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-Summer which includes articles and news items from local residents.
Great Bowden Events Calendar
News & Information
Next Parish Council Meeting
Thursday 9th July - 7.30pm Community Pavilion, recreation ground
Great Bowden Academy Primary School
Saturday 4th July, 2 - 5pm
We hope you will join us for stalls, games, bouncy castle, barbecue, ice creams, drinks and fun!
Vanessa and Christopher White, who are in one of the festival concerts
Popular music festival back for second year
Following the success of its inaugural year in 2014, Great Bowden Music Fest will take place in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul, Great Bowden from July 2nd - 5th 2015.
The church will house a Steinway piano and host local professional musicians, international guests, young talent, choral music and jazz.
Christopher White, violinist and artistic director of the festival, said: “Audiences were overwhelmed with the quality and variety of the concerts last year. The enthusiasm and support of that event has encouraged exciting new developments such as a jazz night, adding to the festival’s aim to provide high quality music-making in an intimate setting.”
The Revd James Shakespeare, vicar of Great Bowden, said: “The fest promises an array of musical talent and world-class performance. It’s an event not to be missed.”
Coinciding with the festival is an art display featuring the winning artists from Great Bowden visual arts group’s “People’s Choice” and a flower festival in the parish church from June 28.
For detailed information on performers and concert programmes, visit www.greatbowdenmusic fest.co.uk or look them up on Facebook.
Tickets are available at Welton’s, Great Bowden, and Moins Chemist, Market Harborough. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01858 469109.
LRWT Great Bowden Local Group
Summer 2015 Programme
Thu 9th Jul 14:30 – 16:30 L.R.W.T.'s Ketton Quarry Reserve. Jenny Harris, the Reserve Officer, will guide us around the reserve, notable for its wild flowers and butterflies.
N.B. This trip is now full and a reserve list is being maintained
Tue 14th Jul 10:00 – 12:00 The Manton Bay Ospreys.
The day begins at the Lyndon Reserve Centre with a short film and a talk from the guide. This is followed by a guided walk down to the hide (approx 20 min) where the guide will remain for some time before returning to the Centre. You can either return with him/her or stay as long as you like in the hide or on the reserve. The overall guided experience would last about 2 hours
There is one single electric buggy available but has to be booked.
The cost per person is £5 which includes the group permit enabling all day access to the reserves.
There is a maximum of 15 places available. Names to me please by email (email@example.com) or by phoning 01858 467976 or 07919 935496. I would prefer payment beforehand if possible to save me handling pots of money on the day.
Winter 2015-16 Programme
Weds 16th Sep 2015 “A Winter and Spring Wildlife Tour”. Gianpiero Ferrari, the locally renowned wildlife photographer takes a tour mainly of the U.K. but also features his homeland area of Italy.
Weds 21st Oct 2015 “It's a Hoot!”. Simon Dudhill, Chairman of East Midlands Group of the Hawk and Owl Trust. Simon works at the Raptor Foundation near St. Ives and will tell us all about the work they do at the Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. If possible he'll be accompanied by a friendly owl!
Weds 18th Nov 2015 “The Secret Life of Bees and their Keepers”. Graham Law, a bee keeper himself, will tell us all we ever wanted to know about these fascinating creatures.
Weds 20th Jan 2016 “Red Deer, Old John and the Nine Day Queen”. Peter Tyldesley, Bradgate Park Trust Director will show us some wildlife highlights and inform us about aspects of the management involved in keeping the park fit for both the wildlife and the people of Leicestershire.
Weds 17th Feb 2016 “Pushing up the Daisies – the Flora and Fauna of Churchyards”. Steve Woodward takes a tour of Leicestershire and Rutland churchyards to see what wildlife is lurking there.
Bruce White, Chairman, tel: 01858 467976 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerald Mitchell, Village Recorder, tel: 01858 462393 email: email@example.com
7.30 pm in the Village Hall
Entrance fees (include refreshments) £2 for Wildlife Trust members £2.50 non-members
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:-
- A decrease in the risk of heart disease and diabetes
- A decrease in body fat
- Improved blood pressure
- Improvement in aerobic fitness
- Improved motor skills and co-ordination
- Feeling more energised and positive
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
(Starts Tuesday 16 June 2015)
Only £5 per session, price includes complimentary tea and coffee.
For more information, please contact- firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit our website - www.invictustraining.co.uk 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 email@example.com
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
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
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 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:
* Great Bowden Village Festival 2012 - PAGE includes Gallery of events
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.