Archive for October, 2011

Hopefully those words have grabbed your attention for the next community archaeology dates on Trent Vale’s Revealing the Riverbank project.

Join Notts County Council Community Archaeologists on one of the upcoming Revelaing the Riverbank Audit dates. You will help us (and be trained in the process) to record archaeological features along the River Trent. Essentially it involves a walk along a stretch of riverbank, keeping eyes peeled for any archaeological features. Anything spotted is recorded with photos and a GPS location.

Thursday 24 November – Farndon Meeting outside the Riverside pub, North End, NG24 3SX, at 10am. Walk is approximately 4 miles. Bring suitable footwear and clothing, and something to drink en route.

Thursday 1 December – North Clifton and Bubble Dyke Meeting at North and South Clifton Church (lies on the road directly between the two villages), at 10.30am. Walk is approximately 4 miles. Bring suitable footwear and clothing, and something to drink en route. Also, bring your lunch if you want.

Thursday 15th December

Morning – Laneham and Dunham Meeting by Laneham church, in Church Laneham, opposite the Ferry Boat Inn, at 10am. Walk is approximately 4 miles. Bring suitable footwear and clothing, and something to drink en route.

Afternoon – Trent Port and Littleborough Meeting by Marton church at 2pm Walk is approximately 3 miles. Bring suitable footwear and clothing, and something to drink en route.

So why not come along and stretch your legs, and hopefully spot a bit of archaeology along the way! If you would like to come along to any of the following audits, please let Emily Gillot know. (They need to know who may be coming in case we need to cancel or change arrangements.)

Emily Gillott


 or community.archaeology@nottscc.gov.uk

Tel:   0115 977 2160
Mob: 07917 212 554


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Newark Castle stepsExplore Newark Castle and its dungeons on Wednesdays,  Fridays,  Saturdays and Sundays each week.

Includes two barrel vaulted dungeons and a bottle dungeon.

Includes ladder climb and confined spaces.  Suitable clothing and footwear must be worn.


Investigate the archaeology and history of Newark castle and discover the different types of architecture associated with the castle.  Visit the South West and Gatehouse Towers, Galleries and Undercroft.

Involves climbing 77 stairs to the top of the Gatehouse.

 Adults: £2.50, Children £1.25, family £7.

Please pre-book your tour to ensure availability by calling the Newark Tourist Information Centre on 01636 655765.

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For information about current funding opportunities for groups in Gainsborough and West Lindsey visit the Voluntary Centre Services website: http://www.voluntarycentreservices.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=141&Itemid=141

Here you can download the October funding bulletin (issue 96 – scroll down to the ‘bulletins’ section) and get information on:

  • ESF Community Learning and Skills Grant (deadline 14th November)
  • Thonock Trust (deadline 15th November)
  • The Councillor Big Society Fund
  • Police Property Act Fund

 There is also information on training opportunities with BTCV in Environmental Conservation in Trent Vale.

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Forget the shopping and the wrapping for an afternoon and come and take the opportunity for a last walk around the reserve before Christmas. We don’t have any pear trees but there is always the chance of a turtle dove!

Sunday 27 November
1.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Price: £2 per adult, £1 per child

Please be aware this is a 4 mile walk on rough terrain, please wear suitable footwear.

Booking essential. Contact Paul Bennett tel. 01636 893611; e-mail: Paul.bennett@rspb.org.uk

Directions to Langford Lowfields

RSPB Langford Lowfields, Langford Quarry, Newark Road, Collingham. Langford Lowfields reserve is accessible from the A1133 road just south of Collingham. Access is via the Tarmac quarry road. Car parking available.

Visit their website here

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With a click of the mouse you can help to rebuild the children’s wildlife hut!

Last year the education hut on our Farndon Willow Holt nature reserve was shockingly burnt to the ground by vandals. If you vote for Farndon Wildlife Watch Group, and they win the £6,000, they will be able to pay for a brand new vandal-proof hut, which would also be used by conservation volunteers and the local community.

To vote please follow these simple steps:

1) Register on the NatWest Community Force website by clicking here

2) When you receive the registration email from NatWest, click on the hyperlink to confirm

3) Then vote for the Farndon Watch Group project at: http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/3688

For more information about the Farndon Wildlife Watch Group’s entry, please visit the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust website.

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If you’ve had any experience or involvement in Trent Vale so far, we’d love you to join in with our Future of Trent Vale day.

Whether it’s a through a course, event, as a volunteer or visitor – we’d appreciate your ideas and recommendations for the future of the Trent Vale on Saturday 12th November at The Willow Works, Old Trent Road, Beckingham, DN10 4PY from 9.30 to 4pm.

This event is to celebrate the achievements of Trent Vale and to consider how we can build and develop in the future.

We would love it if you could be part of the planning for the future of Trent Vale. Please come and join us for this important event, see the new refurbished Willow Works and meet other community members from across Trent Vale.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and there will be ample opportunities to put forward your ideas and network with other invitees.

We would be grateful if you could confirm you attendance, your dietary requirements and any transport requirements by 28th October to:

Hester Kapur, Tent Vale, C/O British Waterways, Mather Road, Newark NG24 1FB. Tel: 01636 675722
Email: Hester.kapur@britishwaterways.co.uk

Download full Trent Vale Forum invite here.

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Women from Farndon Secure Unit came along to the River Devon last Thursday to try out fishing with experienced angling coaches Neville and Lenny from the Newark Piscatorials.

15 angling pegs including pegs for disabled anglers have been installed on the River Devon as part of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership. We are running a host of taster sessions to get more people interested. The next ‘Try Fishing’ 2 hour sessions at Devon Park, Newark will be on:

27 October
3 November

Anyone interested please come along. All ages and all abilities welcome . Booking essential. Please contact Lenny at Newark Piscatorials on lenny.d@ntlworld.com

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