time to apply for your child’s primary school place

Time to apply for your child’s primary school place

It’s time to apply for your child’s primary school place – If your child is due to start school for the first time in September 2019, it’s now time to think about making an application.

The application round for first admissions to reception class at primary school opens Monday, 5 November and closes on Tuesday 15 January 2019. Nottinghamshire County Council is urging parents to make sure they have submitted their application by that date.

Parents are reminded that if their child attends a school’s foundation unit, nursery class or early years’ group, it does not guarantee that they will get a place at the main school at reception age, and they must still complete an application for a full-time place.

Parents of children currently in year 2 in an infant school will need to apply for a year 3 place in a junior or primary school for September 2019. Children do not automatically transfer from infant to junior/primary school.

Chairman of the County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee, Councillor Philip Owen, said: “If your child will be five years old between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020, you now need to think about applying for a reception year place and deciding which schools to include on your application. 

“If it is your first child who is starting in reception, we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision which will give you the best chance of getting your child into your preferred school.

“The good news, however, is that last year, over 98% of families who applied for a primary school place on time were offered one of their preferred schools – up on the previous year.” 

It is important that all parents are aware they must make an application, even if their child is already attending a nursery or another early years setting. Children do not automatically transfer from nursery to full-time school. 
Parents living in Nottinghamshire will need to apply through Nottinghamshire County Council, even if they wish to apply for schools in other local authority areas such as Nottingham City or Derbyshire.

The council’s website www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions  has information to help with the application process, and it is worth reading Admissions to Schools: Guide for Parents 2019-2020 which contains lots of useful information and advice. 

The information about schools in Admissions to Schools: School information 2019- 2020, also available on our website, is organised into district areas (Ashfield, Broxtowe, Rushcliffe and so on), so it is easy just to print off pages about schools you are interested in applying for. 

Nottinghamshire County Council’s service director for education learning and skills Marion Clay added: “The easiest way to apply for a place is online, but parents who do not have internet access can telephone 0300 500 80 80 to apply.

“If parents miss the 15 January deadline, their application will only be processed after all the on-time applications.  Parents should be aware that, by that time, the schools they would really like their child to attend might all be full.  In that case, the County Council will make an alternative offer of a place at a school which could be at a distance from the home address.”

Apply online at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions. Parents who apply online will also get the decision by email on what’s known as National Offer Day, 16 April 2019, instead of having to wait a few days for a letter sent by second class post.
Parents must also remember to:

Use all four preferences – there is never a guarantee that a preference can be met, but parents should make sure that they use all four of their preferences rather than just making one preference and limiting their options. This way they are more likely to be offered a place at a school they are happy for their child to attend

Check the admission oversubscription criteria – parents are urged to include at least one school within the four preferences where their child will have high priority within the school’s admission oversubscription criteria and are therefore highly likely to get a place. Information about the criteria can also be found on the Council’s website

Other relevant information – when applying, parents also need to make sure that they mention any information that is relevant to their application, and which may affect how the admission oversubscription criteria are applied. They should also tell the Council if they are moving house as this may affect how their application is considered. It is important to read the relevant sections in Admissions to schools: Guide for parents 2019-2020. 

For any enquiries about how to apply for a school place, please contact 0300 500 80 80 or visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions

Centenary Remembrance Parade

Centenary Remembrance Parade Edwinstowe

Centenary Remembrance ParadeThe Centenary Remembrance Parade was held today, the !!th Nov 2018 in Edwinstowe. – It was a very emotional and fitting tribute to those who gave their life so that we can enjoy the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy today. 

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The weather was kind and although we started with very light rain  for the parade from the assembly point at the Manvers Arms to St Mary’s Church,  the sun came out later for the parade from the Church to the Memorial and during the ceremony at the War Memorial.

This was the first time that the Reverend Ian Webb has conducted the Remembrance Service in Edwinstowe and it was a very moving service. It was especially poignant this year as it is the Centenary Anniversary of the end of WW!. The Church was full to capacity with no standing room left and some even standing in the porch. 

The prayers during the Service were interspersed with hymns and a reading from St Matthew Chapter 5 verses 1-11 The Beatitudes. Three poems were read during the service the first Poem for the Fallen by Lawrence Binyon 1849-1943, then High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, and finally Flanders Fields by John McCrae May 1915.

centenary Remembrance Parade

Photo by Legh Buck Rodgers

The Parade reassembled beside the Parish Hall and marched to the War memorial. Everyone gathered round the War Memorial for the act of Remembrance and the Roll of Honour.

The numbers this year were many more than last year and it was good to see that it was a mix of all age. It was also good to see the Rainbows and the Beavers assembled on the grass behind the War Memorial giving them a great view of the ceremony. The photos below give an idea of the numbers that congregated at the cross

One of the highlights was when the Roll of Honour of the Edwinstowe men who died in conflict was read out, it really does make it hit home, especially when there are multiple names from the same family.

The last post and reveille were played superbly by the young cornet player and members of the Thoresby Colliery Band played the music during the service and the parade. The Church and Parade music were conducted by courtesy of the Thoresby Colliery Band Music Director.

Wreaths were laid by representatives from the Royal British Legion, Edwinstowe Parish Council, the various Services, the Political parties, the Lynds Close Lunch Club and others. It was really great to see the young boys and girls representing the various youth groups from the Scout and Guide movement and to see the hand-made wreaths.   

Photo by Zoey Hendley

This year more has been made across the Country of the contribution of the animals during the War. It was great to see that Zoey Handley decided to pay her respects and remember the animals who gave their lives in WW1, by bringing her draft horse Gasper to the service today.

She posted on Facebook that he was exceptionally well-behaved and even gave a whinny precisely after the prayer as everyone said Amen and said “We didn’t train him to do that, honest” 

The parade reassembled at the Memorial for the march past at the salute base in the High Street. The Salute was taken by the Reverend Ian Webb, Sir David Naish , (Saluting Officer), and Councillor Celia Brooks (Chairman of Edwinstowe Parish Council). The parade then continued along the designated route to the dismissal point at the Manvers Arms.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the local branch of the Royal British Legion for organising the event and arranging for TMS to manage the road blocks and the traffic. As usual everything worked like clockwork thanks to Phil Jones, Terry Mc Laughlin and the Parade Commander and everyone who helped make the day a success.

Lastly a great big thanks goes to everyone who turned up at the crossroad, the crowds today were truly fantastic.

Centenary Remembrance Parade

Centenary Remembrance Parade

Centenary Remembrance ParadePhotos by Leigh Buck Rodgers

200 Notts firms back age-friendly scheme

200 Notts firms back age-friendly scheme

200 Notts firms back age-friendly scheme

A town centre store, owned by a star of BBC’s The Apprentice, has become the 200th local business to sign up for the Take a Seat scheme, which aims to combat loneliness by making places more welcoming and accessible for older and disabled people.

Apprentice star helps age-friendly scheme pass major milestone

More than 200 Nottinghamshire businesses have made their shops and buildings more age-friendly as part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s take-a-seat initiative, less than six months after the launch of the campaign.

The Pud’s childrenswear stores in Mansfield and Newark – owned by 2016 BBC Apprentice finalist, Frances Bishop – have become the 200th and 201st premises to register with the scheme, which aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation by reassuring older people that shops provide a welcoming environment for older people.

Businesses displaying the ‘We are Age Friendly’ sticker are making a commitment  older people and people with a disability or chronic illness that they will be offered a seat when they go inside, should they need to rest. Many will also offer a drink and, if accessible, use of their toilet facilities.

The scheme, first launched in Beeston in May this year, is now supported by businesses in town centres the length and breadth of Nottinghamshire, including in Edwinstowe, Southwell, Ruddington, Arnold, Eastwood, Stapleford, Newark and Mansfield. 

A third of older people are identified as lonely. Loneliness can also lead to depression and mental decline. And sadly, many become isolated and lose independence because they find it increasingly difficult to walk from their homes to local shops and community venues. The biggest problems come when there is no seating for them to rest. 

Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chairman of Communities and Place Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: We are passionate about helping older people stay independent and connected to their communities and encourage more shops and businesses to sign up to promote their great service for older customers.

“Initiatives like this really make a difference to people’s lives and help reduce loneliness. Not only that, they can improve the vibrancy and vitality of our high street by making town centres more accessible to older people by allaying their concerns.”

Further information for businesses about signing up to the scheme is available by calling 0115 977 4438. Signing up is free.

Frances Bishop, owner of Pud’s, urged other businesses to take part. She said: “We’ve signed up for the Take a Seat scheme, simply because it’s such a brilliant initiative that all retail shops should be part of. A little bit of kindness goes a long way and it does have such a positive impact on our community, high streets and in-store shopping experience.”

For further information about the Take a Seat campaign, including which businesses are taking part in each district of the county, visit the website www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/takeaseat 

Notts Fire & Rescue proposed Strategic Plan

Notts Fire & Rescue proposed Strategic Plan

Notts Fire & Rescue proposed Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022 – Have your say on Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue’s proposed Strategic Plan for 2019-2022

Please support Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service by providing your thoughts on their proposed Strategic Plan for 2019-2022.

All you have to do is read through the proposed Strategic Plan for the county and complete a short online questionnaire.

View Strategic Plan

The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete but will be a big help in keeping our communities safe.  

Complete Survey

Please complete the survey by 21 December 2018.

Many thanks for your help and support.

Rogue Traders

Rogue Traders – Notts Trading Standards Warning

Rogue Traders – Trading Standards officers from Nottinghamshire County Council have been spreading the word on rogue traders to raise awareness and to protect elderly and vulnerable residents across the county.

Officers have visited Nottinghamshire’s larger taxi firms to raise awareness of doorstep crime as some recent reports involved rogue trader victims using private taxis to the bank or a cash machine for payment.

The Council is writing to smaller taxi firms to encourage them to look out for potential incidents and report them, and larger builder’s merchants have had awareness visits as many doorstep crime incidents involve poor quality building work. 

Trading Standards officers and Nottinghamshire Police also carried out high visibility patrols in areas where there have been recent reported incidents, which involved giving advice to traders and conducting vehicle checks.

There were 52 victims supported by the Council following a doorstep crime incident between April 2017 and April 2018.

Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “We’ve already carried out a lot of work with banks to spot and report any suspicious behavior relating to doorstep crime and this week of action has built on this awareness raising.

“Taxi drivers, builder’s merchants and other traders can be our eyes and ears on this crime as many victims stay silent about their experiences, allowing these ruthless people to carry on with their misdemeanors.” 

This activity was part of Operation Rogue Trader, a national multi-agency campaign coordinated by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) with Liberal, the Police National Intelligence Unit. 

Liberal spokesperson, Andy Luckett, said: “Operation Rogue Trader catches offenders and disrupts criminal activity. Rogue traders tend to be involved in a number of illegal activities and working with multiple agencies means we can seriously obstruct criminals and get them off the streets.” 

CTSI Lead Officer for Doorstep Crime, Tim Day, said: “Rogue traders and doorstep fraudsters prey on the most vulnerable in society. Working closely with the police and other agencies means we can intervene sooner and safeguard potential victims.”

“This campaign is a core part of a wider strategy to ensure trading standards and the police can work together so there’s no place for these kinds of criminals to hide.”

Last year’s campaign involved over 1,400 personnel, 1806 were stopped and searched, 87 arrests with 871 offences and over £40,000 in property seized. 

Operation Rogue Trader began specifically to target doorstep crimes, especially distraction burglaries and rogue trader offences. 

As rogue trading practices diversified, Operation Rogue Trader grew to allow participating authorities to proactively target criminal behaviour and raise awareness amongst the most vulnerable groups. 

Activities during the week of action include executing warrants, identifying vehicles used by criminals through automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), conducting intelligence-led patrols and raids, and educating members of the public and frequently-targeted groups before they can be scammed. 

Residents can report a suspected rogue trader or an aggressive uninvited doorstep sellers by contacting the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506.

annual Flu Campaign

Annual Flu Campaign across Nottinghamshire

Annual flu campaign – As autumn and winter temperatures set in, public health officials in Nottinghamshire are reminding people of all ages to get the annual flu vaccination.

This year, the priorities across the county are to improve the uptake in 2 and 3 year olds, patients under 65 in clinical risk groups and pregnant women. 

The flu jab campaign also targets those aged 65 or over, residents in long-stay residential care homes, and people with long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or lung disease.

The seasonal flu jab is offered as a free nasal spray to 2 and 3 year olds. The nasal spray is a quick, easy and painless way to help prevent young children catching flu.

Toddlers are often referred to as “super-spreaders” for tending not to wipe their noses or cover their mouths when sneezing. The nasal spray vaccine last year reduced children’s risk of flu by 65 per cent according to Public Health England. It has been given to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record since it was introduced in 2013.

The flu jab will also be offered to all frontline care staff who are directly employed and those services commissioned by the County Council.

The Council is looking at a three year campaign which will work towards achieving a 75% uptake of the vaccination for frontline workers, a significant increase on the current uptake of 16.8%.

There is clear evidence that a high level of uptake amongst frontline workers helps to protect vulnerable service users in care homes and nursing homes as well as children and adults with long term health conditions.

National Public Health priorities for 2018/19 are:

  • To improve the uptake in 2 and 3 year olds to 48% – currently the Mansfield and Ashfield area falls below on both targets and the Newark and Sherwood area falls short for two year olds
  • To improve uptake of patients under 65 in clinical risk groups to 55% – currently Mansfield and Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood andNottingham North and East falls below this target
  • To improve uptake of pregnant women to 55% – currently Mansfield and Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood and Nottingham North and East falls below this target

Councillor Stuart Wallace, chairman of the Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “Vaccination is the best protection we have against flu so I would strongly encourage everyone who is included in the at-risk categories to book a flu jab at their general practice or with another healthcare professional.

“We must never forget that flu can kill, so it’s vital that people get vaccinated.

“A flu vaccination is needed every year as the flu virus is very clever and constantly changes. It’s an easy way to avoid the potentially serious complications which occur for some people who catch flu.”

You can get the flu jab for free on the NHS from your local GP or pharmacy if you fall into one of the at-risk categories. High street chemists and most of the leading supermarkets also offer the vaccination to anyone at varying costs.

Last year uptake of the flu vaccination in Nottinghamshire was similar to the national average. If there is an increase in uptake from those most at risk this in turn helps to reduce serious health consequences and hospitalisation amongst these groups as well as GP appointments and pressure on A&E.

Nottingham Waste and Recycling

Nottingham Waste and Recycling – Bin Smart

Nottingham Waste and Recycling – If in doubt, leave it out!

This may come as a surprise, but did you know that the sorting process of our County’s recycling isn’t all automated?! 

A lot of it is sorted by machinery at the Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield, however there is still a team of waste warriors who sort the waste by hand to ensure that only recyclable items in Nottinghamshire are sent on for reprocessing.

And it’s not just during Halloween that our waste warriors may get a fright, a shocking amount of residents within Nottinghamshire still put nappies, dog muck and food waste in their recycling bin!

Be BinSmart – the new Nottinghamshire Recycling Guide shows exactly what can be put in your kerbside recycling bin so remember – if in doubt, leave it out! 

To see what to put in and what to leave out click here 

Recycling for Halloween

Halloween recycling tips

Halloween may be fast approaching – but Halloween waste needn’t be scary!

Instead of buying a fancy bag for your little one’s trick -or-treating, opt for a reusable bag, a decorated ice cream tub, or why not re-use whatever was used the year before?!

So don’t be a scaredy-cat! This Halloween, think about how your family can change just one habit to be more environmentally friendly and less wasteful.


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.

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre officially opening

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre officially open – ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Friar Tuck’ and Mike Dilger, wildlife presenter on BBC’s The One Show, officially opened the new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

The facility has cost more than £5m and has taken a year to build.  

Our Leader, Cllr Kay Cutts, and Committee Chair for Communities & Place, Cllr John Cottee, were among those celebrating the official opening of the all-new RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, with other guests including The One Show’s Mike Dilger, Friar Tuck and, the main man himself, Robin Hood!


Christmas at Chatsworth

Christmas at Chatsworth – Live Actors in Classic Tales

Christmas at Chatsworth – As you may or may not have seen, Christmas at Chatsworth is arriving in November! 

You can catch regular Oddsockers roaming the halls, bringing life to classic tales such as Snow WhiteJames and The Giant Peachand Charlottes Web, for Chatsworth’s ‘Once Upon A Time‘ festive theme.

Start to plan your journey to Chatsworth here, you won’t want to miss out!

Once upon a time…

Storytellers with the air of the Pied Piper will roam the halls enchanting visitors young and old as scenes from a selection of favourite tales leap off the pages, from classics like Snow White and Cinderella to contemporary stories like James and the Giant Peach and Charlotte’s Web.

Don’t forget to pick up a fun family trail at the entrance to see what mischief our friendly baby dragon is up to on the route.

Select rooms on the upper floor of the house will be closed for annual conservation during the Christmas season. 

Ticket information

Christmas tickets include admission to the house, garden, farmyard and playground and are available via the link above. All tickets booked online include free parking.

Tickets are also available to purchase on the day at Chatsworth, and are sold on a first come, first served basis. We recommend that where available, tickets are booked online in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • Child entry for the Christmas ticket is age 4–16 inclusive, and children aged 3 and under are free of charge.
  • We operate timed ticketing to manage the flow of people in the house.
  • Friends of Chatsworth do not need to book a timed ticket slot.
  • Chatsworth is closed on 24, 25, 26 December 2018 and 1 January 2019.

Twilight evenings

As night falls, experience our enchanting Christmas Twilight evenings on Thursdays and Fridays from 22 November to 21 December. Enjoy a mince pie, wine and live music while favourite childhood stories come alive around you. View details of Christmas twilight evenings.