Here are some of the things that the Parish is currently involved with
The Parish Council are continuing the work of the original Station Adopters and Friends of Collingham Station. Planters have been provided by East Midlands Trains and will be maintained by the "Station Adopters". If you have any ideas as to how the station area could be enhanced or wish to get involved please email Station@Collingham-Notts.org.uk
Wildflower Meadow Creation
The Parish Council is committed to minimising costs to residents and has identified 2 areas of grass land, which will form a trial for the creation of wildflower meadows. This minimises maintenance costs as the grass only needs to be cut once or twice per year rather than the normal 9 times. It will take a number of years for the areas to become fully established and only then will it be possible to determine if the trial has been successful or not. The 2 areas are: the cross site (High Street, near One Stop) and the Pinfold (Woodhill Road, by the BT cabinet). Works began in Autumn 2017 when the grass was been rotivated and seeds sown, which started to show through in the spring of 2018. New paths have been installed at both locations to enable the seating areas to be accessed, through the meadow, without having to tread on the plants. The area continues to be monitored and as the Cross Site in particular has not been a great success up to now due to the vast number of pernicious weeds which were on the site, is continuing to be monitored and worked on to realise its full potential. Lessons are continuing to be learnt which will inform any future decisions about extending this trial to other areas.
A Community Partnership Library initiative could open in Collingham
The parish council bought the former Police contact point, next door to the old Collingham Post Office, and has a parish hub in the building where the clerk is based for a few hours each week. The premises are shared with the library service.
Library services were first established by volunteers in the 1870s, and has been housed in many locations in the village over the years.
Councillor John Knight, Committee Chairman for Culture, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are committed to our libraries service, ensuring they are in the heart of their community, and this initiative is part of our continuing vision for libraries to be modern, community, cultural and information hubs. I’d like to thank the contribution of local county councillor, Maureen Dobson for her work on this project.
A parish council spokesman said: “We look forward to a new era for the whole community, working with the county council’s library service on this new initiative.”
Collingham in the Great War
This is a project for which the parish council has applied and received grants for, but which is being contributed too by everyone in the community. The knitters and crocheters have been busy and 3 large banners were installed. These have now taken down and are being stored by each of the 3 churches in the parish. The Collingham & District History Society produced a village trail leaflet, which was be distributed to each and every household in the parish. Various groups of the U3A held events or undertaken activities. The John Blow School received a visit from an author and each child received a copy of her book "Where the Poppies Grow". The pre-school planted poppy seeds. Many more activities were undertaken by village groups to commemorate this event.
After the new park was opened in 2015 the Baby and Toddler group identified a gap in the provision - they provided the small climbing frame and installed a train.
The skate park was also refurbished in Autumn of 2018. The advisory group have worked hard with both users and local residents to provide a facility that the community will be proud of.
New Notice Board
Following the successful refurbishment of all the Parish Council notice boards in the village, Collingham Village Care have approached the Parish Council about the noticeboard at the Post Office. It is unclear as to who originally provided this board, but with the permission of the owner, a new one has been purchased by Village Care and then adopted by the Parish Council. This is in the same style as all the other boards and has been relocated away from the post box so that it is more accessible and is providing to be very well used
Refurbished Jubilee Room for the Collingham & District Local History Society (CDLHS)
The parish council has refurbished the building with new windows and some insulation to the walls and roof space making this a much nicer space. An agreement with CDLHS has allowed them to reorganise their archives for better public access which is now available on a regular basis through the warmer months.
The Parish has purchased through generous donations from the community, 4 Public Access Defibrillators and cases. All of these are now installed and registered with EMAS.
After a couple of years of planning and consultation with the community the new park was opened on Maundy Thursday 2015. Every day since, despite the weather, people old and young have been enjoying the new facilities. Benches and tables were installed shortly after, some of which were constructed by Men in sheds and others which have come from generous donations.