It was 10 years ago, on the 21st April 2008.
There were 37 of them and they were meeting in the Memorial Hall.
They came up with 20 ideas and had plans for three more meetings.
But what were they plotting? What was the common interest of these apparently ordinary Cropwell Bishop folk? What would it all lead to?
To find out more, click the Gardening tab.
Traffic Lights Fiasco (13-4-18)
Traffic lights are essential for the safety of workers and road users when road work has to be carried out, but the road works taking place in the centre of Cropwell Bishop show what happens when no one is in charge.
For days there have been 3-way traffic lights outside the Church but every time I went by there were no workers to be seen and the only thing on the road causing an obstacle was a pile of road-work barriers! No hole in the road or any other danger.
This morning the junction became dangerous because the lights on Church Street had been removed which meant that traffic entering the junction from that direction would have to guess when they could safely turn left or right.
It took over an hour on the phone, but:
- Notts County Council said the work was being done by Severn Trent; call them,
- Severn Trent said they had no record of any work being done,
- Once they appreciated the danger to road users, Notts CC said they would send someone out.
By lunchtime, the pile of barriers had been removed so the only obstacles left on the road were the traffic lights, cones and warning signs.
Anyone travelling in the Cotgrave direction recently will be familiar with "Flood" and "No Through Road" signs that don't always make sense.
The sub-contracting of work may save money but one wonders if it is resulting in the Council sub-contacting the job to one company, that company sub-contracting the road signs to another company, and that company sub-contracting traffic control to another company. And no one is in overall control.
If this is what is happening then the system appears to be out of control. It has taken several days of disruption to the main roads in our village to apparently do one repair job—and that was on the pavement!
So, who do we complain to next time something like this happens?
Tony & Hilary Jarrow
Being Successful (7-4-18)
What do you need to run a village club successfully?
Well, first you need someone who is keen to make the club attractive to us in Cropwell Bishop and is willing to take the lead when decisions need to be made.
Secondly, you need some solid ‘supporters’—a small team of people who can help out by doing such things as: sending letters or emails, organising club raffles, keeping records of members, writing letters of thanks, attending occasional committee meetings, etc.
Cropwell Bishop Gardening Club was established 10 years ago and it has consistently had the support of over 50 village members throughout that time. Clearly, the club has been run very successfully: it has a leader and a team of efficient helpers.
On Monday 16th April Judy Thomas will be presenting the 10th Anniversary Meeting of the Gardening Club. It will be a celebration of all that the club has achieved since its beginning in 2008. It promises to be a great event—but there is a distinct possibility that it will become the final meeting of the Gardening Club.
Judy has led the Club for all those years but has decided that now is the time for someone else to take the club forward and so she is retiring from her role at the end of this month.
Thankfully, the club is fortunate in having someone who is happy to take over Judy’s role as leader,
but that person is going to need her own team of ‘supporters’ to help her.
They don’t need to be expert gardeners, in fact, they don’t need to know anything at all about gardening! (see list of jobs in 3rd paragraph). They just need to be "willing helpers".
If, by the end of that evening, several people have not stepped forward to offer their support, then the Annual General Meeting, planned for later on, will become a closing ceremony for the Club.
Are you able and willing to offer your help? You don’t need to be regular gardener, or a current member of the Gardening Club, or even a resident of Cropwell Bishop.
If you think you can help, or know someone who might be able to, or you just want more information, then email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will pass on your message. You will be able to come to the Anniversary meeting on 16th April to ask any questions you might have.
Give it some thought.
A Great Opportunity for You? (4-4-18)
Sent to the Workhouse (29-3-18)
Can you imagine what it was like to live your life in a Workhouse? There used to be one in Nottingham and there was a big one in Southwell: the building still stands.
Members and guests of the Heritage Group were presented with the facts at their meeting this week: find out more by clicking on the Heritage tab.
It's in Cropwell Bishop .... (7-3-18)
See the poster on the Events Page: give bellringing a try at St Giles Church, Cropwell Bishop.
70s Night (20-2-18)
70s night was a lot of fun; all those present danced and sang through the night.
The 'Persuaders' performed with a cheeky smile, wit and great musicality.
A good night was had by all.
Farewell to the Cabin (13-2-18)
After nearly 50 years the shop opposite the Church on Church Street is no more. This morning the final act in its demolition took place.
It was not so long ago that the Cabin was our newsagent, post office, grocer and diy centre—all in one. At one time there was another shop (Mace) across the road (the white house) which sold veg and groceries. But then, in those earlier days, there was no internet or supermarket home-deliveries.
Nothing stays the same for ever and this year we should see our Village Co-Op open a bigger store opposite the Wheatsheaf.
Forty years ago Church Street was probably the busiest part of the Village having, not only the newsagent/post office and Mace, but also a cobblers/sweet shop (Tom Barratt), Snips, the Co-Op and also the Doctors Surgery. Soon only Snips will remain and Nottingham Road will effectively become Cropwell Bishop's "Hub".
Within 150m you will be able to shop at the Co-Op, Gary Jowett's shop and the Creamery. Then get something to eat at Nyce before popping into Hair Barn and Beauty Barn before visiting the Wheatsheaf for a drink.
Afterwards, you will be able to walk up Fern Road to visit the doctors or pick up a prescription, then call in the Old School to buy tickets for the next Cinema showing (also available from Gary Jowett), before finally calling in at the Chequers for a drink and a meal.
Does any other local village offer so much within easy walking distance of home?
(Thanks to Hilary Jarrow for the photos)
Mobile Library Times (23-1-18)
Please note that the times and dates for visits of the Mobile Library to Cropwell Bishop printed on page 37 of the latest edition of Cropwell Bishop News are incorrect. Unfortunately incomplete information was given to the Parish Council.
The table below shows the correct dates and times.
Plans for Developing Cropwell's Service Station (16-1-18)
A couple of years ago, plans were submitted for the development of our local filling station down by the A46. The plans were approved but the development never happened.
Now new plans have been submitted with the aim of making the business successful in the long term.
The plan now is to demolish all the existing buildings and to install new facilities and buildings in their place.
There will be a shop selling fresh produce and chilled goods, and also a coffee shop/cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. It is proposed to offer 24 hour trading. There will also be a car valeting service.
You can download all plans and documents associated with the planning application from the Rushcliffe Borough Council website. The application reference is: 17/02657/FUL
A Smashing New Facility for Cropwell Bishop (7-12-17)
A consequence of the recent closure of the Lime Kiln Pub, was the loss of a Village glass-recycling centre. Fear not, now we have an even better facility.
This morning a new Glass-Recycling Centre was formally opened. It is located in the car park alongside the Cropwell Bishop Memorial Hall. It is the result of talks between the Memorial Hall Committee and Rushcliffe Borough Council.
The bins are even better than the ones that were at the Lime Kiln, in that their walls have a sound insulating layer which greatly reduces the sound of falling bottles.
They will be emptied twice a week so no need to worry about bins overflowing, assuming they aren't spotted by the rest of the Vale of Belvoir!
Incidentally, it is good to leave the metal screw cap on your bottle; it increases its value to recyling companies.
At the opening were: Rushcliffe Borough Councillors, Debbie Mason and Gordon Moore; Cropwell Bishop Parish Council Chair, Alan Wilson; and Memorial Hall Committee members, Pam Barlow and Irene Hickman.
Nyce is Back—and it is Very Nice! (2-12-17)
The little food shop commonly referred to as the "Cob Shop" has re-opened. It is now back under the mangagement of a previous owner and has reverted to its earlier name, "Nyce".
Situated between the Wheatsheaf and the Hair Barn opposite the Church, Nyce is already attracting new and old customers. I popped in this morning and can vouch for its lovely food, drinks and warm friendly atmosphere.
Not only is it proving popular with passing drivers, but also village folk who want somewhere to go for freshly cooked food and a friendly chat.
You can eat-in or take-out, its up to you. For more details or to place an order phone: 0115-837 4230.
It is open:
Tuesday to Friday: 8am—2pm
Why not give it a try?
Housing Plan (18-10-17)
If you would like to see and comment on the proposed plan for housing on the land behind the Memorial Hall Field accessed via Mercia Way, why not pop down to the Old School this evening where Davidson Developments have drawings on show and people to speak to. It is open until 7.30pm.
Sites of New Housing (6-9-17)
In March, Rushcliffe Borough Council used the Old School to display possible sites for new housing in Cropwell Bishop and invited residents to comment.
The Council has now proposed that two of those sites should be removed from the Green Belt and used to build around 160 houses. The sites are:
Site CB12 - Land north of the Memorial Hall (90 homes approx)
Site CB15 - Land east of Church Street (70 homes approx)
Firm decisions on actual building will not be made until June 2018.
It should be noted that the area referred to as CB15 in the released plan of the village (see above) is actually smaller than the area shown in the presentation in March (see the plan at the very bottom of this web page).
Below is a sketch of a possible housing plan for the CB15 site.