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Bulwell and Bulwell Forest Issue Seven / March 2010

Take 5 Theatre School of Dance showcase their talents Get to the point with your Community Arrow!


Crabtree School creative pupils Rise Park Action Group Take 5 Dance Show Martial Arts Children’s Charity Competition Making your neighbourhood bloom Get active and have fun Decade of Investment

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You tell us – it’s your area, it’s your news...

Pupils from Crabtree School get creative in a bid to improve their community Two Police Officers and a City Council Officer came to talk to us in class about respecting our neighbourhood. We talked about littering, noise and anti-social behaviour. We then created some posters asking people to take care of their neighbourhood, and the winning four posters will be put up around the community on lamp posts. All the class tried hard to win the competition. We tried our hardest to make them bright and colourful and eye catching. Hopefully people will do what they say and not drop litter and cigarettes on the floor. We really enjoyed the project. By Shanay Leonardi, Ashley Gough and Luke Ashmore all aged 10 PC Leah Howard said, “The kids were brilliant, they put lots of thought into how the area could be made a nicer place to live by them taking better care of each other, their neighbours, and the environment.”

Rise Park Action Group Plant For Spring One day back in November, when the rain had decided to stop for a while, members of the Rise Park Action Group planted 10,000 crocus and daffodil bulbs in the grass verges along Bestwood Park Drive, and around the shopping precinct. This massive undertaking was completed with assistance from members of the

Crabtree School competition winning entries

Rise Park Community Centre, children from Rise Park Primary School and Top Valley School and members of Entry 2 Employment. We also cleared out the planters in the precinct and refilled with Spring flowering plants. Many thanks go to the Council gardeners who were so very helpful throughout. We look forward to a colourful Spring and full recovery of my aching bones! By Paul Bakajsa, Chairman, Rise Park Action Group

Rise Park Bulb planting

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Take 5 Dance Show Take 5 Theatre School Of Dancing (Based at Old Town Hall, Bulwell), have just recently hosted their 14th Annual Show, with 190 pupils taking part (ages 3 years - adult). The show consisted of over 30 routines, performed for two days to full audiences, entertaining parents, family and friends.

Take 5 holds classes for all ages - Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Cheerleading and Keep Fit. With TV shows like Strictly Come Dancing, Amanda (Principal) really wants to encourage everyone to come dancing and have fun.

Refurbishment work continues at the dance school, with the proceeds from the show helping raise funds to have heating installed in Take 5's new dance studio.

Why not try the adult Salsa class, Tuesday's 8pm for 13 years & over, or Hip Hop class on Fridays at 5.30pm.

Some of the Young People from Take 5 Theatre School of Dancing

If you're interested in enrolling contact Amanda on 07746 854436 or

Martial Arts Competition raises funds for Hospice Martial Arts Children's Charity Competition held its first charity event on the 4th October 2009 at the Southglade Leisure Centre, in aid of the Rainbows Hospice. The event was opened by the Lord Mayor Cllr Jeannie Packer who was led into the venue by a Chinese Lion Dance troupe. There were various competitions throughout the day, including fancy dress for the younger ones. The event raised an amazing £1081.41p, all of which was donated to Rainbows Hospice (MACCC), the fund raising wing of Mantis New Generation Nottingham. MNGN over the years has raised over £10,000 for local charities. From 2010 onwards MACCC has decided to concentrate it's efforts in to raising funds for the Children's Ward at the Nottingham City Hospital. Presenting the cheque

More details of forthcoming events can be found at or by emailing

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Area News

Making your neighbourhood bloom Do you fancy brightening up your neighbourhood this summer? Last year 80 communities joined Nottingham in Bloom's campaign to encourage small, resident-led communities to achieve long-term improvements through horticultural, environmental and cleanliness initiatives. This year, it's hoped that even more will join in. Participants in 2009 included Riseborough Community Group with their small courtyard garden; Rufford Tenants' and Residents' Association with many planting and litter picking initiatives; young people from the Catch 22 Junior Youth Inclusion Programme

who worked on a garden at Springfield Home, and a rooftop garden created at Lathkill Community Home by volunteers from CRESTA. Benefits include building pride in the area and community spirit, as well as cleaner and greener surroundings for a healthier community. To find out more about getting involved, and having your efforts recognised through the Royal Horticultural Society's new 'It's Your Neighbourhood' Award scheme, contact Nottingham in Bloom on 0115 915 2745 or email

Get active and have fun in 2010 Looking for affordable ways you and your family can get active and have fun together? Why not come along to an Active Families session at Southglade Leisure Centre. The two hour weekly sessions offer lots of activities the whole family can enjoy including: swimming, indoor and outdoor multi sports and games, plus more unusual activities such as hula and circus skills. No booking is required, just turn up and take part!

Sessions take place every Saturday 10.30am - 12.30pm and cost just 50p per person. The project, funded by NHS Nottingham City has been developed as part of Nottingham's Early Intervention Programme to get more adults and children taking part in physical activities together. For more information visit: or call 0115 915 2740.

Cresta rooftop garden planting day

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Area News

Hundreds of jobs coming to Bulwell

A new Tesco store is going be built in the centre of Bulwell and will create 460 new jobs. Many of the jobs will go to Bulwell people, thanks to an initiative between the City

Council and Tesco called the Bulwell Employment Partnership. The scheme will help promote training and job opportunities in the store for local people, and in particular to recruit the long term unemployed and those getting job-seekers allowance. Tesco will be located on Main Street, and they will encourage their contractor to build the store using the Bulwell

Employment Partnership to recruit local labourers, apprentices and sub-contractors. Cllr Alan, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Regeneration, said; “The new store will create hundreds of jobs and we will work with Tesco through the employment partnership to get people from Bulwell to work at the store as well as receiving training and development opportunities”.

Decade of Investment Already three months into the New Year, it's hard to believe that we're also three months into a whole new decade in Nottingham. So, let's take a look back at the first 10 years of the new millennium and see how 10 years of investment in our local area has made a difference.

£55m for local schools Over £55m has been or is being invested in local primary and secondary schools, including over £26m for the new Bulwell Academy, opening its doors ready for the new school year this September. This money has been invested by the Government, by Nottingham City Council and by academy sponsors, and represents the largest government investment in schools for over 50 years.

£22.5m bringing local services together in Bulwell Work on the new Bulwell Joint Service Centre will soon be underway thanks to an investment of over £22m. The centre will bring together local services including: housing, Bulwell Library, local GP practices, local health services, and local Council services. The new centre will be open next year.

£2m for your new leisure centre The Council's £32m scheme to transform the city's council owned leisure centres includes over £2m to

develop the Ken Martin Leisure Centre in Bulwell. The centre now boasts a superb health suite with sauna and steam room, modern changing facilities, swimming pool viewing area including children's section, a refurbished swimming pool hall, and a fantastic fitness studio and activity room. On top of this, millions of pounds have helped bring the tram to Bulwell, creating new public transport routes into the city. All this in the last 10 years.

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Councillor News

Local News From Your Area Councillors Councillors Your local City Councillors want to improve the quality of life for all residents, and support local people to get involved in making decisions about the things that matter to you. If you have anything you wish to discuss or would like their view on a story you wish to contribute to the Community Arrow, do feel free to get in touch.


Councillor Ginny Klein Tel: 0115 927 3415

Councillors Eileen Heppell, John Hartshorne and Ginny Klein have continued with their series of ward walks accompanying the Neighborhood Action Officer and a member of City Services and Nottingham City Homes when appropriate. So far the inspections have covered Bulwell Hall Estate, Sandhurst Road, Crabtree Estate, most of Snapewood, and the Cinderhill road area. Working with the neighbourhood team enables the Councillors to discuss the different issues for different areas. Ginny Klein says: “It highlights problematic areas where there is graffiti and fly tipping, the walks allow for the councillors to meet with local residents and to hear their views.” Change for Bulwell remains significant, the Bulwell Health Centre is now demolished and its services moved into temporary premises on Hempshill Vale.The building of the Academy is well

Councillor John Hartshorne Tel: 0115 915 7780

Councillor Eileen Heppell Tel: 0115 919 0101

on the way and work will begin soon on the children's play park next to the toy library on Bulwell Hall Park. It has been agreed that the old depot on Lillington Street can be demolished to make way for 8 new build council houses which will offer a larger unit for a family with a disabled member. The funding was obtained from the Homes and Communities Agency and the bid was in competition with many other Authorities. All three of your local councilors supported the opportunity to have some more housing on vacant land. The old depot has stood empty for some time now and attracts much litter which becomes trapped in the fencing so it will be good to see it go.

Councillor surgeries are an opportunity for you to speak to any of your local councillors should you have any issues about your area you wish to discuss. Times, dates and venues of surgeries in your ward are listed here.

Surgeries are held at: Bulwell Red Lion Community Centre, Bulwell 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, 10am – 11am

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Bulwell Forest

Councillor Alan Clark Tel: 0115 915 5667

Alan and Eunice have been engaging with local people in Bulwell Forest over the last few months. They joined a planting day with community reps in Top Valley (see picture) when several thousand bulbs were planted. They are looking forward to seeing the results of their hard work all along the grass verges on Ridgeway over the coming weeks. Both summer and winter planting have made a great impact in the community on Highbury Road, on Bestwood Park Drive and on Top Valley. At the same time, Alan and Eunice have been busy talking to local people about early ideas for the major refurbishment and rebuild of Top Valley School. This will give us not only a learning institution with facilities designed for the twenty-first century, but it will give the school the chance to be a real community school. Alan and Eunice also attend regular meetings with the local Police Beat Managers (Paul and Katie) and local community and church groups within their beats. They feed in their observations and concerns from their regular ward walks.

Councillor Eunice Campbell Tel: 0115 915 5675

In the next few months, ward walks are planned in Highbury Vale and Rise Park. Work has started to improve security at Southglade Park.

Councillor Gerry Davie Tel: 07900 681 840

Gerry has again been representing constituents at Council meetings and endeavoured to help them in a variety of issues including helping residents in a variety of housing matters, from damage to property and concerns about damp, to the relocation of residents with specific needs.

Surgeries are held at: Bulwell Forest Eunice Campbell and Alan Clark hold surgeries as follows: Cllr Campbell and Cllr Clark on a planting day in Top Valley

Councillor Davie has welcomed and attended: the recent openings of the new Nottingham City Homes Tenants and Residents Association Centre at Houndsgate; the new police information pillar in Bulwell Market Square, and Nottingham Contemporary. Commitments going forward include: the Bulwell Jobs Fair; parents evenings at local schools; and regular ward walks and estate inspections.

Bulwell Library, Highbury Road 1st Saturday of every month 11am – 12pm The Church on Rise Park 2nd Saturday of every month 11am - 12pm Southglade Library (access at Gala Way) 4th Saturday of every month 11am - 12pm Gerry Davie holds surgeries as follows: Bulwell Market 1st Saturday of every month 9am - 12pm

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Dates for your diary... Rise Park Action Group Thursday 18th February at 7.30pm Rise Park Community Centre. All residents welcome Business Advisory sessions (Business Link) Every Monday at Bulwell Library 9.30am - 11.30am - open surgery 12:30pm - 2pm - appointments only If you're thinking about starting a business then help is at hand.

Wild Food Walk — Sellers Wood Saturday 8th May - 1.00pm Join the Park Ranger to discover all the things you can find growing naturally in the wild that are good enough to eat. Meet at the entrance on Wood Link Road. Nature Camp — Snape Wood Monday 31st May - 1.00 - 3.00pm Come along to the park and take part in a variety of fun and creative nature themed activities. Parents welcome too! Meet at the entrance on Snape Wood Road.

Coffee Morning — Bulwell Hall Healthy Living Centre Every Friday morning 9.00am - 12.00pm Come & join us for a drink and a chat - all welcome. Contact us for more information: 0115 979 4708

Bulwell Police Football Sessions for 13 - 19 yr olds Taking place weekly at Henry Mellish Sports Centre Come and play your local police team. If you are interested call PCSO Ian Cotton on 07595 012084 or speak to your local Beat team on the street.

Health Event Thursday 29th April, 10am - 3pm Bulwell Market Place

Surfing tonight - not sure where to go? Why not visit for loads of information about Rise Park Estate and the surrounding area.

Gardeners Tenants & Residents meetings Mon 15th March, Mon 19th April & Mon 17th May 6.30pm at Bulwell Toy Library Easter Egg Hunt Southglade Park Monday 29th March - 1.00 - 3.00pm Meet at the children's play area. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Nature Walk Snape Wood & Sellers Wood Sunday 11th April - 10.30am Discover the hidden world on your doorstep. Join the Park Ranger for an informative walk. Meet outside Snape Wood Community Centre.

Police Beat surgeries are being set up across your area. If you would like to find out where and when your nearest one takes place, please visit our website at or call your local Beat Manager • Bulwell Forest Beat PC Paul McMillan - 07792 437312 • Bulwell Hall Beat PC Darren Mackenzie - 07792 437310 • Town Centre Beat PC Jo Homan - 07792 437315 • Hempshill Vale Beat (Includes Crabtree Farm) - PC Leah Howard - 07792 437311 • Rise Park Beat - PC Katie Nolan 07792 437314 • Bulwell Beat (includes Snape Wood & Rufford walk area) PC Lloyd Goucher - 07792 437313

Your Community Arrow Written by you, printed and distributed by Nottingham City Council.

Useful Contacts Nottingham City Council’s Neighbourhood Management teams work hard in each area to bring people and services together. For all the ways you can get involved in local decision making, or to report an issue in your area, you can contact the Bulwell & Bulwell Forest Neighbourhood Management team below. c/o Bulwell Housing Office 1 Gilead Street Bulwell Nottingham NG6 8NA Tel: 0115 915 3232 We realise that everybody needs extra help and support at some point in their lives and these are difficult times for us all. There are many places you can go to get free advice on debt, financial and legal matters. You can also find out if you're entitled to receive additional support through grants and benefits. North & West Advice Service, available at: ■ Bulwell Advice Centre, open 9.30am - 12.30pm, 21a Merchant Street, Bulwell, NG6 8GT, 0115 915 1500 ■ Bulwell Children's Centre, Steadfold Close, Crabtree Farm, NG6 8AX, 0115 915 3913 ■ Bulwell Hall Healthy Living Centre, Lawton Drive, Bulwell, NG6 8BL, 0115 979 4708 ■ Snapewood Community Centre, Snapewood Road, Bulwell, NG6 7GH, 0115 975 3299 Nottingham City Council Customer Contact Centre Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BT, 0115 915 4944 For advice about Council Tax and Housing benefit, as well as free school meals and the school clothing allowance.

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