Plans to transform Southwell's flood defences as part of a £5m Flood Alleviation Scheme is gaining momentum.

Adults with learning disabilities, staff and volunteers at Reach Southwell and Flower Pod are busy getting ready for their Big Give Christmas Challenge Week from 27th November to 4th December when donations to the charity will be worth double.

The Southwell Traders look forward to welcoming customers old and new to their annual Christmas Late Night Shopping Evening on Thursday 29th November, 4.45pm to 8pm.

Santa will be busy again this year with his many helpers. Due to new housing developments in both Southwell and Farnsfield, the routes have been changed a little, and we hope that we are able to cover all the streets listed by our shut off time of 9pm. Due to the many children we see, all timings are approximate, so please bear with us if we are not quite on schedule.

One hundred years since the guns of World War I fell silent, Southwell Minster commemorates all those who lost their lives, including over 100 men from Southwell. The Cathedral also pauses to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War II and all wars since: We will remember them.

Reach Learning Disability is asking people to 'Save the Date' for their 2018 Christmas Appeal. Between 27th November and 4th December, the local charity is again participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge - a national online matched giving campaign enabling every £1 donated by the public to be matched by another £1. So a donation of £10 becomes £20!

After 42 years Southwell Preschool will sadly be closing its doors on the 26th October. We made this very hard decision because of diminishing numbers over the last year, this being due to losing a large part of our cohort at Easter and July this year.

Have you ever wondered which Council does what in Southwell?

After the relative summer calm, the Southwell Lions are now back in action planning events for the next few months. The Macmillan coffee morning, where we supported the Rotary club, was again a success. Thanks to all of you who had a go on our Human Fruit Machine or tombola to raise a record amount.

This year marks the centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War. Local groups will be commemorating this with various local events and initiatives.

This year's Bramley Apple Festival on Saturday 20th October is very special as it celebrates the 25th anniversary of the event, which was set up to celebrate the town's unique connection with the nation's favourite cooking apple.

Hockerton Housing Project is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion it iwelcomed the Chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Councillor Keith Walker to unveil a plaque commemorating the legacy of the three parties behind their ground-breaking housing development.

It is back! Alehouse Rock 2018 - Charity Music Festival will be running over the weekend of the 12th-14th October! Taking place across three venues: The Hearty Goodfellow, The Old Coach House Southwell, and The Bramley Apple.

Now in its fifth year, the National Pet Show comes back to Birmingham's NEC on 3rd and 4th November bigger and better than ever.

As the Centenary of the First World War draws to a close we continue to reflect on our many War Memorials and of the stories each tell.

The Southwell Ploughing Match & Show will be held on Saturday 29th September at Little Carlton, NG23 6BX.

Hockerton Housing Project is celebrating 20 years since the first residents moved into the project back in those cool days of 1998. Not only have the houses worked but we have gone on to help other people design their own energy efficient homes all over the country.

Southwell will be welcoming the Tour of Britain on Saturday 8th September. Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome will be joining the elite cyclists as they weave their way around Southwell's historic streets. As part of the event we hope that residents will decorate their homes with yellow bikes and bunting. Last year the town looked amazing and we are hoping that this year it will be even better!

On Saturday 8th September come and do the Heritage Hop! Drop in to different venues around the town as part of the Heritage Open Day events for Southwell.

Once again Southwell Artists are delighted to open their houses and studios to show their work. This group of professional artists, resident in Southwell, have shown their work to the public biennially since 2004. This year visitors can see work by 16 artists, including five guest artists, on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October, 11am to 5pm daily.

Students at the Southwell Minster school have joined forces with local businessman Andy Scothern to spread an important environmental message.