Broxtowe News Update & Information Service – March, April & May 2022

Hi all

Welcome to my latest newsletter.

Well it’s definitely been a busy old time since my last newsletter in February, personally as well of course with council work.   I particularly emphasise old as I’ve now reached one of those milestones in life – becoming the grand old age of 60 earlier this month.  Yes, and since you ask, I can’t actually believe it. 

Nevertheless I am now a proud owner of a Senior Citizens Rail Card  (which really brought my age home to me), and I am making good use of this.

Also in a bit more personal news – in March Sarah and I became grandparents for the first time.  If you are friends with me on Facebook you might have noticed a subtle change of track from the occasional political pondering or something connected with Leeds United to proud doting Grandparent posts.

Then additionally on top of this last month I’ve been offered (and accepted) a new job.  This starts next month on 16 May working for the Public Affairs Company – About Us | The Public Affairs Company – as a Government Relations Consultant.

So all in all, it’s been a pretty busy time.

There’s now plenty of news to update you all on locally, and I hope the information below is useful for you.

As ever if you need help or assistance on anything, or ever want to discuss something please let me know.

Trust all of the information provided below is helpful.

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 – March, April & May 2022
– Broxtowe Borough Council launches Ukraine appeal
– Around the world in 80 days
– Are you interested in sport?
– Fly tipping in Kimberley
– Knowle Park play improvements 
– Kimberley Food Festival
– New litter bin on Knowle Hill
– Tram extension – Kimberley, Eastwood & Langley Mill – improving public transport in Broxtowe and Amber Valley
1)  Broxtowe Borough Council launches Ukraine appeal
Anyone who wishes to offer a financial donation and or much needed items to support the Humanitarian Aid Work taking place in Ukraine and Poland, is now able to do so under a special scheme set up by the council.  
Specifically in Broxtowe – the borough is in friendship with the town of Myszkow, Poland who are currently experiencing an influx of refugees, due to being located close to the Ukrainian border. 
Please click on the following link for more information on how to offer support: Broxtowe Borough Council Launches Ukraine Appeal : Broxtowe Borough Council 
2)  Around the world in 80 days – Holy Trinity Church, Eastwood Road, Kimberley, Saturday 30 March, 1830

A reminder of this community event taking place tomorrow in Kimberley, please see details by clicking on the link:

Raib or Shine Leaflet 80 Days

This is a joint venture between Kimberley Church and Kimberley Institute Cricket Club. 

The theatre company Rain or Shine have performed three times in Kimberley previously, each one a great success.   

Call Jim Dymond for more information and tickets on 0115 854 4734, email: 


3)  New sporting memories group starts today

A new sporting memories group at Chilwell Olympia starts today 10am.

The group is free of charge and ideal for anyone in the local community who is isolated, dementia, Alzheimer’s or just wants to talk sport and meet like-minded people.

Please see the poster below for more information



4)  Fly tipping in Kimberley

Earlier this month I was alerted to instances of fly tipping in Kimberley – mattresses and a whole load of other stuff which looked pretty disgusting, dumped at the back of Edgwood Road, near to the nature reserve.   I reported this and it has now been removed.

If there are any other instances of fly tipping you come across, please let me know.


5)  Knowle Park improvement survey

There’s some great work being proposed by Kimberley Town Council, with a lot of work being put in especially by Cllrs Ian Wilson, Sam Boneham and Neil Doherty to try and get some major upgrades to Knowle Park recreation ground in Kimberley.

Some of the suggestions include a small cycle track, more play equipment specifically for people suffering learning disabilities, benches for parents, a zip-wire (definitely not one for me), general upgrading of the play equipment etc.

Around 7-8 years ago when I was a Community Governor at Kimberley Primary school – we initiated a project to get some new equipment on Knowle Park, which we wereduly  successful with, however it is looking a bit tired now, and work now being undertaken should provide a very welcome boost for users of the park.

There is a survey you can fill in here Knowle Park Improvement Survey ( – to give your views.

For more information, please contact either Cllrs Ian Wilson – or Sam Boneham:


6)   Kimberley Food Festival

Last May when I sat down with Dave Fewster (joint owner of the Doghouse pub in Kimberley), and Sam Boneham and discussed how Kimberley might start buzzing again, little did we probably realise about how successful a food festival in the town might be.

Fast forward then to 13 March this year and over 3,000 visitors came to the Food Festival.   Every stall holder and vendor either sold out (some even twice) or were left with very little stock by the end of the day.

Business saw a dramatic and much welcomed uptake in business.  There were sell-out services at the Chip Shop on James Street, Mucky’s and Sugarlicious Cake, pubs and cafes up and down the town centre were absolutely packed all day.

The credit for this huge piece of work goes largely to Kimberley Town Cllr – Sam Boneham who worked tirelessly late into the night on many occasions leading up to 13 March, in order to make the Food Festival a success.

Also Matt & Sarah Haslam were a brilliant support to Sam, alongside many volunteers who helped on the day, giving up their time in order to make the event a success.

So what’s next?  Well after some reflection and looking at what can be improved upon for next year, Sam is looking for the Kimberley Food Festival to become an annual event for Kimberley, bigger and better with some improvements.

Please contact Cllr Sam Boneham for more information and if you would like to help with the organising: 

… a footnote to this – both Sam and Dave are now members of Kimberley Town Council – and I am sure both will continue to be excellent ambassadors for the area in the weeks, months and years ahead.
7)   New litter bin Knowle Hill, Kimberley
I was asked earlier this month for a new bin at the top of Knowle Hill, and this has now been put in place.
If anyone else would like new litter bins in your area, please let me know.
8)  Improving public transport in the north of Broxtowe and Amber Valley

Last month I asked the Chief Executive Officer at Broxtowe to look at ways it would still be possible to look at new funding channels for improving public transport in the area, and specifically now Hs2 at Toton has been mothballed from the original concept.

There are still some opportunities for us in Broxtowe to look at tram and light rail connectivity, and I for one do not want to see the campaigning work in Kimberley and surrounding areas that has been undertaken over the past 12 years go to waste!

Richard Robinson » Langley Mill Super Hub – Tram extension Line 4 phase III to Kimberley, Eastwood & into Amber Valley ( 

If you would like to get involved in new campaigns to secure the tram out to Kimberley, Eastwood & Langley Mill – please get in touch.


News in brief

a) Fairgrove – former Brewery site Kimberley – I am meeting residents next week to talk about some ongoing concerns on the site.

b) Smart Parking – The Precinct Kimberley – the car parking management of this site has been in new hands for several months (EuroParks).  I continue howeverto receive complaints about residual fines from the previous managers Smart Parking – in some instances the “offences” were detailed as people parking there for 24 hours when in fact it was only 6 minutes!  If anyone is still being troubled by Smart Parking, please let me know.

c) Sainsburys Cafe – Kimberley – this is now closed.  Lots of speculation about what might come in its place.  When I have more definitive information I will let you 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 – now teaching automatic, as well as manual.


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




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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