CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England

CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has changed its emblem, to a new more up to date one, and In trying to promote what they do, are returning to the principles of CPRE’s founders to promote, enhance and protect the countryside.

The organisation has reported a drop in membership and has accepted a request from those who are members to be more ambitious in their scope to achieve a countryside for everyone.

They say a multitude of surveys show that most people feel the countryside is an important national asset but that extensive consultation over the past 18 months has shown that CPRE can be perceived as being negative, with this putting many potential supporters off.

The Chief Executive, Crispin Truman, says everyone will see a change in tone from CPRE, focusing more on the positive solutions that they have always tried to create.  This is underpinned by their new strategic aims – ‘Connect people and countryside’, ‘Promote rural life’ and ’Empower communities’.

Your parish council are members of the organisation and clerk Mike Elliott can be contacted for details on 0115 937 6506.

Friends of The Boot & Shoe Inn

At the start of 2016 it was clear that our pub’s future was at risk and that it could well follow the fate of many other English pubs and be developed for housing. We held a public meeting and as a result 44 locals put their names on a register of concerned people.  A committee was formed with a brief that any four committee members could represent the Friends of the Boot and Shoe (FofBS).  We submitted a successful application to have the pub recorded as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) on Rushcliffe’s register. This meant that if the pub was put up for sale the village would have a  six month window to prepare a community bid which would then be submitted to the owners.

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Free Tree Scheme from Rushcliffe Borough Council

Following the success of last year’s tree schemes in the Borough in which individual residents could apply for two free trees and the parish council for ten, Rushcliffe have said the idea is to be repeated again this year.

For residents, two trees will be available – crab apple and rowan. Anyone wishing to apply can do so to Mr Paul Phillips whose direct telephone number at the council offices at Rushcliffe Arena, Rugby Road, West Bridgford is 914 8595.

The trees supplied would be between 1.5 and 2 metres in height and would be complete with tree guards, mulch mat and tree stakes.

Any queries maybe addressed to Mike Elliott, clerk to Flintham Parish Council 0115 937 6506

VE Day 75 Years

Plans are being formulated nationally for events in May 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the ending of WW2, and the parish council are looking for ways to join in the activities that will be taking place.

The council will welcome any suggestions from residents for ideas for activities and events that might be held in the village in order we can be part of the nation’s tribute to all those who gave their lives and those who kept the country running during the  most challenging times between 1939 and 1945.

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Neighbourhood Plan for Flintham

Wednesday 5 June, 6.30pm at the Sports Pavilion.

An informal presentation by Jenny Kirkwood of RCAN about the possibilities of organising and developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Flintham. Everyone welcome!

Jumble Sale

Jumble Sale on 15 June 2019 at East Bridgford Village Hall in aid of Flintham Primary School. If anyone has any jumble please contact Gail on 01636 525400/525371 and collection can be arranged.

Tree Wardens

Rushcliffe Borough Council are looking to appoint tree wardens in local parishes and are appealing for people to contact them to support their aim.

The Borough say they would hope to be able to appoint the wardens in every parish in their area, and are to launch their project at Rushcliffe Country Park at Ruddington on Saturday June 22, between 11.30am and 3pm.

Tree wardens can be appointed by their local parish council and would be the parish contact for all things tree related in their area. One of their jobs would be to report early signs of pest, disease and vandalism as well as gathering information, survey and record information about trees important for wildlife and the heritage of the parish. They would also be able to look out for opportunities to plant more trees in the local community, enhancing the environment for parishioners.

Mr Paul Phillips, the Environmental Sustainability Officer for the Borough, says he can be contacted on 0115 9148595 and he would be happy to pass on more information to anyone interested.

Footpath Obstruction

Notts County Council are asking local residents to inform them at 0115 977 4802 if they are aware of any public footpaths on arable land in the parish that are being obstructed by crops.

Senior Rights of Way Officer for the joint partnership,  Jane Baines, is anxious to ensure that obstructions do not take place and says they will write to any farmers who do not heed requests to rectify the position where blockage are allowed to occur. The County say that where obstructions do occur they will ask the farmers to remove them or the County Council will carry out the work and charge the farmer for it.

Booking  the Village Hall

To find out more about booking the Village Hall please contact us using the contact page on this website.