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The High Life Magazine for Mansfield

& Ashfield area

Medieval Family Fun in Sherwood!

Editor’s Interview: John Knight Committee Chair for Culture N.C.C.


August 2013

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Contents In this issue

Editors interview John Knight, Committee Chair for Culture at NCC

for Mansfield and Ashfield. With temperatures hitting almost 30 degrees it has been fabulous

Youthzone Desert Trek Editor’s Interview Healthy Lifestyle


CULTURE 29 Film and Book Review 30 Walks-4-life

East Midlands Action-4-For Business Exhibition

CORPORATE 14 Corporate section 16 EMA-4-B-Exhibition 2 19 Police Commissioner -tackles crime 21 Corporate Calendar 22 Graduate Story REGULAR FEATURES 12 20 24 25 26 30 31

Gentleman’s Page Keys to Success Carl Femme Page Fashion with Natalie What’s on Section Jo’s Jollies Photo Entry

to see everyone in beautiful summer clothes, walking around smiling, enjoying chilled drinks in cool bars and basically life with the sun out seems so much nicer. The Robin Hood Festival approaches and it is fabulous to have this celebration on our doorstep. See our regular feature ‘Editor’s Interview’ with John Knight, Committee chair for Culture at NCC on pages. 10&11 to find out more about what is happening and also the

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recent heritage bid aiming to boost this fabulous treasure in our local area. Please go and support the events and encourage friends and visitors to attend. Let’s shout about the great Sherwood Forest, its history, its current day in relation to how beautiful the countryside is and the future plans. We should ‘stand proud’. Following on from the March East Midlands Action-4-Business Exhibition at Mansfield Civic Centre we have a follow up on the 16th October


– a great platform for businesses and a brilliant means for you our readers to come along and find out more about the local area. Watch this space for more details closer to the date I hope you enjoy our fashion pages with great ideas of lovely summer clothes to wear whilst enjoying this fabulous heat wave. However, drink lots and ensure you keep your eye on any neighbours that could be vulnerable. Plus lots of high factor sun cream! Take care and see you in September – Ooh on the way to Autumn!

Diane Carter, Editor




YOUTHZONE Samworth Church Academy participate in Guinness World Record



schoolboy from King Edwards School has won a competition for his design of a flowerbed in the shape of a crown to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation. Every year Mansfield District Council holds a competition for children from King Edward's Primary School to design a flowerbed at Titchfield Park, Mansfield, as part of the Mansfield in Bloom campaign. The East Midlands in Bloom judges will

By Jill Bator of Brighter Futures Results Time!


amworth Church Academy students that participated in a ‘UK School Librarians’ writing challenge earlier in the year have just received notice that the event has officially entered the record books. Author Matt Haig wrote the opener to a story entitled ‘My Family and other Aliens’, and students were asked to add their own lines- then pass it to further contributors until the story was complete. Fifty-five student writers from Samworth Church Academy added their part to the adventure which at one point saw Danny the hero, saved from the aliens when they became distracted by their love of tomato soup! A certificate and letter of thanks received at Samworth Church Academy from Guinness World Records, thanks students for their part in the record bid which is entitled ‘Most people to write a story (multiple venues)’. On final count, 3217 people nationally were writing the story, at 69 different venues. Leanne Wain, Librarian at Samworth Church Academy said the event had tested students’ abilities in creative writing, “It’s always brilliant to see what students will come up with when they have to think on their feet and it’s good to be able to do something fun and creative outside of lessons- it’s what school libraries are all about! I’m very proud of everyone that took part and the certificate is going up on the wall for all to see.” Photograph left to right: Imogen Coyle (11 yrs.), Bailey Wells (13 yrs.) and front, Rebecca Gillespie (12 yrs.).

New Flowerbed is Jewel in park's Crown

Regular Educational Feature

here will be plenty of celebrations as many students get their A-level results. But for some there will be tears and some difficult decisions to be made. What are the options for those who don’t get the required grades they need to take up a place at their preferred university or course? Hard though it is, it’s important not to PANIC. There are other options open to you. • Keep calm- You may be offered a place with your insurance or second option university. A special exam results help line will have been set up by UCAS and Department for Education to help give advice on university places available through clearing and other options available to you. This is a free service and offers an impartial support service. Check this out on line. • Clearing- If you still want to go to university, you can try to get a place through clearing. This is run by UCAS and will have details of university places available. Most places available via clearing go quickly. It’s important to seek advice, be decisive and act quickly. • Gap Year- not getting your grades could turn into a positive experience. A gap year could be your chance to see the world, do volunteer work, develop new skills or add something to your CV. • Alternatives to university- You may have decided to consider alternatives to academic study. You may wish to consider an apprenticeship, start your own business or consider an alternative way to gain further qualifications. Many local colleges offer degree level courses. Check out their website or call for advice. Remember, it’s important to discuss options open to you with Parents, Teachers and other Professionals. Do not rush into making decisions that could influence your future. Good luck to all awaiting results this August.

see the flowerbed on their tour of the District on 9 July. Kieran Sullivan (8) designed a red, white and blue Union flag design in the shape of a crown, which was chosen as the winner by Parks Development Officer Andy Chambers and the Maun Conservation Group. Kieran's prizes were a birdbox, a garden tool set, a certificate and books from the friends group. Kieran saw the flowerbed, which was planted by members of the Council's Parks

team, for the first time on Friday (21 June) when he and 13 other members of his school's gardening club aged 8-10 visited the park to plant a flowerbed. Martyn Thurman, Head of Neighbourhood Services, said: "This is a great way to encourage young people to take an interest in gardening, take pride in and care for their local environment. "The new flowerbed is a fantastic feature and I'm sure it will impress the East Midlands in Bloom judges when they visit next month. The Council is extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the school and the Maun Conservation group for their work."




runt's Academy School hold a House Master Chef

Competition each year. This is now the 3rd year it has run and is very popular within the school. Each house in the school enters three teams of two including staff and students, aiming to win a shield for their house. Teams had one hour to create two courses and local chefs judged their work. This year, Greg Sheridan, the Head Chef at the Lindhurst Rooms helped choose the winning team – he is photographed above with the winning students

Wellow House School

Rhian Pedley aged 10yrs with the Trinick Cup for Consistent Endeavour.

and staff from

Greg Sheridan commented: ‘I was

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his November Sarah Simons will trek 100km across the Sahara Desert in aid of The Inspire and Achieve Foundation, a charity which supports disadvantaged young people in Mansfield and Ashfield back into education and towards work, through outreach and engagement programmes. Following a long career as an actor and screenwriter, appearing in numerous TV shows, plays and musicals in the West End and on National tours, Sarah Simons opted for a career change, wanting a quieter life. Completing a teaching qualification and intending to teach for couple of hours a week, she accidentally fell in love with education. Sarah teaches, writes about education matters for The Times Educational Supplement and other publications as well as working at Vision West Nottinghamshire College. She feels very strongly about supporting young people from difficult backgrounds towards better futures through education. “I’m not an elite athlete, nor am I outdoorsy or brave. However it won’t be long until I’ll be trekking the world’s most unforgiving landscapes with a small group of strangers, some camels and possibly a couple of scorpions. Signing up for this adventure is the result of a number of converging factors: 1. Spending time with amazingly determined young people who have thrived with the support of The Inspire & Achieve Foundation, despite the enormous challenges that their daily lives present. 2. Dithering about how to best celebrate my 40th birthday (a few days after I return from the desert). 3. Never, ever drinking decaffeinated!

I’ve completed marathons, but seeing no reason to exercise unless there’s promise of applause and a medal, I haven’t broken a sweat this decade. So the training begins...” To sponsor Sarah please visit or text TROT73 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070. Your help will change the lives of local young people.

Paralympic stars have IPC World Championship glory in their sights

becoming the most successful male Great Britain swimmer at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The year culminated with Ollie being awarded the MBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours.

Mansfield Nova’s Paralympic stars, Ollie Hynd MBE and Charlotte Henshaw, will be heading out to Montreal in Canada this month to the IPC World Championships, and have clear goals to consolidate their fantastic 2012 success and to pit themselves against the world’s best disability swimmers.

He will be swimming the same events in Montreal and has a tough programme with all three events scheduled for the first three days of competition, starting with the 100m Backstroke on day one, 200m Individual Medley on day two and the 400m Freestyle on day three.

After a brief respite following the London 2012 Paralympic Games, both athletes had to re-focus and start the next competitive swimming cycle, which will culminate at the Rio Paralympics in 2016. The first step is the World Championships in Montreal from 12 to 18 August. The next three and half years see major championships on the horizon for both Paralympic athletes, with possible European Championships in 2014, World Championships in Glasgow in 2015 and the Rio Paralympics in 2016. In addition Ollie is set to compete in the Commonwealth Games next year. For Ollie 2012 was a year to remember. He won Gold in the SM8 200m Individual Medley in a European Record, Silver in the S8 400m Freestyle and Bronze in the S8 100m Backstroke,

In all three events Ollie has again real medal chances and will be looking to secure his place at the top of the rankings in his category. However he is under no illusion that competition in Canada will be fierce, but the experience of London has made the 18 year old from Kirkby in Ashfield more determined than ever to strive for more success in 2013. Ollie’s brother, Sam Hynd, has also made the Great Britain team and will compete with Ollie in the SM8 200m Individual Medley and 400m Freestyle. Charlotte, who also had a tremendous London Games, taking Silver in the Women’s SB6 100m Breaststroke but just missing the Gold by 0.03 second, is even more determined this year to better her London medal performance.


Again Charlotte knows that the competition will be tough, but, as with Ollie, the London experience has re-inspired her in 2013 to hopefully achieve further success. This will be Charlotte’s second World Championships. In 2010 at Eindhoven, Holland, she took the Silver in the SB6 100m Breaststroke, after setting a world record in the heats – a time that still stands today as a European Record. Glenn Smith, Mansfield District Council’s Swimming Coach and Development Officer, will be traveling with Ollie and Charlotte as one of the Great Britain team coaches. He has high hopes of success in Canada, but is clear about keeping the right amount of focus and professionalism, in order for both swimmers to achieve their performance goals. Glenn said: “This will be the next opportunity for the world’s best disability swimmers to showcase their talent since the London Games. “Both Ollie and Charlotte understand that the competition will be as tough as London and performance sport in the 21st Century means that there are no easy years. It’s testament to Ollie and Charlotte’s commitment and determination that they have refocused quickly following London and have again put in the hard metres in training to ensure they are in best shape for Montreal.” The Mansfield Nova Squad is supported by Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council. Ollie and Charlotte are recipients of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Shining Stars Fund for the current year.

Mansfield Rotary Club has a new President Paul Bacon who has been President of Mansfield Rotary Club during the year that ends on 30th June is pictured after handing over the chains of office to incoming President, John Whiteley at the Clubs Changeover Night held at Sherwood Forest Golf Club on Tuesday night (25/6/13). Rotarian Whiteley congratulated Past President Paul on presiding over an outstanding year during which 11 new members had joined the Club including 9 female members. He went on to comment on the variety of the past years programme, the quality of the speakers and entertainment that had been arranged throughout the year. The new President promised more of the same and looked forward to further increasing the Club’s membership

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Editor’s Interview Councillor John Knight Committee Chair for Culture : Nottinghamshire County Council

Mansfield and Ashfield is in the heart of Robin Hood Country yet how much, do we actually promote, this world wide known story and use it to benefit our local economy? Sherwood Forest hosts the annual Robin Hood Festival and is on our doorstep – how can tourism opportunities be maximised? The High Life Editor; Diane Carter spoke to John Knight recently elected Committee Chair for Culture about the plans they have for Mansfield and Ashfield to raise our tourism profile through the festival and Sherwood Forest. Councillor John Knight, who represents Kirkby-in-Ashfield, North, for Nottinghamshire County Council, was elected as the Culture Committee Chairman at Nottinghamshire County Council following the local elections

across the county in May, when Labour regained power at County Hall. He was previously the Leader of Ashfield District Council and had been in that position since 2009. Cllr Knight has also represented Kirkby-in-Ashfield, North, as a ward councillor for the county council since 2005.


. The up and coming Robin Hood Festival is the highlight of the summer holiday promotion – can you tell us about its importance in terms of tourism in Mansfield and Ashfield? The Robin Hood Festival in Nottinghamshire is now into its 29th year and has become well known internationally as a top annual festival to promote the legend of Robin Hood. It is a free family fun festival but we put a lot of work into promoting the event each year because Sherwood Forest is Robin’s heartland. We get thousands of visitors attending the festival each year and it all helps to raise the profile of Nottinghamshire and Sherwood Forest.


. Also how is Sherwood Forest, and the Robin Hood Festival in particular, promoted to visitors from say America We are excited to be profiling some of the most loved Robin Hood Festival characters on the county council’s Facebook pages for the first time this year. These characters bring so much

to the festival and the profiles will not only give more details about them, but also provide an exciting and interactive preview of the 2013 Robin Hood Festival. It has already paid off as we have had interest from Robin Hood fans in Oregon in America which has been great.


. Can you give some other examples about what else the Culture Committee is promoting to boost our local tourism industry in Mansfield and Ashfield? Within these districts, there are also many other events taking place within our libraries, and country parks at Rufford Abbey and Sherwood Forest for example. The appetite for leisure activities in the county was evident recently - an estimated 4,500 visitors attended the annual Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair at Rufford Abbey Country Park over three days from June 21-23 and our country parks and libraries are always popular venues. Readers can visit Nottinghamshire County Council’s website for lots of ideas for the holidays – both for indoors and outdoors, for all ages at www.


. Can you talk more about the recent bid that the county council recently submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for money to boost the conservation of natural and cultural heritage in Sherwood Forest? Nottinghamshire County Council, on behalf of a wide group of partners the heritage, conservation and community sectors, recently submitted a £3m bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for funding to boost conservation of natural and cultural heritage within Sherwood Forest. Bids for funding through the HLF Landscape Partnership Scheme were made by partnerships of local, regional


Community and national organisations to help conserve areas of distinctive landscape across the UK. Competition for funding is high, and organisations can bid for funds of between £100,000 and £3m for projects to of up to five years. The Sherwood Forest partnership has bid for £3m - the maximum available.


.What will the next stage of the bid process involve?

The HLF funding process is a two-stage process: if this first stage of the bid is successful, then a further phase of development work will be needed before schemes could be implemented on the ground in 2016. Nottinghamshire County Council currently manages Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, which is a site of special scientific interest and is home to the legendary Major Oak.

But the bid for Landscapes Partnership funding would support projects in a wider area – 200 square kilometres of land covered by the historic Forest, and managed by a range of public and private landowners. First round applications had to be submitted by the 31st May and the result of the first round will be known in October. Successful bidders will then be invited to apply for a second stage to develop their bid with more details – depending on the complexity of scheme proposals this could take a further two years.


. In closing just offer any inspiration to encourage local businesses to use Sherwood Forest and the Robin Hood Legend to promote their businesses especially with the summer holidays approaching.

to promote the Robin Hood theme. At the festival we work with local businesses in Edwinstowe, for example, to promote what they have to offer to visitors. As a reminder for readers, at this year’s festival which runs from August 5-11, there will be archery, duels and a wide variety of acts from performers, musicians and entertainers who will transport visitors back to the medieval period when Robin pitted his wits against the Sheriff and other adversaries to help the poor triumph over the rich. The seven-day festival is packed with education and entertainment for all ages with a wide variety of entertainment including costumed characters taking part in a wide range of activities.

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Cricket whites: White trousers are this summer’s super sharp must have. Think 1920s elite and, if you decide to go for the ‘all white’ suit, think slim fit, tapered trousers and short jacket, rather than John Travolta or Miami Vice. Accessorise with a vintage pocket square or try flashing those bare ankles for an ultra-modern look. White might be refined but the key is to look relaxed when you’re wearing it. Confidence is the key.

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East Midlands Action-4-Business Exhibition 2 highlights the Corporate Calendar for 2013

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East Midlands Action Group Current East Midlands Action Group Members include: Diane Carter Marathon Media & Event Organiser Simon Misiewicz Optimise Business Jennifer Needham Midlands Insurance Paul Andrews The Manor Hotel Helena Lord DNCC Steve Pickles Forever Jill Bator Brighter Futures Education Add your name here and get involved.....

Why should you Join The East Midlands Action Group? • You Care about the Growth of Your Business • You Want to Work with More Local Businesses & Organisations • You Want to Help Promote this Effective Event to Benefit our Local Economy • You are the Chair or Leader of a Local Business Group or Organisation and Wish to Unite With our Mission

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Corporate ‘This is just the start’, says D2N2 LEP Chief Executive David Ralph as Strategy for Growth is unveiled

to leverage more innovation from them to ensure maximum benefit. “Nearer Christmas, we will be bringing forward an updated version of the Growth Plan, as we look to put forward our Growth Deal. It is a busy time with a lot of hard work to do. “Today was a great way to launch our plan, after months of consultation. But I must reiterate, this is just the start.” About 200 businesses and key stakeholders from the private and public sector attended today’s breakfast event.

D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – today set out its goal to deliver 55,000 more jobs in the D2N2 area within ten years. But as the Strategy for Growth plan was finally unveiled at Pride Park Stadium, Derby, earlier today, Chief Executive David Ralph said this was just the beginning. Consultation with Government will continue to strike a Growth Deal as D2N2 strives to earn at least its fair share of the Single Pot which stands at £10bn - £2bn-a-year over five years - to be distributed among 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships. D2N2 must also submit its business case by the end of September to show how it can best use the recently announced 249.7m euro (£213.4m) allocation of EU Growth Programme funding.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, welcomed the plan. He said: “I’m delighted to welcome the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership growth plan today, which will help businesses across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire continue to grow and thrive. “It is a plan designed for local firms and will help create thousands of local jobs in the next ten years - just what the country needs to help recover from the heart attack our economy suffered. It is just what Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire need to drive local economic growth and exactly the kind of initiative I’m championing in Whitehall." D2N2 outlined its four strategic priorities for supporting enterprises. They are: •





Mr Ralph said: “We have been working hard to reach this point but this is just the start. Last week the board approved the priorities for the next 12 months and we have an EU Workshop on July 22.

And the LEP has also determined six priority sectors. They are:

“We will be working hard with Government to secure a healthy Growth Deal and at the end of this month the D2N2 Local Transport Board will announce the successful transport projects for the area, which will total £46.8m. “We have to put a business plan together for the EU funding and we will be doing plenty of work with our partners around our sector plans, particularly on the low carbon, visitor economy and food and drink agendas. “We will be working closely with the universities

Transport Equipment Manufacturing

Medical and Bioscience

Food and Drink Manufacturing


Visitor Economy

Low Carbon Goods & Services

The Growth Plan will provide the framework for the Growth Deal D2N2 agrees with Government, with a submission expected later this year.


Corporate Police Commissioner praises high-level work to tackle business crime but warns more is needed


ottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has held talks with business leaders to discuss the county’s strategy for dealing with business crime. Speaking to business leaders at Mansfield 2020’s breakfast meeting today (July 27), Commissioner Tipping said Nottinghamshire Police is at the forefront of efforts to reduce business-related crime and its impact on the local economy and is represented in a range of national arenas. This includes the role of Deputy Chief Constable Sue Fish as Business Crime lead at the Association of Chief Police Officers, and Inspector Richard Stones as director of the National Business Crime Forum which has its data sharing hub at Ashfield School. Commissioner Tipping told retailers that business crime is not exclusive to any one county or police

force area and as such should be recorded under a single definition, something which is expected to happen very shortly in Nottinghamshire. “We can’t fight business crime unless we know the true scale of the problem so we’re asking all police forces to tag business crime on their crime recording systems so that we can accurately measure offending patterns,” he said. “We’re also asking retailers in Mansfield and beyond to become more involved in local crime partnerships to share their experiences and identify possible solutions but understandably they want to see value from their membership and results. “We all know the challenges that Mansfield has faced and the task in front of us. Businesses know that investment and growth takes place in a safe and secure landscape. I’m pleased that Nottinghamshire Police is seen as leaders in this field but I know there is still much to do.”


Corporate Mansfield & Ashfield Branch Meeting The Website Workout: Top 10 tips to make websites work for a living and Face The Challenge and Win Mansfield Manor Hotel, Windmill Lane, Mansfield, NG18 2AL Monday 12 August, 6.30pm - 8.30pm Mansfield and Ashfield Branch Chairman Richard Fuller would like to invite you to join him, Branch Officers and Committee for their August meeting. Speaker: Leonie Winson - will show you how to make your website a more powerful tool for your business. Speaker: Graham Parker - Parker PR Graham Parker will be sharing his experiences and the lessons he has learnt to apply to running a small business Refreshments will be served. Venue: Meetings will be held at the freshly refurbished Mansfield Manor Hotel, a location map is available on the booking page. Manor hosts Paul and Diane will serve hot food. A warm welcome for FSB members and non-members: The meeting is open to members and non-members. There is no cost for members to attend and the usual fee of £5.95 for non-members will be waivered. Book Your Place Today!: To book, visit the Eventbrite registration page. Save the Date - Monday 9th September, Mansfield Manor Hotel. Speakers: Tony Egginton, Executive Mayor of Mansfield and Berni Dickinson Director of The Mansfield Learning Partnership. The format for all meetings will be the same; registration, buffet and networking from 6.30pm, presentations and questions from 7.00pm and optional networking from 7.45/8.00pm until close at 8.30pm. Meeting Contact: Steve Johnson, Branch Secretary, E: steve@ Mob: 07711 315399

Regular Feature: Keys to Success Ask an INTERNET ENTREPRENEUR - Edition 14 Part 4 in the series “HOW to Get MORE Visitors to Your Website and Convert to Sales” Last month we finished our work with “on-site” SEO and so this week we are going to turn our attention to “Off-site” SEO. If you’re only just joining us in this series, I encourage you to read previous months at Just to remind those of you who may have forgotten, SEO is short for “Search engine optimisation” and refers to the techniques that we use to “rank” a website and thus be found by the search engines (Google, MSN, Yahoo etc) when someone is searching online for a product or service like yours. Ok, let’s get started by first explaining the meaning of “Off-site” SEO... Off-site SEO – refers to the elements and techniques used that are not part of your own website but do contribute to your page rank in the search engines. Off-site SEO contributes to traffic being referred or sent to your website from other places. Here are some of the most common examples: • Back-linking from other websites • Commenting on blogs and in forums • RSS feeds • Social network marketing (G+, Facebook, Twitter,

LinkedIn etc) • Articles submitted to Article directories in related industries • Video marketing sites (i.e. YouTube) • Posting on Q & A or review websites • Press releases • Web 2.0 marketing (Wiki, Blogger, Wordpress, Yahoo etc) TOP TIP! – Right now, Google + represents one of the most advantageous platforms for offsite SEO that can significantly improve your chances of being ranked on page 1 of Google. That’s all we have time for this month :( Next month we’ll be sharing some EXACT methods to help you drive unlimited traffic to your website! In the meantime, if you have any questions or need specific help on anything I’ve mentioned above, please email me at carl@ and I’ll do my very best to provide you with the answers. Until next time – Live, Love, Share and Inspire! Carl :) Helping Small Business owners to become empowered! www.


Corporate Diary Dates for Business Events August 2013

FSB - The next meeting of Mansfield and Ashfield Branch will be on Monday 12th August 6.30pm to 8.30pm Venue: The Manor Hotel, Windmill La, Mansfield, NG18 2AL, M2020 Business Breakfast Thursday 26th September Time: 7.15 – 9 am. Venue: The Civic Centre, Chesterfield Rd, Mansfield NG19 7BH. To book: Ladies at lunch IWB Thursday 22nd August 10am to 3pm Oakham Suite, (Masonic Hall). Nottingham Road, Mansfield NG18 4AE Premier Plus Members £11.50 Premier Members £13.00 Note: FREE Parking Tuesday Networking 6th August 2013 @ 7.30am The Toby Carvery, The Watermill, Coxmoor Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4NE Contact


Corporate In their own words A Day in the Life of a Graduate Laura Brown BA (Hons) ACIM Marketing Executive for Russell Scanlan Insurance Broking and Risk Managing.


When Laura was sixteen she opted for staying on at 6th form as “this was the best path to gaining qualifications to lead onto University as that had been my goal since I was a little girl! It was a fantastic feeling on Graduation getting the gown and mortar board on to collect my degree”!

There was very little involvement with the local communities apart from the design element of the course when we would meet local designers. However due to my part time jobs they gave me the opportunity to work alongside the local business community.

“I made sure I attended lots of open days asking lots of questions with my family and whilst I was there and did lots of research beforehand. I looked at the elements of my A levels that I enjoyed and was enthusiastic about, that was mainly business. In particular the area of marketing due to its creative elements which led me to choosing the course I did at Nottingham Trent”.

sports events.

. Do you think it prepared you for starting work? Was there any involvements/networking within the local business community?


.What do you think helped you with the transition into work life?

I had three part times jobs hosting at the arena, football club and at the university whilst studying to make sure I didn’t just mix with other students and ensure I was less reliant on student loan. It demonstrated to employers when applying for full time jobs that I was able to manage my social life and studies whilst holding down a job.

me a set routine but also I am able to plan activities around it.


.Tell us about your day to day duties. No two days are the same however normally start the day checking my emails and the news to see if there are any new stories to write about. All tasks are focussed around creating brand awareness and generating new business; this drives a lot of my work. I research new avenues of business along with making sure we build strong brand reputation online through all social media platforms.

Researching also gives me inspiration when writing blogs for the website. I . What qualifications did you gain at have regular meetings with other staff to . So tell us a little about your Current school and what do you currently see if there are other areas in terms of Role? hold? marketing for instance new brochures and I currently work for Russell Scanlan manage the tasks throughout the project. I gained 11 GCSE’s and 3 A levels. I as Marketing Executive for both their As well as arranging events for corporate kept my studies varied as at the time of Nottingham and Leicester office. It’s entertaining, database management, choosing I wasn’t sure what area of work very varied which makes the role telemarketing and running various I wanted to progress into so kept it broad marketing campaigns. to keep my options open when “University was certainly challenging but a great experience. choosing a university. . What about Personal Development? I opted to study Marketing, Not only did I learn academic skills but also life skills” Design and Communications at I regularly attend training events Nottingham Trent University in through the CII and also the really interesting. No two days are the which I gained a 2:1 in July 2013. CIM. Currently I am working towards the same and can vary from networking Foundation Insurance Exam with the CII in . How did you find university life? events, arranging, organizing and September. managing corporate events/ entertaining, University was certainly challenging researching areas to advertise, also . Ambition for the Future? but a great experience. Not only did I learn managing the social media elements academic skills but also life skills. Moving Become an expert within the for instance the companies Twitter feed, away from home at the age of 18 and marketing field and lead a team through Google+ and LinkedIn page. moving into university accommodation various projects and events. I would like certainly teaches you to be a lot more to continue with personal development . When did you start working for independent as well as meeting lots of opportunities throughout my career and Russell Scanlan? new people. ideally be in a position to train and mentor I started working for Russell Scanlan in others. I had a great time at University, the course April 2013. Prior to this I worked at an







was really interesting and joining lots of clubs meant there was always something to go to. The nightlife and social side of it too made it such a fun place to be but at the same time all motivated each other to do well on our courses.

One piece of advice that was given to me: Choose a course you are genuinely interested in. It will keep you motivated however be prepared to balance the work and the play as the lifestyle of being a student is a bonus too! You have to make sure you can be self disciplined to write your essays but enthusiastic and outgoing enough to embrace all new social and

Educational Software company as a Sales Coordinator. However this made me realise my passions truly lay within the field of marketing as it was more creative and people focussed. I was headhunted for this role and once had been told about it was keen to pursue it.


. Tell us a little about your induction training and how you moved into your new role? There was a full induction programme ready when I joined, for the rest of the week. I met all the staff and also other companies that we do business with. Working 9-5 Monday to Friday has given


. Is it all work and no play? What do you do when not working?

Certainly not! Working has made me value my time off even more than ever. I regularly attend ballet and other dance classes, go swimming, and also go scuba diving! I make sure I spend all the time I can catching up with friends and family when I get time off, with the odd holiday abroad or adventure in the UK to have a change of scenery.



Your Renting Rights The number of people renting is rising, as are rents in this fiercely competitive market. You do not need your landlord's permission to save money Q. Renters have a right to switch and save on energy (even prepaid). If you pay the gas and electricity bill directly (not via landlord), you can and should compare and switch. Don't stick with the previous tenants' supplier as often it's costly. Always do a meter reading as soon as you move in. Speedily find your cheapest tariff: The MSE Cheap Energy Club checks you're on the cheapest, and if not, compares across the market to find it (check the 'top picks' tab for fixed deals which guarantee no price hikes). Q. What about prepaid? You can still switch supplier and save (see Cheapest Prepaid Energy). Yet switching from prepay to a normal meter sadly usually needs your landlord's permission, as it physically changes the property.

more. Q. Is your deposit protected? A fifth of private renters don't know if their deposit's been protected (source: Shelter), so check. By law, for most private renters who moved in after April 2007 in England and Wales, your landlord must use a Government-backed deposit protection scheme - giving you rights. Q. Landlords must ask before entering. Landlords may need to come in occasionally for repairs and inspections, yet they should arrange a time with you. If they enter without asking, you can ask them to stop. Contact Citizens Advice or a solicitor for help, or the police if you feel threatened.

Q. Cheap contents insurance. If you rent, your landlord is responsible for buildings insurance, so you only need contents. Try the full Cheap Home Insurance guide where some get PAID Q. Beware joint bank for cover. If you live in a accounts with flatmates. houseshare. Getting cover Shared bank accounts for bills from mainstream insurers can mean you're credit-linked can be tricky (a locked - even if you hardly know each room helps, so ask for one). other. Then, when applying*, Gocompare* for products, their history can & MoneySupermarket* say be taken into account. If it's they provide flatshare quotes. poor, it hits you. If you used You may find a specialist such to have a joint account, but as Home Protect* or a local don't any longer, apply for a broker via BIBA easier. notice of 'disassociation'. See Q. Furnish for FREE How Credit Scoring Works for sofas, beds, TVs and more.

If you've gone unfurnished or part-furnished, then online giveaway sites can help you for now. Hundreds of top-quality goodies are available daily for free from web communities – some is rubbish, but some is good. Q. Do not redecorate without the landlord's permission. You generally need to return property in the state you got it (minor wear and tear is allowable). So get the landlord's permission in writing to put up shelves or repaint, unless you want to have to redecorate before you leave. Beware putting pictures up. Don't get hammer-happy - it destroys walls and deposits! Q. Letting fees can be perverse and nasty, check. Renters can be hit by huge and unfair fees. Some reported to us include £120

for permission to buy a dog or £60 for photocopying a contract. Sadly there's little regulation over these charges - but at least make sure you know what they are so you avoid them. Q. Does every renter need their own TV licence? In shared homes, this usually depends on the tenancy agreement. Joint tenants can usually share, but if you've your own tenancy you need your own licence. For exact rules (including lodgers), see TV Licence help. Q. Are you eligible for help? If you are on a low income and struggling to pay rent, check if you are eligible for housing benefit/grants. Article c/o Rebecca Brough Litigation Department Fidler & Pepper Solicitors


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In this section of the magazine the focus is on the ladies. Our regular writer Jennifer Needham, sharing her High Life experiences. Trying to lose weight for the summer? Why not try Hypnotherapy.

Jennifer’s Leisure Blog Wow! As I write we are enjoying the most fabulous mini heatwave and although the English summer may well have turned by the time this article goes to press, I for one, feel that I must mark the occasion with an article on my husband’s favourite activity of all time - barbecues! Am I being really sexist to state the obvious and say that every man I know, is biologically attached to his bbq and oversized tongs, fork and burger flipper? Mention this outdoor culinary activity to any male that I know and there lies at the back of their eyes a certain twinkle – a certain, “Now we’re talking” attitude which I’m sure stems back to the very beginnings of modern day man. Before we go any further there are a few facts which we need to acknowledge. A. The man in your life can NEVER have

a bbq that is too big. B. The statement, “I think I may have burnt the sausages a bit” will always feature at some point in the proceedings. C. There will always be too many of the aforementioned sausages lying cremated on the bbq at the end of the party (for the dog to eat) At the expense of my satirical portrayal, I do have to fess up and say that it is actually a delight when hubbie offers to barbecue and saves me my usual job of catering for the family. Don’t pity me though because when it’s his turn he is in fact a very efficient cook and has some very clever cooking techniques – one handed in fact ..... Yes you guessed it – he picks up the phone “Hello is that Dominoes?................” Anyway back to those barbecues. This summer so far, we’ve had loads and if the delicious smells from surrounding

IWB Celebrating Women in Business Now with over 300 local professional members Ladies at Lunch Thursday 22nd August Venue: Oakham Suite (Masonic Hall) Nottingham Rd, Mansfield NG18 4AE

Be part of a friendly, supportive, informative & inspirational women’s business group. Regular Networking events including our monthly It’s Women’s Business Ladies at Lunch • Delicious Buffet with Coffee / Tea • Informal business Atmosphere • Specialist / Premier Plus Member Presentations £13 Premier Members / Guests £11.50 P+ Members To Book the above event or Join our IWB Membership, call Diane Carter; Chair & Founder on 07916 245 367 Or email: image: freedigitalphotos.net_vlado

gardens are anything to go by, I’d say that you have all had the same idea. Isn’t it nice for once to be able to visualise ourselves living in a country that is hot enough to live the outdoor life and to be able to make the most of the outdoor amenities that Mansfield and its surrounding areas have to offer? I don’t know about you, but the onset of a rainy summer now (and this may well be happening as you read) would leave me feeling quite bereft – indeed I’m not sure what our all-male Sales Team in the office will have to talk about. ‘Burgers’ are often the main topic of conversation and our youngest member of the team may be heading for the nearest Carvery to fill the gap as we speak. Jennifer Needham is BDM for Midlands Insurance Contact: 01623 641 386


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Fashion: Summer

Dresses, British Style


ummer is finally

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in the form of figure hugging 1960s


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With their chic low waists and full hemlines these stylish cuts from the roaring twenties blend ladylike allure with wearability ideal for lounging about on the lawn or dancing the night away

This year,

More daring nostalgic looks come

Meanwhile, The Great Gatsby meets loose fits and pretty lace fabrics.

summer trend with its

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What’s On




What’s On

August onwards August to September August - 7th September CREEPY HOUSE - summer reading challenge - read 6 books and get stickers leading to a medal. Open to children 4 to 11 years in libraries across Nottinghamshire County Youth Arts The Old Library, Mansfield Events and activities for young people aged 13-19 years Sunbrella Festival August 10-4pm Weekdays, FREE Young Falconers Club Rufford Abbey country park 10am til noon Sundays (Charge applies) Children 8+ can handle and learn about birds of prey from owls to hawks. Professional falconer 07709 312 881

August 3rd

Robin Hood Festival FREE Admission (cars £5) A host of merriment including archery, jousting and jesting throughout the week. Good family fun. uk/robinhoodfestival Tuesday 6 August – Sunday 8 September 10.30 am – 5pm Tuesday to Sunday David Measures Exhibition Rufford Abbey Country Park FREE David Measures was the first t paint live butterflies and flight and was inspired by the natural world

24th August Saturday 24 – Monday 26 August 11am – 4pm Knights in The Forest Sherwood Forest Country Park FREE Step back in time to visit the camp of the medieval Knight Hospitalers. Watch demonstrations of chain mail making, basket weaving, and medieval cooking. Embroidery and see a medieval surgeon in action!

Saturday 3 August 11am – 3pm RSPB at Sherwood Sherwood Forest Country Park FREE With information on local and garden wildlife, volunteering and membership, together with children’s activities, the RSPB stand is well worth a visit

August 4th

31st August - 14th September Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September 10.30am – 5pm On The Home Front 1939-45 Rufford Abbey Country Park FREE £5 Car park

£3 per person £10 family ticket

Experience the sights, sounds, emotions and humour of wartime Britain; swing dancing, wartime cooking, military drill demonstrations, harvesting by Land Army girls and heavy horses, junior boot camp and a hilarious puppet show.

(2 adults 2 children)

Saturday 14th September

These hour long drumming workshops are your best chance to get with the beat and have fun. Pre-booking as recommended due to limited spaces:01623 823202

Urban Art at Sutton Lawn

Sunday 4 August 11 am, 12.30 pm and 2pm Have a Go Drumming Sherwood Forest Country Park

August 5th to 11th 5th to 11th August

Activities to entertain the kids (and adults!) all summer

To celebrate the opening of the new Skate Park - get the chance to design and paint the Skate Park ramps. Suitable clothing - children with an adult please. 10-4pm FREE julie wright 01623 457 249 email:

Information about hundreds of leisure, cultural and fun activities to keep kids entertained throughout the school holidays is now available in the summer What's On Guide. Mansfield District Council, Mansfield District Leisure Trust, Mansfield BID and Four Seasons Shopping Centre are putting on a whole range of FREE and low cost events and activities to keep the whole family entertained over the summer holidays. The Guide includes information about activities in Mansfield Town Centre (including a beach), workshops at Mansfield Museum, as well as multi sports activities and arts and crafts activities. The summer of fun begins now and activities will be running across the District until 3 September. The Guide can be downloaded from whatson It is also being handed out to local schools, leisure centres and community centres. It gives details of the full schedule of events and activities including dates, times and locations. Cllr Roger Sutcliffe, Deputy Mayor, said: "This summer is jam packed with fun events and activities to keep all ages entertained and I hope that everyone will enjoy and make the most of the activities on offer."


Culture Film Review: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Release: 23rd august Starring: Lily Collins, Lena Headey, Jared Harris

Book Review: Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reich Released: 15th August The gripping new Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs


et in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary


he body of a teenage girl is discovered along a desolate highway on the outskirts of Charlotte. Inside her purse is the ID card of a local businessman who died in a fire months earlier.

teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons.

Who was the girl? And was she murdered?

After the disappearance of her

Dr Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist, must find the answers. She soon learns that a Gulf War veteran stands accused of smuggling artefacts into the country. Could there be a connection between the two cases?

mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.

What’s on September Please note there are no shows on during August The Wiz 13 September 2013 - 14 September 2013, 7.30pm £9.50 Full // £8.50 Concs (No Booking Fee Applies) That 15 September 2013, 7:00pm £10.00 All Seats (No Booking Fee Applies) Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 19 September 2013 - 21 September 2013, 7:15pm £12.00 Full // £11.00 Concs // £42.00 Family of Four £11.00 each Block Bookers 10+ (No Booking Fee Applies) That’ll Be The Day 24 September 2013, 7.30pm £21.53 full / £20.50 concs.(Includes Booking Fee

Convinced that the girl’s death was no accident, Tempe soon finds herself at the centre of a conspiracy that extends from South America to Afghanistan. But to find justice for the dead, she must be more courageous - and take more extreme action than ever before. ISBN-13: 978-0434021154 (£11.01 Amazon)

East Midlands in Bloom The sun shone down on Mansfield recently as judges from the East Midlands in Bloom committee were given a guided tour of Mansfield as part of the East Midlands in Bloom competition. The judges were given a whistle-stop tour of the District's parks and open spaces, including Mansfield's Green Flag award winning Titchfield and Carr Bank Parks, as well as the many and varied floral displays in the town centre. The judges were also taken to Asquith Primary School where pupils led them around numerous planting projects on the school grounds. The judges were given a special In Bloom Portfolio which detailed a large variety of activities that have taken

place over the past year thanks to the friends of the parks, community groups and local nature reserves. The judges also assessed nature conservation, sustainability, permanent planting and cleanliness of the District. Portfolio Holder for the Environment Mansfield faces competition from Northampton in the cities category. The results will be announced at a ceremony in Skegness in September. Winners from the East Midlands in Bloom competition may then compete for the Britain in Bloom title. Last year, Mansfield was awarded silver in the small cities category.


Local Walks

Moor Pond Woods Walk This local walk around the Papplewick area is about 1-2km and encompasses the remains of an 18th Century water course.

Part of a series of “Hidden Valleys” located across Nottinghamshire. Parking is at the side of Linby lane and has two routes. The north takes in the Top upper dam and woods. Old sluices at the base of the dam hold two waterfalls and a footbridge. South of the car park area is the Top Mill, built by George Robinson in 1782 for spinning cotton using water powered machinery. Along Linby lane you head south on the path alongside a water channel known as a “leat”. Keep south and you meet the sluice to control water flow - recently uncovered and restored. Further south the path splits to circle the Moor Pond woods. The pond is close to Papplewick lane and was much larger when used to power the cotton mills. A restored shaft is covered by a grill here. If you venture south of the road there is Grange Cottages wood - converted to a wildflower meadow next to the restored 18th century mill-workers cottages. Across the area is an abundance of fauna and flora to enjoy.

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f you go down to the woods today you are sure of a big surprise. That’s what the song says and certainly if you

go down to Sherwood Forest in Edwinstowe between the 5 and 11 August you should get a few surprises as that is when Robin Hood and his band of merry men will be there for the Robin Hood Festival. No doubt the evil Sheriff of

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and we headed home soaked to the skin. The festival is well worth a visit with a variety of medieval activities all around the forest from archery to folk singing to falconry displays and more. Many of those taking part in the festival live in the forest during the week and so the children can see what life was like living in the ‘olden times’. We have been known to visit a couple of times during the course of the week of the festival with different activities on different days.

Nottingham with his sidekick, Guy of Gisborne will pay a

People travel to the festival from all over the county and

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beyond, it is often easy to overlook what is on our doorstep

The Robin Hood Festival has become a regular feature of our summer school holidays and more often than not the weather is pretty good. I can only remember one year when a jousting

so make the most of what the festival has to offer and with plenty of parking and only nominal parking charges plus no entrance fee it really is a great family day out so we’ll see you there!

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