2014: The Year in Review

OCTOBER: Angela Scotham Woman with breast cancer urges others to check for warning signs. with her daughter Lianne Else (36)
OCTOBER: Angela Scotham Woman with breast cancer urges others to check for warning signs. with her daughter Lianne Else (36)

JANUARY:

Child-friendly food was served up at King’s Mill Hospital.

APRIL: Opening of new Attic Cafe at Sutton Community Academy. Pictured l-r is MP Gloria De Piero, Chelsea Jepson 13, Helen Beighton Chad Reporter, Principle Simon Martin, Liz Barratt and Ben Gregory 15.

APRIL: Opening of new Attic Cafe at Sutton Community Academy. Pictured l-r is MP Gloria De Piero, Chelsea Jepson 13, Helen Beighton Chad Reporter, Principle Simon Martin, Liz Barratt and Ben Gregory 15.

Bosses behind the catering for Sherwood Trust brought in a new menu designed for children.

Traditional dinners including pizza, cod bites and spaghetti hoops were offered to youngsters.

FEBRUARY:

Sutton was named one of the most improved towns in the country for reducing its numbers of empty shops.

Figures showed there was a seven per cent fall in the number of empty stores in the past four years.

This gave Sutton it’s top ten place in most improved towns in the UK,

MARCH:

The community got their trainers on to take part in Sport Relief.

Mansfield, Ashfield and Alfreton workers, pupils and groups took part in a mile of activities to help raise cash for charity.

Many locals took on extra challenges including students from All Saints Catholic School cycled 25 miles.

APRIL:

An unused area of Sutton school was transformed into a community cafe and ‘job centre’ to help local unemployed people to get back into work.

The ATTIC cafe opened its doors in April in Sutton Community Academy and students in the catering section started making food to sell there.

It was funded by Natwest bank.

MAY:

This was the month a wheelie-bin man from Mansfield Woodhouse’s life changed completely.

Craig Brazier (39) scooped a whopping £1.3m from just a £2 bet.

He put the winning bet on from his local BetFred branch.

JUNE:

Kirkby opera singer Lucy Kay celebrated signing her first record deal with Sony Classical after appearing ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent,

The former Ashfield School pupil told Chad her new record label hopes to take her on an American tour once the album was released.

JULY:

The air waves were turned blue in Mansfield town centre when scores of shop security walkie-talkies appeared to blast out the sounds of two people having sex,

Red faced customers listened on to the antics captured through the security devices.

It is thought 150 shops in the town - including some of the large high street chains use the devices.

AUGUST:

The exam results were in for pupils across the district.

Students at Sutton community college picked up their GCSE results - the best the school had ever seen.

Fifty per cent of pupils at the school achieved five A*-C grades.

SEPTEMBER:

An ambitious project was proposed to re-vamp Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, which aimed to put Robin Hood back on the map.

This was in the wake of Yorkshire’s attempt to hijack the legendary hero claiming he had more links to the white rose county.

But there were visions to create a world record size Robin Hood mosaic near to the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest.

OCTOBER:

A brave Sutton grandmother battling breast cancer came forward to urge others to check for the signs.

Angie Scothern wanted to use her situation to help others - after she put off going to get checked. She has also helped raise money for MacMillan Cancer Care.

NOVEMBER:

Chad and Asda started the Toy Appeal Campaign to help children in underprivileged families in Mansfield and Ashfield.

Hundreds of people donated gifts which were able to provide children with a gift this Christmas. A big thank you to all those who donated.

DECEMBER:

An inspirational Mansfield man scooped a top award for his determination to overcome massive challenges since going blind.

Nathan Edge was given the Young Person’s Achievement award. He went totally blind earlier in the year but thanks to his inspiring nature and his guide dog Hudson, he has stayed positive.