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Bingham is a market town in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire, England. Situated nine miles east of the city of Nottingham and near to Newark-on-Trent, the town has a population of about 9,000 and was in November 2013 named the best town in England and Wales to raise a family.
Bingham has a population of around 9,000. It lies at the junction of the A46 (the old Fosse Way) and the A52, about nine miles (14 km) east of Nottingham and similar distances south-west of Newark-on-Trent and west of Grantham. Neighbouring communities include Radcliffe-on-Trent, East Bridgford, Scarrington, Whatton in the Vale and Cropwell Butler. Every Thursday there is a market in the town's central Market Place, which also has a farmers' market on the third Saturday of each month.
- Wallenfels in Bavaria, Germany. In the past, music groups have visited to and from the twin towns, and a beer festival is held in Bingham every year.
The Romans built a fortress at Margidunum (Bingham) and a settlement at the river crossing at Ad Pontem (East Stoke) on the Fosse Way that joined Isca (Exeter) to Lindum (Lincoln). The south east of Nottinghamshire later historically formed the wapentake of Bingham.
Bingham has expanded vastly since the 1950s, and most of the housing is relatively new. Most of the older buildings (including the Church of St. Mary and All Saints, Bingham, the oldest) are in the centre. About 500 houses are now[when?] being built bordering the A52 (Grantham Road) and the existing Mill Hill estate. There have been concerns that the 1000+ people who will move into these new houses will require more and improved services, which the local councils are so far proving reluctant to provide, despite vast amounts of money being raised for the Exchequer from the sale of the land, which was in public ownership, to developers.
Another 1000 houses are planned to be built as part of 'Future Bingham', north of the rilway line.
The A46, to the west of the town, was upgraded and completed in 2013 to grade-separated dual-carriageway, which will increase traffic flow on the road, travelling in a much safer environment. The Widmerpool-Newark Improvement has been diverted to the west of the former Roman town to preserve the archaeology.
Bingham Leisure Centre has sports facilities and a swimming pool. The facilities are attached to Toot Hill School.
There used to be six pubs in the town:
- The Moot House (now closed down and sold to developers)
- The White Lion
- The Bingham (recently reopened as a Bar and Restaurant)(closed again)
- The Butter Cross Wetherspoons (Formerly 'The Crown')
- The Chesterfield at Bingham
- The Horse & Plough
Bingham has a very active scout group, with around 140 young people.
There are four schools in Bingham: Robert Miles Infant school, Robert Miles Junior School, Carnarvon Primary School and the comprehensive Toot Hill School. Central College Nottingham also has a campus in the town.
Although Bingham is largely a dormitory town for Nottingham, it does also have a number of thriving businesses and a busy town centre. The town has a shop vacancy rate of just 2% against an East Midlands average of 16%*. There are 20 takeaways and places to eat, 11 hairdressers/salons, 5 estate agents and 39 other retail outlets including a Sainsbury's, Cooperative Food, Boyes (opened 21 June 2013) and Boots the Chemists. Bingham also provides shopping, medical and other services to those living in the surrounding villages. Tesco Stores Limited have obtained planning permission to build a large supermarket near the town centre, but construction has not yet commenced. In March 2015 planning permission was granted for the building of an Aldi and simultaneously a Lidl in the town.
To the north of the town is an industrial estate with about 40 businesses. The largest of these include GWIBS 24/7, a privately owned company employing over 50 people and working in mechanical, electrical and IT services. Other companies on the estate include Focus Label Machinery, Trent Designs, XACT Document Solutions (National Specialists in Managed Print Services), The Workplace Depot (who manufacture mobile safety steps, trucks and trolleys), and Water at Work. In 2012, The Workplace Depot won a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice.
Bingham has a Business Club
In November 2013 Bingham was named by Family Investments as the best town in England and Wales in which to bring up a family. The report cited factors such as excellent schools childcare provision, low crime and affordable housing.
Bingham was a location in Midlands film director Shane Meadows' film Twenty Four Seven, which contained scenes shot at Toot Hill top field, The Linear Walk and Bingham Boxing Club. Bingham has also been in two episodes of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, as well as some episodes of Crossroads, Woof! and Boon.
- British Canoe Union
- Bingham Town Youth Football Club
- Bingham Cricket Club
- Bingham Rugby Club
- Bingham Lawn Tennis Club
- Bingham Leisure Centre Archery Club
- Bingham Sub-Aqua Club
- Bingham Penguins - Swimming Club
- Vale Judo Club
- 6: Bingham - Grantham
- 24: Bingham - Melton Mowbray
- 54: Bingham - Newark
- Rushcliffe Greens: Bingham - Nottingham, Nottingham - Radcliffe - Gunthorpe - East Bridgford - Bingham
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- Datoo, Siraj (8 September 2011). "High street vacancy rates". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "Budget supermarkets Aldi and Lidl given green light in Bingham".
- "Environment at core of best business practice". Newark Advertiser. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "Bingham Business Club". Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "The Original Auf Wiedersehen Pet Homepage". Aufpet.com. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- Youth FC
- Cricket Club
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- Bingham Town Council
- Rushcliffe Borough Council
- This is Bingham
- Bingham at the Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway