Nottinghamshire County Council has extended the consultation period for local people to have their say on a planning application for the proposed development of the Bilsthorpe Energy Centre.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue's new Chief Fire Officer will be John Buckley – who will take over from retiring Chief Fire Officer Frank Swann on 1st April 2014. John is the current Deputy Chief Fire Officer and was appointed as the new Chief at a meeting of the full Fire Authority in December.

Members of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Authority chose John for the role following a rigorous interview process.

Chairman of the Fire Authority, Councillor Darrell Pulk said: "We are sorry to see Frank go – but at the same time we are looking forward to working with John to help create even safer communities across the county."

John joined NFRS in 1996 as a firefighter, worked his way through the ranks and has been Deputy Chief Fire Officer since May 2012. John said: "I'm really proud to have started here and now reached the most senior position.

"My aim is to continue the fantastic work we are already doing to make Nottinghamshire a safer place – and it's by working together with the community, firefighters and staff, and the Fire Authority that we'll achieve this."

Chief Fire Officer Frank Swann retires on 31 March 2014 after being NFRS' Chief since early 2007 and there will now be a handover period between Frank and John.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Horton will also retire later in 2014 and, to ensure there is a smooth transition due to two senior officers retiring at a similar time, Area Manager Craig Parkin will be acting as a temporary Assistant Chief Fire Officer with immediate effect.

Saturday 28th June

Laxton Heritage Weekend 28th & 29th June

Laxton. Click here for more information.

Mini Wimbledon 9.30am

Farnsfield Tennis Club. Come and try tennis for free! Join in with our normal sessions. Strawberries and Cream, Pimms, Cakes, Stalls. Come and join us!

Live Music in Lowdham 8pm

St Mary's Church Lowdham. Coope Boyes & Simpson perfrom in Flanders Fields. Tickets £12.50. Click here for details.

Blues in Farnsfield 9pm

Farnsfield Village Centre. Southern Roots Artist Lisa Mills. Tickets £12 from Bruce on 01623 883096 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Maplebeck Village Fete 2.30pm

Maplebeck. Children's Fancy dress and sports. Tombola, quiz and Morris dancers. Click here for details.

Lowdham Book Festival 20th - 29th June

Click here for more information.

Sunday 29th June

Music for a Summer Afternoon 3pm

St Peter & St Paul's Church, Upton. Free admission.

Summer Garden Party 2.30pm

Farnsfield Hall. Entertainment by The Champagne Flutes. Refreshments & glass of sparkling wine included. Tickets £10 from Diane 01623 883659

Live Music in Lowdham 8pm

Lowdham Village Hall. Warthog World of Music. Tickets £24. Click here for details.


Saturday 12th April

Peppa Pig @ White Post Farm

White Post Farm. Peppa and Daddy Pig will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day. 01623 882977.

Manor Farm Open Day 10am

Manor Farm Tea Shoppe, Bleasby. Click here to find out more.

Gosh Gallery Book Talk 6pm

Gosh Gallery, Tuxford. Talk by John Oldfield on his book: 'How to protect your bottom line from your advertising agencyClick here for more details.

Farnsfield Spring Show 

Farnsfield Village Centre, New Hill, Farnsfield. Admission Free. Schedules available in local shops.

Sunday 13th April

Gardens Open for Charity 

Broadlea, East Drayton & Capability Barn, Hoveringham. Adm £3.50, children free. More information at

The Ramblers Association Walking Programme 9am

Headon, villages of Headon, Grove and Askham. Begins at 9am and is an 8 mile walk, for further details contact 01636 814277

Lowdham Spring Show

Lowdham Village Hall. Entries need to be in between 9.30 and 11.30am. The schedule can be downloaded from:, is available at 'Lowdham Post Office' or 'The Bookcase'. The show opens at 1pm with prize giving at 3.30pm. There will be a display of artwork by the 'Lowdham Painting for Pleasure' group as well as a display of floral art by the 'Lowdham Saint Mary's Flower Guild'. Admission is only £1.50 and refreshments will be available.

Tuesday 15th April

Southwell Gardening Club Monthly Talk 7.30pm

WI Hall, Southwell. Practical Soil Analysis. Membership £10, and £2 per meeting. Please contact 01636 816339

Wednesday 16th April

Easter Fun 10.30am

Southwell Library. Crafts and chocolate treats for kids 4-9 years old. Tel: 01636 812148.

Friday 18th April

Children's Easter Competition (18th - 21st April)

The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell. Pop in over the Easter weekend from Friday18th to Monday 21st April and enter our Easter Colouring Competition. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to be awarded for the best entries.

Saturday 19th April (Easter Saturday)

Lions Easter Egg stall

Southwell Market. Support the Lions Easter Egg stall and perhaps win a delicious egg! A draw will also be taking place at local pubs and other venues. 

April in Paris

The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell. France arrives in Southwell when Mood Indigo performs 'April in Paris'. Enjoy entertainment from this wonderful jazz band, and perhaps something to eat from the French themed menu. This is a non-ticketed event. 

Easter Holiday Fun 10am

Southwell Library. Drop in and make an Easter Card for someone special. For ages 4-9 years. Free event. Tel 01636 812148.

Dads and Toddlers 10am to 12 noon

Holy Trinity Church, Southwell. A toddler group for Dads and young children. On the third Saturday of each month. For details contact Helen Lewis on 01636 815512.

Spring Workshops 11am

GOSH! Gallery, Tuxford. Explore printing, pastels and Gouachhe with Graham Laughton and Becki Pate. £30 per person. Click here for more details.

Sunday 20th April (Easter Sunday)

Easter Art Exhibition (19th - 21st)

Shelford Village Hall. The Shelford Group of Srtists annual exhibition. Between 10am and 4pm each day. Further information from John Lightbody on 01623 822703.

Easter Egg Trail (20th & 21st)

The Workhouse, Southwell. Visitors can find out about life for the inmates and claim a prize.

Monday 21st April (Easter Monday)

Easter Egg Trail (5th - 21st April)

The Abbey Courtyard, Rufford Country Park, NG22 9DF. Follow the clues to find the eggs hidden in the park. Find all the eggs to claim your sweet reward !! £1 per leaflet, £3 per car.

Oh No It's a Gruffalo (11th - 30th April)

Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Edwinstowe. We're helping to celebrate the Gruffalo's 15th anniversary. Join us for party celebrations and activities throughout the year. Venture into the deep dark woods from 11th April until September and you'll be able to take part in one of our Gruffalo trails. Please see website for full details:

Tuesday 22nd April 

Coffee, Croissants & Children (22nd & 23rd)

The Old Theatre Deli, Southwell. A FREE talk on savings for Children/Grandchildren. Includes complimentary coffee. Tel: Martin Chapman on 07767 450097


Friday 22nd August

Southwell Music Festival 22nd - 25th Aug

Click here for details.

Classical Cabaret 7.30pm

Old Theatre Deli. Click here for details.

Saturday 23rd August

Southwell Artist's Open Studios 23rd & 24th Aug

Throughout Southwell. Click here for details.

Norwood Golf Charity Day

Norwood Golf Club. Raising money for Air Ambulance and Nottinghamshire Hospice. Book online at: or via Pro Shop 01636 816626.

Bond on Byron 4.30pm

Southwell Library. Presented by Southwell Music Festival. An illustrated lecture on Byron by Geoffrey Bond OBE DL LLD FSA.

Sunday 24th August

Artisan Art Fair 24th & 25th Aug

Saracens Head Hotel, Southwell. Contact: 01636 812701. Click here for details.

A War to End All Wars 24th & 25th Aug

Papplewick Pumping Station. A 1st World War steaming event. Click here for details:

Southwell Swine

Brackenhurst Estate. Southwell Running Club is delighted to promote the second running of this race. There will be races over 5 and 10 miles open to runners of all abilities. Click here for details.

Family Fun Day 12 noon

The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell. Our annual family fun day (now in its second year) in aid of Rainbows Childrens Hospice. You will all soon, be receiving your invite from our events page, but in the meantime we need, raffle prizes, tombola goods and an army of bakers for our cakes stall. Please get involved and support this event - last year we raised over £600 this year we are going for that GRAND!

Monday 25th August (Bank Holiday)

Family Fun Day 10am

Kelham Hall. Special guest appearance from Peppa Pig.

Lowdham Summer Show

Lowdham Village Hall. Click here for details.

Cricket Aid for Cancer Research

Southwell Cricket Club Top Ground. Click here for details.