A 48-year-old super slimmer from Bilsthorpe has reached the semi-finals of Slimming World's Woman of the Year 2018 competition after losing an impressive 8st 9.5lbs.

Last year the Southwell and Newark offices of Alasdair Morrison & Partners helped to raise nearly 113kgs of food for Newark Food Bank with their innovative Reverse Advent Calendar, which encouraged customers to donate non-perishable goods to those in need in our community on the days leading up to Christmas.

Gonalston Farm Shop entered a new era on Saturday 6th October when former professional cricketer, regular customer and broadcaster Jonathan Agnew (Aggers) kindly performed the official opening of the newly refurbished shop, making them the first national farm shop convenience store following a ground breaking partnership with Budgens.

John and Lesley Stoppard look forward to welcoming you to their new butchers shop at 1 Market Place Southwell.

A Nottinghamshire Soap business has won an award for one of its natural Soap bars.  Soapology, owned by Emma Grosse and based in Farndon, Newark, makes Cold Process Natural Artisan Handcrafted Soap Bars. Soapology sells their sought after products online via its website www.soapology.co.uk and also attends some events locally over the festive period.

Acro, Lyrical and Contemporary dance sessions will resume in September at the Joseph Whitaker Dance Studio in Rainworth. The new acro syllabus is an exciting addition to the classes from NYDCo that are accredited by the AAD, American Association of Dance. Dancers will be invited to take part in acro dance examinations and medal tests as they develop their acro strength and ability.

Have you paid a visit to Bull Yard in Southwell lately? If not, you may be surprised at the number of new shops and businesses, who have joined the firm favourites in this little gem of a shopping arcade in the centre of town.

As we approach the major holiday period Studio Lingerie now has a fantastic range of swim and beachwear in stock from many well-known brands including Miraclesuit, Sea Folly, David, Moontide, Lingadore and Iconique.

There's plenty going on at the Old Green Dragon in Oxton this month.

Tallents Solicitors has raised more than £10,000 for charity this year after taking part in a will-writing campaign.

This month we take a look at two of the dentists at the Minster Dental Centre.

Jamie Falvey Personal Training celebrated its 2nd anniversary in January.

It is said that for every person who self builds their home there are 15 that add extensions.

There are a few strong streams of trends in fabrics and wallpapers going on at the moment, which is great for Paling's, as every job is different.

IT is an unfortunate truth that disputes are part and parcel of business life. John Frith,Partner at Kirkland & Lane, discusses the firm's approach to dealing with clients' difficulties.

Drum Beat Fit is a unique and fun way to work up a sweat, burn calories and meet some lovely local people.

Whether you're a golfer or a bride to be, don't miss out on the opportunity to be the first to view this new and very exciting wedding venue.

Are you suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Bereavement/Loss, Low self-esteem, Anger or Relationship difficulties? Perhaps 'A Space for Me' counselling service can help?

After 17 years on Crew Lane industrial estate, Southwell Computer Centre is excited to announce it will be moving onto King Street on 5th February.

Happy New Year from everyone at Southwell Racecourse. The Festive period is always a busy one with fixtures on both 22nd and 29th of December and 1st and 3rd January. Before that, the course hosted their first ever Gentlemen's Day on Sunday 17th December, which was a big success with a large crowd attending this newly themed day.

Local craft micro-brewery, Springhead, took home the silver medal at SIBA's Midlands Independent Beer Awards, Cask Standard Bitters and Pale Ales category this week, for their triple-hopped citrussy American Pale Ale, Outlawed. The prestigious industry awards took place at Nottingham Rugby Club in West Bridgford, Nottingham, with nearly 350 cask and bottled beers from across the region judged by a panel of brewers, industry experts and beer journalists.