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A nation of tea drinkers should, in my humble opinion, once in a while stop and take a moment to have a proper ritual tea drinking session. Where better, this weekend, to do that than in Debbie Bryan’s shop while appreciating Nottingham Lace at the same time? At the very least I would expect small delicate porcelain cups, teapots with cosies and cakes on a tiered plate. Lovely.

So on Sunday (10 October) Debbie will host a talk about the early development of Nottingham Lace and offer you the chance to buy lovely lace items in the shop. Tea and cakes are served from 2pm for an hour. It’s all so civilised. For more details, have a quick look at the Creative October site.

The lace theme continues with the premiere next week of Nottingham Lace, a documentary examining the decline of the industry. Produced in part by Nottingham-based Glimmer films, the film has its UK premiere at Nottingham Contemporary on Wednesday 13 October. Nottingham Lace focuses on the decline of Cluny Lace, the last company to use the traditional lace-making techniques, and asks how much we value the traditional skills that were once so important to our economy. Tickets are free and available at the Nottingham Contemporary website.

Lowering the tone a little now but I can hardly ignore the upcoming Nottingham Beer Festival can I? Running at the Castle from 14-17 October, the festival celebrates the best of British beers including our very own award winning Castle Rock. Tickets are available on the gate but your best bet is to buy advance tickets and that way you get a free tankard and beer tokens too. Full details can be found at the Camra website.

Finally, Nottingham artist Emily Wilczek is looking for stories or memories from the public to contribute to a short film due to be shown in December as part of the Sideshow festival. Nottingham’s former cinemas are the focus of Emily’s latest project. Were you a regular Nottingham cinema goer? Or did you work at one of Nottingham’s many cinemas? If you have anything to share then Emily wants to hear from you. Contributions will feature in a short film to be shown in Hucknall’s Byron Cinema. If you have any memories, perhaps of the first date with your partner, or any strange experiences,  then please contact Emily at