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Newark Heritage Barge being towed August 2010Over August Bank Holiday weekend (27 – 30 August), the Newark Heritage Barge will be mooring at Newark Castle. Open from 10am to 6pm daily – entrance is free.Visitors can come on board on Sunday and Monday to explore the fascinating history of our River Trent. 

Come and learn about all aspects of life on the river, how goods were transported, how crew lived and slept in the cramped cabins, and personal stories of boaters and their families whose lives revolved around this important local industry.

In 2009 a Friends of the Newark Heritage Barge was set up to help fund raise for this important historical ship. The Brage has recently received funding from the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership Community Grants Scheme for an oral history Project. It has also received small grants from Nottinghamshire County Council, Notts on Fire, Newark Navigation Commisioners and has recieved a wealth of artefacts donated by British Waterways and retired river workers. 

For more information please contact the Project Leader Mr Les Reid, The Newark Heritage Barge, les.nhbarge@googlemail.com or telephone 07971 589612. www.newarkheritagebarge.com

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Marton’s Roman heritage will be explored and celebrated this weekend so please come along and join in.

Date: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 August
Time: 10am to 4pm
At: Marton Primary School

Come and have a go and Roman pottery, mosaic,cooking and shield-making workshops. Children can join in the shield parade and there will be talks and appearances from Roman soldiers. Watch out for the gladiator!

For more information call Sarah Grundy, Lincs County Council 01522 553109 or Steve Spence 01427 718493.

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Roman costume making workshopOn 17 July Lincs County Council invited Pauline Loven and Jo Sullivan along to Marton Village Hall to help us, and anyone else who wanted to take part, to make Roman costumes. Pauline told us about the fabrics and styles, and how they represented social status.
We will be sporting our costumes for the Roman Living History Weekend on 21 and 22 August, 10am – 4pm at Marton Primary School.
The day includes mosaic and shield-making (followed by shield parade), demonstrations of Roman pottery making, cookery and other crafts. A Roman family and a Roman soldier will be there to talk about Roman life. We have a gladiator too. There will be costumes available for children to try on too so come along.  

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Our Trent Vale Landscape Partnership exhibition in the bandstand at Newark CastleTVLP’s Time Travel event at Newark Castle on 31 July was a great success with around 3,000 people coming along. Organised by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Archaeology team, the castle grounds were buzzing with battle re-enactments, Saxon craftsmen, a medieval armoury, historical storyteller and an executioner (with his collection of cruel implements)!

Rarely open to the public, the castle doors were also flung open for visitors to explore the castle roof, dark store rooms and cramped, dingy dungeons.

Trevor Watson, Saxon wood workerOverwhelming numbers of people came along to explore the history, enjoy the food and watch the displays. ‘I learned plenty of new and interesting facts as my daughter went off in search of princesses’ and ‘interesting and informative, the day showed just what a gem Newark castle really is’ were views from two visitors who posted letters to the Newark Advertiser (6 Aug 2010).

Christopher Pennell, Chair of the Board of Trustees at HLF, used the event to make a speech about the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership programme. In particular, the HLF’s recognition that Trent Vale is a unique, important and special area for its heritage, wildlife and industry, and its desire to support rural communities.

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Dave Sharpe holds up a moth specimen at the Butterflies and Moths identification course 2010Our second BTCV – Trent Vale course took place on Wednesday 4 August training participants in moth and butterfly identification. The course was held at the RSPB Langford Lowfields reserve and was led by the Assistant Reserves Officer, Jenny.

Participants first examined the previous nights’ catch – over 20 moths that had been collected in traps placed throughout the surrounding reedbeds. Later on, a swift wrist technique was perfected catching butterflies in airy nets around the reserve.

With Jenny’s expert help, several species were identified including the variable Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) whose larvae feed on grasses, and the elusive Brown Argus (Aricia agestis) which is a specialist of chalk grasslands in the south of England but has extended its range northwards in recent years.

This course is just one of a series of monthly NCFE accredited FREE courses that Trent Vale is offering. Do you fancy coming along to the next one?

Its on Wednesday 15 September 10am to 4pm and is an ‘Introduction to Grassland Management’ at Trent Port, Marton. Parking is available at the end of Trent Port Road, DN21 5AL. For more info or to book a place contact: Gill Wilde, Training Coordinator, East Midlands, BTCV, Conservation Training Centre, Chestnut Grove, Burton Joyce, NG14 5DZ, Tel: 0115 931 3316, email g.wilde@btcv.org.uk.

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Laneham village are organising a fayre on Saturday 28 August from 1pm to raise money for St. Peter’s Church. The fayre will include guided tours of the church every half hour, a fun dog show, bookies and cookies (refreshments and books to buy), miniature garden competititon, make and take craft activities, stalls, games, etc. Information available from Linda Robinson 01777-228775. Everyone welcome.

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