Nicholas Thorpe will celebrate 20 years as conductor of the Southwell Choral Society this year by conducting a complete performance of Handel’s Messiah. The complete work is seldom heard and this is a rare opportunity to hear the whole of this wonderful work performed, with Part 1 being performed in the afternoon and Parts 2 and 3 in the evening. Between performances those attending can also book dinner in the magnificent State Chamber of the Archbishop’s Palace. Places for the dinner are limited so book early by calling Brenda on 01636 830548. Details and tickets are available from the Cathedral Shop, Southwell (01636 812933).
Join us at the British Horological Institute Museum on Sunday 26th March - the day the clocks ‘spring forward’. In celebration of Mother’s Day, which falls on the same day, we’ll be taking a look at a range of time inspired magical tales, mysterious wonders, traditional nursery rhymes and childhood favourites. We’ll be revealing some of literature’s hidden histories and links with timekeeping, showcased alongside a fascinating array of the Museum’s clocks, watches and timepieces, bringing popular writings to life. Explore the secrets hidden inside ticking treasures with our live clock and watch making demonstrations. Hands-on activities for the whole family including children’s trails and craft activities. Test your knowledge in our famous literary clocks quiz and browse book, craft and clock and watch inspired stalls! Try delicious homemade treats courtesy of the Vintage ‘pop-up’ Clock House Café- perfect for Mother’s Day. Admission: £5.00 per person, £3.00 BHI Members, FREE for Children under 16 and FREE Car Parking. Book tickets in advance online www.once-upon-atime.eventbrite.co.uk or pay on the door. Contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01636817601. BHI Museum, Upton Hall, Main Street, Upton, Newark NG23 5TE
A free concert to announce the programme for the 2017 Southwell Music Festival will take place at Southwell Minster on Friday 31st March at 7.30pm. Southwell’s classical music festival will return during the 2017 August Bank Holiday weekend – from 24th-28th August. At this special free concert there will be performances by leading musicians associated with the Festival and the Festival’s Founder and Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth will explain and introduce the 2017 programme. This will be the fourth annual festival since the festival was founded in 2014. Admission to the concert is free with a retiring collection in aid of the Festival. It will be followed by refreshments in the Crossing. The concert takes place by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter.
Children’s House in Southwell is delighted to be holding a Family Fun Day on Saturday 1st April- the perfect way to start the Easter holidays off! To celebrate an amazing year at Children’s House, we wanted to open our doors and invite you all to this year’s Family Fun Day, starting at 10am and ending at 2pm. There will be lots of activities for the whole family including crafts, Easter Egg Hunts and lots more. We also have a special guest appearance at 11am and again at 12.30pm and trust us, this isn’t someone you (and most definitely your children!) will want to miss! Stay tuned for more information shortly on our Facebook page; simply search Southwell Children’s House. What’s more, the first 50 families through the door will get a very special goody-bag! Get the date in your diary for what is going to be a truly spectacular event and we look forward to seeing there! We’d love to invite you to see our setting at any time and see what sets us apart from the rest! We advise that it is always best to book on your first visit so we can ensure you get plenty of time to see all of our outstanding nursery, but after that we encourage you to pop in at any time you like. Remember, we specialise in happy children so what are you waiting for! Call us on 01636378014 today and remember to stay up to date on Facebook.
Australian award winning blues - roots artist Geoff Achison is making a rare visit to the UK this spring and is scheduled to play Farnsfield Village Centre on Saturday 8th April. He will be supported by the talented UK Souldiggers for what will be a memorable night of quality blues. Geoff is an all round musician who delights in entertaining the crowd but has also been described as a "guitarists guitarist". He is one of those artists that can rock the house with brilliant intensity but also be able to silence the crowd with beautiful, delicate phrasing. His music is firmly steeped in the blues but Geoff also injects funk, soul, jazz and even classical styles into the mix. As a song writer, Geoff explores a myriad of themes from love and loss to politics and philosophy and often with his wry sense of humour shining through. This will be a once in a lifetime chance to see this extraordinary blues talent perform in the intimate atmosphere of the Village Centre. Admission is strictly by ticket only priced at £15 from Bruce on 01623 883096 or email@example.com
Since 1927 The National Garden Scheme has raised more than £45 million for nursing and caring charities. Garden owners work tirelessly to create beautiful, inspirational gardens for us to visit. On Sunday 9th April, see brilliant displays of daffodils, tulips and hyacinths at Capability Barn, Gonalston Lane, Hoveringham, NG14 7JH. Fritillaries star in the wildflower meadow. Herbaceous borders are filled with spring beauties - erythroniums, anemones, primulas and pulmonarias. Admission £3.50, children free. Home-made teas. Details of all NGS gardens opening for the can be found on the NGS website: www.ngs.org.uk
Since 1927 The National Garden Scheme has raised more than £45 million for nursing and caring charities. Garden owners work tirelessly to create beautiful, inspirational gardens for us to visit. Felley Priory in Underwood, a garden for all seasons with yew hedges and topiary, snowdrops, hellebores, herbaceous borders and rose garden will be open on Sunday 16th April, 10am-4pm. The grass edged pond is planted with primulas, bamboo, iris, roses and eucomis. There is a Bluebell woodland walk and an Orchard with extremely rare daffodils. Admission £5.00, children free. Light refreshments. Details of all NGS gardens opening for the can be found on the NGS website: www.ngs.org.uk
Last appearing with Live and Local 10 years ago, we were delighted to find Oxford Concert Party are still communicating their love and enthusiasm for excellent music to audiences of all types and in all sorts of venues. They’re regulars on BBC Radios 3 and 4. They’re exceptionally versatile, with a repertoire of three hundred years of music from around the world which they turn upside down and infuse humour, energy, passion and pathos. Contact: 01636 812148.
The British Horological Institute (Clocks and watches to you and me) has been based at Upton Hall since 1972, and in existence since 1858. It is probably not widely know what goes on behind the big white doors other than a museum which is just beginning to open a little more regularly. One of the most important reasons for its existence is to teach aspiring clock & watch repairers, of which there is a serious skills shortage. Numerous training courses are held on site, suitable for enthusiasts as well as professionals. From April the BHI will be offering Taster days, a beginner’s guide to both clocks and watches. These are open to all and membership of the BHI is NOT required, places are restricted due to the sizes of our workshops. Taking place on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th April. The price for a day is £99.00 which will include lunch at the Clock House Café. For further details contact either Zanna Perry on 01636 817603 firstname.lastname@example.org or Brian Noble on 01636 817608 email@example.com
Adam Frost, the multiple Chelsea award winning garden designer and BBC Gardener’s World presenter, will be sharing his knowledge and secrets with members of the public at the Minster School, Southwell on the evening of Thursday 4th May. Doors Open 7pm for 7.30pm. Mark the date in your diary! The event is being sponsored by the Southwell Gardening Club and tickets, priced at £12 .50 will be available from either the Cathedral Shop or A J Beckett Electrical as well as online at www.eventbrite.co.uk
Winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Pasha Kovalev, tours once again with his BRAND NEW show ‘Let’s Dance The Night Away’. At The Palace Theatre, Newark he’s dancing with the local dance school. Kids from the Wildcats Theatre School & ESPA Academy dance school will perform for 6 minutes in the first half and 6 minutes in the second half. An incredible opportunity for them to appear in this show with Pasha dancing with them, introducing them to the audience and chatting with them afterwards. He’s also offering some competition winners a chance to ‘meet and greet’ him after the show, and also Q&A sessions at the Theatres before the show for those who buy tickets before DECEMBER 31. Please contact the Theatre for more details, terms and conditions and availability. It’s a hugely interactive show and reaches out to the local dance communities as well as entertaining fans of Pasha, Dance and of Strictly Come Dancing.