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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

Funeral of Fred Bowley

fred_bowleyI write to inform you of my fathers passing. Fred Bowley lived virtually all of his life in Gotham. He spent many years on the Parish and Borough Council. A church warden and bell ringer at the church of St Lawrence. He and my mum moved to West Bridgford about 12 years ago. But he still kept his ties with the village and its residents.

Fred passed away on the 8th of February aged 82. Survived by his wife and my mother, Sheila. If anyone wishes to join us at his funeral, it will be held in the church of St. Giles in West Bridgford, on Thursday 27th February at 10:30am. Followed by a committal at Wilford Hill Crematorium.


Ian Bowley

CJ’s Pub Co Ltd takes over The Star Inn

starWith effect from Monday 29th April 2013 The Star Inn will be in the hands of CJ’s Pub Co Ltd.

The new host and licensee will be Karon Whitt, who has been a trade professional for many years.  Karon grew up and lived in the surrounding area and she is keen to make a positive impact with the local community.

The Star Inn has seen many recent changes, not least in the way of landlords and décor.

CJ’s has a plan to not only renovate the pub, but also to make it compliment the local community and other public houses of Gotham.

At the end of May, CJ’s has arranged for The Star to be refurbished to the tune of £30,000, capitalising on its large beer garden and strengthening the quality of the internal surroundings.

“More importantly for me personally, I am pleased to say as part of the refurbishment the exterior of the building will be completely revamped and painted to complement the residents houses surrounding it.” says Karon.

“From a trade point of view I intend for The Star to be a true community pub, offering a wide selection of real ales, home cooked food, entertainment, social events, team sports and more.”

As a company CJ’s brings to The Star a wealth of trade experience, with experience of developing 14 other pubs ranging from destination inns, fine dining, community locals, to high street bars.

The Star will re-open at 5pm on Wednesday 1st May and will be open all day, everyday.

Gotham Post Office

As most of you know, I am due to retire this year.  We now have a final date and the Post Office and delivery office will close its doors finally on 12th September 2012.

We attempted to sell the business over a period of time but with the exception of one derisory offer, had little interest shown.  We’ve also tried, with Jane and Alan’s approval, to encourage Post Office Ltd to look at the local position and move the counter to the Spar shop, but so far to no avail.  However, this does not mean that the Post Offive is gone forever in Gotham and it may still go to the Spar shop in due course, though nothing is guaranteed.

In the time we have been at Gotham we have made many friends and maybe one or two enemies, seem children growing up, going to school, starting work, getting married and so on.  Unfortunately, I have also seen many older customers passing on but of course it’s all part of life.

When I first took over the Post Office in March 1992 I did not know what to expect, coming from a motor trade background and then as a technical trainer in the civil service, the job was a complete change of tack.  I knew that following in Len Hallam’s shoes would be a difficult task and the first couple of months were a bit daunting.  Learning the countless types of transactions, different postal applications and prices and still have to balance the books at the end of the day proved to be quite difficult especially as in the beginning there were no computers!

We were made so welcome by the people in the village that we soon settled in and made Gotham our home.  We intend to stay on in the premises and convert the shop into part of our home, so you haven’t got rid of us yet.  Sue will continue on her post round at least for the time being and I’m sure we will both be seen around the village and in local hostelries.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my customers and the postal staff over the past 20 years and 6 months for their custom and support.  Although I am looking forward to my retirement I will miss the banter and the many laughs I’ve had with my colleagues and customers.

John Birtles

Article reproduced from issue 69 of The Gotham News

Jane Samson

A minute with………. Jane Samson

Jane Samson

What 3 words best describe you? Friendly, Thoughtful, Pleasant.
Who or what annoys you most? Bad manners.
What are your favourite desert island discs? Robbie Williams – Come Undone, Rod Stewart – Handbags and Gladrags
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Hard work never killed anyone.
What objects do you always carry with you? Mobile Phone, Lipstick, Tissues
What is your greatest extravagance? Five dogs.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Spending quality time with Alan.
What are your best and worst habits? Work and work
What are you like to work with? Ask my Team!
Who do you most admire? Joanna Lumley.
Where is your favourite holiday destination? Thailand.
What are your 3 favourite films? Not into films.
What are your 3 favourite books? Last Geisha Girl, Brideshead Revisited, Any Agatha Christie
What ambition would you still like to fulfill? Go further into competitions with my dogs.
What is your favourite quote or saying? Spike Milligan’s gravestone “I told you I was ill”.
What do you treasure most in the office? PC
Your six favourite dinner party guests? Clarrissa Dickson Wright, James Hunt, Joanna Lumley, Peter Kay, Boris Johnson and Spike Milligan.

Jane Samson
Proprietor of the Gotham Newsagents