The Gambia is a very small country in West Africa almost totally surrounded by the much larger Senegal. 25 years ago The Derek Bailey Foundation was set up to develop educational opportunities in a very rural area around the village of Nyofelleh.

Excitement is building for the new LEGO model exhibition coming to The Harley Gallery from 22nd January to 2nd April, following the phenomenal success of last year's Brick City.

Just six months ago, I was happily going about my business as a volunteer for Southwell Cricket Club when I met Anna Joyce as part of organising our annual event to raise money for local charities. As many people already know, Anna is heavily involved with Flower Pod, Southwell and REACH, both of which provide support to adults with learning disabilities.

The first project to help reduce flooding in the town has been completed by Josh Wells, a PhD student at NTU Brackenhurst who is working with hydrologist Dr Jillian Labadz and the Environment Agency, together with Stuart Smith (Smith JCB Hire of Southwell) who has dug long and hard in difficult circumstances to complete the works before the winter rains.

A TV programme which includes Southwell's own Bramley Tree and the Minster will be shown at prime time on Channel 4 on Saturday 17th December.