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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

Stapleford gathered to pay its respects at the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month and Remembered The Fallen. On this Armistice Day, we were called to gather on Walter Parker VC Square to Remember by a traditional summoning on the djembe.

As the meaning of djembe is said to be: ‘everyone gather together in peace’, it seemed appropriate for us to come together in peace and remember those who have fallen in the service of their country.

A wreath was laid in memory of the Unknown Soldier by retired service personnel and children from Sparkle Day Nursery, (right) laid a wreath, representing the young people of the Town.

The Rev. Susan Holmes, the local Methodist Minister, led the prayers and the Salvation Army played the Last Post.
Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Ray Darby, officially represented the Town and welcomed Past Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr Mrs Iris White, Local Nottinghamshire County Councillor, Cllr Mrs Jacky Williams, together with representatives of Veterans Organisations, Nottinghamshire Police, fellow Councillors, and people of the Town.

Following this Act of Remembrance, Ray was delighted to welcome those in attendance to the Carnegie Centre for morning coffee.

Lest We Forget

November is a time of the year to honour, & remember all military service personnel, men, women, civilians and animals who have been killed in conflicts and wars all over the world.

We will remember them…

See you next month, Christine Gough, Editor

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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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Following a sell out evening in 2013, The Rotary Club of Long Eaton Dawnbreakers are delighted to announce the return visit to the UK of historian and story teller, Rob Caskie this autumn.

Last time Rob had his audience enthralled with his stories of the Anglo-Zulu Wars but this time he will return to talk on his other passion- the intrepid explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton and their contrasting but heroic attempts to reach the South Pole.

The talk will take place on Thursday 16th October 2014 at The Chatsworth Arts Centre in Long Eaton, commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12.50 and all profits go to the Rotary charity, End Polio Now.

As tickets sold out well ahead of last year’s event, anyone interested in hearing Rob on his brief visit to the UK should contact Paul Burrows as soon as possible on 07539 228682 or via email at p.burrows37@ntlworld.com



Local girl Kyra Edwards from Chilwell is a hugely talented and hard working young lady, her outstanding achievement in Rowing so far is more than
impressive. The Grapevine Magazine recently received this letter from her Coach outlining her success and ambition so far, Kyra would certainly benefit from local sponsorship , anyone wishing to help Kyra please contact Julie below, (see letter)

Dear Sirs,
Coaches Endorsement for Kyra Edwards

This letter is to provide some background information on Kyra Edwards who is currently 16 years of age, lives in Chilwell and trains at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham as part of the GB Rowing talent development scheme.

Kyra has now been in the sport of rowing for four years, having started in the junior section
at Nottingham Rowing Club. In August 2011, she was tested and accepted for the GB Rowing ‘Start’ programme based on the anthropometrics, power and physiology that she demonstrated in the selection testing. Her scores on the tests were outstanding for a 14 year old female and demonstrated that Kyra, with the right development, has huge potential in the sport of row- ing. This is aided by the fantastic level of motivation and dedication she has shown which have helped her to progress very quickly in a short space of time

Kyra’s first race was a national competition, the National Schools’ Regatta, in May 2012. Despite being very new to the sport compared to her rivals, Kyra got through to the final of the Women’s Junior 15 single sculls and finished 6th overall. Unfortunately, Kyra’s racing season in 2012 was cut short due to a back injury and she spent the next 6 months diligently improving her physiol- ogy whilst completing her physio exercises and improving her flexibility and core strength.

Since recovering from the back injury, Kyra has trained hard through the autumn and winter 2012/3 and has significantly improved both her fitness levels and her technique on the water. This led to a great start to the 2013 summer season, with a gold medal in Women’s Junior 18 double sculls at the Ghent International Regatta in April and a 9th place finish in the GB Junior U18 Regatta, despite still being an U16.

Kyra then raced in the single scull at the prestigious National Schools Regatta in May 2013 where she won a silver medal in the U17 category and, the following day, won the championship trophy and gold medal in the U16 event. This was preceded by two wins at Nottingham City Regatta in U18 and U17 single sculls and followed by two wins at Peterborough Regatta in U18 single and double sculls events.
Kyra’s main aim for this year was to represent GB at U16 level by being selected for the GB- France match in July 2013.Which she was successful at and won her race in a double scull. Alternatively, Kyra was invited to the GB U 18 final selection trials and may then qualify for the European Junior U18 team.

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From the start of the 2014 season Kyra has begun to learn how to sweep, she competed in an eight at eights head with seniors and won the provincial pendant (Non-Thames rowing club). This added more options to Kyra’s season. She then trialled in sweep for Munich international regatta and was selected to represent Great Britain in a four. The crew came 5th at this regatta to 4 German crews.

Kyra was then back in her single scull for National schools regatta and
competed in the Girls U17 single scull and won a Gold Medal and the scullery trophy. After this she is now focusing on making the junior world championships and looking forward to racing at Women’s Henely in the senior quadruple schools after winning the same even at fours head earlier in the season.

I expect that Kyra will be involved in the GB Junior team for the next 1 and half years and will encounter a great deal of expense (likely to be in the region of £2000 pa) to attend training camps, GB trials, regattas and international events. Any support you feel you could offer would help Kyra to cover the expenses of being part of a junior team and ensure her progress is not hampered by financial considerations.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on 07872 397116 if you need any further information. Kind regards

Julie Edwards
Talent Development Coach – Nottingham GB Rowing Team

Contact details: 48 South Road West Bridgford Nottingham NG2 7AH 07872 397116