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Calverton on list for £15m flood defence scheme

The July update from the Calverton Preservation & History Society

Six years ago, in July 2013, various parts of Calverton were hit by severe flooding. particularly Main Street and St. Wilfrid’s Square. Other areas affected included Park Road East, West End and Mansfield Lane.

Recently a progress report has been issued concerning a Notts CC £15 million project to reduce the risk of flooding to properties in Nottinghamshire.

The project comprises 18 schemes, run and funded in partnership with other agencies and communities, aiming to help those at greatest risk and include engineered designs, natural flood management and measures to make homes more resilient to surface water flooding in the future.

The schemes which are either in the stages of feasibility, development or delivery include Southwell, Lowdham, Thurgarton, Gunthorpe, Arnold, Daybrook, Newark and Mansfield as well as Calverton.

Gravelly Hollow – over 10 years on!

PICTURED: Grevelly Hollow

It is 13 years since the road through Gravelly Hollow was blocked off at its junction with the A614 Ollerton Road.  The area has become increasingly popular for local walkers but also for less salubrious activities such as fly-tipping and burnt out vehicles

From the archives…

Amongst papers and documents donated to the Pres Society is a letter from about 75 years ago by a County Secretary of the Women’s Land Army which included the following information:-

“Dear Madam

I expect you have already been told that members of the Women’s Land Army are required to give up 30 clothing coupons from their ration books to cover the replacement of uniform…………..Your employer can claim for you the 10 supplementary clothing coupons for agricultural workers and in addition I am sending you coupon vouchers to the value of 26 coupons which will enable you to purchase clothing suitable for farm life which is not supplied by the Women’s Land Army, so you must use them carefully and not spent them unless it is really necessary.”

Local woodlands

A guide issued by the Woodland Trust mentions several accessible Woodlands within about 2 miles of Calverton. The largest and closest is Hollinwood run by the Trust itself. Access is by Hollinwood Lane, a rough track at the western end of Main Street. There are also 2 Woodland Welcome woods, Woodborough Park Farm (along Spindle Lane from Bonner Hill) and Moorfield Farm (off Georges Lane near Spring Cottage). Other nearby accessible woodland is along Longdale Lane and at Burntstump Country Park, both close to the A 614 Ollerton Road.

Pres clips…

An application has been submitted to the Traffic Commissioners to add an extra 5 goods vehicles and 5 trailers at the operating centre at the Hollinwood Lane lorry park.

The land on Flatts Lane which recently received planning permission for up to 84 dwellings has been put up for sale by the owners Northern Trust Company.

Two uncommon types of birds, woodlark and nightjar, inhabit the Calverton area.

Both species, regarded as “at risk”, are thought to breed in an area which includes woodland and adjacent land along the A 614 Ollerton Road near Gravelly Hollow and Longdale Lane.

Ever thought about joining the Preservation Society? Now’s the time!!

Annual membership is Adult £7, Family £12 or pay for five years till 2023 and avoid any increase in that time – Adult £35, Family £60.

For more details contact Betty Gretton 847 1881 or b.gretton@ntlworld.com

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