Monday, August 21 2017

Welcome to the Great Bowden Community 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

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.




Newsletter 2017 Autumn                           



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








* New contact to book the Community Pavilion

Community Pavilion - GB Parish Council

Recreation Ground, Station Road, Great Bowden, LE16 7HL

Community Pavilion Bookings & Information - Richard Henwood - 07912 854442 or

It should be noted that during the cricket season (April-September) evening and weekend availability is limited.

Community Pavilion Great Bowden Recreation Ground














LRWT Great Bowden Local Group


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

Bowden Cricket Club

Great Bowden Heritage & Archaeology

Great Bowden Visual Arts

Oakley School of Dancing

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

Great Bowden Music Festival














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








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






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



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.



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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* Great Bowden Village Festival 2012 - PAGE includes Gallery of events



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  








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