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New U3A Branch to Launch at Calverton Village Hall

U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, and the proposed new branch will be mainly aimed at (but not restricted to) residents of Calverton, Woodborough, Oxton, Lowdham and other local villages.

No qualifications are required. It is an organisation of democratic, self funded, self managed men and women, who are interested in on-going education, trips, hobbies and holidays.

Anyone can join who is no longer in full time employment, who wishes to meet like minded people and enjoy a happy and healthy retirement.

Please come along to the launch event at Calverton Village Hall on Wednesday 22nd May at 1.30pm to see what U3A offers.

It’s a great opportunity to have your say and to tell us what interest groups you would like to see.

In the meantime if you have any particular enquiries, please contact




We are a local group of horse riders and would like to share advice on how to pass horse and riders when you are driving.

In 2016 we started our local campaign to support a national campaign to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on the roads. We were concerned about our safety and the safety of others when riding out locally. Some drivers are excellent but a small number of drivers do not seem to understand the risks to the horse, rider and themselves when passing us.

In your vehicle, you’re a threat

Pass the horse wide and slow

Please pass horses wide and slow.

Most horse riders would prefer not to ride on the roads. However, a lack of off-road access means using roads is a necessity for many riders. Riders have the same right to be on the road as motorists, cyclists or any other user group. With a bit of understanding and consideration on both sides, there’s room for everyone to use the roads in harmony and safety.

It’s important to understand that horses are flight animals. This means that however well-trained and calm a horse normally is, they can still be unpredictable and frightened by something they perceive as a threat. This is their natural instinct and means a horse’s reaction to a threat is to try to escape the situation.

A bird flying out from behind a hedgerow or a plastic bag blowing in the wind may cause a horse to unexpectedly spook into the road – and into your oncoming car. There is little a rider can do about this as such natural behavioural instincts are strong. This is why it’s vital to always pass horses slowly and with plenty of room.

In some instances, the rider may be busy keeping control of their horse and not able to acknowledge your consideration, but they will be very grateful to you.

How can you help?


  • Give horses a wide berth
  • Pass slowly
  • Be prepared to stop if necessary
  • Heed riders hand signals

The safe use of the roads is everyone’s responsibility.

Large Vehicles

Horses are normally nervous of large vehicles, particularly when they do not often meet them. They can run away in panic if they are really frightened.

In such a situation, the main factors causing the fear are:

  • Being approached by something which is unfamiliar and intimidating
  • A large moving object, especially if it is noisy
  • Lack of space between the horse and the vehicle
  • The sound of the vehicle’s air brakes
  • Rider anxiety

What can you do?

  • On seeing a rider (or a group of riders), please slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary
  • Be aware that the sound of your air brakes may spook the horse. If the horse, or horses, show signs of nervousness as you get closer, please turn the engine off and allow them to pass
  • Please don’t move off again until the riders are well clear of the rear end of the vehicle
  • If you are approaching riders and would like to overtake them, please approach slowly, or even stop to give the riders time to find a gateway or other place off the road where there will be enough space between the horse and vehicle to allow you to pass safely. Horses are very aware of things coming from behind due to the position of their eyes
  • Please be patient. Most riders will do their best to reassure their horses
  • The safest place for the rider’s hands is on the reins, so if they are anxious, they may only be able to nod their thanks to you – but please do be assured that they will be very, very grateful for your consideration of their situation

On behalf of all riders and carriage drivers – thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.

THINK! Road Safety around Horses

Action to Curb Dumping of Rubbish on Bank Hill

Just one example of the increasing number of items of rubbish left on Bank Hill.

One of the recently cleared channels in the verges on Bank Hill

If you drive up Bank Hill in Woodborough, you’ll have noticed the increasing number of rubbish tipping incidents over the last few months. Selfish and idle (the recycling centre is only a mile away!) drivers are taking the easy way out and destroying our local environment.

Hopefully, a brand new initiative may help to catch the offenders by photographing them in the act!

You may have wondered what is the purpose of the channels that have been cleared in the grass verges along the upper stretches of Bank Hill in the last couple of months (see picture above).

We were fortunate to be invited along to see a demonstration of how they will help to tackle the problem of fly tipping.

In a scheme that owes much to Monty Python, the channels are designed to conceal an enforcement officer, with a digital camera, covered by a camouflage mat. Surprisingly the disguise is extremely effective and would not be noticed by an offender looking for a spot to dump his rubbish. The bottom picture shows just how successful the camouflage is, with just the camera lens visible (indicated by the arrow).

With the enforcement officer laying in the channel, under the camouflage mat, the only thing visible is the camera lens indicated by the arrow – would you have spotted it?

If you see anyone dumping rubbish, please report it (along with car numbers if possible) to Gedling Borough Council.

We wish every success to this innovative and imaginative scheme (just as long as I don’t have to be the one with the camera!). Let us know what you think.

Woodborough Local History Group

Our next meeting is on Thursday April 18th, starting at 7.30 pm in the Institute on Roe Hill.

Our speaker is Carol Lovejoy Edwards and her talk is entitled “Nottingham in the Great War”.

Visitors are welcome to come and join us for what will be an interesting talk about a devastating time for our city and country.

There is a small entrance charge and there will be refreshments after the talk.

Lambley Historical Society

At our February meeting, Pete Smith gave a very interesting talk on Newstead Abbey using old drawings and paintings from his article in the Thoroton Society Record Series written in conjunction with Rosalys Coope.

The Augustinian priory of Newstead in Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest was founded in c.1163. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries it was acquired in 1540 by the Byron family who used it as a country house until it was sold in 1818 by Lord Byron the poet.  Under the name of Newstead Abbey, it subsequently passed through the hands of the Wildman, Webb and Fraser families before being presented by Sir Julien Cahn to Nottingham City Council in 1931. Since then the Council have maintained the house and gardens together with important collections of furniture, paintings and Byron artefacts.

The 5th Lord Byron who lavished so much money on ‘Gothicking’ the house and park that he virtually bankrupted the estate by the 1770s, earning him the perhaps undeserved epithet of the ‘Wicked Lord’. His passion for re-enacting naval battles by scaled-down sailing ships motivated him to erect three mock forts around the lake.

Much of the Abbey’s fabric which we see today is due not to the Byrons but to the Wildmans and Webbs family between 1817 and 1925. In particular Colonel Thomas Wildman set about a major programme of what was known to contemporaries as ‘early-ing up’ the house in neo-mediaeval style.

Our next meeting is Monday 29th April at 7.30pm in the Lowdham WI Hall when Professor John Beckett will speak about Jesse Boot and the History of Highfields.

For more information contact Kay on 0115 9313646 or John on 0115 9313066 or visit our website