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New Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham announced

Downing Street has announced that the new Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham will be the Rt Revd Paul Williams.

Paul is currently the Area Bishop of Kensington, in the Diocese of London. He will take up his new role in the summer and he replaces the Rt Revd Paul Butler, who left Southwell & Nottingham last year to become Bishop of Durham.

Paul is married to Sarah and they have three sons: Edward, 16, Thomas, 14, and Joseph, 12. They are also foster carers in their local borough.

“I am thrilled at the prospect of joining an outstanding diocesan team committed to advancing the mission of the church for the benefit of all who live in the city and county of Nottingham.

"It’s clearly an exciting time to be moving to the county and I look forward to getting to know people and playing a full part in helping the city fulfil its compelling ambitions, as well as addressing the challenges that communities face across the region.”

– Rt Revd Paul Williams
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"It is a great joy and delight to welcome Bishop Paul Williams to the Northern Province.

"His evangelistic gifting, leading churches into growth, equipping clergy and laity for mission and ministry, his care for the poor and vulnerable, and his imaginative ministry to children and young people will make Southwell & Nottingham rejoice."

– The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

Event to help Southwell residents with flooding grant

Southwell residents can get information and advice about applying for the Repair and Renew Grant today.

Car covered in mud after the flash flooding in Southwell in July 2013 Credit: PA

Up to £5,000 is available to help flooded homes and businesses with the cost of installing flood protection.

In July 2013, the town was hit by severe flash flooding which damaged a number of properties.

Representatives from the National Flood Forum are helping run the information day, which takes place between 10am and 4pm at The Admiral Rodney Function Room in the town.

They say people can find out more on:

  • Repair and Renew Grant
  • Insurance Queries
  • Community Emergency Plan
  • Southwell Flood Fund
  • Future Mitigation Plans
  • Flood Protection products


Southwell residents commemorate flood anniversary

Cars were left floating in a pub car park after the floods Credit: PA

The community of Southwell will come together later for a 'Flood Fest' to commemorate last year's flood which affected almost 100 homes.

There will be sport, a BBQ, music and the first annual Southwell Tug o' War Championship.

The local residents will also tae part in the mass singing of a song for Southwell - "The Rain Came Down." The song tells the story of the increasing severity of the storm and what happened.

WATCH: Dramatic video shows raging flood water in Southwell

Protection group given training following Southwell's flash floods

Cars left floating in a pub car park after the floods Credit: PA Wire

Members of the Southwell Flood Forum have received training in road closures in advance of any potential flooding this winter.

The town was badly affected last Summer after four inches of rain fell in just an hour, leaving more than 200 homes damaged.

Volunteers will now be able to put up warning signs and close roads if similar conditions occur again, once consent has been given from local authorities.

Computer model to help stop freak flash flooding

Cars and homes in Southwell were left covered in mud after flash flooding in July 2013 Credit: ITV News Central

People in Southwell in Nottinghamshire will get their first view of a flood model designed to help protect the town after freak flash floods last summer.

A month's rain fell during the flash flooding when 56mm was recorded across Nottingham in 3 hours.

The computer-generated model will be shown at a public meeting tonight. It's hoped it will help protect homes and businesses in the future.

River drainage to be improved in Nottinghamshire

Flooding in Southwell last summer Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Watercourse Management Team will today ensure all streams and rivers in Southwell drain surface water properly.

They will be enlisting the help of locals to make sure water is drained away from the town and into the river Greet by clearing and digging drainage ditches.

The town was devastated by floods last summer with residents not being able to return home for months.

Their "Green Gym" project will also support residents to help keep the town flood resilient.

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