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THIS TIME LAST YEAR: First week of October 2018 saw police seize £1m of cannabis plants in Gedling, a new bus for shoppers and D-Day beach visit for a war hero

Each week Gedling Eye opens its archives for a nostalgic look back at the stories making the news this time last year.

This week we remind ourselves of the events that took place between October 1 and 5, 2018…

Plant haul

PICTURED: The cannabis plants discovered at a property in Gedling (IMAGE: Notts Police)

Police managed to uncover over 1,000 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of up to £1.1 million inside a house in Gedling.

Officers were called to an address in St Michael’s Avenue at around 1pm on October 2 following reports of suspicious activity.

They found the kitchen door wide open at the property and also two Asian men inside, who offered few details before making off on foot.

Following a search of the house, over 1,100 cannabis plants covering three bedrooms were found.

Police said at the time that had the plants been given the opportunity to reach maturity, they would have had an estimated street value of up to £1.1 million.

Super Council say

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PICTURED: Cllr Kay Cutts

People in Gedling borough were given the chance to have their say on plans to create a ‘super council’ across Nottinghamshire.

An informal consultation was launched back on October 3 by Nottinghamshire County Council, who wanted residents, businesses and councils to share their views on possible plans for the local government in Nottinghamshire.

The council said it wasn’t a formal consultation, but they were seeking the views of local people “as they will help to shape any potential future plans for restructuring in the future.”

Councillors were planning to consider responses to this first phase of public engagement alongside a raft of other evidence at a Full Council meeting on December 13, 2018 when they will decide whether or not to pursue plans for a unitary council — which the Council would then formally consult the public on next year.

D-DAY visit

PICTURED: Ray Mellors pays tribute to the fallen during his visit to Normandy where he was involved in the D-Day landings

D-DAY veteran Ray Mellors was given a hero’s welcome when he paid an emotional return visit to the beaches of Normandy for the first time in 74 years.

Ray, 93, a patient at Nottinghamshire Hospice in Mapperley, had not been back to France since he fought in the allied invasion of Western Europe back in 1944.

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In October 2018, he took part in a week-long remembrance tour organised by the travel arm of the Royal British Legion, during which he placed a wreath at the spot where he lost a close comrade.

Ray, with others from the South Staffordshire Regiment, landed on Sword beach in 1944 shortly after D-Day and were heavily involved in the liberation of Caen before moving further into France and on to Belgium. He later joined Blackwatch regiment and took part in the Rhine crossing.

Ray said: “Looking at the beaches when the tide was out you realise how much beach we had to cross before we got onto the sand banks. It’s no wonder so many people were killed. I had tears in my eyes, especially when I placed the wreath. It really tugged at the heart strings.”

School reunion

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PICTURED: Carlton Le Willows school in Gedling

Former students of all ages were invited to attend a gathering at Carlton le Willows Academy for the launch of a society aimed at celebrating 60 years of education on the Gedling site.

The Salix Society wanted to bring together former students of the Gedling school, from its creation as a grammar school in 1953 – to its current position as one of the best performing schools in the county.

Just the ticket

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PICTURED: CT4N Managing Director Ian Combellack, left, with Sherwood MP Mark Spencer, launching the new services.

A new bus service was launched for borough villagers so they could shop in town centres and larger supermarkets.

Services would now run from Lowdham, Calverton, Woodborough and Lambley to Arnold town centre on Mondays and Morrisons at Netherfield on Wednesdays and Fridays.

There would also be a bus running from Bestwood Village to Bulwell and Morrisons.

Local bus operator CT4N, which is part of Nottingham Community Transport, said it was launching the new services now that routes connecting local communities and villages with town centres and supermarkets had been lost.

Sherwood MP, Mark Spencer attended the launch of the new service at Calverton on Monday, October 1, 2018.

He said at the launch: “I am delighted that CT4N are offering these new services that not only cover Calverton but connects to many local villages then onto both Arnold and Netherfield.

“This service will be a huge benefit to many of my constituents and I am grateful to CT4N for taking on these new routes.”

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