Bingham Town Council 2020 Initiative

Bingham Town Council 2020 Initiative

At the last Council meeting, Councillors agree to re-start the Town Plan project that was put on hold for two years, due to delays in major strategic decisions by others. Bingham Town Council will play a major role in influencing and delivering specific community projects that can be achieved if Section 106 planning gain funds are available to the town within the next few years. The Bingham 2020 project will involve consulting residents on their wishes and priorities for the town and local neighbourhoods, which will assist Bingham Town Council and other local authorities in local community decision making. The working group will be chaired by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs. T...
Bingham Heritage Trails Association

Bingham Heritage Trails Association

The Bingham Heritage Trails Association has received a lottery funded grant to start on a new project. The project will include digging over 50 one-metre square pits at locations around the town with the aim of finding out more about the archaeology of the built-up areas. Before being closed for the winter season, they managed to dig up 45 excavations with another 20 sites to go. However,  the wintery weather has delayed the resumption of the dig for the remaining sites. Not only have they been digging, but they have been surveying some of the older buildings within the town which have been completed and they are now waiting for the reports from the House Historian and Dendrochronologist. They will also carry out a review of the costs to date and if there are funds available, then they may add more houses to the list. Whilst they are waiting to start the dig again, they are on the look out for new sites after seeing that there are a few gaps in their coverage. East Street, Rutland Road (south end preferably on the west side near the Church), Foster Lane (east side) and on the south side of Marker Place or gardens on Long Acre which back onto the Market Place properties. If you are in this area or own any gardens within the places mentioned and would like more information, contact Peter Allen on 01949 831...
Can you identify the mystery plane?

Can you identify the mystery plane?

Painter and author, Tim O’Brien, from Bingham, has appealed to the public for any stories or information about a twin-engine aircraft that was partially submerged in fishing ponds at Gunthorpe Bridge during the 1950’s. Tim O’Brien has written several military history books in the past, wants people who remember anything about the plane or who have pictures of the plane to come forward and contact him. It is not currently known where the aircraft came from, how it got there or what happened to it. It is possible that they aircraft could have been a twin-engine Handley Page Hampden from RAF Cottesmore (right), which spun into the ground near Gunthorpe on 30th June 1942. It could also have been a twin-engine Airspeed Oxford From RAF Wiglsey (left), which crashed into a tree near Gunthorpe Hall on 13th July 1942 or a twin-engine Armstrong Whitworth Whitley (right), which several locals have recalled crashing in the area. Mr O’Brien said: “During the course of writing my two books, Last Post at Newton: The Life of RAF Newton and RAF Syerson: Praesta in Officiis, four separate people have mentioned this aircraft to me, asking if I could shed any light on what is was and why it was there, unfortunately  I don’t have an answer. “David Meads, of Calverton, recalls the mystery aircraft being at a slight angle in a fishing pond close to the A6097 throughtout the 1950s and possibly into the 1960s. However it had totally disappeared by the time the Lowdham Caravans sites was extended in the 1970s when that part of the fishing pond was filled in. “David recalls: “It was an everyday sight in...
Bingham Model Railway Club – 2013 Exhibition

Bingham Model Railway Club – 2013 Exhibition

The third exhibition at Cotgrave Miners Welfare was again a success and the fourth exhibition has already been dated for next year. Visitors were invited to  look around the various layouts of model railways, in which two were created by members of the Bingham Model Railway Club. Chris Trafford’s “Work in Progress” South town is based on one of Yarmouth’s three terminal stations and Trevor Webster’s Stamford East has been exhibited many times. Unfortunately, Mr Webster was beaten by Alan Britton of Mansfield with “Nunbrook and Loxley” who won “Best in Show” as voted by the public. All the buildings were built from scratch to match the originals and as you can see a lot of time and effort has been put into the models. The public could also buy from the trade stands including a stand owned by the BMRC long term sponsor Bill Mossop. Maurice Boddy from York visited the exhibition for the third year running. Mr Boddy has written, by hand, 17 volumes of Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, including “Locos of the LNER (London and North Eastern Railway) 1963-1977 and an additional three volumes were published between 1988 and 1994. Congratulations to Stan Clough and his team who took their time and put in a massive amount of effort to organise this. If anyone would like to find out more about the Bingham Model Railway Club, contact Graham Dean on 01949 877 779 or email him at...

Picture the Past

The Bingham Library have created an exhibition of photos that they want the public to identify. More than 30 photo from the library collection have been put on display and what local residents to come down and identify when, where and what they show. It is believed that some of the photos were taken during the early 20th century. A talk to around 30 people was given by Mr Nick Tomlinson who is running the project, last week. Mr Tim Warner from the county council’s library service said, “The team at Bingham Library have found photographs from their collection that we do not know much about. We are hoping that by putting them up, people can fill out the detail of the photographs. We have been given a bit of information about some of them. “But we want to record as much detail as we can from the photographs, such as the family ones, including when and where they were taken and who is featured in them. We are hoping that by putting them up in the library we will inspire people to bring us even more.” He continued to say that the earliest photos probably dated from the turn of the last century, while the later ones date from the 1920s. The exhibition is part of a wider project, Picture the Past, which is being run by the library services in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Libraries in both counties have been displaying photographs with the aim of finding out more about them and the history of local communities. People can add their own pictures of the past to the projects website, which currently...