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Featuring archived news articles from the Greasley Parish Council website from the year 2013...

Christmas Opening Times...

Added: 23rd December 2013

Christmas Opening Times at Greasley Sports and Community Centre

Seasons Greetings to one and all!

The above image shows the opening hours for Greasley Sports and Community Centre during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Please note we are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day but are open on all other days throughout the holidays at the stated times above.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas from all at Greasley Parish Council!

Festive Fun at Greasley...

Added: 6th December 2013

Festive Fun at Greasley poster

We're pleased to announce a special festive event will take place at Greasley Sports and Community Centre on Dovecote Road, Newthorpe to celebrate the Christmas season.

The event takes place on THURSDAY, 12th DECEMBER, commencing at 6.30pm and includes entertainment from The Kimberley School Choir & Band, Santa Claus, Carol Singing, Christmas Lights, a Top Children's Magician, Seasonal Refreshments and of course plenty of Festive Music.

Everyone welcome to join the fun, so come along!

Vacancy available for the Centre Manager...

Added: 29th November 2013

A vacancy has arisen for the position of Centre Manager at Greasley Sports and Community Centre. Details for the position together with a job description, person specification and an application form can be found in our Greasley Sports and Community Centre section.

The closing date for applications, is Friday, 10th January, 2014. Please note this is a re-advertisement - previous applicants need not apply.

Public Meeting to debate Green Belt threat...

Added: 15th November 2013

Greasley is facing up to the biggest challenge yet to the parish's green belt immortalised by D.H.Lawrence as "the country of my heart."

Under proposals in the Greater Nottingham plan - known as the Aligned Core Strategy (ACS) - hundreds of new homes could be built in the parish with at least one third of them on green belt land.

Broxtowe Borough Council has just launched a new phase of consultation into these proposals and parishioners have until Friday 10th January to make their views known.

Specific sites for development have been announced and these can be viewed by accessing the Broxtowe Borough Council web site under Planning and Building Control and then clicking on Site Allocations - Issues and Options. Regrettably parishioners will have to click on the Eastwood and Kimberley sites if they want to see the proposals for Greasley (these are located under the heading 'Documents' in the right-hand sidebar).

Despite protests from the parish council the authors of the ACS have steadfastly refused to acknowledge Greasley as an independent parish and it has been subsumed into Eastwood or Kimberley. Even the much smaller Awsworth and Brinsley parishes are listed in their own right but not Greasley.

To help Greasley parishioners better understand the issues and give them an extra opportunity to comment three local councillors who represent Greasley on Broxtowe - Cllrs Margaret Handley, Stuart Rowland and Michael Brown - have called a public meeting for Thursday, 28th November (7.00pm) in the Greasley parish hall in the sports and community centre on Dovecote Road, Newthorpe. Everyone is welcome.

Proposals for Greasley in the ACS have already been contested. The borough representatives have put forward local opinion at meetings of the borough council town hall and representatives of both the parish council and the Greasley Opposes Greenbelt Development group (GODG) have attended the initial plan hearings at the recent public inquiry in Nottingham to give evidence and record Greasley's concerns.

Now that site specific information is available the parish council has moved to engage the services of a professional planning consultant.

Upcoming dates for your diary...

Added: 24th October 2013

Some upcoming dates for your diary...


Arrangements are under way for a traditional festive lights switch-on ceremony in Greasley. It is to be held at the Greasley Sports & Community Centre on Thursday, 12th December from 6.30pm. As well as carol singing there will be entertainment and refreshments available in the parish hall. Everyone welcome to join in.

MAY DAY 2013:

Building on the success of this year's inaugural event, organisers of The Greasley Gathering have announced the 2014 edition will be held on Monday 26th May. Individuals and groups who would like to be involved in this family celebration should contact the Secretary Mrs Rita Pickering, 45 Moorgreen, Moorgreen, Notts NG16 2FD or email

More news to follow on both events and any other developments just as soon as it becomes available, stay tuned!

Vacancies available...

Added: 21st October 2013

A number of vacancies have become available at the Greasley Sports & Community Centre for Relief Customer Service / Leisure Attendants.

For full details, including a job description, person specification and an application form, please visit our Greasley Sports & Community Centre section here.

Update: These vacancies are now closed.

Greasley Gathering 2013 Review

Added: 2nd June 2013

Local families turned out in numbers to support the first ever Greasley Gathering held on Bank Holiday Monday.

Old archives were on view in the parish church - picture courtesy of Andrew Daley

Old archives were on view in the parish church
- picture courtesy of Andrew Daley

Born out of the soaraway success of the Jubilee celebration in 2012, the Gathering saw more than a dozen community groups and organisations come together to present a full day of family fun and entertainment - all for free!

"If the Gathering is to continue in future years then this first one will be remembered as setting the bench mark. There were lots of happy smiling faces, a great day all round" said a spokesman for the organisers.

Around 30 early risers started the day with the Greasley Gambol, a walk through Beauvale Woods followed.....

Read the full review with more photographs here... >

First ever Greasley Gathering...

Added: 14th May 2013

The Greasley Gathering - Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2013

Plans are being finalised for the first ever Greasley Gathering to be staged later this month.

Last year's celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee was so popular in Greasley that parishioners who organised the day have stayed together to promote a family day which they hope will become a regular feature on the parish event calendar.

The day begins with the Greasley Gambol, a breakfast walk starting from Beauvale Priory.

Many of the events are to be held at the Greasley Sports and Community Centre. For the kids there will be a walkabout clown who also presents a circus workshop. The Hideous Histories characters will be story telling and offering craft lessons, a children's magician is booked and visitors can try their hand at radio control driving thanks to the Broxtowe Model Car Club.

Millie the amazing Wonder Dog will be displaying her search skills and will also attempt to set an unusual world record. Traditional sports and football training will be on offer.

The English School of Falconry will be displaying birds of prey from around the world as well as arranging spectacular flying displays.

Throughout the day a London red bus will be offering free trips around the parish linking five local pubs - Horse and Groom Moorgreen, Queens Head and Royal Oak Watnall, New White Bull Giltbrook and New Inn Newthorpe - which are organising a variety of concerts, beer festivals and barbecues.

Many local groups will have promotional and activity stalls at the centre which hosts several story reading sessions.

During the day local scouts will be setting up an adventure camp including a thrilling tree top zip wire ride at Greasley Castle Farm and next door at Greasley Parish Church, the church's archives will be open to inspection from 10.30am.

Equestrians at the Beauvale Manor Farm will be inviting visitors to meet The Pony Club riders from 12 noon to 3.00pm while across the road local singer Frankie Martin will be in concert from 4.00pm at the Beauvale Priory tearooms.

Moorgreen Residents Association has issued a welcome to all Gathering visitors to follow the Scarecrow Trail through their neighbourhood.

Among the many intriguing events listed on the provisional programme is a boating lake at the Horse and Groom in Moorgreen which also hosts the day's finale fireworks display.

"We hope the event will live up to its name and encourage people to gather together and enjoy a free day of fun and entertainment," said a spokesman for the Gathering which is to be held on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May.

Further information and timings are available in our Greasley Gathering section, or the community centre on 01773 760072.


Added: 14th May 2013

The fabulous Hideous History group come to the first ever Greasley Gathering to be held on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, May 27th.

Hideous History at the 2013 Greasley Gathering

Click the image to see a larger version.

Join the Hideous Historians for some awfully appealing activities throughout the day! Aid in the operation on a mummy and help to remove its guts and brains in a disgustingly dramatic display!

Make and take away your own disease with pots of perilous pox at the creepy craft cart where you can choose from Black Plague, Influenza, Scurvy and many more!!

Brawl in beastly battles against your friends as history is re-enacted in gruesome games!

Join them... if you dare!

Read more in our Greasley Gathering section... >

Updated timetable and programme...

Added: 14th May 2013

The Greasley Gathering - Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2013

The Timetable for the first ever Greasley Gathering event has been updated today and features some new events, including the fabulous Horrible Histories group, and an updated timetable.

Please note there have been some minor timetable changes. The Frankie Martin Concert now commences at 4.00pm (previously 4.30pm), and Parish Pub Hospitality at the Horse and Groom now commences at 4.00pm (previously 6.00pm), whilst Parish Pub Hospitality at The Royal Oak in Watnall is now confirmed as starting at 12 noon.

Read more in our Greasley Gathering section... >

Updated timetable and programme...

Added: 24th April 2013

The Greasley Gathering - Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2013

Some additional information, together with updated times have been added to our Greasley Gathering 2013 page as well as some other minor tweaks. Please be sure to check it out, and check back there often for further updates before the big day!

Read more in our Greasley Gathering section... >

Timetable and Programme of Events now available!

Added: 23rd April 2013

The Greasley Gathering - Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2013

We're pleased to announce that a provisional timetable and programme of events for the first ever 'Greasley Gathering' event, being held on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May 2013, throughout the parish of Greasley, is now available.

The Greasley Gathering promises to be a spectacular fun-filled day that will include a whole variety of attractions, events, and entertainment that should feature something for everyone!

The Greasley Gathering Programme and Timetable that we've just published is provisional at this time, and may well include additions and changes in the weeks building up to the day, so please be sure to check back regularly for updates and additional information as we get it.

Amongst the exciting lineup for our first ever Greasley Gathering are...

  • Birds of Prey Display from around the world
  • The Greasley Gambol - a Breakfast Walk through Greasley's famed countryside
  • Walkabout Clown, Circus Workshops and Childrens Magic Show
  • Parish Bus Rides on a Red London Bus
  • Soccer Coaching from Eastwood Town FC
  • Old Fashioned Sports with Moorgreen Colts FC
  • Chilrens Crafts and Activities
  • D.H.Lawrence Heritage Display
  • Millie the Amazing Wonder Dog
  • Story Reading in the Parish Hall
  • Make your own Smoothie
  • Annual Scarecrow Day
  • Meet the Pony Club at Beauvale Manor Farm
  • Scouts Adventure Camp at Greasley Castle Farm - learn survival skills and experience a zip wire ride!
  • St. Mary's Parish Church Open Day
  • Frankie Martin Concert
  • and much more!

Furthermore, extensive Parish Pub Hospitality in many of the pubs across the parish will be available including live music and entertainment, BBQ's, hog roast, stalls, Karaoke, and fireworks! Please be sure to check the Programme and Timetable for which pubs are participating, together with their start times and the entertainment they have each lined up.

So, don't miss out on what should be a fantastic day of fun activities and entertainment and be sure to check back for further updates and information in the weeks ahead!

Read more in our Greasley Gathering section... >

The English School of Falconry to bring their magnificent birds of prey display

Added: 19th April 2013

We're delighted to announce the fabulous English School of Falconry will be present at the first ever 'Greasley Gathering' event to be held on Spring Bank Holiday Monday (27th May).

A bird of prey in flight from the English School of Falconry

They will be displaying magnificent birds of prey from around the world during the course of the day and will give two breathtaking displays of these birds in flight, making this an event not to be missed!

Organisers are currently in the midst of preparing attractions and events to take place throughout this day, of which you can read more about on our special Greasley Gathering section, where we'll publish any news and information just as soon as it becomes available. Also available within that section are some more images of the magnificent birds of prey from The English School of Falconry.

Read more about the Greasley Gathering here... >


Added: 10th April 2013

Extracts taken from the Annual Report of the Council presented by Chairman Cllr June Layton to the Annual Parish Meeting...

After welcoming parishioners to the meeting she said. "To begin on a positive note the Council has been able to improve parish facilities after successfully bidding for Section 106 funds. These are monies paid by a developer to boost community facilities in the area where the development is taking place.

Access and pathway improvements are already under way...

Read the full article here... >

An exciting new event for Spring Bank Holiday!

Added: 5th April 2013

The Greasley Gathering - Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2013

Watch this space for more details of 'The Greasley Gathering', a fabulous new event to take place on Spring Bank Holiday, Monday, 27th May.

More details to follow soon, so stay tuned to both our news section here and our brand new 'Greasley Gathering' section.

Come and have your say...

Added: 5th April 2013

The Annual Parish Meeting for residents of Greasley is to be held on Monday 8th April. The venue will be the Parish Hall on Dovecote Road, Newthorpe at the start time of 7.30pm.

Greasley Parish Council - Annual Parish Meeting 2013 Poster

Although the Parish Council operates a Public Question Time session at its monthly meetings, Monday's meeting is an added opportunity for parishioners to comment on parish related matters.

In a change to their previously published timetable, April's monthly parish council meeting is now to be held on Monday 15th April.

Parish precept frozen for the third successive year...

Added: 20th February 2013

Councillors in Greasley have frozen the parish precept for the third successive year.

Residents of a typical Band D property will pay council tax of just £49.8p a year for parish purposes - equivalent to 96p per week.

Finance and General Purposes Chairman, Cllr John Handley, said that despite the freeze the parish council was embarking on an ambitious programme to improve local facilities.

"We are also looking at the possibility of re-instating play equipment on the Greenhills Road open space," said Cllr Handley.

He added that the biggest project of all would be the modernisation of the parish hall and community centre. "Work begins later this month on renewing some of the electrical infrastructure which will pave the way to upgrade the building. It is at the heart of the local community and is home to dozens of groups. We need to invest in the centre to ensure it is an attractive and appealing venue to meet."

Cllr Handley said that the parish council was also part way through an environmental enhancement scheme at Moorgreen Corner in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council.

Meeting postponement...

Added: 20th February 2013

Please be advised that the Environment Finance & General Purposes committee meetings scheduled for Monday, 25th February have been postponed until Monday, 4th March.

Greasley lights up...

Added: 7th January 2013

A festive crowd gathered in Greasley to watch the switching on of the parish's first ever Christmas lights display.

"The illuminations are quite simple but we hope to build on them year by year," said parish council Chairman Cllr June Layton. "We had some very enthusiastic carol singers and everyone seemed to enjoy the festivities."

Civic guests included the Mayor of Broxtowe Cllr Margaret Handley, Town Mayor of Eastwood Cllr Brian Griffin, Town Mayor of Stapleford Cllr Amanda Hull and Chairman of Brinsley Parish Council Cllr John Pass.

The evening's programme included an address from Rev Dave Marvin, Vicar of St Mary's parish and contributions from the scouts and guides of Greasley as well as members of the choir and orchestra from Kimberley school. A children's magician and Santa was also on hand with treats for the younger on-lookers.

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