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.

The memory of last year's inaugural running of the "Southwell Swine" may still be with some of you!

This year's Town Guide is currently being collated. If you would like your organisation to be included please contact us on the email address below.

Book the afternoon of Saturday 21st June to come along to The Burgage for Southwell's annual Family Funday.

Poets Helen Mort and Elaine Feinstein are among the special guests at this year's Southwell Library Poetry Festival.

Lowdham Parish Councillor Alison Glazebrook is currently compiling a book on the World War I soldiers listed on Lowdham's war memorial.

Sunday 8th June  is Open Farm Sunday. Farmeco and the Ecocentre at Screveton, situated between Newark and Nottingham, is once again opening their gates to visitors for what promises to be both a fascinating and enjoyable day out for the whole family. Following the success of last year's event, which proved extremely popular with over 500 members of the public visiting the farm, Farmeco is extending this year's event over the whole weekend to provide a bigger and better experience for everybody - Open Farm Weekend.

Farmeco, is delighted to be joining hundreds of other farms across the country in hosting events to celebrate British farming and food. Open Farm Sunday is an annual nationwide event, organised by LEAF, it's a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to visit a working farm and talk to the farmers responsible to discover at first-hand what it means to be a farmer and to truly get to know how their food is produced sustainably and how the countryside around them is cared for.

When: Farmeco Open Farm Show – Saturday 7th June / Farmeco Open Farm Sunday – Sunday 8th June
Where: Home Farm, Screveton, Nr Bingham, Notts NG13 8JL
Time: Saturday 10.30am to 5pm / Sunday 11am to 3pm
Cost: Free entry – small charge for food (various) and trailer rides (£1)
Overview: An educational fun family weekend of sustainable farming and countryside management
Farmeco Barn Dance- Saturday 7th June- 7:30pm- midnight (£12.50 p/p)
All proceeds will go to providing accessibility for schools, care homes and other community groups to visit farm.

David Rose from Farmeco said "There is a lot to celebrate about British farming and food – so do come and join us on Open Farm weekend and find out more! My team and I are really looking forward to welcoming everyone and showing them around the farm."

There will be lots to see and do. On Saturday, Farmeco Open Farm Show, will have farm tours, tractor & trailer rides, see the animals and nature walks, Composting, Bees & honey making, vintage farm machinery, Sheep shearing, demonstrations, Willow weaving, Fire engine- animal rescue, Dowsing, Food from our kitchen cafe and lots more!. On Sunday, Farmeco Open Farm Sunday, will be a relaxing day of nature trail walks, food and drinks from our own Cafe, meet the animals farm tour and trailer rides. During a visit you will be able to:
Discover how we grow Wheat, Oilseed Rape and Oats and meet our sheep and small heard of Saddleback pigs
Walk some of the farms 8 miles of footpaths and tracks that pass through our 20 acres of woodland

See how we incorporate mixed farming techniques to achieve our sustainable farming aims, including, our new experimental orchard / arable strip farming which encourage bio-diversity
Visit our Ecocentre, a purpose-built low impact carbon neutral building designed on sustainable building principles, that provides an aesthetically pleasing eco-education facility with planting orchards and fruit and veg growing areas

Find out about the growing range of activities and projects we deliver, including, an active Health Group, Yoga classes, gardening, cider production and bread making; all aimed at helping the local community in matters of health and well-being and providing a place where people can come together in a spirit of mutual support
Learn about our educational programmes, Including, food miles, habitats, water and Seed to Sandwich, which encourage pupils to grow their own sandwich which can be baked in our class room kitchen

To find out more about Farmeco and Open Farm Weekend call 01949 21261or visit www.eco-centre.org.uk

The Folk Festival (this coming weekend) has let us know that special locals' "Teaser Tickets" are still available at discounted rates.

Local author, Tim Harvey's life passion has always been music. "I have a vast music collection of CDs and vinyl records. They're all catalogued and I have a pathetically encyclopedic knowledge of wide genres of music, bands, albums and record labels," Harvey says.

In his debut novel, "Rollin' Stone" (published by AuthorHouse), Harvey pours his love and knowledge of music into a story of crime and deceit that expertly renders the passion that music inspires.

Set partly in Nottinghamshire, with Thoresby Hall playing a big part, and partly in Scotland, "Rollin' Stone" infuses rock 'n' roll and punk music into the story of two very different men.

Throughout the narrative, sound-tracked by tunes of the period, Harvey adds his own knowledge of music history and songs, creating a style echoing that of Nick Hornby and George Pelecanos. Of his readers, Harvey writes, "I would like people to become inspired to investigate the musicians and songs mentioned in the book - and to go out and buy more music."

"Rollin' Stone" by Tim Harvey is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Treat yourself to a free family day out on Saturday 21st June, 12 noon til 4pm at the Southwell Family Funday on The Burgage.

With May half-term about to begin, National Trust staff and volunteers have picked their favourite of the Trust's '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' to complete at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.

The charity's '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' initiative is a checklist of adventures and experiences for younger visitors (and the young at heart) to complete and have fun outdoors.

"The '50 things' initiative has been very well received, with thousands of children participating," said Harry Bowell, director for the National Trust in the Midlands. "We know that encouraging children to connect with nature benefits both them and the natural environment that the Trust was set up to care for. We also know that children love a challenge: the list of 50 things is a great introduction to outdoor adventures (and not just for those of us over 11 ¾!). We're lucky enough to have some incredible outdoor places on our doorstep in Nottinghamshire look forward to welcoming family visitors throughout the half-term week."

Clumber Park is running a series of "starter for ten" activities over the bank holiday weekend, inviting visitors to make a start to their list of 50 things to do before they're 11 ¾. Five of the best activities to do at Clumber Park are:

1. Build a den (number 4): the woods are perfect for den-building.

2. Make a grass trumpet (number 25), and not just with grass: lots of other plants make green trumpets creating an amazing botanical band.

3. Hold a scary beast (number 30): Clumber is home to 600 species of spider alone.

4. Create some wild art (number 18): the pinetum has amazing cones to enable children to create an outdoor masterpiece.

5. Hunt for bugs (number 31): the varied habitats at Clumber Park, make it the perfect setting for a bug safari.

The full list of '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' can be downloaded at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlands50things, along with a guide to how many of the 50 things can be completed at Clumber Park.

The Workhouse at Southwell is holding another of its popular volunteer recruitment days on Tuesday 3 June between 10am and 12noon.