The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the NEC in Birmingham takes place from 27th - 30th March, featuring celebrity experts such as Piers Taylor, award-winning RIBA architect and co-presenter of BBC2 series 'The House that £100k Built', Michael Holmes, editor-in-chief of Homebuilding and Renovating magazine, and Charlie Luxton sustainable architectural designer and presenter of More4's 'Building the Dream'.

Competition Time

The Bramley has three pairs of tickets to the show to give away absolutely free. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is 'like' our facebook page: and then send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and address.

If you are picked you will receive a FREE pair of tickets worth £34. Tickets allow entry into both The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show and The Home Improvement Show, taking place in the same hall at the NEC for the first time. Tickets are limited to one pair per winner.

So what are you waiting for? Send your entry today! Closing Date: Thursday 20th March.


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What is the first sign that winter is over? For the staff at Upton Hall it is the sound of clocks striking! It may not be widely realised outside the walls of Upton Hall but during the winter months the clocks are stopped and a silence descends on the building.

From the end of February curator, Alan Midleton, begins checking each clock to make sure it is in working order and then starts the winding, a weekly task throughout the summer months; as each clock begins to chime it is as if the whole building is waking up. By the end of March, when the clocks change to British Summer Time, all is ready for the public to wonder at the fabulous collection of clocks and watches built up over 155 years.

Mothering Sunday the 30th March is the date this year when visitors will be welcome to see the original Speaking Clock, dating from 1936; timepieces dating from the mid 17th century to the innovative triple pendulum designed by members to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the British Horological Institute in 2008, and the beautiful and very intricate detail in the movements of pocket watches.

Also undergoing restoration during the winter have been the watercolour paintings by Thomas Wright, builder of Upton Hall. These were only acquired in October last year and being views of England, Wales, Switzerland, Austria and Italy represent Thomas' travels in Europe at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century.

Although on display for the October Open Day they were in need of some work to ensure there was no further deterioration. This has now been completed and the paintings, framed, will once again hang in the house Thomas built to display works of art.

Throughout the day knowledgeable experts will be on hand to answer any questions visitors have on horology, the BHI collection, Upton Hall, and membership of the British Horological Institute.

A special all-inclusive celebration will affirm the 'Best of British' in Southwell Minster on St George's Day, to mark the 10th anniversary of the introduction of British Citizenship Ceremonies.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire is working with the Dean, the Very Revd John Guille to make this an occasion for all to celebrate the richness of our national life.

13,000 people from all over the world have already participated in these ceremonies in Nottinghamshire alone.

The Dean says: "It will not be a religious service but a 'Celebration of British Citizenship' and an opportunity to affirm the contribution of many thousands of people who have become British citizens in the last decade."

Entry to the event on 23rd April will be by ticket only, limited to 500 and obtainable from the Registry Offices in County Hall, the Council House in Nottingham, in Mansfield and Newark or by email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Tickets are free and the ceremony will be open to anybody who wants to join the celebrations, which begin at 7.30pm.

The programme will include a welcome by the Lord Lieutenant of the County, Sir John Peace, and music, dance, poetry and prose of the British tradition. The ceremony will feature interviews with three individuals who have become British citizens and are making a significant contribution to our national life.

English apple juice and Scottish shortbread will be served in the Crossing after the ceremony.