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Lambley Historical Society

In and Around The Forest

The weather has been kind for all our visits this summer and the Sunday afternoon we met on the Forest and explored Forest Fields with our President, Chris Weir, was no exception.

Chris explained that the Forest was one of the areas protected by the 1845 Inclosure  Act . Designated for recreational use, it was at one time the home of Nottingham Racecourse before it moved to Colwick. It was where Nottingham Forest Football Club first played, hence its name. Goose Fair is a comparative newcomer.

Crossing Gregory Boulevard, we walked into the Forest Fields area. The land was originally owned by Gregory Gregory, the wealthy man who built Harlaxton Manor, which we enjoyed visiting two years ago. Always a man with aspirations, he insisted on using foremost architects for the residences along the north side of the road that bears his name.

As you go further into Forest Fields, the houses become less grand but even here no shops or commercial premises were allowed. It is only when you pass over the crown of the hill that shops appear, now catering for a multicultural neighbourhood.  An interesting example of early planning was the provision of an education zone where substantially built junior and secondary schools are still much in use.

Our visit ended by walking down the side of the modern Djanogly School, entering the Forest through the Park and Ride, symbols of the constant changes in an interesting, vibrant area.

The facilities of the Forest Pavilion Cafe were much appreciated on such a warm day and we were able to thank Chris while being restored with tea and luscious homemade cakes. An excellent afternoon!

We have no meeting in August but normal indoor meetings restart in September.  More information next month.

For more information contact Kay on 0115 9313646 or Joyce on 0115 9653314 or visit our website www.lambleyheritage.co.uk

INSTITUTE BINGO

Monday 6th August

at 7.30pm

All welcome – Raffle & Refreshments

CHIROPODIST

Tuesday 21st August at

The Institute, Woodborough

8.30am – 11.30am

Calverton and Woodborough Allotment Association

Our next trip is to the Malvern Autumn Show on Sunday 30th September. The cost for members is £27 and for non-members £29 which includes transport and entrance to the show. If you would like to book a place on this trip please contact Malcolm on 07814879720. Early booking is advisable as this is always a popular show.

A date for your diary is Thursday 18th October when we will be holding our AGM in Calverton Village Hall. We are hoping to have a speaker as usual and I will give you more details on this in a future Woodborough Web. The President’s Cup this year will be awarded for the “weirdest looking vegetable or fruit” so perhaps you might not thin some of your carrots quite so well this year! We will also be holding our heaviest pumpkin competition so get sowing and feeding a winner. Can you grow a giant?

I have been asked to remind all allotment holders that our water is metered and excess use could result in our rents being increased in the future. Please make sure that your hoses and connections don’t leak and please don’t go off site leaving your hose connected to the water supply.

Mike Hope (Secretary) 0115 8458703

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

A ‘POSH’ TEA

Come and meet a footman from the Palace over a
glass of Prosecco and a delicious afternoon tea!

Tickets £10 from Jan Turton 9652860 or Kathryn Watson 9652463

Wednesday 26th September

2.30pm to 4.30pm
Woodborough Village Hall

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Musical Evening

Saturday 8th December – Woodborough Village Hall
More details to follow

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A big thank you to all our supporters who joined us to solve the clues at our Murder Mystery Night in July. Your generosity helped us to raise the fantastic sum of £1363.28.

Bonington Players were amazing and had us all guessing right until the very end again, thank you to them for giving of their time both to source the play, rehearse and perform to us.

Woodborough Methodist Church

UPDATE (Or Not)

It is now over 12 months since the Woodborough Methodist Church was closed, apparently due to financial reasons.

In that time there does not seem to be any evidence of sale, renting or development, and the general appearance has gradually degraded, as will happen with any unused and neglected building.

In view of this, I contacted the local Circuit Administrator for Nottingham East Methodist Circuit on 12th June and received the following reply:

“I have forwarded your email regarding plans for Woodborough Methodist Church to the Circuit’s Superintendent Minister as your query is not one I am able to answer.

He will be contacting you in the near future to give you more
information.”

This week (6 weeks later), having heard nothing, I emailed again – no reply!

ED