At our meeting on 5 March, we enjoyed an amusing and amazing talk by Malcolm Darroch entitled – “When the ‘chute went up” .
Malcolm described the adventures of Dolly Shepherd, a pioneer lady parachutist who, in 1903, at the age of just 17, began a career in display parachute jumping; the thrills and spills, the adrenaline and the disasters.
Please watch these pages for news of when our meetings will resume after the current problems.
Changes to Bus Timetables
The special timetables we are operating are daily timetables and we will be making the following changes from Sunday 5th April:
- South Notts 1 will have earlier journeys between Clifton and City, with the first bus arriving in to the City for 05:30
- Pathfinder 26 will have an earlier journey and we’re retiming the 26 to better co-ordinate with the 27 along Carlton Road
- Orange 35 will run to and from Bilborough, Strelley and Bulwell on alternate journeys for most of the daytime, with earlier and later buses to meet QMC shift times
- Navy 48X will be added to the core network for The Meadows and Clifton, with a bus that arrives in the City for 05:30. Buses will be hourly until approx. 18:30
- Ring Road service 53 will have three key early morning journeys introduced (including Sundays). This will be the 05:13 and 06:09 from Clifton and the 06:10 from Arnold.
- Turquoise 77 will operate every 30 minutes during the daytime
- Turquoise 79 will have earlier journeys and is re-timed to better co-ordinate with the 77 along Alfreton Road
The timetables for these changes are now available and can be viewed in the NCTX Buses app and on our website by selecting a date from 5th April.
Summary timetables for these changes are here too in the table part way down the page.
Hello to our lovely supportive customers, and thank you so very much for keeping in touch with us and to those of you who have placed orders to help keep us afloat!
We are assuming that we will be staying closed now for a considerable period of time, so we are looking at ways to stay connected to you all, and to provide a service in the coming weeks.
The main thing is for everyone to stay safe (and sane!) and I do hope that you and your families are keeping well. It is certainly going to be a huge test of national resilience – thank goodness we have such a wonderful community around us which we certainly appreciate very much indeed.
I just wanted to offer a few ideas at this point:
1. We are receiving online resources from publishers for parents who are at home with school age children. If you – or anyone you know – would find these useful please let me know and we can forward them to individual email addresses.
2. If you are in a Reading Group please let me know as we do have multiple copies of some free books. I can send you details to see if you can make use of these. Obviously Reading Groups won’t be holding physical meetings but there may be potential for you to hold discussions online through Apps such as Zoom.
3. If you need a gift we can email a Bookcase voucher to you for you to forward to the lucky recipient! These can be of any value and you can pay by phone with a card or by bank transfer. The recipient can them contact us at any point to order books/CDs/DVDs which we can arrange with free carriage.
There will be more ideas soon, but in the meantime please keep in touch with us through our website and on Instagram and Facebook where we will be posting regular updates.
You can still order books by emailing us with queries or by calling Jane on 07974 609945.
We are more than happy to help in any way so please stay in touch and don’t hesitate to ask!
2020 GATE TO SOUTHWELL FESTIVAL CANCELLATION
The Gate to Southwell Festival, one of the highlights of the Midlands’ music calendar, has been cancelled following the government’s introduction of stricter social distancing measures over the coming weeks. Although the annual festival would not have taken place until early June, the festival committee was forced to make the difficult decision now in order to limit further expenditure and offer 100 per cent refunds to all ticket buyers and traders.
The 14th festival was to have been an international extravaganza of roots, acoustic, folk, blues, soul, ska, world and other music styles, set over four days near the lovely market town of Southwell in Nottinghamshire, featuring artists from the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, Ireland and the UK.
“It’s been an incredibly difficult and painful decision for us,” says the Festival Director Mike Kirrage. ” We’ve built this festival from nothing over the past 13 years and its grown into one of the most successful and best-loved music events in the Midlands and contributes hugely to the local economy. But given the government’s health and safety guidelines, we have little choice.”
“If we don’t cancel now – only 11 weeks away from the festival – we’ll incur major costs. We attract international artists from all over the world; some are already changing their touring schedules, and others will soon have travel expenses. If we left the cancellation decision longer, we wouldn’t be in a position to refund our loyal supporters.
“Our sincere apologies to artists, traders and suppliers and our grateful thanks to our army of volunteers all of whom we will miss meeting up with this year. Our aim now is to look forward to providing another top quality festival in 2021.”
The committee took the decision having already spent significant amounts preparing for the 2020 festival. Further expenditure in early April would have been necessary to cover infrastructure, artists and other costs. Cancelling now enables them to secure the future of the festival and also refund everybody who’s already paid for tickets.
A website statement, addressed to festival goers from the committee, explains: “we’ve read recommendations in the press and on social media that we should ‘hold our nerve’ and plough on. We could have taken this approach but it would have been your money being risked – you put your trust in us and we don’t want to betray that. We are a not-for-profit organisation and have only limited reserves. All ticket buyers will receive a full refund of the ticket price, as will traders who have paid us a deposit. Full details via www.gtsf.uk.”
“We’re really disappointed Gate to Southwell won’t be happening in 2020,” added Mike Kirrage. “Whilst we always have cancellation insurance, this does not cover cancellation due to communicable disease. So we would like to thank all of our wonderful supporters and hope to see them next year. More importantly, our thoughts go out to all those affected by health issues, as well as those who will be financially affected by current events.”
A wide range of artists have headlined the festival since it began in 2007 when the first, predominantly-folk line-up featured Martin & Eliza Carthy and Kathryn Tickell. Since then, Southwell’s witnessed great performances from the likes of Bellowhead, Clannad, Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Eddi Reader, Billy Bragg, Lindisfarne, Cara Dillon and, in 2019, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and Los Pacaminos (featuring Paul Young).
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