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.

The Ven. Nicola Sullivan will be installed as the first woman to be Dean of Southwell in Southwell Minster on Saturday 17th September at 3pm.

Rain did not stop play for the Palace Theatre as the cast of this year's pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk rolled into town for the first time.

This year's Southwell Ploughing Match & Show will be held on Saturday 24th September at Farnsfield, providing a fantastic day out for all ages.

Chiefs at the National Civil War Centre in Newark are looking to recruit more volunteers to work at the rapidly expanding attraction.

Southwell Cricket Club is holding its annual Charity day in support of local charities REACH and Beaumond House at Brackenhurst on August Bank Holiday Monday 29th August.

Southwell Artists are delighted to be joining the Southwell Music Festival again. This year the Southwell Artists' Open Studios will be taking place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August, 10am-5pm daily.

Could you give a home to a Guide Dog in training?  This is the final stage of training prior to being matched with their visually impaired owner so the dog will be aged around 18 months. The dog will already have spent a year with a puppy walker and 16 weeks at training school.

The enchanting knitted garden will return to the Framework Knitters Museum this summer, and is set to be bigger, better and even more unusual than before. Launching as part of the new Ruddington Charity Open Gardens event on 25 and 26 June, the knitted garden will then be available to explore all summer.

Southwell Library Poetry Festival is back for its 9th year. This year is particularly exciting, as it's our first poetry festival as part of Inspire, the new community benefit society delivering culture, learning and library services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Southwell is now within touching distance of securing an impressive play park for toddlers and primary school children.

The tenth anniversary Gate To Southwell Festival in rural Nottinghamshire starts this Thursday (9th June) and runs through to Sunday (12th June). To celebrate this great East Midlands acoustic and roots music occasion, plenty of talented young local artists will be given the opportunity to shine alongside international stars.

There is good news for one cat following last month's appeal for a home: after a year of waiting, Frankie has at last moved in! Could two other long-term cats be moving soon?

We will once again be celebrating all things literary at Lowdham Book Festival from 17th to 25th June.

To celebrate Disney On Ice presents Silver Anniversary Celebration coming to Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) and Rob Langley (Nottingham Rugby) attended a magical evening at the Nottingham venue last night.

THE feature display at this year's 16th Wonderland International Classic & Sports Car Festival is "Automotive Beauty v Beast".

The Bramley has teamed up with Thoresby Riding Hall to offer readers the chance to WIN a family ticket to see Oddsocks perform Macbeth on Sunday 12th June at 3pm on Thoresby Lawns.

Staff and residents took part in a sponsored pyjama day at the Southwell Court Care Home in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and raised £250.

With 28 musical events in five days and a host of wonderful exhibitions, including the excellent Southwell Artists Open Studios, there is only one place to spend August Bank Holiday – in Southwell enjoying our own top quality classical music festival.

Details have been revealed of thrilling events to mark the 370th anniversary of the dramatic fall of Newark, during the British Civil Wars. The capitulation on 8th May 1646 on the orders of the ill-fated King Charles I brought to a close the first phase of the brutal conflict between Crown and Parliament.

Southwell First responders would like to thank Southwell Lions on behalf of the local community for their kind donation of a defibrillator that has been installed outside the main entrance of The Minster School.