NHS Blood and Transplant is asking new and existing donors in Southwell to give blood and be part of the Greatest Team in the World to help maintain healthy blood stocks for patients throughout the busy summer months.

You can give blood locally at: Southwell Leisure Centre on Nottingham Road on Thursday 24th July, 12.30 – 3pm and 4.30 – 7.30pm.

Every blood donation saves or improves the lives of up to three people, and if each member of the England World Cup squad gave blood, they would save or improve the lives of up to 69 people. In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood. If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating.

For more information or to book an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. Donors may also turn up on the day to donate.

Friday 4th July

A Weekend of Real Ale and Live Music 4th, 5th & 6th July

Across two great Southwell pubs The Old Coach House and The Hearty Good Fellow. 30 Real Ales and Music from Three Minute Heist - coach fri 5pm, Fabain Moore HG Fri 8pm, The Bouviers HG sat 5pm, North Road Coach Sat 8.30pm, Andre Halls, Jazz HG sunday 1pm and Open Mic Eternal Youth Group Coach 6pm- Free entry, donations to Red Cross welcome.

 Saturday 5th July

Summer Fair 2pm

Holy Trinity Infant School, Southwell. With a Victorian Seaside theme.

Averham Church Bells Tower Open Day 9.30am

Averham Church. Tours of the tower. Light refreshments available

Upton Village Summer Fete 2pm

The grounds of the British Horological Institute in Upton. There will be a bungee run this year as well as all the summer regulars - pimms, icecream, welly wanging, tombola, sports day races, a brass band and Homemade cakes!

Charity Casino Night 8pm

Lowdham Village Hall. Tickets £29.95, contact Ellice on 07891149387.

Sunday 6th July

Music in the Great Hall 7.30pm

Southwell Minster. 'A Night at the Opera' featuring arias by Andrew Ashwin. Click here for details.

 

An open meeting is being held to give the public a say in who is appointed as the next Bishop for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

 Everyone is welcome at the meeting, which will be attended by the Archbishops' Secretary for Appointments Caroline Boddington, and the Prime Minister's Secretary for Appointments Edward Chaplin.

The secretaries will listen to the views of people at the meeting and take them into account when writing a report on the needs of the diocese and the qualities needed in the next Bishop.

The meeting is on Monday July 7th, at 7.30pm, in St Jude's Church, Mapperley, Nottingham, NG3 5HE.

After the meeting the secretaries will spend the next two days in the diocese meeting representatives of local civic, social and religious life, including leaders from local government, the education sector, charities, other faiths, and representatives of the diocese.

Their report will be considered by the Crown Nominations Commission in November and again in December, along with a 'statement of needs' document prepared by the diocese. The CNC will put forward one, or two, candidates to the Prime Minister to be the next Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.

The vacancy arose after Bishop Paul Butler left to become the Bishop of Durham in January of this year.

 

Saturday 28th June

Laxton Heritage Weekend 28th & 29th June

Laxton. Click here for more information.

Mini Wimbledon 9.30am

Farnsfield Tennis Club. Come and try tennis for free! Join in with our normal sessions. Strawberries and Cream, Pimms, Cakes, Stalls. Come and join us!

Live Music in Lowdham 8pm

St Mary's Church Lowdham. Coope Boyes & Simpson perfrom in Flanders Fields. Tickets £12.50. Click here for details.

Blues in Farnsfield 9pm

Farnsfield Village Centre. Southern Roots Artist Lisa Mills. Tickets £12 from Bruce on 01623 883096 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Maplebeck Village Fete 2.30pm

Maplebeck. Children's Fancy dress and sports. Tombola, quiz and Morris dancers. Click here for details.

Lowdham Book Festival 20th - 29th June

Click here for more information.

Sunday 29th June

Music for a Summer Afternoon 3pm

St Peter & St Paul's Church, Upton. Free admission.

Summer Garden Party 2.30pm

Farnsfield Hall. Entertainment by The Champagne Flutes. Refreshments & glass of sparkling wine included. Tickets £10 from Diane 01623 883659

Live Music in Lowdham 8pm

Lowdham Village Hall. Warthog World of Music. Tickets £24. Click here for details.


 

Edingley Open Allotments weekend will be held on 12th - 13th July and will include the popular scarecrow competition which will extend to the village with a display on the old schoolroom lawn.

Judging of the scarecrows and the allotments for the John Hill cup for the best kept plot will be undertaken at 2pm on Saturday 12th, so all scarecrows must be in place by then (and the last weed removed?).

This will be followed at 3pm by our traditional non-denominational allotment service in the open air followed by a little light refreshment (gleaned from the allotments themselves).

All welcome.

Shakespeare's Darkest Tragedy is coming to the Thoresby Courtyard this July.

The Clumber Players second outing in their fabulous new home, the atmospheric Riding Hall in Thoresby Courtyard, will draw audiences into the mesmeric downward spiral of Shakespeare's bloodiest villain, the Scottish King, Macbeth.

This production of "The Scottish Play" is set to take audiences on an action-packed journey to the dark side of humanity. From the moment the Weird Sisters make their appearance to the victorious hero Macbeth, we know that it will end badly for him, but we can't tear our eyes away. As he and Lady Macbeth descend into infamy and madness, we are swept along with them on a breathtaking rollercoaster ride into evil – a masterclass in tyranny. The final thrilling battle brings it all crashing down around Macbeth's ears and our ride to a screeching halt – finally we can breathe again and, perhaps, we might consider once more this "tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".

Clumber Players have been bringing the plays of England's greatest playwright to life for over thirty years. The beautiful and evocative setting of the stage at Clumber Park was their home for most of those years and, though the weather was not always supportive, the audiences certainly were. In the Riding Hall at Thoresby, they are thrilled to have found a new and equally distinctive (and certainly much drier) home in which to continue to give life to these timeless, and surprisingly relevant, masterpieces.

Whether you are new to Shakespeare, or one of his greatest fans, this production will provoke, thrill and entertain you – it's one not to miss, so book your tickets now.

Performance Dates: Wed 2nd to Saturday 5th July; Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions) are available from The Riding Hall Box Office on 01623 822009.

It has been 11 long months since the flooding closed the Bramley Apple Inn in Southwell, but Jim and Cherrie are proud to open the doors to the new look pub.

A local solicitor took the opportunity of challenging the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, over the impact of legal aid cuts on access to justice.

Nick Aspley, partner at Marchants Solicitors in Mansfield, was on the train from Newark to London Kings Cross taking the Top Tories back to London after electioneering in Newark. While the Mayor expressed sympathy on the issue the Prime Minister had no plans to change current policy.

Mr Aspley said "It is not every day that you have the opportunity of going right to the top of government to challenge policy. The fact is that since legal aid was withdrawn from most family cases in April 2014 this has led to the vulnerable in society, both locally and nationwide, not being able to get the most basic of legal advice." This has been supported by the judiciary in a written response published last week to the Justice Committee Enquiry on Civil Legal Aid which stated that the withdrawal of legal advice was likely to have led to cases with a good chance of success not being brought "because individuals lack the knowledge & confidence to take cases forward."

Packets of poppy seeds have been sent to every Church school in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham to help them commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

It is hoped that pupils will plant the seeds in the grounds of their school to create a beautiful, growing tribute to the millions who died in the conflict.
Schools will be able to make the planting a special occasion by inviting local clergy, Royal British Legion officials, or military personnel to help.

As the plants start to grow, schools will be able to use their own garden of remembrance for any teaching planned around the war.
The Diocese paid for the seeds, which are being sold for £2 a packet by the Royal British Legion. A special prayer and a planting guide were sent out with them.

£1 from every packet supports the work of the RBL with servicemen and women and their families.

The Church nationally is supporting the campaign and hopes to see thousands of poppies growing across the country as we remember the start of a war that brought death and destruction on a scale never seen before.

Reach Out Nottinghamshire (RON), is a project run by Disability Nottinghamshire and funded by the BIG Lottery Fund.

RON has been established for two years and helped over 700 people in the Nottinghamshire area on a wide variety of subjects from benefits to accessing services to appeals. We've also visited groups across the county to give presentations about the project, how we can assist people locally and the various changes that have happened regarding benefits.

We been hugely successful and have helped people to either gain or retain approx £1.6 million in benefits.
At Disability Nottinghamshire, we pride ourselves on offering a free advice service to disabled people, their carers and professionals alike. There is no criteria to access this service, it is open to everyone & it is free.. Our outreach advisors can provide help and assistance on all types of disability and caring benefits which include but is not exclusive to the following:

'Better off checks' to see if you are receiving everything you are entitled to:
Completing and explaining forms
Making claims for benefits including the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
Carers allowance
Attendance allowance
Housing and Council tax benefit
Appeals and tribunals

If you would like to see one of our advisors, please contact us first to book an appointment on – 01623 658 060. For more information, please check our website: www.disabilitynottinghamshire.org.uk

Laxton village is the site of the last remaining open field farming crop rotation system still managed by a legally constituted Court Leet and Jury. Over the weekend of 28th and 29th June Laxton History Group invites you to come to learn more about this unique place and also to help us to discover more about the village as it was between 1900 and 1920.

The event hub opens at 10.30am both days and will be hosting a wide range of activities based at Crosshill Farm. Learn more of the village's history from the Group's display and the range of speakers. Collect a guide for the village twitchell walk or the fishpond walk to the hub, then help your children 'Spot the Sheep or Fish' or enjoy a Trailer ride.

You will be able to buy refreshments throughout and entertainment from Rattlejag Morris (Saturday) and the Bowmen of War both days, as well as a wide range of heritage crafts being demonstrated by local artists and crafts people. Don't forget your shopping bag as there will be plenty of chances to buy gifts and treats from those demonstrating their skills.

For more information please see www.laxtonheritage.org.uk

A recent editorial piece in The Bramley promoted the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra's 40th Anniversary Concert which took place in April in the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.

If you weren't part of the audience, you may not be aware that this local orchestra is acclaimed as one of the best non-professional orchestras in the country. It regularly performs with world class soloists and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. One critic described the NPO as the "jewel in Nottinghamshire's crown."

Luckily you don't have to travel far to hear this top orchestra as we will be performing in Southwell Minster on 12th July when the programme includes overtures by Brahms and Wagner, Dvorak's well-loved Cello Concerto and Elgar's Enigma Variations.

Every season there's something for everyone, from the Family Concert ("no one stages a family concert quite like the NPO") to big Classical, Romantic and 20th Century orchestral greats ("the Nottingham Philharmonic under Mark Heron seems to reach greater heights of orchestral virtuosity"; "the NPO gave such a fizzing, virtuosic account of Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, that the audience burst into applause before the end.")

We have a regular audience of loyal followers, but as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary year, we'd love to share the excitement of our performances with a wider audience. Tickets for the 12th July concert are available from the Cathedral Shop in Southwell (01636 812933).

Catharine Lester

Violinist in the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra.

The British Horological Institute, based at Upton Hall, is looking to make some exciting changes, and they want to find out what readers think about their plans.

Upton Hall could be described as one of the county's hidden gems. It's a nineteenth century building set in a formal garden, all within the conservation area of the village of Upton. Since 1972, the hall has been the home of the British Horological Institute and its collection of over 4000 clocks and watches, the oldest of which dates from the 1640s. The Institute also runs courses in clock and watch making and a new café has recently opened on the site. However, the rest of the building and the museum aren't open to the public at present.

The BHI is committed to staying at Upton Hall, but with maintenance and repair costs increasing they can only afford to do so by making the hall, the grounds and the Institute sustainable into the future. Plans are still in the early stages, but could potentially include a new museum based around clocks, watches and time keeping, a children's play area, an extension to the café, a wedding and events venue to generate income, and a new training facility for horology students. There might even be a village shop on the site.

Before any work is done, the BHI is carrying out some consultation, and is very keen to consult with people from the local area. You can find the online survey to add you views at : www.surveymonkey.com/s/BHI2

All respondents will be entered into a prize draw and one lucky winner will receive a free breakfast or lunch for two people at the Clock House Café at Upton Hall to the value of £25. Surveys should be completed by Monday 7th July.

Fancy doing something different this summer? How about hiring a motorhome?

Located on Crew Lane in Southwell, O.C.T. Motorhomes has a great range of vehicles for hire. Escape for the weekend, week or even a month or more.

Owned and managed by Michael & Michelle Bishop since 1998, O.C.T.Motorhomes is committed to supplying quality motorhomes at very affordable prices.

HIRE Prices start from JUST £550 per week. For more details please visit www.campersrus.co.uk

OCT also supply quality used motorhomes for purchase. No matter whether you are hiring or purchasing a motorhome from OCT you can be assured of exactly the same high standard of service. Every motorhome sold comes with an unrivalled package, including a meaningful warranty, free RFL, free Breakdown & Recovery and an ACOPS Gas Certificate. Plus 7 day a week after sales service.

Why not visit us at Crew Lane to find out more. We are open 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm.

To view current motorhomes for sale visit www.oct-motorhomes.co.uk

Already a motorhome owner?

Get your motorhome, campervan or caravan ready for summer with OCT's habitation service.

This comprehensive 70 point check includes checking and servicing of appliances, Gas system with Gas Certificate supplied, body mountings, windows, chassis, exterior bodywork, internal equipment, elevating roof, water system and electrics and a full Damp Check with written report.

"We understand how important it is to maintain your motorhome, campervan or caravan and these comprehensive checks will offer you peace of mind," explained Michael. "We can also undertake any necessary repairs at a competitive price and a collection service is also available."

The Habitation Service costs £100 per campervan, £150 per motorhome, £175 per single axle caravan or £195 twin axle, including VAT. For more details tel. 0845 3903903.

Farnsfield recently got its first taste of this year's Farnstock experience. Organisers of the event, in partnership with The Co-operative, Farnsfield, provided live music, cakes and a real festival feel to the sunny Saturday morning.

Residents of Farnsfield were treated to an acoustic sampling of the 2014 Farnstock line-up, courtesy of The Wild Man of Europe's Alec David Bowman, and Cannon Bone's Rich Park. Little Farnstockers brought their kazoos to add to the mix.

Taking place on Saturday 19th July, midday to midnight, this will be Farnstock's second year. Building on the incredible success of last year's sell-out event, there will be a fantastic line-up of bands and loads of great activities for all the family.

In the afternoon Jonny and the Raindrops headline the kids' stage, with loads of free, family friendly activities to keep kids of all ages entertained. In the evening, it's a decidedly grown up affair, continuing the amazing line-up of bands including Natalie Duncan, Lorna, and a yet-to-be-announced headline act.
With a variety of great festival foods, a bar and (definitely) sunshine booked, Farnstock 14 is shaping up to be even better than last year. Tickets for Farnstock are selling fast and tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed, so don't leave it too long to get yours.

Check out the website: farnstock.com for more details and to buy tickets. Or get in touch via facebook. Tickets are also available at Farnsfield St Michael's School and Allsorts Newsagents in Farnsfield.

Chapter House Theatre Group will be performing a fantastic outdoor theatre production of Jungle Book at Kelham Hall & Country Park on Saturday 2nd August at 6pm.

Refreshments will be available during the performance, which will take place on the hall's exquisite front lawns. Bring-your-own picnics are welcome all afternoon prior to the performance. There will be face painters and fancy dress competitions (with prizes) on the day for the little ones. Free parking.

Tickets are now on sale from Kelham Hall & Country Park, 01636 980 000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.seetickets.com

To be in with a chance of winning a family ticket (four people) to see this superb performance of the Jungle Book just answer the following question: What affectionate name does Baloo call Mowgli?

a) Little Bear
b) Cubby
c) Little Britches

Please email your answer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Friday 11th July. Winners will be notified by Kelham Hall.

www.kelham-hall.com

On Sunday 13th July Southwell Racecourse will host their very popular annual Family Fun Day, with FREE children's entertainment throughout the day and exciting jump racing for all to enjoy. This is a great value family day out not to be missed!

Mike the Knight and his wizard-in-training sister Evie will be appearing at intervals throughout the afternoon, along with racecourse mascot Freddie Furlong. For the adults, seven exhilarating jump races are on the agenda, with the first race due off at 2.10pm and the last at 5.15pm. To mark the World Cup Final on the evening of this date Ossie Ardiles will be at the racecourse to meet, with replica football trophies to have your picture taken with.

Don't forget to sign your children up to the racecourse's Young Hooves Club to receive a children's racing goody bag on the day, as well as newsletters, birthday treats and the chances to win some excellent prizes. The Young Hooves ambassadors will be at the racecourse on the day to assist with this, or you can sign them up online now at www.younghooves.co.uk and collect the goody bag on your next visit to the racecourse.

Children are admitted FREE to the enclosures on ALL racedays, including this fantastic Family Fun Day, and adult tickets are available to purchase online or over the phone. For further information on this, and any of our other racedays, please visit www.southwell-racecourse.co.uk or call the racecourse office on 01636 814481.