Click on the link below to view the latest edition of Gotham Remembers:
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
Article reproduced from issue 69 of The Gotham News
A minute with………. 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.
Proprietor of the Gotham Newsagents
A minute with………. Sue Lymn-Brewin
What 3 words best describe you? Loyal, busy, OCD!
Who or what annoys you most? Remote control for TV and Video.
What are your 3 desert island discs? In My Life – Beatles. Desperado -The Eagles. In Dreams – Roy Orbison.
What is the best piece of advice you’v ever been given? Don’t go to bed on an argument.
What objects do you always carry with you? Phone, inhaler & paracetamol.
What is your greatest extravagance? My family – I love to buy them things!
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being at home with my family.
What are your best and worst habits? Best – being well organised and pacing myself to get things done. Worst – attention to detail caused by my OCD!
What are you like to work with? As an ex-pupil I am totally committed to my job and feel extra level of connection to the school. I hope people see me as a team player who is approachable and fair.
Who do you most admire? Major Phil Packer – who lost both his legs but still managed to complete the London Marathon.
Where is your favourite holiday destination? My house in Loughborough.
What are your 3 favourite films? A Night to Remember. West Side Story. Shawshank Redemption.
What are your favourite book? The Borrowers by Mary Norton.
What ambition would you still like to fulfill? To go to the Titanic wreck site.
What is your favourite quote or saying? If at first you don’t succeed try, try again!
What do you treasure most in the office? My photos, my laptop & school diary.
Your six favourite dinner party guests? John Lennon, Roy Orbison, Captain Edward Smith (Titanic). Delia Smith, Matthew Cutler (Strictly), Freddie Mercury.
Head Teacher of Gotham Primary