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Broxtowe Enews 14th May 2017

by David Watts on 14 May, 2017

Welcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited by David Watts, on behalf of the Lib-Dems in Broxtowe. It’s quite a short newsletter this week but there are some important things happening.


  1. General Election

The general election campaign is now fully under way in Broxtowe. The first hustings took place last Monday and amazingly the Conservatives didn’t turn up. I’ve received a leaflet from them this weekend but you have to get to page four before you come across the word Conservative, which seems a little strange.


  1. Local Election

Also on 8th June there will be a by election in Toton after a Conservative councillor resigned. This is the second time in two years that there has had to be a by election in Toton after a Tory councillor resigned. The Liberal Democrat candidate will be Graham Heal. He is the only one of the candidates to live in the ward.


  1. New County Council Administration

There is new leadership at Nottinghamshire County Council after the Conservatives reached a deal with the Mansfield Independents to form a coalition administration. The Mansfield Independents have four councillors and these four are teaming up with the 31 Conservatives to form the new partnership running the council. The new leader of the County Council will be Kay Cutts.


  1. The Great Get Together

Next month it will be the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP. To commemorate the event there will be a series of picnics across the country. There will be a Big Picnic In The Park on Saturday 17th June at Dovecote Lane Park in Beeston between 2.30 and 6.00pm. The event will feature face painting, live music, jugglers and magicians. For details contact Ginny Hartman at thegreatgettogether@outlook.com.


  1. Road Closure

Melbourne Road in Stapleford will be closed for three months from Monday 14th August to Friday 6th October whilst work is carried out for the building of the new Field Farm housing estate. An alternative route via Rowan Avenue will be put in place for the duration of the work.


  1. Chilwell Memorial Institute Lawn Tennis Club

Chilwell Lawn Tennis Club are looking for new players. An unintentionally well kept secret since 1924 this fantastic community resource has three grass courts in a superb, secluded setting, an Edwardian clubhouse with veranda, snooker table and social activities. Better still, they do not judge you on your tennis skills. Committee member, Christine Ball says, ” Everyone is welcome regardless of tennis ability and you will never feel out of place here. We play social tennis with the emphasis on having fun”! If you want to join you can choose to simply pay and play (at set times ) or become a full member which enables you to play whenever you like! Family memberships available too as are concessions. Contact 0115 928 0119 for further details.


  1. Fashion Show

Alderman Pounder Infant and Junior School PTFA are holding a Ladies Night Fashion Show on Friday 19th May starting at 7pm (doors open 6.30pm). The school is on Eskdale Drive in Chilwell and the show features clothes from Next, White Stuff, M&S, Top Shop & more. Ticket (+ one free drink) £5 on sale from the school office.


  1. Armed Forces Day Parade

Stapleford will celebrate Armed Forces Day with a special military parade next month as soldiers and veterans from 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group march through the town centre on Saturday 24th June at 11.00am. Around 50 soldiers from the Group, based at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell will march through the town to exercise their Freedom of Entry to the Borough, along with veterans from the Royal Engineers Association and led by the Royal Engineers Reserve Band.


  1. New Mental Health Hotline

Nottinghamshire has become the first county in the country to launch a new mental health hotline. The service is provided for GP’s to seek urgent advice from a psychiatrist when a patient needing help visits the GP. This innovative service seems like a very sensible idea so I hope that it is a great success.


  1. Bramcote Leisure Centre Refurbishment

Work has started on the refurbishment of the spa at Bramcote Leisure Centre, with the new facility opening to customers in August. The newly refurbished spa will include; a sauna, steam room, salt room and spa pool. New showers will also be installed in the area alongside loungers and space to rest during a visit. Specialist sauna company, Aqualine are supplying the fixtures and fittings and the building work being done by building contractors Ackroyd.  The current health suite closed to the public on Friday 5th May but all other facilities and activities at the centre remain open as normal.


As ever thank you for your support for this newsletter. Any feedback is gratefully received.


Best wishes





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