Category Archives: Organisations

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 Scout Group’s Gold DofE Award holders

scoutsTwo of our network/explorers Ben Anderson and Charlie Howick went to London on Wednesday 25th of September to received the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. They are two out of around 200 people to get this award this year. They received their awards in a lavish ceremony at St James’ Palace. They were presented their awards by Bryony Balen who is the youngest person to ski to the South Pole and HRH The Earl of Wessix (Prince Edward). This is a great achievement and we are enormously proud of them both.

Gotham Scout Group

Special recognition from the Chief Scout

scoutsThe scout group would like to congratulate their longstanding cub leaders, Kerrie Anderson and Julie Hogg who have given up their time and Wednesday evenings for the past 14 years, been on numerous camps, outings and parades, made camp fires and shelters, tied knots and bandaged knees.

They have been given a commendation for their ‘services to scouting’ from the chief scout Bear Grylls. We would like to say on behalf of the scout group, thank you!

Gotham Nature Reserve Trust

Some of you will have noticed activity and even smoke around the Sandbanks. We are delighted to report that after months of boring old administration we have finally started work on restoring the area.

Within two weeks of completion of the lease, the first work party took place led by Gary Cragg of Nottinghamshire Wildlife trust.

In early January we held a public meeting to update the community on our plans and to encourage people to become members of the GNR Trust. The attendance was truly impressive, considering it was one of the coldest evenings of the winter, and resulted in some 32 new members. Representatives from Natural England and Saint Gobain addressed the meeting and were available to answer questions.

Up to mid February, some eight work parties have taken place both at weekends and, by popular demand, mid-week. Thanks to the many hardworking volunteers, an amazing amount of the grassland has been cleared of scrub. The bird nesting season is almost upon us now, restricting the work we will be able to do on site, but look out for our fund-raising projects over the coming months.

Why not become a member of the GNR Trust? It is free and you don’t have to be a ‘tree fella’ or volunteer for other jobs. Maybe you would be happy to do some litter picking, or help organise fund raising events, or offer your garden for ‘open gardens’. You could even come up around mid day on work party days with flasks of tea or coffee, or just stroll up and take an interest in what we’re doing. As a member you will be kept informed of all our activities and can have your say at our open meetings.

Gotham Art Club

We are pleased to report that the Gotham Art Club is once again flourishing, but we would still welcome new members.  We try to have a varied programme, we mainly use water colours but this year we have done Drawing, Pen and Wash and Pastels, had an outside session in the Church yard plus a wide selection of topics.  We held our first exhibition at the Diamond Jubilee which was a great success, all members contributed and were delighted at how good their pictures looked.

On 25th February we welcome well known artist Tim Fisher again.  He will be doing a water colour demonstration.  Previously he did a pastel demonstration which was fascinating to watch.  We hope to do a couple of day workshops in 2013 – watch this space – all welcome to join us.

For more information please contact Anne Howick on 0115 983 0606.