Santa Moving With The Times!

High Speed Santa!

Father Christmas will leave his reindeers in Lapland and take to a Segway to pay a call on Sherwood Pines Forest Park!

Roving Santa will rev-up on his dream machine to help deliver more fresh Christmas trees to the beauty spot’s popular Forestry Commission sales point, near Clipstone, Notts.

Segways – invented in the USA and described as self-balancing two wheeled electric transportation machines – have been touted as the future of green commuting.

In spring they will make their debut in the 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) forest park when Go-Ape offers them for hire to visitors for woodland safaris. Chris Bray, Forestry Commission Recreation Manager, said:

“The Go-Ape guys wanted to get in a bit of practice so kindly offered to help us move Christmas trees around the sales area, getting into the mood by dressing as Santa. Segways are a brilliant way of exploring the forest and this will be a terrific new attraction next year.”

Christmas tree sales run daily in Sherwood Pines until 23 December from 9am to 3.30pm.

Thousands of pines, fir and spruce are up for grabs, but an on-going national shortage of Christmas trees means revellers are being urged to buy early to get the best of the crop.



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A month in pictures, March 2011!

A short slideshow of images made during March 2011.



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National Apprentice Week

Bramall Construction Manager Pete Varley and apprentice Ben Hawkes

Bramall Construction manager went back to the floor today to mark National Apprenticeship Week.

Pete Varley, who started his career as a joiner at the age of 15, spent the day on site in Kettlethorpe, Wakefield, as part of the week-long event, which runs from 7-11th February.

He went back to his original trade skill to carry out refurbishment work on a semi-detached property, owned and managed by Wakefield and District Housing.

Construction Manager Pete worked alongside Bramall’s trainee joiner Ben Hawkes during his ‘back to the floor’ day.

He said: I was keen to take part in our back to the floor scheme and work alongside one of our new apprentices.  I think it’s important to keep in touch with what’s happening on site and I also wanted to compare my own experiences with those of Ben’s.  Things might have changed since 1965 but I’m glad Bramall are still giving people the opportunity to gain a career in construction.

Pete began his career as an apprentice joiner in 1965 at JW Anson and Sons, in Sheffield. He went on to work at Gleesons as a fully qualified joiner and progressed to the role of site manager.

He started working for Bramall in 1982, relocating to work in London and the Home Counties with Bramall Construction Southern.  He had a break from the company for six years whilst to work for himself, retuning to Bramall in 1995 where he has worked as a projects manager, contracts manager and is now a construction manager.

Pete has worked on a number of high profile schemes for Bramall to help bring housing up to the Government’s Decent Homes standard. He has worked with housing associations and Arm’s Length Management Organisations across Yorkshire and the East Midlands and is currently working with Wakefield and District Housing

Bramall part of the Keepmoat Group, currently has 45 apprentices working across its sites in Yorkshire and the East Midlands and is in the process of recruiting more.

It is proud to have bolstered trade skills across Yorkshire and has trained over 200 apprentices over the past five years helping them to secure a raft of qualifications.



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Come On United! England Captain helps King Ecgbert School on the road to Wembley

Faye White, Arsenal and England Ladies Football Captain

With the npower Football League U13 Girls Cup North Regional Finals just around the corner, team members of King Ecgbert School will be bending it even better than Beckham after a surprise coaching session from England captain Faye White.

Competing against Middlesbrough, Stockport County and Walsall and in the North Regional Final to be held at Huddersfield on 9th February, Faye will try to coach King Ecgbert School to victory with her experienced words of wisdom.

A defensive rock and Arsenal Ladies Football captain, Faye is a role model to all female footballers and knows exactly what it takes to succeed having won twenty-two illustrious trophies and achieved 84 international caps for her country.

Faye White pictured with girls captain Daisy Hope and trophy.

Representing Sheffield United, King Ecgbert School is one of the last eight teams vying for a place in the Grand Final which is due to be played prior to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 3rd April.

Faye White, Arsenal and England Ladies Football Captain, commented: ‘It’s great to be supporting grassroots football and an absolute privilege to be working alongside these extremely talented young girls. The npower Football League U13 Girls Cup really champions the future of women’s football and the opportunity to play in front of a huge crowd at Wembley Stadium is an absolute dream for any footballer.’

Faye White puts the girls through their paces.

Clare McDougall, head of community & education at npower, said; ‘Faye is one of the world’s finest women’s footballers and an inspiration for all young girls. With a wealth of experience and a personal trophy cabinet to match, we believe she can help coach King Ecgbert School on their road to Wembley and motivate these fine young players to become the country’s future talent.’

Sponsored by npower, The npower Football League Girls Cup is a national six-a-side tournament for U13 girls. One of 72 teams participating in the competition, King Ecgbert School won the right to represent Sheffield United, progressing through to the Regional Final, after beating other rival schools in the Local Club and Area Finals stage of the knockout competition.

The 09/10 season saw more than 2,500 schools take part in The npower Football League junior tournaments with a school representing Crystal Palace being crowned champions and lifting The npower Football League U13 Girls Cup.



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