St.Mary’s and St.George’s Coptic Orthodox Church

A grade listed church on St.Matthias Road, off Carlton Road, in St.Anns; had become  pretty derelict and a focus for ASB; transformed in 6 years by the Coptic Orthodox church, who have 23 millions followers in Egypt.
Consecrated by their Pope, Tawdros II of Alexandria.
And it’s beautiful.  So beautiful.
Paintings and carvings; stories and conviction.
Worth seeing.
A special addition to the city of Nottingham.

OMTRA lobby for better park fencing

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Old Meadows residents representatives ask for more fencing to protect the fields from abuse by people driving their cars over the grass fields.
Portfolio Holder Davud Trimble heard the points alongside parks officers, and plans are now being made for new gates on key entrances, extra bollards around other entrances and some new fencing.
Meanwhile, a Neighbourhood Action Team has asked for more lighting for the multi-use games area just off Felton Road.

Planning committee – March 2017

Supported a retail park in Clifton and a new supermarket in Bulwell as part of a strategy of encouraging retail near existing town centres, where the public transport is already serving.
New NCH housing in Lenton (on the old shopping centre site) is to have solar pipes (looking like chimneys) as part of revisions bringing detail and decoration to make the homes more attractive.
Turns out the planning team won a regional award for their work earlier this month.

Police operations in The Meadows

C7MVAgFXQAAl0-1Last night, a number of searches conducted, drugs were recovered and a knife also.  There were three arrests made.
A warrant was also executed at an address within the Meadows. This resulted in 4 persons being arrested for drugs related matters.
Note, some residents have noticed higher levels of policing recently following a difficult arrest at Bridgeway Centre a week previous.
More info available on from Meadows Police on twitter.
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International Women’s Day – 2017

C6aU6gDXQAEYVNOA tweet from Nottingham Library Services to tell us of Nottingham City’s first woman Councillor – Caroline Harper, whose obituary in the Nottingham Evening Post has been found from the online newspaper archive.
The tweet – ‘“Nottingham’s Pioneer Woman” who died in 1937: first female City Cllr, first female , first female Magistrate
I know the current residents of the house in Lucknow Avenue and they report –
“Surprisingly, we had not heard of the lady.
“An earlier resident here was the popular Town Clerk from 1912 to 1937 Sir William John Board OBE and his family; and

I have some info on him (was he known as Bill Board?).
“He died in 1946 and Lady Board in 1947, both aged 77.
“The City Engineer Brown, whose works included the Victoria Embankment and Wilford Bridge, lived next door.”
More anon.

Meanwhile, should not leave this topic without mentioning the first woman leader of the city council – Betty Higgins.

The Dilettante Society published an article on Nottingham suffragette Helen Watts via Left Lion.

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(From memory), one of the victims was from my home village, Hanwoodbank (in Salop).

Beauvale Road deep clean

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Residents together with officers at the deep clean of Beauvale Road.

Meanwhile, our thanks to Sophie, who after some years of service, is off to find a new life.
The new SCPO – Rupinder Kooner – reports:
monthly CPO actions for February 2017 for the Meadows –

  • 5 FPNs issued by CPOs for Leaving Litter.
  • 2 Dog fouling Ops conducted.
  • 1 Alcohol surrender.
  • 1 visits carried out due to Casework reports.
  • 13 properties tackles in regards to untidy gardens.
  • 5 visits to business premises.
  • 61  Fly tips investigated and reported.
  • 2 occasions of graffiti reported
  • 18 reports of Community Intelligence submitted
  • 4 cases of CPN warning letters issued.