The RAGE (Residents Against Gasification Experiment) group have recently held a Raffle and coffee morning to raise funds to continue the fight against Peel Environmental and their plans to build an Incinerator in Bilsthorpe.

Southwell Cricket Club's historic Top Ground will be hosting a six-a-side cricket tournament on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August commencing at 1pm in aid of Cancer Research. The format of this event will make for exciting viewing, with big hitting and some very athletic fielding!

Southwell has now got through the first stage of the Grant in Aid application process for mitigation measures.

During the National Children’s Activity Week (20 – 26th October) Tumble Tots will be encouraging children across the UK to help other children as they all join in the fun of the sponsored ‘Balance Challenge’.

The classes will be themed around Trick or Treat with Peppa Pig and as well as encouraging the children to get physically active, they’ll be raising funds for a great cause. Tumble Tots and Peppa Pig are proud to support the fabulous research work that Tommy’s the baby charity does. Tumble Tots hope to raise £30,000 which will go towards giving the best possible chance of having a healthy baby.

The children will be asked to carry out 10 different balances through each of the classes that fall that week in order to raise awareness of the importance of children being active from an early age. These classes will also be sprinkled with Peppa Pig images to celebrate the release of some new episodes.

Around 27% of children in the UK now overweight or obese and a third of children aged 2 -11 having less than 60 minutes of moderate activity each day it is more important than ever to introduce children to physical activity from as early age as possible.

Tumble Tots are also excited to reveal that customers will also be offered chance to win some fabulous Peppa Pig and Tumble Tots goodies. To enter simply go to the National Children’s Activity page at

“We are really looking forward to our themed sessions around Trick or Treat and balancing with Peppa as she is such a family favourite, and to also be helping a fantastic charity like Tommy’s with our sponsored challenge. Our classes and campaigns such as National Children’s Activity Week plays such a important factor in encouraging physical activity from such an early age.” said, Nicola Parsons, Marketing Manager Tumble Tots UK Ltd.

The Balance Challenge sessions at Tumble Tots during National Children’s Activity Week will help build a healthier nation; parents will be encouraged to continue the physical activity at home. A free copy of our booklet these can be obtained through your local Tumble Tots centres across the UK or from Tumble Tots (UK) Limited. Parents or schools just need to ring tel: 0121 585 7003 to request a copy.


My two year old cat has been missing from the Burgage area since the 12th June.  I have contacted the Vets and RSPCA, but they have no news.  

One of the UK's leading choral ensembles, Ex Cathedra, makes its debut appearance at Southwell Minster on Wednesday 3rd December when it performs music for the festive season by some of the greatest English composers of the 16th Century.

Previous Ex Cathedra members include local musician Marcus Farnsworth, founder and Artistic Director of the Southwell Music Festival. Now a successful international baritone, Marcus sang with Ex Cathedra as a member of the choir and soloist in the early days of his professional singing career.

Under the direction of Jeffrey Skidmore, ten of this country's finest young singers who make up the current Ex Cathedra Consort take a journey back in time to the Court of Elizabeth I and the matchless beauty of the music performed there to celebrate Christ's birthday. Together they evoke the very special spirit of An Elizabethan Christmas. "I am very excited to be able to bring these highly gifted and sensitive young singers to perform this wonderful music in the beautiful setting of Southwell Minster," said Jeffrey Skidmore.
"I hope that this visit will be the first of many over the coming years." The programme is built around William Byrd's Mass for Four Voices for the Catholic rite and his setting of the canticles for the Anglican church known as The Great Service. It also includes John Sheppard's stunning Verbum Caro and the sublime Videte miraculum by Thomas Tallis whose death in 1585 occurred in the same year that Elizabeth I issued the Statutes to Southwell Minster which guaranteed its future existence. Verse anthems by Orlando
Gibbons such as This is the record of John and consort songs for private and secular use complete the programme.

Tickets may be booked on line via, or by calling 0121 345 0603. They are also available from The Cathedral Shop, Church St Tel. 01636 812933.

Friday 31st October, Halloween, will not pass without mystery and mayhem, when Southwell Theatre Club in partnership with Southwell Library perform ‘A Trio of Plays’.

In preparation for this year’s Bramley Festival we are seeking adults and children (4+) to come along and help build a giant apple in Southwell.

Our Finals day was held on Saturday 6th September when 11 trophy finals were played.

The Annual Lowdham Summer Show will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014 at the Village Hall and Playing fields in Lowdham, opening at 1.00pm.

Southwell Rotary Club and Southwell Lions would like to thank all those who supported last month's Big Macmillan Coffee morning in Trebeck Hall.

CLERGY, Choir and Congregation from Southwell Minster will be joining Royal British Legion members at Southwell Burgage Green War Memorial from 10.30am on Sunday 9th November.

We began September by going to shoot against The Wakefield Archers in our annual challenge match for the Speak Trophy, when we defend "the honour of Robin Hood".

Thurgarton's Big Draw will take place in the historic church of St Peter in Thurgarton on Sunday 12th October from 2 to 4.30pm.

There are many things to draw in and outside this lovely church and the neighbouring allotment will also be open and provide additional possibilities for drawing. Expert help will be at hand.

Children will be able to make posters (Your Country Needs You!), draw the insignia of the regiments that local people were in, and add to a procession in the church of people in the sort of jobs that Thurgartonians might have had during the war (soldier, sailor, land girl etc). If you bring your teddy bear he/she might be able to parachute from the church tower. We also plan to make a long banner as usual to hang from the tower with everyone painting something on it.

The best scarecrow from the scarecrow competition will be on view at the allotment and the silver cup will be awarded to the winner at 4pm.

The Big Draw is for everyone who is willing to have a go, regardless of ability. Pens, paper and other materials for drawing will be provided, and refreshments will be available thanks to the WI. Everyone is welcome.

Taking place before the end of the year are three activity days organised by The Friends of Southwell Trail.

Southwell Flood Forum members have had a number of meetings with high profile politicians in these busy pre-by-election weeks.

In former issues of The Bramley I have told how our charity brings children from Belarus to Southwell. This last summer we had 12 visitors stay in host family homes.

Having won their first Schools Gala, Swimmers from Years 4, 5 and 6 at Lowe's Wong went on to the Nottinghamshire County Finals in May and came out with second place - maintaining their same position as last year.

Readers of the Bramley may well be aware of a group of men, called the Major Oak Chorus who sing regularly and gain a lot of fun, friendship and a great sense achievement. A bonus is that it is well known for adding a healthy life style!

Although based in Nottingham, a significant proportion of the guys come from the distribution area of the Bramley newspaper. You might have heard us perform at a number of localities in the area, including this year's Folk Festival.

This September we are again holding a "Learn To Sing" course for men of any age who would like to have a go, our youngest member is 16 and our oldest over 70. All material and tuition will be provided and you can count on plenty of support and encouragement from our talented Musical Director, Joe Knight, ably supported by our enthusiastic membership.

The event is held in the Lindsay Morgan Hall on Marshall Hill Drive in Mapperley and runs on a Tuesday night from 7.30pm onwards from early September. If you are interested in this or would like to join us or hire us for your function then please contact Dave Johnson on 01636 814277.

Scouts and Explorers spent a week in August at Waddow Hall near Clitheroe.