Late News

The Woodborough Institute

The Woodborough Institute trustees have decided after much deliberation that the building will remain closed for the foreseeable future. This is to protect the health and safety of all users. The situation will be re-assessed when the Government Covid Alert state has fallen to Level 1.

Richard Whincup

Woodborough Institute Trustee

Published 6 July

Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan
Growth Options Consultation

I am writing to you as you have registered with our joint consultation database so that we can let you know when we are preparing or updating planning policy documents.

Gedling Borough, Broxtowe Borough, Nottingham City and Rushcliffe Borough Councils are working together to prepare the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan, which will set out the Councils’ strategy for future development up to 2038.

The Strategic Plan will set out the key vision for development across the Greater Nottingham area up to 2038 building on the strengths of the existing Core Strategies, promoting sustainable development patterns and addressing climate change.

The first formal stage in preparing the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan is the Growth Options document.  This document includes a series of questions to establish the scope of the draft Strategic Plan which will be consulted on in 2021.

The Growth Options document does not include draft policies at this stage or identify how or where future development will take place.

More information on the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan can be found online at and details of how comments can be made to the Growth Options document can be found online at

The deadline for comments is Monday 14 September 2020.

If you have any queries or would like any additional information, please do not hesitate to email or phone 0115 876 4594.

Yours faithfully,

Matt Gregory

Published 6 July

Churches to open for private prayer (Sundays only)

As from this Sunday, 5th July, the churches at Epperstone, Oxton and Woodborough will be open from 10.00a.m –3.00p.m for private prayer only.

The churches will remain closed for the rest of the week. Gonalston will not be opened.

It is important to stress that these are unsupervised sessions for anyone who wants to spend some time in church for personal prayer and reflection.

No church staff will be in attendance and we are asking that you respect other peoples’ silence and personal space, along with the instructions for social distancing and safety.

 In the meantime we will continue to worship online but, if you have any questions, then please do get in touch.

Key points for private prayer in church

  • Sanitise your hands before you enter and when you leave.
  • Keep 2m apart all the time, including when you enter and leave.
  • Only sit in the designated areas.
  • This is an UNSUPERVISED prayer time. There are no church staff in attendance.
  • We cannot provide bibles or hymn books, but please bring your own.
  • Please keep silence and respect others’ personal  space.

Vicar: Revd Anthony Giles
0776 652 5620

Benefice Administrator: Tracey Akehurst
0115 965 2114

Published 3 July

Governors’ Field Future Re-opening

The Prime Minister surprised Parish Councils with an announcement on June 23rd that outdoor playgrounds could re-open on July 4th, providing it could be done so “safely” and the playgrounds could be made “Covid secure”. Prior to this, we were working with detailed guidance which  recommended that all children’s playgrounds should remain closed at UK Government Covid Alert Level 3 (the UK’s current status).

On June 26th, detailed guidance appeared on the government website for owners and operators of playgrounds. The “new normal” has to include procedures to minimise risk of transmission of the virus. In the case of the Governors’ Field, this might include:

  • Limiting the number of users able to use the play area
  • Keeping users 1m+ apart during play
  • Asking that only 1 family member can accompany each child
  • Limiting the number of seats on equipment to promote social distancing
  • Marking out queuing and waiting areas
  • Cleaning of high traffic touch points
  • Asking parents/carers to clean equipment where there are clear touch points – eg see saws, swing rockers

Please bear with us while we undertake a risk assessment and plan how we will operate. We also have some maintenance and cleaning tasks to undertake before we can open.

We will need volunteers to help to operate the playground once open, eg to clean the equipment.

If you are able to help, please contact Averil (Clerk to the PC):


Resignation of Cllr Patrick Smith

The Parish Council was sad to receive a letter of resignation from Cllr Patrick Smith. Patrick made a significant contribution to the PC, particularly in planning matters. During the development of the Local Planning Document – Gedling’s roadmap for development and house building across the borough – Patrick devoted many hours to scouring the documentation and attending meetings to make sure that Woodborough’s best interests were represented. His attention to detail and expertise will be much missed.  

Two vacancies now exist and we will follow the procedure required by the Local Government Act 1972. Please note that if an election is needed, that election will take place in May 2021 in accordance with coronavirus regulations.

Please contact if you are interested in joining the Parish Council.

Published 3 July

Bonington Cinema To Reopen on Saturday 4 July

The Bonington will be screening films from Saturday with a new look seating plan and reduced capacity. The Bonington will be screening films in its cinema following the relaxation of lockdown rules set out by the Government earlier this month.

The cinema will have a reduced number of seats to accommodate customers and so they can keep two metres apart.

Sofas, armchairs and tables have replaced the usual cascading seats and there are a number of measures in place to ensure people are safe.

Capacity will be reduced to just 24 seats per screening to allow people to have enough space. Tickets must be booked in advance through the Bonington website or by telephone. No tickets are available to buy from the box office. The venue has been thoroughly cleaned during the closure and there will be hand-sanitising stations available and extra cleaning will take place between each screening.

A one-way system has also been introduced to reduce contact with others with signage situated throughout the cinema to give people clear directions about where to go.

The cinema will be showing a host of family films as well as some of the best national and international films including the winner of the Best Picture Award at the Oscars, Parasite.

Full details about the upcoming films and the measures in place to ensure the safety of customers is available at

Published 1 July