Village Project Fund Grant Application

Wymeswold Village Project Fund (the organising committee behind the annual Duck
Races) makes small grants available to local clubs, associations, societies, community
projects and charities. These grants are as a result of the profits realised on the betting
races, bar and games. Grants will be awarded up to a value of £300.

Applications are invited from properly-constituted community and voluntary groups for
activities not conducted for profit. Grants should be towards a new initiative or project
(rather than general running costs) and there should be an identifiable benefit to people
residing in the parish of Wymeswold.

The organisation or project must be based in the Parish of Wymeswold or carry out
activities (other than fund-raising) within the Parish.

To make an application, complete the Grants Application Form and forward it to Lesley Herrington (Secretary, Wymeswold Duck Race Committee) at Goscote House, 79 Brook Street, or email to

The closing date for the application is 31st August 2022.

Centrebus 8 Loughborough – Melton

Centrebus has advised that regrettably they are having to reduce the Saturday service of the 8 to a 2-hourly service due to a driver shortage, a situation which is currently impacting bus operators on a national scale.

Current Covid-19 registration rules introduced by the Traffic Commissioner at the start of the pandemic, allows operators to make temporary changes to services with as little as 7 days notice. It should be noted however, that these changes are considered temporary and therefore it is anticipated they will either; revert as soon as the operator is able to do so, once the temporary rules are rescinded by the Traffic Commissioner, or be registered by the operator on a permanent basis, which would usually require 42 days notice.

The current timetable for Centrebus Service 8 is available here.


Wanted: Speedwatch Volunteers!

Vehicles are increasingly driving above the speed limit through the village, endangering children and adults, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.  I have been asked again by the County Team to run the Wymeswold Community Speedwatch. Being invited to participate is a privilege for the village and took determination and enthusiasm to establish. This follows on from the last very successful campaign where over 100 vehicles were recorded as speeding, including one car travelling at 60 mph through our village!

We are looking again for a team of enthusiastic volunteers who would like to carry Speedwatch forward and make a useful contribution to the village by helping to make it safer. All training will be given and everyone is welcome to volunteer.  The time you commit to can be as little as 2 hours, or one shift per day for 2 weeks; the choice is yours!

At the moment the exact dates for Speedwatch are unconfirmed as there are several groups taking part in the county. As soon as we have this information we will let you know, but it will happen this year, between April and October. However, expressions of interest at this stage would be useful.

Let’s show speeders we won’t put up with them any more!

Contact me on 01509 881127 or email

Ray Jane

Speedwatch Coordinator

Come and Join Us – Wymeswold Cricket Club

Wymeswold Cricket Club is on the lookout for new players to join us for the 2022 season. We field two Saturday sides in the South Notts Cricket League and we’re looking for a few new faces to ensure the sustainability of both sides. Don’t worry if you’re not quite up Ben Stokes or Joe Root standard – just an enthusiasm to play regularly and have a laugh at the dropped catches is far more important.

The club’s AGM is on Weds 9th February and any potential new members will be welcomed. Winter nets at the ECB Performance Centre in Loughborough start on Wednesday 16th March. Please contact Nick Shaw at  for further details’.


Your Church Roof Needs You!

The roof of St Mary’s Church needs a lot of repair. Dry rot has been found in the roof and we urgently need to raise £60,000 to fix it, so that our church remains part of our village community.

St Mary’s is using up its reserves, we have some funds from fundraising from previous years and are applying for grants, but these will not cover the full amount – at the moment we have a shortfall of around £23,500.

If you are able to make a donation, then please bring it to church; drop it in to Stephen Critchley, 55 London Lane (labelled ‘Roof Appeal’); or call us and we will pop round;  or call us for our bank details to make a BACS transfer.
Please make any cheques payable to PCC of St Mary Wymeswold.

If you are a taxpayer, St Mary’s can also claim Gift Aid of an extra 25p for every £1 you donate – so please let us have your address and we will ask you to sign a Gift Aid declaration.

If you have any fundraising ideas, then please let us know. Thank you.

Janel Fone 0778 7152170; Janet Beaumont 0777 0968320; Stephen Critchley 01509 881656.