The BBC Good Food Show Birmingham returns to the NEC this winter from Thursday 30th November to Sunday 3rd December.

Christmas will soon be upon us and Beaumond House Community Hospice is excited about its upcoming festive fundraising events.

This December, local charity Reach is tackling the issue of loneliness facing people with learning disabilities through its Big Give Christmas Challenge campaign, 'Not Lonely this Christmas'.

Santa will be busy again this year with his many helpers! We have made some minor changes this year to take into account the new housing developments in Southwell and the villages. We aim to start at around 6.00 pm and finish at 9.00 pm, but due to the many children we see, all timings are approximate. Please bear with us if we are not quite on schedule.

Proven by researchers to be a hugely beneficial activity, singing in a choir is something that anyone can do, regardless of age, and choristers have been doing it for centuries! Cathedral choristers are trained to read music, given individual singing and instrumental lessons, and grow in confidence - musically and intellectually - as they work through the ranks of the choir. Choristers regularly sing live on national radio, record CDs, and perform to thousands over the Christmas and Easter periods.

The fame of Southwell's Bramley Apple Festival has spread worldwide. When this year's Festival takes place on Saturday 21st October guests of honour include authors from Japan, where the Bramley has its own fan club, and the USA.

Students past and present attended the annual Prizegiving ceremony at the Minster School in Southwell last month.

Beaumond House Community Hospice is asking you to Be Bright Blue during Hospice Care Week from 9th to 15th October to raise funds for necessary equipment.

** It is with great regret, that following a Health & Safety meeting held on the show site at midday, the 2017 Ploughing Match and show has been cancelled, due to factors beyond our control. The decision has had to be made despite the show field being fully prepared but the car parking has been deemed unfit. Please do not email the office, all refunds will be made but please allow us a few weeks to process.**

Plans are underway for this year's Bramley Festival taking place on Saturday 21st October.

The increasing popularity of the Southwell Music Festival, which took place over the August bank holiday weekend, is music to the ears of festival organisers.

In January the Derek Bailey Foundation was in the process of organising the logistics of building three new classrooms onto the school in Nyofelleh in The Gambia that we have built in the last 25 years. This gives basic primary education to almost 700 pupils who are taught in two halves, 350 in the morning and 350 in the afternoon.

Are you interested in a part time fast paced job where each day is varied and different, with new challenges? Do you want to make a difference to a family owned, growing business, supporting the Management team with a variety of tasks, including HR and staff training?

The National Civil War Centre has launched Ingenious Inventions, its programme of summer holiday activities. Local dignitaries and officials, family bloggers and a gaggle of excited children attended the Centre for the spectacular launch and a sneak peak at the many craft activities on offer.

The first Lions Club was founded in Chicago in 1917, and Southwell and District Lions are proud to be part of the worldwide organisation. Our global network of 46,000 clubs, with 1.4 million people in more than 200 countries, continues to serve our communities in our centenary year. A lasting legacy from the early years of Lions is the white canes for the visually impaired which are still recognised today.

Preparations to receive the Tour of Britain cycling race on Wednesday 6th September are now well underway, following the launch of Stage 4 at Southwell Minster on the 20th June.

Lowe's Wong Junior School recently held an afternoon tea party to celebrate 50 years of the school.

Southwell Library Poetry Festival has been a favourite in the county's literary calendar since it took up residence in the library in 1997. Over the years, audiences have had the chance to enjoy an amazing array of quality poetry from names including Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Lemn Sissay and Daljit Nagra.

BBC Gardeners' World Live and BBC Good Food Show return together from 15th to 18th June, with what promises to be the best show yet. For over 20 years these Shows have taken up residency at Birmingham's NEC and have entertained over two million visitors in this time.

Following a flurry of activity, where local residents and businesses in Southwell decorated their gates and gateways in the most colourful and imaginative way, the winners of the gate to Southwell Festival's 'Best Dressed Gates' competition have been announced.

The steady introduction of super-fast broadband into Morton & Fiskerton has been gathering momentum over recent months with some 100 connected subscribers, all enjoying superior internet speeds at a cost easily comparable with the longer established suppliers.