News From the Liberal Democrats 13 March 2016

Liberal Democrats LogoDavid Watts writes: This weekend has been the Lib Dems conference in York, although because of my family issues at the moment I wasn’t able to attend. The headline votes are that the party has now adopted a policy to oppose fracking in England, and also we have called for the legalisation of cannabis. Less headline making but very important to us locally was that one of my colleagues was told by a representative from the Boundary Commission that Broxtowe as a parliamentary constituency is likely to disappear under forthcoming boundary changes. I’ll obviously be trying to find out more details about this as soon as possible.

1. Greening Beeston Seed Swap
Greening Beeston is having a Seed Swap on Saturday 19th March 2016, 9.30 – 12 Noon at Wollaton Road Methodist Church (opposite Sainsbury’s). Bring your unwanted seeds or those you have saved yourself, and take some you fancy.
There will also be gardening magazines, books, pots and sundries available. If toy have nothing to swap then take what you want for a small donation. For more information contact Mary (0115) 854 2994

2. Commonwealth Flag Flying
One of 850 Commonwealth Flags will be flown in Broxtowe on 14th March as part of the annual Fly A Flag for the Commonwealth event. The Commonwealth Flag will be raised outside the Town Hall in Beeston at a special ceremony at 10.00am by the Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, the Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and pupils from Roundhill School. The flag will be raised alongside others at locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries. This unique initiative, now in its third year, is a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth young and old citizens around the world.

3. Spring Festival Bloom Weekend
As part of the councils Spring Festival there is a “Bloom weekend” on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March at Attenborough Nature Centre, Barton Lane, Attenborough, Nottingham NG9 6DY. Bloom weekend is a great opportunity for a FREE spring themed family day out which includes natural materials ‘Make & Take’ activities, an art ramble, storytelling, creation station, relaxing walk around the magnificent Nature Reserve and so much more. Activities are suitable for all ages. There is no need to book – just turn up!

4. Residents Parking Schemes
Beeston North County Councillor Steve Carr had previously been promised by the council that a residents parking scheme would be introduced during the next financial year for Marlborough Road and Peverill Road. However the council have now decided that they do not have the funds to do this. It seems that the County Council are directing the vast majority of the money to Bassetlaw and Ashfield this year and very little to Broxtowe. The good news is that parking restrictions will still be introduced for Broadgate Avenue.

5. Safer Sleeping Week
Between 14 and 20 March, The Lullaby Trust will be running Safer Sleep Week, which aims to help parents understand the importance of making sure their babies go to sleep safely and are aware of how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Nottinghamshire County Council is working with its partners to help promote Safer Sleep Week locally with information leaflets and posters from the Lullaby Trust at libraries, doctors’ surgeries, children’s centres, pharmacies and from health visitors. The campaign is reminding all parents, Safe Sleep advice, whether baby is sleeping at night or during the day, at home or away from home.
• Always place your baby on their back to sleep
• Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
• Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same
room as you for the first 6 months
• Breastfeed your baby, if you can
• Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition
• Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
• Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take
drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight
• Avoid letting your baby get too hot
• Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose
Information about bed-sharing, room temperature, a clear cot, mattresses and more available from the Lullaby Trust

6. Broxtowe Borough Council Website
Broxtowe Borough Council are in the process of revising their website and would like the views of local residents about what the new version should include.
There is a survey that they are asking people to complete and you can find this at

7. Beeston Business Network Meeting
Beeston business owners are invited to meet other like-minded local business people for a relaxed, friendly meeting to share local information and tips and develop new business leads. The network meets on the third Tuesday of every month in the upstairs room of the White Lion in Beeston from 6-7.30pm then continue downstairs with a bite to eat if you wish (pre-order food at the bar before the meeting). The next meeting is Tuesday of this week, 15th March.

8. Greasley Sport Relief Mile
As part of the 2016 Sport Relief programme, staff at Greasley Sports and Community Centre have organised a local event. You can run or walk around one of three courses in the picturesque Colliers Wood Park to raise funds for the many worthy projects that Sport Relief supports in the UK and abroad. For more information please visit
9. Love To Sing Fun Choir?
A new fun choir is being formed in Bramcote and they are looking for members.
All you need to join is a love of singing – you don’t need to read music or be a fantastic singer, there’s no auditions, no need to commit to coming every week and no pressure! Just the chance to sing ‘feel good’ fun songs you already know without judgement, learn some techniques and harmonies whilst meeting like minded people and enjoying a wiggle and a giggle! Weekly classes will take place on either a Thursday or Friday evening (venue depending) for an hour and a half at a cost £5 per person and are open to everyone! For details email

As ever thank you for your support for this newsletter. Any feedback is gratefully received.

Best wishes

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