Late News

Cecilia England

Mrs Cecilia England, long-term Woodborough resident and a former teacher at Woodborough Woods Primary School, died aged 97 on Wednesday 13 May 2020.

Cecilia moved to Woodborough in 1968 with her husband, Lewis, and lived in their house on Main Street until last year, when she suffered a stroke and moved into a local care home, where she died suddenly on 13 May. Her husband, Lewis, died in 1999 but Cecilia subsequently lived an independent life, with involvement in many village activities, most notably WI and Scrabble club, until last year.

Cecilia taught at Woodborough Woods School from 1968 until her retirement in 1982 and she has seen many of her own pupils grow up and become parents themselves. She maintained close ties with the school and was Clerk to the Governors in later years.

Cecilia will be fondly remembered by all who knew her as a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher and friend.

The date of her funeral has yet to be fixed.


Published 18/5/20

Woodborough Village Shop & Post Office

Residents of Woodborough will know that the opening hours of the Shop & PO have been rather “hit and miss” lately.

With no concrete information forthcoming, we have to rely on verbal reports and temporary notices.

To save you a wasted walk to the shop, please note that the current notice tells us that the shop will reopen on Monday 18th May.


Published 14/5/20


UPDATE – 18 May 2020

Please note that the shop is now showing a notice which says “Sorry we are closed”. No further information is available.

Car Parks at Council Parks Reopen

Car parks at Gedling Country Park, Arnot Hill Park and all other Gedling Borough Council owned parks will open from Thursday 14 May following a change in the government’s guidance on the amount of exercise people can take and the partial relaxation of rules around driving to places to exercise.

Play areas at the parks will remain closed. The cafés at Gedling Country Park and Arnot Hill Park and public toilets at parks are set to open in coming days, once further hygiene arrangements have been put in place. Visitors to the parks and open spaces must adhere to social distancing measures. The car parks have been closed since the end of March following the introduction of the lockdown measures.

Gedling Borough Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Michael Payne said: “We are opening up car parks at our parks and open spaces to allow residents who cannot travel by foot to visit them, exercise and enjoy some fresh air. All visitors to the parks must adhere to social distancing measures, which have not changed. We are very conscious of the importance of exercise but we do not want to see the reproduction rate of this terrible virus go up, so please stay two metres apart from each other and take extra care when visiting the parks.”


Published 14/5/20

NCT Response to Prime Minister’s Announcement of 10 May 2020

The government continues to advise people to avoid using public transport.

You can only use our buses for essential journeys and you must follow these rules:

  • Do not travel unwell or if you live with someone who is self-isolating
  • Keep your distance when queuing at bus stops and only board the bus one at a time
  • Have your fare, ticket or pass ready before boarding
  • Try and sit at least 2m apart, where possible, and make use of the upstairs (which on many buses is underused)
  • Cough and sneeze hygienically and use a tissue which must be disposed of in a bin
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds before and after travelling
  • When leaving the bus, wait behind the red circle on the floor until the doors are opened​

There are no immediate changes to the services or timetables we’re operating.

Once the guidance for transport operators referred to by the Prime Minister in his address on 10th May 2020 is published, we’ll review and implement what is expected of us, for both our customers and employees. 

It will take time to implement these requirements and with the majority of our buses delicenced and currently unavailable for use and 75% of our employees furloughed, any changes to service levels are likely to be gradual and in line with the ‘road map’ set out by the Prime Minister.


Published 11/5/20

Six recycling centres across the County to reopen

We’re pleased to announce that six of the council’s 12 recycling centres will reopen from Monday 18 May 2020 but please only make the journey if your waste cannot be stored safely at home.

The following sites will be open seven days a week 10am – 6pm except for Newark which will open 10am – 4pm to minimise traffic disruption:


To ensure the safety of workers and residents, strict social distancing will be enforced and a one car in, one car out policy will be in place at all sites – no trailers, vans or pick-ups will be permitted. The sites will also be running a reduced service and only the following waste can be taken:

Garden waste
Waste electrical and electronic equipment
General waste

Again, PLEASE only make the journey if you cannot store your waste safely at home. For more information about the reopening of recycling centres take a look at our frequently asked questions.


Published 11/5/20

Remote Meeting of the Parish Council

7.00pm 12th May

The Parish Council will meet remotely next Tuesday, May 12th.

View the agenda here.

This meeting will go ahead subject to members successfully connecting via Zoom (Video Conferencing).

For details of how to observe the meeting, see Next Meeting on

As we are still learning how to meet effectively using Zoom we are presently not including a session for the public to speak in our agenda, however we do invite members of the public to send written representations by email to the Clerk, or to telephone and provide comment before the meeting.     Tel 0115 8498195


Published 9/5/20

Woodborough in Bloom


Sophie has offered to supply a bulk order at cost price for all the plants needed for the troughs and planters around the village. Even during these difficult times the distancing measures set by the government will be adhered to and we hope to add colour to the village for everyone to enjoy.

A huge thank you to Sophie and Greg for all their generous support they give to the village.

Published 6/5/20

More on Glass Collections in Woodborough

Gedling’s website tells us that “From Monday 11 May all glass collections will be as scheduled on your bin collection calendars”.

Published 3/5/20

Glass Collections in Woodborough

A message from Cllr John Charles-Jones regarding the item on page 10 about the resumption of glass collections.

To save anyone else looking, Woodborough is not yet scheduled for glass collections.

Published 2/5/20

VE Day Video Montage

Help us to create a video montage of Woodborough coming together to sing along with Vera Lynn on Friday. Don’t worry, you don’t even need to be able to sing as we want to have a visual display of faces of Woodborough young and old to help make the video more fun.

The Royal British Legion are looking at ways we can mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day together whilst staying apart.

As we can’t now do all that we had planned to celebrate VE Day 75 we need your help so the WCA can create a musical montage of all our Village joining in with Vera Lynn on Friday night. All we need from you is a video of you doing something sent to Stu Nicholas on Facebook messenger, email or WhatsApp to either of us or anything else (by end of Thursday latest) so Stew can splice it all together.
Just go to this YouTube link ( ) and either sing along with Vera in the background or else listen To Vera Lynne on your headphones and video yourself on a separate device.

It doesn’t matter if you can sing or you can’t because Dame Vera will back us. Mime if you like or perhaps dress up and dance. The choice is up to you. Play along on an instrument or wave a flag. You can do as much or as little as you like. You can be dancing or sitting, on your own or as a family. If just 10% of the village join in we will have enough footage but the more take part the better the mix and more interesting the video. If you know others who might not have access to a smart phone you might video them over the garden fence. Anyone taking part would be giving the WCA permission to post the finished video on Facebook and from there give wider permission for others to share it with friends and family to tell them some day soon as our Queen said recently we Will meet again.

Thanks in advance of your help
Liz and Stewart Nicholas


Published 6/5/20