The next YouNG Market


YouNG Market in East LeakeThe previous three YouNG Markets have been a great success at showcasing both young talent and entrepreneurs. Now on 29 November 2014, the next YouNG Market will be held in the centre of East Leake. It will run from 3.30pm till 5.30pm and there’ll be around 10 stalls and 6 performers. The whole event will be run by and feature young people.

To sign up for a stall or as a performer see the YouNG ambassador in your school or click on the buttons below. Keep checking the YouNG website, Twitter and Facebook for more updates. Don’t forget to get your applications in by 5 November. Don’t miss out on the opportunity!

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Firework Displays Around You


All around Nottinghamshire, communities are preparing for Halloween. There are many different Halloween, bonfire nights and firework displays in and around Rushcliffe and Nottinghamshire.

I want to know where the nearest one is to me? The Nottinghamshire post have a page dedicated to showing you where all of the events are. You can find the location, prices and times of the events along with other important information.

For all of the information go to: to find out.


Top ten things to do this Halloween

Top ten things to do this Halloween

1. Carve a pumpkin. You can carve it with a face or even something more creative. It will only cost £1 to £2. Don’t forget to send us pictures at our twitter account

2. Trick or treat. It is absolutely free, all you need to do is wear a costume . However be careful when you are out and about, go in a group or have an adult nearby. Respect the wishes of those who do not wish to participate.

3. Create Halloween treats: watch this video to see what you could try. From cake pop eyeballs to ghost strawberries.

4. Play the mummy game. This is where you get into two teams. Then you need to nominate someone to be the mummy, get a toilet roll and get wrapping and whoever has the best mummy at the end, wins

5. The traditional apple bobbing

6. Tell ghost stories

7. If you are a girl why not try painting your nails in a Halloween style. Then tweet us with images. If you are a boy then watch a scary movie.

8. Create a Halloween party favour: mummy cans. These little mummies are not only cute, they’re functional, too.

9. Design a costume and then create it. To do this look on Google, typing in some ideas and then you can copy or change them. Of course, you can just buy one 10. DIY Halloween Luminaries

Happy Halloween and be sure to send us some Halloween pictures

Remember, remember…


Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot, or more commonly known as Bonfire night! The best way to celebrate the date is by going out to a local event and enjoying the festivities with friends or family.

Don’t know of any events happening locally? Well, for all the daredevils out there, there is a firewalk at Nottingham Castle starting at 8:30pm on Saturday November 8, where participants will have the opportunity to walk over 20 feet of hot coals, and feel no pain. This will then followed by a fireworks display starting at 9pm, for those who want a calmer night.

Gates open at 7pm and tickets at £10 for adults and £4 for under 16’s. Thinking the firewalks your cup of tea? Registration fee is £10 but why not bring a friend along and get a discount and lower the price to only a fiver!

With live music, food and drink stalls and a range of fire artists who will thrill and amaze firewalkers and spectators alike, Nottingham castle is the place to be for the Bonfire weekend.

There is also the City’s annual Bonfire Night on Wednesday November 5, at the Forest Recreation Ground from 5:30pm onwards. There will be at funfair (open 5:30 – 10:30pm), a small firework display from the children at 7:15pm, followed by the Bonfire being lit at 7:45pm and finally  the main fireworks show at 9pm.

The possibilities are endless, so go out and enjoy Bonfire Night wherever you like, with whoever you like, but remember stay safe!

From the box: Ed Sheeran concert review


On Thursday 23 October 2014, Ed Sheeran played at the Capital FM Arena as part of his X Tour, supported by Nottingham born and bred Callum Burrows – better known as Saint Raymond. It was my fifth time seeing Sheeran live, so I guess you could say I’m a pretty big fan of his!

Opening the show, Saint Raymond, who’s from Bramcote, sang his own songs, including “Fall At Your Feet,” which I recognised right away from his Splendour Festival set. He and his band gave off a great vibe and were greatly appreciated by their home fans.

Ed Sheeran gig1Shortly after, Sheeran made a quick appearance to get his loop pedals ready, then went off stage again.

The anticipation grew, until not long after, the lights went off, and the music began. Sheeran kicked it off with “I’m a Mess,” from his new album, which immediately got the whole crowd singing along. He then told us that he wanted everyone to “leave [his concert]  without a voice,” and encouraged us all to “sing along.” He also went on to say how “the Capital FM Arena was the first arena [he'd] played, 2 years ago”, and that he was very familiar with Nottingham clubs and venues – he’s previously played at the likes of The Maze and The Rescue Rooms!

Next, Sheeran sang a classic that everyone knew, “Lego House,” followed by “Don’t,” one of the popular singles off his latest album. He cleverly mashed “Don’t” up with “No Diggity” by Blackstreet, which got the arena grooving along with him. This just goes to show how versatile of a performer he is. Later on in the show, he did another mash-up, but this time of his song “Runaway,” with the Back Street Boy’s “Everybody,” which fitted together perfectly.

One of my favourite songs of the night had to be “Bloodstream,” another track off the new album. Sheeran skillfully lay down the beat using the loop pedal, played the guitar backing of the song, then sang and recorded the harmonies, one after the other, as if he had backing singers with him – and then began the first verse. He built the verse up, then let the beat drop and the chorus took over. His ability to play the whole concert alone, and put every song together the way he did, was fascinating to watch and even more so to listen to.

Ed Sheeran gig2Soon after, Sheeran whipped out an electric guitar to play his latest single, “Thinking Out Loud,” which was quite a surprise, as up until then he had played only on acoustic guitars. The use of the electric guitar changed the feel of the music up a bit, and released a new surge of energy throughout the arena. Another amazing thing to witness was how receptive the crowd were of Sheeran, particularly during that song. As he sang the line “When my hair’s all but gone and my memory fades/ And the crowds don’t remember my name,” the crowd cheered and screamed, showing that it would take a long, long time for Sheeran to be forgotten by this audience.

The arena then became a gospel choir as Sheeran performed “Give Me Love,” a single from his first album+. He dashed off stage, but returned for an encore of three killer songs. He started off with “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” and again made full use of his loop pedal, jumping around from one to the other and really going for it. From the screen, you could see Sheeran from all different angles, so you got to see in full the work he was putting in, again,to  control the loop pedals, sing and play guitar. Next, he performed “The A Team,” and asked everyone to put their lights in the air. The arena lit up and the crowd echoed Sheeran’s song, creating a beautiful ambience.He finished off with one of his most well-known songs, “Sing,” and made an exit while the crowd were still cheering and singing along.

Overall it was a brilliant performance  – one of which I’m sure will be remembered by the die-hard Sheeran fans.

Ed Sheeran gig3


An interview with Mr Rahman

Do you think it’s good for young people to get experience in a working environment?

Yes I think it’s really important and over the last few years at school we have tried to create more opportunities for our pupils. This week in fact is the year 11’s work experience week, which some schools have stopped doing because it’s no longer compulsory and apprenticeships from that can be continued later. However I think we could still do more and we’re hoping to expand these opportunities to more years, especially lower down the school.

What was your first job and when did you get it?

I got my first job when I was 15 at the end of year 11 at ‘Pay Less DIY’, moving bags of cement from one place to another, the job was a bus ride away and a bit like B&Q. I was paid £1.36 per hour and I was working from around eight in the morning to about seven in evening. I remember being very proud to have a job and coming home with my pay check at the end of the first week and giving half of it to my mum and half of it to my dad. It gave me a real sense of responsibility also I made friends and learned how to work with people. I was actually offered an apprenticeship there and so wasn’t going to go to university, but I decided against that because there was only so far it could take me.

The YouNG markets have stalls and live music organised, run and performed by young people, do you think this is good idea?

Yes. The enterprise and skills must really help the students grow. I think it also increases their confidence and gives them and opportunity to develop themselves.

What message would you like to give out from our school regarding the YouNG project?

More students should get involved with YouNG because of the way it helps students grow both personally and professionally, which is hard to get in school. Also it helps you to stand out from the crowd, which will help when applying to universities and as a result of that it will help you to get a good job in the future.

Interview from the head of South Nottinghamshire Academy


South Nottinghamshire Academy’s head teacher, Mr Philpotts, sat down with me and Georgia, from the older YouNG group, to discuss his thoughts of YouNG.

He said that “the YouNG brand is very innovative and offers young people a chance to improve their skills whilst being employed to develop a social network that provides meaningful advice, guidance and support”.

His favourite part of YouNG was the YouNG Markets as “they gave everyone a chance to show their talents” and the fact that the entire project had been essentially set up by the children employed in the first group.

When we asked what his thoughts were about the support YouNG gives to the community he replied… “The YouNG team’s involvement and support of events like the Rushcliffe Sports Award and the YouNG market have been invaluable both for the wider community and for all of the young people who have volunteered their time and efforts”

Bridgstock 2015


Every year, at the West Bridgford School, students in the sixth form run Bridgstock. Bridgstock is an annual concert and is made up of students from West Bridgford School. In an assembly last week some of the sixth form students announced that the auditions for the next Bridgstock the week after half-term, and that anyone who was interested should come to a meeting at 1:15pm on Wednesday 22 October. During the assembly there were also two performances of songs, both of which were really good.

So if you go to the West Bridgford School and can sing or play an instrument then come along and audition for Bridgstock! To see some videos of Bridgstock from the previous years, check out their youtube channel: