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-Winter 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
Pimp your Bin and Tug of War Pictures 2014
Great Bowden Village - The Future of the POST OFFICE depends on you
I speak to a handful of people from surrounding villages every week who say how lucky we are at Great Bowden to have a variety of shops, pubs and even a Post Office with ATM which makes the village what it is.
However, as I’ve mentioned before, there are more Post Office closures planned.
This Post Office needs to stay in use, to stay open. This Post Office will be closed, if it is not financially viable.
Having a Post Office available in the village, not to mention the ATM, which comes with the Post Office, is an asset to all of us and I assume everyone would like it to remain operational. There are many ways in which you can make this possible and support your local Post Office:
- Foreign currency – Collecting foreign currency from Welton’s Post Office is a handy way of doing this and is just as convenient as having it delivered after ordering online.
- Drop and Go service – Use a pre-paid card and drop off your parcels here, saving you time and sustaining the Post Office
- Gift Cards – Perfect for a Birthday, Christmas or other special occasion, these gift cards will provide you with the advantage of being able to spend them at numerous high-street stores such as Argos, New Look, Debenhams and even restaurants like Pizza Express! There are literally ‘1,000s of places’ available.
- Savings Plans,
- Phone & Broadband deals
- Car and Home Insurance
- Business Banking
With all of these benefits, there are so many reasons why our Post Office in Great Bowden is so convenient. If every household in the village did just one thing through the Post Office, it really would make a difference and keep the Great Bowden Post Office and ATM operational.
Garden Society - Show Information Page
New Beginners Running Group in Great Bowden
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: email@example.com
Gerald Mitchell, Village Recorder, tel: 01858 462393 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weds 15th Oct 2014 - 'Wild Flowers and Waterways', Mary Matts, Old Union Canals Society
Weds 19th Nov 2014 - 'Charnwood Forest: A Living Landscape', Michael Jeeves, LRWT Head of Conservation
Weds 21st Jan 2015 - A.G.M. + 'Welland Valley Wildlife through the Lens of a Young Photographer', James Burman
Weds 18th Feb 2015 - Wildlife of Scotland & Isle of Mull, Ken Reeves, Tour guide & Trip Organiser
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 2014 -15
Sept 1st Dr. Richard Buckley - "2 Ancient Curses, 2 Lost causes & a Missing King, Recent Excavations"
Oct 6th Dr Wendy Freer - "Canals in Wartime" (1st & 2nd WW)
Nov 3rd Dr Leonard Holden- "Early Days of the
Coaching Trade in Mkt Harborough
Dec 1st Christmas Party & Quiz
Jan 5th Market Harborough Movie Makers
Feb 2nd Mr Brian Johnson - "History of Leicester's Cinemas"
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.
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.