Balderton is a large village situated in the County of Nottinghamshire, south of Newark, north east of the City of Nottingham and close to the border of Lincolnshire. We have two primary schools - John Hunt and Chuter Ede. Off London Road, on a forty acre site, is the Grove complex: which houses The Newark Academy, The Orchard Special Needs School and The Balderton Resource Centre.
London Road was built in the 18th Century as a turnpike (by pass) for the Great North Road which at the time ran through the small community of Balderton onto Newark and the North of England - the gateway to the North. London Road has a number of shops and services including a shopping complex named 'Lakeside Shopping Centre'.
Town Street was renamed Main Street. It was the centre of the old village, crossed by the original Great North Road, beside the church on the corner of Pinfold Lane and Main Street and leading to Bullpit lane. Standing on Main Street are St. Giles Church, a Methodist Chapel, Library, two public houses (one rebuilt in 1888), a number of shops and services and on Bullpit Lane there is a small shopping precinct named 'Brisbane Court'.
The Council has a tower clock on London Road by the Lakeside Shopping Centre which was installed to commemorate the Millennium celebrations in 2000.
The Parish Council bought the Lake and surrounding land to prevent a large, city-based fishing club buying it for private use. The Lakeside is surrounded by housing and has been a valued local amenity for many years. A village fishing club rents the fishing rights from us and help take care of the area (anyone wishing to go fishing at the Lake must contact the Grove Angling Club). We have provided limestone surface pathways all round the Lake and regularly maintain its wooded areas and grasslands. A viewing/fishing area for disabled people has been created and picnic tables with benches have been installed for local families and visitors to enjoy.
The Lakeside area is subject to a Dogs on Leads Order which is enforced by the District Council.
The old railway line from Newark to Bottesford has been resurfaced by the charity Sustrans, to create a cycling and walking track which runs along the western border of the Lake and gives several miles of public-owned land for pleasant walks in traffic-free countryside.
The Council's Cemetery
The Parish Council's Cemetery with Garden of Remembrance is known as Mount Road Cemetery and has entrances on both Mount Road and Belvoir Road.
Work commenced in January 2009 to extend the Cemetery; the area was fenced off and a new gated entrance installed. A new loop road was installed during the 2009-10 financial year. The existing roads were also resurfaced as it was more cost effective to have this work done at the same time. The extension area is not yet in use for burials but trees and pathways have been installed in readiness for when the additional space is required.