Welcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited by David Watts, the leader of the Lib-Dems on Broxtowe Borough Council. May I give a special welcome to the new readers that we have this week. Many apologies that the newsletter is a day late, but yesterday was my daughter’s birthday so we spent the day celebrating that. I probably also need to apologise to all my neighbours that one of her presents is a drum kit!
1. Hemlock Happening
Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Hemlock Happening another hugely successful event. Congratulations to my colleague Stan Heptinstall and his team at the Bramcote and Stapleford Golden Jubilee Group for organising the event. The high spot for us must be when my kids had a go at the sumo wrestling. They suited up and bowed to each other, at which point the younger one fell flat on her face!
2. Eastwood Book Town
I got the positions on the Eastwood Book Town Committee wrong last week. Cllr Keith Longdon is the chair of the committee and the patron on Jackie Trent. Many apologies for this. Also apologies that I referred to late night cubs last week, I meant clubs!
3. David Taylor
It was with sadness that I learned today that former Broxtowe mayor and County Councillor David Taylor passed away at the weekend. Funeral details will be notified later.
4. Spoken Word Night
Dave Wood and Richard Young’s Community Spoken Word night at Stapleford makes another appearance on Wednesday 12th June 2013, at 7:30pm. The venue is Two for Tea, 92 Derby Road, Stapleford. It's an evening of stories and poems featuring, this time, guest performer: Jackie Brewster. The rest of the evening comes from you! All are welcome to read, professional or amateur. Come in from 7pm to settle down ready to read, perform or be a member of the audience. The show starts at 7.30pm and usually finishes around 9.15pm. There has always been room for everyone who wishes to read to do so, but you can also ensure a spot by contacting me beforehand.
Open Word night is (as far as we know), Stapleford’s only poetry and storytelling night. Attendees are asked you to buy a drink for admission (plenty of delicious choices and cake too).
5. Moorgreen Show
This year the borough council will be returning as the main sponsor of the Moorgreen Show, which will be on over the August Bank Holiday. The council has been the main sponsor for most of the recent past and I’m delighted that we are being so again.
6. Inham Nook Recreation Ground
The council has committed to spending £260,000 improving the Inham Nook Recreation Pak in Chilwell. The money for this is primarily coming from our agreement with NET and will include improvements to paths, the pavilion, CCTV, skate park and football pitches. We still have an application for some further grant and if this is successful we will be able to put in new drainage for the football and bowling pitches as well.
7. Long Lane and Manor Park Farm Parks
We have also agreed to spend some £24,000 or so on improving the Lone Lane Park in Attenborough and the Manor Park Farm park in Toton, funding works to be done by Groundwork Greater Nottingham.
8. Free Swimming
Throughout the summer holidays under 18’s will be able to swim free at the council’s swimming pools. Anyone taking advantage of this scheme will need to have a Broxtowe Leisure Card, but this is a small one off payment and will give access to a full summer of free swimming. My kids will definitely be taking advantage of this offer.
9. Kimberley Town Council
Five new councillors have been co-opted onto Kimberley Town Council. They are Karen tenant, Kirsty John, Tony Hallard, Andy Cooper and Katharina Boettge.
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