Welcome to the Great Bowden Village Website
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.
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
News & Information
* Great Bowden Village Festival 2012 - PAGE includes Gallery of events
NOTICE OF ELECTIONS
WARD COUNCILLORS - THREE
deadline for applications is 9th April - Polling day is 7th May 2015
Uncontested Parish Election
For further information see http://greatbowden.leicestershireparishcouncils.org/parish-news.html
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 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
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 Simon.CSC@outlook.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerald Mitchell, Village Recorder, tel: 01858 462393 email: email@example.com
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
Great Bowden Heritage & Archaeology
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 www.leics.police.uk
If the sighting is of an innocent nature it can be validated. Being vigilant can stop crime.
- Description of the individual/s and location.
- Vehicle registration plate,description and location.
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)
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:
FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT MARKET HARBOROUGH EAST 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.
www.greatbowden.org 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.