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Living our History – 400 Legacy Oaks to commemorate Nottinghamshire’s Pilgrims

28th November 2020
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Sherwood Forest Trust

400 years ago, the Mayflower Pilgrims left England and set out for America. A number of the most influential and important Pilgrims came from North Nottinghamshire and to mark its seminal place in the Mayflower story, the Sherwood Forest Trust will be planting 400 oaks at Hodsock Priory – one for each year since that historic sea voyage. With the kind permission of landowner, Sir Andrew Buchanan, the Trust will establish the ‘Pilgrim Plantation’.

Dr Patrick Candler of the Sherwood Forest Trust explains: “We wanted to commemorate the role of Nottinghamshire in the Mayflower story and what better way than to use the most noted of our county’s natural resources. The oak is the most emblematic English tree, famed for its beauty, strength and longevity. And the Pilgrim story shows how from ‘little acorns’ as they say, great things can grow.

“We are hugely grateful to Sir Andrew, who is allowing us to plant Pilgrim Oaks here in North Nottinghamshire and are delighted that this planting can be seen not only as a reminder of the past – but also as an eye to the future when, in 100 year’s time, our successors can celebrate what we have done today.

“The Trust also appreciates the financial support given by Bassetlaw District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council to enable us to organise this project.”

Patrick urges anyone who thinks they may be descended from the Mayflower Pilgrims, or who comes from one of the North Midland places associated with them, to consider donating to help plant more Pilgrim Oaks via www.sherwoodforest.org.uk/sherwood-forest-supporter.

Win a selection of quality artisan products with Sherwood Life!

27th November 2020
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Competitions

Welbeck is one of the great traditional landed estates bordering Sherwood Forest. Welbeck Abbey Brewery is at the heart of this community. A well-established traditional brewery, they use the finest quality natural ingredients and convey a strong sense of tradition, heritage and expertise. read more

Major Oak Pop Choir

25th November 2020
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Major Oak Pop Choir

The Major Oak Pop Choir is a ladies’ choir. Based in Edwinstowe, their choir members come from all walks of life to share friendship, fun, and a love of singing. They are proud to have raised many thousands of pounds for good causes, many of them local to Nottinghamshire. read more

Ollerton WI

20th November 2020
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Ollerton WI

Ollerton WI are still up and running, even if it’s in a different way. They are managing to keep in touch, they hope, with all of their members. Their president, Jo, is still putting together the group’s newsletter which is getting to all members through email or letter box. read more

Win a house for just £2

20th November 2020
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Community Focus

Here is your chance to get onto the property market without the worry of a mortgage. The owners of a two bedroom detached country cottage situated in Ollerton are giving people the opportunity to win their home by entering a raffle.
Tickets cost just £2.00 each and only 200,000 are available. The raffle will be drawn once all tickets are sold, or on 2nd January 2021, whichever is sooner! read more

Climate change: should we be worried about the future?

20th November 2020
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Sherwood Forest Friends of the Earth

In 2018 the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that we only have 12 years to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. To put it simply, those impacts could be irreversible by 2030.
The end of 2020 is now only two months away and almost nothing has changed regarding our release of greenhouse gas emissions. read more

Dukeries U3A

20th November 2020
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Dukeries U3A

Fine days in September enabled some members of Dukeries U3A to meet for outside activities whilst socially distancing. The Pathfinders Group walked a circular route from the conservation village of Linby, via part of the dismantled Great Northern Railway line and the site of the former Newstead pit to Newstead Abbey, then back through the abbey grounds and Papplewick. An unexpected rain shower did not detract from a very enjoyable walk. read more

Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest

13th November 2020
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Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest

Along with other groups, The Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest are continuing to meet via modern technology which can prove a little challenging on occasions. However, they remain committed to supporting local groups as well as those further afield. read more

The Dukeries Singers

13th November 2020
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The Dukeries Singers

One of my favourite (although a bit despondent) quotations by Thomas Hood for November is: “No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees no fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds – November” and I am convinced that a (very) late Indian summer is out of the question. However, the sun is shining as I write and the pots of winter pansies are so astonishingly cheerful that you have to smile back at them! read more

Seven things to check if you’re at risk of redundancy

12th November 2020
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Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark

Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark has helped 150 people with employment issues since lockdown. Entitlement to the furlough scheme, pay and entitlements, dismissal and redundancy are the top issues it has dealt with during the pandemic. read more