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Stan Heptinstall

County Councillor for:

Bramcote and Stapleford

Cllr Stan Heptinstall

Stan Heptinstall
8 Cranston Road

Home: 0115 9164588
Daytime: 0115 9773230
Mobile: 07710 234086

Fax 0115 9773954/w 0115 8231017

July/August 2013

Bramcote Care Group

The long-established Bramcote Care Group has a new coordinator. You will recall that Pat Witcombe retired recently after many years of service and that a new coordinator was being sought. Elaine Morris together with her deputy Julie Davenport have now been selected to replace Pat and will be heading up the group from now on. Anyone willing to volunteer to help out in the Bramcote area, and also those needing help, should now contact Elaine or Julie, while Pat takes a well-deserved rest.

The Bramcote Care Group exists to promote neighbourliness in our community by offering support to local residents who find themselves in need. Elaine Morris can be contacted on 0115 9392566 or 07850 985349. The deputy, Julie Davenport, can be contacted on 0115 9251029 or 07957 648977.


Burglaries and autocrime (stealing and taking from vehicles) is still high at present and the police are contacting residents on Ullswater Crescent, Latimer Drive, Derby Road, Thoresby Road and Cow Lane to try to encourage increased security measures. Please beware.

Residents’ Parking

At a recent meeting of County Council I handed in a petition from the residents of Frederick Road, which asked for residents’ parking between Cyril Avenue and Warren Avenue. The request will be looked at carefully and a written response will be provided before the next meeting in about 6 weeks’ time.

Grass cutting

At the same meeting my colleague Jacky Williams handed in a petition about the grass cutting (or lack of it) in the Bramcote and Stapleford area. Many residents have complained that nothing was done until the grass verges were too overgrown to be cut properly, and that some verges were missed. The responsibility for cutting the grass was transferred from Broxtowe Borough Council to Nottinghamshire County Council and the latter have admitted that they were slow to get their act together. We are promised that things will improve! A formal response to the petition is expected in 6 weeks’ time.

Please take care - Bridle Road/Derby Road, Bramcote

Pedestrians and cyclists have expressed concerns about the speed at which some vehicles emerge from Bridle Road as they approach the junction with Derby Road. So can I pass on their request for drivers to approach this junction slowly and with care? Many thanks for reading this and for responding accordingly.

Free Swimming

Free swimming at Bramcote Leisure Centre over the summer (14 July to 1 September) for all Broxtowe residents aged 17 and under.

50th Bramcote Community Action Team Meeting

The next meeting of the Bramcote CAT is on Monday 2 September. This is the 50th meeting of the group and we will be looking back on what has been achieved over the last 12 and a half years. Do make a point of coming to this meeting. It’s at the Bramcote Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote and it starts at 7pm. I will be chairing this meeting.

Discretionary Travel Scheme Consultation

Nottinghamshire County Council are reviewing their Discretionary Travel Scheme to Preferred Secondary Schools and are holding a public consultation on whether funding for this should be removed. Full details can be accessed here. Please let the County Council have your views on this.

Survey on Local Parks

Broxtowe Borough Council are asking for feedback on the local parks. Please pass on your comments on them here.

The results of this survey will help develop the new Broxtowe Parks Standard for the green spaces in our area.

Summer Music in Beeston

Beeston Square will be the home for all kinds of music on Saturdays throughout August, and then on Saturday 24th August Dovecote Lane Recreation Ground will host the annual Proms in the Park. I have been asked to open the Proms in my capacity as Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe and I am looking forward to this very much. The event starts at 7pm and the Scarlet Choir and the award winning Ratby Cooperative Brass Band provide the music. Bring a picnic and enjoy a very pleasant evening.

Events at Attenborough Nature Reserve

  • Wild Away Music - an evening of music in the Attenborough Nature Centre with contemporary folksinger/songwriter, Kate Doubleday on Tuesday 13th August at 7pm. The cost is £8 and includes a soft drink or a cup of tea/coffee in the interval. Call the Nature Centre on 0115 9721777 to reserve your place

  • Wildflower Painting - Kate Houghton will be providing a morning of wildflower painting on Saturday 24th August from 10am to 1pm. Bring along you watercolours to draw and paint our native flora.  £10 per person.  Call the Nature Centre on 0115 9721777 to book

  • Children’s Holiday Clubs are held from 10.15am-12.15pm on various dates in August.  Please telephone 0115 9721777 for more information and to book in advance. £5 per child. Children must be aged 4 or over and if under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Activities vary and include Wild Tracks, Wild Art, Wild Safari, Wild and Wet, Wild Explorers

Children’s Fun Event

I am pleased to pass on the information below from the Stapleford Community Group (email staplefordcommunitygroup@gmail.com, tel: 07740344427)

“Stapleford Community Group have teamed up with Broxtowe Borough Council Sport, Pulp Friction and the Nutrition team at Stapleford Health Centre to bring you "Top Shops Fit 4 Fun".

Taking place on Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 August at Montrose Court Community Centre, Montrose Court (off Melbourne Road), Stapleford, NG9 8LJ. There are currently 16 positions available for 8 boys and 8 girls aged between 8 and 11 years old.

The sessions run from 10am-5pm both days. Over the two days the children will learn to cook basic food and also learn Football & Rugby as there will be 2 professional coaches teaching the sport aspect of the event as well as the Nutrition Team teaching the cooking. Pulp Friction will also be supplying the Smoothie Bikes for all to enjoy. This is a FREE event funded by Broxtowe Borough Council Sport department.”

Getaway Club

The Getaway Club in Stapleford is advertising for more volunteers to help out. The Club is for Adults With Learning and Disabilities, aged from 16 to 80 years. They meet on a Wednesday evening from 7 to 9pm. If you are interested in helping out please contact Cllr David Grindell at david.grindell@broxtowe.gov.uk


New Tennis Courts

As part of my responsibilities as the Deputy Mayor of Broxtowe I was pleased to open the newly refurbished tennis courts in Queen Elizabeth II Park in Stapleford.  The new courts are absolutely superb. Please do go along and use them. Wouldn’t it be great if a new Andy Murray emerged from the Bramcote and Stapleford area as a result of this new provision?


Nottingham Train Station Closure

Here is a reminder that Nottingham train station will be largely closed from 20 July to 25 August.There will be no trains from Beeston to Nottingham, and there will be a reduced service of trains from Beeston to other destinations.However, the hourly Beeston to St Pancras trains (and their returns)will run most of the time. For full details see here.

Bramcote Hills Care Home

An application to extend this Care Home on Sandringham Drive, Bramcote was turned down by the Development Control Committee at Broxtowe Borough Council but this decision is now the subject of an appeal made by the owners. Those who had views on the application have been asked to write to the Planning Inspectorate who are considering the appeal.

A copy of my own letter to the Inspectorate can be viewed here [PDF].

Hemlock Happening 2014

Put the date in your diary now to make sure you to not miss the fun of next year’s event. It is Saturday 7 June 2014.


Charity Golf Day

The Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Iris White will be hosting a Charity Golf Day at Beeston Fields Golf Club on Friday 20 September, with tee-off times from 12 noon. The event will raise money for the Mayor’s two charities, Treetops Hospice and The Helpful Bureau, Stapleford. Treetops provides palliative and respite care to adults with life-limiting illnesses, and offers support to their carers and families. The Helpful Bureau provides help in the home, decorating, gardening, lifts to hospital and much more, plus a hot lunch weekly.

Tickets are priced at just £40.00 to include 18 holes and a one course meal. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Carol Devaney on 0115 9173210 or email carol.devaney@broxtowe.gov.uk

Nottingham Canal Pathways

Works started on15 July to surface the walking and cycling route which follows the canal between Latimer Drive and Trowell Garden Centre.The section from Coventry Lane to Potters Bridge will be completed first and this is expected to take 6 or 7 weeks. This will be followed by the section from Latimer Drive to Coventry Lane which will take about a month.

These first two sections will be surfaced with a tarmac base and a tar spray and gravel finishing order to, maintain the rural feel. If funds permit the final section from Potters Bridge to Trowell Garden Centre will be completed with a crushed stone surface. If you are using the canal paths please make sue the workmen know you are in the vicinity so that you can pass by safely.

Old Church Tower, Bramcote

There will be a Craft Demonstration and Fair at the Old Church Tower, Town Street, Bramcote on 11th August between 12.00 noon and 4.00pm. More information from David Martin 0115 9251492 or Moira Robinson 0115 9226782.


White Hills Park Federation – New Executive Headteacher

It has been announced that Paul Heery has been appointed as the new Executive Headteacher of The White Hills Park Federation Trust. Paul will take up his position on January 1st 2014 when Kevin Dean, the current Executive Headteacher retires.

Mr Heery lives locally and his children attend Alderman White School. Mr Heery is an experienced headteacher and an Ofsted Inspector. For several years he worked for Leicestershire County Council. He was successful in guiding many schools, in all education sectors, to achieve significant improvement in the quality of education they provided to young people. Mr Heery has also been a Governor at the Federation.

He has already worked closely with Mr Dean and the Leadership team on improvements in the Federation. As Mr Dean told the staff at the Federation when announcing his appointment; ‘I cannot think there is any existing Headteacher who would match Paul’s experience, qualifications and proven track record for improving schools. Paul knows the Federation as well as anyone. He is excellently placed to lead the Federation in the next stage of its development.’ The Governors would certainly endorse Mr. Dean’s views; the decision to appoint Mr Heery was a unanimous one.

As a governor at the White Hills Park Federation I was quite distressed when I heard that Kevin intended to resign his position. He is an excellent headteacher and the Federation has improved and moved on under his leadership. I will miss him when he retires at the end of this year, and I wish him the very best for his future.

Tales of the Priory

As “Brother Heptinstall” I will be directing visitors to guided tours of Beauvale Priory given by fellow thespians as part of the Eastwood Arts Festival. The tours of the Priory take place between 11am an 3pm on Sunday 28 July. Honestly, these tours are well work half an hour of your time. You will learn all about the role played by the Carthusian Monks at the time of the reformation.

Just in case you don’t know, the Priory is at the northern end of New Road, Greasley. Further information here.