Nottinghamshire YMCA Celebrates Birthday in Style

Nottinghamshire YMCA Celebrates Birthday in Style

Nottinghamshire YMCA’s pioneering summer camp – Camp Williams – is being celebrated on Friday 26 August with local dignitaries, children and their families. Nottingham South MP, Lilian Greenwood and Chair of D2N2 LEP, Peter Richardson will be joining the party and participating in outdoor activities as Camp Williams marks its momentous first birthday. There will be special theatrical performances from campers, followed by a party complete with games, wood-fired pizzas and cake. Based at The Nottingham Emmanuel School thousands of children, aged 4-15 years old, have attended Camp Williams since launching in 2015. Whether joining for a day, a week, or the entire school holidays, children learn new skills, make friends and have fun with educational activities, sports and creative workshops including paddle sports, music production, climbing, skateboarding, painting, archery and much more. Todd Cauthorn is Nottinghamshire YMCA’s Operations Manager for children and families: “We’re delighted to be celebrating our first birthday and our achievements with Lilian Greenwood and Peter Richardson.” “We have had a busy and successful year and we’re already looking forward to welcoming more children to Camp Williams throughout the school holidays, over the next 12 months.” YMCA Camp Williams has been developed by Nottinghamshire YMCA, a local charity with a rich history dating back over 145 years, working for healthy living, social responsibility and youth development. Nottinghamshire YMCA believes positive relationships, skills development and experiences during early years help young people to make healthy choices and positive contributions in later life. Nottinghamshire YMCA ensures Camp Williams is as accessible as possible by providing scholarship opportunities for those who otherwise would not be able to attend....
From London to Peru – 30 Years on the Road

From London to Peru – 30 Years on the Road

Fresh from the mountains of Peru, Richard Durrant’s celebration of 30 years on the road will take place on 20 July at his hometown venue – The Ropetackle in Shoreham-by-Sea. This will launch yet another whistle stop tour of the British Isles taking Richard from Nottingham villages to the Isle of Skye – complete with his enormous dog ‘Bollo’. Many people have already discovered that Richard is no ordinary musician through his mesmerising Guitar Whisperer tour. But on the eve of the summer holidays this barefoot, stand-up concert guitarist and composer will deal out a captivating evening of new exotic musical offerings from Spain, the Americas and the Sussex coast. With his trademark beautiful lighting and projections, Richard punctuates his incredible guitar playing with stories from a lifetime in music in a show that is joyfully virtuosic, at times deeply moving, and always hugely entertaining. Extraordinary virtuosity… A simply unmissable treat.’ Classic FM Magazine ‘Brimful of technically impressive guitar playing on the folk/classical cusp, with nimble runs, deft arpeggios and quicksilver fingering.’ The Independent ‘Flawless and mesmerising.’ Acoustic Magazine A highlight of the show will be the unveiling of a brand new ‘tenor’ guitar. This incredible instrument has been specially commissioned by Richard from Sussex luthier Ian Chisholm and has been inspired by Berkshire’s magnificent prehistoric White Horse at Uffington. Richard says of the instrument: “This amazing new instrument will have a magical, silvery sound bringing a new dimension to each concert. Exploring Bach on metal strings played with a plectrum will be a fascinating experience!” From Shoreham-by-Sea, Richard hits the road from a tour which includes Aslockton in...
Skateboarding, drama, photography and more added to list of activities at YMCA Camp Williams!

Skateboarding, drama, photography and more added to list of activities at YMCA Camp Williams!

At YMCA Camp Williams and YMCA day camps children and young people are provided with opportunities to form their own values, learning and identity through positive experiences. Nottinghamshire YMCA believes that children and young people with access to these developmental assets will make healthier choices as they grow into adults. Camp Williams is the latest addition to Nottinghamshire YMCA’s school holiday activity programme. It’s experience focused and adventure driven. All children will take part in camp rallys, sports, swimming, games and crafts. Plus, 8 – 15 year olds will take part in skills clinics. The full list of skills clinics for Summer 2016 has just been released and it is pretty impressive: Basketball – Drama & theatre – Film & photography – Skateboarding – Archery – Climbing – Craft works – Dance – Football – Game Design – Music – Paddle Sports – Science – Trampolining – Wildlife & wilderness “We’ve chosen these skills clinics so that kids can choose things that they really want to get involved with – there’s something for everyone. We get a lot of feedback from parents who appreciate that we don’t simply offer sports based activities like at a lot of other holiday clubs. We’re excited to offer something that’s actually really cool.” – Gavin Barker, Outdoor Education and Adventure Services Manager Programme Leaders are responsible for the design and delivery of the skills clinics which will see campers improving their chosen skills throughout the week. More about YMCA Camp Williams and YMCA day camps YMCA Camp Williams is based at The Nottingham Emmanuel School in West Bridgford. The site is transformed during...
BMRC’s South Notts Model Railway Show 16th/17th April

BMRC’s South Notts Model Railway Show 16th/17th April

Our Show is again held at Cotgrave Welfare, Woodview,Cotgrave, Notts NG12 3PJ. Show Manager Les Richardson has arranged extra space, so this will be our biggest EVER exhibition with 17 layouts and 10 Traders. One of the Layouts is Rise Park pictured here. It represents the Great Central main line to the North of Nottingham. By not using an actual location we have been able to make accurate models of buildings from different parts of Nottingham and the area around. As ever, you can extend your stay by purchasing food and drink at the venue, and they provide good parking facilities. Note that Trent-Barton’s Cotgrave Connection bus runs every 20 minutes calling at Nottingham Railway Station. Ask for Cotgrave Welfare.. Adults £5, Concessions £4, Children £2 and Family (2+ 2) £10 – not expensive for such a wonderful day out! Look out for our fliers, which give an extra £1 discount. If anyone wants more information, please contact Graham as below. Graham Dean, 01949 877 779...
Rushcliffe Carers get a Chance to Make a Music Oasis

Rushcliffe Carers get a Chance to Make a Music Oasis

According to Carers Trust, the definition of a carer is “anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.” There are 6.5 million Carers in the UK and the work taken on by Carers saves the UK Economy a staggering £119 billion on an annual basis but it is taking its toll. 61% of carers surveyed have suffered depression as a result of their caring role and 92% feel more stressed. So who is taking care of the Carers? Following on from a successful workshop in October 2015, NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group have commissioned three more workshops for Carers to learn about using the power of music to enhance their quality of life and providing them with a specially designed toolkit “My Music Oasis” from Nottinghamshire charity, musicworks. The workshops are FREE for Carers and are part of a series of workshops happening all over the county. The “My Music Oasis” workshop is designed for people caring for others, and aims to recognise and celebrate the vital role they play, often at a significant cost to themselves. The fun and interactive workshop, run by musicworks’ training partner, JoCo Learning and Development, looks at how the “My Music Oasis” toolkit is used to capture personalised music and make beneficial use of it in the daily life of a Carer. It will be an opportunity to meet other Carers and socialise whilst creating their own personalised playlists. Participants will receive the toolkit free of charge to keep and use. The “My Music Oasis” toolkit, designed by Nottinghamshire based charity, musicworks enables Carers to draw together pieces of music...