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The High Life

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COMMUNITY 4 Youthzone 10 Editor’s Interview 13 Healthy Lifestyle CULTURE 29 Walks-4-life CORPORATE 15 Corporate section 23 Corporate Calendar 23 Profile Plus 24 Young Apprentice Story REGULAR FEATURES

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‘Editor’s Interview’ with Mark Stevenson, Head of Media & Communications at the Club, sharing how their achievement has lifted spirits in the team with the fans and how it can lift our local economy.. Plus plans for the future? See article page 10 Congratulations also to the winners of the recent Mansfield 2020 Business Awards and see page 22 for some fabulous photos. The front page shows the triple sweep success


of The Mansfield Manor Hotel & Restaurant. You may recall we promoted the hotel in a 2012 edition of The High life magazine as ‘a hidden gem’. Now it has proven itself as a ‘true diamond in the Mansfield sky’ following hard work from owners; Paul Edwards, Diane Doran

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and their team. See more about their journey to success and what they can offer to local residents and businesses on pages 8-9 I am very excited about the progression of this magazine, thank all who support it and read it. We got a great email from Mansfield Mayor Tony Egginton saying how much he enjoyed it


and how well things are going – so Tony we look forward to seeing you in the July edition! So enjoy and have a fabulous June whatever the weather (oops mentioned the weather again)

Diane Carter, Editor

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YOUTHZONE Children create a haven for bees and butterflies A total of 230 children from Berry Hill Primary and St Peter's Primary schools helped to plant a wildflower meadow at King George V Park, Black Scotch Lane, Mansfield. The seeds of native annual wildflower species were provided through a £750 Envirogrant from Veolia, the UK's leading recycling and waste management company and a £400 grant from OPAL, which aims to create and inspire a new generation of nature-lovers by getting people to explore, study, enjoy and protect their local environment. Naturescape British Wild Flowers, in Langar, provided the seeds and prepared the ground. The children, who were helped by Mansfield District Council's Parks staff, their parents, employees from Veolia and staff at both schools scattered the seeds, which will flower in the summer attracting bees, butterflies and birds. They also took part in a ball game to illustrate what happens during pollination. Ten pupils from Samworth Church Academy along with the Friends of Forest Road Park and the Council's Parks staff (photo right) recently planted five Silver Birch and Rowan trees at Forest Road Park (also known locally as Spider Park) thanks to a Greenwood Community Tree Planting Grant. Cllr Philip Shields said: "It is fantastic to have local schoolchildren involved as it strengthens our links with the local community and helps us work together to improve our local parks for the benefit of all our residents. The children were so enthusiastic and really enjoyed the experience - hopefully it will inspire a future generation of nature-lovers."

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As parents you are the most important influence for your children and everything you do, no matter how big or small, will have an impact on their learning and development. We all want our children to grow up into healthy, confident and independent individuals who are prepared to meet the challenges of school life. In order to gain the confidence to engage with peers and teachers at school it is important that all children develop • early social skills, • the ability to listen and to communicate,

Regular Educational Feature Top Tips for Time Management With GCSE and A Level examinations season here, one of the most crucial parts of studying and preparing for examinations is to help our children manage their time appropriately. This isn’t always easy in a world of mobile communications, social networking and other distractions in the summer such as (hopefully) good weather and sporting events on the television. There are 1,440 minutes in a day which should give our children plenty of time to study in but with so many “time bandits” encroaching on ours and their time below are some top tips with help with time management: Switch off mobile phones when studying. This also provides something to look forward after an hour or two of studying. Encourage children to get a good night’s sleep. It can be really difficulty to concentrate when tired. Allocate a set time of the day for studying and stick to this. Let others know not to contact or disturb your children when they are studying. Work out with your child how long they can concentrate before needing a break. Try 30 minutes then a 10 minute break. Encourage your child to use a record book or diary. Creating a calendar of study identifies times for work and times for fun. Find out the best time of day for learning for your child and help them plan their study calendar around this. Remember, we are all individuals and learn in different ways so our children may not find the study techniques you used useful. Talk to your child and find out what works for them and then help them allocate time for study. Brighter Futures Education is a local business run by a mother and daughter team offering one to one tuition services for children of all ages. Jill and Hayley are pleased and excited to be contributing to “High Life” magazine.

• an understanding of number and a love of books For these skills to develop the brain needs to be stimulated and challenged repeatedly every day of every week. Attending a nursery or pre-school gives children the opportunity to learn alongside others with early years specialists working with the family to plan the next steps towards effective learning. The Government continues to support families by offering tax savings through childcare voucher schemes along with grants for eligible families from age two. We are personally committed to ensure children get the very best preparation for school and life by developing these all important skills. If you would like to know more about the sort of service we provide please get in touch www. Christine and Steve Doubtfire


Community Year 7 talent sparkles at Samworth Church Academy


amworth Church Academy is celebrating the achievements of two year 7 students who are making a name for themselves in their respective disciplines of ice-skating and ballroom dancing. Rebecca Gillespie aged 12 (photo right) takes her ice-skating so seriously she trains 6 days a week getting up at 4.30 am and is on the ice for 6.30 am. Rebecca is modest about her achievements and says she was surprised at being placed so highly at the competition "I was expecting to do a little bit worse so I'm very pleased with where I came." But modesty aside, she has no doubt about where she intends to take her talent in years to come, "I'd like to skate at the Winter Olympics one day!" Ballroom dancer Kasey Meakin who is also 12 (photo left) competed recently, this time at Blackpool’s Nationwide Ballroom and Latin 2013 competition. Although this was the first time Kasey had qualified for the competition she was placed 15th overall. Jane Thompson, Welfare Manager at the Samworth Church Academy said: “We are very pleased at the Academy to have such successful and committed students both in and outside of the Academy. Both of these girls show such a dedication to their academic work, as well as their activities in dance and ice- skating after school hours that they are an inspiration to others.”

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Ollie and Charlotte secure World Championship selection Nova Disability Swimmers and Paralympic medallists Ollie Hynd MBE and Charlotte Henshaw secured their spots for the IPC World Swimming Championships with world class performances at the British International Disability Championships and World Trials held in Sheffield recently. Ollie Hynd made three world qualification times in the S8 Category, the only male GB swimmer to do so in the 100m Backstroke, 400m Freestyle and 200m Ind Medley. Notably these events are the ones he won Gold, Silver and Bronze in the London Paralympic Games and he will be looking to add to his medal tally at the World Championships, which take place in August at Montreal, Canada. Charlotte Henshaw also secured her qualification in the Women’s SB6 Category 100m Breaststroke with a storming performance. This will be Charlotte's second World Championships, previously winning a Silver medal in Eindhoven in 2010. Together with her Silver medal from London 2012, she will be hoping to go one better in Montreal this summer. Charlotte will also be travelling to Majorca with Ollie for the GB camp, along with their Coach Glenn Smith, Mansfield District Council's Swimming Development Officer and coach to the Mansfield Nova squad.


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With three children of her own, Ravenshead wife and mum Helen McBride is kept busy. But with the support of Team Fostering, Helen and her husband Simon have now fulfilled an ambition to become foster carers, something they have been doing for about year. Helen says: “It was something we always wanted to do. Children deserve somewhere safe and stable and once our own children were of a certain age, we decided the time was right. “Why wouldn’t you do it? There will be ups and downs and there will be challenges ahead but I would urge people to explore the idea and gain opinion from people.” Team Fostering is an independent, not-for-profit fostering agency that has its East Midlands office at the Mansfield i-Centre, in Hamilton Way on the Oakham Business Park. The website has a wealth of information and shows how working with Team Fostering delivers benefits to carers and children alike. Agency director Rosy Holden said: “Becoming a foster carer can be hard and challenging work but it can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. We’d love to hear from anyone interested in taking the next step to becoming a foster carer.”

All Saints’ Runs for Life What do you do when one of your fellow students is diagnosed with a brain tumour and undergoes aggressive treatment? This was the question faced by Year 10 students at All Saints’ Catholic School in Mansfield when Lucy Jones became seriously ill in March. Their response: get as many students and staff involved as possible and support Cancer Research UK in ‘Race for Life’. Lucy’s classmates and friends wanted to do something positive to show their support and have encouraged staff to join them in the 10km run in Clumber Park on 22nd June. Around eighty year 10 girls and 14 female staff will make up ‘Lucy’s Dream Team’ and hope to raise a significant sum of money through sponsorship to help further research into finding cures for cancer. Lucy is currently being treated at The Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Members of the public are welcome to support the team by donating at:

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All Saints’ Catholic School The Best in Mansfield Government league tables consistently show All Saints’ to be one of the highest achieving schools in Nottinghamshire and THE BEST school in the whole of Mansfield. 95% of students gained at least 5 A*-C GCSEs last year. If you want the best for your child then our dedicated staff team will do all they can to ensure they reach their potential. We expect students to work hard in a disciplined environment where excellent behaviour is important. A recent OFSTED inspection rated the school as good with some aspects being outstanding. Inspectors noted that students enjoy learning and coming to school. Many of our students and staff are Catholic but we welcome students of all faiths, or non, equally. You can find out more by visiting our website, contacting the school and by coming to see us at our next Open Evening. All Saints’ RC School Broomhill Lane Mansfield NG19 6BW 01623 474700 All Saints’ Catholic School Broomhill Lane Mansfield NG19 6BW 01623 474700


Sweeps the Boards at Mansfield 2020 Business Awards! Winners of 3 coveted business awards, Mansfield Manor Hotel has been recognised for their great efforts in refurbishing the old Portland Hall Hotel. This wonderful 1805 Georgian building had been neglected for some years until Paul Andrews and Diane Doran purchased Left to Right: Paul Andrews, Kim Wilson, Diane Doran the property exactly one year ago. Their efforts to reinstate the Hotel as a centrepiece for Mansfield was recognised by the award for “Most Promising New Business”. Paul Andrews told High Life Magazine: “We are delighted! We have worked very hard to bring a feel of modern sophistication to the building, whilst maintaining all the original features wherever possible”.

Paul and Diane have also worked hard with Community groups to reduce anti social behaviour, with great success and are fast on the way to becoming the Town’s premier wedding venue. “We have booked around 65 weddings in the last year, as people love the place right away”, said Diane. Leaving school with no qualifications, Paul and Diane both gained Masters degrees and worked hard to develop a property portfolio as well as several other businesses before purchasing Mansfield Manor Hotel. Their achievements in business were impressive enough to win the “Most Entrepreneurial Spirit” award. During the interview for the awards, Diane and Paul told the judges: “One of our sayings is from Goethe: “Everything is difficult before it is easy”. Its easy to give up when things get tough, but we try to stay focused and we are tenacious by nature”. The team is completed by Bar Manager: Connor Doran and apprentice Kim Wilson. Kim’s award for “Apprentice of the Year” completed the trio of awards for Mansfield Manor. At only 17 years old, Kim has become an integral member of the senior team and is looking to further her achievements by taking on a sales and marketing role following the end of her apprenticeship. Kim beat four other finalists and this was by far the most heavily entered category. Diane said: “We are so very Proud of Kim – she has thoroughly earned this !” “We are so grateful for the support of the Mansfield Community and looking forward to a great future here”. said Paul Andrews.

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Q Editor’s Interview Mansfield Town Football Club

Basking in Glory Our local football club is currently in celebration following their long-awaited return back to the Football League. We invited Mark Stevenson, Head of Media & Communications to speak to us at The High Life and share not only their obvious excitement at moving back into the league but also the effects they believe this could have on the club and the local town. Name: Mark Stevenson Role: Head of Media & Communications How long been at the club? 6 years


. Mansfield Town Football Club is at the heart of the town with most Saturday’s residents enjoying the sight of the blue and yellow dressed fans walking to Quarry Lane. We believe this is going to be a fabulous lift to the spirits in our area and already the media coverage both local and national has been immensely the question is how did you keep the team and fans positive when things were not going so well Football is a different business than any other. From a public relations point of view, there is no better ploy than when a team is consistently winning football matches. It creates a natural feel-good atmosphere around the club and in the terraces. When a team is experiencing an indifferent run of form, it is important that people see the long-term picture and this is the message which can only really be conveyed when a team is experiencing an indifferent run of results.

. From a business perspective many local companies are having to work even harder to motivate staff when things are not quite going to plan – so any tips on how you kept the team spirit and constantly inspired the players to keep going for it? Especially at the end when they really had to produce the extra mile to win the title and the fans were so relying on them to win. This is a question more for the manager, Paul Cox, than me. Nothing can be taken away from the magnificent achievement of him leading the team to the league title in a demanding league where only two places are up for grabs. Having worked with Paul for over two years, his whole ethos is based around hard work, employing the right strategy and ensuring his players’ mind-set is both level and focussed to achieving the desire goal; three points from the next game.


. Being back in the football league after 5 years of absence what plans do you have in place to take advantage of this current situation? The Chairman, John Radford, is hugely ambitious and has led out plans for a new state of the art training ground at the side of the One Call Stadium. Having viewed the plans, they look very impressive and will bode well for the development of the players in the years ahead. In addition, a new academy is set to be formed in the summer, where young

players from our area will have the chance to move through the ranks at the club and have the opportunity of playing for the first team in the future.


. Attendance maybe was an issue just being in the conference league, which obviously affects the financial status –– do you expect re-joining the football league to have a significant impact on your financial position both for paying for the club and for bringing in new talent? The average attendance for games at the One Call Stadium will increase because of two factors; firstly, people are attracted to success and want to be a progressive football club. Having won the league title last season, more fans are expected to ‘hop on the back’ of a successful campaign and add to the numbers of the faithful. Secondly, the clubs in League two are better supported and travel far greatly in their numbers to Mansfield than teams we have played against in the Conference.


. Also judging by capacity of crowd for Wrexham match 6,000 – how to aim to keep that level of interest – a sell out?


Community Matches such as the one you mentioned, against Wrexham on the last day of the campaign, are exceptional days. I wouldn’t quite expect 6,000 inside the ground every home game, but the interest is there in and around the town to suggest that the home fans will swell next season. It is an exciting time to be a Stags supporter just now, which will have a great impact in the wider community.


. What about investing in the actual football ground, for example the bishop Street Stand has been condemned – do you plan to do any renovation work? There are various ideas about developing the Bishop Street side of the ground, but they are in a very early stage. It will be a case of ‘watch this space’.


. Already as stated previously the success bought an amazing much

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needed positive atmosphere into the centre of Mansfield on a Saturday a few weeks ago. How much influence do you believe the club does have on the local area and the economy? The club is the oldest institution in the Town and whether people come to the matches regularly or not, I believe most people have a certain level of affection for the club and want us to do well. Research has shown that Mansfield Town as a Football League club adds an additional £5m to the local economy – so it is a big part of the town’s fabric.


. Also of course any plans for increased local employment with football players/gate keepers, catering staff, etc? The club is developing at pretty fast pace. With the addition of a new training ground in the near future, this will create jobs for local people, as it is believed that the training ground, which will

contain a café etc, will be open to the public eventually.


. Any plans for increased involvement within the community? The club has an excellent and thriving community program, where over 12,000 local kids are visited every single season. There are a number of activities which are available to youngsters in the area which can give young people the opportunity of getting even closer to their football club. The High Life would like to offer massive congratulations and encourage our local residents and businesses to stand proud of our local successful football club and go and support them! Diane Carter, Editor, The High Life

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A Healthy Life with The High Life No birthday cake for Mansfield Leisure Trust as local residents want to get fitter and healthier

Residents across Mansfield are attempting to get fitter and healthier according to figures released today by the Mansfield District Leisure Trust. The data shows that over the past 12 months there has been 14% more visits and a 58% increase in membership across the district’s five leisure centres: Meden Sports Centre; Oak Tree Leisure Centre; Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre; River Maun Recreation Centre; and Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex. The announcement comes as the Trust, celebrates its first year of delivering leisure services on behalf of Mansfield District Council. Mansfield District Leisure Trust credits the large increase in usage to the numerous changes and improvements it has made since taking over service delivery on 1st May 2012. These include: „„Extended opening hours. After listening to customer feedback the majority of centres now open an hour earlier each morning to allow users to makes use of

the facilities before work. „„A price freeze and price drops. Membership prices have been held at 2012 levels and adults and juniors using the gym on a pay as you go basis now pay less to exercise. „„Lower priced and new membership packages. The Trust has introduced new packages for the unemployed and over 60s, as well as family swim options, swim-only, “gym, swim and health suite” and lower priced all-inclusive deals. „„Investment in refurbishing the gym at Oak Tree and Water Meadows. „„Facelifts and refurbished gym equipment at Meden, River Maun and the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre. „„Swimming Lessons incentive scheme which allows children whose parents sign-up for 12 months of swimming lesions via direct debit benefit from unlimited free swimming at any other time. „„Reduction in carbon footprint. The Trust has undertaken improvement works to building management and the control of the utility consumption which have dramatically reduced its carbon footprint. Chair of the Mansfield and District Leisure Trust, Brian Taylor said: “It’s been an

incredible first year and I’m delighted that the improvements we’ve made have driven a substantial increase in usage across the board from the very young to the very old. We plan to build on our success and continue to improve the facilities to best meet the needs of the local community.” Portfolio holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council, Councillor Philip Shields said: “This is a great example of how partnership working can create a fantastic service for the benefit of all leisure users across our District. “It is great to see how far the service has come in a relatively short time with investment in facilities, new activities and reduced pricing options.” Photo: Portfolio holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council, Councillor Philip Shields and Ian Bagshaw Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex Facility Manager exercise in the refurbished Water Meadows Gym.

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It’s Women’s Business Pink Carpet Exhibition Thursday 20th June 2013 10am - 3pm Venue: Portland College Corporate Suite Nottingham Road Mansfield NG18 4TJ Guest Speakers: Local Super-hero Denise Lowther sharing her experience of the 28th Marathon de Sables 2013 Carolyn Radford Chief Executive Mansfield Town F.C. & Chris Cutland, Deputy Nott’s Police & Crime Commissioner Gold Sponsor

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Agenda FREE coffee or tea upon arrival Introduction to the Sponsors, Specialists & Advisors Browse the stands & network 10.45 – 11.15 am - Sharing the Stage: Alison Hollingworth of Steps Forward, presents “Taking Responsibility of Your Life and Business”, followed by: Carolyn Radford of MTFC, “The Steps to Success” A delicious 2-course seated lunch with coffee & mints served from 12.00 – 1.15 Followed by our keynote speaker local superhero: Denise Lowther Denise will be sharing her experience of The 28th Marathon Des Sables 2013. To quote Denise “156 Miles in 6 Days, across the Sahara Desert carrying your own gear…”..How hard could it possibly be? Denise a regular triathlon and iron man participant will be sharing an inspiring talk on her road to recovery from cancer and how her whole life perspective has changed including her values and visions through her experience 2.00-2.30pm - Sue Leadbeater IWB Family Law silver specialist “Putting Legal Procedures and Plans in place when you engage in a personal or business relationship”, Sue is Joined by Chris Cutland, Deputy Police Commissioner talking about her new role and working how she intends to work against crime involving women The floor will be open for a few minutes of question time to Sue and Chris IWB offers a warm welcome to all members and attendees, local students sponsored by Brighter Futures Education Also joining us for lunch Wendy Hain, Director of Membership for DNCC Carolyn Radford and Chris Cutland Event Sponsors

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For tax reasons alone, it is essential that every owner of a privately run business should have an exit strategy plan. Yet surprisingly, few business owners actually have one. Normally, they are too busy All privately owned businesses will one The issue facing owners just to stop “the consequences of failing to plan of small to medium sized day end up being sold or transferred, and think ahead can be both considerable and enterprises (SME's) and owners have to do what is right for about what themselves. If a person has worked hard is that they have expensive...” will happen over the years to build up a successful worked hard to build when they business and is 50 or over, now may well up the business and have become fairly finally decide to call it a day. be the right time to start thinking about how indispensable. This poses something of It takes a great deal of hard work and to enjoy that success in a way that best a dilemma if something happens to them commitment for someone to run their own suits the individual. or they want to leave the company in the company, and the day-to-day pressures future. The days of a 'set in stone' retirement naturally mean that the financial health age of 60 or 65 are long gone and these If they were able to put a value on the of the business takes priority over the days, all kinds of options are open. Early company shares, they would probably find time spent on planning their own financial retirement may be part of the game plan. they have created an asset that's worth a objectives. Or the owner may be enjoying the work so great deal of money. The problem is how As a result, very few owners have given much that they want to carry on. Perhaps to unlock that value from the business serious consideration to the ultimate the owner would like to continue working, and minimise the impact of leaving the question – the final realisation of all that but at a slower pace, company. they have worked for. Even if a business “The days of a ‘set in stone’ retirement maybe with some There is a owner does not have plans to leave the age of 60 or 65 are long gone and these voluntary activities range of company in the foreseeable future, the thrown in. He or she days, all kinds of options are open. .” financial consequences of failing to plan ahead can might possibly want planning be both considerable and expensive. to help someone tools, which can be applied to the set up their own business with the benefit That is why all owners and businesses development of an exit strategy. These of their experience, or they might fancy need an exit strategy, which allows the include international investments, cashflow a spell as a non-executive director or shareholder director to leave the company injections to support the balance sheet chairman. in the most efficient way possible, and facilitate exit plans, retirement consistent with personal and business Whatever demands and pressures are planning, corporate protection and capital objectives and with minimal disruption to placed on your time today it’s important to tax planning which, planned effectively, the long term stability of the business. start thinking about putting that strategic can reduce or remove the twin threats of plan in place. Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax. It makes good sense to consider an exit strategy sooner rather than later. It is To receive a free guide covering Wealth As part of the strategic plan, it is vital almost always less expensive and less Management, Retirement Planning or that owners examine both business and disruptive to develop a strategy over a Inheritance Tax Planning, produced by personal issues including estate planning, period of time; a small outlay at the outset St. James’s Place Wealth Management, retirement plans, financial requirements, can remove risk from the balance sheet, contact Mark Pennington of Ryley and tax planning, as well as heirs, while proper planning can avoid large Wealth Management on 0115 905 1480 liabilities and the capabilities of existing capital outflows in the future. And tax or email management. Owners should decide planning now is likely to be easier and or visit who the most likely buyer of the business less disruptive than paying tax later. What might be, ranging from family members, is more, planning an exit strategy gives employees or partners to investors or confidence to co-directors, employees,


East Midlands Action Group

The East Midlands Action Group – Proactively Working for a Positive Future for Local Business Following on from the highly successful East Midlands Action-4-Business Exhibition a local group of pro-active business owners have set up the East Midlands Action Group to work towards an even bigger and better event – already booked for Wednesday the 16th October once again at the prestigious Mansfield Civic Centre. Anyone who wants to really work towards boosting our local economy through this highly effective means of networking can join the group, meeting about once a month with the simply aim to offer a highly effective showcase for East Midlands Businesses. At the first meeting held on the 9th October the group considered different means of encouraging higher attendance looking at various business sectors that may have missed out but are warmly welcomed such as the construction industry and many independent traders

Corporate within that area. Also we discussed the short sharp workshops and subjects relevant to our theme: The Festive Season; Feast or Famine. Speakers and titles will be announced in the next edition of The High Life. It was agreed to organise a ‘Meet The Buyer’ scheme and set up a section of the exhibition for retailers to sell their products or home made goods.

East Midlands Action- 4 -Business - 2

It was agreed very early promotion was required, so please note this date: Wednesday 16th October. You can book free attendance or a stand via Diane Carter or go online and visit http:// wwwema4businessexhibition2-es2. Remember there was a mass sell out at THE last event! 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 There are only 3 specifications;- YOU Must be Positive about our local area, see the potential and of course have some great ideas to bring to the table – which I am sure you will have. Current East Midlands Action Group Members include: Diane Carter, Marathon Media & Event Organiser, Simon Misiewicz, Optimise Business, Jennifer Needham of Midlands Insurance, Paul Edwards the Manor Hotel, Helena Lord of the DNCC, Steve Pickles of Forever and Jill Bator, Brighter Futures Education. Add your name here and get involved....... The East Midlands Action Group – Proactively Working for a Positive Future for Local Business Want to get involved Call: 07916 245 367 or email Come to our next meeting on Thursday 27th June. Venue the Mansfield Manor Hotel, 12-1pm.


Corporate Mansfield 2020 Business Awards



eading firms were recognised for their achievements at the annual 2020 ball and business awards at the Civic Centre in Mansfield. This successful annual event, hosted by local networking organisation Mansfield 2020, acknowledges and rewards the achievement of local businesses that have shown an entrepreneurial and enterprising fortitude, whilst recognising their contribution to the economic development of the Nottinghamshire area. Chairman Irvin Robinson stated: “We are delighted to showcase local businesses. Our awards event really does reflect the excellence and depth of our local business community�. Community sponsored by The Brunts Academy Winner: Jigsaw Support Scheme

Jigsaw support scheme is a registered charity established in 2000. They currently offer 4 different services to vulnerable adults living in this area. These services include housing related support and befriending. Most Promising New Business sponsored by Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies Limited Winner: Mansfield Manor

Mansfield Manor is a 19th century 11 bedroom hotel overlooking Carr Bank Park that had previously been trading as the Portland Hall Hotel. During the period of May 2012 – Feb 2013 owners Paul and Diane transformed the hotel and not only worked on refurbishment of the lower floor and bedrooms, but they

have reduced vandalism and anti-social behaviour within the area. Entrepreneurial Spirit sponsored by Purpose Media Winner: Mansfield Manor As announced earlier since May 2012 Paul and Diane have transformed and upgraded the hotel rooms and developed a restaurant within the Manor. They are also now licensed for Civil ceremonies and offer unique wedding packages. Their goal is to improve the image of Mansfield Manor hotel and become the preferred wedding venue within the Mansfield area. Business Commitment to the Environment sponsored by Ron Brooks (Mansfield) Limited Winner: Untapped Resource CIC

Operating over three years, the aim of this Community Interest Company has been to improve the self-confidence, self-esteem and employability of people affected by long term unemployment, offering support and work based learning opportunities. With a focus on recycling business waste, the organisation collects a selected range of recyclables, and splits them into constituent parts for recycling. www. Customer Focus Initiative sponsored by Mansfield BID Winner: The Brunts Academy

The Brunts Academy is ranked in the top 8% of schools in the country for pupil progress. They have always striven for educational excellence, constantly reviewing methods and practice to ensure its students are given every opportunity to

prepare for further training or employment through achieving their full potential. Business of the Year sponsored by Vision West Notts Winner: Purpose Media Purpose media was founded in 2009 by Matt Wheatcroft & Tim Lenton. They had previously worked together and decided to combine their skills to establish their own company. The business was initially focused on basic websites for clients based within the East Midlands. The emphasis has since shifted to e-commerce and multi-lingual websites with customers across the UK and internationally. Young Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Vision Apprentices Winner: Kim Wilson

Kim has an entrepreneurial approach to her work she is hard working and enthusiastic. She uses her initiative and has executed ideas that make a positive change. 2020 Outstanding Contribution to Mansfield: Nick Linney of Linney Group Limited received the 2020 Outstanding Contribution to Mansfield award for his tireless efforts for the good of this town. His passion for creating opportunities for local young people and encouraging people to achieve what they can. The Linney group stays close to the community and gifts a substantial sum both in cash and kind to community projects. 81% of people who work there live within 20 miles of Mansfield. The business has provided work experience for over 250 youngsters during the last few years, mostly from Mansfield and it has many links with the local schools.



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M2020 Survey Results: Business Growth Survey April 2013

77% of businesses do not use government grants. Several businesses reported concerns about inflexibility & expense of town centre car parking. Concerns were raised about the lack of inter trading within the area and lack of support from local council with regards to rates, empty shops and clean streets.


he recent business growth survey conducted by Mansfield 2020 found 97% of businesses in Mansfield and Ashfield are looking to grow their business in the next 12 – 18 months. 49% of businesses plan to grow their business from advertising and online activity. 36% plan to develop in the form of R&D / Sales / Training etc. 26% plan to diversify. Others stated they intend to grow through networking, promotional events and local marketing. Over 96% of businesses feel satisfied with the potential to expand, area and location. Nearly 90% of businesses are happy with the transport, infrastructure and size of their business site. Only 67% of businesses are happy with their broadband service. 83% of businesses stated the availability of finance or grants are a barrier for growth. Along with 85% stating rents & rates are a barrier for growth. 72% reported availability of skill sets and recruitment as a barrier for growth. 65% of businesses plan to improve profit by reducing cost and 43% plan to increase prices: 37% via training and 32% via investment (assets). Others stated they plan to increase profit by increasing sales and client base.

Overall the results from the survey indicated local businesses are still very eager to work together and remain positive. The majority stressed the need to clean up the town centre to ensure we offer an appealing place to visit. A sincere THANK YOU to everyone for participating! What next? The issues raised in this survey will form action points for our Business Liaison Group (BLG) to discuss and focus on fulfilling the changes needed in Mansfield and Ashfield to help business growth. Mansfield 2020 is passionate about generating interest within the business community in order to instil confidence and belief in the future of our town. We believe in Mansfield and we want you all to be part of it have you say and join our BLG group! Contact Caroline Cox for meeting dates.


Regular Feature: Keys to Success Ask an INTERNET ENTREPRENEUR - Edition 11

Having a website is not enough!

Part 2 in the series of “HOW to Get MORE Visitors to Your Website and Convert to Sales” I’ve lost count how many times I’ve been asked to comment on whether I think a website looks good (hoping that I will say yes) Why? Because the owner is disappointed with (or at best, questioning) its performance. They aren’t seeing any results, specifically buyers! Unfortunately there’s a bad pattern to this; People so often and naively associate a ‘good looking’ website with an expectation for automatically getting visitors and making sales online. The reality is this – A website is similar to a bricks and mortar shop, it needs passing traffic (visitors, footfall) because otherwise, no one knows you’re there and so no one buys from you! Having an attractive website (or an ugly one for that matter) does not mean you’ll automatically get visitors and make sales! Sorry to be the one to have to tell you this, but I’d rather tell you an ugly truth than a beautiful lie. When it comes to spending your budget, it’s far more important to spend the largest amount of it not on the website, but on getting traffic to it! And what’s more, before the website even gets built, it needs designing with a SALES PROCESS in mind. I see very few websites

that have any clear evidence of this and it’s so critically important. I cannot overemphasise the need to have a clear sales process built into your website. (more to come on sales process later in this series when we get to “converting visitors”) When it comes to generating TRAFFIC, we can either “pull” it, or “push” it or both! I like to do both to maximise the opportunities. Introducing - “Search engine optimisation” or SEO for short. This is a process of maximizing the number of visitors to a website by ensuring that the site remains high on the list of results provided by the search engine. SEO can be categorised into two types; “On-site” and “Off-site” which I will explain in the next edition and then begin showing you some EXACT methods to help you drive unlimited traffic to your website! Look out for the continuation of “Search engine Optimisation” and “HOW to Get MORE Visitors to Your website and Convert to Sales” series in next month’s edition of The High Life Magazine In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email them to me at 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!


Corporate Profile Plus:

An Introduction to Local Business people

Name: Caroline Cox Business Name & Role: Mansfield 2020, Operations Manager Introduction: After spending years travelling the UK as part of her role as Marketing Manager within the hearing aid industry Caroline jumped at the opportunity to not only be based locally but to help Mansfield 2020 continue to make a difference to the local economy. Caroline is responsible for operations and marketing. She creates new platforms for members to promote themselves and along with her board members stimulates and generates interest within the business community in order to instil confidence and belief in the town.

Name: Steve Pickles Business: Director Introduction: I am part of an expanding distributor network, supplying natural products for a longer healthier life. Specialising in the areas of Sports performance and recovery, Weight management, Skin care, Animal care, Nutritional supplements and a recently launched “Flawless by Sonya” cosmetics range. All our Forever products have an unconditional 60 day money back satisfaction guarantee. Many of Forever’s products have Aloe Vera as the number one ingredient so you can be assured of the highest quality. For a free consultation, product samples or to enquire about joining our team, call 01773522906 On the weekend I enjoy mountain biking, sailing, skiing, canoeing, photography, walking, climbing, scuba diving, travelling…

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Diary Dates for Business Events June 2013 FSB - The next meeting of Mansfield and Ashfield Branch will be on Monday 10th June 6.30pm to 8.30pm Venue: Mansfield Manor Hotel, Windmill La, Mansfield, NG18 2AL, M2020 Business Breakfast Thursday 27th June Time: 7.15 – 9 am. Venue: Mansfield Civic Centre, Chesterfield Rd, Mansfield NG19 7BH. To book: IWB Pink Carpet Exhibition (no ladies at lunch) Thursday 20th June, 10am to 3pm Venue: Portland college, Nottingham Rd, Mansfield See full advert for details page 16 - 17 Tuesday Networking 4th & 18th June 2013 @ 7.30am 2nd July 2013 @ 7.30am The Toby Carvery, The Watermill, Coxmoor Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4NE Contact



In their own words A Young Apprentice’s Story A Day in the Life of Mansfield 2020 Apprentice of the Year… Name: Kimberley Wilson, Age: 17 Current Role: Hotel Administrator

Kimberley Wilson left Garibaldi College in 2012 achieving C’s and above in my GCSE’s, Media Studies and Four A*s in Business Studies. In addition she worked at South Forest Leisure Centre as a waitress in her spare time from school. “I really enjoyed the complexity and organisational demands of the role” stated Kimberley. This was the start of her career journey.

fresh meats. I have a growing role with our potential brides, showing them the venue and discussing their perfect day with them. My biggest projects have included the organisation of our successful wedding fair and I have just organised a 50th Birthday party celebration by email with a couple who live in Gran Canaria!

Kimberley - centre, receiving her award

What were the biggest challenges you faced?

The biggest “I want to be focused and successful in my challenge I Did you know career and I want to travel the world” what you wanted face, almost to do when you daily, is being left school? taken seriously!! Guests are often taken aback when they see how young I am.. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, On the phone they don’t realise and treat but I loved business studies and I enjoyed me differently because they think I am the entrepreneurial projects that we older and more experienced!! undertook. I had stall selling mistletoe at Christmas – and cleaned up!! What do you enjoy the most? How did you get your first job? My Mum told me that her hairdressers needed someone to help in the Salon, so I called them and arranged an interview & trial day. I then worked there for several months So how did you get the job with Mansfield Manor Hotel & Restaurant? Having left school, I looked for a business administration apprenticeship placement. My careers advisor rang me to let me know that Mansfield Manor had asked STS Training to interview potential candidates for them. I contacted the hotel and was invited for an interview soon after, and was offered the job immediately. Kimberley offer an example of a typical day as an Apprentice at The Mansfield Manor.. In the morning, I check if there’s anything urgent that I need to focus on, then check the emails, replying to customers’ queries. I co-ordinate bookings for rooms, and schedule the cleaners and rotas for the waiting staff. I source items for the refurbishment and for weddings and events. I am responsible for the social media interactions for the hotel, including Facebook and updating the website. I am the focal point for liaison between our suppliers and the staff at the hotel, for example, ordering wines and

I like dealing with our customers and especially, setting up for weddings. I like to organise everything perfectly for them. I love the advertising aspects and social media. Ambition for the Future? I want to experience as many aspects of life and business as I can. I want to be focused and successful in my career and I want to travel the world. After that – who knows??!!

can give them? We believe it’s so important to invest in young people because they are society’s future. It is extremely rewarding to develop someone’s skills and latent abilities, particularly in talented individuals like Kim. We hope to show Kim not only how to be entrepreneurial and how to use tools to develop ideas for business, but also to offer the experience of ethical leadership, how people should be treated in the workplace and how to get the best out of everyone. What do you believe you can offer to Kim through her work and training? We can help Kim think strategically about business and to develop systems and processes that improve the quality of the service offered to customers. We love apprentices because they are able to look at the business with fresh eyes – giving feedback on things that can be done differently and better. The enthusiasm and positivity that they bring is completely infectious and uplifting.

How did you feel when you “We love apprentices because they are able received the Mansfield 2020 to look at the business with fresh eyes” Business Award in April this year? About Mansfield Manor Restaurant & I was ecstatic! Not only did I win the Hotel award, but the hotel won another 2 A 10 bedroom boutique hotel that awards, which I shared in! overlooks Carr Bank Park, offering good Is it all work and no play? What do you quality, private accommodation and do when not working? freshly food prepared in house. Seating up to 70 guests for functions, we try to ensure I used to want to work all the time but I that every detail of guests’ requirements know now that I have to have a balance and that social time with family and friends is met. is really important too. I am learning to Contact details: Mansfield Manor drive at the moment and have saved for a Hotel, Windmill Lane, Mansfield, new car – I paid myself £2 per week and Nottinghamshire. NG18 2AL. 01623 saved the rest of my wages!!! 452525. A word from the employer. Why did you employ a young person and what skills/experience do you believe you

Femme page 25

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 Laughter Lines Have you noticed how important comedy has become to us as a nation? Stage comics, situation comedies and comedy panel shows have all experienced a massive rise in popularity and I can only applaud this. I know you get home sometimes and don’t want to feel cheerful (a rainy Monday at work for example), but if you do watch something funny, you find yourself slowly slipping (despite yourself) out of your bad humour and feeling lighter. My absolute fave TV programme at the moment is ‘Not Going Out’, which

Charity work of Profile Plus’s Caroline Cox I have just participated in the Tough Mudder May 2013 event helped raise money for two fantastic charities. If you have never heard of Tough Mudder visit www. Their strapline is ‘Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet! It is a hardcore 12 mile-long obstacle courses designed by the Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Each week of training built my stamina to get through this course and raise as much money as possible for Stand Up To Cancer..heres why.... We ALL can help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured! Think about that for a second: cures for cancer within our lifetime. Isn’t that worth

is ironically what I’m doing when I’m watching. This programme has me literally crying and paralysed with giggles at the quick fire puns and one-liners- Lee Mack’s similarity to Eric Morecombe and his famous ‘ice cream man’ sketch is truly uncanny, and I think his brilliance in comedy rhetoric is unmatched in the pop comedy arena at the moment. I was treated to a live performance by another stand up comedian this month – Reginald D Hunter, who regularly appears on ‘Have I Got News For You’, delivering a tide of inspired comedy torpedoes which

invade your laughter sensors before you’ve had chance to fully comprehend why this is the type of comedy I like and his performance was inspired. Often the less comedians say, the funnier the sketch. Reginald’s support act was a Canadian comedian, Pete Johansonn who was equally as funny – discussing why our society would be a whole lot better if we had ‘Bears’ in our country as they do in Canada. You had to be there! Whatever your sense of humour, comedy is a great way to relieve stress, lifts your spirits and can make you feel more energised and positive. Financial, time and general life pressures are high for us all,

fighting for? Stand Up To Cancer’s aim is to help get real benefits to patients, quicker. This will not happen without raising money for fantastic charities like Stand up to Cancer. Cancer has affected some many fabulous women in my life. This was my chance to make a difference and stop this disease taking any more fabulous people from my life and yours! Cancer has destroyed so many life’s, whether it is someone in your family, your friend or a colleague we all know a story where Cancer has destroyed and ripped life’s apart! Let’s all stand up to cancer TODAY! This event was mentally and physically challenging but every step was worth it as it raised £600 for the charity.

however experts tell us that therapeutic humour has the power to motivate, alleviate stress and even pain which is wonderful if your health is not so good. Improving one’s sense of well- being is another positive outcome of humour and in the times we live in, this can only be good. So let’s smile, laugh and giggle - embracing the positive effects that humour can bring us. Jennifer Needham, BDM at Midland Insurance Services contact: 01623 641 386


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feminine look, while

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bold choice, not least due to the inherent dangers of coffee

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pen marks. Yet it’s our

and designers have

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About Natalie A local freelance journalist with a passion for fashion, I write for local news websites and blogs, specialising in lifestyle and popular culture. When I’m not writing I can usually be found with my head buried in the pages of fashion magazines, watching the latest catwalk shows or scouring the high street for the latest designer inspired looks. I love fashions influenced by the 1930’s, 40s and 50s. Think Peter Pan collars, A-line skirts and vintage patterns - that’s me


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Culture Cash prizes up for grabs for tenants’ best kept gardens

Mansfield District Council is hoping for a blooming good response to its Best Kept Garden Competition 2013. The Best Kept Front or Back Garden competition is open to all Council tenants in the District. A total of £600 prize money is available, with the winner receiving a first prize of £300, second prize of £200 and a third prize of £100. Judges will be looking for the following criteria: • Overall design and appearance • Choice and quality of plants to give a year-round interest • Health of plants (free from pests and diseases) • Cleanliness and tidiness of the garden • Lack of weeds • Plants that attract birds and insects • Water conservation (mulch, ground cover and water recycling) • Evidence of environmentally-friendly gardening techniques (chemicals and pesticides) To enter the competition, fill in an entry form, which are available from the Housing desk at the Civic Centre or online at www.

LADY GAGA, JESSIE J AND PINK TRIBUTES ALL IN ONE NIGHT The award winning tribute artist, Vicky Jackson will be performing covers from Lady Gaga, Jessie J and Pink in the Lindhurst Rooms at the Mansfield Civic Centre in Mansfield on Saturday 15th June 2013. Vicky’s look-a-like and sound constantly delivers the attitude, vocals and performance that you would expect from all the acts she doubles. She was one of the very first Lady Gaga tributes on the scene and admits this is her most exciting venture to date. Donning crazy Gaga costumes and a lightning bolt, Vicky’s vocals are as accurate as Gaga herself. Songs include Lady Gaga’s number one hits and cult smashes ‘Pokerface’, ‘Paparazzi’, ‘Let’s Dance’ and

‘Edge of Glory’. She is quickly gaining a reputation as the best Gaga on the circuit. She also brings a brand new show for 2013 as Jessie J with the massive vocal impersonation of one of the most exciting stars to come out of the UK in years! Her show this year also features some of Pinks’ big hits including songs from ‘The Truth About Love’, and features hits from the early R’n’B inspired Pink days including ‘You Make Me Sick’ and ‘Get The Party Started.’ Vicky commented; ‘I am so excited about performing my new show this year at Mansfield in June.’ Tickets to this fantastic music night cost £10 and can be purchased in advance by calling 01623 656 766 or by buying them direct from the Lindhurst Rooms in Mansfield Civic Centre. The evening will run from 7pm to midnight and includes a free chip roll and a disco for those who wish to dance the night away. For further details please go to www.youreventinmansfield.

Please ensure that fully completed entry forms are returned by 1 July 2013. Judging will take place between Monday 15 July and Friday 2 August 2013. Winners will be notified of the results of the competition in midAugust and will be invited to the Civic Centre for a presentation of both certificates and cash prizes. Portfolio Holder for Tenancy Services and Special Housing Needs, Councillor Mick Colley said: “This competition is an exciting new initiative involving the great outdoors, which is open to all Council tenants. I would encourage people to get out their gardens and discover the satisfaction of creating a space that is both attractive environmentally-friendly. Gardening offers people many benefits including reducing stress and keeping fit. Hopefully, the competition encourage new gardeners, while also appealing to those who already have established gardens.” For more information about the Council Tenants Best Garden Competition, telephone 01623 463 463 or email

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Quick! Win Tickets to see the fabulous: LADY GAGA, JESSIE J AND PINK TRIBUTES at Mansfield Civic Centre Lindhurst Rooms on 15th June

The Closing Date is Friday 9th June

Question: Who originally sang “Get the party started”? a: Lady Gaga b: Pink c: Jessie J entries by email only to

Closing Date is 9th June so be quick!

Local Walks



The Southwell Trail Walk Southwell Trail dates back to 1842 when it was part of the Midland Railway running from Rolleston via Southwell to Mansfield. Completed in April 1871, the line became renowned for poor passenger services, with the majority of use being for goods trains carrying coal. By 1968 the line was closed, a casualty of the modernisation of British Rail. The old Railway was bought by Nott’s County Council in the 1970s. Since then, the Southwell Trail, has been managed as a cross-country route used by walkers and cyclists to horse riders. The Trail now supports a wide range of habitats, because it crosses two distinct geological areas. The Sherwood Sandstone around Bilsthorpe and Farnsfield, which is acidic poor soil and supports few species, whereas the Keupar Marl south at Kirklington spreading towards Southwell has rich meadows and woodlands. Species to look out for include the common lizard (in the open around Farnsfield), various raptors including sparrow hawks and buzzards, and many butterflies, including the speckled wood. The trail is a long walk and will take a full day, being linear it can be a bit of a trek and you should have good walking boots and provisions to keep you going. There are four points to park (marked with a “P” on the map, with Farnsfield and Southwell offering the best and easiest starting points. Also marked on the map is a short pretty walk from the Station Road Southwell car park heading along the trail and then taking a right turn on a public footpath to intersect the river greet at Maythorne. Turn right after the buildings to follow the north side of the river bank back to the car park.

If you know of a good local walk why not register it on the Walk-4-Life website You can also send us your photos of the walk and we will try and publish for others to enjoy Photos: Richard Croft


What’s On What’s on June Devas Dance School Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June Thank you for the Music Sunday 2 June Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band Wednesday 5 June Expressions Academy of Performing Arts Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June Happy Days are Here Again Wednesday 12 June Teechers by John Godber Thursday 13 June Excelsior School of Dance Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June Grease Tuesday 18 - Wednesday 19 June The Counterfeit 60s Tribute Show Thursday 20 June The Witches & Comic Book Artist Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June Stage Door Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June

Dates unveiled for Mansfield Arts Festival 2013 Artists, musicians, singers, dancers, Thespians and entertainers are being invited to come together once again this summer to celebrate the best of Mansfield, when the Mansfield Arts Festival returns for a second year. The festival, which is organised by Mansfield District Council, will take place between 6 July and 21 July. A number of events have already been confirmed for the festival including the James Maude Camera Club exhibition and Mansfield Society of Artists’ exhibition at Mansfield Museum. The Arts Festival programme will also feature the closing show of the Palace Theatre’s community production of Brassed Off. People from across the District are encouraged to get involved during the fortnight by either holding their own performance or exhibition, or participating in one of the events currently being organised. If you would like to stage your

own event during the fortnight please register at www.mansfield. Performances and exhibitions can take place in a venue local to you, or the Council may be able to help you find a suitable indoor or outdoor venue. All registered events will be promoted as part of the festival. The Arts Festival forms part of the District Council’s events calendar, which aims to attract visitors to the town. This year’s programme will also include a series of events in the town centre, which will be delivered in partnership with Mansfield BID. Following a significant reduction in the Council’s events’ budget, the Council has reviewed its annual programme and come to the decision that it is not able to hold the annual Party in the Park event. However, it is hoped that the alternative events and activities will help the Council achieve its corporate priorities.

Film Review: After Earth Release: June

Book Review: The Quarry



. Night Shyamalan returns with a science fiction film that sounds like it was written with Will Smith and his son Jaden in mind. After cataclysmic events forced humans to leave Earth a 1000 years ago, Outer space, legendary General, Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns from duty to see his 13-year-old son, Kitai (Smith Jr). However their craft crash lands on the strange planet of Earth, left to run wild for a millennium. Cypher is critically injured and with the clock ticking both must work together and battle across the planet to signal for help, avoiding an unstoppable alien that has escaped with them during the crash. As with all Shyamalan films, the plot is pretty vague and it is no surprise that the film unwinds with plenty of twists along the way and with ‘Smith & Smith’ meeting many newly evolved life forms that have evolved on Earth after humans departed

by Iain Banks

it doesn’t know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer. Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends - or at least the friends with the most to lose by his death. Paul - the rising star in the Labour party who dreads the day a tape they all made at university might come to light; Alison and Robbie, corporate bunnies whose relationship is daily more fractious; Pris and Haze, once an item, now estranged, and finally Hol friend, mentor, former lover and the only one who seemed to care. But what will happen to Kit when Guy is gone? And why isn’t Kit’s mother in the picture? As the friends reunite for Guy’s last days, old jealousies, affairs and lies come to light as Kit watches on. Publisher: Little Brown (20 Jun 2013) ISBN-10: 1408703947 £10.82 Amazon ISBN-13: 978-1408703946


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Council flies the flag for IDAHO


ansfield District Council flew the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rainbow Flag from the Civic Centre and Town Hall in May, in support of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). The 17th May was chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisation's decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, Councillor Mick Barton, said: "The Council is proud to fly the Rainbow Flag on 17 May to show our support and solidarity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and communities within the Mansfield District and across the world. "IDAHO is about raising awareness of the impact that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia continues to have on LGBT communities. Mansfield District Council is very clear that everyone who lives in, works in, or visits Mansfield has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live without fear or discrimination. We are determined to stamp out hate crime in our District." You can report a hate crime in several ways: Contact Nottinghamshire Police at a police station, or call 101, ask for Nottinghamshire Police and say you wish to report a hate crime. Contact Mansfield District Council on 01623 463463 Contact Crimestoppers, who will take your call in confidence. Call 0800 555 111 Contact Stop Hate UK, a charity which operates a 24-hour reporting line for witnesses and victims of hate crime: Call 0800 138 1625 or email:


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