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Helen Wright

Helen Wright

My name is Helen Wright and have been Co-opted to the Parish Council at the meeting on the 2nd July 2024.

I have lived in Cropwell Bishop for 7 years and my Family for over 30years. I am looking forward to contributing to keeping this village a thriving one.

I am often walking the in the village with my dog (Marley) so you are most welcome to come over and talk to me when you see me out and about.


Rushcliffe people to decide who leads £4 billion boost for the East Midlands

The Mayor of the East Midlands will open the door to investment in transport, skills, housing and the environment after securing a deal for a new combined authority – the East Midlands Combined County Authority (EMCCA).

EMCCA has been formed by Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council, and will be led by a mayor, similar to areas like the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire.

The mayor will have new powers and resources to begin a long-term process of growing the region’s economy by investing in skills that lead to better jobs, transport that works better across the region, housing where it’s needed, and an economy equipped to deal with net zero.

Its small team will have specific responsibilities – housing, skills, transport and the environment – and the transfer of powers means it will be doing work previously carried out by government.

It will collaborate with councils and will not duplicate what they do or provide services that are best delivered locally.

For more information about the campaign and how to vote visit


Please be aware of changes to postal votes

In line with electoral laws changing to further prevent electoral fraud, new rules have been introduced for the handing in of postal votes.
They can be returned as normal using a Royal Mail post box and this remains unchanged.

However, when postal votes are handed in person, they now must be at a polling station on Thursday May 2 or at our Rushcliffe Arena base and a short form completed, otherwise the votes cannot be accepted.

A person can only hand in their own postal vote, plus a maximum of five additional postal votes for other electors.

If someone is a political campaigner, the same limits apply except the postal votes can only be their own or those of a close relative, or someone they, or the organisation which employs or engages them, provides regular care for – the definition of a political campaigner is outlined on the back of the postal vote return form.

Postal votes can be handed in at Rushcliffe Arena from today (April 19) between 9am and 5pm and Mondays to Fridays until polling day (May 2) on which the desk is open from 9am to 10pm.
There will be a dedicated member of staff on reception during these times to assist with the completion of the postal vote return form. Please note, postal votes cannot be handed in at Rushcliffe Arena outside of these hours.

To avoid filling out a form, the advice is to ask electors to put them in the post and in time for them to reach us by polling day on Thursday May 2, the day the Borough’s residents vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Mayoral East Midlands Combined County Authority elections.

If you have any questions, please email

Health Event – The Future of Health in Rushcliffe

27th June 2024, Cotgrave Welfare Club Entertainment Centre, 2-6pm


Hold an event for up to 100 people registered with Rushcliffe GP practices to engage in improving
their health & wellbeing, to help build resilience to local services, help vulnerable individuals, and
encourage greater involvement in the future of health in Rushcliffe including through joining Patient
Participation Groups.

We have an urgent challenge as a Rushcliffe community to reverse the damage that COVID has caused
to some of our most vulnerable residents, and our local services. We know that we can achieve great
things together if we take action, as there are many local examples of where local action has transformed the lives of vulnerable individuals living in Rushcliffe.
Our plan for achieving better outcomes and services for the most vulnerable involves the whole community, drawing on the knowhow and strengths of everyone who can make a difference, no matter
what their role or background. It’s not about relying on the NHS or the council to do it for us but doing it with us.

Those of us that can need to make a choice to get involved in wider community activities for the sake
of the Future of Health in Rushcliffe e.g. by volunteering with a local group. By getting involved, you
can help ensure that Rushcliffe remains a great place to live and thrive for everyone locally.

A blend of talks, stalls, discussions and Q&A. Event will be recorded for on-demand access post event.

– Welcome
– Overview of health & care changes in Rushcliffe – Dr Guv Sahota, GP in Keyworth – 10’
– Tackling local inequalities in health – The Cotgrave project – Helen Smith – 10’
– Supporting people at home after hospital – Community Services – Nicola Zurawliw – 10’
– A wider range of support – Social Prescribing and local charities – Morgan Sharpe, Carolyn Perry – 15’
– Panel Q&A session: Closer working across Health, Voluntary & Council (David Banks, Carolyn Perry, Dr Guv Sahota, Nicola Zurawliw, Morgan Sharpe, Cotgrave project lead) – 25’
– Break/refreshments/informal discussions – 20’
– Marketplace discussions – 1 hour

Each attendee will get a leaflet with an outline of each exhibitor’s service

Find out about opportunities to engage in health, selfcare and sustainability – approx 30 stalls.
– Table work – questions for each table to discuss/feedback on the topics of Dementia,

Promoting equity, Improving access to services, Promoting Self Care and resilience – 30’.
– Feedback to panel – sharing key points from table discussions, panel’s reflections – 30’.
– Next steps – securing the Future of Health in Rushcliffe. Summarising what we have heard.

Get you tickets on Eventbrite
Future of Healthcare in Rushcliffe 2024 flyer/3SHHNaY