SLIDESHOW - The highs and lows of 2011 – year’s headlines in review

Hospital campaign group Save Our Services stepped up their fight in January as proposals to change maternity and children’s services were announced.

Group spokesman Adele Mumby said: “We are really concerned that only uncomplicated births will happen at Bassetlaw, and that children’s A&E will disappear.”

Hope receive a two year stay of execution for funding from Notts County Council.  Sarah Dolby and Sandy Smith are pictured with some of the clients that use the service.

Hope receive a two year stay of execution for funding from Notts County Council. Sarah Dolby and Sandy Smith are pictured with some of the clients that use the service.

Over at Portland School plans were announced to move towards academy status and join the Outwood Grange Family of Schools.

Headteacher Elaine Hamilton said: “Worksop deserves a high quality schooling for its children.”

Worksop was in February after appeals were rejected for the multi-million development to build a supermarket, restaurant and hotel on the former Vesuvius ground.

Bassetlaw Council’s planning committee refused the application in December 2009, launching a seven-day inquiry in autumn 2010, but months of fierce campaigning failed to convince the Secretary of State.

It was a new era for Worksop’s market as it moved to its new home on Bridge Street.

The move came as the council announced plans to regenerate the top of town and breathe new life into Bridge Street.

Cancer charity Aurora Wellbeing announced its plans in March to move into the former library premises on Memorial Avenue in Worksop.

Under the plans they would build beauty therapy rooms, a cafe, charity shop and a ‘gentle gym’.

There were stormy scenes in and outside Notts County Council’s chambers as people marched in protest on the day councillors voted to push through £154m of cuts.

Worksop man John Hunt drew huge cheers of support at the rally as he spoke of how his parents are each facing rising costs of £650 a week to live at Westwood Care Home.

Wedding bells chimed and confetti was scattered as Worksop pupils took part in special mock ceremonies to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April.

Hundreds of people across the district also held their own special parties to join in the right royal occasion.

And it was lights, camera, action as contracts were signed for Worksop’s long-awaited cinema multiplex.

Nottingham-based Savoy Cinemas signed on the dotted line with Bassetlaw Council and Lindum Construction for the £3m development - scheduled to open in March 2012.

Labour emerged triumphant in the 5th May elections as the party took control back at Bassetlaw Council following a five-seat swing against the Conservatives.

Council leader Graham Oxby said: “We will listen to the people with respect and courtesy and make the district a better place to live.”

Budding Worksop photographer Paula Sluman was snap happy as she was announced as the overall winner of our first ever Picture Perfect contest.

Paula scooped the overall prize for her entry into the Nature category, taken at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve earlier this year.

She received a special canvas courtesy of the Vector Studio and all winners received a calendar showcasing their winning entries.

People power helped to win a lifeline in June for threatened Worksop charity HOPE for Homelesss which looked set to lose its funding from Notts County Council this autumn.

The authority announced it will continue to provide £149,000 of funding from its Supporting People budget until March 2013.

Furious parents in Shireoaks and Rhodesia rallied together to condemn Notts County Council plans to axe free school buses to Portland School from September.

Parents said the plans for children to walk three miles to school along the canal towpath were dangerous and battled to reverse the decision immediately.

Grease was the word in Shireoaks as people of all ages flocked to join in the fun at the village’s annual carnival in July.

This year’s event had a 50s theme and saw people dress up in their finest retro clothes for the Shireoaks Summer Night event.

Neil Entwistle, the Worksop man jailed for life in the US for shooting dead his wife and baby daughrer, filed an appeal against his convictions in July.

His lawyer filed an appeal which claims that evidence was illegally seized and that jurors were biased by media coverage of the case.

Kids of all ages celebrated the unveiling for a new £85,000 play park on Sandy Lane in August - a year after the idea looked to be dead and buried following funding cuts.

Bassetlaw Council, Sandy Lane Forum and A1 Housing donated the cash for the new park, which was welcomed with open arms by children and their parents.

Manton mum Lorna Hughes, 38, celebrated a priceless birthday gift from her quick-thinking son Perry, eight, who helped save her life when she suffered a massive heart-attack.

Eight-year-old son Perry dashed to get help after mum Lorna, 38, awoke with severe chest pains one morning.

There was good news for Langold man Andrew Sherwood in September after learning he had been accepted on a drugs trial to treat an aggressive brain tumour.

The community has really rallied round to help the 41-year-old father of two to secure treatment, raising more than £100,000 with various fundraising events.

Bassetlaw Council announced plans for a brand-new civic space to be located next to Worksop’s up and coming multiplex.

The new space will provide a focal point for the remembrance service parade and community events throughout the years.

Local heroes were honoured in October at our glittering Guardian Rose awards ceremony, hosted by Look North presenter Clare Frisby.

The heart-warming night celebrated the fantastic achievements of 11 unsung heroes, with the overall award going to Sports Person of the Year Tony McManus for his charity work for Sports for Kids Like Yours.

There were difficult scenes for staff at Courtaulds as up to 100 workers learnt they faced redundancy after the textiles firm said they planned to close their Manton Wood site.

The shocking news came as the company’s biggest customer Marks & Spencer looked to warehouse its own stock, cutting out the middle man.

Worksop’s market moved a step closer to Bridge Street in November - dividing opinion between shoppers traders, shopkeepers.

Some said the move has boosted footfall and trade but others were concerned about public safety, with the market now boasting twice as many stalls in the town centre. Bassetlaw Council also revealed plans for a major project to bring new housing, employment land and gypsy and traveller plots to the district by 2028.

Coun David Pressley said: “The council wants to understand what local people want for their communities so that the new development is delivered in the places, and the manner that people wish to see it.”

There were celebrations in December as the controversial Vesusvius application to build a supermarket and Tigers ground on Sandy Lane was finally given the go-ahead.

More than 1,000 jobs are expected to be created, as well as office space, a petrol station and improvements to nearby road networks.

And road safety campaigner Nikki Webber, 30, of Bircotes, had an extra-special early Christmas present when she was awarded an MBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Nikki who was severely brain damaged after an accident 20 years ago, was nominated by Notts and South Yorkshire Police for her work road safety campaign work.

Said Nikki: I still don’t think I deserve my award. I’m just doing my bit for road safety.”

“But I would not have got it without the support of everybody in my community.”