Guest column: busy year of tours, events and entertainment

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Sheila Robinson, treasurer of the Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group, marks the organisation’s AGM with a look back - and ahead - for activities in the town...

Once again, our free guided Bus Tours were a tremendous success and we had to add extra tours for special parties which we could not accommodate on our normal tours.

The Byron Festival went ahead as planned with many varied events taking place in and around the town.

On the lead-up to Christmas, we arranged and organised a Christmas Shop Window competition with over 30 shops taking part. We considered that this was a great success.

Also, was the very popular Christmas Tree Festival where, as usual, thousands of people visited the church of St Mary Magdalene to view the display.

This event began on Carnival Night and ran through to lunchtime on the following Saturday.

The controversial Christmas tree was erected in the Market Place. It was either liked or disliked.

Coming into Spring, the Trade and Craft Fair Markets continue, on a forthnightly basis, in the Byron Bingo Hall in aid of the Byron Cinema Project which we support.

Along with the Southwell Diocese Sports Administrator, we organised a Sports Quiz, the first one was to raise money for Children in Need, and the second was for the Hucknall Boys Brigade.

At Easter time, we organised an Easter Egg Competition for the children to enjoy during their Easter break from school.

Looking forward to the next 12 months, again we have organised our free guided bus tours which continue in popularity and since 1st April when we commenced taking bookings, we have already filled nine buses.

There are still a lot of seats left with options to go on different tours. This year we have a new tour which we are calling our D H Lawrence tour and visits Lawrence’s birthplace, and Durban House Museum.

During May, we are asking everyone to plant poppy seeds to ensure that they flower in August to commemorate the start of the Frirst World War.

These seeds, if purchased from B & Q, cost £2, £1 of which is donated to the Royal British Legion.

We are hoping to see a vast display of poppies in August.

If you do not have a garden, why not plant them in pots and display them on your windowsill?

The Broomhill Children’s Centre are holding a May Fair on Saturday 5th May on the field and they are having lots of events, stalls, etc which promises to have lots of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

On Saturday 17th May at 6.30pm, Bestwood Male Voice Choir and Basingstoke Ladies will be entertaining everyone in St Mary Magdalene Church.

From Thursday 22nd May through to Saturday 24th May, the Hucknall Drama Group will be putting on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for our entertainment, in the John Godber Centre.

Support for this event would be very much appreciated as it is the first time they have attempted Shakespeare.

This play is, however, very light and amusing so should appeal to everyone.

From Friday 28th June, through to Sunday 6th July, inclusive, the Byron Festival has been arranged and there will be many events on each day between, some in Hucknall, some in Newstead Abbey.

As before there will be a free shuttle bus available to take people to Newstead Abbey on Sunday 6th July.

There will be many events taking place including Greek Dancing, a Brass Band and a Choir, as well as a display of motor scooters and VW Camper Vans which is anticipated to be much bigger this year.

In August, there is a Community Day being planned in Titchfield Park.

At the moment, all we can say is ‘WATCH THIS SPACE’.