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Money offered to refurbish mining memorial in Calverton

Chris Peck provides an update from Calverton Preservation & History Society

The memorial has been in place for well over 10 years and some of it now requires refurbishment.

Malcom Jarvis, who was involved when it was established, particularly with the bench, has offered to finance the renovation of the plaque on the seat.

Mr Jarvis is also keen to create a record of reminiscences of Calverton particularly of 50 or 60 years ago when many families moved to the village. Memories, not just of the colliery, but schools, shops, friends and neighbours, playgrounds, clubs, societies and any other recollections.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please phone 0115 9654843 or email pressoc@ntlworld.com

Folk museum

Situated on Main Street next to the Baptist Church and housed in a four-roomed, Grade II listed, 18th. Century cottage, the Museum opened in 1974 and has a variety of displays depicting local history and heritage. 

PICTURED: Visitors to the Calverton Folk Museum

As well as a kitchen and bedroom from about 100 years ago and a variety of objects relating to local coalmining, farming and education, the principal display is devoted to William Lee. He lived in Calverton and invented the Hand Knitting Frame in 1589. This was the start of a world-wide hosiery industry in which today’s computer-controlled machines still make use of Lee’s technology. 

The Museum is open on the last Sunday afternoon of every month April to September from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm.  Admission is £2 for adults and 50p for children up to the age of 16.

New heritage tree register for Nottingham

St George’s Trust for Conservation believes any tree that forms an important part of the landscape, whether in towns or countryside, should receive special protection.

The trust is seeking entries from individual members of the public on behalf of old trees which hold a special place in people’s hearts or may be becoming rare or endangered. This may include trees in someone’s garden or on a verge, any information about all old trees and especially old fruit trees, which are becoming rare, would be welcomed.

Planning matters

At a recent Gedling Planning Committee meeting, despite many concerns being submitted by the Pres Soc, Parish Council and numerous local residents, Planning Officers recommended that Councillors conditionally approve the application for the demolition of the existing dwellings and outbuildings and the erection of up to 84 dwellings on land to the west side of Flatts Lane.

Two proposals, one to build 20 dwellings on the former carpark at North Green and the other the demolition of an existing cottage and erection of 10 dwellings and 2 retail units next to the Library at 34 Main Street may be considered at a Planning Committee meeting in June.

In brief…

Apparently the road works (traffic lights and all) to lay a gas main which  has been taking place from the west end of Main Street along Hollingwood Lane, Collyer Road, Park Road to Mansfield Lane looks likely to continue during the summer till August!

Further traffic disruption is possible in the village when Oxton Lane (B6386) is closed at various times for carriageway repairs during the period from the middle of May to the end of June.

An application made to Gedling BC for change of use of a business unit for a MOT test station and service centre at Daleside Park, Park Road, has been given conditional permission.

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