Nevile  & Langar Ward Councillors Spring News Letter
Kinoulton, Hickling, Upper Broughton, Colston Bassett, Owthorpe, Langar
& Hickling Pastures


Nevile Ward Post office – Don’t forget that not only can you buy stamps etc at St Luke’s church post office in Kinoulton on Wednesdays, but you can also enjoy a coffee and ‘scrummy’ cake. We are at least offering one post office facility in the Ward/

Village breakfasts continue to be ‘hearty in Hickling’ with families coming from well beyond the parish boundaries the first Sunday in the month. There have now been 60 breakfast Sundays since the start and the trustee, hard working volunteers have raised a whopping £20,000 for the Village Hall. They are incredibly well attended and there is always a great atmosphere.

The Vale Market Cafe is Langar and Barnstone’s monthly village community cafe. Held on the second Saturday morning of the month at Barnstone Village Hall. Well worth a visit for a good bacon butty or to buy some wonderful cakes and pies plus fresh local vegetables.

Upper Broughton is also becoming very theatrical with an hilarious Village Ventures production of ‘Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain’. It’s a long time since I laughed that much. And Christmas saw a children’s production of The Elves and the Carpenter with Colston Bassett also scheduled to give the same performance. Keep you eye open for future events.

Welcome To Rushcliffe Arena
It is the new home of Rushcliffe Borough Council.
The council’s offices for the past 34 years, in the landmark eight-storey Civic Centre overlooking the River Trent, have closed, saving £350,000 annually in running costs. The savings have resulted in terrific, multi use, and value for money, new office accommodation combined with a state-of-the-art Leisure Centre for the people of Rushcliffe.

In May 2014, the Council approved ambitious plans to renovate the existing leisure centre at the Rushcliffe Arena site, whilst taking the opportunity to co-locate their offices on the first floor. The move also frees up the Civic Centre building for an exciting future, as it’s too spacious for the 200 staff based there now, plus the new offices are smaller and more cost effective for the Council to run.
The Civic Centre site has a rich history. In 1982, with 800 staff, Rushcliffe Borough Council moved into the eight-storey, landmark white building which overlooks the River Trent. The building was constructed in 1964 on the site of the Plaza Cinema and was formerly a popular hotel called The Bridgford Hotel. Going back to the turn of the century, in 1903 the site was used for the Midlands Industrial Exhibition, an Indian-style pavilion building which gave Pavilion Road its name. It hosted exhibits from around the world and various other attractions such as a maze, a concert hall, and a high wire walker. Unfortunately the pavilion burnt down in 1904, only a year after it opened.
Work to rebuild the old Rushcliffe Arena and combine offices with Leisure began in September 2015 and opened January 3rd 2017
Cllr Neil Clarke, Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council said: “This is a momentous time – years of planning are about to come to fruition. Not only have we enhanced sports provision in the borough, but also we’re reducing our on going running costs, making more efficient use of taxpayers’ money. Our new, purpose-built facility works for a modern council and meets the needs of the community. Staff and Councillors are excited to start working from the new office.”


120x Station Gym + weights area
6x Lane 25m-Swimmining Pool & Family Themed Play Pool, + disabled hoist
Sauna & Steam room + treatment rooms
6x Lane Indoor Bowling Green,
4x Court multi discipline Sports Hall,
3x Squash Courts with sliding walls for multi use
2x Snooker Tables
Friendly on site Café.
Rushcliffe Arena – Rugby Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7HY
Tel: 01159 814 027

Although the Council’s head office has moved, if residents wish to contact them face to face, the place to go is still the Rushcliffe Community Contact Centre at the police station in West Bridgford, or one of the contact points across the borough – see for details.

Good news  – a fly tip was reported within the Ward and removed within 4 hours – fantastic response – but not only was it removed but hopefully relevant address material was found.

Whilst on the subject of waste there is still confusion over recycling so hopefully this list below will help.


Blue bin
Your blue bin is for paper, card, mixed food & drinks cans, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic bottles only.
Only put the following items into the blue bin. We will take flat packed cardboard next to the bin if it is too large to place into the bin.
Plastic – shower gels/shampoo & conditioner bottles
Plastic – hand soaps & cosmetic bottles
Plastic – household cleaning fluid bottles
Cans – empty aerosols & deodorants
Cardboard – toiletry boxes, toilet roll tubes, tooth paste boxes, hand soap boxes & cosmetic boxes

Plastic – milk bottles
Plastic – pop, water and soft drinks bottles
Plastic – fabric & conditioner bottles
Plastic – household cleaning bottles
Plastic – yoghurt pots & margarine tubs
Cardboard – cereal boxes & egg boxes
Cardboard – other cardboard packaging
Cans – food and drink cans
Paper – newspapers, magazines and pamphlets
Paper – junk mail, envelopes & writing paper
Cans – empty aerosols
Cans – drinks cans


Additional bins
If there are five or more people in a household or where two or more children are in nappies, you may be entitled to an extra grey bin.

Large unwanted item collections
For a small charge Rushcliffe can collect your large household items.

Battery recycling
Rushcliffe collect your used batteries. Put your used household batteries in the bag provided, place on any colour bin, any week and we will recycle them

The big health debate

Outcome of patient engagement: should over the counter medicines be available on prescription for minor illnesses?
Following a six-week engagement campaign, health commissioners in South Nottinghamshire have approved plans to limit prescriptions for over the counter medicines (such as ibuprofen and paracetamol) for minor ailments, coming into effect from Wednesday 1 March 2017.
From the patient’s perspective these plans mean that over the counter (OTC) products like paracetamol and antihistamines will no longer be prescribed for short-term, self-limiting conditions. In these instances, patients will be encouraged to buy their own from their local chemist or supermarket.
Sadly the Country Store, “The Good Grub Company’ formerly Hortors, has closed. This is an enormous blow to the Nevile Ward Communities.  Hopefully a new tenant will be found for us all to support. It is a very valuable community amenity as there are no village shops in either Hickling,Kinoulton, Colston Bassett nor Upper Broughton since the sad demise of Baileys The Butchers. There is a golden opportunity at the former Horters site for a new entrepreneur to take over the mantle.

Don’t forget if you have issues of community interest with which you need help please get in touch.

Cllr. Tina Combellack