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2nd Anniv ersa ry E dition Issue 12 Sep/Oct 2019

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Welcome to the September/October issue

Made Made lifestyle magazine is designed and created with love by Createinn.

It really does feel like issue on issue we get busier and busier, with more news, stories, features, contacts… and as we build towards a crescendo for 2019, this bumper edition really is bursting with content. Welcome to the latest edition of Made, and it’s a special one for the team here too. We mark the 2nd anniversary of the publication and also, as we celebrate our first food and drinks awards for the region, we have the pleasure in publishing the finalists. As it’s our first 100-page edition, take your time, pour a cuppa and relax. Spend a little time with Bill Ming, one of the regions creative souls. Take a walk and enjoy the buzz of a summer perennial meadow with our guest writer Sarah Murch. Teresa provides us with some lighter bites with a focus on sumptuous canapés, a perfect appetiser to stay in shape for the Best Dresses Guest feature within our fashion section. Our lead feature gathers an eclectic mix of wedding stories with an emphasis on the unusual. Whether you’re looking to get married or not, these exerts make an interesting and fun read, if not, at some points, a little bizarre. Sharon and Kerrie at The Travel Diamond round this off with some stunning ideas for honeymooners, or those simply looking to travel in luxury. The are many more stories, features, people, things to do and competitions within, so why spoil all the surprises here. We hope you enjoy this special edition of Made and don’t forget to follow us on our social media channels for a wider view on what’s happening within our amazing region.

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Inside This Issue News & Events




The Local Roundup The latest news from across the region.


September Events


October Events

Features 22


Face Gym, less than ten minutes a day and no need for lycra! By Peter Rixham, Retford Sports Massage.

Fashion & Beauty 66

Food & Drink 80 North Notts Food & Drink Awards More about our regional food awards.

Dreams & Themes Wedding inspiration for your big day.



Garden Meadows Landscape designer, Sarah Murch of Ellicar Gardens, shares the joy of sowing a perennial meadow in her garden.


A Growing Home Kelly Roden, owner of Meliora Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms in Bawtry, tells us why extensions shouldn't be overlooked.

Business 20


Scrumpy Wasp Tim and Leanda Needham are the creators of Scrumpy Wasp Cider. We met Tim to discover more!


Little Delights Teresa Bovey, shares recipes for nifty nibbles and creative canapĂŠs, for a stunning start to any event!

Travel & Leisure 60 Heavenly Honeymoons Sharon & Kerrie at The Travel Diamond assist in planning dream weddings and honeymoons.

Look Before You Leap Ronnie Harris, VJH Marketing, discusses her latest tips for improving marketing in your business.

Great Foundations Meet Alison Swan Parente, the founder of The School of Artisan Food.

Home & Garden 72

Best Dressed Guest Fashion inspiration for exciting events.

If The Bill Fits Made meets Bill Ming, a true creative soul, and finds out more about his journey not only from his home in Bermuda, but also the through the art he creates.

Ready To Face Anything


Nature, History & Heritage Exploring Newark with travel writer and photojournalist Sally Outram.


Notts People We meet Stephen Booth, a former journalist.



The local roundup Made's North Notts Food & Drink Awards Judging The count down to the North Notts Food & Drink Awards has begun for the region's finest and the judges have chosen the finalists.

Made's Managing Director Jon Rogers and our Advertising and Public Relations Manager Kevin Ellis, with the judges for Made's North Notts Food & Drink Awards, Michael Harfleet - UK Chairman of Cerealto Siro, Julie Byrne B.Ed. MBA MCMI - Managing Director of the School Of Artisan Food, Teresa Bovey - Home Economist and Food Demonstrator and Mel Christodoulou - Head of food and nutrition at Worksop College.


full and arduous day was instore for Made’s Gastronauts as they met to decide on the finalists of the inaugural North Notts Food & Drinks Awards.

Our judges arrived to a warm welcome, and breakfast, by our hosts for the day, The School of Artisan Food. A day of discussion, deliberation


and debate ensued – with the odd abstain, as you’d expect with local foodies working in the region and having one or two fingers in pies. And it was great to hear some of the experiences and tastes that had been enjoyed around North Notts. Like the day’s weather talks were changeable. At points

things would start to heat up, even getting a little spicy you might say. Maybe that was Made’s mistake for throwing in a few nuts… but in the end it was the perfect recipe for a balanced result. Made were thrilled to have so many entries from individuals, groups and organisations which the Gastronauts

whittled down to 48 finalists across 17 categories. And now it’s the job of the judges to decide the winners ready for the awards evening being held on 25 October at the prestigious Grand Hall at Worksop College.

For the full list of finalists see page 82.


Southwell Workhouse Infirmary Open To The Public Visitors to The Workhouse in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, have for the first time been able to see inside the infirmary that served the inhabitants.


his follows a major five-year project by the National Trust, with funding from the Welcome Trust, to restore the derelict building and unlock some of its secrets. The Workhouse was built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the poorest who couldn’t work and for those people suffering from unemployment. It is now the most complete workhouse in existence.   Firbeck infirmary, built nearly 50 years later in 1871, provided medical care for The Workhouse. Later it became a care ward in the 1970s but had been untouched for decades after closing its doors in the 1980s.   Based on extensive research, different spaces in the infirmary have now been created to showcase the history of social care over two centuries. The reimagined depicts how the infirmary cared for people when it first opened in the 1870s, through to its final residential use.   Sara Blair-Manning, General Manager at The Workhouse, explained why the work was carried out.

“It’s three main reasons really. Its about sharing our wider story, so moving away from quite a static presentation of the 1840s to talking about everything. The 1820s all the way up to the late 1980s, when the last resident left this particular building. Sharing more of our stories and giving access, so not only conservation wise in terms of restoring this building and putting a lift in so that people can get actual physical access to the site, but also access to our 20 years of records that both the volunteer and researches have compiled, but also quite extensive academic support from quite a lot of universities and also the National Workhouse Network, which we’re a founder member of, so we’re utilising all that information. “And then final, it’s about talking about contemporary issues that are happening now and giving visitors, and supporters

an opportunity to compare and contrast whether or not society has made any real difference or any real difference or progress even.” Visitors will have access to several spaces, including the room of the last resident, which encourages reflection on how we care for vulnerable people today. Two rooms will also be dressed to focus on maternity care as it was in 1871 and a century later. As part of the project, library is now open to the public in the infirmary for the first time. Visitors can explore Workhouse records and archives, including letters, journals, oral testimonies and other material, which have taken volunteers 20 years to research and transcribe.

own perceptions of what the Workhouse and infirmary mean to them. Changes in the main Workhouse include a freer visitor route, encouraging exploration of the building as the segregated inmates themselves would have used it, plus new digital guides bringing Workhouse stories to life.   For details and opening times, visit:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/theworkhouse

Sara Blair-Manning said the completed project allows the story of the next stage of the stage of the site to be told. “So, originally all the care provision would have taken place in the workhouse building, then in 1871 a law was passed where you had to have a separate infirmary, and then after the inception of the NHS - the building sits slightly outside of that because it was still run by the local authority, but it was used in different ways really, so it was used as single parent bedsit provision, usually for single mothers and then this building housed children and adults, but then just became, in the late seventies and eighties, elderly care provision.” . The infirmary includes studio spaces for seasonal exhibitions and installations encouraging discussion around poverty and social health care provision in the past, present and future.   One of the first exhibitions was Dolls’ House, in which Dr Natalie Jones, Newark Emmaus Trust and artists from Warwick University have worked with young parents who are homeless – historically, single mothers were one of the highest intakes into the Workhouse – to explore the idea ‘what is your ideal home?’ This will develop over time as visitors add their



A Porsche Night Out The Porsche Classic 911 Speedster Porsche Centre Nottingham hosted the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur Event recently. The evening allowed customers to view the highly anticipated Porsche 911 Speedster and other personalised Porsche models. There was plenty of to view, canapes, wine tasting and entertainment. For details of this and of the recent Restoracing team news visit: www.porsche.co.uk/nottingham


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A Big Day Out European Juggling Convention's Big Day Out In Newark On the first Sunday of the European Juggling Convention's Festival, Newark town centre became the centre of attention with a wonderful afternoon of circus and music. The festivities started at the Riverside with a huge colourful parade over the river, past the Castle and on to the Market Square. Local cafes and bars stayed open, visitors had the chance to view the local architecture and historical features surrounded by entertainment. The Juggling convention was a real highlight for the Town Centre with the warm and friendly atmosphere as the crowds mingled with the various stunning acts.



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Fun In The Sun At The First-Ever North Notts Food Festival Chefs Brian Turner CBE and Dean Edwards were the star attractions at the inaugural North Nottinghamshire Food Festival in Worksop on 25 July. Festival-goers were treated to cookery exhibitions from the stars, as well as entertainment from comedy chefs Liver Cottage. Alongside the entertainment, children in attendance were invited to take part in ‘Go Bake’ bread making activities as well as ice cream demonstrations from The School of Artisan Food. The event welcomed more than 7,000 attendees, with more than 3,000 taking in the action in the main event area. Sally Gillborn, chief executive of North Notts BID, said: “We are absolutely delighted with how the event went. To have so many people down to take in what the festival had to offer on what was the hottest day of the year is testament to the amazing show put on by the chefs and entertainers. “North Nottinghamshire has so much to offer over the summer months and as the North Notts BID team, we’re excited to see what the rest of the summer has to offer.”


Robin Hood Theatre In The Spotlight The Robin Hood Theatre in Averham is looking forward to a fresh look for the Front Of House, with a little help from Richard Carnill, Carnill & Co, and a few of it's volunteer friends The Robin Hood Theatre is a small public theatre situated in the countryside in Averham. Built in 1913 it became a public theatre in 1961. The theatre is still a bustling hub of entertainment for the community and visitors from further afield today. The team behind the daily working of the theatre is currently looking to update the front of house, along with ongoing maintenance that is required and is always on the lookout for some extra assistance in the volunteer department. This includes restoration, fundraising, improvements and general running of the theatre during the performance evenings. Made were invited along to see the work in progress and have a sneak preview of the new plans for the front of house after Richard Carnill, the owner of Carnill & Co in Southwell spoke of the theatre’s wish to upgrade.

Carnill & Company is a shop that houses a unique lifestyle collection. It reflects Richards love for European design. Richard Carnill himself, has considerable experience renovating homes both in Europe and the UK. He saw this as an opportunity to help out the theatre by putting forward his interior design services. He has created the design for the front of house that will bring the theatre up-to-date while in-keeping with it’s style and making it an inviting place for visitors, adding warmth through beautiful textures, colours and the lighting effects that can be created. One of the lovely finishing touches will be some imagery of the history of the theatre on show for the visitors to see. If there is anyone that feels that they would have something to offer that might make a difference please get in touch with The Robin Hood Little Theatre, it is a real gem and deserves to be put in the spotlight.

Geoff Morgan, Chairman of the Board at the theatre gives Made a closer look into the interesting history of The Robin Hood Theatre in our November/December issue. Don't miss the next show: Private Lives by Noel Coward. Tue 24 and Sat 28 Sept. For details visit: www.rhtc.co.uk





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Newington Quarry Newington Quarry restoration is on track for easier access for public viewing of its exciting wildlife.

Erin McDaid, Head of Communications & Marketing, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, tells us more.


ith mineral extraction at the Newington Quarries complex in Bassetlaw, owned by Hanson UK, entering the final two years, a new phase in the life of the site is dawning.

Situated between Newington and Misson in the floodplain of the River Idle, this long established quarry is set for a new chapter as a stunning wildlife habitat where people will be able to see a wide range of species, including many threatened birds. The transition from productive industrial site to valuable wildlife area has not happened overnight and is the fruit of a long partnership between Hanson UK and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust which stretches back to 2002. The charity, which has long experience of restoring former minerals sites, supported an allocation in the Minerals Local Plan for the Newington South quarry, on the basis of being able to secure large-scale re-creation of rare floodplain habitats that had been lost to agriculture in the 1980s and ensuring the nearby Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) was protected and enhanced. Over the past 17 years the Wildlife Trust’s Head of Conservation, Janice Bradley has been involved at every stage of the project from planning application and restoration advice to proposals for the 26-year management and aftercare plan for the habitats for Hanson UK, which will come into place in late 2020 for Newington North and South Quarries. Janice has worked hand in hand with Hanson UK, a leading supplier of heavy building materials to the construction industry, advising from the earliest stages to ensure restoration with the best possible outcomes for wildlife at the site. The plans for the complex of quarries include easy access views of wetland wildlife from elevated viewing areas along the central byway, providing the best opportunities for viewing exciting species whilst ensuring that wildlife is less likely to be disturbed. It is hoped that once completed, the site will attract wildlife from the highest priority red list of Birds of Conservation Concern including curlew, redshank, snipe, bittern and bearded tit, as well as key mammals including otters and water voles. John Ingham, Hanson’s Principal Landscape Architect with responsibility for the restoration of Newington Quarry stated: Flying Redshank NWT. Photo: Mike Vickers.

Male Bearded Tit NWT Photo: Mike Vickers.

Last year Janice Bradley, the Trust’s head of Conservation was awarded an MBE for her services to wildlife in the county.

John Ingham Principal Landscape Architect Newington Quarry.

“Hanson enjoys a strong partnership with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust which has provided invaluable input and advice during the development of restoration proposals for our quarry at Newington. With the help of the Wildlife Trust, Hanson is delivering significant biodiversity enhancements in this formerly intensive arable landscape.” “The final phase of restoration work for Newington South Quarry, which will be completed later this year, has been designed with input from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, and a long-term management plan for the site has also been developed so that the benefits for wildlife will continue to be delivered for many years after Hanson finishes extraction at the site.” Given the site’s position close to the River Idle and proximity to other valuable wildlife areas including the Trust’s Misson Carr and Idle Valley Nature Reserves, the future for a range of key species in the area looks bright. In partnership with sister Wildlife Trusts in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is also working to restore and reconnect wildlife habitats across the Humberhead Levels and the Newington site is a vital step forward in achieving this. Janice Bradley commented: “We look forward to continuing our discussions about the restoration of wet grasslands and reedbeds at Newington Quarries. The complex is already developing into a Bittern. NWT. Photo: John Smith.

Curlew in flight. NWT. Photo: Mike Vickers.

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Water vole feeding at its burrow. Notts Wildlife Trust. Photo: Tom Marshall

key wildlife site in the county and links well to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s sites across the Idle Valley where we are working with a range of land owners to restore and reconnect wildlife habitats. By working with partners such as Hanson UK and with the support of local bodies such as parish councils, we can help create a wilder future for Nottinghamshire.”

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The Anniversary Of The Mayflower’s Voyage Sails Into View 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. The 16th of September is the date the Mayflower sailed to America from Plymouth, Devon. Next year’s events to mark the 400th anniversary promise to be a spectacular series of moments across the country. Mayflower 400 partners are planning events in Plymouth, Southampton and Dartmouth on the south coast, in the Mayflower’s home ports of Harwich and Rotherhithe, and in the places where many of the ship’s passengers came from – in Worcestershire, Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, and of course, North Nottinghamshire.

What’s on this September and October? Bassetlaw Museum’s new Pilgrims Gallery will open to visitors in September, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The gallery features the Pilgrims’ story and a recreated ‘Brewster Study’, with 17th century style furniture and objects bringing Nottinghamshire’s most well-known Pilgrim William Brewster’s story to life. If you’re interested in taking a guided tour of Pilgrims’ heritage sites, there are now a range of tour guides offering their services to visitors near and far with online booking options. More tours are being developed with a range of experiences across Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. For a self-led experience, you can download the Mayflower 400 app with information on where to visit and suggested trails around the Pilgrim Roots region and other Mayflower 400 destinations. Dance performances from The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 team are scheduled for October half-term in Newark’s National Civil War Centre. Choreographer Katie Green has led performances in the region throughout 2019, telling the story of the Pilgrims’ origins and their journeys to Holland and America. Audiences have been impressed with the show’s amusing and at times poignant

reflections on the risks the Pilgrims took by seeking a new life in America. Tickets are available now for a planned coach tour on Saturday 28 September with Pilgrims & Prophets, who specialise in Christian heritage tours. Their next tour features the Disney family, puritans, a Quaker meeting house (similar radical nonconformists), and a visit to Holme, where the owner of the boat they escaped in lived. This year’s Pilgrims Festival in November will once again feature a series of ‘Illuminate’ events to commemorate the story in Gainsborough, Bawtry, Boston, Retford, Immingham, and for the first time, Worksop. For those who want to take part in the parade, there will be lantern-making workshops starting in October half-term. To find a Mayflower tour guide or download the app, see: www.mayflower400uk.org/ visit/. See The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 on Saturday 19 Oct 2019 at the National Civil War Centre, 14 Appleton Gate, Newark, NG24 1JY. Performances at 11am, 1pm and 3pm (standard entry to the museum applies but there is no additional event charge); tickets to performances are free but must be booked in advance at: www.palacenewarktickets.com To find out more about Illuminate workshops taking place in October and November, see: www.bassetlawchristianheritage.com/ events/ and www.discovergainsborough. com/pilgrim-roots/.

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Harley Gallery 25th Anniversary The Harley Gallery celebrates it's 25th anniversary in style, including exclusive behind-the-scenes tours. Hundreds joined The Harley Gallery on the historic Welbeck Estate, near Worksop, in August to help celebrate its landmark 25th anniversary of the award-winning gallery, which over the years has showcased contemporary art exhibitions from artists including Sir Peter Blake and Andrew Logan to the gallery’s latest exhibitors; the highly acclaimed artists, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry. The celebrations opened with a speech by William Parente, Chair of the Trustees of The Harley Foundation, before visitors enjoyed birthday cake and a celebratory drink and

were invited to look around the exhibition. Artisan food, barbecue, picnics and children’s activities took place within the Courtyard at Welbeck during the day, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the Welbeck Village and Welbeck’s Victorian Kitchen Garden. The Welbeck Estate, which is one of Nottinghamshire’s ducal estates, is not normally open to the public so tickets for the behind-the-scenes tours sold out within an hour of going on sale. During the day visitors were able to take

part in a competition to win a private tour for a party of five to go on a tour of the 5th Duke of Portland’s building programme, now known as Welbeck Village. Lisa Gee, Director of the Harley Gallery, said: “It was lovely for us to welcome so many people to our 25th anniversary celebrations, particularly artists we have worked with and regular visitors who have supported us for so many years. In William’s speech he spoke of the power of art and creativity to sustain and grow communities and the party on Saturday was a testament to that.”

Children’s Trail At Mayflower 400 Church The Arts Society Dukeries’ latest Trail of Discovery is at St Wilfrid’s Church in Scrooby, North Notts. The village may be small, but it is renowned, especially in the USA, for being the home of William Brewster, the Pilgrim Father. The local Brownies were the first children to complete the trail at the recent launch at the church. They were welcomed by the vicar, Rev Jackie Mckenna, and joined by members of The Arts Society Dukeries and Scrooby Parish Councillors for a most enjoyable and informative evening. The trail was printed with support from Bassetlaw District Council.

Reaching Great New Heights Local businesswoman and former headteacher, Dr Rona Mackenzie, is to embark upon the challenge of a lifetime in order to support dynamic local innovators. the highest – the tip of Mount Everest - in each of the seven continents of the world on a global adventure spanning several years. Charlie will free dive, swim, run, cycle, and climb his way across multiple countries to raise funds for www.green.org and will be joined by Rona on each of the seven climbs.

Rona and David with the tanzanite.



he chief operating officer of Thoresby Courtyardbased, David Fowkes Jewellery, has pledged to climb the highest points in each of the seven continents of the world, starting with Mount Kilimanjaro in September 2019. Dr Rona Mackenzie will

be joining renowned ultramarathon runner and author, Charlie Engle, who will be pushing the human body’s physical and mental limitations to the limits in his dream of becoming the first person to climb from the lowest point – the depths of the dead sea - to

All funds raised by Rona will support a new charity, D3IT, launched to help support local people deliver creative, innovative and dynamic projects and achieve their dreams in a balanced and sustainable way. David Fowkes is generously supporting D3IT through the creation of a unique, handmade piece of jewellery for each of the seven climbs.

For this first adventure, David has chosen tanzanite, a gemstone only found in Tanzania. It has been hand-cut in Germany and flown to the UK where David has designed a stunning pendant. It will be hand manufactured by his Goldsmiths at Thoresby and will accompany Rona on her climbing adventure. Full details of the charity and Rona’s adventures can be found at www.d3it.co.uk and on Instagram @D3_IT The creation and journey of the David Fowkes pendant can be found at: www.d3it.co.uk/blog and: www.davidfowkes.com/ blog Follow Rona’s story in the next issue of Made.

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Ronnie Harris, VJH Marketing, asks if you are ready for the consequences? s a business owner, busy on the day-to-day running of your company, have you ever found yourself saying ‘I really must get around to doing some marketing?’

Stop right there! Before you go any further, you should consider marketing as an essential business function, just the same way you consider the finance, HR and IT functions. Marketing is not sorcery. You can’t expect to wave a magic marketing wand and ‘tah dah’ you’re at number one on Google and receiving floods of new leads. If only, huh?! Here are a few things for you to consider.

Embarking on marketing activity without a clear vision or strategy will result in wasted time and money. Often business owners believe that marketing is simply social media, videos, emails, blogs or podcasts. Understandably wanting to see quick results, they jump straight into specific activity without taking the time to think about what it is they want to achieve. There are many levels to consider when approaching marketing for your business which shouldn’t be taken lightly or skipped over. No. 1 – What are the long-term goals for your business? Your long-term goals should align with your business vision and are intrinsically linked to the reason you started your business – your ‘Why’ (see Made Issue 9). Think about the direction you want your business to go in. Maybe it includes a new market you want to serve, or a new product you want to take to market. Whatever it is, it should make you feel excited and hopeful for the future of your business. No. 2 – What is your strategy to implement your long-term goals? Your strategy should be your medium-term goals – the steps you need to take to achieve your business vision. Be as specific as you can and set targets or percentages to really focus the mind to come up with ideas you can implement.


No. 3 – What methods will you use to deliver your strategy? To achieve 1 and 2, you need to take action. Your short-term goals are the specific actions needed to deliver your strategy. Remember the four Ps of Marketing – Price, Product (or service), Place, Promotion. Try not to be tempted to jump straight into promotion (social media, blogs, etc.) when in fact, this is a very small part of the overall marketing function. Plan and remember your ‘Why’ and your marketing activity will be enjoyable and not a chore.

Embarking on marketing activity without adequate resource will result in lack of consistency and at best, very little engagement. Pat yourself on the back if you have a clear vision for your business and high fives all round if your strategy and communication methods are in place. But have you factored in how you are going to find the time to write content and schedule regular social media posts as well as respond to comments and enquiries, for example? Just in the same way as you outsource or employ people to carry out your finance, IT and HR functions, you should seriously consider how and/or who will complete the marketing tasks. Even if you’re outsourcing your activity, you still need to be available to provide updates on your latest business news. For the sake of your sanity and the success of your business, be honest – have you really got the energy or resource to manage your marketing activity consistently and engage fully with your audience? If not, either hang on until you are ready or employ someone who can.

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Women's Business Awards The Rock and Roses themed evening went down a storm at this year’s North Notts Business Women Awards, hosted by Bassetlaw District Council at Retford Town Hall.

Image courtesy of Di Fisher, The Photo Den.

Guests were also delighted and entertained with the fashion show, featuring Retford based retailers La Rosa Boutique, Suits Marie and Bassetlaw Hospice. The Independent Judging Panel made some very

tough decisions on selecting the winner of the top award this year,

and it was a very close call. Angela Rowntree of The Barrister's Book Chamber was crowned Alexander Calder Financial Ltd Business Wom-

an of the Year 2019 whilst Rebecca Tomlinson from Rebecca's Dance Studios was awarded High Commended.

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the Fundraising Raffle raised over £700, which will be distributed be-

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The full list of winners for the North Notts Business Women Awards 2019, is as follows:

• The Alexander Calder Financial Ltd Business Woman of the Year Award Winner: Angela Rowntree - The Barrister’s Book Chamber • Highly Commended: Rebecca Tomlinson - Rebecca’s Dance Studio • The Sally Canning Mentor of the Year Award - sponsored by RAL Associates Winner: Nicola Wharam - 3iii Training Limited • Rising Star Award - sponsored by North Notts BID Limited Winner: Zoe Saari - Clinical Hypnotherapy, Retford • Young Business Woman Award - sponsored by Bassetlaw District Council Winner: Courtney Watkinson - Courtney Watkinson’s School of Dance • Community Impact Award Winner: Di Fisher - The Photo Den CIC • Women and Tech Award - sponsored by Eaton Properties Winner: Ginnie Riley - Jobsearchwarrior • Home Business Award Winner: Dawn Cragg MBE - Micropigmentation Training & Equipment Centre Ltd • Professional Services Sector Award Winner: Joeann Gay - Joeann Gay Mortgage Services • Health & Wellbeing Award - sponsored by The Mortgage Shop Winner: Hazelwood Counselling Services, Retford • Hair, Beauty & Style Award - sponsored by Edgewise Edgestrip Ltd Winner: La Maison Beauty Boutique, Worksop

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emories, experiences and events that have shaped Bill Ming’s life take centre stage in the work he creates. From his time in Bermuda, to London and then closer to home in Newark, it’s all about harnessing thoughts and feelings he has gathered over the years. Describing his work as ‘crazy activity’, Bill works from his studio near Newark, creating sculptures and other art pieces that have been inspired by his travels. “It all started in Bermuda, that’s where I’m originally from – born and bred there,” says Bill. He still visits Bermuda where his work is well known. In fact, in 2006, the Arts Council of Bermuda honoured him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. A lively and energetic character, Bill has an infectious laugh and wicked sense of humour that can be seen clearly in much of his work. Today he still works to the same ethos he always has, utilising anything he can get his hands on. “In 1948, when I was a kid, I remember they had lots of cedar trees. There was this blight that came in and killed most of them. So as a kid you’ve got all these trees around and you start playing around, making things with a penknife or whatever. I ended up making a lot of things. I was the person in the neighbourhood people came to, to make things. I was the go to guy.” Growing up it was the USA that Bill and many of his friends turned to for inspiration and entertainment. Heavily influenced by American culture, Bill would use his creative skills to make things he’d seen on TV. “American TV in Bermuda was big. Cause we’re 600-700 miles from New York in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We’d get all their TV programmes and comic books. So a lot of my interests were in America.

This sculpture is titled 'Can you see me now?'. Creating an experience from every angle, Bill's work represents much more than just being a piece of art. Each piece has a meaning deeper than realised at first glance. Works are inspired by life experience, friends, family and politics, evolving organically as he works with the materials at hand.



“I’d make go-karts based on all the new cars that came out such as the Desoto, the Lincoln Continental, all out of wood.” As he got older he looked for work and his first job saw him working at a printing press. “I’d use printing blocks of letters, working and reading things backwards to print onto the newspaper. I worked as an offset printer for our local newspaper. I did that for four or five years but I then got fed up and wanted to move on.” Locally there was a ship called the Queen of Bermuda, which used to take passengers to New York and back. The ship caught Bill’s attention and was the start of a new journey. “I just hopped on that boat and worked on that for four years. We’d go down to Florida, South America, the Caribbean. For a young kid coming from a small place to America it was a real eye-opener. I remember seeing James Brown in the 60s – wow! Rock and roll was my thing – still is. All this stuff influenced me over the years, you know?” Bill came to England in 1971, first to London where he lived for a while, before moving to live in Nottingham, Derby, then Mansfield. “I kept getting pushed along – no one wanted me,” he jokes. “When I was in Mansfield, at college, there were all these wood carving tools and nobody was using them. And I asked to use them. And I asked what to do and the teacher just said ‘just go deep’ so that’s what I did – that’s where the essence of the wood is.” Today his studio shows a selection of his work, from wooden figures to abstract art and metal and wood designs. It’s an artistic journey through Bill’s life. He works with sycamore and walnut and his favourite, lime, a light, easy to carve wood that he uses to shape into his works.

Bill has had comissions, exhibitions, teaching and community projects across the globe.

One piece of work has Bill using some old printing press lettering to depict steps ascending and telling stories along the way. He sources a lot of his material from local markets. He takes his inspiration from everything and anything, including friends and relatives, and people he has met along the way. “I get a lot of stories and ideas from my time in America. I’d meet people and they’d tell me about their stories. And growing up you see a lot of inspirational things in Bermuda. “I’m still on the journey I took from Bermuda to here. I still feel like a big kid playing and creating my art.” Bill regular exhibits his work locally. For further details visit: www.billming.com

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September Now Until 14 Sept Mr Wyse And His Remarkable Collection

Bassetlaw Museum, Retford Lewis George Wyse (1867-1955) was a Retford entrepreneur, cycling champion and avid antiques collector. This exhibition gives an opportunity to see his eclectic collection of precious porcelain, delicate glassware, artworks and various oddities.

Now Until 5 Oct Paintings by Westhill Art Group

1 Sept & 6 Oct Discovery Club

Clumber Park, Worksop 10.30am-12.30pm With a different theme on the first Sunday of the month, Discovery Club is open to children, accompanied by adults, and gives a chance to learn new skills and have a good time with nature. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Bassetlaw Museum, Retford Westhill Art Group, for the over 60s, was formed around 10 years ago by local self-taught artist, Norma Spurdens, as a leisure activity for retired people in the Ordsall area. The group, which is now organised by another local artist, Pat Ward, meet at Westhill Community Centre every Tuesday afternoon.

1 Sept-12 Oct Second Hand Bike Sale

Throughout Sept - Oct Dog Jog

2 Sept & 7 Oct Valuation Day

Clumber Park, Worksop Every Tuesday, 9.30am-10.30am Suitable for beginners and all fitness levels; jog/walk round the trails and re-group at regular intervals. A great opportunity to improve your fitness level while meeting likeminded dog owners and


great exercise for your dog too. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Clumber Park, Worksop 10am-4pm Pre-order a bike of your choice to be picked up at a time and date of your choice. Prices vary based on bike; get in touch or pop in to the Cycle Hub for more details. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Mansfield Museum, Mansfield 1pm - 3pm An auctioneer from Bamfords Derby will be here once a month at Mansfield Museum to value your possessions! Please note this event can get very busy, be prepared to wait. This event is free

3-7 Sept Entirely Hollow Aside From The Dark

Creswell Crags, Creswell An immersive sound installation in darkness will bring a whole new experience with heightened senses of hearing for visitors to five special evenings in one of Creswell Crags’ caves, when the pitch-black caves become the setting for an audio artwork by visual and environmental artist, AlanJames Burns.

4 Sept An Afternoon At Worksop Priory

Worksop Priory, Worksop 2pm Spend an afternoon enjoying a guided tour of the church, its gatehouse and the site of the ancient Augustinian priory. An impressive restoration programme has just ended resulting in a breathtaking transformation of this 12th century Norman church. Discover all about the gruesome Elizabethan ‘Book of Martyrs’, a skull from the War of the Roses, a newly discovered ‘Face in the Wall’, A Pilgrim Bible, a Gateford girl’s part in the death of a Queen and The Lord of Worksop Manor’s part in coronation ceremonies. No need to book. Free event, donations will be requested

if you enjoy the tour. Call: 01909 475934

5-29 Sept Voices At Inspire Poetry Festival

Mansfield Central Library Voices presents a thought-provoking collection of poetry created by people whose voices, for health, social or age-related reasons, are rarely heard, combined with photography of those involved. Voices will tour Inspire libraries between 2019-2020. Call: 01623 677200. www.inspireculture.org.uk

6 Sept Bat Walk

Sherwood Forest, Edwinstowe 7.30pm-9pm £7.50 (£6 for RSPB Members) Booking required. Did you know that a pipistrelle bat can devour over 3,000 midges a night and baby bats cling to their mothers when mum flies in search of food? An evening walk to learn more about the bats of Sherwood Forest and their association with the world famous ancient oak trees here. Not suitable for under 8s. Booking essential; please book via EventBrite or in the visitor centre. For full details: www.visitsherwood. co.uk

6 Sept A Musical Journey From Plainsong To Proms

Askham Parish Church, NG22 0RS 7.30pm A concert by The Cantate Choir under the direction of David Bird, accompanied by Stephen Carey at the organ. A journey through the stages of music development, ending with communal singing of the Last Night of the Proms items. £8. inc. refreshment. Proceeds towards improvement of facilities in the church.

7 Sept Tudors, Tonics And Sickly Stuarts

National Civil War Centre, Newark 2.30pm Talk on 'Maladies and Medicine in the 16th and 17th Centuries', asking how people tried to stay healthy in an era hundreds of years before the foundation of the NHS? Dr Sara Read, lecturer in English at Loughborough University, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, answers this question and more alongside some wonderful period illustrations. £5 or free with admission. www. nationalcivilwarcentre.com

9 & 19 Sept Jasper Carrott's Stand Up & Rock

Mansfield Palace Theatre, Mansfield The legendary Jasper Carrott back with a new stand up show alongside his musical compatriots, the Bev Bevan Band that have been ‘rockin’ audiences all over the world. www.mansfieldpalacetheatre.ticketsolve.com

10 Sept Towpath Trek

Mr Straw's House, Worksop 9.30am-11.30am The Towpath Trek walk involves heading through the town and along the canal path. A steady walk with a five minute break along the towpath for a brief history of the town. All £5. To book call: 01909 482380.

10 Sept Ruth And Jurgen Schwiening

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Laxton 1pm & 2.30 pm The Centre will be open from 10am until 4.30pm to allow members of the public to visit. Please note the Journey exhibition will be closed in the morning but will re open following the talk. Ruth came to England on the Kindertransport after being

separated from her parents and sent to an orphanage at a young age. Ruth and Jurgen both speak regularly at the centre. Booking required. www.holocaust.org.uk

12 Sept Zdenka Husserl

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Laxton 1pm & 2.30 pm The Centre will be open from 10am until 4.30pm to allow members of the public to visit the exhibitions and memorial gardens. The Journey exhibition will be closed in the morning but will re open following the talk. Zdenka Husserl was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1939. Zdenka's father was taken to Lodz Ghetto in Poland. Zdenka and her mother were taken to Theresienstadt in November 1942, by which point Zdenka was three. After spending three and a half years in Theresienstadt, Zdenka was liberated in May 1945. Zdenka's parents were both murdered by the Nazi regime. Zdenka came to England in 1945 where she eventually resided at Lingfield House in Isleworth, under the care of Alice Goldberger and her team. Lingfield House, Isleworth is the place Zdenka feels was her home. Booking required. www.holocaust.org.uk

14 Sept Harley Gallery Young Artists Harley gallery, Welbeck

Young artists are to see their work exhibited amongst rare treasures and the art of Old Masters when Nottinghamshire’s historic Portland Collection reopens on 14 Sept. After taking part in a unique literacy and art project, the children have created an exhibition, which will be unveiled in The Harley Gallery on the ducal Welbeck Estate, near Worksop. As part of the project, the 26 children, aged between five and 11, were given the chance to study miniature portraits that form part of a collection built up over centuries by the Dukes of Portland at Welbeck. Dr Petula Bhojwani and Craig Wilkie, from Nottinghamshire County Council, worked with the children to help them create their own artwork, stories and digital apps inspired by the portraits. The children were given tasks that would encourage them to read more, whilst also developing their literacy and creative skills by devising stories. The treasured miniatures, which inspired their work, will form part of the new display of fine

and decorative arts within The Portland Collection, which will reopen after a transformation following the theft last November of the Portland Diamond Tiara. The Trustees of the Harley Foundation have been overwhelmed by the extraordinary success of the storytelling project. William Parente, Chair of the Trustees, said: “In a long career in the arts and education I don’t think I have come across anything quite so imaginative, so admirable, so successful. The engagement of the children in their stories was quite remarkable, and the creativity and diversity of those stories wonderful to behold.” Dr Bhojwani said: “The outcomes are stunning and the learning that has taken place is remarkable. We are grateful for The Harley Gallery’s support for the project. Access to a museum collection and opportunity for children to exhibit alongside has not been done before and I feel privileged to have shared news of the project with an international audience at the UK Literary Association Conference.”

12 Sept & 17 Oct Guided Tour Of Amcott House

Bassetlaw Museum, Retford 2pm-3pm Discover the story and secrets of Amcott House, which is home to Bassetlaw Museum. Find out about its previous owners and the transition from a private house to museum. Booking essential, call: 01777 713749.

12 Sept Story Explorers: Dramatic Deserts

Newark Library, Newark 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. Join Little Owl, a talking Cactus and a comical camel as they journey together through the hot sands to solve an ancient mystery and discover the amazing secrets and creatures of the desert. £2 per child, accompanying adults free. Story Explorers is taking place at 12 Inspire Libraries, for details visit: www.inspireculture.org.uk

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Celebrating Heritage 13-15 Sep Heritage Events Weekend

14 Sept Retford Heritage Open Day

Various Areas, Retford

Retford is set to host one of its biggest weekends yet with thousands of people expected to visit the town and be part of three very special events. Over the weekend of 13 to 15 September, the town’s traditional Heritage Day will take place alongside the very first North Notts Literary Festival, as well as the start of the Chesterfield Canal Walking festival. The combination of these events promises to be a huge tourism boost for the area and showcase the rich heritage, literary talent and beautiful scenery Retford and North North Nottinghamshire has to offer. Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “There really will be something for everyone as part of an action-packed weekend that promises to be one of Retford’s biggest ever. “We hope that as well as the regular supporters of the Heritage Day, new and exciting events as part of the North Notts Lit Fest and the Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival will attract first-time visitors to Retford and the surrounding area. The council is extremely proud to support all three events and enable even more people to see exactly what a beautiful and diverse region North Nottinghamshire is.”

Heritage Open Day

Retford has been celebrating its rich history as part of Heritage Open Day for the last 12 years and traditionally incorporates a central theme, with 2019 focussing on the ‘Chesterfield Canal and Retford’s Working Heritage’. On 14 Sept, 12 heritage venues including Bassetlaw Museum, the Majestic Theatre, Harrison’s Brewery and Retford Library, will host guided tours and dedicated talks. There will also be narrowboat trips along the Chesterfield Canal on the Seth Ellis and many other events taking place throughout the town, culminating with an evening performance by Harworth Brass at Retford Town Hall.

Derek Turner, Chairman of Retford Civic Society, which organises the Heritage Open Day, said: “Visitors will receive a warm welcome to our marvellous market town and this is a once-a-year chance to explore the world on your doorstep. All of the day’s events and attractions throughout the town are family friendly - and best of all they are all completely free.”

North Notts Lit Fest

The very first North Notts Lit Fest will burst into life on 13 Sept and continue through to 15 Sept with a host of award winning writers, poets and performers staging events for all ages. Just some of the experiences lined up include talks from Retford’s own Stephen Booth sharing the secrets to his international success; BAFTA Award winning writer, TV producer Henry Normal and Powerhouse Poet Paul Cookson hosting an evening of Pies, Peas and Performances; as well as other special guests including writer and historian Emily Brand, and the exceptional Talegate Theatre. Liz Carney-Marsh, North Notts Lit Fest Ambassador, said: “I’m thrilled to say that we are finally able to showcase the literary talent that exists within North Notts to a much wider audience. “The creation of this festival is a natural evolution of our Short Story Competition and it will shine a light on all the good things that are already happening within the local literary community. The North Notts Lit Fest will celebrate outstanding local authors, poets and performers as well as bring together local businesses and organisations to allow literary lovers to explore and enjoy what North Notts has to offer!”

Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival

Finally, the Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival is back for a second year following the inaugural series of routes that attracted hundreds of walkers and canal enthusiasts to the towpaths of the Chesterfield Canal.

The festival takes its first steps on 14 Sept and over nine days, its 53 guided walks will cover the full 46-mile length of the canal that stretches over three counties, including events incorporated as part of the Heritage Open Day. Rod Auton, Publicity Officer at the Chesterfield Canal Trust, said: “This year’s festival offers a wide range of walks from just two miles to the full 46 miles of the Chesterfield Canal.” “As part of Heritage Open Day, there will be several historic boats near the Town Lock, the chance to try paddle boarding and interactive family performances. Alarum Theatre Company will also be giving a free performance of their much acclaimed ‘Idle Women’ show in Retford Little Theatre.” Both the Heritage Open Day and the North Nottinghamshire Literary Festival are being supported by the North Notts BID, and Chief Executive Sally Gillborn said: “North Notts BID is delighted to be sponsoring and supporting both the Heritage Open Day and North Notts LitFest. Both events are fantastic for the local community and will attract visitors in from surrounding areas. They will also bring much-needed footfall to the town centres to help our local businesses thrive, whilst at the same time showcasing our wonderful area.” More information, event guides and timings for all three events can be found online at: www.heritageopendays.org.uk and: www.retfordcivicsociety.org.uk. Programmes will be available from Retford’s Bassetlaw Museum, Denman Library and The Hub. North Notts Literary Festival www.nnlf.org.uk Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival: www.chesterfield-canal-trust. org.uk All three events will also be incorporated as part of the Explore North Notts Weekend, which is being co-ordinated by the North Nottinghamshire Envoys. For details visit: www.innorthnotts.co.uk

Bassetlaw Museum, Retford 10am-4pm Celebrate Retford’s industrial heritage. Come on your own or with the family, to take part in free family friendly activities or to delve into our industrial archives. Children’s activities including make a windmill. Watch rope-making demonstrations and have a go. View archives from local business including Clarks, Jenkins and Bradshaw’s. Vintage tractors and stationary engines. Meet the ‘Ragged Victorians’ and learn about the life of the poor. Vintage bus rides departing hourly from outside the museum, priced at £1.

18 Sept Thoresby Park Heritage Open Day

10am-12pm & 3pm-5pm Thoresby Park will open its doors to the new house on the Thoresby Estate. Visitors will be welcomed to Thoresby’s Pierrepont Gallery within Thoresby. Our tours begin in the gallery, giving a brief history of the estate and courtyard. Then return to cars for an escorted drive to the new Thoresby House. Then onto Thoresby Park for the main tour. You will get detailed descriptions of the many artefacts that were moved from Thoresby Hall to Thoresby Park, and some of the unique stories that accompany them. A personalised tour giving you a warm welcome to Thoresby and our history. Pre-booking is essential due to limited space. Free event. The tours will last for around an hour and a half. To book call Helen Eshelby 01623 822009. Email: info@thoresby.com

18 Sept Library Events “Heritage Open Day”

Worksop Library 10.30am-1.30pm WW2-themed event. Local groups and volunteers will be on hand to help with local and ancestry enquiries and show you wartime documents and photographs. Share second world war memories and stories with Worksop’s Townscape Heritage Officer and the project’s oral history volunteers. Free. www. inspireculture.org.uk


13 Sept Speciality Dining

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Whole Dover Sole served on or off the bone served with a chilled glass of the finest Chablis. £35 pp. Call: 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

14 Sept-31 Dec Men, Women And Things A World Of Worlds...

Clumber Park, Worksop Celebrate Heritage Open Day at Clumber Park, where doors will be opened to areas usually closed to visitors and staff and volunteers are available for a range of guided walks, talks and tours. A real treat for anyone wanting to explore the park in a whole new way and discover some of our well-kept secrets and plans for the future. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Harley Gallery, Welbeck 11am-4pm An all-new display of objects from Welbeck’s historic Portland Collection of fine and decorative art, built up by the Dukes of Portland and their families, who have been at the country estate since 1607. The display includes a wide variety of works from the internationally significant collection, from grand fulllength oil painted portraits to tiny miniatures, furniture to jewellery, books to ceramics. The new display features astonishing portraits of three forward-thinking females who transcended their gender and their class – including history’s earliest sci-fi writer – Margaret Lucas. www.harleygallery.co.uk

14 Sept Foam Free! (Flower Arranging)

15-28 Sept The Horse In Art

13 Sept Heritage Open Day

Flower Pod, Brackenhurst, Southwell Workshop aimed at those with some flower arranging experience wishing to explore alternative ways of creating beautiful floral designs without the use of nonbiodegradable floral foam. Flowers, foliage and vines will be chosen to create a sinuous, opulent design using a chicken wire base in a bowl-shaped container. Bring your own container-call for advice. For details and booking, call: 01636 918271 or email: tina.aram@reachuk.org

14 Sept Idle Valley Wildlife Watch Group: In The Swim

Idle Valley, North Road, Retford 10.30am-12.30pm Outdoor fun for 8-12 year olds. This month we are looking at all things fishy! £3, booking required. Email: idlewatch@nottswt.co.uk

14 Sept-19 Oct Community Learning Oriental Flower Painting

Southwell Library, Southwell 9.30am-11.30am Six sessions. Try oriental flower painting with a group of like minded people and enjoy working with traditional materials and techniques. Please bring a sketch book, pencils, basic brushes and a set of acrylic paints. Call: 01623 677200. Email: learning@inspireculture.org.uk. www.inspireculture.org.uk

The Sally Mitchell Gallery, Tuxford The Society of Equestrian Artists was founded in 1979 by a small group of likeminded artists who felt Equestrian Art was worth its own society of appreciation. This group of artists wanted to meet, paint and talk about equestrian art and to exhibit their work as a group in prestigious galleries. Today, that society is now a charity that has grown to some 350 members, who range from those who are just lovers of equestrian art, enthusiastic amateur artists, or artists starting out on their artistic journey to experienced professionals, who are known throughout Europe and beyond. The Society warmly welcomes members of all abilities, from anywhere in the World and has a loyal following of overseas members. We have paintings from as far afield as Australia and Ireland being exhibited this year. The purpose of the Society continues to promote excellence in and appreciation of Equestrian Art in all its forms. The Society is celebrating its 40th year and our Open Annual exhibition, ‘The Horse in Art’ takes place at the Stunning Sally Mitchell Gallery, The Newcastle Arms, Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, NG22 0LA. If you would like to attend the private view to see the varied and beautiful work that will be on display, please contact the administrator admin@equestrianartists.co.uk who will be pleased to send you a private view Invitation. www.equestrianartists.co.uk

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Food & Fun Filled Festival At Clumber This year’s Festival of Food & Drink is held for the seventh year at Clumber Park on 14-15 September.

Mansfield Central Library, Mansfield 2pm Town Halls are symbols of democracy, civic pride and power, reflected in a range of architectural styles. So many stories happen inside these amazing buildings, this illustrated talk explores their past, present and possible futures. Join author Dawn Reeves and Nottinghamshire County Councillor Diana Meale for a discussion featuring Town Halls across Nottinghamshire and beyond. £3, booking advised. 01623 677200. ask@inspireculture. org.uk www.inspireculture.org.uk

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and Drink is the biggest event of its kind in the region. Its festival

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2018 winner Laurence Henry will be present for demonstrations. Aged just 25 at the time of filming MasterChef, Laurence will

make his Clumber Park debut but is no stranger to the area

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17 Sept Town Halls-Buildings, People and Power

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The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Laxton 1pm & 2.30 pm The Centre will be open from 10am until 4.30pm to allow members of the public to visit the exhibitions and memorial gardens. Please note the Journey exhibition will be closed in the morning but will re open following the talk.  When he was very young, Simon Winston and his family escaped from a Jewish ghetto in Poland, and spent years living in hiding in the surrounding farms. £9. Booking required. www.holocaust.org.uk

18 Sept Heritage Talk: “Lowestoft Grammar Grubs Evacuate To Safety 1940-1944” Worksop Library


As part of Worksop Library’s Heritage Open Day, a free talk about the Lowestoft evacuation to Worksop during World War 2. Christopher Brooks, Secretary of the Lowestoft Evacuees Committee, makes a special trip to talk about his research and share the fascinating stories of Lowestoftians in wartime Worksop. Free event. Adults. Booking essential - call: 01623 677200 or visit: www.inspireculture.org.uk The heritage open day and talk have been organised for Heritage Open Days 2019 and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as part of Worksop’s Bridge Street Townscape Heritage scheme.

18 Sept-16 Oct The Reminiscence Tea Room

Mansfield Museum, Mansfield 2.30pm-4pm A free monthly social event ideal for people with memory impairment,


their friends and family. No need to book - just drop in. Free tea and cake served on china. Reminiscence objects and music. Friendly volunteers to chat to. Relaxed, social envrionment.

18 Sept Tony Kofi - a portrait of Cannonball

Southwell Library, Southwell 7.30pm-9.30pm Jazz steps Live at the Libraries. Alto sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley, with Alex Webb (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Alfonso Vitale (drums). Under 18s accompanied by an adult. Booking essential £10. This performance is also available at Worksop Libraries. 01623 677200. ask@inspireculture.org.uk. www.inspireculture.org.uk

19 Sept Ben Elton - Work In Progress

Newark Palace Theatre 7.30pm Back on the road with an all-new stand-up show, Ben promises to try to make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad. www.palacenewarktickets. com

20 Sept Peaky Blinders

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Put on your best 1920s attire andstep back in time with the 'Shelby family'. £55 pp inc two course meal. 'Charleston and Stay' £105 pp inc full English breakfast. 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel. co.uk  

22 Sept Outlaw triathalon

Thoresby Park The Outlaw X half distance event celebrating the tenth anniversary year of Outlaw. The event involves a 1.2m swim in Thoresby Lake and athletes will embark on a spectacular 56m ride through the north Nottinghamshire countryside before completing their epic journey with a 13.1m run through 1000 acres of  English countryside within the grounds of Thoresby Park. To secure a chance of an entry you must pre-register for the Outlaw Triathlon at Thoresby Park here.

23-28 Sept Inspire Poetry Festival 2019

Worksop Library Worksop Library will once again host events for Inspire Poetry Festival-alongside Southwell, Mansfield

Central, Beeston and West Bridgford libraries, and the Old Library, Mansfield. For full details visit: www.inspireculture.org.uk/poetryfestival.

23 Sept-23 Nov Stories And Objects Exhibition

Bassetlaw Museum, Retford This unique exhibition explores how museums can build new and strong relationships with the community and tell their forgotten, untold and unheard stories. The exhibition brings together objects and personal experiences of local people who took part in the Stories and Objects project run in conjunction with Nottingham Trent University.

24 Sept Four Fabulous Hands

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor A classical piano recital with Benjamin Frith and Hiedi Rolfe Tickets £15. Book online: fourfabuloushands.eventbrite.co.uk Contact Mike Davis: 07833 931314

24 Sept Poetry Café With John Harvey At 80: A Celebration

Worksop Library 6.30pm Author of the celebrated Nottsbased Charlie Resnick series of crime novels, John Harvey’s latest poetry collection Asland is published during the year he turns 80. Join him to hear about his life in writing, including how a crime novelist approaches poetry, and put your own questions to John over drinks and refreshments during this relaxed poetry café session. Adults (under 18s accompanied by an adult). Booking advised. £6, call: 01623 677200 or online at: www. inspireculture.org.uk

25 Sept Poetry Festival Event: “Everything you wanted to know about Poetry but didn’t dare ask”

Worksop Library 10.30am-12pm This workshop explores a selection of poems to see whether and how they work. Join publisher and poetry consultant Jenny Swann as we all expose our own ignorance, misunderstandings and general confusion on the path to enlightenment. By the end, we're hoping that all of us will be the richer for sharing our unknowns and our humanity, and will come to poetry with renewed excitement and faith in our own thought-processes. If there's a particular poem that has always

stumped you, or left you blank, or made you hate it, bring it along to share and discuss. Booking essential. Tickets £5, call 01623 677200 or book online at: www.inspireculture.org.uk. Adults (16+).

27 Sept Speciality Dining

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Roast saddle of venison, hints of chocolate and the punchy spice of organic Malbec. £35 pp. 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel. co.uk

27 Sept Patience Agbabi

Southwell Library, Southwell 7.30pm Patience Agbabi is a poet much celebrated for paying equal homage to literature and performance. Born in London to Nigerian parents and fostered in a white English family in North Wales, her work moves nimbly between cultures, dialects and voices, and between page and stage. Join us for what promises to be her striking and compelling Southwell debut. £10. www.inspireculture.org.uk

28 Sept Southwell Ploughing Match

The ploughing match is the largest agricultural one day show in Nottinghamshire. The ploughing match is the largest agricultural one day show in Nottinghamshire, established in 1855 and run by a committee comprising of local business people and rural enthusiasts. The annual show is held at a different venue every year with Thoresby Park playing host to the 2019 event. The show represents all the really important interests of agriculture from horse ploughing through the vintage years, to the modern day tractor, a variety of livestock, static displays and trade stands to suit all tastes. In more recent years horse classes, dog show and the farmers market have been introduced. Advance tickets can be purchased from the visitor centre at Thoresby Park or by calling: 01623 822009. Further details on the event can be found here. 

28 Sept Inspire Poetry Festival Event: “Poetry Takeover”

Worksop Library 11am-3pm The poetry takeover returns for 2019. Visit the library on the closing day of the festival and you’re in for a poetry surprise. Have a go at giant magnetic poetry, Let the little ones enjoy the children’s poetry trail, create your poems from book titles using our self-serve kiosks and more. Just drop in. Suitable for all

29 Sept Family Lunch with Prima Party ‘Superheroes’

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

29 Sept New Chamber Choir Harvest Festival Performance

Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin, Clumber Park 2pm-3pm New Chamber Choir in the Chapel of Saint Mary the Virgin, special Harvest Festival performance. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

29 Sept Harvest Festival Service

Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin, Clumber Park 11.30am-12.30pm Harvest Festival Service in the Chapel. In the weeks leading up to the service we will also be collecting donations of food and toiletries for Bassetlaw Food Bank in the Chapel. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

30 Sep Astronomy Night

Creswell Crags 7.30pm-10pm Join Paul for an insightful talk about the night’s sky, before heading out into the evening, to look through telescopes at the constellations. All equipment is provided, tea and coffee will also be provided. Booking essential. call: 01909 720378. £8. www.creswell-crags.org.uk

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Events s r o o td u O t a e r G

October 2 Oct Lecture ' The Trojan War On Greek Vases ‘

Arts Society Dukeries, Civic Centre, Carlton-in-Lindrick 11am-12pm The Trojan War inspired Greek poets and dramatists.  Now, using a wealth of illustrations, David Stuttard shows how vase painters, too, responded to the myths of Troy in ways that could be intensely moving, irreverently funny and sometimes heart-stoppingly profound. Coffee from  10am  and the monthly lecture is from 11am. Free car parking. For details call: 01909 290488  or  01909 540506  or visit: www.theartssociety.org/dukeries

3 Oct Othello

Newark Palace Theatre 7.30pm The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons relocate Shakespeare's classic tragedy of jealousy and deception to a jazz-age setting, with live music, intense drama, and more than a hint of their own inimitable brand of theatrical mischief. www.palacenewarktickets.com


4 Oct Willow Basket Weaving

Sherwood Pines 10am to 5pm Spend the day learning the traditional skills of basketry as you weave your own round, stake-andstrand basket. The course has been designed to guide total beginners, step by step, through each stage of the basket making process. £50. Adults only. All tools and materials are provided and are included in the price. You will need to bring a packed lunch but hot drinks and festive treats will be provided. Booking and payment in advance. To book email; Karina.thornton@ forestryengland.uk 0300 067 5463

5 Oct-5 Jan Tiny Movements. L & A St. Leger

The Harley Gallery, Welbeck Moving Stories – sculptures are brought to life as all three galleries are filled with automata: cogs, cams, cranks and levers! Well known for their beautifully crafted miniature automata, Laurence and Angela St Leger have made a series of specially commissioned framed pieces. Inspired by

end-of-pier sideshows, their saucy dancers, bike riding skeletons, and strong men are the perfect Christmas gift. www.harleygallery.co.uk

5 Oct-5 Jan Little Machines. Martin Smith

The Harley Gallery, Welbeck Moving Stories – sculptures are brought to life as all three galleries are filled with automata: cogs, cams, cranks and levers! Colourful, witty and beautifully engineered, Martin Smith’s automata range from wind-driven swaying trees to tiny beating hearts and a celebratory party-popper table. Meet artist Martin Smith on a walk and talk tour of his exhibition on Friday, 25 October 2019, 12noon. www.harleygallery.co.uk

5 Oct-5 Jan Ghost Horses And Guns Melanie Tomlinson

The Harley Gallery, Welbeck Moving Stories – sculptures are brought to life as all three galleries are filled with automata: cogs, cams, cranks and levers! Melanie’s largest and most significant solo show to date with a series of nine new artworks, composed of

hand-painted metals, mixed media and found objects. Exploring forgotten spaces between urban and rural landscapes, the artist creates an archive of stories reflecting working-class people in everyday life. An autobiographical series of curious narratives merge childhood memories with real life events that occurred in the working class Midlands areas where she grew up and studied, and still lives and works today. With titles such as The 5.00am Beasts Roam the Streets and A Post Punk Love, vanishing women, strange lights in the sky, mysterious crop circles and other bizarre phenomena feature in the works on show. "I am fascinated by neglected spaces hidden between urban and rural places, often overgrown yet full of life; people meet here. Wildlife thrives; they are strange magical corridors, which can be seen as metaphors for transformation, changing identities, memory and experience." Ghost Horses and Guns was curated in collaboration with Wolverhampton Art Gallery. www.harleygallery.co.uk



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Join us for an evening of great food, awards and entertainment with special guests, surprise entertainment and a unique theme to tie it all together. We are extremely proud to announce that we have secured some amazing hosts for the evening. The talented comedian Dominic Holland will be joining us for Made’s North Notts Food & Drink Awards along with local talent Dino & Tyles from the Dino and Pete breakfast show. TV magician Scott Perry will be wowing the audience with some close-up magic. Live music and DJ along with a raffle and auction for our supported charity JDRF; some huge prizes to be announced. A ‘black tie’ event with a ‘school dinners’ theme twist. A 6:30pm start at Worksop College, carriages at midnight.




Events 2 - 6 Oct Osberton International Horse Trials Osberton Estate, Worksop Carriage Driving Trials BEDE Events is delighted to announce that Carriage Driving will become part of the successful Osberton International Horse Trials this year. Carriage Driving is one of equestrian sport’s fastest and most exciting disciplines. This year’s event will take place over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of October, ahead of a full national level competition in 2020. Stuart Buntine, Director of BEDE Events, said: “We are very excited to announce this expansion at Osberton. I have looked at Carriage Driving for many years and am thrilled that we can now bring this to the event.” Bennington Carriages will headline the competition. Based locally in Long Bennington, they are synonymous to the carriage driving world, providing a range of carriages to the sport globally. Sue Mart, Bennington’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to be supporting and working with the BEDE Team to bring this new event to the carriage driving calendar and showcase the sport of Carriage Driving to a wider audience.” This year’s event takes place at Osberton estate, between Retford and Worksop, from the 3rd to the 6th of October. Home to the British Young Horse Championships, Osberton is one of the most popular events on the equestrian calendar. The addition of carriage driving is set to further boost the event with the exciting marathon phase taking place on Sunday. The event offers a great family day out, with over 50 shopping outlets, arena entertainment, a selection of bars and eateries, plus a kid’s zone supporting a selection of activities. Equestrian enthusiasts will see many of the world’s top riders competing on their up and coming champions.

5 Oct Community Event: “Fun Palace”

Worksop Library 10am-3pm The hugely successful Fun Palace returns to Worksop Library for its third year, bringing a variety of free and fun activities for people to take part in. Come along and be part of the Fun Palace fun as you try out different arts, science, music and cultural activities aimed at anyone of any age. Every area of the library will be taken over by fun activities, can you get around them all? Discover your inner artist and create mini works of art or unleash your inner scientist with a range of fun science-based challenges to test your brain. Visit the performance area throughout the day to listen or join in with live music performances. Free. Just drop by. Suitable for all.

5-6 Oct Truck Fest Newark

Newark Showground, Newark Come and visit Europe's largest trucking festival since 1983, with live entertainment, truck awards, celebrity guests and much more! www.truckfest.co.uk www.newarkshowground.com

6 Oct East Markham Apple Festival East Markham 10am - 4pm

East Markham will be celebrating the annusal apple day. Vistors can explore the Heritage Orchard, along with apple display. There wil be plenty to do, see and eat with hot pork sandwiches available,

6 Oct Alzheimer’s Memory Walk

Clumber Park, Worksop 10am-2pm All ages and abilities can join in even furry four-legged friends. A day for everyone to come together, celebrate loved ones affected by dementia, and raise money to reclaim the future. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

8 Oct Worksop Walks

Mr Straw's House, Worksop 9.30am-11.30am A guided walk, taking in the places the Straw's worked, worshipped and wandered. Learn more about the history of Worksop and the Straw family on this walk through the town. All £5. Call: 01909 482380. Email: mrstrawshouse@nationaltrust.org.uk


10 Oct Worksop Ghost Walk With Jennie Johnson

Worksop Library 2pm Join Worksop Library’s Jennie Johnson for tales of ghosts, murder and mysterious happenings as we explore the darker side of Worksop, from the Canch and Priory Gatehouse, to the town’s haunted houses and hotels. bMeet at Worksop library. Walk approx. 1 hour. Adults. Booking essential (limited places). £3-call 01623 677200 or book online: www.inspireculture.org.uk

11 Oct Speciality Dining

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Carved at your table a classic Chateau Briand, bouquetiere of vegetables and a noteworthy glass of Gigondas. £35 pp. 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

12 Oct Idle Valley Wildlife Watch Group: Fungi Fun

Idle Valley, North Road, Retford 10.30am-12.30pm Outdoor fun for 8-12 year olds. £3, booking required. Email: idlewatch@nottswt.co.uk

14 Oct Forest Fun Week

Sherwood Pines From 14 October we are hosting a “Forest Fun Week” at Sherwood Pines to mark our centenary year and to give schools the opportunity to learn about how we manage our forests, the flora and fauna that live here, and how we plan for the future of the nation’s forests in our care. Booking is essential as places are limited. For details and to book email: Lindsey.mcculloch@forestryengland.uk Call: 0300 067 5467

16 Oct Heritage Talk: “Mary Queen Of Scots, The Captive Queen In England 1568-1584”

Worksop Library 2pm Discover the fascinating story, not found in the history books, of Mary’s years of captivity in England. Follow her journey as a captive Queen from Carlisle, via Bolton Castle, Wingfield Manor, Sheffield Castle and Manor Lodge, Chatsworth, and Worksop Manor to Chartley in Staffordshire. David Templeman’s talk conveys the intrigue, passion, plots and escape attempts often glossed over by biographers. Adults. Booking essential. Tickets £3, call: 01623 677200 or online: www.inspireculture.org.uk


18 Oct-3 Nov Spectacle Of Light

Rufford Abbey Country Park 5.30pm-8pm After-Dark Adventure! Enjoy the amazing illuminated trail around Rufford Abbey’s stunning gardens, marvelling at the majestic trees and romantic ruins. Captain your own ship and scale the castle walls as you explore the night-time wonder of the new Adventure play area, all lit under the stars. Sip delicious drinks of mulled wine and hot chocolate. Tuck into scrumptious hot food in the Abbey Courtyard.

19 Oct-3 Nov Mystery Trail

Clumber Park, Worksop 10am-3pm Don your detective hat and solve the mystery at Clumber Park! www.nationaltrust.org.uk

19 Oct Imagination Museum Mayflower 400

National Civil War Centre, Newark 11am, 1pm & 3pm The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 Project brings to life museum collections and heritage sites through fun and engaging dance performances and workshops. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's departure from Plymouth, this remarkable dance event will draw on the historic voyage from England to America; telling the stories of its passengers through dance. Booking in advance required. www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com

20 Oct The Pitmen Poets

Mansfield Palace Theatre Folk Music Pitmen Poets. From Billy Elliot to Auf Wiedersehen Pet, from When the Boat Comes in to The Likely Lads, be enthralled and entertained by The Pitmen Poets: Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Jez Lowe in a night of song and stories, laced with North East humour. “See these boys before they become extinct!” - David Attenborough

20 Oct Thoresby10

Thoresby10 is back for our fifth annual autumnal trail run. Choose from a race over 10k or 10 miles, running along old military roads, cleared tracks through ancient woodland and grassed paths around the country estate. The race takes you into Nottinghamshire’s National Nature Reserve, through

private areas that were once part of the 10,000 acres Royal Forest of Sherwood where the woodland is dominated by native oaks, as well as other native trees including silver birch, rowan, holly and hawthorn. The reserve is also the site of Europe’s oldest oak tree plantation, containing over 1000 oaks most of which are over 500 years old! Look out for the Longhorn Cattle of Thoresby Estate, who usually roam free in the forest, in their restricted fields for the race. There is also a 5k run/walk for all levels. It’s a different course that takes you past the beautiful church at Perlethorpe, through woodland groves and back onto the main field in front of Thoresby Hall. This event can be a gentle stroll with the family or a race to get your 5km PB. For details and to register visit: whatsonatthoresby. co.uk

20 Oct Sherwood Pines 10k

Sherwood Pines 9am Book your place on a 10k forest trail steeped in history as you run through Robin Hood's old stomping ground. The 10km trail at Sherwood Pines leads you through Robin Hood's old stomping ground. The route takes you along Catchums Hollow, (as it is now known) which back in the day was called Pittance Dale. It’s easy to imagine Richard the Lionheart meeting Robin Hood and his merry men here as he rode from Nottingham to the palace in Kings Clipstone in 1193. This event is managed in partnership with Nice Work. £20 (£18 UK Athletics Affiliated). Call: 0300 0680400 to book. Group offer: Buy 10 places and get the 11th free. Must be aged 15+ Parking 50% discount code will be provided to participants who leave the site by 1pm.

24 Oct & 21 Nov Artist’s Way

Clumber Park, Worksop 10.30am-2pm Artist’s Way encourages visiting artists to explore the best and most inspirational views the park has to offer with this handy guide and open sessions. Grab your art supplies and join us. This event is free, normal admission applies. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

25 Oct Speciality Dining

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Another classic dish, Steak Diane, matched with a glass of elegant Pinot Noir from South West France. £35. 01777 705121

17 Oct Ed Byrne. If I’m Honest…

Newark Palace Theatre, Newark Following his biggest ever tour last year in which Ed sold out his entire Edinburgh Fringe run and many of his nationwide dates, culminating in extra dates added along the way, one of the finest observational comics in the industry announces his brand-new tour. Join him as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children.   If I’m Honest brilliantly elucidates the frustration that arrives in middle age – and lives up to its title. ‘I’m bored looking for things, I’m bored of trying to find stuff, because I can never find it, and it is entirely my fault,’ Ed says. ‘Nobody’s hiding my stuff from me. Although my wife did actually move my passport on one occasion." For tickets and for details visit: www.palacenewarktickets.com

19 Oct Bramley Apple Festival Southwell

The annual Bramley Apple Festival will be held in locations in and around Southwell. This event draws visitors not only from the surrounding area, but all over the country. There is passionate support from as far away as Japan, where there is even a Bramley Apple Fan Club. The main focus of the day is at the Minster where a magnificent food and drink festival takes place. Stalls of all kinds, many connected to the Bramley apple fill the aisles with everything from pies, juice and jams to specialist teas and handmade sweets. Throughout the day there are a series of cookery demonstrations fromn Brockleby’s Pies, Teresa Bovey, Suzannah Starkey and Cathy Wright. The central focus in the Minster is a wonderful display of heritage apples provided by John Hempsall’s orchard in East Markham where traditional apples of all sizes and colours, many with intriguing names can be seen. Outside in the Archbishop’s Palace and Garden there will be specialist activities for children, all with an connection to apples.

The festival atmosphere extends throughout the town. The shops in Southwell dress their windows with apples and the cafes and pubs provide special applethemed dishes. The Lord Conyers Morris Dancers will perform along the streets and in the library on King Street entries to the Apple Art Competition will be on display. Local children take great pride in competing in the Bramley King and Queen fancy dress competition, prizes for which are awarded in the afternoon. The National Trust Workhouse will host special activities on the day and Southwell Racecourse will hold a special Bramley Race on 10 October. This year visit the cottage garden on Church Street, to see the original Bramley apple tree. Since being purchased by Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in 2018, the cottage has been refurbished and the tree is being given ongoing specialist care to extend its life for as long as possible. For information visit: www.visitsouthwell.com or www.visitnewarkandsherwood.co.uk


Events 9-10 Nov Newark Vintage Tractor Show Newark Showground, Newark

There’s something for all the family at Newark Vintage Tractor Show Main Body On 9 -10 November, Newark Showground will once again be holding the largest tractor show of its kind in the UK. This family-friendly annual autumn event will feature hundreds of vintage agricultural and horticultural machines as well as plenty of trade stands, demonstrations and displays. The feature tractor themes for 2019 are; International Harvester, CASE and David Brown (pre 1796). You’ll also see original condition vintage machines, the UK’s premier restorations, static and working stationary engines, commercial vehicles and horticultural equipment!

For the non-tractor enthusiasts in your family, there is still plenty to see and do, with displays of traditional crafts such as spinning, stick-making and chair caning, as well as numerous indoor and outdoor trade stands offering opportunities to shop for products from country wear clothing, gifts, footwear, original paintings and prints, to sweet and savoury snacks, as well as items that will appeal to agricultural machinery enthusiasts. Keep your eyes out for social media giveaways and competitions in the run up to the event, learn more at: www.newarkvintagetractorshow. com

25 Oct Made’s North Notts Food & Drink Awards

Worksop College, The Grand Hall, Worksop An awards evening for the food and drink businesses in the North Notts region. 17 categories, a three course meal, charity auction and raffle, magician, comedian and lots more. For tickets visit: fad.madeinn. co.uk

27 Oct Family Lunch with Prima Party ‘Halloween’

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

27 October Clocks Go back

28 Oct-1 Nov Half Term Sports

Clumber Park, Worksop 12pm-3pm

Get active this autumn with sports on the front field. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

29 Oct Colours Charity Fashion Show for Bassetlaw Hospice

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor Get the girls together for a high street fashion show, all in a good cause 7pm. Tickets £5. 01777 705121. www.yeoldebell-hotel. co.uk

31 Oct Halloween 6 Nov Lecture ' Mad Men And The Artist

Arts Society Dukeries, Civic Centre, Carlton-in-Lindrick 11am-12pm   How the Tony Rawlins advertising industry has exploited fine art. Coffee from  10am  and the monthly lecture is from 11am. Free car parking. For details call: 01909 290488  or  01909 540506  or visit: www.theartssociety.org/dukeries


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26 - 27 Oct Autumn 1940s Weekend

Newark Air Museum, Newark Due to lots of early enquiries for this event the museum staff and volunteers are already well advanced in making plans for another 1940s Weekend event that will be commemorating the 1940s Era. Throughout the two days there will be a host of 1940s related activities and entertainment taking place around the museum site, including alongside our famous Anderson Shelter/Dig for Victory Garden; the World War II era ROC Post; and in a marquee that will be erected alongside Hangar 2. This event is free if booked in advance (before 9pm on 23 Oct 2019) for re-enactors and promenaders; and £4.50 per person in period clothing on the day. Everyone at the museum is looking forward to two days of nostalgia and commemorations and everyone is being encouraged to wear their winter period clothing! On both days there will be performances by Fiona Harrison “A Voice in a Million” and DJ Dave and 1940sradio.com 




Normal museum admission fees will apply. Full details can be found on the events page of the museum website: www.newarkairmuseum.org


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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 12 Sep Fleabag See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones.

26 Sep One Man, Two Guvnors Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

1 Oct Placido Domingo: 50th Anniversary Gala Evening For one very special night, Plácido Domingo returns to the breath-taking Arena Di Verona amphitheatre for this anniversary gala evening, 50 years after his debut, revisiting three of his greatest ever roles in Verdi's Nabucco, I due Foscari and Macbeth.

10 Oct Billy Connolly

This season we recommend... 6 Sep - IT: Chapter 2

Pennywise returns 27 years later to torment the grown-up members of the Losers' Club, who have long since drifted apart from one another.

13 Sep - Downton Abbey

The continuing saga of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them in the English countryside in the early 20th century.

18 Oct - Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

A formidable queen causes a rift between Maleficent and Princess Aurora. Together, they must face new allies and enemies in a bid to protect the magical lands which they share.


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Legendary Scot Billy Connolly is coming to cinemas with this brilliant show from his final stand-up tour. Recorded in 2015, during the Australian leg, this whip smart routine is a riotous journey filled with outrageous tales and blistering observations of everyday absurdities. Screening as a special one-night-only event, Connolly will also muse upon his career, life and legacy in a deeply personal interview filmed exclusively for cinema audiences.

17 Oct A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.



8:45am - 6:00pm

Schools | 6th Forms | Colleges Public Session from 4:30pm

1800 Visitors

100 Exhibitors

10 Zones

1 Venue

1 Inspiring Day

A NEW Skills & Education Expo for North Notts’ Year 11 to 13 Learners. A FREE EVENT to shape a new generation, helping young people to go further and faster in their careers. Creating a place for the future workforce, employers, and stakeholders to engage. A mixture of national and local employers and skills provision will be on on-hand in themed areas and focused skills zones. • • • • •

Health, Care & Life Science Engineering, Manufacturing & Technology Construction Finance, Legal, Service & Public Sector Logistics & Transport

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Land Based , Animal Care & Retail Tourism & Hospitality Volunteering Continued Education & Vocational Education (Post 16, FE, HE)

Visit www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/whatnext or follow us on social media for the latest information Interested in exhibiting? Contact Tim Gladman - Skills Officer, Bassetlaw District Council e: tim.gladman@bassetlaw.gov.uk | m: 07551 827248 | t: 01909 533217

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THE SUTHERS SCHOOL IS COMING HOME The Suthers School is a new 11–18 school which opened in September 2017. Established by the Nova Education Trust, the school serves the communities of Newark and its immediate surrounds and will be moving to brand new, purpose-built facilities in Fernwood, Newark, in 2020. The school’s uniquely character-centred approach means that personal development is ranked alongside academic preparation and, through its extended day, The Suthers School guarantees access to a broad range of enrichment opportunities. This includes the chance to participate in nationally-recognised programmes, complete additional qualifications and compete in a range of sports. “The Suthers School has at its heart the absolute conviction that young people deserve an education that excites and enthuses. Our ‘work hard, be kind’ philosophy, together with our unique approach to character development means that there is something very special about The Suthers School.” Andrew Pettit (Head of School)

YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING Thursday 3 October 2019, 6.00pm–8.00pm This event will be held at our temporary home on the Toot Hill School site (The Banks, Bingham, Nottingham NG13 8BL). We look forward to welcoming you.

The Banks, Bingham, Nottingham NG13 8BL  01636 957690  www.suthersschool.co.uk  @SuthersSchool

Back to school with Nottinghamshire YMCA! Here’s what you can expect at our before and after school childcare clubs... Inspiring role models Positive learning Healthy snacks STEAM activities

Arts and crafts projects Outdoor sports Creative games

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Fun for the whole family! YMCA Adventure Guides is all about strengthening bonds between parents and children through outdoor exploration, personal growth, and family fun! Get involved with day trips, camping adventure, museum sleepover, stargazing, sports events and more.

Back to School

For many people September means back to school time following the long summer break.

From uniform and stationery to afterschool clubs and leisure activities, there is also plenty to organise at this time of the year. It can always be a time filled with emotion, with excitement building about the new term ahead and maybe a touch of sadness that your young ones are going back after spending so long at home. Choosing stationery can always be fun. Try involving your children in the process, asking them what they like, trying to make it a pleasure rather than a chore. Uniform is an obvious new purchase for the start of the new term. Six weeks is a long time and many find their old uniforms no longer fit or simply need changing because they’re worn. It’s not too late to get buying and of course remember you’re looking immediately to the colder months ahead – so long sleeved shirts and trousers may be more the order of the day.

After School

YMCA in Nottinghamshire has opened new after school clubs ahead of the new school year. With its Ofsted registration, parents can use all major tax-free childcare vouchers, childcare grants and government tax-free childcare schemes.    The organisation says it provides children with engaging activities that keep their minds, bodies and spirits healthy. On the sites, there is access to their own childcare area with lots of space both indoors and outdoors for creative activity and play. These facilities allow for da fantastic range of activities including crafts, indoor and outdoor sports  and STEAM sessions.   STEAM focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, providing children with something new and engaging whilst also being


educational. Children will take part in interactive activities and will have the opportunity to discuss what careers could be available within these fields. YMCA says it wants children to see what is possible for themselves and what they can achieve in the future. By providing enjoyable projects and inspiring role model Play Leaders in a safe and positive learning environment, the YMCA says it helps  to build children’s confidence and support their education and learning while also having tonnes of fun!    To find out more about prices, locations and timings, please visit the YMCA website www. not tsy m c a .c o m /c hil d c a re termtime. You can use the online booking system 24/7 or get in touch with the bookings team by emailingchildcare@ nottsymca.org  or calling 0115 711 7006.

If you haven’t already, look at rounding off that homework that was set for the summer holidays. Preparation is key, so try not to rush and try to guide your children through! Homework can be fun, and getting involved in your child’s projects, particularly the ones set over the summer holidays, can be very rewarding all round. For the last six weeks much of your time may have been taken up with organising events to keep your children happy and entertained, but remember, although the summer break has ended, there is still plenty of after school activities on offer to help maintain the entertainment. Look at leisure centres for their range of activities, while schools themselves can often hold plenty of afterschool clubs offering a wide selection of activities to suit your child’s interests. North Notts has all you need for everything back to school, so enjoy having a good look around.


Ranby House School


Outstanding, affordable Early Years education from age 3

Thinking about childcare? Ranby House School Nursery is set in 60 acres of beautiful North Nottinghamshire woodland. We’re a ‘teaching’ Nursery, so we provide our children an excellent foundation for education in a fun, supportive and stimulating environment. And with Breakfast Club, nutritious home-cooked food and snacks included in the affordable cost - plus a full and exciting Learning Programme taught by qualified teachers - there’s a reason why parents love our Nursery!

Why parents choose us • Safe and secure location in 60 acres of North Nottinghamshire Woodland • Academic Nursery, staffed by qualified teachers • Childcare Vouchers welcome • All-inclusive costs, including Breakfast Club, plus home-cooked meals and snacks • Open from 7.45am, with provision until 6.30pm if required

To find out more and to arrange to come and see us, call 01909 537100, visit wsnl.co.uk or find us on Facebook ‘Worksop College & Ranby House’ Ranby House School, Straight Mile, Retford, DN22 8HX 43


Dreams & Themes

Getting married has to be one of the most thrilling and important days of your life, bringing together family and friends to share in this momentous occasion. We love a good wedding at Made, and we’ve been busy asking local venues across North Notts to tell us their exciting and possibly more unusual stories revolving around this most special of occasions. Here is a selection of just some of the amazing stories we were sent in. Enjoy reading them and, if you are planning your own wedding right now, we hope they give you plenty of inspiration for your own big day.


The Snowdrop Wedding

One wedding that stood out to the organisers at Hodsock this year featured the stunning snowdrops, horse and carriage, and an unusual ring bearer... One of our most quirky wedding was Hazel and Glenn’s Snowdrop themed wedding in February this year. The bride arrived in true style in a horse and carriage. Turf was laid down the ceremony aisle in the Oak Panelled Hall, a perfect setting for the snowdrop theme where Zuki (Hazel’s gorgeous dog) could then walk the rings down the aisle. The bespoke ulster fry canapés were as individual as the wedding too, and they went down brilliantly. A handsewn ‘Zuki’ enjoyed pride of place among the table centres and was also a favours for the guests. The bride and groom even wowed their guests with a choreographed first dance.

Wedding Fairs 24 Oct Wedding Open Evening

Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor, Retford 5pm-8pm Call: 01777 705121 www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

13 Oct Cupids Wedding Show

Newark Showground, Newark cupidsweddingshows.com

22 Sept Norwood Park Autumn Wedding Fair

Norwood Park Country House, Southwell 11am-3pm Call: 01636 302099 www.norwoodpark.co.uk

22 Sept Rufford Mill Wedding Fayre

Rufford Country Park - Ollerton 11am-3pm Call: 01623 827315 www.parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk

10 Nov The Hodsock Priory Wedding Fair Hodsock Priory, Blyth 12pm-3pm Call: 01909 591204 www.hodsockpriory.com

6 Oct Eastwood Hall Wedding Fayre Eastwood Hall, Mansfield Road, Eastwood 11am-3pm Call: 01773 532532 www.eastwood-hall.co.uk

29 Sept The Pumping House Wedding Fair The Pumping House, Brake Lane, Ollerton 11am Call: 01623 705800 thepumpinghouse.com

29 Sep Kelham Hall World Of Weddings

Kelham Hall, Kelham 11am-3pm Email: info@WhoopEvents.com Call: 0115 706 0002

All photography courtesy of Hodsock Priory.

Wedding Stories

Kay Gill, Flowers By Kay, has created floral perfection for many weddings and here tells us about one of her most colour filled and fabulous weddings...

Jess and Michael were married at St Katharines Church at Loversall on the hottest day of July last year! Their reception was at the Barns at Unique Occasions In Loversall followed by reception in a Tipi in the meadow.

A Tipi Wedding

Linzi Hardman from Inkersall Grange Farm shares her memories of Ruth and Amy's fabulous wedding. On a beautiful summer's day, in the peaceful Nottinghamshire countryside wedding, guests waited in anticipation for the bride to arrive. However, no one was expecting an entrance like this! To their surprise, they looked up in the air to see a helicopter and before they knew it the beautiful bride had landed.

There were no rules to this wedding. Silver sequinned skirts for bridesmaids, dip dyed blue veil for something blue for Jess, colourful and bright flowers to carry and in hair. Stephen the dog attended complete with glittery bow tie. My handmade ribbon top table skirt with huge sunflowers on finished the tipi off with jars of flowers on tables and with guests partying from start to finish on vodka shots, ice lollies and amazing food. It was certainly a wedding to remember from start to finish.

This was followed by a lovely humanist ceremony outside in the grounds of Inkersall Grange Farm, where the sun shone and guests looked upon two beautiful brides Ruth and Amy who said their own vows amongst family and friends. Inside our tipis were brightly lit with colourful, prideful bunting throughout, which certainly created the wow factor. The drinks flowed, the laughter grew louder and then they danced the night away under the stars. A match made in heaven for two beautiful ladies.

All photography courtesy of Hip to Heart Photography

All photography courtesy of Jessica Grace Photography.

Louise Anna Photography

Weddings at Doddington Hall

Wedding Open Day – Sun 10 Nov, 12-6pm

special flowers for your special day Creating stunning, innovative, beautifully designed and professionally presented wedding flowers.

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We are brothers, Andrew and Matthew, and we would be delighted to film your wedding and capture all the precious moments of your very special day.

What’s included:

Two videographers filming for the whole day: • bride and groom preparations • ceremony • speeches • cake cutting • first dance

Please contact us for an informal chat, check availability and request a quote. We would love to hear from you. Email: info@strawberryskyproductions.com Telephone: 07928 669 411

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Wedding Stories

Steve and Angie's big day took place in his childhood home, a place for fond old memories and now a place where new memories have been made.

A Magical Wedding

Emily & Thomas envisaged a magical wedding day, little did their guests know just how much magic the day would involve until they stepped into the world of Harry Potter that had been created inside Thoresby's Riding Hall. The bride tells us more...

Peak Edge hotel is located on the cusp of the beautiful Peak District National Park with spectacular views across the hills. In July this year, the owner of Peak Edge Hotel and a global brands drinks company (responsible VK, Hoopers, Franklins and many more) held his own wedding at this stunning Derbyshire wedding venue. Peak Edge Hotel, Red Lion Pub and Restaurant holds fond memories for Steve, as it was his childhood home. His parents owned the famous pub in the 60s and 70s and it’s where Steve first discovered his passion for business and hospitality. On the day, the beautiful new lakeside Pagoda was transformed in to a flower emporium with florists working round the clock. The guests sat in Chiavari chairs listening to the ceremony enjoying the sunshine that shone across the grounds and lake. Steve, who is also the former UK rally driving champion, had an array of classic vehicles as transport to and from his wedding including a wonderful vintage Land rover which he and his new wife Angie departed in.

Due to my love for all things Harry Potter, Tom decided to propose to me at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London in the last room where the huge Hogwarts castle model stands. Very magical! I said yes straight away of course. As we had decided to go all out on the Harry Potter theme, we needed a venue that could be bespoke and allow us to be completely individual. We also needed a rustic type of venue to suit the theme. Thoresby riding hall with its brick walls and high ceiling looked ideal. We also liked the fact that we could get married at Perlethorpe church, which is a short walk away on the site and also stunning.

Photograph courtesy of Casa Hotels.


We went mad with the plans, there is so much you can do with this theme. We were lucky to have Dan Ross who provides the Individual by Design service at Thoresby. He spent time watching the Harry Potter films in order to provide us with some great ideas himself. We could not have achieved what we had without all his hard work. We have some great friends who created all the centre pieces for us. We decided that we wanted to have the tables named after a class in the Harry Potter films such as potions, dark arts etc. Each centrepiece matched the class and they were amazing! It took my friends months to finish them. As for the décor that Dan provided/set up, all the

guests were astonished when they walked in due to sheer amazement. One of the main highlights of the day were the fireworks towards the end of the evening to the Harry Potter theme tune! We loved planning this wedding. The theme made it so exciting. The best advice I can give is to enjoy every minute of both the day and the planning process as it’s the most amazing day! It’ so easy to get stressed and fret about every detail but the reality is that all goes well on the day and even if something doesn’t quite go to plan the guests are almost certain not to even notice! Also try and make it individual to you and remember it’s your wedding so there’s no right or wrong.

All photography courtesy of Individual by Design

Our stunning new lakeside wedding pagoda is ready and waiting to welcome you and your guests on your special day. Set in our beautiful grounds overlooking the stunning Peak District National Park, our pagoda provides a tranquil oasis for all occasions. With prices from £2,995 – contact our friendly wedding co-ordinators to arrange an appointment now. CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED WEDDING TEAM TODAY ON

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Darley Road, Stone Edge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 0LW www.peakedgehotel.co.uk

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A Grand Wedding

We talk to Emily and Simon who chose Worksop College for their fabulous day... Emily and Simon have many happy memories to look back on after choosing the perfect venue for their wedding. Emily has strong connections with the college – her three younger brothers have and are currently studying there and her father, Stephen Armstrong, is a school governor, so when it came to deciding where to get married, she didn’t need to look far. “I’ve been to services at the college before and always enjoyed them, so when the chance to get married there came up I was delighted. I’ve always thought Worksop College was a great venue," said Emily. "The venue was superb. The staff were excellent and it was so convenient having everything together in one place. We had the chapel, the canapés, the outdoor space, all close together. This made things work very well. There were also lots of nice shaded areas to go to out of the sun." “It was a wonderful day. The weather was very hot, probably a little too hot at times, but we

were very lucky that it was warm." Emily and Simon got engaged two years ahead of their big day, giving them plenty of time for organising.

The couple spent a ‘minimoon’ in Cannes, in the south of France, and will be heading out on a longer honeymoon at the end of November that will take them to Singapore, Bali and Hong Kong.

“Simon proposed on the day we moved into our new house, which I didn’t expect at all. He’d wanted to get to the house before me but for some reason I got there first and he was really stressed that it was this way around. He followed me through the house and said I should try the front door to make sure I knew how to unlock it. So I opened it and he was inside on one knee. I thought I’d actually knocked him over at first! “Two years was the perfect amount of time for us to plan our wedding. We did things like pay for items along the way, bought bits off Ebay and other places on the internet. We got the big things organised early such as the venue and photography – and then worked everything else around this. We also had a really detailed plan of the day that everyone working on the day had access to – this helped things run smoothly.”

Worksop College Weddings Set in a picturesque 330 acre site, with peaceful and spacious grounds, Worksop College is the perfect setting for your Wedding Day. Bordering Clumber Park, the venue is a unique and stunning backdrop for your special day. Benefit from your very own wedding co-ordinator, who will organise every aspect from start to finish, ensuring even the smallest detail is taken care of.


Worksop College work closely with a hand-picked selection of local suppliers, who have all been carefully chosen to enhance your wedding day and ensure it goes off without a hitch. The 19th Century building, together with breath-taking views and beautiful grounds, ensures that your wedding day is as unique as you are, and is sure to wow your guests. There are a number of wed-

ding packages and menus available, which are sure to suit a variety of requirements. However, should you wish to create your own bespoke wedding package, the wedding coordinator will be more than happy to assist with this also. Looking for overnight accommodation for your wedding guests? Worksop College has on-site accommodation available within their boarding houses, with packages available to include breakfast in the Great Hall. There are also alternate accommodation options close-by, and your wedding coordinator will be more than happy to discuss all available options with you. To book a site visit, call: 01909 537100. Or email: bookings@wsnl.co.uk www.wsnl.co.uk/weddingsatworksopcollege

All photography courtesy of Neil Senior, Eternal Images Photography.

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MEETINGS & CONFERENCES HALF DAY DELEGATE RATES FULL DAY DELEGATE RATES OUTDOOR SPACE AND FREE ONSITE PARKING WI-FI The Pheasantry Brewery is THE up and coming venue for corporate events and business functions. If you’re looking to be catered for and are in need of a venue for your corporate hospitality event then look no further than the North Notts Venue of choice for local business people.

Book your meeting or conference celebrate@pheasantryevents.co.uk

01636 813333

W&M Wright


Retail & Caterers W&M Wright have been producing great tasting traditional food from locally sourced ingredients since 1961, carrying on the traditional village shop which dates back to the 1700’s. A family business based in Carlton in Lindrick on the outskirts of Worksop providing both food for retail and catering for all types of events from weddings and celebrations to business functions and fund-raising events throughout Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Whatever the occasion, W&M Wright pride themselves on providing excellent cuisine and service tailor-made to your needs and personal choice.

01909 730238

wrightscaterers@hotmail.co.uk Greenway, Carlton in Lindrick, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 9EY High Brecks Farm, Lincoln Rd, East Markham, Newark, Notts, NG22 0SN

01777 872728 (opt. 2)




A Renewal Wedding

Married for 20 years, this inspirational couple chose to renew their marriage vows at Doddington Hall near Lincoln in spectacular style. The team at Doddington were delighted to tell us more... Danielle and Paul originally tied the knot 20 years ago in a true 90’s style wedding, opting to hold a vow renewal with their two boys in attendance was something very special to them as a family. The couple chose Doddington Hall as they believe it’s one of the most beautiful Elizabethan houses in the country, quintessentially English with stunning gardens. They renewed their vows in the Long Gallery in a relaxed and intimate ceremony with close family and friends, eldest son Dominic was the best man and youngest Fabien gave his mum away. After the ceremony, the wedding party headed over to the Coach House for food and celebrations, starting with drinks and a selection of canapes, followed with a BBQ all sourced from the estate or locally. The evening was finished with a charcuterie table and the entertainment was provided by a surprise appearance from the singing waiters along with a magician and an eight-piece band whom, filled the floor with their vocalist and saxophonist playing soul and funk. Danielle wore a beautiful dress with a lace cape and gardenia blue shoes during the day and had garden roses individually wired into her hair. Paul opted for a less traditional style and wore a light checked suit (showing off a little ankle!) and their boys wore suits with matching colorful bow ties, finished off with braces and a loafer shoe. Danielle is a talented florist herself so the wedding flowers were always


going to be spectacular! With the help of Rachel Petheram of Catkin Flowers (based in the kitchen garden at Doddington) they created a breathtaking oversized bouquet of seasonal British fresh flowers. Trailing asparagus fern and larkspur hung from the ceiling in the Coach House and beautiful bright urns decorated the tables. A hire company provided rustic trestle tables and chairs, which were dressed by a local event stylist with lace runners, glass beaded charger plates, coloured glasses and personalised table numbers, which represented significant dates in their lives. A spectacular cake sat next to the top table on a beer barrel with an old door as it’s back drop with a cheeky “cakey” sign, which was an inside joke with the groom, with lamps saying “light of my life” as the cake topper which was a nod to Paul’s profession. All of our weddings at Doddington are memorable to us, from front of house to kitchen, weddings are a team effort and it’s our sincere desire to make every wedding as memorable as possible for our lovely couples. Danielle and Paul’s vow renewal really stood out to us, it was the most beautifully bold and colourful day filled with love and happiness. It was amazing to see the way Danielle and Paul transformed the Long Gallery and the Coach House and really made it their own. We’ve already been talking about their next vow renewal at Doddington!

All photography courtesy of Magda K Photography.w

A Festival Wedding


In May 2019, the team at Hirst Priory, led by owner and experienced wedding planner, Hazel Wheatley, hosted Jessica and Kieron’s special day. The happy couple got engaged abroad when they were travelling around Thailand. In Koh Phi Phi they were snorkelling and diving for shells and Keiron swam up to Jessica holding the ring which she thought he had found on the ocean floor but then popped the question. Jessica said she nearly drowned! One of the unique spaces offered by Hirst Priory for weddings is the enchanting woodland area which provides a magical ceremony that is unique, different, stylish and breathtaking. Jessica and Kieron had a clear vision when it came to deciding the wedding theme - festivals and music. A DJ played the couple’s favourite tunes throughout the day, covering upbeat house music to classic Queen and where Bohemian Rhapsody sung by the entire party almost raised the roof. Later on in the evening, the DJ, accompanied by a saxophonist, played house and techno music and this became a highlight of the evening when the couple were lifted on to family members’ shoulders, singing out with pure joy and love. Said Jessica: “As soon as I saw the woodland area at Hirst Priory I knew there and then that it was where I wanted mine and Kieron’s wedding to be. Festivals were a major part to the theme and the woodland made it a reality. The natural greenery combined with Jessica’s chosen meadow-styled flowers com-

plemented their festival theme further. Wooden benches and covered straw bales for guests to sit on were placed on either side of the aisle which was centered in the middle of the woodland. In keeping with the woodland feel, the bridesmaids’ dresses had a leaf lace design which tied in with the foliage and trees, a small detail which worked exceptionally well. The groom and groomsmen were all dressed in tweed with pale moss-green ties to match the bridesmaids’ dresses and stylish brogue shoes. The groom also sported a flat cap, a conventional twist but one which suited Kieron down to a tee. Once the ceremony was completed under the overhanging branches with the sun glistening through, guests then had the excitement of entering the huge tepee by Serentipi that was put up on Hirst Priory grounds where the party could begin in earnest. The tepee was decorated with the same magical theme as the woodland and at night the fairy lights added a touch of romance. Kieron said that, “The team at Hirst Priory did a great job in transforming the woodland area and tepee to how Jessica and I envisaged our wedding day. All our family members and friends keep saying they had a wonderful time and would never forget our special day.”

All photography courtesy of Kazooieloki Photography.


A Meadow Wedding Hannah and Ian were married in August this year in Ellicar Gardens, surrounded by a beautiful floral meadow, the perfect setting for their start together in life.

Accompanied by her dad, bridesmaids, bridesman and a two very special ring bearers, (two golden guernsey goat kids, called Erica and Calluna), Hannah walked through the orchard at her parents' home, down a grassy aisle of airy Molinia grasses; along a frothy, white flower meadow, awash with butterflies and through the tiny woodland to an unplugged marriage ceremony beneath the canopy of an old oak tree. Three musician friends played and the celebrant was a dear friend Stephen, who made the day very special right from the start. After literally tying the knot in true Celtic style, Hannah and Ian were showered with petal confetti and watched by two curious llamas, residents at Ellicar Gardens. The reception was held in a pole marquee on the lawn, that just fitted between the garden

borders with flowers spilling into the sides. It was decorated with rainbow bunting, pom-poms and dip dyed napkins to match, all made especially by Hannah. The beautiful bouquets and a floral crown for Hannah and her bridesmaids were all flowers picked from the garden. Locally brewed beer and ale flowed and guests danced all night to a fabulous and energetic ceilidh band. Delicious vegan food was served, chosen especially by Hannah and Ian. A family friend created some spectacular lighting effects across the water in the garden's Natural Pool, which was just next to the tent. Children ran around all evening, nipping off in between dances to see the goats and feed the pet pigs, it couldn’t have been a more magical wedding. Hannah and Ian never stopped smiling and laughing the whole day long.

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‘’The understated elegance of a bygone era echoes throughout the hotel, capturing the true spirit of an endless house party.’’ ‘’The honey stoned Georgian house has been in the Skirving family for more than 150 years, now a unique 13 bedroomed hotel & restaurant situated in the heart of the Vale of Belvoir. When my grandmother Imogen Skirving opened the doors to her family home 30 years ago, she dreamt that people would feel as if they had been invited to dinner by a dear friend, she wanted them to feel as if they were in a home from home, with delicious food, wonderful wine & even better company. Today it is much the same, at the end of an avenue of lime trees, you will find the other world of Langar Hall. We keep the charm and quiet eccentricity of an English country home, with just the right amount of modern to combine the best of the past with the best of the present. Langar Hall was the first venue in Nottinghamshire to be licensed for Civil weddings, Since 1995 we have specialised in smaller and more intimate weddings, offering bespoke packages & tailoring your experience with us to ensure that you want for nothing on your special day. At the heart of the house stand Executive Chef Gary Boothe & Head Chef Ross Jeffrey who have shaped the dining experience throughout the past 15 years with fresh, local ingredients, a rich tapestry of traditional mixed with creativity and a pure love and passion for what they do.” Yours truly, Lila Arora

Eccentric, charming & impossibly romantic, Langar Hall can cater for up to 50 guests in a sumptuous civil ceremony surrounded by their beautiful grounds. Looking out across the vale of Belvoir as it comes to life with spring flowers, its the stuff that fairytales are made of - The Good Hotel Guide’

”Stubbornly English, Deliciously Stylish, Quietly Eccentric.” 01949 860 559

Church Lane, Nottingham, NG13 9HG


For more information please contact our wedding coordinator Lisa Tyres



Say "I Do" At Ye Olde Bell

Choosing a wedding venue is one of the most important decisions couples will make when planning their big day.


here are so many factors to take into consideration – from the date of your wedding, how many guests, the food, the décor. Ye Olde Bell pride themselves on ensuring couples have the most magical and memorable time and its expert team work together with couples to deliver the day of their dreams. Dating back to the 17th Century Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa, combines the traditional with the contemporary to offer a romantic quintessentially English wedding venue, whatever the season. Many couples love Ye Olde Bell’s beautiful gardens, which prove popular not just in the summer but all year round. Perfect for creating the ultimate wedding photographs the extensive traditional gardens feature sweeping lawns, beautiful mature trees and a romantic swing. The centre piece is the magical oak pavilion, which is fully licensed for ceremonies. It creates an unforgettable location and is decorated with pretty fairy lights. Guests can enjoy drinks and canapes at the alfresco terrace bar or even enjoy mouthwatering pizza from the bespoke outdoor oven. On an evening, warming firepits ensure guests don’t get too chilly. There are numerous spaces inside for couples to select for their


celebration, from small intimate rooms to spaces for up to 250. The grand and opulent Bradgate and Wiseton Suites feature ornate ceilings, traditional oak panelling, open fires and stunning chandeliers. The elegant Nielsen and Levack Suites are decorated with plush gold and cream silk fabrics. There are also more intimate spaces, such as Restaurant Bar 1650, with its striking art deco bar, and the intimate Victoria Suite, which is named after the former queen who stayed at the property. The hotel offers 59 bedrooms, suites and lodges, preferential rates are available for any guests wishing to stay over – followed by a full English breakfast the next morning. Ye Olde Bell’s spa is the perfect place to unwind pre or post wedding and provides full bridal and groom services, including hair and make-up - taking a further stress out of the big day. The team at Ye Olde Bell love nothing more than being part of a couple’s special day and are always delighted to show people around or just have an initial chat about what the hotel can offer. For further information visit: www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk or call: 01777 705121.


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Ye Olde Wedding Della and John tied the knot at Ye Olde Bell this summer in June. They shared their experience of their big day with Made.

We chose Ye Olde Bell for our wedding venue as we were recommended the venue by a family member. We decided to book into the restaurant to see what it was like. The food was fantastic and we had first class service, the staff were so friendly and helpful and that was the main element we were looking for in a venue – for our guests to enjoy good food and receive excellent friendly service. Wanting an outdoor ceremony I could not have wished for better grounds, they are beautiful and kept to a high standard. We had a party of 110, so room was important and there was plenty of it. General Manager Kate Firth looked after us on our wedding journey and she could not

have been more helpful, every query and concern we had she dealt with in a professional and friendly manner. I was worried how the day would flow and I had nothing to worry about, Kate made it look seamless. Kate and all the staff were excellent. We continue to visit the venue, including the spa, on the merit of how friendly the staff are and how excellent the food is. We decided on a black and white themed wedding for our big day and all the guests wore black and white too. The favourite part of the day was walking down the gardens for the ceremony and seeing all my beautiful guests dressed to impress, it was a sunny day and the gardens looked beautiful.

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Wedding Stories Catherine at Kitticakes tells us about one of her most memorable wedding cakes to date‌

There is one wedding cake that stands out in my mind because of its sheer size and quirkiness! The board itself that sat on was around four foot long and it was a beast! My and husband and I spent two full days and stayed up all night the night before it was delivered. We finished working on it at 9am, and set straight off to the venue. It was a fully edible sugar Walkers haulage truck pulling a three tier wedding cake. The bride had her white tiered cake and the hubby got his truck that he was so proud of. They were over the moon with it and so was I. It created plenty of interest and was even shared by DAF trucks and walkers haulage firm on their social media sites.

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It’s got to be the most romantic holiday of your life… So how should you spend it? Sharon & Kerrie at The Travel Diamond are experts in planning dream weddings and honeymoons and are happy to work with you to make sure every box on your wish list is ticked.


ow that you have found your perfect partner, let us organise your perfect honeymoon so that you can start married life in the most wonderful way. From relaxing minimoons to adventurous maximoons. Tell us your travel ideas, the culture you’d like to experience, the street food you have to taste, the adventures you can’t wait to begin and the memories you want to bring home then we will do the hard work and put it together for you. We work with long established contacts who we call on to arrange complimentary upgrades and special gifts for our special couples, we are with you from start to finish making sure everything is just perfect.

Destaination weddings - Mauritius The perfect match, the perfect destination. One of our most popular wedding and honeymoon destinations is Mauritius. For an increasing number of couples the idea of a wedding in a romantic, tropical location makes perfect sense – and nowhere is more romantic than Mauritius. All of the island’s resorts will happily and efficiently handle wedding ceremonies so it’s simply a case of deciding which of Mauritius’ many resorts to choose. Imagine the sun’s warm rays filtering through the shade of overhanging palms, while gentle waves lap the coral sands of a tropical beach beyond. What could be lovelier

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than lifelong memories of your wedding day in that faraway paradise of your dream? We will help you side-step the stress of organising a big or even a little wedding in the UK. Destination weddings can be a little trickier to plan and it’s so important to work with the right specialists to make sure all the planning legalities are taken care of making sure you have everything in place for the day of your dreams. Although the cost of a Mauritian wedding differs from resort to resort and according to season, You could get married in Mauritius from only £3,000 per couple and that includes the honeymoon! Some resorts like the Westin Turtle Bay can offer free weddings along with couples’ accommodation packages.

Not forgetting the stags and hens... Stag and hen parties are no longer a quick trip to the pub the night before, you’d be surprised at some of the parties we’ve booked. With more people to please they often take more planning than the honeymoon and The Travel Diamond take away this worry by creating an organiser for all your friends. Popular options include lodges with hot tubs in the UK or beach parties in Marbella for the hens whilst a popular choice for the satgs is a few nights in Las Vegas.

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The romance of nature, It’s a true privilege to share your days with the 'big five' and most safari destinations combine easily with dreamy days on a beach.

The Travel Diamond Exclusive 5* The Westin Turtle Bay, Mauritius - from £1499* per person in a Deluxe room on Half Board with flights and private transfers. Choose to have your ultimate dream wedding* or honeymoon in Mauritius and stay seven nights at The Westin Turtle Bay Mauritius on the beautiful northern tip of the island. With lush hills as a backdrop and views over the offshore reef the Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa invites you to enjoy the magic of Mauritian hospitality in a truly luxurious setting. Your destination wedding or honeymoon will benefit from a 'bride stays free' package. Additional benefits to include the FREE wedding service* and use of location. EXCLUSIVE room upgrade guaranteed, bottle of champagne, a complimentary spa treatments for you both, and a complimentary Honeymoon petal bath. Early check in and late check out. Unbelievable saving of £2,000! Travel on selected dates 01 May - 30 Sept 2020 with flights from London. *Legal fees at £600 fixed fee. Local departures available at a supplement. Prices and availability are subject to change prior to confirmation and can be withdrawn without notice.

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Marshall's Yard Marshall’s Yard makes its fashion debut at Market Rasen’s Summer Plate Ladies Day! Marshall’s Yard’s fashion stores took to the catwalk at Market Rasen Racecourse as part of the Summer Plate Ladies Day Event. A host of fashion retailers from the centre treated race goers to a fabulous preview of some of next season’s new looks. The Marshall’s Yard team worked alongside The Fashion Exchange to showcase outfits from top brands as well as a great range of affordable fashion. Models were cat-walk ready thanks to makeup from Estee Lauder at Browns Department Stores and hair by the creative team at Sophie Amelia Hair based in the centre’s Pattern Store units. The Marshall’s Yard “style spotters” also proudly hosted and judged the event’s style awards awarding the best dressed lady, best hat and best dressed couple with a stunning range of prizes donated by the stores at Marshall’s Yard amounting to over £5,000.

Alison Shipperbottom, Centre Manager at Marshall’s Yard, said: “We have all really enjoyed preparing for the event and seeing the Yard come together to really put on a great show – Ladies Day is a big day in Lincolnshire’s diary and we were delighted to be involved with the event and give race goers a flavour of some of the great brands available at Marshall’s Yard. “The day was thoroughly enjoyable with everyone in good spirits despite the odd downpour. We were especially pleased to see that our bright pink Marshall’s Yard flip-flops were so well received.” The stores at Marshall’s Yard are now busy working with Market Rasen Racecourse and The Fashion Exchange to deliver a winter themed event at their Winter Ladies Day on 19 Oct. www.marshallsyard.co.uk








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Ready To Face Anything Face Gym, less than ten minutes a day and no need for lycra! By Peter Rixham, Retford Sports Massage.


series of pre-wedding facials will no doubt feature on many brides-tobe's planner, but what about a course of Face Gym?

The muscles of the face, like most muscles of the body respond well to exercise and will tone and strengthen. Face Gym, sometimes referred to as Face Yoga, is an intense workout for your facial muscles which should leave you feeling tired yet refreshed. Another benefit to adopting a mini facial exercise regime is that there is no need for a gym membership or any lycra, as these exercises can be done anywhere you choose. I would suggest starting off in front of your bathroom mirror. Gurning on the train to work or even at your desk, might pose questions from those around you, particularly in the early stages when you are mastering the techniques. Stick with it and you will slowly see the results of your dedication. This is not a quick fix and the more frequently you do the routines the better the results. Expect to see a change after 3 months, if you exercise your facial muscles, at least 5-10 minutes a day.

Getting started You are going to be pressing on to your skin and massaging your face, so a quick cleanse to remove any make-up, or surface debris is a good first step. It will also remove excess facial oil to give your hands a better grip as you do the techniques. You want your finger tips to glide purposely over your skin, without overtly dragging, which can take a bit of time to master. Persevere – it will be worth it!

Mind set I am a huge believer in positive thinking. I always ask my Face Gym clients to choose a key word that resonates


with them, ‘wonderful’, ‘fabulous’, ‘amazing’. Over the years the most popular word has been ‘gorgeous’, but you decide. I appreciate the next bit might sound kooky but give it a try. After each set of exercises and before moving on to the next, say out loud, ‘I feel amazing’ (insert your chosen word) three times, with sincerity. If you don’t believe it, no-one else will.

Facial exercises An effective course of Face Gym has at least 12 exercises to target various areas of the face but here are three to get you started:

Forehead lift (3 mins) Using the thumb and first finger create an L shape. Place both L shapes on the forehead just above the eyebrows and push upwards to the hairline, to lift the muscle up. Whilst holding the fingers in place frown down for a count of 10 to gently stretch the muscle – the aim being to diminish forehead wrinkles. Repeat this sequence three times.

Eyebrow lift (3 mins) Using the thumb and first finger create an L shape. Place both L shapes under the eyebrows, as if the eyebrow muscle were resting on your fingers and push upwards. Whilst holding the fingers in place frown down and ‘out’, hold for a count of 10the aim is to strength the muscle to help diminish any future eyebrow drooping. Repeat this sequence three times.

The goldfish (3 mins) Using the pads of the first two fingers press into the natural dip between the two parts of the jaw at almost mid-point of the ear at the side of your face. Slowly opening and closing your mouth move your fingers down to the angle/edge of the jaw, pressing firmly but within reason.

You should experience muscle fatique/ burn, this is normal. Do this three times in the morning and evening. Beauty is more than skin deep, by working on your facial muscles you can really tone and strength their integrity and potentially slow down the ageing process. Retford Sports Massage is run by Peter Rixham, an award winning BTEC Level 5 remedial massage therapist, clinical aromatherapist & 4th Year Osteopathy student at the UCO, London. Areas of Speciality 99 Remedial Massage 99 Myofascial Release 99 Muscle Activation 99 Rocktaping 99 Lymphatic Drainage 99 Clinical Aromatherapy

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Recently awarded ‘UK's Best Destination Spa’ by the Good Spa Guide and renowned for outstanding customer service, Ragdale Hall Spa is offering the chance for some well deserved ‘me-time’ for one lucky winner and their guest! The prize includes use of all facilities, including the multi-million-pound Thermal Spa offering 12 luxurious and unique heat and water experiences, including the atmospherically lit underground candle pool and outdoor waterfall pool with colour-changing lights; plus a two course evening meal in the Verandah Bar. All you’ll need to do switch off and relax. For details visit: www.ragdalehall.co.uk or call: 01664 433000



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Garden Meadows In this issue, landscape designer, Sarah Murch of Ellicar Gardens, shares the joy of sowing a perennial meadow in her garden and explains how a mini meadow brings a flourish of colour and wildlife from spring right through winter.


here's a meadow in my garden... Sown from a packet of seeds last summer, it flowered in April, waves of purple Honesty became a sea of blue Echium by June, turning into frothy, white umbellifers in August.

It is a place where our garden visitors linger, mesmerised by the sheer exuberance of flowers and astonishing numbers of butterflies and bumblebees. The meadow has a vibrancy and life of its own that draws people in like no other part of our garden. Each day reveals new flowers, surprise combinations. Is there such a thing as “meadow bathing”? Because when I walk through the meadow between thousands of jostling flowers, I emerge smiling, uplifted. This little meadow is a riotous, happy place and it has been incredibly easy to achieve.

Perennial Meadow vs Wildflower Meadow For your average domestic garden, wildflower meadows can be tricky. They often flower briefly and can become quite messy looking after flowering. However, stylised perennial meadows have the look and feel of wildflowers with the advantage of a long flowering season and low maintenance requirements. And they are a magnet for wildlife. Just imagine the pollinators, dragonflies, moths, bats, and birds we could support if every garden in the UK had a few square metres of perennial meadow? So, if you are toying with the idea of a meadow, or you just want to brighten up your borders with a burst of flowers, a Perennial Meadow, like mine, could be the answer.

What is a Perennial Meadow? It is a specially formulated mix of wild flowers and perennial flowering species, designed to repeat flower year after year. Ellicar Gardens' perennial meadow, courtesy of Sarah Murch.


My meadow comes from Sheffield’s Pictorial Meadows, experts in creating high impact, low input, stylised meadows (they are responsible for those glorious meadows around the Olympic Park in 2012 and Rotherham’s award winning 8-mile River of Flowers). Formulated to flower from spring to the first frosts, with around 25 flower species per mix and a whopping 120 plants per m 2, there are meadows for sun, shade, and different soil types. And with a colour palette from eye-popping hot colours, jewellike designer schemes or dreamy whites and pastels, you are sure to find a meadow mix to compliment your garden.

Seed vs turf Mixes are available as seed or turf. Seed is lower cost but requires some skill during establishment. Turf is quick and easy to lay, results are instant.

When and how You can lay turf or sow seed any time of year, September being the optimum month for seed sowing. Sow seed at 2g per m 2. Mixing seeds with sharp sand helps, pick a calm day to sow and divide the ground into sections using canes and string.

Maintenance Treat your perennial meadow just like a perennial border. We gave ours the ‘Chelsea Chop’ in May, ensuring it peaked for my daughter’s wedding in summer. I will cut it back again this September. It will flush neatly, flower again, producing seed heads for the birds through winter and look magical with a dusting of frost. Dead foliage should be removed in March. Perennial Meadow 'Golden Summers' courtesy of Pictorial Meadows.

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Beautiful September Gardens To Visit Whilst the summer months are traditionally garden visiting months, we are fortunate in Nottinghamshire to have gardens open through September and even one in October. Alongside these gardens there are also 16 gardens or groups of gardens who open for the Nottinghamshire National Garden Scheme by arrangement. So whether you are a group of enthusiastic amateur gardeners, a photography club looking for inspiration, or simply a group of friends, you can be sure of a warm welcome and plenty of tea and cake. For more details of our ‘By Arrangement’ gardens, please visit www.ngs.org.uk Here are the September gardens for you to enjoy:

Opposite: Perennial Meadow Patchwork Quilt. hh This image: Perennial Meadow 'Treasure Chest'. Both images courtesy of Pictorial Meadows

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Mini meadows Perennial Meadows are not just for parks or country gardens. Mini meadows look fabulous in domestic, urban and contemporary settings too. To loosen up your borders, try stitch planting sections of meadow turf in amongst your existing plants. Edge a path or wrap a mini- meadow around a bench. Encircle your lawn with a perennial meadow or be bold and turn your entire front garden into Proudly maintained Proudly by maintained a perennial meadow - the bumble bees will certainly thank you.

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rom child psychologist to founder of the School of Artisan Food, it’s been quite a journey for Alison Swan Parente.

With the basic wish of wanting to make good quality, long fermentation bread, Alison turned her idea and vision into what has become a worldwide renowned centre of food teaching excellence. But first, there was the little matter of setting up a high quality bakery, something she’d always dreamed of doing. “I first started making bread in the 1970s, in America,” Alison told Made magazine. “I remember an amazing book called the Tassajara Bread Book. It taught all of us how to make bread. “I’d always known about this (type of bread) from places such as Italy and France, and we began to see it in London at this point, and I thought this is the way forward, we’re going to produce this very interesting long fermentation bread.


“I had read a book by someone called Andrew Whitley, who is my guru I have to say, called ‘Bread Matters’ and I thought I wonder what he would say about starting a bakery here, because he had started a long fermentation bakery in the wilds of Cumbria.” Alison contacted him, went up for a chat and before long Andrew was on board as a consultant for the project to build what would become the Welbeck Bakehouse. They drew up the layout, built some big wood-fired ovens and set about hiring a head baker. “The problem was nobody knew how to make this type of bread,” says Alison. “So, we decided we’d teach people how to. Andrew had already been teaching people how to make it and I think he saw the potential. “At the same time, I thought this is a fantastic skill that is going to be needed more and more and we could see that this type of

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bread was going to take off, so we thought what an amazing idea if we could actually teach skills that were forgotten.” The next challenge was to actually find a baker, which they did in Roman, a Polish baker who was working at the time in Lusaka. He worked at the bakehouse for the first two years. This idea of teaching people to make bread soon got Alison thinking of even bigger and more ambitious plans – and so the early beginings of the School of Artisan Food were born. Alison looked at funding opportunities to begin the project, starting with a grant from the East Midlands Development Agency. “The grant application was to produce a school of artisan food, which would be based on butchery, charcuterie, cheese and bread, where we would be bringing people in who had very good skills and who had no particular infrastructure in place in which to share these skills.” She put the grant application through in November 2008 and the funding was secured in January the following year, with the condition the money was spent by March 31. “All of the infrastructure in the school had to be developed rapidly,” says Alison. “We had a fabulous architect who worked very quickly with us.” Workstations in training rooms were installed and by September the school was ready to put on its first short courses. A yearlong diploma in butchery, cheese and charcuterie, followed in September 2010. A few months before the school opened its doors, it was the subject of a BBC food programme, which gave it a much needed boost ahead of it its first course starting in the September. “We had some great students and wonderful teachers such as Val Bines, who taught cheese, a really very skilled cheese maker; Ray Smith who came up from River Cottage to teach the butchery and we had Emmanuel Hadjiandreou and Wayne Caddy to do the bread, making our teaching a very high standard.”

“Artificial tastes are very entrancing but they pull people towards eating masses of fat, masses of sugar, and if you take the artificial tastes out people feel it’s bland, until they really begin to taste again, what real food is like." Alison says she is keen to think about the barriers to good eating and how this kind of food can be as interesting and as much fun and taste even better than processed food – particularly in the production of bread. It takes time, according to Alison, to make the perfect loaf. “It takes at least 24 hours to make a decent loaf, but the loaf you will get is very different. First of all it tastes of something, which is an advantage, secondly when you give it to your teenager, after the third slice they are going to be full because it's good and has probably more whole bits in it from grain. But the other point is it’s going to have spent 24 hours just digesting its contents – so the gluten will be much more worked, everything will be much more developed. So if you put this very complex bacteria and yeast into your gut, then that helps to maintain its health and its equilibrium.”

"what an amazing idea if we could actually teach skills that were forgotten"

Alison is very enthusiastic about the school’s approach to food, particularly in how she says it compares to much of the processed food on supermarket shelves. She waxes lyrically about the taste and healthy benefits of a non-processed approach. “When processed food started coming into the market, which was probably at its zenith in the late 60s, it was the beginning of our absolute enchantment with processed food for very good reasons; it was convenient, it was cheap, it helped free up time. Nobody really realised what a difference it was making to everybody.

Now in its tenth year, The School of Artisan Food is keen on expanding its role even further within the community and beyond. Alison is keen in particular to ensure the school’s resources are offered to as many people as possible. The school has recently partnered up with Nottingham Trent University, which means students will be arriving this month (September) to start a two-year foundation degree in artisan food production and will be delivered at the school and NTU's Brackenhurst campus, giving people access to student loans to help fund the course.


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“We're hoping to build on our partnership with Nottingham Trent University and make sure we are able to teach as many people from as many different backgrounds as possible about artisan food.” And, of course, Alison says plans are in place to ensure the school continues to thrive. “Survival is always good,” says Alison. “We would like to expand our charitable work and be financially resilient enough to do that. I think we would like to be more joined up with other agencies, so for example we do a lot of work with the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum. We always have one refugee on each of our courses. We’re in partnership with a social enterprise nearby at Langwith. So being able to expand our charitable work would be something I would aim for.” But it hasn’t always been plain sailing for Alison and her team. There have been some ups and downs along the way, which Alison agrees was always going to be the case. “There are masses of challenges when you create something like this. I think I would break them down into cultural, financial, outside economy and challenges with meeting a student’s expectations. “The challenge is also to start something from scratch and get it right – that’s probably the biggest. But there are lots of different micro challenges through the years. I think the challenge is to start something from scratch and get it right. Everyday is a challenge – but a good challenge.” Away from the school, Alison enjoys reading "quite a lot” of modern fiction and enjoys going to the theatre and cinema and spending time with friends. “I think keeping up with your friends is very important all the way through your life. I like seeing them. I like travelling and I love cooking. I actually do, genuinely cook to relax. If I’m stressed then I poke my nose into the larder and see what I can do with what’s in there.” And her signature dish? “Spaghetti with tomato sauce. That’s my kind of go to dish. If the whole family is there, that’s what they ask for. I do a very good spaghetti with tomato sauce.”


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Scrumpy Wasp Tim and Leanda Needham are the creators of Scrumpy Wasp Cider. It all started after a summer in 2011 when Tim found inspiration in the local real cider in Cornwall, they decided to build a micro cider mill in East Markham, a village in Nottinghamshire already well known for its Heritage Orchard and apple festival, the perfect place to create the


perfect real cider. We met Tim to discover more. round this time of year, cider production at Scrumpy Wasp begins in earnest.

one and a half tonnes of apples an hour, but it is run at a ton an hour to get an even better yield from them.

Tonnes of apples are delivered straight to the cider mill, which overlooks open countryside in the heart of the village of East Markham, and work begins on making a variety of ciders, each created and developed onsite by owner and cider enthusiast, Tim Needham.

While the juice heads off to one of the 30 fermentation tanks, varying from 1,600 to 7,000 litres, the mulch from the juiced apples is used as animal feed, a favourite of pigs apparently, as well as some local longhorn cattle.

“We use two types of apples here,” says Tim, who showed Made around the mill during a recent visit. “We use dessert apples, mainly from local farms. We get about 10 tonnes from the Heritage Orchard in the village on a good year and around 40 tonnes from Goacher’s orchard at Wheatley. Then we get cider apples varieties in from farms in Hereford.” It’s a relatively short harvest time for Tim, with all the apples they’ll need processed in just a few weeks. “Really from mid-September to the end of November is our harvest. That’s when we need to get all of our apples in that we need, and get them milled, processed and get the juice into the tanks and start fermenting.” The apples that are tipped straight into the yard are then taken to the washing stage – a process that ensures every apple is ready to be transformed into tasty cider. The primary wash tank carries out an initial clean, they are washed a second and third time, before heading to the mill and then onto rollers where their juice is extracted. Hand picked apples from Goachers are dropped directly into the mill from crates. The pressing process can whizz through

“Dessert apples are actually easier to process and we get a bit more yield out of them than we do the cider apples. Cider apples tend to be a bit firmer and produce less juice. We get around 650 litres out of a tonne of apples.” Tim stores around 120,000 litres in these fermentation tanks a process that turns all the sugar into alcohol. The cider is then stored in the tanks for months, maturing and developing its own, unique taste. The cider that is bottled supplied to off licences, farm shops and small supermarkets. The rest of the cider is blended, carbonated and kegged to supply local pubs. You can also go in and try a cider in Scrumpy Wasp's own bar called the Bad Apple, a snug, inviting place that gives you the opportunity to sample different ciders from still to carbonated, including Bad Apple; Nice Pear; Overcast; Hibernate, Apple and Rhubarb. Artisan, Wind Fall and Nice Pear are the kegged ciders that are the served at the bar. The bar area, designed by Tim and Leanda, is a rustic affair, detailed to go hand in hand with the cider mill feel. It's open to the public most days. For details visit: www.scrumpywasp.co.uk


Food & Drink

Little Delights In this issue food demonstrator & home economist, Teresa Bovey, shares recipes for nifty nibbles and creative canapĂŠs, for a stunning start to any event.


Food & Drink

Cheese Truffles

Filo Tartlets

Ingredients 200g soft cream cheese 200g mature hard cheese eg. cheddar 3 tbsp very finely chopped chives Freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients Cut chilled filo pastry sheets into 5cm squares and place 3 squares, each brushed with butter, at different angles into a mini muffin pan, to form little tartlet cases. Bake at 180ºC/Gas 4 for 5-6 minutes. If you don’t have time – buy a packet of Rahms and fill with:

For coating Choose from 3 tbsp paprika, chopped parsley, finely chopped chives, toasted sesame seeds or chopped nuts Method 1. Mash together the cream cheese, grated hard cheese, chives and season with black pepper. 2. Roll the mixture into approximately 30 marble sized balls and roll each ball in the desired coating. 3. Chill until ready to serve.

Spicy Coriander Prawns: Combine 150g cooked prawns, 15g fresh coriander and 6 tbsp sweet chilli sauce in a small bowl. Spoon into the cooked tartlet cases and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds before serving. Goats Cheese: Top with caramelised onion and a piece of Parma ham.

Corn Cups


Ingredients 125g butter 75g soft cream cheese 125g plain flour 75g tortilla crisps, finely ground 2 tbsp chopped chives

Ingredients 20 slices approx. 1cm/½ inch thick, day old French baguette 4 tbsp olive oil 1 crushed garlic clove

Topping 1 carton ready-made guacamole Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Fan 160ºC/ Gas 4. 2. Cream together the butter and cream cheese. 3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix to form a soft dough. 4. Roll the mixture into marble sized balls and place into a mini muffin tin. 5. Press each ball with a teaspoon to form a cavity. 6. Bake for 16-18 minutes until a light golden brown. 7. Once cooled fill the corn cups with the desired filling. Makes 24 mini cup

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC Gas 4. 2. Combine the olive oil and garlic and use to brush slices of baguette. 3. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes until crisp and golden. 4. Cool and store in an air-proof container for up to 1 week ahead. Tomato, onion and basil topping 5 vine-ripened tomatoes 1 clove of garlic, crushed 2 tbsp very finely chopped, red onion 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp balsalmic vinegar 8-10 basil leaves, finely chopped salt and black pepper Method NB. Do not assemble more than 45 minutes before serving. 1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. 2. Leave to stand at room temperature for 15-20 minutes for the flavours to combine. 3. Spoon the mixture onto the crostini and serve.


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Perfect Accompaniments

Mr & Mrs Fine Wine recommend the perfect wines to compliment your meal.

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Mr & Mrs Fine Wine advise how to get the party started with a few choice bottles and a perfect starter cocktail to wow the guests. Kir Royale 15ml Briottet Crème de Cassis Top up with Fournillon Crémant de Bourgogne Start your aperitifs in style with an easy-to-make cocktail that is sure to impress your guests this autumn. We recommend using good quality ingredients for optimum results: Briottet Crème de Cassis (£15.99) is fantastically fruity and goes beautifully with the soft fresh bubbles of Fournillon Crémant de Bourgogne (£17.99). Garnish with seasonal berries to complete the look!

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• Try slicing some cucumber and top with ½ quails egg and sprinkle with black pepper before serving. • Cut cucumber into 2 inch pieces, scoop out some of the seeds with a melon baller and then fill the hollow with prawn cocktail. • Top discs of small puff pastry rounds with a little soft blue cheese and small halved cherry tomatoes. • Sprinkle small triangles of puff pastry with cheese and roll up like a cigar. Brush with beaten egg and bake in a hot oven 190ºC Fan/Gas 6 for 12-15 minutes. On skewers • Olives, cubes of feta cheese and a cherry tomato. • Cocktail sausage, pancetta and stuffing skewer – roll sausage meat into small balls, wrap with a piece of pancetta and place onto a skewer with a cocktail sausage, bake in a preheated oven 160ºFan/Gas 4 for 12-15 minutes until browned. • Serve with a red onion chutney. • Skewer a slice of chorizo with a prawn and a baby tomato. • Use a ‘y’ peeler – peel strips of cucumber or courgette to form long ribbons and thread them onto a stick with smoked salmon.

On sticks • Roast chipolata sausages in a couple spoonfuls of cranberry sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds. • Mozzarella balls and sunblush tomatoes on sticks. • Cook a packet of ready-made tortellini and serve with melted blue cheese with a little double cream or a hot spicy tomato sauce. • Griddle sliced courgettes and wrap them around cubes of Dolcellate cheese. • Peppadew peppers stuffed with basil and mozzarella cheese. Pinwheel wraps 1 packet sandwich wraps. Toppings • Smoked salmon trimmings or thinly sliced ham with cream cheese and green salad leaves. • Left-over turkey and curried mayonnaise. • Hummous, rocket and roasted red peppers. Spread each wrap with cream cheese or curried mayonnaise and top with one of the toppings and then sprinkle over a few salad leaves. Roll up tightly, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the refrigerator. Slice and serve.

Food & Drink

Banoffi Pie Shots Ingredients 150g digestive biscuits, crushed 60g butter 397g tin Carnation caramel dulce de leche 150mls whipped double cream or greek yoghurt 1-2 bananas, sliced 2 tbsp lemon juice 25g grated chocolate Method 1. Melt the butter in the microwave for 1½ minutes in a large bowl, add the crushed biscuits and stir to combine. 2. Divide the biscuit mixture between 10 single shot glasses. 3. Add a teaspoonful of Carnation caramel on top. 4. Mix the banana slices with the lemon juice (this helps prevent the banana browning) and divide between the shot glasses. 5. Top with another teaspoonful caramel. 6. Spoon a swirl of whipped cream or yoghurt on the top and sprinkle with grated chocolate before serving. 7. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Makes 10-12 dessert shots

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Exploring Newark with travel writer and photojournalist Sally Outram. his super walk begins in the pretty village of Farndon, which nestles on the bank of the River Trent and is just 2½ miles from the splendid market town of Newark.

With a long and fascinating history, Farndon is incredibly lucky to have three environmentally significant nature reserves; Farndon Park Woodland, Farndon Ponds and Cottage Lane Nature Reserve, plus Farndon Willow Holt and Water Meadow, which is designated as a Special Area of Conservation. Attracting a huge diversity of wildlife, it is one of the last remaining sites of the working willow holts, an ancient feature of many Trent-side villages, where the willow is famously used for making cricket bats and basket weaving. On this walk you will notice clapper gates, they are a very distinctive self-closing double gate, which are unique to North Nottinghamshire’s River Trent. They were established in the 18th Century to allow access, to neighbouring fields along the riverbank. The self-closing mechanism was to stop livestock from escaping and wandering off. This enticing walk extends along the River Trent, offering a slice of peace and tranquillity, and delivering many tempting diversions along the way. If you like boats, then you’re in for a treat. Farndon Marina is without doubt one of the most picturesque settings on the River Trent and attracts visitors and boating enthusiasts from all over the United Kingdom, it’s fascinating watching the boats cruising along the river, and this walk offers the opportunity to do just that! The marina was created in World War 2 by extracting aggregates and sand, which were then used to help build the Nottinghamshire airfields. Our adventure takes us on a journey in and around the splendid market town of Newark, which nestles beautifully along the banks


of the mighty River Trent; its significance being principal to the industrial growth and expansion of the town. Newark became an important inland port; ironworks, engineering, brewing and a wellknown sugar industry flourished. As you walk along, the riverside buildings are a reminder of that bygone era, you can’t help but notice the splendid examples of urban regeneration; stylish bars, restaurants and housing. Newark town is brimming with so many interesting buildings, the architecture quite beautifully eclectic, its diversity is showcased in the market place, which is dominated by the splendid Georgian town hall; you can explore the narrow alleyways and small cobbled roads, take a journey back in time, embracing a wealth of history and heritage as you discover something new around every corner. If you like shopping or just to simply browse, the Royal Markets are held in the square every Wednesday and Saturday selling a huge variety of wares; from fresh fruit and vegetables to artisan foods, gifts and clothing. It must be one of the most attractive markets around and draws in visitors from all over the country. Before your return walk back to Farndon, why not enjoy a tasty treat in one of the many splendid eateries, bars, restaurants and cafés. or if you prefer ‘alfresco’ take advantage of the beautiful green space around the castle area, It’s the perfect place to take a picnic and watch the world go by; and if you have extra time on your hands, why not extend your visit with an overnight stay. Visit the Civil War Centre, take a trip to the theatre, attend one of the many outdoor events which occur throughout the year, such as music concerts, plays and re-enactments. Whatever you decide, a very warm welcome awaits. Happy ramblings!

The basics

Distance: Approx 9¼ miles (14.8km) Severity: Easy. Gradient: Mostly flat. Approx time: 4 hours 42 mins at a leisurely pace, allow extra for exploring in Newark. Stiles: Clapper Gates. (self-closing gate) 1 stile. Maps: OS Explorer 271 and OS Landranger 120. Path info: Riverside paths, footpaths, tracks, town and parkland. Start point: Grassy/picnic area by the River Trent/Marina Grid Ref: SK76852. Postcode: NG24 3SX Parking: In front of the picnic area/ bar/restaurant. Dog friendly: Yes, on a lead, be res ponsible in public areas, around wildlife. Public toilets: Farndon and Newark. Refreshments: Public Houses and café’s in Farndon and Newark.

Directions We begin our walk at the grassy picnic area, next to the docking point of the Marina, which is located at the front of the pub and restaurant, where you have parked. From here, we join the public bridleway at the front of the pub and continue to follow it along, passing through the pretty picnic area until you reach a set of Clapper Gates. Proceed through the gates, and continue for a short distance, the river is to your left, you will then reach the large white footbridge which crosses over the Marina. If you’re a fan of boats, then this is the perfect spot to admire the array of superb vessels! 1. Continue over the bridge and along the path which runs by the side of the river, passing Farndon Pits, which provide a rich habitat for an abundance of wildlife year-round. Proceed along the path, you will notice a fingerpost, continue straight along keeping the River to your left. 2. As you continue along the well-defined path, you will notice fields to your right, often cropped, and Staythorpe Power Station is in the far distance. After a while the path becomes a grassy track which follows the direction of the river. Continue to follow this as the track bears to the right, passing the power station, which will be to your left on the

far bank side.

3. Proceed along the grassy track,

following the bend in the river, you will see Averham Weir start to become visible on the left, and the river traffic signage in front of you. After the sign, the track begins to bear to the right, continue along keeping the Weir to your left, the track then becomes a gravely surfaced area as it veers around a corner. 4. At the corner, the path splits. Continue straight ahead keeping the river to your left and passing the notice boards on the left of the path; which has now become a wide and well-defined sandy track. After a short distance, the track curves slightly to the right, at this point you will notice the church spire to your left and in the far distance. 5. Proceed along the riverbank path, passing a large waterway sign on your left. As you continue along the wide track, notice the rich habitats which attract an abundance of wildlife. There are some super photo opportunities too! 6. Following the track, bear to the left with the bend in the river, the track then becomes a grassy path as you proceed through two wooden marker posts. Continue along the narrow path,

keeping the river to your left until you reach a clapper gate. 7. Pass through the clapper gate, and walk along the grassy trail, passing meadows to your right. Continue along, you will see a disused mill, and buildings in the distance ahead of you. After a short distance, the path veers slightly to the right, you will see another clapper gate and a bridge over the river to your left. Pass through the clapper gate. 8. After the gate, you will see a wooden fence with a sign which says, ‘Private Land’, but there is public access, so please keep to the path. Proceed over the grassy path, heading towards the left corner and the old windmill. 9. At the windmill you will see a fingerpost, to your right, continue straight on following the river path and pass through a gate. Proceed along the wide surfaced path and walk under the large concrete bridge which carries the A46 bypass.* 10. Follow the path as it veers round passing several buildings to your right, the pathway becomes a single track which passes a row of residential houses, please be respectful of the environment. As you walk along the track, notice the super views over


Leisure Directions the river and towards Newark in the distance. 11. Continue to walk along the path, you will see a small wooden gate, go through the gate, walking along until you reach another metal bar and some white buildings. 12. Once you have reached the buildings, you will see a large surfaced area, continue to the opposite side and onto the small road, proceed along to the end and the top left corner, where you will see a very narrow walkway, follow this until you reach a metal kissing gate. Pass through the gate and onto meadowland, follow the grassy track heading left, across the field towards the raised riverbank. 13. Make your way to the top of the bank, veering right, and walk along the ridge towards a clump of trees and a stile, which you cross over onto a narrow track, this can occasionally be overgrown with brambles in the summer months, so proceed though with caution. Notice the church spire in the distance, Newark is just around the corner! 14. Once you have made your way through the clump of trees and bushes, continue to walk along the bank, heading towards a piece of wooden fencing, which juts out from the field, keep a look out for a worn track which leads down to the meadow to your right, if you have reached the fence, you have gone too far. Follow the grassy path across the meadow to its end where you will see a metal kissing gate. Go through the gate and you will


reach the main Farndon Road.

15. Keeping to the path, turn left and

walk along the wide footpath, passing Newark Marina on the left, continuing to follow the path which bears left onto Mill Gate, and heads towards Newark town. Continue to walk along Mill Gate until you reach the junction with Mill Lane, here, you turn left and walk through a residential area to the bridge. 16. Cross over the bridge and turn right to walk along the fabulous castle and riverside area. Follow the path by the river and head towards the castle; at the white bridge or walkway, you can cross over to the opposite bank at this point, and explore the town from there, retracing your steps to point (10)* for the return route. 17. Alternatively, you can continue along the river path, turning left over the green footbridge, emerging onto the Riverside Park, the perfect spot for a picnic by the river! From here you can explore the superb town of Newark at your leisure, maybe follow one of the many historical town trails, visit the delightful cobbled market square, visit the Civil War Centre or simply relax in the castle grounds and watch the world go by! There are plenty of fantastic places to eat and drink too, you won’t be disappointed! Retrace your steps for your return walk to route point (9) * At the fingerpost, here, turn left and continue to walk along the narrow public pathway, which passes the

mill and a row of cottages. You will come to another fingerpost. Continue straight along the narrow treelined pathway until you reach its end, where it merges onto a road, which is Marsh Lane. 18. Passing paddocks to your right, and residential housing, proceed along the footpath until you reach a mini roundabout. At the roundabout, turn right onto Long Lane, and continue to walk along, passing Walters Close on the left, continuing straight ahead onto the unsurfaced track. 19. After a short distance, turn left at the junction following the wide track, keeping the hedge to your left and fields to your right, until you reach the corner, where you will see a metal gate. At the corner there is a small kissing gate to the left, and a marker post. Go through the kissing gate and continue along the grassy track through Farndon Meadows. At the end of the track you will see another small metal kissing gate. Proceed through the gate following a narrow pathway until you reach two rows of garages, where you emerge onto a road through a gap in a brick wall. 20. Once through the gap, turn right onto the footpath and after a short distance, almost immediately, turn left, crossing the road with caution, onto a grassy track. You will see directional signage to the right in the trees. 21. This path takes you through another meadow, following the path back to the picnic area and river where you began this delightful walk.



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North Notts People There are so many individuals across our region that making it wonderful place it is for us all to enjoy. We'll be meeting some of our locals to ask a few questions to get to know our fantastic North Notts people better. In this issue we meet Stephen Booth, a former journalist who works from his home in rural Notts. With over 19 crime thrillers, with the new one 'Drowned Lives' released in August this year. His work has seen him listed for the CWA Dagger awards in the UK four times, he has won the Dagger in The Library award and overseas in the USA he has twice won the Crime Novel of the year.

What is your earliest childhood memory? I only remember brief, vivid images. The earliest is of crossing a road with my mother, and my older brother crying because a wasp had landed on him. I can’t have been more than three. The next memory is my second day at primary school (not the first day, though apparently I hated it).

Which three words best describe you? Enquiring. Quiet. Reflective.

What was the last book you read?

Readers. I get a lot of messages from readers, but occasionally one writes to tell me that reading my books has changed their life or helped them through a difficult time. That makes everything worthwhile.

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why? I already have the job I dreamed of doing from the age of 12, and I wouldn’t swap it for anything else.

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

‘29 Seconds’ by T.M. Logan. He’s a terrific Nottinghamshire writer of psychological thrillers who was on a panel I chaired at a book festival recently.

The Old Plough at Egmanton. Good food, nice surroundings.

What is your favourite film?

A trip out into the Peak District, but somewhere away from the crowds.

‘Bladerunner’ (the original version with Harrison Ford).

What is the best gift you've ever received? A manual typewriter my parents bought me when I was about 14. It launched my professional writing career.

What skill would you like to master? I’ve starting learning to play guitar. I left it pretty late in life, so it’s a challenge!

What annoys you? Hypocrisy.


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What is your favourite way to spend a weekend?

Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you? I was once a director of an artificial insemination company. Management role only!

If you could go back in time, who would you visit and why? I’d go back less than 20 years to visit Douglas Adams. Such a clever, funny, visionary man that I was sorry never to meet him. Ironically, I was asked to sign some copies of ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ after he died.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Being able to fly. Doesn’t everyone say that?

What is the farthest you have been from home? An Australian book tour. So either Sydney or Melbourne.

What should every person try at least once in their life? Haggis!

Who has been your greatest inspiration? Mrs Parkinson – a teacher who used to read books to us at primary school. It was the last lesson of the week on a Friday, and I always went away inspired.

What is the best advice you've been given? - Did you take it? ‘Write what you know’ is common advice writers are given - and it’s nonsense.

What are you most looking forward to in life? I always look forward to getting the next idea down on paper, and there are still lots of them waiting for me to write.

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718 model range official fuel consumption (WLTP) (combined): 9.9-8.5 (28.5-33.2) COâ‚‚ emissions (NEDC equivalent): 210-180 g/km Figures are intended for comparability purposes. The fuel consumption you achieve under real life driving conditions and COâ‚‚ produced will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

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Made lifestyle magazine - Issue 12  

North Notts lifestyle magazine covering Bassetlaw (Retford and Worksop), Mansfield, Newark, Sherwood, Southwell, Bawtry and all the places a...

Made lifestyle magazine - Issue 12  

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