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, 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.

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.