The Southwell Music Festival is playing host to around 60 of the UK's leading young professional classical musicians who will be performing in the town throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend.

With even more events planned this year Southwell’s annual Bramley Apple Festival continues to grow from strength to strength.

Actor and The One Show reporter Larry Lamb will be joined by broadcaster and author Kate Adie when the BBC World War One At Home Tour heads to the Nottingham Fields of Battle Exhibition, Old Market Square, Nottingham, on Friday 19th September and Saturday 20th September (10am – 5pm).

This free family-friendly event will include hands-on activities, performances and interactive sessions designed to appeal to everyone from eight to 80.

Larry Lamb will host the Briefing Room, presenting a series of enlightening talks with expert contributors, covering a whole host of World War One topics. He will be joined by Kate Adie to talk about the vital role of women during the war, and military historian and author Jon Cooksey will be sharing some of the inspiring stories at the heart of The Great War.

The event will offer the opportunity to reflect on the dramatic impact the war had on families and communities, as well as helping people to explore their own relatives' links to the war with Imperial War Museums' 'Lives of the First World War' activity.

Visitors can volunteer to be put through their paces on an outdoor Parade Ground and make their own World War One At Home ID Permit in The Recruitment Office to take away.

Children can take on Harriet's Spy Quest as they try to solve a series of clues around the site, an activity inspired by CBBC drama Harriet's Army.

People can also learn how medicine and communications were transformed during the war, including demonstrations of how carrier pigeons were an invaluable resource for sending messages. They can try using Morse code, Semaphore, Field Telephones and radio equipment with the help of The Royal Signals Museum. The Royal College of Pathologists will also show how developments in science helped to save the lives of injured soldiers.

Larry Lamb said: "I'm delighted to be taking part in BBC Learning's World War One commemorative events around the UK. As someone who finds history fascinating, I'm learning more about how The Great War touched the lives of people both on the Home Front and on the battlefields of Europe. I'm talking to a host of well-known faces from the world of journalism, literature, and television, and together with a panel of local experts we're discovering what life was like during this unforgettable conflict."

BBC Radio Nottingham will also broadcast live from the event. Presenter Sarah Julian will be hosting the Conference Room where there will be various talks on a range of subjects from food rationing - and the story of the Nottinghamshire baker who was arrested for putting almonds on top of a cake - to the counties missing World War One memorials. Playwright Andy Barrett will also be reading letters from the Front, which inspired him to write a play about The Great War, and there will be musical performances from patriotic singer Johnny Victory.

The station will also broadcast Verity Cowley's afternoon show from Market Square on the Friday (19th ) , from 12pm-4pm, and Frances Finn will be keeping listeners updated with what's to come on the Saturday (20th ) from 9am till 12pm with live reports from the event. And not forgetting BBC Radio Nottingham's Big Poppy Knit campaign, asking listeners to knit one poppy for every fallen man from Nottinghamshire in World War One - 11,000 in total.

For a full list of BBC World War One At Home Tour dates and venues as well as World War One programming on the BBC visit

Bleasby Primary School A team took the trophy after winning the final race of the Newark and Sherwood Primary Schools Cross Country Relays League 2013-14.

Celia Steven, great granddaughter of Henry Merryweather, her son Thomas Steven and his daughter Sian Selby visited Japan last year as ambassadors of The Bramley Apple.

They were welcomed to Obuse, the town where Mr Arai first introduced the Bramley Apple with the help of the Royal Horticurtual Society. They also travelled to Tokyo, where Mr Aria honoured them with an Annual Bramley luncheon and they then attended the Tokyo Bramley Apple fair.

For more details of their trip please click here

NORWOOD PARK GOLF Centre in Southwell, Nottinghamshire already nationally recognised by ENGLAND GOLF for its initiatives to help 'grow the game', recently opened EZ easy Golf on their Par 3 Course using 15" holes in association with TaylorMade.

"TaylorMade are delighted to be associated with EZ Golf at Norwood Park. The 15" cup encompassed with shorter holes is a great idea that will bring a further enjoyment to the game for all ages and ability."
Lee Farrar – Head of Field Sales for TaylorMade

"The Par 3 Course has been re-designed to incorporate shorter EZ tees and the 15" holes positioned on the greens away from the normal holes.It gives the players more choice and is ideal for beginners & juniors wanting to make the transition from the driving range on to the course without making it too difficult. I first saw this in the USA at an event sponsored by TaylorMade, and to our knowledge we are the first in the country to be using the 15" holes.I really feel this is going to be very popular, offering both variety & fun for all the family"
Rob Macey, TMAG staff player NPGC

"Norwood Park Golf Centre has shown to be one of the more pro-active clubs in Nottinghamshire, they put development at the heart of everything they do, which creates a warm and friendly atmosphere at the club.
I have worked in Sports Development for nearly 14 years and Norwood Park Golf Centre is 'far and away' one of the best clubs I have ever worked with. They put the love of the game at the centre of all they do and in doing so have become a shining light for the region.Their latest EZ easy golf initiative will prove very popular and no doubt help grow golf in Nottinghamshire"
Matthew Bloor Sports Development Officer (NGB Projects) &County Development Officer for Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership

The Centre was awarded GOLFMARK (High achievers) by England Golf in 2010, highlighting a strong commitment to junior golf development and adult beginners. They have formed school links with local councils, they host numerous community golf projects including focusing on both juniors and adult programmes for those with special needs within the county.

* England Golf – (Runner up) Golfmark Club of the year 2014
* The Golf Foundation awarded GolfRoots Centre accreditation and Richard Strange PGA Coach won National Presidents Award 2014

You tube clip – take a look THE 15" GOLF HOLE


Sponsoring a chair for Southwell Minster is perhaps no guarantee of a more comfortable sermon, but it will help replace the 1,000 wooden seats which over time have become depleted, and provide the opportunity to remember a loved one or an anniversary.

You may recall the last two highly successful St Cecilia Concerts. The 2014 concert sees a return, appropriately, to an in house presentation, featuring the Cathedral Choir, the Minster Girl's Choir and the Minster Chorale.

All members of the scout Group, along with local Guides and Brownies, will be sowing poppy seeds in various locations around the town to commemorate the centenary of the Great War. As these poppies grow, they will be joined by crosses with the names of local men who made the ultimate sacrifice then.

Southwell's annual Bramley Apple Festival continues to grow with a bumper crop of activities due to take place on Saturday 25th October.

Peter Glazebrook, a gardener from Halam who already owns four world records for growing giant vegetables, has now beaten the world record for the heaviest cauliflower.

"Team Pukkacabana" (the Righton family) won the prize for best fancy dress in their Brazilian Carnival outfits at the recent Lowe's Wong Infants' School World Cup Treasure Hunt.

Decorated Iraq war veteran Captain Ibrar Ali, MC, and Captain Harry Parker, who was injured whilst serving in Afghanistan, will be coming to Southwell Minster on Friday 16th May.

The Core young people's centre in Southwell which was run by Nottinghamshire county council has now closed due to budget cuts.

The Patchings Festival is an event that changes every year. Having reached its 21st year, it continues to give visitors an opportunity to see a new and wide range of work by some of the country's finest artists and makers.

Southwell Gardening Club is preparing for a weekend packed with entertainment on the 19th and 20th July. All funds raised will go to support the Southwell Flood Forum and then Southwell Care 'Flower Pod'.

For the twentieth year, the Rotary Club of Southwell recently sponsored the Rotary Challenge at the Minster School in Southwell. This annual event is keenly competed by the tutor sets of Year 12 at the school. Rotary provides a trophy and individual prizes for the winning team.

A soapy bucket – rather than an ice bucket – challenge will see staff from fire stations across the county raising money by washing cars for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Residents can support their efforts by taking their dirty cars along to a station and having it cleaned in return for a small donation to the charity.

Over the next few weekends various stations will be holding car wash events to help raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity, which is the UK's leading provider of rehabilitation and support services to firefighters, fire service staff and their families.

The charity is entirely self-funded and the car wash events that take place nationally are one of the ways they raise much-needed funds to carry out their important work.

Firefighter Arron Enever, from Highfields Fire Station's White Watch, is the Fire Fighters Charity coordinator for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. He said: "The National Car Wash is always brilliant fun and the charity's largest national fundraising event of the year, when firefighters across Nottinghamshire and throughout the UK roll up their sleeves and willingly wash the nation's cars, in exchange for a donation.

"In 2013 we raised over £285,000 through Car Wash events, which took place in March and September across the UK. This fantastic total went directly towards helping fire and rescue community members in need of support."

To support the forthcoming car washes, which are backed by Autoglym, simply go along to your local fire station on the dates below, where you'll be able to have your car cleaned by firefighters while supporting the fire service community.

Details of stations with confirmed car wash dates are below and details of fire station addresses are on the NFRS website here

Saturday 20 September

Sunday 21 September

Saturday 27 September

Intrigued by what an earth-sheltered home might look, or feel like, inside? Or wanting an overview of what it is to live sustainably?

Join one of the small group tours at the Hockerton Housing Project, led by a resident of the project on six Saturdays a year to give you a personal view on what it's like to live in this sustainable co-housing project.

This tour includes a guided walk around the site to learn about our food, water and renewable energy systems, a tour of one of the homes, and a presentation on the challenges faced during the build, and subsequent development, of the project.

It is ideal for:

- People seeking a more sustainable personal lifestyle
- Undergraduate students
- Environmental and energy campaigners
- Other organisations with an interest in environmental issues, including climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The next tours will take place on: Saturday 20th Sept and 8th Nov

If you have a large group please contact us about a group tour. If you wish to discuss your self-build, renewable energy or water systems project in detail please consider a bespoke visit to ensure we can answer your questions in full.

For a booking form click here:

In former editions of the Bramley there have been appeals for families or retired persons to look after in their homes children from Belarus. The appeal was successful and 11 children age 8 -11 came to stay in our area this winter for three weeks.

Bells have rung out from Southwell Minster since 1050 so new Tower Captain, Trevor Bryan is delighted and privileged to be one in a very long line of Tower Captains at the cathedral.