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Welcome to the November/December issue

It’s been a busy few weeks at Made HQ and we’re still buzzing from the first ever Made North Notts Food and Drink Awards.

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The night was an amazing success, and we’d like to congratulate all the winners and thank everyone who supported the event – we’re already looking toward our 2020 awards night! A full list of winners can be seen inside this edition! Although it only feels like we’ve just said goodbye to summer, here at Made we’re already looking towards the festive season, with the countdown to Christmas already begun. So this, our November/December edition is packed with cosy winter wonder, festive fun and plenty of things to do and see across the region. North Notts really does pull out all the stops at Christmas, and there are lots of places offering fantastic events in the run up to the big day. Meanwhile our feature articles in this edition include a look at unearthing some of the area’s hidden treasures, including a focus on a very special knight and his horse. We also visit Stuart Ducker at Black Duck Forge to find out about his knife making skills and some of our local theatres take centre stage as we go behind the curtain to look at their history and how they continue to attract audiences from far and wide. The team here at Made would like to wish all of our readers and advertisers a great Christmas and we looking forward to bringing you more great content from this wonderful region in the new year.

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The Local Roundup The latest news from across the region.

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November Events

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Fashion & Beauty 90

We meet Stuart Ducker of Black Duck Forge to talk about his business in Blacksmithing.

Food & Drink

Hidden Treasures

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North Notts Food & Drink Awards

In North Notts and the surrounding area there are myriad hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.

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A Baker's Duet Graham and Rose Dunton, tutors from The School Of Artisan Food are inspiring students to create their own twist on traditional recipes and create a personal style of baking.

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Griffin & Sinclair Made visits their workshops in Laneham to find out about the inspiration behind their stunning designs.

Amazing Autumn Landscape designer, Sarah Murch of Ellicar Gardens, shares her tips on how to make the most of this wonderful season.

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River, Fields & Ancient Battles A lovely circular route exploring Eaton and Ordsall with travel writer and photojournalist Sally Outram.

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Notts People In this issue we meet Dr John Price the Headmaster at Worksop College & Ranby House.

Inner Peace... Kelly Roden, owner of Meliora Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms in Bawtry, talks interiors, trends for 2020 and the styles we just can't leave behind from this year!

Festive Flavours Recipes to inspire, with Polish Borscht and Swedish Skagen, mouth watering meringues and a Christmas pannacotta you'll love, from food demonstrator & home economist, Teresa Bovey.

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Season To Sparkle The latest sparkly fashions for the festive season.

Black Duck Forge

Notts theatres have their moment in the limelight as we take a closer look into the history of a few of our region's finest places of theatrical entertainment.

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The Power Of Networking The 'Know, Like, Trust' factor. Ronnie Harris, VJH Marketing, explains the key points for successful networking.

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The local roundup Retford Mural A mural, depicting the history of the Chesterfield Canal, has been unveiled at a pedestrian walkthrough in Retford. The Chesterfield Canal Heritage Mural is located at the walkthrough, which leads from the canal to Albert Road. It is part of an on going signage project that Retford Civic Society and Retford Business Forum were successful in obtaining funding for. Six heritage information boards have also been installed along the Chesterfield Canal through Retford, giving more detailed information of the canal’s fascinating history. The funding has been provided by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme and Bassetlaw Council. Nottinghamshire County Council chairman, Cllr Kevin Rostance, Bassetlaw District Council chairman Cllr Debbie Merryweather and the Mayor of Retford Garry Clarkson, all helped to unveil the mural. The design and artwork for the mural has been carried out by Art Tempo, a group of local artists, with contributions from Ordsall Junior School

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and Retford Rainbows. The aim was to brighten up this much used pedestrian route with an interesting and vibrant community artwork for everyone to enjoy, as well as to form part of a wider project to help people find their way around town in an informative way. Rick Brand, chair of Retford Business Forum, said: “It’s about making the town more accessible and to allow people to move around and find the things they need and to make visiting the town a whole more pleasant experience.” Pam Barnsdale, of Retford Civic Society, said it was also about highlighting the town’s heritage. “One of the things about this particular project is that part of the application was to highlight the heritage areas of the town and to sign post people to those, so this is very much why we have put in the six heritage information boards about the canal, about the Retford stretch of the canal and why the mural has been put up.”

She said the mural was part of ongoing improvements to the walkway area that will also include an archway being installed. Jenny King, the lead artist on the project, said it was a huge undertaking requiring a lot of help and support, and took five months to complete. “I invited fellow members of Artempo to paint buildings and aspects of the canal. Children from Ordsall Primary School created footprints for the path

with help from Cath Ray, while 5th. Retford Rainbows coloured most of the trees and wildlife,” she said. Artempo is a Retford based group of 12 well known artists which was formed in 2012 by Carol Eason. Other members who took part include Polly Warren, Ann Everitt, Pat Carrington, Rose Elkington, Michael Eason, Cath Ray, Wendy Smith and Christine Howard. As a group it regularly exhibits work in and around town, in Doncaster, Hull and Clumber Park.


Woodthorpe Hospital People Caring for People since 1877 Woodthorpe Hospital has provided healthcare to the community since 1877! The hospital was founded by Mary Potter. Back in 1877, the city of Nottingham was incredibly busy and buzzed with noise from the industrial workload. Workers struggled with various illnesses and difficulties as a result of their lifestyles in the 19th century. Mary pledged to care for the people of Nottingham and with the help of her religious beliefs, she would pray for the sick and dying. An old disused former stocking factory became the first place of care. Mary continued to offer care services until she left the UK for Rome in 1882, Mary passed away in Rome some years later, but her good wok remained in the hearts of the nuns and careers and as a result, continual care has been provided for the community ever since. Mary’s body was returned to the Cathedral of Nottingham in 1999. Woodthorpe Hospital, the former convent until 1998, proudly displays the plague that honours the wonderful work and commitment of Mary Potter. As always the times change and we move on. With technology constantly improving and new discoveries uncovered, it is only natural that the hospital would see several changes too. Woodthorpe Hospital has maintained features of the original building, and whilst providing high quality care in a clean and fresh environment these features are part of who we are. The hospital is currently undergoing a fully detailed refurbishment of the patient reception areas, to provide a relaxing and welcoming environment for all those that come to visit. The hospital will continue to offer free parking for all staff, patients and visitors. Woodthorpe Hospital, part of the Ramsay Health Care Group, and rated GOOD by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the leading private hospitals in Nottingham, with an excellent reputation for delivery of high quality care to private, insured and NHS patients. The hospital is situated on Mansfield Road, just north of the city centre and offers a variety of treatments and diagnostic testing for those over the age of 18 years, including orthopaedics, cosmetic surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology and general surgery. Here at Ramsay Health Care we believe that every patient should be provided with professional healthcare advice; that is why we offer complimentary patient advice sessions which give you the opportunity to meet some of our consultants who are experts in their specialty.

Woodthorpe Hospital’s next events are: Facial Cosmetic Surgery 1-1 Discussion

7th November at 6pm with Consultant Cosmetic Surgeon, Mr Ahmed. A booking is required to attend.

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DSA Best Airport Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) topped the

EuroJam 2020 Fundraising At DSA

Which? Magazine Best and Worst UK Airports

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he survey measured 6,237 separate airport experiences remarking that ‘a staggering 97% of its passengers would recommend Doncaster Sheffield, praising its personable and helpful staff’. Other areas of note were ‘accessible parking (rated favourably by respondents) coupled with short or nonexistent security and passport control queues create a stress-free journey.’ Robert Hough, chairman of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We’re proud to be judged the UK and the North’s best airport, this is great recognition of the exceptional customer service offered by every single member of the team. “We have always set out to deliver a top-class passenger experience that people can’t get at any other airport. Lengthy queues, disruption and hassle are not what people should experience when at an airport.” He said the airport had enjoyed a strong performance this year with more routes announced than any other airport in the UK. He added: “Looking towards 2020 we will be focussing our efforts in delivering the next stage of our Masterplan, which has already received overwhelming support, from our local contribution, to the national level impact we can make with via a simple rail connection into the East Coast Mainline.”

The poll cemented DSA as Yorkshire's favourite airport, scoring 86% overall. DSA received five-star ratings for queues at security and passport control and a fourstar rating for staff, seating and loos.

Scouts and Guides from all over the world come together to celebrate their values.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has also recently been rated the best UK airport and in the top ten European airports for the last year by a leading global airport passenger service and benchmarking survey, The Airport Council International's Airport Service Quality survey. Which? Travel’s Naomi Leach said: “It is clear that smaller airports are generally outperforming their larger counterparts with seamless security checks and friendly staff making the biggest impression with flyers.” Creating a stress-free journey is high on the agenda for Ian Smith, Director of Commercial and Passenger Experience at DSA, he said: “This third consecutive win in such a prestigious publication is validation of the commitment of the whole team to deliver Easy, Fast and Friendly service for our customers for the whole of their airport journey. From parking, to check-in, to our retail and hospitality offer, it is all geared towards providing a great experience for the customer.” The survey was carried out between April and May 2019, recording the opinions and scores of 6,237 UK airport experiences in the past year.

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he Nottinghamshire Oaks Scouts Contingent spent the weekend at Doncaster Airport to fundraise for the EuroJam event in July 2020, where over 15,000 Scouts and Guides from across Europe will be involved. The European Jamboree will be hosted by the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP). It offers outdoor fun and adventure for both Scouts and Guides from all over Europe and the world to celebrate Scout and Guide values, strengthen international co-operation and provide young people with the opportunity to meet and learn

from each other. Thirtysix of the Nottinghamshire Scouts were selected from groups across the region to represent this area. The Scouts were raising funds by helping out at the meet and greet area of Doncaster Sheffield Airport to assist with travellers' baggage between the carpark and the airport. More information can be found on the event’s website: www.ej2020.org Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ EuropeanJamboree2020/.

Trivia

Early Christians from Germany borrowed the idea of Christmas Trees from pagan rituals. Christmas Trees were brought to Britain thanks to Prince Albert in 1841, when he erected a tree for Queen Victoria.


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The Portland Reopens Nottinghamshire’s historic Welbeck estate reopened its Portland Collection gallery in September after an extended closure following the theft last November of its treasured Portland Tiara. The gallery, near Worksop, has been given a fresh look while extensive additional security measures have been put in place. The new display showcases the historic Portland Collection, which was brought together over 400 years by the Dukes of Portland and their families who have lived on the ducal estate since 1607. Alongside the internationally significant collection, will be the empty glass case where the Portland Tiara was displayed before the theft. It is hoped one day the tiara will be recovered and returned and so it was important to highlight this to visitors. Visitors can find out about the Portland Tiara during their visit. The Tiara, commissioned from Cartier in 1902 for the coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, is an important piece of the family history and was seen by more than 100,000 gallery visitors before the theft. The free admission gallery, situated within the country estate on the Nottinghamshire/ Derbyshire border, gives visitors the chance to see world class art in a rural location and delve into the history of one of the Midland’s ancestral country estates. The displays have been designed by Real Studios, the team behind the record-breaking ‘David Bowie Is…’ exhibition at the V&A Museum in London. They have recreated the décor of a stately home to enable visitors to imagine how the artworks and furniture might have looked within their original setting of Welbeck Abbey. The family’s forward-thinking

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female ancestors form a large part of the new ‘Men, Women and Things’ exhibition. Lisa Gee, Director of The Harley Gallery, said: “Our displays shine a light on the extraordinary women in the family’s ancestry. From the first sci-fi writer to a natural historian and a great philanthropist, strong women have a history of thriving at Welbeck. With rare and beautiful portraits to wonderful china and silverware, the displays offer visitors the opportunity to study the wonderful treasures amassed by this single aristocratic family and now shared freely with us all.” The collection includes portraits of: Margaret Cavendish, 1st Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1624 – 1674). Attributed to Sir Peter Lely, c.1665. The Duchess was known for dressing in cavalier hats and waistcoats to emphasise what was considered her ‘masculine’ literary identity. A trailblazing female author, Duchess Margaret’s book of poetry was the first volume ever to be deliberately published by a woman under her own name. She wrote a utopian travel story, ‘The Blazing World’, which is seen as the first work of science fiction. The exhibition sub-title, ‘A World of Worlds’ is from The Duchess of Newcastle’s writing; Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, 2nd Duchess of Portland (17151785) Thomas Hudson, 1744. The 2nd Duchess of Portland was part of the network of intellectual women, known as “the bluestockings.” She developed the most important and largest collection of seashells in Europe. On show is also a selection of recipes from

the Duchess, including what is thought to be the earliest curry recipe in England, dated 1729; Winifred Cavendish Bentinck, 6th Duchess of Portland (18631954), John Singer Sargent, 1902, Duchess Winifred used her position and wealth for the greater good and is known for her conservation work. She

was a founder member and longest serving president of the RSPB. The Portland Collection is It will be open daily between 11am and 4pm. Entry is free and there’s free parking. For more details see www.harleygallery. co.uk.


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The Perfect Hideaway For me&dee A charity that provides special memory holidays for families, is raising funds to purchase a new holiday destination here in North Notts. The charity has been providing these holidays in Mablethorpe, on the Lincolnshire coast, but over the last 12 months it has been looking at ways to cater for families based more in the Midlands, to create a place closer for them due to their palliative care and near end of life care needs. For some time the charity has been thinking of an alternative and has found a lodge in Sherwood Hideaway, within Sherwood Forest. The lodge has three large bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large lounge, kitchen and utility room along with a very large decking area and hot tub. A new fundraising project has been launched by me&dee to

secure the lodge for so many families that need it and is now looking for supporters to help reach the target. The charity needs to raise £150,000 to make the dream a reality. The fundraising will take the form of people buying squares as part of the lodge plan. The squares range from £50 to £200. The charity will produce a glossy hardback book, which will feature everyone who purchases a square and will be part of its ‘Memory Share Holders’ group - £1000 or above will give a full page in the book. For more details on the charity and to purchase squares, visit www.meanddee.co.uk

Powering Down... A beacon on North Nottinghamshire’s skyline for the past 50 years, Cottam power station has switched off its massive generating plant for the final time. Since it started generating in 1968 the station has produced nearly 500 terawatt hours of electricity – enough to singlehandedly power the UK for around 18 months. It was originally planned to operate for 30 years. The power station has been a key part of the local community for more than 50 years and many local and national contract partners have also become an integral part of the Cottam team supporting its operation. The station’s staff have been preparing for the eventual closure of the site for almost two years. And Cottam’s management team have also worked closely with the site’s unions to ensure the minimum disruption for staff. Cottam’s plant manager Andy Powell said: “Since the official announcement of the site’s closure earlier in the year we have been working with the Cottam team to ensure they secure the right future for them.”

Poppy and her sisters who will benefit so much from a holiday in the Lodge, Poppy has a brain tumour and has had multiple rounds of surgery for this, has lost the sight in one eye and lives with challenges.

Taking control of their futures, the Cottam team set up their own People Hub to work with staff to explore new opportunities within EDF Energy and a number have joined the team building

and eventually operating the country’s first new nuclear power station in a generation at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Some have stayed closer to home and moved across to West Burton A coal station which currently has capacity market contracts to operate until September 2021 or to the West Burton B Combined Cycle Gas Turbine station which started operating in 2013. All the apprentices have also secured roles at EDF Energy sites, continuing to build exciting futures with the UK’s largest low carbon generator. Andy added: “It is a sad day, but I am immensely proud to have been part of the Cottam family since I started as an apprentice here and now as plant manager. “This place has been a key part of the landscape for the past 50 years supporting the economy and actually has gone far beyond its original projected operational life, and as we have seen the final days of power production the plant has been running better than ever. “And that is testament to the professionalism of the team here who have maintained and operated this site with skill and care since 1968.”

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North Notts CCTV North Notts BID area businesses can benefit from increased protection with the new CCTV network. Businesses based in the North Notts BID area can sleep a little easier after a new CCTV network was installed across industrial premises in Retford and Worksop. Cameras with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) are now in operation on the Dukeries Industrial Estate in Worksop and the Randall Park Way and Hallcroft industrial estates in Retford. The network – installed by CCTV specialist S80 View – will increase security across the estates, logging details and registrations and identifying unauthorised vehicles though high-quality footage. Sally Gillborn, chief executive of North Notts BID, said: “We’re very happy to see the CCTV fully operational across these three sites. Security is a key concern for BID members, and it is one of our focuses as we look to ensure North Nottinghamshire is seen as a safe place to work, live and visit. Harworth and Tuxford will follow shortly The BID has also recently launched free Wi-Fi across town centres in Worksop, Retford, Harworth and Tuxford, as well as introducing its maintenance support services to keep the area well maintained and tidy. To find out more about the events run by North Notts BID visit northnottsbid.co.uk.

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Tanzania Treasure The next stage of the incredible journey and challenge undertaken by Dr Rona Mackenzie, with the unique tanzanite jewel crafted into a beautiful pendant by David Fowkes Jewellery. This amazing tanzanite gemstone has had an adventurous few weeks since it appeared on our September front cover, where it attracted a lot of attention from readers! Now transformed into a stunning pendant by its owner, award-winning jewellery designer David Fowkes, it has been taken to the highest point of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, as part of a expedition by the company’s chief operating officer, Dr Rona Mackenzie. Rona has pledged to climb the highest points in each of the seven continents of the world in order to raise funds for her new charity, D3, launched to support local young entrepreneurs in getting innovative projects and ideas off the ground. Initially sourced from a respected mine in Tanzania through David’s specialist international gemstone contacts, the raw gemstone was flown to artisan cutters in Germany, before arriving at David’s Thoresby Courtyard gallery prior to Rona’s expedition. This beautiful stone, which is only found in Tanzania, formed the basis and inspiration for the pendant that followed, which also contains 13, flush set, round brilliant diamonds. Available to purchase, the pendant is currently on display at the David Fowkes Gallery at Thoresby Courtyard with David Fowkes supporting the D3 charity by donating a percentage of any sale proceeds.

Rona says: “I am so proud to have worn this beautiful pendant and to have brought it back to its original home for a brief time. It has an amazing story to tell and will be enjoyed for many generations to come by whoever is lucky enough to give it a permanent home. “It was an incredible experience to see the sun come up over Mount Kilimanjaro on the day we reached the summit after a long and arduous seven-day climb.” Rona joined renowned ultra runner and author, Charlie Engle, on the climb as he embarks on his own journey to become the first person to climb from the lowest to the highest point in each of the seven continents. She is

the only person to be joining Charlie on all seven of his summit climbs and adds: “I’m already in training for our next expedition which will be to attempt to summit Mount Aconcagua in Argentina in January 2020. I am hoping that these will raise much needed funds that will allow lots of great business ideas to move forward in future.” www.d3it.co.uk/blog www.davidfowkes.com


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The winners were invited to the garden site with their parents/ teachers for the awards presentation, including a certificate and £10 voucher for each winner.

Thoresby Gates Celebrating creativity: local schoolchildren’s designs to be used in new Thoresby gate. North Notts College has awarded schoolchildren from several local primary schools for their creative ideas in designing a new entrance gate for Thoresby Estate’s impressive five-acre Victorian walled garden.

each one of them has included a fantastic feature of the local area’s heritage. The designs were so good that we’ll be including ideas from many of their drawings in the final gate design. They should all be very proud.”

The awards were provided as part of a North Notts Collegeled competition challenging local primary school learners to design a new entrance gate for Thoresby Estate’s five-acre Victorian walled garden. Each student’s design incorporated elements of the local area’s heritage, such as Robin Hood, mining and the exotic fruit which used to be grown in the garden’s greenhouses.

North Notts College Assistant Principal Angela Bates also awarded the budding design winners. Angela said: “I’ve been delighted to award these budding local schoolchildren in recognition of their impressive creativity.”

North Notts College has partnered up with Thoresby Estate to help restore the site to its former glory. North Notts College construction learners are developing hands-on skills as they work on plans including new paths, restored brickwork, the excavation of a central fountain, clearing of overgrowth and the design, production and installation of an impressive entrance gate. North Notts College Curriculum Team Leader for Construction Martin Lane is overseeing the restoration project and helped award the school children. Martin said: “The ideas these young students have brought to the table are wonderful. They’ve clearly done their research as

Bracken Lane Primary Academy Teaching Assistant Mrs Collins attended with her winning students. Mrs Collins added: “The children and parents from Bracken Lane Primary Academy really enjoyed looking at the walled garden site at Thoresby where the gates will eventually be erected. None of us had realised the enormity of the gates; they will look magnificent and very regal with all the children's designs incorporated.” Bracken Lane Primary Academy students added: "I didn't realise the gates were so big. I felt proud of myself that part of my design had been chosen and will be seen by many people in the future. "It was good and exciting because it was an enjoyable moment to receive a certificate and voucher."

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Festival of Food & Drink John Toride was the popular headline of this year’s Festival of Food and Drink, held for the seventh year at Clumber Park. The MasterChef judge brought with him stunning recipes for live demonstrations and was on hand to sign cook books and have photos taken with visitors. The day gave visitors the chance to check out a variety of stalls and tents to sample a range of food items and see plenty of mouthwatering live demonstrations.


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First Pilgrim 400 Apple First Pilgrim 400 Apple finds its permanent home in the historic village of Scrooby The annual Scrooby Show is always a popular event, but this year's show was an especially busy one as it featured the planting of the Pilgrim 400 apple tree. The tree is the first of 20 trees especially grown and gifted to UK and international destinations that are members of Mayflower 400 Compact and have their own unique aspect of the Pilgrim Story to tell. The Pilgrim 400 Apple Project was the brain child of John Stirland, horticulturalist and BBC Radio Gardening correspondent. John wished to mark the Mayflower 400th anniversary through a horticulture project associated with Nottinghamshire. He broadcast a request in 2015 on Radio Nottingham seeking apples grown in Nottinghamshire that had been grown from a pip that might be cultivated. Before the programme had ended John was contacted by a lady from Southwell who had just that. John spent the next five years growing saplings from this singular, unique tree and this has subsequently been authenticated, through testing its DNA by the Horticultural Research Institute in Kent. In recognition that Scrooby, North Nottinghamshire, is seen in America as the ‘spiritual home’ of the Sepa-

ratists, it was chosen as the site of the first planting. John Stirland and Nottinghamshire’s Lord-Lieutenant, Sir John Peace, planted the tree. John Stirland gave an amusing account of growing the tree and Sir John also addressed attendees and passed on Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth’s best wishes. The tree was watered in by Cllr Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council and Elaine Gargett, manager of Scrooby Show. Elaine Gargett said Scrooby Show was the busiest it had ever been and there was no doubt that the planting of the apple tree was a major draw and much appreciated by residents of the village. The Pilgrim 400 Apple tree features in travel writer and photographer Sally Outram’s, Pilgrims, Mice & Kings 1-2 day Tour, which is a new destination experience for North Nottinghamshire, for Mayflower 400.The Pilgrim 400 Apple also features in Sally’s new Mayflower Remedies and Recipe Book, a collection of recipes, remedies and household tips, from her Grandmother Violet, which will be launched next year. The book is being produced in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council and Mayflower Pilgrims Nottinghamshire UK Limited, as an official souvenir for Mayflower 400.

Pilgrims Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10am until 5pm. The Gallery will also offer evening tours on predetermined dates throughout the year.

Pilgrim Museum Open An exciting and innovative new gallery has opened at Bassetlaw Museum in Retford, celebrating the life of William Brewster, one of the district’s most famous sons. The Pilgrims Gallery is part of a £750,000 National Lottery-funded project, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to America in 1620. The gallery was opened by Dr Jeremy Bangs, Director of The Leiden American Pilgrim Museum in the Netherlands, John Everitt, Committee member for the Midlands & East, representing The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace and Chairman of Bassetlaw District Council, Cllr Debbie Merryweather. The gallery has two sections: one part is a reproduction of an early 17th century study and the other is a contemporary exhibition space. The study is not dissimilar to one that would have existed at Scrooby Manor where Brewster lived. There is a ‘story chair’ where visitors can sit and listen to King James; the child’s voice of Jonathan Brewster, Mary Brewster, William’s wife and a further story from a traveller along the Great North Road who recounts the secretive and dangerous times that existed in 1608. The exhibition space includes the themes of Religious Tolerance, Freedom and Migration; challenges which are as relevant in today’s world as they were when the Separatists fought for

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the right to practice their beliefs. There is information on the women and children involved in the Pilgrim story, and of the Wampanoag, the Native Americans who lived in Massachusetts when the Mayflower landed in 1620. Bassetlaw District Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Jo White, said: “One of the features within the gallery that I am most proud of is how we have tackled telling the controversial aspects of the subject of colonisation. We have done this by working closely with the Wampanoag nation with whom we have built a strong relationship and they have written their own story and provided the images that accompany those panels”. John Everitt, Committee member for England: Midlands & East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “It’s fantastic to see the gallery opening in time for the landmark Mayflower 400 anniversary next year. With many of the ship’s passengers, the Separatists, being from the East Midlands, the story of the Mayflower is intrinsic to the heritage of the area, and thanks to National Lottery players the inspiring stories of their journeys and pursuit of tolerance and freedom, will live on through the gallery.” For details on the Mayflower Trail, an events calendar and further updates visit: pilgrimroots.org.


Pilgrim News

Welcome To The Mayflower 400! By Dr Anna Scott, Heritage Consultant & Chair of the Pilgrim Roots partnership. For this edition, we have updates from ongoing activities related to Pilgrims’ heritage in our area.

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fter a five year countdown, the creation of new partnerships, an array of funding applications for new projects, exhibitions and events, we have finally reached the opening of the 400th commemorative year! This November, you’re invited to take part in the Pilgrims’ Festival in and around North Nottinghamshire – join the street parades, find out about the story, share in a Thanksgiving dinner or watch an inspiring dance performance, with such a range of activities on offer, there’s something to appeal to everyone. This year’s Illuminate event in Retford will feature a lantern parade through Retford town centre to St Swithun’s Church, with a digital light projection plus performances in the church to tell the story of the Pilgrims and their journeys. The 22nd November event is made possible again this year thanks to funding from Arts Council England, which is also supporting – for the first time – a similar parade in Worksop on the 27th November. Worksop played an important part in the story of the Separatists who later became known as the Pilgrims, through the vicar at Worksop Priory – Richard Bernard. Bernard flirted with Separatism, but eventually decided to stay in the established Church at a time when to leave meant certain persecution. Many of the Separatists he associated with fled to Holland in search of religious tolerance. The Illuminate parades will bring alive the Pilgrims’ story for children, young people and families, following a series of lantern-making workshops with professional artists. The idea behind Illuminate is connected to a quote from leading Pilgrim William Bradford’s diary: ‘as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many’.

The Pilgrims’ Festival includes a range of events across the region as part of the national Mayflower 400 programme – with Illuminate parades also taking place in Gainsborough (16th), Bawtry (17th), Boston (21st) and Immingham (29th). Local artists will be exhibiting their work at Babworth’s Pilgrims’ Exhibition on the weekend of the 23rd/24th November, and Spencer’s on the Square will be hosting the popular Thanksgiving dinner on the 28th November (bookings now being taken). Dance performances inspired by the Pilgrims’ story from The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 team will be taking place on the 26th November in Retford, following another performance earlier in the month at Babworth All Saints’ Church (7th November). These final performances are a culmination of this project’s activity in our region throughout 2019, before the dance team move on to sharing their inspiring work with venues on the south coast in 2020. Sculptor Rachel Carter is giving a talk on her ‘Spirit of Mayflower’ project at Worksop Library on the 12th November. Rachel has been tracing her own local ancestry and framework knitting connections, alongside a series of artist residencies on both sides of the Atlantic. All of this inspiration and her personal family history is being woven into a major piece of work to commemorate the anniversary (booking now via Inspire Culture).

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Pilgrims Festival In Retford and now also in Worksop! This year’s Pilgrims Festival Illuminate Lantern Parade in Retford will start along Carolgate to the market square, at 5.30pm on Friday 22 Nov. The parade will arrive at St Swithun’s Parish Church at around 6pm, where there will be a service starting at 6.15pm, including performances, followed by the ‘400’ photograph in the churchyard and refreshments afterwards. This will be the fifth year that BCH will work with Retford to commemorate the sailing of the Mayflower Pilgrim Families’ journey to the ‘New World’, as part of the countdown to 2020, the 400th anniversary. There are also events planned at Gainsborough on 16 Nov, and at Austerfield and Bawtry on 17 Nov. The Mayflower Pilgrims Story will now also be in Worksop with activities at The Crossing, on Newcastle Street, followed by a parade along Memorial Avenue to Worksop Priory where there will be activities telling the Mayflower Pilgrims’ Story and why it relates to Worksop. The Arts Exhibition at Babworth Church returns on 23 and 24 Nov. Music events are currently being discussed. There will be a Thanksgiving dinner with entertainment, at Spencer’s on the Square in Retford, on 28 Nov. British Christian Heritage, working as part of the Pilgrim Roots consortium, is organising this year’s activities, supported by the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham and individual Bassetlaw District Councillors.

Image courtesy of Inán Pérez López.

To find out more about the story, The Hub in Churchgate, Retford, has a Pilgrims Room, and there is a Pilgrims Gallery in Bassetlaw Museum.

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Osberton Horse Trials Thousands turned out to enjoy the Osberton Horse Trials in Nottinghamshire, the last international event of the year. Osberton proved to be a great finale to the eventing season, with Piggy French and local rider Rosalind Canter taking the British Eventing 6yo and 7yo Caunton Manor Stud Championship titles respectively. ‘Girl Power’ summed up this year’s event, with 5-year-old winner Champion Codebreaker ridden by Eliza Stoddart and 4-year-old Kadans ridden by Vicky Tuffs, completing the winning set. The Carriage Driving Trials, headlined by local family company Bennington Carriages of Long Bennington, went down a storm. After many years of absence from Osberton, it was fantastic to see the amazing turnouts and the marathon trials really ‘wowed’ visitors. Sue Mart from Bennington Carriages said: “We were delighted to be title sponsors for the Bennington Carriages Osberton Driving Trials. After a break of 33 years, it was great to have carriage driving return and put Osberton back on the map. “We received overwhelming support from

novice to international drivers, with the organisers and volunteers working together to make this a first-class event to showcase the sport. It was fantastic to see so many spectators and eventers enquiring about driving. We were certainly flying the flag for British Carriage Driving.” Award-winning sculptor Charles Elliott of London, exhibited some incredible design pieces. Charles won a Silver-Gilt Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show this year, so it was thrilling to see his art displayed in Nottinghamshire, around the Osberton Arena, from a life-size stag to silver ponies and horses. Stuart Buntine, chief executive of Osberton organisers, BEDE Events, said: “The weather was smiling for us. It was a great few days of competition with some very worthy winners. We were thrilled to see so many people out and about, enjoying our equestrian festival. We are now looking forward to launching our next international event in Nottinghamshire at Thoresby Park, from March 27 to 29 next year.”


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Newark News

A replica of a water clock, which had originally been

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The Museum of Timekeeping’s Viscount Alan Midleton and six other trustees hosted 30 guests at Upton Hall for the unveiling of the clock. With no drawings available, horologist Jim Arnfield and his restoration and management team, used copies of notes made by Sir Isaac Newton in order to design and make the clock. The original idea came from a meeting with Alan Midleton and the museum's chief development officer, John Hope, with Jennifer Johns from National Trust’s Woolsthorpe Manor, the original home of Isaac Newton. They had been invited over to view a sundial, which had also been created by the young scientist and which was on display at the local church where Newton was christened. The evening's formalities commenced with a brief talk by Viscount Midleton on the formation and 160 year history of the British Horological Institute, owners of Upton Hall founders of the museum back in 1994. John Hope gave an outline development of the museum and the five-year business plan, which the museum trustees had agreed to in order to ensure long-term self sustainability. He explained their main source of income was from group visits, regular Friday openings to the summer, special events and recently introduced school educational visits, which use the facilities of the museum to educate primary schoolchildren. John

emphasised the importance of sensible promotion, advising that they had this year exhibited at the Travel and Tourist Show, had featured on BBC Radio and BBC Television's BargainHunt programme and been fortunate enough to win the Gold Award for the Best New Tourist Attraction in the Visit Nottinghamshire Stars Award scheme. He also paid tribute to the team of volunteers without which most museums would be unable to manage. On behalf of the National Trust, Midlands Area Curator Simon Chesters-Thompson, thanked the museum for undertaking the project and congratulated Jim Arnfield and his team on their achievement. He also advised that some years ago he had benefited by taking a course on clocks and watches at the BHI. He said he was delighted at the partnership with the museum, which he believed would be beneficial to both sides. Following the unveiling, Jim Arnfield gave a presentation on how the team had ensured authenticity by only using materials that would have been available during Newton’s childhood. He showed illustrations of water clocks, which, along with sundials, dominated time telling for centuries before mechanical clocks arrived. In addition to keeping the museum’s clocks working Jim and his team have completed many other projects including the solar powered Millennium Clock and the unique, 150 Clock which holds pride of

place in the Grand Hall at Upton Councillor Robert Crowe, Chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council, responded on behalf of the guests, thanked the museum for the invitation, congratulated them on their ambitious plans for the future and expressed his delight that Newark and Sherwood District Council were able to support them on the schools’ project. Formalities over, Museum Manager, Dawn Barnes invited the guests to experience some of the treasures on display at the museum including the original Speaking Clock, the solar powered Millennium Clock, designed and made to celebrate the turn of the century, Capt. Scott watch used on this fateful trip to the Antarctic and the St Pancras Station Clock, now 150 years old. Guests included Cllr Kevin Rostance, Chairman Nottinghamshire County Council; Cllr Patience Uloma Ifediora, Sheriff of Nottingham; Cllr Robert Crowe, Chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council; Cllr Rita Crowe, Newark and Sherwood District Council; Cllr Adam Stokes, Mayor of Grantham; Cllr Irene Brown, Mayor of Newark; Cllr Lyn Harris, Chairman of Southwell Town Council; the Venerable Nicola Sullivan, Dean of Southwell.

Newark has secured a £250,000 boost from Historic England for conservation projects in the town centre. Funding will be focused on helping to revive and revitalise the town, particularly in helping to promote traditional shop frontages, offering assistance and incentives to convert upper floors, assisting in improving the fortunes of ‘problem’ buildings, and dealing with the consequences of heritage crime. The funding will be used for a variety of projects, including: To complete essential repair works in historic buildings and reveal hidden and forgotten features of buildings by restoring shopfronts and façades; stimulating commercial investment in high streets by demonstrating how historic sites can be successfully repurposed and offering funding towards projects; developing education projects and bespoke events to help repurpose historic buildings at the heart of local towns. Councillor David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This is excellent news and will assist helping to preserve the town’s unique historical qualities, address buildings which are of concern, and further enhance Newark as a place to visit and in which to stay.”

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The Wildlife Haven In North Notts Idle Valley Nature Reserve lives up to its reputation as a haven for wildlife and wildlife watchers. Erin McDaid, Head of Communications & Marketing, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, tells us more.

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dle Valley Nature Reserve has long been known amongst the bird watching community as a great place to see a wide range of wetland species and was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest back in 2002 because it supports an exceptional diversity of breeding, wintering and passage birds. Autumn and Winter are therefore some of the best times to visit to see wildlife with the opportunity to see many birds passing through on migration as well as the arrival of overwintering birds in good numbers. As well as the more usual species, Autumn always provides the chance of rarities turning up and 2019 has been no exception. On September 1st a black-winged stilt appeared at Idle Valley Nature Reserve, the first time the species had been recorded in Nottinghamshire for 45 years. Once considered a real rarity in the UK, these waders are still scarce, so its arrival caused a real stir amongst local bird watchers and the local media. Before the month was out a white-rumped sandpiper – a species that usually spends their entire lifecycle in North and South America - turned up unexpectedly for a brief stay. Probably as a result of being blown off course by the succession of fading hurricanes tracking across the Atlantic Ocean. Its arrival in Retford resulted in hundreds of birdwatchers turning up in the hope of adding the species to the life and local ‘tick’ lists – some travelling over 100 miles to for the opportunity. Other more unexpected and infrequent seasonal sightings over the past few years have included hooded crow, spotted redshank,

Red-Crested Pochards Image courtesy Mike Vickers.

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Black-headed Gull feeding. Image courtesy Mike Vickers.

Caspian gull and Mediterranean gull, hen harrier, cattle egret and water pipit. Another exciting arrival was the striking red-necked grebe that was present through much of January this year. Whilst these unexpected rarities add a real spark of excitement, it is the more regularly spotted birds which draw wildlife watchers to the site time and time again. This year we’ve already seen a good build up of numbers of ducks and geese likely to spend the winter. If recent winters are anything to go by we would also hope to see large colonies of gulls. Last December we had up to 2500 common gulls and 4000 black headed gull in residence and, at times, good numbers of common snipe. At one point last January as many as 100 of this sadly not so common species were easy visible from the comfort of the café at the southern end of the reserve off North Road, Retford. Autumn and Winter usually provide opportunities to see species such as ruff and marsh harrier. The site is also a great place to see short eared owls hunting with as many as seven birds sometimes on site at the same time. Flocks of whooper swan may also be present and occasionally flocks of pink footed geese can be seen flying overhead – if you are lucky you may get a chance to see them up close if a flock lands to feed. Another winter visitor to look out for is the delightful redcrested pochard which is usually present in small numbers in winter but, back in 2016, as many as 60 were spotted at the Idle.

Black-winged stilt Image courtesy Paul Coombes.

Cattle Egret. Image courtesy Mike Vickers.


Clumber Park Updates... Restoration work has begun at Clumber Park’s iconic Ornamental Bridge.

Opposite page: Male Hen Harrier. This page: Adult female Marsh Harrier at Idle Valley over Tiln north. Images courtesy of Mike Vickers.

A bird which is becoming more of a regular sight at the Idle is the great white egret. Once a rare visitor to the UK, populations in southern Europe have expanded and a few dozen birds now spend the winter here. The species, which is about the same size as a grey heron, is regularly seen at Idle Valley but we were quite surprised to find that in January the reserve was home to eight birds at once – a significant proportion of the UK wintering population. Other points of interest in winter include starling murmurations and whilst the displays at the Idle are not on a grand scale that you might expect to find at a site such as Ham Wall in Someset, the displays are still a wonderful spectacle and a great way to end any day spent wildlife watching at this time of year.

Get Involved Idle Valley Nature Reserve is situated directly off the A638 North Road just a few minutes from Retford. The centre hosts a welcoming café and reception as well as a well-stocked shop. The café and shop are open seven days a week from 10am till 4pm and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust hosts monthly guided bird walks for those looking to explore the reserve in the company of a local expert. Directions and details of upcoming events can be found at www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/idle-valley. Details of recent bird sightings can be found on the blackboard in the car park or by visiting www.nottsbirders.net/latest_sightings.html

Common Snipe. Image courtesy Mike Vickers.

Great White Egret in flight. Image courtesy Mike Vickers.

The Grade II* listed bridge, which was vandalised in March 2018, will be rebuilt using sections of the original stonework, which were recovered from the River Poulter and specially created stone, provided by Croft Building and Conservation. During phase one of the restoration project, a floating pontoon will be installed on the surface of the river, allowing the bridge to remain open to pedestrians and cyclists, while repair work is carried out. Beth Dawson, General Manager, said: “We are thrilled to announce the start of the restoration project to the much-loved Ornamental Bridge and are pleased to be able to offer visitors the opportunity to explore the underneath of the bridge as work takes place. “We have been overwhelmed by support from our visitors since last year’s act of vandalism and look forward to seeing the bridge restored

over the coming months.” Phase one of the restoration project got underway following approval from Natural England to ensure wildlife habitats remain protected. Project manager, Robert Brough, added: “Over the last 18 months, as a result of quieter areas within the park, there have been sightings of rare birds, including Great Grey Shrikes and Woodcocks across the heathland and deer now spotted along roads and verges. “After much research and consideration, the decision has been taken to keep the bridge closed to vehicles to allow rare wildlife to thrive in the park.” Visitors will be able to access the pontoon once construction has finished and volunteers will be on site to answer questions as work progresses. Look out for further updates in the next issue of Made.

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The Power Of Networking The 'Know, Like, Trust' factor. Ronnie Harris, VJH Marketing, explains the key points in successful networking.

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want to tell you a story. New to running her own business, our heroine plucked up the courage to attend a business networking event that she’d never been to before. It was a well-established networking group that took place monthly in a large major city in the Midlands. Running a little late due to poor weather and rush-hour traffic, she walked into the room to what felt like a sea of people chatting and laughing animatedly. She went straight to the coffee station so that she looked like she knew what she was doing and belonged in that environment. As she poured her coffee, another woman smiled and struck up a conversation about the bad weather. They continued to chat, finding lots of common ground and from there, they promised to meet up again for a coffee. Unfortunately, they didn’t meet for a coffee, but over the months, they did keep in touch via social media, liking and commenting on each other’s posts.

Networking can be defined as “The cultivating of mutually beneficial, give and take relationships.” The focus here is on the “give” part. When done with genuine interest about the other person’s wants and needs, you can truly accelerate both your direct and referral business.

Put simply, if two individuals have the same size businesses offering similar products/services, at a similar price and with similar expertise, it’s the person who has successfully created the “know, like and trust” relationship “All things being equal, that is more likely to win the business.

people will do business with and refer business to those people they know, like and trust.”

Successful business has become more relationship-oriented; the personal connection. People are more likely to do business when they feel a genuine connection, and who can blame them? After all, the trust factor between human beings is probably at an all-time low.

You will have guessed that the story is about me nervously putting myself out there as a new business owner. The best part of the story is that as a result of this relationship, I have just landed the biggest piece of work since starting my business.

Prospects are worried about being scammed, taken advantage of, or just not treated right. They want to do business with someone they know, like and trust. And, don’t forget, if they know, like and trust you, they are much more likely to refer you to their business network.

My articles throughout this year have touched on all forms of marketing from 'Knowing Your Why' (Issue 9) through to the consequences of marketing without a strategy (Issue 12). But there is one area of marketing I haven’t touched on and that is networking, which should form part of your marketing strategy. Remember, be mindful; this is where you can be caught out if your online persona does not match the real you.

So, remember these few points when you are next at a business networking event, • Be interested (and interesting). • Build the relationship and continue the communication after the event. • Share useful and relevant information. • And be nice!

The ‘Know, Like and Trust’ Factor. Thankfully, business networking is not merely hitting up every new person you meet with some line about how great your product or service is while slapping a business card into their hand and uttering clever one-liners. (We’ve all met that person haven’t we).

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offices. Each year, our team members donate new and unused toys and gifts for children who are supported by Lincolnshire County Councils social care teams. This includes children whose parents wouldn’t otherwise be able to give them presents at Christmas. These presents make a big difference for vulnerable children and their parents, so we’re hoping to once again have lots of donations that put smiles on faces across the region. It really is a wonderful way to make a difference in our community, especially during the season of giving. Each of our offices, from Newark to Louth,

Sleaford to Spalding, are accepting donated presents as part of the appeal and we’re hoping that people will rally around ahead of Christmas to help more children than ever before to get a Christmas present. Presents must be new or unused and in their original packaging and items including toys, games, and clothing are top of the wish list. All presents must be appropriate for children aged 0-18 and can be donated at any of our 11 offices until Friday 6th December. If you’d like to donate a gift, you can find your nearest Duncan & Toplis office by visiting www.duntop.co.uk.

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New Opportunities From organising weddings to overseeing the quality service at the renowned restaurant, it’s a busy time for Ye Olde Bell’s new trainee hotel manager Hannah Wilson.

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aving worked at the hotel since leaving school, Hannah knows the restaurant well, but is keen to learn more, as her new role brings with it exciting opportunities and new responsibilities. Educated in Retford, Hannah, 21, still lives in the town and remembers her very first day at the hotel. “I came for a trial and it was the Rotary ball, so it was one of the biggest nights of the year, I thought every night must be like this and I was really buzzing.” Hannah started at the hotel when she was still in Sixth Form, working weekends and evenings, serving food in the restaurant and at busy functions. “I then worked on the bar for a while, even though I prefer working in front rather than behind the bar I worked when they were busy. I was quickly promoted to food and beverage supervisor, and had more responsibility, staying late at weddings, running intimate functions. I enjoyed this and straight away this made me think, maybe I could do this.” After completing a degree at Bishop Grossetest University, Hannah started full time at Ye Olde Bell in June this year. “I love what I do here. Each day can be very different, so it makes things very exciting.” Weddings are a favourite of Hannah's, and she says she puts a huge amount of effort into helping ensure things go well. “It’s such a big day and I just love being a part of it,” she says. But the new role demands knowledge of the hotel as a whole, so she has been quick to ensure she works in different areas, including the restaurant, to ensure she gets a flavour of how things need to be run. “As a supervisor, in my previous role, I covered lots of functions, so I’ve decided I

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need to gain a little more experience in the restaurant and the bistro, because I want to ensure I’m knowledgeable and good at everything.” The hotel operates a mentoring system, and in Hannah’s case it means she can work closely with colleagues who have more experience and can offer continued support and guidance. “My mentor, Vicky Frew, has really taken me under her wing and has taught me things like how to do staff rotas and if I do something wrong she’ll tell me straight away – but it’s always constructive. She’s a great role model for me.” Hannah has been busy working in the restaurant recently, helping ensure service runs smoothly and guests enjoy their food and overall experience. “I like covering Sunday lunch. It’s more of an intimate arrangement. Even if we’ve got one hundred people dining, we make sure everyone receives special attention. Yesterday, for instance, we had eight birthdays on eight different tables and it's nice we were able to give each table that little bit of special attention. “I also like that in the Bistro we have our regular guests. For instance, we have a couple who come in every Friday and I’ll have a catch up with them and they can find out how I’m getting on. I enjoy that.” Hannah will also be helping to organise big events at the end of the year, including Retford Rotary’s annual fundraising ball. “I think it’s the organisation of it all. I like sitting down before hand and knowing exactly what I need to do.” Her new role means she will be in able to look at putting her own mark on areas of the hotel, something she is keen to do.

“I have my own targets and things I want to get under my belt and look at fairly quickly. I want to look at putting in some more training, especially for the younger members of the team, particularly those that don’t have an experience in the hotel business. There is training in place and we do provide on the job training, but I also want to look at specifics such as banquet training for everyone, covering silver service and how to lay the table.” Above and beyond everything, Hannah knows it's all about ensuring guests are catered for and enjoy their stay, whatever they are doing. From indulging in what the restaurant has to offer to enjoying their overnight stay in one of the 59 rooms, the hotel has a reputation to uphold and guests always need to leave happy. “You obviously want everyone to come and have a good time. We want to ensure people come back time and time again and it’s all about ensuring things run smoothly.” Find out more about Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Spa at www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk


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Black Duck Forge We meet Stuart Ducker of Black Duck Forge to talk about his business in Blacksmithing and his love of the ancient art creating beautiful and unique objects forged right here in North Notts.

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tuart Ducker's business, Black Duck Forge, is based in a picturesque spot alongside the Chesterfield Canal near Retford. It is the perfect place to grow his newly found love of the ancient art of blacksmithing, where skilful technique meets tradition in the creation of beautiful objects that last a lifetime. Inspired after his wife Amanda bought him a forging ‘experience’ day just over a year ago, Stuart is steadily making a name for himself and has become quite an accomplished maker of quality knives and other metal items. His workshop sits at the bottom of his garden, and when Made paid him a visit, he fired up his furnace to show us how he works his metal. The first knife he made was a ‘seax’, a Viking-style knife from around the tenth century that took two days to complete, but some can take up to two weeks from start to finish. Typically his knives are made from high-carbon steel because it hardens perfectly, he also works with stainless steel, which also comes with a high-carbon content. Each knife starts off as a blank piece of metal, a ‘billet’ and onto this Stuart will sketch a basic outline of a knife design. “The outline is there to allow me to know what shape I need to beat it to. I’ll then work to get the piece repeatedly hot, and while it’s red hot you can hammer it into shape.” Stuart will ether use tongues or weld the raw shape of the knife onto another longer piece of metal to make handling it in the furnace more precise. “You heat it and beat it until you have got it to the shape you want, then the first thing you do is put a point on it, then work on creating a bevel. And as you hit the metal it moves in all directions, so you have to trim it back in.”

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There’s a video on Stuart Ducker’s Facebook page that shows him slicing through a tomato effortlessly with one of his newly-forged knives. The cutting edge blade is 0.5mm thick, and is so sharp it cuts through the soft tomato with ease. “Everybody in the knife-making community does these sharpness tests – it’s something everyone strives for,” says Stuart as he shows us around his workshop.

It’s this precise finishing that is the tricky and time-consuming element of forging. The knife’s handles are also a work of art, carved from various different types of wood, they are sanded to a silk-smooth finish and weighted perfectly to allow the knife to sit comfortable when used. The finished styles include ‘zebrano’ wood with brown ebony, and the highly decorative golden camphor burl, which displays a finish with lots of knots and texture. Stuart believes there is a beauty within the design of unique knives that goes beyond seeing them as kitchen utensils. “With knives you

can have a very straight forward knife or you can have one that you can appreciate as a work of art. When I make knives they have to have that ‘wow’ factor and I really enjoy making them.” He’s currently organising a number of special experience days where people can go and make their own knives, as well as other items such as bottle openers, leaf wall hooks and many other items all under expert guidance. Bespoke commissions can also be discussed. Visit Black Duck Forge on Facebook, or call Stuart on: 01777 949232.

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Hidden Treasures

In North Notts and the surrounding area there are myriad hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Some are the age old paths we wander, some are the museums in the region, and others are the discoveries we make on our doorstep. Here are a couple that we wanted to share, firstly Worksop Priory, and the other a small knight discovered by a metal detectorist in Carlton-In-Lindrick. The figure takes pride of please at Bassetlaw Museum. The Priory Church of Our Lady and St. Cuthbert stands on the east side of the town of Worksop overlooking the River Ryton. In 1103 the foundations of a Monastic Establishment of St. Augustine were laid by a charter of the local landowner Sir William de Lovetot. The Canons of St Augustine were to establish Worksop Priory for the worship of God and the service of the local community. Here the last remaining part of the original priory still stands.

The stone work in the Church holds an unusual carving, the origin and date still a mystery. The impressive ornate doors at the entrance where the stone arches are marked with crosses from the returning knights.

David Caseldine, churchwarden said that the Priory was not a closed monastery. The 32 Black Canons, as they were known, went out into the community teaching, farming, building and brewing, all under the supervision of the Prior himself. “The Priory was built on the north side of the Church, which was unusual for an Augustian monestery, which are usually situated on the south side of a Church. There are no remains of the original building apart from a wall that was part of the cellarium, which housed food and wine and this sits on the north side of the church itself." Henry I was King of England and on completion of the building in 1170 Henry II was on the throne. A number of monarchs visited the Priory in the past including King Stephen and Henry VIII. Henry, despite being responsible for the dissolution of the monastery in 1539, nonetheless was a Patron of the Priory until 1544. On dissolution over two thousand acres of land, buildings and treasures were seized by the crown. The Priory was famous for highly illuminated manuscripts, one of which still exists. The Tickhill Psalter is now housed in the New York Public Library, although a copy is still at the Priory and visitors are able to see this. Only recently a copy of the Fox’s Book of Martyrs was discovered which, it is hoped, will be available to view shortly. This Norman Church has served the people of Worksop since the twelfth century. It is a Church of great historic importance and countless people have worshipped together and cared for the building in good times and in bad. As well as the regular worshipping community, thousands of Worksop residents and others have used the Church for their times of joy or sorrow at Baptisms,

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Weddings and Funerals. On Remembrance Sunday the town comes together to remember those who paid the greatest sacrifice in serving their country in all theatres of war. The building is an impressive structure and has been the subject of a number of restoration projects over the years. A number of arches were blocked in the church in 1549, when part of the structure was removed due to the strict ruling of Henry VIII, meaning a significant area of the church was not in use. This remained the case for nearly 400 years, before work to restore them began in 1920.

Hidden Treasures... Among the hidden treasures at Worksop Priory are the small Crusader crosses carved into the main stone archway surrounding the entrance door. The crosses were carved by soldiers who had been recruited by local noblemen to fight for Jerusalem in the name of the king. These particular small crosses were carved during the 1300s when members of the army were attending a service of blessing (before they went) and thanksgiving (if they were lucky enough to come back) at the Church. They would use their daggers to make the crosses. Also taking pride of place in a glass case within the Church is the remains of a skull that still has a small arrowhead embedded in it. It’s a relic from the late 15th century and the skull is said to be from the battle of the War of the Roses. Another hidden gem is the 17th Century Fox’s Book of Martyrs that was found within its walls. The book was discovered during renovation work in a ground floor room. It dates back to 1570 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Churchwarden David Caseldine who contributed to this, gives free monthly tours and gives a history of the Priory as well as interesting and informative details about the Church, donations are requested if you have enjoyed your afternoon. To discover more the next tour is on 6 November at 2pm. There will not be a tour in December but they resume in January. Go online to Worksop Priory, follow history/guided tours. worksoppriory.co.uk


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Sold for £3,400 The Crusader crosses made by the returning knights.

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true hidden treasure for North Notts. The Carlton-in Lindrick knight was featured on ITV’s programme ‘Britain’s Secret Treasures’ as one of the top most significant finds discovered in Britain by a member of the public.

Britain. Some people think it is a chess piece or a toy. However, remains of solder on the base suggest it may be part of a more complex object - maybe a candlestick or incense burner.

The knight dates from the 12th century. This date was confirmed by similarities in style to a set of chess pieces from the Isle of Lewis. It is unusual for this time, because it shows the knight in three dimensions. It is made of bronze, but there are tiny traces of a white metal on the surface. Originally, the whole knight might have been covered in this metal making it look silver.

The knight was acquired by Bassetlaw Museum with the help of funding bodies, including the Art Fund, the Beecroft Bequest, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and can be enjoyed by all visitors to the museum.

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Shopping in Mansfield this year will be even more magical with the ‘I Love Mansfield’ Christmas market.

est Gate, Mansfield town centre, will play host to 20 lovely Christmas Chalets and a food and drink court for five weeks this year due to demand! The chalets will be open every day from Sunday 17th November, the BIG Switch on day through to Sunday 22nd December from 10am to 5pm, with some late evenings. There will be lots of Christmassy gifts and stocking fillers to buy for your friends and family and a place for you to enjoy a bite to eat from German hotdog sausages, delicious waffles and pancakes, Jamaican food, gourmet toasties, hot mince pies and special flavoured hot chocolate drinks,

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tornado potatoes, tasty turkey and stuffing and the best butcher’s burgers and more. Enjoy a stroll around the ‘I Love Mansfield’ Christmas Market, stop for a bite to eat or visit the horsebox bar for a cheeky Christmas cocktail, gin or mulled wine near the library, open on various dates. There will be lots of lovely things to see and do, with Carol singing from local schools, entertainment from local musicians, activities and free goodies. There will even be free ‘Carrots for Rudolph’ available throughout the period, kindly donated by Troops Fruit & Veg on Rock Valley!

There are prizes to be won when visitors follow the Cinderella trail looking for her glass slippers or when voting for a favourite shop window display. Details can be found in the Christmas magazine available from mid-November at the Four Seasons Customer Service desk and Bus Station on Quaker Way. For all the Christmas market information visit: www.mansfieldtowncentre.co.uk or on Facebook/ilovemansfield. Christmas is a wonderful time of year for all the family so we wish you a very merry Christmas from Mansfield town centre. Love Christmas in Mansfield this year!


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Events Ha v e A Spa rk l i ng

November Now Until 3 Nov Waffles And Ice Cream-At the Parlour

Clumber Park 12pm-3pm Treat yourself and try one of our warm waffles. We have a large selection of Bluebell Dairy Ice Cream, and a variety of toppings. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Now Until 23 Nov ‘I Remember When...’ Exhibition

Bassetlaw Museum, Retford Telling stories can enable us to draw links between the past, present and future and bring to life the human presence behind any object. This exhibition is curated by Bassetlaw residents, who worked collaboratively with museum staff towards creating displays showcasing their own objects and revealing hearttouching, surprising and powerful stories. ‘I remember when…’ is the culmination of the Stories and Objects project run by Nottingham Trent University. www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk

Now Until 4 Jan 2020 Mixed Impressions.

Bassetlaw Museum, Retford Art exhibition by Margaret Rose and Gail Stafford. Margaret Rose studied Fashion Design and worked in the fashion industry. She is now in her third year as Chairwoman of

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Worksop Society of Artists. Margaret specialises in pastels and her favourite subject is wildlife. Gail Stafford is a multimedia artist who enjoys experimenting with a variety of media. www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk

Dog Jog

Clumber Park Every Tuesday, 9.30-10.30am This is a session suitable for beginners and all fitness levels; we will jog/walk round the trails and regroup at regular intervals. This is a great opportunity to improve your fitness level while meeting likeminded dog owners and great exercise for your dog too! See our website for more details. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

1 Nov Halloween For A Shaun The Sheep Farmageddon Glow Run.

Sherwood Pines, Kings Clipstone 7pm start, registration from 6pm A spooktacular Shaun the Sheep themed run for all the family where trees are lit up with fabulous colour. Every runner receives a pair of Shaun the Sheep ears and UV paint to make you glow before you venture into the forest. Music and chat from the MC will keep you entertained. Face painting. Photo opportunity with Shaun the Sheep. Runners will spot various charac-

ters from the film along the way, but beware the Hazmats! All finishers receive a Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Run sticker, with spot prizes awarded on the day. www.forestryengland.uk

1-2 Nov The Baddies Tour of Sherwood

Sherwood Forest 1pm-2.30pm Not everyone in these woods is a friend to Robin and his Merry Band. Join the Baddies of Sherwood Forest on this family-friendly tour to hear tales of the darker side of life in the greenwood. Suitable for all; adults, families and children welcome-although, no dogs. £5 per adult (£4 RSPB Members), £2.50 per child (£2 RSPB Members). Booking is not compulsory, but advised to avoid disappointment. www.visitsherwood.co.uk

1-2 Nov Winter Craft Fair

Southwell Minster, Southwell 7pm-10pm The Winter Craft Fair. The magnificent State Chamber will be open on the Saturday for even more stalls and gifts on sale. Entry: £3 suggested donation. southwellminster.org

2 Nov Craft Fair And Table Top Sale

Retford Little Theatre, Retford 10am-3pm Free entry. Browse a variety of stalls. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available, and delicious homemade soup and bacon cobs will be on sale at lunchtime.

2 Nov Let's Paint A Wreath: Beginners Pallet Knife

The Hub, 11 Churchgate, Retford 1pm-4pm Hosted by Fine Fun Art Events and Retford Hub. This is a really fun and doable project for anyone. Step by step instruction using just a pallet knife. Suitable for any-none artistic ability. £15 includes all supplies. www.retfordhub.org

3 Nov & 1 Dec Discovery Club

Clumber Park With a different theme on the first Sunday of the month, Discovery Club is open to children, accompanied by adults, and gives you a chance to learn new skills and have a good time with nature. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

5 Nov Bonfire Night

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News 6 Nov Lecture 'Mad Men And The Artist'

Arts Society Dukeries Civic Centre, Carlton-in-Lindrick 11am-12pm approx. How the advertising industry has exploited fine art. Speaker: Tony Rawlins. Fine art has provided advertisers and the agencies with a great deal of material to use in their campaigns. Our Speaker Tony Rawlins will describe some of the processes by which advertisements are created and why the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo have been a particularly rich source of their visuals in adverts. www.theartssociety.org/dukeries

8 Nov Speciality Evening

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Robust Moroccan tagine dishes matched with a glass of rich and spicy Carmeniere Reserva from Chile. £35 per couple. Call 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

8 & 12 Nov The Big Bulb Plant

Clumber Park 1pm-3pm & 12 Nov 10am-12pm Fancy getting your hands dirty with a bit of bulb planting with the Gardeners? Join us to take on The Big Bulb Plant! This Autumn and Winter we need your help to plant 80,000 bulbs along Cedar Avenue as part of the revitalisation of the Pleasure Grounds. Why not be part of the story? www.nationaltrust.org.uk

9 Nov Idle Valley Wildlife Watch Group: Winter Is Coming

Idle Valley, Retford 10.30am-12.30pm Outdoor fun for 8-12 year olds. This month we will be looking at trees and their fruit. Suggested donation £3, booking required. Email: idlewatch@nottswt.co.uk www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org

9-10 Nov Newark Vintage And Heritage Tractor Show

Newark Showground The largest tractor show of its kind in the UK. Original condition and vintage machines, lovingly restored, as well as commercial vehicles, land rovers, sta-tionary engines and horticultural equipment are on display. There’s something for all the family with a Christmas craft market, heritage crafts, clothing and gifts. Advance day ticket:

£10 per day. Children under 17: Free www.newarkshowground.com

10 Nov Music in the Great Hall: Southwell String Quartet

Southwell Minster, Southwell 7pm-8.30pm Southwell String Quartet, formed of local performers. Their programme will include one of Mozart’s middle period quartets plus a selection of English music by Henry Purcell, John Ireland and Ralph Vaughan Williams. It will also include Ireland’s “Threnody”, written in August 1939 just before the outbreak of WW2. Admission is free (no reservations) with a retiring collection to support the work of Southwell Minster Choir Association. southwellminster.org

10 Nov Remembrance Day

We remember all those who fought for our freedom.

11 Nov Armistice Day 12 Nov Heritage Talk: Spirit Of Mayflower

Worksop Library 2pm Sculptor and artist, Rachel Carter, has been tracing her local ancestry and framework knitting connections alongside a series of artist residencies on both sides of the Atlantic. All of this inspiration and her personal family history will be woven into a major piece of work to commemorate the Mayflower 400 anniversary. Tickets are £3 and booking is essential, call 01623 677200 or visit: www.inspireculture. org.uk

14 Nov Threats And Challenges To Britain’s Seabirds

Idle Valley, Retford 7.30pm Join the North Notts Local Group for a talk by David Parkin. www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org

Harley Gallery New Show Machine sculptures set for The Harley Gallery at Welbeck. An exhibition of sculptures brought to life with cogs, cams, cranks and levers is on show at The Harley Gallery in Nottinghamshire. The Moving Stories exhibition has been designed to appeal to all ages with a triple-bill of exhibitions. All three exhibition spaces within the Worksop gallery will be filled with automata. The displays range from sculptures of swaying trees in the Courtyard to miniature bike riding skeletons within the gallery. The main auditorium in the gallery includes the Little Machines exhibition by Huddersfield artist engineer Martin Smith. Visitors can see his colourful, witty and beautifully engineered automata that interact with their viewers. They include wind-driven swaying trees to tiny beating hearts and hand-held machines. His sculptures are exhibited and collected worldwide. Clients have included English opera company, Opera North, and actress Carrie Fisher as well as Nottingham-based designer, Paul Smith. Ghost Horses and Guns, an exhibition by artist Melanie Tomlinson, is in Gallery One and includes three-dimensional sculptures, some with moving parts. Ghost Horses and Guns comes from Melanie’s

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fascination in the forgotten spaces between urban and rural landscapes. She sees them as overgrown, full of life and somehow magical corridors, and a metaphor for transformation changing identities, memory and experience. Melanie’s exhibition was curated in collaboration with Wolverhampton Art Gallery and supported by The Arts Council England. It features nine new pieces created especially for the show, alongside short stories that merge childhood memories and real-life events to reflect universal themes such as nature, destruction, transformation and hope. The Tiny Movements exhibition in Gallery Two features oneinch miniature automata, each powered by the pull of almost invisible wire or a tiny crank. They have been created by Laurence and Angela St Leger, who are well known for their miniature automata and have made a series of specially commissioned framed pieces for display at The Harley Gallery. These include skeletons, strong men, flapping seagulls, dancers, merry-go-rounds, and swimming tadpoles. The Harley Gallery is open daily between 10am and 5pm. Entry is free and there’s free parking. For more details visit: www.harleygallery.co.uk.

14 Nov - 15 Dec 'The Great Little Picture Show' And 'Handmade For Christmas

The Dovecot Gallery. Poplars Farm, Styrrup, DN118NB Down on the Farm, we are getting ready. Craft fair at the Dovecot Gallery. We open on 14 Nov for 5 long

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website for more details. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

16 Nov Christmas Willow Angel WorkShops

Sherwood Forest 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm Willow weaving workshop to make an Angel sculpture. Discover the willow weaving ropes, and angel weaving step by step. When you get your angel home you may like to decorate with some fairy lights for that extra festive touch. Please bring extra secateurs if you have them. Not suitable for under 16’s. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult. Limited spaces; booking essential either via Eventbrite or in person by calling in at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre (please phone before setting off if making a special journey to ensure there are spaces still available). Price: £23 per person (£18.40 RSPB members) Car parking charges apply to non-RSPB members. www.visitsherwood.co.uk

19 Nov & 17 Dec Bushcraft For Winter Wellbeing

Sherwood Pines 10am-3pm You may have heard about the positive effects getting outdoors can have on our mental health and wellbeing. Spending time in forests and green spaces can improve mood, reduce stress, improve physical health and help us to feel more relaxed. Join in bushcraft in the the woods to have a go at a range of activities, including fire lighting, traditional green woodworking, shelter building, campfire cook-ing and forest crafts. It's a great way to connect with new people and relax around our campfire with a brew. Everyone welcome. www.forestryengland.uk

20-21 Nov Midlands Machinery Show

Idle Valley, Retford 9.30am-11.30am Join local bird enthusiasts for a walk around Idle Valley Nature Reserve. Please bring your binoculars and walking boots. www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org

Newark Showground, Newark 8am One of the fastest-growing events in the Agricultural sector, Midlands Machinery Show brings together farm-ers, agricultural contractors, and suppliers in a friendly and familiar environment to do business. Gates open at 8am, refreshments available on site. www.newarkshowground.com

17 Nov Iby Knill

21 Nov Beaujolais Nouveau Day

17 Nov Idle Valley Bird Walk

National Holocaust Museum, Laxton 1pm & 2.30pm. Iby is a tireless speaker for schools, community groups and other organisations-telling her story as a warning of the dangers of discrimination and persecution. The Centre will be open from 10am until 4.30pm. The Journey exhibition will be open to the public following the talk.

17 Nov & 1st Dec Parkland Tree Planting

Clumber Park 1pm-3pm Do you fancy helping plant a new woodland? If so, why not join in and have a go? Clumber Park is hoping to plant 2,500 new trees over the next 6 months to create new woodlands at Hardwick Grange Farm. Be part of the historic landscape which future generations can enjoy. Booking essential; visit Clumber Park

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby moor Celebrate the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau by enjoying all things French Charcuterie, Pate, Ril-lettes and slow baked camembert. Available all day. £35 per couple. Call 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

21 Nov Study Day/Special Interest Day On The Restoration Of The Palace Of Westminster.

Arts Society Dukeries Civic Centre, Carlton-in-Lindrick 11am-3pm approx. The Day is entitled, 'The Houses of Parliament from Fire to Rebuilding, and bombing to Restoration: 1,000 years of a British icon'. Lecture Speaker Caroline Shenton With the restoration of the Palace of Westminster in the news, this highly topical Study Day covers 1,000 years of history, art and architecture of Britain’s most famous

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building: from the disastrous fire of 1834, through to the rebuilding of Barry and Pugin’s new Palace, to the damage of the Second World War and finishing with an update on the current multi-billion pound proposals to restore the Palace for the 21st century. Dr Caroline Shenton is an archivist and historian . She was formerly Director of the parliamentary archives and a senior archivist at the National Archives. Caroline is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society. Her book ‘The Day Parliament Burned Down' won top prize at the inaugural Political Book Awards in 2013, and its sequel 'Mr Barry’s War', about the rebuilding of Parliament, was a book of the year for the Daily Telegraph and BBC History Magazine in 2016. Tickets of £28 are limited due to the size of the room and so must be purchased before the day itself. Meet at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carltonin-Lindrick. Coffee from 10am and Lecture is from 11am-12pmn approx. Free parking. Lunch is not included. For further details call: Suzanne on 01909 290488 or Gill on 01909 540506 or visit: www. theartssociety.org/dukeries

22 Nov Christmas Hampers

Sherwood Pines 10am-4pm Spend the day learning traditional basketry skills to make a Christmas hamper-perfect for a hand-made gift. Using willow you will learn to weave a beautiful Zarzo basket-a traditional Mediterranean design originally used in cheese making. For complete beginners.To get you in the Christmas spirit we will be welcoming you with festive treats and winter spiced juice. www.forestryengland.uk

23 Nov ‘Christmas in New York’ The Rotary Club Of Retford – Charity Ball

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Experience the bright lights of New York and coffee at ‘Central Perk’. Four course dinner, casino and live band, Tickets £70. Contact: Paul Withers 07876 440237 i.lee@hbpwconsulting.co.uk

23-24 Nov Christmas Wreath Workshops

Sherwood Forest 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm Capacity:16 per session. A Yuletide wreath hanging on the door is a sure sign of Christmas. Get in the spirit and take the chance to make your own in one of our

Christmas Wreath workshops. We’ll be using natural materials such as evergreens, holly, ivy and pine cones, collected from our conservation work in the forest. Make your own wreath, step by step. It’s yours to take home and hang upon your door. There are four workshops available. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. £23 per person (£18.40 RSPB members). Standard car parking charge applies for non-members. Pre-booking essential. www.visitsherwood.co.uk

23-24 Nov Thoresby Park Winterfest

Thoresby Park 23 Nov: 10am-6pm 24 Nov 10am-4pm Winterfest brings you a diverse range of local handmade arts and crafts where you are bound to find a unique gift for that special someone. Winterfest is a celebration of diverse local handmade crafts. It is an established event on the Thoresby calendar and is designed to offer artists the opportunity to exhibit their talent and creativity whilst giving guests the experience of buying original handmade art straight from the artist, something they wouldn’t be able to find on the High Street. whatsonatthoresby.co.uk

24 Nov ‘Christmas Brass Band Concert’

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Harworth Brass Band playing all your favourites plus much more. Tickets £12 inc coffee and mince pie. Call 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

24 Nov Festive Craft & Gift Fair

The Elms Hotel. Retford 10.30am-4pm. A large selection of the best local crafters and small businesses showcasing their wares. Gift ideas galore. Free entry. Refreshments available.

24 Nov Family Lunch with Prima Party ‘Science and Space’

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Traditional four course lunch £30. Under 8s eat for free! Children’s entertainer and more! Call 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

26 Nov NSPCC Christmas Fair ‘Get Your Sparkle On’

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor 10am – 1pm Christmas stalls, clothing, unique


Trent Galleries A Pet Portrait is not just for Christmas - it’s for life! Samantha Ellis, 7 Dec, 2-4pm, Trent Galleries, Newark. Trent Galleries are delighted and excited to be welcoming Samantha Ellis to its Newark gallery on Chain Lane, on December 7. Samantha is an outstanding British artist, who has forged a highly individual approach, characterised by individual design, vivid colour and is highly charged with a strong sense of energy and movement. "I tend to layer the paint on quite thickly, as I love the texture and I feel it also makes the painting more visually interesting,” Samantha explains. Working mainly from a combination of photographic reference and her own vivid imagination, Samantha may create a representation of a real place on occasion, while another image may combine scenes and play around with the composition; she herself describes this process as “Letting loose and having fun”. Samantha doesn’t stop at pet portraits, her city scenes are full of vibe and diversity and Sam’s vintage vehicles feature intricate designs, vivid colours, and a strong sense of energy and movement. She has chosen some of the great pioneering designs of the last century for her tributes, and her modern and stylish takes on these masterpieces look set to become classics in their own right.

Born in Northampton in 1992, Samantha now lives and works in Cambridgeshire. She has her studio in her home as this is where she feels the most relaxed, which is hugely important to her when she paints. Sam’s premier UK collection marked a landmark in her career and she has become one of the UK’s most exciting rising stars. With Christmas literally a blink away, Trent Galleries will be filled with Samantha's original, limited and unique editions - something for everyone, including that certain someone! Samantha will be able to dedicate your piece of art for you or as a surprise present.

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Events gifts, jewellery, Home interiors, food and drink. Tickets £6 on the door including coffee. Ye Olde Bell have a special offer for lunch too! Just £17 per person pre booking essential Call 01777 705121.

28 Nov Christmas Shopping Evening

Doddington Hall 5-8pm Beat the crowds and enjoy an atmospheric evening of Christmas shopping at Doddington Hall while it’s beautifully lit by fairy lights. www.doddingtonhall.com

28-30 Nov Mansfield Museum Christmas Market

Mansfield Museum, Mansfield 10am-4pm Over 40 stalls, live music and for the first time a Christmas Tree Festival and it’s free to get in! Free entry! www.mansfield.gov.uk

30 Nov-22 Dec A Storybook Christmas

Newstead Abbey Discover the romance and mystery of Byron’s home this Christmas.

Step into A Storybook Christmas at Newstead Abbey every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this Nov and Dec. Join the Webb sisters as they hunt for their little pet mouse on Christmas Eve and stumble across some of their favourite fairy tales! www.newsteadabbey.org.uk

30 Nov Family Concert: The Deep Blue Sea

Worksop Library 1pm Set sail for a musical adventure with a fun family concert filled with music inspired by the sea. The orchestral band, the hubs, will perform music from Pirates of the Caribbean, The Little Mermaid and Jaws. Plus, watery themed hits including the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, the Beach Boys’ Surfin’ USA and more. After the performance meet the musicians and try out some instruments for yourself. Suitable for ages 5-11. Tickets are £3 for library members, £6 for nonmembers and booking is advisedcall 01623 677200 or book online: www.inspireculture.org.uk

27 Nov - 1 Dec. Worksop Christmas Tree Festival

Priory Church of Our Lady and St.Cuthbert, Worksop. Each year around 50 trees have been displayed over the five days of the festival. These beautifully and imaginatively decorated tress are entered by local organisations and charities. Volunteers from many of these organisations attend the festival and are around to answer any questions you may have or just to give you an insight into the work they carry out to benefit the local community. Light refreshments are served throughout each day. In the past the generosity of visitors has enabled organisers to donate to a wide range of local and national charities. Each year they hope to exceed the amount raised in the previous year. If you haven't been before, or even if you have, please do come and visit. You are guaranteed a warm welcome.

2 Nov-22 Dec Christmas At Doddington Hall

Open five days a week Wednesday-Friday 12-4pm. Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm. Get ready for a magical Christmas as Doddington transforms into an enchanted forest, with surprises for all the family. Beautifully shaped, decorated trees and foliage will have magically sprouted and a host of magical creatures can be discovered. Guests can also enjoy a ‘late night’ shopping event and enjoy an exclusive ‘twilight tour’ of the hall. In Doddington Hall’s Enchanted Forest, unicorns, fairies, and woodland creatures will welcome visitors as they explore the indoor forest where trees will have magically grown in every room of the 400-year-old hall. Inspired by the works of C.S. Lewis, the Long Gallery will become the world of Narnia, where snow and ice adorns the path through this magical world. Lucky guests might even meet Father Christmas and his elves in the cosy setting of the library (advance booking is required).

The ‘Bauble Barn’ is bursting with Christmas decorations from around the world. The pop-up Toy Box shop offers beautifully crafted wooden toys and games for all ages with traditional favourites and new additions to enjoy. Doddington Hall allows visitors to choose their own home-grown Christmas tree, which makes getting your home ready for the season an experience to remember. Grown just half a mile from Doddington Hall without chemical fertiliser, pesticides or herbicides, Christmas trees have been grown on Doddington Estate for more than 60 years. Think your decorating skills make the neighbours jealous? Doddington Hall invites you to put your tree to the test by entering its best-dressed tree competition. To enter, share a picture of your Christmas tree to social media and tag @doddingtonhall (#DoddingtonTree). The best will win a £50 Doddington gift voucher. Visit: doddingtonhall.com.

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December 1 Dec Retford Christmas Market And Light Switch On

Retford Town Centre 10am-6pm Festive fun with the annual Christmas market and lights switch on around Retford Town Square. Organised by Retford Business Forum and more information on Retford Christmas Market & Light Switch On

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Newark Castle 3pm-6pm The very first Christmas Market within the Castle walls in Newark. Local businesses will be there selling their goods at a special price so that you can grab a bargain and get ready for the festive season. Come along for a browse and treat yourself to a mulled wine, hot chocolate and gingerbread whilst listening to some Christmas Carols and get into the Christmas spirit!

3 Dec-7 Jan Heritage Exhibition: Amber & Black: Celebrating 100 Years Of Worksop Town’s Famous Colours

Worksop Library In 1919 Worksop town FC obtained their amber and black stripes (and their nickname). 100 years on,

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Worksop-born authors and tigers fans Lance Hardy and John Stocks have curated a special centenary exhibition. See artwork and photography by the likes of internationallyrenowned football photographer Stuart Roy Clarke and illustrator Paine Proffitt, displayed alongside memorabilia, photographs, and rarely seen newspaper reports from the library’s collection.

4 Dec Lecture-the Ballet Russes. Arts Society Dukeries

Civic Centre, Carlton-in-Lindrick 11am-12pm approx. Shaken by an earthquake: Igor Stravinsky, the Ballet Russes and the astonishing 1913 premiere of the rite of Spring. Speaker: Sandy Burnette. This is the story of one of the greatest creative collaborations of all: Serge Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, whose team of dancers, choreographers and costume/set designers transform the expectations of what a night at the theatre could be and the circumstances behind its most notorious stage work of all. www. theartssociety.org/dukeries

5 Dec Heritage Talk: Marching To The Millenium: The Story Of Worksop Town Fc In The Turbulent Years Between 1970 And 2000 Worksop Library 7.30pm (Open from 7pm)

In the 100th anniversary week of one of Worksop town’s most famous results-a 5-3 away win over Leeds United-join us to celebrate the club’s unique sporting heritage. Local historians John Stocks and Dave Pickersgill will give an illustrated talk about Worksop town FC from 1970 to the present day: the subject of John’s third volume of the club’s history. The evening will also include an introduction to the library’s new Amber & black exhibition by its curators, John and fellow football author Lance Hardy. Tickets £4 and booking is essential-call: 01623 677200 book online: www. inspireculture.org.uk Adults (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult).

6 Dec Speciality Evening

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor A selection of curries and traditional accompaniments complemented by Artisan beer from the Pheasantry brewery. £35 per couple. Call 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

7, 8, 14,15, 21, 22 Dec, Story Time With Father Christmas

Clumber Park 10am-3pm Enjoy a magical story time with Father Christmas in the beautiful Parsonage, where children will be read a Clumber Christmas story and then choose a present in this tra-

ditional event. Children will also be able to write letters to Father Christmas and post them in the special post box; they will get a response on the day! So come along and join us for this traditional holiday experience with a nod to the 'make do and mend' attitude of the 1940's, in honour of our anniversary year. Booking essential; visit Clumber Park website for more details. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

7, 8, 14,15, 21, 22 Dec, Breakfast With Elves

Clumber Park 9.30-10.30am Enjoy breakfast with the elves at Clumber Park Garden Teahouse and get involved with our Christmas activities! Booking essential; visit Clumber Park website for more details. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

10 Dec Light Up A Life

Southwell Minster, Southwell 19 Dec, St Mary Magdalene Church, Newark-on-Trent Christmas is a special time of year, but for many who have lost a loved one, it can be a time with both sad and happy memories. In lighting up a life at Christmas, we hope that this time of reflection will bring comfort to you. We would like to invite everyone who donates to our appeal and attends the event, to write a message on dedication tag which can then be hung on the Light up a Life


Christmas tree which will be lit during the evening. Light refreshments will be available. www.beaumondhouse.co.uk

12 Dec Christmas Quiz

Idle Valley, Retford 7.30pm Join the North Notts Local Group for their Christmas festivities. www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org

13 Dec Christmas Lecture And Lunch 'Gold, Frankincense And MyrrhWhy These Gifts? ' Arts Society Dukeries

Civic Centre, Carlton-in-Lindrick 11am-12pm approx. Speaker: Tom Duncan. When the ' Three Wise Men 'came to do homage to the newly born Jesus, what did they bring as gifts and why? Gold is perhaps not too difficult to comprehend-a gesture of honour made at great cost. But, why Frankincense and Myrrh? These are actually more exotic items, though the purpose of which is less understood. This is an extra meeting - tickets are being sold, Members and guests to pay for either the lecture alone (£6) or the lecture and lunch (£14) www.theartssociety.org/dukeries

14 Dec Idle Valley Wildlife Watch Group: Cold Days

Idle Valley, Retford 10.30am-12.30pm Outdoor fun for 8-12 year olds. This month will be about winter wildlife and seasonal activities www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org

14 and 21 Dec Afternoon tea with Santa’s Helpers

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Join our elf at 2.30pm to write your letter to the man in red with our special pens and paper! Includes Christmas pen, paper, envelopes and children’s afternoon tea and a gift. £15 per child under 12. Call 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

15 Dec Music in the Great Hall: Carols in the Great Hall

Southwell Minster, Southwell 7pm-8.30pm Another chance to hear Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, sung by the Girl Choristers of Southwell Minster, this time alongside other seasonal choral music, a chance to sing along, and festive drink and nibbles. Tickets available from litmus@southwellminster.org.uk or 01636 817280

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15 Dec Idle Valley Bird Walk

Idle Valley, Retford 9.30-11.30am Join local bird enthusiasts for a walk around Idle Valley Nature Reserve. Please bring your binoculars and walking boots. www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org

18 Dec Story Explorers: Up, Up And Away

Southwell Library, Southwell 2pm-3pm A magical storytelling journey for you and your little one. In association with Nottingham Playhouse. Through puppetry, music and sensory play Story Explorers will unleash your child’s imagination and take them on an exciting storytelling adventure. Story Explorers launches into orbit as we travel to the moon! Expect magical music, beautiful puppets and starry surprises in an extra special story of wonder from across the solar system. For children aged 2-5. £2 per child, accompanying adults free. Booking advised. Running time: 1 hour. Story Explorers is taking place at 11 Inspire Libraries for the full list visit: www.inspireculture.org.uk

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20 Dec Speciality Evening

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Trio of homemade pies served with a stunning glass of Pinot Noir from the peregrine estate in New Zealand £35 per couple. Call 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

22nd & 29th Dec Aladdin Pantomime

Thoresby Park 3pm Join us this Christmas for the pantomime you wished for! Help Aladdin with the help of his Mum, Widow Twankey, beat the evil Abazanzar to the magic lamp and win the hand of Princess Jasmine. ‘Aladdin’ promises to be our funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever. Packed with songs, slapstick, silliness, audience participation and all the fairytale magic of traditional pantomime! This fun-filled extravaganza is guaranteed to delight the whole family. Book on: 01623 822009. Adults £12, Child £8, Concession £10, Family £35 whatsonatthoresby. co.uk

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At The Movies! The latest cinema releases and live screenings of major exhibitions, famous operas and the best theatre at the Savoy Cinema in Worksop. Visit www.savoyworksop.co.uk for full listings of your most awaited movies and live screenings not to miss.

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Screenings 7 Nov. Hansard. The official report of all parliamentary debates. It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems.

10/12 Nov. 42nd Street – The Musical. This is the largest ever staging of the Tony® Award-winning musical and it was filmed live at the magnificent Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in the heart of London’s West End.

4 Dec. Branagh Theatre Company Live: The Winter’s Tale. Due to phenomenal demand, The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, returns to cinemas this festive season. Starring Dame Judi Dench and Sir Kenneth Branagh.

8/11 & 15 Dec. Friends 25: The One With The Anniversary #1, #2 & #3. “Friends 25th: The One With The Anniversary” will reunite fans with their longtime BFFs - Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler and Phoebe - to re-live some of their funniest moments.

17 Dec. Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker. The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite.

19 Dec. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

This season we recommend... 15 Nov - Last Christmas

A young woman, who has been continuously unlucky, accepts a job as a department store elf during the holidays. When Kate meets Tom on the job, her life takes a turn.

22 Nov - Frozen 2

Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister Anna embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle. They are joined by friends, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven.

11 Dec - Jumanji: The Next Level

The four players brave the jungle, desert, mountains and dangerous animals to save the fantastical video game world of Jumanji. All imagery courtesy of Savoy Cinema.

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron's journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.

20 Dec. Cats. From Academy Award winner Tom Hooper, director of Les Misérables and The King's Speech. Based on the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

31 Dec. Berliner Philharmoniker Live: New Year’s Eve Concert. Celebrate the conclusion to 2019 with the Berliner Philharmoniker's glittering New Year’s Eve Concert.


Crackling log fires and 5 course lunch served from 12.30pm £129 under 12’s half price and under 2s eat free. Call 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

26 Dec Boxing Day Lunch

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor After a hectic few days, be spoilt! Four course lunch from 12 noon. £59 per person under 12s half price under 2s eat free. Call 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

29 Dec Family Lunch With Prima Party ‘Christmas’

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Traditional four course lunch £30. Under 8s eat for free! Children’s entertainer and more! Call 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

31 Dec New Years Eve Black Tie Ball

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor A stylish welcome to 2020! Prosecco and canapes, 5 course dinner with ‘walk around jazz’ live band and resident disco not forgetting bacon rolls just after the ‘midnight countdown’. Bradgate Suite: £139 per person - Restaurant Bar 1650: £109 per person dinner. Call 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

Throughout Dec Christmas Party!

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Chilled Prosecco on arrival plus 3-course meal and dancing. From £40 per person. Call 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magic! Over 50 Disney characters, 14 magical stories, one sensational ice show! Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience when Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic and skates into a city near you. Be charmed by a cast of over 50 unforgettable Disney characters, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, the spirited Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and many of the Disney Princesses including Jasmine, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. Relive the magic of Disney’s Frozen with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious snowman Olaf as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all. Sing-along to over 30 unforgettable songs including favourites

like “Let It Go”, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”, and “Hakuna Matata”. Be thrilled by exciting moments from Disney’s The Lion King, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Dory, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more, leaving your whole family captivated with memories that will last them a lifetime. This skating spectacular is truly a century of Disney Magic, and it was all started by a Mouse! For details visit: www.disneyonice. co.uk To celebrate this fantastic tour, along with Made magazine Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is giving our readers the chance to win one of two family tickets! family tickets!

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Shop T‘ il You Drop Sparkling Southwell With the darkening evenings and a chill in the air we will all soon be thinking about Christmas, and therefore shopping, and with it either a sense of delight or stress! Whichever way you feel, Southwell is the perfect place for inspiration, presents, and the chance to treat yourself. Nearly all the businesses are small, proudly run independents so you can be sure to find unusual, lovingly selected items, most of which won’t be found in the typical range of national stores. Everything is within easy walking distance, there is plenty of parking space, and the first two hours are free. Throughout Christmas there is a wonderful seasonal feel to Southwell’s streets, with specially decorated windows, festive lighting and a great sense of market town tradition. The late night shopping evening is one of the highlights of the town’s events calendar and this year will be taking place on 28 Nov, 5 – 8pm. It is an evening like no other, and an occasion that the whole community takes part in. The event begins at 5pm with carol singing by the local primary schools and is followed by a Christmas lights switchon at 6pm. This year for the first time the Minster will be holding a special Evensong service, so for those who would prefer a more quiet and gentle time for reflection at the start of the evening this is the perfect opportunity to visit the

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Beautiful Bawtry tranquility and beauty of this much loved place. Throughout the rest of the evening there will be plenty to enjoy. Whether browsing or needing expert advice on what to buy. There are several award-winning businesses and unique expertise on offer and everything from clothes, interior design goods, sportswear, jewellery and crafts to edible delicacies, wine, sweets, chocolates, books and gifts of every kind. The pubs and restaurants will be open throughout the evening providing hot and cold food to suit all tastes. There will also be a seasonal market, art and craft activities for children, a festive film and buskers to add to the occasion. Even if you can’t come to the late night the shops are all geared up to keep their special atmosphere and highest quality range of items available throughout December. Shopping locally provides the perfect antidote to the crush and pressure of overcrowded chainstores and supporting local businesses has never been more important, or such a pleasure! All the retailers on King Street, Queen Street, Bull Yard and Church Street look forward to seeing you this winter and showing you why Southwell is such a wonderful place to shop.

An annual Christmas event that takes place in the picturesque market town of Bawtry, near Doncaster, is set to draw even more visitors this year with an even bigger and brighter on 24 Nov from 12pm to 6 pm. Hosting the event for the sixth year, the town’s retail association has been putting plans in place to attract even more visitors whilst retaining many favourites such as the unveiling of Womack’s Christmas Window, the fun fair rides and its craft and food stalls, in addition to the portfolio of shops, cafes and restaurants that grace the town. “This is our sixth event and the team have been working hard to ensure that our 2019 event is full of festive cheer and has lots for all ages to enjoy,” said Ross Jarvie, Bawtry Retail Association. “Over forty stalls and catering outlets will cluster in the Market Place, Dower House Square, the Church Hall and the Courtyard and will be complemented by fairground rides supplied by Roger Tuby & Son Funfairs, including the return of the Ferris Wheel, kindly sponsored once again by Bawtry Town Council”. “The event is made possible by the generous donations of our main sponsors One Call Insurance, the Bawtry Town Council and Wilfreda Beehive

whose continued support is very much appreciated.” Live entertainment will feature throughout the day and will include the fabulous GP Princesses, performances by violinist Alexandra, The Dance Space, Bawtry Phoenix Young Players and a whole host more. Father Christmas will also be taking residency in the Church Hall along with his friendly elves. “There is added poignancy to this year’s event too as a very much-loved character of Bawtry and one of the original members of the Christmas Event steering group, Jackie Strickland, passed away in June of this year,” said Ross. “One of her key roles was co-ordinating all the stalls for the event and, in her honour, we will be awarding rosettes to the ‘Best Dressed Stalls’ on the day which we are delighted will be judged by her husband Rev Jonathan Strickland.” There will be a free park and ride bus service courtesy of Wilfreda Beehive available from Hudson’s Yard and ample paid parking at the Memorial Sports Ground. www.visitbawtry.com

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Notts Theatre

in the limelight

Notts theatres have their moment in the limelight as we take a closer look into the history of a few of our region's finest places of theatrical entertainment. 50


Mansfield Palace Theatre The Mansfield Palace Theatre stands on Leeming Street in Mansfield. It has seen films, plays, pantos and concerts since 1910. Made finds out a little more...

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he grand opening of Mansfield Palace Theatre took place on December 13, 1910, on Leeming Street, which was described at the time as the town’s very own Broadway, as it had three theatres within just a 50-yard stretch. It took 22 weeks to build and when complete was the town’s first purpose-built cinema. The pit itself had 500 seats, the stalls 230 seats and the circle 120 seats – a total seating capacity of 850. Admission prices at the time were 3d lower pit, 4d Pit, 6d stalls and 1/- for the Grand Circle. The 1929 talking pictures had really taken off, but the Palace hadn’t really moved on with the times, instead promoting its ‘Perfect Pictures’, which basically meant no sound. Sound facilities were introduced in 1931 and the first show featured was ‘Love Comes Along’. Refurbishment work was carried out in 1937, when the ornate plaster frontage was replaced with plain rendering because bits had started to fall off onto pedestrians. The venue was transformed into a theatre in 1944 during the war and re-opened on July 3 and saw Tom E Bradley ‘your favourite comedian’ on stage. The theatre went on to attract other big names such as Larry Grayson, Danny La Rue, Hylda Baker. There was a move to look at converting the venue back into a cinema in around 1954, but that didn’t materialise, and the theatre closed in August. Within two years the building had fallen into disrepair. The Borough Council bought the theatre in 1956 for £11,500. It was restored and reopened in March the following year as the

Civic Hall and then in 1971 it received a new frontage and was renamed the Civic Theatre. By the mid 1980s a series of refurbishment projects had begun, including new dressing rooms, a second floor built above the Meeting Place; creation of a rehearsal room; backstage toilets and showers and the creation of the Groucho Bar. The theatre received National Lottery funding in 1996 and also funding from Mansfield District Council and in May the following year the theatre closed for major refurbishment. The old stage area was completely demolished, leaving a hole at the front of the auditorium. This led to a total rebuilding of the stage, which saw the height, width and depth increased, the fitting of a counterweight flying system and the installation of an orchestra pit lift. This allowed the front of the stage to be raised or lowered to form either an apron in the up position or a pit in the lowest position. Other refurbishment work included new offices and the front of house areas were revamped to create an attractive and welcoming area for theatregoers.The theatre reopened on Monday 15 December 1997 in time for the first performance of the pantomime Mother Goose. Work to keep the theatre looking at its best is a continual battle for the team behind the scenes, with every little detail taken care of, including the reupholstering of the theatre seats, which takes place with surprising regularity. Cultural services manager at the theatre, Andrew Tucker, explains: “We are constantly recovering seats as they get quite worn, particularly over Christmas and New Year. After a pantomime season, for example,

where we see around 30,000 people coming to our professional one with another 11,000 attending the two amateur pantos that follow, we end up doing some major refurbishing after that period. We have also just refurbished the Lounge Bar with a lovely art deco theme.” The Palace Theatre has gone from strength to strength, drawing its audiences from Mansfield and also well beyond the district’s boundaries. It celebrated its centenary in 2010 and since 2016 has enjoyed recordbreaking annual attendances, year on year. Just under 104,000 attended in 2018 with an average attendance of 75%. Andrew says a lot of time is taken to ensure the theatre puts on the right mixture of shows to suit its audience, so different genres are added to the annual programme. “Ballet is still very popular and we’ve continued with that programme, comic dramas do well where as the more serious ones don’t do that well. There is great demand for 50s music, the rock ‘n roll era and the 60s. People love this. “The greater majority of our shows are music and wherever possible we have original artists, if they’re touring. “We are gearing up to celebrate our 2 millionth customer since the refurbishment – something to be proud of!” For more details visit: www.mansfieldpalace.co.uk


The Majestic Theatre Made finds out more about the Art Deco Majestic Theatre in Retford, a theatre built by Cyril Getcliffe in 1927.

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he Retford Majestic Theatre building work began in April 1927 and took six months to complete.

At the time it was described as one of the most ‘up to date’ ‘super theatres’ in Nottinghamshire and could seat up to 1200 people. Anne Exton, box office director at the theatre, said: “It was originally built by Cyril Getliffe who owned two other cinemas in Retford at the time – The Picture House, which became the Roxy, and also The Palace Theatre. It was built originally to take stage plays and moving pictures, which were silent at the time and two years later projectors were converted to take the sound as well. “Cyril Getliffe had it until 1943, and then it was bought by Midland Empire Theatres

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Ltd. They apparently had ‘ice shows’ on the stage, and elephants and circus acts.” Over the proceeding years it was used as a bingo hall and then in 1968 films were shown again. In 1983 it closed for the first time and it was put up for sale for £48,950, which included fixtures and fittings. It was purchased in 1986 and became a twoscreen cinema only to close again in 1992. The Retford Theatre Trust was formed around this time to raise money to save the building. There is one area that has original 1920s lino running through it and down a flight of stars – and it’s still in very good condition. They have recently had a new fire system installed and also new entrance flooring. “Refurbishment work is a continual thing,” says Anne. “We’ve upgraded the stage lighting for instance and we’ve a lovely

new sound desk. It’s just a matter of updating, repairing, renovating and more painting, the refurbishment work at the theatre continues. “We would ideally like to improve the exterior - the brickwork, windows and marble need attention but this would be expensive. It’s all about prioritising what to do next. We’re looking at the outside of the theatre, which is always going to be expensive. In particular, repairing the windows and brickwork – just to enhance the outside. “We’re all volunteers, every single person here is, and it’s been like that since the early nineties. Nobody gets paid, and the people come because they want to be here.”

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Newark Palace Theatre Entertaining and enticing in Newark.

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ewark Palace Theatre was built in 1920 in the Byzantine style. It featured minarets and also had a ceiling created in the French style of the Louis XIV period, and back then, when it first opened its doors to the public, it was able to seat some 1300 people. A property, built in the 18th century, called the Chauntry House, stood on the site on Appletongate, Newark, and was built in Queen Ann style. Local person Emily Blagg, who had already built the Kinema on Barnbygate in 1913, purchased the Chauntry House with the unpopular intention of demolishing it and to build the Palace Theatre. She was an entrepreneur, supplier of bricks, clerk of works and a quantity surveyor. Emily sold the Palace before the doors were even open to fund her next business. A consortium was formed to run the Palace, consisting of local businessmen and professionals in the cinema industry. Although originally opened as a cinema, within the first year a strong programme of live events was drawn up, ready to entertain visitors. Many famous names have been on stage, including, in November 1927, prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, who performed with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Company. The Majestic Theatre's mermaids are a memorable and beautiful part of this Art Deco building.

In 1934 Donald Wolfit, who had started his acting career on stage at the Palace in 1921, presented a ‘Drama Week’ at the theatre with a cast that included Margaret Rutherford (best known as Miss Marple) and John Clements. As was the case with most theatres at

the time, the war years had an effect on productions and performance times, and the Palace was no exception. All performances during the war had to end by 10pm and the theatre’s roof was used as a look out to spot any fires in the area. In 1952 Star Cinemas London Ltd took over the venue, but by the 60s and 70s, the theatre was in decline, and bingo was introduced, alongside films and the Newark Amateur Operatic Society. By 1968 it was purely in use as a bingo hall. It wasn’t long before the threat of closure loomed, and the town rallied round to save the building. An appeal was launched to raise £70,000, and the theatre was saved. Since then, it has been transferred to Newark and Sherwood District Council’s care and has been through numerous refurbishments, inc luding in the 80s, when a major refurbishment took place. A corridor was created around the auditorium, having the effect of bringing the auditorium walls in to make better sight lines. The orchestra pit, which was originally in front of the stage and curtained, was re-sited underneath the stage. Today the theatre continues to entertain audiences who travel to the town from across the region. Its varied line up of acts allows something for all interests. To celebrate it 100th anniversary year, the theatre has a number of special events organised throughout 2020 to help celebrate this wonderful venue in the town of Newark.

www.palacenewarktickets.com The theatre will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020. This image was taken in 1923, photo courtesy of Newark and Sherwood District Council.

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Robin Hood Little Theatre Robin Hood Theatre, a hidden gem of a theatre in Averham near Newark, has been re-envisaged over the years and re-grown through hard work of the local community.

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obin Hood Theatre was built after the local vicar, Rev Joseph Cyril Walker, decided he wanted a permanent base for the theatre productions he was involved with. So he commissioned the work to be carried out for the theatre to be built, essentially in his back garden. It was built by the village carpenter Robert Lee and assisted by local voluntary labour. Originally built in and completed in 1914, the group at the Robin Hood Theatre waited until after the First World War had ended before staging their first full production - ‘Cupid and the Ogre’, and then 1919 saw them stage Aladdin, which was held to welcome everyone back from the war. Geoff Morgan, of the Robin Hood Theatre, said the building of the theatre was all down to Rev Joseph Cyril Walker. “He decided he wanted a proper base for his two companies so he commissioned a local carpenter to build him a theatre – a downscaled version of an operatic house behind his stable block.” It was literally a wooden structure, built to house 150 seats plus a stage, which is 20 feet deep. The original three rows of seating were fixed and were the rector’s seats. Then the rest of the seating was made up of whatever chairs they could find. The green velvet seats that can be seen in the theatre today, came from a bingo hall in the early 1970s. Notts County Council was the trustee of the theatre for a number of years in the 1980s and 1990s. The theatre was closed in 2006 and in 2012 The Robin Hood Theatre

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Company took over the building. The trust spent two years getting the theatre back up to performing standard and it opened again in April 2014. The building is funded through ticket sales and hiring the building out to local community groups. “We spend a lot of time working out what would be a good programme that will both attract audiences to come and see it and of course reward us for being something worth doing. We don’t do pantomimes for example, because we don’t think that has artistic merit, although financially it would make money.” They choose instead to put on comedies, often staging these plays at the end of January following Christmas – they once ran A Christmas Carol and sold out three weeks in advance. This January they’re preparing to stage Moira Buffini’s Handbagged, and before that it’s the turn of Around the World in 80 Days. The theatre is currently raising funds to carry out more refurbishment work to the front of house areas of the building to further enhance it and to entice people to hire the space for their event, whether a party, a celebration or meetings. Southwell based interior designer Richard Carnill, of Carnill & Co has designed a refreshed look for the interiors and Robin Hood Little Theatre is now being prepared for the re-vamp ,which will include new flooring, paintwork and lighting If you would like to be a part of breathing some new life into this historical gem, either with a donation or giving your time and energy to volunteering, please contact: Judith Hodge by calling: 07970 457033 or whodge.judith@gmail.com


What 's On?

Theatre Events

A few of the events at a theatre near you to brighten up those dark winter nights and get into the festive spirit! 5 Nov Nutcracker

Newark Palace Theatre 7.30pm This charming and kindly fairytale is one of the jewels of Tchaikovsky's repertoire and, based on E.T.A. Hoffman's Christmas story, tells the story of Marie, a sad little girl whose godfather, Drosselmeier, gives her a Nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve. In her lively imagination it turns into a prince and the magic begins. This eternal favourite promises an unforgettable journey in the runup to Christmas and is an ideal introduction to the magical world of classical ballet for audiences of any age. www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

7-9 Nov Outside Edge

mas tales. www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

17 Nov Wizard Of Oz (Ballet)

Mansfield Palace Theatre Ballet Ballet Theatre UK Join Ballet Theatre UK as we follow the yellow brick road and discover all the wonders of Oz. The Wizard of Oz is a two act, full-length, ballet adaptation of the iconic tale by L. Frank Baum, told through the magic of classical dance. Set to a classical score which brings the story to life, this production is family friendly and is the perfect way to introduce children to the classical ballet. www.mansfieldpalace.co.uk

23 Nov An Evening Shared With Jasper Carrot and Alistair Mc Gowen

Acorn Theatre, Worksop The Dukeries Theatre Group’s next production is ‘Outside Edge’ a comedy by Richard Harris. This hilarious comedy is set one summers’ day at a village cricket match although there is more drama occurring in the pavilion than on the wicket. The play, from the author of Stepping Out, was first seen at the Queen’s Theatre, London, starring Julia McKenzie and Maureen Lipman. It was also adapted for a TV comedy series during the 1990s. Tickets £10 pp. available from Acorn Theatre Box Office, call 01909 501817 or online at: www.acorntheatre.net Group bookings available for every 9 tickets get the 10th ticket free.

Majestic Theatre, Retford 7.30pm All time comedy greats here to entertain. Not to be missed. Call: 01777 706866 www.majesticretford.org

16 Nov A Christmas Carol

Newark Palace Theatre The Palace Theatre pantomime returns in 2019 with the enchanting fairytale classic Sleeping Beauty! Starring Coronation Street's Nick Cochrane as King Hugo, this spectacular show is full of stunning scenery, sparkling costumes, hilarious slapstick and bags of panto magic. This Christmas, you won't want to miss this Beauty of a tale that's anything but sleepy! www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

Newark palace Theatre 7.30pm Charles Dickens' classic ghost story is brought to life in this most traditional of productions complete with beautiful period costume, song, dance and a magnificent original musical score. Join critically acclaimed thea-tre company Chapterhouse as Scrooge's frozen heart begins to melt and he finally embraces the festive spirit in this most Christmassy of Christ-

30 Nov-5 Jan Cinderella

Mansfield Palace Theatre Pantomime UK Productions Fans of BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey are in for a treat this Christmas as Melanie Walters swaps Wales for her magic wand and heads to Mansfield Palace Theatre to play the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. www.mansfieldpalace.co.uk

10 Dec – 4 Jan Sleeping Beauty

10-14 Dec Around The World In 80 Days

Robin Hood Little Theatre, Averham Robin Hood Theatre Company Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne adapted by Laura Eason. Director · Dave Baliol-Key This classic story follows Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout as they attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days. www.rhtc.co.uk

13 Dec Vienna Festival Ballet

Majestic Theatre Retford Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time-The Nutcracker. With its combination

of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll. Their adventures see Clara and the Nutcracker combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through the glistening Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets. Returning by popular demand, Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker promises to delight audiences of all ages with its festive setting and light-hearted story. www.majesticretford.org


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Winter Wonderland Experiences With The Travel Diamond

As Christmas is fast approaching and we are wrapping up warm and looking forward to the festive season. At The Travel Diamond we are busy planning trips to magical places for you to share with your family! We even have a very special message for you from Santa inviting you and your little ones to visit him in his own home

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inter breaks to the snow are always popular with a visit to Santa at the very top of the list for families. Imagine your little ones faces when they get to meet the ‘real’ Santa, imagine husky rides through the forest and hide and seek with the elves. Lapland is an experience the whole family will remember and treasure forever! You can also enjoy the snow in other ways! Skiing, snowboarding or a once in a lifetime stay in the Ice hotel, are all suggestions we’d offer for some winter fun! We can suggest winter sports holidays to suit your experience, downhill and cross country sking, snowboarding, whatever you wish to do we can arrange it for you and if there are a few of you traveling together, we are happy to organise your group. For those looking for a more relaxing stay why not visit the ice hotel, or stay in a wilderness lodge, activities can be added to suit you. We can even plan a white wedding with perhaps a dazzling light show provided by the Northern Lights. The run up to Christmas is exciting, and to get you into the spirit we have some great trips to Europe’s Christmas markets.

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These short breaks are fabulous value, provide you with great Christmas gifts and treats and most travelling by coach have local pickups. Just call or visit us for further details.

the icing on the cake for many guests, we can arrange for you to stay in a glass igloo or an Aurora Cabin, which is generally a night out from your Lapland holiday but promises to be the highlight.

Lapland Winter Wonderland Activity Holidays In Levi.

If you prefer a city break, we can whisk you off to Reykjavik for a few nights and arrange an action-packed itinerary including searching for the Northern Lights, whale watching and a tour to see the Geysir geothermal area, the waterfall Gullfoss, and the UNESCO site Þingvellir National Park - it's all there waiting for you to explore.

Levi is our most popular resort in Lapland, offering an impressive range of accommodation and a wide choice of excellent restaurants and cosy bars. Its ski area is regarded as the best and most extensive in Finland and offers snow-sure, uncrowded skiing in an area of exceptional natural beauty. This winter wonderland of snow-sculpted forests and glistening frozen lakes offers an extensive choice of activities including exhilarating husky, reindeer and snowmobile safaris. As the season starts and the polar nights approach, skiing takes place on the floodlit slopes. The whole ski area opens in mid February (approx. 17th) when the daylight hours start to increase and incredible skiing can be enjoyed throughout the day.

In Search Of The Northern Lights. It’s definitely on many people’s bucket list! If you can tear yourself away from the many snow activities the experience of a night spent under the Northern Lights is

A great way to see the lights is on a cruise and we work closely with Hurtigruten who can take you North of the Arctic circle all year round. Even when the sun completely disappears and only a vague light separates night from day they still sail along the coast of Norway. The best time to see the Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis is from November to April and generally they appear between 7pm and 2am when the skies are dark and cloudless, and there is little artificial light pollution. The best places to see them include Norway, Iceland, Lapland and Alaska and at The Travel Diamond we can help you plan an amazing trip.


A Personal Message from Santa My Elves and helpers do a wonderful job, making toys and keeping all the Christmas stocking lists up to date. We are all so busy in the run up to Christmas Eve that I have made special arrangements for you to come to Lapland and meet me at my home, you will find my log cabin deep in the snow laden forest so why not come along and have a chat with me?

The Travel Diamond Offers 2020 Santa’s Lapland. East Midlands departure, 1st December 2020. 3 days 2 nights Includes flights, transfers, accommodation, half board, one lunch, thermal clothing and all of the activities mentioned by Santa in hi invite. Santa's Saariselka Inn, Saariselka – 2 adults and 1 child age 5-11: £2,098. We have other hotels, dates and family offers available if you call us.

Immelmokit Cabins. Levi, 7 nights self catering from: £499. pp These traditional style log cabins offer particularly good value for money and have long been a favourite with returning guests. All cabins are well equipped and are attractively furnished

Northern Lights. Hurtigrutens promise to you;If the Northern Lights do not appear on your cruise, we will give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage FREE OF CHARGE. Applicable on certain cruises October – March. Norwegian Classic Round Voyage with flights from the UK (2019/20) 12 days. October 2019 - April 2020 Price from: £1,369. pp Prices and availability are subject to change prior to confirmation and can be withdrawn without notice.

Sharon Clayson Personal Travel Agent/Director The Travel Diamond 01777 818185/ 0781 0091901 Sharon.clayson@thetraveldiamond.co.uk www.thetraveldiamond.co.uk www.facebook.com/TheTravelDiamond/

These are my specially chosen trips and I have added lots of fun and snow activities for you and your family to enjoy. I have arranged reindeer – sleigh rides, husky -sleds and mini skidoos and to keep you warm I will have thermal suits and boots waiting for you. My home is a very magical place full of memorable Christmas Atmosphere, play hide and seek in the forest with my mischievous Elves where the reindeers roam free and in the evening you may be lucky enough to enjoy a very special firework show if the skies are lit by the Northern Lights. I simply love it here and to make it easy for you I have arranged a very special flight for you from East Midlands airport.

Santa x

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How to book your holiday with The Travel Diamond. Our business is run from our home office and we generally work flexible

hours to suit you, we are always at the end of the phone and you can call us on 01777 818185 or mobile 07810 091901.

If you have plans already and you want to email us the details please send to Sharon.clayson@thetraveldiamond.co.uk

We'd love to meet more of you face to face. We have a pop-up shop in Tuxford each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9.30am – 2.00pm to discuss your

holiday plans and share a coffee, please come along and meet us at The Crusty Cob, 3 Eldon St, Tuxford, Newark NG22 0LB

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Griffin & Sinclair

Griffin & Sinclair create unique pieces of bespoke furniture. Made visits the workshops in Laneham to find out about the inspiration behind the stunning designs and meet the family that's been running the business for over 45 years.

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here’s something special about making a piece of furniture for someone. Knowing it's going to be a cherished part of their home for many years is very gratifying,” Daniel Griffin tells Made as he shows us around his furniture workshop. He along with his wife Rosalind are behind Griffin & Sinclair, the company that designs and creates beautifully crafted furniture for the home. Their workshop sits alongside their home and is where the couple design and create practical, yet head-turning work for people all over the country. And these original designs are creating a buzz and attracting more and more people to what they do. They use a variety of hardwoods including oak, ash, walnut and maple and more unusual woods such as ‘bog oak’; a dark wood found, as the name suggests, in

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boggy landscapes and can be carbon dated to being thousands of years old. Their extensive back-catalogue includes beautifully crafted chairs, tables, sideboards, cabinets, beds and specially developed inventive furniture. Add to that some amazing signature pieces, and you have an inspired collection. Rosalind and Daniel took on the business from Rosalind’s father, Lee Sinclair, when he retired five years ago. Over the following years, the couple, along with skilled craftsman Nick Gilbey, have been building on the company’s reputation, expanding the range and ensuring the quality of their most popular pieces continues to catch the eye. “After 10 years of office work we took the decision to try something a little more hands on and less desk-bound,” says Daniel. “Lee had been running the business for nearly 40 years and was looking to sell on or close it down and we didn't want to see the business

disappear. We felt like it could be a good fit for us so we made the move back from London and started to learn as much as we could from Lee.” The business has been built on the heritage of Lee’s experience and style and his designs are still made today. Clients often use the back-catalogue as a starting point to commission a piece for their home, ultimately having something unique crafted from the minds and hands of the team. One of their pieces is a beautiful art déco style cocktail cabinet. This signature piece is made from a selection of woods including maple with birds-eye maple as the centrepiece and the darker wood coming from bog oak. And Daniel says he has a clear picture in his head where he’d like the piece to finally settle down. “We make time to create sample pieces that we take to shows to show off our skill and inspire people. I'd love to see the cocktail cabinet ending up in a beautiful art deco


Image opposite: Lee, Daniel and Rosalind in the workshop. This page: Dan working on the furniture designed by the team. Images courtesy of Steve Turvey.

house forming an amazing focal point for a grand room.” Rosalind says the majority of their work is bespoke, which means they spend a lot of their time working closely with clients to ensure they create the perfect piece. “I think the process we go through is inspiring for people,” says Rosalind. “They can work closely with us to tell us the design and function they have in mind. We’ll have a look at the space the finished item will go in and at the details of the room. It may be an ornament or detail from the house that inspires us and then we'll produce sketches and a proposal so that the client has something to visualise.” “We know it's important for our clients to get to know us and build a trust in us to create something they are going to love,” says Daniel. “It's almost essential to meet people face-to-face and develop a relationship that enables us to create something perfect for the customer.”

And they go to great lengths to ensure they get it right for their clients, from talking to them about what design periods they like and even taking note of the style of clothes they wear. “Most people tend to dress up when we come to meet them! Even those details can help to give us an idea of what style they like and what details they are drawn to.” It’s this level of detail from start to finish that they say makes them what they are and is their own way of putting their stamp on the whole process of furniture making. “We aim to work on designs that will look good forever as a standalone piece, and suit the clients style. We try not to design based on the trends of the moment.” says Daniel. But they’re not afraid to go contemporary, and maintain a keen eye on changing trends and tastes to ensure they offer what they’re clients are looking for, which means they have the constant interest of developing

different styles and designs and calling on their experience to adapt. But, as Dan says, there are always old favourites that people keep coming back to. “We do like to use beautiful burrs and some exotic woods, but time and time again people go back to oak. It's durable, reasonably affordable and given how much is used in interiors it suits timeless design well.” Whatever wood they use, it’s all about creating quality furniture that will give good service and satisfaction for many years. “We pride ourselves on making furniture that will look good and last for a lifetime, and maybe even become a family heirloom,’ says Daniel. “By making quality pieces that last rather than being part of a throw-away society we ensure the natural materials we rely on are used responsibly.” To see more from Griffin & Sinclair visit: www.griffinandsinclair.co.uk

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LIFE FLOWS EASILY HERE

Picture your dream family home - spacious, warm and welcoming. Nestled in the heart of the rolling Nottinghamshire countryside with acres of the great outdoors to explore. All of the amenities your family could need are right on your doorstep, and yet you’re only ten minutes from a quaint but bustling market town.

THE SCHOOL RUN WILL NEVER BE MORE THAN A SHORT STROLL AWAY… A planning application for Middlebeck’s new primary school is close to being submitted and work on the school should begin in the New Year. The purpose-built building will become the new home of Christ Church infant school which will relocate to the new neighbourhood when it opens in 2021. LIZZIE RICHARDS, MIDDLEBECK RESIDENT, SAID: “For me, living in Middlebeck is perfect for my young family. By the time my children are ready to start school, there will be a primary school only a short stroll away. With plenty of places to meet with friends and walk our dog!”

DISCOVER YOUR DREAM HOME Middlebeck has six stunning show homes waiting to be discovered, whether it’s a 2, 3, 4, or 5 bedroom home you’re looking for. FIND OUT MORE AT w w w. m i d d l e b e c k n e w a r k .c o m / b u y i n g -a - h o m e 64


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Scrumptious Snacks Served all day, every day! Toasted Muffin

Cinnamon Muffin Chunky Toast with Jam, Marmalade, Honey or Marmite Cinnamon Toast

As work at Middlebeck continues to progress at pace, we are excited to welcome the newest addition to our growing community, Gannets café.

Cheese on Toast

Gannets, Middlebeck will open its doors in November, providing residents with the perfect place to get together and enjoy all kinds of delicious homemade dishes. Run by the family team behind the popular town centre venue, the new Middlebeck café comes as Gannets celebrates its 40th anniversary in Newark. Its menu will offer everything from breakfast and lunch to coffee and cake, including Gannets’ signature carrot cake.

Homemade Soup of the day with fresh Welbeck Olive bread

If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat on the go, the café will also offer some of its menu to take away. The café will be centrally located at the gateway to Middlebeck in what will become the neighbourhood’s community hub.

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Porters Smoked Bacon Muffin

Lovely Lunches Traditional Beef Lasagne

Mushroom and Hazelnut Lasagne Filled Potato Skins with Salad Vegetarian Quiche with Salad Jacket Potato with Cheese

NEIL STEVENS, OWNER OF GANNETS CAFÉ,SAID: “As a family run business, we are passionate about offering our guests the very best experience with every visit, and will serve residents a fantastic selection of fresh, homemade dishes with a smile. “As we are celebrating our 40th year in Newark this year, opening a new venue in Middlebeck is the perfect way to mark the occasion.”

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Amazing Autumn Landscape designer, Sarah Murch of Ellicar Gardens, shares her tips on how

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utumn is the season of opportunity for Gardeners and as my own garden sprawls unashamedly in its Autumn glory, I’m looking forward to being outside, working through a long list of (mostly) enjoyable gardening activities.

Seasonal Workout Autumn is an ideal time for getting into the borders, lifting and splitting dormant, yet still recognisable perennials, shuffling plants around for a better display next year. Making the most of the moist, warm soil, it’s a good time to repair or create new lawns from seed or turf and perfect for planting up new borders, sowing hardy annuals and winter vegetables. It’s the season for bulb planting, tree planting is around the corner and with all those falling leaves to rake up, who needs the gym this month?

Stay Your Hand But there’s one activity I urge you to hold back on. If you are about to ‘Put your garden to bed’ for Winter, then stay your hand and reconsider. I’m puzzled by the traditional practise of chopping back herbaceous plants for winter. Perhaps driven by our desire to control nature, to maintain a neat, tidy garden?

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to make the most of this wonderful season. Cutting back your borders leaves plants unprotected. Bare soil erodes, leaching nutrients and soil structure is easily damaged. And who wants to look out onto a bare garden all winter? But more importantly, a lesson learnt in my garden: Each plant is home to some creature or food for another. Take it away and you risk upsetting a fragile ecosystem in one fell swoop. Admittedly gardens can become a bit messy this time of year, so a gentle snip here and there may compromise. Choosing plants that stand attractively through winter, dying gracefully with beautiful seed-heads also helps. In our garden those seed heads, looking magical with a dusting of frost, feed hundreds of wild birds throughout winter. We leave grasses standing to illuminate the borders and provide dense habitat for hibernating amphibians, reptiles and tiny mammals… who in turn feed our birds of prey. Invertebrates crawling for cover under leaves and foliage feed our wrens, robins and dunnocks. There’s lots to enjoy by leaving your garden standing in winter - and you will gain more time for other activates, like the dreaded bulb planting.

Fire Up Your Garden With Autumn Colour Of course, what most of us love this time of year are the spectacular Autumn leaves. And while trees are key players, it’s not all about leaf colour. There are glistening fruits, jewel like berries, bright flowers and glorious grasses to choose from. So, if your garden has fizzled out or you are looking for inspiration, here are some suggestions:

Spectacular Autumn Leaves Trees Medium

Betula ermanii, Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’, Acer x freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’.

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Sorbus vilmorinii, Acer palmatum ‘SanguKaku’, Amelanchior lamarkii ‘Ballerina’, Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Rhus typhina.

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Cornus sibirca ‘Mid Winter Fire’, Cotinus coggyria ‘Grace’, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’, Hydrangea quercifolia.

Autumn Flowers These Asters, (confusingly renamed Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), flower up to the first frosts.

Tall And Upright

Choose lively, pink ‘Alma Poschke’, snowy white ‘Herbstschnee’ or dark and dusky ‘Violetta’.

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Luminous, lilac Symphyotrichum cordifolius


Home & Garden

Celebration For Craftmanship Marking 30 Years Anniversary For Chiselwood

Left: Symphyotrichum cordifolius 'Little Carlow'. This image: Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'. Below: Viburnum opulus. Opposite page: Aster frikartii 'Monch'. with grasses back lit in the Autumn sunshine. Imagery courtesy of Sarah Murch.

‘Little Carlow’ is my all-time favourite, but do let her sprawl and scatter those star-like flowers through your borders.

Smaller Cushions

Liliac-pink Aster pyreneus ‘Lutetia’ or lilac Aster frikartii ‘Monch’, both flowering in summer through to November.

For Dappled Shade

Team starry, white Aster divaricatus with lilac Aster x herveyi, simply beautiful.

Glorious Grasses Back lit by the low, golden sunshine, grasses are magical in Autumn. Try Miscanthus ‘Adagio’ with glowing, feathery panicles. Calamagrostis acutifolius ‘Karl Foester’, lovely woven through borders, forms a tall, shimmering veil of biscuit coloured stems. Sky high, Molinia caeurlea ‘Sky Rocket’

literally erupts like a firework from the borders in Autumn, while Molinia caerulea ‘Edith Dudzus’, good for ground cover, blazes at low level.

Autumn Jewels Trees

For glistening crab apples, strung like Christmas baubles from the branches, try Malus hupehensis, M. ‘Evereste’ and M. ‘Red Sentinel’. Euonymus Red Cascade has beguiling crimson fruits that split to reveal a bright orange centre.

Shrubs

Train red and orange berried Pyracantha varieties along wires to clothe walls. Enjoy watching the blackbirds devour them one by one.

Christmas Wreath Worksop. 6 Dec.

When Mel and Martin Holliday founded Chiselwood in 1989 it was the principles of craftsmanship, quality and authenticity that fuelled their joint passion to create exquisitely crafted kitchens and furniture from their own workshop, which they established in a converted brewery adjacent to their home. Demand for bespoke pieces grew as discerning clients turned away from mass production, and the handmade aesthetic of each piece, designed by Martin, stood out among the standard units and “jigsaw puzzle” approach of other manufacturers. Managing Director, Mel said: “In the national kitchen market in the UK we are relatively tiny, but we do have a voice. It’s a voice that says you can’t beat high quality craftsmanship, and in an era when we want to know where our furniture comes from, who makes it and the skill involved in its creation, it’s the key to our success.” Regular national magazine features and some national and international design awards, being the sole European kitchen manufacturer to reach the finals of the Sub Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Awards in the USA, now ensures a loyal regional and national client base. Recent projects include the largest new build villa in the Caribbean and a client’s second home in Portugal. The majority of Chiselwood’s kitchen and furniture projects are still within the East Midlands and Lincolnshire, something Mel and Martin are particularly proud of, as their loyal clientele return to commission new projects or recommend them to friends and family.

Join us at Ellicar Gardens for a Festive Wreath Workshop. Includes foraging in the gardens for seedheads, fruits and cones. Willow weaving and floristry techniques, no experience necessary. Am and Pm sessions. For booking and details see www.ellicargardens.co.uk

Martin added: “Our clients have now become more tuned into how they want things made and the ability to see our highly skilled cabinet makers at work in our own workshop, making their individual pieces of furniture, is essential to the process.

Explore Ellicar Gardens this Winter

The Chiselwood Workshop

Seedheads and grasses, coloured bark and stems, winter bulbs and blossom. 21st Feb 11am-3pm. 6th March 11am-3pm

“I don’t want to make things that become obsolete; they need to be high quality, timeless and uncompromising,” adds Martin. For details visit: www.chiselwood.co.uk

Ellicar Gardens Carr Road, Gringley on the Hill, Doncaster, DN10 4SN 01777 817218 • sarah@ellicargardens.co.uk www.ellicargardens.co.uk

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Visit Meliora's new showroom launch in Bawtry on the 24th November!

Inner Peace... In this issue, Kelly Roden, owner of Meliora Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms in Bawtry, talks interiors, trends for 2020 and the styles we just can't leave behind from this year! Lets talk interior trends for 2020, we are seeing the revival of some long forgotten favourites and the growth of some emerging trends from 2019.

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Marble isn’t going anywhere in 2020 but we are heading to the dark side, think a beautiful black base rippling with a white vein. On that note black is back for next year with black steel furniture being particularly popular. With slim black steel framed furniture being the most prominent shown at the design shows.

Huge sumptuous swathes of fabric – rich velvets and the like filling walls for an almost theatrical effect.

Carpet Patterned softness was huge at Milan Design Week. We saw a step away from it for quite a while but it’s always been a mainstay for some rooms, particularly bedrooms. A quick and easy way to add this would be a huge rug to save the expense of re-carpetting the whole room and ripping out hard floors.

Texture Anaglypta wallpaper, herringbone tiles, reeded glass doors, frosted glass, panelled walls. There is a way to do this for every style too, whether it's modern or more traditional you can add a multitude of textures to suit your home or tastes.

Ecology and Reusability We are all becoming increasingly aware of our impact on the environment and we all need to think about how decorating our home impacts this too. The materials used and how we can reduce, reuse and recycle has never been more prominent. Bamboo products are excellent and as a material quickly renewable and is extracted in an environmentally responsible way. Woods and wood furniture that carry the FSC mark mean the wood has been harvested sustainably. Fortunately, antique and vintage décor is an option for us all too. Furniture and decorative items can be repurposed, refinished or otherwise refurbished to give them new life. Clever interior design can incorporate windows and skylights to maximise the use of daylight and minimize artificial light. When artificial lighting is needed, LED light bulbs save energy and last longer. Kelly Roden Meliora Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms Tel: 01302 711007. Email: info@meliora.uk www.meliora.uk

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A lovely circular route exploring Eaton and Ordsall with travel writer and photojournalist Sally Outram.

hat better way to spend a few hours exploring this delightful little corner of North Nottinghamshire, than lacing up those boots and heading off on this super walk, which begins in the old village of Ordsall, by All Hallows’ Church. All Hallows’ Church stands beautifully in the heart of the old village; dating back to the 14th century, it has been restored throughout the ages, and in 1823 had extensive repairs to the upper parts of the tower due to it being struck by lightning. In 1605 many of the Ordsall parishioners found themselves in turmoil as a they had to stand before the ecclesiastical court for non attendance at All Hallows’ and instead listen to the preaching’s of John Robinson, who later became a pastor of the Pilgrim Fathers. The village stands on the edge of the River Idle, and was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086, when it was referred to as Ordeshale; however evidence of habitation dates back to the Mesolithic period (middle stone age), by way of a flint tool, which was found in the village, along with other archaeological finds in villages close by and in the River Idle.

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The river meanders along the southside of the village and provides the perfect environment for wildlife, with parts being Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the area is also a favourite with bird watchers as there is always something to see! Following the course of the river, we eventually reach the tiny village of Eaton, which has a long and interesting history, as well as being attractively situated along the bank of the Idle. Eaton is also said to be the site of the Battle of the River Idle in 616, where Anglo Saxon King Raedwald defeated King Aethelfrith of Northumbria. My favourite spot is the bench by the bridge, it’s a super place to stop for a moment or two…the views are a delight, then along through the village, you can’t help but notice the quintessentially British red telephone box, which now houses a small village library, always a photo opportunity! This is a lovely little walk, and is great to walk most of the year, the fields do get muddy at times, but if you wear the correct footwear, it makes for a fantastic festive walk! Happy ramblings!


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Hallows’ Church. From the church gate, turn right and head towards the bridge, which is a short distance. Just passing the bridge cross over the road, where you will see a green fingerpost by a wooden gate, which leads to a private house. Pass through the gate, following the yellow markers, through another wooden gate onto the river bank. Proceed along the bankside path, passing residential properties on the right, following the green public footpath signs until you reach a small metal gate. Go through the gate following the public path, which passes through the bottom of residential gardens, following the bend of the river until you reach open countryside. The grassy path now becomes a track, follow the track with the fields to your right until you reach an intersection of paths and trees to your left. Turn left here and follow the track heading towards the river, you will see views over Retford at this point. Once at the river, take the track to the right, which runs along the bankside. Continue to follow the track heading towards the village of Eaton. You will see the church and bridge in the distance. Continue to the bridge, and take a left turn on to the road and over the bridge. Use caution at this point and be aware of any traffic as it is a narrow bridge. On the opposite side of the bridge, there is a bench overlooking the river with beautiful far reaching views, it’s a perfect place to stop and admire the countryside or have a welcomed cuppa

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through the village, passing the pretty church, which nestles behind trees in an elevated position, notice the delightful red brick barns, and the iconic red phone box, which is now the village library and defibrillator station. (A great photo opportunity). 7. After passing the phone box, cross over the road and turn left into a small road, passing a row of pretty cottages and houses, following this round to its end until you reach a field. Continue to walk straight ahead keeping the large white building to your right. You will come to a narrow track between two green wire fences. Proceed along the track, following it until you reach the main road. 8. At the main road, join the footpath and turn left heading towards Retford. You will pass the petrol station on your left. After the petrol station continue along until you reach a white cottage. At the cottage turn left, you will see the pathway signposted. Walk along the path, passing a cottage where you will come to a metal kissing gate. 9. Go through the gate crossing a small stream, and continue along the grassy track, which is now on the opposite side of the river. At its end, go through the wooden gate and make sure you close it after. 10. Cross over the road and head left, crossing the bridge and back to the starting point. 11. Now is the perfect time to explore the church and enjoy a well-earned rest and refreshments at the pub!

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A Baker's Duet Graham and Rose Dunton, tutors from The School Of Artisan Food, are inspiring students to create their own twist on traditional recipes and create a personal style of baking that has proven to be a winner.

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usband and wife Graham and Rose Dunton have been teaching students at the School of Artisan Food how to produce great-tasting baking now for the last seven years. Swapping their pots and pans at home for the fully equipped kitchen on the Welbeck Estate, the pair dedicate their lives to getting the very best baking from every student who walks through their door.

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It’s a world in which the jam tart is king and only the very best pastries really cut it. And it really is all about the taste, as both Graham and Rose strive to not only show students how to bake, but also how to ensure full flavour and quality run through everything produced on their watch. With a combined 80 years’ experience in baking, the couple have taken the decision to pass on their skills to others and have seen hundreds of students pass through

their kitchen since they started teaching at the School of Artisan Food in 2012. “Rose and I are very fond and very precious about skills and, if you like, ‘heritage recipes and heirloom techniques’. “We teach people how to make things such as candied fruit properly – people don’t do that any more, and if you look on the internet you can’t even find any information on it, because it’s like this best kept secret.”


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As well as promoting the all important taste, both Graham and Rose also advocate a ‘think and bake’ way of learning, encouraging their students to adapt and even improve recipes rather just following verbatim. “It’s really important people think about what they’re doing and that they don’t just do things mechanically,” says Graham. “We see a recipe as a guide and maybe something that needs a little bit of adjustment and needs to be thought about and we teach students to do this too. “We inspire our students to really think about what they’re doing. So for example we might give them a recipe for a fruit cake and we say, this is what’s in the cake, you’ve got this many types of sugar and you can select the one you like, you can blend the flours and use whatever fruit you want - as long as it weighs the same as in the recipe. The end result is 12 different fruitcakes, from 12 students – outstanding.” From day one students are encouraged to experiment, learning how to make everything from choux pastry to custard and taking on classics that Graham and Rose believe will stand their students in good stead. “On our very first lesson we make jams, we grind spices, make fresh praline paste – like a nut butter; we also make lemon paste vanilla sugar, coffee extract, made with fresh coffee beans and these are the base materials that we have. It’s like having a painter’s pallet in your hand.” The couple don’t shy away from the fact the food made on the course can be very rich, with only the best ingredients used to make a variety of products, both traditional and traditional with a modern twist. Graham says they teach the making of ‘super rich’ pastries, and that people should be happy to make and eat them, moderation is after all 'a little of what you fancy does you good.' “In Paris, you will see people who come out of patisseries who would have eaten a piece of opera cake. These are quite small, but they savour that beautiful thing, you don't have to eat a big slice of cake. It’s about appreciating the product and the taste – it’s just a case of not overeating and savouring small quantities.”

Some of what is taught on the course can appear relatively simple at first, but what goes into it requires skill and judgement. Take the humble jam. Both Graham and Rose believe there’s certainly more than meets the eye when it comes to making this perfect and tasty. “We make Bakewell’s using our own jam. It’s made by cooking the fruit for only five minutes, so it’s very vibrant, bright and very soft and it tastes amazing,” says Graham. “We had one student who came back and he said that he was using our raspberry jam recipe for his doughnuts. We make it with a little less sugar than normal. It’s very sharp, very flavoursome. We’re happy to use frozen raspberries, because they’re picked at the best time. We bring it to the boil, add the sugar, a little bit of pectin. I’m looking for a great-tasting product that I can use. I don’t necessarily want jam that’s been boiled for 40 minutes to get it to setting point and it comes out brown.” “And that’s what we teach the students, says Rose. “Because the jam tastes so lovely and looks so vibrant, when you use it and cook on with it, it still keeps its colour. So when it’s used in something like a Bakewell, when you cut it, it’s still this beautiful red inside.” Flavour comes through also in the popular banana bread that students are taught to make on the course. It’s all about ensuring the fruit is used when it is ready, otherwise, explains Graham, the finished product will simply not be as good.

“We make sure the school buys the bananas at least a week in advance,” he says. “We want them to be speckled and have that immense smell when you open them. Basically, if you have bananas but they’re not ready, don’t make banana cake, wait a while, to make sure the flavour is the best it can possibly be.” The couple’s philosophy is to ensure students leave equipped to take on whatever they’re planning to do with their skills, providing them with the experience and knowledge that could be potentially life changing. “Many of the students on the course are looking to use their new skills professionally and a good number already have experience behind them,” says Graham. “You can do this course and it will equip you to start a business. It could be for someone who is making a life changing decision– a bold move to do something else.” Both Graham and Rose say they will continue to pass on their skills working in an environment they deem to be ‘very special’. “We are very proud to work here,” says Rose. “We pinch ourselves every time we come down the drive and we tell our students they’re in a very special environment. We really enjoy what we do and we want to give back what we can for as long as we can.” To discover some of the fantastic courses available from Rose and Graham Dunton visit: www.schoolofartisanfood.org

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Student Success A couple of the students that have found inspiration and success through the course at the School Of Artisan Food.

Rose & Graham's Chocolate Banana Cake A fabulous baking recipe from The School Of Artisan Food. Ingredients 125g Cake flour 1 tsp Baking powder 65g Butter (softened) 120g Muscovado sugar 200g Ripe bananas (peeled) ½ tsp Vanilla extract / paste 1 Egg 50g Dark chocolate chips

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Rowan first found out about the School of Artisan Food while at the Good Food Show In Harrogate, where they had a stall. She made further enquiries and before long she was on a course.

Erica, who comes from Brazil but currently lives in Portugal, began her journey to the school after she began following one of the teachers on Instagram

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“I’m hoping to set up my own place in Epworth, South Yorkshire,” says Rowan. “We’re moving there as a family, and the house we’re buying has a little shop attached to it.” Rowan is one of a growing number of students who go to The School to gain skills they’ll put good use in their own business. She’s impressed with the course and it’s variety. “At home you tend to make one type of bread or one type of cake, whereas here your learning how to make much more and keep the quality.”

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(From Brazil, resident in Portugal)

“I found out about the school through Instagram and I dreamt about it and then one day I was here,” she says. “For me it is a career change – life changing. “In my case I came here because of all the different types of baking here as well as the fact it teaches the business side of things.” And it is these skills she hopes to use for a complete change of career. “I think I’m looking to have my own place. To work with what I love and be out of the pressure of the sales world and set up my own little bakery in Porto.”

Method 1. Sift the flour and baking powder together. 2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 3. Mash the banana in a bowl with a fork, leave quite lumpy. 4. Beat the eggs and gradually add to the butter mixture a little at a time, you may need a little flour to keep this smooth. 5. When the flour is in add the bananas and chopped chocolate. 6. Fold carefully so as to keep the inclusions whole. 7. Fill the prepared tin and bake at 180˚C for 50 minutes.


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Festive Flavours Recipes to inspire, with Polish Borscht and Swedish Skagen, mouth watering meringues and a Christmas pannacotta you'll love, from food demonstrator & home economist, Teresa Bovey.


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Swedish Skagen A Swedish twist on a prawn cocktail ideal for a Christmas or Boxing Day starter Ingredients 400g large peeled prawns 100g mayonnaise and 100g crème fraiche 50g very finely chopped red onion 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill juice of ½ lemon salt and black pepper 4-6 slices brown bread or rye bread To garnish - fresh dill sprigs, salad leaves and slices of lemon Method 1. Use a rosti ring to cut out 4 rounds of bread and toast them until golden brown or brush with olive oil and bake in a hot oven for 7-8 minutes until crisp. Alternatively you can just use a slice of rye bread. 2. Combine the prawns, mayonnaise, crème fraiche, red onion, dill, lemon juice and seasonings. Refrigerate until needed. 3. Place the toast or rye bread onto a serving plate, top with the prawn mixture and garnish with dill sprigs, salad and lemon slices. Serves 4-6

Quick Polish Borscht Traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve in East European countries Ingredients 80g smoked bacon lardons 1 tsp oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 275g beetroot, scrubbed, chopped or coarsely grated 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped or grated 1 baking potato, peeled and cut into small dice 1.2 litres hot chicken, beef or vegetable stock 1 tsp sugar 2 tsp red wine vinegar 1 bay leaf To serve 2 tbsp soured cream or crème fraiche and chopped chives to garnish.

Method 1. Gently sauté the bacon in the oil with all the vegetables for 5 minutes. 2. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer gently for 30-35 minutes. 3. Blend and serve with a little soured cream or crème fraiche. 4. Serve with crusty brown or rye bread. Serves 4

Cooks Tip Ready-cooked beetroot may also be used in this recipe – reduce simmering time to 20 minutes.

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Italian Christmas Pannacotta Ingredients 2 tbsp sultanas or dried cranberries 2 tbsp Amaretto 3 sheets gelatine 500mls double cream 1 tbsp golden caster sugar 1 tbsp mixed spice Method 1. Soak the dried fruit in the Amaretto for 30 minutes. 2. Pour the cream into a saucepan, add the sugar and spice and simmer for 3 minutes. 3. Remove from the heat. 4. Place the gelatine sheets into a small bowl of water for a few minutes until softened. Squeeze out the excess moisture and whisk into the spiced cream. 5. Add the drained sultanas into cream. 6. Divide the mixture between 6 dariole moulds and leave to chill for 3 hours until set. 7. Stand the moulds for 10 seconds in hot water and turn them out onto a serving plate. Serves 6

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Meringue Kisses With Chestnut Cream Ingredients 3 large egg whites 200g golden caster sugar Filling 3 tbsp chestnut puree 300mls whipped double cream 1tbsp icing sugar Grated rind and juice of 1/2 small orange. Method 1. Preheat the oven to gas 2/150ºC. 2. Place the egg whites into a large grease-free bowl and whisk with an electric hand whisk until stiff. 3. Whisk in the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is stiff and glossy. Place into a piping bag with a star nozzle. 4. Line a large baking sheet with non- stick parchment paper. 5. Pipe 20 small meringue swirls well- spaced out onto the prepared sheet. 6. Reduce the oven to Gas 1/140ºC. 7. Bake for 45 minutes - the meringues will lift off the paper easily once cooked. 8. Mix together the chestnut puree, orange juice and rind, icing sugar and 2 tbsp cream. Whisk the remining cream until thick and fold into the chestnut mixture. 9. Sandwich the meringue kisses with the chestnut puree mixture before serving. Serves 6-8

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“Meringue Kisses... irresistable sweet Christmas treats!”

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If you prefer a touch more dryness, pair those prawns with a Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch. Enjoy the apricot, peach, and ripe pineapple flavours with a soft creamy finish!

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Pannacotta Nyetimber Demi-Sec NV, Sussex, England £34.99

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Meringue Kisses Chateau Gravas Sauternes, Bordeaux, France - £24.99

A rich and sumptuous classic dessert wine with flavours of honey, toffee, and candied fruits. The beautiful citrus notes of Sauternes compliment the orange in the meringue kisses! Delicious!

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standard set in the SUV sector. The BMW X7 features an arresting presence. There are bold styling features such as the new one-piece kidney grille, 21-inch wheels and BMW Laserlights. BMW Individual Extended Merino leather greets all occupants of the cabin. BMW’s latest Operating System 7.0 is complemented by a Bowers & Wilkins 3D Diamond Surround Sound System. This is enhanced further by BMW Live Cockpit Professional and Parking Assistant Plus.

A Legend Reborn. BMW 8 Series Coupe. After almost twenty years, the BMW 8 Series Coupe returns in glorious fashion. BMW M850i xDrive offers a simply irresistible 530hp thanks to a state-of-theart TwinPower Turbo eight-cylinder petrol engine, which can glide from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds. Cast your eyes over the glorious swooping lines of the new BMW 8 Series and you can see the heritage of the very first 8 Series. Keeping in tune with the rest of the BMW Luxury Class, the BMW 8 Series features the new BMW kidney grille. With 20-inch alloy wheels, fine BMW Icon adaptive LED headlights with optional BMW

Laserlights too, the BMW 8 Series is simply stunning. A rich interior with fine Extended Merino leather, along with a cutting-edge cockpit with a new Operating System 7.0, BMW Live Cockpit Professional and a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster.

The New BMW 8 Series Convertible. Introducing the very first BMW 8 Series Convertible. A stunning spectacle of elegance and beauty. With the roof in place, the BMW 8 Series features a striking notchback appearance. Sophisticated interior design complements the striking composition of the BMW 8 Series Convertible, comprising of an optional Extended Merino leather package, which is finished Ivory White. Mix this with the cutting-edge infotainment screens and switchgear, and fine attention to detail and the BMW 8 Series Convertible is a truly alluring package. Select the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, or why not select the M850i and enjoy the euphoric sounds of the wonderful BMW TwinPower Turbo eight-cylinder engine in all its glory.


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he new Defender is built for adventurous hearts and curious minds, for those who know the value of community and strive to make a difference. The unmistakable silhouette of the new Defender is familiar yet new. It looks tough and is tough, but designed with purpose and engineered to excite. Iconic in name, shape and capability, Defender can be personalised to allow owners to make the most of their world. Beside the peerless luxury and refinement of the Range Rover family and the highly capable and versatile Discovery SUVs, New Defender completes the Land Rover dynasty. The 110 is just the start for this family of the most capable and durable 4x4s in the world. It will be swiftly followed by a compact, short wheelbase 90, before a pair of practical commercial models join the line-up in 2020. With minimal front and rear overhangs providing excellent approach and departure angles. Land Rover’s designers re-envisioned familiar

Defender trademarks for the 21st century, giving the new 4x4 a purposeful upright stance and Alpine light windows in the roof, while retaining the side-hinged rear tailgate and externally-mounted spare wheel that make the original so identifiable. Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “The New Defender is respectful of its past but is not harnessed by it. This is a new Defender for a New Age. Its unique personality is accentuated by its distinctive silhouette and optimum proportions, which make it both highly desirable and seriously capable – a visually compelling 4x4 that wears its design and engineering integrity with uncompromised commitment.” The stripped-back personality of the original Defender has been embraced inside, where structural elements and fixings usually hidden from view have been exposed, with the emphasis on simplicity and practicality. Innovative features include a dash-mounted gear

shifter to accommodate an optional centre front ‘jump’ seat, which provides three-abreast seating across the front like early Land Rovers. As a result, the Defender 110 offers five, six or 5+2 seating configurations, with a loadspace behind the second-row seats of up to 1,075-litres, and as much as 2,380-litres when the second row is folded. The Defender 90 will be able to accommodate six occupants in a vehicle the length of a compact family hatchback. A choice of advanced petrol and cleaner diesel engines ensure New Defender has the power, control and efficiency for any environment, while a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrain will join the range next year providing the prospect of silent EV-only progress. The potential to accessorise Defender extends beyond the vehicle itself, as customers can also shop from the new Above and Beyond Collection – a 24-piece capsule collection designed and developed in collaboration with Musto ®.

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5 1, Dorothy Perkins. Gold Halterneck Top £26. www.dorothyperkins.com 2, Joe Browns. Elegant Jacquard Skirt. £40. www.joebrowns.co.uk 3, TK Maxx. Sequin clutch bag. £12.99. www.tkmaxx.com 4, Dorothy Perkins. Shimmery Pleated Midi Skirt. £35 www.dorothyperkins.com 5, Debenhams. Shoes by Faith. £49. www.debenhams.com Imagery on both pages courtesy of M&Co, Dorothy Perkins and Joe Browns.

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What is your earliest childhood memory?

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?

What is the farthest you have been from home?

The 1973 League Cup Final between Tottenham and Norwich, which my father took me too, from whence began my life long support of the Canaries.

I am fortunate to be in a privileged position now but bizarrely I would love to have a go at being an Air Traffic Controller or to be a Chef with my own restaurant.

Hong Kong.

Which three words best describe you?

What is your favourite place to eat in the area and why?

Committed, passionate, approachable.

What was the last book you read? Creative Schools by Ken Robinson (I am a big fan of his).

What is your favourite film?

What is your favourite way to spend a weekend?

Dead Poet’s Society starring the late, great Robin Williams.

Either watching our school teams play sport or my beloved Norwich City.

What is the best gift you've ever received?

Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you?

Tickets to see Billy Joel in concert live, combined with a meal at Les Manoir, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Oxford.

I am a proud Welshman who captained my country at schoolboy level at cricket.

What skill would you like to master? Playing a musical instrument.

What annoys you? Laziness and moaners.

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Haven’t been here long but we have had a couple of meals in the Greendale Dragon that we have thoroughly enjoyed.

If you could go back in time, who would you visit and why? Nathaniel Woodard, founder of Worksop College or Boss Meyer, founder of Millfield School - both educational visionaries.

What makes you happy?

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Aside from Norwich City winning, my family.

To fly and see our beautiful landscape from the air.

What should every person try at least once in their life? Oysters.

Who has been your greatest inspiration? My father who worked so hard, holding down two jobs, to give his family the best opportunities.

What is the best advice you've been given? - Did you take it? Stamp your own personality on any school you lead - I hope I did so in my previous two Headships.

What are you most looking forward to in life? Spending quality time in retirement with my wife, Jane, safe in the knowledge that our own two children are healthy, happy and successful and that we have both had a positive influence on the lives of so many other young people during our time in education.

If you know a true North Notts local hero or a local that you'd like to shout about, let us know by calling: 01777 712609 or email: hello@madeinn.co.uk


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Made lifestyle magazine - issue 13  

Inside... the first ever Made North Notts Food and Drink Awards. The night was an amazing success, and we’d like to congratulate all the win...

Made lifestyle magazine - issue 13  

Inside... the first ever Made North Notts Food and Drink Awards. The night was an amazing success, and we’d like to congratulate all the win...

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