Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue's new Chief Fire Officer will be John Buckley – who will take over from retiring Chief Fire Officer Frank Swann on 1st April 2014. John is the current Deputy Chief Fire Officer and was appointed as the new Chief at a meeting of the full Fire Authority in December.
Members of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Authority chose John for the role following a rigorous interview process.
Chairman of the Fire Authority, Councillor Darrell Pulk said: "We are sorry to see Frank go – but at the same time we are looking forward to working with John to help create even safer communities across the county."
John joined NFRS in 1996 as a firefighter, worked his way through the ranks and has been Deputy Chief Fire Officer since May 2012. John said: "I'm really proud to have started here and now reached the most senior position.
"My aim is to continue the fantastic work we are already doing to make Nottinghamshire a safer place – and it's by working together with the community, firefighters and staff, and the Fire Authority that we'll achieve this."
Chief Fire Officer Frank Swann retires on 31 March 2014 after being NFRS' Chief since early 2007 and there will now be a handover period between Frank and John.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Horton will also retire later in 2014 and, to ensure there is a smooth transition due to two senior officers retiring at a similar time, Area Manager Craig Parkin will be acting as a temporary Assistant Chief Fire Officer with immediate effect.
Saturday 12th April
Peppa Pig @ White Post Farm
White Post Farm. Peppa and Daddy Pig will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day. 01623 882977. www.whitepostfarm.co.uk
Manor Farm Open Day 10am
Manor Farm Tea Shoppe, Bleasby. Click here to find out more.
Gosh Gallery Book Talk 6pm
Gosh Gallery, Tuxford. Talk by John Oldfield on his book: 'How to protect your bottom line from your advertising agency' Click here for more details.
Farnsfield Spring Show
Farnsfield Village Centre, New Hill, Farnsfield. Admission Free. Schedules available in local shops.
Sunday 13th April
Gardens Open for Charity
Broadlea, East Drayton & Capability Barn, Hoveringham. Adm £3.50, children free. More information at www.ngs.org.uk
The Ramblers Association Walking Programme 9am
Headon, villages of Headon, Grove and Askham. Begins at 9am and is an 8 mile walk, for further details contact 01636 814277
Lowdham Spring Show
Lowdham Village Hall. Entries need to be in between 9.30 and 11.30am. The schedule can be downloaded from: www.lowdhamhortsoc.org.uk, is available at 'Lowdham Post Office' or 'The Bookcase'. The show opens at 1pm with prize giving at 3.30pm. There will be a display of artwork by the 'Lowdham Painting for Pleasure' group as well as a display of floral art by the 'Lowdham Saint Mary's Flower Guild'. Admission is only £1.50 and refreshments will be available.
Tuesday 15th April
Southwell Gardening Club Monthly Talk 7.30pm
WI Hall, Southwell. Practical Soil Analysis. Membership £10, and £2 per meeting. Please contact 01636 816339
Wednesday 16th April
Easter Fun 10.30am
Southwell Library. Crafts and chocolate treats for kids 4-9 years old. Tel: 01636 812148.
Friday 18th April
Children's Easter Competition (18th - 21st April)
The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell. Pop in over the Easter weekend from Friday18th to Monday 21st April and enter our Easter Colouring Competition. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to be awarded for the best entries. www.heartygoodfellowpub.co.uk
Saturday 19th April (Easter Saturday)
Lions Easter Egg stall
Southwell Market. Support the Lions Easter Egg stall and perhaps win a delicious egg! A draw will also be taking place at local pubs and other venues.
April in Paris
The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell. France arrives in Southwell when Mood Indigo performs 'April in Paris'. Enjoy entertainment from this wonderful jazz band, and perhaps something to eat from the French themed menu. This is a non-ticketed event.
Easter Holiday Fun 10am
Southwell Library. Drop in and make an Easter Card for someone special. For ages 4-9 years. Free event. Tel 01636 812148.
Dads and Toddlers 10am to 12 noon
Holy Trinity Church, Southwell. A toddler group for Dads and young children. On the third Saturday of each month. For details contact Helen Lewis on 01636 815512.
Spring Workshops 11am
GOSH! Gallery, Tuxford. Explore printing, pastels and Gouachhe with Graham Laughton and Becki Pate. £30 per person. Click here for more details.
Sunday 20th April (Easter Sunday)
Easter Art Exhibition (19th - 21st)
Shelford Village Hall. The Shelford Group of Srtists annual exhibition. Between 10am and 4pm each day. Further information from John Lightbody on 01623 822703.
Easter Egg Trail (20th & 21st)
The Workhouse, Southwell. Visitors can find out about life for the inmates and claim a prize. www.eastereggtrail.co.uk
Monday 21st April (Easter Monday)
Easter Egg Trail (5th - 21st April)
The Abbey Courtyard, Rufford Country Park, NG22 9DF. Follow the clues to find the eggs hidden in the park. Find all the eggs to claim your sweet reward !! £1 per leaflet, £3 per car.
Oh No It's a Gruffalo (11th - 30th April)
Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Edwinstowe. We're helping to celebrate the Gruffalo's 15th anniversary. Join us for party celebrations and activities throughout the year. Venture into the deep dark woods from 11th April until September and you'll be able to take part in one of our Gruffalo trails. Please see website for full details: www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo
Coffee, Croissants & Children (22nd & 23rd)
The Old Theatre Deli, Southwell. A FREE talk on savings for Children/Grandchildren. Includes complimentary coffee. Tel: Martin Chapman on 07767 450097 www.MakingMoneySense.co.uk
Friday 22nd August
Southwell Music Festival 22nd - 25th Aug
Classical Cabaret 7.30pm
Old Theatre Deli. Click here for details.
Saturday 23rd August
Southwell Artist's Open Studios 23rd & 24th Aug
Throughout Southwell. Click here for details.
Norwood Golf Charity Day
Norwood Golf Club. Raising money for Air Ambulance and Nottinghamshire Hospice. Book online at: www.norwoodgolf.co.uk or via Pro Shop 01636 816626.
Bond on Byron 4.30pm
Southwell Library. Presented by Southwell Music Festival. An illustrated lecture on Byron by Geoffrey Bond OBE DL LLD FSA.
Sunday 24th August
Artisan Art Fair 24th & 25th Aug
Saracens Head Hotel, Southwell. Contact: 01636 812701. Click here for details.
A War to End All Wars 24th & 25th Aug
Papplewick Pumping Station. A 1st World War steaming event. Click here for details: www.papplewickpumpingstation.org.uk
Brackenhurst Estate. Southwell Running Club is delighted to promote the second running of this race. There will be races over 5 and 10 miles open to runners of all abilities. Click here for details.
Family Fun Day 12 noon
The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell. Our annual family fun day (now in its second year) in aid of Rainbows Childrens Hospice. You will all soon, be receiving your invite from our events page, but in the meantime we need, raffle prizes, tombola goods and an army of bakers for our cakes stall. Please get involved and support this event - last year we raised over £600 this year we are going for that GRAND!
Monday 25th August (Bank Holiday)
Family Fun Day 10am
Kelham Hall. Special guest appearance from Peppa Pig. www.kelham-hall.com
Lowdham Summer Show
Lowdham Village Hall. Click here for details.
Cricket Aid for Cancer Research
Southwell Cricket Club Top Ground. Click here for details.
Saturday 28th June
Laxton Heritage Weekend 28th & 29th June
Laxton. Click here for more information.
Mini Wimbledon 9.30am
Farnsfield Tennis Club. Come and try tennis for free! Join in with our normal sessions. Strawberries and Cream, Pimms, Cakes, Stalls. Come and join us!
Live Music in Lowdham 8pm
St Mary's Church Lowdham. Coope Boyes & Simpson perfrom in Flanders Fields. Tickets £12.50. Click here for details.
Blues in Farnsfield 9pm
Maplebeck Village Fete 2.30pm
Maplebeck. Children's Fancy dress and sports. Tombola, quiz and Morris dancers. Click here for details.
Lowdham Book Festival 20th - 29th June
Sunday 29th June
Music for a Summer Afternoon 3pm
St Peter & St Paul's Church, Upton. Free admission.
Summer Garden Party 2.30pm
Farnsfield Hall. Entertainment by The Champagne Flutes. Refreshments & glass of sparkling wine included. Tickets £10 from Diane 01623 883659
Live Music in Lowdham 8pm
Lowdham Village Hall. Warthog World of Music. Tickets £24. Click here for details.
Friday 4th July
A Weekend of Real Ale and Live Music 4th, 5th & 6th July
Across two great Southwell pubs The Old Coach House and The Hearty Good Fellow. 30 Real Ales and Music from Three Minute Heist - coach fri 5pm, Fabain Moore HG Fri 8pm, The Bouviers HG sat 5pm, North Road Coach Sat 8.30pm, Andre Halls, Jazz HG sunday 1pm and Open Mic Eternal Youth Group Coach 6pm- Free entry, donations to Red Cross welcome.
Saturday 5th July
Summer Fair 2pm
Holy Trinity Infant School, Southwell. With a Victorian Seaside theme.
Averham Church Bells Tower Open Day 9.30am
Averham Church. Tours of the tower. Light refreshments available
Upton Village Summer Fete 2pm
The grounds of the British Horological Institute in Upton. There will be a bungee run this year as well as all the summer regulars - pimms, icecream, welly wanging, tombola, sports day races, a brass band and Homemade cakes!
Charity Casino Night 8pm
Lowdham Village Hall. Tickets £29.95, contact Ellice on 07891149387.
Sunday 6th July
Music in the Great Hall 7.30pm
Southwell Minster. 'A Night at the Opera' featuring arias by Andrew Ashwin. Click here for details.