Norwood Park Golf Centre in Nottinghamshire has been recognised as one of the country's most welcoming clubs.

Its excellent record of attracting and encouraging new golfers and juniors has helped to make Norwood Park the joint runner-up in England Golf's prestigious 2014 GolfMark Club of the Year award, supported by COBRA PUMA GOLF.

Their success was announced at an awards dinner and Norwood Park general manager Paul Thornton commented: "This is fantastic.

Paul, who also chairs the Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership, went on: "We're a young club, only 15 years old and always set out to be a very friendly, welcoming place where everyone is equal. It is a real team effort at the centre and we try very hard to put development at the heart of all we do"

GolfMark is an England Golf initiative, which recognises junior and beginner-friendly clubs. This award, now in its sixth year, applauds GolfMark clubs which have made an outstanding and innovative contribution to developing the game.

Norwood Park, which holds a High Achiever GolfMark, has bucked the national trend and has increased its membership over the past two years and increased participation. It offers a complete pathway for beginner golfers with a driving range, Par 3 academy course and 18-hole course

It's a Get into Golf centre for the Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership, offering low-cost structured coaching as part of a national campaign to inspire more people to take up the game.

Norwood Park has close links with local schools which have helped to create a flourishing junior section with about 70 members. The club is also working hard to encourage girls to play golf through numerous initiatives and currently has an impressive 15 girl members, all under the age of 16.

The members are very supportive of efforts to encourage new golfers; three former junior members have recently taken their Level 1 volunteer coaching courses and now support the club's PGA professionals. In addition, Norwood Park offers a range of flexible memberships options.

The GolfMark Club of the Year awards were announced last night at a gala dinner at the England Golf County Development Conference at Staverton Park in Northamptonshire. The winner was Cookridge Hall Golf Club, Leeds, and the co-runners-up were Strawberry Hill Golf Club in London.

Presenting the awards, Craig Verrinder, UK Marketing Manager for COBRA PUMA GOLF, said: "We are delighted to be able to recognise the outstanding efforts of Norwood Park Golf Centre to grow the game.

"COBRA PUMA GOLF are proud to continue supporting the GolfMark programme and helping golf grow across the UK."

Richard Flint, Club Services and Development Director for England Golf, commented: "Norwood Park Golf Centre are to be congratulated for their flexible, welcoming approach to attracting and retaining new golfers.

"England Golf continues to invest in resources, such as GolfMark and their County Golf Partnership network, to ensure golf clubs can benefit to maximum effect."

Sir John Starkey, Owner Norwood Park GC says:

"I am personally delighted with the outstanding contribution that has has been recognised by England Golf to the Norwood Team. To come runner-up in the Golf mark Club of the year 2014 is a testament to all the hard work from the staff especially over the past 4 years, when a new management structure was introduced. I and my family are thrilled that so many new golfers of all ages have been introduced to the great game of golf here in the wonderful setting at Norwood Park, with a special mention to the many new Ladies & Girls who PGA Coach Richard Strange has encouraged via numerous coaching initiatives. Golf is a game for the whole family across the generations and I am so delighted with our achievements so far. "

Saturday 12th April

Peppa Pig @ White Post Farm

White Post Farm. Peppa and Daddy Pig will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day. 01623 882977.

Manor Farm Open Day 10am

Manor Farm Tea Shoppe, Bleasby. Click here to find out more.

Gosh Gallery Book Talk 6pm

Gosh Gallery, Tuxford. Talk by John Oldfield on his book: 'How to protect your bottom line from your advertising agencyClick here for more details.

Farnsfield Spring Show 

Farnsfield Village Centre, New Hill, Farnsfield. Admission Free. Schedules available in local shops.

Sunday 13th April

Gardens Open for Charity 

Broadlea, East Drayton & Capability Barn, Hoveringham. Adm £3.50, children free. More information at

The Ramblers Association Walking Programme 9am

Headon, villages of Headon, Grove and Askham. Begins at 9am and is an 8 mile walk, for further details contact 01636 814277

Lowdham Spring Show

Lowdham Village Hall. Entries need to be in between 9.30 and 11.30am. The schedule can be downloaded from:, is available at 'Lowdham Post Office' or 'The Bookcase'. The show opens at 1pm with prize giving at 3.30pm. There will be a display of artwork by the 'Lowdham Painting for Pleasure' group as well as a display of floral art by the 'Lowdham Saint Mary's Flower Guild'. Admission is only £1.50 and refreshments will be available.

Tuesday 15th April

Southwell Gardening Club Monthly Talk 7.30pm

WI Hall, Southwell. Practical Soil Analysis. Membership £10, and £2 per meeting. Please contact 01636 816339

Wednesday 16th April

Easter Fun 10.30am

Southwell Library. Crafts and chocolate treats for kids 4-9 years old. Tel: 01636 812148.

Friday 18th April

Children's Easter Competition (18th - 21st April)

The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell. Pop in over the Easter weekend from Friday18th to Monday 21st April and enter our Easter Colouring Competition. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to be awarded for the best entries.

Saturday 19th April (Easter Saturday)

Lions Easter Egg stall

Southwell Market. Support the Lions Easter Egg stall and perhaps win a delicious egg! A draw will also be taking place at local pubs and other venues. 

April in Paris

The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell. France arrives in Southwell when Mood Indigo performs 'April in Paris'. Enjoy entertainment from this wonderful jazz band, and perhaps something to eat from the French themed menu. This is a non-ticketed event. 

Easter Holiday Fun 10am

Southwell Library. Drop in and make an Easter Card for someone special. For ages 4-9 years. Free event. Tel 01636 812148.

Dads and Toddlers 10am to 12 noon

Holy Trinity Church, Southwell. A toddler group for Dads and young children. On the third Saturday of each month. For details contact Helen Lewis on 01636 815512.

Spring Workshops 11am

GOSH! Gallery, Tuxford. Explore printing, pastels and Gouachhe with Graham Laughton and Becki Pate. £30 per person. Click here for more details.

Sunday 20th April (Easter Sunday)

Easter Art Exhibition (19th - 21st)

Shelford Village Hall. The Shelford Group of Srtists annual exhibition. Between 10am and 4pm each day. Further information from John Lightbody on 01623 822703.

Easter Egg Trail (20th & 21st)

The Workhouse, Southwell. Visitors can find out about life for the inmates and claim a prize.

Monday 21st April (Easter Monday)

Easter Egg Trail (5th - 21st April)

The Abbey Courtyard, Rufford Country Park, NG22 9DF. Follow the clues to find the eggs hidden in the park. Find all the eggs to claim your sweet reward !! £1 per leaflet, £3 per car.

Oh No It's a Gruffalo (11th - 30th April)

Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Edwinstowe. We're helping to celebrate the Gruffalo's 15th anniversary. Join us for party celebrations and activities throughout the year. Venture into the deep dark woods from 11th April until September and you'll be able to take part in one of our Gruffalo trails. Please see website for full details:

Tuesday 22nd April 

Coffee, Croissants & Children (22nd & 23rd)

The Old Theatre Deli, Southwell. A FREE talk on savings for Children/Grandchildren. Includes complimentary coffee. Tel: Martin Chapman on 07767 450097


Table Top Sale

Edingley Village Hall

Saturday 17th May, 10-12noon

£5 per table

Proceeds to Christian Aid

To book call Diana Poole on 01623 882106


Star of BBC One's The Voice, Sally Barker, will be one of the main attractions at this year's Gate To Southwell Folk Festival (5th - 8th June), creating one of the strongest line-ups of female roots music talent to gather in the UK this summer.

Singer/songwriter Sally, who performs with legendary all-women act The Poozies, was mentored by Tom Jones who said of her cover of 'To Love Somebody': "you moved was so beautiful I couldn't help myself".

The Poozies join a truly international bill by key figures from the current female scene including BBC Folk Award winners Bella Hardy & The Midnight Watch and The Mischa Macpherson Trio, winners of this year's BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Other fantastic female acts include Nanci Griffith-associate Maura Kennedy of The Kennedys, acclaimed Irish sisters The Henry Girls, Lisa Butler of Caladh Nua, Polly Perry of The Billet Doux and 16 year old prodigy from Cambridge GraceSarah.

Headline acts this year include The Bills and The Sojourners from Canada, folk rock collective Feast of Fiddles, Scotland's tremendous Treacherous Orchestra, New York guitar legend Woody Mann and one of the finest singers on the current English folk scene, Jim Causley.  Derby's Cupola will lead the Friday night ceilidh and also perform with Southwell festival favourite Lucy Ward.

Alongside guaranteed great music and dancing, the beer and cider festival, music workshops, a children's festival and many family activities, the organisers have also announced there'll be a ground-breaking "silent folk disco".  To find out more and buy discounted tickets before the end of April, visit

Come and join Will and Lisa at the Hearty Goodfellow for their grand re-opening on Friday 11th April. Following the recent refurbishments, the pub will be open from 11am with the official opening at 8pm by Nottingham rock band, North Road. All welcome.

Easter Events

France arrives in Southwell on Saturday 19th April when Mood Indigo performs 'April in Paris' Enjoy entertainment from this wonderful jazz band, and perhaps something to eat from our French themed menu. This is a non-ticketed event.

Children's Easter Competition

Pop in over the Easter weekend from Friday 18th April to Monday 21st April and enter our Easter Colouring Competition. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to be awarded for the best entries.

Tel. 01636 919176
81 Church Street, Southwell, NG25 0HQ 

A Jobs Fair will be held in Newark on Wednesday 14th May from 10am to 2pm at Newark Town Hall. A chance to meet employers with local job vacancies and also support agencies with information and advice.

Gosh gallery in Tuxford is now offering an exciting range of print workshops, which include mono printing, open and paper stencil screenprinting and lino printing. Our tutor is a qualified lecturer and practising artist, who is represented by the gallery.

Alongside this will also be fantastic Gouache workshops delivered by award winning artist Graham Laughton! Explore working with Gouache, building a landscape and selecting the right materials will help you find your own style!

We aim to give you plenty of inspiration, new ideas and a number of fabulous prints/Paintings to take home at the end of the session, all you need to bring is your enthusiasm!

Book Talk

Meanwhile on Saturday 12th April 6-8pm we welcome author John Oldfield with a talk on his book: 'How to protect your bottom line from your advertising agency'

Having worked as a creative director in various parts of the world with companies such as Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO, and saatchi & saatchi his book is a brutally frank exposé from behind the scenes pointing out the traps that can result in a wasted advertising budget and explains why advertising agencies are part of the problem – rather than part of the solution.

Tickets cost £20 with refreshments – please call or email to book your space (details in advert above/right).

Supporting the work of Southwell Minster Choir Association.

Chamber concerts in the historic Great Hall of Southwell Minster

Sundays at 7.30pm. Refreshments served from 7pm

Sunday 11 May
Stephen Cooper baritone, Paul Hale piano
The season opens with a recital by talented baritone Stephen Cooper, who will be performing Schumann's Dichterliebe and Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Sunday 15 June
Mark Hacking bass viol & Philip Robinson harpsichord
Local musicians Mark Hacking and Philip Robinson join forces to explore music from the Eighteenth Century. They will feature well-known figures J.S. Bach and Handel alongside lesser-known composers Marais, Forqueray and Abel.

Sunday 6 July
Andrew Ashwin - 'A night at the Opera'
A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Andrew Ashwin will entertain us with a varied programme of operatic favourites, accompanied by Simon Hogan. Mozart, Bernstein and Britten will be featured.

Sunday 14 September
The Minster Chorale
To kick off their 20th anniversary celebrations, The Minster Chorale will perform a varied and exciting programme of sacred and secular choral masterpieces, ranging from Finzi, Rheinberger, Byrd and Lobo through to light-hearted arrangements of popular classics.

Sunday 12 October
Oliver Lallemant
An evening of jazz piano from Oliver, a former organ scholar of Southwell Minster.

Sunday 9 November
Nottingham Youth Orchestra Showcase
Ensemble performances, quartets and soloists feature in what promises to be an evening packed with variety, brought to you by the talented members of Nottingham Youth Orchestra..

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Look-out for the BIG Easter Eggs dotted around the Town and surrounding area in various pubs. Have a go on our Easter Egg Stall on the Market Place Southwell on Easter Saturday (19th) - You never know your luck!

Celebrate all that's good about Nottinghamshire at the Nottinghamshire County Show this May.

A group of local volunteers under the control of the East Midlands Ambulance Service who attend local calls relating to heart and breathing difficulties is looking for new members.

The Potwell Dyke Grasslands Action group was set up in January 2004 when the agreement between Southwell Town Council and the Countryside Commission was coming up for renewal.

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.

I am writing to thank you and your readers for the support you've shown so far for East Midlands British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops Spring Clear Out campaign.

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.

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

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).

The 2014 Wonderland festival features THREE themes in ONE fantastic event : 45 Years of the Ford Capri ~ 50 years of the Ford Mustang ~ Lewis Collins 'Bodie' Tribute

Manor Farm is holding an Open Day on Saturday 12th April, 10am - 4pm for you to come and find out about all the exciting things they have to offer.

View the beautiful Gastro dining area and Function room, take a peek at the Shepherd's Hut accommodation or try the hands-on Baking Workshops. There will be tasting samples of the Gastro Dining food and other special offers to collect on the day.

Caroline, Andrew and their team look forward to welcoming you.

The 2014 Wonderland festival features THREE themes in ONE fantastic event : 45 Years of the Ford Capri ~ 50 years of the Ford Mustang ~ Lewis Collins 'Bodie' Tribute

Taking place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June, on the banks of the River Trent at Ferry Farm, Hoveringham. Traders, food outlets, children's entertainment, camping, plus a 20% discount entry for festival visitors to the neighbouring Farm Park, make this is a festival for enthusiasts & the family.

FREE entry to all exhibitors on Saturday (arrivals from 2pm) open to the public 4pm to 8pm with live local band 'Beggars belief' + Bar + Disco. Also on Saturday night there will be a 'Car of the night' prize package featuring a 'Frankie & Benny's' Hamper worth over £50. 

Tickets on Saturday (for non-exhibitors) cost £2.50/Adults U16s FREE and on Sunday £5/Adults U16s FREE. For further information see ad (right), call 01623 490605 or go to


Staff from the Making it! Discovery Centre jumped at the chance to get involved in a project that saw Scouts from across the region making draught excluders to give to those in need this winter.

CEO Susan Walters of Making it!, a Mansfield based family attraction located on Littleworth, and Crafts Coordinator Linda Boult acted as the crafts experts at the E.ON led project to show the Scouts how to create a draught excluder using recycled materials, whilst offering creative inspiration and helpful advice to help develop the children's skills.

Part of the Making it Industrial Heritage Trust Ltd, Making it! is an independent charity that supports disadvantaged children by providing a fun, educational family attraction to help them understand how everyday products are invented, designed and made. Making it! also offers craft activities of their own in their Brewhouse Crafts workshop, providing a fun, safe environment for children and adults to learn and develop creative skills.

Walters commented "This was a great opportunity for us to show our support for such a worthy cause. The Scouts we worked with were an inspiration to others and should be congratulated for all the hard work they put into supporting their communities." Making it! are preparing for their upcoming craft workshops and events so they can provide a fun family day out during the School holidays.

See full details at