Richard Durrant Stringhenge Tour at Thomas Cranmer Centre Aslockton Friday 17 November

Richard Durrant Stringhenge Tour at Thomas Cranmer Centre Aslockton Friday 17 November

Richard Durrant has an international reputation as one of the great guitarists of his generation. Since studying at the Royal College of Music he has pursued both performance and composition and kept his ever faithful, ever expanding audience close to his music with his unpretentious manner and natural skills of communication. Richard is as comfortable performing the classical guitar at the Royal Albert Hall as he is giving a Ukulele concert in the wilds of Paraguay or the smallest, English village hall Richard’s adventures have allowed him to dip in and out of the worlds of classical, folk, world and jazz. His honesty and passion for music pervades everything he chooses to do and audiences across the world are charmed by his spirit. His new show STRINGHENGE is acoustic music inspired by the British Isles, featuring the Uffington Tenor Guitar, built in Sussex and a six string Concert Guitar, built in Lincolnshire and made from 5,000 year old English oak, exploring unplugged music on the folk/classical cusp. Says Richard: “This guitar has an almost sacred presence and Stringhenge grew out of my relationship with it. It lead me to commission the Uffington Tenor Guitar from Ian Chisholm, to write loads of new music and to gather the images for an entirely new show.” Stringhenge is as beautifully produced and richly visual as any of Durrant’s tours of recent years. It’s also unplugged allowing you to hear and feel the vibrations of the wood in these incredible guitars. Durrant plays them brilliantly and is a clever weaver of intriguing tales. It’s real roots music linking the neolithic to the 21st...
Bingham Community Arts Committee (BCAC) – Mozart and Mendelssohn – Bingham Parish Church – Saturday 30 September

Bingham Community Arts Committee (BCAC) – Mozart and Mendelssohn – Bingham Parish Church – Saturday 30 September

Bingham Community Arts Committee (BCAC) continues its salute to the era of Mozart and Mendelssohn with an intriguing mix of music for strings in Bingham Parish Church (NG13 8DR) on Saturday 30 September. In a concert starting at 7.30pm, the string quintet of David Wood and Karen Eveson (violins), Anna Maguire and Juliet Ward (violas) and Steven Halls (cello) will be joined for the first time by classical guitarist Hugh Millington, who will be making his Bingham debut. The programme will include two masterworks for String Quintet: Mozart’s String Quintet No.4 in G minor and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 in B flat. All six players will join forces for two works from contemporaries of Mozart and Mendelssohn – Introduction & Variations on a Favourite Waltz for terz guitar and strings by Mauro Giuliani and Concerto in E minor for guitar and strings by Ferdinando Carulli – with Hugh extending the soundscape with Poulenc’s Sarabande for solo guitar. 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...
Latest plans for Newark and Sherwood Sports and Community Village released

Latest plans for Newark and Sherwood Sports and Community Village released

Nottinghamshire YMCA has unveiled updated plans for the multi-million pound sports and community village on Bowbridge Road, Newark, ahead of submitting a formal planning application. Newly released site plans and artist’s impressions demonstrate the ambitious and exciting proposal for the site which will provide sports, arts and music opportunities for communities and generations across the county. The Village will combine sports and community unlike anywhere else in the UK. Newly released site plans show a 750m closed road cycle circuit, an FA compliant 3G football pitch (FIFA quality concept for football turf one star), multiple 5-a-side pitches, a multi-use community sports pitch, tennis courts, an athletics track and a skate park. In addition to impressive sports facilities, there will be a dedicated internal strength and conditioning space, with the village building boasting a 12m high climbing wall covering 262m2, a nursery, creative arts studios and digital media suites. The large onsite cafe promises freshly prepared seasonal produce as well as brilliant views across the whole site. This will really be a space for all ages, abilities and interests. On Wednesday 09 August 2017, a public consultation was held at RHP. The YMCA team were encouraged by the ongoing local support for the proposed plans. Craig Berens is Director of Operations and Programmes at Nottinghamshire YMCA “After many rewarding months working collaboratively with local sports clubs and community groups, we now have plans which will deliver a multi-functional space for all residents of Newark and Sherwood. “We’re humbled by the support we have received both locally and nationally, for what we believe is a truly unique opportunity for Newark to...
Take part in the Big QMC Abseil for Nottingham Children’s Hospital Big Appeal

Take part in the Big QMC Abseil for Nottingham Children’s Hospital Big Appeal

This year marks the 40th birthday of the Queen’s Medical Centre and Nottingham Hospitals Charity is marking the occasion with an iconic Big Abseil. The Big Abseil, the first of its kind, will take place at the QMC on 16th and 17th September 2017. The event will see hospital staff, former patients and their families, and members of the public abseil 85 feet down the exterior of the QMC, which is one of the tallest hospitals in the UK. Nottingham Hospitals Charity has set its sights on raising a total of £40,000 from the event. Many participants are using the event to fundraise for the Big Appeal, which aims to raise £3 million by 2019 to provide better parent accommodation and new diagnostic equipment for the Children’s Hospital, fund ground-breaking research into childhood illnesses, and create a more child-friendly environment within the hospital. Nick Lawford, Fundraising Manager at Nottingham Hospitals Charity said: “We’re so excited to be launching the Big QMC abseil, and can’t wait to see all the brave fundraisers lowering themselves down the side of Queen’s Medical Centre to raise vital funds for Nottingham’s hospitals. It’s a really unique opportunity to do something hugely memorable, for an excellent cause.” To register for the Big Abseil, visit www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk/events/the-big-abseil/, email charity@nuh.nhs.uk, call 0115 962...
Friendly excerse classes for older adults designed to improve mobility, strength, confidence and independence.

Friendly excerse classes for older adults designed to improve mobility, strength, confidence and independence.

FAB/specialist instructor starting exercise classes for the over 50s in Bingham. There will be a regular weekly class at The Methodist Centre, Bingham from Thursday 7th September, 10am – 11am. They are friendly exercise classes for older adults designed to improve mobility, strength, confidence and independence. Exercise sitting, standing or chair support. All abilities welcome and the first class is FREE! Jeannette – 07811011634 –...
Nottinghamshire families are invited on a camping trip this Father’s Day – with YMCA Adventure Guides!

Nottinghamshire families are invited on a camping trip this Father’s Day – with YMCA Adventure Guides!

Nottinghamshire YMCA is inviting families from across the county to join its Adventure Guides programme and take part in a fun-packed camping expedition to Holme Pierrepont this Father’s Day weekend (17-18 June 2017). Adventure Guides is an activity based programme which focuses on strengthening bonds between dads, and their sons and daughters. The programme, which promotes community, nature, friendship and fun, has been popular in America for a number of years. Nottinghamshire is the only area in the UK to benefit from the Adventure Guides programme. Since launching a year ago with support from The Big Lottery, Adventure Guides groups have enjoyed Christmas at Chatsworth House, wooden car making for their a pinewood derby as well as archery, bowling and even a group trip to Planet Bounce. This Father’s Day Adventure Guides are heading to Holme Pierrepont for camping, paddle sports, laser tag, team games and loads more. This jam-packed weekend is generously subsidised by Nottinghamshire YMCA and The Big Lottery Fund – and the best thing is; there’s still space left for families to join them! Adventures Guides is open to all families with children, and there is no need to be a YMCA member to participate. Each Adventure Guides group, or ‘circle’, plan their shared monthly adventures together. Circles are member led. You can join a circle or form your own. Whichever circle you choose, you’ll get chance to meet all the other Adventure Guides at regular meet-ups and expeditions facilitated by Nottinghamshire throughout the year. Amy Oakes, Sports & Family Service Manager at Nottinghamshire YMCA and employee of 13 years says: “This is such a great...
Scoreboard Developed To Expose Good and Bad EU Laws

Scoreboard Developed To Expose Good and Bad EU Laws

An exciting new tool has been developed to help identify good and bad EU laws and regulations, East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE has announced. The news follows months of work to create an electronic Scoreboard to identify EU laws which are having the biggest negative impact and need reform. Using new and existing evidence, the prototype Scoreboard ranks and exposes the gap between the intended and actual effects of EU laws on businesses and Member States. Spearheading the Scoreboard project Andrew Lewer said: “This is an exciting development which will be useful in exposing both good and bad EU regulation. “I believe it could be invaluable as we Brexit the EU and help us to identify those regulations in need of urgent reform, those we want to keep and those which need changing. Mr Lewer said the Scoreboard was ready to be used and refined to fit the needs of government departments or Local Government policy-makers. “Ultimately, the Scoreboard could ensure the right decisions are taken at the right level of government. It should also help to design better laws which do what they are intended to do rather than putting unexpected burdens on business, local government and individuals.” The scoreboard uses evidence from a range of sources to: identify, ranks and prioritise EU laws for reform identify, ranks and prioritise EU laws for reform links the claims and concerns in the legislative process with the actual burdens and real world effects show which EU laws are likely to have the most negative effect on business. bring together data from many sources to a single platform reveal whether...