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December 2016

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THE 10 Mansfield RUFC under-15s girls who played for the regional NLD side were Lucy Harrop, Georgina Tasker, Louis Markland, Darcy Donaldson, Hannah Blake, Kendall Waudby, Emily Bingley, Amelia Banton, Cassie Lee and Katie Leach.

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TEN players from Mansfield RUFC’s under-15s girls’ squad won through Nottinghamshire/Lincolnshire/Derbyshire (NLD) trials at Southwell to play for the NLD against East Midlands and Leicestershire at Wellingborough RFC. Section manager Peter Haskell said: “This achievement marks another step forward by the girls’ section of Mansfield RUFC and reflects the hard work that has been put in by all the players and coaches of all the age groups over the past four years. “If any girl in school years four to 10 wants to come and try girls’ rugby at Mansfield, contact me at or visit www.mansfield for further details.”

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SHOPPERS in need of a rest when visiting Mansfield town centre will soon be able to take a seat. Mansfield BID (Business Improvement District) is working with Vision West Nottinghamshire College and Swinton Insurance on a Healthy High Streets scheme that will see shops and businesses offering a seat to people who need it, without any obligation to buy anything. The idea for Mansfield’s Take A Seat campaign came from Steve Martin, a customer services associate at Swinton Insurance, Leeming Street, who has seen similar initiatives in other town centres. Steve said: “The idea is about helping vulnerable people such as the disabled, pregnant women and the elderly, but really anyone can use it. “It means people can just go into somewhere advertising the poster and have a breather. “There are seats in the town centre, of course, but people may not always be near them when they need to stop.” Businesses will display a poster in their shop windows, highlighting the fact that they are participating in the initiative. Students at Vision West Notts have (Continued on page 23)

A MANSFIELD-BASED specialist interior fit-out company for the food, leisure and hospitality sector, Jephsons Shopfitters, stepped in to help the Christmas celebrations at Portland College. Thanks to Jephsons’ sponsorship, 1,500 individual lights have been placed on the fir tree at the top of the college drive on Nottingham Road, just outside Mansfield. Jephsons, which names Costa Coffee, KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut as customers, also paid for the installation of the lights, including the hire of a cherry-picker to reach the top of the 20-foot tree. Portland principal Dr Mark Dale said: “This is a fantastic act of generosity from Jephsons and it will make a massive difference to all of our learners, citizens and occasional users of our respite services.” Ian Jephson, commercial director for Jephsons, said: “Portland College has played a substantial and vital role in the education of many local people as well as disabled young people from across the country. “The college aims to give them the skills needed to lead a productive and independent life. If our sponsorship goes some small way to facilitating that aim, then we are very happy to support the college.”

PICTURED outside the centre are, from left, Simon Bustard, from IBI Group; Gary Hallam, from Wildgoose Construction; David Ralph; Dame Asha Khemka; director of capital projects Tom Stevens; the head of HE, Eleanor Taylor; and the chairman of governors, Nevil Croston.

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MANSFIELD’S first large-scale university centre has opened its doors to students — and was immediately hailed as a “beacon of aspiration” for local communities. The £6.5m Vision University Centre, at West Nottinghamshire College, has been created to improve access to higher education (HE) and plug the area’s skills gaps and productivity shortages. Part-funded by a £2.6m grant from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, the flagship facility means the college can grow its already-successful HE provision and work more closely with employers. As well as bringing affordable higher education closer to home, the centre will support employers by up-skilling their workforce, with courses designed around their needs, and create more higher apprenticeships. (Continued on page 2)

Magnificent seven honoured

FROM left: Bradley White; Brodie Colton; Dean Ferguson; Ella Rose Greatorex (pictured front); Cameron-Lei Ford; Jenna Turner (mother of Newark and Sherwood winner, Josh Turner); and George Dove; with Nottinghamshire County Council representatives, chairman Coun Yvonne Woodhead, second left; Coun Liz Plant, vice-chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, second right; and council leader Coun Alan Rhodes. PHOTO: Nottinghamshire County Council/Marlow Photography

THE achievements of seven young people were celebrated at the final of Nottinghamshire County Council’s 2016 4Uth Awards. More than 65,000 people took part through social media channels as part of this year’s annual youth awards, using the hashtag #4Uth, with more than 80 young people nominated for outstanding achievements. Seven district winners were recognised at an awards ceremony at County Hall, including Ashield’s Brodie Colton, (18), and Mansfield’s George Dove, (18), who were featured in last month’s NewsJournal. Brodie, of Meden Bank, Stanton Hill, was nominated by youth worker Eve Houldsworth for her campaigning work as a member of Quarrydale Young People’s Centre, which had been under threat of closure. George, of Ashfield Avenue, Mansfield, has campaigned for the charity JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when aged eight. The other winners were Bassetlaw’s Bradley White, (12), who is living an active life, despite a rare genetic condition; Broxtowe’s Dean Ferguson, (13), who won a national debate to highlight mental health issues; Gedling’s Cameron-Lei Ford, (15), the overall winner, who set up a community social enterprise related to gardening; Newark and Sherwood’s Josh Turner, (14), who helped save his mother after their house caught fire; and Rushcliffe’s Ella Rose Greatorex, (12), a young swimmer living with Cerebral Palsy.

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Dream comes true with shop opening MUM and daughter team Anne and Rebecca Wass have realised a dream by opening a new children’s boutique in Mansfield.

Jak & Daisy, on Regent Street, sells a hand-picked selection of clothing brands for young children, up to the age of six, and toys and gifts. Rebecca said the new shop was a dream come true for her and her mum. They used to work together in a Mansfield jewellery shop and Rebecca said: “It is something that my dad, Chris, wanted us to do together as he thought we would do well. “Sadly, he passed away in September but we have now opened the shop and so far so good. “In fact, we have been overwhelmed by the support of people in Mansfield who have come in and had a look at what we offer. “We have items to suit all budgets and some nice brands. “We don’t think there is anything like it nearby and so we are determined we will be a success.” Anne added: “Both Rebecca and I share an aim to bring

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ANNE and Rebecca Wass outside their new shop.

Sarah Nelson, manager of the Mansfield BID (Business Improvement District) welcomed the new independent shop to the town centre.

She said: “Rebecca and Anne are already proving to be a team dedicated to offering something different, something new to shoppers in Mansfield town centre. “The BID wishes them well in their new venture.” People can visit the shop at 20 Regent Street, or visit the website

taken over by the team that runs the successful Mansfield Manor Hotel. Ambitious plans include putting the town on the map with events that people would travel to Mansfield to attend. Already, an evening with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard has been secured for December and Northern Soul Discos will be returning. Highly-respected Mansfield-based boxing promoter Roger Brotherhood is also intending to use the venue to bring championship boxing back to the town centre.

The Civic Quarter will be open for conferences, meetings, parties and weddings. Enquires can be made to 07480 969468. To enter our competition to win one of the pairs of tickets to the New Year’s Eve party, tell us the new name of the venue inside Mansfield Civic Centre? Send your entry to Mansfield and Ashfield NewsJournal, New Year’s Eve party Competition, Mansfield Business Centre, Ashfield Avenue, Mansfield, NG18 2AE or e-mail competi before 20th December. p SEE centre pages for fourpage special report on The Civic Quarter.

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(Continued from page 1) Currently, the college has almost 450 university-level students on courses ranging from higher national certificates (HNCs) and higher national diplomas (HNDs) to foundation degrees and full-honours degrees. In addition, it has 100 adult learners on Access to Higher Education courses, which prepare them for higher-level study, and a further 200 students working towards professionally-certified qualifications in accounting, personnel and development, marketing, and purchasing and supply, which they study on day-release at college while in employment. The building, at the Derby Road campus, aims to accommodate an extra 600 higher-level students over the next three years, including higher apprentices and employees attending specialist one-day masterclasses and professional development programmes. College principal and chief executive Dame Asha Khemka said: “This is a truly momentous occasion for Mansfield and Ashfield. Vision University Centre will bring higher education to people’s doorsteps like never before, while serving as a vital hub for businesses to access highly-trained talent or up-skill their current workforce. “By inspiring people to become qualified at a higher level, we hope to bring more good-quality, well-paid jobs to the area, and boost productivity, which will benefit businesses, individuals and communities. The appetite is there — now we have the facilities to match. “Having locally-accessible higher education has been a long-held community ambition, and bringing a large-scale university centre to Mansfield has been my mission since joining the college more than a decade ago. “Everyone connected with the college is delighted this dream has finally been realised. “This iconic centre will serve as a beacon of aspiration and is needed to address the traditionally low participation rates in higher education and higher-level skills.” David Ralph, chief executive of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Providing access to higher-level skills for potential employees of the area’s businesses is vital for building the economy and job numbers, allowing all communities to share in prosperity. “That is why we are investing significant time and resources in skills and training development, including through capital investment schemes that create leading facilities, such as Vision University Centre at West Nottinghamshire College.”


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Girl stars in new StoryBear video Report by Tim Morriss A MANSFIELD schoolgirl is the face of an advertising campaign for a new educational teddy bear created by a Nottinghamshire couple.

Freya Leigh, (6), of Hillsway Crescent, stars in a video for StoryBear and also sings jingles. StoryBear tells customised stories and has nursery rhymes and lullabies for children. It has been devised by entrepreneurs Philip and Dawn Hill, of Bleasby, who have a background of professional audio for telecom business. Phil said: “We have branched out to develop this fantastic little teddy bear, called StoryBear, who comes complete with a professionally-produced customised story for every child. “It’s using really great technology that we have developed and allows customers to order a bear and have a full 12-minute custom story with the child’s full and first name throughout. “There is nothing like it in the world. It’s a great product, especially for parents looking to buy fun, but educational gifts for their young children.” The couple approached Claire Bower, principal of Razzamataz Theatre Schools in Mansfield and Nottingham, for a youngster to front their promotional video. Claire’s daughter, Freya, took on the role and the High Oakham School pupil loved it. Claire said: “Freya had so much fun recording for StoryBear. She is very excited to be receiving her own bear soon.” PHILIP and Dawn Hill.

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FREYA Leigh stars in a promotional video for the new StoryBear. Philip and Dawn own MOHPlayer, which specialises in producing hold-messages — the message or song people hear when put on hold after calling a business. Philip, (54), said: “A friend in America has a bear that sings customised nursery rhymes. “We thought the concept could be taken a lot further, to include fully-customised stories, which is where our audio production business came in.” The plush bear is fitted with a Bluetoothlinked MP3 player and is designed to look semi-intellectual with glasses and a book, to encourage youngsters to read. The customised stories can be narrated in a British, Australian or American accent by professional voice actors. Go to for more information and to order a bear. People wanting to buy a bear will be prompted to enter a child’s full name, a customised message, and to choose a particular audio story. The StoryBear will be delivered by post and buyers will receive an email with the customised story, which can be uploaded to the bear. It costs £49.99, including delivery, for the bear, a 12-minute customised story and lullaby. The first 1,000 bears will receive a first edition certificate with their name on to show they were among the first batch of StoryBears.

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Reverse advent calendar appeal A COMMUNITY cause is urging people to take part in a Christmas appeal with a difference. Ladybrook Enterprises Ltd, a Mansfield charity that helps people in the area, wants residents to join its reverse advent calendar initiative. It is asking people to place an unwanted item into a box at home or at work every day in December up to Christmas Eve. The charity is appealing for items that would benefit members of the community or the cause, including non-perishable food for its community food-share project, unwanted toys, clothing, household goods or books for its lowcost charity shop, raffle prizes for fundraising or items to reduce its running costs, such as paper, black bags and stationery. Boxes can be taken to Ladybrook Community Centre (William Kaye Hall) on Christmas Eve, when people are invited to have a free mince pie and coffee as a thank-you. For more information or to get involved, call 01623 624208 or email ladybrookcommunity

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A HOMEBUILDER has raised money for a charity that helps the elderly in Mansfield and Ashfield. Westerman Homes, which is currently developing its Larwood Park site, off Sutton Road and Wentworth Road, Kirkby, handed over AB Waste, which has operated a skip hire and a cheque for £1,111 to the waste management service for 20 years from Jigsaw Support Scheme. its Mansfield Woodhouse site, has taken over The funds were raised by its local competitor, ICS Waste Management, the builder from the sale Mansfield. of furniture during a showIt has completed the asset purchase of home refurbishment. the firm following discussions over several Julie Whitehouse, marmonths. keting and sales manager That includes adding additional vehicles to at Westerman Homes, was its growing fleet of trucks, the material recyc- invited to attend one of ling facility in Mansfield, full skip stock and the weekly Jigsaw Friends machinery. lunches to meet some of the A spokesman said: “AB Waste has welcomed people who use Jigsaw and the ICS staff and customers with enthusiasm to make the presentation. and believe we all have a great opportunity to The charity was chosen by achieve a promising future and service for the the developer as it is local to region. the Larwood Park develop“AB Waste can now boast of having two ment. material recycling facilities on each side of Along with its Jigsaw Mansfield to enhance its ability to offer an Friends lunches, which also improved efficient route planning, customer include outings throughout the year, the charity has a

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Helping migrants VOLUNTEERS at Bridge Street Methodist Church, Mansfield, sent rucksacks and care packages, including candles, wind-up torches, hats, socks and gloves, to give to migrants in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp. A team from the church also worked at the French camp.

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Improving the quality of life SCORES of residents attended two free fun events in Ashfield and had a say on the type of new activities they would like introduced to help improve the health and general wellbeing of people in the area.

The events were run at Summerhouse Children’s Centre on the Leamington estate in Sutton and Abbey Hill Primary on Kirkby’s Coxmoor estate. They gave people a chance to pick up tips and information about available support as well as taste healthy food and play games outdoors. Organisations including Age UK, Ashfield Homes, Dental Hygiene, Everyone Active, Inspire Culture and Sure Start had stalls. Those attending were invited to say what type of activities they would like to have available with options offered including arts and crafts, beginners’ sport sessions, chair-based exercise, healthy eating and cookery classes, and walking groups. The free fun sessions were run in partnership by Ashfield District Council’s Locality

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and Community Empowerment Team, SelfCare Hub, Self Help Nottinghamshire and Ashfield Community Partnership. They were the start of a new Help Your Health project, designed to get people more active and more involved in their local communities to improve mental and physical health and help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. Nottinghamshire County Council community safety officer Vicky Cropley said: “We were very pleased with how the events went. Most adults seemed to take some information away from at least one of the stalls, which was really good to see, and most were willing to complete the survey. Children loved the outdoor activities that were provided and everyone liked the free food.” Ashfield district councillor Jim Aspinall, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “It was wonderful to see so many people at the fun events and making their views on activities known. “This partnership work is part of Ashfield District Council’s drive to help improve the quality of life across the district.” More at


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Capital date for runner backing Forces charity WHEN Clipstone man Wayne Swiffin took up running in January 2016, he had the goal of running just a mile or two without stopping to catch his breath.

But he now has his sights set much higher after he was selected to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017. He will be running on behalf of the Royal British Legion, which provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community, serving men and women, veterans, and their families. Wayne, who has since completed a number of 5km and 10km races and has taken part in a half-marathon, entered the public ballot to run in the London Marathon 2017, but didn’t get through. He then submitted an application to the British Legion for a charity place. Wayne has carried out PR work on behalf of the British Legion in the past, helping to secure national and international press coverage when Britain’s last First World War veteran, Harry Patch, launched Somerset’s Poppy Appeal. Wayne, who owns Mansfield-based Mandatum Public Relations, said: “It’s a daunting challenge and one that will test both physical and mental toughness, but you have to set yourself goals. “Harry Patch was an inspiration, and when you think of the sacrifices given by men and women in the service of this country, running just over 26 miles in London is no comparison.

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AN RSPB-led consortium has submitted a planning application to Newark and Sherwood District Council for a new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest. The consortium successfully won a bid in August last year as part of a procurement process organised by Nottinghamshire County Council to design and build the new centre and manage Sherwood Forest Country Park and National Nature Reserve, from early 2018. If approved, the proposed work would see a modern facility built at a site agreed by the county council, at Forest Corner, Edwinstowe. This would be followed by the removal of the current visitor centre and car parks. That site would be returned to nature.

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WAYNE Swiffin is to run the London Marathon for the Royal British Legion. “Over the years, I have A dedicated website is interviewed armed forces being launched so people personnel who carry battle can keep up with Wayne’s scars either on their bodies training, and there is the or in their minds. This is just @Legion_Runner Twitter one thing I can do to help in account and The Legion a very small way.” Runner Facebook page. A fundraising page Wayne has secured the has been set up at http:// first in what he hopes will be a number of corporate WayneSwiffin for individuals sponsors. to sponsor Wayne. The first is JRB Any companies that want Accountancy, which is based at the Mansfield iCentre and to sponsor him should call him 07854 689914 or email provides tailored accountwayneswiffin@mandatumpr. ing solutions to a range of clients.

TWO friends have set up their own micro-brewery in Mansfield Woodhouse. Dave Vann and Phil Scotney, of Mansfield, bought the rights to Prior’s Well Brewery — previously at Clumber Park — and moved it to a unit on Old Mill Lane Industrial Estate. Dave, a former pub manager, and Phil spent six months learning the art of brewing with the brewery’s former owner Rob Neal, who still runs Maypole Brewery, Eakring. As well as supplying local pubs, the duo have also opened a bar in the industrial unit, including pub chairs and tables. The bar is open on Thursday and Fridays, from 2.30pm to 7.30pm. It sells their own brews and a locally-produced cider, lager and wine. Prior’s Well, which has around six different beers, from a dark-ruby ale to American India pale ales, is producing around 1,400 pints a week. That total could be doubled during busier periods. Mansfield pubs stocking its beers include The Railway Inn, the Olde White Lion Inn, The Brown Cow and town centre JD Wetherspoon pubs. Email news items to

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Couple launch new birthday voucher idea Report by Tim Morriss AN entrepreneurial Sutton couple have launched a unique new venture aimed at both local businesses and local people.

My Birthday Vouchers offers the chance for firms to make discount vouchers available to people close to their birthdays. The online vouchers could contain special offers in areas like food, beauty, days out and much more. Managing director James Phipps and his partner, operations director Emma Brewster, have both given up their jobs to launch the business, which was born in a discussion at a pub. James, who has been in retail management for the past 12 years, and Emma were celebrating a relative’s birthday at the Kingsmill Farm in Sutton. He said: “I noticed a sign saying ‘Free cake if it’s your birthday’. “It got me thinking that it was a great idea but I had to be in that establishment to see the offer, or had visited it before — so My Birthday Vouchers was born! “Also, with the media focus around Brexit and the worry for small businesses moving forward and the high street in general, I wanted to start an online business that created additional footfall, turnover and support for these businesses in the future.” The vouchers will be available for a total of 15 days (seven days either side of birthdays). All people have to do to receive them is sign up free at The couple said businesses would benefit from being able to provide offers targeted at individuals rather than the mass market. Those celebrating their birthdays would receive potentially better deals than similar national schemes. James grew up in Forest Town and attended Garibaldi School, while Emma, who worked at Center Parcs for nine years, is a lifelong Sutton resident and went to Quarrydale School. The couple, who have four children, aim to move the business in to a local regional office soon. James said: “There are a number of successful voucher websites operating online. I wanted to create something different that was

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p SIX students from Joseph Whitaker School, Rainworth,have won through to the UK final of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition in Birmingham next year after success in the regional heats. Alex Taylor, Jack Needham, Callum Hind, Joe Kibble, Hannah Jackson and Alexandrea Hopkin-Spratt from years nine, 10, 11 and the sixth-form impressed with their rocket car launch and timing system that allows primary and secondary school students to design and launch their own rocket cars.

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“It was a pleasure for us to provide two first-team Mansfield Town players as VIP guests, who assisted the head in presenting awards to students.” l Pictured above, from left, are Jamie McGuire; students Crystal Campbell and Ryan Guy; and Rhys Bennett.

SIXTH-FORM students from the Samworth Church Academy, Mansfield, helped Miss Aimee Richmond lead an arts workshop at Wynndale Primary School, Mansfield. They helped to produce masks, designed to fit in with a topic on Africa. The Year 12 Samworth students were Bethany Dixon, Holly Benn, Amelia Knight, Ina Karklina, Abigail Nicholls, Cherece Baker, Kineisha Pointon, Chloe Tomlinson and Amelia Knight. Pupils learned about symmetry, pattern and

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Harvesting for a foodbank OAK Tree Primary School, Mansfield, pupils collected food that was handed over to charity at a celebratory Harvest Festival in a school assembly. The school wanted the food to go to a cause to make a difference, and contacted its local Tesco store for help. Tesco works in partnership with Sherwood Forest Foodbank, which sup-

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TEACHERS-UK surprised two Meden School students with a Mansfield Town Football Club signed football and T-shirt during the Warsop school’s annual awards evening. Students were rewarded for their attitude to learning and achievements across many subjects and disciplines at the event at the John Fretwell Centre, Sookholme. Special guests were Stags players Jamie McGuire and Rhys Bennett, who presented the awards. Sandra Mayfield, of Teachers-UK, an education recruitment specialist based at Mansfield’s I-Centre, said they were delighted to play a role in the evening. “Teachers UK was proud to sponsor Meden School Awards Evening 2016,” she said. “It highlighted the talents and overall performance and achievements of Meden students.

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Digital Dragons’ den CREATIVE solutions to some of society’s biggest issues, from obesity to unemployment, were devised by computer science students at Vision West Nottinghamshire College as part of a nationwide competition. A group of 30 students on the BTEC Level 3 in Software Development took on digital-related challenges and presented their concepts to a Dragons’ Den of industry experts. The competition was part of Digital Day 2016 — a national initiative that saw digital professionals head back to school or college for the day, to inspire students and give them an insight into careers in the sector. Mansfield-based digital marketing agency Dijitul was assigned as the college’s industry partner. Director Dave Hartshorne gave a talk about his company and the sector, before students worked on their ideas in mixed year groups.

Six teams presented their concepts to Dave and fellow ‘Dragons’ Sarah Nelson, manager of Mansfield BID; Wayne Swiffin, owner of Mandatum PR; Candice Dean, digital marketing executive at Confetti Media Group; and Steve McAlone, the college’s head of creative industries and digital technologies. Winning group ABCD — Matthew Johnson, Louie Shirley, Jake Dolby, Ryan Eason, all 16, and Matt Knaggs, 18, — came up with an idea for a mobile phone app called Recruit Me, to help people find work by notifying users of job vacancies that matched their skills and experience. Matthew, from Sutton, said: “It was a tough test but we worked really hard as a team.” Trudi Dean, curriculum manager for computer science, said: “Students were inspired by the tasks and showed they can put their learning into practice in ‘real-world’ settings.”

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A PILOT scheme to upskill technicians in the motor vehicle industry is being rolled out by the college to leading automotive retailer Pendragon Plc. Ten apprentices from the company are studying for a Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principals at the college’s state-of-the-art Engineering Innovation Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. The college’s head of business development, James Godsell, said: “We are looking forward to building on this apprenticeship and welcoming further groups from Pendragon Plc to our specialist engineering campus.”

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A GROUP of 16 students from a range of curriculum areas at the college signed up for a six-week horse riding programme — with some of them getting on to the saddle for the first time. The initiative was part of Sportivate, a national project designed to get 11 to 25-year-olds taking part in sporting activities. Students went to Fairview Farm Equestrian Centre, Ravenshead, where they were taught how to mount a horse, steer, start, stop, trot, canter and do basic jumps. The college secured more than £2,800 funding through Sportivate to pay for the sessions, which were delivered via Sport Nottinghamshire.

Hayley Willett, instructor at Fairview Farm, said: “Many of this group have been learning riding skills from scratch and they have really enjoyed their lessons. Many of them have decided to set up their own riding club after the six sessions.” A-Level student Sarah Maqbool, 19, said: “We’ve started to learn a bit about the equipment a horse needs for riding and I’ve enjoyed getting to know more people here who I wouldn’t normally see at college.” Future Sportivate-funded sessions could include kayaking, raveminton (glow-in-the-dark badminton, using UV light) and gymnastics.


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AS part of UK Construction Week, Edwinstowe-based construction company Robert Woodhead Ltd joined 50 students from All Saints’ Academy, Mansfield, as they were coached by players from Mansfield Town FC. Woodhead Education, one of the company’s specialist construction teams, is working on a £280,000 project to the enhance the school, replacing external windows and doors, as well as remedial work and new lighting. Woodhead has been working alongside electrical partner contractor Lukes & Godwin to complete the project, which was procured through the East Mid-

lands Property Alliance (empa) framework. Lukes & Godwin company director Steve Middleton, who is also a director at the football club, invited members of the team. Stags striker Danny Rose and defender Rhys Bennett, plus mascot Sammy Stag, taught football skills and took part in a question-and-answer session. The event was part of the two companies’ commitment to the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and to provide opportunities for young people to learn new skills. Robert Woodhead Ltd is an associate member

of the CCS and empa is a client partner. Woodhead site manager Chris Strazd said: “The work we have done will improve the students’ experience this winter with new windows and doors improving the warmth and energy-efficiency of the building. “It’s important to us at Woodhead to make sure we have an impact on the community we work with.” The Stags also supplied 60 tickets for a match for pupils and teachers. A Mansfield Town spokesman said: “This visit will act as a launching pad for many more

Prestigious achievement THE Samworth Church Academy, Mansfield, was presented with membership to a prestigious global network in the Swiss Alps. King Constantine, the president of Round Square, a worldwide network of innovative schools in 40 countries across five continents, made the award at Aiglon College, Switzerland. Samworth head girl Heather Bacon; head boy Steven Bridges; deputy head boy Richard Ellis; deputy head girl Eka Dare; Mrs Angela Owen, the school’s Round Square representative; and principal Mr Barry Found spent six days at the network’s international conference.

The college-base enabled the group to explore local places of interest, help to create a sustainable footpath and hike to 2,000m in the Swiss Alps. The conference aimed to provide pupils and staff with time to consider how everyone can make a difference for the greater good. During the week the group heard how Sir Jackie Stewart battled with dyslexia at school; how rural Indian women are being given the opportunity to train as solar power engineers; from Ben Saunders, a British polar explorer who successfully crossed the Antarctic in the steps of Captain Scott; and Colonel Al Wordon, an astronaut who travelled to the moon in Apollo 15. Pupils took part in a poetry workshop with British poet Mark Grist. l RIGHT: Heather Bacon, Steven Bridges, Richard Ellis, Eka Dare, Mrs Angela Owen and Mr Barry Found.

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The Big Friendly Read was held by Inspire for Nottinghamshire County Council at libraries across the county. More than 10,690 children took part in the annual challenge — including 1,115 across Mansfield and 1,412 in Ashfield — that aims to encourage youngsters to keep reading over the summer by completing six library books of their choice during the school holidays The Big Friendly Read marked the 100year anniversary of the birth of author Roald Dahl, who penned The Big Friendly Giant among other popular books. The challenge gave children the chance to discover new authors and talk to others about the books they had read. More than 5,000 children attended reading challenge activities in the county’s libraries over the summer. Inspire marked the success of this year’s challenge at Mansfield Library, when chil-

dren were presented with certificates from Coun Pauline Allan, vice-chairman of the council’s Culture Committee. The event also recognised the 74 Summer Reading Challenge volunteers who supported the challenge in libraries by listening to children talk about books. Author Andy Seed, 2015 winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, appeared. Coun John Knight, committee chairman for culture, said: “I am delighted at the success of this year’s challenge — a fantastic result for everyone involved, especially all the avid young readers who took part. “Some of the feedback we received highlights how this year’s Roald Dahl-themed challenge captured children’s imaginations.”

AUTHOR Andy Seed with, from left, Eleanor Dobson, (10), of Arnold; Iris Hafeli-Barton, (9), of Ravenshead; Scarlett Holloway, (7), of Mansfield Woodhouse; and Edward Markwick, (8), of Bingham.

Making a difference in the county FROM reducing loneliness for older people and providing debt advice, to funding Paralympic athletes and supporting people with mental health issues, a major new report has highlighted how Nottinghamshire County Council’s Grant Aid programme helped thousands of people. The Grant Aid Annual Review 2015-16 featured work funded by 210 grants, worth £1.7m, to mainly community and voluntary sector organisations and individuals. It was part of a £5m three-year package of

grant aid funding committed by the council up to 2018. An estimated 109,200 people directly benefited from grant-aid funded activities and services last year — around 14% of the population of Nottinghamshire. Groups were awarded three-year grants, covering 2015-18. In 2015/16 that included spending on: l Children and families, play and youth services — £351,500.

l Information, advice and support services — £461,900. l Connected communities — £270,600. l Community transport — £204,000. l Promoting independence — £189,350. l Sport — £24,856. Coun Joyce Bosnjak, chairman of the Grant Aid Sub-Committee, said: “It gives me pride that Grant Aid funded projects are touching the lives of so many residents every year, often making a huge difference to some of the most vulnerable in our communities.”

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It said the upgrade was necessary because much of the equipment had neared the end of its useful life. Work to replace the old system began in September 2015 and included: l Replacing some cameras with new high-definition technology. l Erecting wireless signal poles in some parks and open spaces l Refurbishing the control

room with energy-efficient split-screen monitors, a new IT system and a new digital recording technology. The new wireless system offers CCTV security in previously hard-to-reach areas and demonstrates better quality images. The refurbished CCTV headquarters are manned 24/7 by operators who work with staff at Mansfield Police Station. Live pictures can be sent to the police control room and the CCTV operators also have police radios. The council is now offering businesses, schools and other councils a CCTV mon-

itoring and data management service. Mansfield mayor Kate Allsop (pictured) said: “We have invested in the next generation of CCTV security for the district with live monitoring 24/7 and our dedicated team play a vital part in preventing crime and keeping our communities safe. “Businesses can really benefit from our investment as the council’s experienced officers can monitor buildings or land on their behalf.” For more information go to or contact Elaine Quince at or 01623 463085.

AS part of its market transformation project, Mansfield District Council is hosting street entertainment on the Market Place to entertain shoppers on the last Saturday of each month. It is appealing to businesses to sponsor the events. Portfolio holder for corporate services Stewart Rickersey said: “The Covent Garden entertainers in previous months have been well received by the public and so we encourage local businesses to sponsor future acts to help us in our efforts to drive footfall to the town centre.” To find out more about what’s on at Mansfield Market, go to www.mansfield or to sponsor an act email or call 01623 463376.

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MANSFIELD District Council has signed the Dying To Work Voluntary Charter, part of the TUC’s wider Dying To Work campaign which aims to help employees who become terminally ill at work. It gives terminally ill workers a protected period where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition.

Market-help initiative grows new stalls FIVE new stalls have been launched at Mansfield Market after they were accepted on to a district council incubation stalls scheme. A market trader guru said it was breathing new life into the market. Keeley Flint, who ran a ladies’ fashion stall in Mansfield for 16 years, said: “What Mansfield is doing to bring new life into the market is fantastic. “Nowhere I know of in Britain is offering incubation stalls backed up with training. “Without the nurturing you would not see the new businesses and you would have empty stalls.”

New traders who take incubation stalls are able to trade rent-free for 12 months and get training from Keeley, of How To Start A Market Stall. The new stalls are: The Juice Doctor, which makes fruit smoothies; Sweet Temptations, selling authentic Mexican food and Mexican sweetbreads; The Jewellery Chamber, selling handmade bespoke jewellery; The Dumpling Shack, selling Jamaican-inspired deep-fried dumplings; and Lollypoplips Cosmetics, selling make-up for all occasions and beauty products. They joined a shoe stall, run by Lori Clarke and Mark Roberts, which started trading

via the incubation scheme in the summer. They have been running six stalls on the market on Tuesdays. “Our stalls have added a lot to the market,” said Mark, who returned to market trading in the town after a gap of eight years. “The incubation scheme is a good idea.” Alejandra Cerón, who is running Sweet Temptations, said she was bringing the authentic taste of Mexico to Mansfield. “This is food that is not seen very often in Britain,” said Alejandra, who has lived in Mansfield for 12 years. “Usually what you get here is

Tex Mex food, which is different from real Mexican food.” Tony Wilson, who is running The Dumpling Shack, is also bringing an exotic flavour to the market. His Caribbean dumplings, filled with curried mutton and chicken and seasoned vegetables, have been inspired by food that his Jamaican mother cooked. “The incubation stall is a brilliant idea,” he said. Joyce Chambers is hoping her jewellery stall will develop into doing bespoke and bridal ranges. “The training was helpful in terms of the different ways to set up a stall,” she said.


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Monte Carlo or bust for three fundraisers THREE friends from Mansfield Woodhouse raised £1,479 for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance by taking part in Europe’s longest banger rally. The Monte Carlo or Bust Rally sees competitors buy a car for less than £300 and then hit Europe’s greatest roads in a bid to travel to Monte Carlo in three days. Along the way there are daily challenges to complete, both on and off the road. The team — Bryan Murfin, Will Thompson and Chris Chadbourne — bought an old Audi A4 1.6. They dressed in black suits with chequered ties in reference to ska band Two Tones and their car was

donned with a matching black and white chequered band. They called themselves the Three Tones. Chris said: “We decided to do this trip for fun but thought, how about raising money for a charity. “We decided to support the air ambulance as we are all motorbikers and scooter riders.” On the first day they travelled from Saint Quentin to Dijon and on the following day made their way to Turin, before reaching Monte Carlo — covering 2,250 miles in three days. The fundraisers came 10th out of 85 cars. Air ambulance chief executive Karen Jobling said: “Thank you to Bryan, Will and Chris for

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THE Inner Wheel Club of Mansfield made a donation to Water Aid after listening to a presentation by John Bendall about the charity that is helping to transform millions of lives by improving access to safe water, toilets and hygiene through the provision of a tap or a well. He is pictured receiving the donation at the meeting at Portland College from international service organiser Carol HydeBarker, who arranged a fundraising event. The club has supported Water Aid for many years.

a greeting on behalf of the district committee, said Warsop was a fantastic and growing club. Warsop Rotary Club president Tim Bowyer passed on its greetings. A candle to the past was lit by Sharon Smith, the club’s immediate past president. One of the newest members, Joy Brealey, thanked members for making her welcome, while lighting a candle for the future. International service officer Christine Fretwell lit a candle to wish clubs around the world a happy and bright future. Entertainment was provided by Lily Taylor-Ward, who Gloria first heard singing to her 94-year-old father-in-law, George, at a Royal British Legion celebration. Lily, who is studying for a degree in musical theatre at the London College of Music, sang a range of musical hits, including operatic pieces. Sue Pasierb and Christine

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MANSFIELD Museum is to hold a Christmas Market for an 11th year — and attractions this year include performances by 521 Singers and an event supporting the White Ribbon Campaign’s festive shoebox appeal. The free market, on Thursday 1st to Saturday, 3rd December, from 10am-4pm, will include more than 40 stalls featuring the work of local craftspeople. The 521 Singers will be performing at 11.30am and 1.30pm on the Thursday and Saturday, and at noon and 2pm on the Friday. On Friday 2nd there is a chance to find out more about the White Ribbon Campaign, from 10am to 3pm, at a Mansfield District Council event. Donations for the campaign can be left at the museum throughout the market. People are asked to fill a shoebox with items that will help people who have been forced to leave their home after suffering abuse. Suggested items include toiletries such as shower gel, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, new underwear, make-up, feminine products and slipper socks. Items for children could include soft toys, sweets, crayons and colouring books.

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THE Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society is holding a public open evening at its Coxmoor Road observatory in Sutton on Saturday, 10th December. Visitors can view the night sky through its main 24-inch telescope, housed in its observatory dome, and look at other deep-sky objects through smaller portable telescopes on the society’s external telescope pad. Members will guide people around the night sky, pointing out the different stars and constellations. There will be themed talks throughout the evening, a chance to “listen to space” through radio astronomy equipment, and a good chance to spot a meteor from the Geminid Meteor Shower, which is reaching its peak activity (possibly 120 meteors every hour). Activities for children will include a quiz and a chance to “make a crater”. If the weather is cloudy, the event will still go ahead. Gates open at 6.45pm. Admission is £5 for over-16s, £1 for under-16s who must be accompanied by an adult. Go to for details of the event, group visits and night-school courses or call 01623 552276.

Students set to take to the stage IT’S the turn of performing arts students at West Nottinghamshire College to stage their own productions throughout December.

On Thursday, 1st December, Year 2 acting students will perform Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Oedipus. A physical theatre take on the classic Greek text, it will tell the story of King Oedipus, who solved the riddle of the sphinx to free the city of Thebes and become king. On Tuesday 6th, Years 1 and 2 musical theatre students are to stage two performances. Act one, There’s No Business Like Showbusiness, will feature songs from Broadway classics, including Oklahoma and The Sound Of Music. The second act, called Extracts From Elegies, includes extracts from contemporary songs about people living with AIDS. On Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th HND performing arts year two students’ directing showcase includes Haunting Julia and Old Times. Haunting Julia is a tale of an old university room converted into a shrine to a musical prodigy who died young.

Church’s events

THE LIFE Church, which meets at South Mansfield Community Centre, Mansfield, at 10,30am each Sunday for a service open to all, is staging Christmas events. They include a carol service on Christmas Eve at 5pm; a Christmas family service on Sunday 18th at 10.30am that will include a children’s Nativity and be followed by a Christmas party; and Christmas In The Café, an event at the YMCA Café, Bellamy Road, which will include mince pies, Father Christmas, presents and a Gospel message from 2.30pm..

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Andy, who knew Julia, is asked to visit the shrine by her mother, who can’t let go. Things take a dark turn when noises and voices are heard as a medium is enlisted to help. Old Times by Harold Pinter is a tale of long lost friends to lovers and rivalry. On Thursday 13th, BA Applied Studies theatre students are to perform an innovation piece. All shows start at 7pm. Tickets cost £4 and can be purchased from the Create Theatre box office by visiting www.createtheatre. or calling 01623 413363. l THE theatre is hosting classic children’s music theatre production The Snow Queen, to be staged by Little Pixie Productions, on 4th December, at 2pm.

TWO of Mansfield’s well-known singing groups are combining for a charity concert in aid of the Stroke Association, promising “an evening of magical music.” Mansfield Male Voice Choir (pictured above) and The Singers will perform at St Philip Neri Church, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, on Saturday, 10th December, at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £7. Call 0115 8712469, email or visit for further details and tickets.

Christmas with our Cantamus

MANSFIELD’S famous girls’ choir Cantamus, which will celebrated 50 years in 2018, has three festive dates in December. It will take part in Heralding Christmas at Southwell Minster, on Saturday, 10th December, at 7.30pm. The following day the girls will be at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield, for Christmas With Cantamus, at 7.30pm. The choir will sing in Carols By Candelight at St Mark’s Church, Mansfield, on 23rd. Tickets for all concerts are £15, email or call 07519 326180 for details.

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EVENTS Thursday 1st Card craft, New Cross Community Church, Sutton, 10am, £4 per session, weekly. Mingle, New Cross Community Church, Sutton, cuppa and chat £1, weekly. Book Club, 281 Rooms And Restaurant, Mansfield, 7pm. Free Dance School - In To The Streets, Clipstone Village Hall, 6.15pm-7.45pm, 5-15 years. Every Thursday. Dance includes street, break-dancing, freestyle and more. Call 07703 767262 or 01623 456827 or visit Facebook page. Mansfield Museum Christmas Market, 10am-4pm, free, see p15. Self-Guided Christmas Trail, Rufford Country Park, 10.30am3.30pm, £1, daily until 23rd December. Santa’s Grotto, Rufford Country Park, 11am-4pm, £5, daily until 23rd December. Santa’s Grotto, Sherwood Forest Country Park, 10am-4pm, £5, daily until 18th December. Friday 2nd Fitsteps (7-8pm) and Ballroom and Latin American Dance (8pm-10.30pm), The Regency Dance Centre, Regency Ballroom, Market Place, Sutton. Call 01623 552737. Weekly. R&B Dance, New Cross Community Church, Sutton, for 5s and over, 5.45pm-6.45pm, £1. Every Friday term-time. Happy Days playgroup, Bethel Methodist Church, Nottingham Road, Mansfield, Fridays, 12.30pm-2pm. Children’s activities, refreshments, raffle, all welcome especially mums suffering from post-natal depression, advice and support given. Mansfield Museum Christmas Market, 10am-4pm, free, see p15. Saturday 3rd Mansfield & Ashfield Wildlife Watch Group for 8 to 13-yearolds. Meets first Saturday of the month at St Mark’s Church Hall, Nottingham Road, Mansfield, 10.30am-12.30pm. For information or to book first session, contact Sarah Spurry, Watch Leader, on 07885 169111 or or Lynn Victor at NWT on 0115 958 8242 or email lvictor@ More is at mansfield-ashfield Community market (first Saturday of every month) Ladybrook Community Centre, Mansfield, 10am-2pm, free, free children’s activities provided by St Mary’s and St John’s churches. Stalls £5 (annual Christmas Fair) must be booked and paid for in advance, no stalls available on day. Email on ladybrookcommunitycentre@ or call 01623 624208. Introduction to spinning, Ravenshead Leisure Centre, 11amnoon, call 07729 283975. Weekly. Coffee & Car Park, Bridge Street Methodist Church, Mansfield, 10.30am every Saturday. In exchange for buying a drink and cake, park your car for two hours and shop or just sit and chat. Drinks and cakes 50p. Mansfield Museum Christmas Market, 10am-4pm, free, see p15. Sunday 4th LIFE Church, South Mansfield Community Centre, Mansfield, 10.30am, service including children’s church, open to all, weekly.

TenFifty, a monthly club event that supports adults with a learning disability to experience the nightclub scene in a safe environment, Christmas event, Andwhynot, Mansfield, 6.30pm to 10pm, £4. Sutton Rambling Club, Langsett Coach Ramble, leave Hack Lane, Sutton, 9.15am; Stockwell Gate, Mansfield, 9.30am, see www. or call Keith on 07580 403471. Monday 5th Toddlers, New Cross Community Church, Sutton, 9.30am-11am, pre-school children, £1.50 per family. Toys, music, crafts. Valuation Day, Mansfield Museum, Bamfords of Derby, 1pm-3pm. Spinning, Ravenshead Leisure Centre, 6.30pm, call 07729 283975. Weekly. Kids In The Community, New Cross Community Church,

Sutton, 3.45pm-5.45pm all ages, 50p. Tuesday 6th Zumba Fitness, The Regency Dance Centre, Regency Ballroom, Market Place, Sutton, 7pm-8pm. Call 01623 552737. Every Tuesday. Spinning, Ravenshead Leisure Centre, 6.30pm, call 07729 283975. Weekly. New Cross Community Choir, New Cross Community Church, Sutton, 7pm-9pm, all welcome to join. Weekly. Bobbin and Lace, New Cross Community Church, Sutton, ,9.30am-11.30am, call Hilary on 01623 515540. Weekly. Care For Coffee Morning, Arena Church, Mansfield, every Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am-noon. Free. After School Gardening Club, Little Roots Children’s Community Allotment, Longyards Allotment, off Slant Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse, free, every Tuesday, 3.30pm-5pm (term time). For 5-11 years. Wear suitable clothing. Booking essential, call Richard: 07748 990509. Weekly. Wednesday 7th Coffee Stop, New Cross Community Church, Sutton, 10.30am11am, drop-in for cuppa and chat, weekly. Care For Coffee Morning, Arena Church, Mansfield, every Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am-noon. Free. Hetty’s Bereavement support group, Marlborough House, Woodhouse Road, Mansfield, every Wednesday, 10.30am-12.30pm. Phoenix Choral, New Cross Community Church, Sutton, 7.15pm-9pm. Call Anne 01623 627636, weekly. Forest Town Nature Conservation Group meeting, Forest Town Welfare (Arena), planning management of Spa Ponds, 7pm-9pm. Saturday 10th Santa Paws Christmas grotto for dogs, Mansfield Market Place, for Jerry Green Dog Rescue. £2 donation, receive dog-themed gift. Christmas In The Café, YMCA Café, Bellamy Road, Mansfield, including mulled wine, Father Christmas, presents and Gospel message. Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society, Coxmoor Road, Sutton, open evening, 6.45pm, £5 over-16s, £1 under-16s. See p15. Sunday 11th Santa Paws Christmas grotto for dogs, Mansfield Market Place, in aid of Jerry Green Dog Rescue. £2 donation and receive gift. Tuesday 13th APTCOO Christmas Fayre, Botany Park, Mansfield, 10am-4pm, free. Wednesday 14th Reminiscence Tea Room, Mansfield Museum, 2.30pm-4pm. Mothers Union, New Cross Community Church, Sutton, 2pm. Sunday 18th LIFE Church, South Mansfield Community Centre, Mansfield, 10.30am, Christmas family service, children’s Nativity and Christmas party, open to all. Sutton Rambling Club, Christmas ramble with food and piano, leave Hack Lane, Sutton, 9.15am; Stockwell Gate, Mansfield, 9.30am, see or call John on 0115 9733693. Wednesday 21st ArtBeat!, Mansfield Museum, Christmas-themed activities, 10am-1pm, £1.50. Thursday 22nd ArtBeat!, Mansfield Museum, Christmas-themed activities, 10am-1pm, £1.50. Saturday 24th LIFE Church, South Mansfield Community Centre, Mansfield, Christmas carols, 5pm. Sunday 1st January Sutton Rambling Club, Frogatt Edge coach ramble, leave Hack Lane, Sutton, 9.15am; Stockwell Gate, Mansfield, 9.30am, see or call John on 0115 9733693.

MUSIC Monday 5th Mansfield Folk Club, Singers Night, Brown Cow, Mansfield, 7pm. Bootleg Beatles, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 7.30pm,

Thursday 8th Elvis The Vegas Days, The Diamond, Sutton, £7/£8.50. Status Quo, Nottingham Arena, £53.76-£61.60. The Sixteen, Royal Concert Hall, 7pm, £15.50-£29.50. Friday 9th Pink As Floyd, The Diamond, Sutton, £6/£7.50. Saturday 10th The Robbie Williams Show, The Diamond, Sutton, £7/£8.50. Rod Stewart, Nottingham Arena, £70-£84. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 7.30pm, £35-£65. Charity Concert for the Stroke Association featuring Mansfield Male Voice Choir and The Singers, St Philip Neri Church, Mansfield, 7.30pm, £7, call 0115 871 2469. Sunday 11th Free At Last, The Diamond, Sutton, £5/£6.50.

Christmas With Cantamus, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 7.30pm, £15, email or 07519 326180. Monday 12th Mansfield Folk Club, Homity (Lincoln duo) Brown Cow, Mansfield, 7pm. Madness, Nottingham Arena, £39.20-£53.20. Celebration Of David Bowie, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 7.30pm, £22.50-£25.50. Tuesday 13th Christmas In The City, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 7pm, £6.

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Wednesday 14th The Gentlemen, Launays restaurant, Edwinstowe. A traditional evening of Christmas carols and songs with Christmas Fayre menu. Halle Christmas Concert, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 7.30pm, £7.50-£34.50. Thursday 15th The Humanoids, The Diamond, Sutton, £3/£4. Friday 16th Steeler, The Diamond, Sutton, free/£4. The Human League, Royal Concert Hall, 7.30pm, £36-£42.50. Saturday 17th The Bon Jovi Experience, The Diamond, Sutton, £7/£8.50. Andre Rieu, Nottingham Arena, £50.40-£106.40. Family Carol Concert, Royal Concert Hall, 5pm, £12-£20. Sunday 18th Tinman, The Diamond, Sutton. Jenny Lin, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 11am, £10. Monday 19th The Gentlemen, Launays restaurant, Edwinstowe. A traditional evening of Christmas carols and songs with Christmas Fayre menu. Mansfield Folk Club, Singers Night, Brown Cow, Mansfield, 7pm. Family Carol Concert, Royal Concert Hall, 7pm, £12-£20. Tuesday 20th Jason Donovan, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 7.30pm, £29.50-£50. Wednesday 21st The Gentlemen, Launays restaurant, Edwinstowe. A traditional

evening of Christmas carols and songs with Christmas Fayre menu. Kate Rusby, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 7.30pm, £25. Thursday 22nd The Overtones, Royal Concert Hall, 7.30pm, £22.50-£38.50. Friday 23rd A Foreigners Journey, The Diamond, Sutton, £7/£8.50. Katherine Jenkins, Royal Concert Hall, 7.30pm, £29.50-£55. Cantamus, Carols By Candelight, St Mark’s Church, Mansfield, £15, email or 07519 326180. Saturday 24th Definitely Maybe, The Diamond, Sutton, £7/£8.50. Monday 26th The Stones, The Diamond, Sutton, £7/£8.50. Tuesday 27th Ollie Murs tribute, The Diamond, Sutton, £5/£6.

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andwhynot, Mansfield — 01623633330. Brown Cow, Ratcliffe Gate, Mansfield — www.facebook. com/rawbrowncow / 01623 645854. Clumber Park — 01909 544917. The Diamond, Sutton — / 01623 456617. Hardwick Hall — / 01246 850430. Il Rosso, Nottingham Road, Mansfield — www.ilrosso. / 01623 623031. Intake Club, Mansfield — / 01623 624437. John Fretwell Sporting Complex, Sookholme — / Mark Waterfield 847468. Mansfield Create Theatre, Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Derby Road — / 413363. Mansfield Odeon Cinema, Mansfield Leisure Park — / 08712244007. Mansfield Library — / 651337. Mansfield Palace Theatre, Leeming Street — www.mans / 633133. Mansfield Museum, Leeming Street — www.mansfield. / 463088. Mansfield Town FC — / 482482. New Cross Community Church — www.newcrosscom / 515540 Newstead Abbey — / 455900. Nottingham Theatre Royal / Royal Concert Hall — / 0115 989 5555. Nottingham Playhouse — www.nottinghamplayhouse. / 0115 9474361. Nottingham Arena — / 0843 3733000. Nottingham Rock City — / 0845 4134444 (box office) 0115 941843. Portland College — / Rachel Hensleigh 499105. Regency Dance Centre, Regency Ballroom, Market Place, Sutton — 01623 552737. Rufford Abbey Park — / 821338. Sherwood Forest Country Park — www.nottinghamshire. / 823202. Southwell Workhouse — theworkhouse / 01636 817260. Sutton Rambling Club — / 648879. The Talbot pub, Nottingham Road, Mansfield — 623357. Warsop Ex-Servicemen’s Club — www.warsopexservice 01623 842183. 281 Restaurant and Rooms — Nottingham Road, Mansfield / 01623 622308. p To submit an event listing, go to book-an-ad/create-whats-on-listing



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What’s On MUSIC Thursday 29th The Snowman and Peter And The Wolf, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 6pm, £15.50-£21.50. Friday 30th Music from The Sex Pistols and Clash, The Diamond, Sutton, £6/£7.50. Saturday 31st Bryan Adams Experience, The Diamond, Sutton, £12/£15. New Year’s Eve Classical Gala, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 6pm, £15-£32.

THEATRE Thursday 1st Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10am, 2pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Ghost The Musical, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, £15-£39, 7.30pm. Aladdin, Nottingham Playhouse, (all month, not Sundays), £23£34.50. Friday 2nd Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10am, 2pm, 7pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Ghost The Musical, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, £15-£39, 7.30pm. 25 Years Of Reeves And Mortimer, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 7.30pm, £29.50-£39.50. Saturday 3rd Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Ghost The Musical, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, £15-£39, 2.30pm, 7.30pm. A Christmas Carol (suitable 5-11 years), Mansfield Library, 2pm, £4. Sunday 4th The Snow Queen, Create Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, £8/£6, call 01623 413363 or go to Monday 5th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10am, 2pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Tuesday 6th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10am, 2pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Wednesday 7th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10am, 2pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35).

Thursday 8th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10am, 2pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). The Princess And The Frog, Nottingham Playhouse, (until the end of the month, not Sundays), £11. Friday 9th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Saturday 10th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £16.40/£15.38/£14.86 (family £57.40). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 2.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. Sunday 11th Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1.30pm, 6pm, £17-£34.50. Monday 12th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10am, 2pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Tuesday 13th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10am, 2pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. BA Innovation Show, Create Theatre, Mansfield, £5/£4, call 01623 413363 or go to

Wednesday 14th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10am, 2pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. Thursday 15th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10am, 2pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35).

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Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. The Wonderful West End Christmas Gala, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 7.30pm, £16-£26. The Taming Of The Shrew, Create Theatre, Mansfield, £5/£4, call 01623 413363 or go to Friday 16th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. Saturday 17th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £16.40/£15.38/£14.86 (family £57.40). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 2.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. Sunday 18th Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1.30pm, 6pm, £17-£34.50. Monday 19th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Tuesday 20th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 2.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. BA Devised Show, Create Theatre, Mansfield, £5/£4, call 01623 413363 or go to Wednesday 21st Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 2.30pm, 7.15pm, £ £17-£34.50. Thursday 22nd Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 2.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. Friday 23rd Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 2.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. Saturday 24th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, noon, 4pm, £16.40/£15.38/£14.86 (family £57.40). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1.30pm, 5.30pm, £17-£34.50. Monday 26th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, noon, 4pm, £16.40/£15.38/£14.86 (family £57.40). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 2.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50.

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Tuesday 27th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 2.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. Wednesday 28th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 2.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. Thursday 29th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 2.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. Friday 30th Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 2pm, 7pm, £15.89/£14.86/£14.35 (family £55.35). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 2.30pm, 7.15pm, £17-£34.50. Saturday 31st Peter Pan, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10am, 2pm, £16.40/£15.38/£14.86 (family £57.40). Jack And The Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1.30pm, 5.30pm, £17-£34.50.

Alpha Ads Tickets still on sale for Palace panto THE stars of the Mansfield Palace Theatre Christmas pantomime, Peter Pan, have started to pull in the crowds for another festive success. Theatregoers have been urged to book their tickets as soon as possible as the production aims to match the triumph of last year’s panto, Aladdin, when 94 per cent of tickets (more than 31,000) were sold. Peter Pan features Coronation Street star Marc Baylis as Captain Hook and Nick Jr’s Holly Atterton as Tinker Bell, as well as Jessica Punch (Peter Pan) and Adam Moss (Smee). Peter Pan is on at the Palace Theatre until December 31. Tickets, priced from £15,50 for adults and £14 for children, are available from www.mansfield. or call 01623 633133.

Festive show for children

BOOSTER Cushion Theatre Company are presenting the classic Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol for children, aged 5-11, at Mansfield Library on 3rd December. It will include a 60cms-tall book, lots of humbug, audience participation and a couple of suitcases full of ghosts. Tickets are £4. Go to www. whatson.htm

Party night

TENFIFTY, a monthly club event that supports adults with a learning disability to experience the nightclub scene, develop new social networks and have fun in a safe environment, is holding its Christmas event at Andwhynot, Mansfield, on Sunday, 4th December, from 6.30pm to 10pm. Admission is £4.


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Charity’s thousands of thanks to fun day festival THE Amazon Breast Cancer Support Group charity, which works for patients at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton, has been presented with a cheque for £3,000 from organisers of the Rainworth Family Fun Day and Music Festival.

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their previous disc jockey connections, the fun day event organisers dressed in pink Amazon-logo T-shirts to present the money at an Amazon support group open meeting in The Amazon Lounge at the hospital. The fun day and festival had several sponsors, including Taylor

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Knitting quilts to help dementia sufferers MANSFIELD Building Society Community Support Scheme has donated £470 to Doe Lea Resource Centre’s Craft and Chat Group to buy a sewing machine and fabric. The group, which organises craft workshops, runs a programme that brings together volunteers to work with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients or those who have suffered a stroke. Members create sensory quilts, known as Fidget Quilts, which are designed to stimulate and soothe users through the use of fabric, colours, textures and accessories, such as pockets, buttons and ribbons, to calm restless hands. The quilts are designed for patients suffering from the dementia conditions. Gwenda Culkin, organiser of the group, said: “While there is a substantial amount of hand sewing involved in the decoration of the quilts, the new sewing machine will enable the construction of the quilts to be technically stronger than if they were hand-stitched and allow for longer use and industrial washing. “Through The Mansfield’s funding we will be able to Email news items to

offer more volunteers the chance to learn how to use a sewing machine and get involved in our programme.” Tom Molloy, assistant branch manager at the Chesterfield branch of the building society, who presented the cheque, said: “When visiting the centre, it was great to see people offering their time for such a wonderful cause. “All the quilts are donated via community care homes to people suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia or those who have suffered a stroke, with several members of the group creating the quilts also suffering from these conditions.” l PICTURED are members of the Doe Lea Craft and Chat Group receiving their donation.

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p AN Ashfield Rotary club is playing its part in enhancing the local environment. The Surgery on Lowmoor Road, Kirkby, agreed that Kirkby Rotary Club would take over two large, raised flower beds in front of the practice. Rotarians cleared vegetation, levelled the soil and planted 300 viola plants, which were donated by Morrisons. At the same time, Ashfield District Council handed over a nearby corner plot on Lowmoor Road to the Rotary club, which has planted more plants and shrubs. Francis Newenham, chairman of the club’s projects committee, said: “It’s good to be working with the GP practice, council and Morrisons to contribute to the upkeep of our town’s environment.” l PICTURED are Rotarians Francis Newenham, left, his wife, Hilary, and Rotarian Paul Riley during the planting.

p EDWINSTOWE-BASED Robert Woodhead Ltd is this year’s winner of the national Constructing Excellence Award for Value, for its work with A1 Housing, Bassetlaw District Council and EEM Ltd on rethinking housing delivery in a project to create 71 affordable homes in Harworth. The scheme has created a legacy for the community — the site team worked with local people, giving jobs to one tenant living close to the site and offering more than 300 work placements through a partnership with North Nottinghamshire College. Woodhead also worked with sub-contractors to ensure the project supported the local economy. Craig Pygall, construction director for Robert Woodhead Ltd, said: “From the start of this programme we have worked closely with A1 Housing, Bassetlaw District Council and EEM Ltd to ensure this wasn’t just a housing development, but a scheme that can leave a legacy for the community.” Pictured are Kenay Reshad, A1 Housing technical and design manager; Coun Steve Scotthorne, cabinet member for housing at Bassetlaw District Council; Don Spittlehouse, managing director at A1 Housing; Alistair Taylor, team leader, Robert Woodhead Ltd; and Paul Pygall, site manager, Robert Woodhead Ltd.

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Tonic for endoscopy department DOCTORS and nurses at Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ endoscopy department, including King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton, are celebrating after achieving accreditation from leading clinicians — the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. The trust carries out about 14,000 endoscopy procedures — involving using a flexible tube and camera during treatment for conditions such as bowel cancer, stomach problems, ulcers, gall stones and removal of polyps in the bowel. Sherwood Forest’s endoscopy unit is also the Joint Advisory Group’s accredited national endoscopy training centre for the East Midlands and has links

with medical teams in Pakistan. Consultant Dr Steve Foley said: “King’s Mill has been re-accredited but it is the first time services at Newark have been included. “Accreditation means that our patients can have confidence that their tests will be done promptly, safely and to a high standard, and they will be well looked after.” Department leader Karen Shacklock said: “We have increased our availability and now run from 8am to 8.30pm — and have extended the service to Saturdays and Sundays. “This is preventative medicine at its best with early diagnosis helping to reduce the need for more extensive and more serious treatment at a later date.”

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Emergency care turnaround SHERWOOD Forest Hospitals’ leading urgent care medic has praised staff throughout King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton, for the part they have played in transforming the trust’s Emergency Department from one of the poorest performing to, consistently, one of the best in the country. For the three months ending 31st September, the trust achieved the national target of seeing and treating 95% of urgent admissions within four hours. That put Sherwood Forest Hospitals among the top 30 performing in the country for the four-hour target. In December 2015, the trust was seeing 86% of patients within four hours and was fifth from bottom among England’s 136 trusts offering an emergency department service. Consultant Dr Ben Owens, clinical director of the trust’s urgent and emergency care division, said although the four-hour target focused on emergency departments, to achieve performance the whole hospital had to work effectively and efficiently. “It also means we have to have in place effective

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Improving maternity services thanks to volunteers A £10,000 refurbishment programme to enhance maternity services has taken place at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton. The project, funded by the Mansfield and Sutton League of Friends, will provide home comforts, including a double bed and soft furnishings, for the bereaveEmail news items to

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ACTOR Mikey North (Gary Windass from Coronation Street) took on DIY challenges at a family fun day to launch the revamped B&Q store in Sutton. The soap star had to speedily erect a set of flat-pack shelves and bring festive cheer to the store by hanging lights correctly on a Christmas tree. Mikey said: “I had a great time. I was nervous about testing my DIY skills against customers and staff but it was great fun. I even got some advice from them to make my own home improvement projects easier.” He met shoppers who were also entertained by a balloon modeller, face painter, stilt walkers, games and giveaways. The changes at B&Q include a new paint desk and Aldi will occupy space created by the revamp. Tom Rigby, unit manager at the B&Q branch, said: “The day was lots of fun and we had a brilliant laugh putting Mikey’s DIY skills to the test — he did well.”

Business leaders volunteer to help schools review their careers, employability and enterprise strategies. The official launch of the Mansfield and Ashfield Enterprise Adviser Network was held at a breakfast event at Forever Green, Rainworth. Richard Fuller, managing director of County Battery Services, Kirkby, and Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 board member, is the enterprise adviser matched to The Brunts Academy in Mansfield. “This is a fantastic opportunity for business and education leaders to work together to improve the opportunity of young people to have more meaningful and purposeful employer intervention to inform their future career decisions,” he said. The Evolve Trust — a multi-academy trust with academies in Mansfield and Mansfield Woodhouse — is leading the project on behalf

of local enterprise partnership D2N2. Berni Dickinson, director of marketing and enterprise for the trust, is enterprise co-ordinator and will manage the Enterprise Adviser Network. “I have been working with the 2020 business network to recruit a team of enterprise advisers who will work closely with headteachers to develop powerful, lasting connections between local businesses, schools and academies across Mansfield and Ashfield,” she said. So far Martin Rigley, of Lindhurst Engineering; Shane Gunstone, of Asmech Systems Ltd; Paul Andrews, of Mansfield Manor Hotel; Richard Fuller; Jane Box, of Interactive People Development Ltd; John Mattison, of JB Consultancy; Stewart Rickersey, of the Mansfield and Ashfield NewsJournal; and Peter Roberts, of Collis Engineering Ltd, have been recruited as enterprise advisers. The network is a joint initiative by The Careers and Enterprise Company and D2N2.

Dog-friendly pub wins regional award A MANSFIELD pub has won an award for being dog friendly. Nicola and Chris Johnson, from The Brown Cow, said: “We know that dogs hold an important place in our customers’ lives and that’s why we welcome them to our pub with open arms.” The DogBuddy Dog-friendly Pub Award for the East Midlands was voted for by the public and judged by a panel from the RSCPA, The Morning Advertiser, Your Dog Magazine and Richard Setterwall, chief executive of, a Europe-wide dog-sitting service. The Johnsons added: “It means a lot to us that the customers appreciate the pub. “Having dogs in the pub is a huge ice-breaker with people chatting about each other’s dogs. “We offer treats and water, and more importantly, lots of fuss and love for the dogs of The Brown Cow.”

DAVINDA LIVINGSTONE, representing Weight Watchers, presents a cheque to Beryl Perrin, chairman of Amazon Breast Cancer Support Group.

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AMAZON Breast Cancer Support Group has marked 20 years of helping women with breast cancer at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton. At a 20th anniversary celebration for the thriving local charity at King’s Mill’s Conference Centre at the hospital, a cheque for £300 was presented by Davinda Livingstone, representing Weight Watchers, to Beryl Perrin, the charity’s chairman. The donation was the result of a fundraising event organised by Wray Annable at her Weight Watchers meetings and an event at Redfern Travel, Mansfield Woodhouse, where there was a refreshment stall, small business stalls and a raffle. The Amazons thanked the fundraising supporters of the event and also said a “big thank-you” to Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust for hosting the Amazons’ 20-year celebration.

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Shops centre feature traces town’s past

IDLEWELLS Shopping Centre, Sutton, and the town’s library have created a permanent giant heritage timeline that was launched on Armistice Day. It records key dates in Sutton and the Idlewells’ history, with images of the centre when it was first built and the Idlewells district of Sutton through the years. “We thought that Armistice Day was a

perfect fit for the launch of our new timeline piece,” said Chloe O’Donnell, Idlewells manager. “It gives people the chance to stop and think about Sutton’s heritage and those who have helped shape it, including those in the military who have given their lives for us.” The new graphic board was unveiled to shoppers as part of the centre’s Remem-

brance and Heritage Weekend, which also featured factories and old Sutton exhibitions; a family tree ancestry session; a first world war model-maker demonstration in the library; three authors of local heritage books — Lynn Henstock, Janet Roberts and Andy Smart — in the Idlewells and a special performance of old-time music by singer Rose Divine.


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YOUNGSTERS at Asquith Primary School, Mansfield, learned about both world wars in the lead up to Remembrance Day and then stood in the playground for a two-minutes’ silence. Pupils in years 5 and 6 had a talk about the Great War and local young people who signed up to the Armed Forces. They learned that local MP Sir Arthur Markham was instrumental in bringing about a change in the law, so people under 18 could not be part of the Forces overseas. The sessions were led by Jo Riley, a resident and school lollipop lady. The school has installed a tree seat in the playground, which includes a plaque as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives. The memory bench project was supported by a Nottinghamshire County Council Community Commemoration Fund grant. Head Clare Harding said: “It is important to us that we give the children as many experiences as possible. “Bringing Jo into our school helped children realise the impact of the Great War was felt locally, by local people.” l ABOVE: Pictured are Jo Riley and office manager Sandra Towson with pupils from years 5 and 6 alongside the new memory bench.

A SERVICE was held at Warsop Parish Church and the war memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Members of the Warsop and Meden Vale branch of the Royal British Legion are pictured (above right) at the war memorial. Tim Bower, president of Warsop Rotary Club, and Gloria Humphrey, president of Warsop Inner Wheel Club (above), laid a wreath on behalf of their respective clubs. Among those paying respects was a veteran of The Burma Campaign, George Humphrey. l RIGHT: The Rev Jenny Sharpe, George Humphrey, the Rev Angela Fletcher and Gloria Humphrey.

New book traces war heroes A TEACHER with an interest in the first world war has written a book about Forest Town’s Great War heroes. Tim Priestley, (44), deputy head at Intake Farm Primary School and Nursery, Mansfield, researched names on the war memorial at Forest Town and traced the lives of others who survived the conflict. Their Duty Done — Forest Town And The Great War, which is priced £6, is available by calling Tim on 07966 790259 or emailing A total of £2 from each sale of the book is going towards the Royal British Legion (RBL) fund to restore the memorial at Forest Town. Tim has already presented £80 to the RBL for the project. A regular visitor to the battlefields of France and Belgium, Tim has also written the book Distant Deeds — The Contribution Of Warsop To The Great War (1914-18).

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Kirkby Inner Wheel celebrates 67 years KIRKBY Inner Wheel Club celebrated its 67th Charter anniversary at The Hostess Restaurant, Sookholme. President Jacqueline Hampshire welcomed 80 guests, including Inner Wheel District 22 chairman Di Hylton; Sue Curley, member of the National Association Council; members from many of the 28 clubs in the district; Kirkby Rotary Club president Philip Hurt; and members of the club.

RECORD profits were made at the Warsop Inner Wheel Club Christmas market at the John Fretwell Centre, Sookholme, which attracted more than 100 people. Proceeds were donated to the NSPCC Schools Service, the nominated charity for the year of the club’s president, Gloria Humphrey. The Dress Agency, flower arrangements, brica-brac, pluck a duck, and a £1 bag gift stall were well supported. Coffee and mince pies were donated by Tesco. Morrisons, of Mansfield Woodhouse, and Boyes, of Warsop, donated raffle prizes.

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Guest speaker Stephen Smith, dubbed the Rumpole of Rotherham, told of his many tales about the trials and tribulations of life both as a practising criminal lawyer and a broadcaster. l Pictured is Jacqueline Hampshire, fourth right on the front row, with Di Hylton on her immediate right and some of the Kirkby Inner Wheel Club members.

JACQUELINE Hampshire, left, is pictured presenting a cheque to Eve Griffiths. p KIRKBY Inner Wheel Club has presented £150 to the Samaritans. Club president Jacqueline Hampshire welcomed speaker Eve Griffiths, chairman of the Mansfield and District branch of The Samaritans, to the club’s November meeting. Eve told members and guests that the vision of the Samaritans was to reduce the number of suicides. She said the charity supported anyone in despair who needed to talk. It can be contacted on 116123 and all conversations are confidential. Eve said another often unknown part of its work was training prisoners to help fellow inmates.

p A BUTCHER who started work at a Mansfield shop more than 30 years ago, when he was 16, has taken over the business. Following the retirement of the previous owner, Shaun Comer (pictured) is now the proprietor at what was Elliott Meat, on Bridge Street. He has changed the name to Comer’s Quality Meats, but said the service and quality that helped to build up a loyal customer base over the years would remain. Shaun said: “I have been here 34 years now, joining when I left what was Sherwood Hall School. “I started as an errand boy and cleaned the place, all the time seeing how things were being done and learning from the butchers. “Now I know everyone who comes in here. We have a laugh and we talk to people. We have time and we care about what we do. And we know that we serve good, quality meat.” Shaun’s son, Ben (24), also works at the shop.

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THREE barbers at a Mansfield salon presented a national charity with funds they raised by jumping out of a plane. Dawn Kershaw, Suzann Armstrong and Karen Berry, who work at Barnets Hair Salon, Market Street, handed a cheque for £2,985 to Shane Neville, of Prostate Cancer UK. They jumped from 13,000 feet at Langar Airfield with a trained instructor, including a 45-second free-fall. The fundraising was supported by Kirkby Rotary Club and its president, Philip Hurt, said: “It’s very appropriate that three ladies who work as men’s barbers should choose to help a charity dedicated to improving men’s well-being. “They were brilliant and showed great bravery — I am very proud of them all.” Ironically, a few weeks after safely completing the leap, Dawn broke her ankle while walking. l Pictured, from left, are Philip Hurt, Suzann Armstrong, Karen Berry. Dawn Kershaw and Shane Neville.

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Take a seat (Continued from page 1) designed the posters, with the winning design chosen by BID board members, Steve and Louise Knott, from the college. Louise said: “The college was happy to get involved with such a great initiative. “It not only provided our students with a real project to get their teeth into, but it will hopefully help people have a bit of rest and feel ready to shop again or enjoy the many more attractions in the town centre.” Sarah Nelson, BID manager, said: “This is a great idea and we invite businesses and shops to take part. “There is a lot to do in Mansfield, so it’s no wonder some people just want to sit down. “Mothers-to-be and the elderly are likely to benefit from the idea, but it’s for anyone. “It’s brilliant to see we already have businesses wanting to participate.” Any shops or businesses wanting to get involved in the Mansfield Take A Seat initiative should email sarah@mansfield

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Statue appeal has stardust Leading the way Born in London in 1942, Alvin, whose real name was Bernard Jewry, moved to Mansfield, where his mother ran a boarding

house used by musicians and entertainers who were appearing locally. Alvin died two years ago, aged 72, after a short battle against cancer. Now his family want a statue to be erected in his honour in the town. Mansfield Museum has been suggested as a possible site for the tribute. More than £1,000 has been raised so far, but more is needed. The appeal is being headed by Jane Wood, whose father, David Price, of Forest Town, was Alvin’s cousin. Anyone wishing to donate is asked to contact Jane Wood via email, jane wood3@

TRAINEES in the newly-created nursing associate role will begin training at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, which includes King’s Mill and Mansfield Community hospitals. They are among more than 1,000 nursing associate trainees at sites across England and will work alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses following a successful bid to Health Education England. Sherwood Forest Hospitals deputy chief nurse Victoria Bagshaw said: “We hope to welcome up to 20 trainees. “There is great demand and widespread support for the new role, which has been designed to be able to support both health and care workers across a range of settings as the demands for care develop over time.”

MANSFIELD-BASED Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services (NIDAS) is searching for new trustees to join the charity. The organisation, which for many years supported mainly women from Mansfield and Ashfield, recently re-positioned itself as a destination for families to access information,

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ABOVE: Finley Harrison, (7), of 1st Huthwaite Beaver. RIGHT: Harry Payne, (7), of 2nd Mansfield.

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BELOW: Working on nature photography are Joseph Watkinson, (8), Archie Laizans, (7), and Adam Hikin, (8) of 2nd Mansfield.

MORE than 600 Beaver Scouts celebrated their 30th anniversary at a day-long event at Sherbrooke Scout Campsite, Calverton.

The smell of toasting marshmallows and open fires filled the air as Beavers marked the milestone in true Scouting style. The six to eight-year-olds took part in fun activities, adventures and challenges. A team of adult volunteers, who had been planning the event for months, delivered a testing range of activities, centred on the fun and adventurous spirit of Scouting. The Beaver Scouts toasted

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marshmallows and made s’mores on open fires, deciphered semaphore messages, scaled a giant pioneering tower, traversed an adventure wall, walked a blind trail, and took part in drumming workshops. Other activities included caving, hunting for mini-beasts and tracking with iPads, go-karting, biscuitmaking, funfair stalls, inflatable obstacle courses and liquorice knot tying. Hilary Frost, head of Beaver Scouting for Nottinghamshire Scouts, said: “It was wonderful to see the children so busy, making new friends and trying lots of new and exciting activities. “It’s absolutely right that we should ensure that even our youngest Scouts are able to taste the adventure that Scouting provides.” lABOVE RIGHT: Megan Lewis, (7), and Isabella Waite, (7), of 8th Mansfield, made a sweets necklace. BELOW: Jacob Hawley, (7), of 2nd Mansfield.

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A SCHEME aimed at getting people in Mansfield fitter and more active through sport and physical activity is celebrating a successful first year.

Last November Mansfield Community Sports Project won £185,514 of National Lottery funding from Sport England for a three-year scheme. It aimed to encourage more people to give sport a go, particularly those who didn’t normally exercise, and in different environments. So far the project, managed by Mansfield District Leisure Trust, has seen around 1,200 new participants with more than 6,000 people continuing to enjoy leisure activities. And as well as working in leisure centres and parks, the project has been involved in sporting activities in shopping centres, market places, community venues like church halls, Mansfield Museum, workplaces and residential homes. It has also worked with disabled groups. Sports activators signpost people to other activities in leisure centres and to the project’s Healthy Life exercise referral programme. Carolyn Hallam, sports and community development manager for Mansfield District Leisure Trust, said: “We have been incredibly pleased with the number of people taking part in the sessions we have ran so far. “Encouraging our local community to be more active lies at the heart of what we do as a trust and we are looking forward to reaching even more people with new sessions we are running as part of this project.” One of the new initiatives is a family football course, which is held every Monday at Oak Tree Leisure Centre, from 3.40pm to 4.40pm. The leisure centre is one of five Mansfield District Council leisure facilities managed by the trust. It also works at the Meden Sports Centre,

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HAVING a go at soccercise. Warsop; and at the River Maun Recreation Centre, the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre and the Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex, Mansfield – as well as in district council-owned parks and community spaces. Simon Thorpe, community sports activator, said: “The success has been to set up numerous clubs, such as a recreational tennis club at Meden and a comprehensive short tennis initiative, which is bringing substantial income to the leisure centres.” The Sport England-funded Community Sports Project has employed two community sports activators, who have been working

in the leisure centres and in the community to help introduce more people to sport and physical activity, and a learning disability sports project worker through Reach Learning Disability. The beginners sessions have included family fun at Oak Tree and Meden, featuring different sports; short tennis at Oak Tree; tennis at Racecourse Park, Mansfield, and Meden; jive/rock ‘n’ roll at Oak Tree; soccer stars family football; and back to netball at Oak Tree. Community groups have been visited for taster activities, while another major part of the project has been to get more disabled people involved in sport. Active Me learning disability sports sessions are held at the River Maun and Water Meadows centres weekly in conjunction with the charity, Reach Learning Disability. Physical disability sports and fitness sessions are held weekly at Oak Tree. When the project started Julia Sandhu, of Reach UK, said: “Adults with learning disabilities in Mansfield are at especially high risk of poor health partly due to very low levels of activity. “This project will create opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to enjoy sport that is genuinely shaped around their needs, interests and talents.” There were also activities at two Great British Tennis Weekends and activities for National Table Tennis Day across various locations around Mansfield. l ANY community organisation or workplace that would like the sports activators to help their members or staff become more active can email Carolyn Hallam on or call her on 07718 194 711.



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WELCOME to our occasional delve into Mansfield’s photographic archives. Pictured, top, are staff at Woolworths, Sutton, in 1961-62. Left are firemen at Sutton in the 1930s and, above, are firemen at Mansfield in the 1980s. p If you have an old photo from Clipstone, Forest Town, Kirkby, Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Sutton and Warsop to share with other NewsJournal readers, or memories of these photos, email and we will try to feature it in a future edition.

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OVER the next few months Mansfield Museum will bring NewsJournal readers the story of the people and companies that made Mansfield a centre of industry.

Forty years ago the early morning streets were busy as thousands of people went to work. In 1981, 43,400 workers made products that were sold around the world. The Made in Mansfield industrial gallery in the museum arcade looks at eight of the more well-known industries that built Mansfield’s reputation for manufacturing — and reveals stories about the work and the social aspects of working for major companies in the past. Nearly all of those trades are still active in the district. However, the way that they work has changed. Modern factories need fewer workers, are

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cleaner, quieter and often out of sight in industrial parks. But businesses based in Mansfield still have an international reputation for excellence and innovation. There is probably no better place to begin our potted history than with the Metal Box factory on Rock Valley. The story of Barringers (as the firm was known before taking its later name) and Metal Box is not just a tale about tins — it is also about people. The company played a big part in the lives of those who worked there. The Barringer

family were Quakers and wanted to treat their workers well. As part of that concern for their employees’ welfare, they encouraged them to take part in a wide range of social and sporting activities. When they took over, Metal Box, also a forward-looking company, built on the Barringer legacy and introduced inter-factory rivalry, such as this ‘It’s A Knockout’ competition (pictured above) in the 1970s. As well as the social side, Metal Box were concerned for their workers’ health, buying four holiday homes for them to enjoy a break or recover from illness. The firm introduced flu jabs for all staff and offered cancer screening to women workers in the 1950s. For more information and photographs, why not pop in to the museum on Leeming Street?

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Golfer close to winning Morocco trip AN amateur golfer from Kirkby narrowly missed out on an expenses-paid trip of a lifetime to Morocco in the northern regional singles final of the 2016 Morocco Matchplay, powered by HowDidiDo. IT engineer Nathan Holmes (right), a 14-handicapper who plays at College Pines, Worksop, scored 35 points to finish sixth at Slaley Hall, Northumberland, but it wasn’t enough to earn a seat on the plane for February’s final in Marrakech. In total, 32 golfers from the two regional finals will enjoy complimentary return flights from Gatwick to Marrakech, courtesy of the event’s partner British Airways; five nights’ luxury bed-and-breakfast accommodation in the five-star

Evans takes over at Stags

FORMER Leeds United and Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has taken over as manager of Mansfield Town after under-fire boss Adam Murray left the club. He had an immediate impact as the Stags beat one of Evans’ old clubs, Crawley, 3-1, thanks to two second half goals from Chris Clements and one from Pat Hoban. It was only their third home win all season and their second league win in 11 matches. When Murray left the Stags were three points from the play-offs and three points from the relegation zone. Boos had greeted a home 2-1 defeat to Stevenage (Hoban on target) and in the following week Murray, who had complained at the final whistle that he had been abused by some fans, opened his door to meet supporters on a one-to-one basis. A week later League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle knocked the Stags out of the FA Cup at One Call Stadium, winning 2-1 after Ashley Hemmings had struck his first for Mansfield. This time the Stags were applauded off the pitch after a good performance. They earned a Checkatrade Trophy second round tie at Carlisle on 5th December after finishing second in their group following a fine 3-2 win at Derby County. Hemmings and Darius Henderson struck early on before Clements curled a late winner. Back in League Two, the Stags were well beaten 4-0 at Portsmouth and dropped to 18th — Murray’s last match in charge. Two players were red carded as the Stags trailed 1-0 — Kyle Howkins to a second yellow card and substitute Alex Iacovitti — before Portsmouth hit three goals in the final six minutes. p THE Stags have home games over Christmas — against Morecambe on Boxing Day and Doncaster Rovers on New Year’s Eve (12.15pm). They entertain Colchester on 10th December and travel to Exeter a week later. p SEVENTEEN-year-old striker Zayn Hakeem has signed his first professional contract with the Stags.

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Palmeraie Palace; four rounds of championship golf on the Robert Trent Jones-designed PalmGolf Marrakech Palmeraie; a welcome cocktail reception; and a last-night gala dinner and prize presentation. Four competitions culminate at the grand final, sponsored for a second year by the Moroccan National Tourist Office (MNTO): singles, pairs, mixed pairs and senior pairs, with 32 golfers, from across the UK fighting it out for the titles. l LEFT: Two Rufford Park players — Tom Newsome and Lynette Bell — also missed out the trip to Morocco in the northern senior pairs final at Slaley Hall. They scored 31 points.

Bid to play with Stags legends

A TEAM of former Stags legends will take on TV celebrities in a charity game at One Call Stadium on Sunday, 14th May. The match, at the home of Mansfield Town FC, will raise money for Once Upon a Smile and the Alzheimer’s Society. Organisers are giving three people the chance to play or manage the Kevin Bird Mansfield Town Legends and Guests side via an auction. Bids, which must be for a minimum of £100, should be placed before 30th April, by emailing The Stags side will include Bobby Hassell, Phil Stant, Terry Eccles, Rod Arnold, Tom Naylor, Simon Coleman and Dave Caldwell among others. Once Upon a Smile Soapstars/ Celebs FC.will feature casts members from Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Waterloo Road and the X Factor. Match tickets, including a brunch with the two teams, cost £25 adults/£10 children. Match tickets cost £5/£3. Call 01623 482482.

Swimmers given the freedom of Mansfield PARALYMPIC swimming stars Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw, and their coach Glenn Smith, have received the Freedom of Mansfield after their successes at the Rio Paralympic Games.

The awards were made at a pageant ceremony at the Civic Centre. There was a procession into the Civic Quarter at the Civic Centre with the Mace carried by Coun David Smith, chairman of the Charter Trustees. Pleasley Colliery Welfare Band provided a fanfare. The freedom of the district is the highest honour the town can give to its citizens and has been awarded on only four occasions since 1974. For the Hynd family, of Kirkby, it is becoming something of a tradition after Ollie’s brother and fellow Paralympic swimming hero, Sam, received the honour along with Mansfield’s

Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington in 2008. Other recipients in the past have been the Cantamus Girls’ Choir, which gained a gold medal at the 2006 Choir Olympics in China, and sidecar world champions Tom and Ben Birchall. Ollie and Charlotte, who have been coached by Mansfield District Council coach and swimming development officer Smith for more than a decade, brought home four medals from the Games in Brazil in September. They also have a string of other achievements at world level under their swimming caps. As well as this year’s Paralympic bronze, Charlotte has won medals at World and European level. She was crowned European champion in 2009, and again in 2016, and is the European record holder. Ollie’s two golds and a silver in Rio made him the most decorated male GB swimmer at the Rio Paralympic games.

OLLIE HYND, Glenn Smith and Charlotte Henshaw with Mansfield mayor Kate Allsop.

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His breakthrough was in 2011 when he won medals at the European Championships. In 2012 he claimed a gold, silver and bronze medal at the London Paralympics and later that year was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to Disability Sport. He has since won a “Grand Slam” of Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles and holds the current world record for the S8 400m freestyle and SM8 200m individual medley. Mayor of Mansfield Kate Allsop said: “Ollie and Charlotte have worked so hard for their achievements — training in Mansfield pools. “They are such inspirational role models for young people as well as great ambassadors for the district, who have helped put the town on the map, so it is only fitting that we, as a district, show our gratitude in this way. “Their success is a huge achievement for their coach, Glenn, who has been inspiring swimmers for more than two decades.” The Freedom of the District is an honour that has been awarded for the past century. Among its more historic features is that those granted it are allowed to herd sheep through the town. Ollie said: “It means so much as a local lad to receive this honour — and because my brother was awarded it, too. I hope it inspires other athletes that there are no limits over what you can achieve — whether disabled or not.” Charlotte said: “I am thrilled to receive the Freedom of Mansfield and very humbled, too. It has been an honour to represent Mansfield as well as our country at the Paralympics and other swimming events around the world. “I am glad that Glenn joined us in receiving this Freedom because we could not have achieved as much without him. He has been a brilliant support to both of us.”

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