Ready… steady… and we’re off. Greasley Gathering 2018 is on its way.

Always on the look-out for something new, this year’s Greasley gathering is all set, booked and ready to go!

Great activities, great entertainments and a great family atmosphere….

The admission onto the site is free…the bus rides are free…and many of the activities are free – the Racing Room bikes are back and this year there will be a Climbing Frame at the site, and a miner’s cave at Colliers’ Wood.

The red buses are booked and will be timetabled for  this year.

Keep looking at what else will be available!


A successful day inspite of the weather

The Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr. Halima Khaled and her escort; Chair of Greasley Gathering, Paul Tordoff; Chair of Greasley Parish Council, Cll. Mick Brown and Chair of the County Council, Cll. John Handley and his wife Margaret.

Unbelievably the rain stopped at 10.15 and started again at 3.00pm; enough time for people to come and enjoy the day.

The Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Halima Khaled, opened the event at 10.45am and later enjoyed the ride on the London bus, going upstairs for a good view of the journey.

The buses were popular and the activities  were very well attended. The Racing Room was a constant attraction, as were the Circus Skills. The Nottingham Youth Jazz Combo provided lively musical entertainment throughout the day. The choirs were greatly enjoyed by the public, in particular the Glee Choir whose programme in the Parish Hall proved very entertaining and later the return of the Community Choir, as popular as ever.

In the Sports Hall, the Rock ‘n’ Soul singers, a new choir added to the entertainments for the day, also drew the crowd. As did the Children’s Magician, Don Chamnbers…he not only had a crowd of chldren around him but also a large number of adults who were entertianed by his magic!!

…and the Creation Station, a stop off point for children to make something special and take it away with them, ran out of some of the activities they had on offer! A very popular stall.

A big thanks to all our volunteers, who made the day run smoothly.

And to those who through donations of goods, money, and time contributed to the event, enabling it to take place:

Broxtowe Borough Council                            Greasley Parish Council                                              Greasley Sports Hall staff

Lawrence Vets                                                   QC Catering                                                                   EMC Watnall

Gillotts Funeral Direstors                               Kevin Rostance (PA SYSTEM)                                  Cllr. Barbara Willimott

Boots                                                                    Thorntons                                                                      Warburtons

Blue Monkey Brewery                                      Reuben Shaw

Horse and Groom (Moorgreen)                     Queen’s Head (Watnall)                                               The Royal Oak (Watnall)

New Inn (Newthorpe)                                       The Forester’s Arms (Newthorpe)                             Hayloft (Newthorpe)

A special thanks to  Blackmore Commercials – they don’t just provide and drive the buses but give us valuable feedback on how to improve the services.

Some photos from the day:

Don Chambers – Children’s Magician
Smaller bus -but still an attraction
Nearly in!
Don’t let go!
Balancing the plates!
Not quite the high wire.







Presentation of Broxtowe Borough Council Cheque by Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr. Graham Harvey to Paul Tordoff, Chair of Greasley Gathering.
Cheque presentation from Chair of Greasley Parish Council, Cllr. Bob Willimott, to Chair of Greasley Gathering, Paul Tordoff.

Free admission…

The admission onto the site is free…the bus rides are free…and many of the activities are free.  The main gate will be closed for public access. Pedestrian entrance onto the site will be off Dovecote Road opposite the old School.  We will be supplying wrist bands again for families to use with children. Please take care with parking as the top of Mill Road will be coned off to give the bus access onto Mill Road.

See you there!


Lots of things to do and see…

Apart from the time-tabled events there are a lot of other things to do and see:

‘Avago Circus – learn circus skills and ‘ave a go!

Creation Station  –  make and take home

How fast can your Scaletrix car go  when you use pedal power?

New inflatables and fun fair activities – coconut shy,  penalty shoot-out

Watch out for the Stormtroopers

Dog Display – will they do as they are told

Pentrich Revolution Awareness Display – can you find ancestors who took part?

Refreshments – home made cakes, burgers and large hot dogs! And , of course, ice-cream!

Classic cars

Stalls with a variety of goods

Animal/bird  – taking care of animal and birds

Don’t forget to take a ride on the bus which will take you to other activities provided by the pubs – Horse and Groom, The Royal Oak, Queen’s Head, New Inn, The Hayloft and the Forester’s Arms.

Take a walk through Moorgreen and see the scarecrows!

St. Mary’s Church, Greasley will have an Open Day and Craft Fair – some scarecrows too!

Stop at Reuben Shaw’s for a cup of coffee/cake and view the plants.

Take a walk to Beauvale Priory – Tearooms, entertainment and Beer Festival.

There’s so much to do!

Time – tabled Programme for the day

Lots of activities at the Greasley Sports and Community Centre on Dovecote Road, Newthorpe, Notts. NG16 3QN

10.00 am    Event begins

10.15 am      Nottingham Youth Jazz Combo

10.30            Opening by Mayor of Broxtowe.  Also in attendance Chair of the County Council and Chair of Greasley Parish Council

10.45 – 11.15am    Rock ‘n’ Soul Singers   (Sports Hall)

11.15 – 11.45am      Dog Display  (outside grassed area)

11. 45 – 12.00         Nottingham Youth Jazz Combo  (outside)

12.00 – 12.30pm   Don Chambers – Children’s magician  (Sports Hall)

12. 30 – 12.45pm  Nottingham Youth Jazz Combo  (outside)

12. 45 – 1.15pm    Rock ‘n’ Soul Singers  (Sports Hall)

1.15 – 1.45pm       NY Jazz Combo  (outside)

1.30 – 2.00pm     Community Choir  (Parish Hall)

1.45 – 2.45pm      Taekwondo Display, followed by Workshop (Sports Hall)

2.00 – 2.15           NY Jazz Combo

2.15 – 2.45pm       Dog display (Grassed area)

2.45 – 3.00pm     NY Jazz Combo to finish event

Fab comments from providers getting ready for 2017

‘…love to come again’  (Ambucopter)

‘…thanks – look forward to it already…’ (Fran – Chocolates)

‘Hope your event is as fabulous as it always is – I’ll be able to come with my children this year and enjoy it!’ (Claire from Spudtastic)

‘…love to take part again and do a demonstration and then get people to have a go. It’s always a great day. (Deb – Taekwondo)

‘…love to come again. We had a blast last time!’ (Stormtroopers)

‘…we’ll be there. The Glee Choir love it!’ (Jill from Pulp Friction)

GREAT NEWS – 3rd bus for the day!!

We’ve decided that we need a 3rd London red bus to cover areas of the Parish of Greasley that are not covered…so that residents living between Baker Road in Newthorpe and Coach Drive in Eastwood have access to a bus throughout the day. The new route will cover Mill Road, Lower Beauvale, Greenhills Road, Main Street all along to Baker Road, as well as Pinfold Road.

There are new surprises as well as some familiar characters!

More entertainments, choirs,  demonstrations and activities are already booked!

Watch this space for more news as we get everything ready for the day!