‘Oar’some job by school children
Thousands of school children have completed their very own Olympic challenge after rowing the distance from Bolsover to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
10,000 children from 44 schools from across Bolsover District and beyond completed 7,234.2 miles, (1,500 more miles than their original target of 5,830) over a five-month period.
The challenge saw the schools receive four rowing machines for two days each to row as far as they could and the schools who rowed the furthest were:
- Infant - Clowne Infant School - 161 miles
- Primary - Model Village Primary School (Shirebrook) - 243.2miles
- Junior - Tibshelf Town End - 255.5miles
- Secondary - Shirebrook Academy - 285miles
- Special - Stubbin Wood - 55.4miles
‘Row to Rio’ was launched back in February by Olympic Gold medal rower Zac Purchase and is a partnership between ourselves and Bolsover and District School Sport Partnership that aimed to run alongside the popular Five:60 programme which tackles inactivity and childhood obesity in schools.
Each of the schools who rowed the furthest where presented with a certificate and £50 sports voucher at special school assemblies.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “This has been an amazing challenge and all the schools have really thrown themselves into it. It was great to see so many taking part from nursery children who couldn’t even reach the foot plate to secondary school pupils who really put there all into it.
“Tackling inactivity and childhood obesity is a national issue but by giving children challenges such as this to do it adds a fun element and is something they want to do rather than having to do it.
“My congratulations go to all of the schools involved and to all the children, staff and parents who have helped and supported this challenge.”
Date issued: 21 July 2016
Traveller Site in Bolsover
Update 19 July 2016 16:21
We are pleased to report that the unauthorised traveller site in Bolsover has now vacated the Sherwood Lodge and Town End car parks. We had put plans in place and were ready to serve a Direction notice requesting them to leave, however they left the District (under Police escort) of their own accord. Our Streetscene team are on site cleaning up any litter/waste left behind and we appreciate everyone's patience and assistance whilst the incident was dealt with. We are now looking at options to secure the site to try and prevent this happening again.
Yesterday (Sunday 17 July 2016) afternoon a large number of travellers set up camp on the Sherwood Lodge and Town End Car Parks in Bolsover.
We are liaising with Morrisons, who own the Sherwood Lodge site and the relevant agencies to apply for a Direction under the Criminal Justice and Public Order act to remove the travellers from this site. We have also spoken to the Police regarding the situation and we have increased the patrols of our CAN Rangers in this area.
We want to reassure people that we are doing everything within our powers to deal with the situation as quickly and as efficiently as the law will allow us.
Work progressing well on new £4million leisure facility
The first bricks of a £4million enhanced leisure facility at Clowne have been laid as work on the site progresses well.
Six months into a 12-month build programme to create the new Go! Active @ The Arc facility, the ground works, pool linings, steel frames and drainage have all been completed and now the lower level brick skins have started to be installed.
The new two-storey building is set to open in early 2017 and offers a significant enhancement on facilities currently available at Clowne Sports Centre.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “It’s been great to see how the building work progresses week-by-week and we are really pleased with how it is going. The new facility will be modern and offer a range of top class facilities for all ages to enjoy, so we can’t wait for it to be finished and open to the public.”
The new facility is being built alongside our current Clowne Sports Centre and will include:
- 25m swimming pool and smaller teaching pool
- Water slide
- Sauna/steam room
- 100 station gym
- Group exercise rooms and a spinning studio
- Four badminton court sports hall
- Food and beverage offer
- Children’s ‘soft play’ zone
- Outdoor pitches
- Universal changing facilities
To help celebrate the new facility, the Council in partnership with Strategic Leisure Development Partner – Pulse - has launched a new 365 household membership scheme aimed at whole households getting engaged in health and fitness. For just £365 per year, a household (up to 6 persons – 2 parents/guardians and up to 4 children/family members) can enjoy a whole host of activities at the new facility. You can register your household details by visiting the Go! Active website.
Councillor Dooley added, “We want to create a family friendly facility, where people can be active, stay fit and have fun together and our 365 household membership does just that. It is only open for a limited time though so I would urge people to register their interest now to take advantage of this superb offer.”
Chris Johnson, Managing Director at Pulse, said, “As strategic leisure development partner we are delighted to be working with Bolsover District Council on this project. The work is progressing fantastically and we are confident that we will deliver a modern, sustainable facility that is accessible by everyone in the community - on time and within budget.”
The new facility is set to open its doors to the public in January 2017.
Date issued: 18 July 2016
Bigger helpings in Bolsover as countdown to culinary feast begins
Food lovers are in for a treat on 30 and 31 July as Bolsover Food and Drink Festival returns for a third year.
The popular event, which attracted some 6,000 visitors last year will once again fill the streets with culinary delights on the last weekend of July.
Bookings have been coming in since January with a wide variety of traders serving up all kinds of sweet and savoury morsels, from gourmet sausage rolls to smoking BBQs, and global influences from South Africa to France together with a great selection of tasty tipples.
Former Champneys chef, Adam Palmer, will be returning to Bolsover providing some tasty recipe ideas in our demonstration kitchen with opportunities to sample his creations.
“We’re expecting an even bigger selection of food and drink producers this year,” said Andrew Tristram, Bolsover Town Clerk. “Last year’s event was a huge success and this year looks like being our best ever with many new traders coming to the town, plus lots of entertainment and, of course, the sunshine!” he said.
“So it’s no surprise that stall holders have booked again, and this means we can expect an even bigger event this year. Look out for updates on our facebook page.”
Bolsover Food and Drink Festival 2016 will take place in Bolsover Town Centre from 10am on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July and is free to visitors.
The event is organised by Old Bolsover Town Council.
Date issued: 15 July 2016 (Isued by Old Bolsover Town Council)