2014 Annual General Meeting – 14th November 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Society will take place in

The Community Room John Clifford School, Nether Street Beeston

on FRIDAY 14TH November 2014 at 7.30.p.m.

This meeting will be followed by a Talk on the work of the Canalside Heritage Centre.

This talk was originally going to be presented by Stewart Craven, but will now be given by Julian Owen.

Chetwynd Barracks Heritage Open Days visit 2lst October 2014

MOD visit 2lst October 2014The Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr Stan Heptinstall (right) with James McCloskey, Station Staff Officer (left) together with Eileen Atherton, Hon Secretary of the Beeston & District Civic Society in the Officers Mess at Chetwynd Barracks after the postponed Heritage Open Days tour which took place on 2lst October 2014.

The text report below is by  Steve Austin  who is one of the Editors of Bramcote Today.

The visitors including Councillor Stan Heptinstall, the Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, received a presentation from James McCloskey, Station Staff Officer, covering the history of of Chilwell Station including the building of Number 6 National Shell Filling Factory under the direction of Lord Chetwynd which produced over 50% of the heavy artillery shells fired by the British Army in World War One, the 1918 disaster when the explosive mixing shed exploded, the establishment of the Central Ordnance Depot in the 1930’s which supplied many of the vehicles and tanks used at El Alamein and on D-Day, the introduction of the Army’s first computer data processing centre in the 1960’s in Headquarters of Vehicle Organisation to the present day role as a home to a number of Royal Engineer units including the one currently building medical facilities in Sierre Leone and the unit which prepares troops for deployment overseas.   After the presentation, the visitors viewed the memorial to the workers who died in the 1918 disaster and the Garrison Church before being treated to refreshments in the Warrant Officers/Sergeants Mess, the latter being home to many historical photographs of the site.

Friday 14th November 2014



 Annual General Meeting

followed by




More Information on our Website


John Clifford School    Nether Street    Beeston    NG9 2AT

AT 7.30.p.m.


Members Free                                                      £2. Guests

Beeston Train Station – Last Blue Plaque Unveiling!


All are welcome to the last plaque unveiling on Beeston Station on the morning of Wednesday 8 October 2014. The unveiling will be carried out by Sir Neil Cossons, former Chairman of English Heritage and a Beeston man. He will be assisted by David Horne, MD of East Midlands Trains and Cllr Stan Heptinstall, MBE and our Mayor. This is plaque number 34.

Arrangements are that we assemble from 11.00am under the awning of the Victoria pub on Dovecote Lane just behind the platform for a prompt start at 11.30am. All the preliminaries will take place under this awning so that we have weather protection and some relief from noise from passing trains. There will be a welcome, followed by a brief explanation from local author Alan Dance about how the station was saved in the 1980s.  Our Mayor will follow and then David Horne, MD East Midlands Trains will say a few words. Finally Sir Neil Cossons will say something about his childhood in Beeston and work experience in the 1960s at the Station.

Then we move through the wicket gate from the Victoria on to the Beeston side platform for the unveiling itself.  This will be carried out by Sir Neil and David Horne under the eye of Cllr Stan Heptinstall MBE.  There will be photographs before moving back to the Victoria for refreshments. All are welcome. It is free and there is no need to book.

We do hope you can attend!

Beeston and District Civic Society

MOD Heritage Open Day Tour – Postponed

For the avoidance of doubt, the tour due to take place as part of Heritage Open Days at Chilwell Depot has been postponed and may even have to be cancelled.  All people booked on the tour were either emailed or telephoned in mid-July to this effect and will subsequently be notified if and when the tour will take place.

Eileen Atherton  Hon Secretary Beeston & District Civic Society



Heritage Open Weekend is here again!! It doesn’t seem like a year ago does it?

Take a look at our website and at one of the 10,000 booklets that we have had printed for more details of 35 plus events that are taking place this coming weekend.
There are events taking place in Attenborough, Beeston, Bramcote, Chilwell, Stapleford, Toton and Wollaton.
Entrance is free at all of the events, and most venues also serve refreshments, at small cost.
See how many you can fit in this weekend!!

Ten Bell Blue Plaque Unveiling – Thurs 11th Sept

3977532670_a56850fa04_zThose of you who park in Sainsbury’s and walk through to the High Road may have seen some activity at the Ten Bell. It is currently being cleaned, not before time, prior to a new Blue Plaque being unveiled next Thursday, 11th September at 11am. This is a great start to our Heritage Weekend and we look forward to welcoming many of you at the unveiling!

Thanks must go once again to Peter Robinson for organising this and for putting up the plaque. Sainsbury’s themselves are paying for the cleaning of the area, polishing the Ten Bell and funding the manufacture of the blue plaque. Let’s hope it looks better than it has for the past few years.

Judy Sleath. Chair.

New Guided Walk! Tram Clifton line, 20th August




Veclifton_2ry Shortly part of the NET phase 2 Clifton link will be tested for the first time.

  • Find out more about Nottingham Midland Station improvements and walk down the Clifton link across Wilford Bridge to Wilford Lane.
  • Find out about how Meadows Community Groups are embracing the Tram.

More than thirty attended The Beeston and District Civic Society and the RSA Nottingham Network tram walks along the Beeston link in early June.

Join us again to see first-hand what is happening on the ground with Nick Cuming of Taylor Woodrow and Sarah Alton of NET Project Office.

Meet at Nottingham Midland Station booking hall, Carrington Street, Nottingham, on Wednesday 20 August 2014 at 5.45pm for a prompt 6.00pm start. Finish about 8.00pm. Come with all weather gear and good walking shoes. It is free.

For more details contact Peter Robinson at 0115 925 5219 and peterjrobinson@tiscali.co.uk


Regarding transport back – Sarah Alton has kindly supplied the following information from the Council’s Public Transport Team about bus services which serve Wilford Lane in the evenings. They are:

  • NCT Services; 1, 2, 3 (and all these services run every 30 mins). For more details visit: http://www.nctx.co.uk or call: 0115 950 60 70.
  • Trent Barton Ruddington Connection service runs every hour. For more details visit: http://www.trentbarton.co.uk or call: 01773 712 265.

The nearest bus stops to catch these services will be on Wilford Lane either opposite Co-Op or opposite the Roko gym.