Broxtowe News Update & Information Service – December 2021

Hi all

A very warm welcome to my latest newsletter, and especially those who have joined within the past few weeks.

Looking back it’s been quite a year in many ways – some things now seem an eternity away – recalling just a few examples:

  • in February Captain Sir Moore who raised over £32m for NHS charities died at the age of 100.
  • in July England reached the final of a major football international tournament for the first time since 1966.
  • in September British tennis player Emma Raducano won the 2021 US Open Women’s Singles at her first attempt and is the first female British player to win a major since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.
  • in October Conservative MP Sir David Amess died after being stabbed multiple times during his constituency surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh on Sea.
  • in October and November the UK hosted a summit called COP26 (COP stands for Conference of the Parties) – about climate change and how countries are going to tackle it.
  • in November Marcus Rashford was awarded an MBE for his campaigning to help vulnerable children.
  • Europe officially generated more electricity through renewable sources than fossil fuels for the first time during the past 18 months.

It goes without saying that COVID has dominated much of the year, as it did in 2020 – affecting every part of our lives and seems set to do so well into the New Year.

It’s been a hugely difficult year for many of us and in different ways and this Christmas time may not be an easy one for some.  I recall two people we have so sadly lost during the past year this year – Andy Tibbitts who lived on Chapter Drive and Russ Saxton from Hardy Street.  Both were legends in their own right and highly respected and loved by many people locally in the wider community.   Andy was a local driving instructor and Russ was a professional musician (and my son’s guitar teacher).   My thoughts and prayers go to their families this Christmas time, and for others who have lost loved ones during the past 12 months.

My hope is that the New Year can bring more of the compassion, community and civic responsibility that I have witnessed locally (and especially during the pandemic). Even therefore despite the difficulties and challenges we all face I remain in an optimistic mood for 2022.

As ever if you need help or assistance on anything let me know.

Can I take this opportunity to wish you all well for Christmas and the New Year.


Best regards


Richard S Robinson

Independent Borough Councillor Kimberley – Broxtowe Borough Council 

4 Peacock Drive
NG16 3HW
Tel: 0775 1970 640
E mail: 
T: @drummerrich1
Broxtowe News Update & Information Service – December 2021
–  Christmas market in Kimberley
–  Kimberley Leisure Centre
–  Update on parking charges The Precinct, Kimberley – meeting successfully arranged with Smart Parking Limited
–  Is there a Plan B for the tram extension to Kimberley and Eastwood?
–  Relate
–  News in Brief
1) Christmas market in Kimberley
Broxtowe Borough Council have organised a market in Kimberley – tomorrow Tuesday 21 December between 8am and 3pm at James Street Car Park.
Music is being provided by the Punjabi Roots Academy, with a range of stalls set to be in operation.
For more information please contact:
Jonathon Little
Economic Development & Regeneration Manager
Broxtowe Borough Council
2)   Kimberley Leisure Centre
I reported in last month’s newsletter on the discussions I had on 27 October with East Midlands Education Trust (EMET) to understand fully their position as it then was regarding Kimberley Leisure Centre:
Last week I was updated by EMET on the progress that had been made since October with Broxtowe Borough Council on plans going forward in 2022 and beyond.  The information I have now been sent is shown here: Leisure Centre Update 
Discussions are ongoing over the next few weeks in order to conclude a final agreement, and as you will see from the Leisure Centre update directly above, there has been solid progress with a more promising outlook set for the next three years, than that was originally mooted by some earlier this year.  The name of Kimberley Leisure Centre will change, however it appears now that an agreement seems to be in sight that includes community and day time use for several years ahead.  This in turn allows the council and others time to bid for funds to secure leisure funding for a longer period into the future.
I would like to thank all of those working hard behind the scenes currently on the final agreement (Liberty Leisure, EMET and Broxtowe BC), and on the work that they have done previously and collaboratively during the past few months.
As soon as there is more information available in 2022 I will let you know.
3)  Parking charges – The Precinct, Kimberley
I reported on this matter in last month’s newsletter and together with Sam Boneham (Chair of Swingate Residents Association) – we have both spent many hours fielding complaints from residents, and liaising with Smart Parking (who have been issuing the fines) and also the owners of the car park itself.
We originally met Smart Parking (who were then operating the restrictions and responsible for issuing fines) on 19 November last month at the precinct in Kimberley where we discussed in detail the problems that local residents and shoppers were facing.
Both Sam and I have dealt with multiple complaints about fines (and got a good number of them rescinded), including a handful today 20 December.
On a wider note Sam and I have asked the owners of the site (LCP) as to whether a separate exit could be made to avoid some of the congestion, and this is now being looked into.
As those of you who are regular users of the precinct will no doubt have seen there is now a new company (operating the parking restrictions) Euro Car Parks.  However some of the old Smart Parking fines are still coming through.  If anyone experiences any problems please let Sam or myself now.
The contact for Sam is: 
4)   Is there plan B for the tram extension through Kimberley & Eastwood?
Many of you will be aware of the work that has been taking place ever since 2009 on getting the tram out to Kimberley and beyond:
We had originally hoped that this would be able to coincide with the Hs2 station at Toton.   However you will no doubt have heard about the change of mind that the government has had with the Eastern leg of Hs2 now being scrapped (affecting the whole of Broxtowe – not only Toton).
We are now looking at alternative ways that tram connectivity and better public transport through Kimberley and Eastwood could be realised.  I had a meeting two weeks ago with some key stakeholders looking at the possibilities for linking a tram extension with a reopening of the Maid Marian line (contact me if you want more specific details of this).
There is so much uncertainty at the moment, however we have not given up the fight.  In my email folder there is a very large file entitled “2025 – tram extension to Kimberley”.    I and many others hoped that we might have started to build in 2025.  This clearly is not going to happen.  Whilst this is disappointing we need not to dwell on what could have been, but what potential there is to adapt plans for the future.
As 2022 develops I will keep you posted on any realistic opportunities for the tram extension from Phoenix Park to be developed – in whatever form that takes.

5)  Relate Nottingham

Some of you will have heard of the charity Relate.  I have been appointed by the Borough Council – to serve on its local board.
Here’s just a little update on their work:
Starting in the New Year, Relate Nottinghamshire who provide couple counselling, marriage counselling and family counselling as well as individual counselling have been awarded funding from Nottinghamshire County Council to provide free or reduced rate counselling to anyone over 18 living in Broxtowe. We are the experts in relationship therapy and want as many people as possible to benefit from our highly trained specialist counsellors.
The counselling sessions last for about an hour and each person, or couple will be entitled to between 4 and 6 sessions depending on your need. The counselling sessions will be online via Zoom and available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5 pm.
If you would like to speak to a counsellor, in confidence about anything to do with your personal relationships we have a free 30-minute telephone counselling service available on Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Please email 
To speak to our trained customer advisers call us on 0115 9584278 or email Our team are here between 9am and 5 pm Monday to Friday.
6)  News in brief
– Drains on Hardy Street, Kimberley – I have had lots of complaints over the past 4-6 weeks on blocked drains in this location.  I have been assured that action will be taken on this.  If problems persist, please let me know.
– Blocked drains and flooding at the bottom of Awsworth Lane, corner of Hayley Close Kimberley – I have had many complaints about this during the past year, but I am told by a number of residents that matters have improved as of late.  Should any issues occur again please let me know.

Local Community Business Information



Is available for all gardening jobs – eg lawns, strimming, edging, also painting fences/sheds, digging etc.

Based in Heanor, all rates very competitive.

Call: 01773 714923 or 0793 8747 246.


LAURENCE SUGARMAN – (based in Kimberley)

Socially Distant Expert Personal Training for mature adults

Dedicated home visiting personal fitness instructor

Versatile, flexible timing and an holistic approach to your health & wellbeing

Call Laurence on 0795 7420 352



Kettlebrook Lodge, Kimberley – Home of 2nd Kimberley Scout Group

Beavers – Monday – 6.00pm till 7.00pm – 6 to 8 years

Rainbows – Tuesday – 5.45pm till 6.45pm – 5 to 7 years

Brownies – Tuesday – 6.00pm till 7.15pm – 7 to 10 years

Girl Guides – Tuesday – 7.30pm till 9.00pm – 10 to 14 years

Cubs – Wednesday – 6.30pm till 8.00pm – 8 to 10.5 years

Scouts – Thursday – 7.30pm till 9.00pm – 10.5 to 14 years

Explorers – Friday – 7.30pm till 9.00pm – 14 to 18 years

WI – 2nd Monday of month – 7.30pm till 10.00pm

Playgroup – Monday to Friday – 8.00am till 3.30pm

Risen Life Church – Sunday – 9.00am till 2.00pm

Function room available to hire for wedding receptions, events, parties (except 16th, 18th & 21st birthdays) & fitness classes etc. Licensed bar available. See webpage for details or call 07527938877




Kettlebrook Lodge, Eastwood Road, Kimberley, Nottingham NG16 2HX

Note there maybe changes due to COVID restrictions. Please enquire.


Print in the UK – The new start-up in our neighbourhood 

The place where design starts and print takes over:
* Business cards
* Flyers and leaflets – print and distribution
* Discount Cards
* Appointment cards
* Thank you cards
* Compliment slips
* Letterheads
* Bespoke envelopes
* Design and Redesign services
* Folders
Business cards – 450gsm silk – single sided print – design and delivery included
250pcs @ £33
Quick turnaround times for most services with a 2 working days from artwork receipt and order confirmation.
Please feel free to get in touch, if you are willing to get professional advice and quality printed products or if you simply want to make a change in the way your business looks. I am here to help
You can check some of my work on my business Facebook page too:
Mims Rusu
Account Manager
I live in Kimberley
07546633846 or: 0115 8756496
Sugarlicious Cakeaway at 19 Main Street (next to Kelly’s nails).
It’s not a traditional cafe where you sit down and drink coffee and eat cake, rather there is a special local opportunity to order your celebration cakes to take away, for any occasion, and buy yourself some sweet treats like cupcakes, old school caramel (butterscotch) tarts, cornflake tarts, loaf cake etc.
For more information please contact Karen Mitchell 
e mail:
Elmer Driving

Patient, friendly and reliable driving instructor based in Kimberley.  Seventeen years experience.

For more details visit or call Tim on 07916 269026.

Tim Elmer


Miners Return – Eastwood Road, Kimberley

The Facebook Page showing events hosted by the Miners Return can be found at:


Whitebeam Photography – James Street Kimberley

Whitebeam photography studio offer a professional studio with services for newborn, family, pets, special occasions and much more.  Please contact Stacey Syson
– email:



Four Seasons preservation joinery, window replacement & building restoration

Based in Heanor

Contact Mick Short 07976263038



KH Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Clinic based in the heart of Kimberley

11 James Street



Im a fully qualified, HCPC registered physiotherapist with a keen interest in running related injuries and promoting health and physical activity in the community.  I offer the following services:

*Physiotherapy Assessments

*Gait Analysis 

*Chair based exercise classes

*Couch to 5k running courses

For more details on all of the above or to contact me/book an appointment please see my webpage


Sparkle and shine cleaning services

For a spotlessly clean home, weekly or fortnightly, deep cleans and one offs, also ironing. Competitive rates.

References available.  Give Sarah a call on 07903 926432 (Kimberley).


Painting, decorating and general handyman services

Rob Hunt (lives locally) provides a comprehensive service.  No job too small.  References from customers available.

Contact: 07757 183867


ADSR ROOFING & BUILDING A small local business for all roofing & building works. EPDM rubber flat roofs, new traditional roofs slate concrete or clay tiles, fitted velux windows, new fascia and guttering, patios, garden walls. To get a free quote call Adam on 07971849305 or email


Watnall PreSchool

A charity preschool which has been open since 1978 and caters for children aged 2 years up until school age.  We provide a safe, secure and caring environment in which children can learn and explore through play. Victoria Institute, Main Road, Watnall, NG16 1HS

Tel : 0115 9458574 –

E-mail :


Vision Property Maintenance

Offers a fast property maintenance service, responding to your call quickly and efficient to eradicate your property challenges at a cost to suit your budget.

We founded our business to offer multi trades to landlords, letting agents and homeowners across the East Midlands.  Our team are trained in all aspects of the building trade, so we  have someone at hand to respond to your call.

Whilst we are quick to attend your needs, we are a local company so we are able to work to your budget however big or small the job is.

Plumbing, general maintenance, joinery, fencing, windows and doors including locksmith service, roofing electrical.

We provide an emergency maintenance service, reacting to issues within two hours from your call.

Vision Property Maintenance

Nigel Bonham

10 Chapter Drive, Kimberley, Nottingham, NG16 2QD


E mail:

07771 545163


Quality Interior & Exterior Decorator

Lives locally in Codnor, all aspects of home decorating undertaken – Mick Whetton

Free, no obligation quote: 01773 512646 or 07890 881667


Finances First Lady

Taking away your financial administration headaches by providing the following services:

Accounting preparation for sole traders, partnerships & limited companies, preparation of personal tax returns, corporation tax returns, payroll processing, and VAT returns.

155 Church Lane, Selston, Nottingham,
              NG16 6FB

Tele:               0115 896 9690

Mobile:          07885 045080




Woodside East Mids Ltd – MOT, Service, Repairs, free MOT with full service, Gate H Station Road/Hardy Street, Kimberley, NG16 2NR, 0115 9385523


Not Just Crafty – based in Giltbrook

Organise craft events for the local community to help promote small businesses

–      Raise awareness of funding raising for LOCAL charities as part of their events

–      Provide courses for new Crafters by skilled Crafters to help them gain skills to become self-employed

–   more details from:



Rumbletums is a community café offering work  experience and training placements to young adults with a learning  disability.

The café has quickly established itself as a relaxed  and friendly place to go and its excellent coffee, home-made cakes and tasty  meals have received numerous compliments.

Rumbletums also runs a Parent and Toddler group each Tuesday from 1 00pm to 3 00pm and has two large meeting rooms available for hire.

Rumbletums opens from 9 30am to 3 00pm from Tuesday to Saturday at 2a Victoria Street, Kimberley (on the corner of Victoria Street and Newdigate Street, opposite Kimberley Parish Hall). Phone 0115  9384953.

Find all our information at


Madhatter’s Coffee Shop Kimberley

Madhatters’s growing success is thanks to the local community supporting it by popping in for coffee, or visiting on one of our tapas, Greek or music nights.

The support is amazing and I would like to thank everyone sincerely.  We are  open for tea, coffee, fresh salad, jacket potatoes, baguettes, and of course gorgeous cakes!!!

Keep an eye on the blackboards for the next events, and on Facebook;!/pages/madhatters/139451719511260

Private parties available, catering for up to 30 guests – talk to the Madhatter for more information.

With love from the Madhatter

Contact for more information Nygel Stevenson



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

NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL Please call or e-mail for free quotation

Home;  01159 459631 Mobile;  07508 035049  Richard Maltby


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 workshop – if we cannot fix your problem, we charge no fee – we are Microsoft certified – we are locally based in Kimberley – 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.

E mail:


Cavendish Systems Ltd Computer services and repair – Home/Small Business/PCs/Macs/Servers/Networks/Programming/Virus removal/Web/Security/Training/Video Editing Microsoft Certified


John Sherwin Ltd Specialist Motor Engineers Somercotes Hill, Somercotes, Alfreton,Derby DE55 4JS

Tel:  01773 604400


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 offers: 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: and the mobile number; 07847 786744  E-mail:


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.  GLORIA MORGAN

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


C & J UPVC Maintenance Specialists in UPVC Window, Door & Conservatory Repairs/Upgrades Contact Craig Harwood –   07999 599501, or   0115 849 8397   – 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 2HY Tel:   0115 945 8553     (am only),

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 evenings. During 2009 some of my students have made their own clothes, Advent calendars Shopping bags, wall hangings and full size machine pieced quilts.

Contact Pat Furniss   0115 8548933     or 07941898139 for more details.


Pop Up Gallery 86  Eastwood Road Kimberley

Incorporating Kevin Tanner Photography has a selection of interesting and varied pictures for sale from street scenes to modern art and graphics together with merchandise including local postcards. 

Professional photography also available.

Please see<> and also facebook page for times of openings or call 07714294324 for further info.

We look forward to seeing you! 

Elaine & Kevin Tanner.


Brian Gregory Your Local Painter and Decorator.

Lulworth Court, Kimberley

References given by all my local customers

Tel:   0797 6659 436     or e mail: Margaret Foster:


Looking for spare parts for your solid fuel appliance? Contact Kimberley resident Peter Grabowski GAP Supplies –  0115 945 8672

email:  or

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.


MSC-Lifecoaching Personal, Professional & Academic coaching – Skills for Life • ONLINE CONSULTATIONS at • 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     

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