Fifteen years on and the famous annual charity bike ride, Tonya's Challenge, is still going strong, raising funds for Reach Learning Disability. Inaugurated in 2000, this great event – combining family fun with off-road scenic cycling through beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside – continues to help support social and educational activities for over 150 adults living with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire.

With the daffodils starting to burst into flower and the temperatures slowly on the rise, spring is here and what better way to spend a day in the spring sunshine than with a day at the races.

Millions of people across the UK will head to the polling stations on 7th May for what promises to be one of the most unpredictable General Elections of the modern era. As a result, a team of experts from across Nottingham Trent University has come together to help shed light on some of the key issues ahead of election day, offering insight and analysis across a wide range of election-related topics.

Mothering Sunday will be an extra special occasion this year in the Minster. The service on Sunday 15th March at 3.30pm will be sung by the Girls' Choir, in celebration of their 10th anniversary.

Britain's most successful protest singer BILLY BRAGG is the latest headline act booked to play the new look Gate To Southwell Festival 2015 this summer.

Top TV chef, Clover Hudson will be showing residents in Nottingham what to do with their leftover ingredients as she cooks up some fantastic recipes.

A British Civil War blockbuster is coming to small-screens soon – and you can get a brilliant preview of what's in store!

Please vote for Reach's Flower Pod and help them win £5,000! They have reached the final out of hundreds in the Future Fund competition run by The English Garden magazine and are now down to the last three.

Downing Street today announced that the new Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham will be the Rt Revd Paul Williams, currently the Area Bishop of Kensington, in the Diocese of London.

Treat your Mum to a delightful afternoon at one of Nottinghamshire's hidden gems, The Clock House.

Legendary Irish folk rock group, Clannad, are among the many great acts being lined up for the new-look Gate To Southwell Festival 2015 this June (4th - 7th). It's currently their only UK appearance.

ORGANISERS of the Nottinghamshire County Show are on the lookout for the region's best boots, shoes – or even flip flops, as part of a social media campaign to giveaway free family tickets.

As Newark prepares for the launch of the UK's first National Civil War Centre, a £5.4m attraction that will open in the magnificent Grade II* Old Magnus Building on Appletongate, over 50 volunteer guides are being sought to make the Centre a big success.

The Giant Wiggle encourages children to get active and help others. Leading charity Action for Children is teaming up with The World of Eric Carle™ and encouraging children's centres, nurseries and groups for under-5s across Nottinghamshire to host a Giant Wiggle on Thursday 19th March 2015 to celebrate the UK's most read children's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™.

Benny, a 12 year old Lurcher, recently lost his owners who both sadly passed away.

A desperate search then began to find Benny and his companion, Jade, a new owner. A wonderful home was found with three resident dogs and the future looked hopeful for Benny and Jade.

As you may have noticed Southwell Library has temporarily closed as part of a modernisation programme. It will reopen on Saturday 14th March.

Library users will benefit from enhanced facilities which will see a £70,000 investment by the library service in remodelling the existing building to create an enhanced library, gallery and cafe area which will improve the community's overall access and experience of the facilities. There will also be an increased open communal area space which groups can hire as well as other meeting rooms in the building.

Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to buy quality furniture at the best available prices? If so, Newark Auction Centre, run by Gascoines Auctioneers and Valuers, could be the answer.

To follow-up our popular Minster Choir Open Day last November we will be auditioning boys on Wednesday 4th March for vacant places in the Cathedral Choir of Southwell Minster; applications are welcome as soon as possible.

We have room for a group of boys aged 7-8 from September 2015 and would be pleased to listen to anyone with the beginnings of a voice. Musical genius is not necessary!

Back pain and stiffness is often seen as a symptom of old age or the early signs of arthritis and is frequently accepted as a fact of life. Apart from 'popping the occasional pill' when things get really bad, we often ignore joint pain. We can choose to be more proactive in looking after our body so that daily activity and exercise can be a pleasure rather than a challenge.

Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys programme on BBC2 at 6.30pm will include a visit to Southwell tonight (Tues 20th Jan).

Armed with his Bradshaw's, Michael Portillo continues his journey from Derby to Lindisfarne. Beginning in Boston in the flatlands of Lincolnshire, Michael explores the connection between the town and its American namesake.

The Bookcase, organisers of Lowdham Festival, has lots of plans for the year with a busy programme taking shape which they hope you will enjoy.

The first exciting piece of news is that film is coming back to Lowdham! In partnership with Lowdham Village Hall, Film Friday is being launched, a monthly film night beginning on 23rd January with two special Sing-Along screenings of the hugely popular Disney film, Frozen at 4.30pm AND 7.30pm at LOWDHAM VILLAGE HALL. Come along, meet the characters and join in with the singing (words provided!). There will be a bookstall plus refreshments, including ice cream, popcorn, home made cakes, hot and cold drinks, and a licensed bar at the evening screening.