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History of Bestwood, Newstead and Calverton covered in new Notts audio walks series

Sherwood Voices is a series of six audio walks written and directed by local performer Andy Barrett.


Villages in Gedling borough are to feature in a series of new audio walks designed to give residents and visitors a guided tour of settlements near Sherwood Forest.

Sherwood Voices is a series of six audio walks written and directed by local performer Andy Barrett.

Episodes feature personal stories, experiences, and points of view from people who live in areas near Sherwood Forest.

Calverton is featured in the new series

The walks will be available to download and stream from the start of National Storytelling Week on Saturday, January 28.

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The walks have been created through hours of conversation with people from across the Sherwood Forest area. Alongside storytellers, listeners will hear from shepherds, anglers, undertakers, park rangers, vicars, schoolchildren, and many others.

The location of each walk spans across Bestwood, Calverton, Clipstone, Edwinstowe, Newstead and Ollerton; each with their own story to tell.

The walks respond to the sights and sounds that visitors will come across on their journey, and delve into the past, the present and something of the future of their location.

Sherwood Voices is led by Excavate and supported by Inspire, Miner2Major, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

Presenter Andy Barrett said: “The recent experience of lockdown has made us all realise the importance of our local landscape as a place to walk and explore.

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“These audio tours build on this as well as exploring what has been, over the past thirty years or so, a period of profound change for the area. Sherwood Voices digs into this change; exploring the past and present culture of the area, and in doing so reveals how we all make sense of the places in which we live”.

Steve Little, Scheme Manager of Miner2Major, said: “Sherwood Forest is steeped in history with many tales to tell. Thanks to National Lottery players Sherwood Voices brings to life local stories and connections to this wonderful area told by the people who live here”.

Peter Gaw, INSPIRE, Chief Executive commented; “Sherwood Voices is an exciting storytelling project that invites listeners to discover the rich heritage of Sherwood Forest through the unique stories and perspectives of the people that live there. Whether it’s rediscovering one’s own backyard or uncovering new sights, this project promises to inspire exploration. At Inspire Libraries, we are proud to support this project, as we believe that heritage plays an essential role in learning and education”.

The full audio walks will be available to download and stream for free from January 28 on the Inspire website.

You can access the Sherwood Voices booklet online or pick up a copy at RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre in Edwinstowe, Dynamo Café in Bestwood, Calverton and Clipstone Libraries, Lifespring Church in Ollerton, The Welfare Community Centre in Newstead and Nottingham Tourism and Travel Centre in Nottingham city centre.

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Call the team at Ask Inspire for any further guidance about accessing maps and mp3 players on 01623 677 200.

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