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James McVey of The Vamps supports 30 Days Wild

Sign up for The Wildlife Trusts’ annual nature challenge!

James McVey, writer and guitarist in The Vamps has lent his personal support to The Wildlife Trusts’ annual nature challenge in June – 30 Days Wild.  30 Days Wild encourages people to do something wild every day for the month of June.

In a short film which The Wildlife Trusts are releasing on social media today, James McVey says:

“I’m supporting The Wildlife Trusts’ national challenge of spending 30 Days Wild. Every day in June they are asking you guys to do something wild. Now – that could be going camping somewhere if you’ve never been camping, it could be doing an off-road trail, climbing a massive hill that you’ve always wanted to do but never done – but it could also be something as simple as recycling if you’ve never recycled before or buying a reusable water bottle.

He adds: “It doesn’t have to be absolutely crazy – but it’s just a great incentive to get you guys thinking a little bit differently and getting active so make sure you sign-up and get involved!”

Lucy McRobert, Campaigns Manager for The Wildlife Trusts says:

“It’s so kind of James to do a shout-out for 30 Days Wild – everyone in the team was so touched. 30 Days Wild is a lovely way to get closer to nature and marvel at the everyday wildlife that lives all around you. Sit quietly and enjoy watching dragonflies dance over a pond or take a moment to sow a window-box of wildflowers to help bees. Get together with your neighbours to create hedgehog highways or sow front-garden meadows along the length of your street. No matter how small the action, it all counts!”

30 Days Wild pack

Sign-up to 30 Days Wild and you’ll get a free pack with a booklet of inspirational ideas for Random Acts of Wildness, a recipe for wild strawberry and thyme ice cream, wildflower seeded paper to sow, a wall chart to record your activities and wild stickers. There are special packs for schools with outdoor lesson plans and giant Random Acts of Wildness cards. Business can join in too, with tailored download packs to bring the ‘wild’ to work.

30 Days Wild 2018 neighbourhood theme

This year’s theme is all about helping wildlife in your neighbourhood and our pack has inspiring ideas for sharing the challenge locally. See great ways to green-up your street – from carving hedgehog holes in fences to putting up bird and bat boxes and doing a local litter pick.

New: first ever Big Wild Weekend!

The first ever Big Wild Weekend takes place 16th – 17th June! It’s a new ingredient for 2018 to mark the middle of the 30 Days Wild challenge.  Wildlife Trusts across the UK will hold special events – there are over 100 events taking place – including night safaris, wild festivals, seashore safaris, bioblitzes, mammal tracking, bushcraft, family nature nights, big wild picnics, wild river dips and much more…

 

Sign-up to take part in 30 Days Wild here! www.wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild

* Free writing competition for children aged four to 14 with the theme of HEROES

* Winners awarded a trip to Disneyland Paris and £500 of books for their school

* Best-selling Author and Comedian David Walliams is this year’s incredible judge who will surprise the winner at their school!

* Deadline to enter: THIS Sunday, 29th April, 2018

Children have just one week left to enter one of the biggest writing competitions of the year – The National Young Writer’s Awards! Organised by, tuition provider Explore Learning and judged by best-selling author and comedian David Walliams, it is one of the most hotly anticipated writing competitions for children in the UK. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Heroes’, and children are tasked with writing a 500-word story about their hero – whoever that may be – whether that’s a friend, a family member, a pet or a completely fictitious character – they want to hear from you!

This year’s judge, David Walliams has revolutionised reading for children and has become one of the most influential children’s writers today. Since the publication of his ground-breaking first novel, The Boy in the Dress (2008), Walliams has seen unprecedented growth. With the publication of ten novels, three short stories and six picture books, his global sales now exceed 23 million copies, and his books have been translated into fifty-three languages.

The winner will be surprised at a school assembly by David who will announce the National Young Writer of the Year and present them with a trophy, a trip to Disneyland Paris for their family and £500 of books for their school! Every child that enters will receive a certificate to celebrate their story, along with personalised feedback from one of Explore Learning’s inspirational tutors.

David says: “It is a real privilege to be named judge for this year’s National Young Writers’ Awards and I am so looking forward to reading what the brilliant brains of our country’s children come up with. To write is such a wonderful, creative outlet for people of all ages and competitions just like this one are a brilliant way of encouraging kids across the UK to take the leap and release their inner authors!”

The competition, which closes this Sunday 29th April, is open to all children aged 4-14 in the UK. Explore Learning encourages children of all writing abilities and confidence levels to enter!

The top 10 entries will also receive £250 worth of books for their schools from Letts Revision, plus a large print of the opening line of their story by QuirkyLime. Each of the regional winners will also win £50 worth of books.

It’s very easy to enter. Children are invited to pick up an entry form from their local Explore Learning or via explorelearning.co.uk/youngwriters. Simply hand the story back in, file online or send to Explore Learning’s head office at NYWA, Explore Learning, 74 North Street, Guildford, GU1 4AW. Don’t forget to include your contact information so they can get in touch if your child wins!

 

If the annual University Boat Race has inspired you to take to the water and try something different this summer, why not get some colleagues/friends together and enter a team in the 10th Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge?

The Dragon Boat Challenge has become one of the most popular corporate team events in the region and there’s plenty of time to get a team together and guarantee a place on the start line on the River Trent at Victoria Embankment, Nottingham on Sunday 5th August.

You don’t need the physique of Sir Steve Redgrave or Dame Katherine Grainger to be successful as dragon boat racing caters for people of all shapes, sizes and levels of fitness. No previous experience is required to take part, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm!

Under the expert guidance of a qualified helm, provided by Challenge organisers Gable Events, your crew of up to 11 people will soon be paddling in time and bonding together as you race towards the finish line over the 200m race course. Each team gets three attempts to improve their race times with everyone having an equal chance of reaching the semi-finals.

For Encore Property Management Group, this will be their second year at the event and Associate Director, Tom Hopson, is looking forward to another fun day out with his team, “When we entered last year we saw it as an opportunity for our Nottingham team to get together and do something fun but worthwhile. We had recently expanded by recruiting several new members of staff so it was a chance for them to get to know their colleagues. They enjoyed it so much they asked if they could do it again! The benefit to the company is that the staff have to work together as a team and that transfers really well to the office environment”

Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council.

All the entered teams will be encouraged to raise sponsorship for the Challenge’s official charity, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, and help make a difference to over 380 children and their families that the charity supports across the East Midlands.

Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said, “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is what Rainbows is able to do with the fundraising support we receive from the crews taking part. With only a small amount of guaranteed funding, your support at events like this makes it possible for us to help and care for those families who need it most.”

The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the charity trophy plus a special prize lunch kindly donated by Forty Four Bridgford, an independent cocktail bar and kitchen in Nottingham.

For more information and an entry form please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham.

 

For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919 or visit www.rainbows.co.uk

 

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People has joined with Gable Events to launch the 10th Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge!

 

The 2018 Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday 5th August as part of the annual Riverside Festival and is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated team events in the region. Up to 50 crews from all over the East Midlands are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course.

 

Dragon boat racing has an ancient Chinese history and according to the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the year of the Dog. People born in this year are believed to inherit some of the animal’s characteristics and possess the best traits in human nature such as honesty, loyalty, patience, reliability and intelligence. Their industrious nature, faithfulness and strong bond to others augurs well for the teamwork needed to be successful in August!

No previous experience is required to take part, just plenty of team spirit. The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.

Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council.

The Challenge’s official charity, Rainbows, is the only children’s hospice in the East Midlands. By taking part in the Dragon Boat Challenge to raise money for Rainbows, you and your crew will have the chance to make a difference to over 380 children and their families from across the East Midlands counties.

 

Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said, “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is what Rainbows is able to do with the fundraising support we receive from the crews taking part. With only a small amount of guaranteed funding, your support at events like this makes it possible for us to help and care for those families who need it most.”

 

The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the charity trophy plus a special prize lunch kindly donated by Forty Four Bridgford, an independent cocktail bar and kitchen in Nottingham.

 

For more information and an entry form please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham

 

For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919 or visit www.rainbows.co.uk

This Spring will see the return of the UK’s muddiest fundraising event for little ones – Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children. Last year saw 160,000 children across the UK take part, raising an incredible £243,000 for Save the Children’s vital work, and this year the charity hopes even more people will sign up, take part and donate.

Between 23 and 29 April 2018, nurseries, early years groups, families and children up and down the country are being encouraged to take part in a Muddy Puddle Walk to raise money for the international children’s charity.

Organising a Muddy Puddle Walk is a great way for your little ones to explore the world around them and jump in muddy puddles, like Entertainment One’s Peppa Pig, for a worthy cause.  Whether you splash in puddles along a trail at the park or get creative and make your own puddles indoors from paper and foil – your Muddy Puddle Walk will be a fun day to spend together that littles ones won’t forget. Raise funds in the way that suits you – help walkers get sponsored for their walk, ask for a donation to take part or even bake Muddy Puddle cupcakes to sell on the day! The money you raise will help Save the Children’s work to transform the lives of vulnerable children in the UK and around the world.

Sophie Pirouet, Fundraising Campaigns Manager at Save the Children, says: “We hope everyone will get outside this Spring, come rain or shine, and help raise much needed funds for Save the Children. It’s so easy to take part and it’s the perfect excuse to explore the outdoors with your little ones. By jumping in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig and raising money for Save the Children you can help give children a brighter future.”

By taking part in a Muddy Puddle Walk and raising money for Save the Children, you can help vulnerable children around the world have a safe place to play and learn.  Sign up now at MuddyPuddleWalk.org  for your free Muddy Puddle Walk Fundraising Pack full of fun Peppa Pig inspired activities to help you get started – with tips for great walks indoors and out, fundraising ideas, fun activities to get your walkers ready for the big day and at the end of the walk, there’s a free Peppa Pig sticker reward for every child. The fundraising pack will also explain what life is like for children in different countries, helping them see how they are making a difference through supporting Save the Children.

From a Mother to Another aims to help clothe the thousands of displaced children living in Lebanon, during the harsh winters, who have never known a world without war and families in need in the UK with clothing distribution via Trussell Trust food banks. All while aiming to reduce the shocking levels of clothing waste that end up in landfill, For full details of how to donate visit www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk/famta

JoJo will be collecting good quality outgrown or unwanted baby and children’s clothes in sizes 0-6 years as well as children’s shoes.  Customers are requested to put together complete outfits sorted by size, sex and season, with shoes in a separate bag and take them to one of their 87 stores across UK and Ireland.

Collection starts in stores from 18th February – 11th March. Last year we saved 65,000 pieces of clothing from ending up in landfill.

Your nearest stores are;

  • 20 Tudor Square

West Bridgford

NG2 6BT

Nottingham

  • 11 The Poultry

NG1 2HW

Nottingham

Nottingham Lakeside Arts welcomes the Year of the Dog, which officially begins on Friday 16 February, with a celebration of Chinese traditional and contemporary culture in which people of all ages can participate and enjoy. This year’s events include Chinese language film, activities for families, an exhibition, and a special Gala event.

 

On Thursday 25 January the Djanogly Theatre will host a screening of Jia Zhang-Ke’s film, Still Life (15). Set against the spectacular landscape of the Three Gorges Region, this humane and moving film tells two contemplative and compassionate stories of a man and a woman searching for absent spouses in Fengjie. A BFI top ten Chinese language film (with English subtitles) the film will be presented with an introduction from a student from the University of Nottingham’s Department for Culture, Film and Media.

 

This remarkable film will be followed by a free panel discussion considering the current state of the documentary in China, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the country’s young film-makers today. The panel is made up of: Dr Xiaopei He, filmmaker and research associate, University of Sussex; Dr Hongwei Bao, chair of the Institute for Screen Industries Research (ISIR) at the University of Nottingham; Dr Leora Hadas, ISIR; and Dr Sabrina Qiong Yu, senior lecturer in Chinese and Film Studies, Newcastle University.

 

On Saturday 17 February families visiting Lakeside Arts will be able to take part in the free drop-in Chinese Arts and Crafts workshops where participants will learn how to create attractive Chinese lanterns and window flowers. Later in the afternoon, the Djanogly Theatre will host the Nottingham Confucius Institute’s Chinese New Year Gala where audiences will experience a kaleidoscope of fresh and fascinating performances by performers including Sichuan Opera face-changing and Kung Fu of the highest standard. All proceeds from this performance will be donated to the Children’s Brain Tumour Research.

 

Until Sunday 18 February visitors to Lakeside’s Wallner Gallery can enjoy Jiang Hongsheng’s stunning exhibition of Chinese brush paintings where all scrolls on display are available for sale. Hongsheng is the winner of a National Golden Prize for Chinese painting and is also founder of the Red Peony Academy, Ningbo.

 

Join Lakeside Arts audiences on a richly imaginative journey led by two dancers on Friday 23 February at the end of half-term week, in Panda’s Home. This performance, suitable for ages 4+, will teach children about the Chinese Five Elements through encounters in bamboo forests, and with fireworks, kites, and monsters. This brand new visual, digital, and dance performance is a collaboration between TPO and Chinese artists.

 

Concluding the programme of events is the 6th Si Yuan Cup Table Tennis Tournament at the David Ross Sports Village on Saturday 3 March. Table tennis players of all ages, ethnicities and abilities are welcome to enter the tournament. Free taster sessions will also be on offer.

 

For more details on these, and other Chinese New Year events taking place across Nottingham, please visit Lakeside’s website at www.lakesidearts.org.uk/CNY or call the Box Office on 0115 846 7777 #CNY18 @lakesidearts

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.

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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

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