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The People's Theatre Company presents
Written and directed by Amanda Hall
Musical direction by Ray McLeod
Choreography by Amy Rogers Gee
The award winning PTC pantomime
team are back with their traditional
family pantomime Dick Whittington.
Come along for some great family fun.
See Dick Whittington fight the evil King
Rat and fall in love with Alderman
Fitzwarren's daughter Alice. Full of
comedy capers with Idle Jack and Sarah
The cast are very excited to be in what
we hope will be another award winning
pantomime written by Amanda Hall.
This is her 5th and all have been
winners. There are lots of popular songs
the whole family will know, across the
generations. You will see lots of flashy
costumes by Jason Pollitt, Jule's
Shepherd and team, scenery designed
by Amanda Hall and Cris Brawn, a wide
selection of dancing, choreographed by
Amy Rogers Gee, lots of magic, glitter
and a happy ever after, in true
traditional family pantomime style.
Sat 3rd - Sun 18th December 2016 -
various performances 2pm and 7pm
Tickets: £12 concessions / £14 adults /
£40 family (4 x tickets with min. of 1 adult)
Group and school discounts for
groups of 10 or more available -
please call for details.
Venue: Nottingham Arts Theatre,
George Street, Nottingham,
WIN FAMILY A TICKET
For Tuesday 13th Dec 7pm
Just answer this simple question:
WHO WROTE THE PANTOMIME?
Answers via Email Only to:
Closing Date: Friday 9th Dec ‘16
Winner will be notified by email.
Bookings Tel. 0115 9476096
Mon to Fri 10am til 2pm.
Or all week at the Nottingham
Tourist Centre on Smithy Row off
Market Square - Open Saturdays!
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING
AT THE DOJO IN BEESTON
Awards: After instructor James Wells
came second to England cricketer
Stuart Broad at the Nottingham
Sports awards last year this year the
Dojo is in the limelight again with
chief instructor Aidan Trimble in the
finals of the same awards that took
place in October at the East Midlands
Earlier on in the year at the same
venue Aidan was awarded his 8th Dan from the English Karate Federation
in recognition of his status within the sport.
Cover Girls: Another student Karin Williams was featured on the cover of
a National magazine ‘Third Age Matters’ as at seventy two years old she is a
black belt and has competed in Las Vegas and has travelled to Japan to train.
Norway: Tiger Dojo from Oslo probably the most successfully club in
Norway, is planning to bring a group to train at the Dojo in Beeston
following Aidan Trimble’s visits to teach in Norway.
Poland: Following several visits from Polish students to the Dojo,
Aidan along with Tomasz Kacperski, 5th Dan instructor from the Dojo
will be teaching together in Warsaw spring next year.
Italy: Following the success in Italy last year the Dojo have been asked to
take an adult team to compete in the Castle Dario Subaru Karate Tournament
in January next year.
Malta: “We have also been asked to bring a team of juniors and adults
to compete in the Malta Open in the spring.”
The Dojo has a comprehensive adult timetable of classes so if you want
to get fit enjoy their social activities, learn self-defence give them a call.
“We welcome all ages all abilities call 0115 875 4212
or visit our website at www.karatenottingham.co.uk “
‘GIANT’ OF A
Theatre Royal Nottingham introduced its
headline cast for this year’s giant
pantomime spectacular, Jack and the
Beanstalk. Leading the cast will be the
legendary comedy-duo The Chuckle
Brothers, Benidorm star Tony Maudsley,
and The X Factor finalist Chico.
The Chuckle Brothers, who will play
Jack’s brothers ‘Paul and Barry Trot’, are
known to generations of children for
their popular prime-time children’s
television show Chucklevision, of which
more than 290 episodes were made.
The series proved to be so successful
that in 2008 BAFTA presented Paul and
Barry with an award for ‘services to
British children’s television’. During the
mid-nineties Paul and Barry also
recorded three series of their own TV
game show including a Christmas
special, aptly titled To Me, To You after
the brothers’ legendary catchphrase.
Most recently Paul and Barry have
toured the UK in their own shows
including The Chuckles of Oz,
The Ghostly Shadows, The Pirates of the
River Rother 2 and A 2014 Space Oddity. Ever in demand the boys
are often seen on TV programmes, including in recent years as contestants on Celebrity
Coach Trip and Pointless and are often seen in nightclubs across the country following the success of
To Me, To You (Bruv), a charity single released with Tinchy Stryder!
Tony Maudsley will make his debut as a panto dame in Nottingham this Christmas, taking a break from the
Benidorm hairdressing salon. Tony has been a series regular in the award-winning comedy series since 2011.
With previous nominations of Best Actor and Best Newcomer by the Royal Television Society, Tony has also been
seen in Sky Living’s The Spa and ITV’s Northern Lights. Earlier this year Tony starred in the musical Hairspray as Edna Turnblad.
Joining the cast in the title role of Jack Trot is The X Factor’s Chico, who became a household name as a finalist on the show’s second series. Not content
with knocking Madonna off the top of the UK chart with his hit Chico Time he swapped singing for skating and captivated the nation with his spectacular
routines and reached the final of ITV1’s Dancing on Ice. Since then he has appeared on numerous television shows and in several pantomimes, winning rave
reviews for his performances.
Jack and the Beanstalk will also feature a sensational 3D journey which will see the audience accompany Jack deep into the Giant’s castle in cloudland!
Staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer, Jack and the Beanstalk’s executive producer Jonathan Kiley said: “We’re absolutely
thrilled to have such a talented comedy line-up leading the cast in Nottingham’s biggest pantomime, guaranteeing a real pantomime treat for young and
old alike. This year’s show is already shaping up to be our biggest Nottingham pantomime yet!”
Jonathan Saville, Director of Sales, Marketing and Development for the Theatre Royal, said: “Comedy will certainly top the bill this year. Jack and the
Beanstalk will be a big visual spectacular, as ever, with lots of laughs along the way. It’s Chuckle Time!”
Jack and the Beanstalk will run at the Theatre Royal Nottingham from Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017.
Tickets prices from £17- £34.50 are available from www.trch.co.uk or Box Office 0115 989 5555.
Follow all the Jack and the Beanstalk news and updates on social media @RoyalNottingham using #trchpanto.
WIN FOUR TICKETS
Sunday 8th January 2017 6pm
Just answer this simple question:
WHAT ARE THE FIRST NAMES OF
THE CHUCKLE BROTHERS?
Answers via Email Only to:
Closing Date: Friday 23rd Dec ‘16
Winner will be notified by email.
For more information please contact any of the local consultants on the details shown below.
The Haven,Wadsworth Rd Stapleford
Tel: Dawn 07872648833
Dunkirk and Old Lenton
The Old School,
5.30pm and 7.30pm
Tel: Kerry McKenna
St Helens Church Hall, Frederick Road
5.30pm & 7.30pm
Tel: Dawn 07872 648 833
Scout Hut, 200 -206 Wigman Road
5.30pm & 7.30pm
Tel: Carrie 07841 019 147
Toton Methodist Church,
3.00pm & 5pm & 7pm
Tel: Tracey 07989 448 421
Beeston Medhodist Church,
(next to Commercial Inn)
5.30pm & 7.30 pm
07947 303 897
St Johns the Evangelist Church Hall,
Midland Ave 5.30pm & 7.30pm
Tel: Clare 07807 399 898
5.30pm and 7.30pm
Beeston / Chilwell
Beeston Methodist Church,
Chilwell High Road 1pm
Tel: Louise 07974 731 277
Beeston Methodist Church,
Chilwell High Road 5.30pm
Tel: Kerry McKenna
07855 321 220
Bramcote Memorial Hall,
Church Street 5.30pm and 7.30pm
Tel: Margaret: 07877 615 284
Wollaton Park Community Centre,
Harrow Road 5.30pm & 7.30pm
Tel: Louise 07974 731 277
Methodist Church Hall, Butt Street
6.30pm Tel: Jean 0115 972 2158
The Trinity Church, Cross Street
(near Aldi), Long Eaton Tel: George
6:30pm 07951043250/ 01773 770428
St Barnabas Church, Barncroft
(Off Inham Road) 5pm and 7pm
Tel: Nic 0753 908 6085
The Resource Center,
Middle Street Beeston
Tel Margaret 07877615284
St Leonards Community Centre,
Bramcote Lane 6pm
Tel: Louise 07974 731277
New Venue & New Day
Tel: Debbie 07738 634 284
5.30pm & 7.30pm
Tel: Jude 07711 043213
Wollaton Park Community Centre,
9.15am & 11.15am
Tel: Louise 07974 731 277
The Resource Centre
Middle Street, Beeston
8.30am and 10.30am
Tel: Kerry Ward 07870 409 422
Understanding and Supporting People with
Alzheimer’s and other Dementias - Workshops
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias have replaced heart disease as the
leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time. Alzheimer’s
disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people affecting
over 60% of those diagnosed. It also occurs in people age 30 to 60 although this
is less than 5% of all people who have Alzheimer’s disease. According to statistics
compiled by the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 800,000 people with dementia
in the UK with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2021. This will soar to 1.7
million by 2050.
“To help those who care for somebody living from Alzheimer’s we have developed free Workshops that explain
the details of the disease and more important, provide practical advice on how to deal with the day to day
challenges of supporting and individual with Alzheimer’s. We will provide some factual information regarding
Alzheimer’s, its diagnosis and development. We will also address the difficulties people face when living with
and/or caring for a person with Alzheimer’s and techniques to help with that responsibility. We know that families
have two significant challenges when caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias: Keeping
their loved one’s minds engaged and managing behaviors that can include belligerence and aggression”.
Very Early Signs and Symptoms. Memory problems are typically one of the first signs of cognitive loss. Some
people with memory problems have a condition called amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI). People with
this condition have more memory problems than normal for people of their age, but their symptoms are not as
severe as those seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease. A decline in other aspects of cognition, such as wordfinding,
vision/spatial issues, and impaired reasoning or judgment, may also signal the very early stage of
Mild Alzheimer’s. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses memory loss worsens, and changes in other cognitive
abilities are evident. Problems can include, for example, getting lost, trouble handling money and paying bills,
repeating questions, taking longer to complete normal daily tasks and having some mood and personality
changes. People are often diagnosed at this stage.
Moderate Alzheimer’s. In this stage damage occurs in areas of the brain that control language, reasoning,
sensory processing and conscious thought. Memory loss and confusion grow worse, and people begin to have
problems recognising family and friends. They may be unable to learn new things or carry out tasks that involve
multiple steps, such as getting undress, or cope with new situations.
Severe Alzheimer’s. By the final stage, plaques and tangles have spread throughout the brain, and brain tissue
has shrunk significantly. People cannot communicate and are completely dependent on others for their care.
If you would like to
attend one of our free
contact us on
or email Primo Sule.
The next workshop
will be held on
the 22nd of
and you are most
welcome to join us.
Primo Sule –
Its time to tackle both mental and
emotional clutter as well as in the
home. Developments coming your
way will be the breakthrough you
have needed for some time. Sit and
remind yourself of your ambitions
and goals and refuse to be dismayed
by doom mongers and people with
limited imaginations, because all
things are possible if you put your
mind to it.
Its vital that you remain open to all
possibilities regarding family and
business issues. You may be
required to make a few
compromises, but your generosity
will be worth it in the end. Dashing
about making plans and seeing to
others will prove exhausting, but
neither are you willing to allow
anyone else take control.
Work may be more challenging than
normal, or you may find dealing with
business takes a lot more effort in
order to reach deadlines. Someone
you may not be currently in a
relationship with will be bending
over backwards trying to impress
A detail that seems minor could
snowball out of all proportion into
something huge. It could mean the
difference between success and
failure, so its important that you deal
with the facts and trust your
intuition. By relinquishing control of
certain situations, you will free up
some valuable time that you could
put to excellent use.
You can never judge a book by its
cover so its not great surprise that
you may still be wondering why
certain people are behaving so
strangely. Perhaps they have secrets
they would rather not share? In turn,
it’s probably a good idea that you
keep your personal life under wraps,
choosing wisely who to confide in
especially matters concerning your
A minor conflict could become
ugly, so its imperative that you
choose your words carefully.
An upcoming event marks the
end of an era and the beginning of a
brand new and happier chapter. You
are empowered and in the right
frame of mind to start a business
venture or job that sees you pushing
out the boundaries and proving
Your attention will be drawn to
some small minor detail that turns
out to be very important, especially
where money is concerned. A
change in your personal
circumstances could cause you to
feel super romantic with your
partner, or if you are on the lookout
for a new love, you are going to be
in luck. But make sure you keep your
impulses in check and don’t go
overboard before you make a
commitment that you may later
Relationships blossom and you will
find yourself in great demand
socially and possibly romantically,
especially if you are already involved
in something complicated. In
business, keep your eye on the ball
because you can never be too sure
of what other people are up to.
Someone is going to reveal his or
her true colours, but this will not
come as any shock to you at all. Your
gut instincts are amazingly accurate
and you will be proved right once
Meet Linda Lancashire, Psychic,
Clairvoyant, Tarot, Crystal and
Call Linda on 0776 446 6381
Doors are opening and new people
are entering your social and working
life. If you are hoping to meet a soul
mate or companion, the stars are
looking favourably upon you as this
a promising time for many of your
dreams to become a reality. A
solution to a long standing problem
will suddenly manifest itself and a
financial worry will cease to worry
you so much.
Listen to your gut, its almost
frighteningly accurate when it
comes to reading people. Your
spiritual energy is strong, so you
may be able to offer some excellent
advice. Romantically, someone may
want to keep things on a light and
superficial level, but that is not
going to satisfy you. Insisting that
they take things deeper may just
scare them off, but perhaps that isn’t
such a bad thing.
You don’t need an occasion to
celebrate or to arrange a meet up.
Life is precious and life is short.
Don’t waste a moment in telling
someone how much you love and
care about them. Changes at work
may force you into a corner, but you
are still on track to achieve your long
term successes. If you are smart, you
will take advantage of an
opportunity that could mean a
brand new beginning inclusive of
like minded people to associate
Depending on what mood you are
in demonstrates whose company
you choose at any given moment.
Not being the easiest person in the
world to live with, right now you
need some time and space in which
to do your own thing. If you are
living with a guilty secret, take care
that you are not found out before
you are ready to make an
announcement. Put the finishing
touches to a project you have been
busy with because there could be
some serious money to be made if
you are interested.
‘Tis the season to be jolly....
Join in your local services in the area
St. John's Parish Church Beeston
Christmas Tree Festival 16th - 19th December
Come and visit our lovely Church and see the
display of Christmas Tree sponsored and
decorated by Church Groups, Local Schools and
Friday 16th Dec 10am - 4pm.
Saturday 17th Dec 10am - 4pm.
Sunday 18th Dec 12 noon until 5pm. Followed
by Carol Service at 6.30pm. Monday 10am - 3pm.
Light refreshments will be available.
St Mary’s Church, Attenborough
Advent & Christmas Services 201618th Dec
4.30pm Family Carol Service
24th Dec 4.30pm Crib Service
(children are welcome to come dressed as a
character from the Christmas nativity story)
25th Dec 10am Christmas Morning Services
1st Jan 17 10.30am Open for Refreshments
Christmas Services at Christ Church Chilwell
11th Dec Carols at 7pm
17th Dec Messy Christmas Craft from 3-5pm
18th Dec Carol Service at 7pm
24th Dec Christingle around the Crib
starting at 4.30pm
Midnight Communion 11pm
25th Dec Holy Communion
Christmas Day Service at 9am
Family Christmas Service starting at 10.45am
St. Michael & All Angels Church, Bramcote.
15th Dec 8.30pm Beer & Carols at the White Lion.
18th Dec 10.45am Holy Communion.
5.30pm Carols by Candlelight.
7.30pm Carols by Candlelight.
19th Dec 12.30pm Carols at the Sherwin Arms.
21st Dec 6pm Carols around the Parish with the
Salvation Army Band. (Meet at the C of E School.)
24th Dec 4pm Children’s Carol Service.
11.30pm Midnight Communion.
25th Dec - 8am Holy Communion (BCP).
10.45am Christmas Praise.
12 noon Shortened Holy Communion (CW).
1st Jan 2017
10.45am Family Communion.
Celebrate Christmas with Beeston Baptist
Church at the Middle Street Resource Centre,
Beeston NG9 2AR (by the Middle Street tram stop)
18th Dec 10:30am Carol Service
Christmas Eve 4pm Carols for All
Christmas Day 10am – 10.45am Informal
Toton Churches (St Peter’s Church, Toton
working together with Toton Methodist
Church) invites you to:
Come and join us for our Christmas Services
17th Dec Christmas Tree Fest
All day at Toton Methodist Church and St Peter’s
18th Dec - Carol Service
Toton Methodist Church 6.30pm
24th Dec - Christingle Services
St Peter’s Church 3pm
Toton Methodist Church 4pm
St Peter’s Church 5pm
24th Dec - Christmas Communion
St Peter’s Church 11.30pm
25th Dec – Joint Christmas Day Worship
Toton Methodist Church 10am
The Most Unusual Christmas
Tree Festival Ever! Saturday
17th Dec 11am-4pm. St Peter’s
Church, High Rd Toton
NG9 6EN Lunches and light
Children’s Christmas activities
Followed by our popular, annual
event Toton Community
Carols Round the Tree,
Saturday 17 Dec 5pm – 6pm
in Toton Methodist Garden,
Stapleford Lane, Toton NG9
Carousel Singers Christmas
Concert together with
Attenborough Hand Bell
Ringers will be held on
Saturday Dec 10th at
7.30pm at Grangewood
Road, Wollaton. Tickets £8,
to include a light supper,
can be obtained from choir
members or on the door.
All proceeds to Cancer UK.
Tuesday 20th Dec in the Bramcote Drive, Fellows
Road, Sidney Road, Hope Street area
Thursday 22nd Dec in the
Elm Avenue, Devonshire Avenue, Cromwell Road,
Imperial Road area
Christmas Eve 24th Dec
in the Charnwood Avenue, Cumberland Avenue,
Park Road, Grove Avenue area
If you’re not lucky enough to be on one of the
above routes, you can hear (and join in with)
all the carols in a convivial atmosphere at
The Crown Inn, Beeston,
on Wednesday 14th Dec from 8.45pm.
The Feminine touch
can bring you:
Colour advice: matching
to existing and the latest colours
• Glossing - Georgian windows etc
- finished professionally
• • Wallpapering - including ceilings, all finishes Tiling
Tel: 07866 250419
or 07812 437496
Commendations available on request, plus portfolio of completed jobs
Charity Christmas Quiz and Bake Off –
help raise money for injured animals...
Get into the Christmas spirit and help animals in need by joining in with
Churchcroft’s Christmas quiz- there’s Champagne for the winner!
Alongside the quiz, as is now traditional at Churchcroft at Christmas, there
will be a mince pie competition to be judged to assess which of
Churchcroft’s team have the best baking skills. Of course there will also be
mulled wine to help the brain cells fire up for the quiz questions.
The quiz is animal based and questions range from simple stuff about pet
care to tricky general knowledge questions about wildlife.
All proceeds from the quiz will go towards Animal Accident a charity which
funds treatment for (and then rehomes) animals found injured with no
Everyone is welcome at the quiz / bake off which will be on
Wednesday December 14th
at Churchcroft Vets from 7.30-8.30pm.
DUCKS AWAY 2017
The 26th Annual Duck race will
take place on Sunday 1st January
2017 at Manor Park Toton.
Starting at 2.00pm.
As usual the Mayor of Broxtowe, will start the race by
releasing 1500 plastic ducks into the River Erewash.
They will float down the river and be caught at the bridge
approximately 600 yards down stream. The owners of the
first 10 ducks to cross the winning line will receive a prize.
In 2016 we included a ‘Corporate’ race. Local business
supported the race by sponsoring a duck. This was very
successful so we will be including a corporate race again
in 2017 and will be contacting local business once again to ask for their support.
The Duck race is always a fun day for all the family. We will be serving Teas, Coffees, Mulled wine and mince
pies and we will be playing festive music
For just £1.50 people can have the opportunity to sponsor a duck and win a prize.
Angela Barnes, Duck Race Co-ordinator said “The Duck Race has become a great local event and people
start ringing as soon as Christmas is over to make sure that they can reserve a duck for the race.
We usually attract hundreds of local people and many family pets. It is one of the few events that all
of the family can enjoy together. And there is always a great atmosphere. The people in the
Toton/Beeston/Long Eaton/Sandiacre, Stapleford, Nottingham and Derby area now attend as a
matter of course. After all what else can you do on New Years day?
All of the money raised will be donated to “Cancer Research UK.”
Even before Christmas people start ringing to reserve themselves a Duck and I am sure that 2017
will be no exception.
To reserve a duck call Angela Barnes – 07973 753046
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BEESTON WINDOWS BUILDS
We are a family run business who specialise
in repairs of UPVC windows and doors.
Having recently renamed ourselves
BEESTON WINDOWS (previously we were
known as PWS) we are now also offering
installation of quality UPVC windows and
doors complete with CERTASS certification
and insurance backed guarantee.
We still offer the same high standard of service, products and
competitive prices as before along with our new, more comprehensive
range of solutions.
Here at Beeston Windows we are looking forward to a bright future as
we work hard to serve all our customers both past, present and future.
Please call for a free, no obligation quote, and friendly advice
on 07535 704 648.
Visit Vancouver, eh!?
Vancouver is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities on earth and offers
something for everyone. Whenever we have visited, it’s been part of our usual
fly-drive holidays but we always wish we’d allowed longer as there’s so much to
see and do. Skiers are only a short drive from Whistler where the Nordic events
were held at the 2010 Winter Olympics and there are fantastic packages that we
can help arrange for any snow lovers.
For the less energetic, there are so many exciting things to do. Take the cable
car up Grouse Mountain and enjoy jaw dropping views over the city and
beautiful British Columbia. There’s a wildlife sanctuary for endangered animals
where they can explore and play in safety.
Granville Island is a great place to spend the day shopping and relaxing with
some wonderful food and great independent shops. Public transport is excellent
but we’d recommend a hop on, hop off tour – they’re inexpensive and your
driver is the font of all knowledge and usually very humorous. For night owls,
check out the city bar culture.
Gastown is all about bars and has a refined vibe (our favourite area), Kitsilano is
a beachside area and as such is laid back and full of locals. The list is endless but
you’re sure to find something you’ll love.
A short drive out of Vancouver, Capilano Suspension Bridge is well worth a visit.
You walk over the bridge is 70 meters above the Capilano River and, once you
get used to the “movement” as you cross it’s 140-meter length, you reach a
network of interconnecting walk ways joined to the trees high above the forest
floor. One other attraction that’s not to be missed is Stanley Park, one of the
finest city parks in the world and almost completely surrounded by water.
There’s beaches, historical landmarks, beautiful trees and greenery as well as
some great dining.
Finally, on to Vancouver Island. It’s easy to throw superlatives around travel
and as you’ll probably already realise, we at My Travel Guys are passionate
about the job we do in talking about the wonderful places we’ve visited.
Having said that, Vancouver Island is, quite simply wonderful. Victoria, British
Columbia’s capital has more of a British feel than anywhere we’ve visited in
Canada. It has a colonial atmosphere with beautiful Victorian architecture
including Craigdarroch Castle and another great park, Butchart Gardens.
As lovely as Victoria is, once you get out of the city and explore the island, the
real beauty of British Columbia is seen in all its glory. Vancouver Island is as big
in area as the Netherlands and as you move along it’s scenic routes, you really
get the chance to experience its coastlines, forests and mountains totally
unspoiled and teeming with wildlife. The air is so clean and it has the mildest
of climates in the whole of Canada - believe it or not, olives and lemons are
successfully grown here.
Tofino on the east coast of the island is just magical with great beaches and
wonderful surf, you’ll find yourself looking out at the killer whales and sea otters
frolicking in the bay alongside kayakers and surfers. It’s great for hiking and
if you’re a seafood fan, you won’t want to leave.
“We hope that this brief insight into Vancouver and Vancouver Island has
been of interest and until next time, we wish you all a very Happy
Christmas and peaceful new year”.
Ian, My Travel Guys
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always busy in the garden.....
Gardens can look a bit dull in winter, but they
don’t have to. Help our feathered friends to
survive the winter by ensuring you put out a
variety of seeds and suet pellets in your feeders.
Keep feeders clean by washing them once a
month or so in sterilising fluid. Any help you give
now to our resident bird species will mean more
chance of them breeding next year and being
there for you - also eating up some of the insects
that challenge your gardening efforts!
It’s not just birds we should be aware of either -
we are becoming increasingly concerned for the
amphibians that reside here in the UK. Toads and
newts like to spend the cold winter months in
greenhouses or under pots or piles of bricks. Frogs
are more likely to be seen in piles of leaf litter,
while some males will hide at the bottom of
ponds. Try not to disturb them if you can by
leaving these areas be as much as possible
Patchwork leaf-cutter bees use holes in dead
wood as nest chambers, as do several other
insects. Help them by drilling holes in a log or a
block of wood left over from your DIY.
Moths survive the winter in the soil as larvae or
pupae (a prime example is the angle shades moth,
a common species in gardens).
Peacock butterflies and small tortoiseshells hide
in shed corners during the winter. Try to avoid
disturbing them - they will colour your garden
next year and really need all the help they can get.
Other jobs around the garden
This is a good time to consider installing garden
lighting, water pipes and drainage.
Adding lights and power points to sheds and
outhouses means you can garden on wet days
and in the evenings. We’ve even covered growing
under artificial light in previous issues.
Why not make a cold
frame as a winter DIY
project? You can save
lots of money, as good
cold frames are quite
expensive to buy and
you will be ready in
early spring to grow
young plants on in prep
Clean and sharpen
secateurs and loppers
ready for pruning of
deciduous trees and
shrubs over the winter. Special small ceramic tools
are available to allow awkwardly shaped and
angled blades to be sharpened with ease.
Whilst winter may be fully upon us there are
those nice days around now, and it’s a good time
to still enjoy our hobby - perhaps in the shed,
cleaning, tidying and sharpening with your newly
installed electric lighting to keep up your spirits!
As always - keep on learning and..... Enjoy!
TASK LIST FOR DECEMBER
As things start to get a bit battered it’s well worth
keeping a check on the things that can really
cause you problems:
• Sheds: check damage to roofing
• Fence posts: any starting to wobble and
weaken in the winds?
• Lawn: try not to walk on frosty lawns as it can
damage the blades
• Spray fruit trees: Once the leaves have totally
fallen, spray with a winter tree wash, (vegetable
oil based). This cleans the branches and kills
fungal spores and over-wintering insects and
• Ponds: Stop feeding fish. Clean and service
• Our feathered friends: Put out feeders for the
birds, as well as fresh water. Put up a natural bird
box - shelter in winter and a home to a young
avian family in the spring!
• Outside taps: watch for freezing and switch
them off at the isolator when not needed.
• Watering system: Ensure all irrigation lines are
drained to avoid damage from freezing. Put the
electronic timer in dry storage, removing any
• Paths: Jet wash or hard broom to remove algae
from paths if they start to become slippery.
The Pearson Centre for Young
People Christmas Holiday Club will
be operating from Wednesday 21st
to Friday 23rd December in Beeston.
Wednesday 21st will be a traditional
holiday club with Thursday 22nd a
Christmas Craft based workshop and
Friday 23rd a Christmas cookery
workshop. Holiday Club is open to
anyone in primary school aged 6 to
11 years old. Wednesday is priced at
£15, with Thursday and Friday at £20
Our BB and GB groups have places
for new members. Various activities
are on offer including IT, sports,
games, art, craft and cookery.
Further information is available
from the office on 0115 925 4121
or by email
for any of these activities.
For its first meeting of the New Year the Wollaton Natural
History Society will be offering a talk by Brian Hobby on
Peru: Pacific Coast to the Amazon Basin. Join us for a trip from
Peru’s dry coast to the Manu Wildlife Centre.
“We meet on Wednesday January 18th at St Leonard's
Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, Wollaton (opposite the
library) at 7.30pm. Annual subscription is only £13.75p
(£1.25p per meeting); visitors are very welcome at £3.50 on
For more information on our new programme visit our
website at www.spanglefish.com/WollatonNaturalHistory
CHARITY CHRISTMAS DOGGY WALK
Sunday 11th December 2016,
Walking fron Beeston Weir Fields to
Attenborough Nature Reserve and
finishing back at the Beeston Marina Pub
“We are gathering together to raise
money for a lovely gentleman, Vincent
Stimson. He was diagnosed with Cancer
earlier this year. The cancer has spread to
his brain. As a community we are working together to raise
money for immunotherapy that has the posibility to save his
life, as this treatment is not available through the NHS.
Together, we can raise enough money for Vincent and his
wife, Josie, to fight this battle together and to save Vincent’s
Minimum donation £5 per family. All you need is yourself,
your doggy and something festive! (santa hat)
WALK HOME FOR CHRISTMAS FOR WOUNDED VETERANS
· Walking Home For Christmas campaign to support 250 vulnerable veterans
· Public walks across the UK and thousands of inspirational adventures
· Commuters called on to ditch bikes, cars, trains and buses and earn their turkeys
This December will see people across the UK pulling on their walking boots and Santa hats to have an
adventure on their doorsteps, be it 1 mile or 100 in support of homeless and other vulnerable veterans.
They will be challenging colleagues and friends to walk to Christmas parties, sporting fixtures, carol
concerts or simply dodge the usual travel disruption by walking home -all for an amazing cause.
Last year over 2,000 people across the UK signed up to Walking With The Wounded’s Christmas campaign
Walking Home For Christmas in a bid to have fun, get fit, and raise crucial funds to support veterans with
physical, mental or social injuries .
The campaign raised more than £240,000 and over 5,000 miles were walked – supporting more than 250
vulnerable veterans re-integrate back into society and regain their independence.
Now, for the fourth year running, Walking With The Wounded is inviting people to dodge the traffic, ditch
the train, car or bus and do their own walk anytime between 1st - 26th December.
And this year walkers can also sign up as ‘Captains’ and lead a public walk to encourage more people to
Walking With The Wounded supports veterans with physical, mental or social injuries on their journey to
long term security independence and employment.
A Nottingham based walk has already been launched from RAFC Cranwell.
Saturday 17 December 10:00 - Monday 19 December 16:00.
Sign up for £10 + postage at wwtw.org.uk/Christmas
(National Trust), Programme
The Nottingham Centre's
programme of talks continues to
entertain members with
a variety of topics.
December 15th at 7.30pm
- A Musical Evening by The Bridge
Singers; conducted by Lynne
Holland, with keyboard
accompaniment and refreshments.
January 12th 2017, at 2.15pm
- The Rise and Fall of the Harpur-
Crewes, by Marion Wallwork.
The story of Calke Abbey, the House
that time forgot.
January 26th, at 7.30pm
- A Tale of Two Cities, by Stephen
Wright: visiting the Russian Cities of
Moscow and St. Petersburgh.
February 9th at 2.15pm
- Far and Away, by Josanne Peet:
the story of the Nottinghamshire
Emigrants to the New World in the
February 23rd at 7.30pm
- The Tunnelling Duke: the
fascinating story of the 9th Duke of
Portland -an enigma, rarely seen in
public, scared of smallpox, antisocial
– so why the tunnels under
the Welbeck estates? Did he lead a
double life? Find out more!
All Nottingham Centre meetings
are held on Thursdays at
The Nottingham Mechanics,
north Sherwood Street,
Nottingham. Admission is £3.00
members, £4.00 visitors,
who are always welcome.
The Nottingham Centre supports
the work of National Trust. For
more information contact
tel: 0115 9757800
or visit the website:
Saturday 26th November
10.00am to 12.00noon
The Village Hall, Attenborough
Books, Cards, Games, Tombola, Toys
As-New Jigsaws, Jewellery, Cakes
Christmas Gifts, Bric-a-Brac & more
Tea & Coffee, Toasted Tea Cakes
Mince Pies, Breakfast Cobs,Raffle
Admission – 50p for All
Includes a visit to Santa for children