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Issue 103
27 Jan - 2 Feb 2015
QMC Plans
Plans for a helipad and a 518
spaced multi-storey car park at
the Queen’s Medical Centre have
been submitted to Nottingham
City Council. The new helipad
will support the region’s major
trauma centre and will be located
on top of the multi-storey car
park at the south side of QMC.
Read the full story on page 3
St John Ambulance is calling
for nominations for the St John
Ambulance Everyday Heroes
awards. Do you know somebody
that deserves the award and
the recognition for being a
Read the full story on page 8
Who’s To
Icy pavements, snow flurries and
freezing temperatures are playing
havoc with conditions underfoot
and on the roads. But do you
know who’s to blame if you have
an accident because of it?
Read the full story on page 11
As the number of people using
electronic cigarettes continues
to rise, a fresh warning has gone
out about the dangers of not
charging batteries properly.
Read the full story on page 19
Price 20p
Pictured: James Dawson
Two injured soldiers
will be starting their
new careers with
Nottinghamshire Fire and
Rescue Service (NFRS)
this month, thanks to a
partnership with Help for
Steven Kemp from
Mansfield and James Dawson from
Retford, will both be taking on the role
of Team Leader and Team Support
Officers for NRFS’ Prince’s Trust
Their roles will involve Steven and
James helping young, unemployed
people aged 16-25, by
giving them the skills
and confidence they
need to find themselves
a job. This includes
team building activities
and teaching them how
to write CVS.
By working for NFRS,
it is hoped that their
roles will help them
gain re-employment
and allow them to
settle back into civilian
Steven, who has
previously volunteered
with Mansfield
Prince’s Trust Team is
excited to be starting
his new career.
He said: “Working for
the fire service is great.
I enjoy interacting with
young people and this
is something that I
definitely want to do as
a career.”
Having been in the
Army for 12 years,
serving in Iraq and
Afghanistan, Steven
sought help from
Help for Heroes after
injuring his leg and
ankle in 2009.
He began his recovery
at the Help for Heroes
Recovery Centre,
Tedworth House
alongside James
who returned from
Afghanistan after
injuring his back.
It was here, that both
James and Steven
were approached by
a Prince’s Trust Team
(where sold)
Pictured (L-R)- Steven Kemp, Pete Hales (manager) and James Dawson
James, who previously served in the
army for eight years, said: “I was
immediately interested in working for
the fire service and the Prince’s Trust
Team in order to help young people.”
Both James and Steven, who have
come from similar backgrounds to
the young people on the Prince’s
Trust Team, find they can use their
experiences before and during their
time in the army to talk to inspire and
help the young people.
James added: “Before the Army, I
was in the same shoes as them and
I wanted to do something where
I would be able to help them as
Despite NFRS having a strong
relationship with Help for Heroes
for many years, this is the first
time that the Service has employed
anyone from the programme.
Pete Hales, Delivery Partner
Manager for NFRS Prince’s
Trust said: “It is great for
Nottinghamshire Fire and
Rescue Service to be working in
partnership with Help for Heroes
and it is brilliant that we are helping
James and Steven by bringing them
back into civilian life.”
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Beating The January
ottinghambased Domestic
& General is
helping its
employees stay
out of the red
and beat the
January crunch as it provides them
with top money tips.
The Talbot Street contact
centre’s health and wellbeing
team is issuing free fact sheets
and booklets to help employees
manage any financial difficulty
they may have.
As part of the money saving
packs, around 900 of Domestic
Latest Good
News on Jobs
The latest job figures announced
last week showed significant
annual falls in the number of
people claiming out of work
benefits and the total number of
unemployed people across the
region, along with a large annual
increase in employment.
In Nottingham and
Nottinghamshire, there were 469
fewer Jobseekers’ Allowance
(JSA) claimants in December
than November, representing an
annual fall of 6,642, or 28%.
& General’s
employees will
receive advice
about budget
planning, a
‘dealing with
debt’ top tips
booklet, and
mortgage advice
David Colley,
Senior HR
Advisor said:
“Making a budget
is the first step
towards being
in control of your
finances. We want to
help employees be as
best equipped as they can
to get through the January
‘crunch’ following on from the
festive period.”
The money saving incentive
is part of Domestic & General’s
Wellbeing Wednesday,
which was launched in 2008.
It is an ongoing health and
wellbeing programme which
to date has included initiatives
such as free flu jabs, healthy
breakfasts, heart and diabetes
checks, self-defence classes,
alcohol awareness and quit
smoking advice.
Initially launched to reduce
sickness related absences,
Wellbeing Wednesday has grown
Pictured: L-R Employees Sandie Hibbert and David Colley
to become an all-encompassing
programme which is dedicated
to providing employees with a
safe, happy and healthy working
David added: “Making your salary
stretch until January payday isn’t
easy - especially as Christmas is
the most expensive time of year
for most of us. Therefore we want
to support our employees to be
able to do some careful planning.
The money packs will include a
few budget tricks to help keep you
flush after the festive and New
Year period.”
Fine for
Former Mansfield Town
footballer Colin Daniel has been
ordered to pay a fine and costs
totalling £1,541 for failing to
dispose of his household waste
Mr Daniel from Sherwood
Nottingham pleaded guilty to a
duty of care offence for failing
to check whether the person
disposing of his waste had a waste
carrier’s licence.
The waste, which included
cardboard boxes, bin liners full
of plaster and a delivery box
addressed to Mr Daniel, was flytipped on Old Newark Road in
Magistrates imposed a fine of
£850, a victim surcharge of £170
and costs totalling £521.
The footballer said that on
receiving a leaflet offering waste
removal services, he contacted
the telephone number and agreed
Highfields Independent School and Day Nursery
Highfields Nursery
feels like home
Located just off London Road,
Highfields Day Nursery is set
within the wooded grounds of
Highfields School. With a large
outdoor play area and access to
the rest of the school’s parkland,
children here enjoy the natural
environment every day as part of
their routine.
The Nursery is registered with
OFSTED for children aged 0-5
years and is open 51 weeks a
year, five days a week from
7.30am for those coming in for
breakfast until 6pm. Nursery
Manager, Mrs Sandra Neil,
believes this is a huge attraction
to many families. “With so
many parents both working and
needing a longer day, we can give
them that support with flexible
dropping off and picking up
Each child has a designated key
worker who monitors the children
closely to ensure they are making
good progress. The Nursery
follows the EYFS Framework
Curriculum. In addition, the
children enjoy a variety of
activities including art, music and
PE, led by the specialist teachers
within Highfields who come into
Nursery every week. This gives
the children a taste of new and
different experiences as part of
their normal day.
All children are given a hot
cooked lunch which is freshly
prepared each day and served
by the same friendly dinner lady
who gets to know each child
individually. The feel is very
much home from home.
Mrs Sue Rudkin has been serving
lunch at Highfields Nursery for
many years. “I love getting to
know the children and making
sure they enjoy their homecooked lunch. Sitting down
together establishes good eating
habits and is an opportunity to
introduce them to all sorts of
exciting food and it’s sociable
As the Nursery has grown, it now
offers a dedicated pre-school
area where the rising 4s can
enjoy a more structured day to
prepare them for the transition
into school. “Children in our
pre-school year are starting to get
ready for the move up and we
can help to make that transition
as smooth as possible,” explains
Mrs Neil. “Many children in this
year group join in activities with
Reception such as assemblies and
Forest Schools which they really
enjoy. This prepares the children
well for the step up to Reception,
and many choose to stay here at
Highfields Day Nursery accepts
Early Years Funding as well as
employer childcare vouchers.
To visit Highfields Day Nursery,
please contact Cleo Staniforth in
Admissions on 01636 704103 or
[email protected]
The Community Protection Blue
Badge team has raised awareness
of Blue Badge use and abuse and
caught more people abusing the
Since launching its ‘Crossing the
Line’ campaign last May, the team
has issued 350 Penalty Charge
Notices and tackled a range of
abuse of the scheme, including:
• 23 amended badges
• 172 expired
• 79 misused by a third party
• 11 used where the owner is
The top five makes of vehicle
recorded for misuse are Vauxhall,
Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and
Mercedes, with black being the
most reported colour.
to pay £90 to have his waste
removed. However, he failed
to check that the business was
authorised to carry out such
work, nor did he get a receipt.
Portfolio Holder for Public
Protection, Cllr Mick Barton
said: “People have a duty of
care under the Environmental
Protection Act 1990 to ensure
that anyone removing waste
from their premises is licensed
to do so. We are determined to
crack down on fly-tipping and
people who fail to carry out
the right checks on businesses
or individuals who offer waste
removal services. It is essential
that you obtain proof that you
are handing your waste over to
an authorised person, or you
may well end up in the courts.”
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QMC Helipad and multi-storey
car park plan submitted
Pride of Nottinghamshire
Talented performers from
Mansfield will be taking part in a
regional youth dance event hosted
by Dance4 next week as Episodes
comes to Nottingham Playhouse.
Part of U.Dance, a series of
youth dance festivals that run
from January until July 2015,
this prestigious event celebrates
the talent of young creators
and performers from across the
Pride Performance group formed of 13 to 24 year olds
– teaches young people with
disabilities in the Mansfield
area. The group has earned a
prestigious place on the first tier
of the U.Dance events.
Set up in 2013, the group is led
by dance leader Nicola Chambers
and assisted by Sali Gresham and
the music is currently led by Loz
Shaw and Jimmy Power.
It now has more than 25 members
and receives support from Square
Peg Charity and County Youth Arts
with financial backing from The
Mighty Creatives, Nottinghamshire
County Council and Mansfield
District Council.
Nicola, 26, said: “We decided to
set up Pride Performance Company
with the specialism being dance
after holding an arts day for the
young people. It was so successful
that we knew we needed to
meet a demand for this type of
performance group in the area and
now we are being recognised as far
as Downing Street for our work. It
is very much about the youngsters
and they have achieved so much by
getting through to Episodes. It is
“The first 60 minutes
following a severe injury is known
as the ‘golden hour’ and fast access
to treatment is vital to give patients
a fighting chance. The hospital
having a helipad will mean the
most seriously-injured patients will
Plans for a helipad and a 518 spaced the country’s, biggest and busiest
be transported to our Emergency
multi-storey car park at the Queen’s teaching hospitals.
Department much faster, giving
Medical Centre have been submitted The developments are the biggest
patients the very best chance of
to Nottingham City Council.
since the hospital was built in 1977. survival.
The new helipad will support the
They are:
“The submission of the planning
region’s major trauma centre and will 1. Medipark development – a new
application marks another step
be located on top of the multi-storey medical-research facility
towards the Trust getting the
car park at the south side of QMC.
2. New 518-space multi-storey car
new helipad but there is still a lot
A number of major developments
park (increasing parking capacity
fundraising which still needs to be
planned for Queen’s Medical Centre at QMC by 100 spaces upon
are set to transform the experience
Nottingham Hospitals Charity is
for patients, visitors and staff who
3. Tram – due to arrive at QMC
asking the public to help save a life
visit Nottingham’s, and one of
during 2015, making the hospital the by supporting the helipad appeal;
first in the country to be connected
the building of the helipad is entirely
by a tram
reliant on charitable donations.
4. New tram (south) entrance – to
Head of Fundraising for Nottingham
improve access into the hospital due Hospitals Charity Jenny Wing says:
to arrive winter 2015/16.
“Plans to build our new helipad
QMC took on the important
at Queens Medical Centre are
responsibility as the region’s major
progressing well. This facility will
trauma centre in 2012. Currently,
help us to get critically injured
there isn’t a helipad on-site at QMC, patients to the care they need quicker,
which means the air ambulance has
which could make all the difference.
to land nearby at the University.
“We’ve received great support from
Once the helicopter lands, patients
people across the East Midlands
are transferred to an ambulance
so far but we still have a long
and brought to QMC’s Emergency
way to go. We need people to get
Department, which can take up to 20 behind the Saving Lives Helipad
Appeal and help us reach our
Adam Brooks, Clinical Lead for
fundraising target of £3 million - to
QMC’s Major Trauma Centre, said: save time, to save lives. We have
A group at U.Dance 2014
support available for anyone who
our second year at the dance event East Midlands.
dance development across the East would like to help us fundraise and
Dance4 is an international
and we want to thank everyone
Midlands working with a range of we’re always keen to hear from
you, or help with creative ideas.
who has helped to make it reality.” centre for the development of
partners, venues and individuals
Please get in touch, go to www.
extraordinary 21st century dance
U.Dance celebrates youth dance
to create exciting opportunities
and will see dancers perform in five based in Nottingham. It provides
to bring dance artists and
uk or call 0115 9627905.”
a strong regional programme for
sell-out performances across the
communities together.
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Walrus ZZZ...
Keeping You Awake?
By Gemma Allen
One of life’s greatest
annoyances when it comes
to sleeping is most definitely
SNORING! I will quite happily
admit that I am one of them
but I’m also one of the many
people who become incredibly
aggravated when my partner
keeps me awake with his
ear drum bursting snoring!
OK there are many other annoying
habits but lying awake to what
sounds like a walrus sleeping next
to you is certainly something that
most find difficult to ignore, in all
fairness however you can’t really
help it if you’re a snorer, but that
doesn’t make any difference to
how annoying it is!
In a recent YouGov survey
commissioned by Snoreeze, 65%
of people in the Midlands admitted
to snoring themselves and a
massive 87% of those
in relationships dropped
their partner in it and said that
they snore too!
So what else did the survey
• 51% of people from the Midlands
with a snoring partner admitted to
shaking, nudging or kicking them
to stop them snoring;
• 23% have chosen to stay in
a separate room to get a better
night’s sleep;
• 49% said that a disturbed night’s
Carl Taylor, East Bridgford
sleep leaves them feeling irritable, “My girlfriend snores like a
meaning there are lot of irritated
walrus most nights and there’s no
partners across the region!
stopping her, even if I nudge her
she stops and then just rolls over
and starts all over again!”
Here are some
On a serious note if snoring is
creating an unnecessary strain,
local views
do remember that there are things
about snoring…
out there to help you, whether
it’s nasal spray, strips or just
altering something about how you
sleep. Every relationship has its
problems but a walrus does not
need to be one of them!
Emma Gibson, Burton Joyce
“My partner and I both snore but
he says that I make a funny noise
along with it as well. He nudges
me to stop me and apparently I
apologise but I never remember
doing it!”
Thinking of going to A&E? Catherine’s
story short
Is it really the best place for you?
Feeling under the weather?
or landline and the service is
blood loss and fractures. The right
Thinking of going to A&E? Stop! available 24 hours a day, 365 days NHS services are everywhere – we
Think again and be confident
a year. If you’re not sure where
just need you to stop and think –
when choosing the right NHS
to go to get the best help for
and then choose the right one.”
service for you.
your health issue just dial 111 for
There’s more to the NHS than
3. Save this web
address as a
favourite on your
smartphone, tablet
and/or laptop:
The NHS Choices
website can help
you find your
nearest NHS
services simply
by entering your
just GPs and A&E. There’s a
postcode. You
whole range of services that can can also find
treat you just as well as – and in
advice for treating
many cases more quickly than – common health
conditions at
You may not need them now, but home, and find out
there are three things you can do when you do need
to be ready for when you do need to pay a visit to
medical attention:
the doctor.
1. Register with a GP
Dr Hugh Porter,
You need to be registered with
Clinical Chair of
a GP before you can make an
Nottingham City
appointment to see one. Many
CCG, said: “In all
students aren’t registered with
seriousness, A&E
a GP surgery in their university
only deals with
town or city, but it’s really easy,
real emergencies
and quick, to do.
and saving lives.
2. If you have a health issue that’s We should only
not an emergency and you’re not be using it for
sure what to do, there’s a new
serious illness like
number you can ring – 111.
choking, chest
It’s free to call 111 from a mobile pain, blacking out,
Try this quiz…
You’ve hurt your ankle dancing in killer heels
at the weekend. Do you:
a. Dial 999?
b. Go to A&E?
c. Rest with your leg elevated; use an ice pack, wait to see how it feels when
the swelling goes down and don’t be surprised if it takes six to eight weeks
before feeling back to normal?
You’ve got a bad cold. Your head feels full of cotton
wool but you can still function. Do you:
a. Go to the GP demanding antibiotics?
b. Go to A&E asking for the night nurse?
Go to the pharmacy for cough and cold remedies, and then take to your
bed with plenty of fluids?
You’ve got an upset stomach with symptoms
at both ends. Do you:
Get a friend to drive you to A&E?
b. Phone your mum?
c. Go and see the pharmacist for relief medicines, wash your hands regularly
and keep away from hospitals with vulnerable people in?
You’re planning a big night out drinking. Do you:
a. Hope your friends will take you to A&E if you pass out?
b. Hope someone will flag down a passing ambulance?
c. Be sensible. And failing that, make sure you’ve stocked up on painkillers
and drink plenty of water.
The correct answer to all of these is c.
“I’ve had thank you cards from the
parents hand picked by the child I
care for.”
Having previously worked with
adults with learning difficulties,
Catherine felt she could transfer
her skills and experience to
fostering and caring for disabled
Catherine started the assessment
process in 2013 after approaching
Nottingham City Council to find
out more about short breaks. Since
being approved she has provided
overnight stays for two children
on a regular basis and is also
providing day care for a young girl
in a wheelchair.
“I really enjoy being a short break
carer”, says Catherine. “As well as
giving families time off by caring
for children in my own home,
I take the children out into the
community and give them one to
one attention that they sometimes
don’t get at home, especially if
they have brothers or sisters.”
Catherine helps with developing
core functional skills to promote
the child’s independence, “We
make breakfast together and
always sit and eat our meals
together. I also support their
personal care but I’m careful to
make sure they help themselves
too. “I use reward stickers and give
them a plan of what we’re doing
for the day to get the children
Establishing a routine is important
both for the child and to support
the family, says Catherine. “It’s
important to get each child into a
routine similar to what they have
at home.”
Catherine tailors the activities to
their needs and interests. “The boy
side to
your city
One of the major events in
the Nottingham calendar,
Light Night, returns to the city
on Friday 6 February for its
eighth year.
Light Night runs from 6pm
until late and there are over
40 free arts and cultural
activities to appeal to the
whole family. The focus this
year is on great free events,
both indoors and outdoors,
which will allow both
Nottingham residents and
visitors to discover something
brand new about the city. This
year more than ever, local
groups including businesses,
community groups, and
churches are coming together
to put on events for a brilliant
variety of things to do this
Light Night.
Light Night will also
feature free activities and
entertainment across the city
centre at both indoor and
outdoor venues.
I am caring for is deaf and he likes
trips to the cinema and theatre,
whilst the young girl enjoys being
Qualities Catherine feels are
essential for the role include
being able to communicate
effectively with a range of
people and professionals who
support the child. Having a good
understanding of confidentiality
is important too, she says as well
as remaining professional at all
times. “A thick skin, an open mind
and a sense of humour are also
Having received 1-1 training from
a qualified nurse Catherine is well
equipped to administer different
medication and provide tailored
care to each child. She admits it
can be daunting. “A lot happens at
first; you’ll be getting to grips with
risk assessments and reading the
child’s plan. But after a while you
become more comfortable and gain
Catherine feels well supported in
her role as a short break contract
carer. “I don’t feel alone and the
team are always there when I need
help or advice.”
As well as giving the families she
supports a much needed break
from providing constant care, it’s
seeing the changes in the child that
Catherine finds rewarding. “It’s
things like putting on their shoes
without any outbursts or eating
vegetables with every meal when
they refused them at the start.”
Nottingham City Council needs
more passionate people like
Catherine who genuinely care
about disabled children and young
people and have the patience and
resilience to meet their ongoing
needs. You’ll work on a selfemployed basis, offering up to 240
nights a year caring for a number
of children (one at a time). This
will include weekend work and
school holidays. You’ll receive a
competitive salary as well as full
training and support package. If
you’re up for a challenge and
want to know more, call the Short
Breaks Team on 0115 8838280 or
and search ‘Health and Social
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New homes in Nottinghamshire
Bovis Homes has a wide range of properties available at its exciting developments in Nottinghamshire.
With 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 bedroom properties available, there is bound to be something to suit your needs.
And with a wide range of incentives. Take a closer look this weekend!
Hucknall Byrons Wood
The Edingley
The Alexander
3 bedroom house
4 bedroom house
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2 bedroom coach house
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The Arnold
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assistance schemes
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Home Exchange
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• high level oven with separate hob and
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• through lounge into the dining room
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• convenient downstairs cloakroom
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• built-in wardrobes to bedroom 1 and 2
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The Faulkner
• open plan kitchen/dining area plus
family room with French doors to the
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• fitted kitchen with split level oven with
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freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
• first floor sitting room
• en suite and built-in wardrobe to
bedroom 1
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If you’ve a home to sell we
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• separate dining room
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Prices from
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from £124,995 to £264,995
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Kirkby in Ashfield Portland Great Park
The Alexander
4 bedroom house
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Portland Great Park
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• high level oven with separate hob and
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• through lounge into the dining room
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• convenient downstairs cloakroom
• en suite to bedroom 1
• built-in wardrobes to bedroom 1 and 2
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• fitted kitchen with high level oven with
separate hob and integrated fridge
freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
• separate dining room with French
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• built-in wardrobes and en suite to
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• bedroom 1 sits across the entire second
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• extensive fitted kitchen with stainless
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and integrated washing machine,
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• 19ft dual aspect sitting room with
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• en suite to bedroom 1 and 4
• multiple built-in wardrobes to bedroom 1
• double length garage
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Warm praise during
the cold season!
With a 5% deposit and only
75% mortgage required*
• fitted kitchen with modern oven, hob
and hood and integrated fridge freezer
• open plan sitting room/dining area
• useful utility area
• built-in wardrobe to bedroom 1
• garage
If you want a new challenge
this year, take inspiration from
volunteers helping Rufford
Abbey country park with
important conservation work –
come rain, shine or even snow.
They include retired couple
George and Susan Thompson
who make the 60-mile
round trip from their home
in Doncaster to volunteer
at Rufford Abbey, which is
managed by Nottinghamshire
County Council.
George, 65, and Susan,
64, from Osborne Road, in
Doncaster, clear away dead
branches, work in the wetlands
and take part in activities such
as hedge-laying. And if snow
falls, they help clear paths and
lay grit in the car parks to aid
other visitors.
They have made lifetime
friends having volunteered
at Rufford for more than a
decade treating it almost as a
‘second home’.
George is a retired IT engineer
and Susan was a primary
school teacher. Susan said:
“We love Rufford - it is a
wonderful country park. We
enjoy the fresh air and the
outdoors and with Rufford’s
history of Cistercian monks
it offers quite a zen-like
atmosphere at times so is great
for reducing stress.
“We do not mind severe
weather at all. Once it was
snowing and we were at the
park and just decided to stay
to help with the clear up.
It gives us a great deal of
satisfaction to see the work
we do to help keep the park
looking lovely.”
Other long term volunteers
include Phil Kerr from
Tuxford and Linda Bantoft,
from Farndon. Phil, 84, is the
oldest serving volunteer who
works within the park every
Monday from the springtime
when the weather gets warmer.
He gets a lift in from a friend
each week from his home
and said: “I love Rufford and
really enjoy the volunteer
work. I would do more if I
lived closer to the country
park and recommend it to
others as a great opportunity
to get involved.”
Their collective efforts have
been recognised by Notts
County Council Culture
Committee Chairman
Councillor John Knight
at the annual Greenwood
Community Awards who said:
“Their contribution is fantastic
and we are grateful for
everything they, and all of our
volunteers do at Rufford each
year, and how they go out of
their way and give so much
time to help.”
Nottinghamshire County
Council Assistant Site
Manager Leanne Wombwell
added: “There are some
real benefits to volunteering
like helping to stay fit and
healthy and socialising as
well as giving people some
vital skills to help with future
employment opportunities.
“We would be keen to hear
from others aged 18 or above
who wants to involved.” If
you are interested, contact
Leanne via email at: leanne.
[email protected] or
call 01623 821338.
George and Sue Thompson with Coun John Knight, centre
Car park improvements
A multi-storey car park in
Mansfield will have wider
than standard spaces when it
reopens following essential
Walkden Street car park will be
closed from Monday 16 February
2015 for six weeks to allow the
first phase of a £1.2m project to
take place.
Levels 1A and 1B will reopen
on 30 March but the remaining
levels 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B will
remain closed for a further six
weeks until 27 April.
The contractor, Makers of
Shenstone, Staffordshire, have
been appointed to carry out major
structural repairs, waterproofing,
redecoration and improved
The number of car parking spaces
will be reduced from 433 to 381
to allow all spaces to be the same
width as standard parent/child
spaces and bays for blue badge
holders to make the car park
more family friendly. This will
make the standard spaces among
the widest in Nottinghamshire
- perfect for families and larger
vehicles such as vans and 4x4s.
The improvements will make
the car park more suitable for
families with safe walking lanes
painted behind spaces.
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Life Savers
St John Ambulance is calling
for nominations for the St John
Ambulance Everyday Heroes
awards, supported by Physio
Control. The awards are
an annual star-studded
event celebrating the nation’s
life savers.
After a record number of
nominations last year, the
nation’s leading first aid charity
is asking the public to get in
touch and tell them about
friends, family members,
colleagues, and even strangers
who’ve saved lives or
championed first aid.
Has someone you know saved
Laura Urquhart has been playing
and coaching ice hockey for over
30 years. She’s now back on the ice
playing in the Nottingham Vipers
Women’s senior hockey team
alongside her 16 year old daughter,
Jessica. In their first game together
in November 2014, Jessica scored
four goals, mum got 5 assists
and the Vipers won the game 5-3
against Whitley Bay.
Speaking about playing alongside
traders to be
A Nottinghamshire-based gang,
which targeted pensioners on a
scam that is estimated to run into
millions of pounds for shoddy
and unnecessary work to their
properties, pleaded guilty to
fraud within the last two weeks at
Nottingham Crown Court.
The case has been led by East
Midlands Scambusters Team.
Evidence relating to 97 victims
from across the East Midlands,
Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire
formed the prosecution’s case
against these individuals, but it
is recognised that there are many
her daughter, Laura said: “It is
great to play on the same team and
it is something that we both have
been looking forward to. It is a
double joy as one of my ambitions
was to continue playing hockey
when I reached the golden age of
50 years… which I did just a few
weeks ago!”
Laura has played for various
teams around the country winning
countless league and national titles
throughout her hockey career,
playing for Great Britain seniors at
world championship level for 11
seasons, winning silver in 2005 and
coaching the GB team to win two
bronze medals amongst her many
ice hockey achievements.
In 2013, Laura’s daughter Jessica
was top scorer in the U16 female
league and represented Great
Britain U18 team in the world
Championships, she was the
youngest player to play, and also in
the world championships in Fussen
earlier this year. She is in the final
team again this year & will travel
to Poland later this month to play.
She is also in the final rounds of
trials for the Great Britain Senior
Woman’s team which will be in the
Senior World Champions early in
the New Year. Jessica also plays for
the U18 men’s team at Nottingham.
As well as her Ice Hockey, Jessica
is also is a Short Track speed
skater and competes at European
International level at the Star Class
events. She was British Champion
in 2012 & 2013 and is champion at
the 777m in 2014. She won silver
in the Junior Ladies U19 British
championships beginning of
January and as well as holding
two British relay records at
U13, U15 level she was on the
U19 relay team that broke the
3000m relay record at the British
She competed in the Star Class
European final earlier this month
and finished 6th. This was the final
series over three competitions and
Jessica finished 7th overall meaning
she’ll now go to the star class
European Championship finals in
Taking about following in her
mum’s footsteps (or ice hockey
skates!) Jessica said: “I guess it’s
in the genes with Dad as an ice
hockey coach and former play/
coach of Panthers. I feel very
honoured to represent our home
town Nottingham in Ice Hockey.”
a life? Do you know anyone
that’s championing first aid in
schools or their community? Has
a local group you know been
fundraising for defibrillators or
courses? We want to hear
from you.
This year’s finalists will
be invited to an exclusive
awards ceremony, hosted
by sports presenter Kirsty
Gallacher, at the Lancaster
London hotel on 1st July 2015.
Kirsty, whose father, golf star
Bernard Gallacher’s life was
saved by first aid earlier this
year, said:
“I’m thrilled to be hosting the
St John Ambulance Everyday
Heroes awards, and am
looking forward to meeting the
inspirational nominees. First
aid is a cause close to my heart,
and I can’t wait to celebrate the
real heroes who’ve saved lives.
First aid can be the difference
between life and death and it’s
usually down to the actions of
bystanders, families, and friends
that lives are saved. My father’s
life was saved because the
people around him knew first
aid, and every day I am grateful
that they had the skills and
confidence to know what to do.”
To find out about our award
categories and to nominate
your own Everyday Hero visit
The charity will also be
recognising businesses which
have gone the extra mile.
The deadline for entries is 5pm
on Saturday 28 February.
Homemade Fish Fingers
Made using your favourite white fish from a sustainable source,
these fish fingers are a great way to use up bread that is slightly past
its best. Simply whizz up the bread into breadcrumbs and any you
don’t use pop in the freezer to use another day.
Serves: 4 | Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
• 300g (11 oz) white fish
loins such as cod or
• 75g (3oz) day old bread;
• 25g pack parsley,
• 1 medium egg, beaten;
• 1 tbsp olive oil.
1. Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6.
2. Cut the fish into strips approx. 10cm long and 2 cm wide. Place
the bread in a food processor to make crumbs and mix with the
parsley and seasoning.
3. Dip the strips first in the egg and then coat in the breadcrumbs
and place on a greased baking tray. Drizzle with oil. Bake for 15-20
minutes until golden and crispy.
Try haddock, coley or salmon instead of cod.
Extra flavour
Add dried herbs or grated Parmesan to the breadcrumbs for extra
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campaign. Cutting down on food waste could save the average family with children £700 a year.
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The driver, who was
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Local schools have
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liaison officers to make
them aware of the
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pupils not to talk to anyone
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Detectives would like to
hear from anyone who has
been approached by a bogus
‘official’, alleging to work for
Leicestershire Housing, in the
last few weeks.
He tricked his way into the
flat of an elderly woman
on Layton Burroughs in
Mansfield on 11 December
2014. The man, who is
described as white, 5’1” tall
and in his early 30s, stole cash
belonging to the victim.
Det Sgt Rick Ellis, who is
investigating this crime, is
urging residents to be alert to
bogus callers and to check the
identification card of anyone
coming to the door, claiming
to be any sort of public
He added: “Someone from
the council or a utility
company should have made
a pre-arranged appointment
to visit, so be wary of cold
callers. Don’t feel pressurised
to let someone in, ask for
identification, and ensure they
wait outside with the door
locked, until you are happy
they are who they say they are.
If in doubt use the phone book
to call their office and double
check their identity.”
Anyone with information on
this incident or who has had
a similar visit should contact
police on 101
or Crimestoppers on
0800 555111.
Who’s To Blame?
It’s the time of year when icy
pavements, snow flurries and
freezing temperatures play havoc
with conditions underfoot and on
the roads. Anyone who has suffered
injury or financial loss through no
fault of their own will probably tell
you about the dangers to keep an
eye out for - and just how grateful
they were for the help of a solicitor
in processing their claim.
The common myth that it’s easy
to claim compensation following
an accident and that everyone
claims does still exist,
but as Wayne Vickers,
a personal injury
specialist at Rothera
Dowson Solicitors
explains, the
reality is far
removed from
the fiction.
Contrary to what
many people
think, someone
who sustains
injury as a result
of an accident does
not have an automatic
right to compensation.
In our experience people
are not rushing to phone a
lawyer in the hope of financial gain
the moment they come to harm.
Latest research from the
Government backs Rothera
Dowson’s experience and indicates
a decline in the number of formal
claims being made after personal
injury. The Personal Injury 2014
report found that in April that year,
a quarter (25%) of those injured
said they had claimed, a fall from
almost three in ten (29%) in July
UK laws state that anyone making
a claim must be able to prove that
someone is legally to blame for
their injuries. The fact that they
have been hurt through no fault
of their own is not enough to win
reasonable steps to inspect and
maintain the highway on a regular
basis you will not win a case,
regardless of whether you tripped
on a pavement or drove into a pot
Similarly, slipping on ice or
snow cases are difficult to win.
Due to restricted resources, local
authorities are under no obligation
to grit all roads. They simply
need to show they are operating a
reasonable system of inspection
sustained injuries due to uneven,
or defective flooring, or work
equipment, your employer would
be able to offer very little in the
way of a defence, even in situations
where they could have done no
more to protect you; however, since
changes to the law in late 2013,
succeeding in such claims is now
a lot harder. This is because you
must now prove that your employer
failed to act as a reasonable and
prudent employer. So, if your
A claim after tripping on a highway
or in a pothole can be extremely
difficult to win. As long as the local
council can show that it has took
and gritting and taking notice
of short and long-term weather
When it comes to the workplace,
the law used to provide, that if you
employer can show evidence
that it inspected and maintained
the workplace, including work
equipment, your claim is now
likely to fail.
Nottingham-based CPMG
architects and structural and civil
engineers Curtins have partnered
with The Opportunities Fund for
the second year running to fund
a series of Lego therapy sessions
for children with autism-spectrum
disorders following the success of
the initiative last year.
Led by a psychology specialist, the
sessions provide the opportunity
for families to come together and
share their experiences of autism
and the children are able to play
and learn together.
CPMG and Curtins will sponsor
the seven weekly sessions which
are due to commence on 9
Sara Harraway, a director at
CPMG said: “We naturally jumped
at the chance of getting involved
in such a unique and deserving
The weekly sessions, which are run
by Hucknall based charity Indigo
Kids, enable children between
the age of 5-16 to improve their
and social interaction skills
through working together in
Lego building tasks.
The therapy also helps improve
fine motor skills as well as rational
thinking and problem solving
initiative and we are delighted to
be supporting it for the second year
running along with joint sponsor
“As a team we all have fond
memories of playing with Lego
as children and we attended some
of the sessions last year which
we found a thoroughly rewarding
experience. I look forward to
supporting the initiative over the
next few months.”
A warning has gone out to
landlords in Nottingham after
a businessman was forced to
pay £1641.00 for breaching a
Prohibition Order made under
The Housing Act 2004.
Andrew Watkinson, aged 50 of
Kendrick Road, Mapperley, who
pleaded guilty to the offence at
Nottingham Magistrates Court,
was fined £484 and ordered to
pay costs of £1157 after failing
to comply with the Prohibition
Community Protection’s
Environmental Health team
originally served the notice on
Watkinson in August 2012.
A re-visit to check on
disrepair issues revealed
that the prohibited
second floor was being
used and the property
had been re-let to
unsuspecting tenants
who had already had
to attend Accident and
Emergency after a fall
due to the dangerous
Councillor Dave
Liversidge, Portfolio
Holder for Community Safety,
Housing and Voluntary Sector at
Nottingham City Council, said:
“We welcome this conviction
and hope that it sends a message
out to private landlords who may
think about cutting corners on
the standard of accommodation.”
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Remarkable Honours
Jason Wright recieving his honour from Murray Craig
roofer Jason
Wright has
been made
Freeman of
the City of London, days
before collecting the Medal
of Ushakov on behalf of his
grandfather Horace Hodgson.
Jason Wright, MD of J Wright
Roofing and head of the East
Midlands Roofing College,
received his honour in person
from Murray Craig, the clerk
of the Chamberlain’s Court an accolade awarded to him
through the redemption of the
Worshipful Guild of Tylers
and Bricklayers.
“December was an incredible
month for my whole family,
and being made Freeman
of the City of London is
a tremendous honour for
me. The entire day was an
amazing experience and
meeting Murray Craig in
person was a highlight – it
was a pleasure to meet him
as interestingly studied in
Nottingham during the late
70s! ” said Jason.
Jason is in illustrious
company with the likes of
Morgan Freeman, David
Beckham, Sir Ian McKellen
and actresses Angela
Lansbury and Dame Helen
Mirren all being honoured
this year.
The time-honoured
ceremony is believed to have
originated in the 12th century
and allows Freemen to
carry out their trade in the city of
London. In days gone by, Freemen
were allowed to herd sheep over
London Bridge.
The celebrations have not slowed
down for Jason, who then visited
the Russian Embassy to collect his
grandfather’s Medal of Ushakov,
a Soviet military award created in
1944. The award is named after
Fyodor Ushakov, an 18th Century
naval commander who never
lost a battle and the patron saint
of the Russian navy. The honour
is awarded to veterans of WWII
specifically those who served in
the Artic Convoys.
The two remarkable honours
awarded to both Jason and Horace,
recognise the significant work
and service of both men. Jason
has pioneered apprenticeships
in Nottingham, working hard to
ensure that local young people are
given the opportunity to learn the
trade of roofing.
WWII veteran Horace has
continued to give to the
community since his service in the
war and he has been secretary of
the Oakleigh Lodge Social Club,
the old Basford branch of the
British Legion since 1966.
LGBT History
The University of Nottingham is
A dove of peace has been released
outside the Town Hall in Beeston
as a symbol of community
cohesion and to demonstrate
solidarity in the fight against hate
In light of the recent tragic
incidents across the world,
the Mayor of the Borough of
Broxtowe, Councillor Stan
Heptinstall MBE released the
dove during a short ceremony on
will explore the diverse aspects
of LGBT culture and history
— from local musicians and
poets to debates on the public
image of bisexuality and the
participation of trans people in
sport, at a grassroots, national and
international level.
celebrating LGBT History Month Key events throughout the month
with a series of events celebrating include:
its LGBT staff and research.
• Call Me Kuchu screening,
Film screenings, music
New Art Exchange, Thursday 12
and poetry readings, panel
discussions and public lectures
A screening of the documentary
Call Me Kuchu, which examines
the lives of LGBT men and women
— ‘kuchus’ — in Uganda, in the
shadow of the country’s strict antihomosexuality laws.
A talk by Bisi Alimi — Nigerian
gay rights activist and HIV/LGBT
advocate — follows the screening.
Bisi was the first man to publicly
come out as gay on Nigerian TV.
He now lives in London
• Read Hear, Nottingham Central
Library, Saturday 21 February
LGBT musicians and poets
will give short performances at
Nottingham Central Library at
this free event aimed at the whole
• Bambi screening, Nottingham
Lakeside Arts, Monday 16
Holocaust Memorial Day to show
support for peace and harmony in
the local community.
At the event, children from
Round Hill School placed white
roses on a dove motif on the
ground in front of the Town Hall.
Local musician Emma BladonJones also performed during the
UoN history academics Dr
Karen Adler and Dr Onni Gust
introduce and discuss a screening
of the documentary Bambi. The
film profiles Marie-Pierre Pruvot,
an Algerian-born trans woman
who had a long career as a dancer
and showgirl in Paris in the 1950s
and 60s.
• The Enigma Problem:
Alan Turing and the British
Establishment, Jubilee Campus,
Wednesday 25 February
Dr Max Biddulph, Chair of the
LGBTQ Staff Network and
Associate Professor in the School
of Education, and Professor
David Brailsford of the School of
Computer Science examine the
life and work of Alan Turing in
this public lecture.
The full events programme is
available on the University’s
LGBT History Month blog,
which will be updated regularly
throughout February with more
detail about events, and blog
posts from staff whose research
touches LGBT culture, history,
politics and health.
The majority of events taking
place, both on campus and in the
city and county, are free and open
to all unless otherwise stated on
the events posters.
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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure
Have you had a clear out
or rummage and found lots
of items that you didn’t
realise you still had and
don’t particularly want to
keep? Don’t rush to throw
it all away or give it all to
the closest hoarder as you
may be sat on a surprising
antique or collectable.
Antiques might not be the
most conventional way to
make money but, provided
that you know
what to
for, they can provide
potentially impressive
long-term returns.
At some point
in time we’ve
all stumbled
across TV
shows aimed
at people
to get their
appraised, or
beady eyes
could lead to a very
worthwhile investment if
purchased from the right
Whether you’re on
the lookout for
an antique or
maybe you may
already have one
that you want to
have valued, it’s
important that
you find the right
place to go where
you can deal with
the correct people who
have the expertise that
you need. If there’s even
a slight chance that what
peeled for the next steal and you are sitting on has an
I certainly don’t blame
antique or collectable
them. If you’ve never
value, don’t just put it
been to an antique
online for a quick sale,
and collectables fair
take it along to one of the
then you may be
many auction houses or
pleasantly surprised.
fairs out there and show
Don’t expect a
it to someone who knows
room full of dust and
what they are talking
never judge a book by
about. The stories
its cover, certain treasures
behind some items can be
phenomenal and there’s
bound to be someone who
has their eyes on the prize
that you are carrying.
Antique and collectors
fairs aren’t just for
traditional items that have
collected dust. You can
often find innovative pieces
to inspire the modern mind or simply find
a quirky feature as a friendly conversation
Why not visit a local fair or auction house
to find out more.
in the trade calendar” said fair
organiser Pollyanne TrapmoreShaw “overseas buyers begin
returning to our shores after the
Holidays and Springfields’ location
is an ideal stop-off for trade buyers
and sellers heading up to Newark
and Hemswell” she added.
The February fair is again SOLD
OUT and due to popular demand
a 6th date has been added to
the 2015 event calendar firmly
securing its position as a firm
favourite in trade and visitor
The fair opens 10-4pm at £2
On Sunday 1st February the
admission to general public with
Spalding Antique and Collectors
early trade only access at 9am
fair returns to Springfields Event
(proof of id/business card required
Centre with 100+ stalls full of
for early trade admission).
Antiques, Collectables, Deco,
Call 01754 811897 or visit www.
Retro, Vintage, Contemporary Art, for more
Jewellery and watches including
a funky collection of SWATCH
originals - all items that you won’t
find on the High Street!
Ample parking and loading space
for larger purchases, on-site
catering and easy access makes
an all-round good day-out for
“February is a very busy month
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First Class Fine Dining
On entering Venezia I was
instantly amazed with how
stunning the entire restaurant
was, modern
décor, open
planning and so
much elegance
everywhere I
looked. I can
honestly say
that this has to
be one of the
most beautiful
restaurants that
I have ever had
the pleasure of
Situated in the lovely village of
Upper Saxondale it’s the ideal
place to wind down and relax away
from the hustle of bustle of the
busy town centre.
You can see that everything has
been co-ordinated with great
attention to detail, making you feel
incredibly comfortable but at the
same time surrounding you with
every aspect of fine dining.
Venezia is one of Nottingham’s
most traditional Italian restaurants,
bringing the elegance and taste of
Venice directly to your doorstep.
With Italian managers,
Italian chefs and true Italian
food, you get the real taste
and experience of a beautiful
team serving up to 120 Italian food
country in one single visit.
lovers every weekend.
Erjon Ferracaku opened Venezia
in November last year when it was Manager Pasquale Di Giovanni has
over 30 years experience
in managing restaurants,
originally working in
Sicili which in itself
guarantees an authentic
Italian experience at
He told the
in Focus: “This is
an authentic Italian
restaurant offering fine
dining and something for
every taste. Of course
then known as ‘The Sanctuary’ and we offer the classics like spaghetti
bolognaise and carbonara but we
has already created an incredible
environment hosted by a fantastic also have dishes with a difference
that people may
have never tried
All of the food
is cooked fresh
and of course
by Italian chefs
so your mouth
is guaranteed
to be watering.
If you’re a
fish lover then
Venezia is a
restaurant you
simply have to
Manager Pasquale Di Giovanni
visit. They have
a specialist fish menu offering a
alternatively you can take a look at
range of delicious options, from
their incredible menu at
mussels to mixed sea food and
lobster thermidor to their chef fish
royal platter, it’s the Italian menu
that everyone has been waiting for.
If you want to try Venezia for
yourself then booking is highly
recommended and you can
guarantee your table by calling
them on 0115 933 4500 or
New Creative
International dance organisation Dance4 has launched a
fundraising campaign enabling the public and businesses
to directly support its innovative creative work in
Nottingham and further afield.
The new initiative allows individuals and business
organisations to donate to Dance4 and support the
creativity which has given it a reputation as one
of Britain’s most ambitious and pioneering dance
Paul Russ, Copyright Ursula Kelly Photography
which can be made
through ticket sales
or regular payments,
will help to support
and enhance Dance4
including its work
with young people
and disabled people
in Nottingham
as well shows
featuring established
Dance4 is an
independent charity
which has reached more than 65,000 people through its
festivals, national and international tours and training
and participation programmes over the past three
Its annual Nottdance festival has become an established
event in the regional and national arts calendar and
headline-grabbing performances in recent years have
included performances on moving canal boats and last
year’s Torvill and Dean tribute, Mass Bolero, which was
co-commissioned by Dance4.
Another pioneering initiative, called the Commission
Collective, enables supporters to commission, shape
and perform in a dance with the help of a professional
choreographer. The debut commission, titled A Dance
at Home, will be performed in Nottingham in March as
part of Nottdance 2015.
Regarded as a unique voice in contemporary dance,
Dance4 commissions, produces and presents work
that likes to challenge perceptions, blur boundaries
and explore the choreographic practices of today and
tomorrow. The new fundraising scheme, launched in a
difficult arts funding environment, will help to support
all of this work and many future programmes.
Dance4 supporters will be able to give as much or
as little as they want, starting at £1, and make oneoff donations when they buy tickets or set up regular
contributions via direct debit.
Warning over
charging dangers
As the number of people using electronic
cigarettes continues to rise, a fresh warning
has gone out about the dangers of not charging
batteries properly.
Trading standards officers from Nottingham
City Council’s Community Protection team have
received a number of complaints about incidents
involving e-cigarette batteries and chargers,
with numerous reports of them overheating or
exploding while in use.
More than 70 per cent of the complaints made
about e-cigarettes to trading standards in the
East Midlands have been about safety issues and
officers want to warn residents to be aware of the
potential dangers when charging the devices and
how they can keep themselves safe.
As well as unsafe products being sold, trading
standards is also concerned that people are not
using products that are compatible with each
other, are not reading instructions on how to
charge the products safely, and are leaving them
unattended while they are charging.
If you have purchased a product that you have
concerns about please let trading standards know
by contacting the Citizens Advice Consumer
Service on 03454 040506.
If you would like help to quit smoking, you can
seek advice from an NHS Stop Smoking Service.
To get in touch with the local NHS New Leaf
Stop Smoking Service call 0800 561 2121.
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On entering
the Admiral
I was
with how
the entire
place looked,
fresh décor, open spaces and
a genuine comfortable feeling
throughout. The welcome I
received from the manager Tom
and the rest of his team was
fantastic, I felt truly welcome and
could tell that they all enjoyed
being there which creates a
brilliant atmosphere.
The astonishing refurbishment
took just seven days to complete
and has completely turned the pub
around from being dark and dated
to vintage and shabby chic, a place
for all the family in the heart of
Wollaton. Having said this it’s
refreshing to see that the
Admiral Rodney has kept
some quirky features that
make it into an oldie
worldly pub
like an open fire and cosy arm
chairs for those that want a bit of
peace and quiet.
The innovative new menu is
incredibly mouth watering. You
get your traditional pub grub but
with much more choice and all
of it looks and smells amazing!
Everything is prepared and cooked
to order as well so diners are
certainly in for a treat!
If you are one of the many cask ale
lovers then visiting the Admiral
Rodney is a must. CAMRA
members get 10% discount on
all cask ales and all of the beer
is tested by Cask Marque, an
independent accreditation ensuring
the highest quality for your beer.
With a selection of 7 different
cask ales and space for more
when it comes to real
ale festivals, you
will definitely
be spoilt for
choice. Not
the very
cask ale
direct from
If this isn’t
enough then you
can ‘Request the Guest’
where each week Tom will select
two new guest ales for customers
to choose from. All you have to
do is put a peg into the box
of your chosen ale and at
the end of the week, the corks
will be counted and
your wish will
be his
Sports lovers need
look no further
as the Admiral
Rodney now
has Sky
Sport and
BT sport as
well as four
for you to
choose from.
The sports bar
is like a secret
treasure, it’s like
being in a completely
different place even though
all you do is walk into another
room. It’s nice and snug with a
great ‘drinkers’ feel to it,
the perfect place to
relax with a pint in front of the
I can certainly say that
the Admiral Rodney
is the place to be,
whether you
want to bring the
family out for
dinner, take part
in the quiz with
the locals or
watch the game
on the big screen,
there’s something
for everyone and I
can guarantee that you
will be impressed with
the refurbishment!
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The Full Monty In Nottingham!
Theatre Royal Nottingham
16th – 21st February 2015
GARY LUCY will lead a cast
that includes ANDREW DUNN,
FULL MONTY which is coming to
the Theatre Royal Nottingham for
one week only from Monday 16 –
Saturday 21 February 2015 as part
of an extensive UK tour.
In 1997, a British film about six
out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers
with nothing to lose, took the world
by storm becoming one of the most
successful British films ever made.
Now, the boys are back, only this
time, they really have to go The
Full Monty…live on stage.
winning writer of the film, has gone
all the way with this hilarious and
heartfelt adaptation that’s getting
standing ovations every night.
GARY LUCY (EastEnders,
winner of Dancing on Ice,
Footballer’s Wives, The Bill) is
Gaz; ANDREW DUNN (best
known as Tony in Dinnerladies as
well for his regular appearances
playing Alistair Campbell on
Bremner, Bird and Fortune;
extensive stage credits include
the original productions of
John Godber’s Bouncers and
Up’n’Under) is Gerald; LOUIS
EMERICK (Mick Johnson in
Brookside and PC Walsh in Last
of the Summer Wine, a role he
has played, on and off, for over 20
years) is Horse; MARTIN MILLER
(recent credits include Hitchcock
in the New York production of The
Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock) is
of the most exciting young actors
around, makes his stage debut
as Lomper and RUPERT HILL
(Jamie Baldwin in Coronation
Street) is Guy. Further casting to be
This new production is directed by
award winning director ROGER
HAINES. His recent credits include
the world premiere of the musical
The Go-Between which won the
UK Theatre Awards Best Musical
Award and the national tour of
Calendar Girls.
To get your ticket you can call the
box office on 0115 9895555 or visit
Tickets range from £14 - £31.50
and concessions are available.
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The C
time. Every day contains
countless opportunities and
they are all dictated by the
choices you make.
Have you ever wanted to
play a musical instrument?
Age should in no way deter
you from picking up a new
skill like this, it’s never too
late and I’m sure you would
be able to appreciate it
much more if you tried
enough for you to
choose from.
Maybe you want
something with more
adrenaline, something
to really get your blood
pumping and you heart
beating? Adrenaline
sports can be so
much fun, from assault
courses to white water
rafting you can really
let your hair down and
I personally think it’s a
brilliant stress reliever!
There’s also the option
of trying something
new but making it a
regular thing to do,
joining the gym, playing
in the pool team or
going to a club once a
week or even once a
month. These are great
connections, find new
it now. Yes, learning a
things for you to do
adventures and explore
new skill can come with
that will get you out of
new possibilities? Well stop its complications and
the house, trying new
thinking and try something struggles but that’s all part things and meeting
new that suits you!
of it and it makes you feel
new people. Take a
There are so many
much more accomplished look at our feature for
possibilities and they are
once you get there. The first some ideas to get you
all within your reach, it
choice for you to make is
thinking, from music
doesn’t mean that you
what instrument you want
to dancing, reading to
have to make dramatic
to pick up?
kayaking I’m sure you
changes like quitting
Piano, keyboard,
will think of something
your job to make the
violin…there’s more than
to try!
By Gemma Allen
Do you feel stuck, bored
or frustrated? It doesn’t
mean that you don’t like
the way your life is now,
perhaps you just want to
try something new, turn
your hand to something
different and make a
change? Do you want to
find a greater sense of
excitement, build new
It’s Never Too Late
is always a friendly
welcoming atmosphere.
Leonard School of Dance
flexibility, posture and co- Children’s classes
offers specialist ballet
ordination and for generally follow the Royal
training for children from 3 toning the body and
Academy of Dance
years to adults of any age! improving overall fitness.
syllabus and the school
The new Adult Beginner’s Teacher, Michelle Widdison is renowned for its
Ballet class that is held
who has been teaching adult excellent examination
on Tuesday evenings at
ballet for over 10 years
results. In fact, some of
St Giles’ Church Hall in
admitted that there is a real those attending the adult
West Bridgford is proving demand for an absolute
ballet classes remember
to be a great success. It is
beginner’s class and whilst having lessons at the
ideal for strengthening the the class is demanding it
school when they were
core muscles, improving
is also great fun and there
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See In Chinese
Year Of The Ram
amilies are
being invited to
see in the ‘Year
of the Ram’ as
Chinese New
Year celebrations
reach fever
Police are appealing for
witnesses following an armed
robbery at Ladbrokes in Main
Road, Gedling on Monday
19th January.
Officers were called at around
8.30pm after a man entered
the shop in possession of what
is believed to have been a
handgun and demanded cash.
He then fled the betting
shop with a quantity of cash.
Nobody was hurt during the
robbery and the handgun was
not discharged.
The man is described as white
and was wearing a hooded
jacket with his face covered.
Officers are keen to speak
to anyone who was in the
area at around 8.30pm and
saw anything suspicious,
particularly if they saw anyone
running from the scene.
Earning Whilst
pitch with an all-day celebration
of Chinese and South East Asian
culture in Beeston.
Broxtowe Borough Council will
welcome local people to celebrate
Chinese New Year with a packed
programme of activities between
1.30pm and 6.15pm on Saturday
21st February.
The celebrations kick-off at
Beeston Methodist Church
between 1.30pm and 5.00pm with
a host of free activities including
traditional crafts and tea ceremony,
Chinese inspired puppet show
as well as dance performances
including Du Dan Dance Group
and The Nottingham & Derby
7 Star Praying Mantis Group
on experience, an apprenticeship
could be the perfect solution.
During an apprenticeship you get
to work alongside experienced
staff, you gain job-specific skills
Coming to the end of year 11 at
and you earn whilst doing it.
school can be quite a daunting
and often worrying time. Not only Additionally you get to study
towards a related qualification
do students have exams to think
about, there’s also the question of which is normally for just one
day a week. ‘Earning whilst
‘what’s next?’ With so much on
learning’ has become a popular
offer it can be quite confusing.
choice of education for many
Some students are more than
happy to stay in full time education reasons. You get to do the real
thing and experience exactly
whether it’s at college or sixth
what working life is like, giving
form, but for those that know
you a glimpse into your future
what area of work they intend
career. Most students think they
to get into and feel that books
are treated more like adults in the
won’t teach them what they need
workplace as well, which is a great
to know when it comes to hands
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Light On
different people’s perceptions
under sensory deprivation.
Participants will undertake a
‘Ganzfeld’ experiment, whereby
their vision and hearing is
restricted for a short period of
time, as well as having their
brain’s electrical activity
measured. They will also be
Psychologists are investigating
required to complete an interview,
whether mood could play a part questionnaires and computerised
in someone being more prone
to hallucinations. Experts at
The study is being funded by
Nottingham Trent University are the BIAL Foundation in
hoping their study could help to Portugal.
develop a better understanding
Dr John Anderson, a psychologist
of the symptoms of psychosis,
in the university’s School of Social
such as schizophrenia and
Sciences said: “The findings could
bipolar disorder.
help us to shed light on why some
The researchers are looking for
people seem more susceptible to
participants to take part in the
certain perceptions than others.
study, which will investigate
We want to know whether factors
who will perform the traditional
Lion Dance plus a Kung Fu
Families are also invited to
enjoy outdoor live performances
including the traditional Dragon
Dance in Beeston Square at
5.00pm, followed by a fantastic
firework finale at 6.00pm.
Celebrations will continue
on Sunday 22nd February at
Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre
at Highfields Park between 4.30pm
until 6.15pm where there will be
art and craft activities, storytelling,
music and a firework display.
Following a Broxtowe Borough
Council school residency that’s
taken place with Chinese artist
Ling Peng, year 5 pupils from
Roundhill Primary School will be
performing the Dragon dance on
the main stage.
For more information, please
contact Broxtowe Borough
on 0115 917 3695, email
[email protected] or visit
boost when it comes to preparing
teenagers for the world of work.
There are so many different types
of apprenticeships out there, from
horticulture to engineering and
publishing to construction, there
really is something for everyone.
If you know what career path
you want then I would strongly
advise that you have a look at
the apprenticeships available.
Employers, more than ever, are
welcoming apprentices with open
arms which means that there are
endless opportunities to get inside
some of the most exciting and
innovative companies in the world.
Apprenticeships deliver work for
young people and adults, enabling
them to earn whilst they learn in a
real job, gaining a real qualification
and a real future. If you are 16 or
over, eligible to work in the UK
and are not currently in full time
education then you can apply for
an apprenticeship. There’s tonnes
of advice online, have a look at
to get started. Why not check it out
and see what’s on offer?
such as emotion may play a part
in hallucinations among people
with schizophrenia and bipolar
The research team is looking
for right handed participants,
aged 18-60, and who consider
themselves healthy with normal
hearing, vision, and without
adult experience of seizures,
colour blindness, neurological or
psychiatric conditions.
The experiment will last about
three hours and participants will
receive gift vouchers for their
Anyone wishing to take part
in the study should contact Dr
John Anderson or Dr Alexander
Sumich by emailing John.
[email protected] or
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March to Friday
13th March.
This week celebrates
the positive impact
Keep your eyes
peeled for National that apprenticeships
Apprenticeship Week have on individuals,
businesses and the
2015 which will run
wider economy.
from Monday 9th
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Meeting Your Needs
Our College specialises in meeting
the needs of students who are deaf,
hearing impaired and those with
communication difficulties including
Autism and Aspergers. Our
individualised learning programmes
also offer a unique approach to
students who have specific language
and communication difficulties. Our
holistic approach seeks to recognise
your needs, wants and aspirations
by creating opportunities to develop
your talents to the full in a highly
supportive, total communication
At our College you will receive
the support and guidance to help
you learn new skills alongside
your peers in a community where
understanding and being understood
is paramount.
Our vocational pathways provide
a distinctive, industry-focused
learning environment for students
who aim to enter employment
and or further education whilst
our Life Skills and Personal and
Social development pathways are
created to maximise your individual
In recent years our performance
and reputation as a National
Degree courses available from September 2015
at our new Riseholme Showground campus
Riseholme College
Open Day
Wednesday 4th February
Call 01522 895359 to book your place
Advice available on our further education and degree
Riseholme College,
Riseholme Park,
Lincoln, LN2 2LG
Specialist Provider has strengthened.
This has been reflected in our
Ofsted inspection in 2012 and
Graded ‘GOOD’ Ofsted inspection
2014 is largely due to the dedication
and commitment of our staff teams.
We set high standards for our
students making the experience
as enjoyable and fulfilling as
possible. We pride ourselves in our
communication strategies taking a
holistic approach using the latest
technology, in a highly skilled and
knowledgeable environment.
Our learning community has a rich
cultural diversity where you will
receive a warm welcome and enjoy a
friendly, safe learning environment.
We provide outstanding enrichment
opportunities for our students, both
on the College sites and in the local
and extended community.
We warmly invite you to join us
at our Open Days on 4th February
For further information about
Communication Specialist College –
Doncaster please
visit or
call 01302 386720 and ask to speak
to the Admissions Department.
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