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The Civic Quarter — putting Mansfield back on the map Fantastic EXCITING TIMES: Paul Andrews.

New venue winning acclaim

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HE Civic Quarter in Mansfield has opened to great acclaim, with a series of major events already lined up.

Formerly the Lindhurst Rooms, within the Civc Centre on Chesterfield Road, the venue had been unused since the previous leaseholders pulled out around two years ago.

But now a new company, The Civic Quarter, has taken over the lease of the rooms, which can accommodate up to around 400 people. And boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard will be appearing at newly-opened The Civic Quarter on 2nd December, from 6.15pm Paul Andrews, from the company,

said: “This is an amazing space that is unique in this area. There simply is nothing like it in the Mansfield and Ashfield area. “We’ve already seen a great demand for The Civic Quarter to host parties, music events, sports events, conferences and much more. “It’s really exciting to be bringing this venue back to life, with new decor, furniture, bar and stage. We are planning on having a café here too.” And he added: “The feedback has been tremendous so far. It’s been really well received. I think the size of the space, plus the car parking, the location and the kitchen facilities, are really attracting people.” Entrepreneur Paul is the co-owner, with Diane Doran, of the multi-award-

CELEBRATIONS at the first major event at The Civic Quarter, the new venue inside Mansfield Civic Centre. See page 2 for details.

PAUL ANDREWS with mayor Kate Allsop inside The Civic Quarter.

winning Mansfield Manor Hotel, on the outskirts of Carr Bank Park in Mansfield. The pair have been working closely with Mansfield District Council to ensure that the new lease enables a viable future for The Civic Quarter, which could also house a new café for council staff who work within the Civc Centre itself. There had been plans to turn the former venue into offices, but Paul and Diane’s plans have been welcomed from the council itself. Kate Allsop, Mansfield’s mayor, said: “These rooms have been crying out to be used so it is fantastic that the new Civic Quarter is going to be there. “There’s nothing like it in the centre of Mansfield, and it is in an ideal location, with car parking too. It’s great to hear about the plans and see a company willing to invest time and energy into this project.” The venue will be looking to hire new staff, and people with suitable experience of working in venues should email info@civicquarter.co.uk.

line-up of future events

THE Civic Quarter is planning a whole host of great events that will attract people from Mansfield and further afield. From Northern Soul nights, to boxing, there will be something for everyone. Paul Andrews, from the Civic Quarter, said: “For the first time in a long time, a centre almost in the heart of Mansfield will be putting on events that will be the talk of the town. ‘In fact, we’re hoping that the venue becomes known further afield, helping to draw people into Mansfield. These certainly are exciting times.” A look at the diary shows the following events (some may change): December 2 Sugar Ray Leonard 3 Championship Boxing Show 5 MDC/Armchair Club Sports Awards 10 Northern Soul 31 New Years Eve January 14 Northern Soul 28 and 29 Mind Body & Spirit Fayre February 11 Northern Soul 18 & 19 Wedding Fayre 25 Championship Boxing March 6 Armchair Club 7 Rotary Club Courage Awards April 8 Steve Ward World Title Fight 14 to 16 Beer Festival 29 Championship Boxing p Please call The Civic Quarter on 01623 620257 for further details on the events.

Packing a punch at The Civic Quarter

BOXING legend Sugar Ray Leonard is coming to The Civic Quarter in Mansfield.

SPORTING legend Sugar Ray Leonard is coming to Mansfield — and you could hear him talk about his amazing career, both in the ring and as a broadcaster. From learning to box at the age of 14, Sugar Ray’s career includes three National Golden Gloves titles, two Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championships, the 1975 Pan-American Games crown, and a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Olympic Games. According to his website, he turned professional to help his family defer mounting medical bills incurred because of his father’s illness. Speed, power and charm turned him into a media favourite, even being dubbed the “new Muhammed Ali.” He won his first pro fight in 1977, at the age of 20, and he went on to defeat Wilfred Benetiz, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler, from whom Leonard won the world middleweight title. He also won world titles in the welterweight, junior middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight divisions and was the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes.

Now you can share an evening experience with one of the greatest boxers. Flying in from the USA, Sugar Ray will be at The Civic Quarter to spend the evening with people for an experience of a lifetime — a live audience talk and Q&A with the boxing legend. A £500pp VVIP ticket will see people seated on Sugar Ray Leonard’s table as his VVIP guest. The tickets also offers early entry at 6.15pm with a Champagne reception, allocated table seating with Sugar Ray and the best view in the room. VVIP guests, who will receive a boxing glove signed by Sugar Ray, can meet and greet him for a photograph, which will be beautifully framed in a specially-made display frame. VVIP tickets also include a delicious three-course meal and complimentary drinks on the night. The full entertainment package includes live entertainment, music, magic, games, raffles, live sports auctions, and a bar until midnight Other tickets start at £45pp. For more information, visit www.hspresents.com


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First event to honour swim stars a success

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T was an amazing first event in the new Civic Quarter. We were very honoured to have swimmers Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw, and their coach Glenn Smith, arriving to receive the Freedom of Mansfield District in recognition of their outstanding achievements at the Paralympics in Rio. It was truly amazing to watch all three inspirational figures receive their awards, watched by family, friends, and supporters. And it was great to hear them talk about the support they had from the people of this area. It takes dedication and talent to achieve dreams and it was an honour for The Civic Quarter to play a very small part in their story. The Civic Quarter was bedecked in style. A number of round tables

were beautifully-decorated, the bar was colourfully-lit, and there were two bands playing. We have had some great feedback about how the room looked, and how delicious the food was that was presented in a buffet style. This is exactly the sort of large event that no-one in Mansfield has been able to put on recently. All that has changed now. l Give us a call on 01623 620257 to book your event.


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Falling in love with Mansfield Manor Hotel

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fantastic wedding fayre has just been held at Mansfield Manor Hotel. The hotel is on the edge of Carr Bank Park and the event saw hundreds of people coming along to see what it has to offer.

As well as a tour of the hotel, and a glass of Prosecco, visitors were able to meet with a number of businesses all involved in making people’s special day that bit more special. From wedding car providers to photographers, and from hairdressers to cake makers and

centrepiece makers, the event helped people look at how they could make things perfect. Hotel general manager Demi Birks, who is also on the events team at The Civic Quarter, said: “It was a fantastic event. “We had great feedback and lots of people were really impressed with the stalls — and the venue, of course.” Lizzie Orridge, a photographer who attended the fayre, said: “It’s one of my favourite wedding fayres and one I will always support as the diary permits. “People who attend always like to use local suppliers. “Good luck to the Mansfield Manor team, as I know they are also behind The Civic Quarter.” The Civic Quarter is planning

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Book tickets for New Year’s Eve party at The Civic Quarter

WHAT promises to be the biggest and best New Year’s Eve party in Mansfield will take place at The Civic Quarter. Running from 7pm until 1am, the tickets are priced at £10 and include a hot roast turkey/beef/pork cob with fillings. There will a happy hour and drinks promotions, two bars and a free raffle. Music fans will love a Northern Soul theme, with DJs Ady Crampton, Doug Hall and Nottingham’s famous Rob Smith. It looks like the event will prove extremely popular, so book your tickets now. Call The Civic Quarter on 01623 620257.

BOXER Steve Ward with The Civic Quarter’s Connor Doran and Jordan Miles.

to host a wedding fayre itself on 18th and 19th February next year. Follow The Civic Quarter on Facebook to keep up to date with events.

You’re never too old...

LOOK who dropped by to see us at The Civic Quarter... Steve Ward. Steve is the oldest professional boxer in the world still competing on the world stage. He was first recognised as the world’s oldest professional boxer — at the age of 59 — in 2011, but lost that accolade to an American fighter. Ward, a cruiserweight, got the title back in a fight against Jody Meikle, a few years younger than himself, and he lost in the third round. After the fight though, an upbeat Ward told the media that the best man had won, but that he was delighted to have regained his world record. The Civic Quarter is looking forward to hosting a number of boxing events, which are sure to attract people from far and wide to Mansfield. Paul Andrews said: “Steve is a legend so it was great to see him when he called in to The Civic Quarter. “We hope to be able to put on a number of sports shows and competitions, so people really should watch this space.”

To see how we could be hosting your event call The Civic Quarter on 01623 620257


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Beautiful hotel where you will want to stay

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ANSFIELD Manor Hotel is the premier hotel in the area. It has won multiple awards and has become firmly established as the place of choice to stay when people are visiting Mansfield.

From business people to workmen; from stars appearing at Mansfield Palace Theatre to sporting legends; and couples celebrating anniversaries, Mansfield Manor Hotel is the place to stay. The hotel, a beautifully-restored Grade II-listed Georgian building that has 11 en-suite rooms, has hosted weddings, christenings, funeral gatherings, parties, conferences and more. As soon as you get to the front of the hotel and see its setting, next to the award-winning and carefully-maintained Carr Bank Park, you know you’re somewhere uniquely special. Step through the welcoming front door into a reception area and you will be greeted with a friendly welcome from the staff. The modern bar area to the right is a place of style and sophistication, while to the left the main rooms have an elegant decor. A further room, ac-

cessed along a hall that retains beautiful original tiling, offers more space for guests, while a sweeping staircase rises to rooms on the first floor. The whole hotel has undergone a huge refurbishment programme, from the decorating to the installation of new kitchen equipment and new furniture. And when you have enjoyed a lovely night’s sleep, a cooked breakfast can be made just for you. Outside, in the grounds of the park, there is also a wonderful, ornate bandstand. When it is draped in colour, and happy couples are saying their vows, it’s something special. And don’t forget, the staff are there to help you. They will be on hand to make sure your stay exceeds your expectations. From the owners to the night porter, nothing is too much trouble. You would have to go a long way to receive similar levels of customer service. So it’s no wonder that the hotel has become the number one venue in Mansfield for weddings and special occasions. Visit www.mansfieldmanorhotel.co.uk

MANSFIELD MANOR HOTEL is a beautifully-restored Grade II-listed Georgian building.

We’d love to marry you

WHEN people are looking for the perfect venue to host their wedding, and take a look around Mansfield Manor Hotel, they immediately fall in love with it. We are licensed for civil ceremonies and civil partnerships and we host wedding receptions. Our Wedding Ceremony room can accommodate 80 guests maximum, and the Wedding Breakfast Suite is comfortable with a maximum of 75 guests. If you need more space, consider using our marquee, which is beautifully draped inside, with chandeliers. Elegance and style are the hallmark of the hotel, and this comes through when people book their wedding with us. We want you to have your wedding exactly the way that you want it, and that’s why we work with you at every stage to ensure that your day has everything that you imagined. A dedicated wedding co-ordinator will work with you throughout the planning of your wedding day, helping you to organise everything. Ask us about suppliers, or the timings for the special day, or the arrangements for the wedding breakfast, and it will all be taken care of. But don’t just take our word for it. Delighted brides and grooms have taken the time to thank us for our work: p “Massive thank you for our wedding reception on Saturday. We could not have been happier with the service that we and our guests received. The day

Tips to help your day go without a hitch OUR Keera Scott, events manager, is the person people trust to help their event go as smoothly as possible. Here, she offers five top tips on how to make you special day be special.

THE ornate bandstand outside Mansfield Manor Hotel can be used for couples to take their vows. was organised while remaining flexible to meet our needs. Family and friends were all impressed with the venue, staff, catering and rooms; not to mention the beautiful grounds that the Manor enjoys. Many thanks to the staff who attended to us on the day and ensured we had everything we needed — also to the staff who supported us leading up to our special day. Thank you, Tanya and Gordon King.” p “We got married this year at the Mansfield Manor and are glad we did. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. Everyone had a complete blast. A special thank-you to Keera for organising everything. It was stress free and ended up with everything and more than we could have wished for. Thank you again, Terry and Vinessa.” p “I would like to thank everyone at Manor Hotel for mine and Lee’s wedding. It was everything we wanted and you could not do enough for us both.” And don’t forget, Mansfield Manor Hotel, working together with Mansfield District Council and Mansfield Register Office, has been granted a licence for the exclusive use of the bandstand within the wonderful Carr Bank Park. Brides and grooms will be able to make their vows inside the bandstand, with seating for guests below. Our wedding co-ordinators can dress the bandstand with drapes and voiles, ribbons and bows, flowers and trees, to fit the image that you would like to create for your special day. l Call us on 01623 452525 or visit www.mansfield manorhotel.co.uk

Keep it as simple as possible. The aim of your special day is to enjoy it and not become too stressed about whether people like everything you have done. For example, with menus, keep it simple. When you start adding in all sorts of different things, that’s when it becomes stressful. Don’t forget why you are getting married. This sounds obvious, but people can often get wrapped up in the wrong things. Obviously, they want things to be right but getting into heartache because of cupcakes, isn’t what you’re getting married for. Invite people as soon as you can. Some people will never get back to you, or will leave it until the last minute. Sending invitations out early gives you time to remind people — nicely — about the big day. After all, you don’t want to be spending money and then some people not turn up. Vet your suppliers. Take recommendations from people and really look into whether suppliers do what they say they will. Will the cake maker deliver what you want or will it look wrong on your big day? Will the DJ play music you want or will your first dance be to Frank Sinatra when you wanted Robbie Williams? Let venues know about any changes or additions. Are rooms being booked where a guest may not be able to access the room because there is no lift? Will a bouncy castle be turning up on the day? Think about the logistics of the day — is everything you want really achievable, or could you tweak things?


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