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...
Bingham Model Railway Club – South Notts Model Railway Show 22/23 April

Bingham Model Railway Club – South Notts Model Railway Show 22/23 April

Our Show is again held at Cotgrave Welfare, Woodview,Cotgrave, Notts NG12 3PJ. Show Manager Les Richardson has again arranged for 17 layouts be on display and 10 Traders selling model railway stuff and other things.. 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...
Nottinghamshire YMCA open new accommodation and training facility for young people

Nottinghamshire YMCA open new accommodation and training facility for young people

Nottinghamshire YMCA (Notts YMCA) has today (Thursday 16th March 2017) celebrated the opening of a brand new cooking and training facility as well as new accommodation on Peachey Street, Nottingham The training facility, as part of a larger project funded by property industry charity LandAid, features state-of-the-art cooking appliances and a homely space where young people will learn a range of new skills, with topics including budgeting, culinary techniques and routes into employment. Mark Owens is the Operations Manager for Housing at Nottinghamshire YMCA: “Thanks to LandAid funding our Peachey Street facility has been transformed into four apartments, each consisting of five bedrooms. The project will provide specialist support to vulnerable young people aged between 16 and 24 by supporting them to grow in confidence, learn new life skills and ultimately to progress into independence.” Paul Morrish, CEO of LandAid, said: “We are proud to fund Nottinghamshire YMCA’s new hostel and delighted that it is now open and helping tackle youth homelessness in the area. Thanks to the generosity of the property industry, we can provide a safe space for more young homeless people to develop essential life skills, so they can go on to live independent, successful lives.” Notts YMCA hope to work with local catering organisations in supporting Peachey Street residents enter careers in the food and catering industry. In the meantime, residents will be cooking up a storm with their very own Peachey Street recipe book, a compilation of recipes from Notts YMCA staff and...
Bingham BFest Music Festival 2017- 8th July 2017, Butt Field, Bingham

Bingham BFest Music Festival 2017- 8th July 2017, Butt Field, Bingham

After a successful event in 2015 & 2016 and due to the fantastic public response, Bingham BFest, a music festival for the community of Bingham will return for its third year on Sat 8th July 2017. BFest is organised by the volunteers of Bingham Town Sports Club http://buttfieldsportsclub.org.uk/ who are responsible for the upkeep and development of the facilities at Butt Field Bingham, which are used by Bingham Town Football Club and Bingham Town Cricket Club. The funds raised from BFest will go towards the up keep of the Butt Field Sports Club and improving the current facilities for the 400+ children and adults who use them. One of the key aims of the club is to provide two 3G pitches in the future and add facilities, which will enhance the cricket pitch. The event itself will be held at Butt Field, Bingham, NG13 8GG and will feature a mixture of bands from the East Midlands but also mixed with local artists wherever possible. There will be 6 live acts on the main stage and the three main stage headliners will be “The James Franklyn Band” from Manchester, playing a range of swing, soul and Motown tunes. The penultimate band are The Moderators from Leicester, a 7 piece ska, mod and reggae band, then our final act will be “The Waterloo Abba Show” currently playing to sell-out crowds in Theatres around the UK. BFest will also have a range of other things going on including, an acoustic stage with 8 live acts, children’s funfair rides, food stalls, outside and inside bars, face painting, RAF flypast, free kids activities, etc....
Nottinghamshire YMCA listed in Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to work for

Nottinghamshire YMCA listed in Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to work for

The organisation delivers programmes and services for children, young people, families and individuals across the county. Andrea Shea, HR Director and member of the Executive Management Team has been with Nottinghamshire YMCA for almost ten years. She reflects on working for the local charity and what the award means: “Over the last couple of years we have grown in staffing numbers and in the diversity of what we deliver. It can be a challenge to keep a consistent culture but this award is recognition that we’re still getting it right – whilst working with more children, young people and adults than ever before, which is fantastic. This award is recognition of all that makes Nottinghamshire YMCA one of the best places to work; committed staff working towards a shared vision; great employee benefits and training opportunities; visible and approachable leaders; a workforce that aims to embody our core values. I want us to become even better; this award is another step towards achieving even greater things at our YMCA. I’m part of a great team and genuinely proud of this organisation.” Nottinghamshire YMCA’s mission, based on Christian values, is to develop the mind, body and spirit of individuals, families and communities, and improve health and well-being for all. A diverse range of programmes and services are paid for by customers or funded by external agencies; holiday camps, adventure activities, youth services, health and leisure facilities and programmes, supported accommodation and settled care. Nottinghamshire YMCA currently employs over 150 full-time equivalent employees and has an active volunteer base providing over 9,500 volunteer hours each year. The organisation has a rich...
New Guide To EU Funding For Rural Communities

New Guide To EU Funding For Rural Communities

A new booklet aimed at helping rural businesses and communities make the most of EU funding opportunities has been published by East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE. Entitled: “A Changing Landscape: Farming and Rural Business Funding Opportunities”, the guide brings together all you need to know to apply for EU grants and potential options for the future post-Brexit. “It will be a while before we Brexit the EU,” said Andrew. “Until then it is important that farmers, businesses and local communities continue to benefit from the EU funding opportunities on offer, as well as reflecting upon what comes next.” Andrew said he wanted to make it easy for rural communities to make the most of the EU and to consider what a future outside the EU might look like. The 50-page booklet: · provides facts about EU funding opportunities and regulatory information for farmers and rural businesses · examines options for the future, asks questions and seeks answers to how we use the freedoms and flexibilities following Brexit. “I have lived in rural areas for virtually my entire life,” added Andrew. “I want to do what I can to help our rural life and landscapes flourish, be successful and protected. “It is good news that the Government has confirmed that funding will continue to apply to the agricultural, university/research sectors and for some local authority projects until 2020. It means we have short to medium term stability for rural businesses and also the time and space for debate about future funding options.” Andrew is also interested to hear views on how the UK – and the East Midlands –...
Bingham Language Teacher makes History

Bingham Language Teacher makes History

This week saw a French Language Teacher from Bingham, Jacqueline Arkley, honoured with the much acclaimed La Jolie Ronde Licensee of the Year Award. To top this, Jacqueline has also achieved 25 years offering her classes and is the longest standing La Jolie Ronde teacher in the company’s history. Jacqueline, together with her tutor, teaches extra-curriculum French classes to over 130 local children aged 3-11 with lessons taking place in 5 local primary schools and several local nurseries in and around the Bingham area. General Manager for La Jolie Ronde Steve Baker said, “Jacqueline was chosen because she is truly inspirational and her incredible commitment, dedication and drive over the last 25 years has meant so many local children have benefited. She has consistently worked hard to build up what is now a successful and thriving business. Jacqueline has a great rapport with her pupils and her lessons contain plenty of variety. It is evident to see her pupils are happy, enthusiastic and keen to show off their knowledge. Due to Jacqueline’s extensive knowledge of our programme and resources, she regularly helps Head Office with updating and developing new programmes” he added. Jacqueline, who lives in Radcliffe-on-Trent, was born in Brittany and travelled around Europe for many years to improve her English. It was during her travels she met her now husband Peter. Jacqueline says “I travelled many years between France and England to visit Peter then one day just decided to jump the Channel to be with him. Peter was going to French classes in the evening and his French teacher told him how La Jolie Ronde were...