Recovering stroke patients in the Newark area can benefit from a 12-week course combining gentle exercise and information starting at The Grove Leisure Centre in Balderton on Thursday 6th March.

Starting on Monday 24th February, World War One at Home in the East Midlands begins broadcasting the first of 100 stories on BBC Radio Nottingham and at www.bbc.co.uk/ww1

World War One At Home, a UK-wide project, will broadcast over a thousand powerful stories throughout 2014 and 2015 - all linked to specific places across the country - in a way never told before.

This unique broadcasting event will uncover surprising stories about familiar neighbourhoods where the wounded were treated, crucial front line supplies were made, major scientific developments happened, prisoners of war were held and where heroes are buried.

To help unearth and bring these original wartime accounts to life, IWM (Imperial War Museums) is working together with the BBC in a partnership that will span the World War One Centenary. World War One At Home is also working with academics from universities across Britain who have been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Based in Swindon, the AHRC funds research in the arts and humanities and helps share the findings with the wider public.

In the East Midlands, BBC Radio Nottingham, BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Radio Derby will broadcast a World War One At Home story at 8.15am each weekday morning, and at various times throughout the day from Monday 24th February to Friday 28th February. More World War One At Home stories will be broadcast in April and through the rest of the year.

BBC East Midlands Today will also broadcast a World War One At Home story each weekday from 24 – 28 February at 6.30pm on BBC One.

BBC Radio Nottingham and BBC Inside Out East Midlands tell the story of Albert Ball, a World War One Flying Ace from Nottingham and the first pilot of the Royal Flying Corps to receive the Victoria Cross - awarded posthumously. Albert is credited with shooting down 43 German planes in only 15 months. He died on 7th May 1917, aged 20, reputedly shot down by Lothar von Richthofen, the brother of the infamous German Flying Ace, the Red Baron. However, new documentary evidence and expert opinion suggests it is more likely Ball's death could well have been down to a combination of fatigue and mechanical failure. He was last seen coming upside down out of a cloud with no engine running. Albert Ball is also significant because he became one of the first to have his name and actions thrust into the media spotlight at a time when 'celebrity' was a new concept. A hero at home was needed and Albert became that hero...much to his own discomfort.

Stuart Thomas, Head of Regional & Local Programming for the East Midlands, said: "I've been fascinated to hear the incredible World War 1 stories that originate in the East Midlands - many that have never been told before. From stories about famous firms and the impact they had on the war - to individuals who did extraordinary things in our villages, towns and cities. Bringing these stories to life online, on radio and on television is very exciting, and I look forward to seeing all 100 from the East Midlands at http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww1 "

The 1400 stories from World War One at Home are being broadcast in phases; the second phase will begin in Spring 2014.

Listen to BBC Radio Nottingham on 103.8 & 95.5FM, DAB Digital Radio and online via the BBC iPlayer

Browse hundreds of stories online at www.bbc.co.uk/ww1 from 24 February. #WW1AtHome

With the new year there comes a new series of public walks around Laxton. These offer a great opportunity to learn more about the unique farming system.

  

On Saturday 1st March Gosh Gallery will open its doors to the public, bringing with it a whole host of exciting events.

Located 20 minutes drive from Southwell in Tuxford and run by Rebekah Hunter, Gosh is a contemporary art gallery with a focus on 'Affordable Art for all'.

With gallery space to display work from local, regional and national artists current exhibitors include Al Heighton, Becky Pate, John Oldfield, Graham Laughton, Daniel Hardacre, Linda Boughton, Nick Deakin, Anthony Zinonos, Rebekah Hunter and Bea Kadlicsco.

There is also a Children's Art Corner to keep them occupied whilst you view the works on show.

Another feature of the gallery will be regular creative workshops run by established artists. Participants will be able to learn more about the work they do and pick up tips, techniques and knowledge.

First up is Graham Laughton on Saturday 8th March with a Drawing Workshop Taster Day – Come and enjoy a fabulous day of drawing, learning some new skills along the way. Taking place 10am-3pm (1 hour lunch break), priced £40 including materials.

An exciting range of print workshops starts on Saturday 15th March, which aim to include mono printing, open and paper stencil screenprinting and lino printing.

"Our printmaking tutor is a qualified lecturer and practising artist. We aim to give you plenty of inspiration, new ideas and a number of fabulous prints to take home at the end of the session, all you need to bring is your enthusiasm!" explained Rebekah.

For the more experienced printmakers bespoke and in depth print courses are also available.

Studio space is also available for small creative businesses to set up as their place of work, taking advantage of the creative environment that surrounds them. 

Please join Rebekah on Saturday 1st March 12noon - 6pm to find out about all that Gosh has to offer– there will be refreshments, a taster drawing session (2-3pm) and Cool NAIL Art where you can get your favourite art on your nails!

www.goshgallery.com

Nottinghamshire's 'Not for Profit' Family Charity music festival Deerstock, taking place from 25th to 27th July 2014, will this year move to a new site near Newton.

Having raised £5,000 for the last two years, the aim of the event is primarily to raise funds for good causes but also to give families a chance to experience a 'proper' music festival in a field with camping and the chance to meet other families and festival goers in a small safe environment.

Charities to be supported will be Notts & Lincs Air Ambulance, The Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund and Teenage Cancer Trust.

The line up for the event includes: This Wicked Tongue, Stuck in 2nd, Leo and the Seraphim, Doggen 'All Star' Band, Rev Hammer, The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican, The Bedroom Hour, Ferocious Dog, Def Digby, Lauren Faith and many more!

There will be two stages and a 'Stage in the Glade' for casual buskers and singers.

Tickets cost: Early Bird £35 (Full price £40) Adult; Early Bird £25 (Full price £35) Under 18; Children Under 11 free with an accompanying adult. All tickets for the weekend include three nights camping. This event has sold out for the last two years, no tickets will be held back for sale on the day if it is a sell out.

To purchase tickets go to: www.eventbrite.co.uk

50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The Palace Theatre, Newark, Thursday 20th February 2014. BOX OFFICE - 01636 650000

Has it really been 50 years since the most successful Folk/Rock Duo of all time recorded their first no1 hit single 'The Sound of Silence'?

'The Simon and Garfunkel Story' is currently the biggest and the most successful No 1 touring theatre show celebrating the lives and career of Folk/Rock sensation Simon and Garfunkel.

Featuring West End, award-winning leading man DEAN ELLIOTT (Buddy Holly in 'Buddy - The Musical') and a full cast of talented actor- musicians, 'The Simon and Garfunkel Story' takes you back through the 'Groovy' times of the 1960s. It tells the story of both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel from their humble beginnings as Rock n Roll duo 'Tom and Jerry', right through their massive success, dramatic break-up and finishing with a stunning recreation of the 1981 Central Park reformation concert.

Using a huge projection screen, the show features both original photos and film footage whilst a full live band perform all their hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound', 'Sound of Silence' and many more!

If you're a fan of beautiful music then this is an evening not to be missed!

"FANTASTIC" - BBC Radio 2

"AN EXCEPTIONAL PIECE OF THEATRE" - Choice Radio

www.thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com

London, February 10, 2014 – One aspiring young actor will have the opportunity to portray one of the most iconic characters ever created, in an all-new big screen adventure based on J.M. Barrie's beloved character Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up. Warner Bros. Pictures and the filmmakers behind the upcoming feature film "Pan" are hosting an open casting call on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Wembley Arena, for the title role in director Joe Wright's live-action adventure.

Boys of all ethnicities, aged 11 to 13, are invited to audition for the role, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Select details and participation restrictions follow, including information for prospective actors outside the UK.

What: Director Joe Wright's new live-action feature "Pan" is searching for the starring role of Peter

Where: Wembley Arena, London, HA9 0AA

When: Sunday 23rd February 2014

The Queue will be open at 9:00am and close promptly at 11.00am. No one will be permitted to join the queue after 11:00am. Casting will be begin at 10:00am. There are no facilities for overnight queuing and camping is strictly prohibited.

PARTICIPATION RESTRICTIONS

v Open to BOYS ONLY

v Open to all ethnicities

v Age range: 11 – 13 years

v Height limit: MAXIMUM 5ft 4inches

v ALL AUDITIONEES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ONE PARENT, LEGAL GUARDIAN OR LICENCED CHAPERONE OVER THE AGE OF 18 and such individual may be required by us to provide proof of the same prior to admittance - ADDITIONAL GUESTS CANNOT BE ADMITTED INTO THE VENUE

v UNACCOMPANIED MINORS WILL NOT BE AUDITIONED.

v All auditionees must be available for the production period in London from April through early Autumn 2014.

v PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL FROM ABROAD TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. Please go to the casting office's dedicated website www.panmoviecasting.com for more details*. The casting office will view online auditions with equal attention.

v Travel expenses will not be covered.

The role of Peter is described as a courageous and adventurous orphaned boy living in a world of fantasy and dreams, which sometimes leads him into trouble. The young actor cast in the role will join a cast that already includes Academy Award® nominee Hugh Jackman ("Les Misérables") as villainous Blackbeard. The all-new tale will be directed by Joe Wright ("Atonement," "Pride & Prejudice") from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti and Paul Webster are the film's producers.

"Pan" is set for a worldwide release beginning July 17, 2015 from Warner Bros. Pictures.

Warthog Promotions has much to anticipate in the months ahead.

Palace Theatre Newark, Saturday 15th March, 8.00pm

On 8 September 1972 a record that would inspire future generations was released by the one of the most flamboyant and charismatic bands of the original glam rock era. Marc Bolan and T.Rex stormed the charts with one of his most memorable and distinctive songs of that decade – Children of the Revolution.

40 years on the song has become iconic and legendary, along with Bolan's other best selling anthems of that year that included, Metal Guru and Telegram Sam.

T*Rextasy are the only band to have been authorised and endorsed by Marc Bolan's Catalogue Management and are officially recognised as the worlds' No. 1 group dedicated to the greatest glam rocker of them all, Marc Bolan of T.Rex.

With their uncanny doppelganger lead singer and lead guitarist, Danielz, T*Rextasy perform a powerful and mesmerising presentation of Mark Bolan's rock and pop anthems. T*Rextasy have now been performing around the world for 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc's very own T.Rex.

The band has been described by many as "beyond the boundaries of tribute" and are respected in their own right. Truly a rock'n'roll concert for all ages If you would like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you!

I Love to Boogie with T*REXTASY, Palace Theatre Newark
Saturday 15th March, 8.00pm
Tickets: £20.00
01636 655755
www.trextasy.com

YOUNG golfers in Nottinghamshire can tee up this summer like the pros – with a new tour all of their own.

The 2014 Rookie Tour will be launched across the county to continue the drive to encourage more youngsters into the sport and give them a platform to develop their skills.

A team from the Nottinghamshire Golf Union, the county Ladies Association, the Notts PGA and the Nottinghamshire County Golf Partnership have been working hard to improve the competitive offering for juniors.

Now they have come together – under the banner of Nottinghamshire Golf – to deliver a programme of events that will reach every level of young golfers.

The Rookie Tour will complement the long-standing and successful Nippers Tour, which caters for juniors under the age of 12 on January 1, 2014, while the new season will also see the launch of a Junior Order of Merit for Nottinghamshire.

The number of events for the players, who do not need a golf handicap, on the Nippers Tour has been extended to seven and entry is just £15 for the nine-hole competitions.

The 2014 season will see the introduction of the Rookie Tour aimed at juniors aged 12-17 who do not have a handicap or have a CONGU handicap above 28 (boys) or 36 (girls). Three nine-hole competitions will be staged.

The Junior Order of Merit will be based on six junior open events and is open to under-18s with an official CONGU handicap.

Players will count their three best finishes from the six events with four categories – boys gross, boys nett, girls gross and girls nett.

Lauren Spray, Get into Golf Officer for the Nottinghamshire County Golf Partnership, explains the thinking behind the new Order of Merit: "We want to provide a platform for young golfers to develop their competitive skills across a variety of courses by encouraging them to support junior open events. "This will also give us the opportunity identify talented golfers and measure performance."

Further details of the revamped junior structure for Nottinghamshire can be found at www.nottinghamshiregolfpartnership.co.uk

Nipper Tour dates
Wednesday, April 16 at Edwalton Golf Centre
Thursday, May 29 at Kilton Forest
Thursday, July 24 at Southwell
Wednesday, July 30 at Nottingham City
Thursday, August 7 at Rufford Park
Thursday, August 14 at Norwood Park
Thursday, August 21 at Trent Lock
Rookie Tour dates
Friday, May 30 at Norwood Park Golf Centre
Friday, July 25 at The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club
Wednesday, August 20 at Stanton on the Wolds Golf Club
Junior Order of Merit Events
Friday, May 30 at Norwood Park
Sunday, June 22 at Mapperley
Friday, July 25 at The Nottinghamshire
Sunday, August 10 at Beeston Fields
Thursday, August 14 at Coxmoor
Wednesday, August 20 at Stanton on the Wolds

Parliament has provided the opportunity for local communities to help to shape their neighbourhood over the next 12 years and beyond. Southwell is one of the first to engage in this Neighbourhood plan process.

Whilst in our case the Newark and Sherwood District Council will remain the Planning Authority, the Neighbourhood Plan, if accepted by Southwell residents in a referendum expected to be held next year, will have a very significant impact upon the type, design and density of the extra housing which the District Council requires before 2026.

The Neighbourhood Plan is, however, about much more than just housing because it will also cover such important matters as, for example, keeping the town centre retail trade vibrant, preserving the town's rich heritage, protecting its attractive rural setting, flood alleviation, providing educational, health and leisure facilities and ensuring that people can travel around by public and private transport.

Whilst the Town Council has set up the process for preparing the Neighbourhood Plan it will not be its author. That is the task of a group of local residents, most of whom are not councillors, and they need your help in identifying the issues which you feel are the key issues facing the town and its future.

If the Plan is to be credible and effective it must represent the views of local residents and not the preconceived ideas of any local authority or politician. That is why we hope that you will respond by the end of February to the questionnaire. Every house in Southwell should have received one, alternatively you can fill the form in online at: www.southwellplan.org.uk/your-view

Brendan Haigh, Deputy Convenor

Calling all green-fingered volunteers with a passion for parterres! Find out more about a vision for the garden at the Archbishop of York's Palace Restoration Project in Southwell at a public open day on Saturday 1st March, 10am to 4pm.

This year's award-winning Southwell Folk Festival (5th - 8th June) promises to be more internationally-eclectic than ever before, attracting great acts from Canada, Ireland, Scotland, the USA and Estonia alongside established British talent such as Bella Hardy, Feast of Fiddles, the Poozies and young stars Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar.

As 31 January 2014 marked the beginning of the Year of the Horse in the Chinese calendar, the RSPCA is announcing a huge rise in the numbers of horses rescued and taken in by the charity in England in 2013.

The charity is also highlighting some of the incidents from the past year that made 2013 unlucky for our equine companions.

Figures show that the number of horses taken in or rescued by the charity in England rose by 69 per cent compared with 2012. In 2013, the RSPCA rescued, collected or took in 1,526 equines, compared with 901 the previous year. These horses included those rescued*, taken in after being abandoned or neglected, signed over following court cases or given up by their owners.

The RSPCA is always seeking new homes for its many horses, ponies and donkeys, with 165 being adopted between July and December 2013 and another 159 in the adoption process. At the moment the charity has 800 horses in its care.

RSPCA chief inspector Cathy Hyde said: "We have just four equine centres in England and none in Wales. They are able to take in around 100 horses at any one time, leaving the majority of equines in our care in private livery. The RSPCA still funds the care of these horses and it costs us more than £4million each year to do this.

"The horses we take in are often the most neglected which means they prove to be the most expensive and challenging to rehabilitate. Usually, as well as not being provided with basic feed and care, they will never have seen a vet, been wormed, seen a farrier or been vaccinated.

"However, we work hard to rehabilitate these horses and desperately need people to rehome them and also to foster the younger equines that aren't ready to go out to permanent homes. However, if people aren't able to take in a horse they can also donate towards the care of our horses via the Sponsor a Stable Block scheme."

The situations dealt with by the RSPCA in 2013 included a dramatic rescue in which a pony left dangerously tethered next to a cliff was left dangling from his rope in Suffolk; 46 horses that had to be removed from a field in Hampshire after being left without sufficient grazing; two emaciated colts found dumped in West Yorkshire; an injured pony left abandoned in the West Midlands and two ponies dumped and left to die in Kent.

There were also several incidents involving multiple horses, some of which had been left without adequate food, water or veterinary treatment and others that were at risk from rising flood waters.

RSPCA head of public affairs David Bowles said: "2013 wasn't a good year for horse welfare. We've been out to thousands of horses that have been left abandoned or fly grazed, many of which are victims of the rising cost of feed and care combined with a drop in the price they can fetch at market. This means that irresponsible owners often leave their animals to breed indiscriminately and fail to provide them with even the most basic level of care.

"It hasn't all been bad news, however, as the Welsh Government has just introduced new legislation to tackle fly grazing and abandonment problems and we are urging Westminster to do the same in England or we could see a rise in horse abandonments in England. The demand to rehome horses at events like Equifest and Your Horse Live has also given us hope, along with some of the happy endings we've been told about by our adopters."

To find out how to rehome a horse from the RSPCA and to see a selection of the horses available for rehoming please visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/horses

To find out more about sponsoring horses in our care please visit http://choices.rspca.org.uk/Appeal/sponsor-a-stable-block

Jessie is an 8 month old Boxer who has had a bad start in life. 

She was taken to the vets with her leg broken in three places. After transfer of ownership to the Boxer Rescue and various operations, Jessie is now doing very well and will not lose her leg as first thought. She is currently with a foster-carer and once fit enough, will be offered for adoption.

The organisation however, is faced with a rather large vet's bill of nearly £1,000. We are appealing for donations and arranging fund raising activities to pay the bill, including a raffle for a portrait from local pet artist Richard Biggs.

Tickets are £1 each and can be purchased from the naybr web site (see link below), all money raised will go towards Jessie's vet fees. The raffle will be drawn at Boxer Rescue HQ on Saturday 1st February at 8.00pm.

Over the Christmas period alone we have taken in four dogs that we hope will soon be offered for adoption or in long term foster-care.

For information on adoption, fostering or how the organisation works, please visit www.nayboxerrescue.co.uk or email Lorraine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you

Back row (L to R): Karen Hiscock, Hayley Witham, Marie Bailey. Front row: Sarah Terry, Gemma-Louise Williams, Sophie Seymour.

Southwell resident Hayley Witham invites you to her new Hair Studio - offering a wide range of services from a fantastic hair cut or colour to nails, eyelashes, waxing and teeth whitening. Joining Hayley at the Studio are Stylists Marie Bailey, Gemma-Louise Williams and Sophie Seymour and Beauty therapists Sarah Terry and Karen Hiscock.

See voucher below for some fantastic offers or visit www.thekitchenhairstudio.com or facebook: kitchenhairstudio