Local charity, Beaumond House Community Hospice is committed to providing supportive palliative care to patients with life limiting or terminal illnesses and their families.

We expect Santa to be busy again this year. We have tried to avoid any clashes with school Christmas events and have given him a night off on Monday 14th to avoid the Minster School Christmas Concert. Some minor changes have been made to the routes. We aim to start at 6.00pm and finish at 9.00pm, but in order to see as many children, but all timings are approximate.

Southwell Minster has been gifted the former Church Street site of the Minster School. This was made possible through the generosity and initiative of an individual benefactor and the active co-operation of the local developers, Oak Tree Homes.

As another Remembrance Day approaches our thoughts turn to residents from Southwell and the surrounding area who, 100 years ago, fought and died in the First World War. A memorial service to mark the centenary of the Battle of Loos in which soldiers from Southwell died will take place during Evensong in the minster on Wednesday (14th October).

Last month museum curators Kevin Topham and John Lukehurst were presented with their Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of their fantastic work undertaken at Dukes Wood Oil Museum in Eakring.

In former issues of The Bramley I have told how our charity brings children from Molotkovichi in Belarus to the UK. Last winter and also this last summer we had 15 children to stay in host family homes.

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.

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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.