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Gotham Post Box

post-boxThe Parish Council have repeatedly requested the re-siting of the village post box outside the old Post Office.

So far, two letters have been received from Royal Mail promising the re-siting of the box in the very near future.  The first letter promised ‘before Christmas’.  Royal Mail have since stated the following in a letter dated 23rd January 2013:

“the relocation of the post box is now imminent” (they could not give any dates) ‘but our engineering team will install it as part of their work plan and then install it as part of their work plan and then inform us as they decide when the works will go ahead”

We have reminded them, in a letter dated 16th March 2013, that the village is without a post box that takes an A4 envelope and would they please re-site the old post box a.s.a.p.

Annual Village Meeting

Parishioners of Gotham

You are invited to attend the


in the Memorial Hall Moonrakers’ Room at 7.30pm


Village clubs/organisations are welcome to read their own report out to share news of their current activities


Isuued by R. Muir – Chairman of Gotham Parish Council on the 25th March 2013

Gotham Pantomime: Sleeping Beauty

This year’s production will be Sleeping Beauty.

There will be 3 performances this year, Friday 7th December at 7.30pm, Saturday 8th December at 2.00pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets: Adult £5, Child £2.50 (under 16)


Get your tickets from:

  • Jordan – 07519 605158
  • Judith – 0115 846 5262
  • Helen – 0115 983 1017
  • Spar shop

Gotham Nature Reserve Trust

The Lease was signed after 5 ½ months of planning on Thursday 1st November 2012. Saint Gobain / British Gypsum have leased the ‘Sandbanks’ site to the Gotham Nature Reserve Trust in a 99 year lease. The Trustees will be inviting everyone to another Public Meeting when details will be explained about the restoration work that has to be done on the site, and how the working parties will be organised. As before, it will be an opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions about what is now ‘a piece of real estate that belongs to us — the community’ So why not become a member of this worthwhile organisation?  It’s free, no subscription, but you’ll be kept in touch with what’s happening.

Our first fund raising effort was a ‘gardens open day’ on Sunday 24th June 2012 with tea and cakes in the Church Hall. It was well organised by Karen Steed and enjoyed by all who attended.

Many thanks to Andrew Vickers who led us on a well attended ‘Heritage Walk’ around the village, surrounding hills and paths, on Saturday 8th September 2012, explaining fascinating little-known facts, and history of our village which was all very interesting and well presented.

The Rec gets some new play equipment

The Memorial Hall Chairman, Andrew Vickers, obtained some new play equipment for the Recreation Ground and several Trustees and some willing helpers painted it at Howick’s Farm and then installed it on the Recreation Ground – all in a day. After this great team effort, there is now £10,000 of playground equipment and it is all proving very popular.

Scouts’ Sunday Lunch Fundraiser

Considering the weather we had through the summer you may have thought us crazy to organise an outdoor fundraising activity! But the chance of rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of many people for one of Mary Howick’s Sunday lunches and their faith was justified.

On Sunday 9th September 2012 over 100 people congregated in Mary and Arthur’s back garden to enjoy a fabulous meal. We started with a variety of Mary’s wonderful homemade soups, followed by a choice of lamb dishes or poached salmon with asparagus sauce. There was a truly amazing selection of desserts and we finished with cheese and biscuits.

What’s more, the sun shone throughout so that we had to open the sides on the marquee and the chocolate mints melted before we ate them (with a teaspoon!). It was a lovely event, enjoyed by all — and as an added bonus it raised a magnificent sum for the Scout Hut purchase fund.

Many thanks go to Mary and Arthur for hosting the lunch, our excellent young waiters and waitresses and the many helpers behind the scenes. But mainly of course to Mary for the wonderful meal.

Helen Lomas