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 www.cyclelivenottingham.co.uk 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

www.ngs.org.uk

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.

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A partner at the Minster Dental Centre, Mr John Peterson says it's all go for his Zambian trip.  The police aid convoy container will be at the Makeni Trust in Lusaka by the time he arrives on June 21st this year.

John said: "The Minster Dental Centre has sent a dental chair and materials for setting up a new teaching clinic in an area of the world that has no dental care provision.  The difference made possible by patient's generous donations, support from colleagues, friends and local Rotary clubs, will be appreciated for years to come."

Charity Coffee Morning

We hope that we can look forward to as many people as possible at our coffee morning in the practice on the 19th June.  Organised by Dental Nurse, Rachel Belfield, the event starts at 9am and runs all day. Come and hear about the work of NPAC in Zambia, John's project and who knows- you may want to help in some way.

We are pleased to say we have secured the services of Mrs Catherine Dewsnap to act as locum for John while he is away. The rest of the team at the Minster Dental Centre, with Catherine's help, are here to ensure that all the dental needs of our patients are cared for and maintained.

Remember if you sign up to Denplan in either May or June 2014 there will be no Denplan fee.

www.minsterdentalcentre.co.uk

The British Horological Institute's Summer Show takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June and sees the unique museum at Upton Hall open to visitors.

'Murder at The Workhouse, who killed the clerk?' will be performed by the Workhouse Storytellers at The Workhouse, Southwell on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May, 6.30 - 8.30pm, as part of the Museums at Night initiative.

Scenarios performed by key characters will be acted out in different settings around the building and visitors will move from scene to scene piecing together clues.

Clues will also be sent out on Twitter @workhousevoices in the weeks running up to the performance.

Tickets £10 for adults and £5 for children- suitable for over 12s. Booking and pre-payment essential.

For more information please see: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/theworkhouse or call 01636 817260.

At the Wonderland Classic & Sports Car festival running on 7th & 8th June at Ferry Farm, Hoveringham, Nottingham (NG14 7JP) we are staging THREE themed feature displays within one fantastic festival.
● 50 Years of the Ford Mustang. Classic Mustang's from the '60's to modern-day models.
● 45 Years of the Ford Capri. From the first to the last - from the very 'Mild' to the very 'Wild' - Ford Capri's from 1969 to 1986
● A tribute to one of the most famous Ford Capri drivers : Lewis Collins ( 'Bodie' from the '70's 'The Professionals TV series ). A display of many look-a-like cars from the TV series is planned including the Ford Capri's, RS2000, TR7, Rover SD1, Granada's and more.

NEW for Saturday : 'Car of the night' superb prize package featuring a very generous 'Frankie & Benny's' hamper will be awarded at 8pm. Saturday night features live local band 'Beggars Belief'; Disco and bar

Sunday is 'Show 'n' Shine' Day with 20th & 21st Century judging categories for vehicles from around the world. The TVR Car Club Regional Day will fly the flag for the British sports cars and be joined on the show field by American 'Muscle' cars; Italian 'Style Icons'; and a mouth-watering display of German engineering in the form of the South Yorks. & North Notts. Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club Regional Day.

Wonderland 2014 also features legendary models from across the Ford range, Custom cars and vehicles of 'Special Interest' (Kit cars, Military and Commercial vehicles).
Traders, Food outlets, Children's entertainment, camping Friday and Saturday night, plus a 20% discount to the Farm Park for festival visitors makes this truly a festival for the enthusiast and the family.

Only pre-booked entries are eligible for judging Early bird offers available for bookings made before 1st May. FREE* entry for exhibitors on the Saturday. Central location just 5 miles North of Nottingham and easy access from the A1 at nearby Newark. Open to the public* Festival information Club bookings Individual bookings Trade bookings Venue information Visit our website: www.capriclub2000.co.uk

SAT 4pm to 8pm SUN 10am to 4pm

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

A local charity has a number of travel scholarships to award to young people under the age of 25.

Southwell Town Councillor, Charley Pierpoint will be running the Race for Life at Clumber Park on Saturday 21st June in memory of Anne Wood, who published the Bramley newspaper for 34 years until her retirement in 2011.

Tickets are on sale for the first Southwell Music Festival which will bring around 60 of Britain's best young classical musicians to Southwell for top quality concerts throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 22nd to Monday 25th August).

Easter was a busy time for all this year especially at Making it! Discovery Centre who played host to their first Spring Home and Garden Market, attended by many local businesses and crafters.

Based on Littleworth, Mansfield, the former Mansfield Brewery site is the perfect location for a family day out during Nottinghamshire School holidays when the centre is open to the public. The spring fair was an addition to normal Easter activities and a welcomed treat for families visiting the centre across Easter weekend.

After the success of Making its first fair in November 2013, organisers were keen to offer another jam packed event to draw visitors to Mansfield to support local businesses. With a variety of stalls selling produce such as plants, candles, chutneys and cupcakes along with demonstrations for both adults and children, the event was a real hit for families and couples alike.

There was also an Easter fun hunt where children searched high and low for Easter bunnies, counting how many they had found along the way in an attempt to win a family day pass to the centre. Lucky Jessica Marriott was picked at random to be the winner of the prize and will be visiting the centre again later in the year with her family.

For more information about Making it!- Like on Facebook /makingitdiscoverycentre, follow on Twitter @makingitcentre or subscribe to the newsletter via www.makingitdiscoverycentre.co.uk

Three local historians, Canon Michael Austin, Lance Wright and Mike Kirton, have spent the last two years researching a major book that chronicles Southwell's commitment to the Great War.

From a population of about 3,200 at least 650 served in the armed forces during the conflict. Of these almost 110 did not return, with many more wounded and/or traumatised by the war. The core of the early volunteers were the 115 men of the local territorials, led by Captain John Becher, forming 'H' Company, 8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, part of the first territorial brigade to serve in the trenches in 1915.

Southwell at War, contains biographical details of most of the 650 Southwell men, along with information taken from military records and descendants. In addition the book contains edited excerpts of the 'Southwell News' columns of the Newark Advertiser giving a fascinating insight into the 'Home Front' and news from the 'front'. Other chapters contain stories of various individuals who served, the progress of the territorials, the role of women, life in the schools, and the local military convalescent hospitals.

This large format book, of almost 350 pages and 135 illustration, is available from The Bookcase in Lowdham, Tel: 0115 9664143.

 

 

This year is the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings, so the Nottinghamshire County Show are marking this event with special displays, demonstrations and activities commemorating this major feat of arms.

Organisers of the County Show are particularly pleased to have a Sherman Tank on display as these were used by the Sherwood Rangers who landed with these tanks on Gold beach. Commonly known as 'swimming' tanks they were launched into the sea many miles from shore, then 'swam' to shore whereupon they acted as a normal tank.

Alongside exhibition boards featuring many local stories and a rolling film about the Normandy Landings there will be a super display of military vehicles including a Fordson Fire Engine kindly loaned from RAF Scampton Fire fighting Museum; a Morris Commercial Army Truck travelling from Wisbech and a Jeep with a trailed gun from Peterborough. An Austin K2 Ambulance and a Caterpillar D4 Bulldozer both saw action on the Normandy beaches and will take pride of place within the display. In fact the Ambulance and its owner Chris Carter from Spalding will be returning to France in June as part of the commemoration services taking place there.

To obviate the need to transport petrol across the Channel where it could be exposed to air and submarine attack, a rubber hose codenamed PLUTO (Pipeline Under The Ocean) pumped petrol via two routes along the floor of the English Channel to France - "Bambi" ran from the Isle of Wight to Cherbourg and "Dumbo" ran from Dungeness to Boulogne. Each pipe could delivery 56,000 imperial gallons per 24 hours and the high quality oil was supplied from oil fields in Eakring, near

Newark. Staff from the Duke's Wood Oil Museum will be on hand to tell visitors more about this local, top secret facility right on our doorstep.
Seven Lincolnshire and four Nottinghamshire members of the Normandy Veterans Association will be special guests at the Show. Show Manager Jayne Olney said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome and host these veterans at our Show and share our thoughts with them regarding this important piece of our country's history."

But if you want to get involved with some action then the Living History World War11 encampment is just the place. See the Company Headquarters and Quartermaster's tent housing all the equipment, the field kitchen with its "ground friendly" cooking equipment and talk to the Company Command Post as men go about their daily activities and training on the home front prior to being stationed in Europe. Children can have go at mine detecting and drill whilst other demonstrations will include Land Army milking and WW11 farriers making nails and other farm related items linked to agriculture.

All this and not forgetting the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight who will perform flypasts on both days of the show. On Saturday the Dakota will mark the moment at approximately 12.20pm and on Sunday the famous Merlin engine of the Spitfire will be heard as it makes a low level pass just after 2pm

Advance tickets cost £12 each and if you want to buy your tickets in person then go to the Newark Showground; the Newark Advertiser offices; the Newark Information Centre; the Nottinghamshire Tourist Information Centre or Ollerton Tourist Centre.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.nottinghamshirecountyshow.com
Or on telephone by contacting the Showground on 01636 705796

Children under the age of 17 years go free, there is free car parking and free grandstand seating. On the gate tickets are priced at £16 each.

The Palace Theatre Newark's new brochure for summer is out now and brings with it a fresh new look for the theatre. A new logo and brochure design are launched, alongside the new season of shows, which runs from May to September.

Season highlights include:

Suggs on Thursday 1st May with 'My Life Story in Word and Music'. The Madness frontman takes to the stage in a hilarious yet moving, one man tour de force playing to rave reviews.

This is followed on Wednesday 21st May with Formby. In a unique one-man performance, following George Formby's rise from awkward stable boy to one of Britain's biggest stars. Ewan Wardrop plays the role of Formby, as well as all the key characters involved in this fascinating slice of his life. Featuring many of his classic hits performed live including: Blackpool Rock, Leaning on a Lamppost, When I'm Cleaning Windows, TT Races, and many more.

Immortal Chi takes the stage on Wednesday 28th May. Direct from China, and created by the team behind the renowned Shaolin Warriors, Immortal Chi is a brand new spectacular fusion of jaw dropping Martial Arts, amazing multi-media images, fabulous costumes and original live music.

Marty Wilde enters the Palace on Thursday 12th June. Having begun his career in 1957, Marty was one of the first British singers to play a leading part in those early formative, and groundbreaking rock'n'roll years. Marty and his fabulous band the Wildcats take you back through some of the most exciting musical times this country has ever experienced.

Entertaining Mr Sloane arrives on Tuesday 24th June. Written by Joe Orton, this 50th anniversary production is presented by London Classic Theatre, the team behind Beloved.
On Wednesday 2nd July Cornish comedy legend Jethro is back, as large as life, and on tour in 2014 with his very own unique brand of irresistible West Country tales for a fun-filled night of adult comedy.

The Sooty Show on Thursday 31st July promises a spectacular mix of magic, music and mess – guaranteed giggles for Sooty fans, old and new. Plus, there's a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show.
Beyond the Barricade is back by overwhelming public demand and celebrating its 15th fantastic year with a sensational new show for 2014. Beyond the Barricade recreates original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity and features a cast of past principal performers from the West End production of Les Miserables, and the 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena. Taking place on Saturday 20th September.

Finally The Lindisfarne Story on Thursday 25th September is a celebration of the Tyneside band's music and achievements. The show is devised, written and performed by drummer/founder member Ray Laidlaw, and Billy Mitchell, front man for the final eight years of the group.

The brochure also looks ahead to forthcoming autumn shows including Joan Armatrading on 8th November and Moscow State Ballet's Nutcracker 19th November.

Theatre Manager, Carys Coulton-Jones, says, "we are delighted to present another season of exceptional entertainment here at the Palace. We have some great shows to look forward to for all tastes and preferences and we're really confident that you'll enjoy whatever you choose to come and see over this summer season".

Of the new logo and brochure design, she went on to say, "following the great news at the start of the year that the Palace would be retained by Newark and Sherwood District Council moving forwards, we felt now was the perfect time to freshen up our logo and brochure and we're thrilled with the results".

The new brochure is available now via the usual outlets or online at www.palacenewark.com and tickets for all shows are on sale now.

  

Daisies Day Nursery has been hosting a mother and baby group for parents and babies at their Lowdham setting for a few months now. It has been so successful and beneficial to the babies (and mums!) that they have decided to extend the invitation to mums and babies who are not registered with the setting.

It can sometimes be quite isolating as a new mum so it's nice to be able to come to a home from home environment to swap stories and gain advice from other mums or just to sit and chat! If you would like to share our baby group on Friday afternoons between 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm feel free to pop along to our nursery at 63 Main Street, Lowdham.

Nottinghamshire's county-wide Open Studios events are running again, this time between 3rd May and 15th June, with over 150 artists & makers taking part.

Nottingham based music education charity, Music for Everyone, is recruiting for singers to join their daytime choir in Southwell.

Creative youngsters in Nottinghamshire are being asked to produce a 60 second broadcast advert on saving energy as part of the new nationwide 'E.ON uCreate Competition'.

The competition is open to primary and secondary schools as well as youth groups. Entrants are invited to write, produce, record and submit a minute-long TV or radio advert encouraging people to save energy at home.

Creators of the advert selected as the overall winning entry will have their submission professionally produced by major broadcasting company UTV Media. The ad will then feature on E.ON's YouTube channel, with the successful group or school also winning an iPad.

Amy Cross, Senior Community Relations Executive, at E.ON, said: "Our competition gives youngsters the chance to use their artistic skills and get a real insight into how the advertising world works, while also encouraging them and their local communities to use no more energy than they need.

"We're keen for local youngsters to get inspired, innovative and imaginative and want to get as many schools and youth groups involved as possible. There are lots of ways that people can save energy at home and we can't wait to start judging the entries."

E.ON has teamed up with uCreate to run the competition. uCreate provides youngsters with a work-related introduction to the tools of the media. The competition is part of E.ON's commitment to helping educate communities about energy and how to better control their energy use.

Adam Stebbing, Community Partnership Project Manager at uCreate, said: "Saving energy is a really important topic at the moment so it's great that we can work with E.ON to give young people this unique real world opportunity. Together we're offering kids a great chance to get involved with two of the UK's biggest industries – media and energy."

The competition is open for applications until Friday 23rd May. Interested schools and youth groups should visit ucreateproject.com to register and for Terms and Conditions.

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