Met Office Warning

Met Office Warning – Strong winds in Midlands

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Weather warning


Yellow warning for East Midlands

Between 10:00 (UTC) on Sat 15 Feb 2020 and 12:00 (UTC) on Sun 16 Feb 2020


Storm Dennis will bring strong winds over the weekend. Some disruption to travel is likely across parts of England and Wales.

What to expect

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
  • It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities are affected by spray and/or large waves

What should I do?

Updated: 11:03 (UTC) on Fri 14 Feb 2020

Further details

Strong winds in association with Storm Dennis are expected on Saturday and Sunday across many parts of England and Wales. The strongest winds are likely to be on Saturday afternoon and evening, with a lull for a time overnight, before increasing again during early Sunday. Gusts of 50 mph are expected inland. Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely. The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, leading to particularly poor driving conditions.

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Reason for update

This warning has been updated to bring forward the end time.

Regions and local authorities affected

East Midlands

  • Derby
  • Derbyshire
  • Leicester
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottingham
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Rutland

East of England

  • Bedford
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Central Bedfordshire
  • Essex
  • Hertfordshire
  • Luton
  • Norfolk
  • Peterborough
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Suffolk
  • Thurrock

London & South East England

  • Bracknell Forest
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Buckinghamshire
  • East Sussex
  • Greater London
  • Hampshire
  • Isle of Wight
  • Kent
  • Medway
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxfordshire
  • Portsmouth
  • Reading
  • Slough
  • Southampton
  • Surrey
  • West Berkshire
  • West Sussex
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Wokingham

North East England

  • Darlington
  • Durham
  • Gateshead
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • North Tyneside
  • Northumberland
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • South Tyneside
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Sunderland

North West England

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Cheshire East
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Halton
  • Lancashire
  • Merseyside
  • Warrington

South West England

  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bournemouth
  • Bristol
  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • Isles of Scilly
  • North Somerset
  • Plymouth
  • Poole
  • Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Swindon
  • Torbay
  • Wiltshire


  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Bridgend
  • Caerphilly
  • Cardiff
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Gwynedd
  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Monmouthshire
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Newport
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Powys
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Swansea
  • Torfaen
  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • Wrexham

West Midlands

  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Telford and Wrekin
  • Warwickshire
  • West Midlands Conurbation
  • Worcestershire

Yorkshire & Humber

  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Lincolnshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire
  • York
Plastics Recycling

Plastics Recycling – Nottinghamshire does

In the UK, it’s estimated that 38.5 million plastic bottles are used every day, yet 15 million of these are not recycled.

Let’s all play our part to change that.

You can recycle ALL plastic bottles, including those found in your bathroom, in your kerbside recycling bin in Nottinghamshire! (just remember to remove the lids)

What’s more where possible avoid using single use plastic bottles and help fight the war on plastic…together we can make a difference. 


Compostable wrappers – what to do with them

More subscription magazines are now being sent in compostable wrappers made from potato starch.

Whilst this is a great move away from plastic, unfortunately, there is a bit of confusion on what to actually do with the compostable wrapper – especially as this varies within councils across the UK and the messaging on the wrapper isn’t clear.

Here is our quick guide for Nottinghamshire to help:what to do with compostable wrappers

��Mix it in with your home compost – it’s potato starch so will compost nicely.
��If you don’t have a compost heap, put it in your general waste bin – we cannot recycle this wrapper or compost it. If you place it in your general waste bin it will be sent for Energy Recovery.

��Put it into your garden waste bin or kerbside recycling bin.

Community RePaint Scheme

Community RePaint Scheme – Nottinghamshire

Community RePaint schemes collect reusable, leftover paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families,  Communities and charities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places cross the UK.

Community and voluntary groups can make an appointment to visit the sites and collect paint free of charge CLICK HERE

Disposing of and Donating Paint

Tins of paint should never be put in your bin at home, unless they are empty or contain only solid dried-up paint residue. When tins of paint from a wheelie bin are crushed in the back of a rubbish truck, the paint can spill onto the street and cause problems.

When paint is buried in a landfill, the toxic chemicals it contains can contaminate the ground. Never pour paint down your sinks and drains as it may pollute our water courses.

A much better idea is to donate unwanted paint to our Community Repaint scheme.  Community groups may use the paint to refurbish rooms or buildings used by their members. Housing associations may redistribute the paint to their tenants. It may be used by other groups for craft activities, for training or may even be used for stage sets by community theatre groups. The paint is not intended for resale.

Tins containing liquid paint can be taken to:

  • Calverton Recycling Centre
  • Warsop Recycling Centre
  • Newark Recycling Centre
  • Beeston Recycling Centre

Recycling Centre addresses and details can be found by clicking here.

There are containers for you to drop off your donated tins of paint or you can hand them to a member of staff. Trained site staff will sort through each tin of paint to check whether it can be put into the reuse scheme.

Tins of paint suitable for reuse are labelled and displayed on shelves in the Community RePaint Nottinghamshire container according to colour and type.


Tins of paint that cannot be reused, will not be put into the reuse scheme but will be sent for specialist treatment. The metal or plastic containers will also be recycled where possible.

Read more about the Community RePaint Scheme on the Community RePaint website:

Types of Paint for Reuse

The following types of paint are suitable for reuse:

  • Matt and silk emulsion 
  • Gloss paint – interior and exterior 
  • Eggshell and satin paint 
  • Kitchen or bathroom paint 
  • Undercoat – water or oil based 
  • Primer 
  • Masonry paint 
  • Varnish – water or oil based 
  • Wood stain 
  • Tile paint 
  • Floor paint 

However, some paints cannot be reused in the scheme:

  • Paint not in its original container 
  • Paint tins with a hazardous symbol 
  • Any paint containing lead 
  • Paint thinners e.g. white spirit 
  • Paint stripper or brush cleaners 
  • Wood preservative

£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.

Nottingham Castle project update

Nottingham Castle Project update

Castle Newsletter Project news - June

June 2019 – Project Update

Welcome to our project news for June 2019 

Roof scaffold changes – The eagle eyed of you may have noticed that the scaffolding structure on the roof of the Ducal Palace has changed somewhat over the last month. This is due to the completion of works on the north side of the roof and the commencement of works on the south, and the subsequent movement of the temporary roof to accommodate this change of location. We have all marvelled at the scale and complexity of this temporary structure, created to weatherproof the exposed areas while works take place.

French student site visit – We were happy to welcome some French students to site earlier this month. A group of construction students from Paris had contacted us asking to use the Castle as a case study during their trip to the UK. As part of our Build It project, we are committed to promoting careers in the construction industry and were therefore happy to help. It was great to see such an enthusiastic group, who were obviously impressed by the scale and detail of the site. We wish them good luck in their studies and their future careers in construction.

Media day – We had a very busy day on 7 June when we invited local media on to site for a progress update. Journalists from East Midlands Today, the Nottingham Post and Notts TV were in attendance and spent some time exploring the site and filming highlights to share with the public. We hope you managed to catch some of the footage. If not, not to worry as we will schedule more Media Days throughout the project in the run up to re-opening.

For more information CLICK HERE

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.