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VILLAGES; If you would like to contribute to Village News, contact Andy Rush on 01509 635802 or E-mail andy.rush@reachplc.com.

Barrow Jane Tindle 01509 414201 Jane.Tindle@outlook.com BISHOP BEVERIDGE CLUB NEWS. Our monthly Monday Movie is 'Downton Abbey' on February 17, usual time of 2pm start, doors open at 1.30pm, cost for members PS4, visitors PS4.50.

Tea and cake included in the entry cost. This is the continuing story of the Crawley family when a letter is received from Buckingham Palace announcing the visit of King George V1 and Queen Mary.

Our March film will be 'Mrs Lowry & Son' on 16 March and for 20 April it will be 'Judy'. Details later. The award winning film '1917' is being shown in November, the month of Remembrance.

The list for booking the Pancake Day lunch is on the notice board from next week. This takes place on Tuesday, 25 February with a choice of soups and pancakes on the menu. Cost is PS3.50. Please note that this must be paid on booking.

Our next Bingo session will be on Wednesday, 19 February starting 2.30pm. PS2.00 members and PS2.50 visitors who are always welcome. On Wednesday, 26 February the Social Afternoon features The NHS on 70 Years of Age, introduced by Liz Astill.

This is a research program with the aim to create a social history of the National Health Service since it was formed in 1948, with records being kept in the British Library. People are encouraged to share their memories by taking part in the program. The afternoon starts at 2.30pm and the cost of PS1 will include tea and cake.

The first monthly coach trip of the year is on Monday, 2 March and will be to Woodlands Garden Centre, details on posters and flyers. There are lots of outlets and a good restaurant. PS12 for members and PS14 for non-members.

The booking list is now on the notice board inside the club, or call Wendy on 413212.The Sixties Evening on Friday, 27 March is now fully booked. If you want to be placed on a reserve list please call Mike Neale on 412204.

In preparation for Easter we are planning two Craft Afternoons to be held on March 25 and April 1. Details later.

Our quarterly Newsletter is now ready for collection, look out for our program of monthly coach outings, Monday Movies and other news. Please note that we have cancelled the film due on 20 July (The Personal History of David Copperfield), but will replace with 'Military Wives'.

New members are always welcome, contact Joyce on 01509 414519, John of 415058, Mike on 412204, or come to our open Coffee Mornings between 9.45am till 11am, held every Thursday.

The annual cost is just PS5 READING FRIENDS - BOOK LOVERS. On Wednesday, 12 February from 7.30pm - 9pm, this new club for lovers of reading will meet in Barrow Community Library.

This club meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month.

WOMEN'S INSTITUTE. On Wednesday, 12 February Barrow WI is meeting at 7.30pm at the Conservative Club Function Room.

There will be a talk by Glen Lewin [butcher] on sausage making, with audience participation.

GET CRAFTY. Get Crafty at Barrow Community Library on Friday, 14 February from 1.30pm - 3pm. This is a weekly group for knitters, stitchers, crocheteers and other crafters of all ability levels. PS1 donation suggested towards library funds. Refreshments available.

RHYME TIME. Rhyme time for 3's and under at Barrow Community Library is on Friday, 14 February from 10.30am - 11am. PS1 donation suggested. Refreshments available.

BARROW FOOTPATHS GROUP. Below are details for our next planned task. Please come along to join us if you are free. Tools, bags and gloves will be provided but feel free to bring your own if you would prefer to. On Wednesday, 12 February at 10am, meet up at: The Moorings Pub DATES OF FUTURE TASKS: Thursday, 27 February, Thursday, 12 March. Details can be found in the Events pages on the Barrow village website, barrowuponsoar.org.uk MONDAY MOVIE. On Monday, 17 February the Monday Movie at the Bishop Beveridge Club is 'Downton Abbey'. Starts at 2pm, the doors are open at 1.30pm and the cost to members is PS4.00, visitors PS4.50 and includes tea and cake.

WEEKLY THURSDAY IT HELPDESK HOSTED BY THE BISHOP BEVERIDGE CLUB. The Bishop Beveridge Club continues to host the IT help desk each week at the Thursday Coffee Morning, from 9.45am - 11am. Run by volunteers from the Community Library they seek to assist anyone with queries, relating to the internet, with your equipment, tablets, smart phones, laptops with the Club Wi-Fi. This is open to anyone.

BARROW GARDENING CLUB. Would you like to you have more plants in your garden without spending lots of money and have fun in the process? If so, come along to the next Gardening Club meeting in the Library at 7.30pm on Wednesday, February 19, when Michael Salotti will talk to us about propagation.

He is a lecturer at Brooksby College and regularly takes part in Radio Leicester's 'Down to Earth' programme. He is planning to demonstrate seasonal propagation which will include various cuttings, seed sowing in pots/modules and grafting.

Not many years ago, everyone who had a garden propagated most of their own plants. Today, we tend to just nip down to the garden centre -which is a shame because most of our plants, perennials, shrubs or even trees can be propagated with ease.

With a certain amount of know-how, a degree of patience and little else, you can have fun filling your garden to overflowing. The only danger is that you may become obsessed with propagation.

If Michael can find any plants for sale at the College to bring along with him, he will do so. Everybody is very welcome, visitors on the night just PS3 Date of the next community litter picking event: Sunday, 23 February -09.30am start -meet Opposite Barrow Filling Station approx 9.15am. Post Pick Tea/Coffee and biscuits at Soar Bridge Inn after the event.

COACH OUTING TO WOODLANDS GARDEN CENTRE. The first monthly coach outing by The Bishop Beveridge Club will be on Monday, 2 March and will be to Woodlands Garden Centre, details on posters and flyers.

There are lots of outlets and a good restaurant. PS12 for members and PS14for non-members. The booking list is now on the notice board inside the Club, or call Wendy on 413212.

LADIES CIRCLE. Barrow upon Soar Methodist Church Ladies Circle are hosting a repeat of the popular SOS Fashion Show and Shopping Event on Wednesday, 4 March at 7.30pm.

The sale will be in the Methodist Church Hall and on sale will be High Street brands with up to 75% offwith sizes ranging from 6 to 30!

Tickets are PS4 and available from Taylor's Florist with all proceeds shared between MacMillan Nurses and The Kindu Trust, Ethiopia.

MINI-MARKET AND COFFEE MORNING. Barrow upon Soar Methodist Church are holding their monthly Minimarket and Coffee Morning on Saturday, 7 March from 10am - 11am. As well as the usual stalls which include cakes, preserves, books, jigsaws, white elephant and toys there will be breakfast Bacon cobs on sale.

A reminder that any local charity/organisation can have a stall at no charge at this popular event. Please contact barrow.meths@gmail.com to enquire.

JUKE BOX LIVE. On Saturday, March 7, at St Gregory's Social Centre, Sileby 7.15pm for 7.30pm start till 11pm. Tickets cost PS12 which includes a supper. Tickets can be bought from: Val Gillings -413227 or Jim Fuller -415226 THE BEAUTIFUL GAME. Football. Some love it, others loathe it, but we can't deny that it is somehow present in all of our lives. A family show, this is one for all to enjoy.

The important thing is, you don't need to be a football fan to appreciate it. The Beautiful Game is a laugh-out-loud look at Britain's undying obsession with football, celebrating everything from weird match day rituals to ridiculous arm chair opinionating.

It may even attempt to explain the offside rule. Packed with unforgettable goals, chant-a-long hits and full to the brim with nostalgia, this show will have you casting your mind back to fixtures gone by. Stories are expressed through the medium of physical theatre and are often accompanied by catchy tunes or prerecorded anecdotes from die-hard fans. It is a show for the whole family; the fanatic, the impartial spectator and the football widow. Even if you don't like football, The Beautiful Game will persuade you of its charms. It is performed by Next Door Dance, an all-female company based in Nottingham.

They specialise in creating performances that are exciting and relevant to a wide range of audiences -especially those that might believe dance is not for them. This latest show celebrates the everyday; with their tongues firmly in their cheeks the mundane is turned upside down, resulting in witty and thought-provoking theatre which will leave you grinning from ear to ear. This performance is on Friday, 20 March Tickets will cost PS11 (PS12 on the door) or PS5 for students in full time education (PS6 on the door). They can be bought on line from www.busca.org.uk by Paypal or card, from Barrow Flower Shop or on the door.

Enquiries from 07718153117.

Parking is excellent, there is good disabled access, there will be a simple bar and above all, this is professional theatre with none of the hassles. The show starts at 7.30pm.

Bunny ROTARY FLOAT DONATIONS. Rushcliffe Rotary Float helped villagers in Bunny over the Christmas period raise PS525 for charitable causes.

The float toured the village and as a result of collections from generous villagers PS250 was sent to Rainbows, PS100 to Rotary for their chosen charities, PS130 to the Bunny Defibrillator Fund and PS45 to the Parish Church for a real Christmas tree in 2020.

Thanks have been expressed to Rushcliffe Rotary for the hire of the sleigh and drivers.

VILLAGE WEBSITE WORK.Work on the new Bunny Village Community website has resulted in much village information being transferred over from the old site.

The existing site at www.bunnyvillage.org.uk, which was set up and maintained by the Bunny Village History Society, has been in existence since 2003.

Since June last year work has been taking place to transfer the information on the existing site to the new site at www.bunnyvillage.org.

On the new website there is information about the village past and present, including details of local groups and societies, village records for marriages, baptisms and burials and facts about some of the key buildings ion the village.

There are also agendas and minutes of parish council meetings, as well as published notices and relevant documents.

The village Bunny Bulletin which is delivered free to every household in Bunny is also available to read on the website.

Information is still being carried over to the new website. When the process is completed, the old website will be closed down.

COMMUNITY CHOIR WANTS YOUR VOICE. Singers are being encouraged to join Bunny Village Community Choir.

New songs are being rehearsed by the choir which is now back in action after a holiday break. The Choir will be part of the village celebrations for the 75th anniversary of VE Day, marking the end of the Second World War in Europe in May this year and also in the Ruddington Big Sing in June.

Choir sessions are held on Thursday evenings in the Village Hall from 7pm until 8.30pm and for singers who may wish to join the group the first session is free of charge.

Normanton on Soar Ross Aston aston.ross@gmail.com SIX NATIONS RUGBY. We will be showing all the England matches in the 6 Nations Rugby at the Normanton on Soar village hall on the following dates : England v Ireland 3pm England v Wales 4.45pm v England 4.45pm NORMANTON ON SOAR MEN'S ASSOCIATION. On Monday 24th February, Gareth Howell will be returning with a speech on The Witch Trials of England: Superstition and Science.

Gareth is an accomplished presenter, writer and broadcaster who last year gave a very interesting presentation to NOSMA on How we won the First World War. Meet in The Plough, Normanton on Soar, at 8pm. Members PS3, non members PS5. Friends and guests always welcome to our meetings.

PARISH COUNCIL -The following are extracts of interest from the minutes of the Normanton on Soar Parish Council meeting held on 20th January 2020. The full minutes can be viewed on the village website www.normanton-onsoar.co.uk or on application to the Clerk to the Parish Council.

Potholes on Butt Lane, Main Street and Far Lane have been reported to Nottinghamshire County Council.

Retrospective Planning Application -23 Ferry Fields -Erection of decked veranda and canopy to West elevation. No Objections Agreed Unanimously.

Proposals for HGV signs, flashing signs for the school, speed limit gateway sign and bend warning signs have been put through and these will be completed in the new financial year.

Normanton will be getting a contribution in respect of new housing developments plus large extensions, this will be paid twice a year but is only for developments approved since October 2019.

It was agreed that the village should apply for posts/bollards to go on the grass verges on the bottom of Main Street to stop cars driving on the grass when there is flooding.

Castle Donington Mike Elliott 0115 937 6506 elliottnews@btconnect.com JOBS FAIR. There were good numbers of visitors to the East Midlands Airport job fair when both the airport itself and the businesses based there and in the immediate neighbourhood were recruiting to fill 350 jobs this spring.

The airport were looking for people to fill roles ranging from bar staffto check-in agents, security personnel and ground crew.

There has seen a big expansion in the freight services at the airport in recent years while businesses based on the wider site range from international delivery firms, to hotel chains, accountants, construction firms and banks, thus ensuring a wide range of jobs were available. The airport's check hall hosted the event. Tutors from the airport's own academy were available..

The airport, part of Manchester Airports Group, handles 370,000 tonnes of cargo a year to and from regions such as Latin America, Asia, North America and the Middle East.

Quorn Joan Bloodworth 01509 620481 mail@joan99.plus.com ST BARTHOLOMEW'S. Services this Sunday at St Bartholomew's Church are; 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Sung Communion, 6.30pm Night Prayer with hymns. All services are with Rev D Bowler.

VE DAY PHOTO PLEA. Quorn Local History Group needs your VE day photos and are inviting people to rummage through their old photographs and artefacts to see if they can find anything from the 1945 Quorn and surrounding area VE day celebrations.

The group would love to have them for an exhibition to be held as part of the Village Event Group's 75th anniversary commemoration.

Any photos will be scanned so the originals will be safe. Phone 07484 104114 or email: quorn65000@gmail.com or take them to the 'Drop Zone' in the Quorn Community Library.

Sutton Bonington Mike Elliott 0115 937 6506 elliottnews@btconnect.com SHOW CHEQUE PRESENTATION. A charity that supports teenagers and young adults who have cancer is one of those that has benefitted from the annual cash hand out from profits from Sutton Bonington's annual show.

The presentation of 14 cheques took place at the village hall when a total of PS9,500 was handed out as grants to good causes, some in the village itself and others further afield, like the PS1,500 given to the CLIC Sargent charity wo say that being diagnosed with cancer as a young adult changes everything. "Without warning, your life is on hold, and your ambitions and dreams are suddenly very far away."

The cash hand-outs continue to include the Nottingham Breast Institute , a regular recipient from the Show funds and to whom many thousands of pounds have been given.

A statement from the Sargent Charity says that their Young People's Service is for young adults aged 16-24 who have been diagnosed with cancer, their families, and the people they care about. It's available across the UK, in both main cancer hospitals and local hospitals.

"We get that everyone is different, so we don't offer a one-size-fits-all service. We base our work on what each young person tells us they need most.

"Our help can include support with day-to-day issues from one of our CLIC Sargent Social Workers or Community Workers, Opportunities to connect with other young people with cancer, such as joining our Participation group or taking part in our Music Programme, events that help boost confidence and career opportunities and the chance to influence our work to make lives better for young people with cancer."

The total list of donations made from the 2019 show is: Sutton Bonington Playgroup PS250 Sutton Bonington Lunch Club PS350 Sutton Bonington Bowls Club PS250 Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes 400.00, 2425 Nottingham Airport Air Cadets PS500 Mayor of Rushcliffe PS500.

Loughborough Cancer Self Help Group PS500, Air Ambulance PS500.

Marie Curie PS500, Bowel Screening Research PS500, Prostate Cancer Research PS500, Sustainable Sutton Bonington PS750, CLIC Sargent Teenager Cancer PS1,000, Nots Community First Responders PS1,500, Nottingham Breast Institute PS1,500.

The cash hand-outs continue to include the Nottingham Breast Institute , a regular recipient from the Show funds.

PROFILE OF PARISH COUNCILLORS. Parish councillors at Sutton Bonington are not very visible to their electors, it is being suggested by one of their members.

Council Vice Chairman, Coun. Julie McMullen-Kerr - elected to the council in May last year and who can be contacted at cllrmcmullen-kerr@suttonboningtonparishcouncil.org.uk told members she felt the council are not very visible in the village, pointing out that while some information is available for reading on the website not everyone has access to it.

Coun. McMullen-Kerr has suggested that the council should look at ways it can introduce to promote the work and activities of the council.

A number of councils in Rushcliffe publish their own newsletter to let residents know what they are doing, with councillors carrying out the work of delivering the printed sheet.

Steps have been taken by the parish council at Sutton Bonington to make it easier for their electors and the local authorities to contact them, following suggestions this is not always possible.

In a recent meeting the clerk, Helen Chadwick, said she had been made aware that the village Notts County Council member Coun. Andy Brown and the office at Rushcliffe Borough Council had tried to contact her but had been unable to do so.

The clerk had informed the meeting that she had specific working days for the council, but pointed out this did not of course mean she did not take calls on other than her working days, but said that on a Wednesday she does have a prior commitment and does not have access to her telephone and emails.

At the meeting it was suggested that all members of the council should provide contact details that can be uploaded on to the council website and noticeboards so that anyone can be contacted if the clerk, who lives in Stanford on Soar, is not available.

LOOKING FOR CRICKETERS. Cricketers are being asked to consider joining Sutton Bonington Cricket Club in readiness for the new season.

Any new players for the 2020 season are asked to contact Frank Lester on 01509 843364, David Appleby on 07855 934777 or Patrick Hood on 07508 326009.

The 2019 season was not too good for the club, with the first eleven finishing second from bottom in Division E of the South Notts Gunn and Moore league, with only four wins from their 18 games. They collected 117 points in the season, four more than bottom side Bramote and ten less than local rivals third-from-bottom East Leake.

For last season Dave Sturgess continued as club president while Richard Wells took over as not only chairman but also club welfare officer. Steve Farrow and Phil Collings secretary and treasurer respectively of the T20 and Sunday XI with Jon Hellier vice captain.

LUNCH CLUB. Senior citizens who enjoy a great-value lunch and good company are being invited to Sutton Bonington Lunch Club.

The next date of the lunch club is tomorrow, Thursday February 13.

Tea and coffee are available from 11.30 am and lunch is served from 12 noon. The price is PS3 and this is the same as last year and includes the raffle. The lunches take place in Sutton Bonington Village Hall.

For more information please contact Sue James on 01509 673460.

PAVILION IMPROVEMENTS. There are plans being put forward to improvements to the pavilion on the playing fields, with the Sutton Bonington parish council playing fields committee involved.

Coun. Bembridge told the full council that the playing fields group had met and were in the process of obtaining quote and plans f the proposed works at the pavilion.

It was also reported to the meeting the committee had also met with other users of the pavilion to ensure that any plans would future proof the facilities and meet the needs of the users.

The council say that once quotes for the work have been received along with the plans they will be looking at funding options. It is suggested the building will e more environmental friendly when the works have been put into operation.

Some concerns have been expressed that t the pavilion is left in an untidy state by some users and the idea of a user agreement being drafted is to be progressed.

TEA ON TUESDAY. Tea on Tuesday is the name of a regular event at Sutton Bonington Methodist Church The tea session runs from 2.30pm until 4.30pm on the third Tuesday of each month and it is an opportunity for sandwiches and cakes, a catch-up with friends and a chance to meet new friends.

The next meeting is next Tuesday, February 18 and everybody is welcome HISTORY SOCIETY. All is set for the next meeting of the Sutton Bonington Local History Society which will take place tonight, Wednesday, February 12, when Peter Liddle will give a talk on 'The Archaeology of Bradgate Park'.

For five summer seasons University of Leicester archaeologists have been excavating in Bradgate Park. This has revealed evidence of hunting in the park since the end of the last Ice Age, the creation of the first park in 1241 and it's associated lodge, and the building of the mansion in the park in the sixteenth century.

Meetings are held at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church schoolroom and visitors are very welcome.

READY FOR LENT. As the church festival of Lent approaches - it begins of February 26 - an inter-church afternoon Lent course in Sutton Bonington will begin on Shrove Tuesday, February 25.

The course in the Baptist Church Lounge will begin with pancakes at 2 pm. The course will run on Tuesdays through Lent and whilst it is free of charge donations towards expenses would be welcome JAZZ IN THE BARN. The Sutton Bonington Big Band is again hosting Jazz in the Barn on Saturday this weekend, February 15 at the Sutton Bonington Campus. "Come and join us for a relaxed, informal evening of jazz and swing, showing the very best of what the SBBB can do!" Doors will open at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. Tickets may be purchased on the door for PS3 with free entry for under 16s. Please contact Maria (stymis@nottingham.ac.uk) if you have any queries.

The Sutton Bonington Singers will be performing their annual Songs in Spring on Saturday, March 21, at 7pm in the Barn, at the Sutton Bonington Campus. Refreshments are included in the PS4 tickets price and will be available on the door.

For more information please contact Maria (stymis@nottingham.ac.uk).

The Sutton Bonington Singers will also be performing with the Sutton Bonington Symphony Orchestra at Sutton Bonington Fest on May 9.

Kegworth Mike Elliott 0115 937 6506 elliottnews@btconnect.com THE FANTOMS AT VILLAGE HALL. Kegworth Plan Group is doing its bit again for the village by bringing the highly rated Fantoms to the Village Hall later this month. The group are an authentic 60s band formed in 1964 and still playing.

The evening in the village hall on Friday, February 28, starts at 7.30pm with what promises to be a fabulous evening for all to boogie the night away.

There will be a raffle during the evening as well as a bar and lots of fun, what more could you ask for? Early bird tickets are PS10 from Lovage Homes, Soar Trading and Picture This or by calling 07810 343813. Pay on the door will be PS12.

The Fantoms were formed in 1964 and are still playing and playing well. They give out a message: "Come to Kegworth village hall on Friday, February 28 at 7.30pm to experience the real atmosphere and music of one of the greatest eras of rock and pop. It promises to be a fab party with music to get you on your feet and bopping".

During the evening there will be someone there to teach you some jive and swing moves so that you can even look good on the dance floor.

"Come and bop to this brilliant 60's band for a super night out" is the message from the Plan Group."

COMMUNITY LIBRARY.Coming up at the library : Tonightt Wednesday, February 12, our singing group EmbarrasSING will be raising the rafters - even the though the library doesn't actually have any rafters -at 7pm. PS2 for a really enjoyable, sociable evening.

On Tuesday, February 18 our Knit and Natter group meet from 2pm and in the evening there's the Craft Club. You can knit here too or bring along any other craft project you're working on.

Next Wednesday, February 19, it's bingo. Cards are 50p each or three for a PS1 and there are cash prizes and free refreshments. Eyes down 2.15pm Our new-to-you Bookshop - it's the only book shop in the village - has some really good quality second hand, sorry, pre-loved books. They cover all genres from romance to thrillers and all of them are just PS1. We have a large selection by Clive Cussler and at the other end of the literary scale, Dilly Court.

There's the whole set of Poldark books by Winston Graham - don't know if that famous scything scene from the TV series is in there. And how about 11, yes, 11, of Rebecca Tope's Cotswold Mysteries - that seems like a dodgy place to go and if you do go you won't be going by train after reading some of our many Edward Marston's Railway Detective series.

And almost half of our books featuring Alfie the Cat have been sold, so hurry on down if Alfie's your thing or you may be disappointed to find only Felix the Railway Cat left.

But only if he hasn't met his demise in one of Edward Marston's tales.

Willoughby on the Wolds COMMUNITY PARK. Many villagers, and outside visitors, continue to use Willoughby on the Wolds Community Park for a variety of purposes making it a popular village venue, reported joint chairman David Bradshaw and Jeremy Rochfort in their annual report.

The two officers reported that the park is a very popular village venue used for active play or exercise, dog walking or simply sitting and enjoying the countryside.

After 10 years of regular use, this year some significant, essential refurbishment of the play equipment has been carried out by Proludic, and generously paid for by Willoughby Parish Council.

Likewise, persistent footfall had seriously flattened the wood chippings to a hard, compact surface. A warm, dry day on March 30, saw a large team of villagers, aged from 18 months to 80 years, distribute a huge mountain of chippings from the car park to the play areas.

Using a variety of implements: wheelbarrows, wheelie bins, toy dumper trucks and simply spades and muscle, the work was completed in an afternoon. This welcome response to a request for volunteer help was a testament to the value of the park in the village.

For some years the need for a shelter has been discussed whether a roof to protect from rain showers,or offer shade from strong sun or simply some covered seating from which to watch the children play.

In May, thanks to J.Carr's successful acquisition of funding from Awards For All, J.Hadley of Wonderful Woods, constructed a beautiful rustic shelter, complete with chestnut benching engraved with reflective phrasing.

The May meeting inaugurated this space on a warm summer's evening and confirmed the delightful purpose of this new addition to the park.

Very recent news of another successful funding bid, this time due to C .Malik's efforts, will bring finance from the Co-op Local Causes project, allowing the park association to develop a zip-wire installation, and some wooden sculptures next year.

The committee continues to support other village ventures and will run a prize draw at this year's Christmas Fair, as well as repeating previous support to open gardens by running the village hall refreshment service in June 2020.

Without regular support from committee members: checking for safety, clearing litter and raking chippings, and also Mike Jones for his persistent replacement of disintegrating retaining sleepers, the park would not maintain its attraction for the children and adults of Willoughby.

The joint chairman thank all those people who have given so much time again this year to continue the high standard of care of the park.

Stanford on Soar CHURCH HEATING. Parishioners at St. John the Baptist Parish Church in Stanford-on-Soar had an extra celebration at Christmas with the completion of new church heating before the annual carol service.

Church leaders say it is good to have a properly heated church in the winter months and the Parochial Church Council will now consider internal plaster work and decoration inside the church.

East Leake Mike Elliott 0115 937 6506 elliottnews@btconnect.com HOUSING PLAN REJECTED. Plans for yet another large scale housing development in East Leake have been rejected by Rushcliffe Borough Council. It is not yet known if an appeal against the decision is likely, with such an appeal leading to a planning inquiry being held.

The residential development would have seen up to 101 dwellings being provided on land West of Field End Close.

A statement from the Borough says the application site is an area of open agricultural land to the west of the village and is separated from the main built-form of the settlement by the railway line, which forms the eastern boundary of the site. The land in question is bounded by a narrow thread of ribbon development along West Leake Road to the north. To the south is Woodgate Road, beyond which is open countryside. Allotments and agricultural fields lie to the west.

The irregular-shaped application site measures approximately 8.7 hectares and is partially bounded by hedgerows and trees. The land is located circa 1.5km from the centre of East Leake when measured from the mid-point of the site.

The majority of the village is located to the east of the Great Central Nottingham) Railway linethat runs on a broadly north to south axis, save for the development along West Leake Road which is predominantly ribbon development with the majority of dwellings set in generous plots.

The rejected application sought outline planning permission with all matters reserved except for access and was a resubmission of a previous application for up to 170 dwellings which was refused in February last year.

According to the submitted Planning Statement, this revised scheme seeks to address the three reasons for refusal relating to Highway Access, Landscape and the Scale of Development.

An 'Indicative Site Layout Plan' has been submitted which illustrates the construction of up to 101 houses situated largely within the central/northern part of the application site.

An 'Indicative Landscape Strategy Plan' has also been submitted indicting potential attenuation storage in the northwest corner--in the lowest part of the site--and buffer planting comprising hedgerows and trees along the boundaries of the development site.

Two points of access are proposed to serve the development, located on West Leake Road via Field End Close and Woodgate Road respectively. Field End Close is a single lane road with a grass verge that currently serves four properties and the proposal site. Woodgate Road is a two-way rural road subject to the national speed limit.

The development scheme proposes that 18 of the proposed dwellings are accessed from the north via Field End Close/West Leake Road with the remaining 83 dwellings accessed via a new priority junction onto Woodgate Road. The development proposal seeks to extend the 30mph speed limit to cover the site frontage facing onto Woodgate Road.

A spokesman for the Borough council said according to the Planning Statement, the scheme would comprise predominantly two storey properties to reflect the character of housing within East Leake, in particular West Leake Road and the new housing to the east of the railway line. The proposed 101 dwellings would equate to a density of circa 11 dwellings per hectare.

"For absolute clarity, the application is only seeking permission in principle, i.e. whether or not up to 101 dwellings could be built on the site. With the exception of the proposed access arrangements, all other matters, including the appearance of the proposed dwellings, the layout of the development, the scale of the dwellings and landscaping, are reserved matters for future consideration as part of further submissions.

The site is located adjacent to, but outside, the built-up part of the existing settlement and is located within the open countryside.

The original proposal for 170 properties was refused on the grounds the project would comprise residential development of a greenfield site outside of the built-up part of the village and that the site is not allocated for development in the development plan and, although, although acknowledging that East Leake is identified as a key settlement for growth in the Rushcliffe Core Strategy.

Rushcliffe says it has not been adequately demonstrated that a suitable access to serve the new development can be provided or that the traffic generated by the proposed development would not result in an unacceptable increase in danger to the users of the highway due to the use of the access or that a suitable means of access can be provided without detriment to the amenity of adjacent properties or highway safety.

Planners say the development proposal would negatively impact landscape character and would have an adverse visual impact on users of local rights of way and it has not been adequately demonstrated that these impacts could be satisfactorily mitigated.

CHILDREN ENCOURAGED TO GET OUTDOORS. Children in East Leake are being encouraged to develop interests in outdoor and nature-related activities thanks to the Friends of Meadow Park in the village At the annual general meeting of the Friends of Meadow Park Ann Weekley explained that the children have been engaging with the Forest School set up by the Friends. She told members: "Forest School is a programme of outdoor activities which are aimed at encouraging children to enjoy being outdoors while at the same time respecting the natural environment."

She said:" There are creative activities such as making bird feeders, making ink from oak galls, planting saplings and building shelters from sticks; there are sessions where they learn the names of trees, of birds and of creatures in the brook; and of course there are fun activities - scrambling under the cargo net and walking the tightrope."

Lantern Lane Primary School in the village use Meadow Park for their Forest School programme. The children are Year 3 pupils and during the last 12 months Ann has been been asked to provide various nature-related activities.

Ann saif:"September was tree ID time, followed by bird recognition in late February and identifying creatures they fished out of Kingston Brook in July.

The latter two activities were particularly successful as I had experts with me Eric Bryson for the birds and Ian Morrissey for the brook. The sessions would have been a lot poorer without them. I'm very grateful to them both."

The 'base' for the Forest School activities is in the wooded area in Gibson Field. There is a log circle where the children and staffeat their lunches, protected on particularly wet days by tarpaulins attached to six tall poles.

Ann explained: "For the provision of both, log circle and poles, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Andy Denker and Conrad Oatey. They not only provided the logs but had to do the fixing, not once but twice. The first log circle logs were stolen so they wired the second lot together and into the ground as well. History repeated itself with the poles. They had been worked loose and piled up but fortunately we saw them before they were collected and hid until they could be re-interred."

Ann concluded: "it's been a very successful year and the vast majority of the children are very enthusiastic. An enthusiasm we hope they will retain as they get older. I see them from time to time in the village and often, to their parents' bemusement, and indeed amusement, tell me about something they've seen in the Park. I'm usually introduced as 'That's Ann. We know her!'" HISTORY OF GOLF CLUB. Members of East Leake and District Local History Society were entertained by one of their own members at their January meeting when Mrs Val Franklin gave entertaining talk on The History of Rushcliffe Golf Club.

The meeting in St Mary's Hall was well attended and visitors were united in their opinion the talk had been very well presented.

Almost 50 people were at the meeting on to hear about the history of The Golf Club, which was established 110 years ago. They heard how the golf club was formed, why a golf course was created in what was then the tiny village of East Leake, and its connection with the Great Central Railway.

The talk included social history from the Edwardian era with anecdotes from the club's archives such as the first suggestion book, and slides showing how golf club members dressed in Edwardian costumes to celebrate its Centenary in 2009.

On display were the first Rule Book printed in 1911, and hickory shaft golf clubs of the time alongside their modern day equivalent. The area around the 14th hole is a historical site of an ancient moot (meeting place) dating from pre-Saxon times, and also the site of a water pump built in 1862 to pump water to Gotham village - historical facts unknown to many.

The audience also learned why part of the golf course is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and about the many famous actors, performers and sportsmen who have visited Rushcliffe for a game of golf.

The East Leake and District Local History Society meets monthly on a Wednesday in the St Mary's Church Schoolroom, and visitors are always welcome.

For details of forthcoming speakers and topics, please contact secretary@eastleakehistory.org.uk.

The February meeting is on Wednesday next week, the 19th at 2pm --(note the afternoon timing). Subject-The People of Bradgate Park "The Grey Family" There will be refreshments after the talk and visitors are welcome.

FREE ENTRANCE FOR CHILDREN. Free entrance for children for a limited period is being offered by Manor Farm Park and Woodlands at East Leake.

One child will be able to visit free when accompanied by a paying adult until Friday this weekend, February 14. Adult prices start from PS7.50 when booked on-line prior to midnight the day before visiting.

During half-term - February 15 to 23 -visitors to Manor Farm Park will be able to see new born lambs.

For adults only there will be a French-themed evening in Antlers Bistro on Saturday, February 29. Full details, including the menu, are Available on the Manor Farm Facebook page and on the website - www.manorfarm. info for more details.

COMMUNITY CINEMA DATES. Community cinema dates at St. Mary's Church in East Leake are this Saturday, February 15 and Saturday, March 14.

The February date has been re-scheduled. On both dates the doors open at the later time of 6.30pm with refreshments available from that time and the films start at 7 pm.

Copyright restrictions for free-entry community cinemas prevent the public listing of the film titles and villagers are advised to see the posters inside the church and in the porch for details of this season's films.

Villagers are advised to come along to the showings with families and friends and enjoy the features in full HD on the big screen with surround sound.

The work of a charity providing support for children with cerebral palsy will be the subject of a talk to be given at St. Mary's Women's Group in East Leake on Monday next week, February 17.

The charity runs the Conductive Education Centre in Shepshed and the meeting starts at 8 pm in St. Mary's Hall. Everybody is welcome to attend.

PATHWAYS EVENING. East Leake Academy have confirmed that the new date for its Year 9 Pathways Evening is tomorrow, Thursday February 13.

Parents are advised by the Academy that they have rearranged the date now to place tomorrow from 6-7pm.

The Academy say this is an important information evening for Year 9 students as they start to choose their GCSE options. Staffwill be on hand on the evening to provide support and guidance.

Copt Oak FAMILY SERVICE. All are welcome to St.James' the Greater Church, Oaks Road, LE12 9YD on Sunday, February 16, at 11 am with Rev Lydia Humphreys.

OAKS SENIORS. Our programme of events for 2020 has now been completed. We have the usual cake stalls and bring and buys at some of our meetings but also several outings via coach throughout the year.

On April 28 we will visit the Three Churches Flower Festival in Sutterton, Donington and Gosberton. We are booked to go for our Easter Lunch to the Lakeside Bistro in Moira on April 7. A half day trip has been organised to the Sunnyside Garden Centre in Ibstock on May 26. We also have an outing to the Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on June 16 There is a full day excursion to Bridlington on August 11.

We have another trip to the popular Garden Centre at East Bridgford on November 17.

Our last outing is our Christmas Lunch December 1, to The Plough Inn at Normanton on Soar. If you would like to join the Oaks Seniors or accompany us on any of our trips please ring Sheila Bass on 01509 502813.

DAFFODIL AFTERNOON TEA. Come and enjoy afternoon tea on Saturday, March 14 from 2 -4 pm in the Oaks Storer Hall, Oaks Road, LE12 9YD.

Please feel free to walk round the churchyard to admire the golden daffodils. There is no charge for the afternoon tea but donations are most welcome towards the upkeep of the St.James the Greater Church. If you are able to supply a large cake or selection of small cakes please contact Mary Hayward on 07545 817664. Thank you.

OAKS GARDEN CLUB. The Oaks in Charnwood Garden Club will resume meeting again in the Oaks Storer Hall on Thursday, March 5 at 7.30 pm. If you are interested in joining please contact Margaret Metcalfe on 01530 838741 for further information.

OAKS SPRING FAIR.Numerous bookings have already been confirmed for this years Oaks Spring Fair on Monday, May 25, from 10 am -4 pm, in the field adjacent to St.James the Greater Church, Oaks Road, LE12 9YD.

The Flower Festival will be based in the church as usual and refreshments in the Oaks Storer Hall. Locally based Apollo's Park/Angels will be running the dog show with several categories to enter your dog.

The Newhall Brass Band from South Derbyshire will be performing again along with the Heavy Horse Log Pulling demonstration. The Shepshed Home Guard re-enactment group are back by popular demand with their WW11 vehicles, memorabilia and a cooking demonstration.

We also have the talented Daisy Chains offering face painting.

If you require a trade booking form for this years Oaks' Spring Fair please contact Mary Hayward via email oaksspringfair@gmail. com or 07545 817664.

We are also taking reservations for the Classic and Vintage Vehicles display which will also feature Farm Machinery and Engines. There is no charge to enter the display, please contact the organiser Tim Hing on 07940 267457.

Rempstone CAROL SINGING TOTAL. An annual carol singing evening at All Saints Church in Rempstone raised PS278 for the NSPCC.

TEA AND GAMES. Villagers who enjoy a game of cards, chess, scrabble or just a chat over a cup of tea and a piece of cake are welcome to attend a tea and games afternoon at Rempstone Village Hall.

The afternoon takes place tomorrow, February 13, from 2pm until 4pm and everybody is welcome.

Sileby NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN. At the borough council's cabinet meeting on January 16, Sileby's Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' part of the statutory development plan for Charnwood.

This means it will now be used for decision-making on planning applications by the local planning team, and our policies will have full weight applied to them. Excellent news.

Our Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Committee volunteers, our theme group volunteers, Coun Julie Jones, Rosemary and Julie from the Parish Office, have just been amazing throughout.

To stay with a process spanning two years deserves a huge amount of thanks! Guiding us all the way, was Gary Kirk and his team from Your Locale.

They worked tirelessly to ensure we developed the right balance of local policies for Sileby, and ensured that these were in conformity with the Borough's local plan and national planning policy. The team's expert guidance is why we had a successful examination and the plan is now embed in the planning system.

This plan belongs to our community so thank you to everyone for supporting along the way.

Emma Compson and Coun Liz Astill Neighbourhood Plan Committee chair and cice chair.

SILEBY METHODIST CHURCH. Good morning, hope you are well. It has been quiet again at the Methodists this week but Cafe@Chapel opened again on Thursday, 6th and again on the 8th February from 9.30-11am.

It is our pleasure to serve you and welcome you to our coffee mornings.

Remember though, we are not open this Thursday, 13th but Betty and Ann will be pleased to see you on Saturday, 15th.

That is the day of course of our Indoor Car Boot sale from 10.am-2pm so do come along and see what bargains you can pick up.

Betty now has the tickets for the Pancake Lunch, priced PS5. The day is Tuesday, February 25, from 12.30pm -2pm.

On Sunday, 9th February, Adrian and Sue Speight brought the message of God to our 10.30am service. It was a lovely service which centred on 'Candlemas'.

Adrian explained the origins of this occasion and he and Se performed a short dialogue about Simeon and Anna.

Terry played the piano and altogether it was a lovely service.

Next week Rev Hugh Cade is our preacher and we look forward to welcoming him.

Costock FOR THE HOMELESS. A charity supporting homelessness benefitted from a collection at a carol service at St. Giles Parish Church in Costock.

A sum of PS210.66 was gratefully received by Framework, a charity dedicated to relieve homelessness in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire as a result of the collection at the carol service.

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