Its all a load of conkers!

Seasonal outdoor fun!

Having collected a pocketful of conkers earlier on in the week whilst walking the dog the next thing was alway’s going to be “Dad, can I have a conker fight?”

Now that wouldn’t normally be a problem but wait!

It’s that time of the year when we here of the ‘seasonal’ school conker bans, on health and safety grounds of course! I also recall reading a story earlier on in the week about a primary school banning pupils from using traditional leather football’s, too heavy? And what about the first snowball fight of the season?

Well as a responsible parent I allowed the boys to wear the appropriate PPE and go into the garden for a bit of fun!

Health & safety gone mad? I’m off to climb a tree!

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The Cusworth Music Festival 2011

The Drifters perform in front of Cusworth Hall

A fantastic day was had by all at this year’s Cusworth Music Festival.

Set in the grounds of Cusworth Country Park in the shadow of Cusworth Hall this year’s event was headlined by The Drifters with all proceeds going to Doncaster cancer charity – The Aurora Centre.

Natalie, a future star?

Supporting The Drifters were local artists Natalie, Chris Madin, Screaming Eagles, The Jokers, St Harlot, The Wallbirds, The Great Pretender and the lovely Twice As Nice.

Click here for more images from the event, why not buy a print using the ‘add to cart’ feature? All proceeds to the Aurora charity.

Sweet soul music!

The lovely Twice As Nice.

The Great Pretender.

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Poetic Journey Around Ancient Sherwood Forest

Poet Dave looks for inspiration

A rambling poet is re-tracing an epic journey last made 350 years ago around the ancient boundaries of Sherwood Forest.

Dave Wood, 45, has won National Lottery/Arts Council England funding to encourage people to wax lyrical during a 90 mile trek taking in leafy glades and once forested areas.

The northern section of his odyssey will take him from south of Worksop and through Clumber Park towards Ollerton.

Now to celebrate International Year of the Forest on 11 September he’ll make a detour to Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Edwinstowe, to take part in a Forestry Commission free Discovery Day.

There he will inspire folk to contribute a poetic line and combine everyone’s creative ideas into a modern day saga of Sherwood Forest.

Dave explained:

“The perambulation of Sherwood Forest was last carried out in 1662 by officials to check the boundary was being respected and ensure venison were not being taken.  I want to replicate the original journey as far as possible and see how the landscape has changed and the threats posed to the remaining ancient woodland.  I’m doing the walk in sections and the idea is to inspire and talk to people about the environment, see what it means to them and host creative workshops.  Most of the walking should be done by Guy Fawkes Night and I aim to produce the results in the New Year.  Like any adventure, you never quite know what is going to happen.”

The Sherwood Pines Discovery Day runs between 10am and 4pm.  As well as poetry there’ll be axe racing, Nordic walking, bike rides, wildlife displays, a mass tree hug and shelter building – all to celebrate the wonder of the woods.

Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair, said:

“We have fantastic woodlands and we want to get everyone involved helping us celebrate in Sherwood Pines.”

More information on 01623 822447, or at www.forestry.gov.uk/EastMidlands

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