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A YEAR IN REVIEW: Gedling Eye looks back at 2023 – April to June

We continue with our look back over the past 12 months


Gedling Eye looks back at the highs and lows of 2023 across the borough, continuing with April to June…


BUILDING site mess at a school entrance in Gedling caused fury amongst residents.

Locals said they were being forced to walk on the road due to building site mess on the Clegg Construction site on Burton Road. Pedestrians said they had to walk into the road as the footpath outside the building site at Carlton Le Willows Academy became ‘a quagmire’ every time it rained.

One local parent said the footpath was ‘a mess’ even when it wasn’t raining.

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PICTURED: The site outside Carlton le Willows Academy entrance on Burton Road (IMAGE: Gedling Eye)

A POPULAR Sneinton bakery made the move to take over new premises on Carlton Hill.

Beccy and Mark Wilson, a husband and wife duo, opened the doors of The Bakery & Kitchen to Carlton Hill customers for the first time.

Beccy told Gedling Eye that they had been looking for a new premises with seating for a while that was not too far from where they were based in Sneinton. They had looked at their new property previously and said they ‘were delighted’ when it became available again as a lot of their existing customers come from Carlton.

PICTURED: Pictured: The Bakery & Kitchen (PHOTO: Gedling Eye)

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A WOMAN attempted to pull a two-year-old boy from his mum’s arm in Gedling.

The incident happened in Arnold Lane towards the junction with Friday Lane.

The mum had one child in a pushchair and another in her arm when an unknown woman approached her muttering under her breath and then tugged at the two-year-old in his mum’s arm.

A NUMBER of patients at Stenhouse Medical Centre in Arnold were told they may need to find a new doctor if they have moved out of the area.

Managers at the surgery made the request on their Facebook page posting: “Over the last couple of years the number of patients registered at Stenhouse has increased considerably as has the complexity of those patients. We have to accept new patients who live within the practice area, so after taking advice, have taken the difficult decision, to ask some patients living outside the area to register elsewhere. These are mainly patients who live a significant distance out of the area.”

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PICTURED: Stenhouse Medical Practice

PLANS to demolish a former church in Arnold and replace it with housing were turned down by councillors who said it would be a ‘travesty’ if they went ahead.

Construction company Direct Land Investment applied to knock down Beacon Baptist Church in Killisick Road and replace it with housing but Gedling Borough Councillors voted to refuse the application. A petition ‘Save Beacon Baptist Church from demolition for housing’ gained 193 signatures. 

CARLTON Town FC fought off relegation to secure their Step 4 status.

Tommy Brookbanks, co-manager of The Millers, said: “You look at it from January 7, nine games we got four points. From March 7, nine games we got 19. Now that is playoff form”.

Relegation was avoided by virtue of North Shields failing their ground grading and Carlton Town only finding out that they would not have to play a relegation playoff three days before they would have had to have played said playoff. 


LABOUR retained control of Gedling Borough Council after winning 28 out of 41 seats – giving them a comfortable majority.

Labour lost two seats in Cavendish to the Liberal Democrats but gained a seat in Plains ward from the Conservatives. Four Liberal Democrat seats were won which was two-seat gain. No independent candidates managed to secure a council seat during the election.

PICTURED: Gedling Borough Council leader John Clarke

A NAIL BAR in Calverton was repossessed by landlords.

Customers of ‘Nails Bar’ were shocked to find the business on St Wilfrid’s Square locked and empty and a forfeiture notice on display on the inside of the main door.

Locals expressed their shock at the closure on the village’s dedicated Facebook page, with one writing: “Calverton Nail shop, GONE!!!!”. The notice was served by Parkinsons Bailiff Services Ltd, Enforcement Agents on Long Hai Cao of 14 St. Wilfrid’s Square, Calverton, NG14 6FP and all signage was removed.

CARLTON Town’s official website revealed that the football club was to call an emergency meeting after receiving a ‘horrendous’ electricity bill.

Following a submitted meter reading they were hit with an electricity bill for over £7900. The club revealed that their direct debit contribution to the annual bill will almost double going forward – adding to growing travel costs this following the FA’s decision to move the club into the Northern Premier East League from the Midland League.

CALVERTON Parish Council (CPP) joined the national Coronation celebrations and organised a mass picnic in William Lee Park. 

The event was attended by over 3,000 partygoers following similar successful events delivered by CPP at the Christmas lights switch on and the very successful and well-received Jubilee picnic.

Cllr. Andy Meads (CPP Chairman and co-organiser) told Gedling Eye that a last-minute grant from a special National Lottery fund had helped the council afford to pay for everything.

He said: “It was all free for residents including bouncy castles, a giant slide, a 100 ft obstacle course, a climbing wall, fairground ride, and wipe out game.”

PICTURED: Crowds enjoy the coronation in William Lee Park

THE OXFAM Homeware store on Arnold high street closed after it was revealed by head office said that they could not afford to keep the site running.

The outlet was one of two shops run by the charity in the town.

An Oxfam spokesperson said: “Oxfam shops exist to raise as much money as possible to overcome poverty and suffering in some of the poorest countries in the world. We constantly evaluate the profitability of all our shops, to ensure they are efficient and making the most money for Oxfam’s vital work. Sometimes this leads to difficult decisions about the viability of particular shops.

They added: These decisions are never taken lightly and we always take into account the impact on our staff and volunteers.”

The soon to close Oxfam Homeware shop in Arnold
The closed Oxfam Homeware shop in Arnold

GREENE King’s decision to go cashless at a pub in Mapperley left regulars angry.

The change at The Travellers Rest on Mapperley Plains was part of the company’s trial to drop cash payments as most customers pay via card.

Many punters did not agree with the decision as they do not want to participate in a cashless society. Ross Da’Bell, 65, of Arnold, was one of many customers disappointed with the change. saying: “I was a regular and they didn’t tell me this had happened until I finished my meal there. I’m against this as I’m older generation and like paying cash, I know where I am, but more, they’ve taken away choice.”.

Another customer added their view on a Facebook group post, they wrote: “Won’t be going again unless this changes.”

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Police arrested a 54-year-old suspected drink-driver after a two car head-on collision in Ravenshead left a woman with broken bones.

Officers from the Road Policing Unit were alerted to the incident at Main Road where there was significant damage to both vehicles and debris was scattered across the roads.

PICTURED: The secene of the crash in Ravenshead (PHOTO: Notts Police)


ARMED officers arrested a man in Daybrook after the police were called to an address in Frobisher Gardens, Daybrook.

It was reported that threats were made towards people inside the property. Police said armed officers detained a suspect within minutes and that no-one was injured. A 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

NOTTINGHAM City Transport ordered 12 battery-electric buses as it seeks to move its fleet to zero emissions. The greener buses will serve the borough’s Red 50, which goes to Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield, and the Blue 39, which provides public transport to parts of Carlton. NCT said the new fleet is able to run a full day’s service on a single charge.

A BURGLAR from Calverton who left his blood at a crime scene in Arnold after stealing a car was jailed.  

John Wilson, aged 39, broke into a home in Sandfield Road, Arnold, on April
11, 2023 and carried out an untidy search of the property. He stole a jewellery box, purse, two sets of car keys and the car which was parked on the driveway.  However, detectives investigating the burglary were able to link the break-in to Wilson after finding traces of his blood on a stairgate. 

Wilson, of Labray Road, Calverton, was jailed for a total of 18 months when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court.

PICTURED: John Wilson (PHOTO: Notts Police)

AFTER decades serving Gedling Borough Council and three mayoral terms, 87-year-old former Mayor and political icon Peter Barnes retired following the local elections.

Peter spent a collective 53 years in local government, 49 of which were as a member of the borough council. 

POLICE Officers made a significant breakthrough after a public appeal for information prompted a grandson to come forward about unidentified remains found in Coxmoor Road.

Russell Lowbridge was only four years old when his grandfather, Alfred Swinscoe, went missing in early 1967 after drinking at the Pinxton Miners Arms in Derbyshire.

Family members had been waiting 56 years for answers after Alfred, aged 54 at the time, went missing in mysterious and unusual circumstances. DNA tests were carried out on Russell and Alfred’s son, now in his 70s, and matched against the bones exhumed from the ground.

Police launched a murder investigation and a team of dedicated detectives are now working alongside a team of scientists hoping they can to bring his killer to justice.

PICTURED: Alfred Swinscoe, aged 54 at the time, went missing in mysterious and unusual circumstances


ALMOST 50 formal complaints were made against Nottinghamshire’s crime commissioner Caroline Henry after she was found guilty of speeding five times in 12 weeks. 

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mrs Henry pleaded guilty to the five speeding offences at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.  Mrs Henry was clocked travelling over the 30mph speed limit twice near Burford Primary School in Daybrook. 

She was further caught speeding on roads in Chilwell and Beeston and on the A610. She was fined £2,450 and banned from driving for six months at the time.  A report detailing the complaints the crime commissioner received over 2022/23 was noted during a Police and Crime Panel meeting at Nottinghamshire County Council’s County Hall on Monday, June 5.

AN ONGOING police operation cracking down on nuisance car cruisers in parts of Gedling borough resulted in more than 120 drivers being dealt with. 

Operation Triplefin was launched in October 2022 to prevent and reduce antisocial behaviour and criminal activity associated with the car cruises.  Hotspots for unlicensed gatherings, which have caused road safety, noise, and antisocial behaviour concerns, included the Colwick Industrial Estate and near Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield.

A SCHEME to make cycling safer in an area of Mapperley was handed a cash boost from the Government.  

Nottingham City Council has accepted more than £1.7million from the Active Travel Fund to invest in creating a cycling and pedestrian route along Porchester Road that will be clearly segregated from traffic.  

The council was awarded the full grant due to its track record of building safe walking and cycling routes. 

The City Council expects to hold a public consultation later this summer, where local residents, cyclists and people who commute through the area will have a chance to give their views and suggestions on the designs which are currently being developed.

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