Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.
As the Parliamentary recess continues, there is no news from the Palace of Westminster; and this week’s newsletter will therefore have a slightly different focus: on the wonderful creative efforts of those in our constituency and city. Next week I’ll be back to Westminster, after attending Ken Bullivant’s funeral on Monday to pay my respects.
As I’ve said before, I will strive to send you a newsletter like this each Friday to keep you updated on the work I’m doing in Parliament as well as in our community, and to inform you of any interesting events taking place in our area. To help me with the latter, if you are running or know of anything that you think may be of interest to others, feel free to drop me an email at email@example.com and I will include it in future issues. Please also forward it onto anyone you think may be interested.
Creative Nottingham North
On Thursday, I met with Cathy Mahmood, the Coordinator for Creative Nottingham North, to discuss all the good work she and Creative Nottingham North have been doing in our community.
Formed in 2015, Creative Nottingham North looks to improve Nottingham by harnessing the creative talent of our community. In connecting community organizations with art organizations, they are helping to cultivate a shared sense of purpose and care.
I would therefore like to take this moment to highlight some projects that they have completed, are in the process of completing, and are looking to start within the near future:
- Earlier this month, the first Big House event was held in Riverside. Members from the Creative Quarter and D2N2 Growth Hub talked to the public about free support services available to those brave entrepreneurs looking to start up or grow new, creative businesses. From what I have heard, there were calls for another meeting to maintain these new networks and support! If you are interested in starting your own business, click here for some helpful links provided by Creative Nottingham North.
- On the 22nd January, community theatre specialists Excavate held a community planning meetings regarding ‘Three Doors Down.’ ‘Three Doors Down’ is a community theatre piece which looks to involve as many people as possible and convey the character of Minver Crescent. This is a wonderful opportunity to transform the experiences of those in our community into a work of art.
- Every Tuesday, the Minver Sports Centre is home to Women for Women’s Sake. Here, women can meet to hold discussions pertaining to topics important to them, engage in arts and crafts activities, attend Zumba classes, and participate in a host of other fun and informative activities.
- In Aspley, a new weekly sewing group is being founded to bring together women of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Every Thursday at the Aspley Community and Training Centre from 10am-2pm, the goal is to cultivate new friendships while learning a new and useful skill.
There are many more fantastic projects happening through Creative Nottingham North, and I cannot mention them all, unfortunately. If you are curious about what new projects are happening around you, you can click here.
Creative Connections at the National Portrait Gallery
Speaking of creativity in Nottingham, I recently visited the Creative Connections exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.
The reason being that the subjects of these wonderful photos are the people of Nottingham! In partnership with Nottingham Contemporary, photographer Katherine Green has worked in collaboration with students from Farnborough College in Clifton, to present an exhibition of new work documenting insights into community identities and stories through photographic portraits inspired by the Collection. This display invites audiences to explore local identity and sense of place.
I am always proud at the work the members of our community do and it is nice to see us getting recognition at the national level.
I highly encourage a trip to the exhibit if you do happen to be down in London before the 25th February. Here is a link to the National Portrait Gallery’s website about the exhibit.
Real Science in Schools
On Thursday, I joined young scientists and other experts in a symposium to explore how we can create more opportunities for authentic research and genuine investigations for young people in our Nottingham Schools. The event was held as a part of a week-long Nottingham’s Festival of Science & Curiosity. The festival brings creative and inspiring science, technology, engineering and maths based events and activities to the heart of Nottingham. It takes place until 21st February and you can find more and the list of events here.
Appeal for help
Grant Herrod, who is one of my constituents, have signed up to volunteer with Voluntary Service Overseas to help support and better the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. He will be going to Cambodia in May for three months and he asked me to share his fundraising page to help him raise £800 by 9th April. If you can donate any amount please visit his fundraising page here.
On top of this I’ve been campaigning in the forthcoming Council by-election and will be attending Labour’s Regional Conference tomorrow.
Look forward to filling you in on a busy week in London next week
I want these emails to be as interesting as possible. That means there’ll be some politics – it’s important that I am held accountable. But I also want to offer information about what’s on locally. So, if you have an event you’d like me to advertise, let me know.
Basford United Football Academy
A football education programme for 16-18 years old. Football trials are on Monday 19th February and Tuesday 20th February 2018 between 12pm and 3pm. They are held at Basford United FC, Greenwich Avenue, Basford, NG6 0LD. For more information contact Abbie on 0115 914 6457 or visit https://goo.gl/atuYei.
Nottingham North Jobs Fair
Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation and Nottingham City Council join forces with local employment and training specialists and employers to hold the first large jobs and apprenticeship fair of the year. It will take place at the Bulwell Riverside Sports Hall on 9th March from 9:30am to 2:30pm.
Nottingham Festival of Science & Curiosity
Various events bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to the heart of Nottingham
For more information and full schedule, please visit www.nottsfosac.co.uk
Bulwell Forest Garden Lunch Club
You can go and harvest, prepare and cook a delicious veggie meal, to share and eat together. The first lunch is held on Friday 2nd March from 10.30am to 1.30pm at Bulwell Forest Garden, Austin Street, Bulwell, NG6 9JU.
Drop In Café
All welcome for a free cuppa and biscuit, and a place to sit and have a chat
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Parish Community Centre, Brooklyn Rd, Bulwell NG6 9ES
St Philip’s/St Matthew’s Knit & Natter groups
St Philip’s Church, Knights Close, Top Valley
1st and 3rd Wednesdays every month, 10am-12pm
Bestwood Community Centre, Gainsford Crescent, Bestwood Estate
2nd Monday every month, 10am-12pm
Messy Church Bestwood/Bulwell Forest
Bestwood Community Centre, Gainsford Crescent, Bestwood Estate
Various Tuesdays, 4:30-6pm
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Rd, Bestwood Park
Various Thursdays, 4:30-6pm
Church on Rise Park, Revelstoke Way, Rise Park
Various Thursdays, 5-6:30pm
Drinks, crafts, activities, bible stories and a meal for all ages and interests
Bulwell United Reformed Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Usually first Saturday of every month, 10:30am-12:30pm
Bestwood Park Church’s Bestop Kitchen
Social Eating Event, Donations Welcome
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Road, NG5 5NG
Every Tuesday, 12-2pm
Free Community Cinema
Free screenings of films, everyone welcome!
St John’s Church, Key’s Close, Bulwell
2nd Friday every month, 7pm
Free monthly group developing opportunities for more art in public places in Bulwell. With trips to galleries and hands-on creative workshops, this group is for local people who want to be arts champions for Bulwell. Facilitated by Nottingham Contemporary associate artist Gillian Brent
Bulwell Riverside, Community Room 2
2nd Tuesday every month, 6-8pm
For further info: www.creativenottinghamnorth.com, @CreativeNNorth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring along a project, or learn to do something new.
St Martins Church, St Martin’s Rd, Off Strelley Rd, Bilborough, NG8 3BH
Every Wednesday, 11am – 2pm
50p, for further info: www.stmartinsbilborough.org.uk, email@example.com
Community Room at Tesco Bulwell, Jennison St, NG6 8EQ (upstairs near the cafe)
First Wednesday of every month, 6:30pm–8:30pm
£5 (covers refreshments and materials)
For further info: www.apriltowriess.co.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sound as a Pound have asked me to advertise their 2-day finance ‘Money Talks’ courses in Nottingham. Transport and lunch are both provided, attendees will receive a £10 gift voucher for each day and there are plenty of other freebies on offer, as well as some sound money-saving advice! For further information you can call 0115 844 3745, email email@example.com or visit their website at www.soundasapound.org.
If you would like your events advertised here, or further information on those advertised, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s all for now! Details of how to get in touch or to have a look at the things I’m doing are below…
All the best,
How to contact me
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Other useful links
Alex’s Website: click here.
Alex’s Twitter: click here.
Nottingham City Council: click here.
Find your MP: click here.
Register to vote: click here.
School term dates in Nottingham: click here.
If you’d like to learn more about the Labour party their website is here.
To join the Labour Party click here.
Nottingham BBC news: click here.
East Midlands BBC news: click here.
Nottingham Post: click here.
Notts TV: click here.
Benefits Information: Here’s an excellent site that allows you to find out exactly what benefits you are eligible to claim: EntitledTo
Housing: please contact your City Council
Problems with benefits or the Child Support Agency? The Citizens Advice Bureau and the Nottingham Welfare Rights Service can give advice. Remember to have your National Insurance number handy if you make an inquiry.
Local schools / education matters: please contact your City Council.
Social services, environmental health, noise nuisance, parking, and Council Tax should all be addressed to the City Council.
Another useful website on public services is Direct.gov.