Sutton Bonington

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Clubs & Societies

(Within the parish and with Sutton Bonington preceding most of their names)

River & pond fishing within Sutton Bonington.

Contact:   Mrs. Ann Cage, 27 Willow Poole Lane LE12 5NN  Tel. 01509 674873

Baby & Toddler Group
All babies, toddlers and pre-school children with their carers are welcome. Meets in Baptist Church rooms on Tuesday & Friday mornings from10.00am to 11.45am term time only. Lots of toys, noise, books, craft table, sand & water play. Friendly faces and a singsong. Social events for carers too.

Contact:  Katharine Hebblethwaite Tel. 01509 672889

There are two ladies’ clubs meeting on Monday afternoons and Tuesday
mornings and three mixed clubs meeting on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings: all in the Village Hall. New players welcome.

Contact: Mrs. C. Trevellen, 21 Park Lane LE12 5NQ Tel. 01509 673442

St Michael’s Church has a peal of six bells. The installation originally consisted of 3 bells cast by Henry Oldfield’s foundry in Long Row Nottingham. The oldest of these bells dates back to 1579. In 1879 two more bells were added and finally, in l977, a sixth bell was added to commemorate the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee. The weights of the bells range from 4cwts 86lbs (Treble) to 17cwts 97lbs (Tenor). Bell ringing takes place before Sunday morning service and at weekly practice on the 1st & 3rd Monday 7.30pm. Visiting ringers are very welcome.

Contact:  David Kerr   Tel. 01509 678773

Participation in the game of flat green bowls, both in friendly and competitive matches, from April to September. Membership is open to male and female bowlers of all ages. New bowlers welcome.

Contact: Sue James  Tel. 01509 673460

Christian Care & Counselling Centre
Haven and New Dawn counselling centre’s -  offering a confidential service in times of stress, ill health, bereavement etc .The teams are committed to helping anyone in need, of any faith or none.                                                                                         

Contact: John Hebblethwaite for a possible referral Tel. 01509 672889

Combined Charity                          
To help people in Sutton Bonington who are in need, hardship or distress.with financial support

Contact: C. Blackshaw, 49a Main St, LE12 5ND Tel.  01509 672144
  T. W. Holt, 17 Gables Lea, LE12 5NW    Tel.  01509 672025

Compo Club
A club for fairly active retired men (50+). Activities include easy visits to various places of interest followed by a pub lunch. Good conversation and gentle humour abound.

Contact: Mr J Dickens Tel. 01509 673007

Cricket Club
Two Saturday league team (Notts. Village League) and one Sunday team in the Newark Alliance league.

Winter nets from January to April. Good atmosphere, picturesque surroundings and excellent teas. New players welcome.

Our website is

Contact: Dave Appleby Please see cricket club website
  Tim Thompson Please see cricket club website

Drop In Club
Meets in Swan Court - Mondays 2.15-3.45pm. Open house with a welcome for anyone who would like to pop in for a cup of tea or coffee, a chat or a game of scrabble or even dominoes.

Football Club
Email This is the senior club for players aged 16 years and over. They play in the second division of the North Leicestershire League on Saturday afternoons.

Contact: Mr Timothy Howse 83 Main St, LE12 5PE Tel. 01509 672632

Guides See entry under Scout & Guide Group.

Horse Riding Club
For more information about the Club’s activities, including a list of the dates of shows, cross country and other events.


Christine Pasquire 


Tel. 01509 674003

email Christine Pasquire or

Horticultural Society
Meetings with speakers; visits to gardens and horticultural events/shows. Spring show at end of March and produce section at Sutton Bonington Show in September. Opportunities to increase stocks of plants at meetings by swopping between members, and discounted seed orders. Garden special evening in the summer months.

Contact: F Clarke, 16 Gables Lea Tel. 01509 672110


International Bible Study
Meets Wednesday evenings at 7.45pm. A group for those who want to find out more about the Christian Faith and for those who want to further their journey.

Contact: David & Di Sutcliffe, 81 Park Lane Tel. 01509 672889

Ladies Coffee Break
Meets on alternate Wednesdays in the Baptist Church lounge at 10.30am. Attendances average thirty with a different speaker on each occasion. Visitors are always most welcome.

Contact: Mrs Iris Bonner, 6 The Paddocks, LE12 5NG Tel. 01509 672788

Local History Society
Meets on second Wednesday of each month (not summer) at 7.30pm in the Methodist Schoolroom. Monthly meeting with visiting speakers and summer visits. Five books on the history of the village are available.

Contact: Mrs Sue Davidson, 39 Park Lane Tel. 01509 670299
  Mrs. A. Hardern, 6 Charnwood Fields, LE12 5NP Tel. 01509 673107


Luncheon Club

Sutton Bonington & Normanton-on-Soar
Meets in the Village Hall from 11.00am on 1st Thursday of each month, except August (annual outing) and December. Open to the retired, regardless of age, or those who are alone. Transport can be arranged, when required, and there is wheelchair access at the Village Hall

Contact: John & Ann Marshall Tel. 01509 673770

Men’s Society
An informal group, which meets monthly in one of the local public houses to listen to a speaker and  occasional outings.

Contact: Bernard Lyner, 61 Park Lane, LE12 5NQ Tel. 01509 672476

Mosaic Group for International Women
Come and find out more about life in the UK. Includes outings, crafts, cooking and discussions. Meets Thursdays at 1.30pm in the Baptist Church lounge.

Contact: Anna Lee Tel. 01509 672013
  Val Thomson    Tel. 01509 236450

Mothers’ Union
The Mothers’ Union is a worldwide organisation whose members seek to
promote Christian family life. The St. Michael’s and St. Anne’s branch meets occasionally through the year more details are available from Beth Clarke.
Non-members are always very welcome.

Contact: Beth Clarke Tel. 01509 672110

Old People’s Christmas Dinner

Sutton Bonington and Normanton on Soar                                              

Annual event, held early in December in College Dining Room All men over 65 and women over 60 (plus spouses) formally invited.

Contact: Jackie Benskin, 22 Park Lane Tel. 01509 672545

Scout & Guide Groups
The Scout & Guide Group is the worlds greatest and most progressive youth movement and is actively represented in the village by the 1st St Anne’s Sutton Bonington Scout and Guide Group. The group are based at purpose built facilities on the village recreation ground and provide a range of activities for boys and girls from the age of 6 –18 years. For young people 14 years and over we also provide the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The group is run entirely by volunteers who either have direct involvement through a leadership role or provide support and fund raising via the Group Council. If you are interested in contributing to the continued success of the group please make contact with the Group Chairman. The group has an extensive range of tents and equipment that can be lent out for social / community events. All Groups meet at the Scout & Guide Headquarters, Recreation Ground, Main St, Sutton Bonington

Contact: Duncan Briggs (Quartermaster - Scout Group Executive Committee)

Tel. 01509 218305

or email 

  Duncan Briggs (Scout Group Executive Chairman)

Tel. 01509 218305

or email

  Anna Toon (Group Scout Leader)

Tel. 01509 674734 or
0794 800 3666

Rainbows- (Girls aged 5-7 years)

Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays in the month 6.00 - 7.00pm                                       

Contact: Rachel Quick   Tel. 01509 673920

Beavers(Boys & Girls aged 6 - 8)

Meet Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.00pm                                       

Contact: Rachel Farnsworth

Tel. 01509 673873 or email

Brownies - (Girls aged 7-10 years)

Meet Thursday 6.00 - 7.30pm

Contact: Karen Hood

Tel. 01509 674118

or email  

Guides - (Girls aged 10 –14 years)

Meet Monday 6.45 – 8.15pm

Contact: Jane Hartley Tel. 01509  670321

Cubs - (8 - 10½  years)

Meet Friday 6.30 – 7.45pm


Anna Toon (Group Scout Leader)

Temporary stand-in

Tel. 01509 674734 or
0794 800 3666

Scouts - (10½ - 14 years)

Meet Friday 8.00 – 9.30pm

Contact: Rachel Farnsworth

Tel. 01509 673873 or email

Explorer Scouts - (14 –18 years)

Meet Wednesday 7:30 – 9pm


Matt Garside

Tel. 07739360402 or email


Chris Swallow

Tel. 07733312239 or email

Website :

Soar Valley U.3.A.
Self-help association, affiliated to the University of the Third Age Trust, for the retired and semi-retired to pursue a variety of creative, educational and leisure activities. Largely based in Sutton Bonington but including the wider area. New participants and offers of expertise welcomed.

Contact: Mrs M Johnson 

Tel. 01509 673469

or email


Sporting Clays Club
Non-competitive clay target shooting for all levels on alternate Saturday mornings at bottom of Playing Field. Must use fibre wad cartridges (available from Club). Aim is to encourage all comers to enjoy clay target shooting in a safe and friendly atmosphere.

Contact: Colin Newstead, 36 Charnwood Ave

Tel. 01509 670363

Summer Holiday Playscheme
Meets in the morning for two weeks during the school summer holiday for children under 14 years of age.

Contact: Mrs. C. Littledyke, 27 Charnwood Fields

Tel. 01509 672259

Sutton Bonington community orchard

Sustainable Sutton Bonington is working on Phase II of Greening Sutton Bonington, A community orchard was proposed by several who came to the Village Show stand and would fulfil the following objectives:
Conserve traditional fruit varieties and increase potential for wildlife 
Provide a high-profile project to demonstrate the low-energy credentials of the village and the Parish Council;
Provide a community project that a large number of residents could contribute to, further strengthening community cohesion;
Provide a shaded space for residents, community groups and visitors to enjoy and relax in;
Provide an additional space for future events, such as seed-sharing schemes, fruit-swapping, local gardeners' question-time, all of which were proposed by visitors to the Village Show;
Provide a long-term source of fruits for residents, community groups and visitors.
The orchard would also develop a voluntary group able to assist in management of the spinney
Maintenance to be carried out by members of the Greening Sutton Bonington group and other interested parties.
The initial planting of 70 apple trees took place in December 2011

The edible hedge consisting of 400ish crab apple, hazel, sloe, dog rose and elder plants was planted in Feburary 2012


Ben Edmonds



Tennis Club

Sutton Bonington & District
Situated at the top of Marle Pit Hill, close to the University campus. We are a thriving and friendly club who are always seeking new members, with players of all standards welcome. There are four floodlit all-weather courts, enabling play to continue throughout the year, and we have a super club house built in 1998.

There is both friendly club play and team tennis, with teams consisting of Mens, Ladies and Mixed Doubles, competing in the county league. Club play takes place twice a week in both Summer and Winter seasons, with members free to use the courts at other times for personal play or practice. Qualified coaching is available on an individual or group basis and there are regular Junior group coaching sessions which are particularly popular.

Contact: Rod Roulstone(Chairman)

Tel. 01509 856592

United Choir

This Choir, made up of people from Sutton Bonington and nearby villages, meets every Friday at 7.15pm in the Methodist Church room to sing secular and sacred music. Frequent concerts are given at various venues in the district. New members very welcome.

Contact: Mr Clive Goode

Tel. 01509 672890

  Miss Marian Young Tel. 01509 673230

Village Show Committee
The Sutton Bonington Show is held on the first Sunday in September on the Sutton Bonington Playing Field. It includes a Horticultural Show, Craft Fair, Gymkhana, and numerous demonstrations, entertainments and attractions. Local charities are supported each year as a result of this show.

Contact: Village Show Secretary Mrs. Margaret Winson, 133 Main Street, Sutton Bonington, Loughborough, LE12 5PE

Tel. 01509 673191

Wednesday Fellowship
Meets in the Schoolroom of the Methodist Church on alternate Wednesdays at 10.30am. Short time of devotion, speakers and refreshments. Ladies and gentlemen welcome. Transport provided if needed.

Contact: Mrs Erika Goode, 1 Sutton Close LE12 5NR

Tel. 01509 672890

Whist Drive
Mondays at 7.30pm (except 1st Monday in each month) in the Village Hall Library room. Proceeds to St Michael’s and St Anne’s churches.

Contact: Mr Tony Howse, 83 Main St, LE12 5PE

Tel. 01509 672632

Women’s Institute

Nearest branch is in Normanton on Soar and meets the 1st Tuesday in every month except August at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, Main Street, Normanton-on-Soar

Contact: Heather Herrington

Tel. 01509 646240

Youth Clubs (based in the Baptist Church)

ASK Club (School years 4-6)

Meets Tuesday after school at 3.45 – 5.00pm. Activities include crafts, games and creative exploration of bible stories.

Contact: Beth Cumming

Tel. 01509 843923

Rock Solid Club (School years 7-9)

Meets Tuesday evenings at 7.45-9.15pm. A high energy programme with lots of fun activities and a youth friendly way of exploring important issues from a Christian point of view. Trips out and weekends away included.

Contact: David & Karen Gay

Tel. 01509 674762

The HUB (School year 10+)

Meets Wednesday evenings 8.00 – 9.15pm.
The club meets for social nights, trips out, discussions about relevant issues from a Christian perspective and much more including weekends away.                                                 

Contact: Paul & Sarah Tremeer 

Tel. 01509 672917


Within the parish:
Village Hall (separate Management Committee)
Available for dances, badminton, meetings and other social and recreational events.

The hall has modern kitchen facilities and a portable stage. Also available for private hire for parties, wedding receptions etc.

Discounted rates for parties for the under 12s.

Bookings Clerk: Mrs. C. Trevellen, 21 Park Lane LE12 5NQ Tel. 01509 673442

Playing Field (owned by Parish Council)
The Playing Field provides facilities for cricket and football; houses the Scout and Guides H.Q.; and has a Children’s Corner, with swings and other play equipment. (There are also organisation owned bowling green and tennis courts on Marle Pit Hill/Landcroft Lane, see entries under Clubs & Societies)

The Spinney & Meadows Nature Reserve
The Parish Council has created a nature reserve “The Spinney & Meadows” beyond the cricket and football pitches going down to the River Soar. The aim is to provide a public and educational amenity for all to enjoy. The existing spinney, planted in 1981/2 has been extended and planted with 300 trees and shrubs. The ridge and furrow fields are being developed into spring and summer meadows with a range of native wild flowers and grasses. The former cattle drinking point has been turned into a pond to encourage water loving plants and other pond life. The meadow area is linked to the riverside and picnic tables by a footbridge. All the hedgerow willows are being retained and pollarded where appropriate and the mature ash and other trees are being preserved, with minor branch surgery in the interests of safety. The hawthorn hedges are being maintained and relaid on a continuous basis. Logs have been left on the ground in the Spinney to attract birds and insects. The reserve has been designated as a registered Local Nature Reserve. The majority of the work is done by volunteers and anyone interested in helping or contributing in any way, should contact:

Frank Clarke, 16 Gables Lea                                                                 Tel. 01509 672110

Sutton Bonington Campus Sports Facilities
The college offers an external membership, which allows the local community to join and make use of the facilities. These include: Fitness Suite, Sports Hall, Tennis Courts, Squash Courts, Astro-Turf, Football/Rugby pitches. Non-members can block book the sports hall, grass pitches and astro-turf. For more information about membership or block bookings

Contact Mark                                                                   Tel 0115 951 6444


The Parish Council has allotments to rent. Each one is approximately 150sq.
metres. Further information, including the terms of a tenancy, can be obtained from: Clerk to the Parish Council,

Mrs J Faulks                                     Tel. 01509 560807

There are some 11 miles of footpaths within the parish. These are well signposted, there is a map in the village hall and a Parish Paths notice board situated outside the playing field car park on Main Street. Parish Paths leaflets are available from the Post Office or Library. Any problems experienced in walking the footpaths should be reported to the Clerk:

Mrs J Faulks 7 Brick Kiln Lane, Shepshed, LE12 9EJ                            Tel. 01509 560807

Please see the small scale map on the inside back cover.


Outside the parish:
Loughborough Charnwood Leisure Centre                    Tel. 01509 611080
Rushcliffe Leisure Centre, West Bridgford                    Tel. 0115 923 4921
East Leake Leisure Centre                                             Tel. 01509 852956

Rushcliffe Golf Club, East Leake (private)                    Tel. 01509 852959
Edwalton Golf Course (municipal)                                 Tel. 0115 923 4775

Indoor Bowls

Rushcliffe Arena, West Bridgford                                  Tel. 0115 981 4027
Charnwood, Loughborough                                            Tel. 01509 210018

Leisure Centres (with health and fitness club facilities)
East Leake Leisure Centre                                              Tel. 01509 852956
Loughborough Charnwood Leisure Centre                     Tel. 01509 611080

There are theatres in Nottingham, Loughborough, Leicester and Derby.

Loughborough Boat Club
The Loughborough Boat Club meets in premises adjacent to the River Soar in Zouch. Meetings are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Rowing, fitness training and social events. Beginners welcome. No experience necessary. All ages catered for. Riverside Barbecue facilities available for hire. Please contact Mr. Keith Hudson       Tel. 01509 673043

Soar Boating Club
The Soar Boating Club, established in 1953, has developed its property in
Normanton on Soar to include a wide range of facilities for members and visitors. A family club, events are planned to provide for all tastes and all ages. The Club is not exclusively for boat owners and weekend visitors are always welcome.To enquire about membership and forthcoming events
For further information contact Carol Glover                     Tel. 0116 2774344

Great Central Railway – Loughborough to Leicester                         Tel. 01509 230726
Live steam on the only preserved double track railway in the world! Traditional lunches on the Silver Jubilee every Saturday and Sunday. High class Dining trains every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Open for train rides every Bank Holiday and weekend throughout the year plus weekdays from May to September. Santa specials also in December
Great Central Railway – Transport Heritage Centre – Ruddington
Vintage buses, miniature steam railway and steam trains from Ruddington to East Leake every Sunday and Bank Holiday, April to October.                                         Tel. 0115 940 5705

Other Attractions

There are many interesting things to do and places to go in the area. For further information please contact the local tourist boards as follows:
Loughborough, The Town Hall, Market Place                 Tel. 01509 218113
Leicester, 7/9 Every St, Town Hall Square                   Tel. 0116 299 8888
Nottingham, 1-4 Smithy Row                                         Tel. 0115 915 5330
West Bridgford, County Hall                                           Tel. 0115 977 3558
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