Just in time for the better weather, the refurbished Cathedral Shop and Refectory will re-open to the public on Saturday 26th April.

Thirty people rolled up on 1st April, eager to get their hands dirty in the new Education Garden of the Bishop's Palace in Southwell.

BBC Radio Nottingham is launching recruitment for the BBC's biggest ever apprenticeship scheme.

The new 15 month scheme will be run by the BBC Academy in partnership with the City of Wolverhampton College, and will culminate in a Level 3 apprenticeship in Journalism, certified by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).  It will offer 45 local apprenticeships in BBC local radio stations as well as in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as part of the corporation's commitment to open up its employment and recruitment to people from the broadest possible range of backgrounds and communities.

Would-be Local Apprentices will be non-graduates who demonstrate that they are creative, news-aware, and are passionate and knowledgeable about their local area.

Successful candidates will start on 29th September when, after an initial 6-8 week training period, they will work as Apprentice Broadcast Assistants in 39 English local radio stations and 2 in Wales, or 4 Apprentice Content Assistants in radio stations each in Scotland and Northern Ireland (two in each). Once the apprentices have completed the scheme, they will be able to apply for jobs in these roles.

Applications for the scheme open this month (April) and interviews will be scheduled in July. You can register your interest in the Local Apprentice scheme by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Discover inspiring art and craft at The Harley Gallery, an art and craft gallery in Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

The Gallery is on the A60 between Mansfield and Worksop. Only 10 minutes from the A1 and M1, it's an easy journey from Sheffield, Nottingham or further afield.

The Portland Collection State Room Tour

Monday 11th August to Monday 22nd September 2014
Monday - Friday (excluding Bank Holidays), 10.15am and 2.30pm

See fine and decorative arts from the internationally renowned Portland Collection in its historic setting at Welbeck Abbey. This walking tour lasts approximately an hour and a half.

Tours will start at The Harley Gallery at 10.15am and 2.30pm, when you will be taken by bus through Welbeck Village, passing the 5th Duke of Portland's Riding School.

You will disembark the bus at Welbeck Abbey, home of the Cavendish-Bentinck family who have lived at Welbeck since 1606. The walking tour will lead you through the State Rooms; the grand reception rooms used for entertaining which were remodelled in the Edwardian period by Winifred, Duchess of Portland. These rooms include the magnificent Gothic Hall and tapestry hung Red Drawing Room, and feature an array of fine and decorative arts from The Portland Collections.
You will also have the opportunity to see the Print Corridor, Titchfield Library and Chapel before taking the bus back to The Harley Gallery where the tour will end.

Welbeck Abbey is a member of the Historic Houses Association (HHA). The HHA is a not-for-profit organisation which represents hundreds of beautiful historic properties in Britain, which are still privately-owned family homes.

The HHA was established in 1973 to help owners conserve these wonderful places in the interests of the nation, and represents more properties open to the public than the National Trust and English Heritage put together. William Parente, owner of Welbeck, is Deputy President of the Association.

If you are a member of the HHA, please contact us on 01909 501 700 to book tickets for The Portland Collection State Room Tours.


On Thursday 1st May, Stuart Rose is joined by Lynda Milner from Notts Wildlife Trust for the very popular 'Dawn Chorus' walk. The walk leaves Laxton Castle at around 6.30am to visit all three open fields and identify the birds from their song.

If you think 6.30am sounds early, you will be even more amazed to learn that the event actually begins at around 5.00am when people who are unfamiliar with the route up to Laxton Castle meet Stuart at the Visitor Centre beside the Dovecote Inn. The party then walk up to the castle in time for the sunrise at about 5.25am.

For many years now Retford's Rattlejag Morris dancers have been coming to Laxton to dance in the May on the castle. In recent years, helped no doubt by some glorious early mornings, the crowds have grown to well over 100 people on a week day and up to 200+ when May 1st fell at the weekend. For which they request a small donation, Rattlejag provide a BBQ breakfast and hot drinks or even a drink from a barrel of beer.

Members of the public are invited to join in a dance around the top of the castle at the end of the festivities. When the dancing is over the walkers set off across the fields.

This is the longest walk of the year, but there are shortcuts back for those who need to get home for work or school. If you hope to complete the full walk, expect to be back in the village for between 9.30 and 10am.

On the 15th May, Stuart is again joined by Lynda to guide walkers round South Field looking at the ancient grassland and studying the wildlife and plants. The sykes (pronounced "six") are unique areas within this unique farming system where modern practice preserves the wild heritage. These areas were traditionally either very wet land or where the plough was turned around – a practice which continues today. They were and are farmed but never sprayed or fertilised and wild flowers are abundant.

The walk leaves The Dovecote at 7.00pm, returning between 9.00pm and 9.30pm.

Everyone is welcome on these free walks. Please note that beyond the village all walks are through fields, on farm roads and on tracks. Robust footwear is necessary, as is suitable wet or warm outer wear depending on the weather.

Please phone Stuart 07939 228353 for more information.

Can you spare some time to help support and befriend a local family?

Home-Start Newark is a local charity which recruits and trains volunteers to help families with young children at home. This year is our 30th birthday and we'd like to invite you to join us in providing this much needed service to our local community. Our home-visiting volunteers help families to cope with the challenges of parenting and to rediscover some of the joy that family life can bring. We couldn't ask for a better birthday present!

This is a great opportunity for retired people to utilise their valuable life experience to make a real difference in families' lives. It's also a good route for parents who are getting ready to return to work and want to gain useful skills/experience or to explore a possible change in career direction.

Whatever your situation, we'd love to hear from you if you have parenting experience and would like to find out more about this very rewarding opportunity. Full training and support will be provided.

If you are interested in applying for our next volunteer preparation course or just finding out a bit more, please contact us at the details below (or find us on facebook). The course will run in September, or sooner if numbers permit.

We are also recruiting volunteers to help out at our Family Group in central Newark once or twice a week. Please contact us to find out more.

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Southwell Minster once again provides a spectacular venue for the Easter Services, beginning with Passiontide Sunday on 6th April. And whether you want to join the Palm Sunday procession, experience Christ's final journey through the Stations of the Cross performed by young people, hear a sermon from Dr John Moses, sing loudly or sit quietly - or perhaps wander round the Easter Garden.... there is something for everybody during Holy Week and Easter, including a full English breakfast after the Easter Sunday service!

'Suffering and Salvation' is the title of the Passiontide Service on 6th April at 6.30pm. Canon Precentor Jacqui Jones asks us to 'join with the Cathedral choir and clergy and follow Christ on His solitary journey with stark words and stupendous music.' She says: "We will be using both the Nave and the Quire, encouraging the congregation to move with us in candlelight and letting the Minster itself speak powerfully to those who come with their faith as well as those who come with their doubts. We hope this offering of prayer, words and music may assist other congregations from the Diocese who do not have the resources to have an evening service as well as individuals who wish to join us on the way."

Palm Sunday on 13th April begins at 10.30am with a procession of the Minster congregation who join with parishioners from Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Southwell and members of the Catholic Church in Calverton. They will be singing and praying for the community, accompanied by 'Peter' the donkey and will walk around the Minster grounds with Palm Crosses and fronds before entering the cathedral for a sung Passion with the Minster Chorale. Canon Precentor Jacqui Jones says: "Peter has been part of the Palm Sunday procession for many years and we were very sad when he couldn't make it last year because of the snow. After the service I walk him through the Minster for his reward of a bunch of carrots!"

On Good Friday at 9.30am the Stations of the Cross will be performed in the Minster by young adults as they take a journey representing the trial and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. All ages are encouraged to engage with this powerful presentation which is 40 minutes long with an opportunity to meet afterwards in the hall for refreshments. From 12noon – 1.30pm Dr John Moses is preaching, interspersed with hymns and prayer in the nave. At 1.30pm The Good Friday Liturgy takes place in the Quire with the Cathedral Choir, then at 5.45pm it's Evensong, and the Diocesan Confirmation Service – 'The Fire and the Stone' when Choristers will be among those confirmed, experiencing some of the symbols surrounding Easter Day.

Easter Day begins at 6am outside the Cathedral with the Easter Fire. Jacqui invites us to: "Proclaim the Resurrection as we follow the massive Easter Candle into the building. Listen to the ancient Exultet being sung – the triumphant hymn of praise and exultation. Join in with the Canticles which speak of the story of God's salvation of his people. Renew your baptismal vows. Discover the Easter garden: blessed at this service, and finally, when we have moved through the Cathedral, receive at the High altar the sacrament of God's Presence in bread and wine, and afterwards the opportunity of a full cooked breakfast at Sacrista by the Lay Clerks..."

The cathedral also plays host to Lunchtimes in the Cathedral during Holy Week:
from Monday 14th April – Thursday 17th April.
Entitled 'God's Art of Living' they take place from 12.15 – 1pm and are a time of music, words and reflection in the Quire.
Following on from last year's successful themed presentations, subjects with which most of us engage in our daily lives will be explored with suggestions of a divine perspective:
Monday – Meeting; Tuesday – Working; Wednesday – Forgiving;
Thursday – Eating. Homemade soup will be offered from 11.45am.

For more information on these and other services please contact the Minster Office 01636 812649.

Norwood Park Golf Centre in Nottinghamshire has been recognised as one of the country's most welcoming clubs.

Its excellent record of attracting and encouraging new golfers and juniors has helped to make Norwood Park the joint runner-up in England Golf's prestigious 2014 GolfMark Club of the Year award, supported by COBRA PUMA GOLF.

Their success was announced at an awards dinner and Norwood Park general manager Paul Thornton commented: "This is fantastic.

Paul, who also chairs the Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership, went on: "We're a young club, only 15 years old and always set out to be a very friendly, welcoming place where everyone is equal. It is a real team effort at the centre and we try very hard to put development at the heart of all we do"

GolfMark is an England Golf initiative, which recognises junior and beginner-friendly clubs. This award, now in its sixth year, applauds GolfMark clubs which have made an outstanding and innovative contribution to developing the game.

Norwood Park, which holds a High Achiever GolfMark, has bucked the national trend and has increased its membership over the past two years and increased participation. It offers a complete pathway for beginner golfers with a driving range, Par 3 academy course and 18-hole course

It's a Get into Golf centre for the Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership, offering low-cost structured coaching as part of a national campaign to inspire more people to take up the game.

Norwood Park has close links with local schools which have helped to create a flourishing junior section with about 70 members. The club is also working hard to encourage girls to play golf through numerous initiatives and currently has an impressive 15 girl members, all under the age of 16.

The members are very supportive of efforts to encourage new golfers; three former junior members have recently taken their Level 1 volunteer coaching courses and now support the club's PGA professionals. In addition, Norwood Park offers a range of flexible memberships options.

The GolfMark Club of the Year awards were announced last night at a gala dinner at the England Golf County Development Conference at Staverton Park in Northamptonshire. The winner was Cookridge Hall Golf Club, Leeds, and the co-runners-up were Strawberry Hill Golf Club in London.

Presenting the awards, Craig Verrinder, UK Marketing Manager for COBRA PUMA GOLF, said: "We are delighted to be able to recognise the outstanding efforts of Norwood Park Golf Centre to grow the game.

"COBRA PUMA GOLF are proud to continue supporting the GolfMark programme and helping golf grow across the UK."

Richard Flint, Club Services and Development Director for England Golf, commented: "Norwood Park Golf Centre are to be congratulated for their flexible, welcoming approach to attracting and retaining new golfers.

"England Golf continues to invest in resources, such as GolfMark and their County Golf Partnership network, to ensure golf clubs can benefit to maximum effect."

Sir John Starkey, Owner Norwood Park GC says:

"I am personally delighted with the outstanding contribution that has has been recognised by England Golf to the Norwood Team. To come runner-up in the Golf mark Club of the year 2014 is a testament to all the hard work from the staff especially over the past 4 years, when a new management structure was introduced. I and my family are thrilled that so many new golfers of all ages have been introduced to the great game of golf here in the wonderful setting at Norwood Park, with a special mention to the many new Ladies & Girls who PGA Coach Richard Strange has encouraged via numerous coaching initiatives. Golf is a game for the whole family across the generations and I am so delighted with our achievements so far. "

Saturday 12th April

Peppa Pig @ White Post Farm

White Post Farm. Peppa and Daddy Pig will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day. 01623 882977. www.whitepostfarm.co.uk

Manor Farm Open Day 10am

Manor Farm Tea Shoppe, Bleasby. Click here to find out more.

Gosh Gallery Book Talk 6pm

Gosh Gallery, Tuxford. Talk by John Oldfield on his book: 'How to protect your bottom line from your advertising agencyClick here for more details.

Farnsfield Spring Show 

Farnsfield Village Centre, New Hill, Farnsfield. Admission Free. Schedules available in local shops.

Sunday 13th April

Gardens Open for Charity 

Broadlea, East Drayton & Capability Barn, Hoveringham. Adm £3.50, children free. More information at www.ngs.org.uk

The Ramblers Association Walking Programme 9am

Headon, villages of Headon, Grove and Askham. Begins at 9am and is an 8 mile walk, for further details contact 01636 814277

Lowdham Spring Show

Lowdham Village Hall. Entries need to be in between 9.30 and 11.30am. The schedule can be downloaded from: www.lowdhamhortsoc.org.uk, is available at 'Lowdham Post Office' or 'The Bookcase'. The show opens at 1pm with prize giving at 3.30pm. There will be a display of artwork by the 'Lowdham Painting for Pleasure' group as well as a display of floral art by the 'Lowdham Saint Mary's Flower Guild'. Admission is only £1.50 and refreshments will be available.

Tuesday 15th April

Southwell Gardening Club Monthly Talk 7.30pm

WI Hall, Southwell. Practical Soil Analysis. Membership £10, and £2 per meeting. Please contact 01636 816339

Wednesday 16th April

Easter Fun 10.30am

Southwell Library. Crafts and chocolate treats for kids 4-9 years old. Tel: 01636 812148.

Friday 18th April

Children's Easter Competition (18th - 21st April)

The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell. Pop in over the Easter weekend from Friday18th to Monday 21st April and enter our Easter Colouring Competition. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to be awarded for the best entries. www.heartygoodfellowpub.co.uk

Saturday 19th April (Easter Saturday)

Lions Easter Egg stall

Southwell Market. Support the Lions Easter Egg stall and perhaps win a delicious egg! A draw will also be taking place at local pubs and other venues. 

April in Paris

The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell. France arrives in Southwell when Mood Indigo performs 'April in Paris'. Enjoy entertainment from this wonderful jazz band, and perhaps something to eat from the French themed menu. This is a non-ticketed event. 

Easter Holiday Fun 10am

Southwell Library. Drop in and make an Easter Card for someone special. For ages 4-9 years. Free event. Tel 01636 812148.

Dads and Toddlers 10am to 12 noon

Holy Trinity Church, Southwell. A toddler group for Dads and young children. On the third Saturday of each month. For details contact Helen Lewis on 01636 815512.

Spring Workshops 11am

GOSH! Gallery, Tuxford. Explore printing, pastels and Gouachhe with Graham Laughton and Becki Pate. £30 per person. Click here for more details.

Sunday 20th April (Easter Sunday)

Easter Art Exhibition (19th - 21st)

Shelford Village Hall. The Shelford Group of Srtists annual exhibition. Between 10am and 4pm each day. Further information from John Lightbody on 01623 822703.

Easter Egg Trail (20th & 21st)

The Workhouse, Southwell. Visitors can find out about life for the inmates and claim a prize. www.eastereggtrail.co.uk

Monday 21st April (Easter Monday)

Easter Egg Trail (5th - 21st April)

The Abbey Courtyard, Rufford Country Park, NG22 9DF. Follow the clues to find the eggs hidden in the park. Find all the eggs to claim your sweet reward !! £1 per leaflet, £3 per car.

Oh No It's a Gruffalo (11th - 30th April)

Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Edwinstowe. We're helping to celebrate the Gruffalo's 15th anniversary. Join us for party celebrations and activities throughout the year. Venture into the deep dark woods from 11th April until September and you'll be able to take part in one of our Gruffalo trails. Please see website for full details: www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo

Tuesday 22nd April 

Coffee, Croissants & Children (22nd & 23rd)

The Old Theatre Deli, Southwell. A FREE talk on savings for Children/Grandchildren. Includes complimentary coffee. Tel: Martin Chapman on 07767 450097 www.MakingMoneySense.co.uk


Table Top Sale

Edingley Village Hall

Saturday 17th May, 10-12noon

£5 per table

Proceeds to Christian Aid

To book call Diana Poole on 01623 882106


Star of BBC One's The Voice, Sally Barker, will be one of the main attractions at this year's Gate To Southwell Folk Festival (5th - 8th June), creating one of the strongest line-ups of female roots music talent to gather in the UK this summer.

Singer/songwriter Sally, who performs with legendary all-women act The Poozies, was mentored by Tom Jones who said of her cover of 'To Love Somebody': "you moved me...it was so beautiful I couldn't help myself".

The Poozies join a truly international bill by key figures from the current female scene including BBC Folk Award winners Bella Hardy & The Midnight Watch and The Mischa Macpherson Trio, winners of this year's BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Other fantastic female acts include Nanci Griffith-associate Maura Kennedy of The Kennedys, acclaimed Irish sisters The Henry Girls, Lisa Butler of Caladh Nua, Polly Perry of The Billet Doux and 16 year old prodigy from Cambridge GraceSarah.

Headline acts this year include The Bills and The Sojourners from Canada, folk rock collective Feast of Fiddles, Scotland's tremendous Treacherous Orchestra, New York guitar legend Woody Mann and one of the finest singers on the current English folk scene, Jim Causley.  Derby's Cupola will lead the Friday night ceilidh and also perform with Southwell festival favourite Lucy Ward.

Alongside guaranteed great music and dancing, the beer and cider festival, music workshops, a children's festival and many family activities, the organisers have also announced there'll be a ground-breaking "silent folk disco".  To find out more and buy discounted tickets before the end of April, visit www.southwellfolkfestival.org.uk

Come and join Will and Lisa at the Hearty Goodfellow for their grand re-opening on Friday 11th April. Following the recent refurbishments, the pub will be open from 11am with the official opening at 8pm by Nottingham rock band, North Road. All welcome.

Easter Events

France arrives in Southwell on Saturday 19th April when Mood Indigo performs 'April in Paris' Enjoy entertainment from this wonderful jazz band, and perhaps something to eat from our French themed menu. This is a non-ticketed event.

Children's Easter Competition

Pop in over the Easter weekend from Friday 18th April to Monday 21st April and enter our Easter Colouring Competition. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to be awarded for the best entries.

Tel. 01636 919176
81 Church Street, Southwell, NG25 0HQ

A Jobs Fair will be held in Newark on Wednesday 14th May from 10am to 2pm at Newark Town Hall. A chance to meet employers with local job vacancies and also support agencies with information and advice.

Gosh gallery in Tuxford is now offering an exciting range of print workshops, which include mono printing, open and paper stencil screenprinting and lino printing. Our tutor is a qualified lecturer and practising artist, who is represented by the gallery.

Alongside this will also be fantastic Gouache workshops delivered by award winning artist Graham Laughton! Explore working with Gouache, building a landscape and selecting the right materials will help you find your own style!

We aim to give you plenty of inspiration, new ideas and a number of fabulous prints/Paintings to take home at the end of the session, all you need to bring is your enthusiasm!

Book Talk

Meanwhile on Saturday 12th April 6-8pm we welcome author John Oldfield with a talk on his book: 'How to protect your bottom line from your advertising agency'

Having worked as a creative director in various parts of the world with companies such as Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO, and saatchi & saatchi his book is a brutally frank exposé from behind the scenes pointing out the traps that can result in a wasted advertising budget and explains why advertising agencies are part of the problem – rather than part of the solution.

Tickets cost £20 with refreshments – please call or email to book your space (details in advert above/right).

Supporting the work of Southwell Minster Choir Association.

Chamber concerts in the historic Great Hall of Southwell Minster

Sundays at 7.30pm. Refreshments served from 7pm

Sunday 11 May
Stephen Cooper baritone, Paul Hale piano
The season opens with a recital by talented baritone Stephen Cooper, who will be performing Schumann's Dichterliebe and Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Sunday 15 June
Mark Hacking bass viol & Philip Robinson harpsichord
Local musicians Mark Hacking and Philip Robinson join forces to explore music from the Eighteenth Century. They will feature well-known figures J.S. Bach and Handel alongside lesser-known composers Marais, Forqueray and Abel.

Sunday 6 July
Andrew Ashwin - 'A night at the Opera'
A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Andrew Ashwin will entertain us with a varied programme of operatic favourites, accompanied by Simon Hogan. Mozart, Bernstein and Britten will be featured.

Sunday 14 September
The Minster Chorale
To kick off their 20th anniversary celebrations, The Minster Chorale will perform a varied and exciting programme of sacred and secular choral masterpieces, ranging from Finzi, Rheinberger, Byrd and Lobo through to light-hearted arrangements of popular classics.

Sunday 12 October
Oliver Lallemant
An evening of jazz piano from Oliver, a former organ scholar of Southwell Minster.

Sunday 9 November
Nottingham Youth Orchestra Showcase
Ensemble performances, quartets and soloists feature in what promises to be an evening packed with variety, brought to you by the talented members of Nottingham Youth Orchestra..

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Look-out for the BIG Easter Eggs dotted around the Town and surrounding area in various pubs. Have a go on our Easter Egg Stall on the Market Place Southwell on Easter Saturday (19th) - You never know your luck!

Celebrate all that's good about Nottinghamshire at the Nottinghamshire County Show this May.

A group of local volunteers under the control of the East Midlands Ambulance Service who attend local calls relating to heart and breathing difficulties is looking for new members.

The Potwell Dyke Grasslands Action group was set up in January 2004 when the agreement between Southwell Town Council and the Countryside Commission was coming up for renewal.