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Amelia’s Story

Well where do I even begin? The CORE Centre has been pivotal in my life for pretty much the past 10 years.  I moved to Calverton village in 2009 after finishing school when I still lived at home.  Neither my mum nor I knew anyone in the village, even though everyone was friendly and I did really want to make friends with people. My mum found The CORE Centre and we attended courses and began to volunteer, meeting and greeting people at reception, photocopying and researching information for people, helping with computer tasks and keeping CORE’s monitoring sheets up to date.  It was lovely to make some friends whilst feeling that I had helped someone each day.

After being at CORE for quite a while, I started my own nail technician business.  Sadly, after becoming ill with Multiple Sclerosis, I could no longer commit to the time and effort involved.  Eventually, I was looking for that satisfaction again of helping people and in 2018 I came back to The CORE Centre to volunteer.  After a few weeks my skills with computers was put to good use and now I am instructing people about using their computers, I-pads and telephones here at CORE.  Let’s just say I feel that sense of fulfilment and without The CORE Centre I would have slipped further and further into depression. Looking back, I am so glad I found this place. They help so many people. There is now chair-based exercise and chair-based yoga, there are self-help groups such as patchwork and crochet and my personal favourite (although I am yet to get the time to go!), bobbin lace; this group of ladies have created some fabulous lace! Trace Your Ancestors has always been popular and re-started with a beginners’ class on 25 April.  Why don’t you take the opportunity to meet new friends and have fun by joining in bingo/quizzes and games on offer now? There is a cuppa in it for you!

On the other hand, if you are looking for a new job, CORE’s Job Club team is first rate.  Get help with CVs and job seeking online, interview techniques, personal coaching/overcoming barriers and careers advice.

One of my volunteering duties is to maintain CORE’s Facebook page and I am always posting about something interesting here at The CORE Centre.  Why not take a look and give us a ‘Like’ and get updated on upcoming events.

Come and see what CORE can offer you. Friendly staff are here to answer any questions you may have!

Amelia Caulton

Parkinson’s Support Group

The monthly meeting is held in the centre of Southwell and so even the members coming from Nottingham and Mansfield areas have got to know the town quite well during the past 8 years.

John Meredith and his wife June brought wonderful old photos of Southwell to the May meeting. We learned how the town has developed but also what has not changed. John was head Verger at Southwell Minster for 20 years and was priviledged to have access to areas not open to the public. When the spire was encased in scaffolding the silver cockerel was removed and John was able to take photos from a platform at the very top.

At one stage the Cockerel disappeared for a few days (presumedly taken by Brackenhurst students for a prank) but reappeared along with a box of six eggs! Other photos of special interest were of the Queen and John during the Maundy Service on 19 April 1984 inside the Minster. Chairman Bernard presented John & June with a plant and invited them to join the members for the buffet lunch.

Fifteen members enjoyed a lunch at the Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell and afterwards had coffee sitting in the sunshine in Sandra & Michael’s newly revamped garden.

If you would like to know more about this friendly independent group please contact Michael &  Michael on 01636 812399 or email

We meet from 11.00 – 1.00 on the 2nd Saturday of the month at Reach UK, Prebend Passage, Southwell NG25 0JH – Just £1 per person and a plate of food towards the buffet lunch.