Archive for February, 2011

Developed by our Sustrans volunteers (Alan, Roger and Tony) this is a pleasant ride through the peaceful villages of North Scarle, Spalford, Girton, Besthorpe and South Scarle to the North East of Newark. The route incorporates a section of Sustrans National Cycle route 64 and three short stretches of the A1133. You can view the fill ride by clicking here

Distance: 10.5 miles
Estimated time: 1.5 hours plus stops
Start and finish:  High Street, North Scarle. Grid Ref. SK 848670.

Route highlights: North Scarle High Street; Spalford Warren.

Refreshment possibilities in North Scarle and Besthorpe.

We hope you enjoy this new route and would welcome any feedback. Sustrans volunteers will be organising guided cycle rides throughout Trent Vale from 10th April and you are welcome to join us. Look out for more information about these and other new routes soon.


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The uncommon plant henbane, henbane, Hyoscyamus niger, at Dunham Bridge. Sent in by community member. If you have any Trent Vale photpos you'd like to share with us please let us know. Photo: Brian Hedley, 2007BTCV would like to invite you to our free Trent Vale one-day identification courses. We have the following courses on offer:
16 April 2011. Bird identification at the RSPB reserve at Langford Lowfields. Meet at the Car Park at Sconce and Devon Park at 10am (a minibus will take participants to the RSPB reserve).

13 May 2011. Wildflower identification along Trent Lane in Marton. Meet at the Car Park at the end of the lane in Marton. 

11 June 2011. Summer tree identification at Sconce and Devon Park in Newark. Meet at the Sconce and Devon car park at 10am.
The days will start at 10am and run until around 4pm.  Participants should bring strong shoes or boots, waterproof clothing, packed lunch and drinks.

If you fancy coming along and learning new wildlife identification skills (or brushing up on old ones) please book a place by calling Sue Coy, BTCV Training Administrator, on  0115 9313316 as soon as possible. There are only 12 places on each course so please register you interest early!

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New benches installed near the Fledborough Viaduct recently. If you know anything about these lovely benches please let us know.Despite nearly freezing conditions the Newark Sustrans volunteers braved the Normanton to Marnham circular route last week.  As part of a diversion they joined National Cycle Route 647 over Fledborough Viaduct and onto Harby for lunch. They were surprised to find three new benches which have been installed very recently. Anyone who has any information about these beautiful rustic benches and the connection to Ireland, Berlin and Saskatoon please get in touch with Trent Vale by emailing hester.kapur@britishwaterways.co.uk

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One of our Trent Vale residents, Barry Coward, kindly edited and sent us this film. The original version, made in 1960, shows how British Waterways were upgrading their broad waterways for more commercial traffic. At that time the container revolution had not really started, but within ten years container ports including inland ports enabled goods to tranship quickly and without all the handling shown here. To watch the film click here.

Our new Trent Vale Website will provide information on history, heritage, landscape and how to access the Trent Vale landcsape. It will be launched in late spring!

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Come and explore the Trent Vale by bike! Our Sustrans volunteers (Alan, Roger and Tony)  are developing cycle routes for us. You can find this one in full by clicking here. It is a long ride from Newark through the peaceful villages to the north of the town incorporating sections of Sustrans National Cycle routes 64 and 647 including two off road sections. Suitable for all cycles.

The cycle route takes you past St Wilfrid's Church, North Muskham, which was founded between 1108 and 1114.Distance: 32 miles
Estimated time: 4 to 5 hours
Start and finish:  Newark Castle Railway Station Grid Ref. SK 795543.

Route highlights: Newark town, Castle and riverside; Doll Museum, Cromwell; Old Forge, Carlton on Trent; Sutton on Trent Windmill; The Fledborough Viaduct carrying the cycle route over the valley of the River Trent.

Lots of refreshment possibilities in Newark and in route-side pubs in North Muskham, Sutton on Trent, North Scarle, Collingham and Winthorpe.

We hope you enjoy this new route and would welcome any feedback. Sustrans volunteers will be organising guided cycle rides throughout Trent Vale from 10th April and you are welcome to join us. Look out for more information about these and other new routes soon.

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If there are any keen photographers out there – amateur or professional – we’d love to hear from you. Our new Trent Vale website celebrating the uniqueness of the Trent Vale and encouraging people to explore its wildlife and heritage is now underway. We are looking for images to bring the site to life.

New Trent Vale logo

New Trent Vale logo launched in January 2011

The website will showcase the work of partners, volunteers and community groups of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership, as well as acting as an information hub for the local community and visitors about the heritage and history of the Trent Vale. It will encourage people to explore the area, learn about the rich and complex history, signpost places of interest, act as a learning resource and let people know about volunteering and training activities on offer. The main themes are:

  • Activites (e.g. fishing, boating, rowing, walking, cycling, environmental conservation)
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
  • Heritage

Images should be within the Trent Vale (see our project area if you’re not sure where it is), but we are also looking for more abstract images such as close-ups of stonework on old churches, for example, or wildlife shots. If you have any images that you’d be happy to share with us please contact helen.keating@britishwaterways.co.uk

The new Trent Vale website is planned for launch in spring 2011. In the meantime, we have just launched our new logo which we think really captures what the Trent Vale is all about, helping to give the area a stronger identity and communicating, both to local people and potential visitors, what the Vale has to offer.

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Roman jewellery stall at Marton School drama weekLast week Lincolnshire County Council held art and drama sessions in Marton Primary School inspired by archaeological finds from their local Roman settlement next to the Roman road in Marton.

Fergus and Laura from Sezu Theatre worked for two days with the junior children, creating their own Roman market scene and stalls ‘selling’ finds made using cardboard and paper. There were stalls selling food, jewellery, weaponry, pottery, and even slaves!

Play recreating Roman shopping excursion by Maryon Primary SchoolThey acted out what it would have been like to be in a Roman market with a well-to-do family on their shopping trip.  They also made a floor cloth decorated as a mosaic. Pupils then performed the play for the their families and the the children in the infant school. This project was co-funded by MuBu.

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