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3 March 18 words: LeftLion

Notts news from last month...

On Sunday 28 January, DHP opened the doors of Rock City, Rescue Rooms and The Bodega to bring a charity music festival to the good folk of Nottingham, with the aim of raising some well-needed dosh for Framework. The likes of Rob Green, Sleaford Mods, Nina Smith and Babe Punch performed to packed rooms, and all bar takings, proceeds from merch and collection buckets went towards the grand total.

And you lot didn’t half splash out ‘cos, with all them things combined, a grand total of £100,000 was raised for the charity. That’s a cracking amount of money that’ll go towards: putting qualified social workers in place to assess people on the streets, resettlement workers who enable smooth transitions from the street to a tenancy, and providing emergency accommodation to keep people inside during the cold winter months. Well done, you lot.

Nottingham Train Station was engulfed in flames and smoke in January, with firefighters battling for the best part of a day to get the situation under control. It all started in a cubicle of the women’s toilets and a 33-year-old woman has now been arrested on suspicion of arson, and is currently being held in custody. The British Transport Police are urging anyone who might have seen owt to get in touch by phoning 0800 405040, or texting 61016 and quoting log 85-12/01/2018.

Emergency services were called to the Britannia Hotel, just off Maid Marian Way, to rescue a bloke who’d got himsen stuck in a utility shaft. We have many questions about this situation. What is a utility shaft? How does one manage to get oneself stuck in a utility shaft? When one finds oneself stuck in a utility shaft, how does one ask for help? If anyone has the answers to these, our pressing questions, please do drop us a line.

Wollaton Park are inviting you to help ‘em make a name for themselves in the Guinness Book of World Records on 7 May this year. Kit yourself out in your best Robin Hood clobber and see if you could be one of the folk who help smash the “Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Robin Hood” record. The title is currently held by the Camping and Caravan club, with a grand total of 1,215 Robin Hoods turning up. C’mon, Hoodtown. Surely we’ve got this one in the bag...

Redhill residents are right mardy, and for good reason, too. They were woken up at the crack of dawn to the sound of chainsaws ripping down two 100-year-old oak trees that had sat pretty behind their houses. The land is owned by Notts property developer, Langridge, who chopped down the oaks to build on the land. A representative from Gedling Borough council called the felling a “wanton destruction” and we’re inclined to agree.

There’s a new celeb in town, and she goes by the name of Arnold the Daybrook Duck. The Muscovy duck set up her residence in a puddle next to a Daybrook bus stop, and was named Arnold by Owen Baxter, an art and design technician at NTU, ‘cos she lives on the Arnold bus route. But experts have said our Arnie is definitely a she, who could even be bringing ducklings to The Vale bus stop in spring-time.

There’s cause for celebration round these parts; the Nottingham Wildcats have only gone and won their first major women’s basketball trophy, breaking their five-game losing run in the major finals. The women beat Scottish team, Caledonia Pride 70-66 at the Arena Birmingham back in early February. The WBBL cup is the most prestigious knock-out competition in the women’s game and we reckon the whole team is well-deserving of a pint or four. Goo on, gals.

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