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 http://www.notts-fire.gov.uk/B968B160FCC547F2B729747425CBD70F.asp

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: www.hockertonhousingproject.org.uk

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.

Southwell Minster bookshop and refectory have been shortlisted for a coveted SBID International Design Award 2014.

Newark and District Air Cadets are holding an open evening on Tuesday 23rd September to recruit more members. Boys and girls age 12 to 17, along with their parents, are encouraged to come along and find out more about joining this active group.

Southwell Holy Trinity Infants School celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 6th March by dressing up as their favourite book character and bringing in a book to discuss with their class.

The 'Getting Around' theme group is one of the sub-groups contributing to the drafting of a Neighbourhood Plan for Southwell.

Local draftsman, Steven Bowler specialises in making exciting and unique wooden furniture.

Having been involved in furniture design for many years, Steven produces functional and decorative coffee tables and other items. Using only UK reclaimed wood and with decorative carving and hand painting; Steven can create a stunning centre piece with a difference for your home.

"I offer an affordable, bespoke, made to order design service for furniture that fits perfectly into your home. You choose the design, size and colour. This includes a colour matching service to match your new furniture to the colour of your existing furniture," explained Steven.

"All my work is handcrafted from reclaimed wood helping to protect the environment and improve your carbon footprint too."

To find out more, buy direct from the web store or to place a custom order please visit www.stevenbowlerdesigns.co.uk or contact Steven on 07446754396 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

As a Special Offer, there is a 10% discount for Bramley readers on coffee tables, this offer has now been extended until the end of September 2014. Please quote BRAM1 when calling or by e-mail to qualify for the discount.


Take a rare glimpse into Nottinghamshire's past as historic buildings and popular visitor attractions once again open their doors to visitors as part of the Heritage Open Days from 11th – 14th September.