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Time for a Change? The decorations have been packed away for another year and by now the days are starting to get longer, even if only imperceptibly so right now. For many people, minds start turning to the idea of making changes in their lives. Some of you will no doubt be sick of the mention of New Year’s resolutions – maybe you make them every year and watch your resolve crumble a few hours into the first week, day even! Maybe others hate even the mention of resolutions and don’t make them and don’t intend to either. But for many, the start of a new year is like a fresh blank page just waiting to be written or drawn on. It’s a natural break in time, which can look like a good opportunity to make changes. That is how a new year always feels for me – a great opportunity to make positive changes in life, a chance to make this upcoming year the best one yet!

wedding) that makes training for a marathon best left until you have more time to give to it. It might be that right now isn’t the best time to get stuck into your life changes but a few months down the line will be better for you.

So how can you go about making sure that your resolutions for 2017 are your most successful yet?

Many life and business coaches recommend the SMART method of goal setting to help you achieve your goals. To utilise this method, you need to ensure that your goals are Specific (well defined rather than vague); Measurable (so you know that you have reached your goal), Achievable (not overreaching); Realistic (learning Italian = realistic, holidaying on the moon = maybe not so much) and finally,Time-bound (the date by which you want to have achieved your goal).

Firstly, it is a good idea to have a think about what is coming up in the year ahead and what you want to achieve. Is right now the best time to try to achieve these goals? Is there anything coming up in the year ahead that is likely to interfere with your plans for the year – or the flip side of that, is there something coming up in the year ahead that you want to have made life changes prior to? Maybe you want to learn to speak basic Italian before your dream trip to Rome in July or lose weight before your stint as a bridesmaid in September. Or alternatively, when you look at the months ahead, maybe you have so much going on (maybe a house move or planning a

Secondly, think about what exactly it is that you wish to achieve. Visualisation is a good technique to help you to work out what you would like to achieve and how it might make you feel when you have achieved your goal. If you sit and picture the “new you” in your mind, in as much detail as possible, you will get a good sense of what you want to achieve. Does it feel as good as you thought it would? Will it provide what you are looking for in life?

However, you don’t need to wait for a new year or spring or any specific date to make positive change to your life – any day can be a good day to make changes if that is what you think you need to do to lead your best life.

Marie Scott is a CBT therapist and psychotherapist, based at Maple House Clinic in Eastwood, NG16 3BD. She deals with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress and anger amongst many others. For more information about Marie and the issues she can help with, please visit or give her a call on 07791 894227. Marie provides all clients a safe and confidential space in which to deal with their issues.

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TO ALL OUR READERS!!! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday full of laughter and love! January is typically the month when we all set ourselves goals. Lose weight, drink less, move more and the list goes on. Well this year we have some great advice and ideas from our regular contributors to help. Thanks to Eva, Wholefood Warrior; Abby, The Fishwife’s Kitchen and Marie, Chrysalis Therapy. Readers, you are in safe hands!! Don’t forget to keep entering our great competitions. You have to be in it to WIN it... Happy Reading Ali, Cat, Sarah & Francine

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New Year... Do I Really Need A New Start Every New Year a number of people will make a resolution to change jobs or look for a new career. The employment market in recent years has seen a strong recovery after the gloomy days of 2008/2009 and no longer do staff have to stay put out of a sense of gratitude for having a job. But despite the healthy state of the employment market is it always wise to move? • Am I taking a good job or just running away from a bad one? To make an informed decision, you need to know what appeals to you about the new opportunity—not just what you don’t like about your current company. • Do I know what I’m getting myself into? Will your visions of a pleasant work environment, rewarding projects and an appreciative manager be the reality? While the grass may indeed be greener on the other side, it still pays to do your homework. Research the firm’s corporate culture, financial stability and leadership. It’s amazing how much information is out there on the internet – and also try and network with current employees. • Will I be paid what I’m really worth? Don’t make the mistake of only comparing the salary offer to what you presently earn. Your paycheck isn’t necessarily the best benchmark. Glassdoor ( has a free salary comparison tool. • What does the total compensation package look like? Yes, salary matters. A lot. But don’t fall into the trap of focusing solely on that one element. A better benefits package, more generous pension plan and bigger bonus opportunities, for example, can boost your bottom line. Also consider your work/life balance. A shorter commute and increased holiday entitlement can make life much more pleasant. • Which company offers more room to grow and progress? At the end of the day, only one person is responsible for your career: you. But it’s certainly beneficial to have an employer that supports your professional development. Opportunity to access training, tuition reimbursement and to attend industry conferences can keep you moving forward professionally. Ideally, you want to work for a company that is committed to helping you grow your skills. Who offers a more clearly defined career path? Pay and benefits are important, but professional development and advancement potential should also be priorities. • Am I letting fear drive my decision? Just as it’s unwise to impulsively leave a job for the wrong reasons, don’t allow fear of the unfamiliar to hold you back from accepting a new one. Changing jobs always carries some degree of risk. But if you’ve thought through the situation and your gut is telling you to make a move, trust your intuition. And who are we to argue with Albert Einstein? “I believe in intuitions and inspirations...I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am” On behalf us all at SOLOS may I wish NG readers a happy and prosperous New Year. © Helen Jones

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THE GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY part 1 Sir Edward Watkin had a vision. He had been Chairman of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway since 1864 and his idea was to build a railway from the north through to London. Eventually via a channel tunnel it would run through to Europe. This, he knew, would bring marvellous opportunities to the industrialists of the north of England allowing them to make direct trade links with places on the continent. London’s Metropolitan line was also part of Sir Edward’s empire. It was being extended northwards as the M.S. & L was gradually being extended south to Annesley. The plan now was to build “an entirely new main line of railway 92 miles long from Annesley right through Nottingham, Leicester and Rugby to a junction with the Aylesbury – Verney Junction Line” Charles Liddell, with two assistants, surveyed the route. He was preparing plans and estimates for a Bill to be presented to Parliament in 1891. The Bill encountered a lot of opposition. The line was to be driven right through the centre of large towns which would create havoc. (The company had to erect 300 houses to replace those demolished, clearing the site for Nottingham station.) Of course the Midland Railway Company and the Great Northern objected strongly saying that the lines already in place were adequate for traffic. The Bill was thrown out. Sir Edward Watkin was temporarily defeated. After expensive payments to smooth the way, a new London Extension Bill was presented which received Royal Assent in March 1893. After this “the impoverished company made frantic efforts to raise the necessary capital” to build the railway. From 1893 the railway was to be known by a new name ‘The Great Central’. Seven contracts to cover the whole works were let for a sum of £3,182,155. When all the contractors moved in they had 9,450 men, 290 horses, steam diggers or excavators, steam engines for mundane jobs such as pumping water or crushing rock and 43 steam driven cranes. Ninety four locomotives were used as work horses by the contractors for moving materials around. It was a mammoth undertaking. The workers were faced with many difficulties few of which had been encountered by

the original railway builders. They had to cross existing mainline railways without interrupting traffic, cut through towns, build enormous viaducts and contend with the risk on mining subsidence in the most northern sections. The engineers of The Great Central “resolved to eliminate that major source of hazard and delay - the level crossing. With only one exception throughout the entire route, every road, from main thoroughfares to the humblest farm access, was carried by bridges either over or under the new railway”.

The Great Central in a cutting bypassing the Windmill

The most northerly contract came through Hucknall. It stretched for 19 miles 44 chains from Annesley to Leake and was let to the contractors Messrs. Logan and Hemmingway. Their main offices were located at No.1 Brunel Terrace, Derby Road, Nottingham. Contractors built offices, depots for materials and machinery, and camp huts for navvies all along the route of the railway. This was to save time travelling to work and enabling materials or equipment to be moved more easily. Many mission rooms provided by The Navvy Mission Society were also built along the route catering for some of the social needs of the workers. The image left purports to show a Navvy Mission Room in Hucknall T o r k a r d possibly near Wighay Bridge.

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If you run a group or club and want people to know about it, why not list it here? If your group is not-for-profit or a charity then your listing is free. All other groups pay just £5+vat per edition. Please get in touch either by phone on 0115 9269777 or email: Zumba with Charm! - (Licensed Instructor) Tues 7 - 8pm Papplewick & Linby Village Hall. All abilities welcome, easy to follow. Just turn up! 07741 448289 only £4

Chair Based Exercise Class -NEW! 2-3pm at Ravenshead Village Hall, NG15 9BN. For more info & to book a place phone Valerie on 0115

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Robin Hood Probus Club - For men who are retired, partly retired or nearing retirement. Monthly meeting on 3rd Tuesday

at The Vale Hotel, Mansfield Rd, Daybrook. Speaker & lunch. Do come along and meet a group of very interestimg, like minded people. Call Bob 0115 822 4642 or Hucknall & District Ladies Probus - are looking for new members due to moving to larger premises. Meet 2nd Wednesday every month at The Station Hotel, Hucknall from 12 noon. For more info call Geri Atkinson on 0115 964 0934 Friends of Bestwood Country Park - a community group for all interested in supporting the Park.For more details check or email Visit our park community cafe 10-noon Saturdays at Dynamo House, off Park Road, Bestwood Village. Nottingham Socialising - social group for 20 - 40’s. Events include pub nights, quizzes, walks, classical concerts and any other social event - find us on facebook. Knit and Natter - newly formed craft group in NG15. Come along & create your craft with fellow crafters over tea, coffee, hot choc & cake! All ages welcome. At Central Methodist Church, Hucknall. Wednesday 7pm-9pm. Session fee £2.50. Leen Valley Conservation Volunteers - no special skills, training given, variety of interesting sites. Weekdays & weekends, refreshments provided. Tel: Lee Scudder on 07753 850758 or Nottingham Oddfellows - are you lonely & want to get out and meet people in a social & friendly atmosphere? Come along & meet us on the first Friday monthly @ 11am - Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood St, NG1 4EZ. For more info call Karen on 01949 843727 or All welcome. The Nottingham Mechanics - 3 North Sherwood St, Nottingham, NG1 4EZ. A centre for everyone. Meet new people in a relaxed atmosphere. A host of groups to join including music, Writers’ Club, Poetry Society, Family History, Keep Fit, Film Shows etc. For membership details contat: or 0115 941 7353 The Lovelace Theatre (amateur) Drama Group - meet Monday & Thursday at John Godber Community Centre, Ogle St, Hucknall. New members always welcome. Also a junior group meets Wednesday. Visit our website: www.lovelace/theatregroup. or call Linda on 0115 968 1011 for further information. Roundabout Social Club - for 50+ single, separated, widowed & divorced. Every Wed & a full monthly programme at Federation House, Claremont Road, Sherwood. 8pm -11pm. Tel: June 01773 777 204 or Hucknall Dolls House Group - every 2nd Thursday at Bentinck Conservative Club, 5 Portland Rd, Hucknall from 7 - 9pm. For more info call Sofia on 07790 334540. Linby Colliery Welfare Ladies Football Club - Wed 6pm - 8pm. Hucknall National School. All age groups. Always looking for new players. Competitive football played on Sun am. Call Carol 07963 820612 or email: Adult Education Courses - beginners up to level 1; very small groups. Under One Roof, Vine Terrace, Hucknall. Call 0115 884 2749 or email: Edgewood Judo Club - meet every Monday evening 6pm to 8.30pm at Edgewood Leisure Centre, Christchurch Road, Hucknall. For details call 0115 952 1346. Hucknall Men’s Probus Club - for retired men.Meet 1st Wed in month at Horse & Groom, Linby. 12noon. Probus movement seeks to give opportunities to retired men & women to meet socially & listen to speakers.For information contact Aubrey Smith on 0115 963 2424. Eric Coates Society - Meets Wednesdays, bi-monthly 7 - 9pm at the Godber Centre. Contact Geoff 0115 9634662 or Peter 0115 953 7393. Actively promoting the life and music of Eric Coates. Hucknall Judo Club - meet Thursdays at National Junior School, Montague Rd, Hucknall from 7.15 - 9pm (term time only). Contact 07785 530256. Ford Capri Club - meet at the Little John Pub, Main Road, Ravenshead on the 1st & 3rd Thursday every month at 8.15pm. For more details call Alan Sutcliffe on 01623 438967, email: or Enjoy a game of Whist? - then come and join us at 6.30pm on Monday evenings at Papplewick Village Hall. Friendly mixed ability group would welcome new players including beginners. For further details ring 0115 963 4643. Byron Probus Club (Ravenshead) - spritely old retired codgers meet second and fourth Thursday in month. 12 noon at Portland College off A60. Contact David Turner 01623 793039. Society for the Study of Ancient Egypt - lectures held 6 times a year -plus special events & trips. New members welcome - expect a warm, friendly welcome. For further info call 01246 276771 or Hucknall Heritage Society - meet second Monday of the month (except June, July, Aug & Dec). At 7.30pm, Central Methodist Church, Hucknall. The Greasley Players - is a small amateur dramatics group. We welcome new members interested in acting, set construction, producing or any aspect of stage craft (e.g. props, lighting, prompt, sound, front of house, curtains etc). For details of our up and coming events or to get involved, please contact us via” or join us on Facebook.

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Hucknall Art Society - meet at Watnall Road Community Centre on Wed. Beginners welcome. Session lasts from 7pm to 9pm.

Any queries please call Harry on 0115 9279 481.

Hucknall Flower Arranging Group - meet on the first Wednesday of each month (exc Dec & Jan). 7.30pm at the John

Godber Centre, Hucknall. New members & visitors always welcome. Contact 0115 963 6894 for more infio. Nottingham Playgoers - Interested in Theatre? We read the plays, visit the theatre & discuss them afterwards. We’re a very friendly group meeting Tuesday evenings 7-9pm at the Mechanics, North Sherwood St, Nott’ham. Contact Sue Cullen on 0115 847 8423. Nottingham Flower Club - Invites you to discover a new talent by joining us on a Thursday evening at the Bluecoat School, NG8 5GY. For dates of meetings contact Jane Walden - 0115 937 5343. Abbey Gates W.I (Ravenshead) - meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month at Ravenshead Village Hall at 7.30pm. New members and visitors always welcome. For further details please phone 01623 798606. Badminton Club (ladies only) - needs more members. Exercise & fun rather than high level play. At Papplewick & Linby Village Hall, Monday 4.30-6.30pm. Call in or ring Bernice on 0115 963 7228 Kindred Spirits Notts - Many social activities a month in & around Nottinghamshire, including coffee mornings, day trips & exercise classes. There are no fees. Find out more by calling 0115 844 0011. Nottingham Rotaract - 18-30 ish - Want to meet people? Try new activities & help in your local community, nationally & internationally through volunteering and fundraising? We meet 7pm central Nottingham on 1st and 3rd Thursday each month. Visit for further details. Nottingham Organ Society - Bonington Theatre. 1st Monday in the month at 7.30pm. Come along and listen to an evening of light musical entertainment. Tickets available at the Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham. Call 0115 956 0733

Notts Fuchsia Society - encourages the growing & displaying of Fuchsias. We meet at Wollaton Park Community Centre,

Harrow Rd, Wollaton Park, NG8 1FG on the 4th Tuesday monthly from 7.15pm - 9.30pm for talks & demonstrations. All welcome. For more info call Derek on 0115 975 3365. Trent Valley Ladies Probus Club - meet at midday first Monday each month for lunch & a talk. Contact Angela Stanley on 01159 619502. Kirkby & District Hiking Club - we are a friendly hiking club who meet every 3rd Sunday for a 9-10 mile hike, mainly Derbyshire. For more info call Brian or Cynthia on 0115 9680813 National Council of Women - Nottingham & Notts Branch - meet last Monday in month 10.30-12pm followed by lunch 12.30-2.30pm at Masonic Hall, West Bridgford. For more info call 0115 950 3733. Lively, Retired & Semi-Retired Professional/Business Men - meet socially for lunch on the second and fourth Thursdays in the month. 12 noon at Portland College (off the A60). Contact Clive Abrahams (Sec.) on 01623 409502 Ravenshead Flower Group - meet on the last Tuesday each month (excl Jan & Dec). NAFAS demonstrators showcase their flower arranging talents. Come & join us at 7.15pm, Ravenshead Village Hall. ravenshead.html New Life Friendship Club - for active over 50’s. Full programme of events each month - (daytime only) day trips, theatre, strolls, walks, meals out, places of interest. For further details contact Joan 929 0902, or email: Nottingham Backgammon Club - Meet Mondays at 8.30pm at The Lion, Mosely St, NG7 7FQ. No membership fees, no playing fees. The Lion is a Real Ale Pub. Call Keith Gray - 07717 058856 for more info. City of Nottingham Probus Club - a club for men over 65, meeting at The New Mechanics Institute, North Sherwood St, Notts on 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10am, meetings start at 10.30am. Interesting talks on many subjects plus optional lunch. Just turn up or call Robin on 0115 916 4774 or email: Lapwings WI (Linby & Papplewick) - meet on the 2nd Tuesday, 10am to 12 noon & the 4th Thursday, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Both meetings at Papplewick Village Hall, off Linby Lane, Papplewick, NG15 8FB. New members are always welcome to this brand new WI. For more info visit: or call 07807 326517 Friends of Moor Pond Wood - Papplewick. A community group involved with woodland management and archaeology along the River Leen. Meets last Wed of the month in Papplewick Village Hall. Non members welcome. Visit: http://moorpond. Spanish Mums in Nottingham - *join us on facebook* Are you a Spanish parent living in Nottingham? Would you like to meet other Spanish parents and let the kids play with other Spanish speaking children? Then get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Susana on Hucknall & Linby Dolphins Swimming Club - enjoy swimming? learning to swim? looking to improve stamina, speed & fitness? Are you interested in becoming more involved in competitive swiming? If so we are looking for new members. Please contact or find us on facebook: Bestwood Village WI - meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month 7.15pm-9.30pm March - Oct. at The Dynamo House off Park Rd, Bestwood Village, NG6 8ZA. Nov - Feb at St Mark’s Church, Bestwood Village, NG6 8UU. To see what we get up to go to or email: Nottinghack - a place where you can make anything. Free open evening 6.30-9.30pm every Wed at Unit F6, BizSpace, Roden House Business Centre, Nottingham, NG3 1JH. For more info visit:

NG15 Community Diary cont..... Friends of Nottingham Museums - monthly meetings with speakers, held on Saturdays at 2pm in Studio 1, Nottingham

Castle. Further info: Janet Livesley 0115 922 1734 Bulwell Foresters Archery Club - we are a small, friendly group that cater for anyone interested in target archery from 9 - 90 years! Pop along any Sunday 11am-2.30pm to Bestwood Road Sports Social Club, NG6 8UA or visit: www.bulwellforesters. or call 07983 518915 for more information. The Nottingham Group of the Hardy Plant Society - welcomes everyone interested in plants & gardening. Meet 2nd Friday monthly from Sept-April at St Paul’s Church Hall, Boundary Rd, West Bridgford. Doors open @ 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For more info visit:, email: or call Carol on 0115 914 2474 Torkard Ensemble - Community music group in Hucknall, we have an instrumental group (grade 5 standard & above) & a choir. We make beautiful music & raise money for local charities through concerts. We are always looking for new members, but are particularly interested in hearing from tenor and bass singers. Contact us at: Just Good Friends - at St Johns Centre, Hucknall. Activities, entertainment & fellowship for over 60’s. Transport provided. Come & join us - Tuesdays & Fridays. Call Andrea 07512 765111. Gedling Round Table - we are a group of ordinary guys who get to do extraordinary things. Members have the chance to embrace life to the full& in turn support their local community. Do more. Learn more. For more info contact Daniel Hayes on 07889 725 836 or email: Blidworth & District Historical & Heritage Society - Meet first Tuesday of the month at 7pm, Blidworth Welfare. For further information contact the secretary Mrs Dale Smallwood on 01623 479978. Cottage Crafts Group - feeling lonely? want to meet people and make new friends? Please come along to our group on Monday mornings - 10am - 1pm for a chat and refreshments. No need to be “crafty”. We meet at Under One Roof, 3A Vine Terrace, Hucknall. Tel: 0115 952 1236 for more details. Sequence Tea Dance - at Hucknall Leisure Centre on Tuesdays - 1.30 - 3.30pm. Cost £3. For more information call Lynn Davey on 01773 813701 Embroiderers’ Guild - anyone interested in stitching and textiles is welcome. We meet at The Nottingham Mechanics, North Sherwood St, Nottingham (close to the Royal Centre) on 1st Tuesday each month at 1.30 - 3.30pm. For more info contact Jenny on 01623 491331. Soroptimist International - a group of women who meet 1st & 3rd Monday monthly at Willoughby Hall, Notts University Main Campus. We carry out projects to support women & girls at local & international level. Join us for fun, friendship & to help with these projects. For more info & contact: Watnall WI - meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month 7.15pm-9.30pm at Watnall WI Hall, Main Rd, Watnall. For more details call 0115 953 7679.

Leenside W.I (Hucknall) - meet on the 3rd Tues monthly. Central Methodist Church Hall at 7.15pm. Ravenshead W.I - meet on the 3rd Wednesday, monthly. 7.45pm at The Centre at St Peter’s, Sheepwalk Lane,

Ravenshead. Contact: 01623 751307. Bootlace Buddies - Bootlace Buddies is a small and friendly walking club for single people born in the 1950s and 1960s. We walk in the local area on Sundays and sometimes walk or cycle on Wednesdays. For more information visit www. Newark Speakers-meet at the Newark Town Bowls Club, NG24 1TS on Monday’s at 7.30pm. At your local speakers club, become a better speaker and presenter in a welcoming, supportive environment. Gain skills and confidence in public speaking. For more info: For meeting dates visit:

Papplewick & Linby Ladies Circle of Friends - meet fortnightly from end of September to end of May on a Tuesday afternoon. New members & visitors very welcome. Further information from Vera Preston on 0115 963 9990. Newstead W.I - meet every 3rd Monday of the month at the Newstead Centre, Tilford Rd, Newstead Village, NG15 0BS at 7.30pm. All welcome. Come along and try our friendly WI. Further info on 01623 723437. Hucknall Wine Circle - meet 3rd Monday every month at National School, Hucknall at 7.15pm. For more information

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Making Tracks Walking Group - is for single adults aged 40+ who share a love for the outdoors. We walk every Sunday

throughout the year in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire. Own transport essential. For more information visit: All new members welcome. Nottingham CHA Walking Group - would like to invite new members to local weekday or weekend walks further afield. For details please call 0115 927 4869 or email: The Nottingham Locksley Club - offering friendship & dancing on Tues night @ Basford Conference Centre to all single, separated, divorced and widowed. Ring Ken for more details on 01773 530383 Wollaton Historical & Conservation Society - meet at 7.30pm 4th Wed of the month at St Leonard’s Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, Wollaton Village. Bus no.30/parking at rear. For more info. call Angela Gilbert 0115 928 3414 or see website Nottingham Writers’ Club - meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays (evenings) monthly in the city centre. We welcome everyone who loves to write - aspiring, published or unpublished - and all genres are catered for. For information please contact Phil on 0115 938 4098 Ellenismos Greek Dancing - Monday evenings 9pm-9.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Wollaton Park Road. New members welcome, call Margaret on 01332 391608 or email: m.beedham@




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Readers may recall the appalling case of 15 puppies dumped by the Erewash Canal in November 2013. Thanks to Nottingham based charity, Animal Accident Rescue Unit, all were rescued and found homes. Sadly now, however, one of them, Peppa, needs a new one. Her owner’s older dog has developed health issues and become aggressive towards Peppa, meaning the family is now forced to rehome her. At 3 years old, Peppa is friendly, likes children and dogs, and deserves a second chance! If you are interested in Peppa and would even like to meet her, please contact our Dog Adoption Officer on 07857 120774. This mobile number must not be used for any other purpose – or you can email the relevant volunteer at uk, who will reply as soon as possible. All potential adoptions need a successful homecheck.

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We all love the nostalgia of the British seaside and proper fish and chips don't we? Well in the heart of Nottingham you can have a little bit of that and more at the George's Great British Kitchen. Pick up a newspaper (their ‘Proper British Menu’), sit in one of their beach huts, admire the quirky but stylish award winning restaurant design and then enjoy British food with a unique twist! We decided on a twist on the classic cod and mushy peas for our starters. Cod pakoras with a coriander and mint dip and also mushy pea fritters covered in crunchy seaweed batter. Every bit as nice as they sound. For mains, I went for the eye catching fish chowder in a toasted bread bowl. If you generally love fish and something a bit different, this is for you! My hubby made his usual burger choice with the lovely proper dirty double burger and wait for it..... twice cooked Stilton chips. They have to be tried!! The staff here are a particularly happy and helpful bunch, always nice!

There is an array of cocktails on offer too, ranging from splendid gin tipples to delectable sharing cocktails, served in a teapot with tea cups and saucers! Their trophy cabinet speaks volumes. They opened in 2014 and by 2015, they were winning awards for Best New Venue (Nottinghamshire Food and Drink Awards), Best International Restaurant Design and Best City Centre Experience at the Nottingham Post Food and Drink awards 2016.

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Friday 31st March

Superfood Soups and Shakes Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If you did, are you still on target or have you fallen at the first hurdle? I have only ever kept one New Year’s resolution in my entire life, but I optimistically try again every year. Most people attempt to “get fit” or stop smoking, or drink less or perhaps find a new job. Many of us resolve to “eat more healthily” and I am sure that many a New Year’s day is spent searching the back of the cupboards for the juicer that has been languishing there for the last couple of years, ready to juice or blend our almond butter and bee pollen or whatever this year’s “must have” ingredient is. We may even have a recipe book filled with “super smoothies”, miracle juice blends and cabbage soups promising to “detox” us and leave us with bright eyes and clear skin. The thing is, you have to be pretty committed to persevere

with wheatgrass, matcha and dandelion, and let’s be honest, most of them don’t taste all that pleasant, even if they are “doing us good”. But you can make some truly delicious and healthy soups and smoothies that will give you a real boost. These recipes are full of vitamins and nutrients that will help to revive flagging appetites after the excesses of the festive season and get you ready for the lighter evenings and milder days of spring. I can’t promise you’ll lose weight or cleanse your system or even feel 10 years younger, I can promise these are super tasty though, full of goodness and just that little bit different (and they don’t smell of grass cuttings!).

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Curried Coconut,

Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

and Kale Soup

Method You can either throw the lot in a slow cooker for 6 hours, or cook on the hob for around 2 ½ hours. Serve with crusty bread.

Peanut, Sweet Potato (this has a lot of ingredients, but is very, very simple to make, and hopefully most of them are already in your store cupboard) Ingredients (serves approx 8) 3 cloves of garlic, peeled & roughly chopped ½” knob of ginger, peeled & roughly chopped Handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped Handful of parsley, roughly chopped 2 x jalapeno chillies Rock salt to taste 1 can full fat coconut milk I large leek 1 generous tsp cumin 1 generous tsp smoked paprika 1 generous tsp oregano 1 generous tsp mustard powder 1 generous tsp ginger powder 2 generous tsp curry powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon I pt water I large sweet potato (roasted, roughly chopped, inc. skin) Approx 100g shelled peanuts (blended, with 2 parts water) 100g shelled peanuts (whole) I tin black lentils Fresh kale (roughly chopped) Juice of 1/2 lime

Banana Nutshake This is a truly delicious dairy-free shake which the kids will love too! Ingredients (serves 1) ½ a banana (peeled, chopped & placed in the freezer) 2 handfuls of unsalted cashew nuts & 150ml of water (to make the cashew milk, soak the nuts for at least 2 hours in water (2 parts water) then blend the nuts and water together for 1 and a half minutes) 5 pitted dates Ice cubes Method Pour the cashew milk in the blender and add the frozen banana pieces, the dates and 5/6 ice cubes. Blend for 1½ minutes. Sprinkle with flaked dark chocolate and serve. (Thanks to Jago Barnes at “The Little Vegan” for this super recipe)

Beetroot Coconut Latte Ingredients (serves 1) Half a boiled (not pickled!) beetroot 100ml boiling water Couple of drops of vanilla essence 5 drops maple syrup or honey 150ml coconut milk (or milk of your choice) Method Blend the beetroot with the boiled water, vanilla essence and maple syrup. Froth your coconut milk in a milk frother or in a pan with a frothing whisk (if you haven’t got either you could just use warm milk, but obviously you don’t get the bubbles!). Pour the milk over the beetroot juice base and serve.

What is so super about superfoods?


o you know your maca from your matcha? Does camu camu confuse you?

Superfood powders are a rapidly growing section of the health food market but if you aren’t the smoothie sipping type then you may be oblivious to their existence. Here is a what’s what of the superfood world by registered nutritional therapist Eva Humphries. Before we begin this list, let’s focus on why you’d bother in the first place. After all our populations have existed and even thrived without that ancient berry from the depths of the rainforest that everyone on social media is buzzing about. The term superfood refers to a nutrient-rich food that is considered to be especially beneficial for health. Put simply, these foods can enhance our existing diets with great ease by adding essential vitamins and minerals that would otherwise be harder to obtain. Take baobab powder for example. Just two teaspoons has the same amount of vitamin C and twice as much fibre as an orange but unlike the orange you don’t have to peel it. Think of superfood powders as the latest convenience foods with the great exception that they are actually good for you.

Maca Grown high in the mountains of South America, this root is a distant cousin of broccoli and is especially prized for its adaptogenic benefits. Adaptogens are

thought to adapt to your bodies needs during times of stress by supporting the adrenal gland (the part of your body that is responsible for releasing the stress hormones).

Baobab This African fruit originates from the “tree of life” and dries naturally on its branches. It is high in Vitamin C which can contribute to better immune function and healthy skin.

Matcha Matcha is a finely ground, pure green tea powder. Originally cultivated by Zen Buddhists, matcha is thought to bring greater mental clarity.

Camu camu Grown on small bushy trees in the Amazon region, this cherry-like fruit is dried and ground to produce an antioxidant-rich powder. It is thought to be especially beneficial for the immune system and for repair.

Mushrooms Reishi, chaga, lion’s mane and maitake are all medicinal mushrooms that are growing in popularity thanks to their varied applications. They are adaptogenic, some evidence suggests they may contribute to lowering cholesterol and they strengthen the immune system.

Eva Humphries is a Nottingham based nutritionist, founder of Wholefood Warrior and appreciator of good food. Eva holds health and wellbeing talks on topics including the basics of nutrition, improving energy and detoxing. Visit for more information.


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Unscrambling the Story of Computing at Bletchley Park

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Winter 2017

The Nottingham Centre’s Winter programme continues in to the New Year as follows: February 9th at 2.15pm - ‘Far and Away’, by Josanne Peet: the fascinating story of the Nottinghamshire Emigrants to The New World in the 19th Century. February 23rd at 7.30pm - ‘The Tunneling 9th Duke of Portland’, by Lilley Ann Dawes. March 9th at 2.15pm - AGM, followed by a talk, ‘The Nottingham Centre Year’ by our chairman, Sylvia Hale. March 23rd at 7.30pm - ‘Well Dressing’, by John North. Talks take place at the Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham. Admission: £3 members, £4 visitors, who are always very welcome. Excursions Saturday 7th January 2017 – a local walk, with public transport, Bulwell to Nuthall. Tel John or Felicity Crofts for more information: 0115 9162038 Wednesday 15th February 2017. ‘Snowdrops Excursion’ to Belton House Gardens and Oakham Castle, by coach. Cost £20 to include the essential cream tea! Contact Sylvia. Monday 20th March 2017 – a walk with public transport - Chesterfield. Telephone John or Felicity Crofts as above. For information about the Nottingham Centre (supporting National Trust) contact Barbara Mc.Donald, tel:9757800, email: or the website –


A group of students from National Church of England Academy recently visited the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park to discover how computing has developed and been integral to our modern day lives. This historic site has real significance to computing as Bletchley Park was the central site for Britain's codebreakers during World War II. Students began the day learning about Colossus, the world's first electronic, digital, programmable computer. They then went onto learn about first generation computing, which is characterised by the use of valves to control electrical circuits. The tour also included a look at second generation computing characterised by the transistor and magnetic media for memory and storage. Mr Lee, computing teacher at the academy said, “The students had a great day and what they have been able to see and learn about will support their overall knowledge of the history of computing. It is important for them to see real-life applications of computing and coming to an iconic place such as Bletchley Park drives home how important the technology has been in shaping history in the UK and beyond. Students felt that the trip gave them a greater understanding of the use of computer systems in society.” The day concluded with pupils completing a practical computer programming activity using a BBC micro which was developed by Acorn computers in 1980 commissioned by the BBC to encourage greater ’computer literacy’ in schools.

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TAROSCOPES Air signs- Libra, Aquarius, Gemini

Earth signs- Capricorn, Virgo, Taurus

You’ve got into a rut of projecting your inner anxieties regarding what others think of you outwards; creating (what you believe are) real obstacles and issues to pursuing your dreams. Don’t you know that you’re bigger and brighter than the characterised re-telling of you by other people? Well, you’re about to realise this, and discover the right place for your unique gifts to shine. Be ready to start developing them even further (ignoring what others might think).

You’re ready to leave behind, for good, something you’ve long wished to. This final preparation is about expressing the stress you feel regarding this closure; acknowledging your fears is the first step to breaking free of their, sometimes, paralysing hold over you. Gain fresh insight about your life’s direction, and strengthen your resolve to face adversity, by deliberately hunting down and vanquishing your inner demons. You WILL walk away from this internal confrontation stronger, and set for a new era.

Fire signs- Leo, Aries, Sagittarius

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(Four of Wands, Two of Coins, Nine of Coins, The Devil)

(Queen of Swords, The Fool, Two of Swords, Ten of Wands)

You’re dying to move and improve where and how you live, and you’ve put yourself on the hook to work your socks off until you can. You’re liberated by the realisation that you alone control your life, and with that freedom comes equal responsibility to make something of it. You’re already focusing on the next goal, and your effort WILL be rewarded, so relax and enjoy the ride (p.s. do not succumb to old, bad habits- because you’re moving onwards and upwards!).

Where do you feel most oppressed, burdened or overworked in your life? You’re about to make a bold move to stimulate change here; one requiring risk, faith and swift decisiveness. Don’t overthink it- DO it. Once this change is initiated, your life will regain its forward momentum and you can tune back into the wise intuition that guides your best decisions and hunches. Make no apologies for the change you create. It’s for the best.

Kerry Ward is a Nottingham based tarot reader, with over 20 years fortune telling experience, and many happy clients the world over. You can book a personal, written reading, which will come to you as a beautifully illustrated brochure, at Or visit the Nottingham Industrial Museum, on Wollaton Park, Sunday 29th January 12-3pm. Kerry will be doing readings in the Tarot Van at the museum! You can also follow Kerry at

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Kimberley Bowls Club Over the last few years, as many people in the Kimberley, Nuthall and Giltbrook area already know, we have started off the bowling season by hosting an 'Open Weekend'. It is initially designed to promote the game of bowls but also proves to be a fun weekend for everyone and the opportunity to join the club should you wish. 2017 will be no different. Free hot drinks will be available from 1pm - 4.30pm on both Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April. We have several sets of bowls for you to use, all you have to do is turn up! Our members will be easily recognizable wearing our new 'Blue and Red Shirts' and will be on hand to answer questions whilst helping with the bowling where required. During the 2015 season we won the midweek 3x3 league and came second in the Ashfield 4x2 league gaining promotion in both. In 2016, after a very tight last match we managed to win the Ashfield 4x2 league and will again be rewarded by promotion. For the 2017 season we are dropping one of our evening leagues and joining two afternoon leagues which should prove popular with the members and together with thirteen internal club competitions played throughout the season there is plenty of opportunity for a game. A reminder about the 'Open Weekend' will be in the March/April NG15, in the meantime we have our annual 'Presentation Evening/ Carvery' to look forward to at the Hog's Head at Awsworth where Andrew and his staff make us very welcome. As you can see there is plenty going on at Kimberley Bowls Club so make a point of dropping in for a look around and meet the members of a very friendly club.

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Nottingham based George Hagen was selected as the winner of a free prize draw run by local education recruitment firm, Teaching Force and has generously donated his £50 prize money to the Nottingham based charity Sharewear Clothing Scheme. George became involved with the charity through a family friend and after volunteering for them over the summer he is keen to support the project where he can. Established back in 2014 to help the people in times of crisis, Sharewear operates like a food bank providing emergency clothing, shoes and bedding to people in Nottingham in times of crisis. Located in a former library in Bestwood Park, the scheme operates a strict referral system with many referred by social services to visit their unit. The charity also provides an outreach service supplying referral agencies and their partners with packs of pre-sorted clothing ready to give to those in immediate need. Thought to be the only project of its kind in the country, the clothing scheme was the brainchild of founder and CEO Louise Cooke, she comments: “Sadly, there are far too many people in Nottingham living in poverty. Whilst food banks are now commonplace in major cities, we have identified that these same people are also desperate for clothes as well as food and we are attempting to do this for the residents of Nottingham. We are selffunded and run part-time by volunteers so in desperate need of financial support to secure our future“ The charity is now proud to have clothed over 2000 people in Nottingham. To find out more about volunteering for the charity or to become a Sharewear referral agency or outreach partner email or visit www.sharewearclothingscheme. org

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If you run a support group or organisation and want people to know about it, why not list it here? If your group is not-for-profit or a charity then your listing is free. All other groups pay just £5+vat per edition. Please get in touch either by phone on 0115 9269777 or email: Breathe Easy Hucknall - meetings held 4th Tuesday of every month. 1-3pm at our NEW venue; Rolls Royce Leisure Fitness

Centre, The Pavilion, Watnall Rd, NG15 6EP. Ample free parking. For more info tel: Chris Clarke on 07563 614888. Irish Community Cancer Group - self help group for people affected by cancer in the Irish community. Meet the last Wed of the month 10.30am - 12.30pm at Self Help Nottingham, NG1 2EG. For more info call 0115 911 1661 NottsGOSH - (Nottingham Gynae - Oncology Support & Help group) offer support in the aftermath of various gynae cancers. Support, information, understanding or simply a cup of tea. Meetings are held bi-monthly,last Tues of month at Maggies Cancer Care Ctre, Notts City Hospital from 6.30-8.30pm. For more info: Sue Mills on 0115 969 1169 ext 56162 Nottingham Miscarriage Support - For anyone effected by the loss of a baby during pregnancy who would like to meet with other women and men who have shared similar experiences. Meet 3rd Thursday monthly 7-9pm at Sherwood Methodist Church, Devon Drive. For info contact Kymm 0115 8449484 or 07870 771326 or ADHD - a support group for adults with ADHD. Meet 3rd Monday of month 7 - 9pm in Nottingham City Centre. Call 0115 982 2573 for more info. Nottingham Counselling Service - not-for-profit service providing high quality affordable counselling for anyone aged 16 & over in the Nottinghamshire area. Accredited services include individual, couples & employer assistance counselling. To find out more call 0115 950 1743 or email: Located at Unit 5, Victoria Centre, Kent St, NG1 3LZ. Open 9am-8pm weekdays. Minimal waiting times. Fibromyalgia - Support groups, workshops and group meetings. Contact Charlotte - 0115 9676 434 or 07961 025780. Smile! Stop Hate Crime - raises awareness and tackles disability hate crime. People with learning disabilities should not have to put up with harrassment and violence. REPORT it to the police on 101. FREE legal advice clinic - at the CORE centre, Calverton every Tuesday 9.30 - 12.30pm. Lauren is a specialist family resolution lawyer and offers a minimum 45 min confidential free meeting. Call Lauren on 07990 806086 or email: Recovery from Separation & Divorce Course - an 8 week course starting soon to help anyone struggling with the effects of relationship breakdown. At a city centre location. Contact Judy or Phil on 0115 779 1315 or email: judy. Adoption Open Evening - first Thursday monthly. Adopt Together opens it’s doors for anyone considering adoption. Come along for a chat with our friendly adoption team between 6pm - 7.30pm at our West Bridgford office, 7 Colwick Rd, West Bridgford, NG2 5FR. For more info visit or 0115 9558811 Cutting Back - Self-help group for women who self-harm. Weekly meetings in City Centre. For more information call 07930 713530 or email: Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL) Nottingham - providing respite care holidays for children from Belarus & Ukraine who are affected by the ongoing consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Interested? Tel: 01949 842383 or email: or visit: Gateway Women - a group to support women who don’t have children by circumstances not by choice. http:// was started by Jody Day. The Nottingham group meet 1st Saturday of the month at Patisserie Valerie at 11am. For more info contact Sally on 07796 318046.

ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - MESH is Nottingham’s self help group for people with ME/CFS. We have socials & run weekly relaxation, gentle moves & breathing sessions. Some joint events with people who have fibromyalgia. Contact Richard on 0115 925 2586 or email: Bariatric Support Group Nottingham - Nottingham’s first support group for those who are waiting for, or have had any type of bariatric surgery. Carers, friends and family welcome. We meet 2nd Tues of the month 7pm - 9pm at the Hyson Green Community Centre, 37a Gregory Boulevard, Hyson Green, NG7 6BE. For more infol: 0754 621 5757 1pm - 4pm Positive Outcomes - a self help group for people who aim to control their drinking - cutting down or cutting it out. Meet Wednesdays 7pm - 9pm, Nottingham City Centre. For group contact details: Self Help Nottingham Information Line 0115 911 1661 (Mon-Fri 9am - 1pm) or email: Framework’s EVE Works - Helps unemployed people into work/training/volunteering. We help remove barriers to work. For free 1-2-1 appointments and training eg. confidence building/interveiw skills. Tel: 0800 111 4262 or email: Depression - group meeting every month in Arnold, also one to one meetings available, limited spaces available. To find out more or to book your place please call Roxanne on 07988 083224 or email: The Cornwater Club for Older People - meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am - 2.30pm in Ravenshead. Offers friendship and a variety of stimulating activities. A freshly cooked 2 course meal provided at every session. You can attend as many weekly sessions as you like. Transport available for people living in Blidworth or Ravenshead. All welcome from any area of Nottinghamshire. For a free, no obligation taster day please phone Maxine Dakin, Manager on 01623 491159. Debt Help & Advice - The Debt Advice Network is a registered charity offering free, impartial, professional, face-toface advice to people with debt problems. Contact your local counsellor: or call 07973 113 882 Carers in Hucknall & surrounding areas - meet at John Godber Centre, Ogle Street on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday, monthly. From 1.30pm to 4pm. All welcome.

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Notts Peer to Peer Network - information for users of Mental Health services in Nottinghamshire and their carers.

Gateway Drop In, for mutual support, information, occasional outings and talks at St Peter’s Church, NG1 2NW (next to M&S) every Wed 1.30 to 3.30pm. For more information email: or write: Self Help Nottingham, Ormiston House, 32-36 Pelham St, NG1 2EG or visit: Allsorts - Do you have physical or sensory disabilities? Want to meet new people? Aged 18-40? Have fun with like minded people, join Nottinghamshire Allsorts. email: or visit: Relate Nottinghamshire - Offers family counselling, relationship counselling, sex therapy and young peoples counselling. Costs negotiated according to income. Tel: 0115 958 4278 from 9am to 9pm.

Contact the Elderly - If you want to make a difference to the lives of elderly people in your local community, why not consider volunteering for Contact the Elderly? We are a national charity tackling acute loneliness among isolated older people, aged 75 and over, by organising free, monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties. Please contact Pamela Walker on 0121 603 1331 or for more info. The Forget-Me-Not Dementia Support Group - Support group for people with dementia, their carers, family & friends. Meet on 3rd Monday of each month from 1.30pm-3.30pm at Kirkby Trinity Community Centre Point, Diamond Ave, Kirkby-in-Ashfield. We welcome people from all areas to drop in for information, support and to meet others over a cuppa. For more info call 01623 556065 Hucknall Library Work Club - Meets Thursdays 3.30pm - 5.30pm. This is a Nottinghamshire County Council work club - contact: Tel: 07775 588756

Mark Spencer MP for Sherwood Advice Surgeries - Please phone the constituency office on 0115 968 1186 for an

appointment or email Surgery 2nd Saturday monthly (10am-12pm) at Under One Roof, Vine Terrace, Hucknall, NG15 7HN. Coping with Anxiety - meet first & third Tuesday, 7pm til 9pm, monthly at Sherwood Community Centre, Mansfield Road, Sherwood. For more info call Albert Godfrey on 0115 967 9409 or email: Connecting Families - for family matters. We are passionate about parenting. Providing solutions through courses and personalised support. Contact Eileen Mignott for information on 07877 583529 or email: Loss of someone to suicide? - Loss is a self help support group for those who have experienced the suicide of a family member or someone close. For more information call 0115 911 1661 (mon - fri 9am-1pm) or visit SMART Recovery Groups - help people to gain control over their drinking, drugs and other addictions. Peer-led meetings are held in Nottingham on Thursday evenings & Saturday mornings. New groups are also starting in the County. For meeting details please visit or contact Self Help Nottingham’s Information Line 0115 911 1661 (Mon-Fri 9am - 1pm) or email: Nottingham Adult Sibling Group - do you have a brother or sister with life-long learning disability or autism? Would you like to meet others with similar experiences? Come along to our support group & gain information & support as a sibling. To register to attend the group visit Dyslexia Action, Nottingham - specialist tuition for literacy and numeracy for all ages. Full psychological assessments. Exam access arrangements. Awareness training for schools, colleges, work-based trainers and employers. Our Nottingham Office is based at 2 King Street, NG1 2AS. Please phone 0115 948 3849 for more information and a free consultation. Mansfield & Ashfield Carers Support Group - meet 2nd Wednesday monthly, 2pm - 4pm at St Peter’s Centre, Churchside, Mansfield. We can offer friendship, info and advice to carers who support someone with mental health issues. Drop in for a warm welcome. For more info call Joy: 01623 459681 or Cleo: 07824 838574. Reach Out Residents - we are a group that is for all residents in West Hucknall. We meet about 5 times a year to discuss issues affecting our area & many statutory bodies including the police, Ashfield Homes, Trent Buses & others attend our meeting. We invite you to come along and have your say. Next meeting Tuesday 12 July @ 6.30pm at Hillcrest Centre, Holgate School, Hucknall. Together we can make a difference! Tel 07527 070459 or Find us now on Facebook. MS Society - Nottingham and District Branch Drop-in meeting, the 2nd Wednesday every month at Brookfields Garden Centre, Mapperley Plains from 2pm - 3.30pm. We meet in the rear of the cafe. It’s an informal event with a friendly group of people affected by MS including carers and family. No charge, no need to book. Just turn up or contact Doug for more information. Tel: 0115 966 3582 Breathe Easy Nottingham West - meetings held 2nd Wednesday of the month. 1.30pm - 3.30pm at our new venue: Catholic Church Parish Hall, Hill Top, 280 Nottingham Road, Eastwood, Nottingham NG16 2AQ Dizzy Self Help Group - is for anyone in the Nottingham area with balance problems, whatever the cause. The group’s bi-monthly meetings are a social occasion, with speakers on a variety of topics, to provide an opportunity to meet fellow sufferers and for mutual support. Meetings take place between 2 and 4pm at Self -Help Nottingham, 32-34 Pelham Street, Nottingham. Just turn up at a meeting or ring Jeff on 0115 8451360 Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Support Group - a charity which is a self help group for people with these medical conditions. For more information please go to Over The Rainbow Parkinsons Support Group - support for ANYONE affected by Parkinsons Disease. Our aims are to enjoy life & have fun. Monthly meeting with buffet lunch 11am - 1pm, 2nd Saturday at Southwell. Email: or call Sandra & Michael on 01636 812399 Heydays Day Services - accredited day service provider. Socialising and activities for over 65’s. Mon, Wed & Thurs 10am - 3.30pm.Two course hot meal & daily refreshments. Tel: 0115 952 1421 (see our facebook page) Hard of Hearing/Deaf - Hard of Hearing Social Group (2nd and 4th Friday, 10am-2pm), Social Night (1st and 3rd Thursday, 7pm till late) and lip-reading classes (days and evening). For further details phone 0115 970 0516, text 07817275253, or email

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“A meadow and woodland for remembrance in Sherwood Forest in the County of Nottinghamshire” 9 miles north of Notts City Centre | Salterford Lane, Calverton. NG14 6NZ Member of the Association of Natural Burial Grounds Tel 01623 882210 (Op 2) or 07800 635037 E: |

Nottingham Flower Club

Jan - no meeting

The South Notts Flower Club Edwalton Church Hall, Wellin Lane NG12 4AP

Feb 23 - AGM & Social Evening

10 Jan Patterns of Nature by Roma

March 23 - “Diversity” demo


Bluecoat School, NG8 5GY

Doors open: 6.45pm for 7.15pm All Welcome. Visitors £5 Info:

14 Feb February Flair by Ian Buxton Meetings start at 7.30pm. £10. All welcome.

For more information Tel. 923 2615

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Nottingham Prostate Cancer Support Group - if you are affected by Prostate Cancer and would like to talk

to others in a similar situation, you are welcome to join our group. We meet at the Nottingham City Hospital between 7 and 9pm on the 2nd Thursday every other month. Partners always welcome. For further information either ring Self Help Nottingham on 0115 911 1661 or email Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) Peer Support Group - offers help and support if you have been diagnosed with PBC - an autoimmune liver disease. Meet every first Tuesday of the month - 7pm - 8.30pm at Antenna, 15 Beck St, NG3 3BP. For info contact Wendy - Gingerbread - is a friendship group for single parent families from all walks of life, whether you are a mum, dad, carer or grandparent bringing up children on your own, and kids are always welcome! Join Gingerbread for free at membership and contact the Hucknall group at; email - hucknallgingerbread@outlook. com; or text 07950 780577. Ashfield Citizens Advice - we are at Hucknall market place every other Friday from 8.30am - 2pm. Just come along to get the advice and information you need. See our website: for more information. Marie Curie Helper service - Provided FREE of charge to people with any terminal illness and their carers. For a few hours each week, our trained volunteers will visit people in their homes offering companionship and support tailored to their needs. To request the service, call 0845 304 8730 or email: Visit www.mariecurie. for more information. Indigo Kids - is a charity & support group for children on the autistic spectrum & related social & communication difficulties including fragile x, their parents/carers and siblings. We have the Arc)to help or just for a chat & a cuppa. We offer activities, youth club during school time & day trips during holidays. Parent advice surgery every Wed 10am-12noon & 5.30pm-7.30pm. email: Web: or call 0115 952 1164

Aching Arms - is a charity that brings comfort following the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth or shortly after. For more information visit


If you run a group or club for kids and you want it publicising, this is the page for you. If your group is not-for-profit or a charity then your listing is free. All other groups pay just £5+vat per edition. Please get in touch either by phone on 0115 9269777 or email:


Little Signers Club imagine how amazing it would be if your baby could tell you what they wanted?! Find out more about using sign language to allow your child to communicate with you from as young as 4 months old. Classes in Hucknall & Ravenshead. Contact Hannah, 07856 021 527 or


Papplewick Pre-School Group Papplewick Village Hall, Linby Lane, Papplewick. Open Mon/Wed/Thurs from 9am-3pm & Tues/Fri 9am-noon. Lunch & Learning Club: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri noon-1.30pm. Please call Kelly Wright for more info on: 0115 963 4913

Applegarth Day Nursery - Robey Close, Linby, NG15 8AA. Open Monday-Friday 7.15am - 6.15pm. Exceptional care for children, ages 6 weeks - 5 years & wrap around care for 8 local schools. OFSTED GOOD. For further details please call 0115 963 1296 or visit Nottingham Boys Choir - does your son enjoy singing? NBC rehearses in St Paul’s Church, Carlton on Wednesday evenings 6.15 - 7.30pm. Take a look at our website: or just drop in!

Absolute Triathlon Club


Expert swim, bike & run coaching for ages 8 - 14yrs, all abilities. We meet Thursdays 5pm - 7.15pm(term time) at Southglade Leisure Centre, Bestwood. Call 0115 960 7912 or visit www. for more information.

Nottingham Sea Cadets - Waterside Way, Nottingham, NG2 4DP. T: 0115 958 0528. E: W: Tues & Thurs eves 7pm - 9.15pm. Tumble Tots - Britain’s leading National Active Physical Play Programme for children from crawling to 7 years. Visit for details. Hucknall Sports YCFC - always wanting new players, all age groups from U8’s to U18’s. Well established club (est.1977) provides organised junior football with qualified FA coaches in a safe & friendly manner on both Sat & Sundays. Contact or ring 0115 9521122 for further info.

Hucknall Pre-school playgroup - Baptist Church, Watnall Rd, Hucknall. Open Mon/Tue & Fri 9am - 3pm. Wed/Thur 9am - 12pm. For more info call 07544 510610. St Johns Ambulance Cadets - (10-18yrs) Tues at 6.30 - 8.00pm approx. Seymour Road Baptist Church. Call Steve Cross on 0115 952 9683.

Hucknall Mini’s Basketball - Hucknall Leisure Centre. Tues 7-8pm (7-10yrs) & 8-9pm (11-12yrs). £2.50. Call Adam McGrory on 07732211696. Notts & Arnold Amateur Cricket Club - Indoor at Basford Bar Lane Community Centre, Unit B1, Bar Lane Ind Est, Bar La, NG6 0JA. Oct-March. Mon 6-7pm soft ball & 7-8pm hard ball net. Fri 6.30-7.30pm club training night. New members always welcome. Contact Andrew Claye 07834 488663


Rolls Royce Leisure JFC Mon 6-7pm, Tues - 6-8pm, Wed - 6-8pm, Thurs -6-9pm. All age groups. Always looking for new players to join our family friendly club playing Sat am/pm & Sun am. Call John on 07920 154129 or www. Notts County Ladies Development Football Club


New players wanted to strengthen our successful squads from U9s (year 3). Junior teams compete in the Notts Girls & Ladies Football League. Come and join us for a training session on Wednesdays 6-8pm at National Cof E Academy, Hucknall. For more info contact Carol: 07963 820612/

Hucknall Judo Club - meet Thursday 7.15 - 9pm at National Junior School, Montague Rd, Hucknall. All ages welcome. Contact 07785 530256. Edgewood Judo Club - meet every Monday evening 6pm to 8.30pm at Edgewood Leisure Centre, Christchurch Road, Hucknall. For details call 0115 952 1346.

- Nottinghamshire HQ - 987 7220. Nottingham BMX Race Track - Nottingham Outlaws BMX club run coaching

Guides, Brownies & Rainbows

sessions Saturdays: 9.30am onwards. Gates Thur (Spring/Summer) & Sun (Winter). Also BMX races. For more or facebook: Nottinghamoutlawsbmxclub or visit Sellers Wood Drive, Bulwell.


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Baby, kids & maternity nearly new sales

Next 26th February 2pm - 4pm comingsale: soon to ARNOLD & RAVENSHEAD.

To Holgate book a stall visit @ Academy, Nabbs Lane, NG15 6PX or email

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Fun & educational animal handling experiences! Call Kristan: 07873796379

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Rolls Royce Soccer School - for 5 to 7 yr old boys & girls every Sunday morning 10 til 12pm. Watnall Road, Hucknall. Contact head coach John Cheetham on 07920 154129 or


Indigo Kids kids club Tues 5.30pm-7.25pm. Adventurers Wed 5.30pm-7.30pm. Youth Club Thurs 5.30pm7.25pm. Indigo Tots Tues 10am-11.55am. Stay & play. Indigo Karate Sun 2pm-3pm. For further information contact Indigo Kids on 0115 952 1164 (10am - 1pm Mon-Fri term time), email: or visit Air Training Corps 1803 (Hucknall) Sqn) Wed 7pm - 9pm.

- The Aerodrome, Watnall Rd, Hucknall. Ages 13-18yrs.

Oceans of Fun Indoor Soft Play Centre - Spring St, Hucknall - suitable for 0-11yrs. Open 7 days. Comfy area for adults & cafe. Parties from ÂŁ6.60 per child. Outdoor play area with seating. Free car park. See or call 0115 963 3961 for more info.

- For more info and contacts see Hucknall Sports YCFCCubs, Soccer School - fun environment 4 to 6yr Fri boys & girls. Now outside 2nd Arnold Beavers, Scouts & Explorers - Beaversfor6.30-7.45 | Cubs Panther Grp Hucknall Boys Brigade

at 7-8.30pm The New Wigwam, Kenbrook Rd,7-8.30pm off Paplewick Hucknall, NG15 8HR. From 9.30am til 11am Tues | Cubs Otter Grp ThursLane, | Scouts 7.30-9pm Wed | Explorers 8-9.30pm Fri. Sats and Sun mornings. Alwyn Sears 077486784 842156 or Derek Day 0115 9521122 or visit www. Contact Noel YeatmanContact 0115 956 9865/0787505 for more info. Hucknall Bumps & Babies Community Centre.

- Monday mornings - 10am to 12pm at Watnall Road

BBC School Report - Visit to The Motorpoint Arena

On Thursday 3rd November 2016 we visited the Motorpoint Arena to see Notts County and Nottingham Forest get inducted into the Football Hall Of Fame. It was a special night for everyone involved as two great ambassadors for the sport have finally been recognised for their contribution towards Nottingham winning the City Of Football Award. Notts County received an award for being the longest standing football league club in the world! Another award received was Nottingham Forest’s for winning the 1979 and 1980 European Cup. The next day we were lucky enough to go to the BBC Nottingham studio to be interviewed by presenters Andy Whittaker and Sarah Julian on the BBC Radio Nottingham breakfast show. They asked us some questions about the night and what we liked best. It was a great experience for us both. We would like to say a big thank you to the people who made this possible. BBC Radio Nottingham were very welcoming when we arrived and supportive in our views of the night. Also a big thanks to Mr Ellis, Mr Lambert and Miss Blackburn for letting us visit the event. Curtis and Curtis, Holgate Academy Find us on twitter: @HolgateBBC_SR


Hillside Primary & Nursery School Celebrate Good Ofsted Result

Hillside Primary and Nursery School in Hucknall are celebrating the results of a recent Ofsted which says that the school continues to be Good. Special points of praise in the report says that the school has effective ways of monitoring progress and responds quickly to get the best results for its pupils. The school is described as having a strong ethos and is well-kept and calm and where safeguarding of pupils is effective. Special praise was given to the Head Teacher, Rhian Richardson for developing systems and monitoring which is improving outcomes for pupils, helping staff to get the best from each child no matter their ability. Pupil Abigail Mould age 10 years says that she has been to quite a few schools because of her family’s military background but that Hillside is her favourite. “I think this report means our school is very amazing and that we are all working hard. I love it here and I have been to a few schools in the past. I just love how friendly everyone is and it has a really good curriculum.” Head Teacher at the school, Rhian Richardson said that the report was a good indicator of how hard the school, it’s pupils’ and staff work. “I would just like to say a big thank you to the pupils for their commitment and the staff for their tireless hard work, and to the families of our children who offer the school so much support. We are on a journey and we won’t stop in our quest to improve further, -to become a school that the whole community can be proud of.”

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Falcon ASC Promoted to Division 1

A group of year 10 art students at the National Church of England Academy in Hucknall recently participated in an art workshop to support the Papplewick Green Community Project and extend their own learning of space, place and design.

Falcon ASC competed in the final round of the Notts Sports Centre League back in October 2016 at Hucknall Leisure Centre.

Local Nottingham artist Dave Wood, together with National art teacher Mr Govinden and Charlotte Kemp, Creative Director for OpenPlan Consultants, worked with the students to understand their feelings about where they live and about their sense of place. The workshop was designed to contribute to the work OpenPlan are doing alongside Ashfield District Council for communities in Annesley and Hucknall. The tasks in the workshop allowed students to gain a real sense of community, and everyone was incredibly impressed with the students’ creativity and professionalism. Mr Govinden commented “The activities undertaken by students included fantasy map making, character design and 3D architectural design, taking inspiration from the architect Frank Gehry. It was completed over two very successful sessions, and we look forward to seeing the work that OpenPlan do within the community, and where it may lead in the future.” For two students, Charley Faulkner and Jaycie Cash, the workshop has opened up a great opportunity, as they have been invited to help OpenPlan in the future with ideas on a community art project for Ashfield District Council.

Although finishing 2nd on the night, they finished in 1st place overall and have been promoted to Division 1. Falcon ASC used 40 swimmers in the squad for the Notts Sports Centre League Division 2 galas. The club had some fantastic results with: 14 First Places 11 Second Places 32 Personal Bests 1st Places Head Coach Ian Melvin said: “It was a very proud moment to see the club get promoted to the 1st Division in the Sports Centre League. The swimmers have performed very well all year and it showed in the performances. Given the skill phases we are currently working on in training and the current amount of PB's that we seem to be hitting. It will be great to see the results later in the season.”

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If you are involved in a choir, singing group or band then we would love to hear from you. You just need to email us at: ali@ngmagazines. by the first Friday of the month.

Want to sing more in 2017? Cranmer Company of Singers' annual Come & Sing event at Bottesford Church will take place on Good Friday - 14 April. Faure Requiem. Datesaver for now, turn up 4pm ‘ish, perform 7 ‛ish, in aid of charity, precise details later. Ravenshead Gilbert & Sullivan Society present the opera

"Patience" 14 - 18 February 2017

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matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 18th Feb only For tickets ring Karen Turner on 01623 796928 or email boxoffice@ravensheadgands.

Gem Connection Ladies Barbershop Chorus - meet every Thurs at The Harrington Middle School, Derby Road, Long Eaton, NG10 4BJ; 7.30pm - 10pm. Please visit: www. for more info or just pop along & see us at one of our rehearsals - you’ll be made most welcome. Bestwood Male Voice Choir - Do you enjoy singing? Enjoy making new friends & travelling to new places with them?Why not join Bestwood Male Voice Choir? Come to a rehearsal, no obligation or pressure, Tues from 7.30pm9.30pm at Bestwood Village Social Club. For more details contact Colin Pursglove on 0115 979 4842 or visit www. Grand Central Chorus - Sing in harmony every Wed, 7.15pm at Harrington School, Long Eaton, NG10 4BJ. Visit www. or call Martin on 07855 270803 or just turn up. All teach by ear materials supplied. Sherwood Clarinets - an informal group that meets to play together on Tues, 7.45pm-9.45pm at Calverton Baptist Church Hall. During the year we arrange concerts to support charities. If you enjoy playing clarinet & are of Grade 4 standard or above, why not come along? Contact Sue: ellis. for more details. Sherwood Chorus - is a friendly, relaxed group of people who enjoy singing but do not read music. Meet every Mon (excl. Bank Holidays) 7-9pm at the Sherwood Methodist Church, Devon Drive, Sherwood, NG5 2EN. Admission £2 towards room hire. Please email to ensure up-to-date details and for further information. Saturday Singers - singing is good for you. Come & try us. Members from all over Nottingham. Meet Belgrave Rooms, 25 Goldsmith St, Nottm. 9.30am-12pm. No auditions, all welcome. Lunch available. Phone 0115 931 3965 or www. Lace City Chorus - UK/Netherlands’ Women’s 2014 Barbershop Champions - rehearsals every Weds, Frank Seely School, Calverton. All welcome. Singing courses held. Call Lynn 07909 684178. See Carlton Male Voice Choir - Are you interested in singing? Come and join us. Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Gedling Road Methodist Church, NG4 3EX. For details call 0115 987 4941 or visit The Major Oak Chorus - gents, sing in four part harmony with the MOC, every Tues at 7.30pm at Carlton Central School, Foxhill Rd, Carlton. For more info call Paul: 07966 910201 or visit: Woodthorpe Singers - very warmly welcomes new members, all abilities. No auditions, no need to read music. Rehearsals in St Mark’s Church Hall, De Vere Gardens, Woodthorpe. Mon, 8-9.30pm, term time only. For info contact our musical director Tina Hewitt on 07742 670732. The Carousel Singers - ladies choir, well est. singing a great variety of music. No auditions/no previous experience. Meet in Grangewood Church, Grangewood Rd, Wollaton on Fri, 7.157.30pm. For more info call Sue England on 0115 925 7928. Trent Valley Singers -a friendly mixed choir. Meet Thurs 1.30-3.30pm at Burton Joyce Comm.Church Hall. We sing a varied programme from classical to show songs. No auditions. Ability to read music not required. Call Heather 0115 844 0872 or Marjorie 0115 931 3965. Kings Community Choir - every Mon 7.30pm-9pm (term time). Open to everyone, come along, have a sing & bring friends. Kings Centre, NG5 7JX or call 0115 967 9997. Brinsley Community Choir - pop, soul, rock RnB. Now on Tues 7pm-9pm @ Brinsley Church, Church Ln, NG16 5AB. £5 per session. No audition process. For more info call Charlotte - 07581 020959. Cranmer Company of Singers - want to sing more in 2017? Annual Come & Sing event at Bottesford Church on 14 April. Faure Requiem. Datesaver for now. More details later.

If you are looking at trying something a little bit different in the New Year, Gem Connection will be holding another very popular; Be A Gem For a Day Workshop on February 4th where you will learn to sing in unaccompanied four part harmony with a national medal winning chorus. For information and details of how to book your place or to see video clips from the last very successful workshop please visit: singwithgem@gemconnection. org or phone Maralyn on 07917 312281. Charity No. 1152040 Brinsley Community Choir has branched out to a children's choir. Musical director, Charlotte Mendly, has set up Singsation Children's Choir in Eastwood and their debut performance was in December. The group meet on a Saturday morning, 10am - 11am at Eastwood Town Hall. It is open to ages 5 - 14 and all abilities with no audition required. For further information contact Charlotte on 07581 020 959 or visit

If one of your New Year resolutions is to join a choir, Bingham and District Choral Society offers you a friendly invitation to join us as we begin to rehearse for our 2017 Spring Concert, with music by Elgar, Parry, Vaughan Williams and Durufle. Rehearsals begin on Wednesday 4th January 2017 from 7.15 to 9.30 at Carnarvon Primary School, Nursery Road, Bingham. Contact us by e-mail for further information: or ring Valerie Morgan (Choir Secretary) on 0115 933 2353.


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