coffee machine? ..... Co-op (Cover)

7. Annual Singing Day is when? ..... Sat 16th Feb 2019 (Page 25)

8. Who says 'You're never too old to Rock 'n' roll'? ..... Vince Eager (Page 24)

9. Get your Beef Stock and Chicken Stock from? ..... Gary Jowett (Page 15)

10. How many ageing opera singers? ..... 4 (Page 25)

11. 'Ol' Blue Eyes' is the nickname for? ..... Frank Sinatra (Page 28)

12. What date did the first man walk on the Moon? ..... July 20th 1969 (Page 8)

13. How many members have Bingham U3A? ...... 347 (Page 24)

14. Sarah Storey is a teacher of? ..... Pilates (Page 14)

15. How much for the updated audio system? ..... £963 (Page 20)

16. How much did Cllr Gordon Moore give from his Community Grant?..... £150 (Page 20)

Tony Jarrow

Meat Here — And Much More

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.

Gary Jowett

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.

Gary Jowett

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.

Gary Jowett
Gary Jowett
Gary Jowett

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.

Gary Jowett

Gary Jowett

Gary Jowett

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.

Gary Jowett

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?

Tony Jarrow

Rushcliffe Policing


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."

Download the whole newletter by clicking on: "Stakeholder Update"

Tony Jarrow


Yourbus 822 Service To Be Withdrawn

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

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.

Tony Jarrow


Pot-holes and Fly-tipping: Click for Action

Have you been annoyed by dangerous pot-holes in the road or the sight of fly-tipping around Cropwell Bishop but then been unsure who to tell?

Well, now, all you have to do is click on the Contacts Tab (on the right of this web page). On the Contact page you fill find links for reporting both problems. It's all very easy to do: there is even a map for you to pin-point the exact location.

In my experience, the Council will sort out the problem within a few days.

Just the other week 9 upright freezers were dumped outside the entrance to the Allotment site. Within just 2 days, Rushcliffe Council had removed them.

So don't let these things upset you, click and report them.

Tony Jarrow

Strange Markings

My name is Andy Leighton and I belong to a running club, the Rutland Hash House Harriers, part of a worldwide running group.

We do “hare and hound” style runs around the East Midlands following a pre-marked trail with loops and false trails.

These trails are marked in chalk and blobs of flour (with a spoon of kiddies poster paint in it to make it stand out)—all perfectly safe and gone with the first decent rain.

The purpose of this notice is to inform you that I will be laying a trail using the footpaths around Cropwell Bishop and Cropwell Butler on 2nd February in preparation for a run on 3rd February.

Ninety-five percent of the time no one even notices, but occasionally someone with an overactive imagination decides someone is trying to poison dogs, or it’s burglars leaving marks (I never knew burglary was a team sport!). It’s nothing so exciting, it’s just us going for a run.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Andy Leighton

Marathon Fund Raising

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.

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.

Tony Jarrow

Gary Jowett Voucher for Quiz Winner

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

Her are the Quiz Answers:

1. David Mynne recreates what? ..... Charles Dickens (Page 8)

2. Who provided the fireworks? ..... First Galaxy Fireworks (Page 3)

3. What date did the Desert Rates come to CB? ..... 12th Nov 2018 (Page 5)

4. CBGG get 10% discount where? ..... Timmermans (Page 14)

5. How many dates will Santa ride around CB? ..... 3 (Page 10)

6. How many people enjoyed chocolate? ..... around 60 (Page 7)

7. What day for yoga? ..... Wednesday (Page 20)

8. How much for a tea towel? ..... £2.95 (Page 12)

9. Who won the Captain's Trophy? ..... Barbara Cowburn (Page 16)

10. Oliver's Army by? ..... Elvis Costello (Page 23)

11. Radcliffe's light switch on when? ..... 25th Nov (Page 24)

12. Who made tea for 'Men in General'? ..... Steve (Page 2)

13. What is the hedgehog wearing? ...... Santa hat (Page 14)

14. What did Tom make for his demonstration? ..... Chocolate Snowman (Page 7)

15. How many reindeer pulling Santa? ..... 2 (Page 10)

16. Hear about a Queen's Wedding Cake when?..... 12th Feb 2019 (Page 14)

Tony Jarrow

Our Opportunity to Offer Real Help

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.

• Snacks: nuts, seeds, crisps, cereal bars, chocolate bars, biscuits.

• Tins: fish, meat, puddings, fruit, custard and soup.

• Clothes: hats, scarves, gloves, socks, mens’ jeans sizes (30,32 or 34 waist), boxer shorts (size medium), knickers (size 10-12), mens’ trainers (any sizes).

• Rucksacks and sleeping bags.

If this Friday is not convenient for you to offer items, you can also hand them it at the Council’s Customer Contact Centre on Rectory Road in West Bridgford.

To find out more about the work of The Friary visit its website at:

Tony Jarrow


"The New Co-op: 1960 version"

Yesterday, our new Co-op opened its doors to customers for the first time. A sort of home-coming really: exactly the same event occured on the same site 58 years ago!

The Netherfield Co-op opened a store there in 1960. The photograph below shows the ceremonial opening of the store. You can see the houses of Mill Lane in the background.

1960 Coop

The boy in the centre is David Smith who now lives on Kendal Road. His mother is standing next to him holding his sister Sally and his Grandma Dolly is holding the shopping bag.

Minutes later, David's mother was served by Bill Dickinson and so became the store's first customer. Bill lived in Carlton and died only last year.

1960 Coop

The third photo was taken at the same event. The girl in the bottom left corner is Anne Terzza who now lives on Hall Drive.

Anne continues to be a mine of information on anything to do with the Cropwell Bishop in days gone by. She is able to recall several other people in the photos.

1960 Coop

Prior to the building of the Co-op, the annual Village Feast was held on the site. In 1958 it moved to the Memorial Hall field where it continued until the early 1970s.

The Shop was there for only a few years when a new Co-op store was built at the site on Church Street.

1960 Coop

Thanks to Anne for supplying photos and information for with this article; also to Pam Wregg.

Tony Jarrow

New Co-op is Open

Bigger, brighter and busy—that was our new Co-op at 8.15am this morning.

It has six aisles (compared with three in the old store) and they are wider–so much easier to get by other shoppers.

There is now a coffee machine and fresh hot food.

The usual checkout counter and Post Office services are operating but now there are also several self-service checkouts.

So, get down there and experience "Cropwell Bishop's Co-op for yourself; parking shouldn't be a problem.

Tony Jarrow


New Co-op Almost There

Apparently one day behind schedule, the new Co-op should be open tomorrow, Saturday 5th January. Meanwhile the old Co-op is trading as usual.

Tony Jarrow