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If Cotgrave can…why not Calverton?

Work began recently on a new multi-service centre in Cotgrave. The £4m. project includes police, health services, Borough Council contact point and a library among the facilities which will be housed all under one roof in the purpose-built premises.

Other regeneration plans involve a significant refurbishment of the existing shop units, creation of a new business centre for growing local businesses as well as improvements to the green space and play area.

Maybe something similar could happen in Calverton, perhaps not £4m. but enough to reorganise car parking and modernise St. Wilfrid’s Square in keeping with the surrounding neighbourhood. This would possibly remove the need for a new 3-storey block near the bus stop which would look out of place.

Special opening of Calverton Folk Museum

Calverton Folk Museum will be open to the public on Sunday, April 22 between 2-5pm as part of BBC Nottingham’s Big Day Out scheme. Admission to the museum is free. You can find Calverton Folk Museum next to the baptist church on Main Street. Refreshments will be available from the Baptist church on the day.

From Calverton…to outer space!

The technology of the knitting frame invented by William Lee of Calverton in 1589 is still in use today on modern computer-controlled knitting machines. As part of a project at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art & Design knitting from this area could be rocketed into outer space to be used as antennas for satellites.

Due to the advancements in knitting technology these antennas can be knitted from wires of “high-performance” gold, thinner than hair which is extremely lightweight, cost-effective and robust enough to withstand solar radiation. The aim of the project, in association with Oxford Space Systems,

is for the knitted antenna to open like an umbrella and form a parabolic shape to reflect high frequency radio signals.

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End of the road for turbine objection

It appears that seven years of legal action to overturn GBC’s permission for a wind turbine in Woodborough has come to an end when three of the country’s top judges recently rejected all the protestors’ arguments.

The complex judgment at London’s Appeal Court came as the latest decision in which opponents of the turbine had argued that GBC were misled by one of their officers prior to granting permission for the scheme in which a turbine, nearly 70m tall, would provide power for a local farm which stands in the Green Belt.

Pres clips

  • After receiving a  generous grant from the Parish Council, the Preservation Society has been able to purchase six new display boards for the Folk Museum. The boards will be used to exhibit photographs and other items of local interest at Museum open days as well as presentations at other local venues.
  • Amongst the latest planning applications submitted to GBC is permission to retain the ‘orangery’ extension within building at Oscar’s Lounge and Restaurant. Whilst the application for a children’s indoor soft play area at a former picture framing business at Daleside Park, Park Road has been refused because of lack of parking facilities.
  • Park Road in Calverton is one of over 100 roads in the County which will benefit from a fund of £20m. allocated by Notts. CC for maintenance and repair of highways. Let’s hope it includes the junction of Park Road and Mansfield Lane!
  • Pres members are reminded that the AGM takes place on April 27.

For more information about Calverton Preservation & History Society contact Chris Peck on 0115 9654843 or email pressoc@ntlworld.com

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