Friday, February 27 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


**************     URGENT   **************


Great Bowden
Settlement Profile

Deadline for responding to HDC is       5pm on Friday 27th February.



Key concern is:    We are currently labelled a Selected Rural Village and hope to keep this label.

And as such would benefit from limited development such as rural housing in the future. 

HDC have summarised that we could be labelled a Rural Centre as we are distinct and quite self-sufficient with 4 of the 6 key services. However we could be ‘pigeonholed’ as a distinct neighbourhood of Market Harborough as we are close to Market Harborough geographically and thus take potentially a significant amount of new housing.

During the “Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)”, the document has

Identified capacity of potential housing land around the village of up to 349 new homes. This is not set in stone…….

What does the Great Bowden settlement profile mean to you?

We have the opportunity to stress that we are a village, with historic significance, village culture and with a strong community and Parish Council to keep our identity and status intact.

We need to help HDC by providing them the information on our village as we see it, so that they are enlightened as to what it is to live here and be part of the community.

After the Settlement Profile information and responses are collated (deadline as above), the process will move onto public consultation in September, this will set out options relating to accommodating development up to 2031.

Full notes are available by clicking here.

To respond please email:

And copy in

Phil Knowles – Ward Councillor -

Great Bowden Parish Council –


Harborough District Councils document HDC Great Bowden Draft Settlement Profile 01 15 5



Great Bowden Heritage and Archaeology

Rummage Sale


Saturday 7th March 2015

 2 pm - 3.30 pm

Great Bowden Village Hall


Quality clothing; Accessories; Household bric a brac; Books;
Jewellery; Toys and Games; Bottle Stall; Teas

Free admission




Parish Elections 2015 Information for potential candidates

 Elections for Parish and Town Councils are held in May every 4 years.  Towns and villages are in great need of enthusiastic and capable people to come forward as candidates to serve their community.  Harborough District Council is committed to ensuring that all eligible persons who would like to stand as a candidate have all the information they need to do so. Please see information below which may assist you in making the decision on whether would like to stand as a Candidate

 We have published a leaflet which explains how to become a candidate and takes you through the process. It aims to clear any doubts about procedures and the statutory timetable


 A meeting has been arranged for candidates and agents involved in the Parish Council Elections to be held on May 7th 2015 within Harborough District.

 The meeting arranged for candidates and agents involved in the Parish Council elections will take place at 6.30 pm is Thursday 19th February at Kibworth Grammar School, School Road, Kibworth Beauchamp, LE8 0EW.

 The meetings will give candidates and agents an overview of the election process, as well as guidance on the nomination process, timetable and rules.

 If you would like a copy of the leaflet or further information contact The Elections Team at Harborough District Council on 01858 821372/821336, or email:

How to stand for Election

1. Elections

Elections for Parish and Town Councils are usually held in May every 4 years. By-Elections are held if a local councillor resigns, dies or is disqualified, and 10 electors for the Town or Parish request that a by-election is held. If a by-election is not requested, the Parish or Town Council will choose someone to become a councillor. Towns and villages are in great need of enthusiastic and capable people to come forward as candidates to serve their community. This leaflet explains how to become a candidate and aims to clear any doubts about procedure and the statutory timetable.

2. Who can be a Councillor?

To stand for election you must be at least 18 years old and a British, Commonwealth or Irish citizen or a citizen of another member state of the European Union. You must also be on the electoral register for the Town or Parish; or

v For all of the last year you must have lived in the parish or town or within 4.8km (3 miles) of it; or

v Worked in the parish or town;

v Have occupied land or other premises in the town or parish.

You cannot stand at an election if you are employed by the Town or Parish Council, or you are bankrupt, or you have been given a prison sentence of 3 months or more (even if the sentence was suspended) in the last five years or you have been disqualified from standing by a court or tribunal.

3. First Steps

If you decide that you might like to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming Parish elections in May 2015, you should contact the Clerk to the Parish Council after the 16th March to request a nomination pack. If you do not wish to ask the clerk for this information then you can contact the elections office on the numbers overleaf. The Clerk will be able to supply you with the following documents:

v Nomination Paper

v Candidates' consent to nomination form

v Election Timetable

v Candidates' Guide

v Register of Electors for the area

The timetable is very important. The deadlines it gives are set by law and cannot be changed.

4. The Nomination process

To stand for election you need to complete a nomination paper and get two other electors for the Parish, Town or Ward to sign it. You will need to put their electoral numbers on the form. These numbers are on the Register of Electors. A copy of the register of electors for the electoral area you are standing in will be supplied to you.

The nomination paper has a space for you to give a description. You do not have to fill this part in. If you do, you could use it to describe what you do for a living, or anything else you think would help voters make up their minds to vote for you. You must also complete the candidate's consent to nomination form as directed on the form.

You can only stand as a candidate for a political party if you have the written permission of the party. You do not need to have any connection to a political party to stand.

5. Delivery of nomination papers

The nomination paper and the consent to nomination form MUST be hand delivered to the Council Offices by the deadline given in the timetable, or to one of the meetings that have been arranged for the collection of nomination papers by the Returning Officers team below. Please note any nomination packs which are posted or handed in by anyone other than the candidate or his/her appointed agent will be seen to be invalid and a fresh nomination paper will have to be completed.

A number of meetings have been organised to allow candidates to hand in their nomination papers to the Returning Officer without having to travel to Market Harborough


Meeting Arrangements – The venues are –

Monday 30th March 4 pm till 7pm - Kibworth Grammar School, School Road, Leicester LE8 0EW

Tuesday 31st March 4pm till 7pm - Lutterworth Town Council Offices, Coventry Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4SH

Tuesday 7th April 4pm till 7pm - Tilton Village Hall, Leicester Road, Tilton on the Hill, LE7 9DB

6. The Election Campaign

Should you wish to promote your campaign by publishing leaflets, you should bear in mind that you must include on any publication the names of the printer and the publisher. Failure to do so is an offence under election law and may lead to penalties.

As a candidate, you must declare how much money you have spent on the conduct of your campaign. It is usually not a particularly large amount, and you may decide not to spend any money at all. The most you can spend is set by law. This is currently £740 plus 6p per entry on the Register of Electors for the Parish/Town/Ward in which you are standing for election. A return and declaration of expenses, even if none are incurred, must be forwarded to the Returning Officer after the election by all candidates. For more information go to

7. What happens if you're elected?

If you are successful, you will become a councillor four days after polling day. The Clerk to the Parish/Town Council will contact you with details of meetings, etc, and to arrange to complete the Declaration of Acceptance of Office, which you must sign before you can take your seat on the Council.


People to contact at the Council Offices for advice and assistance are as follows:-

SHEENA MORTIMER (Electoral Services Manager) Tel: 01858 821366 or e-mail:


JO MCEVOY (Electoral Services Officer) Tel: 01858 821335 or e-mail:

Parish & TownCouncils

How to Stand for Election - 7th May 2015




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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