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Free Walks Around and Talks About Historic Laxton

Laxton in north Notts, is unique in being the last remaining three field strip farming system in the country which is still working in the same way as in Mediaeval times and managed by it’s Court Leet and Jury system. The Court Leet is the last manorial court in the country to retain the powers to determine legal proceedings and levy fines. The farmers, who are tenants of the Crown Estate grow their crops in the open fields in the traditional rotation used before chemicals became available to reduce weeds and pests.

Laxton is recorded as a place of importance in the Domesday Book; was once the centre for the Forest Courts, being visited by King John, and has the best preserved motte and bailey castle in the county.

Guided walks are available to private parties and organised groups by arrangement. The guide, Stuart Rose, is Laxton born and farms one of the fourteen small farms with strips in each of the open fields. He is also a member of the Court and Jury, holding the ancient office of Clerk to the Gaits and Commons.

Walks can be of any duration and can be tailored to the interests and abilities of the group. For enthusiastic and able walkers who are happy to go off road, walks can last several hours and cover around 6 miles. For the less energetic, but still happy to walk off road, a visit to the castle, a tour of the village, a talk and a visit to the Visitor Centre to see the introductory film takes around two hours. For those with limited ability to walk arrangements can be made for a driven tour if booked in advance so that mixed walking abilities can share parts of the visit and each see what they can manage to enjoy. Catering can be provided if booked with the visit.

Many groups book a talk about Laxton at their own premises first and follow up with a walk. There is no charge for walks and talks incur only travel expenses. Farming takes precedence between June and September, so if you are interested, please consider a date between October and May. Further details are available on www.laxtonnotts.org.uk or telephone 07939 228353.

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Keyworth Meadow Nature Reserve

The reserve is 1.6 hectares of old pasture adjacent to Fairham Brook near Keyworth.

Volunteers are welcome to join the team of workers whose principal tasks are scrub clearance, maintenance of boundary features etc.

Work is undertaken on Sunday mornings November to March. Helpers may come as often or as infrequently as they wish but are always needed.
Please contact Neil Pinder for times and dates of activities.

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Trent Discovery Award Group /The Discovery Award

The Award is open to anyone over 50 years of age, regardless of status, state of health and level of ability. It is non-competitive, flexible and achievable.

The challenge is to discover new strengths and hidden talents; new interests or new life in old ones; new and interesting people; the satisfaction of helping others and the joy of unexpected achievement.

Activities :

1)  Service in the community
2)  Hobby or interest
3)  Recreational pursuit
4)  Journey of discovery

For more information please write to the address below or contact
Valerie Lampard via e-mail on valerie.lampard@hotmail.co.uk

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Mansfield District Council - Leisure & Culture

Information on events, entertainment, sports, recreation, tourism and travel in Mansfield

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Wilford History Society

The Wilford History Society meets on the second Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the Benjamin Carter Hall at St Wilfred's Church. The entrance fee is £1.20 and this includes coffee/tea and biscuits.

There is a programme of talks for each term on a wide variety of topics such as History of the Musical or Send them to safety: the story of wartime evacuees.  The talks are generally based on a history matter.

The society has a break in July/August, a new programme in September, and a couple of outings each year.

For more information please contact Mrs Jenny Black, Secretary, on 0115 937 4967.

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Severn Trent Water

Severn Trent Water offers a variety of services including:

  • information in alternative formats
  • services designed for people with hearing impairments
  • services for people on dialysis
  • services for people with medical or mobility needs
  • password scheme to protect against bogus callers
  • nominee scheme
  • meter reading scheme
  • watersure
  • Single Occupier Assessed Charge
  • Self serve
  • Visitor centres
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Burton Joyce Online

Burton Joyce is a Nottinghamshire Trent-side village. This Online Blog chronicles the daily news, views, faces and places relevant to its community. The content is intended as serious, amusing and sometime contentious. However, above all, this online project is intended and available as a vehicle for comments, suggestions, discussion for all those with an interest in our village and the surrounding villages of Stoke Bardolph, Bulcote, Lowdham and Lambley.

The main website, Burton Joyce Online, is supplemented by an Online Noticeboard, both of which can be accessed at the links below.

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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is the county's most influential environmental voluntary organisation. Our mission is to conserve and enhance the county's wildlife and its habitats, both urban and rural, for future generations.

Locally based and independent, we promote the interests of local wildlife by caring for over 60 nature reserves covering over 2000 acres. We also campaign for wildlife and the environment, protecting threatened places and rare species. We work with schools and community groups to support local action for the environment and encourage volunteers to get involved.

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Bassetlaw Astronomical Society

Fortnightly Wednesday 8pm-10pm.

Membership £12 pa, £6 pa for the usual concessions

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Retford and District Historical and Archaeological Society

Lectures, outings, publications of local interest.  Open lecture annually.

2nd Wednesday of the month 7.30pm, September to May

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Friends of Groups

If you prefer your exercise to have more of a purpose why not consider joining a 'Friends of Group'?  The Council is working in a number of areas to create these groups; their aim is to give people some influence over how their local open space is developed and to encourage practical help in maintaining the parks, green spaces and nature reserves.  Like gardening at home, practical work in a park or green space is good exercise but doing it in a group means you also get the chance to meet new people as well.  For more details about Friends of Groups please contact 0115 901 3621.

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Local History and Amenity Society

Enjoy a series of lectures on local history themes, together with summer outings and events.  Meetings in St Peter's Rooms on the 1st Wednesday of each month between October and March, 8pm start. 

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Blyth Hodstock Snowdrops

Five-acre winter garden and woodland walks are now closed until next February 2015

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Newark and Sherwood District Council - Leisure and Culture

Leisure & cultural activities and events in Newark & Sherwood.

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Rushcliffe Borough Council - Sport and Leisure

Information about the leisure centres, parks, and other recreational facilities provided by Rushcliffe Borough Council.

We provide a wide range of leisure facilities, including leisure centres, parks, tennis courts, and playgrounds.

There's a leisure centre near you offering a range of great deals for people of all ages and fitness levels find out more by using the navigation on the right of this page to see what's available at your nearest centre.

There are plenty of parks in Rushcliffe, ranging from playgrounds in towns and villages to the rural setting of Rushcliffe Country Park. You can find out about what you can do at each one here plus the walks and facilities at the country park.

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Broxtowe Borough Council - Tourism and Culture

Whether it's enjoying the local parks, keeping fit at one of our local sports facilities or celebrating the Chinese New Year there's truly something for everyone.

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Ashfield District Council - Leisure and Culture

Leisure activities and events in Ashfield.

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National Trust - East Midlands Region

A registered charity independent of government working to preserve places of historic interest or natural beauty permanently for the nation to enjoy. Relies on the ‘Gifts of Time’ contributed by thousands of volunteers.

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Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park

A volunteer group who support and develop the park.  Age range from 16-80+!  The group meets on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9.30am.

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Ruddington Footpaths Preservation Group

An informal group for anybody interested in discovering and preserving footpaths both in and around the parish.  Monthly walks are 4-6 miles and are held on the first Saturday of the month.  Walkers should assemble at Ruddington Village Green.  Note: Each walk lasts 2-3 hours.  No charge is made.  Walks start at 2pm (Nov-Jan) and 2.30pm (Feb-Oct).  Walks can be cancelled by leaders in poor weather conditions.  For more information please contact Keith Charter.

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