The Cranmer Company of Singers, which rehearses in Whatton, is putting on a special concert with The Vanaja Chamber Choir from Finland. This exciting collaboration came about because while living locally and working as an au pair, Taru Perolta sang with the Cranmer Singers. Now Deborah Davies, their Musical Director, is welcoming Ismo Savimake and his choir all the way from Finland to the Vale of Belvoir.

The two choirs will be performing in a unique concert on Saturday 7 June 2014, starting at 7.30pm.

The beautiful parish church of Bottesford will be filled with delightful sounds – a varied programme, mixing sacred and secular, with organ and piano, and likely to include the combined choirs singing firm favourite Zadok the Priest (Handel), and a choral version of Finlandia. Ismo is planning to take the audience on a journey from Finland to Engand through Sweden, Norway and Estonia – rare treats, plus parts of the hauntingly lovely Stabat Mater by Karl Jenkins.

Ticket price: £8 adults, £5 children and those on income related benefits, to include a glass of wine/juice at the interval. It is wise to book in advance by phoning 01949 850364, though they may be available on the door.

This visit was arranged during the deep dark Finnish winter and so sunshine in June is hoped for! Both choirs have about 30 members and have been led by the same director since inception; this year is Vanaja Chamber Choir's 20th Anniversary and Cranmer's is coming up soon. While here the Finnish choir will also sing in Lincoln Cathedral and at Belvoir Castle.

Cranmer Company of Singers have engagements in Winchester, York and Spain this summer as well as being booked to sing at a few local weddings.

The late May bank holiday weekend sees 3 Upton artists inviting the public into their workspaces as part of Open Studios Notts.

Over the three days of 24th - 26th May there is the chance to meet three Upton artists in their studios, along with several guest artists and makers. Painter Susan Isaac's studio is at High Farm with guest ceramicist Carl Gray & woodcrafter Mark Greene (Susan is also part of the Lady Bay Festival on 17-18 May). Painter Jude Rawson is at Rookery Nook (opposite the Cross Keys Inn). Potter Sue Morton is at Meadow View (near Upton church) with guest potter Ann Robbins. Carl Gray and Sue Morton will be demonstrating pot making techniques. All the studios will have simple refreshments, with more substantial fare available at the Clock House Cafe in the grounds of the Horological Institute.

Going a little further afield - in the Newark area there will be 2 weekends of activities by the 'NewWork' collective at Galerie (24-25 May & 31 May – 1 June), together with open studios by photographer Karen Cunningham at New Balderton (31 May – 1 June) and Max Neale at Beckingham (3-5/17-18/24-26 May). At Rufford Craft Centre the OS Notts exhibition, 'Bringing Artists into View', continues to 8 June, highlighting these and other events around Nottinghamshire.

Events across the central area of the county are: the Gedling Artists (10-11 May), Patchings Festival (5-8 June), and open studios by Kirkby-in-Ashfield artists Jonathan Annable & Emma Gladwin (17-18 May), and Mansfield artist Betty Ching (24-26 May & 30 May – 1 June).

To the south are the Broxtowe artists (17-18 May & 31 May-1 June), the Lady Bay Arts Festival (17-18 May), the Keyworth Trail (10-11 May) and Radcliffe-on Trent artist Sara Sylvester (thro May/June). To the north, the 'Artempo' artists & Andy Massey (30-31 May) are in Retford. Then there is Chris Campbell & guests at Mattersey plus Richard A Rogers & guests at Sutton-cum-Lound (31 May-1 June & 14-15 June), Polly Warren at Askham, Lee Sinclair at Laneham (25-27 May & 31 May - 1 June) and the Gosh Gallery artists at Tuxford (through May/June). In the Sherwood Forest area, Thoresby Gallery is linked to the events (through May/June), and alongside them the Sherwood Forest Wood-Firing Society has two weekends of kiln firing and raku sessions (17-18 & 31 May – 1 June). Clare Hawley & Victoria Hall are opening their studios in the Sherwood Forest Art & Craft Centre at Edwinstowe (in May) and in Worksop, Georgina Robertson is in her studio on Saturdays through May. The concluding event this year is the Harley Artists Open Studios weekend on 14-15 June with 19 artists taking part, alongside a range of events and activities around the Welbeck estate.

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Elsa Trueman has been crowned Miss Newark and District 2014 and now has a place in the Miss England semi finals taking pace at Kelham Hall on Monday 19th May.

 Having studied at Southwell Minster School and Newark college, Elsa will graduate from University this year, she said: "I entered the competition after seeing it advertised in the paper, and just thought I would try it to do something different and fun!"

Following auditions, the public were invited to vote for their favourite contestants. Receiving the highest number of votes meant Elsa was one of the final five girls to go on to do an interview and photoshoot modelling dresses by 'A Touch of Sparkle' at Kelham Hall.

As part of the competition the contestants were invited to raise funds for the Miss England charity 'Beauty With A Purpose', and Elsa managed to raise £80 selling her pop art style paintings of dogs.

Elsa expIains: "I didn't expect to win Miss Newark at all, but I'm excited now to be taking part in the Miss England semi finals, and I think the competition is a really good platform for supporting charity work. I am continuing to raise money for Beauty With A Purpose with my paintings, some of which are now on display at Thoresby Gallery as part of their Wide Open exhibition!"

Elsa will be on of 80 beauty queens from around the country descending upon Kelham Hall for the Miss England semi finals. The girls will participate in a catwalk style event showcasing their own Eco creations made from recycled clothing and materials.

The Miss England contestants arrive at 10am on the day to register for the competition followed by a military style boot camp run by Xtreme Boot Camps – where they will be put through their paces by instructors, led by James Evans. The fittest girl will also be fast-tracked through to the national final as the Xtreme Sportswoman winner.

Interviews and a catwalk show will follow at 6pm when the judges who include the current Miss England Kirsty Heslewood will select the final 10 girls to go forward to the national final in Torquay.

Just 10 ladies will go forward to the Miss England grand final from the 80 contestants which is being held in Torquay 14th – 16th June. The lucky ten ladies will stay at the luxury Imperial Hotel Torquay for the duration and have the opportunity to win a luxury holiday to Mauritius and a place in Miss World which has a top prize of $100,000.

Kelham Hall & Country Park is a Victorian stately home and events venue set within 44 acres of parkland. The Miss England semi-finals will run alongside an open wedding evening in the adjourning stately rooms, and the bridal wear set to be modelled by the final 10 contestants will be provided by exhibitors from the wedding event.


The Corps of the Royal Engineers have undertook a two week job to re-lay the worn stone path leading to the west door of Southwell Minster.

Guernsey's gain will be the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham's loss when the Very Revd John Guille retires as Dean of the Minster and returns to his family home in the Channel Islands.

His leaving service is at 3.30pm Evensong on Sunday 18th May and marks his seventh year as Dean.

He says that it will be "an invitation from me (and also from my wife Sue) as we share in this service together for all of us to stop and to count our blessings. It took no time at all to recognise that Southwell Minster is a very special place indeed. This is an extremely friendly County, Diocese and Minster Community. There is much to be thankful for."

The Dean was born in St Peter Port, Guernsey in 1949 with connections to the Anglican Church through his family - his father being a church warden and superintendent of the Sunday School, and his mother a member of the Mothers Union - becoming a chorister in the church choir and later an altar server. His own faith journey began at 12 years of age when the Anglican Churches on the island held a Mission. "I remember asking how one became a parish priest and the rest, as they say, is history, except my Headmaster at the time of my GCE's suggested I took up teacher training as a good foundation for ministry."

Archdeacon of Nottingham, the Venerable Peter Hill paid tribute to the Dean, saying: "One rather old fashioned word that sums him up is 'gumption.' A man with huge gumption - which is about initiative, drive, resourcefulness, courage and guts. Having gumption means you can be a game changer. It is a courteous, Christian gumption. He has renewed and advanced the ministry of our cathedral, and lives a life founded on faith and trust in Jesus Christ."

Retired Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, George Cassidy appointed the Dean in 2007, and will be a guest speaker at the service, as will the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace.

There will also be a combined service in the morning at 10.30am with refreshments afterwards.

The Ford Model Y&C Register Classic Car Club, which covers the 1932 - 1937 period, will take up residence at the Saracen's Head from the night of Sunday 8th June until the morning of Friday 13th June.

There will be 28 cars in the car park each evening. Each day we will be exploring and visiting some of the attractions in the East Midlands - The Eakring Oil Museum, the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, The Southwell Workhouse, The British Horological Institute at Upton, Crich Tramway Village, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Brocklebys Pork Pie factory in Melton Mowbray (where we will make pork pies), and Taylors Bell Foundry in Loughborough.

Someone will be available each evening to talk to any visitors about the cars should they wish to visit the car park.

Following the annual Fun Run, where runners enjoyed lovely weather, a great route and delicious cakes, a big change is taking place at Southwell Care Project.

Changing the name of a charity is a risky business. However, the team of people, working passionately for the Project believe the present name no longer conveys the extent of the service and misleads people by implying such a limited geography.

As such, the name has been changed to 'Reach Learning Disability' in order to meet the challenges ahead in the coming decades.

Southwell Care Project's original founders have worked tirelessly for 14 years, and created a foundation which is now enhancing the lives of many more users than the 20 or so adults with learning disabilities in and around Southwell.

The vision of Reach is the same as that of Southwell Care Project: A community where adults with learning disabilities can reach beyond expectation and build happier, healthier lives – lives full of meaning, challenge, opportunity and friendship. However, now with over 150 adults with learning disabilities currently accessing services in Mansfield, Newark and Southwell each week, the name needs to reflect this.

According to the BBC one in six UK charities fear that they may have to close due to public spending cuts and falling donations. A charity's brand plays an important role in convincing potential new supporters to part with not only their hard earned cash but also their trust as potential users of the service.

Steve Shatwell Chief Executive of Reach said: "Reach as a new name, signals a new intent: to be more visible and more vocal. With a clearer identity and a stronger presence, we will reinforce our position as the leading learning disabled charity throughout Nottinghamshire."

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Meanwhile, the charity's work goes on. There are still places available on the cycle event, Tonya's Challenge taking place on Sunday 11th May. Starting at 8.30am from the Flower Pod. Riders are encouraged to gain sponsorship and all funds raised will go to Reach. To take part go to

Flowers from the Flower Pod will also be on sale at the Methodist Church's Table Top sale on Saturday 17th May at 10am.

For more information please go to the charity's new website:


Today, women are living longer and as we get older our bones get weaker. Osteoporosis affects around 1 in 3 post-menopausal women and 1 in 6 men and fracture following trauma is often the only indication of an underlying problem. This is why it is often called 'the silent disease.'

Risk factors include; being post menopausal, early menopause or hysterectomy, family history, use of steroid based medications, dietary factors such as coeliac disease and colitis, low calcium diet, alcohol consumption, rheumatoid arthritis and other medical conditions, low body mass and lack of exercise.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent the development of osteoporosis, such as weight-bearing exercise and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables as well as calcium-rich foods. Treatment for those who already have it has been shown to be effective in strengthening the bone that still remains.

Care and treatment received at King’s Mill and Newark hospitals is rated positively by patients, according to the national inpatient survey of 2013.

 The findings come from the 11th annual survey of inpatient services and facilities by the Care Quality Commission.

 Inpatients were asked what they thought about different aspects of the care and treatment they received at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Results have improved on 42 questions from last year. You can see the full results of the survey at

The team at Dogs Trust Loughborough is looking for homes for a delightful duo, Bullseye and Pepper, two amusingly big-eared English Bull Terrier crosses.

Three year old Bullseye and one year old Pepper are looking for active homes that can keep up with them and will not only challenge them mentally, but physically too. They will jump into any situation and both would enjoy making new canine friends, who can continue to improve their socialisation and be a new play mate.

Whilst they look identical and even related these two are just friends and as such are looking for individual homes to call their own. If you think you can offer of these bouncy delights a new home then please contact the team at Dogs Trust Loughborough on 01509 880 070 or visit the team at Hill Farm, Wide Lane, Wymeswold, Loughborough, LE12 6SE.

Are you a parent carer living in Nottinghamshire with a child or young person aged between 0 – 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)? If so, we've organised a series of workshops across the County to inform you of changes to the way education, health and social care will be delivered in the future.

The Nottinghamshire Participation Hub, in partnership with APTCOO and Nottinghamshire County Council, have organised a series of workshops aimed specifically at parents and carers of children and/or young people aged between 0 – 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The workshops are being delivered across the County to ensure parents and carers can access information about the changes and ask questions regarding the way education, health and social care will be delivered in the future. It is also an opportunity to influence the way in which future services are designed to ensure they meet the needs of children and young people across Nottinghamshire.

The sessions will cover the following topics:
- What the local authority and health will be offering in the future as part of the joint Education, Health and Care Plan Pathway
- What's working well, what needs improving and what are the top priorities with regards to education, health and social care
- And how parents can get involved with the Nottinghamshire Participation Hub to have a stronger voice to influence service design and delivery

Monday 12 May 2014 - St. Giles School, Babworth Rd, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7NJ
Wednesday 14 May 2014 - APTCOO, Unit 15, Botany Commercial Park, Botany Avenue, Mansfield, NG18 5NF
Wednesday 21 May 2014 - Bridge Community Centre, Lincoln Rd, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2DQ
Thursday 22 May 2014 - West Bridgford Library, Bridgford Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 6AT

All workshops will take place between 10am and 2pm which also include refreshments. To attend one of the workshops please book a place by calling Katie Morton on 01623 629902 or via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A local animal charity is championing the rewards of adopting loving but overlooked cats.

One such cat, rescued thanks to Animal Accident Rescue Unit, is six year old Archie (pictured). Found existing on Nottingham's streets, Archie was in a bad state with a painful facial abscess - but following dedicated care is now fit and healthy. As with all the charity's cats, Archie was FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) tested. As he tested positive, he and the charity are taking this opportunity to explain FIV – with the aim that he and others can enjoy new homes.

As an experienced volunteer explains: 'FIV should definitely not be confused with FeLV (Feline Leukaemia); they're two entirely different viruses. They're mentioned together as vets test for both together, but whilst FeLV affects health and lifespan, FIV most certainly does not.'

FIV depletes white blood cells numbers, eventually making the cat less able to fight off infection. As the charity, which rescues many FIV-positive cats, emphasises however: 'FIV is extremely slow-acting. These cats can enjoy a completely normal lifespan with no arising health problems. The only need is that it's solely transmitted between cats, FIV-positive cats are kept indoors, and only homed with positive cats.'

Archie is a most friendly cat and is hoping someone will see beyond his FIV-status to the affectionate, healthy boy he is! He is neutered, micro-chipped, flea and worm treated and litter-trained.

To share your life with Archie, ring 0115 9984307 (only to be used for Archie enquiries), leaving a message with your postcode and contact details, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For other enquiries email as above or call 0115 9321555 including offering cat fostering - which the charity urgently needs.

Entries into the 100 mile route at the 2014 Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport) Great Notts Bike Ride are very nearly full. The ride, which sold out in advance of last year's event is set to reach capacity over the next few weeks. The 25 and 50 mile distances have also seen more entries than the same time in previous years.

The ever popular bike ride will be returning for its 33rd year on 22nd June 2014 and is set to be the biggest to date. Over 5000 participants will take part, with a further 5000 spectators expected to visit the event over the weekend.

Event Director, Chris Simon, said; "The popularity of the Cerebral Palsy Sport Great Notts Bike Ride is as high as ever and entries are ahead of where they have been in previous years. We expect entries for the 100 mile ride to sell out in advance of the event, so I would urge anyone still hoping for a place to sign up quickly to avoid disappointment".

In addition to the 100 mile ride and perfect for beginners is the 25 mile route which offers a highly enjoyable route through sleepy Sunday villages surrounded by beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside. Middle ground can be found with the 50 mile route which is the event's signature ride. The 25 and the 50 mile rides are perfect for those looking for a challenge, or just a step up from the shorter distances.

All three rides include several feed stations en route where cyclists can take a breath and refuel during the ride.

The ride is a part of Cycle Live Nottingham, a two day festival of cycling taking place on Nottingham's Victoria Embankment on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of June 2014.

Cycle Live weekend kicks off with the family-friendly Nottingham City Ride and high-octane Nottingham Grand Prix on Saturday, followed by the 2014 Cerebral Palsy Sport Great Notts Bike on the Sunday. Over the weekend, visitors can enjoy the lively and vibrant event village which features an array of different activities and events suitable for all the family.

Chris continued, "Cycle Live contains something for everyone who is passionate about cycling, from beginner level participation through to elite racing. The event village will be filled with fun things for all the family, so it's not just about partaking in the bike rides. It's set to be our busiest event yet, it really shouldn't be missed".

For more information on Cycle Live or to sign up for the 2014 Cerebral Palsy Sport Great Notts Bike, please visit or call 0115 925 8777.

The 2014 Nottinghamshire County Show has again been hailed a success despite bad weather, that depressed attendance significantly. It was the first show for Show Manager Jayne Olney, and has again continued the quality improvements to the Nottinghamshire's flagship event.

Society CEO Adrian Johnston commented:

"This is Jayne and her team's first show. I have been really impressed by all that they have done to ensure the success of the event. Absolutely everything in their control worked faultlessly. We are hugely grateful to our President and his lady, our Chairman John Brydon and Richard Sheldon Chairman of the Show committee, plus all of our volunteers for the tremendous effort that they give to make this show such a success."

The overall theme for the show was the 70th Anniversary of D Day. Society President Col Roger Merryweather TD DL and his wife Angela had the privilege of welcoming 9 Normandy veterans including Private Bernard Johnson, a well known and respected character and former Royal Marine from Orston, Notts.

In a superb display in the Lady Eastwood Pavilion, which was fronted by a working WWII Sherman tank from the Gillatt collection, visitors could learn of Nottinghamshire's crucial role in providing high grade oil from the Eakring Oilfield, 7,500 feet under the woods of Dukes Wood. This oil formed 70% of that used for D Day and was piped under the English channel to the invasion ports.

Col Merryweather's chosen charity was the Army Benevolent fund, itself formed as a direct result of the horrendous casualties anticipated on D Day in 1944. The charity continues to work had for veterans of conflict even today.

Despite the weather the comments about the show have overwhelmingly been favourable. From the excellent food by the showground's own catering team "Tastes" at the Eve of Show dinner, Saturday Official luncheon and Sunday President's lunch to the various outlets and Ice Cream vans around the site, there was plenty of quality local food on offer to satisfy every palate.

In the Food Hall celebrity chefs Rachel green, Teresa Bovey, Linda Hewitt and Julia Blant performed demonstrations throughout the show. Suzanna Starkey from local apple juice and fruit producers, Starkeys fruit, was delighted to win First prize for their stand in the Food Hall.

The Show's firm links with its farming and rural heritage are still paramount and a high standard of entries in all the Livestock classes resulted in a magnificent Grand Parade – a fitting finale to this year's Nottinghamshire County Show.

Visitors were able to watch the judging throughout the morning before having the opportunity to see the animals close up and talk to the owners in the housing and sheds and get more information from the owners.

Limousins dominated the supreme beef championships at the show with the overall title going to Brockhurst Howzat from Doug Mash, Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Male inter-breed champion was the four-year-old Simmental bull, Lisglass Barnabus, from David Donnelly, Ashbourne and the native breed championship went to Nottingham Trent University with their 12-month-old Lincoln Red bull, Brackenhurst Saracen.

A Texel Shearling Ewe took the sheep Inter-Breed title. Raised by Peter Longdin from Doncaster this was his third interbreed win at the County Show. THE pig inter-breed title went to a Large White boar, Chapel Royal Turk 2 shown by father and daughter, Stephen and Amanda Booth from Lymm, Cheshire.

The spectacle of Heavy Horses always draws a crowd and this year was no exception. Ernest Bailey & Son from Cambridgshire and his Percheron took the Supreme Champion title with a Geoff Robinson from Upton, Newark and his Shire being awarded Reserve Champion. Clydesdales and Suffolks were also breed winners.

Over 400 entries in the Show Jumping classes resulted in some fine jumping with Sunday's prestigious Mattie Brown Stakes won by Billy Twomey from Upton, Newark.
The Newark & Nottinghamshire Agriculture Society Members play a large role in supporting agriculture and education in the county throughout the year as well as enjoying many benefits at the Show itself including free tea, coffee, biscuits, and afternoon scones in the Members' Pavilion. Cask ales on sale in the Members' Bar were from Nottinghamshire's own Castle Rock brewery.

New member Tim Richardson commented:
"With access to 7 days of shows throughout the year and discounts off 14 more events, membership of the show society is fantastic value and I shall certainly tell my friends about it."

This year's NGS Festival Weekend is on 7th and 8th June. Thanks to the hard work of garden owners and volunteers, and the enduring enthusiasm of thousands of visitors, the NGS has donated just over £20million to nursing and caring charities over the past 10 years, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Carers Trust, Help the Hospices and Parkinson's UK.

Gardens open in Nottinghamshire over the Festival Weekend include the following:

Saturday 7th June: 

Holbeck Lodge, Manor Fields, Halam, Newark NG22 8DU. Guest appearance of Chilli Bob at this opening.

Sunday 8th June: 

Capability Barn, Gonaldson Lane, Hoveringham, NG14 7JH

The Chimes, 37 Glenorchy Crescent, Heronridge NG5 9LG

Darby House,10 The Grove, Southey Street, Nottingham NG7 4BS Flintham House, Main Street, Flintham, Newark NG23 5LAGringley Gardens, Gringley-on-the-Hill, Doncaster, Nottinghamshire DN10 4QTEllicar GardensHoneysuckle CottageThe Summer House

Lodge Mount, Town Street, South Leverton, Retford DN22 0BT

A flush of colour blankets everywhere as we embrace spring. In our 44 acres of parkland numerous wildlife are enjoying the sunny days with visitors reporting sightings of rabbits, pheasants and squirrels along the woodland trail and in the gardens. Come along for a leisurely stroll and see what you can spot. Dogs on leads are welcome and children will love our adventure playground by the tennis courts.

Keep an eye on our website, facebook and twitter for the latest events, and if you would like to win some goodies then the facebook page regularly runs competitions.

Our chef has whisked up some tasty spring menus. Watch out for the daily specials at the Peacock Bar & Restaurant, whilst our increasingly popular Sunday carvery is served from 12 noon to 3 pm at the delicious price of £7.95 or £4.95 for children. Meanwhile, our signature afternoon tea in the state rooms makes the tradition proud.

Over at the campsite we are delighted to be seeing many familiar faces from returning families. Pitches can be booked at reception.
and we hope to see you at our bank holiday fun day on Monday 26th May!

Kelham Hall & Country Park is open daily from 8.00am to 6.00pm with free admission and parking. Disabled access is available. Hall tours run on Sundays highlighting a fascinating history and design. Tel. 01636 980 000 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.