Our local independent retailers have a fantastic array of gifts and festive items for Christmas 2020. Sadly they can't reopen their doors until after the lockdown, but we hope that the selection above gives you some ideas of what awaits you when they do.

Read the November issue featuring:

  • Our Local Christmas Gift Guide
  • Christmas Events and Activities
  • Takeaway Treats
  • The Bramley Apple Festival 2020


This year Reach Learning Disability is again taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge – a national matched funding campaign that enables people to have their donations to charity doubled for one week.

Many of the local retailers are staying open longer this week Mon-Wed - please try to pop down and support them if you can - They are the ones who keep our local high street looking as fabulous as it does and have worked extremely hard to create a safe and local shopping environment.

Green Men Crafting Exhibition: Way back in the early spring, a competition was launched at Southwell Minster – people were invited to create a 'green man' inspired by the incredible and world-renowned medieval carvings in the Minster's Chapter House.

Read the October issue featuring: 

  • The Bramley Apple Festival
  • Spotlight on St Michael's Court
  • Celebrating our 500th issue
  • What's On in Southwell this month

As with everything in 2020, this year's Bramley Apple Festival, has been adapted in order to comply with current restrictions.

500 and Counting . . .  LAST month we published our 500th issue - what a milestone!

FIVE local runners took part in the London Virtual Run 2020 on 4th October to raise money for Henry the Brave a fantastic five year old boy from Caythorpe.

Southwell Town Council's plan to brighten the town centre by displaying flags representing local voluntary organisations is now coming to fruition.

The recent hedgehog surveys in Southwell and Farnsfield conducted by Lauren Moore based at Nottingham Trent University, have come to a very successful close.
20 survey nights, 40 hedgehog boxes and 120 hours of hedgehog searching. The results are in!

Members of Southwell Community Archaeology Group have been supporting Philip Dixon, Consultant Archaeologist for the Minster, looking for possible finds by sifting through the rubble that has been lifted from under the floor of the Chapter House.

A PIONEERING set of proposals to boost Newark's economy, creating a vibrant town centre that attracts tourism and investment, is one of the main focuses of Newark's 'Town Investment Plan,' which has been submitted to the Government by Newark Towns Fund Board.

Home-Start Newark are now recruiting for Remote Family Support Volunteers to provide regular telephone support to local families who are experiencing tough times. Volunteers are needed to offer families befriending and a listening ear, and to help link families to any local services they need. Full free training will be provided via Zoom, so access to a computer or laptop with a webcam and microphone (or a smartphone) is vital. Our next training begins late September.

A rare breed horse has given birth to a filly (female foal) whose gender was determined by scientists in a bid to help protect the breed.

A scarecrow in the front garden of a Farnsfield family has helped raise £331 and counting for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

More than 32,000 restaurants across the UK have now signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

Some traders in Southwell recently voiced their support for the closure of King Street (the one-way section from One Stop westwards to Queen Street) to all but emergency vehicles on Saturdays, to help create a better environment in the town centre for families and shoppers.

Born in 1971 with an inherited rare blood disorder, for which a bone-marrow transplant would have been the only cure, Anthony sadly died in 1979 because a suitable non-related donor could not be found in time to save him.

The Palace Theatre Newark turns 100 this week and while it's not the celebration they expected, they're not going to let the centenary pass without celebration. A Gala weekend had been planned, with performances on stage from local stars and performance groups, and although these shows have been postponed until next year, the Theatre is taking its party online this weekend.

Fitness instructors in Southwell have taken their classes onto Zoom. Suzi Matthews from Feel Good Fitness, Liz Pountney the Healthy Habits Coach and Jess Tullberg from Jess Tullberg Yoga have all starting using Zoom to keep their classes going as it became apparent that exercising together in groups was not going to be allowed.