Nottinghamshire YMCA will host a Celebration of Culture showcase on Saturday 20th May at Nottingham Contemporary

Nottinghamshire YMCA will host a Celebration of Culture showcase on Saturday 20th May at Nottingham Contemporary

In partnership with Boxsmart & Cultural Vibrations, YMCA Digital will host this special exhibition that will celebrate the history and culture of several Nottinghamshire communities, thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding. African, Caribbean, and Pakistani communities and culture will be celebrated with a range of activities including food tasting, music, art and fashion workshops, and performances by local musicians Amie Cherry (above), HS Jalal, the Mystic Beats Kids Choir, and Blessing Magore & the Afroklectic Band. The showcase will mark the end of YMCA Digital’s ‘The History of Immigration Project’, a ten-month long project funded by Heritage Lottery Funding, which explored the stories of people from African, Caribbean and Pakistani communities, looking at how and why they settled in Nottingham throughout the 20th century. During the project, young people from YMCA digital interviewed members of the African, Caribbean and Pakistani communities, collecting real life stories to showcase at the event. The young people also received training from local journalists, with workshops and creative activities to stimulate discussion. Darren Goodlad, Youth Programme Manager at Nottinghamshire YMCA, said: “This project was unifying and empowering, especially for the young people who heard stories from the three communities. It is important to share oral traditions and to recognise the journeys that people from all different cultures have taken. We cannot wait for the showcase so that we can celebrate all of the project’s achievements.” YMCA Digital is a Nottinghamshire YMCA youth programme, which engages 13-19 year olds in radio broadcasting, film, animation, music, music production dance, acting and singing. With expert advice and guidance from youth workers, young people working with YMCA digital can...
The Hough Ensemble will perform at Bingham Parish Church

The Hough Ensemble will perform at Bingham Parish Church

Bingham Community Arts Committee (BCAC) is delighted to announce that The Hough Ensemble will be performing in Bingham Parish Church on Saturday 27 May, starting at 7.30pm.  A piano and wind quintet – a format BCAC has never before presented during its 20 years of concerts – The Hough Ensemble comprises Zoë Glossop (oboe), Emma Pountney (clarinet), Robert Parker (horn), Antonia Nicholson (bassoon) and Antony Clare (piano). The ensemble’s programme continues BCAC’s 2017 ‘M&M’ theme of Mozart and Mendelssohn, embracing Mozart’s Quintet for piano & wind and two pieces by Mendelssohn – his Concert Piece for Clarinet, Bassoon & Piano and Songs Without Words for piano. Stamitz’ Quartet for Wind, Hindemith’s Cor Anglais Sonata and Schumann’s Adagio & Allegro for Horn and Piano will also feature. Tickets are available now at £10 in advance (£12 on the door), with accompanied children free. Payments by cash, cheque or BACS are all welcome – call 01949 876147 or email stevenhalls@hotmail.com for details. Tickets can also be purchased at Bingham Library. The event is being staged by Bingham Community Arts Committee (BCAC): for more information, visit...
La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children has been nominated for Best Franchised/Licensed Activity

La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children has been nominated for Best Franchised/Licensed Activity

Bingham based La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children has been nominated for Best Franchised/Licensed Activity for Children aged 5-12 in the What’s on 4 Kids Awards 2017. If you love their classes and want to get them through to the finals visit www.whatson4littleones.co.uk/award-voting.asp Select the 5th Category – “Best Franchised/Licensed Activity for Children aged 5-12” – Vote for La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children. *Voting closes 3...
Nottinghamshire YMCA Announce New Activities For Summer

Nottinghamshire YMCA Announce New Activities For Summer

Nottinghamshire YMCA has added four brand-new activities to its summer schedule. Mountain biking, cooking, crafts (including textiles, pottery, and fine art options), and American flag football will be on offer at Camp Williams at the Nottingham Emmanuel School from July 2017. These activities are known at Camp Williams as ‘skills clinics’. Designed to be fun and challenging, skills clinics are opportunities for children to learn and develop a new skill with expert training. Skills clinics are just one of the ways in which Camp Williams promotes positive, experience-led development for young people. Children from the age of four take part in swimming, camp rallies, group games, and Camp Fire Fridays, making friends and lasting memories along the way. Camp Williams helps to build self-esteem, giving young people the confidence that they need to seek exciting, fulfilling experiences in adult life. Steffen Benbow, Camps and Adventure Services Manager at Nottinghamshire YMCA, said: “Skills clinics are perfect opportunities for children to discover a new talent that could potentially change their life. How do you know you can work for somewhere like Ubisoft if you never get to have a go at game design? How will you get to be a world champion kayaker if you never try kayaking? What’s great about Camp Williams is that it’s a safe space to try these things. I love that we can provide the children here with opportunities to try out so many different and exciting activities.” The full range of skills clinics on offer for 8-15 year olds this summer includes game design, paddle sports, American flag football, skateboarding, drama & theatre, music, mountain...
Embargoed Until After Article 50 is Triggered

Embargoed Until After Article 50 is Triggered

ARTICLE 50 AND BEYOND – EAST MIDLAND MEP ANDREW LEWER COMMENT “A momentous day and a welcome end to the waiting, with much hard work ahead of us,” says East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE as Article 50 is triggered. “It has taken almost nine months to get to this point and there is a tough and bumpy road ahead. But I firmly believe we can achieve a deal that is good for the UK and good for the EU. “Our Prime Minister has a robust set of principles and objectives that give clarity to the UK’s position as well as excellent form as a successful negotiator when she was Home Secretary.” Andrew believes Brexit offers real opportunities to look closely at what we want a future UK to look like. “The EU missed the opportunity to truly reform and prevent Brexit. Hopefully, our June 23 decision means that the EU will listen to other member states who share our concerns about the continuing expansion of federalist policies. “Now we have the chance to revitalise, reform and improve. It is an opportunity to rationalise and modernise rules and regulations,” he continued. “We should not forget we have the chance to change, to learn from past mistakes and improve all our futures. With Article 50 now triggered, we begin that journey.” As a former county council leader, Andrew went on to say he would continue to press the case for a bigger role and greater responsibilities for reformed local councils. “It is our moment to restore local sovereignty. To restore local control over local spending especially now that many current...
Support For East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE 5G Report

Support For East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE 5G Report

East Midlands Conservative MEP Andrew Lewer’s recommendations on EU plans for a Europe-wide Gigabit Society were given the seal of approval this week. The plans include the commercial introduction of 5G next year and to all urban areas by 2025 along with 100Mbps download speeds for all homes. Presenting his report and suggested a framework to the EU REGI (Regional Development) Committee, Andrew highlighted the need to: · avoid EU centralisation and leave control of telecom industries to national authorities · strike the right regulatory balance to ensure Europe remains an investment-friendly environment · provide incentives for telecoms companies to invest such as in longer licensing periods · accept the challenges that geography can present to mobile internet coverage but encourage 3G and 4G rollout in rural areas to address the growing urban-rural divide. Speaking on behalf of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group, Andrew said his report had relevance for the whole of Europe – not just the EU, provided a useful framework for investment and important messages for potential investors. “This agreement gives investors the business environment they need to catch up to Eastern Asia and America 5G coverage. It also guards against over-centralisation and bureaucratic solutions to what should be a market-driven process.” He added: “We remain ambitious about 5G, the internet and broadband connectivity, but we now include a note of realism between what can be delivered in urban and in more rural areas.” The EU Commission estimates the 5G plan will cost an extra 150 billion Euros over the next...