Manor House may have a bright future

Manor House may have a bright future

The Friends of Bingham Manor House have made a bid to transform the 17th century Manor House. The group who want to renovate the Grade 2 listed building, which has stood empty for 15 years, have made a £1.8 million big to the Heritage Lottery Fund after ten months or planning and public consultation. If the application is accepted and passes the first round of bid process, the money would be ring-fenced by the lottery fund. This would allow the group to work on the smaller details of the project and prepare for the second round. The renovation plans include building a large community hall for a capacity of 250 people to the back of the property. Other facilities include a kitchen, bar and toilets are also being installed. The plans have been backed by residents during a public consultation in June. Parts of the house and outbuildings would be used by Robert Miles Junior School for dance, music, art and cookery lessons. A recording studio is also going to be installed and the facilities would be available to the public when not being used by the school. There will also be a meeting room which can hold a capacity of 40 people and offices for rent to start-up businesses. Geoff Ashton, a member of the group, said that they had four mountains to climb – applying for the grant, accessing additional funding, agreeing a price for the house and securing planning permission with listing building consent. “This project would fulfil a need for a community centre that Bingham Town Council has recognised for 35 years, but has been...
Moving forward to ease congestion

Moving forward to ease congestion

Action is now taking place on the proposed one way system in Bingham town centre. Nottinghamshire County Council have consulted the businesses along Market Street about the traffic flowing in one direction. It is hoped that the new plans would relieve congestion around the market square. Bingham Town Council have discussed the proposal at a meeting of the environment committee. Apart from the new one way plans, new parking restrictions would also be introduced, according to Chairman John Eagles. Vehicles will not be able to part on Market Street from 8am to 6pm, except on Sundays. Mr Eagles said “We have been asking for this for many years. At the moment, the restriction is in place on a Thursday only. For the rest of the week, you can park there and block the whole road.” He continued to say that the restrictions were also likely to be introduced on the east side of Cherry Street Questions were raised on how it would be policed, Mr Eagles replied that the issue has been raised with the county council. The council had not consulted the public to avoid delaying the process, because funding for the project was available during the current financial year only. However, the committee was told the proposal was unlikely to go before the county cabinet in...
Bingham Model Railway Club move to new clubroom

Bingham Model Railway Club move to new clubroom

We have moved into new Clubrooms close to Bingham. We have nearly three times more space, which means that all our layouts under construction remain erected, which speeds up development. Anyone interested in our efforts who may wish to get involved should contact Graham 01949 877779 grahamdean.bmrc@ntlworld.com We allow several visits before we extract subscriptions. Experience is useful but not essential – you can “learn on the job”! The picture shows us moving in....
East Midlands MEP backs Nott’m Forest Ladies FC bid for funding

East Midlands MEP backs Nott’m Forest Ladies FC bid for funding

Local Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin has backed Nottingham Forest Ladies FC in their bid to attract urgent investment for the forthcoming season. Miss McClarkin, who is the Conservative spokesperson for Sport in the European Parliament, is urging local businesses to come forward and support the club, which has had promising results in the pre-season. The club, which has a history dating back to the 1960’s, finished second in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division in 2012/2013. However, if the club fails to secure enough funding by Monday (19 Aug) it will be forced to close. Miss McClarkin said: “I was very concerned to learn about Nottingham Forest Ladies’ situation, and I am trying to do everything I can for them in the short amount of time remaining. The club is fantastic for Nottingham and it would be enormously sad if they had to fold. I would urge any local companies who want to help them to get in touch with Steven Gray and pledge their support.” If you are interested in investing and becoming part of the Nottingham Forest Ladies family, please contact Steven Gray on 07870 156 937 or email...
Local 16 year old mooo-ves onto an apprenticeship

Local 16 year old mooo-ves onto an apprenticeship

Harker’s Farm Shop in Clipston On The Wolds have taken on a new apprentice butcher. Joe Drew from Bingham joined the Farm Shop team four weeks ago after leaving school this year and he is already a ‘dab hand’ at making their home made burgers. Owner Ruper Harker has said that it has taken a long time to find someone like Joe. “These days, becoming a butcher is not a fashionable job – not many 16 years old would consider it. But he is enthusiastic and showing a great interest. If he sticks at it he could have a successful career in front of him. We have a very experienced team at the Farm Shop, most of our butchers have been in the industry for over 25 years.” Rupert continues to say – “Unfortunately there are very few trainees coming into the butchery industry. The average age of a butcher is now 62 in the UK. If we are to keep the nation fed in sausages we need to do all we can to encourage a new generation to continue the...