On the morning of Sunday 26th February the Friends of Southwell Park (FoSP) held their Willow Planting Workshop on the brand new Squires Park in Southwell.

Reach Off Road is back- this year on 7th May in Southwell. Well known for its fun atmosphere and delicious array of cakes and cookies, Reach Off Road is a fully marshalled off road bike ride offering 5, 10, 20 and 37 mile route options. Enter individually, as part of a team or with family.

There's a fantastic line-up of artists booked for this summer's Gate To Southwell Festival which promises four days (8th to 11th June) of fantastic live music!

The Photography Show is the destination for all image creators, returning to the NEC Birmingham from 18th to 21st March with another jam-packed line-up of speakers and seminars, and the opportunity to try and buy the latest kit from leading photography and video brands.

The award winning Lowdham Pantomime Group will soon be performing their latest production, 'Treasure Island'. The show based on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson features all the usual characters, Tess and Squire Trelawney, Jim Hawkins and Billy Bones, Blind Pew, Ben Gunn and the evil baddie Long John Silver, boooo!

As a result of poor broadband speeds and not being included in the Rural Broadband Rollout by BT the residents of Fiskerton and Morton villages have taken it upon themselves to develop, build and manage their own Superfast internet.

On Saturday 29th July until Saturday 19th August this year Belarussian children will hopefully be coming to our area. They all live in the area of Belarus that was and still is affected by the fall out of the Chernobyl disaster. They will be coming here for some fresh air and decent food.

A consultation exercise is under way to ask the residents of Newark and Sherwood their views on a review of sites allocated for housing and employment in the district.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A list of the winners for the Nottinghamshire Federation WIs Bramley Apple Festival Class Title Winners

You might recognise local chef and entrepreneur Ed Halls from the Clock House Cafe in Upton. He has many years’ experience in the catering industry and has worked in Michelin starred restaurants as well as being a private chef and proud owner of two award winning eateries. This month he has launched an exciting new venture, Griddle & Shake.

Meet Santa travelling in his sleigh this Christmas! The Lions will be helping Santa travel around Southwell and the surrounding villages starting on Monday 12th December in Farnsfield. There are some changes to the route this year and there will be 2½ nights in Farnsfield. Santa aims to start at around 6pm and finish at 9pm, but due to the many children he sees, all timings are approximate. Please bear with him if he is not quite on schedule. The Lions sincerely hope that Santa and his helpers will see as many local children and adults as possible.

Southwell is about to see the opening of a wonderful new play park because of the vision and dedication of a small group of local parents. In just over eighteen months, Friends of Southwell Parks (FoSP) has worked with children and schools to design the park, raise funds within the community and engage prominent businesses for sponsorship. They have successfully applied for grant funding and over the past two months have turned their hand to project managing the installation of the park. This is quite an achievement considering all the volunteers are fitting in efforts between work and looking after small children.

British folk heroine Kate Rusby and former Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden are among the first headline acts announced to appear at the Gate To Southwell Festival next June, and reduced price tickets are now available.

Animal enthusiasts across the nation will return for the latest installment of the National Pet Show, taking place on the 5th & 6th November 2016 at Birmingham's NEC - and you could be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets!

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

WITH the original Bramley apple tree, planted more than 200 years ago, attracting recent media attention, Southwell's popular Bramley Apple Festival has increased significance this year.