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Lambley Historical Society

Lowdham Grange Borstal

A recent meeting may possibly go down in the annals of the Society as the evening we were in danger of running out of chairs, or even having to close the doors, so many people came to hear the talk given by Jeremy Lodge on a subject literally near to home.

Lowdham Grange Borstal was the first truly open institution for boy offenders based on self-discipline and a culture of respect, honesty and trust. The staff were chosen for their qualities as a role model. The belief was that most young offenders came from broken homes with no father figure.

Lowdham Grange was created in 1930 to meet the needs of boys who were not hardened criminals and who might respond to its regime. There were no bars at windows or locks on doors. There were no uniforms. The aim was that the boys should be rehabilitated, trained in a useful trade and supported on release. When limited to the potentially trustworthy, the open system proved successful but after W.W.2 unsuitable boys were sent to Lowdham resulting in a number of absconders.

The system fell out of favour with the politicians and succumbed to political, reformatory and financial pressures. The end came in 1982 with the passing of the Criminal Justice Act; “No court shall pass a sentence of Borstal Training.”

At the start Jeremy Lodge said, ”Due to its long and established culture of integrating and interacting with the local community, Lowdham Grange has an important place in the hearts and histories of the neighbouring villages.” The size and enthusiasm of the audience who applauded, thanked and exchanged memories with Jeremy proved his assertion.

We have no meeting in December but will start 2019 on January 28th with our A.G.M. and Social Evening.

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

Christmas Comes Early in Gedling 

Due to popular demand, Gedling Borough Council has extended its annual free bulky waste collection and it will begin this week instead of in January.

The Council is offering a free collection of large household items to all residents, subject to availability and on a first come, first served basis. The first collections will initially be collected on Saturdays only until January when residents can choose weekday collections up until the scheme ends in February.

To take advantage of this limited offer, residents need to visit and enter their address and details of the items to be collected. The system will then tell them when the next free collection is available.

This scheme is an extension of the council’s annual bulky waste amnesty which normally starts in January however, the council have decided to bring it forward and offer more collections between now and February.

The aim of the free service is to reduce fly tipping and to allow residents the opportunity to get rid of unwanted large items which would normally be chargeable. Collection dates are limited and residents must book in advance on a first come, first served basis and any collection is subject to availability.

To book a collection visit or call Customer Services on 0115 901 3901.

Woodborough’s Heritage

Early field names, the enclosure act 1795 plus life and agriculture in Woodborough

Some parts of our extensive website  are gradually being modified with photos, maps and plans enlarged or improved, and also minor text improvements.

For 1st December we will re-launch the following subjects:-

  • Parish field names around 1400
  • Parish field names around 1609
  • Woodborough’s Enclosure of 1795 (fully updated and first time on our site in full)
  • Woodborough – a Sherwood Forest Village
  • Farming in Woodborough from around 1400
  • Parish Registers from 1538 to 1810

These subjects really do give the reader an insight in to what life was like in Woodborough over the last 600 years or so. The implementation of the Enclosure of Woodborough was a major Act and document that shaped the fields, the roads that included bridleways and foot paths that we see and use today 220 years later.

Our ‘Themed Photo Albums’ website continues to be well accessed, there are currently over 5,500 local photographs that always needs fresh information for our captions, they can be reached through the link on our main site shown above.

We welcome feedback with new information or photographs on any of our wide ranging historical topics and contacted can be made through John Hoyland 


Annie Hill

Woodborough Wood’s C. of E. (Aided) School and St Swithun’s Church Partnership

Building on a long tradition of working closely with the church, the school has been delighted to welcome a new family worker Annie, appointed by the church, to work with the children, parents and staff. Annie writes:

“Since taking up my post at the beginning of September I have had the great privilege of spending time being a visible representative from the Church in School. Over the initial part of the term I have made contact with Mr Hopwell, the staff and the children by attending the briefings each week where I have provided prayer input and also through being invited to be in Class 1 with Mrs Beach where I have been able to get to know the children and be part of their RE session, bake with a small group and assist with spelling exercises and various other activities. I have also assisted Mr Hopwell in a worship for Harvest, attended the Lunchtime Prayer Club and been present at Coffee Mornings having the opportunity to chat with Parents and explain my role. I have also assisted on a day out and am helping with another in December this has helped again in getting to know the children and parents. I have also tried to be a visible presence when the children are being dropped off at school. Over the next few weeks I will be involved in preparations for The Christingle Service which is to be led by Year 6 children along with Mr Hopwell and Mr Litchfield. It has been a great experience so far.

I am also really looking forward to being more involved in worship and in assisting in the classes as they build on and explore further our Christian Faith and what following Jesus means and further cementing relationships with the School, Church and Families. Prayer surrounds our future connections and all aspects of School and Church Life.”

God Bless

This is a wonderful opportunity for the school and Church. Several members of the governing body are appointed by and worship at church. We are also fortunate to have volunteers who regularly come into to support in many areas of the curriculum. The children really enjoy the varied worship offered at the church and led by Rev Giles at the school.

Rev Giles and Mr Hopwell

Applying for a place at Wood’s Foundation School

If you have a child who was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 you should apply for a school place soon. You should receive information from the local authority by 17th November 2018 and you will be able to apply for a school place until 15th January 2018.

If you have a child who will be starting school next September, or know anyone who has, and would like to visit our school please get in touch. I am always happy to show people around our wonderful school. We look forward to meeting you.

Shaun Hopwell
Woodborough Wood’s C. of E. (Aided) Foundation Primary School



Nottinghamshire County Council has announced its best dressed towns and villages from last month’s Tour of Britain, when dozens of local communities embraced the international sporting event by transforming their villages and towns for the day.

Miles of bunting, flags, yellow bikes and creative displays helped celebrate some of the world’s top cyclists racing 215kms through the county.

The winners are:

Woodborough and Newstead village ( joint winners for the Gedling district)
• Bilsthorpe (Newark and Sherwood)  
• Plumtree (Rushcliffe) 
• Tuxford (Bassetlaw)

To mark the achievement, there are plans for the five winning villages to be presented with a special Tour of Britain plaque.

And a new economic report commissioned by the national organisers, also revealed that the Tour of Britain cycle race boosted the Nottinghamshire economy by £4 million –  up £0.6 million on the previous year’s event.

Organisers also confirmed that around 250,000 visitors lined the 215km route – an increase of 40,000 compared to last year’s turn-out.

Thank you to all of the Woodborough residents who worked so hard to win this award.