Southwell Minster bookshop and refectory have been shortlisted for a coveted SBID International Design Award 2014.

Newark and District Air Cadets are holding an open evening on Tuesday 23rd September to recruit more members. Boys and girls age 12 to 17, along with their parents, are encouraged to come along and find out more about joining this active group.

Southwell Holy Trinity Infants School celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 6th March by dressing up as their favourite book character and bringing in a book to discuss with their class.

The 'Getting Around' theme group is one of the sub-groups contributing to the drafting of a Neighbourhood Plan for Southwell.

Local draftsman, Steven Bowler specialises in making exciting and unique wooden furniture.

Having been involved in furniture design for many years, Steven produces functional and decorative coffee tables and other items. Using only UK reclaimed wood and with decorative carving and hand painting; Steven can create a stunning centre piece with a difference for your home.

"I offer an affordable, bespoke, made to order design service for furniture that fits perfectly into your home. You choose the design, size and colour. This includes a colour matching service to match your new furniture to the colour of your existing furniture," explained Steven.

"All my work is handcrafted from reclaimed wood helping to protect the environment and improve your carbon footprint too."

To find out more, buy direct from the web store or to place a custom order please visit or contact Steven on 07446754396 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

As a Special Offer, there is a 10% discount for Bramley readers on coffee tables, this offer has now been extended until the end of September 2014. Please quote BRAM1 when calling or by e-mail to qualify for the discount.


Take a rare glimpse into Nottinghamshire's past as historic buildings and popular visitor attractions once again open their doors to visitors as part of the Heritage Open Days from 11th – 14th September.

Lowe's Wong Junior pupils took part in a Swimming Gala at Carlton Central Forum pool.

Scouts are being creative this term. They have learnt how to make wrist bands and woggles using paracord under the expert eye of Cub Leader Rikki. Following that knotting triumph, they practised a whole series of knots - useful, for example, if you were rescuing flood-stranded citizens by boat.

Sherwood and Newark Citizens Advice Bureau will be open for advice at The Old Court House on the Burgage for regular Friday morning advice sessions starting on 14th March from 10am to 12.30pm.

The UK's number one Pink Floyd tribute show is coming to the Palace Theatre, Newark on Friday 19th September for one night only!

Tickets £21 available from the Palace Theatre Box Office: 01636 655755 or online at

THINK FLOYD, regarded as the UK's number one Pink Floyd tribute, are renowned for their stunning celebration of one of the world's greatest musical icons.

Now in their 20th year, the incredibly talented musicians who make up Think Floyd have managed to faithfully recreate all the atmosphere, visual magnitude and musical excellence of Pink Floyd live on stage. It's no wonder they have long been regarded as The UK's finest tribute to Pink Floyd.

The new Think Floyd production for 2014 features the whole range of classic Pink Floyd from early Syd Barrett, through Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here to The Division Bell. Complete with an impressive laser light show, this is a must-see for all Pink Floyd fans!

Think Floyd's social media pages include photos, reviews and news of the band's forthcoming live DVD.

It's official! Southwell Minster broke all previous records for attendance of BBC's daytime antiques show, Flog It, when it was filmed in the cathedral on 30th January.

Kelham Hall presents The Murder Mystery Dinner on 20th September at 6.45pm. The evening includes a welcome sparkling drinks reception, a delicious three-course meal and a full murder mystery show, duting which you will have chance to play detective.

Details of the programme for the 2014 Southwell Music Festival will be announced at Southwell Minster on Saturday 29th March at 1.00pm.

On Saturday 1st March, the 4th Pub Walk for Parkinson's will take place. Participants will meet at the Full Moon at Morton at 10.30am for coffee and bacon butties.

A "Concert for Courage" in support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity takes place in the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Saturday 27th September 2014.

When the first snowdrops start to appear you know winter is finally coming to an end. So what better way to celebrate the change in seasons than by visiting one of the many National Garden Scheme (NGS) gardens that will be open over the coming months.

A youth worker from Brazil, a former soldier and a woman who leads services in British Sign language were among the people recently ordained as Priests and Deacons in the Church of England.

Amongst the Deacon candidates is Luiz Lima, whose journey to becoming a Deacon started in Brazil, Luiz's birthplace.  He explains: "I had the privilege to experience many years in a vibrant growing church there, where I became a Christian and was inspired by the lives of many faithful and also active Christian friends and family members. "

During his university years he felt called to ministry and ordination. He took a few months off and travelled to Canada to experience different aspects of life, language and culture and was ultimately led to a full time position as a church youth worker in Bradford, UK.

"It was whilst working in Bradford, on a very large council estate, that I felt God confirming his calling into my life. After I married my fiancée, Jessica, we served in two churches in the Nottingham area including Holy trinity Church in Southwell."

The Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham encouraged him to go through the process of discernment recommending him for training and ordination. "That process was both exciting and hard as you allow others to discern and scrutinise with you what God is placing in your heart."

"We feel truly blessed by God's provision, love and guidance throughout our lives and hope to share and experience God's goodness alongside those whom we come to meet in this new chapter of our lives."

The other Deacon candidates are: Mark Orr, Mary A'herne-Smith, Cora Fryer, Jane Walker and Rob Wiggins.

The Priest candidates are Susan Bloomfield, Kate Byrom, Maureen Collins, Michael Johnson, Georgie Hadley, Sam Hustwayte, Debbie Lord, Wendy Murphy, Stephen Parker, Lynn Raynor and Bruce Rienstra.

The Nottingham Storytellers will be running a workshop for anyone who is interested in telling stories to children, on Sunday 30th March, from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Pinders Opticians are looking forward to a glamorous future as they prepare to launch a new range of Jimmy Choo eyewear.

The Jimmy Choo brand is internationally renowned for its luxury shoes, but also includes lines of accessories such as bags, belts and eyewear.

Geoff Rybicki, owner of Pinders Opticians, said: "The Jimmy Choo name is so well known, and we're delighted to be introducing their eyewear into our Southwell practice.

"If ever there was a way of bringing a touch of glamour into everyday life, this has to be a good one."

To mark this exciting occasion, Pinders Opticians are holding a raffle to win a pair of classic Jimmy Choo shoes.

Runner-up prizes include a £50 Marks & Spencer voucher and a £40 voucher to spend on eyewear or eye care products at Pinders Opticians.

Raffle tickets can be obtained from the team in practice, at £5 each, with all proceeds going directly to the Royal British Legion.

This organisation is the UK's leading charity for Services, providing ongoing support and assistance to current and veteran servicemen and women, as well as their families and dependents.

Geoff added: "We're proud to be able to help such a worthy cause through the introduction of a new range of eyewear to our practice.

"We'll be drawing the winner of the raffle at the end of September, so make sure you've bought your tickets before then – you have to be in it to win it!"

Pinders Opticians has been offering first class eye care to the residents of North Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas since 1946.

The practice consists of 5 branches; Warsop, Southwell, New Ollerton, Rufford Avenue Mansfield and Queen Street Mansfield.

A foster carer from Retford in Nottinghamshire is joining a host of TV stars to help launch a new appeal for more people to come forward as carers across the East Midlands today.

Foster mum Julie Chester-Stirling has fostered for Barnardo's for 10 years and has agreed to share her story in a bid to encourage more people from the region to come forward. She is joined by TOWIE's Debbie and Lydia Bright along with actress Lynda Bellingham in launching today's appeal for more foster carers in the Nottingham area.

Julie and the three stars have movingly revealed how fostering has touched their lives in a bid to encourage more people to come forward. There are 500 more foster carers desperately needed across the East Midlands to provide stable, loving homes for some of society's most vulnerable children. Barnardo's is looking for local couples and individuals to take on this challenging but highly-rewarding work.

Julie & Danny's story

Danny first met his foster mum Julie just before Christmas 2005 at the age of 10, a meeting he fondly remembers, not least for the plateful of chocolate animal biscuits he polished off all by himself!

Danny had been having a tough time – separated from his sisters and birth parents and with a string of broken down foster placements – he wasn't sure what to expect from the meeting.
But the two hit it off immediately and Danny returned to spend Christmas Day with Julie's husband and older son, going on to become their first long term foster child.

Danny still lives at home, calls Julie Mum and is a very much loved and important member of the family. Danny and Julie have stacks of fond memories of Danny's childhood and he still to this day enjoys a box of chocolate animal biscuits in his stocking every Christmas.

Outdoors-loving Danny recalls many expeditions exploring the nearby Clumber Park and indulging in his obsession with frogs, spending hours building dens in the garden, digging huge holes in the sand during beach holidays and a particularly eventful day when Julie managed to accidentally sink a friend's kayak.

Danny is about to start his final year of college which will see him fully qualify as a site joiner and is spending his summer helping out his brother as a labourer. He's also planning on spending time with his girlfriend of 14 months.

He says he has enjoyed a wonderful childhood as part of Julie's family and can't imagine life any other way. If you think you could give a child a home – and a lifetime of happy memories, contact Barnardo's East Midlands Family Placement Team on 01332 544711.

Lynda Bellingham, actress, television presenter and Barnardo's ambassador, was adopted and is married to Michael who was fostered as a child. Lynda said: "I was adopted at four months old and my husband Michael was fostered from a very early age. His mother ran off with the village butcher and left his father with a six month old baby. His dad tried hard to manage on his own but it was impossible because he had to go to work. Michael was sent to a lovely family in Sherbourne in Dorset called the Andrews family who he called Mum and Dad, because as far as he was concerned they were.

"The one big thing that kept coming up for Michael and I when discussing what would make a good foster carer was you should never underestimate the power of a hug. Sometimes only a hug will do. Michael loves his family and always talks about his childhood with a smile on his face. I wish that joy for every foster child. Please contact Barnardo's today to see if you could foster."

The number of children in care has risen for the 7th year in a row to over 92,000. Across the UK, another 8,600 foster carers are now needed to provide homes for these children.

Foster carers can come from all walks of life. Barnardo's does not exclude anyone from consideration on the grounds of marital status, sexual orientation, disability or employment status. There is no upper age limit to becoming a foster carer and Barnardo's is keen to speak to older people with life experience, whether they are parents themselves or not.

Javed Khan, chief executive, Barnardo's, said: "Taking a vulnerable child under your wing is a daunting prospect but when we ask foster carers what you need for the job it always come back to the little things: patience, sense of humour and a heart.

"Our foster carers transform the future for the children in their care and teach them their own parenting skills for later life. The legacy of every foster carer lives on in the lives of generations to come. What a very special gift to give.

"We see our foster carers as our partners in supporting vulnerable children. We provide them with as much support, training and advice as possible, for as long as it is needed."
To find out more about fostering with Barnardo's visit or call 08000 277 280 or Barnardo's East Midlands Family Placement Team on 01332 544711.