URGENT Neighbourhood Watch notification.

At 5.30pm yesterday a man described as “in his 30s” was discovered inside the home of a couple who live in Knipton. The man was found inside the kitchen by the lady of the house, while her husband was outside in the garden. When asked what he was doing inside the house the intruder had a pre-meditated story that he was “looking for a blue ball”. While the lady went to get her husband from the garden the man had entered the sitting room. The man then left with 2 other men (one in his 30s and one older, one having what is believed to be an Irish accent) in a dark blue car. The pair are understandably extremely shaken by this incident.

The couple later went upstairs, after the Police had left, and discovered that the upstairs had been ransacked and all jewellery, including several family heirlooms, had been stolen.

The Police were called and are now investigating two identical incidents (as described above) one in Knipton and one in Scalford.

In Scalford the intruder was heard upstairs. The lady of the house thought it was her husband but her husband then came in from the garden and went upstairs. The intruder followed the husband downstairs and had a story about his boss working just up the road and also ‘checked’ the oil tank, maybe to give an impression that that was part of his job. The intruder left and met with two other males. Upon checking upstairs the householders discovered jewellery had been taken and cupboards/drawers emptied. Please remain on the alert. The next intrusion could be in your house.


Please advise your neighbours/friends who may not receive NHW email alerts or Facebook

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I wonder if anyone in Long Clawson can help me.

I was a colleague and friend of Rosie Hebden during the 70’s. Rosie was an artist and Lecturer at Clifton College of Education, and she lived at Rose Cottage, Long Clawson. I was a technician in the art dept of Clifton College and my husband was a student, training to be an art teacher.  Rosie took us under her wing and we spend many a weekend helping her in her garden in return for beautiful vegetarian meals and fresh veg from her garden.  We moved away from Nottingham in 1980 and visited her for a few years after that.  We did receive a letter from a friend of Rosies’ telling us of her death.

Rosie was an inspiration to us both, – giving me a passion to visit all the places that I had seen while projecting slides at her lectures and her art teaching inspired my husband who is now a Professor at Southampton University.  Through all our times together we never owned a painting by Rosemary. This year we are celebrating our 40th Wedding anniversary and I would love to be able to purchase one of her works and it is to this end that I am asking for your help.   Does anyone in the village remember Rosie; does anyone know what happened to her paintings when she died; does anyone own a piece of her work that they are willing to sell.

I have tried Trent Poly and Nottingham University but they were unable to help – I hope someone remembers this fantastic lady.

Look forward to hearing from you

With kind regards Jane (Foster)

IF YOU CAN HELP AT ALL PLEASE EMAIL webmaster@long-clawson.com and we will pass the information on.


Long Clawson residents – war medals

GRIFFINsidney whittakerMike Adams is a war medal collector who has recently by chance acquired 2 groups of medals to ex Long Clawson residents, the first was a WW2 Distinguished Flying Cross group to a Pilot Officer H.T.Griffin, he resided at the Police House and was a Leics Police Inspector, Also Captain of Melton Rugby XV as well as the Leics Police Rugby team.

The second was to the Whittaker family, who resided at the Post Office. Sidney served in WW1, he had a son Dennis born in 1924 who married Edith Lounds in 1948 (she apparently served in WW2) Dennis was a member of the Buffs at Belvoir Lodge

 Any help would be much appreciated.

Please email webmaster@long-clawson.com with any information, thank you.


Local vicars

Can you help with photographs of local vicars and rectors. On the Harby website www.harbyvillage co.uk we aim to provide a picture of all previous of these but we are searching for Mark Turner and  Simon Bailey. They were in Long Clawson as well as here. We want to use a photo also in the  history of Harby book we are assembling. For our holdings so far see http://www.harbyvillage.co.uk/photographsocieties.htm

Leslie Cram

Harby History Group secretary

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