Newsletter – March 2018

Saturday 3rd February In conjunction with the “Do it for David” social media campaign which was started following the last Blue Planet series and despite the rain & snow 12 brave and committed villagers donned high viz & set out clearing our village of all rubbish that was in roads, footpaths, hedges and gardens. We covered all areas inc Barton Lane & the A444 to the Gate. In just 2 hours we collected all of the rubbish in the picture below. Committee member Alec Duthie gave a fantastic interview on BBC Radio Leicester on the 2nd Feb, and the Hinckley Times ran an
article highlighting the work that we are doing. Since then we have been contacted by the Do it for David campaign team to ask if we would like to be involved with another event on the 5th May to coincide with David’s birthday. If you have any ideas, please get in touch.

The verge opposite the new housing development was disgusting and have contacted Cadeby Homes to report this, we will update you on their reply, Councillor Bill Crooks has also expressed his thanks and assurance that he will also chase.

Meet your new Parish Councillor – Tony Harrison
It was with some surprise and great pleasure that I found out I’d been elected as Parish Councillor for Nailstone and I’d like to thank everyone for their support. For those of you who don’t already know me, I’ve been invited to write a few paragraphs in this newsletter to introduce

I’m fairly new to village, having moved to Occupation Road in 2013 with my partner Cath. We’d had a fairly nomadic life, living in a multitude of different places during the previous 20+ years including Bristol, Rugby, Corby and France. We stumbled across the village and our house by accident rather than design, neither of us having heard of Nailstone before but knew as soon as we drove into the village and then looked around the house that this was our next home. Having spent our first couple of years renovating (still an ongoing project!), we decided we would like to put down some roots and settle in the village rather than continue the trend and move again. We therefore thought we’d try to become more involved and meet more people in the village which led us to join the community group. Over the last year I’ve enjoyed being part of the group, both helping organise and attending events. I also started to attend the parish council meetings and take an active interest in what they have done and are planning to do for the
village. When Councillor Spencer resigned, I saw it as an opportunity to bring the community group and parish council closer together and work towards making Nailstone an even better place to live. I therefore decided I’d like to stand for election. Dan, also very dedicated to the village and community group, had similar thoughts hence us both standing.

I look forward to representing you all and hope to see some of you at future Parish Council and Community Group meetings.

Pancake races Saturday 10th Feb. Unfortunately the weather won and we took the difficult decision based on safety concerns to cancel this years event due to frozen ground & slippery paths.

Our very own club has been formed, choosing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society as the first book to review. We have had a lot of interest through the Facebook group, but if anyone else would like to join then please get in touch for more details.

Nailstone Local History Group was formed by a group of local villagers around 16 years ago. Some meetings and visits were held on an ad hoc basis and a survey of the graveyard was
started. At the time due to work and other commitments the organising of meetings did not continue although the collection of ephemera and information has continued. Exhibitions of
photographs and objects in the Church and at events has taken place as and when requested by event organisers e.g. for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Church flower festivals etc. The Nailstone Community Group would like to see if there is sufficient interest to reform the History Group. If you are interested in researching or learning more about Nailstone’s history please contact us or come along to a meeting.

Saturday 31st March. In conjunction with All Saint’s Church we will be holding another Easter egg hunt, more details will be posted nearer the time so save the date!

Saturday 17th March 7.30pm start
Eyes down, look in Bingo is back!


Fish & Chips

Don’t forget every Saturday from approx. 6.30pm outside the Bulls Head.
If any changes to the time we will post them online.

Pub Update February 2018

A temporary working party has been formed, within the community group, to investigate the viability of acquiring the Bulls Head public house from the current owner and then undertaking a complete refurbishment to a high standard in order to ensure the village not only continues to have a public house but also a facility that could provide some of the other worthwhile services to the community identified in the recent survey document.

Once a clearer view of the viability has been established it will then be possible to share the findings more generally in order to gather feedback and establish the level of support for the project within the village as a whole.

We would welcome anyone with relevant experience e.g. architect, solicitor, accountant, builder, etc. to contact the working party to help with this investigation. email or come along to one of the Thursday meeting.

Social – We meet at The Bulls Head every Thursday from 7.30pm & also on the 3rd Tuesday in the month before the plug and play evening.

Contact us via: Facebook; Nailstone Community Group or email

Everyone is always welcome to come along and join in

February 26th, 2018 by Na1lst0n3