Sunday, April 26 2015

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-2015-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 - New Takeaway Menu and Catering Menu


Weltons Cafe Menu






deadline for applications is 9th April - Polling day is 7th May 2015

Uncontested Parish Election

For further information see

Councillors - Uncontested Election May 2015

Paul Claxton - Main Street

Jonathan Almond - The Green

Anne French - Langton Road

Adam Shepherd - Station Road

Peter Mitchell - Welham Road

Richard Henwood - Lime Tree Place





Great Bowden Academy


We thought we’d share a small selection of the fabulous writing penned by young authors at Great Bowden Academy this year. Enjoy!

Poetry inspired by Klimt’s Birch Trees


Leaves as golden as a leprechaun

Cover the forest floor.

Twisted, twirly, tatty trees as tall as towers

As still as statues

Sunbeams break through the leaves

A volcano of colours erupts.


Joshua Brambini-Meadows Y4





Trees twist like pretzels

Bark like scaly lizard’s skin

Leaves scatter like golden blankets

And it’s still, quiet and lonely


Sadie Preston Y3


The Forest


The forest looks evacuated.

Nothing moves, all you can hear is a soft silky breeze

The tall tree trunks stand as still as a planet no longer moving.

Wet bark sits peacefully on the trunks of the trees

A soft breeze pushes the golden leaves onto the wet, muddy, floor.


Joe Bale Y4



A Report on Pigs

Some pigs have long hair which gets thicker in the winter to keep them warm. There are 2 billion pigs in the world. You can keep pigs as a pet. People have sometimes let their pigs eat at the table! Pigs are not muddy. They sleep in pig sties and have 44 teeth.

Aoife Mulgrew Y2



An Extract from a report on the Slave Trade


Despite the Africans being innocent, traders still abducted them from their precious homes and families. Few escaped. Tearing apart families, Europeans cuffed the Africans in yolks. Africans spoke a different language to the Europeans so of course the traders didn’t understand the slaves, whipping them into doing work. Captives knew they would never see their home-land again.


Tom Hooper Y6.



The Eternal Eye

The bird’s nests poke

Like curious children folk

Into my skin.


I sink my knarled roots

Into the velvety carpets

At my feet.


An earthy scent drifts around

Like a lady covered in perfume

The bitter wind is as sharp as a knife

For I am the watchful tree

The eternal eye


Ivy clings to me

Pulling and twisting and turning

With the forlorn look

Of a hangman’s rope


I gaze awe-inspired

At another sort of tree.

Standing like soldiers

Still not the same species.


But I am the only soul with a bark of irony

Only me, I shout, Only me

Me with the eternal eye

and bark of ivory.


Mei Kawagoe Y5






Garden Society - Show Information Page



New group in Great Bowden

The Sunflower Relaxation Classes
Are you stressed? Feeling anxious? Struggling to sleep?
The Sunflower relaxation classes will help you calm your mind, release the stresses of the day and aid your well-being. Relax with gentle movement, breathing techniques and guided visualisations.     

Classes now booking for ~
Wednesdays  - 2nd & 4th of each month at 7.00 till 8.30 pm
Thursdays at 12.15 till 1.15 pm
Places are limited so to book your place, or enquire about the classes, please call Simon on 01858 414 269 or email











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:

Weds 18th Mar 2015 - Bird Migration, Wildlife Photographer 

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





Historical Society Calendar

Programme for 2015


Mar 2nd               Mr Alan Langley - "A Victorian Village, Age & Life in East Farndon"

Apr 13th              Mr Mike Stroud - "William Knibbs, Kettering Baptist Minister & Anti-slave Campaigner"                                
                             ( 7.30pm, in Great Bowden Village School)

May 11th             Mr Gareth King - "Leicestershire Outlaws"
                            ( 7.30pm, in Great Bowden Village School)

June 1st              Mr Denis Kenyon - "The Work of the Leicester City & County, and Rutland At Risk War Memorials"

All meetings in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Unless otherwise stated.





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.



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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Electoral Division

The electoral division of Market Harborough East is made up of the following district wards. Market Harborough Great Bowden and Arden ward and Little Bowden ward.

Leicestershire Census 2011 - Key Statistics

(pdf format) Download key statistics for the electoral division. Market Harborough East electoral division  





The Village Web site

Great Bowden’s village web site was created by volunteers.

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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