The Palace Theatre Newark turns 100 this week and while it's not the celebration they expected, they're not going to let the centenary pass without celebration. A Gala weekend had been planned, with performances on stage from local stars and performance groups, and although these shows have been postponed until next year, the Theatre is taking its party online this weekend.

Fitness instructors in Southwell have taken their classes onto Zoom. Suzi Matthews from Feel Good Fitness, Liz Pountney the Healthy Habits Coach and Jess Tullberg from Jess Tullberg Yoga have all starting using Zoom to keep their classes going as it became apparent that exercising together in groups was not going to be allowed.

A unique online service will take place this coming Sunday 14 June at 10.30am, to mark Her Majesty The Queen's official birthday and celebrate public service throughout Nottinghamshire, particularly the contribution of the NHS and the nursing profession.

Newark Book Festival, the annual literature festival that attracts more than 5,000 visitors each year to Newark, is set to return for a fourth year in a row with a virtual programme of events. Taking place 10th – 12th July 2020, headline authors including Sophie Hannah and Kate Mosse will take part in a series of events which celebrate creativity and anniversaries over the past 100 years.

Thanks to our funders, supporters, Friends and the Festival Board, Newark Book Festival will be going ahead in 2020 although with a big twist! The Festival will be re-created and split into five chapters that will take place between 10th July to 27th February 2021. The programme will continue to celebrate anniversaries and milestones such as 100 years of Agatha Christie.

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A donation from Southwell Torpedos, a community support group providing doorstep support to local people during the coronavirus crisis, has given Reach Learning Disability a helping hand to launch the next stage of their crisis appeal to help people with learning disabilities and their families in Nottinghamshire.

Are you taking part in Southwell Methodist Church's SuperSpud Competition? Organisers supplied competitors with five seed potatoes back in March.

Many local businesses have been operating throughout this difficult time. They have been resilient and creative in finding ways to carry on safely, many arranging 'click and collect' or delivery services. This has proved vital in maintaining essential local supplies and a sense of normality for us all.

Over 80 Southwell & District Live at Home members celebrated VE Day in the comfort of their own homes whilst enjoying a delightful mini Afternoon Tea. The community spirit really shone through as local Turtle Doves and Southwell Torpedos volunteers came together to deliver the mini treat direct to the doorsteps of local residents who remember the original VE Day.

RESIDENTS are being asked to 'think big' as a major consultation is launched to discover how Newark could benefit from a multi-million pound cash boost.

In honour or VE Day and Rip, the first search and rescue dog of WWII, Andrea Lloyd and her dog Felicity (Fliss) from North Muskham walked around their local villages to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The clothing designer and judge of the BBC's Great British Sewing Bee, Patrick Grant, has called on the nation's sewing community to help people adapt to new Government guidance by producing millions of home-made face coverings.

More than 50 members of Southwell Cricket Club have taken part in a fun #PasstheBallChallenge film, from juniors to 'seniors' and even across the globe! A brilliant effort and so good to see everyone come together.

It's disappointing that the original plans to celebrate VE Day on Friday 8th May have had to be cancelled. However, there is still a lot we can do to commemorate the date and create a great community spirit - while keeping our distance!

Southwell Yarn Bomb Group was planning to Yarn Bomb the town to commemorate VE Day. As this can no longer go ahead due to current restrictions, they plan to share photos of their bollard hats each day on Facebook leading up to VE Day.



Charities, voluntary groups and parish and town councils working hard to support vulnerable Nottinghamshire residents impacted by COVID-19, are encouraged to apply for emergency funding to help with extra costs incurred during the crisis.



Severn Trent Water has stepped in to support a local wildlife charity and volunteers by donating vital funds towards an annual road closure in Oxton.

New research led by Keele University will explore how lockdowns across the world due to the Covid-19 outbreak are impacting the lives of urban animals.

BOXES full of craft equipment are being handed out to help families in Newark and Sherwood get creative during the Covid-19 lockdown.

At all times Beaumond House Hospice works hard to keep its patients and staff safe whilst continuing to provide much needed care for people who are at the end of their lives and this has not changed.