NEWS BRIEF - Nottinghamshire in Focus

Issue 117
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Trust. Over seven thousand of
those are children. This is a
shocking figure and clearly
outlines the struggle that far
too many people are facing
when they are struggling with
such necessities as basic food
Based on the same figures from
the previous year,
there has been an increase
of around 3000 people in
Nottinghamshire that have
needed the emergency rations
and again, Nottinghamshire
was the highest region in the
East Midlands by far that
were getting the food pack.
There are more food banks in
Price 20p
Nottinghamshire than Leicester
and Derby but the number of
people requiring the rations is
still extremely high for so called
‘economic growth’.
Kat Boettge, the Green
Party Regional
Coordinator in
the East Midlands
said that this was
a national scandal
and something
that the new
Government had to
act to put a stop to.
(Where Sold)
A drug from a parasitic
mushroom that lives on
caterpillars could become an
effective new painkiller for
people with osteoarthritis within
the next six years.
See Page 4
Guilty PCSO
A former PCSO has been
sentenced for four counts of theft
by employee.
Dean Aloy, 33, based at Newark,
had previously pleaded guilty
to the offences at Nottingham
magistrates’ court.
See page 9
reading on
page 10
Dedicated volunteer Penny working hard at the Salisbury food bank
Ignoring the Law
Make traffic
policing and
casualty reduction
a priority as half
of drivers admit
flouting traffic laws
Between April 14th last year
and March 31st of this year,
nearly 19,000 people in
Nottinghamshire had to be
provided with an emergency
3 day supply of food by the
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The use of food banks continues to grow despite claims
of economic growth, especially in Nottinghamshire
By Gemma Allen
Figures have been released
to show how the use of
food banks is continuing to
grow, despite the economic
recovery claimed by the
government. The Trussel
Trust organises food banks
throughout the country and
says that over one million
people have received
emergency supplies from
Food poverty may not be
something that you think of
as a common or straining
problem, but the end of year
figures from the Trussel
Trust say differently.
the importance of complying
with them.
Andy Charlton, Road
Casualty Reduction and
Partnership Officer at
Nottinghamshire Police,
said: “Nottinghamshire
Police takes its enforcement
responsibilities very
By Gemma Allen
seriously and we should
A report released by road
make it absolutely clear
safety charity Brake and
that these laws are not
Direct Line has revealed
worrying and widespread
They are in place to make
disregard for traffic laws
among UK drivers, with half our roads safer and flouting
(49%) admitting to breaking them can prove dangerous
and even fatal.”
With dedicated traffic police
Half of drivers who
numbers being continually
admit breaking traffic
cut back in recent years,
laws (25% of all drivers)
Brake is concerned that
say they do so through
UK roads are becoming
inattention, while the other
increasingly lawless territory.
half (23% of all drivers)
admit doing so deliberately, Police officers have reported
because they think they can that they have been forced to
“retreat” from motorways,
get away with it or do not
major and rural roads.
agree with the laws. This
makes it clear that more
needs to be done both to
enforce traffic laws, and to
persuade drivers to buy in to
See page 2 for
the full story…
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Drumming Up Investment
At The Cornerhouse
The Cornerhouse is proving why
it is Nottingham’s premier leisure
and entertainment complex with a
half a million pound revamp of its
iconic drum.
The area will be transformed over
the coming months, to include new
Officers are appealing for
a witness to a robbery in
Worksop town centre on
Saturday 25th April 2015 to
come forward.
The victim was approached
by two men at around
11.25am under the Trader
Clock at the junction of
Newcastle Avenue and Bridge
It is alleged the victim was
then assaulted and had his
belongings, including a
mobile phone, taken from
Officers would like to hear
from anyone who witnessed
what happened.
DC Gary Hewson of
Nottinghamshire Police
signage, feature lighting, flooring
and a contemporary grey and white
colour scheme.
Suzanne Green, centre manager at
The Cornerhouse is excited about
the plans. She said: “We are now
15 years old so it was about time
said: “We are particularly
keen to hear from a lady who
shouted at the offenders during
the robbery, causing them
to flee.
“We believe she may have
important information which
could help our investigation.”
Two men have been arrested
and charged with robbery in
connection with the incident.
Anyone who witnessed
this incident or has useful
information is asked to call
Nottinghamshire Police on
101 quoting incident number
297 of 25 April, 2015, or
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
we gave the drum a top to bottom
“We want to add a sense of
excitement for all our visitors
when they arrive. We will be open
throughout the refurbishment
work and major works should be
finished by the start of the school
summer holiday in July.”
The news comes on the back of
the multi-million pound revamp of
six restaurants in The Cornerhouse
over the last year.
Revolution, Slug and Lettuce and
Nando’s have all been completely
renovated, a brand new eating area
will be created shortly at [email protected]
Saltwater, and T.G.I. Friday’s and
Chiquito have both refurbished
parts of their restaurants. Other
restaurants have plans to refurbish
shortly too.
The Cornerhouse also sees
Fun Station, the new family
entertainment centre set to open
this summer. It will feature a
host of fun-packed interactive
games alongside all-time family
favourites like air hockey and
crane-grabs. There will also be
exciting news on further venues
to open at The Cornerhouse
Suzanne said: “It’s great to see
so much investment in The
Cornerhouse and we are getting
really positive feedback from our
customers on all the changes. I’m
looking forward to hearing their
thoughts once the drum revamp is
completed, I’m sure they’re going
to love it.”
The Cornerhouse offers diners a
choice of 14 bars and restaurants,
alongside Cineworld which houses
the only IMAX screen in the East
Midlands, a casino, adventure golf,
a hairdressers, a nightclub and a
comedy club.
For more information on
The Cornerhouse visit www. or
the venue’s Twitter and Facebook
Ignoring the Law
Make traffic policing and casualty reduction a
priority as half of drivers admit flouting traffic laws
By Gemma Allen
Front page story…
A report released by road safety
charity Brake and Direct Line has
revealed worrying and widespread
disregard for traffic laws among
UK drivers, with half (49%)
admitting to breaking them.
Half of drivers who admit
breaking traffic laws (25% of all
drivers) say they do so through
inattention, while the other half
(23% of all drivers) admit doing
so deliberately, because they think
they can get away with it or do not
agree with the laws. This makes it
clear that more needs to be done
both to enforce traffic laws, and
to persuade drivers to buy in to
the importance of complying with
Andy Charlton, Road Casualty
not voluntary. They are in place to
make our roads safer and flouting
them can prove dangerous and
even fatal.”
With dedicated traffic police
targets being dropped in 2010,
against the advice of road safety
experts including Brake.
Andy explains: “With limited
resources, Nottinghamshire Police
has had to make some
difficult decisions to
ensure it is targeting
its resources to where
they are needed most,
focusing on the most
frequent causes of
serious injury and
death on our roads
– speeding, using a
mobile phone, drunk
and drug driving
and not wearing a
Brake is calling on
any new government
to reverse this trend
and make traffic
Courtesy of Nottinghamshire Police
enforcement a national
policing priority,
numbers being continually cut
alongside giving greater impetus
back in recent years, Brake is
to bringing casualties down and
concerned that UK roads are
making streets safer.
becoming increasingly lawless
Andy told the Nottinghamshire
territory. Police officers have
in Focus: “Last year, the Force
reported that they have been forced prosecuted over 20,000 drivers,
Reduction and Partnership Officer to “retreat” from motorways, major referred over 30,000 for education
at Nottinghamshire Police, said:
and rural roads. At the same time, courses and detected over 90,000
“Nottinghamshire Police takes its road deaths and serious injuries
speeding or red light offences
enforcement responsibilities very
recently increased by 4% after
which have all helped to enforce
seriously and we should make it
decades of reductions. This follows these laws and help make our
absolutely clear that these laws are government casualty reduction
county’s roads safer.”
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Gears Up
The Milk Race returns for the
third year to Nottingham on Sunday
24th May. The exciting day of city
centre cycling will see elite cyclists
taking part, as well as offering
families and other cyclists the
chance to ride the same route as the
In 2014, 60,000 spectators watched
the Milk Race as Katie Archibald
and Graham Briggs rode to victory,
securing their place in The Milk
Race’s Hall of Fame.
Many top cyclists have already
been secured for the 2015 race,
with more to be announced in the
coming weeks. Matrix Fitness,
Wiggle Honda, and Pearl Izumi
have all signed up for the women’s
race, including four-time world
champion and reigning Olympic
champion Laura Trott and 20-time
world champion Dame Sarah Storey.
Olympic gold medallist and Milk
Race 2013 champion Dani King, and
last year’s Milk Race winner Katie
Archibald will also take part.
Potential participants in the
family ride and advanced ride are
encouraged to get their entries in
before places are fully booked and
take advantage of a discounted
entry fee. Entry to the rides is free
for children 10 and under, £2 for
juniors and £5 for adults to cover
administration. The cost for any on
the day entries will be £10 adults and
£5 juniors. Families and individuals can register
for the public rides via the website
Nottingham’s Old Market Square
will host two days of family activities
on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th
May. As well as the elite races, a host
of entertainment in The Milk Race
Village will be provided including
live music, stunt shows and public
rides, starting at 9:30am.
Find out more at www.
Host Your Own Event
When You Wish Upon a
Star invites you to join them
celebrating 25 years of
granting wishes
You can bake, buy or get people
to donate your favourite treats and
you don’t have to stop at cake.
Hold a traditional afternoon tea, a
themed party or even a bake off!
Personalise it, make it your own
and most of all keep it fun! Join
in on Thursday 14th May 2015, or
throughout the month of May and
help bring a seriously ill child’s
Wish closer to being granted.
Every donation big or small can
help put a smile on the faces
of many brave and courageous
children so get involved.
Hosting a coffee & cake
morning is such an easy way
to raise money so spread the
word, a simple text will do.
Give your family/friends/
colleagues plenty of notice,
some may not be able to
attend, but might wish to
donate, we all live busy
lives, let’s take a break and
have some cake!
You can download the poster
and invites from the When You
Wish Upon a Star website
to tell everyone where, when and
why. Put these up for everyone
to see or send a quick email.
Schedule your day; you want
everything to be ready before
your first guest arrives. It is
helpful to get people to RSVP,
this will help you ensure you
have enough coffee & cake for
everyone, with a little extra.
When You Wish Upon a Star was
founded in 1990 to grant special
Wishes for children living with a
life threatening illness and since
then have granted over 16,000
bringing smiles to the faces of
incredibly brave and courageous
So get involved, decorate the
room, create a great atmosphere
and put the kettle on!
For more information on
how your donations make a
difference please visit www.
to see recently granted Wishes
and find out about our upcoming
fundraising events as we celebrate
25 years of granting Wishes. You
can also ‘Like’ us on Facebook or
join us for a chat on Twitter.
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The Face Behind
the Bear
A Nottinghamshire man, who aims
to raise £1000 a year for a local
charity, will take part in a 100-mile
bike ride through Nottinghamshire
this June, dressed in full costume
as the charity’s mascot.
Phil Fell, 45 from Bestwood,
will join thousands of cyclists
taking part in the Great Notts
Bike Ride (GNBR), part of
Nottinghamshire Police are
appealing for information
after two stolen bikes were
Leicestershire Police arrested a
man on 25th April 2015, found
in possession of two specialist
racing bikes, believed to have
been stolen from the East Leake
The bikes are a black and Red
Roubaix specialised racing
bike, and a black and red
Phantom Integra mountain bike.
A man has been fined £1,000
by Nottingham Magistrates’
Court for repeatedly
distributing excessive
amounts of bird feed which
led to a surge in the local rat
population in a public area.
In April 2014, Gedling
Borough Council received
a number of complaints that
David Palmer of Kilnbrook
Avenue, Arnold had been
throwing large amounts of
bird feed along Killisick Lane
and Hobbucks Wood which
was attracting rats.
Mr Palmer had been asked
to stop feeding the birds on
a number of occasions and
has also been witnessed by
an Environmental Health
Officer. However, Mr Palmer
continued to distribute the
Local residents were
concerned about the number
of rats being attracted to the
area by the bird food.
He was given an Abatement
Notice to stop immediately,
but continued and was
summonsed to court for
failure to comply with the
requirements of an Abatement
Order under section 80 of the
Environmental Protection Act
Mr Palmer was convicted in
his absence on 22 April 2015
where he was fined £1,000
and ordered to pay £430
prosecution costs and a victim
surcharge of £100.
Cycle Live Nottingham, and will
continue to raise money for the
local charity, When You Wish
Upon a Star.
Phil has been a firm supporter of
When You Wish Upon a Star for
several years and has participated
in a countless number of half
marathons, completed the Outlaw
Triathlon, and is the face behind
the charity’s Wish Bear, bringing
joy to severely ill children.
Phil said: “After completing
my first half marathon at 13, I
have competed in a lot of half
marathons. I therefore decided
to raise money for charity, and
When You Wish Upon a Star was
the perfect fit because it was local
and they do such an amazing job.
I aim to raise around £1000 a year
for the charity, and in the past my
choice of outfit when competing in
half marathons has caught the eye
of many spectators.”
It will be the first time Phil has
taken part in the GNBR, and he is
planning to ride part of the 100mile ride dressed as the charity’s
Wish Bear.
Cycle Live Nottingham, which
features the Great Notts Bike
Ride, has been a fixture of the
Nottingham sporting scene for 34
Entries are now officially open
for the Nottingham City Ride,
family friendly rides which consist
of a choice of 2.5, 7.5 or 10.5
mile routes, and the Great Notts
Bike Ride, where up to 5000
participants will undertake 25,
50 or 100 mile rides around the
To find out more about Cycle
Live Nottingham visit: www.
To find out more about When You
Wish Upon a Star, visit: www.
Cadet of the Year
Fifteen year old Cameron
Hoyle from Worksop has
been named St John
Ambulance Regional Cadet
of the Year for the East
Midlands for 2015
Cameron will now represent St
John Ambulance Cadets in the
region over the
coming year.
Thrilled with
his win he said:
“The whole
Cameron triumphed at the
was definitely
national selection event held
earlier this month at Gilwell Park an experience
in Noth East London. The two-day that I will never
forget, making
competition saw 30 of the very
best of the cadets from across the lifelong friends
and gaining
country take part in some tough
skills that will
tasks to win one of just eight
not only help
regional roles.
me in my St
St John Ambulance Cadets are
aged 10 to 17 and besides first aid John Ambulance
career but in my
they learn a huge range of other
future career
important life skills as they work
prospects. I
towards their Grand Prior award
am extremely
– the highest award a cadet can
proud to be
Subjects range from cookery
my region as
and animal welfare to sports
Cadet of the
and photography. Older cadets
Year and I am
can put their first aid and other
communication skills into practice looking forward
by providing first aid to the public to a busy year
at events or teaching first aid to
If you would
other young people and adults.
Gedling gets some
ooh la la!
Local Arts Society is putting on a Variety
Show and Art Exhibition as part of a weekend
celebrating French Art.
The Variety Show and the Vandoeuvre Club are
also exhibiting at the Pond Hills Community
Centre on the 2 and 3 May. All the paintings
will be competing for the Mayor of Gedling
Silver Salver Anglo-French Trophy which will
be presented by the Mayor on Sunday 3rd May.
The events are free for everyone. Should you
require any further details please contact John
Williams, Chairman and Honorary Secretary of
the Arnold Art Society on 0115 958 2999.
Caterpillar Painkiller?
like to know more about St John
Ambulance or would like to join,
please call 0303 003 0103 or visit
A drug from a parasitic
mushroom that lives on
caterpillars could become an
effective new painkiller for
people with osteoarthritis within
affects more than eight million
people in the UK.
They will test the effectiveness
of the compound, given as food
pellets to rats and mice, to find
the next six years.
Scientists at The University
of Nottingham are exploring
the painkilling potential of
cordycepin, a compound found
in cordyceps mushrooms, which
are widely used in Chinese
traditional medicine, thanks to
funding from Arthritis Research
Dr Cornelia de Moor and her
team have a three-year grant
of £260,000 from the medical
research charity to investigate
cordycepin as a new type of
drug that has potential to relieve
the symptoms of osteoarthritis,
a common joint condition that
out if cordycepin can prevent
pain occurring after an injury
to a joint, and also whether it
relieves existing pain.
Dr de Moor said that although
their research was in its early
stages they were excited
about cordycepin’s prospects
as a completely new type of
“When we first started
investigating this compound
it was frankly a bit of a
long-shot and there was much
scepticism from the scientific
community,” she said.
“But we were stunned by the
response from the pilot study,
which showed that it was
as effective as conventional
painkillers in rats.
Dr de Moor said that provided
the safety and effectiveness of
the compound could be proven,
clinical trials could begin
within six to ten years. She is
also investigating cordycepin as
a possible treatment for cancer.
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Want to join in with all those
cyclists attracted by big
cycling events, saving money,
getting fit and having fun?
Cycling for Health is a
service delivered by
Ridewise, part of a local
sustainable and active travel
charity. They offer a range
of free cycle training
sessions and
for people in Nottingham.
Ridewise will help you to
improve your confidence
and skills to get cycling
safely, either on or off the
road from lots
of places
It doesn’t matter
whether you are a
complete beginner,
are dusting off the
rust after years
of not cycling
or whether
you just want
to ride with
other people
to get fit
- Cycling
for Health
provides just
the right level
Instructors or
Ride Leaders
but under 16s must be
accompanied by an adult.
If you don’t have a bicycle,
that’s not a problem as
RideWise provide
the CityCard
hire bikes
free of
you are
and going
on rides.
To find out
where you
can go for
training and
the bike rides go
of instruction for you and
also regular weekly rides that to www.ridewise. nice and easy, lasting
between 45 – 60 minutes at
As well as this service,
a gentle pace along quiet
Ridewise provide
roads and cycle paths.
schools cycle training,
Rides are suitable for
cycling events and
people who have a basic
activities for those
level of cycling and the
with disabilities,
rides are led by Cycling
classes, route
advice, bike buddies
and cycle maps.
For more information go to
or e-mail or call on
[email protected]
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What’s On
Near You?
The next YouNG market is being held on
Saturday 11th July on Central Avenue,
from 10am to 5pm.
The event is organised by YouNG - a
group of seven 15-year-olds – one from
each of Rushcliffe secondary schools
- who promote events and spread news
throughout the Borough to young people.
YouNG is looking for young performers
or stallholders between the age of 12 and
21 to come forward and make the most
of this amazing opportunity by applying
on the website at
The deadline for interest is 29th May.
Tax Rise
How will Notts high earners &
business owners respond to
post-election tax rises?
Sales of businesses and increases
in special dividends could see a
rise ahead of the general election
next month according to a
Nottingham taxation expert.
With changes to capital gains tax
(CGT) and income tax forming
part of both labour and liberal
democrat manifestoes, UHY
Go Green…!
To celebrate International
Compost Awareness Week
(Monday 4th to Sunday 10th May
2015), Mansfield District Council
is encouraging more people to get
The council is teaming up with to offer
residents some great savings on
compost converters, which retail
from as little as £17.98, plus there
is a ‘Buy One Get One Half Price’
There are a range of compost
bins and accessories available
to suit both new recruits and
seasoned gardeners, so with 2015
being the International Year of
Soils, there is no better time to get
Home composting is a great way
to reduce the amount of organic
kitchen waste that goes into your
household bin and has the added
benefit of producing a FREE
Hacker Young believes that this
could prompt business disposals
and frontloading of dividends for
high earners.
The labour party has said that
it will increase the top rate of
income tax from 45p to 50p – for
example, this would mean an
increase in tax of £10,000 per
annum for anyone earning more
than £350,000 a year, something
which is expected to be matched
by a similar increase in tax on
It is believed that business and
property owners may accelerate the
sale of assets to beat any possible
increase in CGT – something that
Ed Miliband’s party has remained
silent on its plans for so far.
By contrast, the liberal democrats
have announced their intentions
to increase CGT for higher rate
taxpayers in the first year of
a new parliament with some
sources indicating a rise from 28
to 35 per cent.
Simon browning, tax partner
at UHY Hacker Young, said:
“A post-election budget in June
could potentially raise CGT
immediately, and so result in
higher taxes for those selling their
businesses in Nottinghamshire
after that date, which will
undoubtedly be prompting people
who are thinking about it to start
planning now.”
supply of top quality compost
that will not only improve the
quality of home grown fruit and
vegetables, but will also increase
their yield.
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Composting is also good for the
planet, as it recycles nutrients that
make plants and animals grow,
feeds the bugs that keep the soil
healthy and is a sustainable, lowcost way of dealing with rubbish
that rots. One gram of compost
can be home to literally millions of
microscopic creatures.
To find out more about
compost bins, visit
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A former Police Community
Support Officer (PCSO) has been
sentenced for four counts of theft
by employee.
Dean Aloy, 33, based at Newark,
had previously pleaded guilty
to the offences at Nottingham
magistrates’ court. He admitted
stealing police equipment and
uniform from the force between
September 2011 and April 2014
and selling it on online auction
site eBay.
Appearing before magistrates
recently, he was ordered to carry
out 300 hours unpaid community
work within 18 months, pay
£244.44 compensation to those
who bought items on eBay,
£60 victims surcharge and £86
Aloy was suspended from
duty after his arrest and
resigned from his post prior to
pleading guilty.
DI Luke Waller, who oversaw
the investigation into Aloy’s
offences, said: “We were
alerted to the sale of an
Airwave radio belonging to
the force and swiftly located
it following our enquiries.
“As part of the inquiry, we
then discovered he was also
selling other items of uniform
including a stab vest, body
armour, a fleece coat, policeissue trousers and cycling
“Aloy’s actions certainly had
the potential to aid others in
committing offences if the police
equipment and uniform had got
into the wrong hands.”
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Wheee! Festival
Bringing Art,
Dance and Fun
to Nottingham
Lakeside’s international festival
of theatre and dance for children,
Wheee! Festival is in its
tenth year.
The International Children’s
Theatre & Dance Festival brings
world class performances in
theatre & dance to Nottingham,
delighting family audiences of all
This year’s event runs from
Saturday 25th May – Sunday
31st May at Nottingham
Lakeside Arts at the University of
Shona Powell, director at
Nottingham Lakeside Arts, said:
“Excitement is already building
for this year’s Wheee! Festival,
and we cannot wait to introduce
international acts to families in
Nottingham this May half term.
This year, the festival will have a
fantastic offering of ever popular
events such as the free family
weekend in the park - and a brand
new Luminarium – which will
bring to life colour and light for
people of all ages. We work really
hard to ensure we offer a variety of
activities and experiences during
Wheee! And we hope everyone
will find something unique to
enjoy this year.”
Groundbreaking Plans
Leaders of local councils in
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
are at the front of the queue
for the devolution of more key
powers from central Government
after ground-breaking plans have
been submitted.
The nine Nottinghamshire
councils, including the city,
have worked closer than
ever before to come up with
plans for a new Combined
Authority, called N2, that would
be able to take key decisions
around transport, growth and
Along with the plans for the
neighbouring Derbyshire
Combined Authority, D2, these
will be the first Combined
Authority plans in the country
outside of the metropolitan
A Combined Authority would
be able to take more strategic
decisions on
areas such as
transport, economic
development and
Most other Core Cities already
have Combined Authorities
or are working towards them.
In Nottinghamshire, the
Combined Authority will
cover the ‘N2’ area and
involves the City, County
and all seven district Borough
The nine existing N2 local
authorities may choose to grant
the Combined Authority some
of their own powers and central
Government may choose to
devolve powers through the
recently announced Devolution
Deal process.
Any costs will be met from
existing budgets. The Combined
Authority means the nine existing
N2 Local Authorities will be
making decisions together rather
than separately – improving the
effectiveness and efficiency of
decision making.
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Living in
By Gemma Allen
Continued from the front page…
She explains: “We are hearing a
lot about the so called economic
recovery but we are hearing
very little about the continuing
problems that many people have
as a result of debt and a decline in
their real income. There has been a
growth in the demand for the help
given by food banks from people
who are in work.”
Trussel Trust Director Adrian
Curtis has pointed out that his
organisation does not know the full
extent of poverty related hunger in
the country.
He said: “It’s difficult to be sure
of the full extent of the problem as
Trussell Trust figures don’t include
people who are helped by other
food charities or those who feel too
ashamed to seek help.”
Trust figures show that nearly
400,000 children have been fed
through food banks in the last
year. Across the East Midlands
it is estimated that one in twenty
parents skip meals in order to
ensure that other family members
are able to be fed. The greater
majority of these people are
If you want to find out more
about The Trussel Trust, you
can visit
Here you can find out what to
do if you are in need of help, or
alternatively, if you are in the
position to, then you can make a
donation to the Trust to help them
in helping others.
Laura, a hard working team member distributing
emergency food parcels
What’s On
Near You?
The successful consumer advice
programme, Rip Off Britain, is
returning for a seventh series –
and is organising a special event
at intu Victoria Centre offering
consumers free practical advice
and help.
Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford
and Julia Somerville will be
bringing the Rip Off Britain
team to intu Victoria Centre for
two days only. They’ve teamed
up with BBC Learning to open
a Pop-Up shop where a team of
experts will be on hand to offer
problem-solving advice.
The shop will be open to visitors
throughout Friday 8th May and
Saturday 9th May 2015, but the
team are also keen to hear from
people who might be interested in
coming in advance, with a view to
featuring them in the new series.
Visitors on the day, hoping for
advice on a specific problem, are
strongly advised to bring along
relevant paperwork, or the experts
may not be able to help.
Mum Anne-Marie with her daughter Tia who have been
making use of The Trust’s food supply
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Free Family
Open Day
The University of Nottingham once more
welcomes neighbours and alumni for its
annual community open day on Saturday
9th May, 11am-5pm.
May Fest 2015 takes place on
University Park with activities and
events for all ages. The best part?
It’s all free!!
The full programme is available on the
University’s website, so you can start
planning your day now.
Whatever your age and interests, there’s
something for everyone. Highlights
• Physics live – see a ping pong ball
shoot through a metal can, discover how
a banana can bang in a nail, and find out
how to make a real cloud using liquid
• Skulls and skeletons – have a go at
making your own skull for display in the
University’s museum
• Archaeology for all – unleash your
inner Indiana Jones and try your hand at
• Bio Racing Simulator – try the virtual
reality racing simulator, reaching speeds
of around 200mph
• Gardens and grounds tour – make the
most of University Park’s award-winning
green spaces by exploring the campus
And much more! There are also plenty of
places to eat on campus, including cafes
in Portland Building and Lakeside Arts
Centre. You can even bring your own
picnics to take advantage of University
Park’s award-winning green spaces.
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Up Awards
ottingham-based property
consultancy Innes
England is celebrating
after scooping several
prestigious industry
The competition is an
independent survey conducted by the
EGi research team, which covers office,
industrial and retail transactions between
April 2014 and March 2015.
In Nottinghamshire, Scott Osborne
has worked on a diverse succession
of deals over the last 12 months including
a letting and re-gear of a 35,000 sq ft
industrial unit at Glaisdale Parkway, an
investment sale of multiple assets at The
Village at South Normanton and a sale at
Genesis Business Park that achieved
pre-crash levels.
Nottingham Trent University
has received national
recognition for its Employee
Volunteering and Community
Involvement Scheme after
gaining an Investing in
Volunteers for Employers
(IiVE) Award.
The scheme has been run
by the volunteering team
of the university’s Schools,
Colleges and Community
Outreach department
(SCCO) since 2005.
It actively encourages
employees to take part in
volunteering opportunities,
enabling them to engage
with the local community for
the benefit of the university,
the community and the staff
The IiVE Award recognises
an organisation’s commitment
to best practice in employee
volunteering management by
supporting its employees to
In the academic year 20132014, 472 Nottingham Trent
University staff were involved
in an Employee Supported
Volunteer scheme, contributing
over 4,500 hours to the local
community. Team challenges
saw the biggest growth and
increased impact in this period
with 34 separate challenges
taking place.
Team challenges included
a team of 30 volunteers
carrying out conservation
work at the Beeston sidings
nature reserve for the
Nottinghamshire Wildlife
Trust. Chris Kennedy,
Nottinghamshire Wildlife
Trust, said: “The team worked
exceptionally well, harder
than any other team I have had
working for us.
The nature reserve has a
completely different feel to
it and more people are now
visiting the site thanks to all
the hard work.”
Hearty Exam-Time Tips
The start of May signals the start
of exams for many across the UK.
Whether you’re sitting GCSEs,
A-Levels, or university exams
or supporting someone who is,
revision time can be a stressful
time of year.
Performing at your best means
looking after your body and mind,
so put your health and wellbeing at
the heart of your revision timetable
by following our top tips to
manage that revision stress and get
marks that put you top of the class.
Manage your study-life balance by
making a revision timetable and
sticking to it. Use your revision
breaks for a brisk walk around the
block to help clear your head
and bring you back to your
desk with a renewed focus.
Don’t feel guilty about
taking a trip to the gym.
Fitting those all-important
30minutes of activity a day
around your study schedule
will help you sleep better
and stave off study fatigue.
In the midst of revision
panic, it can be tempting
to stay up late cramming a
whole term of learning into
48 hours, but getting plenty
of sleep is important in order
to stay on top of your game.
Sticking to your normal
bedtime routine will ensure
you get enough rest to help
you manage your stress and
stay healthy.
Avoid relying on caffeine
and energy drinks to keep
you going especially before
bed to ensure you get good
quality sleep.
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Out & About
Family Reading Group
18 May, 4-5pm
Free. Join us at our Family
Reading Group for children
aged 5-7 and their parents and
Beeston Library, Foster Avenue,
Forest Town:
Craft Bomb
22 May, 3-5pm
Free. Adult & children’s drop in
event for Voluntary Arts Week
– Make a pompom with us and
craft bomb the library
Forest Town Library, Clipstone
Road West, Mansfield
Exciting new
National Civil
War Centre
The exciting new National Civil
War Centre has opened in Newark
– the first of its kind anywhere in
the UK.
Expected to attract 60,000 visitors
annually and housed in the
magnificently restored Old Magnus
Building - which dates to 1529 – it
recounts the epic clash between
King and Parliament in the 17th
engrossing,” explained centre
manager Michael Constantine.
“We tell the story of the great
figures who came and fought for
Newark, but also the tale of the
person in the street under fire.”
The National Civil War Centre
is open daily 10am to 5pm.
Admission is £7 adults, £6
concessions and £3 children. The
town trail app for smart devices
Pom Poms Galore at
Gedling Library
16 May, 10.00am 12.00noon.
Free. As part of Voluntary
Arts Week, we will be making
pom pom garlands at Gedling
Library to decorate the library
with, and we will also be
making pom pom bookmarks
to brighten up your books and
a variety of animals. This is a
family activity suitable for ages
3 years and above
Gedling Library, Wollaton
Avenue, Gedling.
Places for People
Tenancy Support
28 April, 9.30am 12.30pm.
Free.Support and Advice with
Benefits, Housing, Aids and
Adapations etc.
Hucknall Library, South Street,
The Great Nottinghamshire
Local History Fair
10 May, 11am - 3pm
Free. Fun for all the family
with craft demonstrations, local
history, displays from across the
county, screenings of bygone
Mansfield film footage and
children’s activities!
Children will also have the
change to meet real owls!
Writing For Pleasure
13 May, 10.00am 11.30am.
Free. Always wanted to write
but never had time? Want to try
something new and meet others
too? Join us for a FREE session.
Kimberley Library, Main Street,
Carol King, Learning Team Leader at the National Civil War Centre, holds the breastplate of the Royalist John Hussey,
killed by a musketball (the hole visible at the top) defending Gainsborough from Oliver Cromwell.
One of the artefacts on display at the National Civil War Centre.
The bloody conflict spread across
all parts of the British Isles,
starting in Scotland and ending
in Ireland. The three sieges of
Newark and the iconic battles of
Marston Moor and Naseby were
squeezed in between.
The death toll was terrible.
Brother took up arms against
brother and a third of Newark’s
population was wiped out and one
in six of its buildings destroyed.
Yet the staunchly Royalist town
retains the best preserved Civil
War landscape anywhere in the
UK, complete with incredible
human stories to tell.
This £5.4m project by Newark
and Sherwood District Council
has been backed by £3.5m from
the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Amazing galleries featuring
unseen artefacts combine with
interactive technology – including
a pioneering town trail app for
smart devices – dramatic short
films and the priceless treasure of
information gleaned from period
papers to propel people back in
time. You can discover how much
it cost to have a Newark doctor
examine a plague victim and
how one poor women pleaded to
Vintage Toys with
Brian Howes
19 May, 2.00pm 3.00pm
Cost: £3. Brian Howes has been
collecting and writing about
toys and vintage advertising for
over 30 years. Join him to find
out more about the fascinating
world of vintage toys and their
value to collectors. Mansfield
Library, Four Seasons Centre,
West Gate, Mansfield
One of the actors who filmed some amazing scenes
for the new town trail app in Newark.
be rehoused after her house was
blown up by a cannon shell.
“This is history in the raw –
immediate, fascinating and
can be downloaded free on Google
Play and itunes App Stores by
searching for NCWC.
More information
Twitter: @civilwarcentre
At the Pearson Centre For
Young People
The Pearson Centre for Young
People, Nuart Road, Beeston
is delighted to announce its
May holiday club for 2015,
operating from 9am to 4.30pm,
from Tuesday 26th May through
to Friday 29th of May with
activities for primary school
children aged 6 to 11. It will
be offering lots of fun including
– sports, cooking, pool, table
tennis, arts and crafts, cinemas,
athletics and team games and
plenty of laughter! Spaces are
limited and are on a first come
first served basis with payment
needing to be received before
a place can be confirmed. For
a full week booking there is a
15% discount up until the 15th
of May and after that there
will be 10% discount for full
week. For more information
about the holiday club or to
book a place please contact
Micah Green, Development
Worker at The Pearson Centre
for Young People on 0115
9254112, [email protected]
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Out & About
Historic Gardens
Melbourne Hall Garden with its
broad sweeps of lawn, avenues
and unexpected vistas, is one
of the best known historic gardens
in the country and is the best
surviving early 18th century
English garden in the manner of
le Notre.
A crowning feature of the garden
is the wrought iron arbour known
as ‘The Birdcage’
which was made
by the celebrated
ironsmith Robert
Bakewell in 1706
There have
been few radical
alterations to
the gardens since
the early 18th
century. However
in the earlier part of
the 20th century Lord
Walter Kerr and his wife
Lady Amabel carried out extensive
Lord Ralph Kerr took over
the running of Melbourne
Estate in 1987. His wife Lady
Ralph Kerr is a painter of both
portraits and landscapes.
It is her passion for gardening
which has developed the garden
at Melbourne in many ways. It
is her eye for colour and detail
which means that the Melbourne
garden is a haven of delightful and
unusual specimen trees, shrubs and
herbaceous borders.
Although still very much an 18th
century style of garden, the newly
planted areas and the ongoing
planting schemes make it a 21st
century garden aswell.
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City Living
in Demand
Nottingham’s city centre
property market is back in
demand with prices set to rise
FHP Living has noticed
a marked upturn in sales
of properties in NG1 over
the past twelve months,
achieving a range of values
from £75,000 to more than
£200,000 with popular areas
and developments including
Nottingham One, Waterfront
Plaza, The Lace Market and
The Park fringe.
Oliver Marshall is a property
consultant for the firm,
specialising in the city centre
market. He said: “Sales within
the city centre have taken
a real upturn since the
beginning of the year, both to
investors and owner-occupiers.
Market demand and market
confidence for city centre
apartments has improved and
we have seen sales and rates
increase and the marketing
periods decrease”.
This trend has also been
noticed by the lettings team
within the firm and Brad
Musgrove, a city centre
lettings specialist, believes that
this trend will be reinforced
and strengthened by the recent
changes to the pension system. Oliver Marshall summarised
the overall market sentiment
by adding: “A good feel factor
created by our improving
economy has definitely led to
a change in market sentiment
and we have good demand
from owner occupiers,
potential buy-to-let investors
and tenants. Both of the
main political parties have
recognised in their manifestos
the need to continue to
stimulate demand in the
affordable end of the housing
market and we are therefore
confident that this trend will
continue after the election”.
Frosty Hospitality
With this year’s general election
campaign the most unpredictable in
recent memory, one of the most pressing
issues in the hospitality sector is VAT;
an issue that the industry has yet to
recover from since the recession.
Jon-Paul Davies, managing director of
luxury independent hotel group Heritage
Estates, discusses the need for the next
Government to address the tax so
that the industry can loosen the
purse strings.
The hospitality industry has
seen some tough times since
the economic collapse in 2008.
Disposable income was slashed,
with consumers opting to slash
spending on luxuries on holidays
and short breaks. At the same time,
hotels gained proportionately huge
costs in order to keep their doors
open for business. Tourism is a
notoriously price-sensitive sector
and it was as stark a choice as bite
the bullet, or shut up shop.
: (L-R) Heritage Estates Group director Jon-Paul Davies and Charlotte Davies, director
at Heritage Estates, outside Cockliffe Country House
Nottingham Green Party
The Green Party is committed to
bringing the railways back into
public ownership.
It also intends to link a publicly
owned railway system to
democratic accountability at
regional and city-region scales.
This would lead to fully and
effective integrated transport
systems where railway time tables
link with bus timetables which
will also link with cycle and
footpath provision.
Guy Jones, Press Officer for
Nottingham Green Party, said:
“To avoid the worst effects of
climate change, it is imperative
that we drastically reduce our
dependence on fossil fuels. One
of the easiest ways to start this
is to reduce our addiction to the
car as the preferred method of
transport. And that means public
transport. It is easy to see why
people choose private transport
over public when the relative cost
of public transport goes up much
quicker than private transport
and the fragmentation of public
transport provision makes it
impossible for the system to be
truly integrated.”
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Put a smile on your child’s face for National Smile Month!
Oral health charity the British
Dental Health Foundation is
delighted to announce the return of
National Smile Month, a campaign
which aims to improve the oral
health of millions of adults and
children throughout the United
Whether it’s their first tooth or their
first visit to the dentist, a child’s
early experiences of oral health can
impact on the rest of their lives.
That’s why it’s so important to
teach them about their mouths and
introduce them to good habits as
soon as possible.
Every year, National Smile Month
helps thousands of young children
by teaching them about their own
oral health and familiarising them
with what is needed in order to
develop and maintain a healthy
As tooth decay is an entirely
preventable disease this is certainly
a troubling thought but the good
news is that we’re in the best
positions possible to change this
and really give our children the
best possible start in life.
In its simplest form, National
Smile Month promotes three
key messages at the heart of
good oral health:
• Brush your teeth last thing
at night and at least one
other time during the day
with a fluoride
• Cut down on
how often you eat
sugary foods and
• Visit the dentist regularly,
as often as they recommend.
Mum’s Survival Guide: Your Child’s Smile
Since the very first National
Smile Month in 1977, improving
children’s oral health has been at
the very forefront of our campaign.
It is remarkable to think that back
then, as many as nine in every
ten 12-year olds suffered from
tooth decay. Thankfully, we have
seen a significant improvement
since then. Even since 2003, we
have seen tooth decay in children
in the United Kingdom reduce
That is why National Smile
Month, which begins on 18th May,
remains an important event in the
At the British Dental Health
Foundation we are dedicated to
helping mums and mums-to-be
to improve the oral health of the
nation. Your child’s oral health
plays a key part in their early
years’ wellbeing, and your help
Kevin Manners Denture
Clinics are dedicated to
providing you with superior
quality bespoke dentures
direct from their highly
experienced Clinical Dental
and support will go a long way
to ensuring they remain on the
right path. National Smile Month
brings those messages home
through the thousands of health
and education workers who get
involved in the campaign.
Dentures over five years
old or indeed those made
incorrectly in the first place,
often offer inadequate
facial support.
Worn or incorrectly
made dentures
often allow the
lower jaw to travel
too far when
closing the back
teeth, which can
sometimes give
wearers the classic
‘witchy’ look. This is
because the lower
jaw is an ‘L’ shaped
bone which pivots
from up near
the ear. It has
no choice but to
protrude on closing
too far. Combine
this with the classic
unsupported upper
lip and there you
have it…a 60 year
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Manners Denture Clinics also a must for anyone who
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special care and attention
look. When you consider
to re-establishing correct
facial support. Kevin has a
wealth of experience and
has been making dentures
for over 27 years in the East
Midlands, with clinics in
Nottingham, Mansfield &
that a well made set of
dentures can last 10 years
(with maintenance) the
investment in yourself has to
be worthwhile.
During your first free no
obligation consultation,
Kevin Manners Denture Clinic
will undertake a detailed
evaluation, enabling them to
create a detailed treatment
plan just for you.
This may include:
Taking details about your
dental and medical history;
X-rays and photographic
images of your mouth (by
our dentist);
Full clinical assessment and
oral examination;
Advice on helping you
achieve optimum oral health
We will then run through the
different types of dentures
available and procedures
involved, along with costs so
you can make an informed
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The Best Carrot Cake
This has to be my favourite cake of all time and this recipe is fantastic for using up cooked carrots and
over ripe pineapple. The icing can also be made from cottage cheese if you’ve got any in the fridge.
• 225g self raising flour • 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda • 4 eggs
• 225g soft brown sugar • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
• 100g cooked carrot, pureed or finely chopped
• 75g over-ripe pineapple, pureed
• 75g walnuts, roughly chopped • 75g desiccated coconut
• 125ml sunflower oil
For the cheese topping
• 75g cream cheese or cottage cheese • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
• 175g icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) mark 4. Grease and base line a 20cm round cake tin.
Sieve the flour, salt, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Whisk together the eggs with
the sugar, vanilla essence, pureed carrot, pineapple, walnuts, coconut and oil together. Pour the wet
ingredients into the flour, mix well until evenly combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and
bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in the tin before turning out.
For the topping; beat together the cream cheese or cottage cheese with the vanilla essence and icing
sugar until smooth. Spoon the icing onto the top of the cake and spread with a pallet knife, leaving a
rough effect.
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Too Much Time
to Share
Say the word “timeshare” and
peoples thoughts turn negative,
but at its core timeshare was a
fantastic product. Once upon a
time buying a timeshare was a
luxury item, a status symbol and a
little piece of paradise to call your
own. People purchased just what
they needed and could utilise; one
week in a lovely apartment where
they knew the standard of the
resort was going to be brilliant.
Families holidayed together and
grew up together making lifelong
friends with other families who
owned the same week as they did
and would look forward to
seeing each other year
after year, catching
up on each
other’s news
and events since
their last holiday
together the previous
Then times changed
and timeshare became a
negative word because of
the greed within the industry
itself. The overselling, the over
promising, the ever increasing
annual maintenance fees which
seem to rise tenfold compared to
the national inflation rate within
that country, making people
resent something that they had
once cherished. Timeshare
Representatives were incentivised
and encouraged to oversell clients
many more weeks or points than
they could ever use and play on
the client’s greed or weakness of
giving their family the benefits of
the profits when their ´portfolio´ of
weeks sold at a profit!
Fond feelings of a great
purchase they had made to
enjoy quality time with their
loved ones are now
remembered with dread at
the high pressure sales
tactics which were
used to strong arm
them into
to buy more
or points than
they could ever
possibly use,
trapping them
into financial ruin,
accompanied with the
prospect of their door
being knocked on while
they are trying to relax
on their next visit and the
process happening all
over again.
The sad truth is many people
find it easier to forget about the
whole thing, simply paying the
fees that come in every year and
not even using their
timeshare anymore because they
have been put off and don´t want
to address the problem or even talk
about it.
Could this be you?
Would you like to read more
about the solutions and impartial
advice that other people have
found to help them with their
You can read more online or call to
timeshare questions from
speak to one of´s advisors on 0800 012 4808
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What is
A Helping Hand antenatal
Deciding on a care home is a big
decision whether you’re doing it
yourself or for a loved one. So where
do you start? First you need to establish
exactly what care is required, some
people need more help than the others
that are more independent, but need
that extra helping hand.
There are two different types of care
homes. Some offer accommodation
and help with personal care, things
like washing and dressing. Others
offer nursing care on top of the basic
help. Which home you would need to
go to is dependent on your personal
circumstances. There are also other
care homes that offer specific support,
often due to dementia.
Think of choosing a home like buying a
house. You need to get a feel for what’s
out there before you make a decision.
Personal recommendations are
so talk to
friends or
relatives, as
they may be
able to point
you towards
a home
with a good
If you aren’t at the stage
of needing to move
but need a little more
help than you normally
would, there are places
out there where you will find an aid for
near enough everything, from a gadget
for helping you put your socks on to a
speaking microwave for the visually
Take a look at our feature for places
that are there to help you, whether you
need professional advice or mobility
aids to give you that little helping hand,
here at the Notts in Focus we’ve got it
Antenatal care is the care you receive
from healthcare professionals during
your pregnancy. You’ll be offered
a series of appointments with a
midwife, or sometimes with a doctor
who specialises in pregnancy and
birth (an obstetrician).
They will check that you and your
baby are well, give you useful
information to help you have a
healthy pregnancy (including healthy
eating and exercise advice) and
answer any questions you may have.
You will also be offered antenatal
classes, including breastfeeding
workshops. You need to book
antenatal classes in advance, so ask
your midwife about when you should
book classes in your area.
You can book an appointment
with your GP or directly with your
midwife as soon as you know that
you’re pregnant. Your GP surgery or
a Children’s Centre can put you in
touch with your nearest midwifery
See for more
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Ashfield Post 16 Centre:
Your Future Starts Here
Over the last few months, Ashfield
Post 16 Centre has been deluged
with applications from students
currently studying at other schools:
more than at any time previously.
Young adults very much vote
with their feet, so what is it about
Ashfield that is drawing students
into its Post 16 Centre?
In Year 11, as students prepare
to take exams, one of the biggest
decisions facing them is where
to study post 16 – in a school
sixth form or a college? Students
often opt for the bright lights and
‘freedom’ offered by a college,
whereas parents generally prefer
their children to stay within the
supportive confines of a school.
Where Ashfield steps into this
dilemma is…it offers students
(and their parents) the best of both
The Post 16 Centre stands apart
from the main school in its own
grounds and is accessible to Post
16 students only. This, coupled
with the 600 students in Post 16,
means it looks and feels like a
small college. Add to the mix the
huge variety of subjects on offer
– not only A Levels, but an array
of vocational subjects taught by
industry specialists in purpose-built
salons and workshops – and hey
presto, a 6th Form becomes a mini
But it’s not. What Ashfield Post
16 Centre has done is take the best
bits of a college, mixed in with
some of the best facilities in the
area, and then added that special
ingredient that so draws parents
to 6th Forms…fastidious support,
encouragement and care to ensure
that students are happy, on target
(and stay so) to achieve their
potential and reach their goals. In
the last Ofsted report, the Ashfield
Post 16 Tutor Team was described
as ‘outstanding’. And it is.
Not least, the school offers students
a first class education (99% pass
rate at A Level) in state-of-theart, purpose-built facilities that
cannot be equalled by any school
in the area. The social life is to be
admired. The atmosphere is happy,
yet focused. Students know they
are expected to work hard and in
return, they will receive whatever
support they need to achieve their
potential and succeed. With this
combination, it’s not difficult to see
why the applications are still rolling
in for September.
Ashfield Post 16 Centre: your
future really does start here!
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The winner of a competition
organised to celebrate Record
Store Day in Nottingham
has been announced. Peter
Macauley has won a Record
Store Day limited edition
Rega RP1 turntable, the prize
for a competition run by
Nottingham’s leading hi-fi
specialists, Castle Sound &
The competition was open to
the first 50 people who visited
the participating businesses
in the city centre on Record
Store Day: Rough Trade,
Music Exchange, Pendulum,
Plates Records, Rob’s Records
and Ice Nine. Names were
put into a draw from which a
representative of the Creative
Quarter, who helped coordinate
the day’s activities, pulled
out one lucky winner. Peter
was a customer at the Music
The businesses involved
in the vinyl music scene in
Nottingham teamed up to
mark Record Store Day 2015
so that fans of the vinyl,
old and new, could enjoy a
day packed full of activities
including live music, exclusive
vinyl releases and this exclusive
Peter said: “I couldn’t
believe it when I got the call
to say I’d won. I’ve always
been a big vinyl fan and couldn’t
resist visiting the
Music Exchange on Record
Store Day. Thanks so much
to the generous team at Castle
Sound & Vision for the
turntable. I can’t wait to try it.”
Public Motor Show
The £3m trio of hypercars known as the ‘Holy Trinity’ will be on show to the general public
side-by-side for the first time ever at this year’s Luxury Motor Show in Nottinghamshire
The McLaren P1, Porsche 918
Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari
will take pride of place at the event,
which will take place on Sunday,
May 17th at Goosedale.
Between them, the three cars
are worth around £3m, with the
Porsche costing from £800,000,
the Ferrari from £1.2m and the
McLaren at just under £1m. The
cars are all owned by a business
tycoon from the East Midlands,
who has agreed to show all three
cars together for the first time at
this year’s Luxury Motor Show.
The three cars have a combined
horsepower of 2,740 and can reach
62mph in less than three seconds.
They are part of a new breed of
ultra-performance cars which
use environmentally-friendly
hybrid technology to achieve fuel
economy of up to 94mpg.
Just 375 models of the McLaren
P1 have been built, while Ferrari
is manufacturing 499 LaFerraris.
Porsche has sold all 918 of its 918s.
Richard added that this year’s
Serious About Sirloin
amily butchers
Owen Taylor &
Sons Ltd, who
supply many of
top restaurants,
along with the
city’s two main hospitals and
universities, has been crowned the
purveyor of England’s best sirloin
The butcher beat off competition
from around the country to
event was also made special by
the fact that it was raising money
for When you Wish Upon a Star,
a local charity which is this year
celebrating its 25th anniversary.
As well as the Holy Trinity, there
will also be a wide selection of
other exotic and high performance
cars on show at the event.
Tickets for the show are now
available online at http www. Limited
VIP, exhibitor and sponsorship
opportunities are still available.
are now officially the best in the
The vast majority of its beef, pork
and lamb is sourced from farms
triumph at the EBLEX Quality
Standard Mark Excellence Awards in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire
and Leicestershire, with
additional livestock sourced
Richard Taylor, managing
from neighbouring areas such as
director at Owen Taylor &
Staffordshire, South Yorkshire,
Sons Ltd, said: “This is a
Lincolnshire and Rutland to satisfy
magnificent moment for us and
customer demand.
our customers. We know we
After winning the ‘Independent
produce some of the finest steaks
around, which come from quality Butcher Category’, Owen Taylor
& Sons Ltd went on to be crowned
animals from assured farms. Our
sirloin steaks are well-matured and ‘Overall Champion’ and purveyor
deliver fantastic flavour – and they of England’s Best Sirloin Steak.
Deaf Awareness Week
Healthcare is proud to
support Deaf Awareness
Week from 4th – 10th
May 2015
The Trust actively aims to
meet the needs of the diverse
we serve in
including people
who are Deaf or
hard of hearing.
In order to raise
awareness of
Deaf wellbeing,
improve our
services and
engage with our
Deaf communities
we are supporting
a range of events
from 7 May:
• Rosewood
Centre in Ollerton
on 7 May 13.00 –
Sharing Stories:
Deaf Users and
their Carers
• Duncan
Macmillan House
on 8 May 13:0014:30
British Sign
Language (BSL)
Taster Drop in
Session for Staff
• Stonebridge
Centre in
Nottingham on
12 May
Consultation for Deaf People
from all BME Communities
(10.00 - 12.00)
Taster Session of Mindfulness for
Deaf People (13.00 – 14.30)
• Nottinghamshire Deaf Society
on 18 May 15.00 – 20.00
Multi-agency Partnership
Information Event
1 in 6 people in the UK are Deaf
or hard of hearing, including
more than 45,000 children.
Approximately 2 million people
in the UK have hearing aids.
Adults and children who are Deaf
or hard of hearing face various
communication barriers which
can lead to lack of confidence,
social exclusion, isolation and
unemployment as well as health
issues, such as anxiety and
This year’s Deaf Awareness
Week, coordinated by the UK
Council on Deafness, has a
‘Connect and Communicate’
theme. It aims to highlight
the positive outcomes of Deaf
awareness and how involvement
can improve the understanding
of the types of deafness and the
communication methods that
should be used.
For more information about
Deaf Awareness visit www. or the
British Deaf Association at
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Two Great Tenancy Opportunities
from Batemans Brewery
Old Chequers Inn
Croft, Skegness, Lincolnshire
Delightful Country Inn To Let.
Excellent condition throughout.
Large well equipped catering kitchen.
Annual Turnover of £199,298.00 inc VAT.
Excellent opportunity for the right
operator to run a beautiful country inn.
Must have good catering experience..
Britannia Boston,
Historic Town Centre Site Available To Let
Refurbishment Planned.
Potential Turnover of £265,000.00 inc VAT
Do you have the right skills,
energy and ambition to make the most of
this town centre opportunity?
For details of both of these great Local Lincolnshire Pubs
Contact us on 01754 882011
George Bateman & Son Ltd
Salem Bridge Brewery, Mill Lane,
Wainfleet, Lincs PE24 4JE
01754 880317
With Tenant
pension would consider investing
in property as an alternative to the
traditional pension, a figure that
is likely to increase once pension
reforms, which will allow people
to withdraw money from their
pension pot, come into effect in
Ian adds: “To find out more about
this opportunity, contact us to
arrange an appointment to view.”
Three-bedroom homes are priced
at £114,950.
To make an appointment or to
Rippon Homes is offering
compared to 2013.
find out more, please call
investors the chance to own a buy- Additional research from Direct
to-let complete with tenant and a
Line for Business has revealed that 0800 169 7644 or go to
great return at a development in
32% of those aged 45 to 64 with a
The house builder is giving
investors the chance to own a new
three-bedroom home at Heathside
Gardens, on Jubilee Way, which
offers a rental yield of 5.74%.
Ian Dyke, Managing Director
at Rippon Homes, comments:
“Those looking for a buy-to-let can
expect a great return on one of the
three-bedroom homes we have at
Heathside Gardens.
“Based on tenants paying the going
rental value of £550 per month,
buyers can expect a rental yield of
“In addition, these homes
have existing tenants, so buyers
won’t even need to find their
own tenant for the property they
“Whether you’re adding to
your portfolio or want to purchase
a buy-to-let for the first time
our new homes provide a great
investment opportunity because
they are newly built and low
“These homes benefit from a
fully fitted modern kitchen and
stylish bathroom, and are situated
in a convenient location close to
shops and amenities.”
The buy-to-let market is
expected to continue to grow
throughout 2015, after the latest
figures from the Council of
Mortgage Lenders revealed that
buy-to-let lending rose by 26%
in the last three months of 2014
and rose in total by 23%
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