April 2021 marks the Centenary of the Southwell Cross. After the end of WW1, the residents of Southwell raised the funds to erect a Memorial Cross on the Burgage at a cost of £446.

Southwell and District Lions have set ambitious targets for their coastal challenge, both in terms of distance that they need to cover every day, but also the sum of £5,480 they want to raise for Brain Tumour Research.

Read the April issue featuring

Cinderella Sewing Project success
Christian Aid appeal stops climate crisis

Read the February issue featuring:

  • Open Studios celebrates 10 years
  • Love your local high street
  • Update from Southwell Medical Centre

We have received a letter from Bramley reader, Una Cater of Bilsthorpe, regarding a fire at Caudwell's Mill that took place in June 1893. Una's friend, Marion Whitby nee Mathews is the great grandaughter of Henry Blake, the foreman of the mill and her grandfather Harry who also assisted in putting out the fire. They were both praised for their efforts.

The Southwell and District Lions are missing the exercise from following Santa's Sleigh around the local villages, but now they will be stretching their legs even more with a 6,500 mile virtual challenge around the coast of Britain whilst trying to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.

FOR many people, nature is a place of solace and filled with a lifetime of memories. The team at Southwell Minster decided to reflect on how important nature is to us as part of the 'Leaves of Southwell' project funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

People are being urged to take part in an annual Star Count to record our view of the night sky. CPRE, the countryside charity is working with the British Astronomical Association's Commission for Dark Skies to find indications of light pollution levels across the country.

The NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service has now opened in Newark and Sherwood.

Tina Hall from Southwell Gallery is delighted to announce that the winner of their recent competition 'A Song for Southwell' is Martin Williams with his fantastic and uplifting song 'A Beautiful Day'.

Read the January issue featuring:

  • Winner of Song for Southwell
  • Memories of Nature Project
  • 2020 a year like no other!

Drivers and residents are being given the opportunity to influence plans for a new multi-million pound bypass. Highways England has shared plans to transform the last remaining section of single carriageway on the A46, which is part of the nationally significant 'Trans-Midlands Trade Corridor'.

NEW trees have been planted at a primary school in Newark as part of a campaign to recycle used Christmas trees with the proceeds going towards new whips and saplings around the district.

AFTER what has been a challenging year for everyone, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the production and distribution of the Bramley throughout 2020.

Read the December issue featuring:

  • Christmas all wrapped up
  • Virtual Christmas Tree Festival
  • Santa Float Route 2020
  • Festive What's On

Santa is out and about touring Southwell and the surrounding villages, but with the changing spread of the coronavirus and its impact on our communities, these arrangements could still change at any time.

Our local independent retailers have a fantastic array of gifts and festive items for Christmas 2020. Sadly they can't reopen their doors until after the lockdown, but we hope that the selection above gives you some ideas of what awaits you when they do.

Read the November issue featuring:

  • Our Local Christmas Gift Guide
  • Christmas Events and Activities
  • Takeaway Treats
  • The Bramley Apple Festival 2020


This year Reach Learning Disability is again taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge – a national matched funding campaign that enables people to have their donations to charity doubled for one week.

Many of the local retailers are staying open longer this week Mon-Wed - please try to pop down and support them if you can - They are the ones who keep our local high street looking as fabulous as it does and have worked extremely hard to create a safe and local shopping environment.

Green Men Crafting Exhibition: Way back in the early spring, a competition was launched at Southwell Minster – people were invited to create a 'green man' inspired by the incredible and world-renowned medieval carvings in the Minster's Chapter House.