The amount of plastic waste generated annually in the UK is estimated to be nearly 5 million tonnes and we are becoming increasingly aware of the damage this has on our environment.

Southwell Garden Club is delighted to announce that the guest lecturer for 2018 will be Charles Dowding.

One of America's most successful singer-songwriters, Gretchen Peters, will be one of the headline acts at this year's Gate To Southwell Festival this June (7th to 11th).

After the huge success of The Nottingham Cook Book, Meze Publishing are thrilled to announce that they have launched second helpings!

Flower Pod, part of Reach Learning Disability are very excited to announce that Christine Walkden will be hosting a lecture at NTU in March, in aid of Flower Pod. Christine is well known for her helpful (and sometimes outspoken) guidance on Gardeners' Question Time, for a wide range of TV programmes (e.g. Christine's Garden, Gardens from the Air) and for her frequent contributions to The One Show.

Every summer, Chernobyl Children's Lifeline helps different children from Belarus who live in the area that suffered from the nuclear disaster. The charity provides a respite from the continued strain of living in that environment. This year, the children will be visiting the local area from Saturday 28th July, returning home on Saturday 18th August.

In what was a fantastic end to a successful year, Reach raised an amazing £27,120 for their Big Give Christmas Challenge appeal, Not Lonely this Christmas!

Following on from their award winning production of Billy Elliot last year, over 70 students and staff from the Minster School have been working incredibly hard since September to prepare for their school production of Into The Woods, under the direction of Mrs Chapman.

When Julie Squires started volunteering at Flower Pod a year ago, little did she think that she would be designing new products for them to sell! But Julie has come up with the idea of a gardener's gift trug, containing items made or grown in Flower Pod's garden. The proceeds will go to Flower Pod and help fund Reach Learning Disability's work with adults with learning disabilities across Nottinghamshire.

The fifth Late Night Christmas Shopping Evening in Southwell seemed busier than ever this year. Despite the cold and occasional snow flurry the streets were filled with people enjoying the mixture of the town's wonderful independent shops and festive music and entertainment.

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.