Mr R.A. Harrison, Conservation Officer of Newark District Council, will explain the council’s proposals for developing land adjacent to the Burgage at a public meeting to be held at the Saracen’s Head Hotel in Southwell at 8pm on 26th November.
The meeting, open to all, has been arranged by the Southwell Civic Society as a result of a recent application for outline planning permission  made by Newark District Council.  The application was accompanied by a design brief produced by Mr Harrison which suggests that acceptable developments could range from about 25 small town houses to 4 or 5 large houses with private gardens.  The brief sets out in detail the favoured design parameters.
The District Council’s plans for this extremely sensitive site follow overwhelming opposition to any form of development from the people of Southwell as proved by the results of a referendum held earlier this year by the Parish Council.  Results to the question “Do you wish the land on Burgage Hill to be developed?” were as follows: No (ie against development) 2,,522;  Yes (ie in favour of development)  382;  doubtful or spoilt papers  52.
The Civic Society and the Parish Council, supported by Newark MP Mr Richard Alexander, have all made strong representations to the District Council opposing any development.

Mr R.A. Harrison, Conservation Officer of Newark District Council, will explain the council’s proposals for developing land adjacent to the Burgage at a public meeting to be held at the Saracen’s Head Hotel in Southwell at 8pm on 26th November.

Going  -  Going  -  Gone                                    + PIC
Round Tablers set sights on £2,500                               John Webster
Southwell and District Round Table members are preparing for their major fund raising event of the year.  It’s the eighth Grand Charity Auction on Sunday 18th October at Merryweather’s Garden Centre.
The first Auction was held in September 1974 and every year since, Auctioneer Tony Theobald has sold, for local charities, the various items donated by local people and collected by the Tablers.
Some unusual items have been collected and sold - for example, a hip bath, a five barred gate, and complete bathrooms, including windows and doors!
Amusing incidents as well - like the time two Tablers went to the top floor of an old house to collect a radiogramme in excellent working order; carrying it carefully down three flights of stairs to the waiting transport; turning the kindly donated piece of equipment on its back to put in the van, only for the back to fall off and all the insides to fall in a heap on Burgage Green - it was sold as being “eminently suitable for conversion into a cocktail cabinet”.  Another time it took ten Tablers to bring an upright piano from the upstairs bedroom of a house in Easthorpe.
The local Children’s Home Caudwell House has benefitted from funds raised at previous auctions as have Bleasby Children’s Home, local OAPs with with Christmas gifts and parties, shopping trips at Christmas as well as visits to Pantomimes - the list is almost endless and does include some projects where confidential assistance has been given.
The last Auction raised approximately £2,000 and it is Table’s hope to top the £2,500 mark this year.  Anything saleable will be collected.
Lat year a new idea was tried which proved a great success - Tablers collected donated tins - fruit, baked beans, etc - and a separate stall will be operated again this year when all tins collected will be offered for sale.
Sunday 18th OCtober promises to be a good day for all the family - viewing of the lots is from 9.00am to 12 noon on the morning of the sale - doors open at 2.00pm with light refreshments available.  So if you want to pick up the bargain of a lifetime and help local charities at the same time, come to the delightful setting of Merryweather’s Garden Centre on Halam Road - come to the original Southwell & District Round Table Charity Auction - accept no substitutes!                                 

Southwell and District Round Table members are preparing for their major fund raising event of the year.

Midsummer Madness Disco                 +PIC
Being aware it is the International Year of the Disabled, Burgage House Youth CLub decided to do their bit towards it.  Two of the senior members and staff organised two disco’s, the first one a special Saturday night disco for older members, organised by Phil Burton and well attended.  The second was a Midsummer Madness Disco, organised by staff and Debbie Hinde.  We managed to raise £37.10 for the local branch of Action Research for the Crippled Child.  Phil and Debbie will be presenting a cheque on 15th  October.

Being aware it is the International Year of the Disabled, Burgage House Youth CLub decided to do their bit towards it.  

The Night of the Fire         + PIC                         Janet & Mick Taylor
After the damage is done one has to take a light hearted view over a near disaster.  So, with this in mind, we send special thanks to those listed below.  This was no play but had it been it would have read something like this:
Cast in order of apearance:
(Our grateful thanks to them all)
Hero - Michael Stewart (aged 12);
Athletic neighbour - Dennis Breedon;
Police constable - Mr Stevenson;
Fire crew - Robert Gregory, Alan Raworth & Co;
Cleaning crew - family and friends;
Invaluable friends and suppliers of fine food, accommodation and cleaning equipment - Mick & Madeline Gill, Diane & Richard Stubbs, Stan & Valerie Homer, John & Jean Clausen;
Mobile home suppliers - Jim & Pauline larke;
Painters & decorators (their second visit in five months) - Brian Smedley and Malcolm Rawson.
PIC CAPTION
Michael Stewart, 12, of Pinewood Close, Southwell, who spotted a fire in the home of Mr & Mrs Taylor and raised the alarm, was given a surprise reward when he was presented with a miniature cricket bat by Notts. cricketer Paul Todd (left).

After the damage is done one has to take a light hearted view over a near disaster.  

Southwell German Circle    Tony WIlliams
About two and a half years ago, after the retirement of Mrs Christel Parker from many years of German Language tutorship at local evening classes which benefitted pupils from as many as 10 miles away, it was decreed that most adult evening education would have to sink beneath the waves of economic cutback.  In consequence, residents will recall the “blank year”.
Out of the poor situation came plenty, for many former pupils supported Christel to establish the German Circle to promote further knowledge, in the absence of formal classes, of her homeland, its customs and culture.
There have been talks about German history, music, food, wine and tourism with the current venture of a coach visit for 28 members to the Mosel Valley where one of the members was brought up in the little town of Alf beside the vine clad riverside slopes.  She is far from alone in the number of German-born members of the circle.
The monthly meetings cannot always have a German theme, but other events also attract a keen following - beer and skittles competition and coach excursions for example.
The forthcoming programme includes a typical German autumnal party in October and the Christmas meal and dance with live music at the Admiral Rodney Hotel.

About two and a half years ago, after the retirement of Mrs Christel Parker from many years of German Language tutorship at local evening classes which benefitted pupils from as many as 10 miles away, it was decreed that most adult evening education would have to sink beneath the waves of economic cutback.