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Brendan Haigh Chair of Southwell Civic Society presenting the cheque to Rob Jordan, Co-Chair of Southwell Flood Forum, alongside Potwell Dyke

A group dedicated to preserving Southwell presented a cheque to a group that is trying to protect the town from future flooding

Southwell Civic Society presented £1,153 raised at its annual garden party to Southwell Flood Forum on 20th September

The money will go towards the community cost of providing flood mitigation measures for the town

Brendan Haigh, chairman of the Civic Society said the work the Flood Forum was doing in Southwell tied into the Civic Society’s aim to protect and preserve the town.

He said “If Southwell is to be repeatedly threatened with flooding then that inevitably will affect its character. To preserve the town means protecting it from threats such as further flooding.

The cheque presentation took place in Minster Fields, near to the Potwell Dyke which broke its banks when Southwell was seriously flooded in July 2013.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were flooded when two months-worth of rain fell in the town in just 30 minutes.

Many people were unable to return to their homes for several months.

Southwell Flood Forum was founded following the incident to try to find a solution to the issues that led to the flooding.

The Forum is working alongside other agencies to implement flood mitigation measures.

Newark Advertiser – 25th September 2014


East Midlands in Bloom 2014 – Judges Award for watercourse clearance

Posted & filed under Blog, Potwell Dyke Flood Group, Watercourse Clearing.

Being impressed with many areas of horticultural interest, the judges of East Midlands in Bloom 2014 awarded Southwell in Bloom with a Silver in the medium town category. A Judges Award was also presented to Southwell Flood Forum “for taking on such a complex project” because one of the entries for work volunteers do within… Read more »

Road Closure Training

Flood Warden and Road Closure Warden Training

Posted & filed under Blog, Community Resilience, Emergency Planning, Events, Halam Hill Flood Group, Potwell Dyke Flood Group.

Thank you to those who attended the Southwell Flood Forum Flood Warden and Road Closure Warden training event yesterday at Southwell Fire Station. The training event was an overwhelming success with members of the local community attending. The Emergency Planning team will be able to use the feedback provided at the session in the operational and strategic… Read more »

Campaigners fight risk of floods

Posted & filed under Blog, Potwell Dyke Flood Group, Watercourse Clearing.

While wildlife trusts and nature reserves are keeping an eye on the weather, so are the campaigners of Southwell Flood Forum. Their homes were damaged by last summer’s flash floods and now the forum –formed last August to reduce flooding risks – is stepping up its campaign. View article…

Planning application on Beckett’s Field

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It’s hard to believe that building work is still being considered here when the area was so badly flooded in July. There was evidence of flooding 60 metres into the field. The footbridge at the NW corner was ripped from its anchoring and lifted 4 feet or more into the air. SFF had been given… Read more »