Issue 110
#nottsinfocus |
| 17 - 23 March 2015
| 20p
(Where Sold)
Fighting for Equality
Young women from across the city have
come together to celebrate women’s
contribution to the construction industry
Only 11% of roles in the construction
sector are filled by women and in manual
trades this drops to 2%.
See the full story on page 2
The Daring Duo
Michaela Denham and Siobhan Tate from
Cotgrave have successfully completed the
Black Light Run in aid of Heart Link and
have so far collected over £600 that will
be given directly to the charity.
See the full story on page 3
individuals move on from
our Sherwood Street Accommodation
Centre and into lodgings of their own
over the next twelve months. Each person
helped as a result of Big Snore fundraising
is taking a step closer to independence via
the resettlement programme.”
George, (aged 7) from Mansfield said:
“It’s the first time I’ve done the Big Snore.
I’m sleeping in cardboard tonight to raise
money for people who haven’t got a
rough sleepers to allow them to settle
permanently in homes of their own.
The Big Snore has become an incredibly
Participants included Mansfield MP Sir
popular challenge from extremely humble
Alan Meale and Miss Mansfield Jessica
Boot. One participant, John Coxhead raised beginnings at St Mark’s church, where it
began to raise funds for a single washing
more than £3,000. This year’s Boxfactor
machine and a team of only 2 fundraisers.
was won by Kevin D’Mello and Mandy
Moth for their illuminated kennel-style
Andrea Carver, Framework Partnerships
Manager was there on the night and said:
“It is heart-warming to have received the
support of so many participants this year at
the Big Snore. The incredible commitment
of all those who slept out on Saturday has
already raised £20,000. This vital funding
Big Snorers shrug off freezing winds to raise
more than £20,000 for homeless people
Gusty winds and chilly weather couldn’t
deter more than 100 volunteer rough
sleepers as they raised more than
£20,000 to help homeless people in
The 11th annual sponsored sleepout, sponsored by Western Power
Distribution, was held for the first
time at Mansfield Town FC’s One Call
Stadium, where participants as young
as four years-old huddled in an array of
cardboard and plastic shelters.
By sleeping outside for the night they
were raising money for Framework’s
Mansfield Appeal, which funds
vital resettlement work with former
A Mystery Donation...
By Gemma Allen
Just over a week after a
devastating fire, the Nottingham
Pet Crematorium, Antara
Price 20p
is getting back to business
thanks to the generosity of the
surrounding community.
As well as some residents
baking and selling
cakes in order to
raise money for
the rebuild, owners
Rita and John were
pleasantly surprised
when an anonymous
£50 donation was
left in their letter
box recently.
Rita told the
in Focus: “We have been
overwhelmed by the response,
I have no idea who posted £50
through but I would love to
find out who did it so that I can
thank them.”
If you know who made the
mystery donation please do
get in touch with Antara so
that John and Rita can thank
them personally, it was an
entirely selfless act and one that
certainly deserves recognition.
Read the full story
on page 8
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A Life
Television star Claudia
Winkleman is set to host the
country’s biggest free first aid
lesson on Friday 12 June 2015.
The Big First Aid Lesson is a
St John Ambulance educational
event that aims to equip 50,000
young people with the skills to
act in an emergency.
The nation’s leading first aid
charity has teamed up with
Claudia Winkleman to call
on schools to register for the
second Big First Aid Lesson,
a free, one hour, online first
aid session streamed live into
classrooms across the country.
To register, go to
uk/bigfirstaidlesson and make
Nottinghamshire Schools the
ones to get the ball rolling!
[email protected]
Fighting for
Young women from across the
city have come together to
celebrate women’s contribution
to the construction industry
Only 11% of roles in the
construction sector are filled by
women and in manual trades this
drops to 2%.
The combat these statistics, Tracey
Hutchinson of New College
Nottingham - one time painting
and decorating apprentice at
Basford Hall College and now
Faculty Head – decided to hold
a special event to coincide with
International Women’s Day to
encourage more girls to take their
place in the industry.
“When I first walked through the
doors here 27 years ago, I was the
only woman and the reaction from
my male colleagues wasn’t great.”
she said.
“Now, I’m proud to go into our
workshops and see young women
learning alongside the young men,
but there’s still more to do if we’re
to achieve full equality in the
construction industry.”
Current students and young
women who are hoping to study
a construction course at NCN
in the future, heard from Tracey
about her own experience in the
industry from apprentice to leader
in construction education, and
from Rebecca Hart, Technical
Officer at Nottingham City Homes,
who began her career as an
electrical apprentice and is now a
passionate advocate for women in
Melissa Shaw, 20, from Eastwood,
is studying a Plastering Diploma
Level 2 at NCN and gave a
demonstration at the event.
She said: “It was great to be part of
the event and to share with other
people the skills I’ve learnt and
the reasons why I enjoy working
in construction. I remember when
I first started the course I was the
only female. This is improving
but there still isn’t very many, so
I think events like this are really
important to raise awareness and
to encourage women into the
Vote for Your
Almost 200 entries have been
received for this year’s Floral
Trail design competition and
the organisers, Nottingham
City Council’s Nottingham in
Bloom team and the Nottingham
Business Improvement District
(BID), have shortlisted seven of
the designs.
Members of the public are
No Messing!
Dog poop bags
were hung on
trees in Mapperley
recently to raise
awareness of dog
highlight an ongoing issue with
dog fouling in the borough
and raise awareness about how
residents can report cases of dog
fouling to the council in the future.
Councillor Peter Barnes, Portfolio
for Environment said;
“Dog fouling is one of the biggest
problems we have to deal with
and this is a unique way of raising
As part of a month of events to
awareness of the issue. We want
promote the start of spring, a tree
in the centre of Mapperley Top was people to take responsibility for
now being asked to ‘like’ their
favourite designs on the It’s
In Nottingham Facebook page
before the judging panel make
their final choice of two winning
To ‘like’ your favourite shortlisted
entry, go to the It’s In Nottingham
Facebook page here: www.
The winning sculptures will be
announced on 23rd March and the
Floral Trail will be installed in the
city in June.
Get Greenfingered
Residents in Broxtowe
Borough are being
encouraged to get greenfingered and take advantage
of several vacant allotment
plots in Beeston.
Borehole and Grove Avenue
Allotments in Beeston and
Trent Vale Allotment in
Beeston Rylands all have
vacant plots for residents who
want to get growing and
Prices vary
to the size
of the
starting at
just £45.00
per year for
a standard
250m2 plot.
What’s On
Near You?
turned into an art installation with
a difference. Over 60 decorated
dog poop bags, each emblazoned
with a different dogs name, were
filled with soil and tied onto
the tree in the main square. The
bags represented the number of
incidents of dog fouling taking
place around the borough on a
weekly basis.
The aim of the project is to
their dogs, pick up their mess and
keep this borough tidy.”
Best Foot Forward guided health
walk held here every Friday.
Meeting point: First car park at
Wollaton Road entrance at 10am.
No pre-booking required, just turn
up! Walks go ahead whatever the
Friday 20th March 2015 at
10:00am FREE entry
For more information please call
Sarah on 0115 993 3397.
Where to go- Wollaton Hall
and Deer Park, Wollaton Park,
Nottingham NG8 2AE
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The Daring
was formed in
1981 and acts as
a support group
for parents and
families who
have a child
suffering from a
Michaela Denham
heart defect.
and Siobhan Tate
The pair have had their
from Cotgrave have
training shoes on for
successfully completed
months in advance and
the Black Light Run in
it has massively paid off
aid of Heart Link and
for them.
have so far collected over Siobhan told the
£600 that will be given
Nottinghamshire in
directly to the charity.
Focus: “We both found
Heart Link (East
the training really hard at
Midlands Children’s
times but there was a lot
Heart Care Association) of satisfaction involved
too. I’m so unbelievably
proud of both of us for
completing the run.”
Michaela’s one-year-old
son Oliver has a serious
heart defect which has
seen him in and out of
hospital many times from
the day he was born and
Heartlink as a charity has
been a huge support to the
entire family. The charity
has provided Oliver with
an INR machine to keep
at home which minimises
the number of hospital
Heart Link has made such
a difference to Oliver’s
life, which is why
Michaela and Siobhan
(Oliver’s Auntie) wanted
to give something back.
There’s still time to make
a donation so if you
would like to put anything
towards their pot, you
can do so online at www.
A Treat For All Those Who
Love Working With Wood.
The Newark Showground will
play host to this year’s Midlands
Woodworking & Power Tool Show
which takes place on Friday 27th
and Saturday 28th March.
There is a terrific line up of
demonstrators taking part
including wood turning, carving,
pyrography, furniture making,
Easter EggTravaganza!
Get into the Easter spirit with a host of fun activities for the
kids at Eastwood’s D.H. Lawrence Heritage during the school
Easter Fun Day and Egg Hunt – Wednesday 8th April,
11.00am until 3.00pm
Hunt for eggs, have-a-go at our themed crafts, bounce on the
bouncy castle or follow our trail to win a small treat.
Green Fingers Children’s Fun Day –
Wednesday 15th April, 11.00am until 3.00pm
Bring your budding gardeners along for some green fingered
fun! Decorate a pot, plant your seeds take them home and watch
them grow! Follow our garden themed trail with the chance to
win a small treat.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Admission is £3.50 per child, discounts available for Annual
Members. First
accompanying adult is
free, £1.00 per additional
adult. Free tea or
Americano Coffee with
any meal purchased
in the D.H. Lawrence
sharpening, stick making and chair
making. All the leading brands will
be represented on the trade stands
and Nottingham’s very own Mick
Hanbury will be taking part with his
own brand of turning and humour.
For further information visit the
Midlands show website:
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There will be no more
smoking in the parks of
Gedling, thanks to the new
signs that have been erected
asking parents to stub it out.
The aim is to raise awareness
of the harm that second hand
smoke causes to young people.
Gedling Play Forum and
children from Arnold View
Primary School and All
Hallows School took part in
special drawing competitions
to design no smoking posters
for the parks.
Pupils from All Hallows with the Mayor
of Gedling, Cllr Jenny Hollingsworth
Councillor Henry Wheeler,
Portfolio Holder for
Environment said:
“We’re very pleased to be
supporting National No
Smoking Day and raising
awareness of the dangers
children face from passive
smoking. We want parents to
see our signs and think twice
before smoking around their
children. This is part of a
county wide pledge to tackle
issues around smoking and
young people smoking and
we’ll do everything we can to
support it.”
Holiday Club
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.
Call 0115 9254112 or email
[email protected] for more
[email protected]
Family Fun at
the Cornerhouse
raditional fun
meets the latest
in technology
as a brand
new family
centre is set
to move into The Cornerhouse
this summer.
Fun Station is the newest addition
to Nottingham’s leading leisure
and entertainment complex and
will be situated on the second
floor, covering over 3,700 sq feet.
A host of fun-packed interactive
games like Kung Fu Panda,
Jurassic Park and the Star Wars
Battle Pod will be on offer,
sitting alongside all-time family
favourites like air hockey and
Suzanne Green, centre manager at
The Cornerhouse, said she is sure
it is going to be a family favourite.
“We’re very excited to announce
that Fun Station is coming to The
Cornerhouse as it will add to the
already great mix of leisure and
entertainment venues on offer at
the venue.
“It will be the perfect place to
take the kids before heading to the
cinema or to combine a trip with
a meal at one of our restaurants.
We’re really looking forward to
seeing the place take shape
over the coming months.”
Work is due to get
underway on the
transformation over
the next few weeks
and doors are
set to open this
Liz Baniak,
manager at Fun
Station, said
the attraction
has already
been successful
in Leeds,
Glasgow and
“We are excited
to be opening in
The Cornerhouse
and offering
the people of
Nottingham a new way
to have fun. It will be
full of family favourites
for everyone to enjoy in a
carnival atmosphere, no matter
how old they are. You can play
and win tickets, which can be
exchanged for truly amazing
prizes, anything from key-rings
to iPads!”
Keeping Communities Safe
Twenty-two crime-reduction
schemes in Nottinghamshire
have welcomed Police and Crime
Commissioner Paddy Tipping’s
announcement that they will be
scrutiny panels.
This is the second year on running
that he has made an award to
Chat’bout. Last year they received
£9,153 to help strengthen the voice
Free Graduate Event
Digital-thinking students are
being encouraged to visit
Broadway in Nottingham to
find out more about its Know
How graduate programme at
an event later this month (25th
The ‘drop in’ event, which
will run from 2 – 4pm, will
give students from across the
East Midlands the opportunity
to learn more about how they
can work with arts, culture and
heritage organisations in the
region through the Know How
Attendees will be able to gain an
insight into what they could be
doing as part of the programme
from those graduates already
working with organisations
including Nottingham’s Creative
Quarter, Dance4 and Nottingham
Arts Theatre as well as QUAD
in Derby and the Archbishops
There are a number of paid
graduate placements and postgraduate research assignments for
eligible organisations across the
East Midlands, which will help
cultural organisations to embrace
digital opportunities.
Graduates will be given the
opportunity to become a key
member of a team within a
company working on new and
innovative ideas, giving them the
opportunity to put theory into
practice and feed insights from
industry into their research.
To be eligible for placements and
Competition Time!
receiving awards totalling nearly
£250,000 from his Community
Safety Fund.
The Commissioner announced that
he has now selected the successful
applicants during his recent visit
to see the work or Chat’bout at
Hyson Green Youth Club. It was
there that he handed over his first
award - a cheque for £15,000 in
support of Chat’bout’s My Streets,
My Voice project which aims
to improve understanding and
communication between the police
and young people and help them
set up independent liaison and
of under-represented young people
in Nottingham.
Mr Tipping’s annual Community
Safety Fund enables him to make
small grants of up to £25,000 to
third sector community groups
who aim to reduce crime and
anti-social behaviour and protect
victims, witnesses and vulnerable
people from harm.
He has so far earmarked £235,455
of his fund for local projects. The
schemes receiving the awards
are all helping to deliver crime
reduction initiatives which support
his Police and Crime Plan.
of all ages to
submit a poem
on the theme of ‘Love’ for a
chance to win.
poets across
are being urged
D.H Lawrence described
to follow in the
himself as a ‘priest of
footsteps of
Eastwood born
love’ and entrants are
writer D.H. Lawrence and enter a
poetry competition for a chance to invited to get creative and
win £100 worth of National Book
write about all kinds of
from romantic love,
In celebration of Eastwood’s
D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre
to a love for nature and
becoming one of Nottinghamshire
much, much more.
Registration Service’s newest
registration offices, D.H. Lawrence
The winners will also get the
Heritage is inviting residents
opportunity to see their poem
research assignments, students
must have graduated within
the last three years and / or be
currently in postgraduate study
at a partner East Midlands
university. Eligible awards
include BA / BSc / MA / MSc /
MPhil / MRes / PhD.
The event runs from 2-4pm
on 25th March at Broadway
Nottingham and is free to attend.
published on the D.H. Lawrence
Heritage website at www. and attend
the official opening of this year’s
D.H. Lawrence Festival of Culture.
There will also be prizes for the
runners up.
The deadline for entries is
Wednesday 1st July 2015.
The winners will invited to
the annual D.H. Lawrence
Festival opening on the 28th
August 2015.
To enter, email your poem to
[email protected] or
send it in to the D.H. Lawrence
Heritage Centre, Mansfield Road,
Eastwood, Nottinghamshire,
NG16 3DZ.
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Having a
Safer City
Nottingham’s 2014 Respect
survey has found that people in
Nottingham feel safer than ever,
with perceptions of anti-social
behaviour (ASB) at a record low.
The survey, commissioned
by the Nottingham Crime &
Drugs Partnership and carried
out by Information by Design,
is undertaken annually to find
out the views and opinions of
local people about anti-social
behaviour, crime, community
safety and the partnership
between the Police and Council.
Taking into account findings
from the city centre, local
neighbourhoods and various
wards, overall results show
that satisfaction levels with the
Police and Council are at an all
time high at over 66%. For the
first time, a majority of people
feel safe in the city centre at
night time and perceptions of
cleanliness are at a record high.
alongside in Liverpool to carry out
some local engagement activities
before deploying on operations
later this month. This seemed like
the perfect opportunity for our
Reservists to meet some of the
personalities on board, including
the Commanding Officer, and have
a personal tour of the facilities.”
During the tour the Reservists were
able to see the ship’s new Wildcat
ight Reservists
Sherwood to provide quality sea
helicopter, the first in operational
from HMS
training for Reservists.
Sherwood, the
The ship’s affiliation began in late service in the Royal Navy, view
the bridge and accommodation on
East Midlands
2014 so this event was one of the
only Royal
first opportunities Reservists from board.
Hattie continued: “Many of those
Naval Reserve
Nottinghamshire, where HMS
Unit, have
Sherwood is based, had the chance selected to partake in the visit were
relatively new recruits so this gave
embraced the opportunity to visit
to visit the ship.
them a chance to explore various
one of the unit’s affiliated warships Lieutenant Hattie Jacques, Royal
areas of a ship they may not have
in Liverpool.
Navy Staff Officer, was one of
seen before such as the engine
The Type 23 Frigate, HMS
the senior guides who visited
rooms and other machinery spaces.
Lancaster, is based in Portsmouth the ship with the Reservists. She
“Experiencing what life on board
and works closely with HMS
explained: “HMS Lancaster was
a ship such as HMS Lancaster is
like is important for our Reservists.
Our continued affiliation to the
Melanie has also had numerous
ship will help us to deliver fully
transfusions to treat Aplastic
trained Reservists to the fleet as
well as allowing us to support
Pamela said: “The new donor
HMS Lancaster on normal
centre will be in a fantastic
deployments and operations.”
location and it’s great that more
people from Nottingham will
be able to donate. I lost more
than a litre of blood during
childbirth, and transfusions
have saved my sister’s life
several times over, so I really
appreciate how important it is
to invest in blood donation.”
NHS Blood and Transplant
needs around 6,100 blood
Works starts on
donations every day across
Nottingham’s bigger donors in the city, we know there England and North Wales to
meet the needs of hospital
is the potential to attract more.
and better blood
Nottingham has a high number of
donor centre
There are a number of
both young and Black and Asian
opportunities to donate in and
people, and we particularly need
NHS Blood and Transplant has new donors from these groups.
around the Nottingham area.
started work on a bigger, better “We’re really looking forward
In addition to the Castle Quay
and more modern blood donor to welcoming existing and new
donor centre, blood donation
centre in Nottingham to take
sessions are held in venues
donors to Trinity Square. In the
advantage of the city’s growing meantime, we are asking people
around the county.
to keep donating at Castle Quay to To find your nearest blood
The new centre will open at
help us continue to meet the needs donation session and to book
6 Trinity Square in the spring
an appointment to donate, visit
of hospital patients. Every time
and it will replace the existing someone donates blood they save or call 0300
blood donor centre in Castle
or improve the lives of up to three 123 2323
It is also easy to book through
Donors will be able to enjoy
mobile apps for Windows,
Pamela Black, 36, from Arnold,
free Wifi, more spacious
Android and Apple devices.
donated 75 units of blood but
waiting areas, and nine modern then needed two units herself
To download the app, search
and comfortable donation
after a haemorrhage following the ‘NHSGiveBlood’ in the app
beds. The new centre will be
birth of her daughter. Her sister
closer to public transport links
and there will be subsidised
parking at the nearby Trinity
Square council car park.
Holly Mason, Lead Donor
Relations Manager at NHS
Blood and Transplant,
said: “We’re investing in
Nottingham because the
population is growing year
on year. While we already
have a good number of loyal
Save A Life.
Give Blood.
they feel they can speak to me
about their lives, but the ACF
works well because it is made
up of a mix of younger and older
instructors, who in turn bring a
wealth of life experience.
In his civilian life, Tom works
for a lettings company who he
An adult volunteer has described says have already commented
on the benefits of his ACF
why he finds it a humbling
experience to organise training
Tom continued: “I recently
and activities for Cadets in
completed a public relations
course through the ACF; this
Second Lieutenant Tom Tidy,
helped me to think of creative
aged 25, volunteers with
ways to advertise both the
Nottinghamshire Army Cadet
Cadets and the lettings business.
Force (ACF) and is based at
“It can be a big commitment
the organisation’s Sherwood
being a Detachment Commander
Detachment on Hucknall Road.
Tom spent four years as a Cadet, and balancing this alongside my
day-job but the positives by far
before returning to the ACF as
an adult volunteer in 2009. Since out way any negatives. Giving
that time he has worked his way back to the community
is something I am passionate
up through the ranks, gained a
about and I take great pride
commission and is now one of
Nottinghamshire ACF’s youngest in having the responsibility
of organising practical,
Detachment Commanders.
challenging and adventurous
Explaining why he finds his
training as well as contributing
volunteer role so fulfilling
to the educational needs of our
Tom said: “As a Detachment
Commander I have the
to oversee all
of the Cadets’
and training
as well as
leading the
team of adult
“It’s a
feeling to have
a positive
impact on
young people’s
lives. Because
I’m only 25
I find that I
have more in
common with
our Cadets and
Marching Orders for Salt!
Consensus Action on Salt and
Health (CASH) want to put salt
in the spotlight during National
Salt Awareness week, Monday
16th - Sunday 22nd March, with
a specific focus on children’s salt
intake for their 2015 campaign.
Eating too much salt can raise your
blood pressure and increase your
risk of heart disease and stroke
as well as other diseases such as
osteoporosis and kidney disease. For many people, the taste for
salty foods develops after years
of eating high-salt diets, leading
to an intake that exceeds the
adult recommended maximum
of 6g – about a teaspoon - of salt
per day. As taste preferences are
determined in childhood, it’s
important to start children on a low
salt diet to reduce their liking for
salty foods and set them up with
heart-healthy habits for the rest of
their lives.
Know your numbers
Remember that children, especially
toddlers and babies, are much
smaller than adults and their
kidneys can’t cope with too much
salt, so don’t add salt to your
cooking and avoid salty foods like
stock cubes when preparing their
The recommended maximum salt
intake for children is:
1-3 years - 2g salt a day
4-6 years – 3g salt a day
7-10 years – 5g salt a day
11 years and over – 6g salt a day
Check the labels
Three quarters of the salt we
eat is already in everyday foods
like bread, breakfast cereals and
ready meals, so read the labels
and use the traffic light system to
make sure you don’t exceed the
recommended maximum intake.
Clever cooking
Instead of salt use herbs and
spices to flavour your food and get
adventurous with new delicious
tastes for the whole family.
Cook from scratch where possible
rather than relying on ready meals
which are often high in salt and
make your own healthy homemade
meals in advance and freeze them
to ensure you have something
quick to grab when time is tight
while keeping you firmly in
Leave the salt shaker in the
cupboard to avoid temptation of
adding salt at the table.
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Celebrating in Style
A Mystery Donation
By Gemma Allen
Just over a week after a
devastating fire, the Nottingham
Pet Crematorium, Antara is getting
back to business thanks to the
generosity of the surrounding
As well as some residents baking
and selling cakes in order to raise
money for the rebuild, owners Rita
and John were pleasantly surprised
when an anonymous £50 donation
was left in their letter box recently.
Rita told the Nottinghamshire
in Focus: “We have been
overwhelmed by the response,
I have no idea who posted £50
through but I would love to find
out who did it so that I can thank
If you know who made the
mystery donation please do get in
touch with Antara so that John and
Rita can thank them personally, it
was an entirely selfless act and one
that certainly deserves recognition.
John discovered the fire just before
6am on Sunday 8th March and
no cause or reason for the fire has
yet been established. He actually
entered the building during the
blaze to try and remove the ashes
of pets that had been cremated;
something John looks back at and
realises was quite dangerous.
He explained: “Looking back, it
was rather stupid, but I felt I owed
it to our customers to rescue the
ashes from the building. We pride
ourselves on our service and for
some reason my first thought was
with the customers, I did not want
to let them down.”
Rita and John have arranged to
continue their service but will be
using cremation facilities about
50 miles away. You can however
still take your pets to Nottingham
Pet Crematorium and make use if
the chapel at the West Bridgford
premises on Radcliffe Road.
To Celebrate
or Not To
There’s a common opinion
among many that the
English should celebrate St
George’s Day as strongly
as the Irish do for St
Patrick’s Day, so I asked
people in Nottingham what
their thoughts were and if
they too will be involved in
Irish celebrations.
Suzanne Cotterill, Cotgrave
“I don’t really know a lot
about St Patrick’s Day
and I won’t be going out
for it, but I do think that St
George’s Day should be
celebrated and should
also become a bank
celebrates St
Patrick’s Day
with one of the
biggest events in
the country Nottingham is hosting one of the
biggest St Patrick’s Day events
in England. The annual parade
and celebration is organised by
volunteers from the St Patrick’s
Day festival committee and
supported by Nottingham City
This year’s festival will span
four days, from the 15th – 19th
March and feature events in pubs,
churches and at other venues
around the city, including many
free live music performances.
The 2015 parade will be led by
Chief Marshall John Doherty, and
a group from County Donegal will
lead the parade. The Lord Mayor,
Councillor Ian Malcolm will greet
the parade as it enters the Old
Market Square.
Paul Morgan, from the St Patrick’s
Day committee, said: “We are
looking forward to an excellent St
Patrick’s Day Festival, with the
local Irish Community celebrating
with friends and family. As a
community organisation we are
always seeking people to join the
organising committee, volunteer
on the day, to help take St
Patrick’s Day forward and ensure
a vibrant future for the event. Any
help in raising funds including
sponsorships, donations are
appreciated to build up reserves for
next year’s Festival.
So enjoy the day, and remember
you don’t have to be Irish to have a
good time at St Patrick’s Day!”
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Health With You in Mind
Nuffield Health is a not-for-profit
organisation which means there
are no shareholders; therefore all
profits go back into the treatments
and services provided.
Thomas Hewitt, Clifton
“I think it’s great to
celebrate a tradition
that’s well renowned
throughout history, it
brings people together
over a nation which
has been around for
centuries. It’s great to be
able to celebrate such a
great history.”
Charlotte Bentley,
“I think the day is
just hype really, I am
patriotic to my country
but I don’t see how going
out getting drunk and
falling over is a tribute to
a saint or to Ireland for
that matter.”
professionals are there to look after
your health and well-being; you
won’t just be left to it and ignored.
There is an onsite physiotherapist,
available to both members and
Start your health
journey with a
Health MOT
No matter how healthy you
think you are, there’s always room
for improvement.
A Health MOT is the best way
to get a full picture of your
overall wellbeing so you have the
information you need to become
fitter and healthier.
It’s an in-depth, one hour health
check carried out by one of the
Health Mentors or Wellbeing
Personal Trainers who can support
you with expert advice and
Your Health MOT will
identify opportunities to
improve your overall health,
As the country’s largest not-fornon members.
giving you what you need to make
profit healthcare organisation,
Physiotherapy patients are
positive fitness, diet and lifestyle
the facilities and treatments
guaranteed to only ever be
provided are subject to the
provided with the most clinical,
All members undertake a Health
strictest standards of clinical
appropriate amount of sessions
MOT when they join and no other
governance, ensuring that the most needed to get you well; never
gym offers the same level of
up-to-date and effective care is
under or over treating you.
clinical testing and expert advice
The majority of patients are
in one place!
Nuffield Health is an adult
successfully treated in five sessions What does the Health MOT
only gym and it’s a gym with
or less, meaning you get back to
a difference. The trained
better, quicker.
• Body mass index (BMI);
• Resting heart rate;
• Waist to hip ratio;
• Cholesterol;
• Aerobic fitness;
• Blood pressure;
• Sugar levels.
During your Health MOT
your Health Mentor or
Wellbeing Personal Trainer will
be able to give advice on your
exercise regime, health concerns,
existing injuries, alcohol use,
stress levels and quality
of sleep.
If you would like to find out more
you can call Nuffield Health
Nottingham on 0115 8220306.
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Adam Corbally and Kiah Allsop (back row) on a recent school visit to promote apprenticeships to youngsters
Nurturing the Next
Generation of Talent
A former contestant on hit TV
show The Apprentice has spoken
out in support of apprenticeships
and said he believes they are ‘the
way forward for employers.’
Adam Corbally, who reached
the final five of series eight of
the show in 2012, made his
comments at the close of National
Apprenticeship Week, an annual
celebration of apprenticeships and
the positive impact they have on
individuals, businesses and the
Make Things
Women in Nottinghamshire can
‘make things happen for the
better’ by recognising and then
using their skills on behalf of
victims of crime, Deputy Police
and Crime Commissioner Chris
Cutland has said.
Speaking at an all-day dropin event in Arnold marking
International Women’s Day, she
highlighted numerous recent
advances in the protection and
support of female victims of
crimes, including domestic and
sexual violence.
“Making things happen is about
getting the passion to make a
difference – whether the issues
are local or global,” she said.
“It’s about recognising our own
skills and those of others, then
finding ways to challenge and
achieve change.”
A staunch supporter of victims
and campaigner against
domestic violence for many
years, Ms Cutland has been
able to ‘make things happen’
even more since Commissioner
Paddy Tipping appointed her as
his Deputy in 2012. Since then
she has worked tirelessly with
partners, researchers and funders
to bring about greater support
for victims along with a better
understanding of the issues
wider economy.
Adam has used his success on the
show as a platform to launch a
number of ventures.
He started one of them, Corbally
Concierge, in 2014. Kiah Allsop
joined the company in January
as his personal assistant and
began her Level 2 Business
Administration Apprenticeship in
Adam said: “There are lots of
young people out there who have
never been in paid employment
and many have lost their way a
bit and it’s not a path I want to
see them go down. But, speaking
as an employer, it’s hard to give
a job to someone who’s never
been in the workplace before. I
think apprenticeships are the way
forward for many employers,
because it gives them the option to
take a chance on a young person
and equip them with the skills they
need to be a good employee.”
Fish Cakes
These are ideal to cook and freeze in batches.
Serve with a good dollop of mayonnaise. Try adding a bit of
smoked salmon for added luxury!
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 50g spring onions, finely
• 900g cooked fish fillets
• Chopped herbs
• Salt
• Black pepper
• 550g leftover mashed
• Squeeze of lemon juice
• Flour
• Beaten egg
• 2 handfuls bread crumbs
• 100g butter
• Preheat the oven to 250C (475F) mark 9.
• Heat the oil in a pan and cook the spring onions for 1-2 minutes.
Flake the fish into a bowl with the chopped herbs, seasoning,
mashed potatoes and lemon juice. Add the cooked spring onions
and lightly mix.
• Shape the mixture into 24 fat cakes about 4cm across. Dip into
flour, egg and then breadcrumbs. Chill for 15 minutes.
• Melt the butter and brush all over the fishcakes. Cook for 20
minutes or until golden brown. Alternatively, shallow fry in oil.
Veolia, (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractors), are encouraging Nottinghamshire residents to
make the most of their leftovers with the help of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. Cutting down on food
waste could save the average family with children £700 a year.
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Making A
What’s On
Near You?
INTU Broadmarsh has teamed up
with Central College Nottingham
to encourage shoppers to donate
to its successful Clothes Bank.
The initiative gives deprived
students across the College
access to clean clothes and
toiletries and in some cases this
has been instrumental in students
staying on and completing their
Shoppers at intu Broadmarsh
will be able to do their bit when
a giant donations box is unveiled
on Friday 13 March, where
people will be able to place clean
clothes and toiletries until 31
West Bridgford
Unwind with Words
Monday 23rd March 2015,
10.30am – 12.00pm
Come and join us for a coffee
at this free event for Rushcliffe
residents aged 16 -116 years!
Take time to relax and explore
the joys of words through stories,
poems and conversation. Other
events are to be held at the same
time on Mondays 20th April, 18th
May and 22nd June.
Please contact Sue Knowles RCVS
Health Development Worker
on 0115 969 9060 ext 132 or
[email protected] if
you would like more information.
Where to go- West Bridgford
Library, Bridgford Road, West
Bridgford NG2 6AT
Making Mealtimes
executive team will also be out
and about on the wards serving
afternoon tea and helping serve
meals throughout the week.
Angela Hill, Nutrition Nurse
Specialist at Sherwood Forest
Hospitals, said: “The importance
of food and drink in the healing
process cannot be underestimated
and it is our responsibility to
ensure we promote the positive
hydration is to the care of patients value of mealtimes.
will also be available in the King’s “Staff across the Trust have a
vital role to play in promoting
Treatment Centre at King’s Mill
good practices that help prevent
Hospital on Tuesday 17th March
and Wednesday 18th March from malnutrition and the related
illnesses that often require
10am-3pm. Members of the
Celebrating Nutrition and Hydration
Week at Sherwood Forest Hospitals
Afternoon tea with fresh scones
and cakes will be served to every
inpatient at King’s Mill, Newark
and Mansfield Community
hospitals on Thursday 19th March
to celebrate and raise awareness
of Nutrition and Hydration Week
With around three million people
at risk of malnutrition in the UK,
the fourth national Nutrition and
Hydration Week aims to raise
awareness of the importance of
good nutritional care, including
hydration, in all social and
healthcare settings.
Information stands highlighting
how important nutrition and
complex treatments, prolong
recovery periods, delay hospital
discharges and increase NHS costs.
“Nutrition and hydration is
essential to patients’ recovery
during their time at hospital
and we work hard to ensure
the importance of mealtimes is
The Trust launched the ‘Making
Mealtimes Matter’ campaign
across all hospitals as a way of
ensuring patients are able to eat
their meals in a calm, supportive
environment, and that assistance
can be provided by staff.
During mealtimes patients are
supported to enjoy their meal
without interruptions. This does
not mean that staff leave the ward,
but activities involving patients
are kept to a minimum in order
to respect privacy and patients’
wellbeing. Relatives and friends
are also welcome on the wards at
mealtimes to support their loved
ones with eating and drinking.
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Better Together
ealth leaders in
Newark, Sherwood,
Mansfield and Ashfield
are celebrating after
being recognised by
the Department of
Health as national
forerunners in the improvement of
hospital, mental health and GP services. Better Together, a joint programme by
commissioners, health and social care
providers across mid Nottinghamshire,
was chosen as one of only 29 Vanguard
sites across the country to be exemplars
of better care and share in a national fund
of £200 million of additional support
to help drive forward improvements in
health and community care across the
areas they serve. The Better Together programme was
chosen for its innovative approach to
transforming care for
patients by bringing mental care,
nursing care and GPs together, alongside
hospital services; for the first time
since 1948. Newly formed community
integrated care teams are already
working with patients to help provide
quicker, effective and more joined up
care, speeding up access to community
nursing, mental health, social care and
GP services by identifying support
needed to keep people well in their own
homes and avoid needless admissions to
The programme, led by NHS Newark
and Sherwood and NHS Mansfield and
Ashfield CCGs was selected from 269
applications to take a national lead on
transforming care for patients and will
receive tailored support from the NHS to
improve services even further.
Speaking about the announcement,
Mansfield and Ashfield and Newark and
Sherwood CCGs Chief Officer, Amanda
Sullivan, said: “It is truly fantastic to be
recognised as pioneers and even more
humbling given that it was judged by
fellow bidders. Our citizens have told us
they want to be supported to stay well
and lead independent lives for as long as
possible. Being chosen as a vanguard
site means our ambitions to realise our
long term vision of true integration of
services can be accelerated. It means
we can build on those developments in
services that are already having some
positive impacts on patients’ lives.”
Nottinghamshire Police crash
investigators are appealing for
witnesses to a collision on the
Nottinghamshire-Derbyshire border
that killed a 19-year old Derbyshire
Officers are investigating the singlevehicle collision involving a red
Vauxhall Corsa, which happened
at around 12.35pm on Saturday 7th
March on Pinxton Lane, Pinxton.
The man was taken to Nottingham’s
Queens Medical Centre where he died
from his injuries three days later on
Tuesday 10th March.
Anyone with information about the
collision or the vehicle involved is
asked to call Nottinghamshire Police
on 101, quoting incident number 406
of 7th March.
Derbyshire is renowned
city nestled in breathtaking
for being a hugely diverse countryside with industry
county with the town and and leisure working hand
in hand. The county’s
premier city is Derby, which
although steeped
in history, is one
of Britain’s
The Pavilion Gardens
is a wonderful, historic
venue situated in the
heart of Buxton.
Nestled in 23 acres of
recently restored pleasure
gardens, the main building
is a natural base for tourists
coming to the town.
Dates Open: Every day
except Christmas Day
Open Times: From 9.30am.
Closing times vary but
normally 3pm in winter,
4pm in Autumn, and 5pm in
summer months.
St Johns Road, Buxton,
Derbyshire, SK17 6XN
Tel: 01298 23114
Email: [email protected]
for public
Elvaston Castle Country Park,
opened over 100 years later
in 1970 and was also the first
of its kind.
Derbyshire can also claim
the first national
park to be set
youngest cities, being
up in Britain
awarded its Charter by Her
- the Peak
Majesty the Queen in 1977.
Derby has many unique
Park which
characteristics with a rich
lies at the
mixture of arts, tourism
and cultural venues and
end of the
a pedestrianised city
centre, which makes
shopping a joy.
Sheffield and
The Arboretum in
Derby was Britain’s first Manchester, its
public park; it was boundaries also
spread into several
opened in 1840
other counties. The park
at a time when
covers over 500 square miles,
three quarters of which lie
and population
within Derbyshire
increased the
Heading out
of the city
There is a choice
of bustling
market towns
such as
and many
villages nestled
in unspoilt
countryside such
as Buxton. Situated in the
heart of the Peak District,
this beautiful Georgian Spa
town boasts the highest
market place in the
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Visit the vast woodlands
and wonderful landscape
The Peak District
offers the visitor
varying kinds of
countryside to
explore • Dales and
• Rock faces and
• Rolling hills and
• Rivers and
There are few places in Great
Britain that can compare
with the Peak District
National Park. There are
over 50 species of plants per
square metre thriving in the
Derbyshire Dales.
The vast woodlands create
a wonderful landscape, with
clusters of native
readily scattered creating
a beautiful canopy for the
habitats beneath.
The area is rich in birds,
amphibians, insects and other
animals, in fact the Peak
District is one of the most
important places in Europe
for many species of birds.
The area is
pressures from agriculture,
where food production is
taking precedence over
There are many organisations,
like the Peak District National
Park Authority, who are
working continually to
maintain and enhance
the area’s natural
YOU the tourist can help
maintain this cause by
treating the countryside and
it’s wildlife with respect, and
by ensuring that you leave
everything as you found it.
Situated in the heart of the nation,
the National Memorial Arboretum
is the UK’s centre for remembrance,
featuring 50,000 maturing trees
and over 200 dedicated memorials.
The Arboretum is part of the Royal
British Legion family of charities.
Dates Open: All year except 25th
Open Times: Daily 9am - 5pm (grounds
close at dusk in winter months.)
Free Entry. Donations appreciated. Car
Parking max. £3.
Croxall Road, Alrewas,
Burton-upon-Trent, DE13 7AR
Tel: 01283 792333
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A wheely good
Richard Whittlestone Wildlife Gallery
time in Derbyshire
Over the past 20 years,
Richard has become one of
the UK’s most loved and respected
wildlife artists.
Cycling is very popular with
Working in acrylics, water
colour and oils, his inspiration
all age groups, especially
comes from his deep love of
around Derbyshire and it is
easy to understand why with the countryside and his own
encyclopaedic knowledge of
the amazing scenery and
variation of cycle routes that
Derbyshire has to offer.
When you’re cycling down
the various country paths
there is nothing quite like the
feeling of the fresh breeze
rushing past and the sun
beaming down on you,
followed by a pit stop at one
of the beautiful country pubs
Derbyshire has to offer.
When you are cycling
around Derbyshire you have
the freedom to explore miles
and miles of superb scenery
along the various cycle
routes. Why not cycle up
the river Derwent towards
the Peak District and stop of
at the glorious Chatsworth
birds & wildlife.
Richard’s originals & prints are
popular throughout the UK, the
USA & Canada. Works are hung
at prestigious homes such as
Woburn Abbey, Castle Howard and
Chatsworth and his garden birds
are annually commissioned by the
RSPB for their Christmas cards.
Located on the beautiful
Chatsworth estate in the heart
of the Peak District National
Park the Richard Whittlestone
Wildlife Gallery is the home
for Richard Whittlestone’s
stunningly detailed paintings of
popular native wildlife and
exotic big game.
Tel: 01246 582720
Location: On Chatsworth
Estate, between Baslow &
Open Times: Tues Sat 10am - 5pm Entry: Free
Broomes Barn, Pilsley,
Chatsworth, Bakewell,
Derbyshire, DE45 1PF
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You can set off your
own earthquake!
Come and experience Derbyshire
as it was 300 million years ago!
Follow the fossil trail, linger
by a tropical lagoon and clamber
over ancient reefs.
Our half mile self guided outdoor
Geo-Trail will take you through
the disused limestone quarries
whose rocks once formed part
Here you can learn all about how
the Earth is made, examine rocks
and minerals under a microscope
and see how rock and stone are
extracted and used in construction
and their importance to our
everyday lives.
Afterwards, why not have a snack
and a drink in our Café and browse
setting off an earthquake in the
Tremor Zone! Discover rocks
with a Rock Box or become a
Time Lord by testing your skill
on our interactive timeline. Try
your hand at building a crystal
model or making your own
trilobite. Plenty of fun for all
the family.
of a tropical island with shallow
lagoons and barrier reefs. These
rocks are packed with fossils
including corals, brachiopods and
In June 2000, members of the Dry
Stone Walling Association from
all over Britain built 19 different
sections of dry stone wall and
completed the Millennium Wall
in their own traditional styles
to make this wonderful outdoor
museum of traditional walls.
Visit our new “Building Britain”
Exhibition in the Visitor Centre.
the best rock and fossil shop in the
We have a host of outdoor and
indoor activities for children of all
ages. Outside, enjoy gem panning
and go on a
fossil hunt.
Indoor activities
rocks with a
building a
lightweight dry
stone wall, or
Phone:01629 824833
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.
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Known as the ‘ancient
capital of the Peak’,
Bakewell is the Peak District
National Park’s premier
town with
streets and
a bustling
held every
Home to
the Bakewell
pudding, you may think
the sweet treat had
something to do with
the town’s name.
In fact it comes
from ‘Badequella’
meaning Bathwell.
The name
lives on in
Bath Gardens
which hosts
flowerbeds at
the heart of the
town. A vibrant range
of independent artisan and
popular chain shops, cafes,
tearooms, restaurants and
pubs sit in hidden courtyards,
on quaint lanes and line the
main streets. Explore a little
further to discover the awardwinning Old House Museum,
or the Saxon cross in the
churchyard. Cross the
bridge and head up to the
Monsal Trail for a trafficfree walk or cycle ride in
delightful countryside.
If you only do one thing
Arbor Low
Stone Circle
and Gib Hill
A Bronze Age stone
circle enclosed
by an earth
embankment and
ditch. Within
the circle are 41
stones also in
a circle, which
possibly once stood
but are now fallen.
Set on a hill top there are
spectacular views across to
North, East and West. Managed
by Peak District National Park
Open Times: Summer: 10am6pm, Rest of the Year 10am4pm
Entry: Farmer may levy an
entry charge.
Off Long Rake, Nr. Monyash,
Bakewell, Derbyshire
on your visit make
sure you go inside the visitor
centre. Housed in the historic
Old Market Hall, it showcases
Peak District artists and
craftspeople and hosts the
Peak District
Gallery – a
fully accessible
display of
stunning images
by a group of
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Storage 4U has had a site in
Beeston for 5 years and due to
high demand has now expanded
with a brand new site on Nuthall
Road, the first of several planned
With 600 units ranging from 16
sq ft to 325 sq ft, there’s storage
space for any need, large or small.
Whether you are moving house
or business, or perhaps you are
an overseas student and need
to keep your
excess property,
the friendly staff
are on hand to
make sure you
get right amount
of space to suit
you and your
Selling and
moving house
can be a
stressful time
and Storage 4U
that having to worry about holding
your belongings whilst waiting
for everything to be finalised is
something you could certainly do
without. With competitive prices,
24 hour security and space to rent
for any length of time from one
more than what’s necessary.
hours, good transport links and
If you want to find out more
only 48 hours notice required to
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and queries are always welcomed.
a week,
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and to give you the best
possible access to your
belongings you can
book a slot to pop in on
Sundays as well. The
Nuthall site is now open
for business but is also in
the process of expanding
further, there will
eventually be separate
units providing 24 hour
access via a key fob.
sq ft containers are ideal as a spare The friendly staff
room away from home. With easy at Storage 4U will
access and great parking it’s the
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eral Manager
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day onwards, it’s the ideal place to
make your move much easier.
Renting a storage space doesn’t
just have to be for big moves, if
you are having a tidy out and have
certain things
that perhaps
you don’t need
to hand every
day but don’t
want to throw
away, the 16
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Sky Ride
Join a local cycling club and
take a guided ride around
Lincoln and surrounding
area with Sky Ride.
Expand Your
chains and individual
local boutiques and
businesses. Visit the
Bailgate for a unique
shopping experience
England’s second largest county
or the city centre for a buzz of
is an outstanding area of everactivity and shopping. Find out
changing landscapes and exciting about the regular farmer and craft
scenery shaped by a rich tapestry
markets or visit the Central Market
of fascinating heritage, passionate for fresh produce, crafts, fabrics
people and intriguing traditions.
and more.
Lincoln is dominated by the iconic Staying here
towers of Lincoln Cathedral but
doesn’t mean
if you venture out of the city
you have to
you have a beautiful array of
stay in the
destinations. The Lincolnshire
hustle and
coast has many family resorts
bustle of
and for those with nature at
the city,
heart, the Wolds is a finely
explore the
cherished landscape with national surrounding
importance. Lincolnshire is
areas and
the heart of rural England with
find a place to
countryside walks, intimate venues stay that you can
and stunning artwork galleries.
get the most from.
It’s certainly the place to be for a
Whether it’s a weekend by the
fantastic time.
coast, the highly reputable night
Shopping within the city is diverse life or a step back into the history
with well known high street
of the city, you’re sure to find
something to
keep you busy
and entertained!
If you’re planning
a cycling break in
Lincoln, who better
to take you around
the best cycle routes
and paths than a
local expert?
Guided Rides offer the
chance to be taken around
the best routes in the area
by a trained leader. There
are three levels, good for
any ability, and you’ll be
taken along a great route
and shown things to
look out for and visit
along the way.
Ride Social gives
an opportunity to
have a really local
experience with a
ride organised by a
locals that are part of
the Sky Ride network.
Visit the Sky Ride website
to see when rides are
planned and for contact
information about local
clubs and groups you might
want to ride with.
County Council’s
hirebike scheme
is expanding –
100 bikes will be
available to rent
from 19 stations
across the city.
Since the scheme launched
in August 2013, more than 3,000 bikes
have been rented, a ‘hirebike Lincoln’
app is now available on Android, and
a casual tariff has been introduced for
city visitors.
To get started, visit or call
01522 370 143 within office hours.
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Lincoln Castle
Don’t be a fool and miss
out on the new look £22m
Lincoln Castle!
Medieval musicians, a Feast of Fools
and free family fun will mark the end
of a four-year, £22m transformation
of Lincoln Castle into a world-class
heritage attraction.
The Castle’s gates will swing
open with a fanfare to reveal new
visitor experiences – including an
underground exhibition home for
Lincoln Cathedral’s 1215 Magna Carta,
one of only four left in the world.
Ten years in the planning, including
four years of restoration, will
culminate in two days of free family
The Oldest Bridge
Lincoln’s High Bridge is the oldest
bridge in the United Kingdom
which still had buildings on it
dating back to 1160 AD.
The first building to be built on
the bridge, that is now part of
Lincoln High Street, was a chapel,
dedicated to Thomas Becket. This
was removed in the 18th Century
leaving a short row of shops that
still stand today, dating back
to around 1550.The buildings
currently on the bridge house
Stokes High Bridge Café and
Proper Pastry Shop.
The passage underneath the bridge
is named The Glory Hole, given
by boaters that made their way
under the bridge to the Brayford
entertainment to celebrate the grand
opening of Lincoln Castle Revealed,
starting at 10am on Wednesday 1st
April 2015.
Fittingly, considering the date, the
launch day will also feature jesters – a
nod to the medieval ‘Feast of Fools’,
said to be one of the origins for the
modern April Fools Day.
From City to Coast
and Countryside
How about some good old-fashioned
family fun at the seaside? Welcome
to one of Britain’s best-loved family
seaside destinations. Fun days out
What’s On
Near You?
Medieval Easter
Join us this Easter to take part in
our medieval crafts (£2) and trail
(£1). Create your own Easter egg
design and hang it on our tree!
Artefact handling 2pm-4pm, a
chance for kids to touch and learn
about a variety of objects from the
It costs £1 and £2- Normal
admission applies.
6th-10th April and 13th-17th April
from 10:00am-12:00pm
Where to go- Nottingham Castle,
off Friar Lane, off Maid Marian
Way, Nottingham NG1 6EL
and traditional family resorts are
what holiday memories are made of.
Golden sands, blue flag beaches, whiteknuckle rides and funfairs... Skegness,
Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes have
everything families expect from a
perfect day by the sea.
One of the County’s most
popular events makes a
welcome return to the
Newark Showground this
Now in its ninth year,
the UK Spring Motorhome
& Caravan Show (21st and
22nd March) will feature
over 150 clothing,
camping and accessories
trade stands. For the
first time, the event will
also have a food hall
showcasing the finest
local and national food
and drink producers, live
cookery demonstrations
and competitions for kids!
Weekend camping visitors
can bring their own
vehicles and camp on
site from 9am on Friday
20th to midday on
Monday 23rd March.
Campers will be treated
to free entertainment
in the form of live music,
magic, comedy and
tribute acts.
For more information call
01775 723723 or to purchase
tickets in advance visit
Day tickets can also be purchased
on the day at £7, parking is free.
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Meadowhall Welcomes
the World’s First Gruffalo
Interactive Experience
“A mouse took a stroll
through the deep dark
wood. A fox saw the
mouse and the mouse
looked good…”
Discover a new way to interact
with your favourite picture book
this Easter. Step into the woods to
meet Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake
and the Gruffalo himself at the
world first ‘Gruffalo Experience’
hosted at Meadowhall
Shopping Centre, Sheffield,
South Yorkshire.
Coming to life
from 21st March12th April 2015
this ‘edutainment’
experience is brought
to you by Unit 10
Eventive and Magic
Light Pictures.
A perfect ‘edutainment’
Experience for the little ones
this Easter, fans of the hugely
popular book - which has now
sold over 13.5 million copies
worldwide - can get a true ‘walk
in’ experience of the story,
interacting with the characters
along the way.
Tickets can be booked online
in advance, individual prices
start from £7.50* per person
with children under two-years-old
being able to visit for free.
For full details, prices and
bookings please visit http://
*Booking transaction fees apply
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1 Half 3 Midge 10 Hutch 12 Roar 13 Larder 14 Cheat 15 Finance 16 Peach 17 Nuts 19 Hoop 21 Standstill 24 Clot 27 Pepper 28 Flannel 30 Author 31 Grey 33 Glue 34 Tree
35 Vest 38 Funnel 39 Tuesday 40 Duster 42 Dish 44 Chandelier 47 Twig 48 Four 52 Porch 54 Vacancy 55 Lithe 57 Titbit 58 Wren 59 Futon 60 Kitty 61 Farm
1 Help 2 Large 3 March 4 Dilemma 5 Empty 6 Shift 7 Chink 8 Arsenal 9 Cross 11 Tunnel 18 Ship 20 Puppy 21 Struggle 22 Deaf 23 Tiny 25 Tools 26 Lavender 28 Fruit 29 Lorry 32 Round 35 Visit
36 Fern 37 Idle 41 Rags 43 Servant 45 Hornet 46 Instant 48 Frown 49 Scoff 50 Hyena 51 Clock 52 Petty 53 Cobra 56 Item
1 A fresh start (5,5)
6 Brick-shaped (6)
11 La Traviata or
Carmen (5)
12 Hairstyle (8)
13 Amaze (8)
16 Change of plan (7)
18 Globe shape (6)
19 Trudge wearily (4)
20 Fly down after prey (5)
22 Suddenly overload (5)
24 Jumble of little
worth (3)
25 Take to civil court (3)
26 Excessive sums of
money (8)
28 Once more (5)
29 Song for one singer (4)
30 Swell up through
gluttony (5)
31 Stick-in-the-mud (5-5)
35 Inherited customs (10)
39 Drying cloth (5)
40 Little scamps (4)
41 Bordered (5)
42 Pencil carbon (8)
43 Be in debt (3)
44 Jellied fish (3)
45 Chill out (5)
47 High-flying toys (5)
49 Cob or cygnet (4)
50 Hot dish stand (6)
51 Somersaulter (7)
54 Nude runner (8)
57 Petroleum spillage
at sea (3,5)
58 Boob or blunder (5)
59 Street musician (6)
60 Facial gesture (10)
1 Fizzy soft drink (4)
2 Behaving impeccably
3 Hindu dress (4)
4 Doorway curvature (4)
5 Wicked ghost (4,6)
6 Without prior
consideration (3,3,4)
7 Consumes too much (8)
8 Capricorn animal sign (4)
9 Abominable
snowman (4)
10 Flirtatious doings (5-5)
14 Pomp and grandeur (9)
15 Toothed wood-cutter (3)
17 In what way? (3)
20 Effervescent powder (7)
21 Under the weather (3,6)
22 Open-air stall (5)
23 Give as a prize (5)
27 Life insurance
policy (9)
32 Discolours with age (7)
33 American republic (6,6)
34 Identical copy (9)
35 Question to decide a
winner (3-7)
36 Messenger of God (5)
37 Forefinger (5)
38 Factory overseer (10)
39 Don’t rush in (5,5)
42 Greedy pigs (8)
46 A fuss over nothing (3)
48 Ingest (3)
52 In short supply (4)
53 Fish-hook spur (4)
54 Container for rubble (4)
55 Skipping cord (4)
56 Water from the sky (4)
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Squash the Myths, Know the Facts
I can’t foster if I’m single
Help Change the Life
of a Child This Year
The demand for foster carers in
England and Wales is at an all-time
high, with over 40,000 children in
need of a foster home. By turning
the spotlight on fostering we are
hopeful in attracting new people to
come forward and enquire about
being a foster parent to help reduce
the shortage of around 9000 foster
carers across the UK.
There are all sorts of reasons why
children need to be placed with
a Foster Carer. Some children go
to live in foster care for a short
period of time whilst others need a
home for a longer period.
A variety of carers are needed
In celebration of all those
mums, Nan’s, Grandma’s
and foster Mums we hope
you had a very Happy
Mother’s Day this year.
In recognition for
all the care, love
and support that
all our foster Mums
give we would
like to say a BIG
from all ages,
and experience.
Park Foster
Care is an
Ofsted rated
agency which
provides the
highest quality
of care for
children and
young people
who are unable
to live with
their family
for a variety
of reasons.
they do has one
purpose – to
provide the best
possible care for the children and
young people placed with their
foster carers.
Park Foster Care takes immense
pride in their commitment to the
work they do, which is to;
• Provide the best opportunities
for children and young people to
experience stability, security and
a positive experience of family
life to help them achieve their full
• Help our foster carers fulfil
their potential to become
excellent carers.
fostering course called the ‘Park
Parenting Approach’.
Additionally, we provide our
carers with a comprehensive
package of support including;
• 24/7 Social Work Support
• Therapeutic, Resources and
Education Support
• Generous Fostering Allowances
• 14 Nights Respite per annum
• Holiday Allowances
If you can provide a positive
family environment to a child
in care and you have a spare
bedroom then CALL NOW and
• Give great advice and guidance
on the fostering process and help
you in your journey into fostering.
Foster Care has a small and
friendly approach with an
excellent training package of
support, including its own unique
begin to make a difference through
fostering with Park Foster Care on
0800 169 4552, text ‘FOSTER’ to
60777 or
for our brochure.
Our team is looking forward to
hearing from you.
Oh yes you can. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds.
Some children in care do particularly well with either a single
female or male carer. The main criteria is that you’re over 21 and
have a spare bedroom.
I can’t foster if I haven’t got
childcare experience
Having some childcare experience can be useful to the fostering
role but it’s not essential. We have foster carers coming from
all sorts of voluntary and working backgrounds such as care
workers, police officers, nurses and taxi drivers. We match foster
children based on their individual needs with our foster carers.
The Fostering Process takes ages
Although it can take 4-6 months, your journey of becoming a
foster carer is fully supported by our friendly team at Park Foster
Care. A dedicated social worker will work with you and your
family and complete a Form F assessment (about your life’s
story) which is submitted to a fostering panel for approval.
I’m too old to foster
No you’re not! We encourage older people to apply as
we value your life experiences. Over 55’s, we would love
to hear from you too.
I can’t foster as I don’t own my own home
Yes you can. More and more people rent their homes
these days so whether you rent or own your home we
would like to hear from you.
We hope that even more
people will think about
becoming foster parents in
the future and that
next year your Mother’s Day
will be extra special
by helping to make a
difference to a child’s life
through fostering.
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