Hi all and a warm welcome to February’s update and especially those who have joined since Christmas. 

As ever lots to get through so straight down to business.

Feedback always encouraged, and do also contact Andy, Mary or myself for help with personal casework.

best regards


Richard Robinson

Labour Borough Cllr for Kimberley & Cossall

Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Arts, Culture & Leisure

7 Scargill Avenue

Newthorpe, Nottm NG16 2DZ

Tel: 01773 531315 (h) 0775 1970 640 (m)

E: richard.robinson@broxtowe.gov.uk

W: www.richardsrobinson.org.uk


Cllr Andy Cooper – andy.cooper@broxtowe.gov.uk
Tel: 0788 4403 860 Borough Cllr Cossall & Kimberley


Cllr Mary McGuckin – mary.mcguckin@broxtowe.gov.uk
Tel: 0791 7835 493 Borough Cllr Cossall & Kimberley

Kimberley, Cossall, Awsworth & Trowell News Update

& Information Service – February edition 2012


1)   David Blunkett comes to Broxtowe

Your chance to meet and and hear a talk by David Blunkett MP on Labour’s plan for jobs and growth.  David previously served as Home Secretary, Education Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary.   

This takes place at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd February at Inham Nook Methodist Church in Pearson Avenue, Chilwell, NG9 4GQ.

Suggested donations are £5 waged and £2 unwaged

More information available from David Patrick:  david.patrick@yesagency.co.uk 

Tel: 07941 213514

2)    Car Parking Charges in Kimberley

A review of the car parking charges on Victoria Street has taken place during the past 6 months.  Mary, Andy and myself have lobbied extremely  hard for the charge to be scrapped altogether, and have passed on all of the complaints we have had.  The provisional recommendations of the review look set to reduce the charge to £1 all day (which is a positive change), with the first hour still free (as it is now).  This is not however the result we were looking for. 

Cabinet meeting at Broxtowe on 31 January will consider the final recommendations.  Should the new charge of £1 all day be approved then we Andy, Mary and myself will push for further reconsideration in a further six months time for total abolition of the charge.

This is a tedious process, and I know very frustrating for local residents.  The three of us will continue during the next 6 months to represent your concerns, and I think the message is clearly – “we need to persevere”.

Do continue to send in your comments and observations, as they do help us in our continual representations on your behalf.

3)   Kimberley Farmers Market – Saturday 4 February 2012 – 9am – 1pm Toll Bar Square Kimberley

It’s the first Saturday of the month next week, which means it’s Kimberley Farmers market again.

Do come along and support your local market!  We are looking to have 2 new traders this time, home made pizzas, and olives.

4)   What’s happening with the Cinema idea for the Kimberley area?

On Wednesday 11 January I a PR manager from one of the stores on Giltbrook Retail Park who is very interested with bringing a cinema to the area.  There’s more work going on in the background during the next few weeks and as soon as there is any definitive information I’ll let you know.

5)  Citizens Focus Group – what do you really think about politics and how can we improve?

There’s been an excellent response to this initiative, aimed at getting stuck into real “grassroots politics and issues” and encouraging people to get involved in a positive way, whether you have a particular political persuasion or alliance or not.

Nottingham Trent University for example have shown a specific interest and are arranging for a politics student to come along too.

The first “session”  is set for Tuesday 21 February 8pm at The Nelson & Railway Inn in Kimberley.  It will be informal and we’ll always encourage a friendly atmosphere!

I’ll be writing to all of you who have expressed an interest in coming, and if you still want to come, but have not responded yet, do let me know.

6)    Volunteers needed for new pressure group to oppose opencasting in Cossall & Trowell

Whilst the open casting issue that raised its head for a while a year or more ago appears to have gone “off the radar” for the time being, after talking with colleagues we need to be prepared for UK Coal to actively further their interest at any time.

In particular we need to keep abreast with requests to the County Council for Freedom of Information on developments, and also to form a new pressure group (as some previously leading members of CATAC – Cossall, Awsworth and Trowell Action Group against Open Casting) have moved away from this area.

If you are interested in getting involved, at any level please let me know.

7)  Maws Lane Resurfacing, Kimberley

Andy, Mary and me have all pressed for urgent treatment to be given to the road surface on Maws Lane, which lots of you have mentioned.  It looks as though the potholes have been repaired last week (without full resurfacing).  So much of the funding we require for more comprehensive schemes comes from the County Council and with all the cuts they are making, anything other than temporary repair (which I often think is counter-productive) is the best we can hope for.

We will of course keep pressing for further funding to be released and with the County Council elections on the horizon in 2013, hopefully a different administration run by Labour will be more receptive.

8)   Knowle Park Play Equipment

I’ve wrote about this a number of times before in my role as governor at Kimberley Primary school.

This is an excellent project including a number of partners including Kimberley Primary School, Kimberley Town Council, the County Council and Groundwork Greater Nottingham.

We should see, providing the final pieces of the jigsaw being put together during the next few weeks, a wide range of new play equipment on Knowle Park that will particuarly benefit the under 11s.  I have not yet got details of the actual start date for the works, when this is available I will let you know.

9)   Sign up for police, community and neighbourhood watch information

There’s a really useful on-line way of keeping up with local crime information – click on the link: https://www.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/

to sign up to get detailed and up to date information in your own area.

10)   What’s happening with Kimberley Miners Welfare?

A number of you have asked about this having seen reports in the press.  I know people are concerned about the type of development suggested here, bearing in mind traffic and visibility issues.  As of yet I have had nothing confirmed after making some enquiries.  As soon as there is more definitive information I’ll let you know.


Local Community Business Information

Wayne Brown Photography

Providing Bespoke Wedding-Model-Commercial- and Stunning Award Winning Portrait photography.

We are also very proud of our HEALING HEARTS project for Families Affected by illness and Cancer working with The Lee Ryan Trust, and Cancer UK.

I offer my services free providing beautiful memories for your family.
Contact me via e-mail brownwayne13@yahoo.com 
or Tel: 0115 8544615 Mob 07921835305 to chat about what you have in mind.
fUJI DISTINCTION winner three times, 121 swpp awards since 2005 – portrait photographer of the month 17 times since 2004.


BILL PLANT Driving School

Based in Kimberley.
With our professional and friendly local driving instructors, you’ll enjoy a relaxed, positive and encouraging environment as you learn to drive.
Driving lessons with the Bill Plant Driving School are very competitively
priced, proudly offering at all times the offer that our UK learner drivers nationwide have come to know and adore, 5 lessons for £56* (*Terms & Conditions)

Why not call ANDY, your local Bill Plant Instructor for more details.
Tel: 07932 666903


Music ACT ( DJ Service )
Music ACT offers high quality disco and music for any type of celebration.
All event is special and we will ensure your entertainment is first class.
Providing professional tailor made music solutions for Civil Ceremonies, Partnerships, Wedding Breakfasts, Children’s Parties, Corporate Functions or any other Events.
We have full Public Liability Insurance (PLI) as required for any venue and are already CRB Checked for Children’s Parties.

Call Susan for more a quotation
Tel: 07951 779895 – based in Kimberley



RM home services

All aspects of home maintenance

Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms,

Electrical, Plumbing, Tiling & Decorating

Gardening Services & Maintenance, Clearance.

Pavin, Slabbing, Fencing


Please call or e-mail for free quotation

Home; 01159 459631

Mobile; 07508 035049

Richard Maltby



Personal Training

Jacques Niemand offers special offers on boot camps,

personal training packages – all at very reasonable costs, situated in Old

Basford,Nottinghamor can be carried out in your home environment – contact

Jacques – Mob: 07912 868954 – e mail: swiftactive@gmail.com



Cavendish Systems Ltd – Caring for your Computers

We provide a full range of computer services/repairs for

home and small business users.

– we work evenings and weekends for your convenience

– our work is guaranteed

– we can come to you or you can bring your computer to our


– if we cannot fix your problem, we charge no fee

– we are Microsoft certified

– we are locally based inKimberley

– we have decades of IT experience and contacts to call upon

– full details of services and prices are on our website

What our customers say

“Great all-round knowledge”

“Impeccable service & delivery”

“Approachable and friendly”

“Very professional”

“Friendly, honest and intuitively skilled”

“I have never had a problem that Chris can’t fix!”

Contact Chris Appleby on 07720 966517 – based in Kimberley

Email: sales@cavendishsystems.com

Web: http://www.cavendishsystems.com/

Web: Cavendish Systems Ltd

Computer services and repair – Home/Small


removal/Web/Security/Training/Video Editing

Microsoft Certified


Neil M Brown


Home & Garden Services

Blocked drains to untidy gardens: njbrown5@ntlworld.com

Tel: Mob: 0785 442 6766


John Sherwin Ltd

Specialist Motor Engineers

Somercotes Hill, Somercotes, Alfreton,DerbyDE55 4JS

Tel: 01773 604400 http://www.jsherwin-vwaudi.co.uk/21565/jsherwin.htm


Neighbourhood pet care, pet boarding for caged birds and

pets, also home visits, dog walking, feeding etc peace of mind references, collection/delivery

service tel: Jenny on 0115 8494708 or mobile 0795 2751 019.

73 Newton’s Lane, Cossall


Running from Baker Road, Newthorpe the business called Triple S


Computer Services based on a fixed rate fee. The main

services range from a computer “MOT” to a full rebuild of the operating system, installation, services for Broadband and an “Anything Computers” one to one are available.

Contact Steve: http://www.tripletriple.co.uk/

and the mobile number 07847 786744 E-mail: steve@tripletriple.co.uk


I’m a local author living on Victoria Street, Kimberley.

I’ve just published a children’s book which is an historical adventure

based around Kimberley, Awsworth, Cossall,

Ilkeston and Nottingham Castle in the year 1086. I’m very willing to make this book available for fund-raising purposes.



Book Title: KINMERS LEA – which is the old name

for Kimberley.

My contact details: Tel: 08454 67 1086 (local rate calls).

The book is available for sale from Plumb’s, James Street, Kimberley,

Awsworth Post Office, Giltbrook Post Office and Giltbrook

News price £7.99

Web site http://www.kinmerslea.co.uk/





Domestic/ Commercial Window Cleaning

Industrial Cleaning

Builders Cleans

Guttering/Facia Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning

Patio Cleaning

Also available for subcontract work

All areas covered

Contact: Mr Richard Hill

‘phone 0782 4535 309

15 Ruislip Close Kimberley Nottingham NG16 2LF




Sell your broken gold jewellery at


7 James Street

Kimberley –

Established 30 years.

Watch batteries/straps fitted.

Jewellery repairs undertaken.

Wide selection of Gifts available.

We also have Toys!

Call in for a friendly, old fashioned, service.


Kerstine Herbert (Dip RM)-Sports Injury and Remedial Massage


Local therapist based on Victoria StreetKimberley

offering mobile option so you can be

treated in the comfort of your own home.

Common conditions treated include:

* Whiplash

* Back and neck pain

* Sports injuries

* Joint problems

* Strains and sprains

* Stress and tension.

A full therapeutic body massage is great for unwinding and

combating stress.

I also offer Indian Head Massage which is highly beneficial

for treating stress, poor sleep patterns, headaches and neck and back


Prices range from £17 for a half an hour treatment to £25

for a full body massage.

To arrange an appointment please call on 0788 6226 005



SoftWurkz S£ick Business Management Software

Pain Relief for Small Businesses

SoftWurkz Limited is aKimberley

based Company who specialise in the development of business management computer

software for the self employed andfor small businesses. The directors liveon

Angus Close, Kimberley.

To find out more information contact: Richard Bradley richard@softwurkz.com

07765 531388 or Peter Graboswki on softwurkz.peter@yahoo.co.uk 07818 255107 or

Stephen: stephen@softwurkz.com


C & J UPVC Maintenance

Specialists in UPVC Window, Door & Conservatory


Contact Craig Harwood – 07999 599501, or 0115 849 8397 –


33 Wortley Avenue, Trowell, Nottingham, NG9 3QP


Noah’s Ark Pre-School Playgroup

Free places for 3 and 4 year olds.

Holy Trinity, Church Hill, Kimberley,

Nottingham, NG16 2HYTel: 0115 945 8553 (am only), noah.ark.kimberley@live.co.uk


Golden goose classes

Are small friendly groups meeting for textile lessons in my

home on the Gilthill, Kimberley.

Classes are limited to 5 students in well equipped workroom.

All levels of ability are catered for, from GCSE catch up –

to recreational sewing.

I am an experienced textile teacher with twenty years

experience which I would now like to pass on in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Classes cost £3.50 per hour for up to two hours. On Monday,

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during the morning or afternoon, and some


During 2009 some of my students have made their own clothes,

Advent calendars Shopping bags, wall hangings and full size machine pieced


Contact Pat Furniss 0115 8548933 or 07941898139 for more




Your local Kimberley based, professional photographer available for portraits, family groups, model portfolios,

passports, IDs & corporate image, by appointment.

All enquiries: Tannerfolio@aol.com

Or call 0115 9382235 mobile 0771 4294 324



Unit E4

The Ropewalk Industrial Est.



Tel: 0115 8497055 – Amanda Matthews

Handmade and Bespoke Body Care Products

Luxury Products at affordable prices

Hand Moulded Soap’s, Body Butters, Bath Creamers,

Bath Salts and Crystals, Essential oils, Massage Oils

Lip Balms, Solid Perfumes, Bath Bombs and much more.

Everything is made with quality UKsourced products and fully


Available for School Fayres & Fates, Children’s Party’s,

Pamper Afternoon / Evenings.

Open to the public

Mondays 10am – 2pm

Wednesday 10am – Midday

Fridays 10am – 2pm



Gerry Hargreaves has a background of electrical installation

and maintenance followed by considerable experience of energy monitoring

providing technical support to the marketing division ofEast Midlands


Projects throughout the UKhave included energy monitoring

and data/billing analysis to assist companies to improve efficient use of

energy. This has included disputes with electricity suppliers and distributors

and site surveys, installation of temporary monitoring equipment and

recommendations to install suitable power factor correction equipment.

Site surveys for the installation of a M&T at major

sites, have been undertaken and with the recent advances in remote monitoring

technologies surveys and installation of GSM smart meters have been undertaken

at distribution centres of a leading logistics company.

A request by a leading UKenergy supplier has resulted in the installation of remote data collection

technology, including planning and installation of remote data logging

equipment to monitor and analyse usage data from geothermal sites within theUK. This work

is ongoing in the development of renewable energy and low carbon technology.

Site visits and travel are significant reduced with the application of t-mac


Gerry Hargreaves

2 Laverock Close



NG16 2QX

Tel: 01159384967

Mob: 07973406202

Fax: 07970451844



Brian Gregory

Your Local Painter and Decorator.

Lulworth Court,


References given by all my local customers

Tel: 0797 6659 436

or e mail: Margaret Foster margaret.foster10@ntlworld.com


Looking for spare parts for your solid fuel appliance?

Contact Kimberley resident Peter Grabowski

GAP Supplies – 0115 945 8672 email: gapsupplies@yahoo.co.uk

or p.grabowski@sky.com

Parkray, Rayburn, Aga, Trianco, Baxi, Esse,

Charnwood, Dunsley, Firemaster & many more.

Front bars, bottom bars, single bars, deepening bars,

firebricks, side bricks, front bricks, back bricks, throat plates, ash pans,

thermostats, fan units, operating tools, single glass strips, glass panels,

control knobs, draught stabilisers, fireplates, fuel regulators, door seals,

fibre rope, ash carriers, fire cement, coal savers, flue brushes.



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Skills for Life

• ONLINE CONSULTATIONS at www.msc-lifecoaching.co.uk

• 1 to 1 Educational home tuition for students 7 years to post-grad.

• Study Skills & Exam Techniques. Revision schedules prepared

• Dissertations, CVs & Personal Statements proof-read & improved

• Matching your personal attributes to career & job market

• Interview techniques, Presentations, Speeches, Public Speaking

• Personal Lifeplan strategies – Have you got one ?

• Managing Life crises: Ergonomics in Life choices

• Management Consultancy, Training, coaching for Organisational Development

CONTACT:  Neil Green M.Sc., Dip. I.S.M., P.G.C.E.

Noel Street, Kimberley


0115 919 2190