NORWOOD PARK GOLF Centre in Southwell, Nottinghamshire already nationally recognised by ENGLAND GOLF for their initiatives to help 'grow the game', recently opened EZ Golf on their Par 3 Course using 15" holes in association with TaylorMade.

"TaylorMade is 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:

Carefree summer days are upon us and National Trust gardens, parks and countryside in Nottinghamshire provide a perfect backdrop for visitors to have fun playing games and sports, just as they did many years ago when they were family homes.

"Whilst many things have changed over the years, the ways in which we like to relax and enjoy our free time have stayed remarkably the same. As we celebrate the arrival of summer, it's fascinating to find out how the families who lived in the places we look after used to enjoy their leisure time," said Catherine MacCarthy, Head of Conservation at the National Trust in the Midlands.

The families who lived in the houses and estates cared for by the National Trust would have enjoyed a variety of sports and pastimes including croquet which became very popular in England during the 1860s, tennis, bowling and archery, which had a revival as an upper-class pursuit in the late 18th century.

"From an energetic game of rounders to a gentle spot of croquet, there are lots of ways to make memories with your family at a National Trust place in Nottinghamshire this summer. Playing outside, whatever your age, in colourful gardens or parks and woodlands, is the perfect way to spend a summer's day," continued Catherine MacCarthy, Head of Conservation at the National Trust in the Midlands.

This summer, visitors to National Trust places in Nottinghamshire can have a go at playing old and new games. At The Workhouse families can have a go at traditional games like cup and ball, spinning tops and cat's cradle. There's also skipping ropes, hoops and sticks and whip and top. At Clumber Park you can bring along your own bat and ball for a game of rounders or borrow one of our sets – from croquet to crazy cricket and short tennis to '5 a side' football, there's plenty to choose from.

To start planning your summer of fun, visit

With the school summer holidays stretching out ahead of us the RSPCA's Young Photographer Awards is the perfect boredom buster for children.

They could win a brilliant prize for taking a photo of their favourite animal - whether that's a shot of a snail in the garden, a portrait of the family pooch or a snap of a sheep in a field. Plus if they are a finalist, they will be invited to the awards ceremony at the Tower of London in December that I am hosting.

I've been judging the competition for several years now and it's always really exciting to sift through the entries and whittle them down to the winning shots.

There are some beautiful photographs which literally take your breath away, some shots which make you see animals in a completely different way and some pictures which just make you laugh.

Don't worry - you don't need an expensive camera to take part. If you are 18 and under just get snapping and visit for more information about the categories and how to enter.

Entries for this year's competition are already rolling in thick and fast but there is still plenty of time to submit your photos before the closing date on 25th August.

Chris Packham

Under the terms of the Localism Act in 2011, communities can now choose to produce a Neighbourhood Plan, to help shape and deliver new development in their area.

Enjoy the Six Saturday's of Summer at The Bramley Apple Inn.

26th July - The Ragdolls - A dynamic 5 piece band, they cover songs from Elton John, David Bowie, Scissor Sisters and many more, they will also have you jiving to a few Rock and Roll numbers

 2nd August - CJ Jackson (Ex Drifters) - The "Man of Soul" will deliver a great evening of Soul and Mowtown songs that will have you singing and dancing along to.

9th August - The EYC band - Performing for Chris Burkills 50TH Birthday and raising money for Southwell Flood Forum

16th August - The Corporation - Soft rock and Pop band - Their set list is pure soft rock covering artist such as Kings of Leon Queen Stereophonics Pulp The Kinks Blur The Rolling Stones and many more

23rd August - Bus Stop - A harmony duo coving songs from the 60's to the 90's

30th August - Hawthorn Levi - A versatile band playing songs by Johnny Cash, The Fratellis, Snow Patrol, Van Morrison, Deep Blue Something, The Monkeys, REM, B52's and loads more

Entrance to the above gigs are all FREE................ What a fantastic, fun and lively way to spend those Saturday nights. Weather permitting there will also be a BBQ outside. Real Ales, Ciders, Beers, great wines and add up to a great evening of fun.

And now tapas being served weekly every Thursday 6-9pm!

Looking forward to seeing you there, Cherrie and Jim

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Corporal Andy Reddy, a serving soldier and Army photographer whose parents live in Farnsfield, recently attended a range of commemorative events to mark the D-Day landings.

The Women's Institute celebrates its Centenary next year and to mark the occasion, a Baton is being passed to every branch in England and Wales.

This year Southwell Artists will be holding their sixth biennial Open Studios during August Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August, 10am to 5pm.

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 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.