After over 14 years of serving the people of Southwell and the surrounding villages, Dr Stuart Ockelford has left Southwell Medical Centre.


This year’s Bramley Festival saw hundreds of people visiting Southwell to sample the many events taking place round the town.


An Open Day on Thursday 9th October aims to encourage new volunteers to get involved in education opportunities at the newly refurbished Archbishop’s Palace and Southwell Minster.

Southwell Archaeology is pleased to announce that Trent & Peak Archaeology – part of the York Archaeology Trust has been chosen as the professional lead for the planned exciting new Burgage project in Southwell.


During the first week of December, local charity Reach is going to prove yet again that it doesn’t sit back on its laurels to achieve its aim.

Ella Dale, Gemma Lannon and Toby Hyde Barker (pictured above) were recently presented with certificates for winning the best expedition log at a Duke of Edinburgh's Award presentation ceremony at the Minster School in Southwell.

Messy Church has become increasingly popular throughout the country since it began in 2004, successfully spreading family fun, fellowship and learning among people of all ages.

Notts. County Council are inviting your views on a proposal to quarry gravel in the rich farming pastures of the iconic Shelford Valley for the next 13 years or more.

HAVE you ever thought of standing for election as a local councillor? An information event for anyone interested in becoming a local councillor is being held at Kelham Hall on Tuesday 25th November.

WOULD you be surprised to learn that Southwell has 26 (yes 26!) known War Memorials.

Two and a half weeks does not seem long enough to do any good in a country as desperately in need as Zambia, but half way through their trip the National Police Aid Convoys (NPAC) have already revisited many of the schools and clinics they have been delivering aid to over the years.

This year’s Prizegiving ceremony in September was the first for new Head Teacher Matthew Parris.

Farnsfield Tennis Club held their annual Knockout Finals event in September.

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.