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Be a Town or Parish Councillor and help shape where you live

You can be a Parish or Town Councillor in 2019 and help shape the area where your family, friends and neighbours live by representing them on your local council.

That’s the message from Rushcliffe Borough Council who oversee Parish and Town Council elections every four years and are appealing for more members of communities across the Borough to stand and represent their fellow residents and stakeholders in their local area.

There are 351 seats to fill across Rushcliffe’s towns and villages, some of which have been uncontested in recent elections.

The Council is keen any individual who has the desire to represent their local area is aware of the ease of the process to stand as a candidate.

To stand as a councillor is straight forward and takes no longer than an hour to complete all the relevant paperwork.

Cluster sessions will also take place at locations in the Borough for prospective candidates to ask questions and find out more information from the Council’s Elections team on the following dates:

  • Tuesday January 22, Cropwell Butler Village Hall, 7pm
  • Monday January 28, Tollerton Methodist Church, 7pm
  • Tuesday January 29, Gotham Memorial Hall, 7pm

Returning Officer and Council Chief Executive Allen Graham explained why hundreds of members of Rushcliffe communities already stand in their town, village or ward.

He said: “Standing as a parish councillor can be exceptionally rewarding and by standing and being elected you can help change your community for the better.

“Age or experience is not important, you can represent your local area as long as you are over 18. You don’t have to be part of a political party, anyone can stand as an independent candidate.

“If there a particular local issue you wish to influence or feel passionate about, why not stand for election?

“You could also actively play a part in hosting and co-ordinating community events and celebrations. Being a Town or Parish Councillor can be great way to influence the shape of a wider community’s activities and initiatives and unite people together to achieve more.”

Email or call 0115 914 8515 for more information.

Gotham & District Local History Society

The Gotham and District Local History Society was originally formed in 1974. Regular monthly meetings with appropriate speakers are held at 7-30pm in the Gotham Memorial Hall, Nottingham Road, on the third Thursday of each month with the exception of August. Other topics and correspondence are discussed after each talk. No membership joining fee is required. There is a separate attendance fee on the night. Typically 25-30 people attend the meetings.

For more information please visit the Society’s new and improved website HERE.

John transported with delight

Meet John Powdrill – the latest voluntary driver who joins Rushcliffe Voluntary Transport Scheme (RVTS) from Gotham. John is ready to transport new passengers with delight in the Gotham and East Leake areas. RVTS has provided community transport for 30 years using friendly, volunteer drivers.

John says: “I spent most of my working life in sales dealing with a wide range of people and for the past ten years I’ve been working in customer services at East Midlands Parkway railway station helping people with their transfers from buses to the train, dealing with their luggage and any problems caused by late trains or coaches. I’m still doing this part time. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, cycling and sport, but I felt that I could be of help to people who need to get out of the house using the skills I’ve gained in dealing with the public and also my driving ability. Volunteer driving seems an ideal way to use my time and my skills.”

Carolyn Perry, chief executive, explains why passengers use the service: “Our customers benefit from getting out and about and this helps prevent loneliness, plus they maintain their independence, dignity and respect. We also help ease pressure on health and social care.”

Most customers are elderly, or have disabilities, but some are younger. RVTS helps them get to health appointments, hairdressers, shopping, social activities and to see family and friends. Customers benefit from safe and affordable journeys with DRB-checked voluntary drivers. Passenger who use the service don’t drive or have access to a car, they find it difficult to use public transport and their family is often at work during the day when they want to go out and about.

Customers pay an annual registration fee, a booking fee and 45p per mile for journeys. The service operates weekdays 8.30am to 5pm. RVTS has a Community Transport Quality Mark – the sign of a top quality service.

Interested? Got elderly parents or a partner that needs to get out?

Call 0115 969 9060 or email for more information and a registration pack.

The photo shows John Powdrill – our latest volunteer driver.

Voluntary Transport Scheme
Rushcliffe Community & Voluntary Service
The Pump House, Abbey Road, West Bridgford, NOTTINGHAM NG2 5NE

Tel: 0115 9699 060 (then press 1 for Transport)
Our website

The Transport Scheme is open for passenger bookings:
Monday – Friday 9.00am – 12.30pm

Urgent calls to the Transport Scheme outside of booking hours should be directed to our main reception telephone: 0115 9699 060

Gotham Fool History

Last year I did a literary walk of Nottingham with Michael Eaton as part of the Festival of Words and was shocked at how little people knew about their local history. Yes, they knew who Byron, Lawrence and Sillitoe were but they had no knowledge of other figures such as Slavomir Rawicz, Alma Reville and the eccentric 5th Duke of Portland.

DOTU on IpadNottingham may have a long history of rebellion and standing up to authority but it would appear we’re not so good at celebrating our own history and standing up for ourselves, so I decided to do something about this and resurrected 12 writers from the grave for a digital graphic novel called Dawn of the Unread. This can be read online and will soon be available as an App for iPhone, Android and the iPad. Reading habits are changing and so if I want Nottingham history to be celebrated then it has to be made accessible in as many formats as possible for a new generation of reader.

The project started on 8 February 2014 (National Libraries’ Day) and finishes on 8 April 2015 when a physical copy of the graphic novel will be presented to every school and library in Nottinghamshire.

Little Boxes 2On the 8th of each month a new chapter is released and is written and drawn by a different writer and artist. The 4th chapter ‘Little Boxes’ tells the tale of the Gotham Fool and how this led to Gotham becoming the mythical home of Batman. It is written by Adrian Reynolds and drawn by Francis Lowe and deals with perceptions of reality and mental health.

The graphic novel includes lots of embedded content which gives further context to the story in the form of videos, photographs and extended essays for readers who want to go deeper into the topic. To access these, just look out for a round circle with a star and click on it.

There is also a Twitter account called @GothamFool where every day a line is tweeted from the many tales of the Merry Men of Gotham as well as photographs that relate to the story to help build up a digital archive of this incredible story of local folklore.

DOTU ChallengeDawn of the Unread can either be ‘read’ as you would any story or you can ‘play’ it. To ‘play’ users are encouraged to answer questions, loan books from the library, visit locations related to the chapter and upload their own interpretations of the story which can be viewed on a screen outside Broadway Cinema, Nottingham. They get points for completing tasks and the person who scores the highest will feature as a character in the last chapter. Information packs are being sent out to all schools and colleges in Nottinghamshire, so please encourage fellow Gothamites to get involved and prove they are anything but fools!

James Walker Editor, Dawn of the Unread


Twitter @dawnoftheunread