Cropwell Bishop Road Closure

Notts County Council has announced that a road in Cropwell Bishop is due to be close for 5 days for resurfacing.

It is Kinoulton Road that will be closed: from its junction with Nottingham Road (near the Memorial Hall Field) to its junction with Colston Road (near the Lime Kiln).

The closure will be from 07.00 hours on Monday 20th November to 18.00 hours on Friday 24th November 2017.

Tony Jarrow

Shopping in Old Nottingham

If shop names such as; Griffin & Spalding, Pearsons, Redmayne & Todd, Sisson & Parker – mean anything to you, then you will enjoy reading the report on the recent talk at the Heritage Group. Click on the 'Heritage' tab.

Tony Jarrow

Centenary Field

At 12.30pm today, a plaque commemorating the Memorial Hall Field being registered as a Centenary Field was unveiled. The plaque is on the wall by the entrance to the Memorial Hall.

Afterwards there was a short ceremony and wreath laying inside the Memorial Hall to remember those men from Cropwell Bishop who gave their lives in World Wars.

The Centenary Fields programme aims to protect green spaces to commemorate the centenary of World War I. Fields in Trust is working in partnership with the Royal British Legion to deliver the programme.

The Memorial Hall Field will not change its name as a result of this and neither will it receive any additional funding, but via a legal document called a deed of dedication, the field should be protected as a playing field in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy.

Even so, should circumstances change, the Village could sell all or part of the site provided it was clearly in the best interests of the community from a recreational perspective.

The criteria which Fields in Trust applies to replacement facilities are that they should be of:

• at least equal size
• better quality
• serving the same community in terms of catchment area.

Additionally, and very importantly, the entire proceeds of any disposal would be re-applied to new sport, recreation and/or play facilities, with priority given to outdoor before indoor facilities.

Facilities on the playing field have been greatly enhanced by the Parish Council in recent years and hopefully this is encouraging all of us, but particularly our children, to take part in outdoor activities. If you think we need other facilities, tell one of our Parish Councillors.

Tony Jarrow

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Our New Parish Councillor

Willow Allison

The Parish Council would like to welcome, and introduce you to, our new Co-Opted Parish Councillor, Willow Allison.

Contact Details for Cllr. Allison are:
0115-989 9275

This is how Willow describes herself:

"Raised in Cropwell Bishop, I have lived within the village for my whole life, besides student years spent in Kent and in Canada.

One of my favourite things about Cropwell Bishop is how many things are going on; from fun exercise classes to tea and cake. I have been involved with the former Girl Guide unit, insomuch that I refused to leave so became a young leader!

Having recently graduated, my current work involves helping vulnerable individuals with their finances.

Outside of work, you will probably find me walking through some of the glorious countryside Cropwell Bishop has to offer … or on a flight to the other side of the world.

For the most part, I aim to bring the view of those in their 20’s to the table. I care greatly about the public transport links for the village, and hope to bring everyone together for a thriving village community."

Parish Clerk

Fireworks Display

Once again our Parish Council organised a family fireworks display this evening, for everyone in Cropwell Bishop to enjoy in complete safety. Weather conditions were perfect; dry, little wind and very dark.

There must have been over 200 people there—including many children, and we were fed with hot dogs, mushy peas and drinks before going outside to the Memorial Hall Field to enjoy the fantastic, free fireworks display.

Thanks to everyone involved with organising and working to make everything go smoothly.

Tony Jarrow

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Notts Rocks


There is currently a craze in Nottinghamshire for painting rocks and then hiding them. The rock in the photo was found in Cropwell Bishop.

I think the idea is that when someone finds one, they will report it on Facebook then hide it again. Many of the rocks and stones are beautifully painted and must have taken hours to create.

All good clean fun, but children must be sensible about where they hide rocks. Stones have been left, for example, on the wheels of cars. If a car drives off the stone could cause a lot of damage. If your children are into this craze please ask them to think carefully about where they leave them.


Tony Jarrow

30mph Wheelie Bins

30 mph

Wheelie Bin Stickers - Please Drive Carefully

The Parish Council have purchased some of these stickers for residents to put onto their Wheelie Bins to raise speed awareness of people travelling through the village.

Please contact the Parish Clerk on 0115-9894656 or or pop into the office anytime between 9.15am and 1.30pm if you would like a sticker for your bin.

Thank You

Janice Towndrow – Parish Clerk

Chicken Farm: Hot News

First the good news.

The permit to build the Chicken Sheds that was issued by Rushcliffe Borough Council on 12th October 2017 included a condition (number 11) that referred to the management and disposal of the waste and manure arising from the chicken shed. This condition included the sentence, “These details shall preclude use of the AD plant for disposal”.

This seemed strange because it was thought that a prime motive for the sheds was to provide manure to help power the Digester. I have to thank villager, Sue Shuttleworth, for spotting this and probing further.

Apparently, the Environmental Health Officer of Rushcliffe Borough Council had reviewed the Odour Impact Assessment provided by Russell Price’s Consultant, AS Modelling and Data Ltd., and responded to it by stating:

“There are some aspects of the activity that could be classed as moderately offensive however I am of the opinion that the specific activity of clearing out the units would be classed as most offensive.”


“the odour assessment submitted does not take into account the cumulative aspect of the operation of the anaerobic digestion plant”.

She then asked the Consultant for a “Cumulative Odour Assessment” to be submitted. However, the Consultant admitted that he was unable to provide any odour data resulting from the use of manure in the AD plant, “until such time as the broiler manure was being used on the AD site”.

In other words, he wouldn’t be able to predict how bad the smell will be until the AD is using the manure and is generating an odour. This would be rather late in the day for all of us who live in Cropwell: you can imagine us being told that we had to ‘live with the smell’ because it was too late to do anything about it!

However, the Consultant must have discussed these issues with Russell Price because the Consultant then contacted the Environmental Health Officer to say:

“I have discussed this matter with the applicant this morning, and in order to overcome this issue, the applicant is willing to change the manure management proposals associated with the development and abandon the plan for its use within the AD plant.”

So, chicken manure will not be used in the Anaerobic Digester which means we do not have to be worried about smell from the Digesters. BUT …..

Now the bad news …

The statement from Russell Price, via his Consultant, went on to say:

“The manure arising from the proposed poultry unit will be removed from the site in sheeted trailers for disposal, either through biomass power stations or for use as an agricultural fertiliser.”

So, all that manure that is swept from the sheds, which the Environmental Health Officer believes would cause a most offensive odour, will now be put in trailers and be either:

- taken by road (maybe past your house) to some other Digester, or

- used as a fertiliser, which to me, means being spread onto fields (maybe near your house)

I remember a time, it may have been 20 years ago, when a farmer sprayed local fields with ‘sewage-farm manure’. The stench was so bad it made you feel sick and all windows had to be firmly shut. Could it be that this is what we must look forward to?

We must continue to protest.

This lunchtime, Russell Price was on BBC Television’s East Midlands News trying to defend his views. The evening edition of the News promises to have more on this story.

Tony Jarrow

Housing Plan

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.

Tony Jarrow

House Plans

House Plans

Stilton Stumble—Lots More Photos

You should be able to view all 600+ photos taken at yesterday's Stilton Stumble 10k Run by clicking on the link below:

If that doesn't go smoothly, try this link:

Hopefully you will get straight though to my album of photos; or you may get to my "photostream" on the Flickr Photo Website. This consists of a continuous sequence all my photos on Flickr—sometimes in reverse order.

To make sense of it, click on the "Albums" tab above the photos. You should then see the Albums, starting with "Stilton Stumble 2017". Click on that to see yesterday's photos in chronological order. You will also be able to view photos from the previous two years of the Stilton Stumble.

Unfortunately this link, provided by Flickr, doesn't always work! You are told that you must "Sign In". To join Flickr costs nothing and only takes a few seconds. It may be that you will have to do this—but it is worth it.

Click the "Sign In" tab and you will come across the option to "Sign Up" if you don't have an account. Click this and follow the steps.

Tony Jarrow

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Stilton Stumble

With 500 runners, around 200 supporters and hundreds of people from 'Friends of Cropwell Bishop School' and Cropwell Bishop Scouts plus scores of other individuals from the village and nearby, this had to be the biggest event in Cropwell Bishop for many a year: I can't think of a bigger one.

After many weeks of planning, the Stilton Stumble Committee and their many helpers, were moving into position from 7am this Sunday morning. There was no wind, it wasn't too hot, it wasn't raining and Hurricane Ophelia was still in the Atlantic: everything was looking good.

Careful planning was evident as teams of volunteers guided incoming cars, served bacon butties, helped runners sign-in and pointed almost everyone to the portaloos. It was all very slick.

Out of sight, but every bit as important, were the many marshals who were arriving at every corner of the 10k route.

This year, for the first time, the organisers employed an electronic timing organisation that provided every runner with a 'chip' which will enable every runner to be provided with an accurate time automatically.

Just after 10am the runners set off. Just 33 minutes later the winner arrived back at the Memorial Hall Field and around an hour later, everyone else was safely back too.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this great event—both our Primary School and Scout Group will greatly benefit from your efforts.

Tony Jarrow

NB: I will release many more photographs in the coming days.

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Rushcliffe Councillors Approve Plan for Chicken Farm

Chicken Life

The residents of Cropwell Bishop said NO; the residents of Cropwell Butler said NO; and both Bishop and Butler Parish Councils said NO.

In fact only a handful of people in the two villages said YES and most of them appear to be close associates of the applicant Russell Price. Even the Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council said that, in a personal capacity, he objected.

In spite of all of these objections, Rushcliffe Borough Council has granted permission for a Chicken Farm to be built in Cropwell Bishop. Anyone not familiar with the background to this story as it developed during the summer months, should refer to the many articles that still appear near the foot of this web page.

Rushcliffe Council made its decision yesterday but has yet to release the full text of the decision notice. What we do know is that the Application Permission is "conditional"—whatever that means.

The Planning Committee sat yesterday and I have studied the "Report of the Executive Manager for Planning Applications" that was published after the meeting.
It lists all the Planning Applications considered by the Committee and gives their decision. However, the Application for the Cropwell Bishop Chicken Farm was not even considered by the Committee!

It was feared that this could happen (see the article published on 12/7/17, lower down this webpage).
Because the Rushcliffe Councillor representing the Cropwell Ward, Gordon Moore, did not object to the Application, then the Application was allowed to go through without the Planning Committee even discussing it!

Democracy is sometimes referred to as "rule of the majority": in the light of this planning decision, how would you now define it in our part of Nottinghamshire?

Tony Jarrow

Housing Consultation

When Rushcliffe Borough Council displayed possible building sites for new homes in Cropwell Bishop in March, they asked for your comments: here are the results of that survey:

Tony Jarrow

New Housing Survey

Sites of New Housing

New Housing Sites

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.

Tony Jarrow

CB15 Housing Plan