The Bookcase, organisers of Lowdham Festival, has lots of plans for the year with a busy programme taking shape which they hope you will enjoy.

The first exciting piece of news is that film is coming back to Lowdham! In partnership with Lowdham Village Hall, Film Friday is being launched, a monthly film night beginning on 23rd January with two special Sing-Along screenings of the hugely popular Disney film, Frozen at 4.30pm AND 7.30pm at LOWDHAM VILLAGE HALL. Come along, meet the characters and join in with the singing (words provided!). There will be a bookstall plus refreshments, including ice cream, popcorn, home made cakes, hot and cold drinks, and a licensed bar at the evening screening.

Local resident and climber, Stewart Millar from Southwell recently braved the inclement weather in Nepal to reach Everest Base Camp, raising funds for the Helumbu Schools Project and the Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team in Scotland.

The expedition team set out from Kathmandu flying into the notorious Lukla airport before making the climb to Everest. The team experienced the tail end of the storm that killed many people in Annapurna and had to retreat from their attempt to climb Goyko Ri and the Cho La pass at over 17,000 feet due to blizzard conditions.

The 15th and final annual Charity Dressage Competition in aid of Spinal Research is being held on Sunday 1st March at Arena UK near Grantham.

This popular event began in 2000 when organisers Phil and Chris Newton became aware of a paralysed man who completed a parachute jump to raise awareness and money for Spinal Research. This one fact stopped them both in their tracks, and motivated by the many years of enjoyment they have had from being involved with horses, but at the same time knowing that serious injuries can result from equestrian sport, they thought they should try to put something back to help those who had not fared as well as they had.

Nottingham Trent University is launching a brand new series of events for the region's food and drinks manufacturing community. Inspired by the University's highly successful Distinguished Lecture Series, these evening events will feature inspirational and informative talks from food industry experts. The events will also include a tasting marketplace where local producers will have the opportunity to showcase their products to peers, suppliers and local consumers.

Bringing music (almost) right to your doorstep! A rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Steve Knightley the singer/songwriter who, as one half of the folk duo 'Show of Hands', has packed the Royal Albert Hall four times.

Jonathan Curtis is a drummer and session musician who lived in Southwell for over 20 years, attending both Lowe's Wong and Southwell Minster schools. Now he is releasing his debut album Carousel with the Jonathan Curtis Eclectic Band.

The ninth series of the BBC programme 'Don't Tell the Bride' is currently being produced and they are looking to feature a couple from the Southwell / Newark-on-Trent area in the next series. The premise of the show - A groom is given £12,000 and three weeks to plan an entire wedding; from venue to cake to wedding dress. The catch – the Bride isn't allowed any involvement. To apply email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Were you flooded in July 2013?  You can claim up to £5K through a government grant to make your home more flood resilient and resistant. There will be an Information and Help day held on Saturday 17th January, 10am to 4pm at The Admiral Rodney.

Opening in January 2015: Dyslexia Action Outpost at Southwell Library on Tuesday afternoons. If you or your child struggle with any areas of Literacy or Numeracy and would like specialist help, please contact our Nottingham Learning Centre for more details and/or a free consultation.

A young black cat rescued by a local animal charity is promoting the rewards of adopting overlooked but fantastic felines ... and for good reason as it is commonly known that there are more black cats needing homes than any other colour.

Calling all artists - Submissions to The Harley Open Exhibition accepted 12th - 18th January 2015.

FILM-MAKERS have taken to the air to capture footage promoting a new 'digital age' history trail around Newark which is centred on the 17th Century English Civil War.

Are you interested in local archaeology? Would you like to know more about Southwell's Roman past? Or would you fancy being involved yourself? Well, here is your chance!

Congratulations to local hardware and DIY store, The Handicentre for winning this year's Customer Service Award at the Newark Business Awards.

Friends of Southwell Parks (FOSP) has been set up by a group of local parents to raise funds to improve Southwell's recreational areas.

A Bag Pack and Raffle held at Southwell Co-op raised £1,200 for Group funds.

For the past two years, The Woodman has collected and recycled christmas trees around Ravenshead and surrounding villages. The christmas trees are made into garden chippings and donated to local allotments, homes and community projects.

Do you think your team is the brightest in Southwell? If so, you may have a chance to prove it!

The float routes have been chosen to avoid any clashes with the school Christmas events and give all the opportunity to see Santa as close to Christmas as possible.
We have made some minor changes again to the routes to try to cover the area more effectively but some nights can be busier than others, so please bear with us if the timings are not spot on.

Nottingham County Council's Planning and Licensing Committee has approved the application to build an Incinerator on the former colliery site in Bilsthorpe.

We are delighted that the Chancellor has confirmed in his Autumn Statement that Southwell will be receiving Grant in Aid funding which, together with the Environment Agency funding covers about 54% of the total costs of mitigation to reduce our flood risk.