Nottingham fashion student designs knitwear collection inspired by double lung transplant

Video: Halima has created six womenswear outfits that explore her experiences with cystic fibrosis (CF). Student Halima Umer, from Aspley, has created six womenswear outfits that explore her experiences with cystic fibrosis, or CF, which she was diagnosed with as a baby. The disease affects the lungs, digestive system and other areas of the body – and also means Halima, 24, is partially deaf. Her knitted garments are embellished with striking paisley patterns, stains, bobbles and pompoms – wh

Coeliac Awareness Week 2017: Notts people reveal what it's like living with the condition

Coeliac disease is caused by a reaction to gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye – and develops when the body recognises healthy cells as foreign, and releases antibodies to ‘protect’ it. Currently only 24 per cent of people who have the condition in the UK have been diagnosed, and more than 500,000 people are thought to suffer from it without knowing. There is no cure for the condition and the only treatment is a gluten-free diet. Once all gluten has been removed, the symptoms us

Nottingham politics expert says county election result spells 'tricky' general election for Labour

Nottingham Trent University lecturer Dr Matthew Mokhefi-Ashton says issues such as dissatisfaction over the Brexit vote and dislike for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn resulted in the Conservatives winning a majority in the local election. He said: “The result of the council elections is obviously a reflection of the national situation – people across the country have no enthusiasm for voting Labour. “Generally parties do better locally than those in power, but the local election is normally a goo

Notts apple farmer says Brexit will benefit British fruit businesses

Suzannah Starkey, owner of Starkey’s Bramley Apple farm in Southwell, says supermarkets in general currently sell very few English apple varieties – instead importing produce from Europe. The Starkey farm, which was established more than 100 years ago by Suzannah’s great grandfather John R. Starkey, is the only commercial Bramley orchard replicating the original Bramley apple tree. Ms Starkey says the shift by big chains “destroyed the English apple market”. “Most of the apples you buy now ta

Editor of Vogue credits Nottingham with producing fashion talent

Alexandra Shulman, who is leaving the magazine this summer after 25 years, spoke about Nottingham’s lace-making history and how the city’s fashion business start-ups are leading the way in the industry. She met students at Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building on Wednesday (April 26) and discussed her work as a journalist, her experience leading Vogue, and what the future has in store for the magazine. “Nottingham has a great general textile history and I know that fashion is quite ing

Council House transforms into catwalk for Nottingham in Fashion event

A series of runway shows took place in the Art Deco Ballroom on Friday (March 24) to showcase the latest spring and summer trends from a selection of Nottingham retailers. It is the city’s sixth consecutive fashion event and follows last year’s Fashion Week, which was hosted by Beeston-born BBC Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine. The shows presented three key themes and featured items from national brands and department stores, as well as local independents. The themes, which included ‘From Campus to Cl

Animal charity's concern over trendy French Bulldog breed - which originated in Notts

The breed, regularly photographed as the pet of choice among celebrities, is on course to overtake the Labrador as Britain’s favourite dog later this year. However the increasing demand has raised concerns over the dogs’ health and welfare, as some have suffered from the affects of irresponsible breeding. Nottinghamshire has the strongest claim for being the breed’s place of origin, according to the Kennel Club, the UK’s dog show and breeding governing body. When Nottingham lace makers were t

WATCH: See the world's FIRST drone racing arena - opening in Nottingham

Video: We took a look around the world’s first drone racing arena The UKDS Racing Arena, , is the first permanent indoor FPV race circuit in Europe and can hold a capacity of 500 people. Around 300 racing enthusiasts are expected to turn up for the launch which kicks off at 10am. The 25,000 square-foot space features a full-size, neon-lit iSeries Race Circuit complete with spectators’ balcony and areas for professionals, beginners and children to practise. Visitors can bring their own drones

Nottingham tops the list for independent fashion business start-ups in the UK

Research carried out by insurance broker Simply Business found Nottingham saw a 126% rise in fashion businesses between 2015-2016, beating cities including Birmingham, Manchester and London. In 2015, the city welcomed 27 new fashion start-ups, and a further 34 in 2016 – more than three times as many as London during the same period. The research indicates shoppers are shifting away from traditional high-street shops in favour of pop-up boutiques and independent retailers. Johanna Haque, retai

Nottingham salon leading project which provides wigs to children with cancer

M Hair Nottingham, on George Street, is working alongside the Little Princess Trust to collect used hair extensions for use in wigs for both boys and girls who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and hair loss (alopecia). Salon co-owner, James Henderson, who has specialised in hair extensions for 25 years, started the initiative after reading about the charity’s work in 2015. James, 40, approached the charity with the idea of donating used hair extensions for wigs, which has sinc

Pancake Day 2017: Nottingham experts reveal how to make the perfect pancakes

Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, falls on Tuesday February 28 – which is the day before Lent and 47 days before Easter Sunday. The name ‘Shrove’ comes from the word ‘shrive’ meaning to free yourself from sin and get rid of any indulgences and fatty foods in the house before the beginning of Lent. In the US, Pancake Day is known as ‘Mardi Gras’, which means fatty Tuesday in French. The day provides an opportunity to use up remaining eggs, flour and milk – the traditional pancake ingr

More than 80 misogyny hate crimes reported in Notts since April

A total of 83 incidents have been reported to the force since they began treating misogyny as a hate crime, on a par with racism and homophobia in April. Of the reports received, 31 have been investigated as actual crimes – ranging from harassment and public order offences, to more serious offences like sexual assault. The remaining 52 have been treated as ‘hate-incidents’, which are not criminal offences. Last night an ITV documentary revealed the extent of sexual harassment faced by young w

Runway returns to city for Nottingham in Fashion event

From March 24-25, catwalk shows will be held at the Council House, Old Market Square, for the new-look Nottingham in Fashion. Showcasing key spring and summer trends from a selection of city shops and designers, the event replaces last year’s Fashion Week, which took place in April and was hosted by Beeston-born BBC Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine. This year events will run across two days with free tickets available from the Its In Nottingham website. National brands and department stores will colla

Postnatal depression: The Notts women lifting the lid on the sensitive condition

A simple Google search brings up more than one million results for the phrase ‘depression in men’ yet just 28,000 for ‘postnatal depression’ (PND) – so why is the common condition not being talked about much? Holly Skelton meets some Nottinghamshire women trying to end the silence. It affects more than one in every 10 women in the UK within a year of giving birth and can also affect fathers and partners. And of around 660,000 deliveries each year in the UK, it is thought up to 20 per cent of n

Nottinghamshire coffee shops selling cakes with sugar equivalent to SIX doughnuts

A new study conducted by health campaign group Action on Sugar revealed Pret a Manger’s Lemon Drizzle Slice contains 18 teaspoons of sugar – three times the recommended daily intake for children and more sugar than six ‘Krispy Kreme’ doughnuts. Starbucks’ Lemon Slice, Blueberry Muffin and Carrot Cakes also contain 10 or more teaspoons of sugar per serving. The survey of 67 fruity cakes found there was often a big difference in sugar and calorie content between similar products at different cof

The mystery shopper mum test: Which places have the best baby changing rooms in Nottingham?

The story led to a debate about what it is reasonable to expect shops to provide, along with dozens of tips from mums on Facebook about where has decent facilities in Nottingham – and where doesn’t. And some mums said there were big differences between changing rooms supplied by some of the biggest stores and shopping centres. So we decided to put some of them to the secret shopper test with a local young mum. Jean Simple, 24, and seven-month-old baby Jacob, of Derby Road in Nottingham, regul

A sneak peek inside Nottingham's first ice bar

The bar, made completely of ice and with a temperature of -14 degrees celsius, will open its doors on Saturday. Thermal coats, hats and gloves will be provided to guests braving the chill and a selection of drinks including shots, prosecco and lager will be served from ice cups. Several ice sculptures of famous Nottingham landmarks have been carved specially for the event and will be revealed at the official opening on Saturday. Event manager Lee Clarke said: “It’s Nottingham’s first ice bar

Author of first book inviting women to talk about their sex lives appearing at Nottingham festival

Wendy Jones will talk about Sex Lives of English Women, which explores the intimate experiences of 24 women from a variety of backgrounds. The book includes interviews with a girl guide leader, a transexual, a nun and a 94-year-old who survived the war. Wendy said: “In all the books in 700 years of English literary history there’s not one that listens to women. “They are always given advice and told how to behave – but never given space or actually asked how they feel.” To conduct her resear

How to keep your pet happy on Bonfire Night

Video: The RSPCA warn Bonfire Night can be a stressful time for pets and wildlife It is estimated that 45 per cent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks and the RSPCA received over 400 calls relating to them during October and November last year. Radcliffe Animal Shelter, based on Nottingham Road, in Radcliffe on Trent, provides accommodation for over 180 cats and dogs as well as many other small animals and birds. Centre manager Ella Carpenter said: “Bonfire Night can
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