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-2014- 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
Great Bowden Village Newsletter – Stop Press
The newsletter team are delighted that, once again, pupils from Great Bowden Academy are writing for us – although as you will see from the front page of the Spring edition the Academy is not yet quite in tune with our copy dates! As we didn’t want you to miss out we have printed their article below.
Great Bowden Academy News
This article is about what has been going on at Great Bowden Academy. We will be telling you about topics, sport, trips and entertainment you can come and see. So please read on.
Firstly our class topics: Class Donaldson (Foundation Stage and Year One) and Class Blake (Year One and Two) are learning about traditional stories; Class Brown (Year Three and Four) are discovering about rocks and minerals; Class Morpurgo (Year Four and Five) are exploring space. Last but not least Class Fine (Year Six) is studying a mixture between living things and inheritance. As well as this, our Christian focus is ‘Kindness’.
Next, trips and outings… At the beginning of term, Class Fine went on an amazing, on-off experience to Pitsford School to see the lunar exhibition. They held meteorites and experimented with making craters (like the ones on the moon) with sand and ball bearings. Also, we have had the science conference for some selected children. At the science conference they did three different workshops - rockets and chromatography, forensic science like ‘CSI’ and many more. Class Blake is also looking forward to going to the zoo.
So far we have played three matches: football, netball and basketball. In the first netball match, we played Lubenham and won 13-6 and in the football match, also against Lubenham, we won with an amazing 6-nil. As well as these matches we have had basketball tournament and we came second out of eight schools.
Coming up is our fantastic ‘Great Bowden Stars’ in April, which is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to show off their talents. They might sing or dance or even act!
We hope you enjoyed our article and that it gave you a flavour of what it is like at Great Bowden Academy.
By Kitty Connors and Marianne Burbidge
Joules New Autumn Winter collection available.
Location? .................... guess where!
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: email@example.com
Gerald Mitchell, Village Recorder, tel: 01858 462393 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
19th Mar 2014 - 'Helping Hedehogs', Colleen Powell, Leicester Hedgehog Rescue
7.30 pm in the Village Hall
Entrance fees (include refreshments) £2 for Wildlife Trust members £2.50 non-members
Market Harborough Lawn Tennis Club
Situated in the recreation ground off Station Road, Great Bowden, the club has 4 all-weather courts and a clubhouse. It holds many social events including barbecues, club nights and tournaments. The courts are floodlit and have just been resurfaced.
Memberships are available for adults, full and off-peak, juniors including students and parent/child - which is a very popular option. There are also opportunities to play for payment of a visitors fee.
Gordon Amos, the coach for the club, can offer coaching for juniors from 2 years and up as well as for adults, whether you are a beginner or just have a ‘rusty racquet’. Gordon who is a local of Great Bowden is well known and respected for his coaching and his daughter Abby is now ranked in the top 10 in the country and no 1 in the county for her age group.
The club are very active in providing access to the sport for local children and giving them the opportunity to play tennis and compete at an inter-primary school competition at the club courts yearly, with summer coaching at all local schools and for the tournament prior to Wimbledon.
For further information you can:-
Visit the website www.harboroughtennis.co.uk, or
Contact the membership secretary, Chris Smith on 01858 463924 or at email@example.com, or
Contact the coach, Gordon Amos on 078010929844 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Market Harborough Leisure Centre Sports Hall, Tuesdays, 1.30 - 2.15pm
contact Gordon Amos on 078010929844
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.
Great Bowden Pre-School Fundraising
Any old clothes or blankets? Sainsbury's Vouchers?
Great Bowden pre-school is trying to raise funds for new equipment.
We are working with the Fire Fighters Charity (Charity Registration Number: 1093387) to collect clothes, blankets,
duvets and shoes, which they weigh after collection and donate some money to the pre-school.
We would welcome any items you may have at all.
They can be dropped off at the Church Hall, Dingley Road during preschool hours,
Mon, Tue, Thurs 9am – 3.15pm and Wed, Fri 9 am – 12 noon.
If you have any questions please call the pre-school on 0779 047 0411.
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:
* Population figures taken from the 2001 census give a total of 954 residents within Great Bowden Parish. Since 2001 new properties have been built on the site of the old Countryman pub as well as on Langton Road and more recently the conversion of Bishops House into apartments. Great Bowden Parish 2001 Census of Population.
The Village Web site
Great Bowden’s village web site was created by volunteers who are members of the Compass Group.
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.