Manor House Renovation

Manor House Renovation

The Friends of Bingham Manor House are wanting to restore the historic 17th Century building to be used by the community could apply to the Town Council for up to £500,000 in funding. The Grade 2 listed building has stood empty for at least 15 years. The project is expected to cost around £1.4 million and the group is preparing to bid for up to £1.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund – this requires a 10% local authority match funding and any council grant would include up to £180,000 match funding. The ground will also seek funds from other sources which could include asking the council for help from its community chest, some which is earmarked for a community centre. Other options include asking the council for a loan or involving it as partner in the project. The council has previously agreed in principle to provide money for the project. The Friends of Bingham Manor House are looking into three options of what the renovation and development could become, with the idea of including a small or large hall at the back to be used by the community. A large all would have a 250 seater auditorium, a meeting room for 40-50 people, a heritage room, dance studio, community radio studio, music room and six offices. School Governors and Nottinghamshire County Council have agreed to this in principle. The second option is a smaller hall with a 150 seater auditorium could be built in the yard at the rear of the house. The third option would be not to build a hall. Geoff Ashton, Chairman of The Friends...
Bingham Day Nursery rated Outstanding by Ofsted

Bingham Day Nursery rated Outstanding by Ofsted

Bingham Day Nursery and Pre-School Centre has been rated outstanding by Ofsted. The nursery caters for 125 children in total and has improved from a good inspection back in 2008. The inspectors have said the nursery’s management and staff provided ‘exceptional learning experiences and constantly assessed children’s interests, abilities and future needs to help them make excellent process’. The Ofsted report said “Babies and children thrive and thoroughly enjoy being at the nursery. They are inspired to learn by the highly skilled and motivated staff, teachers and manager”. The inspection took place back in April and the inspectors praised the stimulating environment where children’s ideas and interests were given priority. Children were fully included and every child and their families were well prepared for the next stage in learning, including starting school. The report continued to say, “Very positive and effective relationships with parents, schools and agencies ensure children’s needs are clearly understood and exceptionally well met. “The innovative use of outdoors, accessed in all weather, ensures children benefit from exciting activities throughout the day. The wood land area, wide range of farm and wildlife animals and large play equipment and expertly used to provide children with active learning opportunities”. Deana Hardy, who works at the nursery, said “The woodland centre has made a huge difference and provided a unique facility that other nurseries cannot provide. “Most of our learning takes place outside and the children love it. The staff have worked hard to get the centre running and we are pleased that it has paid off.”...
Parking restrictions need to be relaxed

Parking restrictions need to be relaxed

Suggestions have been made to the Rushcliffe Borough Council to relax its parking rules in Bingham Market Place. Sue McGill, a partner at Ashmore and McGill accountants on Fisher lane, said that businesses are losing out because of the lack of available parking in the town centre. She stated that the situation was deterring people from visiting the town. “We need to encourage people to come into Bingham, not discourage them” she said. Mrs McGill said that 20 parking tickets were issued to vehicle owners last Thursday. The Rushcliffe Borough Council have placed a regulation that motorists are not allowed to park in the bays around the Market Place between 6.00am and 6.00pm, on market days to help traders set up and clear up. Mrs McGill said that people are not aware of the restrictions and the market traders are gone by 4.30pm. “Those vehicles came into the square and there was no sign of the market traders having been there. “All the bays were full and there were two traffic wardens. It is going to deter people from coming to Bingham. “On a regular basis we are getting customers saying the parking problem is stopping them coming into Bingham. It is becoming more of an issue. More people are coming in and saying they have been driving round trying to find a space. “The situation is pushing people to park on the road where they don’t normally so it is affecting business and residential areas.” Peter Steed, Excutive Manager, financial and commercial at Rushcliffe Borough Council, said: “The parking restrictions apply on market day to assist traders to...