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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

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

Sue Lymn-Brewin

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.

Sue Lymn-Brewin
Head Teacher of Gotham Primary

Summer visit to France

Jock Logan got his very first passport at the tender age of 86 and achieved a long held ambition to visit some of the WW1
memorials in France and Belgium this summer. The last time he went abroad no passport was needed as he was called up for active service in 1942 at the age of 18.

An important part of his visit was to Dud Corner Cemetery and The Loos Memorial, the resting place of Harold Newell, the uncle of his late wife, and a native of Gotham whose name is recorded with pride in both The Memorial Hall and the Church.

Harold was 27 years old when he volunteered in September 1914 and was put into the 13th Service Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers. He was part of the new army of volunteers never having been in the trenches or under fire before.

He arrived in France on 13 September 1915 and was marched from St Omer to the front line in the Loos area – marching 20 miles over hree successive nights – arriving in the battle area on 24 September 1915 as a reserve division to the main attack starting on 25 September 1915.

During the afternoon and evening of 25 September 1915 the reserves were pushed piecemeal into various areas to reinforce the line.

The attack was renewed on 26 September 1915 and by 8am the reserves had reached advanced positions facing the enemy’s line. The 13th Northumberland Fusiliers were ent to relieve 46 Brigade at Chalet Wood and Hill 70 near Loos. Harold died in this area on 26 September 915 – he had been in France for only 13 days. Harold has no known grave, he is commemorated on Plaque 20-22 of The Loos Memorial, one of 20596 dentified casualties. Jock and his family left a photograph of him along with flowers and a note in the isitors’ Book to mark the visit.

There is an enormous range of memorials to the fallen of WW1 in France and Belgium and the visitor experience is exceptional, with beautifully kept cemeteries, excellent visitor centres and fascinating museums. The Canadian memorial of Vimy Ridge is a spectacular, soaring monument overlooking the former battlefield – now a calm landscape so reminiscent of England. Thiepval, the emorial which commemorates the men of the British Army who fought in the battle of the Somme between 1916-1918, is a massive arched structure covered in housands of names. Nearby is the smaller Ulster Tower dedicated to the men of the 36th Ulster Division who fell during the major offensive of 1916. There is a café whose owner showed visitors the relics from the war which still turn up in nearby fields when ploughed.

A final stop for Jock and his family was Ypres and the famous Menin Gate. Its walls are covered with the 55,000 names of the men who fell in the area between 914-1917 and whose bodies were never found. Every night at 8pm the last post is sounded – the night Jock ttended this moving occasion it coincided with a remembrance ceremony for the Canadian Divisions who had fought in the war. Also during the week he stopped riefly at Arras, Baupame, and Albert where he enjoyed the extensive underground museum depicting the veryday life in wartime trenches.

Reflecting on the trip he said “I am glad I made the journey to France and saw what I did. It was well worth making and made me think a lot about the sacrifice these men made – they had it much harder than I did”.

Kathy Logan