Treat yourself to a free family day out on Saturday 21st June, 12 noon til 4pm at the Southwell Family Funday on The Burgage.

A local charity has a number of travel scholarships to award to young people under the age of 25.

Southwell Town Councillor, Charley Pierpoint will be running the Race for Life at Clumber Park on Saturday 21st June in memory of Anne Wood, who published the Bramley newspaper for 34 years until her retirement in 2011.

Tickets are on sale for the first Southwell Music Festival which will bring around 60 of Britain's best young classical musicians to Southwell for top quality concerts throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 22nd to Monday 25th August).

Easter was a busy time for all this year especially at Making it! Discovery Centre who played host to their first Spring Home and Garden Market, attended by many local businesses and crafters.

Based on Littleworth, Mansfield, the former Mansfield Brewery site is the perfect location for a family day out during Nottinghamshire School holidays when the centre is open to the public. The spring fair was an addition to normal Easter activities and a welcomed treat for families visiting the centre across Easter weekend.

After the success of Making its first fair in November 2013, organisers were keen to offer another jam packed event to draw visitors to Mansfield to support local businesses. With a variety of stalls selling produce such as plants, candles, chutneys and cupcakes along with demonstrations for both adults and children, the event was a real hit for families and couples alike.

There was also an Easter fun hunt where children searched high and low for Easter bunnies, counting how many they had found along the way in an attempt to win a family day pass to the centre. Lucky Jessica Marriott was picked at random to be the winner of the prize and will be visiting the centre again later in the year with her family.

For more information about Making it!- Like on Facebook /makingitdiscoverycentre, follow on Twitter @makingitcentre or subscribe to the newsletter via www.makingitdiscoverycentre.co.uk

Three local historians, Canon Michael Austin, Lance Wright and Mike Kirton, have spent the last two years researching a major book that chronicles Southwell's commitment to the Great War.

From a population of about 3,200 at least 650 served in the armed forces during the conflict. Of these almost 110 did not return, with many more wounded and/or traumatised by the war. The core of the early volunteers were the 115 men of the local territorials, led by Captain John Becher, forming 'H' Company, 8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, part of the first territorial brigade to serve in the trenches in 1915.

Southwell at War, contains biographical details of most of the 650 Southwell men, along with information taken from military records and descendants. In addition the book contains edited excerpts of the 'Southwell News' columns of the Newark Advertiser giving a fascinating insight into the 'Home Front' and news from the 'front'. Other chapters contain stories of various individuals who served, the progress of the territorials, the role of women, life in the schools, and the local military convalescent hospitals.

This large format book, of almost 350 pages and 135 illustration, is available from The Bookcase in Lowdham, Tel: 0115 9664143.

 

 

This year is the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings, so the Nottinghamshire County Show are marking this event with special displays, demonstrations and activities commemorating this major feat of arms.

Organisers of the County Show are particularly pleased to have a Sherman Tank on display as these were used by the Sherwood Rangers who landed with these tanks on Gold beach. Commonly known as 'swimming' tanks they were launched into the sea many miles from shore, then 'swam' to shore whereupon they acted as a normal tank.

Alongside exhibition boards featuring many local stories and a rolling film about the Normandy Landings there will be a super display of military vehicles including a Fordson Fire Engine kindly loaned from RAF Scampton Fire fighting Museum; a Morris Commercial Army Truck travelling from Wisbech and a Jeep with a trailed gun from Peterborough. An Austin K2 Ambulance and a Caterpillar D4 Bulldozer both saw action on the Normandy beaches and will take pride of place within the display. In fact the Ambulance and its owner Chris Carter from Spalding will be returning to France in June as part of the commemoration services taking place there.

To obviate the need to transport petrol across the Channel where it could be exposed to air and submarine attack, a rubber hose codenamed PLUTO (Pipeline Under The Ocean) pumped petrol via two routes along the floor of the English Channel to France - "Bambi" ran from the Isle of Wight to Cherbourg and "Dumbo" ran from Dungeness to Boulogne. Each pipe could delivery 56,000 imperial gallons per 24 hours and the high quality oil was supplied from oil fields in Eakring, near

Newark. Staff from the Duke's Wood Oil Museum will be on hand to tell visitors more about this local, top secret facility right on our doorstep.
Seven Lincolnshire and four Nottinghamshire members of the Normandy Veterans Association will be special guests at the Show. Show Manager Jayne Olney said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome and host these veterans at our Show and share our thoughts with them regarding this important piece of our country's history."

But if you want to get involved with some action then the Living History World War11 encampment is just the place. See the Company Headquarters and Quartermaster's tent housing all the equipment, the field kitchen with its "ground friendly" cooking equipment and talk to the Company Command Post as men go about their daily activities and training on the home front prior to being stationed in Europe. Children can have go at mine detecting and drill whilst other demonstrations will include Land Army milking and WW11 farriers making nails and other farm related items linked to agriculture.

All this and not forgetting the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight who will perform flypasts on both days of the show. On Saturday the Dakota will mark the moment at approximately 12.20pm and on Sunday the famous Merlin engine of the Spitfire will be heard as it makes a low level pass just after 2pm

Advance tickets cost £12 each and if you want to buy your tickets in person then go to the Newark Showground; the Newark Advertiser offices; the Newark Information Centre; the Nottinghamshire Tourist Information Centre or Ollerton Tourist Centre.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.nottinghamshirecountyshow.com
Or on telephone by contacting the Showground on 01636 705796

Children under the age of 17 years go free, there is free car parking and free grandstand seating. On the gate tickets are priced at £16 each.

The Palace Theatre Newark's new brochure for summer is out now and brings with it a fresh new look for the theatre. A new logo and brochure design are launched, alongside the new season of shows, which runs from May to September.

Season highlights include:

Suggs on Thursday 1st May with 'My Life Story in Word and Music'. The Madness frontman takes to the stage in a hilarious yet moving, one man tour de force playing to rave reviews.

This is followed on Wednesday 21st May with Formby. In a unique one-man performance, following George Formby's rise from awkward stable boy to one of Britain's biggest stars. Ewan Wardrop plays the role of Formby, as well as all the key characters involved in this fascinating slice of his life. Featuring many of his classic hits performed live including: Blackpool Rock, Leaning on a Lamppost, When I'm Cleaning Windows, TT Races, and many more.

Immortal Chi takes the stage on Wednesday 28th May. Direct from China, and created by the team behind the renowned Shaolin Warriors, Immortal Chi is a brand new spectacular fusion of jaw dropping Martial Arts, amazing multi-media images, fabulous costumes and original live music.

Marty Wilde enters the Palace on Thursday 12th June. Having begun his career in 1957, Marty was one of the first British singers to play a leading part in those early formative, and groundbreaking rock'n'roll years. Marty and his fabulous band the Wildcats take you back through some of the most exciting musical times this country has ever experienced.

Entertaining Mr Sloane arrives on Tuesday 24th June. Written by Joe Orton, this 50th anniversary production is presented by London Classic Theatre, the team behind Beloved.
On Wednesday 2nd July Cornish comedy legend Jethro is back, as large as life, and on tour in 2014 with his very own unique brand of irresistible West Country tales for a fun-filled night of adult comedy.

The Sooty Show on Thursday 31st July promises a spectacular mix of magic, music and mess – guaranteed giggles for Sooty fans, old and new. Plus, there's a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show.
Beyond the Barricade is back by overwhelming public demand and celebrating its 15th fantastic year with a sensational new show for 2014. Beyond the Barricade recreates original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity and features a cast of past principal performers from the West End production of Les Miserables, and the 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena. Taking place on Saturday 20th September.

Finally The Lindisfarne Story on Thursday 25th September is a celebration of the Tyneside band's music and achievements. The show is devised, written and performed by drummer/founder member Ray Laidlaw, and Billy Mitchell, front man for the final eight years of the group.

The brochure also looks ahead to forthcoming autumn shows including Joan Armatrading on 8th November and Moscow State Ballet's Nutcracker 19th November.

Theatre Manager, Carys Coulton-Jones, says, "we are delighted to present another season of exceptional entertainment here at the Palace. We have some great shows to look forward to for all tastes and preferences and we're really confident that you'll enjoy whatever you choose to come and see over this summer season".

Of the new logo and brochure design, she went on to say, "following the great news at the start of the year that the Palace would be retained by Newark and Sherwood District Council moving forwards, we felt now was the perfect time to freshen up our logo and brochure and we're thrilled with the results".

The new brochure is available now via the usual outlets or online at www.palacenewark.com and tickets for all shows are on sale now.

  

Daisies Day Nursery has been hosting a mother and baby group for parents and babies at their Lowdham setting for a few months now. It has been so successful and beneficial to the babies (and mums!) that they have decided to extend the invitation to mums and babies who are not registered with the setting.

It can sometimes be quite isolating as a new mum so it's nice to be able to come to a home from home environment to swap stories and gain advice from other mums or just to sit and chat! If you would like to share our baby group on Friday afternoons between 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm feel free to pop along to our nursery at 63 Main Street, Lowdham.

Nottinghamshire's county-wide Open Studios events are running again, this time between 3rd May and 15th June, with over 150 artists & makers taking part.

Nottingham based music education charity, Music for Everyone, is recruiting for singers to join their daytime choir in Southwell.

Creative youngsters in Nottinghamshire are being asked to produce a 60 second broadcast advert on saving energy as part of the new nationwide 'E.ON uCreate Competition'.

The competition is open to primary and secondary schools as well as youth groups. Entrants are invited to write, produce, record and submit a minute-long TV or radio advert encouraging people to save energy at home.

Creators of the advert selected as the overall winning entry will have their submission professionally produced by major broadcasting company UTV Media. The ad will then feature on E.ON's YouTube channel, with the successful group or school also winning an iPad.

Amy Cross, Senior Community Relations Executive, at E.ON, said: "Our competition gives youngsters the chance to use their artistic skills and get a real insight into how the advertising world works, while also encouraging them and their local communities to use no more energy than they need.

"We're keen for local youngsters to get inspired, innovative and imaginative and want to get as many schools and youth groups involved as possible. There are lots of ways that people can save energy at home and we can't wait to start judging the entries."

E.ON has teamed up with uCreate to run the competition. uCreate provides youngsters with a work-related introduction to the tools of the media. The competition is part of E.ON's commitment to helping educate communities about energy and how to better control their energy use.

Adam Stebbing, Community Partnership Project Manager at uCreate, said: "Saving energy is a really important topic at the moment so it's great that we can work with E.ON to give young people this unique real world opportunity. Together we're offering kids a great chance to get involved with two of the UK's biggest industries – media and energy."

The competition is open for applications until Friday 23rd May. Interested schools and youth groups should visit ucreateproject.com to register and for Terms and Conditions.

Just in time for the better weather, the refurbished Cathedral Shop and Refectory will re-open to the public on Saturday 26th April.

Thirty people rolled up on 1st April, eager to get their hands dirty in the new Education Garden of the Bishop's Palace in Southwell.

BBC Radio Nottingham is launching recruitment for the BBC's biggest ever apprenticeship scheme.

The new 15 month scheme will be run by the BBC Academy in partnership with the City of Wolverhampton College, and will culminate in a Level 3 apprenticeship in Journalism, certified by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).  It will offer 45 local apprenticeships in BBC local radio stations as well as in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as part of the corporation's commitment to open up its employment and recruitment to people from the broadest possible range of backgrounds and communities.

Would-be Local Apprentices will be non-graduates who demonstrate that they are creative, news-aware, and are passionate and knowledgeable about their local area.

Successful candidates will start on 29th September when, after an initial 6-8 week training period, they will work as Apprentice Broadcast Assistants in 39 English local radio stations and 2 in Wales, or 4 Apprentice Content Assistants in radio stations each in Scotland and Northern Ireland (two in each). Once the apprentices have completed the scheme, they will be able to apply for jobs in these roles.

Applications for the scheme open this month (April) and interviews will be scheduled in July. You can register your interest in the Local Apprentice scheme by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Discover inspiring art and craft at The Harley Gallery, an art and craft gallery in Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

The Gallery is on the A60 between Mansfield and Worksop. Only 10 minutes from the A1 and M1, it's an easy journey from Sheffield, Nottingham or further afield.

The Portland Collection State Room Tour

Monday 11th August to Monday 22nd September 2014
Monday - Friday (excluding Bank Holidays), 10.15am and 2.30pm
£16.50

See fine and decorative arts from the internationally renowned Portland Collection in its historic setting at Welbeck Abbey. This walking tour lasts approximately an hour and a half.

Tours will start at The Harley Gallery at 10.15am and 2.30pm, when you will be taken by bus through Welbeck Village, passing the 5th Duke of Portland's Riding School.

You will disembark the bus at Welbeck Abbey, home of the Cavendish-Bentinck family who have lived at Welbeck since 1606. The walking tour will lead you through the State Rooms; the grand reception rooms used for entertaining which were remodelled in the Edwardian period by Winifred, Duchess of Portland. These rooms include the magnificent Gothic Hall and tapestry hung Red Drawing Room, and feature an array of fine and decorative arts from The Portland Collections.
You will also have the opportunity to see the Print Corridor, Titchfield Library and Chapel before taking the bus back to The Harley Gallery where the tour will end.

Welbeck Abbey is a member of the Historic Houses Association (HHA). The HHA is a not-for-profit organisation which represents hundreds of beautiful historic properties in Britain, which are still privately-owned family homes.

The HHA was established in 1973 to help owners conserve these wonderful places in the interests of the nation, and represents more properties open to the public than the National Trust and English Heritage put together. William Parente, owner of Welbeck, is Deputy President of the Association.

If you are a member of the HHA, please contact us on 01909 501 700 to book tickets for The Portland Collection State Room Tours.

www.harleygallery.co.uk

On Thursday 1st May, Stuart Rose is joined by Lynda Milner from Notts Wildlife Trust for the very popular 'Dawn Chorus' walk. The walk leaves Laxton Castle at around 6.30am to visit all three open fields and identify the birds from their song.

If you think 6.30am sounds early, you will be even more amazed to learn that the event actually begins at around 5.00am when people who are unfamiliar with the route up to Laxton Castle meet Stuart at the Visitor Centre beside the Dovecote Inn. The party then walk up to the castle in time for the sunrise at about 5.25am.

For many years now Retford's Rattlejag Morris dancers have been coming to Laxton to dance in the May on the castle. In recent years, helped no doubt by some glorious early mornings, the crowds have grown to well over 100 people on a week day and up to 200+ when May 1st fell at the weekend. For which they request a small donation, Rattlejag provide a BBQ breakfast and hot drinks or even a drink from a barrel of beer.

Members of the public are invited to join in a dance around the top of the castle at the end of the festivities. When the dancing is over the walkers set off across the fields.

This is the longest walk of the year, but there are shortcuts back for those who need to get home for work or school. If you hope to complete the full walk, expect to be back in the village for between 9.30 and 10am.

On the 15th May, Stuart is again joined by Lynda to guide walkers round South Field looking at the ancient grassland and studying the wildlife and plants. The sykes (pronounced "six") are unique areas within this unique farming system where modern practice preserves the wild heritage. These areas were traditionally either very wet land or where the plough was turned around – a practice which continues today. They were and are farmed but never sprayed or fertilised and wild flowers are abundant.

The walk leaves The Dovecote at 7.00pm, returning between 9.00pm and 9.30pm.

Everyone is welcome on these free walks. Please note that beyond the village all walks are through fields, on farm roads and on tracks. Robust footwear is necessary, as is suitable wet or warm outer wear depending on the weather.

Please phone Stuart 07939 228353 for more information.

Can you spare some time to help support and befriend a local family?

Home-Start Newark is a local charity which recruits and trains volunteers to help families with young children at home. This year is our 30th birthday and we'd like to invite you to join us in providing this much needed service to our local community. Our home-visiting volunteers help families to cope with the challenges of parenting and to rediscover some of the joy that family life can bring. We couldn't ask for a better birthday present!

This is a great opportunity for retired people to utilise their valuable life experience to make a real difference in families' lives. It's also a good route for parents who are getting ready to return to work and want to gain useful skills/experience or to explore a possible change in career direction.

Whatever your situation, we'd love to hear from you if you have parenting experience and would like to find out more about this very rewarding opportunity. Full training and support will be provided.

If you are interested in applying for our next volunteer preparation course or just finding out a bit more, please contact us at the details below (or find us on facebook). The course will run in September, or sooner if numbers permit.

We are also recruiting volunteers to help out at our Family Group in central Newark once or twice a week. Please contact us to find out more.

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Southwell Minster once again provides a spectacular venue for the Easter Services, beginning with Passiontide Sunday on 6th April. And whether you want to join the Palm Sunday procession, experience Christ's final journey through the Stations of the Cross performed by young people, hear a sermon from Dr John Moses, sing loudly or sit quietly - or perhaps wander round the Easter Garden.... there is something for everybody during Holy Week and Easter, including a full English breakfast after the Easter Sunday service!

'Suffering and Salvation' is the title of the Passiontide Service on 6th April at 6.30pm. Canon Precentor Jacqui Jones asks us to 'join with the Cathedral choir and clergy and follow Christ on His solitary journey with stark words and stupendous music.' She says: "We will be using both the Nave and the Quire, encouraging the congregation to move with us in candlelight and letting the Minster itself speak powerfully to those who come with their faith as well as those who come with their doubts. We hope this offering of prayer, words and music may assist other congregations from the Diocese who do not have the resources to have an evening service as well as individuals who wish to join us on the way."

Palm Sunday on 13th April begins at 10.30am with a procession of the Minster congregation who join with parishioners from Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Southwell and members of the Catholic Church in Calverton. They will be singing and praying for the community, accompanied by 'Peter' the donkey and will walk around the Minster grounds with Palm Crosses and fronds before entering the cathedral for a sung Passion with the Minster Chorale. Canon Precentor Jacqui Jones says: "Peter has been part of the Palm Sunday procession for many years and we were very sad when he couldn't make it last year because of the snow. After the service I walk him through the Minster for his reward of a bunch of carrots!"

On Good Friday at 9.30am the Stations of the Cross will be performed in the Minster by young adults as they take a journey representing the trial and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. All ages are encouraged to engage with this powerful presentation which is 40 minutes long with an opportunity to meet afterwards in the hall for refreshments. From 12noon – 1.30pm Dr John Moses is preaching, interspersed with hymns and prayer in the nave. At 1.30pm The Good Friday Liturgy takes place in the Quire with the Cathedral Choir, then at 5.45pm it's Evensong, and the Diocesan Confirmation Service – 'The Fire and the Stone' when Choristers will be among those confirmed, experiencing some of the symbols surrounding Easter Day.

Easter Day begins at 6am outside the Cathedral with the Easter Fire. Jacqui invites us to: "Proclaim the Resurrection as we follow the massive Easter Candle into the building. Listen to the ancient Exultet being sung – the triumphant hymn of praise and exultation. Join in with the Canticles which speak of the story of God's salvation of his people. Renew your baptismal vows. Discover the Easter garden: blessed at this service, and finally, when we have moved through the Cathedral, receive at the High altar the sacrament of God's Presence in bread and wine, and afterwards the opportunity of a full cooked breakfast at Sacrista by the Lay Clerks..."

The cathedral also plays host to Lunchtimes in the Cathedral during Holy Week:
from Monday 14th April – Thursday 17th April.
Entitled 'God's Art of Living' they take place from 12.15 – 1pm and are a time of music, words and reflection in the Quire.
Following on from last year's successful themed presentations, subjects with which most of us engage in our daily lives will be explored with suggestions of a divine perspective:
Monday – Meeting; Tuesday – Working; Wednesday – Forgiving;
Thursday – Eating. Homemade soup will be offered from 11.45am.

For more information on these and other services please contact the Minster Office 01636 812649.