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.

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