Monday, April 24 2017

Welcome to the Great Bowden

Community Village Wesbite


Dingley Road Great BowdenSutton Road Great Bowden














Village Newsletter  2017  Spring




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


Dedicated Gardening tips page



Great Bowden Parish Council Facebook Page

To communicate witht he Parish Council






Please take time to respond


**** New application In *****


6 Dwellings off Langton Road (access only application)

17/00416/OUT | Outline planning application for the erection of 6 dwellings with associated garages (all matters are reserved, except for access) | Land at Langton Road Great Bowden Leicestershire

Response deadline 21st April

Some reasons to object are (plus any of your own):


Object direct to the link above or email who is the Planning Officer for this application.
Alternatively write to: S Garbutt, Planning, Harborough District Council offices, The Symington Building, Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7AG – Quoting application Number 17/00416/OUT






17 homes off Dingley Road *revised application - Application Withdrawn


50 homes off Leicester Lane application  - CLOSED for comments









Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan

Dear Resident/Stakeholder,

March 2017


I have been asked by several people as to what the timing is for completing Great Bowden's Neighbourhood Plan. This has, undoubtedly, been motivated by the unprecedented number of housing development applications that Great Bowden has had to endure over the last 18 months. 125 Homes passed in the last 12 months, an increase for the village of over 30%.

It is recognised that having a neighbourhood plan in place is the best way to stop the onslaught of inappropriate housing development applications in our village.

Obviously, it would have been preferable to have had a neighbourhood plan in place several years ago, which would have prevented this onslaught but we cannot reverse the clock and we must look forward and press ahead as fast as we can to complete our plan.

I have previously given timings for the completion and progress benchmarks of our plan. These were estimates using the best information that I had at the time. Here are my latest estimates:

WB 17/04 Draft Plan to HDC to ensure that it meets HDC's strategic policies
WB 01/05 Draft Plan review by HDC complete
WB 08/05 Advisory Committee notes HDC comments and modifies the draft plan.
Saturday 13th May Open event at the Village Hall
WB 22/05 Start of 6 weeks’ resident/stakeholder consultation (pre-submission) public draft 1
WB 03/07 Consultation complete
WB 17/07 Completion of review of comments, amendment of plan, approval by Great Bowden Parish Council and submitted to HDC.
WB 28/08 HDC complete review. Plan now has a degree of statutory status
WB 09/10 HDC 6 weeks’ publicity complete. 
WB 06/11 Independent Inspector appointed
WB 27/11 Examination complete
WB 06/02/18 Referendum and the plan is 'made'

I'm aware that any delay in completing our plan is regrettable as it offers a further window for a developer to submit yet another housing application but it's more important to get it right!

There are a whole range of jobs that we need help with.

Secretarial – to upload the minutes and documentation onto the forthcoming Parish Council website.
Discussion groups – each section (Housing, Environemnt & Amenetires) will need to discuss the public comments received after the draft open event and respond accordingly.
Information delivery team – to deliver newsletters/fliers within the village to keep residents up to date with the process.

If you would like to help, then do contact Natalie on MH 432658 or at

As you can see from the above listed timings, it is intended to hold an open event in the Village Hall on Saturday 13th May when residents will have the opportunity to be informed and ask questions about our draft plan prior to a 6 weeks’ consultation period. I intend to be present at this meeting.

At the present time, the Parish Council does not have a live website, it has commissioned a new one to be built. This will hopefully be visible shortly. For any Parish Council information or an update on the Parish Council website, please

Great Bowden Parish Council Facebook Page

To communicate witht he Parish Council

Best wishes,
Peter Mitchell    Tel 01858 466234    Mobile 07802 718 387









LRWT Great Bowden Local Group


End Apr/early May

A bird song identification walk around the village.Notification of the exact date will be by email a couple of days beforehand. If you're interested and not on Bruce's email list contact him (details above).

Tue 23rd May

Coach outing to Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's flagship reserve at Whisby (nr. Lincoln)Timings to be confirmed but probably 09:30 depart from village and return 17:00 ishCost £20. Cheques made payable to 'LRWT Great Bowden Group' To book a place contact: Paul Atkinson tel. 01858 467029 Whisby is a large reserve with a variety of habitats. Star of the show there are nightingales. There is a visitor centre, café and toilets.

Tue 11th July

A guided walk around the Trust's Charnwood Lodge reserve led by Senior Conservation Office Neil Pilcher.Make own way there for a 10:00 start. Walk approx. 2-3 hours and ground up/down hill and unevenCost £2. Numbers restricted to max 15. To book contact: Janet Hurst tel. 01858 434822

Winter 2017-18 Programme

Weds 20th Sep - 'Four Seasons of Natural History', Tony Clarke
Weds 18th Oct -  'Tasmania and South Australia', Sue Ablett
Weds 15th Nov - 'Leicester and its River', Adrian Lane 


Weds 17th Jan - AGM + 'Extinctions, Re-introductions & Aliens', Nigel Slater
Weds 21st Feb - 'Target: 200 Tweets', Bruce White
Weds 21st Mar - 'Dragonflies and your Gardens', Claire Install


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 pm 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:




Keep up to date with local groups and contacts via Facebook


Great Bowden Village Festival

AFB Dance Academy

Bowden Cricket Club

Bowden Stores

Great Bowden Heritage & Archaeology

Great Bowden Visual Arts

Louise Humphrey Pilates

Great Bowden Pre-school

Weltons   and  Nicky at Weltons

Boxercise at the village hall

Shoulder of Mutton

St Peter & St Paul Church





Senior Fitcamp with Invictus Training

Fitness and Flexibility for over 55’s

Come and join us for an hour of Fitness, Flexibility and Fun!

Senior Fitcamp is a great way for over 55’s to improve or maintain their fitness and flexibility and is suitable for all abilities and fitness levels, including beginners.

Fitcamp is a circuit training class. Participants complete a series of exercises in a sequence, designed to give the whole body a work out. By combining Cardio Vascular and Resistance training, the circuit will improve your fitness, and strengthen and tone your muscles.

After the circuit there is a flexibility training session, where a series of maintenance and development stretches are performed to help keep your muscles and joints supple and flexible.

A programme of regular exercise can potentially improve your health in so many ways.

The benefits include:-

Senior Fitcamp is much more than a Keep fit class. It is also a great way to meet friends and enjoy a post workout tea or coffee. Your REPS accredited instructor will be on hand to talk about any Health, Nutrition and Fitness related matters and offer advice and guidance.

 If you have concerns about exercising, please speak to your Doctor first.

Senior Fitcamp every Tuesday 11:15am – 12:15 in Great Bowden Village Hall

Only £5 per session, price includes complimentary tea and coffee.

For more information, please contact-

Or visit our website - or phone 07850 468234






New Opportunities to Keep Fit in Great Bowden

Boxercise - Circuit Training - Bootcamps

I started classes at the village hall in Great Bowden in February this year after running successful evening classes in market Harborough since July 2014. 

Monday mornings it is Strength & Tone Circuits class which is an all over body workout using body weight exercises, weights, resistance and cardio. During the 45 minute class there is also a HIIT (high intensity interval training) section which is great for burning maximum calories and also a core workout and stretches.

Friday mornings it's time to beat away the stress of the week at Boxercise! This is a workout like no other, you're using the techniques boxers use to train without any of the sparring. A typical session will include learning the punches and defence moves with instruction of combinations of these, fitness drills, games and tabatta training. The 45 minute long class is aimed at all levels of fitness, all ages and abilities, male or female, it's really for everyone! There's no need to bring a partner or even boxing gloves or pads as these are all provided. 

Also, hot off the press, is my new Summer Body 8 Week Challenge, an all-in package running from now until the end of July which includes classes, boot camps at Great Bowden recreation ground, 1-on-1 session and a home workout plan all for £45, saving over £20!

Juliet Sterland   07917 291072








Relaxation Classes 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






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 Historical Society

Web Site



Great Bowden Heritage & Archaeology
Web site



Garden Society - Show Information Page









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.








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.





Station Road Great Bowden

View up Station Road

Back to Top






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  








Documents available to download on this site are saved in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader to view them. Click the link below to download the software.

© 2017 - a voluntary service by the Compass Group - Disclaimer & Privacy Statement