A "Concert for Courage" in support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity takes place in the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Saturday 27th September 2014.

When the first snowdrops start to appear you know winter is finally coming to an end. So what better way to celebrate the change in seasons than by visiting one of the many National Garden Scheme (NGS) gardens that will be open over the coming months.

A youth worker from Brazil, a former soldier and a woman who leads services in British Sign language were among the people recently ordained as Priests and Deacons in the Church of England.

Amongst the Deacon candidates is Luiz Lima, whose journey to becoming a Deacon started in Brazil, Luiz's birthplace.  He explains: "I had the privilege to experience many years in a vibrant growing church there, where I became a Christian and was inspired by the lives of many faithful and also active Christian friends and family members. "

During his university years he felt called to ministry and ordination. He took a few months off and travelled to Canada to experience different aspects of life, language and culture and was ultimately led to a full time position as a church youth worker in Bradford, UK.

"It was whilst working in Bradford, on a very large council estate, that I felt God confirming his calling into my life. After I married my fiancée, Jessica, we served in two churches in the Nottingham area including Holy trinity Church in Southwell."

The Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham encouraged him to go through the process of discernment recommending him for training and ordination. "That process was both exciting and hard as you allow others to discern and scrutinise with you what God is placing in your heart."

"We feel truly blessed by God's provision, love and guidance throughout our lives and hope to share and experience God's goodness alongside those whom we come to meet in this new chapter of our lives."

The other Deacon candidates are: Mark Orr, Mary A'herne-Smith, Cora Fryer, Jane Walker and Rob Wiggins.

The Priest candidates are Susan Bloomfield, Kate Byrom, Maureen Collins, Michael Johnson, Georgie Hadley, Sam Hustwayte, Debbie Lord, Wendy Murphy, Stephen Parker, Lynn Raynor and Bruce Rienstra.

The Nottingham Storytellers will be running a workshop for anyone who is interested in telling stories to children, on Sunday 30th March, from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Pinders Opticians are looking forward to a glamorous future as they prepare to launch a new range of Jimmy Choo eyewear.

The Jimmy Choo brand is internationally renowned for its luxury shoes, but also includes lines of accessories such as bags, belts and eyewear.

Geoff Rybicki, owner of Pinders Opticians, said: "The Jimmy Choo name is so well known, and we're delighted to be introducing their eyewear into our Southwell practice.

"If ever there was a way of bringing a touch of glamour into everyday life, this has to be a good one."

To mark this exciting occasion, Pinders Opticians are holding a raffle to win a pair of classic Jimmy Choo shoes.

Runner-up prizes include a £50 Marks & Spencer voucher and a £40 voucher to spend on eyewear or eye care products at Pinders Opticians.

Raffle tickets can be obtained from the team in practice, at £5 each, with all proceeds going directly to the Royal British Legion.

This organisation is the UK's leading charity for Services, providing ongoing support and assistance to current and veteran servicemen and women, as well as their families and dependents.

Geoff added: "We're proud to be able to help such a worthy cause through the introduction of a new range of eyewear to our practice.

"We'll be drawing the winner of the raffle at the end of September, so make sure you've bought your tickets before then – you have to be in it to win it!"

Pinders Opticians has been offering first class eye care to the residents of North Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas since 1946.

The practice consists of 5 branches; Warsop, Southwell, New Ollerton, Rufford Avenue Mansfield and Queen Street Mansfield.

A foster carer from Retford in Nottinghamshire is joining a host of TV stars to help launch a new appeal for more people to come forward as carers across the East Midlands today.

Foster mum Julie Chester-Stirling has fostered for Barnardo's for 10 years and has agreed to share her story in a bid to encourage more people from the region to come forward. She is joined by TOWIE's Debbie and Lydia Bright along with actress Lynda Bellingham in launching today's appeal for more foster carers in the Nottingham area.

Julie and the three stars have movingly revealed how fostering has touched their lives in a bid to encourage more people to come forward. There are 500 more foster carers desperately needed across the East Midlands to provide stable, loving homes for some of society's most vulnerable children. Barnardo's is looking for local couples and individuals to take on this challenging but highly-rewarding work.

Julie & Danny's story

Danny first met his foster mum Julie just before Christmas 2005 at the age of 10, a meeting he fondly remembers, not least for the plateful of chocolate animal biscuits he polished off all by himself!

Danny had been having a tough time – separated from his sisters and birth parents and with a string of broken down foster placements – he wasn't sure what to expect from the meeting.
But the two hit it off immediately and Danny returned to spend Christmas Day with Julie's husband and older son, going on to become their first long term foster child.

Danny still lives at home, calls Julie Mum and is a very much loved and important member of the family. Danny and Julie have stacks of fond memories of Danny's childhood and he still to this day enjoys a box of chocolate animal biscuits in his stocking every Christmas.

Outdoors-loving Danny recalls many expeditions exploring the nearby Clumber Park and indulging in his obsession with frogs, spending hours building dens in the garden, digging huge holes in the sand during beach holidays and a particularly eventful day when Julie managed to accidentally sink a friend's kayak.

Danny is about to start his final year of college which will see him fully qualify as a site joiner and is spending his summer helping out his brother as a labourer. He's also planning on spending time with his girlfriend of 14 months.

He says he has enjoyed a wonderful childhood as part of Julie's family and can't imagine life any other way. If you think you could give a child a home – and a lifetime of happy memories, contact Barnardo's East Midlands Family Placement Team on 01332 544711.

Lynda Bellingham, actress, television presenter and Barnardo's ambassador, was adopted and is married to Michael who was fostered as a child. Lynda said: "I was adopted at four months old and my husband Michael was fostered from a very early age. His mother ran off with the village butcher and left his father with a six month old baby. His dad tried hard to manage on his own but it was impossible because he had to go to work. Michael was sent to a lovely family in Sherbourne in Dorset called the Andrews family who he called Mum and Dad, because as far as he was concerned they were.

"The one big thing that kept coming up for Michael and I when discussing what would make a good foster carer was you should never underestimate the power of a hug. Sometimes only a hug will do. Michael loves his family and always talks about his childhood with a smile on his face. I wish that joy for every foster child. Please contact Barnardo's today to see if you could foster."

The number of children in care has risen for the 7th year in a row to over 92,000. Across the UK, another 8,600 foster carers are now needed to provide homes for these children.

Foster carers can come from all walks of life. Barnardo's does not exclude anyone from consideration on the grounds of marital status, sexual orientation, disability or employment status. There is no upper age limit to becoming a foster carer and Barnardo's is keen to speak to older people with life experience, whether they are parents themselves or not.

Javed Khan, chief executive, Barnardo's, said: "Taking a vulnerable child under your wing is a daunting prospect but when we ask foster carers what you need for the job it always come back to the little things: patience, sense of humour and a heart.

"Our foster carers transform the future for the children in their care and teach them their own parenting skills for later life. The legacy of every foster carer lives on in the lives of generations to come. What a very special gift to give.

"We see our foster carers as our partners in supporting vulnerable children. We provide them with as much support, training and advice as possible, for as long as it is needed."
To find out more about fostering with Barnardo's visit www.barnardos.org.uk or call 08000 277 280 or Barnardo's East Midlands Family Placement Team on 01332 544711.

There is a special treat for children visiting The Workhouse, Southwell, when the National Trust property opens its doors for the 2014 season on Wednesday 19th February. A new children's guide and character-led trails will be available for younger visitors and their families to try for the first time.

Scary Little girls Productions present The Full Bronte at Southwell Library on Thursday 27th February, 7pm.

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: www.norwoodgolf.co.uk 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: www.papplewickpumpingstation.org.uk

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. www.kelham-hall.com

Lowdham Summer Show

Lowdham Village Hall. Click here for details.

Cricket Aid for Cancer Research

Southwell Cricket Club Top Ground. Click here for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

The newly restored State Chamber in the Archbishop's Palace, formerly called the Great Hall, will be a key venue for some of Southwell Music Festival's concerts.

£50,000 is up for grabs as easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is calling for talented disabled entrepreneurs to apply for this year's Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK.

The winner of the award, now in its eighth year, will be presented with a £50,000 cash prize - the largest cash sum of its kind – at a special ceremony in London later this year.

The award, jointly run by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, recognises the achievements of disabled entrepreneurs who have overcome challenges to set up their own businesses.

Last year's winner, James King (pictured above), has invested the £50,000 winning prize into strengthening his business, Oliver James Garden Rooms. He overcame the challenges of having a progressive eye condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa, to set up his garden room extensions firm, and began trading in 2011.

Now with a workforce of seven and a turnover of almost £300,000, James works with homeowners across Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire.

James said of the benefits to his business: "It's a huge lift when you think that a successful business tycoon can see a future in your business and believes in you.

"Winning the award has enabled me to employ two new members of staff, create a building manual and put our own bespoke IT systems in place. We've designed a more efficient way of working with our customers from initial enquiry to finished Garden Room which will allow us to grow capacity far into the future."

Sir Stelios says: "I am passionate about encouraging entrepreneurship, and the previous winners of this award offer proof that there are many highly talented disabled entrepreneurs out there.

"Removing the barriers disabled people face in business is essential. I hope the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs will change that by highlighting their achievements and contribution to society.

"We want to hear from talented disabled entrepreneurs who are able to show they have got what it takes to run a successful business and meet a real need in the market."

Clare Pelham, Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability says: "We are delighted to work with Sir Stelios on an award that celebrates the remarkable achievements of disabled entrepreneurs.

"I know there are many talented and successful disabled entrepreneurs out there. I urge them to take advantage of this unique opportunity for valuable recognition of their business and skills - in cash and publicity - and apply."

The deadline for applications is Friday 19 September 2014. To apply or download an application form visit www.leonardcheshire.org/stelios or call 020 7112 1489 (choose option 1). Alternative formats are available on request.

Following the recent announcement about the plans to redevelop Queen's Medical Centre over the next two years, Nottingham Hospitals Charity is launching an appeal to raise £3m to build an on-site helipad at the hospital.

QMC took on the important responsibility as the East Midlands region's major trauma centre in 2012, where the best talent and expertise has already saved the lives of 115 people who would not have been expected to survive due to their serious injuries. The team wants to transfer seriously injured people as quickly as possible to them, but currently, there is no helipad on-site at QMC. This means the air ambulance lands nearby at the University. Patients are then transferred to an ambulance and brought to QMC's Emergency Department, which can take up to twenty minutes. Having an on-site helipad will reduce this journey time to less than 5 minutes.

Adam Brooks, Director of the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, said: "Our world-class, expert team in Nottingham has saved the lives of over one hundred patients who wouldn't otherwise have survived, since we became the region's Major Trauma Centre in 2012. An on-site helipad will ensure our most seriously injured patients, particularly those from remote areas, are transported to our Emergency Department even faster, giving them the very best chance of survival"

The first 60 minutes following a severe injury is known as the 'golden hour' and is critical to favourable clinical outcomes. Fast access to treatment is vital to give patients a fighting chance.

Nottingham Hospitals Charity is asking the public to help save a life by supporting the appeal; the building of the helipad is entirely reliant on charitable donations.

The Charity is challenging people from across the East Midlands to raise money for the helipad at QMC through the 'Get going for the golden hour: what will you do?' fundraising initiative.

Barbara Cathcart, Nottingham Hospitals Charity Chief Executive, said: "The idea is that people can support the appeal and help save more lives by doing something challenging for just 60 minutes, or by giving something up for 60 minutes. They can choose their own challenge: active or otherwise; and ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them."

Barbara is taking part in a challenge of her own: "I will be doing a mini triathlon in 60 minutes: swimming, running and cycling. I want to get going for the 'golden hour'. Anyone in my family might need the helipad one day."

Nottingham Hospitals Charity's Saving Lives Helipad Appeal will ensure that more patients are treated within the critical 'golden hour'.

When the £3m target is reached, the helipad will form part of the major redevelopment of QMC between 2014 and 2016, which will provide a new medical research facility (Medipark), new tram and associated tram stop and a new multi-storey car park, with a helipad located on top of the car park building.

You can find out more about ways to support the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal by contacting Nottingham Hospital Charity on 0115 9627905, visiting their website www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk or following them on Twitter @NUHCharity #savetimeandlives

Alison Balsom, one of the most highly regarded trumpeters and innovative classical musicians of a generation, will be performing at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall on 3rd October 2014.

Balsom has spent the last decade performing in the world's most prestigious venues and this year will see Alison releasing her most ambitious album yet, shortly ahead of taking this roundbreaking programme on tour around the UK.

The tour will include repertoire from Balsom's much anticipated new album, Paris, which she has co-produced, scheduled for release on 8th September 2014 on Warner Classics and is set to include new interpretations of the beautiful songs Autumn Leaves and April in Paris.

Alison recently presented the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year, the final for which was broadcast on BBC Four in May, and is a major advocate for music education and encouraging people of all ages to take up an instrument and to attend more concerts. As she recently said in an interview with the Radio Times, "music education is about so much more than turning out professional musicians".

Gramophone Artist of the Year 2013, winner of the Nordoff Robbins PPL Classical Award 2013, three Classical BRITs including Female Artist of the Year in 2009 & 2011, Alison was also the first ever-classical female artist to headline Latitude Festival last summer.

Her production of Gabriel with The English Concert at Shakespeare's Globe last summer left theatre critics smitten, and this major UK tour is the next adventure for Alison in bringing the voice of the trumpet to an ever-wider audience.

Of her forthcoming tour Alison says " To be going out on the road, presenting a show which goes from Bach to Gershwin is an absolute thrill. Over the past few weeks, I have been working with Guy Barker on the new album fusing the worlds of classical and jazz which has been an extraordinary creative process. Some of the songs such as Autumn Leaves and April in Paris have really taken me to a new place and so I cannot wait to take some of the songs from the album on tour".

UK Concert Dates

September 30 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
October 1 – Sage Gateshead
October 2 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
October 3 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
October 5 – Cardiff St Davids Hall
October 6 – Bristol Colston Hall
October 7 – Leeds Town Hall
October 8 –Ipswich Regent Theatre
October 9 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
October 13 – London Royal Albert Hall
October 14 – Birmingham Town Hall

www.alisonbalsom.com

Kelham Hall & Country Park has just been announced as home to the largest and tallest London Plane tree (Platanus Hispanica) recorded in the entire of Nottinghamshire.

Officials from the national Tree Register recently visited to measure and confirm this fine example of its species and it has now been awarded with County Champion status at 29 metres tall with a 7.12m girth. The Tree Register were unable to confirm its age but believed it to be of mid to late 18th century planting.

In addition to the new County Champion, several other large ornamental Spindle trees within the grounds are currently being confirmed for the same high status.

Kelham Hall & Country Park has 44 acres of parkland, boasting a rich variety of natural habitats for wildlife, a peaceful woodland trail and beautiful gardens. There are also 22 fishing pegs, tennis courts and a campsite for up to 200. The grounds and hall are open daily with no admission or parking fees. Dogs are welcome on short leads.

Classical Cabaret
Tickets for Haydn’s The Creation are selling fast and only returns are available for ticketed Great Hall events so an extra concert is being presented by Southwell Music Festival to meet demand for tickets.
The Classical Cabaret will take place in the historic theatre above the Old Theatre Deli on Market Place, Southwell at 7.30pm on Friday 22nd August.
With some of Britain’s very best young professional musicians in town for the Festival weekend, the wide-ranging programme will feature a vocal quartet performing Elizabethan madrigals – perfect entertainment for a summer evening, and a virtuoso brass quartet playing a variety of baroque ensemble pieces.
The price of the ticket includes a delicious buffet supper and, following an extended interval, the audience will be entertained by eight string players performing the magnificent Octet by Felix Mendelssohn.
The concert will end at approximately 9.30pm – in good time to move to the Minster for Light out of Darkness – the candle-lit concert of words and choral music beginning at 10.00pm.
Tickets are £20 (under 18s, £15) including supper.  There will also be a full bar service (drinks not included in ticket price).  We very much regret that there is no wheelchair access to this part of the Old Theatre Deli.
The theatre has limited capacity so to avoid disappointment please do not delay in applying for tickets:
• by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• by post to Southwell Music Festival, c/o Music and Liturgy Office, The Minster Centre, Church Street,  Southwell, Notts, NG25 0HD
• at the Cathedral Shop in person or by calling 01636 812933.
Please state the number of tickets you require and whether discounts apply; please provide full contact details and indicate whether any of your party have special dietary requirements.

Tickets for Haydn’s The Creation are selling fast and only returns are available for ticketed Great Hall events so an extra concert is being presented by Southwell Music Festival to meet demand for tickets.

The Classical Cabaret will take place in the historic theatre above the Old Theatre Deli on Market Place, Southwell at 7.30pm on Friday 22nd August. With some of Britain’s very best young professional musicians in town for the Festival weekend, the wide-ranging programme will feature a vocal quartet performing Elizabethan madrigals – perfect entertainment for a summer evening, and a virtuoso brass quartet playing a variety of baroque ensemble pieces. 

The price of the ticket includes a delicious buffet supper and, following an extended interval, the audience will be entertained by eight string players performing the magnificent Octet by Felix Mendelssohn. The concert will end at approximately 9.30pm – in good time to move to the Minster for Light out of Darkness – the candle-lit concert of words and choral music beginning at 10.00pm. Tickets are £20 (under 18s, £15) including supper.  There will also be a full bar service (drinks not included in ticket price).  We very much regret that there is no wheelchair access to this part of the Old Theatre Deli. 

The theatre has limited capacity so to avoid disappointment please do not delay in applying for tickets: • by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. • by post to Southwell Music Festival, c/o Music and Liturgy Office, The Minster Centre, Church Street,  Southwell, Notts, NG25 0HD • at the Cathedral Shop in person or by calling 01636 812933. Please state the number of tickets you require and whether discounts apply; please provide full contact details and indicate whether any of your party have special dietary requirements.

Thursday 7th August will mark the 100th anniversary of the embarkation or departure of troops from Southwell to go and join the war effort in World War 1. On that day 107 men left the town, marching from Market Square to the railway station (now the Final Whistle).

The Royal British Legion would like to mark this occasion by mustering an equal number of young people and youth groups to march from the Market to the war Memorial and then onto the railway station site.

The plan is to meet in the Market Square at 10.45am, this is very close to the old Drill Hall used by the Territorials.

There will then be a short commemoration of 100 years ago and the Acting Dean, Nigel Coates, will say a prayer.

Participants will then move off towards the Burgage War Memorial to lay a 1914-18 Wreath, then continue to the old railway station.

If you are interested in taking part please contact Andrew Gregory by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Comedian and author David Walliams wants people to help create the world's biggest rainbow for the East Midlands' only children's hospice by adding a splash of colour.

Mr Walliams, who is a patron of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, wants people to celebrate the charity's 20th birthday milestone by helping to smash a world record. To get involved, people can share a bright photo selfie online or write a birthday message on a special coloured postcard.

The selfies and postcards will then be laid together to create the giant rainbow, which will be displayed later in the year at a venue in the East Midlands. The charity hopes to break the record for the world's biggest postcard mosaic, which currently measures 453.37 m² and was created by students from The Camford International School in India.

Kicking off the World's Biggest Rainbow campaign today, David Walliams said: "I'm very excited to be launching this fantastic appeal for Rainbows. The hospice is such an incredible place and the staff do a fantastic job making a happy environment filled with love and laughter. I am very passionate about the work the charity does and I'm proud to be a patron. So come on, get involved and help them create the biggest rainbow ever made up of selfies and postcards; it's a fabulous way to celebrate 20 years of caring for children and young people. Let's do something amazing for Rainbows."

People will be able to add their bit to the World's Biggest Rainbow as it tours the East Midlands as part of a special roadshow and people will be able to take photos and write messages on birthday cards at those locations.

Geoff Ellis, Rainbows chief executive, added: "This year we are celebrating 20 years of care and we want to make as much noise as possible about it. We hope that by creating the world's biggest rainbow, we will raise a lot of awareness about who we are and the work we do. We haven't decided where we will reveal the rainbow yet as we just don't know how big it is going to get.

"We are very grateful to David for supporting this campaign and we know that our other famous patrons and ambassadors will also be getting involved so look out for their photos. Anyone can get involved in this and if enough people join in, we will create the biggest rainbow ever."

To join in, share a bright photo of yourself using backgrounds or accessories matching one of our special rainbow colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple or pink. Then, using the hashtag #RainbowsSelfie, post it onto Twitter or Facebook and nominate your friends. Or visit www.rainbows.co.uk/birthdayrainbow to order coloured postcards.

NORWOOD PARK GOLF Centre in Southwell, Nottinghamshire already nationally recognised by ENGLAND GOLF for their initiatives to help 'grow the game', recently opened EZ Golf on their Par 3 Course using 15" holes in association with TaylorMade.

"TaylorMade is delighted to be associated with EZ Golf at Norwood Park. The 15" cup encompassed with shorter holes is a great idea that will bring a further enjoyment to the game for all ages and ability."

Lee Farrar – Head of Field Sales for TaylorMade

"The Par 3 Course has been re-designed to incorporate shorter EZ tees and the 15" holes positioned on the greens away from the normal holes.It gives the players more choice and is ideal for beginners & juniors wanting to make the transition from the driving range on to the course without making it too difficult.

I first saw this in the USA at an event sponsored by TaylorMade, and to our knowledge we are the first in the country to be using the 15" holes.I really feel this is going to be very popular, offering both variety & fun for all the family"

Rob Macey, TMAG staff player NPGC

"Norwood Park Golf Centre has shown to be one of the more pro-active clubs in Nottinghamshire, they put development at the heart of everything they do, which creates a warm and friendly atmosphere at the club. I have worked in Sports Development for nearly 14 years and Norwood Park Golf Centre is 'far and away' one of the best clubs I have ever worked with. They put the love of the game at the centre of all they do and in doing so have become a shining light for the region.Their latest EZ easy golf initiative will prove very popular and no doubt help grow golf in Nottinghamshire"
Matthew Bloor Sports Development Officer (NGB Projects) &County Development Officer for Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership

The Centre was awarded GOLFMARK (High achievers) by England Golf in 2010, highlighting a strong commitment to junior golf development and adult beginners. They have formed school links with local councils, they host numerous community golf projects including focusing on both juniors and adult programmes for those with special needs within the county.

* England Golf – (Runner up) Golfmark Club of the year 2014
* The Golf Foundation awarded GolfRoots Centre accreditation and Richard Strange PGA Coach won National Presidents Award 2014

You tube clip – take a look THE 15" GOLF HOLE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s9HKnVjd48

Carefree summer days are upon us and National Trust gardens, parks and countryside in Nottinghamshire provide a perfect backdrop for visitors to have fun playing games and sports, just as they did many years ago when they were family homes.

"Whilst many things have changed over the years, the ways in which we like to relax and enjoy our free time have stayed remarkably the same. As we celebrate the arrival of summer, it's fascinating to find out how the families who lived in the places we look after used to enjoy their leisure time," said Catherine MacCarthy, Head of Conservation at the National Trust in the Midlands.

The families who lived in the houses and estates cared for by the National Trust would have enjoyed a variety of sports and pastimes including croquet which became very popular in England during the 1860s, tennis, bowling and archery, which had a revival as an upper-class pursuit in the late 18th century.

"From an energetic game of rounders to a gentle spot of croquet, there are lots of ways to make memories with your family at a National Trust place in Nottinghamshire this summer. Playing outside, whatever your age, in colourful gardens or parks and woodlands, is the perfect way to spend a summer's day," continued Catherine MacCarthy, Head of Conservation at the National Trust in the Midlands.

This summer, visitors to National Trust places in Nottinghamshire can have a go at playing old and new games. At The Workhouse families can have a go at traditional games like cup and ball, spinning tops and cat's cradle. There's also skipping ropes, hoops and sticks and whip and top. At Clumber Park you can bring along your own bat and ball for a game of rounders or borrow one of our sets – from croquet to crazy cricket and short tennis to '5 a side' football, there's plenty to choose from.

To start planning your summer of fun, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlands

With the school summer holidays stretching out ahead of us the RSPCA's Young Photographer Awards is the perfect boredom buster for children.

They could win a brilliant prize for taking a photo of their favourite animal - whether that's a shot of a snail in the garden, a portrait of the family pooch or a snap of a sheep in a field. Plus if they are a finalist, they will be invited to the awards ceremony at the Tower of London in December that I am hosting.

I've been judging the competition for several years now and it's always really exciting to sift through the entries and whittle them down to the winning shots.

There are some beautiful photographs which literally take your breath away, some shots which make you see animals in a completely different way and some pictures which just make you laugh.

Don't worry - you don't need an expensive camera to take part. If you are 18 and under just get snapping and visit www.rspca.org.uk/ypa for more information about the categories and how to enter.

Entries for this year's competition are already rolling in thick and fast but there is still plenty of time to submit your photos before the closing date on 25th August.

Chris Packham

Under the terms of the Localism Act in 2011, communities can now choose to produce a Neighbourhood Plan, to help shape and deliver new development in their area.