A total of 14 new jobs are to be created at Nottingham's Malt Cross after the venue received more than £1.38 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

It was announced at the start of the year that the former music hall on St James's Street had successfully secured the funding, which will form an integral part of a £1.7m Heritage Outreach and Engagement Project to create a major new attraction for the city.

Bringing to life two unused floors and an 11th century cave underneath the Malt Cross, the six-month renovation will result in a new state-of-the-art heritage education, tourism, arts, crafts and music centre.

Now the Malt Cross Trust, which runs the historic venue, has revealed that it has started recruiting for eight new full-time roles and six apprenticeship opportunities. This will see the current team expand by 40 per cent.

Amongst the new full-time roles being created are the positions of marketing and fundraising manager, heritage engagement worker, and music, arts and events manager.

In addition, apprenticeships will be offered in: fundraising, administration, catering, hospitality and heritage, arts and crafts. An apprenticeship in music and events will also be on offer, in conjunction with the Confetti institute of creative technologies in Nottingham.

Jo Cox-Brown, chief executive of the Malt Cross Trust, is delighted to be able to bring such a high number of new roles to the city:

"It's a sad fact that many charities across the UK are shrinking because of a lack of access to funds. The investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund has allowed us to buck this national trend and we now find ourselves in the position of being able to significantly expand our team.

"The apprenticeship opportunities are particularly exciting for us. We are looking forward to working with the successful young people to give them the best start possible in their careers, whilst helping them to continue to expand their skills sets.

"Since the HLF announcement was made, we've seen a wealth of new customers coming through the door and it's great news that so many people are keen to engage with the Malt Cross and its history. There will certainly be plenty more opportunities to do this over the coming months."

Work on the Malt Cross renovation, which is the only surviving saloon music hall still functioning outside of London, will begin in April and is scheduled for completion in September 2014.

For full details of the full-time and apprenticeship opportunities available at the Malt Cross, visit www.maltcross.com.

A total of 14 new jobs are to be created at Nottingham's Malt Cross after the venue received more than £1.38 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Readers may recall a mention of a homeless, blind cat called Angel last year who needed a home. 

Readers may recall a mention of a homeless, blind cat called Angel last year who needed a home. The initial good news was that Angel was rehomed - but sadly owing to a change in her owner's circumstances, Angel has been returned to the local charity which helped her.

Whilst change is challenging for any animal, especially a rescue one – imagine being blind and facing this upheaval? Volunteers at local charity, Animal Accident Rescue Unit, are keen to get Angel a permanent home promptly.

Her blindness aside, the volunteers agree that there is so much to Angel! A beautiful dark 'tortie' cat, she has 'an adorable character' and loves company and is suited to a home without other cats, dogs or small children. Whilst taking on a blind cat may seem challenging, as one of the volunteers, experienced with blind cats, highlights: 'Given time, patience and kindness Angel will soon learn her new home; she's a quick learner. All she wants is a lovely indoors home to enjoy a settled life.'

Blind cats use their whiskers with heightened other senses to navigate with surprising ease. Indeed the charity's experienced volunteers provide practical advice on caring for blind cats and agree it is easier than expected.

To be in with chance of providing that fabulous home for Angel call 0115 9984307 - this number is only for queries about Angel. Leave a message with your contact details and postcode for the Adoption Volunteer to respond – or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For emergency calls or other matters, call the lifeline on 0115 9321555, or email as above. The charity is always in urgent need of new cat fosterers.

A vicar from Notts is kicking off a year-long Twitter campaign for the Church of England.

The Church wants to tell its story through the eyes of its people, providing a daily insight into modern faith in action.

The Project - @OurCofE - will see bishops, clergy, chaplains, youth workers and churchgoers taking a week each to tweet about their life inside the Church.

The Revd Kate Bottley, vicar of the churches of Blyth, Scrooby and Ranskill, and Chaplain to North Notts College, is tweeting this week.

Followers of the account will get an insight into the work that goes on in the day to day running of a church community, from schools to chaplaincies to cathedrals. Followers will be able to peek behind the scenes as they get a feel for daily life in parishes.

The Revd Bottley said: "I'm really excited to be asked to be part of the @OurCofE project.

"The project provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate the rich diversity of life in the Church of England. It's great to think that these tweets might paint a colourful picture of the day to day running of the Church, from morning prayer to afternoon tea, Our Fathers to Mother's Unions, from food festivals to food banks, this Twitter project gives a glimpse of the glorious diversity that is the life of the Church of England.

"Will 140 characters be enough? I can't wait to get started."