Latest News and COVID-19 Updates from Broxtowe Borough Council

Latest News and COVID-19 Updates from Broxtowe Borough Council

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1 April 2022

In this newsletter:

  • The ‘Happy To Chat’ Bench At Colliers Wood

  • Beeston’s Craft, Gift And Food Fair Returns This Saturday

  • Stapleford Day Of Action – 7 April

  • Community Garden Week 2022

  • Garden Waste Subscription Stickers
  • COVID Updates
  • Other news

The ‘Happy To Chat’ Bench At Colliers Wood


A new bench has recently been installed at Colliers Wood, Newthorpe, close to the large pond. This is a Happy To Chat Bench and has been installed in response to a cry for help from a visitor to the site.

The idea is that when sitting on the bench you are making it known to other visitors to the site that you are happy to have a chat. This could be because you are feeling a little lonely and would like some company, are a sociable person and would just like to talk, or that you need somebody to listen to any concerns you may have.

The seat is made from recycled plastic with Happy To Chat Bench inscribed on one of the slats so it can be read from both the back and the front.

We hope many of our residents can enjoy the benefits of this.

Beeston’s Craft, Gift And Food Fair Returns This Saturday

craft gift

This Saturday, 2 April, the Craft, Gift and Food fair will return to Beeston where a variety of independent traders will welcome customers with their vibrant personalities, friendly attitudes and wide range of unique products. From organic handmade beauty products to gothic collectibles, there’s something for everyone!

Below are the traders who will be setting up a stall this Saturday at Beeston Square between 10am and 4pm – come along and see what catches your eye:

Haze Naked Bath And Beauty – Organic bath and beauty products and candles

P.J. Gifts – Quality gothic and fantasy themed gifts including dragon, fairy and angel collectibles

Rainbows And Bows – Embroidery and handmade gifts

UK Trini Drinks – Delicious Caribbean rum punch

Ernehale Designs – Handmade bags, purses and wallets all made by the trader

Chaotic Comics And Crafts – Comics, graphic novels, vinyl stickers and more

Bea’s Classic Beading – Quality beaded jewellery

Bake Off And Pie – Mouth-watering baked goods

Stapleford Day Of Action – 7 April


A Day Of Action is being held at Montrose Court in Stapleford next Thursday, 7 April, with activities to enforce positive change and increase pride and engagement specifically within Stapleford’s community.

The following activities will be going ahead:

  • Community litter pick
  • Rubbish clear up
  • Green space clear up
  • Cycle Marking
  • Smoke and fire alarm checks
  • Safe and well checks

Stapleford residents will also be able to bring any bulky waste they wish to dispose of – this must be handed over at Montrose Court Car Park between 10:30am and 1:00pm.

Free refreshments will be provided and Council staff will be on hand to help, along with members of Stapleford Community Group, Church at Montrose Court, South Broxtowe Police and Stapleford’s Fire Brigade.

Find out more

Community Garden Week 2022

community garden

This year’s Community Garden Week will take place between 4 April – 10 April 2022.

Community Garden Week allows us to celebrate the amazing community gardens across Broxtowe and how they bring together and inspire residents. Here’s how you can get involved:

Visit a Broxtowe community garden – By simply visiting a local community garden with friends and family you are supporting community gardens across Broxtowe. Take a walk, unwind, have a chat and enjoy the beauty of nature – consider taking a trip to Incredible Edible’s community garden in Beeston.

Send us a photo of your garden – Community gardens come in all different sizes, styles and shapes, but they all have the ability to bring people together through the power of nature. We want to see photos of your best kept gardens – it could be your garden, communal garden, allotment, balcony or any other spot you like to potter.

Send us photos via email or social media:


Twitter: @broxtowebc

Facebook: @broxtoweboroughcouncil

Garden Waste Subscription Stickers

gsrden waste

If you have subscribed for Garden Waste Collections this year, you should receive your 2022/23 subscription sticker before the new season starts on 4 April.

If you have not received your sticker by Wednesday 6 April, please email with your address details and we will send out a replacement.

We will still have the information that you have a valid subscription for the new season, so please place your bin out and we will continue with your collections.

Once you’ve received your sticker/s please place this on your bin/s.

Garden Waste subscriptions received after 28 March will take up to 10 working days to process.

COVID Updates

COVID-19 Vaccination Van in Beeston


If you’re in Beeston’s town centre between 12pm-7pm next Monday, 4 April, don’t forget that The COVID-19 Vaccination van will be at the Beeston Tram Interchange offering vaccines to anyone aged 16+.

The van is offering first, second and booster jabs. People in Broxtowe who have been struggling to get an appointment or make it to a vaccination site will benefit from this – please share this information with them.

There’s no need to book – just turn up.

Free COVID Testing For Eligible Groups


The Government has officially set out the next steps for living with COVID and who will be eligible for free COVID-19 testing going forward.

From today, 1 April, free COVID-19 testing will be available for people with symptoms if they are:

  • Patients in hospital
  • Eligible for treatments because they are at higher risk of getting seriously ill
  • Living or working in high-risk settings such as care homes or the NHS

Asymptomatic lateral flow testing will also continue to be used in some high-risk settings where infection can spread rapidly.

Find out more

Other news

Watnall Litter Pick – Part Of The Great British Spring Clean


Join our litter pick in Watnall this Sunday 3 April!

Our Neighbourhood Wardens will be out litter picking as part of The Great British Spring Clean this weekend. Be a litter hero for your community and join in.

They will be meeting at Church Road Woods, Watnall, NG16 1JA at 10am

All gloves, bags and litter pickers will be provided.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – April 2022


April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, a fantastic annual opportunity to raise awareness of the fourth most common cancer in the UK. Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with the disease, that’s nearly 43,000 people each year.

Bowel Cancer is also the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, however it shouldn’t be because it’s treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives Bowel Cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage but this drops significantly as the disease develops.

Find out more

Holiday Activities And Food Programme – Easter 2022

holiday activities and food

Children who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals will be able to enjoy the Holiday Activities and Food Programme taking place this school spring/Easter holiday.

The programme is delivered by Nottinghamshire County Council and will include many free activities for eligible families to enjoy over Easter, with a meal provided for each activity session.

If your child receives benefits-related free school meals, you can book your place on the Holiday Activities and Food programme’s webpage.

Tell your family and friends – use the hashtag #HAF2022 on social media!

Find out more

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