Weather warning

Met Office Weather Warning for the East Midlands

Weather warning

 
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Yellow warning for East Midlands

Ice
Between 13:00 Fri 1 Feb and 11:00 Sat 2 Feb

Headline

Icy stretches are expected as Friday’s snow slowly eases.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
  • Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services in areas where snow continues for a time Friday afternoon and evening.

What should I do?


Issued: Fri 1 Feb 10:59

Further details

Friday’s snow will gradually ease during Friday evening and night. Meanwhile, icy stretches are expected as temperatures fall Friday late afternoon and evening, especially where there is lying snow or where there has been any melting of snow during Friday daytime.

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Recycle for Charity

Recycle for Charity this New Year – Nottinghamshire

Recycle for Charity this New Year!

Ey Up Notts, add an extra incentive to your recycling start to 2019 by making sure every plastic bottle and drinks can makes it into your recycling bin.

For every tonne of plastic bottles and drinks cans that are recycled in kerbside recycling this January, Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractors), will donate £2 to the Chairman’s Charity – Nottingham Children’s Hospital. And as an added bonus if we reach 1000 tonnes an extra £500 will be donated to the charity!

So let’s get recycling folks and help make a difference to lives of others…

Find out more

Give old toys, books, clothes and games a new lease of life

Recycle old toys and books at Charity shops

If Father Christmas brought some exciting new things down the chimney this Christmas, why not donate unused toys, books clothes and games to charity for others to enjoy them. Most local charity shops will accept good quality donations that are safe and suitable for reuse. 

Make Do and Mend Workshops

Make do and mend workshops

Get crafty at the Materials Recovery Facility

Owing to popular demand the Make Do and Mend sewing workshops are back for 2019. The first session will be on Monday 11 February from 6pm – 9pm at the Materials Recovery Facility in Forest Town, Mansfield.

Book online


*NEW* Recycled craft workshop

Thursday 21 February 1- 4pm

Join us for a new recycled craft workshop where you can learn origami skills to transform old paper and cardboard packaging into useful containers, trinket boxes and even pen cases with the guidance of an expert instructor.

Book online

Recycled craft workshop

Love Food Hate Waste Winter Warmer Recipe

Leftovers recipe

Kick the New Year off with a healthy recipe you can easily freeze, check out Love Food Hate Waste’s delicious ‘Use-up Dahl’ recipe. 

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Fund Applications Open

Envirogrant fund

Veolia Nottinghamshire run a community fund called the Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Fund (previously EnviroGrant). This is a fund to which not-for-profit community groups based in the county of Nottinghamshire (excluding the city of Nottingham) can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for projects which help Nottinghamshire to Reuse, Reuse or Recycle waste.

If you have a project that your community group is planning to help the environment by Reducing, Reusing or Recycling then apply for up to £1000 of funding to help.

The deadline for the next round of funding applications is Thursday 24 January at midday. 

Successful groups with awarded funding would then be presented with their cheque at the Materials Recovery Facility on 18 February alongside a tour of the facility (1.30 – 2.30pm)

More information

Still need to dispose of your Christmas Tree?

Did you know that you can take your tree to any of our 12 recycling centres across Nottinghamshire?

Find nearest centre

Did you know?

If everyone in the UK recycled one aluminium deodrant aerosol, enough energy would be saved to run a TV in over 151,000 homes for a year!

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

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 

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.

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.

Early warning system

Early warning system gets share of £1.4m Funding

Early warning system  – Nottinghamshire County Council wins share of £1.4m funding to create early warning system for older people at risk.

 Nottinghamshire County Council has been awarded NHS Digital funding to create an early warning system to identify local residents aged over 65 at most risk of losing their independence.

The £50,000 of funding will be used to start developing an IT programme to detect older people with health conditions that make them at greater risk of needing long-term care using data available to health and social services. 

Long-term conditions such as diabetes, dementia and limited mobility will be considered alongside life events such as a fall or death of a loved one or other issues such limited social engagement and living alone. 

The project will look at the potential for this information to identify people who are unknown to social care. Once identified they can then refer to social care earlier for extra care and support and prevent a loss of independence.

The Council is one of five councils to be awarded the funding and clinical commissioning groups, GP practices in six areas and NHS Trusts covering Nottinghamshire are also involved in the project.

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “Research has been carried to identify the common themes that lead to people needing long-term residential care.

“This funding will help us target people most at risk to help prevent them losing their independence and reduce their chances of needing ongoing care.” 

James Palmer, Head of the Social Care Programme at NHS Digital said: “I am so pleased that we are able to support local authorities to shape the future of social care. 

“The work on predictive analytics is significant given its potential to support people at earlier stages which may help to reduce the need for long-term social care. 

“Through the use of predictive models that forecast service need and target interventions, we have the chance to help people remain independent, in their own homes, for longer.”

Winter Ready

Winter ready: Nottinghamshire’s gritters prepare

Winter ready: Nottinghamshire’s gritters prepare to hit the road – Following the harsh conditions of last year, Nottinghamshire County Council is ready and geared up to cope with the winter weather.

Via East Midlands, which manages the County’s highways network on behalf of the County Council, will carry out the winter maintenance operations based at four of the Council’s highways depots including Gamston, Nottingham.

Gritting teams are officially on low-risk standby from October, with salt barns already well-stocked. In fact the county has 10,000 tonnes more salt stockpiled than official government recommendations, putting Nottinghamshire in an excellent position should it face winter conditions similar or even worse than last year.

Overall, the council has the capacity to store around 20,000 tonnes of salt – some 18,000 tonnes of it under cover. 

Councillor John Cottee, County Council Committee Chairman for Community and Place, said: “Winter maintenance is a high priority for us, so we plan for it all year round so we are in a strong position and ready for whatever winter throws at us. 

“Last year felt like a particularly long, harsh winter, especially with the infamous Beast from the East making its full force felt. Our gritting crews were out in very tough conditions and were certainly in high demand. They did a sterling job working around the clock keeping the county moving.”

With 117 main route runs, as well as 23 severe weather runs, crews more than doubled the previous season’s tally of 60 runs, clocking up a staggering 142,5000 more kilometres than last winter (see below for more stats*).

“There’s no doubt that last year’s winter also took its toll on roads throughout the county which meant that our highways team had to repair 95,000 potholes between January and August – nearly twice as many over the same time period as the previous year”, added Coun Cottee.

Kevin Heathcote, team manager at Via East Midlands, said: “October signals the start of our gritting teams going on low-risk standby, so we are now ready to treat our gritting routes as and when it’s needed with our team of dedicated drivers.

“Last winter was really challenging for us and we spent a lot of time out on our routes. All our staff worked remarkably hard doing their best to keep the roads clear.

“When bad weather does occur, we would encourage road users in the county to travel carefully. We have a fleet of gritters, but can’t be everywhere in the county at once. 

“Whilst gritting helps to keep the roads clear, in very cold conditions, freezing rain or heavy snow, ice and snow can still form and accumulate on the road making for potentially treacherous conditions.”

All 30 gritting lorries in the county’s fleet are all equipped with a CCTV system, to help monitor road surface conditions as well as being tracked by GPS technology.

As well as Gamston, the gritters operate from depots countywide in Markham Moor, Newark and Bilsthorpe.

Checking and refilling of the 1,300 roadside grit bins has already begun and deliveries of salt to parish councils are planned for November.
For more information about gritting routes, winter driving advice and other information visit: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/winter. For weather alerts and information, you can also follow the County Council on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nottscc 

*Our teams also kept the county on the move by: 
• Clocking up almost 300,000 kms in total
• Equivalent to making 10 return trips to the South Pole or 7.5 laps around the world or nearly a one-way trip to the moon
• Spending more than 400 hours out on the roads, often during the early hours, equivalent to more than 16 days and nights
• Deploying 25,000 tonnes of salt compared to last year’s tally of almost 12,000 tonnes
• Salting routes a gruelling 15 times within the week the infamous ‘Beast from the East’ struck. 
• The first run of the season was on Sunday 5 November 2017. The last run was Thursday 5 April 2018 
• Gritting activity took place on 89 day/nights across this five month period. 

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.