One Week Road Closure in February (15-1-19)
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.
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)
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:
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.
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 (surname unknown) and so became the store's first customer.
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.
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.
Thanks to Anne for supplying photos and information for with this article; also to Pam Wregg.
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.
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.
On behalf of all who were at the Christmas Buffet and movie at the Old School on Wednesday, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved with putting it on, especially Jan Towndrow, Alan Wilson and Moira Kendall, but also all the other volunteers.
The food, drink and film were all very enjoyable and greatly appreciated and everything was so well organised; the day was even sunny!
We so much hope it will happen again next year: we are already looking forward to it!
David and Shirley
An outline planning application to build 85 dwellings in Cropwell Bishop has been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council.
When our village was first made aware of this project last year, the plan was for 70 dwellings and the road layout and school drop-off layout were different.
In the coming weeks I will post details of how you will be able to view the detailed plans and offer feedback.
Below is the new plan for 85 homes and also, for comparison, the plan published last year.
To see the full set of documents associated with this planning application, visit the Rushcliffe Borough Council Planning website by clicking:
Below is the plan published in 2017
Congratulations to Natalie Pearson who won the September 'Cropwell Bishop News' Quiz.
Her entry was drawn out of the "hat of correct entries" at the Parish Council meeting at the Old School.
She wins a £20 voucher for Gary Jowett's Butchers—donated by Gary.
Here are the correct answers:
1. How many bikes on their way to Africa? ............ over 25 (Page 3)
2. How many Monkees?............ 4 (Page 25 - question 4)
3. Who paid for the Eco-toilet?............ National Lottery (Page 16)
4. What did Barney win?............ 'Best dressed house' prize (Page 3)
5. How many women worked on unfinished lace?............ 44 (Page 21)
6. How many entries in the Village Show?............ 263 (Page 4)
7. What year was the Peace Parade?............ 1919 (Page 21)
8. Chocolate Tombola where?............ WI Christmas Fair/Methodist Hall (Page 12)
9. What day of the week will be CB Fireworks?............ Sunday (Page 8)
10 What voice for Stephen Cooper?............ Baritone (Page 32)
11 Soon a Local Residents Discount Card from?............ Creamery (Page 24)
12. How many 'MEN in General'?............ 5 (Page 6)
13. Flu Clinic in CB will be?............ Tuesday 9th October (Page 18)
14. What date are you saving for HUMBUG? ............ Wednesday 5th December (Page 7)
15. 'Spirit Level' is a?............ comedy (Page 38)
16. A concrete skate park would cost approx. how much?............ £50k (Page 23)
If you drove by the Shepherds Restaurant on the Stagglethorpe Road last week you may have been perplexed by roadside banners about a Crematorium—I know I was.
After attending last night's monthly Cropwell Bishop Parish Council meeting I can now provide some facts.
A proposal for a new crematorium has been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council. It would be located across the road from the Shepherds Restaurant: see map.
Apparently, the roadside banners were put up by residents at the Travellers Site nearby. They have now been removed.
To download a pdf document with full details, click on:
Hope that explains things.
At The Memorial Hall AGM on 20th November 2018 a new committee was elected the new Chairman is Mick Beazley and any future bookings enquiries should be made to Steve Newbold on 07860949684 or by email to stevelisaemily @gmail.com. We hope the village will continue to support us as we strive to move the hall forward and ensure it's future for the next generation.
The Memorial Hall Committee
Chocolate is good for you! I'm sure he said that at one point in his presentation this evening. And since no one in the audience of around 60 people contradicted him, it must be true. At least, that is what I am going to assume.
The Cropwell Bishop WI opened its doors to everyone this evening and invited Chocolatier, Tom Phillips, to tell us all about chocolate from start to finish.
Tom established his business, 'Hannah's Chocolate' in Quorn, 30 years ago and nowadays spends much of his time teaching others how to make decorative chocolates.
This evening the Memorial Hall was his classroom and his audience were keen to learn—and just as keen to buy samples of his products at the end.
Cocoa beans were first grown in South America but nowadays they are grown in many countries within 10 degrees of the Equator.
The first milk chocolate was produced in 1876 in Switzerland and a certain Mr Nestles was involved. It was made by combining the ground cocoa bean and its extracted oil, with dried milk, together with a good helping of sugar.
I think we can all agree it has been a great success. Even so, in 1932 chocolatiers developed a new kind of chocolate. By not including the ground up cocoa solids, they produced white chocolate.
This has also become very popular and one reason may be that it contains much less of a stimulant, called theobromine, than brown chocolate. People who suffer migraines from eating brown chocolate are grateful for that.
There could only be one prize for the evening's raffle; the chocolate snowman that Tom had made for his demonstration.
The annual free fireworks show put on by Cropwell Bishop Parish Council continues to attract large numbers of people including many young children.
The display by First Galaxy Fireworks is far enough away to be safe viewing but, at the same time, close enough for you to feel part of it: some fireworks lit up the whole sky above us.
Before the start, people queued to buy peas and drinks from councillors and scouts in the Memorial Hall.
They will have seen figures and poppies made by the Cropwell Scout Group for Remembrance Day which is next Sunday.
The display began with the lighting of the beacon.
All proceeds from today's event will go to Dove Cottage.
Having a long history of hosting well organised Running Races, Cropwell Bishop is still able to attract a large number of runners to its annual event.
In spite of pouring rain, over 450 runners finished the Stilton Stumble 10K Race on Sunday.
At least it was not too cold: the rain might well have had a welcome cooling effect on their bodies. Pity the many marshals around the course who had no need of any kind of cooling effect! Without them and the other officials and behind-the-scene helpers, the event would not have happened, but with them, its was a great success.
The "goody-bag" at the end rewarded the runners with a piece of Stilton Cheese provided by Cropwell Bishop Creamery, one of the event sponsors. Gary Jowett Butchers was another village sponsor.
These photos will give you a taste of the atmosphere of the event, but to see over 400 more, click on the link below.
There is a photograph of virtually every runner: unfortunately I missed a few who were hidden by their running mates.
For those who are interested, the actual web address used by this link is:
You can view all the results on the official Stilton Stumble website. To see them, click:
On Tuesday September 4th Grantham Canal Society (GCS) senior management made a presentation to Cropwell Bishop Parish Council entitled": "The Grantham Canal: Re-watering the Dry Section”
For some time the GCS has been debating this project as a major step forward in the planned restoration of the canal and an opportunity to further expand our involvement with canal-side communities as we seek to restore their local section.
Approximately 5 miles in length the Cropwell Dry Section is the canal in miniature in all but one respect. It has locks, bridges, accessible towpaths and other walks - but no water and an awful lot of vegetation filling the space where the water should be.
We went to the council to explain our plan in outline and ask for their support. We asked for active support, including encouragement of the local community to get involved, and this they gave unanimously. A big thank you to all the councillors present.
So now we will start work with our partners in Canal and River Trust and put a comprehensive plan together.
This will not be a quick hit - there are a number of issues to be investigated and in the future expect to see plans and progress reports appear in “Bridge” as we pursue our objective of "Re-watering the Dry Section”.
To view the September issue of the magazine, "Bridge", click:
Photos taken during the Viewing of the Village Show last Sunday.