IT'S a special year for Lowdham Book Festival as the event celebrates its 20th birthday. "Hard to believe we know!" says co-organiser, and The Bookcase owner, Jane Streeter. "Looking back at the past programmes it is really amazing to see how far we have come from those early days, whilst at the same time it is clear that the focus has always been about 'the story' in all its many forms.

Members of Southwell Heritage Trust, in association with Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, are embarking on an exciting initiative to promote the heritage assets, culture and natural history of Southwell and its surroundings.

Experience a great traditional family day out this spring at Nottinghamshire County Show.

Firmly established as an annual event, the Southwell Gate Decorating competition at the end of May is set to wow residents and visitors alike with the creative energy and imagination that so many have put into displays in previous years.

Two Bleasby residents have started a community campaign to install Full Fibre Broadband around the village this year.