Mrs Barbara Ireson, children’s author, telling one of her stories to children at Holy Trinity Infants’s School on January 28th.


Brackenhurst Museum Exhibition
February 6th - March 14th in the Museum, King Street car park, Southwell
The purpose of our exhibition is to convey to visitors the variety of courses which we hold at Brackenhurst and we have endeavored to capture interest by contrasting some of the current equipment with that used many years ago. Visitors will recognise the difficulty of portraying modern equipment in a small exhibition of this type and we have relied to some extent on photographs.
Note however our most modern aid to farming - the micro-chip of the computer. Contrast the computer print out with the cumbersome record books of a former age. Compare the one-horse power motors and note that not all farm equipment has increased in size. Examine the bulky tile drains - some hand made and consider how much simpler and, hopefully, more efficient is the threading of the continuous plastic drainage pipe through the soil.
Being mindful of the current interest in conservation we have included a contribution by the Nottinghamshire Farming and Wild Life Advisory Group. Their work includes the provision of a free advisory service to Nottinghamshire farmers on the creation and conservation of wild-life habitat on farmland. The body made up of farmers and others has as its main objective the conservation of wild-life within satisfactory agricultural practice.
Finally for those of you interested in the courses that we offer please take away the appropriate leaflet and do not hesitate to come back to us for further information.

February 6th - March 14th in the Museum, King Street car park, Southwell

Local History Society
It has been suggested that a number of residents in the Southwell area who are interested in local archaeology and history would welcome the formation of a Local History Society; the main idea being to band together those people who have done or would like to do research into the Southwell area. Some guidance might be available to those who would wish to have it, and occasional talks and discussions could be arranged. Any of our readers who might be interested in joining such a society are asked to send names to Mr R. M. Beaumont.

It has been suggested that a number of residents in the Southwell area who are interested in local archaeology and history would welcome the formation of a Local History Society;

Notts. Trust saves Ancient Meadows
Nottinghamshire Trust for Nature Conservation has announced agreement with the Fitzwilliam Estates of terms that for the purchase of a further 9 and a half acres of Eakring Meadows. Last years the Trust purchased 12 and a half acres of damp meadow-land adjacent to The Beck between Maplebeck and Eakring. The area is officially designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because it has been used for grazing or for hay for many hundreds of years, and has not been ‘improved’ by drainage or by the use of fertilizers or herbicides.
Because of this treatment , together with frequent flooding , the meadows are rich in flowering plants such as Greater Burnet, Wood Goldilocks, Marsh Marigold and Saxifrages, The banks of The Beck were lined with Willows, Maple, Crabapple and Ash until The Beck was deepened recently, but this damage can be repaired given time. Another feature on the southern boundary is a magnificent ancient hedgerow which includes 14 or more shrub species like Spindle, Purging Buckthorn and Guelder Rose. With this variety of plants comes an equally wide range of insects, butterflies, birds and animals. The trust is proud to have saved one of the richest damp meadow areas in the country. management will be primarily achieved by maintaining the traditional grazing and hay cropping and members of the newly formed Central Notts. Group of the Trust will have an important role to play in maintenance and wardening.
This purchase has cost Notts Trust £11,000 and an appeal will shortly be launched for funds to meet the cost of this and other new reserves. The agents acting for the Trust were Smith Wooley of Collingham.

Nottinghamshire Trust for Nature Conservation has announced agreement with the Fitzwilliam Estates of terms that for the purchase of a further 9 and a half acres of Eakring Meadows.

Lowe's Wong PTA's Junior Disco on January 16th attracted a maximum crowd of 150 dancing enthusiasts and made over £90 for school funds.