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over the festive season.

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Christmas is coming 10

What’s on at Christmas? 14-15

Special occasions 17

Eat, drink & be merry! 19

Recipes 20-21

Kids - learn and play 23

Where’s Santa? 23

Kids diary 26-27

Looking good, feeling great 29

Home and garden 31

For Sale 62-63

Crossword 64

Free time and what to do with it 74

Music Group Directory 76-77

Community Diary 78-82

Business and professional 83

Sudoku 84

A helping hand when you need it 85

Helping hand directory 86-88

Pets and their people 91

Useful information and puzzle solutions 92

Index/List of advertisers 94

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TOP IDEA

Put your Christmas tree top decoration on before you

start decorating your tree. It is easier and a lot safer –

no ladders.

D Denbo

SAVE THE END

To save losing the end of the sellotape, slip a

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FRUIT COOLER

Cat’s Crackers

Top Tips

Freeze grapes and then add them to chill your wine

without watering it down.

J Timson

TopJokes

I’ve read so many horrible things about drinking

recently that I made a firm New Year’s resolution:

No more reading!

R Jang

If you’re going to buy your child an apple product

for Christmas don’t go to a big department store,

try the local green grocery store and you can

connect them to orange at the same time.

H Severn

What is Santa’s favourite pizza?

One that’s deep-pan, crisp and even!

H Eleigh

The one thing women don’t want to find in their

stockings on Christmas morning is their husband!

Y Hayward

TREE RESCUER

WINNING ENTRY

How do you find Will Smith in the snow?

Look for the fresh prints! - B Fred

If your tree is looking thin, there is no need to splash

out on a new one. Simply buy some dark green tinsel

and twist it round the tree to give the impression of

fuller branches.

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Making Christmas pies, but have no time? Buy a

top quality jar of mincemeat then add brandy and a

handful of luxurious fruits to give it that homemade

touch.

E Horner

My Christmas decorations are inflatable. I’m

forever blowing baubles.

C Walker

Why does santa have 3 gardens?

So he can ho-ho-ho!

D Lands

What do you call an elf that sings?

A wrapper!

B O’Regan

A wonderful Christmas song told me to deck the

halls…..so I did. Mr and Mrs Hall were not very

happy!

G Ford

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The

Christmas

Present Tale

We have never been an extravagant present

giving family and every year I dread the whole

present buying shenanigans. I know I am a

miserable old Grinch but I can’t help it, along

with an aversion to cleaning, it’s genetic...

My mum prides herself on sourcing unusual

and often, it has to be said, strange gifts. As

a supporter of many a worthy cause she uses

their Christmas catalogues for inspiration.

Inevitably one of us will end up with a CD of

whale mating calls (usually Gary, thankfully!)

or a microwavable pillow stuffed with cherry

pips (yes that really was a thing).

Another recent corker (pun intended) was

a wine tasting evening for four (also given

to Gary). It sounded great. Free wine and

the promise of a complimentary bottle at the

end of the night. We persuaded two mates

(who don’t have naughty dogs) to host the

evening. I have to say it was one of the

most cringe worthy nights ever. Mr Vino

turned up with his cool box and proceeded

to give us dolls house sized samples whilst

generously topping his own glass up. At the

end of the evening he asked us for our order.

Tumbleweed blew across the fl oor... to fill the

crashing silence I foolishly asked how much

for a bottle...the cheapest was about £19,

minimum order of 12!!! Cue more tumbleweed

and stifl ed giggling. Then Mr Vino turned

nasty as he was ushered out by my poor

friend who hasn’t invited us back since.

Every year there are always smellies and

pants. I usually get a gift set of talc and

soap (does anyone even use these toiletries

anymore?). To make matters worse it is

usually lavender scented. Not being funny

but I’m not 90 yet (although by the end of

Christmas I usually look and feel it). And then

we get to the comedy pants (Gary again)...

Always hilariously over-sized and usually

with some super hero theme. However, when

these start to be worn on a daily basis (as

pointed out by youngest son), they are no

longer remotely funny and you know it’s time

for a trip to M&S.

Once the presents are purchased they must

be wrapped. Sitting cross legged on the

bedroom fl oor surrounded by paper, sellotape

and weirdly shaped gifts (why do I do that?)

I take a deep breath and begin, consuming

at least one chocolate orange in the process

(sorry dad, I’ll get you another one). Which

reminds me, a couple of years ago my dad

really excelled himself by wrapping presents

up in tin foil as he couldn’t be arsed to get

wrapping paper...and you wonder where I get

it from!

I will end on a note about cards. Why buy

Christmas cards for your nearest and dearest

when you can use the British Red Cross

freebies that come through the post? Yes

boys, I know...

I hope you all get what you wish for (and

plenty besides).

Merry Christmas.

© Ali Wale


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Come and meet Doe the deer and her friends

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Christmas arts & crafts | Magical woodland trails

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Tis Season

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to be

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30 November 2019 - 5 January 2020

Surrounded by twinkling lights, a majestic tree, a life size snow

globe to have your photo taken inside and some great festive

events - the National Ice Centre is the best place in Nottingham

to get into the Christmas spirit this year.

SKATE WITH THE PANTHERS

THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS

WINTER FAMILY FUN DAYS

AND LOADS MORE THIS

FESTIVE SEASON!

For more information and to book, visit

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NATIONAL ICE CENTRE

Family Fun Weekend Competition!

Christmas returns to the

National Ice Centre in a

big way this December

with festive skating and

special themed events

to suit the whole family.

Surrounded by twinkling

lights, a majestic tree

and a life size snow

globe to have your

photo taken inside - the

National Ice Centre is the

ideal place to get into

the Christmas spirit this

year!

The magical events

include the special

opportunity to visit

Santa when he sets up

his grotto beside the

ice over two Christmas

themed family fun

weekends! The Winter

Family Fun Weekends

are happening on 14 &

15 December and 21 & 22

December, 11am – 4pm

and will feature festive

arts and crafts, face

painting, foam parties

(21 Dec only) as well as

Santa’s grotto.

We have teamed up

with our friends at the

National Ice Centre to

offer one lucky family

of two adults and up

to three children the

opportunity to win a

family ticket for either

21 or 22 December plus

extra tickets for the

children to meet Santa!

We also have two

runners up family passes

(2 adults and up to 3

children) for general ice

skating in January up for

grabs to cheer up those

January blues.

Hurry up though as the

deadline for entering is

MONDAY 16 DECEMBER!!!

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What’s on this

Christmas?

Christmas at Chatsworth: up to 5th Jan. Adults

£25/Child £15/Family £69. A festive adventure

following in the footsteps of explorers Phileas

Fogg & Amelia Earhart.

Visit www.chatsworth.org to book.

Winter Wonderland: up to 31st Dec at Old Market

Square. Rides, bars & Bavarian style stalls. Ice

skating, toboggan slide, rides and attractions.

See www.whatsonnottingham.com to book the

ice bar and skating.

Sleeping Beauty Panto: 22nd Nov –11th Jan at

Nottingham Playhouse. Call: 0115 941 9419.

www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

Woodthorpe Park Plant Shop: will be

transformed into a magical wonderland for

Christmas: every weekend from 24th Nov-16th

Dec 10am-5pm. Free entry. Woodthorpe Grange

Park. More info at www.whatsonnottingham.com

West Bridgford Christmas Lights Switch On:

26th Nov. 10am - 6pm.Lights switch on at 5pm

followed by firework finale. Free family day out.

Central Ave, West Bridgford.

Eastwood Christmas Lights Switch On: Tuesday

26 November. 6pm - 8pm. Along Nottingham Rd.

Christmas with John Robertson: 29th Nov. 12

noon at The Cross Keys, NG1 2GJ. 3 course

dinner & Q&A. £40pp. To book 0115 941 7898.

Humbug! A killer Christmas Carol at the

National Justice Museum: selected Thurs,

Fri & Sat evenings from 29th Nov-21st Dec.

£39.99 pp. Tickets include arrival mulled wine,

murder mystery tour & 3 course meal. Tel: 0115

9939822.

Christmas Cruises: 3hr evening cruise includes

2 course carvery, all-inclusive bar (t & c’s apply)

& resident DJ. 2½ hour daytime cruise inc.

Christmas lunch. Available from end of Nov up to

& inc. 23rd Dec. Call Princess River Cruises for

details 0115 9100 400/401.

Cinderella panto: 30th Nov-5th Jan. Mansfield

Palace Theatre. 01623 633133.

www.mansfieldpalace.co.uk

Aladdin: 30th Nov-15th Dec at Nottingham Arts

Theatre, George St. For times and prices call the

box office: 0115 947 6096.

A Very Victorian Christmas: Nottingham

Industrial Museum. Sat 30 Nov-Sun1 Dec. 11am-

4pm. £3 adult, £2 conc. U16s free. Wollaton Hall

& Deer Park, NG8 2AE.

A Storybook Christmas at Newstead Abbey: Fri,

Sat & Sun & school holidays from 30 Nov - 5 Jan.

Various admission prices. Enjoy the magic of a

truly festive Christmas. More info & times: www.

whatsonnottingham.com or call 0115 8763100.

Christmas afternoon teas: at Newstead Abbey

and Wollaton Hall. Weekends from 30 Nov. For

prices and more details visit www.gigantic.com

A Woodland Christmas at Wollaton Hall: 30th

Nov-5th Jan. Explore the beautiful Elizabethan

mansion. Weekends up to 22 Dec. Enjoy

Christmas markets & festive fayre. More info &

times: www.whatsonnottingham.com

Cinderella panto: 30th Nov-5th Jan at the

Theatre Royal. Tickets £14-£38.50. To book

www.trch.co.uk or tel: 0115 9895555

The Snow Dragon: 30th Nov-31st Dec at

Lakeside Arts. Suitable for ages 3+. £8.50-£10.

Tel:0115 8467777 or www.lakesidearts.org.uk

for more info.

Christmas & it’s traditions with Dr Patrick

Harding: Sun 1st Dec 3-4pm. £10 pp. Creswell

Craggs. Book through Eventbrite or call 01909

720378.

Too Many Cooks at Christmas: 1st Dec. 2 & 4pm.

By the HandMade Theatre. Bonington Theatre.

Arnold. For more info:

www.boningtontheatre.co.uk


Hucknall Christmas Festival: Hucknall market

place. Wednesday 4 December 4pm-8pm.

An evening with Michael Bublè: 6th-7th Dec.

Motorpoint Arena. 6-11pm. Tel: 0843 373 3000

or visit: www.motorpointarenanottingham.com

Too Many Cooks: 7th Dec at 12 noon.

Handmade Theatre Co. at Mansfield Central

Library. Suit ages 3-7 and families. Tickets

£5. Tel: 01623 677200 or visit: www.

mansfieldpalace.co.uk

Christmas at The Malt Cross: 7th Dec at

7.30pm. Tickets £8. Ages 14+.NG1 1FG.

Booking essential.Visit:www.wegottickets.

com/event/468518

Nottingham Harmonic Choir-Messiah: 7th Dec.

7-10pm. Royal Concert Hall. £15-24. To book:

0115 9895555 or visit www.trch.co.uk

Christmas Tales by the fire: 8th Dec. 2.30pm.

Join the Woolly Tellers for ‘Dark Tales and Dire

Deeds’ at The Malt Cross, NG1 1FG. Age 11+.

£8. Booking essential at www.wegottickets.

com/event/468522

Patching’s Carol Concert: 8th Dec at 7.30pm.

With Sinfonia Chorale. Tickets £8.50 each. Tel:

0115 965 3479.

Pinocchio: 11th Dec-4th Jan at Nottingham

Playhouse. Call: 0115 941 9419. www.

nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

Maggie’s Christmas Carol Concert: 6pm Thurs

12th Dec at St Barnabas Cathedral. NG1 5AE.

For tickets www.maggiescentres.org.uk/

Nottingham or 0115 924 6211.

A West End Christmas: 12th Dec at The Royal

Concert Hall. All your West End favourites. Box

office 0115 989 5555 or visit: www.trch.co.uk

Winter Family Fun Weekends: National Ice

Centre. 14 & 15 and 21 & 22 December. 11am

- 4pm. Festive arts & crafts, face painting,

Santa’s grotto. Foam parties on 21 Dec only.

0843 373 3000 or www.national-ice-centre.com

Nottingham Santa Run & Walk: 14th Dec

9.30am - 11.30am. Holme Pierrepont. For more

info visit www.funsantarun.co.uk

Flying High Theatre presents The Wizard

of Oz: 14th Dec at 7pm. Bonington Theatre,

Arnold. 0115 956 0733.

CBeebies Christmas Show: 14th Dec 2pm

& 15th Dec 11am. Hansel & Gretel(u) at

Bonington Theatre,. Arnold. Visit www.

boningtontheatre.co.uk

ROH LIVE Christmas Special: The Nutcracker

(U): 17th Dec. Bonington Theatre Arnold. Tel:

0115 9560733 to book.

Arnold Community Cinema: Lost Christmas

(U): 17th December at 7.30pm. Free

admission. St Mary’s Church, Arnold.

www.stmarysarnold.org.uk

The Hallè Christmas Concert: 17th Dec at The

Royal Concert Hall. A lively mix of classics

& Christmas favourites. Box office 0115 989

5555 or visit: www.trch.co.uk

Nottingham Organ Society’s Christmas variety

show: 18th Dec. Bonington Theatre Arnold. Tel:

0115 9560733 to book.

Christmas Carol Concert: Thurs 19th Dec,

Bolsover Castle. 6.30-8.30pm. Carols sung by

Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir. Tickets from

£10-15.To book & for more info tel: 0370 333

1183.

The Magic of Motown: 20th Dec. Motorpoint

Arena. Tel: 0843 373 3000 or visit www.

motorpointarenanottingham.com

Five Star Swing at Christmas: 23rd Dec

7.30pm. Bonington Theatre, Arnold. Visit: www.

boningtontheatre.co.uk

Christmas Eve Carol Service: 24th Dec at 7pm.

St Mary’s Church, High Pavement. Free entry.

Grandpa’s Great Escape: Christmas Arena

Spectacular: Monday 30 December 1pm

& 4pm. Tickets from £40.40. Motorpoint

Arena. Tel: 0843 373 3000 or visit www.

motorpointarenanottingham.com

Sinfonia Viva New Year’s Eve Gala: 31

December. 6pm at The Royal Concert Hall. Box

office 0115 989 5555 or visit: www.trch.co.uk

New Year’s Eve Murder at the Masquerade!:

31 Dec. 7pm-10pm. National Justice Museum.

Tickets £27.95. Over 18s. 0115 952 0555


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Fun Weekends

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Every weekend, 30 November -

15 December 10am - 4pm.

• Fresh Christmas trees • Home grown decorative plants

• Face painting • Christmas wreath making

• Gifts & local crafts • Food & live music

Plus a visit from Santa’s Reindeers and stories

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It’s Christmas time. . .

Hey, Christmas is here! Line up the Bing Crosby

albums on the gramophone and stick a copy of

It’s A Wonderful Life in the VHS player. Let’s

just be really clear before we get stuck in, this is not

going to be an article where I wax lyrical pining for the

good old days when Christmas was much better than

it is nowadays. Quite the opposite in fact, Christmas

today is great albeit a bit different to when I was a lad.

And just so we all remain friends Christmas in my

house doesn’t start until Bing Crosby goes on the Spotify

playlist and It’s A Wonderful Life gets a dusted off DVD

case (yes, I still own DVD’s). So what’s changed then?

Obviously the advent of being married with children

means that I get to have new traditions. Some of these

are shaped by my own upbringing, others by my wife’s,

and the rest we’ve made up ourselves with the kids.

When I was a lad we had a very clear structure to the

day. We’d wake up to stockings from Santa which would

be opened before the sun rose. Once we’d all eaten our

chocolate oranges we’d head downstairs for breakfast

and with that tucked away we’d help mum prepare

lunch. With this set we’d get dressed and head to church

for the Christmas Day service. Having completed the

formalities we’d return home to our set familial tasks.

My job, as the youngest, was to take the presents from

under the tree and sort them into piles for the various

family members. Then, the dinner…

Our Christmas dinner had all the trimmings, nothing

unusual there. A hearty family feast was had by all.

After our lunch we’d have to clear back and do the

dishes. Then, with that behind us the coffee and biscuits

would come out and we’d finally start to unwrap the

presents. At 3pm precisely we’d have to pause whatever

we were doing and watch the Queen’s speech. With that

done it was time to tune into the big Christmas movie

(usually James Bond) and we’d sit back and finally let

our lunch digest.

But that wasn’t the end of it, come 5 o’clock the tea

trolley would be wheeled in with a full cheeseboard,

a freshly cooked ham and an assortment of crackers.

Don’t mind if I do thanks! And yes, I’ll have a glass of

red wine while I’m at it.

At this point, those of us that were still awake would

start bartering for who got to choose the evening movie.

We’d rarely agree on what to watch, but somehow a

successful negotiation would take place that could

teach the UN a thing or two and at least a couple of

us would be happy. At some point on this journey the

sherry would get opened and after half a small glass

mum would probably be tipsy and start doing Billy

Connelly impressions.

And then, eventually, we’d head off to bed ready to start

again on Boxing Day when we either visited relatives or

they came to us and we started all over again.

Nowadays we don’t do half of this, for one thing we

don’t even eat turkey (the kids just don’t like it). But we

have created our own traditions and the big day has a

rhythm that is unique to us and takes the best bits of

what both my wife and I value. Whilst neither of us are

religious we view this time of year as an opportunity to

celebrate our family and friends and not take any of it

for granted.

So happy Christmas to you all. I hope you get everything

you want, and thanks for reading my articles. I hope

they’ve made you laugh a little this year.

*Just to address the elephant in the room, I am well aware

that the Christmas I described in this article may be the

most middle class thing I’ve ever written. I’m not even

going to apologise for it. If you need me I’ll be in the east

wing admiring the view.

Edging into my forties, I’m a wrangler of two young children

who are either going to keep me eternally young or drive me

to an early grave. I’ll be sharing some of my experiences of

parenthood and my terrible attempts at staying relevant!

noonelikessubtitles@gmail.com

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Party Favourites

As the Christmas party season approaches

I think it’s always handy to have a few dishes

up your sleeve that you can serve as and when

people pop round.

The recipe for coronation chicken was handed

down to me from my mum. I remember

parties where it would be the star of the show.

Originally created in 1953 by Rosemary Hume

and Constance Spry for the coronation of

Elizabeth II, coronation chicken is still as popular

today. Although there are hundreds of diff erent

interpretations of this dish, the recipe I have

shared is pretty close to the original. I also love

this chicken served in wraps or with jacket

potatoes.

Talking of which, potatoes are cheap and very

adaptable. Cook a few jacket spuds and before

you know it you have a couple of great party

dishes. Again these are very fl exible and you

can add whatever takes your fancy. Let your

imagination run wild and have some fun!

Have a great Christmas with plenty of

delicious food and drink!

Ali Wale


Granny Annie’s

Coronation Chicken

Small onion – chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

5 tbsp red wine

2 tbsp tomato puree

Juice and rind of 1 x lemon

2 tbsp apricot jam

Mayonnaise

Plain yoghurt or crème fraiche

Cooked chicken

In a small saucepan, gently cook the

onion for 10 mins until soft. Add the

spices and cook for 30 secs. Add the

red wine, tomato puree, lemon rind

and juice. Simmer gently for 10 mins.

Add the apricot jam and leave to cool.

Once cool, strain through a sieve into

a bowl. This is your concentrated

coronation sauce. Now, depending on

how much chicken you have, mix the

concentrated sauce with mayo, stir in

the chicken and serve in lettuce leaves.

As a rough guide, for 300g cooked

shredded chicken, use 2 tbsp mayo,

2tbs yoghurt or crème fraiche and mix

in 1-2 tbsp coronation sauce. Taste

as you go. There is enough sauce to

dress a whole poached and shredded

chicken. For a big party, you could

serve the chicken spread out on a big

serving platter. That’s how I remember

my mum doing it.

** The concentrated sauce can also be

frozen.

Crispy Potato Skins

6 x small baking potatoes

Olive oil

50g grated cheese

2 tbsp soured cream

1 x spring onion – fi nely chopped

Salt and pepper

Heat oven to 200°C. Pierce the spuds

with a skewer. Rub with olive oil. Bake

in oven until soft (about 1 hour). Remove

from oven and allow to cool enough to

handle. Half and carefully scoop out

most of the potato (leave a thin layer).

Increase the oven to 250°C, brush the

potato skins inside and out with more

olive oil, sprinkle with salt and place

on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 mins,

then fl ip over and bake for another 10

mins. Remove from oven, sprinkle with

grated cheese and return to the oven

for 2 minutes. Remove and allow to cool

slightly, then spoon in some sour cream

and sprinkle with chopped spring onion.

Makes 12.

Other fi lling ideas: cheese, crispy bacon

and half a cherry tomato; cheese, chorizo

and sour cream; Cheese, avocado and

crispy bacon

Potato Croquettes

Mashed potato (from the previous

recipe)

Butter

50g grated cheese

50g cooked ham – fi nely chopped

1 tbsp fl our

1 egg

2 or 3 tbsp breadcrumbs (I used panko)

Salt & pepper

Paprika (optional)

Olive oil

In a bowl mash the potato with a knob

of butter, the cheese and ham. Season

to taste and chill in the fridge for at

least 30 mins. The longer you leave

the potato the easier it is to handle.

Get 3 shallow bowls, put the fl our in

one, beaten egg in another and the

breadcrumbs in the third (add a tsp of

paprika if you want a bit more colour

and fl avour). Using your hands shape

small amounts of the potato into small

sausage shapes (about half a fi nger in

length). Roll in the fl our, then the egg

and then cover in the breadcrumbs.

Place on a baking sheet, chill in fridge

for 30 mins. This should help them

keep their shape when baking. When

ready to bake, spray with olive oil (I

used a 1 cal spray). Bake at 200°C

for 20 mins until golden brown. Makes

about 15 depending on size.

Other fi lling ideas: two cheese, cheese

and mushroom, tuna and cheese


Tanya About Town

C

hristmas is the most wonderful

time of the year for us foodies.

From a unique way to eat on the

move to traditional festive fayre, there's

something to tempt the tastebuds

of everyone in Nottinghamshire this

season, so I've come up with some

tasty experiences yule love!

For something really family friendly,

or for big kids (like me), Ruddington

Heritage Centre is offering the closest

thing locally to the Polar Express.

I don't know if you'll get 'hot, hot,

hot chocolate' on your journey, but

seasonal refreshments are promised

on the magical Santa train which

runs every weekend from the end of

November. You'll even get a visit from

the big fella himself!

In the heart of Nottingham is the

beautiful Winter Wonderland in the

Market Square (14 Nov - 31 Dec).

Search for the perfect gift from the

traditional, Bavarian-style stalls, pick

up delicious homemade and artisan

cheeses, chutneys and chocolates. I

have a tradition now of taking a break

from shopping to enjoy a mulled wine

or hot chocolate with Baileys at the

unique Helter Skelter Bar but you can

also make a full evening of it at the

Sur le Piste, the UK’s biggest mobile

ice bar.

Relax and be entertained as you

enjoy a mince pie and chocolates at a

different experience at The Malt Cross

(7/8 Dec). Come along to an evening

of tales and stories that capture the

imagination and the pure spirit of

Christmas.

Expect a spectacular evening of

delights, fine dining, dancing and

entertainment at the Jerry Green

Christmas Ball at the Portland College

(6 Dec). What's more you can party

the night away knowing that the profits

raised on the evening will be going to

help rescue dogs, who are currently

waiting for their forever homes.

Enjoy a festive evening of Jazz with

Campbell Bass and a 3-course set

Christmas dinner at Harts Restaurant

(11 Dec). The venue is also open for

a 5 course Christmas luncheon on

Christmas Day if you fancy taking the

hassle out of Christmas dinner, or for

Christmas dinner with a difference you

could try the All You Can Eat Jamaican

& European Food Buffet on Christmas

Day at The Cricketers in Beeston.

Having visitors over the festive

season? Point them in the direction

of the Holiday Inn at Castle Marina.

From 18th November they will be

offering their festive menu or tuck into

a slice of Christmas cheer with their

Afternoon Tea with a festive twist.

Another festive Afternoon Tea that

looks tempting is at The Lace Market

Hotel with their indulgent offering. I

love pouring through Christmas menus

and most restaurants in the city will

be offering one, some definitely worth

checking out are Rev De Cuba, All

Bar One, Bistrot Pierre, Pieminister,

Memsaab, World Service, Oaks and

if you're fed up of trying to please

everyone then take them to Cosmo

World Buffet with over 150 different

dishes on the menu.

Of course there are always plenty of

Christmas fairs to visit in the region

where you can pick up some artisan

goodies and sample some seasonal

favourites.

The Tailors Arms in Wilford has a

Christmas Market (30 Nov). Expect

pop-up stalls, Christmas carols,

mince pies, mulled wine and plenty

of Christmas sparkle. Sherwood

Christmas Market is also worth a visit

(Dec 14).

*Always check with the venue ahead and

book if necessary. There may be a cost or

entrance fee unless stated otherwise'


Where’s Santa?

Floralands - Santa’s grotto is open from Sat 30th Nov

to Mon 24th Dec and includes walk through grotto,

visit to see Santa, present and farm park entry* £8

per child. *Childs farm park entry can be redeemed

anytime up to the end of March 2020.

Keycraft - Book tea with Santa 25th Nov – 18th Dec.

Mon-Weds 3.30pm-5.30pm & Sat & Sun 2-4pm. Group

and family bookings. The Aerodrome, Watnall Rd,

Hucknall, NG15 6EN. Call 0115 968 0003 to book.

Sundown Adventure Land - The Night Before

Christmas. 16th-24th Dec. Take a magical ride

through the enchanted forest to visit Santa. To book

tickets visit: www.sundownadventureland.co.uk or

call 01777 248274.

Santa Cruise - with Princess River Cruises. 2

cruises every Sat & Sun through Dec inc. 22nd

Dec. Seasonal refreshment for the adults, quality

gift for the children (up to 12 yrs). £12.45pp. 2

sailings per day (11.30am-1pm & 2pm-3.30pm).

Call 0115 9100 400/401/402 to book or visit: www.

princessrivercruises.co.uk

The Christmas Experience - at Wheelgate. Opens on

1st -23rd Dec 10am–5pm & 24th Dec 10am–3pm.

Visit Santa in his magical fairytale grotto. Breakfast

with Santa 21st Dec. See website for more details

and to book: www.wheelgatepark.com

Conkers Winter Wonderland – Weekends 30th Nov

-15th Dec. Every day 18th–24th Dec. 10.20am-8pm

(5pm Xmas eve). Tickets include access to Conkers

Discovery (open 10am – 6.30pm). Visit Santa’s

Woodland Grotto. For tickets call: 01283 216633

or book online. www.visitconkers.com/events/

winterwonderland.

Winter Wonderland - at Twinlakes Park. Winter

Wonderland from 23rd Nov–23rd Dec. Travel through

the fairytale forest and ride the polar express train

to see Santa in his grotto. Breakfast with Santa

22nd Dec. Party in the park with Santa 14th Dec.

Christmas Eve fireworks - pre-book only day. For

more details & to book: www.twinlakespark.co.uk

An Audience with Father Christmas at Bolsover

Castle – Sat 30th Nov–Sun 22nd Dec. Weekends

only. 10.30am–4pm. Includes small gift. Max

2 adults per child. Meet Santa as he tells tales

of Christmas past. Normal admission applies.

Additional charge of £5 for Santa (includes small

gift). Pre-booking essential. To book call: 0370 333

1181.

Oceans of Fun - You can have breakfast

with Santa on 21st Dec. 9.30am–11.30am.

£5.95 per child. Includes breakfast, visit & gift

from Santa. Toddler Christmas party on 18th Dec

- 10am-12noon (£7). Christmas party with Elsa &

Anna. 17th Dec. 4pm-5.45pm (£8). Includes visit

from Santa. For more info call 0115 963 3961.

Crags Christmas - Join Santa in his Ice Age

Grotto. Weekends 30th Nov/1st Dec, 6th/7th Dec &

14th/15th Dec. 11am - 4pm. £4.50 inc. gift. 01909

720378

White Post Christmas - Santa will be in residence

Tues-Sun til 22nd Dec and then Mon 23rd & Tues

24th Dec from 10am - 5pm. Includes Winter

Wonderland, real reindeer, build a snowman and

Nativity play. Available to book now: 01623 882977.

Fish & chip supper with Santa at Rufford Country

Park - Fri 6th & 13th Dec.

4-6pm.

£11.50 per person. To book visit:

www.ruffordabbey.com or

tel:

01623 821338.

Breakfast with Santa at

Rufford - Rufford Abbey

Country Park. Saturdays

7th, 14th & 21st December.

8.30am-10am. £11.50pp. Call

to book 01623 821338.

Santa Special Train Rides -

weekends 30th Nov/1st Dec,

7th/8th Dec, 14th/15th Dec,

21st/22nd Dec & 24th Dec. Children

receive a quality gift & everyone

receives seasonal refreshments. For

more info call 0115 940 5705. To book:

www.gcrn.co.uk.

Santa’s Grotto at Newstead Abbey -

Weekends 30th Nov/1st Dec, 6th/7th

Dec, 14th/15th Dec & 21st/22nd Dec. For

prices and to book: www.gigantic.com Car

parking applies.

Santa’s Grotto at Wollaton Hall - Weekends

30th Nov/1st Dec, 6th/7th Dec, 14th/15th Dec

& 21st/22nd Dec. For prices and to book: www.

gigantic.com Car parking applies.

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry

Centre – A magical Christmas trail Sat & Sun’s from

30th Nov to 22nd Dec & 23rd Dec 10-4.30pm & 24th

Dec 10am-4pm. Tel: 01909 569413 or visit

www.butterflyhouse.co.uk


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Gedling Colliery Cricket Club - run Kwik cricket

sessions for 7 to 11 yr olds, along with hardball teams for

ages 11-15. Contact Andrew on 07891 654978 for details.

Holy Spirit Baby and Toddler Group - every Thursday

(term time) 10 - 11.30am. Holy Spirit Social Centre, corner

of Victoria Road and Melton Road. £1 per family. Please

contact: holyspirittoddlergroup@hotmail.com for more info.

Home Rangers Drama - for ages 4-14yrs. Home Rangers

is a creative drama session tailored for the home educated

community. Fridays 10am-12 at Nonsuch Studios. Contact:

getinvolved@wearenonsuch.com for find out more!

If you run a group or club for kids and you want it

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Absolute Triathlon Club - swim, bike & run

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7.15pm(term time) at Southglade Leisure Centre, Bestwood.

Call 0115 960 7912 or visit www.absolutetriathlonclub.co.uk

for more info.

Air Cadets - 2418 Sherwood Squadron - activities

include flying, gliding, shooting.For 13-18yr olds. Tues &

Thurs 7-9pm. Wesley St, Carrington. Tel: 0115 962 3318 or

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Army Cadets - challenge yourself and learn new skills:

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Carlton Lifesaving Club - at Carlton Forum Leisure

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carltonlifesavingclub@gmail.com or visit:

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CREATE! West Bridgford - art & craft for everyone. Child

and adult classes. Tues/Weds/Thurs/Fri. Book: Helen 07779

666563 or online @ www.createwb.co.uk

Edwalton Parish Church Toddlers Group -

NG12 4AB. Meet every Tues, term time, 10am-11.30am.

We welcome all children & their carers for friendship &

conversation. £1 per family. Free refreshments. For more

info: edwaltonchurch@yahoo.co.uk or visit:

www.churchedwalton.plus.com

Jo Jingles - fun music & movement classes for babies &

children aged 3mths-5yrs. Locations include West Bridgford

& Gamston. www.jojingles.com/nottingham or call Gaynor

on 0870 900 4567

Lady Bay baby & toddler group - Mondays & Fridays

(term time) 9.45-11.45. £2 per family. All Hallows Church

Hall, Pierrepont Rd, NG2 5BP. Toys & singing fun for all!

Lady Bay Pre-School - All Hallows Church Hall,

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Fri 9.15-12.15pm. Lunch club until 2.15pm term time. Contact

us on 0115 981 1309/079 82764882 or ladybayplaygroup@

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Leahurst Road Pre-school - St Luke’s Church,

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Learn to Swim - with the Nottingham Leander Tadpoles.

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& lots of fun. See what the green octopus can offer on our

website: www.leandersc.com

Little Rockets Toddler Group West Bridgford

- offering fun & friendship for parents/carers & children

- birth to 5 years. Every Mon 10-11.30am (term time) at

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Nottingham Boys Choir - does your son enjoy singing?

NBC rehearses in Daybrook Baptist Church, Mansfield Rd,

Daybrook, Wed - 6.15-8pm. Visit www.nottinghamboyschoir.

co.uk or drop in on a rehearsal. It’s great fun!

Nottingham City Netball Club - open to all abilities,

train indoors at Nottingham Girls High School. All are made

welcome. Call Pauline: 07980 917523.

Nottingham Junior & Girls’ Voices & Nottingham

Youth Choir - choirs for children 7-21yrs. Rehearsals

take place Tues (term time only) 6.15pm - 7.30pm (Junior &

Girls’ Voices) & 7.30pm-9pm (Youth Choir) at Nottingham

Emmanuel School. For more info call 0115 958 9312 or

admin@music-for-everyone.org

Nottingham Sea Cadets - Waterside Way, Nottingham,

NG2 4DP. T: 0115 958 0528. E:nottinghamseacadets@live.

co.uk W: http://units.ms-sc.org/nottingham. Tues & Thurs

eves 7pm - 9.15pm.

Nottingham Youth Band - if you’re 8yrs+ and play a

woodwind, brass or percussion instrument to Grade 2 or

above, come along & try out our Youth Band. Rehearsals are

Tues (NYB West Bridgford) & Thurs (NYB Beeston). For more

info call 0115 958 9312 or admin@music-for-everyone.org

Notts & Arnold Amateur Cricket Club - Oct-March.

Notts Indoor Cricket Centre, Bar Lane Ind Est, Basford

Maltings. Mon U11 6-7pm; hardball net 7-8pm; Friday Club

Night for all ages 6.30pm-7.30pm. Indoor Cricket League

Saturdays 1-5pm U11 & U13. Contact Andrew Claye 07834

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Rock-a-bye-babies - (0-12months) is a place for you &

your baby to have fun, make friends and get a great cuppa!

Meeting every Wed (term time) 10 - 11.30am at The Rock

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baby). For further info email: info@the-rock.org.uk

Sprouts Drama - after-school drama classes in West

Bridgford & Lady Bay for 4-11 yrs. Games, songs and

adventures! Visit www.sproutsdrama.com to book in or call

07976 824979.

St Giles Pre-School - open Mon – Fri 9.10am-

12.10pm (term time). Lunch clubs Mon, Tues, Wed &

Thurs until 2.10pm. Based in Lutterell Hall, Church Drive,

West Bridgford. For more info call 07434 047956 or

email: stgilesplaygroupwb@hotmail.co.uk, or visit www.

stgilespreschool.co.uk. £13.50 per session and £4.50 per

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St Paul’s Toddler Group - meet weekly, term-time only

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per family. Play, craft & singing time. Refreshments available

for small charge. Contact Ann on 0115 921 3475

The Hermitage Pre-school - Ruddington. Open Mon-Fri

9-12 (term time). Quality early years education for children

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Unlimited Theatre Youth Theatre - Wednesdays

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www.unlimitedtheatre.co.uk or 07737750869

West Bridgford Baptist Church Toddlers - every

Wednesday (term time) 10-11.30am. £1 per child & adult

(extras 50p). Free play, crafts & singing time. Contact Ann:

0115 981 0690 or family@westbridgfordbaptist.church

West Bridgford Methodist Baby & Toddler Group

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Inspirational music

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emmanuel school

by Nottingham Emmanuel School

west bridgford school

awarded prestigious

accolade again!

by St Edmond Campion School

The Nottingham Emmanuel School in West

Bridgford were hosts to a visit by the National

Youth Orchestra (NYO) on their tour to bring

inspirational music to UK schools.

Students participated in workshops demonstrating

each of the musical instruments and their roles in

the orchestra. The day culminated in a spectacular

performance of inspiring music.

The school were also joined by students from across

Archway Learning Trust to share in the experience.

Nottingham Emmanuel School student Medhi Moad

Yallas (age 11) said the experience has inspired

him to pursue making his own music. “I have really

enjoyed it! I used to play the guitar and I listen to a

lot of music at home, mainly rock. I think I will carry

on with my guitar now definitely. I have really enjoyed

listening to the musicians, they are really good!”

Visiting with his school, Bluecoat Wollaton Academy,

was Head Boy, Reuben Hallsworth-Woods (Year 10).

Reuben, who plays the trumpet, has since gone on to

join various orchestras including NYO and says his

enjoyment of playing has increased over the years. “I

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to the different types of music and to discover that

orchestras don’t just play classical music.

“I would recommend that students take up an

instrument, to find out what they like, or don’t like! The

music you can produce, not to mention the events you

can take part in, is really sensational!”

St Edmund Campion School has been reaccredited

the British Council’s International

School Award for its flourishing partnerships and

links with schools across the world.

Global dimension and international learning are key to

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language teacher and international co-ordinator

said: “We are extremely proud of our status as an

International School. This award celebrates our

school’s vast efforts to include an international

dimension across our curriculum, which allows our

pupils to become aware of the great wide world

outside their own immediate experiences and

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Get Cosy

this Christmas...

With Christmas around the corner,

now is a good time to think about

getting your home ready for winter.

No-one wants to be sitting down for

Christmas dinner without any heating

or hot water.

So what can you do to make your

home warm and cosy at Christmas?

BOILER & CENTRAL

HEATING

If your boiler hasn’t been serviced

regularly then now could be the

time to start. British Gas and many

other energy companies offer a

Homecare package that you can opt

to pay for monthly. Many plumbers

also offer a boiler service for about

£60. It’s worth shopping around and

seeing what your options are.

Currently, the big energy providers

are offering to replace your broken

or faulty boiler with a brand-new

energy-efficient one. You don’t

need to be on benefits to access

this money. You will need to pay

a contribution of £240. Be quick

though before all of the grant money

runs out!

DRAUGHTS

They are one of those annoying

things that can really have a

noticeable effect on the temperature

inside your house. If you have any

gaps in windows, doors, floors and

other junctions, it’s a good idea

to get them filled. Depending on

where they are, you can either do

this yourself or get a handyperson in

to do this for you.

Sausage dog draught excluders

are also a cheap option for doors.

Lining curtains and drawing them

in the evenings will also help keep

that precious heat in.

CHIMNEYS

Is your chimney open? If you don’t

use a fire then you could be losing a

lot of heat up the chimney. You can

buy a chimney balloon for £15 from

DIY shops. There is also a product

called Chimney Sheep which is a

breathable insulation. Remember,

your chimney needs to breathe.

If you block it up completely, you

should still ensure that there is an air

vent. You want to encourage warm

air from the room to be sucked up

through the chimney to get rid

of any moisture and dampness.

Even though your chimney may be

capped at the top, it should still have

a vent to enable air to escape.

FLOORS

Chances are, if your home is not

a new-build, the floor may not

be insulated. Most houses have a

suspended timber floor, which can

be draughty and make your room

feel very cold.

Depending on how easy it is to

access, you might want to consider

insulating this. If you can’t access

underneath the floor, then removing

the existing floor boards will be time

consuming and costly. However, if

you do insulate then fill between

the joists with Kingspan insulation.

Don’t insulate over the joists,

unless you plan to use wood-fibre

insulation. Check that your airvents

around the property are also

clear to ensure adequate airflow.

When timber gets wet, it will start to

rot and/or you may get woodworm.

If you are planning on having a new

carpet and don’t want to pull your

floor boards up (or you have a solid

concrete floor), then you can install

a thin layer of insulation before you

install your carpet and underlay.

Speak to your local carpet shop,

or you can buy a pack at B&Q to

lay yourself. This will help seal the

drafts and give you some respite

from the cold air beneath your feet.

LOFT & CAVITY-WALL

INSULATION

You can lose up to a quarter of the

heat in your home through your

uninsulated loft. By installing at least

270mm of mineral fibre insulation,

you could save up to £300 per year.

The large energy companies offer

an ECO grant (Energy Companies

Obligation Scheme). If you are on

benefits, you may qualify for free

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HELP WITH FUEL COSTS

The government provide a oneoff

tax free Winter Fuel Payment

between £100 and £300. If you are

eligible, you should have received a

letter from the government, telling

you how much you will get. In

very cold weather, you may also be

eligible for Cold Weather Payments.

The large energy companies also

offer a Warm Home Discount.

Check with your energy company to

see if you qualify as you may get a

£140 rebate.

GENERAL MAINTENANCE

Make sure you do some general

maintenance on your property, or

get someone in to help. So if the

gutter looks leaky, it’s probably

a good idea to get it repaired or

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you have water entering your home.

So start on those niggly jobs now,

to make sure you have a cosy

Christmas.

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HOME ALONE

1990 What makes It’s a Wonderful

Home Alone is hands down my

Life an essential masterpiece?

favourite Christmas film of all time.

Everything about this film is great. Macaualy

Culkin plays Kevin so well at the age of only

eight. He portrays him as a bratty, annoying

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homemade traps in an attempt to defend

his house from two criminals. These are also

standouts, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel

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family film.

Writer: Sam Leary

IT’S A

WONDERFUL LIFE

If anyone mentions the words ‘Christmas’

and ‘film’ in the same sentence, there’s a

good chance one would

also mention Frank

Capra’s vibrant tale of

George Bailey in it too.

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friends, happiness will always be perched

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Have you considered your trees may

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Silky light beige Roman blind.

1.8m x 1.4m. £15. 07552 044348

Aluminium CD rack. £5. 07552

044348

11 x Cortina Silverstone grey

bathroom tiles.For floor or wall.

12” x 24”. £12. 0115 928 4628

Curtain material. 10m length.

Embossed burnt orange colour.

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Curtain material. 10m length.

Plain cotton satin, deep orange.

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25 x Lesley Pearce paperback

novels. Used & greatly enjoyed. Will

deliver Sherwood area. £25. 0115 969

2689

2 x Wrought iron gates. Size 42” x

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York Fitness DB4 dumbell

bench. Good condition. With

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Battery charged bath lift. Little

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band. Cost £1595. Will accept £250

ono. 01623 793849

Bobbin Lace Books. 30 wood

turned bobbins. Cushion. Various

accessories. £50. 01623 793849

2 x vintage ladies coats. 1 x size

14 & 1 x size 16. £25 each. 0115 914

4671

Girls single pink bed frame. With

bed head. £20. 0115 914 4671

Ladies flying jacket. Size 14. £50.

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1960s G-Plan Teak drop leaf

coffee table. Ex. Cond. £40 ono.

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Caravan Metal Double Step.

Brand new. Non-slip. £8. 01949 20720

7ft Christmas Tree. £20. 0115

927 5698

Gilt chandelier. £50. 0115 927

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Antique Mirror. £40. 0115 927

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Now TV Smart stick. Brand new.

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day Sky sports pass & £3.49 voucher.

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Ladies Mountain road bike. 21

gear. Good condition. £30. 07773

445770

Champion Petrol mower. 15”.

Good condition. £30 ono. 07773

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Mercedes FLK 170 front wings.

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Black wall mounted TV

bracket with 3 glass shelves.

£10. 0115 874 9330

Gloworm combi boiler. CX30i.

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Vibra Power Slim 2. Vibrating

fitness platform. Used little. 0115 998

0061

Tri-Star outdoor digital

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Halfords rear mount 3 cycle

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White bath panel. standard size.

Unused. Still in wrapping. £10. 0115

929 0902

Wedding Dress. Ronald Joyce

design. Size 12. Ivory silk. Offers

invited. 07845 497389

3 pc Lounge suite. Settee, 2

armchairs, cushions, cream. 4 years

old. Vgc. Collect Nottm Road Hucknall.

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Laurel & Hardy statues. With

plinth. £500 ono. 07763 692102

Quantity of bookcases, CD

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dependent on item (purchaser must

collect). 0115 846 1045 (after 5pm).

‘Call the Midwife – series 5 &

2015 Christmas special’ BBC

DVD boxed set (3 DVDs). Brand new

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‘Horrible Histories – The

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(sealed). £4. 0115 846 1045 (after

5pm).

Yogurt Maker. £5. 0115 923 5326

Morphy Richards Bread Maker.

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Table Top Food Warmer. £10. 0115

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Art Deco Stained Glass Ceiling

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L.O.L. House. £50 ono. 07973

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Ice Cream Cart. New £20 ono.

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Golf set. £5. 0115 940 4364

Approx. 20 various car boot

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Travelling Cabin Case with

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75ltre capacity. H 76cm x W 48cm x D

28cm. £18. 0115 960 9011

Panasonic Video Camera

VDRM30. 240 x digital zoom. With

case. £20. 07940 286291

Olympus Camera. SP500UZ. 10 x

optical zoom. With case. £20. 07940

286291

Swivel Chair. Fabric. Not an office

chair. £30 ono. 01773 765194

‘David Gundry’ Broadway

Loveseat settee. 18 months old.

House move forces sale. Immaculate

condition. As new. £900 ono. 0115

783 0529

Gold Coast Bridesmaid/

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once. £100 ono. 07900 281551

Swarovski Tiara. Worn once. Still

boxed. £120 ono. 07900 281551

Ladies M&S green long wool

coat. Worn once. Size 14. Suit older

lady. £70 ono. 07900 281551

Ladies clothes & handbags.

Good quality inc. Windsmoor & other

top brands. All VGC. Size 12-14.

Various prices. 0115 928 9174

Mans Mid-length coat. Grey wool.

Modern design. Brand new. £75. 0115

928 9174

6 ladies cocktail dresses. Brand

new. Size 12-14. £125 the lot. 0115

927 5698

Vax Rapid Power Pro. Used 3

times. £125. 0115 783 0529

Frank Usher Ladies Evening

Jacket. Heavily beaded. Size

medium. £40. 0115 783 0529

Windsmoor Full length black

cloak. 60% wool. £35. 0115 783

0529

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Garden gate. H 6ft x W 3ft. Treated

timber, bow top. Unused. £25. 07804

828017

lADIES NEXT BLACK JACKET. Size

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kenwood frost free fridge

freezer. With water dispenser.

H152cm x D55cm. Used for only 5

months. £60. 0115 926 7177

Ultra-lite 480 electric

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955 4479

cuda drift dirt scooter. Off road

tyres. Silver/black. £30. 07800 633101

parket knoll nevada sofa.

Oatmeal draylon. Large 2 seater.

Individual electric recliner for each

seat. As new (10 months old). VGC.

6ft6” long. Seat height 17”. 3ft high.

Over £2k new. Will accept £950. 07905

182393

dewalt 24v cordless drill. With

2 x batteries & case. Hardly used.

£100. 07905 182393

Roller blind. Beautiful patterned

lilac, green & pale pink. To fit 7ft wide

window. Cost £176. £75. 0115 920

7313

Lexmark genuine printer inks.

Unopened. 1 x 100 black, 1 x 100

magenta, 1 x 100xl cyan. £20. 07787

982245

NEFF BUILT-IN DOUBLE OVEN,

MICROWAVE &27CM HOT DRAWER

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Just Sing! - ladies community choir. If you love singing,

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Kings Community Choir - every Mon: 7.30pm-9pm (term

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Bestwood Male Voice Choir - Tues 7.30pm-9.30pm,

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NG6 8TQ. For more details contact: Grand Central Chorus

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Brinsley Community Choir - pop, soul, rock RnB. Tues:

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£5 per session. No audition process. For more info call

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Burton Joyce Choral Society - welcome new

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– Mon: 7.45pm -9.30pm. For more info call Mary: 0115 931

2803 or pop in Sept-June (break for summer).

Carlton Male Voice Choir - are you interested in

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Road Methodist Church, NG4 3EX. For details call 0115 987

4941 or visit www.carltonmvc.org.uk

The Carousel Singers - ladies choir, singing a great

variety of music. No auditions/no previous experience. Meet

in Grangewood Church, Grangewood Rd, Wollaton on Fri:

7.15-7.30pm. For more info call Sue England on 0115 925 7928.

Carrington Triangle Folk Club - meet every Wed:

8.30pm at the Gladstone, NG5 2AW. All singers, acoustic

musicians, poets & listeners are very welcome. For more

info call Martin/Marion 0115 9552935 or m.smalley@

ntlworld.com or visit: carringtontriangle.org.uk

Fun Chorus - welcomes everyone! Groups in Gedling,

Carlton, Kimberley, Bingham, Bramcote, Ravenshead &

Arnold. For a FREE taster session please contact penny@

funchorus.co.uk. All welcome. www.funchorus.com

Gem Connection Ladies Barbershop Chorus - meet

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www.gemconnection.org or just pop along & see us.

Lace City Chorus - rehearsals every Weds, Frank Seely

School, Calverton. All welcome. Singing courses held. Call

Lynn 07909 684178. See www.lacecitychorus.org

Lyrical soNGbirds - small, friendly women’s choir for

experienced or new singers. Currently have vacancies for

sopranos & altos. Meet Tues: 10am-12 (term time) Bramcote

Methodist Church, NG9 3HB. For more info call Heather -

07941 121091 or email: heather@ng7.org.uk

The Major Oak Chorus - gents, sing in four part harmony

every Tues: 7.30pm at Carlton Central School, Foxhill Rd,

Carlton. For more info call Paul: 07966 910201 or visit:

facebook.com/majoroakchorus

Nottingham Clarion Choir - a welcoming & inclusive

choir, campaigning through international song for justice,

peace & freedom. No auditions! We practice Sun: 7.30-

9.30pm. For more info: www.nottinghamclarionchoir.net

Nottinghamshire Rock Choir - Rock Choirs are run

in Beeston and Rainworth all on different days/times. We

are always looking for new members, if you love to sing

then come and join! No need to audition or read music. Visit

www.rockchoir.com for more info and to sign up for a free

taster session.

nuthall community choir - 7pm-8.30pm. Nuthall

Methodist Church. For more info: Charlotte on 07581 020959

Open Voices - friendly singing groups designed for adults

with learning difficulties. Meet weekly in Beeston, West

Bridgford (Tues 10am-noon) & Sherwood (Fri 10am-noon).

For more info call 0115 958 9312 or visit www.music-foreveryone/whats-on/adult-music/open-voices

The Rise - community singing group. No auditions, all

welcome. Thurs: 7.30pm-9pm. Federation House, Claremont

Rd, NG5 1BH. £4 (£2 concessions). First session free. Call

Angela: 07981 885013 or facebook.com/Sherwood Rise

Rock ‘n’ Soul Singers - if you enjoy singing and would like

to join us please get in touch on 01773 780192.


Soundswell - community choir meet Tues eve (term-time)

at Bluecoat Academy, Aspley. A wonderful way to make new

friends. Visit www.soundswell.org for more info.

Sinfonia Chorale - friendly chamber choir. Rehearse

Tues: 7.30pm-9.30pm at Daybrook Baptist Church. For more

info call Sandra 0115 960 6236 or www.sinfoniachorale.uk

Sherwood Clarinets - meets on Tues: 7.45pm-9.45pm

at Calverton Baptist Church Hall. If you enjoy playing clarinet

& are of Grade 4 or above, why not come along? Contact

Sue: ellis.sue@hotmail.co.uk for more details.

Sherwood Chorus - a friendly, relaxed group who enjoy

singing but do not read music. Meet every Mon (excl. Bank

Holidays) 7-9pm at Sherwood Methodist Church, Devon

Drive, NG5 2EN. Admission £2. Email sherwoodchorus@

gmail.com for further info.

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

2157 or www.thesaturdaysingers.org.uk

Sherwood Tuneless Choir -for people who love

singing but think they can’t sing. Meet at Sherwood United

Reformed Church, 1 Edwards Lane, NG5 3AA, 1st & 3rd Tues

monthly: 8pm-9.30pm. For info call Binny:07884 005286 or

www.tunelesschoir.com/sherwood

Singsation Children’s Choir - ages 5-14. Tues: 6pm-

7pm. Eastwood Town Hall, 120 Nottingham Rd, NG16 3GD.

For more info call Charlotte on 07581 020959.

Saturday 7 December: Woodthorpe Singers Christmas

Concert. St Mark’s Church Hall, De Vere Gardens,

Woodthorpe. 7pm. Tickets from Tom Bird 07712 585031

Sunday 8 December: Mirabilé Vocal Ensemble Sings

Christmas at Great Hall, Wollaton Hall, NG8 2AE.6pm.

Tickets £15. www.wollatonhall.org.uk/events

Saturday 14 December: Nottingham Bluecoat Singers

present Bluecoat Sings Christmas – 7.30pm Nuthall

Methodist Church, Nottingham Rd, Nuthall, NG16 1DN.

Tickets £8 – 0115 953 1903

Saturday 14 December: In Accord Chamber Choir presents

an evening of Christmas music – St Martin’s Church,

Sherwood, NG5 3FU. 7.30pm. Tickets £7 on the door.

Saturday 14 December: Burton Joyce Community Brass

Xmas Concert at St Helen’s Church, Church Rd, Burton

Joyce, NG14 5DJ. 7.30pm Free entry, donations welcome.

Saturday 14 December: Gem Connection present “21”

at The Squire, Performing Arts Centre, Nottingham Girls

High School, Arboretum St, Nottingham. Tickets £15 & £12

concessions. Visit: www.gemconnection.com for details.

UPCOMING CONCERTS

Torkard Ensemble - community music group in

Hucknall, we have an instrumental group (grade 5 & above)

& a choir. We make beautiful music & raise money for local

charities. We are always looking for new members, but

are particularly interested in hearing from tenor and bass

singers. Contact us at: jen.beaumont@hotmail.co.uk

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.

Woodthorpe Singers - 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: 8-9.45pm (term time). For more info: tom.bird@

hotmail.co.uk. New term starts 6 January 2020.

YesterYear - a small acappella singing group, rehearse

weekly from 7.15pm-9.15pm on 1st & 3rd Thurs monthly in St

Mary’s Church, Long Eaton, 2nd Thurs in St Luke’s Church,

Loscoe & 4th Thurs in Derby. For more info contact Chris

Nixon:cccnixon@aol.com or Rob Botham: robbotham@

tiscali.co.uk

Saturday 14 December: Rock ‘n’ Soul Singers Christmas

Concert at Selston Parish Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £6. Tickets

from choir members or call 01773 780192. For more info

visit: www.rocknsoul.org.uk

Saturday 14 December: Radcliffe on Trent MVC Christmas

Concert at St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent, NG12 2FD.

2.30pm & 7pm. Tickets on the door or call 07972 013614.

www.radcliffeontrentmvc.org

Saturday 14 December: Ruddington Choral Society

Christmas Concert. 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church,

Ruddington. Tickets £10. More details:

www.ruddingtonchoral.com

Saturday 14 December: Fun Chorus will be preforming

Christmas songs in Eagle Square, Arnold from 12.30pm.

Saturday 14 December: Bingham & District Choral Society

presents their annual Carol Concert at St Mary’s Church,

Bingham at 7.30pm. Tickets from Tim (0115 878 0642),

Bingham library or Pen2Paper (Radcliffe-on Trent).

Tuesday 31 December: Sinfonia Viva’s New Year’s Eve Gala

Concert – ‘Dance to the Music’ – 6pm - Royal Concert Hall.

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Age UK Notts “Older Lesbian Network” -

opportunities for older lesbians aged 55+ to meet at Age UK

Notts, Bradbury House, 12 Shakespeare St, NG1 4FQ approx.

every 2 months for networking & social activities. For further

info call 0115 844 0011 or email: info@ageuknotts.org.uk

Age UK Notts “Silver Pride” - social group for older gay

and bi-men. Offering a range of social activities. Meet at Age

UK Notts, Bradbury House, 12 Shakespeare St, NG1 4FQ.

2-4pm on 1st Fri monthly. Cost £1. For further info call 0115

844 0011 or email: info@ageuknotts.org.uk

Arnold & District Camera Club - meet every 2 weeks

on Thurs eve at Pond Hills Community Centre. Photography

skills from the complete beginner to the accomplished

amateur. For more info call Phil Howcroft on 0115 956 3850.

Art Group in Tollerton - amateur painting group meet

every Tues am, Methodist Village Hall, Stanstead Ave. Also

6 artist workshops per year. Beginners welcome. Call Janice

Baker: 0115 937 5331 or Anne Burgess: 0115 982 0944

Bishops Eight Square Dance Club - for people who

want to make new friends, have some fun, take gentle

exercise and learn how to square dance. We meet every

Thursday at The Old School, Cropwell Bishop at 7.30pm. For

more info call Kath - 01949 860843

Bonington Players - meet for rehearsals at 7.45pm on

Tues & Thurs from August to May at the Old Peoples Welfare

Centre, Nottingham Road, Arnold. Productions are staged at

the Bonington Theatre, Arnold. For more info call Linda on

0115 953 2807 or visit www.boningtonplayers.co.uk.

Bootlace Buddies - small, friendly walking club for single

people born in the 50’s and 60’s. We walk in the local area

on Sundays and sometimes walk/cycle on Wednesdays. For

more info visit www.bootlace-buddies.org.uk

breakaway badminton club - Cotgrave Leisure Centre,

every Tuesday 10am-12 noon. Always looking for new

players. Friendly, non-competetive club who enjoy good

games. For more info call Sandra on 01949 81981 or Barbara

on 0115 937 4908 or just turn up for a game.

City of Nottingham Probus Club - for men 65+, meet

at the New Mechanics Institute, North Sherwood St, Notts

on 3rd Wed monthly: 10am for 10.30am start. Talks plus

optional lunch. Just turn up or call Robin on 0115 916 4774

or email: r.west8@ntlworld.com

Edwalton, Gamston & District U3A - are you retired,

semi retired or early retired? Every 2nd Thurs (except Aug)

we meet at Gamston Community Hall (Near Morrisons) from

2pm - 4pm. Different speaker each month + refreshments.

Why not just come along and see what we have to offer? For

more info please visit our website edgmau3a.weebly.com

Ellenismos Greek Dancing - Monday evenings 8pm-

9.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Wollaton Park Road. New

members welcome, call Margaret on 01332 391608 or email:

m.beedham@ntlworld.com

Embroiderers’ Guild - anyone interested in stitching

& textiles welcome. Meet at The Nottingham Mechanics,

North Sherwood St, Nottingham on 1st Tues monthly: 1.30 -

3.30pm. For more info contact Jenny on 01623 491331.

Erewash Valley Wood Turners Association - meet

2nd Wednesday everty month at Greasley St Mary’s Church

Hall, NG16 2AB. For more info visit www.evwa.org.uk

Free Guided Health Walks - Best Foot Forward run

friendly, easy walks across Nottingham city area every

weekday. Walks last from 30-90 mins in parks/green spaces.

If you are new to walking or wanting to regain your fitness

why not give it a try? 0115 844 0011 for more info.

Friends of Nottingham Museum - monthly meetings

with speakers, at 2pm in The Mechanics, North Sherwood

St. For details of further meetings: Janet: 0115 922 1734 or

janetlievesley@gmail.com

Friendship - new group for people on their own to make

new friends. Only criterion is a positive outlook. Respect,

honesty & kindness essential. No charge. Contact Sheila:

inthepink0784@yahoo.co.uk

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Greenwood STEP CLOG - rhythmic, percussive dancing.

Mon: 8pm, Queen’s Walk Comm. Centre, Nottingham,

NG2 2DF. Actively seeking new male & female dancers/

musicians! Call Tricia: 07731 679072 or Joy/Eric: 0115 978

6858. E: joy.foxley@gmail.com. www.greenwood-clog.org.uk

Interested in Learning Bridge? Or want to

return? - for more details see www.southnottsbridge.org

or email: southnottsbridge@gmail.com

Just Friends West Bridgford - friendly club for local

singles 55+. 25+ events monthly inc. theatre, coach trips,

holidays, pub nights etc. Monthly club coffee morning. Call

Lillian on 0115 846 2225 or Irene on 0115 878 1905 or visit

www.justfriendswestbridgford.wordpress.com

Kathleen Harvey Bridge Club - meet to play friendly

duplicate bridge each Wednesday from the 2nd week in

September until the end of April. Edwalton Golf Club, start at

7pm. All levels welcome. Contact Pat at patriciakelk@yahoo.

co.uk or 07714 081369.

Kindred Spirits Notts - many social activities a month

in & around Nottinghamshire, inc.coffee mornings, day trips

& exercise classes. There are no fees. Find out more by

calling 0115 844 0011.

Lady Bay WI - meet 3rd Monday monthly (except August)

at the Poppy & Pint, Gertrude Rd, Lady Bay at 7.45pm.

Welcome women of all ages for a rich & varied programme

of speakers & activities.

Learn to Dance Ceroc - Thurs 7.45pm - 10.45pm at

Lutterell Hall, NG2 6AY. No partner needed. 18-80+yrs. Great

fun, social night. For more info call Sue: 07915 671688. Like

our FB page Ceroc Heaven for more Notts classes.

Line Dancing Group - we would love you to come &

join us having fun dancing in West Bridgford, Plumtree &

Radcliffe on Trent am or pm classes. All abilities catered for.

Ring 0115 914 0673 or email: p.brown633@ntlworld.com

Making Tracks Walking Group - for single adults 40+

who share a love for the outdoors. We walk every Sunday

throughout the year in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire &

Leicestershire. Own transport essential. For more info visit:

www.walkwithmakingtracks.org.uk. All welcome.

National Women’s Register - ladies’ group that meets

in members houses. We do a variety of activities inc.

lunches, discussions, walks, games evenings, telephone

treasure hunts & cinema visits. For more info visit: www.nwr.

org.uk. Or contact Elaine: evbrown@btinternet.com

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, www.newlifenotts.

org.uk or email: newlife.notts@virginmedia.com

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: www.nottinghack.org.uk

Nottingham & Notts Photographic Society - meet

every Tues 7pm - 9.30pm (Sept-June) at Wollaton Park

Community Centre, 15 Harrow Rd, NG8 1FG. Excellent

speaker programme & internal competitions. For more info

visit: www.nnps.org or call Steve Sulley: 07803 021198

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.

Nottingham Branch British Cactus & Succulent

Society - meet on 1st Wed monthly at Wollaton Park

Comm Centre, Harrow Rd, NG8 1FG. 7pm - 9.30pm. Friendly

group, outside speakers. All welcome. Further details please

call 013325 11970 or go to www.nottingham.bcss.org.uk

Nottingham City Netball Club - open to all abilities,

train indoors at Nottingham Girls High School, all are made

welcome. Call Pauline on 07980 917523

Nottingham City Petanque Club - play French

boules at Valley Road, Sherwood, NG5 3HU (entrance opp.

former Fiveways pub). Meet Tues at 7pm and Sun at 2pm.

Visit www.nottinghampetanque.com or leave a message

on 07972 424052. Suitable for all ages. New members

welcome, first 3 visits free.

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.

Nottingham Folk Dance Group - meets Tues at 7.15pm

at Lambley Village Hall, Lambley Primary School, Catfoot Ln,

NG4 4QF. New members, singles & couples welcome. No

experience necessary. For more info call Mary Hill: 0115 967

3878 or visit www.nfdg.org.uk

Nottingham Leander Swimming Club - for

competitive swimming, water polo & ‘masters’ training at

city & Rushcliffe pools. Visit: www.leandersc.com to see

what our green octopus has been up to!

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Nottingham Oddfellows - are you lonely & want to get

out and meet people in a social & friendly atmosphere? We

meet 1st Friday monthly @ 11am - the Mechanics, 3 North

Sherwood St, NG1 4EZ. For more info call Karen: 01949

843727 or karen.pye-smith@oddfellows.co.uk. All welcome.

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. Call 0115 956 0733

Nottingham Playgoers - we read the plays, visit the

theatre & discuss them afterwards. Meet Tues: 7-9pm at

the Mechanics, North Sherwood St, Nott’ham. Contact Sue

Cullen on 0115 847 8423.

Nottingham Rotaract - 18-30 ish - Want to meet

people? Try new activities & help in your local community,

through volunteering & fundraising? We meet 7pm central

Nottingham on 1st and 3rd Thurs monthly. Visit www.

rotaract.org.uk/nottingham for further details.

Nottingham Secular Society - meets on last Tuesday

of every month at the Canal House, 48-52 Canal St, NG1

7EH. For details of meetings/speakers/debates see our

website: www.nottinghamsecularsociety.org.uk

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.

Nottingham Wayfarers’ Rambling Club - new

members welcome to join our Sunday walks, usually into the

Peak District, but other areas too. We often offer 3 different

walks to suit all abilities. For more details contact John on

01623 469427 or visit: www.nottinghamwayfarers.com

Nottingham Writers’ Club - meets 2nd & 4th Wed

(evenings) monthly in the city centre. We welcome everyone

who loves to write - aspiring, published or unpublished - all

genres catered for. For info call Phil on 0115 938 4098.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Gedling Local

Members’ Group - meets regularly throughout the year

for local walks & hosts an informative talks programme

each autumn/winter in Burton Joyce. For details of activities

& events visit: www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/

category/gedling or contact Gay Wood on 0115 920 5940.

Notts Fuchsia Society - encourages the growing &

displaying of Fuchsias. Meet at Wollaton Park Comm.Centre,

Harrow Rd, Wollaton Park, NG8 1FG: 4th Tues monthly:

7.15pm - 9.30pm for talks & demos.A ll welcome. For more

info call Derek on 015 975 3365.

Notts LGBT+ Network - gay, lesbian, bi, trans? For

information and support on groups, pubs, meeting people,

legal issues, coming out, health or just need to talk, contact

us on 0115 934 8485 (Monday to Friday 7pm - 9.15pm) or

email: info@nottslgbt.com or text 07481 344040

Nova - new friends for single people. Call at the Mapperley

Plains Social Club, Mapperley Top, Thurs from 8pm & pick

up our programme of monthly social events. For info: www.

novanottingham.co.uk or phone Paul on 07973 872213.

Off The Cuff - adult drama and improv group at the Poppy

and Pint, Lady Bay, Thursdays from 7pm-8pm. For more info

call 07596 959326 or offthecuffnottingham@gmail.com

Our Place Community Cafe - meet us in the church

lounge at St Paul’s. Boundary Rd, West Bridgford, every

Monday 9.30am - 11.30am for a friendly face, a cup of tea

and a conversation - just follow the signs. A warm welcome

for all. We are always open, even bank holidays!

Phoenix Friends - is a group of 50+ single people in the

Nottingham area who meet up for various events suggested

by its members. No membership fee. For more info please

email: phoenixfriends2019@gmail.com

Plumtree CC Women - a friendly cricket club for all.

Training is at Plumtree CC Thursday 6-8pm. For more info

contact us on: plumtreeladies@hotmail.com.

Poppy Folk Club - On Sun 15 Dec at 7.30pm the Melrose

Quartet will be doing a Christmas concert at the Poppy Folk

Club, The Poppy & Pint, Lady Bay, West Bridgford. Tickets

£10. Jan 19th at 7.30pm, “Field & Dyke”, same venue. Further

details: Juliet on 0115 923 1513 or visit www.poppyfolkclub.

co.uk or email juliet@poppyfolkclub.co.uk.

Radcliffe on Trent & District Probus Club - meet

on alternate Tues at Ashmores restaurant in Radcliffe on

Trent. Lunch is usually followed by a talk from an invited

speaker. Retired/about to retire gentlemen are welcome.

Contact Bob Cash on T: 01159232869 or E:jr.cash@ntlworld.

com for more info.

RAOB Club - meet every Sunday 12.15pm at West Bridgford

Conservative Club, Rectory Rd. All visitors welcome.

Reiki - the gentle Japanese healing technique. Notts Reiki &

Meditation are a not for profit organisation raising funds for

Marie Curie - we hold 2 meetings monthly in Nottingham at

Arnold & West Bridgford. If you would like to attend & share

the gentle energy, please email Richard: info@nottsreiki.com

or call 07487 660 2556

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Robin Hood Probus Club - for men who are retired,

partly retired or nearing retirement. Monthly meeting on 3rd

Tues at The Vale Hotel, Mansfield Rd, Daybrook. Speaker &

lunch. Come along and meet a group of like minded people.

Call Bob 0115 822 4642 or staysafe46@hotmail.com

Roundabout Social Club - for 50+ professional/

business single, separated, widowed & divorced. Every Wed,

a full monthly programme at Federation House, Claremont

Road, Sherwood. 7.30pm -10.30pm. Tel: Ken on 07769

834693 or www.nottinghamroundabout.co.uk

Rushcliffe ‘Move & Mingle’ Health Walks - free, safe,

sociable walks with trained leaders. Weekly walks from 30-90

mins on easy terrain. Visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk; e:

rushcliffemandm@gmail.com or call Duncan on 07969 330846.

Salsa Dance Lessons - for beginners & improvers -

Tuesdays 8pm - 9pm at West Bridgford Methodist Church,

Patrick Road, NG2 7PQ. Contact Jane on 07779 605092 or

email: salsa-baile@btinternet.com

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 www.egyptology-ssae.org

Soroptimist International - meet 1st & 3rd Mon

monthly at Willoughby Hall, Notts University Main Campus.

We carry out projects to support women & girls at local &

international level. For more info: http://sigbi.org/nottingham

South Notts Phoenix Friendship Club - meet every

Thurs at Arnold Liberal Club. 7.30pm-10.30pm for social &

dancing evening, hand in friendship to all. Tel 01949 358154

or gmtyas@hotmail.co.uk

Sunday Assembly - are you non-religious but would enjoy

being part of a friendly community that celebrates the one

life we know we have? Join us on the 1st Sun monthly -11am-

12noon at The Canalhouse, Canal St, Nottingham.

The Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Field Club

- meets fortnightly, Saturday afternoons (except Dec).

Outdoors (summer walks & outings) April - Sept & indoors

(speakers) Oct-Mar at the YMCA, 61b Mansfield Rd, NG1

3FN. For more info call Ian on 0115 960 6882.

The Nottingham Group of the Hardy Plant

Society - welcomes everyone interested in plants &

gardening. Meet 2nd Fri monthly from Sept-April at St Paul’s

Church Hall, Boundary Rd, NG2. 7pm for 7.30pm start. For

more info visit: www.nottmhps.org.uk, e: hps.nottingham.

group@gmail.com or call Carol on 0115 914 2474

The Nottingham Locksley Club - friendship & dancing

on Tues night @ Basford Conference Centre for single,

separated, divorced & widowed. Call Ken on 01773 530383.

The Nottingham Mechanics - 3 North Sherwood

St, Nottingham, NG1 4EZ. Meet new people in a relaxed

atmosphere. A host of groups to join including music,

Writers’ Club, Poetry Society, Keep Fit, Film Shows etc.

Now rated 4* on google. For membership details contact:

Robert@nottingham-mechanics.org.uk or 0115 941 7353

The Nottingham Royal Scottish Country

Dance Society - meet Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm at the

Nottingham Emmanuel School, off Wilford Lane. Classes are

friendly, sociable and it keeps you fit! No need for a partner.

For more information call 0115 920 8071.

Trent Valley Ladies Probus Club - meet midday,

1st Monday each month for lunch & a talk. Contact Angela

Stanley on 01159 619502.

Walking - are you interested in doing “self lead” walks?

Up to 5-6 miles. Local or other. Choose a walk from book or

web, turn up & follow together. Car owner/driver preferable

to share transport/driving. Kindness, honesty & respect

essential. No fees other than fuel cost contribution to driver.

Please contact: happywalking9560@yahoo.com for info.

West Bridgford Baptist Church - Melton Rd,

welcomes you to our “Place of Welcome” & invites you to come

along on a Thurs between 10am to 11.30am for refreshments & a

warm welcome! For further info call 0115 981 0690.

West Bridgford Dramatic Society - meet for club

night at 7.45pm on Tuesdays at The Studio Theatre,

Stamford Road, West Bridgford. For more info contact

Penny: penny.lewin46@gmail.com or visit www.wbds.org.uk

West Bridgford Table Tennis Club - learn to play TT in

a safe, friendly atmosphere at Rushcliffe School every Friday

evening from 6pm onwards. Group coaching from UKCC

Level 2 & 4 coaches. For more info call Phil Lewis on 07816

417392 or visit www.tabletennis365.com/westbridgford

West Bridgford Tai Chi - Chen Style. Classes every

Thurs 7.30pm - 9pm. Free starter evening. At West Bridgford

School gym. For more info email: marcf42@gmail.com

Why Not Try Dinghy Sailing On The River? - sessions

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8yrs welcome Saturday mornings, they have fun! Go to

www.nottinghamsc.org.uk for more info or email: club@

nottinghamsailing.club

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Wilford Racquets Badminton Club - welcomes new

members. We play Wed evenings at Nottingham Emmanuel

School, off Wilford Lane. For further information contact

Hazel on 0115 981 5184 or Richard on 0739 884 2647

Wollaton Historical & Conservation Society

- meet at 7.30pm on the 4th Wed monthly at St Leonard’s

Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, Wollaton Village. Bus

no.30/parking at rear. For more info. call Angela Gilbert

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The benefits of singing and dementia have been

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Group directory

If you run a support group or organisation and want people to know

about it, why not list it here? Free listing for not-for-profit or charity

groups. Call us on 0115 9269777 or email: ali@ngmagazines.org.uk

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 www.achingarms.co.uk

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.

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

www.faithinfamilies.org or 0115 9558811

Al_Anon - family group who meet twice weekly to give

support to family & friends who have or are living with the

stress of alcoholics. Meetings take place at 25 Clarendon

St, Nottingham. Mon 7pm - 8.30pm & Fri 7.30pm - 9pm. For

more info call 020 7403 0888 or visit: www.al_anonuk.org.uk

Alcoholics Anonymous - every Sunday 5.30pm -

6.30pm at Sherwood Community Centre. Just turn up.

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:

allsortsnotts.org.uk or visit: www.allsortsnotts.org.uk

Bariatric Support Group Nottingham - for those

who are waiting for, or have had any type of bariatric surgery.

Carers, friends and family welcome. Meet 2nd Tues monthly

7pm - 9pm at Hyson Green Community Centre, 37a Gregory

Boulevard, NG7 6BE. For more info: 0754 621 5757 1-4pm.

Connecting Families - we are passionate about

parenting. Providing solutions through courses and

personalised support. Contact Eileen Mignott for

information on 07877 583529 or email: eileenmignott@

connectingfamilies.co.uk

Contact the Elderly - why not consider volunteering

for Contact the Elderly? We are a national charity tackling

acute loneliness among isolated older people, aged 75+

by organising free, monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties.

Contact Tracy Parr on 01522 306565/07914 152679 or

email: tracy.parr@contact-the-elderly.org.uk for more info.

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: algodfrey@talktalk.net

Debt Advice network - a registered charity offering free,

impartial, professional, face-to face advice to people with

debt problems. Contact your local counsellor: david.hall@

thedebtadvicenetwork.org or call 07973 113 882

Dizzy Self Help Group - for anyone with balance

problems, whatever the cause. The meetings are a social

occasion, with speakers, to provide an opportunity to meet

fellow sufferers for mutual support. Meet at The City Mission,

Parliament St. For more info call Jeff on 0115 845 1360.

Framework’s EVE Works - helps unemployed people into

work/training/volunteering. For free 1-2-1 appointments and

training eg. confidence building/interveiw skills. Tel: 0800

111 4262 or email: eve@frameworkha.org

FREE legal advice clinic - at the CORE centre, Calverton

every Tues 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:

lauren@focusfamilylaw.co.uk

Gateway Women - to support women who don’t have

children by circumstances not by choice. The Nottingham

group meet 1st Sat monthly at Sexy Mama Love Cicchetti,

15 Carlton St, NG1 1NL at 11am. For more info call Sally on

07796 318046 or visit: http://gateway-women.com

Heart Support Group - run by Nottingham City Primary

Care Cardiac Service. Meet on first Wed monthly from

2-4pm at Bakersfield Comm. Centre. Contact cardiac team

for more info on: 0115 883 4733

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

Loss of someone to suicide? - a self help support group

for those who have experienced the suicide of a family

member or someone close. For more info call 0115 911 1661

(mon - fri 9am-1pm) or visit www.selfhelp.org.uk

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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 tailored companionship & support. To

request the service, call 0845 304 8730 or email: nottshelper@

mariecurie.org.uk or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/helper

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. Contact

Richard: 0115 925 2586 or email: riedd@btinternet.com

Memory Café - held at Lutterell Hall, Church Drive on

the 3rd Thurs monthly 1pm - 3.30pm. Friendly, informal &

welcoming for anyone with dementia & their carers. For

practical info & emotional support. For more info contact the

Alzheimer’s Society, Castle Heights, 72 Maid Marion Way,

NG1 6BJ. Call 0115 934 3800 or 0115 934 3811 or email:

nottsdass@alzheimers.org.uk. Free service. Free parking &

refreshments are available.

MS Society - Nottingham and District Branch Drop-in

meeting, the 2nd Wednesday monthly at Brookfields Garden

Centre, Mapperley Plains from 2pm - 3.30pm. 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

MYOtoNIC DYSTROPHY SUPPORT GROUP - 19/21

Main Road, Gedling, Nottingham, NG4 3HQ. Myotonic

dystrophy is the most common and variable muscular

dystrophy of adult life. Please call or email for more

info: . 0115 987 5869. Email: contact@mdsguk.org.

wwwmyotonicdystrophysupportgroup.org

My Sight Notts - provides support & advice for people

with sight loss including aids & equipment, IT support,

sighted guides & befriending, peer support & social groups,

arts & choir, sports & healthy lifestyle activities. For more

info call 0115 9706 806 or email: info@mysightnotts.org.uk.

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 visit www.sibs.org.uk

Nottingham Aphasia Independent Self Help

Group - meet monthly at Sherwood Community Centre. For

more information contact June or Chris on 0115 927 9368

Nottingham Counselling Service - not-for-profit

service providing high quality affordable counselling for

anyone 16+ in Notts. Accredited services include individual,

couples & employer assistance counselling. For more info:

0115 950 1743 or email: info@nottinghamcounsellingcentre.

org.uk. Located at Unit 5, Victoria Centre, Kent St, NG1 3LZ.

Open 9am-8pm weekdays. Minimal waiting times.

Nottingham Eating Disorder Self-Help Group - for

anyone aged 16+ affected by an eating disorder, sufferers,

carers, family & friends welcome. Every other Monday

from 6.30pm - 8pm in the Think Tank at Nottingham Trent

Students Union. For info contact Maisie: 01332 367571 or

maisie@firststepsed.co.uk

Nottingham Miscarriage Support - for anyone

affected by the loss of a baby during pregnancy who

would like to meet with others who have shared similar

experiences. Meet 3rd Thurs monthly 7-9pm at Sherwood

Methodist Church, Devon Drive. For info contact Kymm 0115

8449484 or 07870 771326 or kymmiestroud@hotmail.com

Nottingham Osteoporosis Support Group - Royal

Osteoporosis Society. Our volunteer group works closely

with clinical teams, meets monthly & runs a support line. We

also provide annual medical updates, weekly tea dances,

clinical support, awareness raising & newly diagnosed

events. For more info or support call 07459 649734.

Nottingham People’s Choir - singing for wellbeing and

fun. Sponsored by the Royal Concert Hall (where we meet)

& Institute of Mental Health. Every Thurs (term-time) 1pm

-2.30pm. Only £2 (subsidised by sponsors). We welcome all

adults especially those who may not ordinarily join a choir &

singing ability not essential! Phone Theo on: 07752536426

or email: theo.stickley@gmail.com

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 info either ring Self Help UK on

0115 911 1661 or email npcsg@live.co.uk

Nottingham Self Help Group for People who

Stammer - meet alternate Tuesdays at Sherwood

Community Centre. Contact Mathew: 0115 953 2177.

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Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Ileostomy &

Internal Pouch Support Group - a self help group for

people with these medical conditions. For more information

please go to www.nottsandderbyia.org.uk

Nottinghamshire Deaf Society - hard of hearing/deaf

social group every Monday 10am - 1pm. Lip-reading classes

on Tuesdays (daytime & evening). Welfare rights advice for

deaf/hard of hearing. For further details phone 0115 970

0516, text 07817 275253, or email nds@nottsdeaf.org.uk

Notts Peer to Peer Network - info for users of mental

health services in Notts & their carers. Gateway Drop In,

for mutual support, info, occasional outings and talks at St

Peter’s Church, NG1 2NW (next to M&S) every Wed 1.30 to

3.30pm. For more info e: mail@nottspeertopeernetwork.com

or visit: www.nottspeertopeernetwork.com

Over The Rainbow Parkinsons Support Group - for

anyone affected by Parkinsons Disease. Our aims are to

enjoy life & have fun. Monthly meeting + buffet lunch 11am -

1pm, 2nd Sat at Southwell. E: overtherainbowuk@gmail.com

or call Sandra & Michael on 01636 812399

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

Tues monthly - 7pm - 8.30pm at Antenna, 15 Beck St, NG3

3BP. For info contact Wendy - wendywheat71@gmail.com

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.

Run Talk Run - a running group where we chat about

mental health. Every Sunday beginning at The Bridge

Sandwich Bar, Victoria Embankment, NG2 2JY at 10am.

Contact Maisie Cropley on 07717 007023 for more details.

Rushcliffe & Gedling Voluntary Transport

Scheme - providing safe, affordable & reliable journeys

for appointments & social activities, for people who find it

difficult to use public transport, taxis & with no access to a

car. Volunteer drivers always needed. For more info call 0115

969 9060 or email: transport@rushcliffecvs.org.uk

Rushcliffe All Ears Group - are you affected by

hearing loss, tinnitus or balance issues? 3rd Tues monthly at

Epperstone Court, Epperstone Rd, NG2 7QR:10.30am - 12noon.

Enjoy a cuppa & a chat. Speakers & outings, hearing aid

maintenance by professional every 5 mths. For info or advice

call Jennifer: 0115 981 4077 or email: jenniferletts@live.co.uk

ot text/phone: 07746 168433 or Self Help UK: 0115 911 1661

Rushcliffe Diabetes Support Group - do you have

type 2 diabetes or have been recently diagnosed? Our self

help group shares advice, information & experiences. We

meet on 4th Wednesday monthly, 10.30am - 12.30pm at

Edwalton Golf Centre, Wellin Lane, Edwalton, NG12 4AS.

£2.50 per session. Tea & coffee inc. For more info call John

Burnett on 07814 924670 or john_burnett64@hotmail.co.uk

SMART Recovery Groups - help people to gain control

over their drinking, drugs and other addictions. Peer-led

meetings held in Nottingham on Thurs evenings & Sat

mornings. For details please visit www.smartrecovery.org.

uk/ or contact Self Help UK Information Line 0115 911 1661

(Mon-Fri 9am-1pm) or e: info@selfhelp.org.uk

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.

The Wolfpack Project - a Nottingham based support

group reaching out to younger people & adults (16-50)

to help reduce loneliness & social isolation through our

Buddy Scheme (online, telephone and/or face-to-face).

Contact: hello@thewolfpackproject.org.uk or visit www.

thewolfpackproject.org.uk

Trent Bridge Parkinson’s Cafe - where people living

with Parkinson’s (inc. partners, carers, friends) meet in

an informal setting for conversation, laughter, friendship

& mutual support. Any age, any stage. 10am-12noon,

last Tues every month (ex.Dec). Welbeck Banqueting

Hall, Welbeck Rd, West Bridgford, NG2 7QW. Email:

trentbridgeparkinsonscafe@gmail.com

West Bridgford & Sherwood Versus Arthritis

- monthly groups held in West Bridgford & Sherwood.

We support people with all types of arthritis & invite

interesting & informative speakers to our meetings. We

also organise day trips twice a year & join together for New

Year lunch. Please contact Lorraine on 07743 557137 or

lorrainesalt81@gmail.com or Muriel on 0776 484 6257

West Bridgford Shopmobility - a charity helping

people with mobility problems to move easily around the

shops & attractions of West Bridgford. Short-term hire

scheme for scooters/wheelchairs also available. Call

us on 0115 981 5451, find us on Facebook or at www.

wbshopmobility.co.uk or visit us behind West Bridgford

library on Mon, Wed & Fri.

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Would you

like to make a

difference?

Do you have time to support families with

young children?

Would you like to access training and learn

new skills?

If it is yes to the above questions why not

volunteer for Home-Start Nottingham?

If you are a parent or grandparent we are

looking to recruit home visiting volunteers

to visit families in Nottingham City, Gedling,

Broxtowe, Rushcliffe and Ashfield areas.

Home-Start Nottingham are also looking

to recruit Trustees with various skills and

experience.

For more information about the above

opportunities contact 0115 962 4262 or

email us on info@home-startnottingham.

org.uk

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For the affordable funeral, telephone

0115 987 1237

We are an independent company with experienced

staff and a fresh approach to the funeral business.

We offer an affordable, inclusive funeral with three

basic options as well as a bespoke funeral tailored to

your requirements.

We can be contacted 24 hours a day to support and

advise you on all aspects of a funeral when bereaved

individuals are at their most vulnerable.

Our pre-paid funeral plans reflect the price of our

inclusive options plus a small admin fee from the

funeral plan company.

nottinghamshirefuneralservice@gmail.com

11 Bexon Court, Foxhill Rd, Carlton, NG4 1SQ

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annie chadburn cuts off her

locks for her father

by Maggie’s Nottingham

the disabled artists

network (dan)

by Ravinder Kaur

In October Annie Chadburn took on the brave

challenge of cutting off 13 inches of her hair to

raise an amazing £2k for Maggie’s Nottingham.

When Annie and her family first visited the centre,

like most they were unsure what to expect. “We

weren’t sure what Maggie’s was before our first visit

but it was so friendly and welcoming, a place we felt

we could just pop into for support or advice, when

we needed it. Since our first visit, we have visited

Maggie’s as a family, it’s a great place to meet other

people who know what you’re going through.”

Annie’s dad used the centre for support when he

was first diagnosed; he attended the men’s support

group and also found comfort in one to one support

sessions with our cancer support specialists.

Thanks to people like Annie raising this incredible

amount, we can continue to offer cancer support to

those who need it.

Maggie’s Nottingham offers free emotional and

practical support to anyone with cancer, for as long

as they need it. Cancer affects not only the person

diagnosed, but also their loved ones, so we offer our

support to them too.

If you would like to find out more about us or would

like to raise funds for Maggie’s Nottingham, please

come and see us in the centre, we are based on the

Nottingham City Hospital Grounds, close to gate 3 or

contact us on: 0115 924 6211 or via email: Shannon.

taylor@maggiescentres.org

As a war veteran, Nottingham resident, Villayat

‘Wolf’ Sunkmanitu travelled the East Midlands in

2013-2014 with an exhibition ‘Living with PTSD’,

using poetry and photography to show how he

escaped the chains of PTSD.

During the exhibition he met many civilians and

veterans alike with PTSD and other mental health

issues. Villayat realised that neither civilians or

veterans were receiving adequate support. In fact, he

received no support until 12 years after finishing his

two year tour of duty in Northern Ireland in 1985.

Villayat encompassed both groups of people within

his projects all of which are run through Facebook:

Wolf International Poetry Exhibition and Wolf

Photography International Camera Club as well as:

Disabled Artists Network – A support group for

disabled artists (mental and physical) and nondisabled

artists to exhibit their art to promote a

sense of well being. They meet regularly on Friday

evenings at Tesco Bulwell Extra, Nottingham.

Veterans Support Group – Veterans meet up for

a discounted breakfast at Tesco Bulwell Extra and

chat about anything and everything. The project

also provides free listening ear/counselling and fast

track referral into the NHS system. Veterans are

encouraged to take part in the art activities too.

You can find out more about the projects on

his website: www.wolf-photography.com or via

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Wolf.Photographer

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welcome to a new decade

by Helen Jones

Well here we are at the doorstep

of another new decade. Where did

the last one go? And where will

the next ten years take you?

Within the world of employment we have seen huge

changes since 2010. If you’re not active on social

media today do you even exist?

The days of being chained to your desk are long

gone – flexible, agile working is offered by many

employers.

Shared parental leave was also introduced in 2015

which is a huge (and welcome) leap forward in terms

of recognising that both parents have a part to play

in the early years.

In my volunteer role with a local secondary school

I am delighted to see that careers provision is

gradually being given the importance it deserves.

Still woefully underfunded, I’ve seen a definite

move toward engaging with outside organisations

to seek the expertise and support required. This is

the only way to tackle the skills gap – by effective

communication between employers and education

providers at all levels.

Having stated all of the above, as an employer, the

progress I’m most satisfied with is the recognition

within the workplace that mental health matters.

There is an awareness that definitely wasn’t there ten

years ago. Depression and anxiety is real for a large

proportion of the working population on a daily basis.

Talking about it can only help.

As I write, Brexit is still undecided and there are many

other challenges facing us over the next decade. We

must face those challenges head on with common

sense and positivity.

On behalf of myself and all my colleagues here at

SOLOS we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a

peaceful New Year.

DOGLOST: REUNITING DOGS WITH

THEIR OWNERS

by DogLost

DogLost is the UK’s

largest FREE lost and

found dog service. It’s

an amazing resource for

anyone who has lost or

found a dog.

DogLost boasts an impressive track record in

reuniting dogs with their owners. The non-profit

organisation has provided free assistance to dog

owners nationwide since 2002, helping to reunite

around 80,000 dogs. Its automated alerts and poster

generation is supported by a network of volunteers

who offer advice and support on the ground as well

as the website. It works closely with the police, dog

wardens and rescues and it is at the forefront of

fighting back against the rising crime of dog theft.

It’s free to join this national community of thousands

of dog owners and volunteers. Simply register as a

member to receive alerts of dogs missing in your

area.

Anyone who has lost or found a dog can

see our handy guides of actions to take

here: www.facebook.com/DogLostUk/

posts/2432431010212795

Our website is: www.doglost.co.uk

Or you can call: 0844 800 3220

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Useful Information

Rushcliffe Borough Council......0115 981 9911

Notts County Council...............0300 500 8080

Leisure Centres

Rushcliffe Arena......................0115 981 4027

Libraries

West Bridgford Library.............0115 981 6506

Police........................................101

QMC Hospital..........................0115 924 9924

City Hospital...........................0115 969 1169

NHS Direct................................111

Tax Credits..............................0345 300 3900

Emergency Utilities

Electric.....................................0800 404090

Gas..........................................0800 111 999

Water......................................0800 783 4444

National Rail Enquiries..............03457 484950

Nottingham City Transport........0115 950 6070

Nott’ham East Midlands Airport.08719199000

DVLA........................................08444 530118

Local Community Centres/Village Halls

Lutterell Hall............................0115 914 8553

Sir Julien Cahn Pavilion............0115 914 8553

West Parks Sports Pavilion.......0115 914 8553

Gamston Community Hall.........0115 914 8553

Gresham Sports Park & Pav.....0115 914 8553

Market Days

West Bridgford Farmers Market, Central Avenue,

8.30 - 13.30. 2nd & 4th Saturday, monthly.

We now publish and distribute

nine magazines to 109,000 homes

and businesses every two months

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Cotgrave Forest Walk

Walk distance: about 4 miles

Difficulty: Easy - but remember to bring your wellies

as the paths get extremely muddy!

Pub stop: None

Walks With Emily & Friends

Starting point: Lambing Gap Lane (free parking)

This walk can get very muddy during wet weather,

but the views over Nottingham and Trent Valley are

worth getting a bit mucky for.

Cotgrave Forest itself is owned privately and

although there are public footpaths and bridleways

throughout, there are signs advising shooting takes

place there, so it is a good idea to keep your dog

on a lead if you haven’t yet mastered a good recall.

Turn right at the sign and walk back into Cotgrave

Forest. Follow this track until you reach the fork in

the road again. Go round the left hand bend and

follow the road round until you are back to the

starting point.

Follow Lambing Lane down in the car until the road

bends to the right, here you will find a layby with

space to park your car.

When you have parked up, follow the public

bridleway sign down past a green barrier to the

right of the forest. Follow the path until it reaches

a fork in the road. Turn left and follow it downhill

and over a stream.

To download the Ordnance Survey map route, and for

more dog walks around the Nottinghamshire area and

beyond:

visit www.greatbritishdogwalks.com

Follow us on social media for updates:

Facebook: @greatbritishdogwalks

Instagram: @greatbritishdogwalks

Twitter: @gbdogwalks

Continue on this path until you find yourself leaving

the forest and at the village of Clipston you’ll pass

a large farm shop- Harkers- which is open Tuesday

– Saturday.

Go straight down the road (ignoring all other roads

to the left) until it bends to the right and goes

slightly downhill (this is a public road so watch out

for cars). Keep a look out for a restricted byway

sign on the right and follow it through an open

field.

Keeping to the right of the field, walk to the top of

the hill and carry on down a farm track. Keep on

this track until you reach a crossroads (about 3/4

mile). Then turn right. Cross a stream and carry on

walking until you read a bridleway sign to the right.

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Aerial Services

Phil Chapman 47

Air Conditioning/Warm Units

Richer Air 34

Appliance Repairs

Nottingham Appliance Repairs 47

Bathrooms/Kitchens/Bedrooms

Gliderobes 37

Shower Doctor UK 57

Sliding Door Wardrobes Ltd 61

Blinds/Curtains/Shutters

Bella Blinds 50

Building Services

A Holmes Building Services Limited 34

Claim-Build 54

Notts Building & Roofing Ltd 65

Premier Building & Roofing 71

Pure Brickwork Limited 44

Trent Building & Roofing Ltd 67

Business Support Services

Ladybay HR 83

RS Media 84

Veriflyers 84

Car/Van Sales

t.i.m.uk motors 51

Care/Support Services

Home -Start Nottingham 89

Chimney Sweeps

Homesweep 57

Christmas Events

Motorpoint Arena Nottingham 12

National Ice Centre 13

Wollaton Hall & Deer Park 11

Woodthorpe Park Plant Shop 16

Day Nurseries/Pre-Schools

Hollies Day Nursery 1,96

Ryan House Day Nursery 4

Design & Print

Nottingham Sign Shop 84

Domestic Services

Chewings Services 34

Dust Busters 31

MJ Cleaning 34

Drainage/Pipe Clearance

ADK Drains Ltd 55

Electrical Services

Doctor Electrical 35

Faraday Electrics Ltd 43

GEC Ltd 57

HHS Electrical 45

Employment Opportunities

Neil Codd Training 83

Estate/Letting Agents

Tristram’s Sales & Lettings 66

Fencing/Gates

360 Fencing 31

Beechdale Fencing Ltd 40

Sherborne Fencing 67

Trev’s Concrete and Fencing 34

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Fireplaces/Woodburners

Kimberley Fireplaces & Stoves 68

Stonebridge Fireplaces 45

Flooring/Carpets

Edward James Flooring 5

Kings Carpets 3

The Little Carpet Company 52,53

Funeral Services

Nottinghamshire Funeral Service 89

Further Education

Language Tuition Nottingham 82

Nottingham College 74

Garage Doors/Repairs

JB Doors Ltd 36

Garden Buildings

Arctic Cabins 32

Crusoe Garden Rooms Limited 41

Garden Retail

Woodthorpe Park Plant Shop 16

Garden Services

Eley’s Gardening & Landscaping 67

Littlegreen Landscapes 59

Treewise & Total Landscape 31

Groundwork Services

B & P Paving 58

Buffalo Driveways 48,49

Drop Kerb Specialist 35

Hardcore Construction 35

James Joseph 64

Next Generation Home Improvements 39

Hair & Beauty

Angels Twelve 29

Handyman Services

S & A Property Maintenance 47

SR External Property Care 31

Kids Activities

Kiddy Krav 25

Loft Conversions/Ladders

More Than Loft Ladders 54

Medical Research

NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research 24

Medical Services

New U Clinic 89

Mobility Aids

Advantage Social Enterprise CIC 85

Oven Cleaning/Repairs

Ovenu 36

Painting & Decorating

Chris Decorating Services 43

James Painting & Decorating 35

Mike Conrad Decorating 57

Paul Tinsley Decorating 47

Whites Painting & Decorating 73

Pest Control

Expel Pest 67

Photography

Photolux Ltd 17

Plastering Services

Matt The Plasterer 57

Paul James Plastering Services 44

Plumbing & Heating

Corkys Heating Services 57

M Church Plumbing & Heating Ltd 59

MS Waterworks Ltd 64

Nottingham Combi Services 34

RB Heating & Gas Services 67

Sayer Plumbing & Heating 44

Stonebridge Heating Centre 55

Private Tutors

First Class Learning 25

Pubs/Bars

The Radcliffe 19

Removals/Man & Van

ACS Removals 55

Roofing Services

Nottingham No Leak Roofing 34

Notts Roofing Services Ltd 44

T Edgar & Son Joinery & Roofing 73

WR Leivers 59

Security Services

Ideal Alarms 31,65

Solid Fuel

Fernwood Fuels Ltd 2

Tree Services

Charnwood Trees 61

HD Tree & Gardening Services 45

Jack Glenn Tree & Gardening Services 64

Tindle Tree Care 55

Weedon’s Tree Surgery 43

Venues/Days Out

Twin Lakes 75

Wollaton Hall & Deer Park 11

Windows/Doors/Conservatories

A & M Windows 43

Apollo Windows 69

Architectural Windows and Glazing Ltd 60

Bridgford Carports & Conservatories 7

DJF Glazing 35

Fearns of Carlton 9

Fixaglaze 54

KLG Rutland 33

West Bridgford Glass 70


WEST BRIDGFORD POLICE STATION

Rectory Rd, West Bridgford

NG2 6BN

Neighbourhood Policing Insp.

Inspector Craig Berry

Neighbourhood Policing Sgt.

Sgt 2302 Sarah Merrall

101 Ext 310 2302

WEST BRIDGFORD TEAM

PCSO 9651 Lisa Bee

Tel: 07525 226404

PCSO 8094 Jane Barker

Tel: 07702 141575

PCSO 8133 Lee Sampson

Tel: 07702 141707

PCSO 9819 Vee Mawer

Tel: 07702 141778

PCSO 4781 Jodie Turner

Tel: 07824 457222

Visit us online:

www.nottinghamshire.police.uk

Email:

Rushcliffe.northpa@nottinghamshire.

pnn.police.uk

Find us on Facebook

Find your Safer Neighbourhoods

team by entering your postcode on

the homepage of

www.nottinghamshire.police.uk

from your local neighbourhood policing inspector,

Craig Berry....

We held the first LPPS (Local

Police Priority Setting)meeting

in October; my thanks go those

involved in this process. The

following priorities were agreed

and will be addressed over the

next 3 months.

• Sheds and burglary issues in

Lady Bay, Abbey and Gamston

ward areas.


• ASB (Anti-social behaviour) in

Cotgrave precinct.


• ASB in the Edwalton and

Trent Bridge wards of West

Bridgford.

Some good work has already

started in conjunction with the

local Councillors and the youth

club in Cotgrave. The Rushcliffe

schools officer will also be

assisting in dealing with this

issue in Cotgrave.

One of the local PCSO’s at

West Bridgford has promoted

a cycle marking scheme called

Bike Register. The first marking

session was arranged at the

beginning of November in

conjunction with our partner

agency Rushcliffe Borough

Council.

Some good work in the Gamston

area, where we have had

problems with motorcycles

being ridden on footpaths, a

motor cycle has been seized

from a 17 year old male, he

has also been issued with a

community protection warning

letter under ASB legislation.

Once again we encourage local

residents to make an early

call to the Notts Police Force

control room using the 999 or

101 system if they see anything

suspicious in their communities.

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