Young jobseekers urged to attend apprenticeship fair


Young people in Gedling borough looking for work and apprenticeships will have the chance to meet with potential employers at an event being held in the city centre next week.

The Nottingham Apprenticeship Fair is aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds considering their next career move, and will bring together training providers, employers with vacancies to fill, advice on applications, apprenticeships and a number of schemes to support young people into work.

Unemployment in Nottingham has been falling since November 2014, but city leaders are keen to keep the issue high on the agenda.

The event is being held at Loxley House, in Station Street, on Thursday, October 15 between 1pm and 3pm.

There will be 15 training providers in attendance, plus several large employers including Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham City Care, Team Nottingham (the consortium of Notts County and Nottingham Forest Football in the Community), while there will be application stations and people on hand to offer career and job advice.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “It is a continuing priority for the City Council to address the employment needs of our young people and we have made great strides in the past year – beating the target of new apprenticeships by more than 200.

“It is vital that we keep these support programmes in place which aim to get Nottingham’s youngsters the jobs they want. We look forward to meeting many of them at the apprenticeship fair next week.”

Employers from a number of different sectors will be present on the day and looking to recruit.

Attendees will also be able to access advice and practical support, get information on training, and find out more about apprenticeships which enable them to study and earn at the same time.


Big plans for Gedling Inn after pub is sold to UK’s largest beer brewer


The future of one of Gedling’s pubs looks to be in safe hands after it was bought by the UK’s biggest beer brewer.

Star Pubs and Bars, who are the pub division of Heineken UK, has confirmed they have purchased the Gedling Inn, on Main Road.

Before the recently announced sale, the pub belonged to the Flaming Inn chain which specialises in selling flame-grilled food.

It was the previous owners who renamed the pub, changing it from The Chesterfield Arms – or ‘Cheggo’ as it was known to locals – back in 2011.

A spokesperson from Star Pubs and Bars confirmed to Gedling Eye today that they had bought the pub and are “currently looking at plans”.

They said: “We can confirm that Star Pubs & Bars has just bought The Gedling Inn and that we intend to invest in the pub in early 2016.

“It will offer a new drinks range and menu with the view to be the best pub in Gedling, and a pub the community can be proud of.  We’re seeking a long term partner to operate the pub with us.”

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Son of Polish pilot will fly to Calverton from Australia for war plane crash memorial service

The son of a Polish Air Force pilot killed when his plane crash landed in Calverton during World War Two is to travel across the world to attend a memorial service being held for his father in the village.

Professor Janusz Gebicki will arrive in Nottinghamshire next week to attend the service to remember his father, Jan Gebicki, and two other men who died in the crash on October 13, 1940.

KILLED: Pilot Jan Gibicki
KILLED: Pilot Jan Gibicki

Their aircraft was attempting to return home from a successful bombing mission in France, when a dense fog descended over the Nottinghamshire countryside.

Due to the weather conditions, Gebecki, who was at the controls of the aircraft, remained in the air until the fuel was nearly all gone. He was finally forced into making a crash landing in the dark and misty conditions.

The squadron’s bomber crashed at the Watchwood plantation on landing, bursting into flames and killing the crew of three.

The service is being held next Tuesday (13) , on the 75th anniversary of the crash, at Watchwood Plantation.

Consul General of Poland, Mr. Lukasz Lutostanki; Nottinghamshire’s Deputy Lieutenant, Col Nigel Cullen OBE D.L; and a veteran of the Polish Air Force will be among the guests at the service which is being organised by the Calverton and Woodborough branch of the Royal British Legion.

There will also be an official unveiling of a new information panel which has been funded by The Forestry Commission and The Calverton Parish Council and will be placed close to the memorial site.

Guests will then head over to the Calverton Miners’ Welfare Club for an English and Polish buffet following the service.

Police hunt suspicious traders in Carlton Hill area


Nottinghamshire Police are currently on the hunt for two suspicious traders seen knocking on doors in the Carlton Hill area.

Police received a call from a concerned resident regarding two males who have been knocking on doors in the area asking if the residents require any work doing to their addresses.

They have been seen in the area this afternoon. They are in a white Ford Transit type van and one of them is described as having a mild Irish accent. Officers are searching the area for these men and are keen to ensure that they are genuine.

Neighbourhood inspector Andrew Berryman offered the following advice to residents if traders do call round without a prior appointment.

He said: “Please ensure that you do not let unknown people into your address and do not be pressured into having work completed that you do not want or need. If you do want work completed, ensure that a price is agreed beforehand, and that the work is completed to your satisfaction prior to payment being made.

“Also ensure that you secure your address and lock your doors, even when at home.”

Please contact Nottinghamshire Police with any further information regarding these males by calling 101 and referring to incident 373-06102015.

Arrests made following attempted robbery in Arnold


THREE teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of trying to rob an Arnold convenience store last week.

On September 23, a group of men entered Shergill Stores, in Arnold, wearing in Hallowe’en masks and demanding money. Two of the youths were armed with knives.

They eventually fled empty handed in the direction of a nearby alleyway.

Three youths, all aged 15, have now been arrested in connection with the attempted robbery.

Two of the teenagers were arrested on Tuesday (29), and a third on Wednesday (30). They have all been released on bail pending further enquiries

Ban on smoking in cars with children inside comes into force tomorrow

SMOKERS in Gedling are being reminded that lighting up in a car with children inside will become illegal from tomorrow.

Under the new legislation – which comes into force from October 1 – it will be a criminal offence in England and Wales to smoke in any vehicle with someone aged younger than 18 present. Anyone caught flouting the new law – which is intended to protect children from the dangers of passive smoking – will face a £50 fine.

It will also be an offence for a driver not to stop a passenger smoking while under-18s are in the vehicle.

Drivers will only exempt when driving convertible cars with the roof is completely down. Smoking while windows or sunroofs are open, air conditioning is on or while sitting in the open doorway is still an offence.

Although 17-year-old drivers and those with provisional licences are also covered by the law, those aged 17 with no one else in the car are exempt.

The rules apply to motorhomes, caravans and camper vans when they are being used as vehicles, but not when they are being used as living accommodation.

E-cigarettes are not covered by the new legislation.

Jane Ellison MP, the Under Secretary of State for Public Health, said: “Three million children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars, putting their health at risk. We know that many of them feel embarrassed or frightened to ask adults to stop smoking which is why the regulations are an important step in protecting children from the harms of secondhand smoke.”

Daybrook play area to receive £65k facelift

A popular Daybrook play area is about to get a major facelift thanks to funding worth £65,000.

The play area on Salop Street Recreation Ground will be closed to the public from Monday, October 5 to allow transformation work to begin.

The revamp is being funded using £65,000 capital funding which has been secured through local housing and commercial developments in the area.

The work is expected to take approximately four weeks to complete and the play area will be closed to the public during this time.

As well as the traditional playground favourites, the park will also gain a new multi-activity unit which includes 4-metre-long monkey bars, a climbing wall, tubular slide and spinner.

There will also be a bowl swing, tic-tac-toe play panel and lottery play wheel, to encourage group play and social interaction.

Councillor Peter Barnes, Portfolio Holder for Environment said he was delighted that funding for the improvement works has finally been found.

He said: “We’re really pleased to have got this funding to revamp the Salop Street play area which was in need of some improvements. The range of new equipment will keep the children entertained and help them improve their social skills while having fun.”

Goose Fair toy safety warning to Gedling residents

Nottingham’s Trading Standards service is urging people from Gedling who plan to visit this year’s Goose Fair to be on the lookout for dangerous toys and goods which may be on sale.

The warning comes after trading standards officers at Nottingham City Council seized almost 500 items on sale at the fair last year that were found to be unsafe or incorrectly labelled. These included novelty items, toys, fashion items and electrical goods.

Three traders were subsequently brought before the courts and fined for selling dangerous toys earlier this year. Trading Standards will have a presence at the fair again this year and will be checking for items which shouldn’t be on sale.

Community Protection’s Trading Standards team has now prepared some useful shopping tips to help visitors enjoy a safe trip to the fair, which starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday. These include:

  • Check that toys are labelled and instructions given are clear and are followed
  • Ensure that only toys suitable for the correct age group are given to under-threes
  • Check that goods/toys are working before you give them to children to play with
  • Toys and electrical goods should be marked with a CE symbol
  • Ensure that children are supervised by an adult when they begin playing with a new item purchased at the fair
  • Avoid buying the latest craze. Recent examples include electrical swords with a laser strength 16 times that permitted by legislation, large soft toys with loose eyes and noses which contravened safety regulations because of a choking risk
  • Shoppers should never buy fireworks from a fair, market stall or car boot sale. No fireworks should be on sale at or near to Goose Fair as fireworks can only be sold from registered premises for a four-week period from October 15 until November 10. Unlicensed sellers may be selling fireworks which don’t meet the British Standard, so could be dangerous
  • Never buy any high-value items because given the nature of a temporary fair, you can’t normally take things back. If there is a problem with your purchase you could find it very difficult to obtain redress.

Jane Bailey, Trading Standards manager at Nottingham City Council, said: “Goose Fair is a great event held every year and enjoyed by thousands of people. We want families to have a fun time but not face the potential dangers involved with buying an item from the fair which is unsuitable or dangerous.

“The points highlighted by the Trading Standards team are worth bearing in mind, and to further reassure the public we will have officers at the fair monitoring the items up for sale.”

  • If shoppers experience problems with purchases made at the fair or they suspect that traders are selling unsafe items, they should report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04050

Do you recognise man wanted in connection with Burton Joyce burglary?

Do you recognise this man? Nottinghamshire Police would like to speak to him in connection with burglary at an address in Burton Joyce on September 12, 2015.

If you recognise him or think you can help, please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 812 of 12 September 2015

Broomhill House closure plans approved by NHS chiefs

Controversial plans to close a mental health rehabilitation centre in Gedling have been approved.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare bosses yesterday confirmed that proposals to shut Broomhill House have now been given the go ahead.

Campaigners had been fighting to save the service – which has been based in Gedling for over 20 years – since a consultation over its future was announced back in June.

NHS Nottinghamshire broke the news to campaigners at a public meeting held at Duncan Macmillan House yesterday morning (24).

They also confirmed that Heather Close in Mansfield will close.

Broomhill House provides care and treatment for patients recovering from mental health conditions but are not ready to return home. It also provides an outreach service for patients in the local community so they can live at home.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust today said that the centre will remain open until all inpatients have been assessed.

A spokesperson for NHS Nottinghamshire told Gedling Eye: “Following a comprehensive consultation, Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s Board of Directors has approved plans to close two rehabilitation units, Heather Close in Mansfield and Broomhill House in Nottingham.

“This decision has not been taken lightly and the Board is mindful of the strong views raised during the extended consultation period. We have taken notice of those views and we will be improving the support offered to carers and people using the enhanced community rehabilitation service to make sure that they do not fall into crisis.”

“This decision is in line with the Trust’s long term clinical strategy to enhance community services and reduce the number of inpatient beds.

“We have recruited additional staff to the team and that team will ensure the continuity of care for current inpatients once discharged and those supported in outreach.

“The Community Rehabilitation team will be working from Manor Road, which is only just along from Broomhill House so for many clients there will be very little change.”

They added: “We are confident that this decision will not result in an increase in admissions and that we will be able to help more people to live successfully in the community.”

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