£20m A614 upgrade plans progress

£20m A614 upgrade plans progress

The latest plans for the £20m upgrade of the A614, which aims to unlock the economic potential of north Nottinghamshire, have been discussed today (Thursday 4 April) at the County Council’s Communities and Place Committee. 

The Secretary of Transport announced last October that £18m of funding would be allocated to the Council for the scheme following its bid to improve six junctions along the A614 and A6097 between Ollerton and Lowdham. 

The scheme aims to support planned housing developments along the route in Bilsthorpe, Ollerton and Blidworth, reduce peak period traffic congestion for the benefit of commuters and local businesses, and improve road safety for all users.

Detailed designs are being worked up on the junction improvements, but current proposals include:

• enlarging Ollerton roundabout to create a wider island and entry lane approaches to reduce congestion, particularly during the busy peak periods (over 30,000 vehicles use the roundabout each day)
• adding traffic signals to the Mickledale Lane and Deerlane Lane junctions in Bilsthorpe to improve traffic flows and road safety at these locations
• widening the A614 approaches at the White Post roundabout
• creating a roundabout at the A614/A6097 Warren Hill junction to simplify its operation and reduce accidents 
• enlarging the Lowdham roundabout with additional approach lanes on the A612 from Burton Joyce and Southwell.

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “The A614 forms the spine of the county so this significant upgrade will support new growth and investment along the route for the benefit of local residents and businesses.

“The design of the scheme is progressing well and we look forward to sharing firm proposals with the public to gain their feedback over the summer months.”

The Council is currently working with key stakeholders at Ollerton and Lowdham roundabouts as these junctions are the most complex and largest in terms of scale of works and land required.

A number of public consultation events are being planned for this summer in advance of the planning application being submitted in December, which will allow local people to make comments and discuss issues with the Council. 

The Council will be submitting its outline business case to the Department for Transport in May with the potential to start the improvement on site in April 2021. 

The remaining funding for the project will be coming from the Council, section 106 contributions from proposed developments along the route, including a proposed development at Edwinstowe, and Community Infrastructure Levy money.

Ancient witches marks

Ancient witches marks discovered in Nottinghamshire



Ritual Protection Marks
Commonly known as Witch Marks these Apotropaic marks, from the Greek apotrepein, meaning ‘to turn away’, are most commonly found carved on stone or woodwork near a building’s doorways, windows and fireplaces, to protect inhabitants and visitors from evil spirits.

A few have been recorded at Shakespeare’s Birthplace and spotted in medieval barns like the Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn, where they were etched into the ancient timber to protect crops.


Academic and TV presenter, Professor Ronald Hutton, an authority on folklore, says:

“This discovery is significant because it looks like the largest assemblage of protective marks ever found in British caves, and possibly anywhere in Britain. This is a suddenly a large new area of research for historians and archaeologists, and so adds appreciatively to the importance of the Crags as a world resource. This is a hugely important and exciting find, in one of the main current 

growth areas of knowledge about the past. Creswell Crags has already amazed the twenty-first century with its revelations of Palaeolithic designs. 

Now it does so again with a fresh one of medieval and early modern ritual protection marks on a huge scale, making a very impo

rtant contribution, at a stroke, to one of the most significant current areas of new scholarly research.”

Duncan Wilson OBE, Chief Executive of Historic England said of the discovery:

“Creswell Crags is already of international importance for its Ice Age art and ancient remains.  To find this huge number of protection mark

s from the more recent past adds a whole new layer of discovery.  Even two hundred years ago the English countryside was a very different place, death and disease were everyday companions and evil forces could readily be i

magined in the dark.  One can only speculate on what it was the people of Creswell feared might emerge from the underworld into these caves.



£6.00 – £9.00

Join an expert guide on a tour of Robin Hood Cave, the largest of all the caves at Creswell Crags. Discover what Creswell Crags was like during the last Ice Age. Who was here? What was here? What were they doing? How do we know? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in a fascinating tour that lasts about an hour.



£6.00 – £9.00

This is your chance to see Britain’s only Ice Age Rock Art, which was discovered by archaeologists in 2003. These engravings of animals and abstract designs are 13,000 years old, making Church Hole Cave the oldest art gallery in the country.

WITCH MARK TOURWitch marks at Creswell Crags

£6.00 – £9.00

New for 2019. Hundreds of protective marks, known as Witch Marks, have been discovered at Creswell Crags. This is believed to be the largest collection ever found in the UK. Join our tour guide for a unique opportunity to discover the most recent secret revealed at Creswell Crags

New online booking system coming soon, for bookings onto our cave tours at present, please call the visitor centre on 01909 720378

Centenary Memorial

Centenary Memorial Unveiled In Edwinstowe

Edwinstowe Unveils a Lasting Monument to commemorate the Centenary year of Remembrance

Centenary Memorial

Copyright 2019 Mike Sewell (tel: 07966417114) Photograph by Mikey Sewell.

 The Edwinstowe Royal British Legion, together with the community group formed to run a village remembrance project saw the conclusion of an important objective this month.  The Legion started with a plan to commemorate the centenary year of remembrance back in August of 2017.  We sent two of our representatives to the Grand Pilgrimage in the summer of 2018, where the battlefields of The Somme, Passchendaele and Ypres were all visited, and our respects were shown to the many thousands of men and women who gave their lives during the period 2014 to 2018.  This four-day event concluded with a large parade to the Menin Gate, where the Edwinstowe wreath was laid, along with over 1,000 others.

Beyond this formal remembrance event, the people of Edwinstowe quickly got behind a proposal to leave a more enduring token of remembrance in our village.  It was agreed that we would raise funds to place a granite memorial stone to commemorate the sacrifice made by over 30 of our local men, who’s names are shown on the white granite memorial cross at the Edwinstowe garden of remembrance.  With the support of several groups, including the Thoresby Football club, the Golf society, the Edwinstowe Co-op, the Forterra company and many more, we quickly realised the funds and support necessary to make this objective a reality. We wish to give our special thanks to our friends at the Hammer and Wedge who have accommodated various fund-raising event over the past year.

Centenary Memorial

Copyright 2019 Mike Sewell (tel: 07966417114) Photograph by Mikey Sewell.

On 16th March, despite the prevailing bad weather and the threat of strong wind and rain, the new memorial was unveiled by the chair of Newark & Sherwood District Council, Cllr Keith Walker.  Also, present was the chair of Nottinghamshire County Council Cllr Sue Saddington, together with supporting officers of both major councils. Also in attendance was our County Representative from the Nottinghamshire RBL.  The Revd. Ian Webb, vicar of Clipstone, Edwinstowe and Perlethorpe gave the blessing prayer and the exhortation from the Laurence Binyon poem. Fortunately, the weather favoured us for the actual unveiling and several dozen members of the community witnessed the new memorial showing its presence at the front of our remembrance garden.  We were very well supported by our village based Scout, Guides, Brownies and other youth groups who, as always, come to our remembrance events in the full colour of their uniforms and with enthusiasm to join us – thank you to you all.

During the next few weeks and months we hope that you will take the opportunity of visiting the garden and viewing the new memorial. 

And finally, can we thank, once again the many groups and people in our community who gave freely of their time and money to ensure this project came to a successful outcome.

Centenary Memorial

Copyright 2019 Mike Sewell (tel: 07966417114) Photograph by Mikey Sewell.

Centenary Memorial

Copyright 2019 Mike Sewell (tel: 07966417114) Photograph by Mikey Sewell.
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Centenary Memorial

Copyright 2019 Mike Sewell (tel: 07966417114) Photograph by Mikey Sewell.

Website to help keep kids healthy

Website to help keep kids healthy – Nottinghamshire

Website to help keep kids Healthy – A new interactive health website aimed at 5 – 11 year olds will provide a one-stop shop for young people’s health needs and concerns.

Health for Kids is a fun and exciting website to help primary school children think about how they can stay healthy and be more aware of issues including exercise, sun protection, healthy eating, puberty and sleep.

The website has been created with the help of primary school children and focuses on the type of information, support and advice they would find most useful when thinking about illness and staying healthy.

Illnesses and conditions that may affect this age range are also explained such as asthma, diabetes, allergies and head lice as well as emotional wellbeing linked to bullying and anxiety.

Commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council and developed and managed by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, the facility will provide general content and specific items localised to Nottinghamshire.

The website states what children should do in an emergency, as well as what constitutes an emergency, and explains the role of a school nurse and a doctor.

Dr Kate Allen, Public Health Consultant at Nottinghamshire County Council, said that the Health for Kids brand was developed following the popularity of the successful and award-winning Health for Teens website.

Dr Allen said: “Teaching children from an early age about healthy foods, what happens to their bodies as they grow, how to look after their teeth, the dangers of cigarettes and alcohol and the importance of getting enough sleep is an important aspect of education and Health for Kids is a good way to get messages to children.

“The interactive games, puzzles and quizzes are all designed to engage children in activities that are fun whilst giving them information that will help them make clever healthy choices as they get older.”

The website will also have sections for parents/carers and teachers which will provide advice about how to get most benefit from the site.

Dr Allen added: “Presenting key health topics through friendly characters like Factbot and Maggie the School Nurse and themed worlds like Jungle World and Sci-Fi World is an exciting way to introduce children to the world of health.”

You can find out more about what the website has to offer and activities local to Nottinghamshire at www.healthforkids.co.uk 

Object of the month

Object of the Month – Lace Machine

Our first selection of 2019 is a model of John Heathcoat’s patent lace machine ‘Old Loughborough’ 

What is it? – This machine was created for use during a lawsuit. The model was made in Nottingham and was transported to London on top of the Express Coach for the trial.

Why is it significant?- Mechanisation of the lace industry changed life in Nottingham dramatically. Handmade lace had been very expensive, so the market for luxury lace goods was restricted. Mechanisation reduced prices and opened up mass markets at home and abroad. As demand grew so did employment in the Nottingham lace industry, census returns show a rise from approximately 8,000 employees in 1841 to approximately 25,000 in 1901.

This is the only surviving example of the famed ‘Old Loughborough’ lace machine, the first to be successfully commercial. It made a simple net called bobbin net which could be hand embroidered, replacing the earlier knitted laces produced on adapted stocking frames.

Tell me more – As lace machinery was developed, patents were disputed. Our model was created for the Bovill v Moore legal case in 1816. The jury decided a machine developed by Browne and Freeman could not be awarded a patent in its own right because it was merely a development of John Heathcoat’s earlier “Old Loughborough” which had already been patented in 1809.

Sergeant-at-Law Copley, acting for the defence, had been trained to use the model and explain the parts of both machines very competently. His “masterly handling of the case” boosted his legal career, he went on to become Lord Lyndhurst and serve as Lord Chancellor of Great Britain three times.

In our opinion – It was the development of this machine, that inspired John Levers to take lace machines to the next level, through the development of the twist net Leavers lace machine, just a few years later in 1813/14. The adaption of steam power and the addition of patterning Jacquard machine in 1839 brought full mass production to the lace industry and made both Nottingham’s lace and machines that made it, the envy of the world.” –
Ann Inscker, Curator of Archaeology, Industry and Communities

The Model Lace Machine will feature in the new Nottingham Lace Gallery currently being designed by exhibition designers Casson Mann.

Read more at the BBC’s History of the World website
Read about Heathcoat of Tiverton in the National Archives
Read about lace making on the Nottingham Industrial Museum website

Nottingham Castle project update

Nottingham Castle Project update

February 2019 – Project Update

Welcome to our project news for February 2019 

Medieval model – We are so excited to announce that our 3D digital model of the Medieval Nottingham Castle has now been completed. Digital Artist Timothy Vickers has been working on this model for the last two years, using archaeological evidence and contemporary reports to construct this historically accurate rendering of the Castle as it stood in 1485. The results are breath-taking. We can only release one image now, as the full model will be revealed on opening. It will be worth the wait!

Nottingham Trent University Conference – Earlier this month our Programme Manager was delighted to speak at the Nottingham Trent University conference ‘Engaging with Nottingham Castle future: Virtual Platforms and Public Engagement with Nottingham Castle User Groups.’ This was a full day event exploring the use of digital technology within the project and celebrating the partnership between the Castle and the University. A series of exceptional speakers were present on the day, really bringing this aspect of museum work to life. (Image bottom left – from Nottingham Trent University Heritage and Museum Development Twitter – @NTU_Museum)

Fire Service training – The Castle site was host to the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service this month as they conducted some confined space rescue training in some areas of the site currently under construction. We’re glad the Castle could assist in such a valuable training exercise. 
See the full story on GF Tomlinson’s website

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Jade’s Column – Looking forward to #CaveCity

The planning for Cave City: Nottingham Underground Festival 5 – 9 April is well underway for its second year running with some new and exciting caves to see such as People’s Hall and the Rock Cemetery Catacombs as well as some old favourites such as yoga in the park tunnel and Peel Street caves tours. 

The Urban Rooms (38 Carrington Street) will be the hub for the Caves festival showcasing amazing cave photography by local photographer Lamar Francois and our Caves Virtual Reality kit.

Volunteers – we need you! – Just as with last year, we will need volunteers to help out at some of the events so if you are free at any point over the time period and would like to volunteer then drop us an email at nottinghamcastleproject@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Please keep an eye out for a bulletin in the near future with a link to the events listing. There will also be updates and links to book at the What’s On Website.

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Peel Street

A Lamar Francois photo of the Peel Steet caves


Timelapse – Site life updated

Check out the latest views from our on-site cameras

In partnership with G F Tomlinson, three time-lapse cameras  record activity on the site of the new Visitor Centre, the Service Courtyard (soon to be the new Robin Hood gallery), and the scaffold. 

These links are on our website on the construction page

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Stained glass composite

Camm Bros. stained glass window

The project team was excited to take a visit to the collections stores this month to take a look at the Camm Bros. stained glass window, which will be reinstated in the ground floor galleries as part of the project. 

The individual panels which make up this beautiful window have been in storage for some years now, and it was wonderful seeing them at the start of their new journey. The panels will be cleaned, and a bespoke frame carefully designed and manufactured to protect and display the window to its full potential.

The Camm Bros. window was commissioned for the opening of the Museum and Art Gallery in 1878 – we are really happy that it will be back in its rightful place for the next grand opening at the end of transformation works.

Look out for mention of the window in future newsletters, as we are soon to launch a research project to commemorate its reinstatement.

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Prison door

Object of the month

This month, we examine a prison door and it’s links to the city’s rebellious history

What is it? – Our choice this month is a studded oak prison door from the Old Town Hall at Weekday Cross in Nottingham.

Why is it significant? – The Old Town Hall stood on the site of the Nottingham Contemporary and housed the town gaol from 1449 until 1846. Some trials were also held there until the Guildhall on Burton Street opened in 1877.

Our prison door is a reminder of Nottingham’s turbulent history when the gaol was often busy during periods of social and economic unrest. A report by a prison reform charity in 1826 stated that the town gaol held prisoners sentenced to hard labour. It also criticised the lack of separate cells for sick prisoners and the location of several sleeping cells in underground caverns.

Tell me more – From 1842 until its merger with the House of Correction on St John’s Street in 1846 the town gaol only housed debtors. The Old Town Hall was finally demolished to make way for the Great Central Railway tunnel. At an auction of contents on 3 December 1894 the entire contents, including the flooring of the condemned cell, went under the hammer.

This object will feature in the new Rebellion Gallery currently being designed by exhibition designers Casson Mann.

Read more about the old Guild Hall and Prison of Nottingham
Picture Nottingham poster

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Robin Hood Marathon

Robin Hood Marathon Events – Ikano Bank

Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon Events

28–29 September
Victoria Embankment / Wollaton Park

Back in Nottingham for the 39th year, the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon Events will take place over two days in September, with thousands of participants crossing the finish line in a weekend celebration of running.

There are loads of ways to get involved this year: from the Mile Challenge to the full Half Marathon, there’s something for everyone.

Find out more and sign up

ITU World Triathlon Series 2019

ITU World Triathlon Series 2019 – Nottingham

ITU World Triathlon Series 2019 – Entries open as ITU World Triathlon Series returns to Great Britain in 2019  

The events, taking place in June next year are a tale of two halves; gathering the world’s best triathletes for two unmissable showdowns where crucial series points will be on offer, whilst offering a chance for thousands of participants to warm up the iconic courses and, for many, take their first steps into the sport.

The AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds is first in the spotlight, returning for the fourth consecutive year and taking place across the weekend of 8-9 June. More than 3000 participants took on the challenge four months ago and the event is set to welcome even more to the start line in 2019. With a choice of distances to conquer, it doesn’t matter if this is your first time putting swim, bike and run together; there’s an option for all that want to make the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds their goal.


Just a week later, on Saturday 15 June all things triathlon will move south as the Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham becomes a focal point for the sport. Moving from a Thursday to a Saturday slot on the calendar next year, hundreds of seasoned and beginner triathletes will be in the spotlight as they race on closed roads around the city’s Victoria Embankment, crossing Trent bridge and the iconic suspension bridge before being cheered home by family and friends lining the compact course.

Both events boast over 90% customer satisfaction ratings, emphasising the top-class experience participants receive from the moment they make their pledge to take part, all the way up to crossing the finish line and collecting their hard-earned medals.

Adding to the demand for race spots, for those looking to go for gold, the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds and Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham will host the British Standard and Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships, respectively, providing automatic pre-qualification to the ITU and ETU Championships for the winning athlete in each age group. Added to this, the standard distance event in Leeds is also playing host to a Great Britain Age-Group Team qualifier. These highlight additions put the pressure on securing a place on the start line, so the advice is to enter soon to avoid missing out.

More entries than ever before have been snapped up during the last two weeks when both British Triathlon Home Nation Members and past participants were offered priority entry, along with those who pre-registered for the events following this summer’s action. The Early-Bird window which opened 8th Oct will offer aspiring participants reduced-price entry across all race distances whilst places are still available. Come New Year, any remaining spots will come at a higher cost.

For full details on entry pricing, visit https://nottingham.triathlon.org/2019_entry/entry_windows

Become a triathlete when the ITU World Triathlon series arrives in Great Britain next June by entering at https://leeds.triathlon.org/ or https://nottingham.triathlon.org/

Both events are organised by British Triathlon, with the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds organised in partnership with Triathlon England, AJ Bell, Leeds City Council, UK Sport and the ITU and the Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham organised in partnership with Triathlon England, Accenture, Nottingham City Council, UK Sport, the ITU and OSB Events.

People looking at items in car boiot sale

Forest Farm Park Car Boot Sale

Forest Farm Park Car Boot Sale, Sherwood Forest Farm Park, Edwinstowe (NG21 9HL)

Forest Farm Park Car Boot Sale is Situated on the A6075 between Mansfield and Edwinstowe. Follow Peafield Lane out of Mansfield Woodhouse for about 4 miles, and it is situated at Warsop Windmill. £6 per car / £7 per van / £7 per car & trailer.

(Google map)

Every Sunday throughout the year.

Treasure Trove Fairs has been established since March 1992, organising car boot sales throughout Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.  All the events are well-established and professionally organised, with full planning permission.