October saw the start of the annual Bookmark competition run by the Bramley Pips Nursery in collaboration with Bookwise, highlighting the importance of reading to children from an early age.

It's said that 'Black cats are lucky' – but not so for many who find themselves unwanted, waiting longer for homes than lighter-coloured cats – like Billy; waiting a year for someone to 'magic' up a home for him.

For current local vacancies please see below.  

Southwell's Bramley Apple Festival goes from strength to strength with this year's events taking place around the town on Saturday 24th October.

Following the public meeting on 17th September, at Southwell Minster School, which over 200 people attended, Nottinghamshire County Council has arranged two drop-in events for people who were unable to come to the meeting, or who want to ask questions, raise concerns or offer mitigation suggestions.

On Saturday 17th October Kelham Hall will once again play host to a remarkable vintage occasion. If you enjoy scouring vintage stalls, tapping your feet to the beats of yesteryear, learning how to impress on the dance floor – vintage styley of course, getting crafty at vintage inspired workshops and of course indulging yourself at the vintage tearoom with scones and tea a plenty, then make sure you put this date in your diary!

Would you like to strum your 'Air Guitar whilst eating Mcbusted's Danny Jones Baked Protein Banana Bread? Or encourage your co-workers to have a nibble on ITVB's The Only Way is Essex Hunk's Mario Falcone's Italian Hazelnut Biscotti'? Try a slice of a 'Geordie' favourite Stottie Cake curtesy of MTV star Charlotte Crosby and her nan? Or let loose with the girls and enjoy an 'Easy Nutty Brownie' a delicious treat loved by actress and original ITV1 Loose Woman Denise Welch?

Taking home tins of paint without spending pots of money – or any money at all – is in prospect for Nottinghamshire residents at Newark Waste Recycling Centre on Brunel Drive as the centre trials extended opening hours on the last of this summer's Community RePaint sessions.

The Bramley has teamed up with Thoresby Riding Hall to offer readers the chance to WIN two free tickets to an evening of stand-up comedy on Thursday 15th October at 7.30pm.

Every October, Southwell holds The Bramley Festival to celebrate the origins of the Bramley Apple in Southwell. This year the date of the festival is Saturday 24th October.
As part of the Notts Federation Women's Institute Apple Day Competition, the search is on for The Young Bramley Chef of the Year. The competition comprises two age categories: (Juniors) 9-12 years; and (Secondary School) 13 to 18 years.

Bestselling author and bookshop devotee James Patterson has announced 69 successful independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland to be allocated a share of £110,000 in grants, following his latest pledge in April 2015 to donate £250,000 over the next year.

The Southwell Ploughing Match & Show for this year will be held on Saturday 26th September at the Oxton Estate, Oxton, NG25 0RJ.

The Palace Theatre's winter brochure has been released as builders start work on the recently announced integration of the theatre with the National Civil War Centre. Phase 1 of the work will be completed in October, at which point the theatre's winter season will begin. Season highlights include Hooked On Hits: Dr Hook (22nd October), How The Koala Learnt to Hug (31st October), Lady Boys of Bangkok (4th November) and Ballet UK's Snow Queen (5th November).

This month Fiona Thornewill MBE is celebrating her 50th year by attempting to make the 100th ascent of the nose of El Capitan, the hardest and tallest rock face in North America, together with famed American climber Hans Florine, the current world speed record holder.

The Workhouse at Southwell is well known as the most complete example of its kind. Currently presented as it would have been in 1840s, the National Trust property is now seeking information about the later stages of its development.

PREPARATORY work on a £1.5million project to connect the new National Civil War Centre, Newark's Palace Theatre and the town's Tourist Information Centre has now begun.

We have five pairs of tickets to give away to this year's Festival of Food and Drink, held at Clumber Park on 19th and 20th September. Masterchef judge John Torode and Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Chetna Makan are just two of the TV chefs lined-up for this great event.

Reprobates, rebels, and rogues - this is the civil war warts and all!

The National Civil War Centre is urging metal detectorists to play an even bigger role in protecting the region's priceless heritage.

Nottingham Forest FC ambassador and former captain John McGovern is pictured using the new eBay Drop-Off service at his local Argos store. To celebrate the launch of this new service, John is dropping off a pair of signed football Boots worn by Danny Fox and a pair of Michail Antonio's match worn shorts which were auctioned by eBay to raise money for local charity Forever Stars.

Advanex Europe recently hosted its annual global conference at its European Headquarters in Southwell. Leaders from across the globe visited Southwell to share and discuss the growth plans for the year ahead.