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Young people have helped in the design and content of a new website which promotes safer sexual relationships and health.

The C-Card scheme is a free and confidential advice and condom service that is aimed at young people aged up to 25 across Nottinghamshire.

The C-Card scheme allows young people to get access to free condoms and ask any questions they have about sex, relationships and sexually transmitted infections.

The advice is free and confidential and is aimed at helping young people make the right choice about their sexual health.

The C-Card scheme is available from a range of places including health centres, GP practices, youth centres, colleges and schools and pharmacies.

There is also an interactive map on the website which shows C-Card registration and collection points across the county.

The website is being promoted as part of a wider campaign which will see posters at bus stops and bus shelters, supermarkets and information cards. The campaign is funded by Public Health and is being managed by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Youth Service.

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of the Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “This campaign will further raise the profile of the C-Card scheme to young people, offer them vital support and signpost them to relevant public health services.”

Councillor Tracey Taylor, Vice-Chair of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are very pleased that young people, through the Young People’s Board, have been involved in this initiative to ensure the right information and advice that young people want is included on the new website.”

The website is: www.ccardnottinghamshire.co.uk

Free tours of Newark Castle are being offered to National Lottery Players as a ‘thank you’ for the Gatehouse Project’s Heritage Lottery Funding.

The tours are being offered to thank National Lottery Players whose money has helped fund the Gatehouse Project, which has recently been awarded a stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant.

The tours will take place on Sunday 17 December at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. The tower tour will be available at 11am and 12pm and the dungeon tour will be available on all three times. Tours will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

To claim a free tour, email [email protected] and state which time and which tour you would like to attend. Please also state how many of you are coming. You must bring a confirmation email and national lottery ticket with you to the tour. One lottery ticket provides one free tour for up to a family of four. Only one tour is permitted. National Lottery tickets for all National Lottery games can be used to qualify for the free tour.

Please see www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/newarkcastle/lotterythankyou for full terms and conditions.

Sign up to take part in our Laps for Lapland challenge and raise money

Please help to send children living with a life threatening illnesses to Lapland to meet Father Christmas.

Laps for Lapland is a fun fundraising challenge.

LFL A4 Poster

Anyone can complete a lap and raise money to send children living with life threatening illness to Lapland to have a magical day with Father Christmas


Families and dinosaur enthusiasts across Nottingham are certain of ‘dino-mite’ thrills this half term.

Dinosaurs of China has welcomed over one hundred thousand visitors since the beginning of July, with hundreds of families and children expected to descend on Wollaton Hall and Lakeside Arts for a week of fun activities and special events before the exhibition closes its doors for the final time.

From getting creative in the children’s Dino Explorer Zone at Wollaton Hall, to free Paleo talks at Lakeside Arts, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

A Dino Club Day on 29th October will allow visitors to partake in a free fun day presenting a range of children’s activities – 11pm and 3pm – including fossil making, face painting, Chinese dancing, dino-photo booth and constructing miniature dinosaur worlds. ‘Hawks of Steele’ will showcase birds of prey.

The ground shakers to feathered flyers exhibition has wowed visitors with dinosaurs and fossils never before seen outside of Asia. Wollaton Hall hosts the main exhibition with Nottingham University’s, Lakeside Arts offering free accompanying workshops and events.

Dr Adam Smith, Curator at Nottingham’s Natural History Museum, Wollaton Hall said: “The Dinosaurs of China exhibition has been a once in a lifetime experience for everyone in Nottingham and it’s great to see so many visitors in awe of the dinosaur collection.

We have been proud to part of such a historical exhibit and we urge anyone who has not yet been to celebrate the last week in October half term. We will be saying goodbye with a bang, so it is the perfect time to celebrate our dino-success with interactive displays and ‘roar-some’ activities.”

Prices for the Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Wollaton Hall are £7.00 for an adult and £5.00 for a child. Family tickets are £20.00 for two adults and two children. All tickets are subject to a 10% booking fee if pre-purchased online. Carers and children under five go free. Tickets for the Dino Club Day are £9.90 for an adult and £7.70 for children.

For more information, please visit www.dinosaursofchina.co.uk

The UK’s favourite pups star in a heroic musical adventure coming to the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on 9 August 2017.

PAW Patrol, Nick Jr.’s phenomenally popular property produced by Spin Master Entertainment, has added further dates to its PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” UK tour with three Nottingham shows at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm on Wednesday 9 August 2017.

When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue! Families can join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest for the show’s first tour in the UK.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £16.80 (includes admin fee) per ticket and there is a special family ticket for four for only £99 including admin fee!

Find out more information and purchase tickets here: https://goo.gl/omqBOS

Calling all eagle-eyed young readers! Sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge and put your skills and ingenuity to the test.

Libraries across Nottinghamshire are getting ready for another inspiring summer of reading with Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017. Launching in all libraries on Saturday 15 July.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. This annual challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and run in libraries across the country.
It has a new theme each year and in 2017 children are invited to help the Animal Agents – a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – who are out to crack a case at the library with a little help from their friends.
Tony Ross, the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator (creator of the Little Princess books, illustrator of the Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon, and of books by David Walliams and Claire Balding), has created this year’s exclusive artwork.
Children sign up at the library to pick up their free collector folder then read six library books to help the Animal Agents solve the mystery, collecting rewards (including very smelly stickers) along the way. Children choose the books they want to read on their Challenge; novels, fact books, joke books – as long as they are borrowed from the library all reading counts!
There’s a certificate and medal for every child who completes the challenge by reading 6 books.
Last year in Nottinghamshire 10,696 children took part. We hope even more will be inspired to take part this year.
Peter Gaw, Inspire’s Chief Executive commented; “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great scheme to encourage to children to keep up the reading habit over the summer, with research showing it can help prevent the ‘dip’ in reading that can occur over the long summer break. We also know from the feedback we receive each year from children and families that the challenge can inspire and enhance a love of reading which can support children through their school years and beyond.”
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place committee added; “The summer reading challenge is a great way to encourage youngsters to read from an early age.
“I’m sure this year’s animal theme will capture the imagination and I hope that local young people will be making full use of their local libraries by borrowing and reading six books over the summer holidays.”
This year our Summer Reading Challenge launch coincides with the Inspire Poetry Festival. Inspire is delighted to welcome brilliant children poets Joseph Coelho and A. F Harrold who will dazzle children and families with amazing words and poetic performances on Saturday 15 July. The perfect start to our summer of reading.
There are lots of other activities running at libraries inspired by this year’s Animal Agents theme. Selected summer events are listed below.
West Bridgford and Retford libraries host a Visual Stories Exhibition from 29 July to 7 September. INSPIRE’s Arts service have commissioned artists and storytellers to work with students from West Bridgford Junior School and Mattersey Primary School to explore visual literacy through mask making and creating stories. The resulting artworks are brought together an amazing exhibition, to encourage library visitors to take up the Summer Reading Challenge and join in the artist-led workshops in libraries across the county (further details below)
How the Summer Reading Challenge works
• Children sign up for free at the library and pick up an Animal Agents collector folder introducing children to the Animal Agents and setting the scene for the mystery they need to help solve.
• Children choose the books they want to read. They can record what they have read on their folder. And staff and volunteers will be on hand at the library to chat to children about books they have read.
• For every book read children will pick up stickers containing clues to reveal the culprit who has been causing chaos in the library. Some of these clues are smelly! There is also a bookmark to collect along the way.
• Every child who completes the challenge by reading 6 library books will receive a medal, certificate and an Animal Agents wristband.
It’s all free fun and a great way to keep chilldren reading over the summer holidays. Animal Agents will be running in all Inspire libraries from 15 July – 10 September www.inspireculture.org.uk/summerreadingchallenge

Summer Events

Summer Reading Challenge Launch Day -Saturday 15 July
Inspire Poetry Festival events
The following events are part of our Inspire Poetry Festival. Brilliant poets will be visiting our libraries to dazzle families with amazing words and poetic performances.
• Joseph Coelho
Worksop Library: Saturday 15 July, 11am
Mansfield Central Library: Saturday 15 July, 3pm
£3 per child | Accompanying Adults free
Performance poet Joseph Coelho has appeared on CBeebies Rhyme Rocket and is the winner of the 2015 CLPE Poetry Award. Come along to enjoy a series of adventurous, mysterious, laugh-out-loud and magical poems.

• A.F Harrold
West Bridgford Library: Saturday 15 July, 10.30am
£3 per child | Accompanying Adults free
Enjoy the unique experience of a performance by A.F Harrold. Prepare to be surprised by the quality, silliness and loudness of his poems. Marvel at his funny stories and be confused by his dancing! An event not to be missed

• Animal Agents – poetry
Southwell Library, 11am – 1pm
Free – just drop by
Drop in for fun activities inspired by the Animal Agents theme.

Other events
• Lucy Rowland Live at Newark Library: Newark Book Festival
Saturday 15 July, 2pm
We celebrate the launch of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and Newark Book Festival with a visit from Lucy Rowland, author of ‘The Birthday Invitation’ and ‘Gecko’s Echo’. Tickets are FREE but booking is strongly advised!
• John Kirk presents: Jeremy Strong’s The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog
Saturday 22 July
Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library, 11am (01623 753 236)
Hucknall Library, 2pm (0115 963 2035)
FREE but booking advised
Can Trevor train Streaker the Dog before the end of holidays or will he lose his bet with Charlie Smugg? Find out with storyteller John Kirk as he brings this popular Jeremy Strong book to life. Suitable for children aged 6+. Presented in association with David Higham Associates.
• Paper Worlds: A drop-in visual arts workshop for children and families
Saturday 22 July
Idlewells Shopping Centre, Sutton-in-Ashfield 10am – 12pm
Arnold Library 2pm – 3.30pm

Wednesday 26 July
Worksop Library, 10 – 12
Retford Library, 2 – 4pm

Make a paper world with the library. Help create our city with buildings, moving cars, planes, boats and people drawn from your imagination. Make a word catcher with your favourite words or try some simple origami. Watch your paper world glisten under the stars as we light up the scene with little sparkling fairy lights. For children aged 5 – 11. Free – just drop by

• White Post Farm
Thursday 24 August
Sutton-in-Ashfield Library, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Mansfield Woodhouse Library, 1.30pm – 3pm
A whole host of animals including, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducklings, lizards and snakes will be visiting the library with White Post Farm staff on hand to answer questions about the animals. Craft activities available too. Suitable for all ages. Just drop in.

• Lion Learners
Thursday 24 August
Bingham Library, 10.30am – 11.30am
Keyworth Library, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Kristan from Lion Learners visits the library with some furry & scaly friends. Meet the animals and find out more their special skills.

Visual Stories
Visual artists and story tellers have worked with schools to create wonderful exhibitions for two of Inspires library galleries this summer in West Bridgford and Retford.
In 13 of our libraries those same artists are running FREE Family Arts Workshops in mask making and storytelling for you to join in with. Children must be accompanied and booking is essential on line or in the library.
Bingham Library Saturday 29 July 10.00 – 12.00
Hucknall Library Saturday 29 July 1.30 – 3.30
West Bridgford Tuesday 1 August 10.00 – 12.00
Sutton-in-Ashfield Library Wednesday 2 August 10.00 – 12.00
Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library Thursday 3 August 10.00 -12.00
Stapleford Library Thursday 3 August 2.00 – 4.00
Retford Library Friday 4 August 10.30 -12.30
Newark Library Monday 7 August 1.00 – 3.00
Southwell Library Wednesday 9 August 10.30-12.30
Worksop Library Saturday 12 August 10.00 – 12.00
Mansfield Central Library Thursday 17 August 1.00 – 3.00
Arnold Library Wednesday 23 August 10.30-12.30
Beeston Library Friday 25 August 10.00 – 12.00

Summer Family Theatre in Nottinghamshire libraries
The mysterious Word Catcher will be sneaking into libraries this summer. Luckily our hero Sylvia South is on hand to investigate the mysterious goings on at her local library. Inspire continues to provide exciting family theatre in libraries with this tour of a brand-new play Sylvia South and the Word Catcher.
• The Spark Arts for Children presents: Sylvia South and the Word Catcher
by Finegan Krukemeyer
Monday 7 August
Sutton-in-Ashfield Library, 10.30am (01623 556 296)
Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library, 3.30pm (01623 753 236)

Wednesday 9 August
Beeston Library, 10.30am (07432 063 933 – Beeston temporary library)
Arnold Library, 4pm (0115 920 2247)

Thursday 10 August
Newark Library, 10.30am (01636 703 966)
Bingham Library, 3.30pm (01949 837 905)

Friday 11 August
Worksop Library, 10.30am (01909 53 53 53)
Retford Library, 3.30pm (01777 708 724)

Saturday 12 August
Mansfield Central Library, 10.30am (01623 651 337)
Hucknall Library, 4pm (0115 963 2035)

Sunday 13 August
Southwell Library, 10.30am (01636 812 148)
West Bridgford Library, 3.30pm (0115 981 6506)

Library members: £3 Child | Accompanying adults FREE
Non-library members: £5 Child or Adult

There are stories you find when you open a book. And there are others…that wait to find you. After spotting something outrageous at her local library, Sylvia South is off on an adventure, navigating street on a borrowed bicycle to chase a strange man with an armful of other people’s books. Brand new family theatre for children aged 5+ touring Inspire libraries this summer. Booking advised

The StageAhead Theatre School free open day takes place at Magnus C of E Academy, Newark on the 26th August.  4-5 year olds come from 10am till 11am. 6-18 year olds come from 11am till 2pm.  They must book for the day though as places will be limited as its free.  Booking can be done via stageahead.com/join/


StageAhead is Newark’s Brand New Theatre School. It was set up by seasoned actor and singer Wayne Smith who has worked for 20 years in show business both on and off the West End. Credits include Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing and many more. “We want to teach young performers the techniques, disciplines and fun of Performing Arts. Performance can help so many people in so many ways. Confident young people can learn to target their energy correctly through technique and discipline. Shy reserved young people can push boundaries and gain confidence. The Arts have something for everyone!” Wayne Smith Director & Principal

BOOK YOUR PLACE AT THE FREE OPEN DAY NOW 26TH AUGUST www.stageahead.com 01777228978 [email protected]

All Classes are held from September 16th 2017 every Saturday of term time at Magnus Church Of England Academy’s community sport centre.

Stage 1 – 4-5 Years (10am to 11am) Stage 2 – 6-8 Years (11am to 2pm) Stage 3 – 9-11 Years (11am to 2pm) Stage 4 – 12-18 Years (11am to 2pm

There are 36 classes per year at an average of 12 per term. We have 3 Coaches who work with our students for one hour on Dance, Drama and Voice. Covering many genres and styles from each discipline. They learn and perfect those skills over the terms and then showcase them in the end of year Summer Show.


Save the pennies and entertain everyone this summer at part of the world-exclusive Dinosaurs of China exhibition, which stomps into Nottingham in July.


The University of Nottingham’s public arts centre Nottingham Lakeside Arts will be hosting a completely free exhibition exploring how dinosaurs may have looked in the past. Featuring two exciting 3D mounted skeletons – the Alxasaurus and the Dilophosaurus – together with the University’s own Life Science collection, the exhibition is also supported on specific days by a number of free and low-cost workshops and events.


These include Bring Your Dino Toy Day, Dino Design, where children can bring to life their own dinosaur drawings using a virtual design app and Raiders of the Lost Park, an adventurous nature trail with unexpected twists, challenges and riddles.


For older dinosaur fans, there are a series of free hour-long ‘Palaeo Talks’ led by recognised experts in palaeontology from across the country.


Dr Adam Smith, Exhibition Curator said: “The exclusive Dinosaurs of China exhibition is set to be the must-see exhibition of the summer, with specimens travelling thousands of miles from China to be displayed.


“Many have never been outside of Asia before and the free exhibition at Nottingham Lakeside Arts means families can enjoy a truly unforgettable experience and the chance to learn all about these fascinating dinosaurs without it costing a penny!”


After exploring the dino events, there’s plenty more to do at Lakeside including a play area and boating lake situated in the beautiful setting of Highfields Park.


Or for more dinosaur fun, head up to Wollaton Hall and find the free Dino Explorer Zone, providing a range of themed activities and puzzles for all.


The 500-acre Wollaton Park is home to spectacular gardens and beautiful parkland with free roaming deer, a large adventure playground and an array of wildlife. Wollaton Hall itself is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in the region as was used as the setting for Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.


The Nottingham Natural History Museum at Wollaton Hall is also hosting the remainder of the Dinosaurs of China exhibits – 24 of the best-preserved dinosaur fossils and skeletons from anywhere in the world. Highlights will include the show-stopping Mamenchisaurus – a dinosaur the same height as three double decker buses and the amazing Gigantoraptor, the largest feathered dinosaur in the world.


Entry to the Wollaton Hall exhibition is by ticket only, available at the affordable price of £7.70 for adults and £5.50 for children. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) £22.00. Under-fives go free and the event welcomes school parties at a reduced price.


For more information, please visit www.dinosaursofchina.co.uk

Inspire libraries across Nottinghamshire will be celebrating National Bookstart Week with fun activities especially for under 5’s, to encourage families to have fun reading together, anywhere and anytime.

National Bookstart Week 2017 takes place from June 5 to 11 and this year has an ‘Explore Outdoors’ theme. 

There will be special Rattle, Rhyme and Roll and Storyhullabaloo sessions at 44 libraries across the county.  This year’s theme provides the perfect opportunity to share and enjoy rhymes, books and stories about the outdoors and playing outside.

The Bookstart Bear will also be popping in at selected sessions during the week.  Little ones will have the chance to meet the loveable blue bear at events at Bingham, Carlton, Cotgrave, Hucknall, Mansfield Central, Misterton, Retford and Worksop libraries.  The Bear will also pay a visit to Kingsmill hospital during the week.

Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall. Children’s reading charity BookTrust, supported by Hodder Children’s Books, has more than 450,000 copies to give away.

National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Bookstart gives every child in England and Wales a free reading pack in the first year of their life and again when they are 3-4 years old. BookTrust works to remind families of the importance of reading for pleasure – even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.   In Nottinghamshire, last year more than 15,000 Bookstart packs were gifted to children.

Councillor John Cottee, Committee Chairman for Communities and Place at Nottinghamshire County Council, said:

“This scheme is a hugely valuable part of the library service for children and families.

“National Bookstart Week is one of the many ways we are supporting children to develop the reading habit as introducing books at an early age helps develop a love of reading that can last a lifetime.”

National Bookstart Week events featuring a visit from the Bookstart Bear

Carlton Library

Manor Road

Monday 5 June 10 – 11am Rattle, Rhyme and Roll
Hucknall Library

South Street
NG15 7BS

Tuesday 6 June 10.30-11am Rattle, Rhyme and Roll
Cotgrave Library

Cotgrave Shopping Centre
NG12 3JQ

Tuesday 6 June 2.30-3pm Rattle, Rhyme and Roll
Retford Library

DN22 6PE

Wednesday 7 June 10– 10.30am Rattle, Rhyme and Roll
Mansfield Central Library

Four Seasons Centre
West Gate
NG18 1NH

Thursday 8 June 10-10.30am Rattle, Rhyme and Roll
Worksop Library

Memorial Avenue
S80 2BP

Thursday 8 June 2– 2.30pm Rattle Rhyme and Roll
Bingham Library

Eaton Place
NG13 8BE

Friday 9 June 10.30-11.00am Rattle, Rhyme and Roll
Misterton Community Partnership Library

High Street
S Yorkshire
DN10 4BU

Saturday 10 June 11.20 – 11.50am Rattle, Rhyme and Roll


The Bookstart Bear will also be popping up the following week at these libraries

East Leake Library

Gotham Road
East Leake
LE12 6JG

Monday 12 June 2.30 – 3pm Story Hullabaloo
Keyworth Library

Church Drive
NG12 5FF

Tuesday 13 June 2.30 – 3pm Rattle, Rhyme and Roll


There is more under 5s fun happening in Mansfield Market Place on Friday 16 June with an extra special Rattle, Rhyme and Roll taking place during Inspire’s Be Curious, Be Inspired event which is part of Sinfonia Viva’s Cabinet of Curiosity Tour, in an eye catching purple dome.  More information available here

There are lots more events happening in libraries, which are now run by Inspire on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.  Ask in your local library for more information.

When you BBQ, BBQ for Heroes! BBQ for Heroes is a great excuse to get friends over for lovely food, good company and a worthy cause! Just ask everyone to make a donation in exchange for some food – it couldn’t be simpler. Register to receive a free fundraising pack. visit bbqforheroes.org.uk or call 01980 846459