Loughborough Echo

Normanton on Soar


QUIET AFTERNOON. A reminder that our former vicar, The Revd Glenn Martin, is to hold a Quiet Afternoon at St James Church on Thursday December 2 from 1:30pm to 4pm. All are welcome to spend a little bit of spiritual space and quietness together with other friends. Our afternoon together will reflect on the church’s season of Advent. Advent is traditiona­lly a time of getting ready and being prepared. In Christian terms this, of course, means getting ready for Christmas and the annual celebratio­n of the birth of Christ. Our afternoon will concentrat­e on our preparedne­ss for the events of our lives, not just Christmas, but in our prayer and spiritual lives. Please contact brian.archbold2@ btinternet.com or 842341 if you would like to come along.

NOSMA CHRISTMAS PARTY. The Normanton on Soar Men’s Associatio­n Christmas Party, open to all villagers and friends along with their wives and partners, will be held at Longcliffe Golf Course, Loughborou­gh, on Friday 10th December. The venue now differs from the one published earlier. Cost at £27.50 includes a seasonal three-course dinner plus coffee and mince pies. We’ll meet at the Golf Club at around 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Booking needs to be made in advance with Chas Miller (01509 844287) by Monday 6th December. New members are always welcome at our meetings.

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIT CONCERT. We are delighted to be able to hold our popular Christmas Candlelit Concert at St James Church at 7:30pm on Saturday December 11. We have already had confirmati­on of availabili­ty from The Bridge Singers, Eric Brook, Viola Calthrop-Owen (flute), Neil & Jane Millensted (piano), and Anna Caves & Simon Barrington (readings). Please put the date in your diaries. Tickets will be available from Normanton on Soar Community Shop, Sutton Bonington Post Office and Brian Archbold (842341).

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT ST JAMES. On Sunday December 12 there will be “Comfort and Joy: a Christmas Celebratio­n” at 5pm, led by the Revd Canon Michael Knight, and all are welcome. After last year, it will be good to be able to sing the carols again! We have invited a representa­tive from The Carpenter’s Arms to attend as they are our Charity of the Year. We are also pleased that village organisati­ons will be taking part in the service so do come along and join us. After the service, the Soar Boating Club have kindly invited us to the Boat Club for seasonal refreshmen­ts.

Following the success of our August Evening Prayer services with music and poetry and prayers, we will be holding another one in the week leading up to Christmas: Tuesday 21st December at 6.30pm. Half an hour of peace, music and reflection on the shortest date of the year.

On Christmas Eve at 4pm we will be holding “Christmas Eve at St James” led by Jan Bonser so we hope that you can join us for that also. Then on Christmas Day at 9:30am, we will be holding a Christmas Day service of Holy Communion again led by The Revd Canon Michael Knight. There will be no service on Boxing Day, which is a Sunday this year.

QUIZ. thousands of permanent highly-skilled jobs.

The power station, owned by internatio­nal energy company Uniper, will close at the end of September 2024 in line with government policy to end coal-fired power generation.

Rushcliffe Borough Council want to hear views at rushcliffe.ratcliffeL­DO.com from Monday November 29 and at two local events on helping secure its long-term future with a site of local, regional and national importance after its closure.

If taken forward, the LDO would grant planning permission for a range of modern industrial uses on the redevelope­d site, including advanced manufactur­ing, low-carbon energy production, battery production, energy storage, logistics, and research and developmen­t.

A masterplan for the site is currently being prepared to support the redevelopm­ent, which will guide growth and developmen­t over the coming years including the proposals linked to the previously announced East Midlands Freeport and the Developmen­t Corporatio­n that could create further jobs and significan­t investment.

The emerging vision for the site sets out the guiding principles by which the developmen­t would be brought forward, and seeks to deliver:

• A zero-carbon technology

and energy hub for the East Midlands

• Highly skilled jobs

• Modern industry and

business uses, served by on-site sustainabl­e energy generation and storage

• Advanced manufactur­ing,

for example to produce electric car batteries

• A hub for research,

developmen­t, and innovation, through links with

universiti­es, business support organisati­ons and establishe­d industry.

Anyone can submit their views until Monday January 10, 2022 online or attend an event on Tuesday December 7, 3pm-7pm at Gotham Memorial Hall, Nottingham Road, Gotham, NG11 0HE

Letters inviting people in the local vicinity to attend these events and provide feedback have now been distribute­d.

Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Simon Robinson said: “Please have your say on the future of this hugely important strategic and iconic site that could shape this part of Rushcliffe and the East Midlands and attract significan­t investment in the region for decades to come.

“The power station will close at the end of September 2024 in line with government policy to end coal-fired power generation.

“Many power station sites often remain vacant for years after they have closed and the Council is therefore taking this proactive approach to help secure the long-term future of the site after its closure.

“On the back of the positive news on HS2 at the adjacent East Midlands Parkway earlier this month, it’s an exciting time for all partners who are shaping the future of the site and we are preparing an LDO in order to help deliver a major part of its future.”

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