The Village Sculpture Unveiling

The Village Sculpture
unveiling by
The Rt. Hon. Earl Howe PC
Sunday 29th September at 2.00pm
from the British Legion Corner

Village Sculpture2pm – Welcome and unveiling

2.15pm – King John arrives on horse back with
Washington Irving to inspect possible land site for his
magnificent hunting lodge.

2.30pm – King John rides down the Brick Yard to find
Cheese being rolled down the hill and pigs being dropped
down a well!!!!

2.45pm – King John rides on to the Railway walk to find a
very fast hare taking the rent to Nottingham and can not
catch him on horseback.

3.00pm – King John see’s villagers in the school
playground being taught how to drown an eel and rake the
moon from the pond!!!!!

3.30pm – King John has had enough and heads off to the
local hostelries for a drink near the village pump to find
the locals trying to fence a cuckoo in and two villagers
desperately trying to collect water with a bucket with holes.

3.50pm – He turn’s around to escape and finds the local
egg man expecting people to read his mind!

4.00pm – The Morris Men Dancers arrive to finish the
days activities.

Click on the sculpture to read Gotham News Issue 74 which includes even more information about this historic day.

Artwork by kind permission from Don Charlesworth ©

Minutes of a Meeting of Gotham Parish Council (30/07/13)

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF GOTHAM PARISH COUNCIL 30th JULY, 2013 held in the Memorial Hall Weldon Room

Present R.Muir (Chairman) M.J.Sheppard, (Vice-Chairman), J.M.F.Royce,  R.Davis,  G.Clark,  B.J.Walker,   D.Bexon,    E.Padden, J.P.Anderson, K. Steed, C.Dabell,  T.Vennett-Smith, E.Rodgers.

13/108: Apologies. Nil.

13/109: Acceptance of Apologies: N/a

13/110: Declaration of Interest:

Trustees, M.J.Sheppard,  D.Bexon, G.Clark in matters relevant to the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground.

13/111: Minutes of the previous meeting:

Resolved: That the previously circulated Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 2nd July, 2013, be accepted as a true record of the business transacted, with the following alteration. Pg.2 13/96: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: remove ‘M.J.Sheppard’ from the list of attendees at the Workshop at Thrumpton held on the 18th June, 2013.

PROPOSAL: G.Clark  SECONDED: C.Dabell Vote: All in favour.

Progress from the Minutes:

Pg. 1: 13/93: Progress from the Minutes: The Clerk had not received confirmation that the NCC Local Improvement Scheme was due to be closed.

Pg 1: 13/95: Finance Monthly Payments and Receipts: De-Fibrillator: E.Padden reported progress with the provision of a village defibrillator. She had discovered that a number of options re the location of the equipment had not been considered. On the advice of the ambulance service, the equipment should be located within view of the highway, such as in a traditional style telephone box situated outside the post office. Frydays might prove a convenient location. She would refer to the MH Trustees who had offered to house the equipment outside the Moonrakers’ Room.

Pg. 1: 13/96: Report by Chairman of Planning and Development Committee: J.P.Anderson confirmed, the 3D model of the proposed housing development at Clifton was under construction. It would provide a visual impact of the loss of Clifton Pastures should a massive development of housing, workshops and other infrastructure be allowed the go ahead.

13/112: Finance Monthly Payments and Receipts:

Receipts and Payments: RESOLVED: That the receipts, since the last meeting, are noted and the Accounts in Appendix F1 be confirmed and authorised for payment.

The Clerk explained, cancelled cheque no. 303348 to Caine Douglas had incurred a £12 bank charge which, on appeal, had been refunded.

PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: J.P.Anderson  Vote: All in favour.

13/113: Village Sculpture/Unveiling Ceremony:

A small scale model of the sculpture was presented to Council.

R.Muir, M.J.Sheppard and J.P.Anderson had inspected the progress of the Sculpture at F.Lunn Engineers at Atherstone, Warwickshire. Photographs of the construction and painting process would be available.

K.Hourd of NCC had confirmed, a licence for the Sculpture could be issued to allow erection of the post, prior to final arrangements for the other village furniture, i.e. trail board and seat at the site. Those items could be included at a later date. Architect, D.Charlesworth was keen to provide a ‘Blade’ style stainless steel heritage board with his original drawings and a written description of the depicted tales, assisted by K.Steed who had written a short synopsis of each tale. F.Lunn was currently drawing up a specification for a ‘blade’ board which might be supported by a small post or attached to a lamp post.

A.Vickers, of the Heritage Committee, would provide a standard heritage board with description of the history of the 12th Century events and to contain the other village tales, not depicted on the actual sculpture. B.Dabell assisting with the text. This was an important element of the whole process to allow an accurate historical account of King John’s visit to the village.

C.Dabell confirmed, K.Anstey had offered to fashion a surround of British Gypsum material into a base around the sculpture, free of charge.

Unveiling Ceremony – 29th September, 2013.

R.Muir had drawn up a timetable of events re the Village Sculpture Unveiling Ceremony on the 29th September, 2013. She had attended meetings with the events organisers, A.Vickers, G.Trickett, S.Lymn-Brewin , M.J.Sheppard and B.Dabell.

Village groups were progressing with the re-enactment of the tales, under direction of Ben Anderson, who had obtained and re-arranged the (2003) original scripts from Messrs. Hanby and Barratt. A troubadour would lead the procession from the Village Square along a route including the Cuckoo Bush public house, Gotham Primary School, the Railway Track and to the Memorial Hall, via the Brickyard when the unveiling of the Sculpture would be held.

M.J.Sheppard was still in consultation with Earl Howe over arrangements for him to unveil the Sculpture. (Confirmation expected by the 5th August). If unavailable, the Deputy Lieutenant or the High Sherriff of Nottingham, both Queen’s representatives would be contacted with an invitation to attend.

A luncheon for fifty VIPs’ would be held in the Memorial Hall commencing at 12 noon.

J.Statham would narrate the Tales, C.Howe would take the role of King John, attended by a Standard bearer and four foot soldiers.

The finale of the celebrations would be conducted at the Memorial Hall when a hog roast and bar would be available, proceeds of which might be put towards the finances for the car park resurfacing. (To be confirmed).

R.Muir would progress the possibility of a jousting event on the Recreation Ground, with the consent of the Recreation Ground Trustees. The jousting might be sponsored by leading local companies as there was no budget for it at the present time.

E.Padden left the meeting at 8.20 p.m.

Costings of the Village Sculpture Unveiling Ceremony:

J.P.Anderson had drawn up a list of costings for the unveiling celebrations which amounted to £1,900.

C.Walker had offered to cover the cost of insurance for the events during the unveiling day. Jousting would be covered separately by the company concerned.

M.J.Sheppard would research low cost invitations. The sculpture’s sponsors would be acknowledged on the invitations, to be delivered to every house in the village.

E.Padden returned to the meeting at 8.45 p.m.

R.Muir offered to provide a 6’ x 4’ watertight laminated poster to offer a description of the tales and placed behind the sculpture. This would serve as a temporary measure until the permanent heritage boards were erected.

R.Muir would appoint a photographer to take still photographs of the celebrations which would be exhibited at a later date. K.Steed suggested a photographic record could be retained at Gotham Library.

PROPOSAL: To vire £300 (saving from cancelled sculpture insurance costs) towards the unveiling ceremony and add a contingency fund of £1,000 to the already vired £620.38 Diamond Jubilee underspend, towards the unveiling ceremony funds.

PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson.

PROPOSAL AMENDED by J.M.F.Royce to add a 20% contingency fund amounting to £1,360 taken from the 2011/12 VAT return. of £1,736.93.

J.P.Anderson accepted the amendment which was SECONDED by R.Muir. Vote: All in favour.

The above PROPOSAL would lie on the table for one month for a final decision at the next meeting to be held on the 3rd September, 2013.

13/114: Chairman’s Report:

The Chairman thanked Council for their continued hard work during her recent absence.

13/115: Clerk’s report:

The Clerk reported, the litter bin at the top of Hill Road/Gypsum Way had been reported to Streetwise who had promised to empty it on a regular basis.

The Clerk circulated an up to date record of correspondence received during July.

The Clerk would be out of the office during August. Emails would be diverted to the Chairman. Correspondence would be passed to the Vice-Chairman.

13/116: Matters to Report:

M.J.Sheppard confirmed, the electrician had carried out the installation of a transformer in the Village Pump. The Clerk had invited Mr. Freeman of NCC Highways to carry out an inspection of the work.

M.J.Sheppard confirmed the date of the Christmas Carol singing in The Square was the 10th December at 6.p.m. The band had been booked and would be sponsored by the Sun Inn and the Cuckoo Bush. Gotham Primary School had been invited to take part.

B.J.Walker reported, Glen Harris of Barton had complained, that since the closure of Barton Lane, the journey from Barton to Gotham had taken forty minutes during rush hour, mainly due to  a hold up at the Kegworth Road chicane where parents of schoolchildren had parked inappropriately and blocked the road to through traffic. R.Muir would inform the Headmistress.

J.M.F.Royce suggested an application to County Councillor A.Brown for a donation towards the Village Sculpture.

PROPOSAL: The Clerk to apply for funds towards the sculpture from County Councillor A.Brown.

PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: T.Vennett-Smith Vote: All in favour.

T.Vennett-Smith reported his disappointment that Councillor R.Davis had written an article for Gotham News re his support for the Village Sculpture. He would have expected to have been made aware of the article, prior to publication and to be allowed to add his comment as it mentioned his own previous objection to GPC’s purchase of the sculpture. T.Vennett-Smith reminded Council that he had served the Parish Council faithfully for thirty years but now found he was uncomfortable at the meetings and would tender his resignation, by letter to the Clerk. He thanked Councillors, B.J.Walker, J.M.F.Royce and J.P.Anderson for their diligence during his time on the Council. He would continue to serve as a Borough Councillor. R.Davis extended his apologies for not giving T.Vennett-Smith a copy of his Gotham News article prior to publication. R.Muir reported, she had received positive comment about the article.

E.Rodgers reported a fall in Gotham crime during May and June.

J.P.Anderson reported a Focus Group Meeting had taken place with the Trustees of the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground. P.R.Dines was progressing with a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’.

A meeting would take place with representatives of GPC/Trustees and the drain/resurfacing contractors on the 2nd August. Tenders for the works should be received by September.

R.Davis reported, the Railway replacement buses were routinely travelling through Gotham to and from the Park Way Station during rush hour while work was underway on the refurbishment of the Midland Station which was due to last for six weeks.

13/117: Items for Next Agenda. Village Sculpture Unveiling Ceremony/Car Park Drains/Resurfacing.

13/118: Date of Next Meeting: The next  meeting would be held on the 3rd September, 2013 at 7.00 p.m.

Meeting concluded at  9.45 pm.

Soul Night at Gotham Memorial Hall (14/09/13)

A Charity Evening brought to you by the Trustees of Gotham Memorial Hall & Recreation ground Trust.

SOUL NIGHT on Saturday 14th September 2013 at Gotham Memorial Hall

Bar open 8pm until 12am – venue closes at 12.30am

Dance the night away to the sounds of ‘Soul Master’ Terry Pearson

Tickets only £5 each (minimum age 18 and strictly ticket only)

(Tickets include entry into free cash draw – 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25)

Tickets available from Linda Bramley, tel 0115 914 7293

Minutes of a Meeting of the Environment Committee (16/07/13)



Members Present:   C.Dabell (Chairman), R.Davis, (Vice-Chairman), G.Clark,  K.Steed, E.Padden (7.45 p.m.)

1/    Apologies: M.J.Sheppard, R.Muir.  In attendance: K.Thorpe.

2/    Acceptance of Apologies:

PROPOSED: R.Davis SECONDED: G.Clark Vote: All in favour.

3/   Declaration of Interest: Nil.

PROPOSAL: Suspension of Standing Orders. PROPOSED: C.Dabell   SECONDED: G.Clark. Vote: All in favour.

K.Thorpe confirmed the Countryside Trust had cleared the first part of the extension of the Railway Walk, from Leake Road to Stoney Lane. Overhead trees had been left. Two kissing gates at either end had been installed by R.Hunt. Two more sections would be cleared in due course. Earl Howe’s agent had given consent and was satisfied the walk would be maintained to a high level by the Trust. The Clerk to GPC had confirmed the present insurance with Zurich covered the Railway Walk extension.

The Chairman thanked K.Thorpe who left the meeting at 7.45 p.m.

PROPOSAL: Re-instatement of  Standing Orders. PROPOSED: C.Dabell   SECONDED: K.Steed. Vote: All in favour.

4/ Minutes of the Previous Meeting:

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Environment Committee, held on the 21st May, 2013, as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted.

PROPOSED: C.Dabell SECONDED: G.Clark Vote: All in favour.

5/  Progress arising from previous Minutes: Nil to report.

6/ Village Sculpture Progress/Unveiling Ceremony/Heritage Boards:

The Clerk had contacted A.Vickers re the purchase of two heritage boards, one for the tales and the other to detail the sponsors. It was agreed, that one heritage board would suffice with the sponsors listed along the bottom of the stories. The tales could be taken from the book of tales which accompanied the previous enactment. The Clerk had spoken to Kendra Hourd of NCC who had agreed that the village seat could be rotated to face the sculpture. There would be no requirement for another seat at the site due to the small amount of ground. The British Gypsum material would be fashioned into a neat paved edging around the sculpture. It was agreed, a finished base of a twelve inch diameter around the base of the sculpture post would suffice. C.Dabell would contact K. Anstey re creating the base edging stone. The Clerk had not yet been given confirmation from DC Comics re the use of a Batman icon. The laurel hedging to serve as a background would be planted in the Autumn. The licence application for the sculpture would be completed by the Clerk and submitted to NCC. Earl Howe had not yet confirmed he would be available to unveil the sculpture.

7/ Progress re Village Pump Electricity Supply:

G.Clark had received confirmation from M.J.Sheppard that the electrician had inspected the Village Pump with a view to carrying out installation of a transformer by the end of July. Once the work was completed, the Clerk would contact Mr. Freeman of NCC to carry out an inspection for approval.

E.Padden declared an interest in item 8 as she is a member of St. Lawrence PCC.

8/ Date for Christmas Carols:

G.Clark reported, M.J.Sheppard had booked Phil Reckless and his band to play music for Christmas Carols on the 10th December. The Cuckoo Bush and The Sun would sponsor the band. The Christmas tree would be provided free of charge by a parishioner. The Gotham Primary Schoolchildren would be invited to sing some carols. The Clerk would submit a seasonal decoration licence to RBC. E.Padden reported, the PCC had offered to open the Church for refreshments following the Carol Singing session.

9/ Any Other Business (Police Priority Setting Meeting 17th July, 2013 – 10 a.m. at Keyworth):

E. Padden was unable to attend full meeting due to lunchtime commitments. There was no other member of the Council available to attend on this occasion.

The Clerk reported, the Railway Walk picnic table had been vandalised. C.Dabell would inspect the damage. The Clerk would ask D.Healey to carry out a repair.

The Clerk reported, the evergreen bush in The Square border, in front of the Pump, had died. It was agreed to replace it with a self fertile Cherry Laurel purchased from Six Acre Nurseries.

It was reported that the litter bin at the top of Hill Road was full. Clerk to contact Streetwise.

10/  Date and Time of Next Meeting:

The next meeting of the Environment Committee would be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on the 27th August, 2013. at 7.30 p.m.

Meeting closed at  8.50 p.m.