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New archaeological treasures at Rufford Abbey

Nottinghamshire community archaeologists are investigating whether there may be the remains of another medieval mill at Rufford Abbey - built by the monks there in the past to serve their estate.

The archaeologists are exploring the area around an apparently ornamental ruin Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The archaeologists are exploring the area around an apparently ornamental ruin at the end of the Orangery garden.

Councillor John Knight at Nottinghamshire County Council says Rufford Abbey has a "fascinating history" and that "the purpose of these small-scale excavations is to assess the condition of the buried remains so that we can get an understanding of how much more we might still be able to learn from the archaeology here."

"A thousand years of history and stories lie beneath the country park; from monastic worship and industry, to one of the most intriguing grand houses in the county."

Struggle to find adoptive parents for children in Nottinghamshire

For many young people living in care, the opportunity of finding a home with a foster family can give them much-needed stability and support.

But one council in the East Midlands says it is struggling to find foster homes for older children and groups of siblings.

Nottinghamshire County Council says there is a growing demand, with more than eight hundred children in need, and it is appealing for new carers to come forward.


Council 'grateful' to publics response on budget cuts

From day one of our budget consultation we’ve been open and honest about the appalling financial constraints being imposed on the Council and I think that people are generally understanding about the position we’ve been put in.

I'm grateful to the people of Nottinghamshire for their incredible response to our consultation. The message that came back loud and clear was that we should do everything we can to protect services to vulnerable people. The proposed changes reflect those views, albeit within the overall constraints we are working under.

– Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council


Vulnerable people will be protected by council budget

Nottinghamshire County Council has unveiled its final budget. The Council has announced plans which will reduce its spending by £83m over the next three years.

£57m of which will be reinvested to meet on-going demand for services to care for the elderly and protect vulnerable children.

The Council is proposing a budget which puts vulnerable people first and delivers fairness in difficult times.

Winter illuminations open at Rufford Abbey

The lights have been switched on despite the weather Credit: Nottinghamshire County Council

Rufford Abbey Country Park is being lit up this weekend as the Aurora Winter Illuminations are turned on. Despite the high winds earlier this week the lights are going to be on this weekend as planned.

The country park closed on Thursday afternoon while the storm was taking place but re-opened following what the Park says was an "extensive" clean-up.

Linda Hardy from Nottinghamshire County Council said: "It is a tribute to everyone here for the work they have done to ensure we have recovered from the damage caused with fallen trees and other storm debris to be able to open again this morning."

Notts County Council consult public over cuts

Nottinghamshire County Council says it needs to make £154 million in cuts over the next 3 years Credit: ITV News Central

People living in Nottinghamshire can have their say from Wednesday on the planned cuts by the county council.

It needs to save 154 million pounds over the next three years. Its plans to achieve that are now out to public consultation.

Around 800 jobs are being cut at the local authority as part of the cutbacks, as well as cuts to adult social care, budgets for libraries and leisure services and also young people.

  1. Chris Halpin

800 job cuts in £154m savings plan by Notts County Council

A further 800 job cuts have been announced at Nottinghamshire County Council as it plans to save more than £150 million from its budget over the next 3 years.

The Labour council also set out plans to increase council tax by just under 2 percent, despite the Coalition Government saying money is available to freeze rates for the next two years. Chris Halpin reports.

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