Chess in Southwell
School Chess
In the Championship League, Lowe’s Wong Junior School travelled to Greasley Beauvale in February and managed a difficult win 3½  - 1½, difficuly because only ten minutes from the end the result looked like being 2 -3. However, at home to the High School there was no problem in winning a convincing 4-1. Away to Kingswell, Arnold, the match depended on Board 1, where Ben Harrision sacrificed a rook in order to promote a pawn to a quenn, and so helped Lowe’s Wong to a 3-2 win. Three reserves who played in a friendly match at the same time demonstrated the school’s strength in depth by winning 3-0.
County School Chess
On February 13th the Notts Primary School Chess Association held a Quadrangular Tournament at Keyworth against Manchester, Coventry and Walsall. The County called on Ben Harrision in the under 11s and Ben Wood, Christopher Hurt, Tom Sellick and Justin Russell in the under 9s section. The results were:
Under 11s: Manchester 38 points, Nottingham 33 points, Coventry 32 points, Walsall 17 points.
Under 9s: Manchester 13½ points, Nottingham 21 points, Coventry 22½ points, Walsall 3 points.
The Lowe’s Wong boys won 9 of their games and lost only 4.

In the Championship League, Lowe’s Wong Junior School travelled to Greasley Beauvale in February and managed a difficult win 3½  - 1½, difficult because only ten minutes from the end the result looked like being 2 -3.

Southwell Lions Club
Following a successful dance at the Lowdham Village Hall on February 27th a cheque for £400 is to be presented to the Peter Le Marchant Trust for the disabled.
The cheque was presented to Mrs Jo MacDonald on behalf of the Trust by Lions’ President, David Wragg at the Bramley Apple on March 9th.
The dance was attended by some 200 members and friends and music was supplied by the Toothill School Dance Band.
At last month’s meeting new member Neil McAlister from Farnsfield was officially inducted by Vice President Brian Tindale in the absence of the Presidne ton holiday. This was followed by an interesting and informative talk on Cuts of Meat by Lion Peter Sheffield of Farnsfield.

Following a successful dance at the Lowdham Village Hall on February 27th a cheque for £400 is to be presented to the Peter Le Marchant Trust for the disabled.

Robin Hood Theatre
After a very successful autumn/winter season at the theatre with our Christmas and January shows playing to capacity audiences on many nights, we are now launching our new season, which is a special one as we are celebrating 21 years since the theatre re-opened in 1961. We shall be presenting an additional Company play at the end of May, which we hope will be the highlight of the season.
After the opening event on 11th March, The Light Blues with a special supper included, provided by the Social Committee, the first play is ‘Candida’, the delightful comedy by George Bernard Shaw, set in a vicarage. Candida is loved dearly by her husband and passionately by a young poet who brings turmoil to the vicar’s once complacent existence.
In the cast are Margot Anderson, Roland Brown, Brian Bonner, Paul Archer, Richard Oakes and Jo Clayton. The director is Valerie Wilson and the set is designed by John Kitchen.
On April 7th there is a folk concert with Johnny Silvo and Dave Moses, which is a Nottinghamshire County Council Leisure Services promotion.

After a very successful autumn/winter season at the theatre with our Christmas and January shows playing to capacity audiences on many nights, we are now launching our new season, which is a special one as we are celebrating 21 years since the theatre re-opened in 1961. 

Minster School
Mr Andy Stewart, County Councillor for Southwell, Caunton and Bilsthorpe, reassured Southwell Parish Councillors last month that the catchment area for Southwell’s Minster School would not be changing and that therefore areas which had traditionally sent children to the Minster School would continue to do so.
He also said that temporary accommodation would be provided by the Local Education Authority next September to help with the overcrowding at present. As it is a church aided school, it is the church’s responsibility to undertake capital expenditure to provide accommodation. They are at present applying to the Government for funds to build new Science laboratories and it was hoped that these negotiations would be satisfactorily completed this year.

Mr Andy Stewart, County Councillor for Southwell, Caunton and Bilsthorpe, reassured Southwell Parish Councillors last month that the catchment area for Southwell’s Minster School would not be changing and that therefore areas which had traditionally sent children to the Minster School would continue to do so.

Dr. Magnus Pyke Launches IT82
Dr. Magnus Pyke officially launched INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY YEAR in the East Midlands on January 21st.
In his speech to an audience from local industry, commerce and private and public administration, Dr. Pyke expressed with his characteristic enthusiasm, the importance of IT to Britain and her future.
IT, the application of microelectronics to make the handling of information more reliable, quick and economical, is the most revolutionary marriage of technological skills seen this century. The changes and benefits it will bring will be as profound as those of the Industrial Revolution, Dr. Pyke said.
Statement by Kenneth Baker MP, Minister for Information Technology. “Information Technology (IT) is the fastest developing area of industrial and business activity in the Western World. Its markets are huge, its applications multitudinous and its capacity for increasing efficiency immense. Without doubt it will be the engine of economic growth for at least the rest of the century. Britain’s economic prosperity depends on the success with which we manufacture its products and provide and exploit its services.
“This is the message that must be got over to everyone in this country - the general public, school children as well as industry trade and commerce.”
By 1983 everyone in the region will have had the opportunity to take part in at least one IT related activity. There will be an IT stand at all major exhibitions and shows. Mobile exhibition units specially constructed by the National Computing Centre in conjunction with the Department of Industry will bring the latest  techniques, teletext, viewdata and research terminals, word processors and educational aids into the open air. In addition, open days in retail outlets, department stores, schools, offices, libraries and colleges will brin IT to the high street. A concerted programme of seminars and debates, will enable everyone to put forward their point of view. This begins on February 10th with a conference in Nottingham for headmasters of local schools.
Touring the region will be IT82 speakers from all sectors, bringing the IT message to small business, women’s interest groups and other IT users.
For further information and details, contact Peter Ford (Chairman) or Dr. P.L. Ward (Secretary) IT82 East Midlands Committee.

Dr. Magnus Pyke officially launched INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY YEAR in the East Midlands on January 21st.