Flintham Street Party

Record of Flintham Street Party In commemoration of King Charles III Coronation Sunday 7th May 2023

Huge thanks go out to all those involved who made this such an amazing day!

It was way back in March that the FS&SA had a meeting to discuss some sort of ‘Whole Village’ celebration which would bring together the various community organisations and also residents who hadn't yet experienced the pleasures of community events.

The inaugural meeting of village groups soon established a commitment to a traditional ‘Street Party’ to celebrate the King’s Coronation.

This core working group of about 20 volunteers took up the challenge to make this a day to remember. The plan evolved, permission was sought for the closure of Main Street, local based activities were pondered, and the planning of a family event focussed on our local public house began.

As with all events of this scale, financial support was key to its success. The Boot and Shoe management kindly agreed to provide a generous buffet at cost.

Financial contributions were soon generously offered by the FS&SA, Flintham Parish Council, Flintham Museum, Flintham Community Shop, Flintham Velos, and Flintham Septemberfest team.

So huge thanks goes to these groups for generously digging into their funds and contributing so willingly.

Other on hand support was offered by some of the Village Hall Committee, the Crochet Group, Flintham School and Flintham Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and the Flintham Cricket Club.

On the day the hard work really began and volunteers rallied to the tasks. Tables and chairs were brought from the various village amenities and put in place. David Cartledge risked life and limb ensuring that the bunting was safely above street height with his dare-devil high ladder display. A marquee was erected for the band. Tables were dressed with the crochet group’s decorations. All the activities and sports were set up. The Boot & Shoe team decorated their area and prepared for the BBQ.

Everyone’s efforts paid off. It was an amazing afternoon and we were blessed with glorious sunshine.

More than 200 people attended. With the band 12 to the Bar and Andrew DJ-ing, there was dancing in the street. Everyone enjoyed the brilliant and generous Boot and Shoe BBQ.

Drinks flowed and fantastic cakes were devoured from the cake competition.

There were kids' tattoos, kwik cricket, table tennis, ice creams, table football, volley ball, soft ball five a side, Maypole dancing, a quiz about royal events over the centuries, and hidden lions were discovered up and down the street.

It was five hours of merry may-hem! Thank you Flintham for your amazing support. It couldn’t have happened without you.

Finally, the organisations which supported the Street Party agreed to donate the balance of the account to the Newark Food Bank.

There is a gallery of photographs below which we hope you will enjoy. To comply with GDPR, permission was granted by those in the photos to share them with you.



 

Early morning Bird Walk delight

Early morning Bird Walk delight

The Spring bird walk on 29th April was blessed this year with some beautiful sunny skies and despite the late arrival of most migrant species due to  unfavourable weather conditions, it didn’t spoil the the morning’s enjoyment.

The walk started at the bus turning area by the Spinney and progressed around the perimeter toward the footbridge over the main road. Despite the traffic noise, we could still pick out the beautiful refrain of a cock Song Thrush perched on a treetop within the scrub.

 

Crossing the footbridge, we entered the grounds of Flintham Hall, thanks once again to the generosity of Sir Robert Hildyard. A circular walk took us past the noisy rookery by the edge of the old road and into the woods round to the ice house to view the fields and lake to the south.

As the morning progressed we began to hear the familiar strains of our native birds including Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Great Tit and Wren, interspersed occasionally with  Blackcap and Chiffchaff; two species once restricted to summer visitation but which now commonly overwinter due to our milder climate. Other arboreal species such as Goldcrest, Treecreeper  and Coal Tit were also heard by us on our walk along with distant drumming of Great Spotted Woodpecker and the ‘Yaffle’ of its big brother, the Green Woodpecker.

 

The morning will be best remembered  for the wonderful carpet of Bluebells throughout the grounds and the decorative shrubs that Sir Robert pointed out to us to near the Hall before we strolled back to the North Lodge, returning to the turning circle through the main part of the Spinney -  hopefully a bountiful wildlife  environment that villagers will always be able to enjoy without future encroachment from building development.

(Photos by Phil Dewey)

 


 

Filming at Flintham

Exciting news - Filming at Flintham Hall

The making of a brand new feature film is taking place at Flintham Estate. Read all about it in the article below.

Download article

The last movie to be filmed at Flintham Hall was in Jan - March 2008 called Easy Virtue

 


 

Supporting Voluntary groups

We are the Voluntary Sector Development Team, and we would like to introduce ourselves to you, to let you know that we are here to support you and the voluntary sector organisations, groups, or clubs that work with children and young people in Nottinghamshire.

We would like to reach as many play/youth settings across the county as possible, following the covid pandemic many play/youth settings are just going back to normal, we can support groups by developing committees, reviewing policies, and finding out about funding opportunities.

We are hoping you could promote our service through your local networks and together we can increase opportunities for local children and young people.

Please see the link below that provides further details on how we can support the voluntary sector.

www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/youth-services/voluntary-sector-development-team

The Voluntary Sector Development Team can work with groups to:

  • Develop existing organisations/groups
  • Identify the legal requirements that are compulsory for voluntary sector groups/organisations g. policies and training
  • Help with the recruitment of Volunteers /Committee Members
  • Identifying funding and support you with your applications
  • Signpost you to training
  • Help apply for DBS clearance for volunteers and paid staff

Please find attached a leaflet about our service and what it can offer groups. We would be most grateful if you can share the information attached with colleagues, groups, and others who may find it useful.

If you have any questions or want any more information please email the team at VoluntarySectorDeveloprnentTearn@nottscc.gov.uk

Lee Marshall
Voluntary Sector Development Technical Specialist Bilsthorpe Young People's Centre,
Eakring Road, Nottinghamshire NG22 SPY


 

Governor Vacancy Flintham Primary School Local Governing Body

Flintham Primary School is a member of Equals Trust, a Primary Multi Academy Trust based in the districts of Gedling and Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire.

Do you have an interest in the strategic direction of local education?

Could you provide challenge and support to the Headteacher of Flintham Primary School?

The Local Governing Body of Flintham Primary School is looking for a Trust appointed governor to help lead the school. Governors have delegated authority to make strategic decisions based on the needs of the school.

Flintham Primary School is a small village school with its own identity, serving a unique community. We welcome enquiries from the community to join the membership of the Local Governing Body

Please call or email Catherine Cox, Trust Compliance Manager on 0115 9143211 ext 203 or email governance@equalstrust.org for further information


 

Carework

As you may be aware the Care Industry is looking to recruit people to help out their short staffed businesses.
If you are able to help, please contact Nottinghamshire County Council at https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/carework


 

Rushcliffe Memorial Grant Fund

Rushcliffe Memorial Grant Fund

Rushcliffe Borough Council have launched the Covid-19 Memorial Grant Fund to support parish councils in creating public memorials to commemorate the impact of Covid-19 upon communities in the Borough.

The scheme aims to support the creation of memorials that are fitting for their communities and therefore thar is no formal template to follow. Example ideas include memorial planting schemes, plaques, public art or benches. The memorial should be publicly accessible and not on private land such as a school or a members only-club.

Parish councils have been encouraged by the Borough to engage the local community in the planning of the memorials and build-in sustainable, plans for the on-going maintenance of the memorial.

The maximum grant from the Borough will be £500 with parishes expected to provide match funding from their own reserves.

If any resident has a suggestion as to a memorial please contact the clerk, Mike Elliott.


 

Scouts looking for help

A plea has been put out by the 1st Flintham Scout group for more helpers. “We need you!” they say, adding: “Are you looking to be more involved in the community? We are looking for volunteers, in particular to support the cubs and scout sections."

Their appeal says anyone helping does not have to have been a Scout or have a child in Scouts. “You can give as little or as much time as you are able,” adding that volunteers will have access to training and would be part of a small team dedicated to offering new experiences and opportunities to young people. “In the process you will have fun and
learn too!” the appeal goes on to say.

The Scouts have recently returned to the field for face to face sessions following the pandemic and have some exciting activities planned for this term.

Says their appeal: “Just to give you a small flavour of the types of things we do, we have a day camp coming up, cycling in Sherwood Pines and some mini beast fun including a nature trail. Lockdown didn’t stop us either; from science experiments, quizzes, scavenger hunts, crafts, baking and even a virtual Harry Potter day camp, as a team we work
together to ensure our young people have something to look forward to each week!”

The contacts for anyone interested in finding out more information are: Tracey on 01949 21356 or Vicky 0785 4661682 “We look forward to hearing from you.” they say......

Click here to visit the Scouts page


 

Protect your Pooch

Dog theft is on the rise and we are urging the public to keep their dogs SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to  help make pet  theft a SPECIFIC OFFENCE.

Visit ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch for more information.


 

What3Words

We are encouraging our community to download the what3words app on their phones in case they need to call 999.

Every 3m square has been assigned 3 words so that it makes it easier for services like the police or ambulance etc to find you as they can pick this up from your phone call.

The app is totally free to download and use, you can download it on iOS or Android here.

You can find a full list of those services that accept what3words on this link: three-words-for-a-faster-emergency-response. Your community could also use what3words to report incidents with organisations like National Grid, Network Rail and the Environmental Agency: https://what3words.com/report-incident-locations-efficiently.

Please see the attached leaflet for information on how to use what3words.