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The Friends of Milton Mausoleum

2nd March 2021
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The Friends of Milton Mausoleum

This year the Friends of Milton Mausoleum hope they will be able to open their magnificent building and carry out their intended programme of events (COVID-19 restrictions permitting).
The mausoleum will be open every Sunday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, beginning on Sunday 2nd May until the end of September 2021.
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A time of reawakening & revitalisation

28th February 2021
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Erin McDaid, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

With winter having recently delivered a real bite, with more than a dusting of snow and temperatures struggling to get above freezing for days on end, it’s good to know that spring isn’t too far around the corner. read more

Welbeck Abbey to open for tours

27th February 2021
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Welbeck Estate

Nottinghamshire’s historic Welbeck Abbey will once again be opening its doors for a limited period in the summer for visitors keen to take a peek inside the listed building. Tickets were released at the end of last year but, due to popular demand, extra dates have now been released. Visitors can opt to join pre-booked guided tours of the State Rooms from 10th August through to 11th September (excluding Mondays). read more

Edwinstowe Hospice Support Group

26th February 2021
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Edwinstowe Hospice Support Group

Edwinstowe Hospice Support Group would particularly like to thank Tracey Wilson, of Robin Hood Avenue, and her family and helpers, for working so hard in raising the magnificent total of £9,007 for the John Eastwood Hospice during 2020. We are all experiencing difficult times but the group hope that some time this year they will be able to resume their popular coffee mornings. read more

The Arts Society Dukeries

24th February 2021
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The Arts Society Dukeries

Well-known antiques expert Mark Hill, a familiar face on BBC Antiques Roadshow, will be the speaker at The Arts Society Dukeries’ next virtual meeting on Wednesday 3rd March. Titled ‘Undressing Antiques’, the lecture is at 10.30am for an 11.00am start. It will last about an hour and is open to non-members for a small fee. read more

Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark has some top tips to help people shop safely and securely from home

19th February 2021
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Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark

Jackie Insley, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark, said: “Parcel delivery has been a lockdown lifeline for so many of us this year. It’s helped us turn our homes into makeshift offices; send gifts to those we love and miss; and get hold of essentials and the occasional luxury. As we all turn to shopping online more, it’s important people feel confident that they can shop safely and securely from home.” read more

Click & connect

19th February 2021
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Newark and Sherwood CVS

As the effects of the pandemic continue to hit communities across the county, reliance on technology and digital communication has never been more evident. Accessing information and services via a variety of digital platforms, has become the new ‘norm’. Sadly though, this is not the case for everyone. read more

Reducing our carbon footprint

19th February 2021
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Sherwood Forest Friends of the Earth

Let’s look initially at energy in the home – did you know that around 26% of carbon emissions come from our home energy use? Finding ways to reduce our energy use not only cuts emissions, it also saves money! read more

Reducing our carbon footprint with the food we eat

14th February 2021
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Sherwood Forest Friends of the Earth

When it comes to the food we eat, we can make choices that will reduce our carbon footprint. Here are a few things that we can all change that will help:

Grow your own
You don’t need much space, even a window box or patio area will allow you to make a start.

  • If you have a garden you can grow all your own vegetables and even have fruit trees.
  • You could apply to your local council for an allotment and grow not only for your own consumption, but also to give to all your friends and family.
  • If you have the time but you are not sure what to grow or how to do it, you could volunteer at a community garden – you’ll learn a lot (and often get to share the spoils).

Buy local
If you can’t grow your own, at least by buying locally grown food the distance the food has to travel is shorter so carbon emissions are reduced.

  • Many villages, towns and suburbs have local farmers’ markets, but if not try signing up for a veg box.
  • Why not support your local greengrocers and reduce plastic waste instead of buying pre-packaged items from the supermarket?

All of these options will mean you’ll be eating food that’s in season, and tastier too.

Waste not
After the war, when food was rationed, we grew up with the maxim ‘waste not want not’, reminding us that wise use of one’s resources (such as not wasting food) will keep one from poverty. In the UK we throw away a colossal 4.5million tonnes of food a year which, according to Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), could have been eaten. But luckily, there are simple ways to reduce food waste:

  • Make a plan and only buy what you need, don’t shop without a list.
  • If you have more than you need, you can pickle it and in doing this you can save glass jars from the recycling as well. Or take a similar (but sweeter) route and preserve with bottling, jams and cordials.
  • Freeze what you are not going to use. You can freeze more things than you think – from bananas to butter.
  • Composting: If you have outdoor space, those vegetable peelings could also go towards compost. Use it to grow more veg, and the win-win cycle continues.

Eat less meat and more vegetables

You may not already be aware that farming animals creates a lot of emissions. And, in some cases, it also takes up a lot of land, which could be filled with plants and trees instead. Even if you don’t go 100% vegetarian, and it isn’t for everyone, just by reducing your meat consumption you will still cut carbon emissions, especially red meat.

  • Why not put vegetables centre stage? Take a leaf out of the vegetarian recipe books, and make delicious mostly-plant-based meals at home.
  • Buy better meat and support your local butcher, that way you can also reduce the use of single plastics. Choose cuts that go further – a whole chicken to roast is way more economical and less wasteful than just buying legs, for example.

If we all save as much as we can, we help with the fight against climate change.

For more information about Sherwood Forest Friends of the Earth, they’re on Facebook at Sherwood Forest FoE, or email sffofe@btinternet.com.
Pauline Meechan

Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark is here to support people who are in debt

13th February 2021
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Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark

A great first step is to realise you have a problem and to ask for help. It’s important to know you don’t need to face this alone. You can contact them for help.
In the meantime, here are four steps you can take to get started: read more