Thursday, April 24 2014

Welcome to the Great Bowden Village Website

Sutton Road Great Bowden

The beautiful village of Great Bowden lies on the edge of the Welland Valley and has a past history dating back to Anglo Saxon times.

Great Bowden still enjoys a village way of life and to this day has retained itself by largely remaining within its ancient boundaries. Surrounded by attractive countryside and separation of settlements land, Great Bowden has a unique relationship with its larger neighbour, Market Harborough.

The village’s picturesque centre consists of beautiful greens, shops, pubs, the village hall and our historic church.

Dingley Road Great Bowden

With a population of approximately 1000, Great Bowden has an active Parish Council, a variety of services, a host of clubs/groups, a pre-school and a primary school.

If you would like to know more about the history of Great Bowden and its Heritage, please visit the Groups page. The Historical Society or Archaeological & Heritage Group can provide a wealth of information.

Please view the current Newsletter-2014- Spring which includes articles and news items from local residents.


Great Bowden Events Calendar

Select event for venue & further information. If you'd like an event added please tell us about it here.


News & Information

* Great Bowden Village Festival 2012 - PAGE includes Gallery of events


Weltons - Menu (click to open)




New BBC Programme looking for Home Swap Holidays in Great Bowden

BBC One are looking for people who live in interesting homes in Great Bowden and the surrounding areas and would be happy to try a home swap holiday for a new TV series. Do you live in an interesting home you’d be happy to swap with someone elsewhere in the UK for a short break?


For an application form please email with your contact details



Joules New Autumn Winter collection available.


Location? .................... guess where!





LRWT Great Bowden Group

Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

The local group of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust serving the south of the county.

Autumn/winter meetings are held in Sep, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar on the third Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall. A variable number of outdoor events are arranged for spring/summer.


Bruce White, Chairman, tel: 01858 467976 email:

Gerald Mitchell, Village Recorder, tel: 01858 462393 email:


Sat 17th May - a guided walk around Cossington Meadows led by LRWT Conservation Officer Chris Hill. Meet at the main entrance on Syston Road west of Cossington village near to Cossington Mill at 10:30. The walk will last 2 - 2½ hours and wellies will be needed if a lot of rain beforehand. Booking essential as there is max of 20 allowed and a donation required of £2 per person for the LRWT.

Note there are no facilities on site but ample off road parking by the entrance. There is a café (and toilet) nearby at the garden centre back along Syston Road.

Thur 3rd July - a visit to Lyndon Reserve at 18:00 to see the ospreys - by then there should be some youngster action! Tony and Judith Cook, members of our group and of the Osprey Team are on duty that evening to ‘fill us in’ on what’s going on. The Lyndon centre itself will be closed then so no facilities available. Booking essential as there is a maximum number that will comfortably fit in the hide. A donation of £2 per person for the LRWT in lieu of the Lyndon entrance fee is required.

Note that there is a ¾ mile walk to the hide from the car park.  Phone or email Bruce for either of the above to book a place.  


Weds 17th Sep 2014 - 'A Journey to Antarctica', Pam Darby, Chairman Charnwood Local Group

7.30 pm in the Village Hall
Entrance fees (include refreshments) £2 for Wildlife Trust members £2.50 non-members











Market Harborough Lawn Tennis Club

Great Bowden


Situated in the recreation ground off Station Road, Great Bowden, the club has 4 all-weather courts and a clubhouse.  It holds many social events including barbecues, club nights and tournaments.  The courts are floodlit and have just been resurfaced.

Memberships are available for adults, full and off-peak, juniors including students and parent/child - which is a very popular option.  There are also opportunities to play for payment of a visitors fee.

Gordon Amos, the coach for the club, can offer coaching for juniors from 2 years and up as well as for adults, whether you are a beginner or just have a ‘rusty racquet’.  Gordon who is a local of Great Bowden is well known and respected for his coaching and his daughter Abby is now ranked in the top 10 in the country and no 1 in the county for her age group.

The club are very active in providing access to the sport for local children and giving them the opportunity to play tennis and compete at an inter-primary school competition at the club courts yearly, with summer coaching at all local schools and for the tournament prior to Wimbledon.

For further information you can:-

Visit the website

Contact the membership secretary, Chris Smith on 01858 463924 or at, or

Contact the coach, Gordon Amos on 078010929844 or at

Toddler Tennis, age 2+
Market Harborough Leisure Centre Sports Hall, Tuesdays, 1.30 - 2.15pm

contact Gordon Amos on 078010929844





Attention all dog owners


It is apparent that dog fouling is becoming an increasing issue in several areas of the village, particularly the Recreation Ground.  Several dog owners have even reported it to the Parish Council on the basis that it reflects badly on all of them. This cannot be allowed to continue unchecked, especially in areas frequented by children. 

You should be aware that Harborough District Council is now aware of the issue; the Dog Warden and Environmental Health Officers will be patrolling the village.

Although people mainly accept that they should clear up after their dog there are a few that don't. Everyone who doesn't clear up after their dog is allowing the streets and parks of Bowden to look unsightly.  There are potentially serious health issues too, particularly for children.

The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996

If you fail to clear up after your dog in one of the designated areas you will have committed an offence under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.  If a Council Officer witnesses you failing to clean up after your dog, you should be aware that a Magistrate's Court may impose a fine of up to £1,000.

Further details are available on the HDC website

Great Bowden Parish Council






Great Bowden Historical Society

Web Site



Great Bowden Heritage & Archaeology
Web site








Great Bowden - Looking out for all - Neighbourhood Watch

If you see anyone who you think is acting suspicious or vehicles in the village that seem unusual please do call, Crime prevention on 0116 222 2222 or by visiting the Force
website at

If the sighting is of an innocent nature it can be validated. Being vigilant can stop crime.




Read all about it!

Since 2003, Great Bowden Heritage and Archaeology Group has been collecting evidence to illustrate the life
and times of the village before the Norman Conquest. We have built a picture from digs, field walking,
metal detection, local records and wider history, compiling three booklets to give you a flavour of the
village in those times.

Free copies have been donated to local schools, but there is a charge to the public to contribute towards printing costs.

£2.50 per booklet or a set of three for £5 

Contact Liz Thomas on 01858 466003







A History of Great Bowden School

A very interesting history of our school from 1839-2009 with archive material and photographs leading through to live memories and the present day.

To order a copy please click on the image below to view application form.

Books cost £6 (Book £5.00 + £1.00 P&P)

Great Bowden School - A History 1839 to 2009

All proceeds go to the School and the Great Bowden Historical Society.


Great Bowden Pre-School Fundraising Appeal


Any old clothes or blankets? Sainsbury's Vouchers?

Great Bowden pre-school is trying to raise funds for new equipment.
We are working with the Fire Fighters Charity (Charity Registration Number: 1093387) to collect clothes, blankets,
duvets and shoes, which they weigh after collection and donate some money to the pre-school.
We would welcome any items you may have at all.

They can be dropped off at the Church Hall, Dingley Road during preschool hours,
Mon, Tue, Thurs 9am – 3.15pm and Wed, Fri 9 am – 12 noon.
If you have any questions please call the pre-school on 0779 047 0411.


Lorries Using Village Centre

It is noticeable that heavy lorries are continuing to use the village as a through-route and in particular ignoring the lorry restriction on Dingley Road. The only way for the village to make an impact on this problem is to complain and the more people that do so the better the effect.

All that is required is to provide in written form to the Police Inspector, MH Police Station is a short note providing:
Date/time of incident
Description of lorry: type / colour of vehicle, owners name and if possible the registration number.
Direction of Travel: from or to Corby
Road being used: particularly Dingley Road




Station Road Great Bowden

View up Station Road

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* Population figures taken from the 2001 census give a total of 954 residents within Great Bowden Parish. Since 2001 new properties have been built on the site of the old Countryman pub as well as on Langton Road and more recently the conversion of Bishops House into apartments. Great Bowden Parish 2001 Census of Population.




The Village Web site

Great Bowden’s village web site was created by volunteers who are members of the Compass Group.

Information has been provided by groups and individuals within the village as well as suggestions which have shaped it into the web site we have today. hopes to provide information on groups and services within the village as well as information or links to, travel, tourism etc which may be of use. The much loved Village Newsletters are also available to view.

News items on meetings and events may be submitted to the details below for inclusion.

We endeavour to ensure the information on the site is up to date and accurate but if you do discover that there is a broken link or an error with information provided, please do let us know so that it can be addressed.

Contact us here or email



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