Southwell Town Council's plan to brighten the town centre by displaying flags representing local voluntary organisations is now coming to fruition.

The recent hedgehog surveys in Southwell and Farnsfield conducted by Lauren Moore based at Nottingham Trent University, have come to a very successful close.
20 survey nights, 40 hedgehog boxes and 120 hours of hedgehog searching. The results are in!

Members of Southwell Community Archaeology Group have been supporting Philip Dixon, Consultant Archaeologist for the Minster, looking for possible finds by sifting through the rubble that has been lifted from under the floor of the Chapter House.

A PIONEERING set of proposals to boost Newark's economy, creating a vibrant town centre that attracts tourism and investment, is one of the main focuses of Newark's 'Town Investment Plan,' which has been submitted to the Government by Newark Towns Fund Board.

Home-Start Newark are now recruiting for Remote Family Support Volunteers to provide regular telephone support to local families who are experiencing tough times. Volunteers are needed to offer families befriending and a listening ear, and to help link families to any local services they need. Full free training will be provided via Zoom, so access to a computer or laptop with a webcam and microphone (or a smartphone) is vital. Our next training begins late September.

A rare breed horse has given birth to a filly (female foal) whose gender was determined by scientists in a bid to help protect the breed.

A scarecrow in the front garden of a Farnsfield family has helped raise £331 and counting for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

More than 32,000 restaurants across the UK have now signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

Some traders in Southwell recently voiced their support for the closure of King Street (the one-way section from One Stop westwards to Queen Street) to all but emergency vehicles on Saturdays, to help create a better environment in the town centre for families and shoppers.

Born in 1971 with an inherited rare blood disorder, for which a bone-marrow transplant would have been the only cure, Anthony sadly died in 1979 because a suitable non-related donor could not be found in time to save him.

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.

Where should the Council make more space for walking & cycling, for physical distancing? Add your idea, or upvote an existing idea.

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.