Late News

Woodborough Parish Council has a limited supply of salt in its emergency store.

If you know of any pedestrian hot spot(!) areas, especially where the elderly are concerned, that would benefit from the spreading of salt then please contact Charles Wardle on 9652219.

This is for public area use only except where there is a  particular need for the elderly.

Remembering the Great War

Two soldiers from the Great War are featured below. Their names are to be remembered in St. Swithun’s church, Woodborough on 18th March.


Edmund James Webb

Edmund James Webb was born between July & September 1885 in Holloway in the registration district of Islington, Middlesex. His mother was Alice Martha (nee White) and his father Herbert Webb, a grocer’s assistant. By 1891 the family had moved to Bromley in Kent and we learn from the census that Edmund (5) had an older sister Roseanna (8) who was born in Stepney and a younger sister Elizabeth (2) born in Croydon. The family was on the move again and by 1901 were living in Canterbury. Herbert was now a grocery manager and Edmund a 16-year-old employed carpenter.

On 25th December 1909 Edmund married Mary Ann Binch at Calverton, Nottinghamshire. Mary was born in 1884 in Calverton where her parents William and Ruth were also born. The family were framework knitters; but William became a colliery banksman and Mary was a dressmaker’s apprentice by 1901.

Edmund and Mary had their first child on 20th April 1910, a daughter Ruth Alice. Edmund had set up as a self-employed joiner and was living in Calverton. Their second child Edmund Bertram was born on 15th May 1916 at Thorneywood, Nottingham, to where they had moved.

Edmund began his military service on 2nd March 1916, when he enlisted with the Royal Engineers for the duration of the war, giving has address as Florence Road, Thorneywood Lane. Notts. He was assigned as soldier 51067 to the Army Reserve. On 8th June 1916 he was mobilised and joined the Royal Engineers as Sapper 180232. He was certified as a skilled carpenter and joiner and put into the Army Reserve Class W until being mobilised again on 1st January 1917. He joined 435th (East Lancashire) Reserve Field Company of the R.E.

The copy of Edmund’s will in his service records dated 19th July 1917, leaves all his possessions to his wife who is living at Shelt Hill, Woodborough.

The next entry on his service record is embarkation at Folkestone on 17th September 1917 for France. On arrival he was posted to the 8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry; but within a few days reposted to the 7th Battalion as Private 77041 Webb.

In the spring of 1918, the German army started a massive offensive and very rapidly drove the British and French forces back some 40 miles in a few days. The Durham Light Infantry were in the thick of the action and were ordered to retreat to Caix, about 12 miles south of Albert, where Edmund was killed in action defending the battalion’s position.


George Teather

George Teather was born and lived his whole life in Woodborough, apart from when he was in the army. He was the only son of Mary Ann Teather who lived in Woods Yard, off Main Street, with her parents and siblings. The family were framework knitters. By 1881 her siblings had left home and Mary Ann’s father, George, died in 1882 aged 56, leaving his wife and daughter. Mary Ann gave birth to George Teather in the first quarter of 1886. About this time the family of now three moved to The Row and by the time of the 1891 census, when George was 4, had taken in a lodger, George Robinson. The following year, Mary Ann married George Spencer at St Swithun’s Church on 4th April. Both bride and groom were 30 years old.

George Teather was baptised at St Swithun’s on 28 May 1893. The baptism entry indicates that his mother was a single woman despite her marriage the year before. It may be that Mary Ann had left her son with his grandmother, who arranged the baptism, as by the 1901 census George Spencer and Mary Ann were living in Row Lane and employed as framework knitters and Ann Teather now 69, had her grandson George, aged 15, employed as a market gardener, with her in Pinchpenny Row. He is also believed to have been a drummer in the village band.

Sadly for Mary Ann her husband George Spencer died in 1908 at the early age of 47. The 1911 census finds her living with her son George on Main Street. George is now employed as a framework knitter like his mother.

In November 1910 at Epperstone, George Teather joined the Territorial Army in the 8th Sherwood Foresters for a period of 4 years, which could be extended by 12 months if the Army Reserve was called out on permanent service. At his initial medical, his height was recorded as 5ft 5.1/4in. In the next three years he attended annual training camps. In June 1914 his mother remarried in Woodborough to Edwin Spencer, with whom she was still living in 1939 at 9 Shelt Hill Cottages.

In August 1914 George was called up for service at the outbreak of the war. He was stationed in England until 28th Feb 1915 when he embarked at Southampton for France. A month later he was admitted to No. 2 General Hospital at Havre suffering from boils and spent two weeks there before moving on to convalescence and then back to his battalion on 10th June 1915. On 11th November 1915 he was discharged at the end of his agreed term and returned to England with 5 years and 8 days service. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star medal and the British War and Victory medals.

George subsequently enlisted at Derby into the 15th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) which had been raised in February 1915 by the Mayor and a committee as a bantam battalion. This regiment was so called because it initially enlisted men between the height of 5′ and 5′ 3″ (George was 5ft.5¼ins). These regiments were introduced into the British Army in March 1915 as there were many men who did not meet the normal height requirements of the army but who wanted to fight for their country. When the need for more men became more desperate, it was decided that men of a smaller physique could be of use and after all, there were advantages in being small when in the trenches – you were less likely to be a target for German snipers. However, towards the end of the war the Bantam regiments gradually became ordinary divisions due to lack of reinforcements.

In March 1918 the regiment was serving in the Somme area. This was one of the most disastrous periods of the war. The German Army had begun a major offensive on 21st March and the British Army and its allies were driven back forty miles between 21st March and 4th April experiencing high casualties. On 26th March the 15th Battalion after heavy fighting, received orders to retire and a withdrawal having been effected, a position was occupied west of the River Ancre in front of Buire village. On 27th March the war diary states the day passed without incident and on 28th March “All quiet” is recorded. However, the Roll of Honour lists 65 men of the battalion having died on that day! One of those men was George Teather who is recorded as being killed in action in the Right Sector of the Divisional Front at Buire. He was 33 years of age when he died.

George has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme Department. This memorial contains the names of 14,644 men who went missing during the German offensive in spring 1918. Of those men 12,741 are from the first sixteen days of the offensive. This highlights the speed and efficiency of the German offensive at that time.

The citation in the Pozieres Memorial Register reads as follows:

TEATHER, Pte. George, 71603. 15th Bn. Sherwood Foresters. 28th March, 1918. Age 33. Son of Mrs. Edwin Spencer, of Shelt Hill, Woodborough, Notts.

Researched and written by Jean Powley and Stephen Smith

Woodborough Community Association



Community Cinema

Saturday 17th March 2018
Woodborough Village Hall

In this delightfully funny film to be enjoyed by all ages and with a stellar cast including Hugh Bonneville, Hugh Grant, Julie Walters and many more familiar faces, Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Doors open 3.30pm for 4.00pm start

Licensed Bar and cinema snacks available – so get your popcorn and glass of wine and take your seats for a great evening’s entertainment!!!

Tickets in Advance     £4 adult        £3 Concess      £10 Family


Four Bells    or      Nags Head      or     The Spar Shop

Tickets on the Door     £5 adult        £4 Concess      £13 Family

Life at Salterford House has been as busy as ever during the first half of the Spring Term with a focus on The Arts. The younger pupils have visited Patchings Art Centre to learn how create a masterpiece in watercolours. It is a great opportunity for the children to learn from real art experts while supported by our own talented art teachers.

The older pupils have been turning their attention to the dramatic arts with their rehearsals of Macbeth – The Musical. Tied in with the English Curriculum, the children in Yrs 3-6 have been learning the story of Macbeth as they prepare for an exciting performance on 16th and 17th March at Ravenshead Village Hall. They will also be entering the National Independent Schools’ Drama Festival for the the 19th year, hoping to add to the accolades achieved in previous years, but most importantly looking forward to sharing their skills and talents with other like-minded pupils from around the country. 

There is a real love of drama at Salterford House and most of our pupils choose to study LAMDA  Speech and Drama with our in-house expert. This year we have already seen 14 of our pupils take exams with over 70% gaining distinctions, and another large group will be taking exams next month, hoping to do just as well.

We have also had our share of sporting success as our Under 9 netball team had their first game and their first win early in the term. One of our talented swimmers was selected to swim at the National Independent Schools’s Swimming Gala, representing the Midlands area at the Olympic pool in London. He can away with some amazing memories and a Silver medal in 50M backstroke.

The half term ended with a trip to visit local Ice Hockey team, Nottingham Panthers, where the children had the chance to watch them train and then skate with the team afterwards, picking up some handy skating tips. It was a great way to end a busy six weeks.

Woodborough Parish Council
Meeting – 13th March 2018

You can view the agenda by clicking HERE.

Temporary Traffic Lights in Woodborough

There will be temporary 2 way traffic lights on Lowdham Lane (outside no 164) from Monday 12th March until Friday 16th March for the installation of a new gas service pipe.

Emergency contact numbers:

Cadent Gas   Tel: 0800 0965687

Go Traffic Management Ltd   Tel: 0115 8965832

Theft From Car

Please be extra careful not leave bags and valuables in your car.

This evening (Friday 9th March) one poor mum accidentally left her bag in her car whilst collecting her children whilst it was parked on Lingwood Lane outside Woodborough Woods school, and some “low life” drove alongside her car, smashed her window, stole her bag and drove off at high speed towards Lambley!

If anyone saw anyone looking suspicious in a silver Astra around 3.50pm please get in touch with the editor.

Katie Leeming

Temporary Traffic Lights

Two more temporary traffic light notices for you!

From Thursday 15th until Thursday 22nd March (9.30am – 3.30pm) on Mapperley Plains between Nottingham Road and South of Catfoot Lane.

Enquiries to Kimberley Murphy (01902 902620)
Emergency contact 0800 7076646


Tuesday 20th until Thursday 22nd March (9.30am – 3.30pm) on Nottingham Road, Woodborough.

Enquiries to Kimberley Murphy (01902 902620)
Emergency contact 0800 7076646