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In this month’s column we chart the history of the Calverton Preservation Society to mark their 50th anniversary.

The early years….

The Society was formed in June 1968 by Eileen Cupitt and several local residents with the aims of developing a spirit of communal pride, the protection of a rural atmosphere, preservation of the natural, visual and historic amenities and the establishment of a village museum.

During 1969 concerns were raised regarding the number of neglected cottages in the village which could be potential homes, road widening which could lead to an increase in traffic speeds and plans for 150 new homes on Bonner Hill.

Pres members also helped “clean up” Georges Lane where 20 tons of rubbish, including old motor cycles and washing machines which had been dumped in the hedge bottoms, was collected in just one day!

Also about this time the Pres supported a public petition against plans for a petrol station and garage on the site of the old Co-op shop in Main Street.

PICTURED: The former Calverton Co-op Shop, with the White Lion in the background

The following year (1971) a small derelict cottage on Main Street was presented to the Society for use as a Museum and during the next few years various events, such as social evenings and garden parties, were held to raise money in order to restore the cottage. Many people, including pupils from the Frank Seely School, helped in the renovation of the building.

PICTURED: A local farmer provided transport for a framework knitting machine to be installed in the Museum

Also in the early 70s the Pres was concerned about the threat of demolition of Windles Square and cooperated with the Notts. Building Preservation Trust in a renovation scheme to secure the future of the area.

In another project at that time the Pres collaborated with the local branch of the Workers’ Educational Association to undertake a thorough survey of the village. The final Report was used by Notts. County Council as the basis for the establishment of three Conservation areas, Labray, Burnor Pool and Windles Square.

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After several years of hard work, the Folk Museum was finally opened in July 1975.

PICTURED: Eileen Cupitt, founder of the Preservation Society, standing outside the Museum

By the early 1980s several sites in and around the village were under threat, principally green belt land at Dark Lane. The “Green Belt Inquiry” continued for several years until in 1985 the Dark Lane was protected from the risk of development…..for the time being!

To be continued.

PRES CLIPS

  • A planning application has been submitted to GBC by Oscar’s Lounge and Restaurant for permission to retain existing external advertisements and signs for 5 years.
  • A few years ago a planning application which would have created a natural cemetery between the top of George’s Hill and the entrance to the Calverton Hill Hospital was withdrawn. Recently the plan has been revived as apparently Redhill cemetery is nearly full and additional space is required in the area. The proposed new cemetery providing for about 100 funerals a year would have 3 areas, conventional, woodland and natural sections, together with a car park which would be accessed by updating the existing track on the bend near the Hospital entrance. In addition it is proposed to create a new footpath leading from the bus stop.
  • The Environment Agency has applied to GBC to install a Ground Mounted array of Solar Panels close to a boundary at Calverton Fish Farm on Moor Lane.
  • Work is due to begin soon to replace a gas main on Mansfield Lane which is likely to cause disruption to traffic.
  • Calverton Folk Museum is open for visitors 2 till 4 pm. Sunday June 24th.

For more information call 0115 9654843 or email  pressoc@ntlworld.com

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