Sue Beckett and Hilda Orme, Southwell housewives who have taken to the jogging track with determination, are seen here in training for the Robin Hood Half Marathon which was held in Nottingham on 4th October.
Sue and Hilda first decided to enter a running race after watching the London Marathon on television last year and they set about training seriously twice a week, starting with just three quarters of a mile in April and building up to 13 miles last month.  The two ladies trained on Tuesday and Thursday evenings each week, running through the streets of Southwell, while their husbands James and Peter stayed home babysitting.  Peter Orme eventually joined them to keep fit and actually ran the Robin Hood Marathon too.
Of the 3,000 entrants only 200 were women, so Hilda and Sue found themselves cheered on by crowds all along the route.  Their families were there to see them finish well up with the leaders in their class and all three finished in just under 2 hours 10 minutes.
The two ladies were sponsored by numerous friends and relations as well as by Beckett Builders of Southwell and they raised £130, half going to the Marathon organisers’ chosen charity, Care, and the other half divided between SPLASH fund and Birthright, charities chosen by Sue and Hilda.  They were also given new T shirts for training by Minster Brokers of Southwell.
It is hoped to organise both a half and a full marathon in Nottingham again next year and both Sue and HIlda are already back in training in preparation for their next challenge - a full marathon.

Sue Beckett and Hilda Orme are seen here in training for the Robin Hood Half Marathon.

Mini Rugby for boys aged 10 - 14 is growing in popularity at Southwell Rugby Club on Sunday mornings, particularly among the younger age groups with some keen youngsters of 8, 9 and 10 turning up o a regular basis.  Barry Parker, one of the organisers, told The Bramley “Most of the younger boys have no opportunity to pay rugby at school and have come along to have a go.  We aim to provide an enjoyable introdution to the sport and hope to hold their interest.  We now need a few more boyssin the 12 to 14 age group to balance the size and weight of the boys.
Full coaching is given free of charge.

Mini Rugby for boys aged 10 - 14 is growing in popularity at Southwell Rugby Club on Sunday mornings.

A large number of members attended the October meeting eager to learn about the Southwell Museum.  Mr Peter Kent, Chairman of the Southwell Civic Society, spoke of the aims of that organisation and why it felt there was a need for a museum in the town.
Mrs Marilyn Varley spoke about the first exhibition held in the museum on Southwell Pubs which had been inspired by her because she was living in a former pub on Westgate and Mr Peter Kent explained the purposes of the second exhibition on Southwell Schools.
Mr David Measures, who resides in Westhorpe, showed a film about that area taken some 10 years ago and explained why the Civic Society had opposed a number of proposals for changes there. He also showed a number of slides of the Westhorpe exhibition for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Mr Ron Arnfield presided and expressed thanks.  Refreshments were served by Mrs Olive Olsen, Mrs Sue Brooksby and Mrs Olive McSloy.
The next meeting in Trebeck Hall at 8pm on Thursday 26th November is a talk on the Seasonal Aspects of Fashion Designing by Miss Sue Keen. New members and friends are always welcome.

A large number of members attended the October meeting eager to learn about the Southwell Museum.  

Mr R.A. Harrison, Conservation Officer of Newark District Council, will explain the council’s proposals for developing land adjacent to the Burgage at a public meeting to be held at the Saracen’s Head Hotel in Southwell at 8pm on 26th November.
The meeting, open to all, has been arranged by the Southwell Civic Society as a result of a recent application for outline planning permission  made by Newark District Council.  The application was accompanied by a design brief produced by Mr Harrison which suggests that acceptable developments could range from about 25 small town houses to 4 or 5 large houses with private gardens.  The brief sets out in detail the favoured design parameters.
The District Council’s plans for this extremely sensitive site follow overwhelming opposition to any form of development from the people of Southwell as proved by the results of a referendum held earlier this year by the Parish Council.  Results to the question “Do you wish the land on Burgage Hill to be developed?” were as follows: No (ie against development) 2,,522;  Yes (ie in favour of development)  382;  doubtful or spoilt papers  52.
The Civic Society and the Parish Council, supported by Newark MP Mr Richard Alexander, have all made strong representations to the District Council opposing any development.

Mr R.A. Harrison, Conservation Officer of Newark District Council, will explain the council’s proposals for developing land adjacent to the Burgage at a public meeting to be held at the Saracen’s Head Hotel in Southwell at 8pm on 26th November.

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Round Tablers set sights on £2,500                               John Webster
Southwell and District Round Table members are preparing for their major fund raising event of the year.  It’s the eighth Grand Charity Auction on Sunday 18th October at Merryweather’s Garden Centre.
The first Auction was held in September 1974 and every year since, Auctioneer Tony Theobald has sold, for local charities, the various items donated by local people and collected by the Tablers.
Some unusual items have been collected and sold - for example, a hip bath, a five barred gate, and complete bathrooms, including windows and doors!
Amusing incidents as well - like the time two Tablers went to the top floor of an old house to collect a radiogramme in excellent working order; carrying it carefully down three flights of stairs to the waiting transport; turning the kindly donated piece of equipment on its back to put in the van, only for the back to fall off and all the insides to fall in a heap on Burgage Green - it was sold as being “eminently suitable for conversion into a cocktail cabinet”.  Another time it took ten Tablers to bring an upright piano from the upstairs bedroom of a house in Easthorpe.
The local Children’s Home Caudwell House has benefitted from funds raised at previous auctions as have Bleasby Children’s Home, local OAPs with with Christmas gifts and parties, shopping trips at Christmas as well as visits to Pantomimes - the list is almost endless and does include some projects where confidential assistance has been given.
The last Auction raised approximately £2,000 and it is Table’s hope to top the £2,500 mark this year.  Anything saleable will be collected.
Lat year a new idea was tried which proved a great success - Tablers collected donated tins - fruit, baked beans, etc - and a separate stall will be operated again this year when all tins collected will be offered for sale.
Sunday 18th OCtober promises to be a good day for all the family - viewing of the lots is from 9.00am to 12 noon on the morning of the sale - doors open at 2.00pm with light refreshments available.  So if you want to pick up the bargain of a lifetime and help local charities at the same time, come to the delightful setting of Merryweather’s Garden Centre on Halam Road - come to the original Southwell & District Round Table Charity Auction - accept no substitutes!                                 

Southwell and District Round Table members are preparing for their major fund raising event of the year.