A SPECIAL CEREMONY will mark the second national Fly a Flag for Commonwealth Day on Monday 9th March at the Town Hall in Beeston.

Broxtowe Borough Council has organised the ceremony at 10.00am. Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Stan Heptinstall MBE will be joined by Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Dr Peter Barrett CBE and pupils from Round Hill School to raise the Commonwealth flag and reading out the Commonwealth Affirmation.

The flag will be one of over 650 from local authorities, civic dignitaries, community groups to be raised simultaneously from 38 Commonwealth countries.

The day will be marked nationally by the reading of a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation at the ceremony before the raising of the flag.

For the first time in Maritime history, the 11 Ships of P&O and Cunard Line will also be raising the Commonwealth flag at various locations as they cruise around the world.

Commonwealth Flags will also be flown by Air Cadets in each of the six Regions of the Air Training Corps.

As well as local initiatives, charity teams will mark the day by taking flags to the top of the UK’s highest National Peaks and use the occasion to raise funds for their worthy causes.

Flags will also be flown at significant locations across the country including the UK’s four capital cities.

You can find out more about fly a flag day by visiting the fly a flag website at http://www.flyaflagforthecommonwealth.co.uk/


VALENTINO WAS TIED up an abandoned in a Stapleford Cemetery on 26th January 2015 but thanks to a member of the public who alerted Broxtowe Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens it is hoped he will soon be on the mend and be re-homed.

The black and white Terrier Cross was suffering with an eye problem and sadly the vet advised that he needs to have his eye removed. To help towards the cost of the eye operation, Babbington Rescue Centre are holding a funding raising sale on Valentine’s Day, February 14th to help raise money for the surgery. The sale will take place between 11.00am and 3.00pm.

Valentino is just one of the many dogs who arrive at Babbington Hall Rescue Kennels that have health issues. Illness is often the reason why these animals are abandoned in the first place as owners struggle to afford the treatment required.

Babbington takes rescue dogs from all over Nottinghamshire and have recently reported an increase in dogs which have health problems that need treatment. This adds extra expense to the already over-subscribed service.

The Neighbourhood Wardens try to reunite lost dogs with their owners but those that are not reclaimed or that are abandoned by their owners undergo an assessment for suitability for re-homing. If successful they will then be placed for adoption. This is Valentino’s only hope now!

For more information about Broxtowe Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens visit the website at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/wardens or for information at Babbington Rescue Kennels and how to adopt a stray visit www.babbington-rescue.org.uk


A NEW BUS SERVICE will help provide a vital transport link to Bramcote Crematorium and help families, friends and the bereaved access the site more easily for funerals or to pay their respects to loved ones. The new service will be supported and operated by Nottinghamshire County Council.

The new NottsBus Connect 510 service will commence operation on Monday 2nd February providing a direct link between Stapleford, Toton, Attenborough and Beeston, Monday to Saturday. The bus stop is fully accessible for those with disabilities.

The new supported service will be operated by the County Council using a fully accessible low floor bus with the latest diesel engine technology and is designed to link the new Tram Park and Ride site at Toton Lane with the Toton and Stapleford areas.

The loss of a loved one and planning a funeral can be a difficult time with many things to consider and Bramcote Bereavement Services have worked closely with Nottinghamshire County Council to introduce the new bus service to make it easier for those who have been recently bereaved to attend services at the site, as well as support those who visit the Crematorium regularly to pay their respects to loved ones.

Professionalism, compassion and care are at the heart of Bramcote Bereavement Services and it recently launched a new customer focused website www.bramcotebereavement.org to help families, friends and the bereaved easily access all the support they need to make arrangements in a caring environment.

A number of other new initiatives will be launching over the coming months.

Bramcote Bereavement Services also administers funeral bookings for Broxtowe Borough Council’s five cemeteries and for Erewash Borough Council’s 3 cemeteries.

Conducting an average of 3000 cremations a year, Bramcote Crematorium is one of the busiest in the United Kingdom and over the years has embraced many of the latest developments in technology and procedure, in its endeavour to meet the needs and expectations of the people who use it.

Bramcote Crematorium is of a contemporary design and set in 18 acres of landscaped grounds, the Crematorium is jointly managed by Broxtowe and Erewash Borough Councils.

For more information or to view the bus timetable please visit www.bramcotebereavement.org or contact Bereavement Services on 0115 917 3849, email bramcotecrem@broxtowe.gov.uk

Alternatively for timetable information please visit Traveline at www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk

IF YOU GO DOWN to Colliers Wood on Sunday 7th December, Santa has confirmed that he and his helpers will be joining this year’s celebration for National Tree Dressing. From 10.00am until 1.00pm, Santa will be collecting children’s wishes just in time for this year’s Christmas deliveries.

Families are invited to get into the Christmas spirit at a special Winter Wonderland event in Moorgreen to celebrate National Tree Week. The Friends of Colliers Wood welcome visitors of all ages to help dress the forest’s chosen Christmas pine tree.
Santa will also be present in his grotto with presents for the children or they can enjoy a special children’s Woodland Workshop.

A host of craft stalls will also be on offer, as well as a doggy dip, chocolate tombola and season refreshments provided by Spudtastic.

The Friends of Colliers Wood will supply some decorations or visitors may wish to use their own.

Colliers Wood is an award winning Green Flag Country Park that focuses on community activities and improving the environment for the local community.

First mounted in 1975, National Tree Week is UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season. National Tree Week is from 29th November to 7th December and is a great chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape. More information can be found at http://thebigtreeplant.direct.gov.uk/index.html or for grant fund information, see http://www.forestry.gov.uk/england-bigtreeplant

For more information about Santa’s visit and the workshops please contact Bob Turner, Friends of Colliers Wood on 0115 938 6396 or visit the website www.friendsofcollierswood.org.uk

IT WILL BE THE MOST wonderful time of year in Beeston on Saturday 29th November as the town’s annual Christmas Lights Switch on event takes place at Broadgate Park.

A giant Snow Globe will be unveiled in the morning outside Chilwell Road Methodist Church and visitors can have a photograph taken in a festive snow scene bubble. There will also be a host of music and street entertainment taking place from one end of Beeston to the other from 2.00pm.

At 4.30pm there will be an extra special lights switch on ceremony with Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Stan Heptinstall MBE and this will be followed by a fantastic firework finale at 6.00pm.

Events taking place throughout the day include a host of activities for the whole family, as well as the judging of the window dressing competition.

Highlights include:

  • A giant Snow Globe on Chilwell High Road outside Chilwell Road Methodist Church on the day and 11.00am – 5.30pm every Saturday throughout December.
  • Santa’s Grotto at Beeston Square on the day and 11.00am – 5.00pm every Thursday to Saturday throughout December.
  • The annual Season of Lights celebrations from 2.30pm until 5.00pm at Chilwell Road Methodist Church on Chilwell High Road.
  • A variety of musical and dance performers on the main stage on Broadgate Park to get you into the festive spirit including a very special Frozen show at 3.30pm from Dazzle Entertainment.
  • Fairground rides throughout the town centre and at Regent Street car park.
  • Street performers up and down the high street.

The winner of the shop window dressing competition will also be announced live on stage.



The event is organised by Broxtowe Borough Council, with support from NET, GEM 106 and Beeston Bid. Please note that car parking for the event is limited so please use public transport wherever possible.

For more information about the day contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3695, email arts@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/arts

EASTWOOD will travel back in time this weekend as it celebrates all things vintage, as part of the annual D.H. Lawrence Festival’s opening weekend.

The free event, on Saturday 6th September from 11.00am until 4.00pm includes a packed programme of vintage crafts to buy and make, classic cars,  entertainment and more all at the D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre on Mansfield Road, Eastwood.

Visitors will also be transported back to the 1930s and 40s with live performances from The Festival Swing Dance Society, singer Jazz and Cocktails and the Nottingham Collegiate Shag.

As part of the celebrations D.H. Lawrence Heritage will also be hosting a Vintage Adult ‘Try-It’ Craft Session between 11.00am – 1.00pm giving visitors a chance to make their own little piece of vintage by making bunting and the art of decoupage.

Afternoon teas will be available from the D.H. Lawrence Bistro on the day.

Bus tours, reading groups, lectures and open days are just some of the activities that visitors can enjoy at this year’s D.H. Lawrence Festival between Friday 5th September and Thursday 25th September.

For more information or a copy of the festival programme, please contact D.H. Lawrence Heritage on 01773 717 353, email culture@broxtowe.gov.uk or download one at www.dhlawrenceheritage.org

You can also find D.H. Lawrence Heritage on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dhlawrenceheritage as well as on Twitter by following @DHLHeritage and the hashtag #DHLawrenceFestival



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DOG OWNERS are invited to enter their pets into this year’s Annual Companion Dog show when it returns to the Green Flag award-winning local nature reserve, Colliers Wood. The Annual Companion Dog Show to raise funds for Dogs for the Disabled is taking place on Sunday 3 August from 11.00am.

 Friends of Colliers Wood will be joined by Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Susan Bagshaw at the annual event where she will be assisting the judges Mr and Mrs Alton to select winners in several of the classes and to meet some of the enthusiastic participants.

 There are four breed classes plus eighteen novelty classes. The event will be held on Sunday, 3 August at Colliers Wood, Moorgreen and registration will start at 11.00am. Judging will take place at midday and participants and spectators can enjoy an afternoon out which will include refreshments and ice cream.

 As well as the dog show visitors can watch the obedience demonstration which is aimed at encouraging owners who struggle with the training their dogs and for those who are progressing with this task. Testing for the four levels of the Responsible Ownership Certificate will be available.

 All the form and schedules can be downloaded from the website at www.friendsofcollierswood.org.uk.  Attendance is free of charge and class participation charges are small.


RESIDENTS of Broxtowe Borough are being urged to vote in the European Elections on Thursday 22May to have their say on their elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).  There are some changes to polling stations which will be open from 7am until 10pm for the election. These include:

  • Chilwell Masonic Hall, 145 High Road, Chilwell will be used in place of Greenwood Court, Cator Lane, Chilwell.
  • Alderman Pounder Infant School, Eskdale Drive, Chilwell will be used in place of Wyndham Court, Field Lane, Chilwell
  • Stapleford Community Centre, Cliffe Hill Avenue, Stapleford will be used in place of Maycliffe Hall, Toton Lane, Stapleford

The full list of candidates and further details about the election are available on the Council’s website at http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5240

The UK is one of 28 member states of the European Union.   The UK is divided into 12 regions, and each has a certain number of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) depending on the population of that region.

The East Midlands Regional Constituency is made up of the following areas: Derbyshire, Derby, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Nottingham and Rutland.

This election determines who will represent the region in the European Parliament for the next five years. The European Parliament decides on policy and legislation which has a direct effect on the everyday lives of all UK citizens so it is important that all voters have a chance to have a say on who takes the decisions for them.

For more information, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3276, email elections@broxtowe.gov.uk

Alternatively, for more information about the European Elections information, please visit the Electoral Commissions website at www.electoralcommission.org.uk or www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/what_can_i_vote_for/european_parliament.aspx