September 2016 – Richard Brackenbury

Solicitor and history enthusiast Richard Brackenbury was the guest speaker at the latest meeting of Bingham Business Club. Nottinghamshire born-and- bred Richard also runs Brackenbury’s Britain, a company specialising in cultural and corporate walking tours in the Peak District National Park. His talk touched on castles, churches, and historic sites and events in the area. He said Bingham was at the centre of a cross, surrounded by the significant historic sites of Newark and Lincoln, Leicester, Nottingham and Belvoir. “The whole area is a microcosm of English history, with many sites second to none in England” he said. He highlighted the historic importance of Nottingham and Newark because of their positions as River Trent crossings, and the roles of larger settlements such as Nottingham, Newark, Southwell and Lincoln in the English Civil War. But he also spoke about smaller places with historic significance, including the village of East Stoke, between Bingham and Newark, where thousands died in the last and bloodiest battle of the Wars of the Roses. Richard Brackenbury chairs the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust, and he spoke his love of churches and church architecture, with Southwell Minster being his personal favourite in this area. He said that 45% of Britain’s Grade 1 listed buildings were churches, which were a tangible link with the past. “You can look at these structures and almost feel the characters who walked these floors before you, which is one of the reasons I find them so fascinating,” Business club chairman Jonathan Hammond invited those who had not already done so to support his sponsored charity sleepout at Notts County Football Club’s Meadow...

June Meeting – Bingham Community-Led Plan

The importance of maintaining momentum after the launch of the Bingham Community-Led Plan was emphasised to members of Bingham Business Club at their latest meeting. The chairman of the plan’s steering group, Peter Allen, explained that the finalised plan, which took two years to complete, had been compiled to present the views of the community about the future of the town. The plan report will have to be considered by those making decisions about future development in Bingham. The plan was created from the responses of almost 3,000 people who took part in a detailed survey, which identified a dozen key priorities they wanted to see implemented. These covered a range of topics – health and social care, education, sports and recreation, crime and anti-social behaviour, public toilets, environment, business, the Market Place, transport, planning and development. “The Bingham that people live in now is not quite the Bingham that people want to live in,” Peter Allen said. He said the town had been developed with a house-centred mindset rather than a work-centred mindset, leading to an imbalance. Infrastructure had not grown in proportion to the population increase, and a business development plan for the town was needed. Peter Allen said the community’s desire for improvement was currently strong, but if the momentum was lost it would die. “I think the opportunity is there to move Bingham forward,” he said. “The onus is on all of us to provide the planners with the information they need. They can only make decisions based on the information they have.” Business club chairman Jonathan Hammond urged club members to support the plan. “Rushcliffe Borough Council has got its ears open at the moment. Six or nine months down the line that may have stopped,” he said. Club...