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Congratulations to Victoria Withall at The Elizabethan Academy, who has just won Teacher of the Year — read the full story on page 102. Whatever you may feel about the summer holidays, we have so many ideas in this month’s magazine for family fun, that you cannot help but have a great time. You’ll find our comprehensive family days out guide on pages 12, 14, 16 and 18. If you are off on holiday in the coming weeks, you will want to read the advice from The Consumer Champion on page 24, who prepares you for any travel obstacles that may come your way. Local history is a strong theme that runs throughout this month’s edition — on page 22 we celebrate 50 years of Sundown Adventureland and on page 30 John Stocks talks us through a brief history of the fourth oldest football club in the world — Worksop Town Football Club. This year marks
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100 years since the end of the First World War and the RAF is also marking its centenary year. On page 36, we find out how Retford commemorated this historical event. With all the hot weather of late, it hasn’t been easy on us gardeners. Yet the area’s best gardens will still be open this month, for the National Garden Scheme — find out more on page 86. We speak to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust again this month and find out who are the winners and losers in the warm weather in the world of wildlife on page 74. Don’t miss four great chances to win this month, with our competitions on pages 27, 47, 52 and 56. We hope you manage to keep cool and have a lovely summer.
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David Coldrick looks at practical steps for a safe return home after a hospital stay
Consumer Champion James Walker on how to beat the summer holiday blues
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Royal Air Force commemorations..........8 Summer Days Out................12, 14, 16 & 18 Celebrating 50 years of Sundown Adventureland.........................22 Beating the summer blues.......................24 WIN Festival of Food & Drink tickets!.....27 Worksop Town FC, the early years........30 A sting in the tail............................................32 Off with their heads.....................................36 Creating the room of your dreams.......38 6 August 2018
Coastal chic..................................................42 You’re my wonder wall....................44 & 46 WIN a family ticket to Sundown Adventureland.........................47 What’s on at Retford Hub.........................48 #RetfordPOM................................................52 WIN a birthday pool party!......................56 Bank of England Govenor Mark Carney visits Retford Oaks Academy... 58 Retford Lifesavers are Australia bound!....62 Better health? There’s an app for that.....64 Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival....68
Improving children’s brain function......70 Wildlife winners & Losers............................74 Lethal leatherjackets........................78 & 80 Give me your answer do..........................82 Gardens to visit in August..........................86 Bringing a pet into your family................90 Helping loved ones return home........ 104 Stanley’s toenails....................................... 108
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Royal Air Force commemorations
With the Royal Air Force
ensign ﬂying from Retford’s Town Hall, two memorable RAF events took place on Saturday 30th June, both benefiting from the recent spell of fine sunny weather. Firstly, a tree was planted in King’s Park on behalf of the Retford and District Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) by the Chairman, Wg Cdr (Retd) Adrian Sumner, to commemorate 100 years of the RAF; not only in memory of the achievements of those who have served, but also to celebrate current members and to salute future members of the Service. The tree, a Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra) was chosen as it was used to make aircraft propellers during WWI, and it was native in the US States and Canada where WWII pilots were trained under the ‘Arnold Scheme’ and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. During the ceremony, RAFA Branch members and others also scattered soil around the tree in memory of relatives and friends who were in the RAF. In conclusion, Wg Cdr Sumner read the RAFA Dedication which was followed by a minute silence. The second event of the day was the unveiling of a Blue Plaque in Chapelgate, Retford, commemorating the life and exploits of Flt Lt James Atterby
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McCairns, who lived there for nine years finishing his schooling at King Edward VI Grammar School. James joined the RAFVR as a Sergeant pilot with 616 Sqn in 1940, ﬂying Spitfires. He was shot down the following year over France and imprisoned by the Germans at Stalag IX-C Bad Sulza, from where he managed to escape in 1942 on his third attempt. For this, James was awarded the Military Medal. Helped by the Belgian ‘Comet’ organisation, James was assisted through Belgium, France and Spain and eventually to Gibraltar. On returning to the UK, James was given a commission and he joined 161 Sqn ﬂying Westland Lysanders for the Special Operations Executive (SOE). Over 13 months, James ﬂew 34 covert missions of which 25 were successful, a greater success rate than any other pilot, delivering and picking up intelligence agents and supplies in occupied France. For these daring and dangerous missions, James was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and 2 Bars, one of only 45 pilots to be so honoured in WWII. In 1944 James converted back to fighters ﬂying Tempests on 3 and 56 Sqns, and, having survived the War, he transferred to the Royal Auxilliary Air Force in 1947, returning to 616 Sqn at RAF Finningley. Sadly, James was killed 70 years ago in 1948, when the Mosquito he was
ﬂying had an engine failure at low level. He is buried in Retford Cemetery. The Blue Plaque ceremony was orchestrated by Wg Cdr (Retd) Adrian Sumner in conjunction with Stephen Brown, Head of Corporate Services at Bassetlaw District Council (BDC) and Retford’s Civic Society Chairman, Derek Turner. The dignitaries in attendance were the Chairman of BDC, David Challinor, Retford’s Deputy Mayor, Gary Clarkson, together with the Venerable Air Vice Marshal Robin Turner who led the prayers. The support of the Royal British Legion and Cadets from 1403 (Retford) Sqn Air Training Corps was also much appreciated at both events. James’s son, Chris McCairns, was invited to unveil the plaque. The occasion was made more meaningful and poignant with bugler Andrew Bevan playing the Last Post and Reveille and also the presence of a Colour Party from 56 Sqn RAF Waddington; this being the last operational squadron on which James served during WWII. Following the unveiling, invited guests returned to the Town Hall for welcome refreshments where there was a display of photographs and extracts of documents connected with James’ life. The RAF ‘Freedom Sword’ was also on display. This was presented by RAF Finningley 45 years ago in 1973, when the Station was given the Freedom of the Borough of East Retford.
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is lapping up success after providing four qualifiers for the British Swimming Summer Championships across eight events, and seven qualifiers for the Swim England National Summer Meet across 12 events. That’s more than a 300% increase in number of events compared to last year. Swimmers in Britain had three months to post a time to rankings — the first 24 ranked swimmers in each event and each age-group qualify for the British competition and the next 20 ranked compete in their respective Home Nations competition. Lucy Gratton, of Worksop Dolphins, Natasha Utley, Jessica Gillatt and debutant Isabella Hobson-Corbett, all of Retford Swimming Club, posted times to qualify for the British competition as well as the Summer Meet. Thomas Johnstone and debutants Callum Kettlewell and Mia Hunt from Retford Swimming Club, also posted times to qualify for the Swim England competition. Head of Performance Swimming, Michael Glossop, paid tribute to the swimmers: “To achieve these results just a year on from BPL’s investment in performance swimming for Bassetlaw, is incredible. I really wanted to see an improvement at regional level and wasn’t really expecting to see such progress at a national level. “Thanks has to go to all the schools in the area for supporting these athletes to perform at their best, as well as Danny Taylor and his team at the University of Lincoln for sport science support, making sure that we can deliver the best possible programme we can.” The championships will take place from 24th July to 4th August at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. 10 August 2018
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(HEMS) team operate seven days a week between 7.00am and 7.00pm. Since the charity began in 1994, it has received tremendous support from the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, something which they are extremely grateful for. It is this continued support that has enabled the charity to consistently enhance the pre-hospital critical care that they can provide to their patients — giving them the very best chance of survival in what is often their greatest hour of need. Find out how to help at www. ambucopter.org.uk/donate or follow them on Facebook, @ Ambucopter, or Twitter, @LNAACT.
Bassetlaw Hospice expansion
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provided almost 25 years of service to the local community. The Charity Trustees are now planning a major expansion and refurbishment of the hospice facilities to meet the future changing needs of palliative care for patients and their families from Bassetlaw. The proposed work would include two additional bedrooms, overnight facilities for relatives and redesigning the layout for the day hospice service. There would also be an additional treatment room, training room and upgraded staff and storage facilities. A complete building refurbishment would include re-decoration and the installation of new lighting, heating and bathroom facilities. The ambitious plans are very
much at the early stages of development; however the charity is seeking to provide alternative accommodation to ensure the hospice service can continue, whilst the work is undertaken. Mike Quigley MBE, Chairman of the Trustees, said: “This will be the most significant change to the hospice building since we opened our doors in 1994. Our aim will be to continue to work closely with our partners, Bassetlaw CCG and Notts Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, to ensure we provide the highest standard of facilities to complement the dedicated care and support delivered by the nursing team. It is thanks to the support from the local community that the charity continues to invest in the service provision and hospice building, now and in the future.”
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DAYS OUT Schools out and the summer holidays are here — there’s so
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Find more online at www.retfordlifemagazine.com 7th, 13th and 29th August) RIVER DIPPING Thoresby Park £3.00 per child FRIDAY 27TH JULY 10.30am to 3.30pm (also 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 30th August) LEGO DAY Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD Play all day! Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk MONDAY 30TH JULY 10.30am to 3.30pm (also on 13th, 20th and 28th August) PLAYMOBIL DAY Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD Play all day Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk MONDAY 30TH JULY 1.00pm to 3.00pm AROUND THE WORLD Retford Library, Churchgate, DN22 6PE Booking is essential Free 01777 708724 retford.library@ inspireculture.org.uk TUESDAY 31ST JULY 10.30am to 3.00pm HORRID HENRY EVENT Retford Library, Churchgate, DN22 6PE Crafts and games all day and storytelling sessions at 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm. Just drop by. Free 01777 708724 retford.library@ inspireculture.org.uk TUESDAY 31ST JULY 10.30am to 11.30am BUILD A BUG HOTEL Thoresby Park 14 August 2018
£5.00 per child WEDNESDAY 1ST AUGUST 10.30am to 3.00pm (also Wednesdays 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th August) KID’S CRAFTS Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre, Edwinstowe, NG21 9RN Drop in sessions. Have a go at lots of different crafts including sewing, painting and bath bomb making Small charge payable WEDNESDAY 1ST AUGUST 10.30am to 3.30pm (also on Wednesday 8th, 15th and 22nd August) PICNIC AND PLAY Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD A selection of garden games. Bring your own picnic. If the event of bad weather there will be board games indoor. Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk THURSDAY 2ND AUGUST 10.30am to 12.30pm MAKE A PAPER PLATE UFO Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD A drop-in craft session. Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk THURSDAY 2ND AUGUST 12.30pm to 3.00pm PIRATE PEARL AND THE BIG BLUE MONSTER — CHILDREN’S OPEN AIR THEATRE SHOW Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton NG22 9DF Shows at 12.30pm and 3.00pm. Set sail on the swashbuckling high sea adventure, especially for the little pirates and their grown-ups! (ages 3+). With songs, puppets and live music, this fantastic family show will have you singing along, dancing in the sand and laughing till your sides split. £12.00 per adult or £10.00 per
DAYS OUT child, family ticket £40.00 www.parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk/ centre/rufford-abbey/Events/238/ Childrens%20outdoor%20 theatre%20at%20Rufford%20 Abbey%20Country%20Park THURSDAY 2ND AUGUST 2.00pm LIVE OUTDOOR THEATRE — THE GIANT’S LOO ROLL Kings Park, Retford An exciting musical adaptation of the popular children’s book by Nicholas Allan performed by the fantastic Talegate Theatre. Free 01909 534525 firstname.lastname@example.org FRIDAY 3RD AUGUST 10.30am FAMILY THEATRE — THE GINGERBREAD MAN Retford Library, Churchgate, DN22 6PE Chase after our cheeky gingerbread hero as he sets off on the biggest adventure of his life! Out of the kitchen, through the town, across the fields and all the way to the river. Now if he could just avoid that sly old fox! Hiccup Theatre cook up a brand-new version of this classic tale adding original live music, tasty storytelling and dollops of fun. Programmed in association with The Spark Arts for Children. Booking is essential. £3.00 for library members or £6.00 for non-members. 01777 708724 retford.library@ inspireculture.org.uk SATURDAY 4TH AUGUST FAIRY AND WILDLIFE PAPER SCULPTURE Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk
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DAYS OUT — POND DIPPING Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford DN22 8QH Outdoor fun for seven to 13 year olds. Open to all — no booking necessary. Free, but a £2.00 donation welcome 07734 573861 email@example.com
MONDAY 6TH AUGUST 10.30am to 11.30am (also on 23rd August) MEADOW MINIBEAST HUNT Thoresby Park £3.00 per child MONDAY 6TH AUGUST 10.30am to 12.00pm (also 29th August) CATERPILLAR MUSIC Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD Fun with music for all ages Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk TUESDAY 7TH AUGUST 10.30am to 12.30pm GIANT BUBBLES Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD A drop in craft session Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk TUESDAY 7TH AUGUST 10.00am to 12.00pm CRAFT CLUB ‘DOORHANGERS’ Retford Library, Churchgate, DN22 6PE A drop-in craft session Free 16 August 2018
01777 708724 retford.library@ inspireculture.org.uk THURSDAY 9TH AUGUST 10.30am to 12.30pm FAMILY LEARNING — DINOSAUR EXPLORERS Retford Library, Churchgate, DN22 6PE Booking is essential Free 01777 708724 retford.library@ inspireculture.org.uk FRIDAY 9TH AUGUST GRUFFALO DAY Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD Come and join the Gruffalo Explorer and help her hunt down the Gruffalo in our very own deep dark wood. Includes Gruffalo games, Gruffalo songs and stories, Gruffalo Treasure Hunt and Gruffalo Crafts. This is suitable for three to seven-year olds and booking is essential. Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk SATURDAY 11TH AUGUST 10.30am to 12.30pm WILDLIFE WATCH GROUP
TUESDAY 14TH AUGUST 10.00am to 12.00pm CRAFT CLUB ‘MAKE A GNASHER Retford Library, Churchgate, DN22 6PE A drop-in craft session Free 01777 708724 retford.library@ inspireculture.org.uk TUESDAY 14TH AUGUST 10.30am to 1.00pm MAKE A UNICORN DREAMCATCHER Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD A drop-in craft event. Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk TUESDAY 14TH AUGUST 2.00pm LIVE OUTDOOR THEATRE — ALICE IN WONDERLAND Kings Park, Retford A performance by the Talegate Theatre of Lewis Carroll’s famous story of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. Free 01909 534525 firstname.lastname@example.org THURSDAY 16TH AUGUST 10.30am to 11.15am and 1.00pm to 1.45pm JO JINGLES Bassetlaw Museum, Grove
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DAYS OUT and The Legends characters Car park £5.00 01623 823202 www.nottinghamshire. go.uk/robinhoodfestival
Street, Retford DN22 6LD A free music and movement session Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk TUESDAY 21ST AUGUST 10.00am to 12.00pm CRAFT CLUB ‘MISCHIEF MASKS’ Retford Library, Churchgate, DN22 6PE A drop-in craft session Free 01777 708724 retford.library@ inspireculture.org.uk TUESDAY 21ST AUGUST 10.30am to 12.30pm FAIRY CRAFTS Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD A drop-in craft event. Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk THURSDAY 23RD AUGUST 10.30am to 12.30pm DINO DIG Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD A drop in craft session Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk 18 August 2018
SATURDAY 25TH AUGUST 10.00am to 3.00pm MISCHIEF MAKERS COMIC STRIP WORKSHOP Retford Library, Churchgate, DN22 6PE Write and print your own comics this summer with author Emma Pass and artist Duncan Pass. Firstly, Emma will help you create a cracking story with a magnificent hero and a mischievous villain. Then Duncan will show you how to turn it into a comic strip which you’ll print on one of his hand-built printing presses, made from a 200-year-old washing mangle. This event is suitable to children aged five and over and booking is essential. Free 01777 708724 email@example.com MONDAY 27TH AUGUST TO SUNDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER ROBIN HOOD FESTIVAL Sherwood Forest Country Park, Edwinstowe, NG21 9HN Enjoy the 34th annual Robin Hood Festival in the magical setting of Sherwood Forest. This free fun filled weeklong festival has something for all ages, with a wide variety of activities and entertainment, featuring costumed characters and medieval music, falconry, craft stalls and activities
TUESDAY 28TH AUGUST 10.00am to 12.00pm CRAFT CLUB ‘MISCHIEF AND MATCHBOXES’ Retford Library, Churchgate, DN22 6PE A drop-in craft session Free 01777 708724 or retford. firstname.lastname@example.org WEDNESDAY 29TH AUGUST 2.00pm LIVE OUTDOOR THEATRE — WIND IN THE WILLOWS Kings Park, Retford Enjoy Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s story performed by the fantastic Talegate Theatre. Free 01909 534525 email@example.com FRIDAY 31ST AUGUST THE WIZARD OF OZ Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD A fast-paced, highly entertaining show featuring pop songs, magic, puppets and your favourite Oz characters. This performance will take place in the museum garden. Bring blankets or a picnic in case you get peckish. Free 01777 713749 www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 11.00am to 3.00pm FAMILY GAMING CLUB Retford Library, Churchgate, DN22 6PE Free 01777 708724 retford.library@ inspireculture.org.uk
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Clarborough A celebration of silver & gold A wonderful display & Welham IT Group Are you frightened of your computer or need help to get it to do what you want? Want to know how to handle zip files or what they are? Need help with email attachments? If so, you’re not alone! Bring your own laptop or use one of our Windows 10 machines. All sessions open with ‘gardeners’ question time’, providing you with opportunities to drive lessons in areas that you want. Every session has at least one worksheets/ lesson plan for you to take away. Recent topics have covered basic filing skills, keyboard short-cuts, word processing, image editing. Add emails and online safety, research and purchasing — you name it, we’ll try to provide it! Classes take place in Clarborough Village Hall in five-week blocks (school term times only), on either Tuesday afternoons (1.30pm to 3.00pm) or Wednesday mornings (10.00am to 11.30am). Fees are just £20.00 for a full block and include installation of a range of free, opensource, office and image editing applications. Free wi-fi is available in all classes, providing opportunities to explore online topics too. We are keen for volunteers to join our current team. It’s worth noting that volunteering is a good route back into employment for anyone who has been out of that for a while; we can help with your CV and also provide a reference. Autumn 2018 classes resume week commencing 17th September but tend to fill quickly, so we advise booking your place no later than 31st August. For more information or to book your place, contact Greg on 01777 700918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes run through 30 weeks each year; for a full calendar to July 2019, visit the group’s website www.cwitgroup.btck.co.uk. 20 August 2018
of silver was on show at the Carlton-in-Lindrick Civic Centre when The Arts Society Dukeries celebrated the Golden Jubilee of The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS). As a special event they had augmented their usual monthly lecture with a jewellery fair. Exhibitors were Francisca Onumah, Aoife White, Giles Kozdon, Daisy Lee, Suzanne Berry and Josephine Gomersall, who are all supported by the Starter-Studio programme for Jewellers and Silversmiths at Yorkshire Artspace; George Johnson and Victoria Billingham, who work in Kelham Island, Sheffield; Gordon and Sue McDougall; and Laura Baxter, who is based at Welbeck and was recently featured on the BBC TV programme Countryfile. The beautifully crafted pieces on show included items of jewellery, candlesticks, spoons and beakers. The lecture on ‘Gold’ was given by Emma Paragreen, Curator, Librarian and Archivist of the Sheffield Assay
Office, which was followed by a lively question and answer session and another chance to browse the stalls. Over 150 people attended the event, which made a highly successful start to the Society’s programme, in their new venue of the Civic Centre. After a summer break, lectures will resume on Wednesday 3rd October at 11.00am, when the speaker will be Amanda Herries on the subject of the painter Joan Eardley. Visitors welcome at £6.00 per lecture. For further information see www. theartssociety.org/dukeries or call Anthony on 01909 731415.
NSPCC’s Workshop in the Woods The NSPCC invite you to ‘A
Workshop in the Woods’ with Alison Doxey, an award winning professional ﬂorist, on Wednesday 12th September. Alison will demonstrate a seasonal design inspired by the woods, then you will create your own beautiful arrangements to take home. The event takes place at Hodsock
Dukeries Singers The Dukeries Singers have
completed their summer programme of concerts and are looking forward to an autumn return. Unfortunately, the Weston community had to cancel their planned concert which was a shame, maybe one day. The choir will have a summer break and meet up again on 29th August with all their Christmas music. They shall no doubt be full of enthusiasm, meeting up with friends once again and making music together. Singing with a choir is such an enjoyable and uplifting activity. The sun is blazing from a clear blue sky
Priory, and includes an optional walk in the beautiful gardens. The workshop costs £50.00 per person, including all materials, morning coffee and cake. All money raised will be donated to the NSPCC. Tickets are limited, please email Jo Gray at gryjoanne@ aol.com to book a place. at the moment, so I wonder if everyone will return with impressive suntans? The choir practises every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm until 9.15pm in the Concert Hall at the Dukeries Academy, Ollerton. This is best accessed via the Leisure Centre entrance and car park. More information on the choir can be found on www.thedukeriessingers. com. They are also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. They already have some Christmas engagements. However, if you wish to book the choir for your anniversary, celebration or fundraising event, please contact Phil on 01623 822070.
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Celebrating 50 years 1968 - 2018 This year Sundown
Adventureland will be celebrating 50 years of being open to the public. Mrs Rhodes the owner was surprised with an anniversary bench on her 89th birthday from her daughter and other family members and it was placed outside the gift shop where she still works every day! To celebrate the 50th anniversary Sundown will be having a year of fun and celebrations. There are discounted tickets and annual passes as well as special events going on every month from Trick or Treating at Halloween to Teddy bears picnics hosted by Andy and Lewis and of course Honey and Sunny bear will be there to play games and dance every Thursday in august during the summer holidays. Not to mention all the great rides, from bouncing round on the back of an Ostrich to spinning round on the Okie Yolkie ride as well as lots of other attractions to enjoy as you make your way around the park for a full day of fun and adventure. Sundown has changed so much over the years since they kept
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monkeys, parrots and other exotic animals and served tea and cakes from the bungalow. Before the park opened for admissions Mr and Mrs Rhodes kept chickens, grew and sold local produce to their neighbours and to this day still use local businesses to supply the park. As the visitors ﬂooded in, they added more play areas and rides and the attraction now sits on a site that extends over 60 acres. But the investment hasn’t stopped there. Despite Mrs. Rhodes now
coming up to 90 years old herself, she’s still as hands-on now as she was back in 1968. But that’s not a surprise to many, as some of the staff who joined the business back then, are still welcoming guests today — even in their late 80’s. Sundown has grown so much over the years and now sees a quarter of a million guests every year to their Theme Park for the Under 10’s, the site keeps growing with new attractions and themed areas and they have great plans in the pipeline to keep loyal guests coming back year after year. New for 2018 the Monkey Mayhem Driving School it is a chance for kids to drive jungle themed 4x4 mini jeeps around the newly designed course. Why not come down and be one of the first to pass your driving test with Mrs Bell! Everyone at Sundown is looking forward to the next 50 years, Mrs Rhodes and her family would like to thank all their loyal customers for their continued support over the last 50 plus years and hopes to see you all running, swinging, climbing and exploring for many more years to come. So come on kids there’s lots to see and do…. your adventure is just beginning!
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Beating the summer blues
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The Dukeries Woodturning Society The Dukeries Woodturning
Society meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month between 7.00pm and 10.00pm in the Jubilee Hall, Wellow Road, Ollerton NG22 9AP. The group moved there earlier in the year and now have much more room and a more comfortable environment for members. Each month the society arranges a professional demonstrator to show members some aspect of woodturning. They own their own lathe which most demonstrators will use and they use a video system to project the demonstrator’s view in close up as (s)he works, so that everyone can see in detail what is happening. It is a friendly club with members across the age and skill ranges. There is an opportunity to purchase supplies of tools and materials for turning each month and regular visits from well-respected local supplier of wood suitable for turning. The annual subscription is £15.00 per person, with a monthly attendance fee of £5.00, which includes tea/coffee. Guests are welcome to come and try the club before joining. Demonstrators for the remainder of 2018 are: • August — Tony Kitchen/ Steve Wright wood sales, • September — Tiny Turner (Emma), • October — Richard Findley/ Steve Wright, wood sales, • November — Gerry Marlow, • December — members night and social. For more information visit www. dukerieswoodturning.org.uk or call Gordon Fisher on 01623 464986 or Michael Manning on 01777 870844.
Lovely Lurchers & gorgeous Greyhounds This month, your local
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or to chew a toy in between naps. They sleep in really weird positions — usually on their back in a sunny spot on the ﬂoor, or your couch, with their head twisted awkwardly and their legs contorted. You get accustomed to it, but at first it can be quite startling; yes they are comfortable. They are also adorable! From their bright glossy eyes, their pricked up ears, and their big goofy noses to their long, swishy waggy tails, Lurchers and Greyhounds are hard not to fall head over heels in love with once you get to know them. Come and see our beautiful boys and girls, they are waiting just for you. The RSPCA Animal Centre on the Great North Road, near Bawtry DN10 6DE, is open six days a week from 11.00am to 4.00pm (closed Wednesdays). Also visit www. rspcadoncasterrotherham.org.uk for the latest news and more information on how you can help support our animal welfare operations.
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Pestalozzian school in Worksop in the 1840s. The school which used buildings on Potter Street, including the current Masonic Hall was a fascinating and innovative school. The sons of Ibrahim Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt studied at the school alongside the sons of Taylor, the founder of the Manchester Guardian and Cobden, who introduced The Anti-Corn Law league. By 1861 there were students from Ireland, France, Switzerland, Mexico, and Australia living in the town. The first recorded football teams were drawn from Worksop’s aspirational middle classes. Victorian Worksop was a meritocracy where self-made men rubbed shoulders, literally, with the aristocracy. They are described as ‘Gentlemen’, a term used lazily by Victorian sports journalists. It could refer to anyone from the great aristocratic land-owners to bareknuckle pugilists and card sharpers. Even murderous highwaymen were sometimes afforded the sobriquet. The Worksop branch of the Notts Riﬂe Volunteers, The Robin Hoods, was formed in 1860, and may have played a role in the formation of the football club. A second mystery featured in volume one, is centred around the great betrayal of 1923 when Worksop, with a team including nine coal-miners, held the mighty
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With summer in full swing, now might just be the time to nab yourself a drop-top car. Thankfully, you don’t need to spend a packet in order to get that wind-in-your-hair experience, so we’ve picked out some of the best convertibles for under £2,000. TOYOTA MR2 (ABOVE) For no-frills, involving motoring, the little MR2 provides exciting performance from a 1.8-litre engine, and its compact size makes it feel nimble on the road. The lack of any real boot does make it impractical but there are plenty of reasonable examples available within budget.
AUDI TT ROADSTER There aren’t many about in this price range, but the Audi TT Roadster is a fine option. Strong build quality, reliable engines and quirky styling mean that this softtop still looks and feels fresh today. At this price you’ll be looking at a high-mileage example, but providing it’s got a decent service history there’s no reason why these can’t be hassle-free convertibles. 36 August 2018
MINI CONVERTIBLE The ‘new’ Mini has proved to be immensely popular, and the convertible version was snapped up as a result of its cutesy styling and reasonably powerful range of engines. Available well within our £2,000 budget, make sure that the interior is straight, and listen for strange noises from the costly-toreplace power steering pump.
MERCEDES SLK Buying a used Mercedes can mean higher repair costs and pricier parts, so choose carefully — a decent servicing history is essential. An early 2000s SLK should be well-equipped, with electronicallyadjustable seats and cruise control.
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Friends of Daneshill Lakes Bring along your favourite nature
related poem or rhyme, to Daneshill Lakes Local Nature Reserve, for a relaxing Sunday afternoon Nature and Poetry stroll on 19th August, starting at 2.00pm. There’s plenty to choose from, from “Incy Wincy Spider” and “Who Killed Cock Robin”, to William Wordsworth’s, “I wandered lonely as a cloud ...” and Robert Browning’s “Oh! to be in England ...”. Or bring along one you have written yourself? Organised by the Friends of Daneshill Lakes, the combination of the amazing wildlife to be experienced at this gem of a reserve, with the peace of poetry is a recipe for an escape from the demands of daily life. This is a free to join event with no booking required. The stroll will last about one and a half to two hours. The Reserve is situated on Daneshill Road, Torworth, north of Retford, follow the brown signs on the A638. Meet in the Reserve car park at 1.45pm. Further details are available from Lesley Noar at daveandlesnoar@outlook. com, or 01777 818362, or visit www. friendsofdaneshilllakes.btck.co.uk.
Join volunteers from the Sustrans Bassetlaw Group on Sunday 12th August for a short guided bike ride. This is the second of their rides arranged particularly for anyone new to cycling and those who have perhaps not cycled much recently or prefer to cycle shorter distances. Come along to meet a friendly bunch of cyclists and enjoy exploring Sherwood Pines by bike. The route will be mainly on trafficBeryl Andrew, Musical Director, John Carter, Accompanist, and the Bel Canto Singers, extend an invitation to all lover of good music and popular songs, to come to our October Charity Crafts and Concert. This annual event will be taking place at Sturton-le-Steeple Village Hall again. This year, our chosen charity is Age UK Notts. Opening night will be on Thursday 4th October, with performances on Friday 5th October and Saturday 6th October, 40 August 2018
Kelly Holmes visits Clarborough Children and staff alike were so excited to welcome Dame Kelly Holmes to Clarborough Primary School on Wednesday 4th July. As part of ‘Join in June’ the school posted a video to Twitter asking Dame Kelly to come and visit them. The children re-enacted her winning race of the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Dame Kelly loved the video and chose Clarborough as one of the school’s she was going to visit. Dame Kelly visited the children in the Foundation Unit; she chatted to them and they also gave her a medal they had made for her. Then Dame Kelly went onto the school field and watched and took part in some of the sporting activities that the children were doing. She was so lovely and encouraged the children as they were doing the activities. After she had been around the activity stations, all the children came together and she delivered a motivational speech to them and had a question and answer session. The children asked some brilliant
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Ride out with Bassetlaw Sustrans free forest tracks. The distance is approximately 15 miles and the ride will be kept at a moderate pace so that no one gets left behind. Participants will also be able to opt for a shorter distance should they wish to do so. Hybrid and mountain type bikes, including E bikes, will be suitable. The ride is free apart from Sherwood Pines parking charges. Under-18s
need to bring a responsible adult with them. The start time will be 10.00am and the full-length version of the ride should end by approximately 3.00pm. For further details and to reserve your place, please contact David Hully at email@example.com or call 01777 948136. Sustrans is the charity that’s making it easier for people to walk and cycle. Visit www.sustrans.org.uk.
Bel Canto annual Charity Crafts & Concert when there is a matinee performance. Evening performances commence at 7.00pm, with an interval at 8.10pm. Saturday’s matinee will begin at 2.00pm. The hall doors will open one hour before each performance, for browsing the stalls and socialising. This year's previously well-received outreach concerts have been: St Francis’ Church Bramley, in April and Owston
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Coastal chic… Katherine sorrell on bringing the seaside vibe to your home with a look that is light and bright, fresh and relaxed
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GET THE LOOK: SUNSHINE STYLE • A calm and relaxed vibe is the essence of coastal chic, and colour and texture go a long way towards achieving this. Go all white everywhere, or else think pale paintwork with accents of grey, beige and — of course — blue. Add some touches of natural wood for a lovely contrast. • Bring the outside in by including gorgeous natural elements. Driftwood is perfect, as are shells and coral (ethical, of course). Add some rope, wicker and maybe seagrass, coir or jute for a lovely contrast of textures. • It’s all about the light. Coastal homes are airy and breezy, so maximise light at the windows by hanging filmy curtains or white-painted wooden blinds, and arrange artificial lighting so that a central pendant is supplemented by a versatile selection of wall, table and ﬂoor lamps. • Choose fabrics for their crisp or ﬂoaty feel. Simplicity is key, so opt for linen, muslin and ticking, either plain or with a stripe. Bold stripes are more nautical, while barely-there stripes are more utilitarian — either way, the look is completely charming.
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You’re my wonder wall Katherine sorrell looks at how a change of wall covering can transform your space A plain white wall can show off a colourful collection or provide a counterpoint to patterned upholstery, while vibrant wallpaper can inject colour and create interest in a room. It’s all about context, and is as important as selecting colours, fabrics and furnishings. Transform a room with a fresh coat of paint on walls and woodwork, but buy sample pots and trial them on card first, to assess the colour’s appearance and finish in different areas
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while sheets of plastic laminate or solid composite have potential and, being waterproof, are suitable for bathrooms. Paper-backed fabric is great for insulating against cold and noise — as is leather, which is luxurious and fire-retardant. Cork is warm, soft to the touch, eco-friendly, insulating and soundproofing, and comes in a range of colours, patterns and textures. Polished plaster or sheet metal are other options.
IDEAS FOR FEATURE WALLS • Transform your wall with peel-off stickers, with designs from simple shapes to complex illustrations. • Wallpaper with an oversized pattern and vivid colours makes a great focal point on just one wall. • Consider modern, graphic paint effects such as bold horizontal stripes or an ombré/dip dye look. • Large maps (old or new) are attractive and educational. Simply paste straight on to the wall. Try sheet music and wrapping paper, too. • Take any digital image and have it enlarged to cover an entire wall. Eye-poppingly gorgeous. • Use a variety of vintage wallpaper samples as a colourful collage. Combine with paint, too, if you wish.
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changed; books ordered by phone can now be collected from The Hub and The Hub is now stocking a larger selection of books too. In addition, you can buy Country Cards, which now sit alongside our wide range of locally made, handmade cards, providing a good selection for every occasion. The Hub now also stocks Games Workshop products, and new workshops will be starting in September for 12 to 16-year olds and the over 18s, working with Retford Wargaming Club. If you are interested, please let The Hub know and
see Facebook for the latest details. Provision of information for summer visitors is the aim, with a constant stream of people from all over the world coming into the centre. This will only increase as the story of the Pilgrims gets better publicised. The Pilgrims Heritage Centre has now welcomed local groups and had school visits, including one with nearly 80 pupils. Summer classes are underway with Amina Khan running children’s classes through the holidays. The monthly Saturday Child and Parent Craft Class offers parents (or grandparents) the opportunity to share activities with their children in the lovely surroundings of the art gallery. The Tour de Britain comes back to Retford on the same day as Heritage Day, Saturday 8th September. There will be lots going on in The Hub, including Pilgrim talks, quizzes, craft class, a free
Open Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm 11 Churchgate, Retford 01777 860414 www.retfordhub.org www.mayﬂowerpilgrimcentre.co.uk tea-tasting, including Queen Victoria’s favourite blend, and Retford Mayflower WI is organising a Victorian High Tea in the Gallery. This starts the autumn programme of activities, from printing and photography to felt work. Sean BendellWhittaker is an award-winning visual artist with the multi-disciplinary creative studio Acrylicize and is now in one of our artists’ studios on the top floor.
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Young Photographer of the Year competition The Retford and District
Photographic Society want you to be inspired to get outdoors and record how wonderful gardens, plants and nature can be and so they have teamed up with Retford Civic Society to arrange a Young Photographer of the Year Competition. Enter any photograph depicting plants, trees, ﬂowers or other vegetation taken in Retford and District during 2018. There are two categories for entries — up to 11 years old and 12 to 16 years old. Entries should be in jpeg format, 1920pixels x 1080pixels, and must be submitted before 18th August by email to Retford and District Photographic Society at youngphotographer@ retford-photographic.co.uk, stating your name, age, contact details, where the photo was taken and its title. The winning images will be selected by judges from the Photographic Society for their originality, technical ability and creativity. The winner in each category will receive a cheque to the value of £50.00 along with a framed photograph of the winning entry, plus the offer of one year free membership of the Photo Society for the winner and one named adult. Prizes will be presented at the Retford in Bloom presentation at Retford Town Hall on 19th September 2018.
Retford Ramblers What a joy it has been to be out
in the countryside in the glorious weather we have been having recently. No waterproofs required and no mud! Retford Ramblers Group continue their Programme of Walks throughout August in Dovedale, Ashfordin-the-Water and Langsett. We meet in the Chapelgate Car Park and all walks during August will be at an 8.30am departure. Have no car, don’t drive? No problem, we arrange car sharing. If you would to know more please contact Mike on 01427 880984 or email email@example.com.
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Retford & District Historical & Archaeological Society On Sunday 1st July, the Society
ended their 2017 – 2018 lecture season, with a day trip to Horncastle and Tattershall Castle Lincolnshire. We couldn’t have chosen a better day weather wise. The two guides Paul Scott and Bob Wayne who took us round Horncastle proved to be the most interesting, informative, and entertaining guides you could wish for. The Romans built a fort on the river Bain, which at some point was named Banovallum of which some of the wall can still be seen today. In the 13th century, Horncastle was granted a Market Charter and became an important place for horse trading with an annual fair that only died out in 1948, so popular was this fair that a saying arose, ‘Horncastle for Horses’. After lunch we departed Horncastle for Tattershall Castle a red brick 15th century moated castle which is set in beautiful grounds next door to the castle is Colllegiate Holy Trinity Church built by Ralph Cromwell. The
current Lord of the Manor of Tattershall is Julian Fellows, actor and screenwriter. As we were walking back to the coach we had the added bonus of seeing a Hurricane, Spitfire, and a Lancaster bomber flying overhead. We ended the day with an excellent WI tea in Wragby before setting back to Retford. To start our 2018 – 2019 Lecture Season, we welcome Dr Judith Mills on Wednesday 12th September 7.30pm at Chapelgate Hall behind Grove Street Methodist Church, to present ‘Nottingham’s historic public open spaces’. New members and visitors are always welcome. For further information, please contact Jean Martin on 01777 705980, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group Unfortunately, at the meeting of Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group on Friday 6th July, held at Retford Hospital, and for reasons not yet known, the speaker was unable to attend. On behalf of the Group, we sincerely hope and trust that he is well and members look forward to seeing him at some time in the future. Members of the Group stepped into the breach and regaled
us with stories of recent holidays. The time passed very quickly and everyone was all ready to open the pages of the next holiday brochure to drop through the letterbox. The group’s next meeting will be on Friday 3rd August at the Crossing, Worksop at 2.00pm. The speaker will be Tim Mulroy (The British Schindler). All are welcome. For more details call Pat Broskom on 01909 562361.
Organ music at St Swithun’s Church The last two events in this
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also features a special Cider Bar highlighting Cider produced in the village, Apple Recipes, which includes free tasting tables, pick your own apples at bargain prices, an Apple Advice Centre and dozens of stalls related to apples, fruit growing, general gardening and crafts. There will be refreshments and entertainment throughout the day, plus don’t miss the brand-new apple recipe book. For directions, follow SatNav NG22 0SS and there is free street parking.
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the declaration of war in September 1939, eight trains left Prague, bringing 669 children to safety. A ninth train, due to leave on 3rd September, with a further 250 children was not allowed to depart as war had been declared. Tim then told the story of the Kohn children, Gerta 12 and 10-year-old twins Hans and Hanna who left on the eighth train, with Gerta due to follow on the ninth. The twins were met, at Liverpool Street Station, by sponsors from a Sheffield sponsor group, Hans went to live with a Rotherham family and Hanna to one in nearby Crookes. to keep them in close contact with one another. Neither could speak any English on arrival, but within a year both had passed the 11+ examination and went to grammar school. It is believed that
their parents and sister perished in Auschwitz. Hans changed his name to John and was formally adopted by his foster parents, the Mulroy’s. He studied to be a doctor, married and had four children, including twins, and practiced medicine in Rotherham until retirement. Hanna trained as a teacher and eventually taught German in a Jewish School in Liverpool. John died a few years ago, Hanna married, but had no children, she is now 90 and continues to enjoy life. The twist in this story is that our speaker, Tim Mulroy, is the son of John (Hans) who came to England on the Kinder Transport in 1939. In 1988 Esther Rantzen, told Nicolas Winton’s story for the first time and reunited him with some of the children he saved, on her “That's Life” programme. He was knighted in 2003 and died in 2015 aged 106.
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Bank of England Governor visits Retford Oaks Academy On Friday 6th July Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, visited Retford Oaks Academy — part of the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership — for a question and answer session with local business and economics students. Accompanied by Bassetlaw MP John Mann, Mr Carney arrived to a musical performance by Retford Oaks students, before giving a talk to around 70 students from schools across Bassetlaw. He spoke of the similarities in his background to those of the students, growing up in a small Arctic town and attending a state school, and encouraged them to pursue a career that interests them. He said: “While you are living through this journey, you should be doing things that are as interesting as possible, and that includes being flexible in terms of your potential career, being adventurous in your choices 58 August 2018
and using jobs as an investment.” Students were enthusiastic in their questioning of the Governor, and topics ranged from the impact that cryptocurrency could have on the UK economy, to how the result of the World Cup could affect interest rates. On being asked by a Retford Oaks student whether he believed that, post-Brexit, the pound could drop as low as it did after the EU Referendum, Mr Carney said: “The short answer is that I don’t know, I don’t know where the currency will go. What we have to do is, around that key March date — much as we had to do around the referendum date — is think ‘what is the worst possible scenario for that March date’? “Remember that I have just committed to all of you here to keep your money safe. So we need to make sure that the banks and financial systems are ready for that worst case scenario.
If, for whatever reason, there is no deal and we fall out of the European Union without an arrangement, it will mean a sharper adjustment for the economy. The financial system makes that better, we won’t be able to offset all of it but it lessens the blow. That is what you should expect from us.” Retford Oaks Academy Principal, Heather Widdup, said: “We were delighted to host Mark Carney today and would like to thank him for giving our students this incredible opportunity. “As an academy, we are dedicated to academic excellence and encourage every one of our students to push themselves to be the best that they can be. I hope that Mr Carney’s visit today gave our students that extra drive to go out and follow their goals and aspirations, which we know they are all capable of doing.”
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Understanding the diseases that cause dementia
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diseases that cause dementia. Alzheimer’s with its plaques and tangles of protein that invade the brain is the most common. The second most common cause is the result of an interruption to the blood supply to the brain caused either by a leak or a blockage. This may be the result of a stroke or a series of small strokes and has the effect of destroying brain cells giving rise to what is known as ‘vascular dementia.’ The symptoms are very similar to Alzheimer’s, short term memory loss, difficulties making
plans and with finding the right word. Dementia with Lewy bodies is another type of dementia associated with protein deposits in the brain called Lewy bodies. People with this kind of dementia may develop Parkinsons type symptoms including shaking. They may also have hallucinations and their ability to concentrate may vary from minute to minute. The symptoms people experience will depend, among other things, on which area of the brain is affected. It is also possible to have more than one kind of dementia, the most common combination
Retford Men’s Probus Club
being Alzheimer’s and vascular. Unfortunately we still have no cure for any of the diseases that cause dementia and there is no sure way to avoid getting them but there are known life style risk factors. To give ourselves the best chance of avoiding dementia we should take regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, avoid smoking and maintain a healthy weight. If it’s good for your heart, it’s good for your head. If you want more information on any aspect of dementia, have a look at the Alzheimer’s Society website. It has a wealth of free, downloadable fact sheets that are very easy to understand. For more information about the Wednesday Group, please contact Jan on 01777 709974. We like to feel that Retford Men’s Probus Club is one of those organisations where good fellowship is of prime importance. The speakers are important of course, but not as important as the fellowship we show to each other, and the cup of coffee and a yarn before the meeting starts. Come and try us. Probus Club meet every other Friday morning at Westhill Community Centre, in Ordsall at 10.00am. If you are interested in joining us, please email our secretary Dennis Beevers at, firstname.lastname@example.org and he will give you more details.
Retford Men’s Probus Club has been running since 1971. Our meetings take place at the Westhill Community Centre, Ordsall at 10.00am every other Friday. If you want to get involved, please visit www.retfordmensprobus.org.uk. Our fortnightly meetings run from early September until the end of May. Our first two meetings of the coming year start on Friday 7th September, with a talk from Ian Maber called ‘The Telling of Tales’. Our second meeting in September, on the 21st will be
given by Richard Gibbons. This talk will centre on the ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’, of October 1962, when the whole World was on the brink of ‘Nuclear Armageddon.’ During his Presidential acceptance speech, the Club’s new President Geoff Gadie thanked the previous year’s President and committee for all the work they had done. He also wanted his thanks passed onto ‘Retford Life’ magazine, for their continued support in printing details of our club each month.
Have you got your tickets for
Rotary Club Bollywood Ball
the Rotary Club of Retford’s social event of the year? Our Bollywood Charity Gala Ball is taking place on Saturday 3rd November 2018, at Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor DN22 8QS. Tickets cost £65.00 and it promises to be an amazing night with dancing to live music, Bollywood entertainment, prizes, games and fun. Paul Withers, Rotary Club of Retford’s Foundation Officer, said: “Events of this type are a huge undertaking but, after a three-year lull, we are full of new ideas and the Bollywood events team is poised
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to swing into action. It’s a black-tie event, yet elegant Indian style fancy dress is also being encouraged!” The club has already staged a series of amazing charity dinners in recent years with themes as diverse as James Bond, the Roaring Twenties and Las Vegas. But, this time, they are promising their regular supporters something entirely different. The 300-head dinner, which is targeting more than £8,000 for charity, will raise money for the Bluebell Wood Children’s
Hospice in North Anston near Sheffield and Retford’s Bassetlaw Hospice. Part of proceedings will also go to Retford Rotary’s own designated charities. “Our casino has always proved a winner and is back by popular demand,” added Paul, along with Bollywood dancers. It will be an amazing night.” Get your tickets now, from Paul Withers on 07876 440237 or by emailing i.lee@hbpwconsulting. co.uk to place your order.
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Retford Lifesavers are Australia bound!
This November, a team of the Retford Lifesavers will be setting off for Australia to compete at the International Lifesaving World Championships. The Championships will be taking place from 17th November to 2nd December 2018, in Adelaide, and this year, the Retford Lifesavers will be sending out their biggest team yet. In total, there will be thirteen dedicated club members, competing in the Youth, Open and Masters Interclub Competition. In this year’s Youth category, Retford’s competitors will be: Jessica Newton, Ruth Moore, Jacob Screeton, Benjamin Tomlinson, Jordan Ferguson, and Samuel Templeton; in the Open category: Toby Sanderson, Hannah Calverley and Georgina Tomlinson and in the Masters category: Peter Moyes, 62 August 2018
Charlie Newton, Theresa Tomlinson and Karen Atkin-Moore. Each of these club members are incredibly dedicated to the Retford Lifesavers and they help to make it one of the most successful lifesaving clubs in the country. Their hard work and perseverance has helped many of their members climb from young rookie club members to international competitors. In previous World Championships, they have medalled several times; this year they hope to retain our success and make the small town of Retford proud. The club is fundraising for their trip to Australia. On 6th July, they hosted an Australian-themed evening, at the West Retford Hotel. The hotel’s amazing barbecue went down a treat in the glorious weather and they were blessed to have been joined by Angela Allen and her incredible
steel band, Steel Gen, who played a very happy array of music as the guests arrived. Thanks to all the generous donations, the club managed to host a live auction – kindly conducted by Ian Calverley – as well as a silent auction and a rafﬂe. Hosting the event took a lot of hard work and perseverance – with help from friends, family, local businesses and the support from the hotel – they managed to make the night a huge success, raising a total of £2,739.89. In the upcoming months, they are hoping to host several more fundraising events; you can keep up to date with their ventures on Facebook (Retford & District Lifesavers). The Retford Lifesavers are always welcoming to new club members and as such a rewarding club, why not get involved? If you know anyone between the ages of eight and twelve they can introduce him or her to the rookie programme. This consists of several opportunities to complete recognised awards, issued by the Royal Lifesaving Society; as well as the opportunity to compete in rookie competitions and undertake cluborganised beach and open water training programmes. They also offer the Survive and Save programme for older individuals who are interested in joining the club. This will also open up higher qualification programmes and higher competitive opportunities. You can contact the club via Facebook (Retford & District Lifesavers) or email contactus@ retfordlifesavers.com, or you can pop in and see members train from 9.00am to 10.30am every Saturday morning at Retford Leisure Centre.
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member. For further information, please contact 07593 871577. RAINBOWS, BROWNIES AND GUIDES Monday evenings at the Hall. Age groups; Rainbows five to seven years, Brownies seven to 10 years, Guides 10 years. Times vary from 5.30pm through to 8.00pm, depending on the group. Young ladies, you can meet new friends, discover new activities! For further information contact Clare on 07941 625794. START-RITE CANINE TRAINING On Wednesdays. Classes for dogs and their owners at the hall 6.00pm to 7.00pm. For further information contact Mrs Dean
Johnson on 01909 591442. LITTLE MONKEYS Fridays, 1.00pm to 3.00pm in Elkesley Memorial Hall. Parents and under fives stay and play group. Donations towards hall hire and snacks will be much appreciated. Thank you all for your support. See the hall notice boards for further details. TAE KWONDO Classes and exercises in this sport, for adults and children, at the hall Fridays, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm and Sundays from 11.00am to 12.00pm. For further details contact Danny Pearson on 07883 774057 POST OFFICE Your local post office is available at the Memorial Hall, on Mondays and Fridays, from 1.00pm to 4.30pm.
Printing Workshops for adults & children Workshops will be once more run by Carol A Eason, a local artist and printmaker this summer. The venue will be Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD and all abilities will have access to the workshops. WORKSHOP DATES • Saturday 11th August Linocut Printing day for adults Make a glorious linocut for wrapping paper, framing or cards. 10.30am to 4.00pm with a lunch break. £40.00 including all materials. • Saturday 18th August Superhero Family Printing Sessions Design and make your own
Bridge players of all levels of experience are invited to Retford Bridge Club on Tuesday 28th August for a relaxed game of duplicate bridge. A limited number of hands will be played and there will be a coffee break of about 15 minutes. No partner is required as one will be found on the evening if you come alone. If you play with the U3A on Monday afternoons, 66 August 2018
awesome superhero prints to take home. There will be two sessions. 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 3.30pm. £6.00 per child per session. All materials included. Workshop suitable for all abilities. All children must be accompanied by an adult. • Saturday 25th August Fabric printing workshop for adults Design, cut, roll and press your own block to print and take home. 10.30am to 4.00pm with a lunch break. This costs £37.00. Bring your own cotton bag, tea towel, apron, cushion cover or t-shirt. All other materials supplied • Saturday 1st September Pets and Animal Family Printing Sessions
Retford Bridge Club then you are more than welcome to come and experience duplicate bridge. Similarly, if you only play rubber bridge at home then come and try duplicate. Any member who does not have a partner for the evening can also attend and be guaranteed a game. View the hands and results
Design, print and take home your own portrait of your pet or any animal. 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 3.30pm. £6.00 per child each session. Bring a black/ white or colour photograph of your pet or animal. All materials included. This workshop is suitable for all abilities. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please go to workshop bookings or contact 07903 873296 firstname.lastname@example.org. To book visit www.carolaeason. co.uk or www.billeto.co.uk. For information about Bassetlaw Museum call 01777 713749 or visit www. bassetlawmuseum.org.uk. the following day on ‘bridgewebs Retford’ to see how you have done. The venue is Hallcroft Community Centre, Randall Way, Retford and the evening starts at 6.55pm to 10.20pm approximately. Table money of £1.50 per head is all that’s needed. For further details contact Mike Coggles on 01777 703610 or Sandy Fulton on 01909 479748.
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Chesterﬁeld canal walking festival TAKE IN THE sights and sounds along the Chesterfield Canal with a whole series of guided walks along the canal in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire from 15th to 23rd September. There are walks for all ages and abilities, from two to 46 miles. We’ve shown you some of our local highlights: RAILWAY RAMBLE Saturday 15th September, 9.30am to 2.30pm Take the train to Retford for a delightful linear walk following the Cuckoo Way beside the canal from Retford to Worksop. A shorter option is to leave after five miles at Ranby to catch a bus to Retford or Worksop. • 10 miles / Moderate / Free MISTERTON Saturday 15th September, 10.00am to 12.00pm Explore the local history, especially the Victorian and Edwardian boom years of the village, comparing the village now and then, using old photographs. • Two miles / Gentle / Free RETFORD HERITAGE WALK Sunday 16th September and Sunday 23rd September, 10.00am to 11.30am and 2.00pm to 3.30pm Led by experienced guides from the Retford Civic Society, we will take in the magnificent Market Square with its range of Georgian buildings, Cannon Square, local Churches and other historic buildings before passing through the award-winning Kings’ Park for a meander along the Chesterfield Canal which then crosses over the River Idle! • Two miles / Gentle / Free BOATS AND BOOTS FROM RETFORD ON SETH ELLIS Sunday 16th September and Sunday 23rd September, 10.00am to 12.30pm and 1.00pm to 3.30pm Board the boat for a cruise up to the Gate Inn at Clarborough through 68 August 2018
a wide lock, then alight and continue along the canal for around half a mile before ascending to Lover’s Walk. We will then go to Clarborough, passing St.John the Baptist Church, which dates back to 1260. Another ascent will take us on to The Baulk for sweeping views west towards Retford, before heading back to the Hop Pole. • Four miles / Easy / £7.00 per person GRINGLEY, WISETON AND CLAYWORTH Monday 17th September, 10.00am to 3.30pm We start with a short climb up Beacon Hill for views to the north, then go down through the village to the canal. We will follow the towpath past Drakeholes and the Wiseton Estate before going to see the Traquair Murals in Clayworth Church. We will re-join the canal brieﬂy before returning to Gringley. • Nine miles / Moderate / Free CLAYWORTH Tuesday 18th September, 10.30am to 12.15pm Walk the canal towpath with open views and historic buildings. • One and a half miles / Gentle / Free WILDLIFE AND HERITAGE WALK Tuesday 18th September, 10.30am to 12.30pm Easy walk within the Chesterfield Canal Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with a Canal and River Trust ecologist. • Six miles / Easy / Free RANBY, BABWORTH AND THE PILGRIM FATHERS Tuesday 18th September, 11.00am to 3.00pm A circular walk, mostly on footpaths, taking in the historic Babworth Church, strongly associated with the Pilgrim Fathers, before crossing the East Coast Main Line in Retford and returning to Ranby along the canal towpath. • 10 miles / Easy / Free
GRINGLEY HISTORY WALK Wednesday 19th September, 10.15am to 12.30pm Explore the Parish Church, Gringley Hall (once used as TB hospital), the school, the former Methodist Church and School Room, the site of a Government Borstal and the canal from Gringley Top Lock to Shaw Lock, returning to Finkle Street and Beacon Hill, with views of the surrounding area, including Lincoln Cathedral, High Street, Horsewells and the Blue Bell Pub. • Four-and-a-half miles / Moderate / Free RETFORD AND BABWORTH Thursday 20th September, 10.00am to 1.30pm Retford prospered when the Great North Road was re-routed through the town in 1766. The Chesterfield Canal goes through the centre of Retford on its journey to and from the River Trent. The small hamlet of Babworth, birthplace of the Pilgrim Fathers, contains All Saints Church dating back 900 years. • Eight miles / Easy / Free IDLE VALLEY NATURE RESERVE Thursday 20th September, 10.00am to 2.00pm We will walk along the canal towpath and through Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Idle Valley Nature Reserve, with plenty of opportunity to watch the birds along the way. • Six miles / Easy / Free GRINGLEY-ON-THE-HILL Saturday 22nd September, 10.00am to 12.00pm We start with a short climb up Beacon Hill for views to the North, the go into the village for lovely views from the High Street, to meander along the little lanes down towards the canal where we pick up the towpath at Middle Bridge to Shaw Lock. • Three miles / Moderate / Free To ﬁnd out more to book your place on one of these walks call 01246 345777 or visit http:// www.chesterﬁeld-canal-trust. org.uk/chesterﬁeld-canalwalking-festival-programme/
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Improving children’s brain function Chris Barnacoat looks at the links between obesity and mental health problems According to the Mental
Health Foundation, mental health problems which include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, affect about one in 10 children and young people. Interestingly, the NHS states that there has been an increase in childhood obesity from around 1% to 10% in the last 30 years. This month I discuss if the two are linked… We all know it can be difficult to pay attention in a learning environment and there is no greater challenge than trying to get our children to listen and learn in the class room. There are some truly amazing organisations out there that help children with learning and attention issues, but there are also some basic common factors which appear to be overlooked. SLEEP Children aged between three and 12 years old need between nine and 12 hours good quality sleep every night according to the Alaska Sleep Clinic. Screen time one hour prior to going to bed disrupts natural sleep
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patterns as the brain still believes it is day time, due to the eye movement produced looking at a screen. So if children are watching television, using a tablet or on a mobile phone before bed they will take longer to get into a good quality sleep pattern and therefore be less cognitively efficient during the following day. TIME Breakfast time can always be a potential minefield but how much of this is due solely to the children? If you know your child is slow in the morning, waking them up earlier is a less stressful way to make sure you get out of the door on time. Rushing around increases stress levels so your child starts their day in a state where short term memory is affected, concentration can decrease and anxiety can increase. NUTRIENTS Author Ann Wigmore once said: “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or
the slowest form of poison”. Skipping breakfast can lead to hyperactivity, bad mood and further concentration issues. Most cereals (particularly those aimed at children) contain high amounts of sugar and the likes of toast with chocolate spread, jam or honey can also have similar effects on the brain. Those effects being that it quickly increases brain chemicals to make you feel good but this does not last and therefore a crash can happen while at school leaving the child feeling low in energy, motivation and enthusiasm. The sugar can also give you lots of energy which can transpose into potential hyperactivity. Giving your children foods containing more protein and healthy fats (such as eggs, cold meats, fruit and cheese) are much better options or carbohydrates which release slower into the body such as oats. These prevent crashes in energy and improve brain chemistry allowing your children to concentrate better in class. There is also lots of research to show that children who eat more protein and healthy fats throughout the day have less body fat, perform better academically and athletically and show less signs of anxiety or depression. The same information is true for adults as well as children, so what is the take home message? Eat slower, eat better quality food and get to sleep earlier!
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Celebrating creativity & innovation across Nottinghamshire’s heritage sites The Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards 2018 took place
in June, providing the opportunity to celebrate excellence across the county’s museums, historic houses and heritage sites. The awards, arranged by the Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum, recognised innovation, creativity and sheer determination, featuring award entries from organisations across the county. The awards ceremony took place at Nottingham Trent University’s Pavilion Building. More than 60 guests attended the evening awards ceremony to celebrate the many achievements of Nottinghamshire’s heritage sites over the past two years, as part of the biennial awards. The 2018 awards received 28 award entries, made by 16 individual heritage organisations — all hoping to scoop an award from a total of eight award categories. The entries were made by heritage organisations both large and small — from all corners of the county. All of the entries demonstrated the outstanding innovation, hard work and creativity taking place in heritage organisations across Nottinghamshire.
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The awards were judged by Jayne Nightingale — Partnerships Manager at Visit Nottinghamshire, Rebecca Morris-Buck Alumni Relationship Coordinator at Nottingham Trent University and Dr Katharina Massing — Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at Nottingham Trent University. The judging panel were particularly impressed with the variety of entries, many of which benefited local community audiences, and showcased new ideas for engaging visitors of all ages. John Holmes of BBC Radio Nottingham presented a celebratory awards ceremony, which showcased a snapshot of each of the award entrants’ projects and provided a broad and inspirational picture of the fantastic projects undertaken across the county over the past two years. This year’s awards featured a total of eight award categories, plus two judges’ special awards. Each of the award winners received a trophy. The winners were: • Surviving and Thriving Award — Canalside Heritage Centre Trust • Volunteer Power Award Winner — Green’s Mill and Science
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Erin McDaid, from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, on what our hot & dry summer means for local wildlife When the temperature
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Live from the Purple Palladium This September will bring an unmissable evening of spectacular live entertainment to Retford in support of families across the region. A Blues Brothers tribute act, singer Katie Greaves and DJ Matrix are among the artists coming together at Retford Cricket Club on Saturday 1st September, for Bluebell Wood’s first ever ‘Live from the Purple Palladium’ show. All artists are performing for free, with all proceeds going to the children’s hospice and the children and young adults it supports across North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and parts of North Lincolnshire. Brothers Richard and Russel Friel, who will be shaking a tail feather or two as the Blues Brothers, started their act for fun years ago, singing at weddings, birthdays, reunions and charity events. Russell’s wife Hayley Friel said: “This Blues Brothers act is a little mixed bag of all the soul and blues music we have grown to love since the iconic film of the 80s. We hope the audience will love the songs as much as we do. “We’ve supported Bluebell Wood in
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Symphyotrichum, as many popular varieties now carry that name instead The gardener credited with popularising the Michaelmas daisy was Ernest Ballard. Many of the varieties he cultivated are still available and bear the names of his family members. “Ada Ballard” is named for his sister and is lavender blue, “Marie Ballard” is a pretty pale blue double bloom named for his wife. He is also responsible for “Prosperity” and “Peace”, rose-pink and deep mauve respectively, which he named straight after the First World War. If you want a tallish variety suitable for the middle of the border, try “Little Carlow” which grows to about 90cm and produces masses of violet-blue blooms. One of my favourites for the back of the border is “Calliope” which has striking black elegant stems that reach heights of 2m,
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What’s on at Retford Library in August What’s on at Retford Library in August: STEPHEN BOOTH — BOOK SIGNING Thursday 16th August 11.00am Author Stephen Booth will be signing copies of his latest Cooper and Fry novel, Fall Down Dead. WRITERS’ GROUP The Writers’ Group will meet on Thursday 2nd, 16th and 30th August from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Come along, listen and share. For further information you can contact Kevin on 07903 654499 and firstname.lastname@example.org. CRAFT AND COFFEE CLUB The Craft and Coffee Club does not meet in August but will be back on Wednesday 5th September, from 1.30pm to 3.00pm. Bring along your project, swap ideas, patterns and materials over a coffee, it is only 50p for refreshments. The group will have a break over the summer and will return on 5th September. HOME LIBRARY SERVICE Retford Library has a team of RVS volunteers who deliver a selection of library books to those who are housebound and cannot access the library. FAMILY HISTORY GROUP The self-supporting Family History Group does not meet in August but will be back on Monday 10th September from 5.00pm to
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Bringing a pet into your family Pets can bring a lot of fun, laughter
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Museum are holding an event in the garden at the rear of the Museum on Grove Street Retford, on Saturday 4th August. Come and spend an Enchanted evening in the Enchanted Garden. The event will run from 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Bring a picnic and relax or join in with the garden games, solve puzzles and brain teasers or listen to stories for all age groups. There will also be time to look around the lovely garden and find the fairies. A non-alcoholic punch will be available. The event is free to members of the Friends of Bassetlaw Museum. There is a charge for non-members of £3.00, or for £5.00 why not join the Friends and help to support the work of our lovely local Museum.
Rampton Hospital seeks to recruit enthusiastic people to become volunteers as become part of its Befriending Scheme. The scheme ensures that those of the Hospital’s patients who would otherwise have little or no contact with friends or family, receive regular visits from someone who can spare time to chat, listen and just be a friendly face. There are three requirements for willing volunteers; that they are over the age of 21 years, are able to commit up to two hours per month to patient visits and that they complete a three-day training course which takes place at the hospital. Applications from people from all backgrounds and ethnicities who have a wide range of interests, who are patient and open minded, good humoured, good communicators and good listeners are welcome.
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Photographic Society members enjoy a summer break, which gives them time to get out and about with their cameras and collect more images to bring to the competitions at the club in the new season. This year there is an extra focus for their attention in a new competition for images of any subject taken between May and August. These are to be posted by 31st August on the club Flickr site for everyone to see. Members attending on the first night will be able to vote for their favourite image.
Retford & District Photographic Society looks forward to the new season September is the time for current members to re-join for the new season ahead and the best time for anyone who has been thinking about coming along to do so. You can visit three times before committing to joining. The first meeting will be social with an introduction to the new season’s programme, which gets underway with speakers on ‘The Wider World of Photography’
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Rotary Club of Retford
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£404.00 for the Rotary Club’s Bread Fund (feeds pre-school children in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa). Golfing members had a few days break at Aldwark Manor just north of York from 19th to 22nd June. RAF Linton-on-Ouse is nearby. On Friday, everyone was treated to a fantastic
display by a Typhoon Euro-fighter. Presumably, this was really intended for the young recruits at the base at the end of their week’s training. President Geraldine then had to race back to present a £100.00 cheque to Bridon Cricket Club. This money came from the Rotary Club's Youth Committee in recognition of their commitment to young cricketers. The three local Rotary Clubs combine to present the Courage Awards each year to youngsters who stand up to and challenge adversities in their life. This year, the event was help in Worksop on Monday 25th June. That evening was also President Geraldine’s very last meeting of her year in office. Members and their partners were treated to an excellent after dinner speech by Harry Foxley about the Majestic Theatre. President Geraldine’s very last event was to present a cheque to the Daneshill Sailing Club towards the cost of them giving a sailing day to Ordsall Primary School students.
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Summer music at Askham
was packed out on Saturday 23rd June, when postgraduate students from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, gave a concert of Fun Music for a Summer’s Evening. Led by baritone David Cane, grandson of Askham resident Brian Cane, Michael (tenor), Lara (mezzo), Loren (soprano) and pianist Michael entertained the audience with a varied selection of songs and music. David played the organ as the audience arrived and the progamme opened with the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Verdi’s Nabucco. This was followed by a selection of popular opera arias, with the audience being invited to t for us join in the chorus of the Toreador Song from Carmen and David and
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Local teacher honoured in national celebration of teaching Victoria Withall, of The Elizabethan Academy in Retford, has won a Silver Teaching Award in the category, The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, supported by SSAT, in the 2018 Pearson Teaching Awards. Selected from thousands of nominations, Victoria is one of just 65 winners who was celebrated on 22nd June — ‘Thank A Teacher Day’. The national Teaching Awards marked its 20th year of celebrating excellence in education. The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, to recognise the lifechanging impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach. Victoria will now join fellow Silver Award winners, along with three Scottish Education Award winners and three winners of the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru, at the 20th Following their recent Annual
general Meeting, the new committee of Retford U3A are delighted to let the readers of Retford Life know, how successful the group has become, and how Retford Life has helped in promoting so many wonderful interests that ‘people of a certain age’ can enjoy. Retford U3A has been running now for eight years. There are around 650 members and 50 interest groups. There is a group meeting, held once a month, at the Well Baptist Church, Retford, on the fourth Thursday of the month. We will not be having a meeting in August, but our Autumn Programme is well advanced,
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UK Ceremony of the Pearson Teaching Awards, a glittering ceremony held in central London on 21st October. There they will find out which of them has won one of just 12 Gold Plato Awards, the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”. The October ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education. Previous award presenters have included former prime ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair, acting legends Jenny Agutter, Alison Steadman and Sheila Hancock and sports and TV personalities including Shirley Ballas, Helen Glover, Brendan Cole and Nadiya Hussain. The Teaching Awards is encouraging members of the public to say “thank
Retford U3A so look out for future news. Two of the most popular interest groups cover Gardening and Walking. During the autumn, through to the spring, the Gardening Group meet on the third Thursday of the month at the Well Baptist Church in Retford from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. In the winter months times are slightly different. They have a range of professional speakers, offering advice on how we can improve our gardens. During the summer months trips to famous gardens are arranged. The Walking Group is divided into three sections; Moderate, Striders and
you” to a teacher who has made a difference in their lives. Simply go to www.teachingawards.com/card, fill in a form online including a personal message and the teacher will receive a Thank You card in the post for free. Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “The best we can do is to pass on to children all that we know and love and mean every word. I think above all else, a teacher should be a friend, and that’s not an easy thing to do when there are 35 children out there. With these awards we are shining a light on these inspirational individuals whose efforts and commitment so often go un-celebrated.” Strollers. They meet on different days, and between them, like the gardening group have over 100 members. The Moderate group aim to walk five to six miles, the Striders around eight miles and the Strollers a little less. Information and contact details are on the Retford U3A website. The ethos of the U3A, which stands for The University of the Third Age, is that we keep ourselves active in body and mind, learning from each other, with shared experiences. If you want to know more about the Retford U3A, have a look at the comprehensive website, or contact the Membership Secretary, Paul Bacon at email@example.com.
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David Coldrick on practical steps for a safe return home Nobody likes to stay in hospital for
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Captain’s Cup at Retford Golf Club raises money for charity
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The highlight of the men’s golfing calendar, the Captain’s Cup took place on a glorious day for golf, Sunday 1st July. The cup was won by Ian Hardman with 71 gross, nett 69. In second place, with gross 82, nett 70 was Andy Underwood. Mick Howsam came third with gross 79 nett 71. Fourth was Dave Hugill, fifth, L Hunt, sixth, Wayne Lowe, seventh Steve Perry, seventh Duncan Bradford. Dave Heath took the best front nine
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“Did you bring the sausages?” Peggy whispered, opening the caravan door. “Course,” Susan said, “are you going to let me in?” Susan was not in the best of moods. Her mum and Stanley were at the seaside for their honeymoon, and this was the third time she’d had to drive over to see them. “What’s up this time?” she sighed. “It sounded pretty urgent.” “It’s him.” Peggy nodded towards Stanley who was hunched over a jigsaw. “He’s got something wrong with his toenails.” “What sort of something?” Susan said. “They’re a funny colour.” Peggy lit the grill. “Are you ready for a sausage cob, Stanley?” “I was born ready,” Stanley said, rubbing his belly. “Let’s have a look at these toenails first, shall we?” Susan said, “Pop your feet up on the couch Stanley.” With much grunting Stanley obliged. At the sight of his toenails Susan grimaced. Every nail was the colour of creosote. “That is odd,” she agreed. “Have 108 August 2018
you dropped something on them?” “I don’t recall. I woke up like this.” He wiggled his toes. “They don’t hurt or nothing.” Susan studied the toenails and frowned. She reluctantly gave them a sniff. She touched one with her finger tip. It was sticky. “Thank you, Stanley,” she said firmly. ”Mother, I’d like a word in private.” “There isn’t anywhere private,” Peggy said. “It’s a static.” “Let’s step outside,” Susan insisted. Peggy tutted and removed her apron. “Are they going to drop off?” Stanley called as Susan shut the door behind them. Once out of earshot, Susan turned to Peggy, “Three times you’ve dragged me out here,” she said. “What’s all this about?” “That first time I’d forgotten my readers,” Peggy said. “And the second time?” Susan said. “When you thought there was a mouse?” “Just because you couldn’t find it didn’t mean there wasn’t one,” Peggy said. “Maybe,” Susan nodded, “but can
A short story by Jackie Brewster you tell me why Stanley has got brown sauce on his toenails?” “Sauce?” Peggy feigned surprise. “I’m guessing you put it there,” Susan said. “Why would I do a thing like that?” “Is someone keeping an eye on the sausages?” Stanley popped his head out the window. “They’re lovely Susan, from the butcher’s on the parade.” “Just give them a turn, Stan,” Peggy called irritably. “What does he mean — the butcher’s on the parade?” Susan said. “I brought those sausages just like you asked me to, like I’ve done every time.” “Hush,” Peggy whispered, “Stanley doesn’t know.” “Don’t tell me you’ve dragged me all the way out here just to bring sausages?” Susan folded her arms. “Don’t be cross, Susie.” Peggy patted her daughter’s hand. “When we got here I needed a bit of time to myself, so I went for a walk. And when I got back I said I’d been to fetch sausages. I didn’t want to offend him, you see. I just cooked up the sausages I’d brought from home.” “So?” Susan said. “He liked them so much he keeps asking for more,” Peggy moaned, “and there isn’t even a butcher’s on the parade.” “Mum, you’ve got to own up,” Susan sighed. “He’ll think he’s married a compulsive liar,” Peggy said. Susan laughed. “He’d be right, wouldn’t he?” “I’ll tell him the butcher’s has sold out,” Peggy offered, “but what about his toenails?” “Have him paddle in the sea,” Susan suggested. “It’ll wash off and he’ll think he’s cured.” “You’re a life saver.” Peggy gave her daughter a squeeze. “I’d better get back to Stanley’s sausages.” “You’re welcome Mum,” Susan smiled. “Don’t forget to ask him if he wants brown sauce.”
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